Interpublic's Mediabrands Bolsters Digital Marketing Capabilities With Investment In India
Mediabrands establishes a majority owned joint-venture with digital agency Interactive Avenues
NEW YORK, June 24 -- Mediabrands, the media holding company within Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG), today announced the set up of a majority-owned joint venture with India-based Interactive Avenues, the market's top digital marketing solutions company. In India, the joint venture will assume the name of Reprise Media. Through this transaction the new business unit will specialize in search and social marketing and also offer a full scope of digital services which include digital media strategy and investment, digital creative development, campaign implementation and post activity analysis. Anjali Hegde, one of Interactive Avenue's founding partners becomes CEO, Reprise Media, India and will report to the new Reprise Media, India Board as well as Mediabrands Asia Pacific Regional Leadership.
Mediabrands will hold a 51% stake in the joint venture and Interactive Avenues will hold the remaining 49%. The partnership formalizes the long-time successful working relationship between Interactive Avenues and Mediabrands. Interactive Avenues has rapidly established itself as India's leading expert in digital marketing. Interactive Avenues has operations in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Interactive Avenues will continue to operate as an independent digital marketing solutions company and will provide complete support to this joint venture. The transaction bolsters Mediabrands' digital offering and services for clients and reinforces the media holding company's efforts to expand and deepen its marketing services operations across India and Asia Pacific. Final details of the transaction will be presented to the IPG Board next month.
With approximately 1,000 media and marketing experts across the region, Asia Pacific remains a top priority for Mediabrands to help accelerate market share for its clients. Mediabrands' priorities in 2010 for Asia Pacific include supporting UM and Initiative's regional growth, launching a suite of new products and integrated services, and building regional operations for its leading specialist business, notably Reprise Media (search engine and social media marketing), Cadreon (audience demand platform), Ansible (mobile marketing), Orion Trading (barter services), Ensemble (branded entertainment) and others. In Asia Pacific alone, Reprise Media is established in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, and Australia. In 2009 Ensemble and Orion Trading launched divisions in Australia.
"Interactive Avenues welcomes this opportunity to partner with IPG's Mediabrands on the Reprise Media venture in India," stated Anjali Hegde, CEO Reprise Media, India. "Through Interactive Avenue's leadership in digital marketing and Mediabrands' leading global agency network, the possibilities for Reprise Media India have no bounds. Our clients will be able to access the best of both worlds as well as the opportunities presented by accelerated growth in India's digital marketing space."
"Mediabrands is committed to aggressive business development across our key markets in Asia Pacific and of course, India is critical in that respect," said Tara Comonte, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Mediabrands. "We have enjoyed a very successful partnership with Interactive Avenues for the last two years and this new venture allows us to formalize the relationship and to reinforce our collective commitment to growing our digital business together in one of the most vibrant global markets today. Interactive Avenues has an impressive track record, a strong management team as well as a market leading product and we are extremely pleased with the continued evolution of this relationship."
"The Aditya Birla Group is convinced about the power of the Digital medium and will aggressively use this medium in our marketing efforts," stated Ajay Kakar, Chief Marketing Officer, Financial Services, Aditya Birla Group. "Reprise Media demonstrated a deep level of understanding of our business as well as expertise across all facets of digital marketing and we look forward to working closely with them."
Shashi Sinha, CEO Lodestar UM (Universal McCann) added, "With an online community of approximately 81 million, India represents one of the world's largest Internet markets. But behind this impressive number, India still remains a multi-faceted and highly complex digital landscape. With Reprise Media India, we have the digital marketing experts that can navigate the digital space effectively and offer our clients unrivalled value for their campaigns, especially as this space reaches critical mass in the coming years."
About Interactive Avenues
Launched in April 2006 and funded by Sequoia Capital, 'Interactive Avenues' is India's leading digital marketing solutions company. Interactive Avenues is among the top 10 digital agencies in Asia. It is a Google AdWords Certified Partner and one of the three "Google Authorized Analytics Consultant" (GAAC) in India. It is full service in its offerings with dedicated specialist teams for each function within digital marketing like Media services, Creative, Campaign management, Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing and Technology solutions. Interactive Avenues envisions itself to be the undisputed market leader in each aspect of the above mentioned digital marketing platforms. In the last 4 years, Interactive Avenues has worked on the digital marketing campaigns of close to 200 advertisers in the country, across diverse categories.
Created by IPG to manage all of its global media-related assets, Mediabrands employs 6,500 communications specialists operating in 90 countries and manages $32B in global media billings. It is a proven entity in helping clients maximize the impact of their marketing investment to deliver explosive business results. As the worldwide support center, Mediabrands enhances the communications offering and performance across its network of media agencies including Initiative, UM, MAGNA and a roster of diversified service groups. Mediabrands is part of Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG), one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. For more information, please visit http://www.mediabrandsww.com
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iPRTG v2.0 Enables Mobile Network Monitoring on the iPhone for Paessler's PRTG
Instant On-the-Go Access to Complete PRTG Network Monitoring System Puts Network Status and Maintenance in the Palm of Your Hand; Free Upgrade Available for v1 Users
LOS ANGELES and NUREMBERG, Germany, June 24 -- Paessler AG (http://www.paessler.com), a leading provider of network monitoring and performance optimization solutions, today announced the launch of its new iPRTG v2.0 iPhone application with enhanced mobile monitoring support and advanced functionality that allows network administrators to maintain optimum network status and manage network events while on the go.
Paessler has partnered with beyond content GmbH, a specialist in iPhone and web applications, for iPRTG development and distribution through the Apple iTunes store. Available for immediate download for just $11.99, the new iPRTG v2.0 is provided as a free upgrade to current iPRTG v1 users.
"We received a great deal of feedback on our first iPRTG app, and we've bundled that into a completely redesigned app with enhanced features and greater functionality to help network admins stay on top of network events wherever they are," said Dirk Paessler, CEO of Paessler AG. "The new iPRTG provides complete access to network health data including network-wide sensor configuration overviews and performance data. Users can even manage and manipulate various network sensors and alarms easily, right from their phone."
iPRTG connects to existing PRTG servers via HTTPS or HTTP over VPN, 3G, EDGE, GPRS or WiFi/WLAN to provide at-a-glance access to detailed network status information such as:
-- Current sensor status overview, with the ability to create a
"favorites" sensors list for easy access to the most critical
components. For detail on any sensor, users simply tap the item to
drill down for in-depth information.
-- Intuitive "Sensor Tree" that displays active sensors by groups or
devices for easy navigation.
-- Network-wide sensor overview to display fastest/slowest ping,
highest/lowest bandwidth usage, and other customizable metrics across
the network configuration.
-- Alarm status that indicates sensors currently in an alarm state.
-- View maps to reveal network schematics with a single tap.
Using iPRTG, network administrators can receive instant alarm notifications for out-of-compliance events, pause monitoring for a single sensor or device indefinitely or for a specified period of time and even resume monitoring -- all from the iPhone. For a quick checkup, iPRTG users can access any sensor on the network for an on-demand status update.
"iPRTG gives network administrators the freedom to step away from the office -- for business travel, after hours or over the weekend -- without the constant worry of network failures or other events calling them back to the office," Paessler said. "With instant access in the palm of your hand, it's incredibly easy to ensure optimum network performance and troubleshoot issues while on the road, at home or virtually anywhere."
iPRTG provides detailed sensor information with access to the latest monitoring results, recent up/down network events, total uptime/downtime stats and historical performance graphs for the past 24 and 48 hours, 30-day and 365-day periods. Sensor status data is updated every 30 seconds to ensure availability of the most timely and accurate information at all times.
The mobile app supports multiple accounts on multiple PRTG servers and even allows the user to quickly switch between different PRTG accounts and servers, making it ideal for ISPs, MSPs, larger PRTG deployments and enterprise systems.
iPRTG is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad running OS v3.x or later and requires PRTG Network Monitor v7.3.5 or later, as well as accessibility to the PRTG web interface over VPN, 3G, EDGE, GPRS or WiFi/WLAN.
Paessler AG leads the industry in providing the most powerful, affordable and easy-to-use network monitoring and testing solutions. The company's suite of just-right software products deliver peace of mind, confidence and convenience for businesses of all sizes - from Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) to large enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 companies. Based in Nuremberg, Bavaria/Germany, Paessler's global reach includes more than 50,000 licenses sold and more than 150,000 active installations, including its robust freeware products, through its worldwide locations in Canada, Great Britain, Japan, the U.S. and others. Founded in 1997, Paessler AG remains a privately held company and is recognized as both a Cisco Technology Developer Partner and a VMware Technology Alliance Partner. For more information, visit http://www.paessler.com.
Source: Paessler AG
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IBM and Esty Environmental Partners Join With 12 Leading Companies to Develop New Management Systems and Tools for Corporate Sustainability
NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 24 -- A group of major companies, all leaders in their industries, have formed the Sustainability Innovators Working Group -- aiming to define and develop new approaches to environmental management and corporate sustainability. Esty Environmental Partners (EEP), the organizer of the group and a premier sustainable business consulting firm, and IBM (NYSE:IBM), a participant and supporting partner, announced the launch today.
Members include a diverse combination of some of the world's leading companies, recognized for their advanced work in sustainability practices, such as Boeing, CH2M Hill, Coca-Cola, Delhaize Group, Disney, Diversey, Dow Chemical Company, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Shaklee, Unilever, and Xerox.
"Finding the right strategic response to the sustainability imperative is a core competitive challenge for companies," said Dan Esty, EEP Chairman and Hillhouse Professor at Yale University. "Companies that meet this challenge will find new ways to reduce risks and costs, achieve growth through innovation, and enhance the value of their brands. Through our partnership with IBM and our work with these leading companies, we plan to bring sustainability strategy and execution to a new level."
Working together, the Sustainability Innovators Working Group participants will define a new set of management systems and tools for achieving greater value from sustainability strategy. Each company will be able to apply the best practices from this collaboration within their own organizations not only to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in their operations, but also to better identify and develop related opportunities for innovation and growth.
A starting point for the group's work will be the recently published Harvard Business Review article (May 2010), The Sustainability Imperative, co-authored by Dan Esty and David Lubin, EEP Senior Adviser and Chairman of the Innovators Working Group. This piece argues that companies need to have both a clear vision and a strategy for execution to deliver sustainability value.
"Organizations are facing unprecedented challenges related to energy and the environment that involve a fundamental rethinking of the way our world works," said Wayne Balta, vice president environmental affairs and product safety, IBM. "These challenges have systemic implications that extend beyond any single company, industry sector, or government entity."
Each of the participating companies brings a wealth of sustainability experience and expertise to the table. Esty Environmental Partners has been a pioneer in sustainability strategy development. IBM contributes consulting and analytics to improve performance for energy and water use, waste reduction, and other key dimensions of sustainability, through its portfolio of Sustainable Solutions and Intelligent Systems. The Innovators Working Group will generate new management tools and models for incorporating sustainability more deeply into business strategy and corporate practice.
CHICAGO, June 24 -- DrivingRevenue.com, one of the world's leading developers of affiliate marketing solutions, has surpassed its two millionth affiliate transaction and is well on the way to 3,000,000, reflecting the company's status as a provider of one of the most actively used affiliate solutions in the world.
DrivingRevenue.com's patent pending technology is embedded in more than 100 million page views daily. Their customers include thousands of the largest online communities, blogs and portals such as: Internet Brands, KickApps, Vertical Scope, MacRumors, AVSforum and many other well known and heavily trafficked destinations.
DrivingRevenue.com's solution is so attractive because of its power and unobtrusiveness. "Since day one our mantra with affiliate marketing solutions has been simple: Pioneering consumer friendly monetization across the web. We want to make sure that the customer experience is unchanged and transparent, and have eliminated common nuisances like annoying popups and page takeovers. That's why so many publishers rely on us," says Raymond Lyle, CEO of DrivingRevenue.com.
DrivingRevenue.com has just launched V 4.0 of their software suite, which solves some of the major problems with affiliate marketing solutions. The company spent 12 months analyzing the dynamic affiliate market and receiving input from thousands of their customers to develop the newest version of their solution.
DrivingRevenue.com customer Ceco Gakovic, CTO of KickApps, comments on his relationship with the company: "We love them. Driving Revenue delivered where nobody else did; with a bit of lateral thinking and innovative technology, without any interruption to the customer experience, DrivingRevenue.com delivered massive new revenues that just did not exist before."
DrivingRevenue.com, headquartered in Chicago, IL is full service affiliate marketing solution company. DrivingRevenue.com's mission is to equip website owners with a suite of powerful and innovative tools; our patent pending technology was designed to monetize previously un-monetizeable traffic and is embedded in more than 100 million page views daily. DrivingRevenue.com uses cutting-edge solutions that provide a compressive and customized approach to a sites Internet environment. In short: helping publishers monetize their traffic. http://www.DrivingRevenue.com
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UPMC Health Plan Introduces 'Live Chat' for Members and Providers
PITTSBURGH, June 24 -- UPMC Health Plan is the first health insurer in the region to offer real-time "live chat" via the Internet to its members and providers, who are enjoying the speed and convenience of getting their health care questions answered in a new way.
Internet chat technology enables members to engage in secure online conversations with a UPMC Health Plan Member Advocate about any topic that may have been dealt with in a phone call in the past. Topics include, but are not limited to, claims, billing, covered benefits, eligibility, enrollment, forms, network, ID cards and changing a primary care physician. The member and the Member Advocate continue their online conversation until the member's needs are met.
User surveys for the new service have generated positive responses from members and providers who find it easy to access and use. For example: "Love it, love it. I was afraid to try it before, but now that I have I will use it all the time."
"This is another example of how we strive to provide great service for our members and providers," said Mary Beth Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer of UPMC Health Plan. "We place special focus on ease of service and on giving our members and providers another option for contacting us."
UPMC Health Plan members and providers gain access to real-time live chat by going to http://www.upmchealthplan.com and logging in. This ensures that all information provided remains confidential and secure. Live chat is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for members, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for providers.
In a survey of members who had used live chat, a vast majority gave it positive reviews, with more than 89 percent saying they would more than likely use online chat again to contact UPMC Health Plan. More than 73 percent of providers indicated that they were likely to use live chat again.
Included among the comments UPMC Health Plan received from members on the live chat feature were:
-- "The live chat was fantastic. It was very fast, and I like that you
can print the entire chat session at the end if needed."
-- "I am hearing impaired and this method is so much better for me."
-- "I find this feature very helpful. It is the first time I have used
online chat and I will surely use it again."
-- "Quick and convenient, thanks!"
Included among the comments UPMC Health Plan received from providers on the live chat feature were:
-- "I think the 'Chat' feature is fantastic! It allows me to multi-task
at my job instead of having to wait on hold. The representatives are
always courteous and very helpful."
-- "This is a great asset to my job to be able to chat and have a printed
record after the fact."
"At a time when many companies are looking for ways to cut corners and reduce the cost of customer service, UPMC Health Plan continues to invest in ways to provide new and more helpful tools for its members and providers," said Ms. Jenkins.
About UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Health Plan, the second-largest health insurer in western Pennsylvania, is owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the nation's top-ranked health systems. The integrated partner companies of the UPMC Insurance Services Division - which includes UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Work Partners, LifeSolutions (EAP), UPMC for You (Medical Assistance), and Community Care Behavioral Health - offer a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, Special Needs Plan, CHIP, Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance, and workers' compensation products and services to nearly 1.4 million members. Our local provider network includes UPMC as well as community providers, totaling more than 100 hospitals and more than 11,500 physicians in a 47-county region. For more information, visit http://www.upmchealthplan.com.
Source: UPMC Health Plan
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Brilig Launches Audience Data Commerce Platform and Open Transaction Marketplace
Breakthrough solution catalogs and unifies vast universe of audience data and provides tools to create and test unique audience segment "recipes"
NEW YORK, June 24 -- Brilig today announced the public availability of its audience commerce platform and open transaction marketplace beta version. Starting today, audience data sellers will be able to list their data for sale on the system and data buyers can browse the data catalog, make selections, combine data sets to find increased campaign lift and acquire data. The company estimates that online campaigns will perform two to three times better using the platform.
General availability of the platform is scheduled for the fall of 2010.
Brilig has solved three of the most vexing problems in online advertising today:
-- How to identify audience members across multiple data sources,
-- How to tap into the vast, but highly fragmented and non-interoperable
universe of audience data, most of which is unavailable to
-- How to create an open and transparent transaction marketplace for
audience data to enable buyers to negotiate pricing and terms, and
publications to sell data without risking cannibalization of premium
Prior to Brilig tracking audience members across multiple databases was virtually impossible. By deploying the Brilig Pixel, the system can identify multiple instances of an audience member without any personal identifiable information (PII), enabling highly accurate segmentation, creative direction and advertising delivery.
The Brilig solution recognizes and normalizes many types of audience data - search data, contextual data, behavioral data, profile data, commercial data, and campaign data, so they can be mixed and matched to create new and novel segments.
As of today, 2,100 unique segments listed, more than 50% of which has never been publicly available for targeting purposes before. For example buyers can acquire:
-- Traditional segments such as in-market travel and auto.
-- Demographic data across many data sources to gain maximum reach.
-- Previously unavailable segments in categories such as wellness, pets
The company expects to have over 10,000 segments listed by the end of 2010.
Unlike data exchanges, Brilig oversees but does not participate in the marketplace. By taking on a organizing and oversight role, rather than being a data reseller, Brilig has no inherent conflicts of interest with data sellers or segment makers. The Brilig transaction marketplace is an open, transparent and predictable audience data "shopping center" for buyers and sellers.
"Brilig combines the best elements of a financial-style exchange with the flexibility and rapid evolution that the online ad targeting business demands," said Paul Cimino, Brilig's Chief Executive Officer. "Our mission is to create an open marketplace where unique audience 'recipes' can be created and tested - just like in a test kitchen, and then used in the real-time world of ad targeting."
What's Available In This Release
In the first release of Brilig, the following features will be available:
-- The Audience Dictionary - sellers will be able to list their
audiences, and buyers will be able to browse the dictionary to find
audiences they are interested in.
-- The Brilig Pixel - an easy to deploy beacon that enables the system to
detect audience members across multiple data sources.
-- The "Test Kitchen" - a set of testing and reporting tools will enable
buyers and segment makers to perform Boolean operations on multiple
data sets to test different audience "recipes" until they've found the
best performance for their campaign.
-- The Brilig Open Marketplace - a set of market mechanisms that enables
buyers and sellers to transact audience commerce in a predictable,
The Brilig system was designed to protect the privacy of audience members and will conform to all current and future regulations. Consumers can easily opt-out of the Brilig system at http://www.brilig.com/opt_out_now.html.
Additional functionality to each of these modules will be released throughout the remainder of 2010.
Key Players Represented On Brilig
To date, over 75 audience data sources are represented on Brilig. Rapleaf, which helps its clients personalize their customer's experiences, is one of Brilig's beta launch sellers.
"The Brilig platform allows us to scale our audience distribution and allows us to deal directly with buyers, providing us with both liquidity and the ability to obtain the most value for our data," said Dan Scudder of Rapleaf. "Brilig also gives us a unique data acquisition platform on which to build and create new segments using our data combined with those of other companies through the Brilig marketplace."
Beta launch buyers include TidalTV, which is an online video network for branded advertisers and publishers, and Chango, which has built a Demand Side Platform specifically with the goal of making display advertising simple and effective for search marketers.
"Partnering with Brilig allows us to more effectively reach, analyze and optimize the delivery of advertisers' messages to their target audiences on a real-time basis, and as a result provide increased campaign performance and better utilization of our inventory," said Kevin Haley, Chief Scientist of TidalTV. "By introducing new in-market and behavioral segmentation capabilities to the online video marketplace, Brilig is helping TidalTV deliver on our promise to serve the right ad, to the right person, at the right time."
"As a DSP specializing in search, Brilig offers us a wide assortment of data in search as well as other categories," said Chris Sukornyk, Chango's Chief Executive Officer. "This will enable us to better serve our search marketers and agency partners and deliver better yields."
Simple Business Model
The Brilig business model is simple and was designed for audience commerce on a large scale. Buyers or sellers only incur costs when a transaction inside the marketplace is completed and the charges are based on records used or a percentage of the segment auction. The price for data is set by negotiation between the buyer and seller or segment maker.
Founded by Christopher Keith, former Chief Technology Officer of the New York Stock Exchange, Brilig provides an open, transparent and structured marketplace for the listing, combination, analysis and buying or selling of audience data for online advertising targeting. Data sellers gain the ability to sell their data alone or in combination with other data sources to create unique, previously unavailable segments. Data buyers gain access to a vast library of data sources to better target their online advertising. Segment makers can either distribute their existing segments or create new ones from the available data sets. For further information, please visit our website at http://www.brilig.com.
Rapleaf is the leader in bringing new and effective data segments to the online marketplace to help advertisers find the right audiences. Rapleaf's services help top retailers, political organizations, airlines, hotels, cpgs, and other leading firms gain consumer insight, and plan online media. For more information, please visit http://www.rapleaf.com.
TidalTV is a video advertising optimization and yield management solutions provider. Its AdOS(TM) technology leverages the power of data and mathematics to guarantee delivery of a brand's message against a target demographic, and enables content creators and publishers to completely monetize audiences across demographic segments. Currently, TidalTV has deployed its technology for online video and is working to expand its reach to all video delivery platforms. Chairman & CEO, Scott Ferber pioneered pay-for-performance Internet marketing through superior analytics with Advertising.com, an online advertising network he co-founded in 1998. With TidalTV, Ferber is applying complex optimization mathematics to the management and delivery of video advertising campaigns, and enabling superior advertiser returns, campaign efficiency and publisher yield. For more information visit: http://www.tidaltv.com.
Founded in 2008, Chango has built a Demand Side Platform specifically with the goal of making display advertising simple and effective for Search Marketers.
Through our data network, Chango anonymously captures the search history of hundreds of millions as they search on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Search marketers are able to effortlessly import their SEM keyword list and serve dynamic display ads to their exact target customers.
Founded by repeat entrepreneurs, Chango is headquartered in Toronto and funded by investors including iNovia Capital, Metamorphic Venture Partners and Extreme Venture Partners. For more information visit: http://www.chango.com.
CONTACT: William Agush of Brilig, +1-781-492-0336, firstname.lastname@example.org,
ParkVu Announces Music WithMe App for BlackBerry Smartphones
Music WithMe Wirelessly Syncs iTunes Playlists to BlackBerry Smartphones
LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 24 -- ParkVu, innovators in making media truly mobile, today announced Music WithMe for BlackBerry* smartphones. Music WithMe wirelessly syncs users' iTunes playlists with their smartphone, eliminating the need for a USB connection or secondary portable music playing device. Music WithMe provides the easiest way for smartphone owners to have their favorite music with them on the go.
Using a cellular network or Wi-Fi connection, BlackBerry smartphone owners can automatically and wirelessly download music files from their iTunes collection to their device anytime, anywhere. Unlike streaming solutions, once music is downloaded, no wireless connection is required meaning no more data is used - saving money and battery power and providing a dependable music listening experience regardless of cellular reception. Users can sync as much music from their iTunes library as their BlackBerry smartphone can store.
"We are extremely excited to introduce Music WithMe to the BlackBerry smartphone community," said Terry Goertz, co-CEO of ParkVu. "Music WithMe provides smartphone owners with the easiest way to get your iTunes music on your smartphone and keep it updated - without the hassle of USB cables."
From within the app, users select which iTunes playlists they want stored on their BlackBerry smartphone. Music WithMe then works with iTunes on the PC to ensure that any changes made to the playlists are automatically reflected on their BlackBerry smartphone.
Music WithMe does not have to be open on the device to sync with iTunes. When the desired playlists are selected, the settings are stored directly on the BlackBerry smartphone. Using BlackBerry smartphone's native media player, users can listen to their favorite songs from iTunes directly on their device.
Music WithMe is available at BlackBerry App World for a one-time fee of $14.99 after a free 30-day trial.
ParkVu provides the easiest way to wirelessly sync and download your music on iTunes to your smartphone. Founded in 2008, ParkVu's WithMe family of software meets the smartphone consumer's demand for instant access to their media files, regardless of location, time or file size. ParkVu, with offices in Waterloo, Canada and Louisville, Kentucky, is a privately held company with backing from the Commonwealth Seed Capital through the Cabinet For Economic Development and the Kentucky Economic Development and Finance Authority. ParkVu is a BlackBerry Alliance Select Member. For more information, please visit http://music.withme.com/
* System Requirements: BlackBerry OS 4.5 and above. Music WithMe is currently compatible with iTunes (v7.1 and above) on Windows XP/Vista/7.
ParkVu and Music WithMe are registered trademarks of ParkVu. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.
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Leading national distributor to offer award-winning Archerfish Solo and Archerfish Quattro intelligent video monitoring and recording products to retailers nationwide
RESTON, Va., June 24 -- Cernium Corporation announced today that WYNIT, a leading national distributor serving the Security, Consumer Electronics, Digital Imaging, and Technical Graphics market sectors, will offer Cernium's Archerfish Solo(TM) and Archerfish Quattro(TM) interactive video monitoring and recording systems to accounts nationwide. WYNIT will distribute the award-winning products to an array of channel partners, from big box and independent retailers to value-added resellers (VARs) and integrators.
"Unlike other consumer video surveillance products, Archerfish can understand what it sees and send you video alerts only when important things happen," said Mike King, senior vice president of sales for Cernium. "The product completely changes the way people think about monitoring their homes and businesses, and we look forward to working closely with WYNIT as we continue to expand our national footprint."
"Consumer video surveillance is one of our fastest-growing categories, and we're always looking for exciting new products to improve the competitive position of our dealers and suppliers," said Mark Gustavson, executive director of marketing & communication for WYNIT. "Archerfish offers a unique solution for consumers who demand the latest, most effective video surveillance technology available today."
Archerfish products bring built-in homeland security video technology that understands what it sees to consumers for the first time. Archerfish Solo, the first Thinking Camera(TM), is a compact, wireless monitoring camera and recorder. Archerfish Quattro is a four-camera, professional-grade intelligent system with cabled cameras. The products can be used separately or combined into a single system, depending on the home or business owner's needs.
Cernium Corporation develops innovative, high-value products that employ video to deliver useful and timely information for better security, communications and lifestyle management. Cernium has brought advanced video technology to customers worldwide, from residential and business consumers to Fortune 100 manufacturers and government institutions. Cernium's product portfolio includes Archerfish®, the first interactive video monitoring and recording solution for consumers; CheckVideo(TM), managed intelligent video for central monitoring stations; Perceptrak®, video surveillance software for medium-large enterprise; and ExitSentry®, passenger flow monitoring for airport checkpoints and exit lanes. For more information, visit http://www.cernium.com.
About WYNIT, Inc.
WYNIT, Inc. is a national distributor serving the Consumer Electronics, Digital Imaging, Security and Technical Graphics markets with the core purpose of improving the competitive advantage of their dealer and supplier partners. Since 1987, WYNIT has distributed internationally branded products to reseller customers ranging from the largest national retailers and eTailers, to small, independent specialty stores. The company is known for competitive pricing, expert sales support, no minimum-order requirements, just-in-time inventory and fulfillment drop-ship services. WYNIT operates multiple warehouses to provide coast-to-coast coverage. For more information, call WYNIT at 1-800-GO-WYNIT or visit http://www.wynit.com.
Source: Cernium Corporation
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Inovonics Delivers New Submetering Solution for Multi-Family Properties
Latest offering provides new Remote Data Logger and TapWatch 3 software for easier site set-up, meter data retrieval and faster billing while incentivizing water conservation
NEW ORLEANS, June 24 -- (NAA, Booth #343) Inovonics (http://www.inovonics.com/), the industry leader in high-performance wireless sensor networks for commercial and life safety applications, today announced the latest release of its Remote Data Logger (RDL) 8500 and accompanying TapWatch 3 software utility submetering solution for multi-family properties. Together, the RDL8500 and TapWatch 3 combine to create the latest evolution in Inovonics' submetering systems enabling users to perform site set-up, retrieve meter-reads directly from multi-family properties and quickly generate information for billing purposes. In addition, the new submetering solution provides commercial property managers with a strong ROI and encourages residents to conserve water.
"Together, the RDL8500 and TapWatch 3 software form the backbone of our wireless submetering system," explained Mark Jarman, president of Inovonics. "It gives our customers a reliable, cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for the water submetering market. This latest version of both RDL8500 and TapWatch 3 offer commercial property managers the easiest and most effective way of retrieving billing information data. It allows them to save even more time on the metering, collection and billing process while doing so in a more reliable and 'green' manner."
Designed specifically for multi-family properties, the RDL8500 sensor collects and stores all of the data and messages from a wireless submetering system, including all of the system readings for water, and, in some cases gas and electric utilities, in a multi-family property. The TapWatch 3 software provides the means for the initial programming of the remote data logger and for registering RF transmitters and repeaters used in the submetering system. It also gives authorized billing companies remote access to all of the vital data stored in the RDL8500.
Minol USA, an Inovonics customer since 2000, has been testing TapWatch 3 and the RDL8500 in multi-family and military environments. "Inovonics' TapWatch 3 software is extremely user-friendly and has many new features, such as the scheduler that enables us to gather the information from different portfolios on different days," explained Chris Stimac, field operations manager for Minol USA.
"The RDL8500 Ethernet communications capabilities gives us flexibility in installation--and combined with the new software's check-in monitor, provides the installer intelligent feedback as to the signal strength so we know the unit is at optimum performance," explained Stimac.
There are several options for communicating between TapWatch 3 and an RDL8500. As in previous versions, an analog phone line or a direct-wired connection may be used between a PC and the RDL. New to the RDL8500 is the ability to connect via Ethernet. This option requires a commercial router, a public static IP address from the ISP, and configuration of the DHCP table in the router.
Delivery of Inovonics' newest submetering solution comes on the heels of increasing legislation across the United States to mandate the use of water submetering in commercial properties (http://tiny.cc/s7ch5). Intent behind the legislation is to ensure multi-family property residents have the information they need about their water contracts and bills, as well as the comfort of knowing they can rely on fair business practices. The rules on submetering are aimed at giving residents in apartment buildings more control over their energy costs and allowing for greater water conservation.
Key benefits of the RDL8500 and TapWatch 3 software include:
-- State-of-the-art connectivity via a built-in modem for remote access;
support of 300 repeaters and 2,000 transmitters with new RDL8500
features. The RDL8500 supports connection to a standard telephone
line. It is compatible with EchoStream Pulse Meter Transmitters
(PMTs) and Repeaters.
-- Powerful and expandable - the software architecture allows for faster
rollout of new features in the future.
-- Windows 7 compatibility and Outlook-based "look and feel" with
-- Role-based access levels (Admin, Tech, View only).
-- Built-in, automatic Scheduler.
-- Dial-out or Dial in for RDL communications.
-- SQL database.
Inovonics is the industry leader in high-performance wireless sensor networks for commercial and life safety applications. Founded in 1986, the company pioneered the use of 900 MHz wireless technology to deliver the most reliable, cost-effective and flexible solutions for mission-critical wireless applications. A leader in security and senior care markets, and the standard for multi-family submetering solutions, the Inovonics family of transmitters, receivers and control modules provide the wireless backbone for many of the world's most widely used wireless systems. Renowned for exceptional performance and reliability, more than 6.5 million Inovonics wireless systems have been deployed in the most challenging of commercial environments, where structural limitations and multiple wireless networks can prove disruptive to lower quality systems. Working with leading OEMs and service provider partners, Inovonics provides network design and system engineering support to continuously advance the use of wireless technologies for corporate, industrial, government and educational applications. For more information contact Inovonics at (http://www.inovonics.com), or call 800-782-2709.
Six Flags Entertainment and Jive Records Announce National 'Fame, Fortune, and Flags' Talent Competition
NEW YORK, June 24 -- Six Flags Entertainment, (NYSE:SIX) the world's largest regional theme park company, today announced a new partnership with Jive Records, a top record label in the U.S., to host its first-ever online talent competition - Pop-Tarts® Toaster Pastries presents Fame, Fortune, and Flags - where one lucky winner will get their shot at becoming America's next pop sensation.
Fame, Fortune, and Flags kicked off June 15 with talented entrants competing for a chance to record a single and music video on the Jive label to be sold exclusively on iTunes. Contestants will be judged on showmanship, entertainment value, vocal ability and overall talent. To enter, guests may upload videos of themselves singing an original or pre-approved Jive artist song to sixflags.com/music. One exclusive Pop-Tarts(TM) artist will be chosen by Pop-Tarts(TM) fans to join the competition. The top 3 video entries from each of the 9 participating Six Flags theme parks will go on to open for Jive recording artists JLS and Hot Chelle Rae at a Six Flags concert. A panel of Six Flags and Jive executives will judge the final live performances to determine the final winner.
The competition will be promoted heavily online at sixflags.com and throughout the participating parks via in-park signage, Six Flags Digital Networks and in-park radio. JLS and Hot Chelle Rae will also use their official band websites and social media outlets to support the promotion.
JLS is a four-man UK teen pop phenomenon who placed second in Simon Cowell's X-Factor in 2008. Since then, JLS has taken the UK by storm, earning two prestigious Brit Awards, selling well over a million albums in just a few short months and packing arenas on their sold-out British tour. JLS is now taking on the US with their debut single "Everybody in Love" and Fame, Fortune and Flags will mark the bands first official US tour dates. Go to JLSofficial.com for more details.
Hot Chelle Rae was tapped by MTV as one of 2010's Top Artists to Watch, and the young quartet has come roaring out of Nashville with their emotional, high energy pop-rock sound. Over the past year, Hot Chelle Rae has toured with Owl City, Third Eye Blind and Cobra Starship to promote their debut album, Lovesick Electric and current single, "Bleed." Their music has been featured on several hit TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance, The Hills and 90210. Go to HotChelleRae.com for more details.
"Six Flags Music is dedicated to showcasing the best-in-class music events, artistic partnerships and emerging talent," said Dan Weinberg, Six Flags Vice President, Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Pop-Tarts and Jive on our exciting online singing competition."
"At Jive Records we are continuously seeking new and exciting ways to expose our music to new audiences" said Mark Flaherty, SVP Marketing/Digital Media, JIVE Label Group. "There are no better partners for summer 2010 than Six Flags and Pop-Tarts to expose our unparalleled roster of superstars and help break two of our most promising new acts, JLS and Hot Chelle Rae."
The 9 participating markets and park locations are:
-- Atlanta - Six Flags Over Georgia
-- Chicago - Six Flags Great America
-- Dallas - Six Flags Over Texas
-- Los Angeles - Six Flags Magic Mountain
-- New England - Six Flags New England
-- New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia - Six Flags Great Adventure
-- San Antonio - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
-- St. Louis - Six Flags St. Louis
-- Washington, DC/Baltimore - Six Flags America
Visit sixflags.com/music for more information.
About Six Flags
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in New York City and is the world's largest regional theme park company with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
About Jive Records
Jive Records is a record label within the JIVE Label Group. The label represents a varied group of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher (LaFace), Tool (Volcano), Ciara (LaFace), P!nk (LaFace), Britney Spears, OutKast (LaFace), Kirk Franklin (Verity), Three Days Grace, Marvin Sapp (Verity), T-Pain, Jordin Sparks, JLS, Bullet For My Valentine, Buddy Guy, Anthony Hamilton and more. JIVE Label Group is a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.
Duracell Smart Power Expands Compatibility for myGrid Charging Pad
Duracell Brings Wireless Charging Solutions to Micro-USB Devices and Apple Products
BETHEL, Conn., June 24, 2010 -- Duracell Smart Power continues to expand its portfolio of personal power products with new myGrid(TM) kits that offer consumers the ability to charge the latest mobile devices. Recognizing the rapidly evolving needs of the modern consumer, Duracell now offers myGrid kits for Apple products, and smart phones with micro-USB ports. With the Duracell myGrid, consumers have an option to simplify the charging process.
MyGrid allows devices to charge wirelessly, eliminating the frustration of having multiple charging cords that can clutter up the home or office space and take up electrical outlets. The new Duracell myGrid kits reinforce the brand's vision to continually provide consumers with personal power solutions that are focused on reliable performance and technological innovations.
Duracell recognizes that consumers need convenient reliable personal power for the mobile devices that are most important to them. According to global market research commissioned by the Wireless Power Consortium(1) more than 80 percent of consumers surveyed see wireless power as something they would use with virtually all of their electronic devices and they expect to use it every time they charge them. Additionally, with the mobile device industry moving toward the micro-USB as the charging interface standard and the Apple iPhone as a top selling device(2), the new offerings from Duracell myGrid meet consumers' evolving power needs.
"Consumers today want a simpler way of charging the devices that are vital to their day-to-day lives. With new devices being introduced at a rapid pace, we're bringing consumers new innovations to help realize their personal power needs," said Rick June, Duracell Vice President and General Manager, North America.
Duracell myGrid Overview
Duracell myGrid makes charging simple by allowing users to charge their mobile devices without messy cords. Once the charging pad is plugged into an outlet, and devices equipped with the appropriate Power Sleeve(TM) or Power Clip(TM) and tip users can drop and go. The Duracell myGrid can charge up to four devices and can be placed in any orientation on the myGrid charging pad. It maximizes power efficiency by stopping the charge if the mobile device is fully charged and once the device is removed from the pad's surface, myGrid will stop charging until a compatible device is placed on it. Visit http://www.duracell.com for more information and http://www.duracellmediacenter.com for downloadable images and Duracell press materials.
Part of the Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), Duracell has been powering people around the world for more than 40 years. Our products serve as the heart of devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles. As the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance alkaline batteries, Duracell also innovates in disposable, renewable and peripheral technologies and markets general purpose flashlights along with the advanced Daylite® LED flashlights. Visit http://www.duracell.com for more information.
About Procter & Gamble [NYSE:PG]
Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Actonel®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®. The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com/ for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.
1 AccuPoll Research, Inc with Ipsos Vantis, and Frost & Sullivan, the
Wireless Power Consortium
(the Consortium) studies conducted in 2007 and 2008
2 NPD Group "Wireless Market Research" in May 2010
Ekahau Offers Upgrade Program to Users of Competing Wi-Fi RTLS Systems
Ekahau RTLS Can Track and Manage All Wi-Fi-enabled Devices, Regardless of Brand
RESTON, Virginia, June 24, 2010-- Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance
Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/overview.html) today
launched a competitive upgrade program designed to give users of other Wi-Fi
RTLS systems the opportunity to test drive and implement the Ekahau RTLS
system within their organization in order to gain a performance boost over
their existing systems. Ekahau RTLS provides users with the ability to track
any Wi-Fi device - including tags from competing vendors.
"Many prospective customers have told us that, after
purchasing and deploying another vendor's system, that they are not satisfied
with the performance and scalability. The problems they encounter range from
vendors that go out of business, or finding that their costs double or triple
because additional infrastructure is needed," said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice
president of Marketing and Business Development at Ekahau. "Our new
competitive upgrade program will enable these organizations to hold onto
their current investment in tags and other ancillary devices, while simply
and quickly replacing the server and software layers at a competitive price.
With this upgrade, they will get the performance they expected in the first
Ekahau RTLS has been integrated with the leading Wi-Fi
networks in the marketplace, enabling the Ekahau system to track any device
that the network itself may see, whether it is connected to the network or
not. This functionality allows customers to leverage Ekahau's high
performance algorithms and their existing investment other vendor's tags for
asset tracking, personnel safety, workflow and performance monitoring
"We initially opted for another vendor, which we ultimately
realized was the wrong choice for us," said Chris Cerny, manager of
Enterprise Networking for Community Health Network, a 1,000-bed hospital
system in Indianapolis. "Ekahau came in and demonstrated the performance of
their system and within minutes showed us capabilities that our existing
vendor had been trying to get working for months."
Ekahau RTLS enables users to truly leverage their Wi-Fi
network for real time location tracking applications, without the need for
significant proprietary hardware upgrades that add considerable cost to the
project. Ekahau's innovative deployment tool - the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS)
software suite - allows customers to verify the performance of the RTLS
system before the final purchasing decision. ESS also allows users to confirm
that the existing enterprise Wi-Fi network supports location tracking, so
that performance expectations can be set and achieved.
The Ekahau competitive upgrade program is available worldwide
and is backed by the Ekahau Zero-Risk System Guarantee,
(http://www.ekahau.com/zerorisk) which allows customers to purchase and use
the Ekahau RTLS system, and receive their money back if they are not
satisfied with the solution's performance.
About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based
RTLS solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies
worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and
innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's solutions
are being used in more than 150 hospitals around the world, as well as by
manufacturers, mining/oil/gas companies, government agencies and the
military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading
system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market
wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S. based corporation, with
offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong,
China. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.
(c) Copyright 2010, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
HootSuite Releases HootSuite5 Social Media Dashboard with Themes, Geo-search and Google Analytics
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 24 -- Today HootSuite releases a significant update to the popular social media dashboard, including a complete interface refresh and features utilizing new HTML5 technology standards. Notable changes include multiple design themes, improvements to Facebook media publishing, and language localization.
With the recent announcement of Google's HTML5 site and many other brands including Apple on-board, HootSuite has made a substantial investment in this new technology standard. Using HTML5 allows HootSuite to release unique features for a rapidly growing customer base.
The release continues HootSuite's mission to make social media outreach easy and efficient for a worldwide customer base which includes governments, publishers, enterprises, start-ups and power users.
HootSuite5 with HTML5
Using HTML5, HootSuite engineers added geo-specific search option, allowing users to retrieve messages posted near their physical location. This tool will be a boon for Twitter users eager to shop locally, community groups seeking volunteers, and companies reaching out to new clients in their business area, plus myriad other scenarios. Further, HTML5 enabled significant performance improvements resulting in quicker load times for columns and tabs for an even more responsive user experience.
Analytics in Dashboard
HootSuite has tightly integrated Google Analytics, adding in-dashboard views to track conversions, goals and traffic patterns. This new feature, coupled with HootSuite's existing custom URL parameter tool, lets marketers achieve deep research without switching sites.
Other new tools to help broadcast messages, monitor conversations, and track results include:
Interface Re-design and Themes - A new interface lets users access more information at once. Users may now select design themes, including a refreshed version of the classic blue and green design, plus two new choices: Blue Steel and Magnum
Facebook Media Preview - Add a photo thumbnail, title and description when posting links to Facebook profiles or pages -- a highly requested feature from the Feedback channel
'Twitter Native' ReTweets - Choose between traditional manual RT-style to quote an update, or the newer "Twitter native" style of automatically rebroadcasting the message
File Drag and Drop - Attach an image or other file easily using Chrome 5, Firefox 3.6 and Safari 5 browsers Just drag from the desktop and drop into the message box to upload with a pre-shortened link
Language Localization - Already available for the iPhone version, language localization lets users view HootSuite in their preferred language, starting with Japanese; more linguistic choices to come
Keyboard Shortcuts - Clicking Shift+Enter on the keyboard now sends the update, saving mouse-clicks and time another user-requested feature
Handier Help - The refreshed interface improves access to the trove of tutorials and answers at the Help Desk, as well as the Feedback channel for feature requests
Kia Motors America Teams With Zynga(R)'s PetVille Game to Allow Players to Create Their Own Kia Soul 'This or That' Commercial
Interactive Social Media Experience Allows PetVille Players to Share Creativity with Friends
IRVINE, Calif., June 24 --
-- Adored Kia Soul hamsters focus of latest social media engagement
-- Kia Motors continues to expand in the social media realm
Solidifying its position in social media, Kia Motors America (KMA) is furthering its online presence by teaming up with marketing agency SocialVibe and the popular Facebook®-hosted game PetVille, created by leading online game provider Zynga. Building on the popularity of the beloved Kia Soul hamsters from the latest "This or That" ad campaign, PetVille users can become well-known mix masters themselves by creating "mash-ups" of the ad that can be shared with their online friends. KMA is the first automotive manufacturer to partner with Zynga and SocialVibe on such an application, which will run through the end of July.
"The immense popularity of the latest Kia Soul ad, especially with the Gen-Y crowd, made it an obvious fit for the popular PetVille game," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing of KMA. "Soul already has been well-received on Facebook and in social media, and we felt that integrating with Zynga's PetVille was the perfect platform to introduce the vehicle and the brand to new consumers in Soul's target demographic, in a fun and engaging way."
The interactive application, found at the bottom of the PetVille game page, invites users to click on an icon taken from the "This or That" spot to create their own Soul mash-up video. Upon entering the application, the Soul ad will start rolling and the user will be prompted to cut and mix their own cut of "This or That" by dragging five-second clips into a six-spot timeline. Once complete, they can playback their ad, which will play to the same theme music as the original spot. Members then will have the opportunity to post their work of art on their Facebook profile to share with their friends. In addition to creating their own Soul music video, participants also will receive PetVille cash in return for their interaction, which is typically only available through game play or by purchase.
"When partnering with brands for online games, we really want to advocate for the consumer to come up with something they would relate to and enjoy," said Brennan Beyer, vice president, national sales of SocialVibe. "Facebook and PetVille have a specific consumer and we felt that the funky Kia Soul ad was really the perfect fit."
The "This or That" campaign, the latest chapter of the Kia Soul hamster story, depicts the loveable creatures driving through city streets to the tune of the hip-hop song "The Choice is Yours" by The Black Sheep, cleverly comparing "This," the funky and uniquely styled Soul, to "That," a number of boring and mundane appliances on wheels, cardboard boxes or hamster wheels. The new spot debuted on cable at the end of May and can be seen in theaters and online.
Facebook ® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.
Kia Motors America in 2010
Kia Motors is in the midst of a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments at exactly the right time, contributing to the brand's continued gains in U.S. market share. With four new vehicle introductions and several other key initiatives planned for 2010, Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and with new technology such as UVO powered by Microsoft®(1) infotainment system (expected to be available in select Kia models in the U.S. beginning later this year). The launch of the 2011 Sorento CUV, the official vehicle of the NBA and the first vehicle to be assembled(2) at Kia's first U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia, further enhances the lineup, and is now in dealerships.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 700 dealers throughout the United States. For 2009, KMA recorded its 15th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share and recently achieved its best quarter of sales ever. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline "The Power to Surprise."
Kia Motors America is the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site - http://www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit http://www.kiamedia.com.
The SocialVibe Network provides an effective way for brands to reach, engage, and spread messages through a targeted audience of consumers and advocates in social media.
SocialVibe recognizes that in social media, individuals hold the key to generating attention and influence that brands need. Through SocialVibe's advertising model, brands have a unique way of interacting with individuals and accessing the content they create.
Zynga has over 230 million monthly active users playing its games. These games include FarmVille, FrontierVille, Treasure Isle, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Cafe World, FishVille and PetVille. Zynga games are available on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo! and the iPhone. Through Zynga.org, Zynga players raised over $3 million for world social causes. Zynga is headquartered in Potrero Hill in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.zynga.com or http://www.zynga.org.
(1) Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
(2) Kia vehicles assembled at the Kia U.S. plant are assembled in the U.S. with U.S. and globally sourced parts.
Source: Kia Motors America
CONTACT: Shelby Hunt of Zeno Group, +1-310-566-3985,
Shelby.Hunt@zenogroup.com, for Kia Motors America; or Alex Fedorak of Kia
Motors America, +1-949-468-4813, Afedorak@kiausa.com
Wipeout Makes a Splash on Nintendo DS(TM) and Wii(TM) at Retailers Today, Just in Time for the Season 3 Premiere on ABC
Players Can Now Compete Against Friends and Family in the Game Based on the Hit ABC Reality Game Show
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 24 -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) today announced the arrival of Wipeout: The Game for Nintendo DS(TM) and Wii(TM). Based upon the Endemol USA produced hit ABC TV show, Wipeout, Wipeout: The Game pits friends and family against each other in the world's largest, messiest, and most hilarious obstacle course out there today.
"When developing the game our goal was to capture all the elements that people love about the hilarious reality ABC show, and to above all make it fun," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "So far, we've been overwhelmed by the response from fans, who clearly can't wait to step up to the challenge of the obstacle course."
Wipeout: The Game is loaded with the elements that have made the TV show a smash hit. From the contestant demolishing Dreadmill to the fan-favorite Big Balls, all of Wipeout's classic obstacles make an appearance in the game. Furthering the complete Wipeout experience that fans have become accustomed to is the inclusion of witty commentary provided by the show's hosts John Anderson, John Henson and co-host Jill Wagner.
In Wipeout: The Game, up to four players can battle against each other in the game's many challenges. As they compete for the ultimate win, players will get down and dirty with their opponents as they hurl objects and insults with the game's signature Trash Talk Generator.
Wipeout: The Game for Nintendo DS(TM) and Wii(TM) is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now for a suggested price of $29.99. For more information, please visit http://www.activision.com.
ABC's Wipeout episode, "Excuse Wii" which airs on Thursday, July 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) will feature John Anderson and John Henson playing "Wipeout: The Game." There will also be new episodes of Wipeout airing Thursday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 29 at 8pm on ABC.
About Endemol USA
Endemol USA is a leading producer of television and digital programming specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the hit shows "Wipeout," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Deal or No Deal," and "Big Brother." Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands and the UK, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 26 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group. For more information, please visit http://www.endemolusa.tv/. Endemol is a privately held company.
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.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University Announce Second Academy Scholar
Prestigious Scholarship Awards Recipient with $10,000
CALABASAS, Calif., June 24 -- The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University (SMU) announced today Victoria Smith, a graduate student at SMU, as this year's Academy Scholar and recipient of a $10,000 scholarship award. This marks the second year for the biannual scholarship that recognizes students who exemplify the AIAS' commitment to advancing the interactive entertainment industry.
"SMU and AIAS share a vision to cultivate creative talent and a new generation of industry leaders," said Dr. Peter Raad, founder and executive director, The Guildhall at SMU. "We are thrilled for Victoria, who truly represents the spirit behind the Academy Scholar."
Smith graduated from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in science in Electrical Engineering and a bachelor's degree in arts in French Studies. Following her graduation, she worked at Hewlett-Packard as an engineer for several years. She then volunteered as a lay missioner in Cameroon teaching math, physics and basic computer science to junior high and high school students. Upon her return to the United States, Smith taught high school algebra and geometry. It was during her tenure as an instructor that she decided to pursue an education in game development from The Guildhall at SMU.
"My experience teaching has shown me that our educational materials are so outdated in relation to the current state of our advanced social and digital technology," said Smith. "Students who struggle with algebra suddenly are able to perform an enormous amount of math craft in games like World of Warcraft without even realizing it. My goal is to create games that tie in what students are learning in schools with what they are already performing in games to provide a successful learning vehicle for future success."
Smith will graduate in 2011 and is hoping to produce educational games about technology that work in and out of the classroom to help students succeed in the long term.
A combined panel of AIAS and SMU review board members evaluates each SMU admission portfolio. The top individuals with the highest rankings are invited to submit an essay for consideration to win the coveted scholarship.
"The AIAS is honored to have Victoria as this year's Academy Scholar," said Joseph Olin, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "Her commitment to tapping into the power of video games as an educational tool is something that we feel could be a great contribution to the future design of video games. This has potential to really reshape learning and education, and we're looking forward to seeing what Victoria has in store for us in the future."
About the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advance and recognize common interests and outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences. The Academy conducts its annual awards show, the Interactive Achievement Awards, to promote and acknowledge exceptional accomplishments in the field. To further enhance awareness of the Academy's vision, the organization created the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in 2002, a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. With the success of D.I.C.E., the Academy took the exclusive event to Singapore in September 2009 to launch the first ever D.I.C.E. Summit Asia. With more than 24,000 members, including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony,Nintendo, Ubisoft, THQ, Day One Studios, Epic Games and Insomniac Games, The Academy is the leading advocate of video games worldwide. More information can be found at http://www.interactive.org/ and http://www.dicesummit.org/.
About The Guildhall at SMU
The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University is the premier graduate video game education program in the US. Many of the school's founders are industry icons, and classes are taught by industry veterans. In seven years, the program has graduated over 350 students and alums have worked at more than 100 video game studios around the world, with several graduates now serving in leadership positions. SMU offers both a Master's degree and a graduate Professional Certificate of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development, with specializations in art creation, level design, and software development. For more information, visit http://guildhall.smu.edu/
Source: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
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SANYO North America Provides Pedal Juice to Charge Up the Music Industry
CHATSWORTH, Calif., June 24 -- SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), a leader in rechargeable battery technology introduces a new way for musicians to power their effects pedals, multi-effect devices, and mobile recorders. SANYO Pedal Juice, a 9V DC Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery device, will be available from leading national music retailers and distributors throughout the U.S. in late June with a List Price of $199.99.
SANYO has developed Pedal Juice to meet the needs of both professional and entry-level musicians. One Pedal Juice battery can provide up to 50 hours of continuous, stable power for a single analog pedal or up to 20 hours of continuous power to three digital pedals. Because the eneloop 9V rechargeable lithium-ion battery eliminates the need for AC power, the output voltage is more stable for longer periods of time without the possibility of AC ground looping noise. The battery can be recharged hundreds of times, thereby eliminating the waste and inconvenience of disposable 9V alkaline batteries. With two DC outputs, Pedal Juice can power multiple devices including pedals, multi-effect units, and portable recorders. Pedal Juice provides portable battery power to a single pedal or can be used to power several pedals at the same time.
"Getting power to effects pedals has never been easier," says Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Products Group for SANYO North America. "Pedal Juice will power multiple effects pedals with the simple press of a button, eliminating the need to unplug pedals from traditional power sources," said Van Voy. "With the portable power Pedal Juice offers, musicians can perform without an AC power outlet."
SANYO Pedal Juice was developed using feedback from musicians about what they need in portable power devices. Musicians can conveniently power Pedal Juice and connected devices with a flip of the on-off switch. In addition, a 3-stage visible LED power indicator displays the remaining power level with green, orange, and red LED lights for musicians to see at a glance. Pedal Juice is also water and shock resistant to JIS IPX3 compliance level.
SANYO originally debuted new products for the music industry at the Winter NAMM Show in January. With the introduction of Pedal Juice, SANYO continues to support the "eneloop lifestyle" valuing the reusing and recycling of resources. SANYO will continue to develop and offer products suited for musicians, such as its digital sound recorders and additional energy solutions.
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global company providing solutions for environment, energy and lifestyle applications. SANYO North America Corporation Digital Solutions Division (SANYO North America is a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California, is a service and sales division with two main groups: Corporate Solutions and Consumer Solutions. The division markets digital projectors, digital still cameras, digital media camcorders, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, and portable electronics. For more information on SANYO, please visit http://us.sanyo.com/.
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- Exploring Opportunity to Enhance Bibliographic Profiles in National
Network of Scientists
Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, announced today that VIVO has begun a
pilot project to evaluate the process by which Scopus Custom Data can be used
to populate institutional VIVO instances. The pilot project, carried out by
the VIVO development team at the University of Florida, utilizes a Scopus
Custom Data dataset and will serve as a proof of concept with respect to
integrating Scopus Custom Data into individual VIVO instances for discovery
across the VIVO network.
VIVO is a NIH-funded national initiative aimed at connecting scientists
and fostering collaboration across academic institutions. The VIVO project
enables national networking of scientists through institutional-based
installations of its open source semantic web application. VIVO partner
institutions currently include Cornell University, where VIVO was first
developed; the University of Florida, which is leading the program expansion;
Weill Cornell Medical College; Indiana University; Washington University
School of Medicine in St. Louis; The Scripps Research Institute and Ponce
School of Medicine, Puerto Rico.
Leveraging the breadth and depth of the raw publication content provided
by Scopus Custom Data, an institution will be able to generate more complete
bibliographic researcher profiles for display in VIVO. These profiles are the
backbone of the VIVO project as they allow scientists to easily and quickly
identify peers at institutions across the country with whom they can
collaborate based on similar or complimentary research work. It is planned
that institutions that choose to utilize Scopus Custom Data datasets to
populate their VIVO installations will have the opportunity to purchase a
discrete set of bibliographic elements related to the publications of the
institution's authors. The installation at the University of Florida will
serve as a proof of concept with respect to integrating Scopus Custom Data
into an individual VIVO instance.
"As we know, gathering bibliographic data from faculty can be
challenging, so incorporating Scopus Custom Data will cut back the time it
takes to search and gather institutional publications for VIVO," said Dr.
Michael Conlon, Ph.D., principal investigator of the VIVO project and
director of data infrastructure at the University of Florida. "By working
with Elsevier in this proof of concept, we can validate the implementation of
Scopus Custom Data within our system. We believe using Scopus Custom Data
will add great value to VIVO installations as it is one of the premier
literature and citation sources in the world today."
"We strongly support VIVO's mission to connect scientists and support
collaboration across disciplines," said Niels Weertman, vice-president of
product management for Scopus. "The breadth of our Scopus Custom Data will
allow VIVO to comprehensively capture faculty research activity from a single
source. We are excited to be a part of this significant initiative and to
work with the University of Florida and other VIVO institutions as they
continue to play a critical role in building and developing the VIVO
VIVO is an open source semantic web application that enables the
discovery of research and scholarship across disciplinary and administrative
boundaries in an institution through interlinked profiles of people and other
research-related information. VIVO, originally developed at Cornell
University, is being expanded through a $12.2m stimulus grant from the
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) to the University of Florida and six partner institutions
(Cornell University; Indiana University; Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto
Rico; The Scripps Research Institute; Washington University School of
Medicine in St. Louis; and Weill Cornell Medical College). VIVO uses data
ingested from institutional sources of record and external sources,
supplemented with manual entry to populate detailed profiles of scholars and
researchers with information related to publications, grants, educational
background, research interests, outreach activities, teaching, awards,
professional affiliations, and more. Data in VIVO conform to a public
ontology of types and relationships that can be extended for local needs via
the ontology editor included with the VIVO application. VIVO's ontology
supports faceted searching for quick retrieval of people, organizations,
events, and research-related information. Institutional VIVOs and other
compatible profiling applications are producing data to form a rich network
of information which can be searched to foster collaboration across
institutions and enable open sharing of research discovery. For more
information about VIVO, please visit: http://vivoweb.org.
About Scopus.com and Scopus Custom Data
Covering the world's research literature, Scopus.com is the largest
abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web
sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Its unique
database contains abstracts and references from 18,000 peer-reviewed journals
from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary
coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information
about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches
directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text
articles, library resources and other applications like reference management
software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any
other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please
visit http://www.info.scopus.com . Scopus Custom Data provides research
agencies, institutions and government bodies with customized datasets in XML
format for large-scale research performance analysis. Scopus Custom Data
extracts Scopus core records in accordance to each customer's individual
specifications, such as date range, subject categories and geographic
location. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary
in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search
queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst
with the freedom to formulate their own reports. It empowers them to make
well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
(http://www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a
world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York
Through the partnered video search service, users can find video contents available on the world wide web powered by Tencent's search vertical brand Soso (http://www.soso.com/ ) technology. The search results can be ranked and filtered by video length, update recency, and hosting sources from Tencent Soso's comprehensive video search index database. Additional features including personal search keyword history, popular keyword buzz charts, today's top videos by categories are added to enhance personal and editorial flavor of the service. On Tudou.com, users now have access to videos not only hosted by Tudou but other major video websites. Users can also get easy one-click to Soso web search results relevant to any keywords they type in, as well as use multiple Soso verticals such as Image, Music, Blog searches. This is a synergized and strategic move for both heavyweights in China's Internet video and search categories to jointly expand user reach and level of experience.
"Tudou's eye focuses on the users, and we continue to innovate ways to simplify users' tasks in finding what they want to watch online," said Gary Wang, Tudou Founder and CEO. Even with more than 36 million videos on Tudou, there are a lot more videos to search out there on the web that we now enable by working with Tencent Soso offering one-stop video search solution. We feel it is a smart and complimentary to serve more than 85% of Chinese Internet users who are regularly conducting search and watching videos online."
Tudou.com is the leading online video platform in China, where users can upload, view and share video clips. Tudou went live on April 15, 2005 and has grown into one of the world's largest content delivery networks hosting 36 million videos, including amateur video-blogging and user-generated videos, professional content such as movie clips, TV series and music videos from our content partners, as well as made-for-Internet original programming produced by Tudou. Tudou has established extensive business relationships with over 2500 well-known content providers, content agents, traditional and new media, as well as mobile operators in the Asian region. With the brand slogan "Today's TV Network, Tomorrow's Tudou," the company's vision is building a video destination where people can find what they want to see, share what they create, and connect with like-minded people. Tudou never stops working toward this vision since 2005.
CONTACT: Anita Huang, VP of Marketing & Business Development of Tudou,
Alcatel-Lucent Selected by National Broadband Network Company for Australia's Nationwide Superfast Broadband Network Rollout
PARIS, June 24, 2010-- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced
it has been selected as a strategic supplier for the rollout of Australia's
National Broadband Network (NBN) - the largest single infrastructure
investment in Australian history and a platform to drive and enable
Australia's digital economy.
The NBN Co has committed an initial Aus$70M fixed price
purchase and has also committed to spend up to $1.5bn on this highly
specialised network equipment during the lifetime of this project.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide state-of-the-art GPON (Gigabit
Passive Optical Network) equipment, aggregation and engineering assistance to
the National Broadband Network Company (NBNCo). The organisation will roll
out a 100 Mbit/s Fibre to The Premise (FTTP) broadband network to 90 percent
of Australian premises over an eight year period. The NBN will support a
vibrant and innovative Retail Service Provider eco-system, delivering life
changing new services to Australian homes, businesses and communities.
Alcatel-Lucent's CEO, Ben Verwaayen said, "The Australian NBN
is one of the most important initiatives in our industry. The world is
watching." He added, "Infrastructure projects of this scale demand and
command leading edge technology and smart solutions. We are committed to
"Today's announcement is an important milestone in the
deployment of the National Broadband Network," Alcatel-Lucent Australia's
Managing Director Andrew Butterworth says. "The NBN offers innovation
opportunities for all industries in Australia. Now we need to take advantage
of it and explore how broadband networks can deliver life-changing services."
Alcatel-Lucent has deployed 100 fibre to the home networks
globally, of which more than 85 of these have used GPON technology, including
Verizon in the United States, France Telecom and Hong Kong Broadband. The
company has a proud history in Australia, with more than 100 years of local
experience, including deploying the first Sydney-Melbourne Trunk line in
1907, connecting Australia to the world with many submarine projects and
voice infrastructure, and the leading supplier of fixed broadband technology
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted
transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries such as defense, energy, healthcare, transportation, and
governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video
communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged
broadband networking, IP and optics technologies, applications and services,
Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of
Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications
industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced
global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local
partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 15.2
billion in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located
in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent
blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.
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TripAdvisor Acquires Holiday Lettings, the U.K.'s Largest Independent Vacation Rental Website
NEWTON, Mass., June 24 -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel website* and an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), today announced it has acquired the United Kingdom's largest independent vacation rental website, holidaylettings.co.uk. The acquisition demonstrates TripAdvisor's continued expansion into the vacation rental marketplace, following the launch of vacation rentals on TripAdvisor in 2009, and the purchase of a majority stake in U.S.-based FlipKey.com in 2008. Holidaylettings.co.uk will continue to be operated as an independent site. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.
Including holidaylettings.co.uk, TripAdvisor Media Group now includes 17 popular travel brands and attracts nearly 46 million unique monthly visitors.*
"Our acquisition of Holiday Lettings significantly enhances the choice of fantastic vacation rentals available to the TripAdvisor community, particularly within Europe. It will also enable travellers to benefit from a wealth of destination information from fellow travellers to help them plan their perfect trip," said Steve Kaufer, founder and CEO of TripAdvisor.
"TripAdvisor for Business, a new division of TripAdvisor, is a pioneer offering hospitality businesses the opportunity to target the world's largest travel community with best-in-class marketing services. As part of TripAdvisor for Business, Holiday Lettings will add to our momentum and keep us at the forefront of innovation in the travel industry," said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. "This exciting acquisition will expand our services for home owners and property management companies in the vibrant European marketplace and build on the strength that FlipKey has established in the U.S. market."
Holiday Lettings was established in 1999 and the co-founders and management will continue to lead the business as an independent brand from its offices in Oxford. Holiday Lettings currently advertises more than 40,000 vacation rental properties on behalf of private owners, property managers and letting agents. The homes stretch across 116 countries and range from villas, apartments and farmhouses to windmills, yurts and houseboats with options available for all budget ranges. Twenty-five million visitors use the site every year.
"The combination of our vacation rental marketing expertise with TripAdvisor's leadership in the travel community is a natural fit certain to benefit both holiday home owners and those looking for a great hotel alternative," said Ross Elder, co-founder and managing director of holidaylettings.co.uk. "We are delighted to have the support of TripAdvisor and are excited to enhance our offering to our customers."
Search 40,000+ privately owned holiday homes in 116 countries around the world. Choose from spacious villas, resort apartments, sprawling gites and farmhouses, cosy romantic retreats, cottages, barn and chapel conversions, city breaks, rural getaways or beach breaks - there's a home for every holiday.
Marvelous Entertainment Announces 'Followars' Game for Apple iPad
TOKYO, June 24 -- Marvelous Entertainment Inc., Japanese publisher of the "Harvest Moon" and "No More Heroes" video game series, and developer Route 24 have jointly announced the release of "Followars," their first title for Apple's iPad.
A new 2-player-only title developed exclusively for iPad, Followars connects your iPad to your Twitter account for a new and original gaming experience. Match the people you are following on Twitter against those of an opponent in epic RPG-esque turn-based battles over a local multiplayer on your iPad. As you win battles, you will accumulate Battle Points (BP) to improve your overall ranking as you climb the ladder to eventually reach the top rank. In a unique twist, the latest tweets by the people you are following will show up as speech bubbles uttered by their character in the game.
The results of each match can be automatically tweeted so that not only your followers, but the whole world can follow your progress by following the official #followars hash tag on Twitter.
"Marvelous is very excited to release its first title on Apple's new platform, but it's also the next logical step in our constant march towards innovation and creativity," said Toshinori Aoki, Executive Managing Director at Marvelous Entertainment. "This time, we are even taking this motto to a higher level by getting into what is a completely new market for us on a completely new platform."
"I've always been an Apple fan, having released a few applications on iPhone. When I heard about the new iPad, I knew this was another great opportunity to develop something original on a new platform!" said Kenichi Nishi, President of developer Route 24 and director of Followars. "I love gadgets and new technologies, so combining Twitter's formidable communication tools with Apple's iPad feels so intuitive and natural."
To view in-game results, search the official #followars hash tag on Twitter.com
About Route 24 and Kenichi Nishi:
After starting his career at Squaresoft, Kenichi Nishi set up his own development companies (Love-de-Lic, Inc. and Skip Ltd.) releasing original titles such as Chibi-Robo and Captain Rainbow, as well as working with talented and famous creators such as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kenji Eno. Preferring to work with a smaller team, he set up a new company called Route 24 in 2006, focusing mainly on applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
Marvelous Entertainment is a leading Japanese creator of interactive entertainment with such esteemed franchises as Harvest Moon, Rune Factory, Luminous Arc and No More Heroes under their corporate umbrella.
South Australia Introduces Reverse Vending Technology from Wincor Nixdorf to Support State-Wide Recycling Efforts
Recycling machine launched at Centro Hollywood mall, Adelaide
SINGAPORE, June 24 -- Wincor Nixdorf, a global provider of innovative IT solutions to retail banks and retailers, has officially launched Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) in South Australia to support the state's goal to promote recycling and reduce littering. RVM allows for the identification, collecting, sorting and processing of used or empty bottles and cans in a convenient standalone system.
Wincor Nixdorf's Revendo 7000 and 8000 RVMs are now being used by the public at the Centro Hollywood shopping mall, which is located north of Adelaide's central business district in a fast growing residential area.
Consumers insert cans and PET bottles into the feed unit of an RVM. The container is then identified by an image camera, compacted and then sorted in an integrated container, which allows the crushed material to go straight to recycling depots. Consumers receive their cash deposit refunds, as part of the South Australian state government's container deposit legislation (CDL), by scanning a receipt issued by the RVM in an adjacent cash machine.
The CDL scheme allows South Australians to collect a 10-cent refund for each beverage container they recycle. South Australia is currently the only state with a container deposit scheme.
"CDL was introduced in 1977 in South Australia but this is the first time that RVMs have been deployed to allow automated recycling in conjunction with deposit refunds," said Andrew Phay, Vice President and Head of Retail for Wincor Nixdorf in Asia Pacific.
Statewide Recycling, a collector of 10-cent deposit containers from recycling depots throughout South Australia, has partnered with Wincor Nixdorf to launch the RVMs.
"South Australia has a very progressive attitude towards recycling and this is a clear sign that technology will play a major part by encouraging people to recycle at or around shopping malls or other retail locations," said Edward Nixon, General Manager at Statewide Recycling. "It is a lot more convenient to recycle and receive a deposit refund when you are on the way to the shops," he added.
Notes to Editors:
Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world's leading providers of innovative IT solutions to retail banks and retailers. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The company has a global presence in more than 100 countries. For more information please visit http://www.wincor-nixdorf.com/
Source: Wincor Nixdorf
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Bitbop Mobile Entertainment Subscription Service Goes Live
U.S. Debut on BlackBerry Smartphones announced at Pepcom Digital Experience! NYC 2010
NEW YORK, June 24 -- Pepcom Digital Experience 2010! -- Fox Mobile Group today announced the official U.S. launch of Bitbop (http://www.bitbop.com and m.bitbop.com), the easy-to-use wireless entertainment subscription service that allows smartphone users to view their favorite full-length television shows on demand. The service delivers extremely high-quality mobile video resolution and subscribers can choose from a selection of exciting programming from numerous top-notch content partners. The company plans to offer full-length movies later this year.
The widely-anticipated Bitbop service debuted exclusively on BlackBerry® smartphones at Pepcom's Digital Experience! New York. Bitbop's application is available on BlackBerry App World(TM) and will exclusively support BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry® Bold(TM) series, as well as the BlackBerry® Curve(TM)8900 and the BlackBerry® Tour(TM)9630 at launch. BlackBerry smartphone users can download the application to get a free trial of this exciting mobile entertainment service and subscribe to the monthly plan for $9.99, which allows for unlimited streaming and temporary downloads.
"After successfully launching the private beta less than a month ago, we are thrilled to publicly launch Bitbop first on BlackBerry smartphones," said Joe Bilman, Executive Vice President, Global Products, Fox Mobile Group. "The potential of the smartphone has barely been tapped. Our goal is to provide consumers with an exciting new digital entertainment experience on their handheld devices and what better place to start than with the original and continuously innovative smartphone."
"High level multimedia content for BlackBerry smartphones is in high demand by our users as they discover new ways to take the content they want wherever they want to go," said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion. "Bitbop's exciting mobile video platform richly enhances the wireless entertainment experience for BlackBerry users by putting premier video content right at their fingertips. "
Fox Mobile Group will introduce a number of special promotions this summer to support the launch of the Bitbop service, beginning this month with Bitbop giving away one BlackBerry® Bold(TM) 9700 a day for one week. Select BlackBerry smartphone users will have the opportunity to try a free full-access trial subscription. Consumers can follow Bitbop on Twitter @Bitbop to find out more information.
Bitbop is a new wireless subscription service delivering on demand mobile TV directly to U.S. consumers' smartphones. The company's state-of-the-art platform puts the flexibility of a home-based media center right in the user's pocket. Bitbop's service is accessible from any 3G or wireless network and features unlimited streaming or temporary downloading of selected content from top quality partners.
About Fox Mobile Group
Fox Mobile Group (FMG) is the global leader in mobile content distribution, production and services, offering more of the benefits of mobile entertainment to consumers and business partners than anyone else. A division of News Corporation's Digital Media Group, FMG distributes and produces more mobile entertainment to more people and business partners in more ways and in more places than anyone else in the world. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany and Beverly Hills, Calif., FMG is wholly owned by News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS)(NASDAQ:NWSA).
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.
Source: Fox Mobile Group
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Ford Fiesta 'Unwraps' Itself With Unique New Interactive Owner Delivery Experience
DEARBORN, Mich., June 24 -- -- The all-new Ford Fiesta is on its way to dealerships, and owners will
receive an experience unlike any other when they take delivery of
their new car
-- A unique delivery experience for Fiesta owners includes a preloaded
combination MP3 player and USB, which provide a one-of-a kind product
"unpackaging" experience and an app that lets them stay connected with
Ford and the Fiesta community
-- Customer delivery is just one aspect of the Ford Retail Movement, a
dealer-readiness initiative that focuses on preparing the sales force,
attracting the customer and delivering the experience
When 2011 Ford Fiesta owners pick up their new car, they'll enjoy learning about it in a whole new way through the use of an interactive USB. Ford created the new delivery program for the Fiesta to make the initial owner experience as unique as the owners themselves, and is the first automaker to create such a program.
As part of the Ford Retail Movement, a dealer-readiness program, Ford has been working with targeted dealers, focusing on three key areas - preparing the sales force, engaging the customer, and creating a distinct new car delivery experience. The Fiesta delivery is designed to be particularly unique, since the approach is different than anything Ford has ever done before.
"Everything about the launch of the Fiesta has been different and the delivery experience is redefining how customers become acquainted with their new product," said Paul Anderson, Ford small car marketing manager. "The Fiesta movement started the engagement with consumers and the delivery process continues the dialogue. This makes owners a part of something special."
The Fiesta "unpackaging" experience is a new way for Ford and its dealers to interact with customers, and shows that Ford is trending towards a customer experience that does more than deliver a car - it brings the vehicle to life.
The experience kicks off with a short video featuring Fiesta Movement agents that is viewed on a kiosk located on the showroom floor. Following the video, consumers have their picture taken with their new ride, which is then uploaded to the Fiesta Community site.
On their way home, the owner plugs the preloaded USB into the Fiesta that "unwraps" the car and helps owners explore all the cool features in their new car, all in nineteen minutes of infotainment-type audio. Topics ranging from push button start, to the sound-deadening windshield glass are covered.
Once they get home, the USB goes into their home computer and downloads a Fiesta Community app, which is a place they can continue to engage with Ford, their dealer and other Fiesta enthusiasts.
Features of the Fiesta Community app include:
-- Fiestapedia: Serves as an online wiki, where owners can get tips from
other owners and contribute their own ideas, with more than fifteen
categories to choose from.
-- Photoshop: Users can retrieve their photo taken when they received
their car, and Photoshop in a background, with more than fifty to
choose from. After the photo is completed, it can easily be shared
through social media channels like Facebook.
-- Online Community: Connects owners through collaboration with Fiesta
Faction, an existing enthusiast club.
-- Dealer Store: Ties owners in with their dealer, so they can check out
their Facebook page or website, and keep up-to-date with events.
-- Podcasts: Offers a dozen podcasts with greater detail about the
features on Fiesta, such as safety and SYNC.
-- Fiesta News: Provides updated news on the world of Fiesta
-- Ford Connections: Makes it easy to connect with Ford, through http://www.fordvehicles.com, http://www.syncmyride.com and http://www.flmowner.com.
"The Fiesta Movement has taught us that consumers want to continue the dialogue with Ford Motor Company and other Fiesta owners," said Anderson. "Fiesta continues to push the boundaries of how we launch products and how we interact with our customers."
The all-new Fiesta is on sale now and featuring an expressive design, class-leading technologies and best-in-class highway fuel economy of 40 mpg. Fiesta brings efficiency and convenience together in one package.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010, and, until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit http://www.ford.com.
Source: Ford Motor Company
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Ancestry.com Discovers Twilight Star Robert Pattinson's Vampire Past
Research Shows Pattinson Connected to Dracula through Prince William and Prince Harry
PROVO, Utah, June 23 -- Royalty and vampires may sound like characters from the Twilight Saga - but they're actually what you find once you bite into Robert Pattinson's past. Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, says Pattinson - America's favorite vampire who stars as Edward Cullen in the hit Twilight Saga movie series - is related to Vlad III Dracula, the basis for the famous literary villain. The company says Pattinson and Vlad are likely related through the British royal family.
Born in Transylvania, Vlad, also known as Vlad the Impaler, was a three-time ruler of Wallachia (now a region of Romania) who ruled primarily from 1456 to 1462. Vlad's nickname "the Impaler" stems from his cruel and inhumane punishments of enemies. He is commonly thought to be the inspiration for Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
"Tracing Pattinson's family back to Vlad was difficult research, but the pieces that unraveled created the perfect accompaniment to the Twilight Saga," said Anastasia Tyler, a genealogist at Ancestry.com. "Without any myth or magic, we find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson's life - making his story just as supernatural as the one he's playing on screen."
Family history experts at Ancestry.com discovered that Pattinson's and Dracula's family trees connect through none other than the British royal line: Pattinson is distant cousins with Prince William and Prince Harry on their father's side, likely through the Pickering family who lived in Yorkshire, England, in the early 1500s. Vlad the Impaler is a distant uncle of Prince William and Prince Harry.
But Pattinson isn't the only Twilight personality with real-life vampire connections. Ancestry.com found that Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer is also a distant cousin to the British princes - linking Meyer to famed Dracula as well. Ancestry.com previously revealed other "blood curdling" connections to Dracula through the royals including former president George W. Bush and U.S. Senator John Kerry.
Other Famous Finds
The uncanny family connection that links Pattinson, the royal family, and Dracula is one of many interesting skeletons that Ancestry.com has dug up:
-- Earlier this year, Ancestry.com discovered that America's Queen of
Pop, Madonna, is related to leading talk show host and American Idol
judge Ellen DeGeneres. The two are 11th cousins.
-- In November 2009, Ancestry.com found that financier Warren Buffett and
President Obama are 7th cousins three times removed.
-- Last summer, Ancestry.com revealed that Emma Watson, who plays
Hermione in the Harry Potter movie series, is related to a
16th-century woman accused of witchcraft.
"One draw of family history is exploring family mysteries," said Tyler. "Whether family lore says you're related to celebrities, the president - even vampires - all it takes is a little digging to find out."
Ancestry.com is a partner with NBC on the new, hit television series "Who Do You Think You Are?" and provided important family history research for the show, including tracing the roots of the seven celebrities featured. The celebrities in Season 1 of "Who Do You Think You Are?" included Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith, Matthew Broderick and Spike Lee.
For anyone interested in discovering royals, vampires and other famous figures in their family tree, visit http://www.ancestry.com.
Ancestry.com Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 17 million family trees containing over 1.7 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at http://www.ancestry.com/.
CONTACT: Suzanne Campbell, Sr. PR Manager of Ancestry.com,
FireScope Races Past Network Monitoring Competition with Dash...
FireScope Dash delivers powerful monitoring of Environmentals-to-Applications in minutes.
SYDNEY, June 23 -- FireScope, the leading innovator of IT Service Management solutions, today announce the availability of FireScope Dash, a powerful monitoring solution that delivers more features for less cost than comparable offerings from SolarWinds, IPSwitch and others.
Offered as either a virtual or a physical appliance, FireScope Dash bypasses the traditional headaches of solution deployments by including the complete software stack pre-installed and ready to start. This design, when coupled with FireScope Dash's built-in discovery and auto-configuration, enables organisations to get to their first real-time dashboards of infrastructure status and performance in minutes.
"Dash is a disruptor for the industry," said Mark Lynd, President and COO of FireScope. "For too long they've been treading water with solutions built from legacy architectures that require too much cost and effort to configure, use and maintain, and have no way to support the recent explosion of new technologies. I hope they take a good look at Dash and realise that the bar is being set higher."
The single, integrated solution includes:
-- Discovery - The included discovery feature identifies critical
hardware, operating systems and networked applications and
automatically configures monitoring using profiles from over 1500+
commonly used assets.
-- Real-Time Monitoring - Traditional monitoring capabilities such as
SNMP, Syslog and WMI/Perfmon are just a few of FireScope Dash's
built-in set of over 20+ monitoring methodologies. Highlights of this
list include optional agents for most commonly used platforms, LDAP
connectivity, direct database querying, an Enterprise Service Bus and
-- Event Analysis - All metrics are normalised and monitored in real-time
for performance thresholds, security events, error trapping and any
first indicators of potential incident. Configuration of events is
performed using plain-language selections to enable users of any
experience level to define even the most complex events.
-- Dashboards and Reporting - In addition to automatically generated
dashboards and dynamic inline reporting, FireScope Dash enables users
to create their own dashboard pages and reports, all without the need
to install additional client-side software or write code. Reports can
easily become dashboard components; no need to build the same view
-- Customisability - Users can easily extend FireScope Dash's out of the
box configuration to monitor custom applications, define events,
configure escalating notification and more - all without the need to
write code, edit files or install additional software.
FireScope Dash is available in two form factors, with two optional extras. For smaller organisations, Dash can be downloaded as a virtual machine and monitor up to 500 assets at a price of $7,995. A physical appliance form factor is also available, with optimised hardware and the complete software stack pre-installed (Operating System and database included). Regardless of form factor, there is no cost per user, processor, interface or reports, a significant departure from traditional monitoring solution providers. The two optional extras are Virtualisation Management and Application Performance Management (APM) with User Experience Monitoring.
Virtualisation Management - FireScope Dash can be expanded to monitor the performance of an organisation's virtual environment, as well as track human or system initiated changes to that environment. Unlike the competition, who typically utilise SNMP for virtualisation monitoring, FireScope Dash utilises VMWare's API for faster, more reliable access to data.
Application Performance Management (APM) / User Experience - In addition to expanded application and management capabilities, this add-on includes the ability to simulate common tasks for web applications and email, evaluating each step for indicators of failure and performance across a wide range of metrics.
For organisations with multiple locations or large transactional environments, FireScope Dash can be upgraded to FireScope BSM Enterprise Edition. In addition to Dash's feature set, FireScope BSM includes collaboration features and a hardware configuration optimised for the unique needs of enterprise customers. FireScope BSM also includes the ability to deploy hundreds of appliances to remote business locations that feed a complete set of data and events to a corporate master appliance, enabling a truly global view of IT Operations.
For more information about FireScope Dash including videos, screen shots and a free 10-day downloadable trial visit http://dash.firescope.com/.
FireScope is a leading developer of groundbreaking IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions that are revolutionising how businesses conduct IT operations. In addition to Dash, FireScope's suite of products includes three primary offerings; Business Service Management (BSM) as your dashboard for your enterprise IT strategy, a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) to become your playbook for IT Operations, and Compliance as your compass for managing IT compliance. FireScope Inc. has offices in Sydney, New York, Dallas, Munich and London. To learn more about FireScope and its advanced ITSM solutions, visit http://www.firescope.com.
Redesigned site aims to inform clients and their caregivers, provides link to expanded e-commerce store.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 23 -- United Seating & Mobility, the nation's largest privately-owned mobility and rehab equipment supplier, has launched a newly redesigned website at http://www.UnitedSeating.com. The new site features in-depth information for clients and families, providing easy to follow information on today's mobility options, as well as background company information and coverage explanations for healthcare professionals and health care plan employees.
In addition, the newly expanded United Seating & Mobility e-commerce store can be reached through the main site by clicking on the 'Online Store' icon, or accessed directly at http://www.unitedseatingonline.com.
"Our goal is to help everyone through the process of making a mobility decision, from clients to those providing care and coverage," said Bob Gouy, president of United Seating & Mobility. "Our new site reflects our commitment to putting lives in motion for every audience we serve."
United Seating & Mobility's e-commerce site features a large selection of mobility equipment and accessories, ranging from manual and power wheelchairs and mobility scooters to lifts, beds, recliners, bikes, exercise equipment and many other products. The site carries items from the industry's most popular manufacturers, including Invacare, Golden Technologies, ROHO and Sunrise, among others.
"The same customer service our clients have come to expect in person can now be found online," said Gouy. "Our online store staff is ready to help with questions, payment option answers, delivery and coverage criteria information for customers in virtually every region of the country."
About United Seating & Mobility: United Seating & Mobility, based in St. Louis, MO, is recognized as a preferred provider that carries and offers a wide array of products and services such as custom wheelchairs and seating and mobility systems for children, teens, adults, and seniors who are challenged with severe trauma, disease and/or skeletal disorders. The company is considered the largest independently privately-owned mobility and rehab equipment supplier in the country and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC).
Source: United Seating & Mobility
CONTACT: Bob Gouy of United Seating & Mobility, +1-505-338-6100
CTB/McGraw-Hill Releases Online Professional Development Library for Acuity Assessment
Acuity PhD - Assessment Tools and Techniques, by Educators, for Educators
MONTEREY, Calif., June 23 -- CTB/McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of PreK-12 and adult education assessments, announced today the release of Acuity PhD(TM), a new on-demand professional development library to support the Company's Acuity® InFormative Assessment(TM) solution. Developed by educators, for educators, Acuity PhD is an innovative collection of online professional development courses for teachers, assessment coordinators, and administrators.
By leveraging technology to make professional learning more accessible and efficient, Acuity PhD provides a more flexible and convenient way to conduct training. Courses focus on using Acuity assessment results to deliver targeted instruction and improve student achievement. Available 24/7, Acuity PhD features engaging content, with one- to two-hour courses targeted to specific educator roles. With Acuity PhD, educators can monitor their own understanding of Acuity, and learn how to use Acuity data to accurately inform instruction and decision making.
"Acuity PhD provides educators with focused expertise to improve student achievement, by combining proven best practices with Acuity assessment results," said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. "The online, on-demand format is what today's busy educators need to make the most efficient use of their time, and get the best results from assessment data."
Acuity PhD is based on proven best practices from educators, with demonstrated success improving student outcomes using Acuity data. Video content is based on current industry research, and provides a clear and convenient means for educators to get answers to assessment questions immediately--anytime, anywhere.
Features of Acuity PhD include:
-- A high-quality professional development program, written by educators,
-- Engaging video and detailed tracking and performance reporting for
easy, at-a-glance, self-assessment
-- Web-based, all-inclusive site license provides unlimited,
-- Flexible levels of training for different roles
Demonstrations of Acuity PhD will be conducted at ISTE 2010, to be held at the Denver Convention Center on June 27-30, 2010. CTB is proud to be a Tier 3 sponsor of ISTE, and will be exhibiting in Booth #610. Private briefings will be held in the Korbel Ballroom #4B, located on the lower level. To schedule a private briefing, contact Brandon Engle, Communications Manager, CTB/McGraw-Hill, at 916.933.1291 or Brandon_Engle@ctb.com.
The groundbreaking Acuity InFormative Assessment solution helps teachers gauge student performance and deliver tailored instruction for every student. Used by more than 65,000 teachers and 1.5 million students nationwide, Acuity heralds a new generation of assessment, enabling educators to deliver true data-driven instruction. Acuity contains four elements of a comprehensive assessment system: ongoing skills measurement, in-depth reporting, data analysis, and resources for individual instruction and intervention. CTB/McGraw-Hill also offers comprehensive professional development, online community forums, implementation, and support services. Acuity won the CODiE award in 2009 and 2010 for Best Student Assessment Solution and is recognized by Outsell Research as a "rising star" in their 2009 K-12 Testing and Assessment Review. For more information, visit AcuityforSchool.com or call 800.538.9547 to schedule a live presentation.
CTB/McGraw-Hill has an 84-year record of innovation and excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and in 46 countries. One of the first American publishers to introduce objective, standardized achievement tests to schools, today CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment. Dedicated to advancing the use of student performance data to inform instructional decision making, CTB/McGraw-Hill's innovation continues today with technologies that include Web-based assessment and reporting, student response device (clicker) software, and artificial intelligence for automated scoring of student essays. CTB/McGraw-Hill is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP). McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. For more information, visit CTB.com.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 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.