VALID helps Telefonica in its LTE pilot during the Mobile World Congress 2013 using its state of the art Release 8 UICC cards
-- VALID's mioSIM® LTE product was chosen by Telefonica for its LTE pilot "demo" during MWC in Barcelona. VALID's product puts emphasis on the benefits of voice and data over LTE as well as other technological features allowed by this new type of networks.
-- The evolution of standards, defined in 3GPP and ETSI, has allowed the mioSIM® LTE, a Release 8 product, to explore these functionalities enabling the card to play a more significant role within the network.
-- The product, is commercially available and currently on offer on VALID´s vast portfolio and been used worldwide by renowned operators and carriers in Europe and America
MADRID, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VALID participates as one of Telefonica's technological partners in the implementation of the LTE network pilot deployed for MWC 2013 in Barcelona. Cards used for authentication within this network are part of VALID mioSIM® LTE family of products and are being used in several 4G devices from a different range of manufacturers also part of the programme.
VALID's mioSIM® LTE product was developed according to Release 8 standards improving and adding features in the following areas:
-- Authentication: Characterized by a multi-application structure, the UICC
in LTE environments provides strong authentication for different Radio
Access Network (RAN): E.g: GERAN (network access to GSM/GPRS o 2G),
UTRAN (network access to UMTS o 3G), E-UTRAN(network access to LTE o
4G), WiFi, i-WLAN, Femtocells, etc. through different applications.
-- Authentication for IP networks: mioSIM(®) LTE also implements the ISIM
already standardised in previous releases for authentication in IMS (IP
Multimedia System) thus increasing security and access channels in a
similar way to VPN connections. This improvement allows operators and
carriers to offer services where security is required such as video, IM,
presence, ID, payment, remote file management and remote application
-- Storage of new information in the UICC:
-- This new USIM stores mobility management parameters for SAE/LTE.
Critical information like location information or EPS security
context is to be stored in USIM rather than the device.
-- ICE (In Case of Emergency) user information is now standardized
allowing the user to store user information such as medical details
like blood type, allergies, emergency contacts...
-- 3GPP has approved storage of eCall parameters. This service can send
critical data including time, location, and vehicle identification
in order to reduce response times by emergency services. Vehicle
occupants can generate eCalls manually or automatically by
-- The "PLMN lists with Access Technology" file supports the different
network access technologies, e.g. supporting the way in which a
device is to be connected (GSM, UTRAN, etc.) to the MNO's network.
-- Improved toolkit functionality increasing support for NFC services (UICC
interface can automatically launch NFC), M2M (handling data terminals or
M2M modules without fixed connectivity), OMA-DM and DS (UICC can launch
such sessions) and improved information on network coverage (e.g.
proactive command is added to inform about the signal strength of an LTE
All these new features supported by the mioSIM® LTE are available for mobile operators worldwide and have been key for selection VALID by Telefonica for this LTE pilot during the MWC 2013.
VALID is one of the leading technology and technology solutions providers worldwide. The group founded in 1957, with headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has over 6200 employees worldwide, and has numerous subsidiaries, joint ventures and representatives in over 30 countries ensuring customer service quality and attention to its customer base through its operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
In all markets in which it operates, VALID is a pioneer in innovation, production and processing security documents, identification systems and smartcard-based solutions. VALID as an integrated provider of mobile security applications, develops and integrates hardware, software and services for banks, mobile network operators, public transportation companies, carriers and OEMs.
Challenge Friends And Family With The New Multiplayer Mode In The Wheel Of Fortune App
Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Kindle Fire
CULVER CITY, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
WHAT: Compete against friends and family
anytime, anywhere with the new
multiplayer mode for the Wheel of
Fortune mobile game. The new Spin
Together mode brings America's Game
Show to life by providing interactive
turn-based gameplay via email log-
in or your social networks. For even
more fun, players can dress their
avatar in new Wheel of Fortune themed
clothing. Wheel of Fortune is now
the #1 paid app for iPad.
WHY: Wheel of Fortune is celebrating its
30th Anniversary as the most
successful game show in syndication.
Be a Wheel Watcher, and a Wheel
Player in a variety of gameplay modes
with more than 1,000 puzzles from
WHERE: Available worldwide on the Apple App
Store, Amazon Appstore for Android
and now Google Play
Key Features of Wheel of Fortune:
-- Spin Together - An all new multi-player mode lets players challenge
their friends across social networks and mobile platforms
-- Pass and Play - Challenge your family and friends in person with the two
and three player Pass and Play Mode
-- Unlock Achievements - Complete various actions in the game, such as
progressing through Solo Mode, playing Spin Together Mode or winning the
Jackpot to unlock new achievements
-- Avatar Personalization - Dress your avatar in new Wheel of Fortune
themed clothing items. Customize your look with a full set of features -
from hairstyles and eyewear to clothing items and other accessories
-- Meet Pat Sajak - 3D Pat Sajak will guide players through an authentic
Wheel of Fortune experience - watch his style change as he travels back
through time in story mode
-- Single Player Solo Mode - Story-based career mode takes players on a
journey through the sets of Wheel of Fortune's rich 30-year history
-- Universal App - Download the game once and play on other compatible
-- Themed Content - Themed puzzles and avatar items are available for
purchase for even more Wheel of Fortune fun (e.g., Monster Pack, School
Time, Night on the Town, etc.)
For more information on the Wheel of Fortune mobile game, visit: http://www.wheeloffortune.com/games/mobilegames.
Lockheed Martin Strengthens Ties With Small, Diverse Suppliers Through New Channel
BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Suppliers are critical to success at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], yet they are often the first impacted in a challenging economy. In order to strengthen the company's interaction with these small businesses and provide them additional opportunities, Lockheed Martin has introduced a supplier-focused website called Supplier Wire (http://www.lockheedmartin.com/supplierwire).
Supplier Wire offers a wide range of educational resources, including free webinars, video tips and supplier testimonials designed to help small businesses learn how to build, sustain and expand their business with the corporation. The site also features resources on immediate procurement opportunities; information on what Lockheed Martin buys, including a listing of corporate agreements with expiration dates; and a calendar of Lockheed Martin's supplier diversity events.
"With the launch of Supplier Wire, Lockheed Martin once again demonstrates why it is a leader in supplier relations," said Charles Ramos, chief executive officer and president of CR Dynamics & Associates, Inc., and Lockheed Martin supplier. "Supplier Wire takes an innovative approach to identifying and connecting small businesses with the appropriate procurement and business development personnel. This is a refreshing experience for any vendor--especially a small business looking to launch a relationship with Lockheed Martin."
To directly engage with small businesses, Supplier Wire will offer live chat sessions allowing firms to interact with subject matter experts and get answers to real-time questions. In addition, the site contains information on how to seek a partner on a proposal pursuit and how to get added to the Small Business Innovation Research directory.
"Lockheed Martin is committed to small businesses and we continuously search for better methods to educate and engage with qualified diverse suppliers through more affordable solutions," said Susannah Raheb, Lockheed Martin Corporate Supplier Diversity Leader. "Supplier Wire allows us to reach a targeted audience and strengthen our relationships through enhanced connections in a virtual environment."
In 2012, Lockheed Martin awarded $6.4 billion in contracts to small businesses and businesses classified as diverse. This amounts to approximately one third of the corporation's total purchase order commitments. For the second year in a row, the corporation exceeded Department of Defense goals and received an "outstanding" rating--the highest level given by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
The Cram Group announces AECCloud Suite 2013 for the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry
Next level cloud service delivers business driven transparency for industry specific IT solutions
NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cram Group, a pioneer of software based technology solutions for the AEC Industry announces general availability of AECCloud 2013 Services & Software.
The AECCloud Suite 2013 demystifies the overly complex management of technology by grouping business applications and underlying components into manageable blocks and stitching them together to deliver unified, repeatable solutions. The Software, Platform, and Infrastructure are powered by TCGs award winning IP rich software & services teams with focus on the NIST Cloud definition.
"We've worked tirelessly to 'un-market' the term Cloud based on the NIST definition. Since 2008 we've been educating ourselves and the AEC industry. We've been across the country from ENR & Constructech events, to AEC technology vendor events, and the boardrooms of global, national, and regional AEC companies. We've blogged about it for more than two years as well," says Wes Smith, Cloud Executive Officer from The Cram Group.
"Because we've taken the time to understand and apply the business focused paradigm shift behind Cloud, as the marketing dust settles, we are uniquely positioned to educate, engineer, perform and deliver well defined Cloud solutions to the AEC Industry," says Smith.
The AECCloud 2013 offering enables non technical business professionals to rapidly deploy unified, turnkey solutions made up of portal, financial, design, estimating, capital program/project management, scheduling, content management and standard office software "stacks." Solutions are available pre-integrated out of the box with unified application management enabling self provisioning, broad access, scalability, resource pooling, and measurement capabilities, the 5 essential characteristics of Cloud computing.
"What we've done is become the Cloud IT department for our clients. This makes sense to everyone we talk to, and as a result, we are leading in the delivery of solutions with the same or higher quality (SOHQ) at the same or lower cost (SOLC), which is the fundamental goal of business and premise of IT," says Smith.
The AECCloud 2013 Suite is available today based on Pre-Fab, Site-Built, and As-built Solutions created from more than 50 "stacks" which have been proven through extensive use by AEC industry companies. Solutions include support for AEC industry specific applications which are packaged, integrated and delivered without any involvement required from traditional IT staff.
The AECCloud Suite 2013 solutions are targeted at large & medium program managers and general contractors but are also currently used by all sizes and types of AEC companies and owners. For clients that prefer private clouds, or are managing their own clouds, all of the management technologies are available in a self hosted subscription license model, aligned with the NIST Cloud definition. For more information, visit http://www.AECCloud.com.
About The Cram Group:
Since 2001, The Cram Group is a leading Consulting, Hosting, and Development services provider focused on the AEC Industry. Core offerings include education about Cloud Computing and Solutions based on the NIST Cloud Definition; Software for Unified Application Management and Role Specific Applications; and Services from Advisory to Maintenance which are available direct and through a nationwide Certified Partner Network. For more information, call 212-505-0381, or visit http://www.thecramgroup.com.
Change Healthcare Launches Healthcare University(TM) to Support Individuals in Transition to Consumerism
BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Change Healthcare(®), the market leader in consumer engagement and cost transparency, announced today the launch of Healthcare University(TM), an interactive series of educational videos, quizzes and challenges that leverages game mechanics to teach consumers the basics of healthcare and how to make value-based healthcare decisions. The solution, which already has been piloted with a select number of clients and will be deployed by health plans and self-insured employers alike in the coming months, is designed to make benefits education fun, and, in turn, help drive down healthcare costs for individuals, their benefit plan sponsors and the industry as a whole.
"It's a new age in healthcare, one in which individuals are increasingly being called upon to bear greater responsibility for their health benefits and care," said Clayton Nicholas, vice president of strategy and marketing at Change Healthcare. "With the introduction of health insurance exchanges, and more and more employers shifting to defined contribution and high-deductible health plans, it's critical that individuals understand their benefit options; the extreme cost variance that exists in the marketplace; and, in general, how to be better healthcare consumers."
To address these challenges, Healthcare University takes a fresh approach to benefits education and delivers a sticky, engaging user experience. Through the use of short videos, quizzes, games and gamification techniques, including reward points, badges and leaderboards, consumers are encouraged to learn about topics ranging from "The Importance of Being Your Own Health Advocate" and "Understanding Basic Health Plan Types" to "Negotiating Savings" and "Managing Your Paperwork." In the end, they are transformed from passive healthcare users into active healthcare consumers.
"By educating early and often with Healthcare University, health plans and self-insured employers can save money, while enabling their members and employees to make informed healthcare decisions that are good for their families and good for their budgets," Nicholas added. "We're especially excited to offer Healthcare University in both English and Spanish to extend our clients' reach."
About Change Healthcare
Change Healthcare Corporation (http://www.changehealthcare.com) launched in 2007 with a mission to engage consumers in obtaining personalized and actionable cost?savings information that changes the way they purchase healthcare services. Built on a database of medical, dental and pharmacy claims from a national client base, Change Healthcare delivers substantial savings to health plan members and employers. With an average engagement rate of nearly 60 percent, the Company's web? based solution, Transparency Messenger(TM), is the only tool able to generate and proactively communicate immediate savings opportunities customized to the employee, their plan and local area.
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ChartMaxx® and Appian Announce Partnership to Bring Next Generation Business Process Management to the Healthcare Industry at HIMSS13
Upgrade in functionality solves critical IT priorities, enables better patient experience, improves efficiency and provides greater return on investment for hospitals
MASON, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In line with its reputation for being on the forefront of tools that provide insights for better healthcare, Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced a partnership between ChartMaxx®, its leading Document Management and Imaging (DMI) software, and Appian, the market leader in modern Business Process Management (BPM) software. The new ChartMaxx platform supported by the partnership enables hospital users to combine patient and administrative data and create highly efficient processes that focus on care-centered operations and help lead to improved healthcare outcomes.
This unique collaboration marks a significant advancement in the healthcare IT industry. By combining the award-winning ChartMaxx software with the mobile and social process management capabilities of Appian BPM software, hospitals can improve work efficiencies and collaborate in real-time. ChartMaxx - backed by over 20 years of expertise in the healthcare industry, and Appian, a recognized leader in BPM technology - connects healthcare and financial data, processes, documents and collaborations in one environment, on any desktop or device, through a simple social interface. ChartMaxx ECM, powered by Appian BPM, combines real-time collaboration, filtered views of key business events and reports, tasks and actions into a single intuitive interface for rapid adoption and extreme ease of use.
"Joining ChartMaxx with Appian provides hospitals with a uniquely fast, easy and customized path to connect systems, information, people and processes together in order to provide timely access to focused and actionable information," said Phil Present, Vice President and General Manager, Quest Diagnostics Care360 Products. "Additionally, hospitals will be able to regularly identify process bottlenecks and adjust staffing and workflow by optimizing process efficiency flows, leading to improved operations that are centered on patient care."
The Appian platform is trusted by more than 3.5 million users across a variety of industries and has delivered millions of dollars of value to organizations, including Amazon, the U.S. Army, and more. ChartMaxx users will now be able to utilize Appian's worksocial framework for maximum real-time collaboration and technology that transforms information into knowledge and insights. In addition, it enables real-time patient data front to end, including pre-registration, eligibility checking, financial aid/authorization, executive dashboard and mobile access utilizing iPhone®, iPad®, Android(TM) and BlackBerry® RIM platforms.
"The healthcare industry is under pressure to maximize the quality and speed of patient care delivery while reducing costs," said Matthew Calkins, President and CEO of Appian. "Enhancing the industry-leading ChartMaxx with our worksocial platform creates a unique and powerful solution for 21(st) century healthcare organizations."
ChartMaxx ECM with Appian BPM functionality addresses the most important priorities of hospital CFOs and CIOs needed to elevate their health systems' efficiency and enhance interconnectivity to get the best performance out of their existing IT infrastructure and drive real-time collaboration across their healthcare network. The Healthcare IT industry can now realize increased benefits from streamlining electronic records, maximizing real-time collaboration and transforming information into actionable knowledge.
ChartMaxx has been implemented in more than 140 hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks. ChartMaxx ECM, which has been ranked eight times as the 'Best in KLAS' Document Management and Imaging (DMI) solution, enables healthcare organizations to see immediate improvements that support EHR integration, enhance performance results, accelerate processes, meet meaningful use, and save time and money. For hospitals that implement ChartMaxx ECM, the following benefits are realized:
-- Increased patient satisfaction
-- Real-time collaboration, resulting in compressed timeframes and
-- Optimized decision support
-- Enhanced revenue cycle and denial management processes for significant
-- Real-time access to an integrated view of patient information
-- Streamlined workflows that cross systems and departments
-- Meaningful connectivity of disparate IT and revenue systems
-- Bring your own device -- desktop or mobile
-- Fixing bottlenecks and process improvement
-- Tracking metrics for care coordination and performance improvement
For more information on this groundbreaking partnership, visit the Quest Diagnostics Healthcare IT Theatre in Booth #3927 at HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans, March 3-6 visit http://www.care360.com/pr.
Appian delivers everything needed to drive better business decisions, actions and results. All the data, all the processes, all the documents and all the collaborations - in one environment, on any device, through a simple social interface. The Appian BPM Suite is available on-premise and in the cloud, with complete portability. More than 3.5 million users, from Fortune 100 companies to the mid-market and small businesses worldwide, trust Appian to power their critical business processes. For more information, visit http://www.appian.com.
About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic information services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at QuestDiagnostics.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/QuestDiagnostics and Twitter.com/QuestDX.
ChartMaxx, a Care360 solution, has historically included capabilities such as: Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integration, Patient Financial Services (PFS), Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC), Document Management and Imaging (DMI), among others. The features and functionality of ChartMaxx ECM allow for better and quicker patient care decision making, flexible and real-time collaboration and the ability to define and refine dynamic processes that reach across hospital systems and departments. For more information, visit http://www.Care360.com.
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WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Heilind Electronics, the largest distributor of interconnect products in North America, is now stocking DDR3 DIMM memory module sockets manufactured by Molex Incorporated. An established DDR DRAM interface technology, DDR3 sockets support data rates of 800 to 1600 Mbps with clock frequencies of 400 to 800 MHz, a doubling of speed compared to the DDR2. With a standard operating voltage of 1.5V, the DDR3 consumes 30 percent less power than the DDR2. These and others features make the Molex DDR3 DIMM memory module sockets an apt design choice for demanding memory applications in notebook computers, desktop PCs and servers - as well as for certain industrial automation, medical, and telecommunications equipment.
Offered in low-profile and very-low-profile SMT and press-fit aerodynamic options, the DDR3 socket maximizes air flow around memory modules during operation. Engineered with a 2.40mm seating plane, these sockets use very low-profile modules with maximum seating heights below 2.80mm, in ATCA blade systems. The smaller eye-of-needle compliant pins used in the Molex DDR3 press-fit sockets save valuable space on the PCB by increasing trace-routing density between holes. DDR3 DIMM memory module sockets are also available in an ultra-low-profile option and feature a 1.10mm seating plane with low-level contact resistance of 10 milliohms.
Additional information about Molex DDR3 DIMM Memory Module Sockets available from Heilind
-- Accepts JEDEC defined module MO-269 and complies with JEDEC SO-007
socket specs for 100 percent industry compatibility. Different
configurations of the product, such as VLP, will be available soon.
-- SMT versions are halogen-free and lead-free.
-- For the ultra-low-profile option, low-level contact resistance of
10milliohms (maximum initial) supports the use of registered DIMM
(RDIMM) modules and reduces power consumption in blade servers.
-- Reduced latch-actuation angle of ultra-low-profile DDR3 DIMM memory
module sockets creates more room for adjacent components while improving
airflow space around memory module socket.
-- Data/Communications: Desktop computer, Servers, Workstations
-- Industrial Automation: Programmable Logic Controllers
-- Medical: Imaging equipment
-- Networking: Router/Switch, Servers, Storage systems
-- Telecommunications: Base stations
Visit Heilind's website for more information about Molex DDR3 DIMM Memory Module Sockets
About Heilind Electronics
Founded in 1974, Heilind Electronics, Inc. (http://www.heilind.com / http://www.heilindasia.com) is one of the world's leading distributors of connectors, relays, switches, thermal management & circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire & cable, wiring accessories and insulation & identification products. Heilind has locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Follow Heilind on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Heilind and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Heilind.
Microsoft Surface Family Continues Worldwide Expansion
Surface RT and Surface Pro headed to new countries starting late March.
REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced that beginning late March the rollout of Surface will continue, bringing Surface RT with Windows RT to Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan and Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the coming months.
"We are eager to see people and businesses in more countries get a chance to experience this new category of devices," said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. "Surface is the best of a tablet and a PC."
Surface is an extension of the Windows experience, letting customers work, play and connect with the people who matter to them. Surface lets customers transition between entertainment and creation. It offers an ultralight durable casing and an integrated kickstand and cover that allow customers to be productive anywhere, as well as a full-sized USB port and microSDXC card slot for adding additional storage and a 16:9 widescreen high-definition display that makes it optimal for viewing and sharing content easily.
Surface RT is best described as a tablet with some laptop capabilities that weaves productivity and mobility into one beautiful product. It is great for those people looking for all-day battery life(1) and an entertainment-first experience with the ability to still get work done. Surface Pro is comparable to a full-blown Windows laptop that also boasts tablet capabilities. For the first time, customers can have a fully functional PC that looks, feels and acts like a tablet. With Surface Pro, customers can do virtually everything they have ever done on a PC, ranging from using their favorite desktop applications to enjoying the protection of world-class safety and security software.
Additional details on Surface are available at http://www.Surface.com, the Surface Blogand Surface on Facebook. Those interested can follow Surface on Twitter for additional updates.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
SurveyMonkey Partners with Mashery to Launch Developer Portal and New APIs
HootSuite, Jooners and Trackerbird already on board as SurveyMonkey makes it simpler than ever to spread the survey love
PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Making better decisions based on data-backed insights should be universal. With this in mind, SurveyMonkey launched its developer portal (developer.surveymonkey.com) and new data APIs to unleash powerful new ways for partners to integrate the world's leading online survey technology. The new offerings, powered by Mashery, the leader in API management platforms and services, make it simpler than ever to integrate SurveyMonkey into mobile and web applications. A SurveyMonkey API integration gives partners access to immediate insight and analysis capabilities, including direct CRM integration, real time response alerts, and respondent demographic snapshots.
"The SurveyMonkey API helps you easily add the number one online survey solution functionality to any application," said Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey. "This is one more step toward our vision of making it possible for everyone to get the insights they need to make better decisions, and now companies of all sizes have access to our powerful online survey platform."
HootSuite, the leading social media management system, is one of the first companies to take advantage of the new APIs, with an integration of SurveyMonkey into the HootSuite dashboard planned for later this quarter.
"We're excited about enabling our customers to survey members of their social communities, as well as view and analyze real-time survey results, from the same place they manage and execute social campaigns," says Mark Holder, Director of Integration Partners at HootSuite. "SurveyMonkey's data APIs allow us to do just that, and we're excited to utilize this innovative offering."
Jooners and Trackerbird have also integrated SurveyMonkey technology using the new developer portal, featuring an easy-to-use interface and Mashery's IODocs. Ways these and other partners will utilize the SurveyMonkey APIs include:
-- Creating customer support alerts based on responses, e.g. having a
negative or positive experience flagged in real time
-- Adding contacts to email newsletters or CRM solutions
-- Generating quick demographic snapshot of respondents
-- Seamless distribution of survey URLs to all marketing channels (e.g.
email and social media)
-- Quickly add a survey respondent to a newsletter contact list
-- Add survey responses into an aggregated HR dashboard (e.g. see all HR
related metrics in one place such as applicant tracker, employee
feedback and 360? reviews)
Other developers have previously integrated SurveyMonkey technology within email, events and social applications - current partners include MailChimp, Eventbrite, GroSocial, ActiveCampaign, CleverReach and Mad Mimi. These integrations enable companies to deploy a survey to target audiences wherever they are, whether through an email campaign or social media channels. Having customers and users take a survey within a company's current platform improves the chances that they'll provide feedback, thereby providing companies with valuable insights to improve their business decisions.
SurveyMonkey is continuing to add API methods for innovative integrations, including a callback feature in the near future which will asynchronously notify applications of new survey responses as they come in. To find out more, please visit Mashery's Circus Maximus lounge at SXSW, March 8 - 12(th), where the SurveyMonkey developer portal will be on display, or simply contact email@example.com.
SurveyMonkey is the world's largest survey company, helping customers collect over 2 million online survey responses every day. SurveyMonkey has revolutionized the way people give and take feedback, making it accessible, easy and affordable for everyone. The company was founded in 1999 with a focus on helping people make better decisions, and has built technology based on over 10 years of experience in survey methodology and web development. Customers include 99% of the Fortune 500, academic institutions, small businesses, HR departments and neighborhood soccer leagues everywhere. The company has over 200 employees throughout the United States and Portugal, with headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
HGST Reaches 10-Nanometer Patterned-Bit Milestone, Nanotechnology Process Will Double Today's Disk Drive Data Density
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) is leading the disk drive industry to the forefront in nanolithography, long the exclusive purview of semiconductor manufacturers, by creating and replicating minute features that will allow the doubling of hard disk drive (HDD) density in future disk drives.
HGST Labs announced today they have combined two innovative nanotechnologies -- self-assembling molecules and nanoimprinting -- to create large areas of dense patterns of magnetic islands only 10 billionths of a meter (10 nanometers) wide. These features are only about 50 atoms wide and some 100,000 times thinner than a human hair.
"As creators of the original hard disk drive, we are proud to continue our heritage of innovation with today's nanotechnology advance," said Currie Munce, vice president, HGST Research. "The emerging techniques of self-assembling molecules and nanoimprinting utilized at the HGST Labs will have an enormous impact on nanoscale manufacturing, enabling bit-patterned media to become a cost-effective means of increasing data densities in magnetic hard disk drives before the end of the decade."
HGST's discoveries in nanolithography overcome the increasing challenges associated with photolithography. Long the preferred technology among the semiconductor industry for achieving successively smaller circuit features using traditional ever-shorter wavelengths of light, improved optics, masks, photosensitive materials and clever techniques, photolithography advancements have slowed as ultraviolet light sources have become too complex and expensive.
HGST is becoming a leading player in nanolithography. Today's announcement represents a creative answer to the problems with photolithography and has grown out of the storage industry's unique technical and strict cost targets. HGST nanolithography achievements come at a critical juncture for storage drives as cloud computing, social networking and mobility create an ever increasing amount of content that must be stored, managed and accessed efficiently.
The Nanolithography Process
Tom Albrecht, HGST Fellow, spoke at this week's SPIE Advanced Lithography 2013 conference in San Jose, CA., regarding HGST's nanolithography discoveries. He described the patent-pending work his team did in partnership with Austin, Texas-based Molecular Imprints Inc., to make dense patterns of magnetic islands in about 100,000 circular tracks required for disk drives.
Self-assembling molecules use hybrid polymers, called block copolymers, composed of segments that repel each other. Coated as a thin film on a properly prepared surface, the segments line up into perfect rows. The size of the polymer segments determines the row spacing. After polymer patterns are created, a chip-industry process called line doubling makes the tiny features even smaller, creating two separate lines where one existed before. The patterns are then converted into templates for nanoimprinting, a precision stamping process that transfers the nanometer-scale pattern onto a chip or disk substrate. A key challenge proved to be preparing the original surface so the block copolymers form their patterns in the radial and circular paths necessary for rotating disk storage. HGST is the first to combine self-assembling molecules, line doubling and nanoimprinting to make rectangular features as small as 10 nanometers in such a circular arrangement.
Today's announcement provides a roadmap for how to cost effectively create the magnetic islands at densities much beyond today's capabilities. The bit density of HGST's 10-nanometer pattern is double that of today's disk drives and lab tests show excellent initial read/write and data retention. When extended to an entire disk, the nanoimprinting process is expected to create more than a trillion discrete magnetic islands.
"We made our ultra-small features without using any conventional photolithography," Albrecht said. "With the proper chemistry and surface preparations, we believe this work is extendible to ever-smaller dimensions."
Because self-assembling molecules create repetitive patterns, researchers expect they will be best suited to making bit-patterned magnetic media for disk drives, uniformly spaced regions for computer memories, various wiring contacts and other periodic features of other types of semiconductor chips. Nanoimprinting and self assembling molecules are also most easily introduced in defect-tolerant applications such as disk drives or memory, even as the industry works to perfect the technologies for more demanding applications.
HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to expected availability dates for HDD products. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including changes in markets, demand, global economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital's recent SEC filings, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak on as of the date hereof, and HGST/WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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PPC Associates Releases 2013 Guide to Facebook Advertising
SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PPC Associates, a full-service digital marketing agency located in the San Francisco Bay Area and downtown Chicago, has released a "2013 Guide to Facebook Advertising," CEO David Rodnitzky announced.
The guide, written by Director of Social Media Andrew Foxwell, breaks down the Facebook platform's goals, metrics, and ad types. It is meant as an introduction for new Facebook marketers and as a refresher for experienced practitioners in light of the many updates and changes introduced by Facebook in the last several months.
"Facebook's many releases over the past six-plus months have further strengthened its position as a viable, profitable advertising platform," PPC Associates CEO David Rodnitzky said. "We think it represents a huge opportunity for advertisers, and this guide provides a great foundation for understanding the channel."
PPC Associates, which has opened offices in downtown San Francisco and San Diego in the last few months, started as an SEM agency in 2008 and, over the last couple of years, has broadened its best-in-class services to include display, video, and social marketing with a focus on ROI and attribution.
PPC Associates' roster of 60+ clients, with over $150 million of annual spend, includes e-commerce, lead gen, private-sale sites, and B2B. The agency recently scored 91% on a Net Promoter System® study measuring client satisfaction and is accepting inquiries from savvy and growing prospective clients. Information can be found at http://www.ppcassociates.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MX.com Introduces New Healthcare Solutions That Reduce Hospital Operating Costs
Solutions Help Hospitals Assess Wasteful Practices and Adjust to Healthcare Legislation Changes
BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MX.com today announced the addition of three solutions designed to help hospital administrators reduce spending and improve new healthcare reform performance measures. Inexpensive and easy to implement, the solutions address unnecessary treatment, overspending and quality of care measures.
-- Blanchard Valley Health System's Value-Based Purchasing Interactive
Performance Modeler converts retrospective CMS Value-Based Purchasing
data into actionable information, enabling hospitals to improve quality
of care, interventions and provider education. It calculates the net
gain or loss for a hospital based on the 20 current CMS measures.
-- Advocate Physician Partners' ACO Suite: High-Cost Imaging Protocols uses
evidence-based methods to help physicians determine whether an imaging
procedure is medically necessary. Industry experts estimate that CT and
MRI scans cost about $26.5 billion annually, although up to half fail to
help diagnose ailments or treat patients.
-- Advocate Physician Partners' ACO Suite: Preferred Medication Charts give
physicians and other prescribers an easy-to-use format to find generic
medication alternatives for costly brand name drugs. The solution
includes more than 30 medication comparison charts that are easily
customizable and may be distributed in printed or electronic formats.
"These solutions are proven to drive down hospital operating costs and result in demonstrable savings," said MX.com CEO Joseph Davis. "Each costs under $1,000, giving hospital administrators an extremely cost-effective tool that can be immediately put into action."
MX.com is the leading source for hospital toolkits, guidelines and other intellectual properties developed by leading medical institutions to improve operations and patient care. The site offers a comprehensive inventory of free and licensed peer-to-peer solutions.
MX.com by Medimetrix Solutions EXchange is the first online peer-to-peer marketplace for free or licensed healthcare management solutions designed to help hospitals improve performance and standards of care. The site features an extensive inventory of clinical and management solutions developed by Duke Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Partners HealthCare and other leading medical institutions. Established in 2010, MX.com is a privately held company founded by Joseph Davis, chairman of the Medimetrix Group and Spirit of Women Health Network. Equity holders include Medimetrix Group, Inc and its affiliates, private investors and interested health systems including Johns Hopkins Medicine and Adventist Health System.
The world's largest passive Optical LAN saves energy and money for Sandia National Laboratories
Savings estimated at $20 million over 5 years
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At Sandia National Laboratories, the world's largest passive Optical LAN now connects about 13,000 workstations in 265 buildings. Sandia National Laboratories started deploying Tellabs Optical LAN Solution in 2009 to replace an existing copper-based LAN.
With Tellabs Optical LAN Solution, Sandia expects to save about $20 million in costs over 5 years, once the system is fully deployed.
Sandia National Laboratories featured on The Green Room
A video on the Sandia National Laboratories Optical LAN is scheduled on The Green Room on Fox Business News Network Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. (EST), 10 a.m. (CST), 9 a.m. (MST), and 8 a.m. (PST).
Tellabs Optical LAN Solution provides enterprises with high bandwidth, high security, lower energy usage and lower cost. Tellabs Optical LAN replaces conventional, copper-based LANs in buildings and on campuses with 500 or more workstations. With Tellabs Optical LAN, enterprises can save up to:
-- 70% of total cost of ownership
-- 80% of energy consumption
-- 90% of space requirements.
To extend its Optical LAN solution, Tellabs will ship the new Tellabs 120 mini-ONT, the world's smallest enterprise ONT, in the second quarter. The company is also investing in the sales channel to extend its distribution into enterprises.
About Tellabs -- Tellabs innovations advance the smart mobile Internet and help our customers succeed. That's why 80% of the world's top communications service providers and 39 of the Fortune 100 companies choose our mobile backhaul, packet optical, business and services solutions and applications. We help them get ahead by adding revenue, reducing expenses and optimizing networks.
Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index, the S&P MidCap 400 Index and several corporate responsibility indexes including the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index, FTSE4Good and eight FTSE KLD indexes. http://www.tellabs.com
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Fairbanks Implements Smart911 Network, Officials Encourage Citizens to Create a Safety Profile
FAIRBANKS, Ala. and FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fairbanks community is the first in the State of Alaska to implement the national safety database, Smart911, to improve 9-1-1 services for citizens. In use in more than half of the states across the country, Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile of vital personal and household data, including details on residents, pets, photos, medications, medical conditions and more. This information is automatically available to 9-1-1 call takers when a citizen places an emergency call and can be sent to first responders in the field, enabling them to act precisely, save valuable time and further reduce tragic outcomes and save lives.
"Having this up to date information about individuals and households at the time off an emergency gives emergency responders a huge jumpstart in providing assistance to citizens," said Stephanie Johnson, Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center Manager. David Gibbs, Emergency Operations Director, also noted: "In the unfortunate event our community experiences a disaster, this is the information that may save lives." Smart911 allows citizens to give specific directions to access residences, information about utility shut-off locations and other crucial details.
Smart911 not only enhances communication with citizens, but also assists in locating callers. According to the FCC, 70% of calls to 9-1-1 are from mobile devices with limited location information. Smart911 allows citizens to associate their family's mobile phones to home and work addresses, and even specific family members who can help call takers to dispatch the appropriate response team to the right location quickly.
Smart911 is a free service available to all citizens and is 100% private and secure. A Safety Profile can be created through the Smart911 website at wwww.Smart911.com. Smart911 has the added benefit of being a national safety database, giving citizens the ability to have their information "travel with them." While a citizen may create a Safety Profile in their hometown, if they dial 9-1-1 anywhere in the country where the Smart911 service is active, their profile will be available to 9-1-1 call takers.
About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. Used by leading Institutes of Higher Education and State and Local Agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave SafeCampus, RaveAlert, RaveGuardian, Eyewitness, Smart911 and SmartPrepare enables millions to feel safe, secure and connected. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information please visit http://www.ravemobilesafety.com.
-- David Gibbs, Director, Emergency Operations, FNSB (907) 459-1481
-- Stephanie Johnson, Dispatch Center Manager, City of Fairbanks (907)
-- Marty Querzoli, Public Relations for Rave Mobile Safety, Davies Murphy
Group, firstname.lastname@example.org (781) 418-2433
The UK's leading CFD and spread betting provider* launches another UK first,
with a cutting-edge plugin that integrates dealing on the financial markets with browsing
IG, a world-leading CFD [http://www.igmarkets.co.uk ], spread betting and forex
provider, has launched an innovative Chrome extension that enables its clients to place
deals from almost any website.
The IG Dealing extension identifies and lists all available markets on a webpage.
Users click a market to open a deal ticket instantly. As an example, imagine you're
reading an article about the falling price of Brent crude oil and decide you want to deal:
you could open your position within seconds straight from that page.
IG has optimised the extension for major financial and general news sites, such as the
Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Economist and BBC News. Users can also manually
activate the extension on any website.
IG chief executive, Tim Howkins, commented: "We're committed to providing our clients
with the very latest technology. We help them take advantage of market opportunities
safely and securely. While we don't see this extension as a replacement for our main
dealing platform, we believe it's one of the most exciting additions to the financial
trader's toolkit in a long time."
* Largest single provider of CFD and spread betting accounts, Investment Trends 2012
UK Leveraged Trading Report (November 2012)
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About IG Group
IG Group is a world-leading provider of financial spread betting, contracts for difference
(CFDs) and forex. Founded in 1974, IG Group is an established member of the FTSE 250 with
headquarters in London and offices across Europe as well as in the US, Japan, Singapore
and Australia. Visit: http://www.iggroup.com.
Summary of brands in 2013
IG is now the trading name of both IG Index (spread betting) and IG Markets (CFD trading).
IG's other brands continue, as:
- Nadex: a retail-orientated US exchange
- FXOnline: commission-free forex trading and CFD provider in Japan
Please contact IG's chief market strategist, David Jones, for more information on
+44(0)7932-748-475 or +44(0)207-573-0088.
Independently Owned Apple Retail Showroom TechOne Centre Is Now Open in Downtown Houston, Ready with Professional Services and Training to Guide Businesses Making the Switch to Apple
HOUSTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The now open TechOne Centre, a one-stop resource for businesses currently using or switching to Apple products, is the first of its kind in the Houston area since 1999. The Apple Retail and Business Solutions Centre will provide a complete set of conceptual and technical resources, from planning and products to installation, training, support, maintenance, and app development. Capital investment in the new TechOne Centre totals nearly $800,000, which will enhance the economy and tech profile of Greater Houston.
TechOne Centre represents the culmination of a rebranding effort by the former MacAmerica. The purpose of the rebranding is to communicate the wider scope of products and services to be offered through the new Apple Retail and Business Solutions Centre. The company is unique and positions itself as the one and only resource in the area for all conceivable Apple solutions for businesses.
"Businesses want to benefit from switching to Apple," said TechOne Centre President CV Rao. "TechOne Centre is an IT Services partner with the experience and depth to support clients long-term. The company brings together superior technical skills, responsive customer service, Apple certifications, and a wealth of industry experience to provide exactly the support that clients need. We have a track record of delivering great experiences to businesses switching to Apple."
The leadership and staff at TechOne Centre boast the credentials and track record from MacAmerica, to back up their reputation. The support staff includes Apple Certified Engineers -- an indisputable mark of expertise and dependability. The company is recognized as a Minority-owned Business by the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council.
TechOne Centre acquired an SBA-guaranteed loan through Wallis State Bank with guidance from the University of Houston's Small Business Development Center and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative. The company currently employs 11 people, up from 5 just a few months ago and expects to add 3 more in the coming months.
In the near future, TechOne Centre intends to expand its offerings to include business-focused app development for iOS. The company will continue to monitor developments in the industry, guaranteeing that businesses are able to leverage technology and innovation to help their bottom lines. Additionally, the Business Solutions Centre will play host to classes and workshops for users new to the world of Apple.
About TechOne Centre
Formerly MacAmerica, TechOne Centre has supported a wide variety of industries, with a large client list that includes familiar names like Conoco Phillips, Fort Bend ISD, MetroPCS, METRO Houston, Pe Ben USA, USAA, Wells Fargo and Match.com. The company also has vast experience working with all levels of educational and government organizations, energy, transportation, manufacturing, print and multimedia firms, health care institutions, law firms, and small businesses.
914 Main Street, Suite T1
Houston, TX 77002
Direct: (832) 500-7595
Main: (TECH) ONE-CENTRE or (832) 466-3236 http://www.TechOneCentre.com
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Room 214 Offers YouTube Search Optimization and One Channel Design
BOULDER, Colo., Feb 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital marketing and social media agency, Room 214, announced its new service for designing and optimizing YouTube brand channels based on YouTube's new "One Channel" design and "Creator Playbook" best practices.
"Video is the future of marketing because it is the most effective way to visually tell a company's story, demonstrate expertise and showcase an offering. Creating more discoverable video content requires the kind of time and expertise not common among most internal marketing teams," says Jason Cormier, co-founder of Room 214. "We are excited to offer this new specialized service to help organizations not only leverage video content, but the best YouTube has to offer to marketers."
YouTube's "One Channel" and "Creator Playbook" services help organizations better optimize video content and develop distribution strategies that result in more subscribers, views and longer view duration. Room 214 is one of the few digital marketing agencies to have expertise across all facets of digital video, including production, optimization, distribution and advertising. Its extensive resources in-house enable the company to stay on the cutting edge of best practices needed to successfully market brands on YouTube.
About Room 214
Room 214 is a digital marketing and social media agency that helps companies connect with the people who matter most. Brands and partners hire Room 214 to help with: social media research and strategy, content marketing, video production and visual storytelling, social media monitoring and campaign planning, community management and reporting, search engine and conversion optimization, search marketing and online advertising, custom Facebook applications, training, blog development, and mobile-friendly website optimization.
More Compact Option; Available in Variety of Colors
NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony announced today its newest addition to the X Headphone line, the on-ear MDR-X05. These new headphones deliver music lovers a premium Sony audio experience in a more compact and lightweight design. Together in collaboration with one of the world's leading record producers, Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, the new X05 delivers killer sound reproduction in an aggressive, stylish design.
"When Sony teamed up with Simon Cowell, our goal was to create the best sounding headphones in the world for today's most popular music- allowing listeners to experience the full spectrum of audio that artists and producers hear in recording studios," said Andrew Sivori, vice president of the Personal Audio group at Sony Electronics. "With the newest X Headphones, now we're delivering that experience in a more compact and portable design."
Legendary Sony Audio Engineering
Sony set out to achieve unmatched high performance sound in a smaller and lightweight design with the new X Headphones. Engineered with an efficient acoustic design, the new X Headphones feature precision 40mm drivers for a crisp, full-range audio experience that optimally reproduces today's bass-heavy music.
With their pressure-relieving memory foam ear pads, the X Headphones conform to each user's unique ear shape, providing a highly effective acoustic seal and preventing sound leakage. In addition to reinforcing the headphones' powerful sub-bass reproduction capability, the ear pads deliver a supportive, cushy feel, ideal for maximum long-term comfort.
The X Headphones look as great as they perform with their color-accented headbands, swivel mechanisms and end caps. Their dual folding style allows the user to swivel the noise isolating ear pads for listening flexibility, as well as conveniently fold the headphones into an included sleek carrying case for hassle-free portability.
Featuring grooved serrations on its surface, the X Headphones' high-quality cord provides an innovative design that eliminates friction between cable surfaces, reducing the incidence of frustrating tangles.
The X Headphones are designed to provide maximum performance when used with all of today's portable music devices. For iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® users, the X Headphones include a convenient Apple® 3-button control with a microphone, track, and volume control functionality, allowing users to access their music and answer phone calls. The remote also provides basic control of most Android(TM) devices as well.
Hearing is Believing
The new X Headphones will be available in five new color variations (red on silver, black on silver, white on silver, black on red, and red on black) for pre-sale today at http://www.sony.com/X5 and beginning March 22 through the Sony Store online (http://store.sony.com), in Sony retail stores, and at other authorized retailers nationwide for about $199. Special demonstration stations at Sony Stores and at select retailers will give consumers the opportunity to experience the headphones for themselves. For images and information, please visit http://www.sony.com/news.
Please visit http://www.sony.com/XHeadphones or Follow #SonyX on Twitter for the latest X Headphones news. Also, stay tuned to the Sony Blog for upcoming opportunities to win your own X Headphones.
Syco Entertainment is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music and is one of the world's leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the world's most successful global TV and music franchises. Simon Cowell has worked with artists on more than 250 No 1 records and 300 million album sales. Syco Entertainment is also the world most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the record label home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, and Il Divo as well as other artists discovered through Syco TV series' including Jackie Evancho, JLS, Olly Murs, Melanie Amaro, Alexandra Burke, Jonathan and Charlotte, Chris Rene, Tate Stevens, Emblem3, Fifth Harmony, James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Loveable Rogues and Rebecca Ferguson. Artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 number ones, 270 top 10, and 501 top 50 releases.Syco's television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. The X Factor was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia. Local versions of The X Factor are produced in more than 41 territories and the US version of The X Factor airs in over 166 countries. In 2012 Got Talent became the world's biggest selling TV format and is now commissioned in 52 countries as a local format. The US version, America's Got Talent, is NBC's leading summer entertainment format and additionally airs in 152 countries. In 2012 Syco formats were responsible for more than 2,000 hours of original television worldwide - equivalent to nearly three months of television viewing. The X Factor is now watched by more than half a billion people around the world. In 2013 Syco continues to capitalise on the ongoing success of its established global hit TV formats and a number of new projects including new TV series Food Glorious Food and two films - One Direction's 3D movie with Sony Pictures and 'One Chance', a film based on the success story of Britain's Got Talent's first winner, Paul Potts, in association with the Weinstein Company. These will be alongside a number of yet-to-be announced new projects.
OCLC and ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Library Discovery
Leading library organizations will exchange data to enrich discovery for users of WorldCat Local, Summon, ProQuest Central, and ebrary e-books
ANN ARBOR, Mich. and DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ProQuest and OCLC are launching a far-reaching data exchange program that will enhance the library discovery experience for users of OCLC's WorldCat Local service, ProQuest's Summon® service, the full-text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books. The program shares metadata across some of the world's most-widely used library resources, enriching the discoverability and comprehensiveness of all the services.
Once the data exchange is completed, libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and ProQuest Central or that own any ebrary content will be able to discover ProQuest records and access associated content through the WorldCat Local interface. Further, the exchange will enhance the discoverability of catalog records in the Summon service, creating the potential for libraries to view other institutions' WorldCat holdings information within the Summon experience.
"This collaboration improves the user experience by streamlining the research process and improving search comprehensiveness," said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. "The information world becomes more complex every day and we feel that user innovations will require cooperation among library service providers. We're delighted to work with OCLC to make this happen."
"OCLC member libraries continue to be well served by our long-standing partnership with ProQuest," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "We are pleased to extend additional value via this new data exchange agreement. Now OCLC member libraries will have deeper access to their ProQuest services through WorldCat Local and those who select Summon will enjoy direct access to WorldCat and OCLC Resource Sharing. Both discovery and delivery for library users will be markedly enhanced."
ProQuest Central is the largest, multidisciplinary, full-text database available in the market today. This resource provides access to 27 of ProQuest's most highly used databases, with a variety of content types across over 160 subjects, making this the broadest single research resource in the world.
WorldCat is the world's largest database of bibliographic information built continuously by OCLC and libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work. Since 1971, more than 280 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 6,000 years of recorded knowledge.
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge--from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information. An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest(®), Bowker(®), Dialog(®), ebrary(®), and Serials Solutions(®) businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks(®), and Pivot((TM)) services, as well as its' Summon(®) web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world. More about ProQuest is available at http://www.proquest.com.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at http://www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit http://www.oclc.org.
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Smart Online Rebrands Its Flagship Mobile Development Platform as MobileSmith
DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smart Online, Inc., the leading provider of cutting-edge mobile solutions for enterprise customers, announced that its flagship mobile development platform is now rebranded as MobileSmith.
The rebranding is targeted to emphasize the swift and easy process of turning your mobile Ideas into unique, feature-rich Apps deliverable across platforms. Business managers who have multiple ideas for native apps of any complexity can use the MobileSmith platform to quickly launch them to Apple and Android app stores without ever writing a line of code. Moreover, MobileSmith helps cut the cost of long-term app maintenance and reinvention by providing easy tools to keep your app portfolio up-to-date.
"Now that native apps are becoming mainstream, an opportunity to launch multiple custom apps and easily manage them, while avoiding costly and lengthy development projects, is invaluable to any forward-thinking organization," said Bob Dieterle, Senior VP and General Manager of Smart Online. "MobileSmith provides just such an opportunity, becoming a complete cloud solution for your company's mobility needs."
MobileSmith will be presenting its rebranded platform at the upcoming HIMSS Conference in New Orleans, LA, March 4-6 (booth #3881) and SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, March 8-12 (booth #621).
MobileSmith(TM) is a brand of Smart Online, Inc. (OTCBB: SOLN), a leading provider of cutting-edge mobile software solutions. We empower our customers to get to market quickly with self-built mobile apps that drive business value. Our patents pending MobileSmith(TM) platform is an innovative cloud solution that enables organizations to rapidly create, deploy, manage and update custom, native Smartphone apps deliverable across iPhone and Android platforms. With no prior knowledge of software programming, business managers can quickly and affordably take their company mobile.
Ogilvy & Mather announces further investment in mobile marketing through South Africa acquisition
NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Day 3 of the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ogilvy & Mather announced that it has taken a significant step forward in developing its South African mobile marketing capability by acquiring a majority share in the leading South Africa mobile marketing company, Strike Media Proprietary Limited.
Strike Media (Strike) is a full service mobile marketing company with technology capabilities that enable it to stretch from customized mobile campaigns and added value mobile services to mobile payment and mobile business and integration solutions. Strike is currently engaged in providing mobile consulting to some of the country's best-known brands and organizations.
"The timing of this acquisition is even more pertinent given the fact that we are announcing the partnership while actively participating in the 2013 Mobile World Congress," stated Miles Young, Worldwide Chairman and CEO Ogilvy & Mather. "Unlimited connectivity is the next state of progression and regions like Africa and Asia are core drivers in this evolution. Consumers are naturally adopting the phone as their primary means for communication. Welcoming Strike Media to the Ogilvy & Mather family is further proof of our commitment to growth in the evolving mobile marketing space."
As the world's largest digital agency with 8,000 digital specialists worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather has made a number of strategic digital acquisitions over the past year. Innovative digital companies such as Effective UI and The Royal Order in the US; DT Digital in Australia and both Foster and Possible in Brazil make Ogilvy & Mather well poised to continue to dominate in this crucial medium.
Strike CEO, Russel Stromin, who is one of South Africa's leading IT pioneers, describes O&M as an ideal partner. "Mobile needs to be integrated into the full marketing mix at many points along the customer journey and Ogilvy & Mather South Africa has a class leading approach to integrated marketing and understands the potential for mobile to truly transform marketing. Mobile has the power to revolutionize clients' business and brands as it is playing a significant role in enhancing customer experience," says Stromin.
Strike will continue to operate as a separate company but will form part of the global Mobile@Ogilvy practice. Martin Lange, Executive Marketing Director of Digital Strategy and global head of Mobile@Ogilvy, describes the Strike acquisition as a momentous shift for Ogilvy's mobile ambitions in Africa. "Mobile is the medium that will galvanize African marketing. It is wonderful to be in partnership with Strike at this exciting time," says Lange.
Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. In 2012, O&M was named Cannes Lions Network of the Year and Most Effective Agency Network by the Effies Global Effectiveness Index. The company is comprised of industry leading units in all of the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics capabilities; branded content and entertainment; and specialist communications. O&M services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 450 offices in 120 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY). For more information, visit http://www.ogilvy.com, or follow us on Twitter at @OgilvyWW and on Facebook.com/Ogilvy.
Versus Presents New Hand-Hygiene Alliance, Wireless Sensors and RTLS Education at HIMSS13
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Attendees of the annual Health Information Management Systems Society conference (HIMSS13) will have multiple opportunities to learn how Real-time Locating System (RTLS) technology positively impacts efficiency and safety in healthcare, as well as learn about new wireless RTLS technology.
Versus will be sharing its booth, #3463, with Georgia-Pacific Professional, a leading provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps and sanitizers. Versus and Georgia-Pacific Professional recently announced a strategic alliance to improve hand hygiene participation in healthcare.
Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are a growing challenge affecting the quality of healthcare, and according to the CDC, the best way to help prevent the spread of HAIs is through proper hand hygiene. Therefore, improving how healthcare facilities manage these infections can help contribute to patient and healthcare worker safety, as well as help manage the costs associated with these infections.
HIMSS13 attendees have the opportunity to see the first demonstrations of the Georgia-Pacific Professional SafeHaven(TM) monitoring system. The SafeHaven system combines Versus monitoring and communications technology and Georgia-Pacific Professional dispensers and skin care products to make it easier than ever for healthcare professionals to practice and monitor good hand hygiene, and helps create a healthier environment in their facilities.
The companies will be showcasing the new, state-of-the-art SafeHaven monitoring system, the first in the industry to include built-in RTLS components. Together with Versus Advantages(TM) Hand Hygiene Safety software and a continuing education program, SafeHaven system is a complete hand hygiene program that helps hospitals monitor, measure and manage hand hygiene participation. Learn more about SafeHaven at Versus booth #3463 and in the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion kiosk #8711-31.
In addition to the demonstration of the SafeHaven system, HIMSS13 attendees can register for an educational session or attend one of two cocktail receptions to learn more. The receptions, held Monday and Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. at Versus' booth #3463, will feature Dr. Alison Lukacsko, Vice President of Georgia-Pacific Professional Skin Care Category and a veteran in enhancing infection control protocol.
Also on display at the Versus booth will be the company's new V-Link(TM) RTLS platform. The battery-powered, wireless V-Link sensors are quickly and easily installed, without pulling wire. Using the same Infrared and RFID technology as its 10(th)-generation V-Direct(TM) platform, V-Link allows Versus to offer the clinical-grade accuracy it's known for as wireless option.
Hospitals looking to reduce capital equipment expenses should plan to attend HIMSS Education Session #107, "Achieving 'Just-In-Time' Par Level Asset Management with RTLS." Speaker Chris Buchsteiner, a Healthcare Improvement Engineer with PeaceHealth in Oregon, will detail how his facility immediately reduced IV Pump inventory by 26 percent, with a projected savings of $2.7 million.
Buchsteiner will expand on his HIMSS presentation during two sessions at the Versus booth (#3463), where additional RTLS sessions will also be available. American Hospital Association Director Mary Longe and Versus executives will discuss advanced RTLS applications, including patient flow, health systems automation, and hand hygiene. Attendees can sign up for the 30-minute educational sessions at versustech.com/himss13.
About Georgia-Pacific Professional
Georgia-Pacific Professional is a provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels, tissues, soaps, air fresheners, wipers, cups, plates, cutlery and napkins. We serve a wide range of market segments, providing washroom, wiper and foodservice solutions for office buildings, education, healthcare, restaurant, lodging and manufacturing facilities through well-known product brands like enMotion®, Compact®, Dixie®, EasyNap®, SmartStock®, and Brawny Industrial®. For more information about Georgia-Pacific Professional, please call 1-866-HELLO GP (435-5647) or visit us at http://www.gppro.com.
About Versus Technology, Inc.
Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used by more than 700 hospitals for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages(TM) improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus, our technology and client successes, visit versustech.com.
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Living Whole Foods Launches Shiitakecenter.com For Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Products
Company sales increase 20 percent in 2012; New website to contribute to continued growth
SPRINGVILLE, Utah, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Whole Foods, the No. 1 retailer of grow-your-own wheatgrass and sprouting supplies, today launched its new mushroom kit website, shiitakecenter.com. The site sells high-quality products and growing kits that generate an ongoing harvest. The company also announced record overall growth, led by wheatgrasskits.com, with a 20 percent increase in year-end sales for 2012.
"A growing segment of healthy eaters are finding fulfillment in producing their own high-quality products - and purchasing the kits and other equipment online has made this increasingly easy to accomplish," said Parker Garlitz, vice president, Living Whole Foods. "Shiitakecenter.com will provide an ideal source for adding grow-your-own gourmet, edible mushrooms to indoor or outdoor gardens."
The grow-your-own-mushroom kits, which cost between $29 and $32 per kit, include "certified organic" varieties such as:
-- Lion's Mane: Recognized by its hanging spine-like formations and often
used for its medicinal properties or as a substitute for lamb, pork or
seafood in Asian recipes
-- Pearl Oyster: Produces multiple harvests, with the first as early as two
weeks; great in stir fry, soups, rice dishes and more
-- Maitake: Popular in Asian and Italian dishes and also has medicinal
-- Shiitake: Popular mushroom for Chinese and Japanese dishes
-- Turkey Tail: Shelf fungi highly prized for their medicinal and
Living Whole Foods 2012 Revenue Growth
Since its launch in 2000, Living Whole Foods and its nine specialized e-commerce brands have seen significant growth as an increasing number of health conscious consumers shop online. The company's most successful site is wheatgrasskits.com, specializing in wheatgrass, barley grass, sprouts, herbs, growing kits and wheatgrass juicers.
"Grow-your-own food continues to grow in popularity both online and off, as evidenced by our increased revenue growth year after year," Parker added. "As we expand our brand to include mushrooms and other healthy superfoods, we expect that growth to continue exponentially."
About Living Whole Foods
Living Whole Foods is the No. 1 Internet retailer of grow-your-own wheatgrass and sprouting supplies. Through wheatgrasskits.com and eight other specialized Internet e-commerce brands, Living Whole Foods delivers everything you need to grow and harvest natural, organic and living foods, providing healthy "superfoods" at lower costs. Operated as a family business since 2000, nearly 400,000 customers have chosen Living Whole Foods for its unique experience in the organic, natural and living foods market. Living Whole Foods owes its success to a large selection with more than 1,200 products, premium quality, excellent customer service and easy ordering. For more information, visit http://www.wheatgrasskits.com or call (801) 491-8700.
GrowLife Inc. Announces Summer 2013 Launch of Premier Marijuana Portal at Cannabis.org
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GrowLife, Inc. (OTCQB: PHOT), a provider of highly effective indoor growing technologies and unique lifestyle brands, is pleased to update its plans to go live this summer with its ultra-premium http://www.cannabis.org web address. GrowLife is actively building out its http://www.cannabis.org domain with the mission of providing an authoritative, one-stop website for anything and everything marijuana related.
Cannabis.org will offer a user friendly, content driven platform for the worldwide cannabis community. The site will allow individuals to choose which interests populate their screen or news feed, and draws from the look and feel of the enormously popular mashable.com. Content will range from advocacy groups to marijuana in politics, photo galleries to hydro gear forums, marijuana job boards, hemp/marijuana fashion and cosmetics, publicly traded marijuana companies, and more. This site will also enable news links to social media within our industry: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Instagram ... as you sign in through one or all every time you enter the website. Cannabis.org will also offer a "share-a-ble" feature to maintain enduring links between the site and social media.
"It is very exciting for the team here at GrowLife to be able to bring so much important information about cannabis and our network of relationships to a worldwide connected audience," explained GrowLife's President Kyle Tracey. Commenting on the unprecedented level of media attention in the industry, Tracey stated, "Our industry is in the very early stages of strong general public and investor interest in marijuana applications. The timing is perfect for launch of what should be the destination site for cannabis information of all types. GrowLife, our fully reporting public company, has a unique opportunity with Cannabis.org and we intend to exceed all expectations."
About GrowLife, Inc.
GrowLife, Inc. (PHOT) (formerly Phototron Holding, Inc.) (http://www.growlifeinc.com) is a company with core holdings in innovative technology-based products and services for the indoor gardening industry and specialty markets. These brands include Stealth Grow, a producer of grow room automation equipment and hi-powered LED grow light products for indoor horticulture (http://www.sgsensors.com and http://www.stealthgrow.com), Greners.com, the online hydroponics superstore (http://www.greners.com) and Phototron, producer of hydroponic grow containers, which are designed to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits in any environment (http://www.phototron.com). GrowLife is also the US distributor for the Urban Cultivator brand--the greens machine (http://www.urbancultivator.net).
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AT&T Invested Nearly $725 Million In Wisconsin From 2010 Through 2012 To Enhance Speeds, Reliability And Performance For Customers
Expanded 4G LTE Coverage, New Cell Sites and Boosted Capacity Drive Improved Customer Experience
MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* invested nearly $725 million in its Wisconsin wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.**
AT&T has made nearly 575 wireless network upgrades in six key categories in Wisconsin during 2012, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
"We know our customers depend on us for fast, reliable mobile Internet connections at home, work and everywhere in between," said Scott VanderSanden, President, AT&T Wisconsin. "Delivering for our Wisconsin customers is a top priority and our ongoing investment here is designed to deliver a superior mobile Internet experience, encompassing speed, coverage and reliability."
AT&T launched 4G LTE in the Milwaukee and Green Bay areas in 2012. AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides faster mobile Internet speeds and improved performance on a variety of mobile smartphones and tablets.
The AT&T 4G LTE network has been nationally recognized for its speed and coverage. AT&T 4G LTE delivered faster average download speeds than any of the competitors in PCWorld's most recent 13-market speed tests, and telecommunications industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan awarded AT&T its North American Mobile Network Strategy Award for the second year in a row in 2012.
"Broadband access is a priority we often hear about as we travel around the state, no matter the location, because it is such a powerful driver for economic development," said State Senator Paul Farrow. "This investment by AT&T to expand its mobile Internet network will help more people and businesses stay connected in today's fast-moving technological world."
Planned Investment to Expand Reach of Wireless and Wired Broadband
AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:
-- Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014
-- Expand the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75
percent of customer locations in our wired service area by year-end 2015
-- Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business
locations by year-end 2015
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Wisconsin or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds not available everywhere. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Compatible device and data plan required. Learn more at att.com/network.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(®) and AT&T ?DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
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Aiseesoft Releases WTV Converter -- Enjoy Recorded TV Shows Everywhere
BEIJING, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aiseesoft today released its new WTV Converter. Both Mac and Windows versions are available. It allows users to convert WTV, DVR-MS and WMV video files directly to MP4, AVI, MOV and other popular video formats with a quick conversion speed. Extracting audio tracks from WTV, DVR-MS, WMV videos and saving them in MP3, WAV, OGG, AIFF, etc. audio formats is now quite simple. Also, this WTV video converter is able to convert MP3 and WMA files to other popular audio formats, like AAC, AC3, etc.
WTV (Windows Recorded TV Show), a proprietary video and audio file container format developed by Microsoft, is used in Windows Vista starting with Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008, and all Windows Media Center editions of Windows 7. When a TV show is recorded in Windows Media Center, it's saved as a Windows Recorded TV Show file with the file name extension .wtv, in the Public Recorded TV folder. The older versions of Windows used a different file format for recorded TV with the .dvr-ms extension. Whether it is WTV or DVR-MS video format, Aiseesoft WTV Converter can directly convert it to MP4, MOV, M4V and other formats compatible with popular portable devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android phones or tablet (like Samsung Galaxy series) and so on. Now you can watch your favorite TV shows on the go, anytime and anywhere.
Windows Media Center is not included in Windows 8 by default, as most users would expect but, even so, Microsoft still put a price tag on it. If your PC is running Windows 8, not Windows 8 Pro, you have to pay $99.99 USD ERP to get Windows 8 Pro Pack in order to enjoy all the features of Windows 8 Pro as well as Windows Media Center. If you only want to play and watch the TV shows, a wise choice is to convert the TV shows format to the video formats compatible with your video player software. For this, Aiseesoft WTV Converter is the perfect choice. Just use it to convert your WTV, DVR-MS video files to WMV, AVI, MP4, and other video formats supported by Windows Media Player or other popular media player software. It can also convert WTV, DVR-MS, WMV videos to HD video formats like DivX HD Video (*.avi), HD ASF Video (*.asf), HD AVI Video(*.avi), HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4), HD MKV Video Format (*.mkv), HD MOV Video (*.mov), HD MPEG-4 TS Video (*.ts), etc. Then you can enjoy high quality TV shows on your PC. A free trial version is available on the Aiseesoft WTV Converter website. The paid version of this WTV conversion software is $29.00. Now Aiseesoft offers a 25% Coupon Code, so you only need to pay $21.75.
Moreover, Aiseesoft WTV Converter supports batch conversion, which allows users to convert multiple video files with only one conversion. You can also convert the same WTV files to different output formats at the same time. It has powerful video editing features to adjust video effects, trim video clips, crop video playing area, change the aspect ratio, add text or image watermark to video and merge several files into a single one.
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RAM: 512MB RAM or more
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Processor: Intel® processor
OS Supported: Mac OS X 10.4 or above
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About Aiseesoft Studio
As a professional multimedia software provider, Aiseesoft Studio is dedicated to developing the best multimedia desktop applications to help the Windows and Mac users smoothly convert, edit and transfer various video/audio files. In order to meet users' various requirements, Aiseesoft Studio constantly brings in new ideas, technologies, etc. To Aiseesoft Studio, Users' satisfaction is a consistent pursuit. For more information, please visit: http://www.aiseesoft.com.
Dunkin' Donuts Mobile App Adds Support for Apple's Passbook
CANTON, Mass., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced its popular Dunkin' Donuts Mobile App for iPhone and iPod touch has added support for Apple's Passbook, allowing people to run on Dunkin' faster and more conveniently than ever before. Guests can now easily add their Dunkin' Donuts Cards to Passbook and pay for food, beverages and merchandise at participating U.S. Dunkin' Donuts restaurants simply by scanning their Dunkin' Pass in-store or at the drive-thru. The Dunkin' Pass is also location aware, meaning it will conveniently appear on a guest's lock screen when they are near their favorite Dunkin' Donuts location, for easy, on-the-go access.
"With more than a million downloads in just over six months, the Dunkin' App continues to make it even easier for our busy, on-the-go guests to keep running on Dunkin' throughout the day," said John Costello, Chief Global Marketing and Innovation Officer for Dunkin' Brands. "We are always looking for ways to enhance our mobile app and improve our guests' experience, and we are happy to provide our guests with the added convenience of storing their digital Dunkin' Donuts Cards in Passbook for quick and easy payments from the convenience of their iPhone or iPod touch."
The Dunkin' App connects guests to the brand with an exciting array of tools and information to make any Dunkin' run fast and easy. Highlights include:
-- Purchase, register and reload a Dunkin' Donuts Card: Guests can purchase
a new Dunkin' Donuts Card (selecting from multiple designs for many
occasions), add money to an existing card, set a card to auto-recharge
and view all previous card transactions. The Dunkin' App supports
payment using American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
-- Pay right from the app using a Dunkin' Donuts Card: Guests can purchase
Dunkin' Donuts products with the Dunkin' App by simply tapping the
mobile Dunkin' Donuts Card and presenting the screen to the crew member
to be scanned. Balances are updated immediately after purchase.
-- Send an mGift: Dunkin' Donuts Cards can be sent to friends, family or
colleagues via email, text or Facebook. Dunkin' Donuts Cards can be sent
in denominations between $2 and $100.
-- Locate the nearest Dunkin' Donuts: A detailed restaurant locator makes
it easy to find directions to and information about local Dunkin' Donuts
restaurants, including store hours, in-store Wi-Fi, drive-thru
availability and more.
The Dunkin' Donuts App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch at http://www.AppStore.com/DunkinDonuts and from the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store.
About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com.
SPAM® Brand Launches "Break The Monotony®" Digital Campaign to Banish Mealtime Boredom
Executive Chef Roy Choi Joins Campaign to Share Creative SPAM® Recipes
AUSTIN, Minn., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This March, the SPAM® brand's first-ever spokescharacter, Sir Can-A-Lot(TM), takes his playful personality and popularity to the next level by helping people everywhere "Break The Monotony®" of their everyday lives. Partnering with Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ Truck fame, Sir Can-A-Lot(TM) will use social media to connect with brand fans distressed by daily dullness to achieve their mission of ridding the world-wide-web of mealtime boredom.
Beginning March 1, the animated Sir Can-A-Lot(TM) takes over the social media properties of the SPAM® brand. Throughout the month, he will seek out and respond to Internet users suffering from routine meals and boring tweets, addressing many of them personally with a unique web video. The videos will be written, recorded and fully-animated in real-time, allowing Sir Can-A-Lot's(TM) personality to shine. The creative execution is being managed by BBDO Proximity Minneapolis, with Laika House creating and animating the Sir Can-A-Lot(TM) spokescharacter. The action will be focused on the SPAM® brand's Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages.
"The 'Break The Monotony®' campaign will allow SPAM® fans to connect with the brand on a more personal level within the social space," says Nicole L. Behne, senior product manager of SPAM(®)family of products. "Participants will experience the fun-loving, down-to-earth brand personality firsthand through their dialogue with Sir Can-A-Lot(TM) and enjoy new recipes created by Chef Roy Choi."
Choi's recipes will inspire creativity among consumers and provide new ways to cook with the new spicy flavors of SPAM® Jalapeno and Black Pepper. Alongside Sir Can-A-Lot(TM), Choi will be active in the digital space engaging with fans and media. Choi is often considered the godfather of the food truck movement and is the chef and owner of four restaurants in Los Angeles, including the well-known Kogi BBQ gourmet food truck.
"The SPAM® brand echoes my passion for connecting the world together in celebrating how many families survived and prospered, seeing the can as a sense of hope and as a delicious mainstay. This recipe creation has allowed me to also more intimately connect with my Korean heritage, Hawaii, and with all immigrant families that made their way to America," said Chef Roy Choi. "This partnership reflects my missions of flavor, honesty and social creativity and gives me the chance to work with one of my favorite ingredients and show others its versatility."
About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2012, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and was again named one of "The 100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth year in a row. Hormel Foods debuted on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America's Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.
About Roy Choi
Roy Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of American in 1998 and went on to cook at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernardin. He was named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2010 and he and his Kogi BBQ team are recipients of a 2009 Bon Appetit award for excellence in culinary innovation. Choi is the co-owner, co-founder, and chef of Kogi BBQ, as well as the restaurants A-Frame, Chego!, and Sunny Spot. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Managing Patients with Transient Cardiac Events-ECG Screening Utilizing Cloud Technology
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In 2003, the American Heart Association faced a challenge; cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. The fact is heart disease is the #1 killer of women and the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day(®) to raise awareness of this critical issue.
ECG screening is an important and easy means to determine an irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia), a condition that can cause a stroke or lead to more serious conditions or events. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia and is often associated with palpitations, fainting, chest pain, or congestive heart failure. AF can increase the risk of stroke as much as up to seven times that of the average population.
ECG screening can be implemented to identify the presence or absence of an atrial fibrillation. The screening is painless and simple. Once the patient feels a symptom, such as shortness of breath or tightness of the chest, he or she can activate the cardiac event monitor and record a 30 second ECG trace. The recording can then be sent via smartphone or computer to their physician within minutes of taking a reading. As the patient captures numerous events over a period of time, the physician is able to access valuable trending data facilitating a patients overall treatment plan.
"REKA Health is committed to providing technologies focused on enabling and better educating patients about the importance of ECG screening and maintaining a "healthy heart". Screening for chronic disorders is commonplace in the medical community and the E100 ECG screener offers a simple, low cost option for physicians and patients," said Ron Richard, CEO of the Americas for REKA Health, Inc.
For more information, please contact REKA Health at 858.248.4079.
About REKA Health
REKA Health is a leader in developing and marketing interactive health technology solutions. This consists of a range of innovative medical devices that are supported by proprietary PC and mobile applications and a cloud-based platform. By integrating the latest IT and biomedical engineering technologies, REKA Health's telehealth solutions are designed to provide quality home care for chronic diseases. More information is available at http://www.rekahealth.com.
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REKA Health, Inc.
AtTask Enterprise Work CloudTM Launched to Control the Chaos of Enterprise Work
Cloud Offering Provides Enterprise-Grade Platform, Including All-New Data Encryption at Rest
SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It is no secret that organizations are dealing with an ever-increasing amount of chaos caused by disconnected tools, random input processes, inefficient use of time and poor visibility. AtTask has set a new bar for enterprises with its new Enterprise Work Cloud.
"The AtTask Enterprise Work Cloud(TM) is a solution for enterprise teams to take control of their work chaos," says Eric Morgan, AtTask CEO. "We enable them to manage all of their structured and ad-hoc work with social collaboration built into the fabric of their work processes, which delivers significant improvements in worker and team productivity."
The AtTask Enterprise Work Cloud consists of the following key capabilities:
Enterprise Work Management to Control the Chaos
AtTask helps enterprise teams manage and control the chaos of all types of enterprise work. Enterprise teams need a single, central place to manage work requests and improve visibility and productivity by eliminating the wasted time caused by disconnected tools and processes. The AtTask Enterprise Work Management solution provides that single system of truth.
Enterprise Social Collaboration to Enhance Productivity
Collaboration is most impactful when it is in the context of the work that matters. While stand-alone business social systems are about the conversation, AtTask is about the work, turning social into a productivity enhancer, not a distracting time-suck. The AtTask Enterprise Work Cloud incorporates social with the workflow to make work go faster and better, including contextual collaboration on requests, priorities, ideas, projects, tasks, documents, approvals, and more.
Enterprise-Grade Platform to Meet Demanding Requirements
With its most recent release, AtTask introduced significant enhancements to its enterprise grade solution to better meet the needs of the largest enterprises and the most security- and compliance-conscious enterprises (such as those in Healthcare, Financial Services, Government, and others.). This includes capabilities such as:
-- Data Encryption at Rest-- AtTask is unique in the industry with its
offer of 256-bit encryption at rest (as well as in transit), required
for regulatory compliance for HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, FISMA, and many
-- Performance Guarantees--In addition to critical uptime Service Level
Agreements, AtTask guarantees that the Enterprise Work Cloud will meet
or exceed defined performance standards in load times and response
-- Audit Governance--AtTask shares its internal and 3(rd) party audits with
its customers and also ensures peace of mind by offering customers the
ability to perform their own annual AtTask audit.
-- Enterprise-Class Functionality--New enhancements also include a
configurable sandbox that can be used as a production copy or a preview
of early release functionality and SAML 2.0 support for single sign-on
"In my previous roles in large organizations, I experienced firsthand the frustration of cloud-based solutions not being able to support the needs of security-conscious enterprises," said Ted Hoy, Chief Technology Officer for AtTask. "In building the AtTask Enterprise Work Cloud we delivered a solution that overcomes compliance and performance issues by providing top-notch security and in-depth visibility so teams can solve their enterprise work management problems."
AtTask is the only provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions for enterprise teams. This provides a single, central place to better manage and control the chaos of enterprise work, which improves visibility and productivity by eliminating wasted time dealing with fragmented, siloed tools and processes. With AtTask, teams, managers and executives receive visibility into work planning, prioritization, resourcing and sequencing to help everyone work more efficiently toward achieving the organization's goals. AtTask has a broad range of Global 500 and other enterprise customers, such as Nike, Cisco, ABC, ESPN, 3M, and Trek. To learn more, visit http://www.AtTask.com or follow us on Twitter @AtTask.