Share Life as You Live It -- KIN Available From Verizon Wireless on Thursday
New mobile device designed especially for social networkers on the go
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 12 -- As millions of people continue to use their mobile devices to take their social networks wherever they go, Verizon Wireless and Microsoft Corp. announce the availability of the new KIN mobile device in stores May 13.
Designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives, KIN blends the phone, online services and the PC to address the needs of a growing demographic of social networkers. For example, according to latest statistics from the popular networking site Facebook, there are more than 100 million active Facebook users who currently access the site through their mobile devices. The KIN phone makes this experience more immediate, convenient and interactive.
"The KIN phone releases users from the confines of their home computers, yet still keeps them plugged in to updates from their friends and families anywhere they go," said Steven R. Smith, president - South Central Region, Verizon Wireless. "One reason why we're known as the nation's largest, most reliable network is because we're constantly evolving to keep our customers connected, not just through phone calls, but also through modern channels such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The KIN reflects the emerging significance of social networking sites in our lives."
Available in two versions, the new KIN phones include a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard and offer the following innovative features:
-- Always stay in the loop: With the KIN Loop, all of your favorite
people and things you love are right on your home screen in real time.
You tell KIN who and what is important, and it delivers the latest
updates from your favorite websites and social networks such as
Facebook®, MySpace and Twitter. You can discover and share, all from
-- Share your story with the world: The KIN Spot is the new way to share.
Share almost anything - photos, texts, Web pages - with almost anyone.
Since the Spot is always on your screen, it's unbelievably easy to
drop stuff into the Spot and send by text, e-mail or social network
-- Your phone, on the Web: With the KIN Studio, almost everything on your
phone - messages, contacts, photos and videos - are backed up to a
private, password-protected website where you can visit all of your
memories anywhere there is a computer. And with virtually unlimited
storage, there's almost no limit to what you can keep.
-- Capture and share all your memories: The KIN Camera captures all the
moments that matter most, and makes it easy to share them. The KIN
ONE has a 5 MP lens while the KIN TWO has an 8 MP lens and shoots
video in HD. With anti-shake, autofocus and an LED flash, KIN lets
you take amazing pictures, even in low light, and post or share them
with just one touch. And all your memories are backed up with tons
of storage in the KIN Studio.
-- Tunes and info - at your fingertips: Find what you need on the go:
-- Zune - KIN is the first Windows Phone to feature a Zune experience
- including music, video, FM radio and podcast playback. With a
Zune Pass subscription and Zune software on your PC, you can
listen to millions of songs from Zune Marketplace on your KIN
while on the go or load from your personal collection.
-- Bing - Web and Near Me (location-based) search.
-- E-mail - Support for all popular Web-based mail, POP/IMAP
services, as well as Exchange for business e-mail and contact
sync. Each e-mail account has its own screen so it's easy to
-- Browser - With KIN, you get full, rich PC-like browsing. You can
pan, scan and zoom in and out using touch gestures. And browsing
is social; it's easy to share a snapshot of the website you're
viewing by dragging it to the Spot.
Pricing and availability
-- KIN is available online at http://www.verizonwireless.com and will be
available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Thursday, May
13. KIN ONE is available for $49.99, and KIN TWO is available for
$99.99, both after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer
agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit
card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit
cards are accepted.
-- To get the most from KIN, Verizon Wireless customers will need to
subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and
Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly
access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for
unlimited monthly access.
-- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services,
visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or
go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
-- For more information and a specification sheet, please visit http://www.KIN.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Microsoft Corporation
Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones Connect Customers to the Superhero Within
New LG Ally Smartphone Prepares Customers for the Adventures of Today and the Thrills of Tomorrow
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO, May 12 -- Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones), today announced the LG Ally(TM) will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning May 20. The first Android device from LG, the Ally is the perfect assembly of futuristic, stylish design and 3G Android power for customers looking to tackle life's most challenging feats and everyday ventures. Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order the phone at http://www.verizonwireless.com beginning May 13.
-- Ergonomic silver-and-black outer case
-- Large 3.2" tempered glass touch screen featuring touch vibration for
-- Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard with simultaneous touch screen
-- microSD(TM) slot for up to 16 GB of memory
-- Wi-Fi Enabled® (802.11 b/g/n)
-- Bluetooth® 2.1 capabilities with unlimited pairing and support for the
following profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, stereo,
audio/visual remote control, file transfer, phonebook access, basic
printing and instant sharing of photos and videos
-- Built-in MP3 and WMA music player with music library, repeat and
shuffle features, as well as stereo sound via headset or Bluetooth
-- One-touch speaker phone and speaker-independent voice commands
-- Five customizable home screens with shortcuts to text messages,
e-mail, apps, favorite social networking sites and widgets
-- Access to up to 38,000 apps from around the world in Android
-- Luminous sensor designed to adjust LCD backlight brightness depending
on light conditions
-- Proximity sensor instantly locks touch screen buttons while talking on
-- S-GPS support for enhanced location accuracy in addition to
turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps(TM)
-- Access to updates on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook®, etc.
-- 3D App launcher and Live Wallpaper
-- 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder with flash that includes:
-- Five different camera resolutions and three different video
-- Zoom up to 4.0 times
-- Macro Mode for detailed, up close pictures
-- Panorama for three guided sequential shots
-- Scene mode for auto, portrait, landscape, sports and night
-- Image editor with zoom, rotate, resize, crop, added frames and
-- Customize brightness, white balance, shutter sounds, color effects
and use a self-timer
-- Choose between mute and unmute to record video with or without
-- Optimize video quality with normal, fine or super camcorder
-- Video recording time up to 16 GB
Pricing and availability:
-- The LG Ally will be available for pre-order online at http://www.verizonwireless.com beginning May 13. It will be in Verizon
Wireless Communications Stores on May 20. Pricing will be $99.99
after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.
Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon
receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are
-- LG Ally customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless
Nationwide Talk Plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.
Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web
for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
-- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services,
visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or
go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2009 global sales of USD43.4 billion, LG is comprised of five business units - Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is the world's leading producer of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula One(TM). As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit http://www.lgusa.com.
About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit http://www.lgmobilephones.com.
CONTACT: Media, Brenda Boyd Raney, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7518,
Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com; or Demetra Kavadeles, LG MobileComm U.S.A.,
Inc., +1-707-328-5307, Demetra.Kavadeles@lge.com; or Jacqueline Johnson,
LG-One from LG Mobile Phones, +1-310-724-6192, Jacqueline.Johnson@LG-One.com
Wacky PapiBlogger Web Site Launches to Showcase Creative Parenting Tricks
MIAMI, May 12 -- With all due respect to the wonderful mamis of the booming blog world, it's time for a papi to step in to the family blogging action.
Today, Hispanic PR Wire founder, social media marketing expert and father-of -three Manny Ruiz announced the launch of PapiBlogger, a web site devoted to showcasing creative parenting tricks, at the opening session of the Hispanic PR & Social Media Conference in Dallas.
"My blog is definitely influenced by the fact that I'm of Hispanic descent but you would be missing the point if you focus on my being Latino or even a father," said Ruiz. "I'm writing for and about ALL parents who want to share creative parenting tricks. I have a slew of wacky parenting techniques and I'm excited to see what other father and mothers, Latino and non-Latino alike, have to share."
Ruiz is the father of three kids, including two, Jonathan (10) and Elena (6) from a previous marriage. His toddler Briani (1) is from his current marriage to Angela Sustaita-Ruiz.
"Fortunately and unfortunately I bring a diverse viewpoint to parenting because I have children with different age ranges and from different marriages," said Ruiz. "The challenge of raising children from present and former marriages is what forces me to be entrepreneurial in how I raise them and that's what I hope inspires others to share their parenting tricks. I will learn much more than I will teach."
In addition to a razor focus on stories with parenting tricks, PapiBlogger will also feature other guest columns with famous papis, product reviews and more.
THIS SUMMER'S PAPIBLOGGER FAMILY ROAD TOUR
This summer, appropriately on Father's Day (June 20), PapiBlogger will embark on a national 10,000-mile family road trip across the United States. PapiBlogger will blog, tweet and Facebook on the journey that will take them on a 2010 Chevy Traverse (the PapiMobile) from Miami to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Seattle, Seattle to Maine and Maine back to Miami.
The goal of all this travel? PapiBlogger can't reveal all the details yet but one key reason will be to garner one million followers in 40 days on Twitter.
In addition to the blog, PapiBlogger has established a group by the same name on Facebook and can also be followed through Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/PapiBlogger. A daily national newsletter will be introduced soon.
PapiBlogger is the nation's first web site devoted to showcasing creative parenting tricks for fathers and mothers, Latinos and non-Latinos alike. The brainchild of entrepreneur and former Hispanic PR Wire founder Manny Ruiz, PapiBlogger also regularly features guest columns from other Papis and product reviews.
PapiBlogger is part of Hispanic Media Trainers, LLC the holding company of the Hispanic PR Blog and of the Hispanic PR & Social Media Conference. PapiBlogger can be accessed online at http://www.PapiBlogger.com and on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/PapiBlogger. The blog also has a Facebook page by the same name.
CONTACT: Manny Ruiz, +1-305-321-5002, myPapi@PapiBlogger.com, or Angela
Sustaita-Ruiz, +1-305-321-5002, info@PapiBlogger.com
EMC Atmos Cloud Ecosystem Drives Unparalleled Choice and Flexibility for Customers
Leading Service Providers and Independent Software Vendors Have Chosen EMC Atmos to Deliver Differentiated Cloud Solutions and Extend Their Customers' Journey to the Private Cloud
BOSTON, May 12 -- EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced an expansion of its partner ecosystem for the EMC Atmos cloud storage platform to help customers manage and optimize external clouds as part of an overall private cloud strategy. The EMC Atmos platform has been chosen by a set of world-class service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to enable unprecedented choice, flexibility and interoperability among cloud vendors, while providing customers with the agility to extend their existing IT infrastructure to an enterprise-ready external cloud service.
EMC Atmos automatically manages and optimizes the distribution of rich, unstructured information independent of its geographic location. By teaming with EMC, service providers, ISVs and developers can further monetize the value of cloud storage, and help customers access on-demand storage resources where and when they need it - at anytime, across the globe.
Service Providers Turn to EMC Atmos to Drive New Cloud Offerings
A number of leading service providers - including AT&T, CBICI, Hosted Solutions, Peer1 and Unisys - have turned to EMC and the Atmos technology to deliver cloud services to their customers. These independently branded storage services utilize Atmos technology, and a key set of enterprise-ready features - including policy management, multi-tenancy, a self-service management console and security features such as network intrusion prevention, RSA access control technologies as well as the option to deploy selective data federation through the RSA Data Loss Prevention suite. As a result, these service providers give their customers the ability to store and manage unstructured content securely and cost-effectively in a cloud environment. All of these service providers leverage the Atmos web services API as the presentation layer for their application partners and customers.
"With the rollout of AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service offer in 2009, AT&T became one of the first service providers world-wide to offer a cloud storage service based on the Atmos technology. EMC's approach to cloud storage compliments AT&T's global reach, and helps us better serve our customers," said Steve Caniano, Vice President, AT&T Hosting and Cloud Services. "AT&T's on-demand, enterprise-class Synaptic Storage as a Service provides customers with an unmatched combination of performance, security and reliability - all while helping them to be cost effective, and pay only for what they use. By leveraging best-in-class cloud storage technology from vendors like EMC, our enterprise customers can continue to manage their IT storage resources while still gaining the same level of service they have come to expect."
"The ability to store, manage and distribute media content becomes challenging as it continues to grow at historical rates. CBI adopted Atmos technology to better service our media and Web 2.0 clients and help reduce this complexity," said Craig Bueker, Chief Technology Officer of CBI Connect. "CBI has dramatically decreased overall costs for our clients by reducing data center footprint and consolidating application infrastructure on to Atmos, while providing a dynamic solution that supports ultra high concurrency and media rich Web 2.0 platforms. Atmos provides a single, globally distributed media storage platform that seamlessly connects across geographies, divisions and applications. Further, business continuity and disaster recovery requirements can be efficiently managed with Atmos' data replication features. Atmos policy-based data management capabilities were leveraged by CBI to mitigate the complexity of storing massive media collections. CBI utilized Atmos to develop a unique and cost-efficient offering to manage client's media storage that achieves stringent SLA objectives."
"Managing storage from a capacity and cost perspective is a significant challenge for many businesses today," said Tom Cornwell, Storage/Virtualization Architect with Hosted Solutions. "Hosted Solutions partnered with EMC and integrated with EMC Atmos to create Stratus Cloud Storage, a solution that combines massive scalability and unparalleled flexibility with automated data placement, efficiently delivering content and information anywhere in the world through a standard interface. Available either as part of Hosted Solutions' Stratus Trusted Cloud platform, or a standalone service, Stratus Cloud Storage delivers a full range of benefits that Hosted Solutions' customers have come to rely on, including rapid implementation, elimination of upfront capital expenditures on hardware, and ongoing maintenance costs, and the ability to rapidly deploy additional storage on an as-needed basis."
"PEER 1 Hosting, a full service hosting solutions provider, selected EMC Atmos as the foundation of the CloudOne Storage service offering launching later this month," said Tim Varma, Vice President of Product Development. "EMC provides the tools that allow us to empower our customers with flexible policy-based control over their data and a single system for managing cloud data geographically dispersed anywhere in PEER 1's SuperNetwork(TM)."
"Unisys is collaborating with EMC to integrate EMC Atmos storage technology into the global information infrastructure behind Unisys Secure Cloud Solution," said Sam Gross, vice president, Global IT Outsourcing Solutions, Unisys. "The advanced capabilities of Unisys Stealth data protection technology combined with the EMC Atmos solution can give clients confidence that they can move applications and sensitive data transparently to the cloud and access them with high security from anywhere in the world. "
Independent Software Vendors Provide Cornerstone for Cloud Adoption
For ISVs looking to leverage the new opportunities that cloud offers, EMC provides a way to promote the value proposition to the partner ecosystem and customer base of Atmos via the easy-to-use API and EMC Velocity2 Partner Program. Companies who are part of the program include Acuo Technologies, Atempo, Aspera, Cloudera, CommVault, Gladinet, Emulex, EnterpriseDB, Informatica, lifeIMAGE, Metalogix, MedCommons, Nasuni, RainStor, Riverbed Technology, Seven10 Storage, Signiant, StorSimple and TwinStrata.
Connecting to Atmos via the standard API, ISVs now have additional opportunities to point customers who are looking to leverage cloud solutions to a host of service providers that have chosen Atmos as their cloud storage platform. Through the Velocity Partner Program, EMC facilitates and accelerates efforts of ISVs responding to customers' fast-growing demand for greater scalability, elasticity and lower costs through integration with Atmos. For more information about these partners, please visit the EMC Velocity Partner Community.
New EMC Atmos Virtual Edition Gives Customers Flexibility with EMC Storage
With the introduction of the Atmos Virtual Edition, EMC extends the ability to deliver web-accessible, elastic cloud storage qualities to customers using EMC Symmetrix enterprise storage and EMC Celerra unified storage platforms. Running in a virtual environment, Symmetrix and Celerra customers can extend their platforms to address new workloads such as content-rich web applications, storage-as-a-service, cloud archiving and access to external Atmos-powered cloud services.
In addition, customers can gain immediate accessibility to the Atmos ecosystem of ISVs and service providers for integration with a set of backup, archiving, collaboration and content management solutions. This integration across EMC product lines provides customers with the broadest range of storage platforms for the cloud, giving them the flexibility and choice they require in building out private clouds.
EMC has also expanded its integration of EMC Information Infrastructure products with Atmos so customers can receive a number of cloud-based solutions from the market leader in storage hardware and software and content management. Now Atmos is tightly integrated with EMC Celerra unified storage for fully automated storage tiering (FAST) of data, EMC NetWorker Fast Start software for mid-market backup and recovery to the cloud, and EMC Documentum for cloud-based enterprise content management.
New Opportunities for Developers
Another key piece to accelerate cloud adoption is through the developer community on the EMC Community Network. This community provides members with access to some of the latest technology for building cloud solutions, including access to sample code, technical resources, articles and documentation. EMC looks to harness the creative power of developers by encouraging them to create fresh, composite applications using EMC developer platforms. In fact, EMC Atmos developers are creating "mashups" for the cloud and during EMC World, a winner of the Monster Mash Challenge will be announced, awarding a $5,000 prize for the best mashup including Atmos cloud storage.
EMC Atmos Becoming Foundational Bridge for Global Federation
In addition, EMC is working with its service providers and partners to drive a sea change in how customers manage, access and control their data independent of where the data resides globally. Ultimately, EMC will help bridge this new federated model where cloud barriers are removed and data can move securely and freely to and from service providers. Customers will benefit from the added flexibility, global reach and choice that is necessary for managing their information in today's global economy.
Industry Statistics Point to Need and Growth in Cloud Storage
Driving the move to private cloud is a tremendous growth in information across consumers, small-to-medium businesses and enterprises. The timing of this growth, coupled with the advancements in cloud technology, is allowing leading edge service providers to leverage cloud infrastructure-as-a-service and thus remove many of the barriers associated with existing IT technologies.
According to the new EMC-sponsored IDC study titled "The Digital Universe Decade - Are You Ready?" , in 2009, amid the "Great Recession," the amount of digital information grew 62% over 2008 to 800 billion gigabytes (0.8 Zettabytes). One Zettabyte equals one trillion gigabytes. In addition, based on the use of cloud computing services by companies to reduce the portion of their IT budget devoted to legacy system maintenance, IDC estimates that the increase in IT dollars spent on innovation could drive more than $1 trillion in increased business revenues between now and the end of 2014. This projection will increase substantially as private cloud and other cloud computing models move into mainstream adoption.
Also, according to a recent study by industry analyst firm the 451 Group , the Cloud Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies market is expected to grow to $4 Billion by 2013 - a compound annual growth rate of 70% (from 2009).
Michael Feinberg, Senior Vice President of EMC's Cloud Infrastructure Group, said, "For businesses to accommodate the rapid information growth of their customers, there has to be a fundamental shift in enabling customers to move their data from one service provider to another based on their unique needs. We believe that it will take multiple service providers to deliver a globally accessible cloud storage service to support all regions of the world and ultimately, these service providers will work together similar to how wireless providers interact today. At the same time, support for application providers and open source community developers is a cornerstone to driving true federation. By partnering with EMC and integrating with the EMC Atmos API, we can help ISVs integrate with our service provider network and deliver a comprehensive set of resources for joint customers."
"EMC understands the importance that customers place on securing their information and corporate assets in the cloud and is taking the right steps to offer advanced security services to Atmos customers," said Christopher Young, Senior Vice President of Products, Technologies and Markets at RSA, The Security Division of EMC. "Organizations that use EMC Atmos on-premise and wish to selectively federate data to Atmos enabled public clouds, can deploy the RSA Data Loss Prevention suite with EMC Atmos on-premise. This integration can enable automated searching and tagging of EMC Atmos data and policy-based federation of data to Atmos enabled public clouds. The rich policy management capabilities of EMC Atmos deliver a truly information-centric cloud infrastructure."
"Dell and EMC have an established relationship around the Atmos offering that continues to be focused on enabling our customers and partners to deliver leading edge solutions," said Forrest Norrod, vice president and general manager for Dell's Server Platform Division "As this new cloud ecosystem of service providers transforms the market, Dell is pleased to be part of the EMC Atmos solution by providing the building blocks for efficient, dense storage that is required to support global cloud storage infrastructures."
 IDC Digital Universe Study, sponsored by EMC, May 2010
 the 451 Group Study - "CloudScape - 2010 Outlook" - William Fellows, Principal Analyst
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TriLink BioTechnologies, Inc. Launches New Website and OligoBuilder(R)
SAN DIEGO, May 12 -- TriLink BioTechnologies, Inc. (TriLink), a key manufacturer of high quality oligonucleotides and nucleoside triphosphates, announced the launch of its new website and OligoBuilder® online oligonucleotide ordering system. TriLink's in-house marketing and design team utilized extensive user feedback and survey results to design a customer-centric website. The site renovation embodies TriLink's commitment to their customers.
The website, trilinkbiotech.com, now features a streamlined design to improve navigation, more content and new tools. Key additions include:
-- A new OligoBuilder® online oligonucleotide ordering system
-- All new eCommerce system for purchasing all modified nucleotides and
DNA synthesis reagents
-- Ask An Expert blog complete with extensive FAQs section
-- Improved information library including a literature corner,
bibliography and publications list
The new improved OligoBuilder® prices very highly modified small scale constructs on the spot improving the order experience and reducing overall turn around time. Due to the complexity of the modified oligonucleotides typically ordered, automatic pricing on most constructs was not previously available.
"We are proud to announce the launch of our new site and OligoBuilder® as a big step towards a stronger online presence," said TriLink CEO, Dr. Richard Hogrefe.
TriLink plans to continue working with their customers to provide more online tools, services and information.
TriLink manufactures custom oligonucleotides, modified nucleoside triphosphates and CleanAmp(TM) PCR products for the diagnostic and OEM markets. In addition, custom chemistry, contract research services and ISO/QSR compliant cGMP production facilities are offered. TriLink's solutions help advance drug discovery and biomedical research. Founded in 1996, TriLink is a privately held firm based in San Diego, California and employs approximately 75 scientists and other professionals. For more information about the firm and products, call 858-546-0004, email email@example.com, or visit our web site at http://www.trilinkbiotech.com.
Source: TriLink BioTechnologies, Inc.
CONTACT: Angela Tenenini of TriLink BioTechnologies, Inc.,
SAN MATEO, Calif., May 12 -- Tyrone Pike, CEO of Sparxent, today announced the Tech Preview for Sparxent VirtualOffice will be available this week. Sparxent VirtualOffice is a cloud hosted, monthly subscription-based, applications-on-demand service providing immediate access to virtual desktops and applications through an automated provisioning portal. The initial VirtualOffice service will offer access to Microsoft Office applications.
Sparxent VirtualOffice integrates best-of-breed solutions to offer customers a seamless on-demand application experience. VirtualOffice is built on hardware and infrastructure capabilities provided by independent hosting centers from around the world. Through a unique dynamic provisioning portal, users can instantly access applications from anywhere via Citrix® Receiver(TM).
"The vision for Sparxent VirtualOffice is just-in-time virtual computing," said Mr. Pike. "Users are provisioned in seconds, and subscribers can pick and choose the applications they need through our dynamic portal. The ease of provisioning and set-up speed is second to none."
Recently, in addition to being a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, Sparxent has become a Citrix Service Provider (CSP), as well as a Citrix Solution Advisor (CSA). Building on core Microsoft business applications and best-in-class virtualization technology from Citrix, including Citrix XenApp(TM) Citrix XenDesktop®, Citrix XenServer® and Citrix NetScaler® VPX, Sparxent offers a world-class virtual experience from any location and on any device (including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile).
"We are very excited about this unique new service offering from Sparxent," said Bill Burley, Vice President and General Manager of Citrix. "The provisioning logic behind VirtualOffice provides end-to-end desktop provisioning and a seamless workflow to deliver an innovative and enhanced subscriber experience with fast time to productivity."
VirtualOffice will provide organizations subscription-based access and provisioning of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), as well as access to Microsoft-hosted Exchange and SharePoint.
"The first offering of our VirtualOffice service will be ideal for organizations needing to completely lock down and manage knowledge-based worker environments for application access from thin clients and 'Bring-your-own-computer' models," says Mr. Pike. "Sparxent will be the single point of contact for subscribing, provisioning and availability."
Over the coming weeks, Sparxent will provide pricing information and announcements regarding additional third-party offerings to be supported by VirtualOffice, including enterprise line-of-business applications. Additional services, including offline access, storage provisioning options and federated identity capabilities, will be made available soon.
Sparxent is a leading technology and business solution provider focused on a blend of premise and cloud delivery models. By combining global best-of-breed capabilities with hands-on local professionals, Sparxent is a comprehensive and single source for IT consulting, software and services. Visit us at sparxent.com.
CONTACT: Heidi Smith of Sparxent, +1-949-222-2287, of fax,
AEG Digital Media and Conviva Offer Online Audiences a Front-Row Seat to a Flawless Viewing Experience for Live Events
From Internet TV Series "If I Can Dream" to High Definition Concerts, the Companies Collaborate to Deliver Clear, Crisp and Reliable Video
LOS ANGELES and SAN MATEO, Calif., May 12 -- AEG Digital Media, the leading provider of complete webcast management, production and media services, and Conviva, Inc., a provider of advanced streaming solutions, have collaborated to deliver the best possible user experience during numerous high-profile live events. The combination of AEG Digital Media's live event production expertise with the intelligence of Conviva's streaming technology allows media companies to offer clear, crisp and reliable high-definition (HD) video.
Media companies benefit by leveraging AEG's best-in-class production and technology in concert with Conviva's continuous, real-time insights that "watch" each viewer, every second, and use inference algorithms to predict when a quality incident is about to occur. Conviva then balances two sophisticated services--mid-stream switching and multi-bitrate policy control--to pre-empt potential problems. Furthermore, Conviva offers visibility into every aspect of the online video delivery ecosystem, and can resolve issues with content delivery networks (CDNs), signal acquisition, encoding, publishers, players or local browsers. The result is a better fan experience and longer viewing times.
As the Internet becomes the venue of choice for more and more live events, fans expect video quality to be free of buffering, stuttering and interruptions. In fact, TubeMogul reported that one out of 25 streams experience a rebuffer, and more than 80 percent of viewers click away rather than wait for the video to reload(1). To that end, Conviva and AEG Digital Media set out to deliver an online experience that has the same reliable, HD quality as traditional television, but offers the flexibility to be viewed from any device.
"Quality takes center stage for online fans, especially during live events, and video that is choppy, grainy or buffers will not be tolerated," said John Petrocelli, SVP business development and sales for AEG Digital Media. "Conviva's ability to tap into what each and every viewer is watching as it happens, coupled with quick decisioning tools to pre-empt and correct issues has been invaluable in delivering the best experience to the vast number of people that have watched AEG Digital Media events online."
Conviva and AEG Digital Media worked together on the following events:
-- Alicia Keys Concert: On Dec. 1, 2009, a multi-camera live concert in
full HD was streamed on Sony Music's Alicia Keys channel on YouTube
from AEG's Nokia Theatre in New York.
-- People's Choice Awards: This annual awards show that recognizes the
people and the work of popular culture was broadcast on CBS on Jan. 6
-- "If I Can Dream": Created by Simon Fuller and debuted by 19
Entertainment on March 2, this Internet-only show equipped with 56
cameras follows six housemates looking to launch their creative arts,
sport or fashion careers.
-- Coke Zero(TM) Countdown Free Concert: Streamed live on Facebook and
hosted by Ryan Seacrest this 2010 NCAA® Men's Final Four® live concert
was held on April 3 and featured Daughtry and Country Music
Association New Artist of the Year, Darius Rucker.
"With multiple high-profile projects behind us, we have seen first-hand why it makes perfect sense to combine the sophistication and real-time nature of Conviva's technology with AEG Digital Media's turnkey, no-fail multimedia solutions," said Keith Zubchevich, vice president of market development and operations, Conviva. "Without question, the better the experience, the longer a viewer watches, the more a content company stands to make a profit. Together, we put the control to drive increased viewer engagement in the hands of our customers, so they can truly realize the revenue potential of their online video businesses."
(1) "Online Video Delivery Still Nowhere Near TV-Quality," Dec. 11, 2009, TubeMogul
About AEG Digital
AEG Digital Media is the leading provider of complete webcast management, production and media services in the digital media industry. We take a broadcast approach to streaming/digital media and enable the world's largest, innovative webcasts and live events. AEG Digital Media is regarded as the definitive turn key service provider in the market today with a nine year track record of empowering the defining moments in internet broadcasting and live streaming media. For more information, visit http://www.aegdigitalmedia.com.
Conviva is transforming the online video experience by eliminating the causes of choppy, unpredictable viewing. Starting with real-time audience instrumentation, Conviva's intelligent video platform empowers content publishers by automating both dynamic bit rate adjustment and the management of multiple distribution networks to optimize the experience and cost of large scale video businesses. Great content brands rely on Conviva to deliver the best quality video without impacting their profit margins. For more information on Conviva, please visit http://www.conviva.com.
Source: Conviva, Inc.
CONTACT: Tara Klein of Conviva, +1-650-270-9454, firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Mary Kay Crocker of Radi8 Creative, +1-801-592-5575,
email@example.com, for AEG Digital Media
Cruise.com offers new virtual webinars in their Virtual Cruise Lecture Series. The lectures allow both new and seasoned cruisers to take free interactive virtual tours of almost all aspects of the cruise experience from the comfort of their own home.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 12 -- Cruise.com, one of the Internet's largest cruise sellers, has added a number of new virtual webinar dates to their Virtual Cruise Lecture Series. The program is designed to provide consumers with a unique venue to learn about the cruise experience from the comfort of their own home. A number of cruise destinations and topics will be covered.
Cruise.com's Virtual Cruise Lecture Series allows consumers, whether a first-time cruiser or a seasoned sailor, to take a virtual tour of almost every aspect of the cruise experience. "The cruise experience differs widely from cruise line to cruise line and from ship to ship. Our virtual presentation series will allow customers to learn about the different cruise opportunities from the comfort of their own home. Registration is free and a variety of topics are covered. We hope to give consumers a much better understanding of cruising and what the different options are to choose from," said Jeanne Wyndrum, senior vice-president, http://www.Cruise.com.
The upcoming lectures include:
The Romantic Rhine
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Waterways of the Czars
Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Hawaii - A Trip to Paradise
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Introducing the New Norwegian Epic: The Ultimate in Freestyle Cruising
Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Treasures of the Mediterranean: Ancient Ruins to Renaissance Masterworks
Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Traveling to Unesco World Heritage Sites
Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
New or Newer to Cruising? Learn the Basics and See What's New
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Introducing Royal Caribbean's Newest Ship: The Allure of the Seas
Thursday, June 17, 2010 from 7pm-8pm
Consumers can view the presentation schedule and register for a seminar at Cruise.com.
Anyone who is not able to attend the live presentations at the scheduled time will be able to view the recorded seminars at their convenience. To take advantage of recorded sessions simply register for the presentation(s) of your choice. An e-mail will be sent to you after the presentation is completed with a link to view the recorded program.
New topics will be added regularly. If there is a topic that you would like to see added to the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1998, Cruise.com is one of the Internet's largest cruise specialists. Cruise.com offers comprehensive itineraries and ship details for more than 70 cruise lines worldwide at the most competitive prices and is one of the top sellers of cruises on the Internet. Cruise.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omega World Travel, Inc.
EU Agency Maps Key Online Security Actors, Strategies, and Good Practices Across Europe
BRUSSELS and HERAKLION, Greece, May 12, 2010-- The EU Agency, ENISA, (European Network and Information
Security Agency) launches comprehensive study: European countries are highly
varied in how prepared they are for dealing with the cybercrime, attacks and
network resilience. This is a key finding of an updated and extended 2nd
edition of 'Country Reports', published today. The Reports provide a
comprehensive 750 pages-plus overview of the status of Network and
Information Security [NIS] in 30 European Countries, including identification
of stakeholders and trends.
A key finding of the Reports, conducted for ENISA by Deloitte, is that
there is no particular pattern in the observed European countries with
respect to the existence of a national NIS strategy. Yet, many countries are
found to be putting major efforts into making progress in this area.
Information exchange mechanisms and cooperation amongst key stakeholders also
vary from country to country. Successful cases of NIS - in areas such as
security incident management and reporting, risk management and emerging
risks, network resilience, privacy and trust, and awareness raising - are
outlined as inspiration for others.
As such, the Country Reports offer a unique overview of NIS
"state of the art" in the 27 EU Union Member States and the 3 EEA countries
[Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway]. Each Report outlines the country's NIS
strategy, regulatory framework and key policy measures, key stakeholders and
their mandate, role and responsibilities. They provide an overview of the key
NIS activities, key stakeholders interactions, information exchange
mechanisms, co-operation platforms, and country-specific facts, trends, good
practices and inspiring cases.
The Country Reports are complemented by an updated Who-is-Who
Directory on NIS, which serve as a "yellow pages" of NIS in Europe,
containing contacts, websites and short descriptions of national and European
authorities, CERTs, private sector and academic organisations active in NIS,
as well as international and pan-European Organisations working in the area.
The Executive Director of ENISA, Dr Udo Helmbrecht comments:
"The media often report information security incidents. But individuals,
organisations and policy makers often don't know how to prevent incidents,
or where to turn to when things go wrong. ENISA has done a comprehensive job
in mapping the security situation in Europe through these Country Reports and
Who-is-Who Directory. This is of course key for all policy makers in the EU.
We hope it will also help citizens and organisations in Europe understand
what to do when they're faced with problems."
AppTech and JMango Agree to Multi-Lingual Application Development Venture
HOUSTON, May 12 -- AppTech Corp. (Pink Sheets: APCX) http://www.apptechglobal.com announced today that its subsidiary, AppTech Global, Inc. has negotiated a "Memorandum of Understanding" with a prominent Philippine and Australia based Application Developer, JMango, to jointly develop and market a series of multi-lingual mobile applications. This is the first step in developing multi-lingual mobile application software for a global market that is planned to include North America, Brazil, Mexico and other major markets.
"This agreement is a centerpiece in AppTech's Strategy and we are pleased to be working with an experienced company like JMango. Innovative, multi-lingual software enabled for global mobile operating systems will be the result of this nascent alliance," commented Sean Connolly, Vice President of AppTech Global, Inc.
JMango is an international mobile application company with a patented rapid deployment platform, enabling any app to be developed and deployed on any mobile device or operating system in the world. JMango licenses its platform to content producers, corporations, resellers, digital agencies and telecommunications operators around the world, enabling them to deliver mobile applications quickly and cost-effectively to their customers. For more information or contact please go to our website: http://www.jmango.net/
About AppTech Global Inc.
AppTech Global, Inc. is a subsidiary of AppTech Corp. and is developing mobile application market places serving emerging countries throughout the world, including Latin America, Brazil, China, India, Japan and the USA. AppTech is focused on multi-platform mobile apps designed to run on device operating systems such as Apple iPhone, Google Android Nexus One, Research In Motion, Microsoft Mobile, Palm, Verizon Droid, the O-Phone in China, and others.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. "Forward-looking statements" describe future expectations, plans, results, or strategies and are generally preceded by words such as "may," "future," "plan" or "planned," "will" or "should," "expected," "anticipates," "draft," "eventually" or "projected." You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events, or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including the risks that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, and other risks identified in a company's annual report.
Source: AppTech Corp.
CONTACT: Sean Connolly, Vice President, AppTech Global, Inc.,
Helen became the new queen of Britain's card rooms last November when she
secured a GBP20,000 sponsorship package for 2010 by winning the Grand Final
of the Betfred (http://www.betfred.com/) Ladies' Poker Tour.
The 36-year-old from North Yorkshire has already built upon that triumph,
collecting GBP10,000 when finishing runner-up in her first televised
tournament, the Women's World Open IV in London.
Now Helen is aiming to become the second player to retain the BLPT crown,
a feat her predecessor Lynne Beaumont achieved in 2008.
"It would be a dream to win the Betfred Ladies' Poker Tour for the second
year in a row," said the mother of two who, along with her husband Shaun, is
also the licensee of two pub-restaurants.
"I know it will be really difficult. I'm a little apprehensive about how
it will go because there will be much more pressure and expectation on me and
I will be targeted by some of the other players.
"But I'm looking forward to the new series, especially with the first leg
being close to home. I made my debut on the tour in Leeds last year and
finished fourth, so I have good memories of that."
Ten places are available in the Grand Final of the 2010 Betfred Ladies'
Poker Tour, which will take place at the Western Club, London, on November 20
and has a GBP20,000 sponsorship package for 2011 available to the winner.
Seven monthly legs will be staged in casinos and card rooms in England
and Spain, entry into which costs GBP100 plus a GBP10 administration fee,
with each having GBP1,500 added to the prize pool. Regular online satellites
are held at http://www.betfredpoker.com
The winner of every leg will receive a place in the Grand Final. If a
player wins a second leg, the runner-up in that leg will qualify for the
The three remaining places in the final will go to:
- the winner of the points leaderboard for the most consistent
- the winner of an online play-off between the players in positions 2-11
on the leaderboard
- the winner of an online play-off between any players with 25 points or
more on the leaderboard, including those who were unsuccessful in the
Supported by http://www.rockpokeronline.com, who provide the tournament
director in poker legend Malcolm 'The Rock' Harwood, the tour is expected to
attract record numbers of players in 2010.
"We've been delighted with the success of the Betfred Ladies' Poker Tour
in its first three years and we are sure it will continue to go from strength
to strength," said the tour's PR manager, Jon Wilde.
"It was an innovative project that has been warmly received by lady poker
players throughout the British Isles and even on the continent, and we have
been thrilled at both the competitiveness and the quality of play on the
Full schedule of the 2010 Betfred Ladies' Poker Tour (all starts 3pm
May 15: Alea Casino, Leeds
June 5: Napoleons Casino, Sheffield
July 3: Aspers Casino, Northampton
August 7: TC's Sports Club, Maidenhead
September 4: Broadway Casino, Birmingham (2pm)
October 9: Caesars Sports Lounge, Calahonda, Spain
November 6: Western Club, London
November 20: Grand Final, Western Club, London (2pm)
For more information please contact:
56-58 Benson Road
Warrington WA3 7PQ
For more information please contact: Jon Wilde, Tel: +44(0)1925-288598, Mob: +44(0)7794-395356, Email: email@example.com; BETFRED, The Spectrum, 56-58 Benson Road, Birchwood, Warrington WA3 7PQ
Stonebranch Announces Managed File Transfer Packaged Service in Support of SAP(R) Solutions
ATLANTA, May 12, 2010--
- Secure file transfer solution reduces cost and complexity of managing
file transfers throughout the enterprise
Stonebranch(R), the industry leader in Managed File Transfer
(http://www.stonebranch.com/infitran/index.html), announced the launch of its
Managed File Transfer Packaged Service. The offering is part of SAP's
Packaged Services Program in the U.K. and Ireland, which is designed to
provide easy-to-implement, off-the-shelf solutions to address clearly defined
business problems. The Managed File Transfer Packaged Service will provide
organizations throughout the U.K. and Ireland a secure file-transfer-driven
business process that reduces costs within the infrastructure.
Jon Laughland, U.K. Country Manager for Stonebranch, said, "Many key
processes within an organization are driven by the movement of files. The
ability to safeguard the secure delivery or receipt of these files and have
visibility of the entire process is essential for many customers. This new
service, part of SAP's Packaged Services Program, allows Infitran(TM), our
intelligent file transfer solution, to solve the issues around unsecure file
The Managed File Transfer Packaged Service provides support for multiple
file types, protocols and platforms; integration with existing applications;
secure and reliable delivery; cost-effective management and full audit
functionality. Additionally, the secure file transfer solution simplifies
administration of the data transfer infrastructure while increasing file
Recently, the U.K. government approved new penalties for organizations
that lose sensitive data, with possible fines up to 500,000 pounds Sterling
for serious offenders. With the alarming rate of data-breach increases in the
U.K. and globally, the Managed File Transfer Packaged Service will enable
companies to protect their data from breaches, preventing costly fines and
further ensuring an organization's reputation.
Wolfgang Bothe, CEO and president of Stonebranch, said, "Offering our
Managed File Transfer Packaged Service as part of SAP's Packaged Services
Program in the U.K. and Ireland enables us to broaden our presence in the
U.K. market and increase our global footprint in the managed file transfer
industry. This solution allows organizations to deploy an industry-leading,
cost-effective managed file transfer service to protect mission-critical
Stonebranch provides solutions which govern business processes and data
exchange for businesses. In 2009, Stonebranch launched Scribbos(TM), a
subsidiary of Stonebranch. Scribbos offers a secure business communications
solution, which complements Stonebranch's Infitran(TM), its Intelligent File
Transfer Solution, and Indesca(TM), its Independent Scheduling Agents
solution. Used separately or as a suite, Stonebranch and Scribbos products
and services interoperate with existing platforms/infrastructures and
emerging technologies. Stonebranch clients include some of the world's
largest financial, healthcare and technology institutions. Headquartered in
Atlanta, GA, Stonebranch has offices throughout the world, including Germany,
The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Spain and Denmark. For more information
on Stonebranch, please visit: http://www.stonebranch.com.
SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG
in Germany and in several other countries.
All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their
Internet Pawn Raises $1.5 Million in Initial Equity Funding
Two Experienced Venture Capital Firms Syndicate Round
DENVER, May 12 -- Internet Pawn, Inc., the first dedicated online pawnshop in the United States, announced that it has completed a $1.5 million Series A equity financing that will allow the company to scale the organization and bring its groundbreaking online pawn personal loan service to market.
New investors Daylight Partners and Access Ventures joined the Company's founders in the financing. "We are thrilled to welcome Daylight Partners and Access Ventures to the Company's family," said Todd Hills, co-Founder and CEO. "The expertise and capital our new partners bring will help us meet the increasing demand for our cash loan services around the United States."
Rocky Mountain, of Austin, Texas based Daylight Partners, has joined the Company's Board as part of the transaction. "Daylight rarely invests in Companies outside of our own backyard," said Mountain. "However Internet Pawn's offering is so disruptive we felt compelled to make an exception. With no interest due for 6 months and loan costs 60% less than a traditional brick and mortar pawn shop, this financing option will prove to be an exciting alternative for the millions of U.S. residents who currently utilize pawn services to meet their need for personal loans."
"The Internet Pawn concept is one of the more intriguing we have seen in 15 years of investing," added Jay Campion of Access Ventures, who has also joined the Company's Board with the financing. "The transparency, privacy and easy terms of the transaction has so far proven to be an attractive alternative to the professional or entrepreneur who needs immediate access to cash to satisfy short-term needs."
About Internet Pawn
Launched in 2009 by 25-year industry veterans most recently responsible for the Jumping Jack Cash chain of traditional pawn shops in Colorado and Utah, Internet Pawn is the first Web-based pawn shop in the United States. As such, it is revolutionizing a 3,000-year-old industry by guaranteeing secure, confidential, asset-based loans with consumer-friendly rates and terms online. Unlike other online lenders, Internet Pawn offers loans based on the collateral of customers' personal valuables. The company offers cash quickly with no payments for six months. A member of the Better Business Bureau and National Pawnbrokers Association, Internet Pawn guarantees a premium value based on its experience and proprietary valuation technology, and all transactions are conducted from the privacy of the customer's home. For more information, go to http://www.internetpawn.com.
While Internet Pawn will loan on just about anything legitimate and of value from diamonds, art, gold & jewelry, to automobiles and motorcycles, Internet Pawn specializes in providing a loan for Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, and Breitling watches.
Source: Internet Pawn
CONTACT: Jim McHose, Internet Pawn, +1-303-790-9500,
New Adaptec MaxIQ(TM) Storage Controllers with SSD Caching Offer Data Centers Up to 8x Faster Performance and 70 Percent Savings
Expanded MaxIQ SSD Caching Product Line Offers Increased Performance, Broad SSD Support and New Management Tools for I/O Analytics
MILPITAS, Calif., May 12 -- Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), the global leader in I/O innovation, today announced the expansion of the Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Caching product portfolio with three new MaxIQ Storage Controllers, a new MaxIQ 64GB Cache Performance Kit, wider support for solid-state drives (SSDs) and enhanced management and analytics tools. Adaptec's MaxIQ SSD Caching products can deliver up to eight times the I/O performance(1) of hard disk drive-only arrays, and reduce capital and operating expenses up to 70 percent by allowing IT managers to build High-Performance Hybrid Arrays (HPHAs) - data storage arrays consisting of both hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs.
"Our goal is to provide our customers with performance enhancing products that provide more flexibility and create greater operational efficiencies. Our enhanced Adaptec MaxIQ solutions meet all of these goals," said Jared Peters, vice president of sales and marketing, Adaptec. "As SSDs continue to prove their value in a wide range of enterprise, data center and other high-performance computing environments, the need for effective solutions that allow IT managers to take advantage of SSD performance benefits at the lowest possible cost is paramount."
The Adaptec MaxIQ Storage Controller family is built on Adaptec's advanced data protection and high-performance architecture, and includes Adaptec Intelligent Power Management (IPM) for energy-efficiency, as well as support for all mainstream SSDs including drives from OCZ Technology and STEC, delivering IT managers with increased flexibility when designing storage systems.
"OCZ is constantly looking for new opportunities to provide our customers with innovative ways to integrate SSD technology into enterprise class storage solutions that meet the demanding performance and reliability requirements of data center and computing applications," said Alex Mei, CMO of the OCZ Technology Group. "MaxIQ Caching Software together with OCZ SSDs will increase I/O performance and lower the total cost of ownership while reducing energy consumption, offering a considerable improvement in overall value and performance."
The Adaptec Q-Series Storage Controller Family includes:
-- Adaptec MaxIQ 2405Q (4 internal ports)
-- Adaptec MaxIQ 5805Q (8 internal ports)
-- Adaptec MaxIQ 5805ZQ (8 internal ports with Zero-Maintenance Cache
Protection for battery-free data protection)
All MaxIQ Storage Controllers feature 1.2 GHz of processing power, 512MB of DDR2 write cache, MaxIQ Hybrid SSD read caching with support for multiple MLC and SLC SSD devices, and direct I/O connectivity for SATA/SAS SSDs, hard drives, and tape devices. Using SAS expanders, these controllers support up to 256 devices; they also support a broad range of operating systems and are compatible with more than 300 third-party devices. These controllers are also supported by Adaptec Storage Manager(TM) for centralized management of all Adaptec RAID controllers on the network.
"Our customers depend on us to deliver server solutions that meet their high-performance standards and bandwidth requirements", said David Rudnick, president of PC Solutions & Integration. "The Adaptec MaxIQ SSD Caching solution allows us to convert industry-standard servers into cost-effective, high-performance, scale-out application storage appliances that help our customers save money while attaining high levels of I/O performance."
As a complement to the new MaxIQ Storage Controllers and the existing MaxIQ 32GB Cache Performance Kit, the new MaxIQ 64GB Cache Performance Kit can be paired with any Adaptec Series 5Z, Series 5 or Series 2 Storage Controller and includes a 64GB Intel X-25E Extreme Solid-State drive.
SSD caching end-user tools are also available to intelligently analyze I/O data flows and predict performance. Plus I/O instrumentation allows for easy configuration, monitoring and management, making it easy for data center and cloud computing customers to integrate HPHAs without disrupting existing operations.
Pricing and Availability
The Adaptec MaxIQ 64GB SSD Cache Performance Kit featuring one 64GB Intel® X25-E Extreme SATA SSD and MaxIQ SSD Caching Software is MSRP US$1,795. The Adaptec RAID 2405Q, 5805Q, 5805ZQ list for MSRP US$645, $1,215 and $1,485, respectively. All products are currently available through worldwide distributors and resellers.
Adaptec is the global leader in I/O innovation. The Company provides innovative data center I/O solutions that protect, accelerate, optimize, and condition data in today's most demanding data center environments. Adaptec products are used in IT environments ranging from on-demand cloud computing to traditional enterprise data centers. Its products enable data center managers, channel partners and OEMs to deploy best-in-class storage solutions to meet their customers' evolving IT requirements. Around the world, leading corporations, government organizations, and medium and small businesses trust Adaptec technology. More information is available at http://www.adaptec.com, on its blog, storageadvisors.adaptec.com, and at adaptec.com/facebook and twitter.com/Adaptec_Inc.
Adaptec is a registered trademark and Unified Serial is a trademark in the United States and other countries. Other company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Adaptec disclaims any and all rights in these trademarks.
(1) Performance achieved at 52K IOPS (input-output/second)
Walt & Company for Adaptec
Source: Adaptec, Inc.
CONTACT: Sara Lee of Walt & Company, +1-408-369-7200 ext. 2980,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Adaptec
Magic Software Announces iBOLT Integration for Microsoft SharePoint 2010
Latest iBOLT integration platform also includes enhanced connectors for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce.com and HL7
OR-YEHUDA, Israel, May 12 -- Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ:MGIC), a global provider of cloud and on-premise application platform and business integration solutions, today announced that the latest version of its iBOLT business integration suite includes a Microsoft® SharePoint® connector for fast and code-free integration between the newest version of Microsoft's corporate portal - released today, and other enterprise applications.
With dozens of specialized connectors, iBOLT allows organizations to rapidly integrate diverse applications and create continuous business processes. Utilizing a code-free approach, iBOLT also eliminates the need for complex point-to-point interfacing.
The latest iBOLT 3.2 release comes with a number of new or improved connectors for Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce.com and HL7.
"An increasing number of enterprises are turning to Magic Software to provide integration between cloud-based and on-premise collaboration suites and back-end enterprise business systems," said Eyal Pfeifel, CTO for Magic Software Enterprises. "By supporting Microsoft SharePoint 2010 on the day of its release, we continue to provide enterprise customers with practical and powerful integration for the latest business applications as they become available."
"With iBOLT now connecting Microsoft SharePoint with the other business applications in the enterprise, companies no longer have to deal with patching up their disconnected business processes," said Regev Yativ, president and CEO for Magic Software Enterprises Americas. "With a fully integrated business environment, management can make more informed business decisions, get more value from each business interaction and achieve a faster time to market for their products and services."
Magic Software will be presenting an in-depth look at the iBOLT business integration suite and the uniPaaS application platform at the upcoming Magic International Users Group 2010 (MIUG) conference in Las Vegas.
Existing iBOLT users can update to the latest 3.2 release by following this link to the Magic Software download area.
-- iBOLT White Papers
-- iBOLT customer stories
-- Find out more about iBOLT
Notes for Editors
iBOLT's code-free approach is facilitated by a pre-compiled and pre-configured coding engine based upon Magic Software's 25 years of application development experience. This enables both simple and complex business processes to be designed and implemented quickly and easily - and also makes it more cost-efficient to assimilate and integrate future IT application acquisitions.
iBOLT is a code-free business and process integration suite. The product integrates solutions such as SAP Business One, SAP ERP, Salesforce.com, Oracle JD Edwards, IBM System i applications and databases (AS/400), Lotus Notes applications, healthcare systems using HL7, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft SharePoint, and others.
iBOLT 2.5 and 3 have been certified by SAP. Magic Software is also the recipient of the "2005 Solution Partner Leadership in Innovation" award, the "2006 ISV Partner Quality Excellence Award" from SAP America and the "2008 Global Solution Partner Award" from SAP AG.
iBOLT 3 is a Salesforce.com AppExchange certified product and Magic Software is a Salesforce.com AppExchange partner with customers in multiple industry verticals worldwide.
About Magic Software
Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ:MGIC) is a global provider of multiple-mode and cloud-enabled application platform solutions - including full client, rich internet applications (RIA), mobile or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) modes - and business and process integration solutions. Magic Software has 13 offices worldwide and a presence in over 50 countries with a global network of ISVs, system integrators, value-added distributors and resellers, as well as consulting and OEM partners. The company's award-winning, code-free solutions give partners and customers the power to leverage existing IT resources, enhance business agility and focus on core business priorities. Magic Software's technological approach, product roadmap and corporate strategy are recognized by leading industry analysts. Magic Software has partnerships with global IT leaders including SAP AG, salesforce.com, IBM and Oracle. For more information about Magic Software and its products and services, visit http://www.magicsoftware.com, and for more about our industry-related news, business issues and trends, read the Magic Software Blog.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both here and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in the Company's most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Magic is the trademark of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. SAP, SAP NetWeaver and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics CRM are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Oracle, JD Edwards, JD Edwards World and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are trademarks or registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Magic Software Media Contacts:
CONTACT: Media, USA, Cathy Caldeira of Metis Communications,
+1-617-236-0500, email@example.com; or UK, Ranbir Sahota of Vitis PR
Agency, +44 (0)121 242 8048, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Arita Mattsoff of Magic
Software, +972 (0)3 538 9292, email@example.com; or Investors, Marybeth
Csaby, +1-212-896-1236, or Rob Fink, +1-212-896-1206, both of KCSA Strategic
Purple(TM) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program Provides Products to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Federal Employees
Purple to Hold Open House for Federal Employees on June 16, 2010
ROCKLIN, Calif., May 11 -- Purple Communications(TM), Inc., a leading provider of text, video relay (VRS), on-site interpreting services, and video remote interpreting (VRI), announced a program today with the Department of Defense's (DoD) Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) providing assistive technology and services to federal employees with disabilities. Through Purple, CAP will make the Purple Netbook, P3(TM) software, P3 Flasher and webcams accessible to approximately 4,500 deaf and hard-of-hearing federal employees, that will now have year-round 24/7 access to video and text relay services as well as Purple's new P3 compatible Click-To-Call application allowing for seamless, more efficient communication between all federal agencies.
To introduce federal employees to the new home and workplace solutions available to them, Purple will host a "Purple Your Way" open house event at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University on June 16, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET. In addition to providing information on workplace opportunities and accommodations for federal deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals through advancing technologies, discussions will include video and text relay services integration, mobile solutions, and other government programs and services. Members of the FCC, congressional members, consumer groups, deaf and hard-of-hearing advocates and other interested parties are all invited to attend. Interested attendees should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Purple has always been committed to providing innovative products and stellar service to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community," said Ronald E. Obray, vice chairman of Purple. "Working with CAP and the federal government, we will continue to help breakdown communication barriers in the workplace for federal employees."
Purple's Director of Government and Strategic Accounts, Paul Singleton adds, "Our partnership with CAP and working with the federal government reinforces our commitment to achieving functional equivalency - the ability for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to communicate with the same ease as the hearing in the workplace and beyond, and this program is a step in the right direction."
Purple products and services will be made available to federal employees through the CAP. The offerings include:
-- P3 Software - Key components include video relay service (VRS),
IP-Relay and direct video ("point-to-point") communication with new
and improved features such as sharper video, improved call
notification options, and PurpleMail video messaging. P3 software can
be downloaded on the Purple website for free and requires a PC with
Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and a webcam.
-- P3 Netbook - A sleek and compact all-in-one communications device with
built in webcam, Ethernet and WiFi Internet access, pre-installed AOL
Instant Messenger® and optimized with pre-installed P3 software.
-- P3 Flasher -- Plug-in flasher provides state-of-the-art call
-- Click-To-Call - A P3 application that looks for numbers on web pages
and changes them into clickable links. When clicked, they start a VRS
call to that number using P3 software.
-- Custom Voice Greeting - Allows for personalization of the greeting
when a hearing individual places a call to a 10-digit number provided
For more information on Purple's government services programs or to apply for CAP's products, visit http://www.purple.us/gov.
Established in 1990 as the centrally funded reasonable accommodations program for employees with disabilities in the Department of Defense, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) now provides assistive technology and services to people with disabilities, Federal managers, supervisors and IT professionals. CAP increases access to information and works to remove barriers to employment opportunities by eliminating the costs of assistive technology and accommodation solutions.
Purple Communications is a leading provider of text, video relay (VRS), on-site interpreting services, and video remote interpreting (VRI) for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, offering a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communications needs of its customers. Purple's vision is to enable free-flowing communication between people, inclusive of differences in abilities, languages, or locations. For more information on Purple Communications, Inc. or its services, visit http://www.purple.us by Internet, relay by visiting http://www.ip-relay.com, or video phone by connecting to purple.tv.
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Expedia.com 2010 Summer Sale Puts the 'Book' In Facebook: Facebook Fans Select Featured Destinations
Summer Sale Offers Up to 40 Percent Off Hotels Worldwide This Summer
BELLEVUE, Wash., May 11 -- Expedia.com®, the world's leading online travel agency, today announced the launch of its 2010 Summer Sale, the largest promotion in the company's history based on number of participating hotels. Expedia.com is offering up to 40 percent off more than 7,400 hotels from around the world, including hotels in destinations voted on by Expedia® Facebook fans in a recent poll. To take advantage of the Summer Sale, travelers should book by June 29, and travel by July 31. The complete list of participating properties can be found at: http://www.expedia.com/daily/promos/deals/summervacationsale/default.asp?mcici d=summersale2010.
"Our Summer Sale promotion is intended to give travelers a strong financial incentive to book the trip they desire - the one they may have been waiting to take for years now. And this year we decided to leverage Facebook to let travelers pick the destinations they most desire and to structure the Summer Sale promotion around those destinations," said Tim MacDonald, senior vice president and general manager, Expedia.com.
Expedia.com conducted a recent Facebook poll that asked users, "Where do you most want to go this summer?" The Summer Sale features hotels in the most popular destinations cited by poll respondents. Those destinations include:
While these destinations will be a focus of the sale, the Expedia 2010 Summer Sale features sales on thousands of hotels in destinations all over the world.
Expedia.com is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide personalized service, the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com promises to offer to its customers the best rates available online for all types of travel. Expedia.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE).
Colo5, LLC, a leading independent colocation and disaster recovery services provider headquartered in Jacksonville, announced today that they will be holding an open house for existing and prospective customers this Thursday on its premises to celebrate its one year anniversary of successful operations and service to its customers.
"We are proud to be serving Jacksonville as the leading, locally-based, independent data center and excited to be hosting more than 150 prospective customers to our open house where we will conduct tours of our facilities and highlight our suite of best-in-class data center services," said Doug Recker, CEO of Colo5.
"Since we opened our doors just over a year ago to the greater Jacksonville market, demand for our colocation services has grown remarkably, and the quality and sophistication of our tenant base has risen impressively in turn," Recker added. "A little over a year ago, Colo5 was a good idea; today it is an impressive data center operator whose tenants are among Jacksonville's strongest companies. I am especially proud that our team has stuck to its knitting and continues to execute its growth plan soundly and reliably. Our customers routinely tell us how pleased they are with our 24/7 personalized service, the responsiveness of our team, and our dedication to their satisfaction. Their testimony is our best reward."
About Colo5, LLC
Colo5 is a leading independent data center operator offering secure and hardened colocation and data recovery services to customers nationwide. With over 140,000 square feet of dedicated facilities, Colo5 provides state-of-the-art security, redundant power systems, and a robust fiber network optimized for performance and speed to a host of demanding customers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the company's core infrastructure is rated to withstand hurricane category 5 forces to ensure maximum reliability and peace of mind. Colo5's data centers are designed to accommodate the changing power density and cooling needs of the colocation market while maintaining consistently superior levels of customer service and support. For more information on Colo5's data center services, visit http://www.colo5.com .
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CONTACT: Anna K. Hardy of Colo5, LLC, +1-904-394-9619,
FreeCause Innovates Status Quo Loyalty Rewards Marketing
Leading Affinity Toolbar Company Expands Platform to Include Rewards Shopping Mall, Web Search Feed, and Dynamic Notification System
BOSTON, May 11 -- Today, FreeCause Inc. launched three new products in its Loyalty Rewards Suite - all designed to leverage the power of the Web to gain unprecedented member reach and strengthen member loyalty. Combining innovative technology with an industry leading merchant partner network, FreeCause solutions expand the ways in which members are able to earn rewards and interact with organizations.
"For too long loyalty rewards marketing has just relied on members to visit a mall," said Justin Holland, Chief Operating Officer of FreeCause. "Our collection of products allows organizations to reach its members wherever they are; online, on web search results pages, at online retailers, malls, social networks and even news sites. Everything we're doing makes these programs relevant and exciting again."
FreeCause's Loyalty Rewards Suite includes:
A browser extension that leverages prime real estate to share engaging, dynamic content while simultaneously converting member web searching and shopping into rewards.
Web Search Feed
A white-label Web Search Feed, powered by Yahoo!, that offers custom branded search results with rewards earnings from every web search.
Dynamic Notification System
A browser based alert system that displays unobtrusive reminders and promotions for in-network merchant sites to stimulate shopping by notifying members when and where they can shop to earn rewards.
Rewards Shopping Mall
A quick deployment online shopping solution that can launch in days providing special offers, discounts and coupons while also rewarding members every time they shop at 2,500+ top Internet merchants in our network.
Increasing product usage and retention are top concerns for every loyalty program. FreeCause's Loyalty Rewards Suite addresses these challenges by engaging members with compelling ways to earn rewards through ubiquitous digital marketing vehicles.
"It's important to capture a significant share of the member's behavior, often in the form of spend, in order to maintain relevancy," said Blaine Dangel, VP of Marketing and Creative. "We are continually innovating the ways members can earn rewards and how our clients are able to present those rewards to their members. These additions to our Loyalty Rewards Suite are just the beginning of our engagement strategy."
FreeCause will be exhibiting at the Loyalty Expo in Orlando, FL on June 5th and 6th. During the show, FreeCause will announce three new clients, each an industry leader in their respective fields.
FreeCause is full service technology and marketing firm that develops and enhances loyalty rewards programs for major brands, airlines, hotels, sports teams and nonprofits. Headquartered in Boston, MA we offer a comprehensive portfolio of market-leading technology and expertise that allows organizations to accelerate lasting, profitable relationships with their customers and supporters. With more than 10 million subscribers, our advanced loyalty and engagement solutions drive user behavior and strengthen brand loyalty while simultaneously generating new revenue streams for organizations through our extensive network of merchants and partners. FreeCause is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rakuten, Inc (JASDAQ: 4755).
Citysearch Updates Mobile Apps Across Android, iPhone and BlackBerry
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., May 11 -- Citysearch, LLC, a leading online local guide and operating business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI), today announced it has upgraded its free mobile applications on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry.
Citysearch rebuilt its app for Android which now features faster access to local information with built in GPS pinpoints for every business around you. Users can search across categories ranging from sushi to bars to spas and review Citysearch content to help you make an informed decision about where to go. The Mobile by Citysearch, Android app also allows users to upload photos from their favorite local businesses, as well as tweet about the hottest restaurant in town.
New Updates to iPhone App
The Mobile by Citysearch, iPhone app now features an updated "find my location" feature that allows you to scroll in a map view and snap back to your current location. Similar to the new Android functionality, iPhone users can also upload a photo for a business listing using their Citysearch profile.
Now on BlackBerry® Storm
BlackBerry® users can now download Mobile by Citysearch on Storm. With the Mobile by Citysearch, BlackBerry® app for Storm, users have access to all Citysearch business listings and content, as well as have Outlook and calendar integration allow you to send invites without leaving the mobile application. They can also tweet, review and search for restaurants, bars and spas through its easy to use interface.
Download all the Citysearch mobile apps and the recently launched cityseries iPad app for free.
About Citysearch, LCC
Citysearch, LLC is a leading online local media company, meeting the changing needs of consumers, publishers and local advertisers. Citysearch, LLC enables consumers to stay connected with access to neighborhood restaurants, bars, shopping, beauty and professional services information nationwide through its premium local brands, which include Citysearch.com, Urbanspoon and Insider Pages. The largest local content network, CityGrid, connects consumers and merchants across the Web, by distributing local content to publishers. Citysearch, LLC is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI). For more information, visit http://www.citysearch.com
Deepak Chopra to Launch Personal 'MYMAG' Magazine and Media Platform
-- Includes Chopra's personal writings and meditations as well as exclusive, previously unpublished content from Michael Jackson, renowned graphic artist Alan Aldridge and other celebrities --
NEW YORK, May 11 -- Deepak Chopra, a world-renowned authority in the field of spirituality, well-being and mind-body medicine, is set to launch his signature MYMAG magazine to provide -- through personal writings, photographs and correspondence from numerous celebrity friends -- a revealing glimpse into his life, insights and inspirations. The limited-edition MYMAG (http://www.mymag.com), Chopra's first magazine, is available immediately for pre-order via MYMAG.com; proceeds from sales will go to the Chopra Foundation and the 7Bar Foundation. The magazine will be delivered in late May.
MYMAG is a personalized media platform that enables noted tastemakers and influential personalities to establish a more personal connection with their biggest fans. Chopra's MYMAG comprises both a glossy print magazine and an interactive online experience with exclusive video and commentary. The issue mixes original content with archived and topical articles, chosen by Chopra, from Wax Poetics, the Guardian and other publications. In addition, Chopra has included never-before-published personal content and correspondence from numerous celebrities.
Chopra's fans can enter online at http://www.mymag.com for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to see Chopra in Chicago at a "Celebrate Your Life!" event this June. The contest is open to the first 1,000 purchasers of Chopra's MYMAG. His fans are also invited to help create his MYMAG by submitting questions and content suggestions at http://www.mymag.com.
A world-famous figure in the field of human empowerment, Chopra -- a fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management -- is the author of 55 books about mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality and peace, including 14 bestsellers; his books have been published in 85 languages. A decade ago, Time magazine heralded him as one of its top 100 "heroes and icons" of the twentieth century.
Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, "the man with kaleidoscope eyes" whose ornate illustrations and designs for the Beatles and many others made his name in the 1960s, has designed Chopra's MYMAG cover. MYMAG has brought Chopra and Aldridge together through their shared love for the Beatles and all things spiritual. Chopra's ongoing efforts to improve mind-body medicine and promote holistic health, Aldridge says, have long been an inspiration to him.
"Deepak is someone I greatly admire, and contributing to his MYMAG is not only an honor, but a gesture of respect," Aldridge said.
"MYMAG offers Deepak the chance to communicate with his followers in an entirely new way," said Magnus Greaves, MYMAG's cofounder and CEO. "It will give him a more personal connection to the people who follow his teachings most closely."
MYMAG is available both online and through select non-traditional retail outlets. To purchase a limited-edition issue of the magazine, readers can log on to MYMAG.com, browse through the list of celebrities, then preview and select an issue ($10), which will arrive via standard mail. In addition to Chopra, MYMAGs are available for actress Olivia Munn, movie director Brett Ratner and DJ/record producer Steve Aoki.
For publishers, MYMAG provides an opportunity to share their content with a much broader audience -- a chance to increase their readership even in a fractured media environment. "Publishers have enthusiastically embraced the concept and are thrilled to have their content selected by world-class tastemakers to be shared with their fans," Greaves said.
For more media information, contact:
CONTACT: Lisa Hendrickson for MYMAG, +1-516-767-8390,
4G WiMax: The Solution to Ireland's Broadband Crisis
DUBLIN, May 11, 2010--
- Irish Firm Imagine Bids to Radically Improve Ireland's Position
in the European Broadband League
- Irish Government Hopelessly Inadequate in in Preparing Ireland for
Imagine Communications Group has said that Ireland will have a
world-class broadband and phone network in the next 12 months as a result of
a comprehensive EUR100million investment in the new 4G technology WiMax.
The Irish firm was responding to the latest OECD report on broadband
which ranked Ireland at the bottom of the European league table on broadband
speeds. Imagine is rolling out the first national 4G WiMax network in Europe
this year, with the support of Intel and Motorola, to enable faster Internet
speeds and better phone services at low prices.
Ireland's over-reliance on the outmoded and over-exploited 3G network for
broadband access to date has directly led to its lowly position on the OECD
broadband chart, with OECD regulators even refusing to classify 3G as
Imagine's Commercial Director Mr. Brian O'Donohoe has said the rapid
deployment of the superfast 4G WiMax network will shoot Ireland up the
European broadband league table.
"This week's OECD statistics show that Ireland has dropped to 29th
position for broadband speeds, after being placed 26th in September 2008,"
Mr. O'Donohoe said. "The new 4G WiMax network is faster and more reliable
than 3G, has no expensive line rental charges like DSL and is available at
half the cost of older technology providers like Eircom".
"The Irish Government, Comreg and the existing market players have been
hopelessly inadequate in preparing Ireland for future technologies and the
damning OECD report has created a significant opportunity for 4G WiMax in
Ireland," said Mr. O'Donohoe.
WiMax is backed worldwide by Intel, Motorola, Time Warner, Google and
many other major multinationals. The new technology is already allowing
Imagine to make high speed broadband available and affordable to businesses
and consumers in counties Dublin, Wexford, Kildare, Sligo, Louth, Westmeath
and Longford, with 30 new locations now being rolled out each month.
Imagine's biggest competitor in Ireland, Eircom, has the highest line
rental fees in Europe and Imagine WiMax customers will automatically save up
to EUR400 a year on top of benefitting from lower broadband and phone bills.
For further information, please contact:
Ben Kealy, Imagine Communications, +353-086-774-1999.
James McDonald, Model Communications, +353-01-881-4038.
For further information, please contact: Ben Kealy, Imagine Communications, +353-086-774-1999 ; James McDonald, Model Communications, +353-01-881-4038
Mushkin Enhanced Announces Callisto(TM) Solid State Disk
Next-Generation Solid State Drive offers high-performance storage
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 11 -- Mushkin Enhanced, (http://www.mushkin.com), a global leader in high-performance computer products, announced today the release of a new solid state drive series, Callisto(TM). The Callisto Series further underlines Mushkin Enhanced's commitment to the exciting and burgeoning solid state drive segment.
"The Callisto SSDs continue Mushkin Enhanced's tradition of high-performance, high-reliability flash storage products and we're very pleased with the performance and responsiveness this product provides. We're confident the Callisto will not only meet the expectations of the market, but exceed them." - Brian Flood, Mushkin Enhanced director of product development. Boasting read speeds of up to 285MB/s and write speeds of up to an impressive 275MB/s, the Callisto series is equipped with the industry-acclaimed Sandforce SF-1200 controller. The Callisto Solid State Drive is available immediately online at the Mushkin Enhanced website as well as our other online partners, and is backed by a 3-year warranty and an industry-leading support staff.
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado, Mushkin Enhanced provides performance-enhanced computer products to users worldwide. Mushkin Enhanced products include a line of enhanced power supplies and complete selection of memory upgrades for desktops, notebooks and servers. Since the company's founding in 1994, Mushkin Enhanced has received numerous awards and commendations for quality, reliability and technical excellence. For nearly 15 years, Mushkin Enhanced has been dedicated to helping overclockers, gamers, IT managers, digital artists and mobile professionals enhance their computing experience by providing reliable, high-performance products.
Source: Mushkin Enhanced
CONTACT: Wade Shiflett, Marketing Director of Mushkin Enhanced,
Architectural Record Announces iPhone and iPad Applications
NEW YORK, May 11 -- Architectural Record, published by McGraw-Hill Construction, is now available as iPhone and iPad applications through a partnership with online magazine distributor Zinio, the company announced today.
To provide an enhanced user experience to digital subscribers, Architectural Record's current and future issues, with its award-winning layouts, photos and articles, will be optimized for the iPhone and iPad using the Zinio reader. Users can flip through pages on their touch screens as leisurely as they might have with a print magazine. Then with a tap, they can send articles to social media sites and friends.
"Architectural Record's audience is architects, and they are digitally savvy and using iPhones and iPads," said Robert Ivy, Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record. "We are excited to be able to offer these new formats to them, an important step in our continued commitment to applying the latest digital innovations for our customers."
Architectural Record and ArchitecturalRecord.com connect architects and design professionals to a wealth of projects, products and people with complete coverage of great architecture around the globe and an interactive website. It has won more than 20 awards in the past five years, including three 2010 Neal Awards for "Best Integrated Package," "Best Use of Video," and "Best Use of Social Media."
About McGraw-Hill Construction
McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the construction industry. For more than a century, it has remained North America's leading provider of project and product information, plans and specifications, and industry news, trends and forecasts. McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers in the $5.6 trillion global construction industry through Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, GreenSource, and 10 regional publications. To learn more, visit http://www.construction.com or follow @mhconstruction on Twitter.
About The McGraw-Hill Companies
Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP) is a global information and education company providing knowledge, insights and analysis in the financial, education and business information sectors through leading brands including Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts, and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2009 were $5.95 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.
Source: McGraw-Hill Construction
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Litl to Launch Flash-Based Web-Connected TV Product
Releases Software Development Kit (SDK) to Flash Community
BOSTON, May 11 -- At the upcoming Flash and the City (flashandthecity.com) developers conference, litl (litl.com) will reveal plans for a new web-connected TV product slated for launch in early 2011 and extend the reach of its intuitive software platform by releasing an Adobe® Flash® 10.1-based software development kit (SDK).
"We are taking the simple, intuitive experience that we developed for the webbook and bringing it to the family room TV," said Chuck Freedman, litl's chief channel evangelist. "Until now, applications for TVs and set-top boxes have consisted of little more than widgets. Our platform changes everything by enabling feature-rich, Flash-based apps without the complexity of a desktop environment."
Launched in November, the litl webbook is an Internet computer for the home. It runs litl OS, an operating system with a revolutionary user interface designed to make computing simple and enjoyable. The company's planned web-connected TV device will also run litl OS.
"We believe that our platform's use of Flash will be the best and easiest way for developers to deliver great content and applications to the TV," said Freedman. "And with the launch of our SDK, we are enabling over one million developers in the Flash community to monetize their work by building new apps or porting their existing apps to our store."
Supporting Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the litl SDK includes a code library, simulator, code samples, and documentation. The SDK will continue to advance in coming months with new APIs, including accelerometer movement, video chat, trackpad gestures, and microphone input that will allow open development of gaming, communication, entertainment and other experiences.
With the litl webbook, users can access web content through custom Flash applications that transform web content to make it more useful and entertaining. Applications custom-designed by litl and currently available to users include Facebook, The Weather Channel, Flickr, Shutterfly, and BakeSpace. With the release of the litl SDK, users will benefit from a much larger selection of applications created by independent developers and partners.
To learn more and get started, developers can visit developer.litl.com to apply for the SDK's private beta package. At the Flash and the City conference in New York from May 14-16, representatives from litl will be on hand to introduce the SDK, share rollout plans, and help developers get started.
Based in Boston, litl was founded to make technology easy to use. The company's devices run litl OS, an operating system that allows quick connectivity to the web with a user interface that is simple and intuitive. We invite you to learn more at litl.com.
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Participant Media's 'Save My Oceans' National Social Action Campaign for the Disneynature Release OCEANS Targets Both Coastal and Land-Locked Residents
Multi-Platform Program Includes http://www.SaveMyOceans.com, a Concert Tour, an Art Installation, a Pledge and Contest With Shepard Fairey Art, a Video, and a Book
LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- "Save My Oceans," Participant Media's multi-platform nationwide social action campaign for Disneynature's motion picture release OCEANS, is designed to create awareness about the crisis facing our oceans by informing people that regardless of where they live, everything we do impacts our oceans, and in return impacts us. The social action campaign includes the online hub http://www.SaveMyOceans.com, the Save My Oceans college concert tour, an art installation, a Save My Oceans pledge and contest with unique art by renowned artist Shepard Fairey and his creative studio, Studio Number One, an entertaining short video titled Use Less Plastic, and a companion book to the film OCEANS.
"Whether you live right next to a body of water or in a landlocked area, the things you do every day affect our oceans. The trick is getting people across the country to pause and think about the impact they are having," said Wendy Cohen, Manager of Community and Alliances for Participant. "The Save My Oceans campaign which includes an animated video and presence on social networks, is raising awareness and inspiring people to make a small change that will have an enormous impact on the health of our oceans."
http://www.SaveMyOceans.com is the online hub for the Oceans Social Action campaign. The site is designed to provide information about the most pressing issues currently affecting our oceans as well as solutions and actions that people can take every day, from supporting national oceans policy to modifications in the types of fish they eat or household cleaning products they use. http://www.SaveMyOceans.com is a hub of oceans information and activism designed to inform, inspire, and compel change.
The Save My Oceans Tour visited a cross-section of college campuses nationwide with a series of events that celebrate the collective passion for the oceans and educated over 150,000 students on what they can do to help protect them. Events included a concert featuring a combination of nationally and locally known musical acts including T-Pain, Slightly Stoopid, LMFAO, G. Love & Special Sauce, Cold War Kids, Pepper and State Radio, and many more. Universities included the University of Florida, San Diego State University, George Washington University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Hawaii, University of Southern California, University of Colorado and University of Utah. An Oceans art installation was displayed in the center of each college campus, and students were given the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the film OCEANS. Click here to learn more about the tour.
The Save My Oceans Pledge. We are the problem. We are the solution. Take the pledge and take the action: The pledge gives people the option to immediately take action by pledging to reduce their plastic use, stop eating endangered fish, and/or to reduce their carbon footprint - the three best ways to immediately start reducing our impact on our oceans. To date over 37,000 people have taken the Save My Oceans pledge. Click here to take the pledge.
The Save My Oceans Pledge Contest: Beginning on April 19th, on SocialVibe blog readers had the chance to win a unique limited edition Shepard Fairey and Studio Number One poster specially designed for OCEANS by pledging to save our oceans, then tweeting about it with the hasthtag #SaveMyOceans. Click here to view the poster.
Use Less Plastic and Join the Blue Movement Viral Video: Click here to watch the fast paced, animated, video that exposes the shocking statistics that highlight our over usage of plastic. The video was animated by Sol Linero, directed by Mariana Blanco, and set to the song "Pot Kettle Black," by Tilly and the Wall.
A Participant Media Guide: Oceans The Threats to Our Seas and What You Can Do to Turn the Tide, from acclaimed writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster is a companion book that became available on April 13th. The book is an anthology of original essays by some of the world's most intriguing ocean thinkers and doers. Click here to learn more about the book.
The Save My Oceans Household Cleaners Guide: Participant Media and the Environmental Working Group developed a pocket guide for easily creating ocean safe household cleaners. Click here to view.
About Participant Media
Participant Media is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television, as well as publishing and digital media. Participant Media is headed by CEO Jim Berk and was founded in 2004 by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Ricky Strauss is President. Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant's films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Darfur Now, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck., Syriana, Standard Operating Procedure, The Visitor, The Soloist, Food, Inc., The Informant! and The Crazies.
Source: Participant Media
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Ricoh Introduces @Remote Office to Improve Uptime and Reduce Fleet Costs
@Remote Office helps businesses maximize fleet efficiency, eliminates manual meter reading, provides innovative fleet management and offers secure communication
WEST CALDWELL, N.J., May 11 -- Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today introduced @Remote(TM) Office Intelligent Remote Management System as the latest enhancement to the @Remote Product Suite. Based on a Linux thin server appliance, @Remote Office allows businesses to remotely manage Ricoh devices, optimize device usage and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). This includes collecting device data, receiving and reporting service and toner alerts and enabling remote firmware upgrades. In addition, @Remote's secure, Web-based reporting portal transforms captured data into valuable reports on population and usage as well as offers new Green reporting capabilities.
@Remote Office generates utilization reports that are available online, so businesses can access them anytime to identify ways to boost fleet efficiency and minimize operating costs. These reports show a variety of critical metrics using simple, intuitive graphics for Ricoh and third-party devices. With @Remote Office, administrators can easily examine print, copy, scan and/or fax volumes from managed Ricoh devices and identify under- or overused systems, reallocate resources and final optimal device placements. In addition, these usage reports enable administrators to track trends in energy and paper consumption on managed Ricoh devices over time and make better decisions about sustainability policies with @Remote Green Reports.
"Managing a fleet of networked printers and multi-function products without automated tools is expensive, time-consuming and is a constant challenge," said Shun Sato, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "@Remote Office gives network administrators, financial managers and procurement officers unprecedented power to improve service and enhance productivity - all while reducing total cost of ownership."
@Remote Office is also designed to maximize information and network security, utilizing both data encryption as well as the highly secure HTTPS standard protocol. @Remote Office has been submitted for Information Technology Security Certification, Common Criteria/ISO15408. This certification is expected to be received in the Fourth Quarter of 2010.
For further information about @Remote device compatibility, please contact your service provider.
About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., the 74-year-old leading provider of advanced office technology and innovative document imaging products, services and software, with fiscal year 2009 sales in excess of $21 billion.
Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and customizable services and software help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.
Ricoh Americas Corporation, directly or through its network of authorized dealers, markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.
Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Deliver VINASAT-2 for Nation of Vietnam
NEWTOWN, Pa., May 11 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) announced today the award of a contract by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) of Vietnam to build the VINASAT-2 satellite. In-orbit delivery is slated for the second quarter of 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Based on the highly reliable A2100 spacecraft platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), Newtown, Pa., VINASAT-2 will be located at 131.8 degrees east longitude and provide a minimum service life of 15 years.
The VINASAT-2 contract marks the second satellite order VNPT has awarded to Lockheed Martin, which will manage the project in its entirety, including satellite design and manufacturing, launch procurement, and final in-orbit testing before customer acceptance. Lockheed Martin successfully delivered VINASAT-1, the first satellite ever for the nation of Vietnam, in 2008.
VINASAT-2 will feature 24 Ku-band fixed high power communication channels, providing uplink and downlink coverage over Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Lockheed Martin's low-risk solution utilizes and leverages heritage Ku-band flight-proven equipment from numerous previous A2100 programs to meet the customer's schedule requirements. LMCSS has delivered 38 A2100 commercial spacecraft, with an average cycle time of 24 months with satellites of similar complexity as VINASAT-2.
"Lockheed Martin is extremely proud that VNPT has again placed its faith in us to provide a low-risk technical solution that will fully satisfy mission needs," said LMCSS Vice-President Joe Rickers. "With a focus on minimizing risk and providing schedule assurance, we look forward to achieving operational excellence and mission success in support of VNPT's business objectives."
"Lockheed Martin's in-depth experience was reflected in Lockheed Martin's feasible solutions to mitigate the risk of the project in the contract signed today," said VNPT Chairman of the Board Pham Long Tran. "From the shared success of the VINASAT-1 project, I do believe that Lockheed Martin will be able to again meet the schedule requirement and jointly cooperate with VNPT for the successful implementation of the VINASAT-2 Project."
In addition to VNPT, Lockheed Martin has delivered 19 spacecraft to Asian customers, including nine A2100 satellites. The Lockheed Martin A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band, and S-band payloads. The A2100's modular design features a reduction in parts, simplified construction, increased on-orbit reliability and reduced weight and cost.
The A2100 spacecraft's design accommodates a large range of communication payloads. This design modularity enables the A2100 spacecraft to be configured for missions other than communication. The A2100 design has been adapted for geostationary Earth orbit (GEO)-based earth observing missions and is the baselined platform for Lockheed Martin's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R program. In addition, the A2100 serves as the platform for critical government communications programs, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Mobile User Objective System satellites. The A2100 also serves as the spacecraft platform for Lockheed Martin's GPS III program.
About VNPT Group
The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) (http://www.vnpt.com.vn) is a leading economic group in Vietnam, which boasts modern technological and managerial skills along with high levels of specialization. VNPT Group is involved in multiple businesses, of which posts, IT and Telecommunications are major fields. VNPT mobilizes all economic sectors to through its process of development and, combined with a diversified ownership structure and flexible business scheme, targets renovation and development for: modernizing the posts, telecoms & IT infrastructure with high speed, high capacity and high quality; popularizing all kinds of services to meet social demands; driving the national course of industrialization and modernization in the new era of development, integration, knowledge economy and globalization; and becoming a key State economic Group on posts, telecommunications & IT with high and stable development speed. VNPT has set up co-operative relationships with hundreds of foreign partners, and has opened its branch in the US.
VNPT has about 90,000 employees. VNPT generated revenue of VND 78.6 trillion in 2009, earning a profit of over VND 13.5 trillion.
About Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems is a unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, designs and develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security and military, civil government and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.
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Equipment Technologies Launches Spray Parts E-Commerce Website and Online Spraying Advice Center
MOORESVILLE, Ind., May 11 -- Equipment Technologies (ET), manufacturer of the Apache sprayer, proudly announces the addition of SpraySmarter.com to its business.
SpraySmarter.com is an online culmination of years of sprayer manufacturing and customer support expertise. The site offers brands like Hypro, TeeJet, Banjo and Raven precision-ag products combined with an intuitive shopping experience and an array of application-focused tools intended to supplement the visitor's spraying knowledge including tip selection calculators, video tutorials, a spray-focused forum and more. Matt Hays, CEO of Equipment Technologies and SpraySmarter.com, explains, "Our goal with SpraySmarter.com is to transfer the vast spraying expertise of ET to an online shopping experience that doesn't simply sell sprayer parts; it gives the user an experience that is as close to the traditional parts counter as possible." Hays adds, "The tools on our site act as an aid in the online buying process, provide a place for applicators to collaborate online and really position SpraySmarter.com as a destination."
ET boasts a same-day fulfillment rate of 98% on all parts orders and many of those orders come from the thousands of calls received by ET sprayer support specialists. Kevin Covey, parts and service manager for Equipment Technologies and SpraySmarter.com, commented, "Through the volume of calls we receive and our just-in-time inventory philosophy, we have taken the traditional manufacturer support model and turned it into a true competitive advantage." Covey adds, "We are constantly in touch with applicators; we know it is time to take our competitive advantage to the internet - it's just a natural progression."
NEVERDIE Studios Launches ROCKtropia - First Virtual Music World
GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY CREATES NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY REVENUE STREAM; HITMAKER KEVIN RUDOLF, MOTORHEAD'S LEMMY INITIAL ARTISTS ON ROCKTROPIA
LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- NEVERDIE Studios has announced the launch of ROCKtropia, the first virtual music world and the first independently developed virtual planet in MindArk's Entropia Universe. Created by virtual world pioneer and entrepreneur Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs, the planet introduces a revolutionary, highly interactive venue for artists to connect with their fans while also creating a new revenue stream in the music space and a platform for artists to pursue fame and fortune.
ROCKtropia's landscape is a fully interactive 3D destination that allows artists and their fans to connect in an immersive and entertaining environment. ROCKtropia represents a viable, new revenue stream for the music industry. In addition to introducing groundbreaking communication and revenue capabilities to the music world, the planet offers artists unprecedented creative input into the design and development of their online presence in a highly stylized, customized virtual land.
Without depending on album sales, artists can generate real-world revenue from their fans' participation in their land through Entropia's virtual reality economic system, including the introduction of limited edition virtual merchandise tied to album launches. The symbiotic relationship also lets fans earn real-world income through activity in the virtual goods economy of their favorite artist's destination, creating additional incentive for fans to get involved in the community.
"The launch of ROCKtropia is a personal triumph," said NEVERDIE. "It has been a long time in the making and we're thrilled to be the first new virtual world on the amazing Entropia Universe platform. With the help of Lemmy and Kevin, we have created an exciting new experience for both music fans and gamers. We look forward to exploring new ideas and working with many more artists in the future."
The first continent to be inhabited on the planet will be the home to destinations created for rock icon Lemmy, lead singer of Motorhead, and hit singer/songwriter/producer Kevin Rudolf. The continent will also feature the City of Dreams, where up-and-coming artists can pursue their aspirations and gain exposure, and the Vampire Freaks Cathedral, a gathering place for VampireFreaks.com members. ROCKtropia's lands currently include:
-- Lemmy's Castle - Located high in the rugged terrain and mountains,
Lemmy's Castle sits on the north side of ROCKtropia and is guarded by
demon spawn, dragons and other creatures created by Lemmy himself.
-- Motorhead Stadium - A massive arena inside a crater, Motorhead Stadium
features three large stages that will be the location for live
performances and battle events.
-- ZOMhattan - Inspired by Manhattan and created in conjunction with
Kevin Rudolph, ZOMhattan was originally intended to be the capital of
ROCKtropia until beta testers' avatars were turned into zombies by a
virus. A safe haven in the city, Rudolph's B.A.M.F Headquarters will
also exist as a location for his fans to gather and check out new
music and content from the singer. Fans of Rudolph will also be able
to buy the singer's virtual merchandise, earn exclusive prizes and
receive advance access to new material.
-- City of Dreams - The center of pop culture in ROCKtropia, the City of
Dreams is the location for aspiring artists to promote their music and
pursue fame and fortune. Through quests, musicians can earn tokens to
get their music played on Club NEVERDIE Live, ROCKtropia's main radio
station, or score airplay on Jango internet radio. Artists that prove
popular can earn the opportunity to get their own studio and
potentially their own income-generating venue. The city will also be
the home to a palace run by Audio-Freaks.com, one of the UK's biggest,
most popular Dance Music Production companies, and NEVERDIE Studios'
own machinima Film Studio, the location for new artists to create
their own music videos.
-- VampireFreaks Cathedral - Situated in ROCKtropia's deep forest and
surrounded by vampire chicks, wolves and werewolves, the Cathedral is
home to VampireFreaks.com members, the largest industrial Goth Vampire
social network with more than 3 million members.
NEVERDIE Studios has also created exclusive, limited edition virtual goods that can be earned by early members of ROCKtropia. This includes the opportunity to win guitar axes by defeating the guardians of Lemmy's castle and diamond encrusted shotguns launched by B.A.M.F. HQ by conquering Zomhattan's zombies.
"It's a wonderful idea really," said Lemmy of ROCKtropia. "It's the best idea that has ever been visited upon in my suffering years. I get to invent monsters that go on to slaughter thousands of people and I get paid for it! What could possibly be better than that?"
ROCKtropia was developed by virtual entrepreneur and pop star Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs, who first became a virtual success with "Gamer Chick," his hit record on the Entropia Universe platform. With the success of "Gamer Chick," NEVERDIE realized the potential for music on the platform and created Club NEVERDIE. It was the financial success of Club NEVERDIE that laid the foundation for ROCKtropia.
Conceived by NEVERDIE in 2007 when Entropia Universe opened its platform to third party developers, ROCKtropia began production in early 2009 after Lemmy and Kevin Rudolph became involved with the new planet. The planet was created using the CRYengine2, one of the world's most advanced graphics engines. Activities include quests, adventures, first person shooter action, events, competitions, fashion, social networking, romance, live music performances and e-commerce. Additional artists will be involved and new lands will be created as ROCKtropia further develops.
About NEVERDIE Studios:
NEVERDIE Studios is headquartered in the historic El Capitan Theatre building in the heart of Hollywood. The Studio was founded by iconic celebrity gamer/avatar Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs in the summer of 2008 to create movies, music and virtual worlds. Since its inception, NEVERDIE Studios has scored chart-topping club hits with dance diva Cheri Moon and produced two revolutionary virtual worlds launching in 2010 - ROCKtropia, the industry's first virtual music world, and the upcoming time travelers tropical paradise Next Island.
Sweden-based company MindArk is the developer of the Entropia Platform and publisher of Entropia Universe. The platform offers access to one of the most advanced Internet interaction solutions available today, giving MindArk´s partners the opportunity to create entirely new planets in Entropia Universe. Current partner productions include shopping, games, music and art. MindArk is the only company which backs their virtual currency at a guaranteed exchange rate of 10 PED to 1 USD.