Red Ventures Announces Growth Capital Investment by General Atlantic
Partnership Will Support Continued Growth of Online Marketing Company
FORT MILL, S.C., Aug. 12 -- Red Ventures, a leading online marketing services company, today announced an investment by global growth equity firm General Atlantic LLC ("GA"). GA will become a minority shareholder and support Red Ventures' efforts to enhance its strong position as a global leader in customer acquisition marketing. Financial details were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to bring General Atlantic on as a strategic partner," said Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures. "As we continue to execute on our growth plans, GA's value-added approach and expertise in our market segment will be extremely valuable. Their long-term investment philosophy and network of first-class professionals will help Red Ventures as we look to add global brands as strategic partners and scale our operations."
"Since Red Ventures launched in 2000, the company has consistently proven to be a market leader in next-generation digital and direct marketing," said Anton Levy, managing director at General Atlantic and head of the firm's Media and Consumer sector. "We are very excited to partner with such a strong management team, and believe that the company is poised to provide a broad base of customer acquisition services that will help their partners achieve significant growth in their revenues."
Over the past ten years, Red Ventures has established itself as one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. With market-leading capabilities that include lead generation, sales conversion, performance tracking and marketing channel optimization, Red Ventures works with the largest satellite television and home security providers in the nation, as well as other leading brands across various industries. The company has offices in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico and Guatemala, and will expand to 1,100 employees by the end of 2010 - more than doubling in size in just 12 months.
"The partnership with General Atlantic couldn't arrive at a more exciting time for Red Ventures - our results are the best they've ever been and our future has never looked better," said Dan Feldstein, Chief Marketing Officer. "As we prepare for another round of strategic growth, our partnership with GA will allow us to unlock greater opportunities at an even faster rate than we've done in the past."
A leader in recognizing the transformative potential of technology and the internet, General Atlantic has invested over $1.5 billion in leading media and consumer companies since 1995. GA invests in the $2 billion range on a global basis, with an average investment size of just over $200 million in 2010. In addition to the media and consumer sector, General Atlantic focuses on providing growth equity globally to emerging leaders in health care; energy and resources; business services and technology; and financial services.
About Red Ventures
Red Ventures is a leading online marketing company that develops and manages large-scale, multi-channel customer acquisition programs for leading brands in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The company generates new customers through proprietary marketing channels, exclusive partnerships and an innovative process that optimizes lead-to-sale conversion and channel mix. Among its business units are Direct Star TV and Security Choice. Red Ventures has been ranked among the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500 list three times since 2004. Founded in 2000 by Ric Elias and Dan Feldstein, Red Ventures employs more than 950 people in five locations. For more information, please visit http://www.redventures.com.
About General Atlantic
General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. GA combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide. Established in 1980, GA manages approximately $15 billion in capital and has more than 75 investment professionals based in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, London, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Beijing, Mumbai and São Paulo. For further information and a listing of GA's public and private portfolio companies see http://www.generalatlantic.com.
Adam Weiner or Peter Hill
Kekst and Company
Source: Red Ventures
CONTACT: Kylie Craig, Red Ventures, +1-704-910-8841,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Adam Weiner, Kekst and Company, +1-212-521-4800,
email@example.com, or Peter Hill, Kekst and Company, +1-212-521-4800,
Combination Creates the Leading Global Player in Online Energy Recruiting
NEW YORK, Aug. 12 -- Building on its position in energy industry recruiting, Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHX), a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional communities, today announced it has completed the purchase of Rigzone, a U.S. market leader in the oil and gas industry delivering content, data, advertising and career services.
"The acquisition of Rigzone extends our capabilities and strengthens our position in the highly attractive energy vertical," said Scot Melland, Chairman, President & CEO of Dice Holdings, Inc. "The Rigzone and WorldwideWorker services complement each other with Rigzone's traditional strength in North America and WorldwideWorker's focus on the Middle East and emerging markets. And, both teams share a commitment to quality and a desire to serve the energy industry on a global basis."
Known as the online gateway to the oil and gas industry, Rigzone is the world's most-used source for upstream oil and gas news and data, including in-depth information on the exploration, drilling and production markets. Rigzone has built a valuable and largely-passive community with more than 500,000 unique visitors each month and more than 270,000 resumes in their database covering skills ranging from production operators to petroleum engineers.
"The Dice team has the strongest vision for the future direction of online recruiting, while recognizing the value of our unique and valuable content," said David Kent, President of Rigzone. "We are truly excited about working with our colleagues from Des Moines to Dubai connecting top talent with organizations that are tackling the energy challenge."
The purchase price consists of initial consideration of $39 million in cash. Additional consideration to a maximum of $16 million in cash is payable upon the achievement of certain operating and financial goals through June 30, 2011.
The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (http://www.jegi.com) of New York, NY, an independent investment bank for media, information, marketing services, and related technologies, acted as Rigzone's exclusive financial advisor.
Mr. Michael Durney, SVP, Finance & CFO will host a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the acquisition.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 866-202-4683 or for international callers by dialing 617-213-8846; the participant passcode is 17237048. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888 for international callers; the replay passcode is 75096463. The replay will be available until August 19, 2010. The presentation will be webcast live on the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://www.diceholdingsinc.com.
About Dice Holdings, Inc.
Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHX) is a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional communities, including technology and engineering, financial services, energy, healthcare, and security clearance. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified professionals in select and highly skilled occupations, and to help those professionals find the best job opportunities in their respective fields and further their careers. For more than 19 years, we have built our company by providing our customers with quick and easy access to high-quality, unique professional communities and offering those communities access to highly relevant career opportunities and information. Today, we serve multiple markets primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategy. These statements often include words such as "may," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or similar expressions, including without limitation statements under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." These statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our experience in the industry as well as our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition from existing and future competitors in the highly competitive developing market in which we operate, failure to adapt our business model to keep pace with rapid changes in the recruiting and career services business, failure to maintain and develop our reputation and brand recognition, failure to increase or maintain the number of customers who purchase recruitment packages, cyclicality or downturns in the economy or industries we serve, the failure to attract qualified professionals to our websites or grow the number of qualified professionals who use our websites, the failure to successfully identify or integrate acquisitions, U.S. and foreign government regulation of the Internet and taxation, our ability to borrow funds under our revolving credit facility or refinance our indebtedness and restrictions on our current and future operations under our credit facility. These factors and others are discussed in more detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, under the headings "Risk Factors," "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://www.diceholdingsinc.com. You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by us herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which we make it. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect us. We have no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.
Dice Holdings, Inc. Makovsky + Company
Jennifer Bewley, 212-448-4181 Kona Luseni, 212-508-9684
Source: Dice Holdings, Inc.
CONTACT: Investors: Jennifer Bewley, Dice Holdings, Inc.,
+1-212-448-4181, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Media: Kona Luseni, Makovsky + Company,
StepStone Solutions Upgrades its Global Talent Management Solution with Substantial Enhancements to Functionality and User Experience
LONDON, August 12, 2010-- StepStone Solutions, a global leader in Total Talent Management
solutions, has introduced the latest version of its enterprise-level, talent
management solution, StepStone Solutions ETWeb 10.8. The new version adds
extensive new capabilities, including a new Absence Management feature,
upgraded Learning Management functionality, and many enhancements to the user
experience for managers, administrators and employees. With StepStone
Solutions Talent Management now in use by businesses in over 40 countries,
the feedback from global customers has been a high priority in developing
this new version:
"The contribution of our global user community is vital in developing
products that meet real-world needs in multiple geographies," said StepStone
Solutions' CEO, Matthew Parker: "In creating StepStone Solutions ETWeb 10.8
we incorporated features that customers said were vital to them in terms of
increasing the productivity of HR people, the ability of managers to have
greater oversight of their teams worldwide, and the all-important experience
of multi-national staff in using the system to improve their careers and job
StepStone Solutions Talent Management supports over 1,500 customers in
more than 40 countries worldwide, including many global businesses such as
Carlson Wagonlit, Puma, Prudential, Deutsche Post DHL, and Munich Re.
StepStone Solutions ETWeb 10.8 is now available for all users accessing the
solution in StepStone Solutions' global hosting centres in Europe, Asia and
the US. More information can be found at: http://www.stepstonesolutions.com/solutions/talent-management.html
Key new features delivered to customers in StepStone Solutions ETWeb 10.8
- Substantial enhancements to Core HR capabilities, for example new
Absence Management functionality that allows for vacation planning,
tracking and reporting on employee Vacation, Sickness and
- Extensive improvements to the user experience, aimed at administrators,
managers and employees, for example, calendar integration, an
integrated HR To Do list, and simplified system administration.
- Significant improvement in numerous areas, providing enriched
functionality and increased overall usability, for example enhanced
cost management capabilities in the Learning Management module.
Robin Grainger / Catherine Moran
Director of Communications
Source: StepStone Solutions
Contacts Robin Grainger / Catherine Moran, Brands2Life, +44(0)20-7592-1200, email@example.com ; Andrew Rodaway, Director of Communications, StepStone Solutions, +44-7540-666439, Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
Access The Museum's Renowned Collection, Exhibitions, Events, and More Through iPhone and iPod touch
NEW YORK, Aug. 12 -- The Museum of Modern Art today announces that the MoMA App is now available on the App Store. The new application for the iPhone and iPod touch provides users with instant access to 32,000 works of art in the Museum's vast collection of modern and contemporary art; a dictionary of art terms and a database of artist bios; calendar information for exhibitions, film screenings, and events; and a variety of audio tours, including special tours for children, teens, and the visually impaired. As a useful companion for visits to the Museum, the MoMA App offers users a chance to snap photos inside the Museum and send them as postcards, and allows visitors to select tracks from their own music libraries to listen to while touring the Museum. The application's highly engaging visual interface was designed in-house, and when used with the new iPhone 4G and its high resolution and retina display, artworks can be viewed in the highest possible quality. The MoMA App is available as a free download from the App Store, and follows the spring 2010 release of the Museum's first e-book app Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night.
"With MoMA's new app and other upcoming initiatives, MoMA is taking advantage of features specific to an iPhone and iPod touch, and also actively building a platform for publishing content to multiple devices," says Allegra Burnette, MoMA's Creative Director of Digital Media.
The MoMA iPhone Application Features:
-- A Calendar of current and upcoming exhibitions, daily events and film
screenings, with the ability to share via Facebook or Twitter.
-- Tours, which include the MoMA Audio programs, with five distinct tour
options, such as Special Exhibitions, Modern Voices, Modern Kids, MoMA
Teen Audio, and Visual Descriptions, and the ability to browse by
floor or stop number.
-- An Art index of over 32,000 works featured in the collection as well
as a database of art terms and artist biographies.
-- Information about the museum, including hours, admission and
-- MoMA Snaps offers the option to take a picture in the Museum and send
it as a Museum postcard.
-- MoMA Tracks allows visitors to select tracks from their own music
library to listen to while exploring the Museum or the MoMA App.
-- Access to MoMA resources on iTunes, iTunes U, and YouTube.
Also available on the App Store is The Museum of Modern Art's first e-book app Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night, which combines MoMA's expertise and educational resources with the interactivity and convenience of the iPhone and iPod touch to present the story behind one of the most beloved works in the Museum's collection. It features a lively text by art historian Richard Thomson and over 30 full-color, high-resolution illustrations interspersed throughout, including more than a dozen works by Van Gogh and paintings by other artists that demonstrate his influence. Readers can zoom in on these works for close observation of details, brushwork, and technique not easily visible at first glance, and save favorite images and passages from the text to their own iPhone or iPod touch. It is available from the App Store for $4.99.
MoMA continues to offer its other interactive options including free museum-wide wifi access, the MoMA Channel on iTunes [including tours, podcasts, videos, e-books and more], and the interactive kiosks positioned throughout the Museum. Other interactive options include INSIDE/OUT, the MoMA and MoMA PS1 blog, the MoMA Facebook page and MoMA on Twitter.
MotionTouch Launches the Mi-Life iPhone Accessory Pack
LONDON, August 12, 2010-- MotionTouch, the specialist in innovative product design and
manufacturing, has launched Mi-Life - the complete iPhone accessory pack -
combining the Mi-Power battery sleeve and Mi-Stylus.
Mi-Power is a ground-breaking, eco-friendly iPhone battery sleeve and
Mi-Stylus is a precise, lightweight stylus - two vital accessories to get
the most from your iPhone - both combining simple efficiency with a
minimalist aesthetic that appeals to iPhone users.
Mi-Power means you never have to miss an important call. The Mi-Power
sleeve is a convenient spare battery for your iPhone and is ready when you
need it, wherever you are. Charge it up via either its USB or solar panel,
and slip it onto the phone to provide up to an extra 1.5 hours of talk-time.
Mi-Power allows you freedom from conventional charging and is perfect for
travel - portable power on the move.
Mi-Stylus can be used on the iPhone, and the latest Apple
releases, including the iPad and the iPhone 4G. Made of a special composite
rubber, the Mi-Stylus slanted nib imitates the electrical characteristics of
the human finger, giving you a level of touch screen response you cannot find
in a rigid-tipped stylus. Furthermore, the edge of the nib can be used for
selecting smaller on-screen items, which sometimes a finger cannot accurately
do. Using Mi-Stylus keeps your phone display clean and smudge-free, whilst
its integral clip keeps the stylus handy and ready for use.
Henry Powell, Client Director at MotionTouch commented, "It made sense to
amalgamate two effective iPhone tools into the complete Mi-Life package. Both
products have topical appeal - Mi-Stylus fills a gap in the capacitive screen
stylus market, Mi-Power will appeal to the environmentally-conscious - but
they come together as Mi-Life to represent a straightforward concept: to
provide efficient iPhone usage."
iPhone, iPhone 4G and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
MotionTouch partners its clients to realise the potential of
great ideas and innovative thinking. Offering a complete range of design and
manufacturing services across the product development cycle - from initial
concept, to prototype and production - MotionTouch tailors its services to
support clients' specific needs. For more information visit http://www.motiontouch.com
Masternaut Launches Rapide Vehicle Tracking App for the Apple iPhone
LEEDS, England, August 12, 2010-- Masternaut has launched the world's first feature rich web-based
vehicle tracking service for the Apple iPhone and iPad. This is the
first in a series of free apps for Apple products from the Yorkshire-
based telematics and mobile resource management innovator.
The Masternaut Rapide app for iPhone provides the core functionalities
of the live Masternaut service to managers on the move. It provides an
essential real-time link to important operational information whenever
they are away from the office.
"Apple's iPhone is gaining popularity in the business world and we
are pleased to be able to offer customers a free app that will allow
them to access important Masternaut information on the go. This will be
very useful for transport managers and mobile service engineers," says
Johann Levy, Research and Development Manager, Masternaut Three X.
Rapide makes real-time and historic vehicle information available to
iPhone and iPad users. Managers can use this information to monitor
the exact movement of their entire fleet, with instant updates tracked
by global positioning satellites. The system can also locate and
monitor individual vehicles as well as provide their movement
histories. For the mobile engineer, it gives an instant view of their
nearest colleagues, customer contacts and next job.
"The system is extremely fast and reactive. There is no downloading
of web pages and you only download the data you need, so it is very
cost effective. It gives a full map view for locating vehicles and
staff at any time and provides satellite images. We believe this
development to be an important tool for the future of fleet and mobile
worker management," says Johann Levy.
The company will also develop versions of Rapide for Blackberry and
for Android phones.
Source: Masternaut Three X
CONTACT: Martin Port, Tel: +44(0)113-281-4000, Email: email@example.com
Tim Kring and Nokia Push Boundaries of Mobile Entertainment With Conspiracy For Good
Unique Social Benefit Entertainment Experience Successfully Captures Public Imagination to Establish Scholarships, Five Libraries in Africa
ESPOO, Finland, August 12, 2010-- Heroes creator Tim Kring and the Ovi by Nokia-powered (NYSE:NOK) new
social benefit entertainment pilot, Conspiracy For Good(TM) (CFG, http://www.conspiracyforgood.com/), concluded successfully this past weekend
with more than half a million downloads of CFG casual games and apps from
Nokia's Ovi Store, over 4,000 dedicated members joining the global movement
online, enthusiastic attendance at the four live events in London, and huge
support recorded from partner charities.
"The Conspiracy For Good has been two years in the making with Nokia,"
said Tim Kring, 2010 International Digital Emmy(R) Pioneer Award winner for
transmedia storytelling. "We had a team of more than 130 experts working
behind the scenes in five countries across three continents making sure that
this was the best entertainment experience possible and to ensure the charity
causes were the true heroes of this immersive story."
Partnerships with charities for CFG were uniquely interwoven into the
narrative, taking actual roles within the story and creating a new way to
reach potential supporters of their respective causes. The new approach
created unprecedented interaction with the CFG communities and will result in
50 scholarships being provided for young women in Africa as well as the
establishment of five children's libraries in Zambia in association with Room
to Read. These libraries will be stocked with more than 10,000 donated books
in association with the Pearson Foundation. These highlights join many other
worthy causes that were supported by the CFG movement.
The first of its kind, this project used the extensive reach of Nokia's
Ovi platform with online and physical participants joining CFG from more than
165 countries and enjoying a variety of Ovi content, apps and services.
"This is the most comprehensive Ovi offering to date, integrating almost
every service to help advance the story," said Tero Ojanpera, executive vice
president, Nokia. "A specially developed app using Nokia's Point & Find,
called Conspiracy For Good: DeadDrop, created a new dimension for augmented
reality and opens the door for content owners anywhere to use participatory
entertainment powered by Ovi to extend their brands."
CFG is at the forefront of a new transmedia entertainment movement in
which the storyline played itself out across multiple platforms. Participants
became part of the story and found tools and clues to move the narrative
forward both in the online and real worlds by using music, apps, mobile
games, alternate reality gaming (ARG), live events, and interactive theatre
that was produced in association with International Digital Emmy(R)
award-winning production company, The company P.
The Conspiracy For Good pilot titled "Read the Signs" focused on literacy
as the social cause. The fictional narrative followed the actions of a
schoolteacher, Nadirah X, CFG spokesperson Ann Marie Calhoun, and the
underground resistance movement, Spira. The movement, which dates to the 2nd
century, recruited members of the public to help Nadirah X and Ann Marie in
their task to bring down evil corporation Blackwell Briggs before it could
install an oil pipeline and destroy a Zambian school and library. Online and
real-world game play also raised awareness and generated donations for
partner charities including Kids Company, Doctors of the World, READ
International, Room to Read and the Pearson Foundation who partnered with
Nokia to provide resources to schoolgirls in Chataika village in Zambia.
CFG participants, fans, charities and doers of good deeds around the
globe are invited to stay tuned for clues about the next episode.
About Tim Kring
Tim Kring is one of the Hollywood creative community's original
transmedia storytellers, who works seamlessly across mediums, including
viewing screens and delivery devices such as film, TV, broadband, computers,
mobile devices and the printed page to engage audiences around the world in
narrative and immersive story arcs. For four television seasons, Kring
served as the creator and executive producer of "Heroes," NBC's
Emmy(R)-nominated epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who
discover they possess extraordinary abilities. An estimated 76 million fans
viewed "Heroes" every week around the world on TV and via interactive
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced
technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to
what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one
another with a Nokia device - from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and
high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices
with innovative services through Ovi (http://www.ovi.com), including music,
maps, apps, email and more. Nokia's NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive
digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks
provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks
Ovi, a family of Internet services on Nokia mobile devices, keeps users
connected to the people and things that matter. Ovi services include: Ovi
Maps with walk and drive navigation and premium travel content; Ovi Music
with millions of music tracks; Ovi Mail for email and messaging; Ovi Share
for sharing content; and the Ovi Store, filled with thousands of apps, games
and media from the content industry's biggest names along with independent
developers. Content publishers are invited to distribute and monetize their
content through Ovi by visiting http://www.publish.ovi.com. More information
is available at http://www.ovi.com.
S-8363 Series Super Small Package Step-Up PWM/PFM Regulator Released
NEU ISENBURG, Germany, August 12, 2010-- Seiko Instruments officially released a new Step-Up DC-DC converter IC
Series S-8363 that is unique in a number of ways. It is available in SOT-23-6
and tiny SNT-6A package which measures mere 1.6mm x 1.8mm x 0.5mm, enabling
tight designs of small portable equipment. It incorporates a N-ch power MOS
FET with ON resistance of only 0.25 Ohm, permitting output current of 300mA
(@ VIN = 1.8V, VOUT = 3.3V). The input voltage range from 0.9V to 4.5V makes
it suitable for use with single or double cell dry batteries or with Li-Ion
batteries. The output voltage can be set between 1.8V and 5.0V. The switching
frequency is 1.2 MHz and the change over from PFM to PWM is set to 13%
typical. Operation is in PWM under heavy load with duty cycles up to 88%
(plus or minus6%) and in PFM under moderate to small load. The switching
regulator employs a soft start function over typical 1.2ms. An intelligent
STU-Mode Circuit supports the step-up of the output voltage for a given
Start-Up period with a fixed duty cycle; it is shut down during operation for
power saving. Current consumption is very dependent on the operating modus
and load; it is typ. 95 microA during switching stop and 3.0 microA with
power off pin set to OFF. Efficiency is 85%. The control circuit permits the
use of low ESR ceramic capacitors at the output. The IC contains an
over-current detection circuit to protect coil and switching regulator.
- Gamesys Brings Together Household Favourites for First Time
Following on from MONOPOLY Snap and Family Fortunes Team
Bingo, Gamesys are proud to announce the launch of another first: this week,
Bejeweled(R) Bingo launches on Jackpotjoy, bringing all the fun from PopCap's
hugely popular Match 3 game, Bejeweled, to Gamesys' speciality product,
"The challenge of creating Bejeweled Bingo was really quite
unique," explains Jackpotjoy head Adele Lawton. "The two games have proven
themselves over so many years that we had to be very careful not to change
either too much.
"In the end, we decided not to affect the basic game mechanics
and instead focussed on allowing members the chance to enjoy the two games
sequentially, with each experience building on the last."
The rules of Bejeweled Bingo are simple:
Players buy tickets and then enjoy a game of 90 Ball Bingo,
playing for 1 line, 2 line and Full House prizes as normal. At the end of the
game, players that have purchased a minimum of 6 tickets are invited to take
part in the Bejeweled Challenge Round - a one minute long game of Bejeweled
that offers players the chance to win free cards for the next Bingo game if
either their individual or community score beats the respective target
"It's a wonderful hybrid," Adele smiles. "We don't detract
from the playability of either game, we're not trying to reinvent the wheel,
though there are two key benefits from the new model:
"The first advantage is that because we're using the previous
game to get members involved in the next one, we're expecting to see session
"Secondly, the minute long game of Bejeweled is a really
exciting addition to the Bingo. It offers another chance to win even after
the Bingo's finished, and it's a chance to win that's personal and skill
based which means everyone's got the chance to enjoy a real sense of
achievement which they can practice at and achieve with.
"All in all, I think the game offers something for everyone,
and we're all very proud of it."
Bejeweled Bingo is the first of several games that PopCap are
creating with Gamesys.
"There is a clear overlap in customer demographics - many
Bejeweled players also love to play bingo and vice versa. We are delighted to
work with the talented team at Gamesys, market leaders in online
Bingo/Gaming, to allow players to enjoy both games simultaneously", added
Mark Cochrane, PopCap's European Business Development Director
Bejeweled Bingo launches this week on Jackpotjoy.com and its
partner sites. The site celebrates the launch by offering GBP2,500 a day in
The Gamesys Group was founded by Noel Hayden in April 2001 with a small
team of developers. The aim was to build a profitable online entertainment
business providing Instant Win, Bingo and Casino games to a worldwide
audience using proprietary gaming software.
After eight years, the Group's leading brand, Jackpotjoy.com, has built
an audience of over 3,000,000 members and pays out in excess of GBP90 million
every month. The success of Jackpotjoy.com has established the Gamesys Group
as one of the UK's leading online gaming businesses. In 2006 they were named
No. 1 in the Microsoft/Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table, and they're
now one of only four companies to have appeared on the list four years in a
row. This feat reflects both the company's capacity for sustained growth and
its remarkable resilience during periods of financial instability.
PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform
provider of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that
appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106 and are available anytime, anywhere.
Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide
staff of more than 300 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver,
B.C., Dublin, Seoul, and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded over 1.5
billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled, has
sold more than 50 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by
consumers and critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, social
platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones,
smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone, iPad and more), popular game
consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap
has been one of the most innovative companies in the video industry since its
inception a decade ago. Pioneering new game mechanics, sales models, and
platforms ranging from mobile devices to online and location-based games of
chance, PopCap is the only video game provider in the world with leading
market share across the entire spectrum.
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product names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners and
are used for the benefit of those owners.
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 11 -- One of the great advantages that computers brought to the corporate world was the speed of access. In the old days, a file containing documents would have to be retrieved from some distance away, by a human. Depending on the system employed by the company, it might take hours or even days. Returning that file would take the same amount of time (hopefully nobody else needed it in the meantime).
But as we know now, speed of access can also be greatly slowed down on computers. File fragmentation is a prime cause of this slow access--a situation that could be likened to parts of a physical file, in previous times, being scattered from one end of the office to the other and having to be gathered together every time the file was needed.
There are numerous solutions for the addressing of file fragmentation--but today, such a solution must be robust enough to stand up to extremely busy computing environments and higher-than-ever fragmentation levels. Most sites choose to prevent a majority of fragmentation before it happens--with Diskeeper® performance software.
"Our primary problem was fragmentation within our Document Management System," said Gene Goroschko, Vice President for Information Systems at Physicians Endoscopy in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. "After installing Diskeeper, we were shocked to see how much fragmentation Diskeeper reported. Our search and retrieval speed doubled, and our users think that our Document Management System is as fast now as it was when we originally deployed it."
Utilizing a new revolutionary technology called IntelliWrite(TM) fragmentation prevention, Diskeeper 2010 intelligently writes files to the disk to prevent up to 95 percent of fragmentation from occurring. Coupled with Diskeeper's superior defragmentation technology, Diskeeper 2010 delivers a complete performance solution for every Windows system at every site, and goes far beyond what defragmentation alone can achieve. Significant savings are also achieved reducing energy consumption and cooling--even more than is done with conventional defragmentation.
"Prior to using Diskeeper, our document access was starting to suffer and users were complaining about the search and retrieval speeds," Goroschko explained. "SQL optimizations and scheduled disk defrags did not offer much of an improvement. The system is hosted across two servers; the first is the application server and second is a SQL database. We intake about 400 documents a day and maintain a store of over 800,000 documents."
With Diskeeper, file fragmentation is made a thing of the past, and native system speed and reliability are restored. Best of all, the waiting is over.
"In our opinion, Diskeeper was one of the best investments we have made," Goroschko concluded.
Atlas Travel International Offers Compliance and Itinerary Solutions to Business Travelers via Smartphones:
Distribution Agreement of Services Through Concur Mobile
MILFORD, Mass., Aug. 11 -- Atlas Travel International will soon offer its business travel clients a smartphone-based itinerary and productivity application through an agreement with Concur, a technology provider whose on-demand services help companies increase efficiency and manage employee spend. Concur announced the agreement at the 2010 National Business Travel Association (NBTA) Convention in Houston. This is the first time Atlas has offered services that can be received via smartphones.
With this technology Atlas clients will be able to:
1. Access their itineraries via their smartphones.
2. Access dining and shopping information through a mobile application
integrated with Concur's software.
3. Maintain compliance with travel policies by ensuring mobile
transactions stay within company managed travel services.
Atlas will provide Concur with itinerary data that Concur will use in its travel management solution, which is available for most commercially available smartphones. The distribution agreement with Concur is in keeping with Atlas' history of seeking out cutting-edge technology to help business travelers maintain compliance with corporate travel programs and manage travel spend.
"Our partnership with Concur seemed like a natural extension of our drive towards the use of the most modern and efficient technology on the market," said Elaine Osgood, Atlas Travel International's president and CEO. "Since we live in a mobile world, being able to deliver this kind of service to our business travelers is important. Concur's platform offers services that our customers will find helps their business travel experience tremendously."
About Atlas Travel International, Inc.:
Celebrating more than 20 years in business, Atlas Travel International serves more than 500 corporations and more than 15,000 vacation travelers. Atlas is a nationally recognized company honored by leading publications such as Inc., Fast Company, and Working Mother, has been honored as a leading business in New England and has won the Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award. Additionally, the company provides meeting and incentive services as well as luxury vacation planning. For more information about Atlas, please visit http://www.AtlasTravel.com or by calling 800-362-8626.
Source: Atlas Travel
CONTACT: Bryan Alaspa of K Squared Communications, Inc.,
+1-773-774-7847, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Atlas Travel International
Paraben Corporation Announces Release of the iRecovery Stick
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Aug. 11 -- Paraben Corporation (http://www.paraben.com/), a leader in the digital forensics industry, announces the release of the first consumer tool for recovering deleted data from iPhones. The iRecovery Stick recovers user data, both active and deleted, such as deleted text (SMS) messages, deleted contacts, and deleted calendar items, from iPhones and iPhone backup files from Windows based systems. Unlike other text message recovery products which are limited to recovering data from SIM cards only, the iRecovery Stick recovers data stored directly on the phone. The iRecovery Stick is also unique in its ability to retrieve this data from iTunes backup files. Users simply load the backup files into the software and the iRecovery Stick will salvage deleted artifacts which are no longer recoverable from the phone's internal memory. The product includes a thumb drive containing the recovery software and an iPhone data cable.
Paraben anticipates releasing support for phones running Windows Mobile and Google Android operating systems prior to the end of 2010. Support for Samsung, LG, Nokia, and Motorola phones can be expected in the first quarter of 2011. Paraben has built a solid reputation within the digital forensics industry with quality products for deleted data recovery from cell phones. The law enforcement community has utilized Paraben products for almost a decade in their digital data acquisitions. The iRecovery Stick is the first tool made available to general consumers for their personal data recovery needs.
Paraben Corporation specializes in computer forensic software for law enforcement, corporate enterprises, and consumers. Established in 1999, Paraben became a leader in the digital forensics industry with the first commercially available tools for cell phone forensics and have expanded their product line to include hard drive and enterprise forensics solutions. Paraben is a leading innovator in the field with software, training, and consulting services. For more information, visit http://www.paraben.com
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Source: Paraben Corporation
CONTACT: Gavin Gustafson, Marketing Associate of Paraben Corporation,
Contemporary Art and Ultra-Contemporary Technology Converge on the High Seas With Latest Novel Concept From Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity becomes first cruise line to present art tours on iPads
MIAMI, Aug. 11 -- Playing off the series of hip, high-tech "firsts" it has introduced in recent months, premium cruise line Celebrity Cruises is debuting the industry's first self-guided art tours on an iPad®. Earlier this year, Celebrity introduced the first "Celebrity iLounge" - a modern lounge equipped with MacBook® workstations, a retail space featuring Apple products and accessories, and an enrichment center where certified staff present a variety of courses and offer guests tips on Mac and iPod® usage. Celebrity Cruises is itself an iPad pioneer, having become the first cruise line to present a menu and wine list on an iPad when it introduced its engaging "Qsine" specialty restaurant earlier this year.
"The response to the Celebrity iLounge and to the iPad menus in Qsine was so positive, we knew our guests would relish yet another opportunity to capitalize on the latest technology in an entertaining, enriching way," said Celebrity's Senior VP of Hotel Operations Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. "Celebrity's 'Designed for you' platform is built on our commitment to listen to our guests and offer experiences inspired by them and their sophisticated travel desires."
A new addition to Celebrity's extensive "Celebrity Life" series of onboard entertainment and enrichment activities, the iPads on each Solstice Class ship house floor plans of every deck on the ship, with select works of art flagged on every deck. A guest simply touches the screen to select the work of art he or she would like to learn more about, and the screen transitions to full details about the piece, including the title of the work, artist's name, medium used, description and image. In addition to the art tour application, the iPads also present guests with the opportunity to explore digital versions of each Solstice-Class vessel's in-stateroom art catalogs.
With more than 14,000 works of original, contemporary art on its three Solstice Class ships alone, Celebrity Cruises is the holder of one of the world's largest corporate collections of contemporary art. Throughout the ships, a vast range of mediums is represented, including glass, acrylics, oils, photography, digital prints, video, etchings, sculptures and collages. Approximately 15 percent of the art on each Solstice Class ship is site-specific or commissioned artwork, such as the signature living trees in enormous vases suspended within the Solstice Class ships' sweeping, airy Grand Foyers.
Celebrity's new iPad art tours will be available on Celebrity Solstice beginning August 15, and on Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Equinox beginning August 21. The tours currently are in English, and also will be offered in Spanish by the end of this year. Celebrity will add German and French versions in 2011.
Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning cruisers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and world-class cuisine. The ultimate in premium cruising, Celebrity sails in Alaska, California, Canada/New England, Europe, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Canada, Europe and South America. Celebrity's mega-series of honors include being named the top mega-ship line in Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards (November 2009). Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest five-year investment in premium cruising. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit http://www.celebritycruises.com.
Welcome Aboard! PDN PhotoPlus Expo to Host Annual Bash on Famed Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Sea, Air, and Space Museum Offers Interactive Exhibits, Breathtaking Views of Manhattan, and an Evening of Fun and Entertainment You Can't Afford to Miss
NEW YORK, Aug. 11 -- PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo has announced it will host its annual "PhotoPlus Expo Bash" Friday night, October 29 on the USS Intrepid. The USS Intrepid is one of the most famous and successful ships in U.S. history, now a national historic landmark and unique attraction in New York City. Attendees of this year's PDN PhotoPlus Bash will have access to the entire ship including an incredible array of sea, air, and space exhibits representing some of the most memorable moments in American history. In addition, attendees will have access to the Intrepid's flight deck, revealing breathtaking views of Manhattan.
The annual PDN PhotoPlus Bash will be held on Friday night, October 29 from 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are currently available for the early bird rate of $25.00 until October 15 as a registrant of the show. For more information go to at PhotoPlus Expo Bash. Cocktails and a live DJ will add to the evening's festivities.
"This year's PhotoPlus Expo Bash aboard the USS Intrepid is expected to be the biggest photography party to date and is clearly the most interesting and exciting venue we've had for our annual party," said Lauren Wendle, Vice President and Group Publisher of Photo District News. "The interactive exhibits and displays will offer great picture-taking opportunities and the view of Manhattan from the ship's flight deck is simply breathtaking. We hope everyone will be able to join us for this fun and memorable experience," added Ms. Wendle.
Fighter planes, helicopters, a submarine and even the Air France Concorde are all part of the Intrepid's Sea, Air, and Space museum. All will be available for exploration and photos. Guests will also have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the new, 14-seat 4D Motion Ride Theater where they can transcend time, space, and imagination. Each seat brings a wide range of dynamic 4D simulation and vibration, combined with 3D graphics, high definition sound and unmatched speed. Put on your 3D glasses and hold on tight!
To learn more about the USS Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, visit the Intrepid Museum.
About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus showcases the latest advances in photography, both traditional and digital. Held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services - everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage - all from the industry's leading manufacturers.
The show also offers over 100 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on workshops taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.
About the USS Intrepid
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of America's leading historic, cultural and educational institutions. Opened in 1982, the Museum has welcomed more than 10 million visitors. The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in U.S. history, and now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in New York City. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Today she continues her service as a premiere educational center and a monument to all who have served our nation in uniform. The Museum features a range of interactive exhibits and events providing a snapshot of heroism, education, and excitement.
Lockerz.com(TM) (http://www.lockerz.com) Launches SHOP - the Web's Newest Commerce Model - Across Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Millions of Lockerz Members Around the World Can Now Earn Huge Discounts Off World's Best Brands
SEATTLE, Aug 11 -- Lockerz.com(TM) ( http://www.lockerz.com/ ), the fast-growing new shopping destination for men and women 13-30, officially launched Lockerz SHOP today in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This expansion follows the successful BETA launch of SHOP in the U.S. in May.
Lockerz.com, with more than 16 million registered members globally, rewards its members with Lockerz Pointz(TM) or "PTZ" simply for doing what they love most on the web including watching videos, listening to music, shopping for the latest in fashion, gaming, electronics and sports gear and later this year, connecting with friends. Currently, there are more than six ways for members to earn PTZ on Lockerz through engagement and connection with the website, and more than 10 new ways over the coming months.
In Lockerz SHOP, members may redeem their earned PTZ for huge discounts off any product for sale in 10-12 weekly brand boutiques, even up to 100% off MSRP for Lockerz's most active members. With every purchase in Lockerz SHOP, members earn additional PTZ for future discounts.
Members choose to use as many or as few PTZ as they've earned using Lockerz patent-pending PTZ slider. The PTZ slider instantly calculates the discount off the full price of any item. Lockerz members also have the option of saving their points and redeeming them for a limited number of free prizes every few weeks.
"We're excited by our member reaction to this new e-commerce model and continue to learn from our Beta testing in the U.S. and now 11 new countries so that we may continue to improve on the member experience," said Lockerz founder and CEO Kathy Savitt.
Lockerz SHOP sells a wide selection of premium global brands from apparel and jewelry to electronics, gaming and dorm decor. To date, more than 150 brands have signed to market and sell their collections on Lockerz. SHOP boutiques include Microsoft, Nintendo, Rock & Republic, Ben Sherman, House of Harlow, Razor and Sony, among others.
Founded in March 2009, the mission of Lockerz is to be the homepage of a new generation - Generation Z (ages 13-30). The invitation-only site combines video, shopping and social networking with a robust loyalty program that rewards members with Lockerz Pointz(TM) (PTZ), which can be redeemed for discounts on name-brand merchandise. Lockerz is a start-up company funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and online media conglomerate Liberty Media. The company is headquartered in Seattle, WA.
CONTACT: Adam Miller, +1-201-964-2390, email@example.com
Nintendo and Activision Unveil Limited Edition Controller Bundle, Giving Gamers the Ultimate 00 Agent Arsenal
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 11 -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) is giving GoldenEye fans a vintage Bond gaming experience with the GoldenEye 007(TM) Classic Edition, a game bundle featuring an exclusive gold Classic Controller Pro(TM). Inspired by the legendary golden gun, the gold controller gives fans and Wii(TM) gamers an additional control scheme option, allowing them to play with added accessibility -- the full bundle will be available this fall for $69.99.
"In addition to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, GoldenEye will also support the Wii Zapper for 'point and shoot' gamers, giving players several ways to experience GoldenEye on Wii," said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. "We also couldn't pass up the opportunity to pay homage to the golden gun with the gold Classic Controller Pro, which looks cool and also gives shooter fans a familiar control scheme to use as they blast their way through the game."
Developed exclusively for Wii and based on the GoldenEye film, GoldenEye 007 gives players the chance to use the lethal, gritty style of Daniel Craig's James Bond to outwit, outmaneuver and overtake an arms syndicate that threatens the world in an innovative, modern take on the legendary GoldenEye movie. GoldenEye 007 features an unprecedented lineup of four-player split-screen MP options that encourage social gaming, including 40 total characters, eight classic Bond characters, ten maps, three standard modes and 18 special modifiers that allow gamers to create hundreds of game combinations. GoldenEye 007 also features online multiplayer for up to eight players designed for seasoned FPS online gamers with unique modes and a robust XP system for unlockables and achievements.
The GoldenEye 007 video game for Wii(TM) is rated "T" (Teen -- for Violence) by the ESRB. GoldenEye 007 is developed by Eurocom (the Nintendo DS(TM) version is being developed by n-Space) under license from EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). For more information about the game, visit http://www.goldeneyegame.com.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution In, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com.
About EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC
EON Productions have produced twenty two James Bond films since 1962. In 1995, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the 007 franchise from Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and are responsible for producing some of the most successful James Bond films ever, including CASINO ROYALE and more recently QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The James Bond franchise is the longest running in film history. EON Productions and Danjaq LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising for James Bond.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing's titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing's ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing's products, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, industry competition, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, integration of recent acquisitions and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
shopkick and Simon Property Group to Bring Location-Based Shopping App to More Than 100 of the Nation's Largest Malls
Largest deployment of location-based mobile shopping app will bring shopkick kickbucks and other rewards to consumers, and foot traffic to mall retailers
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 11 -- shopkick, the Silicon Valley-based "mobile meets retail" startup, and Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), the business-to-consumer arm of Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) today announced a strategic alliance to deliver the shopkick location-based shopping application to more than 100 Simon mall locations across the country in time for the holiday shopping season.
A whole new world will be delivered to the shopper once the free shopkick mobile application is downloaded to the consumers' smart phone. As the shopper walks through the door of a participating retailer that has installed the "shopkick Signal" technology, they will learn of great deals at the store that can stretch their dollar. In addition, just by entering the store, the customer earns a new shopkick currency called "kickbucks" that can be redeemed for rewards or donated to charity.
shopkick will launch within the next few weeks, and start rolling out in the first Simon malls. Simon will promote the shopkick app to consumers at its malls, and deploy shopkick's location technology in key areas of its participating locations. Simon will also help to facilitate the installation of shopkick's technology inside the stores of interested retailers in its malls, to help drive foot traffic and new customers to them.
Simon is the nation's largest shopping mall operator and is working with shopkick to further enhance customers' shopping experiences with rewards and offers - delivered simply for walking into a Simon mall.
"There is simply no more effective partner in the U.S. to reach shoppers at scale than Simon Property Group. Simon and shopkick together will turn the malls into interactive, rewards-filled worlds that enhance shoppers' in-mall experience," said Cyriac Roeding, CEO and co-founder of shopkick. "At the same time, we'll drive foot traffic to the mall's retailers. It's a win-win-win situation, and the future of retail."
shopkick is the first location-based mobile application that promises consumers rewards and offers not just for shopping, but simply for walking into a retail location. Traditional GPS location-based services require shoppers "check in" and are only accurate within one or two blocks or don't work within shopping centers, so aren't viable for mall partners, where hundreds of retailers share a physical space. The patent-pending, low cost "shopkick Signal" technology requires no consumer check in and can guarantee that a user is truly present in the retail location, and is easy to install.
"After a year of due diligence researching location-based apps, we found shopkick offers by far the best way for retailers and brands to communicate directly with shoppers - on the phone, the only interactive device they bring with them to the mall," said Mikael Thygesen, president of SBV, and chief marketing officer of SPG. "Shoppers get a great experience - with high-value rewards, great offers, gaming elements, and more; and retailers get increased traffic and new customers. We're excited to be among the first to deliver this unique benefit. We invite our valued retailer tenants to join the roll-out of this cost-effective solution in their own stores, to drive additional traffic and enhance the overall shopping experience for customers."
How it works
Consumers choose to download the free "shopkick" mobile application for their smart phones. (The "shopkick" app for iPhone will be available in the coming weeks on the iTunes App Store, followed by apps for additional smart phones.) When the "shopkick" app is open on the smart phone, it detects the "shopkick Signal" technology installed in the retail location as the consumer walks through the door, and the shopper instantly receives rewards from shopkick, called "kickbucks." Because the detection occurs on the consumer's phone, the privacy of presence information is completely under the user's control.
Shopkick "kickbucks" can be immediately redeemed for Facebook credits, song downloads, immediate in-store cash-back rewards at shopkick partner stores, magazine subscriptions, even donations to charities. Retailers like Best Buy, Macy's and others that support the "shopkick" app also will deliver to consumers special in-store deals, and/or added bonuses for scanning barcodes of specific products. Similar to the "cost per click" traffic-based online business model, retailers will pay shopkick only for those consumers who actually walk into their stores with the "shopkick" app, recognizing the in-store "shopkick Signal" system.
About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 373 retail real estate properties comprising 256 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at http://www.simon.com.
About Simon Brand Ventures
Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon's business-to-consumer arm, has pioneered the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers. SBV has engaged in a number of consumer business initiatives designed to support our shoppers, our tenants, and our strategic marketing relationships including the American Express®/Simon Giftcard; events at signature Simon properties such as Simon Fashion Now(TM); the launch of Simon platform programs such as Simon Kidgits Club®, Simon GamePlay, and Simon Project Style®; a national media delivery channel including static, digital, and experiential marketing and advertising vehicles; and multiple national and local marketing alliances with American Express, Coca-Cola, Ticketmaster, and U.S. Bank among others.
About shopkick, Inc.
shopkick, Inc. is a new Palo Alto-based startup funded by the Kleiner Perkins iFund, Greylock Partners, and Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and investor in Facebook and Zynga, that brings the power of the mobile internet to the retail experience. shopkick launched its mobile application CauseWorld in the United States in December 2009, in partnership with Citi, Kraft Foods and Procter & Gamble, which became the fastest-growing location-based retail app in the App Store within weeks from launch. In August 2010, shopkick demonstrated the first easily deployable and low-cost "in-store presence" location technology, the shopkick Signal, at the Best Buy flagship store in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.shopkick.com.
Source: Simon Property Group
CONTACT: Les Morris, Simon Property Group, firstname.lastname@example.org,
+1-317-263-7711; or Martha Shaughnessy, for shopkick, email@example.com,
Toshiba Introduces Double Data Rate Toggle Mode NAND in MLC and SLC Configurations
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 11 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* is introducing 32nm double data rate Toggle Mode NAND, in multi-level cell (MLC) versions with densities of 64Gb(1), 128Gb and 256Gb and single-level cell (SLC) versions with densities of 32Gb, 64Gb and 128Gb. Toggle Mode NAND features a faster interface than conventional or "legacy" asynchronous NAND memory with lower power consumption than competing synchronous DDR NAND product offerings.
Toshiba DDR Toggle Mode 1.0 NAND has a fast interface rated at 133 megatransfers/second(2) (MT/s), compared to 40MT/s for legacy SLC single data rate NAND, which makes it suitable for high performance solid state storage applications including enterprise storage. Since it uses an asynchronous interface similar to that used in conventional NAND, the Toshiba DDR Toggle Mode NAND requires no clock signal, which means that it uses less power and has a simpler system design compared to competing synchronous NAND alternatives. The DDR interface in Toggle Mode NAND uses a Bidirectional DQS to generate input/output signals (I/Os) using the rising and falling edge of the write erase signal. Toggle Mode NAND also has on-die termination to help achieve less crosstalk.
Scalability to future high-frequency operation is enabled as a result of the bi-directional data signal. Toshiba recently announced a commitment to a new standard for the most advanced high-performance NAND flash memory, a DDR NAND flash with a 400Mbps(3) interface. This next generation Toggle Mode DDR NAND 2.0 is targeted to provide a three-fold increase in interface speed over Toggle DDR 1.0 and a ten-fold increase over the 40Mbps single data rate NAND in widespread use today.
Toshiba Toggle Mode NAND supports common legacy NAND commands including basic, multi-plane and cache operations.
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, discrete devices, displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, digital multimedia and imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2009 WW Semiconductor Revenue, April 2010). Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion.
For additional company and product information, please visit http://www.toshiba.com/taec/. For more information on TAEC memory products, visit memory.toshiba.com
(1) When used herein in relation to memory density, gigabit and/or Gbit means 1,024x1,024x1,024 = 1,073,741,824 bits. Usable capacity will be significantly less due to the need for overhead data areas, formatting, bad blocks, and other constraints. For details, please refer to specifications.
(2) Megatransfers (MT) per second refer to the number of data transfers (or data samples) captured per second, with each sample occurring at the clock edge. In a double data rate system, the data is transferred on both the rising and falling edge of the clock signal. For purposes of measuring data transfers in this context, 1 Megatransfer equals 1,000,000 transfers per second. Actual data transfer speed may vary depending on the device, read and write conditions, and file size.
(3) Mbps, or megabit per second. For purposes of measuring read and write speed in this context, 1 megabit or Mb = 1,000,000 bits. Maximum read and write speed may vary depending on the device, read and write conditions, and file size.
(4) When used herein in relation to memory density, gigabyte and/or GB means 1,024x1,024x1,024 = 1,073,741,824 bytes. Usable capacity will be significantly less due to the need for overhead data areas, formatting, bad blocks, and other constraints. For details, please refer to specifications.
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New ARMOR Rugged Tablet Optimizes Communications for Mobile Workforce
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 11 -- The new ARMOR(TM) X10gx rugged tablet from DRS Technologies enhances the efficiency and productivity of an increasingly mobile workforce. It offers AT&T wireless certification and optional integrated Gobi(TM) 2000 mobile broadband to keep the user connected on multiple wireless networks. The ARMOR(TM) X10gx also is equipped with standard 802.11n Wireless LAN connectivity and Bluetooth® v2.0 + EDR (Class 2), as well as integrated GPS. Standard routing of GPS and WLAN to two RF ports allows switching between internal antennas within the unit and external antennas, such as those mounted on a vehicle roof.
The ARMOR X10gx rugged tablet meets MIL-STD-810G and is approved by UL for use in explosive and/or hazardous environments. It also carries an ingress protection (IP) rating of 67. "This rugged tablet meets the demanding conditions encountered by people working in field service; transportation, rail and port facilities; public safety, and other areas of challenging environments, meaning it is fully protected against dust and can withstand the effects of immersion in water to depths up to 1 meter," said Mike Sarrica, vice president and general manager for DRS Tactical Systems.
With a weight of just 4.7 lbs. the ARMOR(TM) X10gx also features a new docking system. Other features include an Intel® Core2 Duo(TM) Processor with up to 4GB RAM and Intel® embedded Montevina system architecture and a 64GB solid-state hard drive with options up to 160GB that is user-replaceable. Additional features and benefits of the ARMOR(TM) X10gx can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2f96qxx.
"The ARMOR(TM) X10gx is our tenth generation offering. We have drawn upon many years of our experience as well as the experience from our military and commercial personnel that have deployed our rugged mobile computers around the world," added Sarrica.
The first units are planned to ship by September 15, 2010.
New Fashion Brand With A Mission - Bold Girlz Debuts Online
NEW YORK, Aug. 11 -- NEW teen fashion and accessory brand, Bold Girlz is thrilled to announce the launch of its online store, BoldGirlz.com, featuring on-trend and priced right apparel and accessories. Each month, Bold Girlz will select a different non-profit to receive a percentage of sales. For the month of August, the non-profit One is Greater Than None has been chosen and will be spotlighted on the site.
"The girls who founded One is Greater Than None (1>0) have spoken to thousands of teenagers at conferences, schools and summits, encouraging them to make a difference globally, nationally and locally. I believe that it is important to show other teenagers what is possible when you really believe in something- that's why they have been chosen to receive 10% of the proceeds from Bold Girlz apparel and jewelry sales this month," founder, Cheryl Beck states.
BoldGirlz.com features four sections that spell out BOLD: Brave, Original, Loving, and Daring and spotlight over 30 incredible stories of girls being BOLD in areas of Sports, Music, the Arts and Community Service. New stories will be posted each month and the featured teens can re-post these stories on Facebook and share them with friends- creating a social networking buzz. Social Media is a major part of the Bold Girlz marketing plan- focusing predominantly on Facebook and Twitter. Followers will receive a 20% off promotional code for purchases made on the BoldGirlz.com site before 8/31/10.
Other apparel companies have taken a similar approach to giving back to charity, but no other fashion brand is focused on highlighting and empowering girls. What's your story?
ABOUT BOLD GIRLZ
Bold Girlz, a division of Bold Brands, Inc., is the fashion brand that empowers teen girls to give back. Launched in the summer of 2010 by founder Cheryl Beck of NYC, Bold Girlz strives to promote girls talents as well as their inner beauty- and to give them fashion choices that show the world who they really are and what they stand for. 10% of proceeds support causes benefitting women and girls.
ABOUT ONE IS GREATER THAN NONE
1>0's global initiative sponsors the rescue and care of Ghanaian children. 1>0 also funds weekend clinics that provide free medical, dental and vision care to thousands of Americans through Remote Area Medical (RAM).
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Nespresso Opens in Shanghai its 200th Boutique Worldwide
SHANGHAI, August 11, 2010--
- On-Going Expansion of its Boutique Network in Major International
Cities a Major Factor in Continuing Double-Digit Growth at Nespresso
Nestlé Nespresso today officially opened in the dynamic city
of Shanghai its 200th boutique worldwide. It joins new boutique locations
opened this year in the international cities of Miami, Cape Town, and a new
flagship boutique in Brussels as Nespresso continues to grow its global
retail network to more than 220 boutiques this year. Melbourne, New York
(Soho) and a new flagship in Munich are also scheduled for 2010.
"Shanghai is China's gateway to the world and the world's
gateway to China. As a dynamic and cultured metropolis, Shanghai provides the
perfect location to establish our third boutique in China and our 200th
boutique worldwide. It marks a significant milestone in growing our global
brand community," said Richard Girardot, CEO of Nestlé Nespresso SA.
Today, Nestlé SA announced strong first six months for
Nespresso, with organic growth above 25%. Despite a changing competitive
environment, Nespresso continues its expansion into new markets and persists
with double-digit growth rates in its more established markets, such as
Switzerland and France. Nespresso continues to grow capacity to meet rising
demand. As planned, the extension started in Avenches will double capacity by
2012 and bring total investment here to more than CHF 400 million.
"Nespresso is firmly on track to surpass CHF 3 billion in
annual global sales," Mr Girardot told journalists attending the boutique
opening in Shanghai. "The Nespresso global boutique network plays an
important role in our company's continuing growth, generating around 30% of
The Nespresso schedule of boutique openings in 2010 underlines
its commitment to grow outside Europe. New flagship boutiques in Brussels and
Munich, and steady expansion in France, emphasise the Nespresso commitment to
sustained category leadership in European markets. Nespresso is also on track
with its plans to roll out a new customer service model in the second half of
Nespresso opened its first boutique in Paris in 2000. Today,
Nespresso Boutiques can be found from Hong Kong to New York. "Our boutiques
are embassies for our brand. They enable consumers new to Nespresso to meet
the brand and explore its deep coffee expertise - which is so important as
Nespresso builds its presence in new markets," said Mr Girardot.
About Nestlé Nespresso SA
Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and market leader in
highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne,
Switzerland, Nespresso has a presence in more than 50 countries and more than
4500 employees. In 2009, it operated a global retail network of more than 190
exclusive boutiques. Nespresso achieved global 2009 sales of CHF 2.77
billion, maintaining an average annual growth rate of 30 percent since 2000.
For more information, visit http://www.nespresso.com.
Corporate PR & Public Affairs Manager
Nestlé Nespresso SA
Bracketron Launches New Mobile Tagging Marketing Initiative
Interactive 2D barcode reader allows users to view online content by scanning codes from product packaging and print materials.
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 11 -- Bracketron, the leading manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, recently launched a new marketing campaign featuring Microsoft®Tag - a breakthrough technology that allows users instant access to online content with the simple scan of a barcode using their smartphone.
Initially, Bracketron is using tagging to connect users with product videos that they can instantly view directly on their phones while in a retail store, at a tradeshow or while viewing a print advertisement or brochure. Users will be required to download the free application from the MicrosoftTag site (http://tag.microsoft.com/) or iTunes in order to scan the barcode.
"We are very excited about the potential of mobile tagging technology as an innovative new way to market and sell our products, particularly in the retail environment," said Mark Mandel, Executive Vice President. "Tagging offers a unique new way to bridge offline and online mediums, and we think it makes a lot of sense for our business and our customers."
At present, Bracketron is the only known manufacturer in the mobile mounting space leveraging this new technology, and an early adopter within the consumer electronics industry at large.
Founded in 2001, Bracketron's successful first product offering, the custom bezel mount, was engineered for the professional installer looking for custom mounting solutions.
Today, Bracketron is the leading manufacturer and supplier of mounting solutions and accessories for GPS, satellite radio, cell phone, iPod/iPhone/iPad, laptop & netbook computer and other mobile electronics. Our robust product line includes innovative mounting solutions for your window, cup holder, dash, vent and visor.
LONDON, August 11, 2010-- Toluna plc (LSE: TOL), the world's leading online panel and survey
technology provider, announced its expansion today in Europe with the opening
of a new office in Madrid, Spain.
The new office further leverages Toluna's ability to offer local
sales and support services to its fast growing base of customers and
prospects in Spain. Carlos Hidalgo de Morillo Jiménez who recently
joined Toluna's South European Sales team as Account Director will
head up the office in Madrid. Carlos brings a unique and comprehensive
understanding of the industry, having previously worked as a Project Director
for Communications Agency, ASAP Worldwide and as a Consultant and Business
Developer at The Nielsen Company in Spain. The opening of the Spanish office
is yet another signal of Toluna's continued growth, with the company now able
to support clients with local teams in Spain, France, Germany, UK,
Netherlands, Australia, Japan and the US.
"This is a natural move for Toluna and one that is in line with our
company strategy. We are proud to now have an office in Spain - to serve the
growing demands of the Spanish region. The opening of the Spanish office is
another step toward providing strong sales and operational support at a local
level," said Frederic-Charles Petit, CEO of Toluna. Toluna enjoys a unique
position in the panel vendor market, with its community model being rolled
out across all of its panels. The community model is identified instantly by
a quick glance at the site Toluna.com. Panel members have access to
discussion forums, product tests, opinion ratings, as well as product
comparison and poll areas.
Toluna is the world's leading independent online panel and survey
technology provider to the global market research industry. The company
provides online sample and survey technology solutions to the world's
leading market research agencies, media agencies and corporates, from its
17 offices in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
In 2009, Toluna welcomed Greenfield Online and Ciao Surveys into the
group - complementing its traditional strengths in Europe and increasing its
online sample and delivery capacity in the US, Canada and Asia Pacific.
Unlike other panel providers, Toluna has developed a unique online
community approach to the management of its panels. Through the use of web
2.0-based technology it has created the world's first social voting community
site toluna.com (http://www.toluna.com), focusing on maximising panellist
engagement to offer increased survey responsiveness and data reliability to
Toluna is enabling over 100 corporate organisations to generate valuable
customer insight by creating, hosting and managing their own online
communities using its software as a service community management solution;
PanelPortal. In addition, Toluna's portfolio of research technology solutions
also includes QuickSurveys an online self-service tool that enables you to
ask 1-5 questions and receive 2,000 responses in a few hours, Interactive
Voice Recognition, Mobile survey capabilities and BrandSpector a new approach
to measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of online advertising campaigns
using Toluna's online panel.
FinanceAcar Launches World's First Car Finance Comparison Engine
LONDON, Aug. 11 -- UK car finance specialist, http://www.financeacar.co.uk/, announced today that it has launched the world's first car finance comparison engine. It fills an estimated 11.5 billion pounds gap left by traditional comparison websites in the UK such as Moneysupermarket.com that only compare car finance prices based on car loans. A car loan is just one form of car finance used by less than 1 in 5 car buyers in the UK and the size of the comparison gap in the US and Europe is proportionately similar. FinanceAcar solves this problem as it instantly compares all car finance options (car loans, hire purchase and car leasing) and empowers car shoppers with information that has never been available in one place before by answering the question: "What is the lowest monthly price I need to pay to drive the car I want?"
According to the Finance and Leasing Association and Keynote, at least 80% of all car shoppers use car finance for the average 2 million new vehicles acquired each year in the UK (market of circa 19 billion pounds/year) and until now, most of it could not be compared. FinanceAcar allows a user to select their preferred new vehicle by make and model, by budget and/or by car type and then it tells them the cheapest monthly price to finance that car. Importantly, it is not just a comparison website but also an ecommerce website. A user can choose their car, select their finance and insurance deals, complete a credit check and application and have the car delivered to their front door.
Founder Mark Peatey, who launched itv.com and grew it to become one of the UK's largest websites says, "Our product fills a huge gap in a massive market. There are many different and confusing products and, until now, there has been no way for people to compare all monthly finance prices for each individual car. We democratise car shopping by putting all the finance options and their prices for any selected car in one place for the first time."
Co-founder, Nadim Saad, added, "Our intention is to use FinanceAcar to reinvent the way people shop for cars and thereby change car ownership. A BMW 1 series can be financed on a car lease for as little as 220 pounds/month and after 3-4 years you can have a stress free new upgrade much the same way as your mobile handset. The traditional alternative is to pay 600 pounds/month to buy the car and keep it. However, because it is tough times and people can drive a better car for less money per month, we believe that with full product comparison a lot of people will trade up to a better car while trading down from ownership."
Market Data Source - Finance and Leasing Association, Keynote
FinanceAcar (http://www.financeacar.co.uk/) is a UK car finance specialist. Its new product was selected by Microsoft as its "startup of the day" and it was recently voted by Seedcamp (one of Europe's largest groups of tech investors) as one of the top 5 products (out of 200) presented to London Seedcamp. Its product is the world's first comparison engine that compares all car finance products for new cars (car leasing, hire purchase and car loans) in one place, making it comprehensive in car finance compared to other comparison engines such as Moneysupermarket that only compare car loans. The website compares finance from top UK lenders for 6,000 vehicles and offers more than 1,000,000 different prices. The site now allows car shoppers to choose their car by make or budget and within seconds it presents the best finance product and best UK monthly price for that car based on the monthly cost of ownership. Once the user obtains the best monthly price, they can get a full personalised quote, obtain a credit check, apply for finance and have their chosen car delivered to their door. FinanceAcar's team and partners combine more than 30 years of UK car finance experience with more than 30 years of blue chip media, internet and technology knowledge. They draw on experience from launching one of the UK's largest websites (itv.com) and several international businesses.
CONTACT: Mark Peatey of FinanceAcar, +44-(0)7-932-656-523,
Verizon Wireless Keeps Customers Connected With the Samsung Gusto
Multiple Messaging Options and Voice Enhancement Audio Technology Let Customers Share Moments Instantly with Family and Friends
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS, Aug. 11 -- Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced that the Samsung Gusto(TM) is available online today and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. The sleek Samsung Gusto sports a 2-inch main display, multiple messaging options, Dynamic Voice Enhancement technology with noise suppression, mobile Web browser and Bluetooth® technology for hands-free communication.
Key features and specifications:
-- Slim form factor
-- 2-inch internal screen
-- Mobile Web browser to connect on the go
-- Messaging options include text, picture and voice messaging; Mobile
IM; Mobile Chat; Mobile Email; and Mobile Web Email
-- VGA camera with night shot
-- Bluetooth® technology to support headset, hands-free, serial port,
object push for vCard and vCalendar and phonebook access
-- Dynamic Voice Enhancement technology with noise suppression to reduce
background noise levels and enhance speech frequencies
-- Driving Mode - changes the handset volume automatically to high,
overrides vibrate settings, and reads contact information aloud when a
call or message is received
-- Fake Call feature - lets customers set up a pseudo call with a timer
to manage social situations
-- Voice Commands - voice dial, send text, send picture, digit dial, text
message readout, call announcement, My Verizon, check features,
contacts, redial, GoTo, help and driving mode
-- Personal Organizer and Tools - calendar, calculator with currency
converter, world clock, alarm clock and stop watch
-- Media Center-capable - access downloadable games, ringtones,
wallpapers, location-based services and more
-- Preloaded with Bing Search
-- VZ Navigator® capable - receive audible turn-by-turn directions to
more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with
Price and availability:
-- The Samsung Gusto is available online today at http://www.verizonwireless.com
for free after an online discount with a new two-year customer
agreement and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming
weeks for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year
customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of
a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash
anywhere debit cards are accepted.
-- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services,
visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or
go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit http://www.samsungwireless.com.
Navman Wireless Releases ROI Calculator for Fleet Tracking
Free Tool Instantly Shows Potential Savings of Fleet Tracking Deployments
GLENVIEW, Ill., Aug. 11 -- Navman Wireless today announced the availability of an interactive ROI calculator enabling fleet managers to instantly determine the potential savings of deploying the Navman Wireless OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system in their particular organization. The free calculator is online at http://www.navmanwirelessus.com/roi-calculator or http://www.fleetTrackingROI.com.
The calculator delivers instant estimates of the impact of GPS-based fleet tracking on fuel, downtime, overtime and insurance costs as well as CO2 emissions, based on the actual size and usage profile of the user's fleet. Company-specific metrics used in the calculations range from the number of miles and hours logged per vehicle per month, to overtime hourly wage, average hourly charge per customer, monthly insurance premium per vehicle, and lost revenue per vehicle per day from downtime.
Results are displayed interactively on-screen as users input data in six different categories. Projected monthly savings and increased revenues are shown by individual parameter as well as in total, with pie charts and graphs illustrating the savings breakdown by category and the payback timeline. Reports with the finished calculations can be emailed with a click, providing documentation of expected benefits that can be used to help make a purchase decision.
"Every fleet manager is faced with a unique fleet makeup, usage scenario and business model. The only way to adequately predict the impact of a fleet tracking system is to customize the calculations to fit your own situation," said Renaat Ver Eecke, Vice President and General Manager, Navman Wireless North America. "Our ROI calculator does that quickly, easily and with more detailed input from the user than any tool we've seen."
Navman Wireless' OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking and management platform tracks all vehicles in the fleet in real time as well as measuring fleet, vehicle and driver performance. Its GPS-based tracking and extensive reports help reduce fleets' fuel usage, improve fleet productivity, enhance customer service, and identify problems such as excessive idling, inaccurate timesheets, unauthorized stops and personal vehicle use, as well as providing other insights that help fleet managers optimize operations.
About Navman Wireless
Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and OEM GPS solutions that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company's flagship OnlineAVL2/Qube system is installed in more than 110,000 vehicles owned by over 8,500 customers worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world's largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.navmanwireless.com or http://www.navmanwirelessus.com.
Source: Navman Wireless
CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt of S&S Public Relations, +1-847-415-9330,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Navman Wireless
NouvEON Announces the Acquisition of Information Technology Solutions Provider, InCentric Solutions
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 11 -- Today, NouvEON announced that it has acquired InCentric Solutions LLC, an integrated information technology solutions provider based in Raleigh, N.C. The combined strengths of NouvEON and InCentric create a powerful end-to-end management consulting services organization. The acquisition further expands NouvEON's national footprint and key industry penetration, along with deeper system integration expertise and a new hardware and software business line. It also further extends NouvEON's reach into the greater Raleigh market.
NouvEON will use the high powered technology solutions to improve clients' business productivity and reduce technology costs through collaborative portal solutions, enterprise messaging, infrastructure optimization, virtualization and mobile solutions. "NouvEON's strong base in the big four-experienced industry consulting and value-focused services combined with deeper technology skills and services is a dynamic and powerful combination for our current and prospective clients," says founder and CEO of NouvEON, T.J. Eberle. "We're excited to add the InCentric people and services to further enhance our ability to serve our clients and provide a career destination for our employees," he adds.
Mark Milam, CEO of InCentric Solutions, notes, "The opportunity to join forces and create a new organization focused on building value in management and technology consulting services, with deep industry expertise, is a win-win for our employees and customers."
"I am excited about the depth of talent that will come from the combined organization, the impact that it will have on our clients, and the value that our consulting organization will be able to bring to bear on complex, challenging business problems," adds R.J. Fabian, Practice Lead for Raleigh practice.
The combined organization will continue to be known as NouvEON. A combined workforce of more than 110 consulting and administrative professionals will be based in Charlotte with an additional geographic office in Raleigh, N.C. Completion of the transaction is effective immediately. NouvEON was represented by Leroy Davis of 7 Mile Advisors. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
NouvEON is an employee-owned management consulting firm, which specializes in delivering high-value solutions to mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., NouvEON represents a "New Era" in consulting services. In this "New Era," NouvEON develops true client partnerships by offering strategic and project-based management consulting services including organizational change management, systems integration, strategy, process excellence and delivery management. For more information visit the company website at: http://www.nouveon.com
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U.S. Cellular Adds HTC Desire(TM) - the Second of Five Android-Powered Phones Planned for Its Smartphone Lineup
CHICAGO, Aug. 11 -- HTC Desire(TM), U.S. Cellular's much-anticipated second Android-powered phone, launches August 27 to offer customers another engaging way to connect with their favorite people, entertainment and applications on the wireless company's nationwide 3G network. HTC Desire, one of five Android-powered phones that the company is introducing this year, will be available in stores and at uscellular.com just weeks after U.S. Cellular customers welcomed the Samsung Acclaim(TM). The Samsung Galaxy S(TM) will join the smartphone lineup in October, with two LG Android-powered phones following closely behind.
"With 160,000 Android-powered phones activated each day, there's no question that they are among the hottest phones on the market right now," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "For us, it's not just about delivering this array of cutting-edge phones that our customers want and deserve. We also have their backs with industry-first, customer-focused programs, like Overage Protection and Battery Swap. We love making our customers' lives easier."
The allure of HTC Desire is apparent at first glance, with its slim, stylish design and vibrant 3.7-inch touchscreen that shows streaming video and graphics in vivid detail. The phone also delivers a five megapixel, autofocus camera with flash and integrated GPS. Its Wi-Fi capabilities allow users to connect to the Internet via wireless hotspots at home or on the road. Customers can upload pictures and videos to a variety of social networking and sharing sites including Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. With a tethered modem data plan, the HTC Desire can be connected directly to a laptop for yet another way to access the Internet on the go.
HTC Desire is preloaded with U.S. Cellular applications such as My Contacts Backup, City ID, Tone Room Deluxe and Your Navigator Deluxe. Customers can also easily access Google services like Gmail, Google Maps and Google Talk instant messaging, and synch their Google calendars and contacts.
Combining the Android platform with a blazing-fast 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon(TM) processor offers a true mobile computing experience. HTC Desire delivers a fast wireless experience on U.S. Cellular's 3G network, allowing customers to quickly download applications and music, browse the Internet and share pictures and videos.
The Android TM 2.1 platform offers many of the same familiar Google services found on the desktop, and a growing Android Marketplace (TM) of more than 70,000 applications for customers to personalize their phones. The market recently crossed the one billion download mark, according to analytics provider AndroLib.com. More than 60 percent of the applications are free. To personalize the entire experience, customers can customize HTC Desire by arranging the content in the seven-panel homepage anyway they want, whether it's for building unique scenes for work, travel or play.
"We believe that it's okay to expect more from your wireless company and with Android, you can expect much more from your phone than ever before," Perez said.
About U.S. Cellular
The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Tour, the touch-screen LG Tritan and HTC Touch Pro 2 and the Android-powered Samsung Acclaim, which offer e-mail and Web access. Those features are delivered 10 times faster over U.S. Cellular's 3G Mobile Broadband network. U.S. Cellular believes in the power of the community and has made a commitment to invest more than $4.5 million in teachers and schools during 2009 and 2010. Based in Chicago, the company is the nation's sixth-largest wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.
Source: U.S. Cellular
CONTACT: Steve Carlson of U.S. Cellular, +1-312-217-0606,
World Cyber Games Announces Cast for Season 2 of WCG Ultimate Gamer on Syfy
NEW YORK, Aug. 11 -- The World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) unveiled the dynamic cast for the second season of WCG Ultimate Gamer today, in preparation for the show's return to Syfy on August 19th at 11 pm ET/PT. WCG Ultimate Gamer combines reality-TV drama, head-to-head competitive gaming and thrilling real-world challenges based on some of the most popular videogames of all time. The WCG, the organizer of the world's largest international video game competition and festival, partnered with the global technology leader Samsung and veteran reality-TV producers to make this second season even bigger, with larger-than-life contestants, last-minute victories and epic showdowns in front of audiences of screaming fans. Over eight weeks, the final two players who perform the best in multiple games and in real world challenges will face off for the title of WCG Ultimate Gamer LIVE at the WCG Grand Final, airing October 7th on Syfy.
This season, the WCG Ultimate Gamer Season 2 Cast includes:
--Yazan Ammari, Granada Hills, CA - Sometimes called
"The Clown," Yaz can be the best friend of his fellow
competitors, or their worst enemy as he laughs his way
Who: to the top.
--Vanessa Arteaga, Modesto, CA - Vanessa burst onto
the professional gaming scene and made an immediate
impact with her superior skills, model looks and
attitude. Vanessa is generally a nice girl, but if you
make her angry, watch out, because there could be an
--Ryan Burnett, Portland, OR - From the Northwest,
Ryan was kicked out of the house at 13; he credits
video games for 'saving his life' and propelling him
to be the biggest gamer in Oregon...but can he be the
best of the best?
-- Sebastian Burton, Stamford, CT - "Chosen1" Is a
trash-talker who aims to dominate the gaming world.
Even though he has a tough exterior, he will give you
the shirt off his back if you need it.
--Katherine Gunn, Lancaster, CA - "Kat" is a natural
born talent in gaming as she was raised in a gaming
family. With the pedigree, don't underestimate her
skills and passion to work her way to the top just
because she is a girl gamer.
-- Michael LaBelle, Houston, TX - The resident jock
of the cast, Michael is known for his specialty in
sports games and his self-proclaimed way with the
-- Faye Mata, Kenosha, WI - This pre-med student
says that drama just seems to follow her wherever she
goes. Faye doesn't let the haters - especially other
females - bother her as she works to smash the
-- AJ Mazur, Shelton, CT - Don't be fooled by this
self-described 'typical dorky gamer.' AJ is a fierce
competitor and is currently up for a "Rock Band" World
--Caesar Noreiga, Parlin, NJ - "Mr. Suave" is Jersey
born, but spends his time perfecting his skills on a
wide range of games instead of working on his tan - as
a result, he's raked up several top tournament
finishes in the process.
--Jacob "Jake" Pfister, Kent, OH - This passionate
gamer rallied online and offline supporters to win his
way onto the show as the 12th contestant. Jake hates
being worse than someone at anything, which drives him
to prove he's the best gamer.
--Rachel Quirico, Branchburg, NJ - Rachel knows she is
cute but she is more than a pretty face as she is well
known throughout the professional community for her
gaming skills and blazing confidence -she's
relentless on girl and guy gamers alike.
-- Justin Wong, New York City, NY - "JWong" is known
as the best "Street Fighter" player in the United
States. A force to be feared, he supports his parents
by gaming, though they are unaware of his profession.
Can Justin conquer WCG Ultimate Gamer using his self-
proclaimed "Justin Wong Factor?"
In WCG Ultimate Gamer, a dozen top gamers from around
the country are invited to a posh loft space to live
and battle together in a series of competitions that
take them "beyond the game." From real-life
challenges inspired by top-selling games to head-to-
head elimination matches before hundreds of screaming
spectators, the last gamer standing will have survived
gaming's ultimate test and will be dubbed the best
all-around gamer in the US, taking home $100k, the
ultimate Samsung Electronics prize package,
Alienware's high-performing gaming desktop, the
Aurora, and the chance to be the face of World Cyber
Games, representing the WCG at events around the
When: Thursdays, 11 pm ET/PT beginning on August 19
Syfy (check local listings)
About World Cyber Games (WCG)
World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) is the organizer of the largest global video game tournament and festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010. With a yearlong competition spanning online, regional and national qualifying matches, elite gamers ascend to represent their countries at the WCG Grand Final, a thrilling high-pressure challenge to crown the world's best gamers. More than 1.6 million players from 65 countries competed for a spot in the WCG 2009 Grand Final in China. Entertainment capital Los Angeles will host this exciting competition in 2010 from September 30 to October 3. To showcase the passion and competitive spirit of gamers, WCG also produces the hit reality show WCG Ultimate Gamer, which premieres a second season in August. For more information visit http://www.wcg.com/.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung's North American operations including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, the Samsung organization is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked #19 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand "100 Best Global Brands," and named as one of Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies of 2010."
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (http://www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)