KVH Doubles Bandwidth for mini-VSAT Broadband Service in the North Pacific Region
Additional transponder space brings faster satellite communications to growing customer base in popular shipping region
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., April 21 -- In response to the growing popularity of its TracPhone® V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) network among commercial operators, KVH Industries, Inc., (NASDAQ:KVHI) announced today that it has doubled the network's bandwidth in the North Pacific Ocean Region. This expansion ensures that the growing number of users enjoy outstanding performance, reliable connections, and affordable airtime service via the powerful Ku-band network.
"As customer demand grows for the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband, we feel it is imperative to invest in the network to support our growing customer base," explains Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president for sales and business development. "We are bringing more and more customers onboard in the North Pacific, and most of them are maritime professionals who need to rely on satellite communications to keep their business operations running smoothly. With this additional transponder capacity, the ViaSat ArcLight® spread spectrum technology deployed in our network will provide an unsurpassed level of service throughout the region, ensuring that our customers experience the level of service that they expect and deserve."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first FCC-approved 24-inch VSAT antenna, service, and support package available for maritime communications. The network's ArcLight technology is delivered via ten satellite transponders providing service on a global basis. Each satellite is connected to one of KVH's eight secure earth stations around the globe. ViaSat's ArcLight spread spectrum technology was originally developed for military applications in which fast, reliable data connections in all weather conditions are critical. This common architecture makes global integration with a shipping company's IT infrastructure simple while also assuring automatic switching between satellites as a vessel transits between regions. The resulting seamless network offers voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) with significant cost savings compared to competing services.
Visit http://www.minivsat.com/ for additional details regarding the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband service and coverage as well as case studies of customers who have successfully solved critical maritime communications challenges thanks to the compact and affordable mini-VSAT Broadband solution.
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About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, KVH Europe A/S and KVH Singapore, are leading providers of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH's mission is to connect mobile customers around the globe with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their homes and offices.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH's products and technology; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH's most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
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WellPoint Systems Reshapes Enterprise Asset Management With DAXEAM, a Microsoft Dynamics AX Solution
CALGARY, Canada, April 21, 2010--
- DAXEAM Extends the Value of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Asset Intensive
WellPoint Systems Inc., (TSX-V:WPS), a leading provider of software and
related solutions that transform complex data into Business Insight, today
announced the launch of DAXEAM its Enterprise Asset Management solution.
Powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX, DAXEAM is an enterprise asset maintenance
solution that manages the complete asset life cycle. DAXEAM is fully
integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX, providing equipment and asset
maintenance to AX customers in asset intensive industries. As a native
Microsoft Dynamics AX module, DAXEAM integrates maintenance operations with
Microsoft Dynamics AX's back office ERP functions. DAXEAM will be unveiled at
the Microsoft Convergence Conference in Atlanta, Georgia - Booth 1311.
DAXEAM is designed and built from the ground up as a true 'enterprise'
maintenance solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX. DAXEAM takes advantage of the
power of Microsoft Dynamics AX providing a single, seamless environment for
users and eliminating costly and inefficient integrations. DAXEAM works with
Microsoft Dynamics AX - not against it - thereby maximizing a company's
ability to affect true enterprise-wide efficiencies. As a native Microsoft
Dynamics AX module, there is nothing extra to build, customize or maintain.
From the first day, users will be working in a single, familiar Microsoft
Dynamics AX environment.
"DAXEAM is the best example of how an integrated, Microsoft Dynamics AX
based, Enterprise Asset Management solution can deliver value to our end
customers in asset intensive industries," said Martin Wildsmith, Business
Development Director at Eclipse - a Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year
Finalist. "By making full use of core Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality
DAXEAM is far easier for our team to implement and take live than trying to
hook in a non Microsoft Dynamics AX stand alone solution. Additionally,
DAXEAM provides end-users with a world class, highly-responsive, cross-
platform user interface. This is exactly the architecture a modern business
"We are pleased with the continued improvements in the product and
marketing direction of DAXEAM," said Crispin Read, general manager, Microsoft
ERP. "DAXEAM extends the value of Microsoft Dynamics AX, providing an
innovative solution for customers in asset intensive industries."
Innovation for the End-User
DAXEAM provides the user with a single point of data entry, single source
of records for vendors, inventory, assets and more. A unified environment
between maintenance operations and the back office for security, logistics,
workflow and reporting enables true 'enterprise' asset management.
As a result, DAXEAM is able to
- Reduce operational inefficiencies
- Eliminate multiple data sources and the effort to reconcile disparate
- Optimize human and material resource utilization
- Provide real-time visibility into maintenance operations
- Increase accuracy and timeliness of maintenance forecasting and
As a native Microsoft Dynamics AX module, DAXEAM uses familiar, standard
AX navigation; therefore users are instantly comfortable in navigating and
using DAXEAM. IT staff can support and maintain DAXEAM with little added
overhead as DAXEAM is a native Microsoft Dynamics AX module; even security
profiles are common between DAXEAM and AX.
Most 'standalone' equipment maintenance solutions require costly and
inherently complex integrations. Duplicate databases are required for
important corporate data such as vendor files, purchase orders, inventory,
receiving and matching. DAXEAM eliminates these costly, inherently risky
integration points. DAXEAM shares vendors, purchasing, inventory and
receiving with Microsoft Dynamics AX. There are no multiple data entry
points, no need to 'synchronize' files and no need to create costly data
reconciliations between two systems. DAXEAM is a true 'Enterprise' asset
"The launch of DAXEAM is the culmination of months of collaboration with
Microsoft, our customers and partners and analysis of the EAM marketplace,"
said Phil Earle, DAXEAM Business Unit Director, WellPoint Systems. "Partners
and customers alike told us they wanted a fully integrated EAM solution - one
that takes full advantage of the combined force of DAXEAM's maintenance
functionality, fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX, providing a true
'enterprise' based asset maintenance solution."
WellPoint Systems delivers software solutions and services that transform
complex data into Business Insight for over 450 companies in 47 countries
worldwide. WellPoint Systems is recognized as a leader in providing
Financial, Energy Marketing and Trading solutions to the Oil and Gas industry
with its award winning BOLO, IDEAS, Energy Financial Management and Energy
Broker products. The company also serves asset intensive industries including
aerospace/aviation, process manufacturing, mining, the public sector and
fleets with its DAXEAM Asset Maintenance solutions. Founded in 1997, Calgary-
based WellPoint Systems is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under
the symbol WPS.
For further information: Phil Earle, Director DAXEAM, +1-778-588-7474,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Beverly Jernigan, Public Relations,
Source: WellPoint Systems Inc
For further information: Phil Earle, Director DAXEAM, +1-778-588-7474, email@example.com; Beverly Jernigan, Public Relations, +1-713-494-1733, Beverly@beverlypr.com
HFI Launches New Course on User-Centric Innovation & Strategy
'How to Design for the Big' courses planned in San Francisco and New York in July, 2010
NEW YORK, April 21 -- Human Factors International (HFI) announced today a new training course created to empower user experience (UX) and design professionals to contribute to their organization's strategic planning and product innovation from the perspective of user experience.
"How to Design for the Big: User Centric Innovation and Strategy," will be taught by Dr. Eric Schaffer, founder and CEO of HFI, in San Francisco, July 14-16, 2010 and in New York, July 19-21, 2010.
"Traditionally, user experience practitioners have conducted their work at the structural and detailed design levels of product development. This course allows user experience people to move up the chain, to bring a UX perspective to the higher level of product strategy and innovation," explained Dr. Schaffer.
This 3-day course is geared for usability and UX professionals, marketing managers, e-commerce managers, brand managers, web and product designers, mobile interaction designers, and anyone interested in aligning website objectives with marketing and business strategy. Course participants will learn:
-- The skills and knowledge to bring the UX perspective to strategic and
-- How to understand and take advantage of corporate and user ecosystems
-- How to bring innovation ideas to fruition
-- How to optimize design from the perspective of strategy and innovation
-- How to add the UX model to business strategy
-- How social trends impact design and interaction
"How to Design for the Big" is the second course in a four course series leading to the new Certified User Experience Analyst (CXA(TM)) certification currently under development. The first course in the series, "How to Design for Persuasion, Emotion, and Trust" (PET design), is now being taught around the world and offers advanced techniques to motivate users to explore, discover, interact, and return to an organization's website. PET design techniques can achieve metrics-based business objectives by engaging customers and influencing them to make decisions leading to conversion, whether the site/application is informational, functional, or transactional.
Human Factors International (HFI) is the world's leading strategic advisor and provider of user experience design services and training to both private and public sectors. HFI helps clients design websites and products that are persuasive, engaging, and easy to use. The HFI Framework(TM) is the only ISO-certifiable process for user-centered design, built on principles from human-computer interaction, ergonomics, psychology, computer science, and marketing. Through an integrated blend of strategy, assessment, research, design, validation, and institutionalized usability, as well as training and certification, HFI's clients routinely experience material increases in key corporate performance indicators as a result of their efforts.
HFI customers include AFLAC, BBC, Caterpillar, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Ernst & Young, FedEx, HP, Lockheed Martin, McGraw-Hill, McKesson, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health, SAP, Social Security Administration, Sony Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Verizon Wireless, and Wal-Mart. HFI corporate headquarters are located in Fairfield, Iowa, with 12 regional offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit http://www.humanfactors.com.
Source: Human Factors International
CONTACT: Diane Chojnowski of Human Factors International,
Everything Channel Acquires Leading Cloud Marketing Technology Provider
Combined offering underscores growing significance of content syndication and marketing automation through the cloud
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 21 -- Everything Channel today announced that it has acquired SharedVue Inc., a leading cloud marketing solutions provider, to better serve its customers and prospects by integrating Web content syndication and automated marketing campaigns into the "Complete Technology Channel Solution". The new integration addresses the current market need for a comprehensive solution to effectively execute and manage end-to-end marketing campaigns, and underscores the significance of content syndication and marketing automation to achieve measurable and significant results. Technology vendors and solution providers alike will greatly benefit from the union of these organizations to drive sales and increase brand awareness.
"We are excited about the new capabilities SharedVue brings us," said Robert Faletra, Everything Channel CEO. "By adding this technology to our solutions we can offer our vendor customers the ability to syndicate content across thousands of partner websites in multiple languages instantly. If a vendor changes product information on their website, SharedVue's product Syndic8 immediately populates those changes on every one of its solution provider partner websites so that all sites have the most current marketing message to the end user," Faletra noted. "In addition, we can provide incredible reporting capabilities with SharedVue's product set. This will allow us to tie syndication and marketing automation together with demand generation capabilities to accelerate sales for vendors that work with us and drive more revenue through the channel."
Reid Overcash, CEO of SharedVue said "We are thrilled to combine our products and technology with the resources of Everything Channel. We believe we have a best of breed solution here that solves a real set of problems faced by manufacturers as well as their solution provider partners. Everything Channel can help customers deploy this rapidly and in such a way that it drives sales for partners and suppliers alike."
"HP's partnership with SharedVue has enabled us to help hundreds of our partners strengthen their messaging alignment with HP through the HP Solutions Showcase. Together we have made it easier and faster for channel partners to leverage the critical HP content and transform their websites into more successful demand generation engines. " Says Katie Spence, US Partner Marketing, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, Hewlett-Packard.
A proven market leader for more than 30 years with customers spanning all industries, Everything Channel offers the tools necessary to build an effective channel strategy, recruit and enable partners, and accelerate technology sales. With this announcement, SharedVue customers will now have access to Everything Channel's global brands and market intelligence to better execute effective marketing campaigns. Current SharedVue customers who struggle to maximize the value of the tools due to lack of resources, will benefit from direct access to Everything Channel's dedicated team of field sales & marketing and demand generation experts to alleviate the drain on time and resources.
"A lot of people confuse content distribution with syndication, but most don't really understand what true content syndication is," said Faletra. "Some publishers and media companies talk about distributing content like whitepapers through their various web and email platforms and call that content syndication. That's just content distribution. Content syndication is the ability for companies to engage their channel partners to create a direct pipeline for their valuable web content to those partners' websites and, as a result, their partners' ultimate customers. And then when those marketers change or alter that content through the SharedVue administration console, it automatically changes on their partners' sites dynamically, as well. That's Content Syndication."
Overcash adds, "The value of content syndication and marketing automation to the channel is illustrated by the exponential adoption our manufacturer clients are seeing from their solution providers. Many of our clients see a 200-400% increase in solution providers using syndication and marketing automation."
In today's economy, most organizations are forced to do more with less without compromising on quality. By integrating syndication and automation solutions with innovative field sales & marketing resources for managing and accelerating technology sales, Everything Channel and SharedVue will enable manufacturers and solution providers alike to better connect with and service their end-users. Highlights of the new integration include:
-- Everything Channel's veteran Field Sales & Marketing (FSM) Team
engages with partners to enable them to fully benefit from SharedVue's
Syndic8, to seamlessly and automatically update product content
regularly to channel partner websites to ensure accuracy and
-- Everything Channel's experienced Demand Generation team can assist in
creation of marketing campaigns to populate SharedVue's Communic8, a
web-based partner console to promote products and services through the
channel while the FSM team provides ongoing tele-support for campaigns
to ensure proper execution and alleviate drain on time and resources.
-- Manufacturers and solution providers can then measure campaign success
and manage their syndication output through a SharedVue Facilit8
program, to assist with organizing and managing the solutions on an
With the addition of SharedVue products, Everything Channel customers will benefit from a cloud-based infrastructure to become better marketers of enterprise companies' products, help build greater market awareness and forge lasting and meaningful relationships.
Everything Channel, headquartered in Framingham, MA, is a technology marketing and sales solutions company. Through its "Complete Technology Channel Solution," Everything Channel offers the right business tools to accelerate technology sales. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative field sales and marketing solutions to the sellers of technology to achieve measurable and significant results.
About United Business Media Limited
UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com.
SharedVue is a marketing technology company that provides cloud marketing and lead generation tools that help companies maximize sales through channel partners and direct sales. SharedVue clients include: Cisco, HP, Salesforce.com and VMware.
Cloud marketing enables channel partners to become better marketers of enterprise companies' products by using Web content syndication and automated marketing campaigns. It combines traditional marketing techniques with the technology of software-as-a-service. SharedVue combines marketing and technology expertise to develop cutting-edge Web marketing products that enhance companies' relationships with their customers and generate leads.
Akamai Launches Sustainability Initiative To Help Customers Reduce Web Infrastructure Energy Consumption
- Initiative to focus on enhanced carbon measurement and reporting - Company introduces http://www.akamai.com/sustainability - Akamai to receive honorable mention at annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards*
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 21 -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today unveiled a new sustainability initiative dedicated to helping customers run more carbon-efficient Web infrastructure and improve their energy consumption.
Akamai's sustainability initiative includes a focus on enhancing the carbon efficiency of its global delivery network of over 61,000 servers. The initiative is designed to help Akamai improve the hardware and code efficiency within its network, and reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, all while responding to customer demand for carbon measurement and reporting. The objective of the initiative is to quantify the energy reductions that Akamai realizes in network carbon efficiency and further develop Akamai's focus on becoming more energy efficient.
"This is a unique opportunity for Akamai to revolutionize sustainability, specifically carbon management and network efficiency, across the global Internet landscape," said Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai. "For more than a decade, we have been delivering cloud computing optimization solutions that reduce the energy consumption of our customers' Web and data center infrastructure. We built a massive, shared network of distributed computing power, running on efficient hardware and code, with a higher utilization compared with traditional data center infrastructure, and made it available as a managed service. Moving forward, and in collaboration with our customers, we plan to use the information we collect to identify and implement additional best practices."
Akamai will report on the progress of its sustainability initiative at http://www.akamai.com/sustainability. In 2009, Akamai's drive to improve its network carbon efficiency resulted in an 86 million-pound CO2 reduction - a 32 percent reduction from the amount of CO2 used in 2008, which is equivalent to removing 7,400 U.S. autos from the road (source: EPA ; Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007)
Today, Akamai is helping customers estimate their own environmental carbon footprint related to Akamai services. Akamai is also designing an application on its customer-facing portal to provide customers with ongoing, monthly visibility of their carbon footprint on the Akamai platform, across 11 geographic regions around the world.
In addition to network carbon efficiency improvements, Akamai is pursuing reductions in its energy, water, and materials consumption within its business operations, including:
-- Environmentally Lower-Impact Corporate Offices: implementing
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) standards for its
main corporate office renovations, along with other recycling and
waste reduction programs.
-- Reduced Electronic Waste: reducing the amount of e-waste (generated by
items like servers, PCs, phones, keyboards, monitors, etc.) by
upgrading systems for reuse, reselling, and recycling end-of-life
equipment in partnership with several reputable vendors.
-- Lower Power Consumption Corporate Computing Resources: implementing
power management for its PC/laptop and server assets, and
incorporating Energy Star and Electronic Product Environmental
Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) guidelines and recommendations into
procurement of computing equipment.
-- Reduced Travel: upgrading videoconferencing equipment to encourage and
enhance long-distance collaboration and reduce travel needs.
-- More Measurable Carbon Management: developing processes and systems to
track, manage and report carbon emissions, including voluntary
reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project.
*For its work on building carbon-efficient IT solutions, Akamai has recently been recognized by
The Uptime Institute (uptimeinstitute.org) a leading independent think tank and research body serving the global data center industry. Receiving an 'honorable mention,' Akamai will be recognized at this year's annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards. The GEIT Awards showcase organizations that are pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their IT and data center operations, or that provide technology that can significantly reduce energy consumption. The winners will be presented at the fifth annual Uptime Institute Symposium, May 17-19 in New York, NY.
The Akamai Difference
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit http://www.akamai.com/.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, failure of our efforts to have further network carbon efficiency improvements, failure in our efforts to reduce our energy, water, and materials consumption within our business operations, or a failure of our customer portal to allow customers to view the impact of their own carbon footprint, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
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Spare Backup Launches New BlackBerry Mobile Application for Data Backup and Cloud Services
Application provides improved performance and cloud functionality
PALM DESERT, Calif., April 21 -- Spare Backup, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SPBU) , an industry-leading provider of automated, online backup applications and cloud computing services for home users and small businesses, announced today that it has launched a new version of its BlackBerry mobile application. The new application adds a new suite of functionalities called "LiveSync" that ties into a wide array of Spare's cloud-based technologies. In addition to providing an improved and simple automated backup solution for contacts, pictures, calendar entries, and documents stored on the BlackBerry, through LiveSync users will have the ability to access and modify the content on their phones through a web browser. LiveSync also enables users to log on to their user website and send and receive SMS messages directly through the browser.
The application is being made available to all of its channel partners as well as through the Spare Backup website.
For additional information, visit http://www.sparebackup.com/. For investor relations, please contact our investor relations department at 760-779-0251 Ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Spare Backup, Inc.:
Spare Backup, Inc. specializes in helping consumers, small office/home office users and small to mid-sized businesses protect their computer data quickly, automatically and cost-effectively. The company's flagship Spare Backup product is the first totally automated online backup service that intelligently selects, secures and stores files without any user intervention, automatically backing up documents, email, music, photos and other PC files on a continuous basis or according to the schedule of the user's choice. The company is headquartered in Palm Desert, California.
Safe Harbor Statement:
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking information made on the company's behalf. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address the company's expectations of sources of capital or which express the company's expectation for the future with respect to financial performance or operating strategies can be identified as forward-looking statements. Such statements made by the company are based on knowledge of the environment in which it operates, but because of the possibility of unknown factors, as well as other factors beyond the control of the company, actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement. An investment in our common stock involves a significant degree of risk. You should not invest in our common stock unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. You should consider carefully all risk factors and other information in our annual report and quarterly filings before deciding to invest in our common stock. If any of the following risks and uncertainties develops into actual events, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected and you could lose your entire investment in our company.
Salesforce.com Enters into a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jigsaw
Jigsaw's unique Wikipedia-style crowd-sourcing model delivers the world's most complete, accurate and up-to-date business contact data The combination of Jigsaw and salesforce.com will allow companies to easily find, purchase and manage data that is seamlessly integrated with their CRM apps Salesforce.com makes strategic entry into the $3 billion market for cloud-based data services With Jigsaw and salesforce.com, data service providers like D&B, Hoover's and LexisNexis have the opportunity to expand existing partnerships to deliver new services in the cloud
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/ ) company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jigsaw, the leader in crowd-sourced data services in the cloud. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
Jigsaw's unique Wikipedia-style crowd-sourcing model delivers the world's most complete, accurate and up-to-date business contact data. Since Jigsaw's offering is delivered in the cloud, companies can focus on realizing success instead of focusing on legacy enterprise data management models that require expensive integration and continuous, dedicated maintenance. The acquisition will combine the power of salesforce.com's suite of CRM applications and leading enterprise cloud platform with Jigsaw's cloud-based model for the automation of acquiring, completing and cleansing business contact data. Jigsaw's data cloud platform also creates an enormous opportunity for developers and independent software vendors to deliver entirely new applications that leverage the business contact data found in Jigsaw. The proposed acquisition will mark salesforce.com's strategic entry into the $3 billion market for cloud-based business to business data services, and will create new opportunities for salesforce.com to partner with information services companies like D&B, Hoover's and LexisNexis.
Companies and professionals, whether or not already salesforce.com customers, can become members of the Jigsaw community by sharing common contact data that is found on a business card, including name, title, company, mailing address, business telephone number and e-mail address. Any Jigsaw.com community member can access the database, and can accumulate points through helping to maintain data quality. These points may be redeemed for access to additional records. In addition, companies or professionals may utilize the Jigsaw service by purchasing contact data. Jigsaw also offers premium automated data cleansing services to update and enrich data critical to success for any CRM deployment for a subscription-based fee. Jigsaw sets the standard among business contact data service providers by allowing business professionals included in the database to easily edit their information, set their contact preferences or if they choose, opt out of the listing.
Comments on the News
-- "Salesforce.com is excited to bring the data services industry into
the era of Cloud 2," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO,
salesforce.com. "With Jigsaw, we'll make it as easy as Wikipedia to
source data, as easy as iTunes to buy data and as easy as Facebook to
stay updated as the data changes."
-- "Companies are utilizing crowd-sourced data services in the cloud more
than ever because it offers the best quality information," said Jim
Fowler, CEO, Jigsaw. "This is an exciting opportunity for all of us at
Jigsaw, and will help us accelerate our ability to bring cloud-based
data services to a wider audience."
Salesforce.com to Deliver the Business Contact Data Critical to CRM Success
The process of trying to acquire, complete and cleanse business contact data is far too taxing and inefficient to meet the modern needs of companies in today's competitive marketplace. Historically, companies have spent vast amounts of time and resources to build a database of complete contact information for their sales organization only to see its quality quickly deteriorate. With the integrated Jigsaw and salesforce.com solution, companies will be able to better acquire and cleanse all business contact data. While Jigsaw will remain open to all CRM systems, current salesforce.com customers will find an integrated experience that includes an automated process for data cleansing. In addition, since Jigsaw products are already integrated with salesforce.com technologies, when Salesforce Chatter becomes generally available later this year, users will be able to receive real-time feeds when data changes or requires cleansing.
Jigsaw's tremendous success has been fueled by its vibrant community of more than 1.2 million members. Over the last six years, community members have built and maintained a contact database of more than 21 million professionals at nearly 4 million companies. The proposed acquisition will extend and accelerate the community's growth. Jigsaw currently has 800 corporate customers like New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Hackett Group and Sales Performance International.
Acquisition Marks Salesforce.com's Strategic Entry into $3B Cloud-Based Data Services Market
Spurred by the success and widespread adoption of cloud computing applications, platforms and collaboration technology, businesses of all sizes across all industries are now turning to the cloud to buy data. In acquiring the San Mateo-based Jigsaw, salesforce.com will make a strategic entry into the $3 billion market. Salesforce.com's entry into the market creates new opportunities for the company to expand partnerships with data service providers like D&B, Hoover's and LexisNexis, opening up entirely new revenue streams for the company.
Details Regarding the Proposed Jigsaw Acquisition:
-- Approximately $142M cash purchase price, plus a performance-based
contingent earn out of up to 10% of the purchase price.
-- The deal is expected to close in Q2FY11, subject to customary closing
Financial Impact of Proposed Jigsaw Transaction to Salesforce.com Reported FY11 Results (assuming a Q2FY11 close date):
-- Q1FY11 (quarter ending April 30, 2010): The acquisition is expected to
have no material impact to salesforce.com's fiscal first quarter
-- FY11 (year ending January 31, 2011): The transaction will affect
salesforce.com's results in its fiscal second through fourth quarters.
GAAP revenue from the acquisition, is expected to be approximately
$10M to $15M and non-GAAP revenue, excluding the deferred revenue
write-down related to the transaction, is expected to be approximately
$17M to $22M. The transaction is also expected to reduce
salesforce.com's GAAP EPS by approximately $0.20 to $0.22, and
non-GAAP EPS by approximately $0.06 to $0.08 in FY11. Non-GAAP EPS
estimates exclude the impact of the following non-cash items:
stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangibles and
deferred revenue write-down related to this transaction, as well as
the tax consequences associated with these items.
-- The Company is expected to provide a more comprehensive update to its
full FY11 outlook when it announces its Q1FY11 results, expected in
late May, 2010.
Salesforce.com will host a conference call at 8:30 AM (ET) / 5:30 AM (PT), April 21, 2010, to discuss the definitive agreement to acquire Jigsaw with the investment community. A live web broadcast of the event will be available on the salesforce.com Investor Relations Website at http://www.salesforce.com/investor. A live dial-in is available domestically at (866) 901-SFDC or (866) 901-7332 and internationally at (706) 902-1764. A replay will be available at (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, passcode 70466135, until midnight (ET) May 7, 2010.
Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and CRM applications (http://www.salesforce.com/crm) have revolutionized the way companies collaborate and communicate with their customers, including:
-- The Sales Cloud, for sales force automation and contact management
-- The Service Cloud, for customer service and support solutions
-- Chatter, for social collaboration
-- The Force.com platform, for custom application development
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LightInTheBox.com Launches 'The Great Hunt' Competition on Facebook
BEIJING, April 21 -- LightInTheBox.com has just launched the second round of its latest competition, The Great Hunt, for its social-networking savvy customers on Facebook.
The Great Hunt gives customers an opportunity to win the dress of their choice by simply sharing their favorite LightInTheBox.com prom, dress, formal dress, evening dress, or wedding dress from a selection of more than 5,000 thousand designs ( http://www.lightinthebox.com/wholesale-clothing_c71 ), on Facebook. The contestants whose dresses become the most shared by will be declared the winner, and will receive their chosen dress custom-tailored to their specifications.
Because LightInTheBox.com has one of the biggest ranges of dresses available anywhere, and ships all over the world, contestants will be able to choose from hundreds of different styles to find their favorite.
"We believe using social networking websites like Facebook, and others, is a great way for us to keep in touch with our customers and better understand their needs," said Kevin Wen, co-founder of LightInTheBox.com. "The Great Hunt helps us better understand our customers' tastes, and helps us improve our product line. We're excited about the opportunities that social networking sites give us to interact more with our customers."
The first round of the competition received a lot of attention with 254 dresses shared, 1000+ comments, 4200+ "likes", 5000+ interactions on LightInTheBox.com's Facebook fan page, in only two weeks. The grand prize was won by Jimena Escalante who chose an A-Line Mini Cocktail Dress and received 409 "likes".
The competition runs every few weeks, with the first running from April 14th until April 28th, and winners announced the following week. Visit the LightInTheBox.com Official Blog ( http://blog.lightinthebox.com/ ) for competition and entry details.
Companies are increasingly turning to social media to stay in touch with their clients and learn more about their wants and needs. One of the reasons for this is the trend that consumers are sharing more and more information with each other in regards to where they shop and what they buy. Big names such as Victoria Secret, GAP and many others are putting more and more effort into this new marketing medium.
LightInTheBox.com has previously had good responses from other social media campaigns such as its TwitVantage campaign on Twitter, where users were given priority orders by "Tweeting" their order numbers.
LightInTheBox.com is a leading global online distributor. It offers more than fifty thousand quality products to customers in more than 160 countries, and serves both individual consumers and commercial customers.
Acquisition of Long-Standing SAP Partner Will Help Accelerate SAP's Sustainability Transformation
WALLDORF, Germany, April 21 -- Continuing its focus on providing market-leading sustainability solutions to customers worldwide, SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) today announced its intent to acquire TechniData AG, the world's leading provider of product safety and environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions. Through this acquisition, SAP intends to expand its product portfolio as well as its market and thought leadership in sustainability.
Based in Markdorf, Germany, TechniData has been a strategic SAP partner for more than 15 years, and has helped shape SAP's sustainability offerings in the EHS arena. Employing nearly 500 people, TechniData provides systems integration, managed EHS services, regulatory content and software to help companies comply with regulatory challenges in these areas. With SAP announcing its strategic commitment to sustainability in spring of 2009, this acquisition is the next logical step between two companies that are both driven by the belief that sustainability is core to all business processes in the future.
"SAP and TechniData have enjoyed a very productive, long-term relationship, and we are truly excited about joining the SAP family," said Juergen Schwab, chief executive officer, TechniData AG. "We believe that the scale of SAP's development and field resources combined with our expertise in the EHS and product safety domains can help us bring the value of sustainability to more customers worldwide."
This acquisition is in line with SAP's strategy to complement existing applications and solutions with smart purchases that offer innovative technologies and functional capabilities. The strategy is guided by careful market assessments and focuses on adding value to customers' investments in SAP, expanding the company's abilities to support customers and partners in their sustainability approach. Through the acquisition of TechniData, SAP gains both a more comprehensive service offering and the talents of accomplished employees with deep knowledge of customer processes as well as SAP products and integration technologies.
The SAP® EHS Management application helps companies address regulatory compliance in the areas of product, plant and people safety. It helps to reduce both EHS risks and compliance cost at the same time, a result unobtainable in traditional labor-intensive and error-prone non-IT-supported compliance processes. The solution is designed to natively integrate into SAP® Business Suite software.
"Sustainability is about holistically managing economic, environmental and social risks and opportunities. IT can help organizations execute their sustainability strategies in a way that drives short- and long-term profitability," said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president of Sustainability Solutions, SAP. "SAP and TechniData share this comprehensive view of sustainability. As a result, our customers enjoy more homogeneity of their IT infrastructure, lower cost of integration, and cutting edge sustainability processes combined with comprehensive analytics and reporting capabilities."
SAP anticipates that the acquisition will be completed in the beginning of the third quarter of 2010 and will provide additional details about future plans after the closing of the transaction. Terms and purchase price are not publicly disclosed.
TechniData is a leading provider of end-to-end solutions for Environment, Health and Safety (EHS). This includes solutions for Product Safety and Stewardship, Health and Safety as well as Environmental Performance. The company, which was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Markdorf at Lake Constance (Germany), helps around 1,600 customers worldwide to shape their business processes in a way that is sustainable, efficient and legally compliant. The TechniData portfolio includes process consulting, software, implementation, EHS expert services and knowledge-based content products providing information on laws, phrases, rules and report templates. TechniData and SAP AG have established a strategic development partnership for the SAP EHS Management software solution. In fiscal year 2008, TechniData recorded sales of EUR 64.9 million with a workforce of around 500 in Germany and abroad. The TechniData Group is represented through subsidiaries and branches in Europe, America and Asia. Further information is available at http://www.technidata.com/.
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Acision to Deliver Advanced Messaging Solutions for Videotron
PLANO, Texas, April 21, 2010--
- Mobile Data Leader to Support Expansion of Canadian Operator's Advanced
Acision, a world leader in mobile data, today announced the
deployment of the Acision Short Message Service Center (SMSC), Acision
Multimedia Message Service Center (MMSC) and Acision Open Internet Proxy for
Videotron's advanced wireless network. The deployment supports the roll-out
of advanced messaging services over Videotron's wireless network, which will
offer top-grade telephony services for a combined fixed and mobile platform
and quadruple play technology offering to be introduced in summer 2010.
Acision's advanced messaging solutions are uniquely designed
to help operators such as Videotron to scale easily with the introduction of
new mobile data services and the subsequent adoption of next-generation
wireless networks, such as 4G, WiMAX and long-term evolution. Acision's
proven track-record for delivering robust and scalable mobile data solutions
to operators around the world means it is well positioned to provide
Videotron with this critical enabling technology.
"Acision continuously reviews, innovates and delivers
solutions that empower operators to seize new opportunities, and this is
reflected in our work with Videotron," said Wayne Irwin, president, North
America at Acision. "Acision is excited to expand its partnership with
Videotron, an Acision IP voicemail customer since 2005, and we look forward
to helping them build their wireless vision for the future."
"Videotron is happy to offer a quad play service with a full
suite of communications, entertainment and information to our customers,"
said Daniel Proulx, senior vice president, engineering of Videotron.
"Videotron customers have come to expect the best services at the best prices
and, by partnering with Acision, our new mobile offering continues an
unparalleled commitment to the customer experience."
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and profitable growth in mobile data services. As the pioneer of mobile
messaging, Acision's real time mobile data solutions support its customers
worldwide to drive new revenues with innovative services while controlling,
optimizing and monetizing data traffic. For more information, visit Acision
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Verizon Expands Specialized Financial Services Network to Europe
Dedicated Trading-Business Infrastructure Offers Secure, Managed Connectivity and Interface to the Financial Markets Ecosystem
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 21 -- Financial services firms in Europe can now benefit from a dedicated trading-business infrastructure, provided by Verizon, that is specifically designed to help the firms share market data and execute timely trades.
The Verizon Financial Services Network, previously available only to companies in the U.S., is a scalable, secure, low-latency solution that is designed to facilitate trading and information exchange in global capital markets where trade-execution speeds are becoming ever more important.
The solution offers financial services firms such as brokers, hedge funds, exchanges, asset managers, and pre and post-trade services providers a fully managed, highly available, scalable interface to the financial ecosystem. Users can simply and seamlessly collaborate with customers and partners, consolidate their market access, distribute services and information, and execute pre-trade, trade and post-trade transactions within a secure, resilient environment.
Chandan Sharma, global managing director of Verizon Business' financial services practice, said: "Achieving a single, fast and resilient on-demand interface to the trading ecosystem is a business differentiator in the financial markets. The Verizon Financial Services Network solution helps financial institutions capitalize on market movements by enabling them to respond with speed and agility. Essentially, we bring the capital markets closer to our customers through a low-latency, highly available and scalable business infrastructure that helps them better manage the challenges of market fragmentation, globalization, high-frequency trading, asset class proliferation and fierce competition."
The Verizon Financial Services Network solution brings together Verizon Business' extensive professional expertise in the development and delivery of communications, IT, information security and network solutions, and Verizon Business' extensive experience in servicing many of the world's largest financial services industry. Verizon Business also provides hosting and co-location solutions around the globe, designed specifically to meet the low-latency needs of the financial markets, and helping some of the world's largest financial services companies become even more successful.
The Verizon Financial Services Network is available as a standard managed solution, or Verizon's subject matter experts can work alongside customers to customize the solution to support each individual organization's specific business needs. Fully managed, high-touch global service and support is provided, including round-the-clock monitoring and management and capabilities to support reliable data delivery.
The Verizon Financial Services Network is used by many of the world's largest financial services companies for critical applications. For more information on Verizon's financial services solutions, visit http://www.verizonbusiness.com/solutions/finance/.
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Verizon Transforms International Content-Delivery Model With Direct-Connection Option for Content Owners and Aggregators
Linking Servers to Global Network at Exchange Points Improves Performance, Customer Experience
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 21 -- To meet the expected explosive growth in content consumption and generation, Verizon is expanding its successful Partner Port Program to content companies worldwide. Content owners and aggregators now have the option to connect directly with Verizon's global IP network at various key sites around the world.
"Content owners worldwide can benefit from the hard-wired links between their servers and our global network," said Quintin Lew, senior vice president of marketing for Verizon Global Wholesale. "Because our global IP network is just as available in Frankfurt or Tokyo as it is in New York City or Dallas, it makes sense to facilitate great content delivery from anywhere in the world, to the benefit of both the content companies and our end users.
"Our innovative program, which allows content providers worldwide to directly connect to Verizon's global IP network, gives innovators working on the next great thing online the opportunity to execute, using the platform of the future."
More information about the International Partner Port Program is available here.
In early 2009, Verizon Global Wholesale began offering direct links between content servers and Verizon's domestic U.S. network to provide faster, more responsive, low-latency connections. Those direct links, marketed as the Partner Port Program, have increased content traffic to more than 500 gigabytes per second of traffic on the Verizon network and have provided a top-quality experience for end-user customers. Verizon has now expanded this highly successful offering, under the name International Partner Port Program.
The program utilizes connections between content servers and the Verizon global IP network at content-delivery access nodes or Internet exchange points (IXPs) where traffic is normally handed off for distribution, traditionally over peering networks that traverse various carriers' backbone links. Verizon encourages direct connections between the content servers and the Verizon network at these sites to avoid long, multicarrier hops around the various networks from servers to customers.
The International Partner Port Program offers full IP connectivity around the globe, delivering content to various consumer bases regardless of the provider. By utilizing the connectivity of Verizon's global IP networks and relationships with other major network providers, Verizon can provide a truly global and efficient content transport solution.
"We'll offer our customers access to up to 3.4 million FiOS Internet customers who are among the 9.2 million broadband customers Verizon serves, and 91.2 million wireless customers, all at a time when quality has become the watchword and high-definition video streaming has mushroomed," Lew said. "Because we have Internet exchange sites widely distributed, international carriers that want content transported to or from other high-growth content-consuming and content-generating countries can use this service."
Verizon offers a single-provider solution global IP network that touches more than 150 countries on six continents, with network operations centers around the world monitoring the network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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MiddlesexMD.com Gives Midlife Women Information and Products for Enjoying Sex After Menopause
Unique new website helps guide women through sexual intimacy issues related to menopause
HOLLAND, Mich., April 20 -- As women go through menopause, hormonal changes can wreak havoc with their sex life, causing vaginal dryness, decreased genital sensitivity, low libido, lack of orgasm and more. MiddlesexMD.com is a new sexual health website that helps midlife women understand how these issues alter their experience of sex and offers products that can keep sex enjoyable after menopause.
The site is the brainchild of Dr. Barb DePree, an OB/GYN for 20 years and a menopause care specialist since 2006. What's unique about MiddlesexMD is its medical perspective, practical advice and targeted selection of intimacy aids to help midlife women have the sexual life they want.
"At midlife, many women need to do more to maintain their sex life. I like to use the reading glasses analogy," explains Dr. DePree. "When you reach 40, it's not so easy to read the fine print, but you don't stop reading. Instead you get a pair of reading glasses. The same is true with the physical changes that come with menopause. You don't have to give up on sex. You can compensate by taking more time, energy and attention to reawaken your sensations. I launched MiddlesexMD to give midlife women a comfortable, private place to learn about and purchase what their bodies need to maintain a fulfilling sex life as they age."
MiddlesexMD is organized around five "recipe" elements - Knowledge, Vaginal Comfort, Genital Sensation, Pelvic Tone and Emotional Intimacy - that are essential to sexual well-being. The site provides a factual guide on how they contribute to a healthy sex life, how they change with menopause, and how to use different techniques and products to make up for those changes. The information is current, respectful and clear. And the products are tasteful and selected specifically for midlife women who may be new to sexual aids.
"My patients and I are from a generation of women who have redefined female sexuality and are now redefining menopause. As pioneers, we all had a lot to learn, and still do. My goal for MiddlesexMD is to share practice-tested, clinically sound information with women my age," says Dr. DePree, "and to offer vaginal lubricants and moisturizers, vibrators, Kegel exercise tools and other products that help us gracefully accommodate the physiological changes we're experiencing."
MiddlesexMD is funded by private investors, many of whom are women over 40. Its team of medical professionals, businesswomen, writers and researchers are dedicated to the idea of sexuality for life.
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Intelligent Community Forum Names Recipients of its Annual Founders Awards
2010 Honorees include Educational initiatives of China's Tianjin Binhai New Area; America's Pew Internet & American Life Project; and Besancon's 'Digital Schoolbag' initiative in France Summit at NYU-Poly, awards at Steiner Film Studios in New York on May 21
NEW YORK, April 20 -- The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York-based think tank that studies the impact of broadband and related information and communications technologies on the communities of the 21st Century, named the three recipients of its annual Founders Awards today. This year's recipients reflect the forum's annual theme, "The Education's Last Mile: Closing the Gap from School to the Workforce." Each honoree was cited for using technology to implement a forward-looking agenda that is transforming the educational system to meet the needs of the "knowledge workforce" or to allow a better understanding of the role of technology in everyday life. This year's recipients are: the educational programs in Tianjin Binhai New Area, China; the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project; and the Digital Schoolbag of Besancon, France.
The awards will be presented during the Intelligent Community of the Year awards ceremony held at Steiner Film Studios in Brooklyn, New York at 1:00 PM (ET) on 21 May at the conclusion of ICF's annual Building the Broadband Economy Summit (http://www.icfsummit.com), which takes place 19-21 May, 2010. The invitation-only Summit is organized by ICF and hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly).
Honorees are selected each year by ICF's co-founders as part of the annual Intelligent Community Awards. The Founders Awards offer global recognition to individuals, applications, organizations and innovations within intelligent communities that represent inspiring models of good practice or contribute to better understanding of the Broadband Economy.
"At NYU-Poly, we have a strong and growing interest in intelligent communities," said Mel Horwitch, NYU-Poly Department of Technology management professor. "We view this arena in the broadest possible way. We have hosted and collaborated with ICF for more than six years, and we are conducting research and teaching courses aimed at helping cities become more livable and engaging. We know this means integrating new technology, a committed citizenry, innovators, and sustainability. ICF's Founders Awards manifest the same kind of eclectic thinking. These awards go beyond technology: They honor richly multifaceted and committed individuals and institutions. In fact, these awards are just one more reason why we are so pleased to be such close partners of ICF."
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Digital Schoolbag, Besancon, France
A university town and regional capital, the City of Besancon grew wealthy from the manufacture of clocks and watches, metallurgy, textiles and food-processing -- until global competition for timepieces in the 1970s sent the economy into severe decline. The community fought back by leveraging its universities and grands ecoles, where 24,000 students are enrolled, and finding new outlets for the skills of its citizens in precision manufacturing. Today, Besancon is the base for 8,900 vibrant businesses and three global competitiveness clusters: the microtechnology competitiveness cluster; the biomedical and biotechnological engineering cluster; and the nanotechnologies, automation, microrobotics and microplasturgy cluster. In 1994, it became the first French city with a fiber network connecting all government and quasi-government facilities.
In 2003, Besancon also became the first city providing computer equipment to all children of the same age class and their families. Within the "Digital Schoolbag" project, all 3rd grade students receive a multimedia computer package. Given to the pupils free of charge, the package comprises a computer with Pentium processor, the same educational software that is used at school (dictionaries, atlas, etc), and the option to subscribe to Internet access. The Schoolbag also includes workshops for the parents in order to enable them to participate in their children's learning at school.
In 2001 the Ministry of National Education introduced a new Information and Internet Certificate. This required that pupils be tested in computer and Internet skills at the end of elementary and middle school. The results of the evaluation have shown that the pupils in Besancon beginning their first year of secondary school have a much higher success level than the national average.
"What impressed me about Besancon, one of the year's Smart21 communities, was the way it uses technology to further social ideals and fuses it to shape its economic forces," said Louis Zacharilla, ICF's co-founder. "With the 'Digital Schoolbag' project, Besancon sent the message to all its children that technology is a key to future jobs and an important element of future social contribution." Zacharilla added that by directing similar programs at parents, the community attempts to cross an emerging "demographic divide."
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
The Pew Internet Project conducts original research that explores the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the workplace, schools, health care, and civic/political life. The Project was initially conceived by the staff and officers of the Pew Charitable Trusts and is one of seven key projects of the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. Pew observed in the late 1990s that many of the debates regarding the impact of the Internet lacked reliable data. In 1999 the foundation hired Lee Rainie to secure an initial three-year grant. Rainie was named the project's Director and has spearheaded the enormously influential series of research projects ever since.
The Project conducted its first survey about the general role of the Internet and email on the average person's life in March 2000 (one year before ICF's landmark white paper studying the global impact on communities). The animating spirit of that report and subsequent research was to provide data and insights of relevance to policy makers, journalists, scholars, technology leaders, non-profit executives, and engaged citizens in communities in the United States. It became clear after the Project's early reports that other groups were considered stakeholders, including the medical community, parent- and child-advocates, librarians, and new media workers, including an emerging generation of media workers within government agencies.
Over the past decade, ICF noted that the Internet & American Life project has covered topics as diverse as Internet viruses, music downloading, online privacy, cell phone usage, and wireless connectivity. More recent subjects include cloud computing and the future of the Internet. The Project has also followed new online activities as they reach a critical threshold of adoption. ICF noted the impact of Pew's studies on broadband usage in the United States and how broadband influences behavior.
"The Pew Center is a 'fact tank' and gathers reliable information on topics that ICF has deemed critical to our understanding of how people use technology to shape the Broadband Economy," said John Jung, ICF co-founder and Chairman. "Lee Rainie and his team have been an absolutely instrumental part of the research that has come from Pew and the dialogue that it has enabled within our own community of communities. I am also pleased to say that Lee has been a good friend of the intelligent community movement since 2004."
Tianjin Binhai New Area, China
For the past three decades, the Chinese economy has grown at an average of over 9% and expectations are that China will soon emerge as the world's second largest economy. As its national economy continues to accelerate, mandating that it continue to create enormous economic output, China faces an unprecedented demand for talent in the areas of science, technology and innovation. This enormous pressure is felt most keenly in Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA). TBNA is a new logistics hub and manufacturing center that is the coastal gateway to Beijing. TBNA, with a population of over 2 million, was named one of ICF's Smart21 Communities for 2010. This new urban center relies heavily on an information technology "overlay" to produce economic output that is based increasingly on knowledge industries. At present, nearly 30% of all of China's scientific and technological talent is within this new community, according to data submitted to ICF.
TBNA has established programs such as the Employment Services Card, Work Youth Experience and Training Database to not only connect students directly to the workplace on collaborative projects, but also keep citizens briefed on opportunities in the workforce. Further, Tianjin Binhai University Technology Transfer Center has deeply integrated students at TBNA's universities and colleges into the local economy. This has led to numerous university-industry projects to improve enormous industry clusters, including grape cultivation, winemaking and refrigeration, wastewater treatment (in papermaking), and eco-tourism.
"The educational models and projects that integrate the educational network with the industrial workforce are not intern models, but contribute to the growth of the economy in the present, while opening students' eyes to local career opportunities," said ICF's co-founder Robert Bell.
"TBNA is being honored because the community is attempting to retain as many of the talented young people it educates as possible," Bell added. "Some of TBNA's programs are unique to China and the world and worth studying; others are similar to programs being implemented elsewhere. It is a very innovative and practical mix."
ICF said it honors TBNA for assembling what may be the world's most comprehensive effort to involve students in the local economy and provide a systematic 'on ramp' to local employment.
More information about current and past recipients of the ICF's Founders and other awards are available on the website.
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Innovative IT Company Launches Cloud Computing Platform
Affordable Technology Platform Reduces Cost, Complexity and Offers Better Tools
LINCOLN, Neb., April 20 -- Cost Effective Technologies (CET) has launched an innovative information technology (IT) platform for small and medium-sized organizations. A Web 2.0 technology company, CET is rapidly deploying its powerful platform to bring the benefits of cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), virtualization, and managed services to public and private sector organizations.
These technologies have helped large organizations reap massive efficiencies over the past several years. CET's unique platform is designed to help small and medium-sized organizations achieve even better results.
"Traditional IT delivery and deployment mechanisms have guaranteed that small and mid-sized companies continually have to invest in expensive, complex hardware and software systems. We built a platform that turns the traditional IT business model on its head, making the IT process more affordable, scalable, and flexible," said Hannah Smitterberg, co-founder of CET. "We manage our clients' networks, help them transition to our secure, private cloud computing environment, and deploy affordable SaaS alternatives when and where appropriate."
An alternative to the traditional IT model, CET helps organizations lower their IT costs and gain access to better technology tools for a set monthly fee. Their expertise in deploying secure, private cloud computing environments, software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service, and virtualization technologies is custom-tailored to enhance their clients' business models. In addition to offering unlimited use of its web-based computing platform, CET provides:
-- Secure, anytime/anywhere access to business applications from any
-- An extensive library of both proprietary and open source software
-- Personal, accessible, and customizable technology support
-- Expert-managed IT services for all types of networks during every
stage of the IT life cycle
"We started CET with the goal of providing organizations with IT solutions that are best for them," said Smitterberg. "Our technology is simple, smart, and secure. It puts better tools into the hands of our clients, and it can save organizations up to 60 percent of their current IT budget."
Cost Effective Technologies sets the new standard in IT services. A subsidiary of Nebraska-based Nelnet, which has been providing technology-driven business process outsourcing solutions for more than 30 years, CET is a leading provider of private, secure, and affordable web-based computing platforms for small and mid-sized organizations. CET not only provides enterprise-level support for existing computer networks, but--unlike any other organization--it also provides a flexible, efficient, and secure cloud computing platform that is stocked with a comprehensive suite of business applications that are accessed over the Internet. CET's cloud computing solution is easy to use and reduces the need for expensive hardware, software, installation, and support. For more information, visit http://www.gocetech.com.
Source: Cost Effective Technologies
CONTACT: Media, Hannah Smitterberg, 1-877-770-8178 ext. 202, or Sales,
Tom Nielsen 1-877-770-8178 ext. 201, both for Cost Effective Technologies
OXFORD, Mich., April 20 -- Just in time for Earth Day, PC Treasures, in partnership with Digital Works Australia Pty. Ltd., is very pleased to introduce to North American consumers the ReZap Battery Engineer, an innovative, exciting and earth-friendly battery recharger that adds life to all sizes of standard batteries. Designed and manufactured by Digital Works, the Battery Engineer utilizes intelligent microprocessors and software that regulate the charging process allowing consumers to safely recharge their standard, previously non-rechargeable batteries up to 10 times.
In addition to charging standard batteries, the Battery Engineer also charges rechargeable batteries and includes a battery tester to inform the consumer of the charge level of any battery. The sophisticated design makes charging batteries foolproof since up to four multiple-sized batteries (AAAA, AAA, AA, C, D, 9 Volt, and lantern batteries), can be charged simultaneously. It is the first charger of its kind to fully and automatically detect the different types of batteries that have been inserted into it and proceed to use the correct charging algorithm to handle the custom recharge of each battery individually. No buttons or switches to set, thereby eliminating charging errors.
Brian Austin, the President of PC Treasures states, "Most people are surprised to learn that they can recharge standard alkaline batteries. With the ReZap Battery Engineer, not only can you recharge them, but you can do so in an entirely safe manner. The Battery Engineer is a great way to help the environment and save a great deal of money on reduced battery purchases."
PC Treasures is introducing the Battery Engineer to North American retailers and it will be available in May 2010 for a suggested retail-selling price of $59.95.
ABOUT PC TREASURES, INC
Since 1998, Oxford, Michigan-based PC Treasures has been the leading provider of award-winning OEM software bundles to computer system builders and resellers throughout North America. The company has recently significantly expanded its product offering to include a wide variety of consumer-focused digital entertainment products, PC and netbook accessory items, and the ReZap line of battery and portable power solutions. PC Treasures' various product offerings can be purchased at leading brick-and-mortar and web electronics retailers throughout North America. For more information visit http://www.pctreasures.com.
Expectant Moms Enjoy a Comfortable, Healthy, Musical Workout Using the Ritmo Advanced Pregnancy Sound System(TM): New Study Confirms Exercise During Pregnancy Impacts Baby's Future Health
COLUMBIA, S.C., April 20 -- Nuvo Group, USA -- The new Ritmo Advanced Pregnancy Sound System(TM) is giving pregnant women around the globe the comprehensive fitness solution that they have been looking for -- a comfortable and supportive pregnancy belt that provides a hands-free music listening experience for both mom and baby.
There is more proof than ever that exercising during pregnancy is a win-win for mom and baby. The findings of a recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, show that mothers who partake in light exercise throughout pregnancy can actually lower their baby's risk of obesity later in life. (complete study information found at http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/jc.2009-2255v1)
This new data, along with anecdotal information that exercise leads to shorter labor and an easier recovery, is driving more pregnant women than ever to take part in fitness activities. This month's Fit Pregnancy features Ritmo as a "Registry Essential" for physically active moms-to-be.
"I have been using Ritmo for about two months and love it. It is easy to use and awesome for working out. Just put it on, insert your iPod and go! You can control the sound with different volumes for you and the baby," says Jeri Moran, a working mother of 2 boys under age 3 and a girl on the way.
Not only is Ritmo's soft fabric belt lightweight, elasticized, supportive, washable and irritation-free, but its state-of-the-art speaker system and controller/stabilizer easily connects to your own audio device to transmit music and sound safely in-utero.
When mom and baby listen to music together, their connection is enhanced. During exercise, endorphins -- a natural chemical that makes us feel good and happy -- are released. And when mom is relaxed and happy, then baby is too.
Pregnant women love how easily Ritmo fits into an active lifestyle. Whether practicing yoga, exercising, walking the dog, working or simply relaxing, "It doesn't move around while working out and is so comfortable," says Ms. Moran. While mom moves and grooves to her favorite tunes she is sharing the endorphins with her developing baby.
Safety is of the utmost importance at Nuvo. Ritmo was developed under the guidance of world-renowned experts in acoustics, resulting in Nuvo's Safe & Sound technology. Ritmo also meets the stringent safety standards of the CE & FCC.
Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Academy of Sports Medicine support exercise during pregnancy as long as the pregnant woman feels comfortable.
Post-pregnancy, Ritmo continues to adapt to children's changing environments and needs, with applications for the crib, stroller and toys...all coming soon.
Founded in 2006 by Oren Oz, Nuvo Group, Inc., is comprised of full-time parents, who also happen to be internationally recognized engineers, award-winning designers, and entrepreneurs. Nuvo creates and manufactures innovative developmental products that are designed to create shared experiences between parents and their children. Acclaimed for using imaginative designs, cutting-edge technologies, and advanced materials, Nuvo Group's solutions address the needs and lifestyles of modern parents and their kids.
In the case of Ritmo, experts in the fields of acoustics and bio-medicine developed its technology, based on hundreds of third party research papers and studies.
Source: Nuvo Group
CONTACT: West Coast: Peggy Cramer Jara, +1-510-333-1160,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or East Coast: Marlene Lewis, +1-973-337-5179,
System Planning Corporation Awarded Multiple Patents for its GlobalTrak(R) Container Security System
ARLINGTON, Va., April 20 -- System Planning Corporation (SPC) today announced the award of its fourth container security patent for its pioneering container tracking and monitoring technology, GlobalTrak®. GlobalTrak's formidable intellectual property portfolio describes and protects the most advanced container monitoring solution in the market.
The latest patent, US 7,702,358, granted April 20, 2010, describes a wireless ad hoc mesh networking system between supply chain cargo containers equipped with GlobalTrak units. The mesh networking system creates an alternate communications path for sensor and location reports for those GlobalTrak units unable to achieve their own cell or satellite communications connectivity. Successful communications are achieved through a series of relay links using a dynamically formed, short range wireless interface to a unit that does have connectivity.
SPC's original GlobalTrak patent, US 7,098,784, granted Aug. 29, 2006, has been amplified by a new patent, US 7,649,455, granted January 19, 2010. This patent includes the use of integrated RFID readers, eSeals, and container based mobile warehouse inventory management. These two US patents describe any container security device attached to a conveyance and including a least one sensor, a processor to manipulate data, and a wireless communications channel to the outside world. The 12 claims of the new patent are considered a continuation of the 25 claims of the 2006 patent.
On November 24, 2009, SPC was granted patent US 7,623,029 B2, for tracking shipping containers designated as a specific group with unique container addresses in a single lot designation via short range communications between GlobalTrak units. In addition to regular tracking and monitoring information, this "flock" algorithm allows any container in the lot to report the presence or absence of other containers in the group, a "self-aware" management strategy for multi-unit lots, GlobalTrak CEO Richard C. Meyers explained.
In 2009 SPC licensed the Powers Secured® International Authorized Agent Chain-of-Custody patent for use in the GlobalTrak products. This significant patent buttresses the SPC portfolio by incorporating a type of "registered mail" or access control system concept to the GlobalTrak system. It is essential in applications where the "who" in container security is critical.
Using the GlobalTrak system gives shippers a security and business automation tool that provides operational intelligence for decision support, facilitating supply chain management. On a single multi-service platform, the system offers users fixed or mobile asset status monitoring, layered asset security, in-transit cargo location reporting, chain of custody authentication, cargo condition monitoring, and mobile inventory management. GlobalTrak integrates GPS-tracking with active or passive RFID tagged cargo to form a mobile warehouse.
GlobalTrak's network center, the online Information Management Bureau (IMB), integrates shipment transit data with electronic shipping documents such as BOLs and packing lists into a single envelope of information for each container shipment. Trading partner collaboration is facilitated through secure, shipper-controlled IMB value networks where business documents such as invoices and inventories can be shared and updated. For instance, missing and hard-to-get information for the U.S. Importer Security Filing can be completed by consolidators and third party logistics providers on an electronic version of the ISF for use by a broker. The IMB can publish pre-loaded and updated invoices to shipper customers based upon shipper-set triggers such as destination geozones or Authorized Agent stripping.
My e911(TM) Brings Personal E911 Protection to Smartphone Users While Improving Campus Security
Downloadable App from RedSky provides smartphone users with accurate 9-1-1 call routing; emergency notification to campus and corporate security
SAN ANTONIO, April 20 -- RedSky Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of automated E911 solutions to the enterprise, announced today the launch of My e911(TM), a downloadable smartphone application that provides personalized E911 protection while improving security on college and corporate campuses. The announcement was made today at the 2010 Annual Conference of ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.
In the event of an emergency, smartphone users with My e911(TM) can dial 9-1-1 with confidence knowing their call and location information will be routed to the proper public safety answering point (PSAP) for fast response from police, fire and ambulance. At the same time the 9-1-1 call is routed, My e911(TM) notifies campus or corporate security with a Google map pinpointing the exact location of the caller to speed on-site emergency response. Smartphone users with My e911(TM) also can set up personal emergency contacts to receive the same notification in the event of a 9-1-1 call.
"Many colleges and enterprises have students and employees who rely on smartphones for their communications and this creates a real campus safety issue in the event of an emergency," says Nick Maier, RedSky's Senior Vice President. "My e911(TM) helps campus security teams manage emergency response to smartphone users who dial 9-1-1 when on campus."
The downloadable My e911(TM) application can be preconfigured by college and enterprise IT or security organizations to make campus security the default entity to be notified of all 9-1-1 calls. My e911(TM) can then be distributed to smartphone users via college or corporate Web portals. An easy-to-use mobile Web interface helps smartphone users create their personal emergency contact notification list.
My e911(TM) captures "best available" location information when a 9-1-1 call is placed using a priority hierarchy of GPS, then WiFi, then cell towers. The application continues to poll for new location information while the 9-1-1 call is underway to constantly improve the precision of the location data. If the smartphone user is on the campus WiFi network when placing an emergency call, My e911(TM) communicates with RedSky's E911 Manager(TM) to poll the WiFi network and determine the precise location coordinates of the caller. The software can continue to track callers who may be moving or running in an emergency.
My e911(TM) is designed to be integrated into existing campus or enterprise application delivery platforms and is compatible with the leading smartphone operating systems including Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and Google Android. When combined with E911 Manager(TM) and any of the leading WiFi networks, My e911(TM) becomes an important component of an integrated location and security management strategy.
RedSky is the leading provider of E911 software solutions to the enterprise market with more customers, more technology, and more experience than any other provider. Hundreds of customers, including 50 Fortune 500® companies and dozens of major universities, colleges and school districts, use RedSky's software to automate their E911 processes and provide real-time location notification of 9-1-1 callers. RedSky provides a full suite of software solutions, hosted services and professional services to help large and small organizations of all types capture, manage and deliver the detailed location information necessary to provide effective 9-1-1 emergency response and other location-based services. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, RedSky has partnerships with other leaders in the telecommunications and 9-1-1 industries to help shape 9-1-1 policy, leverage emerging technology, and comply with evolving regulatory requirements. For more information, visit http://www.redskyE911.com.
Source: RedSky Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: Dave Wallinga of RedSky, +1-312-829-8383, ext. 26,
Lights, Camera, Take Action: 'Life...supplemented' Video Contest Challenges Americans to Be the Star of Their Own Health Reality
-- One Grand Prize Winner Will Receive $10,000 in Cash and Prizes Toward a Year of Wellness --
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- "Life...supplemented" is motivating Americans to become the directors of their own health this year. The consumer wellness initiative, which focuses on the three pillars of health (healthy diet + vitamins and other supplements + regular exercise), announces today its third online promotion, the Year of Wellness Video Contest, as part of its ongoing America's Wellness Challenge. The contest offers Americans a chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes toward their own "year of wellness."
Video entries from individuals are being accepted now through May 17, 2010 on http://www.lifesupplemented.org/video_contest. Entries will be judged on clarity of expression, relevance to topic and creativity/originality. One grand prize winner will win a Year of Wellness valued at $10,000 - including consultation sessions with a registered dietitian, life coach, and personal trainer and a year's supply of vitamins and other supplements--plus a $5,000 cash prize to help his or her wellness dream come true.
2) Then, take My Wellness Scorecard, a fast, fun and free online quiz to assess your wellness according to the three pillars of health. Entrants are categorized on a wellness scale from "AlphaWELL" to "OhWELL" and receive personalized tips on how to improve their wellness score.
3) Finally, upload a video based on this scenario: if you were given a registered dietitian, life coach and personal trainer to help you stay on track in the three pillars of health (healthy diet + vitamins and other supplements + regular exercise), how would you use an extra $5,000 to further improve your wellness?
David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Optimal Life Foods, advocates for the three pillars of health to maintain a healthy lifestyle. "For most people, getting started is often the hardest part of healthy living," says Mr. Grotto. "But it's also important to consider a health regimen that you can live with. You want to envision a healthier lifestyle for the long- term by taking small steps today."
In addition, the "Life...supplemented" campaign urges consumers to talk with their healthcare practitioners about staying healthy and to participate in online social networks that focus on wellness - so your health is top-of-mind. Consumers can receive motivational health tips and updates about "Life...supplemented" and America's Wellness Challenge via Twitter (@wannaBwell) and Facebook. For more information on the three pillars of health and to enter the contest, visit http://www.lifesupplemented.org.
No purchase necessary. See official rules for more information.
About "Life...supplemented": "Life... supplemented" is a consumer wellness campaign dedicated to driving awareness about the mainstream use of dietary supplements as an integral part of a proactive personal wellness regimen that combines healthy diet, supplements and exercise. The campaign is managed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association for the dietary supplement industry, under its affiliated 501(c) (3), the CRN Foundation. The dietary supplement category includes products such as vitamins, minerals, botanicals, sports nutrition, weight management and specialty supplements. More than 150 million Americans use these products each year to promote and maintain good health. Find out more about AlphaWELLS, WELLS, WannabeWELLS and OhWELLS by clicking on My Wellness Scorecard at http://www.lifesupplemented.org.
CONTACT: Erin Hlasney of CRN, +1-202-204-7684, email@example.com; or
Kelly Bucher Sakalas of CRT/tanaka, +1-757-640-1982 x28,
Flatirons Solutions Announces Partnership With FatWire Software for Web Experience Management
BOULDER, Colo., April 20 -- Flatirons Solutions Corporation today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with FatWire Software, a leading provider of Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions for enterprise clients across industries, as well as government agencies. The partnership will allow FatWire Software and Flatirons Solutions to jointly deliver leading edge WEM solutions for customers looking to create a personalized, interactive and engaging web experience.
As part of the agreement Flatirons Solutions will be able to supply FatWire customers with full lifecycle services that include content strategy, system design and implementation, business readiness, and change management. Flatirons Solutions Chief Technical Officer Eric Severson noted that the combination of FatWire technologies and Flatirons professional services is a powerful one. "Today the web is at the center of nearly everything we do. This partnership allows Flatirons and FatWire to optimize the web solutions we offer to our joint customers, to help them achieve their business goals. It's a great fit."
FatWire provides solutions that enable organizations to manage their web presence to drive interactive marketing success. "Flatirons has deep knowledge of the leading Enterprise Content Management solutions, and can help optimize the ways in which FatWire integrates with them in a customer's enterprise environment," said Ken Delaney, Senior Vice President of North American Sales for FatWire. "The combination of FatWire technologies and Flatiron services can enable customers to develop interactive solutions specifically designed for their needs."
"EMC has been working with system integrators like Flatirons Solutions to create and deliver business consulting and technology services for customers looking for Web Experience Management solutions," said Mark Arbour, Vice President of Product Management, Content Management and Archiving Division at EMC. "Flatirons is a long-time partner and a skilled implementer of EMC solutions including EMC Documentum Brand Management, EMC Document Sciences for customer communications management and the new Documentum Web Experience Management Solution by FatWire. The FatWire and Flatirons Solutions relationship is a winning combination for customers looking to significantly improve their online marketing."
ABOUT FLATIRONS SOLUTIONS
Flatirons Solutions provides strategic consulting, engineering, and program management services to commercial and government clients. Flatirons Solutions specializes in architecting and delivering leading edge content technology solutions that leverage best of breed platforms for web experience management, XML-based publishing, digital asset management, enterprise marketing, and social media. Flatirons Solutions also engineers mission-critical systems for government agencies. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and with offices in Washington, DC and Texas, Flatirons Solutions delivers its services to clients worldwide. For more information visit Flatirons Solutions on the web at http://www.FlatironsSolutions.com.
ABOUT FATWIRE SOFTWARE
FatWire Software provides Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions that power the web presence for some of the world's largest organizations and most trusted global brands. FatWire's technologies provide the platform for organizations to deliver an engaging web experience, with tools that are easy to use and built to scale. With FatWire enterprises can use the web to drive revenue, customer loyalty and business efficiencies. Headquartered in Mineola, New York, FatWire serves more than 500 customers in industries including financial services, media, technology, manufacturing, public sector, retail, healthcare, and more, from offices in 10 countries.
Source: Flatirons Solutions Corporation
CONTACT: Patrick Dawson of Flatirons Solutions Corporation,
OPEX Releases New Document Capture Platform with Integrated Extraction
MOORESTOWN, N.J., April 20 -- OPEX Corporation announced the release of its next generation AS-series scanner - the AS7200 - the world's most efficient out-of-the-envelope scanning platform. The successor to the AS3690 high-speed production scanner, the AS7200 operator can open, extract, capture, process in-line, print an audit trail, and sort mail contents without a separate prep process.
The AS7200 sets a new standard for scanning excellence with its all-new imager and improved feeder. It can perform in-line recognition of barcodes, optical character recognition (OCR), optical mark-sense recognition (OMR), magnetic ink character recognition (MICR), and document type classification. When equipped with VRS Technology, a variety of additional optimizations can be performed in-line, including content-based rotation, background smoothing, and more. These new features provide unmatched image quality, recognition, and cleanup at full-speed, full-color, and full-resolution.
"We are excited to announce the latest addition to our AS-series of scanners," said Mark Smith, Director of Product Planning for OPEX Corporation. "The AS7200 takes the proven technology of the AS3690 and advances it with additional features, higher image quality, and improved reliability. With these new and exciting features, plus 300 dpi native capture, we anticipate that the AS7200 will set the standard as the premier document imaging solution for remittance and forms processing applications - including service bureaus, insurance companies, healthcare providers, and many more."
Whether integrated into an OPEX Rapid Extraction Desk (AS7200i) or used as a standalone universal capture platform (AS7200t), the AS7200 greatly reduces prep, paper handling, post-processing labor, and other costly tasks involved in a conventional scanning process. This not only improves efficiency, but results in superior transactional integrity. As documents are removed from envelopes and scanned in one step, operators can view each image to ensure it is properly captured and identified. This reduces time-consuming and costly re-scanning later in the process. The AS7200 is able to scan a wide range of irregular, folded, and damaged media without the need for careful stacking, jogging, or document repair.
Other notable features include improved reliability, all-new feeder which utilizes OPEX's exclusive drop-feed technology, packet feed and auto feed capabilities, enhanced OPEX CertainScan Capture Software, and scanning documents up to 12.25" x 18.25" and A3.
The AS7200 made its public debut today at AIIM's International Expo and Conference, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
About OPEX Corporation
OPEX Corporation is a recognized global technology leader in document imaging and high-speed mailroom automation. Since 1973, OPEX systems have provided performance enhancing workflow solutions and cost-effective results to thousands of organizations worldwide. Today, OPEX systems are installed in financial services, healthcare, government, non-profit, utility, service bureau, insurance, telecommunications, and university/educational marketplaces around the world. For more information visit, http://www.opex.com.
Contact: Laura Harper
Source: OPEX Corporation
CONTACT: Laura Harper, +1-856-727-1100, firstname.lastname@example.org
AT&T Interactive Opens buzz.com Beta to the Public
Newest Local Search Experience from AT&T Interactive Helps Consumers Have Conversations around Local Favorites
GLENDALE, Calif., April 20 -- Do you have a new favorite restaurant you'd love to recommend to your friends? Or maybe you need a recommendation for a new dentist? Today, there's a new option for sharing local tips with your friends - buzz.com from AT&T Interactive. Buzz.com is opening its early-access beta program to the public today, after an invite-only period.
Social networks have become a central part of many people's lives. According to Nielsen(i), in 2009, 82 percent more time was spent on social networking sites than in 2008. Buzz.com lets users tap those growing social networks - starting with their friends on Facebook - to discover, share and store recommendations for great local businesses. That means there's no need to build a new community of friends or sift through rants and raves from strangers. Instead, buzz.com offers users a personalized version of local search, based on the recommendations of people they know and trust.
"We recognize that people are already having conversations online about the best places to go and businesses to call. Buzz.com makes it even easier to discover the businesses your friends recommend," said buzz.com General Manager Charles Hornberger. "Although the site is still in beta, we're very excited to open it up to anyone who wants to see how we're approaching 'social search' for the local marketplace."
Sharing and finding local favorites on buzz.com is easy:
-- Favorite: "Heart" your faves - whether it's a restaurant, plumber or
golf course - to build a personal list of favorites. Add a 160
character comment and tags so that friends know exactly why you love
it. Think of it as social bookmarking for your local world.
-- Search: On buzz.com, search is personal. When you search for local
businesses, services or places, you immediately see how many of your
friends, friends of friends, and the entire buzz.com network have
faved each spot. It's a source of trusted recommendations that may
become your new personal favorites.
-- Ask and Answer: Start a conversation with friends on buzz.com or the
social network that you already socialize with them on - by asking a
question. Whether they answer on buzz.com or on your Facebook Wall,
you can read, reply with a question or comment, and revisit the
recommendations later. Reciprocate by answering friends' questions,
"We've developed buzz.com with a strong foundation influenced by AT&T Interactive's leadership and success in local search," said David Krantz, president and CEO of AT&T Interactive. "By offering buzz.com alongside our other local search properties like YP.COM, we create opportunity to reach a broader - and growing user segment that relies on their community to make decisions. For favorited businesses, it means immediate recognition of a loyal customer and positive exposure among a network of friends."
Buzz.com is accessible at m.buzz.com on select smart phones so users can access friends' favorites while on the go. Users can expect additional mobile options as the buzz.com team taps AT&T mobile app development capabilities through the recent Plusmo acquisition.
At its core, buzz.com leverages the same foundational assets that YP.COM uses to connect millions of users and businesses. Over 21 million business listings, AT&T mobile assets, local business advertiser insight and 5,000+ local market sales counselors contribute to AT&T Interactive's footprint in the local search industry - and commitment to evolving the experience for consumers and advertisers.
Ready to start buzzing? Simply register on buzz.com and you're in. Join other buzz.com users and keep up with feature updates by following "buzzdotcom" on Facebook and Twitter.
(i) Nielsenwire, "Led by Facebook, Twitter, Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites up 82% Year over Year," Jan. 22, 2010
About AT&T Interactive
AT&T Interactive, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc, is an industry leader in creating local search products and services that encourage consumers to discover local and engage with businesses across the devices and interactive platforms they use most - including online, mobile, and TV. AT&T Interactive's publisher network offers extended distribution to up to 54 million monthly unique visitors.*
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.
Capcom(R) Reveals Blockbuster Titles for 2011, Other New Details Hot on Heels of Captivate 2010 Showcase in Hawaii
Marvel(R) vs. Capcom(R) 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Okamiden(TM), Dead Rising(R) 2 and Bionic Commando(R) Rearmed 2, Lead Powerful Lineup of Upcoming Titles
SAN MATEO, Calif., April 20 -- Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced three blockbuster titles for 2011, including the long-awaited Marvel® vs. Capcom® 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Okamiden(TM) and Bionic Commando® Rearmed 2. Media from around the world converged in Hawaii to attend Capcom's yearly showcase, dubbed Captivate 2010, to get an early look at all the new titles and new content, including:
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds: After a decade of waiting, iconic Marvel and Capcom characters join forces again in a re-envisioned team fighting game for a new generation. Fill the shoes of legendary characters from the most beloved franchises in entertainment as you battle in a comic book brought to life powered by Capcom's MT Framework. Get set for the ultimate faceoff when Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds hits PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in spring 2011.
Okamiden: Taking place many months after the events of Okami®, Okamiden follows the adventures of Chibiterasu - a young sun god who is summoned to protect and restore the land. Armed with a majestic celestial brush and a vibrant cast of partners with unique powers and abilities, this little god is ready to make its mark on the world. Okamiden is headed to the Nintendo DS(TM) in 2011.
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2: Nathan Spencer returns as a daring, elite soldier equipped with special bionic abilities. In the sequel to 2008's retro-flavored sidescroller, Spencer will have to face his greatest challenge yet as General Sabio, a new technologically sophisticated foe, is on the brink of launching a deadly missile attack. In addition to his trademark bionic grappling hook used to traverse lush new environments, Nathan Spencer has upgraded his abilities to include the much requested jump move. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is headed to Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation®Store in Q1 2011.
Sengoku BASARA(TM): Samurai Heroes: The producer of Devil May Cry 4, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, brings you the next evolution in the BASARA series on PlayStation 3 and Wii(TM) with Sengoku BASARA(TM): Samurai Heroes launching in Fall 2010. In a fun, action-packed and accessible title set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, Sengoku BASARA: Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way to the climatic battle of "Sekigahara." Players will master the fist fights, swords, spears, bows, and guns of more than a dozen fierce samurai warriors in battles against hundreds of opponents. On their journey to the final battle, unleash powerful and spectacular Basara moves or make use of the boost mode to decimate as many enemies as possible in battles that will become more and more challenging throughout the game.
Ghost Trick(TM) Phantom Detective: First announced for Japan at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, Ghost Trick(TM) Phantom Detective is now confirmed for release in Europe and North America. Created by the original director of the Ace Attorney franchise, Ghost Trick(TM) Phantom Detective introduces, Sissel, a murder victim who becomes a ghost and gains a special power to posses and manipulate objects. His one problem -- he's lost all of his memories! He uses his newfound powers to get to the bottom of his suspicious demise while changing the fate of many. Ghost Trick(TM) Phantom Detective is headed to the Nintendo DS this Winter .
Dead Rising® 2 Prologue: Compelling content being released exclusively on Xbox LIVE ahead of the game's launch, Dead Rising 2®: Case Zero will give fans the full experience while introducing the player to the new and much anticipated elements that will unfold in Dead Rising 2. Dead Rising 2: Case Zero will introduce new protagonist Chuck Greene as he and his daughter find themselves caught in the desert town of Small Creek which has been overrun with zombies. Set two years after the Wilammete incident and three before the action of Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO will give players a taste of the gameplay they will experience in Dead Rising 2 as they mow down zombies in masses, create combo weapons and rescue survivors .
Dead Rising 2 Co-op: Co-op play is coming to the Dead Rising universe for the first time as players can invite their friends to partner up with them at any time to take on the zombie massacre when Dead Rising 2 hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC in North America on August 31.
Super Street Fighter® IV Tournament Mode DLC: The ultimate Street Fighter® experience gets even more intense with the Tournament Mode DLC. Compete online with top players from around the world and fight for control of persistent championship titles that prove you're the best in the world. Look for this free Super Street Fighter IV add-on content for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 15, 2010. New downloadable costume packs will also be available at launch on April 27, 2010 for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The first pack called the Super Challengers 1 Pack will feature costumes for Hakan, Makoto, Guy, Dudley and Dee Jay.
Lost Planet® 2 DLC: Expanding on the 16-player multiplayer of Lost Planet 2, Map Pack #1 includes new maps available for download from Xbox LIVE and PlayStation®Network. Due out to coincide with the May 11th launch, Helix and Back to the Island bring the explosive multiplayer versus combat to new environments from an underwater mining facility to an island with wide open spaces and compact interiors.
MotoGP(TM) 09/10 DLC: New to the 2010 season of the MotoGP, Silverstone Circuit will be included as part of the first free update to MotoGP 09/10. Released on March 23, MotoGP 09/10 includes all the tracks and racers from the 2009 season with downloadable updates to the tracks, riders, teams and liveries for the 2010 season available as the season unfolds providing the most up to date MotoGP experience than ever before.
For more information on all these titles, including screens, art, logos, gameplay video and trailers please visit http://press.capcom.com/.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site, http://www.capcom.com.
ShambroWest Corporation Launches the First-Ever Worldwide Broadband Cable Television Network, Genos(TM)
Pay for only the television channels that you want - GenosTV(TM); create your own television station for free - TvME(TM); 1,000,000+ hour DVR in a virtual living room - CloudDVR(TM)
LAS VEGAS, April 20 -- Today ShambroWest Corporation announces the forthcoming creation of Genos(TM) Broadband Television - GenosTV(TM).
GenosTV(TM) seeks to provide to its worldwide subscribers every cable and network channel in every language available worldwide. GenosTV(TM) subscribers will be able to design and build their own channel line-up and only pay for the channels they actually want, rather than having to pay for bundles of material they neither want nor need. GenosTV(TM) will provide a direct link between content providers and their audience whether the content comes from major production houses or from GenosTV(TM) community members themselves.
Using a feature called TvME(TM), GenosTV(TM) subscribers will be able to create and distribute their own television channels, sharing them either with a small circle of friends, a broader interest-based group or the entire GenosTV(TM) community.
With CloudDVR(TM), the Genos(TM) network will provide online storage of up to 180 days for every channel on the service, making a multi-million-hour DVR available to members with active subscriptions to the content. CloudDVR(TM) will also store non-channel content including material created by subscribers, movies in multiple languages from both mainstream and independent producers along with other free and pay-to-view content.
The Genos(TM) network is currently seeking and evaluating technology partners with hardware, software and networking solutions. GenosTV(TM) is seeking to license content from providers in every language and every geography around the world.
"One World, One Box"(TM) - get the Genos(TM) box, connect to the GenosTV(TM) service, choose your language, pick your channels, thank the box!
Genos(TM) is a subsidiary of the ShambroWest Corporation, with offices in Las Vegas and Amsterdam. It was founded by Rob Shambro, serial entrepreneur and a founder of SAVVIS, STREAMSEARCH and ILABS; Mike West, subject matter expert in consumer electronics and former technical leader at IBM; and Kevin Bachus, a creator of the Microsoft XBOX.
ShambroWest Corporation has its headquarters in Las Vegas, NV and is being incubated by Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal. Genos(TM) and ShambroWest Corporation have recently opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam and are seeking an Asian headquarters location.
Instantly Deploy High Definition Personal Video Conferencing Anywhere in the World
CAMBERLEY, England, April 20, 2010--
- Stay Connected With Your Colleagues Wherever They are by
Deploying Videocall's High Definition Personal Telepresence Service.
Videocall, a leading telepresence and video collaboration
managed services provider, today announced that its high definition desktop
telepresence service, MyPresence is helping organisations beat the Icelandic
volcano eruption, which has closed airspace across Europe, by letting key
personnel stay in touch wherever they are.
Organisations using MyPresence are able to remain productive
even when employees are unable to make it to the office. Accessed via an
Internet portal and delivering high definition quality video communication
anywhere in the world, even using unreliable Internet connections such as
mobile 3G networks, MyPresence ensures that organisations are able to remain
in constant contact with their employees, customers, suppliers and partners
regardless of their location.
With scalability built in organisations are able to instantly
switch on and scale up their MyPresence usage by extending licences to anyone
who requires them. Since MyPresence is a service it requires no capital
expenditure and the low licence cost ensures that the payback period is days
or weeks rather than months.
Rob Portwood, Videocall's Chief Executive Commented: "With
European airspace closed organisations of all sizes are finding it tough to
stay in touch with stranded employees. MyPresence ensures that even in
situations such as these organisations can stay in touch with their people
and stay productive."
To find out how MyPresence can help your business overcome the
challenges associated with business continuity planning and empower your
employees by letting them connect in high definition video to their
colleagues, customers, suppliers and partners contact Videocall.
Videocall's MyPresence service delivers high definition, personal
telepresence video communication from your computer. The subscription-based
service can be accessed from anywhere in the world via a simple and intuitive
Internet portal. Based on the new scalable video coding standard, MyPresence
was designed for the dynamic requirements of today's public IP and converged
corporate networks and provides a reliable and robust service. The ability to
connect tele-workers to their office-based colleagues, guest participants and
legacy video conferencing equipment means that MyPresence delivers
significant cost and efficiency savings without any capital expenditure.
Videocall is a leading telepresence and video collaboration managed
services provider for global businesses. Videocall provides bespoke solutions
including personal and immersive telepresence, high definition and
traditional videoconferencing, together with a world-class managed service
that delivers measurable business value to our customers.
ViVOtech and Taggo Partner to Enable Retailers a Simple Way to Offer Mobile Convenience to Customers and One-Step Enrollment to Loyalty Membership Programs
ViVOtech products to Support Taggo Membership Card Aggregator and Storefront Service
SINGAPORE, April 20 -- ViVOtech, the leader in Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payments, loyalty and marketing applications and contactless readers, announced today that its loyalty, coupon, and prepaid software platform, and its ViVOpay 8000 series consumer payment devices will support Taggo's membership card aggregator and storefront service.
Customers can add many different types of card programs to their Taggo account, for memberships, loyalty, prepaid top-ups, gyms, golf, condo access, etc. Customers join programs through Taggo's SMS and web storefront, using a patent-pending one-step enrollment process that eliminates the need for membership forms. Taggo is marketed to retailers and other organizations through Value Added Resellers (VARs) that are leading providers of loyalty, membership, gift and prepaid card products and services. Thanks to the partnership announced today, Taggo VARs can now use ViVOtech products to create new mobile marketing services for retailers.
A new generation of consumer facing payment acceptance devices, ViVOpay 8000 series, are equipped with a powerful ARM processor, Linux operating system, integrated contactless NFC and mag-stripe readers, secured PCI 2.1 pin pads, and high-capacity memory. While providing a full control to consumers in making payments, ViVOpay 8000 products also feature built-in intelligent mLoyalty client software, enabling merchants to offer exciting new mobile marketing and loyalty programs to customers that have a Taggo account and a Taggo contactless sticker on their phone or in their wallet. The ViVOpay 8800 features a wide capacitive touch screen, high contrast 24-bit color screen showing up to 16 million colors in HD format with signature capture. The ViVOpay 8600 features a monochrome display providing a cost effective touch screen with optional signature capture. The ViVOpay 8100 with 2-line display is designed to be the most cost effective contactless/NFC pin pad device for wide variety of merchants. All three of these products accept payments and loyalty information from mag-stripe and contactless cards, RF tags or stickers, as well as NFC-enabled mobile phones.
ViVOplatform provides the software server solutions to support gift, prepaid, loyalty, coupon and promotion applications on an integrated platform that can be hosted in-store or as a service for multi-merchant configurations with customized programs for each merchant. Contactless gift, credit, and loyalty card programs, when combined with promotional programs, engage customers to spend more per visit and to be more loyal to the merchant. ViVOplatform can also be used in conjunction with existing loyalty and gift systems that service providers already provide to merchants, requiring minimal change to complement and strengthen existing loyalty, gift, and promotion capabilities.
ViVOtech's consumer payment devices and loyalty and prepaid software platform, combined with Taggo's one-step enrollment and membership storefront service, create a complete solution for companies that want to quickly and easily offer mobile marketing services to retailers and other organizations.
"The mobile revolution is gaining momentum and retailers need to be equipped with solutions that will allow them to deliver personalized and real time services to their customers," said Mohammad Khan, ViVOtech's president and founder. "Taggo and ViVOtech together help remove the barriers to entry for retailers to adopt mobile loyalty, marketing, and payment programs."
"Retailers need a wide selection of loyalty, prepaid and mobile marketing solutions to choose from," says Aneace Haddad, founder and CEO of Taggo. "Our partnership with ViVOtech makes it easier for CRM, POS, loyalty and prepaid solution providers to quickly add contactless enabled mobile services to their offering."
ViVOtech (http://www.vivotech.com) is the leading end-to-end enabler of next-generation mobile payments, loyalty and marketing solutions. ViVOtech provides mobile payment solutions, mobile marketing and loyalty applications software for existing as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled mobile handsets, Over-The-Air (OTA) provisioning infrastructure software, NFC smart posters and contactless terminals. ViVOtech's products are used by most prominent retailers all over the globe; the company has shipped over 660,000 contactless and NFC payment terminals to more than 35 countries. In 2009, ViVOtech received the prestigious Frost and Sullivan North American Smart Cards Product Line Strategy of the Year Award. In 2010, ViVOtech won 2010 Mobility Award for its NFC mobile ViVOwallet software. ViVOtech's investors include Citi, First Data Corporation, Motorola Ventures, NCR and Nokia Growth Partners.
Taggo (http://www.my-taggo.com) provides a convenient and affordable way to use a mobile phone to replace plastic membership, loyalty and prepaid cards. Customers no longer need to carry as many cards in their wallets, and can join new programs and services with a simple text message, without the hassle of filling out forms. Retailers and other organizations can sign new customers easier, at lower cost, and can achieve higher usage than with plastic cards that tend to be left at home. Taggo's patent-pending technology works with all mobile phones and carriers. Leading providers of membership, loyalty, gift and prepaid cards market Taggo as a feature of their products and services.
CONTACT: Kristin Miller of SS|PR, +1 719 634 8292, email@example.com, for
ViVOtech; or Sally Xiao of Taggo, firstname.lastname@example.org
McGraw-Hill Professional Launches Essentials Custom e-Books for Business Professionals
NEW YORK, April 20 -- McGraw-Hill Professional today announced the introduction of Essentials(TM), a line of custom e-Books covering vital business topics written by acclaimed experts. Selected Essentials are now available exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Store (http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore) and the Barnes&Noble.com eBookstore (http://www.bn.com/ebooks).
Designed specifically for time-pressed business professionals, each Essentials is 50 to 100 pages in length and provides readers with concise and timely information on building and enhancing critical business skills in areas including leadership, communication, presentation skills, customer service, management, and more. The e-Books are from leading McGraw-Hill authors, on the subjects readers seek most from them.
The first Essentials exclusive to Amazon are a trio from best-selling author Leil Lowndes: Appear Confident and Charismatic, Look Like a VIP, How To Win Anyone Over, as well as The Anywhere Customer by Emily Nagle Green, CEO of The Yankee Group.
The first Essentials exclusive to BN.COM are Global Business Etiquette: The BRIC Countries by Terri Morrison, The Little e-Book of Presentation Tips by Granville Toogood, and Obama Presence by Shelly Leanne. New Essentials titles will be released throughout the year to both retailers.
"We hear from Kindle readers that the portability of Kindle makes it ideal for travel or commuting," said Melissa Kirmayer, Director, Kindle Content. "Essentials is a great way for our business readers to get relevant information on-the-go, all ready to download in under 60 seconds and available to be read on a wide range of devices using the free Kindle Reading Apps."
"We are always looking for new and innovative digital content to add to the Barnes & Noble eBookstore and are excited to partner with McGraw-Hill on Essentials," said Liz Scheier, editorial director of digital content for BN.com. "Essentials is great for the on-the-go business professional who is looking for concise, informative information anytime, anywhere in the format they choose. Our customers can now access this exclusive content on nook(TM), the Barnes & Noble eBook reader, as well other devices including the iPhone(TM), iPad®, iPod Touch®, BlackBerry®, PC and Mac® using the free Barnes & Noble eReader software."
Essentials is the latest addition to McGraw-Hill's extensive digital offerings, which include traditional e-Books, Select(TM) e-Chapters, online learning platforms, mobile apps, and more. "We are always exploring new ways to make our valuable content relevant and accessible to our customers around the world," says Philip Ruppel, president of McGraw-Hill Professional. "The Essentials collection is another way for us to solve customer need by delivering information they need, when, where, and in whatever format they need it."
About McGraw-Hill Professional
McGraw-Hill Professional is a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the medical, technical, and business communities. Its offerings include reference and certification books for all professional and educational disciplines and online solutions on medical and health, engineering, business, and scientific topics. For more information, visit http://www.mhprofessional.com/.
McGraw-Hill Professional is a unit of McGraw-Hill Education. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is a leading innovator in the development of teaching and learning solutions for the 21st century. Through a comprehensive range of traditional and digital education content and tools, McGraw-Hill Education empowers and prepares professionals and students of all ages to connect, learn and succeed in the global economy. McGraw-Hill Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.mheducation.com/.
Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
CONTACT: Lydia Rinaldi of McGraw-Hill Professional, +1-212-904-5393,
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and Majesco Entertainment Partner to Bring Martha Stewart and Her Lifestyle Content to Video Games
NEW YORK and EDISON, N.J., April 20 -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE:MSO) and Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ:COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced a strategic partnership to develop and produce interactive electronic games based on MSLO's expansive portfolio of award-winning lifestyle content. Under the terms of the partnership, Majesco receives the exclusive worldwide rights to publish these games.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Martha Stewart brand to bring sensibility to the video game market," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco Entertainment. "Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia offers a vast wealth of content and has a passionate following. Branching into the interactive entertainment space is a natural next step, and Majesco Entertainment is proud to be the exclusive partner."
"Majesco Entertainment is well respected for bringing consumer-friendly titles to the mass market and has a proven track record of tapping the interests of family and non-traditional video game players," said Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. "Women are increasingly engaged in social gaming. We feel confident that this new offering will delight loyal customers who are active in the space while introducing a new generation to the brand."
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE:MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses four magazines, including the company's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO's multimedia library, search and find capabilities, recipes, online workshops, community and personalization, as well as wedding-planning tools powered by WeddingWire and digital invitations with pingg.com. The Broadcasting segment produces such programming as the Emmy-winning daily, nationally syndicated television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS channel 112 and XM Radio 157. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Michaels and independent retailers, Martha Stewart for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the forthcoming Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart and more. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit http://www.marthastewart.com.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Majesco Entertainment Company is a provider of video games for the mass market. Building on more than 20 years of operating history, the company is focused on developing and publishing a wide range of casual and family oriented video games on Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and other leading systems. Product highlights include Cooking Mama(TM), TETRIS® Party Deluxe, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum. The company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: COOL. Majesco is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has an international office in Bristol, UK. More information about Majesco can be found online at http://www.majescoentertainment.com. @Majesco is on twitter or at http://www.twitter.com/majesco.
Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period(s) or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "intend," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other comparable terminology. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. These factors include but are not limited to, the demand for our products; our ability to complete and release our products in a timely fashion; competitive factors in the businesses in which we compete; continued consumer acceptance of our products and the gaming platforms on which our products operate; fulfillment of orders preliminarily made by customers; adverse changes in the securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release publicly the results of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.
Source: Majesco Entertainment Company
CONTACT: Marina Beck, Rogers & Cowan for Majesco Entertainment Company,
iPhone Users Can Make Money From Ground-Breaking App
Innovative start-up company Field Agent launches a one-of-a-kind income generating application
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., April 20 -- Field Agent launched Saturday on Apple's App Store. What is Field Agent? It's an app that begins with a Client (who needs information) creating a job requesting specific information via the http://www.fieldagent.net website. Field Agent then reviews and broadcasts a request to Agents, (iPhone users in the field) who have installed the Field Agent App. Agents use their iPhones to collect and return information and get paid for the service. Payments can range from $2 to $8, depending on the job's degree of difficulty.
"Now more than ever, companies are looking for ways to efficiently gain field intelligence on products and services," said Kelly Miller, co-founder of Field Agent. "In an economy where unemployment is near record levels, it's rewarding to be part of an idea that can create income for thousands of people."
Most jobs are in everyday locations where Agents live. Information requested by Clients might include: retail pricing and display information, event images, photos of items for sale and consumer surveys that can be completed anywhere an iPhone can be used. Field Agent uses the built-in tools of the iPhone to provide accurate and relevant information that is transmitted back to Clients. Agent history, GPS location, time and date stamps and photo confirmations are all ways to ensure data is returned to Clients accurately with verification.
"What's more, Clients and Agents will help us refine the many uses we've not even thought of," said Miller. "We see a lot of potential with this app, where Clients will help us identify new solutions where Agents can play a key role in delivering data." According to Miller, Field Agent is designed to have thousands of Agents ready to gather information and offer feedback on products and services at a moment's notice. That is a powerful business tool!
Field Agent is a joint venture between Mill Creek Software and NorthStar Partnering Group, based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Agents should visit the Apple App Store to download the free Field Agent App. Clients and Agents can visit http://www.fieldagent.net for more details on how create and deliver jobs.
Source: Field Agent
CONTACT: Kelly Miller of Field Agent, +1-479-966-9573,