Small to Midsize Manufacturers Grow with the Assistance of the National Mail Order Association, NMOA
Adjustable Advantage Toilet Seat, an innovative new product that helps those with daily health-related challenges, gets help expanding awareness and sales through mail order marketers with the help of the NMOA
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever wonder why you see the majority of new, unique and innovative products showing up in direct mail catalogs, websites, and television commercials before you see them in your local big boxes or mass merchant retailers? It's because most of these products come from smaller manufacturers and inventors that cannot get their product into the main distribution chain used by major retailers.
"Since we were not getting anywhere with big retailers, we decided we must find other retailing outlets for our product. I heard that mail order catalogs and Web merchants are open to dealing with new product manufacturers like us," says Steve Klingensmith, President of Adjustable Advantage.
"Our only problem was finding ways to reach them," continues Klingensmith, "and that's when we came across the National Mail Order Association (http://nmoa.org). The NMOA is a professional organization that has an international network of direct marketing and mail order merchants, a perfect channel for us to introduce our new product to."
John Schulte, President of the NMOA explains: "Catalog companies and other mail order sellers like Web merchants are always looking for new products to introduce to their customer base. New products are really the life blood for direct marketers to keep people paging through their catalogs and websites. A manufacturer like Adjustable Advantage is the perfect example, especially since they have the willingness to 'drop-ship' their product for merchants, allowing them to sell the product without the expense of inventory."
"For the past year, we have been working very hard to build our brand, hone our message and increase exposure while we determine where our best opportunities for successes are," Klingensmith, further explains. "Partnering with the NMOA allows us to reach out to thousands of merchants in a relatively short period of time that sell into dozens of our target markets using print catalogs, direct mail, Web stores, television, mail order ads in magazines and newspapers and package inserts." http://adjustableadvantage.com/uploads/AFC_full_open2_494.png
About The National Mail Order Association (NMOA)
NMOA is a 40-year-old professional organization that provides information, education and business contacts to small to midsize businesses and entrepreneurs that employ mail order and direct marketing tactics for selling goods and services. http://www.nmoa.org
National Mail Order Association, NMOA
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Obopay Partners With Warid Telecom to Launch Warid Pesa in Uganda
Partnership enables financial services previously unavailable to most Ugandans through Obopay's market proven mobile money solutions
MUMBAI, India, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Obopay, a leading mobile banking and payment solution provider globally, today announced its collaboration with Warid Telecom, an Abu Dhabi Group company. Together the companies are set to launch a mobile banking and payment service, Warid Pesa, in Uganda. Launched in the wake of growing demand for mobile payments in Uganda, Warid Pesa provides a prepaid account that enables customers to perform e-money transactions, pay for goods and services as well as settle accounts.
Warid Pesa is based on Obopay's proven open and interoperable mobile money solutions, which now support millions of customers globally for some of the world's largest brands. Obopay's platform enables a comprehensive range of use cases that drive incremental transactions and revenue providing a bridge between new and existing payment technologies. The service enables new channels of distribution for offering financial services that are useful in areas with income disparity. It can be used on any device - even on inexpensive pre-paid mobile phones - and the graphic interface has been given a simple design so that anyone can access it easily.
With Warid Pesa, customers can perform the following mobile money functions:
-- Person-to-person mobile money transfer
-- Person-to-merchant mobile money transfer
-- Send money to anyone
-- Request money
-- Obtain a mini statement of the account
-- Balance inquiry
-- Change Personal Identity Number (PIN)
-- Top up prepaid cell phones for yourself or another person
"We understand that financial inclusion is the most important aspect in alleviating poverty in Uganda," said Shailenrda Naidu, Chief Commercial Officer, Warid Telecom, Uganda. "Warid Pesa is an attempt to establish innovative and convenient mobile money transfer and payments for those who don't have access to banking service.
"Obopay's pioneering services have been received very well in other African countries. Our association with Obopay is an assurance that the people of Uganda are provided with the best possible service in the country," added Naidu.
The government of Uganda recognizes that mobile banking and payments are major catalysts in the drive toward financial inclusion in Uganda. Through Warid Pesa, people of Uganda can avail themselves benefits of financial services that were until now inaccessible to a majority of the population.
"Warid Telecom is an important strategic partner for us and comes at the right time as we have been interested in venturing into the Ugandan market for some time," said Deepak Chandnani, CEO, Obopay. "Our platform is ideally suited for the Uganda market. The service encompasses not only the needs of the consumer, but also is beneficial for retailers, agents and merchants."
Intending that mobile payment capabilities should be accessible to all Ugandans, Chandnani said Obopay created its technology for all types of cell phones and its solutions are accessible via SMS, IVR, WAP and USSD channels.
"Security is also always a primary concern when people undertake mobile payments," added Chandnani. "Keeping this in mind, optimum security has been provided for payment transactions to ensure that there is no money laundering and the users' hard earned money is safe."
Founded in 2005, Obopay Inc. (http://www.obopay.com) offers partner branded mobile money technology and services that transform any mobile phone into a convenient and easy way to send and receive money, get paid or pay small businesses, top-up accounts, buy via mobile and pay bills. Obopay's mobile money services address the needs of consumers and businesses around the world by providing a service that delivers value, empowers lives, and improves opportunity for merchants. Obopay believes the power is in the network and has established partnerships that include Nokia, MasterCard, AT&T, Verizon, Essar, Union Bank of India, Yes Bank in India and Societe Generale. The company's offering enables partner branded mobile money services that financial services and mobile partners can implement quickly at low deployment cost. Obopay is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices in Mumbai and Bengaluru in India, along with presence in Paris, Bogota and Singapore.
About Warid Telecom
Warid Telecom Uganda is an Integrated Telecom Operator, which covers majority of the Uganda's population providing voice, data - both fixed and mobile using 3G/EDGE technologies and info-entertainment services. Warid changed the landscape of mobile communication by bringing in innovative products like Pakalast, Megabonus, Kawa, Beerako, Double line phones to name a few. Warid Telecom's vision is to become the leading national communications provider with a strong international presence. Warid Telecom's goal is to provide an unequalled level and variety of communications services that add value to the lives of all Ugandans. Warid's IP backbone network provides a state-of-the-art broadband and fixed line network to meet the business needs of individuals, SMEs and large-scale corporations.
CONTACT: CONTACT: Jonathan Bloom or Gary Thompson, both of Clarity Communications for Obopay, +1-415-963-4082 x104, firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.claritycommunications.us; Twitter: twitter.com/Perfect_Clarity
eTextbook Reader gives access to eTextbooks on any connected device delivering advanced eLearning Services designed specifically for students
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg, the leading network that saves students time, money and helps them get smarter, announced today the launch of its new eTextbook Reader, providing students with a cloud-based service to access their eTextbooks on any connected device. The innovative design and exclusive productivity tools are unrivaled in today's education landscape, furthering Chegg's position as a market leader.
"At Chegg, we strive to make learning technology easier, more accessible and more productive for today's college students," said Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of Chegg. "With Chegg's all new cloud-based eTextbook Reader, we're raising the bar on innovation and productivity for our network of students, creating a personal experience connecting them to the most important content and eLearning services they need to get better grades."
Optimized for computers and iPads, Chegg's eTextbook Reader utilizes HTML5 to deliver a highly interactive user experience, offering access to the most relevant textbooks on any connected device. Led by recently acquired engineering team, 3D3R, the eTextbook Reader was created with the student in mind to offer easy navigation, enhanced highlighting, note taking, search and an advanced set of features including:
-- Instant Definitions: Select any word or short phrase and instantly see
the dictionary and Wikipedia definition.
-- Always-on Q&A: Search any text and select "Ask A Question" to instantly
connect to Chegg's Homework Help service. Chegg's community of subject
matter experts answer questions, often in fewer than two hours.
-- Key Highlights: Turn on a view of the most important content from each
eTextbook, crowd-sourced from other users' eTextbook activities.
Chegg's network of student advisors has made incredible contributions to the product features and functionalities.
"I love using Chegg's new eTextbook Reader!" said Nichole Fisher, senior at Lee University. "I thought I would be more apprehensive to use an eReader because I have preferred to have a physical book in front of me, but Chegg's eTextbook Reader is so helpful and easy to navigate."
As Chegg continues to increase its offering and services for today's students, it now provides students digital services and textbooks in any format from the leading higher education publishers. To learn more about Chegg's all new eTextbook Reader, go to http://www.chegg.com/etextbooks.
Chegg, the leading network that saves students time, money and helps them get smarter is transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college. Students on more than 7,000campusesnationwide use Chegg 365 days a year to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. As a part of the company's philanthropic efforts, Chegg is dedicated to its Chegg For Good program, where it does good for education, the environment and various communities. Since its founding in 2007, Chegg's growth has made it one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups. From starting as a textbook rental company to evolving into an education network, Chegg is enhancing education for millions of students by saving time, money and helping them get smarter. For more information, visit http://www.chegg.com/.
Beyond the Gadgets at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
IEEE Experts Identify Global Trends for the Consumer Electronics Industry
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the dust settles from the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, technologists from around the world have gathered at the IEEE International Consumer Electronics Conference (ICCE) to discuss what's next for consumer electronics. This annual event is one of the industry's flagship conferences known for unveiling a plethora of impressive innovations and highlighting upcoming developments. These futuristic concepts are often brought to life within a few years of their debut at ICCE.
While researchers discuss new innovations and technologies for the consumer electronics industry, IEEE experts highlight the trends from CES 2012 that will dictate the product development cycles of companies all around the world.
Ubiquitous, Nonstop Connectivity
With consumer connectivity demands growing exponentially around the world, companies are focused on manufacturing devices that connect and seamlessly share content and information, while ensuring products are upgradeable and compatible with other brands.
While Internet-connected devices aren't new, their increased connection capabilities are growing, and changing the way society works as a whole. "A fully connected society will require a shift in the way people work, think and live," said Dr. Henry Samueli, IEEE Fellow and chief technical officer at Broadcom Corporation. "It's not just about the device itself; it's about connecting all the devices together and sharing content. In a few years, all consumer electronic products will be able to share content - quickly and seamlessly - in a way that is transparent to the user."
Watch Dr. Henry Samueli discuss connectivity on IEEE's YouTube page.
With the massive shift to constant connectivity and seamless mobility, there is an urgent need for data storage. It's no surprise that technology companies and service providers are turning to the cloud for increased storage and computing power, given an almost unlimited capacity.
"Cloud-based services are able to process and access information that would otherwise be impractical to achieve on a small, under-powered device," said Stuart Lipoff, IEEE Fellow. "By taking advantage of powerful servers and the wealth of information in the cloud, the little battery powered device in your pocket takes on the power of a super-computer."
The role of consumer electronics continues to diversify and grow because of cloud-based applications. Engineers are able to make advancements in technologies that benefit consumers, including home healthcare devices, intelligent transportation, and streaming video. Lipoff predicts new applications such as pattern recognition and various forms of artificial intelligence, including facial recognition, will be among the product features consumers can expect in the future.
Watch Stuart Lipoff discuss the growth of cloud-based applications on IEEE's YouTube page.
Streaming Web-Based Video
A large number of consumers around the globe already access and consume video entertainment via the web. According to Richard Doherty, IEEE Senior Member, 2012 will serve as a tipping point for online video consumption - when even more households will have access to streaming video.
According to Doherty, streaming video is doing very well in geographies across the globe that have access to broadband, and exceptionally well in Eastern European and Asian markets where streaming video is now becoming the standard format for delivery of content.
The upswing in web-based video streaming can be credited to the widespread availability of video-capable internet TVs and external devices," said Doherty. "These devices include video consoles and innovative, optimized net streaming boxes."
Watch Richard Doherty discuss the tipping point for video entertainment on the web in 2012 and how it will impact businesses and consumers on IEEE's YouTube page.
Safer, faster, more convenient transportation is a growing trend impacting commuters and consumers worldwide. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) focus on the use of ordinary devices (such as a cell phone or GPS) that are enabled with built-in custom software so cars and buses can "communicate" with roadways and transportation systems.
Developments in consumer electronics for ITS are leading to a future where the technology can help provide a more streamlined traffic flow, better usage of energy resources and fewer vehicular accidents. As such, car companies are partnering with internet software companies to provide innovative technical advances at the touch of a button on a steering wheel.
"Consumers everywhere will benefit from the advancement of ITS," said IEEE Senior Member Alberto Broggi. "Vehicles will be able to monitor their surroundings and warn drivers of pedestrians, traffic patterns, and other vehicles, resulting in safer commuting. Advanced sensors will allow vehicles to detect and warn drivers of any immediate stops or dangers in the way of the vehicle, which can significantly decrease the likelihood of vehicle accidents."
Dr. Tom Coughlin, IEEE Senior Member, predicts devices that automatically aggregate and generate data such as location and time stamp information will continue to rise in popularity, helping consumers catalogue their experiences.
"When consumers take photographs or capture video or audio, they will be able to archive and access their information more easily," said Coughlin. "The device will capture precisely where and when the photo or video was taken, and the format it was taken in, for quick and easy access. In the future, we'll see that technology advance even further with the use of social networking interactions and image recognition technology creating new searchable content to enhance the value of the images."
Automated metadata, or information about the data, will become more common as increased storage capabilities become available, such as those provided through cloud-based applications.
Watch Dr. Tom Coughlin discuss the growth of cloud-based applications from the CES show floor on IEEE's YouTube page.
Convergence ofHome Networking Technologies
Being able to leverage various home networking technologies to create seamless and reliable "always on" connectivity is something consumers can expect to see more of this year.
According to Oleg Logvinov, IEEE Standards Association Member, 2012 will mark the beginning of a new trend: the convergence of home networking technologies. This will enable a rich consumer experience providing the ability to use various types of devices to access multimedia content. Additionally, users will have an easy-to-use interface for home automation and energy management applications.
"As our technologies become unified, consumers will be given the ability to monitor energy usage as a part of their daily routine," said Logvinov. "This function will become an integral part of the user experience, allowing them to modify their behavior to become more energy efficient."
Watch Oleg Logvinov discuss the growth of home technologies from the CES show floor on IEEE's YouTube page.
In addition to devices being connected within the home, IEEE Senior Member Nahum Gershon adds, "We will see more companies leveraging social media with mobile devices to connect people at work across organizational and geographical boundaries. Some organizations are already using these capabilities to varying degrees, connecting people to work and connecting the company to its vendors and customers."
Watch Nahum Gershon discuss the the consumerization of IT from the CES show floor on IEEE's YouTube page.
"IEEE is one of the leading organizations driving what's next in the consumer electronics landscape," said Gordon Day, IEEE President and CEO. "The technologies our members discuss, develop and showcase at ICCE provide the inspiration that transforms into the products that are released at CES every year."
For more from IEEE at 2012 CES visit http://www.Facebook.com/IEEEOrg. For more information on IEEE, or to speak with a member about consumer electronics trends for 2012, please contact IEEECES@finnpartners.com.
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Next Issue Media Expands Executive Leadership Team
Brodie Keast named EVP of marketing to lead company branding and marketing efforts
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan.18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Issue Media, the company formed by five leading U.S. publishers -- Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc. -- today announced that Brodie Keast has joined the executive leadership team as executive vice president of marketing.
In this position, Keast will be responsible for leading branding and marketing across the company, driving demand generation and subscriber growth. He will report to the CEO, Morgan Guenther.
"Brodie is a world-class marketing executive with deep experience building brand and customer value across emerging digital media categories," said Guenther. "He understands how Silicon Valley intersects with big media brands, and at a time of tremendous change and excitement in the $25 billion plus magazine industry, I'm looking forward to having Brodie take charge of the Next Issue brand and strengthening our unique value proposition to consumers."
Keast has more than 25 years of brand management, technology and consumer marketing experience on a global scale at some of the leading brands such as Palm, TiVo, Hewlett Packard and Apple. He comes to Next Issue Media with a broad set of marketing and general management experiences from a range of personal computing, television services, wireless and other technology businesses.
Prior to joining Next Issue Media, Keast served as CMO of Prysm, a privately held company that has invented an innovative new display technology. Before his time at Prysm, Keast was SVP of marketing for Palm where he led the launch of the webOS platform. Prior to this role, he served as SVP and GM of the consumer business at Seagate and SVP of marketing and sales at TiVo, where he led the launch of the DVR category and development of the TiVo brand. Keast started his career at Hewlett Packard in a variety of engineering, marketing and management roles. He later joined Apple for a ten year run, where he held a range of marketing positions.
"Magazine content and brands resonate around the globe and the shift to digital is on," said Keast. "I am excited to be a part of a company that will deliver an immersive experience for customers who enjoy many of the most loved magazine titles in the world."
About Next Issue Media
Next Issue Media, the company behind Next Issue, is a joint venture formed by five leading U.S.-based publishers - Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc. The company was formed to develop, market, and deliver interactive digital editions of the world's most popular magazines and newspapers optimized for the digital device of your choice. You can find more information on Next Issue at http://www.nextissue.com.
Fanpage Toolkit Releases New Freemium Version With Innovative Features
LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fanpage Toolkit is proud to introduce an entirely new set of features and pricing structure for its already comprehensive set of social commerce tools. To fully embrace these new developments, Fanpage Toolkit has developed a brand new website as well as issued a major new release to its social commerce and marketing platform.
Most importantly, both current and new users of Fanpage Toolkit's platform will notice two key developments. First, the addition of a completely FREE subscription plan opens the door for anyone hoping to quickly begin selling and marketing products and services within Facebook. Additional drastically reduced subscription pricing ensures more advanced features remain economically feasible for everyone else who subscribes to Fanpage Toolkit. Second, the healthy addition of new apps and functionality that include, Artist Page Builder, Sweepstakes, Digital Downloads and Advanced Page Authoring round out the Fanpage Toolkit social commerce and marketing suite.
According to the creator of Fanpage Toolkit, Aaron Friedman, "Fanpage Toolkit also supports specific applications tailored for non-profits, job seekers, and students totally for free. There is never a charge, and never will be, for these accounts, and they gain full access to one-click sync with LinkedIn, easily migrating their professional profile into the Facebook ecosystem."
One of the new features that Fanpage Toolkit has to offer is a new free subscription.
Social commerce is nothing without social networks and the users that drive them. In line with this premise, Fanpage Toolkit is pleased to offer access to its suite of social commerce and marketing tools to all users, completely free.
Aaron Friedman added, "How can we revolutionize social commerce if the barrier to entry is a credit card?" asks Aaron Friedman, Founder and CEO. "Users need to feel comfortable building social commerce properties, specifically for selling and marketing within the Facebook ecosystem. With our newest release, Fanpage Toolkit hopes to stimulate that building and growth."
While some companies offer free versions of their tools, no other social commerce company offers a free solution with such depth and functionality. And while some companies have raised rates and subscription fees in recent months, Fanpage Toolkit has chosen to start 2012 and the looming social commerce revolution, by choosing to support a fully-fledged social commerce and marketing platform solution that is free for all to use.
In addition to the new free account option, Fanpage Toolkit has offered the affordable paid membership. Fanpage Toolkit offers the following apps:
-- Sweepstakes App
It allows Facebook fans to enter a custom sweepstakes experience, creating unique and engaging promotional content. Finally, users can choose from a variety of different sweepstakes formats, which are all fully integrated into the rest of the platform, capture lead data, while increasing "likes" and sales conversion rates.
-- Digital Downloads App
Offer Facebook fans valuable digital goods and capture valuable leads in return. With Fanpage Toolkit's new Digital Downloads app, all users gain access to a digital download tool that allows uploading of a diverse set of file types. The creative and commercial possibilities are endless, offering fans a free downloadable eBook, song track, whitepaper, or any document in exchange for captured lead data.
-- Artist Pages App
Musicians and celebrities have come to count on the power of social networks to expand their brand, fuel their growth and support their creativity. Fanpage Toolkit provides the tools that allow artists to offer their fans downloadable music, files, tour schedules and valuable microsite content, all without the headaches of coding.
-- Advanced Page Authoring
Now during the template customization process, Fanpage Toolkit users will have the option of using an advanced page-authoring tool, to put the control and creative power back in the hands of the developer. More then just allowing for simple HTML support, this tool is a full-featured editing system that is custom fitted for the maximum output of high-end, advanced level Facebook pages. Meanwhile, non-developers are able to take full advantage of the included, wizard-driven, easy to use, code-free system, which simplifies and automates the Facebook page building process, while delivering the highest quality in output.
-- New Website
Finally, to highlight Fanpage Toolkit's newly added features, redesigned pricing structure and content, its website was reengineered. To clearly explain to potential subscribers, at the front and center of the website homepage are descriptions of the platform's five core app modules: Page Builder, Promotions, F-Commerce, Messaging, and Analytics. A content rich blog has been integrated, to offer the public free access to the latest trends in social commerce and marketing.
About Fanpage ToolkitFanpage Toolkit was founded in February 2011, after years of independent product development and research. Since then, it has grown into the #1 Social Commerce and Marketing Platform for Facebook. Fanpage Toolkit empowers its users to create, promote, market, trend, engage and sell products and services completely within the Facebook ecosystem. Follow Fanpage Toolkit for news and updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Amerlux Establishes Energy Services Group; Appoints Paul Ravenelle Regional Director of Sales
Helps Retailers Reduce Energy Consumption, Gain Incentives and Upgrade Lighting
FAIRFIELD, N.J., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Developed as a turnkey program that helps retail customers dramatically reduce energy consumption and costs while updating their lighting programs, Amerlux has established an Energy Services Group. Amerlux, a leader of task-specific, energy-efficient lighting solutions for the retail, supermarket, commercial and hospitality markets, has appointed Paul Ravenelle Regional Director of Sales, to head-up the group.
Amerlux Energy Services, which was developed for retail customers such as supermarkets and national chains, enables specialists to conduct physical audits of their lighting plan and create a benchmark that identifies fixtures, lamping and wattages used. Using delta calculations, a complete energy efficient lighting plan and layout is created featuring Energy Star® rated commercial lighting fixtures that are retrofitted on existing tracks. New luminaires offer comparable light levels and beam performance, with significantly lower wattages and reductions in energy costs and maintenance. After managing the specification, delivery and installation of new energy efficient fixtures, Amerlux submits all paperwork to utility companies; oversees communications, pre- and post-installation audits; and determines all incentives, and if customers assign incentives to Amerlux, the company will assume all incentive payment risk from the utilities.
"The establishment of our new Energy Services Group is part of our overall strategic plan to further support our retail customers with innovative lighting solutions," stated Frank P. Diassi, Chairman and Founder of Amerlux. "This new service reduces energy expenditures associated with accent lighting by 50-70 percent and replaces older conventional lighting with the latest energy efficient technology for at least a decade by implementing our 10 year warranty."
Within the past 90 days, Amerlux has already worked with one grocery retailer, pinpointing 150 store locations for retrofits and working with a dozen different utilities to earn incentives totaling over $2.5 million and toplined their lighting budget by 650 percent to fully equip their stores with brand-new energy efficient lighting. The entire retail banner was completely retrofitted with updated lighting technology.
"By leveraging the existing infrastructures of each store, we replace old fixtures with new state-of-the-art, energy efficient luminaires," says Chuck Campagna, CEO and President of Amerlux. "Paul and the Energy Services team help customers discover the best formula to gain energy incentives and expand their cost benefits model to get projects done."
Amerlux used its Energy Star® rated Contour LED lighting system to take a different approach to providing crisp, warm light ideally suited for use in accent and display spaces. While they provide the long life and efficiency retailers and commercial end-users have long sought to control maintenance and operating costs, the fixtures were designed to do so with an eye toward being fashionable - and efficient - in their own right. Contour offers LED clusters with color temperatures of 2700K, 3000K 3500K and 4000K CCT, while delivering high outputs up to 1300 lumens and a strong 92 CRI (color rendering index) at 12 to 40 watts.
Prior to joining Amerlux, Mr. Ravenelle most recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Performance Consulting Group, Director of Business Development for Fiberstars/Energy Focus, Regional Director of Business Development for Ameresco, and Regional Director for Noresco.
"Re-lamping is eliminated for 10 years and customers receive new 'as-built' documents that precisely identify all of the new lighting equipment in each and every store," Mr. Campagna continued. "By assuming the risk and responsibility of the retailer's incentive program, we deliver a quick, efficient payback that allows customers to push their budget constraints and completely upgrade their lighting plan with LED technologies."
About Amerlux LLC
Amerlux speaks the language of light for design and construction professionals around the world by manufacturing a broad array of optically superior, energy efficient lighting solutions for the retail, supermarket, hospitality, commercial and outdoor lighting markets. The company has set the standard for clean design, dependable service and superior performance that results in a more compelling and effective visual environment. Amerlux products and services include track lighting, recessed downlighting and multiples, pendants, linear fluorescents, and custom lighting systems, as well as support for energy reduction plans that can be used as a guide to state, city and local utility programs for maximum energy savings and utility incentives. The company's domestic and international clients receive the support of Amerlux's highly trained specification sales force, as well as expert service from initial design to on-time delivery made possible by strategically located manufacturing, warehousing and shipping locations.
6waves Lolapps Acquires Mobile Game Company Escalation Studios
Leading Developer and Publisher of Independent Social Games Looks to Take Leadership Position in Social on Mobile
SAN FRANCISCO and HONG KONG, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 6L (6waves Lolapps), the leading global social game publisher and developer, today announced its acquisition of Dallas-based mobile game company Escalation Studios. One of the world's most talented mobile game development teams, Escalation Studios will join 6L's existing product development team and will focus on delivering cutting edge game experiences on mobile devices. This news marks the expansion of 6L's unique and successful development and independent publishing business model to mobile.
"We will double our business in 2012 and mobile will play a significant role in our growth on both the publishing and development sides of our business," said Rex Ng, CEO of 6L. "This addition to our team brings some of the mobile gaming industry's most impressive talent into our fold and sends a clear signal that we are as serious about innovation in mobile as we have been in social."
"We were initially interested in Escalation Studios because of their reputation within the industry," said Arjun Sethi, Chief Product Officer of 6L. "When we sat down and saw their roadmap we recognized immediately how deeply their goals and capabilities align with our own. Their addition to our team will enable us to launch some of 2012's most innovative mobile games."
The acquisition adds Dallas to 6L's steadily growing list of Global offices, which includes Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and San Francisco. The addition of Escalation Studios expands the company's overall headcount to more than 210 employees worldwide.
Escalation Studios' co-founders Tom Mustaine and Marc Tardiff will become Design Directors, while co-founder Shawn Green will become Director of Engineering for 6L. They will lead operations for the company in Dallas. Green, Mustaine, Tardiff and the entire Escalation team bring deep experience from an impressive roster of companies including Gearbox Software, id Software, Ritual Entertainment and Sierra Online.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
GCA Savvian Advisors, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Escalation Studios in connection with the transaction.
About 6L (6waves Lolapps) 6L is a leading global publisher and developer of social and mobile games with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Dallas. Every month we attract over 40 million users to our games. 6L's publishing network helps independent developers grow their games' audiences and improve their performance in the market through a broad range of services. 6L is a recognized leader in social game development, and the creator of the hit franchise Ravenworld. For more information visit http://www.6waves.com or http://www.lolapps.com
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CellTrust Supports Text2Floss Pilot Study at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health of A.T. Still University
CellTrust and A.T. Still University to provide program promoting preventative and ongoing initiatives of health and wellness
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CellTrust Corporation, the recognized worldwide leader in secure mobile messaging and secure applications for mobile phones announced today that the company has teamed up with A.T. Still University (ATSU), Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) to devise a series of text message programs designed to reach, educate, and remind current patients and the underserved, to promote preventative and ongoing health and wellness initiatives. ATSU will be represented at the upcoming AEEDC Dubai 2012 UAE international dental conference later this month.
The pilot Text2Floss project was founded by Tony S. Hashemian, D.D.S. , Assistant Dean to Global Oral Health at ASDOH, who explained, "The Mission of the Global Oral Health program at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is to create Global Oral Health Solutions through improving oral health, leadership development, innovation, dental education, new technology, and the promotion of peace through collaboration and the provision of compassionate care to the underserved locally and worldwide."
Dr. Hashemian continued, "Health and wellness organizations are in need of a mobile solution that turns the already ubiquitous SMS text messaging medium into a powerful, HIPAA-compliant communications tool; enabling healthcare organizations and vendors to communicate patient data and other medical information via secure text messaging to clinicians' and patients' mobile devices."
CellTrust's founder and CEO, Sean Moshir, added, "With a secure SMS solution, organizations are able to send and receive text messages with real-time Protected Health Information (PHI) from personal mobile phones, web-portal interfaces, email exchange servers, electronic medical records, customer relationship management systems, lab systems, and other applications."
By directly providing physicians and clinicians with required patient information to make informed decisions, a secure SMS solution improves the quality of healthcare with decreased response times and accurate decision-making, allowing for quicker interventions and improved patient outcome.
CellTrust's global patents-pending SecureSMS(TM)
-- Removes security obstacles for text messages that contain Protected
Health Information (PHI)
-- Improves response time and decision-making by delivering complete
patient information directly to on-call clinicians' mobile phones
-- Eliminates the need for doctors to access a network connection
-- Provides greater mobility
-- Opens up secure two-way mobile communication for clinicians
-- Provides secure end-to-end encryption that meets the highest
international security standards
-- Provides each handset with its own unique decryption key which is always
changing based on policy
-- Allows you to push security policies directly to the handset
-- Provides communication over SMS control channel (resilient and supported
by all global operators)
-- Includes delivery, open and delete acknowledgement
-- Enables messages up to 5,000 characters
-- Includes Message Life, which determines life span of message
-- Provides optional message archiving for reporting and compliancy
-- PIN access control to SecureSMS application
-- Provides separate secured contact list with import capability
-- Integrates with CellTrust SecureSMS Gateway, accessing over 200
-- Enables remote data wipe in case of loss or unauthorized access attempts
-- Is an award winning and certified with major operators, operating
systems and handset manufacturers
The implications of applicability, and potential of these types of services, are as far reaching and diverse as the varying specializations of the field of health and medicine -- from pediatrics to geriatrics and from mental health and wellness to nutrition.
Collaterals:Health & Wellness 360SecureSMS for Healthcare
CellTrust SecureSMS Enterprise appliance was named winner of many industry awards by CTIA, Mobile Marketing Association, RCR Magazine, MobileTrax, and more.
About CellTrust Corporation
CellTrust is a leading provider of secure mobile messaging and applications for mobile phones. CellTrust's patents-pending SecureSMS Gateway(TM), features a suite of mobile security applications, and provides advanced secure mobile messaging and information management across 200+ countries and over 800 operators. CellTrust ensures the secure and trusted exchange of information on mobile devices to the financial services, healthcare, government, education, energy, information technology, marketing, and travel, among other global industries. For more information about CellTrust's Global operations: http://www.celltrust.com, or read more about CellTrust's HIPAA compliant Mobile Healthcare Solutions
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New Survey Provides Insights from Users of Over 100 Restaurant Point of Sale Systems
Over 1,500 Independent Restaurateurs Reveal Virtues and Shortcomings of Their Existing POS System
HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RestaurantOwner (http://www.RestaurantOwner.com), a membership website for independent restaurant operators, has released, on their website, the results of a detailed survey of their members' experiences with their current point of sale systems. Over 1,500 individual independent operators participated and provided detailed feedback on over 100 different POS systems.
Choosing a point of sale system is considered to be one of the most important decisions any restaurant operator makes. With the average cost of a POS system approaching the $20,000 mark, it's not only an expensive decision but one that affects ongoing restaurant operations in several crucial areas.
A POS system should be one of a restaurant's most important assets by providing cash and inventory controls, improved speed of service, better decision-making and even sales growth opportunities. This survey confirms that if properly chosen, a POS can potentially pay for itself in a matter of months. But conversely, selecting the wrong system or one from the wrong vendor can become a source of operational problems and ongoing frustration for the operator for years to come.
Survey results indicate a strong correlation between the operators' degree of overall satisfaction with their POS system and their relationship with the POS vendor.
"Operators that had good experiences with respect to vendor training and support, be it online or on site, generally reported they were pleased with their POS choice," said Joe Erickson, Vice President of RestaurantOwner.com.
Survey questions captured operator responses regarding their POS system's ease-of-use, programmability and reliability. Participants also rated the quality of vendor training and ongoing support as well as common POS features such as reporting, timekeeping and inventory control.
In addition, many survey participants provided extensive comments about their experiences with the functional aspects of their POS system and the quality of the vendor training and support they received.
Building Society Outsources Management of Corporate Network to Focus on Customer Service Excellence
HARROGATE, England, January 18, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Managed network services from InTechnology delivers guaranteed network
connectivity and enhanced IT productivity
The Cumberland Building Society has turned to cloud services provider InTechnology to
upgrade its existing wide area network (WAN) to deliver improved performance and free up
IT resource so it can focus on delivering customer service excellence.
InTechnology will now provide the equipment, management and support for the
Cumberland's corporate network which serves 33 branches of the building society and two
Cumberland Estate Agent branches in the North West of England and South West of Scotland.
InTechnology's proactive approach to managing and supporting the network has proved
particularly beneficial outside of business hours as the building society's cash machines
have to be available around the clock, seven days a week.
Gary Richardson, assistant general manager for IT at Cumberland Building Society said:
"Right from the initial pilot study, InTechnology knocked the socks off everyone else.
They understood our needs, provided a commercially viable solution and have offered
stellar support throughout our partnership.
"InTechnology ticked every one of our boxes. They were cost-effective, offered
improved bandwidth, gave us excellent support and future-proofed the service."
Natalie Duffield, sales director, InTechnology said: "With our team looking after the
network, the Cumberland's IT staff are free to concentrate on front-end operations. The
Cumberland now has the high quality, resilient network service it needs to deliver better
connectivity and support its customer service goals.
"These improvements have also been implemented while achieving cost savings over the
building society's previous network."
Following a rigorous tender and pilot project, InTechnology was contracted by
Cumberland to supply and manage an MPLS-based WAN incorporating its branches and head
office, an Internet pipe to the head office offering 24x7 high-speed broadband access, and
ADSL circuits to the core network.
Looking to the future, the Cumberland plans to enhance its network yet further by
installing a new router from InTechnology with 3G fallback capability to help improve
network recovery at all sites.
InTechnology (http://www.intechnology.co.uk) is one of the UK's leading service
providers and delivers Cloud-based services to over 800 public and private sector
businesses across the UK. It has an unrivalled mix of skills embracing Network, Hosting,
Data, Voice and Unified Communications. InTechnology is also the first UK provider to
integrate hosted IP Telephony with Microsoft OCS and offer it as a fully managed, hosted
service. We've now added Hosted Exchange to the solution and to provide a complete, unique
and fully managed Unified Communications package. With 25 years experience as leaders and
innovators in the managed services market, InTechnology continue to be ahead of the curve
in the solutions they bring to their customers.
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NamingForce.com announces that in 2011 its business naming service successfully named 100 businesses using crowdsourcing
CYPRESS, Texas, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NamingForce.com announces that in 2011 its business naming service successfully named 100 businesses using crowdsourcing. This is a 100% increase over the previous year. The concept of crowdsourcing made a big jump in popularity in 2011 as the public became increasingly familiar with the public-driven practice. Crowdsourcing is the practice of using the public to solve a task traditionally solved by a company.
Naming Force is a business naming website that utilizes crowdsourcing to help name start-up businesses for a fraction of the cost of hiring a traditional marketing firm. Naming Force enlists the creative public to name its clients' new companies and products.
Naming Force is a product of 32nd Degree. 32nd Degree develops and operates service-oriented websites, like Naming Force. More information about 32nd Degree can be found at http://www.32nddegree.com.
Norman Enhances Email Security Protection Solution
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Norman ASA, a leading network security company, announced today that Norman Email Protection (NEP) 5.1, a high performance email security solution available as a product or a service, is now available with significant new security features and performance enhancements.
Norman Email Protection is a secure email management solution designed to not only shield networks from malware, spam, viruses and phishing attempts, but also delivers effective tools for managing legitimate messages and attachments residing in the network. Norman Email Protection is a complete inbound and outbound solution which enables organizations to control what content can and cannot leave or enter a local network through email, and how it should be processed. It seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and all other SMTP standards-based servers.
Improvements to NEP include improved spam and antivirus outbreak reaction time, 64-bit operating system support and support for incremental Norman virus signature files that will reduce bandwidth requirements of daily downloads by more than 75%.
NEP safely provides end-user control of quarantined emails directly from Outlook with its Direct Quarantine add-on module. Direct Quarantine is a Microsoft Outlook add-on for Norman Email Protection that is designed to relieve IT administrators from day-to-day quarantine management, giving speed, convenience and control to end users.
Founded in Norway in 1984, Norman ASA is a global leader and pioneer in proactive content security solutions and forensics malware tools. Norman's proactive antimalware solutions, including malware analysis tools, network security and endpoint protection, are powered by patented Norman SandBox® technology and used by security solutions providers around the world.
Norman's unified core antimalware protection for clients, servers and network security are delivered as products and services designed to protect business communications and resources, including corporate and government networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and extranets. Norman's solutions are available through Norman subsidiaries and a network of global partners. For more information, visit http://www.norman.com.
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Latest 3D DOCOMO Smartphone by Sharp Uses Assertive Display Technology for Improved Outdoor Viewability and Reduced Battery Consumption
LONDON, January 18, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Apical [http://www.apical.co.uk ] is pleased to announce that one of the latest
smartphones in Japan, the docomo with series AQUOS PHONE SH-01D by Sharp, uses Apical's
Assertive Display technology to optimize the performance of its display.
The handset, which goes on sale in Japan this month for the carrier DOCOMO and
incorporates a 4.5" HD (1280 x 720) autostereoscopic 3D touchscreen, is the latest in
Sharp's successful AQUOS PHONE series.
The SH-01D uses Apical's Assertive Display technology as part of its advanced power
saving and outdoor viewing functions, which are key to optimizing the performance of the
handset for multimedia viewing.
Traditionally, providing a good viewing experience outdoors and saving battery power
have been considered contradictory requirements, even though both are central to
delivering a high quality multimedia experience on a mobile device.
Assertive Display by Apical solves both central requirements simultaneously, enabling
multimedia content to be viewed even in bright sunshine on standard displays, and
extending battery life by reducing display power significantly.
Said Michael Tusch, CEO of Apical: "We have been working with Sharp for several years
and were very impressed by the way in which Sharp was able rapidly to grasp how to use our
unique technology. Sharp has again produced a great product which raises the bar worldwide
for smartphone multimedia performance."
Apical's Assertive Display is a semiconductor IP core which adapts multimedia content
to the display capabilities under actual viewing conditions. It takes into account both
the screen brightness and the amount of light in the environment to adjust in real time
the appearance of movies, photos and games for optimal viewability. It leverages a
decade's research and development by Apical into the way the human eye adapts to changes
in the lighting environment to give a seamless and high-quality experience to the user.
The Assertive Display core is integrated into Sharp's proprietary media processor.
Apical is a leader in advanced image and video processing technology for embedded
applications. The company's products are derived from original research into the human
visual system and are designed to maximize the performance of a wide range of image
capture and display devices. Apical works primarily with leading OEMs and semiconductor
manufacturers for whom high-performance imaging is a key differentiator.
ViewCast Announces New Niagara® 9100 Streaming Video Encoder Series
Industry's Highest-density Solution Boosts Performance While Reducing Size and Cost; Ideal New Solution for Larger, High-Volume Network Customers
PLANO, Texas, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In direct response to the market's demand for increased digital media performance in less space, ViewCast Corporation (OTCBB: VCST) today announced the availability of its new Niagara® 9100 series - a sleek, 1RU, ultra high-density/high-performing video encoder platform. This new video encoder series streams SD and HD video and enables service providers, broadcasters and enterprises to power digital content for existing and new audiences in the mobile, web and IPTV environments.
"An ideal solution for content delivery networks and network service providers seeking to monetize digital media, the Niagara 9100 delivers multiple, simultaneous streams in a variety of formats," said John Hammock, President and CEO of ViewCast, a developer of industry-leading solutions that help companies deliver video to broadband and mobile networks. "Our stated strategy is to find and fill the needs of new larger market segments and the 1RU platform on the 9100 provides these customers with savings on space and power consumption while paying a lower price per channel with up to eight independent channels in this single device."
Optimized for digital media applications including live streaming/simulcasting, webcasting, mobile TV, archiving/video on demand and IPTV, the Niagara 9100 uses the latest multi-core CPU technology. It can be configured for a variety of video and audio inputs, including HD-SDI, component Y/C, and composite video with balanced, unbalanced, embedded and AES/EBU audio, providing exceptional performance.
"We've designed the Niagara 9100 series product line with a common software architecture incorporating high-density boards that are capable of delivering high video encoding capabilities. This approach provides a small footprint and allows for rapid time to market at an excellent performance/price ratio," said Adrian Guihat, Senior Vice President of Product Development and CTO of ViewCast.
A flexible web interface provides remote setup, control and monitoring as well as access to all of the popular industry streaming formats. Workflow can also be optimized via the development of customized solutions with ViewCast's powerful and accessible Niagara SCX® Software Development Kit (SDK).
ViewCast develops industry-leading hardware and software for the transformation, management and delivery of professional quality video over broadband, enterprise and mobile networks. ViewCast's award-winning solutions simplify the complex workflows required for the Web-based streaming of news, sports, music, and other video content to computers and mobile devices, empowering broadcasters, businesses, and governments to easily and effectively reach and expand their audiences. With more than 400,000 video capture cards deployed globally, ViewCast sets the standard in the streaming media industry. ViewCast Niagara® streaming systems, Osprey® video capture cards and VMp((TM)) video management systems provide the highly reliable technology required to deliver the multi-platform experiences driving today's digital media market.
ViewCast (http://www.viewcast.com) is headquartered in Plano, Texas, USA, with sales and distribution channels located globally.
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This means that any broker working on the Singapore exchange can now use MetaTrader 5
to provide services to their traders. Featuring a wide range of tools for technical
analysis and with a powerful trading functionality, the MetaTrader 5 mobile trading
platform is the result of years of experience in software development. This is an
important step for MetaQuotes Software Corp. - one of the most popular forex trading
platforms. SMX traders will be the first to evaluate the advantages of MetaTrader 5 in
their daily activities.
"It is not our last step in this direction," Eric Lee, the head of our Asia-Pacific
office, said. "We have successfully created a high-quality product that meets all the
requirements of the Singapore Mercantile Exchange. But we will continue our efforts to
offer even more opportunities in our platform." MetaQuotes' developers say that this year
the list of supported stock exchanges will be extended. Support of two more world
exchanges will be introduced in the platform soon.
About the company
MetaQuotes Software Corp. is a professional developer of software applications for
financial markets. With more than a decade of experience, the company is a market leader,
providing one of the best forex trading software packages. The company's MetaTrader 5
trading platform provides features for trading not only on the forex market but also on
About the MetaTrader 5 Trading Platform
The MetaTrader 5 platform is an online trading software designed for various financial
markets (forex, stock markets). MetaTrader 5 is an all-in-one concept and comprises
everything you need to trade in financial markets. Trading, technical analysis of quotes,
and automated trading are integral parts of the trading platform.
Press Service of MetaQuotes Software Corp.
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's
leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has revealed
that its new eCommerce website is meeting customers' online expectations where most
pan-European B2B websites fail. A recent independent survey commissioned by RS showed that
the majority of B2B customers will switch to a competitive site if they are on a slow or
Today's customers expect the same experience on B2B websites as they do on consumer
sites, in particular a fast response that gives relevant and timely information. The
independent survey of 350 B2B website users in the UK, France, Germany and Italy was
conducted to understand their expectations. The results highlight that the new RS
eCommerce website has addressed all the common failings of B2B websites.
A key finding was that website performance trumps customer loyalty every time, with
two thirds of the sample having no qualms about switching allegiance to a competitive site
and over a third being less likely to make a purchase if a website is performing poorly.
Moreover, nearly a quarter of the sample would switch to an alternative website straight
away. This illustrates the damage a poor B2B website can do to a company's revenues and
The survey found that two of the main bugbears of poorly performing websites are a
slow response and a lack of relevant content. These were the main focus of the recent
transformation of the RS website, with a new intelligent product search feature and
superior browsing capability giving customers faster and easier access to over 550,000
Keith Reville, General Manager eCommerce at Electrocomponents, said: "We want to
ensure that RS customers enjoy the best and most relevant online experience. These results
highlight the importance of providing a fast website with a superb search function that
delivers accurate, relevant information to users first time, every time. These
cornerstones of our eCommerce strategy are helping us to elevate the online customer
experience of our sector to the best levels of any industry, as evidenced by our recent
awards in this space."
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc,
the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products.
Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million
customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and
optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio
supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and
repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial
year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of GBP1.18bn.
Zendesk Free App for Windows Phone is Now Available
LONDON, January 18, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Companies Can Now Monitor and Respond to Support Requests on the Widest Variety of
Zendesk [http://www.zendesk.com ], the cloud-based help desk software provider, today
announced the immediate availability of Zendesk for Windows Phone. This new mobile
customer service app, designed specifically for Windows Phone, gives companies visibility
into Zendesk customer support requests. With Zendesk for Windows Phone, companies that
have standardised on the platform can view, create and update support issues on the go.
Zendesk for [http://www.zendesk.com/blackberry ] Windows Phone is the newest addition
to Zendesk's mobile help desk [http://www.zendesk.com/mobile ] offerings, which also
includes customer support applications for the most popular smartphones and tablets. The
new app's workflow capability allows companies to receive and respond to customer support
requests in real time. Support agents can also use Live Tiles, an exclusive Windows Phone
feature, to pin information about their most important support issues to their device's
"The addition of Zendesk for Windows Phone accomplishes our goal of enabling agents to
interact with customers across the widest variety of mobile platforms," said Adrian
McDermott, Zendesk's Vice President of Product and Engineering. "We want organisations to
have the ability to provide support on-the-go regardless of their preferred mobile device.
Adding Windows Phone to our suite of mobile apps furthers our goal of democratising
customer support and significantly improving customer satisfaction."
"Windows Phone is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of
quality apps and games that take advantage of the phone's unique features and design,"
said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. "Zendesk is a
great example of the kind of rich applications that people will find on Windows Phone
Marketplace to get the most out of their phone," he said.
"Zendesk for Windows Phone lets my team solve customer support requests at any time,
no matter where they are," said Mike McCarron, vice president of Customer Success,
MobileIron. "The ability to pin a view into my customer requests to my home screen with
Live Tiles means that I have immediate visibility into which ones need my immediate
Windows Phone extends Zendesk's mobile strategy of providing the greatest flexibility
for customer support agents to easily view, update and manage support requests anytime,
The free app is available now for all Windows Phone users.
Zendesk is the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software. For growing
organizations, Zendesk is the fastest way to enable great customer service. More than
15,000 Zendesk customers, including Adobe, Sony, OpenTable and Groupon, trust Zendesk with
their most valuable assets: their customers, partners, and employees. Founded in 2007,
Zendesk is funded by Charles River Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners. Learn
more at http://www.zendesk.com.
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Freephoo 2.0 - Call Your Facebook Friends & LinkedIn Connections for Free
STOCKHOLM, January 18, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
The Sweden-based company freephoo today launches a new version of their iPhone and
iPod Touch app, freephoo 2.0. The app now supports free calls to your Facebook friends,
your LinkedIn connections and to your phonebook contacts.
When you connect the app to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, all your contacts are
shown in the contact view. It takes just a few seconds to import all your social contacts
and then you're ready to start making social calls for free!
-People are building and maintaining relationships through the social networks, so the
phonebook is no longer the only alternative for contacts. We are very pleased to give our
users the opportunity to call Facebook and LinkedIn contacts for free, says co-founder
Freephoo earlier presented high audio quality calls, introduced as superHD sound. The
superHD quality sound applies for the social calls as well.
On the App Store, freephoo reached No 1 on Top Free App, No 1 on Top Social App and No
1 on Top Grossing app. Freephoo is currently listed as "What's hot" in more than 15
Freephoo was founded 2008 by entrepreneurs from the telecom and Internet industry.
Freephoo uses innovative technology to offer new ways of communication through online
Freephoo is currently available in: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium,
Brunei, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia,
Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
DBG Partners With HelloGiggles for Second Season of The Single Life
HelloGiggles Co-Founders Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer to Serve as Creative Consultants
DBG Partners With HelloGiggles for Second Season of The Single Life
HelloGiggles Co-Founders Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi and Molly McAleer to Serve as Creative Consultants
NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Broadcasting Group, the leading creator, producer and distributor of premium video content across digital media, today announced the second season of The Single Life, the web comedy series that takes a look at the sometimes tumultuous, but always hilarious world of online dating.
Viewers will be able to watch The Single Life on HelloGiggles, the ultimate web destination for smart, independent females. HelloGiggles was founded in 2011 by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer. The three have also signed on as creative consultants for the program.
Created and co-produced by Real Mom Productions and Stun Creative, The Single Life follows the trials and tribulations of dating in the digital age. Taryn Southern and Jeremy Searle reprise their roles asLisa and Kip, one year after their initial online love connection. The couple faces a new set of dilemmas as they attempt to live happily ever after in adigital age. With a larger cast, more humor and more surprises, season two of The Single Life promises to be more exciting than ever before.
"We're really excited about working with this trio of hyper-creative, smart, funny women on The Single Life," said Digital Broadcasting Group Chief Creative OfficerJoseph Gomes. "This season will build on the characters and situations we created in the first season, something we believe viewers will be very excited to watch unfold."
"After watching the first season of The Single Life, I knew it was a story that would resonate with our audience at HelloGiggles," said site co-founders McAleer, Rossi and Deschanel. "We're thrilled to help DBG bring the story of Kip and Lisa to an even wider audience than before."
About Digital Broadcasting Group
Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG; http://www.dbg.tv) is the leading creator, producer and distributor of premium video content across digital media. A comScore rated top 5 video network comprised of close to 107 million monthly unique visitors, DBG distributes advertisers' pre-roll inventory as well as original web programming across the 2,600 sites and properties that are within the network. DBG's Emmy Award winning in-house production team produces original programming that aligns with a brand's communication goals. DBG has recently developed web programming for such clients as Infiniti, Hewlett Packard, Ford, Sprint, Mars, the U.S. Air Force, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. The company was founded in 2007 and has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. DBG was launched in 2007 by online video advertising pioneer Chris Young, former VH1 producer Joseph Gomes, Emmy Award-winning producer Gregg Backer, and digital media veteran Rick Kleczkowski.
Sophia Rossi, Molly McAleer and Zooey Deschanel are friends who like to make each other laugh. They banded together to create a place online where they could share the fun with everybody else. Thus was born HelloGiggles.com, a place for cool girls who like to laugh.
About Real Mom Productions
Real Mom Productions is owned by Jennifer Pate and Barbara Machen, co-creators and co-hosts of the award winning web series Jen and Barb Mom Life (http://www.jenandbarb.com). With their partner, Specific Media, they have produced over 90 episodes with over 80 million views with many of the biggest corporate sponsors in the world. Jen and Barb also have a new book on book stands right now published by Vanguard Press called, "The Mothers of Reinvention." Jonas Pate, director of "Friday Night Lights," "Battlestar Gallactica" and "Prime Suspect" is also a producer under the Real Mom Productions banner for Single Life.
About Stun Creative
Stun Creative is an award-winning Los Angeles based advertising agency and production company that specializes in TV marketing campaigns and branded entertainment. Founded by principals Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein, Stun Creative produced the last three seasons of the popular web series, Jen & Barb, Mom Life, which is a hit with sponsors and recently won a Webby.
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Why "Go Mobile"? BKV's Jamie Turner Reveals Mobile Marketing Benefits in New Book
"Go Mobile" shares new ways to boost revenue and brand loyalty using smartphone technology
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a world where more people own a mobile device than a toothbrush, learning to effectively connect with customers through mobile technology is crucial for businesses around the globe. "Go Mobile" -- a new book co-authored by Jamie Turner, who works at BKV as chief content officer of the 60-Second Marketer website, and HubSpot's Jeanne Hopkins -- reveals the critical do's and don'ts of building a mobile marketing strategy that will generate a positive return on investment.
"In 'Go Mobile,' Jamie Turner predicts mobile devices will have more impact on how customers connect with brands than TV, radio and PC combined. It's clear that mobile is a key piece of the marketing mix for today's companies," said Kelley Haas, chairman, BKV. "Jamie's book presents important questions every marketer needs to ask before launching a mobile campaign, as well as providing a clear road map for getting started."
"Go Mobile" shares a vast array of tools and tips to launch, run and measure mobile media campaigns. Readers will learn the differences between mobile media platforms (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm, Windows), techniques for using SMS for business, ways to incorporate 2D and QR codes into their campaigns, and how to develop effective mobile websites and apps. "Go Mobile" can be purchased through most major booksellers.
In a new promotion for the book, a website provides QR codes with clues for a nationwide scavenger hunt for four iPads hidden with copies of the book around the country. Visit http://www.GoMobileBook.com to find QR codes with clues, which will be posted daily until all four iPads are found.
Jamie Turner (Atlanta, Ga.) is an author, speaker and the publisher of the 60 Second Marketer, an online magazine that provides tools, tips and tutorials for marketers around the globe. He is a regular guest on CNN and HLN on the topics of social media, mobile marketing and digital marketing. He consults and has worked with brands such as AT&T, CNN, Motorola, Cartoon Network and The Coca-Cola Company. Jamie has been profiled in the world's best-selling marketing textbook and is the author of "How to Make Money with Social Media." He is an in-demand keynote speaker and speaks at trade shows, events and corporations around the globe. You can follow Jamie on Twitter at AskJamieTurner and on his blog at 60SecondMarketer.com/blog.
Established in 1981, BKV is a direct marketing and interactive agency specializing in helping marketers meet business goals with strategies that generate leads, convert those leads into sales and finally, into established and loyal relationships. The company uses a combination of traditional and digital media along with high-performance creative and strategies that ensure we're driving response while measurably growing clients' brands and sales. With offices in Atlanta and Kansas City, BKV serves local, national and international clients and is a member of the ICOM Agency Network, a professional association of marketing and advertising agencies from all over the world. Want more information? Visit BKV.com.
From the Authors of "Go Mobile": 10 Mobile Facts Every Marketer Must Know
1. There are 4.0 billion mobile phone owners on the planet. (from 60 Second
2. Brands using SMS and MMS can reach nearly 95 percent of mobile phone
subscribers on both smartphones and non-smartphones alike. (from Mobile
3. 90 percent of text messages are read within 3 minutes of being delivered.
(from Luxury Daily)
4. 79 percent of smartphone owners use their phone to shop, with 74 percent
ultimately making a purchase as a result. (from Search Engine Land)
5. Mobile coupons generate 10 times higher redemption rates than print
coupons. (from Mobile Commerce Daily)
6. Mobile ads perform four to five times better than online ads in key
metrics, including brand favorability, awareness and purchase intent.
7. 70 percent of mobile searches lead to action within one hour. It takes
one month for the same percentage of desktop users to take action. (from
8. 16.7 million mobile subscribers, including 76 percent of smartphone
owners, used location-based check-in. (from comScore)
9. Android accounted for the largest share of location-based service users,
with about 37 percent checking in, while 34 percent of users checked in
from an iPhone. (from comScore)
10. Additional marketing-based activities are even more popular, including
receiving special offers by text message (54 percent) or scanning a QR
code (58 percent). (from marketingcharts.com)
Dynamic Recording Artist Kerli Launches Personal Blog on Buzznet
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Buzznet, the web's largest social magazine written for youth by youth, is thrilled to announce a partnership with Estonian recording artist Kerli. Known for her positive message and eclectic "Bubble Goth" style, Kerli will now call Buzznet home for her official blog at kerli.buzznet.com. Fans can communicate directly with the artist and read the latest updates from Kerli herself, making her relationship with her fans across the globe stronger and more intimate than ever before.
Speaking directly to her fans, Kerli said, "The MoonChild Academy is moving to Buzznet. We've already shared quite an amazing journey so far, but I know it's only going to get better. I am so proud to know all of you -- smart, creative and kind -- and am so honored to be one of the Moon Children. I hope you're ready for the ride, I know I sure am."
The blog not only focuses on her everyday life, but is a community where fans can share thoughts and ideas and have a direct connection with Kerli - all on a personal level. Utilizing Buzznet's unique publishing and community tools, fans can use their own Buzznet profiles to contribute content inspired by Kerli, comment on posts, send messages to Kerli, discover and follow likeminded bloggers and more. Frequent giveaways, DIY tutorials and a weekly advice column are just a few of the features fans can expect, making her new blog a special and personal experience for followers.
"Kerli has been part of the Buzznet community since headlining our South by Southwest party last year," said Annie Fox, Buzznet's General Manager. "We have stayed close to her and her team ever since, so this partnership is a natural next step in the relationship we've been building. We are thrilled to officially welcome her to the Buzznet family, and we know her fans are too."
Hailing from Elva, Estonia, a tiny, then-Soviet occupied town of 5,000 people in the forest, Kerli always dreamed that her passion for music and performing would allow her to break out of her restricted origins and literally change the world. Her journey began when, at 14, she competed in and won the Baltic's version of "American Idol," which ultimately led to her signing with Island Def Jam. Since then, she has received prestigious awards and millions of video views, held the #1 position on the Billboard dance charts and garnered over 200,000 Facebook fans. She was also handpicked by Tim Burton to appear on the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. In addition to being a celebrated artist and performer, she is also a sought after songwriter. Her recent credits include Demi Lovato's hit single "Skyscraper." Kerli is now primed for huge success as she and her label gear up for her long-anticipated 2012 album release.
Buzznet is the web's largest social magazine and music lifestyle community created for its members by its members. Published, read and loved by millions of young people ages 12-24, Buzznet's vibrant and creative audience is addicted to the latest music, fashion, movies, books, art, celebrity, and other pop culture topics. With its members publishing original blogs, photos and videos on the topics they are passionate about, Buzznet delivers the most engaging content for youth by youth. Buzznet is owned and operated by BUZZMEDIA (http://www.buzz-media.com), the leading and fastest growing publisher of pop culture on the Internet with over 100MM unique users worldwide.
CONTACT: Elise Feuerbacher, Buzznet, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Gillian Sheldon, BUZZMEDIA email@example.com
Exclusive Red Bull Action Sports Programming Premieres on YouTube Channels
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today four new original episodic series, including "Livin' Louie Vito," "Bobby's Life," "Chasing Summer" and "Who is J.O.B. 2.0," make their debut on "The Red Bull Channel" on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/redbull) at 10 a.m. PT and will be followed by nine others in the coming months. Each series will chronicle the competition and daily lives of the world's best action sports athletes including urban mountain biker and YouTube celebrity, Danny MacAskill, snowboarding pro Louie Vito, action sports phenom Travis Pastrana, big wave surfer Jamie O'Brien and professional skateboarder, Ryan Sheckler.
The exclusive programming can be found on The Red Bull Channel on YouTube under "Featured Playlists" by title, with new 6 to 15 minute episodes airing consistently throughout the year. Additionally, the Red Bull Channel will also be a destination for previously aired episodes of popular series beginning with the first episode of "Drake's Passage" today, which is a six-episode original travel series that will continue to air every Thursday at 10 a.m. PST that showcases iconic cities around the world through the eyes of freestyle motocross legend, Drake McElroy.
For tune-in reminders for new episodes and updates on new series premieres, viewers can subscribe to The Red Bull Channel or follow the series' cast members on Twitter.
Red Bull Channel programming set to premiere this winter and spring includes:
-- "Livin' Louie Vito" follows professional snowboarder and action sports
celebrity Louie Vito as he competes in all of 2012's major tour stops
including the Olympic Trials, X Games and Dew Tour.
-- Tune In: January 17 - Watch Episode 1
-- 18 episodes, airing every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST
-- "Bobby's Life" goes deep into the snow with skier Bobby Brown, ESPY
nominee for best male action sports athlete and multiple gold medalist
at Winter X Games, from the back country to competing at X Games, where
he leads a new generation of freestyle skiing.
-- Tune In: January 17 - Watch Episode 1
-- 18 episodes, airing every Monday at 10 a.m. PST
-- "Who is J.O.B. 2.0" is an online episodic sequel to the DVD film "Who is
J.O.B." which will use innovative camera systems and techniques to
capture pro surfer Jamie O'Brien in a way it's never been seen before.
-- Tune In: January 17 - Watch Episode 1
-- 18 episodes, airing every other Friday at 10 a.m. PST
-- "Chasing Summer" examines Kendall Norman, a six-time Baja 1000 champion,
and his racing partner, Quinn Cody, as they travel the rugged terrain
between San Diego and Baja with only a backpack and a few pesos, in
their quest to clear their minds before racing the 2011 Baja 1000.
-- Tune In: January 17 - Watch Episode 1
-- 12 episodes, airing every every other Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST
-- "Title in Development: Ryan Sheckler" will be a 20-episode series
featuring pro skateboarder and celebrity, Ryan Sheckler.
-- Release date: February
-- "Title in Development: Travis Pastrana" follows super athlete (and super
human) Travis Pastrana as he works to reclaim his status as Mr. Action
Sports following the injury he sustained at X Games 17, including
getting back into rally car racing, NASCAR, and motorcycles and also his
return to the Nitro Circus live tour and premiere of Nitro 3D in
-- Release date: March
-- "Wizard of Aus" showcases Australian native and one of the world's top
BMX riders, Corey Bohan, as he mingles in the Hollywood scene, travels
the world with his friends and rides in his sport's top competitions.
-- Release date: March
Red Bull Media House is a global media company that produces and distributes compelling sports, culture and lifestyle programming across multiple platforms. To date, nearly 300 million views have been generated from Red Bull content, making Red Bull Media House one of the top 5 content producers on YouTube in Sports globally.
Mobile Community mig33 to Launch New Miniblog as the "Fast, Fun, Social" Centerpiece of Community
Twitter, Sina's Weibo, and Tumblr Serve as Models for New mig33 Offering; Company Looks to Build on 2011 Numbers, Drive New User Growth
SINGAPORE, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty days after its limited release, mig33 -- one of the world's largest mobile communities - is set to launch a new mig33 miniblog as the centerpiece of mig33.
Over the next few months, the miniblog service (http://b.mig33.com) will transition from beta, where it has already garnered over 300,000 daily active users, and will be integrated with mig33's third-party games, chat, profiles and avatars, making mig33 a unique proposition compared with other social internet services such as Facebook, Twitter, Sina's Weibo, and Tumblr and their offerings in emerging markets.
Unlike the others, mig33 is focused on delivering a fun, fast and social service and includes features such as levels, badges, labels, virtual gifts, avatars, emoticons, games and other experiences directly within the miniblog itself.
"We believe that the proposition posed by Sina's Weibo is applicable to other emerging markets," said Steven Goh, mig33 co-founder and CEO. "Users want to escape the restrictions of the 'real world identity' orientation of Facebook and want a far more flexible identity model, and frankly, a more fun and playful service."
mig33's miniblog service comes along with a broadening of mig33's client range. Traditionally offered on a more narrow J2ME client, mig33 is now widely available on Android, Blackberry, WAP, and web clients. The company intends to offer more and updated clients in coming months.
Based in Singapore, mig33 is now one of the largest social entertainment services in emerging markets, with over 55 million registered users. mig33 is extremely popular South and South East Asia, and has a substantial and growing presence across the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.
In 2011, mig33 delivered over 300 billion messages and over 185 million virtual gifts. The company began launching a stream of third-party games in August, and has since been able to deliver over 300,000 daily active users to developers.
"We have taken our inspiration from a number of East Asian social entertainment services, made it uniquely our own, and applied it to emerging markets that we believe offer more than 500 million new customers," said Goh. "We also have a unique monetisation engine in our community of merchants, or party hosts, and believe that the mig33 miniblog will drastically broaden our monetisation options."
Goh began discussing mig33's new vision while at at the prestigious PTC'12, an annual conference hosted by the Pacific Telecommunications Council in Honolulu.
mig33 is the world's largest mobile-first social entertainment service, connecting over 50 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy. Launched in late 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM, GREE Inc. and many others. For more information, visit http://www.mig33.com.
Anritsu and OML Inc. Introduce Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Analysis Solution for Wideband Communication Systems
RICHARDSON, Texas, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Anritsu Company and OML Inc. introduce a millimeter-wave (mm-wave) solution that features industry-leading sensitivity and dynamic range, for spectrum and signal analysis of emerging wideband communications systems. The Anritsu MS2830A Signal Analyzer, when coupled with the OML MxxHWD harmonic mixer, offers mm-wave frequency coverage from 26.5 GHz to 325 GHz. Using these new capabilities, engineers can evaluate, characterize and manufacture products designed for emerging wideband standards, such as WiGig, including FCC Part 15 compliance emission testing requirements from 40 GHz to 200 GHz.
The MS2830A has an innovative external mixer design that achieves impressive, best-in-class dynamic range. Utilizing an intermediate frequency (IF) of 1.875 GHz (IF Output with 1 GHz bandwidth) and LO range of 5 GHz to 10 GHz, the MS2830A can reduce the multiplier magnitude necessary for mm-wave coverage. Lower multipliers improve the conversion loss of the external mixer, which increases the MS2830A's sensitivity, allowing the Signal Analyzer to measure low-level mm-wave signals. Using this configuration, the MS2830A can measure E-band (60-90 GHz, WR-12) with better DANL (nominal -120 dBm/Hz @ 80 GHz) based on typical external mixer conversion loss of 36 dB, which represents a minimum 4-8 dB improvement over existing solutions.
"OML delivers the innovative harmonic mixer technology that uniquely qualifies it for plug-and-play compatibility with our external mixer capabilities. The combined solution offers unprecedented capabilities that engineers can utilize to advance wideband communications systems," said Wade Hulon, Vice President and General Manager, Anritsu Americas.
"With the MS2830A, Anritsu offers outstanding performance, as well as innovative modulation capabilities that mm-wave engineers will appreciate to analyze emerging signals. This new mm-wave solution demonstrates our commitment to deliver innovative instrumentation for next-generation applications," said Yuenie Lau, Vice President of Operations, OML.
The MxxHWD harmonic mixer, based on a single diode design, is available in waveguide bands from 26.5 GHz to 325 GHz. The harmonic mixer is a two-port frequency extension product with a mm-wave interface for DUT connection and RF interface for LO/IF connectivity with the Signal Analyzer. The mm-wave connection is compatible with MIL-DTL-3922/67D (UG387/U-M) waveguide flanges. Additional bias features can further optimize signal levels, including flatness.
The MS2830A includes a high-performance, low-cost spectrum analyzer function for measuring up to 325 GHz using an external mixer, such as the MxxHWD. The MS2830A has five different models from 3.6 GHz to 43 GHz, with two external mixers (26.5 GHz and 43 GHz) for the higher frequency models. Industry-leading measurement speed, as well as the top RF specifications for DANL of -144 dBm/Hz @ 40 GHz and third-order intermodulation distortion (TOI) of +13 dBm @ 40 GHz (nominal) provide unmatched price/performance.
OML Inc, located in the Silicon Valley of California, is a premier supplier of innovative millimeter and sub-millimeter wave frequency extension products and accessories for vector network analyzers, scalar network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, converters, and signal generators. Since 1994, our solutions have empowered engineers in R&D and manufacturing to pursue opportunities in emerging applications spanning radio astronomy, communication, semiconductors, imaging, space research, biomedical, and homeland security. We collaborate with engineers throughout the world to develop "Innovation in Millimeter Wave Measurements."
Anritsu Company is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.
Hertz Acquires Remaining Stake in Navigation Solutions
-Award-winning GPS Technology Will Help Transform Car Rental Experience-
PARK RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) announced today that it has acquired, from Thales Navigation, the remaining 35% stake in Navigation Solutions, the operational arm of Hertz's award winning NeverLost customized, in car GPS system. Navigation Solutions will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation.
"NeverLost's GPS-based technology and customized travel content package has been an instrumental element of our strategy to differentiate the car rental experience and it will play a significant, strategic role in the future of car rental as we envision it. Now, coupled with our proprietary Eileo car sharing technology, NeverLost will enable Hertz to transform customer service by creating an unparalleled in-car rental experience," commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "For well over a decade, including 2011, NeverLost revenues have grown solidly and generated strong profit margins. While Navigation Solution revenues are already fully reflected in our consolidated results, the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in 2012."
Almost 1 million Hertz Gold members include NeverLost as part of their profile preference, meaning they want the GPS navigation system every time they rent a car. Equipped with 3G communication capabilities, NeverLost surpasses other portable navigation and smartphone devices with its ability to deliver customized content; has its own, unique trip planning website, http://www.neverlost.com; provides concierge services, travel planning assistance and downloadable travel plans; is able to provide customized travel portals for commercial accounts; and has connected services designed specifically for travelers.
Today, with more than 80,000 units in service, NeverLost offers travelers exclusive Explore and Special Events functionality which allow travelers to choose things to do, places to see, and trendy restaurants to enjoy, all specifically chosen and delivered wirelessly to NeverLost in the top 20 urban markets across America. The Explore and Special Events features are akin to having a personal travel guide and are supported by NeverLost's free on-demand Travel Services Desk and Online Trip Planning website. Navigation Solutions' travel content team researches numerous sources, including convention and visitors bureaus and city magazines to select the most relevant and current travel data for each feature.
Hertz NeverLost is available for rent on Hertz full-size and above vehicles for $12.99 per day, and is complimentary in Hertz Prestige Collection cars, excluding Volvo S60. NeverLost customers receive free trip planning services on demand when they call the Travel Services Desk toll-free 800-823-2547 from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m CDT every day for customized trips, trip changes, directions, or even to find "Best in Class" hotels and restaurants. Personalized travel information is sent wirelessly at no charge to NeverLost within minutes of a request.
Formed in 1998, Navigation Solutions was created to oversee the expansion and operation of NeverLost in rental cars throughout the US and Canada. The Company also installs, maintains, markets and advertises NeverLost throughout North America. Hertz first introduced NeverLost in 1995 with 600 units at major airport locations throughout the United States.
The Hertz Corporation is the world's largest general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,500 locations in 150 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 94 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold® Plus Rewards, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the company's Prestige, Adrenaline and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. In 2008, the Company entered the global car sharing market in London, New York City and Paris. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of equipment, including tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers from approximately 320 branches in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, China and Saudi Arabia, as well as through its international licensees. Hertz also owns Donlen Corporation, based in Northbrook, Illinois, which is a leader in fleet leasing and management services.
Heavenly Pop Single from NPR Favorite Lee Feldman: 'Halo' Released on iTunes from Forthcoming 'Album No. 4 . . . '
"Lee Feldman uses a Tin Pan Alley bounce to make twisted or troubled situations sound like parlor songs."-New York Times
BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After a six year hiatus, Brooklyn singer-songwriter-pianist Lee Feldman returns with 'Album No. 4: Trying to Put the Things Together that Never Been Together Before' [to be released May 1st] - a masterpiece of lyrical precision and extraordinary musical depth, with arrangements that effortlessly span Randy Newman-style art song, Mose Allison-inflected jazz and Brill Building pop. The Beatles, Gershwin and Nilsson are also major influences on Lee.
'Halo' Release Show - Jan 22 at The Living Room, NYC
Making 'Album No. 4 . . . '
Taking a Hi-Fi approach, Lee produced and arranged the album, inviting top-tier musicians to contribute their genius, including longtime bandmates bassist Byron Isaacs (Levon Helm, Ollabelle) & drummer Bill Dobrow (Jesse Harris, Sean Lennon). Grammy-winning engineer Jay Newland (Norah Jones) mixed and audio legend Greg Calbi mastered.
Guests include Ed Haber (Linda Thompson), Maxim Moston (Antony & the Johnsons), Glenn Patscha (Sheryl Crow), Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan), Mauro Refosco (Radiohead), and Maucha Adnet (Antonio Carlos Jobim).
Another guest, Lee's brother David Feldman makes his debut singing 'I Remember the Night' (about divorce and a family's time-stopping moment).
A Short History of Lee
"Lee Feldman plays the piano in just the dry, subtle, understated manner that his dry, subtle, understatedly hilarious songs call for." - Atlantic Monthly
Lee's fans are often greeted at shows by his opening question 'How's everybody doing - financially?' And this Borscht-belt humor and off-kilter warmth continues throughout the show. His ballad 'Give Me My Money' recently roused Occupy Wall Street protesters to start a ladies' choir at Zuccotti Park (as broadcast on CNN).
From "All Things Considered" to "People" magazine, Lee's three critically acclaimed albums -- Living It All Wrong (Pure/Mercury, 1996); The Man in a Jupiter Hat (Bonafide/Mercury, 2000); and I've Forgotten Everything (Urban Myth, 2006) -- have piqued the interest of people who care about sound, music and heart.
"Lee Feldman's I've Forgotten Everything is unlike anything else in contemporary pop. If you have a passion for good songwriting, you need this album."-Stereophile
Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman (Mini-documentary)
The Feldman (Newsletter)
Garnet Hill Expands Its Digital Reach by Launching Facebook Commerce Site
FRANCONIA, N.H., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Garnet Hill, a multichannel retailer, today announced the launch of a Facebook commerce site, extending the company's digital reach to millions of Facebook users through the social-networking platform.
Customers who visit Garnet Hill's Facebookpage will now be able to shop Garnet Hill's full collection of apparel, home, and kids' merchandise without ever leaving their social-networking experience. Users will be able to enjoy the same features and quality of service currently available on the garnethill.com website. The integration of the Facebook feature enriches the experience by allowing Garnet Hill's fan base to share their favorite merchandise with friends and to read and write reviews.
"We are excited to offer customers this new, dynamic way to shop," says Garnet Hill CEO Russ Gaitskill. "Our ultimate goal is to be available whenever and wherever customers are looking for us. This initiative clearly exemplifies our continued efforts to expand our digital reach."
About Garnet Hill:
Renowned for superior quality, fine fibers and original design, Garnet Hill has provided distinctive merchandise and services of the highest caliber for 35 years. The company began as an importer of English flannel sheets and has grown into a distinguished brand and multichannel marketer, offering unique bedding, home furnishings, sleepwear, shoes, women's apparel and children's clothing online and in its catalogs. Garnet Hill searches the world for exceptional items and inspiration for its extensive line of exclusive products. For more information about Garnet Hill, visit garnethill.com.
For additional information, please contact Wendy Thayer Garnet Hill 603.823.5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Panopto Brings Market-Leading Media Capture to the iPhone and iPad
Company continues its impressive pace of innovation with the release of Panopto 4.1
SEATTLE, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Panopto, Inc. released a new version of its popular media capture and management software today, introducing a range of new functionality for education and corporate customers.
Highlights of the Panopto 4.1 release include:
-- A new iOS app that allows users to view, search, and record Panopto
media on iPhones and iPads;
-- Expanded learning management system (LMS) integration through support
for Basic LTI;
-- The ability for students to record and submit Panopto media for class
-- Active Directory integration with cloud-hosted installations of Panopto;
-- Screen capture support on multi-monitor systems;
-- New management tools for usage monitoring and activity logging.
One of the most anticipated features in Panopto 4.1 is the new iOS app, which will soon be available in the iTunes App store. The app brings video search, improved viewing, note taking, and recording to the mobile platform. Users will be able to capture and share content on the fly with their iPhones and iPads, or use them as a video source for more complex presentations that include slides, screen capture, and additional video streams. Users will also be able to take notes on their iOS device and embed them directly into a presentation.
"Mobile devices and low-cost video capture hardware are transforming the way academic institutions and enterprises record and share information," said Eric Burns, Panopto's co-founder and Chief Product Officer. "With the release of Panopto 4.1, we're helping organizations take advantage of this trend - bringing media capture and management to iPhones and iPads, while providing tight integration with their existing back-end systems."
In the 4.1 release, Panopto is able to integrate with a wider range of learning management systems, thanks to support for Basic LTI. Basic LTI is an emerging industry standard for LMS interoperability. It allows users of compliant systems, such as Instructure, Desire2Learn, and Sakai, to access Panopto content directly from their LMS in one click.
"Panopto's support for the Learning Tool Interoperability standard is a great step forward for Instructure and Panopto customers," said Devlin Daley, co-Founder and CTO at Instructure. "Together, we're breaking down walled gardens and showing that best-of-breed platforms can be integrated without sacrificing the user experience. Simplifying the connection between Panopto and Instructure Canvas lets faculty focus on teaching and not on the tools."
For educators and trainers, new student recording functionality is included in Panopto 4.1. This allows students to record and submit their own Panopto media for instructor evaluation. Instructors can then use Panopto's powerful notes functionality to provide time-stamped feedback throughout each student's presentation.
"Panopto's investment in mobile and student recording will allow students to engage more deeply with their learning and ultimately lead to higher achievement," said Eric Kuennen, AVP Business Development Manager of Pearson Learning Solutions, which distributes Panopto to private sector and other higher education institutions. "This latest version complements our mission to increase access to personalized, flexible learning options for students."