New Social Media Application Helps Collector Car Enthusiasts Find Their Perfect Match
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., May 4 -- Hagerty, the world leader in collector car insurance, today launched Hagerty's CarMatch, a new Facebook application designed to connect an individual with his or her perfect collector car match. With potential matches ranging from a Ford Mustang to a Lamborghini Gallardo, the application will help individuals to pare down the myriad of choices to find their ideal collector car match and share the results with friends on Facebook.
"We created CarMatch on Facebook as a fun and effective tool to help individuals find which collector cars are most suited to their lifestyle and best complement their personality," said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance. "We think CarMatch will be a great conversation starter amongst family and friends as well as ignite lively discussions about what makes a car your ideal match."
Users are asked to answer a series of personality and preference questions, such as your favorite food, vacation destination and preferred driving style. Hagerty's expertise in the collector car hobby has sparked the creation of an effective formula for determining each user's customized CarMatch based on their responses. From a pool of more than 50 collector vehicles, users are provided Hagerty's suggestion of the collector car that is best suited to their personality and interests. To see a CarMatch "success story" go to http://www.youtube.com/hagertyknowsclassics or to play CarMatch go to http://www.hagerty.com/carmatch.
Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even "automobilia" (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call (800) 922-4050 or visit http://www.hagerty.com.
Source: Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc.
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Microsoft Research to Show off New Research Projects at Silicon Valley TechFair Event
Researchers to demonstrate distributed computing, privacy, Web search, cloud services and natural user interface technologies.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 4 -- On Thursday, May 6, Microsoft Research will provide a glimpse inside its Silicon Valley research facility at its Mountain View campus to invited guests from government, academia and the technology industry. Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, kicks off the event with a keynote speech highlighting ways in which Microsoft Research is pushing forward the state of the art in computer science. Event attendees then will have an opportunity to tour interactive demonstrations showcasing research in the areas of datacenter services for data-intensive computing, privacy, Web search, cloud services and natural user interfaces. More information about the event will be available at 1 p.m. PDT on May 6 at http://research.microsoft.com/.
The Silicon Valley TechFair begins with an opening keynote
by Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft
Following the keynote, Microsoft researchers will showcase
their work and the complex problems they are working to
solve with a focus on the following areas:
-- Datacenter services for data-intensive computing
-- Web search
-- Cloud services
-- Natural user interfaces
Academia, government and technology industry leaders by
When: 1-4:30 p.m. PDT on Thursday, May 6
Location: Microsoft Silicon Valley
1065 La Avenida
Mountain View, CA 94043
meridianEMR Launches Patient Check-In System Capitalizing on Apple iPad Features
LIVINGSTON, N.J., May 4 -- meridianEMR, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health records systems and advanced healthcare analytics for urology and surgical practices, today has announced the launch of a new feature-rich patient check-in system that takes full advantage of the iPad's user friendly touch screen, pleasing graphics, and efficiency.
According to Michael Custode, CEO of meridianEMR, Inc., patients of all ages can enter personal data such as patient demographics, medications, family, medical and surgical history through this highly secured and HIPAA compliant application with ease and accuracy.
"One of our most important priorities is to make patients partners in their own care and this is exactly what the system does. By delivering information and services to both physicians and patients in a variety of ways, a full functioning patient portal helps maintain a seamless communication between a patient and physician while improving the overall office efficiency," said Custode.
The application can easily be accessed through the physician's web site, so patients can enter their data, as well as check lab results and other clinical information, prior to any office visit. This measure saves time and money for physicians and staff, while providing patients with a better office visit.
"Physicians are looking for new and innovative ways to improve the speed and efficiency of office operations. Our patient check-in system is a perfect example on how new technology is reshaping the medical world. By running on an iPad directly, the check-in system avoids performance issues forced by the remote desktop software that our competitors need to use," added Custode.
meridianEMR will be offering "live" demonstrations of their urology specific products at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 29 - June 1, at booth #3335. Representatives from meridianEMR will be on-hand to answer all questions about the patient check-in system and all other components of their urologyEHR.
About meridianEMR, Inc.:
meridianEMR is a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR) systems and advanced healthcare analytics. Founded in 2003, meridianEMR offers specialty specific EHR solutions that can be integrated with a variety of different physician practice management systems or their own practice management system. The interoperability of the meridianEMR software is driven by both its iPhone and iPad applications and the proprietary mEHRxChange technology which services all meridianEMR clients through a private, highly secure, real time data exchange network. Recently ranked by Inc. (magazine) as one of the fastest growing private companies in the nation, meridianEMR offers specialty services in both the Urology and General Surgery disciplines with plans for expansion into other medical specialties. To learn more about meridianEMR and their complete line of offerings, please visit http://www.meridianEMR.com.
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Source: meridianEMR, Inc.
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Navman Wireless Customer Earns InfoWorld Green 15 Award for $50,000 Fuel Savings Enabled by Fleet Tracking Technology
School Transportation Provider Also Increased Safety
GLENVIEW, Ill., May 4 -- Navman Wireless announced today that Provider Enterprises, a New Hampshire-based school transportation company, has been recognized in the InfoWorld Green 15 2010 Awards for its use of Navman Wireless' OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking technology to reduce fuel usage and achieve other operational efficiencies. Provider is one of only 15 companies to be named to the magazine's list of "Green IT Stars of 2010" for their use of information technology to promote sustainability.
Provider handles transportation services for more than 1,500 special needs children attending 200 different schools. With Navman Wireless' technology, the company is able to track the location of its 188 vehicles in real time, monitor fuel consumption, optimize vehicle maintenance schedules, notify drivers electronically when a child does not need to be picked up, quickly route buses with or without wheelchair lifts as needed, and more.
In the first year of use, the Navman Wireless system helped the Provider reduce fuel expenses by nearly 10 percent for a savings of approximately $50,000. Contributing factors included the system's ability to alert dispatchers when vehicles are idling in violation of company policy, route the closest appropriately equipped vehicle to meet the passenger's particular impairment, eliminate unnecessary trips when a child does not need transportation on a given day, and identify unauthorized personal vehicle use.
The system also has helped Provider increase safety by identifying drivers who speed, fail to stop at railroad tracks or neglect to enforce seat belt requirements.
"This recognition by InfoWorld highlights both the green benefits and the business value of our technology, ranging from reducing fuel, labor and operating costs to improving productivity," said Navman Wireless CEO T.J. Chung. "Having real-time insight into fleet activity makes it possible to identify waste, squeeze out inefficiencies and otherwise optimize fleet operations."
Navman Wireless' OnlineAVL2 vehicle tracking and fleet optimization software tracks all vehicles in the fleet in real time as well as measuring fleet, vehicle and driver performance. It works in tandem with the Qube, the Navman Wireless tracking device installed in each vehicle. The system's real-time insight into fleet usage helps reduce fleet operating costs by improving dispatch efficiencies, reducing fuel usage, and identifying problems such as inaccurate timesheets, unauthorized stops and personal vehicle use.
Customers also have the option to equip drivers with mobile Navman Wireless communication devices enabling easy and low-cost two-way message exchange with pre-programmed push-button responses that eliminate manual texting. The company's MDT 860 offers mobile dispatch and messaging capabilities, while its M-Nav 750 integrates dispatch, messaging and turn-by-turn GPS navigation on the same unit.
About Navman Wireless
Navman Wireless is a global leader in GPS-based fleet optimization products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking and OEM GPS solutions that enable companies to track, monitor and communicate with their movable and fixed equipment assets. The company's flagship OnlineAVL2/Qube system is installed in more than 110,000 vehicles owned by over 8,500 customers worldwide, making Navman Wireless one of the world's largest fleet management providers with coverage on five continents. Navman Wireless is based in Glenview, IL, with facilities in the U.S., Mexico, UK, Italy, Taiwan, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.navmanwireless.com or http://www.navmanwirelessus.com.
Source: Navman Wireless
CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt of S&S Public Relations, +1-847-415-9330,
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Siemens Enterprise Communications Contact Center Solution Now Optimized for the Data Center and Virtualized Environments
Latest version of OpenScape Contact Center offers new, flexible deployment options and lowers total cost of ownership
BOCA RATON, Fla., May 4 -- Siemens Enterprise Communications, a premier provider of enterprise communications solutions, today announced the release of OpenScape Contact Center V8, the next generation of its innovative contact center application which is now optimized for data center and virtualized environments. This open, reliable solution enables deployment flexibility, simplified management and cost savings through server consolidation from both the server and desktop perspective.
Customers now have the option of running OpenScape Contact Center V8 software on their VMware data center infrastructure, rather than on proprietary hardware at each location. By leveraging new capabilities of the award-winning OpenScape Unified Communications Server 2010 and Siemens Enterprise Communications recently announced relationship with VMware, this approach enables businesses to save money and reduce operating costs for hardware and maintenance.
"Virtualization is increasingly critical to IT," says Irwin Lazar, vice president, Nemertes Research. "Ninety-three percent of companies are using virtualization to optimize server resources, allowing IT shops to save money by reducing capital and operational costs. By virtualizing contact center applications in the data center and on the client side, IT managers can maximize their virtualization investments while improving agent productivity and customer service."
OpenScape Contact Center V8 also features Web-based agent, supervisor and management desktops. These powerful applications require 'zero footprint', provide virtual accessibility, and are easily customized to meet the unique contact center requirements in a Web 2.0 world. Plus, the new solution's innovative combination of Web clients, software/server virtualization and new subscription licensing make it easier to deploy home-based or remote agents virtually at multiple locations.
Continuing the company's Open Communications approach, OpenScape Contact Center V8 delivers on a cross-portfolio, standards-based open virtualization strategy, and new hosting and subscription pricing options help make the solution more affordable. Scalable to 7,500 active agents, OpenScape Contact Center V8 offers multi-channel inbound, outbound and automated self-service that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of a company's contact center operations.
Included with OpenScape Contact Center V8 is a scalable, software-only, SIP-based integrated IVR (Call Director SIP Service) which provides a cost effective way to front-end the contact center while delivering self-service capabilities with reduced complexity and lower cost than typical IVR solutions. Plus, as a SIP-based solution, it does not require proprietary hardware, making it easier and less costly to deploy and maintain.
With a new hosted edition optimized for service providers, customers can further reduce the financial barriers to adoption. The new modular, pay-as-you-go subscription licensing makes it an affordable option for contact center customers of all sizes. Providing pre-integration with common third party communication applications like Microsoft CRM, SAP and Siebel, further eases already strained IT departments.
"With this latest version of OpenScape Contact Center, not only do we provide Web-based desktops and an integrated IVR to bolster the classic contact center goals of productivity and customer service, we provide IT with the flexibility to meet business goals, quickly and cost-effectively," said Scott McDonald, vice president and general manager for contact centers at Siemens Enterprise Communications. "Since it is optimized for virtualized environments, it gives IT managers increased deployment flexibility and easier management, all while saving money."
About Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based architectures to unify communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications companies include Siemens Enterprise Communications, Cycos, and Enterasys Networks.
Note: Siemens Enterprise Communications & Co K.G. is a trademark licensee of Siemens AG. HiPath, OpenOffice, OpenScape and OpenStage, are registered trademarks of Siemens Enterprise Communications & Co K.G. or its affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens' management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Siemens does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
Source: Siemens Enterprise Communications
CONTACT: Media Relations, Amy Martin, Corporate Communications,
Comerica Securities' Maestro system can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Comerica's home page http://www.comerica.com. Through the Maestro system, Comerica Securities' institutional customers can place and cancel trades, check daily activity reports, and review their money market and "sweep" account balances.
In addition to improving access and investment options for Comerica Securities' institutional customers, the Maestro system allows those customers to manage their accounts more efficiently. Institutional customers who oversee numerous subsidiary accounts will now be able to act on those accounts individually or collectively with a single sign on.
"With the constant need for information in today's business environment, Maestro is a tool that can be a great asset for our institutional customers - saving time and enabling them to work more effectively," explained Ross Rogers, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Comerica Securities.
Comerica Securities is a broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, and a subsidiary of Comerica Bank. Comerica Securities and Comerica Bank are subsidiaries of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $57.1 billion at March 31, 2010. To receive e-mail alerts of breaking Comerica news, go to http://www.comerica.com/newsalerts.
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Protecting the SharePoint community for nearly a decade, the newest version of Trend Micro(TM) PortalProtect(TM) combines Web threat protection, content-filtering and data loss prevention.
CUPERTINO, Calif., May 4 -- Trend Micro is introducing Trend Micro PortalProtect 2.0, which supports the Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 platform and is newly strengthened with Web threat protection and data loss prevention - two new features in the latest version that's unmatched by competing SharePoint protection solutions.
"Over 60 percent of U.S. companies are using SharePoint either to build portals, team sites, share files, discussion forums, wikis and blogs - and they're sharing that information both internally and externally with their partners and customers," said David Lieberman, director of messaging business for Trend Micro. "But when external users are involved, the risk of infection and data theft increases significantly, as does the possibility of data loss. So we raised protection in this newest version of Trend Micro PortalProtect for the SharePoint community that wants and needs stronger protection against malware and data loss."
AV security for SharePoint with Web threat protection and advanced content filtering for data loss prevention
Companies build trust with their employees, partners and customers through collaboration platforms like SharePoint but one mistyped or compromised URL in a discussion forum or wiki can sever that trust. Trend Micro PortalProtect 2.0 does more than just stop viruses - it's backed by the Trend Micro(TM) Smart Protection Network(TM) infrastructure which scans, filters and correlates more than 20 billion emails, Web sites and files every single day, and then leverages that data to identify and respond to emerging threats. Trend Micro PortalProtect 2.0 has the ability to detect and block unwanted Web content posted to SharePoint environments.
In addition to Web protection, PortalProtect adds advanced content-filtering for both file and Web content, helping to ensure that offensive material does not appear on SharePoint. It includes pre-built data loss prevention with easy-to-use templates that track personal identifiable information (PII) like social security or account numbers that can creep into SharePoint sites either intentionally or accidentally by employees, causing companies to compromise compliance to HIPAA, PCI or internal regulations. Content-filtering policies can be limited with Active Directory or SharePoint users and groups.
SMDC Health System, a member of Essentia Health, is based in Duluth, Minnesota
and serves a regional population of 460,000. As a way to improve consistency of care by fostering better communications relating to disease management, SMDC technology teams were asked to introduce a collaboration platform. They knew that a collaboration portal could make it easy for administrators, physicians, clinicians, and their partners to share information with each other and efficiently manage posted content without requiring IT intervention. IT support teams at SMDC Health System resolved the concerns about security for the collaboration portal with the introduction of Trend Micro PortalProtect.
"With Trend Micro PortalProtect, blocking threats to patient data on Web portal servers, we can support secure communications among disease management teams," said Pete Bruno, manager, business applications and development, SMDC Health System. "Consistency of care is all about collaboration--access to the same results for patients regardless of their location. Our protected platform for sharing information was originally the brain child of our chief medical officer, and today it improves relationships among the 1500 physicians and diagnostic partners that rely on it."
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SharePoint in Healthcare, Frost & Sullivan whitepaper, 2010
Information exchange and interaction are critical to the modern hospital environment. This whitepaper explains why that as SharePoint usage increases within the healthcare industry, so does the security challenges posed by SharePoint.
The Need for SharePoint Security, Osterman Research, 2010
For many organizations, Osterman Research found that SharePoint security is considered a "nice to have", but that security capabilities deployed at the gateway, server and endpoint level are perceived to be sufficient to protect SharePoint servers from malware and related threats. This white paper examines why organizations should understand that deploying SharePoint security at all layers of the network and on all systems is key to protecting a network from all threats.
Comparing Leading Email and SharePoint Security Solutions, Osterman Research, 2010
Trend Micro PortalProtect was found to have the lowest Total Cost of Ownership compared with other SharePoint security solutions. This comparative research paper looks at the hard numbers and how companies that choose Trend Micro can save time and money.
Microsoft SharePoint: Use Models and Security Risks, Trend Micro whitepaper, 2010
With more interactive SharePoint capabilities, expanded use beyond employees, and the growing sophistication of threats, the risks have escalated exponentially. This white paper examines the increasing risks to SharePoint and offers best practices to ensure optimal security.
Trend Micro PortalProtect is part of Trend Micro(TM) Enterprise Security - a tightly integrated offering of content security products, services and solutions which is powered by the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network. Trend Micro Enterprise Security delivers maximum protection from emerging threats while minimizing the cost and complexity of security management.
About Trend Micro:
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security, focuses on securing the exchange of digital information for businesses and consumers. A pioneer and industry vanguard, Trend Micro is advancing integrated threat management technology to protect operational continuity, personal information, and property from malware, spam, data leaks and the newest Web threats. Visit TrendWatch at http://www.trendmicro.com/go/trendwatch to learn more about the latest threats. Trend Micro's flexible solutions, available in multiple form factors, are supported 24/7 by threat intelligence experts around the globe. Many of these solutions are powered by the Trend Micro(TM) Smart Protection Network(TM) infrastructure, a next-generation cloud-client innovation that combines sophisticated cloud-based reputation technology, feedback loops, and the expertise of TrendLabs(SM) researchers to deliver real-time protection from emerging threats. A transnational company, with headquarters in Tokyo, Trend Micro's trusted security solutions are sold through its business partners worldwide. Please visit http://www.trendmicro.com.
Source: Trend Micro
CONTACT: Andrea Mueller of Trend Micro, +1-408-863-6583,
Bracketron Announces New Portable Desktop Stand for Netbooks and iPad
The X-Type Mobile Computing Travel Stand features five adjustable positions for optimal viewing and performance.
MINNEAPOLIS, May 4 -- Bracketron, the leading manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, today introduced the new X-Type Mobile Computing Travel Stand or "X-Stand". The stand is designed for use with laptop, netbook and iPad products and is collapsible for easy portability. The product is lightweight and the ideal solution for home, office or travel.
"The X-Stand is the ideal portable workstation for laptops, netbooks and iPad," said Mark Mandel, Executive Vice President. "The personal computing industry is going through significant transformations right now, and we feel well-positioned to accommodate that demand with innovative products that improve and extend the use of these technologies."
The X-Stand (P/N# LTM-205-BX) is available at many leading consumer electronics retailers and on the Bracketron website at http://www.bracketron.com.
Founded in 2001, Bracketron's successful first product offering, the custom bezel mount, was engineered for the professional installer looking for custom mounting solutions.
Today, Bracketron is the leading manufacturer and supplier of mounting solutions and accessories for GPS, satellite radio, cell phone, iPod/iPhone, laptop &netbook computer and other mobile electronics. Our robust product line includes innovative mounting solutions for your window, cup holder, dash, vent and visor.
MimoMonitors.com's Mother's Day Sale Special! Products Not Only a Mom Could Love
USB-Driven iMo Pivot Mini-Monitor and Innovative iMo Photo Frame Printer - Great Gifts for Mom, at a Great Price
PRINCETON, N.J., May 4 -- MimoMonitors.com, the leading online retailer of the Mimo and iMo family of USB-based mini-monitors, is pleased to announce the kickoff of its 2010 Mother's Day Sale, offering reduced pricing on two of its most popular items that are perfect for the world's greatest mom: the iMo Pivot and the iMo Foto Frame Printer.
The bestselling iMo Pivot, normally priced at $119.99, is the perfect entry into the exciting world of USB-driven mini-monitors. MimoMonitors.com was the pioneer in bringing USB-driven displays into the U.S., and they have grown in popularity since they let users de-clutter their crowded, primary desktop monitor and offload applications such as web browsers, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word, plus social networking platforms like Tweetdeck, media players, chat windows, and more. All Mimo and iMo monitors require just a single USB 2.0 connection for both connectivity and power - meaning no extra VGA cables or video cards.
The innovative iMo Foto Frame Printer, normally priced at $99.99, was recently voted by PC Magazine as a "Top 10 Most Exciting Printers of 2010." Like a standard photo frame, it displays digital photos, slideshows, videos, even plays MP3's...but also, at the touch of a button, prints 4x6 glossy photo-quality prints in just seconds! Single 36-print cartridge is easy to install, no separate paper cartridge needed!
And finally, MimoMonitors.com is happy to announce the long-awaited debut of the iMo Monster 10" touchscreen monitor, now available for preorder (late June delivery). The added screen real estate is just the beginning. The Monster also features full touchscreen functionality, a built in stylus, auto-install of the display driver (for Windows users), two additional USB input ports, an elegant fold-out stand for desktop use that also folds in for easy tablet-style usage, and a 4.5' USB cord! Reserve your unit today!
iMo Pivot (now just $99.99)
Featuring a pivoting ball-and-joint 7" LCD detachable screen that boasts 800x480 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and 400:1 contrast, the Pivot is the most popular USB-driven 7" monitor in the world!
iMo Foto Frame Printer (now just $79.99)
The 8" LCD screen displays your digital photos and videos in 800x600 pixel resolution, with transitional effects, slideshow mode, and variable speeds. Supports JPG format up to 16 megapixels. 1GB internal memory, memory card input slots for USB, CF, SD.
Source: MIMO Monitors
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ARRIS Unveils Latest Touchstone(R) E-MTA Models, Enabling Higher Speeds and Lower Total Cost of Ownership
New DOCSIS CPE Extensions Feature 8 Downstream x 4 Upstream Channel Bonding
SUWANEE, Ga., May 4 -- ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) today announced that the newest models in its industry-leading Touchstone family of DOCSIS® 3.0 Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapters (E-MTAs), Wireless Gateways and Cable Modems will be introduced over the next several months. These new products will be on display at both the ANGA Conference, May 4-6 in Cologne, Germany and the NCTA Spring Cable Show 2010, May 11-13 in Los Angeles.
The first 4 new models to become available will be the:
-- TM802 E-MTA, with 8x4 channel bonding and battery backup
-- TM902 E-MTA, with 8x4 channel bonding, without battery backup
-- TG852 wireless gateway, with 8x4 channel bonding, 802.11n wireless
capability battery backup and 4 port GigE routing
-- CM900 data modem, with 8x4 channel bonding
Subsequent models will have similar options for 802.11n wireless functionality, will be available with or without battery backup and will possess Touchstone's advanced diagnostics and reporting capabilities, as well as a variety of other features and configurations designed to meet the evolving needs of cable operators around the world.
"We are excited to extend our line of high performance DOCSIS CPE devices for our customers worldwide," said ARRIS VP Product Line Management Hans Plug. "With these higher downstream bonding rates, cable operators can deliver the highest quality data and voice experience today and be assured of their ability to accommodate sufficient bandwidth to support the converged IP video services of tomorrow."
ARRIS leads the industry with its Touchstone line of voice and data modems, with over 26 million units shipped worldwide. The ARRIS commitment to the Touchstone product line's quality and reliability, coupled with its number one market share, enables its Total Cost of Ownership to be one of the lowest in the industry.
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver reliable telephony, demand driven video, next-generation advertising and high-speed data services. ARRIS products expand and help grow network capacity with access and outside plant construction equipment, reliably deliver voice, video and data services and assure optimal service delivery for end customers. Headquartered in Suwanee, GA, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Atlanta; Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Kirkland, WA; State College, PA; Wallingford, CT; Waltham, MA; Cork, Ireland; and Shenzhen, China, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com.
CONTACT: Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327,
Premiere Invitations and Greetings Site Cocodot.com Releases Exclusive Collection of Digital Mother's Day Cards
NEW YORK, May 4 -- Cocodot.com, the hottest new destination for online greetings is offering an eco-chic solution for Mother's Day (May 9th). Founded by two LA moms, cocodot wants to make it easy to make all mothers to feel special. As a gift for registering with cocodot, they are giving away 3 free Mother's Day cards. Browse their selection of fabulously-designed greetings at http://www.cocodot.com, which can all be personalized and sent out in a matter of seconds.
In addition, cocodot has recently introduced the option of adding music to any invitation or greeting - upload your mom's favorite song into your Mother's Day card for an extra special and personalized greeting.
The gift of cocodot is also ideal for anyone who loves to entertain - now at a special launch price of $49, give mom an unlimited use cocodot subscription so she can communicate all year long and in style.
Cocodot allows you to save time, money and energy without comprising design or sophistication. With a gallery of over 6,000 exclusive images shot by famed photographer Amy Neunsinger, cocodot's invites will inspire you to host your next party. Unlike other online invitation sites, cocodot is ad free and offers an advanced guest management and communication platform, event home pages and easy tools for linking invites and greetings to social networks like Facebook.
Cocodot is a pioneer in the online, and soon to be print, invitation and greetings market, striving to elevate self-expression through offering premium quality designs and a user friendly communication platform for event management. Through cocodot's designer and retail collaborations, it offers the latest in exclusive invitation, greetings and social stationery designs for all life stage events, including special baby and wedding collections.
New Cloud Enablement and Legacy Modernization platform - based on WebSphere and SOA
LAS VEGAS and EDISON, N.J., May 4 -- ZSL, an Advanced IBM Partner & Global Systems Integrator, headquartered at Edison, New Jersey, announced that it is launching a Cloud-enablement and legacy modernization platform, PowerMigrator, based on IBM WebSphere, SOA, DB2 & AWS technologies.
The new platform helps enterprises to automatically migrate their legacy applications that have been built based on PowerBuilder, FoxPro, Cobol, VB applications to WebSphere-based Java and SOA technologies.
The PowerMigrator platform converts and migrates 50-60 percent of the existing codes to the latest J2EE technologies, reducing 30-60 percent of time and money typically spent re-writing and migrating the applications. The platform is designed to build Cloud and SOA-enabled applications that can align and automate business processes with IT for greater agility, performance, resource optimization and fewer required human interventions.
The PowerMigrator platform provides the flexibility to transform 2-tier applications to N-tier applications enabled with web services and SOA, keeping intact the business layers to generate optimized performance. With reduced manual intervention and cloud enablement, the businesses can drastically reduce TCO, build virtually green environments and increase ROI.
"We help our customers are able to retain and leverage the value they have spent on their legacy applications through re-usability of existing application code while embracing emerging technologies such as Cloud and SOA," says Shiv Kumar, executive vice president, ZSL. "This new solution addresses the IT challenges found in migrating legacy applications cost effectively and is evolved around agile methodology taking the product faster to the market."
"IBM works with Cloud business partners like ZSL, Inc. to help them deliver solutions that enable medium-size businesses to modernize their legacy applications to gain value from WebSphere, SOA and Cloud technologies," said Danette Seward, Director of Worldwide Business Partner Sales for IBM's WebSphere middleware.
Customers also have the option of choosing the right deployment model to meet their needs - including On-premise, SaaS or Cloud based.
"With the growing call for a smarter and greener planet, we want help our customers align with the growing global need for green-enablement of their IT environment through our Cloud- and SOA-based technologies," said Mr. Kumar. "With our PowerMigrator solution, we help ensure our customers gain greater IT efficiency through effective resource utilization, remote accessibility, seamless integration, interoperability and improved ROI."
ZSL (Zylog Systems Ltd) is an IBM Advanced Partner and Global Systems Integrator & Business Solutions Provider based in Edison, NJ. With more than 3000 employees worldwide, ZSL is focused on developing and delivering enterprise IT solutions and services using emerging technology platforms to keep our customers' TCO low and ROI high. ZSL is a pioneer in business innovations and technology solutions, and has expertise in providing Onshore, Offshore and Near-shore technology solutions and services to enterprises worldwide.
We're happy to announce that ZSL has been recognized and listed in CRN Fast Growth 100 for the year 2009, and ranked 245th among North America's Top 500 Technology Integrators in VAR Business 500 list. ZSL also won "Top Technology Practices" Award for Excellence in "Greenware Computing." To learn more about ZSL and its offerings, please visit http://www.zslinc.com/.
Videos Show Customers How to Use Their Services, Avoiding Need to Call Service Reps for Help
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 4 -- Verizon's innovative In-Home Agent now has a new feature -- how-to videos on demand -- making it even easier for customers to resolve setup and service questions without having to call a service representative for help.
"Service manuals and help lines are great," said Gary Butler, vice president of operations for Verizon, "but when customers are actually saying 'show me,' it's a lot better to actually show them how to do things rather than talk them through procedures involving their services or equipment.
"That's why we built this library of short videos right into the 'help' tool in our on-screen TV menu," he said.
While some video services dedicate a channel to a rotating series of demonstrations, Verizon created a video-on-demand file accessible from the help menu on the main TV menu by clicking on "Menu," then "Help," then "In-Home Agent."
The topics of the 16 videos include using the In-Home Agent, DVR basics, setting up e-mail, using the message center and configuring TV audio. In each video, the host explains the issue and demonstrates operation of the feature.
Learn about setting FiOS TV's parental controls, and about setting a PIN to prevent children from making unauthorized purchases. http://www.verizonwebcasts.com/vztb/10334/in_home_agent/parental_controls/vod/ asx/archive.asx
FiOS Phone Service
Learn the basics about FiOS phone service, as well as about advanced features, including voicemail, caller ID and call waiting. Also, review instructions about how to retrieve your voicemail PIN. http://www.verizonwebcasts.com/vztb/10334/in_home_agent/fios_phone_service/vod /asx/archive.asx
The In-Home Agent
Verizon's In-Home Agent can resolve many issues relating to FiOS Service. Learn about this valuable tool, and how to access it on a computer or through FiOS television service. http://www.verizonwebcasts.com/vztb/10334/in_home_agent/in_home_agent/vod/asx/ archive.asx
Setting Up E-Mail
Learn to set up e-mail accounts, using the In-Home Agent. http://www.verizonwebcasts.com/vztb/10334/in_home_agent/setting_up_email/vod/a sx/archive.asx
The Verizon In-Home Agent is a multifaceted self-help tool that runs on Verizon customers' PCs and TVs, offering instant assistance with questions or problems. Because it is wired into Verizon's operating systems, in many cases a click of the remote or the mouse initiates an automatic fix for technical problems.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 93 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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VoiceCorp Launches ReadSpeaker docReader for Reading Online Documents Out Loud
HUIS TER HEIDE, The Netherlands, May 4, 2010-- VoiceCorp is pleased to present its latest product, ReadSpeaker
docReader. ReadSpeaker docReader is an online software service that allows
users to listen to PDFs, Word documents and a variety of other document
formats. It converts these documents in a web readable format, while
preserving the original layout. ReadSpeaker docReader makes various document
formats viewable in all browsers, even on mobile phone browsers as well as
other devices that do not have built in PDF-, Word- or Open Office document
ReadSpeaker docReader is available as listen-icons next to the online
published documents. When a document is opened using ReadSpeaker docReader,
the user gets a toolbar with a speech button and a set of additional
functionalities. By simply clicking the play button, the user can start
enjoying the service. The user can choose to have the text highlighted while
it is read out loud, to facilitate an even better understanding of the text.
Since ReadSpeaker docReader is a fully web based service, the user is not
required to download or install any special software to use ReadSpeaker
docReader. This also means that website owners do not need to install
software on the servers hosting the website or documents.
"We are very enthusiastic about this new product which further enhances
the accessibility to the content of websites. It allow website owners to
serve the broadest possible audience and provide an easy click and listen
access to their online documents," says Niclas Bergstrom, co-founder of
VoiceCorp, the company behind Readspeaker docReader.
VoiceCorp is the leading company in the area of speech-enabling online
content. In 1999 the founders of VoiceCorp pioneered the first-ever
speech-enabling application for websites with its ReadSpeaker application.
Today its ReadSpeaker webbased text-to-speech services for websites and
mobile applications are being used by thousands of websites and millions of
users worldwide. VoiceCorp speech-enables online content on the fly in up to
20 languages and provides a portfolio of web based text-to-speech
applications for websites, mobile sites and apps, RSS feeds, online
campaigns, newsletters, and emails deliverable on computers as well as on
portable devices. VoiceCorp has a wide variety of corporate, media, public
and non-profit customers worldwide subscribing to its services.
Contact: Not for publication: For more information please contact Jolet Jung-Moolenaar: T +31-30-6971209, F +31-30-6924599, E firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bigpoint Publishes Real-Time Fantasy MMOG "Emporea"
Cutting-Edge Graphics and Elegant Design Enhance Gameplay for New and Returning Players
HAMBURG, Germany, May 4, 2010-- Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com) - the worldwide leader in
browser-based video games - today announced the English-language launch of
Emporea, a fantasy-themed Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) that
blends distinctive animated graphics, traditional role-playing game elements,
and intelligent game design into a unique gaming experience.
The mythical world of Emporea (http://www.bigpoint.com/game/emporea) is
inhabited by four different races: dwarves, elves, orcs, and the undead. Each
brings its own strengths, weaknesses, and special features. Gamers can choose
to assert their dominance over other players through diplomacy by forging
alliances and trading, or through aggression by conquering an enemy city's
defenses or annihilating it entirely with magic.
With 48 different building types, 28 upgradeable military units, 30
spells, more than 100 units and upgrades to research, many artifacts to
discover, and the ability to customize their hero's skills, players can adapt
the game to fit their personal style and create a more engaging experience.
Elegant Design Simplifies New Player Experience
Emporea's visual style, a Flash-based, free-to-play MMOG, is unique to
this genre. Thanks to a fully-animated graphical interface, intuitive menu
navigation, and mouse-over-activated tool tips, new players will find it easy
to plunge into the enchanting world of Emporea.
The game also offers a wide-range of in-game communication methods - such
as a real-time in-game chat and individual alliance forums - that make it
possible for players to exchange suggestions, ask questions, and plan
lightning-fast concerted attacks.
The fascinating world of Emporea allows for up to 20,000 players per
server. The game was developed by Pixelfederation(c), a Slovakian studio. The
game has launched exclusively on Bigpoint.com.
Enhanced design takes advantage of iPad's high-resolution, full screen display
NEW YORK, May 4 -- PR Newswire today announced the launch of an iPad-optimized version of its Mobile App platform, extending the numerous features of PR Newswire's Mobile App to the iPad's robust display technology.
Built upon PR Newswire's recently introduced Mobile App system, the iPad-optimized Mobile App utilizes enhanced display functionality designed to maximize the graphical output and screen design of the iPad. Among its advantages, the iPad Mobile App leverages the iPad's "double pane" viewing technology to enable users to simultaneously search for and read full press releases on the same screen. Additionally, the technology allows users to access and view photos and video on the iPad's 9.7 inch high-resolution screen.
"In designing our Mobile App platform, PR Newswire's aim was to introduce a system that would incorporate a host of core features, and which could be customized to leverage the specific attributes of the leading mobile computing systems," said Jim King, global CIO and senior vice president, Product Platforms, PR Newswire. "With the iPad, it was imperative for PR Newswire to augment our Mobile App to take advantage of the tremendous display and graphical qualities that the iPad offers, which are ideally suited for accessing and viewing breaking news in both text and multimedia formats."
The launch of the iPad-optimized Mobile App solidifies PR Newswire's position as the only commercial news distribution service offering text, photos and a distinct video channel through its own iPhone, iPod Touch, and optimized iPad application. Key to its success, the Mobile App provides direct access to breaking news from many of the world's leading brands while enabling users to search PR Newswire's extensive database of press releases and multimedia content. The PR Newswire Mobile App also lets users interact with PR Newswire's @ProfNet and @PRNewswire Twitter feeds, and subscribers of PR Newswire's expert network, ProfNet, can use the PR Newswire Mobile App to access fast-breaking queries from reporters seeking article sources and expert commentary.
iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users worldwide can access the PR Newswire Mobile App for free at the Apple App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pr-newswire/id349893430?mt=8 or by simply entering "PR Newswire" in the App Store search field. Once downloaded, users can access and share breaking news or search for specific press releases and video content based on name, services, products, people, stock symbol or other customizable keywords.
Designed and developed for PR Newswire by Newstex, the PR Newswire Mobile App takes advantage of the latest mobile technology. PR Newswire content is available to app developers. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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Pioneering the commercial news distribution industry 56 years ago, PR Newswire connects customers with audiences in more than 170 countries and in over 40 languages through an unparalleled network of offices in 16 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and via unique affiliations with the leading news agencies across the globe. PR Newswire is a subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, a leading global business media company that serves professional commercial communities around the world. For more information, go to http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com.
NEW YORK, May 4 -- Internationally-known toy industry expert and author Richard Gottlieb has launched Global Toy News, a website that combines commentary from Gottlieb and other industry experts with news and resource links covering the toy industry.
Gottlieb, who currently blogs for Playthings magazine, says Global Toy News is aimed at "toy and game manufacturers, retailers, inventors, designers, publicists, marketers, engineers and visionaries," and will offer a 360-degree view of the toy industry and the world in which it operates.
"Richard Gottlieb is consistently the most interesting blogger in the toy space," says Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industry Association. "He offers new insights drawn not only from his extensive experience in the toy business, but also from diverse and eclectic influences. His observations are provocative, but always thoughtful and responsible. He is a good read."
Guest bloggers include Brian Maggio, president of Revenew Sales, a marketing company serving toy, game and gift companies; Bruce Lund, the owner of Lund and Company and inventor of TMX Elmo; Chris Bensch, vice president of collections and other experts from the Strong Museum of Play, Rochester, NY, Mary Couzin, toy inventor and executive director of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and Tim Walsh, toy inventor and author of two books on the history of toys.
In addition to toy industry events, associations and other important resources, the website provides articles on the toy industry and news from around the world.
Richard Gottlieb knows about play. He blogs about its future, what it means to a civilized society, and how it can help make us better, more imaginative and more creative people. A well known toy industry commentator and president of Richard Gottlieb's USA Toy Experts, a toy industry consultancy, he helps toy manufacturers enter North American and global markets. Richard is a contributing editor to Toys 'n Playthings Magazine in the UK and writes for other European toy magazines. He also hosts an annual "Building Our Future" conference during the toy and game industry's biggest events -- the New York and Nuremberg, Germany toy fairs. In recognition of his prominence in the industry, Richard was selected as a member of the National Toy Hall of Fame voting committee. Visit Richard Gottlieb's web site at http://www.richardgottliebassoc.com/.
Source: Global Toy News
CONTACT: Toni Antonetti of PR Chicago, +1-847-949-0097,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Global Toy News
Supermicro Ships 2nd Generation GPU Systems with New Double-Precision GPUs
1U Servers with Two GPUs, 4U with Four GPUs, and 2U Twin with Two Hot-Plug GPU Nodes and Redundant Gold Level (93%) Power
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4 -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), the global leader in server technology innovation and green computing, today launched its second generation of the industry's leading lineup of GPU servers optimized for the new NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs (based on "Fermi" architecture). This product line includes the world's fastest 1U server, a 4U/tower that supports four NVIDIA Tesla GPUs along with three additional PCI-e cards for high-bandwidth I/O, and a 2U Twin server that supports two hot-pluggable GPU nodes with redundant power.
"To meet our customers' strong demand, we have made the world's fastest servers even faster by optimizing our HPC product line to support the latest Tesla 20-series GPUs," said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. "Our dual-GPU 1U SuperServer now delivers up to 1 TeraFLOPS double-precision performance, making it suitable for a far wider range of high-performance computing applications where more complex data calculations can be performed faster."
"Supermicro systems optimized for the new NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPU computing module enable seamless integration of GPUs into large, scale-out deployments in commercial and scientific computing data centers," said Andy Keane, general manager, Tesla business at NVIDIA. "Servers with Tesla GPUs provide maximum compute-density for the data center, delivering the same compute performance as a CPU-only cluster at 1/10th the cost and 1/20th the power consumption with the ability to scale to thousands of nodes."
Supermicro's new GPU product line features both Intel® Xeon 5600 Series (Westmere) processor as well as AMD Opteron 6100 Series (Socket G34) processors. These systems also feature the advanced remote monitoring and management capabilities that data center IT staff require. With multiple x16 non-blocking native PCI-Express 2.0 connectivity, 1400-watt Gold Level (93%+ efficiency) power supplies and Supermicro's advanced thermal design, these highly parallel, multi-GPU systems have been optimized for a wide range of graphics and computationally intensive applications in fields such as medical imaging, oil and gas exploration, quantum chemistry, financial simulation, genomics and astrophysics.
As the fastest 1U server in the world, Supermicro's 6016GT-TF-FM205 Tesla-based server provides the industry's highest compute density and serves as a uniform building block for large-scale datacenter deployments. Optimized for performance and reliability, the 6016GT-TF-FM205 supports dual Intel® Xeon® 5600 series processors and features two NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPUs via two Gen2 PCI-Express x16 connections.
Suitable for cluster configurations and personal supercomputing, the 7046GT-TRF-FC405 is housed in the SC747TQ-R1400; Supermicro's new 4U rackmount convertible tower chassis. This chassis supports up to 11 full-height, full-length expansion cards, eight hot-swappable 3.5" SAS/SATA drives, and special design features that bolster graphics and computationally intensive applications.
The latest addition to Supermicro's family of GPU-based systems, the 2U Twin GPU server introduces an innovative architecture with hot-swappable devices to facilitate easy maintenance and eliminate down time, while also saving power and space by sharing the same chassis and power supplies. Each computing node features onboard QDR InfiniBand for 40 Gb/second high-bandwidth connectivity and supports six hot-swap 3.5" SATA drives to deliver unprecedented I/O performance.
About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI)
Supermicro, the leader in server technology innovation and green computing, provides customers around the world with application-optimized server, workstation, blade, storage and GPU systems. Based on its advanced Server Building Block Solutions, Supermicro offers the most optimized selection for IT, datacenter and HPC deployments. The company's system architecture innovations include the Twin server, Double-sided Storage and SuperBlade® product families. Offering the most comprehensive product lines in the industry, Supermicro provides businesses of all sizes with energy-efficient, earth-friendly solutions that deliver unmatched performance and value. Founded in 1993, Supermicro is headquartered in Silicon Valley with worldwide operations and manufacturing centers in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.supermicro.com.
Supermicro, Server Building Block Solution, and SuperBlade are registered trademarks and Double-sided Storage is a trademark of Super Micro Computer, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
MoneyAisle.com Launches Auto Loans and Refinancing with Live, On-Demand Auctions
Supported by a Large Network of Credit Unions and Banks
BURLINGTON, Mass., May 4 -- MoneyAisle.com has launched the first online auction place for consumer to get great rates for auto loans and refinancing. With a rapidly growing network of banks and credit unions -- currently over 75 -- competing for auto loans, MoneyAisle.com's website allows consumers to watch as lenders actually bid in real time for their business. The service is free for consumers and yields substantial savings.
Because of the real time competition among banks and credit unions, MoneyAisle.com removes the "burden" of comparison shopping from buyers - and shifts the burden to the sellers to compete for the business. Since 2008, MoneyAisle.com's popular certificates-of-deposit and high yield savings account auctions have been run by consumers nearly a million times. Now MoneyAisle.com has expanded to offer this service for auto loans refinancing.
Loans obtained at car dealers customarily have a markup, and by eliminating this, rates offered via MoneyAisle.com average between a half a percentage point to three percentage points better than loans obtained at a dealer. Such savings can add up to thousands of dollars over the course of a three to five year loan.
At more than $850 billion, American consumers have more auto debt than credit card debt, so millions can be saved with lower interest rates. The timing of this new service could not be better, as interest rates are eventually expected to rise and auto sales are increasing in 2010.
Consumers who already have loans at higher interest rates, or whose credit scores have improved since their initial loans, can take advantage of MoneyAisle.com's network of banks and credit unions to refinance and lower their monthly payments.
For example, a consumer in Florida can lower their original APR from 5.99% to 3.14% with MoneyAisle.com's refinancing option for their 2010 Acura TSX resulting in a savings of $1,232.82 over the lifetime of the loan. A Massachusetts consumer can get a used car loan for his 2007 Toyota Camry at a 2.5% APR.
Savings from refinancing car loans can add up to a couple of thousand dollars or more over the life of the loan. The refinancing process is simple, fast and hassle free, requiring minimal paperwork. MoneyAisle.com auctions can be initiated at any time, 24/7, and the best rate among participating banks and credit unions is discovered in less than a minute, as these institutions are bidding in real-time for the loans.
MoneyAisle.com also offers the option to sign up for auto loans rate alerts. After running a live auto loan auction, consumers can sign up for an alert on the results page and MoneyAisle.com notifies consumers when rates that match their desired bids are available.
"Now that MoneyAisle.com can offer refinancing of car loans, consumers can win," said Mukesh Chatter, president and CEO of MoneyAisle.com. "If the average consumer was to save even $14 a month on their car loans, in five years, the savings would be the same as getting a year of auto insurance premiums for free. A savings of $45 a month in five years would equal three years of free insurance premiums to the average consumer."
How MoneyAisle.com's Auto Refinance & Loans Auction Works
MoneyAisle.com's easy-to-use interface is continuously available and allows consumers to anonymously establish a live, secure auction that fits their specific criteria at any time. To initiate an auction, buyers simply input a set of basic data points - from zip code to car year, make and model and then start the auction. Immediately, banks and credit unions bid in real-time for the consumer's unique set of needs and in less than a minute, the consumer sees a list of options. Should they want to proceed, MoneyAisle.com simply introduces them to the bank or credit union, and they apply and go through the loan process directly through that lender.
MoneyAisle.com is the next-generation e-commerce auction marketplace offered by neoSaej Corp. that provides consumers with great rates on auto refinancing, auto loans, CDs and high-yield savings accounts while helping banks and credit unions rapidly attract new customers. MoneyAisle.com's methodology is simple: banks and credit unions competitively bid for every customer in live auctions. neoSaej's patent-pending MoneyAisle.com technology creates a safe, transparent platform for consumers to secure great deals on financial services and products. Unlike other "seller-centric" online auction marketplaces, MoneyAisle.com empowers consumers by providing free, on-demand, "buyer-centric," live auctions.
About neoSaej, Corp.
neoSaej is a leading developer of online auction marketplaces focused on utilizing the advantages of the Web to empower consumers. MoneyAisle.com, neoSaej's first marketplace, provides consumers with great rates on auto refinancing, auto loans, CDs and high-yield savings accounts.
Source: neoSaej, Corp.
CONTACT: Soh Won Cha, neoSaej, Corp., +1-212-420-8383, ext. 105,
The Sacramento Press Now Using Live Streaming Video as Additional Feature to Enhance Community Involvement
Live Streaming Video Coverage of Neighborhood, Cultural Events
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4 -- The Sacramento Press is adding live, streaming video to its coverage of news, cultural and community events in the region as a way to further enrich readers' grasp of local issues and events and to boost their involvement in their communities' activities.
"We've embedded live, streaming video into events like the St. Patty's Day block party downtown and some 'Second Saturday' activities so people could log on to our site and see a lot of what was going on," said Denise Coleman, operations and marketing logistics manager for The Sacramento Press.
"We received a lot of positive response, both from people who were excited to know they were featured on The Sacramento Press and from people who couldn't attend the events but could check in and see what was going on," added Coleman. "That made us want to do live video streaming for other events."
Live streaming sends video signals directly from cameras at an event to a website for observation on the desktop or mobile devices of those viewing an event via the Web; this as opposed to storing digital video information on a server computer for playback at random times. The Sacramento Press embeds links to video streams in articles posted on its site about events that are to receive live video-streaming coverage.
Coleman said she and her staff use a laptop equipped with a Webcam and microphone, or their camera-equipped iPhones, to generate live streaming video, and then use social media to spread word of its availability at The Sacramento Press website with posts to followers at Twitter and Facebook.
"Live, streaming video is a new tool to enhance our community outreach and that really helps us fulfill our mission to engage with readers and chronicle the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and our community at large," Coleman said.
"We're pretty excited about it," she said. "Live, streaming video opens up a lot of communication and interaction with our readers. It allows us to create a very visible presence in the region, not just downtown, but reaching out farther to get a lot more community interaction and involvement.
"Going forward in the Sacramento summer event season, our main focus for live video streaming is to engage the community through interviews with performers and attendees at events ... to give people a view of what's happening at an event, whether they can drop by or not," Coleman said.
Upcoming events to covered live via video streaming include Concert in the Park performances by local bands in Cesar Chavez Park on Friday nights starting May 7; a celebration of the Oak Park neighborhood May 8 at McClatchy Park; Second Saturday Art Walk at Zocalo, also on May 8, at 18th and Capitol; the Oak Park Farmer's Market on Saturday, May 15, at 35th and Broadway, and Walk-'N' Rock for local children's charities on May 30.
About The Sacramento Press
Aiming to rewrite the rules of journalism through community engagement, The Sacramento Press uses a hyper-local lens and an army of 800-plus community contributors to offer reporting and commentary on all news and issues of interest to residents of the city's communities. Through its powerful website, events and marketing services, the pioneering online media outlet partners with local business to advance their brands through sponsorships of community activities. It also provides businesses social-networking-advisory services. To learn more, click on http://sacramentopress.com/.
Global Zeyzani Demand Leads to New Web Site Launch
HADDONFIELD, N.J., May 4 -- Z's Treasures LLC announced today the launch of its new specialty web site http://www.ZEYZANI.com. This comprehensive website offers many of the same great features as its parent website http://www.zstreasures.com, but is solely dedicated to its Zeyzani product line.
"Since the launch of my Zeyzani line of footwear last fall, we have experienced tremendous growth, not only from in-store sales but even more so on-line," said Zeynep Yurderi, Designer, and Owner of Z's Treasures. "As a result, we needed to build an enhanced interactive web site that could handle the global interest and demand we are experiencing."
The new Zeyzani web site provides greater ease of navigation, allowing for quicker access to product pictures arranged by style and size, which is very important since each pair of Zeyzani is one-of-a-kind, no two are alike.
"Zeyzani boots and shoes are unlike any others because they are hand-stitched, each having their own distinctive pattern," explained Yurderi. "This leads to a different on-line experience because customers search by style and size versus just by style only. That's why people love them; they know that no one else will be wearing the exact same pair."
Zeyzanis are made from hand-stitched silk called "Suzani" by artisans in Uzbekistan, with vibrantly colored motifs of tulips, paisleys, pomegranates, grapevines and other designs from ancient Greece and the Ottoman Empire. The Suzani fabric is then shipped to Istanbul, Turkey, where they are crafted with Yurderi's designs.
Zeyzani boots are available in above-the-knee, knee high, cowboy, stiletto heel, Cuban heel, short heel, and flat styles. All Zeyzanis are fully lined with soft leather for a comfortable fit and all boots have a full length zipper in the back for easy wear. Made of velvet and velour, Zeyzani's base colors are available in black, off-white, brown, cinnamon, tan, navy, gray, green, blue, and red.
About Z's Treasures:
Established in September 2009, Z's Treasures boutique brings unique and exotic fashions and accents from the Mediterranean, to the home of quality and style-conscious consumers.
Adap.tv Unveils Industry's First Real-Time Bidding System for Video Advertising
Real-Time Bidding Gives Online Video Publishers Access to More Buyers and Increased Revenue
SAN MATEO, Calif., May 4 -- Adap.tv, creators of the first online video advertising marketplace and the onesource video ad management platform for publishers, announced today the addition of a real-time bidding (RTB) interface to the adap.tv marketplace. The introduction of RTB opens up a powerful new way for online video publishers to work with advertisers and dramatically increase their revenue opportunities.
RTB is a key technology in a new breed of online advertising tools that are increasing ad effectiveness for advertisers and driving higher revenue for publishers. "One of the challenges facing online video advertising has been that publishers and buyers haven't been able to reap the rewards of sophisticated targeting and bidding tools," said Teg Grenager, Founder and VP of Product at adap.tv. "By offering RTB, the adap.tv marketplace is providing the missing link."
Recently the industry has seen a major shift in the online advertising budgets of major brand advertisers toward RTB-enabled channels, which has prompted several ad networks and demand-side platforms (DSPs) to join the adap.tv marketplace. "Marketers want to engage audiences across multiple online channels, and online video advertising is an increasingly important part of the mix. Adap.tv's new RTB capabilities, coupled with [x+1]'s real-time targeting resources, will give advertisers a powerful combination for both brand-building and ramped-up conversion rates," said John Nardone, CEO at [x+1], the leading multi-touchpoint DSP.
For online video publishers, the addition of RTB to the marketplace provides access to a new channel of buyers, campaigns, and revenue, while maintaining control over the sale and pricing of their valued inventory. "We have found the adap.tv marketplace to be a valuable source of ad technology and revenue," said Larry Weitzman, Chief Content Officer at CineSport LLC, "and by using RTB we're gaining access to new premium buyers and many more campaigns, with the same level of controls we've come to expect from adap.tv."
Buyers are also excited about the availability of RTB for online video. "By providing a real-time bidding interface to a large online video audience, adap.tv is innovating and creating a lot of potential value for our clients," said Sean Kegelman, SVP, Partnerships and Ventures at VivaKi. "This allows VivaKi to expand our Audience on Demand Platform and apply our targeting and optimization tools to online video."
Adap.tv develops video advertising trading, serving and management technology that makes video more profitable and less painful. It is the way video advertising works. The adap.tv marketplace (atm) is the industry's first online video advertising marketplace. atm connects advertisers, agencies, publishers and ad networks with a robust marketplace to make smart buying and selling decisions in real time. adap.tv is also the creator of onesource, the online video ad-serving platform that empowers publishers to succeed in online video. A complete end-to-end solution, onesource helps publishers increase advertising revenue, grow streams, make the right business decisions, and simplify every aspect of ad operations. Based in San Mateo, CA with a sales office in New York, the company is privately held and is backed by Spark Capital, Redpoint Ventures and the Gemini Israel Funds. For more information please visit http://adap.tv/.
Morey Corporation Enhances Its MT-13 Telematics-Based Fleet Management Product
New Accelerometer & Other New Applications Boost Capabilities for Morey's Rugged TRAX MT-13 GPS/GSM Fleet Management Device
WOODRIDGE, Ill., May 4 -- Continuing to focus on the telematics products portion of its business, The Morey Corporation today announced significant enhancements to its Rugged TRAX MT-13, a well-established, telematics-based fleet management product for light-to-medium duty fleet owners and operators as well as the Application Service Providers that serve the market. Product enhancements include:
-- Accelerometer - the addition of an accelerometer improves the value of
the MT-13 by supplementing accessible information with more event data
that can be user-programmed for different thresholds based on
individual asset use applications. The accelerometer in the MT-13 is a
3-axis threshold-set trigger. The threshold is set in "Gs" or
gravities. If, for example, the trigger is set for .5 Gs, then any
event, either acceleration or deceleration, exceeding .5 Gs in any of
the three axes will trip the accelerometer. Possible applications for
this capability include crash event, rapid acceleration/deceleration
detection and reporting and driver behavior.
-- Garmin Fleet Management Interface - enables development of a complete
fleet management solution in conjunction with Garmin portable
navigation devices. Possible applications include dispatch system
integration and two-way messaging.
-- Idle Detection - enables development of applications to report low/no
speed thresholds over a configurable amount of time. Possible
applications include driver behavior and fuel efficiency monitoring.
-- Backup Battery - offers backup power and up to 1,000 messages in event
of vehicle battery outage. The MT-13 also includes voltage monitoring,
and low battery notification.
"MOREY's MT-13 is a feature-packed, low cost solution that goes beyond simple asset track and trace to higher level monitoring functions and combines rugged dependability with flexible over-the-air programmability and configuration," said Dana Morey, Executive Vice President for MOREY. "The Rugged TRAX MT-13 can dramatically increase fleet productivity and accountability and help fleet owners fully utilize, track, and maintain their equipment."
The enhancements to the MT-13 build on an already strong set of standard features, which include:
-- GPS-based motion detection
-- Ignition Sense
-- Quad-Band GSM Network Support
-- Virtual Odometer
-- Storage & Forward of Data When Out of Network Coverage
-- Status Monitoring & Event Management
-- Up to Six Geofences (10 point polygons)
-- Java Programming Environment
-- Message Buffering
-- Over the Air Programming
Rugged TRAX MT-13 combines the legendary ruggedness, reliability, and superior quality that MOREY is known for, but at a competitive price. The Rugged TRAX MT-13 employs the latest in wireless communication and superior GPS technology. The rugged enclosure is designed to IP65 standards and the compact design, with internal GPS & GSM antennas, is easy to install. For more information, visit http://www.moreycorp.com.
MOREY is an award winning, 75-year-old Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) company providing comprehensive design, engineering, manufacturing, and testing services for Original Equipment Manufacturers, Applications Service Providers, Suppliers and other enterprises relevant to the aerospace & defense, industrial, utility, communications, heavy off-road/on-road and agricultural vehicles markets. MOREY-manufactured electronics can be found in every region of the world powering mission-critical applications in the most demanding environments on the planet. MOREY leverages deep expertise in telematics, power electronics, controls, sensors, displays, cord reels and handsets for its customers and complements its EMS offerings with value-added expertise in program management, ruggedization, legacy support and global supply chain management. MOREY is based in Woodridge, IL, and operates a 200,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and design center.
Source: Morey Corporation
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PITTSBURGH, May 4 -- Today GiftCards.com, the leading internet site for user created Visa gift cards and discounted gift cards, announced the launch of their PicPaid Program. Starting today, GiftCards.com members can upload photos and images to our image library, and every time another customer buys a gift card with the member's photo or image, then the member gets paid. "The PicPaid tool is easy to use and allows users the flexibility to upload multiple photos with just a few clicks," stated Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com. "We continue to be the leading gift card website, with Group Gifting, iPhone App, discounted gift cards, our Create-a-Card feature, customized matching greeting cards, and now the PicPaid program," stated Wolfe. The PicPaid Program pays the contributing member twenty-five cents once the member submitted photo is selected and purchased by a customer. GiftCards.com also provides a way for PicPaid members to see how commission was earned.
About GiftCards.com, LLC
GiftCards.com, owned by Wolfe.com, is a leading provider of gift cards to consumers and corporations to expend as gifts, rewards, or incentives. GiftCards.com currently services thousands of corporations for their gift card needs including 25% of the Fortune 1,000. GiftCards.com was founded in 1999. For more information visit: http://www.GiftCards.com
CONTACT: Jason Wolfe, GiftCards.com, +1-877-746-6664, ext. 9101
Award-Winning Franchise Returns to the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) System in God of War(R): Ghost of Sparta
Latest Installment of Multi-Million Unit Selling Series Reveals Origins of Kratos' Dark Past While Exploring His Ascension to Power as the God of War
FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 4 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) announced today plans to release God of War®: Ghost of Sparta, the latest installment in the multi-million unit selling franchise, exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go systems. Developed by Ready At Dawn® Studios, the acclaimed team that brought you the best-selling God of War®: Chains of Olympus, in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios Santa Monica Studio, God of War: Ghost of Sparta will combine intense action, an elaborate new storyline, stunning graphics, and depths of scale never-before-seen on the portable platform.
"Excitement for the God of War franchise is at an all-time high and we're thrilled to continue that momentum with God of War: Ghost of Sparta," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. "This new adventure will showcase Kratos on PSP like never before in an experience that fans and newcomers can enjoy on the go, anytime, anywhere."
Set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a single-player game that allows players to take on the powerful role of Spartan warrior Kratos. This new adventure picks up after God of War® concludes, telling the story of Kratos' ascension to power as the God of War. In his quest to rid himself of the nightmares that haunt him, Kratos must embark on a journey that will reveal the origins of lost worlds, and finally answer long-awaited questions about his dark past. Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Chaos, he will have to overcome armies of mythological monsters, legions of undead soldiers, and amazingly dangerous and brutal landscapes throughout his merciless quest.
Utilizing state-of-the-art visual technologies, the development team has made significant strides to give players a realistic feel that has never been seen before on PSP or any other portable platform. The game showcases higher quality environments and characters, giving an unmistakable realism to Kratos' newest quest. Providing over 25% more gameplay, God of War: Ghost of Sparta will feature fluid, life-like characters, a robust weapon system, new magical powers, weapons and navigational abilities, many more enemies on screen, and a greater number of boss encounters, truly bringing the experience to life, all while on the go.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a single-player action-adventure that has an ESRB rating of "RP" for Rating Pending. It will be released later this year in 2010. For more information about the ESRB, visit http://www.esrb.org. For more information about the God of War franchise, visit http://www.GodofWar.com.
Acclaim for God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Chains of Olympus is currently the highest rated PSP title of all-time on http://www.metacritic.com and has been acknowledged by some of the videogame industry's top media outlets, including IGN.com (Best PSP Action Game, Best PSP Use of Sound, Best PSP Graphics Technology), Gamespy.com (PSP Gamer's Choice Award, PSP Game of the Year Award, PSP Action Game of the Year Award), PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PSP Game of the Year), and Game Informer (Handheld Game of the Month Award).
Acclaim for the God of War Franchise
God of War releases have set the bar for the action-adventure genre and been acknowledged by some of the videogame industry's key publications, which include PlayStation: The Official Magazine (Editor's Choice Award), Game Informer (Action/Adventure Game of the Year Award), GamePro (Editor's Choice Award), Electronic Gaming Monthly (Best PS2 Game), IGN.com (Editor's Choice Award and Game of the Year Award), and four nominations in the Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, including Overall Game of the Year and Console Game of the Year. The franchise has also been awarded with several honors including several E3 Best of Game Awards (given by several online publications), numerous Game of the Year and Best Action Game Awards (given at Spike TV's Video Game Awards, Golden Joystick Awards, PSX Extreme Awards and the 3rd Annual G-Phoria Awards, and by PAX, GameZone, GameDaily, GameSpot), to name just a few.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
About Ready At Dawn Studios LLC
Founded in 2003 and based in Irvine, California, Ready At Dawn is an independent, premier game development studio. Having pushed the boundaries of the platforms they have developed for, the studio is best known for its critically and commercially acclaimed titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and Daxter, both available for the Sony PSP® (PlayStation®Portable).
Call of Duty(R): Modern Warfare(R) 2 Stimulus Package for PlayStation(R)3 System and Windows(R) PC Now Available
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 4 -- The blockbuster Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 Stimulus Package is now available worldwide for Windows® PC and in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. It will be available for download in Europe and Australia tomorrow, May 5. The five map Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package features a variety of adrenaline-pumping multiplayer venues, including three new locations "Bailout," "Storm," and "Salvage" along with two fan favorites from Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®, "Crash" and "Overgrown."
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package can be downloaded for $14.99 from the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation 3 system and from Steam for the PC. In celebration of the release, Infinity Ward will host nearly a week of Double XP for PlayStation®Network and PC gamers May 4 - 9.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language. For more information, visit http://www.modernwarfare2.com.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as "outlook," "will," "could," "would," "might," "remains," "to be," "plans," "believes," "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimate," future," "plan," "positioned," "potential," "project," "remain," "scheduled," "set to," "subject to," "upcoming" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing's titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing's ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing's products, competition from the used game market, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, industry competition and competition from other forms of entertainment, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as music, first-person action and massively multiplayer online games, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers which can create high quality "hit" titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
Activision, Call of Duty and Modern Warfare are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Design intelligence and advanced features into cost-efficient lighting applications with new digital DC/DC LED Developer's Kit based on TI's Piccolo(TM) MCU
New LED controller kit includes complete hardware and software needed to digitally control up to 8 LED strings plus digital power supply with single Piccolo MCU
HOUSTON, May 4 -- Bringing the intelligence and precision of real-time digital control to expanding LED applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced its new TMS320C2000(TM) Piccolo microcontroller (MCU) DC/DC LED Developer's Kit. The new LED controller kit enables developers to leverage the performance of low-cost Piccolo MCUs to differentiate LED designs with advanced features such as dimming, color tone adjustment, power line communication and fault detection. Additionally, developers can reduce system cost through the integrated control of LED and power stages using a single Piccolo MCU. The kit is easily adaptable for varying design needs, as it supports multiple power configuration options, modular Piccolo controlCARDs and a detachable LED panel. The DC/DC LED Developer's Kit comes complete with all of the open source hardware and software needed to jumpstart design of energy-efficient LED electronics, including backlighting, street lighting and building automation lighting. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com/dcdcledkit-pr-sw.
Piccolo MCU DC/DC LED Developer's Kit key features and benefits (TMDSDCDCLEDKIT)
-- Piccolo F28035 controlCARD provides 60MHz of 32-bit performance, 14
PWM outputs, a 12-bit, 4.6 megasample-per-second ADC, and 128KB of
flash memory to support advanced lighting features
-- Digitally controlled buck/boost DC/DC 12-24V power conversion stage
allows developers to adjust voltage to match varying LED
-- 8 independent 5 watt LED strings allow unique current sensing for
features like individual brightness adjustment and blown string
-- Onboard isolated XDS100 USB JTAG emulation simplifies debugging and
programming while reducing system cost
-- Easy-to-use, open source controlSUITE software includes examples for
closed loop control of DC/DC power and LED driver stages as well as
detailed lab documentation of software structure and functionality
-- Modular controlCARD concept allows developers to choose the right
C2000 MCU to fit varying price, performance and peripheral
From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP430(TM) MCUs, to Stellaris® Cortex-M3-based 32-bit MCUs and high performance, real-time control TMS320C2000 MCUs, TI offers the broadest range of microcontroller solutions. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's complete software and hardware tools, extensive third-party offerings and technical support.
Find out more about TI's DC/DC LED Developer's Kit and support by visiting the links below:
Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com.
Stellaris and StellarisWare are registered trademarks and Code Composer Studio, Piccolo, MSP430 and TMS320C2000 are trademarks of Texas Instruments Incorporated. ARM is a registered trademark and Cortex is a trademark of ARM Ltd. All registered trademarks and other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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numbers or email addresses.)
Kindling Debuts Enterprise-Class Features at the Front End of Innovation (FEI US) Conference
Arc90's Flagship Product Brings New Collaboration Features, Outlook and SharePoint Integration and Expanded Mobility for Idea Management Initiatives
NEW YORK and BOSTON, May 4 -- Front End of Innovation US (Booth #25) -- Arc90, Inc., a leading provider of business technology tools and strategic consulting services, today announced the launch of the new version of Kindling, their flagship product, to drive unparallel collaboration throughout the enterprise. Integrating with Microsoft SharePoint and Outlook for enhanced communication, Kindling brings a new level of dialogue within enterprise environments. Committed to capturing ideas that occur outside of the office, Kindling Mobile, a new wireless platform, offers users a fast and easy-to-use solution that can be accessed from all Smartphone Web browsers. In addition to new capabilities with other platforms, Kindling now offers idea evolution and decision-maker workflow features to drive innovation through a refined user interface of the product.
"The core focus of Kindling is to enable innovation through collaboration to help good ideas become great ones," said Richard Ziade, President, Arc90. "As organizations look to their employees to identify opportunities for innovation, Kindling allows users to stay informed of the ideas and topics that are meaningful to them through Outlook and SharePoint, two of the most dominate systems in today's enterprise environment. To further innovation, Kindling Mobile offers a fast way for employees to collaborate on ideas wherever they are."
Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint Integration
With expanded integration with Outlook and SharePoint, users can now engage more actively with Kindling from strongly used applications within the enterprise. To drive enhanced collaboration, SharePoint administrators can configure Kindling's Web Part to integrate customized views and lists of ideas throughout SharePoint. With Kindling's integrated federated search, SharePoint users can find relevant ideas as results of their SharePoint queries. With unified authentication and single sign-on, SharePoint users can seamlessly move between SharePoint and Kindling without barriers to participation. Kindling brings the latest activity to Outlook in a non-obtrusive way within the application so that users can stay informed of ideas and topics relevant to them. With an industry-leading approach to bringing idea management directly into Outlook, Kindling allows users to submit new ideas and comment and vote on existing ones directly from their email client.
As a strong channel to engage with users on the go, Kindling Mobile offers organizations the first mobile web-optimized idea management solution that can seamlessly capture ideas wherever they come to mind. With a clean and easy to use interface, Kindling Mobile offers one-click idea submission and easy access to the latest ideas and discussions happening on Kindling so that users can collaborate anywhere. Recognizing the diversity of Smartphones used for business, Kindling Mobile is built on web-standards for an engaging experience on any mobile Web browser. This approach allows device users to collaborate without any application download or IT integration requirements.
New User Interface with Idea Evolution
Dedicated to being the most engaging solution for idea management initiatives, Kindling now features a new user interface that requires zero-training for users and offers new features to promote collaboration. Aware that the best ideas grow through conversation, Kindling now offers expanded idea evolution opportunities for users to have private as well as public conversations to incorporate knowledge from throughout the organization. Users can now directly contact the author of an idea with specific edits and suggestions for change to their idea. This allows for collaborative editing of ideas while maintaining control with the idea creator.
Decision-maker Approval Workflow
Believing that successful idea management programs maintain a healthy balance of employee engagement and direction from management, Kindling offers Moderators the ability to have private discussions within idea Rooms. In these private conversations, decision-makers can discuss the direction of ideas as well as which ones should be identified for approval. New tools allow moderators to track key information, such as ROI, to asses which ideas are most feasible from a business perspective.
Existing clients look forward to utilizing the new enterprise features for Kindling.
"As an organization that seeks to effectively engage our workforce in idea sharing and collaboration, the latest features added to Kindling will help us keep employees active in the conversation," said Chris Forbes, President and CEO, Knovel Corporation. "At the management level, the new workflow tools provide dynamic new ways for decision makers to moderate the dialogue and effectively identify and approve the best ideas within our organization."
Kindling Mobile also earned strong feedback from clients engaging with the new offering.
"The new mobile version is beautifully designed, making it fun and easy to share ideas wherever genius sparks," said Janakan Arulkumarasan, Director, Onoko International.
Arc90 provides technology products and strategic consulting services to drive business innovation. Partnering with customers to define and develop revolutionary solutions to complex and original challenges is at the core of what makes Arc90 unique. The company's passionate approach to strategy, design and technology starts and ends with the user in mind, enabling clients including McGraw-Hill, Insight Catastrophe Group and Leapfrog to bridge the gap between art and science and turn business vision into a successful reality. Underpinning Arc90's success is its flagship product, Kindling, an idea management and collaboration platform designed to help companies encourage and cultivate innovation to maximize business potential. Headquartered in New York, Arc90 can be found at http://www.arc90.com or on Twitter @arc90. To keep abreast of Arc90's latest community technology experiments, including TBUZZ and Readability, visit the Arc90 Lab at http://lab.arc90.com/.
Source: Arc90, Inc.
CONTACT: Ezra Rich, Corporate Communications Manager of Arc90,
HighTower Expands Host Portal With Industry's First iPhone/iPad Application for Advisors
CHICAGO, May 4 -- HighTower, the first open-source, advisor-owned financial services company, announced today the beta launch of its HOST (HighTower Open Source Technology) iPhone and iPad application for advisors. The application expands HOST by enabling advisors to leverage HighTower's multi-clearing and multi-custodial capabilities using multiple technology platforms.
"HighTower's commitment to creating a more open architecture, through our Open Source model, extends to supporting the various IT platforms available to advisors, from Microsoft to Apple, and from the notebook and netbook to the iPhone and iPad," said Matt Camden, HighTower's Chief Technology Officer. "We're very excited to be the only major financial services firm in the country with an iPhone and iPad application platform."
HOST enables advisors to navigate HighTower's Open Source Technology via a single online portal. Advisors can rapidly review and compare HighTower's multiple custodians, investment products, trading capabilities, research capabilities, technology and tools, and financial support services. The HOST portal also enables full navigational functionality via advisors' iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Droid smart phones. Advisors gain access via a HOST icon on the iPhone or iPad home screen. The application also features Google search and a "Send to a Friend" option for sharing information from HOST to colleagues and clients.
"Creative innovation is at the core of HighTower's business model, and it is this embrace of transformative ideas and technology that makes HighTower a truly 21st century financial services firm," said Steve Hayden, a Director of HighTower and Vice Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. "By providing access to HOST via the Apple iPhone and iPad, HighTower is taking another step toward shaping the future of wealth management."
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HighTower is the first open-source, advisor-owned financial services company, focused on the needs of wealthy families. HighTower advisors are experienced investment professionals with large, established practices serving high net worth clients. As a dually-registered, multi-custodial firm, HighTower provides sophisticated investment solutions as well as an independent and unobstructed view of the markets. The company is headquartered in Chicago and maintains corporate centers in New York and San Francisco and offices around the country. See http://www.hightoweradvisors.com.
Securities offered through HighTower Securities, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC/MSRB. HighTower Advisors, LLC is registered with the SEC as an investment adviser.
Boeing to Provide India's Blue Dart Aviation With Maintenance Productivity Tool
SEATTLE, May 4 -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Blue Dart Aviation, India's largest and only dedicated domestic freighter airline, today announced that Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will provide Maintenance Performance Toolbox for the airline's Boeing 757-200 Freighter fleet.
Toolbox, a key Boeing Lifecycle Solution element, is a software-based productivity tool designed to unify an airline's maintenance data, enhancing accessibility and providing greater efficiency in maintenance and engineering operations.
"Our Maintenance Performance Toolbox selection is a significant capital investment for Blue Dart, which will help us remain competitive and add value for our customers," said Tulsi Nowlakha Mirchandaney, managing director, Blue Dart Aviation.
"Maintenance Performance Toolbox will help Blue Dart to streamline its documentation process, providing greater efficiency in maintenance and, ultimately, better service to its customers," said Dinesh Keskar, president, Boeing India. "Blue Dart's decision to implement Toolbox, coupled with the airline's status as an all-Boeing operator, provides a strong foundation for our collective future."
Toolbox enhances customer profitability by providing lifecycle business solutions, materials and engineering services, and 24/7 global customer support.
Boeing was awarded a "Breakthrough Technology Award" by Aviation Week magazine when Toolbox was introduced in October 2005. To date, 66 customers are signed to use the tool.
Available via an Internet browser as a secured, hosted service, Toolbox provides reliable access to all of its tools through MyBoeingFleet.com, Boeing's Internet portal.
Blue Dart Aviation began service in 1996 as India's first jetliner cargo carrier, and currently operates four 757-200 Freighters and three 737-200 Freighters.
Commercial Aviation Services Communications
Boeing India Communications
+91 11 46566000
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