HANNOVER and HAMBURG, Germany, February 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Today some laptops already
provide the option to log in by fingerprint. Now this technology becomes
available for the professional use in large networks. The biometrics
specialist DERMALOG presents a new solution at CeBIT 2011, to make logging
into networks of a company, bank, hospital or government much easier and much
more secure - the DERMALOG FingerLogin, a keyboard with integrated
fingerprint scanner, together with the appropriate biometrics software for IT
networks. The new technology is already coming into use at the University
Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) for more than 3.900 computers of the
Complicated, frequently changing passwords are a substantial security
risk for log-in to corporate networks. In general, they are not protected
carefully enough by users to prevent unauthorised access. DERMALOG, Germany's
largest biometrics manufacturer, presents a new technology at CeBIT - it is
not only more secure, but also easier and faster to use than conventional
entry of user name and password: log-in by fingerprint.
DERMALOG FingerLogin comprises two components - the keyboard with
integrated fingerprint scanner, ensuring maximum security by means of its
high-performance optics and Live Finger Detection. The keyboard can be
connected via USB interface to a PC or Thin Client. Secondly, powerful
biometric software, comparing the scan with the fingerprint database and
password administration. DERMALOG FingerLogin is the first professional
biometric solution designed for a large number of users and appropriate for
integration in networks of public authorities, companies and other
organisations, such as hospitals or banks. The system runs under Windows and
The main benefits of this innovation are evident - more security for
networks and data. Users no longer have to remember passwords, or to note them
down, which always means a security risk. Because the access data are often
kept in more or less obvious places right next to the computer. Use of
DERMALOG FingerLogin eliminates this source of risk, and substantially
improves data security. A fingerprint is a unique individual characteristic
and, unlike passwords, it cannot be stolen or passed on to someone else. Only
the owner of a registered finger can get at the data which are authorised for
his/her access. Any attempt to use an artificial finger is reliably detected
by the Live Finger Recognition system which is integrated in the fingerprint
This fast, convenient log-in system by fingerprint also avoids the
inconvenience of keying in a password, and thus also eliminates the risk that
applications with sensitive data could be opened when the user temporarily
leaves the workplace. It also saves work for IT departments, because there is
no longer any need for the time- and cost-intensive procedure of password
"The new FingerLogin system means passwords could soon be a thing of the
past," says Guenther Mull, CEO of DERMALOG. "We want to minimise the
security risk where large groups of users are accessing networks with
sensitive data. Fingerprint biometrics is the ideal solution, because it is
convenient and secure."
University Clinics implements DERMALOG FingerLogin
The new technology from DERMALOG is already operational today, as
demonstrated by the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), which will
in future protect its highly sensitive patients data with DERMALOG
FingerLogin, and is currently fitting out more than 3,900 computers with the
new technology. As Prof. Dr. Jörg F. Debatin, the Medical Director and CEO of
UKE explains, "As a university hospital, we see it as our responsibility to
shape future developments. Together with our industrial partners, we are
setting the trends for tomorrow. It gives clear benefits to introduce these
keyboards in the everyday work of our hospital - they can only be used by
persons positively identified by fingerprint scanning, and that gives
comprehensive protection from unauthorised access. And elimination of
password entry makes log-in easier and quicker."
DERMALOG is the largest German biometrics manufacturer and one
of the world leaders in fingerprint biometrics. DERMALOG presents FingerLogin
at CeBIT in Hall 11, Stand B38.
CA Technologies Helps Sol Melia to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Costs
BARCELONA, February 28, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
- CA Clarity PPM Enables Greater Control and Management of
Investment and Resources Allocation
CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced that Sol Melia (IBEX: SOL),
the world's leading holiday hotel chain with more than 300 hotels in 30
countries on four continents, has achieved significant efficiencies and
improved process and control by using the CA Clarity project and portfolio
management solution to align information technology with its business
CA Technologies' Clarity PPM software is used within Sol Melia
Hospitality Business Solutions (HBS), the shared services centre for all
areas of the group including its eight brands. This internal resource relies
on effective project management for process improvement, risk reduction and
cost optimization to continue improving internal customer service and support
the sustainable growth of the company in terms of back office processes and
"The key factors that drove the initial selection of CA Clarity PPM were
its significant automation capabilities and flexibility to meet future
changes," says Tomeu Cabot, Manager of the Project Management Office of HBS.
"The early benefits achieved with CA Clarity PPM include the full visibility
of projects, resources and investments, and the transparency that we are able
to offer to the rest of the organization. CA Clarity PPM has allowed us to
centralize a number of important processes and prioritize projects more
effectively. For example, a project manager has reduced significantly the
time spent in planning and management using CA Clarity PPM's automated
processes and workflows. This solution has played a key role in helping the
company to gain greater control and improve management for its IT portfolio."
Sol Melia is using CA Clarity PPM to manage 46 business services, 650
active projects and programs and in planning phase, 15 product portfolios,
and more than 550 work resources and 780 ideas and requests. "Our goal now is
to migrate to CA Clarity PPM all business projects, including the ones
managed by the opening of new hotels," says Cabot.
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions
company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and
distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT
environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA
Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control
essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the
Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT
ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at http://www.ca.com.
Copyright (c) 2011 CA. All Rights Reserved. One CA Plaza, Islandia, N.Y.
11749. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced
herein belong to their respective companies.
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Glu Mobile Launches Deer Hunter 3D on Windows Phone 7
Leading publisher of social mobile games takes top hunting franchise to new mobile platform
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: GLUU), a leading global publisher of social games for smartphone and tablet devices, today announced the availability of Deer Hunter 3D to Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7. Based on Atari's Deer Hunter franchise, Glu's Deer Hunter games represent the best-selling hunting franchise on mobile and have received world-wide recognition from sites including IGN, Gizmodo and Pocket Gamer.
"Deer Hunter 3D on Windows Phone 7 is the next logical step in our commitment to bring exciting mobile experiences to gamers, regardless of device or platform," said Adam Flanders, general manager, Glu. "Deer Hunter 3D is the most realistic hunting game in the market today and will align well with the Windows Phone 7 demographic on this platform."
Deer Hunter 3D offers the most realistic environments and animals of any hunting game. Features include:
-- Virtual hunting simulation with realistic 3D visuals
-- Different types of animals with true-to-life senses and behaviors
-- 4 worldwide locations with 29 different shooting locations
-- Use your scope to zoom in for more precise and devastating kills
-- Develop your hunter's skills in accuracy, reflexes, endurance, and
-- View your best kills in the trophy room
-- Unlock new weapons, skills and hunts by bagging the biggest animals
Glu will be demoing Deer Hunter 3D at the GDC Smartphone Summit this week in San Francisco, as well as throughout the GDC Exhibition, March 2 - 4 at Moscone Center.
Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Atari's brands and content are available across all key traditional and digital distribution touch points, including browser-based and social online platforms, Windows PC, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment America, and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone, Android and RIM devices). Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.
Atari benefits from the strength of its worldwide brand and its extensive catalogue of contemporary classic game franchises (Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Lunar Lander®), original owned franchises (Test Drive®, Backyard Sports®, Deer Hunter®), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek(TM) Online, Champions Online(TM)) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters®, Rollercoaster Tycoon®, Dungeons and Dragons®). Atari also leverages the power of its franchises to deliver movies and merchandise to consumers around the world.
Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) is a leading global publisher of social 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.
Atari word mark and logo are trademarks owned by Atari Interactive, Inc.
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DICOTA to Showcase New Built for BlackBerry Products, Unveil New and Updated Products at CeBIT
STOCKHOLM, February 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Premium carry solutions brand, DICOTA, will be exhibiting at
CeBIT, the digital industry's largest trade convention, where it will
showcase Built for BlackBerry(R) products.
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DICOTA designs and manufactures high-quality notebook bags,
customized case solutions and innovative mobile computing accessories that
protect our customers' digital lives. With nine independent country
subsidiaries and over 80 partners, DICOTA is a leading, global player on the
premium carry solutions market.
CeBIT is the world's largest trade fair for IT and
telecommunications solutions for home and work environments. The DICOTA stand
at CeBIT will be located in the Planet Reseller Area, Hall 15, booth J27. The
five-day event gets underway on March 1st, 2011 and is held in the German
city of Hanover.
At the event, DICOTA will be presenting their Built for
BlackBerry portfolio that launched January 2011 at the International CES show
in Las Vegas.
The portfolio provides functional, hardwearing and stylish
products for business professionals and anyone who works online, on the move.
Initial units of the DICOTA Built for BlackBerry portfolio are scheduled to
go on sale in the early half of 2011.
DICOTA will also be unveiling updated versions of its
best-selling Multi Series notebook bags as well as carry solutions for mobile
phones and tablets, some specifically made for Apple devices.
DICOTA will also be launching an entirely new product ranges
at CeBIT. Targeting the growing youth and active segments, the Bounce series
comprises three models: BacPac Bounce, Bounce Messenger and Bounce SlimCase.
Also set for unveiling at CeBIT, the revamped TopTraveler collection,
designed for the frequent pleasure and business traveler.
DICOTA develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality
notebook bags, customized case solutions and innovative mobile computing
About OSM Group
OSM Group specializes in the design, manufacture and
distribution of customized mobile accessories, retail display and premium
product solutions for leading brands primarily in the multi-media industry.
Configurable Plogg Electricity Meters for Accurate Load Analysis
GRIMSBY, England, February 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- With a Range of User Configured Settings, the new Plogg Provides
Accurate Measurement and Versatile Data Logging of Power Consumption in
Energy Optimizers Limited (EOL) has extended the range of powerful
logging features in its plug-in, ZigBee (http://www.zigbee.org/) wireless
electricity meters for load analysis in commercial buildings with 230VAC
The flexibility of wireless communications means that Plogg
(http://www.plogginternational.com/) networks can be installed, configured
and scaled to suit any business or government structure, from single offices
to retail stores to large multi-site organizations. The plug-in format allows
for easy installation and connection to mains socket powered appliances. In
addition to local site access, the internet connection permits remote access
and data retrieval.
Plogg is designed for use in load analysis studies where accuracy and
resolution are paramount. The Plogg Manager PC ( http://www.plogginternational.com/ploggproducts.html) interface allows the
user to define thirteen different logging parameters for time and electrical
performance and to set the logging interval from 1 minute to 1 month. Plogg
devices operate with single phase, split 2-phase and balanced 3-phase loads
and an external CT version of the Plogg is available for installations with
larger, hard-wired, loads of up to 100A.
Plogg instruments offer accuracy and configurability, with
self-calibration and interval logging set by the user in customised terminal
software as part of the Plogg Manager package. The new download event
scheduler is pre-set at 15 minutes and permits data from user assigned Ploggs
to be automatically downloaded to the PC.
"We have worked closely with a number of customers throughout Europe who
have provided us with the design and operational feedback required to build a
comprehensive load analysis tool." said Shaun Merrick, General Manager, "The
measured data can help enormously in understanding the consumption tends of
the monitored equipment."
About Energy Optimizers Limited
Energy Optimizers Limited manufactures Smart Grid technologies for load
profiling, demand response, distributed generation and renewables markets.
Their Smart Grid technologies include wireless gateways, smart meter plugs
and load controls for domestic and commercial appliances. Energy Optimizers
Limited participates in a number of publicly funded European research and
Microsoft Brings Retailers a Complete End-to-End Solution With Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2 at EuroShop 2011
Microsoft and partners demonstrate enhanced connected customer centricity with Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions for retail.
DUSSELDORF, Germany, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) launched Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2 in Germany at the global retail industry trade fair, EuroShop 2011. This solution, the next iteration of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, offers midsize and enterprise specialty retailers point-of-sale, store management, supply chain, merchandising and financials capabilities to deliver business productivity, enterprise agility and customer service in a single, integrated end-to-end retail solution. It provides visibility from point-of-sale devices to the supply chain and the business insight needed to enable a real-time response to customer demand and build customer loyalty.
Microsoft is also showing Microsoft Dynamics CRM extended capabilities specific to this industry with Microsoft Dynamics partner solutions for retail.
Becoming a Dynamic Retailer With Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2
Shopping has evolved to become a truly multichannel experience for today's shoppers who are digital, social, mobile, enabled and informed. Faced with these digitally empowered multichannel consumers, retailers are being challenged to operate faster and smarter across their organizations to achieve deeper customer loyalty and maintain a competitive edge. Moving forward, retailers will transform their businesses into more agile enterprises and drive customer centricity as a core value.
The integration, control and role-tailored capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail help retailers address these challenges and become dynamic. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2 offers further value in addressing today's retail needs and includes the following enhancements:
-- Insight. Retail Role Centers mean key data can be surfaced quickly and
easily, helping people make more informed decisions and be productive.
-- Loyalty. Expanded scenarios and centralized management out of the box
help retailers enhance the customer experience.
-- Simplicity. New interfaces for assortment and item management speed
workflows and help drive productivity.
-- Global availability. New localizations and translations further support
the needs of multinational and growing organizations.
"Greater organizational agility is key to the success of today's retailer because consumer dynamics are changing rapidly," said Bill Gonzalez, general manager, Worldwide Distribution and Services Sector, Microsoft. "Our vision is to empower retailers to become connected retailers: connecting people, stores and enterprise operations and providing the business insight and connected experiences retailers need to create customer value and build customer loyalty."
European retailers such as LH Dienstbekleidungs GmbH from Germany, as well as Paul Boulangeries, Au Forum du Batiment, Coviran, Kaubamaja, Groupe Aksal, New Look and Logitec, have chosen Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions. Other worldwide Microsoft Dynamics AX retail customers include Bailey Banks & Biddle, Carol's Daughter, Combined Rural Traders Ltd., J&R Electronics Inc. and China Horizon Investments Group.
China Horizon, founded in January 2007 by a group of entrepreneurs to capitalize on the rapid growth of domestic Chinese consumption, provides an excellent example of the scalability, flexibility and agility provided by Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail. In a joint venture with China Post, China Horizon will build a chain of Post Mart retail stores across rural China and plans to have 15,000 self-owned community depots, or minimarts, and 200,000 franchise stores in China within five years. A project of this size and scope requires a highly scalable and flexible technology infrastructure to provide visibility across such a widespread retail organization.
"Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail was the ideal choice for our business as it provides a single consolidated system that supports our international requirements in an easy-to-use and familiar format," said William Fields, chairman, China Horizon. "As we embark on a rapid growth trajectory over the next few years, we are confident that Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail will continue to scale with us."
Connected Customer Centricity With Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 was released to market Feb. 16, 2011, and delivers breakthrough productivity by providing familiar, intelligent and connected experiences to users in all areas of customer interface for the retail organization. Partner solutions leverage the extended CRM platform to deliver solutions for retail such as Charisma 1:1 from Retaligent Solutions Inc., which provides a fully integrated retail customer relationship management, clienteling and loyalty solution. An example of Microsoft's commitment to connected customer centricity in retail, Charisma 1:1 gives retailers the ability to personalize the customer experience across multiple channels, build customer loyalty and, as a result, help increase the number and frequency of shopping transactions and their revenue potential.
Built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, Next Generation Retail is an integrated solution from Avanade Inc., a business technology services provider. Next Generation Retail is an end-to-end solution that allows customers to access information at home or away with both desktop and mobile integration. Customers can check the balance of a loyalty card, access past purchases and get proposals for their shopping cart, as well as use the smartphone application to detect when they are approaching the store and automatically open the shopping application. Once inside the store, automatic login enables printing of a shopping list and guides customers through the store with their smartphones. In the offices of the store, management can access all sales data to determine the effectiveness of sales promotions or the store layout, for example, to best service customers.
"Next Generation Retail is focused entirely on creating a better experience for the customer, leveraging smart and integrated technology," said Matthias Hill, senior director and Dynamics AX Service Line Lead, Avanade Germany, Austria and Switzerland. "As a business technology services provider, our top priority at Avanade is to connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results."
Microsoft Dynamics is a line of simple to learn and use ERP and CRM solutions that work with your existing technology and scale as you grow to give you long-term value. By using software and online services that work the way people and organizations work, businesses are better able to make informed decisions and adapt to rapid change. Microsoft Dynamics helps your people be more productive and your investments in existing systems last longer, while enabling your business to derive the insights necessary to respond quickly and have a competitive edge in an ever-changing world of business.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions Launches ShopAlerts by AT&T, a Groundbreaking Location-Based Marketing Service Featuring Special Offers from Leading National Brands
Innovative opt-in service enables marketers to engage consumers on their mobile phones and drive them to the point of sale with relevant location-specific offers
NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions and Placecast today announced an agreement to provide ShopAlerts by AT&T, which are special offers delivered to consumers via their mobile phones when they are near a participating store or brand. The unique location-based mobile messaging service will be available for AT&T* customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco who have opted-in to receive such messages. AT&T is the first U.S. mobile carrier to offer a large-scale, location-based mobile marketing program to consumers and advertisers.
The innovative ShopAlerts by AT&T service will provide consumers with valuable offers, rewards, and coupons based on their specific geographic location. AT&T creates a "geo-fence" - a virtual-perimeter around a retail location, event, or any geographic area - in order to deliver appropriate location-specific messages. Participating consumers receive relevant marketing messages when they are inside a geo-fence, benefiting both consumers and marketers.
The messages are enhanced with information such as weather, traffic, and local shopping area details to more effectively engage consumers. Numerous companies have recognized the value of the ShopAlerts by AT&T service, and the initial presenting sponsors will be HP, Kmart, JetBlue, SC Johnson, Kibbles 'n Bits, Nature's Recipe and the National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign.
"We are proud to take mobile marketing into the future with this unique offering that is being embraced by consumers and brands alike," said Greg McCastle, senior vice president of AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions. "ShopAlerts by AT&T enables brands/advertisers to help link consumer engagement with activation and ultimately to the point of sale."
"Kmart has embraced technology to enhance our customer's experience and maintain our value proposition," said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer of Kmart. "ShopAlerts allows us to deliver this value directly to our customers through innovative technology."
Katie Thompson, associate director of digital media of JetBlue, notes that ShopAlerts is a clear fit for many advertisers, including beyond just those with brick and mortar locations. "We were excited about the opportunity because it takes the onus off of the advertiser to build a large database of opt-in users that the true power of the technology can be harnessed," said Thompson.
Pioneering Location-based Technology and Media
The program combines the location-based technology platform and expertise of San Francisco-based Placecast with AT&T's large subscriber base, outstanding Web and mobile media properties, and strong relationships with national advertisers and media buyers. The initiative marks the first time a major operator in the U.S. is introducing such a program at scale.
"At HP, we are continuously implementing innovative new marketing platforms that will resonate with our customers' mobile lifestyles," said Tariq Hassan, vice president, Worldwide Marketing and Communications, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "ShopAlerts by AT&T service enables us to deliver relevant, location-based content to our customers."
"Placecast is excited to work with AT&T to deliver a new generation of opt-in marketing services focused on delivering relevant messages to consumers when they are in a mindset to make a purchase. Retailers and subscribers alike benefit from messages with tailored offers available nearby, based on their trusted relationship with AT&T," says Alistair Goodman, CEO of Placecast.
*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.
About AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions
Formed in late 2008, Advanced Ad Solutions is the group within AT&T Advertising Solutions that sells innovative digital marketing to Fortune 500 advertisers. AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions connects brands with over 100 million connections across mobile, IPTV and targeted online display and search platforms. For more information regarding AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions, please contact 212-709-5804 or visit http://att.com/advancedadvertising.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, 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. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE®magazine. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at http://www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.
Placecast is the first location-based platform specifically designed to use mobile marketing to drive consumers into physical environments. Comprised of a team of experts in digital marketing, mobile solutions and location technology, Placecast offers ShopAlerts as a white-label service for retailers and operators, and also licenses the Placecast Platform technology for the delivery of other types of location-based services. The ShopAlerts(TM) geofence marketing service has transformed the mobile industry: brands such as The North Face, L'Oreal, Starbucks and Chicos are all delivering location-based mobile offers to customers near their stores on any mobile phone. Operators like O2 in the UK deploy the company's service and have enrolled subscribers in their location-based marketing program, opening new sources of revenue and reducing churn. The ShopAlerts service received significant recognition in 2010, taking home the prize for innovation given by the National Retail Federation as well as honorable mentions at the Mobile World Congress, Webby's and CTIA. The company is backed by Quatrex Capital, ONSET Ventures and Voyager Capital.
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AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions
CONTACT: Steven Schwadron of AT&T, +1-212-453-2420, firstname.lastname@example.org
"We now offer a faster and simpler interface to find wholesale fashion jewellery and engage with suppliers and manufacturers. Sourcing professionals can expect a better browsing experience with a cleaner design, easier navigation and improved search and save functions," says Jerome Hainz, manager of eBusiness at UBM Asia.
Since 2007 AsiaFJA.com serves as the platform for global buyers and suppliers to trade products across the supply chain - from materials, display and packaging, right up to finished fashion jewellery and accessories. With over 400 suppliers mainly from Asia and over 10,000 registered users, the portal has firmly established itself in the fashion jewellery niche.
AsiaFJA also powers the Online Exhibitor List for Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fairs. Its interactive features enable visitors to preview products and exhibitors and establish contacts ahead of attending the shows. The matching service is also provided onsite at the Product Locator Kiosks.
The next Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair will take place in Hong Kong at Asia-World Expo, 3-6 March, 2011. Full show information is available at http://www.AsiaFJA.com
Owned by UBM listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 16 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. UBM Asia has over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in the two fastest growing markets in Asia: China and India, it stages the leading events of their kind across Asia. Its 150 events, 34 publications and 14 vertical portals serve a 1,000,000 plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. UBM Asia has over 800 staff in 17 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.
UBM focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists - with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Its 5,900 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For press enquiries, please contact:
Florence Lam, AsiaFJA, UBM Asia
Tel: +852-2516 2136
Fax: +852-3749 7496
"We now offer a faster and simpler interface to find wholesale fashion
jewellery and engage with suppliers and manufacturers. Sourcing professionals
can expect a better browsing experience with a cleaner design, easier
navigation and improved search and save functions," says Jerome Hainz,
manager of eBusiness at UBM Asia.
Since 2007 AsiaFJA.com serves as the platform for global buyers and
suppliers to trade products across the supply chain - from materials, display
and packaging, right up to finished fashion jewellery and accessories. With
over 400 suppliers mainly from Asia and over 10,000 registered users, the
portal has firmly established itself in the fashion jewellery niche.
AsiaFJA also powers the Online Exhibitor List for Asia's Fashion
Jewellery & Accessories Fairs. Its interactive features enable visitors to
preview products and exhibitors and establish contacts ahead of attending the
shows. The matching service is also provided onsite at the Product Locator
The next Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair will take place in
Hong Kong at Asia-World Expo, 3-6 March, 2011. Full show information is
available at http://www.AsiaFJA.com
Owned by UBM listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 16
market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across
Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. UBM
Asia has over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade
publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services.
UBM focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information
distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation
of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve
professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from
journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists - with
integrated events, online, print and business information products
For press enquiries, please contact:
Florence Lam, AsiaFJA, UBM Asia
Download "Award Show Bingo" From Funeral Bingo App
You'll Be Bound for Eternal Damnation!
BOSTON, Feb. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Want to have some real fun tomorrow night during the Academy Awards? Want to have some fun at a friend's wedding? Want to celebrate someone's life at a funeral? Then download the new Funeral Bingo app on your iPhone or iPad. Just $.99, this app provides the opportunity to laugh at some of life's ordinary moments.
"Life is simply too short not to have a little fun, and that is what Funeral Bingo is all about. The fun of Funeral Bingo is to help you view life from a different perspective. Instead of just observing, the variety of bingo games allow you to participate and, most of all, find the humor in some of the things that could be awesome, if only you were playing bingo," said Tim Woodall, co-creator, Harris & Woodall.
"The game really did start out with a funeral of an elderly relative. Instead of being sad, we wanted to celebrate her life; however, we knew that the rest of the family would be demonstrating 'mainstream emotions' by crying and carrying on. So, the night before, and after an appropriate amount of soul searching (and alcohol), Funeral Bingo was born. Though we did not get a bingo on the first try (why couldn't someone sob loudly during the service?), the idea of creating bingo games for all occasions was launched. Bored on the subway or forced to attend a family gathering with relatives who have an entirely foreign perspective on reality, we feel you should be able to tip life on its head," said Rob Harris, co-creator, Harris & Woodall.
ABOUT HARRIS & WOODALL
Harris & Woodall is all about fun. They created the Funeral Bingo app to tip life on its head. More boards will become available as the humor arises and events occur. Funeral Bingo will soon be available for the Droid.
CamoScience(TM) App Instantly Transforms Your Photos Into Custom Next-Gen Camouflage Designs
NASA vet and MW Research and Development create a new type of app for Smartphones, Mobile Touchscreens and the iPad 2
AUSA SYMPOSIUM AND EXPOSITION, FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MW Research and Development, Inc., pioneer in immersive training and camouflage innovation, is set to release a new app for smartphones and mobile touchscreens -- including the iPad 2 -- that transforms photos into instant camouflage designs.
CamoScience(TM) is a photo application that turns site-specific photography into what its inventor calls "Photographic Camouflage."
"'Photographic Camouflage' is the term I coined four years ago to describe any 'camera-derived' camo design," said K. Dominic Cincotti, MW Research and Development President. "Photographic Camouflage is the new field of advanced CCD, because of this process and the precision blending it affords, across the range of our patent-pending technologies."
MW Research and Development has teamed with Hunter Research & Technology's founder Dr. Craig Hunter, NASA engineer by day and paradigm-shifting, Augmented-Reality app developer by night. The already legendary team of brothers - Todd and Craig Hunter - are, in uber-tech circles, renowned as the minds behind the #1 selling U.S. Navigation App Sept. 2010 - The Theodolite App for the iPhone 4.
CamoScience(TM) is a new type of hybrid app, blending Hunter's advanced understanding of app development and the groundbreaking site-specific Photographic Camouflage created by MW Research and Development.
CamoScience(TM) is "yet another example of Geo-Spatial Intelligence -- or GEOINT -- used to produce real-world products by MW Research and Development," Cincotti said.
CamoScience(TM) will also let users design Photographic Camouflage into a touch-screen grip for the iPad 2. Touchscreen grips provide functional, hand-traction grip to keep your iPad 2 safely in your grasp while mobile. This is accomplished with an extremely thin, adhesive graphic "skin," with a unique frictional, micro-terrain.
CamoScience(TM), to be released in April, arose from two MW Research and Development patent-pending technologies, Photo-Real(TM) and Photo-Stealth(TM), new camouflage processes introduced in 2007 that utilize site-specific photography from the intended operating environment, designed initially to show to U.S. Special Forces.
"Photographic Camouflage and CamoScience(TM) can apply not only to the military, but also to commercial uses for hunters, outdoorsmen, and custom clothing designers," Cincotti said. "Camouflage is more popular than ever."
The Army's recent transformative decision to begin to issue smartphones and touchscreen devices to soldiers "dovetails with MW Research and Development's coming slate of applications, the first of which is CamoScience(TM)," Cincotti said. "We've always asked the trainers and the operators, 'What solutions do you need? What problems can we solve?' -- and now we can put those answers at their fingertips.
"Right now, we're focused on special ops and first responders Apps," he said. "They know what challenges they face and how quickly they want their problems solved. We also have our eyes on app developers who, like us, are interested in innovative problem solving.
"If you're in one of those categories, get in touch," he said.
The CamoScience(TM) debut was announced at the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the internationally recognized bridge-building event focused on military innovation.
Earlier this week at AUSA, MW Research and Development released the new 3D Hot Targets(TM) systems, which also take advantage of GEOINT and provide warfighters immersive training.
MW Research and Development, Inc., is a privately held company in Wilmington, N.C.
See us at AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium and Exposition - Booth 2737.
For more information: contact K. Dominic Cincotti
530-341-2266 (CAMO) or alternate 910.671.0008
HD@militarywraps.com or alternate for App Dev:
SOURCE MW Research and Development, Inc.
MW Research and Development, Inc.
CONTACT: K. Dominic Cincotti, +1-530-341-2266 (CAMO), +1-910-671-0008, HD@militarywraps.com, or for App Dev, CamoScience@gmail.com
HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success of its iPhone app, Revention has now expanded its library of ordering products to include an app for the Android market. Droid phones are showing to be a popular alternative to the iPhone. Revention is striving to ensure that its clients have access to the largest customer base available.
Over the span of a mere quarter in 2009, Android saw its share of the U.S. smartphone market more than double (the platform was used on more than 7% of all U.S. smartphones at the end of 2009). Research released by the NPD Group showed that Android-based phones in the first quarter of 2010 accounted for 28% of all smartphone shipments.
The release of the new HungerRush Mobile Droid App version will be available on March 1, 2011.
About Revention, Inc.
Revention is the leading developer of complete, customizable restaurant management solutions designed to streamline the way restaurants do business. Revention's offerings include point-of-sale solutions, HungerRush(TM) integrated online ordering and Revention Enterprise(TM). Our experienced professionals are dedicated to assisting customers both before and after the sale. Revention's goal is to provide a complete solution that includes customized installation, training, technical support, and much more.
SOURCE Revention, Inc.
CONTACT: Tara Doyle of Revention, Inc., +1-281-589-2500, Ext 237, email@example.com
Opinionology Launches Real Customers(TM) Online Panels
OREM, Utah, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Opinionology announced the launch of Real Customers(TM) - a new service to build and manage verified customer panels. The new panels are custom built to facilitate connecting companies and their customers for survey research activities.
Opinionology utilizes the same unique mix of panel management techniques that have made their panels so distinctive to engage, reward and communicate with the Real Customers(TM) verified customer panels. The new panels match Opinionology's panel of willing survey research respondents with a company's internal customer list. After initial verification, the match also pairs Opinionology's 6,000+ profiling questions with information in the firm's customer database, providing a detailed understanding of each customer.
"We are excited about the Real Customers(TM) program. It provides our clients with a simple solution to conduct survey research with their customers, while reducing the hassle and expense of managing their customer panel out of their hands." said Jeff Welch, President at Opinionology. "We have seen how effective the new customer panels have been in helping researchers leverage our panel management architecture and techniques to engage their customers."
The Real Customers(TM) panels join Opinionology's intelligently managed online panel inventory in Europe and North America. Learn more at http://www.opinionology.com
About Opinionology (formerly Western Wats)
The leader in online panel quality, Opinionology is one of the largest and most respected survey research data collection companies in the world. Specializing in Online Panels, Mobile Research and Live Telephone Interviewing, Opinionology is the single source destination for the data collection needs of research organizations worldwide.
Opinionology's unique combination of intelligent process, research expertise, operational excellence and innovative technology has delivered unparalleled value to thoughtful organizations for over 20 years. Opinionology maintains intelligently managed online research panels in North America and Europe and a network of modern telephone interviewing centers. The firm also specializes in online, mobile, and telephone survey administration, and provides advanced survey reporting and analytics.
Opinionology operates globally from the US, UK, Canada and the Philippines, employing thousands of team members worldwide. For more information, please visit opinionology.com.
CONTACT: Jared D Schiers, Vice President, Marketing of Opinionology, +1-801-379-4032, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association of Workforce Boards Launches Online Platform to Highlight Success of Federal Employment and Training Programs
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the debate in Washington about federally funded employment and training programs continues, the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) launched Workforce Investment Works, http://www.WorkforceInvestmentWorks.com, an online portal highlighting successes of businesses and individuals who have improved their economic well being through these workforce development resources.
"For many Americans, there has never been a more important time to receive assistance from their local one stop or workforce investment board," said Laurie Moran, chair of NAWB and the president of the Danville-Pittsylvania County (VA) Chamber of Commerce. "As our leaders in Washington continue to find ways to put more Americans back to work, the role of our nation's workforce investment boards becomes increasingly important."
This national system is funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which authorizes 575 local business-led workforce investments boards (WIBs) to oversee and coordinate services through a network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers. These WIBs, supported by more than 12,000 business volunteers, provide workforce strategies and leverage resources within their local communities to meet the employment demands of companies of all sizes.
The newly-launched site highlights how the system is meeting that goal through real people and real stories. For example, in Wisconsin, 5n Plus Corp, a leading producer of high purity metals and compounds, has used a myriad of WIA services. Plant Manager John Schuster said, "It has been nice to have so many [WIA] resources available through the state of Wisconsin, as a start up of any plant is very challenging. The Village of DeForest has been great, and we will continue to use our Industry Partnership and WIB to develop opportunities and manufacturing jobs for the superior workforce available in Wisconsin."
Barbara Brennan Wu, Human Resources Officer for Amtrak in Washington, Oregon and Montana has also experienced success with finding applicants at Washington State's one stop system. "I love WorkSource--I couldn't do my job without it! I can quickly post jobs and get results right away. About half the people I hire come from WorkSource."
In addition to the many stories on the Workforce Investment Works website, a January 2011 GAO report found, "Federally funded employment and training programs serve an important role in our society by helping job seekers enhance their job skills, identify job opportunities, and obtain employment." With more than 13.9 million unemployed Americans today, the workforce system is helping to put Americans back to work by preparing and matching the skills of workers with the global demands of companies.
Complementing Workforce Investment Works is a Facebook Cause page as well as a petition page to keep America working.
The National Association of Workforce Boards represents WIBs who oversee state and local workforce development and job training programs. NAWB supports and promotes the work of its members through a comprehensive program of advocacy, technical assistance, and communications activities.
MapMyRUN Signs Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes as New Product Spokesperson
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --MapMyRUN, the premier provider of online and mobile mapping and training tools for runners, and Dean Karnazes, world renowned "Ultramarathon Man" and health and fitness advocate, announced today that Karnazes has signed a two year deal to serve as spokesperson for MapMyRUN's web and mobile products.
"We are thrilled to get Dean on board with MapMyRUN," said Robin Thurston, Chief Executive of MapMyFITNESS. "Not only is he synonymous with the sport of running, but like MapMyRUN he's a passionate advocate for health and fitness. And, Dean recognizes the great potential innovative web and mobile applications have to help individuals live healthier and more active lifestyles--which is our primary objective at MapMyRUN."
Karnazes' two year pact with MapMyRUN calls for him to promote MapMyRUN products at live events and across social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. He will also work closely with MapMyRUN to further develop its web and mobile products to ensure that those products continue to prove invaluable to those seeking to better their health and fitness. As part of the product development process, Karnazes will make efforts to use the iMapMyRUN mobile app at various events over the term of the parties' agreement.
"MapMyRUN's web and mobile products are fantastic tools to help record your fitness activities and monitor key health metrics like caloric consumption, body mass index, and activity level," said Karnazes. "I'm very excited to further integrate MapMyRUN's web and mobile products into my daily fitness endeavors, spread the word about MapMyRUN and how its offerings can help people better their health and fitness, and work with MapMyRUN to further refine its products. And, since the products effortlessly interface with social media platforms, I'll be able to easily share my running and training data with other fitness enthusiasts and perhaps inspire them to work towards living healthier and more active lifestyles."
MapMyRUN is the cycling specific website of the MapMyFITNESS suite of websites. Currently headquartered in Austin, Texas, MapMyFITNESS, Inc. was founded in 2007 and operates a suite of websites and associated mobile applications. The MapMyFITNESS network of sites and mobile applications offer fitness enthusiasts the ability to track and record their daily running, cycling, walking or hiking routes in an online database or map out tomorrow's path. Users also get access to a searchable database of routes across the globe, essential community-based fitness content, unique online training tools and fitness calculators, comprehensive global event listings, and a dynamic social network where they can easily share their activity with their social group and other community members. The Company's mobile apps use the built-in GPS technology of the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android to enable users to record and chart their daily fitness activities and routes. For more information about MapMyFITNESS and its offerings, visit http://www.MapMyFITNESS.com/about/us/.
MapMyFITNESS, Inc. Media Contact:
Mark A. Merolli
About Dean Karnazes:
An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes (http://www.ultramarathonman.com) has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. TIME magazine named him as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World," Men's Fitness hailed him as the fittest man on the planet and he was the winner of the 2008 ESPY Award for "Best Outdoor Athlete."
CONTACT: Mark A. Merolli, Editor-in-Chief of MapMyFITNESS, Inc., +1-512-360-8700, ext. 105, email@example.com
Arbinet Announces Stockholder Approval of Merger With Primus
HERNDON, Va., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Arbinet Corporation (Nasdaq: ARBX), a leading provider of telecommunications services to fixed and mobile operators, announced today that the company's stockholders have approved and adopted Arbinet's merger agreement with Primus.
At a special meeting of Arbinet stockholders held today, Arbinet stockholders approved the definitive merger agreement, which the company had entered into on November 10, 2010, pursuant to which Arbinet will be acquired by Primus in the proposed stock-for-stock merger transaction. Subject to the satisfaction of all other closing conditions, the transaction is scheduled to close on February 28, 2011.
Based on the preliminary tabulation of the stockholder vote by Arbinet's inspector of elections, approximately 85% of the total votes cast, which represents approximately 73.5% of the total outstanding shares of Arbinet as of the January 12, 2011 record date, approved the proposed merger.
Arbinet is a leading provider of international voice, data and managed communications services for fixed, mobile and wholesale carriers. With more than 1,200 carrier customers across the globe connected to Arbinet's network, Arbinet combines global scale with sophisticated platform intelligence, call routing and industry leading credit management and settlement capabilities. Arbinet offers these communication services through three primary product offerings including thexchange(SM), Carrier Services and PrivateExchange(SM). Arbinet's thexchange(SM) platform, the largest online wholesale voice trading exchange, continues to provide customers with access to a neutral marketplace to buy and sell global voice and data traffic. Arbinet owns and operates a global network of next generation IP soft switches, media gateways, IP transport and co-location centers located in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Miami. Founded in 1996, Arbinet is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.
Important Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, Arbinet and Primus filed a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on January 19, 2011. Copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus were sent to stockholders of record of both Arbinet and Primus seeking their approval of certain matters incident to the proposed merger. Arbinet and Primus also plan to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and stockholders may obtain a free copy of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed by Arbinet and Primus with the SEC, without charge, at the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and Primus's SEC filings that were incorporated by reference in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus may also be obtained for free by directing a request to: (i) Primus (703) 748-8050, or (ii) Arbinet (703) 456-4100.
Participants in the Solicitation
Arbinet, Primus, and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees may be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from their respective stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and stockholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Primus's directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees in Primus's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, which was filed with the SEC on April 5, 2010, and amended in a Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on April 28, 2010, Primus's proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting, which was filed with the SEC on June 14, 2010, and any subsequent statements of changes in beneficial ownership on file with the SEC. Investors and stockholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Arbinet's directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees in Arbinet's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, which was filed with the SEC on March 17, 2010, Arbinet's proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 30, 2010, and any subsequent statements of changes in beneficial ownership on file with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources listed above. Additional information regarding the interests of these individuals is also included in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" as defined by the SEC. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein that address activities, events or developments that Arbinet or Primus expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including anticipated benefits and other aspects of the proposed merger, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Risks and uncertainties that could affect forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the risk that the merger may not be consummated for reasons including that the conditions precedent to the completion of merger may not be satisfied; the possibility that the expected synergies from the proposed merger will not be realized, or will not be realized within the anticipated time period; the risk that Primus's and Arbinet's businesses will not be integrated successfully; the possibility of disruption from the merger making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; any actions taken by either of the companies, including, but not limited to, restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions); the ability to service substantial indebtedness; the risk factors or uncertainties described from time to time in Arbinet's filings with the SEC; and the risk factors or uncertainties described from time to time in Primus's filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. Except as required by law, neither Arbinet nor Primus intends to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Gary Brandt, Chief Financial Officer
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Andrea Rose / Jed Repko
SOURCE Arbinet Corporation
CONTACT: Arbinet Corporation, Gary Brandt, Chief Financial Officer, +1-703-456-4140, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, Andrea Rose, email@example.com, or Jed Repko, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-212-355-4449
LONDON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Top British gaming accessories company, Gioteck has responded to the demands of US gamers and is releasing their products in the US this year. With US retailer giants confirming that Gioteck will be a key part of their spring line up and notable e-commerce sites already selling Gioteck's products, Gioteck has well and truly landed in America.
Gioteck's range of headsets, controllers, cables and other products for the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 will be available in stores across the US beginning in April. Consumers will instantly recognize Gioteck products from their signature stylish design, which reflects Gioteck's commitment to quality. Gioteck's SVP of North American Sales and Marketing, Chris Berthelot, commented that "Gioteck brings a level of innovation and quality that is long overdue in the US. There is little doubt that Gioteck will raise the bar for what US consumers expect from gaming accessories."
To promote their products further, Gioteck will be exhibiting at E3 2011 where they will exhibit their full product range. Regarding their attendance, CEO Matt Lamprell said, "E3 attracts every industry VIP from across the country, and the globe. In order to get their attention and for our products to be truly appreciated we need to be there."
TI-Nspire CX Handheld by Texas Instruments Brings Color and Images to Math and Science Learning
New suite of Nspired Learning tools creates the foundation for interactive classrooms
DALLAS, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In its quest to support math and science educators in achieving learning goals for their students, Texas Instruments rolls out its Nspired Learning solution with the introduction of the new color-display TI-Nspire(TM) CX handheld. With the Nspired Learning solution, teachers are able to build their own interactive and engaging math and science classrooms.
The TI-Nspire CX handheld is the cornerstone of the Nspired Learning solution. The TI-Nspire CX handheld offers a set of fully integrated tools that allow dynamic links among multiple representations of a problem. The color display enables students to better observe patterns and make connections between math and science concepts and real-world learning. With the TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CAS handhelds' new 3D graphing capabilities, students can explore concepts from multiple points of view to develop deeper conceptual understanding.
"The TI-Nspire CX handheld exponentially changes how we can teach mathematics," said Carlo Trafficante, the first educator to pilot the TI-Nspire CX handheld in a classroom. Trafficante teaches Calculus, Integrated Algebra and Geometry, and Advanced Math at Austintown Fitch High School in Youngstown, Ohio. "With the addition of color as a key learning cue and with 3D graphing, students can better visualize and interact with class exercises. I can emphasize different parts of an equation with color, so the charts, tables, graphics and even photographs that I import into my lessons have more impact and relevance, and enable students to make the important connections among all of these representations."
Research(1) shows that when students are engaged and actively participate in their own learning, they progress faster and further in understanding mathematics and science. Graphing handhelds such as the TI-Nspire handhelds have been shown to foster student engagement and encourage participation in their own learning.
"At Texas Instruments we work with educators to develop new math and science learning technology to help them better engage students in mastering key concepts," said Melendy Lovett, president of Texas Instruments Education Technology. "The TI-Nspire CX handheld and software update is not only a graphing calculator; it is special-purpose technology created to give teachers new ways to reach students and achieve learning breakthroughs."
The TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS handhelds deliver a 16-bit, 320 x 240 pixel high-resolution color display for clear, crisp viewing. With this display, teachers and students can see sharp, full-color images and animations. The new TI-Nspire CX handhelds offer a slim profile, sleek design, and a rechargeable battery.
The TI-Nspire CX handheld is permitted for use on the SAT*, AP*, PSAT/NSMQT*, IB®, and ACT® college entrance exams, as well as many state standardized tests.
TI-Nspire Software Version 3.0
TI-Nspire Software Version 3.0 includes the new PublishView(TM) feature, a digital content authoring and publishing tool. With the PublishView feature, educators can create interactive lessons that can be published to the Web or easily printed as worksheets. Students can use the PublishView tool to create reports and class presentations. The software allows users to load their own images, animations and even video into their TI-Nspire documents to create vibrant activities. The software can be loaded on a PC or MAC® computer.
Along with the handheld, the Nspired Learning offering includes student monitoring and assessment technology, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional development services. With its Nspired Learning solution, Texas Instruments empowers teachers to create interactivity in their math and science classrooms in ways that complement the way they teach and the way their students learn.
When a TI-Nspire handheld is linked to a teacher's classroom computer via the wireless TI-Nspire(TM) Navigator(TM) system - including the new TI-Nspire(TM) CX Navigator(TM) system - teachers can better understand the progress of individual students, personalize their teaching style to fit class needs, and promote discussions that allow students to share ideas and learn from each other.
TI also offers the Math Nspired resource center, a collection of free, online lessons and tools that enable teachers to leverage TI-Nspire technology with ready-to-use lessons that cover tough-to-teach, tough-to-learn topics. TI will launch the Science Nspired resource center for Physics and Chemistry in time for back to school 2011.
TI rounds out its Nspired Learning offering with T3(TM) - Teachers Teaching with Technology (TM) - professional development services. The T3 organization provides customizable professional development in a variety of formats, ranging from conferences and workshops to live and on-demand webinars to help educators sharpen their pedagogy skills using the latest TI technology.
Education Technology, a business unit of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore mathematics and science interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against recognized third-party research, which shows that the use of graphing calculators helps improve the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit education.ti.com.
Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit ti.com.
*SAT and AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. PSAT/NSMQT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, neither of which was involved in the production of, nor do they endorse these products. Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ for more information. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. IB is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse these products. Policies are subject to change.
CONTACT: Ellen Zeidler, Marketing Communications Director of Texas Instruments, +1-214-536-3573, email@example.com; or Kim Novino of Bridgeman Communications, +1-617-742-7270, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Texas Instruments
HTC Introduces the Powerful, Feature-Rich HTC Merge
The HTC Merge(TM) Smartphone Brings Android(TM) and HTC Sense(TM) to HTC's First CDMA Android World Phone
BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HTC Corp., a global designer of smartphones, today announced that the new HTC Merge smartphone will be made available through multiple North American carriers beginning in spring 2011. The HTC Merge smartphone combines a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard with the power of Android 2.2, the HTC Sense experience, a large 3.8-inch touch-screen display and a 5 megapixel camera to create a complete mobile experience for those looking for a truly complete smartphone. The HTC Merge is also HTC's first Android-based CDMA world phone.
"HTC prides itself on creating unique solutions that meet the needs of different customers, and with features like a full keyboard and global 3G roaming, the HTC Merge smartphone is the perfect example of this commitment," said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas. "Combining the functionality of Android with the HTC Sense experience, the HTC Merge is the perfect device for those customers who are looking for a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smartphone, whether it's at home or travelling around the world."
Customers will appreciate seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync, enjoy quick and easy access to Flickr® for sharing and viewing pictures, and find new ways to customize their experience with the Android Market(TM) with more than 100,000 applications. With a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, customers will be able to keep in touch with friends and family no matter where they are, as well as stay in the loop with Flickr, Facebook® and Twitter(TM) updates through HTC FriendStream(TM).
In addition, the HTC Merge smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash that captures outstanding images, while 3G connectivity makes sharing those special moments with friends and family quick and easy. The HTC Merge smartphone also comes with integrated GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity and even the ability to capture high-definition 720p video.
HTC Merge is slated to be available from multiple North American operators beginning in spring 2011.
HTC Corp. (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit http://www.htc.com.
HTC, the HTC logo, FriendStream, HTC Merge, and HTC Sense are the trademarks of HTC Corporation. All other names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Vaadin Pro Account Adds Tools and Support for the Open Source Framework
TURKU, Finland, February 25, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Vaadin, the company behind the popular open source Vaadin Framework,
today announced the availability of Vaadin Pro Account. The new offering is a
subscription to a set of commercial tools, components and support to
complement and speed up the use of the free framework.
"Open source is a norm in the core frameworks that Java developers use
today. With the permissive Apache license, companies get a guaranteed control
over the technologies they depend on. Vendors are still needed as a backup,
to resolve problems and to speed up development with additional tooling. With
the fully free Vaadin Framework complemented by the new commercial Vaadin Pro
Account, we can now offer the best of the both worlds without stepping on the
toes of our wonderful open source community," explains Joonas Lehtinen, CEO
of Vaadin Ltd.
Vaadin Framework provides a server-centric development model for building
desktop-like user interfaces for business applications used with a web
browser. This combines the convenient deployment and maintenance model of web
with a rich user experience and a very cost-effective development model.
"Vaadin Framework just turned 10 years old. We are pleased to see that it
has been able to become one of the most modern development frameworks with a
unique end-to-end Java value proposition. With Vaadin Pro Account, we are
ready to support the growth and progress of the technology for the
foreseeable future," continues Joonas Lehtinen.
Vaadin Ltd is the company behind open source Vaadin Framework, used by
thousands of professional developers in more than 150 countries to build
high-quality web interfaces for businesses. To download the free Vaadin
Framework, or to find out more about add-on tools, support and services,
please visit http://vaadin.com/.
Michigan First Credit Union Launches Online Search for Young & Free Michigan Spokesperson
Young adults compete for the 'ultimate job' as a 'Spokester' for program targeting Gen Y
LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan First Credit Union (http://www.MichiganFirst.com) today announced it has launched a search for a creative, tech-savvy individual to represent Generation Y (ages 18 to 25) as the "Spokester" (spokesperson) for its new Young & Free Michigan program (http://www.YoungFreeMichigan.com). Connecting with young people through social media networks, local events and more, the Young & Free Michigan Spokester will develop entertaining educational content, tips and tools to help members of Generation Y manage their day-to-day lives and finances.
From February 25 through April 4, creative people between the ages of 18 and 25 are invited to apply for the "ultimate job" as the Young & Free Michigan Spokester. The winner must showcase an ability to relate to Generation Y while demonstrating his/her creative tech-savvy. To enter, applicants must submit a 60-second YouTube video and write a blog post that demonstrates their writing, editing and creative skills. The videos and blog posts will be posted at http://www.YoungFreeMichigan.com. Michigan First will narrow the submissions down to three finalists. The winner will then be selected by an online vote.
"The Young & Free Michigan Spokester opportunity allows applicants to show off their creativity, technology skills and ability to connect with their peers in a humorous yet informative way," said Linda Douglas, vice president of marketing, Michigan First Credit Union. "The online job search format where the public votes is completely new to Michigan First. We are excited to see what the young creative talent in Michigan has to offer."
Upon selection, the Young & Free Michigan Spokester will become a member and full-time employee of Michigan First Credit Union for one year, receiving a salary of $30,000. The Spokester will participate in events throughout the year, write daily blog entries and post weekly videos to the YoungFreeMichigan.com website. A job opportunity loaded with perks, the winner will also receive a smart phone with a paid contract for the year and an Apple laptop and digital video camera, which the Spokester will be able to keep at the end of his/her term.
Michigan First Credit Union is the only credit union in Michigan to offer this program. For more information, visit http://www.YoungFreeMichigan.com. The deadline to apply for the Spokester position is April 4 at noon. Online voting commences on April 8 and runs until April 18. The winner will be announced by April 29.
To view the Michigan First Credit Union social media press release, featuring pictures and videos from the Young & Free Michigan, Powered by Michigan First Credit Union campaign, visit: http://bit.ly/hK2uId.
About Michigan First Credit Union
Based in Lathrup Village, Mich., Michigan First Credit Union is one of the leading technology-focused credit unions in metro Detroit. The rapidly growing, full-service financial institution serves more than 85,000 members and has more than $570 million in assets. Founded in 1926 as the Detroit Teachers Credit Union, Michigan First has since expanded to serve those who live, work or worship in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, as well as local businesses. Michigan First is committed to continuously investing in its members, the community, youth and financial literacy initiatives and providing members with the latest in banking technology and services. For more information, visit http://www.MichiganFirst.com.
PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System Now Offers Unrivaled Entertainment Value for $129.99
Featuring a Robust Entertainment Offering, Expansive Software Library and Accessibility to PlayStation®Network, the PSP system Continues to Deliver Great Value to Consumers
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system will be available for $129.99 (MSRP) starting February 27, 2011. Since launching in 2005, the PSP system has sold more than 23 million* units in North America and 67.8 million worldwide, offering more than 590 engaging titles in North America as well as access to a vast selection of downloadable content from PlayStation®Network. In addition to the new price point, 13 new games will be added to the PSP "Greatest Hits" and $9.99 "Favorites" software collections, further delivering upon the PSP system's incredible entertainment value.
"The PSP system set the standard for complete portable entertainment and continues to be the premiere destination for gamers on-the-go," said Tim Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales, SCEA. "Nearly six years after its initial launch, demand for the PSP remains strong. This new price point enables us to broaden the PSP platform to a larger group of consumers who are looking for best-in-class handheld entertainment."
As part of the PSP system's extensive software catalogue are its "Greatest Hits" and "Favorites" collections. Available for $19.99 (MSRP), Greatest Hits titles have surpassed an impressive sales threshold and represent the highest caliber of quality software available on the PSP system. With nearly 70 titles to date, two of the latest additions include Assassin's Creed® Bloodlines(TM) (Ubisoft), DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® (Square Enix, Inc.), LittleBigPlanet (PSP®), METAL GEAR SOLID®: PEACE WALKER (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.), Ratchet & Clank®: Size Matters,Resistance: Retribution(TM),and Toy Story 3: The Video Game (Disney Interactive).
Favorites titles, valued at $9.99 (MSRP), offer some of the PSP system's most popular games at an incredible price. New PSP Favorites titles include CRISIS CORE® -FINAL FANTASY® VII- (Square Enix, Inc. ), Daxter®, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite(TM) (Capcom), Killzone®: Liberation, SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fire Team Bravo, and Tomb Raider® Anniversary (Square Enix, Inc.).
Acclaimed for being the first truly integrated handheld entertainment system, the PSP system continues to deliver unparalleled gaming experiences only possible on the PSP platform while offering a wide variety of affordable entertainment options to consumers.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® systems, the PlayStation®2 system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, California, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
PlayStation and PSP are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
*Cumulative sell-in number for North American market as of end of December, 2010
Auryn Teams Up With Artist Lisbeth Zwerger to Bring The Little Mermaid to Life on the iPad
Hans Christian Andersen's classic children's book to become underwater storybook experience
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Little Mermaid as told by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger was released on the iPad today when Auryn, Inc., a leading digital publisher for children's storybook apps, unveiled the classic children's book as the first ever underwater storybook experience.
"This is a very different app for us," said Umesh Shukla, Founder and CCO of Auryn. "The interactivity is more sophisticated, allowing readers to immerse themselves in sounds and visuals that go beyond the existing book experience."
Key features of the innovative book app include subtle ripples that will make children feel (and sound) like they're reading the story underwater, and interactive creatures and plant life that seamlessly guide readers from one page to the next.
"We wanted to enhance the storytelling without taking away from the classic story or beautiful illustrations of Lisbeth Zwerger," Shukla continued. "It's such an honor for us to bring this piece of children's literature to life."
This is the first of award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger's books to become available on the iPad. In addition to The Little Mermaid, Zwerger's illustrated works include The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, A ChristmasCarol and many more.
"I'm beyond thrilled to see The Little Mermaid brought to life in such an innovative and interactive app," said Lisbeth Zwerger. "Auryn stayed true to the original artwork and created a beautiful way for a new generation of tech-savvy parents and children to enjoy the timeless story on a whole new level."
The app is available in the iTunes App store (http://bit.ly/fHmVc3 or search for Auryn) for a special promotional price of $.99 all weekend.
About Auryn, Inc.
Auryn is a premium digital publisher focused on creating award-winning interactive children's stories for the iPad and other tablet devices. The company collaborates with authors, illustrators, licensors and publishers to turn their existing or new stories into educational, engaging and entertaining experiences. Auryn's patented technology (Aurynization) brings any illustration style to life through animation and interactivity. Kirkus Reviews, Fast Company, NPR, PadGadget and Animation magazine all herald Auryn as a leader in creating premiere "app" experiences. For more, http://www.auryn.com.
Crystal Patriarche, SparksPR Agency
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NOXEL Launches Revolutionary Integrated 10.2" Digital Signage Player
NOXEL introduces a new member of Xtream Series. NXDS10M, as a fully-integrated 10.2 Inch display of NXDS family, is capable of delivering a HD resolution of 1366 x 768 (16:9)
TESSIN, Switzerland, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NXDS10M, as a fully-integrated 10.2 inch display of NXDS family, is capable of delivering a HD resolution of 1366 x 768 (16:9).
Measuring just 270mm by 170mm wide, by 10mm thickness, and weighing only 900 grams, the NXDS10M is an ideal solution for the space restraints and operating demands of digital signage and digital out of home media networks such as public transportation, building lifts and lobbies.
The light weight of NXDS10M plus embedded Wi-Fi makes it a perfect solution for creative ideas from hotel receptions to cashier and ATM advertising screens!
Like the rest of NOXEL Xtream Series, NXDS10M is manageable under the same Content Management platform of NXCM.
NOXEL's Xtream Series digital signage players are paired with the NOXEL NXCM to create a powerful, perfectly-paired total solution for any network operator who needs flexibility and reliability with Blu-Ray HD quality video output.
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics Now Being Offered at Ashford University
Ashford degree focuses on current uses of the theories of linguistics
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford University, an academic institution owned by Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), has introduced its newest degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Perceiving a growing demand for modern applications of the study of language, Ashford University created a degree that facilitates its use in teaching, therapeutic settings and computational linguistics.
"Because human language is perhaps the most pervasive manifestation of the mind and culture, it follows that we should teach the theories that support it," stated Mary Alexander, executive dean of Ashford's College of Liberal Arts. "Ashford is one of very few universities to offer this bachelor's degree online, and students who complete this program will be well prepared to move further in this growing field."
Ashford's Applied Linguistics degree can support a student's plans for the future in a wide range of careers, including the practice of law, medicine, marketing, writing, education, speech therapy and any line of work where the understanding of linguistics is necessary.
"We are especially pleased to offer the bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics. It focuses on the use of linguistics in solving societal needs such as language learning, speech pathology and natural language processing for computer programming," added Alexander. "You may have seen the game show Jeopardy recently where a computer named WATSON played against human opponents and won rather handily. WATSON's effectiveness is due in part to its capacity for natural language processing, which is a part of what students will learn in this exciting and innovative new major."
Ashford's Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics is currently available online only. This degree does not lead to licensure or certification of any kind. It is the student's responsibility to determine individual states' requirements for practice.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit http://www.bridgepointeducation.com or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.
About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit http://www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.
Contact: Shari Rodriguez, Associate Vice President of Public Relations
Wikipedia in Residence in the Chateau de Versailles
VERSAILLES, France, February 25, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- The public establishment of the Chateau, Museum and National Estate of
Versailles and Wikimedia France, an association for the free sharing of
knowledge, have today signed a partnership to allow a wider dissemination of
the historical, architectural and artistic riches of the Chateau and Estate
Wikimedia France promotes in France the famous on-line encyclopaedia
Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. For several years now, the
Chateau de Versailles has been involved on a large scale in the digital
dissemination of its heritage, history and collections on its website as well
as on file sharing websites and the social networks.
For the first time in France, a "resident Wikipedian", Benoit Evellin,
will spend six months in the Chateau de Versailles. This member of Wikimedia
France, a specialist in cultural mediation, will be working to facilitate
contacts between the contributors to Wikipedia and the teams of the Chateau
de Versailles. His assignment is to set up efficient channels for
transmitting the cultural and scientific contents of the Chateau de
Versailles on the Wikimedia projects, in French as well as in several other
languages, and on Wikimedia Commons, the central media library of the
Wikimedia projects, notably via photographs.
Benoit is enthusiastic: "It's a great honour for me to be received in
this symbol of the history of France. Versailles has always been a place of
innovation: so it's normal that it remains so in the digital age."
Jean-Jacques Aillagon, President of the Public Establishment of the
Chateau, Museum and National Estate of Versailles, states: "Wikipedia is a
major source of information on the Chateau de Versailles, circulated
worldwide. Some conservators and scientific specialists of the Establishment
already contribute spontaneously to enrich some articles. The purpose of this
residence is to enable us to go further and pursue our reflection on the
widest possible sharing of the heritage of Versailles."
Looking beyond this pioneering project, this partnership is intended to
build the framework of a longer lasting collaboration between Wikimedia
France and the Chateau de Versailles. Inspired by the Wikimedia Conference
2010, this partnership is one of the first visible fruits of a new way of
approaching culture and its free dissemination in the Internet age.
"We are delighted to see that in just a few weeks an original, fruitful
and innovative collaboration can be set up," says Adrienne Alix, president of
Wikimedia France. "The dynamism of the Chateau de Versailles and its desire
to share its heritage is very appreciable, and we are sure that this will
open the way to other projects with other institutions, as we have already
done with the City of Toulouse and the BNF and in our experiments with
Source: Chateau de Versailles
Press contact: Chateau de Versailles, Helene Dalifard, +33(0)1-30-83-77-01; Aurelie Gevrey, +33(0)1-30-83-77-03; Violaine Solari, +33(0)1-30-83-77-14, email@example.com; Wikimedia: Adrienne Alix, firstname.lastname@example.org, +33(0)6-33-40-70-80
Maxthon Brings the Big Screen of the Internet to the Small Screen of the Smartphone
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Browser developer Maxthon built upon its long history of empowering choice for web users today with the release of a new version Maxthon Mobile for Android. The new browser makes it easy for users to decide how they want their web: mobile optimized for speed or a complete desktop view.
"The mobile version of some websites can be pretty thin soup. You lose a lot," said Jeff Chen, CEO and founder of Maxthon. "On the other hand, the full versions of some websites just don't work with the form factor of a smartphone on a wireless connection. With Maxthon Mobile, you don't have to choose between one or the other."
Maxthon avoids both scenarios with its new feature, Multi-mode.
"Multi-mode gives Maxthon users two ways of surfing the Internet through their smartphones. In the Android-view mode, Maxthon shows you the faster-loading, mobile-optimized web site when it exists.
It's great for sites you're already familiar with, when you know what you're looking for."
"In Desktop View, Maxthon shows you the entire website as you would see it on a full-sized computer. It's perfect for those times when you need access to all of the features and functionality on the page."
Maxthon Mobile with the new Multi-mode feature is a free download at http://www.maxthon.com and popular download sites.
Maxthon's mobile browser is deeply integrated with Maxthon's flagship product, Maxthon 3 for Windows. The two browsers share similar tabbed interfaces, fast, error-correcting downloader, automatic passwords, and gesture controls. They also can sync passwords, favorites and other settings with each other so users can move from one browser to the other without having to take the time to update either the PC or smartphone browsers. True portability. Maxthon for Windows is the fifth most popular browser in the world and has received several awards for its innovative design and features.
CONTACT: Media Contact: Ron White, Maxthon Advocate, email@example.com, +1-210-683-1444
HitFix Launches Fantasy Reality TV League for American Idol Season 10
Former Idol Contestants Phil Stacey and Melinda Doolittle WILL PLAY WITH OTHER IDOL FANS
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainment news and events site HitFix.com unveiled a new game today for fans of "American Idol" inspired by Fantasy Sports. HitFix's Fantasy Reality TV League for "American Idol" will allows fans of the country's most popular television program to compete against each other in predicting this year's "Idol" champion.
Although American Idol has been underway for several weeks, HitFix's Fantasy League (http://www.hitfix.com/AmericanIdol)has been designed to start when the show announces the top 24 contestants on Thursday, Feb. 24. At that time, players will be able to create their own private leagues or join site wide-open leagues. The player with the highest score across all leagues will be crowned the 2011 HitFix Fantasy American Idol Champion.
In an added bonus for "Idol" fans, former Idol veterans Phil Stacey and Melinda Doolittle, who finished 6th and 3rd respectively in season six, have signed on to also test their skills in predicting who the nation will crown the next "American Idol."
HitFix made it a priority to ensure Fantasy Idol has a broad appeal. HitFix CEO Jennifer Sargent explained, "We wanted to create a game that would be fun and engaging for casual fans of the show as well as diehard 'Idol' lovers. After examining dozens of formats and scoring models we've come up with a game that's easy to play and understand, but has enough depth to be interesting."
The game play itself is fairly straightforward. Players will "drag and drop" pictures of the Idol contestants to rank them from best to worst. When a contestant is eliminated, players will score points based on where that contestant fell in their rankings. As the show eliminates different contestants, fantasy players will be able to revise their rankings every week.
HitFix Editor-in-Chief Gregory Ellwood commented, "Fantasy Football or Basketball is great if you love sports, but what if reality TV is your passion? We wanted to give people who might not be into sports a chance to compete against each other in an arena that's familiar to them."
Along with Stacey and Doolittle, HitFix Executive Editor and veteran "Idol" blogger Dan Fienberg, Yahoo Music Managing editor Lyndsey Parker and reality TV blogger Rickey Yaneza will also participate in the league. The American Idol contestant rankings of all five featured players will be made public so all Fantasy Idol players can benefit from the knowledge of the experts.
HitFix's Fantasy Reality TV League for "American Idol" will end in mid-May when the nation crowns the show's 10th winner.
For more info visit HitFix.com/AmericanIdol
Profiled in BusinessWeek as one of "America's Most Promising Start-ups," HitFix is the ultimate destination for 18-34 year olds to discover what's next in entertainment news and events. HitFix is led by experienced Hollywood insiders and journalists whose insightful, timely editorial content complements the HitFix Forecast. The site is updated hourly and reaches over 1.5 million unique visitors per month.
Worldhotels Displays Real Time Rates and Availability of Independent Hotels on Google Maps and Google Places
NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Worldhotels is the first hotel group to enable independent hotels to display their real time rates and availability in relevant search listings on Google Maps and on related Google Place pages. The revolutionary new feature is available as a pay-per-click advertising module connected with the group's booking engine Resmaster, which is powered by Trust International, the leading global CRS for hotel chains and representation companies. The first independent hotel worldwide to test the new functionality is the Worldhotels property Georgian Terrace in Atlanta.
Google's service allows users to simply enter their desired arrival and departure dates in Google Maps and find the best prices and check availability in real time. The Worldhotels Resmaster system enables independent hotels to display the pricing information of their own Web site next to the prices of advertisers such as online travel agencies and drive potential bookers directly to the hotel's own booking engine.
The service is available now on Google Maps and Google Place pages on many of Google's domains in the Americas, Europe and Asia. With this new distribution channel, Worldhotels offers independent hotels a cost-effective, efficient way to drive bookings to their own Web site.
"We are proud to be the first hotel group to be able to offer this revolutionary new functionality to our hotels together with Trust International," says Robert Hornman, Managing Director of Worldhotels. "This valuable tool will drive qualified traffic directly to our affiliate hotels."
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LEGO Group Acquisition of LEGO® Universe Game Announced
Gazillion Sells Rights to the LEGO Group; LEGO® Universe Development and Operations to Continue in Louisville, Colorado
SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gazillion Entertainment and LEGO System A/S jointly announced today that Gazillion agreed to sell its rights in the development of the LEGO® Universe massively-multiplayer online game to the LEGO Group, the publisher of thegame. The majority of LEGO Universe development team members, formerly part of Gazillion's NetDevil subsidiary, have been offered employment by the LEGO Group, who will continue game development and operations from the current Louisville, Colorado studio.
"We're excited about the launch of LEGO Universe, and are happy to have the developers officially join the LEGO team," said Jesper Vilstrup, Vice President at the LEGO Group. "This acquisition demonstrates our commitment both to the ongoing success of LEGO Universe and to an overall strategy to expand our brand online."
"Gazillion's focus is developing, operating, and publishing the next generation of browser-delivered games," said David Brevik, Gazillion Entertainment President and COO. "We're proud of the game our team built, and are certain that it has a bright future.The transition of members of our team to the LEGO Group enables us to focus completely on internally-published, free-to-play game businesses."
LEGO System A/S entered into a work-for-hire relationship with NetDevil to build LEGO Universe in 2006. In 2008, Gazillion Entertainment acquired NetDevil. The acquisition of the rights to the game and the ability to transition members of the team to continue work on the game follows the fulfillment of the LEGO Universe development contract. Gazillion will move its other NetDevil projects to a new location.
About LEGO Systems A/S
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit http://www.LEGO.com
Gazillion Entertainment is a privately held developer and publisher of free-to-play online games for everyone. Gazillion's games feature revered brands and original properties, superior production quality and unmatched gameplay. Gazillion Entertainment is headquartered in San Mateo, California. For more information on Gazillion Entertainment and its studios please visit http://www.gazillion.com.
Keith Mutzman, Gazillion Entertainment
Michael McNally, the LEGO Group
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