DAP Technologies Adds Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Biometrics Module to its M2000 Rugged Handheld
New operating system, fingerprint and credential readers add functionality to pocket-sized device
TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DAP Technologies' M2000, a pocket-sized rugged handheld that scans barcodes, is now available with the Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system and a new add-on rugged biometrics module with fingerprint and credential-reading capabilities.
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is designed specifically for enterprise handheld computers, which provide real-time data to field service, warehouse, logistics and other mobile workers in order to secure business-critical data, improve customer responsiveness and boost operational efficiencies.
The new biometrics module allows the M2000 to be used in security applications and includes:
-- A three-track magnetic stripe reader capable of reading any mag stripe
credential including drivers licenses and credit cards
-- A FIPS 201-certified fingerprint reader module
-- A machine readable zone (MRZ) reader for reading passports and other
"The modularity of DAP's handheld, tablet and vehicle-mount computers gives our customers the flexibility to choose the features that work for their specific applications now and into the future," said Khalid Kidari, DAP's director of product management and marketing. "The addition of the Windows Embedded Handheld Operating system and the biometrics module makes the M2000 a more robust offering, providing users additional functionality on an already powerful handheld computer."
DAP's M2000 packs 128 MB SDRAM and 1 GB flash ROM in a device measuring just 6 x 3 x 1.25 inches (155 x 82 x 31 mm) and weighing 13.4 oz (380 g). With ample memory for storing data locally, the rugged computer also communicates wirelessly via Summit Radio wireless LAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth and the optional GPRS/EDGE. Additionally, it features a user-accessible SD slot and hot-swappable battery. Customers can also choose a Windows® CE operating system.
The biometrics module and Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system will be available on the M2000 in September.
DAP Technologies designs and manufactures rugged handheld, tablet and vehicle-mount computers for demanding industries and harsh environments. DAP's computers improve data collection, processing and transmission in numerous industries, including utilities, field service, identity management, warehouse, transportation and logistics. Its innovative computers include the breakthrough M9010 tablet offering exclusive advanced communications options. DAP has offices in Tempe, Ariz.; Quebec City; and Abingdon, U.K. http://www.daptech.com
CollegeHumor Media Announces the Release of "CollegeHumor: The Website. The Book"
NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CollegeHumor Media announces the release of its newest book CollegeHumor: The Website. The Book.
CollegeHumor: The Website. The Book is a compilation of some of the best articles that have appeared on CollegeHumor.com complete with new and colorful artwork. Written and illustrated by the award winning CollegeHumor staff, the book features all manner of written humor, from prose to graphs and charts to comics and, yes, even a poem.
"We're all eagerly anticipating the release of CollegeHumor. The Website. The Book. and thrilled that we're able to give our favorite articles a second life in print," says Streeter Seidell, Editor in Chief of CollegeHumor.com. "I'm also thrilled that our readers will now be able to enjoy these articles without the constant temptation of online pornography only a few mouse clicks away."
CollegeHumor: The Website. The Book is the third book from CollegeHumor. Their other titles include The CollegeHumor Guide to College and Faking It: How to Seem Like a Better Person Without Actually Improving Yourself.
CollegeHumor: The Website. The Book is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com andwill be available in stores and online August 23, 2011.
About CollegeHumor Media
CollegeHumor Media, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) and partner in the Electus multimedia studio system, is a leading comedy-driven entertainment company that targets young adults age 18-34. Comprised of CollegeHumor.com, TodaysBigThing.com, Dorkly.com and SportsPickle.com, CollegeHumor Media delivers original videos, pictures and articles created and/or curated by its in-house editorial staff and reaches over 15 million unique visitors per month. Founded in 1999 with the launch of CollegeHumor.com, CollegeHumor Media has expanded its expertise to leading brands and top level talent to create high-quality original content that has been viewed over 300 million times with its viewers watching 100 years worth of video content each month. In addition to online content, CollegeHumor Media has expanded into apparel and other forms of entertainment including two CollegeHumor books published by Penguin and "The CollegeHumor Show" on MTV.
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First Biblically-Based Facebook Game Takes Players on Journey of Moses:
Hexify's game transforms well-known story to adventure quest
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Incorporating high production quality, music, graphics, effects and the newest Facebook social features while telling the story of a very important historical figure, Hexify has developed a new game, Journey of Moses, to meet a void in the market for a biblically based game. To play the game visit: http://apps.facebook.com/journeyofmoses/?ref=bpr_aan.
"Weaving throughout ancient Egypt and the Middle East, the Journey of Moses is a fun, immersive adventure game, complete with complex characters, engaging quests, puzzles and mysteries," said Brent Dusing, CEO of Hexify. "Whether you already play social games or you are interested in the story of Moses, we believe we have created a game that everyone can enjoy."
Players will experience the many twists and turns as they explore milestones in the life of Moses - from growing up in the king's house as an Egyptian to his exile in the wilderness. Then, after an encounter at the burning bush, Moses' life is changed and he eventually leads the Israelites out of Pharaoh's rule.
Journey of Moses, like many other social games, provides a forum for community, entertainment and gaming with friends. The game is free to play, though as with other Facebook games, players can purchase goods along the way to help enhance their experience.
"With web-based games played on social networks drawing nearly half a billion people worldwide, we felt it was time for a biblically based game that showcases one of the greatest adventures of all time," Dusing said.
Out of a passion for games, Dusing and Chief Technical Officer Preston Tollinger started Hexify, Inc. in 2010. Already well-known within Silicon Valley, Tollinger and Dusing quickly built a brand and credibility among the social gaming industry. The Journey of Moses is Hexify's third Facebook adventure game.
ABPA Releases New Video Highlighting Crash Test Data That Confirms Performance and Safety of Aftermarket Auto Parts
HOUSTON, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) today released a new video illustrating the safety and quality of aftermarket auto parts. The video, which is available on the ABPA website and YouTube, showcases actual high- and low-speed crash tests. The video's conclusions are based upon the crash tests as well as lump mass modeling simulations and quasi-static crush tests designed by engineers with extensive experience in automotive safety systems.
Side-by-side video taken during a high-speed crash test illustrates the simultaneous airbag deployment (down to the millisecond) for two 2006 Toyota Corollas, one outfitted with an aftermarket bumper reinforcement bar and the other a car company equivalent. This evidence undercuts with facts the false assertion by some car companies that airbag timing is affected by using comparable aftermarket components.
The high-speed crash data also shows the aftermarket- and the car company-equipped cars both delivering occupant safety well within the federal safety standards, with the car outfitted with non-branded car company parts actually delivering slightly better occupant protection as measured across 11 key injury criteria.
In low-speed crash tests presented in the video, an aftermarket bumper reinforcement bar outperforms an equivalent car-company branded part, effectively absorbing impact without deployment of airbags while sustaining less damage that results in a $200 lower repair estimate.
"Time and again the aftermarket industry has demonstrated the safety and quality of its products, yet some car companies seem determined to counter scientific facts with fear-mongering," said Co-Chair of the ABPA Legislation and Regulation Committee Eileen A. Sottile. "OEs cannot credibly argue that only their branded parts can provide safety, especially when it comes to components that play a very small role in crash energy management. If car company safety systems cannot handle a wide range of real world crash conditions and material differences in minor replacement parts then they are not robustly engineered and as such are a significant threat to the consumers."
Sottile added: "Rather than relentlessly smearing our industry in an attempt to gain a competitive business advantage on replacement parts, our biggest corporate critics would do well to focus on reducing their own recalls and delivering high-quality, robustly engineered products for the motoring public."
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Automotive Body Parts Association represents manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of independently produced aftermarket body parts. The membership base consists of more than 150 of the industry's leading companies which operate in approximately 400 separate locations and which supply more than 75 percent of these type parts to the marketplace. Visit http://www.autobpa.com.
SAN RAMON, California, August 16, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- First Five GENIVI Compliant Solutions Approved
The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry
association driving the development and adoption of an open In-Vehicle
Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, today announced the availability of
its newly-created Compliance Program to its member companies. This milestone
program is the result of 14 months of painstaking research and investigation
among GENIVI "expert groups" -- with broad representation across the
membership -- to define a detailed set of technical requirements.
GENIVI members Canonical, Mentor Graphics, MontaVista, and Wind River,
along with the Linux Foundation are the first to have offerings approved as
GENIVI compliant, enabling them to qualify for OEM request for proposals
requiring GENIVI compliant products.
"This program embodies the natural flow within GENIVI from aligned
requirements, to identified components which meet those requirements, to a
packaged, re-usable platform," said Steve Crumb, executive director, GENIVI
Alliance. "The program clarifies what is expected for members wishing to
provide compliant software solutions."
"Jaguar Land Rover and other GENIVI member automotive OEMs are now
specifying GENIVI compliance in their requests for proposals (RFPs) for
future IVI systems," said Matt Jones, Jaguar Land Rover Infotainment Lead
and GENIVI vice president. "To respond to these RFPs, software suppliers
need to have demonstrated that they can produce products and services that
meet the GENIVI compliance requirements."
The program also provides the foundations for delivering the benefits of
using the GENIVI platform. These benefits are: speeds time-to-market;
dramatically reduces development costs; provides code transparency; broadens
options for integrating and customizing solutions and increases IVI
interchangeability across vehicle makes and models.
In addition to allowing multiple distributions to be compliant, the
program encourages member companies to offer different versions of
components enabling diversity while still being compliant, allowing
replacement of a particular component or group of components with another
open-source or proprietary implementation that satisfies the compliance
GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to
drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source
development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements,
delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and
fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI's work will result in
shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for
companies developing IVI equipment and software. GENIVI is headquartered in
San Ramon, Calif. http://www.genivi.org.
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Linux Foundation MeeGo IVI Project
MeeGo IVI is a true open-source solution for next generation in-vehicle
infotainment systems built on Linux. It is architected from the ground up
with connected mobile devices in mind providing essential features such as
fast boot, power efficiency, small footprint, networking and telephony
stacks. Together with its build infrastructure and application development
SDK it provides the ideal platform to jump-start development on various
hardware platforms including Intel(R) architecture and ARM. OEMs, Tier 1s
and OSVs can extend and modify the MeeGo IVI platform to their requirements
while getting the most return on investment by leveraging an open and
maintained platform. MeeGo IVI follows a strong roadmap with a twice a year
release cadence integrating the latest but proven Linux technologies such as
SystemD, BTRFS, Wayland, etc. into a production-ready platform.
Mentor Embedded IVI Base Platform
The Mentor Embedded IVI Base Platform provides a GENIVI compliant
foundation for in-vehicle infotainment software development. The IVI Base
Platform integrates graphics, communication and multimedia middleware with
libraries, system infrastructure, and management components on top of Linux
and relevant drivers. When combined with Mentor Embedded development tools
and expert services, automotive OEMs and their suppliers have a
comprehensive solution for building the next generation of IVI systems on
open source software. The Mentor Embedded IVI Base Platform is available for
Intel(R) architecture and ARM Cortex architectures.
MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform (ATP)
Leveraging MontaVista's 10+ years of Embedded Linux experience, the
MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) contains hardened frameworks
for graphics, video, sound, USB, Bluetooth, Location Based Services,
security, customizable UI and much more. The MontaVista ATP is highly tuned
in the areas of performance, ultra fast boot and power management on select
automotive-specific platforms based on ARM and Intel(R) Atom(TM)-based
Some of the key components of MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform
include: Linux-based, GENIVI Compliant platform with fast boot/start up,
high performance, power management and security options built in;
comprehensive networking and internet support; multimedia capabilities for
audio and video requirements; integration for consumer devices via Bluetooth
or APIs; vendor specific UI customization and fully integrated tool set for
Ubuntu IVI Remix
The Ubuntu IVI Remix is based on Ubuntu Core, a sub set of Ubuntu
technologies suited for the next generation of Internet-enabled embedded
devices such as IVI systems. It supports both Intel and ARM-based
microprocessors, allowing software development to easily target platforms
using either architecture.
The Ubuntu IVI Remix also supports Ubuntu One, a personal cloud service
that enables users to access their personal media and stream their music
from anywhere in the world. Ubuntu One's APIs are fully open allowing
developers to take advantage of innovation in loud technology in future
designs to deliver advanced capabilities into IVI solutions.
Wind River Platform for Infotainment
Wind River Platform for Infotainment is a software platform for
in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices. By providing automotive equipment
manufacturers with a powerful and reliable foundation for IVI devices as
well as world-class commercial support and services, Wind River helps
customers save on development time and costs, allowing them to focus on the
technologies that will differentiate their IVI products and accelerate
time-to-market. Wind River is a founding member of the GENIVI Alliance and
plays a key role in this consortium by developing, integrating, testing and
contributing key automotive middleware and hardware integration components.
With Wind River's strong history of automotive expertise and innovation,
OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers worldwide have long relied on Wind River to
deliver leading edge and proven automotive technologies and services
supporting both Intel(R) architecture and ARM architectures.
Get Ready for Mayhem! 345 Games "Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon" Receives Official Launch Date
Four-Player Side-Scrolling Co-Op Shooter Game Based On COMEDY CENTRAL's Hit Animated Series Coming To PSN August 30 And XBLA August 31
"Ugly Americans" Airs On Thursdays At 10:30 P.M. On COMEDY CENTRAL
NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- The time has come to pound the pavement and save the earth from impending doom! 345 Games, the video gaming arm of COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike TV, announced today that its upcoming shooter "Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon" will be launching for PlayStation®Network on August 30 and for Xbox LIVE®Arcade August 31 for a retail price of $9.99. Published by COMEDY CENTRAL Games and developed by Backbone Entertainment, this hilarious game unites the humor and spirit of the popular animated comedy-horror series "Ugly Americans" with classic and addictive dual analog shooting gameplay. The game features all of the voice actors from the show, a script penned by the show writers and original characters created by the show creator Devin Clark.
"It won't be too much longer until gamers everywhere can get their hands on the first COMEDY CENTRAL branded arcade game," said Dan Yang, general manager, 345 Games. "We've been working hard to infuse 'Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon' with a combination of addicting gameplay and the comedic sensibilities that has made the show such a success. We feel that we've created an original and memorable game play experience."
With four-player top-down co-op gameplay that hearkens back to such classics as Gauntlet and Robotron, "Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon" features four playable characters, each with their own unique abilities, weapons and strengths. Players must comb the streets of New York City and pacify raving demons, delinquent man birds and zombies by lactating fire or hurling wacky objects like flying demon skulls, fish, baseballs and wrenches. Investigate case files from the Department of Integration and battle devastating and distinctive bosses at the end of each mission, each bringing you one step closer to finding out who is trying to bring about the end of days!
"Ugly Americans" airs on Thursdays at 10:30 P.M. on COMEDY CENTRAL.
"Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon" will be available for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points.
Available in 99 million homes nationwide, COMEDY CENTRAL (http://www.comedycentral.com), the only all-comedy network, is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press web site at http://www.comedycentral.com/press and follow us on Twitter @ComedyCentralPR for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
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Florida Customers Benefit From Focus on 3G, 4G Wireless Services; $131 Million Invested in Network Enhancements in First Half of 2011
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network, announced today that the company invested $131 million during the first six months of 2011 in Florida to further enhance wireless services and network coverage for its customers across the state.
The 2011 investment to date includes the continued rollout of the company's 4G LTE (Fourth Generation, Long-Term Evolution) network, which now serves the core areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Sarasota-Bradenton and Lakeland. The 4G LTE network also serves customers along Duval Street in Key West and in nine airports, including the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
4G LTE provides wireless consumers access to services up to 10 times faster than the company's industry-leading 3G network. With this latest progression of wireless technology, the company expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE technology also is designed to improve coverage strength inside buildings, as it runs on a powerful 700 megahertz wireless frequency.
Verizon Wireless also continues to reinforce its 3G network in Florida, which already covers nearly 98 percent of the state's population and landmass. Enhancement highlights included the construction and activation of numerous new cell sites, as well as hardware and software upgrades to hundreds of sites across the state to improve outdoor and in-building coverage.
"We're committed to upholding our reputation and ratings for the most advanced and reliable 3G wireless network and the fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network and coverage for wireless consumers in Florida," said Pam Tope, Verizon Wireless Florida region president.
Florida network enhancements in the first half of 2011 include:
-- Hardware and software upgrades to five "super-switch" network processing
centers across the state (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jupiter and
Pembroke Pines). The super-switches are designed to withstand Category
5 hurricanes, feature large-scale on-site power generation, various
redundant operations and technologies, and other back-up systems to
ensure reliable handling of tens of millions of wireless calls and data
transmissions each day. The super-switches serve as the hub for network
operations in the event of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and any type of
-- Deployment of technicians and special vehicles to measure connection
quality on the Verizon Wireless network versus other carriers in
Florida. Using sophisticated testing equipment in specially designed
vehicles, company engineers traveled nearly 50,000 miles and conducted
hundreds of thousands of voice call attempts and data tests to ensure
-- Installation of numerous high-tech in-building systems that use dozens
of small wireless transmitters, resembling small smoke detectors, to
ensure strong inside coverage. These systems were installed in
high-priority public safety facilities such as police stations,
emergency command centers and hospitals, as well as high-traffic
wireless consumer locations such as hotels, resorts and tourist
-- Enhanced capacity at more than 650 3G (EVDO Rev A) cell sites across the
Since the company was formed in 2000, more than $2.2 billion has been invested to build and enhance Verizon Wireless network coverage and services for customers in Florida. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion to increase the coverage and capacity of its nationwide network and to add new services.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
The iPhone Just Became a Life Saver: Global Alert Network's Must-Have Free Alert App Now Available for Download
Free Hyper-Local Alert Service Now Offered on All Major Mobile Devices
NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The iPhone, one of the most relied upon devices for getting information, connecting with your friends, and listening to music, can now be used to receive life-saving alerts. Today, Global Alert Network (GAN) announced that its free, hyper-local alert audio application is now available for download in the iTunes App Store.
The GAN app provides audio alerts that are geo-targeted to the user's location ensuring timely, accurate information about traffic incidents, weather conditions, certain emergency notifications such as Amber Alerts, or other future services to which the user subscribes.
"There is huge demand for Apple products right now - the iPhone market represents nearly 25 percent of the Smartphone community. We are excited to debut our app to these users and expand our customer base," said Scott Hughes, President of Global Alert Network. "The GAN app was created as a channel to help people in every day life - from easing their commutes and making sure they have their umbrellas in the morning, to alerting them about Amber Alerts and potentially saving lives. The app has seen such a great response from BlackBerry and Android users to date, we wanted to expand this service to include the millions of iPhone users out there so they can benefit too."
To download the application, users can search for "Global Alert Network" in the App Store and download instantaneously. After the account is created, the application runs in the background and 'wakes up' to present alerts and information based upon the preferences of the user. Once the iPhone user hears the tone alerting him or her to an important traffic or weather alert, that person simply unlocks the device and the alert plays automatically. Traffic alerts are sent out to users based on a driver's route and location and weather alerts can be selected by users when they indicate their current location or areas of interest.
GAN is a free application that generates revenues from selling brief, advertisements to run within the alerts. This effective form of advertising ensures that 100% of ads are heard by the app users, offering great benefit to GAN's advertising partners.
Global Alert Network's content partners include: Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network and AccuWeather.com. Alerts currently available include traffic, weather and certain local emergency information such as Amber alerts. The Company plans to expand its content channels to include sports and news as well.
Global Alert Network is now free to download in the App Store and is also available on Blackberry and Android devices through AppWorld and Android Market.
Global Alert Network (http://www.globalalertnetwork.com/) is a national mobile platform that provides safe, automatic, hands-free audio alerts to a user's mobile phone. The app, which is free to download, senses when the user is driving and initiates automatically. Global Alert Network (GAN) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Traffic Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNET), a leading provider of custom traffic and news reports to radio and television stations.
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THIRTEEN Arts offers users a free, curated guide to the best cultural events and exhibitions in and around New York City
NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WNET, parent company of New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21, announced the launch of THIRTEEN Arts (http://www.thirteen.org/mobile), the first mobile app from New York's public media provider available for both iPhone and Android.
THIRTEEN Arts gives New Yorkers and tourists on the-go access to the city's rich cultural offerings right in the palm of their hands. The app offers a curated guide to the city's top arts events ranging from the performance art to the fine arts.
WNET's on-air content will play a major role in the THIRTEEN Arts' Staff Picks section, which features video clips from the station's award-winning local arts series SundayArts. The program's "Curator's Choice" clips offer users a glimpse into the most interesting events around the city. The app will eventually integrate content from WNET's newest site MetroFocus, among other relevant programs.
Working in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts, THIRTEEN Arts will tap into the organization's database to build on the app's Venue List feature, a comprehensive list of arts organizations, institutions and venues in the New York City area, and the Event Calendar section, which gives users a preview of the top shows for the coming weeks.
Additionally, an interactive map that uses geolocation helps users choose from events and venues based on their location.
"THIRTEEN Arts is a wonderful introduction to what WNET does best, which is showcasing New York City's dynamic arts and culture scene to our community," said Dan Greenberg, General Manager of WNET's Interactive Engagement Group. "This is the most comprehensive arts and culture app available to smartphone users that is both functional and free. We're excited to offer the app to long-time residents and visitors touring the city."
Funding for THIRTEEN Arts is provided by MasterCard.
About WNET New York Public Media
New York public media company WNET is a pioneering provider of television and web content. The parent of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET brings such acclaimed broadcast series and websites as Tavis Smiley, Need To Know, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Secrets of the Dead, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Visions, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps and Cyberchase to national and international audiences. Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects. In all that it does, WNET pursues a single, overarching goal -- to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. For more information, visit http://www.wnet.org.
Gartner Veterans Form New Research and Advisory Firm Aragon Research
Aragon Research will initially focus on workplace technologies and offer enterprises more choices when it comes to selecting an industry analyst firm.
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aragon Research, a new technology focused research and advisory firm committed to providing thought leading strategic research and trusted advisory services, announced its founding and initial research coverage.
Founded by two Gartner veterans, Jim Lundy and Mike Anderson, Aragon Research's initial service will focus on the all of the issues surrounding workplace technologies and people. The initial research topics include: workplace, collaboration, mobile, social, content management, user experience and knowledge.
"We are excited to announce the formation of Aragon Research and look forward to serving our clients with our thought leading research and trusted advice," said Jim Lundy, CEO and co-founder of Aragon Research. Lundy continued, "With all of the consolidation, there hasn't been many choices for enterprises when it comes to Industry Analysts firms. Aragon Research provides that alternative."
Aragon Research will provide its clients with high value written research as part of a research services offering and in its first week of existence has already published over 13 high quality research notes. Clients also have regular access to analysts via scheduled inquiry or onsite advisory service offerings. Aragon has a detailed research agenda that is available at Aragonresearch.com . Aragon Research is privately held.
About Aragon Research:
Aragon Research is the newest technology research and advisory firm. Aragon delivers high impact research and advisory services to provide enterprises the insight they need to help them make better technology and strategy decisions. Aragon Research serves business and IT leaders and has a proven team of veteran analysts. For more information, visit http://www.aragonresearch.com
Connected Living Launches New Platform, The Connected Living Network
The Connected Living Network improves user and administrator functionality
QUINCY, Mass., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Connected Living, the leader in bridging seniors and technology, today announced the launch of its new and improved platform, the Connected Living Network (CLN). The CLN will vastly improve user experience as well as administrative data collection, offering a more complete and beneficial product to customers.
To avoid confusion amongst current users who are familiar with the program, users will only see small modifications such as: an increase in speed; a few cosmetic changes and updates to the Library content; and photo slideshow functions on the CLN. Most of the changes happening for the CLN involve back end data collection and administrator functions.
"The Connected Living Network is valuable not only to the residents, but to the communities themselves, helping them stand out in the competitive senior living environment and connect with their residents," said Sarah Hoit, CEO and co-founder of Connected Living. "Senior communities need to be wired these days, and our product offers a complete solution."
The most important update to the CLN is the improved administrator panel. The administrator panel has been redesigned to a single interface for network management supporting content management, self-service report generation, profile builder configuration, survey configuration, calendar management, and access to the messaging tool. The panel will be able to automatically upload resident lists when new communities adopt Connected Living, which will save them from having to manually enter residents. The new reporting module allows the user to run various reports with specified criteria such as time range and communities. Connected Living Administrators can also create resident surveys and upload newsletters and calendars from the new panel.
"We are very excited to have the new platform finally launch," said Ann-Marie Bland, senior vice president of marketing and product development. "Our team has been working hard on these improvements over the past several months, which will enhance the experience of all our members, and allow for the addition of great new features."
Connected Living has been implemented by some of the most recognized names in eldercare, including Brookdale, Benchmark, Emeritus, and Beacon Communities providing this unique approach to technology adoption in more than 150 senior communities across the country. After receiving two Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants, Connected Living launched in more than 30 affordable elderly and disabled housing properties throughout Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.
In each community, Connected Living provides residents with a simple web interface, along with personalized and group training from an "Ambassador" who helps to keep residents engaged and interested in getting online. Using Connected Living, residents can create a personal profile, send e-mail, video-chat, share photos, and record old memories and life stories. In addition to providing access to the CLN and installing assistive technologies like touch screen computers, large letter keyboards, and text-to-speech tools, Connected Living also enables users to engage online with their friends and families. This contact results in increased socialization, and a decreased sense of depression and isolation that sometimes occur in senior living communities. Connected Living empowers seniors to become more independent and to better their lives through the use of modern technology.
About Connected Living
Founded in 2007, Connected Living is transforming the experience of aging and connecting families across generations by combining simplified technology with high-touch personal support. The company is based in Quincy, Massachusetts. More information can be found at http://www.connectedliving.com .
The press conference and town hall meeting will be led by UNATION chairman and founder, John Bartoletta, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, in Tampa, Florida. The event will include executive representatives of the company and major announcements concerning significant industry-business partnerships, pre-registered business anchors and celebrity endorsements.
UNATION will change the way people connect with each other by providing users with the opportunity to increase brand awareness and profitability through the use of a dynamic digital exchange technology. Not only will the new platform revolutionize the way people communicate and live on a global scale, but UNATION is also expected to create a surge in local technology jobs as the company expands and relies on local talent. UNATION currently employs a team of over 60 individuals. With the most powerful technology companies coming out of Silicon Valley, UNATION plans to put Tampa, Florida on the map by showcasing their major technology advancements.
What: Press conference to introduce UNATION.com
"The most advanced social media network ever created!"
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Where: David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place | Tampa, Florida 33602
UNATION (http://www.UNATION.com) is an Internet company that is improving on the strengths of many communication tools and technologies utilized in social networking, telecommunications, journalism and rich media. Through a unique, event-driven platform, UNATION will fundamentally change the way corporations, organizations and individuals interact with their contacts.
First LTE/HSPA+ Devices Arrive in AT&T Stores Aug. 21
AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G Eligible for $50, 5GB Data Plans
DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
-- The AT&T* USBConnect Momentum 4G** and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G**
will be available in stores and online Aug. 21.
-- AT&T also confirmed data pricing for data-only mobile broadband devices
on the company's forthcoming LTE network.
-- Customers will be able to choose 5 gigabytes of data for a monthly rate
of $50 with any additional data consumed available for $10 per gigabyte.
-- The LTE-upgradeable AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline will also be able to be
updated to LTE beginning Aug. 26.
Data Plan Options
As the first devices that will be able to take advantage of AT&T's future 4G LTE network arrive in AT&T stores, customers who choose the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be able to select the same $50 for 5 GB data option as many current USBConnect or Mobile Hotspot customers do today.
Also capable of 4G speeds on AT&T's HSPA+ network, the USBConnect Momentum 4G, Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be the only LTE devices in the United States to have a 4G/HSPA+ network with enhanced backhaul to fall back to if a customer moves outside of LTE coverage.
Already in customers' hands, the AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline is LTE-upgradeable, containing an LTE chipset that can be enabled with a software update. Those customers can visit http://www.att.com/adrenaline to download that update beginning Aug. 26.
AT&T recently announced plans to roll out 4G LTE in five markets - Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio - later this summer. Customers with compatible devices and 4G LTE coverage in those markets will be able to enjoy access to 4G LTE speeds as AT&T's 4G LTE is turned up.
As AT&T rolls out 4G LTE, customers outside of its 4G LTE coverage areas will still have access to AT&T's fast HSPA+ network. When combined with enhanced backhaul, HSPA+ enables 4G speeds that are up to four times faster than AT&T's already fast mobile broadband speeds. Because AT&T has taken the extra step of deploying HSPA+ technology with enhanced backhaul, its customers will have access to consistently fast mobile broadband speeds when moving in and out of 4G LTE areas.
By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to offer 4G LTE to customers in at least 15 markets, covering 70 million Americans.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul) or LTE, where available. Compatible data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G: Limited-time offer. Requires 2 year agreement with qualifying DataConnect Plan. Mobile broadband coverage and other coverage not available in all areas. See coverage map at store for details. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address within AT&T's owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activation fee applies. Equipment price and availability may vary by market and may not be available from independent retailers. DataConnect is not unlimited and overage charges of $10 per each GB provided will be incurred if included monthly data allowance is exceeded. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose additional fees. Other conditions and restrictions apply. See contract for details. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.
AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline is not capable of 4G speeds on AT&T's HSPA+ network.
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, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
SAN RAMON,Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, today announced that the Linux Foundation'sMeeGo IVI Project has been approved as GENIVI compliant.
The Linux Foundation's software solution joins GENIVI members Canonical, Mentor Graphics, MontaVista, and Wind River as the first to have offerings approved as GENIVI compliant, enabling them to qualify for OEM request for proposals requiring GENIVI compliant products.
"GENIVI members have a productive history leveraging the MeeGo platform in various ways," said Steve Crumb, executive director of the GENIVI Alliance. "GENIVI members can now have the confidence that this platform, along with the other four GENIVI compliant platforms, has met the criteria of the GENIVI compliance program."
As previously announced, GENIVI's Compliance Program provides the foundation for delivering the benefits of using the GENIVI platform. These benefits are: speeds time-to-market; dramatically reduces development costs; provides code transparency; broadens options for integrating and customizing solutions and increases IVI interchangeability across vehicle makes and models.
In addition to allowing multiple distributions to be compliant, the program encourages member companies to offer different versions of components enabling diversity while still being compliant, allowing replacement of a particular component or group of components with another open-source or proprietary implementation that satisfies the compliance criteria.
About GENIVI Alliance
GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI's work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. http://www.genivi.org.
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Linux Foundation MeeGo IVI Project
MeeGo IVI is a true open-source solution for next generation in-vehicle infotainment systems built on Linux. It is architected from the ground up with connected mobile devices in mind providing essential features such as fast boot, power efficiency, small footprint, networking and telephony stacks. Together with its build infrastructure and application development SDK it provides the ideal platform to jump-start development on various hardware platforms including both ARM and Intel® Atom(TM)-based architectures. OEMs, Tier 1s and OSVs can extend and modify the MeeGo IVI platform to their requirements while getting the most return on investment by leveraging an open and maintained platform. MeeGo IVI follows a strong roadmap with a twice-a-year release cadence integrating the latest but proven Linux technologies such as SystemD, BTRFS, Wayland, etc. into a production-ready platform.
Texas Instruments Prepares Students to Go Back to School with Line of Calculators and Handhelds
Color-Display TI-Nspire CX Handheld, TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator and TI-36X Pro Scientific Calculator help Students Gear up for Math, Science
DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The lessons learned in mathematics and science classes last spring may not help students figure out how to stretch their summer vacation a few days longer. However, calculators and handheld learning tools from Texas Instruments will help outfit 7-12th graders for their fall classes.
Texas Instruments fall line of fashionable calculators and learning tools help outfit students for the new school year in style.
New Color-Display TI-Nspire(TM) CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS Handhelds
Texas Instruments is bringing a new spectrum of learning tools to math and science students for back to school with the introduction of its new backlit, color-display TI-Nspire(TM) CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS handhelds. The TI-Nspire CX handhelds, with their 16-bit, 320 x 240 pixel high resolution color display, help students better visualize math and science concepts.
Students can now more clearly interpret data, charts and graphs. With this display, teachers and students can see sharp, full-color images and animations, which help them to better connect complex concepts to real-world learning. The new 3D graphing capabilities enable students to explore graphs from multiple points of view to develop deeper conceptual understanding.
The TI-Nspire CX handheld is permitted for use on the SAT*, AP*, PSAT/NSMQT*, IB®, and ACT® college entrance exams, as well as many state standardized tests. Students can download sample SAT and ACT test questions for TI-Nspire technology.
The new TI-Nspire CX handhelds offer a sleeker, slimmer profile and include a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. At retail, the TI-Nspire CX handheld comes bundled with TI-Nspire Student Software for home use.
TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator
The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator helps students graph equations in pre-algebra through calculus classes. Because the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator comes in several shades of pink and blue as well as other colors, students can do their homework in style.
The latest operating system update features MathPrint(TM), so students can input and view math symbols, formulas and stacked fractions exactly as they appear in textbooks. A new Stats Wizard prompts students for values such as mean, median or mode as they work through various statistical functions.
Students can also download sample SAT and ACT test questions for the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator. Like the TI-Nspire CX handheld, the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is permitted for use during the SAT*, AP*, ACT®, IB®, and PSAT/NSMQT*, as well as on many state standardized tests.
The TI-36X Pro Scientific Calculator,TI's newest and most advanced scientific calculator, features a high-quality MultiView(TM) display and MathPrint(TM) capability. The MultiView display enables users to view multiple calculations at the same time, compare results and explore patterns on-screen. Enhanced math functionality makes the TI-36X Pro scientific calculator ideal for computer science and engineering courses. It also can be used in high school and college mathematics classes where graphing calculators are not used.
The new TI-36X Pro scientific calculator lets users select among three mathematical problem solvers - numeric equation, polynomial and system of linear equations. This means students have more tools for learning and exploring math and science concepts.
The TI-36X Pro scientific calculator enables users to determine the numeric derivative and integral for real functions. Users also can readily perform one- and two-variable analysis, and display six different regression models. The TI-36X Pro scientific calculator includes a vector and matrix entry window feature similar to the matrix functionality of graphing calculators.
The TI-30X IIS scientific calculator is perfect for students who want to add personality to their back-to-school gear. The two-line display scientific calculator combines statistics and advanced scientific functions and adds a splash of color to the classroom. This year's fashionable colors include pink, blue, green and orange.
Availability, Retail Locations and Online Retailers
Texas Instruments calculators and handhelds are available at leading back-to-school retailers and at TI's Online Store. A list of retailers carrying TI products is available at http://education.ti.com/us/purchase. A list of online outlets carrying TI products is available here.
About Texas Instruments
Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against recognized third-party research, which shows that the use of graphing calculators helps improve the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit http://www.education.ti.com.
Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit http://www.ti.com.
*SAT and AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. PSAT/NSMQT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, neither of which was involved in the production of, nor do they endorse these products. Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ for more information. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. IB is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. Policies are subject to change.
CONTACT: Lynn Windle, Media Relations Manager of Texas Instruments, +1-972-339-0328, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kim Novino of Bridgeman Communications, +1-617-742-7270, email@example.com, for Texas Instruments Incorporated
Public-Private Partnership Earns ISDU-46 and NAPE-EF Grant to Launch STEM Equity Teacher Academy
Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant Provides Support for Math and Science Education
ELGIN, Ill., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE-EF) and Illinois School District U-46are excited to announce their collaboration in securing $50,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc., to inspire students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through the grant, the creation of a "STEM Equity Academy" program at U-46 will engage 40 administrators, counselors and faculty from five high schools in intensive professional development to implement research-based practices to increase access, success and post-secondary transition of girls and other underrepresented groups in STEM. Beyond funding, U-46 will receive ongoing support from Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, who will act as mentors, tutors and experts in STEM careers, which utilizes the expertise of Motorola Solutions' workforce to inspire the next generation of inventors.
"NAPE-EF's mission is to promote women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related careers," said Mimi Lufkin, CEO of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). "Working in collaboration with our partners in the private sector and local school districts that can benefit by these grant partnerships is the most practical and beneficial vehicle to help achieve everyone's goals. We are grateful to the Motorola Solutions Foundation for supporting our mission in helping us establish this pilot program in Illinois. Engaging in similar efforts across the U.S. will be imperative to building a sustainable training program for the next generations of students and educators."
"Currently, the STEM courses and programs at U-46 are predominately Asian, white and male, while the student population is not," said Dr. Torres, Superintendent of U-46. "This gap in participation in STEM programs needs to be closed. Continuing to engage in grant partnerships like we are doing at U-46 is a great model for tapping into resources and opportunities at the local level to plant seeds that will continue to grow for years to come."
Last Spring, the NAPE-EF began collaborating with U-46 and several local area business partners who support the initiative to develop the grant application seeking funding for the STEM Equity Academy.
"As a third generation manufacturer, I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous lack of skills potential workers possess as they search for employment in the manufacturing industry," said Sandra Westlund-Deenihan, President of Schaumburg-based Quality Float Works Inc. and member of NAPE-EF STEM Equity Academy Industry Advisory Group who will provide advice to the project leadership, follow the progress and support the efforts of the school-based teams in implementing what they learn. "It is my goal to bring more young girls into the field of engineering and manufacturing and I look forward to continued collaboration in developing a curriculum for students that provides the necessary job skills they will need to enter the workforce."
"The future of American innovation depends on a diverse pipeline of critical thinkers who are well versed in STEM principles," said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. "Through the Innovation Generation program, we are thrilled to partner with organizations like NAPE and U-46 to provide students and teachers with the necessary tools to explore their STEM interests and pursue innovation."
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE-EF) provides equity & diversity solutions for educators to help every student fulfill his or her potential through access to the entire career spectrum. These solutions include professional development, technical assistance, research, and advocacy on equity and diversity in education and career development. NAPE-EF's STEM Equity Academy, developed under the National Science Foundation funded STEM Equity Pipeline project, has been nationally recognized as a best practice for STEM teacher professional development. http://www.napequity.org/
About Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions focusing its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. Founded in 2007, Innovation Generation Grants have awarded more than $25.5 million to STEM programs nationwide. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit http://www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.
Stern Pinball, Inc. Announces Availability of Games at Best Buy
Five Top Selling Stern Pinball Machines are Now Available for Purchase at BestBuy.com
MELROSE PARK, Ill., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's only maker of real pinball games, announced today the availability of its pinball machines through Best Buy. Pinball and game enthusiasts can now purchase five of Stern's popular releases at BestBuy.com with instore availability coming later this year.
"Pinball is back and booming," said Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball. "...and being available though an incredible retail channel such as Best Buy brings pinball to the main stream mass market."
Stern Pinball games now available at BestBuy.com include:
-- Avatar Pinball Game: Avatar pinball features a 3-D backglass with
incredible depth, clarity and color, speech and sound effects from the
-- TRON: Legacy Pinball Game: TRON: Legacy pinball features exciting sound
bites from the film's main characters, as well as music from the film's
original score. $4,799
-- The Rolling Stones Pinball Game: The Rolling Stones pinball features 13
Rolling Stones original songs, fast ramps and artwork featuring band
members and classic album covers. $4,799
-- Iron Man Classic Pinball Game: Iron Man Classic pinball made exclusively
for the home features visuals, speech, music and sound effects from the
Marvel blockbuster films Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2. (This machine does
not feature a coin mechanism and can not be operated) $3,799
-- The Rolling Stones Limited Edition Pinball Game: The Limited Edition
version of the Rolling Stones Pinball features a slew of special
features, including a second set of flippers, a white ceramic ball and
an individually numbered plaque with a certificate of authenticity.
Pricing and Availability
Select Stern Pinball machines are available for purchase today for $3,799.99 - $5,999.99 direct at BestBuy.com by either searching "Stern Pinball" or by visiting: http://bit.ly/sternpinball
Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the leading producer of pinball games in the world. Stern's highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture popular, arcade-quality pinball games. Recent popular Stern titles include Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman, The Rolling Stones, Tron, Big Buck Hunter and many more. All of Stern's pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern's expert team. Stern's games are enjoyed by both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe. For more information visit http://www.sternpinball.com.
Global Communications Leader Porter Novelli Launches Real-Time Monitoring Service
24/7 Social, Online and Traditional Media Monitoring and Issue Tracking
NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's 24/7 media environment demands constant engagement, not just between organizations and their audiences, but between organizations and the news -- traditional, online and social media. Today, global communications leader Porter Novelli announced the launch of "Porter Novelli Radar," which provides clients with round-the-clock monitoring of the issues most important to them.
This made-for-speed hub tracks broadcast coverage and social and online conversations - as they happen - facilitating issues tracking, strategic counsel and reputation management in real time. The Porter Novelli Radar command center is housed in the agency's Atlanta office and serves clients across North America.
"Early warning and immediate response is a must today when it comes to managing issues and protecting reputations," said Gary Stockman, CEO, Porter Novelli. "Porter Novelli Radar is operated by a dedicated staff and managed by our team of corporate and public affairs experts who can provide clients with immediate and strategically grounded responses to any adverse event."
Porter Novelli Radar is the latest enhancement to the agency's Real-time Reputation specialty, which was created last year. Earlier this month, Porter Novelli announced the additions of two crisis communications experts, Sean Smith, former communications chief at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Alex Woolfall, formerly of Bell Pottinger, to this team in the U.S. and the UK, respectively.
Porter Novelli Radar offers three discrete monitoring services:
-- Issues Monitoring - Ongoing monitoring of digital and traditional media
for simmering and ongoing issues, from litigation to product attacks to
regulatory challenges, to name a few.
-- Real-time Tracking and Mitigation - Provides as-it-happens monitoring
and reporting once a crisis situation, such as an environmental
incident, employee misconduct or a digital security breach, is detected.
Real-time reports are issued with recommendations for immediate
-- Trend Analysis - Tracking the top influencers and news affecting an
industry, organization or ongoing issue and offering interpretation
gleaned from social, online, print and broadcast media coverage.
"Porter Novelli Radar helps our clients understand what is happening as it happens," said Brad MacAfee, senior partner, managing director of Porter Novelli's Atlanta office. "We have all seen a Tweet and/or Facebook comment or traditional news story explode onto the world stage in a matter of minutes. With these extra capabilities, we can ensure that our clients are rapidly prepared and ready to blunt any challenges to their reputations."
About Porter Novelli
A global public relations leader, Porter Novelli was founded in 1972 and is a part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC). In 90 offices in nearly 60 countries, Porter Novelli combines the power of immersion with the rigor of research to create deep human insights that enable the agency to transform the opinions, beliefs and behaviors of those who matter most to its clients. For additional information, please visit http://www.porternovelli.com.
CA Technologies Delivers Next-generation Service Assurance Solution to Help Improve Service Quality and Predictability, and Optimize IT Operations
CA Service Operations Insight Simplifies 'Cloud Choice' by Managing Business Services Across Traditional IT and Cloud-connected Environments
ISLANDIA, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced the general availability of CA Service Operations Insight 3.0, a next-generation solution that manages business services across traditional IT and cloud-connected environments for enterprises, service providers and governments.
CA Service Operations Insight is the latest release among a group of new and updated CA Technologies products and solutions that help IT organizations make the right 'cloud choice' and realize faster time-to-value from hybrid cloud environments. In order to make the right cloud choice for the business, management and security must be at the forefront of any consideration. To help ensure customers are successful in their cloud initiatives, CA Technologies provides a breadth of products and solutions that support a lifecycle approach to successful cloud deployment which includes: plan, design, deliver, secure and assure.
CA Technologies is significantly enhancing and expanding its Service Assurance portfolio to help customers accommodate complex, composite applications, services and transactions that span hybrid cloud environments. This release of Service Operations Insight and the company's recent acquisitions of both ITKO and WatchMouse are just a few examples of the portfolio's growth.
"Today's challenging, dynamically changing business and technical environments are outpacing the abilities of current management tools. IT needs a game changer," said Mike Sargent, general manager, Service Assurance, CA Technologies. "CA Service Operations Insight is a next-generation solution that is precisely designed to address the service quality requirements of real-time, interactive online services that drive many businesses and governments."
With CA Service Operations Insight (formerly CA Spectrum Service Assurance), IT operations executives and staff can visualize and analyze their infrastructure, applications and transactions together, in the context of the business services they support. This helps pinpoint, prioritize and resolve service problems across technology domains and IT supply chains to diminish risk to services, improve service quality and predictability and optimize operational efficiency. Examples of business services include online banking, retail, insurance claims processing, driver license renewal, warehouse/distribution systems and e911.
CA Service Operations Insight also provides the data necessary for CA Business Service Insight to determine which services are operating in an IT environment, and to compare the service performance against benchmarks. CA Business Service Insight also can then identify alternative services to help better manage contractual relationships with outsourcers, internal parties and customers.
"IT organizations are rightfully measured by their ability to deliver on committed service levels and support business expectations for critical business services," said Dennis Drogseth, vice president, Enterprise Management Associates. "CA Service Operations Insight offers a cohesive and powerful design for delivering time-sensitive insights into dynamic service-to-applications interdependencies and performance issues in order to mitigate business risks, align resources with business objectives and meet service quality expectations for end-user consumers as well as key business stakeholders."
CA Service Operations Insight correlates and analyzes information from infrastructure, application performance and other IT management tools in real time. The solution uses this information to map and display IT assets that deliver specific business services, calculate service quality, and identify which IT assets impact service quality and put it at risk. In response to service degradations and outages, CA Service Operations Insight triggers service desk tickets, and escalations and corrective actions such as process automation, to allocate data center and cloud resources.
CA Service Operations Insight 3.0 includes enhancements designed to provide:
-- Dynamic business service modeling that automates and simplifies the task
of building and maintaining a real-time, end-to-end view of services;
-- Automated actions that allocate data center and cloud resources to
quickly fix service problems and help proactively mitigate risks;
-- Mobile user interface that lets executives and staff manage services
and alerts while away from their desks;
-- Unified event management that helps operations teams to standardize and
enforce best-practice response to alerts from across all technology
-- Tiered architecture that enables organizations to flexibly distribute
the responsibility and processing of business service modeling and
analysis across geographies while maintaining a centralized view.
"Like most companies, we've invested in management tools and processes to ensure the health of the underlying infrastructure and applications that support business services. CA Service Operations Insight is helping us move to the next level of IT-business alignment by consolidating management across domains into a single view of business services," said Dan Colleli, monitoring technician, Raymond James. "We are impressed with the product's ability to import infrastructure and transaction models, and accurate status of the components from CA Technologies and third-party tools, to build and maintain real-time, end-to-end views of business services. Impact analysis from CA Service Operations Insight allows for quick problem identification, notification and automated help desk ticketing, so service quality problems can be quickly resolved and other risks to business services can be mitigated."
For more information about CA Service Operations Insight, visit:
-- CA Service Assurance Portfolio
-- CA Service Operations Management Solution
-- @CAsvcAssur on Twitter
-- Service Assurance Daily Blog
-- LinkedIn's CA Service Assurance Group
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at http://www.ca.com.
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Martina Hingis Serves up Tennis on 'Kinect Sports: Season Two' for Xbox 360
COLOGNE, Germany, August 16, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Today, five-time Grand Slam winner Martina Hingis revealed tennis would
feature on 'Kinect Sports: Season Two', a new, upcoming game for Xbox 360
which is set for worldwide release from October 25, 2011.
Appearing at 'gamescom', Europe's biggest gaming convention, Martina
enjoyed the controller-free fun of the game which takes advantage of Xbox
360's revolutionary Kinect full-body-tracking technology - no controller
"It's really good fun and an enjoyable way to play tennis with my
friends and family without needing a racket in my hand. With Kinect it's so
simple, there are no controllers so all you need is your body!", said
'Kinect Sports: Season Two' features a slate of new sports, including
tennis, darts, skiing, American football and golf.
Exciting new features bring families and the world together like never
before. Players can compete against each other in the living room as well as
online via Xbox LIVE, Xbox 360's online entertainment service.
The first game in the Kinect Sports franchise, 'Kinect Sports: Season
One', has sold over three million copies since its launch alongside Kinect
in November 2010.
Notes to editors
'Kinect Sports: Season Two'Release Dates
- US: October 25, 2011
- EMEA: October 28, 2011
About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is a premier home entertainment and video game system. Thanks
to the addition of Kinect, Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and
entertainment with a whole new way to play - no controller required. Xbox
360 is also home to the best and broadest games as well as the largest
on-demand library of music, standard- and high-definition movies, TV shows
and digital games, all in one place. The entertainment center of the living
room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with a leading social entertainment
network of nearly 35 million Xbox LIVE members to create a limitless
entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe.
Viper Motorcycle Company Jumps into the Social Media Craze
AUBURN, Ala., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Viper Motorcycles (OTCQB: VPWI) announced that it is working closely with Buzzology Digital Marketing and has developed a cutting edge new social media network. With the explosion of social media, it is Viper's intent to advance its business communications and performance through fresh strategies targeting social networks and the Internet.
Like us on Facebook: Viper Motorcycles, follow us on Twitter: Viper Motorcycle, watch us on You Tube: Viper Motorcycles, and we will soon be on Tumbler. Viper Motorcycles VP of Marketing & Racing Operations Colbert Seagraves stated, "Working with Tim Satterfield of Buzzology Digital Marketing was a pleasure. Tim had some great design and format ideas as we broaden our reach into the world of Social Media. I encourage everyone to take the time and see what's happening at Viper Motorcycles, home of the 'Worlds Fastest V-Twin Super Cruiser Motorcycles'." You can find links to all our social media outlets on our website http://www.vipermotorcycle.com .
ABOUT VIPERPOWERSPORTS INC: Viper Powersports designs, manufactures and markets a line of premium American V-Twin Super Cruiser motorcycles, V-Twin aftermarket engines and other related aftermarket products through an independent dealer network. Joint venture partner Ilmor Engineering (http://www.ilmor.com), provides technical developmental support for the proprietary 152 cubic inch Viper V-Twin engine, utilizing their 25 years of engine design expertise, ensuring Viper's long term success as America's newest domestic OEM of motorcycles. Viper Motorcycle Company website is http://www.vipermotorcycle.com .
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LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix has made it easier and more fun for kids and families to instantly watch a huge range of kid-friendly TV shows and movies with its new "Just for Kids" experience.
Members can now click on the "Just for Kids" tab at the top of the Netflix home page and find a newly-designed section featuring content that's perfect for children 12 and under. Kids will now be able to click on icons of their favorite characters - from "SpongeBob SquarePants" to "Dora The Explorer", and from "Phineas and Ferb" to "Big Bird" - and find a deep selection of great TV shows and movies featuring that character.
Kids, parents and caregivers will also be able to scan through row after row of movies and shows organized by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of each title. To develop these selections, Netflix used ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit that provides independent, trustworthy ratings, reviews, and information to help parents make great media choices.
"Kids discover and categorize movies and TV shows differently than adults," said Todd Yellin, Netflix Vice President of Product Innovation. "Just as we have revolutionized the way people find the movies and shows they want to watch when and how they want to, we're making it easier for kids and parents alike to have the best possible Netflix experience."
Netflix designed the "Just for Kids" experience in recognition that kids are among the most ardent consumers of TV shows and movies. Almost half of the 25 million Netflix members in the United States and Canada have instantly watched at least two movies or shows made for kids in the last 90 days.
"Family movie night is a great way for parents to connect with their kids in our 24/7 media culture, and over the last few years, Netflix has recreated the concept, bringing kids and parents together around great, quality entertainment on multiple platforms," said Amy Guggenheim Shenkan, president and COO, Common Sense Media. "We've partnered with Netflix for many years and our work informs the overall quality and scope of the "Just for Kids" experience, helping parents to make great media choices for the entire family."
Currently, the "Just for Kids" experience is available via the Netflix website, with similar functionality to come on the Wii, iPad, Xbox, Playstation and many other devices over the next year.
About Netflix: With over 25 million members in the United States and Canada, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For $8 a month, Netflix members in the U.S. and Canada instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streaming over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theater systems, digital video recorders and Internet video players; Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 200 devices that stream from Netflix are available in the U.S. and a growing number are available in Canada.
About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: http://www.commonsense.org.
Brother Launches Sleek, New All-in-One Color Inkjet Units With Striking New Looks and Easy-to-Use Features
Offering wireless, two-sided and mobile printing and free lifetime technical support
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brother International Corporation, a leader in small business technology, today announced the launch of a new series of small office / home office ALL-IN-ONE color inkjets (MFC-J280W, MFC-J430W, MFC-J625DW and the MFC-J825DW - priced from $99-$149*). This new SOHO inkjet line is the first to offer an AiO unit for under $149 that features both easy-to-set-up wireless capabilities and built-in two-sided printing. All models have a modern, compact design with a decorative top panel, in abstract patterns, which makes these products an inviting addition to any work space where image is as important as performance.
"Small business owners are looking for simple products that make their lives more streamlined, from set-up through the rigors of day-to-day use," said Marie Le, Brother Director of Marketing for color Inkjet Products. "These new products answer that need with easy-to-use features, and also provide attractive designs that can enhance any office environment."
The new SOHO inkjets offer a variety of key features including: user-friendly set-up software, Innobella(TM) quick front-loading four-cartridge ink system, toll-free technical support for the life of the machine, competitive ink pricing, and mobile device printing capabilities. These features, coupled with the efficiency, quality and value Brother is known for, also deliver effective cost-savings to small office / home office owners.
The flagship product of the series, MFC-J825DW, offers versatile built-in two-sided printing and the ability to print directly on blank CD, DVD and Blu-ray(TM) discs. Users can also access FACEBOOK(TM), PICASA Web Albums(TM), FLICKR®, GOOGLE DOCS(TM) and Evernote® accounts via the Web Connect TouchScreen^^ for easy navigation.
Users can also take advantage of the Brother Creative Center (http://www.brother.com/creativecenter) to create and print free customizable marketing materials in-house at their convenience.
The new Brother SOHO Inkjet Series MFC-J825DW will be available at national office superstores, retailers, dealers and online resellers starting in September 2011; the remaining models will follow in October 2011.
New Brother SOHO Inkjet All-In-One Models
New Models: MFC-J280W, MFC-J430W, MFC-J625DW, MFC-J825DW
Estimated Street Price: $99.99*
-- Easy-to-setup wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
-- Fast printing speeds
-- Up to 33/26 ppm (Fast mode**)
-- Up to 10/8 ppm (ISO/IEC 24734**)
-- 14.4K bps fax modem
-- Up to 6000x1200 dpi print resolution***
-- Up to 100-sheet paper tray
-- 1.9" TouchScreen color LCD display plus Touch Panel controls
-- Uses both Standard Yield and High Yield ink cartridges
-- Wireless printing from your mobile device via AirPrint (from Q1 2012),
Google Cloud Print(TM), Brother(TM) iPrint&Scan, and CortadoWorkplace
(from Q1 2012).+
-- 1 year limited warranty
Estimated Street Price: $99.99*
-- Easy-to-setup wireless (802.11b/g/n)
-- Fast printing speeds
-- Up to 33/26 ppm (Fast mode**)
-- Up to 10/8 ppm (ISO/IEC 24734**)
-- Up to 20 sheet Auto Document Feeder
-- 14.4K bps Fax Modem
-- Up to 100-sheet paper tray
-- 1.9" color LCD Display
-- Uses both Standard Yield and High Yield ink cartridges
-- Wireless printing from your mobile device via AirPrint (from Q1 2012),
Google Cloud Print(TM), Brother(TM) iPrint&Scan, and CortadoWorkplace
(from Q1 2012).+
-- 1 year limited warranty
Estimated Street Price: $129.99*
All the features of the MFC-J430W, plus...
-- Faster printing speeds
-- Up to 35/27 ppm (Fast mode**)
-- Up to 12/10 ppm (ISO/IEC 24734**)
-- 20-sheet photo bypass tray
-- Built-in 2-sided (duplex) printing
-- 1.9" TouchScreen color LCDdisplay plus Touch Panel controls
-- Direct photo printing on demand from media cards, PictBridge-enabled
camera or USB flash drive^
-- 2-Year limited warranty
Estimated Street Price: $149.99*
All the features of the MFC-J625DW plus...
-- 3.3" TouchScreen Color LCD display
-- Print directly on your printable blank CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray(TM) discs
-- Easy-to-setup wireless (802.11b/g/n) or wired Ethernet networking
-- 33.6K bps Fax Modem
-- Access FACEBOOK(TM), PICASA Web Albums(TM), FLICKR®, GOOGLE DOCS(TM)
and Evernote® accounts via the Web Connect TouchScreen^^
Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. The U.S. corporate office in Bridgewater, N. J., was established on April 21, 1954 and currently markets many industrial products, home appliances and business products manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan.
These products include an award-winning line of Multi-Function Center® machines and printers. Brother also provides the number-one line of facsimile machines in the U.S. and is the leader in electronic labeling, with its full line of P-touch® Electronic Labeling Systems. For more information you can visit the website at http://www.brother.com.
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* Estimated street prices may vary.
** PPM speeds exclude time to complete first page and will vary depending on a variety of factors. For more information about print speed methodology see http://www.brother-usa.com/printspeed for details.
*** Resolutions are listed vertical by horizontal dpi.
^^ See http://www.brother.com for more details. FLICKR is a registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. Android, Google Docs and Picasa are trademarks of Google, Inc. Use of these trademarks are subject to Google Permissions. EVERNOTE® is a trademark of Evernote Corporation and used under a license.
+ See http://www.brother.com for details, availability, and mobile device compatibility. The iPhone App Store, Android Market, and Microsoft Marketplace are not available in all countries. Google Cloud Print is a trademark of Google Inc. Cortado is a trademark of ThinPrint AG.
^ Additional purchase required.
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Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.
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At Brother, our green initiative is simple. We strive to take responsibility, act respectfully and try to make a positive difference to help build a society where sustainable development can be achieved. We call this approach Brother Earth. http://www.brotherearth.com
Splunk, Inc. Releases the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange
Enables Microsoft Exchange customers to improve reliability and expedite security investigations
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Splunk®, Inc., the leading provider of operational intelligence software, today released the Splunk App(TM) for Microsoft® Exchange. The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange provides continuous monitoring and reporting of Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 infrastructures. By converging operations and security data into integrated real-time client behavior dashboards that depict patterns of Exchange usage, the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange enables Exchange administrators to improve the operational reliability of their environments and speed security investigations.
Microsoft Exchange Administrators can use the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange to perform end-to-end message tracking, quickly determine client usage patterns that require remediation, and perform root cause analysis of performance and availability issues. Exchange specialists now can offload some troubleshooting tasks to the IT helpdesk and focus on maintaining messaging service reliability and performance. IT professionals can respond to security incidents or HR requests in a timely manner. IT decision makers have access to the information so they can build long range plans to support evolution in their messaging infrastructure.
"The traditional method of managing, monitoring and securing Microsoft Exchange environments involves navigating across a set of siloed technologies," said Rachel Chalmers, Research Director Infrastructure Management of The 451 Group. "Without a unified view into the messaging environment, Exchange and Windows administrators lack the operational visibility needed to easily respond to ad hoc requests, troubleshoot issues, plan capacity and provide compliance reporting. With a core capability to index data from any source, the new Splunk App for MS Exchange breaks down these traditional silos."
"The new Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange has enabled new monitoring and auditing capabilities previously unattainable in our environment," said James Klassen, Exchange Administrator at Manitoba Hydro. "The App provides us both broad monitoring capabilities and the ability to drill down into data that wasn't accessible before. After using the beta release we are impressed."
The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is based on the Splunk engine for machine data. Splunk's technology enables organizations to index, search and analyze in real time terabytes of data per day from Exchange servers as well as other parts of the IT infrastructure. Splunk's dashboards provide visualization for continuous, at-a-glance monitoring, while its powerful search language enables deep insight and quick answers to critical operational questions and security investigations. Prior to the release of this app customers had to use multiple tools to get the same benefits. The new Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange enables Splunk users to have this functionality without additional development effort.
"The beauty of the Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is its ability to support the various use cases related to managing and securing Microsoft Exchange environments," said Steve Sommer, Chief Marketing Officer of Splunk. "The App collects and aggregates message tracking, security and client usage information in a single location so it can be used for individual tasks or collaboration among users. It also provides end-to-end visibility across all other application and infrastructure systems monitored by Splunk."
The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is available immediately from SplunkBase(TM) - the community site for Splunk apps. Please visit http://www.splunk.com/goto/exchange. The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is free to use, but requires a Splunk Enterprise(TM) license. The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange will be demonstrated at Splunk's .conf user conference in San Francisco, August 15-17, 2011.
Microsoft and Microsoft Exchange Server are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. Splunk is a registered trademark of Splunk Inc.
Splunk is the leading provider of operational intelligence software used to monitor, report and analyze real-time machine data as well as terabytes of historical data--located on-premise or in the cloud. Almost half of the Fortune 100 and more than 2,900 enterprises, service providers and government organizations in more than 70 countries use Splunk to improve service levels, reduce IT operations costs, mitigate security risks, and drive new insights for IT and the business. For more information please visit http://www.splunk.com.
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eXelate is the First Online Data Marketplace to Collaborate with comScore for Audience Segment Validation
Utilizing comScore's online audience targeting data validation, advertisers and agencies will be able to purchase eXelate data segments analyzed and verified by comScore
NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To address one of the greatest challenges in the use of online audience targeting data - the qualification and verification of actual data segments - eXelate is providing advertisers and agencies with the confidence to trust the data segments they purchase from eXelate through a collaboration with comScore to undergo an audience segment verification process. eXelate is the first online data marketplace solution to partake in this validation exercise.
eXelate, the engine that powers 20 billion real-time, privacy-compliant data connections each month for over 200 publishers and marketers reaching over 200M unique users in the U.S., today announced a collaboration with comScore whereby eXelate's demographic-related data segments have been vetted and validated against comScore's US panel.
As an on-going service to data buyers, eXelate commissioned comScore to test the accuracy and quality of their data segments. The data verification process required comScore to analyze eXelate segments against the existing comScore panel. Using eXelate's fully anonymized demographic data, comScore confirmed session assignments and cookie matching to identify instances where multiple users access the same computer. eXelate's various audience segments were then scored according to a five-point rating scale based on the accuracy of their targeting assignments. The results showed audience composition accuracy rates for gender, ethnicity and age that consistently fell within the top two boxes of the five-point scale.
"eXelate is the first online data marketplace to undergo the validation exercise of its audience segments against the comScore panel, which will enhance its ability to integrate with existing media plans and improve confidence in its ability to deliver advertisers' desired target audiences," said Erin Hunter, EVP of Media & Technology at comScore.
"After many years working with the world's leading brands, it is clear that marketers are looking for standardized audience validation from digital data providers before shifting dollars to online audience targeting," said Matt Freeman, Vice Chairman, Global Chief Innovation Officer at McCann Erickson and an eXelate board member. "With their comScore relationship, eXelate can provide advertisers with an assurance that the audience that they are trying to reach and the independently verified data they are using to reach them, are powerfully in sync."
eXelate will continue to work with comScore to test additional segments across their data marketplace. Advertisers and agencies can easily access segments across eXelate's data marketplace via any of their +50 integrated media partners.
"By working with comScore, the undisputed leader in online audience panels, eXelate becomes the first data marketplace provider of targeting data to open our audience segments to an external audit," said Mark S. Zagorski, CEO, eXelate. "We're confident in the quality of our data and believe that through verification from a trusted source such as comScore, we're providing data and media buyers with the most accurate data segments online. As the industry's leading data marketing company, we will continue to develop solutions that allow marketers to reach their target online audience by providing quality data from premier data sources."
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital business analytics. For more information, please visit http://www.comscore.com/companyinfo.
eXelate is the engine that powers 20 billion real-time, privacy-compliant data transactions for nearly 200 publishers and marketers every month. We make the process of accessing online audiences simple, safe, and scalable by arming data buyers and data owners with proprietary technology that automates data connections and centralizes audience management. Through our DataLinX Data Marketing Platform, we enable transparent, secure, private data connections for publishers, data owners and marketers. The eXelate Marketplace delivers demographic, behavioral and purchase intent data on over 200M UV each month to over 50 directly integrated buyers, who seek to create a more relevant, and privacy-friendly, advertising experience. For more information, please visit http://www.exelate.com.
CA Technologies Completes Acquisitions of Interactive TKO and Watchmouse B.V.
Companies Expand Options for Helping Enterprises and Service Providers Address the Complexity of 'Cloud Choice'
ISLANDIA, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced it has completed the acquisitions of privately-held Interactive TKO, Inc. (ITKO) and Watchmouse B.V. (WatchMouse). The acquisitions expand the breadth of solutions CA Technologies offers enterprises and service providers for using and providing cloud computing to rapidly deliver business services.
The addition of ITKO, a leading provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments, allows CA Technologies to add a new and critical dimension to modern IT management and extend it to encompass the entire service delivery lifecycle. In particular, the acquisition will help customers overcome the limitations of current organizational approaches and break down the silos across development, testing and operations.
The addition of WatchMouse - an innovator in SaaS-based monitoring for cloud, mobile and traditional Web applications - will bolster the CA Application Performance Management (APM) solution, giving large enterprise customers comprehensive and flexible options to manage their applications within a single solution set. WatchMouse also will augment the Nimsoft IT Management-as-a-Service strategy by enabling customers to quickly and easily monitor response times for different types of business services--from the cloud to the data center.
"The additions of ITKO and WatchMouse to our portfolio enable us to meet the growing business demand for rapid time-to-market and lower operational costs, which is driving cloud computing adoption and greater choice around cloud services," said David Dobson, executive vice president and group executive, Customer Solutions Group, CA Technologies. "Customers have many choices when it comes to managing and securing traditional, cloud and hybrid application environments. With ITKO and WatchMouse, we are in an even stronger position to support a lifecycle approach to successful cloud deployment, including plan, design, deliver, secure and assure."
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at http://www.ca.com.
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The Silicon Desert Map campaign features more than 50 leading employers in Arizona. The annual map campaign is promoted on printed posters, calendars, online with linked logos, featured at airports and distributed at industry events. "We have eight annual map campaigns promoting regional High-Tech and Biotech clusters around the country that represents a unique advertising opportunity for leading companies to align their brand with a regional promotional campaign," said Mike Desrosiers, CEO and Publisher of Silicon Maps, Inc. "We are proud to showcase Arizona as an important High-Tech region through Silicon Desert's tenth promotional map campaign."
Each regional poster/map is hosted online at http://www.siliconmaps.com with all logos linked. 2011 Silicon Desert Map participating companies include: Avnet, Microchip, Billing Tree, Heraeus Materials, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Manufacturing Council and many other leading Arizona employers.
Silicon Maps, Inc. is the leading design firm of regional promotional industry maps and unique city maps featuring a visual online resource of hundreds of leading companies and resource agencies. Silicon Maps Promotional Products also sells logo-imprinted items for trade shows and corporate events. For more than 21 years, Silicon Maps, Inc. has helped branding for companies, industries, regions and cities.
Silicon Maps, Inc. creates and distributes compelling map designs that provide effective marketing opportunities for businesses and organizations worldwide to increase awareness for their community, industry, services and brand. Our unique promotional posters offer an effective communication tool while providing novel advertising results with long lasting effect for one low investment.
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GTSI Acquires Information Systems Consulting Group, Inc.
Acquisition expands professional services capabilities
HERNDON, Va., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ: GTSI), a systems integrator, solutions and services provider to federal, state and local governments, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Information Systems Consulting Group, Inc. (InSysCo), a privately held Federal IT professional service provider.
This acquisition expands GTSI's professional services capabilities in the areas of software and database development and maintenance. Sterling Phillips, GTSI's President and Chief Executive Officer added, "The acquisition of InSysCo represents a significant step in executing our strategy of growing the professional services component of our business. With their CMMi Level 3 certification and long history of supporting software development at the Internal Revenue Service, InSysCo brings a new dimension of technical capability to GTSI's ability to deliver comprehensive information technology solutions to our customers."
InSysCo is headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia and has more than 110 employees providing software development and support services to the Federal Civilian marketplace. The company has been independently appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI) Level 3. InSysCo was recently awarded a Total Information Processing Support Services 4 (TIPSS-4) Prime contract by the Department of Treasury and was recognized as the 2010 Treasury Small Business Contractor of the Year. All of the work under InSysCo's current contracts is full-and-open. Their largest customer is the IRS.
Bill Johnson, InSysCo's Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer said, "We are excited to be joining GTSI with its established brand and long history in the Federal marketplace." Danielle Johnson, InSysCo's President added, "GTSI shares our commitment to the highest level of customer service and their resources will help fuel InSysCo's growth."
About GTSI Corp.
GTSI (NASDAQ: GTSI) is a leading provider of technology solutions to federal, state, and local governments. Founded in 1983, the company has helped meet the unique IT needs of more than 1,700 governmental agencies nationwide. GTSI professionals draw on their deep knowledge, strategic partnerships, more than 740 industry certifications, and customer service to guide agencies in selecting the most cost-effective technology available. GTSI has extensive capabilities and past performance in data center, networking, collaboration, security, and cloud computing solutions. In addition, GTSI's advanced engineering, integration, support, and financial services -- and broad portfolio of contracts -- ease the planning, purchasing, and deployment of solutions, and facilitates the management of mission-critical IT throughout the lifecycle. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., GTSI has approximately 400 employees and reported revenue of $666.7 million for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2010. For more information visit the company's website at http://www.gtsi.com.
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New Temperature and Voltage Devices from Measurement Computing, the Low-Cost Benchmark for 24-Bit Multifunction DAQ
NORTON, Mass., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Measurement Computing Corporation, the value leader in data acquisition, today announced the release of two, 24-bit USB DAQ devices for measuring temperature and voltage.
Starting at only $599, the USB-2408 Series offers 16 voltage or 8 thermocouple inputs and up to two analog outputs, plus eight digital I/O, and two counter inputs. The USB-2408 Series provides up to 1 kS/s sampling, ideal for capturing low or medium speed signals. The USB-2408 Series design features a 24-bit ADC which provides superior accuracy and noise performance.
A range of software options are included with the USB-2408 Series including out of the box TracerDAQ(TM) along with comprehensive support for Visual Studio® and Visual Studio® .NET, DASYLab®, NI LabVIEW(TM), and MATLAB®. Also included is Measurement Computing's DAQFlex open-source software framework which provides support for Windows®, Linux®, and Mac® operating systems.
Analog Sampling Analog Digital
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16 SE/8 thermocouple or Up to 1 kS/
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USB-2408- 16 SE/8 thermocouple or Up to 1 kS/
2AO DIFF voltage s 2 8 2
About Measurement Computing
Measurement Computing is the market leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of value-priced data acquisition hardware, and test and measurement software solutions for both programmers and non-programmers. More information about Measurement Computing is available on the Web at http://www.mccdaq.com.
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HDI Announces Formation of the HDI Customer Technical Support Advisory Council
New Council Will Provide Resources and Support for Externally Focused Support Professionals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HDI, the world's largest IT service and technical support association, announced today the formation of the HDI Customer Technical Support Advisory Council. This non-partisan, independent group of fifteen industry experts and experienced practitioners will use its combined knowledge and skills to develop additional resources for professionals who focus on providing technical support to "external" customers, the companies that sell products and services that require technical support.
The members of the advisory council, including support directors and executives from software development companies, dedicated support firms, and more, were chosen from invited applicants and will serve as a resource dedicated to assisting this specific community of support professionals. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of the members, the purpose of the advisory council is to provide objective guidance and additional clarity throughout the entire industry.
"There are over 120 years of collective experience between the members of the Advisory Council," said Craig Baxter, HDI's Global Brand Director, "and this new initiative will be a great resource for all customer technical support professionals, helping guide the support industry to greater heights and continued innovation."
The list of the appointed advisory council members was published on August 15 on the HDI website. For more information about the advisory council, its mission, and its members, visit ThinkHDI.com/CTSAC.
To even further develop this specific community, HDI is also launching a Customer Technical Support Forum. The HDI Customer Technical Support Forum is an elite group that allows senior-level technical support professionals from around the country to network, collaborate, and compare benchmark information with each other. The Forum's inaugural meeting will take place on October 24-27, 2011, in Oklahoma City, OK. For more information about the Customer Technical Support Forum, visit http://www.ThinkHDI.com/CTSForum.
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