SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermal Engineering Associates announced today the availability of the TTC Applications Manual for customers using its thermal test wafers, arrays, and chips. The TTC family has a broad range of uses in thermal, stress, and other forms of test and measurement for semiconductors.
The TTC Applications Manual helps users of the TTC family of products to understand the operation, application and customization options offered by TEA. Topics include: 1) diode temperature sensing and accuracy, 2) heat flux generation and the use of metal film resistors, 3) interconnect differences between bumped and wire bond arrays and wafers, 4) calibration methods including absolute and differential measurements, 5) electrical connection issues and alternatives, 6) considerations in the analysis of results, and 7) backside metallization alternatives.
"The applications for our TTC family of products has become so extended," said TEA President, Bernie Siegal, "that I came to realize that a guide for customers was a necessity. I am hopeful that the TTC Applications Manual will address the more common issues experienced by our customers."
For a copy of the TTC Applications Manual, TEA customers should contact Bill Ribble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Thermal Engineering Associates:
TEA and its president, Bernie Siegal, have been providing thermal test and measurement hardware, software, and consulting services since 1973. Siegal has been chairman of the JEDEC JC15 committee and is the principle author of many MILSTD 750 thermal test methods. All major semiconductor companies, packaging companies, and many system level OEMs have utilized TEA equipment and/or services during its long history. Siegal is a founding member of IEEE SEMI-THERM and has delivered numerous papers and articles on thermal testing, simulation, and evaluation methods and techniques and is frequently sought out as a lecturer and expert in the field. http://www.thermengr.net.
SOURCE Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc.
Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc.
CONTACT: Bill Ribble of Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc., +1-408-202-3539, email@example.com
Even in a Challenging 2010 Holiday Season, New Niche of Pet Toys by Petlinks Takes Off
Whirling, Twirling, Zipping, Zooming, Flashing, Fluttering Feline Toys Keep Both Pets and Retailers on their Toes as 'Electronics' Prove to be the Gift of Choice
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite a challenging economy in 2010, pet owners are defying all odds this holiday season and generating a wave of excitement around a relatively new category of pet gifts -- electronic interactive toys such as those by Petlinks.
The trend in gifts for pets has been building throughout 2010. An American Express poll this year revealed that even in a down economy, holiday shoppers are more likely to scrimp on gifts to friends and family than let their pet's stockings go empty. Some will secretly admit to spending more for their pet's gift than they will their relatives.
"While this trend isn't good news for in-laws throughout the country," said Shannon McWilliams, Vice President of Product Development for Worldwise, Inc., "this is exceptionally good news for the 90 million or so cats in the US."
According to Worldwise, manufacturer of Petlinks, a leading brand of cat toys, scratchers, treats and accessories available exclusively through pet specialty retailers such as PetSmart and Petco, there's a noticeable new buzz this year around electronic gift options for cats.
"The consumer electronics industry has had a big influence on the pet products marketplace," says McWilliams. "Battery-operated, interactive toys are popular items because they are as much a toy for the person as they are the pet."
Despite the fact that electronic toys typically have higher price points than their traditional catnip filled mice counterparts, many consumers this year are proving to be unabashedly generous when it comes to gifts for their pets. Electronic cat toys can deliver a lot of bang for the buck. They expend excess energy and calories, extend playtime, stimulate the pet's senses and are just good fun and good for everyone in the room.
"Strange as it may sound, one side-benefit of automated toys is that it takes some of the 'work' out of playtime," says McWilliams. "You can make dinner while you play with your pet. And let's face it, playtime that is not dependent on the human limitations of patience or time will happen more often and last a lot longer." This is a special bonus to sedentary or overweight cats.
Here are some of the innovative, interactive cat toys offered by Petlinks that 'give' to the pet and pet owner alike:
Fun Beam interactive laser light toy
Mouse-shaped, handheld Fun Beam laser light toy gets your kitty moving in a flash. The bug-sized spot of light replicates the lightning-quick movement of prey, shifting your cat's activity level into overdrive with excitement and fun. Your belly will get a workout too as you chuckle at your cat's high-flying antics. Includes battery and three replacement batteries. MSRP $5.99
Super Swooper electronic motion ball
This colorful electronic motion ball anchors a feather-tipped wire that flips and flutters erratically when you flip the switch. The rolling motion, together with the natural appeal of a fluttering feather will mesmerize your cat. Requires two AA batteries (not included). Two speeds to suit your cat's fickle moods. MSRP $13.99
Cheese Chaser remote-controlled mouse toy
This remote-controlled toy keeps your cat in hot pursuit as it zips wildly around the room with you at the controls. A handheld remote starts the wheels turning on the plush, refillable catnip mouse toy. Cats love the irresistibly erratic movements you can create by reversing directions or stopping the toy dead in its tracks. Requires two AA batteries (not included). MSRP $14.99
Pure Commotion electronic activity toy
This automated toy includes a base unit and a feather-topped wand that moves wildly and erratically to delight your cat. Pure Commotion keeps you in control of the speed and duration of play; it can be programmed for up to two hours of continuous play with the simple touch of a button. Pure Commotion is a great way to boost the activity level in housebound cats. Requires three AA batteries (not included). MSRP $24.99
Petlinks brand cat toys, scratchers, catnip, bedding, furniture and accessories are sold exclusively at pet specialty retailers nationwide. For more information on Petlinks products, visit http://www.petlinkssystem.com.
The Petlinks brands are manufactured by Worldwise, a leading consumer pet products company. By developing unique, high-quality products made from natural, recycled, reclaimed and certified organic material, and distributing them through the nation's leading retailers, Worldwise brands are changing consumer beliefs about the look, feel, price and performance of environmentally-responsible products. http://www.worldwise.com.
CONTACT: Jo Hunt, +1-310-541-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Max Stiegemeier (GCF) Acquires Division 5 Technology, Inc.
New Capabilities Extend GCF's Cloud-Based Data Center by utilizing encrypted tunnel based data transmission
NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- GCF International (GCF) and CEO Max Stiegemeier today announced it has acquired Division 5 Technology, a privately-held company based in New York, New York, whose software helps companies manage their data storage in the cloud infrastructure. GCF will integrate Division 5 Technology, a leading provider of website hosting and data centers, into its corporate VPN sector. The deal was acquired with 1.2 billion dollars in equity funding and 1.5 million shares of stock to Mr. Stiegemeier.
As today's needs for secure data storage and "In the Cloud" data hosting are increasing, the demand for such technology is met by a strong amount of enthusiasm from industry experts. The industry-leading Division 5 Technology solutions use advanced capabilities to power Cloud-Based website hosting and On-Demand solutions for corporations wishing to consolidate their data storage. Division 5 Technology can also help organizations to rapidly assess and remediate the level of risk posed to their businesses through their legacy applications.
Many data storage and encryption issues can be resolved using the advanced infrastructure of Division 5 Technology. According to the National Technology Assessment foundation, security loopholes in modern cloud-based hosting environments are an ever growing risk in the online data industry.
"Secure data transmission is a must have component of today's modern cloud computing industry. The complexity of standard cloud-based hosting require a concerned approach towards modernizing the security risks involved in shared data transmission. The acquisition of Division 5 Technology will allow GCF to provide a secure and encrypted 'in the cloud' transmission of data utilizing instant deployment of servers across multiple redundant networks," said Max Stiegemeier, CEO, GCF International, Inc. "Integrating Division 5 Technology into our industry-leading GCF family of data storage products represents the best-class solution for modern day Cloud Computing."
Division 5 Hosting will be offered as part of the GCF International CloudServ family of Web Hosting and Data storage solutions. The combined offering will provide a comprehensive solution for organizations concerned about the security of their cloud based servers and the preservation of clients personal information and details. The Division 5 Technology solution will allow GCF to provide an on demand solution for large scale corporations seeking encrypted data storage in the Cloud Environment.
"With security risks and DDoS computing attacks happening more and more often online to large scale corporations, our solution will provide the stability of an encrypted network and full map redundancy so that websites do not go offline due to hacker attacks," said Max Stiegemeier, CEO, GCF International, Inc. "By combining our existing infrastructure with the advanced technology offered by Division 5, this will allow us to provide our customer base the most secure and world class cloud-based hosting environment available today. In this ever changing world of technology and increased cyber-attacks, we believe that our acquisition of Division 5 will allow us to set a new compliance initiative for Data Security."
From growing concern around the increasing attacks by cyber criminals and global hacker organizations, to the concern of not being in compliance with mandatory data encryption, standards and policies, companies often need to take a more proactive approach to protect their data in the customer's best interest, so that we value the Customer before the Data. GCF helps customers rapidly deploy global data storage solutions with encrypted data, such as the PCI regulated encryption initiative and global privacy regulations.
This acquisition further reinforces GCF's overall secure hosting product. GCF can provide customers with an On Demand Cloud-Based storage solution protected by the highest level of data encryption and protecting the consumer's risk of cyber attacks and stolen data.
Davinci Virtual Office London Doubles in Size With the Addition of Bizspace to its Network
LONDON, December 17, 2010/PRNewswire/ -- Davinci Virtual has doubled the size of its UK portfolio to become the
nation's largest provider of Virtual Office (http://www.davincivirtual.co.uk/
) facilities through its partnership with Bizspace, which itself operates 110
"Your Davinci Virtual PA (http://www.davincivirtual.co.uk/virtual-pa/ )
will not only handle your calls, manage your diary, take orders and arrange
meetings, but eliminate the risk, in terms of corporate positioning, branding
and operations that internal staff can pose to a small business or
Bizspace's marketing manager, Gregg Sheen, comments, "By partnering with
Davinci Virtual we are able to present our variety of high quality virtual
and managed workspace products to the widest possible range of businesses,
both here in the UK and across the entire Davinci Virtual global network.
With business centres across England and Scotland we are able to provide
start-ups, home workers and businesses looking to expand into new markets the
widest possible range of locations and professional business addresses."
Davinci Virtual is the leading provider of virtual staffing, virtual
communications and virtual office solutions. With these virtual office
services (http://www.davincivirtual.co.uk/), sole proprietors, small business
owners and companies of any size or kind can afford professional, trained
telephone answering support, the help of an assistant and the official
address and suite of communications all growing businesses deserve. Davinci
has assembled vast resources-technology, solutions and talent
pool-specifically to meet the needs of modern professionals.
Bizspace is one of the UK's leading providers of managed workspace,
offering flexible property licensing or leasing solutions to the SME market.
The company provides a range of flexible accommodation solutions for
businesses requiring serviced, conventional and virtual office; studios;
workshops, industrial workspace; storage and self-storage facilities;
mailboxes and meeting rooms.
Bizspace currently owns and operates 110 business centres in England and
Scotland and is part of the Highcross Group.
Colin Peck in the Davinci press office on +44(0)7802-606433,
Steve Golding, Davinci Virtual Offices on +44(0)207-084-6222
Gregg Sheen, Bizspace Ltd on +44(0)208-371-7180,
Source: Davinci Virtual UK
Media Contacts: Colin Peck in the Davinci press office on +44(0)7802-606433,
email: email@example.com; Steve Golding, Davinci Virtual Offices on +44(0)207-084-6222; Gregg Sheen, Bizspace Ltd on +44(0)208-371-7180, firstname.lastname@example.org
GWAVA Expands GWAVACon 2011 with Announcement of Novell BrainShare Postponement
Discount Price Extended and Sessions to be Expanded
MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- GWAVA announced today that it will expand its session offerings at its GWAVACon 2011 technology conference to be held in Torrance, California January 23-25. With that announcement, Novell experts are encouraged to submit session papers directly to GWAVA for consideration.
"GWAVA has always had a large presence at BrainShare. With Novell's announcement to postpone BrainShare, we have decided to open GWAVACon to a wider audience and accept session submissions," says Richard Bliss, Senior Vice President of Marketing Worldwide for GWAVA. "GWAVACon is great place for Novell customers and partners alike to meet and discuss plans for the future as well as learning about new technology. We want to make sure that everyone can receive the timely information that they would normally receive at BrainShare here at GWAVACon in January."
GWAVA has also announced that it will extend its price discount, which was due to expire today, until the end of the month. The price to attend the 3-day conference is $595 until December 31st. After the end of December, the price will return to $895.
GWAVACon is the largest independent Novell technology conference. Attendees can enjoy face-to-face learning and one-on-one opportunities to meet with IT professionals and industry gurus alike.
GWAVA is a worldwide leader in messaging security and archiving with strategic relationships with Microsoft, Novell, Kaspersky, Verizon Wireless and Research in Motion. Over 15 million users in 60 different countries use GWAVA solutions. GWAVA has offices in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Australia and maintains a network of hundreds of authorized partners. Information on GWAVA can be found at http://www.gwava.com.
Note: All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
CONTACT: The Americas and Asia Pacific, Christina Bliss, GWAVA Inc. Headquarters, 1-866-GO-GWAVA, ext. 302, email@example.com, or EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa), Christian Heselhaus, GWAVA EMEA GmbH, +49 2561 30249 100, Christian.Heselhaus@gwava.eu
China All Access's Satellite Mobile Communication System Provides Another Successful Innovation and Application of Technology to Radio Management
HONG KONG, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China All Access (Holdings)
Limited ("China All Access" or the "Company", HKEx stock code: 633), an
integrated information communication application solution provider and
application service provider in the PRC, announced that it has received new
orders from radio regulators in the Fujian and Hebei provinces for its
satellite mobile communication system recently, which has been delivered and
in use. This represents another successful innovation and application of
technology to radio management.
The satellite mobile communication system, which was adopted by Shanghai's
radio regulator for its large-scale mobile radio monitoring station and used
in the Shanghai World Expo, has been ordered by related authorities in the
Fujian and Hebei provinces recently. This proves the Company's leading
position in radio management, strengthens its business in both technology
innovation and application and facilitates its promotion to similar government
bodies across the country in a bid to increase market share.
Mr. Shao Kwok Keung, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of
China All Access, said, "As we step into a new era of the mobile broadband
network and internet of things, radio monitoring and management play an
important role in the order of radio communication and relate closely to our
daily life by bringing convenience to our communication. With this great
opportunity, we will continue to develop new products in this area to meet
changing needs. We believe that there is much room for our development as the
satellite mobile communication system is further promoted and applied to other
About China All Access
China All Access is engaged in providing application solutions and
application services for public safety, city emergency communication and city
integrated management purposes for governmental departments or agencies,
public utilities institutions and business enterprises. The core module of the
Company's integration application platform is called "ALL ACCESS platform". It
acts as a centralized data processing unit, where data received through
connections from different application solutions are processed and transmitted
in different mode depending on the users' different needs. The Group's
application solutions are mainly divided into three categories: satellite
communication application solutions, wireless data communication application
solutions and call centre application solutions. In addition, the Group also
sells and distributes terminal equipment. Besides, China All Access was
successfully listed on the Main Board of Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited
on 16 September 2010 with stock code 633.
Fax: +852 3150 6728
SOURCE China All Access (Holdings) Limited
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Now Manage Your Cloud Backup Remotely with IDrive Online Backup
CALABASAS, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading online backup service IDrive (http://www.idrive.com) recently announced a comprehensive web based management utility to add to its feature set. This lets users directly edit their backup sets (a collection of files/folders that are required for backup) and set scheduling parameters including frequency and notification. Users are now in control of their critical backup activities even on the go.
"A Family Pack user can administer the backup of multiple PCs remotely, or a Business account user can administer backups for computers offsite from a central console via web from anywhere. A growing number of our users have expressed a need to manage their scheduled backup jobs from a remote location. This addition addresses this requirement," says Jayram K, Project Lead at IDrive.
Integrating web based controls into the backup desktop application will extend the usability of IDrive. This will enable centralized control and Management of online backup for an entire branch office or multiple departments from anywhere.
"Web based backup management has been a premium enterprise class feature available only with the high end online backup product offerings. With this feature addition, we bring a cost effective enterprise class feature to the consumer and SMB market," says Raghu Kulkarni, CEO at Pro Softnet Corp.
IDrive recently increased its free storage to 5GB. Paid plans include a Pro plan at $4.95/month for 150GB storage, and a Family Pack plan at $14.95 for 500GB of storage with 5 PCs. IDrive also boasts of the most cost effective business backup options with plans starting at $9.95/month for 50GB of storage supporting multiple PCs. IDrive is the market leader in smart phone backup with its IDrive Lite (http://www.idrive.com/idrive-lite) service.
IDrive (http://www.idrive.com), a service of Pro Softnet Corp., is one of the leading services in the field of online backup and combined with IBackup (http://www.ibackup.com) offers one of the most popular online backup services for both Windows and Mac. PC World recently named it as one of the Best 101 Freebee products. The technology behind IDrive has received many accolades, the latest being Best of the Bunch rated by PC World, the PC Magazine Editor's Choice pick and the PC Pro award winner.
CONTACT: Shweta Sachdeva, +1-818-251-4200, ext. 107, firstname.lastname@example.org, for IDrive
YAWMA Launches New Service, Groupees, Viral-Fueled Flash Sales on Entertainment Products
Facebook Discovery and Sharing Platform Now Offers GroupOn-Like Deals for Music, Games and Other Entertainment Products
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- YAWMA, an online community and marketplace for indie music and games, today announced a new service, Groupees, that will offer flash sales (12-, 24- and 48-hour) on premier entertainment products. Groupees can be found at http://groupees.yawma.net.
"We view Groupees as a logical extension of our online store and Facebook App," said YAWMA's Founder, Thomas Brooke. "We're all about creating viral awareness of high-quality new music and games. Building on top of that basic platform the capability of offering great deals on highly desirable entertainment products, such as brand new releases from top artists, just released games from award-winning developers, and applying the concept of a flash sale, puts YAWMA right where we want to be as a technology and thought leader in introducing new social media-focused business and distribution models for the entertainment industry."
As Brooke described, the Groupees service would be reserved for "objects of desire" in entertainment that could be offered using variable promotional programs including Pay What You Want payments, charitable giving, cross-promotional bundles and custom virtual giveaways.
"By leveraging the YAWMA platform and its deep integration with Facebook and Twitter," Brooke explained, "and using a highly configurable SaaS-based model, we feel that we can offer the entertainment industry the same kind of viral promotional engine that GroupOn has created for basic local retailers."
The first Groupees will be a YAWMA-produced one, the Giving Game + Music Bundle, a unique 7-day promotion where top indie music and games are bundled together with 25% of net proceeds going to 3 different charities.
"For our promotion, we've assembled a really stellar lineup of top indie talent for both music and games," explained Lindsay Shutt, YAWMA's Marketing Director. "We have Girl Talk, Twin Sister and Black Moth Super Rainbow on the music side, and Beat Hazard, Max and the Magic Marker and Multiwinia on the game side. And we're not saying anything official, but there just may be a special surprise for Day 7 as well."
YAWMA's Giving Game + Music Bundle promotion kicks off starting Friday, December 17 and runs through December 23, 2010. Child's Play, VH1 Save the Music and St. Jude's Children Hospital are the benefitting charities.
YAWMA is an online marketplace that allows you to discover and share indie music and games through Facebook while earning cash rewards for your participation in our community. It's a small company, with a revolutionary idea: that you should benefit from the value you create online. Find us at http://yawma.net, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/YAWMA, and Twitter@YAWMAmusic.
This press release was issued through eReleases(R). For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at http://www.ereleases.com.
CONTACT: Thomas Brooke, YAWMA, +1-503-819-0414, email@example.com
TriNovus Launches Social Media Solution For Financial Institutions
TriSocial Assist Banks in Foray into Social Media Space
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- TriNovus, LLC (http://www.trinovus.com), a company focused on delivering relevant technology solutions to the financial marketplace, announces the release of TriSocial, a social media solution designed specifically for financial institutions to navigate, create and maintain a presence in the social media space.
With TriSocial, TriNovus will work with financial institutions to setup a social media presence, educate bank staff on social media precautions as well as how the employees can take steps to take to augment the bank's social media efforts, provide content suggestions, deliver policies and procedures that help to ensure bank compliance with regulatory requirements and help the bank to monitor and maintain the integrity of its brand.
David Brasfield, CEO of TriNovus believes that most community financial institutions are not utilizing the social media space to connect with consumers, either because they don't know where to start, or because they are concerned about regulatory ramifications. TriSocial introduces banks to the realm of social media in a non-threatening way because the tool is delivered to them by a company who not only understands social media, but also understands the world of community bank compliance.
"TriSocial jumpstarts a financial institution's social media efforts providing content, compliance and continuous monitoring of the institution's brand," said Brasfield.
He added, "Once community financial institutions are comfortable with social media as a marketing channel, I believe they will embrace it as an extremely effective way of reaching consumers."
TriNovus, a Birmingham, Ala.-based company, was founded with the goal of delivering relevant technology solutions to the financial marketplace. The TriNovus product suite currently consists of solutions addressing compliance, stress testing, vendor management and distressed assets. For more information on TriNovus, visit http://www.trinovus.com or contact David Brasfield at 205.991.5636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: David Brasfield, TriNovus
(205) 991-5636 email@example.com
SOURCE TriNovus, LLC
CONTACT: David Brasfield, TriNovus, +1-205-991-5636, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dial91.com Signs Up Its 5,000th Customer for 'Connect with Skype' Feature
BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- "In October we announced that Skype users can now connect to our Dial91.com service instead of using a local access number," says Steve Williams, Dial91's President. "We hoped that hundreds of Skype users would try Dial91 Calling Card Service and remain as a customer, however, we didn't anticipate the overwhelming success of the "Connect with Skype" feature. We are pleased to announce that we signed up over 5,000 new customers with our unique concept. Our next step is to add the "Connect with Skype" feature to our GlobalTel.com platform to enhance services and reduce prices for our International Callback customers.
Williams further noted, "Skype is an international success with over 400 million users. Soon all our calling platforms will be integrated to communicate with Skype's back end connectivity. Our future plans are all based around unique connection to Skype and it's international customer base.
Amar Behura, Dial91's VP of Operations explains how it works: "Dial91.com simply launches Skype to connect to Dial91's calling card platform. Skype users purchase a Dial91.com pin, then enable the SKYPE/PIN FREE feature in the Dial91.com Settings Menu, then add "Skype2Dial91.com" to their Skype Directory. To make a call, launch Skype, click on the Skype2Dial91.com user name. This sends the call seamlessly from Skype to Dial91 which results in a call to India using Dial91 at only US$0.0147 per minute which is lower than Skype's normal rate of US$0.0920.
Dial91.com is a service of Globaltel, is based in Boca Raton, Florida. GlobalTel is a leading provider of low cost International Calling Solutions developing retail international calling services such as Dial91.com, International Callback Services and Callmeback.net Prepaid Callback Service.
Minnesota Twins Perennial All-Star Joe Mauer Returns as Cover Athlete for MLB® 11 The Show(TM), Exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)), PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), and PlayStation®2 Systems
2010 MLB® Gold Glove Catcher Set to Hit Another Home Run for the Latest Installment of the Best-Selling Baseball Game Franchise
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010/PRNewswire/ --Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of the #1 selling and rated baseball video game this generation, MLB® 11 The Show(TM). Gracing the cover of this year's installment of the market leading Major League Baseball® (MLB®) franchise is a familiar face--3-time Gold Glove winner, 2-time Silver Slugger, 3-time American League (AL) batting champion, 2009 American League Most Valuable Player (MVP), and MLB® 10 The Show(TM) cover athlete, Joe Mauer, All-Star catcher for the Minnesota Twins.
Available for the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)),PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) including PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go, and PlayStation®2 systems, MLB 11 The Show is due to arrive in stores on March 8, 2011, just in time for Spring Training. The Show has been and continues to be the highest ranked officially licensed baseball title of this console generation (according to Metacritic.com), delivering true-to-life gameplay, authentic franchise and season modes, and incredible detail not found in any other sports game. MLB 11 The Show builds on what has been delivered in previous franchise releases adding compelling features that bring unparalleled innovation and polish to the sports genre.
"I'm extremely honored to return as the cover athlete for MLB 11 The Show," said Joe Mauer. "Serving as spokesperson for The Show is a thrilling experience, and partnering once again with the best baseball game available was an easy decision and one that I'm very excited about."
"Joe Mauer continues to be a driving force in Major League Baseball as the premier all around player in the game," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "Year in and year out, MLB The Show delivers the best baseball gameplay experience available, truly in a class of its own, so I could not think of a more worthy ambassador to once again represent the highest rated, best selling baseball video game franchise of all time."
In his breakout 2006 season, Mauer became the first catcher in Major League history to lead both leagues in batting average and the first American League catcher to win the batting title, finishing with a .347 average. In 2008, he showed off his versatility by winning his first Gold Glove Award, but still impressed at the plate becoming the first American League catcher to win the batting title twice, leading the AL with an average of .328. In 2009, Mauer became the first catcher to lead the Major Leagues in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage in a single year--his .365 average is the all-time highest mark among catchers in MLB history. He also won his second consecutive Gold Glove, followed by a near-unanimous win for the American League MVP crown, only the second catcher in 33 years to win the coveted award. In 2010, Mauer captured his third Gold Glove, recorded his 1,000th career Major League hit, and finished third in the AL with a .327 batting average, while his 43 doubles rank second on baseball's all-time list for doubles by a catcher.
MLB 11 The Show is the second baseball video game cover for Mauer, as he was the face of the franchise in 2010. He follows an elite cast of MLB cover athletes and spokespersons to represent the franchise including Red Sox second baseman and 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, and New York Mets third baseman David Wright. As the latest representative of SCEA's baseball series and ambassador of MLB 11 The Show, Mauer's duties include participation in the game's motion capture process, A.I. consultation, integration into all facets of the marketing campaign, and spokesperson for the franchise.
As Mauer continues to establish himself as one of the most talented individuals to play the game, MLB 11 The Show also continues to build upon an already stellar reputation for immersion and unparalleled delivery of the baseball experience. With various new key features and enhancements to the critically acclaimed title, MLB 11 The Show is poised to continue the franchise's reign as the premier MLB licensed game on any platform.
Leading off on our new features set for PS3 is the addition of the Pure Analog Control System, which includes analog controls for hitting, pitching, and throwing adding more precision and accuracy to all three disciplines. Pure Hitting allows you to stride and swing using the Right Analog Stick, Pure Pitching functionality incorporates a new Pitch Meter when setting strength and location, and Pure Throwing can be used to make defensive throws by simply pointing the Right Analog Stick in the direction of the base, also allowing for fake throws to keep runners honest.
Next up is the newly added Co-op Mode, which allows up to four-player offline or online cooperative play where sports gamers can split duties covering either the infield or outfield, while also switching off at the plate or choosing the specific batters they'd like to control. Users can play 1 vs. 2, 2 vs. 2, or 2 vs. CPU. Also adding to the competitive fire is MLB 11 The Show's Challenge of the Week--a quick, fast paced 2-3 minute, 1-player, online experience, with leader boards and prizes awarded, in 3 tiers.
The fifth generation of Road to the Show returns in version 5.0 bringing a new interactive slider set to the Create Player process, new training modes triggered by the Player Performance Evaluator, Minor League substitution logic improvements, advancement system improvements that now compare your stats versus your competition in the organization, and the new No Assist Fielding option to make the fielding experience even more realistic.
New to the MLB 11 The Show broadcast booth is former Dodger first baseman Eric Karros who joins franchise veterans Matt Vasgersian and Dave Campbell to complete the three man crew. Karros currently works as a color commentator for baseball on the FOX network as well as KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where he does the pre-game show for Dodger games.
Additional new features for the PS3 game include stereoscopic 3D functionality in all gameplay modes, a customizable camera editor, stadium specific broadcast camera angles for all 30 MLB teams, new weather elements in the form of rain and dynamic cloud coverage, stadium specific jumbotrons and fireworks, and PlayStation Move motion controller support making its debut in Home Run Derby®.
To coincide with our launch on March 8, a new DUALSHOCK®3 - MLB®11 The Show Edition will be available at retailers nationwide. Available for $54.99 (MSRP) for a limited time, the newest addition to the DUALSHOCK 3 family is perfect for baseball fans and provides the same motion-sensing technology, vibration support, and comfortable grip gamers are already familiar with.
For fans who want to take The Show on the road, MLB 11 The Show for the PSP and PSPgo systems delivers big baseball action in the palm of your hand by utilizing core gameplay features found in the PS3 system version. MLB 11 The Show will also be available for PlayStation 2, providing the same authentic baseball experience that fans have come to expect from The Show.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating for MLB 11 The Show is "RP" for "Rating Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® systems, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP, PSPgo and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
Austin Music Weekly Announces Launch of Free Online Music Archive
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin Music Weekly is excited to announce the launch of its free online music archive, http://www.austinmusicweekly.com. Site users can sign up for free memberships to access a diverse range of audio and video recordings of local Austin bands recorded live in Austin venues. Members are encouraged to share the music they discover on the site with their friends through commonly used social media networks. The site promises to remain free for users and will direct 50 percent of all profits to the bands.
The website describes its dedicated team as "a small crew of dedicated music nuts," "homegrown in Austin, Texas" and "passionate about bringing new music to new ears." Harnessing the organics of local music and the power of the social web, Austin Music Weekly is filling an online gap for music fans - in Austin and around the world - as well as local bands.
Artists interested in having one or more of their shows covered by Austin Music Weekly should email email@example.com for details and scheduling. Venues interested in having Austin Music Weekly cover their shows should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. General inquiries about Austin Music Weekly may be directed to email@example.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Ashley Whelan by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Austin Music Weekly
Austin Music Weekly is a free online archive of high quality recordings of local Austin bands playing live in local Austin venues. To sign up for free access to dozens of local acts, visit http://www.austinmusicweekly.com.
SOURCE Austin Music Weekly
Austin Music Weekly
CONTACT: General, email@example.com, Media, Ashley Whelan of Austin Music Weekly, +1-512-360-8777, firstname.lastname@example.org
More Wireless Data and Call Capacity Activated for Santa Clarita, California
Verizon Wireless adds capacity to cell sites to stay ahead of demand for calls, e-mail, text and web surfing
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Even more Los Angeles County residents, businesses and visitors can now enjoy improved high-speed wireless data and voice connections in eastern Santa Clarita around the junction of Soledad Canyon and Whites Canyon Roads thanks to recent Verizon Wireless network upgrades. Hundreds of upgrades since December 2009 have increased the company's 3G data and voice capacity by nearly thirty percent in Southern California. The increased capacity means more users are empowered to surf the web, download applications and content, and exchange e-mail and other messages.
"People expect their cell phones and wireless devices to work whenever and wherever they need them," said Bill D'Agostino, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless in Southern California. "That's why we continue to invest in our network. By meeting the growing demand for data services on our network, we empower each of our customers to Rule the Air in their own unique, individual way."
Businesses can tap into the power of Mobile Broadband
Mobile Broadband allows users to connect to the Internet wirelessly to download applications, business documents and music, as well as accessing e-mail and corporate data while on the go. Small business owners interested in Mobile Broadband can visit http://tinyurl.com/392334gwhere they can:
-- Watch videos about how mobile technologies can improve business results
-- Check out case studies and articles on business strategies to become
-- Learn about the latest promotions and discounts for small businesses
-- Read white papers about wireless security and connectivity options for
4G LTE services
Verizon Wireless launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas. In the Los Angeles area, 4G LTE coverage extends north to Pasadena, east to Chino, south to San Clemente and west to Woodland Hills. In the San Diego area, 4G LTE coverage extends north to Del Mar and Poway, east to Lakeside and south to Imperial Beach.
The company's ongoing aggressive network build includes launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, including 60 airports, covering more than 110 million people. The company will cover virtually all its current nationwide 3G footprint with the 4G network by the end of 2013.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Ken Muche of Verizon Wireless, +1-949-286-8193, Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.Com
Callaway Digital Arts and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Bring Martha Stewart Makes Cookies to iPhone and iPod Touch
Free Martha Stewart Makes Cookies Lite for iPad also debuts in Apple App Store
NEW YORK,Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Digital Arts (http://www.callaway.com), interactive publisher of premium children's and lifestyle applications for the iPad, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (NYSE: MSO) today announced that the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies application is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for $2.99 in Apple's App Store. The app provides home bakers with all the inspiration, information, tools, and functionality they need, including 50 recipes, shopping lists, "how-to" videos, and techniques. Additionally, a free version of Martha Stewart Makes Cookies for iPad is now also available in the App Store.
Already a hit on iPad, the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app brings together the beautiful design, trusted recipes, and culinary "how-to" expertise that are hallmarks of the Martha Stewart brand along with the cutting-edge functionality and innovation that has distinguished Callaway's digital media offerings. This is the first of several apps that MSLO and Callaway are developing together.
"Whether you're an accomplished baker or someone who is first learning the baking basics, Martha Stewart Makes Cookies is a fabulous app that is fun and easy-to-use," said Martha Stewart, Founder of MSLO. "I'm especially happy that our innovative new app is now available on the iPhone and iPod Touch, just in time for the holidays when so many of us are celebrating the season by baking cookies for friends and family!"
"Martha Stewart Makes Cookies was an immediate bestseller on the iPad, and now bakers experienced and new can bring Martha Stewart's iconic cookies into their homes with their iPhones as well," said Callaway Digital Arts Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Nicholas Callaway. "Clear instructions, gorgeous photographs, and state-of-the-art technology combine to create an app that truly sets the standard for cookbooks in the digital age."
Features of the iPhone and iPod Touch app include:
-- A visual "cookie runway" that allows users to search through all of the
app's 50 recipes
-- Shopping lists that can be emailed
-- Ability to share favorite cookies via e-mail or Facebook
-- Sumptuous photographs of all kinds of cookies
-- Baking tips and techniques
-- 11 easy-to-follow "how-to" videos
-- A glossary of tools for mixing, baking, and decorating
-- Links directly to macys.com, where users can purchase necessary
equipment and more
Martha Stewart Makes Cookies Lite for iPad is also now available in the Apple App Store. This free app lets users explore the "cookie runway" and enjoy eight of Martha Stewart's signature cookies with fully functional recipes and features from the original app.
Martha Stewart Makes Cookies is both a baking resource and a cookie gift guide for the holiday baker. The app is expected to be updated with 25 additional recipes in January, just in time for Valentine's Day.
In addition to its partnership with MSLO and its successful launch of Martha Stewart Makes Cookies for iPad, Callaway Digital Arts is known for its enormously successful applications based on the Miss Spider series of children's books, Miss Spider's Tea Party (for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) and Miss Spider's Bedtime Story (for the iPad). Callaway's in-house production studio brings talented storytellers, digital artists, and interactive designers together to create unforgettable apps for people of all ages.
About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses four magazines, including the company's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO's multimedia library, search and find capabilities, recipes, online workshops, community and personalization, as well as wedding-planning tools powered by WeddingWire and digital invitations with pingg.com. The Broadcasting segment produces the Emmy-winning, daily television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and other original programming on Hallmark Channel, including "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn" and "Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer." Broadcasting also encompasses Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS channel 112 and XM channel 157 as part of "The Best of SIRIUS." In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Michaels and independent retailers, the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart and more. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit http://www.marthastewart.com.
About Callaway Digital Arts
Callaway Digital Arts (CDA) publishes premium lifestyle and children's applications for Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod family of products. CDA's in-house studio brings talented storytellers and digital artists together to create high-quality applications that leave a lasting impression on people of all ages. Funded by the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund, CDA's apps include Martha Stewart Makes Cookies, Miss Spider's Tea Party, and Miss Spider's Bedtime Story, and (RED): The Lazarus Effect. For more information about CDA, visit http://www.callaway.com.
SOURCE Callaway Digital Arts
Callaway Digital Arts
CONTACT: Katherine Madariaga, +1-415-593-1400, Katherine(at)atomicpr.com, for Callaway Digital Arts; or Katherine Nash of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., +1-212-827-8722, Knash(at)marthastewart.com
Is That You, Santa Claus? Verizon Business Teams Up With NORAD to Track His Global Trip on Christmas Eve
Verizon Business Volunteers and Toll-Free Hotline Continue to Answer the Call Connecting Children With Santa-Tracking Team
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- From Paris, France, to Paris, Texas, finding Santa Claus on Christmas Eve will be as easy as making a phone call.
Verizon Business will team with the North American Aerospace Defense Command to provide and answer the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline so children of all ages can follow Santa Claus' trip around the globe.
Starting Dec. 24 at 2 a.m. Mountain Time, to 3 a.m. on Dec. 25, children across the U.S. and Canada can call 1-877-HI-NORAD to determine Santa's exact location. (Callers outside North America can reach the hotline by dialing the local Colorado Springs number at 719-556-5211, using the appropriate country code. International charges can apply.)
In 2009, more than 74,000 calls were answered at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base.
This year, more than 1,200 volunteers representing military personnel from Colorado Springs, their families and friends, and NORAD Tracks Santa corporate sponsor team members -- including members from Verizon Business -- will be manning the NORAD Santa tracking hotline to inform children of Santa's whereabouts during his yuletide journey.
Children, their parents and the young-at-heart also can visit the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site (http://www.noradsanta.org), which provides real-time information on Santa's exact location. The information is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese -- along with radar maps and streaming "SantaCam'' video images from cities along Santa's journey.
Santa also can be tracked through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and TroopTube.tv.
"The tradition of NORAD tracking Santa has evolved over the years - expanding to a website and adding social media bells and whistles," said Jamie Graybeal, NORAD's deputy chief of staff, communications. "But the Santa hotline remains at the heart of our efforts to make it possible for the children to call NORAD to speak to a live operator to find out where Santa is on Christmas Eve."
This marks the 55th year that NORAD, the binational U.S. and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of both countries, has tracked Santa around the globe. The tradition started by accident in 1955 after a local newspaper misprint prompted children to call the Continental Air Defense Command (NORAD's predecessor) instead of a special Santa hotline phone number.
After hearing youngsters ask if they could speak to Santa, the colonel on duty at the time told the children he could see Santa on the radar screens, heading south from the North Pole - and a tradition was born.
"We are proud to do our part and donate time and network resources to a tradition that warms the hearts of children at Christmastime," said Susan Zeleniak, group president, Verizon Federal. "Helping NORAD track Santa reflects Verizon's commitment to helping people stay connected around the world.''
About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees-- enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments -- including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions -- rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at http://www.verizonbusiness.com.
VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.
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Vimeo Video School Launches as a Free, Fun and Easy Way to Help People Make Better Videos
Over 800 Lessons, Tips, and Tutorials are Available for the Beginner or Advanced Video Maker
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Online video sharing site Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today launched Vimeo Video School, a free online educational initiative to help people of all skill-sets make better videos.
Vimeo Video School includes 'Video 101', a series of originally produced videos for beginners that covers step-by-step instructions on choosing the right camera, shooting tips and simple editing techniques. The site also covers popular subjects such as how to shoot video with the increasingly popular HD DSLR cameras through an informative and light-hearted eight-video series called 'DSLR Basics' with renowned videographer Philip Bloom.
At the center of the Video School experience are the internally-developed Lessons. Lessons are short, simple-to-follow tutorials created to support and to inform people on a wide range of video-related topics. By combining videos, written explanations, photos, relevant external links and an appropriate dose of humor, Lessons provide a more informative and detailed set of instructions that people can follow and then put into practice. Each Lesson ends with a Lesson challenge, giving the opportunity to practice the newly learned subject with other like-minded members in Vimeo's well-known and supportive community. Basic to advanced Lessons can be found on a broad set of topics and new Lessons will be introduced regularly on the site every week. Now, anyone that has ever watched an amazing timelapse video and thought "I wish I knew how to do that," can visit the How to Make a Timelapse Lesson in Vimeo Video school and learn how today.
Additionally, the Vimeo staff has selected hundreds of user-generated video tutorials created by Vimeo members and organized them into easy-to-find categories. Users can browse through tutorials to find those that best fit their level of experience and areas of interest. Tutorials span categories of lighting, sound, gear, etc.
"Vimeo has an amazing community of members who enjoy sharing their knowledge to help each other reach the next level, whatever that level might be," explained Dae Mellencamp, General Manager, Vimeo. "With Vimeo Video School we have created a structured extension of what our community members have done for one another for years - teach and share best practices."
"Vimeo Video School is the next step in our continued commitment to provide a platform for people to learn from and inspire each other," said Blake Whitman, Director of Community and Product for Vimeo "By aggregating well-produced tutorials made by our members as well as creating light-hearted and informative Lessons ourselves, we are making the process of creating videos easy and fun."
About Vimeo, LLC
Leading video sharing site Vimeo® provides the easiest way for people to host and share their videos in high quality. The site provides great privacy features and inspiring videos from a vibrant, respectful community of creative users who care about how and where they show their work. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in New York, NY, Vimeo offers users a video sharing experience that is both entertaining and easy to use. Vimeo is a 2010 & 2009 Time Magazine Top 50 Website. Vimeo, LLC is a subsidiary of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway to Add Video Electronic Roulette Thursday, December 16
YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, already featuring 5,300 slot machines, continues to enhance the gaming experience for its players, with the addition of Electronic Roulette video gaming machines, it was announced by casino President Timothy J. Rooney. Empire City is the third casino in New York to offer these exciting new games.
The introduction of the widely popular electronic roulette to the Metropolitan area for the first time is scheduled for today (Thursday, December 16), and the machines are expected to be up-and-running late in the day. Additional tables will be added next year. Additional video gaming table machines such as Baccarat and Craps will potentially follow in 2011.
"Empire City presents the very best in gaming for our players, and the addition of Electronic Roulette adds an exciting new dimension to the experience," said Rooney. "Our returning patrons and new players are sure to share the excitement."
The new games come from IGT's M-P SeriesTM multi-player suite and the Vegas Star series from Shuffle Master, Inc. provided by GTECH / Spielo.
Every electronic table game includes a video display and video interface for each player along with a large high-definition LCD game play screen that can be viewed by all players.
Patrons are welcome to experience the new games for themselves from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. weekdays and until 4:00 a.m. on weekends. For information on upcoming promotions and events, visit yonkersraceway.com or call 914-968-4200.
SOURCE Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino
CONTACT: John Cirillo (email@example.com), Jerry Milani (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dan Obermuller (email@example.com) at +1-212-972-5337; Frank Drucker (FDrucker@yonkersraceway.com) and Clare Galterio (CRGalterio@yonkersraceway.com) at +1-914-968-4200
CTB/McGraw-Hill Presents Webinar Series for Development of Next Generation State Assessments
Webinars, Available on the Web, Feature Critical Insights and Timely Information to Support State and Local Assessments
MONTEREY, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- CTB/McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of PreK-12 and adult education assessments, today announced the completion of a webinar series designed to provide technical advice and design guidance for the development of state and local assessment programs. The webinar series, titled Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessments, focused on assessment relative to the Common Core State Standards, monitoring growth toward college and career readiness, and targeting content areas, skills, and cognitive processes demanded by the new standards in English language arts and mathematics.
Archived versions of each webinar are available at CTB.com/AssessmentWebinar. Presentation slides also are available for downloading.
"The role of state and local assessment in the teaching-learning process is evolving rapidly as the result of important initiatives such as Common Core State Standards, which pose some challenges to states as they redesign their assessment programs to meet new requirements," said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. "CTB offered the webinar series to bring together the best minds in the assessment field, to evaluate and discuss the implications to state assessment programs. These topical seminars, with input from CTB research professionals and state assessment experts from across the country, will help educators understand these challenges and develop the next generation of assessment programs."
The Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessments webinar series comprised presentations, commentaries, and examples, each targeting a specific aspect of assessment practice and technology. Webinars also addressed psychometric and other considerations that experts envision for the next generation of state assessment programs. Each webinar consisted of a 30 minute presentation by a recognized national expert, followed by 15 minutes of commentary by other educational professionals such as assessment program staff from various states. Each session concluded with 15 minutes of participant Q and A. Nine webinar sessions were included in the series:
1. Overview on Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State
2. Assessing Mathematics Learning and Growth in the Next Generation of State
3. Assessing Learning and Growth in the Reading Common Core Standards for
the Next Generation of State Assessments
4. Psychometric Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges for the Next
Generation of Assessments
5. Computer-Adaptive Testing and Automated Test Assembly in the Next
Generation of State Assessments
6. Assessing the Common Core State Standards in Writing, Listening, and
Speaking in the Next Generation of State Assessments
7. Capitalizing on Technology to Assess Student Cognition and Learning in
8. Current and Needed Vendor Capabilities to Support the Next Generation of
9. Bonus Session: Classroom Formative Assessment and Learning Progressions
CTB will continue working with its state partners and the assessment consortia to develop and refine the assessment approaches, methods, and technologies that will define the next generation of state assessment programs.
CTB/McGraw-Hill has an 85-year record of innovation and excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and in 46 countries. One of the first American publishers to introduce objective, standardized achievement tests to schools, today CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment. Dedicated to advancing the use of student performance data to inform instructional decision-making, CTB/McGraw-Hill's innovation continues today with technologies that include Web-based assessment and reporting, student response device (clicker) software, and artificial intelligence for automated scoring of student essays. CTB/McGraw-Hill is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP). McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. For more information, visit CTB.com.
Paging Loudspeakers Recalled By TOA Electronics Due to Risk of Impact Injury
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Importer: TOA Electronics Inc., of Burlingame, Calif.
Hazard: The speaker housing can crack at the mounting bracket, causing the speakers to fall from their mounting. This poses a risk of injury from impact to consumers. Higher failure rates have occurred in high temperature and humidity environments.
Incidents/Injuries: TOA has received 18 reports of speakers falling in Japan. No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States.
Description: This recall involves TOA paging horn speakers in the SC series. The speakers have "Paging Horn Speaker," the TOA logo and model and production information printed on the back. Models included in the recall are:
Model Number Manufacture Dates
SC-610T 08F through 08K
SC-615 08B through 08K
SC-630 08I through 08K
SC-630T 08F through 08K
Year Month Manufacture Date
2008 June 08F
Sold by: Audio retailers nationwide from March 2008 through December 2009 for between $70 and $130.
Manufactured in: Indonesia
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and take down any mounted speakers. Consumers can contact TOA directly or their local TOA dealer for instructions on receiving a free replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TOA at (800) 733-4750 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at http://www.toaelectronics.com. Consumers can also email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
Epson Adds Two WUXGA Resolution, High-Bright Professional Projectors to PowerLite Pro G-Series Line
High-Definition Epson PowerLite Pro G5450WUNL and G5750WUNL Deliver up to 4,500 Lumens
LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide(1), today added two additional high-definition models to the PowerLite Pro G-series installation projector line - the PowerLite Pro G5450WUNL and G5750WUNL. Designed for medium to large custom installations in corporations, higher-education, and houses of worship, these full-featured, professional projectors include a wide range of cutting edge technologies and collaboration features.
"Ideal for creative, defense, engineering, and medical industries, the addition of these two WUXGA resolution models perfectly rounds out the Epson PowerLite Pro G-Series line to deliver true high-definition quality," said Sean Gunduz, product manager, Projectors, Epson America. "In addition, these models deliver cutting-edge technology with improved image quality, reliability, and networking advancements that are necessary for high-end installations."
The PowerLite Pro G5450WUNL and G5750WUNL are WUXGA projectors, delivering 1920 x 1200 native resolution and high-quality widescreen images. The PowerLite Pro G5450WUNL offers 4,000 lumens of color and white light output(2) and the PowerLite Pro G5750WUNL offers 4,500 lumens of color and white light output.
Image Quality Features
The Epson PowerLite Pro G5450WUNL and G5750WUNL offer several features to meet the needs of today's installers, including top-of-the-line reliability, durability and color performance. Additional benefits include:
-- C2Fine Technology: Along with advanced vertical alignment technology,
provides high contrast for deeper blacks and vivid images
-- DICOM Simulation Mode(3): Specialized imaging uses standardized
grayscale to reproduce medical images, such as x-rays, for medical
training and education
-- Six-Axis Color Adjustment: Allows users to customize colors by adjusting
the hue, saturation, and brightness of RGBCMY (red, green, blue, cyan,
magenta, yellow) for special projection materials such as high-quality
photographs or artwork
-- Advanced Sharpness: Allows users to adjust sharpness more precisely for
thin, thick, vertical, and horizontal line enhancements
-- Test Patterns: Four new test patterns are included for different
applications to make setup and image customization easy
Other Advanced Features on the PowerLite Pro G-Series:
These new models also offer advanced features and functionality for high-end custom installation scenarios, including:
-- Split Screen: Gives presentation flexibility with two side-by-side
windows and three layout options; video and presentation materials run
simultaneously for added convenience
-- Multi-PC Projection: Allows up to four computers to simultaneously
project via the network with a four-way split-screen; another 12
computers can be in stand-by for amazing collaboration flexibility
-- Monitor and Control: Epson Easy Management® allows for network
monitoring, maintenance scheduling, and email alerts to be sent via LAN
-- Crestron RoomView Enabled: Extends ROI for users who have already
invested in Crestron RoomView to control and manage Epson projectors
over a network, without the need of an A/V control box
-- Network Content Distribution: Epson EasyMP® allows content to be sent
over IP remotely, either wired or wirelessly with optional wireless
module, including broadcast messages and presentations with both video
-- Advanced Connectivity: Includes two digital inputs, HDMI and DVI-D, a
computer VGA port, two audio-in, USB, Hardwire remote, five BNC, Monitor
Out, RS-232, and optional Quick-Connect Wireless
-- Web Remote Control: Allows basic projector functions to be controlled
via a computer on the LAN instead of, or in addition to, using the
projector remote control
These new projectors offer the same advanced features as all PowerLite Pro G-series units, including 3LCD, 3-chip technology, closed captioning, functional design elements including simple lamp and air filter replacement, optional wireless, digital connectivity with HDMI and DVI-D, centered lens design, an impressive range of horizontal and vertical lens shift, Quick Corner® for easy image positioning, off-axis tilt function for installation flexibility, and five optional lenses including a rear-projection lens.
Availability and Support
The PowerLite Pro G5450WUNL ($3,999*) and Pro G5750WUNL ($4,999*) will be available in January 2011 through pro audio/visual dealers. Epson's PowerLite Pro projectors come with a three-year limited warranty that includes two elite technical support services - Epson PrivateLine® phone support where projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line by using a phone card that is included with the product, and a Road Service projector replacement program that includes projector exchange in one business day. For additional information about the new PowerLite Pro projectors, visit http://www.epson.com/projectors.
About Epson America
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a wide lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 80,000 employees in 102 companies around the world. Epson is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria, for the third year in a row. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: http://www.Epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).
* Estimated street price with a standard lens
(1) Based upon Q3 2010 worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates
(2) White and color light output will vary depending on mode selected. White light output measured using ISO 21118 standard.
(3) This projector does not meet the DICOM standard Part 14 and should not be used as a medical diagnostic device
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CONTACT: Duane Brozek of Epson America, Inc., +1-562-290-5683, Duane_Brozek@ea.epson.com; or Jane Fainer of Walt & Company, +1-408-369-7200, ext. 1052, email@example.com, for Epson America
Adaptive Payments and CardinalCommerce Partner to Bring Secure PIN Debit Processing to Internet and Mobile Commerce Merchants
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. and MENTOR, Ohio, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptive Payments (http://www.adaptivepayments.com), provider of the first dual channel authentication platform for card-not-present PIN debit transactions, and CardinalCommerce, the leading worldwide enabler of payment brands, today announced the integration between the two platforms to facilitate the delivery of Adaptive Payments' secure payment authentication services for e-commerce sales. Adaptive Payments' e-commerce checkout product will be delivered as part of the Universal PIN Debit Service (UPDS), which will be available to merchants that use the Cardinal Centinel® Universal Merchant Platform. Cardinal Centinel is already used by thousands of Internet and mobile commerce merchants, and is the industry standard to support traditional 3D-Secure payment brands and secures Alternative Payment brands.
Adaptive Payments enables easy, safe, secure and authenticated transactions to occur using the cardholder's PIN to authenticate transactions. All Adaptive Payments' solutions feature 5DSecure(TM) Five Factor Authentication and use two unique channels for authentication. This first-of-its-kind approach dramatically enhances payment security and consumer confidence at checkout by separating sales and customer data entered online from PIN and/or other authentication data acquired through the customer's mobile or land line phone.
Adaptive Payments and CardinalCommerce will make it easy for merchants that use Cardinal Centinel to utilize Adaptive Payments' secure payment authentication technology for online PIN debit transactions. Any merchant that uses Cardinal Centinel will be able to take advantage of Adaptive Payments' 5DSecure e-commerce checkout product. There is no new equipment for merchants to buy, no consumer or merchant enrollment required and no new number or code for consumers to track and memorize.
"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with CardinalCommerce, a leader in e-commerce and mobile commerce, to provide secure authentication for PIN debit transactions to thousands of internet merchants," said Shashi Kapur, Adaptive Payments Chief Executive Officer. "The simple plug-and-play approach enabled by integrating Adaptive Payments' 5DSecure technology with CardinalCommerce's UPDS is seamless for merchants and consumers and presents a compelling value proposition by lowering the cost of payment card acceptance, reducing fraud and providing peace of mind to consumers, who can trust that their payment information is secure."
"Cardinal continues to achieve its business strategy, to enable and authenticate transactions originating from any place, getting transactions to the right place, in the right way. Cardinal achieves this by leveraging the value of new services and options integrated into our services for our Customers," said Mike Keresman, Chief Executive Officer, CardinalCommerce Corporation. "We are pleased about adding Adaptive Payments' 5DSecure authentication technology to ensure that remote commerce channels are safe and secure. The 5DSecure combination of online and mobile information entry and validation is unique in the marketplace and is very suitable for the payment industry.
"Our technology neutral platform, 2IDENTIFI(TM), has certified more than a dozen technologies and is the most capable and flexible authentication system in the world for financial transactions and information access. We believe that being able to use multiple authentication technologies, even within a given environment, provides better protection by eliminating single points of failure vulnerabilities.
"Cardinal's platform can accommodate virtually any authentication technology and can easily handle version changes and technology enhancements while adding flexible authentication parameters for added strength."
About Adaptive Payments
Based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Adaptive Payments is a payment authentication company that enables easy, safe, secure and authenticated transactions to occur using the cardholder's PIN or other data that is known to the cardholder to authenticate debit and credit transactions. The company has developed payment solutions that serve four vertical markets; Internet sales, money transfer, bill payment and prepaid top up. These products are delivered across the e-commerce, mobile commerce, mail/phone order, call center and brick and mortar channels. All Adaptive Payments' solutions feature 5DSecure(TM) Five Factor Authentication using two unique channels for authentication, separating the sales and personal data from the secure PIN.
CardinalCommerce Corporation is the global leader in enabling authenticated payments, secure transactions, and alternative payment brands for both e-commerce and mobile commerce.
Cardinal Centinel® is authentication software for merchants which enables dozens of traditional and alternative payment brands to connect to a network of thousands of merchants and merchant service providers.
Cardinal's mobile commerce platform, Cardinal MAX(TM), makes it simple for retailers to sell and market products through the mobile channel. Cardinal's proprietary and easily deployable technology provides consumers, merchants, credit/debit card issuers, and processors the ability to conduct authenticated Internet, wireless and mobile transactions safely and securely.
Cardinal's 2IDENTIFI(TM) Platform enables a Financial Institution to authenticate Customers, for eCommerce and mobile transactions using Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode, or for secure access to online banking applications. The complimentary 2IDmobile(TM) solution enables a customer's mobile phone to become a token, creating a strong dynamic one-time use number for authentication, or can deliver the dynamic one-time number.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, with facilities in the United States, Europe, and Africa, Cardinal services a worldwide Customer base. For more information, visit http://www.cardinalcommerce.com
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CONTACT: Ralph A. Bianco, Chief Operating Officer of Adaptive Payments, +1-845-223-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Janet L. Kapostasy, Vice President Financial Institution Services of CardinalCommerce Corporation, 1-877-352-8444, email@example.com
Neustar Introduces One-Day Number Porting Solution for Regional Operators
Industry Leader Launches Number Porting Solution for FCC Compliance
STERLING, Va., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), a leader in providing carriers and enterprises with solutions for sending calls, messages and content across networks worldwide, today announced the availability of its one-day porting turnkey service for small-to-medium-sized operators. This new technology solution, Neustar PortXpress(SM), utilizes an innovative and secure cloud-based architecture that enables operators to reduce the interval for port requests to just one business day, enabling them to meet the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) new one-day number porting requirements by the January 31, 2011, deadline without system modification or new capital investments.
"Organizations and consumers are accustomed to being able to take their telephone numbers with them as they take advantage of marketplace choices," said Steve Edwards, senior vice president, Carrier Services at Neustar. "Neustar's new service makes it even easier for operators to manage these transitions and seamlessly connect their customers."
Edwards added, "Neustar is the industry leader in number porting, processing millions of transactions a month in the US, Canada, Taiwan and Brazil. PortXpress(SM) builds on our strong foundation of number portability and network interconnection experience."
Beginning January 31, 2011, all operators will be required to provide enterprises and consumers with the ability to transfer basic telephone numbers from one operator to another in as little as one business day. PortXpress(SM) allows small-to-medium-sized operators to easily comply with these new guidelines. For regional operators, complying with this regulation could require costly upgrades to their network services and an increase in reporting functions. PortXpress(SM) helps reduce costs and significantly improves time to service by granting operators access to real-time call routing information. It also reduces risk by streamlining simple number porting functionality and ensuring compliance with FCC mandates to avoid potential non-compliance penalties.
PortXpress(SM) provides access to over 400 operators in the United States and continues to expand. It increases operator flexibility and scalability by delivering an always-on service through a Neustar-supported, web-based interface. This dramatically simplified, cost-effective model for number portability is designed to meet FCC requirements and deliver robust reporting capabilities while providing operators with the competitive advantage of speed to market in completing these required services.
Neustar has been a trusted leader in local number portability since its inception. In 1996, Neustar was selected to meet the technical and operation challenges introduced to the communications industry by local number portability.
Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) provides market-leading, innovative services that enable trusted communication across networks, applications and enterprises around the world.To learn more about Neustar, visit http://www.neustar.biz.
VIZIO Unveils 65" Theater 3D(TM) Razor LED(TM) HDTV With Superior 3D Performance and Battery-Free, Comfortable Eyewear
- VIZIO introduces Theater 3D(TM) with their 65" XVT Series Edge Lit Razor LED(TM) LCD HDTV featuring VIZIO Internet Apps(TM)
- Theater 3D technology produces crystal-clear flicker-free 3D that is up to 50% brighter than conventional 3D with one-half the visual crosstalk distortion
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company, announced today the introduction of their new Theater 3D technology with the launch of the 65" Theater 3D(TM) Edge Lit Razor LED(TM) LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps. VIZIO's Theater 3D technology provides a superior alternative to conventional 3D by utilizing battery-free, affordable and lightweight 3D glasses causing less eyestrain than the current "Active Shutter" technology. The 65" XVT3D650SV is VIZIO's largest HDTV ever and is available just in time for the holidays.
VIZIO's Theater 3D technology delivers on the brand promise of "Entertainment Freedom For All" by eliminating the complications and shortcomings of 3D based on Active Shutter technology. Theater 3D technology produces clear, flicker-free 3D images that are noticeably brighter than conventional 3D and eliminates costly and bulky 3D eyewear that requires batteries or charging. This 65" XVT series Theater 3D HDTV brings that cinema-style 3D experience home and with four sets of 3D glasses included, this immersive experience can be shared immediately among family and friends. The Theater 3D glasses will come in multiple styles, require no charging, and are compatible with most movie theaters.
"Our Theater 3D technology is a significant step forward in bringing a high-quality, immersive experience home to consumers," stated Matthew McRae, VIZIO CTO. "The bright and flicker-free images, extremely low crosstalk, and comfortable glasses allow extended viewing of content without the side-effects associated with the first generation of 3D technology. This is increasingly important as more content is released and 3D gaming goes mainstream."
The Best 3D Experience
VIZIO Theater 3D(TM) incorporates circular polarized 3D technology in the TV to deliver a superior 3D experience to Active Shutter and other 3D technologies. Utilizing the same 3D movie standards being used by a majority of local theaters, VIZIO Theater 3D has several performance advantages over conventional active 3D systems. Theater 3D is up to 50% brighter, has one half of the visual crosstalk distortion, handles fast action motion without blurring images, has a wider horizontal viewing angle and has none of the annoying flickering of Active Shutter 3D that may cause eye strain.
By including four pairs of lightweight and comfortable Theater 3D glasses with the TV, VIZIO has eliminated two of the most common objections to 3DTV purchases - the need to wear bulky 3D glasses that require batteries or recharging, and the need to invest in expensive additional 3D glasses after the TV purchase so the entire family can enjoy it together. Two of the four pairs are specially designed to accommodate prescription eyeglass wearers. By incorporating all of the 3D processing into the TV instead of burdening the eyewear as is the case with Active 3D, VIZIO Theater 3D enables users to wear comfortable, eco-friendly battery-free lenses in place of Active Shutter glasses that are not only heavy and awkward to wear, but require recharging and other maintenance.
Support for the Widest Array of 3D Formats
The XVT3D650SV supports the widest selection of 3D formats to ensure compatibility across Blu-ray, broadcast, cable, satellite, and gaming. In addition to the standard formats, VIZIO also supports SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D, the high quality, visually lossless 3D format that enables 3D content to be delivered over 2D infrastructure as well as RealD's patented side-by-side format.
VIZIO's Leading LED Picture Quality
VIZIO's Smart Dimming(TM) technology in this Edge-Lit Razor LED intelligently controls its array of LEDs, which are organized in 32 zones. Working frame by frame, based on the content being displayed, Smart Dimming adjusts brightness in precise steps down to pure black (where the LED is completely off). This cutting edge technology minimizes light leakage, and enables a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 1 Million to 1, for blacker blacks and whiter whites on the same screen.
VIZIO Internet Apps(TM) (VIA)
The XVT3D650SV features the latest VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) Connected HDTV platform. VIA delivers unprecedented choice and control of web-based content directly to the television without the need for a PC or set-top box. Current Apps from top online content and service brands include: Amazon Video On Demand, Facebook, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU and Yahoo! TV Widgets. Additional Apps recently released include Fandango, Yahoo Fantasy Football, NBA Game Time, Wiki TV, My-Cast, MediaBox, TuneIn Radio, Web Videos and iMemories.
Navigating VIA is simple, using a Bluetooth Universal Remote that includes a slide-out QWERTY keypad. State of the art wireless Internet access is available through built-in Dual-Band 802.11n Wi-Fi, allowing viewers to enjoy the convenience of on demand movies, TV shows, social networking, music, photos and more with just the push of a button on the Bluetooth Remote.
To enhance the advanced video technologies of this 65-inch 3D display, the latest high performance audio technologies are provided, thanks to SRS Labs. The XVT3D650SV delivers an immersive, virtual high definition surround sound through SRS TruSurround HD(TM) that creates an immersive feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clearer dialog. In addition, SRS TruVolume(TM) is included - a revolutionary solution that provides a consistent and comfortable volume level while watching TV programming for a more enjoyable multimedia experience.
The XVT3D650SV will be available in December at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club stores and online with a suggested member value of $3,499.99.
VIZIO, Inc., "Entertainment Freedom For All," headquartered in Irvine, California, is America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and was #1 for the total year in 2009. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics. VIZIO's products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Fast Company's 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, CNET's Editor's Choice, PC World's Best Buy and OC Metro's 10 Most Trustworthy Brands among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at http://www.VIZIO.com.
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Meraki Adds Client Location Services to Cloud-Controlled Enterprise Wireless LAN Solution
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Meraki, the cloud-based networking company, today announced the addition of Client Location Services to its cloud-based wireless LAN solution.
Knowing the physical location of mobile assets saves valuable time and money in many environments. In healthcare organizations, costly medical equipment must be tracked down to serve patients and for maintenance. In retail environments, handheld scanners can easily be misplaced, and in offices and classrooms, laptops and iPhones go missing all too frequently. In addition, detailed knowledge of client location can be invaluable to helpdesk personnel for troubleshooting client issues.
Meraki's Client Location Services allows administrators to locate wireless clients quickly and easily, using existing Meraki wireless LAN infrastructure. With Client Location Services, administrators can view the location of wireless clients on a custom floor plan or map. Additionally, Client Location Services includes Google Maps integration for tracking clients in campus or outdoor deployments - administrators can view clients on map, satellite, or hybrid views via a simple toggle. Locations are viewed via Meraki's secure browser-based
Client Location Services integrates seamlessly with Meraki's Client Fingerprinting technology, which dashboard, making Client Location Services ideal for distributed, multi-site, and remotely managed environments enables administrators to identify clients by device name, operating system, etc. An administrator can, for example, locate an individual client by searching for "John's iPhone", or search for "Windows 7" to see the locations of all laptops running Microsoft Windows 7.
"Client Location Services is a powerful new addition to Meraki's wireless LAN," says Slade James, Network Services Supervisor at Coronado Unified School District in California. "The fact that we woke up one morning and found that our network was upgraded with this new capability really hammered home the magic of cloud-based networking. We continue to find new uses for this capability, like tracking down clients that do not meet our standards for acceptable use or system configuration."
Key Client Location Services benefits:
-- Uses existing wireless LAN infrastructure - no new hardware or software
to purchase or deploy, and no per-device licensing
-- Built-in Google Maps and custom floor plan support
-- No configuration, setup, or training required
-- Scales to tens of thousands of clients per network
Client Location Services operates by intelligently triangulating client location using the signal strength of multiple access points that "see" the client. Location can be determined with as few as three access points, making Client Location Services equally suited to small branches and large campuses. Advanced triangulation techniques, employ weighted averages and AP selection algorithms to ensure accuracy.
Client Location Services provides location tracking for WiFi clients using an existing Meraki wireless LAN, with no added cost and complexity. As a certified technology partner of Real Time Location Services (RTLS) solution providers, Meraki wireless LANs also integrate with third party RFID-based systems, enabling tracking of non-WiFi assets such as golf carts, hospital beds, and heavy machinery.
Client Location Services is available immediately to all Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller customers.
Meraki offers enterprise-class wireless networks at a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional networking vendors. Using Meraki's unique cloud-based architecture, an administrator can configure thousands of Meraki access points over the web through a single interface. The company's customers range from enterprises to world-class educational institutions. Meraki wireless networks serve millions of users on over 15,000 networks in more than 140 countries. Meraki is located in San Francisco, California, and is funded in part by Sequoia Capital and Google. For more information, go to http://www.meraki.com.
CONTACT: Kiren Sekar of Meraki, +1-415-632-5847, firstname.lastname@example.org
RISE Announces Dates For 2011 5th Anniversary Week Series: March 7 - 11, Austin, Texas
Kicks Off with December 16 Event, New Website and Memberships Extend RISE Participation Year-Round, Anywhere
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- RISE Week returns to Austin, Texas from March 7 to March 11, 2011 announced conference organizers today. A kickoff celebration previewing RISE Week will take place Thursday, December 16, 6pm to 9pm at Molotov, 719 W 6th St.
The country's fastest-growing conference for entrepreneurs, RISE Week welcomes its fifth year as the cornerstone of a broader RISE Global organization. RISE Global will offer more programming and content throughout the year to more participants in more places - small-group sessions, expanded educational programming for entrepreneurs of all ages and stages, and entrepreneur affinity groups - via its revamped website and new membership program.
"RISE has always been a unique forum where participants can interact with entrepreneurs from diverse industries and backgrounds and form lasting professional connections," said Georgia Thomsen, RISE Global Executive Director. "Now, we're taking that experience online to make it available all the time, everywhere."
A friendly, accessible online destination for entrepreneurs everywhere throughout the year, the revamped RISE Global website will feature interactive and exclusive content, including private virtual sessions led by entrepreneurs around the world; an online community forum where entrepreneurs can exchange ideas and information; and access to video recordings of RISE Week sessions led by top entrepreneurs.
Year-round content and programming via the RISE Global website will be available to RISE members through the new membership program offering 4 membership levels. Additional benefits range from access to the RISE Global job board, listing in the RISE Global membership directory and discounts from RISE partners to pre-registration for RISE Week and invitations to exclusive member networking events, happy hours and sessions.
Roy Sosa and Bertrand Sosa, brothers and accomplished Austin entrepreneurs, created RISE Week in 2007. Thanks to its unique format featuring small, peer-led sessions, RISE Week has grown from 40 sessions filling 500 seats to 200 sessions and events filling 2,800 seats, including more than 2,500 unique attendees, in 2010. RISE is a program of the MPOWER Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
RISE, a Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs, is a non-profit program dedicated to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs. Created originally in 2007 as a week-long, free "un-conference" for and by entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas, RISE has grown into an ongoing year-round program that leverages its proprietary web interface to provide one-of-a-kind resources and experiences to entrepreneurs worldwide. RISE is a program of the MPOWER Foundation, an operating philanthropic foundation affiliated with MPOWER Ventures and MPOWER Labs.
About RISE Week
The country's fastest growing entrepreneurship event, RISE Week is an annual conference series that provides a forum for entrepreneurs to connect and exchange ideas that inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. Each year, thousands of entrepreneurs gather to participate in hundreds of sessions hosted by successful business leaders throughout the Greater Austin area. Unlike a traditional conference, RISE is a non-profit event with no cost to participate, and sessions are independently organized, peer-led and limited to 25 participants. For more information, to register or to volunteer to host a session, or to learn how to host RISE Week in your city, visit http://www.riseglobal.org.
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CONTACT: Events, Dana Roefer, Program Manager of RISE Global, +1-512-807-1464, Dana@riseglobal.org; or Media, Meredith DeSpain Kelsey, +1-512-531-1191, Meredith.email@example.com
Key updates to the open source community website help manage growth and engagement of the Jaspersoft community
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2010/PRNewswire/ -- Jaspersoft, provider of the world's most widely used business intelligence (BI) software, today announced several enhancements to its open source community site, JasperForge.org. The company has added new services to JasperForge.org including out-of-the-box reporting features, which will provide its developer community - now over 180,000 developers strong - the greatest possible functionality for developing BI projects with the Jaspersoft BI suite. In addition, Jaspersoft has integrated Drupal, the world-leading content management system, to give JasperForge.org a more flexible and efficient web content environment.
"As a leader in open source business intelligence, Jaspersoft is committed to arming our user community, people evolving and deploying business intelligence around the world, with the best possible developer tools," said Mike Moody, Jaspersoft Senior Vice President of Engineering. "We encourage constant innovation and the continued evolution of our products, so new features on JasperForge.org will give our users a richer experience and environment to work with our products and each other."
New JasperForge.org features are designed to improve the productivity and management of BI projects:
-- Upgraded monitoring and tracking of total visitors to a project page
-- New project download monitoring
-- 40+ canned reports to improve measurement of key site metrics
-- Mercurial support for a de-centralized, high performance version control
-- Advanced search features to enable faster, more granular results
"I'm extremely pleased to see Jaspersoft broaden JasperForge.org with a number of features that will increase productivity and ease of use," said Giulio Toffoli, Jaspersoft co-founder and JasperForge.org member. "These are big benefits to community users, especially those who rely on low-cost, open source BI. The ongoing improvements to the forge tools re-enforces why Jaspersoft's user community continues to thrive and grow."
Register at JasperForge.org to become a member of Jaspersoft's open source community or download free Jaspersoft BI software.
Additional Resources and Links
-- Follow Jaspersoft on Twitter.
-- Follow Jaspersoft on Facebook.
-- Read Jaspersoft CEO Brian Gentile's Blog, OpenBookOnBI.
Jaspersoft provides the most flexible, cost effective and widely deployed Business Intelligence suite in the world, enabling better decision making through highly interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis. Leveraging a commercial open source business model, Jaspersoft provides end-to-end BI capabilities at a fraction of the cost of other vendors. The BI suite includes pixel-perfect enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, dashboards, OLAP and in-memory analysis, and data integration. Jaspersoft is the only BI vendor that enables companies to adapt to the new, virtualized world by providing a complete spectrum of on-premise, multi-tenant SaaS and cloud-based deployment options for both embedded and standalone business intelligence. Unlike traditional BI vendors, Jaspersoft is built on a modern, lightweight, standards-based architecture and offers greater vendor independence thanks to its open source codebase. Unlike niche BI vendors, Jaspersoft represents a safe choice with tens of thousands of production deployments across a wide range of industries.
Jaspersoft's open source business intelligence software has more than 12 million product downloads worldwide, 160,000 production deployments and over 13,000 commercial customers in 100 countries. Its BI suite is advanced regularly by a development community of more than 180,000 registered members. For more information visit: http://www.jaspersoft.com and http://www.jasperforge.org.
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CONTACT: Jasmine Teer of Page One Public Relations, +1-415-321-2348, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Jaspersoft
Event Spotlights Technology, Innovation and Collaboration for a 21st Century Government; Call for Participation Now Open
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM TechWeb, producers of InformationWeek Government, Interop and Black Hat, announce the launch of GTEC in Washington, DC, taking place June 1-3, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center. Focusing on advances in cloud computing, security, data center, virtualization, open government, and collaboration, UBM TechWeb is proud to introduce the comprehensive technology event for government professionals in Washington, DC. GTEC presents the most efficient and effective way for attendees to develop an inclusive strategy and roadmap for their technical initiatives and projects. For more information visit http://www.gtecevent.com.
GTEC's launch in Washington, DC builds on the strong 17-year tradition of GTEC's Ottawa event and will offer a fresh new approach on driving our nation's progress where technology and government intersect. UBM TechWeb has significant experience in producing leading technology events and publications in the government and private sectors, including Interop, Black Hat, InformationWeek Government and Gov 2.0 Summit. At GTEC, government leaders, managers, and practitioners will have access to an education platform for the necessary skills and expertise to manage and operate the technology programs, projects and infrastructure at the heart of our civilian, defense, state and local government agencies.
"As a longtime leader in driving technology innovation across multiple media platforms, UBM TechWeb is committed to helping government professionals and contractors build a 21st century government. We're going deep in several key areas, and look forward to bringing together leading examples of technology in action from both the private and public sectors. But most important, we're bringing together all of you, the community of people fostering innovation, driving organizational change and better serving our citizens," said Greg Kerwin, Vice President and General Manager, GTEC.
In 2011, GTEC will focus on the following topics:
-- Cloud Computing
-- Information Security and Risk Management
-- Data Center and Virtualization
-- Wireless and Mobile Platform
-- Enterprise Communications
-- Networking and Infrastructure
-- Open Government
-- Social Media
-- Green IT
-- Emerging Technologies
GTEC will be a three-day conference and expo for all levels of government, government contractors and the military. GTEC will include conversational-style keynotes, lining up an extraordinary list of speakers, from both inside and outside government; collaborative, expert-led training sessions and in-depth workshops for continued education; an awards ceremony honoring the best projects and brightest people in government; an expansive expo hall with the latest and most innovative technologies driving public sector technology; and exclusive networking opportunities connecting public and private sector peers in one place.
To follow GTEC on Twitter go to @gtec_dc and hashtag your tweets #GTECDC.
About UBM TechWeb
UBM TechWeb, the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses - media solutions, marketing services and paid content - UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb's communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands include: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and Enterprise Connect; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading magazines InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology, and Advanced Trading. UBM TechWeb is a UBM company, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.
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Mobile Opt-In to Emergency Alerts Now Available in Latest Version of e2Campus
Version 3.3 offers the fastest and easiest way for students to subscribe for alerts using a standard cell phone
LEESBURG, Va., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Omnilert®, LLC, maker of e2Campus®, the leading safety communication solution for education, today announced the release of e2Campus uAlert version 3.3. Among the updates is a new mobile opt-in feature that offers the fastest and easiest way for students to subscribe to the school's emergency alerts using a standard cell phone with text messaging. No action is required by current client administrators to upgrade to the latest version and all new enhancements are included free with the update.
The mobile opt-in functionality allows students, faculty, staff and others to subscribe their mobile phone to receive alerts by simply texting the school's keyword to the e2Campus short code, 79516. Each school can reserve their own custom account keyword and group keywords so that their users may subscribe from anywhere, anytime. Mobile opt-in does not collect names or e-mail addresses for subscribers, so it may not be the right method for all schools.
"I'm excited about mobile opt-in, because it is about reducing the friction for signing up for our alerts and I do believe it will increase participation," said Sam Kennedy, the Assistant Director of User Services at Virginia Commonwealth University. "The phone is the easiest way to sign up for alerts. Put in the text, send it off, and you're done. You're going to get text alerts. I don't think it is as important to know who is signed up for your system as it is to have as many people sign up for this system so you can get the word of mouth going. And, mobile opt-in makes it easy for people to sign up."
Other updates in this version include enhanced SSL security on client's "My e2Campus Pages" and new functionality to create custom reply-to email addresses. If set to an on-campus address, this reply-to feature can be utilized to collect users' e-mail replies to e-mail alerts. The company also announced a name change of the unified emergency notification system from e2Campus uENS to e2Campus uAlert.
Used by more than 750 schools around the country, e2Campus is the leading safety communication solution for education. The e2Campus 360 Safety Suite includes uAlert, uTip, uSafe, uConference, and the Multimodal Showcase. The award-winning flagship service, uAlert, is the first and most trusted unified emergency notification system in education. Higher education clients include large schools such as Arizona State, Penn State, and Cal Poly as well as hundreds of smaller schools with as few as 100 students. K12 clients include large school systems such as St. Tammany Parish Public School System to small private day schools. To learn more, visit http://www.e2Campus.com. Existing client administrators can discover online resources in a peer-driven community at http://www.e2Campus.org.
Omnilert, LLC develops intuitive communication technologies that keep communities safe and connected. The company's flagship service is a Tier-1 unified mass notification system that enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device or service. The award-winning company's 3,000 clients include the U.S. Army, Bayer, Mazda, sanofi-aventis, Arizona State University, Penn State, Marine Corps Marathon, YMCA, American Red Cross, and UNICEF. Omnilert solutions are sold under the brand names e2Campus, Amerilert, and RainedOut. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at http://www.omnilert.com online.
The Hispanic Outlook Magazine Now Also Available in Digital Format
PARAMUS, N.J., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, the premier academic biweekly magazine for Hispanics and Latinos on college campuses throughout the nation, has announced that it now offers a digital version of its publication, in addition to the standard print version. Starting with the Dec. 13 issue, subscribers can read the magazine on PC, Mac or any mobile device.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to offer The Hispanic Outlook Magazine to our readers in an easy-to-use digital format, for those of us who have become accustomed to being online 24/7," said Suzanne Lopez-Isa, managing editor, The Hispanic Outlook Magazine.
The digital edition of The Hispanic Outlook Magazine represents a first in the 21-year history of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Publishing Company, Inc.
The digital edition is available to read in full on PC, Mac or any mobile device. Using specially developed technology, digital format allows readers to zoom, interact, download to desktop, access videos, print and more.
Advertisers will enjoy the links to advertiser sites and employment opportunities.
The Hispanic Outlook Magazine will continue to publish a print edition.
"The digital version is meant to accompany the print edition, not take its place," said Lopez-Isa.
"The Hispanic Outlook Magazine has a longtime, highly esteemed readership who we hold in high regard. Many of those readers still value having something concrete to hold in their hands and read. To them, we say, 'Have no fear. As long as there is a Hispanic Outlook Magazine, there will always be a printed publication to have and to hold and to keep.'"
A one-year subscription to the digital version of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine is available for $9.95. The print version is available at a special annual rate of $19.95. Currently, the digital issue is available at no cost as a promo through The Hispanic Outlook Magazine website: http://www.hispanicoutlook.com.
About The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, in publication since 1990, is a national biweekly magazine dedicated to exploring issues related to Hispanics and minorities in higher education. The Hispanic Outlook Magazine reaches a broad cultural audience consisting of educators, administrators, students, organizations and corporations. For more information, visit: http://www.hispanicoutlook.com.
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CONTACT: Jason Paneque, News Desk Editor, +1-201-587-8800 ext. 104, Jason.Paneque@HispanicOutlook.com
Verizon Wireless in Agreement With Bridgewater Systems for Network Products and Services Valued at US$ 56 Million
OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC), the mobile personalization company, today announced a new four-year framework agreement with Verizon Wireless under which Bridgewater will provide products and services for Verizon Wireless' network expansion. The value of the agreement between the parties is approximately US$ 56 million.
"Verizon operates the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network - and starting this month the world's first large-scale 4G LTE network. We are committed to technologies that will ensure our customers an optimal, secure, and personalized mobile broadband experience," said Ed Chan, Vice President, National Network Operations at Verizon Wireless. "Bridgewater has demonstrated the ability to meet our performance and scalability requirements as we expand our network to deliver advanced mobile broadband services."
Under the agreement, Bridgewater will provide mobile control solutions as well as maintenance and support services for all current and future 3G solutions. In addition, the agreement provides the framework for Bridgewater to deliver new products and services to support Verizon Wireless' ongoing network expansion across multiple access networks.
"Verizon Wireless is a long-standing customer and we look forward to supporting them as they grow their networks and continue to deliver market-leading mobile broadband and machine-to-machine services across their footprint," said Ed Ogonek, President and CEO of Bridgewater Systems.
About Bridgewater Systems
Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, enables service providers to efficiently manage and profit from mobile data services, content and commerce. The company's market leading mobile personalization portfolio provides a real-time, unified view of subscribers including entitlements, devices, networks, billing profiles, preferences and context. Anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM), the portfolio of carrier-grade and standards-based products includes the Bridgewater® Service Controller (AAA), the Bridgewater® Policy Controller (PCRF) and the Bridgewater® Home Subscriber Server (HSS). More than 150 leading service providers including America Movil, Bell Canada, Clearwire, Cox, Hutchison Telecom, Iusacell, Scartel, SmarTone-Vodafone, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Tatung, Telmex, Telstra, and Verizon Wireless use Bridgewater's solutions to rapidly deliver innovative mobile services to over 150 million subscribers. For more information, visit us at http://www.bridgewatersystems.com.
Bridgewater, Bridgewater Systems, the Bridgewater Systems logo, WideSpan, Smart Caps, myPolicy, and Subscriber Data Broker are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bridgewater Systems Corporation. All other company, product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.
Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. These statements are provided to enable external stakeholders to understand Bridgewater's expectations as of the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes.
Actual results, performance, achievements or developments of Bridgewater may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements. Risk factors that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of Bridgewater to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in the public documents filed by Bridgewater with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including, but not limited to Bridgewater's Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2010 and Management's Discussion & Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation dated November 2, 2010, which are available at http://www.sedar.com, and include the following:
- Bridgewater operates in highly competitive and continually evolving markets, and if it is not able to compete effectively, it may not be able to continue to expand its business as expected;
- Bridgewater relies on a limited number of customers for a large percentage of its revenue, and the loss of, or significant shortfall in business from, a key customer could significantly reduce its revenue;
- Bridgewater must continue to evolve its business models and platforms for delivery of products and services to respond to transaction capacity needs of its customers;
- Bridgewater's engagements with its customers involve complex arrangements and the size, timing and contractual terms of orders for Bridgewater's products may affect when revenue is recognized;
- Bridgewater has a lengthy and variable sales cycle; and
- Bridgewater may engage in future acquisitions that could disrupt its business and affect its financial condition and operating results.
Bridgewater assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.
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Kim Butler, Chief Financial Officer
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Joanne Steinberg, Marketing Director,
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