DataFlux-Teradata Collaboration Helps Companies Better Manage Rising Data Volumes
New initiative combines Teradata enterprise intelligence systems with DataFlux data quality technologies for master data management
DAYTON, Ohio, May 20 -- Teradata, a global leader in data warehousing and enterprise analytics, and DataFlux, a leading provider of data management solutions, today announced a partnership agreement for the Americas region to add industry-leading data quality technology to Teradata data warehousing and master data management (MDM) environments. The solution is a joint offering that combines Teradata's Enterprise Data Warehouse with DataFlux data quality technologies, enabling organizations to more effectively manage growing volumes of detailed enterprise data accurately, reliably and consistently.
Data warehousing systems collect, organize, and analyze data from many sources to produce an integrated view of detailed information, often for real time. With data volumes rising from every direction and companies requiring more detail, quality and accuracy to make business decisions and process controls more effective, there is a critical need for data warehousing to be powered by high-quality data. DataFlux and Teradata are collaborating to improve data integrity by embedding quality-optimizing processes in the data warehouse infrastructure to consolidate, cleanse, match and standardize data across the enterprise.
Organizations today need to view high-quality data as a strategic asset and understand its importance to the success of intelligence-driven business processes. By combining industry-leading technologies, DataFlux and Teradata are targeting organizations that need to proactively address data quality issues. When unresolved, these issues not only drive up the cost of quality but can undermine processes that govern economic performance, financial analysis, customer relationships and the supply chain efficiency.
"When reliable and trusted data is used to make business decisions, the entire organization benefits," said Tony Fisher, president and CEO of DataFlux. "We're joining forces with Teradata to offer combined data management and enterprise data solutions. By relying on the industry's leading data quality platform, Teradata can provide an accurate, up-to-date view of actionable information across systems, departments and entire businesses."
"The use of reliable and consistently accurate data should be a business imperative for any data warehouse project," said Rob Berman, vice president of Teradata. "With our combined technologies, we are enhancing the value of the data warehouse and raising users' confidence and trust in the insight being delivered to the business - while saving our shared customers significant time and money."
Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC) is the world's largest company solely focused on raising intelligence and achieving enterprise agility through its database software, enterprise data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, consulting, and enterprise analytics. Visit Teradata on the web at http://www.teradata.com.
DataFlux enables business agility and IT efficiency by providing innovative data management technology and services that transform data into a strategic asset. A wholly owned subsidiary of SAS (http://www.sas.com), DataFlux helps organizations manage critical aspects of data through unified technologies and expertise that provide the benefits of data quality, data integration and master data management (MDM). To learn more visit http://www.dataflux.com.
DataFlux and all other DataFlux Corporation LLC product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of, or licensed to, DataFlux Corporation LLC in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
Teradata is a trademark or registered trademark of Teradata Corporation in the United States and other countries.
iConji is a fun, new way to communicate with friends across town or around the world using a vocabulary of pictographs whose meanings are translated into several languages.
iConji was initially conceived by Kai Staats and Dan Burcaw, co-founders of Terra Soft Solutions, former developer of Yellow Dog Linux, as a means by which messaging could offer more rich, engaging communications in a world where nearly two-thirds of the population of the planet now have access to, or own mobile phones. Current trends predict that these nearly four billion phones will be replaced with models offering interactive screens and always-on connectivity.
Kai Staats, now Principal Manager of Over the Sun, LLC, states, "iConji was born of a concept for how a new kind of digital communication could bridge the gaps between the cultures of our world, not to take away their unique identities, but to express them. The iConji vocabulary is 'open' in that it will grow, given new characters contributed by a worldwide community, enriching the vocabulary for everyone."
An iConji character is an image within a 32x32 pixel square which holds a single meaning, such as "sports car" or a dual meaning such as "food" plus "to eat."
Each character carries the author's name, a brief story of its creation, and user generated data such as location and notes, and if desired, designation as a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb.
Staats concludes, "While iConji may carry a deeper, intrinsic value in cultural expression -- it's just fun to use. Using homonyms and plays-on-words, iConji messages are often quite humorous as well as informative. Whether you are sending a complete sentence with proper grammar to a co-worker, or a simple, one-character message inviting a friend for a drink after work, receiving an iConji message always causes me to smile. As the old saying goes, 'a picture is worth a thousand words.'"
Dan Burcaw, CEO of Double Encore, a leading iPhone OS developer, called iConji a "game-changer," adding, "As technology evolves, it is projects like iConji that take full advantage of devices such as the iPhone, opening the door to a whole new way of thinking about human communication. We are honored to have been part of this project."
The iConji vocabulary launches with 1185 characters, each translated into English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese, with Turkish and Swahili in progress.
iConji is immediately available from the Apple iTunes store for Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad; and as a free Facebook and web browser application.
Over the Sun is an innovations company exploring product development opportunities in diverse markets, including social networking and mobile, personal computing. iConji marks OTS's first product delivery.
Ecochild Inc. Completes Share-Exchange Transaction
SHENZHEN, China, May 20 -- Ecochild, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ECOH) on May 12, 2010 announced the completion of a share exchange transaction with AIVtech Holding (Hong Kong) Limited ("AIVtech"), pursuant to which AIVtech became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ecochild, Inc. ("Ecochild" or the "Company"). Through its subsidiaries, AIVtech designs, manufactures and markets electronic furniture, digital/multimedia speakers, and LCD/LED televisions. The management team is led by AIVtech founder and Chairman and CEO JinLin Guo and Chief Operating and Financial Officer YiLin Shi. The new public company is quoted on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board under the ticker symbol "ECOH". The Company intends to change its corporate name to AIVtech International Group Co.
AIVtech is the parent company of wholly owned Shenzhen AIVtech Company Limited ("Shenzhen AIVtech"), which owns 70% of Dongguan AIVtech Company Limited ("Dongguan AIVtech"). AIVtech founder and Chairman and CEO JinLin Guo owns the remaining 30% of Dongguan AIVtech. According to the share exchange agreement, Ecochild acquired all outstanding shares of AIVtech, and AIVtech shareholders have transferred all their shares to Ecochild. In exchange, Ecochild issued a combination of 10,375,000 Ecochild shares (representing 51.88% of total shares outstanding) and a cash payment of $0.005 per share (totaling $3,948,125) to the AIVtech shareholders. The cash payment is represented by a promissory note and payable 12 months after the closing of the transaction. In addition, shareholder Jie Zhang agreed to transfer 3,009,000 Ecochild shares to two shareholders-AIVtech Chairman and CEO JinLin Guo and Lanbin Ding-within six months of the closing of the transaction. Mr. Guo will receive 1,770,000 shares and Mr. Ding will receive 1,239,000 shares, according to the agreement. Following the close of the share exchange, 20 million shares of Ecochild are issued and outstanding. Additional details of the share exchange are described in the Company's Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 14, 2010.
AIVtech's revenues in 2009 derived solely from the sales of electronic furniture and digital/multimedia speakers. In April 2010 the Company began production of LED-backlit LCD televisions. For the year ended December 31, 2009, AIVtech reported revenues of $38.5 million, representing 85.4% growth from $20.7 million in 2008. Full-year 2009 net income was $7.5 million, an increase of 91.9% over 2008 net income of $3.9 million.
"We are pleased to have completed the share exchange transaction with Ecochild and look forward to the increased recognition from being a publicly listed company in the U.S.," said Ecochild Chairman and CEO JinLin Guo. Mr. Guo added, "We also look forward to leveraging our public listing to become a globally recognized company, particularly in offering LED-backlit TVs under our AIV brand."
AIVtech pioneered the concept of electronic furniture by combining consumer electronics with furniture and markets products under its AIV brand (which stands for Audio and Interactive Video), as well as designing and manufacturing OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) and ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) products for its customers. AIVtech aims to become a global company with a globally recognized brand, offering premium and high-quality products to consumers. The Company has three major product categories: (1) electronic furniture, including video chairs with built-in speakers and vibration, as well as leisure furniture with built-in audio/video systems; (2) multimedia/digital speakers; and (3) LCD/LED televisions marketed under its own AIV brand.
About Ecochild Inc.
Ecochild Inc. is a holding company for AIVtech Holding (Hong Kong) Limited ("AIVtech"). AIVtech was incorporated on November 4, 2005 under the laws of Hong Kong and has two subsidiaries that manufacture a series of casual audio furniture, multimedia speakers, and LCD/LED televisions: Shenzhen AIVtech and Dongguan AIVtech. The Company designs, manufactures, and markets electronic furniture, digital/multimedia speakers, and LCD/LED television under its own AIV brand, which stands for Audio & Interactive Video. AIVtech also designs and manufactures products for its customers on both an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) and ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) basis. For more information, visit http://www.aivtech.com/ .
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Comcast Media Center and thePlatform Announce Validation of Their Online Video Publishing Capabilities in Preserving Nielsen's Audio Watermarks
New Capability is Ideal for 'TV Everywhere' Deployments by Cable Programmers and Television Service Providers
SEATTLE, May 20 -- Comcast Media Center and thePlatform today announced that they have collaborated with Nielsen to validate that their online video publishing solutions successfully preserve Nielsen's audio watermarks, allowing online publishing of premium, ad-supported video content. Nielsen's ratings system uses these watermarks to measure audiences for both video programming and commercials. This system provides the C3 ratings, which are the basis for the majority of television advertising negotiations, and will be extended to video viewing on the Internet this fall. This validation is the next logical step in advancing longer-term efforts to provide multi-platform audience measurement for media and entertainment companies served by thePlatform and Comcast Media Center.
thePlatform's mpx video management and publishing system will allow networks interested in participating in "TV Everywhere" initiatives to distribute their content online, so that Nielsen can measure eligible cable, telco, and satellite video customers who access video programming via the Web.
"The combined capabilities of thePlatform and the CMC represent a fast, seamless and effective means for television networks and their advertisers to measure the 'TV Everywhere' audience, which continues to grow as a result of consumer demand for shows they can watch both when and where they wish," said Gary Traver, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Comcast Media Center.
"Media companies are now wholeheartedly embracing multi-platform video distribution, and they want to make sure that their viewers are counted in the C3 ratings," said Ian Blaine, CEO of thePlatform. "Confirmation that the Nielsen watermarks flow through the CMC process is a critical step to realizing this cross-platform goal."
For this initial implementation, thePlatform and CMC have developed a streamlined process to deliver national television shows to the Web:
-- Using the CMC's Content Distribution Operations Center, or "CDOC"
ingest service, CMC first captures the national video feed of a
-- The CMC provides editing functions for its customers and transcodes
the file into a format suitable for online viewing with the Nielsen
audio watermark still intact. The CMC uploads the new Flash video file
into the customer's video management system.
-- Customers can then publish their show to an online video player or
website, using a video management system like thePlatform's, which has
been validated to preserve the Nielsen watermark.
-- Depending on its customers' strategy, thePlatform will provide the
capability to replace this file as necessary to pursue other business
models, such as online video advertising insertions.
Both companies will continue to work with Nielsen as it introduces the Extended Screen ratings program to the industry later this year.
Denver-based Comcast Media Center (CMC), a subsidiary of Comcast Cable, provides centralized content management and distribution solutions for cable systems, video content providers and advertisers. More information about the CMC is available at http://www.comcastmediacenter.com.
thePlatform(TM) is the leading white-label video management and publishing company. Media companies rely on thePlatform as their open, central hub for managing, monetizing, and syndicating billions of professionally produced video views annually. The company's services provide unmatched versatility for designing and supporting video businesses on PCs, mobile, and TV. Customers include: Associated Press, Big Ten Network, Cablevision, CBS College Sports, CNBC, Comcast, Corus Entertainment, Cox Communications, ExerciseTV, Fox Sports Network, HIT Entertainment, NBC Local Media, PBS, PBS KIDS Sprout, Rogers, Sony BMG, Starz Play, Time Warner Cable, Travel Channel Media, and numerous others. With a 10-year history of service, thePlatform is an independent subsidiary of Comcast based in Seattle, Wash. For more information: http://www.theplatform.com.
Comcast and Comcast Media Center are trademarks or registered trademarks of Comcast. Other trade names used in this document are acknowledged to be the properties of their respective owners.
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Andy Holdgate of Comcast Media Center, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Real Girls Media and IDG TechNetwork now part of BuzzLogic's growing family of premium content partners across technology, lifestyle and entertainment
SAN FRANCISCO, May 20 -- BuzzLogic, a digital media company with a data-driven ad platform built to optimize advertising across influential blog conversations, today announced Real Girls Media, the leading premium network of branded sites for women - including owned and operated site DivineCaroline.com - has joined BuzzLogic for Media Partners, a program that enables media companies and ad networks to participate in BuzzLogic's conversationally-targeted campaigns.
"Partnering with BuzzLogic is a great way to open our publisher community up to top-notch brands who want to align themselves with the needs and desires of today's women," said Kate Thorp, CEO, Real Girls Media. "BuzzLogic isolates which of our properties is most meaningful to a campaign based on its role in a particular conversation - which allows us to provide our authors with even more revenue opportunities."
Launched last fall with inaugural partner IDG TechNetwork, and today counting more than a dozen partners, BuzzLogic for Media Partners allows publishers with influential content across lifestyle topics such as parenting, fashion and beauty, as well as verticals like technology and entertainment, to benefit from the BuzzLogic Conversational Ad Targeting Platform. BuzzLogic's proprietary platform targets display, rich media and video advertising based on criteria like author expertise, influence and the nature of blog linking relationships around stories, ideas and opinions.
As a BuzzLogic Media Partner, Real Girls gains access to not only additional ad revenue, but also brands in differentiated categories, such as auto and finance, who are looking to reach affluent, female audiences as they follow and engage in relevant conversations (for example "best SUV for family road trips").
"Real Girls Media is a market leader for high quality, trusted content - for women, by women," said Seph Zdarko, Vice President of Business Development at BuzzLogic. "With the addition of Real Girls, BuzzLogic now reaches 35 million women actively engaging with blogs around virtually any topic, with the ability to zero in on the properties most effective at driving user interaction with a brand. We're excited to welcome Real Girls to the growing BuzzLogic family."
Founded in 2005, BuzzLogic is a leading digital media company whose mission is to help brands, agencies and media properties capitalize on the influential power of blog conversations. BuzzLogic's proprietary platform uses advanced content and social analysis to target ads to more than 76 million monthly unique users, layering in third party audience data to drive maximum effectiveness. Learn more at http://www.buzzlogic.com.
About Real Girls Media
The Real Girls Media Network includes DivineCaroline.com -- its owned and operated marquee site -- as well as a premium network of branded sites for women, is a San Francisco-based, privately held company backed by 3i Group, Walden Venture Capital, and Meredith Corporation. DivineCaroline(TM) is a trademark of Real Girls Media Network, Inc. More information is available at http://www.realgirlsmedia.com.
CONTACT: Valerie Combs of BuzzLogic, +1-415-913-2605,
SIFY Launches On-Demand Cloud Services Using HP Converged Infrastructure
Collaborate to Power India's First Full-Fledged Public Cloud Based Service
MUMBAI, India, May 20, 2010-- HP and Sify Technologies Limited, a leading Data Center player (NASDAQ,
Global Markets: SIFY) today jointly announced an agreement to power SIFY's
On-Demand cloud services using HP's Converged Infrastructure
(http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/solutions/converged/main.html). This will
allow Sify to provide demand based computing services on a pay per use or
flexible contract model. Customers using the new service will be able to
accelerate time to market and reduce cost by leveraging IT services on the
fly, without making substantial capital investments in technology.
Established in 1998, Sify is India's first Private Internet Service
Provider (ISP). In 2000, Sify built India's first Tier III Internet Data
Center at Vashi, Navi Mumbai. The company today provides data center hosting
services, corporate connectivity services, managed network, voice services,
applications and system integration services. Continuing the journey to
simplify computing access for businesses and organizations, Sify wanted to
expand its offering with new cloud based services. To build and secure an
agile cloud infrastructure, it required a robust, integrated, flexible but
simplified platform that would significantly minimize the time to provision
new users or application infrastructure. In addition, the model demanded
instant capacity augmentation and scalability of computing resources.
Using HP's Converged Infrastructure, Sify is now launching new cloud
services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service
(PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for select applications under its
On-Demand Hosting Platform. To enable this, the Blade System Matrix
(http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/solutions/converged/main.html) a product
of HP's converged infrastructure, pools together Sify's IT resource into a
highly automated and virtualized resource pool. Specific application
templates have been developed to automatically provision resources for every
new business requirement. Businesses users will be able to request IT
services on the fly by using a self service portal powered by the HP Insight
tool, within the Blade System Matrix.
Raju Vegesna, Chairman and Managing Director, Sify Technologies Limited,
said "We are excited and energized by the launch of On-Demand platform, as it
extends our commitment to our customers of "keeping them ahead" by bringing
innovative, business centric, services oriented approach to their
connectivity, hosting, and communications needs. We will continue to invest
and innovate in building "Information Communication Technology-
ICT"-as-a-service model, which will enable our customers in India and beyond,
to leverage technology on the TAP."
"A number of industries are experiencing spiraling growth in data services.
They are now looking for new ways to source technology and avoid upfront
costs. Sify's new cloud service will enable our customers to source
IT-as-a-Service without compromising on performance, security and control,"
said P J Nath, Executive President, Enterprise Business, Sify. "HP's
technology delivers a highly resilient and elastic computing infrastructure
that will enable Sify to deploy computing resources in the scale and
durations dictated by our customers".
He added, "The launch of our On-Demand Hosting Services is a momentous
beginning as it integrates Sify's expertise in data center, network,
security, enterprise applications and professional support services and gives
unique advantage to our enterprise customers to leverage fully integrated
Cloud infrastructures under single window solution"
"Customers are looking at cloud technologies to minimize cost, improve
efficiency and be adaptive to market changes," said Som Satsangi, Director,
Enterprise Server, Storage and Networking, HP India. "Using converged
Infrastructure, Sify is able to deliver a highly scalable and expandable
cloud platform that significantly reduces the time and cost of deploying new
IT services. Sify's customers will be able to scale up or down resources by
leveraging the full potential of virtualization, cloud and intelligent
management in the converged infrastructure."
As part of the agreement HP and Sify will also leverage their network to
promote these services in the SMB segment. Sify will also leverage HP's
network of ISV partners to offer applications on the cloud model.
About Sify Technologies
Sify is among the largest Managed Enterprise and Consumer Internet Services
companies in India, offering end-to-end solutions with a comprehensive range
of products delivered over a common telecom data network infrastructure
reaching more than 600 cities and towns in India.
A significant part of the company's revenue is derived from Corporate
Services, which include corporate connectivity, network and communications
solutions, security, network management services, enterprise applications and
hosting. Sify is recognized as an ISO 9001:2008 certified service provider
for network operations, data center operations and customer support, and for
provisioning of VPNs, Internet bandwidth, VoIP solutions and integrated
security solutions, and ISO / IEC 20000 - 1:2005 certified for Internet Data
Center operations. Sify has licenses to operate NLD (National Long Distance)
and ILD (International Long Distance) services and offers VoIP back haul to
long distance subscriber telephony services. The company is India's first
enterprise managed services provider to launch a Security Operations Center
(SOC) to deliver managed security services. A host of blue chip customers use
Sify's corporate service offerings.
Sify also caters to global markets in the specialized domains of
eLearning Services and Remote Infrastructure Management Services.
The eLearning Services business designs, develops, and delivers
state-of-the-art digital learning solutions catering to for-profit,
non-profit organizations, and governmental organizations in the fields of
hi-tech, engineering, environment, healthcare, education, and finance. The
Remote Infrastructure Management Services provides dependable and economical
solutions around managed services, hosting, and monitoring.
Consumer services include broadband home access and the ePort cyber cafe
chain cross more than 200 cities and towns in India. Sify.com, the popular
consumer portal, has channels on news, entertainment, finance, sports, games
and shopping. Samachar.com is the popular portal aimed at non-resident
Indians around the globe. The site's content is available in 8 Indian
languages, which include Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil, Punjabi
and Gujarati in addition to English.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact
on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest
technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing,
personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve
customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks,
uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or
such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated
subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than
statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed
forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the
plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any
statements concerning expected development, performance or market share
relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated
operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief;
and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks,
uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends
and events; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its
customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected operational
and financial results; and other risks that are described in HP's Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2010 and HP's
other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not
limited to HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October
31, 2009. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these
(c) 2010 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information
contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for
HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements
accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed
as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical
or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking
statements contained herein are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the
forward-looking statements. Sify undertakes no duty to update any
For a discussion of the risks associated with Sify's business, please see
the discussion under the caption "Risk Factors" in the company's report on
Form 6-K for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, which has been filed with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and is available by
accessing the database maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
Aravind Vasudevan, HP
Walmart Launches New Gamecenter Destination Online and Offers $50 eGift Card with the Preorder of 3 Select Titles Plus 97-Cent Shipping on All Video Games
Exclusive savings, never-before-seen footage and sneak peeks of the hottest videogames are now available at Walmart.com/gamecenter
BRISBANE, Calif., May 20 -- Walmart announces the introduction of Gamecenter, the one-stop online destination for the latest video game previews, first-look exclusives and special savings for gamers and families, now available at http://www.walmart.com/gamecenter. To celebrate the launch, Walmart.com is offering a $50 eGift Card to customers that preorder a total of three or more of the year's most anticipated titles including Medal of Honor, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas and more. In addition, all video games ordered from Walmart.com can now be shipped for just 97 cents each.
"Walmart Gamecenter combines incredible savings with exclusive gaming content all in a compelling and interactive experience online," says Kelly Thompson, vice president of merchandising for Walmart.com. "Gaming enthusiasts will be drawn in by the exclusive content and developer interviews, while moms will appreciate the special savings only Walmart can offer on the hottest video game titles."
Each month, Walmart Gamecenter features new video games plus exclusive content, special offers and more for each title. Special countdown clocks show the days until the hottest preorder titles are available. This month's featured Gamecenter titles include:
UFC Undisputed 2010 with bonus eGift Card and exclusive content
-- Features a bonus $10 eGift Card with preorders and exclusive footage
of game developer interviews filmed at the UFC Training Facility in
Las Vegas, NV, as well as interviews from UFC athletes Forrest Griffin
and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Split Second with exclusive content
-- Features exclusive game play footage, trailers and in-depth interviews
with the development team behind the explosive and highly successful
NCAA Football 11 with bonus eGift Card and exclusive content
-- Features a bonus $10 eGift Card with preorders and an exclusive
never-before-seen game trailer for NCAA Football 11.
Toy Story 3: The Video Game with exclusive content
-- Exclusive version of Toy Story 3: The Video Game features four in-game
theme packs which can be used for "Toy Box mode," a special game
within the video game. In addition, select Toy Story 3 products sold
in Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com include special cards with
codes to unlock exclusive add-ons within the Toy Story video game.
Customers can easily upgrade their video game collection through Walmart's online Trade-In program, which allows customers to trade in their used video games and earn Walmart prepaid Visa cards in return at http://walmart.gazelle.com/. Used gaming consoles as well as video games are eligible for trade-in. Walmart Gamecenter is co-sponsored through a media partnership with Unilever. More information is available at http://www.walmart.com/gamecenter.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), or "Walmart," serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine's 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://www.walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Walmartnews. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
Smartlinx and Matrusri Educational Academy to Provide IIT Foundation Coaching in Schools Through LIVE TUTOR
UNION CITY, New Jersey, May 20, 2010-- Smartlinx Inc. (the "Company") (OTCBB: SMLK) today announced an agreement
between its wholly owned Indian subsidiary, Smartlinx VOIP Networks Private
Limited and Matrusri, a Hyderabad-based educational training Academy, to
provide IIT Foundation coaching to various schools. Smartlinx will provide
its widely acclaimed LIVE TUTOR virtual learning environment while Matrusri
will provide the digital content, hardware infrastructure and its tutor pool
as part of the agreement. The program will be jointly marketed by both to the
schools while the schools will provide the student side infrastructure.
As part of the deal Smartlinx will install, maintain and support the Live
Tutor VLE which includes Live Tutor Connect and Live Tutor LMS for the
delivery of classes and will also keep 100% of the connection fee charged to
the students while Matrusri will keep the annual tuition fee.
MATRUSRI http://www.matrusri.com/ was established more than a decade ago
with the intention of creating awareness about career building among
students. Quality education to every corner of the country and at the very
doorstep of every needy and aspiring student, especially those from rural
areas, is our motto. Matrusri is the first Institute in India to impart
education through Audio-visual Aids.
Smartlinx has partnered with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the
largest telecom company in India, to provide video-based learning using Voice
and Video Over Broadband (VVOBB) to students in India and abroad under the
brand/service name Live Tutor. Live Tutor is made available as a value added
service of BSNL broadband.
Smartlinx Inc. shares are quoted in the United States on the OTC Bulletin
Board (OTCBB: SMLK)
This news release may contain, in addition to historic information,
forward-looking statements. These statements may involve known and unknown
risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results
to be materially different from the results implied herein. There is no
assurance that the Company will be able to: (i) complete the pilot
implementation of Live Tutor Virtual Learning Environment; or (ii) realize
revenues from the implementation of Live Tutor Virtual Learning Environment.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking
statements made in this press release.
For more information contact:
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brite-View's 'HDelight' Will Wirelessly Transmit Uncompressed 1080p Digital Content from PC to TV at San Francisco's Netbook Summit
Turn Any PC with HDMI Ports into HTPC and Wirelessly Stream Netflix and Hulu to Any HDTV
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20 -- brite-View's HDelight (BV-1222), a 1080p wireless PC-to-TV transmission kit, will help users finally achieve the dream of enjoying all digital content from the Internet, a computer hard drive, game machine or home network on HDTV. brite-View will display the HDelight at the WHDI(TM) (Wireless Home Digital Interface(TM)) booth (#303) at San Francisco's Netbook Summit on May 24-25, 2010. The HDelight will officially launch in July 2010, and the price is expected to be under $200.
The first solution of its kind, the HDelight is not limited to use with specific PC or HDTV models. Provided the PC and HDTV have HDMI ports, the HDelight can air bridge the two and transmit uncompressed, 1080p high-definition content from computer to TV with no noticeable latency. brite-View is targeting later in 2010 for the release of another multi-room solution, which will be fully compatible with the WHDI standard.
Featuring AMIMON's wireless module (the technology that is the foundation of the WHDI standard), brite-View's HDelight is an affordable and flexible 1080p wireless PC-to-TV transmission kit. Users simply connect the HDelight's transmitter to their PC's HDMI port, and the receiver to the TV's HDMI jack. Consumers are then free to enjoy content from any source, not just the traditional set-top box or DVD player. The market responded well to the brite-View Air HD (BV-2500), and the new HDelight kit will build on that success.
"brite-View products are user-friendly, affordable and feature the most advanced technology," said Robert Lo, CEO of Xpike Innovations, which owns the brite-View brand. "The HDelight lets users enjoy online entertainment on the big screen. This will be a whole new experience for PC users, especially since Netflix will soon begin streaming 720p HD content."
The HDelight is ideal for three major uses:
-- Entertainment: Wirelessly streams Hulu, Netflix and YouTube, and has a
no-latency feature that will give gamers the "rush" of experiencing PC
gaming on a large-screen TV.
-- Communication: With Skype installed on the computer, HDelight brings
Skype's recently launched five-way video conferencing to larger
-- Information: Students of online education are no longer bound to the
computer screen. The HDelight enables better learning experiences on a
For those who cannot attend the Netbook Summit, brite-View has also released a YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhzVo62ifjI) showing the HDelight in action, working seamlessly with the HDMI-ready PC and TV in a living room setting.
About Xpike Innovations, Inc®
Xpike Innovations, Inc. designs and manufactures consumer electronics that spice up your living room without breaking the bank. Xpike Innovations is a leading provider of home networking applications, online media access and digital home solutions, including full-HD media players/streamers featuring torrent download, powerline Ethernet adapters and 1080p HD wireless transmission kits. Backed by nearly 30 years of electronics industry experience, Xpike Innovations products provide rich Internet-based multi-media user experiences for consumers to enjoy with their HDTVs.
brite-View(TM) is a brand owned by Xpike Innovations, Inc.
Wireless Home Digital Interface and WHDI are trademarks of WHDI LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are those of their respective holders.
Whiskey Media Debuts Screened for Passionate Fans of Film, TV and Online Video
Media company's fifth web property delivers measureable brand engagement by combining original editorial content with social gaming mechanics
SAUSALITO, Calif., May 20 -- Social publisher Whiskey Media today announced the debut of its fifth property, Screened -- a new online destination dedicated to video entertainment across all screened devices. Screened, created by former CNET executives, joins Whiskey's four other category-leading properties -- Anime Vice, Giant Bomb, Comic Vine and Tested -- in combining original editorial content with social networking, game mechanics and wikis to create one of the most relevant and engaging film, TV and video destinations.
"We see our model as a new breed of media company, native to the Internet and not just an assimilation of content that many sites have done before. The Internet generation expects their media to be socialized and relevant to their lives," says co-founder and CEO Shelby Bonnie. "Social publishing attracts highly loyal, knowledgeable and motivated audiences and provides brands the opportunity for even deeper integrated engagement than currently available elsewhere online."
Screened is created by fans, for fans
Screened will simultaneously spark and settle debates, create and squash rumors, and stimulate engaging conversations. The site will also feature a comprehensive movie and TV database with detailed information about films, actors, directors and writers, as well as other content such as locations, characters, objects, cliches and more.
Screened is built for the savvy entertainment fan who will watch video content across multiple devices and different screens. For a generation who will consume video entertainment across phones, iPads and computers in addition to movie screens and TV screens, Screened will help people find the best in Hollywood blockbusters, independent and classic films, TV shows and online video entertainment that can be watched or streamed to screens both large and small.
"The beauty of Screened is that its content is governed by real people who are passionate about movies, TV and video, and want to share their enthusiasm and opinions with like-minded people," said Alex Navarro, general editor, Screened. "We're entertainment enthusiasts too, which is why we're so excited to create a dynamic community that we believe will be worthy of a discriminating audience's time."
Screened entertains and rewards with Quests
Like Whiskey's other properties, Screened will feature game mechanics, called Quests, incentivizing viewers to become active contributors and motivating communities to participate at the editorial-level of content creation. Quests incorporate features typical of online social games -- badges, points and scavenger hunts -- rewarding site users for creating new pages, starting a forum topic, cleaning up existing content or engaging with brand advertisers.
During a one-week preview of Screened for members of other Whiskey Media properties, the community completed more than 24,844 Quests that produced 20,000 movie entries, 200,000 actor and movie images and 1,500 genres. The average person who contributes content contributes 43 items and spends more than 11 minutes on the Screened site.
Beyond Screened, the community across the other four Whiskey Media sites has started more than one million Quests that have produced more than 7,500 new product reviews and product description pages since launch. Quests have been shown to increase page views and time spent on the site by more than 53 percent, providing increased opportunities for brand marketers to interact with Whiskey's loyal communities.
"Whiskey Media is in a unique position to deliver engagement for brands given its community-based approach and ability to integrate campaigns into its sites, enhancing the user experience, not disrupting it," said Brian Monahan, SVP, global lead social media, Universal McCann.
About Whiskey Media
Co-founded in 2007 by CNET co-founder Shelby Bonnie, Whiskey Media builds media brands for the Internet generation who expect their media experience to be socialized and relevant to them personally. Its vertically-focused, branded community sites -- Anime Vice, Giant Bomb, Comic Vine, Tested and Screened -- harness the power of the crowd to create content in a social environment. With the traditional publishing model in decline, Whiskey Media is a leader in the next generation of social publishing. The company is based in Sausalito, CA.
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email@example.com, for Whiskey Media; or Melissa Durkin of Whiskey Media,
AT&T Foundation Grant of $400,000 Helps High School Success Program in Hampton
Some 300 Hampton Youth to Achieve High School Success and Workforce Readiness
HAMPTON, Va., May 20 -- AT&T* today joined Communities In Schools (CIS) of Virginia, CIS of Hampton and Hampton City Schools to kick off its partnership with CIS' Performance Learning Center® in Hampton. The AT&T Foundation - the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T - awarded a High School Success grant for $400,000 over four years to Communities In Schools of Virginia to help launch the new Performance Learning Center® (PLC) in Hampton and to open the second of three in Richmond. Students, educators, Governor Robert F. McDonnell and AT&T representatives will hold a kick-off event to announce the initiative on May 20, 9-10 a.m., at the PLC, 300 Butler Farm Road, Hampton.
Performance Learning Centers® are non-traditional learning environments attended by students who are not succeeding in traditional school settings and are at risk of dropping out. At these centers, Communities In Schools of Virginia and its local CIS affiliates partner with the local school division and community to work with students on individual development plans that outline their academic, career and personal goals. Each PLC student is paired with a trained mentor to help them meet these goals. In the first year at the PLC in Hampton, 77 youth were served; by year four the PLC expected to serve over 300 students. Students for the Performance Learning Centers® are identified by guidance counselors and teachers as being 1-2 years behind with little chance of catching up, but having a desire to obtain a high school diploma.
"A good education is the foundation that leads to future job opportunities for our youth," said Governor Bob McDonnell who joined the celebratory event. "I commend Communities In Schools of Virginia for its work with the Commonwealth's teachers, students, members of the community and companies like AT&T who invest in preparing the next generation of our workforce. CIS is an excellent example of a strong public/private partnership that is successful in helping our students succeed."
AT&T's competitive High School Success grants are part of the company's signature initiative, AT&T Aspire, which helps address high school success and workforce readiness.
"We're committed to working with the local community to give at-risk youth the resources they need to be successful in society and the job market," said J. Michael Schweder, President, AT&T Mid-Atlantic Region. "A lot of this work must be done with groups like Communities In Schools of Virginia and their affiliates who have the expertise to help kids graduate from high school."
"Last year, Virginia's CIS Performance Learning Centers added 101 graduates to the Commonwealth's roles, and nearly all of these students were slated to drop out," said Dr. Mark Emblidge, Founding Director of CIS of Virginia.
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in more than 3,200 schools, in the most challenged communities, in 27 states, and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.4 million young people and their families every year. Communities In Schools has become the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.
*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.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2009, nearly $155 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Sohu.com Announces Open Beta Testing for 'Zhong Hua Ying Xiong' by Changyou.com on May 20, 2010
BEIJING, May 20 -- Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU), China's leading online media, communications, search, online games and mobile value-added services group, today announced that its massively multi-player online role-playing game ("MMORPG") subsidiary, Changyou.com Limited ("Changyou") (NASDAQ:CYOU), will begin open-beta testing of Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, the Company's first 3D martial arts-themed massively multi-player online role-playing game ("MMORPG"), on May 20, 2010.
Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, a game developed by a leading online game developer in Taiwan, is based on a popular Hong Kong comic book of the same name. With advanced 3D graphics, cinematic cutscenes, and dynamic real-time fighting movements, online game players will have the opportunity to relive the heroic and epic struggles of Asian Americans in the 1930s.
Mr. Dewen Chen, Changyou's president and chief operating officer, commented, "As our first licensed 3D martial arts-themed MMORPG, this game advances our product diversification efforts. We believe the game's realistic visual effects and creative free-style fighting game-play will help Changyou draw new online game players who are looking for a unique gaming experience."
Changyou.com Limited's massively multi-player online role-playing games ("MMORPG") business began operations as a business unit within Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) in 2003. Changyou, a leading developer and operator of online games in China, was carved out as a separate, stand-alone company in December 2007, completed an initial public offering on April 7, 2009. Changyou currently operates five online games, including the in-house developed Tian Long Ba Bu, one of the most popular online games in China, and the licensed Blade Online, Blade Hero 2, Da Hua Shui Hu and Zhong Hua Ying Xiong. Changyou has a diversified pipeline of games with various graphic styles and themes, including the licensed Immortal Faith, Legend of the Ancient World, and the in-house developed Duke of Mount Deer, which received an award as one of China's most anticipated online games. Changyou's advanced technology platform includes advanced 2.5D and 3D graphics engines, a uniform game development platform, effective anti-cheating and anti-hacking technologies, proprietary cross-networking technology and advanced data protection technology. For more information about Changyou, please visit http://www.changyou.com/en/.
Sohu corporate services consist of brand advertising on its matrix of websites as well as paid listing and bid listing on its in-house developed search directory and engine. Sohu also offers wireless value-added services such as news, information, music, ringtone and picture content sent over mobile phones. Sohu's massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) subsidiary, Changyou.com (NASDAQ:CYOU), currently operates five online games, including Tian Long Ba Bu, Blade Online, Blade Hero 2, Da Hua Shui Hu and Zhong Hua Ying Xiong. Sohu.com, established by Dr. Charles Zhang, one of China's internet pioneers, is in its fourteenth year of operation.
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For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
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CONTACT: In China: Mr. James Deng, Senior Finance Director, Sohu.com Inc.
at +86-10-6272-6596 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Mr. Chen Yuan Yuan, Christensen at
+86-10-5971-2001 or ychen@ChristensenIR.com; In the United States: Mr. Jeff
Bloker, Christensen at +1-480-614-3003 or jbloker@ChristensenIR.com
Changyou.com Announces Open Beta Testing for 'Zhong Hua Ying Xiong' on May 20, 2010
BEIJING, May 20 -- Changyou.com Limited ("Changyou" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:CYOU), a leading online game developer and operator in China, today announced that it will begin open-beta testing of Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, the Company's first 3D martial arts-themed massively multi-player online role-playing game ("MMORPG"), on May 20, 2010.
Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, a game developed by a leading online game developer in Taiwan, is based on a popular Hong Kong comic book of the same name. With advanced 3D graphics, cinematic cutscenes, and dynamic real-time fighting movements, online game players will have the opportunity to relive the heroic and epic struggles of Asian Americans in the 1930s.
Mr. Dewen Chen, Changyou's president and chief operating officer, commented, "As our first licensed 3D martial arts-themed MMORPG, this game advances our product diversification efforts. We believe the game's realistic visual effects and creative free-style fighting game-play will help Changyou draw new online game players who are looking for a unique gaming experience."
Changyou.com Limited's massively multi-player online role-playing games ("MMORPG") business began operations as a business unit within Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU) in 2003. Changyou, a leading developer and operator of online games in China, was carved out as a separate, stand-alone company in December 2007, completed an initial public offering on April 7, 2009. Changyou currently operates five online games, including the in-house developed Tian Long Ba Bu, one of the most popular online games in China, and the licensed Blade Online, Blade Hero 2, Da Hua Shui Hu and Zhong Hua Ying Xiong. Changyou has a diversified pipeline of games with various graphic styles and themes, including the licensed Immortal Faith, Legend of the Ancient World, and the in-house developed Duke of Mount Deer, which received an award as one of China's most anticipated online games. Changyou's advanced technology platform includes advanced 2.5D and 3D graphics engines, a uniform game development platform, effective anti-cheating and anti-hacking technologies, proprietary cross-networking technology and advanced data protection technology. For more information about Changyou, please visit http://www.changyou.com/en/ .
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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the current global financial and credit markets crisis and its potential impact on the Chinese economy, the slower growth the Chinese economy experienced during the latter half of 2008 and in 2009, which could return at some point in the future, the uncertain regulatory landscape in the People's Republic of China, fluctuations in Changyou's quarterly operating results, Changyou's historical and possible future losses and limited operating history, and the Company's reliance on Tian Long Ba Bu as its major revenue source. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Changyou's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on February 26, 2010, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CONTACT: In China: Angie Chang, Investors Relations Manager,
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Gaussian 09 Software Ported to 64-bit Mac OS X Using PGI Compilers
Cross-platform development tools from The Portland Group speed migration of popular computational chemistry application
PORTLAND, Ore., May 20 -- The Portland Group®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced that Gaussian, Inc., an ongoing collaboration of scientists and academic research groups throughout the world, used PGI compilers to port a version of its flagship Gaussian 09 product to Intel processor-based Macintosh computers running 64-bit versions of Mac OS X.
PGI develops and markets high-performance C/C++ and Fortran compilers and development tools that are widely used by engineers and scientists, and are designed to extract maximum performance from the latest multi-core processors from Intel and AMD. PGI® Workstation compilers and tools enable building, debugging and profiling of 64-bit multi-core applications on the latest generation of Macs based on processors from Intel and running the Mac OS X operating system.
"A large percentage of academic and government HPC users rely on Macbooks as their mobile computing solution," said Douglas Miles, director, The Portland Group. "Now that Gaussian 09 is available on Mac OS X as well as on Linux- and Windows-based systems, these HPC developers can use and work on Gaussian 09 anywhere, any time using optimizing PGI Fortran and C/C++ compilers & tools. The potential jump in productivity for these users is huge."
Gaussian 09 is the latest in the Gaussian series of electronic structure programs. It is used by chemists, chemical engineers, biochemists, physicists and others for research in established and emerging areas of chemical interest. It can be used to study molecules and reactions under a wide range of conditions, including those that produce both stable species and compounds which are difficult or impossible to observe experimentally, such as short-lived intermediates and transition structures.
"Because of Gaussian's position as one of the preeminent electronic-structures software programs, over the years we have ported it to nearly every HPC platform using nearly every compiler and tool chain available," said Dr. Michael Frisch, president of Gaussian, Inc. "When we have a choice, we prefer PGI. We have found their dependability and performance to be consistently first rate."
PGI® compilers are recognized in the HPC community for delivering world-class performance across a wide spectrum of applications and benchmarks, and they are referenced regularly as the industry standard for performance and reliability. PGI compilers and tools are used widely in high-performance computing, the field of technical computing engaged in the modeling and simulation of complex processes, such as ocean modeling, weather forecasting, seismic analysis, bioinformatics and other areas.
The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, is the premier supplier of high-performance parallel Fortran, C, and C++ compilers and tools for workstations, servers, and clusters based on x64 processors from Intel and AMD, and GPUs accelerators from NVIDIA. Further information on The Portland Group products can be found at http://www.pgroup.com, by calling Sales at (503) 682-2806, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2009, the Company's net revenues were $8.51 billion. Further information on ST can be found at http://www.st.com.
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Innovative Suite of Interactive Educational Materials will Increase Affordability for Students
SAN DIEGO, May 20 -- Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services, announced today the launch of Constellation, an innovative suite of interactive educational materials that will increase both the educational quality and affordability of an education for online students at its Ashford University.
Constellation's highly engaging Web-based course materials include both text and multimedia assets that were developed in cooperation with subject matter experts from across the country, as well as Ashford University faculty. Andrew Clark, Bridgepoint Education's chief executive officer, announced the launch during an Investor Day Conference at the company's San Diego headquarters.
"Investing in learning platforms to drive high quality educational results and positive student outcomes is fundamental to Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University. Innovation has always been at the heart of those investments, ever since our faculty and content experts first began designing course materials that enhance adult learning online.
"We're especially excited about Constellation, which takes student access, and affordability of content, to a new level," said Clark. Noting that competitors had attempted portable, interactive approaches, Clark said, "While many institutions offer electronic books and incorporate some of their digital assets into the learning management system, very few if any provide extensive access to all materials - including textbooks. Constellation does, and also distinguishes itself on several fronts.
"For example, primary and supplemental reading materials have been sourced and are owned by Bridgepoint Education. This allows the institution to provide highly mobile content and allows students to access materials through a variety of devices. In addition, ownership also allows the institution to give students the freedom to use materials in any way they wish; they can download to multiple devices, print without restriction, and keep for future reference. Finally, materials are aligned with Ashford University outcomes and take into account students' prior knowledge and experiential base."
Given the close alignment of materials with Ashford University outcomes, a more relevant and comprehensive education experience is provided to students. Constellation also presents opportunities for tighter integration with Bridgepoint Education assessment tools, including Waypoint Outcomes' interactive assessment tools and surveys that develop rich data on student learning outcomes and help assure optimum online instruction for students. Waypoint Outcomes was acquired by Bridgepoint in 2009.
Constellation materials are displayed in a proprietary, browser-based reader developed and owned by Bridgepoint Education. The innovative Constellation Reader is included with the course materials and gives students an interactive web-based experience. It enables students to search and download multiple versions of the materials like PDF and ePub, and also creates highlights, notes and bookmarks. While full functionality is best enjoyed with the Constellation reader, students may also engage with the materials on a variety of devices, including web-enabled cell phones like the Blackberry and iPhone, as well as devices such as the Kindle and the new iPad.
Students are free to use their course materials in any way that works best for them. They can enjoy a full audio version of the materials, download materials to various devices, print them without restriction, keep them for future reference, or share the materials with colleagues.
A cornerstone of Constellation is student affordability. Constellation materials replace third-party textbooks, which have typically cost online students $150 per course. With Constellation, the cost is expected to be cut in half to approximately $75. Initially, Constellation will be provided in ten Ashford University general education courses and ultimately will include core courses in approximately 80 percent of degree programs over the next two to three years.
Constellation officially launched on April 29 and is currently available to new students who enroll in Ashford University's online programs. Both the Constellation Reader and proprietary content are owned by Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
"Constellation ties directly to our institution's mission to provide affordable, accessible and the highest quality learning platforms that enhance the student experience," said Clark. "Constellation is a strong addition to our robust, four-pillar student value proposition - affordability, access, transferability and heritage. As we move forward and Constellation expands to increasing numbers of students, we are continuing to demonstrate that innovation brings our students the very best educational value in the postsecondary sector."
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.ncahlc.org). For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit http://www.bridgepointeducation.com or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, without limitation, information relating to the following: the availability of Constellation for students at the Company's academic institutions; the Company's expectations regarding the value of Constellation to students at its academic institutions; the Company's expectations regarding the pricing and affordability of Constellation materials; and other similar matters that are not historical facts. Words such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.
Forward-looking statements should not be interpreted as a guarantee of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and management's good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to achieve the expected benefits from Constellation; unexpected delays in the availability of Constellation to students at the Company's academic institutions; unexpected increases in the pricing of Constellation and related course materials; and other factors discussed in Part II, Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on May 3, 2010, and in other reports the Company may file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that the Company will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
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Sword FircoSoft Widens its Presence in Germany's Market With WestLB AG Going Live
PARIS, May 20, 2010-- Sword FircoSoft, the leading global provider of watchlist
filtering solutions announced today that WestLB has selected Sword
FircoSoft's state-of-the-art watchlist filtering solution to fight money
laundering and terrorist financing.
WestLB AG, a European Commercial Bank and one of Germany's
leading financial services provider, opted for Sword FircoSoft's watchlist
filtering solution, Firco Filtering Suite, to filter their SWIFT
Firco Continuity, Firco Filtering Suite's module to filter
financial transactions, has been deployed within four weeks at WestLB, which
represented the first phase of the project. The bank is now equipped with
state-of-the-art filtering technology which allows them to filter their
SWIFT transactions in real-time against official sanctions lists like OFAC,
EU, UN, Bundesanzeiger Verlag (Germany) and others.
"We were looking for a highly efficient solution to filter our
in-coming and out-going SWIFT transactions. After narrowing our search to
four providers, the choice for Sword FircoSoft's solution was a logical step,
taking into account the breadth of functionality of Firco Filtering Suite,
its flexibility, its scalability and its short integration time. In addition,
the great involvement and dedication of Sword FircoSoft's team ensured a
successful and smooth deployment of the solution," says Hagen Schaumkell,
WestLB AG Director.
"We are glad to welcome WestLB AG to the ever expanding group
of satisfied Firco Filtering Suite users. The quick deployment of Firco
Continuity is yet another show case of the flexibility of Firco Continuity
and the team behind the product. It allows WestLB AG to detect illegal
transactions and remain compliant with the latest anti-money laundering and
counter-terrorist financing regulations," states Laurent Corbel, Sales
Director, Sword FircoSoft.
About WestLB AG
WestLB AG is a European Commercial bank with firm roots in
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's largest federal state. With total assets of
EUR242,3 billion as at December 31,2009, it is one of Germany's leading
financial services providers. It is the central institution for the savings
banks in North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg, and as an internationally
operating commercial bank it acts as their link to the global financial
markets. Working in close partnership with the savings banks, WestLB offers
the full range of products and services of a universal bank, focusing on
lending, structured finance, capital market, asset management, transaction
services and real estate finance. WestLB employs 4,971 staff (as of December
30, 2009). http://www.westlb.de
About Sword FircoSoft
Over 335 financial institutions in more than 55 countries
(representing over 650 sites) are already benefiting from the #1 watch list
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- Always first with the latest technology, department store John Lewis sold the first 3D TV in the UK
LONDON, May 20 -- The first happy customer was 28-year-old Matt Rajah, a business consultant from Bethnal Green, who was waiting outside the doors of John Lewis' flagship store on Oxford Street, "I have been waiting for this for a long time, there's lots of exciting 3D content on the way, and it's set to be the TV of the future. It's more money than a normal telly, but I love to buy the latest gadgets and be ahead of my friends."
John Lewis was first to market with this much-anticipated 3D television revolution. The new Samsung UE40C7000 3D TV, GBP1,799 will allow customers to experience 3D TV from the comfort of their own homes.
The first 40-inch TV is available from John Lewis' flagship store on Oxford Street, the largest electrical department in Europe, as well as Peter Jones and online - http://www.johnlewis.com/. The John Lewis Brent Cross, Bluewater, Kingston and Cribbs Causeway stores will also have the 3D TVs on display.
John Kempner, buyer for vision at John Lewis says, "3DTV is an incredibly exciting technology, and once again John Lewis is first to market. Manufacturers like to use us as their launch partner because our customers are always early adopters of new technology. We have put together a great value package with everything needed to enjoy 3DTV. It is worth remembering that even though 3DTV content is limited at the moment, this new breed of TV provides fantastic picture quality for regular 2D viewing, so a 3DTV is a great investment purchase."
At launch, John Lewis has the following products available to buy:
-- Samsung UE40C7000 3D TV, GBP1,799
-- Samsung 3D Blu-ray Player BDC6900 GBP349
-- X 2 Samsung Active Shutter 3D Glasses with 3D Blu-ray Monsters v
Aliens disc - GBP149
-- 3D Ready HDMI Cable - Version 1.4 - GBP49.95
If customers buy the Samsung UE40C7000 3D TV and Samsung 3D Blu-ray Player BDC6900 from John Lewis, they will receive, free of charge X2 Samsung Active Shutter 3D glasses with a 3D Blu-ray Monsters v Aliens disc, a combined worth of GBP149 -- this offer will run from the 22 April to 30 June.
Combining stylish design and performance, the new Samsung 3D TV will produce stunningly high quality pictures, whether you are watching 2D content or the latest blockbuster in 3D. Samsung's 3D TVs even have the ability to convert normal 2D content into a 3D effect. Later this year, Sky will be launching its 3D TV service allowing viewers to enjoy the best of Sky's 3D TV programming, including movies, arts, entertainment and sport.
In addition, film makers such as Dreamworks are installing 3D cameras into their studios, so viewers can look forward to a wide range of 3D film content available in their homes. An increasing number of games will also be available in 3D later in 2010.
As with all TVs sold at John Lewis, the new Samsung UE40C7000 3D TV comes with a FREE five-year guarantee.
For further information, please contact:
Jessica Groves - Sellers PR
DALLAS, May 19 -- Zimusoft, Inc. has created a product to build a bridge between Windows and the iPhone: DragonFireSDK.com (SDK: Software Development Kit). For the first time, Windows developers can fully code and debug iPhone Apps without ever leaving Windows.
Apple published an SDK for the iPhone, but it only runs on a Mac and it requires programmers to learn a variant of the C/C++ language called Objective-C. Of the 5 million programmers worldwide, over 80% work in Windows and do not know Objective-C. With DragonFireSDK, C/C++ programmers can develop for the iPhone using the Windows computer they already own and the language they already understand.
The DragonFireSDK product consists of a cross-platform Library and an iPhone Simulator. Windows programmers see an on-screen iPhone Simulator running their code. When the App is complete, an App Bundle is prepared that will run on the iPhone and is ready for submission to the Apple iPhone App Store. Games made in Windows with DragonFireSDK are already being shipped.
DragonFireSDK costs only $99.95. Many Windows programmers will pick it up and create a small game in a weekend. High schools and colleges are excited about filling "Introduction to Programming" classes that teach how to write a game for the iPhone. The Library of functions will allow programmers to easily create the kind of leisure games iPhone users enjoy while waiting for their coffee at Starbucks. Popular maze games like PacMan as well as side scroll games like Nintendo Mario Bros can be created using DragonFireSDK.
Clint Brock, Zimusoft's DragonFireSDK Product Champion said, "We understand that there are thousands of programmers who would enjoy entering the iPhone digital playground. We also know that they have day jobs programming in Windows and would prefer a solution that they can enjoy this weekend - not after weeks of learning Objective-C and spending thousands of dollars to buy a Mac."
Apple has been supportive of DragonFireSDK apps made in Windows. The bridge from Windows to iPhone simply enables more people to cross over. Apple rejected Adobe Flash because they failed to use one of the 3 approved languages for the iPhone: 1) Objective-C; 2) C; 3) C++. DragonFireSDK supports both C and C++. "Apple has been criticized for their restrictions, but they have not excluded us, nor have they excluded cross-platform tools such as OpenGL and OpenAudio. We love the iPhone and we are not only on the band wagon, we are behind it pushing!" [Dave Edwards, Zimusoft CEO]
The team at Zimusoft.com is comprised of specialists in creating mobile simulators, having previously created Windows Simulators of Nokia and Samsung phones. The company name, Zimusoft, is derived from the word Simulator. Edwards concluded, "We are thrilled to find such a great use for our mobile simulator technology. The interest in our Windows iPhone Simulator and software developer's kit far exceeds any previous mobile platform."
DragonFireSDK is Zimusoft's bridge between iPhone and Windows
iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple, Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft
Clint Brock, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN FRANCISCO, May 19 -- The Bay Citizen, a new non-profit news organization, on Wednesday announced its staff reporter and online editor line-ups as it prepares for its May 26 launch.
The Bay Citizen's reporting team will focus on regional enterprise news coverage on six core civic beats.
Zusha Elinson, previously with The Recorder legal newspaper in San Francisco, will cover land use and environmental issues.
Katharine Mieszkowski, a veteran of Salon.com and Fast Company, will cover health and science.
Gerry Shih, a Stanford graduate and former reporter for The New York Times, will cover education and social issues.
Elizabeth Lesly Stevens, a recent transplant to San Francisco and formerly an editor and writer at Business Week and Talk magazines, will cover business and finance.
Shoshana Walter, recent winner of a national Sigma Delta Chi award for non-deadline reporting for her work at The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., will cover crime.
The Bay Citizen is continuing to consider candidates for the politics and government beat.
"We're very excited about the reporting team we have assembled," said Steve Fainaru, managing editor for news. "We looked for people who had both the experience and the sensibility to be creative and highly productive beat reporters. We had many great candidates and we were able to make some terrific hires."
The Bay Citizen's editing team will include two online news editors. Annette Fuentes joins the organization from New American Media, where she had been managing editor. Her previous experience includes stints at the Daily News and Newsday in New York, and Columbia University. Zoe Corneli joins the team from KALW radio, where she was a producer and a key player in that organization's ambitious Web efforts.
"Annette and Zoe bring a breadth of skills to our operation," said Jeanne Carstensen, managing editor. "They'll be key players in our newsroom and we're thrilled to have them. "
As announced previously, The Bay Citizen has also hired Queena Kim as Community Editor, Reyhan Harmanci as culture editor/writer, Tasneem Raja as Web producer, and Marie McIntosh as editorial assistant. Two University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism students, Kate McLean and Richard Parks, are working as paid interns this summer.
"We sincerely appreciate the interest from the many applicants over the last few months. It's been great to see the team come together," said Jonathan Weber, editor in chief of The Bay Citizen. The Web site, http://www.baycitizen.org, launches on May 26.
About The Bay Citizen
The Bay Citizen is a non-profit, nonpartisan news organization with the mission of enhancing civic and community news coverage in the Bay Area, stimulating innovation in journalism, and fostering civic engagement. The organization plans to leverage broad collaborations and new digital technologies to provide Bay Area news that reflects the region's dynamic social and cultural diversity. The Bay Citizen is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.
Denver Software QA Company Reinvents Load and Performance Testing
DENVER, May 19 -- ProtoTest, Denver's quality assurance gurus, have just announced the launch of LoadLabs -- the first and only flat-rate load and performance testing solution (http://www.LoadLabs.com). LoadLabs represents a completely new way to think about load and performance testing.
"Now, website and online application developers have a real alternative to companies and consultants that don't offer upfront pricing. So far, that type of fixed-cost solution hasn't existed. We saw a huge opportunity to create an affordable solution, and we jumped on it," said Lawrence Nuanez, one of the developers of LoadLabs.
LoadLabs takes the hassle of load testing off your plate and helps deliver improved online app and website performance in the most cost-effective way possible. Other load test services offer price "estimates," which create a significant barrier to determining the cost-effectiveness of a test. With LoadLabs, that variable has been eliminated.
Tests are done in about a week, and reports provide both top-line and highly detailed information. Retests are also included, so you can make sure your sites and apps work the way they are supposed to before they go live.
"Having detailed results within a week without buying expensive software, and having additional staff at this price point, is simply amazing," said David Barclay, LoadLabs customer and Director of Technology at Medical Media Holdings.
Shreveport innovator continues to address the demands of business.
SHREVEPORT, La., May 19 -- Celebrating their 5th year of innovation, ArcMail Technology is marking this milestone by announcing a departure from how the category charges for email archiving and management solutions. For a 60-day market trial, ArcMail will provide their industry leading, award-winning appliance at no cost with a three year or five year, worry free archiving engagement. Also announced are price reductions for all ArcMail appliances.
"We listened to industry experts, current customers and other smart people looking to purchase a locally hosted email management solution. They told us that the industry hadn't gotten pricing quite right," shared Chief Executive Officer, Todd Gates. "So this isn't a matter of burying the appliance cost elsewhere in pricing, this is addressing the marketplace demand for lower implementation cost of on-site archiving solutions in exchange for longer, worry free relationships. The durability of our products and quality of our customer service puts us in a position to address that demand."
Unlike competitors who require the customer to purchase product support as a condition of owning their hardware, ArcMail chooses to reward customers who purchase extended product support with a cost free appliance. The otherwise modest CEO, W. Todd Gates shared, "ArcMail is routinely recognized by industry analysts and users alike as the industry leader in features, performance and customer support, innovating pricing was a natural next step." New five year options for hardware and software support are available and instant hardware replacement options now provide the customer with an immediate replacement for ArcMail products in the unlikely event your appliance is damaged or destroyed through no fault of your own.
ArcMail credits the reduced pricing and free appliance offering to increased efficiencies in the manufacturing process, improvements in its proprietary firmware, and a streamlined development process. ArcMail VP of Product Development Norman Graham adds, "Our solution is the best engineered in the industry. New efficiencies in our operations, development, and fabrication phases gave us the ability to pass additional savings to our customer." Major new features include a reengineered operating system and database structure enabling triple digit increases in indexing speeds and functionality enhancements such as Retention Policies, Litigation Holds, and new user interface. While the company is open to making this a permanent move, reaction from customers will ultimately determine that. For now, ArcMail remains open to feedback and will continue to address market needs with ongoing product development and innovations like these.
About ArcMail Technology ArcMail is a leading provider of simple, secure and cost-effective email archiving and management solutions. Honored with Network Products Guide Product Innovation Award, ArcMail helps companies and public sector organizations better utilize their email and satisfy regulatory requirements. With the rapid growth of email usage, the Shreveport, LA-based company addresses a need for simple, secure email archiving that is affordable for small businesses yet robust enough to handle demands of enterprise companies and government entities.
ArcMail's solution was developed to provide cost-effective email archiving that improves the user experience, reduces the load on IT resources and safely secures the business information contained in emails, all in an easy-to-use appliance. ArcMail is the email archiving solution for more than 1,000 organizations with anywhere from 5 to 50,000 mailboxes across a broad section of industries. ArcMail has also been recognized as a market leader by leading business analyst companies who report on email archiving appliance vendors. For more information, visit http://www.arcmail.com.
Source: ArcMail Technology
CONTACT: W. Todd Gates, CEO of ArcMail, +1-318-841-1151,
Calculated Industries Introduces New Construction Master Power for PCs and iPhones
CARSON CITY, Nev., May 19 -- The power and versatility of the award-winning Construction Master Pro construction-math calculator is now available on several new platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Windows-based PCs.
Steve Kennedy, president of Calculated Industries, said the company embarked on the iPhone project to satisfy customer requests for a construction-math calculator on the popular platform.
"Our customers love the Construction Master and they wanted the functionality on their iPhones," said Kennedy, "so we developed apps for the Construction Master Pro and Construction Master 5. We also just released a new Windows version of the Construction Master Pro and Pro Trig calculators. Our plan is to provide our customers with Construction Master power anywhere - on the jobsite, in client meetings or on their desktops. In the next few months we'll be releasing new apps for more calculators, including the Ultra Measure Master, ConcreteCalc Pro and Material Estimator. We're also developing apps for Google Android and Windows Phone 7 devices."
The iPhone apps are built with the same features and functions and the same core engine that powers the industry-standard advanced construction-math calculators from Calculated Industries. Users get two apps in one, since the Construction Master Pro for iPhone has all the functionality of the Construction Master Pro and includes an app of the Construction Master Pro Trig.
Construction Master Calculators for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
-- Get all of the functions of the Construction Master calculator
-- No learning curve -- just one powerful, easy-to-use app
-- Built-in help - just press and hold the desired key for full, clear
definitions, explanations and examples of keystrokes.
Construction Master Pro
-- Advanced Construction-Math Calculator
For more information or to purchase go to the Apple iTunes Store.
Construction Master 5
-- Construction-Math Calculator
For more information or to purchase go to the Apple iTunes Store.
Construction Master Software for Windows
-- Calculator image can be displayed in three sizes
-- CM Pro and CM Pro Trig are included
-- Easy to use electronic user guide
-- Expanded tape function lets you load, save, and print your
-- Export (copy and paste) your calculations to other Windows programs
-- Also available for Windows Mobile
Founded in 1978, Calculated Industries is the country's leading manufacturer of specialty calculators and measuring devices. CI has developed tools for construction, architecture, real estate and lending, education, engineering, interior and facilities design, payroll accounting, home projects, cooking and quilting.
Source: Calculated Industries
CONTACT: Mike Greenan, Public Relations of Calculated Industries,
Return to Far Far Away in Activision's Shrek Forever After Video Game Now on Store Shelves
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 19 -- Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) announced the availability of the Shrek Forever After(TM) video game, which is based on the highly anticipated Shrek® feature film from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ:DWA). Out on store shelves now, gamers can team up with friends in the ultimate Shrek game, working together to conquer that crafty Rumpelstiltskin.
"The Shrek Forever After video game offers fans an expanded look at the final chapter in one of the most beloved animated franchises of all time," said David Pokress, head of marketing for licensed properties, Activision Publishing, Inc. "The game offers a fun-filled social and collaborative experience which will allow families to come together again and again to share the excitement."
Players will take on the role of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey or Puss In Boots to out-smart, out-fight and out-play the devious Rumpelstiltskin and his army of bad guys. Gamers will team up by using their characters' unique skills and special abilities to progress through the game's fun and challenging puzzles. Throughout the adventure, gamers can use the Magic Mirror to travel between Shrek's normal world and his alternate reality for double the fun. Each world features secret areas that can be unlocked as players gain new moves and abilities keeping them coming back for more. The action reaches all new heights in the final showdown where the team goes head-to-head with Rumpelstiltskin to help Shrek save his friends and restore his world.
Shrek Forever After was developed for the console and Windows PC platforms by XPEC and for Nintendo DS by Griptonite.
The game is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and Nintendo DS for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and Windows PC for a suggested retail price of $19.99. The console and Windows PC versions have been rated "E10+" (Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Lyrics) and the handheld game has been rated "E" by the ESRB.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
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Solution enables high-resolution screens, unlimited touch, faster response, stylus support, and more accuracy for enhanced consumer experience with touch-enabled applications
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 19 -- Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced its maXTouch(TM) technology can enable advanced capacitive touch functionality for large format touchscreens. Rapidly becoming the favored touch technology solution for smartphones, Atmel's maXTouch solutions now support large touchscreens up to 15 inches for emerging products including touch-enabled tablets, smartbooks, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), Netbooks, PC notebooks, and a range of industrial applications.
With true unlimited touch functionality and stylus support, the maXTouch technology will enable exciting new applications and user interactions on one screen. The chip technology, combined with proprietary algorithms, will offer higher performance and faster response times to provide a better user experience. The larger screen solution is an enhancement of existing maXTouch products that provide best-in-class configurability to exceed today's user interface requirements. Advanced touchscreen functionality includes unlimited touches and rejection of unintended touches; stretch/pinch and rotate gestures; stylus support; handwriting and shape recognition, including face detection on mobile phones; grip suppression and palm rejection on MIDs and Netbook screens.
The lower power consumption of Atmel's maXTouch solutions enables longer battery life for portable devices to provide users more productivity and convenience. Based on the touch accuracy and linearity in maXTouch solutions, users can draw more accurately with a stylus or their fingers on touch-enabled tablets and other touch applications. These solutions come complete with a full suite of software drivers and advanced touch functionality for finger pinch to expand a screen, stylus support for character writing, and gesturing to turn pages for eBooks and multi-page applications.
"Touchscreen demand in personal computers will exceed 115 million screens by 2014, placing PCs as the fastest growing touch opportunity in today's market," said Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research at iSuppli Corporation. "Slate tablets will lead the charge and spur the already growing demand for touch-enabled Netbooks, notebooks, monitors, and all-in-one desktop computers. Consumer expectations for touch functionality will rapidly move past simple two-finger solutions to eight-finger and more, improved tactile feedback, and handwriting recognition. Powerful, multi-chip solutions will be a key part of this growth, allowing for the rapid expansion of functionality and form essential to this diverse market."
"Atmel is committed to the touch market segment. With the recent adoption of touchscreens for smartbooks, MIDs and Netbooks, consumers continue to demand a better touch experience," said Peter Jones, managing director and general manager for microcontroller and touch solutions, Atmel Corporation. "Atmel's maXTouch solutions will offer consumers a more unique user experience. The company will continue to bring more innovative solutions to market to enhance the user experience for touch applications."
Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.
Verizon Business Helps Oregon Agency Respond More Quickly to Callers Seeking Unemployment Benefits
Project Includes Contact Center Services and New IP System
SALEM, Ore., May 19 -- Verizon Business has implemented a new customer-contact solution at the Oregon Employment Department to help it respond more quickly and cost-effectively to the more than 100,000 calls it receives each month from residents seeking unemployment benefits.
In a nine-month project, Verizon Business contact center consultants worked closely with the department to ensure its transition from time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Internet protocol was delivered according to the department's requirements, on time and without interruption to customer care.
"With unemployment at around 10 percent, we've seen an increase in call volumes and the amount of time our callers were spending on hold," said Tom Byerley, unemployment insurance administrator for the Oregon Employment Department. "By replacing three systems that were reaching their end of life with a modern, centralized voice-over-IP solution implemented by Verizon, we've been able to improve our response rates while controlling our overall communications costs."
The new IP-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions include Cisco Unified Contact Center Enterprise, Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Cisco Unified Customer Voice Portal - and provide Interactive Voice Response capabilities with touch-tone commands to enable call transfers to the appropriate agent for handling. By transitioning to the new IP-based platform, the agency can quickly and easily increase the number of call center agents in an immediate response to a surge in calls.
"We have found that organizations adopting progressively more advanced unified communications and collaboration tools can transform business performance, and VoIP can be an important first step for an agency embarking on a UC&C strategy," said Bruce Rosen, vice president for sales for Verizon Business. "By deploying IP, we are helping the Oregon Employment Department modernize its operations while improving the customer experience for its constituents."
Verizon Business is a leader in providing government agencies of all sizes one-stop shopping for their communications and IT needs. The company has built the next-generation services -- including IT, security, communications, network and professional consulting services -- that are helping agencies make the most of their technology and transform the way government customers -- and their constituents -- do business.
About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at http://www.verizonbusiness.com.
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Hogan Collaborates With ThinkWise, Inc. to Launch Hogan ThinkBox, an Online Leadership Development Resource
TULSA, Okla., May 19 -- Hogan Assessment Systems, an international authority in personality assessment and leadership development, announces the release of Hogan ThinkBox. Developed in conjunction with learning solutions provider, ThinkWise, Inc., Hogan ThinkBox is an online learning resource that incorporates results from the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) and Hogan Development Survey (HDS) to provide just-in-time, powerful resources for today's busy employee.
Hogan ThinkBox offers a new, informal learning environment that gives organizations using the Hogan assessments resources to enhance learning and provide a hands-on personalized experience. Additionally, the tailored resource provides a cost-effective way to extend Hogan-based training, enabling HR managers to increase training efficiency and effectiveness by distilling expert advice and expertise into hundreds of engaging development resources.
"Many business leaders and HR managers are working under tight budget constraints with a big focus on developing managers and leaders," says Greg Barnett, Director of Domestic Consulting at Hogan Assessment Systems. "Hogan ThinkBox provides self-guided, customized coaching and development tools that help employees build on strengths, explore limitations, and maximize career potential."
All resources within Hogan ThinkBox are organized by competency, management topic, or Hogan scale and can be customized to any leadership framework. The development advice is realistic and actionable providing step-by-step guidance on both underuse and overuse of over 60 business and leadership competencies. With over 700 videos, eCoaching modules, articles and book resources, the content is a compilation of the most authoritative and relevant advice from consultants, professors and business leaders.
Hogan selected ThinkWise to develop the platform based on their ability to collapse advanced and expert knowledge around organizational effectiveness into simple, user-friendly solutions that can be made available to everyone regardless of organization size, location, or type.
"What sets Hogan ThinkBox apart is that it was developed to work in concert with individual HPI and HDS results - as well as with an organization's leadership competencies. We're particularly excited to be combining the ongoing learning power of ThinkBox with one of most recognized leadership and managerial assessments," says Marc Wenzel, VP of Sales for ThinkWise, Inc. "The highly advanced science of the Hogan assessments comes to life in this flexible, customizable learning-on-demand solution."
Founded in 1987, Hogan helps businesses succeed by offering the right solutions for hiring the right people, developing key talent, and evaluating leadership potential. Hogan Assessment Systems specializes in implementing selection systems to identify high potential candidates for targeted positions and leadership development tools to help emerging leaders realize their full potential. Hogan's assessments can be administered in multiple languages and are available on a state-of-the-art internet platform, giving customers accurate feedback within seconds of completion. Among Hogan's authoritative assessments are the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and Motives, Values, and Preferences Inventory (MVPI). For more information visit http://www.hoganassessments.com.
About ThinkWise, Inc.
ThinkWise is a leading developer of integrated talent management and development solutions, including ThinkBox, an innovative on-demand learning solution. The full ThinkWise solution is an integrated set of tools designed to be simple, user-friendly, and flexible - providing modules for making smarter hiring decisions, aligning strategies and goals, providing performance feedback, and developing leadership competencies. ThinkBox provides a vast library of resources including expert videos, avatar-guided eCoaching modules, interactive tips, articles, book summaries, and toolkits - all designed to be short and instantly applicable. ThinkWise, founded in 1999, is an eclectic mix of experts including psychologists, HR professionals, instructional designers, MBAs, experienced business executives, and developers who continue to re-shape the way organizations select, align, and develop their people. For more information about ThinkWise, visit http://www.ThinkWiseInc.com.
Source: Hogan Assessment Systems
CONTACT: Natalie Tracy, Director | Marketing & PR of Hogan Assessment
Systems, +1-918-749-0632, email@example.com
Newly Released QuickReader 2.0 Combines an iPhone eBook Reader With Proven Speed Reading Technology
QuickReader partners with Feedbooks.com to offer instant access to 6500+ free and indie published e-books directly from within the new version of the popular eBook reader
BEAVERTON, Ore., May 19 -- The top-selling speed reading application on the iPhone app store, QuickReader, has launched a new version that upgrades its market leading speed reading technology, offering a significantly enhanced eBook reader interface, and integrating with Facebook and Twitter.
With the release of the new version, QuickReader (http://www.quickreader.net/) is also announcing a partnership with Feedbooks, a pioneer in the standardization of eBook distribution. The deal gives QuickReader users instant access to 6500+ free public domain and self-published EPUB books directly from within the application.
"QuickReader 2.0 provides a unique reading experience on the iPhone and iPod Touch. We are glad that we can support this kind of diversity through our OPDS catalog and also help people improve their speed reading abilities through this unique eBook reader," said Hadrien Gardeur, Founder of Feedbooks (http://www.feedbooks.com/).
Improving your personal productivity through speed reading is an ability that can be learned over time. Using a specially developed reading guide, QuickReader teaches you how to double or even triple your reading speed in just 10 minutes per day right on your mobile phone. The speed of the reading guide can be adjusted from 100 to 4000 words per minute, fast enough for even Superman!
QuickReader is also a state of the art conventional eBook reader, which can be custom tailored to match a user's most demanding reading habits. The app comes packaged with a great set of 50 books to get started, and provides instant access to a library of thousands of downloadable titles, all from a one click interface. Users can also download books from other OPDS book catalogs, and very shortly will offer an exciting iPad version on the App Store.
The Broadcom® VideoCore® Mobile Multimedia Processor Enables Low Power, Hardware Accelerated WebM Playback on Mobile Devices
IRVINE, Calif., May 19 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that its VideoCore® mobile multimedia processor family now supports the recently open-sourced WebM video format. VideoCore's unique programmable hardware accelerator architecture enables high quality, low power playback of WebM video content at full resolution, supporting even the most advanced smart-feature and smartphone displays. With hardware accelerated mobile WebM support, consumers will be able to playback a broader spectrum of Internet video content on handsets at higher quality and lower power.
-- Audio and video encode/decode (codec) technologies continue to evolve
toward delivering higher quality sound and video resolution at lower
bandwidths. This evolution is particularly vital for supporting
multimedia applications on resource-constrained mobile devices and
networks. The WebM video format is one example of this evolution.
-- Broadcom expects WebM to become a popular video format that will be
deployed on a wide variety of consumer, mobile and computer devices
for downloading and streaming content over cellular networks.
-- More sophisticated codecs tend to require higher levels of processing,
especially as video resolution increases. On mobile devices, software
or DSP-based codecs suffer from increased power and resolution limits.
Hardware-based codecs can deliver higher resolution and lower power,
but generally require several years to appear in production handsets.
-- The VideoCore processor utilizes a hybrid architecture with
programmable hardware accelerators. This allows rapid support of new
audio or video codecs, enabling hardware-based codec performance
earlier to market, typically within 3 to 6 months of development
-- The WebM multimedia format is currently in development and expected to
be available to VideoCore customers in Q3 2010. Broadcom worked with
Google during the definition phase of the VP8 video codec included in
WebM, reviewing the architecture's suitability for mobile
-- The highly flexible architecture of the Broadcom® BCM2763 VideoCore IV
processor will enable it to support WebM video up to WVGA (800 x 640)
resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). This enables low power, full
resolution WebM video playback on the most sophisticated smartphone
displays. VideoCore-enabled smartphones are expected to provide up to
8 hours of WebM playback on the handset display or up to 14 hours of
playback on HDTVs connected via an integrated HDMI interface.
-- The Broadcom VideoCore processor family currently supports prior
generation Google video codecs VP6 and VP7 up to WVGA resolution at 30
-- The BCM2763 is Broadcom's next generation multimedia processor
designed in 40 nanometer (nm) CMOS process to deliver industry leading
performance and even higher integration, smaller footprint size and
lower power consumption than competing mobile multimedia
architectures. The BCM2763 features the most advanced mobile HD
camcorder and video playback up to 1080p resolution, up to 20
megapixel digital camera and photo image processing, and 1 gigapixel
2D/3D graphics rendering for a world-class mobile gaming experience.
Mike Jazayeri, Group Product Manager, Google:
"A key factor in the web's success is that its core technologies are open and freely implementable. Video is fundamental to the web experience, and developers and content publishers need an open video format option. We are excited Broadcom is joining a broad coalition of industry leaders supporting the WebM project to bring a new era of open innovation in web video."
Mark Casey, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Mobile Multimedia line of business:
"A high quality mobile multimedia experience will be an important component to the overall success of the WebM video format and we expect widespread adoption. We developed VideoCore specifically for enabling the rapid adoption of power and performance optimized multimedia codecs into mobile devices, which allows us to rapidly enable optimized WebM support to mobile consumers."
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Telestream Joins Major Industry Leaders to Offer Video Transcoding Support for WebM
Telestream announces free support for WebM web media format along with Google and other industry leaders; FlipFactory, Episode and Vantage video transcoding and workflow products to include WebM/VP8
NEVADA CITY, Calif., May 19 -- Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced broad support for the WebM project along with Google and other industry leaders. The new WebM open web media format, based on the VP8 open source video codec, will be available at no additional charge in all Telestream video encoding, transcoding and workflow products, including FlipFactory, Episode and recently announced Vantage.
"A key factor in the web's success is that its core technologies are open and freely implementable. Video is fundamental to the web experience, and developers and content publishers need an open video format option," said Mike Jazayeri, Group Product Manager at Google. "We are excited Telestream is joining a broad coalition of industry leaders supporting the WebM project to bring a new era of open innovation in web video."
WebM is a flexible format that provides high-quality video across resolutions and bitrates to support a variety of viewing devices. Computational efficiency enables smooth video playback on low-power devices such as netbooks and mobile phones. WebM is optimized for the web and network video delivery, providing fast video starting and seeking within videos. VP8 is based on 10+ years of innovation in video compression by On2 Technologies. Its predecessors have been installed over two billion times, making it proven technology. Google gained access to the VP8 video codec when it acquired On2 Technologies earlier this year.
"Telestream has extensive experience optimizing and deploying On2 technologies and is uniquely positioned to bring the new WebM format to the video consumer, enterprise, media and entertainment markets," said Barbara DeHart, VP of Marketing at Telestream. "We are excited to join Mozilla, Opera, Google, YouTube, and other software and hardware manufacturers in the WebM project."
Telestream provides the broadest and deepest video and audio transcoding format support on the market today for desktop to server, Mac and Windows systems. Telestream video compression products support more than 120 digital media formats and wrappers, including WMV9, H.264, VC-1, Flash 8, VP6, MPEG-2, and 3GPP. In addition, Telestream video transcoding and workflow products support direct integration with leading third-party systems, allowing users to create and distribute content to virtually any platform or viewing device.
Pricing and Availability
The WebM format, including the VP8 codec, is included free with all Telestream video transcoding and workflow products. WebM is available immediately in Telestream FlipFactory 7.0 software. It will be available in Telestream's new Vantage and Episode 6 software products when they are released later this quarter. More information is available at http://www.telestream.net/.
Telestream provides world-class live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions that allow consumers and businesses to transform video on the desktop and across the enterprise. Many of the world's most demanding media and entertainment companies such as CBS, BBC, CNN, FOX, CBC, Comcast, Direct TV, Time Warner, MTV, Discovery, and Lifetime, as well as a growing number of users in a broad range of business environments, rely on Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader audiences and generate more revenue from their media. These companies choose to work with Telestream as they know they will get a trusted and highly skilled technical partner.
Telestream products span the entire digital media lifecycle, including video capture and ingest; live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; playout, delivery, and live streaming; as well as management and automation of the entire workflow. The company also partners closely with the industry's leading digital media companies across the entire digital media lifecycle, from consumer to enterprise. Telestream corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City, California. The company is privately held. For more information on Telestream and its products, please visit http://www.telestream.net/.
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VeriSilicon Announces Support for WebM on ZSP Digital Signal Processor Cores and SoC Platforms
Major Industry Leaders announced WebM an open web media project supporting VP8 video codec. VeriSilicon Adds WebM including VP8 to Software Portfolio Available on ZSP Cores and SoC Platforms
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SHANGHAI, May 19 -- VeriSilicon today announced support for WebM including the VP8 video decoder on its licensable ZSP Digital Signal Processor Cores and SoC Platforms that will help its customers decode WebM content on ZSP based platforms. Optimized implementation of WebM on ZSP cores and SoC Platforms is now available for licensing from VeriSilicon.
VeriSilicon is a leading licensor of Digital Signal Processor cores and provider of custom silicon solution services. VeriSilicon's ZSP cores are widely used in various mobile and multimedia products throughout the world and are supported by a broad portfolio of optimized, field-proven software that are widely used in the voice, audio and video markets. ZSP cores and software have been successfully deployed in Digital TVs, Set-top Boxes, Mobile handsets, VoIP terminals, data modem cards, Blu-Ray DVD players, Home Theater Boxes and a range of other products that are all shipping in volume.
"With the surge in network connected devices, there is a lot of demand for high quality video content that is easily available on the web. We recognize WebM including VP8 as becoming widely adopted", said Wayne Dai, CEO of VeriSilicon. "Our licensable ZSP cores offer unique capabilities to efficiently support multiple audio, video and voice formats thus creating popular award winning SoC products. By proactively porting and optimizing standards like WebM on our ZSP cores and SoC Platforms, we ensure faster time to market and quality products for our customers."
"A key factor in the web's success is that its core technologies are open and freely implementable. Video is fundamental to the web experience, and developers and content publishers need an open video format option," said Mike Jazayeri, Group Product Manager at Google. "We are excited VeriSilicon is joining a broad coalition of industry leaders supporting the WebM project to bring a new era of open innovation in web video."
Optimized implementation of WebM software on ZSP cores is available for licensing from VeriSilicon. The deliverables include certified WebM including VP8 library packages with API documentation and example test harness to help with integration. In addition VeriSilicon also offers Design and Turnkey services to help customers develop quality products in record time.
Founded in 2003, VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. ("VeriSilicon") is a fast growing IC (integrated circuit) design foundry providing custom solutions and SoC (System-on-A-chip) turnkey services. With four R&D centers in China (Shanghai & Beijing) and US (Santa Clara & Dallas), VeriSilicon's technology solutions combine licensable digital signal processing (ZSP(R)) cores, eDRAM, value-added mixed signal IP portfolio and other star IP into a SoC platform that extends below 65nm process technology. These platforms benefit a wide range of consumer electronics devices such as STB (set top box) and Home Gateway, MID (mobile internet device) and Cellular Phone, HDTV and Blu-ray DVD Player. VeriSilicon's design and manufacturing service provides differentiation based on specific customer requirement that ranges from initial SoC specification and application software, RTL and backend design implementation through silicon samples and volume production, utilizing multiple foundry partners, assembly and test companies in Asia and US. Having sales and customer support offices in Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan), North America (US) and Europe (France) enables VeriSilicon deliver its platforms and services to worldwide customers and at the same time support them locally. VeriSilicon's global customer base of market leading multinationals and fabless start-up companies benefit from shorter development cycles, reduced cost of ownership, and economies of scale. For more information, please visit http://www.verisilicon.com/ .
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