Art.com Inc. Expands Retail Capabilities With Launch of Three New International Websites
Leading Online Destination for Wall Art Launches Localized Websites to Serve Argentina, the Czech Republic and Turkey
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 -- Art.com Inc., the world's leading online specialty provider of wall art products and services, today announced its online expansion into Argentina, the Czech Republic and Turkey with the launch of three new country-specific websites: http://www.allposters.com.ar, http://www.allposters.cz and http://www.allposters.com.tr. These markets join AllPosters' existing international portfolio of 22 localized websites across five continents.
"Having already served over 10 million customers in over 120 countries around the world, we know that international shoppers have different needs that vary by country. We are pleased that we can now provide a more customized experience for our Argentinian, Czech and Turkish customers," said Geoffroy Martin, chief executive officer of Art.com Inc. "The launch of these three new websites is yet another step in our ongoing mission to make art accessible to all by transforming the way the world discovers, personalizes, shares and purchases art. Art.com Inc. is now one of only a few ecommerce retailers with such a broad global portfolio of country-specific websites."
In addition to these new websites, AllPosters already has localized websites to meet the needs of customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each site offers the same unparalleled assortment of quality wall art at a great value that AllPosters is known for, along with a wide variety of finishing options including custom-framing, wood-mounting, canvas and lamination. Additionally, each site is translated into its country's respective language and local currency and offers local e-mail support.
International affiliates are encouraged to participate in the AllPosters affiliate program to earn commissions on referrals to each of the sites. Information is available at affiliates.allposters.com.
About AllPosters and Art.com Inc.
AllPosters.com is a division of Art.com Inc. Art.com Inc. is the world's leading online specialty provider of posters, prints, and framed art. Since 1998, Art.com Inc. has sold high-quality wall art online to more than 10 million customers--including home decorators, interior designers, businesses, art collectors and art lovers--in over 120 countries worldwide. The privately-held company is headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with other facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and the Netherlands. For more information, visit http://www.art.com and http://www.AllPosters.com. "art.com" and "AllPosters" are registered trademarks of Art.com Inc.
Sony's New Digital Photo Frames Aren't Just for Pictures Anymore
New S-Frame(TM) Models Include Video AVCHD Playback, Other Innovative Features
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 -- Sony today announced three new S-Frame(TM) digital photo frames (models DPF-XR100, DPF-VR100 and DPF-D830) that let consumers keep their favorite memories close with innovative, high-quality features, including video playback and battery operated capabilities.
The DPF-XR100 and DPF-VR100 models offer AVCHD(TM) video playback capabilities, allowing consumers to view detailed, realistic video with vivid colors and contrast directly on the units' high-resolution WSVGA LED backlight LCD screen.
The DPF-D830 model is Sony's first battery operated digital photo frame, allowing for easy portability in the home.
"Our new digital photo frames offer consumers a variety of options for showing off their favorite images and now video in any room of the house or at the office," said Koba Kobayashi, director of the digital imaging accessory business at Sony Electronics. "Sporting the styling, innovations and intelligent features of our Cyber-shot® cameras and BRAVIA® LCD HDTVs, these frames give consumers a way to showcase their photos and videos conveniently and with amazing quality and clarity."
The high-end XR100 and VR100 offer AVCHD video playback via media card, allowing you to conveniently enjoy your favorite HD videos without a television. The 10.2-inch diagonal high-resolution WSVGA LED backlight LCD screen provides detailed video and life-like images with vibrant colors. An advanced image processor inside the frames scales and displays content up to 256 megapixels, making these frames capable of handling footage taken with even the most advanced digital cameras or HD camcorders.
The frames also feature stereo audio, a convenient alarm mode and Sweep Panorama(TM) playback, helping you easily view and showcase those beautiful panoramic photos taken by Sony Cyber-shot® cameras.
Sony's exclusive TruBlack(TM) technology improves how your content looks on the S-Frame XR100 by reducing reflection and enhancing contrast to ensure more natural tones.
The D830 is Sony's first digital photo frame to offer operation via a built-in rechargeable battery (up to 100 minutes, based on photos only), so the frame can become portable and easy to show off anywhere in the house when you have family or friends over.
Featuring a high-resolution SVGA LED backlight LCD display, photos locked away on your computer will now come to life on the photo frame's brilliant 8-inch diagonal screen.
With 2GB of internal memory, each of these three frames can store thousands of images. Maximizing internal space, the models offer auto-resizing that downsizes photos so you can store them within the device and return your memory card back to your camera. Additionally, they're equipped with three preloaded music tracks, but allow users to copy their own MP3 files to the internal memory.
Feature-Packed Frames for Every Budget
Sony has also included eight additional S-Frame models (models DPF-A710, DPF-D710, DPF-D810, DPF-D75, DPF-D820, DPF-D1010, DPF-D95, and DPF-D1020) to its line of digital photo frames today, offering a range of options for consumers on any budget. The frames vary by screen size and internal memory, and range in price from about $70 to $150. Models including DPF-D820, DPF-D830 and DPF-D1020 are also compatible with Motion JPEG (AVI and MOV) files.
All the frames introduced today offer convenient features such as slide show variations, an auto orientation sensor to detect if your frame has been placed horizontally or vertically, clock and calendar views, and index modes so you can preview several photos at once. You can also conserve energy by using the auto power on/off setting to program when you want the frame to turn on in the morning and off at night. Functions of the digital photo frame can be managed using the included remote controller.
Digital images can be loaded onto the internal memory of the digital photo frames from several types of media cards, including Memory Stick PRO(TM), Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM), SD and SDHC Memory Card, and MMC. Photos can also be transferred to the frames from a computer via a USB cable (optional). All models support JPEG and RAW (thumbnail preview) image file formats.
Pricing and Availability
The S-Frame DPF-XR100, DPF-VR100 and DPF-D830 digital photo frames will be available in November for about $250, $200 and $150, respectively, direct at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores around the country, and through the Sony Retailer Network nationwide. Pricing and availability for the additional models are as follows:
-- DPF-A710 - available in October for about $70
-- DPF-D710 - available in October for about $80
-- DPF-D810 - available in October for about $100
-- DPF-D75 - available now for about $100
-- DPF-D820 - available in October for about $120
-- DPF-D1010 - available in October for about $130
-- DPF-D95 - available now for about $140
-- DPF-D1020 - available in October for about $150
Source: Sony Electronics
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Think the Mouse Is Dead? Think Again With Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse
Microsoft's newest mouse flattens to be the ultimate portable device.
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 1 -- Some say the mouse's days are numbered, but today Microsoft Corp. proves the gadget is alive and well by unveiling the Arc Touch Mouse, the first mouse designed to flatten for portability and pop up for comfort. The new mouse features Microsoft's first touch scroll strip for easy navigation -- just move a finger slowly for controlled scrolling or flick for hyperfast scrolling. Windows-based PC users will love packing up their laptop bags without the added bump of a mouse, as the Arc Touch Mouse flattens with just the touch of a finger.
As the computing landscape evolves to offer new ways of interacting, such as touch screens and touch pads, the mouse is also evolving but holds true to its core purpose: providing comfort and precision to users when navigating the PC.
"This is not the first time that the mouse has been threatened -- look at 10 years ago when people started buying laptops that had integrated pointers and touch pads. Still, the mouse category continued to grow and grow," said Brett Ostrum, general manager for the Hardware Group at Microsoft. "The reasons people need external mice will not change: comfort and precision. The Arc Touch Mouse just demonstrates again how committed Microsoft is to continuing to bring great new mice to consumers."
Designed for the Mobile Lifestyle
People today are using mobile computers more than ever, and they still want comfort and control when using them. In fact, one-third of mobile PC buyers also purchase a mouse with their new notebooks or netbooks.(1) And, at less than 15 millimeters thick at its widest point, the Arc Touch Mouse was designed to deliver ultimate portability to easily slip into a bag, purse or pocket. It also goes from curved to flat with one simple movement, so working on the go is easier than ever -- just collapse the Arc Touch Mouse to turn it off, and pop it up to turn on. It's also extremely durable, tested to ensure years of performance.
Take Control With Touch Scrolling
With the Arc Touch Mouse's touch strip, consumers can take control of their scrolling with a flick of a finger. Using a capacitive sensing technique and sensor pads, the strip corresponds to each position and velocity change to give users accurate, controlled scrolling no matter how fast or slow the movement. Move a finger slowly on the strip for controlled scrolling, or flick a finger for hyperfast scrolling that can be stopped with just a simple tap. The strip also has three tap "buttons" for added functionality: page up, page down and the middle click area, which is reprogrammable for whatever mouse function the user needs most.(2) Switching from a scroll wheel to a touch strip is made easier with haptics, a vibration technology that simulates the bumps users would feel while using a traditional scroll wheel.
The Arc Touch Mouse is equipped with BlueTrack Technology, letting consumers track on virtually any surface,(3) and a tiny magnetic snap-in Nano transceiver stores conveniently on the bottom of the mouse. Two AAA batteries give the Arc Touch Mouse more than six months of battery life, and the two-color battery life indicators let people know when the power is running low.
Pricing and Availability
Arc Touch Mouse will be available for the estimated retail price of $69.95 (U.S.)(4). It is available now for presale on Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Buy.com, and it will ship in early December in time for the U.S. holiday season. It will be broadly available online and in stores in January 2011.
Microsoft backs this mouse with a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty. More information about these and other Microsoft Hardware products can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware.
About Microsoft Hardware
For more than 28 years, the Hardware Group has employed innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial design and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience. More information about Microsoft Hardware is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware and http://www.microsofthardwareblog.com/.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
A 'Touch' is All it Takes: Sony Unveils New Bloggie Camera
Device Allows Easy Sharing of HD Video and Photos via Social Networks
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 -- Making its worldwide debut today, Sony's new Bloggie(TM) Touch enhances the pocket video camera category by making it even easier to preserve and upload life's spontaneous moments.
The Bloggie Touch (MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10) captures full 1920x1080p high definition MP4 video and 12.8-megapixel photos on 8GB or 4GB of embedded memory, respectively, offering approximately four hours of HD movie recording. Its sleek, stylish body sports a three-inch diagonal capacitive touch screen enabling intuitive operation as well as attractive shooting and playback options.
"The new Bloggie Touch addresses the growing need for premium video products with advanced technology in a desirable package at a competitive price point," said Andy Bubala, director of Sony's camcorder business. "We started from the ground up to develop a new system of hardware, software and seamless integration with social network services for an easy, intuitive shooting and sharing experience that anyone can enjoy."
Boasting a clean, innovative design, new Bloggie Touch cameras feature minimal hard keys and a large, vibrant touch screen that automatically adjusts for vertical or horizontal shooting and viewing, enabling customers to shoot video right-handed, left-handed, right-side-up or even upside-down. You can record video, snap photos, or both at the same time, just by pressing two of three simplified buttons on the device. An advanced user interface features intuitive "touch and flick" recording control, search and playback operation, as well as a simple Share-it-Later function to tag the clips and pictures you want to post for easy upload when you are online.
Sony's Bloggie Touch cameras now deliver amazingly high quality video and photos. Equipped with a F2.8 wide angle lens and a sensitive Exmor(TM) CMOS sensor, the new cameras achieve high resolution video and crisply-detailed still photos with less noise, even in challenging lighting conditions. Additionally, its processor allows videographers to attain 4x digital zoom and auto focus capabilities, including Auto Macro to focus sharply on objects as close as four inches away.
The ultra-compact, lightweight cameras slip easily into a pocket or purse so they can record your favorite moments anytime, anywhere. The Bloggie Touch has SteadyShot® image stabilization for smoother footage, Face Detection technology to enhance faces by automatically correcting exposure and a built-in USB arm for easy charging and uploading to a computer. It even features an HDMI(TM) output to enjoy content on your HDTV.
Simple, Secure Way to Share Photos and Videos
After shooting, it's never been easier to share your favorite videos and photos on the web. By connecting the camera to an internet-connected compatible computer via the built-in USB, pre-installed Bloggie software quickly imports your content and makes it a breeze to edit, organize, and even transfer your videos and photos to popular sharing websites with simple drag and drop motions. It includes direct upload to Facebook®, Flickr®, Picasa Web Albums(TM) and YouTube(TM) photo and video sharing sites.
The built-in Bloggie software also connects to Sony's Personal Space(TM) online service that effortlessly shares your photos and videos privately with individuals you select. Personal Space service offers registered users the ability to create Sharing Groups by entering email addresses of friends and family. Once footage and images have been uploaded, the service sends an email invitation to those groups with a link to view content on your Personal Space service. It's easier, quicker and safer than sending big file attachments via email, and no registration is required by email recipients.
Available in silver or black, the MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10 will be available in October for about $200 and $180 respectively. The Bloggie Touch cameras, and a specially designed protective skin jacket, will be sold at Sony Style® retail stores, http://www.sonystyle.com/bloggie and through the Sony Retailer Network nationwide.
Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.
Flickr® is a registered trademark of Flickr Inc.
YouTube(TM) and Picasa Web Albums(TM) are trademarks of Google Inc.
Source: Sony Electronics
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Sony Brings Digital Reading Experience to Life With the Launch of Its New Line of Readers
New Readers Feature Sony's Unique Touch Screens with Anti-Glare Technology for the Optimal Digital Book Reading Experience
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 -- Continuing to provide book lovers with the most natural, immersive digital reading experience, Sony today announced the launch of its beautifully-designed new line of Reader digital books, including the new Reader Pocket Edition(TM), Reader Touch Edition(TM) and, in the U.S., the wireless Reader Daily Edition(TM). The new line of Readers features a host of new design and technology enhancements that make them the perfect device for any reader's lifestyle.
"Today, we're excited to announce not just the availability of the Reader Touch Edition and Pocket Edition in the countries we already serve but also plans to expand the Reader line to previously untapped markets," said Steve Haber, president of Sony's Digital Reading Business Division. "We take a thoughtful approach to country expansion, including Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan and China, working with local bookstores to ensure content is compatible, relevant and in the appropriate language for each market."
The new Reader models bring a fresh level of flare to e-reading with colorful, elegant aluminum designs and all new, highly responsive touch screens. In addition to the new devices in the U.S., Sony announced development of a set of applications for iPhone and the Android Marketplace to extend the Reader experience across multiple portable devices.
"The success of our previous line of Readers illustrates book lovers' demand for feature choices and full touch screens on their digital reading devices," said Phil Lubell, vice president of Digital reading at Sony Electronics. "Today, we're answering their call by providing an entire line of stylish, full touch screen devices with a variety of features and price points."
The new generation of Readers builds on the popularity of last year's line. For 2010 Sony has restyled all three of the devices, reduced their size and weight, and made new, innovative touch screens available across the entire line.
-- Touch Screen for Everyone
-- Based on the popularity of the full touch screen on its previous
Reader Touch Edition and Daily Edition models, Sony equipped the
entire line of new Readers with improved, optical touch screen
technology designed specifically for digital reading*. The new,
first-to-market technology enhances ease of use and increases
reading clarity, creating an immersive reading experience for
consumers. Book lovers can now escape into their favorite books
with the lightest swipe of a finger or stylus pen.
-- Improved E Ink Displays
-- All three devices utilize E Ink® Pearl electronic paper displays,
which delivers a paper-like display that is readable in direct
sunlight. The screens offer a high contrast ratio with 16 levels
of grayscale, ensuring that text and images are crisp and easy to
-- A Reader Pocket Edition that Will Wow You
-- The new Reader Pocket Edition sports a five-inch, full touch
screen and a smart, lightweight design that's easy to slip into a
purse or jacket pocket for convenient, on-the-go reading. It is
available in chic colors, including silver and pink. It has 2 GB
of onboard memory, which lets you carry up to 1,200 of your
favorite books, and retails for about $179.
-- A New Reader Touch Edition: More of Everything Readers Love
-- The new Reader Touch Edition features a six-inch full touch screen
and an intuitive design with 2 GB of onboard memory. In addition,
it offers dual expansion slots for up to 32GB of additional memory
and the ability to play MP3 and AAC audio files. It's available in
black or red for about $229.
-- A Reader Daily Edition that Adds Wi-Fi and New Web Features
-- The Reader Daily Edition provides a wireless connection to Sony's
Reader Store from most of the U.S. via AT&T's 3G network. Now, it
will also provide Wi-Fi and basic Web browsing capability on its
large, seven-inch full touch screen.
-- "The eReading space is doing very well and the Daily Edition has
been a great performing product in this popular connected devices
category," said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T emerging devices.
"We're looking forward to connecting Sony's next generation
wirelessly connected eReader on the nation's fastest mobile
-- A host of pre-loaded practical and reading-based URLs will provide
direct access to optimized, text-based sites to add a new
dimension to the reading experience. The Reader Daily Edition also
includes 2 GB of memory and expansion slots for additional memory
(up to 32 GB). It comes in silver and will sell for about $299.
-- Additional New Features Across the Entire Line
-- New features allow for easier reading of PDF or personal
documents. Intuitive content zoom, adjustable contrast and
brightness control, as well as automatic multiple page creation
will make documents designed for a standard sheet of paper easier
to read on a smaller screen. Also, personalized standby screen
options will allow users to use their favorite photos as a screen
saver and the collections functionality will allow them to group
their favorite reads.
-- In addition, the new Reader line is more global than ever,
offering users the ability to look up words and phrases with the
built in New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition and Oxford
Dictionary of English eDictionaries, as well as 10 translation
dictionaries in languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian
and Dutch. Wordsmiths across the globe can now create "word logs"
to track the words they've looked up per dictionary, book or
periodical in chronological order, while quickly switching between
-- More Content on More Devices
-- In addition to announcing a new generation of Readers, Sony has
also made several changes and improvements to Reader Store. More
than 1.2 million titles are available in the U.S. via the store.
Sony remains committed to providing an extensive offering of
newspaper and magazine content for single issue purchase or
subscription within the newsstand area of the store. Soon to be
available titles include The Harvard Business Review, The Wilson
Quarterly and Dell Magazines' highly regarded fiction magazines:
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery
Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and Analog Science Fiction and
Fact. The store's Library Finder application continues to provide
easy access to local public libraries to borrow eBooks for free.
To make choosing a book easier, the New York Times Bestsellers
list will be featured alongside the Reader Store's bestsellers. By
next month, integration with Goodreads will also permit the
inclusion of reader reviews from that site onto the Reader Store.
-- With Reader(TM) Desktop Edition (formerly Reader Library) for
Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft® Windows® and Reader(TM) Mobile
Edition for Apple iPhone and Google Android-based smartphones,
users will be able to synchronize their reading among multiple
devices. These free applications, available later this year, will
offer an intuitive digital reading experience with an elegant
interface and access to Sony's Reader Store for browsing and
purchasing content. Reader Desktop Edition also includes the
ability to easily manage content for the non-wireless Reader
The new Reader Pocket Edition and the new Reader Touch Edition are available immediately, and the new Reader Daily Edition is expected to be available this in time for the holidays. The Reader Pocket Edition and Touch Edition, as well as available accessories such as AC adaptors, cases and covers with reading lights, are available now at SonyStyle.com and SonyStyle stores.
*Optical touch screen technology customized for Sony and licensed from Neonode Inc.
Source: Sony Electronics
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Global Crossing Announces 4,000 Video Conference Suites
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Sept. 1 -- At a virtual trade show entitled "Collaborate NOW!", Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced connectivity to 4,000 executive video suites that enables enterprises to conduct business via high-quality video conferencing tools while removing geographic constraints and significant travel expenses.
The suites are located throughout the world and include more than 500 high-definition public video conference rooms and 400 court reporting facilities through Global Crossing's expanded agreement with Affinity VideoNet, Inc. The agreement expands Global Crossing's suite of high-quality comprehensive video conferencing services to customers worldwide.
"Affinity has been providing quality public video conference rooms for nearly two decades," said Debra Swann, Global Crossing's vice president of marketing. "Through our extended agreement, our customers have access to thousands of public rooms around the world where they can access our award-winning video conferencing services. Global Crossing's collaboration solutions bring teams together instantaneously to help keep organizations competitive in a global economy while maximizing efficiencies, controlling costs and improving productivity."
The extended agreement with Affinity VideoNet complements Global Crossing's recent launch of a telepresence solution for high-quality virtual meetings with Teliris, an innovative leader in immersive telepresence meetings. Click here to read that announcement.
The Collaborate NOW! virtual trade show features a keynote presentation on the latest in business video applications by Henry Dewing, principal analyst with independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. Other presentations, including a recording of the keynote, are available on demand for 90 days and can be accessed here: Collaborate NOW!
ABOUT GLOBAL CROSSING
Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) is a leading global IP and Ethernet solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice and collaboration services with an industry leading customer experience and delivers service to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries around the world.
Statements in this press release about expected future events and financial results are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, including risks referenced from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Global Crossing undertakes no duty to update information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time.
CONTACT GLOBAL CROSSING:
+ 1 973 937 0154
+ 55 11 3957 2424
+44 (0) 125 673 2663
+ 1 800 836 0342
Source: Global Crossing
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WillowTree Apps Develops University of Virginia iPhone App; Ranked No. 1 'New and Noteworthy' Education App on Apple iTunes® Store
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 1 -- WillowTree Apps, Inc., announced today that its newly released University of Virginia iPhone app was ranked as the No. 1 "New and Noteworthy" app in the education section of the Apple iTunes store. The official "Virginia App" is available for free download at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/university-of-virginia/id388271262?mt=8.
"This is an exciting addition in our connection with all of our various constituents and places us among the leaders in higher education," said Robert D. Sweeney, U.Va. vice president for development and public affairs. "Almost as important is the wonderful collaboration that will allow us to do even more down the road."
The Virginia app provides one-touch access to comprehensive information services and offers unique features to higher-education mobile applications, including two ground-breaking components in mobile education apps:
1. Athletics: Provides users with ESPN ScoreCenter-like push notification
functionality for scores, as well as schedules, news updates, and
photos of their favorite U.Va. teams.
2. Maps and Augmented Reality: Enables users to search for buildings on
the grounds, pinpoint their geographic locations with GPS, and identify
points of interest.
Other app features include: course listings and schedules; robust alumni, admissions, and health system information; student, faculty, and staff directories; alerts and student support services; university club information and fight song downloads.
"Being listed as Apple's No. 1 'New and Noteworthy' education app is a tremendous achievement for our mobile apps development team because the Virginia App is a model for other institutions of higher education," said Tobias Dengel, CEO of WillowTree Apps. "We are grateful to the University of Virginia and are proud to be the developer of the 'Good Old App.'"
About WillowTree Apps, Inc. - We make mobile beautiful.(TM)
WillowTree Apps, Inc. is a privately held provider of mobile applications design and development services on iPhone, iPAD, Android, and BlackBerry platforms, including education apps. WillowTree has designed and developed apps for leading corporations and universities including The Game Show Network, Crutchfield Electronics, BabyCenter.com and the University of Virginia. Apps developed by WillowTree have been featured in Apple's newspaper and television advertising. For more information visit http://www.willowtreeapps.com/, e-mail email@example.com, or call (888) 329-9875.
Canton Fair: Multinationals Sourcing Service for International Corporate Buyers
GUANGZHOU, China, Sep. 1 -- Canton Fair's Multinationals Sourcing Service (hereinafter referred to as MSS) offers an exclusive sourcing platform for big international buyers. For the last session of Canton Fair, there were 11 multinational sourcing enterprises that were invited to participate in the Fair for directional sourcing, e.g. Auchan (France), PPR Group (France), ARC International (France), Central Purchasing, Inc. (US), AITCO International (US), Lifetime Brands, Inc. (US), Onninen (Finland), Mitre 10 (New Zealand), AIDA (Denmark), Kohnan Shoji Co., Ltd. (Japan) and Trial Company Inc. (Japan). Through the development in the previous 14 sessions, MSS has been praised consistently by the sourcing enterprises by means of quality service, individualized sourcing concept and wonderful organization and operations.
Through various channels such as its official website, Canton Fair News, brochures and leaflets as well as other news media, Canton Fair concentrates on promoting enterprise image and procuring information of buyers, building a convenient purchasing platform for buyers, and providing buyers with services such as badge pre-registration, purchasing platform, publicity and conferences, etc.
By participating in MSS, buyers may not only entertain their clients in a comfortable negotiation environment, but also offer convenience for new suppliers to conduct face-to-face negotiations, thereby helping buyers expand information channels and improving on-site procuring efficiency. In addition, through Canton Fair and its MSS platform, buyers may also rapidly promote their company image and improve their reputation and influence in the industry. With the gradual recovery from the global financial crisis, various buyers have significantly raised their procuring desire with increasing procuring amount, and some have even placed orders with their suppliers for cooperation on the site.
As well, according to the MSS survey report of the Fair, more than 60% of respondents indicated that they were affected by the global financial crisis. The interviewed sourcing enterprises indicated that multinationals sourcing was of great importance. They considered that "Multinationals Sourcing Service helps to expand sourcing channels and find out cost-efficient commodities;" over 50% of respondents said that number of buyers that they sent to the Fair was on the rise. All respondents indicated that they maintained follow-up communications with suppliers.
Source: China Foreign Trade Centre
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zMatch Creates New Meaning for Playing with Matches!
HOUSTON, Sept. 1 -- zGames, the mobile game division of Softeq Development Corporation, today announced the launch of its innovative matching game zMatch for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. zMatch is available immediately for $0.99 from Apple's App Store.
"The concept for zMatch originated from the imaginative minds of our Minsk Mobile team. Once we saw the demo concept and how much fun people were having while playing zMatch, we simply had to release it as a full game," stated Chris Howard, CEO of Softeq. "With zMatch, you match three or more of the same objects using the accelerometer, while also playing with burning match sticks. So yes, you're literally playing with matches -- in more ways than one!"
In zMatch, match sets of three or more shapes, and touch to burn or explode them. Burn bonuses or draw a matchstick to lengthen your time fuse, but don't let the fuse reach the top! Light a matchstick to double your points while the matchstick is burning, or light several matchsticks to really get a high scoring run. zMatch supports OpenFeint for shared leaderboards and achievements. Achieve your own Towering Inferno or play long enough to Burn, Baby, Burn!
Key Features of zMatch include:
-- Accelerometer-based matching play
-- Innovative matching and matchstick gameplay
-- Quick to learn yet fun to play again
-- Adaptive difficulty stages
-- Achievements and Leaderboards
zGames is a multi-platform provider of innovative, imaginative and fun mobile applications and games for all ages. zGames is a division of Softeq Development Corporation. zGames creates leading edge mobile applications for the latest mobile platforms, while also showcasing Softeq's technical software capabilities. For more information, visit http://www.zgames.com.
About Softeq Development Corporation
Softeq specializes in custom technical software and firmware for embedded and mobile devices. For 15 years, Softeq has provided onshore and offshore software services to the largest names in consumer electronics. For more information, visit http://www.softeq.com.
Note: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Mobile Barcode Marketing Platform Offers Instant Access to Wine Information for Mobile Users
NEW YORK, Sept. 1 -- Scanbuy, Inc. (http://www.scanbuy.com), the global leader in mobile barcode solutions, and Lion Nathan Wine Group (http://www.lionnathanusa.com), owner and importer of fine wines from around the world, announced today the launch of Cellar Key, the most integrated 2D mobile barcode marketing platform that provides users fast and easy mobile access to information on Lion Nathan's esteemed wine brands.
With the ScanLife mobile app, users can scan the Cellar Key "QR" Code featured on a bottle's neck tag, shelf display, wine menu or other location to point their mobile phone camera at it and instantly read reviews, meet the winemaker, take a video tour of the winery and explore food and wine pairings. Mobile users can also instantly share their experience on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
"Mobile barcode technology is proving itself to be an extremely easy and engaging way for brands to connect with their target audience," said Mike Wehrs, CEO and president of Scanbuy. "Furthermore, it's a technology that provides marketers a simple way to obtain valuable metrics and data that highlight consumers' interest on specific products and the improved effectiveness of campaigns that utilize mobile barcode technology."
Cellar Key will initially feature six wines including Oregon's Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Vintage Brut; Australia's St Hallett Faith Shiraz and Poacher's Blend from the Barossa Valley; New Zealand's Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Argento Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Each 2D barcode is associated with a specific wine and features an embedded code, or URL, that will automatically open up to a content rich website on a mobile device when scanned.
Scanbuy is the leading global provider of mobile barcode solutions that use the camera phone as the link between the physical world and the digital world. The ScanLife solution consists of a multi-barcode reader application and interoperable Code Management Platform. The technology has been successfully deployed and supported by leading mobile providers and handset manufacturers in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Italy and Denmark. Media companies and marketers use the solution to create and manage measurable 2D barcode campaigns, extending brand engagement onto mobile devices.
Scanbuy has the largest and oldest patent portfolio of any company in the industry, with over 30 patents granted covering the entire solution. The company's investors include Motorola Ventures, Hudson Ventures, Masthead Venture Partners, and Longworth Venture Partners.
Formed in 2008, Lion Nathan USA represents a unique collection of traditional and contemporary wine brands from some of the world's most coveted wine regions. The domestic portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Argyle Winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon and imported wines include St Hallett from the Barossa Valley in Australia, Wither Hills from Marlborough in New Zealand, Argento from Mendoza, Argentina and Inkberry from Central Ranges, Australia among others. For more information, please visit http://www.lionnathanusa.com .
Source: Scanbuy, Inc.
CONTACT: Kathrine Dela or Ben Kizer, both of Global Results Comms (GRC)
for Scanbuy, Inc., +1-949-608-0276, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.globalresultspr.com/
AVerMedia® Launches Interactive Classroom Video Contest
$18,800 in combined cash and prize values up for grabs for the three best interactive classroom videos
MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 1 -- AVerMedia® Information, Inc., the leading provider of digital multimedia and presentation technology, announced today the launch of the 2010 AVerMedia Interactive Classroom Video Contest. The interactive video contest asks teachers and educators to create a 2-minute or shorter "commercial-type" video as to how AVerMedia products have helped or could help in the classroom, or how they and/or their students would promote AVerMedia as a company, its products and/or its services.
Three prize packages will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Each prize package will include an AVerPen Interactive Collaborative Learning System, AVerVision Document Camera, an AVerComm Video Conferencing System, and a cash prize. Total combined cash and prize value is $18,800. The Video Contest will be open for submissions between September 1, 2010 and October 15, 2010.
The AVerPen system allows educators to control and interact with lesson plan content from virtually anywhere in their classroom. The pens function as a wireless slate type system, but also include a response feature as well. Students and student groups also have their own pens with the ability to respond to assessment questions and manipulate lesson content as well. AVerVision document cameras provide clear, colorful, live images of documents or 3D objects for classroom presentations and demonstrations. The AVerComm H Series Video Conferencing System is an H.323 compatible high definition video conferencing solution that includes multi-point capability, content sharing, conference recording to a USB flash drive and more, all without licensing or maintenance fees.
"This contest is another fun way for AVerMedia to give back to educators in our communities and to equip them with the latest innovative 21st Century Classroom Tools," says Grant Woods, Marketing Communications Director for AVerMedia Information, Inc. USA. "The combination of the AVerPen system with AVerVision Document Cameras and the AVerComm Video Conference solution provides educators with a fully collaborative interactive classroom with the ability to communicate, share and interact both within the school boundaries and beyond."
For more information about AVerMedia's Interactive Classroom Video Contest or to enter, visit the AVerCampus community at: http://www.avercampus.com. For more information about AVerMedia's classroom and video conferencing products, visit http://www.averusa.com or call toll free: 1-877-528-7824.
About AVerMedia® Information, Inc:
AVerMedia is the technology leader in Interactive Digital Multimedia Video and Software Technology Development, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing. Focusing on Corporate, Government and Education markets, AVerMedia designs, manufactures and develops interactive classroom solutions, video communication products and digital surveillance solutions. Product lines include AVerPen Interactive Collaborative Learning Solutions, AVerVision Document Cameras, AVer Comm Video Conferencing solutions and AVerDigi Digital Surveillance Solutions. As a leader in innovative manufacturing, software and environmentally friendly products, AVerMedia is also highly involved with community and social responsibilities.
AVerMedia is a registered trademark of AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Petition Announced in Support of Bill that Helps Protect Consumer Privacy
FedTax.net launches YES5660.com, an internet petition supporting the Main Street Fairness Act.
SEATTLE, Sept. 1 -- The Federal Tax Authority (FedTax.net) has launched an online petition for consumers and retailers to demonstrate support for the Main Street Fairness Act and its protection of anonymity on internet sales.
The Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 5660), currently before Congress, will modernize and simplify existing sales tax collection laws and therefore eliminate the need for states to enact reporting laws that may threaten consumer privacy. It also has the potential to deliver billions of dollars in sales tax revenue to local communities--without raising taxes or creating a new tax.
Introduced by Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA), the Main Street Fairness Act would allow states to require out-of-state retailers (except for small businesses, which are exempt) to collect sales tax. Under current laws, consumers are responsible for reporting and submitting the sales tax due on their online purchases. However, because so few consumers send in those taxes, there is a growing trend among states to require internet merchants to report consumers' purchases to state revenue agencies--a practice that some consumer advocacy groups believe violates consumers' privacy. With records of consumers' online purchases in hand, states can pursue individuals to collect the sales tax due on their online purchases.
By shifting the remittance of sales tax from consumers to retailers, the Main Street Fairness Act makes reporting customers' purchases to the state unnecessary. Once the Main Street Fairness Act becomes law, consumers will no longer be expected to track every internet purchase, and they will not have to worry about their online purchases being reported to the government.
"We can already see what's going to happen if the Main Street Fairness Act doesn't pass," said R. David L. Campbell, CEO and co-founder of FedTax.net. "States have already started requiring online merchants to report on their consumers' purchases. They're facing tremendous budget shortfalls and they're looking for ways to enforce the current law. But collecting personally identifiable information about online purchases is the wrong way to go--it violates consumers' privacy."
Colorado now requires internet retailers to provide the state's department of revenue with a year-end list of consumers' purchases. Other states, such as California and Oklahoma, have considered similar legislation.
North Carolina is currently requesting information from Amazon.com about its customers' purchases as part of the state's efforts to collect sales tax on internet purchases. Amazon and the ACLU have filed suit against North Carolina in response, claiming that the state's request violates customers' privacy. Katy Parker, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, told the Charlotte Business Journal, "There is no legitimate reason why government officials need to know which North Carolina residents are reading which books or purchasing which specific brands of products."
In addition to protecting consumer privacy, the Main Street Fairness Act benefits local communities by providing a way for them to receive more sales tax revenue, which pays for services such as schools, police, and libraries. The decline in sales tax revenue over the last ten years is directly related to the increase in online sales. According to a 2009 University of Tennessee study, uncollected sales tax on online purchases will reach $8.6 billion this year alone.
Supporters of the bill argue that it would close a tax loophole that hurts local businesses. Bricks-and-mortar retailers are required to collect sales tax on every purchase, while online retailers are not. The Main Street Fairness Act, say supporters, would level the playing field.
Critics argue that calculating sales tax for all the tax jurisdictions across the nation would be too difficult for online retailers. Not so, says Campbell. "Technology today enables anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to open an online store. Similar technology also makes it easy to calculate sales tax. It's no more complicated than calculating shipping costs or using any of the other sophisticated, location-based features now common in internet shopping carts."
FedTax.net's own TaxCloud service, which is free to merchants, is designed to help online retailers calculate, collect, and remit sales tax. Merchants who sign up with TaxCloud can instantly calculate the sales tax due on any transaction for over 13,000 tax jurisdictions.
Consumers and retailers who want to help protect consumers' right to privacy can go to YES5660.com to find the internet petition in support of the Main Street Fairness Act.
The Federal Tax Authority (FedTax.net) is a private company that is committed to making it easy for online merchants to calculate, collect, and remit sales tax. It was founded by technology veterans with extensive experience in the large-scale development, deployment, and support of internet-based services in environments with extremely high transaction volumes and financially sensitive information. The management team has been directly involved in building some of the most recognizable brands in e-commerce, including MasterCard, Google, Microsoft, and Expedia.
FedTax.net has been designated a Certified Service Provider by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. The company's TaxCloud service enables e-commerce retailers to easily calculate and remit sales tax across the country. TaxCloud is free to merchants and can be easily integrated into virtually any accounting or e-commerce shopping cart system.
FedTax.net is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has an office in Stamford, Connecticut.
For additional information, visit FedTax.net or contact:
The Federal Tax Authority
Source: The Federal Tax Authority
CONTACT: Beatrice Vaccaro, The Federal Tax Authority, +1-206-452-1686,
Disney Mobile to Launch Popular Games on Zeebo System
Zeebo's 3G Wireless Digital Distribution Brings Disney Content to More than a Billion International Consumers
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 -- Zeebo, Inc. today announced that Disney Mobile will launch Disney All Star Cards, Alice in Wonderland, Jelly Car 2 and two additional titles on the Zeebo 3G-connected digital gaming, entertainment and education system. Disney All Star Cards is targeted to launch on September 21. The Zeebo system is currently selling in Brazil and Mexico, with future rollouts planned in other regions.
"Disney Interactive Studios brings Disney stories and characters to life in a truly fun and engaging experience like no other," said Mike Yuen, senior vice president of global content and services, Zeebo, Inc. "We are proud to partner with Disney Interactive Studios to deliver its popular global brands directly into the living rooms of middle-class families in Mexico, Brazil and our future launch regions."
The Zeebo platform fosters the development and monetization of local content by preventing piracy through fast and convenient shopping via secure 3G broadband wireless cellular connectivity and over-the-air delivery. Connectivity is provided pre-activated for the system, and the consumer does not have to sign up for any additional service plan or contract. Content delivery and user interface software updates occur over the wireless network and are completely transparent to the customer. Users simply plug the Zeebo into their television set and the system automatically connects to the ZeeboNet Wireless Network.
For more information on the Zeebo 3G digital gaming, entertainment and educational platform, please visit http://www.zeeboinc.com.
Disney Mobile, a division of the Disney Interactive Media Group, is a leading mobile gaming and entertainment network, reaching more than one out of every 3 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Disney branded apps, including platinum titles Disney Fairies Fly, Jelly Car 2 and Toy Story 3, bring the magic of Disney stories and characters to life in new ways on mobile devices. Disney Mobile's Palo Alto based Tapulous studio creates top-selling music and social apps including Tap Tap Revenge, which is one of the most successful gaming franchises on the iPhone platform.
Zeebo, Inc., a closely held company based in San Diego, California, has developed the Zeebo, a wireless platform to deliver digital gaming, entertainment and education content to the next billion consumers in emerging global markets. The system's 3G wireless connectivity allows for rapid, easy delivery of games, applications and other content, free from the risk of piracy. Consumers can buy inexpensive titles, download them directly to the Zeebo and access the Internet, all from the comfort of home. The Zeebo is available throughout Brazil and Mexico, with future rollouts planned in other regions.
Source: Zeebo, Inc.
CONTACT: Zeebo Inc. PR, email@example.com; or Disney Mobile PR, Brandy
Phillips, +1-818-623-3764, Brandy.Phillips@disney.com
Panasonic Announces Full HD 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater Systems
New Models are Equipped with Advanced Technologies to Reproduce Immersive 3D that Rivals a Movie Theater
SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 1 -- Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D technology, today announced the debut of its first Full HD 3D Blu-ray(TM) Disc home theater systems, providing the ultimate immersive 3D movie experience at home. The two new home theater systems, models, SC-BTT750 and SC-BTT350, employ advanced proprietary technology to envelop viewers in a remarkably authentic home theater experience and step into the 3D world.
Networking and connectivity capabilities abound with the new models through VIERA CAST(TM) compatibility, which provides access to new online content from Netflix,(TM) Amazon Video on Demand (TM), YouTube(TM), Picasa(TM), Bloomberg TV(TM) , weather information and other services. The top-of-the-line SC-BTT750 is equipped with a wireless LAN adaptor, which plugs into the USB terminal to deliver online video streaming without a LAN cable so the system can be installed without the need for any complicated wires. The SC-BTT350 is wireless LAN-ready and can be enjoyed wirelessly by linking to a Wireless LAN adaptor, DY-WL10*. (Requires Broadband Internet Service)
The SC-BTT750 system is equipped with sleek Tall Boy speakers and a stylishly slim center channel speaker, which employ advanced bamboo cone to suppress unwanted acoustic reflections and achieve clear vocals and pure, high quality sound that is not overwhelmed by sound effects. It also boasts a Kelton-type subwoofer which, due to its distinctive design, drives a powerful reverberating bass in spite of its small, compact size. The SC-BTT350 features four satellite speakers, a center channel speaker and a subwoofer. Both systems deliver 5.1-channel sound and virtual 7.1-channel surround to reproduce the dynamic sounds that further enhance the enjoyment of 3D entertainment.
Connection and installation could not be easier, thanks to the systems' compatibility with ARC (Audio Return Channel), which allows receiving audio signals from the TV. Simply place it by any ARC compatible television, and connect it with just one HDMI cable.
Each of the models features an integrated Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone**, making it easy for users to play their favorite music and video downloads. And both systems feature an SD Memory Card slot for viewing still images, slide shows and movie files.
To achieve True to Cinema picture quality, both of these models incorporate the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, developed at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. This high precision processing technology reproduces clear, vibrant colors that are extremely faithful to the original film.
The SC-BTT750 and SC-BTT350 both offer rear wireless speaker capability with purchase of the optional SH-FX71 Wireless Kit for Rear Speakers.
Panasonic's new Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater systems will be available in September.
* Wireless LAN adaptor DY-WL10 sold separately.
** "Made for iPod" means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.
"Works with iPhone" means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.
Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards.
iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc.
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic products is available at http://www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
About Panasonic 3D Technology
Panasonic's Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma TVs include five screens sizes - 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally), 50-inch class (49.9" measured diagonally), 54-inch class (54.1 inches diagonal), 58-inch class (58.0 inches diagonal) and 65-inch class (64.7 inches diagonal). In addition, Panasonic also offers three professional Full HD 3D Plasma monitors in 85-inch class (85.3 diagonal inches), 103-inch class (102.5 diagonal inches) and a soon-to-be-released 152-inch class (152 diagonal inches) - the world's largest Plasma screen. All Panasonic VIERA® and professional Full HD 3D TV models are also Full HD TVs that display pristine 1080p content in two dimensions (2D) for conventional HD viewing.
Panasonic's range of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma HDTVs (VT20, VT25 and GT25 Series), when coupled with Panasonic's 3D Blu-ray Disc players (DMP-BDT100, DMP- BDT300, DMP-BDT350) bring a new era of immersive visual entertainment into consumers' homes, by creating a 3D experience that easily rivals the best that can be seen in cinemas.
In addition, Panasonic and DIRECTV recently ushered in a new age in the rapid growth of 3D entertainment for the home with the launch of n3D(TM) powered by Panasonic - a DIRECTV channel dedicated exclusively to 3D programming. n3D powered by Panasonic is now available at no additional cost to millions of DIRECTV HD customers and features a range of sports and entertainment programming exclusively in 3D. Panasonic is the exclusive presenting sponsor of DIRECTV's n3D channel, one of three 3D TV channels from DIRECTV that deliver movies, sports and entertainment content from some of the world's most renowned 3D producers.
In July, Panasonic took the 3D era to a new level for consumers with the unveiling of the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (available in October 2010), the world's first consumer 3D camcorder, which includes a 3D conversion lens that enables the camcorder to shoot powerful and true-to-life 3D video content and play it back on 3D-capable HDTVs (a TV that is capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, 3D Eyewear, and HDMI cable connection are required to play the recorded 3D images).
CONTACT: Martha Whiteley, +1-201-348-7781,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chris De Maria, +1-201-348-7182,
email@example.com, both of Panasonic; or Blayne Murphy of
Cohn & Wolfe, +1-212-798-9763, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, Sept. 1 -- Today, at New York City's Arthur Ashe Stadium where the U.S. Open is being broadcast in 3D TV for the first time, Panasonic announced it will establish a new 3D Innovation Center in the U.S. this fall. The Panasonic 3D Innovation Center will focus on engaging with the entertainment and broadcast communities to enhance 3D production technologies and work flow and foster collaboration with industry partners to develop new applications for 3D technologies.
The new Panasonic 3D Innovation Center will be based on the campus of Panasonic Corporation of North America in Secaucus, NJ. The Center also plans to create a branch in the Los Angeles area to facilitate collaboration with the entertainment industry. For more than 15 years, Panasonic has maintained an R&D facility, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, in the Greater Los Angeles area for the development of entertainment-related technologies and ongoing liaison with major studios for the development of the 3D Blu-ray Disc format.
"Panasonic foresees the expansion of 3D technology into nearly all aspects of the entertainment electronics industry, but we also see it being applied in a diverse range of other industries including healthcare, education, and beyond," said Joseph M. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America. "It is only a matter of time before 3D becomes an essential element in the operations of many major enterprises and the new Panasonic 3D Innovation Center will work to support that process." Like the 3D Innovation Center that is already operational in Japan, and the Panasonic European 3D Innovation Center that was announced this morning in Berlin, the mission of the Panasonic U.S. 3D Innovation Center will be to serve as a platform for developing alliances and partnerships with companies that are exploring how to apply 3D technologies in their own operations. With the aim of promoting innovation, the Center will also serve as a forum for ongoing communication with local 3D stakeholders in all industries to share 3D content, exchange ideas and establish best practices for creating and delivering 3D services.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC), which has been a leader in the creation of end-to-end standards and technologies to enable consumers to experience immersive Full HD 3D TV. Last year, Panasonic established its Advanced Authoring Center in Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory to work with Hollywood studios to develop the 3D Blu-ray Disc format. In March, the company delivered its first Full HD 3D Home Entertainment System for sale at selected Best Buy Magnolia Home Theater stores. Taking business to the next dimension, Panasonic has debuted a range of 3D video production products including the world's first professional quality, fully-integrated Full HD 3D camcorder offering SD Memory Card recording. It also has introduced large screen 3D Plasma displays for digital signage and other applications. In July Panasonic introduced the world's first consumer 3D camcorder which includes a 3D conversion lens.
CONTACT: Chris De Maria, Panasonic, +1-201-348-7182,
email@example.com; or Blayne Murphy, Cohn & Wolfe,
FCC Terminates AWS-3 Rulemaking to Auction Spectrum with Free Broadband Requirement; Breaks National Broadband Plan Commitment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 -- On Friday, August 27, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notified M2Z Networks, Inc. (M2Z) and its Silicon Valley investors including Kleiner Perkins, Charles River Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures, that it has terminated the AWS-3 spectrum (2155-2180 MHz) public interest rulemaking, thereby closing off the possibility of providing free nationwide broadband service in the United States for the foreseeable future. The FCC has been considering M2Z's proposal for a free nationwide broadband network using AWS-3 since 2006. This decision reverses the FCC's National Broadband Plan commitment to finalize the AWS-3 spectrum rulemaking in the fourth quarter of 2010 and for the spectrum to be auctioned by the second quarter of 2011.
The FCC's AWS-3 rulemaking, pending since 2007, consisted of three key issues:
-- A requirement that the AWS-3 licensee provide free broadband service
to at least 95% of the U.S. population in order to address the digital
-- A requirement that the AWS-3 licensee adhere to Net Neutrality
principles of open access (end-user access to all lawful content) and
open platforms (end-users to have the choice of devices);
-- An enforceable requirement on the AWS-3 licensee to build-out a
national broadband network covering 50% of the population in 4 years
and 95% in 10 years.
According to the FCC's own National Broadband Plan, 28 million Americans today cannot afford to subscribe to broadband. A free nationwide broadband service using the AWS-3 spectrum band would have addressed this persistent digital divide. While campaigning for the White House in 2008, President Obama told the U.S. Conference of Mayors, "Every American should have broadband access - no matter where you live, or how much money you have. We'll connect our schools and libraries and hospitals. And we'll take on the special interests to realize the potential of wireless spectrum for our safety and connectivity."
There continues to be considerable support from the public for a free nationwide broadband service. The FCC record shows that during the pendency of the AWS-3 rulemaking, more than 50,000 Americans signed a petition supporting the proposed rules while the FCC and members of Congress received over 20,000 letters and emails in support of the proposed rules. Government officials outside of Washington--faced with a growing digital divide and a poor economy--also saw merit in this innovative private sector solution. The FCC record shows that over 300 local, state and federal officials from all 50 states wrote to the FCC in support of the proposed AWS-3 rules.
"The FCC's decision to delay the use of this valuable spectrum forgoes the consumer welfare and economic stimulus that would result from putting new spectrum into the marketplace," said John Muleta, CEO of M2Z Networks. "A new nationwide broadband entrant that provided a free broadband service would have created tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the country while giving all Americans an equal opportunity to participate in the digital economy. Despite the spectrum crisis facing the U.S. as documented by the FCC's National Broadband Plan, the AWS-3 spectrum will continue to lie fallow providing no economic value to American consumers."
About M2Z Networks:
Silicon Valley-based M2Z Networks' goal is to boost the U.S. economy by building a free national broadband network. Since May 2006, the FCC has been considering M2Z's proposal for a broadband network to be constructed in the 2155-2180 MHz spectrum band. M2Z is backed by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers; Charles River Ventures; and Redpoint Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.M2ZNetworks.com and http://www.FreeBroadbandNow.com.
Source: M2Z Networks
CONTACT: John Muleta, +1-703-894-9111, firstname.lastname@example.org
Intergraph® Introduces New SmartPlant® Materials Subcontractor Management Module
Jointly developed with CH2M HILL, new module improves subcontractor management, quality of deliverables and increase performance on capital projects
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 1 -- Intergraph® has introduced the newest module to its industry leading SmartPlant® Enterprise engineering solutions suite to enable engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) to more easily manage plant design project subcontractors.
The SmartPlant Materials Subcontractor Management module was developed jointly with CH2M HILL, a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm. The module is an available extension of Intergraph's SmartPlant Materials management solution that creates a completely Web-based common collaboration platform for all companies involved in EPC project delivery.
Directors of today's multi-billion-dollar mega projects must manage cost overruns, schedule delays and safety issues which can be exacerbated by subcontracts typically making up 30- to 40-percent of a project's cost. Managing these challenges from the beginning is of utmost importance in maintaining project schedules and budgets.
CH2M HILL, an existing Intergraph customer, uses SmartPlant Materials as an integrated system for materials and subcontracts management. Intergraph's integrated eSupplier portal has been expanded significantly to allow suppliers and subcontractors to register with CH2M HILL. Once registered, the suppliers can receive inquiries and agreements, submit real-time information relating to quotations and agreements, and facilitate change management and day-to-day reporting, as well as maintain progress measurement and invoicing for subcontracts. Because many of the front-end processes are similar for both materials and subcontract management, the new functionality for subcontracts strategy, planning, requisitions, inquiries and agreements has been completely integrated into the existing modules.
"When we first started examining our subcontract management process, it was extremely important that the system we selected be an industry standard that met all of the requirements for subcontract management and also that it be maintained and supported in the future," said Bob DeLong, director of materials management for CH2M HILL. "Intergraph's SmartPlant Materials met these requirements, and the subcontract management module incorporates the needed functionality to help us oversee subcontracts on multiple projects."
Patrick Holcomb, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine executive vice president, said, "Our ongoing development and creation of the subcontract management module reflects Intergraph's commitment to its customers and maintaining its industry leadership position. By listening to and working with CH2M HILL, we have developed a highly efficient tool for managing subcontracts, ultimately saving clients time and money and providing them a competitive edge."
SmartPlant Enterprise is an integrated solutions suite that provides full design, construction, materials and engineering data management capabilities needed for the creation, safe operation and maintenance, and capital Project Life Cycle Management (cPLM) of large-scale process, power, marine and offshore projects. The software's life cycle data management also enables a smoother handover for EPCs to owner operators and for owner operators to more easily maintain, refurbish or modify their plants.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.
About CH2M HILL
Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.3 billion in revenue and 23,500 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2010). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy and power, and facilities and infrastructure. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer. Visit http://www.ch2mhill.com.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit http://www.intergraph.com.
Arsenal Capital Partners' Portfolio Company Novolyte Technologies Creates Joint Venture With Foosung Co., Ltd.
Joint Venture Creates Global Integrated Supplier of Lithium Battery Electrolytes
CLEVELAND, Sept. 1 -- Novolyte Technologies, a world leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty electrolyte materials for lithium ion battery and energy storage applications, high performance solvents and other specialty chemicals, today announced that is has signed a definitive agreement with Foosung Co., Ltd., a leading global producer of specialty lithium salts for lithium batteries, to form a new joint venture platform that will create an integrated global producer of lithium battery electrolytes, a key component in the rapidly growing market for lithium batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
The U.S.-based new joint venture entity will retain the Novolyte Technologies name and will be managed by Novolyte's current management team from its existing Cleveland headquarters. Concurrent with the formation of this joint venture, Novolyte will rename its solvents, phosphines, and custom manufacturing businesses Novolyte Performance Materials, LLC, which will be operated separately by Novolyte's current management team.
The formation of this joint venture is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010 once Novolyte completes the separation of its Performance Materials business and Foosung completes the requisite governmental approvals in Korea.
Foosung Co., Ltd. is the sole producer in Korea and one of four global producers of high purity Lithium Hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), a specialty salt used for electrolyte manufacture. In addition to supplying technology to Novolyte, Foosung will invest approximately $30 million in the joint venture and contribute a future lithium salt plant. Novolyte is contributing its energy storage business to the joint venture.
John Televantos, a Partner at Arsenal Capital, said, "This is an important strategic step for Novolyte and we are delighted to be partnering with Foosung Co. and its leaders. With this venture we feel that Novolyte is now positioned to become the leading global supplier of lithium battery electrolytes, a key performance component in the fast growing market of lithium ion batteries for consumer, automotive and industrial markets."
"Novolyte is the only electrolyte business with a global manufacturing base having operations and technology centers in both North America and Asia and we will now be the first global electrolyte producer that is backward integrated," said Edward Frindt, Novolyte's CEO. "We are excited to be creating this Joint Venture with Foosung which strategically supports our goal of building the leading technology based electrolyte supplier with the most efficient supply chain in order to better serve our customers worldwide."
Novolyte is the leading producer of primary (non-rechargeable) and secondary (rechargeable) Lithium electrolyte materials in North America, Europe and Greater China and a leading provider of electrolyte and ultracapacitor solutions worldwide. Novolyte serves its global customer base through its manufacturing facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Suzhou, China under the Purolyte® brand. Novolyte supports its high-purity formulation capabilities and proprietary technology to offer cost-effective and high-performance electrolyte solutions, from its U.S. and China-based technical centers. The business serves a broad range of end-use products requiring highly functional electrolytes such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, military, medical, aerospace, ultracapacitors, grid storage and electric vehicles.
Novolyte received in 2009 a $20.6 million award in stimulus funds for expansion from the Department of Energy under the Recovery Act - Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, as well as $1.12 million in Ohio Third Frontier funding in collaboration with the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University to develop and commercialize advanced electrolyte materials for next-generation Lithium-ion batteries. Both of these awards will be contributed to the joint venture.
The Lithium ion secondary battery industry can be classified broadly into two major segments, a small sized battery segment for mobile IT including PCs and mobiles and a large & medium sized battery segment for electric vehicles, stationary energy storage system, and intelligent robots. According to a relevant market review, the small sized battery market is estimated to reach $13 billion by 2014 and the large & medium sized battery market for eco-friendly vehicles is presumed to require a battery demand equivalent to about 5 million vehicles by 2015 with an annual growth rate of 20-30%. The lithium-ion battery technology will also become the fastest-growing segment for utility-scale stationary energy storage and it will grow to become a $1.1 billion business worldwide by 2018.
Arsenal Capital Partners originally invested in Novolyte Technologies in 2008. In addition to Novolyte, Arsenal Capital's current Specialty Chemicals and Materials portfolio includes Velsicol Chemical, a leading global manufacturer of high performance chemicals used in agricultural and industrial applications. Earlier this year in a transaction which returned in excess of 12x invested capital to investors, Arsenal sold Genovique Specialties Corporation, a leading global provider of benzoate plasticizers, to Eastman Chemical Company. "We are pleased with the continued progress within Arsenal Capital's Specialty Chemicals and Materials practice. Together with management teams we are identifying creative strategies to strengthen our portfolio investments. Novolyte's development of this joint venture with Foosung greatly enhances their global competitive position," said Timothy Zappala, a Partner at Arsenal Capital.
About Novolyte Technologies, Inc.
Novolyte Technologies is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty electrolyte materials, high performance solvents, aryl phosphorus derivatives and technically demanding custom manufactured products. The Company is headquartered in Cleveland, OH. Novolyte is a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, a leading New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle market specialty industrial, healthcare and financial services companies. For more information about Novolyte, please visit http://www.novolyte.com. For more information about Arsenal Capital, visit http://www.arsenalcapital.com.
About Arsenal Capital Partners
Arsenal Capital Partners is a leading New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial, healthcare and financial services companies. Arsenal makes investments in sectors where the firm has prior knowledge and experience, and targets businesses that have the potential for further value creation by working closely with management to accelerate growth and leverage the firm's operational improvement capabilities. Arsenal currently has $800 million of committed equity capital. For additional information on Arsenal Capital Partners, please visit http://www.arsenalcapital.com.
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Acapela Group - acapela.tv is Growing up: Join our Cheerful Chatty Community and Spread the Word!
MONS, Belgium, September 1, 2010-- acapela.tv, the sparkling, talking portal developed by Acapela Group to
showcase lively and original ways to use speech synthesis, is now growing up!
The new version of acapela.tv offers the millions of fans who daily share
talking messages the possibility to create their own account and participate
even more fully in the captivating, talkative acapela.tv experience.
Join the community and enjoy acapela.tv's talkative, animated world!
Acapela.tv offers the Internet user the possibility to make smart and free
use of Acapela text to speech, which transforms written text into spoken
words in real time. The Internet user types in his/her own words - in any of
the 23 languages available - which are then instantly vocalized by Acapela. A
single click brings the message to life and gives it meaning, as immediate
and effective as the spoken word.
Created in November 2008, acapela.tv has already generated over 50
million talking e-cards and talkative games which have been sent and received
around the globe, from Greenland to Chile. Today acapela.tv is THE place to
go to make smart use of speech applications online, and have fun with
The new FREE registration feature opens up a new world of amusing and
useful possibilities. The creation of a personal and private page allows each
user to share their lively, creative talking messages with friends, keep
track of their activity on acapela.tv, easily manage a friend list and share
messages on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.
This new chapter in the acapela.tv story has been written and created to
thank the millions of users already acquainted with acapela.tv. Newcomers are
invited to actively participate, play the new games and meet the new
characters that will regularly move into acapela.tv village.
Meet the new residents of Acapela village!
The acapela.tv sprites, the joyful gang that loves to shoot the breeze
all day long using Acapela voices, will regularly welcome on board new
characters and games. Visit acapela.tv now, don't waste a second,
experiment with the weather, walk with Sam or create talking cartoons with
Acapela.tv is a showcase and test playground that shares the
possibilities of speech synthesis with Internet users. Its huge success and
millions of addicted fans speak volumes about how far speech synthesis can
add audible value to your content and messages and help companies develop
their brand awareness.
Acapela.tv is brought to you by Acapela Group, the leading expert and
inventor in Voice technology.
About Acapela Group
Acapela Group, the leading European voice expert, invents text to speech
solutions to give your content a voice in up to 25 languages. Our speech
solutions allow you to turn any written text into natural speech files, using
any of our 50 High Quality standard voices or your own synthezised voice
talent. Acapela can answer all text to speech needs and provide perfect
vocalization whether for voice integration and development, online & on
demand use, audio files production, or ready to speak products for personal
accessibility use. http://www.acapela-group.com
Check out http://www.acapela.tv - the sparkling laboratory of Acapela
Group, for a fresh and exciting take on how speech synthesis can now be used:
acapela.tv is a showcase and test playground that shares the possibilities of
speech synthesis with Internet users, allowing them to discover innovative
and attractive ways to make smart use of speech applications online.
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PlusServer AG Establishes Europe's Most Eco-friendly Data Center - 66 % Energy Saving in Spite of Full Tier 3 Classification
HUERTH, Germany, September 1, 2010-- After about three years of planning and construction, and an investment
of over 17 million euros, PlusServer's data center "datadock" has now started
operations. With the best energy efficiency and particularly low emission
values, it currently holds the top position among Europe's "green" data
centers. The German Internet business association "eco" even attested
datadock's quality twice: it won the eco Award 2010 as the best data center
and received the highest possible rating of five stars at Datacenter Star
The data center datadock was built in the Strasbourg port area by
converting a former warehouse. Strasbourg stands out due to its central
European position (approximately 300 meters from the German/French border),
and the main route for European fiber glass cables runs through this region.
Therefore, a perfect connection to Germany, France, throughout Europe, and to
the entire world is guaranteed.
Furthermore, it was only possible at this location to realize the
innovative and eco-friendly artesian-well cooling principle, which is based
on the area's broad groundwater supplies. This power saving cooling method is
an important factor in the low power consumption of datadock. In addition,
the fact that only state-of-the-art and eco-friendly devices and appliances
are used at datadock has a positive influence on the energy balance. Hence,
datadock needs 66 percent less energy than the average data center. This
equals savings of 26 million kWh per year at full load, or about 24 million
kilograms less CO2 emission, respectively. In order to remove this quantity
of the environmentally unfriendly molecule from the atmosphere would take the
full capacity of over 119,000 trees for one year.
Besides power efficiency and environmental protection, further aspects
were taken into consideration when planning datadock: "We made every effort
to realize a comprehensive security and redundancy concept, which ensures the
highest possible availability of all data", assures PlusServer CTO Jochen
Independent third party certifications show that this effort was not in
vain. datadock got five stars in the acknowledged Datacenter Star Audit as
one of only seven data centers in Europe. "Based on deep expert knowledge,
eco has developed an evaluation schedule that completely comprehends all
demands on modern data centers", explains Andreas Niehaus, Head of IT
Operations at PlusServer. "Hence, the certificate is a very important quality
distinction for data centers", he emphasizes.
On the website http://www.datadock.eu, everybody can take a deeper look
at datadock. Next to an interactive virtual tour, many exciting facts about
Europe's greenest data center await visitors.
Dot Hill Improves Data Reliability and Increases Storage Efficiency With Latest Round of Patents
Continuing Its Lead in Technology Advancements, the Four New Innovations Bring the Company's Portfolio Total to 71 Patents
LONGMONT, Colo., Sept. 1 -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: HILL), a provider of world-class storage solutions and software for OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators, today announced the addition of four new patents to the company's technology portfolio, upping the company's intellectual property total to 71 patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
"These four patents serve as validation of Dot Hill's technical expertise and our ability to produce highly relevant technology solutions to real-world business problems," said Jim Kuenzel, senior vice president of engineering at Dot Hill Systems. "Our customers should not have to worry about their data. This is why our engineering team is on a perpetual quest to improve data reliability and solve the operational efficiency challenges storage administrators face on a daily basis."
Dot Hill's newest innovations address the need for high data reliability and efficiencies in storage operations. The first of the four patents describes inventions to improve how data in a RAID system is rebuilt when a corruption error occurs. While RAID systems from other vendors replace bad blocks using data from the same, failing drive, U.S. patent 7,774,643, "Method and apparatus for preventing permanent data loss due to single failure of a fault-tolerant array," describes a more reliable approach. This technology ensures that other sources, never the corrupted drive, are used to rebuild the blocks. This method is not only more reliable, but also improves performance because only the bad block is reconstructed, as opposed to the entire stripe containing the bad block, as in most other RAID methods.
The second patent describes innovations to increase the reliability of Dot Hill's storage systems, and is implemented in the 2000 Series and 3000 Series systems. U.S. patent 7,788,541, "Apparatus and method for identifying disk drives with unreported data corruption," describes technology that allows the RAID controller to identify certain kinds of disk drive problems that are not reported as failures by disk drives. This innovation addresses a potential risk of traditional RAID storage. In some instances, unreliable data goes undetected and is read from storage devices, resulting in application failures, wrong data or incorrect status presented to servers and clients. This innovation provides users with more granular detection means, resulting in higher data reliability.
The inventions in the third and fourth patents both offer storage administration efficiencies and improved system responsiveness. Patent 7,783,603, "Backing store reinitialization method and apparatus," describes an improvement to Dot Hill's AssuredCopy(TM) volume copy software and is implemented on Dot Hill 2000 and 3000 Series storage arrays. It allows system administrators to reinitialize a storage volume in one step after a snapshot deletion command is issued to the controller when all snapshots are already either being deleted or marked for deletion. While this was previously a serial operation where one snapshot was deleted at a time, the patented new method saves time and quickly readies the system for new snapshots.
The company's fourth patent describes a method that makes it possible to write to the Master Volume (storage file system) even when the Master Volume is being copied on Dot Hill 2000 Series and 3000 Series arrays. Previous to this innovation, a system administrator might copy the Master Volume for security or reliability reasons and find that the file system would be unavailable. Updates to the Master Volume would be put on hold until the copy was completed, to ensure the integrity of the copy. This would essentially make the storage unavailable until the operation was complete. The innovation described in U.S. patent 7,783,850, "Method and apparatus for Master Volume access during volume copy," ensures the storage is fully available, and the Master Volume can be updated simultaneously during the copy process.
About Dot Hill
Offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection, Dot Hill provides responsive and adaptive storage solutions to meet 24/7/365 business demands. With Dot Hill, businesses can proactively safeguard and manage business data, and leverage operational efficiencies to save time, effort and expense today, while meeting the evolving business needs of tomorrow strategically and cost effectively. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Certain statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements include the availability and performance of current or future Dot Hill products based on the patented technology described in this press release, any competitive advantage that the patents provide to Dot Hill, any positive effect on Dot Hill's financial results due to the issuance of any Dot Hill patent, and Dot Hill's ability to continue to receive patent protection on current or future technology. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: any unforeseen technological, intellectual property, supply or engineering issues, and changing customer preferences. However, there are many other risks not listed here that may affect the future business of Dot Hill, as well as the forward-looking statements contained herein. To learn about such risks and uncertainties, you should read the risk factors set forth in Dot Hill's public filings with the SEC, including the Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed by Dot Hill. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as the date on which they were made. Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect later events or circumstances
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Casio Launches Virtual Room Experience for GREEN SLIM Projectors
Users Can Visualize Mercury-Free High-Brightness Projectors In Various Settings
DOVER, N.J., Sept. 1 -- Casio America, Inc. announced today the launch of an exciting new feature on the company's website, http://www.GreenSlimProjector.com. The website offers a 3D virtual tour of projector products which outlines new specifications and capabilities related to the company's innovative GREEN SLIM line of mercury-free, high-brightness projectors. The Virtual Room Experience engages prospective buyers by providing an interactive demonstration of how the projector can enhance their viewing experience in the boardroom, classroom, living room or bedroom.
The Virtual Room Experience showcases the ease of use, portability and low cost of ownership that the GREEN SLIM Projectors provide for various applications including business, education, gaming and home entertainment. Consumers can upload images, demo the projector and become familiar with its features and settings.
"We are thrilled to offer consumers an interactive way to learn more about our GREEN SLIM Projectors" says Frank Romeo, vice president of Casio's Business Projector Division. "The new features on the GREEN SLIM Projector website offer prospective customers a chance to evaluate the product and determine how it will fit into their lifestyle."
The Virtual Room Experience will help consumers understand the GREEN SLIM line as well as its features and benefits. The GREEN SLIM line features lamp-free, low maintenance, lightweight and portable projectors capable of expanding the viewing area to 100 inches or larger and is the ideal alternative to purchasing a flat screen television.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets many consumer electronic products and business to business electronic products throughout the United States. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com.
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Salesforce.com Introduces Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM
Salesforce CRM customers can now receive real-time updates on important business contact and company data, anytime and anywhere with Salesforce Chatter Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM accelerates demand for cloud-based data services, currently a $3 billion market
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 -- Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, today announced the arrival of Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM, an entirely new crowd-sourced business data service exclusive to Salesforce CRM customers. Built leveraging native salesforce.com technologies, Jigsaw provides a seamless integration, a new user interface, robust analytics and delivers real-time updates to contact and company information within Salesforce CRM through Salesforce Chatter.
Comments on the News
-- "CRM systems are only as good as the information inside them," said
Kevin Akeroyd, general manager, Jigsaw. "With Jigsaw for Salesforce
CRM, customers can be alerted to changes in contacts through Chatter
in real-time. This degree of operational agility is only possible with
Jigsaw's data in the cloud."
-- "In this economy, companies need more innovative sales and marketing
strategies and better business data," said Denis Pombriant, managing
principal, Beagle Research Group. "Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM and
Chatter provides them with reliable business data that is updated and
published to sales and marketing employees in real-time. We're likely
to see more companies turning to data in the cloud to support their
-- "Jigsaw has significantly improved the caliber of the information in
our Salesforce CRM deployment," said Diane Updyke, vice president of
sales, Crowd Factory. "The result is we are able to respond to an
increase in demand from new verticals, prospects and partners. With
Jigsaw, our team can find and cultivate these opportunities at our
accelerated pace of business."
Data Cleansing Gets Proactive, Talks to You with Chatter
Integrated with Chatter, salesforce.com's enterprise social collaboration technology, Jigsaw can automatically identify changes to important contact and company data in Salesforce CRM, update and reconcile the records and then publish the changes in Chatter in real-time. As a result, sales reps and marketers instantly know when business contact data degrades or becomes bad - anytime, anywhere. Updates can even be received on mobile devices like the Apple iPad and iPhone via the web browser.
With Jigsaw, Salesforce CRM Customers can unlock the Value of Real-Time Data
With the seamless integration to Salesforce CRM, customers can use the new user interface to quickly access the accurate contact information within Salesforce CRM. In addition, Jigsaw for Salesforce includes two new analytics dashboards that customer can use to monitor the overall health of data and report on usage. Jigsaw also provides customers with capabilities such as:
-- Real-time status updates around how much data is being actively
managed by Jigsaw, and visual reports on how much data is correct,
out-of-date or dead in the data graveyard.
-- Integrated Salesforce CRM reports with Jigsaw data to determine if
records related to future sales are incorrect or incomplete.
-- Holistic alerts that identify when records are flagged as dead so reps
can quickly search for the record and update it with new, accurate
Jigsaw Accelerating Data Moving to the Cloud
Until Jigsaw, the market did not have a business data service that supported the pace of change across sales and marketing operations or delivered updates as data changed. The issue is so critical to success that companies spend more than $3 billion a year on data sourcing services. Since Jigsaw is delivered entirely in the cloud, customers are liberated from legacy data sources that require expensive and complex data management, including storage, backups, security, updates, and integration.
Jigsaw is the world's largest crowd-sourced database with more than 22 million business contacts and 4 million company profiles that are continually updated and added to by a global, Wikipedia-style community of more than 1.4 million individuals. Since the data is crowd sourced, users realize greater accuracy, which is available to end users in real-time and pre-integrated to other cloud apps.
Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM Pricing and Availability
-- Jigsaw for Salesforce CRM is now generally available and starts at $29
per user per month.
Jigsaw (http://www.jigsaw.com/) is a leading provider of business information and data services that uniquely leverages user-generated content contributed by its global business-to-business community of 1.4 million members. Jigsaw gives individuals and companies access to business contact information for 22 million business professionals and profiles of 4 million companies. In addition to delivering low-cost and easy access to high-value business information for sales, marketing, recruiting and customer service, Jigsaw provides a variety of cloud-based data acquisition and management services. Founded in 2004, Jigsaw is located in San Mateo, Calif. and is a Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) company.
Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and CRM applications (http://www.salesforce.com/crm) have revolutionized the way companies collaborate and communicate with their customers, including:
-- The Sales Cloud, for sales force automation and contact management
-- The Service Cloud, for customer service and support solutions
-- Chatter, for social collaboration
-- The Force.com platform, for custom application development
-- The AppExchange, the world's leading marketplace for enterprise cloud
Salesforce.com offers the fastest path to customer success with cloud computing. As of July 31, 2010, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 82,400 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks.
Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM." For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.
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ContextWeb and Mpire Partner to Deliver Real Time Classification Technology to Mpire's AdXpose Ad Verification Solution
-- Mpire to Integrate ContextWeb's RTC Technology to Augment its AdXpose Campaign Verification and Brand Protection Service -- ContextWeb to Offer AdXpose as Third Party Verification Service to its ADSDAQ Ad Exchange Customers
SEATTLE, Sept. 1 -- Mpire, the market-leading verification and optimization technology company, and ContextWeb, the largest independent ad exchange, today announced a cross-licensing agreement where each partner will integrate the other's technology to enhance their respective offerings.
Mpire has integrated ContextWeb's Real-Time Classifier (RTC) technology into its AdXpose(TM) solution, which will enhance AdXpose's ability to dynamically analyze and classify the content of a designated Web page in real-time. The technology will also help AdXpose assign the relevant IAB content categories to those pages, augmenting its campaign verification and brand protection offerings and reporting capabilities.
With ContextWeb's RTC technology, AdXpose's enhanced verification and optimization offering will enable advertisers, networks, and exchanges to be alerted of placement violations that are not compliant with or do not match the relevant IAB Network and Exchange Quality Assurance Guidelines content category. By using the joint offering, AdXpose customers will be better able to value and optimize their media spend.
"ContextWeb's technology increases our ability to understand Web site content on each individual page before our clients' ads appear on them, which is extremely important for advertisers who are concerned about brand safety, and for networks who want added assurance that their publishers are operating within their terms and conditions," said Kirby Winfield, president and chief revenue officer at Mpire. "Moreover, we are now able to ensure, in real-time, that a client's ads will be served to the specific IAB content category that they contracted to purchase, which uniquely positions AdXpose to provide the best verification and brand safety offerings for networks and exchanges."
For ContextWeb, integrating Mpire's patent pending and award-winning AdXpose solution into its ad exchange enables the company to proactively offer real-time, third party campaign verification services to its customers. With AdXpose verifying and protecting advertiser campaigns, ContextWeb can mitigate the need for post-campaign reviews and reconciliation, protect publishers and ad networks from make-goods and charge-backs and provide an even safer experience for brands looking to advertise on ContextWeb's exchange.
"Advertisers are increasingly requesting campaign verification by third parties to minimize fraud and wasted ad spend, and to ensure that ad exchanges and networks are fulfilling their contractual obligations," said Jay Sears, general manager of ContextWeb's ad exchange. "By offering AdXpose's services as an option to our customers and prospects, we're sending them a clear message that we are a trusted partner, that we are looking out for their best interests, and that our customer's success is our top priority."
About ContextWeb, Inc.
ContextWeb operates the ADSDAQ Ad Exchange--the only online ad exchange where advertisers and publishers both enjoy complete control. The ADSDAQ Ad Exchange works with more than 12,000 ad buyers and ad sellers every day. Using page-level, contextual technology the Exchange delivers category-specific, brand-safe inventory along with extensive in-category reach, all with a purchase comparable to a site or portal buy. ContextWeb ranks among the top 20 ad-supported properties according to comScore. ContextWeb, Inc.'s investors include leading venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson ("DFJ"), DFJ Gotham Ventures, DFJ New England, Updata Partners and Investor Growth Capital. For more information, please visit: http://www.contextweb.com.
AdXpose Analytics help advertisers and platforms verify and optimize billions of campaign data points captured in real time. Agencies representing the major holding companies, multiple Demand Side Platforms, and more than 20% of the comScore Ad Focus Top 40 Properties, currently use AdXpose technology.
Mpire is the market-leading advertising optimization technology company that is evolving traditional online advertising into a more relevant and engaging medium for publishers and advertisers. Its patent-pending and award-winning AdXpose(TM) is the first and only verification and optimization technology suite that gives brand marketers and agencies transparency and confidence anywhere their ads run across the Internet, including exchanges, ad networks and direct publisher placements. Backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Ignition Partners, Mpire is based in Seattle, Washington.
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Best-Selling Authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, With Subutai Corporation, Announce The Mongoliad on World's First Social Book Platform
New Book Platform Delivers Narrative, Enhanced Supplementary Content, and Complete Social Network, Enabling Readers to influence the Development of Story
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 -- Bestselling authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, along with Subutai Corporation, announced today the launch of The Mongoliad, the first digital novel on a social book platform. A speculative fiction novel set against the Mongol invasion of Europe in the 13th century, The Mongoliad follows a small band of warriors and mystics in a ripping tale of action and adventure set at a time when the Mongol horde's conquest of Europe seemed inevitable. Key to the development of this tale is the unique collaboration between the authors and the audience through PULP, Subutai's new platform, which provides a participatory experience only possible in today's connected digital world. To experience The Mongoliad, visit http://www.mongoliad.com.
"PULP is what Gutenberg would have come up with if he hadn't jumped the gun and released 600 years early," said Stephenson. "Kindles and iPads were little better than expensive drink trays until we came up with this."
The Mongoliad's heroes fight, plot, spy, and maneuver the politics of royal courts, the church, merchant empires, and secret societies in an attempt to defeat their would-be conquerors, and to preserve the knowledge that is in their charge. Each week a new chapter is delivered via custom applications for handhelds and the web, starting with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Greg Bear said, "This is one of the most exciting and interesting projects I've worked on in a long while. Collaborating with Neal and our crack team on a magnificent story and a new business model for publishing and media is a real privilege."
The Mongoliad is the first story to be released on the PULP platform. PULP enables authors to deliver a richer experience than ebooks or traditional paper, creating a complete world around a novel and its characters. The platform enables the dynamic inclusion of meta-narrative and para-narrative elements such as character sketches, articles, short stories, music, video, and social features for discussions among the book's community. Serial delivery enables both authors and community time to shape the next stage of an exciting tale where the experience can really take off in any creative direction.
"The form of the traditional novel is a consequence of the technology of the printing press," said Jeremy Bornstein, co-founder and President of Subutai. "We wanted to explore what the novel could be now that it's practical to use a platform more modern than paper."
Readers can enjoy the journey of The Mongoliad with a 6-month subscription priced at $5.99 USD or annually at $9.99 USD. Each week readers will receive new chapters, along with ongoing access to the community and additional content.
About the Authors
Neal Stephenson is a bestselling American writer known for his speculative fiction works, including Anathem, the Baroque Cycle, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, and the seminal science fiction novel Snow Crash. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (founded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system.
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy including Blood Music, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, and Quantico. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, one of only two authors to win a Nebula in every category, Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Army, the CIA, Sandia National Laboratories, Callison Architecture, Inc., Homeland Security, and other groups and agencies.
Seattle- and San Francisco-based Subutai Corporation is developing the first online social transmedia platform and entertainment properties, delivering the next generation of community publishing platforms. For more information visit us at http://www.subutai.mn.
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Trident to Unveil the Industry's First Integrated 240Hz Frame Rate Converter Solution for Next Generation 3D Televisions
The Trident FRC-V Chipset Delivers Substantial System Cost Savings and Features Major Enhancements to Trident's Patented Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 1 -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRID), the leader in frame rate converter (FRC) products, today announced that it will be unveiling the industry's first-integrated 240Hz frame rate converter solution at this week's IFA show in Berlin. The new Trident FRC-V is the only single-chip solution that can convert 50Hz and 60Hz material directly to new 200/240Hz systems, enabling substantial system cost savings and higher refresh rates needed for 3D display. In addition, Trident has made significant enhancements to the FRC-V's motion estimation and motion compensation (MEMC) technology to eliminate movie judder, motion blur, and halos to provide the sharpest, clearest and most vivid picture quality on the market.
"We designed the Trident FRC-V to meet our customers' requirements for lower system cost and industry-leading picture quality in 240Hz systems," said Dirk Wieberneit, senior vice president and general manager of the Trident TV Business unit. "With the only 240Hz single chip solution on the market and patents for MEMC, Halo free and FRC technology, Trident is well positioned to capture these next generation designs and deliver enhanced multimedia experiences to consumers."
About the Trident FRC-V Solution
The new Trident FRC-V motion compensated frame rate converter is the new high-end discrete component of the Trident IC family. With the worldwide market growth in flat panels and the introduction of HD, the Trident FRC-V becomes the new flagship for high-quality TVs. It is optimized to meet the needs of upcoming HD broadcast content as well as new HD blu-ray players, and will also support the latest LCD technology with frame rates up to 240 Hz. The Trident FRC-V is the best IC in the market that, at the same time, can eliminate motion blur and sharpen film content, including large area flicker reduction for source material up to 240p. The Trident FRC S+ is a 120Hz version of the FRC-V frame rate converter product family.
The Trident FRC V/S+ is ideally suited to work in conjunction with the HiDTVPRO-SXL video processor to expand the digital TV applications into 240Hz and 120Hz segments. The device comprises LVDS interfaces, memory controller for external SDRAM, and high-performance algorithms for motion blur elimination by motion compensated frame rate conversion.
The Trident FRC-V will be sampling to customers in Q4, 2010. For more information, customers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Trident Microsystems, Inc.
Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading force in the digital home entertainment market, delivering an extensive range of platform solutions that enhance the consumer experience in the Connected Home. As one of the top-three semiconductor providers to both the TV and set-top box markets, Trident's solutions can be found in the products of leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide. The company's extensive IP portfolio of more than 2,000 patents has been driving key innovations in image quality, 3D TV, low power consumption, and 45nm designs. For further information about Trident and its products, please consult the Company's web site: http://www.tridentmicro.com.
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DateBid Limited Announces Launch of DateBid, A New Social Gaming and Online Dating Application
New Auction-Style, Ice Breaker Game Breaks the Mold of Online Dating
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 -- DateBid Limited today announced the launch of DateBid, a new social game application that puts a fun, engaging and interactive twist on online dating. DateBid is an auction-style, ice-breaker game for meeting new people that brings a unique blend of social gaming and online dating to social network platforms and mobile devices. DateBid is available now on Facebook (http://bit.ly/datebid) and will soon be available on other social networks and mobile devices.
Getting started with DateBid is easy. Simply log in with a Facebook account to create a free profile and receive 5,000 free DateBid Fun Dollars to use in auction bidding fun. You can choose whether to bid for a 5-minute webcam date with a DateBid member, or have others bid for a 5-minute webcam date with you. Once an auction ends, the top bidder is the winner of the date auction and members can pick a date and time that is convenient for them for their webcam date. After the date is completed, the winning bid amount is credited to the auction seller and the DateBid Fun Dollars can be redeemed for prizes or donated to a charity of their choice.
"Our vision for DateBid is to combine the excitement of social gaming and online dating for a safe, fun, and socially engaging way to meet new people," said Alex Yamane, Chief Technology Officer for DateBid. "With our online and mobile webcam dates, we solve the problem of not knowing for sure whether the person you meet online is really who they say they are. It brings people together in the courtship game, while letting your friends be involved for real-time advice while you date, playing cupid through our secret admirer feature, or using the platform for raising money for a charitable cause."
DateBid is launching at a time when the social gaming industry is on a huge growth trajectory. The videogame market research group, NPD Group, released the results of a new study in August 2010, which revealed that 20 percent of the U.S. population - or 56.8 million people - have played a social game on a social network platform, such as Facebook, over the past three months.
About DateBid Limited
DateBid Limited is a privately-held company, based in the U.K., that brings innovative social network entertainment to people online and on mobile devices. DateBid combines social gaming and online dating in an auction-style ice-breaker game for meeting new people. For more information about DateBid, please visit http://www.datebid.com.
CyberTech Introduces Industry's First Unlimited Scalability Call Recording Software
From one to literally tens of thousands of recording channels
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 1 -- CyberTech, the world's fastest-growing and 3rd largest call recording provider, has announced the immediate availability of CyberTech MAX, an unlimited scalability recording platform that can support upwards of 40,000 simultaneous recording channels. Included in CyberTech Release 6, the company is also announcing CyberTech Myracle Plus, a SMB-specific recording platform capable of supporting 192 channels. These two new open, software-based solutions are designed to address the growing needs of mission-critical environments such as the financial and emergency services industries.
CyberTech MAX enables organizations to centralize their call recording operations in both traditional and IP telephony environments by linking multiple recording servers. An easy to deploy core server, MAX provides users with centralized administration, storage and search and replay. It also allows for the rapid search and replay of calls from any location.
CyberTech Myracle Plus is a highly secure and resilient call recording system designed for the unique requirements of the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) space. One integrated system for the recording of phone extensions, trunks, VoIP, screen activity and call data; Myracle Plus can scale up to 192 channels and offers the industry's lowest per-channel price and ongoing maintenance costs. Myracle Plus also offers a seamless upgrade path to more scalable solutions, including CyberTech PRO and CyberTech MAX (unlimited channels).
"With the exception of CyberTech, most recording systems on the market require costly and timely forklift upgrades to newer and larger configurations," said Tony Procops, President and CEO, CyberTech North America. "With the rollout of both CyberTech MAX and Myracle Plus, we have introduced two new platforms that can easily scale upward to 40,000 channels with only a simple software upgrade. This will go a long way in terms of reducing hardware costs and an organization's overall cost of ownership, while maintaining storage retention requirements."
CyberTech is the fastest growing, longest-standing and 3rd largest global call recording provider offering the most secure, open and future-proof solutions for organizations to rapidly improve performance, optimize service, mitigate risk, lower cost and maintain compliance. CyberTech offers innovative recording technologies that enable organizations to achieve the highest level of performance, quality assurance and liability protection, while supporting existing business processes. A commitment to customer satisfaction guides the company's development of flexible solutions that help protect an organizations' technology investment and ensures the quality of customer contacts - without the need for proprietary hardware, complex integrations or expensive software upgrades. For more information, please visit http://www.cybertech-int.com.
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Atmel Rolls Out Industry's Smallest Car Radio Antenna IC With Best Noise Performance
New device addresses radio frequency ranges up to 790 MHz including DMB, DVB-T and ISDB-T in Korea, Europe and US/Japan, respectively
HEILBRONN, Germany, Sept. 1 -- Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced the availability of a new active antenna integrated circuit (IC) designed for FM car antennas, car radios and navigation applications. Addressing the broad operating frequency range of up to 790MHz, these antennas also cover regional broadcast systems including DMB in Korea, DVB-T in Europe and the U.S. and ISDB-T in Japan. The new Atmel ATR4253 IC provides maximum integration to include an automatic gain control, supply voltage regulator with overvoltage protection and an antenna sensor in a 3 x 3mm footprint. The ATR4253 is the industry's smallest active antenna IC that enables designers to develop smaller, high-performance antenna solutions located in the car mirror, bumper, rear or side windows. The antenna detection functionality is also ideal for modern window or glass antennas, and the robust IC addresses other antenna types including pole or shark fin antennas.
With the industry's best noise performance and excellent linearity behavior, the ATR4253 addresses the two most crucial issues for designing antenna applications. Due to the impressive noise performance, the ATR4253 can also be designed as a pre-amplifier for car radios or navigation applications which require FM-RDS information. Similar to its predecessors Atmel ATR4251 and Atmel ATR4252, the new device enables crystal-clear reception without distortion even under extreme difficult and rapidly fluctuating field strength conditions typically found in moving antenna systems.
The device is equipped with a broad range of features including voltage regulation (important function when an unstabilized phantom feed is used), ESD protection, excellent system performance, and a very robust ambient temperature capability of up to 115 degrees C. In addition, the AGC avoids problems with large signals, while maintaining a high sensitivity level.
"Most modern car radios use phase diversity technology for improved reception quality, requiring two or more antennas. While the predecessor device Atmel ATR4252 handles both AM and FM frequencies, the Atmel ATR4253 is a perfect fit to support the application of a second FM antenna," explained Carsten Friedrich, Marketing Manager of Car Radio ICs at Atmel Corporation.
Availability and Pricing
Samples of the car radio antenna IC ATR4253 are now available in small-outline QFN16 packages. Pricing starts at U.S. $0.69 for quantities of 100K. To simplify and accelerate a product design, a demo board plus an application note are available under NDA.
AGC = Automatic Gain Control
AM = Amplitude Modulation
DMB = Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
DVB-T = Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial
ESD = ElectroStatic Discharge
FM = Frequency Modulation
Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting
ISDB-T = Terrestrial
NDA = Non-Disclosure Agreement
RDS = Radio Data System
Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.
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OmniVision Debuts Two New 2-Megapixel SOC Sensors to Support High-Volume Feature Phone Markets
OV2643 and OV2659 Add 720p HD Video and Excellent Low-Light Sensitivity to Further Extend Industry's Broadest 2-Megapixel Sensor Portfolio
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 1 -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today introduced two new system-on-a-chip (SOC) CMOS image sensors, the OV2643 and OV2659. Both sensors are designed to address the increased demand for 2-megapixel resolution cameras in the mid- to low-end feature phone segment, bringing high-definition (HD) video and excellent low-light sensitivity to this high-volume market. With the addition of the OV2643 and OV2659, OmniVision now offers the industry's broadest portfolio of 2megapixel camera solutions, serving a wide variety of applications including notebooks, webcams and gaming and entertainment devices.
The two new SOC sensors with advanced image signal processing offer quality and functionality comparable to many high-performance digital still cameras, including 720p native HD video at 30 frames per second, excellent sensitivity and high quality image capture. Additionally, they are designed to meet the cost, size and performance requirements of the highly segmented camera phone market.
"We are seeing a clear trend of the mid- to low-end feature phone market migrating to 2-megapixel resolution, with significantly increasing demand from emerging markets such as China and India," said Per Rosdahl, director of product marketing at OmniVision. "OmniVision has invested in a very broad 2-megapixel portfolio to address the full range of size and performance requirements this market segment demands. The OV2643 and OV2659 are the first SOC sensors from OmniVision to offer HD capability at this resolution, providing a critical differentiator over other sensors currently on the market."
Designed for cost-sensitive applications, the OV2659 is built on OmniVision's 1.75-micron OmniPixel3-HS(TM) architecture, which achieves low-light sensitivity of 950 mV/lux-sec. The OV2659's 1/5-inch optical format and ultra-low profile (4 mm) fits the industry-standard 6.5 x 6.5 mm camera module size for handset applications.
The OV2643 targets more performance-centric applications, implementing OmniVision's advanced 2.2-micron OmniPixel3-HS architecture, which achieves a sensitivity of 1250 mV/lux-sec. This makes it ideal for ensuring excellent video image quality under the most challenging lighting conditions. The OV2643's 1/4-inch optical format also fits the critical 6.5 x 6.5 mm camera module size.
Both sensors offer automatic image control functions, which include automatic exposure control, automatic white balance and automatic black-level calibration. They also feature all standard image quality controls such as color saturation, hue, gamma, sharpness (edge enhancement), lens correction, defective pixel canceling and noise canceling. The OV2643 also features black sun cancelation.
The OV2643 and OV2659 come with interfaces for standard serial camera control bus and digital video port (DVP) parallel output, offering support for UXGA, SVGA and 720p with programmable controls for frame rate as well as video operations.
The OV2643 and OV2659 are sampling now and are expected to enter mass production in Q4 2010.
OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ:OVTI) is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at http://www.ovt.com/.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, potential market appeal, and anticipated timing of mass production of the OV2643 and OV2659 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OmniVision's results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with OV2659 and OV2643, customer acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision's annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.
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