Charter Communications, Inc. Announces Initial Results of Tender Offers and Consent Solicitations for its 8.75% Senior Notes due 2013 and 8.375% Senior Second Lien Notes due 2014
Increases tender offer consideration, announces redemption of remaining notes and extends tender offer until 11:59 pm, EDT, on May 12, 2010
ST. LOUIS, April 28 -- Charter Communications, Inc. (the "Company") announced today that CCO Holdings, LLC ("CCO Holdings") has received and purchased approximately $740.8 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.75% Senior Notes due 2013 (the "2013 Notes") and Charter Communications Operating, LLC (a subsidiary of CCO Holdings, "Charter Operating" and, together with CCO Holdings, the "Charter Subsidiaries") has received and purchased approximately $677.3 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.375% Senior Second Lien Notes (the "2014 Notes") validly tendered by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on April 27, 2010, which was the deadline for holders to submit tenders in order to receive the consent payments in connection with the tender offers. Charter Communications has received consents from holders of approximately 92.6% of the 2013 Notes and approximately 87.9% of the 2014 Notes as of the consent payment deadline.
The consents are sufficient to effect the proposed amendments to the indenture governing the 2013 Notes and the indenture governing the 2014 Notes as set forth in the applicable Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated April 14, 2010 and the related Letter of Transmittal and Consent (the "Tender Offer Documents"), pursuant to which the tender offers and the consent solicitations are being made. The proposed amendments will eliminate substantially all of the restrictive covenants and certain default provisions contained in each indenture. The supplemental indentures will be binding on the holders of notes not purchased in the tender offers.
Charter Communications also announced today that it is revising the terms of its tender offers such that holders who tender their notes after the date hereof and prior to the expiration of the tender offer at 11:59 p.m., EDT, on May 12, 2010 (unless extended or earlier terminated by the Company) will receive a tender offer consideration of $1,029.17 for every $1,000 principal amount of 2013 Notes tendered, and a tender offer consideration of $1,027.92 for every $1,000 principal amount of 2014 Notes tendered, plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the tender offer payment date. As set forth in the Tender Offer Documents, 2013 Notes and 2014 Notes validly tendered may no longer be withdrawn.
Charter Communications is simultaneously announcing that it is irrevocably calling for redemption on May 28, 2010 all 2013 Notes and 2014 Notes that remain outstanding after the expiration of the tender offer, at the redemption price of $1,029.17 for every $1,000 principal amount of 2013 Notes redeemed and at the redemption price of $1,027.92 for every $1,000 principal amount of 2014 Notes redeemed, plus, in each case, accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding the redemption date. Notices of Redemption are being mailed by Bank of New York, the trustee for the 2013 Notes, and by Wilmington Trust, the trustee for the 2014 Notes, to the registered holder of such notes. Copies of the Notices of Redemption and additional information relating to the procedure for redemption may be obtained by contacting Bank of New York at 312-827-8546 for the 2013 Notes and Wilmington Trust at 866-521-0079 for the 2014 Notes.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are the Dealer Managers and Solicitation Agents for the tender offers and consent solicitations. Questions regarding the tender offers and consent solicitations may be directed to Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC at (800) 820-1653 (toll free) and (212) 325-5912 (collect) and/or Citigroup Global Markets Inc., at (800) 558-3745 (toll free) and (212) 723-6106 collect).
Neither the Company, CCO Holdings, Charter Operating, the Dealer Managers and Solicitation Agents, the Information Agent nor any other person makes any recommendation as to whether holders of Notes should tender their Notes or provide the related consents, and no one has been authorized to make such a recommendation.
This announcement shall not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell the 2013 Notes, the 2014 Notes or any other securities. The tender offers and consent solicitations are being made only through and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Tender Offer Documents and related materials. Holders of the notes should read carefully the Tender Offer Documents and related materials before any decision is made with respect to the tender offers and consent solicitations.
Charter Communications, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CCMM) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV(TM) video entertainment programming, Charter Internet(TM) access, and Charter Phone(TM). Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services, and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at http://www.charter.com.
This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), regarding, among other things, our plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or realize these plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation, the factors described under "Risk Factors" from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Many of the forward-looking statements contained in this release may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "will," "may," "intend," "estimated," "aim," "on track," "target," "opportunity," "preliminary," and "potential," among others. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this release are set forth in other reports or documents that we file from time to time with the SEC, and include, but are not limited to:
-- the market for our securities and satisfaction of closing conditions
in connection with recently announced financings;
-- our ability to sustain and grow revenues and cash flows from operating
activities by offering video, high-speed Internet, telephone and other
services to residential and commercial customers, and to maintain and
grow our customer base, particularly in the face of increasingly
aggressive competition and the difficult economic conditions in the
-- the impact of competition from other distributors, including but not
limited to incumbent telephone companies, direct broadcast satellite
operators, wireless broadband providers, and digital subscriber line
("DSL") providers and competition from video provided over the
-- general business conditions, economic uncertainty or downturn and the
significant downturn in the housing sector and overall economy;
-- our ability to obtain programming at reasonable prices or to raise
prices to offset, in whole or in part, the effects of higher
programming costs (including retransmission consents);
-- our ability to adequately deliver customer service;
-- the effects of governmental regulation on our business;
-- the availability and access, in general, of funds to meet our debt
obligations, prior to or when they become due, and to fund our
operations and necessary capital expenditures, either through (i) cash
on hand, (ii) cash flows from operating activities, (iii) access to
the capital or credit markets including through new issuances,
exchange offers or otherwise, especially given recent volatility and
disruption in the capital and credit markets, or (iv) other sources
and our ability to fund debt obligations (by dividend, investment or
otherwise) to the applicable obligor of such debt; and
-- our ability to comply with all covenants in our indentures and credit
facilities, any violation of which, if not cured in a timely manner,
could trigger a default of our other obligations under cross-default
All forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. We are under no duty or obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
Source: Charter Communications, Inc.
CONTACT: Media, Anita Lamont, +1-314-543-2215, or Analysts: Mary Jo
Moehle, +1-314-543-2397, both of Charter Communications, Inc.
Greater Boston's Premier Parent Education Centers Grow, Supporting Parents from Conception to Preschool
NEEDHAM, Mass., April 28 -- Today, Isis Maternity, The Place for Expecting and New Moms, becomes Isis, Parenting Starts Here. This change reflects the breadth of education, products and community that Isis delivers to its clients. Since opening its doors in 2003, Isis has helped more than 35,000 families navigate early parenting from pregnancy to preschool. Isis operates four bustling centers in Arlington, Boston, Brookline and Needham. Growth plans include at least one more Boston-area location and a move to another major market in the coming year. In addition, Isis supports an extended community of parents online, on http://www.isisparenting.com.
"Isis Parenting makes navigating childbirth and parenting easier, less stressful and more joyful - parents tell us every day that they can't imagine having had their baby without Isis," said Johanna Myers McChesney, President and CEO of Isis Parenting. "Many parents didn't realize that Isis offers programs and products that extend through the first three years of parenting and child development. Today we're serving many more parents long beyond maternity - parenting truly starts here."
Parenting Starts Here
Each Isis Parenting center offers access to experienced parenting professionals, including childbirth educators, lactation consultants, child development specialists, massage therapists and fitness experts. Some of the most popular Isis classes include Prepared Childbirth, Newborn Essentials, Breastfeeding Basics, Great Beginnings, Sleep Support and the new Jelly Jam Tots toddler movement and music class.
"Isis Parenting's instructors include many of Boston's most qualified and experienced prenatal and new parent professionals," said Nancy Holtzman RN, BSN, IBCLC, Vice President of Isis Parenting Education. "Our team is committed to providing comprehensive and research-based information, guidance and support, in a warm and nurturing environment. Our programs offer education and community at critical times in the life of the new parent."
Isis Parenting gives back to the community through the Isis Community Fund. These funds are used to help families of all means access essential classes and services to prepare them for parenting. Isis teaches dozens of prenatal classes in community health centers each year and also offers scholarship opportunities to families in need.
Isis Parenting offers the products essential to families through the first three years of parenting and child development, supporting the information and advice given in its classrooms, workshops and consultations. With a range of products including tummy butter, pump parts and nursing bras, to developmental toys, car seats and strollers, and expert guidance from our highly knowledgeable center associates, Isis Parenting has everything new parents need from pregnancy to preschool.
For more information, visit isisparenting.com.
Source: Isis Parenting
CONTACT: Brett Cerf for Isis Parenting, +1-617-585-5760,
AmericanGreetings.com Create & Print Service Offers the Personal Touch of a Homemade Card
CLEVELAND, April 28 -- This Mother's Day, shoppers can personalize beautiful paper greetings online with printable cards from AmericanGreetings.com, an American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) company, through the site's popular Create & Print membership. This innovative option offers an easy, affordable and convenient way for consumers to create and print quality paper cards (and corresponding envelopes) for all of the moms in their lives, right from home. Consumers can purchase a one-year membership to the Create & Print service for only $19.99, which gives them an unlimited use of the more than 400 designs available for any occasion.
This great offering is marked by a variety of quality designs, and accented by the convenience and ease with which shoppers can personalize their own cards. Consumers only need a computer, Internet access and a printer - there are no additional software or downloads required. From there, they can choose from the many designs available, and easily personalize their greetings with a personal message through the convenient editing functions. To fit any busy schedule, users of the service can also save and pick-up their project at any time, from any computer by simply logging into their account.
In addition to all of the great functions available, shoppers can add art to any card or envelope from a gallery available, as well as upload multiple photos all at once. These small, personal touches are what make the cards unique, and extra special for any mom.
"This is the first time we have offered our printable cards for Mother's Day within the new, easy-to-use platform, and we are very excited for consumers to take advantage of them," said Michael Waxman-Lenz, senior vice president and general manager of AmericanGreetings.com. "Our members have told us that greeting cards are a perfect way to reflect the strong emotions of love and appreciation they have for mom. And with the printable offerings, creating the perfect card for mom is easier and more fun than ever before."
Looking for even more ways to show mom how great she is this year? AmericanGreetings.com has also just introduced the ability to post your paper card on Facebook. This new feature enables users to give a personalized greeting that can be enjoyed on almost anyone's Facebook wall. What makes this feature even more unique is that the cards that are posted can also be printed, offering mom a keepsake she can cherish forever. Visit http://www.americangreetings.com/printables for additional information.
About American Greetings Corporation
For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) has been a manufacturer and retailer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods, American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-wrap and boxed cards. American Greetings also has the largest collection of electronic greetings on the Web, including cards available at AmericanGreetings.com through AG Interactive, Inc. (the Company's online division). AG Interactive also offers digital photo sharing and personal publishing at PhotoWorks.com and Webshots.com and a one-stop source for online graphics and animations at Kiwee.com. In addition to its product lines, American Greetings also creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.6 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets domestically and worldwide. For more information on the Company, visit http://corporate.americangreetings.com/.
Source: American Greetings Corporation
CONTACT: Frank Cirillo of American Greetings Corporation,
+1-216-252-7300 x4806, firstname.lastname@example.org
TRX Creates New Expense Management Product to Complement Robust Data Analytics and Online Booking Offerings
User-friendly TRUEXPENSE(TM) enhances spend management and reduces TCO
ATLANTA, April 28 -- TRX, Inc. (http://www.trx.com) (OTHER OTC: TRXI), a world-leading provider of travel technology, process automation, consulting and data services has introduced TRUEXPENSE(TM) a travel and expense reporting solution developed to enhance spend management, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and drive end user satisfaction. Pre-deployed to existing TRX customers, the solution was introduced today at TRX's annual global user conference, TRX WORLD.
For more than 10 years, TRX has developed solutions that drive savings for corporate buyers. From booking and profile management to trip improvement and data analytic services, TRX has consistently focused on helping customers determine savings opportunities in their travel processes.
"TRX has a long history of delivering value to corporations seeking to gain control over their travel-related expenditures," said Shane Hammond, president and CEO of TRX. "Based on our deep experience and years of industry research, TRX has developed an expense management solution that delivers unparalleled ROI and makes it possible for companies to control spend with minimal effort and maximum results."
TRUEXPENSE appeals to chief financial officers and other corporate administrators of expense management platforms by improving visibility into corporate travel and entertainment expenses which, in turn, helps companies more effectively manage travel and expense reporting processes. In addition, the rapid implementation process makes it possible for users to benefit from the solution in days, not weeks.
Companies can easily integrate TRUEXPENSE, which includes ancillary fee capture, into their existing accounting and ERP systems. TRUEXPENSE also includes a mobile application designed specifically for iPhone and Blackberry mobile devices, which enables users to upload receipt images into the expense reporting software. This functionality eliminates the need for users to keep track of receipts for long periods of time.
Because paper receipts no longer need to be passed between departments, companies can reduce storage costs. Moreover, by storing original documents in one digitized source file, TRUEXPENSE simplifies auditing and SOX compliance processes.
"TRX has more than 20 utilities that address the inherent challenges within the travel procurement life cycle, so delivering a comprehensive, user-friendly expense report vehicle was a natural progression for us," Hammond stated. "We've managed billions of data records over the past decade which gives us a distinct advantage in understanding the nuances of travel data and providing value-added solutions to our customers."
TRUEXPENSE is now available for a free trial period to existing TRX customers until August 1, 2010. TRX will waive set-up fees for prospective clients through the end of 2010. For more information on how to get started, visit http://www.trx.com or call 404-929-6100.
TRX is a world-leading travel technology and data services provider, offering more than 20 software-as-a-service utilities for online booking, reservation processing, data intelligence, and process automation. We deliver our technology applications in an on-demand environment to travel agencies, corporations, travel suppliers, government agencies, credit card associations, credit card issuing banks, and third-party administrators. We provide patented savings maximization solutions via our travel analytics consulting practice, extending spend management services to travel buyers all over the world. We complement all of these offerings with a global workforce focused on travel process automation and reengineering. For more information about TRX or to contact a TRX sales office, phone 404.929.6100 or visit the company's Web site at http://www.trx.com.
Source: TRX, Inc.
CONTACT: Stephen L. Carroll, Senior Director, Product Marketing, TRX,
Inc., +1-214-346-4758, email@example.com
Attensity Group Acquires Social Media Monitoring Leader Biz360
PALO ALTO, California, April 28, 2010--
- Acquisition Opens the Enterprise by Enabling Social Media to be
Used Across Key Business Processes; Propels Global Semantic Applications
Leader to Dominant Position in the Expanding Social CRM Market
Attensity(TM) Group, the leader in business user applications that
generate value from unstructured data, today announced the execution of a
definitive agreement to acquire Biz360(R) Inc., the leading provider of
social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions. This acquisition
propels Attensity to a dominant position in the expanding Social Customer
Relationship Management (Social CRM) market, by significantly enhancing
Attensity's ability to "open the enterprise" to conversations that take place
online. The enhanced Attensity platform will enable corporate customers to
gain strategic competitive advantage through (1) a world-class "listening
post," (2) self-service analytics, and (3) an integrated self-service
application that enables users to take action on insights found across
customer interaction channels; intelligently routes social, SMS and email
communications for response; and brings social knowledge into corporate
knowledge-bases for more effective agent service and customer self-service.
"Our acquisition of Biz360 further underscores Attensity's commitment to
open the enterprise to the world's unstructured data, bringing a wealth of
internal and external information to key business processes," said Ian
Bonner, president and CEO of Attensity Group. "By adding the massively
growing Internet data source securely to core enterprise applications, we can
help enterprises enhance both customer intimacy and transparency. Biz360's
technology and strong team enables us to gather, analyze and deliver social
and traditional media securely to the enterprise, supporting new capabilities
in Voice of the Customer analytics, customer service, and research
He added, "As a single company, Attensity and Biz360 offer the industry's
most sophisticated and easy-to-use analysis, delivery, and response
capabilities, enabling businesses to effectively listen, analyze, relate, and
act on information, both inside and outside of the firewall."
Attensity offers applications that generate value and actionable insight
from any textual source - email, CRM notes, survey responses, documents, and
a vast amount of data found online, including news, web forums, communities,
blogs, micro-blogging, and social sites. By joining the capabilities of
Biz360 with those of Attensity, the company opens up the enterprise to enable
users to participate, respond and engage in these customer conversations.
"The successful enterprise today needs to combine corporate insights with
the treasure trove of customer insights available through the Internet," said
Michael Fauscette, vice president of the Software Business Solutions Group at
IDC, the global provider of market intelligence. "With the acquisition of
Biz360, Attensity is in a position to help companies around the world unleash
the promise of the social customer through an innovative set of Social CRM
applications that are designed for business users."
Joining the Biz360 product portfolio with Attensity's suite of
applications for unstructured data, already the broadest and deepest in the
industry, creates a significant wealth of complementary and synergistic
technologies, market presence and customer experience. These include
world-class listening post capabilities used by over 50 of the Fortune 2000,
which offer the widest real-time access to online content (social media,
news, forums, blogs, product reviews, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) across more
than 15 languages. The acquisition also brings a proven SaaS-based
self-service application that enables organizations to monitor, track and
analyze these conversations - now called Attensity360.
"This acquisition provides significant market leverage for both parties,"
said Brad Brodigan, president and CEO of Biz360. "The combination of our
social media and market intelligence expertise with Attensity's semantic
analysis applications creates an unparalleled value proposition. Together,
our product lines are making next-generation Social CRM a reality, removing
the technical, process and scalability gaps between companies and their
customers. Together, we will change the way companies listen and respond to
their customers in ways never before possible."
Biz360 was founded in 2000 and has headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.
Biz360 has a strong business with many of the most respected brands including
Allstate Insurance, Astra Zeneca, Burson-Marsteller, Dell, HP, Las Vegas
Sands Corp. and many others. These relationships will provide a strong
revenue base for Biz360 to add to Attensity's global business. While Biz360
was primarily sold in North America, Attensity's global presence and strong
team in EMEA will immediately begin to market and sell the Attensity360
products globally - enabling Attensity to rapidly expand the offering into
markets beyond North America.
In the report, "The Forrester Wave(TM): Listening Platforms," Forrester
Research, Inc., Q1 2009, Biz360 was characterized as "a solid solution that
offers good data coverage, strong reporting, and cross-media comparison
"The Biz360 approach has always provided our company with the deepest
insights around social media data in the market," said long-time Biz360
customer Pete Boyd, senior vice president of operations for Las Vegas Sands
Corp., which owns and operates The Venetian and The Palazzo
resort-hotel-casinos, among other properties. "Combining Biz360's technology
with the business applications of Attensity will enable us to see beyond the
social media and news channels found online, to internal channels such as
surveys, CRM systems and more. Now, with the new Attensity360, we will truly
get that 360-degree view of our customers."
Under the terms of the transaction, Attensity is acquiring Biz360 in its
entirety, including pending patents, proprietary technologies, customer base,
current products and products in development. Upon close of the acquisition,
the Biz360 team will be integrated into the organization with Biz360's
president and CEO, Brad Brodigan, joining Attensity as its senior vice
president and general manager. The addition of Biz360's seasoned team of
professionals grows a dedicated, world-class group focused on software
solutions for social media monitoring and market intelligence.
The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is
expected to close within 10 days. The terms of the deal were not disclosed,
as both companies are closely held private companies. Attensity's majority
shareholder is aeris CAPITAL, a private Swiss investment office, while
Foundation Capital, Granite Ventures and Scale Venture Partners are among
Biz360's investors and will become shareholders in Attensity.
About Attensity Group
Attensity Group provides software applications based on Web 3.0 semantic
technologies to find, understand, and use information trapped in unstructured
text to drive critical decision-making. The comprehensive suite of
applications address collective intelligence in social media and forums; the
voice of the customer in surveys and emails; customer response management;
e-services; research and discovery; risk and compliance; and intelligence
analysis. With more than 500 installations worldwide, Attensity's
award-winning software is used by large government agencies and such
innovative enterprises as Airbus, Charles Schwab, Bosch, JetBlue, Royal Bank
of Canada, Travelocity and Vodafone. Organizations are better able to track
trends, identify patterns, detect anomalies, reduce threats, and seize
opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and retention. The Service &
Support Professionals Association (SSPA) has honored Attensity with its
Recognized Innovator Award. More information is at http://www.attensity.com/en/Company/Blog/index.php, http://twitter.com/attensity and http://www.facebook.com/attensity.
(c)2010 Attensity Group. Attensity is a trademark of Attensity Group in
the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information
is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.
The leader in social media intelligence, Biz360 provides the most
comprehensive social media monitoring solution, from easy-to-use self-service
to full-service capabilities, a global reach far beyond others, and the
combination of traditional media analysis with today's fast-moving social
media landscape. Using advanced data analytics, we aggregate and analyze vast
amounts of news and social media data to yield ongoing, relevant metrics,
which enable our clients to understand and engage their target audiences more
effectively, respond to competitive threats, evaluate trends and improve the
return on their marketing investments. Biz360 can be reached at 866.424.9360, http://www.attensity360.com. Businesses of any size can immediately
experience the power of social media monitoring by signing up for a free
trial via the website.
Majesco Entertainment Kicks-Off 'Greg Hastings Paintball 2' Tour of Duty 2010
15-City Tour Gives Players Opportunity to Meet the Paintball Legend, Play Xbox 360 Version of New Game
EDISON, N.J., April 28 -- Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ:COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announced "Greg Hastings Paintball 2" Tour of Duty 2010. The 15-city tour will give fans the opportunity to meet Greg Hastings, play the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft version of the game with friends, get cool, limited edition paintball swag and pre-order the game from GameStop. The global tour kicks off in Salem, Oregon May 1st and 2nd at the Super Game event; tour stops include cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Following is the "Greg Hastings Paintball 2" Tour of Duty 2010
Developed by Super X Studios in collaboration with Greg Hastings himself, Greg Hastings Paintball 2 will be released in September for Xbox 360®, Wii(TM) and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The game introduces more than 10 single and multiplayer game modes each staged in new paintball locations based on actual fields around the world. Featuring three new event branches - Tournament Speedball, Recball, and for the first time ever, Tournament Woodsball - the challenge will be incredibly intense as players test their skills on multiple fields where the weather conditions are constantly changing.
During Greg Hastings' 23 year paintball career, he has competed all over the world and notched many wins with championship teams such as Ground Zero, Bob Long's Ironmen, XSV, and Smoke. He is a true master of speedball, woodsball, and every format in between. Greg's passion for video games started in the late 1970's while mastering coin operated shooting games such as Asteroids, Defender, and Centipede. This passion came to a pinnacle while being stationed on the nuclear powered fast attack submarine USS Gato, where he mastered "real" video games as a medal winning SONAR Supervisor during his six year tour in the US Navy. Greg earned two Southwest Asia Campaign Medals for his time spent in the combat zone during the first Gulf War, and also received a medal for being "The best SONAR operator ever inspected." Since then, Greg has dedicated himself to creating the best-selling paintball video game franchise that bears his name.
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.
Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period(s) or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "intend," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other comparable terminology. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. These factors include but are not limited to, the demand for our products; our ability to complete and release our products in a timely fashion; competitive factors in the businesses in which we compete; continued consumer acceptance of our products and the gaming platforms on which our products operate; fulfillment of orders preliminarily made by customers; adverse changes in the securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release publicly the results of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.
Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
Source: Majesco Entertainment Company
CONTACT: Karina Tang of Rogers & Cowan, +1-212-445-8419,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Majesco Entertainment Company
ARRIS Optical Transmission and RF Equipment, Wideband Data Systems and Customer Premises Equipment Eligible for RUS Funding
SUWANEE, Ga., April 28 -- ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) today announced that it has received US Department of Agriculture (USDA) RUS Acceptance for its DOCSIS® 3.0 C4® CMTS and Touchstone® Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) suite of devices, as well as its Segmentable Hybrid Fiber Coax infrastructure platform. Cable operators who have been granted USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS) grants to wire un-served or under-served rural areas for broadband can now implement their plans using ARRIS RUS-accepted products and solutions. The ARRIS C4 CMTS, along with the Touchstone E-MTAs and modems, create a new DOCSIS 3.0 category of RUS-accepted equipment.
"ARRIS is the first equipment manufacturer to have a DOCSIS 3.0 standard solution accepted by the USDA RUS," said Liz Zucco, President of MarketSYS USA, Inc. "Companies planning on using funds from the USDA RUS Broadband Loan Program must consult the USDA's 'List of Acceptable Materials' and select equipment from Buy American companies, like ARRIS, whose solutions have been RUS-accepted."
The following ARRIS Broadband Business and Residential Voice & High Speed Data solutions are now RUS accepted and available for purchase from ARRIS:
-- The ARRIS DOCSIS 3.0 C4 CMTS platform
-- Touchstone DOCSIS 3.0 Customer Premises Equipment (Wideband voice and
-- The ARRIS Segmentable HFC Solution, which includes:
-- CHP CORView(TM) Software, Transmitters and Receivers
-- Other CHP Transmitters and Receivers
-- Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers, optical passives couplers and
-- Opti Max(TM) strand mount and cabinet-styIe nodes
-- Flex Max(TM) Line extenders, Bridgers, and Trunk Amplifiers
-- ARRIS line of Regal® Multi- Taps, Line Passives, and Line
-- RF Communications Drop and Bypass Amplifiers
-- Digicon® Drop Connectors, Compression Tools and Installation
All of these products will appear in the updated RUS "List of Acceptable Materials".
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver reliable telephony, demand driven video, next-generation advertising and high-speed data services. ARRIS products expand and help grow network capacity with access and outside plant construction equipment, reliably deliver voice, video and data services and assure optimal service delivery for end customers. Headquartered in Suwanee, GA, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Atlanta; Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Kirkland, WA; State College, PA; Wallingford, CT; Waltham, MA; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com.
CONTACT: Alex Swan, of ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327,
LONDON, April 28, 2010-- David Cameron may be leading the latest voting intentions polls, but
things can be very different in the world of web video clips. RealNetworks,
the online video specialist, asked research company YouGov to take an
alternative approach to the leadership question by asking respondents which
of a series of embarrassing online videos, featuring each of the party
leaders, they would most like to see or see again. Almost twice as many
people wanted to see David Cameron being sneezed on in Hastings (16%), than
either of the incidents involving the other major party leaders
Perhaps reflecting his remarkable growth in recognition since the first
Prime Ministerial debate, only 6% of those surveyed wanted to see Liberal
Democrat leader Nick Clegg hearing that nobody knows him in the Party's
Romsey constituency during a filmed radio interview. Gordon Brown will be
glad to hear that his 'nasal' incident, apparently picking his nose (you be
the judge) during Prime Minister's Questions, is much less popular than David
One piece of good news for all three of the major party leaders is that
the largest percentage (24%) of those who expressed a preference most wanted
to see BNP leader Nick Griffin being pelted with eggs outside Parliament.
Hopefully, the large proportion (29%) that didn't express a preference,
doesn't reflect voter apathy but instead points to the proportion of the
population that still find online video a mystery.
Notes to Editors
RealNetworks has recently brought out its latest RealPlayer SP software
(http://uk.real.com/realplayer) and now provides consumers with the easiest
way to download web video to PC and transfer to mobile devices for free.
After the install, RealPlayer users can simply click on the "download this
video" button which will appear over online video on the webpage visited. The
content will then be instantly downloaded to their PC hard-drive ready for
play-back or transfer to their mobile phone. So if you really enjoyed the
footage of your potential future leaders, download them with RealPlayer SP
for continuous amusement. All the clips can be found on ( http://uk.real.com/realplayer/specials/uk-election-2010/).
RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers
Via PC, portable music player, home entertainment system or mobile phone.
Real created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead
the market with pioneering products and services, including: RealPlayer(R),
the first mainstream media application to enable the downloading and transfer
of online video to mobile devices; the Rhapsody(R) digital music service,
which delivers a catalog of more than 8 million songs to users at home, work
and on-the-go; GameHouse.com, one of the premier casual games destinations on
the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback
tones, offered to consumers through leading wireless carriers around the
world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com/about-us.
RealNetworks, RealArcade, Rhapsody, RealPlayer and the Real logo are
trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or its
subsidiaries. All other trademarks, names of actual companies and products
mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample
size was 2124 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 23rd - 26th April
2010. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and
are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
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NMI Launches Support for Visa Account Updater and MasterCard Automatic Billing Updater.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 28 -- Network Merchants, Inc. (NMI), a leading payment gateway provider for ISOs and MSPs, launches support for Visa's Account Updater & MasterCard's Automatic Billing Updater. This cutting edge technology enables the exchange of updated account information electronically among participating issuers, acquirers, and merchants that process account-on-file Visa/MasterCard transactions.
"Visa's Account Updater and MasterCard's Automatic Billing Updater will automatically maintain the accuracy of customer data and prevent disruptions from account changes," said Matthew Schmidgall, NMI's Chief Technology Officer. Benefits for the merchant includes simplified and secure account-on-file transactions, facilitated uninterrupted service, and reduced negative experiences caused by declines.
The target audience for this service includes all U.S. acquirers, issuers whose customers use their card for recurring or automatic bill payment transactions, and merchants whose business model involves account-on-file payment processes.
Network Merchants, Inc. builds e-commerce payment gateways for companies that process retail and online transactions in real-time anywhere in the world.
With an exceptional team of software engineers, NMI created, maintains and delivers a substantial suite of payment solutions through a unique channel of distribution. This channel is comprised of financial institutions, ISOs/MSPs, payment processors, VARs, e-commerce developers and hardware manufacturers interested in retaining their existing merchant-customers and acquiring new business. With an easy to integrate transparent and private-label program, Affiliate Partners maintain their own look and feel while providing merchants with efficient and secure payment processing solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.nmi.com.
digiZoid Introduces the zo(TM) Personal Subwoofer for Portable Audio
New portable audio enhancement device will blow your mind, not your ears
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 28 -- digiZoid® today unveiled the zo(TM) personal subwoofer, breakthrough technology representing the first-of-its-kind audio device. Developed to improve the sound quality from any media player or listening system, the zo is a superior alternative to the traditional earphone upgrade for improved sound performance on the go.
"This technology represents five years of extensive research, development and testing," said Paul Berg, president and chief technology officer at digiZoid. "The result is a tremendous breakthrough in high-quality sound for portable media at a perfect time considering the mass convergence of communication, audio and video entertainment into these devices."
The zo is based on digiZoid® SmartVector(TM) sound contouring technology, a fusion of intelligent electronics with advanced materials that dynamically adjusts and presents tailored sound energy to a speaker and the ear for optimized audibility. The result is analogous to installing a subwoofer and upgraded speakers into your home audio system, except it is accomplished with a device about the size of an iPod® nano.
Additional features of the zo include:
-- A multi-function switch enabling single-point control of all device
-- 32 selectable subwoofer intensity and frequency response contouring
-- LightScale(TM) color indicator of selected contour profile
-- Simple plug-n-play setup
-- Compact and portable size - weighs less than an ounce
-- Designed and manufactured in the United States
Pricing and Availability
Each zo comes with a mini USB cable, two 3.5mm stereo cables (10cm and 100cm long) and a SmartStart guide. Introductory priced at $99, the zo is available today for order by visiting digiZoid's online store at http://www.digizoid.com/store/.
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., digiZoid® is redefining audio for the world of consumer electronics one sound at a time. With its unique audio enhancement technologies and patent pending SmartVector(TM) sound contouring technology, digiZoid has defined a new category of sound that will "Blow your mind, not your ears(TM)."
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Microsoft Powers New Partner-Hosted Business Models Enabling Monetization of the Cloud
Partners utilize the Microsoft Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for hosters to deploy cloud and disaster recovery services.
REDMOND, Wash., April 28 -- This week at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2010, Microsoft Corp. is highlighting partner success stories that underscore new business models Microsoft is enabling for hosting providers in cloud computing. Utilizing the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit, which provides sample code, marketing collateral and a prescriptive guidance based on best practices, hosting providers Fasthosts Internet Ltd. and nGenX Corp. are launching managed services including cloud infrastructure, virtualization and disaster recovery through channel partners and to small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The Dynamic Data Center Toolkit is powered by Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center.
"As awareness of hosted services is increasing among SMBs, there is a transformation underway with how businesses adopt technology," said John Zanni, general manager of Worldwide Hosting for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. "SMBs are beginning to demand the benefits of the cloud across their IT investments but continue to rely on their traditional IT providers for guidance and support. Microsoft sees this shift as an opportunity to create new business models for its hosting partners and monetize the cloud. Hosting providers have an increasingly important role on the cutting edge of this transformation, bringing finished, relevant services to channel partners and SMBs on top of the raw utility that is the cloud."
Fasthosts, the U.K.'s largest Web hosting company, recently launched Rise (http://www.rise-partners.com/), an infrastructure-as-a-service provider dedicated to the channel, enabling thousands of channel partners such as systems integrators, value-added resellers and outsourcers -- which traditionally deploy IT on premises -- to become resellers and move into the cloud computing space. Rise is a brand-new company from Fasthosts that will provide cloud and dedicated infrastructure as well as end-to-end solutions for these channel partners to either resell or offer as a white-label service under their own brands.
"SMBs are aware of the cloud, but are often confused about what it delivers and how they can utilize it, usually relying on a third-party trusted advisor and supplier to guide them," said Andy Burton, CEO of Fasthosts and Rise. "What we're addressing with Data Center on Demand from Rise is how SMBs buy IT, not just why they should. By providing cloud services to the channel partners, we're enabling those companies that have the trusted relationship with the end customer to deliver the benefits in a way that is clearly understood by the customer."
Deploying and managing servers can be a complex, time-consuming process for SMBs that can monopolize IT resources, prohibiting them from spending time and energy on their core competencies. nGenX, a provider of cloud computing and managed hosting solutions, recently announced Guardian Cloud, an automated cloud service that will empower the end users with complete control over their cloud-based infrastructures while lowering their IT costs and management hassles.
A major concern of cloud computing among SMBs is reliability, as downtime or lost data translates to lost revenue, a damaged reputation and halted productivity. Disaster recovery solutions traditionally have been costly and are an investment made more often by large enterprises. Through Microsoft's Dynamic Data Center Alliance program, nGenX is leveraging storage and data management solutions from NetApp®, the 2009 Microsoft Storage Partner of the year, to deliver an enhanced version of Guardian Cloud called Guardian GeoCloud to be released in the third quarter of 2010. Guardian GeoCloud expands Guardian Cloud by providing the customer with a level of disaster recovery and security traditionally only available to large enterprises. It accomplishes this by using an integration of NetApp shared storage and data management capabilities with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center. Through this combined solution, which provides replication and failover of a customer's virtualized environment to a remote datacenter, SMBs are able to rapidly protect and restore valuable information with little or no downtime while maintaining smooth business operations. Furthermore, the integrated solution offers SMBs enterprise-level cloud computing and disaster recovery at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.
"We're excited to introduce Guardian GeoCloud to our SMB customers," said Robert A. Bye, executive vice president at nGenX. "Microsoft's Dynamic Data Center Alliance allowed us to leverage NetApp technologies to deliver a differentiated service with disaster recovery that sets us apart in the market and will help our business grow."
"We see a big opportunity to help hosters deliver disaster recovery to SMBs, helping bridge the technology gap between them and large enterprises," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions and Alliances at NetApp. "We're thrilled to be working with Microsoft as part of the Dynamic Data Center Alliance to help enable these new business models for the hosting community."
Services similar to Data Center on Demand and Guardian GeoCloud can be deployed by utilizing guidance and sample code available in Microsoft's Dynamic Data Center Toolkit. More information can be found at http://microsoft.com/dynamicdatacenter.
About Microsoft Hosting Summit 2010
The Microsoft Hosting Summit is an annual event that brings together Microsoft's hosting provider partners and leaders across the industry to connect and share ideas on how to win together with Microsoft and move their business forward in a constantly changing environment. This year, the Summit will feature presentations on Microsoft's cloud vision and partner opportunities, Hosted Exchange 2010 and Hosted SharePoint 2010, among many others. For more information, please visit https://www.microsofthostingsummit.com/.
ScholarOne Abstracts Users Now Capture and Share Meeting Content with Innovative Tool
PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, April 28 -- Thomson Reuters today announced a new partnership between ScholarOne(TM), its industry-leading peer review workflow management solution, and SciVee, a leading provider of rich media solutions to the scientific, technical and medical market. This partnership will give users of ScholarOne Abstracts (formerly Abstract Central) the ability to capture live meeting content and share this content post-event using one source.
"This partnership is in direct response to the feedback we have received from our customers who want support beyond abstract review," said Keith Collier, vice president and general manager of ScholarOne, Thomson Reuters. "The products SciVee offers create innovative multimedia components for the world of scholarly publishing and we are confident this partnership will help our clients get the most from their meeting content."
What does this mean to ScholarOne Abstracts users? From a scholarly standpoint, users can augment their meetings or conferences with fluid, multimedia content. As a business tool, this application increases post-event revenue opportunities.
"As more scientific endeavors move on-line, SciVee strongly believes that video and rich media will play an increasingly important role," stated Marc Friedmann, CEO of SciVee. "We are pleased to partner with ScholarOne to bring this enhanced capability to their society and conference customers."
ScholarOne Abstracts, a web-based workflow solution, provides those organizing meetings with a secure, complete, cost-effective workflow solution for abstract submission, peer review, program creation, publishing output, and administrative control.
SciVee provides Internet video and rich media web products and services for institutions and individual researchers to help the advancement of scientific knowledge. Based in San Diego, SciVee was launched in late 2007 as a joint initiative between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. Visit http://www.scivee.tv for more information.
Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:TRI). For more information, go to http://www.thomsonreuters.com.
Source: Thomson Reuters
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Broadcast International solidifies its position in Asia with grant from Japanese Patent Office
SALT LAKE CITY, April 28 -- Broadcast International, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BCST) ("BI") announced today that it has received a patent grant from Japan covering the CodecSys(TM) encoding platform. The patent is broad in its nature and covers the unique, proprietary system used by CodecSys(TM) to deliver complex video streams over the Internet at bandwidths lower than previously achieved in the marketplace.
CodecSys(TM) is a breakthrough, multi-codec video compression software platform that dramatically reduces video bandwidth requirements over satellite, cable, IP and wireless networks. By slashing bandwidth needs, CodecSys enables a new generation of applications to deliver HD video at lower bandwidth rates than previously achieved with legacy, outdated hardware encoders.
"We are thrilled to receive this formal acknowledgment from Japanese authorities who recognize the tremendous value of our technology. Not only does this award continue to validate the reality and viability of our offer, but it adds to a suite of patents in the Pac-Asia region," said Rod Tiede. "The Pacific-Asian region place is extremely difficult to break into without strong technology protection, so we see some exciting opportunities in the horizon with this formal recognition from Japan's Patent Office."
About Broadcast International
Broadcast International is a leading provider of video-powered broadcast solutions, including IP, and digital satellite, Internet streaming and other types of wired/wireless network distribution. BI's patented CodecSys software is a breakthrough, multi-codec video compression technology that cuts video bandwidth requirements over satellite, cable, IP and wireless networks. By slashing bandwidth needs, CodecSys enables a new generation of applications such as streaming video to cell phones, and offers unprecedented price/ performance benefits for existing applications such as HD video.
All statements in this news release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under the caption "Additional Factors That May Affect Our Business" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q filings, and amendments thereto. In addition, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing environment, and new risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statement.
Source: Broadcast International, Inc.
CONTACT: Steve Jones of Broadcast International, +1-801-562-2252,
Atari Teams Up With Powerful Line-Up of Partners To Support the Launch of Its New Action-Packed Videogame Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers
Franklin Sports, GT Beverages, Baseball Youth, and the National Alliance of Youth Sports, Inc. Sign On to Promote Sandlot Sluggers, The Next Evolution in Backyard Sports
NEW YORK, April 28 -- Atari, Inc., one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, announced today its all-star line-up of partners to support the launch of the all-new Backyard Sports(TM): Sandlot Sluggers video game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) shipping out May 25, 2010. Franklin Sports, GT Beverages, Baseball Youth, and the National Alliance of Youth Sports, Inc. have signed on as marketing partners for Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers, based on one of the best selling kids' sports video game series, which allows players to join their favorite neighborhood friends and play ball in fun and exciting arcade style sports action. Each partnership boasts its own unique initiatives which kick-off in May 2010.
"Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers is a big evolution for the number one kids sports videogame brand with a whole host of engaging, new features while keeping true to the classic rules of the sport," says Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc. "Our partnerships with Franklin Sports, GT Beverages, Baseball Youth, and the National Alliance of Youth Sports, Inc. provide us with an excellent opportunity to broaden brand awareness."
Franklin Sports product and brand integration will appear in Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers including a pitching machine, logos on fields, and billboards. Franklin Sports branding will also be seen alongside the activity tips on the loading screens which promote physical activity for kids.
GT Beverages will feature the Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers logo on its Sportastic(TM) Sports Drink, a delicious, naturally flavored beverage, designed for health-conscious, active children and adults, from May to June 2010. Additionally, Backyard Sports and Sportastic will create a promotional tie-in with U.S. GameStop locations to drive awareness and sales of Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers video game and Sportastic drinks.
The Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers video game will serve as the exclusive game on the East and West coasts for the Baseball Youth Road Trip FANFEST, an interactive traveling tour visiting youth baseball tournaments across the United States. On-site booth interaction of the video game will include game demos and sampling. Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers will receive massive integrated exposure via Baseball Youth Magazine and national partners, social network, email blasts, branded vehicles, and local media lasting from May to September 2010.
Lastly, the partnership with the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Inc. will open the way for Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers to reach over 70,000 member organizations, including National Youth Sports Coaches, Parks & Recreation Associations, YMCAs, and JCCs, through the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Inc. e-newsletter. In addition, Atari will make a donation for the NAYS Excellence in Youth Sports Awards in the name of Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers.
Sandlot Sluggers, is a completely new take on a longtime favorite franchise with all-new features, updated graphics, enhanced gameplay, and extensive options that will keep players and gamers alike enthusiastically entertained. Allowing kids to follow traditional baseball rules, Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers is an intuitive game with kid-appropriate content that combines realism with fantasy while being wholesome and non-violent. Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers will be available for Xbox 360 ($29.99), Wii ($29.99), and Nintendo DS ($29.99).
Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment for interactive game platforms that include PC, online, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone). Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.
Atari benefits from its global brand and an extensive catalogue of popular games based on classic owned game franchises (Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Lunar Lander®), original owned franchises (Test Drive®, Backyard Sports(TM), Deer Hunter®), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online, Champions Online) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters®, Project Runway(TM), Dungeons and Dragons®).
Headquartered in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, HB Studios Multimedia Limited specializes in sports video games for home console, handheld, and PC systems. Established in 2000, HB Studios has shipped 23 titles with over 150 different SKU's including THQ's Big Beach Sports, EA Sports Rugby, EA Sports Cricket and Konami's Rock Revolution as well as versions of EA Sports' FIFA, NBA Live, NHL, FIFA Street, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and Madden NFL. To date HB's global sales have reached over 11.7 million units.
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BT Delivers Virtual Fitting Rooms to Tommy Hilfiger
Telepresence solution reduces travel time and costs, increases speed-to-market and lowers carbon emissions for leading premium lifestyle brand
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 28 -- Leading premium lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger, one of the largest designer apparel brands globally, has signed a five-year managed services contract with BT. Under the terms of the agreement, BT will provide a videoconferencing solution which includes the industry's first 'virtual fitting rooms', which the company jointly developed with TANDBERG, now part of the newly formed Cisco TelePresence Technology Group. These rooms enable immediate global "in-person" communication and collaboration among Tommy Hilfiger's designers and manufacturing facilities. The solution connects offices in Amsterdam, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo, with potentially more units to follow.
The virtual fittings rooms - based upon BT's Unified Communications Video solution coupled with Cisco's TANDBERG technology - include add-ons such as mobile cameras and recording facilities to enable the design team - based in Amsterdam and New York - to collaborate faster and more effectively with the manufacturing team in Hong Kong. Teams will be able to discuss the development of every single piece of the collection face-to-face without having to take long-distance flights.
"We were impressed by BT's knowledge and experience in the videoconferencing area. This, combined with the creative, innovative solution which the BT-Cisco team offered, made the decision easy," said Fred Gehring, CEO Tommy Hilfiger Group. "The solution will bring us an immersive virtual meeting experience and save both time and money. Teams will be able to interact and collaborate as if they were in the same room, making us much more agile and competitive. We look forward to better and more regular communication between our entities across the globe."
Bas Burger, CEO BT Benelux, added: "This solution will also significantly lower carbon emissions. It is a good example of where sustainability and cost-savings go hand-in-hand. We at BT understand that sustainability is not an altruistic activity. To sustain the business, investments need to show return."
"Tommy Hilfiger has always been a trend setter, now further illustrated by their innovative approach to virtual design and collaboration," said Fredrik Halvorsen, senior vice president, TelePresence Technology Group, Cisco. "Like many other leading companies, Tommy Hilfiger has recognized that high quality telepresence can make their processes faster and more effective, delivering a distinct competitive advantage."
The contract includes two TANDBERG Telepresence T3 systems (Amsterdam and New York), one Telepresence T1 system in Tokyo, three customized 'virtual fitting rooms' (based on the Telepresence T1) in Amsterdam, New York and Hong Kong, desktop units, supporting infrastructure (such as recording facilities) and software.
Tommy Hilfiger will also receive BT's One Source for TANDBERG, a complete and ubiquitous managed services wrap which includes 24/7 helpdesk support, automated call scheduling and call launching, on-site maintenance, pro-active system monitoring and remote diagnostics. This reliable and easy to use service provides users and administrators alike with a single point of contact for all their support needs.
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group's revenue was pounds Sterling 21,390 million.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
BT Conferencing is a leading global provider of audio, video and web collaboration services. We are the foremost player in the UK's growing conferencing services market and the leading supplier of video conferencing services worldwide. Our partnerships with top technology companies and equipment vendors ensure we always have the best and latest solutions to offer our customers.
About Cisco Systems
Cisco, (NASDAQ:CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, this year celebrates 25 years of technology innovation, operational excellence and corporate social responsibility. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com/. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com/.
About the Tommy Hilfiger Group
With a premium lifestyle brand portfolio that includes Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim, the Tommy Hilfiger Group of Companies is one of the world's most recognized designer apparel groups. The Group's focus is designing and marketing high-quality menswear, womenswear, children's apparel and denim collections. Through select licensees, the Group offers complementary lifestyle products such as accessories, fragrances and home furnishings. Tommy Hilfiger Group merchandise is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of dedicated retail stores, leading specialty and department stores and other carefully controlled distribution channels. For additional information about the Tommy Hilfiger Group of Companies, please visit http://www.tommy.com.
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Wavien, Inc. and Meiloon Industrial Co., Ltd. Announce a Plan to Introduce a Long Life DPR, Ultra-Short-Throw Projector
VALENCIA, Calif., April 28 -- Wavien, Inc. and Meiloon Industrial Co., Ltd. today announce a joint plan to introduce an Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector for the educational and home theatre markets.
"Wavien's DPR technology offers a longer lifetime, significantly improved and maintained brightness, and higher efficiency in projection applications when used with ultra high pressure mercury from qualified vendors," stated Dr. Kenneth Li, President and CEO of Wavien, Inc., who is also the inventor of the DPR technology. Dr. Li added: "This unique patented design enables a significant reduction in the cost of projector operation, which is especially important in classrooms where projector usage is very high and home theatre applications where trouble-free operation is essential."
"Short throw projection is the market trend of projection display for large screen display at low cost while mobility and space are considered, and Meiloon is one of the ODM leaders in the market right now," said Dr. Michael Tang, head of Opto-electronics BU of Meiloon. "Lamp life and replacement cost is always a big issue for projectors especially in the areas of high service and labor cost such as North America and Europe, where short throw projectors with much longer lamp life is highly expected." Dr. Tang added, "Eventually LED lighting is the solution for such problem, but current efficiency is not good enough when over 1,000 lumens are demanded, so DPR can be a nice solution before significant improvement by LED lighting."
Last summer Wavien and Texas Instruments announced a co-marketing effort using Wavien's DPR technology for projectors aimed at the educational market.
About Wavien, Inc.
Wavien, based in Valencia, California, is a technology licensing company developing long-life, high-performance light sources and engine prototypes for the projection and general lighting industries. Wavien currently offers its unique "Dual Paraboloid Reflector" ("DPR") technology using ultra-high-pressure arc lamps. Wavien has also entered the LED illumination market with its "Premien" recycling and non-imaging optical technology. These technologies improve lamp life, brightness, and efficiency when teamed with applications in the projection display, fiber optics, entertainment, and general lighting markets.
DPR is a registered trademark of Wavien, Inc. Premien is a trademark of Wavien, Inc.
Broadcom Introduces Affordable Bluetooth(R) Hands-Free Car Kit Solution Optimized for Clear Conversations in All Driving Conditions
Top-Tier Car Kit Makers Adopt Upgraded Broadcom(R) Bluetooth and SmartAudio(R) Technologies to Deliver an Improved User Experience
IRVINE, Calif., April 28 -- Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a new Bluetooth® reference design platform that will enable improved audio quality and a more compelling user experience in a broader range of hands-free car kit devices. This new design platform, built upon the successful Broadcom® BCM20741 family of Bluetooth system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for headset devices, includes an upgrade to its SmartAudio® sound and voice enhancement technology that reduces annoying background noise to deliver clear conversations in all driving conditions. Samsung has adopted this new platform for its HF1000 car kit device, which is now shipping.
Highlights/ Key Facts:
-- Municipal and national governments around the world continue to enact
'hands-free' laws that require the use of car kits and headsets when
talking on a cell phone while driving.
-- Bluetooth car kits allow users to engage in 'hands-free' phone
conversations by pairing with a cell phone and providing
speakerphone capabilities in the vehicle.
-- 'Hands-free' regulations will be enacted in Shenzhen, China
starting in August 2010 -- China represents the biggest automotive
market in the world and a strong opportunity for innovative
-- Broadcom is working with the leading car kit makers on new product
designs based on its BCM20741 Bluetooth SoC solution.
-- The BCM20741 SoC is the industry's most advanced low cost Bluetooth
hands-free solution, providing the best power efficiency, as well as
premium audio quality without the need for costly external flash
memory, for the design of compelling new car kits.
-- Utilizing the industry's first 65 nanometer CMOS design process,
key user interface enhancements and superior audio quality, the
BCM20741 leapfrogs competing solutions.
-- This upgraded reference design and audio enhancement package
provides all the components and software required to develop and
manufacture affordable car kit devices with premium audio quality.
-- Key features that this new technology platform enables include:
-- Echo cancellation that significantly improves 'double-talk'
-- 'Near-end' speech intelligibility enhancement that
automatically enhances the quality and loudness of the
caller's voice so that drivers can focus their attention on
-- Integrated multiple language voice prompts (in on-chip ROM)
that increases ease-of-use and lowers bill-of-materials (BOM)
-- An integrated 'fast-charging' power management unit that is
capable of recharging large car kit batteries in minutes.
-- Highly tunable audio algorithms that enable further
differentiation and a unique capability to adapt to various
-- Integrated within the BCM20741 Bluetooth SoC solution is Broadcom's
SmartAudio technology that intelligently analyzes digital audio
streams within the Bluetooth hands-free device. It differentiates
between voice and non-voice characteristics while eliminating
background noise to deliver a clearer and distortion-free
-- In hands-free car kits, loud audio can lead to annoying speaker
distortion, which is caused by high intensity, low frequency
-- SmartAudio technology has now been enhanced for car kits,
integrating special enhancements that condition the frequencies to
deliver a clear audio experience.
-- The Broadcom BCM20741 Bluetooth SoC solution with advanced SmartAudio
capabilities is now in production by early access customers.
Craig Ochikubo, Vice President & General Manager, Broadcom's Wireless Personal Area Networking line of business
"We continue to grow in the Bluetooth hands-free market by delivering a superior audio experience that provides key user benefits, and is friendly to the end-user and the environment. New car kit products based on our technology also benefit from the latest version of our popular SmartAudio technology with revolutionary noise suppression technologies optimized particularly for car kits."
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Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless communications semiconductor companies, with 2009 revenue of $4.49 billion, holds more than 4,050 U.S. and 1,650 foreign patents, and has more than 7,900 additional pending patent applications, and one of the broadest intellectual property portfolios addressing both wired and wireless transmission of voice, video, data and multimedia.
A FORTUNE 500® company, Broadcom is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at +1.949.926.5000 or at http://www.broadcom.com.
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All statements included or incorporated by reference in this release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the demand for Bluetooth hands-free car kits, our position in that market, and the impact of the BCM20741 Bluetooth SoC solution on the hands-free user experience. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.
Important factors that may cause such a difference for Broadcom in connection with the BCM20741 Bluetooth SoC solution, include, but are not limited to:
-- the rate at which our present and future customers and end-users adopt
Broadcom's Bluetooth technologies for mobile applications;
-- trends in the wireless networking markets in various geographic
regions, including seasonality in sales of consumer products into
which our products are incorporated;
-- the gain or loss of a key customer, design win or order;
-- the volume of our product sales and pricing concessions on volume
-- competitive pressures and other factors such as the qualification,
availability and pricing of competing products and technologies and
the resulting effects on sales and pricing of our products.
Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.
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Trapeze Solutions are iPad Ready for Reliable Always-on Wireless Computing
PLEASANTON, Calif., April 28 -- Trapeze Networks, a Belden Brand (NYSE:BDC) and leader in enterprise wireless LAN equipment and management software, today announced its infrastructure solutions have been tested extensively with Apple Computer's iPads and many other tablets. Trapeze's wireless system software, access points, controllers and management software provide reliable and scaleable wireless networking so all users can be mobile and connected -- 24x7.
Fueled by Apple's iPad, the tablet war has begun, and the proliferation of Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices continues unabated. This massive device growth has real impact on wireless network design and deployment. To that end, Trapeze shares its experience and illustrates how network managers can prepare for the proliferation of new Wi-Fi devices such as tablets in its new white paper, 'How Will the Tablet Generation Affect Wireless LANs?'
More Users, Applications and Devices
Apple's iPad and iPod, Amazon's Kindle and Google's Android are all soaring in popularity in many industries including healthcare, education and hospitality. So, too, is the enthusiasm for all the many other tablets, eBook readers, netbooks and notebooks, smartphones and plethora of similar portable platforms now on the market -- all with wireless networking interfaces built-in. More users with more devices running more applications, often concurrently (such as using VoWLAN phone for voice and a laptop for data applications), is becoming the new norm.
"Deploying flexible and reliable Wi-Fi technologies is paramount to successfully gearing up the enterprise wireless infrastructure for the onslaught of wireless hand-held devices," said Dhrupad Trivedi, president, Trapeze Networks. "Completely tested, Trapeze's Wi-Fi infrastructure solutions are proven to deliver optimal functionality to all Wi-Fi-enabled clients -- from phones, tablets and laptops to smartphones."
Trapeze Shares Perspectives
Trapeze Networks conducted thorough analysis and product testing and, as a result, published a white paper discussing conclusions to key issues facing network managers as existing and new client devices increase and integrate into the wireless LAN network. Trapeze explains the implications of mobile device proliferation in the four major areas of performance and scalability, security, reliability and management.
For more information about Trapeze solutions, including Mobility System Software, a full line of WLAN controllers, and 802.11n access points, as well as the award-winning RingMaster® wireless LAN management suite, please visit http://www.trapezenetworks.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877.359.8779 or 925.474.2200.
About Trapeze Networks
Trapeze Networks, a Belden Brand, is a leader in enterprise wireless LAN equipment and management software. Trapeze Networks was the first company to introduce NonStop Wireless Networking that delivers unmatched reliability to the enterprise wireless LAN and its solutions are optimized for companies requiring mobility and high bandwidth such as healthcare, education and hospitality. Trapeze delivers Smart Mobile®, providing scalable wireless LANs for applications such as voice over Wi-Fi, location services, and indoor/outdoor connectivity.
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Online 3D Animation Service Enables Real-time Customization of Quadruped Animations
SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 -- Building on its extensive collection of high-quality character animations, Mixamo Inc. today announced its first offerings of 3D quadruped animal motions for dogs, horses, and wolves, with cats and dragons forthcoming.
3D artists and animators in the video game, film/TV broadcast, virtual world platform, and other digital content creation markets now have access to a growing number of high-quality animal animations that can be customized in real-time using the intuitive slider system offered by Mixamo. Fully-rigged 3D dog, horse, and wolf models and accompanying motions are now available on http://www.mixamo.com, with more planned for release in the coming weeks.
"Mixamo's new animal model and animation offerings benefit the 3D community tremendously - now it is possible to create custom quadruped motions easily and quickly, without compromising on quality," says Stefano Corazza, Mixamo CTO. "At Mixamo, we continually strive to respond to customer needs by offering a simple and easy way to create 3D animations; adding quadruped motions was a natural fit with this philosophy."
Users can visit the Motions page on http://www.mixamo.com and view all animal motions currently offered. By selecting an animal motion, the user can then easily customize it in real-time using Mixamo's slider interface. Finally, the user is able to download the customized motion and then integrate into his 3D environment quickly and seamlessly.
Cat and fantasy models and animations will soon be available on http://www.mixamo.com, as will the ability to apply quadruped animations to users' own uploaded animal models.
Mixamo Inc. is a Silicon Valley, VC-funded company founded by 3D pioneers Stefano Corazza, CTO, and Nazim Kareemi, CEO. Based on research from Stanford University's BioMotion lab, Mixamo offers the first online 3D character animation service that provides animators, game artists and 3D professionals the power to customize and create professional-quality character animations at unprecedented speeds. Mixamo currently employs a team of outstanding computer vision experts, 3D animators, software engineers and serial entrepreneurs from around the world.
Atmel Targets Smart Energy, Building and Home Automation with Easy-to-Use BitCloud Profile Suite
New BitCloud Profile Suite and RZ600 evaluation kit enables easy development of ZigBee Application Profiles
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 28 -- ESC 2010 -- Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced the availability of Atmel BitCloud® Profile Suite, a ready-to-use framework for rapid development of ZigBee®-certified applications. The suite includes a complete set of fully functional reference implementations of the ZigBee Application Profiles for ZigBee Smart Energy (ZSE), ZigBee Building Automation (ZBA) and ZigBee Home Automation (ZHA). Atmel is also introducing the RZ600 evaluation kit, a tool accompanying BitCloud Profile Suite, and enables designers to prototype, develop and deploy ZigBee standards-compliant wireless applications for smart energy, home automation and building automation markets operating in both in 2.4GHz and the regional 700/800/900 MHz frequency bands.
The easy-to-use Atmel RZ600 development kit offers designers the flexibility to combine any Atmel RF transceiver with an Atmel microcontroller. The kit showcases Atmel's unique line-up of low power and high RF performance transceivers, which offer superior battery life for portable applications and extended range for robust connection. When used with the free and certified BitCloud Profile Suite, RZ600 will help reduce system engineering design costs and slash time to market for a range of standards-compliant wireless products. RZ600 offers engineers the flexibility to design products for the 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4-compliant markets including smart energy, building and home automation. In addition to these markets, the Atmel transceivers enable designers to develop applications in the proprietary wireless application space for consumer products including toys, remote controls, walkie talkies and audio/video transfer applications.
"Atmel is committed to the growing ZigBee markets," said Magnus Pedersen, Product Marketing Director of MCU Wireless Solutions of Atmel Corporation. "By offering an easy-to-use development solution, designers can now have the flexibility to either design within the IEEE 802.15.4 standard or in proprietary wireless networks. We continue to offer solutions for the changing ZigBee markets."
The Atmel RZ600 includes radio extender boards, USB-to-10-pin-wireless dongles, and IEEE-802.15.4-compliant RF transceivers to support the worldwide 2.4GHz and the regional 700/800/900 MHz frequency bands. The Atmel® BitCloud® Profile Suite enables engineers to develop, debug and connect to wireless networks with radio extender boards that can be connected to Atmel evaluation boards. These evaluation boards include the Atmel STK600 and the EVK1105 for wireless applications with an 8- or 32-bit AVR MCU and with the Atmel SAMx-EK wireless application development with an Atmel ARM®-based MCU (with an ARM7 or Cortex core) and are combined with the latest ZSE 1.1 standard software.
Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.
ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronic, energy, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.zigbee.org/.
Group O Launches Commercial Packaging Web Property - GOeSource.com
MILAN, Ill., April 28 -- Group O launched a new online packaging materials web store - GOeSource.com - which gives customers a high quality, low cost, easy to use experience to source a comprehensive portfolio of packaging, janitorial, safety products and equipment.
"With GOeSource.com, we're delivering a convenient and expanded online experience for our customers," says Murad Velani, President and COO at Group O. "We're excited about this new online store offering great prices, extensive product categories and high quality service to segments of our customers that prefer to purchase via the web channel. We also believe that there's a large segment of customers that have been traditionally underserved, and our objective is to provide them with an online experience that meets their packaging needs." Group O has conducted extensive market research to offer customers low prices on hundreds of industry leading products and has greatly expanded product selection to make GOeSource.com a convenient one-stop shopping experience.
In addition, Group O provides corporate clients a solution for a branded, private label packaging web store which enables them to standardize their packaging purchasing and SKUs across their entire network of plant facilities and distribution centers. Clients can aggregate their packaging spend across disparate plant operations; get real time transactional and financial visibility and drive compliance for usage and costs; standardize process; reduce ordering cycle times and improve cost efficiencies related to packaging procurement and sourcing.
GOeSource.com offers products from the world's leading brands and a comprehensive portfolio of products for stretch film, tape, bubble, cushioning, void fill, and poly bags, along with an expanded line of corrugated boxes, janitorial and sanitation products, absorbents, and safety supplies. GOeSource.com also offers new product categories including high performance air filters and sustainable green certified cleaning products. Group O is able to rapidly fulfill and deliver customer orders by utilizing its comprehensive nationwide network of 3PL and shipping locations.
"Our web store gives customers a comprehensive and single source to find multiple solutions for their packaging needs," says Velani.
Group O. For 35 years, Group O, one of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in the U.S., has been delivering a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to Fortune 1,000 clients. Group O is a leading provider of products and services optimizing marketing services, information analytics, print management, business process outsourcing (BPO), packaging materials and equipment, kit assembly, supply chain and third party logistics (3PL). More information about Group O is available at groupo.com.
Source: Group O
CONTACT: Tiffany Williams of Group O, Inc, +1-309-736-8179,
Today Eon Digital Preservation, Inc. launches its much anticipated beta of its Eternos free social web automated backup tool. Eternos archives and protects your social network activity including the most popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Blog posts, Picasa albums and Gmail with no extra software to download. It displays your online activity in an easy to navigate timeline and is rigorously secured and tested daily by McAfee Secure
SEATTLE, April 28 -- Eternos (http://www.eternos.com) announces the public beta launch of its free automated life archiving service. Eternos capitalizes on the tremendous growth within the social web, providing users a means to backup online interactions for future personal viewing and sharing with generations to come. Once setup, Eternos automatically and continuously backs up Facebook activity, Twitter (tweets), blog posts (Wordpress, Tumblr, any RSS feed), Picasa albums, and Gmail for posterity. Online activity and uploaded files are displayed visually on an easy-to-navigate timeline.
Marc Mauger, Chief Executive Officer of Eternos explains, "Now more than ever people are interacting on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Eternos is the easiest way to chronicle your life via automatic backup of the stuff you're already sharing online. Additionally, Eternos is a secure place to backup your old family photos, movies, and important documents." Marc continues, "Many people don't know much about their ancestors, their heritage. If you use Eternos, your descendants will come to understand your personality through your interactions. Of course you're able to edit, delete, and assign permissions to artifacts in your Eternos backup."
Eternos also caters to those who do not participate in social networking by providing a truly full featured life archiving platform. Features available to all Eternos users include a biographical profile and medical history, search, video journal, file upload, Life Key -- which offers the ability to appoint account trustees -- and McAfee Secure data testing safeguarding information from unauthorized access or compromise. In the months to come, the company will continue to assess usability, add third party services to our roster of compatible sites, and enhance the overall customer experience; developing and implementing upgrades as needed.
Learn more about Eternos at http://www.eternos.com or contact Eric Rogers at (206) 455-9946 or pr (at) eternos.com
Founded in 2008, Eternos was developed by a few tech professionals with the assistance of a Genealogy expert and a Sociologist. Eternos automatically backs up users' data on the most popular social sites, preserving a lifetime of memories electronically for future generations and eliminating time-intensive manual processes. The company's mission is to provide users with tools that allow for easy chronicling of their life and times, while striving to deliver a full three-generation data guarantee.
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blinkx Adds Behavioral Targeting to Online Video Advertising Platform
blinkx AdHoc leverages patented technology to serve ads based on users' interests and video viewing habits
SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 -- blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine, today introduced Behavioral Targeting through blinkx AdHoc, the first contextual and behavioral advertising platform for online video.
Launched in 2007, blinkx AdHoc revolutionized online video advertising as the first platform to offer true contextual targeting for TV and video on the Web. Leveraging blinkx's patented speech recognition and visual analysis technology to understand rich media at a deep and granular level, AdHoc's Contextual Targeting serves ads with unrivalled precision based on the content and subject matter of a specific video. Over the past three years, the platform has run hundreds of campaigns, for some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including Coca-Cola, Shell and Microsoft.
Today, blinkx is adding Behavioral Targeting to the AdHoc platform. Using its award-winning core technology to understand the exact nature of the content a user is watching, blinkx can track video consumption patterns over time, build an awareness of a user's interests and enable advertisers to match ads with an online video audience based on behavior.
As part of its commitment to transparency, user choice and education, blinkx has signed up to the UK Internet Advertising Bureau's Good Practice Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (http://www.youronlinechoices.com), which aim to empower consumers and give them information and options about behavioral advertising. AdHoc Behavioral Targeting is cookie-based, entirely blind and monitors user activity on the blinkx site only. Over time, the system builds a multifaceted and accurate profile of the individual user's habits, and utilizing this careful behavior analysis, it attaches the user to one or more predefined profiles. blinkx can then serve ads to users that are aligned to their past viewing habits and interests, regardless of the kinds of content they might be watching at another point in time.
"Our success with AdHoc to date is proof that targeting works. In the past three years, we've run over 800 campaigns for more than 585 leading brands, and achieved up to 300% better engagement rates," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. "Our technology gives us a significant advantage by enabling us to truly understand our audience and the value is clear: targeted advertising yields better performance for the advertiser and a better experience for the viewer."
Advertisers can leverage AdHoc Behavioral Targeting through a set of nine Predefined Behavioral Profiles, or create a bespoke profile to reach an audience based on highly specific targeting requirements.
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world's largest and most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx's patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world's most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at http://www.blinkx.com.
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Digi Launches Major M2M Initiative with Easy, Out-of-the-Box Cloud Connectivity for Embedded Development
- iDigi provides industry leading cloud platform for wireless M2M -
MINNETONKA, Minn., April 28 -- Digi International (NASDAQ:DGII) today announced that all Digi and Rabbit embedded products will be configured to easily connect to the iDigi(TM) "cloud" out of the box. Cloud computing is Internet-based computing that allows organizations to increase IT capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software. iDigi is the embedded industry's first ready-to-use cloud computing platform for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) network management. It enables secure remote access, control and management of network-connected devices and complete cloud-based application development. Customers can now easily develop cloud-connected devices that create new revenue streams for device manufacturers and their customers such as ongoing service contracts and value-added services. iDigi allows OEMs to deliver a premium product with enhanced customer service and enables device end users to enjoy increased uptime with reduced installation and ongoing maintenance costs.
"iDigi is the easiest way for device manufacturers to differentiate their products while improving customer service and creating new revenue streams," said Joel Young, CTO and senior vice president of research and development, Digi International. "It enables a variety of new device features like centralized device management and remote configuration right out of the box. It is extremely easy to connect directly to iDigi; no gateway is needed. Only Digi can provide a complete solution - from device to cloud - out of the box."
iDigi allows manufacturers to configure, upgrade and diagnose problems with their products remotely via the iDigi cloud and provide ongoing performance monitoring. This can reduce warranty repair costs and improve customer satisfaction. It also allows OEMs to deliver products with advanced features such as proactive supply replenishment, remote configuration services and sale of downloadable premium product features. This enables manufacturers to offer a differentiated product and increase revenue.
iDigi-ready devices reduce costs for end users because ongoing preventative maintenance via the iDigi cloud results in higher reliability and reduced downtime and repair costs. Additionally, no travel is required for device configuration and maintenance. iDigi can also increase an organization's revenue by providing more uptime for sales, new advertising revenue streams and increasing availability of customer product information to drive purchases.
With more than 70 years of engineering hours invested in its development, iDigi is less than one fifth the cost of a typical licensed software solution. It integrates easily with Digi's comprehensive family of wired, wireless, embedded and non-embedded communication products, and Digi's portfolio of embedded operating environments including, Digi NET+OS 7, Digi Plug-and-Play with Python, Digi Embedded Linux, Digi's BSP for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 and Rabbit Dynamic C.
Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing reliable products and solutions to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the Web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi's Web site at http://www.digi.com/ , or call +852-2833-1008.
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BizAuctions and La Jolla Liquidation & Auction Co. Move Forward First Live-Auction of Tropicana Hotel & Casino Consignments
SAN DIEGO, April 28 -- BizAuctions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: BZCN), a prime provider of commercial eBay and Amazon liquidation services for excess inventories, overstocks and returns, and La Jolla Liquidation & Auction Co. move forward for the planned 1st live-auction of furniture, fixtures, and equipment from the renovation of the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel & Casino.
Delmar Janovec, CEO comments, "We are making good progress in the inventory phase of the furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF & E) that has been received from the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel & Casino renovation. BizAuctions and La Jolla Liquidation have received six (6) semi-truck loads of FF & E that has consumed a sizeable portion of our 22,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Otay Mesa, California. While our staff is conducting their inventory count of the FF & E received, we are also marking the merchandise according to what will be sold on our eBay or Amazon platforms and what will be sold at our 1st planned live-auction to be held at BizAuctions warehouse, at 1510 Corporate Center Drive, Otay Mesa, CA. The date for the planned live-auction has been tentatively set for May 21 and May 22nd for the sale of the first furniture, fixtures, and equipment received from the renovation of the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel & Casino and also some inventory that BizAuctions has received from its retailer-wholesale contracts. This live-auction should prove to be a good quality auction that will offer merchandise ranging from the historic Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel & Casino to current brand name electronics and general merchandise."
Romy Ashjian, President of La Jolla Liquidation notes, "We have accomplished much work since our initial signing of the Joint-Venture agreement some three weeks ago and are cataloging the inventory of FF & E that has been received. We have already had some interest from other wholesalers for the FF & E both for the resale of and on a consignment basis. With the quality brand names of the FF & E, I believe there will be much interest from commercial vendors for the merchandise to be sold at the live-auction that is tentatively scheduled for May 21 and May 22 at the BizAuctions warehouse. I'm looking forward to maintaining our progress on the warehousing phase and the upcoming live-auction."
The renovation of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino is being completed in phases with the renovation of approximately 800 suite-rooms, kitchen areas, banquet-conference areas, and meeting rooms, spa, and casino areas. Included in the renovation will be the removal of the amazing antique stained-glass ceiling above the poker and craps tables in the main casino area of the Tropicana.
"BizAuctions employs two primary business models, whereby it liquidates inventory through eBay and Amazon on consignment for a lucrative commission; and/or it purchases inventory at a fraction of retail price for the purpose of liquidating it for a profit. BizAuctions consigns, buys inventory, and liquidates through eBay and Amazon platforms and its recently opened retail store, Lucky 7's," continues Janovec.
The Company's clients have included some of the Nation's leading retail names at the forefront of their industries. With a long-term strategy to provide liquidation services to Fortune 1000 enterprises, BizAuctions is a clear and lucrative solution for most any business to liquidate excess inventory on its eBay and Amazon platforms and its Lucky 7's retail store.
More information is available at http://www.BizAuctions.com. Investors and media can receive a free investor kit for BizAuctions, Inc. by contacting Investor Relations at investors@BizAuctions.com or (800) 961-3275. A virtual tour of BizAuctions' facilities and flash video presentation can be viewed at http://www.bizauctions.com/
ABOUT BIZAUCTIONS - ADDRESSING THE $60 BILLION PROBLEM
BizAuctions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: BZCN) is a prime provider of commercial liquidation services for excess inventory, overstock items, and returns through its eBay and Amazon business platforms and Lucky 7's retail store. Our clients have included some of the Nation's leading retail names at the forefront of their industries.
BizAuctions addresses the $60 billion excess inventory problem for clients by sending trucks to pick up pallets of excess inventory, selling the inventory, and collecting payment.
We provide our clients with a new sales channel to generate additional revenue on excess inventory, while at the same time freeing up their valuable storage and retail space.
With a long-term strategy to provide liquidation services through eBay and Amazon platforms and its Lucky 7's retail store to Fortune 1000 enterprises, BizAuctions is a clear and lucrative solution for most any business to liquidate its excess inventory.
The Company encourages the public to read the above information in conjunction with its year-end statement for December 31, 2009, and the quarterly statements filed in calendar year 2009, at http://www.PinkSheets.com.
The information contained in this press release may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements usually contain the words "may," "could," "possibly," "feel," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "expect," or similar expressions that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the Company's uncertain profitability, need for significant capital, uncertainty concerning market acceptance of its services, competition, limited service facilities, dependence on technological developments and protection of its intellectual property. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein.
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CONTACT: Delmar Janovec, Investor Relations of BizAuctions, Inc.,
IceWEB Signs Integrator Partner Agreement with Google(TM)
Launches Enterprise Visualization Appliance to be sold by Google Earth Enterprise(TM) Resellers in North America
STERLING, Va., April 28 -- IceWEB(TM), Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: IWEB), http://www.IceWEB.com, a leading provider of Unified Data Storage and building blocks for cloud storage networks, announced today it has partnered with Google, whose mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, to deliver information sharing solutions to the public sector.
Google Earth Enterprise mapping solutions make Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data easily accessible to government officials from senior leaders to workers in the field, allowing them to make more informed decisions. The Enterprise Visualization Appliance now makes a simpler and timelier deployment for organizations and partners.
IceWEB will work closely with several Google Earth Enterprise partners to deliver a turnkey Enterprise Visualization Appliance that will be offered with pre-fused aerial and satellite imagery from the industry's leading providers. We will be offering GSA Letters of Supply to current Google GSA Schedule holders to simplify the Government procurement process.
"Google is well known for bringing innovative concepts to market that meet the needs of both global enterprises as well as individual end users," said Timothy J. McNamee, Channel Sales Manager of IceWEB. "IceWEB looks forward to working with Google's partners to bring ready to deploy geospatial solutions to the commercial, federal, state, and local government customers."
Mike Bradshaw, Director of Federal Sales at Google, adds, "This solution makes perfect sense for organizations wishing to quickly realize the benefits of Google Earth."
"This solution now allows us to focus more resources on the customer's missions and less on server configuration and sizing," said Jim Helou, Vice President Geospatial Solutions at DLT Solutions. "This solution dramatically simplifies the procurement process for our customers, a single SKU that includes the server, operating system, Google Earth Enterprise Software and pre-fused imagery."
About IceWEB, Inc.
Headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C., IceWEB manufactures and markets data storage products, network and cloud storage solutions and delivers on-line cloud computing application services. Its customer base includes U.S. government agencies, enterprise companies, and small to medium sized businesses (SMB). For more information, please visit http://www.IceWEB.com.
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Aradial Technologies and Oasis Deploy RADIUS AAA and Policy Controller at 012 Smile Communications
The Solution Enhances 012 Smile Network's Reliability and Scalability to Address the Service Provider's Growth
TORONTO, Canada, April 28, 2010-- Aradial (http://www.aradial.com), a global provider of AAA,
billing, user management and policy control solutions for IP service
providers (including WiMAX, broadband ADSL, mobile 3G data, Wi-Fi, VoIP,
cable and IPTV), today announced that 012 Smile Communications (NASDAQ:
SMLC), a leading Israeli service provider, successfully deployed Aradial's
RADIUS AAA and policy controller to create a scalable and redundant
IP-services platform that replaces the operators existing system, which was
not capable of stably handling the growing load.
In a joint implementation with Oasis Communication Technologies,
a system integrator that engages in the design, implementation and
maintenance of highly complex telecommunications systems, Aradial implemented
its RADIUS AAA and policy controller in two sites for disaster recovery, each
running two redundant Aradial servers for business continuity. The servers in
each site run in active/active configuration serving all network elements in
the 012 Smile network.
"As one of Israel's leading communication service providers, we needed a
solution that would work well with each of the multiple-vendor systems in our
network," said Boaz Lowenstein, 012 Smile System Manager. "We are a very
growth-oriented company, constantly introducing new services into new market
segments, and we needed a solution that would handle the specific features of
all the routers, switches and other devices in our network. We found Aradial
and Oasis-Tech to be excellent partners in the implementation, and Aradial's
RADIUS AAA server is proving to be a flexible and scalable solution that
supports our policy of continued growth."
"We were very happy to have been awarded this project by 012 Smile," said
Tomer Sharon, Oasis' VP Marketing. "As a unique system integrator involved in
the telecommunications market with a long list of installations, we took
ownership of the entire project from preliminary negotiations, through the
sale of the solution, to managing the account and providing first-level
support. In line with our approach of cooperating with partners to provide
top solutions that are reliable, flexible and cost effective, we were very
pleased with our cooperation with Aradial, which implemented the system to
012 Smile's full satisfaction."
"This deployment demonstrates, once more, the powerful capabilities of
Aradial to serve virtually any system on the market today," said Yishai
Levanoni, Aradial's Chief Technology Officer. "In 012 Smile, Aradial
interfaces with over 300 network access servers (NAS), including multiple
Redback SmartEdge devices, Juniper's JRX, and Cisco's BRAS and SSG. We have
also replaced multiple Juniper Steel Belted and Cisco CAR AAA servers with
only two Aradial AAA nodes. The Aradial RADIUS AAA and policy controller is
serving one million ADSL, dialup and cable subscribers, enforcing an average
of 500,000 concurrent sessions in real time. A true achievement in no
About 012 Smile Communications
012 Smile Communications is a growth-oriented communication services
provider in Israel with a leading market position that offers a wide range of
broadband and traditional voice services. Its broadband services include
broadband Internet access with a suite of value-added services, specialized
data services and server hosting, as well as new innovative services such as
local telephony via voice over broadband and a WiFi network of hotspots
across Israel. 012 Smile Communications services residential and business
customers, as well as Israeli cellular operators and international
communication services providers through its integrated multipurpose network,
which allows it to provide services to almost all of the homes and businesses
About Oasis Communication Technologies
Established in 2006 by three former executives from Israel's largest ISP
(Internet Gold), today Oasis serves over 300 major customers worldwide,
including leading international communication service providers and
Oasis focuses on three main fields: data and system networking, voice
(TDM & VoIP) and security. With decades of experience implementing the latest
products and technologies, the company designs and integrates data, voice,
video and security solutions. Unlike many other integrators that deliver
customized 'one size fits all' packages complete with unnecessary services,
Oasis provides truly unique, tailor-made solutions that are specifically
designed to meet the customers' exact needs - often making better use of
their existing infrastructure.
About Aradial Technologies
Aradial Technologies is serving ISPs since 1997. Both entry-level and
high-end service providers with millions of subscribers can easily integrate
Aradial into their IT and network infrastructures.
With more than 300 deployments in over 70 countries around the world, the
suite can be installed on small and affordable hardware, on Windows, Linux or
Solaris operating systems, and over a variety of databases. The company's
products open a new window of opportunities for ISPs, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, VoIP and
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Fuels 3D Home Video Growth with Technologies for Hollywood Studios, Over-the-top Entertainment Services, and PC OEMs
NOVATO, Calif., April 28 -- Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ:SNIC), today announced a broad program to support the "next big thing" in home video -- the arrival of 3D in the home -- with new professional and consumer solutions for the creation, publishing, and playback of 3D digital video content. Sonic is unique in its focus on "Hollywood-to-Home" solutions that enable the growth of new video formats, and Sonic's new 3D offerings will help to fuel the availability and consumer adoption of 3D video.
"With Stereo-3D hits blowing the doors off the box office, it's clear that this new format has strong consumer appeal," said Dr. Jon Peddie, President, Jon Peddie Research. "Now that Stereo-3D displays can be delivered to the family room, the industry needs a technology supplier who can handle the content chain from authoring to delivery and playback - and that's far from a trivial task. With a strong track record in helping to establish new formats, Sonic is ideally positioned to deliver on this challenge."
3D Authoring Technologies for Hollywood
On the professional side, Sonic has developed tools that allow Hollywood studios to encode video, author interactivity, and format titles for release over the internet and in the new Blu-ray 3D(TM) format. "We fully anticipate that the tremendous consumer interest in 3D movies at the theater, will translate into high demand for 3D home-video titles," said Lee Evans, Executive Vice President, Ambient Digital Media, Inc. "Armed with Sonic professional products, we are ready to meet that demand and deliver reliable, consistent, and exciting 3D home experiences."
Digital 3D Entertainment Delivery
The RoxioNow(TM) entertainment platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics including PCs, connected TVs, set-top DVRs, Blu-ray Disc players, smartphones, and mobile media devices. RoxioNow already powers digital storefronts on 3D-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players and is primed to deliver 3D content once titles become available for online distribution.
3D Consumer Playback
For consumer playback, Sonic's has released a new version of Roxio CinePlayer® BD that allows users to play 3D Blu-ray titles as well as content downloaded from on-line video providers. CinePlayer BD also supports real-time conversion of 2D video to 3D, allowing 3D viewing of a user's existing library of standard DVDs and personal home movies. ASUSTeK Computer, a leading manufacturer of personal computers based in Taiwan, will be shipping CinePlayer with its new line of 3D-enabled notebook computers. "ASUS' new G-series notebooks are the first 3D notebooks with 3D glasses and 120Hz special panels to ship worldwide. With the inclusion of Roxio CinePlayer BD, the 3D notebook can deliver an even richer 3D playback experience," said Ellis Wang, Director Software Planning & Management, ASUS. "With its ability to play new 3D titles as well as convert standard DVDs and video from 2D to 3D, CinePlayer greatly enriches the user experience for both Hollywood movies and personal home videos."
3D Personal Videos
Roxio Video Lab 3D, a new consumer product from Sonic, allows consumers to edit and burn personal 3D content on standard DVDs; these discs can then be played back on any standard DVD or Blu-ray player connected to 3D-enabled HDTVs or PCs.
"Sonic has a long history of enabling new entertainment delivery formats - CD, DVD, BD, web-based video distribution, and now 3D," said Mark Ely, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Sonic Solutions. "Our 'Total 3D' initiative is the next step in our Hollywood-to-Home strategy. With our professional tools, we can enable the Hollywood studios to publish their content in the 3D format, and the expertise we gain on the professional side allows us to engineer better consumer products with higher performance and broader compatibility." Sonic executed a similar Hollywood-to-Home strategy with the launch of DVD when Sonic's professional tools first became the industry standard for publishing movies on DVD, then the de-facto standard for consumer DVD formatting with hundreds of millions of copies distributed by PC and CE manufacturers.
The Sonic professional tools for 3D encoding and 3D authoring and formatting were announced earlier this month. Roxio CinePlayer BD was released this month for PC OEM shipments. Roxio Video Lab will available to PC OEMs in May. Sonic plans to release additional 3D products and services later this year.
About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ:SNIC) is powering the digital media ecosystem through its complete range of Hollywood to Home(TM) applications, services, and technologies. Sonic's Roxio products enable consumers to easily manage and enjoy personal media and premium Hollywood entertainment on a broad range of connected devices. A wide array of leading technology firms, professionals, businesses, and developers rely on Sonic to bring innovative digital media functionality to next-generation devices and platforms. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.
Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain forward looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including the launch, distribution, and market acceptance of Sonic's 3D related technologies, applications and services. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Sonic Solutions' annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with Sonic Solutions' most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. Sonic Solutions does not undertake to update any forward looking statements.
Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, RoxioNow, CinePlayer and Hollywood to Home, are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by Sonic Solutions in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject to change without notice.
Source: Sonic Solutions
CONTACT: Chris Taylor of Sonic Solutions, +1-408-367-5231,
Black Car and Limousine Drivers Can Now Keep Hands on the Wheel and Eyes on the Road with Prompt(TM)
The Connected Car Platform from IMS Uses Simple Voice Commands to Keep Drivers in Business as Hands-Free Legislation Sweeps Across North America
NEW YORK, April 28 -- Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS) today announced the forthcoming availability of Prompt(TM), a voice activated dispatch solution to enable the For-Hire-Vehicle industry, such as Livery, Black Car and Limousine Services, to outfit drivers with a hands-free solution to communicate with the dispatch center, while complying with the recent New York City (NYC) Taxi and Limousine Commission legislation. The new legislation bans the use of handheld electronic devices while driving.
Along with iLane(TM) and DriveSync(TM), Prompt is another example of IMS delivering a world-leading Connected Car platform to the marketplace. IMS has partnered with TECORIEN for a pilot initiative in NYC to provide select Livery, Black Car and Limousine Services drivers with Prompt.
Prompt(TM) is a sleek, portable unit which plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter or any 12V outlet, enabling drivers to communicate with dispatch and conduct their business entirely hands-free via simple voice commands. Prompt allows drivers to securely sign in, sign off, receive job information, accept or decline jobs, provide ETA information, provide load/ unload confirmation as well as on-scene reports, while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
New TLC regulations ban the use of distracting electronic devices by drivers, including hand-held mobile phones and in-ear Bluetooth devices. TLC licensed drivers in New York now face a "three-strikes-and-you're out" policy, with licenses being revoked for three violations within a 15-month period. However, Prompt allows drivers to perform critical dispatch functions while doing so legally.
"Allowing professional drivers to safely manage their communications via simple voice commands is essential in the current legislative environment," said Tony Cassetta, Chief Operating Officer, IMS. "Prompt is the ideal solution for organizations with drivers on the road who must be able to communicate on-the-fly in order to conduct business."
"With our strong partnership with IMS, Research In Motion and Aleph Inc, and approval of the TLC, we are very proud to present a solution to the new 'Distracted Driver' legislation", said Gene Sorkin, Chief Operating Officer, TECORIEN. "We hope we can continue to bring innovative solutions to the industry and enjoy future growth, prosperity, and continued collaboration with all our partners in all our ventures."
Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) specializes in the research, development and production of innovative and progressive solutions in the areas of telematics, automotive safety and mobile media.
IMS' proprietary technologies are aimed at making vehicles: safer, smarter and greener. IMS' award winning solutions include: iLane(TM), a hands-free, voice-activated email and content platform for in-vehicle use; and DriveSync(TM) the ultimate turn-key telematics platform which enables a variety of solutions including PAYD insurance offerings, fleet monitoring, vehicle tracking, and government programs.
TECORIEN is an industry professional global solution provider of technology and communications based in New York City whose goal is to provide reliable and easy to use solutions to the base owners and drivers in the expanding and ever evolving FHV's (For-Hire-Vehicle) industry around the world. As an industry-leading company, TECORIEN produces cost effective, reliable and advanced solutions which allow fleet operators to efficiently deliver the ultimate service. With combined experience in technology, communications, transportation, and safety, TECORIEN has excelled in leadership of Value Added solutions.
Source: Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.
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North East Candidates Embrace Video Communications Technology
LONDON, April 28, 2010-- Style over substance? Or substance over style? The televised leaders'
debate is being dubbed the ultimate video manifesto and now parliamentary
candidates (PCs) in the North East are having their say with the help of
cutting edge video messaging technology.
Unlike their slick and smooth party leaders, there are stutters and
occasional "........errrms," but this is what makes candidates more human,
and more real!
It's a first for Britain, and a first for UK politics. Voters in the
North East are being given the chance to see and hear their parliamentary
candidates, thanks to the UK's fastest growing video communications website
Many PCs in the North East have already turned to WinkBall and are
actively on the site urging the public to vote for them. Viewers on the site
can decide for themselves who has delivered the most compelling sound bites,
and who they think will be the undisputed victor in their local constituency.
Each candidate can sum up in a video interview what issues are most
important to them, and where they stand on key policies. The site is
interactive too, and voters can respond with their own comments, recorded on
web cameras, or leave a question for a candidate to respond to.
Gareth Kane: Liberal Democrat, Newcastle upon Tyne Central; Ian Lindley:
Liberal Democrat, North Durham; Karen Allen: Conservative, South Shields;
David Ord: Liberal Democrat, North Tyneside; Chi Onwurah: Labour, Newcastle
upon Tyne Central; Catherine McKinnell: Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North;
John Tennant: UKIP, Gateshead; Alan Thompson: Liberal Democrat, Sedgewick;
Peter Andas: Liberal Democrat, Washington & Sunderland West; Stephen
Psallidas: Liberal Democrat, South Shields; Pauline Featonby-Warren: UKIP,
WinkBall say they're bringing canvassing into the 21st century - via
their initiative 'Do You Know Who You're Voting For'. WinkBall co-founder Dr
James Ohene-Djan says: "Campaigning has never been this exciting and the
electorate has never seemingly been so interested in politics. This is truly
an online election and gives voters an amazing insight into so many
parliamentary candidates. We are aiming to interview and feature as many PCs
as possible in the North East on WinkBall.com.
WinkBall.com is a free, web-based, personal video communication service,
which allows anyone to record, send and share videos with friends and family
- privately. Users can also create and post content to video blogs and walls
for private and public viewing. Video messages delivered by WinkBall.com can
be accessed anywhere, anytime through a web browser.
WinkBall.com is also used by brands and organisations to share video
content, which users can actively choose to watch and share. All messages
sent through WinkBall.com are supported by targeted five-second
advertisements, which are played at the end of video messages.
WinkBall.com is safe, simple and fun and makes video the best way to
communicate well online.
Established in London in 2005 by Dr. James Ohene-Djan and Duncan Barclay,
the WinkBall Project team has evolved to become a leading player in driving
the future development of online communication.
Winkball.com is a London based company established in 2005. Founder Dr
James Ohene-Djan is also a lecturer at Goldsmiths University and the
technology is the latest social networking phenomenon to come out of a