Explore the History of Franklin with Free iPad App, Six Walking Tours; WCCVB Offers iPads for Rent to Visitors
FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- History in Franklin has boldly embraced high tech. Today, the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) launched a new iPad application, the Franklin Tour app, which offers visitors a fun, interactive way to discover the history, architecture and stories that make up Franklin's Great American Main Street experience.
The Franklin Tour app is a map-based, GPS-enabled walking tour with a real-time "you are here" feature. App users can walk any or all of the six different tours or simply download the app from anywhere in the world to enjoy the same tours in the privacy of home. This feature allows users to experience the tour from the comfort of a coffee shop or local deli in the event of inclement weather. The stories and photos will come to life on the iPad.
The Franklin Tour includes more than 260 images, many of which are historic photos of the buildings on tour. The app features six tours: Great American Main Street, Art & Antiques, Haunts & Headstones, Historic Homes of Hincheyville, Battle of Franklin and Margin to Main. Each loop is outlined in a different color on the map. A column of informational "badges" on the left side of the screen features community information from various downtown and preservation organizations.
The WCCVB has the solution for those who don't own an iPad by making a limited number of them available for rent from the Visitor Center. An introductory price of $10 for each iPad rental will be charged and a security contract must be completed. The iPads are available during visitor center hours only.
The new app, created by Geoki, is free and available to download at the iTunes Store, giving everyone the opportunity to explore Franklin on a local, national and international level. Because the app is a reference for all things Franklin, it is another useful planning tool for visitors, offering access to the electronic version of the official Williamson County Visitor Guide. In addition, the program gives users the opportunity to "share" their experience through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Yelp.
"Our vision was not just to create a free iPad tour application for iPad owners, but to make this tour available to any visitor by having iPads for rent," said WCCVB Executive Director Mark Shore. "We believe this sets Franklin apart from other communities offering tour apps."
The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Williamson County and Franklin, Tennessee, located south of Nashville. The WCCVB promotes the Williamson County area, city of Franklin and local historic assets to visitors across the state, the U.S. and worldwide. For additional information on all there is to see and do in Franklin and Williamson County, contact us by phone 615.791.7554, fax 615.550.2707, toll free 866.253.9207, on the web at http://www.VisitFranklin.com or by mail 108 4(th) Avenue South, Suite 203, Franklin, TN, 37064. FIND YOURSELF IN OUR STORY.
Geoki specializes in mobile media production for tourist and historical attractions. The company's most recent product, a tablet-based geo-location app, features the town of Franklin, Tennessee, and surrounding Williamson County. With more than 100 points-of-interest, the app brings historical photos and narratives to life with a rich, touch-based, moving map interface. Geoki is the official digital storyteller for The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, and has a popular tour of San Francisco Bay's Alcatraz Island. Other projects are in development. Based in the creative environment of Austin, Texas, Geoki is run by Mark Dewey, a veteran technology executive and journalist.
SOURCE Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
InboxQ to Partner with Seesmic's Popular Twitter App
Lead-Generating Q&A Tool and Social Media Monitoring Giant to Evolve How Businesses Engage on Social Stream
SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- InboxQ, an innovative web service that mines Twitter for sales leads, has announced a strategic partnership with Seesmic, a leading developer of social management monitoring tools, to integrate InboxQ's customer acquisition tool into Seesmic's Twitter monitoring application.
This integration will allow Seesmic's large base of business users to easily access InboxQ directly from the company's Twitter client, adding a social lead generation element to Seesmic's brand-building Twitter app. InboxQ forwards a realtime stream of questions from Tweeters related to a specific business, product or interest, alerting businesses to opportunities where they can use their expertise to solve problems and build relationships with potential customers.
"Helping people online is the best way to find customers or enlarge your community," said Loic Lemeur, CEO of Seesmic. "InboxQ makes it really easy to answer questions on Twitter based on search terms that are relevant to your business. Now, with the Seesmic Desktop plugin you get a full application to start generating leads today."
"Working with an industry leader like Seesmic to make our tool available to all their customers aligns with our strategy of integrating our product anywhere businesses are using Twitter," said Joe Fahrner, InboxQ Co-Founder and CEO. "Brand managers know they need to be on Twitter, but there's no playbook for this type of marketing. Our partnership with Seesmic is the next evolution of how businesses can benefit from social media."
More than just a means to provide customer support, InboxQ's method of searching Twitter for product and topic specific questions helps identify customers who are deep in the purchase cycle or conversion funnel. Using InboxQ, businesses can develop a more direct ROI strategy around Twitter than just merely measuring re-tweets and other tactics that don't necessarily lead to customer acquisition.
"Seesmic and InboxQ are developing must have features for business users trying to have maximum leverage of social media for their brands", said Jeff Clavier, the Managing Partner of SoftTech VC with stakes in both companies. "Their collaboration will offer huge benefits to their users, and I am obviously pleased at the portfolio synergy."
InboxQ was founded by Joe Fahrner and Jason Konrad in 2009 after realizing there were lots of questions being asked by people on Twitter, but few were receiving useful answers. In fact, most Tweeted questions go completely unanswered. We also saw that lots of businesses were having a hard time finding ways to engage with Twitter users. Most available solutions are limited to basic keyword searches which return lots of unrelated Tweets or false positives.
InboxQ solve both of these problems. We help increase the likelihood that askers will get great answers to their questions. At the same time, we alert businesses to compelling engagement opportunities where they can use their expertise to help solve a problem and potentially win new customers.
InboxQ is powered by a small, hyper-productive team based in San Francisco that likes to use really complex technology to build very simple products that solve real problems.
Seesmic is a social management application that offers high-quality, easy-to-use tools for building your brand online. Founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, our mission is to help people manage their online life, no matter what platform they're on at any moment. We offer an array of products to help achieve this goal, including Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Web and Desktop applications. Over 5 million people all over the world have downloaded our various applications to date. To try Seesmic for yourself, visit seesmic.com.
CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt of SS | PR, +1-847-415-9330, email@example.com, for InboxQ
ANDTEK's Cloud Computing Services Offer Easy Access to the World of Modern Communication at Calculable Costs
MUNICH and HALLBERGMOOS, Germany, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- ANDTEK GmbH realizes unified communications services as cloud
applications. This way companies can use unified communications services in a
flexible, location independent way, immediately and as required at calculable
costs - without needing their own infrastructure or IT competence.
ANDTEK's cloud applications concern unified communications software of
the existing product range like e.g. manager/assistant services, integration
of complete corporate databases as well as contact search within corporate
and address databases. Same are offered in virtualized corporate environments
now and are supported for private corporate clouds.
In addition the Munich-based unified communications specialist develops
so-called dashboards as new cloud services (call statistics, status of all
phones within the company, detailed information about the caller). These
dashboards largely do without manufacturer-specific interfaces and are thus
independent from cloud suppliers in the future.
The cloud applications are mainly realized as "private clouds", i.e.
supplier and user are within the same company. This way any problems being
relevant to confidentiality will be avoided. The entire communication process
is done encrypted and additionally protected via access.
Enough resources can be provided even for peak periods. In case of
increasing performance needs the computing environment can be extended fast
Billing is done in relation to applications, i.e. services suppliers buy
the requested applications and can resell or rent them.
ANDTEK's service gives companies the opportunity to offer unified
communications services as Software as a Service (SaaS) and thus already use
existing cloud services. The platform independent architecture allows a fast
and straightforward integration into different cloud environments.
SAN FRANCISCO,April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Qwiki, Inc.today launched the Qwiki App for iPad on the App Store.
Qwiki CEO and Co-Founder, Doug Imbruce, says, "The Qwiki App allows users to fully experience Qwiki's benefits: dynamic information consumption that saves time and increases relevancy. The app is the first step towards fulfilling the company's vision of creating a consistent information experience across multiple platforms."
The Qwiki App moves beyond the Qwiki.com experience by using location-based capabilities to explore the world around the user. The intuitive Qwiki format is truly brought to life on the iPad.
Imbruce says, "Qwiki is especially useful for presenting location-specific content. Our rich, summarized format is ideal for information consumption on-the-go."
The Qwiki App beautifully weaves multiple sources of content into a cohesive presentation suitable for any platform. Users can currently browse over 3 million Qwikis with new topics added daily.
Qwiki was co-founded by entrepreneur Doug Imbruce and Internet industry pioneer Dr. Louis Monier (founder of AltaVista). The company's technology transforms data into interactive, rich-media narratives, delivering an "information experience." Qwiki debuted in September 2010 at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, where it won the TechCrunch Disrupt Cup. The company has raised a total of $10.5 million in funding to date. To learn more, please visit http://www.qwiki.com. Twitter: @Qwiki. Facebook: http://qwi.ki/fITVSS.
USAN Unveils Portal to Help Enterprises Track Fast Moving Cloud-based Contact Center Technologies and Trends
NORCROSS, Ga., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USAN, Inc. a 20+ year pioneer in hosted and cloud-based contact center technologies today unveiled a new website designed to help Enterprises keep track of fast moving developments in cloud-based contact centers.
The new site Hosted Contact Center News (http://www.hostedcontactcenternews.com) provides a crystal clear view into cloud-based contact centers and the technologies that power them including hosted IVRs, Dialers, ACDs, and the best practices for ROI, deployment, security and integration. Visitors can review the latest news and information from around the web, digest articles from USAN and other contributing thought leaders, and even keep tabs on the latest Twitter posts related to the contact center cloud.
"USAN began developing hosted contact center solutions in 1989 long before anyone referred to it as the cloud," said Steve Walton, USAN's President & CEO. "With so much discussion of the cloud and the dramatic shift from premise solutions to hosted solutions, we thought the timing was right for us to launch Hosted Contact Center News and help enterprises navigate the evolving world of cloud-based contact center technologies."
An essential guide for customer service and technology leaders, Hosted Contact Center News is the best way to keep up with the latest developments in this fast moving industry. And with options to receive updates on the web, via e-mail, or on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/hostedccnews), Hosted Contact Center News makes it easy for enterprises to decide how and where to integrate the cloud into their contact centers.
Since 1989, USAN has been perfecting customer touch points by providing enterprises and carriers with hosted and cloud-based contact center solutions that connect people with information more quickly and intuitively, increase customer loyalty, and reduce operational costs. USAN improves the way organizations engage customers by synchronizing critical real-time data with back-end processes and driving individualized customer interactions across multiple communication channels (voice, Web, IVR, chat and social media). USAN's solutions represent the next step in Business Process Management (BPM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, enabling smarter and more consistent customer experiences that leverage partner and market-driven opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.usan.com.
CONTACT: Tim McCurry, Director of Marketing, +1-770-849-3009, Tim.McCurry@usan.com
Specialty Reports, Inc. Covers All Bases with Online Vehicle History Reports and Mobile App Products for the Auto, Powersports, and RV Industries
NEW YORK, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sparta Commercial Services, Inc. (OTCQB: SRCO) and its subsidiary, Specialty Reports, Inc. announced today that its family of online products introduced over the past several months will now be featured at a new website: http://www.specialtyreports.com.
The four online products developed and now offered by Specialty Reports are:
-- Cyclechex for motorcycle history reports;
-- CarVINReport for auto history reports;
-- RVChecks for Recreational Vehicle history reports; and
-- SpecialtyMobileApps for customized mobile phone apps appealing to retail
powersports, auto, and RV dealers throughout the country.
The initial product developed and released by Specialty Reports was Cyclechex.com. An online source for motorcycle history reports was launched in August 2010 and so far has sales in twenty-two countries, as well as all 50 U.S. states.
Launched in March 2011, CarVINReport.com and RVChecks.com offer valuable vehicle history reports for cars and RVs, respectively. Cyclechex.com, CarVINReport.com and RVChecks.com produce their vehicle history reports based upon the 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number that every production vehicle in the world has embedded somewhere on the vehicle.
Launched recently, SpecialtyMobileApps.com offers an innovative new mobile app platform that allows dealerships to easily and quickly develop their own customized mobile apps at a fraction of the traditional cost of development, implementation and maintenance.
Commenting on the rapid achievements of Specialty Reports, Anthony Havens, CEO of Sparta and Specialty Reports said, "From the beginning, we wanted Specialty Reports to be an incubator for innovation, bringing new and valuable products to market whenever and wherever we identified a need. We wanted our products to either fill a void or compete with similar products but with better quality and lower pricing. We're proud of the outstanding progress we've made in such a short period of time and excited about the future of Specialty Reports."
About Sparta Commercial Services, Inc.
Sparta Commercial Services, Inc. is a New York-based, nationwide financial services company offering financing and leasing products to consumers and retail powersports dealers. Sparta also serves municipal and governmental agencies nationwide with its Municipal Lease Program, which offers financing for essential equipment for the law enforcement and emergency response communities.
Our subsidiary, Specialty Reports, Inc., is in the business of offering value-added online tools to consumers and dealers in the automotive, powersports, RV, motor home, and marine industries. SpecialtyMobileApps is the fourth product offering of Specialty Reports, Inc. and provides dealers and consumers with a highly customizable Smartphone application. The first three products (Cyclechex Motorcycle History Report, RVchecks, and CarVINreport) offer online access to title histories and salvage information for various classes of previously owned assets.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements are valid only as of today and we disclaim any obligation to update this information. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to potential future losses, obtaining, satisfying terms of, and amount of credit lines, competition, financing and commercial agreements and strategic alliances, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, management of potential growth, system interruption, consumer and industry trends, limited operating history, and government regulation. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the objectives and plans of the Company will be achieved. Further information regarding these and other risks is described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, which are available on its website at: http://www.sec.gov
SOURCE Sparta Commercial Services, Inc.
Sparta Commercial Services, Inc.
CONTACT: Dick Trotter, COO of Sparta Commercial Services, Inc., +1-212-239-2666
CourseSmart Launches the First eTextbook Application for Android Devices
-- "CourseSmart for Android 1.0" Provides Superior eTextbook Access for All Devices Running the Android Operating System --
SAN MATEO, Calif., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CourseSmart, the world's largest provider of eTextbooks and digital course materials, further expanded its mobile footprint today with the launch of CourseSmart for Android 1.0, a mobile application specifically designed for the Android Operating System (AOS). Students and faculty across the country can now access all of their eTextbooks on their AOS-enabled smart phones, netbooks and tablets.
"Increasing demand for mobile access to eTextbooks coupled with the exponential growth of Android-run devices has led to record numbers of students and faculty embracing mobile devices across their institutions," said Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart. "The Android application is another example of the importance of our device-agnostic mobile strategy, ensuring all students and faculty can enjoy a superior eTextbook experience on devices they choose to own."
CourseSmart for Android 1.0 leverages the unique capabilities of the devices running the AOS to provide a truly advanced eTextbook experience, including the ability to:
-- Search for a topic within a single book or across an entire eTextbook
stack and access the table of contents;
-- Zoom in on text and graphs;
-- Scroll through or jump to individual pages;
-- Read eTextbooks in landscape or portrait mode;
-- View, add and edit text notes.
-- Enjoy anytime, anywhere access to 90 percent of all core higher
education textbooks in use today; and
-- Shop for additional books at up to 60 percent off using a specialized
AOS version of CourseSmart's website
Compatible with the most popular Android-run devices, including the Motorola Droid, Samsung Fascinate, HTC Droid Incredible, HTC Droid Eris, HTC myTouch 3G Slider, HTC Evo and Samsung Galaxy 7, the first Android tablet, the application has been extensively tested by students and faculty prior to release.
"The App was very easy to use and figure out. The layout and organization was well thought out and simple. I love that I can now access my books from anywhere," said Carlisa Mikels, Bachelor of Science in Psychology Candidate at the University of Houston-Victoria.
"Knowing that the App is built for phones and tablets, I was impressed. It was easier to select books, and they displayed nicely in the Galaxy Tab," said Pete Rottier, Center for eLearning Instructor at Cleveland State University.
CourseSmart provides eTextbooks and digital course materials that improve the higher education learning process by offering instructors and students a unique combination of the right course material, anywhere, any-time access and a low cost. As the world's largest digital course materials supplier, CourseSmart has a rapidly growing digital library of more than 90% of core higher education textbooks offered as eTextbooks, the same titles produced by major publishers in print and recommended by faculty across North America. The company's eTextbooks can be purchased for up to 60% less than print texts and offer users the ability to print what they need as well as search and copy and paste features which help to streamline students' studies. Additional information can be found on the company's website: http://www.coursesmart.com.
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Protected Mobility(TM) Launches ProtectedSMS(TM) for Android Phones
Secure, encrypted text messaging now available for BlackBerry and Android handsets
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Protected Mobility(TM), a Virginia-based mobile security company, announced the release of ProtectedSMS(TM) for Android smartphones today, enabling BlackBerry and Android users to exchange secure, encrypted text messages with individuals who have installed the software. Unlike other secure texting solutions that require a subscription through a third-party security gateway, ProtectedSMS is a handset-to-handset solution that keeps privacy in the control of users and works across all networks and carriers. ProtectedSMS installs in seconds and is as easy to use as sending a text message.
Developed for law enforcement, government and corporate professionals who require secure and convenient message protection, ProtectedSMS utilizes AES 256 FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, and is available via individual and enterprise licenses. Protected Mobility's key management and encryption process enables easy transfer of existing client applications to a secure mobile platform. An iPhone version of ProtectedSMS will be available later in Q2 2011 along with tablet and iPad versions. Individual licenses are $49.95 per user, with a free 14-day download available at http://www.protectedmobility.com/trial.
Government, Financial Services and Healthcare Sectors Validate Need for Secure Texting
Just four months after launching its maiden product, Protected Mobility already has pilots underway with first responder, law enforcement and defense agencies in the government sector, and with leading financial services and healthcare companies in the commercial sector. These enterprises leverage the dual capabilities provided by ProtectedSMS to both confirm identity (trusted source) and protect message content (encryption) in a manner transparent to the user. "Our early law enforcement users confirmed the market opportunity we developed Protected Mobility technology to fulfill," says Bill Marlow, founder and CEO of Protected Mobility. "Until now, people on the front lines of government and industry couldn't use text messaging without putting themselves or confidential information at risk."
The number of text messages sent globally tripled between 2007 and 2010, from 1.8 trillion to a staggering 6.1 trillion, with more than 3.5 million messages sent per minute in the United States, according to ITU World Telecommunications. The Pew Research Center found in May 2010 that 72% of U.S. adult cell phone users send and receive text messages.
Current security gaps make text messages vulnerable to interception, spoofing (changing sender ID) and modification. Compromising the privacy and confidentiality of text message communications, once the domain of highly skilled hackers, is now inexpensive and very easy today. These increased risks pose a significant threat for professionals engaged in government, law enforcement and corporate activities where security is critical for protecting confidential information, personal safety and facilitating emergency communications when limited capabilities are available. These same risks threaten disruption of one-to-one and one-to-many messaging applications currently in development for financial services, healthcare and disaster recovery.
ABOUT PROTECTED MOBILITY(TM)
Protected Mobility(TM) is a privately held mobile security technology company based in Virginia. The company develops highly reliable and scalable security solutions for protecting mobile communications that are easy to install, use and manage. Protected Mobility currently offers ProtectedSMS(TM) for secure, encrypted text messaging for BlackBerry and Android smartphones, with an iPhone version releasing in Q2 2011. To learn more, visit http://www.protectedmobility.com.
IABC Cleveland Hosts Marketing to Mobile Users Lunch Program May 12
CLEVELAND, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As mobile devices continue to grow in popularity, organizations that interact most effectively with mobile users will enjoy a distinct competitive advantage. Learn about the strategic ways that organizations can increase engagement with mobile customers and benefit from first-mover status during a May 12 lunch program hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland.
Michael Schwabe, marketing professional and Account Manager at the Cleveland-based integrated marketing agency thunder::tech, will discuss the unique aspects of marketing to mobile consumers, including tactics used by mobile marketing innovators. The presentation will include such topics as location-based services and applications; free applications that can create buzz for product releases; and the value of Short Message Service (SMS) messaging to generate instant engagement. He also will address the legal and privacy requirements that apply to mobile device marketing.
The program will be on Thursday, May 12, at The City Club (The City Club Building, 2nd floor), 850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with opportunities for networking. The presentation will begin at noon.
Register online at iabccleveland.com or contact Pam Tallant, chapter administrator, at 216-226-7013. Cost: $27, IABC Member; $39, Non-Member; $12, Member-in-Transition and Students.
Founded in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of more than 15,200 business communication professionals in more than 80 countries. The local Cleveland chapter includes nearly 130 members who support the highest professional standards of communication and drive innovation in the communication field. Visit http://www.iabccleveland.com/.
Luxand's New Mirror Reality Technology Immerses Users in Augmented Reality
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Luxand, Inc. introduces Mirror Reality, a facial feature recognition
technology that makes augmented reality possible. The heart of the Mirror
Reality technology is a new recognition engine that can identify 66 unique
facial features based on a single still picture of a human face. Offering
best-in-class recognition quality, competitive performance, and an
unprecedented number of facial features that can be recognized, Mirror
Reality has huge potential in the entertainment industry. Mirror Reality is
patent pending and is open for licensing to Web and software developers as
well as to entertainment and movie companies.
Immersing in Augmented Reality
Used in a variety of applications, the Mirror Reality technology
redefines reality by altering the way people look. For instance, human faces
in photographs can be completely transformed. In addition, real-time
animation support can transform webcam streams into amazing augmented
reality; for example, pointing a webcam at a person or a group of persons can
mutate them, making everyone appear twenty years older or look like zombies.
The core tech uses sophisticated and fully automated facial recognition
technology that can identify 66 unique facial features without requiring
painted indexing marks on the face and without the need to perform a manual
selection of facial features. With powerful hardware, the new technology
makes possible the application of virtual enhancements to faces in real time.
Mirror Reality dedicates eleven identification points to each eye and
fourteen ID points to the mouth, even distinguishing individual lips. This
attention to detail allows for extremely realistic face morphing, what Luxand
calls "augmented reality."
The Mirror Reality technology has been used by Luxand in many
entertainment projects. Accordingly, augmented reality created by this new
technology can be previewed by exploring various Luxand online entertainment
projects, such as In20Years.com (which makes people appear twenty years
older), MakeMeZombie.com (which makes humans look like zombie creatures), and
PicTreat.com (which makes human faces look more appealing by removing small
imperfections and applying virtual makeup). These projects use augmented
reality technology to manipulate and enhance human faces in still shots.
Today, the Mirror Reality technology is available for licensing to the
general public. Luxand is making licenses available to software and Web
developers as well as to companies in the entertainment and movie industries.
Licensing terms may vary with intended use. Prospective customers are
encouraged to contact the company to obtain a quote.
About Luxand, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Luxand, Inc. is a privately held hi-tech company
developing various facial feature recognition and transformation tools.
Performing scientific research in artificial intelligence and biometric
identification has allowed the company to develop technologies and release a
complete set of tools and libraries that perform fully automatic recognition
of human faces and their features. Today, the company markets a broad range
of face recognition solutions to the online entertainment industry. Luxand
technologies are used at online entertainment portals, chat rooms, and movie
Web sites around the globe.
RadioShack Expands Mobility Strategy With New Tablet Arrivals
Tablets from RIM, Motorola and Velocity Micro available in April
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RadioShack® continues to extend its mobility strategy with the arrival of an expanded line-up of tablet computers arriving in stores beginning April 19. With the addition of three more tablet devices, The Shack offers customers a diverse range of exciting choices in this dynamic personal technology category.
RadioShack's assortment of next-generation tablets will include the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM, starting at $499.99; the 10-inch Motorola Xoom for $599.99; and the Android-powered 7-inch Velocity Micro T103 Cruz tablet for $199.99, an affordable entry-level choice for newcomers to the tablet landscape. These devices join other recent iconic arrivals to The Shack's tablet category; overall prices for Wi-Fi and carrier-connected devices range from $499.99 to $729.99. Selection varies by location, so check with your nearby RadioShack store for availability.
"Customer preferences for tablet purchases are lifestyle-driven, as they are for other important mobility decisions," says Scott Young, executive vice president and chief merchandise officer for RadioShack. "That's why we're adding to our assortment by offering our customers a broader selection of tablets with a range of comfortable sizes, exciting features, popular operating systems and aggressive prices. In our stores, the leading tablet options are easy to find, easy to shop and easy to compare, assisted by a well-trained team equipped to help you choose the right tablet for your lifestyle needs."
RadioShack's expanded tablet offering is complemented by a one-of-a-kind mix of stylish, sophisticated and practical accessories and service plans, enabling customers to protect, power and optimize daily use of their tablets on the go.
The Shack's Trade & Save program allows customers to trade in used electronic devices to ensure a great deal on a new tablet. For more information on Trade & Save and to appraise eligible used electronic devices, please visit http://www.radioshack.com/tradein for more information.
About RadioShack Corporation
RadioShack is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. The Shack® offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 35,000 people globally, including a team of friendly and helpful sales experts who are recognized for delivering the best customer service in the wireless industry. RadioShack's retail network includes 4,695 company-operated stores in the United States and Mexico, more than 1,265 wireless phone kiosks in the United States, and approximately 1,220 dealer outlets worldwide. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, please visit http://www.radioshackcorporation.com; to purchase items online, please visit http://www.radioshack.com. RadioShack® and The Shack® are registered trademarks licensed by RadioShack Corporation.
BATS Multicast Data Feed Now Available Via Interactive Data 7ticks
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BATS Global Markets, a global stock market operator, today announced the availability of its Multicast PITCH real-time depth of book data feed for all of its U.S. markets via ultra low latency exchange and order routing connectivity services provided by Interactive Data 7ticks.
Members of the BATS BZX and BYX Exchanges and BATS Options that are connected to the BATS trading platform can access Multicast PITCH via the Interactive Data 7ticks network.
"We are pleased to provide the exchange and order routing connectivity services that allow exchange members to utilize BATS' Multicast PITCH data feed," said Joe Bigane, managing director, Interactive Data 7ticks. "The combination of BATS solid technology base and Interactive Data 7ticks' expertise offers the electronic trading community an alternative low-latency exchange connectivity solution."
The BATS Multicast PITCH data feed provides real-time depth of book quotations and execution information and is just one of the free market data feeds offered by BATS.
"Furthering our commitment to an open connectivity model, we are pleased that Multicast PITCH is now available to BATS members and market data vendors that connect to BATS' world-class platforms through Interactive Data 7ticks," said Chris Isaacson, chief operating officer of BATS Exchange. "These members and market data vendors can begin receiving the Multicast PITCH feed immediately for fast, efficient access to BATS market data."
For more information about the BATS market data feeds and connectivity, please review our Market Data Products and Connectivity Manual. For more information, members can contact the BATS Trade Desk (913.815.7001, email@example.com) or their sales director.
BATS Global Markets (BATS) is a leading operator of stock and options markets around the globe. BATS operates two stock exchanges in the U.S., the BATS BZX Exchange and BYX Exchange; BATS Options, a U.S. equity options market; and BATS Europe, an FSA-authorised multilateral trading facility in Europe. Each of these marketplaces is powered by BATS' innovative and proprietary technology that was developed by a dedicated core team of market and technology professionals, catering to the needs of the broker-dealer and trading community. The company is headquartered in the Kansas City, Mo., area with additional offices in New York and London. BATS ... Making Markets Better.
About Interactive Data Corporation
Interactive Data Corporation is a trusted leader in financial information. Thousands of financial institutions and active traders, as well as hundreds of software and service providers, subscribe to our fixed income evaluations, reference data, real-time market data, trading infrastructure services, fixed income analytics, desktop solutions and web-based solutions. Interactive Data's offerings support clients around the world with mission-critical functions, including portfolio valuation, regulatory compliance, risk management, electronic trading and wealth management. Interactive Data is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts and has over 2,400 employees in offices worldwide.
Streetline Launches Smart Parking App in Fort Worth's Sundance Square
Visitors and residents to benefit from real-time guided parking in the heart of historic Sundance Square
SAN FRANCISCO and FORT WORTH, Texas, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Streetline, Inc. today announced that downtown Fort Worth has deployed its smart parking platform including its free smartphone app "Parker" - giving the city's residents and visitors real-time insight for finding open parking spaces along West 4th Street in Sundance Square.
The new pilot program gives visitors to Sundance Square the ability to download Streetline's free app "Parker" onto their iPhone and see an instant map pinpointing sections of West 4th Street that have parking available - with icons noting more than four spaces available (plenty of parking available), more than two spaces available (some parking), or less than two spaces available (limited parking). The app also delivers information about parking space time limits, pricing, and whether meters take credit cards or coins.
"We are excited to introduce Streetline's 'Parker' app to the City of Fort Worth," said Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline. "As one of the fastest growing cities in America, we applaud the city's efforts to make life easier and more convenient for its residents and visitors. Implementing smart parking programs like Streetline's are a key step in creating more efficient, intelligent, and sustainable cities."
"Streetline's guided parking app 'Parker' is an invaluable service for visitors and residents to Fort Worth's Sundance Square," said Peter Elliott, Fort Worth Parking Manager. "We want to progressively minimize and eventually eliminate the hassle of finding parking, and advanced technologies like Streetline's are a key part of our ongoing efforts to understand the application of the latest parking technology to make Fort Worth one of the most livable cities in the nation."
The "Parker" app is based on Streetline's patented smart parking platform that detects the presence of a car through a network of ultra-low power wireless sensors located in each parking space. This information can be easily transmitted back to smartphones and web applications that give drivers a live, accurate picture of open parking spaces across the city. The innovative new smart city system helps cities, airports, universities and private organizations reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and alleviate the environmental impact of traffic caused by drivers circling the block while they look for parking.
Fort Worth hosts more than 5.5 million visitors each year. Downtown Fort Worth is less than 30 minutes from Cowboys Stadium and Texas Motor Speedway, and features more than 50 restaurants, offering everything from fine dining to casual fare as well as movie theatres, museums, art galleries, retail shops and specialty boutiques. Fort Worth has been widely recognized for its outstanding quality of life and was recently ranked as one of the nation's top 10 most livable cities.
About Streetline, Inc.
Streetline's mission is to make smart cities a reality through the use of sensor-enabled mobile and web applications. As the leading global provider of smart parking solutions to cities, airports, universities and private organizations, Streetline's pioneering technology connects citizens with critical information to improve the way they live and work, while making cities more efficient and lessening their environmental impact. Streetline is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. with smart parking deployments in cities across California and New York. For more information visit: http://www.streetlinenetworks.com.
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CONTACT: Annika Jensen-Lamka, +1-415-516-3530, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Streetline, Inc.
Email service provider enables daily deal and flash commerce sites like FamilyFinds, HauteLook and Joss & Main to deliver millions of dynamically personalized sales event emails in minutes
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- StrongMail, a leading provider of online marketing solutions for email marketing and social media, today announced a significant increase in customers for its burst email delivery technology, which is powering a rapidly expanding list of popular daily deal and flash commerce sites, including FamilyFinds, Joss & Main, HauteLook and Privalia. These companies are turning to StrongMail for its unique ability to reliably deliver millions of personalized daily sales event messages in a matter of minutes.
For many daily deal sites, email marketing campaigns drive 70 percent or more of the traffic to their daily sales events. Ensuring that that these messages get delivered in a short window before the start of each sales event is critical for driving sales and customer satisfaction. With limited inventories and short sales windows, any delay or failure in these critical email alerts can cause customers to miss out on desired sales and lose interest in participating in future events. Customizing daily alerts based on member preferences and prior purchases is also important given the influx of daily deal sites competing for consumer attention.
"Joss & Main is all about delivering to our members a daily dose of affordable luxuries for the home, and email is one of our most important means of communicating," said Mitra Morgan, Chief Curator at Joss & Main. "Every one of our members wants to find out what's on http://www.jossandmain.com at exactly 11am. In order to keep it fair, we have to reliably deliver millions of emails in a very short time window. We gave a very stringent set of performance criteria to our email marketing team, and they selected StrongMail."
StrongMail's patented burst email delivery technology gives companies access to a dedicated high-performance email delivery engine that is optimized to assemble and deliver millions of personalized messages in less than 10 minutes. In addition to providing companies with this essential speed and reliability, StrongMail enables daily deal sites to easily scale their email delivery to accommodate member growth. StrongMail's unique pricing model also offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any top tier email service provider.
"The strong demand we're seeing from the burgeoning daily deal sector is being driven by our unique ability to get messages delivered at exactly the right time to drive maximum participation," said Scott Ollivier, vice president of product management at StrongMail. "We offer these daily deal companies dedicated, high burst rate systems that are free from the performance limits often encountered with traditional ESP platforms, where the competition for computing resources at critical times of the day has a real impact on time-sensitive delivery of offers. Basically, we give them the control they need to get highly targeted messages delivered on time - and at a fraction of the cost of competing providers."
About StrongMail Systems, Inc.
StrongMail enables marketers to forge meaningful, profitable and long-lasting connections with their customers through email marketing and social media. Offering a comprehensive suite of technology and services, StrongMail takes a fundamentally different approach to traditional email service providers that offers many unique advantages to brands. StrongMail's dedicated online marketing solutions offer the lowest total cost of ownership of any enterprise email marketing solution and easily integrate with customer data sources to help marketers improve the performance of their email marketing campaigns. StrongMail's email and social CRM agency provides industry-leading strategic and creative services to help marketers listen, learn, engage and influence best customers. It's these differences that have led Fortune 2000 brands to switch to StrongMail. Learn more at http://www.strongmail.com or via the links below.
Energy Flair Fuels Online Energy Efficiency Competition
Users can now see how their average energy bill compares to others
DALLAS, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy Flair, an online competition to save energy at home, has added a new feature to show how energy efficient a household is relative to others. Users can see how their average electric and gas bills compare to the real-time averages of three groups of people: their Facebook friends who are also using Energy Flair, all Energy Flair users, and other households in their state.
Usage and cost averages are calculated using data from participants who upload electronic copies of their electric and gas bills. The site only displays group averages, so others will never know how much a specific individual is using or spending. Users can, however, compete with individual Facebook friends for the most Energy Flair, digital badges that are earned for year-over-year reductions in energy usage.
Energy Flair Co-Founder and Product Manager Rajesh Nerlikar explains, "Keeping up with the Joneses is hard to do if you can't see what they're doing. That's the problem with energy bills - they're invisible to others and rarely come up in conversations. With Energy Flair, you can see how green you are relative to others based on actual energy consumption. Sure, we know that the amount of energy a household uses depends on a lot of factors, but comparing your average energy bill is one more way we're helping you measure your energy efficiency."
About Energy Flair
Energy Flair is a free online service that teaches people how to use electricity and natural gas more efficiently, tracks their household energy consumption over time and rewards them for reducing their energy bills with digital badges called Energy Flair. Individuals can join the competition by creating an Energy Flair account in less than a minute using either their email address or Facebook account.
"The Ultimate Winner" to Premiere Exclusively on Youku
Young Directors Launch Their Careers Online
BEIJING, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Youku.com Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), China's leading Internet television company, will host the exclusive premiere of the new film The Ultimate Winner on April 21. The 30-minute short is a co-production of Youku, China Mobile, and the "Chopsticks Brothers" -- the directors of the short film Old Boys, which won the hearts of audiences around the country last year as part of Youku's "11 Degrees" New Media Film Project.
A partnership between Youku and the China Film Group and GM Chevrolet, the "11 Degrees" project sponsored ten short films last year, and will produce a feature-length film later this year. Through the "11 Degrees" project, Youku partnered with promising young directors to create films that aimed at engaging the site's young, professional viewers -- and with a total of approximately 86 million views to date, the films promoted in the project appear to have succeeded. Old Boys was the runaway hit of the series, with more than 32 million views, 800,000 "thumbs up" votes, and 88,000 comments on Youku since it premiered in late October.
Similar to Old Boys, The Ultimate Winner will make its debut online, first appearing exclusively on Youku before becoming available on other platforms. In a recent interview, the Chopsticks Brothers spoke enthusiastically about the potential of online media for filmmakers. "I want to stick with online video," said Xiao Yang -- one half of the duo. "It allows me to make films that express what I want, and it doesn't have the limitations or the more exacting demands of feature-length movies."
The Chopsticks Brothers are not the only "11 Degrees" directors to build upon their online success. Pi San, the director and animator behind Miss Puff's Goldfish Bowl, another "11 Degrees" title, launched the ambitious, marketing-supported 104-episode Miss Puff web series in early April. The first episode has been viewed more than 1.8 million times to date, and GM and Lenovo have signed on as sponsors of the series. Zhang Yaguang, director of The Boxer's Secret, recently finished production on his first commercial film, and L.I. director Zhang Yadong has said that he will partner with Youku again on his next film. Yin Lichuan, the well-known poet who wrote and directed Ai, is also at work on her first feature-length film, in which she has invited the Chopsticks Brothers to play supporting roles.
"We are proud to have been able to work with so many talented young writers and directors to help launch their careers," said Frank Wei, Senior Vice President of Youku. "'11 Degrees' wasn't our first project with young filmmakers -- that would have been Lu Zhenyu's Hip-Hop Office Quartet, China's first web serial -- and it won't be our last, either. We have faith in the power of the web as a launch pad and passion for helping artists tell their stories."
"Youku Original has been a critical element of our branding strategy and a key differentiation from other companies," said Victor Koo, Chairman and CEO of Youku. "Content is strategically important for us, and we will continue to invest in content -- both in content that we produce ourselves, and in copyrighted content that we license from rights holders."
Youku Original is a key part of the Company's content strategy, which pursues a combination of licensed professionally produced content, self-produced content from Youku Original, and user-uploaded content.
Youku.com Inc. is China's leading Internet television company. Our Internet television platform enables users to search, view and share high-quality video content quickly and easily across multiple devices. Youku, which stands for "what's best and what's cool" in Chinese, is the most recognized online video brand in China. Youku's American depositary shares, each representing 18 of our Class A ordinary shares, are traded on NYSE under the symbol "YOKU."
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Design, ergonomics and natural feel deliver premium writing and sketching experience to iPad users
VANCOUVER, Wash., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Drawing on its experience and pedigree achieved through the development of professional and consumer pen tablets and interactive pen displays, Wacom® today announces Bamboo(TM) Stylus, a new input device created specifically for use with the Apple® iPad®. Bamboo Stylus offers an intuitive and natural way to experience note-taking, sketching, drawing, and other forms of creative expression on the iPad.
The authentic and satisfying feel of the Bamboo Stylus is achieved through subtle design elements, such as a sophisticated black and silver design with satin-textured metal body and balanced weighting. The tip of the stylus is 25 percent narrower (6mm vs. 8mm) in diameter than some of the other most popular solutions on the market today. Combining ergonomic comfort and a firmer feel, the Bamboo Stylus offers a premium digital inking experience for handwriting notes, highlighting text, editing documents, drawing, sketching and much more.
"A great deal of thought went into the look, feel and weight of the stylus," said Rick Peterson, Director of Consumer Brands at Wacom Technology Services, Corp. in Vancouver, Washington. "We want users to take pride in owning a Bamboo Stylus for its quality craftsmanship and input capabilities as well as its stylish looks."
Right Time for the "Write" Tool
While touch is the primary input method for the iPad, the stylus has definitely found its place among users, enriching the way they interact with the iPad. The additional functionality of the Bamboo Stylus brings a more accurate and precise way to take notes in meetings and classroom settings, or to sketch out rough ideas while on the go. For example, users can improve their input experience with numerous applications developed for iPad, such as Penultimate(TM) for note-taking and Autodesk® SketchBook® Mobile for sketching needs.
"The stylus can perform creative tasks that our fingers and touch displays are just not built to handle well," Peterson said. "Users will find that the new Bamboo Stylus provides the accurate pointing and inking requirements they need to supplement touch input."
Bamboo Stylus Availability and Pricing
Bamboo Stylus ($29.99 USD) is expected to be available in mid-May at many national consumer electronic retail outlets. Online shoppers will be able to find Bamboo Stylus at Amazon or at Wacom's online store.
Since 1983, Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and designs around the world and provides business and home users with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable, natural way. Today, millions of customers use Wacom pen input technology to express their creativity.
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AutoVantage Launches Mobile Website with LocateMe® GPS Technology
Members can Quickly Access Roadside Assistance without Even Providing Their Location
STAMFORD, Conn., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the busy summer season on America's roadways, AutoVantage, a complete roadside assistance service, today announced a unique benefit that allows its members, with one click from their mobile device, to summon roadside assistance without even having to know their location. The new AutoVantage mobile website allows members with mobile devices to access AutoVantage's 24X7 roadside assistance through the "click to call" feature on the site, and activates Road America's LocateMe® GPS technology that communicates the member's location to AutoVantage. The new mobile website and LocateMe technology will simplify the process of calling for assistance and accelerate AutoVantage's already industry leading response times.
"We believe that the first thing a stranded driver does is reach for their cell phone, so we're aiming to eliminate any barriers to getting help to them in the quickest, and most efficient way possible," said Brad Eggleston, GVP of AutoVantage. "In the event of a breakdown or an accident, we are taking advantage of GPS and mobile technology on devices that many of our members use in order to make the process of requesting our roadside assistance even easier and quicker."
From the AutoVantage mobile website, AutoVantage members click to call on the roadside assistance tab and are then immediately connected with an AutoVantage representative at the company's toll free roadside assistance number who will first confirm that the member is in a safe location. The member's location is automatically transmitted via the LocateMe® GPS technology to the representative, and is then communicated to any one of the 30,000 service vehicles available in the AutoVantage fleet. This process makes it easier for the service provider to locate the AutoVantage member's vehicle. The new mobile website and LocateMe® GPS technology are free to all AutoVantage members.
The LocateMe® technology was developed and is being provided by Road America, for AutoVantage working with AT&T, and is now available to members using any of the major service carriers.
This latest upgrade is just one of the many advantages to AutoVantage membership, which includes home and auto lock-out protection; service center discounts; a hotline providing access to an independent mechanic for estimates and advice; rental car discount codes and coupons; road benefits and discounts on hotels and auto rentals; a new car evaluation and new and used car research tools.
As a global leader with more than 35 years of experience, Affinion Group enhances the value of its partners' customer relationships by developing and marketing loyalty solutions. Leveraging its expertise in customer engagement, product development and targeted marketing, Affinion provides programs in subscription-based lifestyle services, personal protection, insurance and other areas to help generate increased customer loyalty and significant incremental revenue for more than 5,550 marketing partners worldwide, including many of the largest and most respected companies in financial services, retail, travel, and Internet commerce. Based in Stamford, Conn., the company has approximately 3,900 employees throughout the United States and in 12 other countries, primarily in Europe, and markets in 16 countries globally. Affinion holds the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for the highest information security practices, is PCI compliant and Cybertrust certified. For more information, visit http://www.affinion.com.
About Road America
Road America is a preeminent provider of private label and co-branded roadside and vehicle related services for insurance companies, OEM manufacturers, automotive service contract companies, and other corporations and associations. Since 1978, they have set the standard for providing high quality assistance services in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to more than 22 million customers of their 120 major corporate clients. For USA and Puerto Rico services, Road America provides 24-hour assistance from their Response Centers located in Miami, Florida and Columbus, Georgia. Canadian services are provided through the Road Canada Response Center in Cambridge, Ontario. Road America is a wholly owned United States subsidiary of MAPFRE, one of the major European auto insurers, with worldwide revenues in 2010 of over $25 billion US.
CONTACT: Mike Bush, Affinion Group, +1-203-956-8038, email@example.com
Synology Announces Its Latest Professional 4-Bay DiskStation, the DS411+II
REDMOND, Wash., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Synology America Corp. announced the release of the DS411+II, the successor to the DS411+. Like its predecessor, the high-performance DS411+II runs the renowned DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.1.
Supporting 3TB drives, the DS411+II offers up to 12TB of storage in a desktop configuration. The storage can be configured in a variety of volume types, including Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) for automated volume management. It is slated to release for under $670.
"At a price point just above the DS411+, this new model offers even better performance," said Joshua Wise, Product Manager at Synology America Corp. "This just underscores Synology's commitment to offering maximum value."
DSM 3.1 offers users an intuitive desktop-style interface to help users minimize the learning curve for management. Running entirely within a browser, it simplifies remote access and administration.
DSM 3.1 offers a number of business-friendly features:
-- Multiple Volumes on RAID to maximize control over storage
-- Access control lists (ACLs) to offer granular control of file
-- ADS support allows for integration with domains up to 100,000
Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium-sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices, Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit http://www.synology.com for more information.
Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Redmond, Washington), the UK (London, England) and Taiwan (Taipei).
U.S. Branding Group Introduces CORalytics(TM) Tracking Software for Their USB Insert(TM) Paper Webkeys
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology-driven marketing solutions company, U.S. Branding Group, LLC has officially launched CORalytics(TM) Tracking Software that can now be used exclusively with their patented USB Insert(TM) paper webkeys.
According to U.S. Branding Group president and CEO, Rich Butler, "CORalytics(TM), which stands for Capturing Online Responses, is the seamless use of a dynamic, powerful webkey analytics software program that is supported by a state-of-the-art statistical Web platform. This enables marketers, advertisers, and product managers to visualize who, where, how and when USB Insert(TM) webkey conversions are happening, giving them the power to take control of their promotional and educational webkey campaigns and thus increase ROI."
Butler explains that CORalytics(TM) captures page views, while tracking unique visitors and analyzing page views per visitor. The software easily identifies entry and exit pages while monitoring visitor duration per page. This data reporting uniquely identifies the usage of a webkey campaign.
CORalytics(TM) also provides reports on global users by country, and maps users by region and city. This tracks demographic interests and provides focus marketing by location.
In addition, Butler goes on to say, "Touch Mapping is yet another software feature and an innovative way to custom view visitor's interaction with Web pages, in other words, to see exactly where they click on a website, page by page. Touch Mapping allows you the ability to see user interactions, lending valuable insight into Website information architecture and usability."
CORalytics(TM) is a proprietary offering of The U.S. Branding Group, LLC and is available exclusively with USB Insert(TM) webkeys.
About U.S. Branding Group, LLC
The U.S. Branding Group, LLC is an innovator, creator, and manufacturer of technology-driven marketing solutions with offices in North America, UK and Hong Kong. Their latest patented technology combines the world's smallest nano webkey with any physical print media, brochures, direct mail, even magazine inserts, seamlessly connecting users to exclusive landing pages or microsites.
For more information about CORalytics(TM) and USB Insert(TM) print collateral webkeys, visit: http://www.webkey.com or http://www.CORalytics.com, or contact: Rich Butler, Managing Director, or Cory Williams, Director of Technology & Product Development, phone: 561-966-8070 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Browse, Shop and Share Catalogs on the iPad with New Mobile Shopping App, "Catalog Spree"
Catalog Spree Changes the Way People Shop: Wrapping together the Best of Mobile, Web and Beautiful Catalog Layouts at the Swipe of a Finger
SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Padopolis today announced the general availability of its new iPad application, Catalog Spree, a brand new catalog shopping experience for the iPad. The first shopping app to fully integrate the catalog experience with mobile shopping, Catalog Spree's virtual marketplace delivers a beautiful, fast and engaging place for consumers to quickly shop, share and flip through a variety of catalogs, including DwellStudio,Serena & Lily, Tea Collection, NapaStyle, Filson and Artful Home, to name a few. Going far beyond any app from a singular retailer, Catalog Spree for iPad loads instantly and allows people to make purchases from multiple retailers, while also saving and socializing favorites on Facebook. Visit our website to see a video demonstration of Catalog Spree.
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"Catalog Spree was designed to give today's mobile shopper exactly what they want: everything and anything, immediately with a magical user experience," said Catalog Spree co-founder and CEO Joaquin Ruiz. "Much like the iBooks experience, people will have their favorite catalogs at their fingertips when using Catalog Spree. Shoppers will also have the chance to discover great new stores that offer exactly what people are looking for, all from one app on their iPad, Catalog Spree."
The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2010, there were more than 20 billion catalogs mailed in the U.S. alone. That averages out to approximately 200 catalogs annually per household. People generally love flipping through these catalogs, but until today, consumers seeking a way to virtually browse their favorite catalogs were forced to download countless applications from individual retailers. Catalog Spree makes browsing catalogs as easy as a swipe of a finger - the same process popularized on the iPad for reading a book, daily newspaper or for viewing photos. Catalog Spree is dedicated to creating a beautiful and rich shopping experience, and is the only catalog app offering an entire "mall" of retailers, as well as the option to subscribe to new catalog releases, in some cases even before they arrive in mailboxes.
"Catalogs are the single largest revenue driver for retailers, bringing in over $100 billion a year. Catalogs take the lion's share of many marketing budgets and are one of the three largest publishing industries in the United States--just as big as books and magazines," said Rick Binger, co-founder of Catalog Spree and catalog industry veteran. "Mobile shopping is a relatively new and quickly evolving trend which introduces new solutions for retailers. Catalog Spree provides an easy way for retailers to extend the traditionally strong channels of e-commerce and catalog shopping to mobile."
Catalog Spree changes the way consumers shop. Combining the best of mobile, catalogs and online shopping, Catalog Spree provides consumers who love catalogs the exciting opportunity to have an eco-friendly and spam free experience while flipping through beautiful catalog layouts, from home, the road or anywhere. Without requiring the download of hundreds of separate apps, shoppers enjoy all the benefits of online shopping, in a much more interactive, personal and paperless way.
"At Filson, we want to serve our customers in any way they want to shop. That's why we operate in multiple channels - via our website, a traditional call center, our stores in Seattle and Portland and through a wide distribution network of other retailers. We see Catalog Spree as an opportunity to make Filson products available to iPad users in a very interactive way," said Harold Egler, Vice President of Direct Sales, Filson. "We pride ourselves in producing authentic quality products for the past 114 years. During that time, we have seen a lot of technology changes in retailing - most of them for the better. We expect to see a lot more in the years to come. This is another step in the evolution of shopping online and Filson is proud to be a part of it as a partner with Catalog Spree."
Catalog Spree by Padopolis introduces a brand new catalog shopping experience on the iPad. People can browse and shop in catalogs they love, and discover new brands, all from one app. Catalog Spree is a fast and magical way to enjoy, share, shop and subscribe to promotions on the iPad. Going far beyond any app from a singular retailer, Catalog Spree for iPad loads instantly and allows people to make purchases from multiple retailers, while saving and socializing favorites. Catalog Spree is dedicated to creating a beautiful and rich shopping experience as the only catalog app offering an entire marketplace of retail stores and the option to subscribe to new catalog releases. Catalog Spree changes the way people shop. Combining the best of mobile, beautiful catalog layouts and online shopping, Catalog Spree provides consumers who love catalogs the exciting opportunity to have an eco-friendly and spam free experience while flipping through beautiful catalog layouts from home, the road or anywhere. Without requiring the download of hundreds of separate apps, shoppers enjoy all the benefits of online shopping, in a much more interactive, personal and paperless way. Padopolis raised $1.3 million in seed funding from El Dorado Ventures and Blackberry Partners, with Andrew Jenks as an angel investor. For more information visit http://www.padopolis.com.
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CONTACT: Kim Angell or Andrea Hawley, Schwartz Communications for Catalog Spree, +1-415-512-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN Storage and RAID - Maximising Efficiency in your Data Centre
LONDON, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- In running a data centre environment, is any single factor more important
than system reliability? Probably not. After all, without it you have no data
centre. And you have an expensive failure instead.
System reliability is so vital, entire industries are dedicated to
ensuring it. RAID systems are a fail-safe solution to the problem of disk
failure. In such an instance, data still exists on other disk(s). Mission
critical systems have a fail-over system in place. In the event of any server
or network failure, another system will initiate and thus remain on-line.
However, despite all modern back-ups and fail-safes, given the very
nature of Windows file systems, they will fragment. If unchecked, this will
and in fact does cause problems to the user, network and the company as a
Fragmentation is a calculated liability built into every Windows
operating system, created deliberately with the purpose of utilising disk
space more efficiently. The downside is that it scatters fragmented files all
over the disk, and any disk drive used anywhere for any purpose including
RAID, mirrored systems, or backups is subjected to the harmful effects
In the IT world, the fact that fragmentation slows down performance is an
"everyone knows." But what might not be so well known is fragmentation's
impact on system reliability. From boot-up to shutdown, a fragmented drive
can cause problems with almost any system-level action in Windows. A prime
example is the fact that the Windows operating system constantly uses the
disk-based page file - hence, reliable disk operation is critical to reliable
system operation. Fragmentation issues with the page file can cause "out of
virtual memory" errors and can also cause data loss. Elsewhere, a heavily
fragmented Master File Table (the file allocation table used by NTFS, the
Windows file system) can slow the already extended boot process of a Windows
SAN Storage and NTFS
Today, using SANs to meet storage requirements have become the norm, SANs
typically employ a clustered/SAN file system to pool disk arrays into a
virtualized storage volume. This is not NTFS, but rather proprietary
software, provided by a SAN hardware or software vendor. This file system
essentially "runs on top of NTFS", it does not replace it. Keeping in mind
that every file system is a "virtual" disk, stacking one virtual component
over another (i.e. one file system on top of another) is very doable and
increasingly more common.
What the vendor of a SAN file system does to his file system is
irrelevant to NTFS. Claims that "you do not need to defragment" may be
misunderstood and incorrectly implied to mean "NTFS". It is very possible
that you do not need to defragment the "SAN file system". The expert for that
file system and the source from which you should get setup tips, best
practices, and SAN I/O optimization methodologies is that manufacturer.
As for NTFS, it still fragments and causes the Windows OS to "split" I/O
requests for files sent into the SAN, creating a performance penalty. Given
that SANs are only ever block-level storage, they do not know what I/Os
relate to what files. Therefore they cannot intelligently spread the
fragments of a file across multiple disks. A whole mass of separate I/Os
writes/reads for fragmented files (which will most certainly be interspersed
with other simultaneous data writes/reads) will be non-optimally spread
across the disks in the SAN storage pool i.e. write more fragments of a given
file to one disk rather than evenly spreading the data across all the disks.
SAN file system vendors may offer optimization strategies to move data
around the disks as it learns over time - typical data requests are not
properly load-balanced across SAN spindles. Generally speaking, the above
holds true for disk striping as well (RAID). SAN designers or developers
agree that NTFS fragmentation IS an issue and advanced defragmentation is
important ("basic" defragmenters can actually cause worse problems)
File fragmentation also takes a serious physical toll on hard drives.
Disk head movement is increased by the need to access data contained in
fragmented files. The more disk head movement, the less mean time between
failure (MTBF) will be experienced, shortening the life of the hard drive.
The old days of scheduled fragmentation are legacy procedures and will
not be effective in today's systems due to the sheer size of disks and
storage. Running the built-in tool is simply not comprehensive enough to reap
the necessary benefits and see the original performance your systems once
boasted. Reliability is required 24/7, regardless of the type of backup,
storage technology (RAID, SAN) used. System up-time is imperative and
reliability is the key. For an all-in-one solution to performance and
reliability issues, download a free trialware of Diskeeper at http://www.diskeeper.com
Source: Diskeeper Corporation Europe
Media Contact: Dorian Culmer, Email: email@example.com, Phone: +44(0)1293-763290
Anite Continues to set the Benchmark for LTE Protocol Conformance Testing
FLEET, England, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anite, the global leader in wireless device testing, today
announces that its LTE protocol conformance testing solution - Anite
Conformance Toolset - is the first to be approved by the Global Certification
Forum (GCF) for the certification of devices intended for deployment on LTE
Bands 01, Japan, & 07, Europe. With Test Platform Approval Criteria (TPAC)
having been met for these two new bands, Anite's Conformance Toolset further
extends its capabilities as the only solution available that meets the
industry's stringent test coverage requirements for LTE protocol testing
across LTE bands 01, 07, 13 & 20 and TD-LTE bands 38 & 40.
With the recent announcement from the Global Certification
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devices, Anite's achievements yet again demonstrate the importance of its
clear leadership in LTE. As more devices become ready for certification
Anite's Conformance Toolset is immediately available to meet certification
requirements ahead of target - taking the lead role in enabling device
manufacturers to bring new devices to market as more network operators across
North America, Asia and Europe accelerate the roll out of LTE networks.
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"Anite continues to show that it is the global leader in
testing technology for the wireless industry, with the broadest and most
comprehensive conformance test case coverage," said Paul Beaver, Products
Director, Anite. "As the first test equipment vendor to have both FDD LTE and
TD-LTE test cases approved by GCF, we are uniquely positioned to deliver
solutions that enable device manufacturers to rigorously test their next
generation LTE wireless devices. We are working in close partnership with the
manufacturers that are breaking new ground with LTE."
"In addition to test case leadership, Anite Conformance
Toolset provides unparalleled ease of use, and allows for the automation and
simplification of the test process. This helps our customers take the risk
out of development and also reduces their costs."
Anite's LTE leadership builds on its comprehensive portfolio
of leading 3GPP protocol solutions. From GSM through EDGE and WCDMA to the
latest HSPA+ standards Anite enables developers to adopt a total end-to-end
test philosophy for all of their wireless testing needs, using proven and
trusted solutions that offer rapid return on investment.
Anite provides a comprehensive range of critical IT solutions
to the Wireless and Travel sectors across the globe. Listed on the London
Stock Exchange, Anite develops and implements software as well as provides
consultancy, systems integration and managed services to ensure that our
customers operate effectively and securely. By using the latest technologies
to deliver quality and cost-effective solutions, Anite meets customers'
specific requirements and realises tangible results for its clients.
Anite Telecoms offers rigorous yet simplified device testing,
accelerating new devices to market. A global market leader, Anite has over 20
years of experience providing cutting-edge technology to device
manufacturers, operators and test laboratories. Anite was the first company
to verify LTE conformance test cases in 2009 and has consistently remained at
the forefront of the handset testing industry. Its highly flexible and
reliable software solutions make Anite a key partner to the major Telecoms
manufacturers and operators. With a diverse team focused on exceeding
expectations, Anite draws upon worldwide expertise and is enthusiastic about
the future of LTE.
Headquartered in the UK, Anite employs around 500 staff in 13
countries across Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. For more
information, please visit http://www.anite.com
Netlist Expands Flash Product Line With mSATA Mini & Slim SSDs
mSATA mini and mSATA slim modules provide smallest form-factor, high capacity SSD storage for datacenter servers, networking and storage equipment
IRVINE, Calif., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Netlist, Inc. (Nasdaq: NLST), a designer and manufacturer of high-performance memory subsystems, today announced the expansion of its Embedded Flash product portfolio with two new mSATA module additions to the SSD Flash product line. The mSATA mini SSD module offers storage capacity of up to 32GB with onboard 64MB DRAM cache. The mSATA slim SSD module offers storage capacities up to 128GB with onboard 64MB DRAM cache. Both products' smaller form-factor and SSD support for ultra-dense applications makes the mSATA mini and slim modules ideal for datacenter equipment and embedded systems.
"As datacenter equipment becomes increasingly compact, Netlist is tackling space limitations with an innovative Flash product portfolio," said Steve McClure, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Netlist. "With our new mSATA mini and mSATA slim SSDs, Netlist addresses the constrained space requirements by providing 2x to 5x the storage density of legacy form-factor solutions."
Fully SATA v2.6 compatible, the mSATA modules support data rates to 3.0Gbps, SMART functionality, expanded register 48-bit addressing mode, and power management. The mSATA mini has typical read performance up to 120MB/s and typical write performance up to 48MB/s. The mSATA slim has typical read performance up to 240MB/s and typical write performance to 190MB/s. Supporting SLC, MLC, and ONFI 2.0 NAND Flash technologies with enhanced ECC support for 48bits of correction in 2kB, the mSATA modules can support Commercial (0 degrees C to +70 degrees C) or Industrial (-40 degrees C to +85 degrees C) applications. The products are well suited to enterprise and industrial environments with wide temperature, shock, vibration, humidity, and altitude variations.
Netlist, Inc. designs and manufactures high-performance, logic-based memory subsystems for datacenter server and high-performance computing and communications markets. Netlist's flagship products include HyperCloud(TM), a memory module that breaks traditional memory barriers and NVvault(TM), a flash memory-based subsystem that enables data retention weeks following a disaster. The memory technologies are developed for applications in which high-speed, high-capacity memory, enhanced functionality, small form factor, and heat dissipation are key requirements. These applications include tower-servers, rack-mounted servers, blade servers, high-performance computing clusters, engineering workstations, and telecommunication equipment. Founded in 2000, Netlist is headquartered in Irvine, California with manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, People's Republic of China. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.netlist.com.
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Iconnyx Releases 'State of Nation' Cloud Report for SMB Market
LONDON, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- Research Reveals Business Uptake, Benefits and Barriers
- Iconnyx Urges Industry to Share Best Practice Examples
Small businesses are using cloud predominantly for storage (67%) and web
site hosting (56%) according to a recent survey by Iconnyx, the managed IT
and web hosting company.
Research of over 300 small business leaders conducted over two events in
the past month shows these to be the typical SMB applications, followed by
business continuity and CRM (both 39%).
The majority of SMBs who had implemented a cloud infrastructure reported
spending 10-30 percent of their working day in the cloud (44%). At extreme
ends of the scale, 11 percent of respondents claimed to spend no time in the
cloud at all, whilst a further 11 percent claimed to spend in excess of 50
percent of time using cloud-based technologies.
The research also showed there is still confusion around the benefits of
implementing cloud, with cost cited as both a benefit and a top barrier to
embracing the technology. The survey, conducted at Unified Communications
Expo, earlier this month, Iconnyx's own event last week, and a series of
online polls, demonstrated that a lack of education on cloud benefits is
stalling adoption of cloud computing technologies.
Of the 300+ professionals that participated in the survey, 93 percent
responded that they could explain what cloud computing is. However, nearly 43
percent of participants answered that their organisation is still not
involved in cloud computing. Those using cloud-based solutions cite cost
saving, mobile accessibility and ease of managing infrastructure as the top
benefits of using the cloud (42%). At the same time, a further 54 percent of
companies cited cost as a barrier to implementation.
"The research indicates that there is still a barrier stopping
organisations from using cloud-based solutions, and uncertainty around the
deployment of cloud, as well as the benefits," said Tim Walker , MD at
Iconnyx. "What is clear is that companies need more education and knowledge
of real-world deployments - this has been the overwhelming feedback. The
industry needs to share best practice examples so companies can appreciate
the cloud in real life scenarios. They need to see the benefits that
companies of a similar size, industry and infrastructure are experiencing,
with whom they can relate and compare."
Iconnyx is a fast growing provider of managed services to the business
marketplace, including business internet, MPLS VPN, Hosting and Managed IT.
It has a reputation for delivering high quality value-for-money solutions
that fit the requirements of both business & public sector customers.
Mirial ClearSea Brings Standards-based Video Conferencing to Motorola Xoom and HTC ThunderBolt
MILAN, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Mirial announces that Motorola Xoom and HTC ThunderBoltTM have been added
to the list of certified devices for Mirial ClearSea.
Motorola Xoom is the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. It features dual
core processor and 10.1" widescreen HD display, 2-megapixel front camera and
"The smartphones and tablet market is growing at double-digit rate and
almost every day a new device ideal for personal video conferencing hits the
market." said Cristoforo Mione, VP Marketing at Mirial. "Moreover, each
device is different and brings in new unique features. One of Mirial's plus
is being able to tweak our products in near real time in order to get the
most out of every device."
ClearSea is the only professional video conferencing solution including a
software client for Android devices that enables organization to connect Pc,
Mac, Android or iOS devices and any standards-based H.323/SIP equipment, such
as videoconferencing room systems.
The Xoom and the ThunderBolt are the latest addition to the list of
certified devices for ClearSea, which already counts most of the Apple
devices, including iPad 2 and several Android smart phones and Tablet such as
the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Dell Streak and many
ClearSea for Android, as well as for iOS, Windows and Mac, is available
today. For further information and a free demo visit http://www.mirial.com.
Mirial is a pioneer in software-only personal video conferencing since
1999. The company portfolio includes a comprehensive set of products enabling
interactive audio/video services on IP networks and professional,
standards-based HD video conferencing. Mirial products and solutions are
available at the company's sales representatives and partners worldwide. For
further information: http://www.mirial.com
- Buy, Manage and Redeem Groupons Directly From Your iPhone
Groupon (http://www.groupon.co.uk) today announced the launch of its
official Groupon application for the iPhone(R) and iPod touch(R) in the
international App Store(SM) , now making daily deals available through
Apple's popular mobile devices across the globe and in the UK.
Groupon (http://www.groupon.co.uk) is now in 44 countries and the new
iPhone app makes it easier than ever for people to get the best deals in
their own neighborhood - from Dundee, Scotland to Recife, Brazil.
Groupon offers a seamless buying and redemption process for both
consumers and merchants. Features of the new Groupon app include:
- Browse Daily Deals: Check out the daily deal in Groupon
cities and buy on the go
- Access Your Account:
- Sign in with your existing Groupon account to find and
organise all previous purchases, or
- Sign up for a new Groupon account directly through the app
- Redeem Your Groupons: Present Groupons to merchants directly from
your screen - no printouts required
- Map Local Groupons in Real-Time: Activate the GPS feature to plot
Groupon purchases closest to your current location
"Groupon is changing the way that consumers support local commerce in
cities all over the UK. Our new app brings the best deals directly to your
pocket," said Christopher Muhr, Managing Director, Groupon UK and Ireland.
Groupon, launched in November 2008 in Chicago, features a daily deal on
the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy in more than 500 markets around the
world. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer unbeatable prices and
provide a win-win for businesses and consumers, delivering more than 900
daily deals globally. For more information, visit http://www.groupon.co.uk.
Subscribe to get Groupon's daily free email for the best in your city at http://www.groupon.co.uk.
Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of
Groupon UK and Ireland
ALMERE, The Netherlands, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- What do you do when a child has eaten a buttercup? Should you induce
vomiting in a child when it has drunk bleach? Everyone with a smartphone can
immediately find answers to these types of questions by using the new SOS
Poison app. The app is available for iPhones.
The SOS Poison application for smartphones contains an alphabetic list
with 190 toxic substances. For each substance, there is an instruction on
what to do if a child has ingested it. In addition, the app also contains a
list of more than 60 toxic plants. Every plant has a clear photo next to it,
so that users can immediately recognise which plant a child has eaten from.
The app also provides advice on ticks, snakes, jellyfish, bees or wasps and
there is a separate chapter with prevention tips and other relevant
"This app is of course intended for parents, but is certainly also useful
for teachers, playschool teachers, sports instructors and others who deal
with children," says publisher Don Veldkamp.
The SOS Poison app is a publication by the Dutch Foundation 'Ticket to
Prevent'. The foundation works closely together with experts from the Dutch
Red Cross, The Orange Cross, and 'Consumer and Safety', the Dutch consumer
"An important advantage of the app is the ease with which new advice or
altered insights can be implemented. We can therefore continuously keep the
app up-to-date," says Veldkamp.
If you buy the SOS Poison app, the latest updated version is always
available for free, via the app store.
The app has now been available for a few weeks, and is clearly catching
on. One user writes: "This is an amazing app if ever I've seen one. If you
have young children, this is almost a must."
"The SOS Poison app is available in English, German, Dutch, and
French, Spanish and recently in Russian. We are currently busily translating
the SOS Poison app, and making it available in the app stores of other
European countries," says Veldkamp. The SOS Poison app can be downloaded from
Apple's iTunes App store for the payment of $ 4,99.
LONDON and BRISTOL, England, April 20, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
- The Telecoms Industry Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Economic Growth
and Stimulating the Global Economy - If the Regulators Get it Right
The global economy may be limping towards the shores of recovery, but the
United Nations (UN) predicts that new approaches to regulating information
and communication technology (ICT) could help to stimulate investment and
growth by rolling out new networks and upgrading technology.
According to a report from the UN International Telecommunications Union
(ITU), Trends in Telecommunications Reform, demand for services such as
mobile telephones and broadband internet have remained buoyant, despite the
economic crisis, with mobile subscriptions set to exceed six billion this
"The industry is currently undergoing a generational shift from fixed
telephones networks to mobile connections of all types, next generation
networking and broadband wireless networks," says the report.
Previously clear borders among telephones, broadcasting and online
services are being eroded, with people able to watch movies on their
computers and programming being downloaded on mobile phones.
Hamadoun Toure, the ITU's Secretary-General, was reported as saying ICT
regulators play a key role in fostering ongoing innovation and competition,
"enabling operators to adopt the latest, most powerful technologies and
ensuring consumers enjoy the very best range of services at the lowest
Toure admits the economic crisis has sounded the alarm for the need for
effective regulation, "and the need for dialogue on the role of Government,
which is now considering the need for State intervention to ensure, among
other elements, the development of a 'broadband economy'."
Furthermore, the report argues that regulators and policy-makers can
tackle the potential risk for under-investment in tomorrow's networks through
a two-pronged approach that involves Government-backed funding programmes and
effective regulatory strategies and policies.
The role of the telecoms industry in global economic growth is no doubt
one of the issues that will be on the agenda at the Next Generation Telecoms
MENA Summit 2011, which takes place from 31 October to 2 November at The
Meydan Hotel, Jumeirah, Dubai. This closed-door summit, hosted by GDS
International, features some of the leading voices in the MENA telecoms
Along with telecoms regulation, other key topics for discussion include
maximising mobile broadband profitability, the telco cloud opportunity and
Next Generation Telecoms MENA Summit 2011 is an exclusive C-level event
reserved for 100 participants that includes expert workshops, facilitated
roundtables, peer-to-peer networks and co-ordinated meetings.
GDS International is a leading business-to-business events company. We
offer financial, healthcare, IT service management, telecoms and oil and gas
summits for senior executives throughout the Asia Pacific, Africa, China,
Europe, North America and Russia markets. Our value proposition is simple: we
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iMPak Health Announces first NFC Enabled Health and Wellness Application
NEPTUNE, N.J., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- iMPak Health, LLC announced today the launch of their new SleepTrak Product, the first Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled mobile health and wellness application in the world for consumers. SleepTrak will initially launch using Nokia's Symbian platform, currently used on the new C7 Nokia Smartphone. Nokia C7 Smartphone users will be able to simply download the free SleepTrak application from Nokia's Ovi store to their phone.
The SleepTrak product was developed and designed specifically to provide consumers with an easy to use device that can tell them more about how well they sleep at night, track symptoms associated with inefficient sleep, and provide resources and suggestions for better sleep habits The SleepTrak card specifically utilizes a method widely used in Sleep Labs called actigraphy which is analyzed to create sleep efficiency scores.
"NFC and Cypak technology enable SleepTrak to bring many aspects of a professional sleep assessment session to the consumer market for a fraction of the price," says Per Nathanaelson, iMPak Health President and CEO. "With iMPak Health's provider expertise from Meridian Health, the SleepTrak data will be useful when presented to a trained medical professional."
"Two of the most important factors in developing the SleepTrak solution were to make sure it was simple to use and could empower consumers with better information," says Sandra Elliott, Director, iMPak Health. "Not only are users more informed about what happens when they sleep, they are in full control of sharing it with their physician."
"iMPak Health's product development is targeted at a whole line of easy to use, clinically relevant capabilities and solutions that will help people and organizations better manage their health as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, asthma, and other chronic pulmonary diseases," says Al Baker, Director, iMPak Health.
"With the announcement of this new relationship with Nokia, iMPak Health launches the first of a series of credit-card-sized medical devices that can be used to assess, screen and monitor health," indicates Sal Inciardi, Senior Vice President, Meridian Health.
About the Technology
The SleepTrak card leverages, Near Field Communication (NFC), a two-way communication technology based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which enables wireless communication between devices over a short distance. The technology is primarily used globally in mobile phones for public transportation and payment. Consumers can simply touch the card to the NFC enabled Nokia C7 phone and the data automatically uploads to the software application on the phone. Sleep data is then tracked, analyzed, and trended for the user automatically.
About iMPak Health
A joint venture of Swedish-based chip developer and innovator Cypak and Meridian Health, a not for profit leader, iMPak Health brings together the latest in wireless technology and the front-line know-how of today's health care environment to provide consumers and patients with effective and intuitive tools to better manage their health. iMPak Health's mission is to become a leader in developing, easy-to-use devices to screen, diagnose, and monitor health conditions through wireless technology For more information, please visit http://www.impakhealth.com.
About Cypak A.B.
Cypak AB is a privately owned technology provider based in Stockholm, Sweden. Cypak customers are leaders in their segments in USA, Europe, and Japan. Cypak has developed the CPK082 application specific integrated circuit particularly for medication and vital sign monitoring and takes a leading role in international standardization and the Continua Health Alliance. For more information, please visit http://www.cypak.com.
About Meridian Health
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising of a university teaching hospital, three community hospitals, a children's hospital, and in-home and community-based services that include home health services, skilled nursing centers, physician practices; rehabilitation and fitness centers; occupational health; home medical equipment and in-home safety technology; ambulance and medical transportation services; as well as outpatient laboratory, imaging, and surgery centers. Meridian Health is named among the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, and has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care quality and nursing excellence. For more information, please visit http://www.meridianhealth.com.