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PR Newswire & Marketing Cloud Host a Free Webinar, B2B Demand Center - A Best Practice Framework, featuring John Neeson of SiriusDecisions
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PR Newswire & Marketing Cloud invite you to join an educational webinar, B2B Demand Center - A Best Practice Framework that will define the B2B demand center and explain how it fits into marketing strategy and has the power to deliver superior results.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 1 pm EDT, the webinar will feature John Neeson, Managing Director and Co-Founder of SiriusDecisions. He will showcase how "best in class" companies are leveraging demand generation best practices to strategically support their marketing goals and achieve superior results. Rob Solomon, CEO and Founder of Bulldog Solutions will also offer additional examples and thought leadership best practices on ways to implement these tactics.
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Pen Pal Kids Club Website Offering Free Classroom Subscriptions
CARMEL, Calif., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pen Pal Kids Club (PPKC), "the safe social network for kids around the world(TM)," is offering FREE CLASSROOM SUBSCRIPTIONS to qualified teachers across the globe. Details are available at: http://www.penpalkidsclub.com. Pen Pal Kids Club provides different levels of challenge for children aged four to 14, allowing kids to 'Explore, Play and Share' with global pen pals in a completely secure environment.
Developed for both school and at-home use, the site is ideal for curricular applications, as a reference resource, and as an engaging free time activity. Key safety and educational features include:
-- Students exchange digital postcards with children around the world,
communicating via a classroom avatar to ensure privacy. Teachers locate
and approve the Pen Pals, plus guide questions and responses that help
kids learn about their new friends' cultures and daily lives.
-- Postcards are automatically translated into seven different languages -
English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian and German - so
children across the globe can participate.
-- Six interactive games based on culture, world history, and geography add
to the learning fun. Designed for a range of ages and skills, they
-- Trivial Travails! Compete IN REAL TIME against three other players,
answering fast-paced questions about history, geography, and related
-- Fare Fair! Help customers choose a meal that is native to their
country while learning to recognize foreign words, foods and
-- Through an exclusive partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids,
subscribers enjoy direct online access to this vast kid-filtered library
of information. Great for homework help and classroom projects!
-- PPKC's secure online environment offers built-in adult controls, fully
compliant with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Children's Online
Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), earning the TRUSTe seal of safety.
The website was co-founded by John and Shelley Aliotti, based on an original concept by Shelley Aliotti, author/illustrator of "My Pen Pal Scrapbook: An Educational Journey Through World Cultures."
"Our goal is to instill a love of learning about different people and places in children, so we're thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful free resource to classroom teachers," said Ms. Aliotti.
In addition to the free classroom offer, family subscriptions are available for $2.99 U.S. on a monthly basis (first month free), or $29.99 yearly (two months free).
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Pen Pal Kids Club
CONTACT: Shelley Aliotti, Shelley@penpalkidsclub.com, or John Aliotti, email@example.com, both of Pen Pal Kids Club, +1-831-659-4434
Traditional Home Launches Spring Issue Of tradhomemag.com
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Design enthusiasts who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next issue of TRADhome, the popular online shelter publication from America's largest upscale shelter magazine Traditional Home, can now get their next dose of fresh, original design content by logging on now to http://www.tradhomemag.com.
TRADhome premiered in spring 2011, where it succeeded in generating more than 25 million page views and 170,000 unique visitors. TRADhome again offers 100% original content celebrating innovative ideas, products and designers who are re-defining the meaning of traditional design. TRADhome's spring issue is centered around the "2012 New Trads," Traditional Home's annual, signature "hot list" of designers to watch. The 10 New Trads are featured along with the 10 design bloggers who submitted them via the recent "10 Days to 10 New Trads" challenge.
"The creation of this second issue was truly a collaborative process and we're proud to introduce a robust new edition which celebrates traditional design in engaging and interesting new ways," said Ann Maine, editor in chief, Traditional Home.
The spring 2012 edition of TRADhome is housed on Zinio, the world's largest newsstand, which enables readers to move seamlessly within the publication between text, interactive elements, video and more. TRADhome is available for download from the Zinio newsstand to any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. Separately, Traditional Home is planning on launching a Traditional Home iPad app later this year.
"The dynamic new platform, coupled with the unique participation of bloggers and designers, proved to be a compelling lure for advertisers as well," added Beth Brenner, publisher, Traditional Home. "Over 30 companies bought into this spring issue, running the gamut from hi-end fabric and furniture companies to retailers such as Room & Board, West Elm and Target. Return advertisers include Kravet, Hunter Douglas, Velux, Hinkley Lighting and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams."
The third edition of TRADhome will launch in fall 2012.
About Traditional Home: As the largest upscale shelter magazine in America, Traditional Home celebrates the union of timeless design with modern living inspiring 5 million design lovers to reinterpret classic elegance in a thoroughly personal way. From home, garden and green living to beauty, entertaining and travel, the magazine is a tribute to quality, craftsmanship, authenticity and family -- a trusted resource that respects the past, lives in the present and embraces products designed for the future.
ReadyTalk Improves Audience Engagement with New Webinar Feature: Video Clip Playback
DENVER, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ReadyTalk, a provider of audio and web conferencing and webinar services, today announced the availability of a new feature - video clip playback, enabling customers to play short pre-recorded video clips during live webinars.
Incorporating video clips into webinars increases engagement and makes communication with the audience more effective. It allows companies to highlight previously developed videos, such as product demos and customer testimonials, during a webinar or training session.
"We often use video segments for employee training, but our previous solutions were not ideal. In the past one of our options was to mail DVDs to all of our remote employees, which was costly and slow. Additionally, other conferencing services required participants to join our meetings up to an hour early in order to completely download the video and presentation for playback, which wasn't efficient for presenters or employees," said Marcos Morales, Regional Trainer for PSAV. "With ReadyTalk we can maintain a continuous presentation flow and present slides and video clips without changing interfaces or tabs. It's not only seamless, but effortless for presenters as well as an extremely effective way for us to communicate and deliver content."
ReadyTalk's video clip playback feature includes:
-- A one-step upload process that takes the headache out of sharing video
-- Ability to upload many standard audio and video file types
-- Media management library for storing up to 10 files
-- Smooth and reliable video playback for attendees on any platform
-- Insert videos alongside slides and polls for seamless content flow
-- Participants experience the video in real-time with no downloads
-- When recording the session, video is captured just as it is presented
during the webinar including any pauses and voice-overs from the
"The upload-and-convert strategy ReadyTalk uses ensures smooth, uniform and reliable playback on all supported platforms with minimal buffering, which maintains the viewing experience," said Paul Carollo, product marketing manager, ReadyTalk. "The ability to repurpose existing video assets, such as a commercial or customer testimonial, improves the ROI on that content while providing an engaging audience experience."
Video clip playback is free and available for all ReadyTalk web conferencing or webinar customers.
To learn more about ReadyTalk's audio and web conferencing offerings, including professional services and support for webinars, please visit http://www.readytalk.com, or on Twitter and Facebook.
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Denver, Colo., ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that empower customers to successfully conduct audio and web conferences of all sizes - from ad hoc meetings to large webinars. ReadyTalk combines ease of use with sophisticated marketing tools to increase audience engagement, event ROI and meeting productivity. Unlike other services, ReadyTalk gives customers a full suite of tools for training, collaboration, webinars and more. You'll always have access to the right features when you need them, no need to upgrade to another product. Please call toll free 800.843.9166 or visit http://www.readytalk.com for more information.
FirstEnergy's New Online Outage Maps Provide Customers Fast, Accurate Outage Updates as Severe Weather Hits Region
Information Easily Accessible with Smart Phones and Mobile Devices
AKRON, Ohio, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With heavy snow, rain and high winds expected to cause power interruptions in some areas served by FirstEnergy Corp.'s (NYSE: FE) utilities, customers now can view timely, accurate, and easy-to-use outage information through the company's new online outage maps.
FirstEnergy's "24/7 Power Center" maps are accessible on desktops, smart phones and mobile devices. The user-friendly system features industry-leading mapping technology to quickly search for power outages by state, county, community or zip code. The maps also include links that allow customers to report service interruptions.
The new interactive maps use color coding to provide a quick snapshot of the number of customers affected by power outages across FirstEnergy's Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and West Virginia service areas, and allow customers to easily zoom in to access local outage information from their utility. In addition to the maps, outage reports are also available in an easy-to-read table format that show county- by-county totals.
During major storm events or other emergencies, the maps will feature a prominent alert with links to outage-related news, safety reminders, and other important information.
To make the 24/7 Power Center maps even more customer-friendly, additional enhancements are planned later this year, including more detailed estimated restoration times during large-scale weather events, and the ability for customers to receive outage communications updates via text messaging and email.
The maps can be accessed from the FirstEnergy website - firstenergycorp.com/outages - and are also available from each of the 10 operating company websites.
When the power goes out, it's important that customers report the outage to their operating company by calling 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877). Or, customers can use the "Report an Outage" link on FirstEnergy's outage web page.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies - Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Pennsylvania Power, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Metropolitan Edison Company, West Penn Power, Jersey Central Power & Light, Potomac Edison and Mon Power - comprise one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts.
CONTACT: West Penn Power, Joe Cerenzia, +1-724-594-4481, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mon Power, Potomac Edison: Todd Meyers, +1-724-244-1761, email@example.com; Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power: Scott Surgeoner, +1-610-921-6785, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Co., Mark Durbin, +1-330-761-4365, email@example.com; Jersey Central Power & Light, Ron Morano, +1-973-401-8097, firstname.lastname@example.org
CEL's MeshConnect(TM) EM357 Mini Modules Deliver Best-In-Class ZigBee Performance
Smallest Ember-based modules available
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) announces sample availability of its new MeshConnect(TM) EM357 Mini Modules, powered by the premier ZigBee chip, the EM357 from Ember Corporation.
Running the leading ZigBee stack, EmberZNet PRO(TM), CEL Mini Modules enable monitoring and control in Energy Management, Smart Home, LED lighting and Machine-to-Machine applications. MeshConnect EM357 Mini Modules feature the smallest footprint of all Ember-based modules available today. Designs benefit from sharply reduced PCB real estate, enabling smaller form factors and lower costs while achieving higher performance. Low- and high-output powers (+8dBm and +20dBm) allow designers to choose radio performance that best suits their requirements. With a highly integrated front end IC, the high-power modules provide a market leading +123 dB link budget.
The Smart Choice for ZigBee Development
"We're thrilled with our strong relationship with Ember and we continue to bring leading edge ZigBee technology to market," said Tom Benson, VP of Embedded Systems for CEL. "Ember's engineering excellence in ICs and software combined with CEL's expertise in professional-grade module design and production continue to produce a winning combination for our customers."
CEL's 52 years of RF design experience includes hardware, software and sub-system development across a wide range of applications. This experience is now available to customers. CEL's development support teams in Silicon Valley and Chicago provide design services to accelerate projects and reduce time-to-market.
Pricing and Availability
CEL is sampling MeshConnect EM357 Mini Modules now. Mass Production begins in July 2012. Part numbers are ZICM357SP0-1 (low-output power) and ZICM357SP2-1 (high-output power). Pricing is <$15 in thousand-piece quantities.
California Eastern Laboratories (http://www.cel.com) develops the MeshConnect(TM) line of IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee radio modules and transceiver ICs and is a member of the ZigBee Alliance (http://www.zigbee.org). CEL is also the exclusive sales and marketing partner in North and South America for products from the Compound Semiconductor Devices Business Division (CSDBD) of Renesas Electronics Corporation.
Autonet Mobile Partners with Bosch to Deliver Industry's First App Platform for Cars
Companies Working Together to Deliver First Factory-Installed TCU to Access Vehicle CAN Bus
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Autonet Mobile, an application and connectivity platform for vehicles, today announced a strategic partnership with Bosch's Car Multimedia Division to manufacture its IP-based telematics control unit (TCU). Autonet Mobile's automotive-grade device is built to be factory-installed and to access the vehicle's CAN Bus to drive the development of in-vehicle applications including key fob, parental control and fleet offerings. With Autonet Mobile's TCU in place, automotive manufacturers can drive new revenue streams from their vehicles by offering services such as the ability to connect the car to smartphones; parking and toll applications; and vehicle diagnostics.
"Partnering with Autonet Mobile provides a massive market opportunity to bring Internet apps into the vehicle," said Juergen Peters, regional president, Car Multimedia North America, Robert Bosch LLC. "Together, we're enabling a whole world of applications that communicate with systems throughout the car - including the head unit, sensor networks and instrument clusters - to enhance the driving experience."
Autonet Mobile's IP TCU is built on the company's patent-pending TRU Technology platform, which manages the vehicle on an IP network. The new system enables any automotive manufacturer to connect their cars to high-speed mobile networks and deliver new features that enable pervasive cloud computing, mobile apps and fleet telematics. The company is partnering with Bosch's Car Multimedia Division to manufacture an automotive-grade device that can be factory installed to speak directly to the vehicle's other systems as well as to external devices.
"There are more than 40 million cars produced each year," said Sterling Pratz, CEO of Autonet Mobile. "Our Internet-based TCU is the first part that has been specifically designed for any automotive manufacturer who wants to bring the app store into the car."
About Autonet Mobile, Inc.
Autonet Mobile is the world's first in-car Internet service provider. Founded by a corporate executive and former racecar driver and a leading network architect and designer, the company is dedicated to enhancing the in-car experience by bringing the power of the Internet to the 250+ million cars on the road in the U.S. For more information about Autonet Mobile, visit autonetmobile.com
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures. For more information, visit http://www.boschusa.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros ($71.5 billion) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Further information is available online at http://www.bosch.com and http://www.bosch-press.com.
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Endomondo Adds Interval Training to Popular iPhone App
As Endomondo Users' Most Requested Feature, Interval Training Upgrades Sports Tracker's Ability to Support the Most Demanding Workouts
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When Endomondo asked users of its Endomondo Sports Tracker iPhone app for the feature they'd most like to have in the next version, interval training was at the top of the list. Today, Endomondo delivers on that request.
Available exclusively in the paid Pro version of Endomondo Sports Tracker, the interval training feature lets iPhone users create custom workouts by defining intervals and includes an audio coach to guide them through each step. Available free to Endomondo users who already have the Pro version, the interval training feature is the latest example of how Endomondo Sports Tracker turns the iPhone into a full-fledged personal trainer and social fitness partner.
Endomondo Sports Tracker is also available for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and several other operating systems. That cross-platform design makes it easy for users to turn workouts into a social activity, providing the additional motivation, interactivity and fun that are key for maintaining an active lifestyle.
"Interval training is an effective way to improve performance," said Mette Lykke, Endomondo co-founder. "This addition shows how Endomondo Sport Tracker continues to be the must-have app for making exercise more social, motivating and fun."
Last month, Endomondo added interval training to its Android app, as well as a multi-platform sync feature that automatically updates workout statistics across multiple platforms for easier tracking and social sharing.
Founded in 2007 by a team of fitness enthusiasts, Endomondo turns mobile devices into full-fledged personal trainers and connects users to a vibrant social fitness network where people can support, motivate and challenge each other and share results. The Endomondo Sports Tracker mobile app, which utilizes GPS technology, records a full history of workouts and can be used for any distance-based sport. Additionally, the Endomondo.com website provides users with a personal portal -- incorporating performance tracking tools, an extensive atlas of exercise routes around the world, connection to the Endomondo community, and more. Available on seven mobile platforms, Endomondo operates on almost all GPS phones. For more information, please visit http://www.endomondo.com and follow @Endomondo on Twitter.
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3VR's CrimeDex Partners with Wireless Loss Prevention Council to Tackle Retail Crime
Competitors Team Up to Protect Employees and Products
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 3VR, the video intelligence company, today announced that the CrimeDex online collaborative network of more than 3,000 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals has partnered with the Wireless Loss Prevention Council (WLPC), a network of retail wireless loss prevention professionals, to facilitate the sharing of information related to organized retail crime syndicates and serial retail criminals.
CrimeDex is a criminal investigation collaboration network that allows law enforcement and business communities to share business-related crime information. Alerts are created and sent to the CrimeDex network to identify criminals wanted for a variety of crimes from check fraud to shoplifting to more serious violent offenses. All data within CrimeDex is user-shared and authorized and owned by the person or company that inputs the data.
Leading national wireless and consumer electronics retailers have long known that they are all often affected by the same criminals perpetuating the same types of crime, from simple device theft to cash armed robbery.
"We are competitors but all of us are in the business of protecting people and making sure our employees have safe work environments. We owe it to the people that work for us to do everything we can to solve and prevent crimes," said Kevin Trimble, president and co-founder of the WLPC. "This partnership with CrimeDex will allow us to expand our network and bolster our awareness of retail criminals in a way that still protects our competitive information and differentiators."
CrimeDex now houses information on more than 16,000 suspects and more than 200,000 crimes in 42 countries and provides the opportunity for members to broadcast information on wanted criminals to its entire user base or to smaller groups such as the WLPC. CrimeDex members can search open case files using search and watch list capabilities as well as post and share video images to maximize criminal apprehensions.
"CrimeDex will enable the WLPC to scale and expand its operations," said Jim "Gator" Hudson, vice president of CrimeDex services. "Ensuring the safety of employees and product is a responsibility that all organizations should embrace. We welcome the WLPC to the CrimeDex family and look forward to helping it realize its full potential."
3VR, the video intelligence company, enables organizations to record, search, and manage video to better serve customers, bolster security, and to identify and mitigate fraud. 3VR's Video Intelligence Platform (VIP) allows video systems to reach their true potential and deliver a measurable return on investment. 3VR is the video surveillance standard for hundreds of global customers, including leading banks, retailers, governments and law enforcement agencies and owns CrimeDex, an online community of more than 3,000 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals dedicated to stopping crime. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company is privately held with funding from DAG Ventures, Focus Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures and VantagePoint Ventures. 3VR is one of the fastest growing U.S.-based private companies, according to Inc. magazine. In addition, the company has won numerous other accolades including a 2011 Security Products magazine product of the year award and 2011 Top 30 Technology Innovations award from Security Sales & Integration magazine. For more information, please visit http://www.3vr.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
E-House Announces Completion of CRIC Merger and Management Changes
SHANGHAI, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House" or the "Company") (NYSE: EJ), a leading real estate services company in China, today announced the completion of the merger with China Real Estate Information Corporation ("CRIC") (NASDAQ: CRIC). As a result of the merger, CRIC has become a wholly owned subsidiary of E-House.
E-House also announced the following board and management changes, all of which became effective upon completion of the merger:
-- Mr. Xin Zhou has been named the Company's co-chairman of the board of
directors and chief executive officer. Mr. Zhou has served as chairman
of the board of directors from 2003 to 2009, executive chairman since
2009, chief executive officer from 2003 to 2009, and as CRIC's chief
executive officer and co-chairman of the board of directors since 2009.
-- Mr. Charles Chao has been appointed co-chairman of the Company's board
of directors. Mr. Chao served as co-chairman of the board of directors
of CRIC prior to the completion of the merger.
-- Mr. Li-Lan Cheng has been appointed chief operating officer. Mr. Cheng
was the Company's chief financial officer from 2006 until the completion
of the merger.
-- Ms. Bin Laurence has been appointed chief financial officer. Ms.
Laurence served as the chief financial officer of CRIC from 2009 until
the completion of the merger.
-- Mr. Jianjun Zang has been appointed co-president and has resigned from
the positions of director and acting chief executive officer of the
-- Mr. Zuyu Ding has been appointed co-president. Mr. Ding was a director
and president of CRIC prior to the completion of the merger.
-- Mr. Fan Bao has been appointed independent director of the Company and
chairperson of the board's audit committee. Mr. Bao was an independent
director of CRIC and chairperson of CRIC's audit committee prior to the
completion of the merger.
-- Ms. May Wu has resigned from the Company's board of directors for
personal reasons and will no longer serve as an independent director of
the Company or as a member of the audit committee.
Xin Zhou, E-House's co-chairman and CEO, said, "The merger was overwhelmingly supported by the boards of directors and the shareholders of both E-House and CRIC. E-House's strategy of providing innovative and comprehensive solutions to our clients allows us to stay ahead of today's changing real estate environment, and our new corporate and capital structure is consistent with this strategy. During the past year, we established a new service platform that integrates online advertising, offline promotion, on-site sales support and online transaction capabilities. The platform has effectively connected real estate buyers, developers and brokers, resulting in enhanced customer sourcing for developers and improved value for buyers. Currently, the infrastructure for our new business platform is largely in place. We believe the post-merger E-House will be the only integrated real estate service provider with online-to-offline resources, distribution channels, and transaction platforms. This will enable us to thrive under the evolving Chinese real estate market, better serve our clients, and create more value for our shareholders."
Under the terms of the merger agreement by and among the Company, CRIC and CRIC (China) Holdings Limited ("Merger Sub"), a wholly owned subsidiary of E-House, which was approved by CRIC's shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting on April 19, 2012, each of CRIC ordinary shares (not including CRIC ordinary shares represented by CRIC American depositary shares ("ADSs")) issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger has been cancelled in exchange for the right to receive 0.6 of E-House ordinary shares and $1.75 in cash without interest, and each of CRIC ordinary shares represented by CRIC ADSs issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time has been cancelled in exchange for the right to receive 0.6 of E-House ADSs and $1.75 in cash without interest (less a $0.05 per CRIC ADS cancellation fee payable by the holders of CRIC ADSs pursuant to the depositary agreement in respect of the CRIC ADSs). CRIC ordinary shares (including CRIC ordinary shares represented by CRIC ADSs) that at the effective time of the merger were (1) beneficially owned by E-House, Merger Sub, or any wholly-owned subsidiaries of CRIC, (2) issued to the depositary bank which maintains CRIC's ADS program and reserved for future grants under CRIC's share incentive plan, or (3) held by CRIC in treasury either in the form of ordinary shares or ADSs (collectively, the "Excluded CRIC Shares") have been cancelled for no consideration in the merger, and each CRIC ordinary share owned by shareholders who had validly exercised and had not effectively withdrawn or lost their appraisal rights under the Cayman Islands Companies Law has been cancelled for the appraised or agreed value under the Cayman Islands Companies Law.
Trading of CRIC ADSs on the Nasdaq Global Select Market ("NASDAQ") will be suspended beginning on April 23, 2012. A Form 25 has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") notifying the SEC of the delisting of the CRIC ADSs on NASDAQ and the deregistration of CRIC's registered securities. CRIC intends to terminate its reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, by promptly filing Form 15 with the SEC. CRIC's obligations to file or furnish with the SEC certain reports and forms, including Form 20-F and Form 6-K, will be suspended immediately as of the filing date of the Form 15 and will cease once the deregistration becomes effective.
E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House") (NYSE: EJ) is China's leading real estate services company with a nationwide network covering more than 180 cities. E-House offers a wide range of services to the real estate industry, including primary sales agency, secondary brokerage, online advertising, information and consulting, promotional events and investment management services. E-House has received numerous awards for its innovative and high-quality services, including "China's Best Company" from the National Association of Real Estate Brokerage and Appraisal Companies and "China Enterprises with the Best Potential" from Forbes. For more information about E-House, please visit http://www.ehousechina.com.
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Beginning in 2011, providers quietly covered the countryside. This year the race is on to offer lightning-fast mobile coverage to city customers
BERLIN and LONDON, April 23, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The first places to receive LTE coverage in Germany were not global cities like Berlin
or Munich. Towns of 5,000 inhabitants or less were connected to new high-speed networks
first. Now that rural areas have been covered, German providers have their sights set on
urban areas this year. In total, over half of German households already have access to
LTE, including growing networks in Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Duesseldorf.
Germany's telecommunications infrastructure is a key factor drawing start-ups and IT
companies to Germany, according to Germany Trade & Invest experts at this year's Internet
World from April 24-26 in London.
"With LTE expanding at a record pace and excellent UMTS coverage for over a decade,
companies can stay connected to their clients on the go nearly everywhere," said Julia
Oentrich, IT industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.
When Germany auctioned its LTE frequencies in 2010, a stipulation ensured that rural
areas lacking high-speed internet access could become the first LTE customers. A tiered
system was put in place. First, 5,000 inhabitant towns were covered, followed by 20,000
then 50,000-person communities. This unique approach ensured broader access could be
provided faster to underserved areas. Now LTE providers have met their obligations in
roughly have of the federal states, opening up the gates to reach city customers.
"The LTE implementation strategy reflects the diversity of Germany's economy. The
German Mittelstand is dispersed across the country, so it makes sense to take this
approach. Businesses aren't constrained to one city or region," continued Oentrich.
Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency of
the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises foreign companies looking to
expand their business activities in the German market. It provides information on foreign
trade to German companies that seek to enter foreign markets.
2012 Building Michigan Communities Conference Marks Debut of New Pure Michigan "Placemaking" Success Web site - MIplace.org
Launch of MIplace Partnership Initiative celebrates state's great places
LANSING, Mich., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority:
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Gary Heidel
Announcement of the MIplace Partnership, the state's new effort designed to improve the quality of key places in targeted Michigan municipalities and help those communities become more globally competitive with attraction and retention of talent. The MIplace Partnership initiative is based on reshaping existing programs in several state departments to focus on local placemaking activities that spur economic growth, create jobs and can restore prosperity to Michigan. The new MIplace Partnership Web site is Michigan's one-stop shop for everything about placemaking - what it is, where it's happening across the state, and how to get started. http://www.miplace.org offers inspirational first-hand accounts of Pure Michigan placemaking success stories, rich photography and videos, and the opportunity to engage in lively group discussions through the MIplace Facebook page at facebook.com/MIplace2012.
The announcement kicks off the 2012 Building Michigan Communities Conference (formerly the MichiganConference on Affordable Housing) in Lansing. The 14th annual conference is the nation's largest event of its kind and is attended by experts and advocates on housing, community development, finance and public policy.
Monday, April 23, 2012
333 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933-1499
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LuxeYard Concierge Buying Technology Empowers Members to Participate in Product Sourcing
First Social Sourcing Platform of its Kind Reveals New Avenue to Monetize Social Networking
LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LuxeYard Inc., (OTCBB: LUXR), the fast-growing boutique luxury flash sale site, today introduced an enhanced version of its Concierge Buying technology. The first social sourcing platform of its kind, Concierge Buying monetizes social networking by allowing consumers to suggest and vote on what luxury fashion and home decor products LuxeYard will include in its private sale events.
A demo of Concierge Buying can be viewed here, and anyone can participate by creating a free account at LuxeYard.com.
"This is a fundamental change in how people buy online, whereby the consumer is now armed with both the power to source and influence the price of the products they want," said Braden Richter, CEO of LuxeYard. "In addition to its ability to expand and activate our member base, we think our ability to generate e-commerce revenue from social networking could have enormous implications for the future of retailing."
Concierge Buying allows members to make product recommendations by posting items they see online and want to add for community consideration. Images can be uploaded from a user's hard drive or "pinned" using a "Luxe It" bookmarklet to post items to a public LuxeYard pinboard. The company plans to introduce a mobile application enabling users to "Luxe" photos in real-time as they see items they want anywhere in the world.
When enough members "like," "follow" or "comment" on a Concierge Buying pinboard post, LuxeYard's veteran team of buyers will negotiate a volume discount on the exact product or source an item of comparable style and quality. Once there is a match between a posted item and its availability in an upcoming flash sale, the members engaged in the Concierge Buying process for that product will receive an exclusive advance notice of the upcoming sales event, after which it will be made widely available to all LuxeYard members.
"Our team spent months analyzing the intersection of social media, crowd sourcing and e-commerce technologies, and we believe we have created a revolutionary way to have them co-exist and succeed," said Jerry Wilkerson, CTO of LuxeYard. "The result is a Pinterest-like social product sharing experience, coupled with a powerful e-commerce engine similar to Gilt and Groupon."
LuxeYard is a members-only flash sale site for luxury home furnishings, decor and fashion that offers access to unique products sourced by a seasoned team of buyers at a fraction of retail prices. LuxeYard is the pioneer of Concierge Buying, which gives members the power to determine what items will be sold on the site, and Group Buy which allows them to lower the price by sharing sale items with friends. Along with its veteran retail, e-commerce and digital marketing management team, LuxeYard partners with celebrity Trendsetters and design and fashion industry insiders to deliver a curated buying experience from a unique point of view to its members. To join the LuxeYard community, visit http://www.LuxeYard.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about our social sourcing platform and Concierge buying technology, which involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the factors included under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements" on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 15,2011, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov. LuxeYard's actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance.
You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.
CommVault And Microsoft Expand Relationship To Offer Simpana Data Management With Windows Azure
- New Offering to Archive Data to the Windows Azure Cloud Platform, Reducing the Cost of Storing and Managing Data on Expensive Primary Storage -
OCEANPORT, N.J., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CommVault (NASDAQ: CVLT)
CommVault today announced an expanded collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to offer a cloud storage capability that combines the power of Simpana® software with the benefits and flexibility of storing data on the Windows Azure cloud platform. As data is expected to double every two years, organizations are grappling with flat budgets and costly primary storage that may contain up to 70 percent of infrequently accessed, stale data, said Sheila Childs, Research VP, Storage Technologies and Strategies, Gartner. The new offering provides enterprise organizations a simple, cost-effective solution to archive, index, search and access massive amounts of data for long-term retention and compliance. This combined data management solution for Windows Azure offers up to 62 TBs of cloud storage capacity and the data and information management capabilities of Simpana 9 Express for a starting price of approximately $50,000.
CommVault also announced that it has deepened its strategic alliance with Microsoft, expanding collaborative development and sales and marketing activities around the Windows Azure platform. This latest expansion of the long-standing collaboration will enable CommVault's customers to benefit from the economies and flexibility of cloud computing on Windows Azure, including compute and storage on-demand.
-- CommVault today announced collaboration with Microsoft to offer a cloud
storage solution that combines the power of Simpana software with the
cost benefits and flexibility of storing data on the Windows Azure cloud
-- The new data management solution starts at $50,000 USD and includes up
to 62TB of Azure cloud storage capacity and Simpana 9 Express Software
to deliver archiving and backup capabilities for mid and large
enterprises coping with massive amounts of data and long-term retention
and compliance requirements.
-- CommVault Simpana software offers integrated source-side deduplication,
data encryption and integrated reporting and chargeback capabilities.
Simpana also supports backup, recovery and archiving for the full range
of Microsoft application environments, including Microsoft Files,
SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and Windows
Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtualization - both on-premises and in the
-- The solution will take advantage of the Windows Azure infrastructure and
enable Simpana software to become a part of Windows Azure solutions
developed by Microsoft and by third parties.
-- The new solution is available in two configurations - 62 TB of non-geo
replicated Azure Storage or 41 TB of Standard Azure Storage for $50,000
per year. Pricing scales up for larger configurations (e.g. $100,000 for
124TB NGR storage).
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A Singular Solution for Managing Big Data in the Cloud
-- Cloud data storage delivers compelling economics to any IT environment
struggling with data management. Because cloud storage providers
leverage multi-tenant architectures, infrastructure costs are shared
across many users. This helps lower costs substantially versus on-site
solutions, which require additional provisioning, power, cooling costs,
-- CommVault's next-generation Singular Information Management®
innovations empower Simpana® software customers to seamlessly leverage
the cloud to lower data management costs, reduce business and compliance
risks and easily extract data for better decision making with anywhere,
anytime information access.
N. Robert Hammer, Chairman, President and CEO, CommVault:
-- "Big Data keeps getting bigger and enterprise IT organizations are in
need of simple, cost effective solutions for storing and managing
massive amounts of data over long periods of time. CommVault and
Microsoft have worked closely to enhance the capabilities of the Windows
Azure platform, while adding substantial value to Microsoft
applications. This new level of collaborative focus on cloud computing
will bring tremendous value to our customers."
Walid Abu-Hadba, Corporate Vice President of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft:
-- "Microsoft's public and private cloud solutions help cover the spectrum
of data center needs. CommVault has been adding value every step of the
way, and it's great to see such a strong on-premises company committing
to Windows Azure."
Brian Babineau, Vice President, Research and Analyst Services, Enterprise Strategy Group:
-- "According to our most recent IT spending intentions survey, 74% of
organizations plan to increase spending on cloud computing services in
2012. We attribute much of this massive growth to innovative solutions,
such as this data management offering from Microsoft and CommVault, that
simplify the transition to the cloud. While both companies have
extremely robust technology underpinning the combined data protection
and archive service, customers may very well adopt it because of the
all-inclusive, predictable pricing model and ease of implementation."
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A singular vision - a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs - guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unprecedented control over data growth, costs and risk. CommVault's Simpana® software suite of products was designed to work together seamlessly from the ground up, sharing a single code and common function set, to deliver superlative Data Protection, Archive, Replication, Search and Resource Management capabilities. More companies every day join those who have discovered the unparalleled efficiency, performance, reliability, and control only CommVault can offer. Information about CommVault is available at http://www.commvault.com. CommVault's corporate headquarters is located in Oceanport, New Jersey in the United States.
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Customers' results may differ materially from those stated herein; CommVault does not guarantee that all customers can achieve benefits similar to those stated above. This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding financial projections, which are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as competitive factors, difficulties and delays inherent in the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of software products and related services, general economic conditions and others. Statements regarding CommVault's beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. CommVault does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.
Recently launched by Internet incubator, Rocket Internet, DropGifts is a social
gifting service that enables users to send gift cards from their favourite retailers to
their friends via Facebook. Already available to gifters and recipients in Italy, France,
Germany, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Japan, and now the UK,
DropGifts will be available in 30 countries by the end of 2012.
"We're constantly looking for new ways to reach customers by leveraging social media,
as evidenced by our recent social-influencer campaign with Klout," says Boticca.com CEO
and co-founder Kiyan Foroughi. "We're delighted to be part of the launch of DropGifts."
Headquartered in London, Boticca.com is the global online destination for unique
jewelry, bags and fashion accessories, creating a unique experience of international
discovery by connecting fashion-forward customers directly with top independent designers
and brands from all over the world. The globetrotting style hunting team has handpicked
more than 250 emerging designers from over 40 countries. The site now offers selection of
over 6,500 pieces in its marketplace, which is curated and edited to illustrate the
culture, stories and inspiration behind each of the collections on the site.
Entrust to Showcase Latest Version of Entrust IdentityGuard at Infosecurity Europe 2012
Latest version of Entrust IdentityGuard uses NFC, Bluetooth standards to turn mobile devices into smart credentials
READING, United Kingdom, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Entrust Inc., one of the leading providers of identity-based security solutions, announced today that it will be demonstrating the latest version of the Entrust IdentityGuard software authentication platform, which has been extended to offer smart credentials on mobile devices, at Infosecurity Europe 2012.
Visitors to the stand will be able to see, first-hand, Entrust's innovative smartcard credential technology, and see Entrust IdentityGuard in action, which uses near-field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth standards to turn mobile devices into smart credentials.
Entrust embeds biometrics and digital certificates on smartphones to create trusted identity credentials for stronger, more convenient enterprise authentication, and provides logical access to corporate and wireless networks, Web authentication, and physical access to buildings and other facilities.
Visitors also will be given the opportunity to see a demonstration of Entrust's eID technology, which enables strong border control and authentication of identities and biometric datasets on today's electronic machine-readable travel documents (eMRTDs).
Entrust will be showcasing its full, comprehensive identity-based security portfolio, including smarter cloud-based security for all transactions and identities, and its industry-proven range of SSL digital certificates and services.
Mark Reeves, Senior Vice President of International Sales at Entrust, said: "We are delighted to be exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe 2012, and to be given the opportunity to showcase the latest offerings from our identity-based security portfolio. The most recent version of Entrust IdentityGuard, which offers smart credentials on mobile devices, is providing innovative ways for organisations to leverage mobile devices for strong authentication. In addition, the demonstration of our eID technology will give visitors a glimpse into the next generation of border control technology."
Entrust will be exhibiting at Stand - E41 at Infosecurity Europe 2012
For more information about Entrust products and services, call 888-690-2424, email email@example.com or visit http://www.entrust.com.
A trusted provider of identity-based security solutions, Entrust empowers governments, enterprises and financial institutions in more than 5,000 organizations spanning 85 countries. Entrust's award-winning software authentication platforms manage today's most secure identity credentials, addressing customer pain points for cloud and mobile security, physical and logical access, citizen eID initiatives, certificate management and SSL. For more information about Entrust products and services, call 888-690-2424, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.entrust.com.
ForeSee Announces New Capability to Measure Mobile Users' Customer Experience
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ForeSee President and CEO Larry Freed will be announcing an unprecedented new mobile measurement technology today at the Mobile Shopping Spring Conference in San Diego during his general session address.
ForeSee was the first company to develop technology to measure the customer experience of a random, but representative sample of visitors to mobile optimized sites and mobile apps across all leading mobile platforms. ForeSee has now released technology that enables mobile sites and apps to understand how customers think, feel, and act after they finish interacting with a mobile site or app.
ForeSee's mobile solution, first beta tested in early 2010 and formally made available to all clients in early 2011, is built upon a scientific and predictive methodology that quantifies how the customer experience impacts loyalty and future purchases across channels. ForeSee's technology enables the collection of customer experience data from mobile users, and transforms that data into actionable customer intelligence that clients use to help measure success, direct investment and improvement efforts.
ForeSee research shows that a highly satisfied mobile shopper reports being 34% more committed to the brand, 30% more likely to purchase offline, 35% more likely to recommend, and 32% more satisfied with the retailer overall. This research quantifies the critical impact that mobile experiences have on the bottom line of any company, but especially for retailers where mobile can be a revenue stream as well as a critical customer touch point within the customer buying lifecycle.
"Our clients realize they have to measure the customer experience in the mobile environment just as they do in any other channel," said Larry Freed, who plans to announce the new technology today at the Mobile Shopping Spring Conference in San Diego. "Scientific customer satisfaction analytics are the only credible, reliable, predictive metrics that business leaders have to help them manage their business into the future. Running any customer touch point--whether it's web,mobile, or contact centers--without understanding how it meets the needs and expectations of your customers is like shooting in the dark. You may or may not hit your target, but you'll never know if you did or why you didn't."
"Our new on-exit survey capability will allow our clients to measure the entire mobile experience and what people do after they leave it," said Eric Feinberg, ForeSee's senior director of mobile who will be co-presenting at the conference. "We can find out not only whether the mobile experience met their needs, but whether they went on to buy from another channel, from a competitor, or whether they did something else entirely. This kind of data and analysis will bring tremendous depth and dimension to understanding the mobile customer experience across all channels."
ForeSee's mobile enhancements are the latest in a string of technology-driven innovations that the company has developed in order to increase value and utility to organizations in the private and public sectors. The addition of mobile measurement to existing customer satisfaction analytics in other channels allows ForeSee to link customer satisfaction scores and impacts across customer touch points.
ForeSee is measuring the mobile experience for a host of organizations across the public and private sector including ABC, ESPN, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), RIM/Blackberry, and StubHub, among many others.
As a pioneer in customer experience analytics, ForeSee continuously measures satisfaction across customer touch points and delivers critical insights on where to prioritize improvements for maximum impact. Because ForeSee's superior technology and proven methodology connect the customer experience to the bottom line, executives and managers are able to drive future success by confidently optimizing the efforts that will achieve business and brand objectives. The result is better business for companies and a better experience for consumers. Visit us at http://www.foresee.com for customer experience solutions and original research.
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Nintendo Keeps Fans Smiling With New Mario Adventure And Kirby Anniversary Collection
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Game, Kid Icarus Videos and System Update Headed to Nintendo 3DS; Wii Owners to Celebrate 20 Years of Kirby Fun with Special Compilation Game Disc
REDMOND, Wash., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo fans will have no shortage of reasons to celebrate this year, thanks to a wealth of upcoming games and content for both the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system and the Wii console. Nintendo today revealed plans to launch New Super Mario Bros. 2, a new side-scrolling Mario adventure for Nintendo 3DS, this summer. Later in the year, Nintendo will mark the 20th anniversary of the Kirby game series with a special compilation game disc for the Wii system. Other content on the way includes a system update for Nintendo 3DS, re-runs of the popular Kid Icarus anime videos as well as the May 20 launch of Mario Tennis Open.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a traditional side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario, Luigi and loads of other favorite characters from the popular Mario series. The game was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levels on the Nintendo 3DS system. The game will launch across North America in August.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cute-but-powerful Kirby character, Nintendo will release a special anniversary software disc for Wii later this year. The disc will contain a variety of previously released, fan-favorite Kirby games. Additional Kirby anniversary activities will be revealed at a later date.
"A new Mario game and a big Kirby celebration will help make 2012 an especially great year for Nintendo fans," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Whether they're playing at home on Wii or using Nintendo 3DS to have fun on the go, players can look forward to experiencing some of our biggest franchises in exciting ways."
On April 25, a system update for Nintendo 3DS will give users new functions to explore. By downloading this update, users can create folders on the system's HOME Menu to organize their content. This new feature is designed to make it easier than ever for players to access their favorite downloadable games, videos and demos. With this update, users will also get helpful recommendations in the Nintendo eShop for titles they may like. Other elements of the system update include the ability to update select software, such as a Mario Kart 7 update coming in mid-May that will resolve shortcut exploits in the game.
Also for Nintendo 3DS, a recent series of Kid Icarus anime videos will return to the Nintendo Video service starting April 28.
For even more hand-held fun, Nintendo fans can look ahead to the May 20 launch of Mario Tennis Open for Nintendo 3DS, which invites players to step onto the court with Mario and his friends for fast-paced tennis action and a mix of remarkable new tennis challenges. Players can play as their own customized Mii characters and choose from approximately 200 special items, including rackets and tennis gear that not only enhance their character's appearance but also modify their abilities. Players can also suit up their Mii characters with outfits that both resemble and offer the skills of popular Nintendo characters. They can also swing into action in local and wireless Internet multiplayer modes that let families and friends play together.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii(TM) home console, Nintendo 3DS(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System(TM), Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi(TM) and Nintendo DSi XL(TM), as well as the Game Boy(TM), Game Boy Advance, Super NES(TM), Nintendo 64(TM) and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(TM), Metroid(TM), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(TM). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.
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Reload your weapons for the latest installment from the #1 hunting franchise
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced today the launch of its new freemium App, Deer Hunter® Reloaded. This simulated hunting game takes players on a visually stunning expedition into the wilds of North America to hunt deer, elk, bears and more.
Played from the first person perspective, players are able to use the game's precise and intuitive controls to take accurate shots to each area of the animal's body, including the internal organs. Players must complete challenges throughout their hunting expeditions to collect trophies for their trophy room and show off to their friends through achievements and leaderboards.
Deer Hunter Reloaded has compelling special features like "X-Ray" mode which allows players to target specific organs such as the brain, heart, or lungs inside the animals to get the ultimate bragging shot. The game launches with 16 upgradeable weapons and a customizable player avatar with a variety of jackets, vests, boots, and hunting glasses.
"Deer Hunter Reloaded is the most visually advanced hunting game on smartphone & tablet devices," said Adam Flanders, SVP of Business Development & Communications. "We've taken the Deer Hunter franchise to the next level with precision controls, vibrant realism, ultra high-end 3D graphics and tons of weapon customization options."
Delivering a streamlined, yet realistic hunting experience, Deer Hunter Reloaded's gorgeous environments frame astonishingly life-like animals that wander, feed, and react to the player's presence and actions. Players move between strategic vantage points to line up the perfect shot and also have the option to upgrade their weapon, scope and attire to improve accuracy and stealth.
Features of Deer Hunter Reloaded include:
-- Outstanding Graphics: get ready for a visually stunning expedition into
the great outdoors.
-- Extreme Accuracy: upgradeable scopes to increase accuracy and even X-ray
mode to target specific organs
-- Artillery: 16 upgradeable weapons, including rifles, shotguns and
The Deer Hunter® Reloaded App is available for free from the Apple App Store http://www.itunes.com/appstore and Google Play(TM) https://play.google.com/store.
Glu recently announced it had completed the acquisition of the iconic Deer Hunter® trademark and associated domain names from Atari. Glu also took an exclusive, irrevolcable worldwide license to the other intellectual property associated with the Deer Hunter Brand.
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as GUN BROS, DEER HUNTER, BLOOD & GLORY, and SAMURAI VS. ZOMBIES on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android(TM), Windows Phone, Google Chrome, and MAC OS. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers globally. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco with major offices outside Seattle, and overseas in Brazil, Canada, China, and Russia. Consumers can find high-quality entertainment created exclusively for their mobile devices wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at http://www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at Facebook.com/glumobile.
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Northrop Grumman to Collaborate with Indonesian Partner Companies to Produce Ground-Based Radar Systems
BALTIMORE, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) executed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Sixth National Radar Seminar in Bali, Indonesia with PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia and the Research Centre For Electronics And Telecommunications of The Indonesian Institute Of Sciences to facilitate collaboration on pending ground-based radar opportunities in Indonesia.
The Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 is the latest generation of state-of-the-art radars made possible by advances in high power transistor technology and designed to operate in some of the harshest, most unforgiving environments. Proven in the field, the S-Band long-range AN/TPS-78 is the choice of the U.S. Air Force and customers worldwide.
"With this agreement, Northrop Grumman will bring its recognized leadership in ground radars together with our Indonesian business partners' combined expertise in electronics research and manufacturing and knowledge of the unique needs of the Indonesian government," said Robert Royer, vice president of international systems at Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "Our team looks forward to participating in the upcoming Indonesian ground-based radar competition designed to help Indonesia increase air surveillance control and secure its border."
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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BOCA RATON, Fla., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DUBLICOM Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MediaNet Group Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: MEDG), a global online shopping and entertainment community, today announced that it has launched, in conjunction with Publimedia, a division of Grupo Gestevision Telecinco, S.A., the top-rated television station in Spain, the first DubLi Partner Program under its newly-revised Customized Partner Program platform.
The DubLi Partner Program is a white-label web solution that delivers all the DubLi.com products to the Partner under their branded identity. The new partnership will leverage DubLi's current platform in the Spanish market and allow Publimedia's internet viewers to take advantage of the unique value proposition offered by DubLi's Fun Shopping Auctions, Virtual Shopping Mall and Entertainment platforms. Publimedia's program will use the "nosoloshopping" brand and will allow Publimedia's customers from all over Spain to experience savings on their every day shopping through the nosoloshopping portal.
Michael Hansen, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediaNet Group Technologies, stated, "We are extremely pleased that Publimedia has decided to join the DubLi Partner Program. This relationship will assist Publimedia with enhancing their brand loyalty and delivering additional value to their customers while simultaneously showcasing DubLi as a leader in the global ecommerce market and expanding the DubLi product offerings to Spain's population."
About MediaNet Group Technologies, Inc.:
MediaNet Group Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: MEDG), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries under the DubLi brand addresses consumer needs both online and offline through innovative engagement models, as well as virtual shopping experiences. Through its DubLi.com website, the company also creates tremendous opportunities by helping entrepreneurs both large and small create micro-distributor organizations by joining Dublinetwork.com. MediaNet Group Technologies main focus is to provide consumers around the world with the highest online value for their shopping and entertainment opportunities. The foundation of MediaNet Group was built upon an innovative business concept, a global presence and a consumer-centric business model that seeks to capitalize on global economic trends and changing consumer behaviors. The central hub of the MediaNet Group universe is DubLi.com, a comprehensive online shopping and entertainment community. DubLi Network is the sales and marketing engine for DubLi.com that is driven by a marketing network of Business Associates who use word-of-mouth advertising, the most effective form of direct selling, to sell a variety of memberships and packages that generate traffic to DubLi.com. DubLi Partner offers a white-label version of its DubLi.com platform giving participating organizations a professional, reliable web presence while providing access to DubLi's global online shopping and entertainment community. BSP Rewards, also known as DubLi Shopping, is responsible for the management and operations of DubLi's Shopping Mall platforms around the world. MediaNet Group is emerging as a leading provider of innovative shopping and entertainment solutions to consumers in over 100 countries.
Except for historical matters contained herein, statements made in this press release are forward-looking. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "to," "plan," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "would," "estimate," or "continue" or the negative other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements contained herein regarding our plans for developing the Global Shopping Mall concept even further in 2012 with the addition of new merchants and more products are examples of forward- looking statements.
Investors and others are cautioned that a variety of factors, including certain risks, may affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. These risk factors include, without limitation, the risk of (i) our inability to establish and maintain a large, growing base of business associates; (ii) our inability to maintain the initial success of our Xpress Gift Card concept, (iii) our inability to develop and maintain successful new shopping opportunities which are accepted by our customers (iv)an inability to develop and/or maintain brand awareness for our online auctions; (v) a failure to maintain the competitive bidding environment for our online auctions; and (vi) a failure to adapt to technological change. The Company is also subject to the risks and uncertainties described in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2011.
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Ahram Biosystems Announces Launch of the New Economy Model F1-12 of Its Palm PCR Series
Palm PCR F1-12, the economy model of the innovative Palm PCR series, is now on the market. It can amplify up to 1 kbp within 30 minutes in a small handheld, portable format
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahram Biosystems, Inc., a leading innovator of new life science tools, today announced the launch of Palm PCR F1-12, the economy model of its innovative portable PCR system. The F1-12 system is a cost-effective, high-performance portable PCR system, delivering PCR amplification with high speed and sensitivity in a fully portable format.
The Palm PCR F1-12 system provides three "Standard Fast" speed levels delivering 30-cycle PCR amplification within 30 minutes down to 24 minutes. The amplification sensitivity reaches to near single-copy level below 10 copies. The dynamic range of the PCR amplification is up to 1 kbp. Like other Palm PCR series, it is battery-powered (more than 4 hours of continuous operation on a single charge) and represents high temperature uniformity (less than +/- 0.1 degrees C) and a small footprint and light weight (71 mm x 121 mm x 47 mm or 2.8" x 4.76" x 1.85", 350 g).
The high speed and high sensitivity of the F1-12 system and its affordable price make it ideal for a wide range of downstream applications that require fast and sensitive nucleic acid amplification. Examples include POCT (point-of-care testing), food quality assurance, forensics, educational uses and many other applications of genetic identification purposes. The battery-powered, full portability makes the F1-12 system particularly invaluable where in-field or on-site PCR amplification is crucial. The Palm PCR F1-12 system enables users to perform highly sensitive and accurate PCR amplification in a fully portable format while saving both money and time.
The Palm PCR F1-12 system comes at an affordable price of mid US$3k, in a complete set that includes the main device, a rechargeable battery and other accessories. The F1-12 system is available for order from Ahram Biosystems (http://www.ahrambio.com) or its global distributors.
About Ahram Biosystems:
Ahram Biosystems, Inc. is a leading innovator of new life science tools, taking the initiative to bring portable innovation to the biotechnology market. The company provides the innovative portable PCR system, Palm PCR(TM), designed to perform polymerase chain reactions for both indoor and outdoor applications. The company has its headquarters in Seoul, Korea and a subsidiary in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit http://www.ahrambio.com or contact email@example.com.
HealthPlanOne(TM) Unveils Its Free Proprietary Mobile Quoting Tool for Medicare & Health Insurance Agents
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthPlanOne, a leading senior general agency, has established itself as the premier partner for agents seeking the best possible customer leads for their money. HealthPlanOne goes beyond providing high converting leads and health quoting technology. Now HealthPlanOne provides Medicare insurance agents with a mobile interface offering the most competitive products in the Medicare marketplace.
MedicareOnTheGo, HealthPlanOne's proprietary mobile quoting tool was designed to assist agents nationwide find Medicare eligible prospects and provide these customers with the widest array of Medicare plans available in their market. Unlike other Health insurance quoting tools with limited Medicare plan choices, MedicareOnTheGo includes over 65 private Medicare insurance carriers, dynamic plan rates by market, robust plan benefit information and enrollment applications. Eliminating the need for carrying volumes of plan benefit brochures, organizing paper applications and worrying about wireless Internet access, MedicareOnTheGo has been designed for mobile devices providing agents with a streamlined process to find prospective customers, quote plan rates and access forms on Android, iPhone and tablet mobile devices. This exciting new Mobile Tool puts the capability to find Medicare prospects and quote Medicare plan prices in the agent's hand.
"Giving agents the ability to quickly and easily quote different Medicare plans from their mobile phone dramatically increases the level of service they are able to provide customers while also increasing sales efficiency." says Tom Wicker, VP Brokerage Sales, HealthPlanOne.
About Health Plan One
Founded in 2005, HealthPlanOne is the nation's leading Internet marketing and member acquisition company serving the healthcare and insurance industries.
HPOAgentSolutions provides agents with 24/7 access to high-quality customer leads, industry-leading prospect development technology, and complete member acquisition solutions to health insurance carriers and brokers.
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Novatel Wireless MiFi 4510 and Ovation MC 551 USB Launch on Open Mobile's LTE Network
Industry Leading Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and Compact USB Modem Debut in Puerto Rico
SAN DIEGO and PUERTO RICO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL), a provider of wireless broadband access solutions, and Open Mobile, a leading telecommunications company operating throughout Puerto Rico, today announced the launch of Novatel Wireless' award winning products, the 4G LTE MiFi® 4510 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and Ovation(TM) MC 551 USB modem on Open Mobile's LTE network, furthering a new era in the mobile broadband market to benefit customers on the island.
"Our partnership with Novatel Wireless to launch the newest mobile broadband solutions in Puerto Rico further validates our commitment to deliver the most attractive service offering to our customers," said Federico Grosso, president of Open Mobile. "We're excited to introduce Puerto Ricans to the Ovation MC 551 modem and the Novatel Wireless MiFi 4510 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, offering them the convenience of portable Wi-Fi access at lightening fast speeds."
The MiFi 4510 is a 4G version of the Novatel Wireless MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, building on innovation and design, proven performance and industry-leading user experience that enables wireless and secure Internet connectivity from virtually anywhere. The MiFi 4510 allows businesses and consumers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. About the size of a stack of credit cards, it offers proven performance and industry-leading flexibility, convenience and reliability. New features include an integrated status display on the device showing signal strength, roaming, battery level and number of connected devices.
The Ovation MC 551 4G LTE Modem is a high-performing USB modem with a compact design and industry-leading flexibility, convenience and reliability. It is a slim and compact 4G LTE USB modem providing LTE peak download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and peak upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps. The modem contains a Novatel Wireless proprietary internal advanced antenna design optimized for best performance.
"We are excited to add Open Mobile to our growing number of leading operators worldwide offering 4G mobile broadband solutions," said Rob Hadley, CMO, Novatel Wireless. "With the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and our Ovation modem, Open Mobile is providing its clients with unrivaled high speed Internet access virtually anywhere they work or play."
Novatel Wireless' distribution partner in Puerto Rico is Brightpoint.
ABOUT OPEN MOBILE
Open Mobile is a wireless company where the consumer will find a variety of mobile phones and at the same time enjoy a purchasing process both fast and simple. In Open Mobile the costumer will find the most attractive unlimited "Open Plans" from $35 to $55, without contracts, without credit verification or penalties. Only unlimited plans. Open Mobile, established on June 12, 2007, owns 18 stores, 2 kiosks, a strong distribution chain of dealers and 170 point-of-sales. Open Mobile operates throughout the island for the benefit of the Puerto Rican consumer, thereby opening a new era in the telecommunications market in Puerto Rico. For more information visit our web page http://www.openmobilepr.com.
ABOUT NOVATEL WIRELESS
Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies providing wireless connectivity. The company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, retailers, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Product lines include MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspots, Ovation USB modems, Expedite embedded modules, Enfora smart M2M modules, and Enfora integrated M2M solutions. These innovative products provide anywhere, anytime communications solutions for consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit http://www.nvtl.com. (NVTLG)
This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended to date. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein. These factors include risks relating to technological changes, new product introductions, continued acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (available at http://www.sec.gov) and other regulatory agencies.
(C) 2012 Novatel Wireless, Inc. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless name and logo, MiFi and Ovation are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other Company, product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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Anixter Launches New Virtual Engagement Center to Educate Customers on Data Center Trends
GLENVIEW, Ill., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Anixter announced today that it is launching the latest virtual experience for customers who are looking to bolster their knowledge and skills in the data center space. Anixter's Virtual Data Center Seminars will allow customers, industry experts and manufacturers to interact virtually in real time from the comfort and convenience of the workplace, home office or remote location.
Our customers' demand for information is increasing as quickly as the amount of information available, said Doug Deputy, Anixter's Vice President of Solutions Marketing. However, we recognize that the time they have to acquire that information is getting shorter, and more often than not, the opportunities to get away from the office to educate themselves about trends and technologies are becoming harder to justify.
Through Anixter's Virtual Engagement Center, customers can acquire knowledge in a cutting-edge environment. Anixter's Virtual Engagement Center is a Web-based platform that offers live, highly interactive virtual conferences with the ability to connect with colleagues, manufacturer representatives, and Anixter. Anixter's Virtual Data Center Seminar Series offers a dynamic presentation format and live panel discussions that cover topics that are most pressing to contractors, integrators, end-users, architects, consultants and engineers--from sustainability and the green movement to physical security and data center infrastructure.
As current business models require video, voice, data and security networks to be managed over a single converged network, the role of the data center has become even more critical. Several trends are directly impacting the reliability, security and efficiency of data centers. The inaugural event on May 17 at 10:30 CDT will address how physical infrastructure can affect the reliable delivery of data center services. Subsequent events will address the need for secure and energy-efficient data centers.
-- May 17, 2012 10:30 a.m. CDT
-- Data Center Reliability - The Role of Infrastructure
-- August 16, 2012 10:30 a.m. CDT
-- Data Center Security - Protecting Critical Systems
-- December 4, 2012 10:30 a.m. CST
-- Data Center Efficiency - Maximizing Return on Investment
Learn about the latest trends, challenges, and solutions in the data center space by registering for Anixter's Virtual Data Center Seminar Series events at anixter.com/dcss.
Anixter International is a leading global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small parts. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs; 2) more than 450,000 products and $1 billion in inventory; 3) 225 warehouses with approximately 7 million square feet of space; and 4) locations in over 260 cities in more than 50 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE.
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Qualcomm Atheros Launches the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi Module and the Killer E2200 Ethernet Controller
-- Killer E2200 and 1202 Provide a Superior Entertainment Experience on Desktop and Laptop Computers --
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM),today launched both the Killer(TM) Wireless-N 1202 high-performance Wi-Fi(TM) module with Bluetooth(TM) connectivity and the Killer E2200 high-performance gigabit Ethernet controller. The two products are designed to provide improved performance and advanced control by automatically classifying and prioritizing gaming, video and audio network data to provide a superior, uninterrupted online entertainment experience.
"The Killer Wireless-N 1202 and the E2200 stay true to our promise of providing the best in online application performance, intelligence and control for consumers of both desktop and laptop computers," said Mike Cubbage, director of business development, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. "These products create a superior entertainment and real-time communications experience for the end user by ensuring that critical online applications get the bandwidth and priority they need, when they need it."
The Killer Wireless-N 1202 high-performance, 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi module introduces Bluetooth for the first time, providing users with the ability to play online games or stream media while simultaneously having Bluetooth connectivity, an essential feature for online gamers who use Bluetooth-enabled peripherals. The Killer E2200 high-performance Ethernet controller is an adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance than standard Ethernet solutions.
Both the Killer Wireless-N 1202 and the Killer E2200 offer superior performance for all online applications through Killer's exclusive Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic. This ensures important applications that require high-speed connectivity, such as online games and video chat, get priority over less important traffic, such as incoming email or system updates. All Killer technology ships with the exclusive Killer Network Manager, giving users the power to set priorities for all network applications, increase or reduce the bandwidth each application uses, or block an application entirely - all in a unique graphical interface.
The Killer Wireless-N 1202 high-performance Wi-Fi module will be available in May. The Killer E2200 high-performance Ethernet controller is available now.
About Qualcomm Atheros Inc.
Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a leading provider of wireless and wired technologies for the mobile, networking, computing and consumer electronics markets. The organization is focused on inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all. With its broad connectivity portfolio, Qualcomm Atheros provides its global customer base with high-performance, end-to-end solutions, featuring Wi-Fi®, GPS, Bluetooth®, Ethernet, HomePlug® powerline and PON technologies. Qualcomm Atheros leverages its substantial expertise in RF, signal processing, software and networking to deliver highly integrated, low-power, system-level solutions that enable customers to create high-performance, differentiated products. For more information, go to http://www.qca.qualcomm.com.
Qualcomm Atheros and Killer are trademarks of Qualcomm Atheros Inc. Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NimbleTV (nimbletv.com) today announces a game changing new subscription-based TV platform that for the first time enables customers to access all of their television from anywhere in the world, on any device. Customers access their subscription TV service using NimbleTV cloud-based software that lets them view their TV wherever they are - with nearly unlimited recording capability and social tools to help guide what to watch. The service is a global platform beginning with TV offerings from the U.S. and India, and will roll out to other countries. Individuals can sign-up for private beta starting today. Anand Subramanian, CEO of NimbleTV, made the announcement.
"NimbleTV is based on the simplest idea: customers should be able to access the TV they pay for wherever they happen to be," said Subramanian. "Today, the groundbreaking technology behind our service makes 'TV everywhere' a reality - with more options, high-quality viewing on any device, watchable from anywhere. Our model is predicated on the belief that providers and content producers should be paid. NimbleTV is a solution that's both consumer friendly and industry friendly."
NimbleTV sets customers up with their own subscription agreements with TV providers that NimbleTV supports. Customers make payments directly to their providers with NimbleTV acting as a payment service. In addition to local coverage, NimbleTV includes all cable channels, depending on which package a customer selects. The service has more than 10,000 hours of digital recording. There is no box to buy or equipment to set up. NimbleTV has built-in social features that enable customers to easily follow and record what their friends like to watch on TV.
Beta users will have access to a TV subscription package with more than two dozen channels, with more added during the beta period. The NimbleTV price will include the provider subscription at cost, plus a small fee for services such as subscription set up and management, the advanced functionality of portability and industry leading DVR capabilities. The company will announce exact pricing when it launches the product to the public in the next few months.
NimbleTV is at the forefront of new technology that helps consumers by merging the best of online and linear content, which mirrors how viewers increasingly experience TV today. For instance, people will be able to connect socially around their favorite shows and communities will help curate choices from among the vast number available. In addition, people today are demanding more simplicity, seeking to avoid unnecessary equipment and set-top boxes.
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications
services, today announced the first appointments for its global network of XpressLink
dealers. Twelve of the world's most-respected maritime communications specialists have
been approved to sell XpressLink, providing access to shipping fleets worldwide through
sales teams based in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Inmarsat issued an invitation to distribution partners, service providers and system
integrators in early March to confirm interest in becoming an XpressLink dealer, with a
positive response from more than 80 per cent. Negotiations with the majority of applicants
are now at an advanced stage. The initial 12 dealers that have completed the rigorous
selection process are:
- Anchor Marine Equipment & Repair Company
- AND Group
- Arskom Marine
- Hellenic Radio Services
- One Net
- Station Satcom
- Tile Marine.
"We are excited by this endorsement of the XpressLink service as a gateway to Global
Xpress," said Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime. "These 12 companies are at the
forefront of delivering high-quality and cost-effective solutions to shipping fleets. They
will not support a service unless they know it offers demonstrable value to their
customers - value that is future-proofed with the transition path to Global Xpress.
Several of the dealers we have announced today have already closed deals, and we expect
XpressLink offers a fully-integrated Ku-band and L-band solution for a fixed monthly
cost. A complete solution managed by Inmarsat, it delivers a compelling combination of
broadband speed, a reliable and high-quality service, and global coverage. XpressLink
supports always-on data speeds of 768kbps, with a committed information rate of 192kbps,
when the VSAT service is active.
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications
services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data
communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of
services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500
staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and
centres of commerce on every continent. For the year ended 31st December 2011, Inmarsat
plc had total revenue of US$1,409 million and an EBITDA of US$854 million. Inmarsat is
listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit http://www.inmarsat.com.
Media Contact, John Warehand, Head of Media & Analyst Relations, Inmarsat, Tel: +44-20-7728-1579, Mob: +44-7739-778128, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Dynamx Launches to Redefine Social Customer Care
Purpose-Built Platform to Identify, Prioritize and Manage Millions of Social Web Conversations
AUSTIN, Texas, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Social Dynamx today launched the industry's first purpose-built social customer care platform with scale in mind. The Social Dynamx solution is designed for large enterprises and customer contact centers to identify, prioritize and manage millions of one-on-one social conversations.
Consumers now broadcast their opinions instantly to thousands, or even millions, of people from wherever they are. Social Dynamx quickly identifies relevant conversations and intelligently routes them to the appropriate company service agents to be addressed, while tracking and measuring results according to contact center-specific service level agreements (SLAs).
"No social enterprise transformation strategy can succeed unless Customer Service plays a central role," said Michael Maoz, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst for Customer Strategies research at Gartner. "Current structures are inadequate. The challenge for senior management is to engineer the necessary process and technology changes that will allow customer service to evolve to embrace social trends. New concepts of recruitment, measurement and outcomes are necessary to allow for the increased agent participation in social media. When this happens, and the right supporting technology is deployed, businesses will see increased customer engagement and higher overall customer success."
More than 70 percent of tweets to companies today go unanswered and only 5 percent of Facebook wall posts on brand pages ever receive answers. Much of the reason is that today's tools cannot scale to address large companies' needs.
"Much like the 1-800 number revolutionized customer service channels 20 years ago, Social Dynamx is redefining social customer care," said Mike Betzer, CEO of Social Dynamx, "Our platform was built by industry-recognized leaders in customer service and social innovation to transform how companies build relationships with their customers in high volume environments."
The platform surrounds a service agent with productivity accelerators designed for scale and the ability to streamline responses in the consumer's channel of choice. Social Dynamx also integrates and extends value with standard CRM, knowledge bases and peer-to-peer support forums and has the ability to learn which knowledge articles deliver the most accurate recommended response for agents.
Platform highlights include:
-- Role-specific interface for agents, supervisors and managers
-- Automated prioritization and matching
-- SLA-driven analytics
-- Advanced conversation management
-- Enterprise-scale workflows across distributed teams
-- Continuous self-learning
-- Pre-built enterprise ecosystem integrations (CRM, Listening and
"Most companies realize that they need to respond organically to what is being said about them (or to them) on the social web but they struggle using current tools designed for marketing and PR," said Jan Ryan, President and COO of Social Dynamx. "Our customers are large enterprises. They're looking for more than a temporary solution -- they want a platform purpose-built for how they manage customer care and a platform that will take them into the future as volumes of social interactions continue to grow."
Facilitating real time one-on-one conversations and support, the Social Dynamx solution allows agents, supervisors and managers to work through interfaces designed specifically for them. By quickly matching agents with social media posts Social Dynamx lets companies rapidly solve customer issues with high accuracy and transform potential detractors into brand advocates. Service agents no longer have to "alt-tab" their way through disconnected application or search siloed information, and now social media teams become more accountable with analytics and metrics geared toward customer success.
"Social Dynamx gets 'enterprise.' Period." Esther Pomeleo-Fowler, Director Client Care at Convio.
"Social Dynamx replaced a patchwork of products with a cohesive enterprise platform," said Mark Cohen, Director of Operations, DISH Network. "It's like being given a car when you've been walking to work."
"Social Dynamx brought simplicity at enterprise scale to my team," said Phil Blum, Social Media Customer Care Manager, Time Warner Cable. "After a single onsite implementation session my team was working smoothly."
Pricing and Availability
Social Dynamx is generally available today and priced per user per month.
About Social Dynamx
Social Dynamx is a cloud-based platform for social customer care, purpose-built for the demands of high-volume contact centers and customer care environments. Through automated prioritization, enterprise-grade workflow, and role-specific user interfaces, we enable brands to redefine their relationship with their customers through all social media channels. Based in Austin, Texas, Social Dynamx scales to meet the needs of companies such as Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Convio and others.
SocialMatica Releases First 2012 Presidential Election Social Media Dashboards
SocialMatica proprietary technology reveals President Obama dominating Mitt Romney in social media ranking and influence
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SocialMatica, the innovative leader of social media analytics, today released compelling dashboards of the 2012 presidential election between President Obama and republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. SocialMatica's semantic data intelligence identifies the vast difference in candidate's social ranking, showing President Obama significantly ahead of Mitt Romney in the social media world. Complete dashboards can be viewed on SocialMatica's website (http://www.socialmatica.com).
"SocialMatica had been tracking the GOP race for months, and our technology accurately predicted Mitt Romney as the prevailing republican presidential candidate. We are now focusing on the 2012 presidential election, and these initial results are astounding. Where Mitt Romney clearly led the GOP candidate race, he is significantly behind President Barack Obama in social media ranking. We expected President Obama to be ahead as a result of three years in office and because of that we added a new feature to our dashboard - the inclusion of real-time tweets and online activity over a 24 hour period. Even with that level-setting, we see Mitt Romney notably behind in the race," said Gary Hermansen, CEO of SocialMatica.
"President Obama and his team have leveraged social media well - it has been a constant marketing, communication strategy and execution tactic. Romney's team clearly understands the value of social media, influencers and topics as demonstrated during the GOP primary, but will need to significantly increase efforts to leverage this data and to accelerate campaign efforts during the presidential campaign," continued Hermansen.
SocialMatica provides analysis and rankings of the 2012 presidential election gathered from vast amounts of available online data, including Facebook, blogs, twitter feeds, LinkedIn, online news sites, discussion groups, forums, and web traffic.
Founded in 2010, SocialMatica is a fast-growing analytics company providing fact-based analysis on social rating and footprint. Through its Social Business Platform based on a contextual and semantic analytics engine, SocialMatica combines the depth of rich data analysis with social marketing expertise to drive campaign recommendations to meet social marketing objectives. http://www.socialmatica.com
Wendy Toth for SocialMatica