Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition Receives Grant From Verizon to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence
Attorney General Jon Bruning Takes Part in Check Presentation
LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 24 -- Nebraska domestic violence prevention advocates will learn how to use the latest technology to help keep abuse survivors safe, thanks to a new partnership between the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Verizon.
Funded through a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, the new program will offer face-to-face and web-based seminars designed to educate domestic violence advocates throughout Nebraska on the use of cutting-edge technology. They will then share this critical information with domestic violence survivors, support groups and law enforcement officials in their communities.
"The Coalition is pleased to partner with Verizon, a corporate leader in supporting innovative solutions to end domestic violence," said Lynne Lange, NDVSAC's executive director. " It is critical that we help educate advocates on the ground to harness the benefits of technology and increase their capacity to serve victims and survivors."
Providing more resources for those advocates who directly work with the survivors of domestic violence, makes sense for Verizon, according to Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "This initiative will enable victims and survivors throughout Nebraska to become familiar with the latest communications tools," said Hyland.
"I applaud the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC) and Verizon for coming together to provide survivors with life-saving information," said Attorney General Jon Bruning. "Partnerships like these make a positive impact on the communities they serve."
Verizon Wireless has supported domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts over the last decade through the company's award-winning HopeLine® phone recycling program. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories, in any condition, from any wireless service provider. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. All proceeds benefit non-profit shelters and organizations that focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Over the last five years, Nebraskans have donated more then 25,000 phones to HopeLine and since the program began more then 7 million phones have been recycled or refurbished.
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (http://www.thinkfinity.org), and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org.
About the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition
The Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition is a statewide advocacy organization committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence. They work to enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by supporting and building upon the services provided by the network of local programs.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
Random House Children's Books Publishes Its First-Ever Exclusive E-Book Original
THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by New York Times bestselling author Michael Scott The short story e-book original will entertain fans waiting for the next novel in the bestselling series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 -- For the first time in the publisher's history, today Random House Children's Books (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids) is releasing an e-book original, written by the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Michael Scott and entitled THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers / $0.99).
The story is available exclusively in digital format and is the newest addition to Scott's series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, which has sold more than 1 million copies to date in North America. Following on the heels of the publication of The Necromancer (May, 2010), the e-book original is a short story that will fascinate fans. "With the exception of the two teen characters, Michael Scott's series is based entirely on individuals transplanted from history, mythology, folklore, and legend," explains Beverly Horowitz, Delacorte publisher. "Michael's new e-book original is certain to entertain fans and satisfy them as they wait until the publication of the next book in the six-part series, The Warlock (2011)." For more information about Michael Scott and the series visit Facebook.com/SecretsofNicholasFlamel. Fans can also play the online game at QuestfortheCodex.com.
THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is available wherever e-books are sold.
In THE DEATH OF JOAN OF ARC, Scott delves into the idea that the legendary Joan of Arc was not, in fact, burned at the stake in Rouen, France, in 1431. Instead, she was rescued from death by Scathach the Warrior. The truth about that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York. Scott's new short story will leave readers wondering if Joan of Arc still roams the Earth today. This e-book original offers a never-before-seen story of two warriors who would become sisters.
Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, and e-books, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company's Web site, Kids @ Random (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids) offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.
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Nexus Recognized by Cisco as a Video Surveillance Authorized Technology Provider
VALENCIA, Calif., Aug 24 -- Nexus announced today that it has achieved Video Surveillance Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Nexus as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to design, resell, install and maintain a full range of video surveillance and access-control solutions.
Cisco® physical-security solutions provide network-centric capabilities to video surveillance, Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, electronic access control and other groundbreaking technologies by converging voice, data and physical security into a single appliance. This enables customers to preserve existing investments in analog-based technology and to use the network as a platform upon which more collaborative and integrated physical-security systems can be built. As customers converge physical-security infrastructures and operations and begin using the network as a platform, they gain rapid access to relevant information and increase interoperability with other IP-centric systems. This enables higher levels of situational awareness in environments where intelligent and timely decision making is crucial.
"At Nexus, we engineer and deploy technology-based systems that protect the people, places and things that are important, providing security as a service of the network. Our Physical Security team includes individuals with combined experience spanning decades," said Mike Heiman, Nexus Vice President of Engineering. "We're pleased to become a Cisco Video Surveillance ATP Partner, and look forward to expanding our physical security solutions as part of our complete portfolio of advanced technology offerings."
"As we move into new markets and emerging technologies, the Cisco Authorized Technology Provider Partners are instrumental in helping our customers turn innovative technology into a competitive advantage," said Steve Benvenuto, director of emerging technologies for worldwide channels at Cisco. "As a Cisco Video Surveillance ATP Partner, Nexus brings a unique set of skills to potential customers, combining a proven physical-security track record with Cisco expertise."
To qualify for the Video Surveillance ATP Program, Nexus had to meet a number of requirements, from having staff who fulfill specific job responsibilities to achieving the Cisco Express Foundation Specialization. Those requirements are designed to help a partner maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.
The Cisco ATP Program is a key part of Cisco's emerging technology go-to-market strategy. The program helps define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support a subject technology. As markets mature and technologies progress along the adoption curve, some ATP programs may migrate to Cisco specializations.
Based in Valencia, CA, Nexus leverages its extensive experience and expertise to enable organizations to Connect, Collaborate, and Create. We do this by providing expertise in end-to-end technology solutions based on five distinct, yet complementary practices: Collaboration, Data Center, Borderless Networks, Business Video, and Managed Services. Nexus partners with industry leaders including Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, and VMware to ensure its customers are provided the most comprehensive and competitive solutions. Nexus serves the private sector, from small business to the Fortune 500; and the public sector including local, state, and federal government. Additionally, Nexus has highly specialized vertical market practices including education, retail, and healthcare where it has developed proprietary applications that turn unified communication into clinical workflow solutions. For additional information, please visit http://www.nexusis.com.
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Verizon Launches Campaign to Encourage More Residential Phone Customers to Switch to Online Billing
'Great Paper Escape' Sweepstakes Will Give Away $10,000 Grand Prize, Other Daily Instant Prizes for Those Converting to Paperless Bills
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 -- In a new initiative to encourage thousands more customers to switch to environmentally friendly online billing, Verizon has launched the Great Paper Escape sweepstakes. Featured is a grand prize of $10,000 to a Verizon customer who switches to paperless billing by Dec. 31, 2010.
The goal is to motivate about a quarter of a million Verizon customers to join the nearly 2.4 million customers who already receive their monthly bills online. The sweepstakes is but one front in an ongoing Verizon campaign to reduce the environmental impact of the company's business operations around the world.
"Earlier this year Verizon launched a comprehensive sustainability program to help our company and our customers reduce their impact on the environment and to conserve energy," said James Gowen, Verizon chief sustainability officer. "Through the Great Paper Escape sweepstakes we're offering customers an easy and fun way to reduce their carbon footprints while also providing a faster, more secure and clutter-free way to pay their bills."
Consumers who make the switch to receive and pay their bills online by Dec. 31 will be entered to win a grand prize of $10,000. Customers who sign up to just receive their bills online (paperless billing) will earn an entry in the grand prize drawing -- and a second entry if they enroll in a Verizon automatic payment plan. Verizon customers already enrolled in paperless billing and auto pay also will receive sweepstakes entries.
In addition to the grand-prize sweepstakes entries, customers signing up for paperless billing will have an opportunity to play the daily instant-win game and be eligible to win prizes ranging from reusable and environmentally friendly tote bags to an energy-efficient washer-dryer combo. Other daily prizes will include $50 Verizon Perks gift cards and a Trek Eco Urban bicycle. Existing paperless-billing customers also are eligible for the daily instant-win game.
In 2009, more than 27 million Verizon paper bills were replaced by online bills, and this June alone, Verizon customers made more than 8 million electronic bill payments.
Starting this week, customers can enter the Great Paper Escape sweepstakes and instant win game by either visiting http://greatpaperescape.verizon.com/ or by logging in to their Verizon account at http://myverizon.com/ and enrolling in paper-free billing and an automatic bill payment service.
By going paper-free, customers can obtain instant online account status and receive reminder payment notices about their amount owed and due date; download and print their bill; and track the last 12 months of their bills for record-keeping purposes. When paying via Verizon's automatic pay service, all transactions are processed on a secure server.
Verizon has long been committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and is helping its customers do the same. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program has collected more than 7 million no-longer-used wireless phones and kept more than 200 tons of batteries and electronic waste out of landfills.
In April, Verizon launched a comprehensive sustainability program to find practical and innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of its global operations. The initiatives range from significantly increasing the number of alternative energy vehicles in the company's fleet to conducting trials of energy-efficient FiOS-TV set-top boxes to using more green products and services.
In addition, Verizon is the first telecommunications company to establish its own energy-efficiency standards for telecom equipment, requiring vendors to manufacture equipment that is 20 percent more efficient.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Stardock's Long-Awaited PC Fantasy Strategy Title, Elemental: War of Magic Now Available!
PLYMOUTH, Mich., Aug. 24 -- Independent developer and publisher Stardock released the much-awaited PC fantasy strategy title Elemental: War of Magic today. Elemental: War of Magic opens a world of magic and ancient lore as players begin the game as one of the few beings in the world still able to channel power from shards of magic - a series of mystical artifacts left over from a great cataclysm. You must decide how much of your power to imbue into your heroes as you build cities, explore dungeons, learn spells of ever-increasing power and negotiate with friends and foes.
Elemental: War of Magic is available at retail stores throughout North America starting today. The Limited Edition ($69.95) and the standard edition ($49.95) are also available via Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse (http://www.impulsedriven.com) or via the game's web site (http://www.elementalgame.com.)
This latest title from Stardock is heavily inspired by classic games from the golden age of PC gaming. The game's Lead Designer and CEO of Stardock Brad Wardell said, "The main idea behind Elemental was that we wanted to create gameplay that was both an advancement of the genre and a throwback to old-school gaming on the PC. Elemental: War of Magic accomplishes that and more."
Included with the game are a series of integrated modding tools allowing fans to create their own fantasy maps, monsters, tiles, effects and much more. The game's story-driven campaign, written by Random House's writing team, was made exclusively with the built-in modding tools.
Wardell continued, "The game allows players to strategize, customize and mod in depth while also providing straight-forward accessibility for those who just want to jump in and get in the game as quickly as possible."
Besides including the sand box game and campaign, Elemental also includes a multiplayer mode in which up to 16 players can play online while taking simultaneous turns. Players can save their multiplayer games online and return to them to continue in order to support players who wish to play more epic-sized games.
Also launching today is the companion novel to the PC title, ELEMENTAL: DESTINY'S EMBERS, written by Elemental: War of Magic Executive Producer Brad Wardell. The novel weaves a captivating tale that takes place in the land of Elemental, giving readers and players alike a unique perspective on the land in which they seek to rule in the game. The novel is available at bookstores nationwide from Random House's Del Rey publishing division.
Customers who purchase a copy of the book ELEMENTAL: DESTINY'S EMBERS will be able to download the additional, exclusive video game campaign, Elemental: Destiny's Embers. The campaign will release in four stages, with the first component being released in September.
With Impulse, users purchase their game and can then immediately download and install the game through the Impulse client which seamlessly manages updates, community features and more. Games become part of that user's account such that when a user purchases a new machine, a user can simply re-download the Impulse client, logon to their account and re-download all their purchases, even years into the future. Download Impulse at http://www.impulsedriven.com.
Stardock is one of the world's leading developers and publishers of PC games and desktop software. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the highest rated and best selling PC strategy game of 2008 as well as the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Object Desktop, WindowBlinds and a host of other programs for customizing the Windows experience. Learn more about Stardock by visiting http://www.stardock.com.
Snoopy, America's Beloved Dog, Goes High Tech in an iPhone App From HomeAgain® to Help Lost Pets Return Home
All Animal Lovers Invited to Join HomeAgain PetRescuers
SUMMIT, N.J., Aug. 24 -- Snoopy, the iconic cartoon pooch, has a starring role in an iPhone® app to help HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service reunite pet parents with lost microchipped pets. Animal lovers have at their fingertips a handy way to participate in the nationwide HomeAgain PetRescuers network through the new, free app on the Apple® iPhone and similar devices including the iPad.
"This is a great tool for anyone who gets concerned when seeing a cat or dog loose on the street," said Gary MacPhee, director and general manager, HomeAgain. "We developed the HomeAgain PetRescuers app to make it easy for pet lovers to play an active role in helping lost pets get home quickly."
An estimated one in three pets will go missing. The HomeAgain PetRescuers app, available at Apple's App Store for use on the iPod touch, the iPad and the iPhone, is the latest tool in HomeAgain's comprehensive Pet Recovery system.
The GPS-enabled app has many features that give pet lovers access to detailed information in the hopes of facilitating happy reunions. With the app, users can receive alerts about pets missing in a specific local area complete with photos and detailed descriptions of an animal's physical characteristics as well as any guidance provided by the pet owner about its expected response to strangers or other distinctive "personality" traits.
The app provides general information useful when dealing with unfamiliar animals in unusual circumstances. Additionally, heartwarming tales of lost pets returned home, shared by grateful pet owners, can be accessed via the app.
"There are currently more than 500,000 HomeAgain PetRescuers," MacPhee added. "We expect to pass the one million mark by the end of the year with new PetRescuers enrolling either by downloading the new Snoopy iPhone app or online at http://www.homeagain.com."
HomeAgain, offered by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, goes beyond microchipping. The national HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service reunites over 10,000 lost pets each month with their families. Once enrolled, a pet's microchip is registered in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database for its lifetime. In addition, the annual HomeAgain membership includes:
-- Live Pet Recovery Specialists always available at 1-888-HomeAgain
-- Lost Pet Alerts with a Lost Pet Poster sent to veterinary clinics,
shelters and PetRescuers
-- 24/7 Emergency Medical Telephone Assistance
-- Travel expenses of up to $500 for dogs or cats found more than 500
miles from home
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, based in Boxmeer, the Netherlands, is focused on the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of animal health products. The company offers customers one of the broadest, most innovative animal health portfolios, spanning products to support performance and to prevent, treat and control disease in all major farm and companion animal species. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health; subsidiaries of Merck & Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station NJ, USA. For more information, visit http://www.intervet.com.
Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Through our medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching programs that donate and deliver our products to the people who need them. Merck. Be Well. For more information, visit http://www.merck.com.
About PEANUTS WORLDWIDE
Iconix Brand Group in a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates has formed PEANUTS Worldwide, a new home to the global PEANUTS property. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), ZOO YORK (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS (R) brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.
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Aviall, Pentagon 2000 Software Provide Customers With Direct, Instantaneous Access to Parts and Materials
DALLAS, Aug. 24 -- Pentagon 2000 Software, Inc., and Aviall, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, have adopted an agreement for a web services interface that makes Aviall's best-in-class inventory easily accessible for hundreds of Pentagon 2000's aerospace and defense customers. This new system will provide Pentagon customers with a direct web link to Aviall's extensive parts network utilizing the latest technologies resulting in increased efficiency and shorter turnaround time.
"This agreement will provide an important tool for many aviation maintenance facilities," Edward P. Dolanski, Executive Vice President and COO of Aviall, Inc., said. "They will be able to save time and operate more efficiently because Aviall's vast inventory will be just one computer click away."
Customers who have adopted Pentagon 2000's ERP system - including FBOs, MROs and other aviation and defense companies - will have direct, real-time access to Aviall's inventory.
This paperless system is designed to streamline processes for ordering parts and maintaining and repairing aircraft. Current prices, availability and delivery information will be easily accessible 24 hours a day from Aviall.
Gabriel Mofaz, President of Pentagon 2000 said, "Having Aviall's inventory available to our customers right from their Pentagon 2000SQL system will provide a significant savings in time and a great competitive tool for part sourcing and ordering."
ABOUT PENTAGON 2000 SOFTWARE, INC.
Pentagon 2000 Software, Inc. is a leading supplier of enterprise software systems in the Aerospace, Defense and Electronics industries. Pentagon 2000 develops, licenses, and supports Pentagon 2000SQL, a state of the art, fully-integrated software system that conforms to the unique business processes, quality assurance systems and regulatory requirements found in the Aerospace, Defense and Electronics Industries. Pentagon 2000SQL is the leading, integrated solution for enterprises and functional units engaged in the following operations and activities:
-- Parts Distribution and Brokerage
-- Repair and Overhaul of Components and Engines
-- Logistics and Supply Chain Management
-- Heavy Aircraft Maintenance and Depot Maintenance
-- PMA, Build-to-Print and Discrete Manufacturing of Technical Products
-- Government Contracting
-- Commercial and Military Air Fleet Operation
-- Fixed Base Operations
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Aviall, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which is a unit of The Boeing Company. Aviall is a leading solutions provider of aftermarket supply-chain management services for the aerospace, defense and marine industries.
Aviall, which has headquarters in Dallas, is one of the world's largest providers of new aviation parts and related aftermarket operations. Aviall markets and distributes products for more than 235 manufacturers and offers approximately 2,000,000 catalog items from 39 customer service centers in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Aviall also provides maintenance for aviation batteries and wheels and brakes, as well as hose assembly, kitting and paint-mixing services. The company offers a complete set of supply chain and logistics services, including order processing, stocking and fulfillment, automated inventory management and reverse logistics to OEMs and customers.
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Systems America Acquires CollectiveGain, Inc.: Enhances Industry Focused SAP Capabilities
CAMPBELL, Calif. and SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 24 -- Systems America, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SMAR), a premier provider of business process outsourcing and information technology solutions, announced today that it has acquired CollectiveGain, Inc., provider of end-to-end Business Intelligence consulting for enterprise applications.
Systems America will leverage this acquisition to increase its stronghold as a leading provider of SAP-based solutions, and solidify its market position with FORTUNE 1000 and mid-market companies. CollectiveGain's services include SAP and Oracle Business Intelligence consulting services and specialize in the areas of ERP and Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing for vertical segments including information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, engineering, pharmaceutical, health care, and scientific. Systems America will also leverage CollectiveGain's client base to further enhance its BPO offerings and offshore-based consulting services specific to SAP and Oracle solutions.
"The acquisition of CollectiveGain furthers Systems America's ability to offer cost-effective, end-to-end IT outsourcing to the rapidly expanding mid-market," said Adesh Tyagi, Chief Executive Officer of Systems America, Inc. "By augmenting our existing SAP and Oracle solutions with advanced systems integration, strategic consulting, onshore & offshore custom application development, and robust hosting capabilities, we will enhance our position as a comprehensive provider of SAP and Oracle services across numerous markets."
Adesh Tyagi also cited CollectiveGain's strong relationship with clients as a deciding factor in the acquisition. Systems America will build on CollectiveGain's success in shaping what is considered SAP's most responsive and resourceful consulting alliance.
"CollectiveGain, as part of Systems America is committed to expanding the market for SAP and Oracle services. Systems America's and CollectiveGain's combined services, clients, and affiliation with SAP and Oracle have created a solid foundation for Systems America to offer a full spectrum of SAP solutions that will generate ongoing opportunities with existing customers and success in new markets," said Dhiraj Kumar, President of CollectiveGain. "The addition of our client base and employees will help Systems America build upon its already growing reputation in SAP, and broaden its overall capabilities as a pioneer in IT outsourcing."
About Systems America
Systems America is a premier provider of diversified business process and information technology outsourcing solutions to commercial and government clients worldwide. We are ranked one of the fastest growing companies with multiple locations around the world. It began when a group of extraordinary operations and information technology professionals formed a company dedicated to fulfilling client needs. From a single financial industry client, Systems America expanded into the energy, financial, government, health care, retail, and travel industries. Today, Systems America delivers superior business process outsourcing, information technology outsourcing, and systems and integration services to hundreds of clients worldwide. Building on a core competency of efficient technology infrastructure outsourcing, the company, headquartered in Campbell, California, United States now supports operations in nearly 20 countries. For additional information about Systems America, please visit http://www.systemsamerica.com.
CollectiveGain, Inc. is a global IT solutions and services company that offers SAP and Oracle solutions in ERP, CRM, BI, SCM, SEM, SRM and Enterprise Portals, among others, with an emphasis on NetWeaver and emerging technologies. Systech has offices across the U.S. and development centers in San Ramon, India. For additional information about Systems America, please visit http://www.collectivegain.com.
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Nine Technology Adds New Features to Ground-Breaking Online Backup and Recovery Platform
Local seed backups, automated branding, web-based restore among new elements
MIDDLEBORO, Mass., Aug. 24 -- Nine Technology, the leading online backup and recovery technology developer for managed service providers, today announced it will bolster its "Powered by Nine" data protection offerings with several new features designed to make disaster recovery planning easier. Partners now have the flexibility to jump-start their clients' data security with several new mechanisms that speed up the first steps of the business continuity process dramatically.
"These new elements of the 'Powered by Nine' solution set give our partners and their customers an even more comprehensive online backup and recovery service offering," said Gene Fay, Senior Vice President of Nine Technology. "Our clients in the channel told us what they wanted to see in the software, and we've delivered."
The new features that will augment the "Powered by Nine" advantages include:
-- Seeded initial backups shipped to the data center
-- Semi-continuous data protection
-- Granular SQL server backups using VSS snapshots
-- Automated self-service branding of partner client software
-- Web-based restore processes
-- Updated, easier-to-control GUI
Implementing seeded initial backups, semi-continuous data protection and web-based restore processes allows for a faster, more robust disaster recovery solution for MSPs. Combined with the benefits of the MSP9 Partner Program and the existing features of "Powered by Nine" solutions, the new additions supplement an already superb online backup and recovery platform.
"RoundTower's expansion into online backup was a logical decision based on our expertise in other areas of data storage, virtualization, and security," said RoundTower managing partner Stephen Power. "Selecting Nine Technology as our online backup solution provider was just as logical: 'Powered by Nine' systems feature the efficiency, comprehensiveness and speed we need as a managed service provider."
About Nine Technology
Nine Technology delivers simple, powerful and cost-effective turnkey online backup and restore solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers and IT consultants. The "Powered by Nine" solutions enable service providers to quickly offer reliable and scalable services to protect their customers' critical data stored on desktops, laptops and servers. It is our goal to know our customers' business and help them build revenue. For more information, visit http://www.ninetechnology.com.
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it's learning, inc. to Use Embanet to Provide 24/7 Technical Support to Students and Educators
Embanet provides U.S.-based support services for it's learning, inc. as it expands throughout North America
BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 24 -- it's learning, inc. (http://www.itslearning.net), an individualized learning platform provider for K-12 and higher education, recently formed a strategic partnership with Embanet, a leading global online learning services provider, to provide all students, faculty, and staff using the it's learning platform with unparalleled technical support services.
Embanet will provide the following customer support for it's learning, inc:
-- Comprehensive 24/7/365 Helpdesk Support
-- Dedicated Toll-Free Telephone Support
-- Real-Time Chat
-- Real-Time Email Support
-- Self-Help/Web-based Knowledge Base
-- Online Audio-Narrated Tutorials
-- Branded Support Portal
-- Weekly Reporting and Satisfaction Tracking
-- Standardized Service Level Agreement
it's learning, inc., a Norwegian-based company, entered the North American market in June of 2009 and since has grown to include customers in several states and Canada. The company decided to outsource its technical support so that it could focus its efforts in North America on sales, customer experience and training.
"We constantly strive to provide the most enriching experience for our users," said Charlotte Dowd, Director of Products and Services of it's learning, inc. "As it's learning continues to grow as the premier learning management system available in K-12 and higher education, it is essential that our users feel supported. As the platform's technology continues to evolve, Embanet will help us deliver an unprecedented level of support that our students and faculty both expect and deserve."
Founded in 1995, Embanet is an integrated, full service provider of online program design and development, marketing and enrollment and technology support services for postsecondary educational institutions.
"When we were introduced to it's learning, inc. last year, we were extremely impressed by the functionality and ease-of-use of the platform," said Mike Purcell, Senior Executive Vice President for Business Development of Embanet. "it's learning provides a comprehensive solution for the education market. We look forward to supporting the organization and its customers."
Founded in 1995, Embanet (http://www.embanet.com) is a world leader in providing a full range of online learning services to postsecondary educational institutions. Embanet preserves academic integrity and maximizes student enrollment and graduation by providing capital and expertise in program development, marketing and enrollment, student services and technology support. Headquartered in Toronto and Chicago, Embanet serves over 50 colleges and universities, including many top research institutions such as: Vanderbilt University, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, George Washington University, Northeastern University, Ohio University, and Kent State University.
About it's learning, Inc.
Since 1999, the company has provided it's learning - The Individual Learning Platform(TM) to European clients in K-12 and higher education. In order to provide more effective service to North American schools and universities, in the spring of 2009 it added a North American headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts. In additional to its global headquarters in Bergen, Norway, the company has offices in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain. Investing in the future of education, in 2009, it's learning dedicated more than 40 percent of its revenue to the design and development of its products. The company's goals are to offer the best learning platform and related services worldwide and to be the most innovative organization within the education market. For more information visit, http://www.itslearning.net.
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email@example.com, for it's learning, inc.; or Charlotte Dowd of it's learning,
inc., +1-781-780-5660, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Instruments and Texas Instruments Deliver Affordable, Portable Educational Device for Engineering Students
NI myDAQ Provides Computer-based Instrumentation That Supports Hands-on Learning Anywhere, Anytime for Students and Institutions
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 24, 2010 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) today announced the release of the NI myDAQ portable instrumentation device for students in university engineering courses. NI myDAQ advances engineering education by making it possible for students to experience engineering outside of the lab, in their dorm room or anywhere they choose, at any time. The device is designed by National Instruments and features Texas Instruments analog circuits including data converters, amplifiers and interface and power management components. NI myDAQ hardware integrates with NI LabVIEW graphical development software to help reverse the trend of rising educational costs by giving students hands-on interaction with real analog circuits, sensor measurements and signal processing for about the price of an engineering textbook.
"Students need exposure to real circuits and hardware, but the problem for engineering professors is trying to meet the increasing cost of providing real electronics with continually tighter budgets," said Dr. Tony Ambler, chairman of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. "NI myDAQ is inexpensive enough for every student to have their own, plug it into their laptop at home, in the dorm or in the park, and experiment with the real electronics all around them, without using lab time or lab equipment."
Compact enough to fit in a student's pocket and powered by USB connection, NI myDAQ provides a solution for college engineering professors who want their students to experiment during homework and beyond, through a student-owned measurement, signal processing and control device. NI myDAQ bridges the gap between theory and real-world practice by providing students eight LabVIEW software-based instruments including a digital multimeter (DMM), oscilloscope, function generator, Bode analyzer, dynamic signal analyzer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital reader and digital writer. Students can use all these instruments to perform many laboratory-style experiments.
When combined with LabVIEW on a PC, NI myDAQ delivers a complete solution for hands-on learning of core concepts in engineering curricula that include analog circuits, sensor measurements and signals and systems courses. Multiple universities throughout the United States already are developing NI myDAQ curricula, and National Instruments is making these and other resources available to educational institutions and students at http://www.ni.com/mydaq.
NI myDAQ also integrates with the NI Multisim circuits education environment to provide a far-reaching educational platform. The device includes the eight software-based instruments, DMM cables, an audio cable and a reusable storage tray. LabVIEW Student Edition software and Multisim Student Edition software also are available with the device at a significant discount to students.
Videos: Fun NI myDAQ Application Demonstrations
Video: Dr. Tony Ambler Discusses NI myDAQ
NI myDAQ Curriculum Resources
NI myDAQ Technical White Paper
NI myDAQ Community: http://www.ni.com/mydaqzone
About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
LabVIEW, Multisim, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
AT&T Brings 3G Mobile Broadband Network to Bloomsburg Area
Local Pennsylvania Wireless Network Upgrade Extends Access to Advanced Products, Services and Applications
BLOOMSBURG, Pa., Aug. 24 -- AT&T* today announced the availability of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in the Bloomsburg area, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in the area.
AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications. With the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities for an amazing wireless voice and data experience.
"Demand for wireless bandwidth is growing rapidly, whether it's for sharing video and photos with friends, watching a movie, checking the latest scores, or listening to music on a phone, netbook or other on-the-go devices," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Pennsylvania. "With this expansion, our customers can enjoy the nation's best, most advanced mobile broadband experience with emerging devices and tens of thousands of mobile applications."
"Wireless data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 5,000 percent over the past three years, largely attributed to the increasing popularity of advanced smartphones and the performance of AT&T's 3G network, the nation's fastest," added Dan Lafond, vice president and general manager for AT&T in central and eastern Pennsylvania. "More smartphone users have chosen AT&T than any other wireless carrier."
From 2007 through 2009, AT&T's total capital investment in its Pennsylvania wireless and wireline networks was more than $725 million. The availability of mobile broadband in Bloomsburg is also part of AT&T's ongoing investment to build the broadband networks in Pennsylvania that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.
The expansion of mobile broadband service is one of many ongoing network initiatives planned to enhance coverage and capacity across the country. AT&T recently upgraded 3G cell sites nationwide to High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2. Future plans include another upgrade to HSPA+ technology at the end of this year followed by the initial deployment next year of LTE, the next-generation of wireless technology. These advancements, when combined with an ongoing initiative to increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, are a part of AT&T's strategy to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and in the future.
AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in over 220 countries and data service in more than 195 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as 3G services in more than 120 countries.
For more information about AT&T's 3G coverage in Bloomsberg or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
To find out more details about AT&T in the Bloomsburg area, please visit this retail location:
-- Columbia Mall, 269 Columbia Mall Drive, Bloomsburg, PA
*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.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. 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 and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, 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. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might 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 and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
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Leading Induction Cookware Firm CookTek(R) Launches New Corporate Website
CookTek(R), a top innovator of induction cooktops and heating technology, unveils new corporate website with news, videos and detailed product information.
CHICAGO, Aug. 24 -- CookTek®, a leading developer of induction cooktop ranges and heated delivery solutions, recently announced the launch of its new corporate website, http://www.CookTek.com. Visitors to the site can enjoy simple, streamlined navigation, allowing them to browse the site and search for specific products with ease.
CookTek products include front- and back-of-house Induction cooking technology, including cooktops, woks and cooking accessories, in addition to buffet warmers and heated delivery systems. Through advanced induction heating technology, professional cooks use CookTek products for more control and precision when cooking food, as well as enjoying a faster, safer, cleaner, greener and more cost-efficient kitchen.
"The new CookTek website is designed with the customer in mind," said Edward Nunn, CookTek's vice president of sales and marketing. "We are committed to helping foodservice and hospitality professionals make the most informed decision when choosing cooking technology. Our easy-to-use site gives visitors access to product images, features and benefits, owners' manuals, spec sheets, videos, industry news, and much more."
CookTek.com visitors can watch informative videos showing how induction heating technology works, such as CookTek's heated delivery system that keeps food warm for 45 minutes. The CookTek blog will feature new products, from induction ranges to pizza delivery bag technology, and will explore the science behind induction heating, to showcase the benefits it provides.
Induction cooking uses a high-frequency electromagnetic field to generate and deliver heat evenly to the pan's contents. By heating the pan itself instead of the air or the cooking unit, CookTek induction ranges heat food faster and more efficiently than traditional gas and electric ranges.
"CookTek ranges deliver 90 to 95 percent of energy directly to the pan, keeping the kitchen cool and eco-friendly, while saving a great deal of time and money," said Nunn. "Our products are designed and engineered to fit seamlessly within any commercial kitchen, improving the way food professionals cook and deliver food."
About CookTek(R): CookTek, (http://www.cooktek.com) the Chicago-based developer and manufacturer of induction powered equipment for the foodservice industry, is changing the way the world cooks, serves, and delivers food.
Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. Announces Formal Launch of Digital and Social Media Marketing Program
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 24 -- Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: NPDT) (NPDT) announced today the formal launch of its Digital Strategy and Social Media program. NPDT's Digital Strategy Team developed this program internally to leverage the ever-evolving social business networks, bringing NPDT brand awareness to shareholders, investors, potential clients, and industry partners.
Currently, NPDT has a presence on mainstream social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. In addition, NPDT utilizes social communities such as Posterous, FlickR, and USTREAM to broaden the company's audience.
NPDT Digital Strategy Manager, Isaac Cruz explains, "Our vision is to have the NPDT brand populate all forms of conceivable media, such as audio, video, text, and photography. We believe in the importance of personally connecting and following-up with each relationship cultivated in these social business environments."
Said NPDT CEO, Don Danks, "Leveraging digital media and implementing this strategic communication program provides shareholders and clients access to NPDT's most recent developments, technology solutions, and a roadmap for revenue growth. Digital and Social media are becoming powerful tools for branding and supporting sales efforts. We intend to make a consistent and serious commitment to utilizing the power of the medium, benefiting our shareholders."
The Digital Strategy Team will provide NPDT followers an interactive and educational forum, providing an intimate look inside NPDT's staff, technology, and product lines.
"We would like to formally invite those interested in NPDT to connect with our social business networks. Simply click on the links contained in this press release to learn more about our company, our products and our future," concluded Cruz.
About Newport Digital Technologies, Inc.
Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (NPDT) is a technology solutions driven company organized to focus on serving five of the fastest-emerging businesses in the technology space - RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification), WiMax, eLearning, and LED Digital Signage and LED Lighting solutions. NPDT develops and delivers these technology solutions through strategic collaborations with global partners, including Taiwan industry and Taiwan's premier technology R&D incubators -- the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). NPDT will customize these technology solutions and market them through Fortune 1000 channel partners and systems integrators on a worldwide basis.
Safe Harbor: This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to NPDT and its business. Statements that are not historical facts are identified as "forward-looking statements". The words "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "believe," "plan," and similar expressions, particularly when used in the "future tense", are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Information on potential risk factors that could affect the NPDT's business plans and financial results can be found in NPDT's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NPDT assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.
Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. has its headquarters located in Newport Beach, California, and branch offices in Taiwan, Australia and Japan.
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Newport Digital Technologies, Inc.
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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More than 30,000 current college students voted for the "Top 10 for '10"
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 -- Unigo, the web's largest resource for student-written college reviews, today revealed their first-ever college rankings, the Top 10 for '10. More than 30,000 current college students from across the country contributed to the rankings, which name the top ten schools in ten unique categories. The lists represent a wide variety of institutions, and offer a more nuanced (and irreverent) look at their individual attributes.
The Top 10 for '10 include: "The New Ivies," the top 10 schools that are the next generation of excellence; "Never Lock Your Doors," the top 10 safest schools; "Life is But a Game," the top 10 schools where sports rule; and "No Last Call," the top 10 party schools. The full list of categories and schools is available at http://www.unigo.com/articles/top_10_in_2010.
Unigo surveyed students at 225 colleges for their opinions about their own schools and peer institutions. With more than 30,000 votes cast, the results were vetted by Unigo's editorial staff and educational advisory board to ensure accuracy. For each school on each list, current students sent in photos and supporting quotes, offering on-the-ground insights into why their school made the Top 10 for '10.
"Our goal with these rankings was to present high school students and parents with interesting, authentic insights into the experiences at these institutions as they begin their college research," said Unigo's CEO, Jordan Goldman. "Unigo is one of the world's largest resources for college information created by current college students, offering information you can't find anywhere else. These rankings were a natural fit."
More details, and the full rankings, are available at http://www.Unigo.com. The ten lists, with their supporting materials, will be rolled out on the site one per day, from August 25 through September 3.
Unigo.com is the go-to resource for high school students and parents looking for authentic, up-to-date information about America's colleges. The site features tens of thousands of interactive college reviews created by the real experts - current college students. Unigo's college reviews were described by The New York Times Magazine as "...so evocative they make the one-page U.S. News summaries read like junk mail ... they are vivid in a way no guidebook can match."
CONTACT: Big Time PR, Sylvia Desrochers, +1-424-208-3496,
Infochimps to Distribute Digital Element's IP Intelligence Data
Partnership Enables Smaller Websites, Developers Access to the Industry's Leading Geolocation Data
ATLANTA, Aug. 24 -- Infochimps, the central repository for the world's data, is offering Digital Element's IP Intelligence technology through its Query API, allowing websites and developers to display more relevant and targeted content, and to improve user segmentation and analysis capabilities.
"Digital Element's NetAcuity database is the industry's most accurate geolocation solution, and we at Infochimps want to enable smaller businesses, developers, advertisers and marketers to take advantage of this data and its ability to increase the effectiveness and intelligence of our customers' online products," said Joseph Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, Infochimps.
Independently verified to be more than 99.99 percent accurate at a country level and 95 percent accurate at a city level worldwide, Digital Element's IP Intelligence and geolocation technology allows online businesses to bring new reach, relevance and revenue to online endeavors, whether the goal is to create an instant connection with a first-time site visitor; to drive revenue for online marketing campaigns; or to ensure that content is in the right hands.
Through its Query API, Infochimps will offer Digital Element's worldwide city-level location, business, connection speed, proxy, and demographics data at api.infochimps.com, with pricing based on volume of API calls. The data will live alongside the other 10,000+ datasets that make up the Infochimps.org collection.
"The idea of a site where users, researchers, and developers can find, share and access structured data they might otherwise be unable to obtain is an exciting one," said Rob Friedman, Executive Vice President, Digital Element. "We are pleased to have Infochimps as a trusted partner and are excited to add our data to their catalog of assets."
Founded in 1999, Digital Element is the industry pioneer of IP Intelligence, a non-invasive, privacy-sensitive technology that automatically uncovers geographic information, connection speed, domain name, ISP, language and other characteristics about online users based solely on their IP addresses. This knowledge enables online businesses to customize content for more accurate and profitable online interactions, making it ideal for targeted advertising, content localization, geographic rights management, local search and enhanced analytics. Digital Element's patented IP Intelligence solution with its exceedingly accurate geolocation capabilities is used by industry-leading advertising networks, web publishers, search engines, social networks, e-tailers, and analytics platforms around the world to revolutionize the way people experience the Internet.
Digital Element is a business unit of Digital Envoy, part of Dominion Enterprises, a leading media and information services company. For more information about Digital Element, visit http://www.digital-element.net/.
Infochimps is a site to find, sell, or share any dataset in the world.
Our goal is to enable anyone with an internet connection to easily find structured data on any topic. Simple searches often fail to lead interested parties to the data set they seek, or make it an unnecessarily cumbersome process. We hope to change that by being the central repository for the world's data.
CONTACT: Jan Sisko, Carabiner Communications (for Digital Element),
jsisko@carabinerPR.com, +1-678-461-743, or Royal Frasier, Jones-Dilworth, Inc.
(for Infochimps), email@example.com, +1-972-358-0486
Pandora Makes It Easier Than Ever to Start Listening to Personalized Radio
new station creation feature based on genres proves to be a hit
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 24 -- Pandora, the leading personalized radio service, today announced that listeners now have more ways than ever to kick-off their personalized listening experience on Pandora with a new option to create radio stations by selecting a musical genre. Until now, stations on Pandora were created when listeners entered the name of a favorite artist, song, or composer. These carefully curated genre stations give listeners a new and easy path into the world of personalized radio, where simple 'thumbs-up' and 'thumbs-down' actions let people shape the stations to their individual tastes.
Senior Music Curator Michael Zapruder said, "Our listeners have been telling us for a while that they'd like an easy way to start a station from popular genres with the option to personalize the station from there. We wanted to find a uniquely Pandora way to address this consumer need so we created a number of genre stations that are carefully seeded with relevant songs and constantly refreshed with new releases."
A number of these new genre stations - specifically "Today's Hits," "Today's Country," and "Today's Hip Hop and Pop Hits," are already among the top 100 most frequently listened to stations on Pandora. The newly launched genre stations include:
-- Today's Hits -- Today's Adult Hits
-- Today's Hip Hop and R&B Hits -- 80's Pop
-- Today's Country -- Classic Rock
-- Today's Hip Hop and Pop Hits -- Smooth Jazz
-- Today's R&B and Old School -- Club/Dance
-- Today's Alternative -- Love Songs
More than 100 other micro-genre stations have also been created for listeners who are looking for a different type of station creation option, including: Alternative, Blues, Christian, Classical, Country, Easy Listening, Electronic, Family, Folk, Holiday, Indie, Jazz, Latin, New Age, and World. The full list can be viewed by clicking the 'Genre stations' button on the Pandora homepage, a link on the 'Create a New Station' panel, or by visiting http://www.pandora.com/genres.
Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers Pandora's personalization - using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love. http://www.pandora.com
CONTACT: Amanda Conti of Pandora Public Relations, +1-510-842-3976,
Allied Telesis Firmware Upgrade for AT-9000 Series Increases Switch Efficiency
AT-S100 v2.0 Firmware Reduces Power Consumption, Enhances Security, Supports Voice VLAN, and Improves Network Diagnostics
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 24 -- Allied Telesis, a global provider of secure IP/Ethernet switching solutions and an industry leader in the deployment of converged multi-play networks, announced today the AT-S100 v2.0 firmware upgrade for its range of AT-9000 series eco-friendly Gigabit Layer-2 switches. The upgrade yields, on average, six-percent lower-power consumption, enabling the switch to run cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning, and lowering utility bills.
Allied Telesis has achieved even higher-power efficiency with the AT-S100 v2.0 easily installed upgrade for the AT-9000/28 port switch. Maximum power consumption is reduced by 7.5 percent to 29.5 watts and regular power consumption is reduced by 6.1 percent to 27.7 watts.
"We are helping businesses reduce CAPEX costs and reduce carbon footprints - a step towards achieving the reductions outlined in the Kyoto agreement," said Dael Bartlett, product strategy and marketing director, Allied Telesis, Inc. "Making the AT-9000/28 switch more efficient and reliable is one milestone in our continued effort to help customers 'go green.'"
The AT-S100 v2.0 firmware improves security by adding IEEE 802.1x support, allowing the new switch to be installed in networks where IT managers employ user authentication, higher security is required, and software such as Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) or Symantec Network Access Control (SNAC) is deployed. This ensures stored personal and financial data is fully protected, complying with Data Protection Acts and SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance) legislation. The AT-S100 v2.0 delivers improved Access Control Lists (ACLs) to allow network managers to define lists of approved or denied devices that can connect to their networks. It also incorporates SSLv3 (Secure Sockets Layer v3) and SSHv3 (Secure Shell v3) enhanced security on the management port for the Web graphical user interface (GUI) and a Telnet interface.
With the migration of phone systems from analog and digital systems to VoIP (Voice over IP), network infrastructures carrying voice traffic need support features and functions to ensure installation and a better user experience. The AT-S100 v2.0 features LLDP-MED (Link Layer Discovery Protocol - Media Endpoint Discovery) and voice VLANs (virtual local area networks) to ensure Quality of Service (QoS). Voice VLAN prioritizes voice traffic and LLDP-MED simplifies network set-up by automatically detecting when a VoIP phone is connected.
The enhanced switch also includes the sFlow specification mechanism that enables traffic monitoring on all ports, and reports this to an external sFlow collector application. With sFlow, network administrators gain improved network diagnostics, which aids in complex network management.
The AT-S100 v2.0 is available now.
About Allied Telesis
For more than 20 years, Allied Telesis has been a leading provider of networking infrastructure. Today, the company enables delivery of data, voice, and video services to a variety of clients globally. Allied Telesis is committed to innovating the way in which services and applications are delivered and managed, resulting in increased value and lower operating costs. Visit us online at http://www.alliedtelesis.com.
For more information contact:
Ruder Finn for Allied Telesis
Phone: (212) 715-1691
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NetEx and Veeam Software Partner to Provide Free WAN Optimization Software for New Veeam Backup & Replication Customers
MINNEAPOLIS and COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 24 -- NetEx®, the leader in WAN optimization software, and Veeam Software, innovative provider of data protection, disaster recovery and systems management solutions for VMware virtual datacenter environments, announced today they will partner to supply free HyperIP® software to customers who license Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware.
This exclusive agreement entitles Veeam users to a free one-year subscription to the 2Mb/s HyperIP (VM edition), a virtual appliance that improves the performance of moving large amounts of data across a WAN. Solution provider partners will be given the opportunity to deploy HyperIP with Veeam Backup & Replication beginning immediately. New customers who license Veeam Backup & Replication after July 1, 2010 are eligible for two complimentary 2Mb/s one-year subscriptions of HyperIP. The program will be available through July 2011.
The partnership addresses the challenges of varying network configurations and conditions that can be common in virtualization and cloud computing environments, including packet loss, latency, and jitter.
"NetEx and Veeam have a common goal of ensuring performance and reliability of VMware data protection and disaster recovery," said Ratmir Timashev, Veeam President and CEO. "We know that no matter how good the backup and replication software, network conditions can sometimes result in less-than-ideal results for customers, so we are happy that NetEx will provide its software-based WAN optimization solution to our customers in this exclusive free offer."
"Time and time again, we have proven how HyperIP extends the functionality of VMware, and Veeam's backup and replication product provides an excellent platform for demonstrating this to a new market," said Robert MacIntyre, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at NetEx. "When data, or virtual systems, must be transferred between locations as in a DR test scenario, users will find that HyperIP delivers a significant performance boost."
NetEx and Veeam will collaborate in the development of joint support materials and technical resources, such as end user documentation and training.
Veeam Backup & Replication is the first enterprise-ready solution that combines backup and replication in a single product for fast recovery in VMware ESX and ESXi environments, delivering near continuous data protection (CDP) at a cost that is 80 percent lower than traditional CDP. Veeam Backup & Replication combines the power of virtualization and the innovation of Veeam to provide Virtualized-Powered Data Protection, or vPower. Veeam's patent-pending technology enables instant VM recovery, universal application-item recovery and automated recovery verification.
NetEx's award-winning HyperIP is a software-only, virtualization-ready WAN optimization solution, ideal for moving large data sets across WANs securely, swiftly and seamlessly. Patent-pending technology accelerates and optimizes industry-leading data replication and file transfer applications by aggregating multiple data replication applications over a shared connection while mitigating the inherent network latency and network disruption for long-distance remote TCP data transmissions. The full version of HyperIP supports long-distance data transfers at up to 800 Mb/s, the highest performance of any WAN optimization solution on the market, and 25 to more than 100 percent faster than competitive products. Transfer speed is optimized for the full range of data management applications, including backup & remote replication and business continuance/disaster recovery (BC/DR). NetEx offers HyperIP for cloud infrastructures as a software-only configuration, enabling customers to quickly deploy the acceleration software into their existing VMware infrastructures.
About Veeam Software
Veeam Software, a premier-level VMware Technology Alliance Partner and member of the VMware Ready Management program, develops innovative software to manage VMware vSphere 4 and VMware Infrastructure 3. Veeam vPower(TM) provides advanced Virtualization-Powered Data Protection(TM) and is the underlying technology in Veeam Backup & Replication(TM), the #1 solution for VMware backup. Veeam ONE(TM) provides a single solution for managing the performance, configuration and utilization of VMware environments and includes: Veeam Reporter(TM) for capacity planning, change management, and reporting and chargeback; Veeam Business View(TM) for business categorization of the VMware environment; and a choice of monitoring options including the nworks Management Pack(TM) for Microsoft System Center, the nworks Smart Plug-in(TM) for HP Operations Manager, and Veeam Monitor(TM). Learn more about Veeam Software by visiting http://www.veeam.com.
Formed in 1999 as a spin-off of Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek®), privately-held NetEx is providing the world's fastest WAN optimization software in the industry, along with guaranteed data delivery, for over 20 years to more than 100 of the world's largest and most sophisticated organizations, including some of the most prestigious providers of financial, transportation and telecommunications services and government entities. Customers include Woodgroup, VISA, U.S. DoD, BP, Telstra, NTT, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Lloyds TSB, NDC Health, IRS, and many others. As a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, NetEx's HyperIP WAN optimizer software is leading the way in demonstrating impressive performance results for supercharging VMware applications worldwide. For more information about NetEx, NetEx/IP or HyperIP, visit http://www.netex.com or call +1-763-694-4300. Follow Netex:
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Iomega Sets the Market Standard for Portable Hard Drives - First to Offer New SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Models at USB 2.0 Prices!
Award-Winning Premium eGo Portable Hard Drive Line First to Feature All USB 3.0 Models with Hardware Encryption And Industry-Leading Ruggedness, Too
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24 -- Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE:EMC) and a leading innovator in digital protection solutions for consumers and small and medium businesses, is excited to announce that it is moving to the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for all Iomega USB 2.0 portable hard drives, beginning with the award-winning line of Iomega® eGo(TM) Portable Hard Drives. The new all-USB 3.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives will feature hardware encryption and super toughness, too, thanks to a drop spec twice the industry average - all at USB 2.0 product prices. This market-leading move continues Iomega's tradition of technology leadership.
"As a market leader in external hard drive solutions, Iomega is proud to be the first to move towards an all USB 3.0 portable hard drive lineup - and at no extra price premium to our customers," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega Corporation and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "With a super fast USB 3.0 interface delivering speeds of up to 10 times that of USB 2.0, super tough with a 7-foot drop spec that's twice the industry average and super secure with AES 256 hardware encryption, Iomega's eGo Portable Hard Drives will be the premium must-have portable storage product. Factor in our bundled software Protection Suite with popular titles such as Iomega's QuikProtect, v.Clone and Trend Micro's Internet Security, and that makes Iomega's USB 3.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives an exceptional premium solution at the same price as most entry level basic USB 2.0 products."
USB 3.0 Transition Timeline for Iomega Portable Hard Drives
Iomega plans to move all eGo Portable Hard Drives in 500GB* and 1TB** capacities to the new USB 3.0 interface by early October. Totally compatible with all USB 2.0 computers, the new USB 3.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives will include Iomega's industry-leading Drop Guard(TM) Xtreme, which provides added protection from drops of nearly seven feet or twice the industry average***.
In the first quarter of 2011, Iomega plans to move the Iomega® Prestige Compact Portable Hard Drive line to USB 3.0 on all models. Shortly thereafter, Iomega will move the rest of its portable external hard drive models to the USB 3.0 interface.
Perfect for slipping into a laptop bag or pocket, all of Iomega's 2.5-inch portable hard drives are host powered, requiring no external power supply beyond the power provided through the USB bus on a personal computer, laptop or netbook. Iomega's new USB 3.0 portable hard drives are completely backward compatible with personal computers and other devices that only have USB 2.0 ports. Iomega offers USB 3.0 adapter cards (sold separately) to insert into USB 2.0 laptop and desktop computers so users can experience native USB 3.0 transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.
More Than Just a Portable Hard Drive - A Total Solution
Iomega prides itself on providing total solutions, which is why all of the new Iomega USB 3.0 eGo Portable Hard Drives come complete out of the box with 256-bit hardware encryption built-in (PC only), as well as the cables required to enjoy your drive right away, whether your desktop or laptop has USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports. The Prestige family of portable hard drives will also feature 256-bit hardware encryption built-in (PC only) with the transition to USB 3.0 models in the first quarter of 2011.
Best Software Package Bundled With Portable Hard Drives Today
Included free of charge with all of Iomega's eGo and Prestige Portable Hard Drives is the Iomega Protection Suite, a one-stop portfolio of backup and anti-virus software giving users added protection for their photos, videos, music and other files.
The Iomega Protection Suite includes:
-- v.Clone(TM) software, an Iomega exclusive, captures a complete virtual
image of your PC -- including the operating system, all applications,
your settings, and all your files to your Iomega hard drive. Access
the cloned copy and use it seamlessly on another computer, just as if
you're working from your own PC. When you reconnect, automatically
sync your data to your primary PC, so that files are always up to
-- A complementary 12 month subscription to Trend Micro(TM) Internet
Security for the PC, or Trend Micro(TM) Smart Surfing software for
-- Iomega QuikProtect: backup software for simple scheduled file-level
backup of data to hard drives and network-attached storage devices
(for Windows and Mac desktops and notebooks).
-- Roxio® Retrospect® Express software: backup all of your data plus
applications and settings (for Windows and Mac desktops and
-- MozyHome(TM) Online Backup service: Convenient online backup service
with 2GB of online capacity for free (unlimited online storage for
$4.95/month). MozyHome Online service allows Windows and Mac users to
restore their most important data from any computer with internet
access, at any location in the world.
All of the software elements in the Iomega Protection Suite are accessible via easy download to owners of Iomega eGo and Prestige Drives.
Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives - Beauty and the Beast
Not only are Iomega's award-winning eGo Portable Hard Drives super fast and super rugged, they're head-turners, too. Sporting a sleek, smaller enclosure than the previous generation of eGo portable hard drives, eGo Portable Hard Drives are among the smallest 2.5-inch HDD portable hard drives in the market today. Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives are available in a variety of colors that include Ruby Red, Midnight Blue and Silver.
To appreciate how much data can be stored on a high capacity 2.5-inch drive, an Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive with 1TB of capacity can hold up to 400,000 photos, over 250,000 songs or 385 hours of video*****.
Pricing, Availability and Warranty
For more information on Iomega's complete line of portable hard drives, including current pricing, please go to http://www.iomega.com. Also be sure to see Iomega's new USB 3.0 product video at YouTube.
The Iomega USB 3.0 Adapter for USB 2.0 laptops is available for $39.99, and the Iomega USB 3.0 PCI Express Adaptor for PC desktops is $39.99. (Pricing is U.S. suggested retail.)
All Iomega portable hard drives include a 3-year limited warranty (with registration). Iomega-branded portable hard drives are available from online retailers, VARs, resellers and select retailers, as well as at http://www.iomega.com.
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
Iomega Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC Corporation headquartered in San Diego, is a worldwide leader in innovative storage solutions for small businesses, home offices, consumers and others. The Company has sold more than 425 million digital storage drives and disks since its inception in 1980. Today, Iomega's product portfolio includes industry leading network attached storage products for the home and small business; one of the industry's broadest selections of direct-attached portable and desktop external hard drives; and the ScreenPlay(TM) family of multimedia drives that makes it easy to move video, pictures and other files from the computer room to the livingroom. To learn about all of Iomega's digital storage products and network storage solutions, please go to the Web at http://www.iomega.com. Resellers can visit Iomega at http://www.iomega.com/ipartner.
NOTE: This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (iv) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (v) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vi) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (viii) component and product quality and availability; (ix) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) war or acts of terrorism; (xii) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xiii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xiv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
* 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.
** TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes.
Drop Guard(TM) Xtreme utilizes the rubberized Iomega Power Grip
Band, which cushions the drive for added protection from drops
of up to 7 feet on to industrial carpet; however, Drop Guard(TM)
*** Xtreme does not guarantee data will not be lost.
v.Clone technology is currently not compatible with Mac
computers or PCs that do not allow installation of an
application (v.Clone player), such as those at Internet cafes
and other public places. v.Clone does not work with all PC
**** operating systems.
Contents are calculated as follows - Songs (MP3): 128 kbps bit
rate using 11:1 Compression ratio, 4 min/song; Digital Photos:
2.5MB per JPG photo using a 6 megapixel camera; DVD Video: 5.5
Mb/s (2.597 GB/hr) data rate. These examples are for
***** illustrative purposes only.
New Forex Market Data and Analysis Tools Available on Barchart.com
Including Access to Forex Screeners, Hot Forex, Highs/Lows, Trading Signals, Momentum Analysis and Performance
CHICAGO, Aug. 24 -- Barchart.com, Inc., a leading provider of market data and information, today announced the launch of several new forex market data sections on Barchart.com. The new sections are free to visitors of Barchart.com and contain valuable market data and analysis tools which will help currency traders and other market participants better navigate through 100s of different forex pairs, including comprehensive US Dollar rates and G7 cross rates, as well as, Pacific, Nordic, Eastern European and Exotic crosses. The new sections include: Forex Screener; Hot Forex; Highs/Lows for Forex; Forex Momentum; Forex Performance; and, Forex Trading Signals. The new data is available in the Barchart.com Forex Market Pulse section, and is in addition to Barchart's existing Forex Heat Map. With the growth and volatility in forex markets, these new tools are designed to help forex market participants better monitor and analyze currency markets.
"Barchart.com is emerging as a leading forex market data website and these new sections reinforce our commitment to global currency markets," said Eero Pikat, President of Barchart.com, Inc. "Our forex tools go beyond quotes and charts, and extend to advanced forex screeners, as well as performance and momentum analysis tools which enhance your ability to analyze these markets," added Pikat.
Key features of each new forex section include:
-- Forex Screener: filter 100s of forex pairs by: price; highs or lows
over different time periods; profile; technicals, including moving
average, historic volatility, percent change and standard deviation;
and, by trading opinions for specific technical indicators.
-- Hot Forex: provides multiple views of the most volatile currencies,
ranked by standard deviation.
-- Highs/Lows for forex: displays the highs and lows for all forex pairs
across numerous time periods, including short, medium and long-term
ranges. The percent change between the current price and the high/low
for a selected period is also provided.
-- Forex Momentum: provides a ranked listing, available through several
different views, of bullish and bearish forex momentum over the past
-- Forex Performance: provides access to the percent change in each forex
pair for different time periods ranging from daily and monthly to
year-to-date and 12-month periods.
-- Forex Trading Signals: provides buy and sell opinions updated
throughout the day based off various technical analysis algorithms,
including Barchart's proprietary Trendspotter(TM) indicator, as well
as other short, medium and long-term indicators, for all forex pairs.
-- Forex Heat Map: colored-coded grid ranging from dark green for larger
positive price movements to dark orange for larger negative price
movements which is used for quick forex market analysis.
With a heritage dating back to 1934, Barchart.com, Inc. has substantial experience in meeting the data and information needs of the financial, agricultural, energy and media industries. As a full-service provider of futures, equity and foreign exchange market data, Barchart provides a wide range of market data products and solutions. As an established leader in an industry that demands accuracy and innovation, Barchart's goal is to form partnerships that deliver comprehensive solutions for success. For more information, please visit http://www.barchartinc.com.
New private sale site focuses on home decor products
SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 24 -- Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) today announced the launch of Eziba.com, a private sale website. Eziba.com features exclusive deals on the latest home decor products from many leading brands. The products will be offered in daily sale events starting each day at 11:00 Eastern Time. Each sale will last between 48 and 72 hours. Eziba.com is not accessible through the Overstock.com homepage, but customers can visit Eziba.com to sign up as an Eziba.com member free of charge. As with Overstock.com orders, an entire Eziba.com order ships for $2.95. All customer care inquiries will be handled by Overstock.com's award-winning 24-hour customer service team.
"We are excited to launch Eziba.com," said Overstock.com President Jonathan Johnson. "Overstock.com has relationships with a large network of suppliers, who are in search of different avenues to sell product. It was a natural progression for the O to build a private sale site."
Overstock.com, Inc. is an online retailer offering brand-name merchandise at discount prices. The company offers its customers an opportunity to shop for bargains conveniently, while offering its suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Overstock.com, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com/. Overstock.com regularly posts information about the company and other related matters on its website under the heading "Investor Relations."
Overstock.com® is a registered trademark of Overstock.com, Inc. Eziba.com(TM) and Eziba (TM) are trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the type, quality and timing of deals offered on Eziba.com. Our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or any amendments thereto, and our other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections, estimates or forward-looking statements.
Source: Overstock.com, Inc.
CONTACT: media, Roger Johnson, +1-801-947-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or investors, Kevin Moon, +1-801-947-3282, email@example.com, both of
Hotel Internet Help Completes Integration with EZYield.com Channel Management Solution
MIAMI, Aug. 24 -- Hotel Internet Help (HIH) announced today that its hotel booking engine is now compatible with EZYield.com, the originator of automated online channel management solutions for the worldwide hospitality industry. The new technology integration allows hotel clients using both the EZYield.com channel management system and the HIH hotel booking engine to easily transfer rates and availability to their own branded websites, as well as to an extensive list of third-party online distribution channels.
Since EZYield.com is also compatible with many popular property management systems (PMS), any reservations made through the HIH booking engine on a hotel's own website can be delivered electronically into their PMS database, increasing efficiency and reducing the possibility of human error. EZYield.com's industry leading channel management solution enables hoteliers to update all of their forward distribution channels from one easy-to-use web-based interface, easily managing rates, availability, minimum stays, blackout dates and more.
Hotel Internet Help increases profitability for hotels through an integrated approach to online distribution, including optimized hotel websites, complete with the HIH hotel booking engine, online marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). HIH also offers OTA strategy consulting and support.
The combination of Hotel Internet Help and EZYield.com is a powerful one that allows hotels to maximize direct online sales and boost profitability. With the completion of a seamless interface between the HIH booking engine and EZYield.com, hoteliers can now use EZYield.com's online channel management tool to yield rates, inventory and restrictions on their own branded websites.
"Our goal is to simplify online distribution for hotels and to supercharge their online sales," says Hotel Internet Help President, Ashwin Kamlani. "Managing rates and inventory on so many online channels is major challenge for hotels of all sizes. Now our clients can manage their rates and inventory with EZYield.com, while using HIH to increase conversions on their website and drive qualified traffic through SEO and online marketing. The hotelier can then focus on delivering a high quality of service and operations, in order to build customer loyalty and to keep guests coming back."
"EZYield.com's many loyal hotel clients around the globe now have another industry-leading option for integrated hotel booking engines," says Ed St. Onge, CEO of EZYield.com. "We're always looking to give our users maximum flexibility with their channel management efforts via integrations with cutting-edge partners like Hotel Internet Help. We welcome HIH hoteliers into the EZYield family, and we're eager to show them just how easy channel management can be."
Hotel Internet Help (HIH) offers a complete solution for hotel online distribution. HIH clients using its complete suite of services have outsourced their entire online reservations and revenue management processes, while others choose which individual services they require. The HIH booking engine has been hailed as both consumer friendly and hotel friendly in terms of usability resulting in higher online conversions and greater operational efficiency. HIH clients enjoy access to a team of SEO and online travel marketing experts free of charge. Hotels can also hire HIH to manage all of their OTA and Tour Operator relationships. HIH is based in Miami, Florida and serves a growing portfolio of clients worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.hotelinternethelp.com.
Since introducing the world's first automated channel management solution in 2002, EZYield.com has remained the undisputed leader in online distribution technology for the global hospitality industry. Today, 3,500 hotels in 88 countries utilize EZYield.com's award-winning, advanced channel management software to streamline the distribution of rates and inventory to 500 forward distribution channels in multiple languages and 168 currencies. EZYield.com's web-based platform and mobile friendly solutions are designed to give control of online distribution back to the hotelier, with products dynamic and flexible enough to satisfy properties ranging from 40 to 4,000 rooms. EZYield.com maintains regional offices in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the America's, in order to provide continuous live support to their clients around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.ezyield.com.
Source: Hotel Internet Help
CONTACT: Ashwin Kamlani, President, Hotel Internet Help,
+1-786-853-0758, PR@hotelinternethelp.com; Debi Moses, Corporate Director of
Sales, Americas, EZYield.com, +1-407-629-0900, ext. 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Novell Announces General Availability of Novell Cloud Security Service
Novell Cloud Security Service provides provisioning, access, security and compliance solutions for computing in the cloud
WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 24 -- Novell today announced the general availability of Novell Cloud Security Service. Part of Novell's WorkloadIQ(TM) vision, Novell Cloud Security Service® gives cloud providers the ability to deliver secure access and compliance in the cloud for their customers. Novell Cloud Security Service is a critical part of Novell's broader identity and security portfolio, which enables enterprises to have a consistent framework for managing identities across physical, virtual and cloud deployments. Novell is the only vendor to offer this integrated capability, which helps organizations manage complex security and compliance requirements through a cost-effective and easy-to-use suite of products.
With Novell Cloud Security Service, enterprises can quickly and easily extend their identity infrastructure to any public cloud. Any changes that are made to their users or permissions are immediately replicated in the cloud environment, thus ensuring one consistent identity and security framework for the enterprise, regardless of where the computing is actually taking place.
"Security is the biggest hindrance to cloud adoption that service providers offering cloud services need to overcome," said Antonio Piraino, Vice President of Research, Tier 1 Research. "The ability to provide interoperable security solutions for and between an enterprise's internal infrastructure and the cloud provider's platform will alleviate the biggest assurance, vulnerability and SLA concerns enterprises have today."
As cloud computing vendors that offer software-, platform-, or infrastructure-as-a-service seek to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, value-added services like customized security become increasingly important. Novell Cloud Security Service helps cloud service providers deliver trusted security assurance and compliance to their enterprise customers. It is the first, and only multi-tenant identity and access management solution that provides just-in-time provisioning, authentication, authorization and support for compliance.
The Novell Cloud Security Service currently has several beta deployments globally. With today's announcement of general availability, Novell's cloud services team will target more than 200 IaaS, and 1,300 SaaS and PaaS vendors to get them started with this ground-breaking technology that is supported by more than 60 patents.
"Novell's ability to deliver a complete set of provisioning, access, security and compliance solutions that help both organizations and cloud providers control access, monitor activity and provide compliance is yet another example of their leadership in this area," said Jim Reavis, co-founder and executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance. "The Cloud Security Alliance is working closely with Novell to address many of the trust concerns end-user organizations have with cloud computing, including issues that go beyond just technology solutions."
Novell Cloud Security Service is hosted in the cloud, either where the provider hosts its application or via a Novell hosting partner. A user can log on directly or via the enterprise identity system. The service first verifies the identity and, if successful, will generate an identity token in the format needed by the SaaS provider. The user is now authenticated to the SaaS service. Once inside the application, the application connectors that are provided with the service capture deep page-level user activity and provide the audit stream for compliance purposes.
NCSS expands Novell's identity product portfolio in WorkloadIQ
WorkloadIQ is Novell's vision to deliver products for the rapidly growing intelligent workload management market, which IDC estimates is more than $4.2B. A key part of this vision is to deliver a spectrum of cloud-ready Identity and Security solutions to meet today's enterprise need for security in physical, virtual and cloud environments.
As cloud models mature and businesses look at cloud solutions, security questions such as protecting data in the cloud, providing audit reports for inspection and ensuring regulatory compliance are becoming increasingly important. For enterprises looking at moving critical workloads to the cloud, the combination of Novell Identity Manager 4® and Novell Access Manager® is the only solution that offers seamless provisioning and access in real-time.
"Despite the speed with which organizations are deploying virtualized systems and moving to SaaS, reporting on access to cloud-based resources is a continuing challenge. Novell Identity Manager provides an intelligent, identity-driven framework to ensure consistent management of identities, both in our organization and in the cloud," said Mark Edson, infrastructure manager, Huntington National Bank. "With Novell Access Manager, we've built a flexible solution to establish a secure, federated connection with our cloud providers so our passwords are never shared with an external party."
For cloud service providers who want to deliver a secure, compliant computing environment for their customers, the Novell Cloud Security Service offers a multi-tenant environment with built-in metering, billing and auditing.
"There is a tremendous market opportunity to help our customers with their cloud strategy, including deploying and managing cloud applications in a secure and compliant manner," said Kevin Nikkhoo, founder and president of CloudsID.com. "Novell Cloud Security Service offers secure access management from the cloud and works with our customers' existing identity infrastructure to enable us to offer our customers best-in-class solutions."
Many Novell customers today are seeking to move applications to the cloud in order to reduce costs and increase agility.
"Today's enterprises are embracing cloud services while continuing their investment in their physical and virtual data centers. To support these efforts, Novell offers the most complete and interoperable set of provisioning, access, security and compliance products for IT organizations and cloud providers. Novell Cloud Security Service complements Novell's comprehensive suite of Identity and Security solutions," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager, Security, Management and Operating Platforms, Novell. "Our goal is to give our customers the ability to take advantage of the economic benefits of cloud computing while also mitigating risk and maintaining compliance."
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), a leader in intelligent workload management, helps organizations through WorkloadIQ securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. We help customers reduce the cost, complexity, and risk associated with their IT systems through our solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux based operating platforms. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit http://www.novell.com.
Source: Novell, Inc.
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Roxio Adds a New Dimension to Personal Media With Creator 2011
Your Life Now Available in 3D
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 24 -- The next great 3D movie won't feature blue creatures, talking toys, or even mad hatters. More likely, it will involve a baby's first steps, a daughter's graduation, or a grandmother's seventieth birthday.
Roxio®, a division of Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ:SNIC), today ushered in a new era in personal media with the release of Creator® 2011, the world's first digital media suite to offer a comprehensive feature set for capturing, editing, creating, and sharing personal 3D photos, videos, and projects. Making it easy for enthusiasts and beginners to immediately add a dynamic new dimension to family memories, Roxio Creator 2011 allows users to convert standard 2D digital photos and home videos into amazing 3D content, so they may generate immersive, personalized 3D multimedia productions from their existing digital media libraries.
Roxio Creator 2011 also supports emerging 3D formats, including those used in popular 3D theatrical film releases, as well as 3D-enabled capture devices, computers, HDTVs, and accessories. Consumers may import stereoscopic content directly from 3D cameras and other capture devices and then create personalized 3D productions complete with transitions, titles, effects, and a sound track that can be viewed on the PC, enjoyed on a 3D-enabled HDTV, or posted and shared via YouTube(TM).
"We believe strongly that 3D will not only change forever how we experience Hollywood movies, but also reshape and redefine how we capture and enjoy our personal digital media," said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Roxio. "Creator 2011 is a truly ground-breaking application that offers consumers a gateway to personal 3D and the opportunity to bring a new level of realism to their cherished family memories."
Users of Roxio Creator 2011 may immediately begin to experiment with 3D out-of-the-box without additional investment using their existing 2D content, standard computer system and monitor, along with the anaglyph glasses included in the retail package. Roxio has also collaborated with leading technology firms driving 3D such as ATI, NVIDIA, and RealD, to ensure Creator 2011 is fully compatible with the latest 3D-enabled cameras, systems, displays, technologies, and formats, as well as a full-range of accessories including 3D glasses.
"Today's digital 3D has forever changed cinema and we share Roxio's belief that it will also have a dramatic impact on the small screen," said Steve Shannon, Executive Vice President of RealD Consumer Electronics. "We welcome this opportunity to partner with Roxio in fueling the 3D consumer electronics market by delivering cinema-quality 3D experiences to the home."
As well as introducing a full-range of features for 3D content creation and sharing, Roxio continues to expand and enhance the full complement of video, music, photo, authoring, and burning applications that have made the Roxio Creator line the market's leading digital media suite. The additional capabilities in Roxio Creator 2011 focus on enabling consumers to quickly improve their media, create personalized media projects easily, and access their content on more connected devices.
Roxio Creator 2011 offers a completely new application for protecting family memories, as well as Roxio Streamer(TM), which turns a home PC into a powerful media server. Roxio Streamer enables users to securely access their media "from the road" via a browser. The application also supports both UPNP and DLNA, providing users the ability to also access media from thousands of different DLNA-compatible consumer electronic devices including TVs, DVD players, and game consoles, as well as from any PC on their network.
Also new in Roxio Creator 2011 are a range of features and tools to help accelerate and simplify video creation and conversion, and make it easier and faster for users to generate higher-quality personal photo, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc projects. Simple functions have been included for quickly stabilizing shaky home movies as well as rotating video clips between 'portrait' and 'landscape'. Roxio Creator 2011 provides new options for sharing media on the Web and connected devices with a new upload-to-Facebook® feature and a pre-defined conversion settings for the optimal viewing of personal productions on the iPad. For those seeking more guidance, Roxio Creator 2011 offers an enhanced, built-in Learning Center that includes dozens of new video tutorials and step-by-step instructional guides, including detailed information on how to get the best results when working with 3D content.
Consumers have helped make the Roxio product line the leading toolset for digital media with over 350 million units shipped worldwide. In 2009, Roxio digital media applications secured almost 50% category share in North American retail.*
Pricing and Availability
Fully Windows 7 compatible, Roxio Creator 2011 is available today at http://www.roxio.com for $99.99 and will be introduced early next month in retail stores worldwide. Roxio Creator 2011 Pro, priced at $129.99, also includes the Blu-ray Disc authoring capability, a $19.99 value, as well as a set of additional award-winning applications valued at almost $250 SRP if purchased separately.
The Pro features include Sonicfire® Pro, for creating custom soundtracks, SoundSoap(TM) SE delivering audio noise reduction for both audio and video files, BackOnTrack(TM) 4 a comprehensive hard-drive backup and recovery suite, Roxio Secure Burn(TM) the ideal solution for quick, secure backup and disc encryption and, finally, powerful tools for direct editing of HD video on BD-RE.
Roxio Creator 2011 New Feature Highlights:
Personal 3D Made Easy
-- 3D capture from stereoscopic cameras (such as the Fuji W1)
-- Import 3D files in common 3D formats, including side-by-side,
over-under, anaglyph, and dual stream. In addition, Roxio Creator 2011
supports all standard 2D photo and video file formats.
-- Simplified Storyline, as well as advanced 32-track Timeline 3D editing
views and preview
-- Full range of 3D editing options including trimming, title creation,
narration, music tracks, and video correction features
-- 3D-like transitions and special effects
-- 2D to 3D real-time video conversion
-- 2D to 3D photo conversion
-- Authoring of 3D-enabled DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
-- Save 3D video in a range of file formats (including RealD Format for a
cinematic-quality personal home 3D experience)
-- Direct upload of 3D video to YouTube(TM)
-- Instant access to personal media content on your PC via the Internet
and from a broad range of connected devices
-- New iPad device support and easy publishing to Facebook
-- Edit movies and create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs; now includes new video
stabilization and video rotation tools.
-- Additional project templates for instantly creating personalized DVDs,
high-resolution calendars, cards, and more.
-- New additions to built-in Learning Center with direct access to dozens
of video tutorials and printable step-by-step instructions for quick
help when needed
-- Support for iCore7 and iCore9 processors, ATI Stream, and NVIDIA CUDA
technologies to reduce rendering and encoding times
Roxio Creator 2011 expands Sonic's Total 3D initiative aimed at furthering 3D personal media enjoyment as well as premium entertainment consumption in the home. Roxio plans to continue to introduce additional 3D-enabled products and services throughout the year targeted to consumers, PC OEMs, consumer electronics manufacturers, and retailers.
Roxio enables consumers to easily manage, share, and enjoy personal digital media content and, through Roxio RoxioNow(TM), conveniently access premium Hollywood entertainment from a broad range of connected devices. A wide array of leading technology companies, businesses and developers rely on Roxio applications, services and technologies to bring innovative digital media functionality to next-generation devices and platforms.
Roxio is a division of Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC), headquartered in Novato, California.
Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including the launch, distribution, and market acceptance of Roxio Creator 2011. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Sonic Solutions' annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with Sonic Solutions' most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. Sonic Solutions does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.
Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, the Roxio logo, Roxio Creator, and RoxioNow are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by Sonic Solutions in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject to change without notice.
*Data based on NPD Group 2009 point of sales unit figures for Roxio-branded software in CD-R Utilities categories
Source: Sonic Solutions
CONTACT: Chris Taylor of Sonic Solutions, +1-408-367-5231,
Tallan Acquires Manhattan-Based twentysix New York
Tallan significantly increases its competitive position in the Business Intelligence marketplace
ROCKY HILL, Conn., Aug. 24 -- Tallan, Inc. (http://www.tallan.com/), a leading professional services firm with 25 years of custom application development, business intelligence and systems integration experience, announced today the successful completion of its acquisition of twentysix New York, Inc. twentysix New York is a Manhattan-based data management firm that specializes in business intelligence and custom .NET applications. Both companies are Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. Prior to the acquisition, twentysix New York was a part of Media Square plc, a publicly held international marketing communications group.
Since 2008, Crain's New York Business magazine has named twentysix New York one of New York area's largest 25 software companies measured by number of local development personnel. The acquisition creates one of the fastest-growing software services companies in New York. The result of the acquisition is an established company with a history of long-term customer relationships and respected industry expertise.
Tallan and twentysix New York remain committed to their clients and will maintain their existing account relationships as they add new business. "We are excited to join forces with twentysix New York," said Tallan Chairman and CEO Craig Branning. "Our companies are very similar in focus and corporate culture, and the acquisition represents a fantastic opportunity to grow the business by leveraging our mutual strengths. The combination of twentysix New York's reputation as a premier data management consultancy in the New York market, and Tallan's veteran status in the industry, will accelerate our continued growth over the next several years."
Jay Rabin, CEO of twentysix New York, said, "We are very much looking forward to working with Tallan. Both companies share a deep commitment to attracting top talent and helping clients achieve their business goals with custom software built on the Microsoft stack. With Tallan's national delivery capabilities, there is a tremendous opportunity to broaden our competitive position and bring even greater value to our clients and partners."
The twentysix New York office in midtown Manhattan will expand Tallan's presence in the city. The combined company is headquartered in Rocky Hill, CT, and has other offices in California, Boston, Washington D.C., and Tampa.
Tallan provides customized technology solutions for clients in the areas of Web Design & Development, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Application Integration and Service Oriented Architecture. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Microsoft National Systems Integrator (NSI) we have a focus on .NET, SQL Server, SharePoint, Microsoft CRM and BizTalk Server. Since 1985, we've combined the best talent with the best technologies to help our clients not only achieve, but exceed their business goals. For more information, visit http://www.tallan.com/.
About twentysix New York
Established in 1997, twentysix New York, Inc. builds custom applications using the Microsoft stack with a strong focus on .NET, and SharePoint, SQL and BizTalk servers. twentysix New York is a member of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner Advisory Council, and the Brussels-based Association for Competitive Technology (ACT). For more information, visit http://www.26ny.com/.
Monica M. Ilyevsky
twentysix New York, Inc.
(212) 840 0008 ext. 265
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Source: Tallan, Inc.
CONTACT: Monica M. Ilyevsky, twentysix New York, Inc., +1-212-840-0008
ext. 265, Monica.Ilyevsky@26ny.com; or Guy Abramo, Tallan, Inc.,
Comcast Adds Remote DVR Scheduling, Launches AnyRoom DVR and Upgrades On-Screen Program Guide in Massachusetts and New Hampshire
New Enhancements Make It Easier, Faster and More Convenient For Customers to Schedule, Record, Manage and Watch Favorite Programs
BOSTON, Aug. 24 -- With the fall TV season heating up in just a few weeks, Comcast today announced the launch of new features to its Digital Video Recorder (DVR) service that will bring more choice and convenience to its XFINITY TV customers throughout most of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
These new innovations, which include AnyRoom DVR and an upgraded on-screen program guide that enables customers to remotely program their DVR while online, coincide with the release of Comcast's second annual "TV Pulse Survey," an independent nationwide survey conducted by International Communications Research, revealing that more consumers than ever before plan to watch their favorite TV shows anytime, anywhere, using time-shifting technologies such as Digital Video Recorders, video-on-demand and the Internet. The survey found that 70 percent of Boston consumers use these time-shifting technologies to watch primetime TV series and discovered that more than half of the consumers that use these technologies rely on them more than they did one year ago.
"We know that Boston area consumers depend on time-shifting technologies to watch their favorite TV shows on their schedules," said Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Greater Boston Region. "These new enhancements, like AnyRoom DVR, remote DVR scheduling and the enhanced on-screen guide, are just the latest innovations to our XFINITY platform designed to deliver customers expanded access to their favorite entertainment on their terms and the most choice and control available today."
AnyRoom DVR Service
AnyRoom DVR service gives customers the freedom to watch their recorded TV shows from any room in their house, anytime they want. This AnyRoom DVR option, which requires new equipment, enables customers to control all their recordings from one primary DVR that can store approximately 50 hours of high definition programming and 240 hours of standard definition content. With its 500 GB hard drive, the primary DVR outlet gives customers access to all their DVR features, including the ability to schedule and delete recordings, change settings and pause live TV. The AnyRoom DVR service is available with up to three additional HD-capable set-top boxes that can access the primary outlet through the network to enable customers to view and sort recorded programs, as well as fast-forward, rewind and pause their selections from any room in the house. Customers can even begin watching a recorded program in one room and finish watching it in another. Recordings can only be scheduled or deleted from the primary DVR outlet.
With AnyRoom DVR service, both the primary DVR and the networked boxes are HD-capable and function as a regular digital set-top box, including offering access to the interactive program guide, more than 17,000 On Demand movies and programs a month, parental controls and more.
New On-Screen Program Guide Features
Watch in HD Button
-- The new Watch in HD button feature allows customers to quickly switch
to the HD version of the program they are watching and eliminates
searching for the HD version of the channel.
-- The Watch in HD Button cuts scroll times and allows customers to jump
from the SD channel to the corresponding HD channel faster.
On Demand Skip Ahead/Skip Back
-- On Demand Skip Ahead and Skip Back enables customers to skip ahead or
skip back in five minutes increments while watching On Demand
programming by using the Page Up (skip ahead) and Page Down (skip
back) arrows on the remote control.
-- myDVR Manager allows customers with a Comcast DVR and high-speed
Internet service to remotely schedule and adjust their recordings
online using Comcast TV Listings. Comcast customers can log on to http://www.comcast.net/tv to add programs to their recording list and manage
their scheduled DVR recordings as well as change the priority of
recorded series. In addition, customers with an iPhone or iPod Touch
can remotely schedule their DVR recordings using the Comcast Mobile
DVR Search & Record
-- DVR Search & Record enables customers to search for a program by
actor, title, director and keyword. For example, if a customer
searches for "Clint Eastwood" all programs Clint Eastwood acted in or
directed that are in the TV Listings would appear. If the customer
saves the Clint Eastwood search, the DVR would automatically search
for new matches and schedule recordings anytime a Clint Eastwood
program aired on any channel.
DVR Skip Ahead/Skip Back
-- DVR Skip Ahead/Skip Back allows customers to skip ahead or skip back
in five minute increments by pressing Page Up and Page Down arrows on
DVR History, Cleanup and Folders
-- DVR History displays information on already recorded, watched and
-- DVR Clean Up allows customers to manage their DVR by deleting in bulk
programs they no longer want to save.
-- DVR Folders - When customers record more than one episode of a series,
DVR Folders will automatically create a folder where programs are
Comcast's new AnyRoom DVR service and interactive guide enhancements are part of the company's commitment to deliver more choice and control to its customers through its XFINITY services, which include more than 100 HD channels, 3,000 HD choices, 50 to 70 foreign-language channels, On Demand video choices increasing to 25,000 and increased broadband speeds of up of 50 Mbps now and even faster in the future. XFINITY also offers thousands of online entertainment choices through XFINITY TV (http://www.fancast.com) as well as applications that enable customers to program a DVR from the Internet or a mobile device, and cross-platform features like Caller ID to the TV and PC.
For customers who are interested in more information about AnyRoom DVR service or other XFINITY products, please visit http://www.xfinity.com or call 1-800-XFINITY. For more information on the new interactive program guide, customers can visit http://www.comcast.net/newguide.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)(NASDAQ:CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.2 million video customers, 16.4 million high-speed Internet customers, and 8.1 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (http://www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wells Fargo Center, and, through Global Spectrum, manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.
Source: Comcast Cable
CONTACT: Doreen Vigue, +1-617-645-6175, Doreen_Vigue@cable.comcast.com,
or Marc Goodman, +1-617-279-7521, Marc_Goodman@cable.comcast.com
Two New JVC PICSIO Pocket Cameras Offer Easy Video and Photo Sharing
Features include 3-inch touch screen, plug & share convenience, Full HD recording, improved low-light performance and waterproof versatility.
WAYNE, N.J., Aug. 24 -- Two JVC pocket cameras announced today bring a new level of fun and ease-of-use to making and sharing videos and photos. The new PICSIO pocket cameras, the GC-WP10 and GC-FM2, both feature Full HD video, excellent low-light performance, a three-inch touch screen for easy operation and playback viewing, and compatibility with Eye-Fi cards for Wi-Fi connectivity. And for the ultimate in versatility, the PICSIO GC-WP10 is waterproof.
To produce stunning photos, PICSIO's CMOS image sensor captures stills at up to five-megapixel native resolution without interpolation. It also records up to 1920 x 1080p/30 fps Full HD video with image stabilization for enjoyment on an HDTV via the camera's HDMI output. Users can select from four different recording resolutions: Full HD 1080 (1920 x 1080/30p), HD 720 (1280 x 720/60p), iFrame (960 x 540/30p) and Quarter High Definition (960 x 540/30p). The new PICSIO cameras also offer time-lapse recording, which reduces hours-long segments to mere seconds.
Perhaps the most prominent feature on the PICSIO cameras is the three-inch touch screen with on-screen graphics for shooting and playback controls, including the 4x digital zoom. What's more, the touch screen functions are easily operated even when wearing gloves for all-season fun. The large screen also enhances playback, with a large, clear image that makes it easy for all to enjoy what was recorded.
For easy editing and uploading, LoiLoScope EX for Windows® software is factory installed. This new software offers quick, intuitive editing and direct uploading to YouTube(TM) and Facebook, exporting to iTunes® and more. It can launch immediately when the camera is connected to virtually any PC. The uploading process, including editing, entails just a few easy steps. A full array of special effects is available for creative editing, supported by simplified icon-based access and intuitive drag-and-drop operation. Windows 7 Multi-Touch is supported, so operation via any compatible PC touch screen is possible. File output for DVD creation is also available.
Both PICSIO pocket cameras work with iMovie on the Mac. The two cameras also offer the option to record video in the iFrame format, a computer-friendly video format designed to dramatically simplify the process of editing and sharing video. iFrame works with compatible Mac and PC applications.
The new PICSIO cameras come with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot for versatile storage. The slot is optimized for Eye-Fi cards, so files can be quickly uploaded and shared using a wireless network.
The GC-FM2's special conveniences include a slide-out USB connector, so no connecting cable is needed. As a convenience, a USB cable is provided and an AC adaptor is available optionally. Both models are charged through their USB connection so the cameras are ready to shoot more after transferring files.
The PICSIO GC-WP10 is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet/3 meters (IPX8 certified) for worry-free recording underwater, on the slopes or in the rain. The GC-WP10 also comes with a MP3 audio recorder to capture everything from lectures to jam sessions in stereo.
The JVC PICSIO GC-FM2 will be available in early September for $179.95. The JVC PICSIO GC-WP10 will be available in late September for $199.95.
JVC U.S.A., headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC's Web site at http://www.jvc.com/ or call 1-800-526-5308. Follow JVC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JVC_USA.
Microsoft® and Windows® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. YouTube and the YouTube logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of YouTube LLC. The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trademarks of the SD Card Association. Eye-Fi, the Eye-Fi logo and Eye-Fi connected are trademarks of Eye-Fi, Inc. Use of Eye-Fi card may be illegal and prohibited in countries and regions where it has not been approved by competent authorities. Please contact Eye-Fi support for the details of approved countries and regions. All brand names are trademarks, registered trademarks, or trade names of their respective holders.
JVC PICSIO GC-WP10 Primary Features
-- Waterproof design (10ft/3m)
-- 3" touch panel operation with icon graphics and large playback screen
-- 1920x1080p Full HD video with HDMI® output
-- 5-megapixel digital stills
-- Built-in LoiLoScope EX software with plug & share operation
-- iFrame video recording mode
-- Time-lapse recording
-- MP3 audio recording (stereo)
-- Digital image stabilizer
-- Face detection
-- 4x digital zoom
-- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
-- USB battery charging
-- Eye-Fi card ready for Wi-Fi connection
-- AV/headphone output
JVC PICSIO GC-FM2 Primary Features
-- 3" touch panel operation with icon graphics and large playback screen
-- 1920x1080p Full HD video with HDMI output
-- 5-megapixel digital stills
-- Built-in LoiLoScope EX software with plug & share operation
-- iFrame video recording mode
-- Time-Lapse recording
-- Digital image stabilizer
-- 4x digital zoom
-- Built-in USB connector
-- SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
-- USB battery charging
-- Eye-Fi Card Ready for Wi-Fi Connection
-- AV output
-- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and Eye-Fi card are not provided.
-- To record video, SD/SDHC/SDXC card with Class 4 or higher performance
is required. SD memory cards (256MB to 2GB), SDHC memory cards (4GB to
32GB) and SDXC memory cards (48GB to 64GB) have been tested for the
following brands: Panasonic, Toshiba, SanDisk, ATP. Note that using
other media may result in recording failure or data loss.
-- Use of Eye-Fi card may be illegal and prohibited in countries and
regions where it has not been approved by competent authorities.
Please contact Eye-Fi support for the details of approved countries
Mode Average Bit Rate Image Size Frame Rate
HD 1080 12 Mbps 1920 x 1080 30 fps
HD 720 12 Mbps 1280 x 720 60 fps
iFrame 24 Mbps 960 x 540 30 fps
QHD 5 Mbps 960 x 540 30 fps
--- ------ --------- ------
Time-Lapse (Interval: 0.5 sec/5
sec/40 sec) 12 Mbps 1280 x 720 60 fps
------------------------------- ------- ---------- ------
Mode Image Size Aspect Ratio
5 M 2592 x 1944 4:3
--- ----------- ---
2.7 M 1920 x 1440 4:3
----- ----------- ---
Visa Provides Guidance on Secure Implementation and Management of Payment Applications
Collaborative effort with the SANS Institute to help improve merchant security
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24 -- Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today announced global industry best practices for payment application vendors, integrators and resellers that implement, install or manage payment-related systems on behalf of merchants. The best practices developed by Visa in collaboration with the SANS Institute are designed to complement the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).
The PA-DSS is a global set of security requirements for software vendors who develop payment applications for merchants who seek business software to manage payment processes. PA-DSS compliant applications do not store prohibited data such as track data, sensitive authentication data, or PIN data, helping guard merchants and agents against compromises and support overall compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
"The PA-DSS provides guidance for developing secure software, while Visa's Best Practices for Payment Application Companies represents a natural companion, providing guidance on how to securely install that piece of software," said Eduardo Perez, Head of Global Payment System Security, Visa Inc. "We saw from data compromise investigations that while an application may be secure and comply with the PA-DSS, implementation and management missteps can create vulnerabilities."
In developing the best practices, Visa collaborated with the SANS Institute, a trusted leader in IT security training for the U.S. government, military and private organizations. "Visa's willingness to share this information with the community is a huge step forward," said Alan Paller, Director of Research, the SANS Institute. "Organizations that fail to implement these practices are needlessly exposing themselves to the inherent risks found in cyberspace."
The SANS Institute is also partnering with Visa to provide further guidance to payment application vendors, integrators and resellers on how to securely implement point-of-sale solutions through a series of training courses. More information is available at http://www.sans.org/visatop10.
Today, a growing number of merchants are using applications that comply with the PA-DSS. Criminals are responding by changing their attack methods and are using tools like memory parsers and key loggers to siphon card data while payments are being processed on merchants' or agents' systems. The best practices help meet the challenges of such an evolving security environment.
Investigations of merchant card compromises have found that in many cases, payment application companies inadvertently left their systems and software improperly configured, putting their customers at high risk for data compromise. It was found that many compromised merchants operated with those deficiencies for months or even years at a time.
"Visa is one of the few organizations that actually understands how financial cyber crimes are carried out, because of their extensive investigations and analysis of attacks involving payment card data. The depth of that experience enables them to provide valuable guidance," said Paller.
Visa's Top Ten Best Practices for Payment Application Companies is summarized as follows, with more detailed guidance available at http://www.visa.com/cisp.
1. Perform background checks on new employees and contractors prior to
2. Maintain an internal and external software security training and
3. Adhere to a common software development life cycle across payment
4. Ensure that newly released payment application versions are Payment
Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) compliant
5. Conduct application vulnerability detection tests and code reviews
against common vulnerabilities and weaknesses prior to sale or
6. Actively identify payment application versions that store sensitive
authentication data and/or retain critical security vulnerabilities,
and notify all affected customers
7. Maintain customer service level agreements stating that only PA-DSS
compliant payment application versions will be sold and supported
8. Implement an installer, integrator and reseller training and
certification program that enforces adequate data security processes
when supporting customers
9. Adhere to industry guidelines for data field encryption and
tokenization across payment applications that use these technologies
10. Support capability of dynamic data solutions across payment
"Visa's best practices can help mitigate security issues that may lead to data compromises, but it's vitally important to maintain ongoing compliance with the PCI DSS, which remains the best protection against a data compromise," Perez concluded.
The release of Visa's Best Practices for Payment Application Companies represents the latest of series of Visa initiatives to secure payment applications as a means of better protecting card data. Visa developed the original payment application security standards, which were later embraced by the industry as the PA-DSS. In 2007, Visa launched a series of phased-in mandates in the U.S. and in Canada requiring, by no later than 1 July 2010, acquirers to ensure that merchants and agents use only compliant payment applications. With the successful adoption of these mandates, Visa launched similar mandates for its remaining global regions, ensuring full compliance by no later than 1 July 2012. More recently, Visa announced best practices for data field encryption, tokenization and card account data elimination to help reduce merchant vulnerabilities caused by storing sensitive information.
About Visa Inc.: Visa Inc. is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most advanced processing networks -- VisaNet -- that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank, and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit http://www.corporate.visa.com.
Source: Visa Inc.
CONTACT: Sandra Chu of Visa Inc., +1-415-932-2564, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Steve Burke, +1-703-683-5004 ext. 108, email@example.com, for Visa Inc.