DayNine Consulting Leverages Workday Integration Cloud Platform for Customer Success
PLEASANTON, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DayNine Consulting, Inc. today announced its support of the Workday Integration Cloud Platform and demonstrated success with joint customer O'Melveny & Myers LLP (O'Melveny), a firm named to The American Lawyer's 2010 A-List recognizing the nation's most elite law firms. The Workday Integration Cloud Platform is a comprehensive integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) on which Workday customers and partners can build complex, custom integrations to and from Workday and deploy and manage them in the Workday Cloud.
"By leveraging the Workday Integration Cloud Platform, we continue to take the integration burden from customers, easily connecting Workday enterprise solutions with other cloud applications, on premise applications, global payroll providers and more," said Tim Ramos, CEO and President of DayNine Consulting.
Sara Praetorius, HRIS Manager at O'Melveny, said, "Working with DayNine, we are leveraging Workday's Integration Cloud Platform to streamline our processes, from hiring, to payroll to how we bill our clients. Using inbound and outbound EIBs, Report-as-a-Service interfaces and Workday Studio we are able to ensure Workday is the true system of record across the firm and that there is no double data entry. The Workday Integration Cloud Platform also allows us to leverage our existing middleware (IntApp) in specific places where we need to carefully coordinate events across the firm."
Praetorius continued, "Together, O'Melveny and DayNine have leveraged the Workday Integration Cloud to create more efficiencies than we had originally thought possible in the first phase of our project. Between DayNine's knowledge transfer and the ease of use of the Workday Integration Cloud Platform, our internal teams have been able to quickly build several of our own interfaces. This has ultimately simplified integration across our organization, contributed to our firm's innovation initiatives and helped to lower overall project costs."
Since DayNine was founded in 2009, the company has leveraged Workday enterprise business solutions and combined that with our customers' unique businesses and cultures to deliver human capital value. DayNine has evolved from a small business to a globally recognized Workday services firm with clients ranging from 2,000 employees to over 60,000, spanning 52 countries globally.
"We congratulate DayNine Consulting, a leading Workday consulting firm, on their success in leveraging the Workday Integration Cloud Platform to deliver another successful Workday deployment," said Jeff Pulver, vice president, Business Development at Workday.
The Workday Integration Cloud is already operating at scale, with more than 100,000 integrations executed by customers and partners in the first quarter of 2011 alone. Workday is the leader in SaaS-based enterprise solutions for global human resources, payroll, and financial management.
About DayNine Consulting
DayNine is a leading Workday enterprise services firm passionate about helping customers get the most value from their greatest assets - their people - by deploying and optimizing Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Payroll and Workday Financial Management within their organizations. DayNine's recognized ability to deliver this outstanding value is directly correlated to effectively partnering with customers to understand their business and to assess, advise, and seamlessly deploy Workday enterprise and Workday Integration Cloud solutions across technology, process and people. For more information about DayNine, please visit http://www.daynine.com.
CharTec Completes Integration of BDR Backup Disaster Recovery Appliance With ConnectWise for Management of MSP Client Backups
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CharTec, the SMB channel's leading "Hardware as a Service" (HaaS)/sales training provider, announced today it has completed integration of its CharTec BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) appliance with ConnectWise, the leading business management solution designed exclusively for IT service providers, VARs and MSPs.
CharTec's BDR appliance provides real-time onsite data protection as well as offsite data continuity via cloud storage, while nightly self testing proves backups are successful. MSPs remotely manage CharTec BDR through an easy-to-use, web-based portal with an RMM (Remote Monitoring Management) agent for alerting and scripting. The customer or IT service company can initiate rapid and reliable restore of any backup image, any time.
With CharTec's new BDR integration, MSPs can automatically import backup statistics into their ConnectWise and use this information in reports which benefit their billing system. These reports help create accurate invoices reflecting up to the minute off-site stored capacity costs. Reports show backup success/failure, systems and partitions being protected, and create a ticket that appears not only in the partners' dashboard, but in CharTec's as well.
In addition, CharTec will also be able to track the same statistics for its MSP partners using ConnectWise to provide a high-level status overview of all their BDR systems in use.
"We believe this integration provides the most effective data protection solution MSPs can offer their clients, with the highest level of assurance that the BDR is backing up data and the billing is accurate," said Alex Rogers, CharTec's CEO. "No other market competitors perform this nightly testing for a backup's success and failure, with daily reports. Furthermore, we make it clear what is being received and completed for backup and recovery services."
CharTec will also be making some significant improvements to the BDR Appliances in mid Q2. Some of these improvements include:
-- Software upgrades to allow most servers to be virtualized in less than
-- Upgrading to the latest version of StorageCraft
-- Improving/Upgrading Hardware Specs
-- A New web interface with detailed reporting
CharTec "Hardware as a Service" (HaaS) program helps technology companies transition to the next level of annuity-based profitability as Managed Service Providers. CharTec Partners can increase their customers' productivity and reduce overall costs using the program because hardware and service costs are no longer an obstacle - workstations, servers, firewalls, 24x7 helpdesk, even VOIP, are easily acquired. CharTec even goes "Beyond HaaS" by providing private labeled hardware, professional sales and technical training and a tool that allows Partners to price offerings in less than 5 minutes. CharTec is the winner of three Channel Insider Bull's Eye Awards, Business Solutions Magazine Innovator of the Year Award for 2009, and Best Channel Vendor in 2011, CompTIA Best Product in 2010 as well as part of the Inc. 5000. CharTec is headquartered in Bakersfield, CA. For more information please visit http://www.chartec.net.
Designed exclusively for the IT Channel, ConnectWise is the leading business management solution for service providers, MSPs, technology consultants, integrators, and developers. Today more than 49,000 IT professionals rely on ConnectWise to achieve greater accountability, operational efficiency and profitability. According to the 2010 MSPmentor 100 list, more than half of the top 100 IT-based managed serviced providers worldwide use ConnectWise. ConnectWise fully integrates CRM, sales, help desk ticket and tracking, project tracking, IT service management, SLAs, dispatch scheduling, mobile IT services, time and expenses into a singular IT management software to dramatically streamline IT companies. Over the last 28 years, ConnectWise has become the premier business operating system for IT solution providers. ConnectWise APIs are accessed by over 300 organizations, including ConnectWise partners and industry leaders of the IT Nation. For more information visit http://www.ConnectWise.com or call 800-671-6898.
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Integration Allows for Seamless Payment Processing
CHICAGO, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lyons Consulting Group (lyonscg), the premier eCommerce design, development and support firm, now offers their clients seamless payment integration when using PayPal's products on their eCommerce websites.
PayPal, the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online, offers a number of payment options for any eCommerce site including Website Payments Standard, Website Payments Pro, PayFlow Payment Gateway and Express Checkout. Now Lyons Consulting Group is able to integrate any of these PayPal products into their clients' sites more easily with major benefits including:
-- Easier, faster and safer checkout for customers
-- Increased conversion rates up to 18%
-- Intuitive and smooth checkout flow
-- No hidden charges like downgrade penalties, or cancellation charges
-- Credit card processing rates competitive within the industry
-- Works with most popular shopping carts
"The payment process can sometimes be the most frustrating component for our customers. Offering PayPal allows us to give our clients advanced knowledge and opportunities that other companies may not have when it comes to integrating payment solutions into their eCommerce site," said Rich Lyons, CEO and Founder of Lyons Consulting Group. "PayPal is such a huge force in the payment processing world so this relationship is a win-win for us and our clients."
"We are pleased to bring PayPal to eCommerce merchants utilizing Lyons Consulting Group's design, development and support services," said Eddie Davis, senior director of distribution partners at PayPal. "Lyons Consulting Group's customer base represents one of the fastest growing segments of eCommerce. By offering PayPal to Lyons Consulting Group's customers we are able to provide merchants with the products and services they need to securely sell online."
About Lyons Consulting Group (lyonscg)
Lyons Consulting Group is the premier eCommerce design, development and support firm dedicated to help our clients continually grow and succeed in their online business. With a proven track record to deliver creative, robust and most importantly, increasingly profitable eCommerce sites, our diverse group of experts are committed to customer satisfaction and project excellence.
As the leading Magento and Demandware partner in the US, we have years of experience in graphic design, platform customization, technical development, backend integration, quality assurance and support. We understand each of our client's sites and needs are unique, yet we are able to deliver each and every time. Bottom Line: Lyons Consulting Group will help your online business to know more, do more, and sell more. Guaranteed. For more information about lyonscg or to see our extensive list of clients, visit http://www.lyonscg.com or call 312.564.3142.
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UMHS Selects Interactive System for New Children's, Women's Hospital
New C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital will use GetWellNetwork system for patient education and safety
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients at the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital will have access to a new patient education, entertainment and interactive patient care tools system that will keep them and their families engaged and informed throughout their stay at the new hospital.
The University of Michigan Health System partnered with GetWellNetwork, Inc. of Bethesda, Md., to implement the bedside interactive system GetWell Town for use at the new 348-bed children's hospital. GetWellNetwork will also implement the system at Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, the premier perinatal and birth center located within Mott. The new hospital complex opens November 2011.
"GetWell Town was chosen for its innovative and effective approach to engaging children and families into the care process," says Loree Collett, administrative director of Children's and Women's Services at the University of Michigan Health System.
The 46" flat panel monitors displaying the GetWellNetwork System in the patient rooms will enable clinicians, Child and Family Life program staff, and other members of the care team to interact and communicate with their patients and families.
"When patients and families are well-informed and engaged in their care, they have less anxiety or fear about their health condition and hospital stay plus they're better prepared to continue with their care plans after discharge -- improving outcomes," says Collett. "GetWellNetwork's comprehensive and flexible digital platform fits perfectly with our vision of a modern, innovative health care environment that focuses on personalized patient care throughout the care continuum."
GetWell Town's communication system allows clinicians and staff to overlay TV or movie programs with important patient safety alerts, Child and Family Life Program events, and other hospital information like a "Question of the Day" to help patients become active participants in their care. In addition, patients will have a broad range of entertainment features such as TV, movies, internet service, gaming, and music.
Kelly Parent, mother of a former Mott patient who leads the UMHS Patient and Family Centered Care Program, said the system will provide a necessary and critical distraction for hospitalized children.
"The Internet, on-demand movies, familiar games and music channels will really help to make kids feel a little more normal in a world of hospitals and pokes that is not very normal at all," she says.
Her daughter Jessica, who has been a patient at Mott, had a chance to test the system before it was purchased. "I love the Internet connection and on-demand movies," she says. "The Internet is a great way to keep up with what's going on outside of the hospital and the movies help to pass the time."
Another unique feature of GetWell Town is the KidsHealth education content that is developed for both younger children and teen patients. Parents will have their own set of tools to learn about their child's diagnosis, prescribed medicines, and upcoming surgeries ensuring that families are well-prepared to support their child's individualized needs and care plan.
At the Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, GetWellNetwork will provide patients a wide range of features and amenities to ensure patient safety and comfort during their stay. By enabling women to use the GetWellNetwork from their bedside TV, they will learn, at their own pace, about after-birthing care for themselves and their newborn. It also gives nurses the ability to reinforce safety education that will reduce the risk of falls and complications post-surgery and birth.
The partnership will be the first to deliver IPTV technology (Internet Protocol TV) with the GetWellNetwork system. IPTV uses the existing hospital data network for crisp, clear delivery of television and allows location flexibility for future expansion throughout UMHS facilities.
About U-M's C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital
U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is consistently ranked among the country's best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. A new 1.1 million square feet, $754 million state-of-the-art facility for children and women will be the new home for specialty services for newborns, children and women. These include the world renowned Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Neuroscience program including Neurology, Neurosurgery and Craniofacial anomalies, Fetal surgery, Orthopedics spine program, Brachial plexus program and the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant service, high risk pregnancy and specialty gynecological services. More information about C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital can be found at http://www.med.umich.edu/mott and http://www.med.umich.edu/whp.
GetWellNetwork, Inc. entertains, educates, and empowers patients throughout the patient journey using the bedside TV in the hospital, mobile devices, Web or Cable TV at home. This patient-centered approach improves both satisfaction and outcomes for patients and hospitals. GetWellNetwork is recognized by KLAS as the leader in the new Interactive Patient Systems category and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. More information can be found at http://www.GetWellNetwork.com.
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University of Michigan Health System
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SHENZHEN, China, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --/ Shenzhen Wuzhou Changlian International Trading Co. has recently introduced to consumers a series of multi-colorful cases and covers for iPhone 4 during April.
Specially designed for iPhone 4, the cases and covers are imported with original packaging from Japan. High quality and eggshell cases make a wonderful match with the iPhone 4. Polycarbonate is used for better protection of the iPhone 4. Specially-made i-pad screen film is equipped with the cases and covers to protect the screen thoroughly. There are 7 colors available in Shenzhen Wuzhou Changlian International Company: Transparent/Pink/Green/Blue/Purple/Black/White. More importantly, the transparent film helps to demonstrate iPhone 4 in the original shape and appearance. And consumers can easily operate this type of cases and covers. The customers can customize their iPhone from now on. The company guarantees to deliver the specifically customized cases and covers to consumers within 3 days.
Besides the new introduction of multi-colorful cases and covers, the consumers can also choose their favorite cases and covers on http://www.cellphone-case.net. As a professional trading company in China, Shenzhen Wuzhou Changlian International Trading Co. will continue to fulfill the mission of "customer foremost" for further improvement.
Shenzhen Wuzhou Changlian International Trading Co. is always focus on customers' requirements .We will make greater effort to bring more surprises and excellent user experiences in future. For more information, please visit http://www.cellphone-case.net.
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Monsoon Commerce Acquires Stone Edge Technologies to Grow Online Sales for Merchants
Purchase to expand shopping cart, order, and supply chain management for online sellers and retailers of all sizes
EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Commerce, Inc., the premier provider of online marketplace solutions for sellers and retailers, announced today that it has acquired Stone Edge Technologies, Inc., a leading order and customer management software company, in an all-cash transaction. Catering to a wide variety of online merchants, Stone Edge provides the advanced order management tools that merchants need. The Stone Edge tools enable merchants to integrate shopping cart, order, and supply chain management with over 50 demand-driving web properties, including web stores hosted by eBay ProStores, Magento, Miva, Volusion, 3DCart, and Yahoo! Stores.
"Monsoon Commerce drives sales growth for online merchants," said Brian Elliott, CEO of Monsoon Commerce. "With this acquisition, we provide our sellers with a truly comprehensive solution that improves their efficiency and expands their reach into more demand-generating online properties. The Stone Edge Order Manager is the perfect complement to our existing toolset."
Kanth Gopalpur, general manager of the Monsoon Commerce Seller Solutions division, stated, "Today, our solutions help sellers grow their business rapidly on marketplaces like Amazon.com and eBay." Gopalpur further explained, "In the rapidly evolving online space, Monsoon Commerce customers want richer order management options and seamless integration into more online properties. Adding the Stone Edge Order Manager to the Seller Solutions offering will provide the growing Monsoon Commerce customer base with even more opportunities to expand their own businesses and increase their sales online."
"Joining Monsoon Commerce was a natural fit for Stone Edge," said Barney Stone, president and founder of Stone Edge Technologies. "There has been a growing interest from our customers for solutions that will help increase their sales on the major online marketplaces like Amazon.com and eBay. The suite of products and services provided by Monsoon Commerce addresses this growing demand."
Stone Edge will join the Monsoon Commerce Seller Solutions division but will continue to operate out of Philadelphia and be led by Barney Stone. The Stone Edge team will remain committed to supporting its dedicated base of customers and looks forward to delivering the enhanced sales solutions this new partnership will provide.
Monsoon Commerce was advised by the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Stone Edge Technologies was advised by the law firm Narducci, Moore, Fleisher & Roeberg, LLP.
About Monsoon Commerce
Monsoon Commerce helps online sellers and retailers grow their sales through online marketplaces. The company offers the industry's most advanced--and most successful--selling solutions and tools for retailers and merchants. Monsoon Commerce works with over 20,000 online sellers, helping them generate sales through more than two dozen online marketplaces like Amazon.com, eBay, and Buy.com. The company also helps leading retailers leverage the power of marketplaces to grow their sales. Learn more at http://www.monsooncommerce.com.
About Stone Edge
The Stone Edge Order Manager is the leading order, inventory, and customer management system for e-commerce companies. Stone Edge Technologies, Inc. has been producing the Order Manager since 2000. Over 2,500 merchants, comprising web, POS, and catalog merchants, and including about a dozen of the Internet Retailer Top 500, have chosen the Stone Edge Order Manager. The Order Manager is compatible with over 50 internet shopping carts and other sales channels. Learn more at http://www.stoneedge.com.
CORRECTION: Overstock Cuts Marketing Ties in States Passing Unconstitutional Internet Sales Tax; Redirects Ad Dollars to Customers in Those States
Free $20 Club O Accounts Preloaded with $10 in Club O Rewards Given to 150,000 Customers in RI, NY, NC, and IL
In the news release, Overstock Cuts Marketing Ties in States Passing Unconstitutional Internet Sales Tax; Redirects Ad Dollars to Customers in Those States, issued 04-April-2011 by Overstock.com, Inc. over PR Newswire, the second paragraph, fifth sentence, should read " Those qualifying that are already Club O members will also have $10 added to their existing Club O Rewards account and their membership extended for one year." Also the last paragraph should read "Club O is Overstock.com's customer rewards program, providing members with exclusive promotions, year-round free shipping, and 5% cash back on every purchase." The complete, corrected release follows:
SALT LAKE CITY, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK) (short cut: O.CO) today announced that it will award free Club O accounts ($20 value) pre-loaded with $10 in Club O Reward dollars to top customers in states where the company canceled ad contracts because of unconstitutional Sales Tax Laws.
"States passing laws making out-of-state retailers collect sales tax simply for having marketing affiliates in those states are violating the Constitution," said Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne. "So we have decided to sever our relationships with thousands of marketing affiliates in those states, take the money we would normally pay those affiliates, and use it to reward our best customers in those states. Any customer in these states that has spent more than $300 in the past year will receive a free Club O membership (normally priced at $20) and their membership account will come preloaded with an additional $10 balance. Those qualifying that are already Club O members will also have $10 added to their existing Club O Rewards account and their membership extended for one year. There are over 150,000 customers meeting this description, to whom we are in effect transferring $30 of value, for a total economic value of over $4.5 million."
Overstock.com has long opposed state laws designed to force out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax merely for using in-state ad services. The company has mounted court challenges, citing Supreme Court decisions rendering these laws unconstitutional, and has cut ties with local advertisers in all 4 states passing these laws.
The gifted Club O accounts will be established automatically for qualifying customers in Rhode Island, New York, North Carolina, and Illinois. To learn more visit http://www.overstock.com/clubo.
Club O is Overstock.com's customer rewards program, providing members with exclusive promotions, year-round free shipping, and 5% cash back on every purchase.
Overstock.com, Inc. (short cut: O.CO) is a Savings Engine offering brand-name merchandise at discount prices. The company offers its customers an opportunity to shop for bargains conveniently, while offering its suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Overstock.com, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co. Overstock.com regularly posts information about the company and other related matters on its website under the heading "Investor Relations."
Overstock.com® is a registered trademark and Club O(TM), O.co(TM) and Savings Engine(TM) are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the date of the gift of the Club O membership, the amount of pre-loaded Club O rewards credit, and termination of affiliate marketers. Our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or any amendments thereto, and our other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections, estimates or forward-looking statements.
LG Cinema 3D Technology Faces Off at NCAA® 2011 Men's Final Four®
HOUSTON, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Next-generation 3D TV technology is a slam-dunk, according to LG Electronics USA, which hosted a side-by-side comparison of competing 3D TV technologies in Houston during the NCAA® 2011 Men's Final Four®.
LG Electronics USA, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, offered ticket holders the opportunity to experience LG Cinema 3D at the NCAA "Tip-off Tailgate presented by Infiniti®" event outside Reliant Stadium. Rivalling the excitement of a buzzer-beating three-pointer, fans were invited to participate in the ultimate game-off, where they tested their own basketball skills and compared LG Cinema 3D to conventional 3D.
Peter Reiner, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA, said, "LG Cinema 3D TV delivers exactly what fans are looking for - an easy, affordable way to watch 3D sporting events in beautiful high def with friends and family from virtually anywhere in their living room."
Seeing is Believing
Final Four attendees compared the difference between LG's Cinema 3D technology and conventional 3D in a unique Championship Game created specifically for the festivities in Houston. Fans watched LG's Cinema 3D technology and then viewed conventional 3D with its active glasses. Each person then chose which they preferred by shooting a basketball into the corresponding basket. Participants also had a chance to win their very own LG Cinema 3D HDTV.
LG Cinema recreates the 3D movie theater viewing experience with lightweight, comfortable and reasonably priced eyewear, and delivers crisp bright images and a wide viewing angle. In an LG consumer perception study, participants preferred LG Cinema 3D 3 to 1 versus LG's 2010 active 3D technology.
Better 3D TV Experience
LG Cinema 3D uses a similar 3D technology as employed in movie theaters. Because the glasses do not need to sync with an emitter, viewers can watch from nearly any angle in the room. The reasonable cost of the glasses also makes it easier to buy as many pairs as needed to host family and friends for a 3D sports night.
At the heart of LG Cinema 3D is Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) display technology, pioneered by LG Electronics' joint venture LG Display. FPR technology optimizes the separation of images for the left and right eye, recombining them through the glasses to create 3D images with reduced cross-talk. LG's 3D Light Boost, a thin film covering the screen, creates brighter 3D images for a superior 3D viewing experience by helping to counteract dimness that can occur with 3D content.
The NCAA Tip-off Tailgate, attended by tens of thousands of college basketball and 3D TV fans, was open to game-ticket holders only.
About LG Electronics USA
An official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
NEW YORK, April 4, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, announces the launch of the groundbreaking Facebook-based game "America 2049" (Twitter hashtag #2049), in which players actively explore how the choices and challenges Americans now face will shape the future of the country, its democratic values and how we define ourselves as a nation. The game features appearances by Harold Perrineau (LOST), Victor Garber (Alias), Cherry Jones (24), Anthony Rapp (Rent) and Margaret Cho (Notorious C.H.O.), who generously donated their time and talents to help Breakthrough put a human face on complex social issues. America 2049 is the first Facebook game to integrate the social networking platform with many other resources, online and off: multimedia and interactive features, clues planted across the Internet and real-life events at leading cultural institutions nationwide, including International Coalition of Sites of Conscience members the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Bosque Redondo Memorial in New Mexico. (The game trailer appears here: http://tinyurl.com/3tp3f3e.)
"America 2049" players are activated as agents for the Council on American Heritage, headed by Jefferson Williams II (Garber), and are tasked with the capture of alleged terrorist Ken Asaba (Perrineau). As the game unfolds and players make high-stakes decisions, they are immersed in a divided America of the near future: splintered by race and ethnicity, hostile to women, sexuality, and self-expression. "America 2049" challenges players to ask: how close are we already to America 2049 -- and how can we work together, in real life, to build a better future?
"'America 2049' entertains and enlightens about the real-world issues of acceptance and tolerance," said Harold Perrineau. "The project resonated with me because I love the idea of people fighting at all costs for their right to pursue the life they choose without fear of persecution. I hope that through playing 'America 2049,' young people in particular will be inspired to help stop institutionalized hatred and intolerance -- today."
"'America 2049' is literally a game-changer," said Breakthrough President & CEO Mallika Dutt. "It parachutes us into an alternate reality perhaps not so far from our own, where we find America poised at a crossroads, and where we are asked to make critical decisions about how we truly want to define ourselves as a nation. The game experience allows us to immerse ourselves in a future that could be -- but also inspires us to envision, and recommit to, a real America built on pluralism, democracy, dignity, equality and human rights for all."
"By placing 'America 2049' on Facebook, Breakthrough is using one of the Web's most popular cultural platforms to create the possibility of changing culture itself," added Breakthrough multimedia director Heidi Boisvert. Boisvert served as "America 2049" creative director and producer, working with the award-winning Andrea Phillips as lead writer and co-game designer, and with Pennsylvania-based Inovat on game strategy, development and design.
Over 12 weeks, "America 2049" players will take on missions and face challenges based on human rights themes including immigration, race, sexual orientation, sex trafficking, religion, labor, national security and more. They will unlock puzzles and clues via videos, voice-overs, graphics, micro-sites and social media. Leading cultural organizations nationwide -- most of them members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience -- will host events linked to topics raised in the game. These sites, which use history to open conversations on today's pressing social issues, include (for event dates, please contact Breakthrough directly):
-- Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, IL)
-- Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY)
-- United States Immigration Station, Angel Island (San Francisco, CA)
-- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL)
-- Bosque Redondo Memorial (Fort Sumner, NM)
-- Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, NC)
-- Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA)
-- Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI)
-- Ellis Island Immigration Museum (New York, NY)
Breakthrough is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality, and justice. Breakthrough empowers individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights by using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds. Based in India and the United States -- the world's two largest democracies -- Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice. For more information, visit http://www.breakthrough.tv.
CONTACT: Lynn Harris of Breakthrough, +1-212-868-6500 x308, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Maura White of Goldin Solutions, +1-646-727-4307, email@example.com
AMHERST, N.Y., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced the launch of its latest offering in its family of high-performance products, the FastFrame(TM) 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC). Combining leading Ethernet technology and ATTO's 23-year expertise in high-bandwidth data transfer, the FastFrame NIC is the only card of its kind on the market offered in Quad, Dual and Single port options for PCIe 2.0 data interconnects.
Growth in bandwidth intensive data I/O environments, including Internet Protocol (IP) traffic, voice over IP (VOIP), Video on demand (VOD), High Performance Computing (HPC) clustering, combined with the available processing power in multi-core processor servers is driving users to adopt 10Gb Ethernet solutions. ATTO's 10Gb Ethernet NICs not only meet and exceed the growing demands of traditional host-to-host networking, but they also expand the possibilities to Ethernet based storage by supporting Data Center Bridging.
ATTO's FastFrame NICs, based on Intel chip technology, offers field-proven, industry standard network connectivity available for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems, making them the most versatile 10Gb/s Ethernet cards available for high-bandwidth I/O connectivity found in markets such as media and entertainment, education and government. In addition, they provide lowest power consumption, up to 30 percent lower than similar products, easing data center budgets when it comes to overall power and cooling costs.
"With a wide variety of high-bandwidth connectivity products and a majority share in the media and entertainment markets, ATTO FastFrame(TM) 10Gb Network Interface Cards are a natural extension of ATTO's product portfolio," said Timothy J. Klein, president and CEO for ATTO Technology, Inc. "ATTO's FastFrame extends the benefits of 10Gb/s network connectivity to Mac OS® X in rich-content environments in M&E markets while also providing support for Windows and Linux servers when used in datacenter applications."
FastFrame 10Gb/s NICs will be available for shipment in late April 2011 and will be on display in ATTO's booth at SNW 2011 at Hyatt Regency Silicon Valley/Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California April 4 through April 7 (Kiosk A5). They will also be demonstrated at NAB 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada April 11 through April 14 (Booth SL2510). For more information, please visit http://www.attotech.com, or contact an ATTO authorized representative.
About ATTO Technology, Inc.:
ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for over 20 years, provides a wide range of solutions to help customers store, manage and deliver their data more efficiently. With a focus toward markets that require higher performance, ATTO manufactures host and RAID adapters, converged network adapters, bridges, switches, RAID storage controllers, and management software. ATTO solutions provide connectivity to all storage interfaces including SCSI, SATA, iSCSI, SAS, Fibre Channel, FCoE and 10GbE. ATTO distributes its products worldwide directly to Original Equipment Manufacturers, systems integrators, VARs and authorized distributors.
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Gameloft Develops the Official Game for Universal Pictures' Upcoming Action-Thriller "Fast Five"
PARIS, April 4, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, has
announced it has signed a licensing contract with Universal Partnerships &
Licensing to develop and publish the game for the latest installment of the
franchise built on speed: "Fast Five." Historically, "The Fast and the
Furious" franchise is the best-selling movie-based and racing franchise in
mobile gaming with seven game releases and more than 15 million paid
downloads to date. "Fast Five The Movie: Official Game" will be available for
mobile phones, smartphones and tablets on April 28, the day before the
action-thriller's release on April 29, 2011.
"We are very pleased to bring 'Fast Five's' eye-popping
universe of high-powered car chases to all mobile platforms for which we
develop games," said Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice President Publishing of
Gameloft. "The official game will captivate even the most hardcore fans of
the franchise while recreating the film's atmosphere down to the most minute
In a truly faithful recreation of the high-speed action from
the movie, players will control Brian O'Conner, a wanted fugitive who must
assemble the best drivers to evade being captured. At the wheel of the main
character's cars, including the 2011 Dodge Challenger, players will tear
through the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and the Dominican Republic
while avoiding obstacles that turn up from explosions, structure collapses
and vehicle crashes in real time, making this one of the most immersive and
attractive games in its genre.
"We are familiar with the high quality of Gameloft's digital
video game productions and are thrilled to bring an immersive, cinematic
experience to mobile platforms," said Calvin Lim, Director of Mobile,
Universal Partnerships & Licensing. "We are eager to see our film, 'Fast
Five,' come to life on mobile devices, smartphones and tablets all over the
About "Fast Five"
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning
all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in
"Fast Five." In this installment, former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker)
partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the
law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris
"Ludacris" Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego
Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. http://www.fastfivemovie.com
A leading global publisher of digital and social games,
Gameloft(R) has established itself as one of the top innovators in its field
since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital platforms, including
mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including Apple(R) iOS and Android(R)
devices), set top box, connected TVs and consoles. Gameloft partners with
leading international brands such as UNO(R), Spider-Man(R), James Cameron's
Avatar(TM), Ferrari(R) and Sonic Unleashed(R). Gameloft also operates its own
established franchises, such as Real Football, Asphalt(TM), Modern Combat 2:
Black Pegasus and N.O.V.A Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance(R). Gameloft is
present in all continents, distributes its games in 100 countries and employs
over 4,000 developers.
Gameloft is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000079600,
Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA).
AMHERST, N.Y., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today introduced their FastFrame(TM) 10Gb/s Ethernet Converged Network Adapter (CNA), enabling FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP simultaneously thus enabling unified networks in data-intensive environments. FastFrame CNAs, including the industry's first Quad-port card, are based on ATTO's field-proven Fibre Channel technology and are optimized for storage connectivity. Combining Intel's industry leading Ethernet technology with data center bridging enhancements, ATTO's FastFrame CNAs offer the highest I/O throughput in the industry resulting in the best-in-class convergence solution available today.
FastFrame CNAs offer seamless integration with existing FC equipment without loss in performance maximizing the overall benefits of convergence by reducing the number of adapters and switches, cable clutter, power and cooling costs. Using ATTO's proprietary Advanced Data Streaming Technology(TM) (ADS), these CNAs provide consistent high-bandwidth with the lowest latency possible, a feature extremely valuable for many applications that are driving 10Gb/s adoption.
In addition, FastFrame boasts the industry's lowest power consumption of any converged network adapter available, up to 21 percent lower than its nearest competitor. The quad port option offers customers flexibility, cuts down on port usage resulting in a highly efficient fabric. Driver support includes Windows servers and workstation operating systems as well as Linux.
"ATTO is committed to providing a full-range of high-performance I/O connectivity products to the market, and has been a leading player in high-bandwidth storage connectivity markets for the past 23 years," said Timothy J. Klein, president and CEO for ATTO Technology, Inc. "Our FastFrame(TM) CNAs provide a cutting edge solution for our customers and offer the highest throughput for data centers, allowing them to maximize the benefits of converged networks while protecting their existing storage infrastructure investment."
FastFrame 10Gb/s Converged Network Adapters will be available for shipment in late April 2011 and will be on display in ATTO's booth at SNW 2011 at Hyatt Regency Silicon Valley/Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California April 4 through April 7 (Kiosk A5). They will also be demonstrated at NAB 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada April 11 through April 14 (Booth SL2510). For more information, please visit http://www.attotech.com, or contact an ATTO authorized representative.
About ATTO Technology, Inc.:
ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for over 20 years, provides a wide range of solutions to help customers store, manage and deliver their data more efficiently. With a focus toward markets that require higher performance, ATTO manufactures host and RAID adapters, converged network adapters, bridges, switches, RAID storage controllers, and management software. ATTO solutions provide connectivity to all storage interfaces including SCSI, SATA, iSCSI, SAS, Fibre Channel, FCoE and 10GbE. ATTO distributes its products worldwide directly to Original Equipment Manufacturers, systems integrators, VARs and authorized distributors.
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Grapevine Technologies Provides Social Media Solution: "The Vine"
DALLAS, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Churches are not traditionally early adopters. Yet, to remain relevant and capitalize on opportunities to share the gospel, many churches are breaking with tradition and are quickly adopting new viral technologies, such as The Vine, that allow for 24/7 contact with members and evangelizing outside of the church.
Millions of church members have become avid users of social media; therefore, many Churches have become actively involved with social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. While a generally accepted medium for marketing activities, church leaders have been reluctant to use public social media tools for core, communications due to privacy and safety concerns. Offensive advertising messages, inappropriate content for children and recent reports of poisoned Web links are also problematic for churches. These concerns have led to the next evolution in social media--private social networks.
In response to the growing need for a safe and secure social media platform, Dallas-based Grapevine Technologies is the first company to create a customized, private solution which helps build "true communities" for churches. Its initial product, The Vine, provides each church a walled garden which fosters communication, sharing, giving and collaboration among church leaders and members.
"Grapevine Technologies is proud to offer a social network solution that will enable churches to freely communicate without the concerns of outside distractions," said founder, Rafael Simpson. "We have taken a great deal of time during the development stages to listen to church leaders regarding the desired functionality of the platform. It was important to me on both a personal and business level to deliver a product that will equip churches to function more efficiently and effectively."
Churches and other nonprofit organizations have been severely impacted by the prolonged economic recession. Yet, online giving is on the rise. In a report by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, in 2010 nearly 75% of charitable groups surveyed reported online or Internet giving. Among those reporting, 58% saw an increase in giving. Whether tithing to the church or donating to humanitarian causes such as the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster, The Vine allows for easy online giving. Understanding the current financial strain on churches, Grapevine Technologies included functions which generate income beyond traditional tithes and offerings. The Vine offers a versatile ecommerce platform that allows for revenue generation through a local business directory, classified ads and postings for jobs and events. According to Henry Dittmer, Chief Operating Officer and a communication software veteran with extensive experience developing, deploying and managing technology, "The Vine offers a secure, customized solution with a rich feature set and organizational management tools. As active church members, however, we also understood the importance of creating an option that addresses the financial needs of the churches as well."
"Grapevine Technologies has delivered a unique communications platform for today's churches--and we are continuing to expand upon our technology to address their needs for tomorrow," concluded Dittmer.
Eutelsat Announces New Contract Between Skylogic and French Internet Service Provider Sat2way for New-Generation Broadband via KA-SAT
PARIS, April 4, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a new
contract between its Skylogic broadband subsidiary and the French Internet
service provider Sat2Way for distribution, from mid-2011, of the Tooway(TM)
new-generation broadband service on the KA-SAT satellite. The agreement
builds on a long-term collaboration, since early 2008, when Sat2Way launched
the first-generation Tooway(TM) service using Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat's
HOT BIRD(TM) 6 satellite.
The four-year contract, worth an initial EUR4 million, allows Sat2Way to
offer a range of Tooway(TM) packages with broadband speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
With over 3,000 subscription requests registered in the first
two weeks of pre-sales efforts for the next generation Tooway(TM) service,
Sat2Way expects to exceed its objectives. According to the latest analysis by
IDATE, approximately 400,000 French homes, that are mainly located in rural
and suburban areas, are not eligible for ADSL, highlighting the potential of
satellite broadband in Sat2Way's home market.
Welcoming the new partnership with Eutelsat, Stephane Ruelle,
founder of Sat2Way, said: "We have consistently believed in the market for
satellite Internet and are convinced that consumer broadband services using
Ka-band frequencies represent a compelling offer. Sat2Way selected Tooway(TM)
as soon as it was available because Skylogic proposed a long-term strategy,
using HOT BIRD(TM) 6 in advance of KA-SAT. The economic model of KA-SAT now
positions us to offer a highly competitive range of broadband services to
consumers in France, Belgium, and Spain who are unable to access the Internet
via terrestrial networks."
Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic added: "We are delighted
with the extension of our commercial agreement with Sat2Way, a longstanding
partner and one of the top 10 distributors of Tooway(TM) in Europe. This new
contract, and the interest that our new service is already generating, is
further proof of the demand for competitive, high speed satellite broadband
services across Europe, and the viability of our KA-SAT programme."
Launched in December 2010, and with total capacity of more
than 70 Gbps, KA-SAT will usher in a new era of competitively-priced
satellite-delivered services for homes and businesses across Europe and the
Mediterranean Basin. KA-SAT uses next-generation two-way wireless Ka-band
spotbeam technology, which lowers the cost of providing high-bandwidth access
to the Internet. The complete KA-SAT infrastructure, comprising the satellite
and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the Internet via a
fibre backbone ring, will enter service in mid-2011.
The user equipment for Tooway(TM) comprises a small satellite dish and a
modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet, giving immediate and always-on
Internet access following simple installation. The service can also deliver
Voice over IP, and Direct-to-Home television.
Tooway(TM) is delivered across Europe via a network of
certified distributors who have the flexibility to offer packages for
consumers, home workers and businesses with speeds, volumes and prices to
match their local market demands.
Sat2way is a French company, set up in 2003, and specialising in the
distribution of high-speed satellite Internet access packages in France and
About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 27
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 31 December 2010, Eutelsat's satellites were
broadcasting more than 3,700 television channels to over 200 million cable
and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's
satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications
services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets
for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight
markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates
access to high speed Internet services through teleports in France and Italy
that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid
organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ 683 commercial, technical and
operational employees from 28 countries.
GoPro Launches 3D HERO® System; World's Smallest 1080p 3D Camera. Professional Quality at a Consumer Price.
Innovative Modular Design Enables Consumers to Combine two 1080p HD HERO Cameras to Create Professional Quality 3D Camera System.
HALF MOON BAY, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GoPro, the world's leading activity camera company, today announced the availability of the much anticipated 3D HERO® System, a waterproof 3D expansion kit for GoPro's best selling 1080p HD HERO camera. The 3D HERO System is available immediately at GoPro.com and is shipping to GoPro retailers worldwide with an MSRP of $99.99.
The 3D HERO System has an industry-first modular design that enables consumers to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras to form a single 1080p 3D camera, the world's smallest and least expensive one at that. Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D HERO System can be worn on the body, mounted on gear and vehicles, and used as a handheld camera. A dual-camera, polycarbonate, waterproof housing holds the two cameras together and a synchronization cable plugs into the back of each camera, enabling them to function as a single camera. A single shutter button controls both cameras.
"The 3D HERO System is exciting for a lot of reasons, one of them being that it's not just a 3D camera. It's really several cameras in one, depending on how the consumer wants to use it," says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro's founder and CEO. "That you can take two GoPro cameras that you would normally use independently and combined them to form a new type of camera, a 3D camera...that's extremely cool. GoPro is excited to be the first company to build a camera this versatile."
"In addition to being a top selling consumer camera, the HD HERO camera is used by more professional production crews in the broadcast and film industry than any other camera in its class," adds Woodman. "We expect the 3D HERO System to further establish the HD HERO as one of the most versatile cameras in the world."
The 3D HERO System housing is only 5 inches (130mm) in length and 2.5 inches high (62mm) and is compatible with existing GoPro mounting accessories.
The 3D HERO System includes:
-- 3D HERO Waterproof Housing
-- 3D HERO Synchronization Cable
-- Skeleton Door (allows for optimal sound capture in dry environments)
-- 3 Pairs of 3D Anaglyph (Red/Blue) Glasses
-- Helmet Front Mount
-- 2 Flat and 2 Curved Adhesive Mounts
-- Free Download: GoPro CineForm Studio 3D editing software
GoPro's 1080p HD HERO cameras are not included with the 3D HERO System and are sold separately, starting at $259.99 per camera.
GoPro CineForm Studio(TM): 3D Content Creation Made Easy
Included as a free software download from gopro.com, GoPro's CineForm Studio software makes it easy to create, watch and share your 3D photos and videos. Mac and PC compatible, CineForm Studio combines the 2D photos and videos captured with the 3D HERO System and converts them into 3D H.264 files that you can watch on your computer, online at YouTube, and on your 2D or 3D television at home.
Announced on March 30, GoPro acquired CineForm, a leading video compression software company famous in the film and broadcast industry for their high quality compression and editing applications. GoPro's CineForm Studio software is a direct extension of CineForm's award winning professional applications and puts the power of Hollywood-caliber 2D and 3D editing in the hands of consumers.
Professional Options for Professional Content Creators: GoPro CineForm Codec
GoPro's professional customers will appreciate that in addition to being able to export YouTube friendly H.264 video files, CineForm Studio can also export video files using the GoPro CineForm codec. The GoPro CineForm codec is a professional quality video codec that allows for lossless 2D and 3D video editing in a variety of leading editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Sony Vegas, as well as Apple iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Used by Hollywood pros to create films such as Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, the GoPro CineForm codec is included as a part of the free CineForm Studio download from gopro.com.
GoPro 3D Center: The How, What, and Rad of 3D Content Creation
To help consumers understand how much fun it is to capture and create 3D content, GoPro has developed an online information resource - GoPro 3D Center. This online resource features written and video tutorials about 3D in general, how to capture incredible content with the 3D HERO System as well as how to view your 3D content on your laptop, online at YouTube, and on 2D or 3D TVs. Complete product specifications, instructions and system requirements can also be found in the GoPro 3D Center at http://www.gopro.com/3d-overview
"The 3D HERO System democratizes professional quality 3D content capture, making it affordable and easy for anyone to create engaging 3D movies. We're excited to watch our customers GoPro in 3D and we believe the 3D HERO System will help spur the proliferation of 3D content, helping the 3D movement as a whole," concluded Woodman.
Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro is the world's leading activity image capture company. GoPro's HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras and accessories are sold in over 60 countries, and in the USA at specialty sports retailers including Sports Authority, Sport Chalet, Cycle Gear, Best Buy, and online at gopro.com.
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Cell Phone Radiation Safety Advocate and FCC Regulatory Watchdog Cynthia Franklin Announces Launch of Consumer Information Website
SEATTLE, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cell phone radiation safety advocate and FCC regulatory watchdog Cynthia Franklin announces launch of consumer information website. Called "Lab Rat 4 SAR" - http://www.LabRat4sar.com, the site provides facts and commentary about the outdated federal policies and unfettered industry practices regarding cell phone radiation (SAR).
"Cell phone manufacturers are not informing consumers about a crucial radiation safety warning legally required by the FCC. And the FCC, the federal regulatory agency overseeing the industry, is doing nothing about it," claims Franklin. She became involved in this issue after discovering a radiation safety disclosure hidden in the fine print on her BlackBerry cell phone manufacturer's website that warned a user to never hold or carry the phone closer than 1" from her body. This warning did not appear in the literature that accompanied her phone.
The FCC allows all cell phones to be tested for compliance with federal radiation guidelines positioned up to 1" away from the testing body in a holster, failing to account for the typical manner in which many consumers use and carry their phones: in a pocket. To make a call with a phone in a pocket using an earpiece exposes the user to radiation levels that exceed the legal FCC federal safety limit.
In Michael Scherer's October 26, 2010 TIME article, "Cell Phone Safety: What the FCC Didn't Test", an unnamed FCC official admitted, "Clearly if it's tested in a holster, it's only guaranteed to be compliant if it's used with a holster."
Because of this "loophole" in the FCC radiation compliance testing procedure, all cell phone manufacturers are required to inform consumers to never carry or use the phone closer than the "separation distance" from the body. However, it is the industry-wide practice to hide these crucial warnings in technical fine print in obscure locations within the user guide. Franklin launched the website to inform consumers of this warning, as well as to expose the outdated and inadequate policies she has uncovered at the FCC related to regulatory oversight of cell phone radiation.
Cynthia Franklin vows to continue writing articles, emailing officials and lobbying legislators until obsolete FCC radiation testing procedures are modified AND until the industry complies with FCC federal requirements to inform consumers about radiation safety guidelines. She can be contacted at: LabRat4sar@gmail.com
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SiriusXM listeners nationwide get access to live hole-by-hole coverage from storied Augusta National, plus daily analysis throughout Masters Week
NEW YORK, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will offer live hole-by-hole coverage of the 2011 Masters Tournament from Thursday, April 7, through Sunday, April 10, nationwide on XM channel 146 and on Sirius channel 209 with the "Best of XM" programming package.
SiriusXM listeners will get extensive coverage with live play-by-play from Augusta National Golf Club, plus expert analysis leading up to and throughout the event.
Live hole-by-hole coverage from Augusta National will begin at 2:00 pm ET Thursday through Sunday of Masters Week and air through the end of each day's play. Fans will get live reports from reporters around the course and updates on golfers moving up and down the leader board.
Live tournament play-by-play will also be available to listeners on SiriusXM Internet Radio and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for the Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and several BlackBerry and Android-powered smartphones.
Leading into each day's on-course coverage, former PGA TOUR pro John Maginnes will host a special preview show, The Masters Today, Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm ET.
Additionally, every weekday throughout Masters Week, SiriusXM's daily lineup of shows will offer the latest news, compelling golf talk and expert analysis. From 7:00 to 9:00 am ET, Matt Adams hosts Fairways of Life, followed by Teed Off with Brian Katrek from 9:00 to 11:00 am ET. Longtime golf commentator Peter Kessler hosts Making The Turn from 11:00 am to noon ET.
SiriusXM provides comprehensive coverage of the 2011 golf season, offering more live play-by-play than any other TV or radio broadcaster and giving listeners nationwide access to the full schedule of events featuring the world's best golfers.
SiriusXM broadcasts live play-by-play of the PGA TOUR season and all four major championship events - The Masters, the U.S. Open Championship (June 16-19 from Congressional CC, MD), The Open Championship (July 14-17 from Royal St. George's GC, Kent, England) and the PGA Championship (August 11-14 from Atlanta Athletic Club, GA).
About Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio is America's satellite radio company. SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 satellite radio channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data services to 20.2 million subscribers. SiriusXM offers an array of content from many of the biggest names in entertainment, as well as from professional sports leagues, major colleges, and national news and talk providers.
SiriusXM programming is available on more than 800 devices, including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. SiriusXM programming is also available at siriusxm.com, and on Apple, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices.
SiriusXM has arrangements with every major automaker and its radio products are available for sale at shop.siriusxm.com as well as retail locations nationwide.
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California-Based Company Promotes Online Source of Vacation Deals
BELLFLOWER, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- California-based company, BEG Marketing LLC, has announced a new travel-booking partnership with TV Travel Incorporated at http://www.tvtravelpackage.com/BG0086.
Founder and President of BEG Marketing LLC, Blanche Goforth, said, "Our primary goal is to help promote a destination where consumers can find the best vacation deals on the internet. It's tough to plan an entire vacation with so many options out there, which is why we're doing our best to promote cost-effective packages for our customers."
BEG Marketing LLC works hand in hand with TV Travel Incorporated to promote great deals for individuals, groups and families looking to take a trip. The site offers specials on hotels, all-inclusive resorts, airfare, cruises, golfing, shopping, restaurants and more. All packages can be viewed by going directly to http://www.tvtravelpackage.com/BG0086 and accessing the "products" tab.
The Web site offers a variety of choice destinations in the United States as well as exotic destinations around the world. An intake call center is available to answer any booking questions and/or concerns.
Goforth added, "There's a vacation for every type of person, whether you're looking for a relaxing week on the beach or an exciting weekend in Vegas!"
Seamlessly Access and Share Content with Anyone, Anywhere with No Fees
AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the highly anticipated, revolutionary Buffalo CloudStor(TM) personal storage solution is now shipping. First revealed at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, CloudStor goes beyond simple storage, creating a portal to freely access and share photos, videos, music and much more with anyone, anywhere through the cloud. Unlike online storage services, CloudStor has no capacity or service fees. Just plug it in, turn it on and create your free account at mycloudstor.com. CloudStor comes with everything you need to get started. You just have to be free to share.
"Digital content consumption has moved beyond traditional channels along with how it is stored and accessed," said Ralph Spagnola, vice president of sales at Buffalo Technology. "Bringing CloudStor to market delivers on Buffalo's promise of simplifying data mobility, allowing you to access and share your content freely, with anyone, anywhere."
At the center of every CloudStor is the Pogoplug® cloud service. The popular service connects users to their storage and allows them to freely access and share their storage anywhere in the world. CloudStor is the first and only Pogoplug device with integrated storage. Files are securely shared between people and there is no need for user setup; just email a link to your family and friends. Consumers' digital content always resides on CloudStor and the online service is only used to connect users and guests to specified files on the device.
In addition, CloudStor offers many traditional consumer network attached storage features including private share support for LAN based network sharing and pairing with the popular uTorrent(TM) client, allowing users to offload the task of downloading torrent files from computers to CloudStor. Buffalo CloudStor can also stream to popular media devices, including Sony PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360®. Plus, CloudStor has an integrated Time Machine® backup system that allows Mac® users to use Time Machine to backup their systems to CloudStor when at home.
Pricing and Availability
The Buffalo CloudStor is backed by a limited one-year warranty that includes toll-free 24/7 US based technical support. CloudStor is now available at an estimated street price of $149.99 for the 1 TB CloudStor (CS-WX1.0TL), $209.99 for the 2 TB CloudStor (CS-WX2.0TL) and $249.99 for the 2 TB CloudStor Pro (CS-WV2.0TL). Buffalo products can be purchased through distribution, online resellers and Buffalo's ecommerce website. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company's web site at http://www.buffalotech.com.
About Buffalo Technology
Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is a leading provider of award-winning networking, storage, and multimedia solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative, best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit http://www.buffalotech.com.
About Cloud Engines
Cloud Engines, Inc. is the producer of Pogoplug, the award winning personal cloud solution. The Pogoplug service provides private and secure online storage, with no fees or limits, which can be accessed and shared from any computer or mobile device on the Internet. The service is free with the purchase of a Pogoplug-powered device, a small appliance that safely hosts storage from the privacy of a user's home or office. Cloud Engines was founded in 2007 by experienced entrepreneurs from the digital media and security industries who have a mission to change the way personal content is stored and distributed over the Internet. The company is located in San Francisco, California with development offices in Israel. For more information, please visit http://www.cloudengines.com.
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HomeAway Broadens Its Reach in Australian Market with Acquisition of realholidays.com.au from REA Group
AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, today announced it has acquired realholidays.com.au, the Australian vacation rental brand of REA Group Limited.
The acquisition of realholidays.com.au, which features 21,000 listings(1) not only broadens HomeAway's reach into the Australian market, but also marks its expansion from North America, South America and Europe into Asia-Pacific.
"Australia is a tremendous travel marketplace, and HomeAway is excited to continue the work begun by REA Group to provide even greater choice to Australian travelers," says CEO Brian Sharples. "We look forward to working with the realholidays.com.au customers to help them benefit from our technology and the marketing of their properties to a new, global market of vacation rental travelers."
"REA is proud of realholidays.com.au's success in the Australian holiday rentals market," says Greg Ellis, CEO and Managing Director of REA Group. "However, we recognized the opportunity to further develop the business and, given our focus on residential and commercial property sites, felt it would be best managed by a specialist. With an expertise in holiday lettings around the world, HomeAway is ideally placed to provide even greater value to realholidays.com.au's customers."
HomeAway® plans to add realholidays.com.au's properties to the recently-launched HomeAway.com.au, which will be managed out of the company's Melbourne office by James Cassidy, formerly of realholidays.com.au and vacation rental site, stayz.com.au. HomeAway.com.au already features 105,900 vacation rental listings in 99 countries.
Notes to editors:
(1) As of March 11, 2011 realholidays.com.au had 21,128 listings. Source REA Datawarehouse - Hyperion Top Agents Report
About the REA Group
REA Group (ASX:REA) is a market-leading online advertising business specialising in real estate. Established in Melbourne in 1995, the Group operates real estate websites in Australia and around the world. Together, its sites received more than 12.2 million unique browsers in February 2011 (source: Nielsen Market Intelligence, Nielsen SiteCensus, Omniture SiteCatalyst). For the month of February 2011 realestate.com.au delivered 7,204,209 unique browsers (source: Nielsen, Market Intelligence, Australia). For further information visit rea-group.com.
About HomeAway, Inc.
HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, operates the world's largest online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, representing more than 525,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout over 145 countries. HomeAway's websites offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; and AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil.
In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit http://www.HomeAway.com.
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Los Angeles Dentist, Dr. Bijan Afar, Launches Informative and Patient-Friendly Website
LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles dentist, Bijan Afar, is well known for providing high quality dental care for area residents. Dr. Afar has now launched a new informative and patient-friendly website to provide accurate knowledge about available treatments and technologies that are used during dental visits to Wilshire Dental Care.
Dr. Bijan Afar has invested in the latest technologies that include computer, laser, and digital imaging to provide the highest quality dental care to area residents. These technologies are used by Dr. Afar and his associates, Los Angeles cosmetic dentists, at Wilshire Dental Care to help refine results and be able to give patients the beautiful smile they've always wanted and an improvement in overall oral health. Both general and cosmetic dentistry treatments are greatly enhanced through the use of these technologies.
It's common for those with a fear of dental treatments to avoid preventative dentistry procedures. These procedures are designed to combat common problems that can lead to tooth deterioration or decay if left untreated. Los Angeles cosmetic dentist and general dentists at Wilshire Dental Care use sedation dentistry to help patients with anxiety to have a comfortable and stress-free treatment.
Broken or missing teeth can now be restored using modern procedures. By using technologies like Invisalign to straighten teeth, patients can obtain a straighter and more attractive smile. Lumineers and veneers can be used to transform discoloration and damage to teeth.
More people are discovering the benefits of cosmetic dentistry procedures to change the quality and appearance of their smile. Dr. Afar, dentist in Los Angeles, has the education and experience to complete restorations with precision accuracy to deliver excellent results.
About Dr. Bijan Afar
Dr. Afar attended UCLA where he earned a Microbiology degree, DDS, and Master of Science degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Afar has a passion for teeth restoration and oral health of patients. His advanced studies include periodontics and dental implants to provide superior dental care for patients.
Visit http://www.wilshiredentalcare.com for more information about the technologies used at this center, located at 6200 Wilshire Blvd., Suite#1508, Los Angeles, CA 90048. You can call (323) 938-6137 to make an appointment or get more information.
April Showers Bring Verizon Wireless 3G Network Enhancements From Coast-to-Coast
Nation's Largest, Most Reliable 3G Network Enhanced in Popular Baseball Cities and Travel Locations
BASKING RIDGE, N.J.,April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- April might be known for the rain, but the Verizon Wireless network is as bright as the sun, thanks to recent network enhancements across the country.
In the past two weeks, Verizon Wireless has showered customers with 3G network enhancements from coast-to-coast. The latest 3G network enhancements improve customers' ability to browse the Internet, check the latest videos or chat with friends and family across the United States.
Just in time for the first pitch of the 2011 baseball season, new Verizon Wireless cell sites near popular major league ballparks were hitting homeruns and connecting customers in Chicago and Boston, where baseball fans can share photos or text score updates to friends while enjoying America's favorite pastime.
Customers will also enjoy an enhanced network at popular tourist destinations across the United States. In the District of Columbia, Verizon Wireless has completed work that increases the 3G data handling capacity at cell sites throughout the nation's capital. In Bainbridge Island, Wash., a new cell site makes it easier for travelers on the Seattle-Bremerton Ferry to connect with friends and family along Pleasant Beach, the south end of Bainbridge Island and through the Rich Passage of Puget Sound. Travelers heading to Hilo and the Waiakea Uka area on the island of Hawaii can now surf both waves and the Web, thanks to a new cell site activated southwest of the island.
In addition, Verizon Wireless customers in the following locations are also enjoying enhanced service, thanks to new cell sites announced over the past two weeks:
-- Libertyville, Ill.
-- Newark, Ill.
-- Wheeling, Ill.
-- Hammond, Ind.
-- Medford, Ore.
-- Port Orford, Ore.
-- Alexandria, Va.
-- Arlington County, Va.
-- Fairfax City, Va.
-- Fairfax County, Va.
-- Fredericksburg, Va.
-- Loudoun, Va.
-- Manassas, Va.
-- Prince William County, Va.
-- Spotsylvania County, Va.
-- Camano Island, Wash.
-- North Cascades, Wash.
-- Sequim, Wash.
The Verizon Wireless 3G broadband network carries data sessions for customers using the latest wireless devices and smartphones, including the new iPhone 4 from Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless network enhancements are part of the company's aggressive annual network capital investment program to stay ahead of the growing demand for voice and data services. The company has invested more than $65 billion in its nationwide network since it was formed - $6 billion on average every year.
More Information Available
-- Find these and other network announcements at the Verizon Wireless News
-- Follow VZWNetwork on Twitter for ongoing network updates, enhancements
-- See video footage of Verizon Wireless' year-round network preparations
across the country on YouTube and in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Stonebranch Announces Product Line Integration Just 80 Days After Merger
Indesca and Infitran solutions now seamlessly integrated into OpsWise Automation Center
ATLANTA, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stonebranch, Inc. today announced the release of new versions of their suite of workload automation products: Indesca, Infitran, and OpsWise Automation Center.
These releases have been delivered just 80 days after the announced merger of Stonebranch and OpsWise Software. As of this release, Indesca job scheduling agents and Infitran managed file transfer agents are now fully integrated into Automation Center - providing Automation Center with new platform integrations and managed file transfer capabilities.
"While we remain committed to interoperability with any scheduling platform, Automation Center provides an alternative solution to legacy implementations," says John Mecke, COO of Stonebranch. "Now, with the integration of the Stonebranch product portfolio, our customers have the opportunity to replace or augment their aging scheduling environment while retaining 100% of their investment in Indesca and Infitran agents - making it the most affordable method of transitioning to a modern workload automation platform."
OpsWise Automation Center is an industry-awarded workload automation solution for its innovative web-based architecture and ease of use. The product provides automation for environments that span from z/OS to distributed systems and even to cloud-based solutions.
In addition to product integration, the release also introduces application state management and system resource monitoring; enabling you to monitor and react to changes in the infrastructure that could impact an organization's workload.
"In a market where companies typically take years to integrate technology from new acquisitions, we have achieved the same result in weeks," explains Wolfgang Bothe, founder and CEO of Stonebranch Inc. "We have kept our focus on delivering new and innovative workload solutions to our customers - this is the first step towards achieving our vision for a new era in workload automation."
Stonebranch challenges traditional workload management practices by offering the most innovative and reliable Workload Automation solutions on the market today. Our Workload Automation products include OpsWise Automation Center, the most modern job scheduler on the market; Indesca, an independent job scheduling agent solution; and Infitran, a suite of intelligent managed file transfer solutions. Stonebranch clients include some of the world's largest financial, healthcare and technology institutions. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Stonebranch has offices throughout the world, including Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain and Denmark. For more information, visit us at: http://www.stonebranch.com.
Texas Instruments first semiconductor company to license EtherCAT® technology for embedded ARM®- and DSP+ARM-based devices
-- New license demonstrates TI's commitment to industrial markets
-- TI implementation of EtherCAT technology allows design flexibility as industrial standards evolve
-- TI devices featuring EtherCAT technology coming in 4Q 2011
HANNOVER, Germany, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with Hannover Faire, the world's largest industrial trade show, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) demonstrates its commitment to the industrial market and announces it is the first semiconductor company to license Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT®) for its ARM®- and DSP+ARM-based embedded processors. This new, ground-breaking industrial Ethernet technology will be featured in TI's upcoming Sitara(TM) ARM microprocessors (MPUs) planned for the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2011 and in TI's C6-Integra(TM) DSP+ARM processors beginning in 2012.
Benefits of EtherCAT technology
-- Increases efficiency: EtherCAT technology is based on the principle of
fast processing on the fly. EtherCAT messages are passed from node to
node and processed while they are passed, which improves speed and
efficiency in industrial systems. Overall industrial application
performance is also improved with shorter reaction times, enabling
increased operational efficiency.
-- Ease of use: EtherCAT uses the standard IEEE 802.3 frames and physical
layer. No external switches or hubs are necessary because the EtherCAT
slave controllers forward the frames automatically. Most devices embed
two RJ-45 ports, which are commonly utilized data ports for Ethernet
connections. Auto-configuration of the EtherCAT technology is
supported. No manual address setting is required and no network tuning
-- Lowers costs: With the use of standard cabling and no external hubs or
switches needed, this lowers the EtherCAT technology costs. There are
also lower configuration costs with the auto-configuration support.
Benefits of TI embedded ARM-based solutions:
-- Integration: System-on-chip solution based on TI's most advanced
silicon technology, integrating the EtherCAT slave controller. This
on-chip integration allows the user to be tightly coupled to the
application processor which provides high throughput, low latency
access, board space savings and lower total costs.
-- Flexibility: The programmable real-time unit (PRU) allows for flexible
implementation that can more easily adapt as industrial standards evolve
"The EtherCAT Protocol technology sets new standards for the real-time performance and flexibility that are critical for TI's embedded ARM-based devices geared toward the industrial market. With its popularity today in industrial drive and input/output applications, EtherCAT, a leading industrial communication protocol, is used to allow master and slave controllers to communicate with each other without a host computer in high-noise industrial environments," said Ram Sathappan, industrial automation manager, TI. "The TI approach to EtherCAT with the programmable real-time unit (PRU) on TI's Sitara ARM MPUs and C6-Integra DSP + ARM processors allows for flexible implementation that can more easily adapt as industrial standards evolve over time."
"With TI's integration of an EtherCAT interface in several product lines, this turns EtherCAT into a mainstream technology beyond the automation world," Martin Rostan, executive director, EtherCAT Technology Group. "We are thrilled about this milestone development which will open entirely new markets for EtherCAT and help EtherCAT to establish a strong position in a wide range of embedded applications, further accelerating the adoption of EtherCAT in the industrial market."
Learn more about EtherCAT at Hannover Fair
To learn more about EtherCAT technology, please visit the EtherCAT Technology Group at the Hannover Fair, Hall 9, booth D18.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 80,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be - smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun. Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do - from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities. This is just the beginning of our story. Learn more at http://www.ti.com.
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SparkFun Electronics Creates Department of Education
New department hopes to help make electronics accessible and approachable to individuals of all ages
BOULDER, Colo., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SparkFun Electronics (http://www.sparkfun.com), a Boulder-based company specializing in helping electronic enthusiasts get the parts and resources they need, is announcing a new department - the Department of Education. At the head of the department is newly appointed Director of Education, Lindsay Levkoff, Ph.D.
SparkFun Electronics always has focused on Sharing Ingenuity - providing extensive online resources as well as offering a variety of in-house workshops and events. The recent development of a new Department of Education within SparkFun emphasizes the company's passion and commitment to providing individuals with the tools they need to explore the world of embedded electronics.
"Our primary goal is to make electronics education exciting, accessible and affordable. We will be launching a new website this year that is catered toward introducing a person of any age to electronics," said Levkoff. "Our hope is that anyone interested in pursuing this exciting field will find the necessary resources and inspiration to play."
Additionally, SparkFun will continue to host workshops on various areas of electronics technology, including soldering, stenciling, wireless communication, printed circuit board design, prototyping and the exciting emerging field of eTextiles.
SparkFun hopes to partner with schools and programs to foster excitement about electronics and technology in the classroom and beyond. The improvement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has been declared a national priority by President Obama. Through hands-on experience, SparkFun hopes to help students explore the creative side of engineering and computer science.
A recent collaboration with an elementary school after school program culminated in an incredible growth (more than 80 percent) in students' interest and knowledge in the STEM fields. SparkFun's programs are designed to explore students' creativity as well as the technical aspects inherent in electronics technology, creating a positive STEM experience and encouraging future exploration.
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Based in Boulder, Colo., SparkFun helps electronics enthusiasts turn design and innovation ideas into reality. As an online retail store it sells the bits and pieces to make almost any electronics project possible. SparkFun products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to products, SparkFun also offers classes and a number of online tutorials to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics. To learn more visit (http://www.sparkfun.com).
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Gorilla Logic Releases Newest Version of FoneMonkey Open Source Testing Tool for iPhone and iPad Applications
FoneMonkey is the only test tool for iOS that records all user actions and plays them back
BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gorilla Logic, (http://www.gorillalogic.com), a leader in enterprise application development services and creators of open source test tools for mobile and rich Internet applications, today announced FoneMonkey 5, the latest version of the open source functional testing tool for iPhone and iPad applications. FoneMonkey improves application quality by automating the detection of bugs prior to release, shortening time-to-market and reducing development and testing costs by lowering the need for resource-intensive manual testing processes.
"FoneMonkey fills a huge gap in the iPhone/iPad developer's toolkit and makes Agile development a reality through automated testing, something that has never been feasible for this critical consumer platform with millions of users worldwide," said Stu Stern, president and CEO of Gorilla Logic and co-creator of FoneMonkey. "FoneMonkey is a single, easy-to-learn tool that can be used effectively by both engineering and QA organizations, from one-person startups to large enterprises."
Gorilla Logic's passion for delivering quality software applications for enterprise customers led to the creation of FoneMonkey. It is the only test tool for iOS that records all actions with the iPhone or iPad while in use and plays them back as a test script at any time. It enables the interactive creation, editing and playback of automation scripts that exercise an application's user interface. Using FoneMonkey, developers and quality assurance team members can create suites of tests that automate and perform user operation sequences, and then verify results. FoneMonkey supports development as well as QA testing, and tests can easily be incorporated into continuous integration environments.
FoneMonkey 5 offers new features that provide a tremendous boost to application quality. Already a leader in automated user testing, Gorilla Logic has spent the last year incubating the FoneMonkey project with the help and feedback from the open source community. New features include:
-- Robust script recording and playback - more comprehensive recording and
playback for user interactions, including taps, keyboard input, dragging
and scrolling for all Cocoa Touch components.
-- Code generation options - FoneMonkey can now generate ready-to-run test
can be run with Apple's UI Automation tools.
-- Optimized for both iPhone and iPad platforms and user interfaces.
-- FoneMonkey now works on both simulators and real devices.
-- Test playbacks can be completely automated.
In addition, Gorilla Logic offers QuickStart, support and training services to help organizations maximize the return on investment with test automation. It also created FlexMonkey, the leading open-source tool for automated testing of applications built with Adobe Flex technology, that has seen thousands of downloads.
Gorilla Logic provides custom enterprise application development services to many of the world's leading software-driven organizations. It has a rich history of applying software engineering best practices to reduce the time and cost of delivering high-quality, full-featured applications with advanced functionality. Its technical leadership in mobile, rich Internet and enterprise applications showcases its broad platform expertise and exemplifies its commitment to software development best practices and quality. Its innovative work with emerging development platforms led to the creation of two industry leading open source tools for automated testing, FlexMonkey (Flex applications) and FoneMonkey (iPhone/iPad Apps). To download Gorilla Logic's open source tools, and to learn more about the company and its services, please visit (http://www.gorillalogic.com).
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The Future of Technology-Driven Workplace Education is the Focus of New Book, "Next Learning, Unwrapped," from Deloitte's Nick van Dam
NEW YORK, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Next Learning, Unwrapped," a new book authored by Nick van Dam, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and a chief learning officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, details how social networks, tablets, smartphones, wikis, blogs, performance support, online communities, gaming, and other social and collaborative learning technologies are becoming an integral part of the day-to-day learning environment of many organizations and rapidly transforming the way businesses accelerate development of their people around the world.
The book presents new technology-driven learning concepts in the context of nearly 40 business cases from leading organizations that use technology-based learning to achieve business goals. Business and learning leaders can use these success stories and lessons learned as blueprints to embed technology-based learning deeper into the culture of their organizations.
"Technology has created a fantastic opportunity to provide people around the world with 'any time, any place' access to knowledge and learning that can help them to be more successful professionally," said van Dam,. "Essentially, this book 'unwraps' the concept of technology-based learning and provides organizations options to consider relative to this trend."
The learning examples covered in the book are designed to help address the educational and development needs of many of today's businesses, including:
-- How to effectively re-skill and up-skill the workforce and accelerate
the learning time to meet strategic business goals
-- On-demand and social learning that help attract and develop talent, and
create a workplace that can continuously motivate people as business
-- Cost-conscious learning applications that help a distributed and virtual
workforce effectively respond to changing marketplace requirements
-- Learning formats that can support the learning preferences of different
generations in the workforce and are designed to provide engaging and
effective learning experiences
"Today's organizations require effective and efficient learning for their global workforces. People need to acquire knowledge and develop skills that support their individual performance and drive business results. The case studies presented in this book demonstrate ways social and collaborative technology-based learning can influence and transform the workplace," says van Dam.
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Kraft Foods Extends Partnerships With Paula Deen Enterprises, EQAL, Digitas to Launch Season 2 Real Women of Philadelphia
Popular online community returns to search for the nation's best home cooks
GLENVIEW, Ill., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraft Foods announced today its plans to extend its partnerships with Paula Deen Enterprises, Digitas and EQAL to launch Season 2 of the Real Women of Philadelphia online community and cooking competition. Building on the incredible success of the first season, home cooks nationwide are invited to upload videos showcasing their preparation of original recipes using Philadelphia Cream Cheese or the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme.
During the first season of the Real Women of Philadelphia, more than 1.3 million people visited the Real Women of Philadelphia community, sharing more than 8,200 tasty, easy to make at home recipe videos, which have received a stunning 31.6 million views in less than 12 months. This season, women nationwide are encouraged to create entertaining and creative cooking videos in each of four categories--appetizer, side dish, entree and dessert for submission. At the end of the eight-week competition and live cook-off event, one lucky winner will be chosen in each of the four categories and crowned the Season 2 Real Women of Philadelphia. Each winner will receive a talent contract worth $25,000, star in her own cooking videos, contribute to a cookbook featuring the community's favorite cream cheese recipes from the season and host the Real Women of Philadelphia community online.
"Last year we formed a winning combination with our partners to create and develop a site that generated 1.3 million site visits and empowered more than 40,000 women to become registered community members through their love of cooking and sharing recipes," said Adam Butler, Brand Manager of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. "This season we look forward to extending our reach and continuing to provide a positive, interactive environment where even more women can connect through their passion for cooking."
All female cooks, from novices to experts are invited to visit http://www.realwomenofphiladelphia.com today to enter the competition and join the Real Women of Philadelphia community where thousands of members already share their family recipes, tips and stories with other real-life cooks.
The Real Women of Philadelphia program was developed by Digitas and EQAL in collaboration with Kraft Foods and includes video production, Web site development and community management. Social media strategy and public relations handled by 360i and Rogers & Cowan, and media handled by The KraftOne team of Digitas and Mediavest.
About Kraft Foods
Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2010 revenue of $49.2 billion, more than half of which was earned outside North America. Eleven of the company's iconic brands -- including Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia and Trident -- generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually, and 40 have been loved for more than a century. A leader in innovation, marketing, health & wellness and sustainability, Kraft Foods is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor's 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index. For more information, visit http://www.kraftfoodscompany.com and http://www.facebook.com/kraftfoodscorporate.
Deploys Cisco TelePresence as Part of University's IP Transformation
OSWEGO, N.Y., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Students and faculty at the State University of New York at Oswego will be able to interact with experts across the world without ever having to leave campus - thanks to an immersive video solution provided by Verizon.
As part of a three-year, $3.5 million initiative intended to transform the campus infrastructure by using Internet Protocol technologies, Verizon is working to bring the benefits of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) to the college, including deploying Cisco TelePresence technology on the main campus in Oswego and at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse. Immersive video goes far beyond traditional video conferencing by replicating face-to-face interaction so realistically that it feels as though everyone is in the same room, even though they may be hundreds or thousands of miles apart.
"A major benefit of the new system is its ability to deliver new academic offerings via high-quality video, while allowing us to tie into other telepresence locations across the country - or around the globe -- providing access to outside experts and opening the college up to numerous distance learning opportunities," said Joe Moreau, SUNY Oswego's chief technology officer. "At the same time, using video will support the college's sustainability efforts by helping to reduce travel between campuses and the carbon emissions associated with it. The opportunities are tremendous."
SUNY Oswego, with 8,300 students and 1,195 full-time faculty and staff, stretches for almost 700 acres and includes 58 buildings along Lake Ontario. Oswego is one of 13 university colleges in the 64-campus SUNY system, offering more than 110 majors ranging from accounting to zoology as well as cooperative and graduate programs.
In addition to telepresence, the new IP-based communications platform will enable Voice Over IP (VoIP) and video, as well as advanced call center operations for better customer service.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 94.1 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 194,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Leading Network Security Analysis Vendor Strengthens RSA's Advanced Security, Risk and Compliance Management Solutions
HOPKINTON, Mass., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has acquired Virginia-based NetWitness Corporation -- a privately-held, market-leading provider of network security analysis solutions. NetWitness' technologies provide precise and pervasive network visibility, enabling security teams to detect and remediate advanced threats while automating the incident investigation process. EMC's acquisition of NetWitness closed on April 1, 2011, and NetWitness will now operate as a part of RSA, The Security Division of EMC. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact to revenue or EPS for the full 2011 fiscal year.
NetWitness offers a revolutionary network security monitoring and analysis platform that provides organizations with a complete and actionable understanding of activity happening on their enterprise networks. Leading organizations worldwide have deployed NetWitness solutions to solve a wide range of the most challenging information security problems including: insider threats, zero-day exploits and targeted malware, advanced persistent threats, fraud, espionage, data leakage, and continuous monitoring of critical security controls. NetWitness customers include enterprises across the Global 1000 in sectors such as financial services, power and energy, telecommunications, retail, and high-tech, as well as government agencies around the world in defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence.
"The intensity and sophistication of advanced adversaries and zero day malware challenge every organization to rethink traditional approaches to network security," said Tom Heiser, President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. "NetWitness has redefined the security landscape, providing a powerful solution for organizations seeking to gain immediate insight, precise clarity, and timely closure in the face of the toughest cyber threats. NetWitness' unique network security analysis capabilities extend RSA's solutions for managing security risk and compliance across both physical and virtual environments."
NetWitness will become a core element of RSA's Advanced Security Management Solutions, providing real-time visibility into network activity and adding efficiency to incident investigations and workflow. By combining the NetWitness network monitoring and analysis technology with RSA's enVision® platform, RSA® Data Loss Prevention Suite (DLP) and RSA® CyberCrime Intelligence service, security teams can achieve deep insight into the security posture of their organizations. The precise intelligence and visibility that NetWitness provides, coupled with the RSA Archer eGRC platform, enables organizations to apply business context to security information for better identification and prioritization of security risks while improving and streamlining the incident management process.
NetWitness innovations also go beyond network security analysis to include automated malware analysis, a rapidly growing requirement for addressing advanced persistent threats. Announced at RSA Conference 2011 and available in Q2 2011, NetWitness unveiled Spectrum, a new offering that replicates the knowledge, process and workflow of malware analysts. Spectrum will deliver multiple signature-free methods to identify advanced and zero-day malware. When supplemented by the data collected through RSA FraudAction and RSA CyberCrime Intelligence services, Spectrum can perform a key role in addressing evolving threats.
"EMC and NetWitness share a complementary vision for the future of security management, work with the same types of industry-leading customers, and have a respect for each other's cultures of innovation and growth," said Amit Yoran, CEO of NetWitness. "Joining RSA is a strategic move that will deliver significant benefit for NetWitness customers, partners and employees. EMC has a tremendous record of bringing together smart people and hot technologies and continuing to invest in them to further accelerate growth and achieve their full market potential. Together, we have an opportunity to further strengthen our leadership position in network security analysis by creating new, integrated products and capabilities to solve our customers' most complex security challenges."
NetWitness® is a revolutionary network monitoring platform that provides enterprises a precise and actionable understanding of everything happening on the network. NetWitness solutions are deployed in customer environments to solve a wide range of tough information security problems including: insider threats, zero-day exploits and targeted malware, advanced persistent threats, fraud, espionage, data leakage, and continuous monitoring of security controls. NetWitness customers include enterprises across the Global 1000 in sectors such as financial services, power and energy, telecommunications, retail, and high-tech, as well as government agencies around the world in defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
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CONTACT: Jenn McManus-Goode of RSA, The Security Division of EMC, +1-781-515-6313, email@example.com