PICTURE THE FUTURE: International Photographer Uses Aurasma to Bring Iconic Stills to Augmented Life
CAMBRIDGE, England and SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker, Sam Robinson, is breaking down the conventional boundaries between photography and film by embedding Aurasma into his existing iPhone app - the Sam Robinson Photography App.
The British visionary, who has studios in London, New York and Barcelona, is using Aurasma - the world's first visual browser - to add a new dimension to his stills, simultaneously blurring the lines between photography and film.
In addition to seeing highlights from Robinson's commercial work and behind-the-scenes content, users of the app can now point their iPhone at selected Sam Robinson photographs and watch them transform into interactive video. It also changes the way in which advertising campaigns are run, providing a direct link between both the stills and films shot by the UK creative.
Sam Robinson, Photographer and Filmmaker, said:
"The first time I saw Aurasma, I was bowled over - this technology is a completely new medium that dissolves all the old boundaries between photography and film. As both a photographer and a film maker, Aurasma's Developer Studio lets me bring together my stills and film work for the first time. The demand for multi-channel campaigns is growing and this is the perfect way to link them. I'm completely hooked."
Tamas Szabo, founder of Megatomi said:
"Sam gave us the brief to incorporate Aurasma into his app in a way that was intuitive and user-friendly while also being visually impactful. With just two lines of code we were able to integrate Aurasma into the existing app - start to finish, it took just a few hours and the result is incredible."
Martina King, Managing Director of Aurasma, said:
"We're working with some of the world's largest corporations, but we're also working with internationally-renowned creatives like Sam Robinson. Artists, photographers, film makers, animators, designers - the creative industries instinctively understand Aurasma's potential and are using our free technology to push boundaries and change the way people see and interact with the world."
The Sam Robinson Photography iPhone app is free to download for the iPhone 4, 4S and iPad 2 from the App Store.
Aurasma is the world's first visual browser - a new platform technology that merges the physical world with the virtual. Available as a free app for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad2 and high-powered Android devices or as a free kernel for developers, Aurasma uses advanced image and pattern recognition to recognise and understand real-world images and objects in much in way the human brain does. It then seamlessly blends the real-world with rich interactive content such as videos and animations called "Auras". Auras can be created for printed images, product packaging, clothing, physical places and users can even use the app to create and share their own.
Since its launch in June 2011, Aurasma has had more than two million downloads. Over 1000 partners in markets including retail, sport, automotive, consumer electronics, entertainment, advertising and publishing are using the free technology in their campaigns or embedding the technology in their own applications. Aurasma was developed by and is part of software company Autonomy - an HP Company.
OfficeMax Delivers "Last-Minute" Holiday Shopping Sale Featuring Dazzling Deals on Technology Gifts
Seven-Day Deals Event Starts Dec. 18
NAPERVILLE, Ill., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax(®) Incorporated (NYSE:OMX), a leader in office supplies, technology and services, announced a "last-minute" savings event that will offer holiday shoppers significant savings on technology and custom gifts. The seven-day Dazzling Daily Deals event will run Dec. 18 through Dec. 24.
"Many of our shoppers are still looking to finalize their gifts for the holidays, so we decided to host a week-long savings event just in time for the holiday," said Michael Lewis, executive vice president and president of retail at OfficeMax. "From tech gifts such as laptops to custom oversized photo prints, we're making it easy for shoppers to get all their last-minute holiday gifts for less."
A deal will be featured on OfficeMax.com each day throughout the weeklong sale, and some deals will also be available for purchase in-store. The daily holiday deals event features a variety of consumer and small business technology gifts including(1):
-- Sunday, Dec. 18 - Samsung Series 3 Laptop featuring Intel(®) Core(TM)
i5-2410M processor for $499.99 (save $180, online only)
-- Monday, Dec. 19 - Kodak M552 14 Megapixel Digital Camera with 5X optical
zoom for $79.99 (save $40, online only)
-- Tuesday, Dec. 20 - QuickBooks accounting software for small business.
Save $80 on QuickBooks Pro 2012, save $200 on QuickBooks Premier 2012
and save 35% on select Quicken titles. (available online and in-store)
-- Wednesday, Dec. 21 - HP Color Inkjet Photosmart Premium Fax Wireless
e-All-in-One printer with automatic 2-sided printing and 2.4" color LCD
for $99 (save $200, available online)
-- Thursday, Dec. 22 - 18" x 24" oversized prints from the OfficeMax
ImPress® Print Center for $8.99 (save $8.99). Offer valid in store
-- Friday, Dec. 23 - HP Color Inkjet Photosmart Premium Wireless
e-All-in-One printer with 4.3" touch screen and lab-quality photo
printing for $79.99 (save $120, available online)
-- Saturday, Dec. 24 - Epson(®) EX3200 SVGA Multimedia Projector for
$299.99 (save $150, available online)
Shoppers can text DEALS to 62999 to receive a reminder text each morning of the sales event with details of the featured item(2). Check the website for additional details.
About OfficeMaxOfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in both business-to-business office products solutions and retail office products. The OfficeMax mission is simple. We help our customers do their best work. The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress(®), technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and individual consumers. OfficeMax customers are served by approximately 30,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, e-commerce and nearly 1,000 stores. Since 2007, OfficeMax Goodworks programs have served communities and schools, contributing more than $14 million in grants and supplies to support teachers and classrooms. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX. For more information, visit http://www.officemax.com.
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Qualcomm Incorporated Unveils Temporary Renaming of Qualcomm Stadium to Promote Snapdragon Processors
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) unveiled plans to temporarily rename Qualcomm Stadium®, "Snapdragon Stadium(TM)" - an initiative designed to drive consumer awareness and brand impact for its Snapdragon®( )mobile processors. With consumers becoming increasingly more tech savvy, the desire to understand how their smartphones and tablets work continues to increase. Renaming Qualcomm Stadium to Snapdragon Stadium is an important step in increasing consumer awareness of Snapdragon processors, which serve as the "heart" of mobile devices and currently power more than 300 smartphones and tablets worldwide.
The stadium renaming, a collaboration between the City of San Diego, the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Bowl Game Association, represents a first in the area of stadium naming sponsorships and capitalizes on a ten-day span when the stadium plays host to three nationally televised football games: the San Diego Chargers Dec. 18 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens; and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, taking place on Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, respectively.
With this stadium transformation Qualcomm aims to inform consumers about how Snapdragon processors help consumers do more on their mobile devices--such as watch HD video, play console-quality games and surf the Web--while maintaining the life of their battery for longer periods of time. Qualcomm will utilize a unique opportunity to promote its Snapdragon processors and reach millions of consumers in a high-impact and cost-effective manner. The combined three games are expected to have over 30 million TV viewers and 150,000 fans in attendance.
"Mobile is the biggest technology platform in human history, having a transformative impact on billions of people around the world," said Dr. Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Naming Snapdragon Stadium will help us drive consumer awareness for Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile processors and how they enhance the user experience on hundreds of millions of smartphones worldwide."
The first football game in Snapdragon Stadium will take place this Sunday night, December 18, featuring the San Diego Chargers vs. the Baltimore Ravens. Snapdragon Stadium will also play host to two bowl games. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday, December 21 will feature Louisiana Tech vs. TCU. The Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Wednesday, December 28 will pit the University of California, Berkeley against the University of Texas. The NFL Sunday Night Football game will be broadcast on NBC, while both bowl games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
"This is a first-of-its-kind effort to completely rename a stadium without changing naming rights," said Dean Spanos, Chairman of the Board and President of the San Diego Chargers. "We look forward to playing in Snapdragon Stadium and helping Qualcomm bring awareness to the technologies Snapdragon processors enable."
"The San Diego Bowl Game Association is excited to be on the leading edge of what could become a new trend in stadium and arena naming rights programs," said Bruce Binkowski, Executive Director, San Diego Bowl Game Association. "Both the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl are proud to provide considerable national visibility for Snapdragon processors."
"For more than 25 years, Qualcomm has served as a leader both within the mobile industry and the San Diego community, particularly with its sponsorship of Qualcomm Stadium - home of the Chargers," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. "The Snapdragon Stadium transformation will raise awareness for Qualcomm, Snapdragon processors and the City of San Diego at a time of year where the American sports community has its attention turned towards 'America's Finest City.'"
In addition to a full overhaul of the stadium's Qualcomm signage - to be temporarily replaced with red Snapdragon signs and banners - the ten day campaign will include device giveaways and an advertising campaign. Tune in this Sunday to catch the first game in Snapdragon Stadium at 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC. For more information about Snapdragon processors or to find a device powered by Snapdragon mobile processors visit http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm's website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.
About Snapdragon Processors
Snapdragon processors by Qualcomm are a complete system-on-a-chip, built with best-in-class mobile components that adapt in real time to users' needs. This means they're designed to handle everything from streaming HD to 3D video to seamlessly switching between multiple apps and the Internet. All while delivering longer battery life.
QUALCOMM, QUALCOMM STADIUM and SNAPDRAGON are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. SNAPDRAGON STADIUM is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Hastings Entertainment to Host Midnight Release Parties for Star Wars: The Old Republic
AMARILLO, Texas, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment superstore retailer, has announced its plans for chain-wide Midnight release parties for the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Fans are encouraged to join their local Hastings for a Midnight release party on Monday, December 19, 2011. Festivities for the night will begin at 9:00 P.M. local time and will end after the game goes on sale at Midnight.
Fans enjoying the festivities and awaiting the release of the game will be able to take advantage of special promotions during the release party including 30% off all used video games, video game accessories, books, and CDs. Customers are also encouraged to take advantage of an extended happy hour in Hardback Coffee Cafe stores and 49¢ fountain drinks in participating stores. Hardback Coffee Cafe stores will have a Darth Mocha drink available for purchase during the Midnight release party. Customers who purchase Star Wars: The Old Republic at the party will be eligible to receive a free video game rental coupon.
To find out more about the Star Wars: The Old Republic midnight release party in your area, visit or contact your local Hastings superstore, or visit us online at http://www.goHastings.com.
Founded in 1968, Hastings Entertainment, Inc. is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, and trends and consumer electronics merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format. We currently operate 142 superstores, averaging approximately 24,000 square feet, primarily in medium-sized markets throughout the United States. We also operate three concept stores, Sun Adventure Sports, located in Amarillo, Texas and Lubbock, Texas and TRADESMART, in Littleton, Colorado.
We operate http://www.goHastings.com, an e-commerce Internet Web site that makes available to our customers new and used entertainment products and unique, contemporary gifts and toys. The site features exceptional product and pricing offers. The Investor Relations section of our web site contains press releases, a link to request financial and other literature and access our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Hastings Entertainment is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ under the symbol HAST.
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Hastings Entertainment, Inc.
CONTACT: Dan Crow, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hastings Entertainment, Inc., +1-806-677-1422
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform powering smarter apps across the web and devices, will provide music intelligence to power intelligent radio and radio playlisting within the new Spotify Radio app, which starts rolling out to its users today.
The relationship sees The Echo Nest powering Spotify Radio, which lets users create personalized radio stations based around songs or artists in Spotify's catalogue of around 15 million tracks. The Echo Nest's deep musical intelligence helps Spotify users build playlists dynamically around any song or artist for an amazing radio experience.
"Playlists are the cornerstone of the Spotify user experience," said Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest. "The Echo Nest has invested heavily to ensure our intelligent playlist engine is the most sophisticated in the world. Combining The Echo Nest's intelligent playlist engine with Spotify Radio's incredibly intuitive and inherently social service will certainly give Spotify users an amazing music discovery experience."
Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer of Spotify, commented: "We can't wait to hear what our users think of Spotify Radio, which offers unlimited stations and unlimited skips, as it begins rolling out this week. With the help of The Echo Nest's recommendation wizardry and our multi-million track library, Spotify Radio is now a music discovery experience without equal."
Spotify Radio is located within Spotify Apps, which will this week be made available to both users of the free service plus the Unlimited and Premium subscription tiers. Spotify is the most popular music service of its kind in the world, with over 10 million active users and over 2.5 million paying subscribers in 12 countries worldwide.
About The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest powers smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, with a customer base that reaches over 100 million music fans every month. Over 250 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform. With the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world - over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs -- to help developers re-shape the experience of playing -- and playing with -- music. The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.
Catalyst Investors Acquires Significant Stake in WeddingWire
Catalyst takes on Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's shares in nation's leading technology company serving the wedding industry
BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding and event technology company, today announced that growth private equity firm Catalyst Investors has acquired the stake of WeddingWire's largest non-founder shareholder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO). Ryan McNally and Brian Rich will join WeddingWire's Board of Directors.
"WeddingWire is a very attractive investment opportunity. The Company has grown rapidly and will continue to do so. WeddingWire has an exceptionally strong management team with a terrific vision," said McNally. "Its business model provides proven value to its customer base in the wedding market - a more than $70 billion industry - and their core technologies are transportable to other verticals."
WeddingWire is a marketplace that simplifies the wedding and event planning process by connecting engaged couples and event planners with local and national wedding- and event-related businesses. The company provides online marketing tools for local and national vendors, and user reviews and wedding planning tools for couples. WeddingWire recently acquired ProjectWedding.com from eHarmony and partnered with Conde Nast's Brides.com. In addition, WeddingWire signed a multi-year agreement with MSLO to continue powering local listings on MarthaStewartWeddings.com and to begin powering listings on MarthaStewart.com.
"The Catalyst team has a track record of helping technology companies expand and succeed and WeddingWire will benefit from their experience. We are pleased to work together and have Ryan and Brian join our board," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Catalyst will be an active financial partner and we look forward to their guidance."
About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire(TM), the nation's leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers across the WeddingWire Network.
About Catalyst Investors
Catalyst Investors is a growth private equity firm founded in 2000. Catalyst employs a rigorous top-down research focus that seeks to identify investment opportunities in companies and industries that will exhibit strong revenue and margin growth. The firm works in true partnership with talented management teams to build long-term value and is committed to investor transparency. Past and present Catalyst portfolio companies include Advantage Business Media, Aloha Partners, Aspire Media, Catalyst Repository Systems, Denali Spectrum, InSite Wireless Group, Latisys, MessageLabs, MediaMath, MINDBODY, Nine Systems, TCP Communications and Telemundo. For more information, visit http://www.catalystinvestors.com/.
Cox Communications Announces Agreement to Sell Advanced Wireless Spectrum to Verizon Wireless
Cox and Verizon Wireless will become agents to sell each other's residential and commercial products
ATLANTA, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell to Verizon Wireless its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses covering 28 million POPs for $315 million. The sale of Cox's AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless is an important step to ensure that consumers' growing demands for mobility will be met. This agreement does not include Cox's 700 MHz spectrum licenses, the company's Cox Wireless customer accounts or any other assets.
Separately, Cox and Verizon Wireless will also become agents to sell each other's residential and commercial products and services through their respective sales channels. Over time, Cox may have the option to sell Verizon Wireless' services on a wholesale basis. In addition, Cox expects to enter into arrangements with the innovation technology joint venture formed by Verizon Wireless, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to better integrate wireline and wireless products and services.
"These agreements provide Cox customers with key enablers to mobility, such as access to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network and iconic wireless devices," said Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications. "We look forward to the many benefits this will bring to customers."
The sale and transfer of Cox's advanced wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission and review under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act and other customary conditions.
Cox announced last month that it would no longer sell its Cox Wireless service, but would continue to provide service to its wireless customers through March 30, 2012.
About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, and telephone services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves more than 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.
Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; for six years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at http://www.cox.com and http://www.coxmedia.com.
About Verizon Wireless:
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia
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CONTACT: Cox: Mallard Holliday, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-404-843-5981; or Verizon Wireless: Peter Thonis, email@example.com, +1-212-395-2355
Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Coverage in Capital District
4G LTE expansion also continuing in Upstate New York
-- New cell sites improve coverage and capacity in Albany
-- Provide access to 3G wireless broadband service
-- Meet one of Upstate New York's local Test Men, Jack Brandes
ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless is investing in Albany County and expanding its local coverage with a new cell site in Albany. The new site improves coverage and capacity on New Scotland Avenue from Krumkill Road to Academy Road, Hackett Boulevard from South Manning Boulevard to Academy Road, and on South Main Avenue from Western Avenue to Hackett Boulevard.
In addition to ongoing investment in its 3G network, Verizon Wireless continues to roll out its 4G LTE network nationwide. The 4G LTE network is currently available in 190 markets, including Albany, Buffalo, Glens Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Orange County, NY, Poughkeepsie-Kingston, Utica-Rome and the New York City area. Full nationwide 4G LTE deployment is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.
"We've always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to aggressively invest in our Upstate New York network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers, add new services like 4G LTE, and maintain our existing 3G network leadership," said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region.
Verizon Wireless recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for ranking highest in customer care among the major national wireless phone service providers.
In addition to voice and wireless data services such as its V CAST multimedia service, the company offers MobileBroadband, its high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. In 4G LTE coverage areas, it provides average speeds of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. In 3G coverage areas, it provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless' services continued during the third quarter of 2011 as the company added more than 880,000 thousand net new customers.
The company's "nation's most reliable wireless network" reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers. Check out our video of Western New York Test Man, Jack Brandes.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
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CONTACT: John O'Malley, +1-585-321-7264 or +1-585-261-5899, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://twitter.com/VZWjohno, or Meredith Dropkin, +1-315-413-4293, email@example.com
Pioneer Cellular's 4G LTE Network Testing Signals All Systems Go
First LTE in Rural America Program Participant Completes LTE Data Session
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneer Cellular, one of 13 participants in the Verizon Wireless LTE in Rural America program, has successfully completed end-to-end data testing over its new 4G LTE network in preparation for a commercial launch next spring for customers in central and western Oklahoma. The new Pioneer 4G LTE network will enable Pioneer and Verizon Wireless customers to enjoy high-speed data services within Pioneer's coverage area and provide Pioneer customers with access to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network throughout the United States.
Pioneer announced its participation in the LTE in Rural America program last December and during the past year has constructed cell towers, laid fiber optic cable, and installed network hardware and software, working closely with Verizon Wireless engineers. Pioneer is now testing its new network and trial devices for speed, reliability and ease of use.
Richard Ruhl, general manager of Pioneer, said, "Pioneer Cellular's participation in the Verizon Wireless LTE in Rural America program will benefit our wireless customers as well as Verizon Wireless' customers by accelerating the benefits of high-speed mobile broadband to rural areas where 4G LTE mobility is not available. Partnering with Verizon Wireless will help to ensure we are able to address the future needs of the rural communities we serve who have historically not been the first to benefit from technologies like 4G LTE."
Pioneer's 4G LTE network covers more than 260,000 people in 21 counties across nearly 17,000 miles of central and western Oklahoma.
Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, yesterday sent a congratulatory email to Ruhl, which was delivered over Pioneer's 4G LTE network.
"This is an important milestone in our LTE in Rural America program because it demonstrates what can be accomplished by two companies with the common goal of empowering rural America," Mead said. "A robust wireless broadband infrastructure is vital for economic development in rural communities. We are committed to supporting our LTE in Rural America participants so they can bring wireless broadband to their communities as quickly as possible."
Verizon Wireless announced the LTE in Rural America initiative in June 2010 to bring the benefits of high-speed mobile broadband to rural areas of the United States where Verizon Wireless currently does not have a network. Under the program, Verizon Wireless shares access to its 700 MHz spectrum with rural operators who use their tower and backhaul assets to build a 4G LTE network.
To date, 13 rural carriers have leased spectrum covering, in total, 2.6 million people in rural communities and 85,000 square miles in 10 states.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and the largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To review and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at ww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Pioneer Cellular
Cellular Network Partnership d/b/a Pioneer Cellular is a Partnership Group comprised of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., KanOkla Telephone Association, South Central Communications of Kansas, and Hinton Cellular Company in Hinton, Oklahoma. Established in 1988, the group serves customers in 37 counties in western and southwestern Oklahoma and 14 counties in southern Kansas. Pioneer Cellular provides services with 3G EVDO Rev A technology such as Picture and Text Messaging, Data Browsing and downloadable BREW((TM)) applications.
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CONTACT: CONTACT: Robin Nicol, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7515, Robin.Nicol@verizonwireless.com
Mail.Ru Group and Crytek Sign Publishing Deal for Warface(R)
Free-To-Play Online First-Person Shooter to be launched
FRANKFURT, Germany and MOSCOW, December 16, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Mail.Ru Group Limited (LSE: MAIL), the largest internet company in Eastern Europe and
the leader of the Russian online gaming market, and Crytek GmbH ("Crytek"), one of the
world's leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment, announced
today that they signed a publishing deal for Warface. The free-to-play first-person
shooter (FPS) is based on Crytek's award winning game development solution CryENGINE(R)3
and will be released and operated by Mail.Ru Group in Russia and the CIS countries.
Vladimir Nikolsky, VP Games at Mail.Ru Group, said: "We are really pleased to bring
our audience Warface, one of the most anticipated AAA online FPS. With the cutting
edge-technology and one of the best developing teams behind, the title is going to be a
revolutionary experience for our players and instant success for our company."
"With Mail.Ru Group we have found a perfect partner for publishing Warface in Russia
and we are looking forward to releasing Crytek's newest IP together. Given Mail.Ru Group's
incredible experience and expertise we are convinced that Warface will raise the quality
bar and set the standard for the next generation of massively multiplayer online
shooters", said Avni Yerli, Managing Director of Crytek GmbH.
Crytek's first free-to-play game Warface combines high production values with stunning
visuals and an intense gameplay experience known from conventional retail products. The
military shooter is set in a near future setting and key features include:
- Cooperative game play in Player vs. Environment (PvE) missions with a
challenging state-of-the art artificial intelligence and massive boss fights.
- Competitive and fast paced Player vs. Player (PvP) action.
- High level of team play in both PvE and PvP, four different player classes,
cooperative special moves.
- Real-time weapon customization for adaptive changes in play style.
- Frequent content updates.
... Comprehensive guide offers an events calendar, unusual holiday news and deals from local merchants
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Where can New Yorkers go for up-to-the-minute neighborhood information on holiday events, gift ideas and seasonal news? DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com), Manhattan's leading neighborhood news source, has unveiled a comprehensive Holiday Guide, which includes a detailed events calendar, holiday related stories and gift ideas from local shops.
"Our Holiday Guide provides New Yorkers with one place to go for all their seasonal news and information," said Leela de Kretser, DNAinfo.com's Publisher and Editorial Director. "We don't want anyone to miss the latest tree lighting, Hanukkah activity, or Santa sighting."
The DNAinfo.com team has uncovered holiday news stories including a "Santa Paws" that brings holiday cheer to puppies in Chelsea, a Lady Gaga window display at Barney's, and the "Operation Cookie" effort, sending 120 pounds of sweets from NYC to Afghanistan troops.
Participating retailers offering holiday deals are detailed at DNAinfo.com, and include:
-- Antoinette Boudoir Newstalgica Spa - 11 West 46th Street
-- Azul Salon - 4260 Broadway
-- Delphinium Home - 353 West 47th Street
-- Edible Arrangements - 239 West 105th Street
-- European Skin Care Center - 139 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor
-- Higher Level Tattoos - 625 West 181st Street
-- J's Big Gym - 625 West 181st Street
-- Lali Lali Salon - 650 Broadway
-- Lance Lappin Salon - 123 West Broadway
-- Le Femme Suite - 2364 Adam Clayton Blvd.
-- Metamorphosis Day Spa - 127 East 56th Street, 5th Floor
-- Pimps & Pinups Boutique Hair Salon - 101 Stanton Street
-- Quality Florists - 447 Columbus Avenue
-- Radio City Audio - 651 W. 181st Street
-- Skunkfunk Clothing - 181 Orchard Street
-- Vada Spa - 387 Avenue of the Americas
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EnerJex Announces Free Availability of Real-Time Level 2 Stock Quotes
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EnerJex Resources, Inc. (OTCMarkets: ENRJ) ("EnerJex" or the "Company"), a domestic onshore oil company, announced today that it has subscribed to OTC Intelligence in order to provide investors with free access to real-time market depth (Level 2) quotes on EnerJex's stock. These quotes are currently available under the Company's stock symbol "ENRJ" at http://www.otcmarkets.com and will soon be available on EnerJex's website at http://www.enerjexresources.com.
About EnerJex Resources, Inc.
EnerJex is a domestic onshore oil company with assets located in Eastern Kansas and South Texas. The Company's primary business is to acquire, develop, explore and produce oil properties onshore in the United States. Additional information is available on the Company's web site at http://www.enerjexresources.com.
About OTC Markets Group Inc.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the world's largest electronic marketplace for broker-dealers to trade unlisted stocks. OTC Markets Group's OTC Link(TM) platform supports an open network of competing broker-dealers that provide investors with the best prices in over 10,000 OTC securities. We categorize the wide spectrum of OTC-traded companies into three tiers - OTCQX (the intelligent marketplace), OTCQB® (the venture marketplace), and OTC Pink(TM) (the open marketplace) - so investors can identify the level and quality of information companies provide. To learn more about how OTC Markets Group makes the unlisted markets more transparent, informed, and efficient, visit http://www.otcmarkets.com.
Brad Holmes, Investor Relations Robert Watson, Jr. CEO
(713) 654-4009 (210) 451-5545
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Newly-released Aiseesoft DVD Creator - Create Your Personalized DVD
BEIJING, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- To provide users easy and ideal entertainment of enjoying videos and movies, Aiseesoft releases DVD Creator to help users burn various videos and movies into the DVD disc. With the multiple editing functions of this new DVD Creator, users can customize their favorite DVD menu, audio track and subtitle and even video effect to create the personalized DVD file. Users can then share the customized DVD movie with friends and colleagues.
Aiseesoft Video to DVD Burner allows users to burn various videos including 3GP, AVI, VOB, FLV, M2TS, MTS, SWF, MKV, MPG, MPEG, MPA, MP4, TS, MOV, QT, RMVB, etc. to DVD and create DVD folders and ISO files with amazing speed and excellent quality. Besides, it can burn videos into nearly all DVD+-R/RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-5(4.5G) and DVD-9(8.5GB) discs, and the created DVD-format disc can be played perfectly on most portable and home DVD players.
These charming editing features of this DVD Burner allows users the ability to add their own audio track and subtitle for the DVD. Also, users can adjust the volume, latency, encoder, bitrate and channels when adding audio track, and freely adjust font, size, color, display position for each subtitle.
Furthermore, Aiseesoft DVD Creator offers various beautiful menu templates for users to choose and has many menu frames and button styles to select. Users can also choose the background music and picture and set the opening film for the DVD in the "Edit Menu" interface.
In addition, this DVD Maker provides many video editing functions to help users create the personalized video. For instance, users can adjust the video effects, trim video for the needed length, crop video frame to get rid of unwanted video black edges, join multiple video clips into one file, and add text/image watermark to the video, etc. With the intuitive and user-friendly interface of Aiseesoft DVD Creator, users can finish the whole process of editing and burning video conveniently.
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About Aiseesoft Studio
As a professional multimedia software provider, Aiseesoft Studio is dedicated to developing the best multimedia desktop applications to help the Windows and Mac users smoothly convert, edit and transfer various video/audio files. In order to meet users' various requirements, Aiseesoft Studio constantly brings in new ideas, technologies, etc. To Aiseesoft Studio, users' satisfaction is a consistent pursuit. For more information, please visit: http://www.aiseesoft.com.
Black Castle Developments Holdings, Inc. and bizM3 Team to Launch Weekly Video Shareholder Updates
FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Castle Developments Holdings, Inc. (Pink Sheets:BCDH) ("BCDH"), a holding company targeting the acquisition of undervalued, niche companies, announced today that is will host weekly video presentations to update the financial community, trade and general media and shareholders on the most relevant news and forecasts affecting the mobile marketing technology sector. Using an independent video company, BCDH and bizM3, Inc. have begun video production on the first of a planned series of commentary-driven discussions. Upon completion, the video will be available for viewing at each other's respective websites, http://www.blackcastledevelopments.com and http://www.bizM3.com. The first video is due to be released by the end of this month.
In a joint statement by the companies, CEO Jeff Holroyd of BCDH and President Michael Teague of bizM3, said, "Having informative weekly video updates on the business of bizM3 will allow current and future shareholders, investors, and clientele the ability to get a clear view, from a president's vantage point, exactly where bizM3 and BCDH are headed.. With the ever evolving mobile marketing and technology sector, we feel it is important to keep shareholders abreast of those developments that can impact your investment in our companies."
As previously announced, BCDH is under a definitive agreement and in the process of acquiring bizM3. Mr. Holroyd noted, "As a result of the upcoming holidays, there has been a scheduling conflict between both company's legal departments. The merger is set to close within the first week of January 2012. With the purchase of bizM3 in early January, 2012 is going to be a very exciting year for all of us and our mutual shareholders."
bizM3 is a leading mobile marketing technology company that provides solutions and tools for businesses to enhance their advertising campaigns and deployment strategies. bizM3's digital signage technology is FCC-compliant and is being rolled out to existing television sets in high traffic restaurants, sports bars, hotels and other hospitality locations. bizM3's patented, back-end content management system allows multi-channel marketing campaigns to be planned and launched in minutes. Businesses can deliver timely alerts containing mobile coupons, special offers, rewards, text-2-win announcements or links to mobile websites to engage, entice and retain consumers. BizM3 gathers the market intelligence, consumer buying profiles and analytics needed to make each campaign successful and generate the highest ROI for its customers. For more information, visit http://www.bizM3.com.
About Black Castle Developments Holdings, Inc.
Black Castle Developments Holdings, Inc. ("BCDH") is a holding company focused on the merger and acquisition of undervalued, revenue-generating companies that operate in high-growth niche markets. BCDH plans to leverage its management resources and status as a public entity to assist acquired companies to achieve and/or grow their profitability. For more information, visit http://www.blackcastledevelopments.com.
Statements contained in this news release, other than those identifying historical facts, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Safe Harbor provisions as contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relating to the Company's future expectations, including but not limited to revenues and earnings, technology efficacy, strategies and plans, are subject to safe harbors protection. Actual Company results and performance may be materially different from any future results, performance, strategies, plans, or achievements that may be expressed or implied by any such forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
NTT Europe Expands Global IP Network With new PoP in EvoSwitch Datacentre, Amsterdam
LONDON and AMSTERDAM, December 16, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
NTT Europe consolidates European footprint amid plans for eastern European
NTT Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation
[http://www.ntt.com/index-e.html ] (NTT Com), announced today that it has expanded the
reach of the NTT Communications' Tier 1 Global IP Network in Europe with a new Point of
Presence (PoP) in EvoSwitch, Amsterdam, one of the top energy efficient data centres in
The new PoP enables ISPs and content networks to gain access to NTT Com's
high-capacity, Tier 1 backbone network. This move comes as NTT Europe consolidates its
presence in Western Europe and expands further into Central and Eastern Europe. With a
total of five PoP's opened within the last 6 months, including Bucharest, Budapest and
Sofia, NTT Europe is set for further aggressive expansion in 2012.
Clive Hamilton, Head of Global IP in EMEA, comments, "We are excited to announce the
latest Point of Presence in Europe at EvoSwitch in Amsterdam. As one of the biggest
Internet hubs in Europe alongside both London and Frankfurt, this new PoP is of
significant importance to us. It will enable us to support high capacity services for
carriers and content providers alike with both IPv4 and IPv6 requirements, all in a carbon
neutral environment at EvoSwitch."
Eric Boonstra, Managing Director of EvoSwitch Netherlands B.V. said of the
announcement: "It's great to be working with a Tier 1 carrier like NTT Com as we help our
customers secure the best connectivity options to the wider web. NTT Com's position as the
second biggest Tier 1 backbone provider will offer real benefits to both EvoSwitch and our
Established in 2006, EvoSwitch is a next generation carrier neutral datacenter in the
Amsterdam region with excellent connectivity due to the presence of many international
carriers and the AMS-IX. It provides housing space and IT infrastructure solutions,
peering and connectivity and in-house cabling. Customers can make use of full cabinets,
custom cages and private suites. EvoSwitch offers datacenter services with 24/7 customer
support from engineers and technicians. Customers include Wikimedia, Codemasters and
EvoSwitch delivers an energy-efficient "green" framework within which clients can
design their own green data infrastructures. The data center is 80% more energy-efficient
than traditional data centers, enabling substantial savings. It uses 100% green power and
invests in CO2-compensation projects worldwide in collaboration with the Climate Neutral
Group. Customers of EvoSwitch can make use of the Green Fan logo
[http://www.evoswitch.com/en/the-green-fan ], a partnership of leading IT companies
committed to environmentally friendly outcomes.
NTT Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTT Communications which is the
global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader, Nippon Telegraph
& Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT Europe is responsible for business in the EMEA market
and provides a world-class Tier-1 Internet backbone, secure closed networks, security,
system integration, network and application management, managed hosting and global content
delivery services with partner companies globally. For additional information, please
NTT Europe directly connects telecommunications companies, Internet Service Providers
(ISPs), content providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and enterprises to major
markets around the world via NTT Communications' Tier-1 IP Backbone Network. The NTT
Communications network provides high-volume data transport at a complete range of
commercial-strength bandwidth options, utilizing the most advanced technologies to provide
fast, efficient and accurate data transport.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and
IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality
security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks
and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications' extensive infrastructure
includes Arcstar(TM) Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP Backbone
reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and
secure data centres in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications is the
wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world's
largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: LSTR) Landstar System, Inc., a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation and logistics services, announced the launch of Landstar's Mobile App for Smartphones. With the new Mobile Application, Landstar BCOs, agents and employees will have the ability to search for loads or agents and perform status updates via mobile devices. The free Mobile App is available for download at the iPhone App Store, Android Market, and Windows Phone Marketplace.
"As more and more of our independent business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents started using their mobile devices to conduct load searches, we started developing an app to make it easier for those users," says Larry Thomas, Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
According to Thomas, the mobile communications market has undergone rapid change in recent years with the emergence of the smartphone, which combines voice with advanced Internet and multimedia capabilities.
"The Mobile site mimics the intranet site that Landstar BCOs use to find and select freight. It's fast and user friendly," says Thomas.
Utilizing the new app, users can identify Landstar Available Loads using specific and various search criteria, plus view load details including stops, accessorials and revenue breakdown. App features include user-controlled Search Favorites for repetitive and efficient searching, plus the ability to enter freight bill related Status Updates for In-Transit, Arrival/Departure locations, Loading/Unloading and Delivery time. Users can also set the load origin search criteria and in-transit location to their current location using their phone's GEO locator.
Since its launch on November 30, nearly 1,000 users have downloaded the new app.
The Mobile Application was developed by Landstar to enable its BCOs and agents to more efficiently and effectively operate their businesses using innovative technology. Landstar has a long history of developing and supporting various technological tools for the use of its network of independent agents, third-party capacity providers and Landstar customers. In fact, Landstar made this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology, for the 13th consecutive year.
"We are committed to providing BCOs, agents and customers with the technological tools and support they need to succeed," said Landstar Chairman, President and CEO Henry Gerkens.
Landstar System, Inc. is a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain solutions. Landstar delivers safe, specialized transportation and logistics services to a broad range of customers worldwide utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity owners and employees. All Landstar transportation companies are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standards and RC14001:2008 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards. Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.
BT Advise, Knowledge That Delivers, on a Global Scale
LONDON, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BT today announced the formation of BT Advise, which brings together the BT Global Services experts who deliver consulting, systems integration and managed services around the world under one team and one name. Customers will benefit from engaging with a team comprising 4,500 highly skilled professionals who will apply industry leading processes and methodologies with improved consistency. BT Advise will be further reinforced through hiring programmes aligned to a pipeline of new customer contracts with many of the world's leading private and public organizations.
BT Advise delivers consulting, integration and managed services through global practices organized around the BT Global Services core capabilities, such as security, customer relationship management, unified communications, mobility, managed network services, managed IT services and business technology. BT Advise also provides consulting services to other telecom operators. The BT Advise practitioners will help customers more effectively access the many innovations developed specifically for BT's priority sectors such as Government, Health, Global Banking and Financial Markets, Consumer Packaged Goods, Logistics, Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals.
A BT Advise Academy is being founded to provide the rigorous approach to professional accreditation required by our customers. It will build up a learning culture based on knowledge communities sharing global best practices, with a mission to attract and retain the brightest talent.
BT already advises many of the world's most reputed corporations and government organizations and is recognized as one of the world's leading providers of communications-centric advisory services. Joel Stradling from industry analyst house Current Analysis said: "BT has a significant global professional service capability, enabling it to address complex projects and network outsourcing deals." Sandra O'Boyle, also from Current Analysis, continues: "BT Global Services' in-house consulting and professional services strengths are a differentiator. BT has done a good job of packaging these into 'Quick Start' engagements around key areas such as mobility, security, unified communications and IT operational efficiency."
BT Advise is led by Luis Alvarez, President BT Global Services, and Ray Stanton, Vice President BT Advise in BT Global Services.
Luis Alvarez said: "Many of our customers face complex challenges and expect solutions that flex and meet that complexity. They deserve the best choice of technology and vendors, combined with global consistency. They require knowledge that delivers. Consult, design, build and run is what BT Advise is all about. Our professional services teams are already recognized as being world-class. They have proven themselves through the years by guiding major customers through extremely complex technology programmes worth billions of pounds. Today, we are bringing together all those assets and all those skills, uniting them around excellent knowledge management tools and the certified processes trusted by our customers. This puts us in a leadership position in our industry, and will help BT Global Services and its customers develop business faster and better."
BT Advise brings together professional services practices and resources distributed all around the world, with substantial teams based across Europe, Asia and the Americas. They are further reinforced by BT's investments in personnel and centers of excellence in Asia and Latin America as well as partnerships to execute IT services for customers expanding in the Middle East and Africa.
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was 20,076m pounds Sterling with profit before taxation of 1,717m pounds.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit http://www.btplc.com
PhoneGuard Welcomes National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Move to Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommended, Dec. 13, 2011, to ban the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving in all 50 states. If adopted, the recommendation would outlaw nonemergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road, excluding hands-free devices and passengers. At any given moment, some 13.5 million drivers are on hand-held cellular devices, according to a study released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board. Last year alone, more than 3,000 driving fatalities involved distracted drivers. PhoneGuard, Inc., the leading provider of mobile applications software, welcomes the NHTSA's movement as it positions itself as the solution to this silent epidemic.
Available for BlackBerry and Android smart phones, the PhoneGuard application uses GPS tracking to disable the keyboard functionality of a phone once a vehicle reaches 10 miles per hour, empowering people to take responsibility for personal security and safe driving.
"We have developed a product that promotes responsible driving in hopes that PhoneGuard's application suite will play a larger role in decreasing the number of casualties resulting from distracted driving," said PhoneGuard's Chairman of the Board Keith St. Clair.
PhoneGuard's robust application suite includes "Personal Security" and "Text Responsibly" platforms, disabling texting, emailing and keyboard functions of a mobile phone while in a vehicle moving faster than 10 miles per hour. Application features available for PhoneGuard, PhoneGuard Family and Family Pro, as well as PhoneGuard Enterprise, include Panic Button, a pre-selected and programmed emergency call function that is activated by simply hitting one key, providing the person receiving the emergency call with a GPS location of the user; Text Block, which prevents the driver from texting while driving or using the phone's keyboard; Speed Control, which enables the phone's administrator to receive text message alerts showing the location and speed of the user's mobile phone; and GeoFencing, allowing the phone's administrator to select geographic boundaries and receive a text message if the phone strays outside of the boundaries. The development of the new Web Portal also gives users unique access to each of these features, as well as GPS locating.
About National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
TheNHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 to carry out safety programs previously administered by the National Highway Safety Bureau. Specifically, the agency directs the highway safety and consumer programs established by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the Highway Safety Act of 1966, the 1972 Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act, and succeeding amendments to these laws. Dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety, NHTSA works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service, and Leadership.www.nhtsa.gov.
About PhoneGuard, Inc.
PhoneGuard, Inc., a subsidiary of Options Media Group Holdings, Inc., is a leading provider of mobile applications software. The Company's flagship product, personal security and anti-texting while driving software application suite, is a next-generation software suite with the most robust set of features and functions available today. The software product, which is easily downloadable to mobile phones, allows for GPS tracking of the mobile device in order to calculate the rate of speed of travel. Above certain predetermined speeds, the software will lock the keyboard and prevent the user from emailing, surfing the web or texting. While PhoneGuard's Software is designed to prevent texting while driving, it also offers parents and employers the ability to monitor the driving habits of mobile phone users in order to prevent speeding. http://www.PhoneGuard.com.
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Families Can Bundle Up with Mario for the Holidays
Nintendo Offers Wii System with New Super Mario Bros. Wii Game at a suggested retail price of $149.99
REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holidays quickly approaching, Nintendo of America encourages consumers to discover the nonstop fun and exceptional value of the Wii(TM) system through a recent offering that is sure to liven up the holiday festivities - the New Super Mario Bros.(TM) Wii bundle. Available at U.S. retailers, the console bundle includes the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game, a special Super Mario Galaxy((TM)) soundtrack CD, a black Wii Remote(TM) Plus controller and a black Nunchuk(TM) controller at a suggested retail price of $149.99 - a great value for budget-minded shoppers looking for last-minute holiday gifts the whole family can enjoy.
This Wii bundle delivers a mix of entertainment at an attractive price. Key product attributes that make this a perfect, family-friendly gift include:
-- New Super Mario Bros. Wii is one of the most widely enjoyed games for
the Wii system with more than 20 million units sold worldwide.
-- Featuring iconic characters from the classic Super Mario Bros.(TM)
series, the game lets up to four friends or family members play together
in a fast-paced adventure (additional accessories required; sold
Nintendo videogame systems, such as the Wii console, have evolved into much more than a fun family gaming device. With a plethora of new features and a lower price, the tremendous value of Nintendo systems has increased to a full-fledged entertainment experience:
-- Downloadable Games: Access to new and fan-favorite games through the
WiiWare(TM) and Virtual Console(TM) services:
-- Download new and creative games directly to your Wii console through
WiiWare (Wii console must be connected to the internet)
-- Download many of your favorite NES(TM), SNES(TM), N64(TM), Arcade
and Sega Genesis games, among others, to your Wii console and relive
those happy memories via the Virtual Console
-- Netflix: Netflix members who own a Wii console can enjoy thousands of
movies and TV episodes from Netflix via Wii. Fun memories with pictures:
A photo channel that allows users to display digital pictures stored on
an SD memory card as well as manipulate the photos in a variety of fun
and creative ways, such as creating mosaics, puzzles or slide shows.
Plus, families can also experience even more must-play games for the Wii system with Nintendo Selects, the hot-selling series of fun, family-friendly Wii games offered at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each.
Here's what some bloggers had to say at a recent roundtable, hosted by Nintendo, regarding fun with family and friends this holiday season:
-- Ruby Wright, Growing up Blackxican - "Bundle packs, such as the New
Super Mario Bros. Wii bundle, have created a whole new dynamic for
family night - this is the new board game for the next generation."
-- Migdalia Rivera, Latina on a Mission - "I have two sons, ages 17 and 10,
and they're both gamers and playing videogames is a way they're able to
connect, despite their 7 year difference. Playing videogames is also a
way for us to connect with other family members who are from different
-- Silvia Martinez, Mama Latina Tips - "I like videogames, such as Super
Mario Bros. Wii, that allow my entire family - my husband, my two sons
and I - to play together and have fun together."
Remember that the Wii system features parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii.
To utilize the Netflix feature a Netflix unlimited streaming membership is required $7.99/mo.
Brookstone Says "Yes, There's Still Time to Buy Christmas Gifts Online"
Specialty retailer participates in Free Shipping Day 2011 and says December 20 Ground Cut-Offs give customers extra time to buy holiday gifts online
MERRIMACK, N.H., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative product developer and specialty retailer Brookstone today announced that it is participating in Free Shipping Day 2011 on Friday, December 16. The annual Free Shipping Day offers free shipping with a $49 Brookstone purchase, delivered by Christmas Eve in the contiguous United States.
Unlike many other online retailers, Brookstone is extending the "arrive by Christmas" order date until Tuesday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Brookstone customers can still order their Christmas gifts right up through December 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET using expedited shipping methods.
This year's most popular last-minute gift ideas at Brookstone.com include their popular Rover Wireless Spy Tank, the Big Blue Audio Tabletop Speaker and Bluetooth® Keyboard for iPad®2 tablet.
For those shoppers who really love to get it done at the last minute, more than 300 Brookstone retail and airport stores will be open Christmas Eve.
Brookstone, Inc., is an innovative product development company and specialty retailer. Brookstone operates 300 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Typically located in high-traffic regional shopping malls and airports, the stores feature unique and innovative consumer products. The Company also operates a Direct Marketing business that includes the Brookstone catalog and an e-commerce Website at Brookstone.com. Fans of the Company are encouraged to Like Brookstone on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
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Perfect World Unveils New Cartoon-style Martial Arts MMORPG "Fantasy Condor Heroes"
BEIJING, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) ("Perfect World" or the "Company"), a leading online game developer and operator based in China, today unveiled its new cartoon-style 2D turn-based martial arts MMORPG, "Fantasy Condor Heroes".
Developed by Perfect World, "Fantasy Condor Heroes" is a cartoon-style MMORPG adapted from Louis Cha's acclaimed martial arts novel, "Return of the Condor Heroes". With its beautiful scenery, dazzling character skills, cute graphics and dramatic storyline, the game is set to bring an unforgettable and romantic martial arts experience to players.
In addition to preserving the features of traditional turn-based online games, "Fantasy Condor Heroes" will include special features such as dream-extraction plots and refreshing skill sets. The game will also provide an environment that promotes greater involvement of and better interactions among players of different levels, presenting a fascinating game world for all players.
Mr. Michael Chi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World, commented, "As our new martial arts MMORPG, 'Fantasy Condor Heroes' reflects our company's independent innovation capabilities in every aspect, from design to development. Prioritizing players' needs, we will incorporate the quintessence of China's martial arts legacies into an exciting online game that caters to international players with more personalized features. We look forward to presenting an experience of unprecedented fun to our players."
Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) is a leading online game developer and operator based in China. Perfect World primarily develops online games based on proprietary game engines and game development platforms. Perfect World's strong technology and creative game design capabilities, combined with extensive knowledge and experiences in the online game market, enable it to frequently and promptly introduce popular games designed to cater changing customer preferences and market trends. Perfect World's current portfolio of self-developed online games includes massively multiplayer online role playing games ("MMORPGs"): "Perfect World," "Legend of Martial Arts," "Perfect World II," "Zhu Xian," "Chi Bi," "Pocketpet Journey West," "Battle of the Immortals," "Fantasy Zhu Xian," "Forsaken World," "Dragon Excalibur," "Empire of the Immortals" and "Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber;" an online casual game: "Hot Dance Party;" and a number of web games and social networking games. While a substantial portion of the revenues are generated in China, Perfect World operates its games in North America, Europe and Japan through its own subsidiaries. Perfect World's games have also been licensed to leading game operators in a number of countries and regions in Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Russian Federation and other Russian speaking territories. Perfect World plans to continue to explore new and innovative business models and remains deeply committed to maximizing shareholder value over time.
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10 Million Copies Of 'Game of the Year' Winner The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim(TM) Shipped
Sales and Numerous 'Game of the Year' Awards Underscore Worldwide Popularity
ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeniMax® Media Inc. today announced that 10 million units of Bethesda Softworks'® The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been shipped for the Xbox 360®( )video game entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC, representing approximately $650 million in retail sales since its release on November 11. The PC version of Skyrim in North America outsold all other PC games by a factor of over three to one in the first month of its release. Large retail reorders across all platforms and record-breaking digital sales reflect the ongoing global demand by consumers excited to explore this extraordinary fantasy epic.
Bethesda Softworks'® Skyrim has already garnered over two dozen 'Game of the Year' awards from major outlets worldwide, including winning the top honor of Game of the Year at the 2011 Video Game Awards which are voted on by a panel of editors from the industry's most respected magazines and websites. In addition, Skyrim has received 'Game of the Year' awards from numerous other game critics, which, to date include such respected media outlets as G4TV, Official Xbox Magazine and Machinima.com. Skyrim was named 'Most -Played Game of 2011' by Raptr, based on research data which confirms its highly popular gameplay experience.
"We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world," said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. "We are most grateful to our fans for their support and enthusiasm for the game, and their love of the hundreds of hours of gameplay it offers. We continue to strive to deliver the highest quality entertainment experience for everyone. 2012 will be another huge year for our fans, with the release of the Creation Kit, as well as exciting DLC which will add to the richness of this epic adventure."
"Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam's history," said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve Corporation. "Bethesda's commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received. We are delighted that Bethesda chose to use Steamworks to support Skyrim both at retail and digitally."
Skyrim Is the third consecutive game developed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios® to earn 'Game of the Year' honors. Bethesda Game Studios, which was named 'Studio of the Year' at the 2011 Video Game Awards, also created the 2006 'Game of the Year', The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and the 2008 'Game of the Year', Fallout® 3.
To date, Skyrim has received well over 200 perfect review scores worldwide, earning the highest praise from some of the industry's most influential critics including: USA Today, G4TV, The New York Times, GameSpy, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, GamePro, Official Xbox Magazine, Joystiq, The Guardian, Famitsu and GamesRadar. G4TV describes Skyrim as "one of the greatest games ever" and Eurogamer was one of many outlets to call it a "masterpiece."
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been rated M for Mature by ESRB. For more information on Skyrim visit http://elderscrolls.com.
About ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington DC with international offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, and Tokyo. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames Sweden, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K. and ZeniMax Online Studios. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit http://www.zenimax.com.
About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of premier interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as DOOM®, QUAKE®, The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®,Wolfenstein® and RAGE®. Among the world's top development studios creating titles for ZeniMax are Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames Sweden, Tango Gameworks and ZeniMax Online Studios. For more information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visit http://www.bethsoft.com.
About Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Game Studios is the award-winning development studio known around the world for its groundbreaking work on The Elder Scrolls series. Creators of the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout® 3, Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most respected and accomplished game development studios. Bethesda Game Studios' latest game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, released on 11.11.11. Skyrim earned numerous nominations and awards at this year's E3, including being named 'Best Console Game' and 'Best RPG' by the official Game Critics Awards and has been awarded more than 200 perfect review scores. For more information on Bethesda Game Studios, visit http://bgs.bethsoft.com.
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Mobile MIM Receives Second FDA 510(k) Clearance, Adds X-Ray and Radiation Oncology
CLEVELAND, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MIM Software Inc., a leading global provider of medical imaging software, announced today that Mobile MIM(TM) has received its second FDA 510(k) clearance for the release of its new version, Mobile MIM 3.0. Mobile MIM is now cleared for diagnostic X-ray and ultrasound viewing, as well as radiation treatment plan review and approval. Mobile MIM 3.0 is available on the Apple® App Store(SM) today. The app includes sample images to demonstrate its expanded functionality.
Radiation oncologists can use Mobile MIM to review dose volume histograms, isodose curves, contours, and images for treatment plans - actions commonly restricted to a limited number of dedicated workstations. "Mobile MIM provides a timesaving alternative to treatment plan review and approval by providing the necessary data and visualization for decision making while simultaneously reducing contention on costly treatment planning systems," said Jerimy Brockway, Software Director at MIM(TM).
"Making Mobile MIM intuitive for radiation oncology was a primary goal, and we focused on creating the most natural and streamlined experience possible. The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive," commented Brockway.
"Not to be overlooked is the advent of viewing an X-ray on a hand-held device in a diagnostic capacity. This is a milestone for mobile health," added Brockway. Mobile MIM is capable of displaying very large images, more than 25 megapixels, with lossless data compression.
Mobile MIM is a thick client that brings the data to the device for fast and consistent manipulation, independent of network performance. Device-level hardware encryption provides security for HIPAA compliance, and users have the additional security option of removing data from the device after viewing. For rapid access, images are displayed as they download. Data can be downloaded to Mobile MIM using MIMcloud(TM) or an on-site MIM workstation.
With the release of Mobile MIM 3.0, MIM Software also plans to launch a co-branded version of the app with its partner Accuray Incorporated. The co-branded Accuray version of the app, PlanTouch(TM), will have an interface that allows physicians to review and approve a CyberKnife® treatment plan via a direct link.
MIM Software Inc. provides practical imaging solutions in the fields of radiation oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, neuroimaging, and cardiac imaging. MIM offers solutions for PC and Mac® workstations, as well as mobile iOS and cloud-based platforms. MIM is a privately held company that sells its products globally to imaging centers, hospitals, specialty clinics, research organizations, and pharmaceutical companies.
Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Rypple - First Step Toward Human Capital Management for the Social Enterprise
Acquisition marks salesforce.com's first step into Human Capital Management
Rypple's next generation social performance management app to be re-launched as "Successforce"
New HCM business unit to be run by John Wookey
Rypple to extend value of existing salesforce.com products
Hundreds of companies like Facebook, Gilt Groupe, and Spotify embrace Rypple's new social model to empower teams to share goals, recognize great work, and improve performance
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/), today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rypple, a cloud-based social performance management company. The acquisition signifies salesforce.com's entry into the human capital management (HCM) market for the social enterprise. Salesforce.com plans to re-launch Rypple as "Successforce" and create a new HCM business unit, which will be run by John Wookey. Rypple's unique social technologies will also extend the value of salesforce.com's existing core products. The transaction is expected to close in salesforce.com's fiscal first quarter ending April 30, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions.
-- "Salesforce.com and Rypple share a vision for extending the social
enterprise to transform the way we work," said Marc Benioff, chairman
and CEO, salesforce.com. "The next generation of HCM is not just about a
cloud delivery model, it's about a fundamentally better way to recruit,
manage and empower employees in a social world."
-- "Our social enterprise strategy continues to accelerate, and is at the
root of the broad-based transformation and innovation we are seeing from
customers today," said John Wookey, executive vice president, advanced
applications, salesforce.com. "With the launch of Successforce,
salesforce.com plans to revolutionize HCM starting with an exciting
social performance management app that will delight millions of
employees around the world."
-- "We chose Rypple to be the core of Facebook's employee performance
management platform because it's designed from the ground up to be
social," said Tim Campos, CIO, Facebook. "We are delighted to see it
become part of salesforce.com's social enterprise strategy."
-- "Rypple was designed from the start to be fun, social, and mobile--an
app that can delight managers and employees in entirely new ways," said
Daniel Debow, co-CEO and co-founder, Rypple. "As the leading social
enterprise company with more than 100,000 customers worldwide,
salesforce.com will allow us to not only strengthen our offering for the
hundreds of high-performing organizations that use Rypple today, but
also scale it to reach many more."
-- "We took the science of team performance and applied the collaborative,
transparent, and real-time power of social networks to create a
completely new model for managing people and the work they deliver,"
said David Stein, co-CEO and co-founder, Rypple. "Salesforce.com gives
us the opportunity to apply our expertise and extend our vision for
Rypple with Successforce."
Salesforce.com Redefines HCM for the Social EnterpriseTraditionalHCM software that many businesses use today was designed 30 years ago for personnel departments whose goal was to minimize the cost and risk of employing people. While HCM software hasn't changed in decades, the way people work has radically changed.
Today's workforce demands new performance and leadership tools that are completely transparent and allow employees to be connected to their company's mission and each other. Social enterprises and progressive HR leaders are embracing apps like Rypple, which focus on the inherent social nature of performance management--goal setting, feedback, recognition and continuous dialogue--to help employees align more effectively around the company mission.
The acquisition of Rypple and its planned re-launch as Successforce signify salesforce.com's entry into the HCM market. The company plans to expand into other areas with a new social model that will revolutionize the way companies recruit talent, build teams, empower employees and achieve results.
The new HCM business unit, including Successforce, will be led by John Wookey, salesforce.com's executive vice president of advanced applications. Wookey comes to salesforce.com with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software, including senior leadership positions at Oracle and SAP.
Extending the Value of Salesforce.com's Existing ProductsA social revolution is taking place today. The number of social networking users has surpassed e-mail users. Nearly a quarter of all time spent online is spent on social networks like Facebook. People access the Internet more from mobile devices than from desktops. Today, companies must change the way they collaborate, communicate and share information with customers and employees to stay competitive. Salesforce.com is helping companies meet the challenge of this social revolution with its social enterprise strategy.
With this acquisition, salesforce.com will embed some of Rypple's next-generation features into its existing products. For example, people will be able to thank colleagues, win badges and provide recognition - all from within Salesforce Chatter. And customers of core Salesforce products - the Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Force.com platform - will be able to connect with new employee feedback tools to help drive business goals and power the future of their employee social networks.
Rypple: Pioneers of Social AppsFounded in 2008, Rypple pioneered a new approach to performance management--one that empowers managers and their teams to learn faster and perform better. Rypple is a social performance app built for the way we work today--in real time. With Rypple, teams can share key priorities and get the continuous feedback, coaching, and recognition they need to consistently achieve their goals, making performance management painless and effective. Hundreds of companies including Facebook, Gilt Groupe, and Spotifyuse Rypple's social performance app, which is based on 50+ years of behavioral science, focusing on what really keeps people passionate about their work.
Details Regarding the Proposed AcquisitionThe transaction is expected to close in salesforce.com's fiscal first quarter ending April 30, 2012, subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on revenue for FY13. Salesforce.com will initiate EPS guidance for fiscal 2013 on its fourth quarter conference call in February.
About RyppleRypple is web-based social performance management software that helps managers and employees improve performance through social goals, continuous feedback and meaningful recognition. Designed to build a transparent, results-driven work culture, Rypple replaces the traditional performance review with an easy, social and collaborative approach so people know where they stand and are accountable for achieving their goals. Hundreds of high-performing organizations use Rypple, including Facebook, Gilt Groupe, Kobo, Mozilla and Rackspace. Founded in 2008, Rypple is funded by Bridgescale Partners, Edgestone Capital Partners, Peter Thiel and a veteran team of angel investors. Learn more at http://www.rypple.com.
About Salesforce.comWith 100,000+ customers, salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the social enterprise. Social enterprises leverage social, mobile and open cloud technologies to put customers at the heart of their business. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and application services include:
-- Salesforce Chatter, a secure, private social network for your business
-- Salesforce Sales Cloud, for sales force automation and contact
-- Salesforce Service Cloud, for customer service and support solutions
-- Salesforce Radian6, for social media monitoring and engagement
-- Salesforce Data.com, for the most complete source of accurate business
-- AppExchange, the leading marketplace for enterprise cloud computing
-- Force.com, for custom application development
-- Heroku, for building social and mobile customer apps
-- Database.com, the world's first enterprise cloud database
Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM." For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements about salesforce.com and Rypple, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning salesforce.com's proposed acquisition of Rypple, the potential financial impact of the acquisition, the expected closing of the acquisition, anticipated product information, capabilities, scale and strategy, including entering the HCM market and embedding Rypple's next-generation features into salesforce.com's existing products, benefits of the proposed acquisition, the acceleration of the social enterprise strategy and the anticipated revolution of HCM technology, personnel matters, market and industry trends, and general business outlook. When used in this press release, the words "can," "will," "intends," "expects," "is expected," similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of salesforce.com or Rypple, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies and benefits of the combined companies may not be achieved, the combined companies may experience delays, unexpected costs or be unable to complete integration activities in a timely manner, if at all, the possibility that key personnel of Rypple may not be retained by salesforce.com, responses from competitors, customers, users and partners, general economic conditions in the markets in which either company does business, and the possibility that salesforce.com or Rypple may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of salesforce.com or Rypple.
In addition, please refer to the documents that salesforce.com files with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause salesforce.com's financial and operational results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this press release. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Neither salesforce.com nor Rypple is under any duty to update any of the information in this press release.
Salesforce.com will host a conference call with investors at 5:00 PM (ET) / 2:00 PM PT, Dec. 15, 2011, to discuss the transaction. A live dial-in is available domestically at +1-866- 901-7332/ passcode# 36411587. International callers may dial +1-706-902-1764/ passcode# 36411587. A live web webcast of the event will be available on the salesforce.com Investor Relations website at http://www.salesforce.com/company/investor/. A replay will be available at +1-800-642-1687 or +1-706-645-9291/ passcode# 36411587 until midnight (ET) January 13, 2012.
Copyright (c) 2011 salesforce.com, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce.com, Salesforce, Chatter, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Radian6, Data.com, AppExchange, Force.com, Heroku, and all associated logos are trademarks of salesforce.com, inc. in the United States and other countries. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Securus Announces 89th Patent in Innovative Portfolio
DALLAS, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of inmate communications services and investigative technologies, today announces its 89th patent in its innovative portfolio.
Securus is the industry leader in providing products and services to the corrections industry as exemplified by its vast portfolio of patents. With the addition of their 89th patent, Securus holds more patents than any other inmate telecommunication company in the corrections industry by a multiple of four.
According to Stefanie Prichard, Intellectual Property Manager, "We have been building our patent portfolio for over a decade. There are a number of benefits that are recognized from a well crafted portfolio such as strengthening our market position, protecting our research and development efforts, and revenue generation through licensing. Not only can we boast the number of issued patents, but we are constantly inventing new technologies as evidenced by our even more impressive patent pending applications."
"Securus is the leading innovator within the corrections market and continues to prove this as each patent gets issued," said Luke Keiser, Director of New Business and Strategic Marketing. "Our patents are extremely important to us because they ensure that the millions of dollars we spend researching the needs of our customers, development of innovative and novel solutions, as well as our quality releases are protected." He continued, "They are important to our corrections customers as well - as they demonstrate our willingness to create products and services that are unique - and help them make their facilities and communities safer and jails/prisons more efficient."
Securus Technologies, Inc. is one of the largest providers of detainee communications and information management solutions, serving approximately 2,200 correctional facilities and more than 850,000 inmates nationwide. A recognized leader in providing comprehensive, innovative technical solutions and responsive customer service, Securus' sole focus is the specialized needs of the corrections and law enforcement communities. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with regional offices in Carrollton and Allen, TX, and Atlanta, GA. For more information please visit the Securus website at http://www.securustech.net.
New York City Parks Visitors Made More Than 750,000 Connections to Free AT&T Wi-Fi Since June
AT&T Launches Four More Parks Locations to NYC Wi-Fi in the Parks Initiative
NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Visitors are busy logging on with the expansion of free AT&T* Wi-Fi service in New York City parks across the five boroughs, including four additional parks locations launched today: Mineral Springs and Tavern on the Green in Central Park, Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Devoe Park in the Bronx.
Since the parks first installation in June:
-- Park visitors have made more than three quarters of a million
connections to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network.
-- More than 200,000 connections have been made in popular parks like
Battery Park and Central Park.
-- Visitors are making more than 4,000 connections per day to the AT&T
Wi-Fi network from NYC Parks.
"With so many visitors taking advantage of free Wi-Fi in the parks since June, this initiative has been a huge success," said Tom DeVito, AT&T vice president and general manager for New York and New Jersey. "By adding four new locations today, we're thrilled that millions more parks visitors can take advantage of this service all year round."
"Parks are not only great places to throw a ball, read a book, or catch some rays or waves, they are also ideal for surfing the net," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "Thanks to our partnership with AT&T even more New Yorkers have benefitted from free Wi-Fi access in their local parks and we are thrilled that new sites across the city are continuing to come online."
The launch is part of a five-year digital initiative with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the City of New York to provide free Wi-Fi at 26 locations in 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs. In addition to the four locations announced today, New Yorkers can now access free AT&T Wi-Fi at many other park locations across all five boroughs including:
-- Herbert Von King Park
-- McCarren Park Field House
-- Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
-- Prospect Park Picnic House
-- Astoria Park
-- Tompkins Square Park
-- Marcus Garvey Park
-- Clove Lakes Park
-- Battery Park (Battery Bosque and Ferry Landing)
-- Rumsey Playfield
-- Areas of Thomas Jefferson Park
-- Joyce Kilmer Park
AT&T Wi-Fi at city parks will be free for all users. From most AT&T smartphones and devices, customers will be able to automatically connect and switch seamlessly between AT&T's Wi-Fi and wireless networks. Virtually all new AT&T smartphones come equipped with Wi-Fi technology, and Wi-Fi use doesn't count toward customers' smartphone data plans. Consumers are increasingly relying on AT&T Wi-Fi to connect in more places from more devices. New York City consumers made 24.5 million AT&T Wi-Fi connections in the third quarter of 2011 - more than all the connections made in all of 2008.
In addition to New York City parks, AT&T offers Wi-Fi hotspots and hotzones across the city. New York City Times Square was the site of the very first AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone, and AT&T has added hotzones near Rockefeller Center, near St. Patrick's Cathedral, along Park Avenue and near the Ed Sullivan Theater. AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zones supplement mobile broadband coverage in areas with consistently high traffic.
AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** with more than 29,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, including more than 1,250 hotspot locations in the New York metro area.
For more information on AT&T Wi-Fi locations and instructions on how to connect, visit AT&T Wi-Fi Access.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
Ziff Davis Enterprise Produces First Live Digital Event on Tablet, Smartphone and Web Simultaneously
Move Signals Latest Achievement in OmniDigital Strategy
NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ziff Davis Enterprise, the leader in innovative products and services for engaging the IT buyer, announced today that it has successfully launched the industry's first ever interactive webcast to be fully supported on mobile, tablet and full web - live and in real time.
The event, Building a Smarter Enterprise Social Media Strategy, sponsored by IBM, was held December 13, 2011 and was the company's latest achievement in enhancing all its products and solutions under the holistic engagement strategy of OmniDigital.
Announced in October, OmniDigital is the company's new all digital engagement solution that provides continuous interaction, conversation and touch across all major platforms - mobile, tablet, web and digital magazines. With the integration of digital events into the OmniDigital strategy attendees can now access and connect with information and vendors they might have otherwise missed due to schedule conflicts, technology limitations or device preferences.
"Our audience is no longer limited to sitting behind their desk or laptop," said Andrea Mahoney, Vice President of Operations, Ziff Davis Enterprise. "With our new functionality, attendees who are on the go or prefer to use their mobile device can view our live and on-demand webcasts wherever they are and on whatever device they have."
Going forward in 2012, all editorial and custom events can be experienced on Tablet and Smartphone devices as part of the company's standard offering which already includes multiple native applications for tablet and smartphone, touch and mobile optimized web sites, and digital magazines.
"eSeminars are the natural next addition to our OmniDigital strategy, giving marketers the ability to reach an audience that was previously unattainable and a new dimension of engagement, interactivity, and value to both the sponsor and attendee," said Anthony Adams, Senior Vice President of Products, Ziff Davis Enterprise.
About Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc.:
Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc. is B2B technology's trusted information resource. Millions of technology buyers rely on our brands - including eWEEK, Baseline, CIO Insight, Channel Insider, WebBuyersGuide.com, and the DevShed Network - for relevant, objective content to identify the right solutions for their organizations. Over 300 technology companies, from industry giants to emerging start-ups, rely on our contextual content, marketing, and audience development expertise to compress sales cycles and lower their go-to-market costs. Ziff Davis Enterprise has proven marketing solutions for branding, demand generation and digital engagement. Products include digital magazines, mobile and tablet advertising, online advertising and engagement solutions, content syndication, lead management, digital and face-to-face events, and custom media services. Ziff Davis Enterprise has a global database of 5.5 million users representing an unparalleled community of business and technology professionals, developers, and the channel. http://www.ziffdavisenterprise.com.
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RES.NET, an infrastructure of diverse real estate professionals and supporting software applications, has recently launched their new tool embedded within all RES.NET portals, called Connect.
Connect enables all parties involved in the sale of a property to connect to each other at a property level, and track the progress of their real estate transaction, regardless of sale type.This new tool enables the real estate industry to update their communications, and create a similar environment to that which is found in social media sites. Through Connect, RES.NET has been able to streamline the communication between distressed Sellers, Agents, Servicers, Buyers, and Vendors, enabling them to create a tool that other systems in the industry lack. Each connection creates a stronger and more transparent transaction, in which tasks can be assigned, statuses can be updated, and messages can be sent. Buyer's Agents and Listing Agents are now able to connect to each other for offer management, while Homeowners can stay involved in offer negotiations, and Buyers can be cross qualified for a loan. The end result provides a seamless connection from seller to buyer with participation of the 3rd parties whom will make the transaction move forward.
"We fully believe that Connect is going to revolutionize the real estate industry," said Todd Mobraten, President/COO of RES.NET. "Never before has everyone involved in the sale of a property been able to connect to each other in one central area. Now, not only can they see who each person of the transaction is, but they can keep track of who is responsible for the next step of the sale, and when it needs to be completed."
This new tool is available to all membership levels of RES.NET, but is most powerful within the Professional level of AMP.
CONTACT: CONTACT: Pauline Perenack, Marketing Manager, +1-949-206-5345 - direct, Pauline.Perenack@res.net; or Customer Support, 1-800-760-7036, email@example.com, all of RES.NET
Nefsis Virtualization Technology Benefits Small Business and Non-Profit Video Conferencing Customers
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Online services innovator Nefsis® highlighted today the benefits of its virtualization and cloud computing technology for small business and non-profit video conferencing customers. Unlike boardroom equipment and telepresence systems prevalent in large corporate settings, cloud-based video conferencing requires only a web browser, inexpensive webcam, and existing Internet access to get started. Technical functions previously provided by on-premise infrastructure hardware are now provided via the cloud. The benefits of the cloud-based approach are lower cost, automated maintenance, and easy web-based access anywhere worldwide - compelling benefits in small business and non-profit settings that require secure, high-quality video, but do not have the budget or physical resources typically found in large corporate organizations.
The initial application of cloud-based video conferencing solutions mirrored that of earlier boardroom equipment: interoffice meetings. As the cloud-based approach evolved, it enabled a much greater variety of applications such as sales presentations, customer support, employee and customer online training, plus specialty applications such as video remote interpreting, online project reviews, telemedicine, and telepsychiatry to name a few.
For example, Advancial Federal Credit Union has deployed Nefsis video conferencing for employee online training. AspenPointe, a Colorado-based provider of behavioral health and counseling services, uses Nefsis for connecting staff members to rural patients. In these applications low cost and easy, web-based access were required.
The following are the top three benefits of cloud-based video conferencing in small-to-medium business (SMB) and non-profit settings:
-- The Nefsis cloud lowers the cost of video conferencing applications in
two important ways: The use of off-the-shelf webcams, HD webcams, and
other video peripherals drops the endpoint video conferencing equipment
cost to within the budget of any small business. Moreover, Nefsis does
not require expensive, infrastructure equipment such as video-specific
routers, multipoint channel units (MCUs), and desktop gateway and
collaboration servers. These functions are provided by the Nefsis cloud
via software and virtualization technology.
-- In addition to eliminating the up-front expense of infrastructure
equipment, the physical maintenance is eliminated too. The Nefsis cloud
is automatically maintained on behalf of Nefsis customers, enabling new
video conferencing applications where no IT staff is available.
-- The third benefit is easy, web-based access from virtually anywhere,
including the desktops and multipurpose conference rooms of remote sites
and customer locations. This is a distinct improvement over traditional,
installed-site systems that were limited to connections with
like-equipped sites. Now video conferencing applications can reach
anywhere participants can click on a web link. An essential technology
in providing easy, web-based access is Nefsis' dynamic scalable video.
This real-time, software-based technology provides the highest-quality
video possible, including up to multipoint HD, over a variety of
constantly changing bandwidth conditions often found in desktop, small
business and non-profit environments.
Nefsis offers a full-featured, free trial of Nefsis Professional. Nefsis Professional is compatible with Microsoft, Logitech, and other USB webcams, and a wide variety of audio and video peripherals. For more information or a free trial, visit http://www.nefsis.com.
About NefsisHeadquartered in San Diego, California, Nefsis is a technology specialist in video conferencing software and cloud computing online services. The Company's global cloud provides multipoint HD video and advanced collaboration tools to business, government and educational customers in more than 45 countries worldwide. Compared to previous generations of infrastructure hardware solutions, such as video routers, MCUs and gateways, the Nefsis cloud-based offering is less expensive, automatically maintained, and easier to expand.
For more information, please visit the Nefsis website or call +1 (858) 715-0970 in the Americas or +44 (0) 870 224 0415 in the UK and Europe.
Nefsis is a registered trademark of Nefsis Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are property of their respective owners.
COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ISC8 (Irvine Sensors Corporation) (OTCBB: IRSN.OB), a provider of intelligent Cybersecurity solutions and supporting technologies, announced today that it has secured a two-year, $5 million revolving credit facility, subject to various debt covenants. The firm has drawn down the entire $5 million available under the facility and has used approximately $1.9 million of those funds to pay off the remaining balance of a short-term secured promissory note, which was subject to monthly debt service and was fully due in July 2012. ISC8 expects to use some or all of the additional funds under the facility, as appropriate, for working capital purposes.
In connection with the execution of the new revolving credit facility, the Company issued a warrant to the new lender providing for the purchase of up to 15 million shares of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $0.11 per share. The number of shares purchasable through exercise of this warrant will be reduced by 5 million shares if the Company achieves certain operating results and revenue targets in calendar 2012.
Bill Joll, ISC8's CEO and President, said "This new credit facility improves our current liquidity position and further supports the commercialization of our planned products. We particularly appreciate the assistance of our existing primary investors who were instrumental in the securing and structuring of this financial package."
ISC8 is actively engaged in the development and sale of intelligent Cybersecurity solutions for information technology (IT) for commercial and government environments worldwide. ISC8 provides hardware, software and cloud-based product and service offerings that enable Enterprise Threat Management. It leverages anti-tamper, 3D stacked chip assemblies, high-speed processors, and miniaturized sensors - all technologies it has developed. ISC8 (Irvine Sensors Corporation) was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.
ISC8 Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This press release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of ISC8's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including expectations regarding the availability and our planned use of proceeds of our new credit facility. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, ISC's financial condition and results of operations, our capital requirements and constraints, government budgetary issues, including constraints, delays and funding priorities; our ability to complete, manufacture, market and gain broad acceptance for our technologies and products, competitive forces, changes in ISC8's technologies or products incorporating such technologies, failure of customers to adopt, or delays in their adoption of, ISC8 products or technologies discussed above, and the general economic, market and political conditions and specific conditions that may impact our operations, most of which are beyond ISC8's control, as well as those risk factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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