"Match-Up! by Big Fish" Allows iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Players to Lose the Wait With Real-Time, Multiplayer Tournament Competition
SEATTLE, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Fish, the world's largest producer of casual games, today announced that "Match-Up! by Big Fish" is now available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. "Match-Up! by Big Fish" is a real-time tournament game platform built for casual gaming on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The platform offers three types of popular skill-based games -- Word, Match 3, and Mahjong -- in which gamers can match-up against live opponents to win virtual currency, experience, status, and achievements. Developed in partnership with Jawfish Games, "Match-Up! by Big Fish" will change mobile social play from turn-based experiences into fast-paced synchronous bracketed tournaments of up to 16 players.
Built from the beginning for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the groundbreaking synchronous tournament technology serving the "Match-Up! by Big Fish" game platform is what makes this game stand out. The servers can instantly connect hundreds of thousands of players in fast-paced, exciting simultaneous play. The technology takes live mobile play to a new level by including a "Spycam," which lets opponents see each other's game board while they play.
"'Match-Up! by Big Fish' solves that frustrating wait by instantly connecting players in competitive play any time they want," said Chris Williams, Vice President and GM of Big Fish Free-to-Play. "Regardless of which game you choose, the gameplay is always fast-paced. Each tournament round is only 30 seconds, so a complete 'Match-Up!' tournament only lasts a few minutes. This new synchronous way of playing competitive casual games is undeniably more fun than the old turn-based approach."
All "Match-Up! by Big Fish" tournaments reward the winners with chips - a virtual currency that can be saved to buy into higher stakes tournaments. There are 16-player bracketed tournaments, up to 8-player elimination games, and best of 5 head-to-head competitions. Returning players are rewarded with chips for coming back to the game daily. While free tournaments are always available, the higher stakes games will offer more challenging gameplay and more intense competition. For players who like to see where they rank, the game includes leaderboards, stats, and achievements connected to Game Center. For players who like an extra competitive edge, they can purchase "boosts", which give them unique advantages as they play in a match-up.
"Match-Up! by Big Fish" games include:
-- Word Rack: This game combines Boggle®-like play with Scrabble®. The
winning player makes the highest value word within 30 seconds using as
many letters as they can.
-- QBeez: This is a skill-based Match 3 game with a twist, literally. Tap
on clusters of color blocks to have them disappear from the screen.
Clear the screen quickly and strategize to ensure you have none
remaining. If you are stuck, you can twist your iPhone, iPad or iPod
touch to slide the tiles to discover new matches.
-- Mahjong: The ancient game of Mahjong is now a competitive tournament.
Quickly match pairs of tiles to clear the board before your opponents.
"Match-Up! by Big Fish" is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at http://www.AppStore.com <http://www.appstore.com/>
About Big Fish
Founded in 2002, Big Fish <http://www.bigfishgames.com> is the world's largest producer of casual games; dedicated to bringing engaging entertainment to everyone, anywhere, on any device. Through its proprietary, data-driven platform, millions of consumers seeking engaging entertainment easily discover and play PC and mobile games created by Big Fish's network of more than 600 development partners and its in-house Big Fish Studios. The company has distributed more than 2 billion games from a growing catalog of 3,000+ unique PC games and 300+ unique mobile games, and offers cross-platform streaming games via the proprietary universal cloud gaming service, Big Fish Unlimited. Big Fish's games are played in more than 150 countries on a wide variety of devices across 10 languages. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA, with regional offices in Oakland, CA; Cork, Ireland; Vancouver, Canada; and Luxembourg.
Boggle® and Scrabble® are the property of Hasbro.
Big Fish PR
SOURCE Big Fish
ORIGO(TM) launches new technology that ends distracted driving
ORIGOSafe(TM) prevents motorists from starting vehicles until phone is docked
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With texting while driving and other forms of handheld cell phone use behind the wheel continuing to be a leading killer on U.S. roads, ORIGO(TM) today launched a solution designed to end this deadly epidemic.
ORIGOSafe(TM) is a new ignition interlock system that requires drivers to secure their phone in a docking station before their vehicle can start. This prevents motorists from holding their phones to talk or text while behind the wheel.
"ORIGOSafe(TM) was developed to give parents and safety managers peace of mind, knowing that their drivers are safe and focused on the road, and aren't a danger to themselves or others," said Clay Skelton, ORIGO's(TM) founder. "With highway deaths on the rise, particularly among teens, it's clear that the concern for safety isn't enough to stop this deadly driving behavior. There has to be an outside force to incite change."
"By taking the phone out of the driver's hands - but not preventing making and receiving calls - ORIGO(TM) can reduce crashes, increase safety and improve the performance of drivers," said Skelton. "ORIGOSafe(TM) takes away the temptation to reach for the phone while driving."
Teenagers are overrepresented in traffic crashes and are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers (NHTSA). According to an AT&T survey, 97 percent of teens say texting while driving is highly dangerous, yet 75 percent of them say it's common among their peers.
"Changing the mindset of young drivers to understand the dangers of texting while driving is essential to lowering the high teen crash rate and saving lives," said Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of National Organizations for Youth Safety. "Adults must model the right behavior and provide resources such as ORIGOSafe(TM) that take the phone out of the driver's hands completely, so that both hands remain on the wheel and both eyes on the road, where they belong."
Amanda Kloehr is a young driver who knows first-hand the dangers of distracted driving. At age 20, she was seriously injured in a car crash when she was distracted and slammed her car into a tractor trailer. "Whatever you have to do can wait," said Kloehr who has had more than 20 surgeries to rebuild her face and replace her right eye. "Nothing is more important when you are behind the wheel than keeping your focus on driving. Technologies like ORIGOSafe(TM) are an excellent way to prevent drivers from being distracted and sparing them the pain that I have had to bear."
ORIGO(TM) has established a "SafePartner" program for schools and organizations. ORIGO(TM) "SafePartners" are provided information to educate young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, and the ORIGO(TM) solution. "SafePartners" are provided with a unique code and ORIGO(TM) donates 5 percent of each coded sale back to that organization as a fundraiser.
"The 'SafePartners' program is a win-win for everyone," said Cheryl Lynch, Director of Marketing. "We all work together to stop texting and driving and organizations are able to raise money to continue to educate and fight the battle against distracted driving."
ORIGOSafe(TM) also comes in a version to improve safety among commercial drivers and is accompanied by ORIGOCommand(TM), an iPad-based fleet management package that allows administrators to manage multiple fleets at multiple locations.
With several large companies having already faced costly lawsuits, ORIGOSafe(TM) provides an opportunity for employers to significantly reduce their liability and provide verifiable compliance with federal laws banning handheld cell phone use among commercial drivers.
ORIGO(TM) is now available for both fleets and families, and works with the leading smartphones.
ORIGOSafe(TM) for families is available for purchase for $279 plus installation through the website http://www.DriveOrigo.com. For commercial sales, please contact Cheryl Lynch@DriveOrigo.com.
DeveloperAuction Closes New Funding to Connect Hiring Companies to Top Developer Talent
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DeveloperAuction announced today at the F.ounders conference that it has closed a $2.7 million first-round investment led by NEA and Sierra Ventures, with participation from Crosslink Capital, Google Ventures, Jeff Clavier's SoftTech VC, and John Suliman's Step Partners.
DeveloperAuction was founded to give sought-after developers a better job seeking experience. It provides a hassle-free way for developers to discover and connect to job opportunities at tech companies of all sizes. For hiring companies, DeveloperAuction is an alternative to traditional executive recruiting that lets them compete for the top developers and engineers they need for growth, and fill open positions quicker and more effectively.
DeveloperAuction was founded by Matt Mickiewicz, who previously founded 99designs; Douglas Feirstein, who previously founded LiveOps; and serial entrepreneur Allan Grant. Each has experience successfully disrupting a business services market by connecting companies to a marketplace of skilled workers.
"The most common tactic for recruiters is spamming LinkedIn, and it's not unusual for a Silicon Valley engineer to receive 30-50 unsolicited and off-base LinkedIn messages a month from recruiters," said Mickiewicz, co-founder and CEO of DeveloperAuction. "It's a waste of time and resources for all parties involved. At DeveloperAuction, we're providing a better way that has already attracted the attention of thousands of engineers from top companies."
To date, $225 million in job offers has passed through the DeveloperAuction marketplace. Developers sign up on the site, and each month DeveloperAuction picks the top 150 candidates who are actively seeking new opportunities. A two-week "auction" is conducted where venture-backed companies submit interview requests to candidates, along with information about the company and culture, founding team, and high-level compensation information like base salary and signing bonus. Engineers choose the companies they want to interview with, and if there is a fit, a formal offer is extended.
Every job seeker is assigned a dedicated Talent Advocate who represents their interests and helps them navigate through the process. On a new recruit's first day, DeveloperAuction pays out an additional signing bonus and sends them a bottle of Champagne to congratulate them on their new job.
DeveloperAuction is a venture-backed startup that connects employers to top talent in Silicon Valley, New York and beyond. Company headquarters are in San Francisco. More information is available at http://www.developerauction.com.
Swisscom and Akamai Enter Into a Strategic Partnership
BERNE, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
-- As a prime partner for Akamai, Swisscom will serve as lead "go to"
market partner in Switzerland
-- Two premier brands provide full suite of content delivery, web
application acceleration and cloud security solutions
Swiss telecoms provider Swisscom AG (SIX: SCMN) and cloud infrastructure service provider Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), today announced a strategic partnership focused on the growing content delivery, web application acceleration and cloud security market. This new alliance brings together two leaders in their respective industries to provide solutions that will improve the web and cloud experience for both enterprises and consumers in Switzerland. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies have agreed to invest in joint go-to-market capabilities including sales, customer support and marketing resources to pursue new opportunities in Switzerland.
With over 6.2 million mobile customers, 791,000 Swisscom TV customers and around 1.7 million broadband connections (retail), Swisscom has a significant presence throughout Switzerland and offers a full range of products and services for mobile, landline and IP-based voice and data communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Swisscom will act as a preferred 'go to' market partner for Akamai in Switzerland, reselling and integrating the complete Akamai services portfolio into its solutions to create value-added services for its customers.
Urs Schaeppi, CEO Swisscom (Switzerland), explained, "This strategic partnership is very interesting for us. With this collaboration, we combine innovative Akamai services with our strong brand, deep customer understanding and local support. The new services will address the growing expectations of enterprise customers for high-performing delivery of digital content, video and cloud applications. It will support the explosive growth in devices, content and traffic, all while helping to defend customers against an increasing flood of security attacks. This not only enables an optimum online experience for Internet users but also supports our corporate promise to be a trustworthy partner in the digital world."
Commenting on the alliance, Mark Vargo, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Akamai, said, "The partnership will ensure a first-class level of service quality delivered to Swisscom customers. The integration of Akamai solutions into Broadcast, Hosting or Cloud Services from Swisscom will create performance, cost and security benefits for business-to-business customers as well as for end users. Two premier brands have joined forces to create new solution sets and service offerings to help enterprises better face the challenges of a hyperconnected world."
Akamai® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device anywhere. At the core of the Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform (TM) providing extensive reach, coupled with first-class reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit http://www.akamai.com, or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecoms provider, with around 6.2 million mobile customers, 791,000 Swisscom TV customers and 1.7 million broadband connections (retail). In 2012 the company's 19,514-strong workforce (FTEs) generated revenue of CHF 11.384 billion. Swisscom is active throughout Switzerland, delivering services and products for mobile, fixed and IP-based voice and data communications. Huge investments in network infrastructure will ensure this remains the case in the future. With the Italian provider Fastweb, Swisscom is present in one of Europe's most attractive broadband markets. Swisscom is also active in IT infrastructure outsourcing and the management of communications infrastructures.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by hackers or others, failure of Akamai services to operate as expected, unexpected termination of Akamai's relationship with its partners, failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
TouchTunes Enabled Crowdsourced Music at the frog SXSW Interactive Opening Party
NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the industry leader for interactive music and entertainment in 57,000 venues nationwide, enabled crowdsourced music at the 2013 frog SXSW Interactive Opening Party. Held at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas, the annual celebration has built a reputation for being one of the best events of the festival because of the interactive experiences onsite encouraging guests to consider how technology impacts every day life. Over 6,000 guests in attendance were invited to "be the DJ" and vote on the next song to play by selecting music on the TouchTunes mobile app or by visiting one of the twenty TouchTunes smart jukeboxes at the event.
At the end of the night, there were over 10,200 total votes. PSY's Gangnam Style was the most voted song by TouchTunes mobile app users, while The Blues Brothers' Hey Bartender wasthe most voted song on the jukeboxes. The most voted artist overall was Austin favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
TouchTunes is known for creating shared, social experiences in-venue and putting consumers in control of the music on a pay-for-play basis. The TouchTunes installation at SXSW was an experiment in crowdsourced DJ'ing on a mass scale where the most voted songs ultimately made it to the top of the queue.
The frog and TouchTunes collaboration at SXSW was part of an on-going relationship in developing interactive products for venues. In 2010, TouchTunes tapped frog to help reinvent the jukebox with new interaction and product design. The result was the TouchTunes Virtuo, a digital music system that successfully captures the experience of vintage jukeboxes, yet has a modern interface for consumers' evolving digital expectations. Built as a multi-application entertainment platform, the Virtuo transitions from a music player to a digital photobooth and karaoke machine, giving consumers even more ways to connect socially.
The TouchTunes mobile app interplays with TouchTunes jukeboxes and has been downloaded over 1.3 million times for iOS and Android. "The app enables users to find TouchTunes locations nearby and control the music from their phones," said TouchTunes CMO Pat Shores.
TouchTunes brings the world's most innovative technologies to social venues and has become the largest interactive entertainment platform in North America. We provide entertainment and marketing solutions to over 57,000 bars and restaurants nationwide. Since TouchTunes introduced the first digital downloading, pay-for-play jukebox in 1998, the network has become the largest of its kind with almost a billion songs played in 2012. The TouchTunes mobile app allows users to find locations nearby and control the music experience directly from their phones. Since launch, it has been downloaded over 1.3 million times. Recently, the company re-imagined the jukebox as a multi-application platform that now services the iconic experiences of karaoke and photobooth. As an advertising channel, TouchTunes provides digital advertising and sponsorship opportunities across the multi-platform network. TouchTunes is a privately held US corporation headquartered in New York City with offices in Chicago and Montreal. To learn more, please visit http://www.touchtunes.com.
frog is a global design and innovation firm, working with the world's leading organizations to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products, services, and experiences. With an interdisciplinary team of more than 1,000 designers, strategists, and technologists, frog delivers connected experiences for a broad spectrum of industries, including: consumer electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, automotive, media, entertainment, education, finance, retail, and fashion. Our corporate clients include Disney, GE, HP, Microsoft, Intel, Sharp, Siemens, Target, and many other Fortune 500 brands. We also service the public sector, from governmental organizations to global NGOs like UNICEF. Founded in 1969, frog is headquartered in San Francisco, with locations in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, Johannesburg, Kiev, Milan, Munich, New York, Seattle, Shanghai, and Vinnytsya. frog is a company of the Aricent Group, a global innovation and technology services firm. The Aricent Group is owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, and CPP Investment Board. frog is a Global Growth Company member of the World Economic Forum. For more information, please visit http://www.frogdesign.com.
Fluke Calibration 9190A Ultra-Cool Field Metrology Well delivers best-in-class stability
EVERETT, Wash., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fluke( )Calibration, a leader in precision calibration instrumentation and software, introduces the 9190A Ultra-Cool Field Metrology Well, a small, lightweight, and accurate dry-block calibrator with best-in-class stability.
The 9190A is ideal for pharmaceutical, biomedical and food processing applications that demand strict quality control and regulatory process compliance, including on-location validation and calibration of RTDs, thermocouples, thermometers, and other temperature sensors.
The 9190A conforms to EURAMET cg-13 guidelines for best measurement practices for temperature dry-block calibrators. This ensures that the 9190A specifications for accuracy, stability, axial (vertical) uniformity, radial (well-to-well) uniformity, loading, and hysteresis have been thoroughly and carefully defined and tested.
It has a wide temperature range (-95 to 140 degrees Celsius) to cover the coldest and warmest temperatures required in pharmaceutical, biomedical and food processing applications, operating at ultra-cold temperatures not typically available with a calibration bath. The 9190A uses no bath fluids, keeping clean rooms clean, making it easier to transport, and delivering faster heating/cooling rates. It offers best-in-class temperature stability (plus-or-minus 0.015 degrees Celsius) for consistent, accurate results.
The 9190A with "process" option features 4-20 mA connectors, a reference thermometer input, 4-wire PRT/RTD input with an accuracy of plus-or-minus 0.02 degrees Celsius, and a reference sensor control to minimize the effects of the axial gradient when a reference PRT is aligned with short sensors.
For more information about the Fluke Calibration 9190A Ultra-Cool Field Metrology Well, visit: http://www.flukecal.com/9190A. To purchase, contact your Fluke Calibration sales representative or call (877) 355-3225.
Contact Fluke Calibration
For more information from Fluke Calibration, visit the Fluke Calibration website or contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206-9090, or call 1-877-355-3225.
About Fluke Calibration
Fluke Calibration is a leader in precision calibration instrumentation and software for electrical, temperature, pressure, flow, and RF measurements. Calibration products from Fluke Calibration are found in calibration facilities around the world, including National Metrology Institutes, that demand the highest levels of performance and reliability, backed by state of the art metrology and uncompromising support. They are relied on by quality engineers, calibration technicians, and metrologists to instill confidence in the measurements that are critical to their organizations for quality, safety, reliability, and cost.
Fluke and Fluke Calibration are trademarks of Fluke Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
For more information:
Public Relations Manager
Bluegiga Launches BLE113 - a Smaller and Lower Power Bluetooth Smart Module
ESPOO, Finland, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Bluegiga Technologies, a leading provider of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity modules,
today announced its new BLE113 Bluetooth Smart module. The BLE113 is an addition to the
Bluegiga Bluetooth Smart product family, offering thirty percent lower peak power
consumption, thirty percent smaller size and a hardware I2C interface simplifying
connectivity to MEMS peripheral sensors. BLE113 also includes features, such as on-board
application hosting, flexible peripheral interfaces, and very low power sleep modes.
"Our BLE112 was one of the first Bluetooth Smart modules on the market when it was
launched in 2010. By launching our BLE113 we want to maintain our leadership position in
Bluetooth Smart and provide our customers a feature rich module that supports long battery
life applications in a significantly smaller footprint.", comments Mikko Savolainen, VP of
Product Management and Marketing.
One of the main benefits of BLE113 Bluetooth Smart module is its capability to host
custom applications. The Bluegiga Bluetooth Smart SDK allows applications to be developed
for the BLE113 with the Bluegiga BGScriptTM scripting language. In addition, Bluetooth
Smart profiles can be quickly developed with the Bluegiga Profile ToolkitTM.
BLE113 Key Features and Benefits:
- Bluetooth v. 4.0, single mode compliant
- Supports master and slave modes
- Up to eight connections
- Integrated Bluetooth Smart stack
- GAP, GATT, L2CAP and SMP
- Bluetooth Smart profiles
- Radio performance
- Transmit power : 0 dBm to -23 dBm
- Receiver sensitivity: -93 dBm
- Ultra low current consumption
- Transmit: 18.2 mA (0 dBm)
- Transmit: 14.3 mA (0 dBm and DC/DC)
- Receive: 14.3 mA
- Sleep mode 3: 0.4 uA
- Flexible peripheral interfaces
- UART and SPI
- I2C, PWM and GPIO
- 12-bit ADC
- Host interface:
- On-board application hosting for stand-alone operation
- Dimensions: 9.15 x 15.75 x 1.9 mm
- Bluetooth, CE, FCC, IC, South Korea and Japan qualified
Engineering samples and development kits will be available from Bluegiga's authorized
distributors in April 2013. Mass production is in June 2013.
BLE113 Development Kit
BLE113 evaluation kit is available with ordering code: DKBLE113
The evaluation kit contains a BLE113 evaluation board, CC Debugger firmware
programmer, BLED112 USB dongle, two BLE113 modules, cables and documentation. The BLE113
Bluetooth Smart Software Development Kit can be downloaded from Bluegiga's customer
support site (techforum.bluegiga.com [http://techforum.bluegiga.com ]).
ePunk, Inc. Unveils Next Level of Social Entertainment Shopping - BidPunk.com
http://www.BidPunk.com quickly becomes among the best reviewed, most talked about online shopping adventure destinations. 100% Win Guarantee, Free Sign-Up & Initial Bids, Elite Customer Service - Driven by a Thriving Social Network Community.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ePunk, Inc. (OTC Pink: PUNK), an online power sports retailer and online value shopping innovator, today announced the successful launch of http://www.BidPunk.com 2.0, the first of its kind in the micro-economic expression industry, with a 100% win guarantee for new members.
http://www.BidPunk.com combines the most appealing aspects of social networking, retail, gaming and entertainment with a variety of original features and functionality to provide an unparalleled user experience. The unique registration process is based on ePunk, Inc.'s core fundamentals of reliability, reputation, and customer satisfaction/retention and focuses solely on enriching the user experience. Unlike penny auction websites, registration at http://www.BidPunk.com is completely free. To initially drive growth, ePunk, Inc. is currently running a promotion in which new members are guaranteed to win an auction within the first 10 minutes using a complimentary package of bids.
Jesse Gonzales, CEO of ePunk, Inc. had this to say of the launch of http://www.BidPunk.com, "After nearly two years of extensive beta testing on http://www.BidPunk.com, we are excited to take advantage of our networking and promotion of this project. In the time it took to develop the website, our team was busy assembling an extensive selection of offerings that would allow us to launch the auctions with fresh, high-demand products. Ultimately, it is the great products we offer that will keep the users engaged and the auctions moving."
Mr. Gonzales continued by saying, "Besides the unique features and seamless functionality of http://www.BidPunk.com, our goal was to build something that people were excited to be part of. The auctions had to have great products. The website had to be easy to use and convey the fun experience of the auctioning process. Based on the success we have had in just three weeks of limited operations, I would say we did just that. http://www.BidPunk.com is already generating favorable reviews on trusted 3rd party penny auction information websites like http://www.AllPennyAuctions.com. We are now in the beginning stages of a strong marketing campaign and I'm really excited to see our user database grow and the auctions take off."
ePunk, Inc., most known for its successful online retailer, http://www.CountyImports.com, has specialized in power-sports products for over ten years. With well-established distributor relationships in the power-sports industry as well as the e-commerce community, http://www.BidPunk.com is equipped with the industry experience, web traffic, product sourcing expertise, and credibility to build a fast-growing entertainment shopping auction website that offers features currently unavailable in the industry.
Based in San Clemente, California, ePunk, Inc. is a leading distributor, which through its County Imports brand and online store, offers competitively priced power sports products serving North American to consumers. ePunk also owns and operates BidPunk.com, an outdoor lifestyle-focused penny auction. For more information about ePunk, or any of its online businesses, go to http://www.epunkinc.com, http://www.countyimports.com or http://www.bidpunk.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements concerning our business and possible or assumed future results of operations. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons including: our ability to continue as a going concern, adverse economic changes affecting markets we serve; competition in our markets and industry segments; our timing and the profitability of entering new markets; greater than expected costs, customer acceptance of our products or difficulties related to our integration of the businesses we may acquire; and other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in our public announcements and SEC filings. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations. We do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this document to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law. There is no assurance that a definitive agreement will be completed.
Andes Technology to Bring Energy Efficient Processor Cores to the U.S. Market
Asia's leading processor IP company expands business to the U.S.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Andes Technology (http://www.andestech.com), Asia's leading supplier of licensable processor cores, today announced plans to expand business and technical support to include U.S. semiconductor companies. Founded 8 years ago in the Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, Andes has been quietly developing and delivering a broad range of processor Intellectual Property (IP) cores and subsystems to leading chip companies across Asia. Products using their cores deliver more energy efficiency while consuming lower power than traditional core alternatives - but until now, these products have only been available to Asian semiconductor companies who have deployed Andes cores in many high-volume applications. Today, Andes will bring these innovative solutions to U.S. semiconductor companies.
The President of Andes Technology, Frankwell Lin, commented: "We are excited to be able to bring our world-class IP products to the U.S. Semiconductor industry. It has always been Andes' first priority to help our customers succeed in reaching high-volume mass-production, by working in close proximity with the foundries to generate silicon-proven IP. With recent changes in the global IP market, we see a great opportunity to bring that customer-centric approach to U.S companies - and to help their success too."
"The last few years have brought exciting changes to the processor IP industry," observed Linley Gwennap, president of The Linley Group. "It's interesting to see a processor IP company come from Asia to the U.S. instead of the other direction. By first succeeding in the high-volume Asian semiconductor market, Andes has built a solid infrastructure and positioned themselves to become a viable player on the world stage."
Andes Technology comes to the U.S. after having quietly grown to become a major provider in the IP industry. Unlike other RISC processor architectures, which were designed for workstation applications, the Andes instruction set is defined for optimal power-performance efficiency in embedded control and processing applications. Andes CPU and MCU cores are already used in hundreds of millions of devices and they have design wins at more than 50 different semiconductor companies across Asia. The expansion to the U.S. will include product sales, service and support, including availability of full-speed development systems with Andes-based silicon onboard.
"IP cores have become part of all modern SOC designs," declared Rich Wawrzyniak, Senior Analyst for ASIC & SoC at Semico Research. "We think that the next step in that evolution is to solve the larger problems of IP subsystems - especially if they can address the need for reducing power. Andes has already taken a leadership step in that direction by combining their low power processor cores into subsystems which include other key IP components, software and development tools. To support their customers, they have taken a very visionary approach and used it to win business across Asia."
From tablets to televisions, storage to surveillance
Andes products were created based on actual customer needs. Used in applications ranging from low-power embedded controllers to high-performance network routers, Andes cores are always designed for optimal performance-efficiency. This also makes them ideal for emerging applications like IOT (Internet-of-Things) and embedded control. With a full range of Subsystem IP, silicon-proven test chips, development tools like GCC/Linux, and middleware support for standards like Zigbee - Andes is committed to servicing the needs of the large and small companies in the semiconductor industry.
To learn more about Andes Technology and their exciting line of low power and high performance IP cores please visit http://www.andestech.com or email: email@example.com
HARDATA Partners With Global Distributors to Expand Rollout of Channel-in-a-Box Video Products
- Four distributors signed to provide regional sales, expert system integration and local customer support for HARDATA "channel-in-a-box" (CiaB) video products -
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HARDATA, a developer of workflow efficiency solutions for the broadcast and entertainment industries, today announced it has signed agreements with several top worldwide distributors who will provide sales, system integration and customer support for its family of "channel-in-a-box" (CiaB) video products.
The new agreements are part of an expansion strategy that includes adding distributors worldwide to broaden its video systems sales channel.
Over the last two years, the company has branched into the video market with the HARDATA.Playout series of play-to-air channel-in-a-box solutions that offer commercial and enterprise broadcasters a comprehensive and easy-to-implement solution for managing digital and live content. HARDATA's video solutions are designed to support all Western and Eastern languages and the gamut of widely used file formats.
The initial distribution firms that have signed on with HARDATA are significant players in several burgeoning markets for video, including EverTop Technology (Int'l) Limited for China, Sistemas Digitales en Audio y Video for Mexico, HD Vietnam for Vietnam and Cache-Media for the United Kingdom. These partners were selected by HARDATA for their deep market experience, as well as their ability to promote integrated solutions where the channel-in-a-box system can be teamed with other hardware and software for complete technology solutions.
The expansion of HARDATA's distributor agreements comes just in time for the release of a complete new family of CiaB products to be revealed in early April at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas.
"We find ourselves in the enviable position of gearing up for rapid growth through innovative technology development and expanded production, which will create significant opportunities for our expanding roster of international distribution partners," said Philip B. Cox, President and CEO of HARDATA. "Our new corporate strategy is to seek out the best and brightest global distributors - those with strong customer service and product integration capabilities who have proven themselves in the marketplace."
For more information about HARDATA or to inquire about a distribution partnerships, contact Philip B. Cox or visit the company's website.
Founded in 1997, HARDATA is a premier developer of workflow solutions that streamline audio and video asset management for TV, radio and commercial broadcasters and entertainment enterprises.
HARDATA solutions are highly compatible with standard IT hardware used in broadcast and Pro/AV operations. The company has strategic alliances with many leading companies in the broadcasting industry.
The privately held company is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, with operations in Buenos Aires, Argentina and distributorships worldwide. More information is available at http://www.hardata.com.
In December 2012, Swedish company Penclic, proudly released their newest product, the
Penclic Numpad N2. The Penclic Numpad N2 [http://www.penclic.se/numpad/?lang=en ] is a
clever new computer accessory designed for those of us who cannot live without the
traditional keyboard and its numerical function.
Smart computer technology as well as customer demand for small laptops, have created a
situation where keyboards have had their numerical buttons removed, to minimise overall
keyboard size. Unfortunately, there are many computer users who rely heavily on the
numerical pad function. Fortunately for those people, Penclic have come to the rescue with
the Numpad N2.
Penclic [http://www.penclic.se/penclic-mus/penclic-mouse ] have melded advanced
ergonomics, stylish Scandinavian design and high functionality into their products to
provide an unparalleled user experience. Penclic Numpad N2 can be used in conjunction with
Penclic Mini Keyboard or any keyboard to provide users with the function they need.
As all computer users have their own personal preferences, Numpad N2 can adapt to suit
you!! The independent nature of the N2 allows the user to utilise it in a manner which
suits them. From an ergonomic standpoint, the ability to alternate working positions
regularly is very important.
Penclic AB [http://www.penclic.se/om-oss ] is a Swedish company that combines the
latest technology with sleek, ergonomic design. Our products make your work by the
computer more functional and more efficient. We always aim for durability, quality and
care. This way you can get accessories that are as smart and innovative as yourself.
Fashion Retailer REDTAG Partners With Capillary Technologies to Launch 'rt rewards' Program in Middle East
BANGALORE, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Powered by Capillary's Intelligent Customer Engagement(TM) Solutions, 'rt rewards'
Aims to Add 500,000 REDTAG Shoppers in Next 2 Years
Capillary Technologies [http://www.capillarytech.com ], leading provider of
cloud-based software solutions that enable businesses to intelligently engage with their
customers through mobile, social and in-store channels, today announced that it has
partnered with the leading Middle Eastern value fashion and home stores chain REDTAG
[http://www.redtag.ae/index.aspx ], to launch their first ever loyalty program 'rt rewards
[http://www.redtag.ae/rtrewards/Default.aspx ]'. True to their brand promise, REDTAG
offers a rewarding in-store experience linked to a loyalty program that customers can
enjoy using either loyalty cards or mobile/smart phones. Leveraging Capillary's
cloud-based suite of Intelligent Customer Engagement(TM) Solutions
the brand intends to enhance their customers' shopping experience and instill brand
loyalty with personalized and targeted marketing to drive footfalls and conversions.
"At REDTAG we believe in offering an enjoyable shopping experience to our
value-conscious customers while providing maximum returns on their engagements with the
brand," says Ernest J. Hosking, CEO of REDTAG. "We are confident that our customers will
enjoy the benefits of this new, technology-driven loyalty initiative and enjoy shopping
with us even more while they receive accelerated rewards." REDTAG has a strong presence in
the Middle East with more than 100 stores spread across the region. "UAE is the first
market where we have introduced the rt rewards program and we plan to expand it to other
markets very quickly."
On investing in technology-driven platforms for loyalty programs, Hosking remarks,
"The customer is seeking an experience and convenience rich shopping which is only
achievable by understanding her behavior better. Keeping with the global trend, we decided
to adopt cloud and mobile technology
[http://www.capillarytech.com/solutions/ntouch/loyalty-crm ] for the new loyalty program to
provide our customers a seamless experience across our stores through real-time,
program which is truly world class. 'rt rewards' had already signed up a great number of
members in its pre-launch stage and the REDTAG team is confident of creating a large loyal
customer base across Middle East very soon. It took Capillary just 2 months to go from
conceptualization to launch, with minimal involvement of our tech team. They managed the
entire process with superb efficiency and limited support from our technology team. Indeed
an impressive performance."
Capillary's Intelligent Customer EngagementTM solutions enable REDTAG to maximize
real-time customer interaction
using in-store communication through mobile access.Vikas Tayal
[http://www.capillarytech.com/about-us/the-team ], Regional Head, Middle East & Africa for
Capillary Technologies says, "Intelligent retailing is the way forward to increase your
share in the $12 billion Middle East apparel market. The mobile-based loyalty program is a
foundation laid for REDTAG, to support its growth plans and customer-centric orientation.
Capillary looks forward to drive REDTAG's brand loyalty and customer experience
initiatives for all their stores across the Middle East."
"We are certain that through personalization and Intelligent Customer Engagement
[http://www.capillarytech.com ](TM), rt rewards will instill loyalty in customers,
resulting in a high customer lifetime-value for REDTAG," adds Vikas.
The REDTAG Group is part of BMA International, which is also the holding company for
Retail Arabia which operates hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores and malls.
REDTAG is 'The Fashion Destination' for value-conscious customers, and is currently
growing at an impressive rate annually with 105 fashion and lifestyle stores across the
About Capillary Technologies
Capillary Technologies is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions that
help businesses to intelligently engage with customers through mobile, social and in-store
channels. Capillary's cloud-based platform powers end-to-end customer engagement,
clienteling, loyalty and social CRM solutions for more than 140 major brands across 10,000
stores, bringing instant shopper gratification to over 50 million consumers across the
India, South East Asia, Greater China, Middle East, South Africa, United Kingdom, India
and the United States. Capillary's customers include industry leaders such as Pizza Hut,
PUMA, VLCC, Marks & Spencer, Benetton, Store21, Nokia and Nike. The company is the
recipient of numerous awards and was most recently named to the Red Herring Global Top 100
Companies of 2012. Capillary is backed by prominent venture capital investors including
Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Qualcomm Ventures. Visit http://www.capillarytech.com [http://www.capillarytech.com ] for more details.
Primary Media Contact: Abhishek Bajaj, firstname.lastname@example.org, 91-9611234312
PathPartner offers ready to use mobile application and development services across all
mobile platforms and has proven domain expertise in development of feature and UI rich
applications for Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.
"PathPartner [http://www.pathpartnertech.com ] is looking forward to present its
mobile application solutions to telecom operators and OEMs/ODMs visiting the conference,"
said Ramkishor Korada, EVP Business Development and Marketing of PathPartner. "We are
looking at companies who are interested in OEM bundling or explore the licensing model of
our other performance optimization solutions."
"PathPartner is excited to enter the high growth mobile applications area," said
Tushar Kanti Adhikary, CEO of PathPartner.
"We are proud to announce that our internet radio app has seen 5000+ downloads within
2 months of the app release," said Keshav Karunakar, VP-Mobile Apps of PathPartner.
OEMs/ODMs looking for adaption of PathPartner mobile applications can reach out to
email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org ]
PathPartner has developed licensable HDR algorithm and application for android camera
devices which fuses multiple frames with different exposures, applies de-ghosting and
spatial alignment and adjusts for contrast and other parameters the application is
currently being optimized on ARM-Cortex A9 core.
About PathPartner Tech:
PathPartner Technology [http://www.pathpartnertech.com ] is a Bangalore (India) based
Tech Corporation focused on providing products and services for rich media devices.
Founded in July 2006, PathPartner has expertise and focus on audio/video/image codecs,
imaging and vision algorithms, system integration and application development for media
centric devices. PathPartner offers ready to license system solutions and services for
multimedia centric embedded devices.
Primary Media Contact: Sai Venkat, email@example.com, 91-990-0591980
Quick, you have an extended power outage and your cell phone is running out. Do you have a plan to keep in contact with your friends and family or to get help if something happens? If you answered no, it's time to think about getting a USB solar charging solution. EnerPlex's Kickr IV paired with the Jumpr allows you to not only charge your devices, but to capture the sun's power while you're using the device.Next Page »
Innovative Music Site, WhooHooLive.com Debuts; With Rare Live Recordings and Videos Available For Download
LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WhooHooLive.com, a music collector's dream site, has debuted with a schedule of over 20 rare live recordings by some of today's biggest music icons. The site offers the highest quality audio and video versions of complete concerts, which music fans can download under a number of membership options. Featuring both audio and video rare performances by Emerson Lake & Palmer; Todd Rundgren; Iggy Pop and The Nice, WhooHoo! Live has the full involvement of its artists.
"We present a community and platform geared around previously unreleased rare recordings and content that artists, fans and marketers think are cool," says Founder and CEO David Skye. "We currently believe that these previously unreleased rare recordings have been unavailable to a majority of the consumer population. Some had been sold bootlegs in the past; now, however, they have been enhanced to superior quality."
The label's initial roster of recorded shows feature the aforementioned four artists, although the company is presently in negotiations with a myriad of platinum-level artists (as well as much-loved cult acts) and will be gradually releasing a wide array of musical titles and styles. Every show has been painstakingly re-mastered and authorized by the artists. "We focus on partnerships with the artists," says Skye.
Music fans can try before they buy. WhooHoo! Live offers 30 second MP3 (320Kbps) samples of each track, so the quality of the recording can be assessed before purchase.
WhooHoo! Live offers membership options, which range from a flat $9.95 per month to $49.95 for a biannual subscription, which also includes a free single show per month. Music fans can also buy shows or single tracks one at a time, without a subscription for as little as 99¢ per track.
"We're selling patronage AND music," says Skye. "We believe Fans want to pay creators and NOT bootleggers. WhooHoo! Live provides the mechanism to the intangible connection between fan and artist lost in the back alley of the black market. We provide a trust factor for fans that they can feel certain the money will directly benefit the creators of the music they love."
With Changes in Marketing and SEO Strategies Sure to be a Discussion Point at SXSW, Where Does That Leave Online Marketing, Traditional Press Releases and SEO?
SEO and online marketing are not dead. They are evolving.
NEW YORK, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past 9-12 months, there have been some big changes within some of the major search engines. This will no doubt be a talked-about topic at SXSW amongst marketing individuals. The fact is that the changes are supposed to be positive.
"We have had a few enquiries from individuals about sending out a press release, wondering if it is still a viable method of marketing as it used to be," said Michael Iwasaki, managing partner of 24-7PressRelease.com. "A press release is not going away and will always be a mainstay tool for many marketers. On that note, they need to be treated with respect. We have always advised that if you send out a press release, ensure it is newsworthy, something that will attract journalists, bloggers or any other individuals that may want to follow up your story. "
He has advice regarding anchor text links also. "If you wish to include links within your press release, do not abuse this option. Adding 8-10 keyword links (all pointing back to the same location) is not advisable. We are not experts for search engines, but advise no more than 3 links within a press release, pointing to different locations such as your home page, Wikipedia.com, or your blog."
Remember to include varied media in a release, too, as studies have shown that improves a release's performance. "Including media within your release is an excellent way to gain visibility. At http://www.24-7PressRelease.com, an excellent example is through our Mass Media Visibility package. We have a relationship with PR Newswire for amazing traditional media exposure and distribution, and you can also add images and video with almost all of our packages," added Iwasaki.
In this day and age, having an array of marketing tools is recommended. A decent start could include Google AdWords, social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), blogging and of course a press release with media inclusions.
Launched in 2004, 24-7PressRelease.com is a leader in the online press release distribution industry.
Through its multichannel distribution network, 24-7PressRelease.com helps corporations and organizations disseminate their news to consumers, editors, journalists, bloggers and websites.
24-7PressRelease supports businesses in building brand awareness and increase visibility on the web through social media and bloggers.
Today, 24-7PressRelease.com has a database of over 100,000 members and has distributed over 250,000 press releases. Business owners recognize the importance of an invaluable press release service which is why 24-7PressRelease.com has become the preferred choice for so many companies.
~ Muve Music Ready Android® Smartphone Features Dolby® Mobile Audio Enhancement
SAN DIEGO, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket today announced the launch of the Cricket Engage LT, the newest Muve Music ready Android smartphone at Cricket. The Engage LT is available now at Cricket stores, dealers, and online at http://www.mycricket.com for $199.99 (MSRP).
"Cricket is excited to offer our customers an affordable smartphone with outstanding features," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket. "The new Cricket Engage LT offers a large 4" WVGA touchscreen display, dual cameras, Android 4.0 ICS, a fast 1 GHz Snapdragon(®) processor and 1GB of RAM that provides plenty of power if you're getting a smartphone for the first time, or upgrading from an earlier basic smartphone."
At 4" in size, the fingerprint-resistive display offers plenty of viewing room for videos, pictures, games and applications. There is also plenty of power for new or upgrading smartphone customers thanks to the 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM.
The Engage LT provides a variety of camera customizations designed to let customers snap great pictures. The very capable 3.2 megapixel camera includes a panoramic mode that lets users take sweeping panoramic shots--even in the dark, thanks to the Engage LT's built-in flash. Also included are adjustment options for white balance, exposure, 4x zoom, and color effects. Customers can also record 480p video to capture life's important moments.
Music lovers can give their music an extra kick and enjoy a wider dynamic sound range with Dolby(®) Mobile audio enhancement and Muve Music together on the Cricket Engage LT. With Muve Music from Cricket, customers have millions of songs at their fingertips, will never pay per song and the music service is built in to Cricket's no contract rate plans. Muve Music customers have the added benefit of discovering new music through its monthly artist programs such as Muve First and Muve Headliner, where featured artists offer exclusive commentary, music and videos every month only available to Muve Music.
3G All-Inclusive Rate Plans
Cricket's 3G all-inclusive smartphone rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk and text plus up to 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains up to 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers up to 5GB of full-speed data per month. With the $60 and $70 plans, customers can tether their device to power additional wireless devices.
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts. Cricket offers nationwide wireless voice and mobile data services over high-quality, all-digital 4G LTE and 3G CDMA wireless networks. Cricket's innovative products and services, including the award-winning Muve Music(®) - the first music service designed for a wireless phone, are available nationwide at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at http://www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit http://www.mycricket.com.
Global Power Device, Inc. Enables Wide Adoption of Silicon Carbide Devices
Silicon Carbide becoming the value leader in mid to high voltage power applications
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, ahead of the upcoming APEC Conference, Global Power Device, Inc. (GPD) announced a new line of Silicon Carbide (SiC) diodes that delivers ultra-high performance at prices that are competitive with conventional Silicon diodes. The company's production-ready, 150mm Silicon Carbide Wafer processing technology reduces the cost of devices by up to 60%, making Silicon Carbide the value leader at the system level in Mid-voltage and High-voltage power applications.
Silicon Carbide is a next generation semiconductor material that possesses superior thermal and electrical properties. These properties enable higher reliability and significantly reduced power loss over silicon-based power systems. Silicon Carbide is seeing increased adoption in Mid-voltage and High-voltage power applications such as: Power Factor Correction, Electric/hybrid vehicles, Photo-Voltaic panels, Data centers, High-power industrial and Motor drives.
"The superior material properties of Silicon Carbide have been known for years. However, the high cost of manufacturing has restricted adoption to niche applications. Today, GPD's innovative approach unlocks the value of Silicon Carbide devices and provides a clear path for wide adoption," said Sung Joon Kim, CEO at Global Power Device, Inc. (GPD).
GPD has already demonstrated sample devices using the technology to key customers, and will be making its technology available to early partners in the first half of 2013.
Founded in 2010, Global Power Device, Inc. (GPD) is committed to revolutionizing power electronics by offering the best value in Silicon Carbide devices to enable new levels of energy efficiency and reliability.
GPD will have a demonstration of its devices for select customers during the 2013 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Long Beach, CA. Customers should contact the company to arrange for a private demonstration.
Vidtel and Compunetix Take Video Collaboration to the WebRTC Realm
MONROEVILLE, Pa., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Compunetix, Inc. Video Systems Division (VSD), a global leader in carrier-grade, VoIP and high definition video collaboration solutions, and Vidtel, a pioneer in cloud-based video conferencing, are pleased to announce their partnership to deliver solutions that unify traditional video conferencing equipment with WebRTC-based browsers, Google Talk, and Skype. The partnership, enabled through Chorus Call, a provider of premium international audio conferencing, video conferencing, audio and video media streaming, and collaboration tools, offers an alternative to traditional collaboration options; one focused on a high-touch, specialized environment. The companies, along with AVer and BurstPoint, will appear together on March 18 - 21 in Orlando, FL in Vidtel booth 1337 at Enterprise Connect, the premier enterprise conference and expo. The companies make up the Total Solution Initiative representing the cornerstones of full-featured collaboration systems. To sign up to attend Enterprise Connect, visit http://www.enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.
"The Vidtel Gateway service brings any-to-any(®) solutions to the Compunetix EVERGREEN conferencing platform, broadening the way people can collaborate," noted Vidtel's CEO Scott Wharton. "We make video easy with heightened compatibility matched with the quality and reliability of Compunetix systems."
"Our partnerships are taking advantage of the continued emerging innovation in video," states Eric Murphy, Global Solutions Manager of VSD. "As the market moves more towards the cloud it is constantly redefining what is traditional and what is emerging; we're on the cutting edge of tailoring customized solutions to meet any variety of needs."
Vidtel is a pioneer of any-to-any(®) cloud video conferencing services. Vidtel's easy-to-use services provide compatibility between a diverse set of business-grade SIP and H.323 (e.g., Polycom, Cisco, LifeSize) endpoints, consumer-grade video endpoints, and WebRTC-based browser applications. Vidtel enables enterprises of any size to affordably experience the productivity of business-quality video conferencing between dispersed employees, partners and customers. Vidtel is located in Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California. http://www.vidtel.com.
About Compunetix, Inc.
Compunetix is the global leader in carrier-grade multimodal conferencing and collaboration solutions including VoIP and HD video, all powered by superior hardware design. With over one million ports installed in more than 30 countries, the company has the industry's largest worldwide deployment of digital conferencing systems. Dedicated to customer-focused and innovative technology, Compunetix engineers and manufactures all aspects of its conferencing equipment, ensuring its customers that their media processors are the highest quality, most reliable and most flexible solutions on the market. For more information, call Eric Murphy at (415) 839-5051, or visit Compunetix at http://www.compunetix.com.
SOURCE Compunetix, Inc.
CONTACT: Eric Murphy, 800-879-4266, +1-415-839-5051, Fax: +1-412-858-6348, firstname.lastname@example.org
Comprehensive Re-Brand, Key Hires, and Market Expansion on the Heels of Recent $4MM Financing
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopatron, the world's leading provider of cloud-based, eCommerce order management solutions, today launched its Allied Commerce initiative - the next wave of its broad market expansion on the heels of a $4 million venture debt financing it completed in December 2012.
The initiative includes a comprehensive relaunch of the Shopatron brand around the Allied Commerce concept, which is based on branded manufacturers, multi-channel retailers, and local storefronts joining forces to delight online shoppers with more convenient and affordable fulfillment options. Additionally, the company announced the broad market availability of its Shopatron Retailer solution for multi-channel retailers, key new leadership within its sales organization, and anticipated customer growth targets.
The company's SaaS solutions, which allow branded manufacturers and multi-channel retailers to efficiently fulfill their online orders from local retail stores, create a powerful new eCommerce model that increases sales, speeds inventory turns, and delivers a superior consumer shopping experience across online and offline channels.
Founded in 2001, Shopatron has become the undisputed solution of choice for branded manufacturers seeking to expand both online and retail channel sales. Today, over 1,000 brands use the company's Shopatron Manufacturer product to drive eCommerce sales, while allowing over 20,000 Shopatron-enabled local retail stores to fulfill their orders via in-store pickup or ship-from-store fulfillment. In response to increasing customer demand for Shopatron Manufacturer, the company announced the addition of Justin Manning as Vice President of Manufacturer Sales and Accounts.
"With the increased adoption of cross-channel order management and local fulfillment models, we believe we will double our manufacturer client base to over 2,000 brands by year end 2014," said Ed Stevens, Shopatron CEO and Founder. "We are pleased to welcome Justin Manning to the team, as he is exactly the type of customer-driven operational sales leader we need to meet our aggressive goals in this sector."
In 2012, the company introduced Shopatron Retailer, an enhanced version of its platform optimized for the distributed eCommerce order management needs of multi-channel retailers. The solution allows these retailers to efficiently manage inventory across online and offline channels, providing online shoppers with more delivery options that drive them into local stores. Since the initial launch, several flagship clients have adopted the technology, including Cost Plus World Market, Sport Chalet, Intermix, and Modell's. Based on this success, the company today announced the addition of proven retail industry leader Ken Callahan as Senior Vice President of Retailer Sales and Accounts. Callahan most recently served as Group Vice President and COO for Retail at Red Prairie, Inc.
"As Amazon and others have moved toward local order fulfillment and same-day delivery, we have seen tremendous response from multi-channel retailers wanting to provide shoppers with convenient, cost-saving new options for receiving their online orders. As a result, we expect our Shopatron Retailer customer base to nearly triple in 2013," said Stevens. "Ken Callahan is a proven builder of world-class sales organizations focused on retail supply chain and order management solutions, making him the perfect choice to grow our Shopatron Retailer line of business as customer demand accelerates."
Shopatron is the world's leading provider of cloud-based, eCommerce order management solutions. Powered by our patent-pending Shopatron Order Exchange, Shopatron Retailer allows multi-channel retailers to seamlessly leverage the available inventory of every retail storefront and distribution center when fulfilling online orders. Unlike legacy order management software or custom-built solutions, Shopatron makes it easy and affordable to deploy advanced capabilities like in-store pickup, ship-from-store, inventory lookup, and vendor drop-ship within existing eCommerce initiatives. With Shopatron, online and offline channels join forces to increase sales, turn inventory, and deliver a superior purchase experience to online shoppers.
New AT&T Mobile App Keeps On-The-Go Businesses Connected
Cloud-based App Allows Mobile Workers to Quickly Dictate, Document and Share Time-Sensitive Information From Virtually Any Mobile Device
DALLAS, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding that the field worker of today is often a company's "front-line" to customers, AT&T* is introducing pdvConnect, a set of cloud-based mobile apps that gives businesses and organizations of all sizes a way to document events in near real-time by simply speaking, taking photos and sharing location information at the point of service.
pdvConnect from AT&T allows employees in the field to perform voice-based reporting with photo documentation enabling faster and more coordinated responses to issues and requests from their dispatchers and call centers.
For instance, a field service company using pdvConnect's field documentation feature empowers field employees to send change orders, parts requests or status updates by simply speaking and taking photos of the completed work with a time and location stamp. The field worker avoids waiting on hold, leaving more time for customers. Meanwhile, back-office dispatchers using the pdvConnect Intelligent Queuing(TM) feature are able to manage the message without disruption and are focused on the most urgent calls first, helping to increase customer satisfaction and responsiveness.
Available for use on virtually every AT&T mobile device, these apps bring efficiency, management, and speedy information flow to businesses in retail, transportation, manufacturing and utilities, which often employ large field teams as part of their operations. Additional features include:
-- Web-based Command Center Console - Allows dispatch and call center
personnel to manage communications, including archiving for future
reference, viewing workers' status, tracking location, and accessing
detailed reporting and key performance indicators.
-- Field Voice Documentation -Send status and issue updates from the field
without having to wait on hold for a busy dispatcher, leaving more time
for servicing customers
-- pdvConnect's Intelligent Queuing(TM) -Helps dispatchers triage and
prioritize customer requests by tracking the status and locations of
field workers through an interactive map, allowing for faster response
times to the most urgent needs in the field.
-- Voice Reply pdvConnect Text Messaging - Field workers can voice reply to
text messages received from the office, improving safety while on the
"Businesses are constantly communicating back and forth with their mobile workforce in the field, losing precious time as they coordinate activities for services," said Chris Hill, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "With pdvConnect from AT&T, customers can shave time off their communications with the field and expand the efficiency and productivity of their workforce."
AT&T (Booth # 2759) will showcase the pdvConnect solution at the 2013 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) from March 11-15, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(®) and AT&T ?DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
Pacific DataVision, Inc. (PDV) is a recognized leader in wireless dictation and documentation solutions that increase the productivity of field-based workers and the efficiency of their dispatch and call center operations. PDV's patented and industry-validated technology improves team communication and field documentation across a wide array of industries. For more information on PDV and pdvConnect (formerly SkyMail) visit: http://www.pdvconnect.com
SOURCE AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Aaron Virola, +1-212-453-2396, email@example.com; or Thor Harris for Pacific DataVision, 1-800-707-9190 X803, firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most valuable domain names on the Internet debuts a new brand, site refresh and suite of products
CARLSBAD, Calif., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, over 20 million buyers from small-to-medium enterprises turn to Business.com to discover, compare and purchase the products and services they need to run and grow their businesses. Based on the data Business.com Media, Inc. has collected from the millions of buyers using the site and feedback from the company's advertising clients, the company today officially launches a new redesigned site.
The new site design is a reflection of the company's world-class team of developers, digital marketing experts, designers and even a Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction researching how active buyers in growth companies use the Internet to make purchasing decisions. The millions of buyers using Business.com generate well over $1 billion in incremental annual revenues for the over 10,000 companies that advertise with Business.com.
"Simply put, our mission is to help people grow their businesses," says Tony Uphoff, CEO. "In addition to the data we collect from our buyers who use Business.com, we also conduct over 5,000 phone interviews with buyers every month to better connect them with the right sellers. We will continue to use these real-time insights to provide the best experience for business product buyers and the advertisers who rely on Business.com"
The new Business.com is a fresh, contemporary design, architected specifically for how buyers use information online today to discover, compare, and purchase high-quality products and services.
Business.com Media, Inc. helps over 20 million buyers from small-to-medium enterprises each year to discover, compare, and purchase the products and services they need. These buyers come to Business.com to cut through the clutter of online search results and avoid having to sort out the huge number of individual vendor sites. Business.com is a JMI Equity portfolio company and based in Carlsbad, California. Visit us at http://www.business.com, subscribe to the blog, call 888-441-4466, or follow us on Twitter @BusinessDotCom and @B2BOnlineMktg.
Aaron's Opens 32 New Stores Across U.S. And Canada
Aaron's creates nearly 200 jobs in 17 states including Texas, California, New York, Florida, Ohio and Arizona
ATLANTA, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced the recent opening of a combined 32 new Company-operated and franchised stores in 17 different states and two Canadian provinces.
Over the last three months, Aaron's stores have opened in Prescott, Maricopa and Buckeye, Arizona; Tulare and El Cajon, California; Craig, Colorado; Putnam, Connecticut; Greenacres, Jacksonville and Yulee, Florida; Pratt, Kansas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Aberdeen, Baltimore and Reisterstown, Maryland; New Albany, Mississippi; Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Concord, New Hampshire; Taos, New Mexico; Hamburg, Rochester, Bronx and Brooklyn, New York; Westerville, Barberton and Hillsboro, Ohio; Seminole, Oklahoma; Yankton, South Dakota; Rockdale and Plano, Texas; Grande Prairie, Alberta; and Port Alberni, British Columbia. This announcement follows a strong growth year for the Company in 2012, which included the opening of its 2,000th store in the Bronx in September.
For consumers with income or credit constraints, Aaron's offers an alternative to traditional retailers who require outright purchases or layaway. Aaron's affordable and flexible lease payment programs are a popular option for attaining ownership of items such as computers, flat screen televisions, or complete living room and dining room furniture sets.
"Last year was incredibly strong with a 6.6 percent increase in store count and financial results that were the best in the Company's history," said Aaron's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald W. Allen. "We are pleased to begin 2013 with an equally optimistic outlook for store growth and subsequent job opportunities."
Aaron's, with its franchisees, currently serves more than 1.7 million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, providing brand name home necessities with low monthly payments, same-day delivery and no credit checks.
About Aaron's, Inc.
Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 2,075 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Founded in 1955 by entrepreneur and Chairman Emeritus R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. and headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's has been publicly traded since 1982. For more information, visit http://www.aarons.com.
Aaron's, Inc. includes brands such as Aarons.com, GoRimco.com, and HomeStagingbyAarons.com.
EarthRisk Technologies Releases TempRisk 4.4 - Enables Users to Make More Informed Weather-Based Decisions
Upgrade Adds All Meteorological Seasons to All U.S. Regions Eliminating Analysis and Reporting Gaps -- TempRisk platform is ready for 2013 summer analysis!
SAN DIEGO, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthRisk Technologies, a pioneer in the research, analysis and visualization of extreme temperature and weather pattern risks, released today TempRisk 4.4, a significant update of the company's core product that uses sophisticated algorithms to forecast hot and cold weather events up to 40 days in advance. The new version includes multiple updates to the platform's interface, plus the addition of all-season data spanning over 60 years to the operational and ensemble models resulting in a much deeper information pool and increased usability.
Version 4.4 updates include:
-- All metrological seasons added to the operational and ensemble models
for every region
-- Design upgrades for the Scorecard, Ensemble Scorecard, and Matrix pages
-- Scorecard pages featuring an "Evolution" tab so users can lock-in target
and initialization dates to see forecast progressions over certain time
frames. Users simply use the "+" and "-" keys to go back and forth in
-- Increased flexibility choosing Lead Windows, with the option of
selecting All lead windows or viewing a drop down ranging from 1-5 Day
to 31-40 Day windows
-- Changes to the overall UI with an emphasis on providing important data
to users that is actionable
"We are continually improving TempRisk so we can provide our clients with forward-looking data so they can make the best weather-driven decisions," says EarthRisk CEO John Plavan. "Version 4.4 is a significant upgrade that includes several user-friendly changes to the UI. Plus now that the product is current with all meteorological seasons in every region, there are no 'gaps' in the data."
TempRisk provides the information necessary to extend forecast confidence beyond one week, the point where weather simulations face deteriorating skill. The platform's patent-pending algorithms run four million calculations a day, incorporating 200 weather patterns, 10,000 days and multiple global regions. The result: quantified weather risk.
About EarthRisk Technologies:
EarthRisk Technologies is a San Diego-based software company founded in 2010. The company's product suite, TempRisk, is a web-based platform that crunches more than 60 years of weather data to formulate the odds of cold snaps and heat waves up to 40 days in advance, a lead-time that is twice as long as any in the industry. Trading groups, power producers and energy traders around the globe use TempRisk for a climatological edge in their investments. For more information, visit http://www.earthrisktech.com
SOURCE EarthRisk Technologies
CONTACT: Steve Fiore, SS|PR, +1-847-415-9329, email@example.com
Company debuts MOCVD Platform for low-cost high-volume manufacture of HB-LEDS, with extendibility to GaN-on-Silicon applications
SHANGHAI, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At SEMICON China next week, Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) will make its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) market debut with a new multi-reactor Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) cluster tool. The Prismo D-Blue(TM) MOCVD platform enables high-volume manufacturing of sophisticated GaN, InGaN and AlGaN ultrathin layered structures required for high-brightness LEDs. With precise parameter control, full automation and an unusually compact design, it's a new-generation MOCVD tool built for today's LED manufacturing must-haves: high productivity, high yields and lowest possible cost-of-ownership.
A Prismo tool has already been shipped to a customer's LED production line in China.
Hardware Highlights: The patented architecture can accommodate up to four reactors. Each reactor can be controlled independently--an inventive design that enables exceptional manufacturing flexibility. It is the only tool of its kind with this capability. This means it can process in parallel or sequential mode, which reduces cross-contamination and ensures the high crystalline quality required for advanced LED applications. The tool's footprint efficiency is unmatched--nearly 30 percent smaller than competitive single-reactor systems--making the Prismo a smarter fit for today's LED fabs.
Right Tool. Right Market. Right Time: Solid-State Lighting is a natural market move for AMEC. An emerging innovation leader, the company provides advanced processing technologies and tools to the global semiconductor industry. Today more than 200 AMEC etch stations are operating in production at 16 leading semiconductor fabs across Asia. The silicon technology experience, process knowledge, disciplined R&D protocols and materials engineering pedigree that produced AMEC's semiconductor front-end equipment were applied to develop the Prismo D-Blue platform. AMEC's new LED customers will also benefit from the company's stringent supplier-management protocols.
The timing is good for a new MOCVD player - especially one with an R&D and manufacturing hub in Shanghai. Between now and 2017, the market for MOCVD tools is estimated to be $4.3 billion, according to research firm Yole Developpement. China will continue to dominate global manufacturing activity. With bulb prices dropping, LEDs are becoming the de-facto alternative to traditional incandescent lights for retrofits and new builds. Cheaper bulbs mean tighter margins for LED manufacturers, which makes production efficiencies more essential than ever. This puts AMEC's high-productivity tool in a sweet spot.
"The SSL market is an essential element of our growth strategy," said Dr. Zhiyou Du, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMEC's MOCVD Product Business Division. "Our expert MOCVD technology team has created a differentiated, thoroughly flexible MOCVD platform with innovations to solve complex technical and production challenges. We're excited to offer customers this highly productive and cost-efficient alternative technology to make their advanced LED devices."
The Prismo D-Blue MOCVD Tool: Excellent Process Performance & Capital Productivity: The Prismo platform can process up to 216 2-inch wafers simultaneously. The processing capability will extend to 4, 6 and 8-inch wafer production. Beyond the multi-reactor architecture configured for maximum process flexibility, the Prismo excels in every key performance category. In marathon runs, the tool demonstrated breakthrough repeatability and excellent within-wafer and wafer-to-wafer uniformity. These results were achieved with no recipe adjustments throughout the entire epitaxial process. For a process with extreme sensitivity to chamber surface conditions, chemical environments, temperature shifts, and other variables, the repeatability performance is in a class of its own.
In the same marathons the system encountered zero process interruptions. The high reliability is enabled by in-situ, real-time monitoring of growth process parameters. It's also thanks to sophisticated software, advanced transfer modules, and process automation and control technologies- the same field-proven technologies that distinguish AMEC's semiconductor front-end processing tools.
Finally, the Prismo is optimized for easy maintenance - imperative in a fast-moving, cost-conscious LED production fab. Exceptional process performance and uptime extends the interval between services, while novel design features make servicing easier. Also, automated and programmable maintenance routines make reactor open/close operations safer, faster, predictable and less prone to error.
Special innovations embodied in the Prismo D-Blue MOCVD platform are protected by a portfolio of more than 100 patents (granted and pending). In addition, the tool follows semiconductor manufacturing disciplines and complies fully with SEMI standards.
AMEC will host an event at SEMICON China to mark the launch of the Prismo D-Blue tool. Attendance is by invitation only. For details, please email Lorentz Tsai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prismo D-Blue is a trademark of AMEC.
About Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC)
AMEC is China's leading provider of advanced process technology to global semiconductor manufacturers and others in adjacent energy-related sectors. The company is an entrenched supplier of dielectric and TSV Etch tools, helping tier-one customers build devices at process nodes as low as 22nm. Today the company has positioned more than 200 Etch stations at leading-edge fabs across Asia. To learn more about AMEC, please visit http://www.amec-inc.com.
SOURCE Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Corp.
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Corp.
CONTACT: Genuity PR for AMEC, Jane Evans-Ryan, +1-408-489-6391, email@example.com
SuperCom Schedules Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results Release for Tuesday, March 19, 2013
HERZLIYA, Israel, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
SuperCom Ltd. (OTCBB: VUNCF), a leading provider of Wireless Identification, e-ID and
Security Solutions, today announced that it will be releasing its fourth quarter and full
year 2012 results on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 before US markets open.
The Company will also host a conference call on the same day, starting at 11:00 am ET.
Arie Trabelsi, Chief Executive Officer, will host the call and will be available to answer
questions after presenting the results.
To participate, please call one of the following telephone numbers at least 10 minutes
before the start of the call:
US: 1-888-668-9141 at 11:00 am Eastern Time
Israel: 03-918-0685 at 5:00 pm Israel Time
For those unable to participate, the teleconference will be available for replay on
Supercom's website at http://www.supercom.com beginning 24 hours after the call.
Since 1988, SuperCom has been a leading global provider of traditional & digital
identity solutions, providing advanced safety, identification and security products and
solutions, to Governments, private and public organizations throughout the world. SuperCom
has been inspiring governments and national agencies, to design and issue secured Multi-ID
documents and robust digital identity solutions to its citizen and visitors, using
SuperCom e-Government platforms and innovative solutions for traditional and biometrics
enrollment, personalization, issuance and border control services. SuperCom features a
unique all-in-one field-proven RFID & mobile technology and products, accompanied with
advanced complementary services for the healthcare and homecare, security and safety,
community public safety, law enforcement, electronic monitoring, livestock monitoring,
building and access automation and more.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934, as amended. Statements preceded or followed by or that otherwise include the
words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "projects", "estimates", "plans",
and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will", "should", "would",
"may" and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts.
Forward-looking statements in this release also include statements about business and
economic trends. Investors should also consider the areas of risk described under the
heading "Forward Looking Statements" and those factors captioned as "Risk Factors" in the
Company's periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or in
connection with any forward-looking statements that may be made by the Company. These
statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that
may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements arising from the annual audit by management and the Company's independent
auditors. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the
date of this press release.
Antrocket.com: Puerto Rico's first crowdfunding site takes off
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of local entrepreneurs, motivated by the desire to solve their own project financing challenges, have launched Antrocket.com, Puerto Rico's first crowdfunding platform.
"We want to redesign society with Antrocket by promoting collaboration, accountability and transparency. We figure that, if we act more like ants do--ants are social, cooperative and hardworking--we'll all be better off, since more creative projects will have a greater chance at success," said Javier Torres, co-founder of Antrocket.com.
Antrocket.com is a rewards-based crowdfunding site that acts as a funnel for inventions that need capital but have not found it in the traditional financial system. It provides creators an alternative source of cash to fund projects through a network of supporters. Projects that reach their funding goals on or before a pre-determined time period receive the funding they need, and Antrocket collects a 5 percent fee.
"As an entrepreneur, I've faced the frustration of not finding financing for my projects. With Antrocket.com, I'm turning frustration into action because, by creating a collective solution to help others achieve their goals, I will push my own projects forward. That is the philosophy that drives our team," said Guifre Tort, site co-founder and co-creator of 3-Boo, one of the projects featured in Antrocket.com.
The crowdfunding model also gives creators access to a place where they can market and test their ideas for free. By accessing the crowd that is already gathered across social media and the Internet, creators can reach mass audiences, create a customer base and mitigate risk by distributing it among a large number of backers. Pioneered by such sites as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the model circumvents the risk aversion and profit focus of traditional funding systems in order to give a greater range of ideas a chance.
Among the projects currently campaigning on Antrocket.com for funding are The Platano Kit, a high-design Puerto Rican souvenir; 3Boo vegigante dolls, a series of three dolls inspired by local traditions; Thunder, a documentary about 13-time world Muay Thai champion David Cummings; Defend the Fawkin Station, a touch-based, sci-fi shooting game for mobile devices and tablets, and Judo athlete Adrian Gandia's bid to become an Olympic gold medalist.
Visit Antrocket.com to learn more about these projects, back them or create your own.
Contact: Laura Rentas | 787.630.6598 | firstname.lastname@example.org
DecisionOne Corporation Launches Redesigned Website With Focus on Key Areas Including Managed Services, Logistics & Hardware Support
DEVON, Pa., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DecisionOne Corporation, the largest independent technology support organization in North America, launched a redesigned website featuring its comprehensive technology solutions portfolio of Managed Services, Logistics and Hardware Support offerings. The enhancements to the site include improved navigation, access to the company's social media platforms, and interactive components for clients, prospects and employees. The site launch is another step in DecisionOne's continuing transformation, including the addition of new members to its leadership team and a renewed emphasis in North American markets to provide IT infrastructure services.
"DecisionOne's new website showcases our deep IT support experience developed over the past 55 years in the IT services industry," states Nick Sharma, President and Chairman. He continues, "Our existing and prospective clients now have a dynamic new way to learn more about DecisionOne's core competencies, which include multi-vendor expertise, global reach, and customized solutions that scale to meet each client's unique business requirements."
Erin Dunkel, DecisionOne's Director of Marketing & Communications, notes, "The redesigned site is the new 'face' of DecisionOne. Over the past several years, we've gone through some exciting changes, which are now reflected in our website. It highlights the strengths of our leadership team, a breadth of service offerings, and a large repository of client case studies." Ms. Dunkel notes, "The site also showcases our fastest areas of growth, which include cloud computing, data center support, managed mobility, print and desktop services, and Federal, state and local field services support."
To mark this website relaunch milestone and DecisionOne's initiative to build on its strengths, the company has made a donation to Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization that builds and repairs affordable housing through volunteer labor and donations to dramatically transform the lives of families. This donation honors each DecisionOne team member, and symbolizes the commitment and dedication of each employee to delivering outstanding technology support services to businesses anywhere, anytime.
DecisionOne Corporation is the largest independent technology support organization in North America delivering world-class managed infrastructure services, legacy equipment support and logistics management across all technologies. As a vendor-agnostic partner, our highly skilled international team enables DecisionOne to deliver outstanding support services to organizations anywhere, anytime. DecisionOne uses best-in-class tools to deliver a holistic solution for each unique infrastructure, allowing our clients to predict IT costs, and reallocate and refocus their valuable IT resources toward achieving business objectives. Visit us at http://www.DecisionOne.com, follow us at @DecisionOne, become a fan on Facebook, visit our company page on LinkedIn, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and link to us via Google+.
Yuna Software, the company that develops and designs Messenger Plus!
[http://www.msgplus.net ] announced the release of its latest version of its application
for Skype. Version 1.8 complements the Skype-Messenger merger, initiated by Microsoft,
with improved communication between the two platforms.
Following Microsoft's announcement
[http://blogs.skype.com/2012/11/06/skypewlm/#fbid=9J9WEXAOTob ] about discontinuing its
Windows Live(TM) Messenger (WLM) service by mid-March, Messenger Plus! has invested
efforts to help WLM users smooth their transition to Plus! (for Skype). To enrich users'
Skype experience with enhanced voice, video and instant messaging capabilities, Yuna
Software is focusing on bringing the best of Messenger Plus! for WLM features to upcoming
Plus! (for Skype) versions.
After users have switched to Skype, Microsoft lets them log in to Skype with their
Windows Live Messenger account and communicate with their Messenger contacts. Users who
migrate to Plus! (for Skype) will enjoy the added value of Plus! including being able to
record voice and video calls of unlimited duration, send animations and sounds and keep
track of their conversations, all for free. Skype-enabled mobile device users can receive
Plus! animations (winks) and view video effects even if they do not have Plus! installed.
Enhanced interface: The latest version delivers a slick and stylish interface as its
default toolbar. You can select other designs or switch over from toolbar to menu mode in
just one click.
Let WLM contacts join Plus! (for Skype): When you try to send a wink to a non-Skype
contact, Plus! will suggest you invite them to join Messenger Plus! (for Skype) so that
they will be able to see winks, hear sounds and enjoy many other features this software
Messenger Plus! lets users get more from Skype including free audio and video call
recordings, animations, voice and video effects, chat logs and more. From the makers of
the most popular and respected extension for Windows Live Messenger, Plus! (for Skype)
introduced in 2012 has millions of downloads to date. Plus! users benefit from tons of
exciting features of this freeware that has been enhancing their instant messaging
experience since 2001. The Messenger Plus! brand is owned by Yuna Software, a private
DH2i Announces 20% Off DxConsole Promotion for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - Enables Customers to Enjoy Comprehensive New Features and Cash In On Microsoft's New Per Core Pricing Model
Ability to Stack Instances = Over 75% Savings on Licensing Costs!
FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DH2i(TM) Company, the world's leading provider of server application virtualization solutions, today announced a brand new promotion aimed at Microsoft SQL Server 2012 customers. For a limited time, DH2i's DxConsole software will be offered at a 20% discount to new customers that wish to upgrade their environment to Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The promotion is intended to enable customers that wish to take advantage of SQL Server 2012's major feature enhancements - including business intelligence, auditing and disaster recovery (DR) functionality, among other upgrades, but have been wary of licensing changes and the substantial increase in pricing.
Why is upgrading to SQL 2012 so expensive? Microsoft has changed to a per-core licensing system with the release of SQL Server 2012. Licensing has become especially expensive when running as a virtualized instance. Enterprise edition must be licensed per virtual machine (VM) and per hardware core, with a minimum of four cores per VM. However, Microsoft licensing allows unlimited instances of SQL Server 2012 to run on the same physical or virtual machine without any additional licensing.
Why isn't everyone already taking advantage of this new pricing model? Until now, creating new instances on a given machine has been a major headache - labor intensive, time-consuming, and prone to error.
Not any more! With DxConsole, users can add and move instances in less than 30 seconds. The ability to quickly and accurately stack instances enables customers to take advantage of Microsoft's new per core model and consequently save over 75% in licensing costs.
Want to learn more? Please visit: DH2i's Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Promotion.
DH2i(TM) Company is the leading provider of server application virtualization solutions. Its flagship software, DxConsole(TM) for Microsoft SQL Server, provides a unified operational model that orchestrates SQL Server management and high availability (HA) across heterogeneous physical and virtual infrastructure. DxConsole combines individual instance mobility and policy-based monitoring to intelligently automate IT operations and maintain required performance and availability SLAs while lowering overall costs by more than 50%. For further information, please visit the http://www.dh2i.com, call: 970-295-4505 or +44 20 3318 9204, or email: email@example.com.