ImageSoft Hosts Government Summit to Foster Lean Government Practices
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 18 -- Overburdened government agencies face a multitude of daily roadblocks to serving their constituents. Dwindling budgets, reduced staffing and complex regulatory compliance guidelines have only compounded the obstacles.
ImageSoft, Inc., of Southfield, will unite key stakeholders from the public and private sector next month in Lansing, Mich., to discuss strategies for improving government processes, with the end goal of increasing efficiency, reducing costs and delivering greater value to constituents.
More than 100 participants from a variety of city, county and state agencies, including family services, the courts, prosecutor's office, clerk's office, IT, law enforcement and other departments, have registered for the ImageSoft Government Summit to be held June 10 at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development.
ImageSoft, which provides technology to automate, streamline and improve workplace processes, has assembled a host of speakers to discuss how government can gain efficiencies, increase productivity and cut costs by adapting lean processes and utilizing enterprise content management (ECM) technology and workflow.
"Our hope is that participants will leave the Summit with strategies and tactics that they will find worthwhile and applicable in their organizations and with a better understanding of the value of ECM across the government enterprise," said Scott Bade, ImageSoft President.
The Summit will introduce the Lean disciplines--so common to reducing costs in manufacturing--to government. Participants will hear from experts who teach lean principals and from providers of technology that helps foster lean processes. They will also hear from government agencies that have benefited from the tools.
Featured speakers will include Oakland County CIO/Deputy County Executive Phil Bertolini, a vocal advocate for enterprise solutions in government, cross-boundary resource sharing and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. Bryan Beach, lean program manager at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, will provide the keynote address on Improving Government Using Transactional Lean.
Bade will present a session on creating a paper-on-demand court. In conjunction with the Summit, ImageSoft has also published a white paper on The Paper-On-Demand Court; ECM in the Courts, which will be distributed to summit participants.
"Paper-on-demand is a way of thinking," said Bade. "It is a discipline that when made pervasive throughout the court enterprise, dramatic cost savings follow. ECM systems provide significant, paradigm-shifting value to courts of all types. In fact, the savings to a court are greater than any other single technology initiative."
The day-long Summit will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4:45 p.m. Admission is free to government employees, $125 for all others and includes continental breakfast and lunch. For details, or to register for the ImageSoft Government Summit, visit http://www.imagesoftinc.com
About ImageSoft, Inc.
ImageSoft was founded in 1996 and today serves customers throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Its markets include insurance companies, government, the courts, healthcare and educational institutions, and manufacturers. An award-winning company, ImageSoft has twice been named one of the Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies by Inc. Magazine and is repeatedly selected as one of Michigan's Economic Bright Spots and as one of Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Additionally, in 2008 the Edward Lowe Foundation cited ImageSoft as a Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. For more information visit http://www.imagesoftinc.com
Play the Currys Penalty Shoot-out Game and Score a 46'' Samsung TV
LONDON, May 18, 2010-- With less than a month until South Africa 2010 kicks off, Currys has
unveiled its brand new promotional penalty shoot-out game ( http://www.cashforgoals.co.uk/game/). The online challenge gives hardcore
fans and armchair supporters alike the opportunity to win a WAG-pleasing
Samsung 46'' 3D TV.
The Currys Penalty Shoot Out (http://www.cashforgoals.co.uk/game/) will
help one lucky fan to exorcise memories of Stuart Pearce in 1990 and Gareth
Southgate in 1996 with the ultra slim 46'' TV. Only slightly shorter than
Shaun Wright-Philips, the 200hz Motion Plus Samsung 46C8000 even comes with a
pair of 3D glasses, allowing you to attend the game without leaving your
No login is required: players simply go to http://www.cashforgoals.co.uk/game/ to pit their wits against a rather agile
goalkeeper and enter the prize draw. There is also the option to upload your
photo and combine it with a selection of classic football haircuts as you
challenge your mates and try to score 5 out of 5.
The winner of the penalty shoot-out game ( http://www.cashforgoals.co.uk/game/) will be drawn on 12th June 2010 - the
day of England's opening game against the USA. That means that come 11th July
the lucky entrant could well be settling down to watch the 2010 World Cup
final on their shiny new 46'' Samsung TV.
The online football game is part of Currys' Cash For Goals campaign,
which pledges to match every goal England scores in the World Cup with GBP10
cash for every fan who buys any TV for GBP599 or more at Currys during the
build up. And with a qualifying group featuring Algeria, USA and Slovenia,
Wayne Rooney, Steve Gerrard and co will surely fancy their chances of
reimbursing the wallets of optimistic supporters.
Enter the Currys Penalty Shoot-Out today for your opportunity to enjoy a
perfect summer of goals, tackles and - hopefully - intact English metatarsals
in glorious 46'', 3D technicolour. Go to http://www.cashforgoals.co.uk/game/
for more information.
Contact: Keith Chamarette - Tel: +44(0)20-8744-4343
Contact: Keith Chamarette - Tel: +44(0)20-8744-4343
CTProComply A Best-of-Both-Worlds Solution to Regulatory Compliance Needs for Small- and Mid-Sized Businesses
Combined Corporate Compliance and Registered Agent Tool from CT Corporation Simplifies Business Requirement Practices
NEW YORK, May 18 -- When it comes to automating their corporate regulatory compliance, licensing and business formation processes, small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have been caught in the netherworld between entrepreneur-focused Web sites and full-scale, enterprise-class software packages aimed at larger corporations. With today's introduction of CTProComply, SMB decision-makers now have a tailored solution that gives them the ease of use of a Web-based solution with the breadth of functionality to handle the evolving needs of their growing business.
Created by CT Corporation, part of CT, a Wolters Kluwer business, and the leading provider of registered agent services, CTProComply is an online service, giving customers the ability to easily control all aspects of content and the processes involved in the documentation of and scheduling of business filings in one simple, collaborative work environment.
With the annual cost of complying with federal regulations totaling $1.1 trillion, small companies pay a disproportionate percentage - almost 45 percent more per employee in annual regulatory compliance costs than larger companies, according to the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Before CTProComply, SMB decision-makers had two basic options: They could use existing online tools that cater to entrepreneurs or invest in a robust solution aimed at large enterprises. When a business has outgrown the startup stage or has emerged into a steady growth mid-sized company, but does not yet require the complexity of a solution for a large enterprise, they can now turn to CTProComply. This online compliance solution is specifically built for the SMB market, providing consolidated tracking, filing and maintenance services designed to help these businesses remain in good standing with multiple regulatory agencies and avoid fines associated with lapses in compliance.
"Our goal with CTProComply is to give smaller businesses the same peace of mind that large corporations have found in working with CT Corporation for over a century," said Diane Brown, executive vice president and general manager of CT Corporation. "Customers can reduce the time spent managing their company's compliance, gain confidence that their business is in full compliance with regulatory obligations, get affordable statutory representation without bargaining and potentially save money by minimizing the fines that previously resulted from missed compliance deadlines."
About CT Corporation
CT Corporation is the highest quality provider of corporate compliance and productivity solutions. Its offerings enable corporations and law firms to manage statutory representation for all their entities, complete corporate and secured transactions, and maintain compliance as required by state and federal law. For more information, visit the CTProComply Web site or follow @CTCorporation on Twitter.
CT, a Wolters Kluwer business, delivers the people, products and processes to drive transparency, ensure accountability and provide organized, accurate and actionable information for legal, financial and insurance professionals. CT's products and services - and CT Corporation, CT Corsearch, CT Lien Solutions, CT Summation and CT TyMetrix - empower organizations to make better business decisions and be more efficient in today's highly transparent business environment.
About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer's leading, information-enabled tools and solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.
Wolters Kluwer has 2009 annual revenues of euro 3.4 billion ($4.8 billion/3.0 billion pounds Sterling), employs approximately 19,300 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.
Visit our website, YouTube or follow @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter for more information about our customers, market positions, brands, and organization.
Source: CT Corporation
CONTACT: Stacy Nobles, CT, a Wolters Kluwer business, +1-212-590-9058,
Stacy.email@example.com; or Ashleigh Egan, Articulate Communications
Inc., +1-212-255-0080, ext. 12, firstname.lastname@example.org
AT&T Hosts Industry Analyst Conference at Its Global Network Operations Center, Announces new Strategic Services and Solutions
'Companies of All Sizes are Transforming Their Businesses,' with IP Networks, Cloud and Mobility Services, says AT&T Business Solutions President and CEO
DALLAS, May 18 -- Companies of all sizes are accelerating their use of IP networks, cloud and mobility services to help them rethink and transform the way they govern and conduct their business, Ron Spears, AT&T Business Solutions (ABS) President and CEO said today.
Addressing more than 70 global industry analysts during a two-day conference hosted at AT&T's* world-renowned Network Operations Center in Bedminster, N.J., Spears said that over the past 12 months, AT&T has installed hundreds of managed Telepresence rooms for companies globally, migrated two-thirds of its large business customers to IP-based networks, doubled its unified communications business, and increased its sales of network-based firewalls by 46 percent.
The company also announced on Monday it is creating a new business within ABS to accelerate the delivery of advanced mobile enterprise applications and solutions to businesses and organizations of all sizes, both nationally and globally.
AT&T Business Solutions is managing nearly 4 million more mobile subscribers compared to a year ago. Today, more than half of AT&T's corporate mobile subscribers are using integrated devices, and 1 out of every 2 new AT&T business subscribers activate on a smartphone.
Integrated device sales, in turn, are fueling the expansion of mobile applications used by companies across an array of industries in the retail, finance, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing sectors. Moreover the number of enterprises deploying AT&T mobile applications has more than doubled to over 2,500 companies in various sectors.
"In spite of a pressured economy - or in some instances, because of it - companies large and small are transforming their businesses by adopting network-based and mobility services and solutions that are dramatically increasing their efficiency and productivity," said Spears.
At the same time, "companies are rapidly deploying devices, services and solutions to seize the revenue opportunity made possible by their end-users' desire to do business and conduct transactions anytime, anywhere, to any device," Spears added. As a result, "businesses everywhere are dramatically rethinking and re-engineering their business models. We're seeing this in virtually every industry that we serve."
These and other customer trends contributed to the nearly 15 percent YOY increase in business-related strategic services revenues reported by AT&T in the first quarter of 2010. Strategic services include AT&T's most advanced solutions -- Ethernet, VPNs, hosting, IP conferencing and applications services. VPN revenues alone in the first quarter increased more than 16 percent. Earlier this year, AT&T said that it plans to invest approximately $1 billion in 2010 to help scale the delivery of applications, mobility and cloud services for global companies, to expand small business services within the United States and to continue extending its network globally.
Delivering on this plan, at today's conference AT&T said that it is:
-- Expanding its AT&T Telepresence Solution global footprint to a total
of 75 countries, which represents a doubling of the number of
countries served. More than 100 companies and organizations worldwide
now have access to the AT&T Business Exchange and can connect to one
another via more than 1,100 Telepresence endpoints worldwide.
Additionally, AT&T Telepresence Solution customer Marriott
International Inc. today announced that its GoThere Virtual Meetings
public telepresence rooms are available at the New York Marriott East
Side Hotel, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, the JW Marriott San
Francisco Union Square, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, and
the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott.
-- Extending its A-List feature to enterprise mobility customers of all
sizes, which provides corporate mobility users unlimited mobile
calling to and from up to 10 "VIP" domestic phone numbers from any
-- Helping qualified global enterprise customers simplify their mobile
environment with custom mobile management services. AT&T Global Mobile
Management Services will support a customer's mobile service
management needs through multi-carrier management, standardized
operations and consolidated reporting.
-- Launching a new network-based security solution - AT&T Secure E-mail
Gateway Service - that provides e-mail security and message management
by ensuring the integrity of a message before it enters an
organization's network, and helping to monitor and act on all outbound
email containing content that violates data loss prevention policies.
AT&T also highlighted two significant customer wins announced today.
-- A three-year, $90 million deal with Shell to provide an
enterprise-wide unified communications service (UC) to support Shell's
150,000 users in more than 90 countries. The solution is the largest
UC technology deployment to date by AT&T for a single business
customer. The UC services are part of the overall estimated $1.6
billion multiyear strategic sourcing agreement signed in 2008, when
Shell selected AT&T to manage a significant part of its IT
infrastructure and telecoms services.
-- Blizzard Entertainment has awarded AT&T a multimillion dollar deal to
serve as a hosting provider for the company in North America and to
supply hosting and content distribution services, as well as voice and
data services for its global call centers.
In addition, executives from two customer companies - Coca Cola Enterprises and Interceptor - are on hand today to highlight solutions developed with AT&T:
-- Interceptor CEO John Ruocco talked about the application developed by
his company to help reduce drunk driving. The company recently
introduced the Interceptor - M1, a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock
Device (BAIID) that measures Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in
drivers and uses AT&T's wireless network for real-time transfer of
recorded data, including user photos and current GPS location, to
-- AT&T provided Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) with components for a mobile
merchandising platform. Arming 11,000 U.S. merchandisers with
smartphones, this new wireless solution directs CCE merchandisers to
the right stores to merchandise the right product. The real time
connection enables instant information exchange for the merchandisers
with CCE's back office systems. CCE also deployed nine Telepresence
sites around the world to enrich Executive Communications. These sites
proved especially useful when the Iceland volcano eruption shut down
air travel last month, allowing CCE to continue preparations for its
Board of Directors meeting via Telepresence.
Over the next two days, AT&T will be offering industry analysts multiple presentations that provide a detailed view of the mobility services and applications, global networking, cloud computing and managed services and service bundles that the company today offers to its more than 3 million business customers. In addition, AT&T Labs technologists will share insights into how AT&T is driving the next wave of innovation in business services.
AT&T Business Solutions serves every Fortune 1000 company and has operations across 6 continents worldwide. In addition, the company is now serving the majority of companies who comprise the leading European exchange indices (FTSE - 52%; DAX - 83% and CAC 40 - 86%). ABS serves customers ranging from the largest and multinational companies to small businesses operating in multiple cities across the United States.
AT&T's worldwide sales force of nearly 7,500 highly trained professionals is complemented by more than 13,000 network integration professionals, who today are helping companies design and deploy networks and applications, delivered and supported by AT&T's global IP network, one of the world's most advanced and powerful global backbone networks in the world.
The company is delivering solutions to companies in more than a dozen sectors, including healthcare, education and government. In addition, AT&T's strategic relationship with IBM is among the largest and most successful in the industry - to date, the relationship has delivered more than $1 billion in revenue to AT&T.
AT&T's network provides MPLS-based services to 182 countries over 3,800 service nodes. Its 38 Internet Data Centers (IDCs) connect to the AT&T network in key locations around the world, and deliver and support a wide and growing range of advanced services globally.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV(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.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
Online targeting firm extends Ipreo's investor targeting and analytics offering
NEW YORK, May 18 -- Ipreo, premier global provider of market intelligence and productivity solutions to corporations and investment banks, announced that it has acquired BuysideIQ, a leading provider of online investor targeting solutions.
The addition of BuysideIQ will serve as a complement to Ipreo's analyst-based Premium Analytics service that clients utilize today. The Premium Analytics service will continue as a core offering, leveraging the expertise and the consultative structure of Ipreo's analytics team. The BuysideIQ acquisition will add an online targeting product - known for its ease of use, speed, and accuracy - to Ipreo's suite of investor relations services.
Bill Sherman, EVP and Managing Director of Global Data Strategy and Analytics at Ipreo said, "This acquisition is consistent with the Ipreo approach of offering corporate issuers a choice of products that best fit their development stage and investor relations goals. We're very pleased to be able to complement our hands-on targeting services with an online offering of BuysideIQ's quality & reputation."
Brendan Fitzpatrick, Founder and President of BuysideIQ, joins the Ipreo team as Head of Online Targeting, bringing close to 15 years of investor relations experience with a focus on investor targeting and product development to the firm.
"The experience of Ipreo's management team and the firm's reputation for high quality service are unmatched in the industry," said Fitzpatrick. "I'm delighted to be able to combine the BuysideIQ solution with Ipreo's high-caliber analyst-based targeting services."
Over the next several months the firm will be further integrating BuysideIQ into Ipreo's BD suite of products, to allow clients the maximum benefit of Ipreo's industry-leading Bigdough institutional database, while retaining the user experience of the online product.
Ipreo is a premier global provider of high quality data, market intelligence, and productivity solutions to investment banking and corporate clients. With decades of experience serving the capital markets, and a reputation for superior customer service, Ipreo is both a dynamic innovator and a trusted resource. Ipreo has more than 500 employees and operations throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Ipreo is majority-owned by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson (http://www.vss.com). For more information, please go to http://www.ipreo.com.
CONTACT: Kate McKay, Ipreo, +1-212-849-5060, email@example.com
Panasonic and Skype Go Live With Voice and Video Calling on 2010 VIERA CAST-Enabled HDTV Models
Panasonic's Skype-enabled Communication Camera Now Available at Retail
SECAUCUS, N.J., May 18 -- Panasonic, a worldwide leader in High Definition technology and built-in TV web entertainment, and Skype, today announced the activation of Skype(TM) on your VIERA® on 2010 Panasonic VIERA CAST(TM) enabled HDTVs as well as the availability of Panasonic's Skype-enabled communication camera (TY-CC10W). The collaboration with Skype, a leading provider of Internet communications software, was announced in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
The addition of Skype to Panasonic's VIERA CAST IPTV(1) offerings allows owners of 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTVs (VT25, VT20, G25, and G20 Series) to make voice and video calls to family and friends(2) from the their living rooms directly through their Panasonic VIERA HDTV using Panasonic's Skype-enabled camera(3) (TY-CC10W) which is sold separately (SRP $169.95).
"Adding Skype to Panasonic's VIERA CAST IPTV offerings takes the role of the television to whole new level for consumers," said Henry Hauser, Vice President, Panasonic Display Group. "Panasonic's VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs have truly become the hub of communication and connectivity in the consumer household enabling users to talk live via video to their family and friends right from the comfort of their couch."
"Panasonic prides itself on listening to our customers and when talking to them about enhancements to our VIERA CAST offerings, Skype was prominently mentioned," said Hauser. "Panasonic is extremely pleased to work with Skype to deliver this unique, high-value feature to VIERA owners."
"A family can now simply turn on their TV set, gather together on the couch, and talk to loved ones face-to-face. It's easy to use and is now available for the masses thanks to a strategic collaboration between Skype and Panasonic," said Jonathan Christensen, general manager of Skype Platform. "Launching TVs that are Skype-enabled with Panasonic is a big milestone for us, and part of our strategy to deliver Skype beyond desktop and laptop computers."
The launch of Skype on your VIERA on 2010 Panasonic VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs will also be supported as part of Panasonic's new VIERA HDTV advertising campaign. The Skype on your VIERA television ad is expected to air beginning in early June on local Network TV, national Cable TV and DirecTV. For a sneak peek at the ad, please visit http://www.youtube.com/panasonicusvideos.
Skype on your VIERA® delivers many familiar Skype features including:
-- Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls
-- Calls to landline or mobile phone at Skype's low rates
-- The option to receive inbound calls via a user's online Skype number
-- Skype voicemail (set-up required)
-- Being invited to participate in voice conference calls with up to 24
With more than 560 million registered users, Skype is well known for providing free voice and video calling for people on Skype around the world. Calling on Skype now accounts for 12 percent of the world's international calling minutes according to TeleGeography.
Skype on your VIERA, in addition to providing a larger screen, gives the user the benefit of high definition video at up to 1280x720 resolution at a maximum frame rate of 22 fps. Skype on your VIERA also features VIERA CAST's easy-to-use GUI that is operable from the TV's remote.
The Panasonic TY-CC10W Skype-enabled camera is the only camera that enables access to Skype on your VIERA video calling features. The camera features four unidirectional microphones, echo canceling system, and audio processing for collecting voices in the living room environment. The camera also features beam-forming technology to record clear audio over typical TV viewing distances of 3-4 meters. The TY-CC10W delivers a wide viewing angle, making it possible for more people to take advantage of the Skype application. The camera plugs in to VIERA CAST-enabled 2010 Panasonic VIERA HDTVs via a USB port. To further increase the versatility of the camera it can either be placed in the center on top of the VIERA HDTV or the camera's stand can be used to place it on a table or wherever the user would like to place the device.
VIERA CAST, Panasonic's proprietary IPTV functionality, enhanced the user experience for 2010 by adding USB connectivity, allowing for the addition of a wireless LAN adaptor, keyboard and USB memory. With the continuation of such favorite entertainment sites as Amazon Video-on-Demand(TM), YouTube(TM), Google's Picasa(TM) Web Album, Bloomberg and a weather service, VIERA CAST for 2010, in addition to the inclusion of Skype on your VIERA service, provides the consumer with access to such targeted sites as Netflix(TM), Pandora, Twitter and Fox Sports. VIERA CAST requires no external box or PC. VIERA CAST is accessed via a single button on the television remote control and there is no fee to use the VIERA CAST functionality (some VIERA CAST services such as VOD have a separate fee structure).
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic products is available at http://www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. Download Skype to your computer or mobile phone at skype.com.
(1) Access to a broadband Internet connection is required. Panasonic's TV webcam (TY-CC10) is required for Skype video functionality and sold separately.
(2) Skype is not a replacement for traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling. Skype, associated trademarks and logos and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.
(3) Only Panasonic's proprietary Skype-enabled communication camera (TY-CC10W) can be used to access Skype on your VIERA video calling features.
CONTACT: Chris De Maria, Panasonic, +1-201-348-7182,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Brianna Reynaud, Skype,
+1-408-376-4927, email@example.com; or Blayne Murphy, Cohn & Wolfe for
Panasonic, +1-212-798-9763, firstname.lastname@example.org
LockerShelf(TM) Launches 'Look at My Locker' Facebook Contest
Submit a Photo or Video of Your Cluttered, Outrageous or Creatively Decorated Locker for a Chance to Win an Apple® iPad and iTouch
KENDALL PARK, N.J., May 18 -- LockerShelf(TM) (http://www.lockershelfco.com), the first customizable locker system designed to fit single and double-tier lockers like built-in shelving, launches a fun "Look at My Locker" Facebook contest.
The company is inviting students of all ages and grade-levels to enter the LockerShelf "Look at My Locker" Facebook contest by submitting a photo or video of their messy, wacky, theme-oriented or creatively decorated locker for a chance to win the Grand Prize: an Apple iPad. The runner-up will receive an Apple iTouch and 10 remaining finalists will receive a LockerShelf. The contest will remain open until June 18, 2010.
The LockerShelf "Look at My Locker" Facebook contest Grand Prize winner and runner-up winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: photo/video creativity and popularity (number of comments / page views). Winners will be announced by end of June, 2010.
"We really wanted to show the world how ineffective current lockers are due to their lack of customizable shelving, which is why we decided to launch this online contest," said Tom Moritz, Creator and CEO of LockerShelf. "And, what better way to reach kids and parents than Facebook."
LockerShelf is available in six sizes (7.5, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24-inches) and can be adjusted to fit any locker width and configurations. Manufactured out of recycled, high-strength hollow-core PVC, LockerShelf has a patent-pending design that provides a durable and cost-effective solution for schools, recreation facilities, military and law enforcement agencies.
The LockerShelf comes in two models; a single shelf 14-inch tall model and a double shelf 26-inch tall model. Both models are available in all the standard locker widths of 7.5, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24-inches. Pricing starts at $14.99 for the single shelf and $19.99 for the double shelf. The LockerShelf can be installed in five different configurations. To view configurations, visit http://www.lockershelfco.com/product-info.
Designed by Tom Moritz, LockerShelf is a durable and cost-effective locker shelf solution for schools, recreation facilities, military and law enforcement agencies.
For more information about LockerShelf, visit http://www.lockershelfco.com . To contact LockerShelf, email email@example.com or call 732.960.1631 or toll free at 877.233.9034.
CONTACT: Candace Vadnais of LockerShelf, +1-973-229-9426,
RSA Offers Advanced Solutions to Help Combat Man-in-the-Browser Attacks
EMC's Security Division Provides Organizations with Layered Online Defense Technologies Engineered to Authenticate Users, Monitor Transactions, Shut Down Attacks, and Mitigate Impact of Malware Attacks
BEDFORD, Mass., May 18 -- RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE:EMC) today announced RSA® Man-in-the-Browser Solutions, a portfolio of anti-fraud services designed to give businesses and their customers defense against one of the most sophisticated means of theft of online information, identities and financial assets. With these additional layers of defense from RSA, organizations can better fight against the sharp rise in Man-in-the-Browser (MITB) attacks that lead to Trojan and malware infection within enterprises and personal computing environments.
Leveraging the technologies and services of the RSA® Identity Protection and Verification Suite, the RSA Man-in-the-Browser solution includes newly enhanced transaction monitoring as well as risk-based authentication; Trojan detection and attack shut down; and intelligence to identify malware-infected enterprise environments.
"Today cybercriminals are able to leverage online banking sessions in real time, concurrent with the victim," said Robert Vamosi, Security, Risk & Fraud Analyst for Javelin Strategy & Research. "No stand-alone authentication or other security tool is enough to defend against the more sophisticated Man-in-the-Browser attacks."
"Online criminals are continually evolving their tools and tactics to work around defenses established by even the most security-conscious organizations," said Christopher Young, Senior Vice President of Products, Technologies and Markets, at RSA. "In particular, Man-in-the-Browser attacks have presented a significant online threat that defies geographic boundaries and discriminates against no one person or entity. Organizations need to approach this problem with a multi-layered defense strategy reinforcing security measures at login that in isolation can be thwarted. This includes the ability to detect, monitor, shut down and cull intelligence based on transactions, malware and online attacks."
MITB attacks are designed by fraudsters to infect a web browser with malware that can result in modified web pages and transactions that are largely transparent to both the user and the host application. Trojans such as Silent Banker, Sinowal and Zeus are pre-programmed by fraudsters to activate when the user's browser accesses a specific website such as their online banking portal. The activated Trojan can then track the online session and perform real-time interception and manipulation of information that can lead to illegal money transfers, identity theft, or the compromise of valuable enterprise information.
A Layered Defense Against Malware
The RSA Man-in-the-Browser Solutions are engineered to offer organizations the ability to utilize multiple components and techniques to create a layered defense against malware. As designed, these defense layers include:
RSA® Transaction Monitoring
-- Transaction-level fraud monitoring and protection for participating
-- Invisible analysis of user behavior
-- Can be layered non-disruptively onto existing authentication methods
-- Out-of-band phone authentication
-- New features that include advanced detection of Trojans and HTML
injections as well as analysis of mule accounts and user
RSA® Adaptive Authentication
-- Risk-based authentication based on identification and analysis of
potentially risky behavior by online users
-- Out-of-band phone authentication option to verify user identities in
cases of possible Trojan infection
-- Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise deployments
RSA FraudAction(TM) Solution
-- Detection, monitoring, blocking and shut down of phishing and Trojan
-- Powered by the RSA® Anti-Fraud Command Center and team of fraud
-- Managed service minimizes internal resource investment and deploys
RSA® CyberCrime Intelligence Service
-- Helps identify corporate resources, user devices and data compromised
-- Provides access to real-time fraud data via the RSA eFraudNetworkSM
collaborative community of financial services and other organizations
RSA Man-in-the-Browser Solutions are currently available worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.rsa.com/MITB or contact RSA sales at +1-800-495-1095.
About the RSA Identity Protection and Verification Suite
The RSA® Identity Protection and Verification Suite offers one of the most complete and innovative portfolios of strong authentication and anti-fraud technologies available, and is engineered to protect organizations and their online users against the latest external threats. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and managed services portfolio is designed to help increase activity in online and remote transactions, inspire user confidence, and reduce fraud losses and related costs.
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world's leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA's information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle - no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used.
RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, data loss prevention, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit http://www.RSA.com and http://www.EMC.com.
EMC, RSA, FraudAction and eFraudNetwork are either registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other products and/or services mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.
Source: EMC Corporation
CONTACT: Kevin Kempskie, RSA, the Security Division of EMC,
+1-617-413-4333, firstname.lastname@example.org; Alison Parker, OutCast
Communications, +1-212-905-6048, Alison@outcastpr.com
New 'ZBuilder Ultra' Rapid Prototype Machine Delivers Functional Plastic Models at Affordable Price
Z Corporation Device Builds Accurate, High-Resolution Prototypes
ANAHEIM, Calif., May 18 -- Z Corporation today introduced a rapid prototyping machine that builds high-end functional prototypes at one-third of the price of machines with comparable performance. The ZBuilder(TM) Ultra will be available in July.
Despite costing a fraction of the price of a stereolithography machine, the ZBuilder Ultra builds durable plastic parts that rival injection molding's accuracy, material properties, detail and surface finish. It enables engineers to verify designs for form, fit and function prior to full-scale production, eliminating costly modifications to production tooling and shortening time to market.
How It Works
The ZBuilder Ultra builds 3D parts additively using a high-resolution Digital Light Processor (DLP) projector to solidify a liquid photopolymer.
-- Duplicate digital CAD models precisely
-- Accurate: part features within +/- 0.008 inches* (+/- 0.2 mm*)
-- Precision optics and motion systems for repeatability
-- Innovative process with movement only in the Z-direction
-- Build true functional plastic parts
-- Material properties rival final parts
-- Strong and flexible
-- Consistent regardless of orientation
-- Razor-thin walls and sharp detail
-- Minimum feature size: 0.005 inches 138 microns
-- X/Y resolution from highest-resolution DLP engine
-- Precise control of light source delivers sharp edges
-- Ultra-smooth surface finish
-- Parts appear injection-molded
-- Precise control of each voxel (3D pixel)
-- No "stair stepping"
-- Save time
-- 2X faster than other RP systems
-- Verify designs the next day
-- Speed independent of the number of parts in the build
-- Build size: 10.2 x 6.3 x 7.5 inches (260 x 160 x 190 mm)
*Typical (may vary by geometry, part orientation, build parameters, and process)
Where ZBuilder Fits In Product Line
Z Corporation devices now uniquely span the entire product development process from concept and detail design through building, testing and design verification. Along with its inkjet 3D printers and portable 3D laser scanners, Z Corporation devices compress the design cycle, improve communication, foster collaboration and reduce costly errors. With a worldwide network of distribution partners, Z Corporation also provides integrated sales, service and support in all of these development phases.
"ZBuilder is the ideal addition to our product line, enabling customers to streamline the entire product development cycle," said Z Corporation CEO John Kawola. "For concept and mid-stage modeling when you need speed, low cost, and visual appeal, our ZPrinters are the fastest and only color 3D printers on the market. And when the material properties of a part are important for final design verification, the affordable ZBuilder delivers parts that rival injection molding. Bottom line, engineers now have a single source for the best design technologies."
The ZBuilder Ultra will be available in July through Z Corporation's worldwide reseller network. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price in the USA is $34,900 USD, ex works (Options, shipping, local taxes and duties not included. International pricing will vary, please consult your local Z Corporation reseller.).
About Z Corporation
Z Corporation 3D technologies help product designers, engineers and architects create the right designs the first time. Professionals use ZPrinter® 3D printers, ZBuilder rapid prototyping machines and ZScanner® 3D laser scanners to compress the design cycle, generate new concepts, communicate clearly, foster collaboration and reduce errors. These solutions span the entire 3D CAD/BIM design process from concept through design verification. For more information, visit http://www.zcorp.com.
CONTACT: JULIE REECE DARBY JOHNSON
Z CORPORATION BEAUPRE & CO. PUBLIC RELATIONS
+1 781-852-5058 + 1 603-559-5809
JREECE@ZCORP.COMDJOHNSON@BEAUPRE.COM http://www.ZCORP.COM WWW.BEAUPRE.COM
Anametrix and 118id Partner to Enhance Client Marketing with Cloud-Based Business Analytics Technology
InstaVista(TM) Provides Strategic Insights through Digital Experience Platform(TM) to Optimize Global Web Initiatives
SAN DIEGO, May 18 -- Anametrix (http://anametrix.com/), the leader in cloud-based business analytics technology, and 118id (http://www.118id.com/), a top-five web design and interactive agency, announced a partnership agreement to offer clients a unique digital measurement strategy with real-time data reporting and insights across multiple online initiatives.
The InstaVista(TM) platform joins 118id's Global Strategic Partner Network to offer regional and multinational digital solutions to clients such as General Motors, HP, Harley-Davidson, Levis, Budweiser, American Express, Sony, Coca Cola, and P&G. The partnership will facilitate data aggregation and present integrated dashboard views across Web Sites, Search, Social Media, Video, Mobile, Attitudinal Surveys, Email, Online Advertising, and Third Party Sites. The combined analytics offering will help brand marketers make full use of their data to deliver product support, improve campaign outcomes, and increase competitive strength.
"Many companies, especially international ones, struggle with measuring ROI across online initiatives," stated Mark Powers, 118id President and CEO. "For three years, I've been looking for a technology that could integrate multiple data streams to help our clients become more effective marketers. 118id has pioneered a new methodology called Connecting the DOTS(TM) (Digital Optimized Targeting Strategy(TM)) and the Anametrix InstaVista(TM) platform is the key to merging individual data silos to create an all-encompassing picture. This capability is a big deal and will change the industry."
"118id understands the worldwide demand for instant access to information that reveals how targeted audiences interact with their brands across marketing channels and countries," stated Anametrix CEO, Blaise Barrelet. "Working with 118id and its well recognized international network, Anametrix can now offer the InstaVista(TM) technology to global clients. The 118id-Anametrix partnership is a win for everyone, and a key step in building our $1B company."
About Anametrix, Inc.
Anametrix, Inc. is a privately funded next generation business analytics company whose InstaVista(TM) solution is delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS). A high-performance data management infrastructure handles data integration, statistical analysis, and other compute-intensive functions to seamlessly manage online, offline, and multi-channel corporate objectives. Founded in 2009 by analytics industry experts Blaise Barrelet and Anders Olsson, Anametrix provides cloud-based solutions that allow for quick and precise decision making from the correlation of vast amounts of data including web analytics, social media, search engine marketing (SEM), video & audio, e-mail campaigns, market research surveys, customer relationship management (CRM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Self-directed business insights are readily accessible across organizations, from sales staff to C-level. For more information, please visit http://anametrix.com/, call (858)558-8230 x333 or email email@example.com
About 118 Interactive Design, LLC (118id)
Founded in Detroit in early 2003 and staffed by digital strategists, technology infrastructure architects, and creative and web designers, 118id is quickly being recognized as a global digital agency that understands innovative world-class Web-based solutions, strategies and advanced integrated measurement. 118id engages with enterprise-level companies to help them reach optimum customer engagement by implementing their Digital Optimized Targeting Strategy(TM) or as 118id simply calls it Connecting the DOTS(TM). As the ongoing and irrevocable shift to digital marketing continues, a new mindset is required to reap the greatest rewards. Continuous optimization is now a critical aspect of any successful digital marketing effort and why global companies like GM, Harley-Davidson, FedEx, Grupo Modelo and Sony have taken an interest in 118id.
Take Your Dog on Vacation With DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide
New Fourth Edition. Over 20,000 pet-friendly destinations including lodging, beaches, public transportation, national parks, attractions, dining, shopping and off-leash areas.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. May 18 -- DogFriendly.com (http://www.dogfriendly.com) has released its latest edition of DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide. Using this 774 page 4th Edition guide you can take your dog with you for your holiday travel . From Key West to Anchorage, San Diego to Nova Scotia, this book is your guide to all places dog-friendly.
DogFriendly.com has been providing information to travelers with pets since 1998 and has been publishing DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide since 2003. Using this guide you can find pet-friendly accommodations for dogs of all sizes. The book lists over 10,000 accommodations with information such as pet fees, weight limits, number of dogs allowed, and other pet polices. Resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals are included and the guide generally does not include lodging where only small dogs are allowed or dogs are confined to smoking rooms only.
But a vacation is not only about finding a place to stay and DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide is your complete travel guide to selecting a destination and planning activities for your entire stay. Unlike other pet hotel lists, this book includes thousands of attractions that welcome your dog from boat tours to living history museums, ghost tours and popular tourist attractions. Also included are pet-friendly shopping centers, wineries and more. But it doesn't stop there. The guide includes information on hundreds of dog-friendly beaches, public transportation where pets are allowed and a National Park guide for visitors with pets. Also listed are thousands of restaurants where dogs may dine with you at outdoor tables, hundreds of off-leash dog parks and a list of emergency veterinarians. All 50 states are included as are all parts of Canada.
"When we started DogFriendly.com in 1998 we wanted to create a complete guide to allow people to include their dogs in their travels as we have always included ours," says Len Kain who co-founded DogFriendly.com with his wife Tara. "This newest edition of DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide is a major step towards that goal as it includes for the first time in one book our complete travel guide for all states and provinces."
The authors, Tara and Len Kain, are previous ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award winners and have traveled over 200,000 miles throughout the United States and Canada with their dogs. Their books are available at bookstores as well as online. DogFriendly.com also offers a free online dog travel guide.
This release was issued through The Xpress Press News Service, merging e-mail and satellite distribution technologies to reach business analysts and media outlets worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.xpresspress.com/
Source: DogFriendly.com, Inc.
CONTACT: Len Kain of DogFriendly.com, Inc., 1-877-475-2275,
Majesco Entertainment Ships 'Attack of the Movies 3-D' on Xbox 360® and Wii(TM)
Experience the Greatest Action Movie Scenes of All Time in the First 3-D Shooter on Both Platforms
EDISON, N.J., May 18 -- Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ:COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced Attack of the Movies 3-D on Wii(TM) and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft has shipped to retailers nationwide. Packaged with four pairs of 3-D glasses to support four-player multiplayer action, the game transports players to six fantastic movie-themed worlds where they will battle monstrous insects, blast underwater sea creatures, join the resistance against the machines and much more. Featuring classic enemies culled from the annals of film history, this inspired 3-D shooter jumps right out of your television and into your living room.
In Attack of the Movies 3-D, players become an integral part of movie scenes they can typically only watch. Each scene features genre-based ultimate weapons to engage enemies, including zombie-slaying shotguns, automatic laser cannons and others. In addition, branching paths, changing enemy attack patterns, unique areas and environmental challenges ensure that players never experience the same fight twice.
Developed by Panic Button Games Inc., Attack of the Movies 3-D is rated T for Teen and is now available on Xbox 360 and Wii for a suggested retail price of only $29.99. For additional information, please visit the official site at http://www.AttackoftheMovies3D.com.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Majesco Entertainment Company is a provider of video games for the mass market. Building on more than 20 years of operating history, the company is focused on developing and publishing a wide range of casual and family oriented video games on Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and other leading systems. Product highlights include Cooking Mama(TM), TETRIS® Party Deluxe, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum. The company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: COOL. Majesco is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has an international office in Bristol, UK. More information about Majesco can be found online at http://www.majescoentertainment.com. @Majesco is on twitter or at http://www.twitter.com/majesco.
Source: Majesco Entertainment Company
CONTACT: Karina Tang of Rogers & Cowan, +1-212-445-8419,
National Instruments Announces the Availability of More Than 100 C Series Modules for Customized Applications
AUSTIN, Texas, May 18, 2010 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) today announced the availability of more than 100 C Series plug-in modules from National Instruments and third-party companies. With more than 50 modules from NI, 50 third-party modules and a multitude of chassis available, there are numerous configuration options to address a wide variety of measurement and embedded control needs. Engineers and scientists can insert NI C Series modules into any of the C Series family of chassis including NI CompactDAQ, NI CompactRIO and the NI R Series expansion chassis to create a variety of mixed measurement systems. Additionally, they can use the third-party modules in any of the field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based chassis, including all NI CompactRIO and R Series expansion chassis.
"Reaching 100 C Series modules is a big milestone and a powerful testament to the popularity and flexibility of the C Series platform," said John Hanks, vice president of industrial and embedded product lines at National Instruments. "With the NI and third-party modules, customers are building sophisticated systems in record time compared to traditional methods."
NI CompactRIO features the NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, which is composed of a real-time processor, an FPGA and integrated I/O connectivity. Using this standard architecture, engineers and scientists can rapidly design and prototype advanced control and embedded devices on hardware such as CompactRIO and quickly deploy their systems on the lower-cost CompactRIO integrated systems or NI Single-Board RIO hardware to reduce development costs. In addition to CompactRIO, engineers and scientists can use NI and third-party C Series modules with the NI 9144 EtherCAT slave chassis for high-performance deterministic distributed I/O over EtherCAT. Integrators and third-party resellers also can design their own custom C Series modules for CompactRIO and add-on boards for NI Single-Board RIO with the NI cRIO-9951 Module Development Kit (MDK).
NI CompactDAQ USB chassis provides the plug-and-play simplicity of USB to sensor and electrical measurements on the benchtop, in the field and on the production line. By combining more than 50 NI C Series modules with NI signal streaming technology, the NI CompactDAQ platform delivers high-speed data and ease of use in a flexible, mixed-measurement system. The NI CompactDAQ chassis connects to any device or computer running a full Windows OS and can hold up to eight NI C Series modules.
Engineers and scientists can use all C Series modules with NI LabVIEW software, a graphical programming environment that uses intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart to develop sophisticated measurement, test and control systems. NI LabVIEW offers integration with thousands of hardware devices, provides hundreds of built-in libraries for advanced analysis and data visualization and is scalable across multiple targets and OSs.
For more information on the various C Series modules, readers can view the white paper, "A C Series Platform for Every Application - 100 Modules and Counting" on NI Developer Zone or visit the C Series online resource kit at ni.com.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
CompactRIO, LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, NI CompactDAQ and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
ReadSpeaker formReader Offers Interactive Voice Assistance When Filling Out Online Forms
HUIS TER HEIDE, The Netherlands, May 18, 2010-- The ReadSpeaker speech-enabling solutions for online content today
launched an application for reading online forms out loud: ReadSpeaker
ReadSpeaker formReader provides interactive voice assistance when filling
out web forms. Both the fields that the user has to fill in and the text that
the user has entered into these fields are read out loud. With interactive
voice assistance, the risk that people abandon a web form is reduced, while
customer satisfaction increases. "ReadSpeaker formReader makes web forms more
accessible, which will result in more people filling out the form," says
Niclas Bergstrom, founder of VoiceCorp, the company behind Readspeaker
formReader. "This leads to an increase in the usage of web forms for websites
using ReadSpeaker formReader and, at the same time, in a reduction of costs,
since less phone assistance is needed to help users fill out web forms."
VoiceCorp is the leading company in the area of speech-enabling online
content. In 1999 the founders of VoiceCorp pioneered the first-ever
speech-enabling application for websites with its ReadSpeaker application.
Today its ReadSpeaker web-based text-to-speech services for websites and
mobile applications are being used by thousands of websites and millions of
users worldwide. VoiceCorp speech-enables online content on the fly in up to
20 languages and provides a portfolio of web-based text-to-speech
applications for websites, mobile sites and apps, RSS feeds, online
campaigns, newsletters, and emails deliverable on computers as well as on
portable devices. VoiceCorp has a wide variety of corporate, media, public
and non-profit customers subscribing to its services worldwide.
Not for publication: For more information please contact Jolet Jung-Moolenaar: T +31-30-6971209, F +31-30-6924599, E email@example.com.
AT&T Introduces New U-verse(R) Quad-Play Bundle Offer
Consumers Can Benefit From Hundreds of Dollars in Savings For One Year By Bundling A Fourth Service With AT&T U-verse 'Choice' Bundles
DALLAS, May 18 -- For consumers wanting to find a better bundle, AT&T* continues to add more flexibility and more savings to its AT&T U-verse offers. Following the popularity of the "Choice" bundles launched in March, AT&T today introduced new "Choice" bundle options that give consumers even more savings for one year for bundling a complete quad-play of AT&T U-verse TV, U-verse High Speed Internet, U-verse Voice and wireless services -- a bundle option not available from most cable providers.
AT&T U-verse Choice bundles let customers choose three services for their bundle -- and select home phone or wireless as their voice option -- with DVR service and premium features included, a one-year price guarantee and significant monthly savings. The new Choice quad-play bundles are the first to give U-verse consumers additional savings for choosing all four AT&T services.
"With more than three-fourths of our U-verse customers taking a triple or quad-play bundle, we know this is an option consumers want and can't get from cable," said Joey Schultz, vice president of consumer marketing, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're giving customers even more reasons to bundle with AT&T. This is an incredible deal that not only gives you savings and one monthly bill, but a full lineup of services that work together to bring you a new level of integrated features, convenience and control."
In addition to a monthly savings of $30-$45 with a U-verse Choice triple-play bundle for one year, customers who bundle a fourth AT&T service receive an extra $15 in monthly savings, for up to $60 in savings each month for one year.
The AT&T U-verse Choice Plus bundle starts at $172 a month for U-verse TV U300 with Total Home DVR capability; U-verse High Speed Internet Elite (up to 6 Mbps downstream); AT&T Nation 450 wireless voice with unlimited messaging; and unlimited nationwide home phone calling with U-verse Voice Unlimited -- providing a savings of $540 for one year.
Choice Premium includes U-verse TV U450 with Total Home DVR capability and HD service U-verse High Speed Internet Max (up to 12 Mbps downstream); AT&T Nation 450 wireless voice with unlimited messaging; and unlimited nationwide home phone calling for $192 a month and savings of $720 for one year.
Customers who bundle their services with AT&T receive several advanced, integrated features and benefits. AT&T wireless customers have access to the nation's fastest 3G network, the ability to talk and surf at the same time on its 3G network, the most popular smartphones, and Rollover®, which lets customers keep the minutes they don't use.
AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet packages and qualifying AT&T smartphone plans also include access to the nation's largest Wi-Fi network at more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
And AT&T wireless, TV, Internet, and home phone services work together so you can program your U-verse DVR from your PC or wireless phone; track your personalized college basketball bracket or fantasy football league that you create online on your U-verse TV screen; check your wireless and U-verse Voice messages from a single voice mailbox; or see your U-verse Voice recent call history and click to return a call from your U-verse TV.
AT&T U-verse TV is the only 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service offered by a national service provider, making AT&T U-verse one of the most dynamic and feature-rich services available today. AT&T U-verse TV ranked "Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the South and West Regions Two Years in a Row," according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Studies(SM). Plan and pricing details are available at http://www.att.com/tv or http://www.att.com/bundledeal.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV(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.
Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to http://www.uverse.att.com to see if you qualify. THDVR: Full Total Home DVR functionality requires a receiver for each additional TV at $7 per month each. DVR not included with U100 or U-basic packages. Internet Speed claim(s) represent maximum downstream and/or upstream speed capabilities which may vary and are not guaranteed. Many factors can affect actual speeds including the use of other U-verse services.
AT&T U-verse Voice: Available in limited areas and only with purchase of AT&T U-verse TV. Prices subject to change. Residential customers only. Installation, Universal Service Fund Fees, taxes, fees, and other charges apply. International calls billed at additional per-minute rates; higher rates may apply for calls terminating on mobile phones or other wireless devices. U-verse Voice, including 911 dialing, will not function during power outage without battery backup power. Non-returned equipment charges will apply if equipment is not returned within required timeframe upon disconnect of services. Service is not portable; will function only in your home. May be incompatible with monitored home alarms and medical monitoring systems. Refer to Learn More pages for U-verse Voice at http://www.uverse.att.com/ for more information on 911, battery backup, and home alarms. Acceptance of Terms of Service and 911 Acknowledgement required. Credit and other restrictions apply. AT&T U-verse Messaging may not be fully compatible with all AT&T wireless voice mail systems. Caller ID and Call Waiting might not work simultaneously with AT&T U-verse Voice. Unlimited Plan: Includes unlimited calling within the U.S. and to Canada and U.S. Territories.
3G Service not available in all areas.
Largest Wi-Fi network claim based on non-municipal company and owned and operated hotspots. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See http://www.attwifi.com for additional services, details and locations.
$172 Bundle for 1 Year: Includes U300 TV, U-verse Internet Elite, U-verse Voice Unlimited and new or renewed Nation 900 or FamilyTalk additional line wireless plan. $192 Bundle for 1 Year: Includes U450 TV, U-verse Internet Max 12, U-verse Voice Unlimited and new or renewed Nation 900 or FamilyTalk additional line wireless plan. One year term required for bundled U-verse services. Offers ends 11/6/10. For new residential U-verse customers. An early termination fee of up to $180 may apply if U-verse services are terminated. After 12 months, U-verse service(s) will be billed at then existing standard rates unless canceled by customer before end of term. $100 AT&T Reward Card for purchase of this bundle in AT&T stores.
AT&T U-verse received the highest numerical score among television service providers in the South and West in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008-2009 Residential Television Service Satisfaction Studies(SM). 2009 study based on 28,118 total responses from measuring providers in the South (13) and West (10) regions and measures consumer satisfaction with television service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January, March and June, 2009. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com
Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Jill Rountree of AT&T Inc., +1-512-495-7186,
KEMET Corporation Announces Completion of Tender Offer for its 2.25% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2026
GREENVILLE, S.C., May 18 -- KEMET Corporation (KEME.OB) today announced completion of KEMET's tender offer for its 2.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (CUSIP Nos. 488360 AA6 and 488360 AB4) (the "Notes"), which expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City time on May 17, 2010 (the "Expiration Date").
On May 18, 2010, KEMET accepted for purchase $40,500,000 in aggregate principal amount of outstanding Notes that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Expiration Date, pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, dated April 20, 2010 (as amended and supplemented from time to time, the "Offer to Purchase"), and the related Letter of Transmittal (as amended from time to time, the "Letter of Transmittal").
Based on final information provided to KEMET by D.F. King & Co., Inc., the information agent and depositary for the tender offer, $57,480,000 in aggregate principal amount of Notes, representing approximately 71 percent of the aggregate principal amount of the outstanding Notes prior to the expiration of the tender offer, were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Expiration Date. Because the aggregate principal amount of Notes tendered exceeded the maximum tender amount ($40,500,000 in aggregate principal amount) that KEMET was obligated to accept under the terms of the tender offer, the amount of Notes that the Company accepted from tendering holders was subject to proration. As a result, $40,500,000 in aggregate principal amount of Notes were accepted for purchase in the tender offer at a purchase price of $935 for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes purchased in the tender offer, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the date of payment for the Notes.
The aggregate consideration (including accrued and unpaid interest) for the accepted Notes, equal to $37,875,093.81, will be deposited with The Depository Trust Company on May 18, 2010 for delivery to the tendering holders.
BofA Merrill Lynch served as the dealer manager for the tender offer. D.F. King & Co., Inc. served as the information agent and depositary for the tender offer. Questions regarding the tender offer should be directed to BofA Merrill Lynch at 1-888-292-0070 (U.S. toll-free). Requests for the Offer to Purchase and other documents relating to the tender offer may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (212) 269-5550 (for banks and brokers only) or 1-800-714-3312 (U.S. toll-free).
KEMET Corporation (KEME.OB) applies world-class service and quality to deliver industry-leading, high-performance capacitance solutions to its customers around the world. KEMET offers the world's most complete line of surface-mount and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film, aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. Additional information about KEMET can be found at http://www.kemet.com/.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements included herein contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws about KEMET Corporation's (the "Company") financial condition and results of operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets, in which the Company operates, as well as management's beliefs and assumptions. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's judgment only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.
Factors that may cause actual outcome and results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements include, but are not necessarily limited to the following: (i) continued uncertainty of the economy could impact the Company's ability to realize operating plans if the demand for the Company's products declines and could adversely affect the Company's liquidity and ability to continue to operate; (ii) adverse economic conditions could cause further reevaluation and the write down of long-lived assets; (iii) an increase in the cost or a decrease in availability of the Company's principal raw materials; (iv) changes in competitive environment of the Company; (v) economic, political, or regulatory changes in the countries in which the Company operates; (vi) difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing restructuring plan of the Company; (vii) the ability to attract, train and retain effective employees and management; (viii) the ability to develop innovative products to maintain customer relationships; (ix) the impact of environmental issues, laws, and regulations; (x) volatility of financial and credit markets which would affect the Company's access to capital; (xi) increased difficulty or expense in accessing capital because of the delisting of the Company's common stock from the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"); (xii) exposure to foreign exchange (gains) and losses; (xiii) need to reduce costs to offset downward price trends; (xiv) potential limitation on use of net operating losses to offset possible future taxable income; (xv) dilution as a result of the warrant held by K Equity, LLC; (xvi) exercise of the warrant by K Equity, LLC may result in the existence of a controlling stockholder; and (xvii) certain of the Company's capacitors are incorporated into products used in heavily regulated industries.
Source: KEMET Corporation
CONTACT: William M. Lowe, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer, +1-864-963-6484, williamlowe@KEMET.com
AT&T Expands Free 'myWireless Mobile' Application to First Android Device
Customers Using Motorola BACKFLIP(TM) Can View Data and Voice Usage, Manage Bill Payments, Add New Wireless Features and More
DALLAS, May 18 -- AT&T* today announced the expanded availability of AT&T myWireless Mobile to Motorola BACKFLIP(TM) customers, allowing wireless subscribers to manage family and individual accounts directly from their handset with more convenience, and at no added cost. The free app is now available across multiple operating systems, including most recently BlackBerry®, providing even easier wireless account management to millions of AT&T customers.
Designed to bring greater ease and simplicity to account management on the go, myWireless Mobile delivers several user-friendly features, including:
-- Bill Payment - View and pay your bill directly from your phone
-- Voice and Data Usage - View usage for minutes, data and messaging
-- Features - Add or remove features, including new texting plans and
more, directly from your handset
-- Paperless Billing - Enroll and reduce clutter
"As myWireless Mobile becomes more accessible across our device portfolio, we're pleased to see our customers quickly benefit from its ease and simplicity," said Phil Bienert, vice president, ATT.COM. "The app helps our customers conveniently manage their wireless accounts, and is already one of our most popular apps, with more than 3 million downloads to date."
To download the app, subscribers should visit http://www.att.com/myandroid from their BACKFLIP Web browser and follow the instructions, or download the app by searching for "mywireless mobile" in the Android Market(TM). An existing myWireless account is required to utilize the app. Customers can establish an account by visiting http://www.att.com/mywireless.
Find more information online:
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(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.
Nexage and Medialets Launch Preferred Partnership With Mixology, Top iPhone Application
Integrated Partnership to Deliver New Rich Media, Analytics, Mediation and Monetization Capabilities to Publisher Clients
BOSTON and NEW YORK, May 18 -- Nexage (http://www.nexage.com), a leading provider of mobile advertising yield optimization and mediation solutions, and Medialets, the most widely deployed cross-platform rich media advertising and analytics provider for mobile apps, today announced a preferred partnership to bring turnkey mobile advertising solutions to publishers.
As a Medialets Enrich(TM) preferred partner, Nexage increases the volume and scalability of mediation and monetization for rich media ad units, and Medialets will be able to provide full mediation and monetization services to their publisher clients.
"Both Nexage and Medialets selected one another based on their respective leadership positions and focus on scalability and results for their publisher clients," said Ernie Cormier, CEO of Nexage. "We are pleased about the partnership and our ability to expand the portfolio of rich media services we can offer to premium publishers."
The partnership leverages Nexage Mediation, which maximizes mobile ad revenue by increasing ad-fill rates, increasing effective CPM (cost per mille [thousand]), and giving publishers direct control over how ads are served on their mobile sites. It offers brand safety and configuration of advanced business rules across multiple mobile silos of web and apps.
"This partnership with Nexage gives our publisher clients the option to increase ad-fill rates and maximize their mobile advertising investments," said Eric Litman, CEO, Medialets. "At the same time it extends the distribution of our cross-platform rich media ad units across more publisher apps, giving top brands and agencies more mobile buying power."
The partnership also leverages Medialets' capabilities to enable publishers, developers and advertisers to deliver highly engaging and measurable ads into mobile applications. Digital Outcrop, creators of Mixology, the ultimate drink recipe and bartending guide for the iPhone, has already signed on to launch rich media ad campaigns from Medialets while having its inventory mediated and monetized with Nexage Mediation.
"The Nexage - Medialets partnership allows us to deploy best of breed application rich media and mobile ad mediation in one SDK - eliminating the need for multiple ad network SDK implementations, minimizing release cycle management, and maximizing advertising revenue," said James Murphy, co-founder, Digital Outcrop.
The recently launched Medialets Enrich(TM) preferred partner program enables leading mobile ad networks, ad mediators and ad servers to sell and support Medialets' unique cross-platform rich media. Medialets Enrich(TM) enables advertisers to run a single set of ad creatives without changes across an exceptionally broad range of mobile properties and provides a unified set of reports from which to measure campaign success.
About NEXAGE, Inc.
Nexage is a leading developer of Mobile Advertising solutions that enable companies to maximize advertising revenue from their mobile properties. The company's leading product is Nexage Mediation, a hosted advertising optimization service that enables carriers and media companies to fully control and maximize the monetization of their mobile channels. It has been demonstrated to serve text, banner, in-application and video ads with higher fill rates and effective CPM than could be achieved previously. Currently, Nexage Mediation powers mobile ads for a number of top-tier publishers, broadcasters and operators. Additional information is available at http://www.Nexage.com.
Medialets, the most widely-deployed rich media advertising and analytics platform for mobile, enables publishers, developers and advertisers to deliver highly engaging and exceptionally measurable ads into iPhone, iPad and Android applications. Medialets' one-of-a-kind 'asynchronous' ad delivery technology enables delivery of the most compelling, measurable rich media even when the user is offline, while its Universal SDK(TM) offers the most flexible ad monetization platform for publishers. Clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Variety, Pandora, and more. Based in New York City, Medialets is a privately held company with marquee investors and a world-class team. Visit http://www.medialets.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow Medialets on Twitter @medialets.
Source: Nexage; Medialets
CONTACT: Jessica Angell of Nexage, +1-781-890-0071,
email@example.com; or David Barkoe of Medialets, +1-917-359-7222,
Immerz Wins 2010 Popular Science Magazine Invention Award for KOR-fx Acousto-Haptic Technology
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 18 -- Immerz, Inc. announced today that its KOR-fx(TM) technology has been honored with the prestigious 2010 Popular Science Magazine Invention Award. A new form of acousto-haptic technology, KOR-fx will revolutionize the way consumers experience multi-media when it is released later this year in a device by the same name. KOR-fx is featured in the June issue of Popular Science, which celebrates the spirit of invention by bringing attention to projects which have the capacity to change lives and the world.
Developed by Shahriar S. Afshar, an internationally-recognized physicist turned entrepreneur, KOR-fx uses the human anatomy itself to create a powerful sense of immersion to enhance video game play, movie watching and music listening. By delivering nearly imperceptible vibrations to select areas of the chest, KOR-fx activates neural pathways that subconsciously monitor vibrations of the chest cavity that naturally occur when speaking, laughing or crying.
"We are ecstatic that the editorial team of Popular Science chose to recognize KOR-fx as a best invention," said Afshar, President and CEO, Immerz, Inc. "This award is a significant milestone for Immerz and, combined with our newly introduced Cinema-Immerz program for movie theaters, is another important pre-cursor to the upcoming release of KOR-fx to consumers."
In addition to the Popular Science Invention Award, Immerz was hand-picked as one of the most innovative new consumer technologies being introduced in 2010 by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) at their annual i-Stage awards.
The KOR-fx product is platform-independent and works with any device that has an audio output. KOR-fx will launch in August 2010. Consumers can secure their unit now, by pre-ordering the product at http://immerz.com/order. Immerz will be showcasing its technology at E3 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 15-17 (Booth # 3248), as well as at the CEA LineShows in New York, June 22-23 (Table #16).
Immerz, Inc., a Delaware company, is based in Cambridge, MA with offices in Santa Monica, CA and Taiwan. Immerz, Inc. is a research, development, marketing and licensing company specializing in the development of ground-breaking new technologies for science, entertainment, gaming and the arts and has numerous US and International patents pending for The KOR-fx Experience, Acousto-Haptic Immersion technology and components.
Source: Immerz, Inc.
CONTACT: Stacey Clement, +1-617-585-5774,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Elicia Basoli, +1-617-585-5777,
email@example.com, both of 360 Public Relations for Immerz
Mozy Delivers Faster, Easier Service and Adds Local Backup to Consumers and Businesses With Mozy 2.0
New Mozy(TM) 2xProtect(TM) Feature Delivers both Local and Internet-based Backup, Provides Ultimate Assurance Against Data Loss
SEATTLE, May 18 -- Mozy(TM), the industry-leading online backup service from EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), today announced general availability of MozyHome® 2.0 and MozyPro® 2.0 on Windows. New enhancements include faster upload speeds and decreased bandwidth usage, new convenience and access features, and Mozy 2xProtect(TM) - a new feature which allows Mozy users to back up to a local external drive in addition to Mozy's online data centers at no additional cost.
"Every computer is vulnerable to failure and data loss," said Russ Stockdale, Chief Marketing Officer at Mozy. "Mozy 2.0 provides consumers and businesses a simple, automatic and secure way to back up all their information. With Mozy 2xProtect, customers can achieve significant levels of protection against data loss by combining the speed of local backup with the protection of the cloud over the Internet."
In response to customer feedback, Mozy has made significant backup performance enhancements to the service. Mozy 2.0 customers can achieve up to 25 percent faster backups compared with previous versions. Mozy also redesigned the service's interface to simplify set up and use. Although advanced configuration options still allow power users to maintain the level of functionality they require to protect their data, the new Mozy interface makes it easier for consumers and businesses to verify that files have been backed up and stored securely.
Mozy 2.0 with its new 2xProtect feature extends Mozy's leadership in the online backup market and underscores the company's commitment to creating simple, yet innovative new solutions to protect irreplaceable files - such as digital family photos and videos, music collections, and business documents - against data loss.
Mozy 2xProtect provides this capability by automatically backing up files to an external drive in addition to a Mozy data center. The result is a sound backup solution that involves having both a local and an offsite copy of one's personal or business information.
Since its launch in 2005, Mozy has become the most trusted online backup service in the world, serving more than one million users and 50,000 business customers. Partnerships include Cox Business, Comcast, McAfee, ChinaTelecom and Clearlybusiness, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank.
Availability and Pricing:
MozyHome 2.0 and MozyPro 2.0 are available immediately at http://www.mozy.com. The service is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Mozy plans to release a Mac version of Mozy 2.0 later this year.
MozyHome offers consumers 2 GB of free storage. Paid subscriptions cost $4.95 per month per computer, with discounts given for yearly and biennial billing. MozyPro provides businesses with a web-based administrative console to manage backups, server support and phone support. Services start as low as $4.95 per month.
Mozy is the world's most trusted online backup service for consumers and small businesses with more than one million customers, 50,000 business users and 25 petabytes of information stored at its multiple data centers around the globe. Mozy was the first service to offer fully featured free online backup. Mozy was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2007 and now operates as part of Decho Corporation, an EMC company. More information can be found at http://www.mozy.com.
MozyHome and Mozy Pro are registered trademarks and Mozy and 2xProtect are trademarks of Decho Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Government Technology Leaders Preview Announcements to be Made at Gov 2.0 Expo
Exhibitors and Sponsors Select Event as Center Stage for Federal, State, Local Government Innovation News
WASHINGTON, May 18 --
-- Exhibitors and sponsors of Gov 2.0 Expo will use the event as center
stage to announce their latest technology innovations supporting
Government 2.0, including:
-- Caspio, the leading cloud computing platform for publishing
database applications without programming, will be offering a new
pilot program designed to help government agencies address eGov,
Open Gov, and Gov 2.0 initiatives. Visit Caspio in the Innovator's
Pavilion to see a live demo. A free trial is available at http://www.caspio.com/gov.
-- CiviGuard will announce its first government customer at Gov 2.0
Expo. CiviGuard is the world's first smart phone-optimized, near
real-time and location-specific emergency communication platform.
-- EveryBlock will share compelling 15-second case studies covering
everything from policy to technology, and demonstrate how
government agencies can use open data to transform their
organizations. EveryBlock is an innovative site that filters an
assortment of local news by location enabling users to keep track
of what is happening on a block, in a neighborhood and all over a
-- LevelUp-Group (http://www.levelup-group.com) announces for the first time
from Gov 2.0 the beta release of MobileUp4JobTraQ® (http://www.m4jt.com).
MobileUp4JobTraQ® extends JobTraQ®'s enterprise workflow and task
management software to mobile smart devices. JobTraQ® is fast to
implement and adjusts on the fly. When you want results, JobTraQ®
it with LevelUp-Group.
-- Supporting Gov 2.0 Expo's commitment to bringing the latest
innovations in the government IT industry, the event announces the
first ever Innovators Pavilion showcasing next-generation Gov 2.0
companies, including Blogtronix, Caspio, CiviGuard, DataPortal,
DotGov, Inc., Forio Business Simulations, GovLive, IdeaScale, Igloo
Software, Limehouse Software, Mashery, Meghaware, PageFreezer,
Ravenflow, Semantifi, Simpler Systems, and Twilio.
-- Gov 2.0 Expo homepage: http://www.gov2expo.com/
-- Gov 2.0 Expo full schedule: http://qorv.is/0fb
-- City of San Francisco CIO Talks Technology Innovations @ Gov 2.0 Expo
Preview (YouTube video): http://qorv.is/rgb
-- What Does Gov 2.0 Mean to Intel @ Gov 2.0 Expo Preview (YouTube
-- Laurel Ruma on a Sneak Preview of Gov 2.0 Expo, inc. Cloud Computing
in City of Los Angeles (YouTube video): http://qorv.is/sgb
-- Mark Drapeau on Cloud, Collaboration, Social Media in Government @ Gov
2.0 Expo Preview (YouTube video): http://qorv.is/tgb
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ShoutOUT Texting App for Android Adds Voice Addressing and Text-to-Speech Feature for Converting Incoming Messages Into Spoken Words
MENLO PARK, Calif., May 18 -- ShoutOUT, the first hands-free texting app for Android phones, now lets users address contacts by voice and listen to incoming texts instead of reading them on a phone's screen.
ShoutOUT is Promptu Systems Corporation's free speech-recognition application for composing text messages by speaking instead of typing. Starting today, the new version is available in the Android Market(TM) and featured on the V Cast Apps Channel for Verizon Droid phones.
"ShoutOUT is the most accurate speech recognition app for text messaging on Android phones," said Giuseppe Staffaroni, Promptu's CEO. "We're thrilled Verizon has selected ShoutOUT to be one of their featured applications."
ShoutOUT for Android 2.0.1 and higher, designed for the new Droid Incredible by HTC, Google's Nexus One, and Droid by Motorola, is fully integrated with the Android SMS client. The new release includes a notification window that pops up any time a new text message arrives. This notification window not only lets users see, or play and listen to the content of the message, but also enables them to reply by voice with just a click of a button.
In addition, the new version of ShoutOUT includes a playback of the transcription to confirm that it understood what the user said. This, combined with Promptu's Smartword(TM) editing tool that lets users see and select from likely word alternatives, plus the ability to address contacts by voice, makes ShoutOUT a breakthrough hands-free application.
Like all Promptu applications, ShoutOUT is built on state-of-the-art speech recognition technology. To maximize accuracy for ShoutOUT, a personalized acoustic model is assigned for every user during the app's registration process.
ShoutOUT's speech recognition is server-based, and 100-percent automated. All message transcriptions that appear on users' phones are created with no human intervention whatsoever, so privacy is guaranteed.
ShoutOUT standard features include message exchanges threaded by recipient, thumbnail images for contacts, and one-touch navigation to all recent incoming and outgoing messages.
By using voice as the interface, ShoutOut is the most intuitive and natural alternative to the awkward process of entering text on a mobile phone.
Promptu Systems Corporation is at the tipping point of a mobile revolution fueled by Voice User Interface (VUI) applications--the most intuitive and natural way to interact with a phone. Created for consumers, carriers, and handset providers, Promptu applications run on the company's fully automated Network Speech Recognition (NSR(TM)) platform to ensure accuracy, speed, privacy, and scalability. Promptu applications can be optimized for regional accents, and support real-time review and editing of transcribed text. Every day thousands of Promptu applications are downloaded worldwide. See how the revolution is being vocalized at: http://www.promptu.com/.
Source: Promptu Systems Corporation
CONTACT: Leigh Anne Varney, +1-415-387-7250, firstname.lastname@example.org for
Promptu Systems Corporation
V-MODA Presents Remix Audio Headphones: Sophisticated Sound and Design Optimized for High-Performance, Active Lifestyles
Series Offers Music Enthusiasts Unparalleled Audio, Style and Reinforced Durability
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 18 -- V-MODA, the music lifestyle brand and manufacturer of award-winning headphones, today announced Remix Audio, the latest fashion-forward in-ear headphone featuring unrivaled audio performance. Created by V-MODA's meticulous acoustics and engineering team, Remix Audio is a completely redesigned version of the company's original in-ear headphones, created to enhance the listening experience and dynamics of today's music.
Designed for ultimate durability, unparalleled audio clarity and absolute affordability, Remix Audio is a testament to V-MODA's passionate dedication to the development of sound and precise construction for even the most discerning listener. From the remastered driver to the redesigned soft silicone fittings developed to enhance ergonomic and audio performance, consumers will enjoy a unique and distinct listening experience with the perfect balance of punchy bass and high-definition audio clarity. The all-metal construction, Kevlar®-reinforced cables and commitment to quality is backed by a two-year premier warranty and V-MODA's Replay Replacement Program -- a 50 percent off lifetime headphone replacement guarantee.
"You wear and listen to your headphones every day -- they should be as unique as your music and your style. We've spent years researching and fine-tuning our headphones alongside world-renowned musicians and DJs, and Remix Audio delivers pure sound, rock solid durability, ergonomics, and value," said Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and founder, independent DJ and producer. "In our modern lifestyle we listen to our music on headphones more than at home, in the car or at clubs. It is my goal to recreate the sound and sensations of an epic sound system anywhere and anytime, fused with the fashionable design V-MODA is known for."
The V-MODA Remix Audio features:
A newly tuned 9mm V-MASQUE neodymium dynamic driver creates the absolute in clarity and the perfect balance in sound, while the BEAT-PORT air flow system delivers a high-definition soundstage, invoking the sense of a live music experience. V-MODA's revered BLISS (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) noise-isolating technology further reduces outside noise and enables deep punchy bass for the ultimate audio experience.
ERGONOMIC STYLE AND DESIGN
Featuring a minimalist and ergonomic design, the Remix Audio features a solid yet lightweight all-metal construction, making a powerful statement. Its durable features are developed for fashion-conscious, on-the-go lifestyles. The earbuds feature newly designed medical-grade soft silicone fittings with a new shape offering a more comfortable and secure fit while also further enhancing V-MODA's signature soundscape with improved clarity. The detachable sport earhooks feature patent-pending Active Flex technology, allowing the headphones to adjust independently to each ear regardless of the earhook's position.
ROCK SOLID DURABILITY
After years of diligent engineering, Remix Audio is stronger than many headphones sold within the same price range. Each component was dissected and analyzed to create a high-quality headphone that could withstand the extended use by V-MODA's dedicated listeners. Special attention was given to a custom cable construction comprised of a strong Kevlar core to relieve tension and a uniquely braided copper material that is specially designed to flex during use. The durable, PVC-free and tactically pleasing cable is designed to reduce microphonics. The gold-plated plug and stainless steel core feature a 45-degree extended strain relief to withstand stress.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Starting today, the Remix Audio will be available at Amazon.com and V-MODA.com for a retail price of $79.99. The Remix Audio is available in three colors: Rouge, Blush and Gunmetal. To see more information and videos on how V-MODA is dedicated to quality and durability, visit v-moda.com/quality.
V-MODA is the authentic music lifestyle brand distinguished by its fashion-forward design, unparalleled quality and passion for music. V-MODA is the result of fusing professional DJ and CEO Val Kolton's verve for high fidelity and progressive design. Together with the world's most influential DJs and musicians, V-MODA is defining the remix revolution.
OneBeacon Specialty Accident and Health Launches Transportation Website
CANTON, Mass., May 18 -- OneBeacon Insurance Group's Specialty Accident and Health business has launched a new website - http://www.onebeacontransportation.com - exclusively dedicated to motor carriers, independent contractor drivers and brokers representing the transportation industry, one of its largest target segments. Through this site, visitors can access information regarding Specialty Accident and Health's insurance products and standalone services, request access to additional resources, and browse a live feed of breaking industry news.
Said Tina Angelone, Marketing Director of Specialty Accident and Health, "We developed this targeted website to establish an online dialogue with our transportation industry brokers and insureds. Besides offering insights about OneBeacon's products and unique services, we are enabling them to directly manage their experience with us by providing online access to certain reports and tools. We are excited to take greater advantage of the Web through an approach that directly benefits our target distribution partners and customers."
Targeted products featured on the website include: occupational accident; passenger accident; contingent liability; fleet workers compensation and more. Additionally, Specialty Accident and Health offers a discounted prescription drug program, identity management, and travel assistance services through OneBeacon Services.
This is the first dedicated website available to OneBeacon Specialty Accident and Health's target customers. Similar websites are planned for other industry groups.
About OneBeacon: OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda-domiciled holding company that is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "OB." OneBeacon Insurance Group's underwriting companies offer a range of insurance products and services sold through select independent agents, regional and national brokers, and wholesalers. The company's ongoing businesses include OneBeacon Professional Insurance, International Marine Underwriters, Entertainment Brokers International Insurance Services, Specialty Accident and Health, OneBeacon Government Risks, OneBeacon Energy Group, A.W.G. Dewar (tuition refund), collector cars and boats written through Hagerty Insurance Agency, OneBeacon Technology Group, OneBeacon Financial Services, OneBeacon Specialty Property, Property and Inland Marine and AutoOne.
As one of the oldest property and casualty insurers in the United States, OneBeacon traces its roots to 1831 and the Potomac Fire Insurance Company. Today, OneBeacon's specialty insurance businesses are national in scope while personal lines business is concentrated in the Northeastern United States.
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Epic Advertising and Connexus Corporation Finalize Merger
Epic Media Group Shows Early Marketplace Successes from Integration
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, May 18 -- Epic Advertising and Connexus Corporation today announced the completion of their merger, and the formation of Epic Media Group as the parent company. Epic Media Group will be headquartered in both Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY, with additional offices in Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Chicago and Dallas.
The company's top-10 ranked network, Traffic Marketplace, remains as the brand leader and cornerstone of the company. Traffic distribution business units include the Traffic Marketplace network, tmpSocial, Epic Direct and FirstLook Search. Other brands included in Epic Media Group's suite of offerings include Online Intelligence, the company's brand protection and integrity assurance arm, as well as Winning the Web, the company's monthly business publication.
Art Shaw, CEO of Epic Media Group, said "The early stages of our merger have gone very well. Epic has been a strong brand for years now, and we are excited to retain it as our corporate brand. Traffic Marketplace has grown into a top brand in the digital marketing ecosystem. We are excited about several early wins for clients, especially in social media, and look to build upon it in the months to come."
By combining both technology platforms, the company is deploying a tightly integrated ad platform for its clients, creating the most efficient means to access target audiences across all forms of digital distribution channels including search, display, social media, video and mobile. Specifically, the company is actively working with clients in formulating social media engagement campaigns with elements of branded display and performance-based solutions, showcasing the true power of the new company. Some of the major elements provided to clients so far include branded Facebook applications, branded Twitter applications, video advertising, targeted display advertising, and performance-based virtual currency campaigns.
Don Mathis, President of Epic Media Group, adds, "From the day Epic Advertising and Connexus agreed to come together, Art and I were excited at the potential of our union to create a truly integrated, multi-channel platform-based digital marketing company. No other company in the sector has such a cross-channel, data-driven offering - and we are already seeing positive results. Our strategy is clear, and that is to be the leading ad intermediary company in the world for all digital media."
Epic Media Group is the preeminent privately-held global digital marketing solutions company, with deep expertise in managing a full spectrum of advertising services, from brand-building and engagement to performance-based customer acquisition solutions. The company relentlessly focuses on delivering the most comprehensive and cost-effective strategic digital marketing campaigns for advertisers of all sizes, across all industries and around the world. Epic Media Group provides its advertising services by intelligently and cost effectively accessing consumers across multiple traffic distribution channels in integrated campaigns, while simultaneously offering the most sophisticated campaign analytics and integrity assurance capabilities available in the marketplace today.
Source: Epic Advertising
CONTACT: Sharon Nieuwenhuis, RLM Public Relations, +1-212-741-5106 x237,
ScriptRx and DigitalPersona Team Up to Secure Emergency Room and Urgent Care Electronic Medical Records
Leading Interactive Healthcare Systems Provider Adds U.are.U Fingerprint Readers by DigitalPersona for 'Touch and Go' Authentication
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 18 -- DigitalPersona, Inc., a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions and ScriptRx, a leading provider of touchscreen Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Discharge Systems for Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Centers, today announced the integration of U.are.U® fingerprint biometrics from DigitalPersona into the ScriptRx System. Designed for these busy clinical facilities, the biometric kiosk solutions provide physicians with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface to simplify common tasks. The resulting system allows for secure charting of medical records, accurate issuance of discharge instructions, authenticated prescription writing, an archived medication reconciliation record and more.
"As a major medical facility serving South Florida, we need to be able to accurately and quickly provide service," said Dr. Abid Chaudhry, medical director at Kendall Regional Medical Center, a six-time winner of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® National Benchmark award. "Our ScriptRx kiosks with U.are.U fingerprint readers from DigitalPersona streamline important functions for our doctors and nurses while adding secure one-touch access to applications and information."
The ScriptRx System gives IT administrators the flexibility to deliver the application via a variety of hardware platforms or use ScriptRx's hosted option. The solution was designed with the particular needs of touchscreen applications in mind: simplicity, clarity and speed. Its Internet-based technology provides multiple modes and permissions for users, data-sharing configurability and both quality and operational reporting, encompassing all clinical encounters. Seamless kiosk data replication allows doctors to access the same information from multiple locations, regardless of where the system resides.
"Kiosk systems with biometric authentication provide fast, secure access to critical medical information," said Dr. Tim Coffield, president and CEO of ScriptRx. "This is often needed in walk-in ambulatory settings, such as emergency rooms and urgent care facilities, that require accurate and timely response to chaotic medical situations. With the ScriptRx system, doctors can quickly and securely update EMRs, prescribe medications and efficiently discharge patients."
DigitalPersona's U.are.U fingerprint authentication solutions offer a combination of security, convenience and ease-of-use. By integrating U.are.U fingerprint readers from DigitalPersona into the ScriptRx solution, doctors no longer need to remember multiple passwords across many different applications. This allows for faster, more accurate patient care. The combined solution also provides a greater level of control in implementing policies that allow only authorized personnel access to patient records in compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
"In urgent care where every second counts, fast response times are critical," said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing, DigitalPersona, Inc. "Fingerprint biometrics simplify user authentication for patient record retrieval, giving doctors more time to focus on their patients' health."
ScriptRx has been a trusted name in interactive healthcare solutions for more than a decade. The company develops fully integrated solutions for emergency and urgent care facilities, streamlining common patient care processes including Electronic Medical Record (EMR) charting, prescription writing and discharge instruction delivery, all via a physician-friendly touch screen system. ScriptRx has more than 300 leading hospitals and urgent care facilities as customers. For more information visit http://www.scriptrx.com.
DigitalPersona, Inc. is a global provider of authentication and endpoint protection solutions that make security simple, practical and affordable for businesses of all sizes. The company helps enterprises, government agencies, custom application developers and independent software vendors to efficiently address growing security, compliance and fraud-prevention demands. DigitalPersona's award-winning technology is offered by market-leading computer manufacturers and solution providers around the world. For more information contact DigitalPersona, Inc. at: +1 650.474.4000, or visit http://www.digitalpersona.com.
Selena Gomez & The Scene, Demi Lovato and More Make Their Band Hero(TM) and Guitar Hero(R) 5 Debuts with Downloadable Music
Nintendo's Wii(TM) Owners to Get Early Access to the Band Hero 1 Track Pack
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 18 -- Screaming fans from around the world may recognize them better as Mitchie Torres and Alex Russo, but the young pop duo of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato - who have sold out countless concerts and set the airwaves ablaze - are rocking out on Band Hero(TM) and Guitar Hero® 5 for the first time this May. Fans looking to join their idols can rock out to "Here We Go Again" by Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez & The Scene's "Falling Down" plus one additional track. Exclusively available on Wii(TM) starting today, The Band Hero 1 Track Pack will also be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system beginning May 25.
All three songs in The Band Hero 1 track pack will be released as downloadable singles for Wii for 200 Wii Points(TM) each, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points and PlayStation 3 system for $1.99. The complete track pack will be available on Wii for 550 Wii Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for 440 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system for $5.49. In addition to the in-game music store and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network.
About Band Hero(TM)
In Band Hero(TM), family and friends can come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom. Brought to you by the makers of Guitar Hero®, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Band Hero features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone's favorite bands including Fall Out Boy, Nelly Furtado, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects and Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the leading names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, including singer, songwriter and guitarist Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where friends and family can choose to join the band or "take five" at any time without interrupting the performance, in Party Play mode. Band Hero allows fans to create the band of their dreams, using any combination of vocals and guitar or drum controllers, providing budding pop stars the chance to customize how they interact with and experience their favorite music.
About Guitar Hero 5®
In Guitar Hero® 5, the entire set list is at players' finger tips from the start, featuring genre-defining hits from some of the biggest rock artists and bands of all time, including The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Vampire Weekend. Players take complete control as Guitar Hero 5 allows gamers to personalize and customize how they experience music by being able to play with any in-game instrument combination -- multiple vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers, in any game mode. With the game's all-new Party Play Mode, getting the band back together has never been easier. Players can now jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly, without interrupting their jam session. Elevating the Guitar Hero® series to new heights with unmatched social gameplay, an enhanced style, new in-game artists and more rock legends, Guitar Hero 5 features new surprises and challenges that will fire-up long-time fret board fanatics and create a new generation of addicts.
For more information about Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and their entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit http://www.guitarhero.com.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
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.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing's titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing's ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing's products, competition from the used game market, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, industry competition and competition from other forms of entertainment, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as music, first-person action and massively multiplayer online games, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers which can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
Guitar Hero and Activision are registered trademarks and Band Hero is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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Dasient Unveils First-Ever Automated Solution to Tackle Growing Threat of Malvertising
New Diagnostic Tool Helps Publishers and Ad Networks Quickly Identify & Shut Down Malicious Ads
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 18 -- Dasient Inc., the leading provider of anti-malware solutions for websites, today announced a new Anti-Malvertising Solution (AMS) designed to help publishers and advertising networks quickly monitor and remediate malicious advertising attacks whenever they occur. Dasient's solution automatically discovers and diagnoses malicious ads quickly and easily, limiting the exposure and severity of a malvertising attack.
Malicious advertising, also referred to as "malvertising," is a relatively new attack vector for cyber criminals that is quickly on the rise. With malvertising, fake malicious ads are delivered (often via advertising networks) to well-known websites as a way to reach millions of users at once on websites they normally trust. Unlike typical spam or virus attacks, which rely on victims to click on a link in an email or accidentally download an infected program, malvertising attacks are presented on popular websites and can download malicious code directly onto a user's computer when the victim views the compromised ad. By infiltrating an entire ad network, the criminal gains access to a broad number of syndicated websites that can spread malicious code even further.
Millions of users have been infected by malvertising threats recently, as evidenced by the high-profile attacks on The New York Times, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, WhitePages.com and other sites. Based on data generated from Dasient's telemetry system, there are approximately 1.3 million malicious ads viewed per day. Scareware, or fake security software, is yet another means for criminals to distribute malware through pop-up ads. Dasient estimates that 41 percent of malvertisements are from fake anti-virus pop-ups and 59 percent are from drive-by downloads of the malicious ads. Dasient's research also uncovered that the probability of a user getting infected from a malvertisement is twice as likely on a weekend and the average lifetime of a malvertisement is 7.3 days.
"Website owners are relying upon their ad partners and ad networks to keep their sites clean and safe for their visitors. When malware is served up to site visitors, trust is lost," said Dr. Neil Daswani, one of Dasient's three co-founders. "With malvertising attacks, not only are users at risk, but publishers, ad networks and website owners also feel the pain - their websites can be potentially blacklisted, and they suffer brand loss and reputation damage, resulting in lost customers and increased technical support costs."
Traditionally, many publishers and ad networks only respond to a bad ad when a user complains about the problem, and one complaint could mean thousands have been infected already by a malvertisement. To deal with the threat, publishers and ad networks have had to manually investigate reports of bad ads, which takes time and resources. Because attacks are sporadic, it makes the source of the bad ad very hard to pin down. To-date, publishers and ad networks have not had an automated solution to address the malvertising problem.
Dasient scans millions of ads and web pages daily to identify the latest malvertising attacks and has built an Infection Library of over 150,000 malvertising attacks and malware. Leveraging this robust database, Dasient's new Anti-Malvertising Solution:
1. Monitors ads from third-party ad networks and automatically identifies
malicious advertisements coming into a website or network.
2. Immediately notifies the ad network partner or publisher that a
malicious ad came through.
3. Identifies the exact source ad with an ad ID that needs to be shut
4. Traces all redirects the ad followed.
5. Captures a screenshot of the ad; and
6. Provides forensic information about the virus that was served for
"Every publisher uses an ad network - it's an easy way for malvertisements to get onto publisher sites. The problem is confounded by the fact that ad networks sub-syndicate their ad inventory, which in turn sub-syndicate, leaving ad networks exposed," said Ameet Ranadive, Dasient co-founder. "To date, there has been no automated solution available to deal with this growing problem which is why so many of the threats have gone ignored. Even if they get lucky and find a malicious ad on their own, they still have lost time, money and potentially customers while the ad is out there spreading infection. Our new Anti-Malvertising Solution is truly ground-breaking for ad networks and publishers - they finally have a solution that can immediately identify the source of the malvertising threat to help shut it down."
Dasient's new Anti-Malvertising Solution is available immediately and works seamlessly with a user's existing security and IT infrastructure - there's no complex hardware to install or major software integration. Pricing is based on the number of ad tags and frequency of monitoring. Enterprise pricing starts in the low thousands. Dasient also offers a hybrid solution which includes Dasient's Web Anti-Malware (WAM) service combined with its new Anti-Malvertising Solution.
Dasient is an Internet security company that protects businesses from web-based malware attacks. It is the first to develop a complete web anti-malware service that can monitor, automatically identify, and quarantine malware on websites before it can infect visitors and cause a loss of traffic, reputation, and revenue. Dasient was founded by former Google engineers Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi and former McKinsey strategy consultant Ameet Ranadive. They are backed by a group of seed investors who also invested in VeriSign, Citrix, Twitter, Digg, Tumbleweed, Finjan, and more. More information about Dasient can be found at http://www.dasient.com and http://www.twitter.com/dasient.
About Dasient WAM
The Dasient WAM services are built on a set of behavioral analysis technologies that continually crawl customer sites and the web, identifying new web-based malware infections. The monitoring and diagnostic components are provided to customers as a web service, and the quarantining technologies are made available as web server modules that can be installed by customers or web hosting providers.
Source: Dasient Inc.
CONTACT: Michael Kirkland, Cutline Communications, +1-415-793-5571,
email@example.com; or Michelle Schafer, Merritt Group for Dasient,
Copper Conferencing Launches Copper Mobile, a Free iPhone App
Audio Conferencing iPhone App Complements Nationwide Local Dial-In
DENVER and ATLANTA, May 18 -- Copper Conferencing today announced the launch of Copper Mobile, a free audio conferencing application for the Apple iPhone. Copper Mobile gives iPhone users instant connections to conference calls, a way to locate Copper's nationwide local dial in numbers, and a link to Copper's On Demand audio conferencing commands.
"Copper Mobile for the iPhone is just the first of Copper's new applications for mobile devices," said Carolyn Bradfield, CEO of Copper Conferencing. "Copper Mobile is immediately available for Copper On Demand customers using the iPhone and will be followed by other mobile applications including the Blackberry device."
Copper Mobile is designed to help traveling professionals easily host or join a conference call with one touch. Copper Mobile is integrated with Copper's Nationwide Local Dial-In service and gives iPhone users a way to quickly locate a local number in their area so they can initiate or attend a conference call. Copper Nationwide Local Dial-In service launched in March 2010 provides a lower rate for On Demand audio conferences every time customers use a local dial-in number.
"If you are on the move, fumbling for your dial in number and conference ID on your cell phone can be distracting," Bradfield added. "Copper Mobile lets you connect in a single click to a conference call. You can store your call connection information along with other audio conferences you regularly attend.
"In the coming months, we will expand Copper Mobile beyond the Apple iPhone to the Blackberry and all Nokia devices. Copper Mobile is available from http://www.copperconferencing.com and as a free download from the iTunes store."
Copper Conferencing continues to provide easy-to-use conferencing tools for simpler collaboration. In addition to Copper Mobile, Copper has recently added new features to its On Demand audio conferencing service including Nationwide Local Dial-In, additional call controls, new security features, sub-conferencing capabilities and the ability to add personalized greetings to each call. Copper's web conferencing services include Adobe Connect Pro, Microsoft Live Meeting, Cisco WebEx and WebPresentNow and when combined with Copper's On Demand audio provide a complete and integrated conferencing solution.
About Copper Conferencing
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado with a major communications center in Atlanta, Georgia, Copper Conferencing provides audio conferencing and web conferencing services to small and medium-sized businesses. Copper's Conference Coaches(TM) provide expert guidance of enhanced conferencing services. From On Demand reservationless audio conference calls, to highly interactive webinars and special event calls, Copper Conferencing helps businesses save time and money while improving productivity. Copper's conferencing services are backed by fully managed, carrier-class platforms to power communication for thousands of customers. For more information about Copper Conferencing, visit http://www.copperconferencing.com or call a Conference Coach at 866-903-7521.
Copper Mobile(TM) and WebPresentNow(TM) are trademarks of Copper Conferencing. Adobe® Connect Pro, Microsoft® Live Meeting and Cisco WebEx® are registered trademarks of the respective owners.
New virtual appliances offer best-of-breed web application firewall and database security
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., May 18 -- Imperva, the leader in data security, today announced the availability of its SecureSphere Virtual Appliances to accommodate the unique data security needs of dynamic and virtualized enterprise environments. The SecureSphere Virtual Appliances provide the same best-of-class security protection, compliance and risk management of Imperva's hardware-based solutions as well as flexible, fast deployment, enabling organizations to quickly provision and configure new security services.
"Today's secure datacenters aren't all virtual or all iron alliances - having the flexibility to choose virtual or hardware solutions based on their particular business and risk needs is what is really needed," said Gartner Research Vice President Greg Young. "Enterprises prefer having virtual and iron managed under a single console both for management and to monitor for attacks."
Imperva's SecureSphere Virtual Appliances provide web application and database firewalls as well as database activity monitoring and can be installed on an organization's preferred hardware of choice running VMWare ESX, allowing them to benefit from reduced capital and operational costs. The virtual appliances offer enhanced inspection and protection of web and database servers within a VMware ESX server virtual network and support VMware VMotion to ensure reliable disaster recovery and workload migration scenarios.
"We've seen increasing demand for a virtual offering from our MSSP, hosting and telecommunications customers, in particular," said Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva. "Our SecureSphere Virtual Appliances offer the same level of data security protection as our hardware solutions and enable us to accommodate their requirements for deployment flexibility."
Imperva, the Data Security leader, enables a complete security lifecycle for business databases and the applications that use them. Over 4,500 of the world's leading enterprises, government organizations, and managed service providers rely on Imperva to prevent sensitive data theft, protect against data breaches, secure applications, and ensure data confidentiality. The award-winning Imperva SecureSphere is the only solution that delivers full activity monitoring from the database to the accountable application user and is recognized for its overall ease of management and deployment. For more information, visit http://www.imperva.com and follow us on Twitter @Imperva.
CONTACT: Katherine Nellums, +1-415-321-2347, Katherine@pageonepr.com,