Savvis Announces Postponement of 2011 Annual Meeting
May 12 Stockholder Meeting Postponed Due to Merger Agreement
ST. LOUIS, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS), announced that it is postponing its annual meeting due to its merger agreement with CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL). The meeting had been scheduled for May 12 at Savvis' corporate headquarters in Town & Country, Mo.
Savvis announced on April 27, 2011 it had signed a merger agreement with CenturyLink. The merger requires Savvis stockholder approval.
The annual meeting was postponed to provide stockholders adequate information and time to review the proposed merger. Savvis' Board of Directors established a new record date of July 29, 2011, and new date for the annual meeting of Sept. 15, 2011. At a later date, Savvis will send a revised annual meeting notice and proxy statement to its stockholders.
Savvis (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. Nearly 2,500 unique clients, including more than 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing. For more information, please visit http://www.savvis.com.
Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release, including statements regarding the expected timing and benefits of the acquisition such as efficiencies, cost savings, accretion and growth potential, and the competitive ability and position of the combined company, and other statements identified by words such as "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond our control. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: the ability of the parties to timely and successfully receive the required approvals of regulatory agencies and Savvis' stockholders; the possibility that the anticipated benefits from the acquisition cannot be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that costs or difficulties related to the integration of Savvis' operations into CenturyLink will be greater than expected; the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel; the timing, success and overall effects of competition from a wide variety of competitive enterprises; the risks inherent in rapid technological change; the ability of the combined company to successfully introduce new product or service offerings on a timely and cost-effective basis; the effects on ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry; any adverse developments in customer relationships, commercial disputes or legal proceedings; and other risk factors and cautionary statements as detailed from time to time in each of CenturyLink's and Savvis' reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). There can be no assurance that the proposed acquisition will in fact be consummated. You should be aware that new factors may emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to identify all such factors nor can we predict the impact of each such factor on the acquisition or the combined company. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, CenturyLink and Savvis undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise with the SEC, which contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction between CenturyLink and Savvis, CenturyLink plans to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a prospectus of CenturyLink that will also constitute a proxy statement of Savvis. CenturyLink and Savvis also plan to file with the SEC other relevant documents in connection with the proposed merger. The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about CenturyLink, Savvis, the proposed merger and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when they are available. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by CenturyLink and Savvis through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Savvis on Savvis' website at http://www.savvis.com or by contacting Savvis Investor Relations at 314-628-7433.
Participants in the Acquisition of Savvis
CenturyLink and Savvis and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Savvis in respect of the proposed merger. Information regarding CenturyLink's directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement filed with the SEC by CenturyLink on April 6, 2011, and information regarding Savvis' directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement filed with the SEC by Savvis on April 1, 2011. Other information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of Savvis stockholders in connection with the proposed merger will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus described above when it is filed with the SEC. You can obtain free copies of these documents free of charge using the contact information above. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
MIPI® Alliance and USB 3.0 Promoter Group Collaborate to Bring SuperSpeed USB "Inside the Box"
Agreement Driven by Performance Needs of Mobile Device Market
PISCATAWAY, N.J. and HILLSBORO, Ore., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MIPI Alliance and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the signing of a letter agreement between the two organizations. The agreement will facilitate the combined use of the MIPI M-PHY(SM) physical layer with the SuperSpeed USB protocol and software layers to produce the SuperSpeed Inter-Chip (SSIC) specification. Currently under development, the specification will bring M-PHY's exceptional high bandwidth and low power, and the significant performance enhancements of SuperSpeed USB "inside" the mobile device interface system. The two groups anticipate the SSIC specification will be available to USB adopters in early 2012.
"USB 3.0 and MIPI Alliance both benefit from this agreement," said Brian O'Rourke, Research Director at In-Stat. "USB 3.0 gains a path inside the box of a number of large, fast growing applications, including mobile phones and digital cameras. And MIPI gains access to the next generation of the world's most successful interface technology and its software."
The M-PHY interface is a high speed serial interface targeting up to 2.9 gigabits per second (Gbps) per lane with up-scalability to 5.8 Gbps per lane as well as a low pin count and exceptional power efficiency. SuperSpeed USB has a 5 Gbps signaling rate offering a 10x performance increase over High-Speed USB with enhanced protocol and power management while retaining compatibility with the existing USB device and software model.
"Achieving higher performance within the mobile device is at the heart of MIPI Alliance's efforts," said Joel Huloux, Chairman of the Board of MIPI Alliance. "By joining the M-PHY physical layer with the SuperSpeed USB protocol and software, we believe adopters will benefit from the new mobile, low-power PHY technology."
"By enabling SuperSpeed USB to operate over a physical layer optimized for internal use in mobile devices, a broad range of USB-enabled functions will have the opportunity to migrate into this huge non-PC market," said Brad Saunders, Chairman/Secretary of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. "It is also possible that this solution will ultimately find its way back into the PC ecosystem for its low-power benefits as a chip-to-chip interface."
About MIPI M-PHY
M-PHY is a physical layer serial interface technology with high bandwidth capabilities, developed specifically for mobile device applications. The first version of the specification was released in 2009 and has received wide usage throughout the industry.
About MIPI Alliance
MIPI Alliance is a global, collaborative organization comprised of companies that span the mobile ecosystem and are committed to defining and promoting interface specifications for mobile devices. MIPI Specifications establish standards for hardware and software interfaces which drive new technology and enable faster deployment of new features and services. For more information, go to http://www.mipi.org
MIPI® Alliance and M-PHY(SM) are registered marks of MIPI Alliance, Inc.
About SuperSpeed USB
SuperSpeed USB brings significant performance enhancements to the ubiquitous USB standard, while remaining compatible with the billions of USB-enabled devices currently deployed in the market. SuperSpeed USB delivers up to 10x the data transfer rate of High-Speed USB, as well as improved power efficiency. The USB 3.0 specification was developed by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which consists of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft
Corporation, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments. To learn more about SuperSpeed USB, please visit http://www.usb.org.
Media Contact: Brad Saunders
Marcia Barnett USB 3.0 Promoter Group
Centrify Expands Its Leading, Free Active Directory Integration Solution to Include Cloud Server Support and Splunk Integration
Centrify Express 2011 extends its lead with more free functionality and more upgrade options than any other free Windows integration solution for UNIX, Linux and Mac
BOSTON, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RED HAT SUMMIT (Booth #1107) -- Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit cross-platform systems and applications using Active Directory, today at the Red Hat Summit announced Centrify Express 2011, a major new version of its suite of free cross-platform single sign-on and authentication solutions. Centrify Express 2011 is the first free Active Directory Bridge solution to enable automated security for Linux cloud servers and to report identity and privilege management data to Splunk, a leading Operational Intelligence solution. The new solution is being unveiled and demonstrated at the Red Hat Summit this week in Centrify's booth number 1107.
With these two new capabilities, Centrify Express now comprises five distinct solutions uniquely spanning both on-premise and cloud-based systems. In addition, Centrify Express adds nine new Linux platforms and the ability to administer and manage local Linux/UNIX accounts. With the new capabilities of Centrify Express 2011, IT administrators can now rapidly launch and secure Linux servers in the cloud and obtain the operational visibility that enables them to meet their security and compliance requirements.
Centrify Express is a comprehensive suite of five, free Active Directory-based integration solutions providing authentication, single sign-on, remote access, file-sharing, and reporting for cross-platform systems deployed on premise or in the cloud. Compared to other free offerings, Centrify Express includes significantly more tools for quickly and easily integrating UNIX, Linux and Mac systems into a Windows environment and offers more advanced enterprise features to upgrade to. Centrify Express comprises: DirectControl Express for Active Directory-based authentication and single sign-on; DirectManage Express for centrally discovering and managing non-Windows systems, deploying Centrify software, and administering local Linux accounts; Centrify-enabled versions of OpenSSH, PuTTY and Samba for optimized remote access and file sharing leveraging Active Directory; Centrify Insight(TM), a Splunk-based application for integrating identity and access management (IAM) with security information and event management (SIEM), as well as providing operational intelligence regarding cross-platform systems; and Centrify Cloud Tools for securing Linux systems deployed in the cloud.
"Organizations can benefit from bridging their systems and applications to Active Directory, be they on-premises or in the cloud," said Mark Diodati, vice president of research, Gartner. "Active Directory is the epicenter of user and system management for many enterprises, and it makes sense to leverage it as much as possible for cost reduction, improved user experience, and a better compliance posture."
About the New Centrify Express 2011:
NEW: Centrify Cloud Tools Centrify is now delivering free software tools and guidance to help protect and secure cloud-based systems at launch time and to administer the security from Active Directory. Using Centrify Cloud Tools, IT managers can pre-configure cloud servers using Amazon AMI or RightScale ServerTemplates(TM) to dynamically apply authentication and access control policies to Linux cloud systems. At launch time, these servers can automatically join an Active Directory domain, configure and protect the root account, and ensure that a cloud server is as secure from unauthorized access as those in the data center. These capabilities include best practices documentation designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing more rapidly while mitigating the associated security risks. In addition, DirectManage Express has also been enhanced to support the cloud, enabling administrators to automatically discover their Linux systems that are deployed in the cloud and to seamlessly distribute the appropriate Centrify Express software to those cloud-based servers. For more information about Centrify Cloud Tools, see related press release issued today: "Centrify Introduces CloudTools for Active Directory-Based Access Control for Securing Linux Servers in the Cloud."
NEW: Centrify Insight. For users of Centrify Express and customers of the Centrify Suite, Centrify Insight collects identity, access and authorization data about UNIX and Linux servers that Centrify stores in Active Directory. In addition, access control metrics such as those detailing failed login attempts and alerts about particular privileged user behaviors give IT administrators a view of cross-platform identity, authentication and authorization in real-time. The application works with either Splunk's free or licensed version and Centrify's free or license editions. For more information see today's companion press release: "Centrify and Splunk Partner to Integrate Identity and Privilege Management to Create Operational Intelligence."
NEW VERSION: DirectManage Express. The new version of DirectManage automates the discovery of systems, assesses their readiness, and streamlines the deployment of Centrify software on target systems for easy integration with Active Directory. For organizations deploying and managing dozens, hundreds, or thousands of servers, this automated deployment and upgrade feature saves an enormous effort. DirectManage now enables administrators to centrally manage local accounts and groups on Linux, UNIX and Mac systems whether or not those systems have been joined to Active Directory. Administrators can also create, edit or delete local accounts and groups on a single system or a group of systems. For example, an IT manager could use the DirectManage Deployment Manager to change the root password on a group of systems in a single step. And with its enhanced cloud support, DirectManage Express is now a centralized management point for support of both on-premise and cloud-based systems.
NEW VERSION: DirectControl Express. With the addition of nine new platforms, DirectControl Express now joins even more UNIX, Linux and Mac systems to Active Directory and gives users multi-platform single sign-on. Automated Active Directory join capabilities have also been added to DirectControl Express to enable deployment of DirectControl Express to the cloud.
NEW VERSION: Centrify-Enabled Open Source Tools. Centrify has updated some of its pre-configured versions of OpenSSH, PuTTY and Samba for painless remote access and file-sharing in an Active Directory environment. For example, Centrify has upgraded its support for OpenSSH by delivering a version based on OpenSSH Version 5.6p1. Centrify-enabled OpenSSH guarantees support for GSS Key Exchange on all platforms in order to establish trust between hosts (a feature which is not part of the standard OpenSSH distribution) and allows users to have the most current and consistent version of OpenSSH across their various deployed Linux platforms. Customers should note that both Centrify Express and the Centrify Suite also fully support the use of SSH provided by operating system vendors, as well as a number of commercial SSH solutions. Centrify simply delivers Centrify-enabled OpenSSH as an install option and convenience, and not a requirement, thereby uniquely giving users more choice in how they want to remotely access their distributed systems than any other Active Directory integration solution.
"Centrify is delivering the industry's broadest set of free capabilities to secure and manage on-premise and cloud-based systems leveraging an infrastructure they already own--Active Directory," said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing for Centrify. "This enterprise-out approach we are taking gives IT administrators the comfort that they can leverage existing Active Directory tools and skill sets to secure their cross-platform systems regardless of where they are deployed, while at the same time providing them operational intelligence and centralized deployment and management."
Centrify Express 2011 is free, available now and can be downloaded at Centrify Express Download. Centrify Express is a subset of the capabilities provided by the Centrify Suite 2011 that layers on additional capabilities such as role-based access control, privileged identity management, Group Policy, user-level auditing, server isolation and encryption of data-in-motion. All of the capabilities described for Centrify Express 2011 also accrue to Centrify Suite 2011. Centrify Express customers can simply use Express for free or subsequently upgrade some or all of their non-Microsoft systems to the editions of the Centrify Suite that meets their needs.
Centrify delivers integrated software solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own--Microsoft Active Directory. From the data center and into the cloud more than 3000 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50, rely on Centrify's identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, call +1 (408) 542-7500 or visit http://www.centrify.com.
Centrify, DirectAudit, DirectControl and DirectSecure are registered trademarks and DirectAuthorize and DirectManage are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries.
SOURCE Centrify Corporation
CONTACT: Dan Spalding of Centrify Corporation, +1-408-960-9297, firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a leading provider of NOR Flash memory, today announced that Spansion has agreed to purchase certain bankruptcy claims held by SL Capital Appreciation Fund, L.L.C., Silver Lake Sumeru Fund, L.P. and Silver Lake Credit Fund, L.P. for a purchase price of $29.0 million. The Spansion Board of Directors has approved the transaction.
Based on its current estimate that between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion of unsecured claims will ultimately be allowed in its Chapter 11 cases, Spansion expects the purchase of these claims will enable it to retire 1.3 million to 1.9 million shares when such shares are distributed under Spansion's plan of reorganization. Completion of this transaction will occur after obtaining the approval of the Bankruptcy Court.
"Spansion is committed to maximizing shareholder value and we believe that the acquisition of Silver Lake's claims is a positive step towards this goal," said Randy Furr, EVP and CFO of Spansion.
About Silver Lake
Silver Lake is the global leader in private investments in technology and technology-enabled industries. Silver Lake invests with the strategic and operational insights of an experienced industry participant. The firm has over 90 investment professionals located in New York, Menlo Park, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and manages over $14 billion across large cap and middle market private investment strategies as well as a credit investment strategy. For more information, please visit http://www.silverlake.com.
Spansion (NYSE: CODE) is a leading provider of the Flash memory technology at the heart of the world's electronics systems, powering everything from the routers that run the internet to the highly interactive and immersive consumer and automotive electronics that are enriching people's daily lives. Spansion's broad and differentiated Flash memory product portfolio, award-winning MirrorBit charge-trapping technology, and industry leading service and support are enabling customers to achieve greater efficiency and success in their target markets. For more information, visit http://www.spansion.com.
Spansion(R), the Spansion logo, MirrorBit(R), and combinations thereof, are trademarks and registered trademarks of Spansion LLC in the United States and other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. The risks and uncertainties include: the ability to obtain bankruptcy court approval regarding the purchase of the bankruptcy claims; and any changes in the amount of allowed unsecured claims and the resulting number of shares of common stock that the company can retire in connection with this claims purchase. Additional risks and uncertainties related to the company's business are discussed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2010. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
MoneyAisle Launches Live, On-Demand Auctions for Unsecured Personal Loans
Consumers to Find New Online Resource for Financing for Boats and Recreational Vehicles
BURLINGTON, Mass., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MoneyAisle.com has launched the first online auction place for consumers to get competitive rates on unsecured personal loans and financing for boats and recreational vehicles. MoneyAisle.com has helped consumers save money by using its reverse auctions to tap into a network of over 200 banks and credit unions to get the best rates for auto loans and refinancing, bank CDs and high-yield savings accounts.
MoneyAisle.com has now launched their proprietary reverse loan technology for unsecured personal loans. As with all of its products, MoneyAisle.com helps consumers across a wide range of credit scores. For consumers, unsecured personal loans are an important way to reduce debt and meet emergency expenses instead of relying on credit cards with their onerous interest rates, which can often be as high as 20 to 22 percent. With MoneyAisle.com, consumers can instantly find fixed rates for personal loans can be as low as 8.30%.
Consumers can also turn to MoneyAisle.com to deal with another frustrating experience: how to refinance their loans for boats and recreational vehicles with high-quality lenders. MoneyAisle.com is bringing its patented reverse auction technology to allow banks and credit unions to compete to offer the lowest interest rates on boat and recreational vehicles, taking away the burden of comparison shopping from buyers and shifting it to sellers.
Since 2008, MoneyAisle.com's reverse auction products offering certificates of deposit, high-yield savings account auctions and auto loans and refinancing have been run by consumers several million times. MoneyAisle.com can help consumers get great rates on unsecured personal loans, much like they can eliminate the markups at car dealerships and offer more competitive interest rates for savings.
MoneyAisle.com also offers the option for consumers to sign up for loan rate alerts for unsecured personal loans or for loans on boats and recreational vehicle. After running a live auto loan auction and deciding to decline, consumers can sign up for an alert on the results page and MoneyAisle.com notifies consumers when rates that match their desired bids are available.
"Now consumers can save money by taking out unsecured personal loans, offering an alternative to the high interest rates of credit cards," said Mukesh Chatter, CEO and President of MoneyAisle.com. "We are also pleased to offer new loan options for boat and recreational vehicle owners."
MoneyAisle.com is the next-generation e-commerce auction marketplace offered by neoSaej Corp. that provides consumers with great rates on auto refinancing, auto loans, CDs and high-yield savings accounts, unsecured personal loans and loans for boats and recreational vehicles while helping banks and credit unions rapidly attract new customers. MoneyAisle.com's methodology is simple: banks and credit unions competitively bid for every customer in live auctions. neoSaej's patented technology creates a safe, transparent platform for consumers to secure great deals on financial services and products. Unlike other "seller-centric" online auction marketplaces, MoneyAisle.com empowers consumers by providing free, on-demand, "buyer-centric", live auctions.
About neoSaej, Corp.
neoSaej is a leading developer of online auction marketplaces focused on utilizing the advantages of the Web to empower consumers. MoneyAisle.com, neoSaej's first marketplace, provides consumers with great rates on auto refinancing, auto loans, boat and other recreational vehicle loans, unsecured personal loans, CDs and high-yield savings accounts.
Entrust Introduces Advanced SDK, Enables Banks to Embed Transparent Strong Authentication into New or Existing Mobile Applications
New security toolkit helps financial institutions embed stronger authentication into mobile applications, providing the foundation to comply with current and upcoming FFIEC guidance
DALLAS, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To improve the speed and efficiency in which financial institutions develop and provide customers secure, trusted mobile banking applications, Entrust, Inc., announces the Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for today's popular mobile platforms, including Apple, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry and Java. This easy-to-use security toolkit helps banks transparently embed Entrust's strong authentication technology into an organization's new or existing mobile-banking application.
"When we released Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile in 2010 it was met with much applause and praise," said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. "But what we heard from customers is that they found even more value in the ability to embed the technology into their own mobile applications. Entrust listened and now we're providing a software toolkit that brings a new level of transparency, brand consistency and proven security technology to the mobile banking world."
From e-mail communication, social networking, banking, commerce, shopping and personal entertainment, mobile devices have enabled a radical shift in the manner in which organizations can now service their customers. But the growth in mobile devices and the drive to move more services to the mobile channel has also increased incidences of fraud targeting these devices.
"The mobile channel provides an immediacy and persistence of communication that is not possible via traditional channels, including the online channel," said George Tubin, Senior Research Director for TowerGroup, a Corporate Executive Board Company. "The device is virtually always on and always available. But unprecedented growth in the use of mobile applications provides criminal groups a new, lucrative target to use sophisticated fraud techniques to defraud mobile users."
The SDK also will assist financial institutions with deploying stronger authentication for online customer security, a requirement expected to be at the center of upcoming guidance from regulatory agencies of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).
The organization's 2005 guidance took a strong stance in support of the deployment of stronger authentication methods, as well as fraud detection techniques, to protect customer identities and information during online banking transactions. But advances in criminal technology demands stronger guidelines to help stop advanced attacks that target the identities and transactions of consumers and business-banking customers.
Simple, Quick & Secure
The Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile SDK helps financial institutions thwart this threat by enabling them to seamlessly embed strong authentication into an application's mobile session without requiring the user to input a one-time passcode (OTP). This provides a simple and secure approach to protect a user when their password has been compromised.
The toolkit also allows financial institutions to incorporate additional security features into mobile banking applications to enhance security for the online channel, including soft tokens and out-of-band transaction verification capabilities.
"We really feel it's important for banks to ensure there's consistent branding between their website, secure mobile banking application and even branch locations," said Conner. "The net result is a mobile application platform that gives financial institutions an edge over competitors with progressive, cross-channel security features that are simple to use and effective against today's most advanced online fraud threats."
Reduce Costs, Increase End-User Acceptance
Embedding OTP tokens is more cost-effective than purchasing, issuing and deploying hardware tokens because it leverages devices that are already widely deployed -- increasing user acceptance. This transparent approach meets mobile user expectations of quick, simple application access and helps application providers build a consistent brand between their mobile application and online presence.
Designed for Developers
For software developers creating mobile applications, security is often a secondary concern yet needed to help comply with regulatory guidelines for the financial industry, such as those provided by the FFIEC. But because of its straightforward APIs, the Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile SDK allows developers to easily design and implement identity-based security into their branded mobile applications without sacrificing usability or transparency for end-user adoption.
The SDK provides a number of capabilities that enables features such as transparent strong mobile authentication, soft token display to address online banking security and out-of-band transaction verification to help defeat advanced fraud attacks such as man-in-the-browser. With support for the most popular platforms, the toolkit delivers a common API framework that allows developers to leverage integration efforts across multiple development environments.
Entrust Secures the Mobile Channel
Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile is a family of identity applications that leverage existing mobile devices for greater authentication security. Proven transaction verification, OTP authentication and Entrust's advanced SDKs are powerful tools in the fight against online and mobile fraud. The platform is a component of Entrust's comprehensive strong authentication and fraud detection solution for retail- and business-banking environments.
Not exclusive to banking environments, Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile may also be used with Entrust IdentityGuard to provide strong authentication for enterprise use, remote access or government initiatives. The application can manage multiple identities on a single device, making it one of the most versatile and easy-to-use soft tokens available on the market today.
Entrust enables organizations to layer security -- according to access requirements or the risk of a given transaction -- across diverse users and applications. Entrust's authentication capabilities include username and password, IP-geolocation, device, questions and answers, out-of-band one-time passcode (delivered via voice, SMS or e-mail), grid and eGrid cards, digital certificates (in software or on smart cards/USB Tokens) and a range of one-time-passcode tokens, including Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile. Entrust also provides multiple methods of supporting mutual authentication, including picture and caption replay as well as Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates.
Want to know more about Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile? Visit entrust.com/mobile for detailed capabilities, features and supported platforms.
Entrust provides identity-based security solutions that empower enterprises, consumers, citizens and Web sites in more than 4,000 organizations spanning 60 countries. Entrust's identity-based approach offers the right balance between affordability, expertise and service. For strong authentication, fraud detection, digital certificates, SSL and PKI, call 888-690-2424, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.entrust.com.
Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. In Canada, Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Getting Ready for Baby: What You Didn't Think About
Early Learning for Infants, More Peace of Mind for Moms
CHICAGO, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the final few months before a new baby arrives, parents stock up on diapers, check out the best pediatricians and pick the perfect crib. But with all those errands to run, many parents don't stop to think about the best way to give their infant the optimal start on a lifelong path to learning.
"Nurturing a newborn is a three-fold endeavor," says VTech Advisory Council member Dr. Lise Eliot, Associate Professor at Rosalind Franklin University and Infant Development Expert. "Fostering physical and emotional development is second nature to most parents, but research has shown that learning begins even before a baby is born, so it's important that parents create 'teachable moments' as early as possible."
VTech's Advisory Council is dedicated to providing expert knowledge and answers to parents on how children learn and develop. Dr. Eliot and VTech have put together some fresh tips for helping moms maximize learning opportunities for their newborns:
Parents Play a Key Role
For babies, parental interaction is their whole world, so moms and dads play a pivotal role in influencing a child's cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional development. Through repeated positive experiences, parents and other loving family members can have a lasting impact on their child's brain development.
Language and Sound
Language development opportunities are critical, especially in the first few years. Engage your baby in face-to-face interaction so he can hear spoken language, listen to words read aloud, and practice associating objects with words. Music is also a great way to help babies learn language, presenting new words in a fun and memorable context. Singing to your baby provides this experience without undue stress or overstimulation.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Don't forget about your child's physical development, which is crucial to her ability to learn (they say you have to crawl before you walk for good reason - crawling actually stimulates cognitive development!). From the third month of life onward, a baby's limb movement increases significantly as she begins to crawl, stand and then walk, so make sure she has a safe place to move and age-appropriate toys to grasp, push and pull.
Quality and Quiet Play time
"While toys can't completely replace the important one-on-one interaction between a parent and baby, it's important to teach babies how to self-soothe. VTech's infant line offers more fun and more learning to help babies stay engaged and stimulated even when mom or dad is busy. Knowing that helps parents a lot," adds Dr. Eliot.
VTech and Dr. Eliot recommend the following toys that maximize learning opportunities for infants while providing more peace of mind for moms. All items are available now at VTechKids.com and major toy retailers such as Toys 'R Us, Wal-Mart and Target:
Peek at Me Bunny(TM)
This adorable soft plush bunny feels all cuddly and warm when baby holds it and also includes fun learning surprises! Peek at Me Bunny has sensors on its body for interactive touch and hugging play, as well as learning keys on its hands and feet.
Mom can switch bunny to Day or Night mode for active or sleepy-time play. A giant yellow star on the bunny's tummy plays songs and glows as a soothing night light.
Peek at Me Bunny has age-appropriate learning, including peek-a-boo play (six months), learning body parts (12 months) and emotional play (24 months) so it will grow with your child and provides great value to mom.
SRP: $14.99. Ages 6-36 months
Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker(TM)
With a barnyard of friends to cheer baby on, your little one will love learning to walk using the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker.
Start her out with the easy-to-remove play panel for floor play or fun on-the-run. Then step it up with the fun-to-maneuver walker. The Learning Walker has a medley of fun: three spinning flowers, five piano keys, colorful rollers, three light-up shape sorters and a telephone handset.
And, the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker keeps baby on track teaching shapes, colors, animals, music and more!
SRP: $29.99. Ages 9-36 months
Baby's Learning Laptop(TM)
Your child will be 'wired for learning' with Baby's Learning Laptop! The colorful keyboard interacts with a bright light-up screen to teach shapes, common objects and feelings.
Three modes of play, a light-up screen and entertaining sound effects and music will keep kids engaged and learning, and the movable mouse is perfectly sized for little hands.
And moms will love that there's a volume control switch for "quiet time" play.
SRP: $15.99. Ages 6-36 months
VTech, the award-winning creator of the Electronic Learning Products (ELP) category, is a global leader in designing age-appropriate learning products. Since 1980, VTech has been developing high-quality, innovative infant and toddler educational products that enrich children's development through fun and smart play.
VTech Electronics North America, LLC is based in Arlington Heights, Ill. VTech is headquartered in Hong Kong and is the world's largest manufacturer of cordless telephones and provides highly sought-after contract manufacturing services, with distribution throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Travelers Spoke, TripIt Listened: iPad App Now Available
New Data Shows 70% of TripIt Users Own or Plan to Buy iPads; App Offers Marquee Maps Feature and Travel Reservations in One Place
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TripIt, the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (Nasdaq CNQR), has released its free iPad application in the iTunes store. Now, travelers can access all their trip reservations in one place on the top-ranking tablet - including air, hotel, entertainment and more. With the swipe of a finger, road warriors can enhance their travel experience by accessing a new mapping feature along with GPS-enabled driving directions, airport information, and even seat assignments, all designed to make traveling easier.
The TripIt Community has Spoken
TripIt users have been asking for an iPad app to access the same simple tools they rely on for smooth travels on Tripit.com and their smartphones. iPad interest level has reached new heights from one year ago when just 9 percent of TripIt users owned an iPad. New survey data reveals that more than 70 percent of TripIt users own an iPad, or plan to purchase one in the future.*
In response, TripIt's product, design and engineering teams accelerated the development of a custom-built iPad experience that leverages the larger resolution display. In contrast to what a mobile user might expect on-the-run, the app was designed to translate ample pixels into interactive features for the tablet-toting traveler at rest - whether it's in a hotel room, or board room.
Exclusive to the iPad app, a master map captures the entire trip and individual maps are provided on each page of the itinerary. Over time, the app will be updated to incorporate additional features that travelers have come to know and love in the TripIt for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, at m.tripit.com, and on the web.
"The iPad offers a multitude of possibilities for an enhanced travel experience with its stunning display and portability, so it's no surprise that our users were hungry for a native app," says Gregg Brockway, General Manager and co-founder, TripIt. "The new mapping capability and graphics will delight iPad loyalists, and we have room to grow with future releases."
How it Works
TripIt for iPad is now available in the iTunes App Store. Once downloaded, new users can create a TripIt account inside the app, while existing users can immediately access all their itineraries at-a-glance. In addition, TripIt Pro users will be able to see which flights are being monitored. Travelers can explore each itinerary in detail from the app, including:
-- Master map of the entire trip itinerary
-- Contextual maps for airports, hotels, ground transportation, restaurants
or entertainment venues
-- Seat assignments, alternate flights and open seats
-- Airport terminal information
TripIt®, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNQR), makes millions of travelers' lives easier by storing trip plans in one place. To get started, simply forward confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and TripIt does the rest; combining transportation, accommodations, dining and entertainment into a central itinerary that's accessible on smart phones and online - and it's free. TripIt Pro is a premium service that gives frequent travelers peace of mind from check-in to baggage claim, by monitoring and sending alerts for flight or fare changes. TripIt for Business provides visibility into employee travel for small to medium-sized businesses. For more information, please visit http://www.tripit.com and follow @TripIt at http://twitter.com/tripit.
Concur® is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur's easy-to-use web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time. Learn more at http://www.concur.com.
*Surveys were conducted in May 2010 and April 2011 by TripIt. Additional data and methodology available by request.
CONTACT: Amy Jackson, Senior Public Relations Manager, TripIt, Concur, +1-415-738-2359, ext. 1040, email@example.com; or Helen McClenahan, Weber Shandwick, +1-206-576-5502, firstname.lastname@example.org
iMap®Weather Radio App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Now Available
New weather warning tool helps individuals prepare for the dangerous storm season upon us with early, location-based text and voice alerts right on their mobile device
NORMAN, Okla., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., a global leader in providing state-of-the-science weather detection, alerting, and forecasting systems, today announced the availability of the iMapWeather Radio App for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This groundbreaking warning system provides information on life-threatening weather - from tornadoes to floods to hurricanes - on a mobile device, going beyond traditional weather radio broadcasting services with advanced features, such as the ability to "wake up" when danger approaches, instant voice and text alerts and real-time video.
"Think of the iMapWeather Radio app as a highly advanced weather radio right on your mobile device - a key tool to being prepared for dangerous weather," said Mike Eilts, President and CEO of WDT. "With iMapWeather Radio, users receive precise location-based alerts of severe weather coming their way, acting as an early warning to help individuals and families seek safety. And, because the app is available on 3G capable devices like the iPhone and iPad, users still receive vital information when the power goes out and TV and radios can't be turned on."
The iMapWeather Radio app offers the following key safety features:
-- Precise Alerts: iMapWeather Radio provides more precise alerts than
those offered by the existing services, sending alerts only if the
device or saved locations fall inside a watch/warning polygon.
-- Follow Me: When on the go, users automatically receive an alert if they
move into an area under a watch/warning.
-- Friends and Family: With iMapWeather Radio, users can pinpoint up to
five locations for the app to follow. This allows the user to ensure
that their friends and family, whether at school, out of state, at a
ballgame, etc., are safe as well.
-- Battery Life: The application is designed to conserve your battery life
even while using GPS.
-- Audio: iMapWeather Radio provides audio alerts in the form of beeps
followed by a brief description of the alert type - 24 hours a day.
-- Video: In markets where local media partners participate, users can get
streaming video of severe weather coverage.
Pricing and Availability
The iMapWeather Radio app is available for $9.99 from the App Store on all iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch . It will also be available at the Android app store for Android devices later this year.
About Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT)
WDT's iMap® services provide dynamic interactive and mobile weather mapping solutions for the world's leading local media and Internet companies. WDT is a global leader in providing state-of-the-science weather detection, nowcasting, and forecasting systems. WDT maintains operational and international offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and Atlanta, Georgia. Corporate websites: http://www.wdtinc.com and http://www.weatherforensics.com.
Lyrtech aims to revolutionize wireless sector with next-generation tunable RF platform
First tunable FMC to support multiple frequency bands and modes
QUEBEC CITY, May 3 /PRNewswire/ - Lyrtech Inc. (Lyrtech) (TSXV: LTK), a worldwide leader in digital signal processing
technologies, announced today the launch of a new FPGA mezzanine card
(FMC): the Radio420X. This new product is a major innovation and
Lyrtech anticipates it to be very successful in the wireless
telecommunications field in such applications as femto and pico base
stations, micro access points, software-defined radio, TV white space
and next-generation Wi-Fi applications, WiMAX, and LTE. Discussions are
already underway with a number of customers worldwide who plan to use
this innovative new solution.
The Radio420X (http://www.lyrtech.com/products/radio420x.php) is a powerful multimode SDR RF transceiver module that can be used
with any FMC carrier on the market, such as the Xilinx ML605 EVM. It is
designed around the state-of-the-art, multistandard, multiband Lime
Microsystems (http://www.limemicro.com) LMS6002D integrated RF transceiver. The LMS6002D replaces several
individual transceiver ICs and allows quick and simple reconfiguration,
resulting in considerable reductions in size, time to market, bill of
materials and inventory for OEMs.
"Lyrtech's multimode SDR FMC is an excellent example of how the unique
frequency agility of the LMS6002D IC enables a truly flexible platform
for wireless design engineers, allowing them to focus on the elements
that add value in their designs," said Philippe Roux, vice president of
business development at Lime Microsystems. "We are proud that Lime is
powering such an innovative product."
The Radio420X is completely integrated to Lyrtech's own Virtex-6 Perseus
advanced mezzanine card (AMC) (http://www.lyrtech.com/products/perseus_601x.php), making it even simpler to use. The Perseus' thorough integration to
powerful software design tools should allow users to field applications
incorporating the Radio420X in much less time than with other FMC
carriers. The Radio420X's front end design and wide RF coverage,
combined with multiple references and synchronization modes makes it
suitable for a large number of narrowband and broadband applications
with excellent channel selectivity.
The FMC's clock management facility offers low-phase-noise clock
distribution, a PLL core, dividers, dual VCOs, and a jitter cleaner
feature. Combining this facility to a very-low-jitter, 4×4 crosspoint
switch makes it possible to generate the variety of clocks necessary to
"This configurable radio head FMC is set to revolutionize wireless
telecom development, because of the Lime Microsystems RF IC, the
versatility of VITA 57 FMCs (a widely adopted standard in the wireless
industry), its 0.3-3.0 GHz tunable frequency and its 1.5-28.0 MHz
bandwidth coverage," said Martin Turgeon, product line manager at
Lyrtech. "The way the card is integrated to our Perseus AMC is also a
great plus for developers, who don't have to spend much time
integrating and developing drivers, leaving them free to concentrate on
product and application development."
Available in SISO (Radio420S) and 2×2 MIMO (Radio420M) configurations.
The Radio420M offers two transceivers on the same FMC site, making 2×2
MIMO and dual-band applications possible.
Lyrtech, a proud member of the Texas Instruments Design House Network,
develops and manufactures advanced digital signal processing solutions
for companies worldwide, a vital technology to network and wireless
communications, audio and video processing, as well as electronic
systems in all fields of technology. Lyrtech offers a full range of
DSP-FPGA development platforms, as well as design, prototyping, and
manufacturing of electronic products. Lyrtech works in partnership with
industry leaders such as Texas Instruments, The MathWorks, and Xilinx.
Lyrtech's customers include many prestigious names of the consumer
electronics, telecommunications, aerospace, and defense fields.
About Lime Microsystems
Lime Microsystems is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in
digitally configurable transceivers for the next generation of wireless
broadband systems. Its key strength is design expertise, covering RFIC
design through to end-system applications, with an international
reputation for analog, mixed-mode and RF designs. Lime Microsystems'
partnerships help customers achieve high performance with lower device
and manufacturing costs, less design resource and optimized inventory.
The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy and accuracy of this release.
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CONTACT: Louis N. Belanger, President and CEO
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Express to Offer Customers Opportunity to Purchase Entire Product Catalog Via Facebook
Retail Brand is Among the First in its Category to Launch Full E-commerce Integration
NEW YORK, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), the specialty retail apparel chain operating 591 stores, announced today the enhanced option to purchase products via the brand's Facebook page. The brand is thrilled to be able to offer customers the ability to shop and purchase the entire product catalog through a tab on its page. This is part of Express' continuing effort to enable customers to browse and shop Express clothing wherever they are, while leveraging the power of its strong Facebook appeal which now includes over 837,000 friends.
Utilizing Facebook enables customers to engage in feedback of items by "liking" pieces, posting comments, recommending to friends and posting purchases. Shoppers also have the capability to add products to their wish list that are shared with the website and mobile platforms. The customer's single asynchronous wish list is accessible from all three shopping platforms. Additionally Express' Facebook page provides users with the ability to purchase Gift Cards and Egift Cards for last minute in person or virtual gifts. All inventory and pricing is consistent with web and mobile sites and updated seamlessly in real time. The page provides a new product zoom technology, secure check out and was developed internally by Express' E-Commerce Operations team lead by Jim Wright, Sr. Vice President, CRM and E-Commerce who comments, "Social commerce is the next step in our evolution as a retailer. We continue to look for ways that the customer can interact with the brand on their own schedule and at their convenience, so that we bring down as many barriers as possible. Shopping from our Facebook page is a natural way to help customers interact and share their experience with our brand."
Jessica Quillin of Quillin Consulting, LLC was recently quoted in a piece on Mashable.com about 5 Ways Retailers Are Winning Big With Facebook Commerce saying, "The concept of a Facebook store is to combine direct marketing and online shopping into a fully-tailored, streamlined retail experience. Online fashion and luxury retailers, especially those that sell high-end goods, are a natural fit for full ecommerce integration simply because they cater to a sophisticated demographic with busy lives who likely crave a more personalized, quick-access shopping experience."
For more information, please contact Jose Martinez at BrandLink Communications - 323-302-9876 x102 or Jose@BrandLinkCom.com
About Express, Inc.
Express is the preferred young, sexy, and sophisticated designer brand for fashion-forward young women and men and all their lifestyle occasions. From casual to dressed-up, Express offers unparalleled style authority. At Present, Express operates more than 590 retail outlets in the United States. 2010 marked the brand's 30th anniversary, as well as its expansion to Puerto Rico. http://www.express.com
ALT1 Games to Begin Closed Beta Test for Troy in Q1
SEOUL, South Korea, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresh off the closed beta of Waren Story, ALT1 Games USA will be releasing the closed beta of its new game, Troy. Troy takes place in an alternate, timeless dimension in which players are sent to continue the Trojan War after the Greek gods are unsatisfied with the original victory of the Greeks. Troy will be heavily PVP-centric, including several different types of player combat on a number of different scales. Players will be able to choose from a variety of battle types, from the melee-heavy fighters to the distance-loving mages.
ALT1 Games will be releasing all three classes and quests up to level 49. Certain areas will not be playable in the closed beta, but will be available in the open beta test to happen afterwards. The first two game zones, Ventura and Silencia, will be available in the closed beta. The users will also be able to test out the various PVE systems such as the leveling scale and quests. Players-vs-player features will also be implemented, such as the infinite battle, the siege war, annihilation battle and relic battle. Different class specializations and evolutions will also be available for testing. ALT1 Games GameMasters will be available for advice, help and suggestions.
The first closed beta test of Troy will start on the 13th of May. The official teaser site (troy.alt1games.com) will open a week before, on May 5th. For the convenience of the beta testers, ALT1 Games USA is allowing users to pre-download the game client once the teaser site is open. ALT1 Games is looking to have approximately 500-1000 people in their closed beta to test game design, latency, localization and connection issues.
OneStopPlus.com Expands Brand Portfolio With Addition of Designer Plus-Size Fashions
Largest Plus-Size E-Tailer Continues Partnerships With Forward-Thinking Brands Through Addition of Designer Plus-Size Fashions
NEW YORK, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OneStopPlus.com, the premiere online destination for women who demand high style in plus-size fashion, announces that it is expanding its dynamic portfolio by forging partnerships with plus-size designer brands. A fashion-first for OneStopPlus.com, the mastersite recently began building its "Designer Studio" section with the addition of Lafayette 148 New York.
OneStopPlus.com's strategic move to build its portfolio with designer fashions adds to its already extensive selection of plus-size merchandise, sending a powerful message about its versatility and ability to provide its customer with an increasing variety of styles and fashions at all price points.
As the first of what is soon to become a featured collection of fashion designers, Lafayette 148 New York's styles are comprised of chic and modern designs in luxurious fabrics. OneStopPlus.com is currently offering approximately 300 fashions from Lafayette 148 New York, with price points ranging from $53 - $928 in sizes Medium to 3X.
"As a leader in the plus-size industry, we are committed to providing a broad portfolio of fashion options for our customers, as well as opportunities for forward-thinking brands," said Stephanie Sobel, President of OneStopPlus.com Group. "With our Designer Studio, we are looking forward to expanding our high-end merchandise offerings and are excited to be featuring Lafayette 148 New York as one of the first plus-size designers on OneStopPlus.com."
"Chic and modern designs in the most luxurious fabrics define the Lafayette 148 New York collection," noted Debra Clark, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lafayette 148 New York. "Designer Edward Wilkerson draws inspiration from his world travels and the women he meets to create sophisticated, yet supremely wearable fashion and we are pleased to be able to extend the brand's reach, offering our designer collection of beautiful, feminine separates to many new plus-size consumers through the designer studio on OneStopPlus.com."
Currently, OneStopPlus.com features 200+ brands and 15,000+ styles with plans to further expand its brand offerings both domestically and internationally. The addition of Lafayette 148 New York to the site's rapidly expanding brand base provides more options to plus-size customers just in time for Spring.
For press inquiries, please contact: 5W Public Relations.
OneStopPlus.com® is the world's first and only web-mall for plus-size women and big & tall men. The OneStopPlus.com® philosophy for plus-size women is reflected in every aspect of its website. The look and feel is upscale and the collections are not considered simply as clothing, but fashion. Plus-size women now have the same fashion choices as their size 8 counterparts, with access to everything from the classics to what's right on the mark in terms of the latest trends. Featured on this website include leading designs in American and European plus size fashion from Woman Within®, Roaman's®, Jessica London®, AVENUE®, Taillissime and Ellos. OneStopPlus.com® is a Redcats USA brand.
About Redcats USA
Redcats USA is a dynamic, multi-channel, web-driven home-shopping leader, with numerous successful brands in its portfolio: AVENUE®, Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman's®, KingSize® and BrylaneHome® sold on OneStopPlus.com®, The Sportsman's Guide® and TGW.com - The Golf Warehouse®. Redcats USA offers a wide range of value and quality driven merchandise categories, including men's and women's plus-size apparel, home and lifestyle products, and sporting goods/outdoor gear. Redcats USA is a Redcats company. For more information: Redcats.com.
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Axcient Unveils Multitenant Brick-level Protection for Microsoft Exchange and Enhanced Virtualization Environment Support
Leading provider of data protection services to SMB market adds granular backup and recovery for multiple Exchange servers and comprehensive virtualized server support.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Axcient, Inc., an award winning innovator of comprehensive data backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery services for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Value Added Resellers (VARs), and their Small and Mid-Sized Business (SMB) customers, unveiled today the latest features of their complete data backup and recovery platform, including multiple mailbox restore for Microsoft Exchange servers and support for the widest array of virtualization environments.
With the majority of small and mid-sized business users on Microsoft Exchange, it is imperative that MSPs have powerful and flexible tools to manage and maintain their customer's mailbox data. The newest release of Axcient's best-in-class data backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery service, enables MSPs to protect multiple Exchange servers, down to the message and mailbox level, from a single Axcient appliance through a single web-interface. Managed Service Providers who host multiple Exchange servers for their SMB clients can now define separate backup schedules for each of those servers and provide consistent and faster granular backup and restore for all of the latest Exchange releases, including encrypted and unencrypted modes and SBS 2011. The expanded Exchange functionality can support the protection of thousands of individual mailboxes without requiring the installation of any software.
Axcient has also expanded image backup and virtual server backup with the addition of XenServer. The Axcient backup and business continuity service now has the widest array of virtualization environment support, including VMware ESX and ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer. IT administrators are able to protect all these devices with backup, failover, and restoration to a virtual server in a matter of minutes. In addition, a Windows 2008 server running multiple Hyper-V servers can be backed up and protected at the virtual machine level and at the hypervisor level as a single image.
"It is our continued objective to provide the best backup and recovery service to our partners," said Justin Moore, CEO of Axcient. "As the only platform in our space that has been developed from the ground up and that treats backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery as a holistic problem for SMBs, Axcient is able to consistently innovate to stay ahead of the curve. Adding multi-mailbox restore for Exchange and broad virtualized server support was a key request from our partners and allows them to provide an even more comprehensive, robust, and cost-effective solution for their small and mid-sized customers."
The latest editions to the Axcient suite of backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery services are available to all current and future customers through Axcient's easy to use web-interface.
"Axcient continues to understand the vital needs of their partners," said Mike Heil, CEO of ThrottleNet. "The advanced ability to backup and recover multiple Exchange servers on one appliance is a powerful addition to the Axcient service, allowing us to provide independent, object-level protection to our clients' hosted Exchange environments. And with the expansion of virtualized server support, we are able to meet the growing needs of our diverse client-base and keep them up and running at all times. Axcient is rapidly becoming the number one choice for the SMB market and we are all excited to see their continued innovation."
About Axcient, Inc.
Axcient provides a complete data protection and business continuity solution, purpose-built as a platform for managed service providers (MSPs) to serve their small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers. The company delivers a hybrid on-premise appliance with backup and business continuity capabilities combined with its cloud-based disaster recovery service, all managed through the web. The pay-as-you-grow service features zero infrastructure, license, or software costs, thereby eliminating capital expenditures and minimizing operating expenses for the MSP and their customers alike. Axcient protects organizations in a wide range of industries, including legal, financial services, healthcare, design and creative industries, retail, credit card services, Web-based companies, and education. The Axcient service is available exclusively through a nationwide network of IT solution providers. For more information, visit http://www.axcient.com.
Spool File Manager v 8 .0 is a comprehensive spool file distribution and
archiving tool which offers real-time spool file monitoring and filtering. It
automatically performs actions on spool files without any need for program
changes such as automatically emailing the summary page of a report.
The software now has the capability to index files for super fast
retrieval of archived spooled files. There are no limits to the number of
spooled files that can be stored within an archived file.
The new version of Spool File Manager also contains subset templates to
provide multiple views of all stored spooled files, for example by
"department", "type" and "user" or any combination.
Spooled files can also be distributed through email by exporting output
to a PDF or HTML or directly from the IBM i.
John Dominic, VP of Sales at Halcyon Software, said "Automated report
distribution and archiving are extremely critical to our utilities clients,
some of whom are generating spool files over 1 million pages long. We used
their feedback in particular to ensure that the latest version of Halcyon
Spool File Manager was as efficient and scalable as possible."
Halcyon Software is a global leader in multi-platform systems management
software. With more than 20 years of delivering proven solutions and first
class customer support, Halcyon's products proactively monitor, manage and
automate IT operations to reduce costs. Large IT outsourcing companies as
well as small to medium sized organizations rely on Halcyon Software to
ensure their mission-critical systems, core applications and services are
Halcyon's solutions support IBM(R) enterprise class systems, including
the IBM i(R), AIX(R) as well as Windows(R) and Linux(R) platforms.
Halcyon has regional offices in the UK, USA, and Australia, and a
world-wide network of partners and distributors supporting EMEA, the
Americas, and Asia Pac territories.
Corvil Teams With International Securities Exchange (ISE) to Deliver Real-Time Latency Monitoring and Transparency for New Options Trading System
LONDON and NEW YORK, May 3, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- CorvilNet and CorvilClear Solutions to be Deployed to Benchmark Latency
of Optimise(TM) Trading Architecture and Measure Low-Latency Member Access
Corvil, a provider of latency management systems for high
performance trading and market data, today announced that the International
Securities Exchange (ISE) is deploying Corvil's latency management solutions
for full monitoring and reporting of latency throughout its new options
trading system running on Deutsche Borse Group's Optimise(TM) architecture.
Corvil will be used to benchmark and manage internal system latencies as well
as monitor and measure latency between ISE members and the new trading
CorvilNet will meet ISE's need for a latency management solution
that can handle both the network and application layers in a single platform.
It was critical for ISE to find a system that could measure and report
latency in real-time for all order transaction flows and market data feeds
while also managing all aspects of network speed and performance
simultaneously. CorvilNet's unified approach enables immediate identification
of the source and root-cause of latency whether it is in the application
layer or the network layer. The scale and performance requirements for ISE's
options trading system present a new level of challenge for latency
monitoring systems with transaction and message processing volumes reaching
multiple millions per second. The CorvilNet platform is uniquely capable of
handling these volume levels while offering nanosecond precision visibility
to latency on every packet, message and transaction.
"With the launch of Optimise, ISE's new, best-in-class trading
system is positioned at the forefront of the highly competitive U.S. options
industry. Demonstrating the true latency performance of our system and
assuring the lowest latency access for our members is critical. In teaming
with Corvil, we have selected a trusted brand and product that will enable
ISE to offer our members the highest levels of latency transparency and
performance predictability available on an options market," said ISE's Chief
Information Officer, Daniel Friel.
ISE's members will now be able to take advantage of CorvilClear,
a real-time interparty latency management solution between the exchange and
its members. The CorvilClear latency peering engine allows members to
establish latency channels for continuous real-time measurement of order
flow, market data feeds and network connectivity latency between the member
site and ISE. CorvilClear facilitates rapid troubleshooting of latency issues
between both parties due to the increased levels of latency transparency and
use of a common tool suite.
"Optimise is a highly innovative trading architecture that pushes
the boundaries of speed and performance. With these new systems, market
participants need to see continuous and precise measurements of actual
experienced speed and performance throughout the trading day such that
assumptions within their trading strategies can be de-risked and optimized.
We are delighted that ISE has selected our CorvilNet and CorvilClear
solutions to assure and provide this capability," said Corvil CEO, Donal
Corvil is a provider of Unified Latency Management systems to the world's
leading trading organizations including global banks, exchanges, electronic
market makers and services providers to financial markets. The company was
founded in 2000 and operates from New York, London and Dublin. Customers use
Corvil for precision monitoring, troubleshooting and reporting of performance
for their trading applications and networks. In addition, Corvil's products
are used to demonstrate latency compliance and transparency of services such
as co-location, direct feeds and Direct Market Access (DMA) offered to
trading clients. For more information on Corvil, please visit http://www.corvil.com
element14 Brings Design Services and Collaboration to Center Stage at ESC Silicon Valley
element14 offers exclusive EAGLE PCB software giveaway and teams up with computer chip designer Jeri Ellsworth to showcase new LED project and offer engineering expertise to conference attendees
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (ESC Booth #827) element14, the first collaborative engineering community and electronics store for design engineers, is featuring an array of design services and resources as well as commentary and insight from keynote speaker Jeri Ellsworth at its booth at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley on May 3-5. Entrepreneur and self-taught computer chip designer Jeri Ellsworth will showcase her newest LED project and collaborate with fellow engineers during the conference.
element14 is committed to supporting the design process from concept through prototyping, and attendees will have the opportunity to see demos on some of the services it offers, including printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication through its partnership with leading PCB manufacturer, Pentalogix. Engineers can also view the latest episode of element14's popular online electronics modding show, "The Ben Heck Show," which has garnered over 1.5 million views since its debut. In addition, a demo of Cadsoft's award-winning EAGLE PCB design software will be given at the booth, and attendees have the opportunity to win a one-year license of the professional version through a raffle.
"ESC provides a unique venue for system architects, design engineers, and prominent engineering companies and suppliers to collaborate and discuss innovative technologies and resources impacting today's design workflows," said Kevin Yapp, Chief Marketing Officer, element14. "We're delighted to engage in the discussion in a variety of different ways at this year's show, underscoring element14's ongoing commitment to the engineering community."
Additional element14 Activities at ESC:
-- Beer and Boards Event: This ESC-hosted event offers attendees an
opportunity to choose one of four developer kits, including element14's
first co-branded multifunction development platform with Freescale(TM)
Semiconductor, the XL_STAR, as well as access to a tutorial session led
by Freescale Systems engineer, Michael Norman.
-- Official Sponsor of the ESC Theater: element14 is the exclusive sponsor
of the ESC Theater where keynote speakers will provide cutting-edge
information and discuss a range of design industry updates and trends.
-- ESC Blogger Coverage: In collaboration with element14, Jeri Ellsworth
and Chris Gammell (The Amp Hour) will provide videos, podcasts and
interviews from the show that will be available on element14's community
"Do It Together" blogs throughout the duration of the conference for
those who aren't able to attend in person.
Visit element14 for more information about the electronics store or to join its online collaborative social community.
Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers. It provides product data, design tools and technology information, while incorporating Web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE: pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of 990.8m pounds Sterling and underlying profits of 93.3m pounds Sterling last year.
VIZ Media Launches VIZ MANGA APP for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Special Promotion Makes Select Volume 1 Titles Available For 40% Off
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues the digital integration of its vast library of manga (graphic novel) properties with the latest announcement of the availability of the VIZ MANGA APP for the Apple iPhone(TM) and iPod Touch(TM) mobile devices. The expansion will be compatible with the VIZ MANGA APP on the iPad, and adds cross-platform features.
To support the launch, the publisher has also kicked off a special 7-day digital promotion that offers select Volume 1 titles for only $2.99 - 40% off the regular price! This is for a limited time only and runs until midnight PST May 9th.
Manga titles for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available via the VIZ MANGA APP, which is free through the iTunes Store. Volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada for only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Twenty-eight series and almost 200 volumes are available now, including popular series such as BLEACH, BLUE EXORCIST, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO and ONE PIECE and dozens more from VIZ Media's Shonen Jump, Shojo Beat, and VIZ Signature imprints. Readers should check the app regularly, as new additions (including HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES and not simple released today) and free Chapter 1 previews of forthcoming manga series are also featured.
"The VIZ MANGA APP is a unique proprietary platform that will become one of the leading digital applications to read manga on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch," says Alvin Lu, SVP and General Manager of VIZ Media. "The technology allows readers to download, store and enjoy their favorite manga with easy access to a substantial and ongoing downloadable library. Now you can take hundreds of manga in your pocket anytime, anywhere on a mobile device with the VIZ MANGA APP!"
The VIZ MANGA APP also includes a new software upgrade for the iPad (Version 4.0), which delivers better functionality including bookmarks, improved storage, navigation, and the ability to browse-by-series in the "My Manga" library. Manga purchases can now be shared seamlessly between iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad and bookmarked for easy updates. Push notifications will also automatically notify users when new volumes of favorite bookmarked titles are added.
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at http://www.VIZ.com.
SOURCE VIZ Media, LLC
VIZ Media, LLC
CONTACT: Jane Lui of VIZ Media, +1-415-546-7073, ext. 176, firstname.lastname@example.org
Popular Online Health Destination, Everyday Health, Makes Counting Calories Easy With New Book, Supportive Online Tools and Mobile Apps
Everyday Health: My Calorie Counter
Complete Nutritional Information on More Than 8,000 Popular Brands, Fast-food Chains and Restaurant Menus
By Jennifer Sucov with Maureen Namkoong, MS, RD
NEW YORK, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We all wish there was a magic formula for losing weight and keeping it off for good. But the "secret" to shedding unwanted pounds the healthy way is not banishing carbohydrates, doing juice cleanses or eating gallons of cabbage soup. Doctors and nutritionists agree that sustained, healthy weight loss comes down to a basic equation: fewer calories plus more exercise equals weight loss. By keeping track of how many calories you consume and burn every day, you can slim down, gain energy and finally lose that extra weight!
Now, the #1 online health destination Everyday Health, which has already helped millions achieve a healthier lifestyle, reveals its tricks, tips, and secrets to help readers effectively lose weight in its first book, EVERYDAY HEALTH: MY CALORIE COUNTER(May 2011) authored by Jennifer Sucov with Maureen Namkoong, MS, RD.
Making the task of counting calories easier than ever, this pocket-sized book and online program provides around-the-clock tracking, support, motivation and guidance. It can be used on its own, or along with free mobile applications and online tools at EverydayHealth.com.
Additionally,EVERYDAY HEALTH: MY CALORIE COUNTERdecodes the unpronounceable ingredients and nutritional labels on pre-packaged foods; addresses appropriate portion-sizes in our super-sized society; includes USDA Food Pyramid recommendations on daily servings and shares strategies to help anyone stay on track.
Once you understand what is in your food and the effect it has on your body, the easier it is to make healthy choices.
About the Authors
Jennifer Sucov has been a health and wellness editor for almost 20 years and is vice president of editorial at Everyday Health. She lives in New York City.
Maureen Namkoong, MS, RD has a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor's degree in athletic training/sports medicine from East Stroudsburg University.
About Everyday Health, Inc.
With more than 28 million monthly unique visitors (source: comScore), Everyday Health is the leading provider of online health solutions. Everyday Health offers consumers, healthcare professionals and marketers a wide range of content, applications and advertising-based services. Its broad portfolio of websites and mobile applications span the health spectrum, from in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management to healthy lifestyle offerings. Everyday Health offers the tools, community, and expert advice people need to live healthier lives, every day. Everyday Health was founded in 2002 by CEO, Ben Wolin, and President, Mike Keriakos.
About Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
For 60 years, Sterling has been one of the world's leading publishers of non-fiction books. We strive to publish high-quality books that educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of our readers. We have the reach of a major publisher with the passion and creativity of an independent press. Sterling Publishing is a division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Berkery Noyes Represents Nolo in Its Sale to Internet Brands
NEW YORK, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Berkery Noyes, a leading investment bank serving the information and education markets, announced that it represented Nolo in its sale to Internet Brands. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Nolo has achieved national recognition as the definitive source for plain-English consumer legal information, both in print and on the Internet. Four decades ago Jake Warner, Nolo's Executive Chairman and principal shareholder, was a legal aid lawyer working for low-income families in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1971, before do-it-yourself books, instructional software and the Internet, Warner and his fellow lawyer Charles Sherman founded Nolo to provide easy access to legal information. In the intervening years, Warner built Nolo focused on the mission of making the American legal system accessible and affordable for all.
Through its acquisition of Nolo, Internet Brands, one of the industry's premier online media companies, has secured Nolo's consumer-focused, online legal information portal, lawyer directory and its vast content library. Nolo's operations will be combined with Internet Brands' existing legal division, ExpertHub. Through this combination, Internet Brands' legal division becomes a leader in the online legal category. The combined entity will bring to market a large repository of consumer-friendly legal information, while helping consumers and small businesses with their legal issues through a diverse set of do-it-yourself and lawyer-assisted products.
According to Jake Warner, "Internet Brands is the ideal acquirer for Nolo with its dedication to high quality products and information. I am confident that Nolo and its mission to provide law for all will thrive under the highly capable leadership of Bob Brisco and his team at Internet Brands."
According to Mary Jo Zandy, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, the investment bank that handled the transaction for Nolo, "Nolo is an iconic American company. It not only pioneered the do-it-yourself legal market with its print publications but embraced changing technologies first with legal software and then the Internet, making Nolo.com a leading consumer law site. It was our pleasure to work with the principals and employees of Nolo."
About Internet Brands, Inc. - Headquartered in El Segundo, California, Internet Brands is a new media company that operates online media, community, and e-commerce websites in vertical markets. The company also develops and licenses Internet software and social media applications. In its Consumer Internet Division, Internet Brands owns and operates more than 200 principal websites in seven categories. The company currently attracts, on average, more than 79 million unique visitors per month viewing 715 million pages, with 97% of the network's audience originating from organic, non-paid sources.
About Berkery Noyes - Berkery Noyes provides strategic mergers and acquisitions transaction advisory services, financial consulting and strategic research to middle-market information and technology companies in the United States and internationally. BNC has been involved in many notable transactions in the media and information sectors, including Random House's acquisition of Ten Speed Press, Gale's acquisition of HighBeam, Wicks' acquisition of Gordian, Thomson Reuters' acquisition of Discovery Logic, and Berlitz' acquisition of Second Language Testing Inc. For more information, visit: http://www.berkerynoyes.com.
SOURCE Berkery Noyes
CONTACT: Mary Jo Zandy, Managing Director, Berkery, Noyes, +1-212-668-3022; Joe Ewaskiw, Internet Brands, +1-310-280-4539
Three-Product Offer For New Customers Includes Faster Internet Speeds, Advanced Wireless Router And Optimum Link, Seamlessly Connecting All Three Optimum Services In The Home
BETHPAGE, N.Y., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the launch of the Ultimate Triple Play, an enhanced version of the most successful marketing offer in cable history, the Optimum Triple Play. For new customers, the Ultimate Triple Play delivers faster Internet speeds, the additional convenience of an Advanced Wireless Router and Optimum Link, which allows customers to display PC images and sounds on their televisions instantly, without any additional equipment. The new marketing offer integrates the benefits of iO TV®, Optimum Online® and Optimum Voice® with advanced technology, creating a truly connected home.
The Ultimate Triple Play consists of:
-- More than 275 channels of iO TV digital cable, including free HD, access
to video on demand, including thousands of free titles, local
programming from News 12 and MSG Varsity and other benefits.
-- Optimum Online Boost Plus high-speed Internet service, delivering
downstream speeds of up to 50 megabits-per-second (Mbps) and up to 8
Mbps upstream, and including free access to Optimum WiFi's tens of
thousands of wireless Internet access points across Cablevision's
-- An Advanced Wireless Router (802.11n), delivering the highest standard
of in-home WiFi speed and security, and a perfect complement to the
recently launched Optimum App for iPad.
-- Optimum Link, which allows customers to use Cablevision's network to
display PC content on home televisions with a click of the mouse, and
without any additional equipment, included at no additional charge.
-- Optimum Voice, with 18 popular calling features at no additional charge,
including 411 directory assistance and unlimited calling across the
U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
"We introduced the Optimum Triple Play in 2004, and it has been an enormously successful offer for Cablevision and one that has been emulated across the industry to establish three-product relationships with customers," said Jonathan Hargis, Cablevision's executive vice president of marketing. "The Ultimate Triple Play takes our compelling value proposition, across all three services, and ties it together with faster Internet speeds, Optimum Link and an advanced wireless router that is a perfect complement to our new Optimum App for iPad. We believe this will be an extremely popular offer with new customers looking for the advantages of our core services combined with our latest technological innovations."
The Ultimate Triple Play is available to new customers at the price of $99.80 per month for the first year. Cablevision will promote the Ultimate Triple Play through an aggressive mix of advertising, including television, print, online and direct marketing tactics.
Optimum Online Boost Plus, a new level of high-speed Internet service, is available to any existing Optimum Online customer for an additional $14.95 on top of the price of basic Optimum Online service, and includes Optimum Link at no additional charge. Optimum Link allows digital cable customers to send information or images that appear on a PC or laptop screen, such as documents, music, pictures and video, to any TV in the home, without any additional equipment. A simple one-time software download to the PC enables the Optimum Link service to securely send the information on a home PC through Cablevision's network facilities to a dedicated channel in real-time. The content is viewable on iO TV Channel 641. Optimum Link is available separately to iO TV digital cable customers for an additional fee of $4.95 per month.
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its assets include cable television operations that provide industry-leading services to more than 3 million New York area households. A state-of-the-art cable system enables the company to offer a full suite of premier residential and business communications services that include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice, Optimum WiFi® wireless Internet, and its Optimum Lightpath® integrated business communications solutions. Cablevision also delivers advanced video, voice and Internet services to more than 300,000 households in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, Cablevision operates several successful programming and entertainment businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment. Cablevision serves the New York area with compelling local content through News 12 Networks, a local news leader; MSG Varsity, a suite of television and online services covering high school activities; and, Newsday Media Group, a business unit that includes Newsday, Long Island's leading daily newspaper. The company also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas, which includes Manhattan's famed Ziegfeld Theatre, a frequent and historic venue for film premieres and events.
SOURCE Cablevision Systems Corp.
Cablevision Systems Corp.
CONTACT: Jim Maiella, +1-516-803-3947, or Allison Watters, +1-516-803-1249
ShopAtHome.com Launches "Coupon Idol" Video Contest in Celebration of Reaching One Million Facebook Fans
DENVER, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ShopAtHome.com, the largest free coupons and cash back site on the web, today announced the launch of its first annual Coupon Idol video contest. The contest will award $8,000 in prizes to the most creative home-made music videos that celebrate couponing and saving money using the web. Entries will be accepted between May 2 - 29, 2011. Contest entries can be submitted at http://www.shopathome.com/video.aspx.
"In celebration of reaching more than one million fans of ShopAtHome.com on Facebook, we wanted to engage our terrific fans in a fun way," said Marc Braunstein, co-founder and CEO of ShopAtHome.com. "Coupon Idol is a chance for our community of savers to let loose, be creative with friends and family, have some fun and maybe even win some cash."
Entries must contain the words "coupons" and "ShopAtHome.com" in the lyrics and videos cannot run longer than 60 seconds. Winners will be selected by votes from our online community as well as a panel of judges from ShopAtHome.com. The grand prize winner will receive $3,000; the second place winner will receive $2,000; the third place winner will receive $1,000; the fourth and fifth place winners will receive $500 each and five runners-up will receive $100 each. Of the winning videos selected by the judges, the video that attracts the most views on YouTube will receive an additional People's Choice prize in the amount of $500. Winners will be announced in early June 2011.
There is no cost to enter the ShopAtHome.com Coupon Idol Video Contest. Visit ShopAtHome.com for official contest rules and regulations here Coupon Idol Official Rules.
ShopAtHome.com offers more than 100,000 online coupons at more than 50,000 merchants. The site helps consumers save millions of dollars each year through cash back shopping, grocery coupons, restaurant coupons, free online coupon codes and free samples. To learn more about the many ways to save using ShopAtHome.com, visit ShopAtHome.com.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Marc and Claudia Braunstein, ShopAtHome.com is the largest provider of online coupons and cash back rewards. The site offers online and printable grocery, restaurant and retail coupons, cash back on online purchases, free samples and contests. ShopAtHome.com started as a "Catalog of Catalogs" in 1986 with the goal to save consumers money and time, and, through feedback from users, has become the coupon powerhouse it is today offering more than 100,000 online and local coupons at more than 50,000 merchants, including brand-name retailers. For more information visit http://www.ShopAtHome.com.
FEARnet HD Expands to Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, Comcast
Multiplatform Genre Entertainment Service Unleashes Programming Line-up; Adds Tuesday "Twisted Comedy" Block
LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FEARnet, the world's premier destination for horror, thriller and suspense, announced today it has secured long-term carriage with Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and has begun its linear carriage rollout with Comcast.
With the new carriage agreements, FEARnet is now available on:
-- Time Warner Cable and Time Warner's VOD platform beginning in early May,
with New York launching VOD on May 9 and both SD and HD linear on May 11
-- Verizon FiOS channel 197 nationwide, as well as on the pre-existing VOD
-- Comcast Channel 1865 HD, Channel 171 SD in Philadelphia as of April 12,
along with VOD to Comcast's entire footprint under its pre-existing
The FEARnet brand recently expanded to include FEARnet HD, a linear cable channel where horror, thriller and suspense fans will find more than over 300 movies a year including regularly scheduled world, broadcast and network premieres, as well as new series, and original interstitial content. The move to linear followed four years of incubation and growth on VOD where FEARnet has become the number one free movie service.
"Genre fans are the most passionate fans in the entertainment universe, and we are committed to giving them the best programming in the form of distinctive Original Series, new Television and Broadcast Premieres, Classic Films and creative Stunts," said Peter Block, FEARnet's President and General Manager. "In a very short window, the FEARnet launch team has secured an outstanding first batch of linear distribution partners, designed a great schedule, and really utilized our outreach into the Hollywood horror community for movies, commentary and on-camera fun. We're extremely grateful to the genre lovers nationwide who have taken the time to call their local television providers to request FEARnet."
These carriage agreements mark the first wave of an expansion that is expected to take FEARnet HD above 10 million U.S. homes within the next year, in addition to the existing 26 million VOD households. FEARnet is also working with distributors on TV Everywhere initiatives which include streaming of FEARnet's linear channel along with hundreds of hours of VOD content to authenticated customers.
"The early MSO enthusiasm for the linear channel confirms our belief that there is an unsatisfied hunger for FEARnet's distinct and proven programming approach to genre entertainment," said Ron Garfield, FEARnet's Chief Revenue Officer. "As we move through 2011, expect to see FEARnet available in more markets from more providers, and grow into fans' number one destination for everything genre."
Building on the foundation of its deep library of movies, FEARnet has begun to establish new genre content franchises online, on VOD and on linear. Moving forward, FEARnet content will be accessible on a combination of the three platforms.
"Twisted Comedy" is FEARnet HD's brand-new horror-comedy block launching this summer with a distinctive pair of scripted series:
-- "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil" (Tuesdays at 10 p.m., starting August
2, 2011) - This supernatural comedy featuring Jason Mewes ("Mallrats,"
"Clerks," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back") tells the story of a
small-town high school kid trying to save the world. In each episode,
Todd and his cohorts are pitted against the dark powers of a mysterious
book that grants seemingly innocuous wishes with sinister, unexpected,
cataclysmic, and downright satanic side effects. Created by Craig David
Wallace, Charles Picco, and Anthony Leo, the series was
highly-successful in its Canadian television debut. FEARnet.com will
also feature "Todd and the Book of Pure Evil" extras and related
-- "Psychoville" (Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m., starting August 2, 2011) - This
award-winning British black comedy thriller series centers on a group of
characters haunted by a mysterious blackmailer. Written by and starring
Reece Shearsmith ("The League of Gentlemen," "Shaun of the Dead") and
Steve Pemberton ("The League of Gentlemen," "Doctor Who"), "Psychoville"
is the only comedy ever to feature a serial-killer obsessed man-child, a
one-handed clown, a blind tycoon, and a possibly telekinetic dwarf.
"Psychoville" debuted to great fan reception on BBC Two, earning the
prestigious British Comedy Award for "Best New TV Comedy." In addition
to the half-hour episodes on FEARnet HD, fans will find bonus show
material at FEARnet.com.
"Girl Number 9," a six-part thriller created by Dan Turner and James Moran ("Torchwood," "Doctor Who"), tells the terrifying story of a cop's race against time to save his own daughter from a serial killer. The series stars Joe Absolom ("Doc Martin," "Personal Affairs"), Gareth David-Lloyd ("Torchwood"), and Tracy-Ann Oberman ("Doctor Who," "Eastenders"). Six intriguing five-minute episodes are slated to debut on FEARnet.com and VOD this summer.
"Post Mortem with Mick Garris" is FEARnet's signature interview series. It features one-on-one conversations between award-winning filmmaker Garris and the biggest names in genre entertainment. Recent episodes include interviews with William Friedkin and John Carpenter, and Rob Zombie, Guillermo del Toro and Tobe Hooper are slated for later in 2011. The revealing 30-minute episodes run on FEARnet HD and VOD, and are serialized into five-part series for the FEARnet.com audience.
FEARnet has secured movie deals with the major studios including Warner Bros., Paramount, Starz, BBC and E1 Entertainment in addition to the extensive collections from Sony and Lionsgate, to create a new FEARnet HD schedule with exciting blockbuster premieres, innovative treatments of classics and perennial fan favorite titles including "The Blair Witch Project," which will air exclusively commercial free on FEARnet HD during a Memorial Day (May 30th) marathon.
"Movies with More Brains" is a hosted, in-depth celebration of genre classics and fan favorites. Monthly guest hosts will present a number of films through original interstitial content that deepens the viewing experience whether you are seeing the movie for the first time or the fiftieth. Guest hosts include Angie Greenup ("It's Effin' Science") who will join Ryan Rotten (Shock Till You Drop) to present "Midnight Meat Train" starring Bradley Cooper on June 4th. Greenup will also present, along with Powerman 5000 lead singer Spider, "Blood Diner" on June 11th. Directors Adam Green ("Frozen") and Joe Lynch ("Wrong Turn 2") will team up on June 25th to bring audiences "The Gate."
"Sinister Sundays" will bring a terrifying close to the weekend every Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. This weekly movie event on FEARnet HD will include broadcast premieres, network premieres, and world premieres. "Sinister Sundays" kicked off on Sunday, April 10, 2011 and future "Sinister Sundays" include the world premiere of "30 Days of Night: Dark Days" on May 1st, the network premiere of "Quarantine" starring Jennifer Carpenter, and world premiere of "The Horseman" with Dennis Quaid.
FEARnet Special Events
Special themed FEARnet events throughout the year will celebrate the breadth and depth of outstanding genre content and creators in the FEARnet repertoire. The linear network will program themed days at least once each month, with cross-platform support from VOD and online. Among the subjects getting the FEARnet themed event treatment in 2011 are:
-- Authors Stephen King and Dean Koontz
-- Foreign Language Frights
-- So Real It's Scary (Documentaries)
-- Iconic franchises "Phantasm" and "Boogeyman"
-- Villains and Monsters of Infamy - Godzilla, Vampires, and Zombies
FEARnet will also bring fans the Halloween Spirit all year long through its relationship with "Trick 'r Treat" director Michael Dougherty. As the countdown to the genre's biggest night begins, FEARnet rolled out the first video in a series of vignettes from Dougherty that feature the film's signature character 'Sam' creating his iconic brand of mischief. In the video, 'Sam' disrupts a happy family's perfect Easter celebration in ways only he could do. More videos are scheduled to be released throughout 2011 around several holidays.
In July, FEARnet will continue its annual coverage of the "dark-side" of Comic-Con. From fan favorites to celebrity interviews, FEARnet renews its commitment to bring audiences anything and everything horror, thriller, dark fantasy, black comedy, and sci-fi from fandom's ground zero.
Last, but not least, no year in fear could ever be called complete without the Fiscal Fear-End. The Super Bowl of Scary. FEARtober, referred to by civilians and non-believers as "October," is the culmination of everything that's great about genre entertainment. Drawing on double movie marathons, outsized sweepstakes and promotions, unexpected guest stars, and more, each year the team at FEARnet strives to outdo the last year's FEARtober festivities with its widest-ever array of on-air, online and special programming and promotions. The month will conclude with a 24-hour marathon of "Trick 'r Treat," that was part of FEARnet HD's October 31, 2010 launch with the classic "The Exorcist."
FEARnet, the world's premier destination for horror, thriller and suspense, is a cutting-edge, multi-platform genre entertainment network available on linear, on demand, and online. Its unrivaled modern horror library unites Sony Pictures Television (SPT: US), Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the two top studios producing and distributing the genre, and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) (NASDAQ: CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services.
FEARnet has generated over 550 MM views, is the #1 Free Movie VOD network, and is available on AT&T U-Verse, Bresnan, Comcast, Cox Communications, Guadalupe Valley Systems, Insight Communications, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and Wyandotte Municipal Services. FEARnet launched its traditional cable channel in HD October 31, 2010 and is available on Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and Wyandotte Municipal Services. http://www.FEARnet.com is the web's #1 site for genre fans, and PC Magazine named FEARnet.com among "The 15 Best Websites for Movie Fans" where users can explore the world of the macabre on a visually arresting video-rich environment packed with movies, news, interactive community features and fresh original content.
Before the launch of FEARnet, which has the #1 genre VOD and online services, horror, thriller and suspense fans were a huge, but woefully underserved niche audience in the cable and On Demand video marketplace. The popularity of the genre has attracted fiercely loyal fans whose huge ranks have consistently grown, even as other content trends have ebbed and flowed. Genre entertainment fans boast extremely attractive demographics and over-index for social media engagement, tech-savvy users and the highly coveted 18-34 demo. The fans have an almost even gender split, proving that the genre has widespread appeal. Geographically speaking, genre entertainment knows no bounds and FEARnet's audience is evenly distributed across the U.S., including urban, suburban and rural areas. To find out more on how FEARnet HD can be requested from television providers, fans can call 877-FEAR-247.
CONTACT: Todd Beck, Todd@beckmedia.com, or Sabrina Pietryga, Sabrina@beckmedia.com, both of Beck Media & Marketing, +1-310-300-4800
ARRIS Launches VIPr(TM) 4000 Series Video Transcoding Platform
MPEG-4 live adaptive streaming and transcoding for both ATSC and DVB
SUWANEE, Ga., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS) today introduced the 4000 series of its VIPr(TM) video transcoding platform. The upgraded platform enables MPEG-4 adaptive streaming, video fragmentation and packaging of live content for multiple screen applications for both Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), as well as MPEG-4 transcoding. The VIPr 4000 series enables operators to deliver live content in multiple encoding formats with the highest possible standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video quality.
Core to this new solution set is the ARRIS VIPr 4800, a second-generation video transcoder capable of generating live multi-screen video output through adaptive bit rate streaming. As a network video processor that ingests video streams in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (AVC H.264), the VIPr 4800 provides MPEG-4 video outputs at multiple resolutions, multiple bit rates and for multiple device types - including tablets, smartphones, personal computers and televisions.
Also available in this series is the ARRIS VIPr 4400 platform, which offers classic transcoding functionality such as MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 transcoding, and MPEG-4 re-encoding with integrated Statistical Multiplexing to ensure optimal bandwidth utilization and high quality video.
The VIPr products leverage intelligent re-encoding technology that ARRIS has developed to optimize video quality and flexibility during the transcoding process. This video processing technique first decodes the input digital video, then employs MPEG bit stream parameters present in the input video for optimal bit allocation decisions in the encoding process--which is critical to providing the highest quality video over distribution networks.
"With these new technology capabilities, we are confident that the VIPr platform remains one of the best in the industry, offering unparalleled live content encoding and transcoding capabilities that will give operators a competitive advantage as they expand their video services across multiple video-capable devices," said Bill Hogan, VP, ARRIS Digital Video Solutions Product Line Management.
All solutions in the VIPr 4000 series support both DVB and ATSC digital television standards. The VIPr 4000 series also introduces an enhanced chassis.
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver carrier-grade telephony, network video processing, whole home video, demand driven video, next-generation advertising, network and workforce management solutions, access and transport architectures and ultra high-speed data services. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Suwanee; Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Kirkland, WA; State College, PA; Wallingford, CT; Waltham, MA; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com.
CONTACT: Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-84327 work, +1-404-307-5485 mobile, email@example.com
Verizon Wireless Delivers Official Mobile App for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Interactive Pirate Discovery App for Android Devices Takes Fans Inside the Movie and to the Red Carpet Premiere on May 7
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pirate Discovery App, the official mobile app for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Available on select Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets, the Pirate Discovery App immerses fans in a world of Pirates content before, during and after the movie is available in theaters on May 20th.
The Pirate Discovery App has exclusive content from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, including character stills, character bios and movie artwork. When the movie is available in theaters, the Pirate Discovery App will let customers browse local show times, find nearby theater locations and purchase tickets directly through the app. Moviegoers can also share their Pirate experiences by creating Facebook® and Twitter(TM) posts from within the app.
On May 7, Verizon Wireless customers who download the app to their smartphone or tablet will see a live stream from the world premiere, a pre-film event taking place at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST, app users will get a sneak peek of this once in a lifetime experience delivered right to their device. Also, from May 17 to June 14, Verizon Wireless customers will have exclusive access to Disney's mobile game for Android(TM) phones, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas," allowing them to create virtual pirates, customize ships, embark on quests and engage in simulated battles.
The Pirate Discovery App will also introduce a built-in rewards program that enables fans to unlock exclusive film-related content and merchandise by exploring and sharing information and content from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This rewards program will allow customers to access new video discovery and search technology from VideoSurf by simply pointing their mobile devices at a TV or computer screen to identify Verizon television and designated Web videos from the film to earn rewards that can be redeemed through the app.
"We're all eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," said Suzy Deering, executive director of media and sponsorships at Verizon Wireless. "The Pirate Discovery App connects fans to the movie franchise in new ways and lets them go deep into Captain Jack Sparrow's world."
"With Captain Jack Sparrow returning for a new adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, we wanted to find ways to connect with the franchise's incredibly dedicated fan base, as well as bring the world of Pirates to new platforms," said Don Gross, vice president, global promotions, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing. "The team at Verizon has developed this amazing new app that allows us to do just that."
The Pirate Discovery App is free to download for Verizon Wireless customers with select 3G and 4G Android mobile devices by texting "AHOY" to 52011 or by accessing it directly from Android Market(TM). A full list of devices that support the Pirate Discovery App, as well as additional access to an immersive, digital experience of the film, are available at Verizon Wireless' official Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides website, http://www.climbaboard.com.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, excitement and humor that ignited the hit franchise--this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM). Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in this action-packed adventure that finds him crossing paths (and swords) with the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz). When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth. Along the way Jack must use all his wiles to deal with the barbarous Blackbeard and his crew of zombies, Angelica, the ravishing pirate with whom he shares a dubious past, and the beautiful, enchanting mermaids whose masterful cunning can lure even the most seasoned sailor to his doom. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the indestructible Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack's longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.
Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens in theaters May 20, 2011, in Disney Digital 3D, with screen story and screenplay by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, based on characters created by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert, and suggested by the novel by Tim Powers.
NI Introduces Industry's Highest Performance PXI Express Synchronization Module and Industry's Fastest PXI Express Remote Controller
New Products From NI Extend PXI Platform Capabilities and Performance for Multichassis Systems
AUSTIN, Texas, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced two PXI Express products that extend the platform's performance and capabilities, especially for multichassis systems. The NI PXIe-6674T timing module is the industry's highest performance timing and synchronization module, and the NI PXIe-PCIe8388 controller is the industry's first 8 GB/s/direction remote controller. Engineers can use the new products to create high-performance PXI Express systems with tight synchronization and high system data throughput.
"NI worked with the PXI Systems Alliance to introduce PXI in 1997 and continues to be a leader in pushing the platform's performance with the introduction of these new PXI Express products," said Eric Starkloff, NI vice president of product marketing. "The new timing module is the first in the market to provide access to the advanced PXI Express timing and synchronization features for best-in-class clock and trigger routing for synchronizing PXI. The new remote controller interfaces PXI Express systems using the fastest cabled PCI Express link to double the throughput for high-speed data streaming applications."
The NI PXIe-6674T timing module unlocks the most advanced timing and synchronization capabilities for PXI Express systems. It generates and routes clocks and triggers between devices in a PXI Express chassis. It also can externally route signals to other PXI and PXI Express chassis or third-party instrumentation. The timing module can generate two types of clock signals. The first is a highly stable 10 MHz clock based on an onboard precision OCXO reference with a 50 ppb accuracy. The second is a clock up to 1 GHz with µHz resolution from the direct digital synthesis (DDS) clock generation circuit. It also features advanced trigger and timing routing with PXIe_DSTAR differential star trigger lines that offer less than 500 ps skews and 10 ns of delays.
The NI PXIe-PCIe8388 kit uses a x16 Gen 2 PCI Express link that provides up to 8 GB/s/direction of sustained throughput. Engineers can use the NI PXIe-PCIe8388 remote controller to control PXI Express systems from a x16 Gen 2 PCI Express slot in an NI rack-mount controller. For example, the remote controller works with the new NI RMC-8354 (which features an Intel® Core i7(TM) processor) through a fully transparent, high-bandwidth cabled PCI Express link. With this level of data throughput performance, the remote controller is eight times faster than the company's existing remote controllers. The remote controller also features a downstream port to create high-performance, multichassis systems by connecting to other PXI Express chassis as well as to other enclosures with general-purpose graphical processing units (GP-GPUs) for added computational ability.
Both new products work with NI software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, as well as NI hardware, such as modular instruments.
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with its largest customer representing approximately 4 percent of revenue in 2010 and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 5,500 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
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Global Virtual Classroom 2010/2011 Award Winning Websites Announced
DALLAS, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Give Something Back International Foundation (GSBI) has announced the winners of the 2010/2011 Global Virtual Classroom Contest (GVC) -- a free online collaborative learning project that fosters creativity, cross cultural understanding, helping others and teaches IT and website design skills amongst students working together from around the world.
Sponsored by GSBI, the GVC program provides an opportunity for primary and secondary school students from different countries to work with and learn from students in other countries, as they collaboratively design a website on a topic of their choosing. Teams are comprised of either three primary or three secondary schools from different countries. A panel of international judges evaluates the final work and determines the winners.
In September 2010, AT&T* announced a $25,000 contribution to support the Global Virtual Classroom project.
With subjects that range from combating world hunger to bridging the digital divide, and from helping victims of natural disasters to exploring the creative world of music, sites from participating teams show the kind of creativity that can come from putting approximately 2100 students from 23 different countries together in a collaborative endeavor.
Their efforts were judged for content, presentation, collaboration, and a helping focus. The helping focus encourages students to also demonstrate achievement of a helpful objective such as personal, social and/or environmental responsibility or support for a worthy cause.
This year's Grand Prize winner for the primary school category is the "Lacing up the Digital Divide" website created and built by students from Horace Mann School in Oak Park, Illinois, USA and the International Community School of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The website highlights the importance of bridging the digital divide with innovative approaches as to how to make a positive impact. The team also shares their efforts to support the Bingerville Orphanage in Cote d'Ivoire providing computers, Internet access, books and French website resources to enhance student learning in a very challenging environment.
The Second Place winner in the primary school category is the "The Art of Living" website designed by Abraham Lincoln School in Oak Park, Illinois, USA; Riverside School in Prague, Czech Republic; and St. Mark's Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh in New Delhi, India.
In Third Place of the primary school category is "Education: Hope for the Future" website presented by John Muir School in San Diego, California, USA; Tainan Municipal Haidong Elementary School in Tainan City, Taiwan; and Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya.
The secondary school category's Grand Prize winner is the "Food for All and All for Food" website presented by students at Philippine Science High School in Quezon City, Philippines; Ranji School in Bangkok, Thailand; and Denmark Empowerment Charter School in Denmark, Wisconsin, USA. The website highlights ways to combat world hunger as well as highlights foods from their respective cultures and the influences on cuisine from around the world.
The Second Place winner for the secondary school category is the "Stay Connected!" website developed by St Mark's Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh in New Delhi, India; St. Paul Lutheran School in Farmington, Missouri, USA; and Gimnazjum No 4 in Gdynia, Poland.
In Third Place of the secondary school category is the "Enter the Creative World of Music" website created by Gladesmore Community School in London, United Kingdom; Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois, USA; and Belvedere Middle School in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Certificates of participation are awarded to all students. Plaques and cash awards are presented to the schools of the winning teams. The Grand Prize award is $3,000 for the winning primary school team and $3,000 for the secondary school team. The second place award is $1,500 for each winning team and the third place award is $750 to each team. Special Merit awards are also presented for exceptional academic merit, for significant helping focus accomplishments, for creativity, and for the innovative use of multimedia. Merit award winners receive software from Tech4Learning.com.
JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell, the Chairman and one of the co-founders of the Give Something Back International Foundation said, "Beyond the impressive accomplishments of the website projects, we are so pleased that the teams found a myriad of ways to give back to their schools, their communities, and to others around the world in very meaningful ways. This years winners represent wonderful diversity from around the world. They are from: India, United Kingdom, Philippines, Kenya, Czech Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Poland, Taiwan, and Thailand and, in the U.S. from California, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and New York. I would also like to express our sincere appreciation to AT&T for their great support of the GVC over the years - their commitment to supporting education projects around the world is truly inspiring."
*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. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the U.S. and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the United State's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
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Simple and Quick Process Takes the Hassle and Headache Out of Selling Your Car
FAIRFIELD, Calif., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPRT), a leading online vehicle auction company, has launched a new iPhone app, Copart Sell My Car, in support of the company's CopartDirect model, which allows on-the-go users to sell their car and receive payment in as little as one business day.
CopartDirect is a division of Copart dedicated to offering a faster and easier way to sell vehicles. CopartDirect provides consumers with an offer to purchase their vehicle when they enter their information into the iPhone app. For the first time, consumers can take this exciting technology and exceptional service with them anywhere.
The Copart Sell My Car app allows consumers to sell their vehicle using three simple steps:
1. Using an iPhone or other compatible device, users submit contact and
vehicle information and can also upload vehicle photos.
2. The Copart team will respond with any follow up questions, or an
immediate offer to purchase the vehicle.
3. Users can simply drop off their vehicle at any one of Copart's 137
locations nationwide, or have Copart pick up the vehicle, typically
within one business day, and receive payment on the spot.
"Our customers have told us they want a simple, hassle-free way to sell their cars," said Copart, Inc. CEO Jay Adair. "The Copart Sell My Car app enhances the customer experience by allowing them to request a quick and fair offer for their vehicle at any time and any place."
Consumers can also choose to sell their vehicle using Copart's auction model, where Copart's registered buyers from around the world are ready to bid on the consumers' vehicle.
The Copart Sell My Car app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Download the free Copart Sell My Car app today for immediate service wherever you are!
For more information about CopartDirect, please visit our website or contact us at (707) 639-5019.
Copart, founded in 1982, provides vehicle sellers with a full range of remarketing services to process and sell salvage and clean title vehicles to dealers, dismantlers, rebuilders, exporters and, in some states, to end users. Copart remarkets the vehicles through Internet sales utilizing its patented VB2 technology. Copart sells vehicles on behalf of insurance companies, banks, finance companies, fleet operators, dealers, car dealerships, the general public and others. The Company currently operates 152 facilities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Salvage vehicles are either damaged vehicles deemed a total loss for insurance or business purposes or are recovered stolen vehicles for which an insurance settlement with the vehicle owner has already been made. For more information, or to become a member, visit http://www.copart.com.
Glu Mobile Announces Partnership with Best-Selling Author James Frey
Unique collaboration to publish original content as mobile games and novels
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: GLUU), a leading global publisher of 3D Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, today announced a partnership with Full Fathom Five, the publishing company of best-selling author James Frey, for a groundbreaking transmedia collaboration. James Frey and Full Fathom Five will work closely with Glu on the creation of a minimum of four original story ideas during the initial two-year term of the agreement, which will be brought to life in different media, including being written as action-adventure novels and developed into mobile games.
"We are thrilled to announce this groundbreaking partnership with James and Full Fathom Five," said Niccolo de Masi, CEO of Glu. "Glu and James Frey have a shared vision for the future of mobile and transmedia digital entertainment. We look forward to developing compelling original content which will be published across different media. Properties will begin as novels and games on smartphones and tablets, with potential expansions for the most successful creations into television and film."
Glu demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing exceptional 3D Social Mobile gaming experiences to players through this partnership. The first of its kind, Glu and Full Fathom Five will create transmedia content that fans can enjoy as both Social Mobile games and as novels.
Full Fathom Five has already experienced success in transmedia collaboration with I Am Number Four, a #1 New York Times bestseller for 7 weeks, which was produced into a film by Dreamworks and Disney released earlier this year and grossed $128 million worldwide. Mr. Frey has written three other #1 bestsellers and has 10 million books in print. His work is published in 39 languages.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Glu, an incredible company that makes incredible games. Partnerships like this one are going to be a big part of the future of storytelling and gaming," said Frey.
His latest novel The Final Testament of the Holy Bible was released April 22, 2011.
About Glu Mobile
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global publisher of 3D Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. Glu is focused on bringing the best in social, freemium, cross-platform mobile gaming experiences to the mass market. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco and has major offices in Brazil, China, Russia and the UK. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP and also partners with leading entertainment brands including Activision, Atari, Caesar's and Fox. Consumers can find high-quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile devices wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at http://www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at Facebook.com/glumobile.
GLU, GLU MOBILE and the 'g' character logo are trademarks of Glu Mobile Inc.
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eFUEL EFN, Corp. is Pleased to Announce That it has Completed the Process of Becoming Fully Reporting, Which Will Result in the Removal of the Caveat Emptor Sign From the OTC Market Group.
TAMPA, Fla., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (Pinksheets: EFLN) -- Ljubica Stefanovic, President of EFLN, is pleased to announce that management has completed the process of preparing and uploading to OTC the documents, which will result in the removal of the caveat emptor sign from the OTC Market Website. "We are pleased with this accomplishment as the company seeks to be viewed as fully transparent."
Ljubica Stefanovic further said, "I want to inform EFLN shareholders that eFUEL has experienced an increase in its asset base of approximately $4.9 million dollars, which will result in an increase to shareholder equity."
eFUEL has recently entered into negotiations and is actively involved in the bidding process to acquire a European transportation hub. Ljubica Stefanovic, President of EFLN, stated, "that the negotiations for this valuable asset are ongoing; I feel that eFUEL will be successful in completing this project."
Further, eFUEL will be acquiring a position in eMax World Wide, which is currently traded on the Pinksheets under the ticker symbol EMXC. Ljubica Stefanovic commented, "The value of the assets associated with our acquiring a position in eMax will be for the purpose of purchasing EFLN shares on the open market."
As the Company moves forward, management will strive to have EFLN listed and traded on several different exchanges, including but not limited to Frankfurt, Belgrade and Bombay.
Ljubica Stefanovic strongly believes that eFUEL has positioned itself to pursue and finalize acquisitions without the need of having to sell shares of it stock in the open market to provide financing.
About eFUEL EFN, Corp.:
eFUEL EFN, Corp. ("eFUEL'') is a publicly traded company listed on Pink Sheets under the symbol EFLN. eFUEL is an Internet services company offering on-line dating site www.outRAGEousEncounters. For additional Product information, go to our corporate site at http://www.eFUELcorp.com
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