82-Year-Old Nut, Dried Fruit, and Bulk Food Company Changes Name to Nuts.com
CRANFORD, N.J., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1929, Poppy Sol founded The Newark Nut Company to sell nuts, dried fruits, and other bulk foods at the Mulberry Street open-air market. In 1999, Poppy Sol's grandson, Jeffrey Braverman, took the company to a virtual storefront at nutsonline.com. After deep thought and discussion weighing the pros and cons of changing the company's name, the nutty family announced the change from NutsOnline to Nuts.com.
"We were inspired to change the name because it's easier for our customers to remember and type. I can't tell you the number of times I would make new friends and they would say, 'I'm excited to check you guys out - Nuts.com, right?'" says Jeffrey, who is also the company's Head Nut. "Even Rachael Ray made this mistake on her show! When the opportunity arose for us to get the nuts.com domain name, we decided to go for it."
The superior customer service and highest level of product quality will remain consistent; the only thing that is changing about the company is the name and logo. Nuts.com is still owned by the same family with the same values as The Newark Nut Company and the more recent NutsOnline.
"Since Nuts.com has a deeply passionate customer base - some customers are in their 80's and 90's, and remember Poppy Sol fondly - I want to make sure they know that the company they trust is still the same. Over time, we will replace the logo and develop new packaging, but we promise that the extraordinary Nuts.com experience will only continue to improve," says Jeffrey.
Nuts.com has been selling high quality, fresh bulk nuts, dried fruit, cooking and baking supplies, healthy snacks, and candy since 1929, first as The Newark Nut Company and then as Nutsonline.com. Nuts.com sells more than 2,500 products, including Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, and Certified Kosher foods. To learn more about the family-owned company, visit nuts.com or follow them at twitter.com/nuts and facebook.com/nuts.com.
CONTACT: Anne Swift, Chief Marketing Nut, Nuts.com, +1-650-605-3543, email@example.com
Oclaro Laser Diodes Enable the Development of the Industry's First 15 Kilowatt Direct Diode Laser Systems
Advancements in Laser Diode Design Allow Oclaro to Deliver the Highest Power Levels and Broadest Wavelength Range
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oclaro, Inc.( )(NASDAQ: OCLR), a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser solutions, today announced that its laser diodes have been designed into the industry's first 15 kilowatt (kW) direct diode fiber coupled laser systems. Featuring the highest power levels, broadest wavelength range and leading brightness, the Oclaro laser diodes scale from 910nm to 1070nm at high power levels and leading brightness to uniquely meet the demanding performance requirements of these next generation 15kW systems. The company will be showcasing its complete line of laser diodes, which are currently shipping in volume to the industrial, semiconductor, automotive and materials processing markets, at next week's Photonics West Conference in the Oclaro booth #1101.
15kW and other multi-kilowatt systems are ideal for applications such as metal welding, cladding and cutting that continually require higher power to improve the performance of the laser system and process efficiency. Due to their output power, brightness and "colors", the Oclaro laser diodes have become a key technology that is driving the development of these next generation laser systems. Because the power of these systems scales linearly with the number of wavelengths available for multiplexing, Oclaro's ability to provide lasers with wavelengths from 910nm up to 1070nm with high power levels and excellent brightness is the technology that is allowing customers - for the first time - to design commercial fiber coupled multi-kilowatt direct diode laser systems that can meet and exceed 15kW.
"Today's announcement highlights Oclaro's continued ability to advance the performance and features of our industry-leading laser diode platform," said Bernd Meyer, VP Product Management High Power Laser Business for Oclaro, Inc. "Our customers are always looking for ways to expand their business into new markets and applications that require more power and brightness, and the 15kW laser systems being enabled by our laser diodes are key to their success."
One of the first Oclaro customers designing next generation 15kW laser systems is Laserline, the leading manufacturer of high power diode laser systems. Laserline chose the Oclaro direct diode solutions because they deliver the power, brightness and reliability needed to bring 15kW direct diode systems to market. In addition, Oclaro was able to provide Laserline with its in-house design and manufacturing expertise along with the capability to scale to volume quickly and cost effectively.
The Innovations Behind Oclaro High-Power Laser Diodes
Some of the key innovations that set the Oclaro direct diode solutions apart from competitive offerings include the following:
-- Optimization of the laser diode design structure. Oclaro has its own
design capabilities in house, which enable significant improvements in
overall efficiency and design. Epitaxial engineering is one of Oclaro's
-- Expert soldering process. Telecom grade AuSn (gold tin) hard solder make
the Oclaro laser diodes suitable for demanding applications in CW and
hard-pulse operation mode.
-- E2 Passivation Techniques. Like all Oclaro high power laser products,
the front facet of these laser diodes is protected against Catastrophic
Optical Damage (COD) by the Oclaro E2 mirror passivation process. This
enables higher power densities on each laser diode, which allows power
scaling of diodes.
-- Vertical Integration. By owning the laser diode development from
initial design and wafer form to final product, Oclaro can deliver
designs that reach the power, brightness and reliability required at
leading cost structures.
-- Manufacturing strength. Oclaro's global R&D, state of the art chip fabs,
world-class assembly lines and supply chain enable customers to enjoy
faster time to market, volume capacity and industry-leading quality and
Oclaro's Portfolio of Products for Direct Diode Applications
Oclaro's portfolio of laser diodes include low-fill-factor bars from 50W to 80W and high-fill-factor conduction cooled bars at 120W and active cooled bars up to 200W. These products, all of which feature the broadest wavelength range from 910nm to 1070nm, allow for wavelength multiplexing with 5 to 6 colors (assuming 30nm spacing).
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser components, modules and subsystems for a broad range of diverse markets, including telecommunications, industrial, scientific, consumer electronics and medical. Oclaro is a global leader, dedicated to photonics innovation with cutting-edge research and development (R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Italy, and in-house and contract manufacturing sites in China and Thailand with design, sales and service organizations in each of the major regions around the world. http://www.oclaro.com.
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Zillow Launches Social Home-Shopping Experience, Neighborhood Advice
Home Shoppers Can Now Connect With Facebook Friends to Find Neighborhood Information While Searching for Homes on Zillow
SEATTLE, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today leading real estate information marketplace Zillow® (NASDAQ:Z) announced the launch of Neighborhood Advice on Zillow.com®, a social home-shopping experience that helps buyers and renters learn about neighborhoods from their Facebook friends.
While shopping on Zillow, users are prompted to activate Facebook® Connect and then see locally where their Facebook friends live or "check-in" the most. As shoppers search for homes in a specific city or neighborhood, Neighborhood Advice will recommend Facebook friends connected to the area to contact for personal tips and advice.
For example, if a user is searching for homes in the San Francisco neighborhood of Noe Valley, Neighborhood Advice will identify friends who have shared that they live in Noe Valley, or who frequently "check-in" to places in Noe Valley. The home shopper can then send these friends a private direct message on Facebook to ask questions about the neighborhood.
"When people are looking to rent or buy a new home, they always ask friends, family and co-workers questions about different neighborhoods. Neighborhood Advice takes this further and deeper by allowing shoppers to quickly and easily tap into their broader online social network as they shop for homes on Zillow," said Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow. "Integrating social media tools and friend networks into the core Zillow home-shopping experience is yet another way we are giving our users access to previously hard-to-find, yet sought-after, information."
About Zillow, Inc.
Zillow is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its websites and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. More than 23 million unique users visited Zillow's websites and mobile applications in December 2011. Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile, Postlets® and Diverse Solutions(TM). The company is headquartered in Seattle.
Zillow.com, Zillow and Postlets are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Diverse Solutions is a trademark of Zillow, Inc.
Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
MarketsandMarkets: Global Wireless Platforms Market Worth $155.2 Billion by 2016
DALLAS, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The report "Wireless Platforms Market - Global Forecasts and Analysis (2011 - 2016)"
defines and segments the global wireless platforms market with analysis and forecasting of
the global volumes, shipments and revenues for Wireless Platforms. It also identifies
driving and restraining factors for the global Wireless Platforms market with analysis of
trends, opportunities, burning issues, winning Imperatives and challenges. The market is
segmented and revenues are forecasted on the basis of major geographies such as North
America (NA), Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the
World (ROW). Further, the market is segmented and revenues are forecasted on the basis of
product type, application, handsets and tablets. The handsets and tablets are categorized
by air interface, OEMs and operating system.
The wireless computing platforms and wireless devices are acting as trendsetters in
the wireless market and are becoming an essential ingredient amongst information power
users. With initial functions such as synchronized calendars, contact management, wireless
messaging and email that can be preinstalled on these devices, these applications will
steadily expand over the coming years as enterprises find new and innovative ways to their
workforce more productive by offering ubiquitous access to enterprise data. The number of
off the shelf systems and tools for customized solutions will also grow steadily.
These wireless platforms generally fall under two broad categories- smartphones which
possess full-blown operating systems and can run enterprise applications and wireless PDAs
integrated with cellular, Wi-Fi or both.
The wireless platforms, which support multiple operating systems, deliver
highly-integrated and complete solutions providing an optimal combination of mobile
processing performance, multimedia, mobile broadband and connectivity at intense power
The development of wireless platforms takes into consideration aspects of the wireless
access components such as RF/IF front end, baseband and protocol stacks. In the present
day offering of mobile appliances, the baseband solution is achieved from a blend of CPU
and DSP (Digital Signal Processor) type of devices.
The global wireless platforms market [ http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/wireless-platforms-market-535.html ]
in terms of revenues was estimated to be worth $61.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to
reach $155.2 billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 20.3% from 2011 to 2016. The wireless
broadband segment accounted for the maximum share, with $19.0 billion in 2011 and expected
to reach $59.5 billion by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of 25.7% from 2011 to 2016, followed
by wireless baseband segment which accounted for $15.8 billion in 2011 and is expected to
reach $39.4 billion by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of 20.0% from 2011 to 2016.
MarketsandMarkets is a global market research and consulting company based in the U.S.
We publish strategically analyzed market research reports and serve as a business
intelligence partner to Fortune 500 companies across the world.
MarketsandMarkets also provides multi-client reports, company profiles, databases, and
custom research services. MarketsandMarkets covers thirteen industry verticals; including
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biotechnology, chemicals, consumer goods, energy and power, food and beverages, industrial
automation, medical, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor and electronics, and
telecommunications and IT [ http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/telecom-and-IT-market-research-113.html ].
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UNIT4 Set to Disrupt Performance Management Software Market
Unique Low Cost, Rapidly Deployed Business Analytic Solutions
SLIEDRECHT, The Netherlands, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
UNIT4, the world's leading provider of business software for Businesses Living IN
Change (BLINC(TM)), today announced plans to disrupt the performance management software
market in 2012 with a completely new approach to delivering business analytics tools for
the enterprise. UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps promise turnkey, rapidly deployed, business
performance solutions available on a pay-as-you-use basis from a dedicated app store.
UNIT4's new strategy addresses the three most challenging requirements of
organizations attempting to improve their business performance via today's analytic
solutions - cost, speed and measurement. While large enterprise software vendors SAP and
Oracle have bolted heavy-weight business intelligence tools on top of their already
complex enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, UNIT4 is reinventing the business
UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps will be a performance-industry game changer. Their
simplicity, speed of deployment and pricing model are unique to the market, enabling a
business analytics platform and turnkey performance templates for every customer, deployed
across any device, on a pay-as-you-use basis from a dedicated app store. They will provide
rapidtargeted response to business change, emerging risks or new opportunities, and since
they are integrated with UNIT4's Agresso Business World ERP and Coda Financials solutions,
a change made in one application automatically flows to the other applications. Customers
will also benefit from a built-in social communication tool that enables them to
collaborate around reports.
"Today's enterprise performance management (EPM) or corporate performance management
(CPM) solutions have been as costly and complex as legacy ERP," said Ton Dobbe, Vice
president, Product Marketing for UNIT4. "Having spent millions on these systems over
numerous years, companies are still struggling to get meaningful information out as their
business requirements have changed since installing the ERP, but the task of making the
changes to the system has proven too complex. As a result, their business analytics is too
often out of date and lacking any meaningful insight. UNIT4 has led the way in low cost of
change ERP and is bringing this much needed foresight to the performance management
Customers will be able to download a pre-built solution from the app store that is
virtually ready to use, then choose if they want to add tailoring to the solution
themselves-- or select a turnkey professional services bundle of five, 10 or 20 days,
depending on their requirements, that guarantees completion. Per user/per month pricing
ensures that UNIT4's approach is low-cost, no-risk, customizable and easy to change. This
contrasts with the usual huge up-front investment and months it takes to deploy
traditional performance management solutions, plus the financial and time investment
required to make subsequent changes.
In March 2012, the first apps will be rolled-out via a selective customer review
program. From June, these solutions will be made available globally via the UNIT4 App
Store along with apps designed for various service intensive markets such as local
government, education, not for profit and professional services. Cloud advancements will
ultimately provide a standardized environment for cloud cube analytics.
Industry Analyst Sees 'Game Changing' Possibilities
"It has always been easier to get data into ERP than to get actionable information
out," said Cindy Jutras, principal, Mint Jutras. "Much of the value is left on the table
with information that is largely untapped. With broad, deep and multi-purpose
applications, most decision-makers simply don't know where to start. By creating these
bite-size apps that address a specific need, UNIT4 allows knowledge workers and executives
to simply download an app, quickly tailor it and satisfy their specific business need.
This promises no-risk, potential high-return and a rapid return on investment, and UNIT4
is extending performance management beyond senior management to middle managers and mobile
workers, enabling a powerful and low-cost way to re-tool everyday routines to be more
Cindy Jutras has published a paper addressing the shortcomings of the performance
solutions market and the advantages of UNIT4's approach titled "Are You Ready to Change
the Game In Driving Corporate Performance? [http://mintjutras.com/blog/?p(6 ]"
UNIT4 is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic
public sector, and commercial services organizations to embrace change simply, quickly and
cost effectively in a market sector it calls 'Businesses Living IN Change' (BLINC)(TM).
The Group incorporates a number of the world's leading change embracing software brands
including Agresso Business World [http://www.unit4.com/products/agresso-business-world ],
our flagship ERP suite for mid-sized services intensive organizations and Coda
[http://www.unit4.com/products/coda ], our best-of-class financial management software.
With operations in 17 European countries, as well as 7 countries across North America,
Asia Pacific and Africa and sales activities in several other countries, its revenue was
EUR421.7 million in 2010.UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands and has
over 4,000 employees. It is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the Amsterdam
Midcap Index (AMX).
For more information on UNIT4 or any of its operating companies, please visit the
website at http://www.unit4.com or follow us on Twitter @UNIT4_Group. Alternatively
Group PR Manager, UNIT4
Ebizmarts Breaks Down Barriers to ecommerce with Sage Pay Suite Extension
LONDON, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Sage Pay partner's simplified integration process helps ecommerce merchants
provide a seamless checkout experience whilst maintaining a high level of security
Development company and long-term Sage Pay partner Ebizmarts [http://ebizmarts.com ]
has today launched a campaign to upgrade Sage Pay CE module users to its newly released
Sage Pay Suite. The Suite, integrated with the Magento Open Source platform
[http://www.magentocommerce.com ], enables merchants to take advantage of all the most up
to date Sage Pay functionality and create a 'tailor-made' solution aligned to their
individual needs via a single, user-friendly form. A popular benefit of the Ebizmarts
Suite is enabling ecommerce merchants to streamline the checkout process, via Sage Pay's
Token System option, which converts credit card details into tokens or card 'aliases'.
This empowers retailers to drive customer loyalty by creating a smooth, quick and
completely customised checkout process for their customers, by eliminating the need to
re-enter card details each time they return to the site. It also fully supports 3D Secure
(Verified by Visa and Secure code by MasterCard).
Sage Pay's Token system can also help merchants to manage PCI DSS compliance by
removing the need to store sensitive data. PCI DSS and its associated costs are one of the
most painful parts to setting up an online business.
In addition to tokenisation, the Sage Pay Suite extension also offers merchants:
- Full PayPal integration
- Direct view of fraud screening results from the Magento platform
- Ability to perform refunds, voids,and repeat paymentsdirectly from the Magento
- Premium priority email and Skype support
Ebizmarts is the first Sage Pay partner to offer the full range of Sage Pay's newest
functionality on the Magento open source platform, which is the fastest growing ecommerce
platform on the market with over 2.5 million+ downloads to date. It offers merchants
complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online
store to provide a fully tailored payment process.
Ignacio de Paula, Ebizmarts owner and co-founder, adds: "Sage Pay's Token System
allows our Sage Pay Suite users to benefit from a streamlined checkout process and the
ability to make it easier for their customers to purchase through a single click
Our industry relies on giving customers exactly what they need, and the Sage Pay
extension is helping us to do just that, continued Ignacio de Paula. Not only does our
solution help tackle the challenges faced by merchants, but Sage Pay's Developer Partners
also benefit both from delegating a sensitive part of the ecommerce process to experts and
minimising the integration process through using one central form".
John Fitchett, Sage Pay's Channel Manager says: "We're delighted to have Ebizmarts at
the forefront of our Partner programme and this upgrade campaign is based around providing
Ebizmarts users with some real benefits for their business".
Ebizmarts is offering a full upgrade to the Sage Pay Suite at a discounted rate of
just GBP99, instead of the usual GBP149. If you're not currently an Ebizmarts customer but
are interested in their services, you can take advantage of their free extension.
Sage Pay Europe Ltd is the UK's fastest growing independent payment service provider
(PSP) and is one of the most trusted e-commerce brands. Sage Pay processes millions of
secure payments for over 36,000 customers each year and makes the process of accepting
payments simpler, faster, safer and more profitable for businesses of all sizes.
Based in Uruguay, Ebizmarts is a group of experienced and like-minded programmers,
designers, artists and consultants that can leverage the power of open source technologies
to help eBusiness owners accomplish their goals. Ebizmarts help their customers with
creative ideas to materialise them and with their expertise construct elegant interfaces
and translate the creative ideas into thoughtful features.
Magento is a feature-rich, professional Open Source ecommerce platform solution that
offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the presentation, content, and
functionality of their online channel. The groundbreakingMagento platform is the fastest
growing ecommerce platform on the market with over 2.5 million+ downloads to date.
Designed to be completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento is
the ultimate ecommerce solution.
TripIt for Business Now Makes Office Travel Easier for the Whole Company
Managers Get Real-Time Visibility into Travel Spend and Trends
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TripIt, the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), today launched a whole new TripIt for Business, bringing office travel into the 21st century for small businesses. Travelers, travel coordinators and colleagues have access to office travel plans in one place, and now TripIt for Business makes "the boss" happy, with the addition of real-time visibility into travel spend and trends.
The same award-winning TripIt technology that "automagically" creates itineraries and gives travelers access to all their plans in one place now makes office travel easier for the whole company with TripIt for Business:
-- For travel coordinators, it's as simple as forwarding confirmation
emails from anywhere you book to email@example.com and accessing
employees' travel plans in one place.
-- For travelers, TripIt makes it easy to access travel plans in one place
on-the-go - on a smartphone or tablet, in a calendar, and online.
-- For employees, a company travel calendar makes it easy to see when and
where colleagues are traveling.
-- For managers and business owners, real-time access to office travel
spending provides insight into how much travel is on the books at any
Newly added visibility into office travel spending quickly answers questions about how much the company has spent to date on travel, what travel spend will be in the next 30 or 90 days, who travels the most frequently, and who the most efficient travelers in the company are.
"Since we first launched TripIt for Business, we've been delighted by the stories shared by travel coordinators saving hours each week by no longer having to copy and paste itineraries, or tediously update calendars," said Scott Hintz, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development for TripIt. "With the addition of real-time spending data, we're helping managers answer questions about how much is being spent on travel at any given time, without having to resort to number-crunching."
TripIt®, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur® (Nasdaq: CNQR), makes it easy for millions of travelers to organize and share their trips. Simply forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to firstname.lastname@example.org and TripIt automagically creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travelers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and more; tracks all frequent traveler points in one place; and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds. TripIt for Business is an easier way for companies to organize office travel; keep track of who's traveling when and where, and whether travel dollars are being spent wisely. For more information, please visit http://www.tripit.com and follow @TripIt at http://twitter.com/tripit.
Concur® is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur's easy-to-use web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time. Learn more at http://www.concur.com.
CONTACT: Amy Jackson, Director of Public Relations, TripIt, Concur, +1-415-401-1152, email@example.com
NextTruck Launches New Website Rich in Buyer Features
CROSSVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NextTruck, the nation's premier source for semi-trucks and trailers for sale, has launched a redesigned website at NextTruckOnline.com. The new buy/sell site coincides with the publication's recent transition to a web-only business model.
"On our new site we've improved the search process and made it simpler and quicker for buyers of trucks, trailers and related products and services," said Amy Looper, general manager.
Looper said visitors to the new NextTruckOnline.com site that are looking to buy would experience many great new features and benefits being able to search for Volvo trucks for sale, Kenworth trucks, and other international trucks, being able to pick your make, model, and price.
"It's an easier way to find your perfect match," she commented. "There's an advanced search on the homepage with side filtering to narrow your results. Plus, buyers can compare up to four items at a time."
Looper said that users could save listings and searches and even set up automatic email alerts on the new site. It has never been easier to search for and compare our popular NextTruck product searches; Dump trucks for sale, heavy-duty trucks, and all our other top quality items.
"These particular features of saving listings and searches and setting up alerts are available to our registered users," commented Looper, "but site registration is available at no charge."
The new web-only business model that NextTruck recently introduced is built around the concept of "List for Free, Pay for Results." Sellers can list their inventory completely free on NextTruckOnline.com and pay only for the email and phone call leads they receive.
"Advertisers pay us only if we perform," remarked Looper. "We're literally taking the risk out of knowing if advertising works."
Produced by TAP Publishing Company in Crossville, TN, NextTruckOnline.com's inventory-intensive site features thousands of listings for trucks, trailers, parts and accessories, and industry resources. The site is continuously updated and provides extensive, detailed searches by numerous criteria.
Users can also find upcoming auctions and events as well as search for companies by name, location and product or service. Those that are in the market can also place free "want-to-buy" requests that are emailed to registered site users.
For more information, email Amy Looper, general manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 866-783-5137 or 931-707-3800.
Amy Looper, general manager
174 4th Street
Crossville, TN 38555
Phone: 866-783-5137 or 931-707-3800 http://www.nexttruckonline.com
IGT Premieres Innovative and Show-stopping MegaJackpots® Premium Product Titles at ICE 2012
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is introducing new thrills into some of the most universally loved pillars of popular culture, and is rolling out the Company's latest eye-popping collection of Premium Product titles, known in the U.S. as MegaJackpots®, at this year's ICE Totally Gaming (ICE) Jan. 24-26.
At stand #3430 in the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, IGT will showcase its sleek new lineup of slots that delight players and keep them entertained with some of the greatest films and stars from the last six decades: The Dark Knight, Elvis The King®, Sex and The City(TM) Fabulous, Ghostbusters(TM) Who Ya Gonna Call? and The Twilight Zone® in 3D.
"We are raising the bar to a thrilling new level, combining IGT's success as a world leader in gaming with the power of popular culture's most resonating properties," said Craig Churchill, IGT senior vice president of international sales. "From leading-edge technologies to the latest in slot innovation, IGT is committed to providing our customers with top-notch products and solutions that deliver an unmatched wow-factor for both operators and players."
Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hip-shaking King's first, number-one record, IGT will debut Elvis The King® Multi-Level Progressives in London. This entertaining slot, designed as a classic jukebox, features base games, bonuses and progressives that connect some of Elvis Presley's most beloved songs to winning.
"The eye-catching Center Stage(TM) 103-inch and 70-inch platforms, as well as the new Center Stage Duo(TM) 55-inch screen, will have players at ICE lining up to score the best seat in the house," said Churchill. "Center Stage games such as The Dark Knight are entertaining players around the globe with fans in South Africa, Monte Carlo and beyond. The battle for Gotham City begins on this new configuration as the title makes its debut on the Center Stage Duo(TM) at ICE."
Other upcoming Center Stage(TM) slots that will set gaming floors buzzing include Ghostbusters(TM) and Texas Tea®, as well as The Twilight Zone® in 3D featuring triple wheel hardware, classic clips and sounds from the television show.
In addition Big Buck Hunter® Pro unveils an entirely new interactive casino gaming experience that appeals to international players. State-of-the-art graphics and the shared 55-inch Center Stage Duo(TM) screen transport players into the wild outdoors. Armed with innovative arcade-style mechanical gun hardware, players score credits by firing at the jumbo screen in five heart-pounding shooting bonuses.
A classic is getting a whole new spin when IGT debuts a trio of games from its top-performing, ubiquitous Wheel of Fortune® family, which has kept players from around the world spinning for 15 years as the all-time player-favorite. New to the award-winning portfolio at ICE is:
-- Wheel of Fortune® Triple Extreme Spin(TM)
-- Wheel of Fortune® Wild Getaway
-- Wheel of Fortune® Multi-Level Progressive
IGT's enticing product portfolio, filled with hundreds of other popular titles, along with the Company's industry-leading systems will be available at IGT's Stand #3430 at ICE 2012. For more information about IGT at ICE 2012, please visit IGT.com/ICE2012.
International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. More information about IGT is available at http://www.IGT.com or follow IGT on Twitter at @IGTNews or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IGT.
CONTACT: Shelle Murach of IGT Public Relations, +1-775-448-0221, Shelle.Murach@IGT.com
IGT Premieres Innovative and Show-stopping MegaJackpots(R) Premium Product Titles at ICE 2012
LAS VEGAS, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is introducing new thrills into some of the
most universally loved pillars of popular culture, and is rolling out the Company's latest
eye-popping collection of Premium Product titles, known in the U.S. as MegaJackpots(R), at
this year's ICE Totally Gaming (ICE) Jan. 24-26.
At stand #3430 in the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, IGT will showcase its
sleek new lineup of slots that delight players and keep them entertained with some of the
greatest films and stars from the last six decades: The Dark Knight, Elvis The King(R),
Sex and The City(TM) Fabulous, Ghostbusters(TM) Who Ya Gonna Call? and The Twilight
Zone(R) in 3D.
"We are raising the bar to a thrilling new level, combining IGT's success as a world
leader in gaming with the power of popular culture's most resonating properties," said
Craig Churchill, IGT senior vice president of international sales. "From leading-edge
technologies to the latest in slot innovation, IGT is committed to providing our customers
with top-notch products and solutions that deliver an unmatched wow-factor for both
operators and players."
Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hip-shaking King's first, number-one record,
IGT will debut Elvis The King(R) Multi-Level Progressives in London. This entertaining
slot, designed as a classic jukebox, features base games, bonuses and progressives that
connect some of Elvis Presley's most beloved songs to winning.
"The eye-catching Center Stage(TM) 103-inch and 70-inch platforms, as well as the new
Center Stage Duo(TM) 55-inch screen, will have players at ICE lining up to score the best
seat in the house," said Churchill. "Center Stage games such as The Dark Knight are
entertaining players around the globe with fans in South Africa, Monte Carlo and beyond.
The battle for Gotham City begins on this new configuration as the title makes its debut
on the Center Stage Duo(TM) at ICE."
Other upcoming Center Stage(TM) slots that will set gaming floors buzzing include
Ghostbusters(TM) and Texas Tea(R), as well as The Twilight Zone(R) in 3D featuring triple
wheel hardware, classic clips and sounds from the television show.
In addition Big Buck Hunter(R) Pro unveils an entirely new interactive casino gaming
experience that appeals to international players. State-of-the-art graphics and the shared
55-inch Center Stage Duo(TM) screen transport players into the wild outdoors. Armed with
innovative arcade-style mechanical gun hardware, players score credits by firing at the
jumbo screen in five heart-pounding shooting bonuses.
A classic is getting a whole new spin when IGT debuts a trio of games from its
top-performing, ubiquitous Wheel of Fortune(R) family, which has kept players from around
the world spinning for 15 years as the all-time player-favorite. New to the award-winning
portfolio at ICE is:
- Wheel of Fortune(R) Triple Extreme Spin(TM)
- Wheel of Fortune(R) Wild Getaway
- Wheel of Fortune(R) Multi-Level Progressive
IGT's enticing product portfolio, filled with hundreds of other popular titles, along
with the Company's industry-leading systems will be available at IGT's Stand #3430 at ICE
2012. For more information about IGT at ICE 2012, please visit http://www.IGT.com/ICE2012.
THE DARK KNIGHT and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (c) DC
International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in the design,
development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and
mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. More information about IGT is available at http://www.IGT.com or follow IGT on Twitter at @IGTNews
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Emergency Call Management Solution for Enterprise IP Telephony Now Available Worldwide
MONTREAL, January 19, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
911 Enable, the leading provider of VoIP emergency management solutions, today
announced that its ground-breaking Emergency Gateway (EGW) appliance is now available
worldwide. This expansion helps enterprises provide emergency callers with access to the
help they need.
"Enterprises using IP-PBXs often encounter difficulties ensuring that, in times of
crisis, the caller's accurate location information is provided to security personnel, as
callers may be located within a large campus or at another location entirely. And since IP
phones offer a high degree of mobility, callers can easily change location from one moment
to the next, which also compromises the reliability of caller-location information,"
explained Lev Deich, Director of 911 Enable. "The EGW solves this critical safety issue.
It ensures that on-site security personnel know exactly where to send help in emergency
situations, even if the caller is unable to speak, unaware of their precise location, or
The EGW automatically discovers the precise locations of IP phones on the enterprise
network, and includes a robust suite of security desk notification tools. When a user
places an emergency call, the EGW can route the call to on-premises security personnel and
send an alert that includes the caller's exact location and callback number. Security
personnel can then dispatch assistance to distressed callers in a timely manner. The
caller-location information may also be used to select a routing trunk to deliver the call
to public emergency services.
Organisations in the UK deploying the EGW can also use 911 Enable's Emergency Routing
Service (ERS) to deliver emergency calls and detailed caller-location information to the
public emergency network's Emergency Control Centre. This helps organisations ensure that
their private telephone networks comply with regulatory guidelines, and that they fulfill
their legal obligation to minimise health and safety risks.
911 Enable, a division of Connexon Telecom Inc., is the industry-leading provider of
emergency solutions for IP-PBXs, having deployed its solutions in organisations of all
sizes worldwide. It offers breakthrough location management technologies for today's
leading IP-PBX vendors, including Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft, and more. For more information
about 911 Enable, call +1-514-745-2143 or visit http://www.911enable.com.
AccountingDepartment.com Announces New Bookkeeping Services For Growing Businesses
Longtime virtual accounting services provider AccountingDepartment.com is now offering bookkeeping designed specifically for small businesses with the same structure & policies it uses to run its comprehensive service for medium businesses.
POMPTON PLAINS, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading virtual accounting firm AccountingDepartment.com, LLC recently announced expanded service offerings to help small, growing businesses manage their accounting needs. The company has long been a force in virtual accounting for medium businesses, but had not previously offered services that were specifically designed for smaller enterprises.
The new services focus on bookkeeping, a common weakness in smaller companies. "Smaller business owners never seem to have the books done right. As experts, we want to bring the same level of accounting service that we offer our current clients to the smaller market," explains Bill Gerber, one of AccountingDepartment.com's two founders.
His company has already proven that this model is viable. Many larger firms use AccountingDepartment.com's full accounting department solutions, which assigns a full-charge bookkeeper and a CPA/Controller to provide thorough financial monitoring and support. Clients contact their bookkeepers via phone, email, and instant message, and all data is stored on a secure server.
All signs point to virtual accounting as the future of financial management. Companies that have already made the switch point to advantages including the latest technology, on-time financial reports, procedures that streamline the accounting process, and outstanding privacy. With bookkeepers separated from the daily life of the company and all work meticulously tracked by secure online servers, businesses report that errors and potential fraud are both virtually eliminated.
"Our goal is to make sure the books are done right and on time, making sure the owners know their true gross profit so they can make informed decisions to run the business," says Gerber. These new offerings are set to appeal to a new sector of business, helping introduce more companies and startups to the idea of accounting outsourcing.
About AccountingDepartment.com: Founded in 2004, AccountingDepartment.com (http://www.AccountingDepartment.com) provides full service accounting outsourcing and bookkeepers for small, medium, and fast-growing companies. For larger companies, AccountingDepartment.com offers full accounting department solutions, including a full charge bookkeeper and a CPA/Controller. For smaller businesses, daily, weekly or monthly bookkeeping services without a controller are available.
CONTACT: Bill Gerber of AccountingDepartment.com, +1-888-858-9919, Bill.Gerber@AccountingDepartment.com
Share your story with Kobo's Reading Life app for Facebook Timeline
Kobo Users Can Share their Reading Life with Friends on the New App for
TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Kobo, a global leader in eReading with
over 7 million users in over 170 countries worldwide, today announced
the integration of Reading Life on the Kobo iOS eReading app with
Facebook Timeline; elevating the traditionally solitary pastime of
reading into a more dynamic activity to be shared with friends online.
Kobo is proud to be one of a select few kicking off the launch of apps
for Facebook Timeline; apps that allow users to bring their timelines
to life through sharing what they're doing, music they are listening
to, books they are reading, and more.
Starting today, people on Facebook can download the Kobo iOS app, and
add Kobo Reading Life to their timeline. With Kobo Reading Life they
can share their latest eBook activity with friends, from showing off
their current read to staying atop of the hottest eBooks. Building upon
the free downloadable Reading Life app launched in 2010, this new
Reading Life feature for timeline adds a new dimension in Kobo's
commitment to making reading a more engaging social experience.
"We know that readers have always loved sharing their experience with
books, but organizing a book club isn't always feasible in our
fast-paced, digital world," says Dan Liebu, Kobo Inc.'s Chief
Technology Officer. "With the rise of social media and the growing
popularity of apps, reading doesn't have to be done alone - it's
something that can be shared with friends."
"Reading Life for Facebook Timeline gives you a way to let others know
what's in your library while moving beyond simply sharing titles; this
app is about sharing Kobo reading experiences in a fun and exciting
The new app allows people to post every aspect of their reading
experience: from reviewing and recommending eBooks, to sharing passages
and keeping tabs on what friends are reading. People can also earn fun
badges for hundreds of reading activities, like the Papillion (for
extreme social sharers), the Twain (for daily readers), and the
Witching Hour (for readers who read into the wee hours of the night).
The Reading Life app for Facebook Timeline builds on Kobo's 'Read
Freely' philosophy, which seeks to provide the ultimate reading
experience any time, any place by giving consumers the freedom to read
any book on any device - and to be able to get more from their reading
"Reading Life for Facebook Timeline is a celebration of reading, where
it's not just about individual books but rather a way to share you
reading life with friend everywhere," says Liebu. "Reading often plays
a key role in all our lives - whether temporarily transporting us away
from reality or bringing an important issue front and centre. This app
encourages discussion around reading, which really is embedded into our
Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.5 million eBooks,
magazines and newspapers - one of the largest eReading catalogues in
the world. As part of its "Read Freely" mentality, Kobo believes
consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device and
has attracted millions of readers from more than 100 countries across
the globe. Kobo has top-ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone,
BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the eReading application
of choice for leading tablet OEMs. Kobo eReaders, including the Kobo
Touch and the newly launched Kobo Vox are available at leading
retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Future Shop,
WHSmith, FNAC, Collins Booksellers and Whitcoull's. Kobo's innovative
Reading Life is an industry-first comprehensive social eReading
experience where Kobo users can earn awards simply for time spent
reading and encouraging others. For more information on Kobo, and to
download free eReading apps, visit http://www.kobo.com.
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SOURCE Kobo Inc.
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Urbanspoon Launches Dineline Feature for New Facebook Timeline App
SEATTLE, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Urbanspoon, the leading mobile restaurant app and reservation management system, today announced its popular app can now be added to Facebook Timeline to enable people to share their dining experiences with their friends. The new Dineline feature allows people to track restaurants they visited as well as what meal they had at that eatery, upload photos and share memorable meals on their Facebook Timelines.
"Dineline lets people easily record and share their dining history in a visual format, so they can see what restaurants they frequent most or connect with friends over their favorite cuisine," said Kara Nortman, SVP of publishing, CityGrid Media. "Enhancing Facebook Timeline with Dineline makes dining out a social experience long after the meal has ended."
Urbanspoon is a leading online local restaurant guide, aggregating restaurant reviews from across the Web including newspapers, professional food critics, bloggers and diners. Urbanspoon allows diners to make restaurant reservations through its online booking service, both on the Web and mobile. In addition, Urbanspoon offers restaurants Urbanspoon Rezbook - a complete reservation and table management system built to run on the Apple iPad. Urbanspoon is a subsidiary of CityGrid Media, LLC (http://www.citygridmedia.com), an IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) operating company, and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.
Brandi Willard for Urbanspoon
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Level 3 Recognized With "Carrier Excellence Data Value Award" by ATLANTIC-ACM
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has been honored by ATLANTIC-ACM as one of two winners of the Carrier Excellence Data Value Award, based on the findings of the ATLANTIC-ACM 2012 Global Wholesale Report Card. ATLANTIC-ACM, a leading telecommunications research consultancy, announced the awards during the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) 2012 conference in Honolulu earlier today.
This year marks the 11th edition of ATLANTIC-ACM's Global Wholesale Report Card, a market-wide customer feedback study built from more than 1,300 carrier ratings from 300 global wholesale customers that has become a critical benchmarking survey in the competitive global service provider marketplace. The survey was conducted from mid-October to mid-December 2011, and was sent to more than 10,000 global wholesale customers - a customer list built from ATLANTIC-ACM's internal database as well as customer lists from some of the leading global wholesale providers.
"Level 3's very competitive score in data value translates into a highly attractive value proposition for the global wholesale market," said Fedor Smith, president of ATLANTIC-ACM. "This survey finding is a testament to Level 3's ability to deliver high quality services while remaining price competitive."
The Carrier Excellence Data Value Award is based on the combined average scores across product quality and product price competitiveness for the following data products:
-- International Ethernet Direct/Dedicated Internet Access
-- International Legacy Direct/Dedicated Internet Access
-- International IP WAN
-- International Transport Services Low Capacity (DS-n, E-n and J-n)
-- International Transport Services High Capacity (STM-n, OC-n, and
-- International Ethernet Transport Services (Point-to-Point and
"We're honored to receive this industry distinction, and are very appreciative of the recognition customers have given us for our commitment to providing them with the highest possible level of customer experience," said Greg Spraetz, Level 3's senior vice president, Wholesale Sales. "This award proves that we're placing our emphasis in the right areas - providing a differentiated capability and consistently higher levels of customer satisfaction in the global wholesale market."
About ATLANTIC-ACMBoston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services serving the telecommunications and information industries. In addition to producing the industry's principal benchmarking, sizing and opportunity studies, the company assists clients in evaluating telecommunications opportunities for successful investment, market entry and long-term planning. For more information, visit ATLANTIC-ACM's website at http://www.atlantic-acm.com.
About Level 3 CommunicationsLevel 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit http://www.level3.com.
Website Access to Company InformationLevel 3 maintains a corporate website at http://www.level3.com, and you can find additional information about the company through the Investors pages on that website at http:// http://lvlt.client.shareholder.com/. Level 3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of important information about the company. Level 3 routinely posts financial and other important information regarding the company and its business, financial condition and operations on the Investor Relations web pages.
Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with the SEC.
Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor Relations web pages.
Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3's web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.
Forward-Looking Statement Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to: the company's ability to successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Richard Larris Mark Stoutenberg
+1 973-937-0153 +1 720-888-2518
SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.
Renowned TV Show Builders West Coast Customs Returns With New Episodes of Inside West Coast Customs Featuring the Most Famous Plumber Around, Mario From Mario Kart 7
CORONA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- West Coast Customs (WCC) continues season 2 of their show on Velocity, Inside West Coast Customs January 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM EST for a special episode. Inside West Coast Customs is the next exciting show featuring WCC's outrageous builds. WCC continues the 2nd season with its most difficult build to date for the world's most famous plumber, Mario from Nintendo's Mario Kart 7.
"When Don" Don James Executive Vice President of Nintendo America, "requested the meeting and he told me he needed us to create some of the Mario Kart 7 cars in real life I was excited and ready for the challenge. Then he said they need to have a hang glider for flying and a propeller for underwater maneuvering I thought, he must be joking!" said Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs.
Ryan and his West Coast Customs team take on an "impossible" build. No strangers to a challenge, Nintendo challenges Ryan and his crew to make cars out of digital images and data from a video game. Not one to back down West Coast Customs starts with 2 GEM cars and strips everything but the batteries, wiring and frame. From here they must create scaled size replicas of the Mario Kart and the Bumble V kart from Nintendo's newest game Mario Kart 7. Join us to see this amazing and unique process and watch West Coast Customs make the impossible a reality!
Owner Ryan Friedlinghaus and his shop have been doing exclusive custom builds for the MTV show Pimp my Ride, TLC's Street Customs, Street Customs Berlin and now on his new show on Velocity, Inside West Coast Customs. Ryan and his crew are world-renowned for their extreme vehicles, outrageous features and unique designs.
Check out Inside West Coast Customs, Sunday at 9:00 pm EST on Velocity.
About West Coast Customs
Headquartered in Corona, Calif., West Coast Customs was founded in 1993 by Ryan Friedlinghaus. West Coast Customs is known by car enthusiasts as the premiere high-end modification shop that can transform any vehicle into a work of art. West Coast Customs is not only known for building cars but delivering dynamic television content to a wide range of viewers. West Coast Customs has been the exclusive shop featured in MTV show Pimp my Ride, TLC's Street Customs, Street Customs Berlin and now Velocity, Inside West Coast Customs
iNACOL Webinar To Guide Teachers To Optimize the Online Classroom
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a webinar on Thursday, January 19 for online teachers looking to create an enriching virtual classroom experience to encourage higher order thinking for their students.
In the webinar, "Using Online Breakout Rooms for Higher Order Thinking Skills," participants will learn how to use breakout rooms, develop creative assignments and utilize other tools to engage learners. Participants will also learn better time management skills for teachers.
"High quality teachers are our greatest resource in K-12 learning. Continuing teachers' professional development through knowledge sharing is critically important to ensuring innovative and fresh approaches to online learning that motivate students and prepare them with 21st century skills," said Susan Patrick, president of iNACOL. "This webinar is part of our series of professional development resources for online teachers."
The webinar will be led by Tara Park, a teacher at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School. Park has been an online teacher of Kindergarten through 8th grade since 2003, and in 2010, was named Project Leader for Technology at the PA Virtual Charter School. In 2011, she was awarded the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Grant for her virtual STEM lab, "Make Your Online Classroom Bloom with 'STEM.'" More information on Tara Park can be found at http://www.tarapark.wikispaces.com.
iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association based in the Washington, DC area with more than 3,800 members. iNACOL is unique in that its members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities and other content and technology providers (http://www.inacol.org). iNACOL is host to the annual Virtual School Symposium (VSS). VSS 2012 is scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2012, in New Orleans, LA (http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org)
CONTACT: Francie Israeli, +1-202-207-1134, FIsraeli@johnadams.com
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The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
DALLAS, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T today announced new data plans for smartphone and tablet customers that will launch this Sunday, January 22. The plans give customers more data and value.
The new smartphone plans include:
-- AT&T DataPlus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
-- AT&T DataPro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
-- AT&T DataPro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering
Smartphone customers needing additional data can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the AT&T DataPro 3GB and DataPro 5GB plans; AT&T DataPlus users will receive an extra 300MB for $20.
The new tablet plans* include:
-- AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
-- AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
Existing smartphone and tablet customers will have the choice of keeping their current plans or choosing one of these new plans, and the current $14.99 for 250MB plan for tablet customers will remain available.
To help customers determine which data plan best matches their needs, AT&T has helpful tools at http://www.att.com/dataplans - including a data calculator where customers can estimate usage for their typical data activity. Once smartphone and tablet customers are on a plan, AT&T keeps them informed of their usage levels by sending usage alerts as they consume data within their plan. For example, a smartphone customer with AT&T DataPlus 300MB will receive a text message when they consume 65 percent of their data bucket, plus two additional alerts as they approach the 300MB provided with their plan.
"Customers are using more data than ever before," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment."
Customers are encouraged to keep their device's Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer's monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T's 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide - the nation's largest Wi-Fi network.** Customers can get more information at http://www.att.com/wifiaccess.
*Plans are for 30 days and automatically renew every 30 days, unless you cancel service prior to the start of the 30 day renewal. Overage rates only apply to postpaid tablet plans - not session based pricing - and include: $14.99 for 250MB with AT&T DataConnect 250MB; and $10 per additional gigabyte with AT&T DataConnect 3GB and AT&T DataConnect 5GB.
** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.comfor details and locations.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE®magazine.
TechNet Statement on Congressional Anti-Piracy Legislation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today released the following statement by TechNet President and CEO Rey Ramsey on the measures aimed to protect piracy that are currently before the U.S. Congress:
"Everyone agrees that combating online piracy is important. Unfortunately, these bills aren't going to stop piracy. Both SOPA and PIPA are so broadly written that they will undermine the environment for innovation and job creation in the digital economy. It has become apparent to a growing number of people - with literally thousands upon thousands of individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, grassroots organizations, mayors and others - that we need to stop what's happening in Congress so we can do this the right way. Essentially, we need to slow down and get the substance right. Now is the time for everyone affected by this issue to come back to the table to work together on an approach that effectively combats online piracy without harming the system or the trust that has made the Internet a success."
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet's members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: http://www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.
Telcordia Applied Communication Sciences Becomes Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Telcordia Technologies
Separates Advanced Research and Innovation Business from Recent Acquisition; Continues to Serve Current Government and Commercial Clients; Carries on Bell Labs Heritage
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Telcordia Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) business unit, a leading provider of research and innovation for the communications industry, today announced that it has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Telcordia Technologies Inc. ("Telcordia") doing business under its new name Applied Communication Sciences(1). This corporate reorganization formally separates the former research and development strategic business unit from Telcordia to mitigate any US Government concerns arising from the recent acquisition of Telcordia by Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), and ensures the continuity of product and service delivery to Telcordia ATS government clients albeit under a new name.
Applied Communication Sciences will continue to deliver research and advanced network solutions, with an emphasis on cyber security and critical infrastructure protection (CIP), cyber integration and emergency preparedness for its key customers in the defense and intelligence communities including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), National Communications System (NCS) and U.S. Army Research Laboratory; as well as selected commercial providers.
"Applied Communication Sciences continues its long tradition from its Bell Labs origins of creating innovative technologies and services to solve the hardest, most complex information and communications problems," said Brent Greene, CEO, Applied Communication Sciences. "We will continue to bring together applied research, and consulting and engineering capabilities to help commercial enterprises and government agencies across the globe fully exploit the future of communications."
Brent Greene will oversee day-to-day operations of Applied Communication Sciences and will report to a newly formed and U.S. government-approved Proxy Board of Directors that includes:
-- John Hillen, the former Assistant Secretary of State for
Political-Military Affairs from 2005 until early 2007. John currently
serves as the President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
formerly Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (GTEC).
-- Alan Wade, the former Chief Information Officer of the Central
Intelligence Agency from 2001 until 2009. In addition to earlier
technical work in telecommunications and security, Alan's executive
positions at the CIA included serving as the Chief Information Officer
for the U.S. intelligence community.
-- Dr. Lawrence Cavaiola, the President of Cavaiola & Associates, LLC, a
consulting and advisory services company focusing on the defense and
security sectors, as well as corporate leadership and management Dr.
Cavaiola has nearly 20 years of executive level experience in the
defense and security sectors, and served as Deputy Undersecretary of
Defense and Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of
According to Greene, the exceptional military, federal agency and commercial credentials of the Proxy Board will help ensure the continuity and reliability of the company's government business. "The selection of our board was critical to demonstrate our long-term commitment to the government sector," said Greene.
About TelcordiaTelcordia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and leading developer of IP, wireline, and mobile telecommunications software and services. The company's solutions enable global Communications Service Providers (CSPs), enterprises and suppliers to successfully deploy innovative, advanced services that help realize operational efficiencies, drive revenue and maintain a competitive edge. Telcordia's globally trusted expertise in Operations and Business Support Systems, software and services includes consulting, next?generation OSS, network and application interconnection, service delivery and charging solutions and new technology development. Telcordia is headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Central and Latin America. (http://www.telcordia.com).
Shopatron Upgrades Shorten Order Processing and Increase Sales Conversions for Clients
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In this customer-centric and highly competitive era of eCommerce, retail-integrated eCommerce provider Shopatronhas unveiled a new suite of enhanced capabilities designed to improve the user experience for both clients and online shoppers.
One of the most exciting features included in the current set of upgrades is Expedited Order Assignment. This new Shopatron feature accelerates the delivery of orders that are placed on Shopatron client websites and fulfilled by a local retail partner, in some cases shaving as much as 24 hours off the order processing time. Another new feature, the Customer Experience Bonus Tool, makes it possible for Shopatron merchants to reward their retail fulfillment partners for delivering superior customer service. Both of these enhancements improve on Shopatron's unique retail-integrated eCommerce process, allowing Shopatron clients to provide an even better customer experience when selling from their website.
"We are continuing to put the spotlight on user experience and customer satisfaction," says Shopatron founder and CEO Ed Stevens. "The stakes are high for all online merchants and nobody can afford to offer sub-par service. Customers need a reason to buy from a particular online merchant, beyond price and availability, because they have so many other options. Shopatron is focused on providing an excellent shopping experience followed by smooth delivery and impeccable service. Customers won't settle for less, and why should they?"
Other features in this recent upgrade include launching PayPal payments for international markets and the move to greener, paperless e-payments beginning February 1.
To announce the launch of these upgrades, Shopatron has developed an engaging campaign that tests a brand's EQ (eCommerce intelligence quotient). Shopatron's interactive quiz tests participants on various eCommerce topics, resulting in scores ranging from Dweeb (30% correct) to Wizard (100% correct) depending on their performance. Anyone can take the test here: eq.shopatron.com.
Shopatron is also putting the spotlight on the results from their ongoing and extensive conversion testing. In 2011, testing of guest checkout and changes to standard onsite messaging, like security and return policies, produced highly actionable insights. These insights allowed Shopatron's Traffic & Conversions team to make system-wide upgrades that resulted in increased sales for their clients, sometimes by as much as 29%.
For more information about Shopatron, visit ecommerce.shopatron.com or call 866-625-5050.
Founded in 2001, Shopatron is the only eCommerce solution in the world that can drive more online sales while, at the same time, increasing a company's sales through the retail channel. Working with over 1,000 brands and 18,000 retail partners across more than 40 industries, Shopatron offers an innovative and flexible approach to eCommerce that matches the unique needs of branded manufacturers and multi-channel retailers.
With Shopatron's eCommerce solution for brands, Coex Freedom, manufacturers sell on their website and send orders to their retail partners for fulfillment. This solution eliminates channel conflict, builds retailer relationships, grows distribution and increases overall sales for the brand. Shopatron's solution for multi-channel retailers, Coex Private, allows retailers to fulfill orders from all inventory centers, including both retail stores and distribution centers. Shopatron's distributed order management model also enables in-store pickup to drive foot traffic into brick-and-mortar locations for additional services and add-on sales.
Shopatron clients include top brands such as Louisville Slugger, Suzuki, Polaroid, Mizuno, Ducati, JL Audio, K2 and Sport Chalet. The company is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif.?
Zendesk Free App For Windows Phone is Now Available
Companies Can Now Monitor and Respond to Support Requests on the Widest Variety of Mobile Devices
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zendesk, the proven cloud-based help desk software provider, today announced the immediate availability of Zendesk for Windows Phone. This new mobile customer service app, designed specifically for Windows Phone, gives companies visibility into Zendesk customer support requests. With Zendesk for Windows Phone, companies that have standardized on the platform can view, create and update support issues on the go.
Zendesk for Windows Phone is the newest addition to Zendesk's mobile help desk offerings, which also includes customer support applications for the most popular smartphones and tablets. The new app's workflow capability allows companies to receive and respond to customer support requests in real time. Support agents can also use Live Tiles, an exclusive Windows Phone feature, to pin information about their most important support issues to their device's home screen.
"The addition of Zendesk for Windows Phone accomplishes our goal of enabling agents to interact with customers across the widest variety of mobile platforms," said Adrian McDermott, Zendesk's Vice President of Product and Engineering. "We want organizations to have the ability to provide support on-the-go regardless of their preferred mobile device. Adding Windows Phone to our suite of mobile apps furthers our goal of democratizing customer support and significantly improving customer satisfaction."
"Windows Phone is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games that take advantage of the phone's unique features and design," said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. "Zendesk is a great example of the kind of rich applications that people will find on Windows Phone Marketplace to get the most out of their phone," he said.
"Zendesk for Windows Phone lets my team solve customer support requests at any time, no matter where they are," said Mike McCarron, vice president of Customer Success, MobileIron. "The ability to pin a view into my customer requests to my home screen with Live Tiles means that I have immediate visibility into which ones need my immediate attention."
Windows Phone extends Zendesk's mobile strategy of providing the greatest flexibility for customer support agents to easily view, update and manage support requests anytime, anywhere.
Zendesk is the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software. For growing organizations, Zendesk is the fastest way to enable great customer service. More than 15,000 Zendesk customers, including Adobe, Sony, OpenTable and Groupon, trust Zendesk with their most valuable assets: their customers, partners, and employees. Founded in 2007, Zendesk is funded by Charles River Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners. Learn more at http://www.zendesk.com.
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New Web Offering Directly Links Consumer Vehicle Searches to Existing Dealer Inventory
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRAK) today introduced SmartFind, a new cutting-edge online inventory search and comparison solution tied to actual dealer inventory for automotive manufacturers, portals, technology providers and dealers.
This new web service, which allows dealers to dynamically limit online vehicle selections on their websites to inventoried vehicles, uses proprietary "best match" search algorithms to return a ranked list of available vehicles in inventory, based upon a consumer's specific search parameters. The service then allows consumers to perform robust comparisons of actual vehicles within inventory.
"In today's market, consumers expect to perform more of the vehicle transaction process online than ever before. However, traditional inventory searches have been a stumbling point because they don't link directly to current inventory at a particular dealership," said Amit Maheshwari, general manager, DealerTrack Data Services and Digital Retailing Solutions. "The SmartFind solution will integrate fully with the dealer's existing online vehicle and inventory workflows to deliver timely and more accurate vehicle availability information and the ability to compare inventoried vehicles. We anticipate this solution will create a better user experience, increase dealership visits and ultimately, have a positive impact on sales."
For more information about the SmartFind online inventory search solution, visit this link. SmartFind, which will be distributed by Chrome Data Solutions, a joint venture between DealerTrack and AutoData, will be on display in the DealerTrack Booth (#1751) at the upcoming NADA Convention and Expo, in Las Vegas, February 4th - 6th, 2012.
DealerTrack's intuitive and high-value software solutions and services enhance efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the retail automotive industry, including dealers, lenders, OEMs, agents and aftermarket providers. DealerTrack, whose solution set for dealers is the industry's most comprehensive, operates the largest online credit application network in the United States, connecting over 17,000 dealers with more than 1,100 lenders. DealerTrack's Dealer Management System (DMS) provides dealers with easy-to-use tools and real-time data access to enhance their efficiency. DealerTrack's Inventory offerings provide vehicle inventory management and merchandising solutions to help dealers drive higher in-store and online traffic with state-of-the-art, real-time listings -- leading to accelerated used-vehicle turn rates and higher dealer profits. DealerTrack's Sales and F&I solutions allow dealers to streamline the entire sales process as they structure deals from a single integrated platform. Its Compliance offering helps dealers meet legal and regulatory requirements, and protect their assets. DealerTrack also offers additional solutions for the automotive industry, including electronic motor vehicle registration and titling applications, paper title storage, and digital document services. For more information visit: http://www.dealertrack.com.
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Factors that might cause such a difference include the integration between SmartFind and dealers inventory solutions and other risks listed in DealerTrack's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. These filings can be found on DealerTrack's website at http://www.dealertrack.com and the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements included herein speak only as of the date hereof and DealerTrack disclaims any obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.
McGraw-Hill Construction Debuts Dodge BidPro -- a Web-based Dashboard that Serves Contractors a Customized View of Their Most Promising Projects and Markets
NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Construction today introduced Dodge BidPro, the first-of-its-kind, web-based dashboard that pushes the most relevant and timely project data to contractors' desktops and mobile devices. Dodge BidPro draws from Dodge's proprietary national reporting coverage, an expansive network of local reporters and the largest database of private and public construction information. Project reports, plans and specifications, as well as invitation to bid capabilities are integrated into the product's dashboard functionality.
Dodge BidPro utilizes graphs, charts and intuitive navigation to offer contractors a tailored view of Dodge data. Features include sorting by industry trade, project specialty, county, project type and an integrated bidding function. Utilizing intuitive logic and advanced database search technology, Dodge BidPro leverages Dodge's deep experience in the construction project market to minimize searching for projects, identified by contractors as their leading pain point.
The Dodge BidPro system enables contractors to set up alerts within 23 building trades, covering excavation to roofing, plumbing to carpentry, and masonry to electrical. Contractors receive automatic alerts to new projects and their values, as well as alerts to bid date and addenda changes. Dodge BidPro also introduces a workflow tool to help contractors submit winning bids. Once a suitable project is identified, contractors can use the "Invitation to Bid" function to invite subcontractors to their online plan room and access the plans and specs, greatly simplifying the process of building a winning bid team.
"Contractors no longer need to search for bidding projects that are relevant to them," said Kate Cassino, VP of Product Development, McGraw-Hill Construction. "Dodge BidPro delivers targeted projects that allow contractors to focus on their most promising leads and provides them with the tools to bid and win more work. The product uses an advanced, web-based technology platform that searches the Dodge database for the most relevant projects, and then pushes those to our contractor customers through easy-to-use dashboards."
"With Dodge BidPro we have taken the power of Dodge and made it relevant to local contractors," said Keith Fox, President, McGraw-Hill Construction. "The simplicity of the product makes it easier for contractors to find and prioritize prospects, target and build relationships, and increase their win ratio."
McGraw-Hill Construction's data, analytics, and media businesses--Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, and Engineering News-Record-- create opportunities for owners, architects, engineers, contractors, building product manufacturers, and distributors to strengthen their market position, size their markets, prioritize prospects, and target and build relationships that will win more business. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers through its trends and forecasts, industry news and leading platform of construction data, benchmarks, and analytics. To learn more, visit http://www.construction.com.
About The McGraw-Hill Companies:
McGraw-Hill (NYSE: MHP) announced on September 12, 2011, its intention to separate into two public companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and McGraw-Hill Education, an education company focused on digital learning and education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial's leading brands include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Indices, Platts energy information services, and J.D. Power and Associates. With sales of $6.2 billion in 2010, the Corporation has approximately 21,000 employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.
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itelligence Named SAP® Business All-in-One Partner of the Year, U.S., and SAP Services Partner of the Year - Private Equity at SAP North America Field Kick-Off Meeting 2012
CINCINNATI, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- itelligence today announced it has been named the SAP® Business All-in-One Partner of the Year, U.S., for the fourth time in a row, and also has received the SAP Services Partner of the Year - Private Equity award presented by SAP Americas (NYSE: SAP) during the SAP North America Field Kick-Off Meeting (FKOM) 2012, held Jan. 17-19 in New Orleans, La. Awards were given to the top-performing SAP channel partners and SAP services partners in North America for outstanding contributions that impact overall SAP sales and pipeline-generation goals.
"Achieving these awards from SAP gives further affirmation to itelligence's consistent dedication and commitment to helping customers fully realize their most critical business objectives," said Steve Niesman, itelligence U.S. president and CEO. "In addition, we're especially proud of the SAP Services Partner of the Year - Private Equity award because it demonstrates the non-stop creativity and ingenuity of our company in finding new and valuable ways to deliver the impact of SAP solutions in expanded customer segments."
Selected from SAP's wide-ranging North American partner base, nominations for the SAP Partner Impact awards were based on internal SAP sales data. A steering committee composed of regional and global SAP representatives determined winning partners in each category according to numerous criteria such as sales achievement and performance. As the recipient of the SAP Business All-in-One Partner of the Year, U.S. award, itelligence has been honored as the SAP channel partner that delivered the most new accounts, performed against targets, and exceeded customer satisfaction measures in the U.S. Winners will receive strong recognition from the SAP field for their accomplishments.
itelligence received the awards during the SAP North America FKOM 2012, an annual gathering of SAP executives, SAP field employees and partners to learn about SAP's strategy, sales methodology, best practices, business growth opportunities and product innovations. The theme of this year's meeting, "Run Better Win Bigger," prominently featured SAP's innovation story focusing on its core pillars - analytics, cloud, mobility and in-memory computing - as well as solutions for industries and lines of business on a consistent core. A focus of the event was on helping SAP's strong partner ecosystem succeed in 2012 by providing visibility into SAP's company direction, education on products, networking opportunities, and exposure to SAP leaders. SAP and its partners help customers adopt innovation easily, gain results rapidly, grow sustainably and ultimately run better with SAP solutions. This year's North America FKOM hosted more than 4,000 attendees from the U.S. and Canada.
"Our partners' regional, industry and solution expertise play a crucial role in driving game-changing co-innovation and expanding our market reach and customer touch points," said John Graham, head of Volume Markets and Ecosystem & Channels, SAP America, Inc. "As a recipient of two 2012 SAP Partner Impact awards, we recognize itelligence's commitment and efforts in developing and growing its partnership with SAP and driving customer success."
An SAP partner for more than 20 years, itelligence is an SAP gold channel partner, an SAP global services partner and a global value-added reseller. itelligence offers best-run businesses the SAP software and solutions needed to address increasingly critical business issues, including the need for better access to valuable business intelligence to inform their decisions.
itelligence Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of itelligence AG, an international full-service solution and consulting company with a global presence in 20 countries. itelligence provides a broad range of consulting and customer support services to maximize SAP solutions, including implementations, application managed services, hosting and training. itelligence AG has a global value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with SAP AG, a highly selective program via invitation through SAP management only, developed to transform itelligence from a high-growth midmarket partner and local reseller into a managed, global partner. itelligence is an SAP gold channel partner authorized to resell SAP Business All-in-One and SAP BusinessObjects(TM) solutions and is one of only six SAP global services and global hosting partners also SAP-certified as a global provider of application management services. itelligence also holds global quality accreditation by the SAP Active Quality Management organization for demonstrating clear quality standards and processes. For more information please visit http://www.itelligencegroup.com.
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ASHBURN, Va., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SteelCloud, Inc. (OTCQB: SCLD.PK), a leading developer of mobility appliance and VMware® solutions announces a new short-term rental program for its SteelWorks® FedMobile(TM) appliance for BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (BES) 5 in order to facilitate the upgrade to a STIG-compliant platform while proceeding with email consolidation.
The SteelWorks FedMobile rental program is designed to provide military installations with a flexible, plug-and-play solution to quickly deploy BES 5 in order to immediately address STIG compliance mandates and to alleviate potential vulnerability exposures such as presented by Carrier IQ(TM). This low-cost rental program is designed to use Operations and Maintenance funding and requires no long-term commitment. The month-to-month rental period can be for as little as 30 days.
"SteelCloud strongly supports the DoD's efforts to increase efficiency by consolidating their email resources," said Brian Hajost, President, and CEO of SteelCloud. "We are pleased to offer an easy-to-implement limited-term solution that will immediately address both STIG compliancy and potential vulnerabilities such as Carrier IQ. For as little as $995 per month, SteelCloud provides a complete BES STIG-compliant operating environment to which a command can upgrade in less than a week. When their email consolidation is completed, they can simply return the SteelWorks BES solution with no additional obligation."
Available as a specialized hardware appliance or as VMware software, SteelWorks FedMobile deploys a hardened Windows environment and BES 5 system for single or high availability deployments in under 60 minutes. The SteelWorks rental package also includes STIG360((TM)), our compliancy support service that keeps systems up to date with current STIGs, significantly reducing the burden on budgets and staff. As a result, military commands are able to re-allocate IT resources to other mission-critical tasks rather than committing weeks or months to manual system deployment, hardening, and maintenance. For more information about SteelCloud's rental program, email info@SteelCloud.com.
SteelCloud designs and architects specialized appliance and virtual solutions for mobile computing technologies. The company delivers integrated hardware/software appliance solutions that focus on ease of deployment, policy compliance, and high availability, to commercial and government enterprises. SteelCloud is a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. Over its 24-year history, SteelCloud has won numerous awards for technical excellence and customer satisfaction, and can be reached at (703) 674-5500. SteelCloud solutions are available on GSA, CHESS, and other major contracting vehicles. Additional information is available at http://www.steelcloud.com or by email at email@example.com.
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TOTSY Secures Exclusive Exposure to 6 Million Mothers Through Strategic Partnerships
TOTSY closes exclusive multi-million dollar advertising contracts with three of the largest online media groups catering to moms & expectant moms
NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTSY (http://www.TOTSY.com), the leading private sale site exclusively dedicated to delivering deals on must-haves for parents, babies and kids, announced today that the exclusive advertising contracts recently secured will result in TOTSY being the only private sale site with the right to advertise on three of the leading online media companies that reach expectant moms. These exclusive partnerships give TOTSY exposure to more than 6 million unique monthly visitors as well as the combined database of 5.5 million mother members.
Partnerships have been secured with media companies such as, but not limited to:
-- PlanningFamily.com: A leading source of pregnancy and parenting content
with 1.3 million monthly uniques and a database of 2.5 million mom
-- Parent Media Group, Inc.: A leading source of contests, deals, and news
for the young families with over 2 million monthly uniques and a
database of 1.5 million mom members via multiple online properties and
titles such as TheCuteKid.com, DealsForMommy.com, and ParentSociety.com
TOTSY has worked with the abovementioned partners and many others since the company launched two years ago and secured exclusive partnerships with those that have been the most effective in member acquisition and member to buyer conversion, providing TOTSY with an excellent return on its investment. The exclusive nature of these agreements, as well as the exposure generated by each partner, will help to ensure TOTSY remains a leader in reaching and influencing moms who are expecting and looking for great online deals.
While the agreements have been customized for every individual partnership, they all include a combination of some of the following terms:
-- TOTSY will gain exposure through various formats including
co-registration boxes, advertorials, newsletters, social media
promotion, as well as email and display ads
-- All agreements lock out advertising from other private sale sites, with
some excluding daily deal sites as well.
TOTSY will leverage these strong relationships to help create compelling campaigns and deliver relevant advertising content to expectant moms as well as parents of young families.
"We believe that our partnerships will allow TOTSY to continue to broaden and extend its reach among moms and parents, while allowing the company to solidify its standing as a leader in the parenting industry," says Christophe Garnier, TOTSY Co-founder, President and CMO. "In late 2011, TOTSY saw a 3,000 percent year-over-year growth in revenue and we fully anticipate that these important strategic partnerships will allow us to continue to grow at an extraordinary rate in the coming years."
In two short years, TOTSY has become the leading private sale site catering to expectant moms and families with young children, offering high quality products in many categories such as apparel, toys, games, cosmetics, maternity wear, home furnishings, accessories and shoes. The company provides its members with some of the world's most popular brands at discounts of up to 90 percent off retail price.
Parent Media Group, Inc. builds relationships with parents, taking this role seriously while making it fun, exciting, informative and worthwhile. PlanningFamily.com offers pregnancy and parenting information, including articles, instructional videos, topical blogs, charts, checklists and interactive tools.
For more information, please contact Stephania@southardinc.com.
About TOTSYHeadquartered in New York, TOTSY is a privately held company dedicated to providing its members with access to essential products and brands designed for expecting moms, parents, babies and kids at sample sale prices. Shopping events are designer-specific and held over a 72 hour period. Membership is free of charge and by invitation only. For more information, please visit http://www.TOTSY.com. About Parent Media Group, Inc. Parent Media Group, Inc. builds relationships with parents and takes the role seriously while making it fun, exciting, informative and worthwhile. Focusing on the young family marketplace, PMG's network of family-centric sites attracts parents at touch points that induce interactivity &loyalty. PMG's sites offer contests, promotions, and deals from valued partners, photo galleries, social interaction and up-to-date articles, blogs and community forums.
About PlanningFamily.comPlanning Family is an educational, social community website focused on pregnancy and parenting. We are dedicated to providing all of the tools and information needed by parents and parents-to-be on their journey through preconception, pregnancy, and beyond. Our members have access to interactive tools, expert articles, topical blogs, and community forums, as well as free baby stuff, special offers, and sweepstakes.
Play-Doll Mobile App Encourages Use of Imagination to Create Stories
Play-Doll For Kids Allows Users to Easily Share Created Characters Via Facebook and Twitter
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Korea-based SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), today announced Play-Doll For Kids, a family-friendly app that enables children to pick and create characters that can be shared with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. The app, which is available for Android and iOS, has more than 50 dolls, including a princess, a dinosaur and a vampire that users can personalize to create an adventure like no other.
Play-Doll is designed to enable children to use their imagination to create their perfect story. To start, users can scroll through the variety of characters they may want in their story. Story creators can do complete costume changes with the characters, including clothing, hairstyles and accessories such as shoes and bags.
In a sea of thousands of apps, Play-Doll has educational value as it exposes children to characters of all cultures, shapes and sizes. A recent Nielsen survey shows that the iPad is the most desired product during the holiday season, with smartphones and the iPod Touch not far behind, among children ages six to 12. Play-Doll encourages children to think outside of the box, interact and create a story they are proud to share with their loved ones.
Once characters are selected and customized, users then pick the setting of their story, such as a party or in the jungle. Children are able to make their stories come to life by recording and applying their voices to the characters and by moving characters on the Play-Doll set. Play-Doll also enables users to record their story to share with family and friends through Play-Doll's Share Board.
Pricing and Availability
Play-Doll is a free Android and iOS app available immediately at the Apple App Store and the Android Market.
About SK Planet
SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of SK Telecom, was established in October 1, 2011 with an aspiration to become a global platform innovator. As the lynchpin of SK Telecom's future growth, the company was spun off with the industry-leading platform businesses including T-Store, T-map, MelOn, Cyworld and hoppin, Korea's biggest mobile app store, mobile navigation, online music service, SNS and multi-screen premium video service. SK Planet is committed to building global platform business in Asia and other strategic markets. For more information, please visit http://www.skplanet.co.kr.
About SK Telecom
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670) is Korea's leading telecommunications provider with more than 26 million subscribers, which accounts for more than 50% of the total market. The company, established in 1984, reached KRW 12.46 trillion in revenue in 2010. SK Telecom was the first to launch and commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, and it currently provides cellular, wireless internet, mobile media, global roaming service and more. For more information, please visit http://www.sktelecom.com.
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CEO Podcasts Highlight Successful Businesses, Leaders
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, is launching Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, featuring Paul Krutko, its president and CEO, speaking with regional business leaders.
"Since joining Ann Arbor SPARK, I've met with more than 80 business owners who are advancing our region's economy; there's an incredible depth of expertise in our region," said Krutko. "The podcast series is designed to not only highlight that expertise, but also make it available to others who could benefit from the wisdom those business leaders can share."
The podcasts will feature successful local businesses, business owners and business leaders. Throughout these conversations, the CEOs will share best practices, lessons learned and an "in the trenches" view of the region's economy.
The first podcast, available now on Ann Arbor SPARK's website, is an insightful interview of Mary Sue Coleman, president of University of Michigan. Coleman discusses the role of a research university in economic development and the impact of University of Michigan's partnership with Ann Arbor SPARK on the region.
Subsequent Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, will feature regional leaders, including Ken Fischer, president of the University Musical Society, Mike Miller, head of Google Ann Arbor, and Jan Garfinkle, managing director of venture capital firm Arboretum Ventures.
Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit http://www.AnnArborUSA.org.
Alcatel-Lucent and Arbor Networks Team Up in the Fight Against 'Denial-of-Service' Attacks
Integration of Arbor's Threat Management System into Alcatel-Lucent IP routers helps service providers counter the growing threat of attacks and ensures the integrity of their networks and cloud services
PARIS and CHELMSFORD, Mass., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Arbor Networks, a leader in network monitoring and security solutions, have joined forces to tackle the growing threat of 'distributed denial-of-service' (DDoS) attacks.
Such attacks can compromise the communication networks used to provide a growing array of cloud services as well as businesses that carry large volumes of critical data traffic over the Internet. With the world's top five percent of Internet data centers experiencing as many as 500 attacks a month*, Alcatel-Lucent and Arbor are today offering a joint solution that provides advanced DDoS protection and security capabilities to help address this escalating challenge.
These cloud-based security services address the concerns of 3,386 IT Decision Makers that participated in a recent Alcatel-Lucent global study. Study participants cited performance and security as the two areas of cloud services needing the most improvement. A new class of carrier cloud also addresses this by combining the computing power and flexibility of the cloud, with the security, reliability and guaranteed performance of communications networks.
Carrier clouds provide an ideal way of detecting and eliminating DDoS attacks quickly. Today, when network attacks are detected, the infected traffic is typically transported to a central location for treatment. With the largest sustained attacks on networks consuming 100 gigabits per second of capacity, transporting infected traffic to centralized locations can be both expensive and disruptive. By integrating Arbor's Threat Management System (TMS) software into Alcatel-Lucent's IP routers - wherever they are located in a given network - attacks can be detected and dealt with at the edge of the cloud, closer to the location of the attack, which is a much more effective and less costly approach.
In addition to making service providers own cloud networks and services more resilient, this new solution also enables them to offer a cloud-based service to detect and mitigate DDoS attacks on the networks of their enterprise customers. This represents a lucrative revenue opportunity because many businesses do not have the skill-set or resources to keep up with this rapidly escalating threat on their own. Service providers can deliver denial-of-service 'scrubbing' as a cloud-based service from the same platform as virtual private network (VPN) and business Internet services, with minimal incremental investment.
"This partnership brings DDoS mitigation capabilities to the edge of provider networks and benefits them in multiple ways, from the cost saving benefits of reducing the volume of backhaul traffic to the ability to scale and generate additional revenue from managed security services," said Michael Suby, Stratecast Vice President of Research at Frost & Sullivan. "The demand for edge-based services also speaks to the complex challenges facing enterprise network administrators when it comes to DDoS and availability threats. They are increasingly looking to their service providers for managed solutions."
Kevin Macaluso, Vice President and General Manager of the IP Service Router Product Unit at Alcatel-Lucent, said: "Denial-of-service attacks are a rapidly growing problem in service provider and Enterprise networks today. Unchecked, they can bring down large networks and data centers for significant periods of time, which obviously has a detrimental impact on productivity and delivery of services. By integrating Arbor's TMS into our IP service routers, we're essentially moving the defensive perimeter further out to the 'edge' of the service provider's network - in effect stopping criminals at the border."
After being first-to-market with application level monitoring and control functionality for business networks in a carrier class service router, Alcatel-Lucent has raised the bar even higher by being first to integrate Arbor Networks TMS capabilities in the same integrated service adapter platform. This fully aligns with Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network(TM) vision, which allows service providers to consolidate and converge their infrastructure, thus reducing CAPEX and OPEX, while speeding time to market for new services that leverage and extract more value from their network. The solution also complements Alcatel-Lucent's recently announced CloudBand solution which makes the carrier cloud possible through the dynamic orchestration and provision of cloud services, such as threat management, delivery of latency sensitive applications and guaranteed Quality of Service.
"More than sixty service providers offer some sort of clean pipe managed service built off the Arbor platform. By embedding our Threat Management System software into the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, these service providers can scale their DDoS traffic cleaning service to capitalize on accelerating enterprise demand for cloud-based protection from DDoS attacks," said Colin Doherty, President of Arbor Networks.
Arbor Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of network security and management solutions for next-generation data centers and carrier networks, including the majority of the world's Internet service providers and many of the largest enterprise networks in use today. Arbor's proven network security and management solutions help grow and protect customer networks, businesses and brands. Through its unparalleled, privileged relationships with worldwide service providers and global network operators, Arbor provides unequalled insight into and perspective on Internet security and traffic trends via the Active Threat Level Analysis System (ATLAS®). Representing a unique collaborative effort with 100+ network operators across the globe, ATLAS enables the sharing of real-time security, traffic and routing information that informs numerous business decisions.
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost R&D organizations, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent is committed to making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission - Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.