CUPERTINO, Calif., May 7 -- Apple® today announced that iPad(TM) will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on Friday, May 28. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple's online store in all nine countries beginning on Monday, May 10. In the US, Apple has already sold over one million iPads and customers have downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch(TM) user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds--thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook--and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*
The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world's largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Developers have created more than 5,000 exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.
Pricing & Availability
Apple plans to release iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. Apple will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
Visible Vote Surpasses 100,000 Users in the United States; 96% of Users Will Use Visible Vote to Decide Who to Elect
Leading Personal Democracy Tool Surpasses 100,000 Users in the United States and Sends Over 1.3 Million Votes to Congress
CHICAGO, May 7 -- Today Visible Vote announced that it has surpassed 100,000 users in the United States and 1.3 million votes sent by citizens to Congress. Visible Vote is a free, non-partisan application available on Smartphones, Desktops, and Facebook that gives citizens the ability to advise their congressional leaders how to vote for them on individual bills with a click of a button.
"We are growing at an amazing rate and are trending higher every day," said Paul Everton, CEO of Visible Vote. "According to an internal poll 96% of our mobile users will bring Visible Vote into the voting booth with them to decide on who to elect this year."
Visible Vote's core feature allows people with a PC, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phone or Facebook account to vote on any legislation being considered by Congress. After Congress votes it then instantly compares their views to those of their elected officials and friends. Other features include the ability to uncover the names of your legislators, send your legislators a fax at the push of a button and view state-by-state data on legislator performance. People can begin making their voices heard for free through Visible Vote or view its real-time data by visiting http://www.visiblevote.us/.
Visible Vote is a new, non-partisan approach to creating greater transparency for our representative form of government.
Swedish Game Developer Stillfront AB Conquers Facebook
UPPSALA, Sweden, May 7, 2010-- Swedish game developer Stillfront AB will now release their
games on social networks to reach a new audience numbering in the
multimillions. Social networks are currently the hottest market and the place
to be for anyone in the game industry. The company will be releasing two
games on Facebook as well as three games on Netlog in spring 2010.
In 2009 Stillfront AB obtained a 700% increase of their user
base by publishing Fan Immersion Games (FIG) on roughly 60 different gaming
sites. During the spring of 2010 they will commence a huge social networks
campaign expected to boost their numbers even higher. BETA versions of the
FIGs "Terminator Salvation" and "Ultimate Street Racing" will first be
released on Facebook. ("Ultimate Street Racing" is based on the top
converting "the Fast and the Furious" FIG.) Facebook is available worldwide
and has more than 400 million active users.
"The most popular game on Facebook has more than 60 million
users and generates more than 90,000 USD on a daily basis," says Stillfront
CEO Marco Ahlgren.
Stillfront AB also announces the collaboration with Belgian
social network Netlog, which has a user base close to 60 million worldwide.
"The Fast and the Furious," "Terminator Salvation" and "Wanted" FIGs will all
be released on Netlog during the coming months.
"We can see a huge potential in social networks as a means of
distribution. There are great possibilities to capitalize on investments
already made in products and user base," adds Ahlgren.
The gaming site Gamasutra has published analyses that point to
a 1.3 billion dollar revenue from games on social networks during 2010. This
is double the amount earned last year. Stillfront AB will of course remain
active in the casual gaming/MMO market which is expected to reach 4.1 billion
US dollars in revenue during 2013.
About Stillfront AB
The Swedish game developer Stillfront AB was founded in 2007.
They are infusing the industry with the innovative concept of "Fan Immersion
Games" which are massively multiplayer online games based on popular movie
brands. Stillfront AB is a privately owned company located in Uppsala,
Sweden. Stillfront is currently looking for new talents. If you are one of
the best in what you do, contact us!
About Fan Immersion Games
Fan Immersion Games (FIGs) are social, multiplayer, online
games in the "casual" genre (called MMOGs). They are free to play but offer
the possibility to buy advantages and premium accounts through micro
transactions via SMS or payment card. The games create a great sense of
community through continuous narrative and player interaction which
establishes a solid foundation for long lasting, committed players.
Source: Stillfront AB
For more information, contact CEO Marco Ahlgren on phone +4670-832-35-90 or mail to Marco@stillfront.com
MicroStrategy's In-memory Technology Significantly Improves Business Intelligence Performance
Improved Performance is Foundation for Next Generation Mobile and Dashboard Applications
MCLEAN, Va., May 6 -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that its In-memory technology delivers significantly higher performance for BI applications, even at the highest scale.
MicroStrategy's In-memory technology is engineered to meet the increased demand for higher BI performance, which is driven by the rapid expansion of both data volumes and the number of BI users in organizations across industries. MicroStrategy accelerates performance by pre-calculating computations and placing the results into its In-memory acceleration engine to dramatically improve real-time query performance. Some examples of BI applications that require rapid response times include:
-- Mobile Applications: MicroStrategy's In-memory technology provides the
speed and performance to support large mobile user populations.
MicroStrategy can provide thousands of store managers at a fashion
retailer with rapid access to sales information on a smartphone.
-- DashboardApps: Next generation dashboard applications, called
"DashboardApps," can contain an entire day's worth of information for
BI users within a single dashboard. With MicroStrategy's In-memory
technology, a health services provider can generate 30,000
personalized dashboards in just one hour and deliver them via e-mail
to pharmacy owners.
-- Extranets: MicroStrategy's In-memory technology delivers high
performance at the scale needed to support large extranet
applications. For example, a manufacturing company can use
MicroStrategy's In-memory technology to provide its extensive network
of suppliers and vendors with dashboards to help ensure materials and
products are shipped on time.
MicroStrategy's latest software release, MicroStrategy 9 Release 2, offers significant performance improvements that make business intelligence faster for BI users. These enhancements include:
-- Improved Data Compression: New data compression algorithms enable
MicroStrategy's In-memory cubes to store up to three times as much
data as before and provide users with greater analytical depth and
-- Faster Data Loading: Creating In-memory cubes has been enhanced in
MicroStrategy 9 Release 2 to allow organizations to incorporate more
data into memory within regular data loading windows. New data loading
algorithms in MicroStrategy 9 Release 2 allow in-memory data to be
loaded up to 30% faster than before, enabling companies to load more
data into memory during their batch window.
-- Faster Analysis: MicroStrategy's latest release includes new In-memory
query algorithms that can deliver answers twice as fast. Testing at
MicroStrategy's High Performance and Scalability Lab and at customer
sites show that MicroStrategy can deliver up to four times as many
reports as before using the same customer servers, with an average
response time of less than two seconds.
With these performance enhancements, MicroStrategy's Lab found customers can experience dramatic query response time and user scale improvements.
Faster Speed -- Under 3-second response times for all critical reports
Business people often run similar reports on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. MicroStrategy's In-memory technology accelerates response times for these reports, as well as subsequent analyses, by up to 10 times. With fewer reports running directly against the database, even ad hoc queries may observe better performance. The result is a much faster user experience allowing delivery of critical reports and analysis in less than 3 seconds.
Larger Scale -- Deliver up to 145,000 queries per hour
Performance tests show MicroStrategy can deliver up to 145,000 queries per hour running on a single server of inexpensive, commodity hardware, enabling organizations to support the highest reporting volumes with minimum hardware requirements.
"MicroStrategy 9 Release 2 brings improvements to its in-memory algorithms that improve both real-time query performance, load times to OLAP caches, and memory required," said Cindi Howson, founder of BIScorecard. "While MicroStrategy 9 had excellent data scalability, MicroStrategy 9 Release 2 enhances user scalability, even with complex analytic queries."
"Organizations are increasingly leveraging their BI applications as a source of competitive advantage," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy's COO. "MicroStrategy's In-memory technology can help companies to provide the level of performance they need to promote large scale BI adoption, and improve the decisions of thousands of employees at all levels of the organization."
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its ease-of-use, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. MicroStrategy offers free reporting software that can be downloaded from its website, http://www.microstrategy.com/freereportingsoftware. More information about MicroStrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR) is available at http://www.microstrategy.com.
MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 9, and MicroStrategy Business Intelligence Platform are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
WD TV(TM) Live HD Media Player is the First Network Media Player Compatible With Windows 7
Consumers Can Use 'Play To' Feature to Stream Music, Videos and Picture Files Stored on Their PCs and Home Network to Their Big Screen TVs
LAKE FOREST, Calif., May 6 -- WD® (NYSE:WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today announced that the WD TV Live HD media player, featuring network capability and Full-HD 1080p resolution, is the first network media player compatible with Windows 7. The WD TV Live HD media player makes it easy for anyone to play media stored on USB and network drives, any PC on the home network, as well as content from popular websites, on the biggest screen in their home -- their big screen television.
Using the Windows 7 Play To feature, users can initiate and control the streaming of video, music or photos to the WD TV Live HD media player and home entertainment systems from any Windows 7-based PC on their network. Any compatible media file accessible from the PC - located either on the PC or the network - can be played to the WD TV Live by right clicking on the file name in the folder or directly from within Windows Media Player 12 and choosing the WD TV Live HD media player as the playback device.
"Microsoft is pleased that Western Digital has earned the Compatible with Windows 7 logo and is supporting the Play To feature with WD TV Live HD media player," said Mark Relph, senior director, Windows Ecosystem Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "Now more than 100 million Windows 7 customers will have an affordable and easy way to play files to their HD TVs and other devices from their PC."
"We regularly engage with WD TV Live enthusiasts in our online community. Many have been asking for a way to "push" media from their PCs to their TV or home theater system, especially from laptops. With the new Windows 7 Play To feature, users can select music or movies from their laptop and play it on an HD TV connected to a WD TV Live HD media player, whether the HD TV is across the living room or in a different room altogether," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "WD worked closely with Microsoft on this exciting new feature to ensure the seamless compatibility of the WD TV Live HD media player with Windows 7 PCs and deliver WD TV Live users what they want."
WD TV Live HD Media Player
Features of the Windows 7-compatible WD TV Live HD media player include:
- Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus;
- Play a wide variety of file formats including support for the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding;
- Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora® Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio;
- Ethernet port for wired or WiFi® connection(1) to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network;
- Turns a USB drive(2) into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;
- Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space;
- Two USB ports for seamless media playback from multiple USB drives and ability to access them simultaneously while a media library feature collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type;
- Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, a camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus;
- Picture Transfer Protocol support to show photos and movies directly from digital camera or video camera and/or any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol;
- Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search;
- Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;
- Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search;
- Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search;
- File copying between USB devices;
- HDMI® 1.3 port, composite video and component video output(3) for the highest quality HDTV or home theater;
- SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience; and,
- Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.
Pricing and Availability
The WD TV Live HD media player is available now at select retailers and online at shopwd.com. Covered by a 1-year limited warranty, the MSRP for WD TV Live HD media player is $149.99 USD.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
Western Digital, WD, WD TV and the WD logo and My Book are registered trademarks; WD TV, World Edition and My Passport are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
(1) WiFi adapter sold separately.
(2) WD TV media players are optimized for use with My Passport(TM) portable hard drives.
(3) Additional composite (RCA), and component outputs ensure compatibility with most television sets.
Verizon Statement on FCC Chairman's 'Broadband Framework' Announcement
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- The following is a statement by Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications, on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's announcement on Thursday (May 6) of a new "Broadband Framework":
"Today's FCC announcement raises obvious concerns about whether the chairman is suggesting a path that could ultimately harm consumers and inhibit the innovation and investment he wants to encourage.
"In enacting the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Congress intentionally excluded Internet services, like broadband Internet access, from the scope of Title II's regulatory burdens. Those regulations were designed for different services delivered by different networks in different times.
"We believe that the chairman's stated approach is legally unsupported. The regulatory and judicial proceedings that will ensue can only bring confusion and delay to the important work of continuing to build the nation's broadband future."
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NetEx Introduces Subscription-Based Pricing for HyperIP Software; Reduced Cost of Entry Attractive to Mid-Tier Customers and Service Providers
MINNEAPOLIS, May 6 -- NetEx®, the leader in WAN optimization software, today announced it has adopted subscription-based pricing for its award-winning HyperIP® software WAN optimizer, a move that reduces up-front costs and simplifies budgets for mid-tier users, cloud and service provider partners.
HyperIP is the only VMware Ready(TM) software that focuses on accelerating storage applications over wide area networks. The simple download requires no lengthy and complex on-premise installations or on-site support. As the first to offer a software-only WAN optimizer, NetEx solves virtualization and cloud infrastructure transfer issues for applications such as backup and remote replication, business continuance/disaster recovery, migration, or on-demand services like transferring and recovering data from cloud storage sites.
Subscription-based pricing is intended to make it more affordable to add optimization software to virtual environments to support projects like server migrations, and mitigate bandwidth restrictions, network congestion, and latency due to distance, jitter, packet loss, bit errors, and poor line quality. Subscription pricing varies based on the data management applications performance required and is based on a 12-month term.
"Simplifying our pricing and lowering the cost of entry to be more in line with IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) or SaaS (Software as a Service) providers makes sense, particularly to segments of the market with virtualized environments and organizations providing data services to end users such as MSPs," said Robert MacIntyre, NetEx Vice President of Business Development and Marketing.
IT providers looking to cure performance bottlenecks that bring WAN-based applications to a crawl often compare the pricing of WAN optimization to the cost of adding more bandwidth. HyperIP achieves greater results by aggregating multiple data replication applications over a shared connection while mitigating the inherent network latency and network disruptions that commonly plague long-distance remote TCP data transmissions.
"Midsized and smaller businesses are more likely to implement virtualization solutions because cost savings are quickly attained," said Richard OBrien, General Manager, Triangle Computer Services. "With simplified subscription pricing and lower up-front costs, HyperIP is easily bundled in our service offerings to customers, and making it very easy to leverage software WAN optimization for the virtualization and hosting services that we provide."
With new aggressive pricing that aligns with mid-tier market and solving virtualization and cloud infrastructure transfer issues, HyperIP has become a compelling option in this space. HyperIP is the ideal solution for moving large data sets across WANs securely, swiftly and seamlessly. It enables VMware users to take full advantage of the server and infrastructure consolidation benefits of VMware, including VMware vSphere 4, with its cloud-specific features. HyperIP accelerates a wide range of other VMware data migration functions across WANs, including VMotion and Storage VMotion, vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vCenter Converter for migration of physical-to-virtual images. In recent validation testing, DeepStorage Labs found that using HyperIP can accelerate VMotion migration of virtual machines by 1,000 percent. HyperIP supports long-distance data transfers at up to 800 Mb/s, the highest performance of any WAN optimization software solution on the market, and 25 to more than 100 percent faster than competitive products. NetEx leads the industry in supporting the top backup, DR and replication applications from companies such as IBM, HP/Lefthand, EMC, NetApp, FalconStor, VEEAM, DataCore and many more. A complete list the BC/DR solutions supported by HyperIP is available at: http://www.netex.com/products/hyperip/supported-applications.
Formed in 1999 as a spin-off of Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek®), privately-held NetEx is providing the world's fastest WAN optimization software in the industry, along with guaranteed data delivery, for over 20 years to more than 100 of the world's largest and most sophisticated organizations, including some of the most prestigious providers of financial, transportation and telecommunications services and government entities. Customers include BP, Telstra, NTT, Verizon, Qwest, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Lloyds TSB, NDC Health, IRS, American, United Airlines and Kellogg. As a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, NetEx's HyperIP WAN optimizer software is leading the way in demonstrating impressive performance results for VMware applications worldwide. For more information about NetEx, NetEx/IP or HyperIP, visit http://www.netex.com or call +1-763-694-4300.
NetEx and HyperIP are registered trademarks of NetEx. All other trademarks herein are the property of their respective owners.
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IGEL's Updated Universal Desktop Converter Software now Able to Extend the Life of Even More old PCs and Neoware Thin Clients
Businesses Can Now Convert Neoware Thin Client Hardware Into Universal Desktops Using a USB Stick
CINCINNATI, Ohio, May 6, 2010-- IGEL Technology today announced its Universal Desktop
Converter (UDC) has been updated with the latest Protocols and Clients to
handle the conversion of the last generation of Neoware thin client models.
The IGEL UDC software, which converts old PCs and thin clients to a remotely
managed IGEL Universal Desktop, can now transform Neoware e50, e90 and e140
devices. By installing the company's Universal Firmware onto the devices,
customers can experience a smooth transition to an IGEL Universal Desktop or
desktop virtualization environment without the expense of replacing the
entire client hardware. This enables companies of all sizes to extend the
lifecycle of their existing infrastructure and reduce the cost of investing
in new hardware.
With the latest upgrade, the IGEL UDC can now not only convert
the Neoware models but also the HP t5745 and Fujitsu Futro S100 in addition
to the existing Dell Optiplex FX160, Acer Veriton N260G, Fujitsu S450, S500,
S550 and HP 5545, t5735 models.
"By repurposing old hardware with IGEL's Universal Desktop
Converter, businesses can stay up-to-date with their technology offerings and
experience more long-term cost savings and flexibility," said Erhard Behnke,
Director Sales at IGEL Technology. "For example, by upgrading these old thin
clients to an IGEL Universal Desktop customers suddenly have the ability to
connect to the latest Citrix, VMware and Quest clients to implement virtual
To upgrade third party hardware into IGEL Universal Desktops,
customers simply plug in and boot from the USB token. The IGEL Universal
Firmware is then installed automatically onto their system. The Universal
Desktop Converter comes with three Software Pack options - Entry, Standard,
or Advanced - so businesses only pay for what they need by selecting the
software platform that best suits their requirements.
IGEL's Universal Management Suite is also included with the
Universal Desktop Converter, allowing businesses to remotely manage thin
clients and converted PCs and reduce the time and money spent on hardware
support and administration.
Pricing for the Universal Desktop Converter starts at
$36.50+tax. For more information about IGEL's Universal Desktop Converter and
hardware requirements, please visit: http://www.igel.com.
About IGEL Technology
IGEL Technology is the world's third largest client vendor by revenue and
is market leader in its home country of Germany (2009 IDC). The company
produces one of the industry's widest range of thin clients, based on Linux
and Microsoft Windows, giving customers access to almost any form of
server-based infrastructure and application including virtual desktops from
VMware(R), Citrix(R) Xen or Microsoft(R), terminal services, legacy
applications via Ericom(R) PowerTerm(R) terminal emulation, web, Java, SAP
and VoIP. Form factors include traditional desktops, integrated LCD units and
quad screens as well as the world's leading software for PC to TC conversion.
IGEL Thin Clients come bundled at no extra cost with a remote management
suite called UMS that guarantees hassle free and secure remote configuration
and administration of thin clients as well as migrated PCs.
Dr. Frank Lampe
Email: lampe@IGEL.com http://www.IGEL.com
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IGEL Technology: Dr. Frank Lampe, Tel.: +49-421-520-94-1300, Mobile: +49-151-12178475, Email: lampe@IGEL.com, http://www.IGEL.com; UK Press Contact: Paul Smith, The Amber Group, Tel: +44(0)7770-828525, Email: Paul@ambergroup.net
Sideways Releases TapTilt, First On-Device iPhone Magazine App
CLEVELAND, May 6 -- The first magazine designed around and written for the iPhone and iPod Touch is now available as an app.
Unlike many magazines which have simply converted print to digital, TapTilt takes full advantage of the devices' capabilities to present stories that are immersive and engaging in ways that print alone is not.
"Like a print magazine, TapTilt includes articles and regular features; unlike print, it delivers stories in the mediums that fit best - whether that's text, video, audio or photography," said Jim Sweeney, editor-in-chief of TapTilt. "It's the first magazine designed specifically for the iPhone and Touch, with features and columns that entertain readers and enhance their enjoyment of the devices."The first-of-its-kind on-device magazine includes regular sections such as:
Music and Games - Weekly video reviews of the latest releases and best gaming appsTravel - Monthly columns on using the iPhone to plan and enhance traveliPhoneography - Monthly columns on taking better pictures with the iPhone, including video and slideshow instruction
Tips & Tricks - Short instructional videos on how to accomplish different tasks on the iPhoneiMazing - Unusual apps and strange things the iPhone and iTouch are used forWhat's on Your iPhone - Guest-contributed columns on the five apps they can't live withoutWallpaper - Free weekly wallpaper downloads
The premiere TapTilt issue also includes the following features:
Green Thumb Apps - A gardening expert on the best gardening-related apps, including a national calendar of horticultural events and a video guide to what gardeners should plant nowArt and the iPhone - In-depth look at a popular art app, Brushes, a highly-refined form of finger painting that has been used to produce covers of the New Yorker magazine Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Reviews of several apps to bring along to the ballgame with a calendar of significant dates in the baseball season and interactive map of all baseball parks with links to view schedules and buy tickets
A new issue of TapTilt will be available at the beginning of each month with wallpapers, music and game reviews updated weekly. The May issue is now available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99. A demo can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7We9afb6BM0.About Sideways
Sideways transforms books into immersive experiences on digital tablets and mobile devices. Leveraging unique multi-media capabilities, Sideways goes beyond ebook functionality, changing storytelling and the way we consume books. Developing original content with forward-thinking book publishers and authors, the company's M3 publishing platform augments text with rich media, adds multiple levels of reference, and enhances reading with mobile features and social media. Sideways takes advantage of interactivity to enrich both the solitary and social experience of reading - from fiction and non-fiction to "how to" and guides. Additionally, Sideways is the creator of Author App, a mobile application for authors designed to build their brands, engage their fans and expand their presence, and on-device experimental magazines TapTilt for the iPhone and iPadia for the iPad. Based in Cleveland, Sideways was founded in 2010 by Charles Stack and Eliza Wing. Stack started the first online bookstore in 1992 - Books.com - which was acquired by Barnes and Noble. Wing was formerly the CEO of Cleveland.com and editor at Rolling Stone, Books.com, and New York Woman. For more information, visit http://www.sideways.com.
The Comcast Media Center Introduces a New Fiber-Based Solution for Content Distribution via the HITS Platform
DENVER, May 6 -- National Cable Show -- HITS®, a business unit of the Comcast Media Center, (CMC - Cable Show Booth #2141) today announced a national terrestrial fiber distribution service for delivering video programming to cable MSOs. The new solution is made possible by the cable industry expertise of the CMC, supported by tier 1 conditional access from Verimatrix and video processing and delivery powered by Harmonic Inc. The HITS fiber-based solution provides industry-proven content security and addresses access control concerns.
The new fiber service uses the expansive Comcast network to deliver video content to its HITS affiliates. Connecting to the fiber network makes it easier for MSOs to broaden their portfolio of HD to their subscribers today, and adds a wide array of services in the future, including iTV, 3DTV and more. The HITS fiber-based solution can either be used for the primary delivery of video content or serve as a redundant, backup path for satellite-delivered programming in the event of satellite interruptions, thereby reducing downtime and minimizing the impact to customers. The CMC can help MSOs develop a fiber strategy now that will be available by the fourth quarter of 2010.
"The new HITS fiber-based solution represents the evolution of transport technology in the cable business today," said Gary Traver, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the CMC. "Fiber delivery has the bandwidth and resiliency to deliver the large number of video services and encoding formats that can help MSOs compete in today's environment. The HITS fiber-based solution offers a reliable and potentially cost-effective content delivery method that an MSO can leverage in their long-term business strategy to add future services and revenue streams. "
Content security provided by Verimatrix and Harmonic provide key components that help enable HITS to deliver content to third parties through a centralized fiber infrastructure. "Verimatrix, the clear leader in software-based content and revenue security solutions, is pleased to be recognized as a strategic vendor helping to power the new HITS fiber solution," said Steve Oetegenn, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Verimatrix. "Our strong partnership with Harmonic enabled a rapid integration of all necessary components, creating a secure flexible platform on which to deliver the business services of the future."
"Working closely with the CMC and Verimatrix, we implemented an integrated and centrally managed solution for video processing at the edge, including scrambling, descrambling and blackout management. Harmonic's ability to support a wide range of compression standards allows us to address the wide scope of video encoding requirements from the CMC's MSO customers," added Nimrod Ben-Natan, Vice President of Product Marketing, Solutions and Strategy for Harmonic Inc.
A spring 2010 HITS study found that more than two-thirds of MSOs surveyed had plans to centralize services and fiber their headends together. Once an MSO has a local fiber system established, it can connect to the HITS fiber-based solution either directly or through a last mile provider. MSOs can take advantage of centralized 24/7 content management capabilities to receive and deliver video services to their subscribers at a fraction of the cost for building their own infrastructure.
HITS multiplatform content distribution services are designed to help MSOs optimize operating cash flow and create additional sources of revenue beyond traditional cable. HITS services include linear and fiber programming delivery, Video On Demand, conditional access and interactive services. HITS is operated by Denver-based Comcast Media Center (CMC), a subsidiary of Comcast Cable. CMC provides centralized content management and distribution solutions for cable systems, video content providers and advertisers. More information about HITS and the CMC is available at http://www.comcastmediacenter.com/
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry's most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic's technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio--including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic's IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.
Harmonic (HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The Company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit http://www.harmonicinc.com for more information.
Verimatrix is the global leader in software-based pay-TV content security and sets the standard for content and revenue security solutions for pay-TV networks, with a global customer base of premier service providers. For more information, please visit http://www.verimatrix.com or our Pay TV Views blog to join the conversation.
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Source: Comcast Media Center
CONTACT: Media - Andy Holdgate, +1-720-270-1325, Holdgatepr@comcast.net
Reveille Software(TM) Announces Reveille Experience and Performance Manager Version 6.0
Includes performance scorecard dashboards for multi-vendor Enterprise Content Management (ECM) implementations
ATLANTA, May 6 -- Reveille Software(TM), provider of the most widely-used experience and performance management (EPM) solution for enterprise content management (ECM) applications, today announced Reveille Experience and Performance Manager (EPM) 6.0. The new version includes performance scorecard dashboard capabilities for ECM applications. This expands Reveille's agentless application monitoring into measurement of ECM operational key performance indicators (kpi's).
Targeted to companies with business-critical content management applications, the scorecard capabilities allow ECM business owners to compare workflow process exceptions, user response time, capture and repository transaction volumes, and repository and document activity across multi-vendor ECM systems. The scorecard capabilities track processing exception thresholds exposing high risk areas such as service delivery attainment, operational efficiency, and compliance issues.
"Reveille Software's agentless solution uniquely provides advanced application and business process health and viability monitoring across the corporate enterprise, with both IT and business owner sensitivity," said Bob Estes, CEO, Reveille Software. "Our solution enables corporations using ECM systems to track transaction volumes, throughputs, error rates, activity levels, response times, and process exceptions."
New Reveille EPM 6.0 features include:
-- Predefined scorecard metric templates with an ECM focus, including
predefined capture and repository criteria and evaluations
-- Advanced support for the EMC® Documentum® xCelerated Composition
-- Assignment of financial costs to Reveille monitors for measuring the
financial impact of service level interruption
-- Industry unique multi-vendor ECM Management Dashboard for tracking and
analyzing user response time, capture and repository transaction
volumes, and repository and document activity
-- Monitoring of Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)
interfaces for any CMIS interface compliant ECM vendor including IBM®,
EMC®, Microsoft®, Open Text(TM) and Alfresco(TM)
-- Enhanced EMC Documentum wizard support for additional EMC Documentum
components (such as DTS and JMS) and EMC Documentum performance
"ECM applications automate critical business processes in enterprises worldwide. However these systems are dramatically underserved by traditional applications performance management and systems management frameworks," said Bernd Harzog CEO of APM Experts. "Reveille uniquely provides management of the performance and availability of these systems with an easy to implement system, while also tying system performance and availability to business impact metrics."
Reveille EPM Version 6.0 will be available for general release in 3Q 2010.
Reveille will demonstrate the value of its Reveille Management Consoles for Documentum and Captiva® InputAccel® at EMC World 2010 in Boston, MA. The company will exhibit the solution at booth #404 from May 10 - 12, 2010. To learn more about Reveille Management Consoles for content management systems please visit ReveilleSoftware.com or follow Reveille Software on Twitter.
About Reveille Software
Reveille Software(TM) is the provider of the most widely-used experience and performance management (EPM) solution for enterprise content management (ECM) applications. Used by more than 375 companies, including SLC, Amgen and Chase, Reveille EPM helps companies ensure business-critical applications perform at peak efficiency and availability--without application babysitting. Reveille EPM proactively monitors user experience, application processes and business metrics to diagnose and repair failures before end-users experience delay. For more information, visit http://www.reveillesoftware.com.
Bitrix Enriches Enterprise 2.0 With Cutting-Edge Communication and Collaboration Features
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 6, 2010--
- Video Conferencing, e-mail Processing, Integrated Anti-Virus
and Enhanced Business Process Management in Bitrix(R) Intranet Portal 9.0
Reinforce its Position as a Leading Enterprise 2.0 Solution for SMB
Bitrix, Inc. (http://www.bitrixsoft.com), a technology trendsetter in
business communications solutions, announces the availability of Bitrix(R)
Intranet Portal 9.0, the most ambitious release of the company's Enterprise
2.0 solution for small and medium-sized businesses.
Write, speak, watch
Bitrix Intranet Portal 9.0 now provides a full range of
business-oriented communication opportunities. In the new version, the blogs
& forums and instant messaging features are reinforced with video
conferencing and e-mail processing.
Customers can create a number of virtual video meeting rooms
according to their license terms, make online room reservations with
real-time status display in the public calendar and initiate either an
instant peer-to-peer video call or a click-away video conference for up to
six participants. This feature is available both for internal and external
communications and requires a simple browser plug-in.
Thanks to the integrated Send&Save(TM) technology,
organizations can solve a major headache associated with the fact that email
remains the main business communication tool. Correspondence is usually
dispersed among user mailboxes without proper archiving and sharing, thus
leaving no significant footprint after employee dismissal. The new feature
duplicates email in the intranet, stores messages in dedicated discussions
with shared user access rights and indexes it for the D.I.G. enterprise
Security above all
Bitrix Intranet Portal 9.0 makes a huge step forward in
security with the improvement of the integrated PRO+PRO(TM) security
framework, which goes far beyond traditional intranet protection. Thanks to
the new anti-virus module, the product prevents malicious code distribution
to end users and provides both detection and disinfection capabilities for
automatic purging of infected code. In combination with embedded backup and
integrity control, the web anti-virus dramatically amplifies the overall
product security, minimizes downtime, and ensures industry-leading business
continuity and reputation protection.
Business process management
Confirming its status as a technological pioneer in Enterprise
2.0 business process management, Bitrix has added a number of important
enhancements to this module.
Now, a process can be initiated with regards to a document or
a routine activity, owners can modify the process at any stage of its
implementation, users can receive assignments directly to their calendars and
tasks as well as receive notifications via instant messenger or e-mail. The
business processes visual constructor received new functions like issue
escalation and decision-making timeout, while the product is now equipped
with additional templates for typical activity like business trips and
vacation request handling.
Last but not least
Bitrix Intranet Portal 9.0 experienced several other
enhancements spearheading the evolving Enterprise 2.0 market and driven by
user demand. The product enables automatic visual representation of
organization's structure. The user interface was endowed with extended
tooltips when browsing employee profiles. The workgroups appearance has
changed, offering intuitive navigation and customization with support of tags
and tag-based search.
Bitrix is a privately-owned company developing an advanced
business communications platform to bridge SMBs with their customers,
partners and employees. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Alexandria, VA,
Bitrix now incorporates 70+ staff, 30,000+ customers and 4,000+ partners
worldwide. The customer list includes Hyundai, Volkswagen, Panasonic,
Gazprom, Xerox, PricewaterhouseCoopers, DPD, VTB, Samsung and Cosmopolitan.
The company's products are distinguished for their pioneering technology,
unique security features, extreme performance capacity and unmatched
Source: Bitrix, Inc.
Media Contacts, Denis Zenkin, Marketing Director, Bitrix, Inc., +1-703-740-8301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Xoom.com now Sends Money to Mexico Through Banamex
Xoom.com Experiences Rapid Growth in Online Money Transfers to Mexico
SAN FRANCISCO, May 6 -- Following explosive growth of almost 200% in its online money transfers to Mexico over the past year (1), Xoom.com, a leading internet-based global money transfer company, today announced that Xoom.com services can be used to send money to the Banamex Network in Mexico. The new partnership offers Xoom.com to offer its users more options to receive their money and to meet the growing consumer demand for online money transfers to Mexico. The Red Banamex Network offers the recipients of Xoom.com's money transfers more than 4,000 additional pick-up locations throughout Mexico and gives consumers in the U.S. the ability to make deposits directly into any Banamex checking or savings account, for access to funds within minutes.
Despite a significant decline in the overall remittance industry over the past year, Xoom.com's online money transfers to Mexico continue to grow. For the month of February 2010 alone, online remittances to Mexico via Xoom.com grew by 112 percent over February 2009.(2) By contrast, overall remittances decreased by 14 percent during the same period.(3) A recent survey of 427 Xoom.com customers who send money to Mexico regularly, points to continued growth in the coming year. Ninety percent of consumers polled plan to send the same or a greater amount in 2010 compared with 2009(4) explaining that the service is easier to use than traditional remittance methods, and also saves them time and money.
"Today, Xoom.com has taken another major step to meet the rapidly-increasing demand for our online remittance services, and deliver the highest quality customer experience," said Theresa Pasinosky, Xoom.com's Marketing Director for Latin America. "The Red Banamex Network provides our customers with safe, easy and reliable online money transfer solutions, seven days a week, either directly to an account, or available for pick-up at one of the largest, most reputable banks in Mexico."
"We are pleased to see interest from major international financial institutions, as market demand for alternative methods of money transfers continues to grow," added Eugenio Nigro, Vice-President of Business Development, Latin America.
It is estimated that the 12 million Mexicans living in the U.S. send approximately $21 billion a year to their homeland.(5) This new service expands Xoom.com's comprehensive corporate initiative to serve this country's rapidly-growing Mexican consumer market by providing an alternative money transfer option that is fast, easy, convenient and inexpensive. Xoom.com's money transfer service allows U.S.-based customers to send money to Mexico from any internet-enabled computer using a checking account or credit card to fund the transaction. The cost to send money with Xoom.com via checking account - up to a daily limit of $2,999 - is just $4.99.
Pasinosky believes that growth in online money transfers to Mexico will continue to be robust, citing recent research showing internet usage among U.S. Latinos outpacing the growth rate in the general market - more than 58 percent of Latinos are now online savvy.(6) "It is only natural that more U.S. Latinos will embrace Xoom.com as they get online."
"Banamex, a pioneer in the money transfer service to Mexico, is always on the forefront of new technologies to better serve our clients," said Salvador Villar, Chairman and CEO of Banamex USA.
"We understand the dynamics of the money transfer industry as well as the needs of our customers. That is why in addition to our extensive network of Banamex branches we pay transfers through thousands of non-bank locations that make up the Banamex Aqui Network. Red Banamex covers practically every town in Mexico, offers service seven days a week and extended service hours (in some cases even 24 hours a day) to respond to the needs of today's market and help us meet our commitment to provide money transfer solutions to customers," added Villar.
The Red Banamex Network is the latest addition to Xoom.com's growing base of top Mexican networks. Banamex offers the largest network of payout locations among Mexican banks, with many open seven days a week and evenings through Farmacias Guadalajara, Comercial Mexicana, Casa Ley and other retail locations throughout Mexico.
Xoom.com, a product of Xoom Corporation, allows individuals to send money to family and friends from any Internet-enabled computer. Xoom Corporation was founded in 2001 in San Francisco and is backed by leading venture firms Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, SVB Capital and Volition Capital (fka Fidelity Ventures). For more information on Xoom.com's money transfer service to Mexico, visit: http://www.xoom.com/mexico.
1 Xoom Research 2010
2 Xoom Research 2010
2 Secretaria de Gobernacion. Gobierno de Mexico 2009.
3 Xoom Research 2010
4 Banco de Mexico Central 2010
5 Secretaria de Gobernacion. Gobierno de Mexico 2009.
6 AOL Hispanic Cyberstudy 2010
Source: Xoom Corporation
CONTACT: Juan F. Lezama of Mosaico, +1-415-392-1000 ext.22, or
JLezama@mosaicopublicrelations.com, for Xoom.com
Evolution Los Angeles Announces New Production Services Designed to Offer Clients More
Evolution Los Angeles Launches MNRwire.com and Partners with GreenScreen Animals Enhancing Production Services and Improving Client's Profit Margins
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 6 -- Evolution Los Angeles, a full service digital production company specializing in high quality dynamic and engaging production services for film studios, brands, advertising and PR agencies, announces new services to improve client's return on investment (ROI).
By launching MNRwire.com Evolution Los Angeles expands its public relations and marketing capabilities and leverages the high quality production assets of trailers, b-roll, and digital marketing elements in gaining direct exposure to the media for its clients.
"We noticed that all too often the great visual products we produced for our clients were used purely in their promotional efforts and then shelved. By repurposing these assets and bundling them into our Multimedia News Releases, the client greatly increases the visibility and reach of its brand message," said Mark Shockley, Founder & President of Evolution Los Angeles.
Multimedia assets, such as video, stills and press information are housed in one location and utilized by communications, marketing, advertisement and PR for sharing content. "In essence, our MNR services increase your ROI by broadening your audience, extending the shelf life of your media and attaching digital assets to your story," said Shockley.
Evolution has also launched a strategic partnership with award-winning GreenScreen Animals, offering clients exclusive green screen technology based animal stock footage and enhancing the quality of their production projects.
"Both Evolution and I witnessed a consistent need by our clients to gain access to high quality domestic and exotic animal footage. We consulted with our brand and studio clients as well as top stock footage organizations and identified a real need for easily accessible animal footage. We then took it to the next level and refined the process to minimize stress on the animals. By following detailed guidelines we have created a win-win scenario in which both clients and animals win," said Westley Koenen, co-founder of GreenScreen Animals. Evolution now offers high quality animal footage that is affordable, economical and humane. View images at http://www.greenscreenanimals.com.
For more information about Evolution Los Angeles, GreenScreen Animals or MNRwire.com, please visit Evolution's website at http://www.evolutionla.com or request further information at email@example.com.
Founder / President, Evolution Los Angeles
(310) 587 - 9191
Source: Evolution Los Angeles
CONTACT: Mark Shockley, Founder / President of Evolution Los Angeles,
General Sentiment Media Measurement Dashboard (MMD)Transforms Marketing Research Landscape
Take Advantage of Free Trial
WESTBURY, N.Y., May 6 -- Technology firm General Sentiment today unveiled its Media Measurement Dashboard (MMD), the most advanced technology for marketing, PR and other decision makers who monitor and build brand value. The MMD provides "on demand" information and insight to analyze brand perception of companies, products and individuals.
Utilizing revolutionary patent-pending text-analysis technology, the MMD "reads" over 30 million news and social media sources a day and "listens" in real-time to the opinions on brands, products, politicians, celebrities, companies and more.
The Media Measurement Dashboard is the latest product from General Sentiment, building on the success of its Media Value Reports and custom reporting service. General Sentiment is unique in providing depth, scale, and accuracy to exposure-weighted sentiment and related analytics.
"Here at Legacy Direct, we see tremendous value in General Sentiment's Media Measurement Dashboard. It produces a wide range of data that serves as the framework for calculated strategic action on behalf of our clients," said Legacy Direct VP of Client Relations Jeremy Snyder.
"It is not enough to simply monitor your brand online," said General Sentiment CEO Greg Artzt. "The Internet is the world's greatest source of interactive opinion, but the marketing research world has only just begun to embrace new-media measurement as a credible catalyst for executive decision-making."
The Media Measurement Dashboard features technology that allows users to assess the key drivers of brand awareness and perception:
-- Media Value: Automated sentiment analysis that converts unpaid media
exposure into purchase-equivalent advertising dollar value
-- Q Scores: Partnership with the industry-leading survey company allows
a comprehensive platform for brand analysis
-- Brand Associations: Assess the most frequent context for discussion
surrounding your product
-- Heat Maps: Locate your fan base, and stack yourself against the
-- Sentiment Words: Learn what emotional words consumers are using to
describe your brand
Founded in 2008, General Sentiment is a technology company that produces comprehensive research products to help marketing, sales and communications executives evaluate their brand performance in the media and assess return on investment. For more information about any of General Sentiment's products and services, or to arrange a personal tour of the Media Measurement Dashboard, visit http://www.generalsentiment.com and click on "How to Get Started."
FREE TRIAL: For the first 100 customers and interested media, General Sentiment is offering a one-week free trial of the Media Measurement Dashboard. Go here (or call 802-321-0361) to sign up.
Source: General Sentiment
CONTACT: Greg Artzt, +1-646-403-4849, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Aubrey Almond, +1-802-321-0361, email@example.com, both of
The First 'Mother-to-Child' Text Messaging Service Debuts Mother's Day 2010
NEW YORK, May 6 -- Blue Spark Interactive, LLC announced today a new online service called MomsMessenger.com(TM) that will make it quick and easy for moms to have two-way text messaging conversations with their children, family, and friends from any computer, no matter what type of mobile device they have. This proprietary technology combines the best features of Instant Messaging and Text Messaging to deliver an "Instant-Text Message(TM)." This web-based service will help alleviate the headaches that many moms / parents experience when trying to stay in touch with children and teenagers.
-- This is the 1st Text Messaging Service designed specifically for
-- Two-Way Text Messaging between any Computer and any Mobile Phone in
-- Innovative premium features make sending Text Messages to Mobile
Phones easier than ever
MomsMessenger.com(TM) is an online service that allows two-way text message conversations, without the need for any software downloads. Any computer with an active Internet connection will be able to communicate with any mobile device (in the United States) that is capable of sending and receiving text messages.
With MomsMessenger.com(TM), it will no longer be necessary to wrestle with tiny mobile keyboards or number pads to type messages. Moms can communicate with the ease and comfort of a full-sized computer keyboard, an especially useful feature in situations that make sending messages with a mobile device inconvenient (or even inappropriate). This also eliminates the need to learn special, abbreviated text lingo that often seems like a foreign language. Now you can simply type "See You Later" instead of "CUL8R." For those moms who still want to speak the "text" language, "on screen" text libraries are available that allow them to "Click and Send" popular phrases.
Now, moms can simply type their messages in plain English (on a full-sized keyboard) and keep up with their increasingly mobile kids at any time. This service will make it easier than ever to interact with busy children and teenagers who always seem to be on the go. Customers can also log into the online service and send/receive messages at any time from home, work, or school. It's as simple as that!
In addition to facilitating conversations with mobile users, MomsMessenger.com(TM) will offer a variety of premium features. Premium features will include: Group Messaging, Text Event Calendar, Customizable Text Libraries, Message Archiving, Message Forwarding, and much more. Customers can sign-up for free for this exciting new service at http://www.momsmessenger.com.
About Blue Spark Interactive, LLC:
Blue Spark Interactive, LLC is a privately held company with offices in Manhattan, NY, and Northeastern PA. The company is currently in the process of launching a world-class proprietary platform to aggregate the best features of Instant Messaging, Text Messaging, and traditional Email to offer an advanced real-time communication experience for its users.
Source: Blue Spark Interactive, LLC
CONTACT: Deanna L. Redman, Senior Marketing Specialist of Blue Spark
Interactive, LLC, +1-570-709-8881, firstname.lastname@example.org
Low-cost OPC DA Server offers high-speed connectivity to all Acromag Modbus TCP/IP I/O devices via Ethernet and is compatible with all OPC compliant HMI and SCADA software packages
WIXOM, Mich., May 6 -- Acromag, a leader in designing and manufacturing industrial I/O solutions, has released a very affordable Modbus/TCP Master OPC DA Server to help engineers quickly integrate their Ethernet I/O modules into a control system communicating over Ethernet. The Model ACMBTCP-OPC software package is exclusively for use with Acromag I/O and delivers high-speed connectivity to their BusWorks® and EtherStax® Modbus TCP/IP slave devices via Ethernet for just $199. A free 30-day evaluation version is available.
"Acromag's OPC server offers the most reliable, cost-effective, and comprehensive features list available in the OPC/HMI market today," stated Donald Lupo, Acromag's Marketing and Sales Director for Process Products.
This OPC software can be used as a data server to any HMI or SCADA package that is OPC compliant or to custom-built Visual Basic/C++ applications. It is compatible with National Instruments LabView®, Wonderware InTouch®, Rockwell RSView®, CitectSCADA®, and many other popular process control software packages. Acromag's OPC server offers the most reliable, cost effective and comprehensive features list available in the OPC/HMI market today. Unique read/write tag optimization algorithms provide unmatched data transfer speeds between OPC server and hardware devices.
Acromag's OPC server has passed the OPC Foundation's OPC Data Access 3.00 compliance test. This server includes comprehensive, context-sensitive help systems, a Visual Basic OPC client example application with Visual Basic source code, and a pre-built client executable. The software runs on many versions of Microsoft Windows® including XP, Vista, 7, 2003 Server, and 2008 Server. It also supports an unlimited number of OPC clients, devices, or items.
Other key features make this OPC server very easy to use. It has a very user-friendly CSV import/export capability. CSV files for all Acromag Ethernet I/O devices are included with the OPC Server. Further, the software can run as a stand-alone executable or unattended with no login required. A device status dialog provides for convenient diagnostics.
Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 50 years. They are an international corporation with a world headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of process control and embedded I/O products including distributed Ethernet I/O modules, industrial PCs, signal conditioners, FPGA computing, Industry Pack boards, and PMC mezzanine modules,. Industries served include manufacturing, military, aerospace, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.
ARRIS Announces the New CORWave(TM) Dual Density Multi Wavelength Forward Transmitter
Offers 50% Physical Footprint Reduction; Slashes Power Consumption
SUWANEE, Ga., May 6 -- ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) today announced the debut of the CORWave dual density forward transmitter (CORWave DW). This new product is designed especially for operators with facility constraints who are planning to add new services, and it also provides the added benefit of very low power consumption. The CORWave DW features two transmitters in the space formerly occupied by a single transmitter. The DW transmitter also utilizes CORWave multi wavelength technology to increase fiber capacity without increasing fiber infrastructure -- allowing rapid deployment of new revenue-generating services even in fiber-scarce plant.
"We designed the CORWave DW to address operational complexity and environmental issues," said Peter Wolff, ARRIS Access & Transport VP & GM. "It immediately delivers a 50% decrease in the amount of required rack and floor space and has the lowest power consumption among comparable forward transmitters in the industry. By improving the density and sharing component resources, we are making our solutions more efficient while delivering the same high degree of performance. Additionally, the freed-up chassis space can be used to generate new services through the addition of other application modules, like low noise return receivers for RFoG applications and EPON Optical Line Terminals for high speed data transmission."
Key CORWave DW features are:
-- Up to 8 wavelengths in the O-Band optical spectrum
-- Up to 40 km reach in an all-digital environment
-- Fixed and variable outputs
-- Flexible wavelength combinations
-- Optimization for both analog and digital channel loading
-- Backwards compatible with legacy CHP chassis
-- Front and rear fiber connections
-- Monitoring and /management by the CORView Element Management System
The ARRIS CORWave DW can be seen at Booth #639 at NCTA's The Cable Show 2010, May 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA. It will be generally available later this year.
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver carrier-grade telephony, network video processing, whole home video, demand driven video, next-generation advertising, network and workforce management solutions, access and transport architectures and ultra high-speed data services. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Suwanee; Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Kirkland, WA; State College, PA; Wallingford, CT; Waltham, MA; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com.
CONTACT: Alex Swan, +1-678-473-8325, +1-404-307-5485,
WANTED Technologies Releases New Human Capital Workflow Apps on its WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps Platform
WANTED's Employer Listing App and Contact Listing App offer real-time access to employers, hiring contacts, and users' LinkedIn(R) connections to those employers, by industry or occupation.
QUEBEC CITY, May 6 -- WANTED Technologies, (TSX-V: WAN), http://www.wantedtech.com, the leading source of real-time employment market information, today announced the launch of the Employer Listing App(TM) and the Contact Listing App(TM) on its WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps platform. Clients in the media, HR/staffing and government sectors use WANTED Analytics Apps to prioritize sales opportunities, identify economic trends, and analyze competitive market conditions.
"The Employer Listing App gives users an efficient way to find employers fast by building lists of high priority business targets and creating regular sales lead feeds," said Bruce Murray, WANTED's President and CEO. "With one click, users can then access that employer's hiring contacts in the integrated Contact Listing App, including all contact information in WANTED's database of over 500 million online job ads, any Dun & Bradstreet information, and contacts within the user's own LinkedIn® connections."
The Employer Listing App and Contact Listing App are part of the WANTED Analytics Apps family of applications available at http://www.wantedanalytics.com. Clients can search for current job openings in real-time or research historical job openings to better understand the employment marketplace.
WANTED's Analytics Apps are an integrated set of applications that focus on the Human Capital marketplace. They include data and analysis on Hiring Demand and Labor Supply, both sides of the transactions that occur in the employment marketplace. WANTED's proprietary web spidering software and analytical tools aggregate and organize data from multiple online and offline sources. These include data on more than 2.5 million job openings each week, and on candidates whose profiles are accessible online. WANTED integrates this information into a centralized data warehouse and provides clients with analysis and interpretations of the data via a web-based interface. The analysis of both the Demand and Supply side of the market helps clients make better decisions to increase sales or improve the quality of their workforces.
"Our WANTED Analytics Apps are an integrated set of applications that provide multiple ways of looking at what is taking place in the Human Capital marketplace," said Murray. "This platform links multiple applications to a common underlying set of data and provides a consistent view of the market."
WANTED is the leading source of real-time employment market information. The company provides insight and intelligence via its family of WANTED Analytics(TM) Apps found at http://www.wantedanalytics.com. Clients in the media, HR/staffing and government sectors use WANTED Analytics Apps to prioritize sales opportunities, identify economic trends, and analyze competitive market conditions.
WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board's Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series(TM), the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.
WANTED Technologies (TSX-V: WAN) was founded in 1999. The company's headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. The company began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in October 2002, and currently maintains a database of more than 500 million unique job listings. To sample WANTED's services, visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com. For more information about how WANTED helps organizations make better decisions and improve sales results, visit http://www.wantedtech.com.
The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.
Betterfly.com Launches: Says 'No' to Companies, 'Yes' to Betterists
Site connects people who want to learn, look and feel better with the people who can help
NEW YORK, May 6 -- NYC-based start-up Betterfly(TM) (http://betterfly.com/) announced its Beta launch today, marking the start of a three-month campaign to sign up "Betterists" -- teachers, tutors, coaches, trainers, stylists or anyone else who offers a service that helps others learn, look or feel better.
Betterfly is the first website of its kind to exclude companies, focusing on people instead, and that gives it a strategic advantage, says founder Joshua Schwadron. "When searching for someone to teach you Spanish, give you a massage or improve your yoga technique, it's more important to know who the best person is, rather than knowing just the name of a language school, spa or yoga studio," Schwadron says. "Imagine if eHarmony.com told you that your future wife worked at Citigroup, but left it up to you to figure out who she is. Now what?"
Since learning, looking and feeling better often involves finding the right people to help, Betterfly sets out to make that process easier and more efficient for its users. By catering to individuals instead of companies and by offering a broad but well-defined set of services - there are currently more than 1,000 - Betterfly enables users to compare apples to apples, people to people. Users can refine their search based on more than 20 factors such as availability, friends' recommendations, verified reviews and value. "We're thrilled with the power and utility of our search. Most of those features are in place now, and we plan to release the rest when we begin our late-summer campaign to reach out to those on the other side of the equation: the people who want to be better," Schwadron says.
The current campaign is Betterfly's way of recognizing that the site needs Betterists(TM) to sign up and offer services before potential clients can harness the full power of its search tools. A Betterist is a person on Betterfly who offers a service to help someone learn, look or feel better. "There was no one word to refer to teachers, tutors, coaches, trainers, stylists and all the people who help others be better, so we created our own," Schwadron says. There is no approval process or cost to become a Betterist. "We don't want only experts or seasoned professionals on our site, because many of our users aren't looking for only the best -- they're looking for the best for them. For example, a 9th grader who struggles with geometry doesn't need to work with a professional mathematician. Her perfect Betterist may be a classmate who got an A+ and charges only $10 an hour."
While conducting research for the site, Schwadron and his team found that two groups of Betterists each face a unique set of challenges that Betterfly can help solve. The first group, made up of people who work for companies, feels powerless to help themselves and their companies bring in business; they rely solely on their companies for new clients. The other group, people who are self-employed, continually tries to promote and re-promote their services across numerous websites, each supposed to serve a different purpose. Betterfly's free platform is built to give all types of Betterists the tools they need to brand and promote themselves quickly and efficiently, all in one place.
Each Betterist can create a free, highly customizable page that Schwadron says is "like a mini-website that can be made in minutes." Betterists can promote their qualifications, services, locations, special offers and payment policies, upload resources like instructional videos and lesson plans and even create their own blogs. Their pages display verified reviews from clients and have a real-time booking system to easily promote their availability and latest discounts. The availability calendar helps Betterists manage existing clients and attract new ones. Potential clients can even search by available time for a lesson or appointment in the same way that people can search Opentable.com for a dinner reservation at a particular time, without having a restaurant in mind.
Furthermore, Betterfly is unique because all reviews are verified. Only those people whom Betterists have verified as clients can write reviews. Once verified, the client may review anonymously or under his or her own name. "Many sites are plagued by false reviews and character assassinations. On Betterfly, every review you read is from a client the Betterist has personally verified, even the anonymous ones," Schwadron explains.
Betterfly has already attracted a wide range of Betterists who joined during the site's testing phase. Betterists include Christy McIntosh, an actress who has appeared in Law & Order: SVU and who offers acting lessons; Svetlana Vinogradova, a hair stylist who works for the Jean-Claude Biguine Salon in NYC and offers men's haircuts; Simon Boyar, a world-renowned marimba player who gives lessons between gigs; and Joanne Summer, a grandmother of eight who offers healthy home-cooking lessons on the weekends.
Founded in 2009 by Joshua Schwadron, 28, Betterfly is the free and easy way to find the best people -- not companies -- to help you learn, look and feel better, in more than 1000 different ways. Betterfly is based in New York, NY. For more information, visit http://betterfly.com/.
Sunovia Launches New Line of Parking Garage Lights, Unveils New York Parking Garage Project
SARASOTA, Fla., May 6 -- Sunovia Energy Technologies (BULLETIN BOARD: SUNV) today announced the release of a line of new LED parking garage lights that reduce energy consumption by about 50 percent and require no bulb replacements for approximately 12 years. The first high-profile installation of the products is at a parking garage located at 80 State St. in Albany, NY.
The five-level parking garage is just blocks from the State of New York Capital building. Over 100 175-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights were replaced with Sunovia's 90-watt EvoLucia® LED PS14 parking garage lights, reducing energy just under 50 percent. Tom Fake of Metro-Luminescent Technologies, Sunovia's representative in the region, facilitated the sale.
"This parking garage project turned out perfectly," said Fake. "The customer couldn't be happier and the people who use the garage on a daily basis have been very complimentary. The dramatic improvement the EvoLucia lights have made has not gone unnoticed, and as a result, we are in negotiations with other parking garage managers in the area."
"I love the PS-14 parking garage LED lights from EvoLucia," said Anthony Garcelon, site manager for the garage. "They were everything that I had expected and then some. They have given the parking garage a brighter, more vibrant look without the glare. They have also improved the reception on our security cameras. My customers like them as well."
Of the new product, Sunovia's Vice President of Sales, Jim Perkins, said, "The EvoLucia PS14 provides quality, durable illumination and dramatic cost savings due to reduced energy use and maintenance needs. The LED light is exceptionally stable because it is not affected by vibrations and temperature variations - both important qualities in a parking garage light. It's also an ideal solution for lighting storage areas, walkways, entry ways and other spaces. We expect it to sell very well."
About Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.
Sunovia Energy Technologies is a Sarasota, FL-based cleantech company that develops and markets products within the LED lighting and solar markets that reduce carbon emissions, promote national security and preserve the environment.
Sunovia's LED lighting technologies have the highest Energy Star® Fitted Target Efficiency (FTE) ratings in the industry, and are among the most cost and energy-efficient in the world. The products are marketed under the brand name EvoLucia®.
The Sunovia(TM) logo is a registered service mark of Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Sunovia Energy products and services and EvoLucia(R) products and services are provided by Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.
Some of the statements made by Sunovia in this press release are forward-looking in nature. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Sunovia believes that its primary risk factors include, but are not limited to: development and maintenance of strategic acquisitions; domestic and international acceptance of our product lines; defending our intellectual property and proprietary rights; development of new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully completing commercial testing of new technologies and systems to support new products and services; and attracting and retaining qualified management and other personnel. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Sunovia's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.
Notify Technology Supports Both New Apple(R) iPad(TM) With Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
The enhanced NotifyLink(TM) solution will extend enterprise wireless email, PIM synchronization, security, and mobile device management to Apple's new iPad.
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 6 -- Notify Technology Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: NTFY) today announced that it has enhanced its NotifyLink On-Premise and On-Demand versions to support both the Apple iPad with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G using the iPhone® 3.2 OS. NotifyLink provides users with wireless email and PIM synchronization combined with a robust set of mobile device management functionality. In addition, NotifyLink supports any iPhone or iPod touch® device as well as a variety of email platforms including Novell's® GroupWise®, Sun's® Java(TM) Communications Suite, Oracle's® OCS and Beehive Suites, Mirapoint's® Messaging Server, Alt-N's MDaemon, People Cubes' Meeting Maker, and OpenText's First Class.
Last August Notify launched its updated NotifyLink support for the iPhone 3GS, which included wireless synchronization of email and PIM (calendar and personal address book), global address lookup, and remote wipe. Now for Apple iPad, NotifyLink's latest enhancements will support wireless synchronization of email and PIM (calendar and personal address book), global address lookup, and remote wipe as well as additional security features, which include setting password strength, minimum password length, inactivity timeout, and the wipe of the device after a number of failed unlock attempts. A requested feature by some users to simultaneously support both an iPhone and iPad on the same email account is also supported by NotifyLink but requires the use of multiple licenses.
"We are excited to announce that our enhanced NotifyLink now supports the new OS 3.2 software for the Apple iPad with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G. We can now offer any size enterprise, government, and educational customer additional functionality for their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch device requirements," said Paul DePond, President and Founder of Notify Technology. "The customer demand for supporting any of the Apple devices using our NotifyLink solution has continued to contribute to our quarterly revenue growth. Our customers enjoy having the option of choosing between our NotifyLink On-Premise or NotifyLink On-Demand versions for connecting their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices to one of our supported email platforms."
The NotifyLink "On-Premise" is ideal for organizations or enterprises that want to maintain and support their wireless email and PIM synchronization on site whereas the NotifyLink "On-Demand" is a hosted service provided by Notify and designed for organizations or enterprises of all sizes wanting to avoid the maintenance and support of an "On-Premise" solution and still deploy any number of Android, BlackBerry®, Palm®/Web OS, iPhone/iPod/iPad, Windows® Mobile, and Symbian wireless devices.
Availability and More Information
The NotifyLink 4.6.16 On-Premise or On-Demand solutions supporting the iPad/ iPhone/ iPod touch are now available. For more information about the NotifyLink support for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices, please contact Notify directly at (408) 777-7930 or send an email to email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.notifycorp.com.
About Notify Technology Corporation
Founded in 1994, Notify Technology Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: NTFY) is an independent software vendor (ISV) specializing in wireless solutions and services. Notify's wireless solutions and services provide secure synchronized email and PIM access and management to any size organization or business on a variety of wireless 2-way devices and networks. Notify sells its wireless products directly and through authorized resellers internationally. Notify is an official Apple iPhone Development Partner, BlackBerry Development Partner, Android Development Partner, Symbian Alliance Member, and Palm Select Partner. The Company is headquartered in San Jose, California.
Notify Technology Corporation
Source: Notify Technology Corporation
CONTACT: Edward Toro of Notify Technology Corporation, +1-408-777-7929,
Deltacom Introduces Online Faxing and Web Hosting Solutions
Deltacom Enables Business Customers in the Southeastern United States with Additional Value Added Communications Services
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 6 -- ITC^DeltaCom, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ITCD), a leading provider of integrated communications services to customers in the southeastern United States, today announced it has introduced online faxing and web hosting services to complement its extensive portfolio of integrated access, data and Internet services.
Deltacom's online faxing allows users to send and receive faxes via an online portal, accessible from any Internet connection. As a user of Deltacom's online faxing service, customers can enhance document management and further green initiatives, eliminating the need for fax machines, fax lines, printed faxes and paper storage files for inbound and outbound fax documents.
Deltacom's web hosting service helps businesses increase their web presence with packages that provide varying degrees of support, ranging from simple implementation of Internet presence with lead generation to complete e-commerce capabilities.
"Deltacom has a long history providing enhanced communications solutions that meet our customer's needs, and we continue to enhance our portfolio to support their evolving business objectives," said Tony Tomae, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Deltacom's full service web hosting packages help customers achieve revenue growth by establishing or enhancing their Internet presence with little investment in technical resources. Additionally, online faxing provides businesses with improved operational efficiencies through enhanced document management while also offering a green alternative to printed fax and file systems."
ABOUT ITC^DELTACOM, INC.
ITC^DeltaCom, Inc., headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, provides, through its operating subsidiaries, integrated telecommunications and technology services to businesses and other communications providers in the southeastern United States. ITC^DeltaCom has a fiber optic network spanning approximately 12,161 route miles, and offers a comprehensive suite of voice and data communications services, including local, long distance, broadband data, Internet connectivity, wireless voice and data services, and customer premise equipment. ITC^DeltaCom is one of the largest competitive telecommunications providers in its primary eight-state region. For more information, visit ITC^DeltaCom's web site at http://www.deltacom.com.
Investor Contact: Media Contact:
Richard E. Fish Lisa Powell
Director Corporate Communications,
Chief Financial Officer, Deltacom Deltacom
Source: ITC^DeltaCom, Inc.
CONTACT: Investor: Richard E. Fish, Chief Financial Officer, Deltacom,
+1-256-382-3827, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Media: Lisa Powell, Director
Corporate Communications, Deltacom, +1-256-382-5976, email@example.com
New Cell Site Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Maine Wireless Network
HARPSWELL, Maine, May 6 -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for mobile devices and services, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new cell site in Harpswell that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses.
The new cell site is one part of AT&T's ongoing effort to drive innovation and extend its mobile network. It is also part of our ongoing investment to build the networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable AT&T's customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.
"As policymakers, we try to make decisions that encourage businesses to invest in Maine. Investments like this provide accessibility to the latest technology to our residents and attract new business that will help strengthen the local economy," said state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky.
"More than ever before, customers look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues," said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England. "We're working to make this possible by adding new wireless coverage and offering exciting products to help our customers stay connected with their world, at home and on the go."
AT&T's mobile network is based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) standard, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers data roaming in more than 195 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in Maine or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Kate MacKinnon of AT&T Inc., +1-508-271-8442,
AT&T Strengthens Mobile Coverage in Randolph County
New Cell Site Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment In West Virginia Wireless Network
ELKINS, W.Va., May 6 -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for mobile devices and services, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new cell site which enhances coverage along Route 33 between Elkins and Norton.
"Now more than ever consumers and businesses look to wireless communications to stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic region. "We're working to make this possible by expanding the network in more places across West Virginia this year."
The new cell site is part of AT&T's previously announced plan to drive innovation and extend its mobile network across the state in 2010.
"We're adding new cell sites and making other enhancements to provide our customers with a superior network and service experience every time they push the 'send' key on their AT&T devices," said Erika K. Thompson, vice president and general manager for AT&T in West Virginia and Virginia.
AT&T's mobile network is based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) standard, the most open and widely used wireless network platform in the world. AT&T offers data roaming in more than 190 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in West Virginia or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code, or even a landmark.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Ellen Webner of AT&T Inc., +1-973-775-1321,
Novellus' New Tungsten Nitride (WN) Process Enables Advanced Copper Interconnects for 3Xnm Memory Devices and Beyond
ALTUS(R) DirectFill(TM) Liner-Barrier Technology Results in 30 Percent Lower Via Resistance
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 6 -- Novellus Systems (NASDAQ:NVLS) announced today that it has developed an innovative DirectFill CVD tungsten nitride (WN) liner-barrier film that replaces the conventional physical vapor deposition (PVD) Ti liner and metallo-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) TiN barrier film stack used for the tungsten via to copper interconnect application in advanced memory devices. The WN film is deposited using Novellus' ALTUS platform with multi-station sequential deposition (MSSD) architecture and patented pulsed nucleation layer (PNL®) technology. The DirectFill process deposits an ultra-thin, 20 angstrom WN film with better barrier and resistivity properties compared to the conventional 200 angstrom thick PVD Ti - MOCVD TiN film stack. This ultra-thin film reduces the tungsten via resistance by up to 30 percent, and extends the tungsten via process to the 3Xnm technology node and beyond.
Increasing demand for faster and more energy-efficient memory devices and shrinking feature dimensions have created a need to integrate copper interconnects into Flash and DRAM devices. A commonly-used integration scheme incorporates a copper interconnect for the first metal layer and uses more traditional aluminum interconnects for the subsequent layers. This integration scheme requires the use of a tungsten via to make the electrical connection from the first copper layer to the aluminum layers. The shrinking dimensions of the 3Xnm technology node are creating new integration and scalability challenges for the traditional Ti/TiN liner-barrier stack used in the tungsten via process sequence. Overhang of the PVD-Ti liner reduces the opening of the via, which in turn can lead to incomplete CVD tungsten fill, creating a void in the center of the via. MOCVD TiN films must be deposited with a minimum thickness to prevent silane - a gas used during the tungsten plug fill process - from diffusing through the barrier and forming a high-resistivity copper silicide at the via interface. A breakdown in the TiN barrier can also result in tungsten hexafluoride attack of the Ti liner, resulting in volcano defects. These PVD Ti and MOCVD TiN integration issues can result in higher via resistance, degraded electrical performance, and poor device reliability.
Novellus engineers have overcome these challenges by developing a single step DirectFill PNL WN liner-barrier film that replaces the conventional multi-step PVD Ti - MOCVD TiN film stack. The PNL WN process technology deposits a highly conformal, 20 angstrom thick barrier layer with a micro-crystalline structure that makes it an excellent low resistivity diffusion barrier. The conformal nature of the deposition eliminates the step coverage and subsequent fill issues associated with conventional liner-barrier technology, and the film structure eliminates the diffusion barrier breakdown mechanisms that result in copper silicide formation and volcano defects. Figure 1 shows a TEM image of a tungsten via in contact with a copper interconnect, where a WN film was used as the barrier layer. The TEM shows that the highly conformal WN film results in void-free tungsten fill and a clean interface between the Cu and W/WN via plug. In addition, the ultra-thin, highly conformal WN layer results in up to 30 percent lower via resistance versus the traditional PVD Ti - MOCVD TiN liner-barrier stack and the patented MSSD processing provides the industry's best productivity for films in this class.
"DirectFill WN technology provides our customers with an advanced tungsten barrier film for memory applications that eliminates the integration issues associated with conventional PVD Ti - MOCVD TiN liner-barrier films," said Aaron Fellis, associate vice president and general manager of the Direct Metals business unit. "The superior step coverage and integration performance of this new WN film enables our customers to extend the performance of their copper interconnects to the 3Xnm technology node and beyond."
About Novellus's ALTUS Tungsten Deposition Technology:
Introduced in 1991, ALTUS is the industry's tool of choice for tungsten contact and local interconnect applications. The ALTUS PNL technology integrates a high-throughput, advanced nucleation layer with a bulk chemical vapor deposition fill process. Novellus' Multi-Station Sequential Deposition (MSSD) architecture enables the nucleation layer and CVD fill to be performed sequentially on separate stations within the same ALTUS chamber. The integrated PNL and CVD approach produces benchmark productivity and production availability, resulting in the lowest-cost-of-ownership tungsten deposition solution in the industry.
Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVLS) is a leading provider of advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry. An S&P 500 company, Novellus is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with subsidiary offices across the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.novellustechnews.com
Novellus, ALTUS, and PNL are registered trademarks, and DirectFill is a trademark of Novellus Systems, Inc.
Travel Planning and Global Networking Go Gold at iloho.com
Online travel community ups-the-ante with new networking and planning tools
SHANGHAI, May 6 -- Information-hungry road warriors can relax as online travel network, iloho ( http://www.iloho.com/ ), today unveils its cutting-edge Web 3.0 travel planning tools. The site's new planning and networking functions give users instant access to essential travel information that one in four adult travelers do not want to leave home without(1).
iloho.com makes finding, accessing and storing key travel information quick, easy and personal. Users can upload and organize their travel itineraries -- including specifics about hotels, flights, planned activities, insurance and car rental -- before they depart and then use the site to access their travel plans anytime, anywhere whilst they are on-the-road. The site's trip planning tools are interactive and dynamic, and all content is geo-tagged.
As well as having instant access to their itinerary, users can also use iloho to find directions to key attractions from wherever they are staying. Travel plans can be set to various levels of privacy so that users can share as much or as little as they like with their friends and the wider iloho community.
Richard Archer-Perkins, Chairman and Founder iloho.com, said: "We believe iloho's new travel planning tools will make life on-the-road so much easier and more organized for our users. We also think there is a great opportunity - - should our members wish to pursue it -- to make their travel plans public and find out who else will be in the same place at the same time as them. What a great way to make new friends and new business connections."
iloho.com now plots all new and existing user-generated travel reviews and recommendations into Google Maps so that they are more easily searchable, and so that users can get directions to points-of-interest reviewed by other travelers from wherever they are.
The site's networking functionality has been improved to make information sharing and social networking, both on and off line, simpler. iloho members can access a wealth of travel tips and experiences from the site's community of users across the globe, and connect with local contacts in-the-know when they are far from home.
Richard Archer-Perkins continued: "Statistics show the value of personal travel recommendations -- a considerable number of travelers simply won't leave home without them. At iloho asking for advice and finding useful travel tips is quick, easy and sociable. The site can connect you to valuable local travel knowledge online, and then make it easy for you to meet up with likeminded travelers offline. We know that this will be priceless service for our users."
iloho.com's site-wide upgrades answer the needs of its growing community of travelers. Users surveyed revealed that they value travel recommendations and reviews from friends and travelers above guidebooks, newspapers and magazines(2); improving the site's networking and planning tools is an essential step-forward in meeting these needs.
All of iloho's unique travel tools are present on the improved site, including its Visual Flight Search Engine(TM) -- an innovative and unique online database of the world's airlines, the routes they fly, the services they offer and how they rank with travelers in the know -- travel videos, photos, blogs and more.
(1) Source: travelhorizons(TM), July 2009
(2) Source: iloho Traveller Survey, December 2008
iloho.com ( http://www.iloho.com/ ) is a unique online service for travelers that launched in June 2007. All of iloho's content is generated by travelers for travelers, and it is home to a vast array of impartial travel information. Users can plan trips, store travel itineraries, catch up on hot travel articles, get in the know with candid flight and airline reviews, be inspired by travel itineraries and photographs, and network with likeminded travelers.
CA Accelerates Innovation to Simplify Mainframe Management with Next Wave of Mainframe 2.0 Deliverables
New Release of CA Mainframe Software Manager and Innovative Product Updates Help Customers Maximize Value of Mainframe Platform
ISLANDIA, N.Y., May 6 -- CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA) today announced the next set of major deliverables under its industry-leading Mainframe 2.0 strategy. The new releases are focused on unleashing the full potential of the mainframe platform and sustaining critical mainframe skills by dramatically simplifying management and maximizing operator productivity.
CA is rolling out a new version of CA Mainframe Software Manager (CA MSM), a key component of the Mainframe 2.0 strategy that is available to all customers with active maintenance at no cost -- including a new automated deployment service. CA is also releasing multiple product portfolio updates, additional health checks, and a new level of CA's mainframe software stack, which are lab tested and certified by CA to take advantage of the latest CA and IBM® z/OS® technologies.
"Despite increasing workloads, IT decision-makers need to squeeze more value from their mainframes and address head-on the looming mainframe skills shortage that our global customers are facing," said Dayton Semerjian, corporate senior vice president and general manager for CA's Mainframe Business Unit. "With the latest deliveries on Mainframe 2.0, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to innovation that helps them achieve these goals by simplifying management for both novice and veteran mainframe users."
As noted in a 2009 IDC White Paper sponsored by CA, "The mainframe continues to be a vital engine for commerce, especially for very large enterprises. The future of the mainframe platform depends on ongoing support from a key group of system vendors and independent software vendors. CA plays a major role here as a leading broad-based mainframe management software vendor. The overall benefit of CA's Mainframe 2.0 program is to increase the value of the mainframe platform to the business by simplifying the way the mainframe is managed and thus helping the next generation of mainframe professionals continue to manage the platform effectively."*
New Mainframe 2.0 Deliveries
The new set of capabilities delivered today build on the foundation CA established to address key challenges that restrict organizations from maximizing the value of their mainframe platform. The broad set of deliverables CA is announcing today to extend Mainframe 2.0 capabilities include:
-- New release of CA Mainframe Software Manager that dramatically
simplifies how novice and expert mainframe staff install and maintain
CA products, helping to boost productivity by adding deployment
services and enhancements to software acquisition and installation
services. CA Mainframe Software Manager continues to be available at
no extra charge to customers on active maintenance for CA z/OS
products. For a list of CA products currently supported by CA MSM,
please visit http://bit.ly/cf1o9U.
-- Delivery of CA's mainframe software stack featuring support for CA
Mainframe Software Manager, serviceability enhancements, and
leveraging enhanced CA lab testing to help customers improve
operational efficiency and maximize value from their CA software; CA
tests are focused on verifying its mainframe software takes advantage
of the latest releases of CA technologies and the IBM z/OS stack; the
CA Mainframe Stack boosts the number of supporting products from 45 to
over 120 products.
-- Multiple product updates across CA mainframe product lines that are
consistent with the Mainframe 2.0 goal of enhancing business value
while simplifying management. For a list of products across 16 major
product areas, please visit http://bit.ly/9UTDXN.
-- Additional Health Checks that help maximize the availability of CA
mainframe software for users by leveraging IBM's Health Checker
capabilities to monitor the customer's environment on an ongoing basis
and confirm that CA solutions are optimally configured.
"CA's Mainframe 2.0 initiative is helping automate operations that were previously performed by IT workers, helping us improve productivity and efficiency, and freeing-up IT staff to work on other projects," said Jim Dalton, of group IT technical services for Irish Life and Permanent, a provider of retail banking, insurance, and investment services in Ireland. "This helps us improve service to over 1 million customers."
"Before CA Mainframe 2.0, tape and activity management was all manual update activity, and could take us 3/4 of a day to perform," continued Dalton. "Now I press a button and go home -- it's all done when I arrive the next day."
"Our customers depend on CA IDMS for some of the industry's largest data and transaction environments, and leverage our service to drive their relational data warehouse, data mart and query initiatives," said John Abell, president of International Software Products. "CA MSM helps address security risks, facilitates access to IDMS, and can more easily and quickly keep all our CA software up-to-date, ultimately contributing to a more cost-effective solution for our customers' data management and business intelligence needs."
To further help customers leverage their Mainframe assets, CA is running its second annual May Mainframe Madness event -- a free virtual conference that runs for the entire month of May, offering customers a tremendous amount of valuable information about Mainframe 2.0 and CA's mainframe solutions.
*IDC White Paper Sponsored by CA, Mainframe 2.0 Initiative Supports Consolidated Management Software Strategy, #219772, Sept 2009
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Truphone Introduces Rewards Program for Travel Industry
VIP-level incentives for using Truphone Local Anywhere
ATLANTA, May 6 -- Truphone, the global mobile operator, today announced its Rewards Program for the travel industry, incentivising travel workers to use its Truphone Local Anywhere service to save money on their international calling - and put an end to juggling multiple phones or suffering 'bill shock' when travelling abroad.
The Truphone Rewards Program was introduced on the first day of the TRAVDEX travel technology conference at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Rewards Program will open in the summer and will apply to travel workers including airline pilots, flight attendants, cruise ship and commercial-shipping crew members, travel agents and meeting planners who work internationally.
By subscribing to Truphone Local Anywhere, members of the Truphone Rewards Program will receive exclusive VIP-level benefits, including:
-- Bonus calling credit for volume use of the service
-- VIP customer service, with round-the-clock support available
-- Choice of their own telephone numbers from a specific pool of
-- A personal referral code, under which users can earn credits against
their monthly phone bills by referring their friends, colleagues or
family members to become new users of Truphone Local Anywhere
-- Designations of an "Ambassador of the Quarter" or "Ambassador of the
Year" for users who sign up the most new subscribers in a month or a
Truphone Local Anywhere is a mobile service, which makes it easier and more convenient for international travellers to stay in touch while making savings of up to 90 percent on calls, text and data, on standard cell phone bills. For example, AT&T subscribers roaming in the UK pay between 99 cents and $1.29 per minute(1), pending on their calling plans, but with Truphone Local Anywhere it would cost only 12 cents per minute.
"Truphone Local Anywhere is designed specifically for people with an international lifestyle, and who better fits that definition than those who earn their livelihoods travelling for their work," said Truphone CEO Geraldine Wilson. "When they experience the convenience and huge savings they gain from using Truphone Local Anywhere, we're certain that travel workers will want to tell others about our service. Gone are the days of juggling multiple phones or SIM cards to save money when travelling abroad."
Truphone Local Anywhere is available in the United States and the UK with Australia coming soon. The company plans to make the service available in over 20 countries by the end of 2011. In addition to travel workers, the service is ideal for expatriates, business travellers, those with second homes in other countries and students studying abroad.
The service provides consumers with local calling rates and local numbers in both the United States and the UK - allowing friends, family and colleagues to get in touch without paying the cost of an international call - all on a single SIM card which can be inserted into any unlocked cell phone.
As Truphone Local Anywhere combines low cost calling and convenience at home and abroad, it provides an all in one solution which can replace a standard operator's SIM in an unlocked GSM phone, making it the only phone service travel workers ever need. Truphone Local Anywhere offers savings of up to 70 percent off standard operator roaming rates when using your phone outside of Truphone countries.
NOTE TO EDITORS: About Truphone Truphone provides people with international lifestyles unique, borderless phone services that simplify communication and dramatically reduce the cost of roaming and global calling. Founded in 2006, the company uses innovation to drive convenience up and costs down. Truphone firsts include: downloadable apps that enable smartphones and other mobile devices to make free calls over WiFi networks; intelligent SIM-based technology that make every call local; and more. The company's flagship product, Truphone Local Anywhere, brings an end to international travellers' need to carry multiple phones or SIMs for each country. Using a patented, intelligent SIM, the Truphone Local Anywhere service provides users unique phone numbers for each place they spend time - creating a local presence and eliminating the need for friends, families and colleagues to make costly international calls to communicate. /CONTACT: UK / Europe, Mark Walsh of Hill & Knowlton, +44 (0)20 7413 3495, Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org, or North America, Sue Huss of Comunicano Inc., +1-619-379-4396, email@example.com, both for Truphone
Diguang International Features LED Products at 2010 China Optoelectronics and Display EXPO in Shenzhen
SHENZHEN, China, May 6 -- Diguang International Development Co., Ltd. (BULLETIN BOARD: DGNG) ("Diguang" or "the Company") today announced that the Company will participate in the 2010 China Optoelectronics and Display EXPO ("CODE") at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center from May 8 to May 10, 2010.
Diguang will showcase the Company's CCFL and LED backlights and liquid crystal modules, 19", 22", 24" LED ultra-slim monitors, and 19", 22", 32", 42" and 46" LED TVs. Visitors can view Diguang's products at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center booth No. A013.
"CODE is China's largest show in the optoelectronics and display industry and we are excited to display our diversified product portfolio to the attendees in Shenzhen this year," commented Mr. Song Yi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diguang. "Our LED products include energy saving and environmentally friendly features, which command positive market recognition and growing acceptance in the industry. We believe our participation at CODE 2010 will help further our efforts in developing strong cooperative relationships with several well-known TV manufacturers and expand the market for our large-sized ultra-thin LED backlights and LED TVs."
Through its subsidiaries, Diguang International develops and produces CCFL and LED backlights for a wide range of TFT-LCD products. A backlight is the typical light source of a liquid crystal display (LCD), with applications spanning televisions, computer monitors, cellular phones, digital cameras, DVDs and other home appliances. Leveraging its LED expertise, the Company also creates and markets energy-saving technologies and solutions for rapidly growing markets such as LED backlight monitors and LED general lighting. For more information, contact CCG Investor Relations directly or go to Diguang's website at http://www.diguangintl.com/ .
Safe Harbor Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements are based upon the current plans, estimates and projections of Diguang's management and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward- looking statements. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: prospective success of the Company's participation in CODE 2010, government support of LED products, prospective success of new and existing products, business conditions in China and globally; weather and natural disasters; legislative or regulatory environments, requirements or changes adversely affecting the businesses in which Diguang is engaged; fluctuations in customer demand; management of rapid growth; intensity of competition; timing approval and market acceptance of new product introductions; general economic conditions; geopolitical events and regulatory changes, as well as other relevant risks, including but not limited to risks outlined in the Company's periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Diguang does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.
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Diguang International Development Co., Ltd.
CONTACT: Viola Tse of Diguang International Development Co., Ltd.,
+1-626-593-5486, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Investors, Elaine Ketchmere, Partner at
CCG Investor Relations, +1-310-954-1345, Elaine.email@example.com