Sam's Club® Enhances Member Experience with Technology
Wi-Fi, Smart Phone App and 3D TV Available Soon
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 10 -- As part of its commitment to deliver the best possible shopping experience, Sam's Club today announced plans to upgrade all of its U.S. locations with Wi-Fi by November. The announcement was delivered to more than 2,200 Sam's Club associates from the field and Home Office gathered at the Orlando Convention Center for the company's Annual Holiday Meeting, which showcases holiday merchandise and details plans for the season.
AT&T* will provide Wi-Fi to Sam's Club, which will allow its members greater use of their Wi-Fi enabled smart phones while shopping and enable associates to demo new IPTVs (internet TVs) as well as other internet connected devices in real time. Members may view their favorite web application such as Facebook(TM), Pandora(TM) or Vudo(TM) on large screen TVs to better understand how it would appear at home. In addition, hundreds of product reviews will now be accessible in-club as well to help members research potential purchases and access samsclub.com. Sam's Club is also upgrading to 1080p on HDTV displays, to provide an improved and more realistic picture quality. Sam's Club is the first warehouse club to offer live IPTV demos and carry a 1080p broadcast signal. Sam's Club expects to showcase 3D TVs in all locations and online next month.
"Our members are early adopters of technology and electronics, and we're excited to deliver an improved experience in our clubs," said Brian Cornell, president and CEO, Sam's Club. "This investment in connectivity allows us to showcase the high quality brands we offer in a new engaging way, provide an enhanced level of service and bring to life our promise to our members of Savings Made Simple."
Sam's Club also announced plans to offer a comprehensive smart phone application (app) for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Droid platforms. The app will include several features such as access to eValues, which are extra discounts loaded directly onto the Plus Membership cards, product information, member reviews and more. The Sam's Club app will make it easier for members to make the right choices on products throughout the club as well as foster greater member interaction with Sam's Club. The Sam's Club app will be available in September. Additional functionality details will be communicated soon.
The use of Sam's Club Tech Experts will be expanded as a result of the new capabilities to provide advanced training for in-club electronics associates. Sam's Club members may use Tech Experts 24/7 for free, by calling 877-758-4346 to get pre and post sale consultations on dozens of electronics items from computers to home theater systems. Members may also get information on items regardless of where they were purchased. In addition to providing no cost tech support, Tech Experts also can provide Sam's Club members with delivery and installation of electronics from basic to custom plans.
"These initiatives combined with additional associate training in Electronics will have a positive impact on every product category within the department," said Joe Hartsig, vice president, Electronics at Sam's Club. "We'll be able to enhance how our members experience electronics and deliver an increased level of service as technology choices become more complex."
About Sam's Club
Sam's Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam's Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam's Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam's Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Saving is made simple at Sam's Club. Visit samsclub.com for more information.
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- Mind Candy Unveils Global Launch Plans for new Children's
- With Picture
Mind Candy, the global developer and publisher of the popular children's
online game Moshi Monsters, which has 24 million players worldwide
(http://www.moshimonsters.com), today announced the forthcoming launch of
Moshi Bandz, a new range of collectible wristbands for kids.
The fun and brightly-coloured wristbands take the form of popular Moshi
Monsters characters and are tipped to be one of the hottest children's
crazes of the autumn. They come in varying shapes and colours, with some much
rarer than others to increase their collectability. Following the huge
success of the category in the US, Mind Candy is rolling out a high-profile
media campaign of TV advertising, print and online marketing, as well as mass
sampling as they gear up for launch in the coming weeks.
Michael Acton Smith, CEO, at Mind Candy commented: "Moshi Bandz are a
great way for fans to take their favorite monsters with them wherever they go
and share the characters with friends and family. This is a really exciting
development for us as we bring the virtual world alive with a range of
Moshi Bandz are due to launch in October across major retailers and
newsagents with Firebox.com set to launch pre-order in the coming days. They
are priced at £1.49 for a pack of 10 wristbands with hundreds to collect in
the first series. For more information on Moshi Bandz or retailer enquiries
ABOUT MOSHI BANDZ
Moshi Bandz are fun, bright and colourful wristbands that take the form
of popular Moshi Monsters characters and include varying shapes and colours
ranging in rarity from common to ultra rare. Moshi Bandz will launch in the
UK in October and will be priced at £1.49 per pack of 10 wristbands. With
hundreds in the series to collect, Moshi Bandz are set to become this
autumn's new kids' craze! For more information visit http://www.moshibandz.com
ABOUT MIND CANDY
Mind Candy is one of the world's fastest growing social online gaming
companies and the global developer, operator and publisher of Moshi Monsters.
The company was founded in 2004 by Michael Acton Smith, a UK-based
entrepreneur who previously founded Firebox.com.
ABOUT MOSHI MONSTERS
Moshi Monsters is the world of adoptable monsters, combining adorable
virtual pets with social online gameplay and educational puzzles for
children. The puzzles test a variety of skills including basic maths, spatial
awareness, logic, counting, anagrams and vocabulary. Over 24 million monsters
have been created to date and over two million new players joining each month
making Moshi Monsters one of the world's fastest growing children's sites
with one new player joining every second! To date, hundreds of millions of
educational puzzles have been played and millions of virtual items sold each
day! For more information on Moshi Monsters visit http://www.moshimonsters.com
MIND CANDY / MOSHI MONSTERS GLOBAL PR
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'Free' Laptop Deals are Still Number one With Consumers
CAMBRIDGE, England, August 10, 2010-- Despite claims mobile broadband sales have dipped, and some bad press for
both mobile broadband speeds and the way the offers are marketed, so-called
'free' laptop deals are still number one with consumers, according to
There has been much criticism of the sales term 'free laptops'. The cost
of the laptop is actually factored in to the monthly payments through the
contract, which normally spreads over two years. They are more like hire
purchase arrangements, but with little (if any) extra interest added, making
them a very tempting proposition for many.
Almost half of mobile broadband sales made after comparing products at
Broadband Genie are still laptop deals, despite the fact dongle-only and
pay-as-you-go deals are significantly cheaper. Deals where the laptop isn't
'free', but greatly reduced in price, are also proving extremely popular.
This figure has not changed significantly over the past year, despite the
fact broadband suppliers have pulled back from promoting and advertising
these deals, with some stopping them altogether. Despite this, the public's
desire for them is still very strong.
These figures are even more surprising when you account for the fact
mobile broadband networks tend to reject around 75 per cent of online
applications made for 'free' laptop deals, due to credit ratings not meeting
their required standards.
Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said: "Mobile broadband is getting a
bit of a hammering from all sides at the moment. Average speeds are a
fraction of those advertised, and haven't gone up significantly for what
seems like an age - a far cry from the challenge to home broadband some
"At the other end of the scale, the mobile has become a real challenger
on data. Smartphones are getting cheaper and more sophisticated at the same
time, while an ever growing abundance of 'apps' make surfing the web, getting
email and hooking up to social networking sites a breeze.
"But so-called 'free' laptop deals are still hugely popular with the
British public. In hard economic times, when savings have dried up, it's nice
to know you can get a great laptop, and get online, as soon as you sign the
deal - often with no initial financial outlay."
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Broadband Genie is the UK's leading independent broadband, mobile
broadband and smartphone comparison website, providing consumers with an
unbiased source of information on prices and contracts and allowing them to
compare broadband providers in an independent environment. Broadband Genie
was launched in March 2004 as the first dedicated consumer comparison site
for broadband, while Mobile Broadband Genie was the first independent mobile
broadband comparison site, launched in October 2007. The sites were combined
in 2010, with the addition of smartphone comparison. The site is one of the
most popular in its field, regularly featuring in the national press. http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk
2. All queries and interview requests should be directed to Chris Marling
at Broadband Genie: email@example.com
New Epson WorkForce 320 and Epson WorkForce 325 All-in-Ones Deliver Superior Performance and Efficiency for Start-Ups, Home-Based Businesses
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 10 -- Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing desktop printing solutions, today introduced the Epson WorkForce® 320 and Epson WorkForce 325, two entry-level printer/copier/scanner/fax all-in-ones for home-based businesses at an affordable price. With a 30-page automatic document feeder for increased efficiency, Epson's exclusive DURABrite® Ultra all-pigment inks that are fade(1), water(2) and smudge resistant, and built-in Wi-Fi® n(3) offered in the WorkForce 325, these new WorkForce models deliver superior performance and quality.
"Epson knows that home-based business professionals such as realtors, architects and business consultants are traditionally conscious of costs and don't have time to think about their business tools. They require an affordable solution that addresses their business output needs while providing high-quality results," said Jennifer Liao, product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. "With the WorkForce 320 or WorkForce 325, home-based businesses can rely on a cost-efficient all-in-one to easily print, copy, scan, and fax important documents."
With several high-value features for a home office, including built-in Wi-Fi n connectivity, robust OCR software to easily convert scanned documents into editable/searchable text, and one-touch color and black and white copying, the WorkForce 325 boosts productivity and increases efficiency. In addition, it allows users to easily scan directly to PDF and e-mail, archive important documents, and fax documents directly from a computer(4).
Additional Features of the WorkForce 320 and WorkForce 325:
-- ISO print speeds of 4.3 ISO ppm black and 2.2 ISO ppm color(5)
-- Individual ink cartridges for replacing only the color that is needed
-- Instant drying inks to immediately touch laser quality documents and
-- Captures every detail for document archiving with 1200 dpi scanning
-- Saves up to 50 percent of paper supply with manual, two-sided
-- Uses up to 70 percent less power than laser printers(7)
-- ENERGY STAR® qualified, RoHS compliant, and designed to be recycled(8)
-- 5760 x 1440 dpi printing
-- Epson MicroPiezo® print head technology with smart nozzles delivers
ink droplets in as many as three sizes, some as small as three
picoliters, delivering sharp, laser-like quality text while optimizing
Pricing and Availability
The WorkForce 320 ($79.99*) is currently available, and the WorkForce 325 ($99.99*) will be available in mid-August, through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide, mail order, PC manufacturers, the Internet, and Epson's own retail site, http://www.epsonstore.com. For more information, please see the WorkForce 325 fact sheet.
About Epson America Inc.
Epson America, Inc. is a leading provider of an extensive range of printers, 3LCD projectors, scanners and point-of-service printers that are renowned for their high quality, functionality, innovation and energy efficiency. Epson America is a U.S. affiliate of Seiko Epson Corporation, which employs more than 70,000 people in 106 companies around the world. Seiko Epson is committed to its ongoing contributions to the global environment and for the second year in a row has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Epson is a registered trademark, Epson Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and Exceed Your Vision is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. DURABrite is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
(1)Display permanence based on accelerated testing of prints displayed under glass in indoor display conditions; album permanence based on accelerated testing of prints in dark storage conditions. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, temperature, humidity and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee the longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or UV filter or properly store them.
(2)Water resistance on Epson Glossy Papers, Epson Matte Papers and plain papers when using genuine Epson inks.
(3)Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n certified; level of performance subject to the range of the router being used.
(4)For sending faxes on Windows® only.
(5)ISO ppm is based on the new international standard for measuring print speed. Black and color print speeds are determined in default, single-side mode in accordance with ISO/IEC 24734. Actual print times will vary based on system configuration, software, and page complexity. See http://www.epson.com/printspeed for details, including complete ISO reports.
(6)Some applications and/or functions may not be supported by Mac®.
(7)Compared to the best selling monochrome and color multifunction laser printers available for $499 or less as of January 1, 2009. Actual power savings will vary by product model and usage.
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.CO Internet Announces Landrush Auctions for .CO Domain Names
Registry Reaffirms Commitment to Protect the Rights of Brand Owners
MIAMI, Aug. 10 -- .CO Internet S.A.S. (http://www.COinternet.co) announced that auctions will commence today for the more than 2,500 .CO domain applications that received multiple bids during the .CO "Landrush" phase. The auctions, which will take place over the course of the next four weeks, are only open to the individuals and entities that previously applied to register a specific .CO domain during the .CO Landrush phase. Eligible parties must register at http://www.COauctions.co in order to participate.
After only three weeks since its launch, nearly 410,000 .CO domain names have been registered in more than 180 countries worldwide. Among the more than 2,500 domains to be auctioned, the three with the most applicants are Slots.co, Insure.co and Denver.co. Other notable .CO domain names up for auction include Mexi.co, America.co, Betting.co, Vitamins.co, UsedCars.co, Happy.co, Ebook.co and Jackpot.co.
"As the .CO domain extension continues to generate global demand, I suspect we will see many exciting Landrush auctions for highly sought after domain names in the coming weeks," said Lori Anne Wardi, Director of Marketing at .CO Internet S.A.S. "These auctions are particularly important because they will help to define the nature of the secondary market for .CO domain names, in addition to further inspiring confidence among existing registrants about the value and long-term viability of the .CO name space."
.CO Registry Reaffirms Commitment to Create a Safe, Secure Name Space
As the registry operator of the .CO TLD, .CO Internet recognizes its responsibility to serve as a reliable trustee for the .CO domain and to manage the registry in a responsible way. As such, in an Open Letter to .CO Domain Registrants published yesterday, the .CO Registry reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the rights of brand owners and domain investors, and to creating a safer, more secure online experience for corporations, organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals from around the world.
In an effort to maximize compliance and minimize confusion, the open letter is intended to educate both existing .CO domain name registrants and Landrush auctioneers about the Registry's policies and safeguards against cyber-squatting and other domain name abuses.
"Naturally we are pleased about the incredible demand that .CO domain names have generated during the Landrush phase," said Eduardo Santoyo, Corporate VP and ccTLD Manager at .CO Internet. "That said, we want to make sure that both existing registrants and auction bidders fully understand the policies and mechanisms that have been put in place to protect their rights and the rights of brand owners world-wide."
These include, for example, certain mechanisms to prevent domain name abuse and to resolve domain disputes, such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which was adopted by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and incorporated by reference into .CO domain registration agreements, as a means to quickly and efficiently settle domain name disputes between registrants and third parties.
As with registrants who bought domain names directly via domain registrars, those who buy domains in .CO Landrush auctions will be responsible for determining whether a potential registration may infringe on or violate someone else's legal rights. UDRP administrative proceedings are binding, and no refunds will be given under any circumstances -- regardless of the amount paid to secure the domain name, how the domain was acquired, and/or whether the registrant or bidder was aware or unaware of any infringement.
Santoyo continues, "By creating and actively enforcing these policies, we hope to make the .CO domain extension a safer, more secure online environment for all .CO domain users."
Prior to bidding on a domain name as part of the CO Landrush auction process, all bidders are urged to consult with a qualified trademark attorney.
About .CO Internet S.A.S.
.CO Internet S.A.S. is the Registry Operator for the .CO top-level domain. Headquartered in Colombia, .CO Internet was formed by a strategic venture between Arcelandia S.A. and Neustar, Inc. (NYSE:NSR). The .CO domain offers individuals and businesses a truly global, recognizable and credible option in branding their online presence. Thanks to leading-edge technology, enhanced security and unprecedented rights protections for brand owners, the .CO domain is poised to become the world's next premier web address. For additional information, please visit http://www.COinternet.co. You can also follow us on Twitter @dotCO and on http://www.facebook.com/COinternet.
Source: .CO Internet S.A.S.
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Burke, +1-415-321-1862, email@example.com, both of Sparkpr, for .CO Internet
S.A.S.; or Lori Anne Wardi, Director of Marketing of .CO Internet S.A.S.,
Honeywell Acquires Shares of Sperian Protection Held by Essilor International and Mrs. Ginette Dalloz
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Aug. 10 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announces it has acquired all of the shares of Sperian Protection held by Essilor International, Mrs. Ginette Dalloz and Societe Civile Familiale Dalloz, at a price of Euros 117 per share (dividend attached), in accordance with the previously announced Share Purchase Agreement. As a result of this acquisition, Honeywell now holds 28.28% of the share capital and 27.53% of the voting rights of Sperian Protection.
The selling shareholders received the same price as is to be paid to Sperian shareholders tendering their shares in the pending all cash tender offer filed by Honeywell Holding France, which opened on July 12, 2010 and will close on September 2, 2010 with settlement for tendered shares to be made on September 15, 2010.
The completion of this offer has been cleared by the U.S. and European antitrust authorities and remains subject only to the successful tender by Sperian's shareholders of shares representing no less than 57% of the fully diluted number of shares (including the stakes that have just been acquired from Essilor, Societe Civile Familiale Dalloz and Mrs. Ginette Dalloz).
Pursuant to the provisions of 232-4 of the General Regulations of the AMF, the offer will be automatically reopened on the trading day following publication of the final results if there is a positive outcome. If the offer is reopened, the terms of the reopened offer will be identical to the terms of the offer. In such case, the AMF will publish the timetable for the reopening of the offer, which will last in principle ten trading days.
Sperian Protection is a leader in personal protection equipment (PPE) design and manufacturing and will be combined within Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions' Life Safety business.
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China Grants Samplify Patents for Wireless Base Station Technologies
Chinese Government Forging Strong Business Relationships with Multinationals
SHANGHAI, Aug. 9 -- Samplify Systems, Inc., a leading provider of signal-compression technology, semiconductors, and solutions, today announced it has been granted its first patents in China. The following China utility model patents were granted by the China State Intellectual Property Office covering the use of compression on links that carry digital baseband or radio frequency (RF) signals in wireless base stations (BTS) manufactured or sold in China:
Apparatus for compression of baseband signals in base
-------------- transceiver systems
Apparatus for compression of signals in base transceiver
Samplify's Prism IQ compression technology is now protected by these Chinese patents. Prism IQ significantly reduces the cost and capacity of fiber-optic connections, based on the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI), between the radio units and baseband units at the top and bottom of a wireless base station, respectively. As today's wireless environments migrate to 4G, Samplify's compression technology increases today's fiber-optic capacity from 10 Gbps to up to 20 Gbps for TD-LTE deployments in China.
According to Al Wegener, Samplify CTO and founder, "The deployment of TD-LTE in China will require up to 20 Gbps connections between the radio units and the baseband units. Working with China's leading mobile BTS manufacturers, we have already verified 2:1 data compression rates which will save millions of dollars as China rolls out TD-LTE nationwide."
Today's announcement is a win-win for both American and Chinese companies as it further demonstrates the Chinese government's willingness to enhance the country's business environment and relationships with foreign corporations.
"Protection of intellectual property is the cornerstone for enabling China's migration from 'Made in China' to 'Designed in China'," says Tom Sparkman, Samplify CEO. "These patents not only protect our technology, but will give Chinese OEMs wider access to international intellectual property that will accelerate their time to market for differentiated solutions."
About Samplify Systems:
Samplify is a venture-funded solution provider of signal compression technology and semiconductor products. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Samplify's customers include wireless infrastructure, medical imaging, and industrial control companies. Samplify's technology and semiconductor products, including the SAM1600 family, have won multiple industry awards for innovation, including the first data converter with integrated data compression. Additional information about Samplify can be found at http://www.samplify.com.
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email@example.com; or Nancy Sheffield of Tsantes Consulting Group,
+1-408-410-9928, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Samplify Systems
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 9 -- DeviantART.com introduces its latest contribution to artists around the world -- a web-based HTML5 drawing tool with full-blown layer capabilities, pressure sensitivity, and multiple brushes -- offered free to all members of deviantART.
DeviantART Muro takes advantage of HTML5 to provide superior function, speed, and flexibility over any other web-based drawing application, and its launch on deviantART ensures its immediate adoption by millions of artists worldwide. DeviantART Muro fully integrates Wacom's pressure sensitivity plug-in. Wacom is the world leader in drawing tablets. DeviantART Muro is the most powerful and simplest to use web-based drawing application available and is compatible with more devices than any distant competitor.
"DeviantART Muro is pure fun for anyone," said deviantART's co-founder and CEO, Angelo Sotira. "But it's also a highly sophisticated application that will meet and exceed the needs of professionals in the arts. DeviantART Muro offers the best brushes for pressure sensitivity on the web, and because of its design, we can continually expand the tool's features and functions in response to user comments or to new devices, almost on the fly."
The drawing tool is free to all members of deviantART, as is membership to the site. DeviantART enjoys a continuing and unbroken record of providing visual artists the most complete and active social network worldwide. Among the features available in deviantART Muro are:
-- Over 20 brushes, each uniquely programmed
-- Basic and Pro modes, both of which are free
-- Ability to use unlimited layers with variable opacity
-- Ability upload directly to your deviantART gallery or save to your
-- iPad support
-- Advanced keyboard shortcuts
DeviantART Muro works on more devices than Adobe tools because it takes advantage of the latest developments in HTML5 and sits natively without download in the user's browser. Corel, another market leader in drawing applications, offers nothing comparable in web function.
DeviantART Muro has proven to be an overnight sensation.
DeviantART was created to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. Founded in August 2000, deviantART is the largest social network for artists and art enthusiasts. A platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and sell their works, deviantART offers a vibrant community that receives over 100,000 daily uploads of original art, ranging from traditional works to digital art, film, literature, and beyond.
CONTACT: Heidi Chambers, Director of Marketing of deviantART, Inc.,
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 9 -- Google and Verizon's new joint broadband proposal pays lip service to the idea of "net neutrality," but actually would completely undermine the open and free Internet we enjoy, Consumer Watchdog said today.
There are two fundamental flaws, said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group:
"First, it sets up a two-tiered structure. There would be a so-called 'Public Internet,' but then the ISPs would be allowed to offer new premium services outside that basic service. How long to you think anything of interest would be available on the 'Public Internet'?
"Second, no neutrality principles would apply to the wireless world. Everyone agrees mobile is clearly the Internet's future. Allowing data discrimination in the broadband wireless world completely undermines the future of the Internet."
Essentially, this proposal is nothing more than two corporations meeting together and trying to carve up the Internet for their own advantage, Consumer Watchdog said.
Consumer Watchdog, formerly the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization with offices in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, Ca. Consumer Watchdog's website is http://www.consumerwatchdog.org. Visit our new Google Privacy and Accountability Project website: http://insidegoogle.com/.
Source: Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT: John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog, +1-310-392-7041,
SafetyWeb Launches iPhone and Android Apps to Help Parents Protect Their Kids While on the Go
Online Safety Service also Enables Mobile Phone Monitoring for Parents
DENVER, Aug. 9 -- SafetyWeb LLC, the online service that helps parents keep their children safe online, launched a first-of-its-kind online safety app for the iPhone and Android, offering parents unprecedented connectivity and ability to protect their children from online abuse. The SafetyWeb app (available now in the iPhone App Store and Android Market) provides parents with the ability to track their child's online activity on their smartphones - affording the best information about instances of cyber bullying and abuse and enabling the quickest appropriate response.
"Now that we've extended SafetyWeb onto mobile devices, parents can always be aware of potential online threats to their children - and receive alerts in the palm of their hand," said Geoffrey Arone, co-founder of SafetyWeb.
Additionally, through the acquisition of Odojo in July 2010, SafetyWeb has integrated mobile phone data into its monitoring algorithms, providing the most comprehensive information to parents who are concerned with their children's online social interactions. By incorporating Odojo's technology, SafetyWeb gives parents the unprecedented ability to track children's texting activity, influxes of mobile activity and potential dangers.
"Kids are constantly plugged in, and the tools we provide help parents protect their kids' safety, privacy and reputation. By integrating Odojo's technology, we can offer mobile phone monitoring - which is important because of how frequently kids use their phones," said Michael Clark, co-founder of SafetyWeb. "Bullying is no longer limited to the playground or classroom, and our mission is to plug parents in to where it's happening - whether it's online or via text message."
SafetyWeb is the first service of its kind to provide parents with layers of relevant data about their child's online social presence - searching the web for images, mentions and social network information. SafetyWeb empowers parents with the information they need to diffuse and deter instances of abusive digital behavior - from cyber bullying to unwanted solicitations - and to decide the best course of action if their child is victimized online.
SafetyWeb will soon incorporate data into their leading-edge safety service from gaming consoles and geo-location services, providing parents with a comprehensive toolkit that helps pinpoint concerning behavior. Since launch, over 2,500 affiliates are distributing SafetyWeb. The service provides parents with easy-to-read weekly reports on their child's online activity and 24-hour access to website services for $10/month or $100/year. To learn more or to get started, visit SafetyWeb.com.
About SafetyWeb LLC
SafetyWeb is the online service that simplifies online safety by helping parents guard their children's online safety, privacy and reputation. The service monitors the web to deliver reports and immediate alerts on irregularities and dangers associated with kids' and teens' online activity. SafetyWeb arms parents with the information they need to determine acceptable and healthy online behavior. The company was founded in 2009 by Geoffrey Arone and Michael Clark, who have worked on web sites that combined, serviced over 500 million register users. For more information visit: http://www.SafetyWeb.com.
Source: SafetyWeb LLC
CONTACT: Dave Heinzinger, +1-646-495-9723, SafetyWeb@groupsjr.com
LIVINGSTON, N.J., Aug. 9 -- Milestone Scientific Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: MLSS) , the recognized leader in advanced, computer-controlled injection technologies, today unveiled its new corporate web site found at http://www.MilestoneScientific.com.
Designed and implemented by award-winning New York City design firm Greco & Emmi, the new site was created to clarify and better convey Milestone's key messaging, current business information and provide more detailed perspective on the Company's advanced drug delivery injection products, technological leadership, future product innovations and strategic partnering opportunities. The new web site allows patients to locate dentists that use the STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System® unit by geographic area. In addition, it also features a comprehensive online Investor Information Center, which endeavors to provide site users with the greatest possible transparency into Milestone's business operations. Specifically, the IR center includes:
-- detailed investor information on the Company and its technology
-- a webcasting platform that will permit online users to access live and
archived public conference calls to be webcasted by the Company each
-- copies of presentations given by Company officials at investor-related
-- an event calendar providing dates and venues for upcoming trade and
financial conferences at which Milestone is scheduled to exhibit or
-- detailed corporate governance information;
-- a press and media center featuring news announcement and media
-- downloadable investor fact sheets, due diligence kits and SEC filings.
Over time, Milestone expects to add additional enhancements and features to the site, so users are encouraged to check back often.
About Milestone Scientific Inc.
Headquartered in Livingston, New Jersey, Milestone Scientific is engaged in pioneering advanced computer-controlled injection technologies for the medical and dental markets; and currently sells its award-winning products through a global distribution network serving North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. For more information on the STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System® unit and other innovative Milestone products, please visit the Company's web site found at http://www.milestonescientific.com or follow the Company on Twitter @painlessdental or become a fan on Facebook at Painless Dentistry.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing and financial impact of Milestone's ability to implement its business plan, expected revenues and future success. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are based on assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond Milestone's control. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, failure to achieve expected revenue growth, changes in our operating expenses, adverse patent rulings, FDA or legal developments, competitive pressures, changes in customer and market requirements and standards, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Milestone's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, Milestone's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2009. The forward looking-statements in this press release are based upon management's reasonable belief as of the date hereof. Milestone undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Elite Financial Communications Group
Dodi Handy, President and CEO (Twitter: @dodihandy)
For Media Inquiries: Kathy Addison, Director, Elite Media Group
407-585-1080 or via email at email@example.com
Source: Milestone Scientific Inc.
CONTACT: Dodi Handy, President and CEO of Elite Financial Communications
Group, Twitter: @dodihandy; or Kathy Addison, Director, Elite Media Group,
+1-407-585-1080, firstname.lastname@example.org, (Twitter: @kathyaddison), both for Milestone
AT&T Launches U-verse Mobile App to Let Customers Record and Watch TV Shows From iPhones
First TV Provider to Offer iPhone App with DVR Management and Ability to Download and Watch TV Content While on the Go
DALLAS, Aug. 9 -- AT&T* today announced its AT&T U-verse® Mobile App is now available on the App Store.
The U-verse Mobile app gives U-verse subscribers the ability to download and watch popular TV content on their iPhone so they can take their U-verse TV experience with them, wherever they go. AT&T is the first TV provider to offer an integrated mobile app that allows you to both manage your DVR and download and watch select shows. The app is another example of how AT&T delivers more value to U-verse TV customers with continued service enhancements and innovative apps.
U-verse Mobile replaces the popular Mobile Remote Access for iPhone app and incorporates the ability to browse the U-verse TV program guide, view program descriptions, schedule and manage your DVR recordings, while adding the ability to download available episodes over any Wi-Fi connection, and watch them in full-screen mode on your iPhone from anywhere. U-verse TV customers already enjoy the flexibility of remote DVR management. More than 100,000 U-verse TV customers use the Web and Mobile Remote Access apps every month.
"We're making it possible for you to watch TV shows on your iPhone at no extra charge. It's just one more valuable and innovative feature available on U-verse TV," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our U-verse multi-screen promise is now a reality for millions of U-verse TV customers, with content available on U-verse TV, U-verse Online, and today, U-verse Mobile. No cable provider comes close to matching the cross-platform experience we're delivering today, and we'll continue to add unique features that further integrate these screens."
All U-verse TV customers can download the app to manage their DVR, and the ability to download and watch content is available for customers that subscribe to the U300 package or higher. U-verse customers can upgrade their TV packages at any time at http://www.att.com/u-verse. New U-verse TV customers and iPhone owners that order AT&T U-verse U300 or U450 will receive a $75 iTunes gift card.
You can browse or search a library of downloadable shows, and select which series or specific episode you want to download. The content is downloaded to iPhone over a Wi-Fi connection. All AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet customers have home Wi-Fi installed as part of their service and get access to AT&T's U.S. Wi-Fi network at no additional cost.
The U-verse Mobile App includes TV shows from several popular networks and AT&T will continue to add more content on an ongoing basis. U-verse Mobile is the latest way that AT&T is mobilizing everything that's important to customers -- their favorite content, apps, entertainment and social networks. AT&T today delivers the nation's fastest mobile broadband network as well as the nation's largest Wi-Fi network, giving customers the best combination of speed and coverage.
AT&T U-verse offers numerous features and apps that enhance your entertainment experience, including many ways that TV and wireless services work together -- a benefit that cable providers don't offer. In addition to U-verse Mobile, you can check your wireless and U-verse Voice messages from a single voice mailbox; use the YP.COM TV app to search for local business information and send the call to your home or wireless phone with the click of your remote; and more.
AT&T U-verse TV is the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider, making AT&T U-verse one of the most dynamic and feature-rich services available today. AT&T U-verse TV ranked "Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the South and West Regions Two Years in a Row," according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Studies(SM). For additional information on AT&T U-verse -- or to find out if it's available in your area -- visit http://www.att.com/u-verse.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to http://www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify. AT&T U-verse services are provided by AT&T local telephone companies. $75 iTunes Card. Offer ends 11/6/10. Available to new and existing residential AT&T iPhone customers ordering AT&T U-verse U300 or higher TV. Redemption details provided to customer within 4 weeks of activation of qualifying service. Card sent to customers 4-6 weeks after redemption. Redemption requires customer to retain qualifying service a minimum of 30 days and at time processing of reward is completed. Limited 1 iTunes card per customer account. U-verse Mobile: Download and watch available for select shows and requires qualifying smartphone, U300 or higher TV plan, and Wi-Fi connection. AT&T U-Verse Voice: U-verse Voice, including 911 dialing, will not function during a power outage without battery backup power. May be incompatible with monitored home alarms and medical monitoring systems. AT&T U-verse Messaging may not be fully compatible with all AT&T wireless voice mail systems. Other conditions and restrictions may apply to all offers. Offers may be modified or discontinued at anytime without notice. AT&T employees or retirees not eligible for promotional offers.
Wi-Fi: Largest claim based on non-municipal company-branded and -operated hotspots. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.com for additional services, details and locations.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
AT&T U-verse received the highest numerical score among television service providers in the South and West in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008-2009 Residential Television Service Satisfaction Studies(SM). 2009 study based on 28,118 total responses from measuring providers in the South (13) and West (10) regions and measures consumer satisfaction with television service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January, March and June, 2009. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com
Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Jill Rountree of AT&T Inc., +1-512-495-7186,
AVT, Inc. Launches New Web Site Featuring New Line of Automated Retailing Machines
CORONA, Calif., Aug. 9 -- AVT, Inc. (formerly Automated Vending Technologies), (Pink Sheets: AVTC) (http://www.avtinconline.com) is pleased to announce that it has restructured and improved its web site to better serve visitors by providing them new information including an up-close look at its next generation of automated retailing machines.
The web site features fresh released video about the Company's state-of-the-art technological advances and the new product line it is launching, built to dispense high-end products for upscale, quality retailers. The video explains to the viewer how this innovative developer and manufacturer of highly integrated product dispensing systems succeeds in producing revolutionary breakthroughs in its sector.
The web site also explains how the Company's experienced engineers; IT technicians and software developers have teamed up to produce original, innovative technological improvements in automated retailing. It presents significant detail on each of the machines developed by AVT and explains the diverse channels AVT serves, including personal electronics, apparel, movies, music, games, accessories, as well as food, snacks and beverages.
The web site also includes AVT's latest news and an investor information section, including a video by CNN Microcap News. "We are proud of our new web site and urge our investors, and potential shareholders, to visit and learn about our technological achievements," said Shannon Illingworth, founder.
ABOUT AVT: AVT, Inc. (Pink Sheets: AVTC - News) is a vending solutions provider based in Corona, California that has developed several significant vending machine technologies that yield a more efficient and reliable yet technically advanced system. This advanced technology provides methods for cashless payment, credit card and debit card use, dynamic advertising with remote tracking and inventory management. AVT has grown privately for five years and has a strong balance sheet with current revenues, inventory and assets. AVT currently serves more than 300 government and commercial vending accounts in Southern California.
Source: AVT, Inc.
CONTACT: James Winsor of AVT, Inc., +1-951-737-1057
GenosTV, the World's First Virtual Cable Television Provider is Seeking Beta Testers to Ensure Its Service and Functionality Sets a New Standard for Cable TV Worldwide
- GenosTV is a Virtual Television Service That Will Be Made Available On IP Connected Televisions, Set Top Boxes, Cell Phones and Other IPTV Service Offerings - Distribution Partners and Television Manufacturers Receive Monthly Revenues By Partnering with GenosTV - Beta Testers are Needed Worldwide
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 -- Today, GenosTV announces that it is seeking beta testers to ensure its service exceeds consumers' expectations for the next generation cable television service. Interested parties are encouraged to email all of their contact information, prior relevant experience and why they should be chosen to be part of the Genos Team, to email@example.com.
The company announces that there will be no GenosTV Cable Box needed for its service. The Cable Television service is VIRTUAL and will merely be a "Button" on the user interfaces of IP Connected Televisions Sets, Blue Ray Players, Cell Phones, and other IPTV services. Pandora, internet radio, is a great example of this distribution strategy. Television manufacturers can finally realize revenue beyond the markup they receive on their hardware sales and turn their TV into a recurring revenue stream by partnering with GenosTV. The same is true for other internet enabled consumer electronic devices. The Company is forming relationships and is seeking agreements with distribution partners worldwide. This new strategy allows consumers to switch to Genos Cable TV without any upfront fees or new equipment and it gives Genos the distribution necessary to offer cable networks millions of new customers as we can reach "Off Net' consumers in rural areas and offer limited television services for under $10.00.
"GenosTV is the most disruptive business model in history," said Rob Shambro, the company's Chairman and CEO. "When researchers and analysts fully evaluate the impact of GenosTV on the consumers, how TVME gives everyone a stage, how the existing networks who have never had to market themselves have to change to survive, how the cable companies are going to have to change because consumers finally have a television provider alternative, cross pollination of international cable networks, new jobs and industries created and the effect on global advertising, they will see the massive impact that Genos has on media worldwide. No one will ever admit it but Genos has already effected every corner of the cable television industry and has saved consumers millions of dollars. Our business model and January launch date has caused many companies to go back to the drawing board. Customers have been unhappy for so long and the first chance they get to switch to a solid alternative, they will," said Shambro. "Remember when Orbitz and Travelocity eliminated the travel agent? That was nothing compared to the effect of GenosTV on the media sector."
Marc Diego, VP Corporate Development, a former graduate of UCLA is spear heading a prelaunch of the service at the UCLA campus along with managing the collegiate marketing teams nationwide. GenosTV is accepting applications for campus representatives across the country. Interested parties can submit their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. GenosTV will launch its service at the Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas.
Genos(TM) is a subsidiary of the ShambroWest Corporation, with offices in Las Vegas and Amsterdam. It was founded by Rob Shambro, Serial Entrepreneur and founder of SAVVIS, STREAMSEARCH and ILABS, Mike West, subject matter expert in consumer electronics and former technical leader at IBM, and Kevin Bachus, creator of the Microsoft XBOX.
GenosTV will create the world's first, broadband pay television network that allows consumers to purchase the television channels that they want to watch rather than arbitrary bundles of channels in which they have no interest. This has the potential to save every GenosTV customer up to 70% in comparison to their previous cable or satellite bill. The patent-pending television service will be delivered to any Internet-connected device, including the latest generation of Internet-connected televisions and wireless Blu-Ray players. Provided as a subscription service that can be accessed on personal computers, mobile devices and Internet-connected consumer electronic devices, GenosTV will be the first and only linear television service to take advantage of the growing installed base of platforms capable of running TV applications. Just as Vonage transformed the market for telephone services overnight by providing a service on top of existing consumer data connections, GenosTV intends to transform the market for television services.
By using a direct sell-through approach of delivering content from producer to consumer, GenosTV will, for the first time, bring a "supermarket model" to television subscription, with "on-the-shelf" content delivered at fair market price. Currently consumers are forced to purchase packages of content - from a single provider or an aggregate of many providers. On GenosTV, channels will be offered à la carte to subscribers (who can create their own custom line-up). For the first time, television networks will set the price for their content and consumers will subscribe to only those channels they actually want - leading potentially to impulse purchasing behaviors as consumers add channels to their line-up directly through the GenosTV interface.
Through this expanded, direct and monetizable relationship with the subscriber a better relationship and access to existing viewers of content will develop. This will enable access to potential customers that the content has never been able to reach before. Furthermore, the television networks can incentivize consumers to take multiple channels from the same provider by offering optional discounted bundles or premium pricing for longer-term subscription commitments The company announces that there will be no GenosTV Cable Box needed for its service.
Sites offer real time availability, door-to-door directions, photos and more
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 9 -- Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:MAA) has launched mobile-friendly websites to make apartment hunting easier and more convenient.
Each of the company's 150 apartment communities now has a customized website that is compatible with most smartphones. The sites allow potential renters to check apartment availability in real time, view photos and get door-to-door directions to any community using GPS technology.
"Our new mobile sites offer renters a more localized approach to finding an apartment by providing a unique mobile site for each of our apartment communities," said Melintha Ogle, Vice President and Director of Marketing for MAA. "The mobile sites provide potential renters with optimal search features, which will make the apartment search much more convenient and easier to navigate."
To provide renters with the most cohesive mobile apartment search available, MAA partnered with VaultWare, the leading mobile availability and reservation system in the apartment industry.
"Apartment hunters want full functionality as well as a customized experience for their specific mobile device," says Mike Cornell, Chief Operating Officer for VaultWare. "With access to current pricing and availability literally at their fingertips, they can easily start the leasing process by reserving and pre-qualifying right from their smartphone."
The mobile sites are supported by most mobile platforms including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre and Windows Mobile. U.S. mobile web usage grew 110% in 2009 and is expected to grow exponentially in 2010.
"We realize our customers consistently rely more heavily on mobile technology to access information," Ogle said. "As mobile web use increases, we will continue to be at the forefront of mobile technology advances to make the apartment search process as convenient as possible."
About Mid-America Apartment Communities
MAA is a self-administered, self-managed apartment-only real estate investment trust, which currently owns or has ownership interest in 44,462 apartment units throughout the Sunbelt region of the U.S. For further details, please refer to the MAA website at http://www.maac.net or contact Investor Relations at email@example.com or by mail at 6584 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38138.
Certain matters in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27-A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements made about anticipated growth in mobile web usage and our ability to invest in and implement technology advances. Actual results and the timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including a downturn in general economic conditions or the capital markets, competitive factors including overbuilding or other supply/demand imbalances in some or all of our markets, changes in interest rates and other items that are difficult to control, as well as the other general risks inherent in the apartment and real estate businesses. Reference is hereby made to the filings of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc., with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, reports on Form 8-K, and its annual report on Form 10-K, particularly including the risk factors contained in the latter filing.
Source: Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.
CONTACT: Investor Relations of Mid-America Apartment Communities,
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Drives History Into the Future
New mobile app, iPhone tour gives guests intimate look at Ford family
GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich., Aug. 9 -- Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., continues the Ford family legacy of innovation and technology with its own iPhone and iPad application and interactive tour. The app is free on iTunes and as a web app for most smartphones. Pre-loaded iPod Touches are also provided on-site to visitors of the historic home in suburban Detroit.
The launch increases accessibility to the Ford Family story using technology in a style that's leading the museum app revolution.
Using 60 minutes of exclusive video, an original soundtrack and never-before-seen footage of the Ford family at play in the 1930s and 40s, the app explores the home that Edsel Ford, the only child of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, shared with his wife Eleanor and their four children. The app weaves together home movies, an interactive estate map and site-specific interviews with the people who were there. Users experience the Ford family story via their smartphone, becoming the leader in their visit with this treasured American family.
Many videos were filmed by Edsel Ford himself, providing an intimate look into the auto legend's mind at a pinnacle time in the Ford family history.
"It's unlike any museum tour I've seen," said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. "It literally allows visitors to enter the story by providing access to personal movies of the family when they weren't in the public eye, relaxed and enjoying being a family. It's very personal and sometimes deeply emotional. Visitors will be able to connect with this iconic family in a whole new way."
For example, guests walking near the swimming pool can touch the screen to watch a video of Eleanor and the children playing by the pool, standing in the space where it actually happened. Or they will be able to watch touching footage of Edsel and Eleanor ice skating before Edsel's untimely death. (For a sneak preview of the iPhone tour, visit http://www.fordhouse.org).
"This technology is a liberation from the traditional, passive museum experience. It's really about you - what do you want to explore? This positions the Ford House as a real leader in the field," said Rob Pyles, Creative Director at the app's developer, Audissey Media.
The app is available free from iTunes and as a web app from most smartphones at http://www.fordhouse.org/mobiletour. Ford House admission includes a guided tour and iPod Touch use.
About Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Since 1978, Ford House has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to share in Eleanor Ford's vision of preserving the estate for future generations to enjoy through interpretive tours, family activities, lectures, exhibits and gardens and grounds events. Visit http://www.fordhouse.org or call 313.884.4222.
Source: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
CONTACT: Ann Fitzpatrick, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, +1-313-884-4222,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Andrea Westfall, Franco Public Relations Group,
+1-586-871-9630 (mobile), or +1-313-567-5092, email@example.com
Verizon Wireless Reports $146 Million Enhancement to Florida Digital Network in First Half of 2010
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 9 -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless company with the largest, most reliable voice and 3G data network, announced today that it invested $146 million in the first half of 2010 to further enhance advanced wireless services and coverage for Florida customers.
The investment included construction and upgrades to large network facilities, installation of high-tech in-building systems at numerous high-traffic or high-priority Florida venues, the integration of former Alltel network facilities, and the deployment of test teams and vehicles roaming the state to ensure the most reliable and advanced 3G coverage. In addition, technicians have been making intensive preparations to launch even more advanced 4G high-speed data services in Florida, with a rollout scheduled later this year.
South Florida "super switch"
Completed in early 2010, the new South Florida Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO) is a 45,000-square-foot facility located in west Broward County. The facility now serves as the company's main call-processing hub for South Florida, with the capacity to handle tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day. The structure, designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, is equipped with large-scale back-up power generation, further enhancing the everyday and emergency strength of the Verizon Wireless network. The facility joins other Verizon Wireless "super switches" in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Jupiter.
Verizon Wireless completed numerous high-tech in-building systems that use dozens of small wireless transmitters - which resemble small smoke detectors - to ensure strong inside coverage. These systems were installed in high-priority public safety facilities such as police stations, emergency command centers and hospitals, as well as high-traffic wireless consumer locations such as hotels, resorts and tourist attractions.
Verizon Wireless technicians have integrated more than 700 Alltel cell sites and several large switching facilities across the state to work as part of the largest and most advanced Verizon Wireless network. With the assimilation of former Alltel resources, many of which located in smaller markets along the Gulf Coast or rural areas in North Florida, the Verizon Wireless company-owned network now covers nearly the entire state and virtually 100 percent of Florida's population.
Verizon Wireless network technicians traveled more than 25,000 miles across the state so far this year in special vehicles to measure connection quality on the Verizon Wireless network versus other carriers. Using sophisticated testing equipment, the local test teams conducted more than 100,000 voice call attempts and almost 600,000 data tests on the Verizon Wireless network and those of major competitors to ensure network superiority.
4G or Long Term Evolution technology
Verizon Wireless plans to launch by the end of the year its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in 25 to 30 markets nationally. LTE will deliver significantly greater high-speed network capacity than even today's most advanced 3G coverage. Verizon Wireless technicians have been making extensive hardware and software installations and enhancements to thousands of network resources (switching facilities, cell sites, etc.) in Florida to provide LTE services to customers when 4G launches in the state.
The investment to enhance network reliability in Florida is an ongoing focus of Verizon Wireless. Since the company formed in 2000, more than $2 billion has been spent to keep enhancing Verizon Wireless coverage and services for customers in the state. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Keep their Phones WIRELESSLY Charged and Ready to Go with Powermat
WHAT: This Fall, as the class of '14 prepares to descend on campuses nationwide and Moms across the country struggle with the time-honored dilemma of how to ensure that their co-eds keep in touch, Powermat has the answer!
Instead of packing an array of individual bulky chargers for the many devices your college kid will need and then hoping that they have the good sense to rotate chargers among that one dorm room outlet, why not CUT THE CORDS with a Powermat wireless charging system?
Powermat provides wireless power to electronic devices of nearly every type. By attaching a receiver once, you are free to drop and charge your devices to your hearts content ensuring that you're never caught without power when you need it most.
WHY: Powermat supports hundreds of the most popular gadgets, provides a sleek looking design and economizes space, while eliminating tangled wires. Powermat promotes organization for even the most unorganized dorm room dweller and ensures that your college-bound co-ed will never be without power when you need to be in touch.
WHO: Families and college-bound students will appreciate the organization and convenience that Powermat wireless charging affords. You'll save space in cramped dorm rooms and time hunting for individual chargers with the Powermat system.
WHEN: Available in stores now. Participating retailers include: Powermat.com, Best Buy, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sprint stores, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Staples, Costco, BJ's and more!
Contact us for a complimentary review unit!
CONTACT: Scott Eisenstein
John Hancock Annuities Makes eDelivery Options Widely Available to Customers
- Account statements and confirmations now available electronically - New environmentally friendly delivery options provide instant, secure communication via email - Sweepstakes campaign for customers who enroll;* prizes awarded
BOSTON, Aug. 9 -- John Hancock Annuities has made eDelivery options for quarterly statements and confirmations available for all annuity contract owners who register on its award-winning web site, http://www.jhannuities.com. Owners who wish to receive their statements and other account materials may now choose secure electronic delivery instead of paper mail. Sign-up is easy and direct, by logging on to http://www.jhannuities.com, and following prompts. John Hancock Annuities is instructing both financial advisors and their customers about John Hancock's eDelivery via emails, mailers, posters, newsletters, phone messaging and online Q&As.
"We are very excited to expand our range of online services to include quarterly statements and transaction confirms - making it even easier to access and save key information, and of course, reduce use of paper and printing, that reduces strain on the environment," said Tom Mullen, Vice President, Marketing, John Hancock Annuities. "John Hancock has been at the forefront of efforts to offer useful, web-based tools to help clients and advisors understand their annuities and manage them efficiently. This is a great step forward."
In order to increase awareness and participation in the new online services, John Hancock Annuities announced a sweepstakes campaign which will run from August 9, 2010, through February 15, 2011. Any client who signs up for any eDelivery options will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Winners will be determined by random drawing in March 2011. The Grand Prize is winner's choice of a vacation getaway for two to a luxurious eco-friendly resort; either the Ladera Resort on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, or the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in California. Ten first prizes of Apple iPads will also be awarded. Fifty second-prize winners will be awarded an eco-friendly prize pack.*
John Hancock Annuities' web site recently received the highest rating from Corporate Insight's Annuity Monitor for its approach to the account information displays offered to clients on its web site, leading the top five annuity firms in providing easy access to account performance. The web site also was honored with multiple wins in the 2009 Annuity Monitor Awards. John Hancock Annuities was awarded more gold medals in 2009 than any other company and was the only firm to earn three consecutive gold Monitor Awards in two categories: Public Home Page Navigation and Client Account Information.
About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents, and distribution partners. For more than 120 years, clients have looked to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy, and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$446 billion (US$440 billion) as at March 31, 2010.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial may be found on the Internet at http://www.manulife.com.
The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, fixed and variable annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at http://www.johnhancock.com.
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Source: John Hancock Annuities
CONTACT: Beth McGoldrick, John Hancock Annuities, +1-617-663-4751,
Tasktop Introduces Agile Planner for Eclipse at Agile 2010
New product enables Agile planning from the IDE and integrates multi-vendor Agile ALM solutions
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 9 -- Agile 2010 -- Tasktop Technologies (http://www.tasktop.com), creators of Eclipse Mylyn and the leader in Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) integration and productivity, today announced the Tasktop Agile Planner, a new product that leverages Mylyn connectors to provide Agile teams the ability to manage existing defect and project management systems with planning support that spans across multiple vendors' solutions. The planner provides a rich desktop client and Eclipse-based user interface for accessing Tasktop Certified Agile project management integrations, including ThoughtWorks Studios' Mingle, IBM Rational Team Concert, Rally, CollabNet's ScrumWorks, Atlassian's JIRA and VersionOne.
The Tasktop Agile Planner provides a unique Eclipse-based native user interface for Windows, Mac and Linux that enhances the web-based interfaces of those solutions and additionally provides offline access to plans. Only the Tasktop Agile Planner offers cross-repository planning facilities that enable user stories to be associated with defects stored in external systems, such as HP Quality Center and Bugzilla. The Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) integration supports automatic linking between plan items and source code artifacts, and enables developers and team leads to create and monitor Agile development plans directly from Eclipse, making it effortless to maintain project status awareness and keep plans up-to-date.
"The problem of plans becoming disconnected from development activity is rampant in enterprise adoptions of Agile," said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project. "The Tasktop Agile Planner addresses this by ensuring that all ALM systems involved with planning are linked and accessible directly from the Eclipse IDE, where developers and team leads spend the majority of their workday. When combined with the Tasktop developer tools this additional level of integration enhances the best-of-breed Agile project management solutions that we integrate with by ensuring that plans are a real-time representation of development activity."
Tasktop Agile Planner provides project managers, developers and quality assurance team members with a lightweight yet complete planning platform for managing the entire Agile planning process. Core features of Tasktop Agile Planner include:
-- Task Planner: supports release and iteration planning that spans
multiple systems, for instance, a plan can include a story in Rally
that is linked to defects in a JIRA repository (which also are
displayed on the plan).
-- Task Board: provides a visual display of tasks not started, in
progress and complete, right in the developer's IDE.
-- Burn Down Charts: provides a graphical representation of outstanding
work over time.
-- Time Tracking: automates the tracking of time spent on stories and the
ability to view actual time tracking information recorded in the IDE
on the plan.
The Tasktop Agile Planner is available now in a beta version through Tasktop's early access program, with general availability set for mid-September. Learn more at http://tasktop.com/agile or contact Tasktop at http://tasktop.com/about/contactus/ to join the early access program. Tasktop will be demonstrating the product at its booth at Agile 2010 (http://www.agile2010.org). When released, the Tasktop Agile Planner will support in-IDE planning for Tasktop Certified ALM solutions, such as IBM Rational Team Concert, Atlassian JIRA, CollabNet's ScrumWorks, Rally, ThoughtWorks Studios' Mingle and VersionOne.
About Tasktop Technologies
Tasktop Technologies is the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn ALM integration framework and its revolutionary task-focused interface technology. The task-focused interface is proven to make developers more productive by showing only the relevant information for each task, dramatically reducing search time and facilitating multitasking. Tasktop Pro is the company's enterprise-ready product based on Mylyn, with task-focused support for web browsing, time tracking, documents, email and calendars. Tasktop Technologies also provides consulting, connector development services and training to the growing number of companies adopting the task-focused paradigm and tools. For more information please visit http://www.tasktop.com.
CIC Closes Financing and Recapitalization to Accelerate Growth
Cash Infusion and Conversion of Debt Significantly Enhances CIC's Financial Strength
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Aug. 9 -- Communication Intelligence Corporation ("CIC" or the "Company") (BULLETIN BOARD: CICI) , the leading supplier of electronic signature solutions for business process automation in the financial industry and the recognized leader in biometric signature verification, announced today that it has closed transactions with Phoenix Venture Fund LLC ("Phoenix"), as lead investor, and others to provide additional working capital to the Company while also eliminating all existing indebtedness for borrowed money.
The recapitalization and financing, totaling $8 million, involved the conversion of approximately $6.6 million of secured debt into preferred stock and approximately $1.4 million in gross proceeds from the issuance of preferred stock.
Phoenix and its CEO, Philip Sassower, have been the primary source of financial backing for CIC. Mr. Sassower has rejoined the Company as its Chairman and CEO thus allowing Guido DiGregorio to focus on operations and growing the business as President and COO.
"After a chaotic 2008 and 2009, financial institutions are on a more solid footing and are beginning to increase their IT budgets," stated Mr. Sassower. "There are also indications that banks and insurance companies are demonstrating a greater willingness to invest in more efficient and cost-effective solutions, such as CIC's market leading electronic signature products. The recapitalization and financing will strengthen CIC's balance sheet and its position in a market that we believe is accelerating. Phoenix looks forward to working with CIC and its seasoned management team, at this exciting inflection point for the Company."
"The Phoenix investments reflect confidence in CIC and acknowledge the progress achieved and opportunity available to CIC and its investors in the electronic signature market," stated Mr. DiGregorio. "I welcome Phil's renewed active involvement in the business and I look forward to working with Phoenix in the pursuit of achieving sustainable and profitable revenue growth. Our objective continues to focus on building customer loyalty by delivering exceptional value and I welcome the opportunity to focus my energy full time on that objective and on, once again, obtaining the shareholder value we seek."
Communication Intelligence Corporation's (CIC) products enable companies to achieve truly paperless work flow in their eBusiness processes by providing multiple signature technologies across virtually all applications in SaaS (Software as a Service) and fully deployed on-premise delivery models. CIC based solutions afford Straight through Processing (STP) which delivers increased revenue generation by enhancing the customer experience and significant expense reduction through paperless and virtually error free electronic transactions. Industry leaders such as AGLA, Allstate, American Family, Charles Schwab, JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide (UK), Prudential, Snap-on Credit, Travelers, Wachovia, Wells Fargo and WFG (World Financial Group) chose CIC's products to meet their needs. CIC has deployments with over 400 channel partners and enterprises worldwide representing millions of end users, with over 500 million electronic signatures captured, eliminating the need for over a billion paper documents. CIC is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California and has a joint venture, CICC, in Nanjing, China. Fore more information, please visit our website at http://www.cic.com/
Forward Looking Statement
Certain statements contained in this press release, including without limitation, statements containing the words "believes", "anticipates", "hopes", "intends", "expects", and other words of similar import, constitute "forward looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual events to differ materially from expectations. Such factors include the following (1) technological, engineering, quality control or other circumstances which could delay the sale or shipment of products containing the Company's technology; (2) economic, business, market and competitive conditions in the software industry and technological innovations which could affect the Company's business; (3) the Company's inability to protect its trade secrets or other proprietary rights, operate without infringing upon the proprietary rights of others or prevent others from infringing on the proprietary rights of the Company; and (4) general economic and business conditions and the availability of sufficient financing.
CIC, its logo and the Power to Sign Online are registered trademarks. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
Investor Relations & Media Inquiries:
Source: Communication Intelligence Corporation
CONTACT: Chantal Eshghipour of CIC, +1-650-802-7740,
LG Electronics Unveils Self-Diagnosing Customer Service Feature for Laundry Systems
'SmartDiagnosis' Makes Troubleshooting More Efficient, Helps Minimize Service Calls
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Aug. 9 -- LG Electronics USA today launched a new self-diagnosis technology for LG clothes washers and dryers that delivers added convenience while saving consumers time and money.
Called SmartDiagnosis(TM), this LG-developed innovation helps customer service representatives quickly and efficiently troubleshoot mechanical issues over the phone, limiting costly, inconvenient service calls and in-home visits. The combination of this new feature, along with the unprecedented 10-year warranty on LG's Direct Drive washer motor, illustrates that the company's customer service is as reliable as its laundry products, according to Peter Reiner, senior vice president of marketing, LG Electronics USA.
"LG is the long-time innovation leader in the laundry category - from pioneering technologies such as TrueSteam(TM) in washers and dryers to new design palettes previously unavailable," said Reiner. "SmartDiagnosis technology is another example of LG's commitment to offering smart appliance innovations that deliver new levels of interactivity, convenience and reliability, ultimately offering consumers something better."
How It Works
With SmartDiagnosis, troubleshooting washer and dryer issues is made easier. Consumers calling the LG customer service center are instructed to press select buttons on the laundry unit, which in turn trigger a series of diagnostic tones. Each tone corresponds with a specific potential maintenance need and can be identified by trained service technicians over the phone, allowing them to evaluate the information and provide feedback based on the data that was received.
LG SmartDiagnosis eliminates a step in the troubleshooting process, because issues can at times be identified without the need for a service technician to visit the home for diagnosis, saving time and money. In those instances where a service visit is required, the field technician can come prepared with the correct parts, enabling the repair to be resolved in one visit.
SmartDiagnosis is available on LG's newest front-load SteamWasher(TM) with 6Motion(TM) Technology (models WM3875 and WM3885) and the company's first top-load Wave(TM) Series washer (models WT5101 and WT5001), along with their matching dryers. Both washer series feature LG's Direct Drive motor which has fewer moving parts than conventional motors, helping to guarantee performance time and again. The Direct Drive motor enables innovations such as 6Motion technology that allows the drum to tailor each load with a combination of motions including rolling, stepping, swinging, scrubbing, filtration and tumbling. It also is the catalyst for advanced washing options like ColdWash(TM), an energy-efficient washing option available on both washers, which delivers warm water performance with cold water savings. ColdWash technology allows the deep clean of a warm water wash with less energy consumption, saving consumers up to 60-82 percent on their energy bill.
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances and business solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.LG.com.
* Specifications, pricing and availability subject to change without notice.
Source: LG Electronics USA, Inc.
CONTACT: Clara Chang, +1-201-816-2011, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Katy
Donnelly, +1-704-846-1864, email@example.com, both of LG Electronics
Introducing MedNetworks: New Venture Based on Social Network Analytic Technology Developed at Harvard University
Company launches with $5 Million in Funding from Excel Venture Management
NEWTON, Mass., Aug. 9 -- MedNetworks, Inc. today launched as a new venture based on the social network analytics research of professor Nicholas Christakis of Harvard University. Christakis is a physician and social scientist internationally renowned for his groundbreaking research on social factors influencing health. MedNetworks has an exclusive license from Harvard University to use the Christakis technology in the healthcare sector. MedNetworks also announced today that it has raised $5 million in Series A financing from Excel Venture Management.
MedNetworks offers pharmaceutical firms, health plans, corporations and hospitals a first-of-its-kind method for analyzing real-life social networks of physicians and patients and identifying patterns of influence. Using sophisticated analytics, MedNetworks maps social networks, evaluates strength and dynamic development of connections of members of these networks, ranks individual influence and performs predictive modeling. The company can apply this analysis to virtually any type of network where data allow connections between individuals.
"For most human phenomena, the power of social influence reverberates through any network -- be it social or professional," said Christakis, scientific founder and board member of MedNetworks. "Identifying and harnessing these patterns will fundamentally change the way the healthcare industry understands its providers and patients. This knowledge will empower our clients to leverage existing data to disseminate information and focus interventions more efficiently, rapidly and effectively." Professor Christakis is co-author of "Connected" and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.
Among physicians, for example, MedNetworks can map detailed networks in communities, evaluate the number and strength of connections between physicians, identify clusters of practitioners and discern influence patterns. By applying this analysis to large data sets, MedNetworks creates detailed, actionable information, allowing more efficient and effective use of promotional efforts.
"While the applications for the social network analysis models coming out of the Christakis Lab are extraordinarily broad, healthcare offers an excellent starting point," said Larry Miller, MedNetworks CEO. "It's a sector where data are often available, but not always used effectively. For example, we're already turning conventional wisdom on its head regarding pharmaceuticals, proving that current approaches fail to take advantage of critical information about social networks. Our analyses indicate that significant influence occurs in social networks beyond high prescribers, so there are advantages to adjusting the focus of promotion. Use of network approaches takes advantage of the 'multiplier effect,' where interventions can have dramatically greater effects as they propagate throughout the networks. The result is a much more efficient, and likely more effective, approach to promotion."
"The technology MedNetworks is using to analyze and activate social networks has tremendous power and broad applicability to help grow various businesses and enhance their profitability," said Dr. Steve Gullans of Excel Venture Management. "This approach has spawned an entire field in academia and is now poised to transform healthcare by helping reduce overall costs and improve outcomes." In connection with this financing, Dr. Gullans and Juan Enriquez will join the MedNetworks Board of Directors.
"We're delighted that this important work will be applied in the healthcare sector," said Isaac Kohlberg, senior associate provost and head of Harvard's Office of Technology Development. "As a leader in technology transfer, Harvard has an obligation, consistent with our public service mission, to help expedite the translation of new technologies to address questions in healthcare delivery."
MedNetworks offers the only fully validated and functional technology to map, analyze and activate social networks across the healthcare sector, including consumers, patients, health plan members, physicians and hospitals. This technology, based on groundbreaking research of Harvard University Professor Nicholas Christakis, enables MedNetworks' customers to dramatically increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their interventions. For more information, please visit http://www.mednetworks.com.
About Excel Venture Management
Excel Venture Management builds companies that apply transformative life science technologies to solve problems in healthcare and beyond. The Excel investment portfolio is balanced across healthcare IT and services, diagnostics, and medical devices, plus life science platforms that address adjacent markets including energy, chemicals, defense and agriculture. The majority of the team's prior investments, which include some of the world's premier healthcare and life science companies, are thriving and over half have achieved successful exits generating billions in value. http://www.excelvm.com/.
Source: MedNetworks, Inc.
CONTACT: Scott Montminy, for MedNetworks, +1-781-791-4553,
Georgia's Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network Now Even Stronger
Verizon Wireless Invested More than $55 Million in the Company's Statewide Network in the Second Quarter of 2010 to Further Enhance 3G Service
ALPHARETTA, Ga., Aug. 9 -- In its ongoing effort to provide the best wireless service, Verizon Wireless announced today that it invested more than $55 million in the second quarter of 2010 to enhance its network in Georgia. This network enhancement is part of Verizon Wireless' consistent, aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion nationally since it was formed - $5.7 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2003, the company has invested over $1 billion in Georgia.
"Our focus has been and always will be on network quality. The network is what enables our customers to truly enjoy the features of their devices," said Jeff Mango, president, Georgia/Alabama Region for Verizon Wireless. "It's not just about making calls and sending and receiving email anymore. People are using their mobile devices to search the web, navigate using GPS applications, connect to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and much more. At Verizon Wireless we strongly believe in empowering our customers to do all of these things no matter where they are in the state. "
Faster, Expanded Coverage Statewide
The Verizon Wireless network was upgraded and enhanced during the second quarter of 2010 in 88 counties statewide and in the Atlanta area including near Georgia Institute of Technology, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and Coca-Cola Headquarters. The towns of Albany and Macon also both received multiple 3G network enhancements, in addition to network upgrades in the following areas:
Allentown Americus Augusta Armuchee Berner
Blairsville Blakely Blue Ridge Dunwoody Bonaire
Franklin LaGrange Hazelhurst Cumming Albany
Nashville Attapulgus Adel Midway Brooklet
Hayesville Brunswick Ellijay Reidsville Macon
Bainbridge Big Canoe Whitesville Cordele Cedartown
Baxley Unadilla Pinehurst Jasper St. Simons
Carlton Sumner Metter Alpharetta Celeste
Cecil Toccoa Athens Nicholson Cleveland
Perry Danielsville Hephzibah Dudley Climax
Calhoun Elberton Chatsworth Baconton Comer
Hamilton Leslie Pine Mountain Sparks Cooktown
Helen Danville Henderson Dawson Covington
Crestwood Dalton Dexter Dublin Eastman
Springfield Savannah Arabi Toombsboro Ocilla
Eatonton Washington Irwinville Culloden Lake Blackshear
Sycamore Sandersville Sylvania Warner Robins Euharlee
Rebecca Statesboro Tennille Ellaville Elmodel
Fitzgerald Taylorsville Summerville Thomasville Faceville
Woodstock Beaverdale Ivy Log Buena Vista Coolidge
Thomaston Manchester Irwinton Douglas Five Springs
Vienna Riverdale Byron Skipperton Flowery Branch
Fort Valley Fortson Gainsville Gay Geneva
Gray Grovetown Hawkinsville Hinesville Hopeulikit
Jeffersonville Laconte Lake Park Madison Marietta
McCaysville Milledgeville Moody AFB Newton Neyami
Nuberg Pearson Pine Log Putney Register
Roberta Rockledge Sandy Springs Sasser Shady Dale
Social Circle Sterling Suwanee Talking Rock Twin City
Villa Rica Waynesville Westwood Hills Woodbury Wrightsville
Legacy Alltel Sites
The company also finalized the integration of legacy Alltel cell towers in the residential and commercial areas of LaGrange, Newnan, Logansville and Peachtree City. Legacy Verizon Wireless customers now enjoy the immediate benefit of 8 new area cell sites, while legacy Alltel customers are now able to take advantage of over 50 Verizon Wireless cell sites. The integrated network is 100 percent 3G.
Trusted Wireless Connectivity
Verizon Wireless invests more in its network than any other wireless service provider in the United States and tests its network and those of its competitors to ensure the Verizon Wireless network remains the nation's most reliable. Using sophisticated testing equipment in specially equipped company vehicles, Verizon Wireless network systems performance engineers drove 497,700 miles to conduct 1.69 million voice call attempts and 9.7 million data tests on the Verizon Wireless network and the networks of major competitors across the United States during the first six months of 2010.
Currently, 97 percent of Georgia's population is covered by Verizon Wireless' 3G network, providing customers with the ability to browse the Web faster for quick page-loading times, quick downloads for music and 3D games, streaming video, e-mails with attachments, video conferencing and more.
"Our focus is on providing the best customer experience, which we know is largely driven by our network," says Mango. "Our test men and women in Georgia enable us to not only understand our customers' experiences today, they also allow us to make decisions on network investments that will provide the best service in the future. A superior and reliable wireless network is no longer measured by 'bars' or new cell towers. Our investment is largely focused on adding power and capacity to our existing statewide 3G network."
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Source: Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Kate Jay, +1-678-339-4828, Kate.jay@VerizonWireless.com
IDS Vendor, Tactical FLEX, First to Offer iPhone App
With iPhone App, Aanval users access security event data, anywhere.
SEATTLE, Aug. 9 -- Tactical FLEX becomes the first Intrusion Detection System vendor to offer an iPhone App. Aanval is the first and only intrusion detection correlation console to provide native iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad access to live Snort and Syslog event data. Loyal Moses, company owner, said, "Users of the Aanval iPhone App can access Aanval event details directly from an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad anywhere, even on the go!"
The new iPhone App is compatible with both the free single sensor versions of Aanval as well as fully licensed commercial installations. Aanval customers may purchase and install the iPhone App to enjoy live access to Aanval's event data. Aanval iPhone @ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aanval/id381007750?mt=8
Moses added, "Tactical FLEX is committed to a very aggressive feature enhancement timeline for Aanval iPhone and will be releasing updates over the next several weeks." He also noted, "Aanval iPhone requires Aanval 5.5 build 50743 or greater."
Aanval iPhone screen shots are available on the Aanval Web site at http://www.aanval.com. Aanval may be downloaded as a free single-sensor version and Aanval v5.6 Snort and / or Syslog product licenses, upgrades, training and support service packages may be purchased from Tactical FLEX at http://www.aanval.com.
About Tactical FLEX:
Tactical FLEX, a privately owned software development firm, specializes in Rich Internet Application Development using Adobe Flex and AIR. The firm also offers IT consulting and professional services. Aanval is the company's primary product and the industry's leading web-based GUI for snort and syslog intrusion detection and correlation. Government security and defense organizations from more than a half dozen countries, educational institutions from around the world, global financial organizations as well as space exploration and military weapons manufacturers rely upon Aanval as a part of their security infrastructure. The Aanval console system is designed to scale from small single sensor installations to global enterprise deployments. In total, over 5,500 organizations in 95 countries use Aanval to secure their network(s). A list of select customers is available on the Aanval Web site at http://www.aanval.com/flex/#op=customers.
Source: Tactical FLEX
CONTACT: Kenneth Bitz, Director, Sales and Marketing of Tactical FLEX,
New KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections One-of-a-Kind Service Helps Brides Take Treasured Photographs out of the Electronic Shoebox to Create, Share and Preserve Memories with Customized Heirloom Albums
Kodak Trialing Unique Offering Where Designers Create Heirloom Albums for Consumers
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 9 -- It's a new kind of bride, who, rather than engaging professionals to photograph her wedding day, chooses friends or family members and designates them the "official photographer" of the day. Unlike the professional photographer - who not only captures the wedding, but also helps retouch and lay out photo and print images - the friend or family member simply hands over a DVD/CD of the day. As a result, these brides become the "orphaned brides," who, after the honeymoon is over, realize they want more than just a DVD/CD to remember their day. In spite of good intentions, at best, the DVD/CD often sits on a shelf gathering dust. At its worst, it gets damaged, leaving the couple with no photographs to tell the story of their wedding day.
To help these brides relive their day and preserve their memories for future generations, Eastman Kodak Company is trialing KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections. This unique new service for consumers provides access to designers to create one-of-a-kind stunning heirloom albums, taking the work and hassle out of creating an album on their own. The service leverages Kodak's network of professional photographic labs for design and printing to offer a service unmatched in quality and premium album selection.
"Many couples opt for wedding images from friends and family members on a DVD/CD, but are unclear on how to go about creating high quality wedding albums, or give up due to complexity and time constraints. They also run the risk of losing their photographs, should the DVD get damaged or technology render the DVD useless," said Therese Corrigan-Bastuk, Worldwide Marketing Director, Film Capture, Paper & Output Systems, Eastman Kodak Company. "With KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections, Kodak makes it easy for newlyweds to create customized, one-of-a-kind professional albums, simply by uploading their images to this service and then choosing the preferred features of their own heirloom album. From there, our professional designers take over, laying out the images to tell the story of the wedding day and presenting it back to the customer for final approval. As we enter the trial period with this new offering, we expect KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections to offer valued services while removing traditional roadblocks to premium album creation."
The KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections service provides distinct value to consumers, including professional design support and unlimited layouts with high quality and choice in cover materials. Also, KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections heirloom wedding albums use KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Paper, which lasts for more than 200 years in typical dark home storage. KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections lets consumers blend the images from the designated photographer along with personal candids captured by other wedding guests. As a result, the story of their wedding day will be as beautiful, complete and elegant as the brides remember it.
To create heirloom albums using KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections, consumers need to do three simple steps:
1. Download KODAK PROFESSIONAL Collections software, which shows the
catalog of offerings via http://www.kodak.com/go/professionalcollections
2. Choose from gorgeous covers, custom layouts and versatile sizes.
3. Upload photos. (Note: Consumers are responsible for all images
uploaded, shared or copied using the Service. Copyright law does not
allow Kodak to print pictures and graphics without permission of the
copyright owner. The original photographer owns the copyright in any
photograph, unless the photographer has licensed or sold those rights.)
Once this is complete, a skilled professional will do the rest and present the consumer with a preview for approval and final order. The end result is a beautiful heirloom album that will tell the story of the couple's special day for generations to come.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
Marvell and Harman Team Up to Bring Advanced Wi-Fi Connected Solutions to Automotive Industry
New Audi 2010 A8 sedans first to feature a factory-installed Marvell Mobile Hotspot that turns car into a mobile office and entertainment center
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 9 -- Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, and HARMAN, the global automotive audio and infotainment leader (NYSE:HAR), today announced they are enabling automakers to offer integrated Wi-Fi connectivity via award-winning Marvell® Mobile Hotspot (MMH(TM)) technology. The 2010 Audi A8 is the first automobile on the market to feature a factory-installed mobile hotspot, representing a significant milestone for in-car Internet technology. The 2010 Audi A8 with MMH technology is now available in Europe.
Marvell and Harman Automotive integrated MMH technology into the Audi vehicle through a built-in WLAN module, enabling high speed online and internet access via cellular link or Bluetooth connected mobile devices. The MMH technology implements a full-featured, WLAN access point integrated entirely on the wireless chip. The technology integrated into Harman connectivity system realizes a full-featured local Wi-Fi mobile hotspot within the vehicle, giving passengers access to Web-based services. Up to eight devices can be supported, from Smartphones to high-performance tablets and other advanced mobile devices like Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras, laptops and portable gaming devices.
"I believe today's consumers want the convenience of seamless connectivity and live content whenever and wherever they choose -- whether in the home, office, classroom or automobile. Marvell is proud to be the industry driver of this new 'connected mobility' revolution," said Weili Dai, Marvell's Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer and Computing Business Unit. "Harman's solution for the Audi A8 sedan is a perfect example of using Marvell's live, always-on technology to bring the car fully into the broader connected ecosystem. Marvell's connectivity technologies transform the car into a mobile office and entertainment center, making accessible everything from productivity tools to passenger gaming and live media experiences. Finally, the car is connected to the rest of our lives."
"We are pleased to partner with Marvell in extending a key component of the mobile office concept to our customers through this milestone application," said Sachin Lawande, Harman Chief Technology Officer and Co-President, Automotive. "We are committed to providing a comprehensive in-car experience in cooperation with leading automakers, and the mobile Wi-Fi innovation takes this to a new level."
Marvell's unique Wi-Fi software architecture is optimized for extremely low power consumption on battery-powered consumer electronics, enabling passengers to connect to the vehicle's network without affecting the battery life of their connected devices. MMH technology provides a secure Internet connection with standard 802.11 WPA2 authentication and data encryption mechanisms.
Marvell is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com/.
HARMAN (http://www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets -- supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of 3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
Marvell and the M logo are registered trademarks of Marvell and/or its affiliates. MMH is trademark of Marvell and/or its affiliates. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc., registered in the United States and/or other countries
For Further Information Contact:
Marvell Marvell Harman Automotive
Media Relations Investor Relations Global Communication & PR
Daniel Yoo Jeff Palmer Christine Och
Tel: 408-222-2187 Tel: 408-222-8373 Tel. +49 7248 71-1272
CONTACT: Daniel Yoo of Marvell Media Relations, +1-408-222-2187,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeff Palmer of Marvell Investor Relations,
+1-408-222-8373, email@example.com; or Christine Och of Harman Automotive
Global Communication & PR, +49 7248 71-1272, firstname.lastname@example.org
NNDS, Lincoln Interactive Launch New CREDITFLEX Program in Ohio
Online education option now available to all schools for compliance with Senate Bill 311
BEAVER, Pa., Aug. 9 -- Under Ohio Senate Bill 311, all Ohio school districts are required to offer a credit flexibility program to its students by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, enabling high school students to earn credits by demonstrating subject area competency in lieu of or in combination with instruction. The Ohio Department of Education has approved online classes as a credit flex option.
The National Network of Digital Schools and Lincoln Interactive, the country's leading provider of online curriculum, are proud to announce the launch of CREDITFLEX, available to all Ohio school districts for compliance with Senate Bill 311.
Lincoln Interactive forms the basis for the CREDITFLEX program, offering a diverse variety of options for students who are interested in pursuing educational opportunities in a flexible, online format.
Meeting all state requirements, CREDITFLEX provides Ohio school districts with a plan to address the unique needs of today's students by offering:
-- Expanded curriculum offerings: Students can choose from more than 250
online, self-paced semester courses, at basic and advanced levels.
Students can take core courses or a variety of electives, everything
from basic math to forensics to web design.
-- Highly qualified teachers: All Lincoln Interactive courses are taught
by licensed teachers who are highly qualified in their fields.
-- Increased flexibility: Students are able to complete course work
either from school or at home; they can choose what works for them.
"NNDS and Lincoln Interactive can partner with Ohio school districts to provide online credit flexibility solutions that engage students in dynamic, individualized courses," said Jonathan Ludwig, Educational Services Representative for NNDS. "Lincoln Interactive utilizes state-of-the-art technology, an interactive and engaging curriculum, and the guidance and support of highly qualified, licensed instructors to help both students and districts succeed."
About NNDS and Lincoln Interactive: The National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit management foundation, dedicated to providing the highest quality K-12 online curriculum and comprehensive management services to traditional brick and mortar schools, charter schools and cyber schools focused on expanding educational opportunities for students. As a community foundation, NNDS also lends financial support to educational initiatives that expand opportunities for young people. NNDS empowers its partners to expand curriculum options by offering accelerated courses, alternative education and credit recovery courses - as well as developing more effective educational programs for special education students. Lincoln Interactive is also the premier choice for students who learn best from the safety of their own home.
Source: The National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS)
CONTACT: Toni Cicone, +1-724-544-3744, or Jonathan Ludwig,
+1-724-777-1896, both for The National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS)
SOHU.COM Announces Signing of Non-Binding Term Sheet for Strategic Investment in Sogou Search Business
BEIJING, Aug. 9 -- Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU), China's leading online media, communications, search, online games and wireless value- added services group, today announced that it has entered into a preliminary, non-binding term sheet for the possible sale to strategic investors, including Alibaba Group(1) and Yunfeng Fund L.P.(2) (collectively referred to as "Ali"), of a minority interest of preferred shares in Sohu's Sogou online search business. The non-binding term sheet also contemplates that certain members of Sohu's executive management, including Dr. Charles Zhang, Sohu's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will participate in the transaction as investors. If the proposed transaction is completed, Sogou will use the net proceeds from investors to further develop its business.
Proposed terms would involve issuing Sogou shares to Ali and Dr. Charles Zhang's investment fund, representing approximately 16 percent, respectively, of Sogou on a fully-diluted basis. Sohu would then maintain 68 percent of Sogou. The amount of the proposed investment and pricing were not announced. Sohu and Sogou would also establish a share incentive program for Sogou management and key employees as well as certain members of Sohu's executive management. The non-binding term sheet is subject, among other things, to the proposed strategic investors' satisfactory completion of due diligence and the parties' negotiation, preparation, and execution of definitive investment documentation. Key pricing and other terms also are subject to approval by Sohu's audit committee, which is composed solely of independent directors. Sohu's audit committee and full board, with Dr. Charles Zhang abstaining, have given preliminary approval to the proposed transaction, subject to the completion and review of a third-party appraisal of the Sogou search business.
There can be no assurance that definitive investment documents will be entered into by the parties, or that the proposed transaction will be completed.
(1) Alibaba Group is a family of Internet-based businesses that
includes business-to-business international trade, online retail
and payment platforms and data-centric cloud computing services.
(2) A venture capital fund, started by Mr. Jack Ma and Mr. Feng Yu.
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Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) is China's premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties and community based/web 2.0 products which offer the vast Sohu user community a broad array of choices regarding information, entertainment and communication. Sohu has built one of the most comprehensive matrices of Chinese language web properties and proprietary search engines, consisting of the mass portal and leading online media destination http://www.sohu.com; interactive search engine http://www.sogou.com; #1 games information portal http://www.17173.com; the top real estate website http://www.focus.cn; #1 online alumni club http://www.chinaren.com; wireless value-added services provider http://www.goodfeel.com.cn; leading online mapping service provider http://www.go2map.com; and developer and operator of online games http://www.changyou.com.
Sohu corporate services consist of brand advertising on its matrix of websites as well as paid listing and bid listing on its in-house developed search directory and engine. Sohu also offers wireless value-added services such as news, information, music, ringtone and picture content sent over mobile phones. The Company's massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) subsidiary, Changyou.com (NASDAQ:CYOU), currently operates five online games, including the in-house developed Tian Long Ba Bu, one of the most popular online games in China, and the licensed Blade Online, Blade Hero 2, Da Hua Shui Hu and Zhong Hua Ying Xiong. Sohu.com, established by Dr. Charles Zhang, one of China's internet pioneers, is in its fourteenth year of operation.
For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Li Mei
Mr. Chen Yuan Yuan
In the United States:
Mr. Jeff Bloker
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