Opening of New FiOS Store in Downtown Newark, N.J. Enables Shoppers to Test-Drive Verizon's All-Fiber FiOS TV and Internet Services
It's Wall-to-Wall FiOS Services; More Services for Customers, More Fun for Shoppers
NEWARK, N.J., June 14 -- Newark residents now can experience first-hand the superior quality and innovative features of Verizon's all-fiber-optic FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services at the company's new store in the city.
Located in the University Plaza at 198-200 West Market St., the store showcases Verizon's FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and FiOS TV digital video recorder (DVR) products.
Inside the store, shoppers can see for themselves what all the excitement is about as they watch FiOS TV on both standard- and high-definition (HD) TVs. Shoppers also can experience the speed and vast capabilities of FiOS Internet service.
Verizon representatives are on hand to demonstrate FiOS, answer questions and help shoppers place orders for new services. Customers also can come by to pick up or return FiOS TV set-top boxes, pay their Verizon bill or consult with representatives. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"This new store allows us to get closer to our customers and the residents of the communities we serve," said Tom Maguire, Verizon's senior vice president of East Coast operations. "Our current customers will appreciate the convenience of a nearby location where they can conduct business, and potential customers will have an easy and fun way to see for themselves how different and exciting FiOS is."
Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services currently are available in parts of Newark, as well as 348 other New Jersey cities and towns.
The company has nearly 850 employees in Newark, the headquarters of Verizon New Jersey, with a payroll exceeding $57 million. In addition, in 2009, Verizon awarded more than $800,000 in grants to Newark organizations.
"This exciting, new store is a clear indication of our commitment to the city of Newark, said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey. "Several Newark residents are employees at the store, and they and our company have a true desire in seeing the store -- and Verizon's FiOS Internet and TV products -- succeed."
FiOS TV offers consumers a broad range of programming choices and superior picture quality from the only TV service delivered over the nation's most advanced all-fiber network directly connecting to millions of individual homes and businesses.
Verizon's FiOS TV service was selected as the top-ranked residential television service provider in the Northeast region for 2009 by J.D. Power and Associates, capturing the top spot for the second year in a row. And Verizon FiOS debuted at No. 1, over all other TV providers, in a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey.
Verizon's current lead offer of FiOS service is a triple-play bundle of 335 all digital channels, more than 70 HD and 23 Sports Pak channels with FiOS TV Extreme HD, up to 15 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and up to 5 Mbps upstream FiOS Internet* and FiOS Digital voice service, all for just $ 89.99 a month. With a guaranteed rate for 24 months, subscribers will save $480.
Customers who sign up online can save $5 more a month for a total of $120 in additional savings.
Consumers who want to obtain more information about the new bundles or to place an order can call 1-877-VZISBIG (1-877-894-7244), visit http://www.verizon.com/fiostv or stop by the new Newark FiOS store.
* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 93 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Kinect for Xbox 360 Sets the Future in Motion - No Controller Required
Microsoft reveals new ways to play that are fun and easy for everyone.
LOS ANGELES, June 14 -- Get ready to Kinect to fun entertainment for everyone. Microsoft Corp. today capped off a two-day world premiere, complete with celebrities, stunning physical dexterity, and news from a galaxy far, far away, to reveal experiences that will transform living rooms in North America, beginning Nov. 4. Kinect will roll out to the rest of the world thereafter.
Opening with a magical Cirque du Soleil performance on Sunday night attended by Hollywood's freshest faces, Microsoft gave the transformation of home entertainment a name: Kinect for Xbox 360. Then, kicking off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), today Xbox 360 invited the world to dance, hurdle, soar and make furry friends for life -- all through the magic of Kinect -- no controller required.
"With 'Kinectimals' and 'Kinect Sports,' 'Your Shape: Fitness Evolved' and 'Dance Central,' your living room will become a zoo, a stadium, a fitness room or a dance club. You will be in the center of your entertainment, using the best controller ever made -- you," said Kudo Tsunoda, creative director for Microsoft Game Studios.
Microsoft and LucasArts also announced that they will bring Star Wars® to Kinect in 2011. And, sprinkling a little fairy dust on Xbox 360, Disney will bring its magic to Kinect as well.
"Xbox LIVE is about making it simple to find the entertainment you want, with the friends you care about, wherever you are. Kinect is about making that experience more natural and engaging than ever before," said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. "Once you experience your movies, music, sports and games with Xbox LIVE and Kinect, you won't ever want to go back."
Using Kinect is as simple as stepping in front of the sensor. It recognizes you, responds to your gestures, listens to your voice, and, best of all, it works with every Xbox 360.(1)
A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action
Declaring "the time for talk is over," Tsunoda unveiled eight hurdling, running, dancing, driving and soaring Kinect games:
-- "Kinect Adventures" (Microsoft Game Studios). Float in outer space.
Experience the thrill of roaring rapids. Tackle mountaintop obstacle
courses. And dive into the deep to explore a leaky underwater
observatory -- all from your living room. With "Kinect Adventures,"
you are the controller as you jump, dodge and kick your way through
exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations.
-- "Kinectimals" (Frontier Studio, Microsoft Game Studios). A wide-eyed
Bengal Tiger cub cocks its head to the side and playfully peers at
you. Memories of your first trip to the zoo come rushing back.
"Kinectimals" invites children, their parents and animal lovers of all
ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world's most exotic
creatures. Just like real pets, your "Kinectimals" will come running
when they hear your voice, respond to commands like "jump,"
"roll-over" and "play dead," and purr with joy when you scratch them
behind the ears.
-- "Kinect Joy Ride" (Big Park, Microsoft Game Studios). 3 ... 2 ... 1
... Go! "Kinect Joy Ride," the first controller-free racing game, will
take you and your friends on the ride of your lives -- no drivers
license required. "Kinect Joy Ride" reinvents driving and Kart racing
by adding massive jumps and full body stunts to the classic Kart
racing action. With a host of cool features and game modes you can
take off for the ride of your life by yourself, pick up a co-pilot or
team up with your friends and family to take on the world.
-- "Kinect Sports" (Rare, Microsoft Game Studios). Turn your living room
into a world-class stadium, bowling alley, soccer pitch or arena. With
"Kinect Sports" you're not only the star player, you are the
controller -- through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360. See a ball?
Kick it. Spike it. Even give it a little top spin. "Kinect Sports"
features soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, boxing and
multiple track and field events.
-- "Dance Central" (MTV Games). "Dance Central"(TM) is the first
full-body, controller-free dance video game with fun choreography for
beginners and experts. Featuring full-body tracking, the magic of
Kinect for Xbox 360 allows you to experience real dance with your
friends and family. Whether you're rehearsing in Break It Down! or
owning the stage in Perform It, you'll be introduced to more than 600
moves in the game and more than 90 dance routines all created by
professional choreographers. The game features tracks from an amazing
mix of pop, hip-hop and R&B artists including Lady Gaga, No Doubt,
M.I.A., Bell Biv Devoe, and more. Take your moves to the next level
while connecting with the music you love!
-- "Your Shape: Fitness Evolved" (Ubisoft). Get the most out of Kinect
with "Your Shape: Fitness Evolved." Unlike other games, the
proprietary Player Projection technology of "Your Shape: Fitness
Evolved" puts your body into the game for the ultimate experience.
You'll physically interact with virtual environments in ways you've
never seen before, and you'll be captivated by unique and exciting
visual effects that respond to your movement and impact. Burn calories
your way -- choose a personal trainer to help you meet your specific
fitness goals, take a yoga or martial arts class, or play fun
family-friendly minigames. As you exercise, you'll receive specific
feedback on your every move, thanks to the game's real-time precise
tracking system. You won't notice how hard you're working until you
see the results!
-- Also coming to Kinect this holiday are titles representing the top
names in the gaming industry including interactive fitness product "EA
SPORTS Active(TM) 2" (EA SPORTS), "DECA SPORTS FREEDOM" (Hudson
Entertainment), "Dance Masters" (Konami), "Adrenalin Misfits"
(Konami), "Zumba Fitness"® (Majesco), "Sonic Free Riders"(TM) (SEGA),
"The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout" (THQ), "Motion Sports"
(Ubisoft), and "Game Party(TM): In Motion" (Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment). Additional exciting Kinect game experiences will be
revealed by publishing partners in the near future.
Offering so much more than just games, Kinect for Xbox 360 takes your entertainment to the next level. Beginning this holiday, the Kinect Hub puts your favorite movies, TV programs, music and live sports all in one place -- completely controller-free.
Jump right into a movie in instant-on HD in 1080p or your favorite college bowl game by simply saying "Xbox, play," or browse your entire song library with a wave of a hand. Kinect also creates new ways for friends and family to have fun together.
With Video Kinect(2), share a smile with distant friends and family as you open a window into living rooms around the world. Providing entertainment for everyone, with the power of Kinect, the Xbox LIVE experience is more intuitive, social and interactive than ever before.
About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is a premier home entertainment and video game system. This November, with the addition of Kinect, Xbox 360 will forever transform social gaming and entertainment with a whole new way to play -- no controller required. Xbox 360 is also home to the best and broadest games as well as the largest on-demand library of music, standard- and high-definition movies, TV shows and digital games, all in one place. The entertainment center of the living room, Xbox 360 blends unbeatable content with the leading social network of 25 million Xbox LIVE members to create a limitless entertainment experience that can be shared at home or across the globe. More information about Xbox 360 can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
(1) 175MB of memory required.
(2) Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for Video Kinect.
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Most Powerful RMM and Automation Solution for MSPs Gets Even Better
LabTech 2010 Boasts Easier Installation, Setup with More Features
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 14 -- LabTech Software, a powerful Remote Monitoring, Management (RMM) and Automation solution, today released LabTech 2010, which includes new capabilities as well as improvements to existing features. The new edition of LabTech software enables greater profitability with unmatched automation for the Managed Service Provider (MSP) community.
The new LabTech 2010 software features an all-new installer for easier, faster configuration and agent deployment, new wizards help walk administrators through new server installations and setup of groups. Other changes that enhance ease-of-use include a fresher User Interface (UI), updated tree-style menus, and new templates to streamline and simplify common functions and processes.
"LabTech 2010 has the power to take managed service delivery to the next level of efficiency and profitability, because it reduces the time and effort to get up and running and reduces the learning curve for deploying its extensive automation features," said Matt Nachtrab, CEO of LabTech. "These new features make it far more refined from an operational perspective and feedback from our early adopter community has been excellent."
Key Areas of Improvement
Users will see new features in scheduling, reporting, inventory management, and service ticketing, plus more detailed searches, exports/saves and customization. New communication features include the ability to create a service ticket from a chat session and a new messaging system that improves interaction with end users. A new Google Earth-enabled network map displays where end users are located. Other benefits of LabTech 2010 include:
Work from Anywhere
You can now access your LabTech server over an HTTP connection, which saves on infrastructure costs and increases operational efficiencies.
Many deployment options have been added to make deployment quicker and more efficient, including agent installation.
Improved Visibility into Service Issues
New Data Views allow you to quickly see issues and resolve them across your entire client base with a right-click, and do more with fewer clicks.
New privacy options for end-user PCs have been added to improve your ability to support the financial and healthcare industries.
New scripts help you demonstrate the value of managed services on customer invoices. As the only MSP software that allows automated time entries, LabTech 2010 makes it possible for your time entries to appear on invoices and PSA reports to demonstrate the total time and value.
Sierra Corporation, an IT solution provider based in Falls Church, Va., has used LabTech software for almost two years to provide support to clients in the U.S. and Europe, and upgraded to 2010 three weeks ago. "The upgrade was seamless, like all other releases from LabTech - a few clicks and we were done," said Rassul Hashemi, president of Sierra Corporation. "The new features are already changing the way we process our business. LabTech has listened to their partners once again with this new LabTech 2010 release."
LabTech's affordable, agent-based solution quickly transforms solution providers into Managed Service Providers. As the only RMM solution that emulates what technicians do in the field, providers can become NOC technicians in 15 minutes. Partners can purchase the number of agents they need to start, and add as they grow.
To find out more about LabTech 2010, sign up for an educational webinar here:
LabTech is the only Managed Service tool for remote monitoring, management, and automation developed by a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for MSPs. Their affordable, agent-based solution so closely emulates what technicians do in the field that the techs can provide the same support remotely. Because LabTech understands how to manage a growing MSP business, they make it easier to procure their software and allow partners to add agents as they grow. For more information please visit http://www.LabTechSoftware.com.
Source: LabTech Software
CONTACT: Mark Smith of JPR Communications, +1-818-884-8282,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Skype: jprmark, for LabTech Software
Pepperweed Federal Division Announces Partnership with Split Rock IT Solutions
Expands Ability to Target & Deliver IT Integration Projects within the US Federal Government
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- Pepperweed Consulting, a nationally recognized IT integration company and HP Software & Solutions Platinum Business Partner, announced that its Pepperweed Federal division has signed a formal partnership agreement with Split Rock IT Solutions, a certified Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Together Pepperweed Federal and Split Rock IT Solutions will work together to target and deliver IT integration projects across US civilian, intelligence and defense agencies.
Established in early 2009 by Milo Speranzo after thirteen years in the U.S. Air Force and five tours of duty in the Middle East, Split Rock IT Solutions provides government agencies custom contracting and IT consulting services. The partnership will work to develop joint venture and mentor-protege relationships to enable agencies to procure and implement the right sets of IT strategy, application development and IT operations solutions and processes.
"Pepperweed Consulting brings together the HP-centered technology, services and support necessary by government agencies to quickly and with minimal risk to offer an ever wider array of high quality services to effectively meet their mission," said Milo Speranzo, CEO of Split Rock IT Solutions. "We look forward to bring Pepperweed Federal into our deep relationships with various federal agencies. As important we look forward to Pepperweed mentoring Split Rock as we grow the business in the IT sector. Pepperweed's 14 years of experience and 2500 implementations provides a significant knowledge base."
"Split Rock IT Solutions has the knowledge, experience and the past performance to enable us to effectively target IT integration needs and projects across all federal agencies," said Patrick Stewart, CEO of Pepperweed Consulting. "We are also proud and honored to lend our assistance in further sponsoring and developing Milo and growing his SDVOSB."
About Pepperweed Consulting
Since 1996, Pepperweed Consulting has been a leader in IT integration, working with Fortune 500 clients and large-scale government agencies to integrate their IT silos together allowing CIOs to deliver IT as a strategic and aligned business service. With over 2500 successful IT Integration projects, Pepperweed brings together multi-vendor technology, services, support and enriches them with internally developed components to meet each project's specific goals. As an HP Software Platinum partner and the largest global provider of HP software support with over 120 technical certifications, Pepperweed has the experience and training to meet a full range of IT integration challenges. For more information, visit http://www.pepperweed.com.
About Split Rock IT Solutions, Inc.
Split Rock IT Solutions is a small, service-disabled, veteran-owned, HubZone company, that partners with IT firms to acquire, deliver, and service US federal government contracts. With fourteen years of federal contracting experience and a proven track record of secured contracts with agencies like the Department of Energy, the Army Corp of Engineers and the Air National Guard, Split Rock actively works with partners to learn about new projects, understand the rules and prerequisites of the application process, craft winning proposals, manage and close contracts and oversee claim resolution. For more information, visit http://www.teamsplitrock.com .
Source: Pepperweed Consulting
CONTACT: Media & Analysts, Michael S. Bauer, +1-724-934-0271,
email@example.com; or Milo Speranzo, +1-412-612-1014,
STMicroelectronics Frees Space for More Features in Multi-Function Handhelds
Five-channel IEC-compliant ESD protection IC occupies footprint of smallest four-channel alternatives, reducing component count and board space devoted to basic circuitry
GENEVA, June 14 -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a world leader in semiconductors for mobile and consumer applications, has introduced a device that provides an extra channel of ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) protection within the same dimensions as competing alternatives -- 25% more channels to deliver a space-efficient solution for designers of feature-rich, tightly packed portable gadgets such as netbooks and smartphones.
In smartphones, features such as touchscreens, side keys and external connectors help users take advantage of the machines' extensive capabilities. They also increase the need for internal protection capable of preventing electrostatic damage as users pick up, hold and move around with their devices. Designers need to provide this increased protection without consuming the valuable printed-circuit board space needed for other components supporting new features and functions that are always necessary to attract buyers.
ST's ESDA6V1-5T6 overcomes this battle for board space by integrating ESD protection diodes for five data lines within the same 1.0 x 1.0mm size as today's smallest four-line devices. Competing devices capable of protecting five lines are offered in larger packages. The ESDA6V1-5T6 allows designers to provide the necessary ESD protection using fewer and smaller components than is possible with currently available alternatives. A low-capacitance alternative, the ESDALC6V1-5T6, for use with high-speed data lines such as those in SIM-card, camera or display interfaces, is also available.
Main features of ESDAxx6V1-5T6:
-- 1.0mm x 1.0mm x 0.4mm Micro-DFN package
-- ESDA6V1-5T6: 34pF capacitance for data speeds up to 15MHz
-- ESDALC6V1-5T6: less than 9pF capacitance for data speeds up to 100MHz
-- Very low leakage current: 0.1 microamps at 3V
-- 6V breakdown voltage
-- Compliant with IEC 61000-4-2 level 4:
-- 15kV air discharge
-- 8 kV contact discharge
The ESDA6V1-5T6 and ESDALC6V1-5T6 are in full production, priced at $0.24 and $0.30, respectively, in quantities of 3000. Alternative pricing options are available for larger quantities.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2009, the Company's net revenues were $8.51 billion. Further information on ST can be found at http://www.st.com.
CONTACT: Michael Markowitz of STMicroelectronics, +1-781-591-0354,
Kodak Ties The Knot with New Colors, Designs for Single Use Wedding Cameras
Wedding Season of a New Decade Ushers in New Colors and Designs to Match any Wedding Decor
ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 14 -- Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... and red... and teal. Brides can now tap a new line of fun, stylish KODAK Wedding Single Use Cameras to capture all of the big moments surrounding their weddings and the festivities leading up to them. Launched through TheKnot.com, the nation's number one wedding planning resource, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today introduced two new KODAK Wedding Single Use Camera designs in red and blue. Kodak also unveiled the first bachelorette edition of a KODAK Single Use Camera, in teal. In addition, Kodak will also produce The Knot "Forever Floral" Single Use Camera, available exclusively on TheKnot.com.
"2010 is a year of the fun, modern bride, so Kodak has introduced these four new camera designs to reflect the personality of today's brides and complement almost any color scheme," said Therese Corrigan-Bastuk, Worldwide Marketing Director, Film Capture, Paper & Output Systems, Eastman Kodak Co. "The stylish new designs for the new line of Single Use Wedding Cameras make for great looking cameras that provide great looking pictures by using high quality 800-speed KODAK Film, making it easy to capture and share all of your KODAK MOMENTS."
The new blue camera and red camera will feature the elegant rose design of the original white KODAK Wedding Single Use Camera that has become a popular accessory for wedding receptions, engagement parties and bridal showers. The bachelorette version of the Single Use Camera will feature a "girls' night out" design with a teal color scheme that goes well with other fun bachelorette party accessories. The Knot Signature Camera, designed by The Knot, is a sophisticated, clean design of silver-gray ivy on a white background.
"The KODAK Wedding Single Use Camera continues to be one of the top-selling items among brides," said Kristin Savilia, senior vice president of Ecommerce and Registry at The Knot Inc. "These new cameras, from a known and trusted brand, offer brides a fun way to invite their guests to help capture, preserve and tell the stories from their big day."
Kodak's Wedding and Bachelorette Single Use Cameras and The Knot Forever Floral camera use KODAK 800 speed film for sharp pictures and feature a manual flash with 4 to 11.5 foot flash range and will be available for $5.99, a special introductory price. For more ordering information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/knotkodakcameras.
The Knot is the nation's leading wedding resource, reaching over a million engaged couples each year through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot books (published by Random House and Chronicle). The Knot is the flagship brand of The Knot Inc. (NASDAQ:KNOT), a leading lifestage media company targeting couples planning their weddings and future lives together.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
GenosTV Introduces the CYCLOPS(TM), a Universal Controller
The CYCLOPS TEXTER will revolutionize text messaging The Company is seeking global, consumer electronics distribution partners
LAS VEGAS, June 14 -- Today, Genos' final designs for the CYCLOPS are complete and the product is all set for production. The CYCLOPS was invented, using Play Dough, by Genos' founder Rob Shambro. Two patents were filed earlier this year. Robrady design of Sarasota, FL was chosen to create the official prototype design. Genos' engineering team in Shenzhen China has worked feverishly to solidify the BOM and manufacturing process. The product is now ready to go to manufacturing and orders are being taken for the upcoming Christmas season. The CYCLOPS is the most ergonomically correct controller on the market. It was engineered perfectly to fit between two hands. Originally it was designed to be the keyboard for the GenosTV Cable box. The device will be sold as a universal remote control for TVs and consumer electronic devices. A version is being made for video game consoles. Lastly, the CYCLOPS will connect by way of Bluetooth to most cell phones, reducing the phone to a modem. Cell phones were not made to deliver the enormous amount of text messages today's consumers are sending and receiving. The CYCLOPS is ready for the heavy use of today's adolescents. "This is the coolest controller you have ever seen," said Rob Shambro. "It is just the beginning of many bleeding edge products and services coming from our company. We are typing more and more with one or two fingers. The CYCLOPS could be the wireless keyboard of the future."
Genos(TM) is a subsidiary of the ShambroWest Corporation, with offices in Las Vegas and Amsterdam. It was founded by Rob Shambro, Serial Entrepreneur and founder of SAVVIS, STREAMSEARCH and ILABS, Mike West, subject matter expert in consumer electronics and former technical leader at IBM, and Kevin Bachus, creator of the Microsoft XBOX.
ShambroWest Corporation has its headquarters in Las Vegas, NV and is being incubated by Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal. Genos(TM) and ShambroWest Corporation have recently opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam and are seeking an Asian headquarters location.
Powermat Wireless Charging System for the iPhone Available for Father's Day Gift Guides/Segments
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Bigpoint, Syfy And NBC Universal To Debut Battlestar Galactica Online Tech Demo At E3 Expo
First Trailer for the Game Now Available on the E3 Virtual Press Office and Bigpoint Press FTP Game Launches This Fall at Syfy.com
SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2010-- The global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online
games (MMOG), Bigpoint, (http://www.bigpoint.com/) will be demonstrating the
first technical demo of Battlestar Galactica Online at E3 Expo in Los
Angeles. A tactical space combat and adventure MMOG based upon Syfy's
Battlestar Galactica series, Battlestar Galactica Online ( http://www.bgo.bigpoint.com) will be shown by appointment only in the West
Hall, booth 4336.
The demo will highlight the Unity engine technology that will drive
Battlestar Galactica Online game experience and demonstrate how the game's
browser-based platform will reach the huge global audience already playing
browser-based MMOGs on Bigpoint.com and through Bigpoint's many popular
"We are very excited to demonstrate to our friends in the media attending
E3 Expo that Bigpoint and our partners at NBCU and Syfy are intent on
creating a compelling gameplay experience that is available to anyone with a
browser worldwide without a huge download," explains Heiko Hubertz, CEO and
founder of Bigpoint. "Battlestar Galactica Online will be an accessible,
story-driven experience that will be executed to the highest level of quality
for the browser-based platform. It's our most ambitious project ever and we
want fans of the show to know that we are committed to delivering."
The debut trailer for Battlestar Galactica Online is now available on the
official E3 Expo virtual press room and the official BGO Youtube channel
Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships &
Licensing, on behalf of the NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.
About Battlestar Galactica Online
Players will be able to choose to play as cylons or humans in a constant
struggle to control the universe or just survive its perils. A blend of
tactical space combat, exploration, and mission-based gameplay will provide a
diverse experience. The dramatic missions will define the game's overall
storyline, enabling the player to delve into mysteries of the Battlestar
universe. Battlestar Galactica Online will create a new standard for web
games, with beautiful 3D graphics and innovative game mechanics bringing a
new level of game play to browser based MMOG. Assets from the television
production will be integrated into the game to deliver an even more authentic
experience. For more information on the game please visit - http://www.bgo.bigpoint.com.
The game is being developed by Artplant (http://artplant.no), a Norwegian
development studio specializing in 3D MMO games.
Tribune Interactive Partners With TomPetty.com to Launch Online Hub
Fans Get Access To Unique Content, Music, and Merchandise Online Trivia Game Offers Chance To Win Trip To Concert In Los Angeles
CHICAGO, June 14 -- Tribune Interactive announced today that it is partnering with rock music icons Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' official website TomPetty.com (http://www.tompetty.com/) to launch a first-of-its-kind web hub designed to give their fans access to unique content, music, concert tickets and merchandise in select markets across the country. Visitors to the site can also play an exclusive "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers" trivia game with a chance to win two front-row seats to the band's Oct. 1 show at the Hollywood Bowl, including airfare and hotel accommodations in Los Angeles.
"Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and their team have always been extremely forward looking in their desire to improve the online experience of the band's most loyal fans," said Dell Furano, CEO of Live Nation Merchandise, which administers TomPetty.com on behalf of the band. "This new partnership with Tribune Company allows us to use their offline and online assets including newspaper and TV properties to extend the band's fan base and engage many more of the millions of people who over the years have bought Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' albums, merchandise and attend their concerts."
"This gives fans another way to get the music, learn more about the band's new album and tour, and maybe even wind up in the front-row at the Hollywood Bowl," said Tony Dimitriades, the band's longtime manager.
The site launches today, just days after the kick-off of the "MOJO" concert tour of 40 cities in the United States and Canada. Access to the Tom Petty hub is available through the main navigation bar of Tribune's newspaper and TV station web sites (see attached list of URLs).
"In a world of disposable artists, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers define the artistic standard we want to partner with and the kind of music we want to support," said Lee Abrams, Tribune's Chief Innovation Officer. "As MTV has faded and FM-radio has become more and more musically limited, there's no clear promotional vehicle for musical artists of this stature--we think we can offer a new and different way for the greats of the music industry to connect with their fans."
The Tom Petty site will have a unique look and feel, designed to stand apart from Tribune's other web sites. The site will be a landing page for aggregated and unique content related to the band and the "MOJO" tour; it will also feature tracks from the "MOJO" CD (available June 15), music videos and in select markets, concert tickets and tour merchandise.
The site will also offer an online trivia game, in which questions about the band, its members, music and videos are interspersed with facts about the career and popularity of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Those who play the game have the opportunity to win two front-row seats to the band's Oct. 1 concert at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, including airfare and hotel accommodations.
"The ability to offer our consumers a new Tom Petty experience and to provide Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with a new distribution channel is exciting," said Marc Chase, Tribune Interactive president. "I've been looking forward to the launch ever since we began developing the site--for me, the waiting is the hardest part."
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers new album, "MOJO", will be released by Reprise Records on June 15. It is the group's first studio album in eight years. Rolling Stone Magazine senior writer David Fricke wrote of the album that it is "one of Petty's best ever with The Heartbreakers." The 2010 MOJO Tour of North America started June 1 in Denver, Colorado with two sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Every ticket purchased for any concert on the "MOJO" tour comes with a download of the new album. Ticket buyers will also receive eight live tracks recorded during the "MOJO" tour.
TRIBUNE is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. The company's broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago's WGN-AM. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience. At Tribune we take what we do seriously and with a great deal of pride. We also value the creative spirit and nurture a corporate culture that doesn't take itself too seriously.
PARTICIPATING TRIBUNE MEDIA PROPERTIES:
Market Area Station URL
New York WPIX www.wpix.com
Los Angeles KTLA www.ktla.com
Chicago WGN http://www.wgntv.com
Philadelphia WPHL www.myphl17.com
Dallas - Ft. Worth KDAF www.the33tv.com
Washington D.C. WDCW www.dc50tv.com
Houston KIAH www.39online.com
Seattle - Tacoma KCPQ www.q13fox.com
Seattle - Tacoma KMYQ www.myq2.com
Miami - Ft. Lauderdale WSFL www.southflorida.com
Sacramento KTXL www.fox40.com
Portland KRCW www.nw32.com
Indianapolis WXIN www.fox59.com
Indianapolis WTTV www.indianas4.com
San Diego KSWB www.fox5sandiego.com
Hartford / New Haven WTIC www.CTNow.com
Hartford / New Haven WTXX www.wtxx.com
Grand Rapids WXMI www.fox17online.com
Harrisburg WPMT www.fox43.com
New Orleans WGNO www.abc26.com
New Orleans WNOL www.nola38.com
Chicago WGN http://www.wgnamerica.com
Chicago WGN-AM www.wgnradio.com
GFI Software and Sunbelt Announce Strategic Partnership
RALEIGH, N.C., June 14 -- GFI Software, a leading infrastructure provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, has entered into a strategic partnership with Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software and the creators of the successful VIPRE® line of security solutions. Over the coming months, the companies will work on a broad range of initiatives, including sharing global channels, markets, and technologies.
"Our partnership with Sunbelt is an excellent opportunity for GFI to work closely with one of the most innovative security companies in the market today," said Walter Scott, CEO of GFI. "We are impressed by the high quality and innovative technology that underlies Sunbelt's VIPRE line of products and see strong synergies between the two companies."
"Sunbelt's partnership with GFI will provide small and medium-sized enterprises with a rich new source of security products, services and expertise," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "We look forward to collaborating with GFI on a number of initiatives."
About GFI Software
GFI Software provides the single best source of web and mail security, archiving and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMBs, GFI can satisfy the IT needs of SMB organizations on a global scale. As the leading infrastructure provider for SMBs, we have offices in the United States (North Carolina and California), Canada, UK (London and Scotland), Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong and Romania, which together support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 15,000 partners throughout the world. We are also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.
About Sunbelt Software
Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of security software including enterprise antivirus, antispyware, email security, and malware analysis tools. Leading products include the VIPRE® and CounterSpy® product lines, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver(TM), CWSandbox(TM), and ThreatTrack(TM).
All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Source: GFI Software
CONTACT: Malta, David Kelleher of GFI, +356 7906 3606,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Florida, Laurie Murrell of Sunbelt, +1-727-562-0101,
ext. 236, Lauriem@sunbeltsoftware.com
Armani Exchange Launches Digital Portfolio With the A|X STYLEPAD
THE A|X STYLEPAD IS A MULTI-MEDIA, INTERACTIVE PLATFORM WITH USER GENERATED AD DESIGN CONTENT
NEW YORK, June 14 -- In Summer 2010, A|X will launch A|X STYLEPAD - a multi-media, interactive digital portfolio that contains insider access to the alluring world of Armani Exchange. The A|X STYLEPAD is a brand destination where users navigate through a specially designed online flash-book to experience multimedia content of the current A|X seasonal campaign with exclusive content and features that include: interviews, videos, photography and A|X music.
The A|X STYLEPAD offers the client a more visually sophisticated way to experience the A|X lifestyle with well-crafted visual integration. Leveraging assets from the A|X brand - building blocks of sexy imagery, modern style, electronic dance music and nightlife culture, we continually enhance our extremely powerful online platform to target our consumers' lifestyle, taking advantage of the influential amplifier of online entertainment.
A|X STYLEPAD will feature an interactive section where users will be able to create their own A|X branded image piece by using the A|X STYLEPAD Toolbar provided on the DIY page on the flash-book. The A|X STYLEPAD Toolbar allows users to personalizes an image piece by dropping and dragging images from the current A|X advertising campaign, and lets them resize, and colorize to create a one-of-a-kind image to share on social networks and via email.
With the A|X STYLEPAD, Armani Exchange brings together three marketing trends - exclusive content, online entertainment, and social networking - in a unique and interesting way. Operated by an in-house cross-functional team, these initiatives are an evolution of our marketing message, linked to strategic goals and integrated with other marketing click-through. The A|X STYLEPAD, for Armani Exchange, was developed in partnership with Clikthrough, Inc., a privately funded eCommerce software and service provider.
A|X STYLEPAD will serve as the multi-media destination of the enhanced A|X life section on the brand website at armaniexchange.com/stylepad and will gain exposure with marketing elements via the A|X blog, A|X social networks, A|X YouTube, A|X in-store promotions, A|X text mobile marketing, and press materials covering this digital media endeavor.
About A|X Armani Exchange
A|X Armani Exchange was launched in 1991, aimed at a new generation of fast-fashion consumers - an accessible collection offering urban, individual style. A|X Armani Exchange defines a new dress code with a collection that takes its cue from urban lifestyle and music culture.
With Armani Exchange, Mr. Armani interprets his sensual and unique style to create a casual, yet sophisticated collection for the young, urban and sexy. Today A|X Armani Exchange has an exclusive direct controlled retail network that currently comprises 184 freestanding stores in 25 countries.
TriCipher Offers Cloud Single Sign-On and Federated Access for the Enterprise
myOneLogin Enterprise Connector Expands Directory, SSL VPN and Desktop Integration
LOS GATOS, Calif., June 14 -- TriCipher, a leading provider of cloud-based Internet identity services, today announced new, expanded integration of the myOneLogin identity services platform with enterprise directories such as Microsoft Active Directory, networks and desktops. With myOneLogin Enterprise Connector 2.0, business users only need to enter their enterprise login once to securely access all their apps in the cloud as well as on the company network.
Corporate IT is increasingly a hybrid proposition, with applications residing both within networks and in the cloud. With the Enterprise Connector, myOneLogin extends the desktop to the cloud without any erosion of security or control. The solution enables the browser to become a virtual desktop, so users can access the business securely from a browser anywhere.
The Enterprise Connector(TM) integrates desktop authentication, SSL VPNs and directories with the myOneLogin Identity Services Platform to eliminate dependence on passwords, security exposures and administrative overhead from resets and other credential management activities.
The myOneLogin Enterprise Connector is delivered to enterprises as an easily installable VM (virtual machine). A configuration wizard makes it easy to set up with Microsoft Active Directory or other LDAP-based directories and SSL VPNs that use Radius or the SAML federation protocol. Flexible configuration options accommodate even the most complicated directory architectures, multifactor authentication scenarios, and provisioning workflows.
A leading provider of cloud based security services is including the myOneLogin Enterprise Connector for their 4000 enterprise customers. These enterprise customers will be able to use their corporate identities for access to the cloud based services.
With this new release, businesses can extend identity and access control to applications in the cloud, and individuals can use one secure login to access all of their business applications, from any location.
-- Within the corporate network, users authenticate as usual on
enterprise desktops using Kerberos, and can then access web
applications securely through myOneLogin Secure Single Sign-On (secure
-- For users outside the enterprise network, myOneLogin provides strong
authentication to SSL VPNs (VPN authentication) for internal
applications, or a myOneLogin portal for one-click access to all their
With the Enterprise Connector, businesses have one place to manage users - their existing enterprise directory. User credentials remain in the internal directory while the secure myOneLogin service manages additional, flexible authentication factors in the cloud. myOneLogin offers step-up authentication with a variety of authentication factors, so businesses can pick the authentication technologies that best suit their needs.
The myOneLogin Identity Services Platform is the only solution that comes preconfigured for single sign-on to over 4000 web applications, using patented multi-part identity protection technology that has been battle-tested in more than 10,000 financial services organizations worldwide.
"With this release of the Enterprise Connector, we have really delivered on the promise of one future-proof identity for business users," said Vatsal Sonecha, Vice President of Business Development & Product Management at TriCipher. "No matter where users are, and no matter where the applications they need reside, they can now access them securely with one enterprise login. This level of security and control is essential for supporting the next wave of cloud computing adoption."
TriCipher, Inc. is a market leader and pioneer in Internet-scale and enterprise-caliber identity services, delivering cloud-based solutions for protecting access to web applications and enterprise portals. The myOneLogin identity platform is the first online identity services platform that gives each user a future-proof identity and never-compromised credentials federated to thousand of applications. TriCipher's patented technology has been battle-tested by over 10,000 financial institutions for security, reliability, availability and scalability. Founded in 2000, TriCipher is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. The company is funded by ArrowPath Venture Capital, EPIC Ventures, Intel Capital, RBC Technology Ventures, and Trident Capital.
Source: TriCipher, Inc.
CONTACT: Dan Brennan of Corporate Ink, +1-617-969-9192,
email@example.com, for TriCipher, Inc.
Managing and Discovering Fresh Content on Android-Based Devices Becomes Easier with New Version of eSobi Mobile
Users Can Import Feeds from Google Reader, Discover New Sources and Easily View Content with eSobi's Mobile-Optimized Interface
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 14 -- esobi Inc., the provider of innovative Internet & mobile information navigation tools, today unveiled its smart mobile tool, eSobi Mobile for Android, to help people using Android- powered devices enjoy the most up-to-date information on the go.
Users can easily import subscriptions from Google Reader, the PC version of eSobi, or from a wide selection of preloaded channels. News updates are viewed in a highly refined, advertising-free and visually-appealing interface with a text-only format that is optimized for the mobile screen. With eSobi Mobile for Android, users can also easily set up keyword searches, creating an ideal time-saving tool for tracking the news, trends and issues that matter to them. The streamlined design of eSobi Mobile for Android enables users to not only catch up on the latest news and social media updates, but also easily share news and information via Gmail, SMS, Twitter and Plurk with a single touch of the screen.
"Google Android is the first truly open platform, encouraging innovations in mobile application development, and is creating a marketplace where the best applications will naturally rise to the top," said Wen Lee, chairman of esobi Inc. "eSobi Mobile for Android's powerful, yet easy-to-use features are perfectly matched to the demanding, convenience-seeking and socially-connected user drawn to Android devices. Users will find eSobi Mobile for Android replaces the laborious hunt for news across sites and applications, and makes sharing news just as easy. We are confident that eSobi Mobile will quickly become a must-have, frequently-used app for their Android device."
In addition to the text-only, ad-free mode, eSobi Mobile for Android users can choose to change the font size or background color to optimize their mobile reading experience. eSobi Mobile for Android is also equipped with powerful organization capabilities, functioning as a portable data library enabling users to easily create playlists and news archives to personalize Internet resources for later use. Channel lists can be custom-sorted by frequency, time, status, alphabetical order.
eSobi Mobile for Android supports English and Traditional Chinese, and the Android 1.5, Android 1.6, Android 2.0, and Android 2.1 operating systems. esobi Inc. will continue updating its mobile application to support the latest Android operating system with enhanced features in the future. A fully- functioning 30 day trial is available through the Android Market or http://www.esobi.com/ . The full version can also be purchased for 5.99 USD from http://www.esobi.com/ . Visit http://www.esobi.com/ for more information.
About eSobi & eSobi Mobile
eSobi is a feature-rich, desktop-based information aggregator for managing Internet information in daily life. eSobi helps users easily obtain news updates from their favorite sites, track news posts by topics, enjoy audio & video podcast programs, conduct thorough searches by category, as well as organize and archive web content hassle-free. eSobi has been widely distributed with Acer computers, and adopted globally. The mobile solutions support Google Android and Windows Mobile devices.
About esobi Inc.
esobi Inc., founded in 2006, has concentrated on delivering innovative Internet & mobile solutions for information management to its end-users. Acer, the third largest computer manufacturer in the world, has chosen esobi Inc. as its OEM partner, preloading the eSobi software on all its personal computers worldwide. eSobi has also been bundled with Transcend flash drives and MSI mainboards, providing customers with greater convenience in integrated data gathering and management.
National Instruments Expands NI-XNET Embedded Network Platform With Support for the LIN Communication Bus
New Interfaces are Ideal for Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation, Rapid Control Prototyping, Bus Monitoring and Automation Control
AUSTIN, Texas, June 14, 2010 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) today announced new PXI and PCI interfaces that expand the NI-XNET platform to include support for the Local Interconnect Network (LIN) communication bus. The new NI PXI-8516 and NI PCI-8516 LIN interfaces make it possible for engineers and scientists to develop LIN applications in NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows(TM)/CVI and C/C++ for Windows and LabVIEW Real-Time OSs. As part of the NI-XNET platform, the new PXI and PCI interfaces are ideal for applications that require real-time, high-speed manipulation of many LIN frames and signals, such as hardware-in-the-loop simulation, rapid control prototyping, bus monitoring and automation control. In addition, the new interfaces provide integrated support for importing and using signals from LDF databases, which simplify scheduling and scaling of LIN messages on the bus.
NI-XNET is a family of high-performance and easy-to-use PXI- and PCI-based products designed to communicate with embedded networks including Controller Area Network (CAN), LIN and FlexRay. NI-XNET integrates easily with LabVIEW, uses the same API for CAN, LIN and FlexRay and automatically translates low-level frame data into usable engineering data. The new interfaces combine the performance and flexibility of low-level microcontroller interfaces with the speed and power of Windows and LabVIEW Real-Time OS development. They also can be integrated easily into desktop real-time PCs as well as real-time PXI systems.
Designed for performance and ease of use in demanding applications, the PXI and PCI interfaces are ideal for high-signal-count, low-latency environments. The interfaces feature the NI-XNET device-driven DMA engine for coupling the LIN bus to host memory, which reduces system latency from milliseconds to microseconds. The engine makes it possible for the onboard processor to move LIN frames and signals between the interface and the user program without CPU interrupts, freeing host processor time for processing complex models and applications.
For more information on National Instruments LIN products and the LIN bus, readers can visit http://www.ni.com/lin. Readers also can visit http://www.ni.com/xnet to view tutorials, example code and community resources on the NI-XNET platform.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming 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, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 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, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
Pricing and Contact Information
11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, Texas
NI PXI-8516 78759-3504
Priced* from $1,499; euro 1,049; Tel: (800) 258-7022, Fax: (512)
188,000 yen 683-9300
NI PCI-8516 E-mail: email@example.com
Priced* from $1,499; euro 1,049;
*Prices are subject to change without notice.
CVI, LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. The mark LabWindows is used under a license from Microsoft Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
Pocket-Sized HTC Aria to Premiere on Nation's Fastest 3G Network
Android 2.1 & HTC Sense(TM) Experience Combined With 7.2 HSPA Speeds Offers Exceptional Mobile Broadband Performance
DALLAS and BELLEVUE, Wash., June 14 -- AT&T* and HTC Corporation ("HTC") today announced that HTC Aria(TM), a rich and powerful addition to AT&T's Android smartphone portfolio, will be available exclusively at AT&T beginning June 20. Pocket-sized and packing the power of the Android 2.1 platform, a five megapixel camera and a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, HTC Aria offers AT&T customers Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design. The combination of 3G speed, a responsive capacitive touch screen and an optical joystick makes HTC Aria an ideal smartphone for mobile broadband.
HTC Aria is Wi-Fi capable and qualifying customers will receive access to AT&T Wi-Fi, with more than 20,000 hotspots across the U.S. In addition, HTC Aria is compatible with AT&T's High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology. This technology provides a considerable boost to 3G speeds when combined with expanded backhaul. The combination of faster wireless networks, smartphones like HTC Aria, and tens of thousands of available innovative mobile apps allows AT&T customers to mobilize virtually everything, from video and music, to social networking, to business applications.
"HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "When you combine the nation's fastest 3G network, and access to the nation's largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available."
HTC Aria features the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which automatically delivers the most-wanted information by bringing it to the forefront of the mobile experience. Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC Aria offers even more ways to stay connected, including Friend Stream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a single, consolidated view.
"Its unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of 'me-too' smartphones," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. "But what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which we are pleased to be bringing to AT&T customers. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible - by person."
A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 50,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience.
Along with being ultra-small at just over 4 inches long and weighing a mere 4.05 ounces, HTC Aria's seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well.
Featuring the best selection of smartphones and OS, AT&T is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among smartphone owners. AT&T plans to expand its Android portfolio to include other Android smartphones during the second half of 2010.
Pricing and Availability
HTC Aria will be available on June 20 at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at http://www.att.com/wireless for $129.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).
(3) AT&T Promotion Card: Price for HTC Aria before AT&T Promotion Card & with 2 year contract is $229.99. Allow 60 days for fulfillment. Card valid for 120 days wherever major credit cards accepted. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at ATMs or gas pumps. Some restrictions and other charges apply. See terms at store or at att.com/wirelessrebate. You must be customer for 30 consecutive days to receive Promotion Card.
(4) Limited-time offer. Other conditions & restrictions apply. See contract & rate plan brochure for details. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to up to $325.
(5) Largest Wi-Fi network claim based on non-municipal company and owned and operated hotspots. An 802.11 b/g enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.com for additional services details and locations.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTVbrands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. For more information about HTC, please visit http://www.htc.com.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Warner May of AT&T, +1-404-986-1807, firstname.lastname@example.org; or HTC
Public Relations, +1-425-638-7000, email@example.com
AT&T Announces 'Ease'-y to Use Quick Messaging Phone From Pantech
New Pantech 'Ease' is First Quick Messaging Phone Designed Specifically for Simplicity Seekers
DALLAS, June 14 -- For experienced mobile phone users, the ins and outs of wireless devices are second nature, but for some, ease-of-use is paramount. AT&T* today announced the Pantech Ease, the first quick messaging phone from AT&T with menus and features designed for users who seek simplicity in their wireless device. With a large and comfortable touchscreen, Ease will be available for new and existing AT&T customers online at http://www.wireless.att.com and in AT&T stores nationwide June 20.
Ease is the latest offering in AT&T's focused initiative to deliver a streamlined mobile experience. The handset is also the first simplicity-centric phone to feature a full keypad and touchscreen to keep customers better connected with family and friends. With the original Pantech Breeze having launched in 2008, the Pantech Breeze II in May 2010 and now Ease, AT&T is committed to customers who want the latest technology in a convenient form.
"Ease emphasizes our commitment to meeting the needs of all AT&T customers," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "The first quick messaging phone targeted for simplicity seekers, it fulfills our goal to create a highly functional device for everyone - from children to great-grandparents."
Ease's uncluttered design contributes to its straightforward user experience. Ease offers a bright 3.2" full touch screen display, a full keyboard, intuitive menus - all at an affordable price. And, while it is easy to use, Ease is not just a basic phone. The handset can also be switched from Easy mode to Advanced mode for a more traditional quick messaging user experience with a quick settings change. Customers of all types may enjoy the Easy mode, especially seniors.
"The seniors market remains a significant opportunity for the operators to expand their businesses. But as iGR's research has found, the challenge is to provide a solution that meets the specific needs of the seniors with sufficient functions and capabilities yet is easy to use and intuitive, " said Iain Gillott, president of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry. "Our research has shown that seniors primarily want to make calls, to send and receive photos in text messages, to get driving directions and to read their email. And they want an attractive design that would make their family members envious - the Pantech Ease, with an easy-to-use interface developed collaboratively by AT&T and Pantech and attractive yet senior-friendly form factor, seems to address those needs squarely."
Ease will be compatible with AT&T's High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology. This technology provides a considerable boost to the nation's fastest 3G network when combined with expanded backhaul.
"AT&T customers have come to rely on Pantech's ability to create phones that meet their unique lifestyle needs," said Jim Berridge, vice president of sales and marketing, Pantech Wireless. "Ease is a phone that incorporates the latest customer requests - a touch screen - yet does so in a manner which is easy to use. We have a winner with Ease and we're confident that customers will be impressed with both the design and functionality of this handset."
Ease takes into account user experience design principles to ensure an easy-to-use experience.
-- Streamlined, Targeted Menu - Navigating the phone's features is
straightforward with the Easy Mode, which minimizes scrolling and
highlights the features customers want to access most.
-- Large Font - Ease uses a highly visible large font. Additionally,
users can increase or minimize the font of received messages with
either touch or physical zoom in or out keys.
-- Easy-to-Use Buttons - Well spaced, backlit buttons on the device
respond with a tactile click when pressed, and remain illuminated
while in use. Specialized buttons such as the Quick Contact key
provide easy access to top 3 contacts and voicemail and the "Say A
Command" key allows a user to make a call, start a text or open an
application with their voice.
-- Camera - Activated from the home screen menu or with the dedicated
camera key on the side of the phone, the 2-megapixel camera with 7x
zoom can quickly switch between picture taking and video recording,
allowing users to capture life's moments as they happen and share them
easily with family and friends.
-- Specialized Tools - The Ease comes with a number of specialized apps
to make the users' life easier. Users can track their steps and see up
to a seven-day history with Pedometer. Readout mode audibly announces
callers, text message senders and reads out text message text and
Voice Mode allows users to dictate a message instead of typing it.
In Easy Mode, the Ease also boasts quick access to:
-- AT&T Mobile Browser - combines full HTML browsing with unique
customization features so customers can easily surf the Internet; view
location-aware local news and weather; and read the latest headlines
from popular news, sports and entertainment sites.
-- AT&T Navigator - offers turn-by-turn voice and onscreen driving
directions, automatic rerouting, real-time traffic monitoring and
more. AT&T Navigator is available for $9.99 per month, and new
subscribers receive their first 30 days of their subscription for
-- AT&T Address Book - syncs contacts to an online address book so
customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their
handset -- or their PC. There is no additional charge to use AT&T
Ease will be available at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at http://www.wireless.att.com on June 20 for $69.99 (Pay $119.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $50 AT&T Promotion Card. Two year service agreement and a minimum $20 messaging or combination of messaging and data plans required.)
(1) 3G coverage is not available in all areas.
(2) Coverage not available in all areas.
(3) AT&T Promotion Card: Price for Pantech Ease before AT&T Promotion
Card & with 2 year contract and minimum $20 Messaging or combination
of messaging and data plans is $119.99. Allow 60 days for
fulfillment. Card valid for 120 days wherever major credit cards
accepted. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash
and cannot be used at ATMs or gas pumps. Some restrictions and other
charges apply. See terms at store or at att.com/wirelessrebate. You
must be customer for 30 consecutive days to receive Promotion Card.
(4) Limited-time offer. Other conditions & restrictions apply. See
contract & rate plan brochure for details. Early Termination Fee:
None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee
may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to up to $150.
(5) Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Pantech Wireless, Inc., an Atlanta, GA based subsidiary of Pantech Co., Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America as part of the Pantech Group. For additional information, visit the PWI website at http://www.pantechusa.com.
Online Quant and Qual Research Now Automatically Linked; Hybrid Studies Get Faster and Easier
NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 14 -- 20|20 Technology, a Division of 20|20 Research, Inc., today introduced QualLink(TM) (patent-pending), a ground-breaking technology that allows researchers to conduct in-depth qualitative research on selected quantitative survey participants by automatically linking together the researcher's online survey software and 20|20's QualBoard(TM) (bulletin board) platform.
According to 20|20's Director of Innovation, Isaac Rogers, "Until now, the process of collecting qualitative "depth" during a survey was clunky, time-consuming and required a lot of manual work. Some technologies tried to fill the void, but none accomplished the real goal - to quickly and easily transition a select group of participants from an online survey to an online qualitative platform. A direct QualLink(TM) from survey to QualBoard(TM) achieves that goal."
QualLink(TM) works by connecting most any online survey software with 20|20's QualBoard(TM) bulletin board platform. Survey set-up remains unchanged. At the conclusion of the survey, participants are asked to "opt in" to a QualBoard session based on their survey responses. When they accept, QualLink(TM) automatically loads the participants and their survey data into QualBoard(TM). Immediately, they can log in to QualBoard(TM) to begin the qualitative portion of the study. With QualLink(TM), the qualitative follow-up can be completed simultaneously with the quantitative survey.
Jim Bryson, founder of 20|20 Research added, "QualLink(TM) gives quantitative and qualitative researchers the ability to work together to gather quantitative data as well as the qualitative stories behind the numbers quickly and seamlessly. Now there is no reason for qualitative follow-up to slow the research process."
QualBoard(TM) and QualLink(TM) will be showcased in a series of free webinars in June. For the complete schedule and to register online, visit 20|20's website.
ABOUT 20|20 RESEARCH, INC. - 20|20 Research, Inc. (founded in 1986) is a worldwide leader in Online Qualitative Research software and support, having helped their clients conduct thousands of online projects in more than 30 countries around the globe. In addition to their industry-leading software platforms - QualBoard(TM), QualMeeting(TM), QualAnywhere(TM) and QualJournal(TM) - 20|20 Research also conducts qualitative recruiting and operates three "Top Rated" Focus Group facilities in the U.S. - Miami, FL, Charlotte, NC and Nashville, TN.
CONTACT: Steven Henke, President, 20|20 Research, Inc., 1-800-737-2020,
ext. 324, firstname.lastname@example.org; Isaac Rogers, Director of Innovation,
1-800-737-2020, ext. 383, email@example.com, for 20|20's Technology
Bikini Bottom Gets the Royal Treatment With Star-Studded SpongeBob Special Featuring Victoria Beckham, 'The Clash of Triton,' Premieres Monday, July 5, on Nickelodeon
John O'Hurley and Sebastian Bach Also Guest-Star as the Region's Reigning Monarchy (DVD Screeners and Art Available Upon Request)
BURBANK, Calif., June 14 -- Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' brand and largest producer of television animation in the world, wraps up Independence Day weekend with the premiere of a new SpongeBob SquarePants special, "The Clash of Triton," on Monday, July 5, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The half-hour special features celebrity guest stars Victoria Beckham as Queen Amphitrite; John O'Hurley as her husband, King Neptune; and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) as their rebellious son, Triton. Following the special, a week of all-new SpongeBob episodes will premiere Tuesday, July 6, through Friday, July 9, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
"We're happy to have such a talented and eclectic group of celebrities lend their voices to this SpongeBob special," said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. "Victoria, John and Sebastian truly brought Bikini Bottom's Royal Family to life!"
"I was so thrilled when I was asked to be a part of SpongeBob as my children love the show," said Beckham. "When I told the boys that I was going to be on the show, they were so excited! I had such a great time recording the voice of Queen Amphitrite. How fun to be a Queen for a day! We are all looking forward to watching it together."
In "The Clash of Triton," King Neptune wants to celebrate his 5,000th birthday at the hottest spot in town - none other then the Krusty Krab! SpongeBob and crew spare no expense for the gala, rolling out the red carpet to welcome the royal family. Despite their best efforts, the absence of Neptune's son, Triton, brings down the king's spirits and spoils the festivities for everyone, especially his wife, Queen Amphitrite. The gang soon learns that Neptune banished his son to a deserted island until Triton is ready to follow in his father's footsteps. Determined to make this the king's happiest birthday ever and save the day, SpongeBob sets out to find Triton and bring him back to the party. Unfortunately no one anticipated Triton's wrath and now Bikini Bottom may get caught in the net of revenge meant for his father.
The premiere and encores of "The Clash of Triton" will be simulcast on Nickelodeon Mobile, and the special episode will be available on download-to-own platforms following its on-air premiere. Additionally, Nickelodeon will launch a Game of the Week themed to the special on Monday, July 5, called "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Clash of Triton." In the game, available on http://spongebob.nick.com/, players must prevent Triton from ruining Neptune's party and ravaging all of Bikini Bottom. "SpongeBob's Clash of Triton" will be available July 13 on DVD from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.
Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon drawing more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks and has been the number-one animated program with Kids 2-11 for more than eight consecutive years on Nickelodeon. The show is seen in 171 markets in 26 languages and is the most widely distributed property in MTV Networks' history.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B).
United States Golf Association (USGA) and Mixx Team Up to Bring Social Media to the U.S. Open
U.S. Open SocialMixx Channel Will Collect Real-Time Chatter from Fans in Pebble Beach to the Rest of the World
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., June 14 -- The USGA and Mixx today announced a partnership expanding social media at the U.S. Open and across digital platforms.
The official U.S. Open website, which is designed and hosted by IBM, will integrate a Mixx Channel into the U.S. Open.com homepage (http://www.usopen.com). Users who visit the "Experience Tent" on site at the 2010 U.S. Open in Pebble Beach will be able to provide real-time commentary on the event through their Twitter accounts; the chatter will appear live on the U.S. Open Mixx Channel.
The U.S. Open Mixx Channel will also include relevant tweets from commentators and other golf experts.
"We are proud to be involved in the U.S. Open digital experience," said Chris McGill, founder/CEO of Mixx. "Our technology will bring topical social media streams from dedicated fans to the masses, who cannot experience the event in person."
"Our USOPEN.com fan community has grown from 800,000 to over 6 million unique users over the last two years and being able to integrate a strong social component like U.S. Open Mixx Channel can only help drive further engagement," said Alex Withers, Managing Director, USGA Digital Media.
The Mixx Channel will go live on the U.S. Open website on June 14, when the National Championship practice rounds begin.
The USGA is the national governing body of golf in the USA and Mexico. The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships.
The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, maintains a Handicap System® and celebrates the history of the game. Since 1983, the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program has awarded more than $31 million to more than 400 research projects for better turf and a better environment at universities across the country. The USGA also funds an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program, which has allocated more than $65 million over 13 years to programs that bring the game's values to youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities.
Mixx is owned by Recommended Reading, Inc., a privately-held company based in McLean, Virginia, dedicated to connecting users and publishers in the digital media environment. Through Mixx Channels and Mixx SiteBox, publishers and brands can engage with social media in a more relevant, direct way. More information is available at http://www.mixx.com.
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New approach to local search offers 3D visual dining guide to showcase interiors of 500 Boston restaurants; Never again will Bostonians have to go on a blind date with a restaurant!
WALTHAM, Mass., June 14 -- EveryScape, creator of visual guides for local search, today announced the debut of a new approach to local search with EveryScape Eats!, a visual dining guide with a free iPhone application and companion website. Initially available in Boston, diners can peruse the most complete visual restaurant guide by viewing the interiors of more than 500 Boston restaurants and exploring exteriors of more than 1,300 in 3D with the free iPhone and iPad application or by visiting http://www.EveryScapeEats.com.
Leveraging the same experiential, high-quality visual content that EveryScape debuted earlier this month in conjunction with Microsoft Corp.'s Bing Maps, EveryScape Eats! Boston uses interior panoramic imagery to allow users to "walk around" as though they were there in person. This new approach to local restaurant search offers a complete solution to the "where to eat tonight?" conundrum and ensures that a dining selection matches the users' desired ambiance, cuisine, menu selection and price. Never again will Bostonians have to go on a blind date with their restaurant!
Boston is the debut market for EveryScape Eats!, which will become available in other cities nationwide on a rolling basis. In addition to the restaurant guide, EveryScape plans to introduce other vertical categories to its catalog of visual guides for local search as well as distribute this content to other local search portals. Additional EveryScape Eats! Boston features include:
-- Search for restaurants: Immediate visual thumbnails of more than 1,300
Boston area restaurants provide an idea of ambiance and neighborhood
-- Find other nearby restaurants using geolocation: Use iPhone GPS to
quickly find nearby restaurants and then narrow the selection based on
price or rating
-- Plan a night out: Select a restaurant and then share it with friends
through email or Facebook
-- Read reviews, menus and restaurant information: Panoramic images are
augmented by the restaurant details section so diners can make an
educated dining decision
"Local search is moving toward the experiential, which requires high-quality visual content, and a lot of it. EveryScape's approach has focused on leveraging a technology that makes a presence in our visual guides easily accessible for small businesses, and equally engaging for consumers," said Jim Schoonmaker, CEO of EveryScape. "This approach has been validated through our work with Bing Maps and we are excited to debut EveryScape Eats! in our home city of Boston, where we are featuring more restaurants than any other Boston app."
"EveryScape Eats! allows us to showcase more than our delicious food," said Mary-Catherine Deibel, co-owner of UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge, Mass. "We have a unique restaurant interior and fantastic ambiance that really comes to life for diners using EveryScape Eats!"
EveryScape, Inc. is the premier provider of visual guides for local search. EveryScape helps businesses and organizations build engaging, immersive relationships with consumers through 3D, photo-realistic experiences of cities and towns, streets and sidewalks, and building exteriors and interiors. Leveraging its patented EveryScape Technology Platform(TM), EveryScape is using a simple, highly scalable approach that allows the company to tap into local communities and users in building visual guides in every part of the world. EveryScape powers visual local search for Microsoft Corp.'s Bing Maps, Yahoo! Travel and Starcite. Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., EveryScape is venture backed by SK Telecom Americas, Dace Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper Fisher New England, Draper Atlantic and Launchpad Venture Group. Step Inside to find out more at http://www.everyscape.com.
CONTACT: Ericka Stachura, InkHouse for EveryScape, +1-781-791-4560,
MTV and ZYNC from American Express(SM) to Launch Nationwide Job Search and Competition for First MTV TJ 'Twitter Jockey'
20 Candidates to Go Head-To-Head in Twitter Challenges MTV Viewers and ZYNC(SM) Card Facebook Fans Choose which Social Media Maven Lands Dream Job During Live Broadcast Finale on August 8
NEW YORK, June 14 -- Today, MTV and ZYNC from American Express announce the creation of a nationwide search to fill a new, innovative and pioneering job opportunity to serve as the first-ever MTV TJ 'Twitter Jockey.' One lucky candidate will be hired to become a brand-new face and voice for MTV across social media platforms, including MTV.com, to expand the two-way dialog between MTV and its global audience. MTV and ZYNC from American Express will launch "Follow Me: The Search for the first MTV TJ," http://www.zync.mtv.com, in which 20 social media enthusiasts compete head-to-head in Twitter challenges. The search will culminate with a live televised finale on August 8, when the MTV viewing audience will choose the winning candidate from the final five who will land his or her dream job.
This newly created position expands upon MTV's history of giving its audience a global platform to express themselves. MTV uses social media to make it easier for its fans to engage around loud programming moments -- everything from Twitter visualizations for award shows and chat widgets for popular series like The Jersey Shore, to an active Twitter and Facebook following.
The MTV TJ position is a modern-day re-imagining of the pioneering MTV VJ. While the MTV VJ had a one-way dialog in reporting music and pop culture-related news to the audience, the MTV TJ will actively engage MTV's hyper-social audience -- answering their questions, amplifying their interests, doling out behind-the-scenes information, cool links and exclusive media across MTV.com, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and in 30-second sponsored on-air interstitials. The MTV TJ will be based at MTV's global headquarters in New York City.
MTV is mining social media networks, including posting the job via MTV's Twitter and Facebook pages, to identify and select 18 candidates that are active in social media and have a unique voice and passion for music and pop culture. Starting Wednesday, June 16, MTV will begin announcing the 18 candidates at http://www.zync.mtv.com. The public will also have an opportunity to nominate their choices via the ZYNC Card Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/zync), for the two remaining candidate slots.
"Whether it's letting viewers take the mic to ask the President of the United States a question or turning the camera on themselves, MTV pioneered the idea that our audience has an important role to play in our programming and deserves a global platform," said Stephen Friedman, General Manager of MTV. "The newly created MTV TJ role and search with ZYNC from American Express is a natural next step and one that will help amplify the voice of our audience as part of the global conversation."
"ZYNC from American Express is all about empowering people to express themselves through their passions," said Mary Hines, vice president, ZYNC Product Management, American Express. "And with the MTV Twitter Jockey program, we have an opportunity to introduce the ZYNC Card and American Express brand to people who seek to put their own stamp on the world through both their experiences and their choice of products."
"Follow Me: The Search for the first MTV TJ" comes on the heels of the official launch of the ZYNC Card, American Express' newest Charge Card designed for people who want a Card to fit their lifestyle. The ZYNC Card allows Cardmembers to customize their Card by adding optional bundles of benefits called Packs, which offer additional rewards and benefits in specific passion areas, such as music, fashion, giving back and many more.
The Hunt for Two Final MTV TJ Job Candidates (June 14-July 6)
Starting today, aspiring candidates can nominate themselves and other Twitter users via http://www.zync.mtv.com or the ZYNC Card Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/zync). Nominations will close on June 27. MTV will select two of these candidates and add them to the 18 candidates already selected, bringing the total to 20 candidates.
The Competition (July 7- August 7)
The competition officially kicks off on MTV.com on July 7 with the wanna-be MTV TJ's competing in a series of Twitter challenges that range from discovering a local band to interviewing MTV talent. Judging will be done by an internal committee and TweetLevel, http://tweetlevel.edelman.com/, a specialized tweet-scoring service developed by Edelman that will measure a range of factors, including influence, popularity, engagement and trust. After five challenges, four candidates will advance to the finals, with one remaining slot to be voted on by fans via the ZYNC Card Facebook community and announced on July 21. The five finalists will leave their hometowns and descend on the Big Apple for the final round of face-to-face challenges.
Live Finale on MTV (August 8)
After weeks of grueling challenges, the competition will jump to television for the finale on August 8 from 10 - 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, where the final five candidates will square off live on the air in a series of elimination rounds. Only two candidates will move on and then make one last plea to the MTV audience, who will then text vote for a winner. After the nationwide votes are tallied, the first MTV TJ will be announced. The MTV TJ will begin work immediately, reporting for the first high-profile assignment at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on September 12.
MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24 and P12-34. Online, MTV.com averaged 24.5 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2010 -- up +8% from Q4/2009 and up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the first quarter of 2010 increased +8% from the Q4/2009 and is up +6% over the same time period last year. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more? Come on in... http://www.mtvpress.com.
About ZYNC from American Express
ZYNC from American Express is the newest pay-in-full Charge Card. Cardmembers can customize the ZYNC Card by adding optional bundles of benefits called Packs, which offer rewards and benefits in specific lifestyle areas, such as music, giving back, fashion, food, travel and more. The ZYNC Card is available for an annual fee of $25 and Packs vary in price from no additional cost to $25 per year. ZYNC Cardmembers are enrolled in the Membership Rewards Express® program and get one Membership Rewards point for every eligible dollar of spending, valuable retail and travel protections, and award-winning customer service. For more information, please visit http://www.zynccard.com.
CONTACT: MTV Contact Info: Nathaniel Brown,
Nathaniel.Brown@mtvstaff.com, +1-212-846-2812, or Kurt Patat,
Kurt.Patat@mtvstaff.com, +1-212-846-2528; or American Express Contact Info:
Bradley R Minor, Bradley.R.Minor@aexp.com, +1-212-640-2274
Warba, Minnesota Residents to Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements
New Cell Site Means Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn., June 14 -- Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site east of Grand Rapids on U.S. Highway 2 near Warba, which enables more customers to use their wireless phones to make calls, send and receive email and text, picture and video messages, access the Internet, view high-quality videos, and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.
The new cell site improves coverage within Warba and in the surrounding area as follows:
-- North on State Highway 10 to County Road 434,
-- South on County Road 72 to County Road 433,
-- East on U.S. Highway 2 to State Highway 65, and
-- West on U.S. Highway 2 to Blackberry.
"This new cell site was built to ensure that our customers in Warba and the surrounding area can rely on their wireless devices for everything from making calls and sending messages to surfing the Internet and getting email," said Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains, Verizon Wireless. "The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to optimize our network so that it remains the most reliable in the nation."
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $59 billion since it was formed - $5.7 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. From 2001 through 2009, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $619.1 million on improvements to its network in Minnesota.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Source: Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Karen Smith of Verizon Wireless, +1-763-595-2511,
Karen.Smith@Verizonwireless.com; or Maureen Cahill, +1-952-447-8933,
Mcahill@mcfarlandcahill.com, for Verizon Wireless
Latest Adaptation of Famed Bejeweled Franchise Available Now via Download for Play on the Nintendo Wii(TM)
SEATTLE, June 14 -- PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual video games, today announced the launch of Bejeweled® 2 for WiiWare(TM).
Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Bejeweled, and adapted and optimized for console play on the Nintendo Wii(TM), Bejeweled 2 can be purchased now via download for 1000 Wii points. Bejeweled's arrival marks the 16th platform on which the seminal match-3 game is available, making it one of the most ubiquitous video games of the 21st century.
"Bejeweled 2 for WiiWare delivers a host of exclusive features and capabilities that take full advantage of the Nintendo Wii, and catapult the Bejeweled franchise to new heights," noted Ed Allard, head of worldwide studios at PopCap. "Along with enthralling gameplay from the original Mac/PC versions, the Wii version integrates customizable Mii characters and global leaderboards, and uses unique control systems that feature the Wii Remote - all of which add new dimensions of fun and excitement to the Bejeweled experience."
Bejeweled 2 for WiiWare delivers PopCap's classic match-three puzzle action with all of the non-stop gameplay featured in four original game modes - Action, Classic, Endless, and Puzzle. Along with beautiful planetary backgrounds and the ability to pick up and play quickly and easily, Bejeweled 2 also showcases many features exclusive to the Wii:
Mii Integration: Your Mii keeps track of your stats, scores and
progress in Bejeweled 2. They are also with you in gameplay and
react to a good match, or a huge cascade.
Global Leaderboards: See how you stack up against other players
worldwide as you compare scores in Classic and Action mode.
Local Leaderboards: Battle for Bejeweled supremacy in your very own
house. Use your Mii to keep track of scores locally and compare
them to your friends and family.
Unique Controls: Enjoy four different control schemes that feature
the Wii Remote, and the optional Classic Controller and the
PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform provider of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106 and are available anytime, anywhere. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 275 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, social platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone, iPad and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap has been one of the most innovative companies in the video game industry since its inception a decade ago. Pioneering new game mechanics, sales models, and platforms ranging from mobile devices to online and location-based games of chance, PopCap is the only video game provider in the world with leading market share across the entire spectrum.
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Cardium Announces Dominique Dawes, Olympic Champion, as Web-Based Spokesperson for New MedPodium Podiatry-Focused Advanced Skin Care Product Line
SAN DIEGO, June 14 -- Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE Amex: CXM) today announced Dominique Dawes, an Olympic champion, as the official web-based spokesperson for the Company's MedPodium podiatry-focused advanced skin care product line.
Dominique Dawes is an Olympic gymnast who competed in three Olympic Games, won three medals and has a permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. Fans across the nation and around the world remember her as a member of the gold-medal-winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where she also won a bronze medal as she wowed the crowd with her stunning performance in the floor exercise, becoming the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal. Dawes is still the only African American gymnast with a gold medal. She also earned a bronze medal with the U.S. team in the 1992 Barcelona Games and made a surprising comeback in the 2000 Sydney Games. Dawes will be receiving an Olympic bronze medal this summer for the team competition in Sydney, due to the new revelations of the Chinese gymnasts being underage. Throughout her career, Dominique has won more National Championship medals than any other athlete, male or female, since 1963, as well as numerous World Championship medals. One of Dominique's greatest feats came when she swept all four events and won the All Around title at the 1994 National Championships.
States Dominique Dawes on being the spokesperson for the MedPodium product line, "As an athlete focused on health, fitness and wellness, I am excited to assist Cardium in the launch of their new premium skin care product line and new website."
"We welcome Dominique as the spokesperson for our over-the-counter MedPodium product line," stated Christopher J. Reinhard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardium. "MedPodium represents a new line of foot care products to broaden and complement Cardium's Excellagen topical gel product candidate platform, which is currently subject to a pending FDA 510(k) application submission for U.S. marketing clearance for the management of wounds including partial and full thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and surgical and trauma wounds. The MedPodium podiatry-focused advanced skin care line expands Cardium's product portfolio beyond the Company's current Excellagen product candidate platform that is being developed as an advanced wound care management device for use by health care professionals. Following our initial product launch, we are planning to broaden our MedPodium line to include aesthetic-based products and other fitness and wellness products."
About MedPodium Advanced Skin Care Product Line
The initial MedPodium podiatric product line, which will carry six products, has been designed to promote foot health and comfort and support preventative care, self examination and early detection of foot ulcers, especially for diabetic patients with lower extremity neuropathy. The MedPodium product line has been formulated to include blended natural and botanical ingredients, and will have no artificial colors and fragrances. The various products contain exfoliants to promote the release of dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells, natural vitamin antioxidants, natural medicinals to aid in circulation as well as other nutrient-rich ingredients to promote soft and supple skin. Daily use of MedPodium's natural cremes and gels are intended to assist self examination and early detection of foot ulcers, which can potentially become a serious and chronic medical problem that can contribute to increased morbidity and mortality, without proper care and early treatment, especially for diabetic patients.
Cardium is focused on the acquisition and strategic development of new and innovative bio-medical product opportunities and businesses that have the potential to address significant unmet medical needs and definable pathways to commercialization, partnering and other economic monetizations. Cardium's investment portfolio includes the Tissue Repair Company and Cardium Biologics, medical technology companies primarily focused on the development of innovative therapeutic products for wound healing, bone repair, and cardiovascular indications. In July 2009, Cardium completed the sale of its InnerCool Therapies medical device business to Royal Philips Electronics, the first asset monetization from the Company's biomedical investment portfolio. News from Cardium is located at http://www.cardiumthx.com.
Except for statements of historical fact, the matters discussed in this press release are forward looking and reflect numerous assumptions and involve a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control and may cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations. For example, there can be no assurance that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will grant marketing clearance of the ExcellagenXL(TM) and ExcellagenFX(TM) product candidates or that we can successfully introduce these or additional products into advanced wound care markets; that Excellagen, Excellarate or our other candidates will prove to be sufficiently safe and effective, or that results or trends observed in one clinical study or procedure will be reproduced in subsequent studies or procedures, or that clinical studies even if successful will lead to product advancement or partnering; that the Excellagen or Excellarate product candidate offers the potential for simpler or more cost-effective treatment for physicians and patients than other FDA-approved products that currently are or will be on the market; that the Matrix clinical study program or other human clinical trials can be conducted and completed in an efficient and successful manner; that we can develop a DNA-based orthobiologics product portfolio; that our products or product candidates will not be unfavorably compared to competitive products that may be regarded as safer, more effective, easier to use or less expensive; that FDA or other regulatory clearances or other certifications, or other commercialization efforts will be successful or will effectively enhance our businesses or their market value; that our products or product candidates will prove to be sufficiently safe and effective after introduction into a broader patient population; or that third parties on whom we depend will perform as anticipated.
Actual results may also differ substantially from those described in or contemplated by this press release due to risks and uncertainties that exist in our operations and business environment, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties that are inherent in the development of complex biologics and in the conduct of human clinical trials, including the timing, costs and outcomes of such trials, our ability to obtain necessary funding, regulatory approvals and expected qualifications, our dependence upon proprietary technology, our history of operating losses and accumulated deficits, our reliance on collaborative relationships and critical personnel, and current and future competition, as well as other risks described from time to time in filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof.
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ALTRINCHAM, England, June 14 -- Maxatec launches an addition to its range of POS hardware, the new RDT-150 all-in-one POS Terminal.
Jason Southern, sales manager at Maxa Technologies (Maxatec) said: "Our current range of POS Terminals has seen a steady increase in sales over the past 12-18 months. We are now seeing a demand for an entry-level product and the RDT-150 fits this position perfectly. It's a robust and compact terminal that can be desk, pole or wall mounted; there is a huge amount of connectivity and power integrated into a small footprint. As with all our terminals, the RDT-150 is richly populated with communication ports, whilst the Pentium Celeron CPU ensures a high performance platform. We have already had very positive feedback customers, so we are confident this one will be a winner."
Adding to the existing epos systems range, the RDT-150 is a cost effective POS System solution with excellent functionality and reliability, as well as easy upgrade options. Maxatec will standardise on a 5-wire resistive touch panel but there are other options, including Capacitive, SAW and IR. The modular design allows the terminal to be upgraded at a later date with any one of the range of optional devices, including VFD customer display, MSR card reader, fingerprint scanner, 3-in-1 MSR+Smartcard+I-Button reader, a second LCD screen with or without touchscreen. The design of the unit allows easy access to components to minimise down time during maintenance.
Connectivity includes multiple external serial and USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 and Ethernet connection as well as 2 x RJ-12 cash drawer ports which can be powered with 12 or 24 volts and a VGA port. The compact and robust design ensures that the terminal uses minimum space and that is suitable for use in harsher environments. The RDT-150 is also resistant to water spillage, making it an ideal choice for the hospitality sector. Connectors and cables can be neatly hidden inside the stand, and the terminal also has a removable base as well as wall mounting capability with 75mm VESA holes.
To allow for future capability the RDT-150 is Windows 7 compatible as well as supporting all the legacy Microsoft operating systems.
Maxatec is an ISO 9001:2008 certified Value Added Supplier of Specialist IT Hardware and Services to the Auto ID, POS and Mobile markets. As well as offering own brand products, Maxatec's product portfolio includes CognitiveTPG point of sale and bar code label printers, Barcode & Label Printers NCR POS terminals, Extech portable receipt printers, TSC industrial label printers, Zebex bar code scanners, MMF cash drawers, FlexPOS POS terminals, and Firich (FEC) Touch screens and SAMMI mobile computing devices.
Maxatec also offers software and services including NiceLabel label design package, and a wide range of consumables (paper, labels, and ribbons), spare parts and in-house and on-site service capabilities.
The Maxatec brand is synonymous with high standards of service as well as high performance, high quality products.
For more information about Maxatec:
Tel: +44 (0) 161 942 7850
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Blu-print 6(TM) and Z Depth(TM) Now Available From Sony Creative Software
Extensive Upgrades Provide Authoring Studios and Professional Video Editors With New Blu-ray 3D(TM) Production Tools
MADISON, Wis., June 14 -- Sony Creative Software, Inc., a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, today announced the availability of Blu-print 6(TM), a Blu-ray Disc authoring application and Z Depth(TM) 3D subtitle offset editing application. The upgraded Blu-print 6 application offers a host of new features for production studios that significantly enhances workflow processes, including 3D title authoring in accordance with the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) Profile 5 Blu-ray 3D disc specification, 3D menu and subtitle graphics, and easy MVC encoded content importing. Z Depth application generates the required offset metadata file needed for a Blu-ray 3D project, thus enabling editors to accurately position subtitles and menu graphic elements in the 3D space.
With the new additions to Blu-print 6, studios can author 3D content for the new Blu-ray 3D(TM) format standard for high volume professional production. The updated software also includes support for offset metadata integration required for 3D Subtitles and 3D menu graphics. To provide increased power and flexibility for complex authoring projects, 3D BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java) integration and Blu-ray 3D Disc cutting master generation is also supported.
The all-new Z Depth subtitle offset editing application acts as an extension of Vegas(TM) Pro 9 software to enable 3D authoring companies to easily create required disparity metadata files for positioning of subtitles and menus in a Blu-ray 3D production. New to Blu-ray 3D production, the Z Depth application will enable Blu-ray 3D authoring facilities and subtitle creation companies to produce accurate subtitling in the 3D space that will allow for the most comfortable viewing experience.
Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center used Blu-print 6 and the new Z Depth application for the Blu-ray 3D production of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the first Sony Pictures title to be released on Blu-ray 3D(TM).
Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and audio production. The company develops applications that integrate with and enhance use of Sony cameras and other hardware devices. Sony Creative Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. For more information about professional and consumer products, visit http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com.
Blu-print is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Pictures Entertainment in the United States and other countries. Z-Depth is a trademark of Sony Creative Software. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
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Jessie_comstock@bhimpact.com, both of Bender/Helper Impact, +1-310-473-4147,
for Sony Creative Software
Accuity Increases Performance of Compliance Link, Its Leading Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Solution
New version offers users a comprehensive, streamlined screening functionality
SKOKIE, Ill., June 14 -- Accuity, the leading provider of global payment routing data, anti-money laundering (AML) screening software and services, is introducing a new version of Compliance Link, its modular, enterprise-wide interdiction screening solution. Version 1.3 of the hosted solution will be available to customers later this month and features several enhancements that will help to streamline users' screening processes.
Used by clients worldwide, Accuity's Compliance Link allows organizations to consolidate their screening and match review processes by providing a single, scalable, multi-functional solution, combining the benefits of the screening filters that Accuity customers have come to rely on since 1994 with features and functionality essential to today's compliance requirements.
Version 1.3 of Compliance Link features several important enhancements including:
-- Customizable intermediary match statuses to align with customer
business processes and vernacular
-- Formatting of information as well as printing directly from the review
screen, removing steps from the match review process
-- A new view, specifically designed for transactions, enabling users to
review all matches within a single input record simultaneously
reducing the time required to clear matches
-- A new match type indicator (i.e. PEP vs. sanctions list match)
allowing users to define separate workflows depending on the type of
list the match is against
-- Renaming of final match identifiers to more accurately reflect their
true statuses (i.e. "Good" is now called "False Positive" and
"Blocked" is now called "True Match")
"Accuity has a well-established history of supplying the market with innovative solutions that facilitate AML and KYC compliance," said Brent Newman, Accuity's managing director of Product and Data. "We are committed to enhancing Compliance Link with new features and functionality that will help our users streamline their processes and realize savings in both effort and money spent on compliance activities."
Accuity will be showcasing the new version of Compliance Link at this week's ABA Regulatory Compliance Conference being held in San Diego, CA. Attendees can visit Accuity at Booth #409 to see a sneak preview of the enhancements. Others can learn more about the new version of Compliance Link by contacting ComplianceLinkInfo@AccuitySolutions.com.
Accuity is the leading provider of global payment routing data, AML screening software and services that allow organizations, across multiple industries, to maximize efficiency and facilitate compliance of their transactions. As the Official Registrar of ABA Routing Numbers since 1911, Accuity maintains the most authoritative and comprehensive databases globally with a reputation built on the accuracy and quality of our data, products and services. For more than 150 years, our worldwide clients, located in over 150 countries, have included C-level executives, managers, and technology professionals. The solutions and services we provide are packaged in multiple formats to serve their diverse needs. For more information, please visit http://www.accuitysolutions.com.
NEW YORK, LONDON and SYDNEY, June 14 -- GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc., a global provider of online trading services, today announced a new pricing structure for its FOREX.com brand, reducing spreads by up to 50 percent on previous minimum spreads. FOREX.com's global customers will now be able to trade on spreads as low as 0.9 pips on some of the most popular currency pairs, including EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and USD/JPY.
The company's new pricing has been designed to offer maximum transparency to customers. In addition to publishing minimum spreads for each product, FOREX.com will publish its "typical spread" and has also implemented a "maximum spread" for each product, intended to protect traders from excessively wide spreads in most volatile market conditions.
"We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. Our long standing relationships with some of the world's leading global banks, coupled with significant technology investments over the past several years, enable us to offer highly competitive pricing to our customers worldwide," said Glenn Stevens, CEO, GAIN Capital. "On top of lowering our customer's transaction costs, we will continue to work hard to ensure we maintain the high execution standards our customers have come to expect."
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About GAIN Capital
GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of online trading services, specializing in foreign exchange (forex or FX) and contracts for difference (CFDs). Customers and trading partners in more than 140 countries have utilized the company's award-winning trading platform which transacts nearly $250 billion per month.
A pioneer in online forex trading, GAIN Capital provides execution, clearing, custody and technology products and services to an institutional client base including asset managers, broker/dealers and other financial services firms. GAIN also operates FOREX.com, one of the largest and best-known brands in the retail forex industry.
With offices in New York City; Bedminster, New Jersey; London; Sydney; Hong Kong; Tokyo and Seoul, GAIN Capital and its affiliates are regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the United States, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in Japan, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in Australia.
GAIN's investor group includes private equity firms 3i, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Tudor Ventures, Edison Venture Fund and Cross Atlantic Capital Partners.
CONTACT: In North America, Savannah Tikotsky, +1-212-808-4903, or
Christa Conte, +1-212-808-4902, both of Feintuch Communications,
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Cocker, +44 (0) 20-3047-2365, both of Edelman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Agilysys Technology Solutions Group Delivers Powerful Data Backup and Restore Solution
Combines Best-of-Breed Technology from FalconStor, Hitachi Data Systems and Symantec to Create Integrated Data Protection Solution for Symantec NetBackup Environments
CLEVELAND, June 14 -- Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS), a leading provider of innovative IT solutions, today announced the creation of a comprehensive data protection solution from its Technology Solutions Group. The Scalable Available Backup and Restore (SABR) solution from Agilysys combines the best-of-breed product platforms from FalconStor Software, Hitachi Data Systems and Symantec to deliver the fastest, most scalable backup and data deduplication solution on the market today.
The SABR solution from Agilysys is built upon FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with deduplication, Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) and the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 family of storage systems. Addressing some of the most pressing concerns of today's data-driven enterprises, this integrated solution delivered and supported by Agilysys is designed to ensure that over-burdened IT organizations can meet their backup windows and deliver fast, accurate restores. Combining the industry-leading backup and archive software with the world's number one VTL/deduplication system running on high-performance storage provides a seamlessly integrated system that meets the most demanding data protection needs.
Drawing upon proven best practices, extensive experience, industry-leading products and customer input, Agilysys Technology Solutions Group designs the ideal solution for the specific business needs of each customer. SABR adds to the Agilysys stable of disaster recovery (DR) solutions to address the needs of today's enterprises, helping to ensure complete failover protection so that businesses continue to have high availability of data and operational functions in the face of any catastrophe.
"We are very excited about this new bundled offering we are able to integrate from our market-leading technology partners, FalconStor, Symantec and Hitachi Data Systems, which allows us to help ensure our customers are getting the very best VTL solution for their data protection needs," said Tom Baehr, vice president of Agilysys Technology Solutions Group. "SABR is a leading example of how Agilysys and our partners deliver business value for our customers. It is a key component in Agilysys' strategy of creating business value through IT solutions focused on virtualization, data and storage management and data center infrastructure.
"Our commitment to totally open solutions that integrate easily with industry leading backup solutions and storage platforms is clearly demonstrated by this new integrated system from Agilysys, and we are proud of our contribution to the SABR solution," said Brendan Kinkade, vice president of global alliances for FalconStor Software. "As the industry's first Fibre Channel target for Symantec OpenStorage, FalconStor VTL provides the fastest backup and restore speeds in addition to global data deduplication that reduces disk space and optimizes WAN transport for remote DR."
"The SABR solution does an exceptional job of integrating Symantec NetBackup into a deduplication and restore system that allows all of its components to operate at peak efficiency," said Brian Dye, vice president of product management, Information Management Group for Symantec. "In addition, the system is designed to be easily integrated into existing NetBackup environments, which offers Symantec customers the ability to enhance their backup deployments with VTL, deduplication and remote replication for greater data protection."
"Hitachi is devoted to delivering the highest performing, most highly available storage arrays in the industry and we are delighted to be the storage platform for this high-performance backup and restore system from Agilysys," said Jim Beckman, vice president of Business Development and Alliances for Hitachi Data Systems. "The SABR solution takes full advantage of the scalable performance of the Hitachi Adaptable Modular 2000 family, which also provides five nines of data availability with no single point of failure - ideal for an integrated system designed to ensure continuous data availability."
The Agilysys SABR solution is available immediately in pre-configured offerings for data centers of all sizes, including packages for the global enterprise data center to the remote office/branch office (ROBO).
About Agilysys, Inc.
Agilysys is a leading provider of innovative IT solutions to corporate and public-sector customers, with special expertise in select markets, including retail and hospitality. The company uses technology -- including hardware, software and services -- to help customers resolve their most complicated IT needs. The company possesses expertise in enterprise architecture and high availability, infrastructure optimization, storage and resource management, identity management and business continuity; and provides industry-specific software, services and expertise to the retail and hospitality markets. Headquartered in Cleveland, Agilysys operates extensively throughout North America, with additional sales offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong. For more information, visit http://www.agilysys.com.