Raytion Announces the Immediate Availability of its FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Connectors
DUESSELDORF, Germany, October 5, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Raytion, the internationally operating IT business consultancy and
specialist in enterprise search and content integration has launched a new
version of its connectors for Microsoft's FAST Search Server 2010 for
The Raytion FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Connectors provide
native integration with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint's security
trimming. They are immediately available for all content systems that use
Active Directory security, including Microsoft Exchange 2007/2010, Microsoft
SharePoint 2007/2010 and Symantec Enterprise Vault.
Raytion is the first FAST partner to build connectors for the FAST
search technology, has been a premier partner of FAST since 2002 and is a
Microsoft Certified Partner.
Pricing and further information can be obtained by contacting Raytion at
Raytion is an internationally operating IT business consultancy serving
Global 500 companies and organizations worldwide. Covering both information
management and corporate communications, Raytion builds solutions in the
areas of enterprise search, portals & collaboration, and digital archiving.
As one of the leading enterprise search specialists, Raytion offers a
full range of services and products that complement the search technologies
of the major vendors. Solutions built by Raytion are in use by multinational
clients with 1,000 to over 200,000 employees.
FREMONT, Calif.,Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Owens Design Inc., a leading equipment design and build service provider to the solar, semiconductor, and data storage capital equipment markets, today introduced an c-Si Inspection Automation Platform optimized for use with production-volume, high-speed photovoltaic (PV) wafer inspection applications. The Owens c-Si Inspection Automation Platform provides high speed, high reliability wafer handling in customizable configurations to meet advanced factory automation requirements. Input load modules can be configured for either cassette or coin stack input while the output sorter module can be expanded from 6 to 18 output bins. Available for either 125mm x 125mm (5 inch) or 156mm x 156 mm (6 inch) PV wafers, Owens c-Si automation platform delivers an industry-leading throughput of 3600 wafers per hour, coupled with a low breakage rate of less than 0.2 percent. Designed to be customizable to the specific requirements of any PV inspection tool, the module is ideal for volume-production applications.
"We developed the c-Si automation platform to enable our OEM solar customers to rapidly introduce their wafer inspection technology into high volume solar fabs," said John Apgar, Owens Design's President. "The inspection of PV wafers is an important step in maximizing yield for outgoing and incoming quality assurance. This automation platform allows our customers to focus on their inspection technology while depending on us to provide high wafer throughput at a very low breakage rate; both of which are of critical importance to the solar fab."
To learn more about the c-Si Inspection Automation Platform or more about Owens Design visit us at Solar Power International 2011, Booth 4842, at the Dallas Convention Center, October 18-20.
Owens Design offers capital equipment manufacturers a proven methodology to reduce tool development costs, minimize technical risk and speed their time to market. By working closely with an established design and build services company, such as Owens Design, a capital equipment company can focus its internal efforts on its core technology. In turn, Owens Design can focus on integrating this core technology into a system level platform that has been optimized to meet the equipment manufacturer's performance specifications.
Owens Design specializes in engineering and manufacturing of capital equipment. Located in Silicon Valley for over 25 years, they have been a strategic partner in the co-creation and manufacturing process for many leading OEM capital equipment companies. Owens Design engineers and manufactures customer's products from concept, through alpha, beta, pilot and on-going production. Their development process results in a rapid design cycle and concurrent manufacturing introduction. Owens Design has and continues to be an innovative and reliable partner for equipment companies in the semiconductor, solar and related industries.
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Let the Talking do the Winning: 32 Red Bingo Launches Bingo Chat Games
LONDON, October 5, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
32Red Bingo announce new bingo games, giving players the chance to fund
their bingo fun while chatting online.
32Red Bingo, renowned industry leaders in online gaming, are now running
a variety of chat games between online bingo games
[http://www.32redbingo.com ] inside their virtual online halls. The chat
games give online players the chance to win bonus bingo money by typing
correct words into an appropriate chat dialogue box, but only when the
virtual bingo host announces the start of a new bingo chat game.
The new games are designed to entertain players between scheduled bingo
To stand a chance of winning, gamers must keep one eye on the bingo host
at all times, as they will announce which chat game is to be played next. If
a lucky player is able to type the correct answer into the dialogue box,
they will win extra bingo bonus money. They could potentially fund their
bingo fun without spending a penny!
Bingo is currently the hottest game on the Internet and 32Red Bingo
offers eager gamers a variety of bingo games all day every day. Playing is
easy: all gamers need to do is set-up an account with 32Red Bingo, and right
now new customers receive a GBP10 welcome bonus- absolutely free.
A spokesman for 32Red Bingo said today "Chat bingo offers
[http://www.32redbingo.com/getting-started.html ] our gamers a real chance
of winning extra money. We have a large selection of different chat games to
play; all vastly different, even challenging. We've tried to fill that
tedious gap [waiting for new bingo games to begin] by offering our customers
a little something extra on the side."
"By simply staying alert, you could easily fund your bingo fun. It's a
great way to stay entertained between games."
32Red Bingo have a selection of chat games on offer between online bingo
games; all different to play and all offering different amounts of bonus
money. Examples include 'Sing-a-long bingo', which requires players to name
the tune from the first line of a song the bingo host sings, and also
'Scrambler', which requires gamers to unravel a bunch of mixed up characters
on-screen to form a word- kind of like the Countdown conundrum but better.
For a full list of Bingo chat games, visit the 32Red bingo website.
Notes to editor
32Red Bingo is part of 32Red- an industry leader in online gaming based
in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Fully licensed by the
Government of Gibraltar 32Red offer a wide range of gaming products- of
which poker is just one. As well as Bingo games, 32Red Bingo also offer a
wide selection of slot and scratch games and even video slots.
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Academy Award®-Winning Screenwriter Diablo Cody Launches Web Series on L Studio
Series kicks off fourth season of Lexus broadband channel
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The launch of the fall television season is underway and with it, the influx of commercial interruptions. Lexus is offering an alternative to the traditional 30-minute sitcom with the debut of its fourth season of L Studio. The popular broadband channel, which has delivered such award-winning entertainment as "Web Therapy" and "Puppy Love," is now partnering with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno") to debut her Web series "Red Band Trailer."
The series, which is taped in Cody's Airstream trailer, kicks off today in conjunction with the broadband channel's new fall lineup. The premiere webisode will feature John Krasinski, followed by interviews with Jack Black, Zooey Deschanel, Joel McHale, Amanda Seyfried and Sarah Silverman, among others.
"'Red Band Trailer' is an offbeat talk show that allows me to have one-on-one candid conversations with friends in my trailer," Cody said. "Because of our relationship and the laid-back vibe, they tend to open up more than they would in a traditional talk-show setting. It will be exciting to see how the L Studio audience responds."
"Red Band Trailer" joins the ranks of such critically acclaimed L Studio content as "Web Therapy," which will return for its fourth season. The breakout series starring Lisa Kudrow recently became the first and only branded content series to migrate to a premium cable network (Showtime). The series was also recognized by Fast Company as the Web's best branded entertainment (September 2010). Additionally, the channel will launch new installments of "Conversation Portraits," including a piece with Keith Richards, and new episodes of "Sessions,"which originally launched with musical artist will.i.am.
"We are looking forward to debuting the next season of L Studio and introducing Diablo Cody and her series to our audience," states Brian Smith, vice president of marketing for Lexus. "When we launched the channel in 2008, we never dreamed it would be such a game-changer. Between the critical acclaim, the pick-up of 'Web Therapy' by Showtime and the high-caliber celebrity involvement, L Studio has become a major player not just in branded entertainment, but in digital entertainment."
L Studio is an eclectic collection of unique perspectives designed to inspire viewers. The channel features original work from the worlds of art, culture, design, science, entertainment, architecture and beyond. Recent L Studio producers/creators include actress Lisa Kudrow,musical artist will.i.am and Tom Hanks, as well as profiles of designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy (Rodarte) and celebrity chef John Besh.
Content for LStudio.com is produced and distributed by Intelligent Life Productions in collaboration with Team One for Lexus.
Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service from its 229 dealers. Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader, offering five hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and first-class luxury. When it began, Lexus offered two models of vehicles. Now, more than 20 years later, Lexus offers variations of 10 vehicles, from the sporty CT 200h hybrid to the V10 supercar, the LFA.
InternetHotels.com Launches New Free iPhone App for Finding Cheap Hotels
BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- InternetHotels.com, a leading online source for finding the best hotel deals on the internet, is pleased to announce their new iPhone Application which allows users to find hotel deals and book cheap hotel reservations directly from their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.
"Using our cheap hotels iPhone app allows you to access the same great discounted prices and availability that you have come to expect from our websites while on the go," said an InternetHotels.com representative. "This app is a must-have for any vacation or road trip! Confirmations are instant and the handy map feature will show you exactly where your hotel is located."
The new iPhone app provides simple, fast, and risk-free hotel reservations from a selection of more than 70,000 hotels around the world, including more than 100 major destinations worldwide. Listings include hotel descriptions, amenity information, photos, and location maps to help aid in the selection process. "What you see is what you pay" with secure bookings and instant confirmations on your iPhone or iPad - there are no hidden fees or gimmicks. With discount hotel reservations and specials available in real time via this app, users can ensure they are receiving the lowest price possible on their hotel stay.
"We have already seen a great response to our app; 60% of mobile bookings with the app are happening the day of the stay," said the InternetHotels.com representative. "No matter where you are, you can find a cheap hotel right down the street or across the ocean!"
Booking a hotel with the InternetHotels.com app is quick and easy. Once the reservation is booked a secure confirmation is sent within seconds. That booking is then guaranteed for late arrivals.
InternetHotels.com is a nationwide and international discount hotel booking service with great prices and cheap hotel reservations for both leisure and business travel. They offer savings of up to 70% off regular hotel rates in some of the world's most expensive cities such as Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong, Paris, London and much more.
Verizon and Microsoft Announce New FiOS TV-Powered Entertainment Experience Coming Soon to Xbox 360
Companies Collaborate to Offer Live, Multichannel HD TV Integrated with Kinect, in the United States via the Xbox; Expands Verizon FiOS Customers' Borderless Lifestyles
NEW YORK and REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon and Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement that will open the door to a new FiOS TV-powered entertainment experience for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. Using a Verizon-developed software application, FiOS TV and Internet customers who are also Xbox LIVE Gold members will be able to view popular live TV channels through their Xbox consoles without any extra hardware required. This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via the Xbox.
The new collaboration is an important expansion of the breadth of entertainment available on Xbox 360 and the latest move by Verizon to break down old technology barriers and provide customers the freedom of a borderless lifestyle where they can connect with what they love on all their favorite devices. Utilizing Kinect for Xbox 360, FiOS customers will be able to easily discover and enjoy content in extraordinary new ways, all without having to pick up a remote control.
"By bringing the technologically advanced Verizon FiOS TV service to Xbox 360 and Kinect, we are advancing our vision to provide the best in entertainment in extraordinary new ways," said Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president of the TV & Service Business for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "Xbox 360 brings all your entertainment, friends and family together in one place, and we look forward to introducing Verizon FiOS TV to the console this holiday."
Verizon's vision for the future - the Borderless Lifestyle - can be summed up in four words: anytime, anywhere, any device.
"We want to make everything our customers want or need to do, easier and more convenient, by putting the power of our technology in their hands - through the Internet-connected devices they use every day," said Eric Bruno, vice president of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon. "The Borderless Lifestyle is about erasing old technology boundaries and freeing consumers to enjoy entertainment on their own terms. FiOS TV on the Xbox 360 will tap into the magic of Kinect to transform the way people interact with TV, providing a game-changing entertainment experience for our customers."
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Clinical Care Options Announces Addition of ClinicalTrials.gov Database to CCO inPractice(TM) Point-of-Care Resource
RESTON, Va., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Clinical Care Options (CCO), a leader in next-generation medical education, information, and publishing for healthcare professionals, today announced the addition of the ClinicalTrials.gov database to CCO inPractice(TM), a free, searchable online point-of-care CME resource for specialists in HIV and oncology.
CCO inPractice(TM), which includes its own continuously updated comprehensive textbook, features a sophisticated Web-based specialty-specific search interface that provides simultaneous access to multiple educational resources designed to improve the knowledge and competence of clinicians. This resource includes 106 original textbook chapters written by internationally recognized experts, a comprehensive drug information database, access to a wide variety of current management guidelines, PubMed search and abstract integration, CCO's Conference Coverage of important medical meetings, and customized access to related CME programs produced by CCO, and can be accessed at http://www.inPractice.com.
Participants are also able to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM) for their searches or for studying individual chapters, bookmark key sections, and share content with colleagues. The ClinicalTrials.gov database is the sixth database to be made available directly from the inPractice platform.
Jeffrey Drezner, MD, CEO of Clinical Care Options, said, "We're excited to add this new database to CCO inPractice(TM). The adoption of the program around the world has been very gratifying, and we know that this further enhancement, available at the point of care, will be appreciated by the busy practicing clinician."
ClinicalTrials.gov offers timely information on federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. ClinicalTrials.gov currently contains 113,224 sponsored trials conducted in all 50 states and in 176 countries.
"Fewer than 3% of cancer patients enter clinical trials in the United States, even though trials are readily available in many parts of the country," said Ramaswamy Govindan, MD, Editor in Chief of CCO inPractice Oncology and Professor of Medicine and Co-Director, Section of Medical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri. "Having reliable and current information about ongoing clinical trials at the tap of a finger is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Integrating this database into inPractice is a great boon for practicing clinicians--it is the best way to integrate today's practice with tomorrow's possibilities."
About CCO inPractice(TM)
CCO inPractice(TM) was launched in November 2009 to provide the first fully integrated, comprehensive oncology information portal for use at the point of care to provide practical and critical information that physicians and other healthcare professionals would use to support treatment decisions. At the heart of this model is the understanding that the clinician engages in at least 2 distinct types of self-directed learning activities: the quick "look-up" for needed information during the clinic day and the more intensive or in-depth "focused learning" educational experience. The clinician's immediate need for specific information definitively identifies a knowledge or information gap; moreover, having found this specific information, if the physician investigates the topic further through links to reference resources and broader educational programs in a given subject area, this provides further evidence of a self-identified educational gap and a need to address that gap. This continually updated and fully integrated educational platform represents the next transformational step to provide a single educational resource to meet the varying levels of informational needs for clinicians and improve patient care by facilitating the clinician's self-directed learning at the point of care.
About Clinical Care Options
Clinical Care Options, a leader in the development of innovative, interactive, online medical education programs and proprietary medical education technologies for healthcare professionals, creates and publishes original continuing medical education and information resources that are designed specifically for healthcare providers in the areas of HIV, hepatitis/gastroenterology, and hematology/oncology. CCO's educational programs are developed not only to provide the latest scientific information but also to support the understanding, confidence, application, and competence of healthcare professional learners. In addition to the latest point-of-care resource, CCO inPractice(TM), CCO provides a spectrum of live and online educational programs and formats. For more information about the company and its programs, visit the CCO Web site at clinicaloptions.com.
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Clinical Care Options
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Ogilvy & Mather Russia to Acquire One of Russia's Leading Digital Agencies, Promo Interactive
MOSCOW, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ogilvy & Mather Russia is pleased to announce it has agreed to acquire Promo Digital LLC, trading as Promo Interactive, formerly a part of the Next Media Group, subject to regulatory approvals.
The proposed acquisition will significantly strengthen Ogilvy's digital offering to its clients. Promo Interactive is one of Russia's leading digital agencies with a team of 53 employees and prestigious clients such as MTS, LG and Gazprom. The agency has a history of heavily investing in R&D, placing it in a position to offer clients state-of-the-art digital solutions in multi-media, mobile and infotainment.
OgilvyInteractive, with its list of blue chip global clients, complements Promo Interactive perfectly by excelling in providing digital solutions that are derived from a brand's strategy, making them an integral part of the communication program.
Following completion, Promo Interactive and OgilvyInteractive will have a combined 71 employees, offering a broad scope of digital services.
Evgeny Atin, Promo Interactive's managing director, commented by saying: "I am looking forward to working together with the professionals of all of the disciplines within the Ogilvy group. Together we can provide solutions for our clients that help their businesses during these difficult times. Stand alone and ad-hoc digital programs are a thing of the past. The digital channel has grown immensely in importance. It has to be an integral part of any brand's communication program.
Tatiana Azarova, OgilvyInteractive/OgilvyOne's Managing Director said: "The addition of Promo Interactive will greatly enhance our digital offer. Evgeny and I have already discovered many opportunities to offer our clients solutions that will enhance the efficiency of digital channels. Together we will have the team to make digital work much more productively to deliver the results that clients now need."
Joe Nutt, the CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Russia, said the following concerning the proposed acquisition: "The acquisition of Promo Interactive will result in a perfect fit. There is no duplication of resources. Each company complements the other with their capabilities. It is a marriage that will be beneficial to both partners and to their clients."
In commenting on the proposed acquisition, Miles Young, Global CEO of Ogilvy & Mather said, "We very much see Russia as a priority market in the context of our BRIC strategy. In this respect, digital is particularly important for our clients who are seeking to grow in Russia. Promo Interactive is quite simply the best independent company in the market, it's one that we've been following for a long time and it will significantly enhance our ability to create end-to-end programs in the Russian Federation."
Ogilvy & Mather is the most effective agency in Russia, winning nine EFFIES.
The company offers a full range of marketing communication disciplines: advertising, holistic digital solutions, digital media planning and buying, promotions, shopper marketing, HORECA implementation, CRM, public relations and graphic design. Ogilvy & Mather services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 450 offices in 120 countries. It is a WPP company (Nasdaq: WPPGY). For more information, visit http://www.ogilvy.com.
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Avatron Launches New Universal Air Sharing 2.8 App for iPhone, iPod and iPad
Now View and Print Documents, Access Remote File Servers From any iOS Device with a Single App for Just $5; iPhone-only Air Sharing Classic Users Get Free Upgrade to Pro Features
PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Avatron® Software, a leading developer of productivity apps for the Apple iOS platform, today announced the launch of its new universal Air Sharing 2.8 file sharing app that lets iPhone, iPod and iPad users turn their mobile devices into external storage drives to save, view and print documents on the go and now do it all with a single universal app for all devices for just $5.
The latest upgrade gives iPhone-only Air Sharing Pro users the same advanced document viewer, document printing capabilities and remote file server access on both the iPhone and iPad. Users of the iPhone-only Classic and iPad-only HD products can retain their device-specific apps if they choose, or upgrade to the new universal Air Sharing app to take advantage of the advanced features across the entire iOS platform. Users of the iPhone-only Air Sharing Classic will be upgraded to the Pro features for free.
The latest universal edition also includes newly-added built-in support for Google Docs, enabling users to access and view files stored on the free online document management platform from either an iPhone or iPad device.
"Existing Air Sharing users will now be able to use their favorite document tools, like PDF navigation, document printing, file sharing and remote server access, on any iOS device for just $5," said Avatron CEO Dave Howell. "And, for new users, it's a great way to future-proof your investment. Maybe you only have the iPhone now, but are looking to buy an iPad when the next version comes out. With this new Air Sharing Universal edition, you'll be ready."
Air Sharing 2.8 joins Avatron's family of other universal productivity apps for iOS devices: Print Sharing makes it easy to print any document directly from iPhone or iPad in just three quick steps; and Air Display turns any iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac computer into a wireless secondary computer display.
"When it comes to productivity apps, the iPhone and iPad environments are actually quite comparable, so a single, universal app makes more sense for us and our users," Howell said. "Moving to a universal app will allow us to improve the app more efficiently. But more importantly, it puts us on a firm foundation to prepare for some powerful new inter-device synchronization features related to Apple's iCloud service. We're very excited about that."
Air Sharing users who have already unlocked the Pro edition features and users of the HD for iPad version will see no functional change with the upgrade to version 2.8. Air Sharing Classic users will be upgraded to Pro edition features for free, while Pro users will be migrated from the iPhone-only app to the Universal app.
Air Sharing 2.8 is now available in the App Store and is part of Avatron's highly acclaimed family of productivity apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. For more information, visit http://www.avatron.com.
About Avatron Software
Avatron® Software is a leading developer of productivity-enhancing applications that blur the boundaries between personal computers, mobile devices, and the cloud. Avatron's Air Sharing document-management app was downloaded by more than 1 million users in its first two weeks and raised the bar for iOS application design and quality. The company's Air Display app turns an iPad into a wireless computer monitor with a touchscreen. Avatron was founded in April 2008 by former Apple engineering manager Dave Howell and a team of veteran Mac OS X programmers. The company is based in Portland, Oregon.
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INXPO Announces Availability of the INXPO Event App for the Jive Apps Market
Strategic Relationship to Bring Social Business Adoption of Digital and Hybrid Events
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- JIVE WORLD - At JiveWorld today, INXPO announced a strategic relationship with Jive Software. INXPO developed a Jive App that will be available in the Jive Apps Market to all Jive end users.
The INXPO Jive App is initially developed for joint customers of INXPO and Jive. The INXPO Jive App serves as the social business users' go-to digital and hybrid event dashboard.
Through the INXPO Jive App users can:
-- Securely access INXPO with ease through Single Sign-On (SSO) from Jive,
enabling customers to register and attend INXPO-powered live events from
Jive without login credentials;
-- Seamlessly view all of their organization's INXPO-powered digital and
hybrid events directly within the Jive platform; and
-- Review and access the event's supporting documents and links.
INXPO and Jive are also pursuing the listing of public-facing INXPO-powered digital events via the INXPO Jive App to create an audience generation channel (to these same events) from all Jive communities.
"We're thrilled to enter a strategic relationship with Jive and contribute to the Jive Apps Market," said Drew VanVooren, Co-Founder and President, INXPO. "The INXPO Jive App provides a 'remote control' to all Jive customers, providing a new way to to access and attend their selected digital events."
"With a growing interest in digital and hybrid events, Jive customers can now be taken seamlessly into their organization's digital events from the Jive platform," said Robin Bordoli, VP, Jive Apps Market. "INXPO is the latest example of the new way to enterprise apps in this Consumerprise era that meets the needs for consumer simplicity with the compliance and security demands of the enterprise."
INXPO will be demonstrating the INXPO Jive App this week at Jive World. Visit us in the JiveWorld11 Apps Market Solution Showcase.
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INXPO is transforming the Web from pages and files to events and destinations, where people go to meet, learn and do business. We are the leading technology platform for virtual events and virtual business environments that connect, engage and educate audiences. We have delivered more than 1,000 successful virtual events and experiences for global customers, including American Marketing Association (AMA), Autodesk, Cisco, Freeman, George P. Johnson, Hilton, HIMSS, P&G, PCMA, TechTarget, UBM and U.S. Department of State. We are headquartered in Chicago and on the Web. Visit us at http://www.INXPO.com and on Twitter at @INXPO.
CONTACT: Dennis Shiao, INXPO, +1-917-903-8764, dshiao@INXPO.com
ATLANTA, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the nation's leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase 11.5% of Perfect Home Holdings Limited, a privately-held U.K. rent-to-own company.
Perfect Home Holdings Limited, which operates under the PerfectHome brand, was founded in 2006 and provides basic home furnishings in the U.K. to the non-standard credit market. Based near Birmingham, PerfectHome currently has 45 stores open throughout England and has plans to approximately double the number of stores over the next several years.
Aaron's will pay ten million British pounds, or approximately US$15.4 million at current exchange rates, for its interest in PerfectHome and will have an option to increase its ownership in the future. The funds will be primarily used by PerfectHome to accelerate the growth of its store openings. The closing of the transaction requires regulatory approval which is currently being sought. The transaction will be effective only following Aaron's obtaining such approval. The investment will be recorded as an asset on Aaron's balance sheet.
"We are very excited about this investment in PerfectHome," said Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's. "Not only will it provide PerfectHome growth capital, it will also enable Aaron's to learn about the U.K. market for possible future expansion there and perhaps provide an eventual gateway into other European markets. Although we feel our growth prospects remain excellent in the U.S., we plan to further explore international opportunities that could complement domestic growth."
Aaron's, Inc., based in Atlanta, currently has more than 1,900 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. The Company's Woodhaven Furniture Industries division manufactured approximately $79 million, at cost, of furniture and bedding in 2010 and currently has plants at 13 facilities in eight states. The entire production of Woodhaven is for shipment to Aaron's stores.
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this news release regarding Aaron's, Inc.'s business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include factors such as changes in general economic conditions, competition, pricing, customer demand and other issues, and the risks and uncertainties discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. Statements in this release that are "forward-looking" include without limitation any statements concerning future international growth of the Aaron's business.
iGLASS Networks Releases New Graphical User Interface for Mobile Users
CARY, N.C., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet isn't the only thing on the rise with mobile users; now you can check on your network or website's status all from the comfort of your mobile device.
This morning, iGLASS Networks, a network monitoring services provider, released a new user interface that enhances a mobile user's experience, making it easier for them to ensure their businesses' networks are operating properly.
By 2015, there will be an estimated 2.7 billion mobile Internet users, making accessing the Internet wirelessly via a mobile device more popular than from a wired Ethernet connection, according to the market research firm IDC in a recent PCMag article. The ability to access other critical information about your business via your mobile phone is becoming increasingly important.
To account for this rise in mobile Internet usage, iGLASS Networks' new graphical user interface (GUI) caters to users of smartphones, tablets or other handheld mobile devices, with auto-sizing columns and "bubble up" features. This will minimize the number or clicks or taps to access critical information about a customer's networks.
Additional enhancements include the introduction of "multi-graphs," which provide on-the-fly visibility into multiple data metrics without the need to select the graphs individually, collapsible data sections and a dynamic "Actions" link.
iGLASS Networks is in the business of keeping your business running. As a network monitoring services provider, iGLASS offers Web server monitoring for small businesses, network and application performance monitoring for corporations that need additional IT support, and DOCSIS, Set-top box and HFC monitoring services for cable and telecommunications companies. To find out more about iGLASS Networks' outsourced NOC services, please call (888) YOUR-NOC x 3 or visit http://www.iglass.net.
LTE Component Makers Already Looking Toward LTE-Advanced, Heavy Reading Finds
LTE-Advanced is already garnering interest in component manufacturers, new report finds
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A full ecosystem of silicon devices has been developed to support LTE, and component manufacturers are beginning to sample the first devices that support LTE-Advanced, a developing standard that will provide up to 3 Gbit/s downlink speeds, according to a major new report from Heavy Reading (http://www.heavyreading.com), the research division of Light Reading (http://www.lightreading.com).
LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors developing LTE components for both base stations and user devices. The report includes not only granular information on the components and systems themselves - of interest to system OEMs, smartphone developers and service providers - but also insights into how the overall market and ecosystem is developing - of interest to a wide audience, including investors.
This report is based on interviews conducted with a wide range of LTE silicon vendors over four months, along with product and volume information supplied by vendors. The tables presented in the report are based on product documentation and supplemental data from our interviews and email conversations. The report evaluates and analyzes the products and strategies of 30 leading vendors in this rapidly growing market, including more than 70 baseband, RF and application processors from these companies.
"Carrier commitment to LTE continues to grow, now including 166 operators across 62 countries," notes Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large with Heavy Reading and author of the report. "A total of 24 operators have launched commercial LTE networks in 16 countries, making LTE the fastest-growing wireless technology in the world."
Initial networks are using single-band USB dongles for subscriber terminals and dual-mode LTE handsets, Stanley explains. "Multimode handsets supporting 2G/3G/LTE will be the next wave, starting in 2012. Using the silicon devices already developed, the next generation of handsets will be multiband, supporting 2G/3G and possibly multiple LTE bands. Meanwhile, the first silicon devices with features such as carrier aggregation and multi-user MIMO to support LTE-Advanced are already sampling to system developers."
Key findings of LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis include the following:
A full LTE ecosystem, including more than 50 silicon devices, has developed specifically to support LTE. Of the more than 70 silicon devices covered in this report, more than 50 have been designed specifically for LTE or have had features added to support LTE.
The majority of LTE silicon supports 100Mbit/s Cat 3 LTE. Most of the silicon solutions designed for both user devices and LTE base stations support 100Mbit/s Cat 3 LTE. A small number of older devices are limited to 50MHz Cat 2 LTE, and a few of the latest devices will support 150MHz Cat 4.
Vendor consolidation is driving a very competitive handset silicon market. Due tosome high-profile acquisitions, ST-Ericsson, Renesas, Intel and Nvidia all now have both application processors and LTE baseband solutions under one roof.
ARM A9 application processors are used by most vendors; the first A15 cores will arrive by the end of 2011. ARM Cortex A9 processor cores are used by Nvidia, Renesas, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments. Intel has the Atom processor core, and Qualcomm has developed the Scorpion and Krait processor cores.
LTE Baseband, RF & Application Processors: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis costs $3,995 and is published in PDF format. The price includes an enterprise license covering all of the employees at the purchaser's company.
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AdoTube Launches Video Production Service A2O Productions With the Malibu Rum Station Invasion Concert Tour
A2O Productions works with brands and their agencies to produce celebrity-driven multi-platform content to engage audiences on AdoTube's network beyond the 15-second pre-roll
NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Adding to an already robust creative services department, AdoTube, the in-stream video advertising technology leader, announced the official launch of A2O Productions, a full-service in-house video production unit. A2O Productions helps brands and their agencies easily create custom branded content to take full advantage of the interactive and social features of online video. The Malibu RumStation Invasion Tour featuring performances from Ciara, Taio Cruz, and DJ Skribble is A2O Production's most recent project. A2O Productions is responsible for exclusive content from the tour, a targeted in-stream video advertising campaign and attaching DJ Skribble to the project.
A2O Productions collaborates with brands and agencies to help connect advertisers with the lifestyles and interests of their target audience. Working directly with producers and A-list talent through exclusive partnerships with music labels and various sports, TV, and movie celebrities, A2O creates online campaigns such as original web series, viral videos, and live concerts to help brands engage viewers beyond the 15 to 30-second pre-roll. The content is activated and distributed to its intended target audience using AdoTube's advanced technology and in-stream advertising network.
"A2O Productions' broad base of capabilities and entertainment industry connections allowed us to leverage our 10-city concert tour to develop exclusive and shareable video content to be distributed through the company's far reaching media outlets," said AnnaMarie Battiloro, Senior Brand Manager for Malibu Rum. "We look to work with partners that can offer us the best value for our investment, and A2O Productions not only had distribution capabilities, but also production capabilities, and connections with one of America's most famous DJs."
"I'm always looking for ways to connect with fans and bring my music to new venues all over the world," said DJ Skribble, music artist, and famed DJ whose work includes MTV's the Grind and Total Request Live. "A2O connects me with the kind of advertisers that fit my personal brand and helps me gain exposure with whole new audiences."
A2O Productions is headed by Vincent Lambino, vice president of branded entertainment, who previously served as AdoTube's vice president of sales. Vincent has an expansive career that covers TV, online media, and branded entertainment at companies including Clear Channel Online, Heavy.com, Ripe TV, as well as, AMC and Women's Entertainment.
"With the rapid rise in demand for online video inventory, we formed A2O Productions as a way to help brands make the most of their buys," said Lambino. "By creating engaging content in this inherently social medium, brands can extend their media buys with earned views and create a deeper connection with their target audience."
AdoTube(TM) is the leading global in-stream advertising technology company. AdoTube's powerful and flexible technology provides a centralized end-to-end digital video solution offering publishers and advertisers easy and efficient access to in-stream video advertising across all media platforms. An early pioneer, AdoTube spearheaded the Polite Pre-Roll® and has continually spurred innovation in the online video ecosystem. With its sophisticated and comprehensive video ad management platform combined with a full service video ad network, and third party media measurement system, AdoTube is simplifying the complex world of digital video for publishers and marketers, while delivering engaging experiences for consumers. For more information, please visit http://www.adotube.com and follow AdoTube on Twitter.
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PernodRicard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based PernodRicard SA. In July, 2008, PernodRicard completed the acquisition of the iconic ABSOLUT® Vodka brand from the V&S Group, and PernodRicard USA is now the second-leading company in the U.S. by sales value.
In addition to ABSOLUT®, PernodRicard USA's leading brands include such prestigious spirits as The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Seagram's Extra Dry Gin®, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth(TM) Gin, Martell® Cognac, Malibu®, Kahlua® Rum and Coffee Liqueur, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod® and Ricard®; such superior wines as Jacob's Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier Jouet® Champagne, G.H. Mumm(TM) Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.
The additions include Delta Connect, a new in-flight portal that will be available exclusively to all customers using Wi-Fi on Delta aircraft; wireless movies and television on demand on Boeing 757-300 aircraft; and a more user-friendly design for Airbus A330 in-flight entertainment systems that include more content choices.
"Customer demand is evolving every day and Delta is ahead of the game, delivering on customer preferences as it relates to technology and innovation," said Bob Kupbens, Delta's vice president - eCommerce. "Whether through our mobile apps, Wi-Fi on soon to be more than 800 aircraft or a more comprehensive and customer-friendly delta.com experience, Delta is delivering."
Delta Connect is a new in-flight Wi-Fi portal developed jointly by Delta and its on-board wireless provider Gogo. It will offer an expanded range of free content for Delta customers such as more choices for entertainment and shopping as well as flight and destination information.
Delta Connect partners include Gilt.com and OpenTable.com. Customers will also have free access to partners that provide information on destination oriented concerts, festivals and events as well as news and entertainment.
Entertainment on Demand
At the same time Delta is launching a new feature through on-board Wi-Fi: entertainment on demand. Beginning today, entertainment on demand will be available on all 16 of Delta's Boeing 757-300 aircraft. Choices will include an introductory price for television programming starting at $.99 and movies available for $3.99 from major Hollywood studios. Customers can sort titles by genre, length of feature, movie or show and other categories. Trailers are available for complimentary viewing prior to rental.
The programming also offers an added benefit. Rentals will remain accessible on the customer's personal device for viewing after landing for at least 24 hours after their flight. Unexpired content will be available for playback on the ground by using the same device and browser used onboard.
A Gogo Wi-Fi purchase is not required to access Delta Connect content or the video service. Entertainment on demand will be available for laptops and expanded to tablet and mobile devices by early 2012 on 757-300s.
Airbus A330 In-Flight Entertainment Upgrades
Customers flying on Delta's total fleet of 32 Airbus A330 aircraft will experience a redesigned in-flight entertainment experience with more entertainment choices by the end of 2011. The improved in-flight entertainment system will expand to the rest of Delta's fleet of nearly 300 aircraft equipped with personal in-flight entertainment by mid-2012.
The new system includes offers easier navigation, 150 percent more movies and more television, music and games offerings. A new feature includes a Delta Sky Kids section that offers family-friendly content designed with young travelers in mind.
Delta began installing Wi-Fi on domestic mainline aircraft in 2008, becoming the first airline to announce plans for in-flight Internet service on all domestic aircraft. With its mainline aircraft and the recent addition of regional jets to the Wi-Fi program, more than 80 percent of Delta's entire domestic fleet will feature Gogo in-flight Internet access by early 2012. Customers can stay connected using Gogo In-flight Internet with free access to delta.com or Delta's mobile applications.
The Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment enhancements are the latest in Delta's previously announced plan to invest more than $2 billion in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities through 2013. In addition to installing Wi-Fi and upgrading its domestic fleet, Delta will offer full flat-bed seats on more than 140 widebody aircraft, the enhancements also include personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all widebody flights and n terminal facilities for international customers at its two largest global gateways - Atlanta and New York-JFK.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 338 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
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National Instruments Releases Innovative Teaching Solution for University Educators
NI USRP-2920/21 Deliver Hands-On Experimentation to RF and Communications Labs
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 5, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced the NI USRP-2920 and NI USRP-2921 instruments, offering a new educational platform that delivers a true hands-on learning experience with real-world signals to RF and communications university labs, which previously relied on computer-based simulation to augment theory. The new platform, consisting of NI universal software radio peripheral (USRP(TM)) hardware, NI LabVIEW software and lab-ready course material, provides educators with an affordable, off-the-shelf solution that exposes students to practical application of abstract mathematical theories learned in traditional lecture.
"The USRP has gained popularity in recent years among universities as a research tool in software-defined and cognitive radio fields," said Thad Welch, PhD, professor at Boise State University. "With LabVIEW support and course-specific lab materials, the NI USRP helps educators strengthen students' understanding of RF and communications theory through hands-on experimentation."
With this platform, students can now explore the link between abstract mathematical theory and practical implementation through hands-on experimentation with a working communications system. The NI USRP devices feature a software-tunable front end ranging from 50 MHz to 2.2 GHz or the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz ISM bands. The hardware also integrates a software reconfigurable RF transceiver with high-speed A/D and D/A converters, which makes it possible to stream baseband I and Q signals to a host PC over Gigibit Ethernet at up to 20 MS/s for real-time access to the spectrum.
Undergraduates have already proven NI USRP technology as ideal for use in the lab as part of a pilot electrical engineering course at Stanford University. The spring 2011 class gained a deeper understanding of engineering concepts through hands-on projects in which they designed a complete communications system.
"We want to expose students to real-world signals early in their academic careers," said Sachin Katti, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University. "With the NI USRP and LabVIEW, we can now provide this exposure in RF and communications courses for the first time, which adds depth to both teaching and learning theoretical concepts."
Educators can use the NI USRP platform to teach courses and topics such as digital communications, communication system design, antenna theory, digital modulation, wireless communication, software-defined radio, digital signal processing and information theory. Additionally, the new USRP educational platform functions as a scalable solution for communications experimentation, research, and rapid prototyping.
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) transforms the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular cost-effective hardware that integrates to form unique engineering solutions. NI sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 companies worldwide, with its largest customer representing approximately 4 percent of revenue in 2010 and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 6,100 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
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SteelCloud Announces Support for DoD Android Mobile Devices
MobileWorks DE Delivers Secure Platform for Good and Android
ASHBURN, Va., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SteelCloud, Inc. (OTCQB: SCLD), a leading developer of mobility appliance and VMware® solutions today announced that MobileWorks(TM) DoD Edition for Good is immediately available to support Google® Android(TM) deployments within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This new release of the MobileWorks DE compliance platform for the Good for Government(TM) mobile security suite adds secure protection for Android to existing support for Apple® iOS(TM) mobile devices.
As announced in July, SteelCloud has partnered with Good Technology(TM) to deliver new mobile security management solutions to the DoD and Federal Government. MobileWorks DE for Good helps military commands minimize technology learning curves and complex security challenges associated with deployment and management of DoD-approved mobility solutions including Android and iOS.
"The approval to deploy Android again demonstrates the rapid expansion of innovative mobility options that are being made available to the DoD," said Brian Hajost, President, and CEO of SteelCloud. "We are pleased to build on our track record of delivering securely configured and compliant 'out of the box' platforms to now include both iOS and Android. Our timely MobileWorks DE release continues SteelCloud's commitment to help our military take mobility to the next level."
Available as a specialized hardware appliance or as VMware software, MobileWorks DE deploys a hardened Windows environment, Good for Government enterprise-class mobile mail and personal information management system, and support for iOS and Android in under 60 minutes. SteelCloud also offers STIG360(TM), a compliancy support service that ensures deployed systems are kept up to date with appropriate STIGs and security guidance, significantly reducing the burden on budgets and staff. As a result, military commands are able to re-allocate IT resources to other mission-critical tasks rather than committing weeks or months to manual system deployment, hardening, and maintenance.
SteelCloud has created several special implementation bundles that include everything needed for any size command to quickly deploy their STIG and security configuration guidance compliant mobile device infrastructure. MobileWorks for Good/Android joins SteelCloud's existing MobileWorks for Good/iOS solution and STIG-compliant SteelWorks® for BlackBerry® solution. For more information email sales@SteelCloud.com.
SteelCloud designs and architects specialized appliance and virtual solutions for mobile computing technologies. The company delivers integrated hardware/software appliance solutions that focus on ease of deployment, policy compliance, and high availability, to commercial and government enterprises. SteelCloud is a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. Over its 24-year history, SteelCloud has won numerous awards for technical excellence and customer satisfaction, and can be reached at (703) 674-5500. Additional information is available at http://www.steelcloud.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Merger Brings Together Two Leaders in K-12 Education Technology
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. and Edline, two companies with deep roots in supporting K-12 schools and districts, will join together to better serve teachers and learners, the companies announced. With the merger, Blackboard becomes the leading commercial provider of online learning, mass notification and Web site solutions to the K-12 market.
The companies currently serve thousands of K-12 school districts and tens of thousands of schools with a range of complementary solutions for online and mobile learning, professional development and community engagement. Edline and Blackboard are both owned by Providence Equity Partners, which announced the completion of its acquisition of Blackboard yesterday.
Both companies provide learning management and mass notification solutions to the K-12 market, while Edline also offers a popular "learning community management system" (LCMS) that integrates learning management and notification capabilities within a school or district Web site. Blackboard also offers robust Web conferencing and collaboration and mobile education solutions to K-12 clients.
Working together, the companies will offer a more diverse and complete set of options that gives clients greater choice and flexibility in choosing products and services that best support their work.
"Our companies share a common vision for improving education, and together we can better serve teachers and learners with an expanded solution set and the ability to make deeper investments as a combined company," said Michael Chasen, CEO at Blackboard. "We're in a great position to bring greater value and choice to the K-12 market with the support of an ownership group that is highly committed to education."
The companies will work together to invest in their overall product set for K-12 schools and districts, including the Edline LCMS, which will remain an independent offering. The future product roadmap will be developed with the expertise that the combined team has gained through years of service for millions of K-12 teachers, students and administrators. In carrying out its strategic plan, Edline will operate as a division within Blackboard.
"We're excited about this combination and its potential to support greater use of technology in K-12 education," said Rick Noble, CEO of Edline, who will join the Blackboard executive team and lead the Edline division of Blackboard. "Our combined client communities now have access to a wider range of options and choices, and we can now offer the industry a truly unique set of solutions that supports all of the most important activities and interactions taking place in learning communities."
Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Edline is the leading provider of Web sites and communications solutions specifically designed for K-12 education. As an industry leader for over a decade, Edline helps over 20,000 schools and millions of families succeed through the use of innovative technologies that support learning and enable meaningful online communication and collaboration between teachers, students and parents throughout the learning community.
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Hi-Tech Crime Solutions Buys LIGATT Products and Pays Dividends
Hi-Tech Crime Solutions Acquires LIGATT Products and Distribution Deals and Announces Reverse Split
ATLANTA,Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hi-Tech Crime Solutions, formerly Spoofem.com (OTC: SPFM) has brokered a major deal. The company purchased LocatePC, NationalCyberSecurity.com, Hacker for Hire, AmIHackerProof.com, Locate Mobile Tracker, LIGATTSecurity.com and LIGATT.com from LIGATT Security International (OTC: LGTT).
It also includes the distribution deals LIGATT Security currently has with D&H Distributing, NAVARRE Distribution Services and Ingram Micro Inc. They are the top three software vendors in the world, distributing to 99% percent of retailers and e-tailers in the United States and Canada.
Hi-Tech Crime Solutions will also announce that on October 7, 2011 a reverse of its stock 500 to 1 will take effect. "People will think that the reverse has to do with the stock price and it really does not. So many new regulations on Pink Sheet companies from Depository Trust Company and stock clearing houses concerning stock under $.10 have taken effect, that this was a necessary evil," says Gregory Evans, the former Chairman of SPOOFEM.COM, USA.
The newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Hi-Tech Crime Solutions, Gregory Scott, couldn't be happier. "I am pleased with this sale because this is such an important purchase for Hi-Tech Crime Solutions. The distribution deal alone can be a significant boost to Hi-Tech Crime Solutions' bottom line," says Scott.
Another big announcement is that money from this purchase will go back to the shareholders. "The shareholders are a driving force for the company and I want to make sure they reap the benefits of this deal as well," says Scott. All shareholders in LIGATT Security International at the closing bell on Friday, October 7, 2011 will receive share for share in Hi-Tech Crime Solutions. "If a person owns $20 million shares in LIGATT, they will receive $20 million shares in Hi-Tech Crime Solutions," says Scott.
LIGATT Security International is in talks with other companies to purchase the company and change its focus from computer security. This means the current shareholders will be part owners of the new company as well.
All email addresses for LIGATT Security will expire on October 15, 2011. The domain names that people use to get to LIGATT.com and LIGATTSecurity.com for our products will be forwarded to HiTechCrimeSolutions.com.
About Hi-Tech Crime Solutions
Hi-Tech Crime Solutions Inc., formally SPOOFEM.COM, is committed to leading the nation in providing an outlet for small businesses and individuals to promote their products and provide them to consumers. We are a publicly traded company that licenses products from other companies and individuals to retail stores around the world. In addition we also book speaking engagements on TV, Radio and Print to promote products through the company. For additional information on products and services offered by the company visit http://www.hitechcrimesolutions.com.
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IBM Helps Oracle Clients Move to IBM Workload Optimized Systems
Making the Switch Can Save Clients Up To 50 Percent on Applicable IT Costs
ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to help more Oracle software and hardware clients break free from restrictive licensing and rising technology costs, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today launched a new migration program to make it easier to transition to IBM workload optimized systems. Oracle clients that make the switch can save up to 50 percent on applicable IT costs over three to five years.(1)
Clients using Oracle database and application server software running on Sun, HP Itanium, or previous generation POWER servers, can take advantage of a complimentary savings assessment, detailed migration plan, skills training, and special financing when moving to IBM DB2 and WebSphere software on the latest IBM Systems and Storage.
The Stop, Think, and Save program comes at a time when Oracle clients are looking for relief from the company's high software and hardware maintenance costs, restrictive licensing and support practices, and uncertainty around Sun SPARC and HP Itanium server roadmaps.
The new program includes:
1. Complimentary savings assessment that shows estimated cost savings and performance improvements when moving Oracle environments to IBM hardware and software.
2. A detailed migration plan created by IBM technologists who have experience in helping thousands of clients make the transition.
3. Competitive pricing that includes migration services, training, and applicable IBM Systems and maintenance, IBM Software licenses, and subscription and support.
To help clients further reduce IT costs and migrate to an IBM platform, credit-qualified clients can take advantage of zero percent financing on IBM hardware and software from IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing arm of IBM.(2) Or, clients may choose to finance their IT acquisition and defer payments for up to six months. IBM Global Financing also can assist in the removal and disposal of OEM hardware, including Sun or HP hardware, in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
IBM has nearly a half century of experience in building vertically integrated systems having invested billions in R&D and acquisitions and accelerating innovation across hardware, microprocessors, systems software, middleware, and testing centers for ISVs, Business Partners and clients.
More clients are moving away from Oracle software and hardware to IBM workload optimized systems in order to lower their IT costs and fuel innovation. In 2010 alone, more than 1,000 Oracle Database clients chose DB2 instead, and more than 400 Oracle WebLogic clients chose WebSphere.
IBM had a record 847 competitive displacements in Q2 2011 for servers and storage systems, including 253 from Oracle/Sun and 248 from HP. IBM Power Systems achieved 334 client displacements in Q2, about two-thirds (210) displaced Oracle/Sun, while the remaining third (110) displaced HP.
IBM recently announced the Escorts Group, one of India's leading engineering conglomerates, will receive a workload-optimized hardware solution to replace the company's existing ERP system infrastructure. During the hardware evaluation process, the company considered various options including Itanium-based servers from HP and Oracle's Exadata. The company chose IBM Power® 750 Express® and IBM Power 740 Express systems, IBM System Storage® DS5000s, and Tivoli software. In addition to gains in performance and reliability, the IBM technology is expected to provide Escorts Group with savings in power and cooling costs of between 30 to 35 percent over a three year period.
In Latvia, JSC Rietumu Banka, one of the leading banks in the Baltic States, migrated its mobile banking systems from Oracle and Sun to an IBM workload optimized system running DB2 on Power. As a result, the bank has improved database performance by 300 percent, boosted data availability by 200 percent, and lowered administration costs more than 20 percent.
(1) IT cost savings reflect potential overall reductions in software and/or hardware maintenance charges and reduced costs of system and workload management that may be achieved over a period of 3-5 years, when consolidating workloads from other systems to IBM. Software migration is from Oracle database and/or application server to comparable IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere products. Actual cost savings and performance characteristics will vary depending on individual client configurations. Complimentary services, training and education will vary by client and may not be available in every country.
(2) IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates and availability are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment and product type and options, and may vary by country. Non-hardware items must be one-time, non-recurring charges and are financed by means of loans. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension or withdrawal without notice and may not be available in all countries.
Global eCommerce Provider Goes Social to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopatron, the provider of eCommerce solutions for more than 1,000 brands worldwide, is celebrating ten years in business with a social promotion worthy of "some skin." They are asking their brand and retail partners to "give them ten" by joining them in a double high-five to mark the company's anniversary--and they have sent them the high-five hands to do it with. Their eCommerce partners, which also include over 18,000 retailers, are then invited to enter to win an iPod Touch by sharing the unique ways they have discovered to use the high-five hands on the Shopatron Facebook Page.
They chose the promotion because of its simple, old-school, celebratory nature which mirrors the company's track record of leveraging timeless traditions into the modern world. Shopatron built its eCommerce business around the traditional retail sales model--where brands maintain longstanding, mutually beneficial relationships with their retail partners for sales. Founder Ed Stevens, with years of retail and manufacturing experience under his belt, saw the need for a platform that allowed brands to translate their existing business model into the burgeoning world of eCommerce.
There were likely a lot of high-fives going around when Ed hit on the idea of a retail-integrated eCommerce order exchange and founded Shopatron (originally known as FirePoppy) in 2001. And also when they landed their first big account, were awarded their first round of funding, and each time they launched a new, better, faster version of the platform.
Today, Shopatron is the preferred eCommerce platform for brands worldwide that want to sell online without competing against their retail partners. Shopatron provides hosted eCommerce websites and stores that transfer completed online sales to local retail shops for delivery to the customer. They work with large, international brands like Suzuki, Johnson Outdoors and Mizuno, as well as specialty brands like Do-A-Dot Art, della Q and DryGuy, across 35 industries.
"When my father's furniture store found out that a supplier was selling directly to his customers, he dropped them right away," said Ed Stevens, Founder and CEO of Shopatron. "But the fact is, the Internet has changed the way people want to buy things--sometimes in the middle of the night in their home office. When I tell retailers that our solution allows brands to serve these new customer demands and they get the sales, I get a lot of high-fives. That is something I will never get bored of."
After the ten years they have spent in service to the retail industry, it seems only natural for Shopatron to ask their valued partners to give them ten. And as the #1 retail-integrated eCommerce provider in the world, they don't anticipate any of their partners will leave them hangin'.
For details on the high-five promotion, or to get your own set of high-five hands, please visit: 10.shopatron.com. For general information about Shopatron, visit ecommerce.shopatron.com/brand or call 866-625-5050.
Founded in 2001, Shopatron is the only eCommerce solution in the world that can drive more online sales while, at the same time, increasing a company's sales through the retail channel. Working with over 1,000 brands and 18,000 retail partners across more than 35 industries, Shopatron offers an innovative and flexible approach to eCommerce that matches the unique needs of branded manufacturers and multi-channel retailers.
Shopatron clients include top brands such as Louisville Slugger, Suzuki, Polaroid, Mizuno, Ducati, JL Audio, American Tire Distributors and Sport Chalet. The company is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Back by Popular Demand and Refreshed to Include New Tracks and Themes, Stations Offer Listeners a Fun Approach to Getting in the Spooky Spirit this Halloween
OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading personalized radio service, today announced the annual genre addition of Halloween themed stations. The eight new stations offer listeners a wide range of music to enjoy throughout the holiday - - everything from a mix of upbeat Halloween-inspired hits to a melodic collection of spooky instrumental compilations to a variety of kid-friendly classics - - and are accessible via http://www.pandora.com/#!/genres/halloween.
Manager of Curation, Pandora, Michael Addicott, said, "Pandora themed stations are amongst our most popular genres because they provide a free, turnkey solution for people looking to create the perfect soundtrack for almost any holiday or celebratory occasion. This Halloween, whether listeners are looking to delight party guests or build ambience for neighborhood trick-or-treaters, Pandora offers personalized radio stations that are simple, free and accessible to fit their individual music needs."
Genre stations on Pandora are stations seeded with artists and albums specific to a certain type of music, mood, event or holiday. After adding a genre station each individual listener can further personalize and refine the station by providing thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback.
The new Pandora Halloween themed stations include:
-- Halloween - hear a great mix of Halloween favorites - from goofy to
scary, groovy to symphonic, campy to classical - including spooky tunes
from movie soundtracks and TV themes and hard to find hits by Danny
Elfman, Clan of Xymox, Ray Parker Jr., Depeche Mode and Wolfsheim.
-- Halloween Party - get party guests in the spooky spirit with this
ultimate mix of Halloween classics, Halloween theme songs and scary
soundtracks from a range of genres including pop, R&B, alternative, rock
and oldies and featuring iconic Halloween hits like "The Monster Mash,"
"Ghostbusters" and "I Put a Spell on You."
-- Spooky Symphonies - create the perfect ambience for neighborhood
trick-or-treaters with ominous classical melodies and horror soundtracks
including themes from the films, "Psycho," "Beetlejuice," "King Kong,"
and Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
-- Children's Halloween - play a selection of kid-friendly Halloween hits
to add an element of fun to any children's party at school or home that
features Halloween novelty songs including the themes to "Ghostbusters"
and "The Addams Family" and artists like The Wiggles, Kidz Bop Kids and
-- Ghostly Grooves - enjoy a supernatural blend of dark wave, witch house
and goth music featuring artists like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the
Banshees, Salem, LA Vampires and Zola Jesus.
-- Witch House - get lost in this sluggish tempo music with skipping,
stop-timed beats coupled with elements from genres such as noise, drone
and goth and featuring artists like Salem, Balam Acab and White Ring.
-- Goth - revel in a combination of dark, often keyboard-heavy haunting
music with introspective lyrics from artists like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and
the Banshees, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division.
-- Industrial - experience a fusion of dark rock and electronic music with
a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments (tape music, musique
concrete, white noise, synthesizers, sequencers, etc.) with a punk twist
and featuring artists like Front 242, Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb and My
Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.
For more information on how the new Pandora Halloween themed stations were created or to speak to a Pandora representative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love. http://www.pandora.com
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F3 Technologies Finalizing Large Movie Catalog Deal
Company set to unveil new business model
ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- F3 Technologies, Inc. (Pinksheets: FTCH). On August 23 of this year, F3 Technologies stated it had entered into negotiations to acquire the distribution rights to a massive catalogue of Hollywood movies; today, F3 is pleased to announce it has now entered the final stage of negotiations with its film supplier in California.
"We anticipate the acquisition of streaming rights for a movie catalogue of this magnitude positions FargoTube to effectively compete in the forefront of the burgeoning streaming movie monetization business," commented Frank Connor, F3's chief executive officer. "Moreover, with the new business model we're set to unveil, we believe we will attract an even greater number of movie catalogues from which to showcase."
Significantly, Hollywood studios and other content owners distributing through FargoTube receive a markedly increased revenue share compared with other competing platforms such as Netflix®.
"It has been apparent over the past few weeks that Netflix is currently struggling just to keep current films in its streaming library, let alone add new titles; it has also been clear while their business model works for DVD rentals, maintaining a meaningful streaming library has presented a completely different set of challenges. With increased competition in today's streaming market, movie studios are now demanding a higher percentage of revenues generated by providers such as Netflix.
"Therefore, F3 Technologies plans to soon unveil its 'new' FargoTube platform experience to fans, performers, customers, and investors. We believe offering a wider range of new movies, music, and shows will be an effective enticement to further increase subscribers on the FargoTube platform," Connor concluded.
F3 Technologies is a software innovator that creates specialized social networks for groups ranging from homeowners associations to music fans. Follow us at Twitter.com/f3technologies, Twitter.com/fargotube and f3technologies.wordpress.com.
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CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether you're a mom with sick children, a busy executive with high cholesterol, or you suffer from a chronic illness, people are frustrated by waiting at the doctor's office. Waiting around - sometimes for several hours - causes anxiety for patients, and can even discourage them from seeking medical attention. But now there's a solution.
A new website takes the wait out of the waiting room. Available free of charge to any patient seeing any physician in the United States, WaitChecker is a revolutionary new tool that helps reduce the time people spend waiting for doctors' appointments. The service enables patients to find out whether or not their doctor is running on time before they head to an appointment.
Jamie is a 29-year-old Chicago resident who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 13. Because of her lifelong condition, she visits the doctor several times each month.
"Almost always I find myself waiting 30 to 45 minutes for the doctor," says Jamie. "That gets really difficult to handle with a full-time job and a family."
Recently, Jamie used WaitChecker to check her doctor's wait time status before leaving the office for an appointment.
"It was very helpful," she says. "I learned that the doctor was running 25 minutes behind. I knew exactly what to expect, so I had my husband pick up our baby boy from daycare."
How does WaitChecker work? Patients simply go to http://www.WaitChecker.com prior to their next appointment, enter their physician's name, appointment date and time, and their cell phone number or email address. WaitChecker does the rest.
Patients receive an email and text message prior to their appointment alerting them to any delay. This enables patients to make the best use of their time, rather than spending it sitting in the waiting room.
Share with others, and read more about the wait-time issue.
Established in 2011, WaitChecker is a Chicago-based company that relays appointment wait-time information to patients via a web-based communication tool. Its mission is to foster patient satisfaction, and alleviate the stress of not knowing wait times for doctors' appointments. A free service to patients anywhere in the United States, WaitChecker users simply log on at http://www.WaitChecker.com prior to any appointment; they'll receive a text message alerting them to any delays.
Western Governors University Partners With CourseSmart® to Provide Students and Instructors With a Robust Digital Experience
Integrating the World's Largest Digital Library into WGU's Student Portal Improves Efficiency and Access to Education
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CourseSmart®, the world's largest provider of eTextbooks and digital course materials, today announced a new relationship with Western Governors University (WGU), in which the university will integrate CourseSmart's digital library into its online student portal, creating a comprehensive, single sign-on, platform where students and instructors can access their eTextbooks anytime, anywhere.
WGU, a fully-accredited non-profit university with more than 26,000 students, began integrating CourseSmart's eTextbooks into its online learning environment in April 2011. Significantly improving their workflow and overall learning experience, students are receiving direct access to the digital titles included in their courses through their existing WGU student portal accounts. Course mentors also have access to digital versions of current textbook offerings.
"We are constantly looking for new ways to improve our learning experience and make education more accessible to students by saving them time and reducing their costs," said Margaret Korosec, manager of learning resources at WGU. "Integrating with CourseSmart allows us to streamline students' access to their eTextbooks at the moment they need it, eliminating the need for students to purchase a hardcopy textbook, and greatly enhancing their ability to be academically successful."
CourseSmart eTextbooks will be accessed online through the company's newest reader platform and linked within the WGU online course of study to individual book chapters. This creates a guided learning environment that increases learning efficiency and also allows students to access features including the ability to annotate, bookmark, highlight, search, copy, paste, share and print within the eTextbook. Furthermore, the reader will offer the same reading experience when users are offline.
"As an entirely Web-based university, WGU has established an innovative model for online education that is not only affordable but widely accessible," said Sean Devine, CEO at CourseSmart. "The WGU integration is an example of CourseSmart's steadfast mission to continue expanding access to cost effective digital course materials. Additionally, we have integrated our 24-hour, 7-day support to address any questions from users, whether it be students, instructors or the institution."
WGU has been recognized as a pioneer in the effort to make higher education more accessible and cost effective, winning the McGraw Prize in Education in 2010 and the Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education by the Sloan Consortium, an association of organizations engaged in online learning.
Western Governors University (WGU) is a private, nonprofit, American online university with more than 26,000 students across all 50 states. WGU is a competency-based university, and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, teacher education, information technology, and health professions (including nursing). The University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). WGU was founded in 1997 by a bi-partisan group of 19 governors of states in the western United States. Its mission was to improve quality and expand accessto post-secondary educational opportunities. More information is available at http://www.wgu.edu.
As the world's largest provider of digital course materials, CourseSmart® connects education publishers to consumers by providing an efficient distribution platform for their best-selling content in digital form. Founded in 2007, the San Mateo, Calif.-based company provides services to four business segments: Online direct retail for students; Indirect distribution of course materials to students through bookstores; Online instructor textbook evaluation services; and Institutional solutions for instructors and students that are integrated within campus technology ecosystems. CourseSmart improves the educational process and experience by offering all users anywhere, any-time access to the course content they need, including those with vision- and print-related disabilities. With more than 90% of the same core titles offered by major print publishers, the company's eTextbooks can be purchased for up to 60% less than the cost of new print textbooks. For more information about CourseSmart, visit the company's Web site at http://www.coursesmart.com.
Barchart Partners With Modulus on a New Social Media Market Analysis Tool
Wall Street Birds provides stock market analysis based on social media inputs
CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Barchart.com, Inc., a leading provider of market data and information, has announced a data feed relationship with Wall Street Birds, a new and unique service provided by Modulus Informatics, Inc. that allows investors to use social media for stock, futures and forex trading. Modulus Informatics, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, launched WallStreetBirds.com several weeks ago as a free service allowing average investors to make investment decisions based on the analysis of social media data. Researchers from Indiana University and the University of Manchester recently published findings that social media can have up to an 86.7% accuracy rate at predicting the market.
"Barchart has been anxiously waiting for the release of Wall Street Birds and we are excited to participate in the growth of this interesting stock picking tool," said Eero Pikat President of Barchart.com, Inc. "Wall Street Birds' unique ability to use social media for picking stocks provides yet another perspective on the markets and Barchart is excited to be able to supply the service with real-time financial market data," said Pikat.
Wall Street Birds analyzes thousands of social media messages every second, compiling data that you can use for research, system development and real-time stock, futures and forex signal creation. Wall Street Birds utilizes a proprietary set of algorithms to instantly evaluate and generate trading signals based on the sentiment of investors using social media tools. Since the launch in August, Wall Street Birds has served several million page views. Later this year, Modulus plans to release a real-time professional software version of Wall Street Birds for use with Barchart data.
"Barchart has provided streaming, real-time BATS market data to our Wall Street Birds Amazon-based cloud servers with 100% uptime. Our service would not have been as successful without Barchart," said Richard Gardner, founder of Wall Street Birds and CEO of parent company, Modulus Informatics, Inc. "Wall Street Birds is a free service that anyone can use. Simply go to the site, register, type in a company name and instantly receive stock signals based on social media analysis. Users are made completely unaware of the mathematical and technical complexities behind the scenes, which was our goal," added Gardner.
With a heritage dating back to 1934, Barchart.com, Inc. has substantial experience in meeting the information needs of the financial, media, agriculture and energy industries. As a full-service provider of equity, index, mutual fund, futures and foreign exchange market data, Barchart provides a wide range of market data products and solutions for customers ranging from institutional to retail. As an established leader in an industry that demands accuracy and innovation, Barchart's goal is to form partnerships that deliver comprehensive solutions for success. For more information, please visit http://www.barchartinc.com.
About Wall Street Birds
Wall Street Birds is the creation of Modulus Informatics, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Modulus Informatics is a sister company to Modulus Financial Engineering, Inc., founded in 1997. Modulus has provided advanced financial technology products and services to thousands of professional traders, brokerages, trading firms and renowned educational, governmental and non-profit institutions in over 94 countries. Actual clients include JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, HSBC, NASDAQ, Rutgers and Cornell Universities, Sungard, Microsoft and others. For information about Modulus Financial Engineering visit http://www.modulusfe.com.
Gigamon® Unveils New G-SECURE-0216 Inline Traffic Distribution Switch for 10G Networks
New system enables more intelligent traffic distribution to help increase network performance and reduce operational risks
NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gigamon®, the world leader in Traffic Visibility Networking solutions, today announced the release of the G-SECURE-0216 Inline Traffic Distribution Switch; the newest addition to the company's industry leading G-SECURE product family. The G-SECURE-0216 enables intelligent distribution and management of traffic within Enterprise DMZs - an area that exists between the public internet and the private, secure enterprise network - helping ensure reliable and secure environments as the volume of information continues to grow. Today's announcement was made at Interop New York 2011 that is underway at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
"Internet traffic continues to grow at an alarming rate with the ongoing proliferation of mobile devices resulting in significant increases in the amount of digital content. As more companies deploy 10 Gigabit networks to keep pace with this trend, a more efficient and secure way of filtering the information flowing through corporate networks is required," said Patrick Riley, Senior Product Manager at Gigamon. "The G-SECURE-0216 addresses this need by delivering powerful distribution logic and intelligence capabilities that ensure Internet traffic is effectively distributed to help protect against outages and increase performance."
Today, most 1Gb inline devices struggle to keep-up with increased data volume and rising network speed. Many security tools need to be connected inline on production networks to realize their full value, forcing all traffic to flow from the network segment through the tool and then back onto the production network. This introduces various operational risks and challenges including the impact of a failure of the inline device and potential performance degradation.
The G-SECURE-0216 is able to receive traffic at up to 10 Gb and intelligently distributes it to different 1 Gb security tools (up to 8 in parallel), such as IPS, firewall, DPI devices, NACs or Web Filters. Integration of both session-based and application-based intelligence allows security teams to distribute traffic loads based upon IP or MAC addresses, as well as by application port number. By seamlessly connecting network security tools inline on production networks, the G-SECURE-0216 helps networks operate at maximum potential, while reducing operational risks and challenges, eliminating potential performance problems and protecting against device failure.
The G-SECURE-0216 also offers bypass protection which helps ensure that network connectivity is maintained in the event of a security device failure or power outage. Bypass protection tool redundancy also reduces change-order processes and maintenance window requirements, allowing traffic to continuously flow through the network to other inline security and monitoring devices.
The G-SECURE-0216 is available to customers immediately in both single-mode and multimode fiber configurations. For more information about the G-SECURE-0216, please visit the Gigamon website at http://www.gigamon.com, or call (408) 263-2022.
Gigamon® provides intelligent Traffic Visibility Networking solutions for enterprises, data centers and service providers around the globe. Our technology empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with unmatched visibility into the traffic traversing both physical and virtual networks without affecting the performance or stability of the production environment. Through patented technologies, the Gigamon GigaVUE® portfolio of high availability and high density products intelligently delivers the appropriate network traffic to security, monitoring or management systems. With over seven years' experience designing and building intelligent traffic visibility products in the US, Gigamon serves the vertical market leaders of the Fortune 1000 and has an install base spanning 40 countries. For more information visit http://www.gigamon.com
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Pandora One Gift Cards Now Available for the First Time
- Just in Time for Holiday Season, it is Now Easier than Ever to Give the Gift of Personalized Radio -
- Pandora One® Gifts are a One-Year Subscription to the Premium Version of Pandora internet radio -
OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading personalized radio service announced today that Pandora One gift cards are available for purchase at all 1,762 Target stores nationwide and Target.com, marking the first time the Pandora One subscription is available for purchase in a retail outlet. The presence of Pandora gift cards is a result of a partnership with InComm,the world's leading prepaid product and transaction services company.
Hitting store racks just in time for holiday shopping, the Pandora One gift card makes it easy and affordable for anyone to give the gift of personalized music and comedy. Each gift card retails for $36 and is redeemable for a one-year subscription to a Pandora One account from Pandora®, internet radio, which includes:
-- No Advertising - Personalized radio completely free of any advertising.
-- High Quality Audio* - Better sounding music with 192K bits per second
-- Easy Desktop Access - Pandora stations play right from the computer
desktop, without opening a new browser window, through the Pandora One
-- Enhanced Customization Options* - Subscribers have the option of
surrounding the Pandora tuner with a customized theme that makes the
look of Pandora as personalized as the music.
*Currently only available on the desktop version of Pandora.
Said Tim Westergren, Pandora founder and chief strategy officer, "Target is an ideal partner for our first major retail launch because of their national reach. With the Pandora One gift card available exclusively at Target, this holiday season, gift-givers have yet another easy way to share the joy of personalized radio with friends and family."
Pandora One gift cards make a thoughtful, affordable gift or stocking stuffer for family members, friends, co-workers and anyone who would enjoy having access to a truly personalized radio experience. Pandora is available everywhere via Internet-connected devices: computers, smartphones, tablets, connected TVs, Blu-ray players and speaker systems; more than 400 connected consumer devices stream Pandora. A single Pandora One gift card can be used to create up to 100 personalized radio stations that can be accessed through an unlimited number of connected devices.
"We're excited to work with Pandora to bring consumers a convenient and easy way to get premium access to one of the most popular personalized music services on the market," said Brian Parlotto, SVP of gift card and digital content, InComm. "We're always looking to bring innovative products to market that help InComm push the prepaid market forward."
Pandora® (NYSE: P) gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we've added comedy as well so we're also up for playing some jokes you'll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" - a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love. http://www.pandora.com
InComm is the industry leading marketer, distributor and technology innovator of stored-value gift and prepaid products using its state-of-the-art point-of-sale transaction technology and payment solutions to revolutionize retail product sales and customer experiences. With nearly $13 billion in retail sales transactions processed in 2010, InComm is the nation's largest provider of gift cards, prepaid wireless products, reloadable debit cards, digital music downloads, content, games, software and bill payment solutions. InComm partners with consumer brand leaders around the world to provide more than 225,000 retail locations the products and services their customers demand. Since 1992, InComm's patented technologies have made the buying process easier for consumers, while streamlining the selling process for product and retail partners. InComm is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas and Utah. To learn more about InComm, visit http://www.incomm.com or call (800) 352-3084.
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Seniors living in adult communities across the USA will soon have greater access to information, care and entertainment on the go.
RESTON, Va. and LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LightSquared, a wholesale carrier building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will create consumer choice and drive industry innovation, and CareConnect(TM), the flagship brand of ESCO Technologies, LLC, and America's #1 communications solution for the senior housing industry, have signed a wholesale agreement that will enable CareConnect to deliver high-speed mobile data services to its customers.
The senior population in the United States is growing dramatically and is very active, mobile and increasingly technology-savvy. CareConnect is addressing these trends by providing next-generation services and products, including emergency response systems, telephone systems, fixed high-speed Internet access and satellite television services to senior housing facilities throughout the country.
Operating on LightSquared's nationwide network, CareConnect will be able to deploy the most advanced wireless services available. Residents in CareConnect-supported communities will be able to access and manage their daily schedules, receive community updates, access the Web, video chat with family and friends and run other applications while using the latest mobile devices.
"The senior population in the U.S. is growing, and their need for advanced communications, information and entertainment is also growing," said Jerry Grove, president of ESCO Technologies/CareConnect. "By partnering with LightSquared, we gain access to a great network that enables us to quickly and cost-effectively deploy new mobile services on the latest devices."
"We selected LightSquared because of its world-class 4G LTE network, open interfaces, wholesale-only model, and attractive economics," added Chris Lutts, vice- president, networks and operations at ESCO Technologies. "LightSquared is a critical component of our mobile broadband strategy."
"This is a great example of LightSquared positively impacting a rapidly growing demographic of the U.S. population," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared. "LightSquared's wholesale-only business model, which delivers wireless connectivity at extremely competitive rates with no retail competition with our wholesale partners, will enable CareConnect to extend their state-of-the-art telecommunications services to a more active senior citizen community. We're proud to work with one of the most respected companies serving this market."
LightSquared's mission is to revolutionize the U.S. wireless industry. With the creation of the first-ever, wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE network integrated with satellite coverage, LightSquared offers people the speed, value and reliability of universal connectivity, wherever they are in the United States. As a wholesale-only operator, LightSquared will deploy an open 4G wireless broadband network to be used by existing and new service providers to sell their own devices, applications and services - at a competitive cost and without retail competition from LightSquared. The deployment and operation of LightSquared's network represent more than $14 billion of private investment over the next eight years. For more information about LightSquared, please go to http://www.LightSquared.com, http://www.facebook.com/LightSquared and http://www.twitter.com/LightSquared.
CareConnect(TM) by ESCO Technologies, LLCis the leading communications solution for Senior Living Communities across America. At no capital cost to a community, CareConnect(TM) will install and maintain its state-of-the-art communications equipment and network to support Nurse/Emergency Call, Telephone, Internet, and TV services. CareConnect saves Senior Housing Community clients the enormous expense of updating their communications infrastructure while, simultaneously, providing their staff and residents with better services at a lower monthly rate than they are currently paying. For more information visit: http://www.careconnectbyesco.com
CONTACT: Josh Lefkowitz
Burson-Marsteller for LightSquared
Tel: (212) 614-5012
This release contains forward-looking statements and information regarding LightSquared and its business. Such statements are based on the current expectations and certain assumptions of LightSquared'smanagement and are, therefore, subject to certain risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements expressed herein relate only to information as of the date of this release. LightSquared has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, nor is there any assurance that the plans or strategies discussed in this release will not change.