LabTech Software and Reflexion Partner to Ensure Cloud Computing Email Services Have Maximum Uptime
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LabTech Software, the only powerful, robust-featured remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution developed by a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for Managed Service Providers, today announced its integration with Reflexion Networks' suite of email services to provide a simple and automated way to ensure the integrity and health of mission-critical hosted email services.
LabTech's integration monitors the availability of the Reflexion Total Control (RTC) and Reflexion Archiving, Discovery and Recovery (RADAR) services' user interface, instantly sending an alert if service is interrupted. LabTech also proactively monitors the latency of the Reflexion mail scanner to immediately detect inbound or outbound latency, sending an alert if any is found. In this way, service-affecting incidents are identified as quickly as possible and steps can be taken to ensure service quality.
Reflexion provides a wide range of hosted email services differentiated by their ease of implementation and use, unique features and effectiveness, and affordability. RTC is a hosted email security service that blocks spam, viruses and volume-based attacks before they reach the corporate network. RADAR provides business with a complete, searchable email archive that can be accessed at anytime from anywhere on the Internet.
"We pride ourselves on our working relationships with leading technology partners that enable us to build high-quality offerings to effectively differentiate ourselves from the competition," said David Hughes, President and CEO of Reflexion Networks. "As a leader in remote monitoring and management, LabTech is an ideal solution to integrate with the Reflexion services in order to proactively monitor the health and performance of our range of hosted email services. By creating alerts for IT solutions providers when email systems are facing latency or availability issues, they can better maintain and support these mission-critical applications for MSPs to ensure that they continue to meet their customers' demands."
"We view integrations such as the one we've developed with Reflexion to be a valuable way to extend the value and power of our leading Remote Monitoring and Management platform with maximum automation and efficiency ," said Matt Nachtrab, CEO of LabTech. "Email remains one of the most important and effective business tools companies have, so working with Reflexion to ensure that email systems remain viable to our MSPs' customer base allows them to better support those customers in a simple and cost-effective manner."
About LabTech Software
LabTech is the only Managed Service tool for remote monitoring, management, (RMM) and automation developed by a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for MSPs. Our affordable, agent-based solution so closely emulates what technicians do in the field that techs can provide the same support remotely. Because we understand how to manage a growing MSP business, we make it easier to procure their software and allow partners to add agents as they grow. For more information please visit http://www.LabTechSoftware.com or call 877-522-8323.
All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Gamesys: Latest Jackpotjoy Winner Scoops GBP1,058 at Online Bingo
LONDON, December 29, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
One lucky gentleman has scooped a rather useful cash prize playing online bingo at
gaming website Jackpotjoy. Mr. Grant B won GBP1,058 on the website's popular 75-ball
version of the game, saying, "I have just passed my driving test, so this is going towards
a car... Thank you Jackpotjoy."
Jackpotjoy is one of the UK's leading online gaming websites, providing a wide range
of online slots, online casino [http://www.jackpotjoy.com/online-casino ] games and online
bingo [http://www.jackpotjoy.com/online-bingo ]. The bingo section of the site offers
various permutations of the classic game, with Bingo 75 a particularly popular one, thanks
in part to its sheer simplicity.
A 5x5 grid is laid out on the screen, with numbered cards going from 1 to 75. An
online bingo caller announces random numbers as the players mark off each corresponding
number on their card (or cards - one of the principle attractions of online bingo is the
availability of working numerous cards at once, each card automatically daubed by the
Pre-set patterns appear in the screen, which players hope to create on their own
cards. Once they have completed a pattern, they win - even if they have daubed other
numbers not featured in the pattern. A player can also win if all the numbers on a card
are marked. This is known as a 'blackout'.
One of the big attractions of Jackpotjoy's Bingo 75 is the chat function. Being able
to communicate with your fellow players lends a community spirit to the game, bringing the
experience closer to that of a traditional bingo hall. The chat window appears in the
bottom of the screen, where you can see all the other participants. A designated 'Chat
Host' looks after proceedings - welcoming new players and answering questions. These
moderators also host regular chat games, where you can take part in mini-competitions
separate from the bingo. Cash prizes are up for grabs during these regular games.
Bingo 75 draws longtime bingo-heads as well as newcomers, with its automatic
card-daubing and social aspect a big part of the appeal. Try it for yourself at
Attune RTD Transitions from Pilot Program to Commercializing BrioWave Technology
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Attune RTD (OTCBB: AURT), is proud to announce that it has successfully completed a commercial pilot program with a major wholesale power generation company based in the state of Texas. The pilot program began in November 2010 and officially terminates on January 2012. Shawn Davis C.E.O commented, "We had a very successful pilot, the technology now has seen more than one year of continuous field duty time across the state. BrioWave technology has withstood some of the hottest summer temperatures on record as well as some of the coldest winter temperatures. We are ready to make the technology commercially available. With that said, we are excited to continue our working relationship with the utility, and excited to be in the beginning phase of developing another relationship with another major utility." Thomas Bianco C.F.O commented, "We are excited because we have real interest and demand developing for the technology that will soon translate into revenue. We have a world class product married to a world class platform, so now the focus is all about sales going forward."
About Attune RTD
Attune's first to market product, The BrioWave 175p, has the ability to control large electrical loads, communicate with the smart meter through its ZigBee Wi-Fi radio and deliver real-time information through its onboard Wi-Fi module to our Business Intelligence portal and proprietary hardware, saving consumers as much as 40-60% in energy consumption. Attune's consumer facing Graphical User Interface (GUI) in the cloud is the beginning of the consumer experience, allowing users to leverage best practices to save energy and reduce costs. Attune's utility facing GUI can provide real-time data, predictive business intelligence, analytical tools and dashboards consisting of Key Performance Indicators that can potentially save participating utility providers millions of dollars annually by controlling loads through the use of Attune's software and hardware platform. Attune RTD's flagship product, The BrioWave 175p(TM), is a low cost, scalable, interoperable platform intended to be an essential part of the smart grid infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.attunertd.com
The statements contained in this press release contain certain forward looking statements, including statements regarding the company's expectations, intentions, strategies, and beliefs regarding the future. All statements contained herein are based upon information available to the company's management as of the date hereof, and actual results may vary based upon future events, both within and without the control of the company's management.
Awareness Technologies Releases Free Remote Blocking Software for Parents
New BlockSmart Software Arms Parents with Top-Rated Tool to Stay on Top of Growing Online Threats
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to aide parents in protecting their child's online activity, Awareness Technologies, the makers of WebWatcher, the only remote parental control and computer monitoring software application, today announced a new software program called BlockSmart that will help parents to remotely prevent their children from accessing inappropriate websites for free of charge.
"Today, children have the ability to access anything and everything on the Internet and parents need the proper safeguards to protect their children from the escalating amount of inappropriate content and threats that children can easily come across online," said Brad Miller, CEO and Chairman of Awareness Technologies. "BlockSmart provides an easy and powerful tool for all concerned parents who want to protect their children from explicit websites and we're making it available free of charge. With its secure, web-based interface, parents can access their account from anywhere, at any time giving them the peace of mind to block inappropriate websites in real-time."
In a recent review from CNET's Download.com, BlockSmart received an Editors' "Outstanding" rating with 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars. The review highlighted BlockSmart as an easy, customizable option for parents to prevent their children from visiting unsafe websites by working as an antivirus and routinely updating as new threats appear. The CNET review can be found here.
BlockSmart allows users to install the software and then access it remotely from anywhere over the Internet. In three easy steps, concerned parents can feel at ease knowing what their children are viewing online. For more information on BlockSmart, visit http://blocksmartsoftware.com/.
About Awareness Technologies
As the pioneer in Unified Insider Threat Prevention, Awareness Technologies' SaaS-based service is easily available and affordable for businesses of any size - especially the SMB market. Architected at the endpoint, clients can access 4 technologies including DLP, web filtering, employee monitoring and laptop recovery, through one agent download and one control console. Awareness Technologies has over 10,000 businesses world-wide currently depending on its solutions to protect their data from insider threats, and has been named on the 2011 Inc. 5000 and 2011 Software 500. For more information, please visit http://www.awarenesstechnologies.com.
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Czech Republic's Largest Insurance Company Taps IBM to Preempt IT Issues
IBM Predictive Approach Reduces IT Costs by US$500,000 Annually
PRAGUE, Dec 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the largest insurance company in the Czech Republic, Ceska pojistovna a.s., relies on IBM smarter computing to help prevent IT issues before they occur and to support its core business functions, such as claims processing and customer management.
The IBM technology has led to the reduction of annual IT maintenance costs by US$500,000, while allowing the insurance company to provide better online reporting for business users and the best experience for its clients.
Since the reintroduction of the competitive marketplace in the Czech Republic in 1991, Ceska pojistovna has grown into the largest insurance provider in the country with 3,900 employees, 5,600 agents and more than 4,500 business locations. That growth, however, led to system sprawl, the creation of independent and disparate IT operations, and a lack of integration. As a result, costs and the risk of system failures were rising.
To deal with this situation, Ceska pojistovna worked with IBM Premier Business Partner GC System, a.s. to add a suite of IBM software and systems to better manage its IT infrastructure, including monitoring, event assessment and predictive analysis.
Now performance data is collected and streamed through a central console that provides a consolidated view of information across the IT environment, where it is monitored and reported on in real-time. Historical and predictive analysis tools alert the IT department to potential fluctuations in resource use and performance issues. This allows administrators to rebalance workloads or fix other root causes to avoid problems before they affect the business. By embedding predictive analytics into the infrastructure, Ceska pojistovna can respond more quickly and accurately to customer needs, better anticipate and prevent outages, and deliver fact-driven metrics.
"This IT service management deployment is one of the largest and most modern of its kind within Europe's insurance market," said Miroslav Lhotsky of Ceska pojistovna's Competence Center. "Through the IBM solution and its preventive approach to IT, we can better ensure that everything from contracts to SLA assessment runs reliably, minimizing impact on productivity."
Among the IBM Tivoli software being used, IBM Tivoli Business Service Manager plays a critical role in capturing and correlating service events from multiple sources in a central database running on two IBM Power 550 Express servers.
"When it comes to the daily operations of a large insurance provider, any risk of IT downtime is unacceptable," said Pavel Siska, sales manager, Sectors, IBM Czech Republic. "Having an IT infrastructure that is integrated and intelligent allows Ceska pojistovna to keep its focus on serving the needs of its customers."
About Ceska pojistovna
Ceska pojistovna is a universal insurance company with a long and rich tradition. It has maintained its leading position after the reintroduction of the competitive marketplace in 1991, with marketshare of approximately 25 percent at the end of 2010. The total premium, according to the method prescribed by the Czech Association of Insurance Companies, amounted to CZK 38.4 billion. Ceska pojistovna manages nearly 9 million insurance contacts, providing both individual life and non-life insurance, and also insurance for small, medium and large clients in the industrial and business areas.
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Announces the Re-Launch of Atkins.com and an Enhanced, Free Digital Community Resource Center for Dieters
Website to Offer Even More Free, Customizable Tools to Educate, Connect and Engage Dieters
DENVER, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for New Year's resolutions, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. ("Atkins(TM)") has re-launched Atkins.com and their free online community resource center offering millions of registered community members even more customizable online tools and support at their fingertips. Atkins is the original and leading low-carb weight loss plan that provides scientifically proven, quick and satisfying weight loss.
"We take our consumers' feedback very seriously; we understand how important it is for us to be the best partner we can be by providing dieters with the ongoing support and resources they need," said Scott Parker, Chief Marketing Officer with Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. "The newly launched Atkins community allows us to do just that by offering a variety of interactive tools and features designed to enhance the full Atkins experience. Community members get all the resources and support to complete the diet online for free at Atkins.com - other diets can cost upwards of $30.00 per month."
The new offerings on Atkins.com include:
Quick-Start Tools, Customizable Profiles and Groups
Upon registration, community members who are interested in trying Atkins can sign up to receive a free Quick-Start Kit that contains a Quick-Start Guide about the diet, three Atkins bars and pocket carb counter.
Members will also have the ability to customize their online profiles including personalized home pages, personal weight-loss journey blogs and other social networking tools. There will also be a choice of 21 badges earned by reaching various milestones to showcase on the user's personal home page.
Atkins community members will also be able to engage in live chats, instant message and receive real time alerts. Additionally, members will have the ability to create their own private groups for additional community support and encouragement. Members can keep their group private, or share by inviting others to join.
Community members will enjoy a new, improved recipe search tool to easily access more than 1,500 Atkins-friendly recipes. The Atkins meal plans have been expanded to offer suggestions for every phase and individual dietary needs, as well as a link to an integrated weight loss tracking system and carb counter.
The Atkins Diet is backed by more than 60 published, peer-reviewed studies conducted over the past several decades and is the only scientifically-validated plan of its kind. The Atkins Diet is designed to "flip the body's metabolic switch" from burning carbs to burning fat. Graduated carb introduction helps avoid blood sugar and insulin spikes, which cause hunger and cravings resulting in overeating and weight gain. On Atkins, dieters initially eat vegetables as the only source of carbohydrates for a short two week period. Other carbs, such as fruits, nuts and whole grains, are gradually added back until the dieter reaches their target weight and their perfect carb balance, so they can maintain their weight loss long term.
About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is a leader in the $2.4 billion weight control nutrition category, and offers a powerful lifetime approach to weight loss and management. The Atkins Diet focuses on a healthy diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars and encourages the consumption of protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats. Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. manufactures and sells a variety of nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutritional principles of the Atkins Diet(TM). Atkins' four product lines: Advantage®, Day Break(TM), Endulge(TM) and Cuisine(TM) appeal to a broad audience of both men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Atkins products are available online at atkins.com and in more than 30,000 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit atkins.com.
On 29 December 2011, the fun and free "Happy Chinese New Year" interactive
entertainment application for the iPad was released online at the Apple Store. Users can
download this application free of charge.
With multimedia texts, images, video, animation, sound files, and other media, the
application introduces "Happy Chinese New Year" activities of the Ministry of Culture, P.
R. China, and offers information about Chinese performing arts troupes entertaining across
the world during the first half of 2012, as well as introductions to Chinese traditions
and customs for celebrating the Spring Festival. Each interface can toggle instantly
between Chinese and English languages. The App also provides a Chinese New Year electronic
greeting card, and can be shared in order to help others get to know China's wonderful
traditional culture. The App is offered to the peoples of the world, making searchable all
programs of 2012 "Happy Chinese New Year" around the world as well as the schedules of
Chinese performing arts programs worldwide during the first half of 2012.
China has successfully held two years of "Happy Chinese New Year" festivities in over
60 countries and regions. If you would like to know more, please check out the "Happy
Chinese New Year" App.
"Happy Chinese New Year" is developed by CAV Television Production Co., Ltd.
Source: CAV Television Production Co., Ltd.
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Cloud Computing Company Centuric Offers Reduced $3.99 Transfer Fees on Domain Registration
Consumers can now transfer their domains and other cloud computing services with added incentives for a limited time beginning December 29th with $1.00 donated to EFF to help avert SOPA
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Centuric, a full service Cloud computing company offering business solutions for a wide range of companies--from small businesses to large enterprises--is now offering reduced transfer fees of $3.99 on domain registration beginning on Thursday, December 29, 2011. The limited time offer provides a solution for businesses that may be looking to migrate from other domain services, or considering expanding their company's technology, maximizing infrastructure to better serve its company and users. Centuric will donate $1.00 of every reduced transfer fee of $3.99 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as part of its united front against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Pricing applies to .com, .net, .org, .biz, and .info top-level domain (TLD). For a limited time, Centuric is also discounting its Deluxe Hosting plan by 33%. Promo code for these offers: SAYNOTOSOPA.
Centuric, with a solid track record of offering Cloud computing business solutions since 2001, is an Infrastructure Service Solution utilizing a Tier 4 facility where information and data are available, retained, secure, and compliant. In today's business market, where companies work 24/7, the need for a company's network to be always on is more and more critical to business success. Centuric helps companies, large or small, manage the process from start to finish, including assessment, planning, design, implementation and management.
"We have put a great deal of effort into building a secure, compliant and highly available virtual environment and are extremely pleased to offer our Cloud computing services to potential customers, as well as added incentives for businesses and consumers to migrate their hosting software to Centuric," said Richard Rodriguez, President/CEO. He adds, "Although we do encourage the protection of intellectual property, we do not support SOPA in its current form and believe the legislation, as is, may compromise the freedom the Internet was founded on."
Centuric strives to continually align its Cloud computing services with the evolution of security threats, compliance regulations and market trends; working with experienced partners and participating in ongoing professional education to ensure their offerings meet the evolving needs of their clients. Putting best practices to use, Centuric's ultimate goal is to simplify the hosting process, while providing clients with uninterrupted access to the data their company relies on daily to do business.
Centuric offers a comprehensive suite of products and services tailored to address the complex issues in today's business environment. Since 2001, Centuric's goal has been to help clients meet the challenges of implementing and maintaining a compliant and secure communication network for both conventional and cloud environments. With a Tier 4 network operations center, Centuric provides a continuously updated and compliant cloud environment for clients seeking a customized cloud solution. The team of technology professionals at Centuric provides managed network and support services to clients so that they can focus on their business.
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Skycasters Broadband Satellite Internet Company Awarded GSA Federal Contract
AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Skycasters, an industry leader in broadband satellite Internet solutions, is pleased to announce they have been awarded a GSA Federal contract to provide affordable satellite Internet service to GSA Government agencies. Through the GSA contract SIN# 132-55, Skycasters will deliver commercial-grade SATCOM services to U.S. military and government agencies.
The GSA contract allows Skycasters to provide primary broadband satellite Internet service for GSA federal government buyers under the Cooperative Purchase Program, ARRA Program, Disaster Recovery Purchase Program, and other qualifying programs. Their primary service plans are so dependable, that it doesn't matter how remote the government location is, Skycasters goes there.
When natural disasters strike, an unexpected interruption in service occurs and communications are shut down. GSA federal government buyers can't afford to incur outages like these. Skycasters' business continuity satellite Internet service is independent of all local landline infrastructure. Meaning they aren't exposed to the same threats that could disrupt primary connectivity, which makes Skycasters broadband international satellite Internet service the perfect Continuity of Operations (COOP) solution for any GSA Government customer.
Skycasters rapid deployment systems are business-grade products that are intricately designed and equipped with an auto-pointing satellite dish which delivers an Internet connection within ten minutes of deployment. These products are ideal for first response situations because they are easy to maintain, transport, and simple enough to use that even untrained personnel can operate them.
Under the GSA contract, Skycasters also offers GSA federal contract discounts to make services affordable for any essential application. When purchased in volume, Skycasters will apply additional discounts. Be sure to contact their sales team to review the discounted service plans that fit your needs. They are experienced working with GSA Government agencies, and are aware of the unique needs of GSA customers. They will listen to your requirements, and direct you to GSA contract service plans that fit your individual needs.
As the leader in broadband satellite Internet solutions, Skycasters brings broadband satellite Internet access, VPNs, portable satellite Internet, and corporate data services to all types of public and private entities, including disaster relief organizations, public safety agencies, and rural businesses.
This App has five components: "Happy Chinese New Year", "Chinese Shows in the World", "Greeting", "Cultures" and "Link". With multimedia texts, images, video, animation, sound files, and other media, the application introduces the overseas "Happy Chinese New Year" festivities of the Ministry of Culture, P. R. China, and offers information about Chinese performing arts troupes entertaining across the world during the first half of 2012, as well as introductions to Chinese traditions and customs for celebrating the Spring Festival, such as how to make dumplings and holiday paper-cuts, and how to wish people a happy new year. Each interface can toggle instantly between Chinese and English languages. The App also provides a Chinese New Year electronic greeting card that users can send to friends by email or on social networking sites. By sharing the App, you can also help others get to know China's wonderful traditional culture, understand the aspiration of the Chinese people to strive for harmonious living, and appreciate China's development and progress.
"Happy Chinese New Year" is an important trademark cultural activity initiated by the Chinese government abroad. In 2010 and 2011, "Happy Chinese New Year" successfully launched over 100 cultural programs on five continents. To introduce Chinese New Year traditions to the peoples of the world who are interested in Chinese culture, programs included temple fairs, parades, song and dance entertainment, handicraft demonstrations, special exhibitions, film screenings, cultural lectures, and more, offering the world a great feast of China's culture and being warmly received by the audiences.
With the online release of the "Happy Chinese New Year" App at the Apple Store, all programs of 2012 "Happy Chinese New Year" around the world as well as the schedules of Chinese performing arts programs worldwide during the first half of 2012 will be available, making it easier for the peoples of the world to participate. For program details, please check "Happy Chinese New Year".
"Happy Chinese New Year" is developed by CAV Television Production Co., Ltd.
UMC Pushes 8" Manufacturing Limit with A+ Technology Solution
0.11um Al-BEoL platform the most comprehensive solution among all foundries
HSINCHU, Taiwan, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) ("UMC"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced its A+ technology platform, a specialized 0.11um aluminum process manufactured in UMC's 8" fabs. UMC is the only foundry to offer the most complete 0.11um full aluminum BEoL (Back End of Line) process, providing customers with a cost effective alternative to mainstream 0.13um and 0.11um copper technologies. The unique A+ platform consists of a comprehensive blend of technology offerings that no foundry can provide, which include logic/MM, RFCMOS, eFlash, eE2PROM, eHV and CIS to address customers' integration, performance, and cost requirements.
Steve Wang, Vice President of Asian Sales and Corporate Marketing at UMC, said, "There are many applications still enjoying a comfort zone within 8" manufacturing facilities due to the attractive cost vs. performance benefits. For applications such as timing controllers, LCD controllers, remote controller, small panel display drivers, surveillance and medical CMOS Image sensors, etc., A+ is the perfect technology sweet spot. With its comprehensive technology portfolio, the A+ solution offers an ideal migration path for 0.18um or existing 0.13/0.11um Cu-BEoL products so that customers can differentiate their market position for increased competitiveness."
The unique A+ 0.11um specialty platform incorporates state-of-the-art solutions to help designers find an optimal balance between cost, performance, and functionality. A+ combines the most leading-edge 8" production technology with aggressive Al-BEOL design rules. A full suite of IP, HV-LDMOS, I/O devices, RF models and passive components complete the comprehensive A+ offering, with flexible 8-inch manufacturing capacity to support customer production requirements.
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced technology and manufacturing services for applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's customer-driven foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage the strength of the company's leading-edge processes, which include production proven 65nm, 45/40nm, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i are both in volume production for a variety of customer products. The company employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at http://www.umc.com.
Note From UMC Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward looking within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements about future outsourcing, wafer capacity, technologies, business relationships and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy; acceptance and demand for products from UMC; and technological and development risks. Further information concerning these risks is included in UMC's filings with the U.S. SEC, including on Form F-1, F-3, F-6 and 20-F, each as amended.
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Finalists Announced for Mobile Apps Showdown; Winners to be Announced at 2012 International CES, January 12
NEW YORK, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Finalists for the third annual Mobile Apps Showdown competition at the 2012 International CES were announced today and include:
-- SecuraFone - personal emergency response system;
-- Macaw Mobile App - turns smartphones into mobile health monitor;
-- CIA Operation Ajax - brings the comic book to the next level;
-- Aurasma - augmented reality platform;
-- AppGear Foam Fighters - app plus toy equals fun flying fun;
-- Cinefy - a mobile video special effects and editing platform for iPhone
-- SkyQ - astronomy application that locates and identifies celestial
-- Viper SmartStart - start, stop, lock or pop the trunk of your car all
from the palm of your hand;
-- Magisto - creates professional videos with a single click;
-- RoadBike - a cycling performance app for biking enthusiasts.
The live Mobile Apps Showdown event, produced by Living in Digital Times, to determine the most promising mobile app will take place at the 2012 International CES on Thursday, January 12 at 12:30pm in room N2556-257 in the North Hall of the LVCC. Finalists will have four minutes to demonstrate their product on stage and receive audience feedback.
Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Hein from SiriusXM Radio's Howard Stern Wrap Up Show will host the Mobile Apps Showdown Awards. The mobile app with the greatest number of online votes will also receive an award. A Wall of Apps exhibit in booth A130 in the North Hall of the LVCC features a sample of interesting contestants.
"With more than seven billion apps downloaded by year's end, Mobile Apps Showdown highlights the latest and greatest apps across diverse fields including video, health and even comic books," said Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times.
This year's judges include: Brian Page, technology consultant; Christopher Null, technology expert, Dana Oshiro, senior analyst and publishing strategist NetShelter Technology Media; Larry Seltzer, editorial director, Byte; Rick Singer, CEO, GreatApps; Helena Stone, editor-in-chief, ChipChick; Dave Whittle, CEO, CoolHotNot Corporation; Robin Raskin, founder, Living in Digital Times.
For more information:
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HoverCam Founder Upgrades Your Office With the Solo 5
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A five-minute interview with Ji Shen, founder and CEO of Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc., the San Diego, California-based manufacturer of the HoverCam, which can be seen in CES LVCC South Hall 4, Upper Level, booth 36828.
Q: Tell me about this Solo 5 that I have heard so much about. It looks kind of small.
SHEN: It is. It is really only about a foot tall. We imagine it as an unobtrusive office camera that can sit out on your desk all the time.
Q: Being so small, it must just be used to scan notes.
SHEN: You could but that is not the intention. The Solo scans A3 sized paper at 5 megapixel resolution. It also does 1080p full HD video.
Q: A3 sized paper? That's nearly the same as two Letter-sized pages put together.
Q: That's remarkable. Is there anything else we should know about it?
SHEN: Yes! It is a scanner, a fax machine, and a web conferencing tool. It allows you to perform digital signature. Built-in is integration with cloud services such as DropBox and EverNote. You can even annotate on your scans and videos.
Q: It sounds like it does everything.
SHEN: We like to call it the Swiss Army knife of document cameras.
Q: It certainly lives up to that title.
SHEN: We are hoping everyone stops by booth 36828 to see the device for themselves.
Q: I think they will. This is one of CES' must-see products!
About Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc.
Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc. based in San Diego, California, is the designer and manufacturer of HoverCam document cameras used by schools, hospitals and businesses. The cameras are used for live presentations, video conferencing, scanning, video recording and student assessment. For more information, call 858-750-3499, email email@example.com, visit http://www.thehovercam.com, or stop by CES LVCC South Hall 4, Upper Level, booth #36828 for a live demonstration.
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CONTACT: CONTACT: John Miewald, +1-858-750-3499, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finalists Announced for Last Gadget Standing; Winners To Be Announced at 2012 International CES, January 12
NEW YORK, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Finalists for the 11th annual Last Gadget Standing competition at the 2012 International CES were announced today and include:
-- Lytro - a simple box-like camera that takes photo first and then lets
you bring it into focus;
-- PlayStation Vita - a new pinnacle in portable gaming systems;
-- Autom Robot - a weight-loss robot that engages you in a dialog about
-- Cotton Candy - Android on a stick; plugs into any screen via USB or
-- WIMM One Dev Preview - it looks like a wristwatch but can be transformed
into a mobile communicator for just about anything, weather, a phone,
-- Origami - a high tech baby stroller with electronic dashboard,
pedometer, iPod holder, etc.;
-- Swivl - an iPhone dock that swivels to track your movements for hands
-- Basis - body monitoring device with sensors for just about everything.
The eight finalists, along with two undisclosed products that won't be released until the start of the 2012 CES, will present live on stage at Last Gadget Standing, which is produced by Living in Digital Times, on Thursday, January 12 at 10:30am in room N255-257, North Hall of the LVCC. Each presenter will have four minutes to showcase their product. Winners of both the live vote and the ongoing online vote will be announced at the event's conclusion.
Special co-hosts Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Heinfrom SiriusXM Radio's Howard Stern Wrap Up Show will bring their inimitable wit and knowledge of all things geek to the festivities.
"This year's finalists have contributed to the digital landscape in so many innovative ways: from new ways to take photos, to body monitoring revolution -- even strolling a baby will never be the same," said Robin Raskin, founder, Living in Digital Times.
Judges include: Harry McCracken, editor, Technologizer; David Berlind, chief content officer, TechWeb; Michael Miller, SVP, Ziff Brothers Investments; Avram Piltch, editorial director, LAPTOP Magazine; Melissa Peterson, PC World; Ross Rubin, principal analyst, NPD Connected Intelligence; Joanna Stern, The Verge; David Berlind, editor, TechWeb; and Robin Raskin, founder, Living in Digital Times. Special thanks to this year's sponsor, Lenovo.
For more information:
Cheryl Delgreco Liora Bram
Media Strategies Media Strategies
SOURCE Living in Digital Times
Three New Artist Showcase Stations Launch on Slacker Radio
RJD2, The Parlotones and Blue October Share Their Music Stories with Artist-Hosted Showcase Stations
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Slacker, Inc. today launched three new Artist Showcase stations featuring songs hand-selected by bands and musical artists RJD2, The Parlotones and Blue October along with exclusive host commentary by the artists themselves. Songs by the bands and artists are also highlighted. All three stations are now available for free in Slacker's Artist Showcase station category.
Slacker's Artist Showcase stations are hosted and curated by the artists. They give listeners insight into the musical influences and personal stories of teenage rebellion, family memories and career triumphs of their favorite musicians. Artist Showcase stations are available exclusively on any Slacker Radio application. They feature a diverse and growing array of genres, further emphasizing Slacker's dedication to being the ultimate personalized radio and music discovery resource.
"Slacker's Artist Showcase stations give musicians the opportunity to share their music story through their own words and the tracks that have inspired them," said Scott Riggs, senior director of radio at Slacker. "Every musician brings unique stories, experiences and tastes to their station. No two Artist Showcase stations are alike."
DJ, producer and singer RJD2 was raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he got his start as a DJ and member of the Columbus rap group MHz. He later began a solo project and has recently gained attention for his score "The Beautiful Mine," the theme song of AMC's Mad Men. His Slacker station, RJD2 Radio, features bands and artists including David Bowie, Kanye West, Otis Reading and Grizzly Bear.
"Any place that you can stream both Louis C.K. and John Scofield is alright in my book," said RJD2. "Slacker is a great site for finding things similar to stuff you already know. The process of making my station actually helped me realize why I like some music I do. Bizarrely, I hadn't really thought about it for certain artists, so at times it was a learning experience for me!"
The Parlotones have been described by music fans and bloggers as one of the best South African rock bands, opening for Coldplay in South Africa and playing the 2012 FIFA World Cup kick-off concert. The Parlotones have also been involved in a variety of product endorsements including a collection of wines named after their music. Bands and artists featured on The Parlotones Radio include Muse, The Decemberists, Queen and The Smiths.
"We really enjoyed being on Slacker Radio. For me, there's nothing I like more than talking about the music I love. What could be better than talking about great music and then having a whole station made for it?" said Paul Hodgson, lead guitarist of The Parlotones. "I think on-demand radio is way cooler than normal radio. I don't like most of the music on 'normal' radio. On Slacker, I can play the music I like while being exposed to new bands in a similar vein."
Blue October is a platinum-selling rock band from Houston, Texas that formed in the post-grunge '90s and just released their latest album, Any Man in America, in August 2011. The band joined with To Write Love On Her Arms and PostSecret last year for the Pick Up the Phone Tour to spread suicide awareness. Blue October's Artist Showcase station includes bands and artists like Michael Jackson, Band of Horses, YelaWolf and Phil Collins.
Slacker Artist Showcase stations span a variety of genres including indie rock, hip hop and country. These three additions to the Artist Showcase station category join a collection of unique and enlightening stations programmed and hosted by bands and artists including Patrick Stump, Ida Maria, Justin Moore, Far East Movement and Jimmy Eat World. The Artist Showcase category is always growing with more artist-curated options coming every month.
Artist Showcase stations can be enjoyed anywhere that Slacker is available: on all major smartphones, the iPad, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, connected home devices including Sonos and online at http://www.Slacker.com. Wherever they tune in, Slacker listeners have instant access to their favorite music, artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art. On-demand access to the Slacker music library is also available with the recently released Premium Radio. To get the free Slacker mobile application, simply direct your mobile web browser to http://www.Slacker.com.
Slacker offers the world's most complete range of radio services. Whether it's the award-winning free Slacker Basic Radio, or the fully-loaded subscription services Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio, listeners enjoy a unique, custom listening experience. Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, on connected home devices or on-the-go with Slacker Personal Radio applications. Slacker mobile applications are available for Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Palm webOS, Nokia, Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones. For more information visit: http://www.Slacker.com/about.
Robotics Industry Can Use InduraNET p From Pilz for Wireless Communication Needs
CANTON, Mich., Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- These days robots have successfully established themselves in a wide range of industrial applications. Whether it's the automotive industry, packaging technology or sheet metal working: industrial robots play an ever increasing role. The increasing level of automation within production processes is promoting the widespread use of robots.
The robotics industry needs a reliable, wireless transmission of standard I/O data to mobile plant or machine sections. The wireless system InduraNET p (Industrial Radio Network) from Pilz is specifically designed for use in an industrial environment. The remote IP67 module is ideally suited for use on robots (installed on the tool, close to the process). As a result, cable wear and open circuit can be avoided; even dust and water cannot damage the module.
Pilz's InduraNET p is especially suitable for use in an industrial environment. Key features include high availability thanks to the robust communication technology and a unique antenna system, plus the ability to coexist with other wireless systems. Thanks to its rugged design, the IP67 remote module is suitable for installation close to the process, directly on the sensors. This is important so manufacturers can avoid long cable routes and reduce cable wear.
A connection to all common fieldbus systems means that InduraNET p can be incorporated into existing network architectures. This guarantees a high degree of flexibility when selecting the fieldbus and control system.
Some of InduraNet p's benefits include:
-- Highly available wireless communication in an industrial environment via
the InduraNET p protocol and industrial antenna system
-- Direct assembly on mobile machine parts - due to a high resistance to
dirt and mechanical stress, plus a suitable antenna
-- Space-saving application outside the control cabinet - IP67 protection
-- License-free, uses the free worldwide ISM frequency bands
-- Solves the problems of cost-intensive, wearing cable connections
-- Connection to all common fieldbus systems
InduraNET p can replace data light beam devices, trailing cables/ cable drag chains, and sliding contacts.
Keep Those New Year's Resolutions at CES: Sports, Fitness & Outdoor Summit Features Latest Gadgets to Keep You Moving
NEW YORK, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't forget your resolution to get fit when you step off the plane in Las Vegas! At this year's Sports, Fitness and the Outdoors Summit and Expo produced by Living in Digital Times and taking place at the 2012 International CES January 10-13, the hottest innovators of high-tech gear will demonstrate how you can keep those New Year's resolutions. The Sports & Fitness Tech Summit takes place January 10 at 9:00am in room N256 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Celebrity fitness guru Jillian Michaels will deliver the keynote address at 10:30am.
Highlights of the Sports & Fitness Tech Expo include a bevy of body-monitoring equipment: activity-tracking armbands; waterproof mp3 players; GPS-enabled HD cameras; high-tech heart monitors; gesture recognition and full-body tracking user interfaces for games and sports; high-tech goggles that measure and track statistics; and a few surprise announcements.
"Who knew that CES would be THE place to see the latest in fitness innovations," said Julie Sylvester, co-producer of the Sports & Fitness Tech Summit. "This year's Sports & Fitness Tech Expo is twice as large as last year, and three times as exciting, showing off the coolest new ways to play, train, and stay active."
The Fitness Tech conference agenda will feature thought-leaders who will discuss hot trends like location-based services, gaming systems and performance trackers and body sensors. New companies like BASIS and Striiv, along with updates from last year's innovators, Body Media and Fitbit, will be featured along with new technology from Valencell, Polk Audio, and Polar. Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior or gym rat, the Sports & Fitness Tech conference will feature upcoming trends that will show you how to improve your workout.
About Living in Digital Times
Founded in 2008 by tech journalist and consultant Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times is designed to create a dialogue between companies and key consumer demographics.
CRIC Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement with E-House Relating to Going Private Transaction
SHANGHAI, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Real Estate Information Corporation ("CRIC" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CRIC), a leading provider of real estate information, consulting and online services in China, today announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated December 28, 2011 (the "Merger Agreement"), with E-House (China) Holdings Limited ("E-House") (NYSE: EJ), a Cayman Islands company and the majority shareholder of the Company, and CRIC (China) Holdings Limited ("Merger Sub"), a newly-formed Cayman Islands company and a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of E-House. Upon the successful consummation of the transaction contemplated by the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will be merged with and into the Company and the Company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of E-House (the "Merger").
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, upon the terms and subject to the conditions thereof, at the effective time of the Merger, each of the Company's ordinary shares ("CRIC shares") issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger (including CRIC shares represented by American depositary shares ("CRIC ADSs"), each of which represents one CRIC share) will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive cash consideration of $1.75, without interest, plus, in the case of each CRIC share (not including CRIC shares represented by CRIC ADSs), 0.6 E-House ordinary shares ("E-House shares"), or, in the case of each CRIC share represented by a CRIC ADS, 0.6 E-House American depositary shares ("E-House ADSs"), each of which represents one E-House share. The consideration to be received by CRIC shareholders in the Merger represents an increase by E-House of $0.15 (from $1.60 to $1.75) of the cash portion of the consideration per CRIC share and CRIC ADS initially proposed in the previously announced non-binding proposal E-House delivered to the Company's board of directors on October 28, 2011.
Notwithstanding the consideration generally payable to CRIC shareholders in the Merger, CRIC shares (including CRIC shares represented by CRIC ADSs) that at the effective time of the Merger are (1) beneficially owned by E-House, Merger Sub, or any wholly-owned subsidiaries of CRIC, (2) issued to the depositary bank which maintains CRIC's American depositary share program and reserved for future grants under CRIC's share incentive plan, or (3) held by CRIC in treasury either in the form of CRIC shares or CRIC ADSs (collectively, the "Excluded CRIC Shares") will be cancelled in the Merger and no consideration will be delivered or deliverable in exchange therefor, and each CRIC share owned by shareholders who have validly exercised and have not effectively withdrawn or lost their appraisal rights under the Cayman Islands Companies Law, as amended, will be cancelled for the appraised or agreed value under the Cayman Islands Companies Law.
The Company's board of directors, acting upon the unanimous recommendation of the special committee formed by the Company's board of directors (the "Special Committee"), approved the Merger Agreement and the Merger and resolved to recommend that the Company's shareholders vote to approve the Merger Agreement and the Merger. The Special Committee, which is composed solely of CRIC directors unrelated to E-House or Merger Sub, negotiated the terms of the Merger Agreement with the assistance of its financial and legal advisors.
In addition to certain other customary closing conditions, the Merger is subject to the approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger by an affirmative vote of shareholders representing (1) two-thirds or more of the ordinary shares present and voting in person or by proxy at a meeting of the Company's shareholders which will be convened to consider the approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger, and (2) a majority of the outstanding CRIC shares (other than the Excluded CRIC Shares). E-House currently owns approximately 54.1% of the outstanding CRIC shares and has advised the Company's board of directors that it intends to vote in favor of the approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger. The Company currently expects the Merger to close around the middle of 2012. However, there can be no assurance that the Merger will be completed by or around the middle of 2012 or at all. If completed, the Merger will result in the Company becoming a privately-held and wholly-owned subsidiary of E-House and CRIC ADSs will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to the Special Committee. Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Special Committee.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to the Company and Maples and Calder is serving as Cayman Islands legal advisor to the Company. Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC.
Additional Information about the Merger
The Company will furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a report on Form 6-K regarding the Merger and this announcement, which will include the Merger Agreement related to the Merger. All parties desiring details regarding the Merger are urged to review these documents, which will be available at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov).
In connection with the Merger, certain participants in the Merger will prepare and mail to the Company's shareholders a Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and a registration statement on Form F-4 (which will include a proxy statement/prospectus relating to the Merger and the Merger Agreement). These documents will be filed with or furnished to the SEC. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THESE MATERIALS AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE MERGER AND RELATED MATTERS. In addition to receiving the Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and Form F-4 by mail, shareholders also will be able to obtain these documents, as well as other filings containing information about the Company, the Merger and related matters, without charge, from the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov) or at the SEC's public reference room at 100 F Street, NE, Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. In addition, these documents can be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Company at the following address and/or phone number:
China Real Estate Information Corporation
No. 383 Guangyan Road
Shanghai, PRC 200072
People's Republic of China
Phone: +86 (21) 6086 7500
The Company and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under SEC rules, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from CRIC shareholders with respect to the Merger. Information regarding the persons who may be considered "participants" in the solicitation of proxies will be set forth in Form F-4 and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement relating to the Merger when it is filed with or furnished to the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the Form F-4 and Schedule 13E-3 transaction statement and the other relevant documents filed with or furnished to the SEC when they become available.
This announcement is neither a solicitation of proxy, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities and it is not a substitute for any proxy statement or other filings that may be made with the SEC should the Merger proceed.
China Real Estate Information Corporation (NASDAQ: CRIC) is a leading provider of real estate information, consulting and online services with a presence in over 170 cities across China. CRIC, a subsidiary of E-House, merged with the online real estate business of SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) upon the completion of CRIC's initial public offering and listing of CRIC ADSs on the NASDAQ Global Select Market in October 2009. Leveraging its proprietary, advanced and comprehensive real estate information database and analysis system, CRIC provides a broad range of real estate-related services to all participants in the real estate value chain, including developers, suppliers, agents, brokers, service providers and individual consumers. CRIC's services include subscription-based information services, customized consulting services and online services through several real estate websites that provide region-specific real estate information and access to online communities. For more information about CRIC, please visit http://www.cric.com.
Safe Harbor: Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "likely to" or other similar expressions. CRIC may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about CRIC's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and are subject to change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, either expressly or impliedly, in any of the forward-looking statements in this press release. These factors include the risk factors detailed in CRIC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of this press release, and CRIC does not undertake any obligation to update any such information, except as required under applicable law.
For investor and media inquiries please contact:
Director, Investor Relations
China Real Estate Information Corporation
Phone: +86 (21) 6086-7369
PumpOne Rings in 2012 With the Ultimate Fitness Solution
Major FitnessBuilder updates expand anywhere, anytime personal training
NEW YORK, Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Working out just became a whole lot easier with PumpOne's 2012 personal training experience. Launching across all major platforms for both consumers and professionals, the state-of-the-art FitnessBuilder is now available on the Web at http://www.fitnessbuilder.com and the Android Market in addition to its already massively successful iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
FitnessBuilder now allows for even more users to experience the unique blending of cutting edge fitness technology combined with the world's largest image and video exercise library. This anywhere, anytime personal training experience allows everyone to efficiently achieve fitness goals from weight loss to sports conditioning. FitnessBuilder also provides productivity and business tools for fitness professionals and therapists to better guide their clients and patients with a remote training and paperless tracking system.
Users can sign up for FitnessBuilder and get their first month free at http://www.fitnessbuilder.com or download the free mobile app from the App Store or Android Market.
Fitness beginners and enthusiasts:
FitnessBuilder PLUS features over 750 pre-made workout programs and fitness plans as well as the innovative drag and drop Builder that allow users to custom create sessions from over 5,600 exercise images and videos. Workouts can be performed and logged, keeping track of progress to achieve goals. The Share Workout feature allows users to challenge others, provide guidance and post progress to their social networks. And one of the most unique benefits of FitnessBuilder is "Ask a Fitness Question," which connects Plus users directly with PumpOne's fitness experts for goal-oriented answers.
FitnessBuilder PRO & PT access gives personal trainers, coaches and physical therapists a client/patient management tool that introduces remote training and delivers a paperless tracking solution. Remote Training sends interactive workouts to clients/patients to perform on their own and digitally syncs their logs and notes back to the Pro/PT dashboard for analysis. Pro & PT can customize the web and mobile apps with their company name and logo, expanding their business and brand.
FitnessBuilder Private Label (PL) allows fitness organizations to rebrand the FitnessBuilder platform and put it on their own website along with branded mobile apps, controlling their audience's fitness and social experience. Learn more about FitnessBuilder Private Label at http://www.pumpone.com/pl.
About PumpOnePumpOneis the world leader in fitness technology with the largest exercise image & video libraries to provide unprecedented capability to manage a fitness experience. PumpOne was founded in 2005 by exercise physiologist and fitness expert Declan Condron, MS, CSCS, USAW, and technology innovator Craig Schlossberg. For more information, visit http://www.pumpone.com. High-resolution press images are available at http://www.pumpone.com/press.
Eurotech Announces Plans for the Latest Embedded Module in the Catalyst Family
Eurotech's Catalyst CV Based on the Intel® Atom(TM) Processor N2000 Series Pushes Power and Performance to the Edge
COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products, and systems, today announces plans to launch the next generation of modules in the Catalyst series of embedded computers. The Catalyst CV, based on the Intel® Atom(TM) processor N2000 series, will offer significant benefits to customers looking for dual-core performance capabilities with enhanced multimedia, and a greater choice of operating environments, all while still maintaining very low power consumption. The module will be available in the 67 x 100 mm form factor that is the trademark of Eurotech's Catalyst platform. With advanced feature specifications for performance, graphics, power, and size, the Catalyst CV is ideal for the next generation of devices in medical, industrial, gaming, digital signage, and automotive markets.
The dual-core Intel Atom processor N2000 series that reside at the core of the Catalyst CV help support CPU speeds of 1.6GHz, DDR3 memory, and I/O capabilities such as USB 2.0, PCIe expansion buses, Ethernet, and wireless. OEMs have a range of operating environments to choose from including Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Embedded Compact 7, as well as Wind River Linux and other general Linux distributions. Furthermore, with the ability to port Eurotech's Everyware Software Framework (ESF) and Everyware Device Cloud (EDC) services, OEMs will receive a true end-to-end solution that is scalable and portable for an optimized product lifecycle.
"The Catalyst CV platform showcases our low-power expertise without sacrificing any of the capabilities and features customers want from this new Intel® Atom(TM) processor series," says Haritha Treadway, product manager for Eurotech in North America. "This announcement is another example of our commitment to working with partners like Intel to bring the latest technologies to our customers. Furthermore, with the Catalyst CV OEMs will have a low-power, dual-core hardware platform on which to leverage our end-to-end services such as ESF and EDC."
"The Intel Atom processor N2000 series offers dual-core processing power, a large selection of operating environments, and the next generation of multimedia interfaces," says Jonathan Luse, director of marketing in the Intel Intelligent Systems Group. "The combination of low power consumption and strong graphics performance is ideal for rich media applications running on fanless systems, such as retail point-of-sale devices, digital signage, and medical systems."
The Catalyst CV will be available in Q2 2012. Eurotech will offer application-ready development platforms to help OEMs write their applications quickly and effortlessly.
Eurotech is an Associate member of Intel's Embedded and Communications Alliance, a Microsoft Windows Embedded Silver Partner, and Wind River Linux Strategic Partner.
Eurotech is a listed global company (ETH.MI) that integrates hardware, software, services and expertise to deliver embedded computing platforms and sub-systems to leading OEMs, system integrators and enterprise customers for successful and efficient deployment of their products and services. Drawing on concepts of minimalist computing, Eurotech lowers power draw, minimizes physical size and reduces coding complexity to bring sensors, embedded platforms, sub-systems, ready-to-use devices and high performance computers to market, specializing in healthcare, defense, transportation, industrial and energy segments. By combining domain expertise in wireless connectivity as well as communications protocols, Eurotech architects integrated solutions that simplify data capture, processing and transfer over unified communications networks. Our customers rely on us to simplify their access to state-of-art embedded technologies so they can focus on their core competencies. Learn more about Eurotech at http://www.eurotech.com.
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BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Expands Customer Engagement with New Spanish-Language Web Site
NOVI, Mich., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BrassCraft Manufacturing has announced the launch of its new Spanish-language website, appealing to the growing number of Hispanic plumbing professionals among the company's customer base across the country. The site may be viewed at http://www.brasscraft.com by clicking the espanol link at the top of the page.
The new site features the same rich content and functionality as the BrassCraft.com English-language web site, including detailed product information, document and video libraries, sales and technical support, and the company's nationwide Dealer Locator utility.
"Our customer base continues to grow steadily across the U.S.," says Jeff Jollay, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development. "As this expansion continues, we are attracting an increasing number of Hispanic contractors and plumbing professionals. Our new Spanish-language site is a natural response to that growth, and gives our Hispanic customers access to all the products, tools and technology customers of BrassCraft® products count on."
The new site also highlights BrassCraft Mfg.'s compliance with the national Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. This legislation changes the legal definition of "lead free" from 8% lead to a weighted average lead content of 0.25% with respect to wetted surfaces.
Jollay points out, "The new low-lead legislation becomes effective nationwide on January 4, 2014. BrassCraft Manufacturing is ready right now with a full complement of 100% low-lead compliant products - including connectors, fittings, water stops and valves. Our quick and comprehensive response to this new mandate means customers of BrassCraft® products can get a jump on the transition to a compliant-product inventory, as the majority of their product needs are available for order from us today."
BrassCraftManufacturing Company, a Masco Company, is a leading manufacturer of products for use in the new construction and repair/remodel markets. The company's promise to these markets, Committed to Quality - Driven by Innovation, is reflected in the thousands of high-reputation plumbing products that are sold under the BrassCraft® brand. Founded in 1946, BrassCraft Manufacturing is an international corporation headquartered in Novi, Michigan with manufacturing and distribution facilities around the globe.
ZVOX Introduces Smaller Z-Base Sound Bars...Prices Starting at $200
High performance surround sound systems are placed under TV set -- no external speakers or subwoofer required
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ZVOX, the company that pioneered the concept of single-cabinet home theater systems, has expanded their lineup of Z-Base sound bars -- which are designed to be placed under a flat-panel TV set. Three new models, priced at $199.99, $249.99 and $299.99, are the most affordable Z-Base systems ever offered. But ZVOX standards for sound quality -- which have earned them numerous Editors Choice Awards -- have not been compromised. Each system uses high quality speakers and amplifiers, wood (MDF) cabinets and ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround sound system.
"As one reviewer noted, our Z-Base concept is nearly the perfect home theater design," says ZVOX president and founder Tom Hannaher. "Under the TV is the right place for a surround sound system. With one connecting wire and a one-page owner's manual -- and no external speakers or wires -- these are the simplest home theater systems ever invented."
Z-Base 220. About the size of a DVD player, the Z-Base 220 can fill a room with 3D sound -- including excellent bass -- with no external speakers, subwoofers or speaker wires. Use it on a shelf below the TV, or under most TVs from 22" to 32" in size. Three full-range speakers, 5.25" powered subwoofer, 35-watt amplifier and PhaseCue II virtual surround sound -- all in a single cabinet. 17" x 14.5" x 3.4". $199.99
Z-Base 320. Only 24" wide and 11.5" deep, the Z-Base 320 fits just about anywhere -- even a bookshelf. But it's big and strong enough to support most TVs from 27" to 46" in size. Three full-range speakers, 5.25" powered subwoofer, 40-watt amplifier and PhaseCue II virtual surround sound -- all in one cabinet. $249.99
Z-Base 420. Big enough to support TVs up to 55" in size, the Z-Base 420 is the perfect home theater system for many applications and room sizes. It produces high performance 3D sound from five full range speakers, a 45-watt amplifier and a 5.25" powered subwoofer using PhaseCue II virtual surround sound. 28" x 14.5" x 3.4" $299.99
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Features of ZVOX's New Z-Base Systems
Dialog Emphasis -- Incredibly Clear Voices.ZVOX's exclusive Dialog Emphasis feature uses hearing aid technology to make voices unbelievably clear. It's amazing. Voices seem to just "jump into your head."
Output Leveling -- Tame Loud Commercials.Tired of commercials that blast you out of your chair? The ZVOX Output Leveling feature reacts instantly and turns down loud commercials...and also boosts quiet dialog.
PhaseCue II -- The new systems use ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround processing to provide rich three-dimensional sound with movies or music -- without external speakers and speaker wires.
Controlled Remotes -- Uses Your Remote Control. The Z-Base systems can be programmed to respond to most remote controls, so a TV remote...or cable box remote...or satellite receiver remote...can control volume, mute, power and input functions.
Multiple Inputs -- multiple inputs...including front-panel connection for iPod® and other portable devices. The new Z-Base sound bars offer two analog audio inputs, one optical (toslink) digital input, one coaxial digital input - plus a front panel 3.5mm analog stereo input for convenient connection of an iPod or other portable audio device. Just plug in your iPod and the system automatically switches to iPod sound. Unplug it and the Z-Base automatically switches back to TV sound. Any input can be selected using either the remote control or the controls below the speaker grille.
Great Sound -- The most important feature for any home theater system is high quality sound. The new Z-Base systems use premium quality speakers and amplifiers and were designed by the ZVOX team of speaker designers. Their sound quality is comparable to surround sound systems that are much larger, more complicated and more expensive. ZVOX's commitment to quality sound at affordable prices has resulted in Editors' Choice Awards from Sound & Vision,About.com., CNET,Home Theater, E-Gear, PCWorld, Consumers' Digest and Maximum PC.
Michigan-Based Internet Company Announces New Web Site
BANCROFT, Mich., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan-based internet company, BJS Discounts, today announced the launch of a new consumer goods Web site: http://www.bjsdiscounts.com/.
Founder and President of BJS Discounts, Barbara Brown, said, "There are a lot of great products available online, but it is time consuming to search through them all. At bjsdiscounts.com, we've done all the searching, and provide our customers with links to the best products."
Bjsdiscounts.com, which operates as an affiliate electronic commerce (e-commerce) Web site, recommends hundreds of products. Product categories include apparel, automotives, baby products, electronics, industrial, grocery, sporting goods, toys, movies, books, music, personal care, pet supplies, outdoor accessories, games, jewelry, watches and more.
Brown added, "We have everything a shopping mall has, but our customers can shop from the convenience of their own home. Our customers save time and money through conveniently categorized products, and the search functionality of our site."
New products are added to the Web site routinely. Customer service representatives are available through the affiliate partners' Web sites during normal business hours, and can assist with the ordering process.
Spinlet Signs Award Winning Artists to the Largest Digital Platform in Africa
SAN FRANCISCO, December 27, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- The Premier Digital Distribution Service Signs Top Acts within Africa and
Allows Independent Artists to Upload Music to Create Largest and Most Diverse Digital
Music Platform in Africa.
Spinlet, Africa's premier digital distribution service, has signed on a significant
roster of new artists to the service, making it the largest platform for music discovery
throughout Africa. Spinlet has signed nonexclusive agreements with artists being
encouraged to sell their music in as many places as possible so the result is creating
wealth for the artist and the people who work so hard to bring African music to life.
"Spinlet's goal is to solve the distribution and piracy issues within Africa.
Exclusive agreements can offer a unique user experience, it is not strongly encouraged
with our content acquisition team," says Spinlet COO Sami Leino, "We feel Spinlet's user
platform speaks for itself. We are the only service dedicated to fighting the long fight
against piracy with structured deals in the artists' favor, bringing in marketing support
to create revenue, and sharing of artists' music internationally."
This has made Spinlet the first stop in signing agreements for distributing their
music digitally in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. Spinlet is pleased to announce
the following label agreements, bringing an array of multi-national, award winning artists
who have joined the Spinlet family.
Alapomeji Records (9ice), Chocolate City (Brymo, M.I, Jesse Jags, Ice Prince),
Hypertek (2Face Idibia), Game Time (Lineo), Funky Money Ent (Konga), Syndik8 Records
(Lynxx, E Jay, Ikon), Flytime (Tiwa Savage, P Square - Invasion Album), Too Much Music
(Femi Juba), Starville (Shank), DJ Jimmy Jatt, Show Dem Camp (Ghost,Tec, Lucci and Poe),
Storm Records (Naeto C Sasha, Tosin Martins, YQ, and Yung6ix), Cobhams Asuquo Music
Productions (Bez), Timaya, Play Records (Rilwan, Mimi), Effya, Ghetto Ruff (Jozi, Nancy
G), Sunset Distribution and many, many more.
One of the many exciting and unique ways Spinlet has made adding music to the
distribution service is through the self-guided artist upload tool. Any Independent artist
and music rights holder can upload their music for sale on the Spinlet platform.
Spinlet supports its artists through social aspects provided on the service and
through unique marketing partnerships. "Spinlet is pleased to work with such a talented
group of musicians, it makes our service appealing to so many brands and music lovers
worldwide, the response we have gotten is overwhelming in the best way possible," says
Eric Idiahi, Spinlet CEO.
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AboutSpinlet: Spinlet is a company focused on meeting the needs of music lovers
allowing them to buy, listen, share, and manage music all within a user friendly mobile
platform. Spinlet is the premier mobile music download platform bringing media
distribution to emerging markets in Africa. Spinlet's technology encourages the purchasing
and discovery of new music while offering storage of the users' music library on their
mobile device. Downloading the application for free can access Spinlet's massive music
CLEARWATER, Fla., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Net Savings Link, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NSAV - News), a company in the business of now providing electronically deliverable incentives that increase sales for businesses, organizations and networks, and that provides quality choices of discount deals to the mass consumer market of individuals and families throughout the United States, has released an updated operational report today.
"Net Savings Link, has completed the coding of its new website at http://www.NetSavingsLink.com which will be available for businesses and organizations as a private labeled site through which they can generate sales, raise money, promote their products and services, and recognize their customers or employees - now under their own brand and logo. We expect to launch the new site, during the first week of 2012, which will open a new market of strategic alliances for us," said David Saltrelli, CEO.
"In October of this year we announced the hiring of a Financial Consulting Firm to assist us in obtaining capital funding for the company. As a result of their efforts, we are currently reviewing several offers to provide the company with the capital necessary to launch our national advertising & sales campaign that targets the 31 billion dollar U.S. Business Premium & Incentive market as well as the U.S. consumer market. We expect to finalize the financing selection by early January 2012.
"In addition, we have consulted 3 of the top SEO & Name Recognition Companies in the United States to provide us with a strategic plan to gain brand recognition. After reviewing recommendations and associated costs, we are planning to complete our selection by early January 2012 as well.
"The Company has been challenged by the substantial capital required to launch a marketing/sales campaign necessary to develop a client base and market share. At the same time the functionality of multiple sites to serve both business and consumer markets were in the process of being completed. Obviously the delay resulting from the necessary conservation of funds has had a significant impact on our stock, which has reached record lows. However, given our current status report, we are looking forward to ringing in a new chapter at the start of the 2012 New Year.
"Our mission is to maximize strategic partnerships with business and organizations and produce thousands of new members. As our 2012-kickoff offer, we are providing an open invitation to groups or organizations that number 10,000 members or more, to receive completely free memberships for 90 days. Members and employees will be able to save 50 - 75% every week on their grocery & dining bills thanks to the sponsoring business or organization for simply contacting NSL headquarters at 727-442-2600."
Statements included in this update that are not historical in nature, are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including "anticipate," "believe," "intends," "estimates," "expect," and similar expressions. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements including, without limitation, those relating to the Company's future business prospects are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, due to factors such as those relating to economic, governmental, technological, and other risks and factors identified from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the SEC.?
Social Plan Aggregator Company Lists the NYE Hotspots to Ring in 2012
NEW YORK, Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotlist (http://www.Hotlist.com) CEO Chris Mirabile expects New Year's Eve to be one of the most trafficked days in the platform's history, as users stay on top of plans for one of the biggest social holidays of the year.
The social plan aggregator anticipates a great deal of traffic on its website platform and iPhone application with users looking for the best places to ring in 2012. The application can access information such as crowd size, girl-to-guy ratio, and where each user's friends plan to be, all helping make celebration choices.
"City-by-city, around the world, people are indicating where they plan to celebrate the evening," said Mirabile, whose Hotlist platform aggregates plans of more than 100 million people. "From New York to LA, London to Sydney, Hotlist can lead you to the right place at the right time."
The Hotlist CEO will also visit the NASDAQ MarketSite to ring the Opening Bell at 9:30 a.m. EST on Dec. 28, 2011, in Times Square in celebration of the introduction of the "Only In The Alley" 2012 calendar. The calendar was co-produced with SNAP Interactive and features 12 of Silicon Alley's most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs.
"Hotlist and SNAP Interactive, along with the other tech startups featured in OnlyInTheAlley.com, are proud to represent New York City's startup scene by ringing NASDAQ's Opening Bell, only days before the city rings in the New Year here in Times Square," said Mirabile.
Based in New York City's "Silicon Alley," Hotlist covers the social plans of more than 100 million people worldwide, then combines this with each person's Facebook friends, location and interests to generate personalized "Hotlists" of recommended events and places. Co-founded by Chris Mirabile and Gianni Martire, Hotlist takes virtual peeks into places, hours or days in advance, to see who plans to be there (even if they're not yet on Hotlist). It includes event details, girl/guy ratios and Facebook profile photos of the expected crowd in more than 2.7 million venues across 40,000 cities. Users can "Follow" their favorite friends, places and interests to receive notifications of what will be happening among them, then "Plan" their own social get-togethers with friends. Hotlist was named as a "Top 100 Website" by PC Magazine and nominated for "Best Location-Based Service" and "Best Use of an API" at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. For more information, visit http://www.Hotlist.com.
Elisabeth Murphy, Zito Partners
Tel: (631) 838 7964
ArcSoft's Perfect365 for Facebook Gives the World's Most Popular Social Network the Power of One-Click Makeovers
FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcSoft, Inc., the industry leading software provider of imaging technologies and applications, today launched Perfect365 for Facebook. Now every user of the world's largest social network has the ability to touch up and make over portraits as they're uploaded. The application is immediately available at http://apps.facebook.com/perfectfbapp/.
Perfect365 is a free photo makeover application that lets users touch up their pictures with one-click. The application is currently available on Facebook, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC. The Facebook version allows users to select from one of the five preset styles, while the desktop versions provide more than 20 style templates, as well as options to customize the look.
"ArcSoft's 15 years of imaging expertise and understanding of the human face let us give users an easy, professional way to touch up their photos, with just one click," said ArcSoft founder and CEO, Michael Deng. "People don't want to spend hours using complicated photo editing software to fix little blemishes or bags that might ruin an otherwise great snapshot. Even fewer want to go through such hassle when posting photos to social networks like Facebook, and Perfect365 gives them an easy solution to this problem."
ArcSoft, Inc. is an industry leading software developer of multimedia technologies and applications across desktop, mobile and embedded platforms. Working closely with major OEM manufacturers, ArcSoft offers a full line of imaging and video solutions that enhance the features, performance, and user experience of mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, personal computers, and consumer electronics devices. For further details, visit http://www.arcsoft.com.
In accordance with the terms of the acquisition agreement, the net amount paid to
BluePhoenix at closing was $13.5 million. $4 million from the amount of the consideration
due to BluePhoenix will be held in escrow accounts pending fulfillment of certain
obligations of BluePhoenix under the sale agreement.
Commenting on the acquisition, Guy Bernstein, CEO of Magic Software, said: "We are
pleased to have completed this important acquisition, which broadens Magic Software's
product portfolio and strengthens our presence in numerous global markets, including Asia
and Europe. We plan to develop and invest in all aspects of AppBuilder's activity,
including offering increased support for its customers."
AppBuilder is a comprehensive application development infrastructure used by many
Fortune 1000 enterprises around the world. This premier enterprise application development
environment is a powerful, model-driven tool that enables development teams to build,
deploy, and maintain large-scale, custom-built business applications.
BluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX) is the leading provider of value-driven legacy IT
modernization solutions to companies from diverse industries and vertical markets, such as
automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. The
BluePhoenix portfolio includes a comprehensive suite of tools and services, from global IT
asset assessment and impact analysis to automated database and application migration,
rehosting, and renewal.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this
news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors
including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market
acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both here and abroad,
release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk
factors detailed in the Company's most recent annual report and other filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
Amit Birk, VP M&A
Magic Software Enterprises
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the New York Tri-State Area Launches Skype(TM) Program to Connect Families With Their Loved Ones
ROSELAND, N.J., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC®-NYTSA) announced the launch of a new Skype(TM) program aimed to provide families that are staying at local Houses the opportunity to connect with their loved ones back home. The program which will be executed in the New Brunswick, Long Branch and Long Island Ronald McDonald House locations, will provide families with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1(TM), one of the thinnest and lightest mobile tablets in the world in order for them to connect with relatives and friends during the holiday season and thereafter.
"We are so excited to be able to offer this resource to our families," said Corrine LeBaron, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald Houses of New Brunswick and Long Branch. "The comfort of loved ones is key to the healing process and through the implementation of this program we can put a smile on the faces of our families when they need it most."
Each Ronald McDonald House around the world provides a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals, with the mission of keeping them together during extremely difficult circumstances. For those friends and relatives back home who are unable to remain with their loved ones, the Skype program will enable them to keep in touch regularly by utilizing mobile technology.
"This program allows us to provide a vehicle to keep families in touch with one another during a difficult time in their lives," said Matthew Campo, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. "Establishing a way to connect these families with their biggest support system will enable them to take their minds off of their child, sibling or relative who is undergoing treatment and focus their thoughts in a positive direction."
Each House participating in the program will receive two 16GB 10" Samsung Galaxy tablets along with directions on how to operate the tablets and Skype application, so they can assist families who will be utilizing the equipment in the coming months.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area is working to better the lives of children and their families in our communities, by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the areas of health, education, the arts, and civic and social services. Since 1992, RMHC-NYTSA has provided more than $10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations whose programs improve the well-being of children and their families. For further information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, visit http://www.rmhc.org or call 973.287.1476
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Chili's® Grill & Bar Gives the Gift of APPetizing Features to Mobile Users
New iPhone and Android app plus enhanced mobile ordering roll out just in time for holiday smart phone recipients
DALLAS, Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chili's® Grill & Bar takes digital integration to the next level by expanding the guest experience beyond the four walls of the restaurant and right into the palm of their hands. With an estimated 142 million smart phones sold this holiday season, new iPhone and Android users as well as smart phone veterans, can now enjoy the new Chili's app, making location searches, driving directions, updated menu and online ordering available at just the push of a few buttons.
The new apps and mobile site are user-friendly with a clean interface, making it easy for new smart phone users and Digital Natives alike to search for the nearest restaurant with the geo-mapping function. Using the guest's physical location, the technology allows users to find the phone number, address and driving directions to the closest Chili's.
"With the constant evolution of technology, our world continues to receive information and entertainment at the touch of our fingertips," said Edithann Ramey, senior director of marketing for Chili's Grill & Bar. "Our guests lead busy lives and Chili's is making it easier for them to enjoy the convenience of our bold menu offerings with these enhanced applications."
Guests can peruse the menu browser option to choose exactly what they want to ease their hunger pains. Featured items for dine-in and To Go are all at the touch of a button including Chili's $20 Dinner for 2, where guests select one appetizer and two entrees for one great price, and the brand's Custom Combinations, which features any two entrees served with seasonal veggies and loaded mashed potatoes.
There are several ways to download the Chili's app. From an iPhone, go to the App Store and type in a search for "chilis." Follow the directions once the Chili's icon pops up. To download the app from a computer, visit the iTunes store at http://www.apple.com/iTunes, plug in "chilis" into the search box to access the app. From Android Market, search for "chilis" to install the free application. For other smart phone users, simply visit http://www.chilistogo.com to view the mobile site with the same online ordering functionality as the iPhone and Android app.
Chili's Grill & Bar is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining. Chili's offers a fun, energetic atmosphere and a distinct, fresh mix of grilled American favorites at more than 1,500 locations in 32 countries and two territories. Brinker's wholly-owned restaurant brands include Chili's® Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy®. Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill®.Follow news about Chili's on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chilis, @Chilis on Twitter and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/chilis. For more information, please visit http://www.chilis.com.
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