PR Newswire Integrates iReach Platform with HubSpot to Provide Users with Complete Distribution and Measurement Tools
PR Newswire develops a Canvas application for customers to gain the best of both worlds, world class information distribution with HubSpot's inbound marketing solution
NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PR Newswire, the global leader of innovative marketing and communications solutions, has joined forces with HubSpot, the leading provider of inbound marketing software, to create a integrated HubSpot Canvas application, providing users access to PR Newswire's iReach content platform helping them better target their distribution and broaden their reach, while also enhancing their lead generation strategies.
iReach, PR Newswire's self-service, intuitive online distribution platform, offers small businesses a cost-efficient way to share their content with key audiences, increase search engine visibility and significantly boost their presence online. Through this partnership and development of a Canvas application, HubSpot users can easily access the platform via HubSpot's newly launched App Marketplace, the world's largest marketplace for marketing software.
The collaboration supports the trend of inbound marketing to utilize online content and online distribution to generate leads as a means to reach and identify consumers and online influencers. Through integrated analytics software, iReach will give HubSpot customers the opportunity to track the highly-optimized content it has distributed, giving them the ability to generate leads.
"The role of PR professionals is evolving, and more and more their responsibilities are converging with those of marketing professionals," said Ninan Chacko, chief executive officer, PR Newswire. "Syndicating relevant content online can obtain valuable leads at budget-friendly costs which is especially critical for the small to medium sized business where staffing, resources and budgets are often minimal. By integrating PR Newswire distribution services with HubSpot's comprehensive marketing platform, we are growing the influence of public relations on marketing by allowing users to analyze a response to PR generated content and report tangible success."
WebReach, as the specific iReach distribution option is called, leverages PR Newswire's unparalleled online footprint, syndicating users' content to over 1,000 websites, to many of the largest social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and improves content findability on search engines including Yahoo!, Google and Bing. Also, by using the iReach tool within HubSpot, content is automatically posted to PRNewswire.com, the industry's most trafficked website, and is easily shared further through an embedded social media toolbar.
"Our 5,000 customers appreciate that HubSpot is an all-in-one inbound marketing platform, and in order to further improve their daily workflow, we decided to create the App Marketplace which offers businesses a comprehensive suite of valuable software tools necessary to be more successful marketers," said Mike Volpe, chief marketing officer, HubSpot. "PR Newswire, through its product innovations and technological advancements, is truly a leader in the industry. We are excited that it is the first content distribution company to integrate with HubSpot, and it is no surprise they were able to do so quite effortlessly."
In addition to the joint solution development, PR Newswire and HubSpot will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, November 1st, entitled "The Science of Press Releases," that will discuss how to engineer effective press releases.
Click here to learn more and reserve your spot today.
About PR Newswire
PR Newswire (http://www.prnewswire.com) is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry 57 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content -- from rich media to online video to multimedia -- and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world's largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world's enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.
HubSpot, Inc. offers an all-in-one marketing software platform that has helped more than 5,000 companies in 34 countries increase the number of visitors to their websites and convert more of those visitors to leads and customers. Applications in the software platform include website management, blogging, search engine optimization, lead management, marketing analytics, email marketing, landing pages, and social media monitoring. HubSpot is also the developer of the popular website analysis tool, WebsiteGrader.com, which has more than 3 million users. HubSpot, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Find them at http://www.HubSpot.com
Fitness and Action Sports Daily Deal Provider ASASportsDeals.com Launches
Los Angeles Now Has its Own Action Sports and Fitness Daily Deals
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicass, Inc. launches ASA Sports Deals, a group discount platform that draws on the company's expertise of "curating" action sports, fitness-related services and product deals. A portion of all proceeds benefit charities that use action sports as a rehabilitation tool.
"We love the idea of finding you the best deals on action sports adventures, classes, activities, equipment rentals, vacations and more," says Amanda Schmitz, co-owner of ASA Sports Deals. ASA Sports Deals goal is to bring amazing deals with savings up to 85% on action sports and health related products and programs. The company aims to drive new business to Los Angeles sports professionals and help move the SoCal economy into an expansion phase.
Co-owner, Sara McKay, adds, "Tell us what businesses you really like. Share with us what charity you would like us to support. Let us know how we can inspire you to get out there and live a happier, more active life."
ASA Sports Deals expects to introduce San Diego and Orange County markets by the end of the year.
ASA Sports Deals is the only daily deal provider focused exclusively on fitness and action sports. ASA Sports Deals has a mission to give back and support So Cal charities (http://www.asasportsdeals.com/charities), many that use the ocean with action sports as a rehabilitation tool. When a purchase is made, the consumers will have an opportunity to choose which charity they would like their portion of the proceeds to benefit. ASA Sports Deals, Action Sports Adventures, and Chica Surf Adventures are all businesses of Chicass, Inc.
DealsForSchools.com Announces Free Browser Plug-In for Shoppers
Technology that Remembers User Information for Seamless School Donations
Individuals Can Earn Money for Schools by Shopping at one of DealsForSchools.com's 1,700 Partner Merchants Including Walmart, Macy's, Target and Groupon
ATLANTA, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DealsForSchools.com, the leading online fundraising source for schools, announced today the availability of an innovative plug-in for use with its network of online merchants. The plug-in is a free browser extension that works seamlessly with both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
New users who wish to raise funds for their chosen school or PTA simply need to create a DealsForSchools.com account, download the plug-in, and then sign in with their account information. No further action is required by the user, the plug-in works in the browser's background to identify partner products on the merchant's online storefront. The consumer can purchase their items directly at the merchant site, and is not required to enter any sort of code or coupon.
Participating merchants in DealsForSchools.com's 1,700 member partner network include many of the top names in retail and services including Old Navy, Buy.com, PETCO, Overstock.com, Lowe's, Delta, Ann Taylor, REI, and Marriott. Once a user downloads the plug-in, they can simply browse merchandise on the partner site and see the various donation percentages available for the purchased merchandise.
The plug-in also works seamlessly with search engines, by highlighting product search results with a DealsForSchools.com apple icon, and listing a percentage number which relates to the amount of the proceeds that will go to supporting the user's school. The DealsForSchools.com system boasts thousands of schools and PTA organizations. If a user wishes to support a school that has not previously received donations, the DealsForSchools.com staff will contact the institution directly to setup the proper free account information.
"The release of our plug-in is our latest technology enhancement designed to make school fundraising simpler and more productive," says Michael Pate, Co-Founder of DealsForSchools.com. "The plug-in works unobtrusively in the background and simply highlights partner products so consumers can choose purchases that benefit their local school. Users don't have to login to our site every time they go online. The plug-in remembers their account information and encourages them to select merchants that offer the percentage donation to their chosen school. No other site offers such a service, or can match our expansive partner network."
DealsForSchools.com is America's #1 Hassle-Free School Fundraiser. DealsForSchools.com brings schools and their auxiliary organizations (such as PTOs/PTAs/Booster Clubs) a simple way to earn money without selling their own products or services or requiring additional time or financial burden from parents and faculty. School supporters simply book travel, shop and grab daily deals online, and a portion of the purchase goes directly to their preferred school.
CONTACT: Mary Campe of SSPR, +1-847-415-9325, email@example.com, for DealsForSchools.com
MidOcean Partners Announces Acquisition of Global Knowledge Training
Leading Provider of IT And Business Skills Training To Accelerate Growth Strategy
NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MidOcean Partners ("MidOcean"), a leading private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired Global Knowledge, a worldwide leader in IT and business skills training.
Based in Cary, NC, Global Knowledge was founded in 1995 and today employs more than 1,300 people worldwide. The company provides training solutions to enterprise and government organizations and delivers courses via its global training centers, private facilities, and the Internet. More than 250,000 students receive instruction annually.
Brian Branson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Knowledge who will continue in those positions, said, "Our new relationship with MidOcean will enable us to accelerate our growth plan and our response to the changing market needs for high quality IT and business skills training. We look forward to working with MidOcean to further develop and deliver innovative training solutions."
Mr. Branson and his senior management team will benefit from the support of Jim Kelly who has been named Global Knowledge's Executive Chairman. Mr. Kelly is a senior executive who has worked with MidOcean as a management resource to the firm and has extensive experience in the business services and IT areas. He served most recently as President of Global Payments, Inc. In addition MidOcean has named Doug Fox, former Senior Vice President of Marketing at Compaq to serve on the Global Knowledge Board of Directors.
Tyler Zachem, a Managing Director at MidOcean Partners, said, "We are very pleased to partner with the superb management team at Global Knowledge. This investment provides us the opportunity to support this exceptional company, which is well positioned to excel in a fragmented but robust corporate training market. We believe the company has tremendous growth prospects as the need for quality technical training remains a critical component to IT and business professionals at organizations of all sizes."
The transaction was supported by BMO Capital Markets, acting as financial advisor, and Ropes & Gray LLP, acting as legal advisor to the seller. Morrison Cohen LLP acted as legal advisor to MidOcean Partners.
About Global Knowledge
Global Knowledge is the worldwide leader in IT and business skills training, with more than 1,200 courses that span foundational and specialized training and certifications. Its core training is focused on Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, VMware, Red Hat, business process improvement, and leadership development. Training is offered through multiple delivery methods, ranging from instructor-led to self-paced learning in classrooms or via the Internet, enabling customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services. For more information, visit http://www.globalknowledge.com.
About MidOcean Partners
MidOcean Partners is a premier private equity firm headquartered in New York focused on the middle market. MidOcean is committed to investing in high quality companies with stable market positions and multiple opportunities for growth. Targeted sectors include consumer, media and communications, business and financial services and industrial services. MidOcean utilizes a broad foundation of expertise in its focus industries to create value for its investors and partners. For more information, visit http://www.midoceanpartners.com.
Contact for MidOcean: Chris Tofalli
Redesigned, Relaunched Key.com Strengthens Key's Connection to Clients
Bank's 'Front Door' Welcomes Visitors, Makes Navigation Easy
CLEVELAND, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Updated and upgraded, refreshed and relevant, KeyBank's key.com website now does even more to strengthen Key's connection to its clients. Although improvements have been made routinely over the years, the recent relaunch of key.com represents the website's first major redesign since its debut 15 years ago.
"With people spending more time online than ever before, key.com is in many ways our front door to the bank - so it just makes sense that we have made the site more welcoming and user-friendly," said Dean Kontul, director of Integrated Channel Management for KeyBank. "We now have the ability to customize the client experience and present clients with individualized content, products or services that align with their specific needs or interests."
Website Sends Message That Key Understands
The re-launched site is also host to the newly enhanced online banking site - BillPay - that enables customers to more quickly and easily pay and manage bills online.
"Combined with our other efforts such as KeyBank Relationship Rewards and the new online BillPay site, key.com has the potential to further deepen relationships with our clients," said Robert A. DeAngelis, KeyBank's Consumer Banking segment head. "The message is, no matter how you interact with us, we understand you and your banking needs, and we provide consistent straightforward solutions."
Client Input, Insights Helped Shape New Website
The new key.com reflects input and insights from clients and is the result of more than two years of planning and development that involved employees throughout the bank. The site has been streamlined to approximately 600 total pages - compared with the content-heavy 2,000-plus pages of its predecessor. Among the enhancements, all aimed at deepening client relationships, are:
-- Enhanced, easier, more intuitive navigation
-- Strategically placed links and content to show the breadth and depth of
Key's products and services
-- A clean, welcoming look and feel, consistent with Key's "people first"
brand promise and visual identity
-- Bold imagery, photographs, icons and simplified content
-- Graphic-rich rotating carousels with fresh and relevant content
highlighting products, services, news and promotions about Key
-- The option for clients to pick their home page - "personal," "private,"
"business" or "corporate" banking - based on their relationship with Key
With just over half of Key's client interactions now taking place in Web and mobile channels, the website will also complement Key's social media initiatives and facilitate sharing and linking content via Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
"What's so promising is that we will be able to develop and distribute relevant content that's linked and shared through Key's social and online communities," said Mickey Mencin, Key's director of advertising. "Clients and prospects will be able to engage with our brand in meaningful ways across more sites than just key.com. Over time, people will have a much better feel for the breadth and depth of who we are and what Key offers."
About KeyCorp KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $89 billion.
Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small businesses in 14 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.
Begin the Infestation With the Re-Imagined Arcade Classic on Wii and Nintendo 3DS
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Atari, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, announced today the release of the re-imagined legendary video game franchise Centipede: Infestation for Wii and Nintendo 3DS now available at all retail outlets.
Media have rallied around Centipede: Infestation's post-apocalyptic action experience:
-- "It's a fun romp through a good story with some fun
gameplay...[Centipede: Infestation] has something that makes it
legitimately a fantastic party game." - Nintendo Everything
-- "On both platforms the game keeps true to the original with its fast
pace shooting style." - Pure Nintendo
-- "...Reimagining of the old-school, post-nuclear shooter converts it to a
run-'n'-gun directional shooter." - Nintendo Power
-- "It's a simple yet addictive gameplay concept, and the controls are very
quick and responsive, so there's not much there to impede you in your
goal of shooting evil bug enemies that are trying to kill you." -
Centipede: Infestation features run-n-gun shooting style gameplay with tower defense-style objects, paying homage to the original Centipede while bringing the brand into the 21st century. Players assume the role of an orphaned teenager hero named Max as he trudges through the wasteland, fighting off giant bugs. Along Max's travels, he encounters a young teen named Maisy who possesses a collection of seeds that hold the secret to bringing plant life back to the wasteland. Max and Maisy join forces to grow these gardens and protect the last natural resources on earth.
Atari (http://www.atari.com) is a multi-platform, global interactive entertainment and licensing company. The original innovator of video gaming, founded in 1972, Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world renowned brands like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Pong®, Test Drive®, Backyard Sports®, Deer Hunter®, Ghostbusters®, and Rollercoaster Tycoon®. Atari capitalizes on these powerful properties by delivering compelling games online (i.e. browser, Facebook® and digital download), on smartphones and tablets and other connected devices. The Company also develops and distributes interactive entertainment for video game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. As a licensor, Atari extends its brand and franchises into other media, merchandising and publishing categories.
Atari has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Lyon and London.
Symmetricom Releases Industry's First Multi-Sync SoftClock for 4G/LTE Equipment
SCi 2000 software clock solution for small cells, macro base stations and backhaul infrastructure
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Symmetricom®, (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency technologies, today announced the availability of the industry's first multi-sync software clock solution, the SoftClock SCi 2000 rel. 2.0, developed to meet the stringent synchronization requirements of LTE small cells, macro base stations and backhaul infrastructure.
The Symmetricom SCi 2000 SoftClock is a carrier-grade embedded multiple-input software clock solution designed to deliver high precision frequency and phase synchronization required by the evolving IP-based LTE infrastructure.
"The growth of LTE is driving increased demand for network robustness and reliability, and network synchronization solutions are needed to meet the rigorous timing and delivery requirements that ensure network quality," said Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst, Yankee Group. "Flexible software solutions like the SCi 2000 help network equipment suppliers meet new operator timing and sync requirements, with faster time to market and lower overall design cost."
The SCi 2000 rel. 2.0 SoftClock capabilities include:
-- Frequency and Phase: the SCi 2000 supports the challenging LTE-TDD
requirements of frequency (50 ppb at air interface) and phase (+/- 1.5
-- Multi-sync: SCi 2000 handles multiple sync standards including PTP 1588,
SyncE, GPS, UTI and E1/T1; it allows systems to select from multiple
sync inputs and provide the best possible clock output.
-- BesTime® precise time reference management algorithm: the SCi 2000
takes multiple inputs and disciplines local oscillators to generate a
highly accurate clock output.
"Symmetricom's embedded portfolio complements our existing systems portfolio to deliver complete end-to-end timing solutions for communications networks," said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing for Symmetricom. "The SCi 2000 provides an easily adopted future proof solution for both existing and future systems that need to support evolving 4G/LTE network deployments."
**Attention 4GWorld attendees:
Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing for Symmetricom will be moderating the panel, "Timing is Everything - Synchronization Requirements for LTE Readiness" on Tuesday, Oct. 25 4:40 PM CT, Room #S402. The panel will examine synchronization technology, standards necessary to support LTE deployments, details of interoperability requirements, and considerations for meeting the challenges of Ethernet backhaul deployments. Panelists include executives from Broadcom, Cisco, and Nokia Siemens Networks.
About Symmetricom, Inc.
Symmetricom (NASDAQ:SYMM), a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the world's standard for time. The company generates, distributes and applies precise time for the communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure and metrology industries. Symmetricom's customers, from communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their suppliers worldwide, are able to build more reliable networks and systems by using the company's advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. All products support today's precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS® timing. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.symmetricom.com.
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tel West Network Services Corporation (Tel West), a facilities-based Internet, data and voice communications provider announced today that it has been acquired by U.S. TelePacific Corp., based in Los Angeles. Under the acquisition agreement, the California company, which does business as TelePacific Communications (TelePacific), has taken ownership of Tel West's stock and will control its assets, including a fiber network serving 3,600 customers in six Texas metropolitan areas.
Tel West will continue to operate under its own name and under the leadership of Jeff Swickard, who will remain President of Tel West. TelePacific extended employment offers to all Tel West employees and is fortunate to have them continue supporting Tel West customers. The combined company will be led by TelePacific Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Jalkut. Jalkut, a 35-year telecommunications industry veteran, has a substantial record of leading telecom firms through growth and competitive transformation.
"This is a great opportunity for Tel West and its customers," said Swickard. "Our combined business will have even greater resources to continue delivering best-in-class communications solutions to Texas businesses. And our customers will receive the same high level of customer service they have come to expect from the same people."
For Tel West, joining TelePacific means the company will benefit from greater network coverage and additional capital investment for network and product expansion. Near-term infrastructure enhancements will include build out of a comprehensive Ethernet over Copper service to meet the region's growing bandwidth demand. TelePacific will also invest in IP network integration across the TelePacific and Tel West networks. Customers with offices outside of Texas will be able to connect their offices, seamlessly and consolidate services under one provider.
TelePacific plans to establish a Tel West agent channel in Texas, creating great opportunities for telecommunications agents in the State. Agents will benefit from TelePacific's award-winning Telepartner program, which offers robust support, training and incentives.
"Entering the Texas market is a strategic milestone for TelePacific," said Dick Jalkut, President and CEO of TelePacific. "We could not have found a better partner than Tel West to help achieve that goal. Tel West is one of the fastest-growing companies in Texas, offering exceptional products and service. We can combine their success with TelePacific's customer-centric culture and expanded services to create the leading communications service provider in Texas."
About Tel West
Tel West Network Services Corporation (http://www.telwestservices.com) is a facilities-based Internet, data and voice communications provider that specializes in cost-effective telecommunications services for small, medium and enterprise businesses. Originally headquartered in Austin, Texas, but now part of the TelePacific family of companies, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the company's local network presence spans six major metropolitan areas including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, and Corpus Christi.
About TelePacific Communications
TelePacific Communications (http://www.telepacific.com) is a network services company serving small- and medium-business customers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Company meets the needs of growing businesses nationwide. TelePacific offers a host of IP, voice, data and Internet services, as well as business continuity, cloud and managed network solutions.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. TelePacific Corp., which does business as TelePacific Communications (TelePacific), a communications and network services company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Tel West Network Services Corporation (Tel West), headquartered in Austin, Texas.
The acquisition instantly gives TelePacific a strong presence in Texas, the fastest-growing small and medium business market in the nation. TelePacific also gains 3,600 business accounts and a fiber network serving six metropolitan areas.
"Entering the Texas market is a strategic milestone for TelePacific," said Dick Jalkut, President and CEO of TelePacific. "We could not have found a better partner than Tel West to help achieve that goal. Tel West is one of the fastest-growing companies in Texas, offering exceptional products and service. We can combine their success with TelePacific's expanded service offerings to create the leading communications service provider in Texas."
TelePacific, whose largest shareholders are private equity investors, has completed eight highly accretive acquisitions since 2002. The addition of Texas to TelePacific's California and Nevada service footprint positions the telecommunications provider to cover approximately 20% of the small and medium businesses in the country.
Tel West will continue to operate under its own name and under the leadership of Jeff Swickard, who will remain President of Tel West. The combined company will be headquartered out of TelePacific's Los Angeles corporate office and led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Jalkut.
About TelePacific Communications
TelePacific Communications (http://www.telepacific.com) is a network services company serving small- and medium-business customers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Company meets the needs of growing businesses nationwide. TelePacific offers a host of IP, voice, data and Internet services, as well as business continuity, cloud and managed network solutions.
About Tel West
Tel West Network Services Corporation (http://www.telwestservices.com) is a facilities-based Internet, data and voice communications provider that specializes in cost-effective telecommunications services for small, medium and enterprise businesses. Originally headquartered in Austin, Texas, but now part of the TelePacific family of companies, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the company's local network presence spans six major metropolitan areas including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, and Corpus Christi.
Interactive Monster Hunting is Back on PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System With inviZimals(TM): Shadow Zone
The Latest in Augmented Reality Handheld Entertainment Invades North America with Ability to Discover, Capture, and Fight Battle with Amazing Creatures
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) invites you to join the hunt on October 25, 2011 with inviZimals®: Shadow Zone for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Return to the inviZimals world of augmented reality with this sequel to the immersive 2009 hit, using PSP system along with included camera and trap card to find hidden creatures that only your PSP system can see. Travel the world and embark on a thrilling new adventure as you master new skills to capture and battle with the most incredible creatures you have ever experienced.
"inviZimals was one of the first camera-based PSP game on the market and we're excited to deliver more augmented reality content to fans with inviZimals: Shadow Zone," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "It's the perfect portable game, allowing kids and families to truly interact with the real-world environment while building on the inviZimals feature set of exploration, customization, and fighting."
Picking up several months after the events of inviZimals, players reunite with Jazmin, Keni and Dawson to investigate stories of inviZimals linked to ancient civilizations that existed long ago. Together, you decide to travel the world to recruit other inviZimals hunters for the Alliance - a global secret society of hunters whose mission is to stop villains from using inviZimals for evil.
This sequel to IGN's 2009 best of E3 awards for Special Achievement for Innovation and Technological Excellence features new, deeper and more involved captures with over 100 new inviZimals to hunt and battle. You can also modify and share your inviZimals, change their names, colors and choose from a greater range of attacking moves.
Utilizing the most engaging augmented reality on the market, inviZimals: Shadow Zone blends reality and fantasy as you journey to capture all the fantastic creatures seamlessly wreaking havoc in your back garden, living room and elsewhere.
Already a favorite in Europe, inviZimals: Shadow Zone storms onto shelves on October 25 retailing for $39.99 (MSRP) with camera and trap card included. The must-have PSP system title this Holiday season, inviZimals: Shadow Zone allows players to collaborate using the all new co-operative capture, where two players can hunt down monsters together or take things online to make trades and battle opponents from all over.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation®2, PSP and PS3(TM) systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
IBM Launches Netezza Appliance to Help Communications Services Providers Analyze Networks and Gain Consumer Insight
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new network intelligence analytics appliance to help communications services providers (CSPs) analyze up to petabytes of customer and network data in minutes. The new appliance gives CSPs the power to turn their data into valuable insights to enhance the customer experience, secure new customers, generate cost savings, and track the overall health of the network.
CSPs are challenged to boost revenue and keep costs low at a time when customers are demanding more data-intensive products and services. The explosion of Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices means consumers can do just about anything on the go, from checking the weather to watching movies, and posting to Twitter or Facebook while downloading music. This digital lifestyle has consumers crunching ever-growing amounts of data for browsing, streaming video, gaming, and social networking, placing a strain on network resources.
The IBM Netezza Network Analytics Accelerator addresses this issue and provides an analytics platform that CSPs can use to improve network performance and gain insights on customer experiences. Using the new appliance, CSPs can slice and dice customer data to analyze calling plans and contract terms to see which are driving revenue, understand how each customer is using voice and data packages and the impact on network resources, and spot new market opportunities by learning how customers use different types of handsets.
"Consumers are becoming more empowered and increasingly discerning about their service provider choices and how they access information. The fact is, they have more options than ever before," said Scott Stainken, general manager, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry. "Developing a deep understanding of the customer, their experience, and their digital lifestyle means CSPs can better allocate network resources and create more targeted services using IBM analytics. This is both a challenge and opportunity for CSPs, and those that embrace analytics now will gain a competitive advantage."
Most network analytic offerings only look at specific systems or network devices, retain certain information for a short amount of time, and have limited reporting capabilities and rigid data access. This inhibits a CSP's ability to identify patterns and trends or ask questions on-the-fly. Netezza analytics can view all customer data and speed up the flow for instant analysis on demand.
Using Netezza, CSPs can prevent network disruptions, create targeted marketing programs and further monetize the data. For example, users who look at sports sites between identified peak hours on particular handsets may switch to another service provider or decide to stay with their existing provider based on behavioral triggers generated by marketing campaigns.
According to a recent publication by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the number of Smartphones will increase from 500 million globally today, to almost two billion by 2015. In February 2011, ITU reported that Smartphone users consume five times more data capacity than users of ordinary mobile phones.
XO Communications is using Netezza to pull insight from customer data for better visibility into the customer experience. IBM SPSS predictive analytics scores customer data, while IBM Cognos business intelligence software allows everyone across XO to better share, consume and collaborate with the data more effectively.
"The ability to analyze customer data gives us a competitive advantage that is measured in reduced customer churn rates and increased customer retention," said Jamey Molsbee, executive director at XO Communications. "IBM business analytics helps us anticipate and stay ahead of industry changes at a time when consumers are demanding richer, more dynamic experiences from their mobile devices."
IBM Netezza appliances are workload optimized systems based on IBM BladeCenter technology that analyze petabytes of data significantly faster than competing options, and at a much lower total cost of ownership.
Foodily Unveils Condition-Specific Recipe Search to Support Food Lovers in Maintaining Good Health
Partnership with Healthline Allows Wide Expanse of Recipe Resources to Easily Reach People Dealing with Diabetes, Gout and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of support groups for dealing with health conditions on Facebook and elsewhere online, Foodily (http://www.foodily.com), the social recipe network that lets you compare recipes from across the web and share favorites via Facebook, has introduced new search functionality that allows people to filter recipes by specific medical conditions and share them with their circle.
Today, people using the Foodily app for Facebook or visiting Foodily can simply type in one of three specific health concerns - "Diabetes," "Gout" and "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease" (or "GERD") - to easily browse recipes that meet their dietary needs from diverse online resources that range from independent food blogs to major mainstream cooking sites. Then, people using the Foodily app can easily share recipes that meet their dietary restrictions, and follow others with similar medical issues to discover their favorite dish recommendations without ever having to leave Facebook.
"It's tough enough dealing with a health issue as complicated as Diabetes or GERD on a daily basis, but why should that mean that you can't have a range of healthy recipe options at your fingertips? All of us at Foodily are dedicated to encouraging people to be both healthy and happy with the food on their table," said Andrea Cutright, CEO of Foodily. "Moreover, the ability to be social and share recipes on Facebook lets our users tap into their friends and family - as well as others with comparable diet restrictions - for cooking ideas and emotional reinforcement."
Driving healthy, condition-tailored recipes directly to targeted communities, Foodily has also extended their ongoing partnership with the leading health website Healthline (http://www.healthline.com). While continuing to power the site's recipe search, Foodily is additionally providing Healthline with an exclusive drop-down menu for condition recipe searches that is currently being featured on both Healthline's homepage and related sections of the site.
"We create a rich, condition-focused experience for consumers who are looking for tangible ways to learn about and improve their health," said David Kopp, SVP of Consumer Media for Healthline Networks. "Our healthy recipe search, powered by Foodily, has received a great response from people seeking diet-specific information. We're excited to expand this capability to include their new condition-sensitive search that addresses the unique dietary considerations of diabetes, gout and GERD, and connect caregivers and people with conditions to better health."
This new search advance builds upon Foodily's proprietary nutrition feature which launched a few months ago, to let visitors have more control over their recipe choices. Searching by keywords such as "low-salt" or "high-protein," people can compare content beyond calorie count to look at everything from sugar to saturated fat content, and browse healthy eating search results influenced by their friends. Nutritional content of each recipe across the index is based on USDA standards, weights and measures, creating an equitable method for comparing nutritional values within recipes from varied online sources.
Foodily makes sharing recipes a social experience and empowers people to make more informed decisions about the foods they eat. Through its comprehensive recipe network, influenced by friends, people can find and share the food they love online. Based in San Mateo, CA, the award-winning Foodily is driven by a team of seasoned, food-passionate search, linguistic and consumer product experts. The company is backed by leading venture capital firm Index Ventures. Visit http://www.foodily.com and get cooking!
Healthline Networks is the fastest growing provider of intelligent health information services, enabling 100 million consumers a month to make more confident, informed healthcare decisions. The company's proprietary consumer healthcare taxonomy, the largest of its kind, powers a suite of intelligent health search, content and advertising services. Combining advanced search technology with deep medical expertise, Healthline partners with a network of more than 50 trusted destination sites that include publishers, portals, search engines, employers and health plans. Headquartered in San Francisco and ranked #54 in Deloitte's 2010 Technology Fast 500, Healthline is backed by Aetna, GE/NBC Peacock Fund, Investor Growth Capital, Kaiser Permanente, Reed Elsevier, U.S. News & World Report, and VantagePoint Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.healthline.com.
Laura Goldberg, LBG Public Relations
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Jennifer Conway, Dotted Line Communications
MyFunCity First Social Networking to Combine Technology and Civic Engagement
Social Network now offers a free app for the iPhone and the iPad to expand user mobility and interaction regarding social issues in all parts of the world
BOSTON, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, every American citizen will be able to connect via a free application available from the App Store (iPhone and iPad) to access the world's first social networking site that promotes worldwide civic engagement - MyFunCity. The social network can also be accessed through Facebook. This is the first social network to bring together technology, mobility and social articulation to improve social welfare. The project first started in Massachusetts, where its Brazilian developers held meetings and garnered support for their ideas at renowned institutions such as MIT (MediaLab), Harvard and Princeton.
"Initially, the United States will work with a few specific cities. We want to ensure that the application reflects the unique circumstances of each city to encourage dialogue and participation," said Dan Lockwood, responsible for MyFunCity in the United States.
Developed in Brazil, the new global social networking site brings together technology and civic engagement to encourage the population's participation in public administration through blogs, websites, social networks and other Internet means. In one week, the new social network recorded over 2000 users in Brazil alone. "The novelty of a platform like MyFunCity ensures the engagement of citizens from all streets, neighborhoods, cities and countries in the world. As an important economic, cultural and educational center in New England, Massachusetts stands to benefit a lot from this new platform because of its mass citizen participation in civil rights activities," says Alexandre Le Voci Sayad, Director of MyFunCity.
The platform will enable public management to be directly connected with social networks through digital technology, allowing citizens to assess the quality of their cities across 12 indicators that include traffic, safety, the environment, public welfare, health and education. In the United States, efforts to get closer to communities and civil society are currently underway in order to ensure that indicators reflect real local needs and expectations. As an example, in the U.S. there will be indicators that cover access to parks and recreation facilities, as well as bike path availability and quality.
The user will be able to express opinions, post pictures and judge their city's administration across several areas in just one click. The scores will be sent to a database that will generate an accurate map of the population's level of satisfaction with regard to the public services offered in a particular city or region. This information will be made available to city governments and regional government agencies to help improve the quality of life at each location.
"This is the first social network of its kind. It promotes social engagement in order to improve our quality of life and the quality of the city that surrounds us," says Mauro Motoryn, president of MyFunCity and one of its creators.
NetSuite, Google and Accenture to Hold Business Cloud Events in Australia
Must-Attend Events in Sydney and Melbourne to Spotlight Cloud Insights from NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson and Executives from Accenture and Google
NetSuite Customers to Share Firsthand Best Practices and Secrets to Success in Cloud Computing
SYDNEY, Oct. 25 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced the details of cloud events in Sydney (15 November 2011) and Melbourne (17 November 2011), featuring cloud computing leaders NetSuite, Google and Accenture.
NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson, along with executives from Accenture and Google, will deliver keynotes sharing their industry knowledge and insights about how cloud computing can transform businesses. They will address how businesses can tap into the power of cloud computing and maximise their investment for business success.
The event will also highlight NetSuite customers' practical tips on getting the most out of their cloud investments. In Sydney, hear from TransACT, Empired and Wine Market. In Melbourne, Empired, Energy Matters and Cellestis will share their experiences.
"As 2012 looms, there's never been a better time than now to unleash the power of cloud computing within your organisation to achieve a competitive edge," said Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite. "Whether you're new to the cloud or eager to expand on your cloud investment, this impressive line-up of cloud industry leaders will provide the practical and strategic insights you need to get the most from your business cloud investment."
During this complimentary four-hour event, attendees will:
-- Learn why cloud computing is a high priority for organisations in
-- Hear insights from seasoned executives on building a competitive
advantage in a changing industry landscape.
-- Learn how cloud computing can make companies more agile and efficient.
Today, more than 10,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes in the cloud globally. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud ERP suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organisations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. NetSuite solutions excel at streamlining business operations. As demonstrated by the 2011 CODiE Award for Best Financial Management Solution, as well as a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing financial management systems vendor in the world, NetSuite continues to deliver advanced cloud business solutions to organisations around the world. Its solutions enable them to lower IT costs significantly, while increasing productivity as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.
Protecting Home and Business is Easy and Won't Break the Bank
Y-cam Solutions [http://www.y-cam.com ], a UK-based international
company that delivers manufactures affordable and simple-to-install and
affordable plug-and-play security cameras is has now launched offering its
user-friendly products in the U.S. Y-cam's security cameras
[http://www.y-cam.com ] provide residential and small business customers with
a simple way to stay in control of what happens at their property and with
their loved ones, wherever they are in the world.
"With the developments in mobile technology and the increase of
Iinternet speeds, it is now possible to safeguard your home and business
with security cameras at an affordable price,." said Devin Chawda,
Co-Founder of Y-cam. "Designed from the start with non-technical users in
mind, Y-cam Internet cameras allow you to watch your house, car, pets or
business whenever you want and from wherever you are."
Y-cam cameras are IP cameras [http://www.y-cam.com ] a special type of
webcam - more commonly known as ; . tThey connect to the Internet and allow
you to view, and hear, whatever your camera can from anywhere in the world.
They are more hi-tech than a standard webcam - Each camera is able to
operate without the need for a computer to be on, and give a vivid picture,
precise control and advanced options such as motion detection. Y-cam can
detect motion, and trigger alarms (such as an email or upload) when motion
Due to the unique way the Y-cam's design makes it easier to install and
use security cameras. has been designed, you no longer have to be
"tech-savvy" to install and use security cameras. The installation procedure
is user-friendly, requires no technical background and the web-based
interface is intuitive. Y-cam's internet Internet and computer technology
allows you to view your cameras from anywhere in the world via the Iinternet
- either on PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, Blackberry or other
internetInternet-enabled mobile phone or browsing device.
Y-cam offers free apps for iPhone, and Android and BlackBerry. Y-cam
MultiLive gives you a quick and easy way to view your Y-cam camera video
stream(s) directly from your phone, on the move, from anywhere.
Y-cam MultiLive applications for iPhone and Android supports all current
Y-cam models*, and allows for up to 8 camera feeds to be saved to the phone
for instant viewing. Camera feeds can be connected via local (i.e. home
network) or external networks (i.e. the internet), and allows for viewing
over 3G and WiFi.
For Smartphone Customers With Questions, In-Store, Online Workshops Have Answers; New Video Available
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new smartphone can do a lot and it may often mean new questions: How do I make sure my battery doesn't run out during the day? Can I create a text message by speaking into my phone? What's an "app"? With more than 30 million smartphone customers on its network, Verizon Wireless is making sure smartphone customers - new and experienced - don't have to look far for answers to any and all questions with free Wireless Workshops, available at participating Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online.
To see what some customers had to say about their Wireless Workshop, see "What I Learned at the Verizon Wireless Workshop," available on the Verizon WirelessTV YouTube(TM) channel and in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library.
Verizon Wireless Workshops offer a comprehensive look at what smartphones and other "smart" devices, such as tablets, can do. The in-store workshops are led by specially trained data experts and sales representatives and run between one and two hours in length. Verizon Wireless offers many of the same workshops online in English as well as some in Spanish on-demand at http://www.verizonwireless.com/workshops.
Customers can also attend live online Q&A sessions where Verizon Wireless representatives answer participants' questions about devices and operating systems. A list of upcoming online Q&A sessions is available on the Wireless Workshops website.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Tom Pica, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7516, Thomas.Pica@verizonwireless.com
THX® Announces New THX cineSpace(TM) Partner Program at SMPTE 2011
Program Offers Access to Development Versions of THX cineSpace Products, Expanded Training Opportunities for Best Practices and Enables Communication between Production Facilities
HOLLYWOOD, Oct, 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (SMPTE 2011 - Stand 504), THX Ltd. today announced the THX cineSpace(TM) Partner Program, a growing ecosystem of experts in the content production space, with a common goal of offering products that ensure quality end-customer experiences and effective color management throughout the production chain. Representing Digital Intermediate grading and restoration systems used in major facilities all over the world to finish feature films, television shows and commercials, the new program promotes proper implementation and use of the THX cineSpace color management software. It enables partner companies to access development versions of new THX cineSpace products for alpha and beta testing, and to use THX cineSpace in end-user training programs to ensure customers get the most out of the combination of THX cineSpace and their products.
"The systems manufacturers participating in the THX cineSpace Partner Program are some of the world's leading firms in the business, responsible for producing major feature films, prime time television shows and commercials," said Rick Dean, senior vice president, THX Ltd. "With this new program, THX is facilitating communication between production and post-production organizations to ensure facilities and artists are getting the best possible results onto the screen."
Partner products support THX cineSpace LUTs which enable the systems to accurately emulate virtually any display target during the creative processes of grading and restoration. Colorists and other artists use the partner systems together with THX cineSpace to complete deliverables intended for display using Rec 709 video, digital cinema, and any film stock.
THX cineSpace partners include:
-- ASSIMILATE Inc. - the developer of SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab(TM); the
SCRATCH data-centric DI system is the most comprehensive, end-to-end
cinema and broadcast imaging tool for playback, conform, editing, color
grading, compositing and finishing for digital workflows. SCRATCH Lab
delivers a comprehensive toolset for the review, versioning, color
correction, conform, and output for production and VFX dailies for
features, such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, X-Men:
First Class and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. ASSIMILATE
has remained an innovator in digital cinema since its inception more
than eight years ago and has been an ongoing, critical partner of RED,
another industry groundbreaker.
-- Image Systems - a worldwide leader in high resolution image processing
and film scanning for the media and defense companies, as well as high
speed motion analysis solutions for industrial applications. Its Nucoda
products comprise a suite of color grading and finishing solutions that
have been used on many of the best known films, commercials,
documentaries, music videos and television programs across the globe,
such as the Emmy Award winning TV series Californication, Pixar's Cars 2
and upcoming feature Brave, Game of Thrones and The Chronicles of
Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the highest grossing film of 2010).
Its Phoenix range offers the ultimate in image restoration tools for
film archives and content owners. Its Golden Eye film scanners provide
optimal high resolution scanning for DI, archive and restoration,
handling negative, print and intermediate in all major film formats.
-- Pandora International - offers the new Pluto multi-purpose display
management system for use in production and post applications. This
hardware platform handles THX cineSpace LUTs and incorporates a 3D and
1D LUT manager, a cursor generator and a stereoscopic processor. THX
cineSpace customers use the Pluto as a fully integrated hardware
solution for monitor profiling, calibration and look management.
Facilities like The Mill, MTI Film and Park Road Post use Pluto devices
to emulate a huge variety of target display types. They profile their
displays and targets with the THX cineProfiler application and control
Pluto over Ethernet; the THX cineCube Visual software generates
emulation LUTs for the Pluto to apply to the video stream.
-- Quantel - delivers the Pablo color correction and finishing solution for
HD, 2K, 4K and Stereoscopic 3D. It has been proven on thousands of
movies, commercials and programs including Avatar, the new documentary
film Dragonslayer and The Social Network. Pablo's powerful color tools
all run in a non-linear environment - where changes are easily
accommodated at any stage. It also means that the colorist and client
can view every shot in its correct editorial - and even compositional -
context, transforming the entire post workflow into a fast,
collaborative and creative process.
As part of its partner program, THX also works closely with the International Colorist Academy (ICA), a collective of freelance colorists and color scientists led by well-known colorist and trainer Kevin Shaw. THX receives input and advice on best practices and development priorities based on ICA real-world experiences working on a wide variety of material in top facilities all over the world. In addition, the ICA uses THX cineSpace as the preferred color management tool for its colorist training programs, which help engineers and artists implement and use THX cineSpace color management properly.
THX is exhibiting its latest version of THX cineSpace color management software at the SMPTE National Conference October 25-27, at Stand 504. In addition, Michael Chenery, senior color scientist, THX, will present a paper at SMPTE on "The Validity and Relevance of Reference Displays" on Tuesday, October 25. Michael will address a host of color science issues related to replacing the once ubiquitous CRT display in professional environments and discuss alternatives to dealing with the problem of "what is the best reference monitor," given the current state of display technology.
About THX Ltd.
From the big screen to your screen, THX ignites your passion for exciting entertainment experiences. Founded by George Lucas and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the design and certification of world-class cinemas, premium audio systems, HDTVs, and blockbuster movies and games. Products featuring THX defy convention and define quality in their class, whether in the cinema, home or on the road.
SOURCE THX Ltd.
CONTACT: Jen Ralls, THX Ltd., +1-415-492-3949, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jason Enriquez, Weber Shandwick for THX Ltd., +1-415-215-9498, email@example.com
KAUAI, Hawaii, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop-up MicroLites(TM), developed by MicroLite Tech, are new micro-sized lighting devices that allow hands-free operation. With just a simple push these compact, durable, super-bright LED lights pop up to shine light downward, illuminating anything they are attached to. All other lighting products instead disperse light away. Pop-up MicroLites attach to almost anything, including plastic, metal, wood, leather, and even cloth. With a footprint the size of only a nickel they are also one of the smallest lighting products on the market.
Pop-up MicroLites provide hands-free illumination of toolboxes, locks, dashboards, breaker panels, remote controls, clipboards, purses, emergency kits, computer ports, and so much more. The product has literally thousands of unique uses. The current version attaches adhesively but a magnetic version will soon also be available. With a suggested retail price under $10, Pop-up MicroLites are affordable enough to be used everywhere. They are now available in glossy black and will be available soon in metallic silver and bright white.
Pop-up MicroLites have been sold successfully online since December 2010, but are now becoming available at various retail outlets in both the U.S. and Canada. Due to the product's many uses it can be sold through Hardware, Home Improvement, Electronics, Drug & Grocery, Sporting Goods, Office, Automotive, Promotional, Industrial, and Mass Merchandising channels. Several large retail chains have already expressed interest in carrying the product.
"We expect nationwide retail placement in the U.S. and Canada by early 2012. The response from both consumers and retailers has been fantastic. Micro-lighting really is an entirely unexplored product category with lots of room for new innovation," says MicroLite Tech founder and CEO John Teel. The Pop-up MicroLite is the first in an entire line of hands-free micro-lighting products being developed by MicroLite Tech.
Pop-up MicroLites are protected under U.S. Patent 7,794,131. The patented pop-up feature is critical because the light source must be elevated to illuminate what it is attached to. When not in use the light needs to be compact and out of the way. The best solution is to have the light source pop up when turned on. The product began out of a need to illuminate remote controls in the dark but quickly grew to being used in countless other applications.
MicroLite Tech was founded in 2010 by John Teel of Kauai, Hawaii. John is now the company's CEO. Les Oliver is the company's Master Sales Representative for North America. Pop-up MicroLites are distributed in Canada exclusively by Spark Marketing and Distribution of Oakville, Ontario.
MicroLite Tech LLC
Tel: 808-332-0402 Fax: 866-434-2045
(Hi-res product photos available on website)
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Yippy, Inc. Moving Forward with Major K8 EDU Project Completion
FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Yippy, Inc. (Pinksheets: YIPI) (http://www.yippy.com) ("Yippy" or the "Company"), providers of the world's fastest, family friendly educational search engine and web portal, reports today the official launch of YuckOut (http://www.yuckout.com). YuckOut provides children ages 12 and under a free ad-supported web search designed for K8 Educational Institutions.
"Yuckout.com offers educators a choice," stated Rich Granville, CEO of Yippy, Inc. "YuckOut offers fully customizable controls on content and a display that works excellent on iPhones, iPads and other related mobile products. At this point, we have reached completion of all educational engines and now looking to expand their presence through major advertising campaigns."
Granville continues, "As we close in on Ad:tech, I think most people are starting to understand our business model. We are not trying to compete against Google for consumer search. We are going after Google Custom Search specifically. There are very few competitors in Custom Search and Google controls the vast majority of the market with a program that is outdated and falls short in every category to Yippy Custom Search. We will be meeting with major websites and brands at Ad-tech to show the power of our program which will enhance user retention and drive revenues for all involved."
About Yippy, Inc.
Based in Fort Myers, Florida, Yippy, Inc. (http://www.yippy.com) is a new economy technology company that develops technologies and application services environments for both consumer and commercial market segments.
Statements in this press release that relate to the Company's expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company's results from new products in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "may," "could," "should," "anticipates," "likely," "believes" and words of similar import also identify forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this release, even if new information becomes available in the future. Additional information on risks and other factors that may affect the business and financial results of Yippy, Inc. can be found in the filings of Yippy, Inc. on OTC Markets (http://www.otcmarkets.com).
Nefsis Identifies Scalable Video, Worldwide Access and Live Collaboration Tools as Key Online Training Requirements
Combination of features drive productive training sessions for branch offices, remote employees and customers
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Online services innovator Nefsis® today announced high-quality video, worldwide reach to business desktops and conference rooms, and robust collaboration tools are the main features leveraged by its customers using video conferencing for training applications. In addition, the company has found that live, instructor-led online training is one of its most popular applications. The company's video conferencing cloud enables Nefsis to provide HD video conferencing services for businesses of all sizes seeking to instruct and educate employee and customer audiences around the world.
Nefsis provides multipoint HD video conferencing online services via its global cloud. Its dynamic scalable video technology ensures delivery of the best-quality video possible over virtually any network connection. This provides many advantages for companies using video conferencing for training purposes. In addition, the cloud's firewall and proxy traversal capabilities are essential components for widely dispersed participants accessing the Internet from their own, separate networks.
"It was always a logistical nightmare trying to schedule training at one point in town for emergency medical personnel, while keeping their stations staffed," said Mark Nichols, training chief for Arizona-based Peoria Fire Department."We've started down the path of video conferencing with Nefsis to bridge this gap."
Industries, such as banking and financial services, that consist of branch office locations also benefit, as training through Nefsis' cloud-based delivery helps lower cost, improve the efficiency of training sessions, and provides a bandwidth friendly option for the corporate network. "During video conferences, trainers can see trainees' body language, which helps indicate whether they are bored or confused," said Laurelle Campbell, Director of Employee Development at Advancial Credit Union. "And, trainees now see they're all in the same boat and are willing to ask questions, and talk to each other about their learning."
The collaboration features offered by Nefsis make the service ideal for training environments. These tools include desktop and document sharing, annotation over live apps, and media file sharing, such as the ability to play a training movie clip during a conference. In addition, Nefsis is one of a select few online services that can record all web, VoIP and video during a training session in industry-standard file formats, rather than in proprietary formats, which can become cumbersome when sharing with employees at later dates.
"Face-to-face education is highly effective, but in today's tight economy it's not always feasible for businesses to send employees or instructors to various locations for training, especially when technology is available as an alternative," said Allen Drennan, Nefsis Chief Technology Officer. "We've found that our customers use Nefsis frequently for training, as trainers can reach virtually any employee, customer or reseller regardless of location. Instructors like to see whether their audience understands the material and high-quality, business-grade video is required for that. This is something Nefsis provides."
Nefsis offers a full-featured, free trial to companies so they can easily test and implement a variety of HD and multipoint video conferencing systems, using widely available webcams and HD pan-tilt-zoom video cameras, with their existing Internet access. Nefsis also provides built-in diagnostic tools and a full suite of IT controls that regulate user access, security and video features.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Nefsis is a technology specialist in video conferencing software and cloud computing online services. The Company's global cloud provides multipoint HD video and advanced collaboration tools to business, government and educational customers in more than 45 countries worldwide. As compared to previous generations of video conferencing solutions requiring video routers, MCUs and gateways, the Nefsis cloud-based offering is less expensive, automatically maintained, and easier to expand.
For more information, please visit http://www.nefsis.com or call +1 (858) 715-0970 in the Americas or +44 (0) 870 224 0415 in the UK and Europe.
Amy Robinson / Brittney Wolff
LEWIS PR for Nefsis
Nefsis is a registered trademark of Nefsis Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are property of their respective owners.
Avere and Nexenta Announce Partnership for Scalable, High Performance Open Storage Solutions
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Avere Systems today announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Nexenta Systems to deliver scalable, high performance, OpenStorage solutions based on a combination of Avere's FXT Series of appliances and Nexenta's NexentaStor open source ZFS technology.
With this new partnership, Avere and Nexenta enable the delivery of a complete storage solution that scales application performance to millions of IOPS, provides petabyte scale capacity with enterprise-class data management features, such as unlimited snapshots, inline deduplication, and thin provisioning.
Avere FXT Series appliances are the first-ever solution to bring the benefits of automated performance tiering and scale-out clustering to any NAS environment. The FXT Series provides NAS optimization by enabling customers to achieve unlimited performance scaling for their applications, global access to data independent of where the storage is located, and dramatic cost savings in both capital and operating expenses.
"Scalar Decisions welcomes the partnership of two of our most exciting technology partners," said Pat Misasi, Vice President, Strategic Partners at Scalar Decisions. "The combination of Avere and Nexenta allows Scalar to provide a winning combination of high performance, scalable petabyte class storage solutions at a price point and total cost of ownership that most customers will find very compelling."
ZFS-based NexentaStor, is a fully supported commercial software package that runs on industry standard x86 servers and provides joint customers and resellers unified storage capabilities, including support for CIFS and NFS storage access. NexentaStor customers typically experience cost savings of 75% or greater versus proprietary solutions.
"Nexenta's OpenStorage products are the perfect complement for Avere's NAS optimization solutions, allowing enterprises to achieve scalability without limits for performance, as well as capacity, at a fraction of the cost of traditional storage systems without sacrificing any data management features," said Rebecca Thompson, Vice President of Marketing at Avere.
"A technology shift in storage is underway in how businesses deploy storage solutions. The OpenStorage Summit 2011 will demonstrate how partner solutions like Avere can help deploy massively scalable storage solutions, at the best price to performance ratio," said Jim Fitzgerald, VP of Business Development, Nexenta Systems.
About Avere Systems
Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new storage media using real-time tiering. Avere's products allow organizations to achieve unlimited application performance scaling, free applications from the confines of the data center by eliminating latency and cut storage costs by more than half. Learn more at http://www.averesystems.com, and you can follow the company on Twitter.com/averesystems.
About Nexenta Systems
Nexenta Systems is the world's leading provider of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. The company's flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage management. NexentaStor is a storage software solution built upon ZFS technology. It operates on industry standard x86 servers and provides NAS and SAN capabilities, including support for CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel storage access.
Running on any industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems.
818-884-8282, ext 15
Northwest MLS Brokers Give Glowing Reviews to New e-signature Service Authentisign(TM)
KIRKLAND, Wash., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Initial users of a new online e-signature service launched earlier this month by Northwest Multiple Listing Service are praising its features and benefits.
"Authentisign is a client convenience that has given 'service' a new meaning," said Elizabeth Erickson, owner and designated broker at Gallery Homes, LLC in Mukilteo. She started using the new document-signing tool the first day it became available.
Erickson's initial transaction involved a pilot who responded through a mobile device from airports around the world, starting in Colorado and concluding in Norway. "I guess I'm just too old to not be in awe of that!" she confessed, noting it took her about 10 minutes to upload the documents and start the signature process.
Authentisign, a product of Instanet Solutions, is a secure online document-signing service enabling multiple parties to participate and sign documents electronically. The service can be used anytime by registered users to sign documents online, replacing the need for faxing, scanning and emailing, or meeting face-to-face, thereby saving both time and paper.
Joel Semanko, another early user of the service, praised its ease of use. The broker/owner of Semanko Realty Group, LLC in Mount Vernon said he has used it for offers and counteroffers involving local clients as well as buyers from Vancouver, BC and Texas. "My clients love the convenience and user friendliness," he remarked, noting the dashboard that enables viewing the signing history and progress is very helpful.
Northwest MLS' latest technology upgrade allows its members and their buyers or sellers to log into a secured website using a specially created identity to access and review contract documents. They then place their electronic signature on the document where required and as prompted by email notifications and "invitations." After the document routing is complete and every participant has affixed signatures where indicated, all parties receive a final electronic copy of the document with all required signatures.
Authentisign is usable across multiple file types and various platforms, currently including PCs and Macs; tablets may also be used for collecting signatures. The signing service, developed in 2005, is FHA approved, ESIGN compliant, and fully integrated with most Northwest MLS forms.
The service recognizes different types of participants, allowing brokers to choose whether each participant is a signer (buyer or seller), a reviewer (listing broker, selling broker, or attorney), or a recipient of the final signed document (listing firm or selling firm).
Tom Hurdelbrink, Northwest MLS president and CEO, said the tight integration of Authentisign with the MLS' existing forms platform, together with the set-up wizards, step-by-step prompts, and support will enable members to facilitate efficient and secure paperless transactions for their clients.
"It is a given fact that nothing in the home buying process can replace the value of a personal relationship with a skilled and knowledgeable real estate broker," Hurdelbrink emphasized, adding, "When the consumer is ready to take action, the efficiency and convenience of Authentisign cannot be beat."
Erickson, the broker in Mukilteo, said she subscribed to a different service earlier this year at the prompting of clients in California who were relocating here. The retired couple, described as "not particularly tech savvy" ("kind of like me," Erickson quips), had access to online document signing with agents who listed two of their properties in California. They lamented Erickson's cumbersome system, telling her, "We wish you had available what our agents here have, where we just open an email and click on where we're to sign and it's just done!"
"I was scanning and emailing PDFs of the purchase agreements and then inspection addendums that required signatures at various times," Erickson recalls. "My clients had to print them off, drive to a Kinko's to scan and resend to me."
Now, Erickson uses electronic signing for local as well as out-of-area clients. She says the local use of e-signatures for "that one needed initial" on a final addendum for clients just across town is extremely convenient for them too. "They can just sign it when they get home at midnight and eliminate having to meet up somewhere for a single initial."
Instanet Solutions (http://www.instanetsolutions.com), a leading provider of real estate technology, has approximately 390,000 licensed, paid user accounts of its various real estate-focused products. The company, based in London, Ontario, began delivering residential real estate technology in 1992.
Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 22,000 real estate brokers. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 21 counties in Washington state.
Tom Hurdelbrink, NWMLS President & CEO, 425.820-9200
SOURCE Instanet Solutions; Northwest Multiple Listing Service
Instanet Solutions; Northwest Multiple Listing Service
Alcatel-Lucent Strengthens Its Leadership in the Mobile Backhaul Market
Company expands its product portfolio to provide mobile operators with greater flexibility to meet exploding demand for mobile broadband services such as video and access to social networks
CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 4G World -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has once again been recognized for its leadership in the mobile backhaul market, with a new report by leading industry analyst firm Infonetics Research. In the report, Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services - Biannual Worldwide and Regional Market Share, Size, and Forecasts, Alcatel-Lucent is cited as the leading vendor in the Ethernet cell site gateway and Ethernet mobile backhaul router market assessments for the first six months of 2011.
To build on that leadership, Alcatel-Lucent is enhancing its 7705 Services Aggregation Router (SAR) family to provide operators everywhere with a fast and efficient way of addressing the exploding demand for mobile broadband services such as video streams and downloads, mobile gaming, access to social networks and more. The new power-efficient, small footprint, high-performance 7705 SAR-M models provide operators with additional network flexibility in addressing their requirements for mobile backhaul, business services, and strategic industries such as Smart Grids.
The skyrocketing demand for high bandwidth applications is being driven by the widespread use of smartphones and tablets. Data applications require much more bandwidth than voice services, and operators need a more flexible and cost-effective way to quickly transform their backhaul networks to carry all of this mobile data traffic. In response to this need, Alcatel-Lucent has been building up its backhaul portfolio over the past several years, and has secured a market-leading position.
The new 7705 SAR-M models expand and enhance the existing 7705 Services Aggregation Router (SAR) family. They support a variety of cell site access options including nxDS1/E1, Gigabit Ethernet, microwave, OADM, GPON and xDSL. The 7705 SAR-M xDSL module, with support for up to 8-pair bonding over VDSL2, boosts data speeds over copper access networks and provides a clear evolution path to even higher data throughputs with VDSL2 Vectoring technology. Alcatel-Lucent's 7705 SAR product family makes the best use of operators' existing network access infrastructure - whether microwave, copper or fiber-based - to transport all traffic from voice through to LTE mobile broadband data services such as high-definition video. This provides operators with a solution that fully addresses all their customers' requirements in the speediest and most cost-effective way without compromising network performance.
Philippe Keryer, President of the Networks Group at Alcatel-Lucent, said: "Alcatel-Lucent's leadership in the mobile backhaul market combined with our deep understanding of networks operating in very different environments means that we can help operators evolve their offer to enter the mobile internet era and satisfy all their customers' requirements. The 7705 SAR-M forms part of our end-to-end mobile backhaul solution and complements our ground-breaking new lightRadio(TM) product family in supporting the swift delivery of the internet on the move, with the highest quality."
About Alcatel-Lucent's Mobile backhaul solution
Together with other Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Backhaul solution products such as the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR), 73xx Intelligent Services Access Manger (ISAM), 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS), 7750 Services Router (SR) and the 5620 Services Aware Manager (SAM), the 7705 SAR product family offers a highly scalable, converged (support for 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE) and reliable end-to-end solution deployed by more than 80 operators globally.
ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.
The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
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Auryn's Newest iPad App Introduces Children to the Iconic Art and Vivid World of Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers app strikes an artful balance between author Laurence Anholt's illustrations and Auryn's patented technology that brings storybooks to life
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Auryn, Inc., just recognized by the Producers Guild of America and Variety magazine as the Digital 25 top innovator in Emerging Media, announced today Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, its much-anticipated new Auryn platform app that's rich in watercolor illustrations and revolutionary in digital storytelling. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this stunning new iPad app, now available on the iTunes app store at http://bit.ly/pIERLQ.
Based on Van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt, Auryn's latest app not only tells a story but also introduces children to one of the most famous artists of all time and his works. This app also incorporates numerous gaming elements -- a first for the digital publisher whose award-winning Auryn platform apps include the beloved and highly-praised Teddy's Day, Teddy's Night and The Little Mermaid.
"As soon as I saw the Van Gogh and the Sunflowers app I knew it was right! The animation and sound are fantastic, and my book has all kinds of amazing new layers. It was magical to see my little characters running around the pages; then I took a virtual tour of a van Gogh museum and played some amazing games. The app even let me create my own works of art," said Anholt. "This is art education at its best - so much fun that kids don't know they are learning."
"Van Gogh and the Sunflowers has all that a child could ask for, a great entertaining story, education, challenging games and fun with colors and its combination of activities will appeal to both boys and girls," saidUmesh Shukla, CCO of Auryn. "Children can learn about van Gogh in a fun, colorful and interactive way. It's a shining example of Auryn's commitment to create children's story apps that establish benchmarks in digital publishing."
The app is designed to appeal to both the right and left side of a child's brain. On one hand it invites children to understand the magic behind motion created by gear-driven mechanics, and on the other, it lets children make the moving character their own by allowing them color with various tools.
Auryn Inc. is a premiere digital publisher focused on creating award-winning interactive children's stories for the iPad and other tablet devices. The company collaborates with authors, illustrators and publishers to turn their stories into educational, engaging and entertaining experiences. Among others, Auryn has worked with illustrators such as Rosemary Wells and Lizbeth Zwerger and has had its titles win the 2011 Appy award, numerous Kirkus Review Stars and 2011 Parent's Choice Awards.
Auryn's apps are based on their patented technology and two technology platforms - Auryn and Auracle. Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, for ages four to 11 but also for any van Gogh fan,is the newest title on the popular Auryn platform and fans of Auryn's bestselling Auryn Ink app (http://bit.ly/kzR1St) will recognize the superior watercolor animation.
Auryn's previous titles are also available in the iTunes app store.
About Auryn, Inc.
Uniting leading technologists, noted storytellers and exceptional animation production, Auryn produces digital storybooks and other creative apps. Auryn's patented technology enables the company to produce motion media in any known style including those never before seen in animation such as oil paint, pastel and watercolor. For more on Auryn, visit http://www.auryn.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter at: http://www.facebook.com/appsbyauryn and http://www.twitter.com/AurynApps.
About the author Laurence Anholt
Laurence Anholt lives in Lyme Regis with his wife and children where he works full-time as an author and illustrator of children's books. Jack and the Dreamsack is Laurence's first book for Bloomsbury. Laurence's books include Chimp and Zee, Camille and the Sunflowers (Van Gogh and the Sunflowers in the U.S.), and many more.
Crystal Patriarche, SparksPR Agency
KODAK Gallery Partners with SocialTwist for "Holiday Value Packs"
Innovative program uniquely rewards customers for referring their friends
EMERYVILLE and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --KODAK Gallery (http://www.kodakgallery.com), the only online photo service uniquely designed for KODAK MOMENTS, today announced a partnership with SocialTwist (http://www.socialtwist.com) to leverage their customer acquisition platform to power a new referral-driven purchase solution called "Holiday Value Packs."
Using "Holiday Value Packs," consumers can get tremendous value on timely products for the upcoming holiday season. Customers can select an offer (worth more than $100) and get an immediate discount, or they can share it with their friends, through facebook.com; and/or email and get an even bigger discount. The program uniquely links together customer value with new business.
"The 'Holiday Value Packs' is an innovative way for KODAK Gallery to generate new business, using the social media connections of their customers," said SocialTwist CEO Vijay Pullur. "We're excited to partner with KODAK Gallery and put together a program that rewards customers for generating impactful referrals from their friends and family."
A recent study from Gartner noted that 75% of consumers look to people in their social networks before making purchase decisions. Separate studies from eMarketer and Nielsen have shown that consumers are also far more inclined to trust the advice and brand referrals coming from their friends.
"Social networks are making huge changes in consumer behavior, particularly in how people make decisions on brands and products," said Victor Cho, General Manager of KODAK Gallery, Eastman Kodak Company. "Coupon companies and third party discounts are not the only way to offer 'social marketing.' KODAK Gallery can improve this dynamic by tying rewards to valuable referrals--which is why we are thrilled to work with SocialTwist, a pioneering platform that links rewards to desired consumer outcomes, to create win-wins for brands and consumers."
More than 75 million people come together to manage and share photos, and create photo products gifts and more at KODAK Gallery -- join today at http://www.kodakgallery.com.
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SocialTwist is a customer acquisition and retention platform that generates viral referrals for businesses, using the social connections of their customers.
Since 2008, more than 40 of the world's largest brands have worked with us to integrate social referrals into their marketing programs to drive incremental revenue. Our experience extends across a number of industries, including consumer products, financial services, hospitality, entertainment and other sectors.
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LONGMONT, Colo., Oct. 25, 2011/PRNewswire/ --Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: HILL), a leading provider of unified virtual storage and SAN storage solutions, today announced that its Dot Hill AssuredSAN(TM) 3000 Series arrays have achieved full verification with Citrix® XenServer® as part of the Citrix Ready® program. The AssuredSAN(TM) 3000 Series joins Dot Hill's AssuredUVS(TM) unified virtual storage appliances as the latest Dot Hill offering to achieve Citrix Ready verification.
"The Citrix XenServer platform has been widely adopted in Windows and Linux environments, providing reduced infrastructure costs and increased productivity for enterprises around the globe," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "Designated Citrix Ready, Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage products are tested and fully interoperable with Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop environments."
"Citrix Ready partners such as Dot Hill are a critical component of the success of XenServer in the marketplace," said Joe Keller, vice president of Community and Alliance Marketing, Citrix. "With its latest Citrix Ready verification, Dot Hill offers a growing portfolio of storage solutions that are optimized for virtual server and desktop environments."
Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 Series - Redefining Entry-level Storage
Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 Series arrays offer support for 8Gb Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), 10Gb iSCSI, as well as other 'state of the art' interface options. In addition, Dot Hill continues to add midrange capability and value to its 3000 Series with options such as AssuredRemote(TM) data management software for remote replication. Advanced data management such as AssuredCopy(TM), Dot Hill's volume copy technology, enabling the creation of independent data volume copies for additional data protection, and Dot Hill's AssuredSnap(TM) snapshot capability for improved data availability and business continuity, allow companies to reduce the burden of meeting modern data retention policies. The AssuredSAN 3000 systems can scale to a total of 288 terabytes of storage with inexpensive JBOD expansion units.
The AssuredSAN 3000 Series features a number of eco-friendly enhancements such as drive spin-down capability and 595-watt 80 PLUS-rated (greater than 80 percent energy efficiency) power supplies for reduced operating costs. Additionally, the AssuredSAN 3000 Series also features Dot Hill's patented EcoStor(TM) "green" battery-free alternative for cache memory, which leverages a combination of super capacitors and flash memory that outlasts traditional batteries nearly fivefold. Business benefits include lower maintenance and disposal costs and reduced server and application down time due to scheduled battery replacement and maintenance.
About the Citrix Ready Program
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix® XenDesktop®, XenApp(TM), XenServer®, NetScaler® and GoToMeeting®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety of customer needs, and currently incorporates over 2,800 partners who have demonstrated more than 18,000 product verifications. It also includes the Citrix Ready Community Verified program which allows customers to see thousands of products that have been verified by other customers to work in their production environments. The Citrix Ready program received the Alliance Excellence Award from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) for creating a strong community through implementation of new, innovative best practices. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found at http://www.citrix.com/citrixready. Reach Citrix ready using social media via the Citrix Ready blog site and Twitter.
About Dot Hill
Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems - helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough virtualization software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class unified virtual storage and SAN solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Citrix®, Citrix Ready®, and XenServer® are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements include statements regarding: any improvement to Dot Hill's financial results or increases in product orders due to Dot Hill products' receiving "Citrix Ready" status; the compatibility of Dot Hill products with Citrix products in any particular environment, and; the performance or benefits of any Dot Hill product in any particular environment. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include, among other things: changing customer preferences; unforeseen technological, intellectual property, personnel or engineering issues; and the additional risks set forth in the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Citrix and Dot Hill are independent entities, and Dot Hill takes no responsibility for any statements made by Citrix.
Marketing Communications Manager
OurStage.com Launches New Web Series The OurStage Panel
Giving Independent and Emerging Artists Unparalleled Access to Music Industry Elite for Critique, Feedback and Mentorship
new York, oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OurStage.com, the premier destination for indie music discovery, has launched the The OurStage Panel, a revolutionary web series featuring top-ranked independent artists and influential music industry experts. A first of its kind, The OurStage Panel allows emerging OurStage.com artists the extraordinary opportunity to be reviewed and critiqued by top industry professionals from a variety of disciplines across the music industry (A&R, Radio, Management, Producers, Licensing, etc.). Debuting Tuesday, October 25 at http://panel.ourstage.com, the series will run weekly with a monthly winner receiving the grand prize.
Each month sixteen high ranking (from within the top 100 positions on the OurStage music charts) Premium OurStage artists/bands will be selected by a panel of experts to be evaluated on The OurStage Panel. Every episode will then take viewers inside the intimate conversation of real industry tastemakers as they judge a group of four of these sixteen artists on their hit-making potential. While many artists spend a lifetime performing and never getting in front of industry elite, The OurStage Panel artists will get valuable feedback from the best in the business. After four weeks, the finalists from each week will go head-to-head to compete for the grand prize:
-- $5,000 in cash;
-- A world-class video interview/EPK (electronic press kit) shot by Emmy
award-winning Director/Producer Mitchell Stuart at a top studio in New
-- A mentor session in New York City with OurStage series panelists;
-- And a mentor session with a senior music licensing expert.
"We really are trying to do something unique with The OurStage Panel. We want to provide an authentic bridge between the best of what the Internet and the traditional industry pros have to offer-- by filtering the top new artists from across the web based on the wisdom of the crowd and pairing it with true industry feedback on how to groom successful artists," said OurStage.com Founder and CEO Ben Campbell. "With the flood of reality music shows that primarily focus on karaoke singers, we want to use this very popular medium to showcase real artists who have a bonafide shot at a long-term career once they get discovered."
Chosen for both their influence and their expertise, the initial lineup for The OurStage Panel features some of the most recognizable names in today's music landscape. Hosted by the series co-creator and Founder/CEO of OurStage.com, Ben Campbell, the first month's panel includes:
-- Lee Dannay - VP of A&R, Warner/Chappell Music: Dannay has over twenty
years' experience in the music industry, including A&R executive credits
at MCA Records, Epic Records and Columbia Records.
-- Sharon Dastur - Programming Director, Z100: The first female program
director in the history of Z100, New York's hit music station, the
award-winning "Most Influential Woman in Radio" (Radio Ink) took the
station to #1 in the Arbitron ratings and the station was recently named
radio station of the year.
-- Jason Ienner - Manager, Hot Chelle Ray and former manager of The Fray:
In addition to managing chart-topping pop-rock band Hot Chelle Ray,
Ienner is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at
DashBid Media and sits on the Roqbot advisory board.
-- Bruce Tyler - Executive Producer; Entertainment Consultant; Former
Executive VP, Sony Music: With over 25 years of music experience, Tyler
played a major role in the continuing success of artists such as
Beyonce, John Mayer, John Legend, The Fray and many others as Executive
Vice President of Sony Music and Columbia Records.
As The OurStage Panel continues over upcoming months, viewers will see a variety of influential music industry taste makers, from label executives to award-winning producers, providing their feedback on the top talent from OurStage.com.
Directing the series is Emmy Award-winning producer/director Mitchell Stuart. Having worked with music's biggest artists, including Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, Carrie Underwood and Green Day, Stuart brings the element critical to this series.
"I wanted this to be real, not a karaoke contest. There are no bells and whistles, just original music by real artists," explained Executive Producer Bruce Tyler. "Mitchell understood the vision immediately. Artists, whether they be A-list or emerging, have always marveled at how he captures them in a way no one else could. He was the only choice for what we wanted to achieve through this series."
OurStage.com's unique, patented, cheat-proof judging platform allows the fans to rank the best new artists - separating real professionals who are ready to break - from the millions of hobbyists seeking attention online. In addition to its free service, OurStage.com also offers a Premium subscription service for the more serious music professional. These Premium Artists get access to a more advanced suite of fan-messaging tools, greater customization of their online EPK, and lucrative potential licensing opportunities. And, importantly, it is these top-ranking Premium artists that have the opportunity to be part of TheOurStage Panel, receiving both exposure and exclusive access to industry leaders.
Founded in 2007, OurStage.com (http://www.ourstage.com) is a leading destination for music listening, discovery, and quality editorial content. With more than 200,000 artists from 40 styles of music, OurStage.com receives 4 million visits each month from 170 countries. OurStage.com's most acclaimed feature is its proprietary judging engine where the site's listeners rank the music of emerging artists for competitions that reward major opportunities to the winners--such as the chance to open for headlining acts and/or record with major label performers. To date, OurStage.com has provided opportunities for artists to open, be mentored by, or collaborate with celebrity artists such as Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Drake, Goo Goo Dolls, HANSON, Train, John Legend, Lilith 2010, John Mayer, Monica, T-Pain, Trey Songz, Keith Urban, Travis Barker, Jane's Addiction, Hot Chelle Rae and many others. OurStage.com has also partnered with a wide range of media giants over the last few years, including: Clear Channel, Guitar Center, BET, CMT, Digital Broadcasting Group, AOL Music, MTV, and Radio One. For more information: http://www.ourstage.com.
Genomic Health Launches Smartphone Application to Improve Access to Important Treatment Information for Newly Diagnosed Breast and Colon Cancer Patients
Cancer Coach App to help patients better understand their personalized treatment options and manage their cancer journey
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Genomic Health, Inc., (Nasdaq: GHDX) today launched a smartphone application designed to help people who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or colon cancer to better access and manage information important for their personalized treatment plan. The application was developed in partnership with Breastcancer.org and Fight Colorectal Cancer, creating a natural extension of the original My Breast Cancer Coach and My Colon Cancer Coach online tools to empower patients to make better informed decisions about their treatment based on accurate, accessible and personalized medical information about their cancer.
The application, called the Cancer Coach, features a calendar to mark medical appointments, important questions for the doctor, audio notepad function that records additional questions and responses, glossary, and a journal to keep track of key information shared during physician visits throughout diagnosis and treatment.
"More and more women are seeking information about breast cancer, not just online, but using their mobile devices. The Cancer Coach app fulfills this need for reliable resources on-the-go as patients and their personal support networks navigate a new diagnosis," said Hope Wohl, CEO of Breastcancer.org. "Our partnership with Genomic Health on My Breast Cancer Coach and the Cancer Coach app supports our mission to help breast cancer patients and their loved ones make sense of complex medical information so they can make the most informed decisions."
The Cancer Coach app walks patients through a simple questionnaire with audio guidance for breast cancer by Lillie Shockney, RN, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center and for colon cancer by Richard M. Goldberg, MD, Professor and Physician-in-Chief of the James Cancer Hospital and Associate Director of the James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University. Based on a patient's responses, the Cancer Coach creates a customized treatment information guide that can be shared with their physician as they discuss treatment options. The Cancer Coach app is available on Apple iTunes and in the Android Market and features additional resources for breast and colon cancer, as well as a RSS news feed unique to newly diagnosed breast cancer or colon cancer patients.
"We believe that as the biology of cancer becomes better defined it is critical that every woman begin to take a more informed and active role in her treatment plan," said Randy Scott, founder and executive chairman of the board, Genomic Health. "The Cancer Coach app allows patients to store and access high quality personalized information right at their fingertips so that it is readily available as they decide with their healthcare team how best to proceed with treatment."
Carlea Bauman, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer, believes colon cancer patients and their caretakers will find the Cancer Coach app to be extremely helpful as they are able to take the resources of My Colon Cancer Coach with them into the doctor's office, and use the key features of a smart phone to help manage all the information shared during health care visits. "The app is an effective tool for patients to have in hand, especially when they meet with their doctor. It gives them information unique to their diagnosis that can really make a difference in the discussion about treatment," she said.
The personalized treatment information guides provided by My Breast Cancer Coach andMy Colon Cancer Coach online tools and the Cancer Coach app were developed in accordance with National Cancer Cooperative Network® (NCCN®) clinical treatment guidelines. (1)
The Cancer Coach app is available for iPhone®and for Android®. It can also be downloaded from My Breast Cancer Coach and My Colon Cancer Coach, or by visiting the Apple® store or Android Market on a mobile device and searching for "Cancer Coach." (2)
About Genomic Health and the Oncotype DX® Tests
Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX) is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the global development and commercialization of genomic-based clinical laboratory services that analyze the underlying biology of cancer allowing physicians and patients to make individualized treatment decisions.
Its lead product, the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer test, has been shown to predict the likelihood of chemotherapy benefit as well as recurrence in early-stage breast cancer to help optimize treatment options. Oncotype DX is the only test incorporated in published ASCO® and NCCN® breast cancer treatment guidelines for patients with node-negative breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor positive and/or progesterone-receptor positive. The test is also recognized in international guidelines issued by St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Expert Panel and European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).
Physicians also use the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer test to make treatment recommendations for certain node-positive breast cancer patients.
Oncotype DX has been extensively evaluated in thirteen clinical studies involving more than 4,000 breast cancer patients worldwide, including a large validation study published in The New England Journal of Medicine and a chemotherapy benefit study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
The Oncotype DX Colon Cancer test is the first multigene expression test commercially available that has been clinically validated to predict risk of recurrence in patients with stage II colon cancer. Genomic Health collaborated with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project and Cleveland Clinic on a total of four development studies in more than 1,800 to analyze patients with stage II colon cancer. The final gene panel was then independently evaluated in more than 1,400 stage II colon cancer patients in the QUASAR validation study.
As of June 30, 2011, more than 10,000 physicians in over 60 countries had ordered more than 200,000 Oncotype DX breast and colon cancer tests. Genomic Health has a robust pipeline focused on developing tests to optimize the treatment of prostate and renal cell cancers, as well as additional stages of breast and colon cancers. The company is based in Redwood City, California with European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please visit http://www.genomichealth.com. To learn more about Oncotype DX tests, visit: http://www.oncotypedx.com and http://www.untileverywomanknows.com.
About Fight Colorectal Cancer
Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research, and empower survivors to raise their voices against the status quo.
Breastcancer.org (http://www.breastcancer.org) offers comprehensive, easy to understand information about breast cancer, as well as online discussion boards and chat rooms in the "Community Knowledge" section of its Web site.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the attributes and focus of the company's product pipeline, the ability of the company to develop additional tests in the future, and the ability of any potential tests the company may develop to optimize cancer treatment. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risks and uncertainties associated with the regulation of the company's tests; the results of clinical studies; the applicability of clinical study results to actual outcomes; our ability to develop and commercialize new tests; unanticipated costs or delays in research and development efforts; our ability to obtain capital when needed and the other risks set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks set forth in the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2011. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Genomic Health disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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TrueCar.com is Pleased to Announce the Opening of Our In-House Broadcasting Studio
Located in TrueCar's offices in Santa Monica, California
TrueCar.com executives, automotive industry and consumer advice experts are now available for live or taped interviews directly from the company's new Santa Monica, Calif studio, which is connected to the Vyvx broadcast fiber network. The new studio allows cable television networks worldwide to directly interview our distinguished experts. Drawing from years of experience in the dynamic automotive industry, our executives and experts can provide commentary on:
-- Breaking automotive industry news
-- Consumer patterns and tendencies in the automotive industry
-- Past trends
-- Current conditions
-- Future outlook
-- Americans' car-buying habits
-- Popular and practical models for varying demographics, genders, etc.
-- The ins and outs of the process of purchasing a car
-- Where and how to get the best deal when car shopping
TrueCar.com experts include:
-- Scott Painter, Founder and CEO
-- Jesse Toprak, VP of Industry Trends and Insights
-- Kristen Andersson, Automotive Analyst
-- Brandy Schaffels, Senior Editor
-- Chintan Talati, Company Spokesperson/ Consumer Advice Editor
To book an interview with a TrueCar.com executive or expert, please first contact the Media Relations department, and then call the Boston Bureau Productions Broadcast Center to make technical arrangements and book transmission time.
To book camera control and fiber transmission, call the Boston Bureau Productions Broadcast Center.
Boston Bureau Productions Broadcast
Center (617) 305-7870
About TrueCar, Inc.
TrueCar, Inc. is an innovative automotive marketplace that benefits both buyers and sellers by providing a significantly better customer experience while helping qualified dealer partners gain incremental market share and reduce costs. As a transparent, visual publisher of new car transaction data, TrueCar price reports help both dealers and consumers agree on the parameters of a fair deal by providing an accurate, comprehensive and simple understanding of what others actually paid for the identically equipped new car over the last 30 days both locally and nationally.
TrueCar, Inc. works with a national network of over 5,000 Certified Dealers that provide up-front, no-haggle, competitive pricing to assist some of the nation's largest and most well respected membership and service organizations to meet the auto buying needs of their members and customers. These partnerships include American Express, AAA, USAA and more than 60 others. Collectively these audiences represent over 1M in-market customers each month.
TrueCar, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and has offices in San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas.
KineticD Announces Hybrid Cloud Solution for Superior Backup and Rapid Disaster Recovery
KineticCloud for Servers Provides Affordable Protection of Digital Assets
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KineticD(TM), known for its online backup and disaster recovery services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced the beta-version of its hybrid cloud backup software solution, KineticCloud for Servers. Hybrid cloud backup, also called disk-to-disk-to-cloud, is quickly replacing tape as the backup medium for data stored in files and databases. KineticD is currently disrupting this market with a combination of scalable leading edge technology, simple subscription pricing and 100 percent white-label capabilities that support multi-tier distribution channels.
According to Forrester Research, the global cloud computing market will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to $241 billion in 2020. With such rapid growth in cloud computing providers, many online backup companies fail to disclose the "dirty little secret" of cloud backup; the hours of lost time it takes to restore lost data from the cloud. KineticCloud for Servers, a hybrid backup solution, solves this problem by allowing businesses to keep a copy of their critical data on a local server as well as a complete copy of their data in the cloud, allowing for immediate restoration of critical data in the event of a disaster.
KineticCloud for Servers includes native integration for many popular business applications and a host of features designed and optimized for local and cloud server environments, allowing IT administrators to manage data backups using familiar granular backup schedules and retention policies that adhere to internal company guidelines.
As with all KineticD products, this new offering includes automatic, continuous backups with KineticD's patented seamless Pause/Resume capabilities. However, the power of KineticCloud for Servers is its agentless backup capabilities that deliver both simplicity and scalability while providing IT administrators with the freedom to manage, view and control systems from a single point of administration.
-- Jamie Brenzel, CEO, KineticD said:
"There are many challenges that
SMBs face when looking to protect
their data, not the least of which
is easy accessibility, reliability
of data stored in the cloud and
easy access to that data in case
of a disaster. That's why we went
the distance to develop a true
hybrid cloud solution with
KineticCloud for Servers."
Eric Klein, senior analyst, VDC
-- Research said:
"IT managers and their resources
are always at capacity. Businesses
run a fine line of having enough
resources and also ensuring that
those resources are maximized.
KineticCloud for Servers next
generation data backup and
disaster recovery solution means
businesses can rest assured that
their backups are comprehensive
without compromising network
resources like storage and
KineticCloud for Servers Key Features:
-- Global block-level de-duplication at the source for faster backup times
and reduction of storage costs
-- Local backup and restore from hundreds of end-points for as low as
$19.95 per month
-- Agentless deployment
-- Incremental backups forever
-- Faster restore - each incremental is a full restore point
-- Granular scheduling
-- Native support for Microsoft Small Business Server, Exchange, Outlook,
SQL as well as virtual environments including Hyper-V and VMWare.
KineticD(TM) sets a new standard by providing small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with the same level of service and protection for irreplaceable digital assets that large enterprises rely on. It delivers comprehensive solutions that enable SMBs to continuously backup, restore, access, and share information online from any location. Its agile, cloud-based services are specifically designed for SMBs that want to activate their digital assets and more efficiently share and collaborate through improved access to information. Founded in 2002, the company's industry-acclaimed Data Deposit Box product delivers advanced, patented technology that is used daily by over 40,000 customers and is supported around the world through an extensive partner network. Its acquisition of ROBOBAK(TM), a leading provider of hybrid-cloud backup software for MSPs and the Remote Offices/Branch Offices (ROBO) of small enterprises has been integrated into its technology offerings. For a free trial or to request more information, visit http://www.kineticd.com.
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