Lionbridge Announces General Availability of Translation Workspace(TM), the First Global-Scale SaaS-Based Translation Productivity Platform
Opens the Industry's Most Advanced and Flexible Language Management Technology to Enterprises, Translators and Agencies Worldwide; Introduces GeoWorkz.com eCommerce Platform for Real-Time Translation Applications
WALTHAM, Mass., April 26 -- After a robust and comprehensive global beta program, Lionbridge is proud to release Translation Workspace, the first, market-proven, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based translation productivity platform. Translation Workspace is now Generally Available for all translators, agencies and clients worldwide through GeoWorkz.com, Lionbridge's eCommerce platform for all real-time translation applications. Through a simple, low-cost subscription, users can now access Translation Workspace to translate, manage and sequence language assets in real-time, collaborate instantly with other translators, monitor project productivity, automate quality assurance and engage qualified resources on demand - all within their own secure, private work environment.
Managing multiple versions of expensive desktop translation memory software has been a challenge for translators, agencies and global enterprises for decades. Translation Workspace eliminates these challenges by providing a real-time, multi-tenant platform based on one instance of technology. This transforms static linguistic databases into real-time linguistic assets. Delivered via a flexible, subscription-based SaaS model, Translation Workspace is completely automated and eliminates the need for users to buy, install or maintain any software on their premises. This means translators, agencies and enterprises can dynamically align and scale their technology with their business needs while eliminating upgrade costs, version control issues and maintenance fees. Through its unique Live Assets(TM) feature, Translation Workspace allows users to quickly and economically manage, distribute and sequence translation memories and instantly engage a qualified pool of translators. They also gain on-demand visibility into the progress of every project and the delivery of every translation.
By offering this proven technology to individual translators and agencies through a flexible, subscription-based model, Lionbridge is providing on-demand access to the industry's most advanced language asset management tools without the cost and infrastructure of traditional on-premise translation systems.
"Traditional on-premise translation software has provided value for many organizations but it has reached its end of life," said Rory Cowan, Lionbridge CEO. "Organizations need a flexible solution that is designed and architected to take advantage of today's community-enabled Web platform. With our innovative SaaS-based technology and flexible subscription model, we are reducing the cost and complexity of translation productivity tools, eliminating the need for expensive, on-premise software and helping users increase the efficiency and productivity of their businesses."
Today's announcement follows Lionbridge's recent news that it has partnered with IBM to accelerate the development and commercialization of real-time translation automation for the enterprise. These announcements reflect the power of Lionbridge's proven, cloud-based translation memory platform that enables organizations to optimize language assets, reduce costs and cost-effectively address all enterprise content without having to buy and maintain on-premise software.
Translation Workspace Receives Applause from Users
Lionbridge enjoys relationships with more than 10,000 individual translators and agencies. Several of these translators and agencies were beta testers of Translation Workspace and provided valuable feedback as Lionbridge finalized the capabilities of its new platform.
"I am really impressed with the mature capabilities and features provided by the Translation Workspace," said Vasily Tomilin, an experienced Russian localization expert. "The combination of a Software as a Service model and live translation assets will be transformative for the industry. It will allow both experienced and new translation suppliers more flexibility -- to grow their business, reach new customers and be more productive -- all at a lower cost than the competition."
Flexible Subscription Model Offers "Pay as you Go" Pricing and Scalability
Translation Workspace is available today through GeoWorkz.com, Lionbridge's ecommerce platform for all real-time translation applications.
Translation Workspace requires a basic online connection and a minimal monthly subscription that starts at 10 Euro per month and scales to support both translation agencies and enterprise customers. The platform's SaaS model allows users to engage with the Translation Workspace, upload and distribute translation assets and manage translation projects across global teams in a secure, on-demand Web environment. Advanced security features protect confidentiality and protect each user's proprietary content while offering full scalability and reliability. GeoWorkz.com provides comprehensive resources for all users to succeed with the Translation Workspace. All subscribers have access to a shared directory making it easy to find service providers and other subscribers. GeoWorkz.com also provides a foundation for Lionbridge to offer additional industry-scale technology, features and work activities to the global multilingual community.
Translation Workspace is based on Logoport, Lionbridge's advanced real-time translation memory technology, which has managed more than 2 billion words since its initial deployment in early 2005 and currently processes more than 60 million words each month for 19,000 users and 700 customers.
With today's release, translators, agencies and enterprises worldwide are now able to enjoy the benefits of Translation Workspace for their own use through a low-cost, easy-to-use online platform. As we expand GeoWorkz.com to include other real-time applications such as translation automation, we will further transform how organizations manage multilingual communications with customers, employees and partners worldwide," added Cowan.
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIOX) is a provider of translation, development and testing solutions. Lionbridge combines global resources with proven program management methodologies to serve as an outsource partner throughout a client's product and content lifecycle - from development to translation, testing and maintenance. Global organizations rely on Lionbridge services to increase international market share, speed adoption of global products and content, and enhance their return on enterprise applications and IT system investments. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge maintains solution centers in 26 countries and provides services under the Lionbridge and VeriTest brands. To learn more, visit http://www.lionbridge.com/.
Lionbridge, Translation Workspace, GeoWorkz, Live Assets and Logoport are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. in the US and throughout the world.
This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements, including statements relating to market, subscriber and translator acceptance and use of the Translation Workspace (TM), the expected benefits of use, the timing of availability of the Translation Workspace, the expected features and functionality of the Translation Workspace and the expected benefits of deployment, subscription and use. Lionbridge's actual experiences and results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include but are not limited to market acceptance; ability and willingness to subscribe to the Translation Workspace; timing of availability of the Translation Workspace and particular features and functionality; successful user deployment and utilization of existing and future services; errors, interruptions or delays in our service or our Web hosting; breaches of our security measures; competition; and various financial aspects of the subscription model utilized in connection with the Translation Workspace.
For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with Lionbridge, please refer to Lionbridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2009.
Source: Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: Sara Buda, Lionbridge Technologies, +1-781-434-6190,
National Instruments Introduces PXI/CompactPCI Backplanes for Embedded Test and Control OEMs
Backplanes Ideal for Custom Instrumentation, Aerospace/Defense and Industrial Embedded Control OEMs
AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2010 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) now offers board-level backplanes from all of its industry-leading PXI/CompactPCI and PXI Express chassis for OEMs to use in applications ranging from aerospace/defense to industrial embedded control. Engineers and scientists can use the PXI/CompactPCI backplanes to create custom, rugged applications that meet their unique form factor needs or environmental specifications.
The more than 10 new 3U and 6U PXI/CompactPCI backplanes offer from 4 to 18 slots and work with PXI, PXI Express, CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express modules. Engineers can design custom installations and enclosures around the backplanes while integrating more than 1,500 existing PXI modules - from data acquisition to FPGA-based I/O modules, to high-end instruments such as signal generators and RF signal analyzers, as well as a variety of bus interface modules including serial, MIL-STD-1553, IEEE 1588, PROFIBUS and DeviceNet. They also can use the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform to design, prototype and deploy all aspects of their system, increasing productivity and reducing time to market.
"As an OEM, we've used the new NI PXI/CompactPCI board-level backplanes to create a family of custom, portable, high-performance military-grade computer platforms that give integrators the power to deliver instrumentation test systems using NI modules and controllers," said Don McCook, vice president of business development for Logic Instrument USA, Inc. "NI has a solid reputation for creating high-quality hardware, and now, OEMs can leverage that reliability in our own products."
Readers can visit http://www.ni.com/embedded and select 'board-level PXI/Compact PCI' to learn more about the NI approach to embedded design. For volume OEM pricing information, readers can call (800) 531-5066 to speak to a customer service representative or visit http://www.ni.com/visit to request a free on-site consultation from an NI field engineer.
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (http://www.pxisa.org) that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimized for test, measurement and control. Founded in 1997, the PXI specification is supported by more than 70 vendors offering more than 1,500 PXI products. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express industrial computer standards and offer additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
Physician Services Company Announces Meaningful Use Service for Doctors
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 26 -- WorkSmart MD, a Florida based physician services company, announces the launch of Offsite Practice Support and Meaningful Use consulting services for doctors.
The company's services facilitate cost effective and easy transition from paper-based medical records to electronic. On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed HITECH Act which includes provisions to promote meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology and authorizes incentive payments for providers that demonstrate meaningful use. In 2015, providers are expected to adopt and successfully utilize EHR in compliance with the meaningful use definition to avoid financial penalties under Medicare and Medicaid.
"The Government's Stimulus program is a great way to help physician practices. The problem that we see over and over is that small practices don't have access to the training, technology or support needed to be able to demonstrate meaningful use. Our solution is something we call Offsite Practice Support. Offsite Practice Support is the combination of EHR software to automate business process, EHR Advisors to help doctors use it, and A/R experts to help doctors increase revenue opportunities," reports M. Jayson Meyer, CEO of WorkSmart MD.
For 9 years WorkSmart MD has been providing physician support services including compliance support with its HIPAA Rx Compliance Software and practice revenue optimization services. Through these services the company has been able to demonstrate consistent increases of 10% - 15% in physician cash flow. The company builds upon these services by integrating web-based electronic health records software and dedicated EHR experts to ensure meaningful use.
"Unlike software vendors our fees for electronic health records are based on performance. We have a vested interest in the success of our clients and realize that every practice is unique, no EHR solution is turn-key - Offsite Practice Support bridges the gap," notes David VanderVoort, VP of Sales & Marketing.
WorkSmart MD, Inc. is a leading provider of Offsite Practice Support services to physicians. Since 2001 the Company has helped hundreds of physicians improve the financial performance of their practice. WorkSmart MD, Inc. was founded by entrepreneur M. Jayson Meyer who has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS 48 hours, and in the Wall Street Journal.
'Shop Laughing' Debuts Online as First Home Shopping Show With Singing, Dancing and Comedy a la 'American Idol Meets QVC'
Will Take Home Shopping Where No Man or Woman Has Gone Before!
BOCA RATON, Fla., April 26 -- Watch out HSN, Madden is itching for an encore. Not coach Madden. Not the shoe guy either, but the "Spin Man" Tom Madden has created Shop Laughing, the first home shopping show with an entertainment kicker he likens to "American Idol meets QVC."
Madden's first blending of shopping and entertainment was "Shop Around The World With Elke" distributed on videotape prior to the Internet. Although garnering press kudos, only a small audience ever saw how funny was his host Elke Sommer, who starred in films with Peter Sellers.
After building his PR firm into a bustling business, Madden, a former NBC Programming VP and right hand to TV wunderkind Fred Silverman, is now up to his old shticks again as Shop Laughing's creator.
"While TV hosts ooze with enthusiasm and an almost terminal next-door neighborliness, the home shopping genre hasn't evolved much," he said. Shop Laughing features performers in between shopping segments for funny items like wallets that open by fingerprint, a Germ Bullet that mortally wounds flu bugs up your nose and a stylish stun device called Stazem that can knock an assailant flat. Meanwhile amateur singers, dancers and comedians compete for viewers' text votes.
At NBC Madden was ahead of his time recommending new genres, including something called 'reality programming,' said TransMedia President Glen Calder, a former producer for Geraldo Rivera. "Tom would pitch concepts, but get shot down."
Shop Laughing will be streamed live online. "Presenters will be fun to watch," said Impresario Madden, including gorgeous 75-year-old former top model Oleda Baker selling her skincare and Dr. Rod presenting Madden's own invention of Knife and Forklift (http://www.knifeandforklift.com), a combination of dumbbells and utensils that lets you exercise while eating. Madden said the Ellen DeGeneres show just ordered a pair after seeing them on NBC's TODAY SHOW and reading a rave review in FITNESS Magazine.
Madden also writes books like "Spin Man" praised by Dick Clark and Regis Philbin as a funny look inside the PR business.
$828 Million Deal Marks Third Partnership with Security Industry Leader Tim Whall
CHICAGO, April 26 -- GTCR, one of the country's leading private equity firms, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Protection One (NASDAQ:PONE), a national provider of electronic security alarm monitoring services, for approximately $828 million, including assumed debt. The transaction will be accomplished through a tender offer at $15.50 per share, followed by a merger to acquire all remaining outstanding shares at the same price. The company's two largest shareholders, Quadrangle Capital Partners and Monarch Alternative Capital LP, representing approximately 70% of the currently outstanding shares, have agreed to tender their shares into the tender offer.
Protection One ("P-One") is the third largest provider of electronic security monitoring services in the U.S. based on recurring monthly revenues ("RMR") as reported in SDM Magazine, and is one of only three security monitoring companies with a nationwide footprint. The Company provides a full suite of electronic security monitoring services to both the residential and commercial markets. Services offered include burglary and fire protection, access control, video surveillance, maintenance and monitoring.
GTCR's purchase of P-One marks its third collaboration with security industry expert Tim Whall, who previously partnered with GTCR on its successful investments in Cambridge Protection Industries ("Cambridge") and Honeywell Security Monitoring ("HSM"). Cambridge, operating through its SecurityLink brand, provided electronic security services to more than one million customers. Cambridge was sold to ADT for approximately $1 billion in cash in 2001. HSM was a leading provider of security services to the commercial market. HSM was sold to Stanley for $545 million in cash in 2007. Whall, previously the CEO of HSM and COO of Cambridge, will serve as P-One's CEO.
"We are delighted to work with Tim again to build on our history of successfully growing and transforming businesses together," said David Donnini, a GTCR principal. "Our successful track record working with Tim has been instrumental in our acquisition of Protection One. The search for finding the right company with Tim has been two years in the making. We are excited to invest in the alarm monitoring industry again and we believe Protection One is the best platform with which to achieve best-in-class operating metrics and profitable growth."
"I am thrilled to be partnering with GTCR for the third time," said Tim Whall. "The national footprint of Protection One positions the company well to accelerate growth in the attractive area of commercial sales. We will continue to cultivate Protection One's strong base in residential sales while leveraging the company's strengths within its developing commercial business through the use of new technology applications and an expansion of its sales force."
In connection with the transaction, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and Barclays Capital served as M&A advisors and Barnes Associates served as an industry advisor to GTCR. Latham & Watkins LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom provided legal counsel.
Protection One's financial advisor in the transaction is J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and its legal advisor is Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Lazard Freres & Co. LLC advised Protection One's board of directors and its independent transactions committee with respect to the fairness of the offer price to be paid in the transaction.
GTCR's investment in Protection One will be made from GTCR Fund IX, a private equity fund raised in 2006 with $2.75 billion of committed capital.
About Protection One
Protection One is one of the largest vertically integrated national providers of sales, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of electronic security systems to homes and businesses and has been recognized as one of "America's Most Trustworthy Companies" by Forbes.com. Network Multifamily, Protection One's wholly owned subsidiary, is the largest security provider to the multifamily housing market. Protection One also owns the nation's largest provider of wholesale monitoring services, the combined operations of CMS and Criticom International. For more information about Protection One, visit http://www.ProtectionOne.com.
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Information Services & Technology industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered the "Leaders Strategy" - finding and partnering with world-class leaders as the critical first step in identifying, acquiring and building market-leading companies through acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $8.0 billion in over 200 companies. For more information, please visit http://www.gtcr.com.
This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of Protection One's common stock has not commenced. At the time the offer is commenced, the GTCR affiliates that entered into the merger agreement will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Protection One will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, with respect to the offer. The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be made available to Protection One's stockholders for free. In addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) will be available for free on the SEC's website: http://www.sec.gov.
Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Drives Wireless Packet Core Market in 2009, According to Dell'Oro Group
Chinese Vendors Huawei and ZTE Gain Ground on Leaders Ericsson and Nokia Siemens
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 26 -- Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that it has launched coverage on the Wireless Packet Core market. This new report tracks GGSN, SGSN and PDSN equipment used in mobile networks to transmit data traffic.
"We've been watching the Wireless Packet Core market develop over the last two years, and are pleased to officially begin quarterly reporting on this market," said Tam Dell'Oro, Founder of Dell'Oro Group. "Wireless Packet Core is the third mobile infrastructure program that we've launched in the past two months and further illustrates our commitment to mobile infrastructure market research that began with our reporting on RAN and MSC segments in 2001," added Dell'Oro.
According to the report, market revenues grew almost 30 percent in 2009, with growth coming from all three market segments. GGSN and PDSN sessions led the market's shipment growth with each increasing approximately 60 percent during 2009.
"While bandwidth capacity is often cited as the most critical wireless packet core issue, signaling capacity is also vital and will become more so with the increased penetration of smartphones," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Therefore, we expect that the signaling intensive SGSN and MME markets will continue to rise along with bandwidth-intensive gateway products," Collins added.
The report indicates that Huawei and ZTE gained share in 2009. Ericsson, the market leader, maintained its share, and Nokia Siemens, in second place, lost share in 2009.
About the Report
The Dell'Oro Group Wireless Packet Core Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices and sessions shipped for Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), and Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) equipment. To purchase this report, please contact Emily Kendall, call +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email Emily@DellOro.com.
About Dell'Oro Group
As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions. For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit http://www.DellOro.com.
Source: Dell'Oro Group
CONTACT: Karen Venegas of Dell'Oro Group, +1-650-622-9400 ext. 244,
YMCAs Tap into Cell Phones for Instant Member Communication
Using RainedOut to inform members of closings, cancellations and urgent announcements
LEESBURG, Va., April 26 -- Omnilert®, LLC, maker of RainedOut, the first text message service for sports leagues and groups, today announced that YMCA organizations across America are using RainedOut to inform members and staff of closings, cancellations and other urgent announcements.
YMCA's that use the RainedOut group text messaging service include: Border View YMCA, Chester Family YMCA, CUYMCA, Greenwood Family YMCA, Henderon County Family YMCA, Peninsula Family YMCA, Summerville Family YMCA, Tri-County YMCA, YMCA of Columbia, YMCA of Harrison County, YMCA of Talbot County, and others.
Ms. Sondi Creglow is the Sports Director at Greenwood Family YMCA and said, "It is easy for anyone to register and since we do not have to approve anyone unlike our previous system, the participants can control their own account. It is easy and quick to post cancellations or changes. We use it for rain delays and cancellations, practice changes, field changes, and other updates.
"The players and parents like that it's a text message. They don't have to be by a computer to get it. Most of them have their cell phones with them, so it's a lot quicker and easier for them to receive the information.
"When we were trying to find a replacement to our previous system, everybody that used RainedOut.com said this is the best system they had seen. And now that we are using it, we recommend it to other people."
According to Nielsen, at the end of the fourth quarter there were over 232 million SMS users in the U.S. David Gill, Senior Director, Mobile Media at the Nielsen Company said, "With around 83% of mobile subscribers using SMS, texting represents the most common data activity amongst mobile phone users.
"Nielsen has seen consistent quarter over quarter growth in both the number of people participating in text messages and the average number of transactions per person. People are getting more engaged with this medium, not less. SMS is proving to be a legitimate media vehicle for advertisers to reach a desired audience and there is no question that text campaigns should be considered as part of any cross channel media buy on mobile."
Walter Pauly of YMCA of Harrison County Sports said, "Saturday April 3, 2010 was to be our opening day for YMCA of Harrison County soccer. We have 29 teams and nearly 390 kids participating. The forecast was not promising. Rain, then thunder rolled in about 20 minutes prior to the start of the matches. I made the decision to cancel about 5 minutes later. The calls tied up the YMCA phones all morning.
"There had to be a better way. I looked on the Internet and came across RainedOut.com. I registered and informed the parents of soccer to do the same. The very next Friday we made the last minute decision to cancel due to severe weather. I made the call. Within minutes the system was working. RainedOut worked like a charm."
Established in 2004 and used by 1,000s of organizations, RainedOut is the first text message service for sports leagues and groups. This free sponsor-supported service enables non-technical people to administer and send custom or predefined messages instantly to the entire league for improved communication. It is used to cancel games, give directions, recruit volunteers, and much more. As a Web-based service, messages can initiate from a net-connected PC or from the field using a net-connected cell phone. Through one simple interface, RainedOut instantly and simultaneously broadcasts messages to subscribers' mobile phones (via SMS text message) and e-mail accounts, and to the leagues' own Web pages, RainedOut Page, Facebook Page, and Twitter Account. To learn more, visit http://www.rainedout.com/.
Omnilert, LLC is the leading provider of unified mass notification systems for better business continuity, emergency management, and routine communication. The easy-to-use, self-service, Web-based system enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device or service. The award-winning company's 3,000 clients include the U.S. Army, GE, Harvard University, Boeing, American Red Cross, UNICEF, sanofi-aventis, and the National Institutes of Health. Omnilert solutions are sold under the brand names e2Campus, Amerilert, and RainedOut. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at http://www.omnilert.com/ online.
Source: Omnilert, LLC
CONTACT: Bryan Crum of Omnilert, LLC, 1-800-230-1933 x703,
LG Electronics, Tribeca Film Festival Partner to Host Festival's First Ever Premiere on Television
'Keep Surfing' to Premiere on New LG Infinia LED HDTV with THX Certification
NEW YORK, April 26 -- For the first time in the festival's history, the Tribeca Film Festival will premiere a feature film, Keep Surfing, on a television - LG Electronics' new "Infinia" LED high-definition televisions (HDTVs).
LG Infinia HDTVs are designed to deliver the ultimate in picture quality, bringing the director's screening room into your living room. As the only LED LCD HDTVs in the United States to receive THX Display Certification, LG's LE8500 and LX9500 Infinia series provide "something better" in home entertainment allowing viewers to experience the exact same colors, shadows and details as moviegoers in the theater.
Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her role as Meadow on "The Sopranos," is hosting the private premiere of filmmaker Bjorn Richie Lob's Keep Surfing tonight in the Tribeca Grand Hotel's penthouse suite. Lob's film, which chronicles river-surfing on the Eisbach in Munich, Germany, was shot in various formats including 16mm and 35mm, providing stunning shots of the landscape and river.
"Keep Surfing took 10 years to complete. I want the audience to experience not only the passion of the surfers, but the beauty of the river and environment surrounding them," said Lob.
According to Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer, Tribeca Enterprises, "More consumers are looking to bring the film festival experience home and with the evolution of LG's technology to provide theater-quality images, consumers have a greater opportunity for high quality screening experiences at home."
THX is known for its design and certification of world-class cinemas, film mastering and post-production. Its Certified Display program represents a superior benchmark to aid consumers when selecting a new HDTV. The THX Certified LED HDTVs feature THX Mode, a playback setting designed to recreate the same color levels used in the Blu-ray mastering studio, providing viewers at home with the same viewing experience as moviegoers in the theater.
"THX certification candidates undergo a rigorous design and laboratory testing process, which includes 200 THX bench tests covering more than 400 data points to ensure accurate color and exceptional image quality and signal processing performance," said Rick Dean, senior vice president, THX. "No other manufacturer's LED LCD HDTVs on the market today have been able to meet these stringent requirements."
Infinia is the flagship of LG's new LED LCD HDTV line. Leading these introductions is the Full LED Slim technology. The unique backlight structure on its Full LED Slim models (LX9500 and LE8500) allows for the Infinia line's ultra-slim depth and picture quality worthy of THX Display Certification. LG is also the first manufacturer to include the "THX Bright Room" setting which optimizes the contrast, gamma and other settings for watching movies in rooms with a lot of ambient light.
By simply selecting one of the THX modes on an Infinia model, consumers can easily turn their living room into a screening room with just the touch of a button. Together, these features provide consumers with infinite possibilities in home entertainment. The LX9500 and LE8500 Inifina series each include 55- and 47-inch class models (54.6 inches diagonal and 47.0 inches diagonal, respectively).
LG Electronics USA also is the official HDTV sponsor of the Festival and has installed more than 50 LG HDTVs and a host of Blu-ray Disc players in movie theaters, box offices and special event locations throughout lower Manhattan during the 12-day festival. These screens are showing content promoting the Festival, movie trailers and premiere schedules. For more information, please visit: http://www.LG.com.
ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances and business solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.LG.com.
ABOUT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival's mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 2.3 million attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City.
ABOUT THX LTD.
From the big screen to your screen, THX ignites your passion for exciting entertainment experiences. Founded by George Lucas and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the design and certification of world-class cinemas, premium audio systems, HDTVs, and blockbuster movies and games. Products featuring THX defy convention and define quality in their class, whether in the cinema, home or on the road. For more information, visit http://www.thx.com.
Source: LG Electronics USA, Inc.
CONTACT: John Taylor, +1-847-941-8181, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Clara
Chang, +1-201-816-2011, email@example.com, or Nicole Lowe, +1-646-797-6000,
Nicole.Lowe@lg-one.com, all of LG Electronics USA; or Graham McKenna of THX
Ltd., +1-510-332-8939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Exent Enhances Free Ride Games with New Content Channels
New Channels Add Videos, Articles and Other Interest-Specific Content to Extensive Catalog of Games; Multiple Touch Points with Engaged Consumers for Advertisers
NEW YORK, April 26 -- As broadband reaches more and more people, people are increasingly reaching for the Internet as their entertainment venue of choice. The Internet's entertainment options are innumerable and include first-run video, online gaming, social networking and more, but few sites have been able to successfully establish themselves as a one-stop, multi-entertainment destination. Exent's free games download site, Free Ride Games, promises to become the first gaming site to make that transition as it integrates games, videos, articles and other content in its new interest-specific lifestyle channels.
Traditionally, gaming sites demonstrate little differentiation beyond their catalogs of games. Their user interfaces are fairly standardized as they each offer their catalog of games by genres such as arcade, time management games, action games and puzzles. Finding games you like from the various genres can be a laborious process influenced by the site's recommendations and the ease or difficulty of the site's browsing interface.
Free Ride Games is breaking this mold with the launch of new channels tailored to different lifestyle interests. Now, visitors can simply select a lifestyle channel such as beauty & fashion games, travel games or food games to see a selection of relevant cross-genre games. Beyond ease of navigation, however, Free Ride Games has also added how-to and interest-specific videos, articles and other content within the new channels. From learning beauty secrets to uncovering secret travel destinations to downloading a new recipe for Cuban pork and plantains, Free Ride Games has begun to aggregate the multiple entertainment options necessary to become a one-stop destination site for its users.
The new Free Ride Games lifestyle channels include:
-- Beauty & Fashion Games
-- Food Games
-- Green Games
-- Home & Neighborhood Games
-- Pet Games
-- Travel Games
"We are very excited by this evolution of Free Ride Games, moving beyond a pure play gaming site to a site that provides people with a variety of entertainment and infotainment options," stated Paul Rothkopf, Director of Advertising Sales for Exent. "We have worked with our partners and gamers to rethink how people approach gaming and general entertainment and we are pleased that these new channels enable us to treat gamers like the curious, multi-faceted people they are. Free Ride Gamers aren't just gamers - they're parents, students, professionals. We look forward to continuing to enhance Free Ride Games and providing the diversity of entertainment options our users desire."
Free Ride Games enables consumers to play a huge catalog of games for as long as they want for free thanks to its advertising-supported revenue model. The launch of the new channels provides an opportunity for advertisers to target specific customer demographics with highly focused campaigns. Advertisers can now engage Free Ride Games users at multiple levels and times across the Website, channels, media and even within the games themselves thanks to Exent's proprietary GameSkin and AdMuse technologies. Advertisers can choose to "own" a channel if they desire. A major restaurant chain will be sponsoring the Food Games channel later this month.
"The new channels are a terrific opportunity for us to dive deeply into a particular demographic and to engage a customer," said Rothkopf. "It is another way for marketers focused on the female demographic to tactically reach their target audience through online gaming."
Exent is a digital entertainment media company specializing in the marketing, merchandising and broadband-based distribution of video games. Exent delivers a unique combination of superior technology for the delivery and monetization of video games, programming expertise that ensures greater consumer value and engagement and distribution expertise and relationships that seamlessly connect game publishers and consumers and optimize revenue. Exent provides managed games-on-demand services for service providers like Verizon and Qwest as well as its own free, ad-supported gaming site, Free Ride Games. For more information about Exent, please visit http://www.exent.com.
About Free Ride Games
FreeRideGames.com is the only 100% free entertainment site that provides more than 200 premium full-download PC casual games and online games as well as interest-specific videos, articles and other content within lifestyle channels such as beauty & fashion, food and travel. The site offers a wide variety of game genres such as Hidden Object, Match Three and Time Management, as well as the hottest titles such as Cake Mania, Jewel Quest, Diner Dash, the Build-a-lot series, The Treasures of Montezuma and many more.
Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network Just Got Better in Georgia
Verizon Wireless Invested More than $42 Million in the Company's Statewide Wireless Network in the First Quarter of 2010
ALPHARETTA, Ga., April 26 -- In its ongoing effort to provide the best wireless service, Verizon Wireless announced today that it invested more than $42 million in the first three months of 2010 to enhance its network in Georgia. Verizon Wireless, which employs over 4,000 people in the state, added capacity to its network in over 75 Georgia cities and towns. The company's continued investments ensure that Georgia's customers have not only the coverage needed to stay connected wherever they go in the state but the capacity for their growing data needs.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion nationally since it was formed - $5.5 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2003, the company has invested over $1 billion in Georgia.
"We strive to never have network capacity issues. Network reliability is the number one reason customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless and the fact that we've won numerous industry awards and third party accolades supports that fact. We are committed to investing our resources to ensure our customers have the best wireless experience," said Jeff Mango, president, Georgia/Alabama Region for Verizon Wireless.
The Verizon Wireless network was upgraded and enhanced during the early part of 2010 in the metro Atlanta areas of downtown, Vinings and Buckhead and around the following Georgia towns:
Brunswick Milledgeville Bethlehem Camilla Barnesville
Warner Robins Empire Cochran Forsyth Nashville
Smyrna Austell Tifton Ochlocknee Sparta
Berlin Bainbridge Meigs Newnan Commerce
Hogansville Franklin Lagrange Brinson Stockbridge
Donalsonville Hiram Acworth Sharpsburg Cisco
Madras College Park Enigma Brooklyn Woodstock
Cairo Whigham Homerville Pine Mountain Columbus
Dunwoody Carrollton Tallapoosa Kennesaw Hapeville
Athens Douglasville Dallas Marietta Plains
Aragon Lincolnton Lake Oconee Monticello Greensboro
Sharon Rome Taliaferro Siloam Dawsonville
Evans Covington Ellenwood Social Circle Farmington
Cumming Decatur Eatonton Meigs Oxford
Cleveland Rockmart Abbeville Reidville Valdosta
New Cell Towers and Continued Integration
In the first three months of this year, the company completed the integration of the Verizon Wireless and legacy Alltel networks in the Augusta area. With this work complete, Verizon Wireless and former Alltel customers now have greater capacity and an expanded area of coverage. The integrated network, which increased by more than 30 cell sites for both Verizon Wireless and Alltel legacy networks, delivers 100% 3G wireless broadband coverage to 99% of the greater Augusta area's population.
In addition, a new cell tower was added to expand coverage for the residential, retail and recreational areas of Jekyll Island, including the Convention Center, the Jekyll Island Resort Hotel and golf course. New cell towers were also added in the cities of Acworth, Woodstock and Buford and south of Tifton along I-75 to enhance and expand coverage.
"A superior and reliable wireless network is no longer measured by new cell towers alone . . . if a company is focused on putting up hundreds of new towers, they are years behind Verizon Wireless," said Mango. "While we will continue to expand and add coverage to ensure our customers can stay connected, our investment is also focused on adding power and capacity to our existing statewide 3G network. Customers know that the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on and we work everyday to make sure they can connect wherever and whenever they need, no matter what device they are using."
Trusted Wireless Connectivity
Currently, 99 percent of the state's population is covered by Verizon Wireless' 3G network, providing customers with the ability to browse the Web faster for quick page-loading times, quick downloads for music and 3D games, streaming video, e-mails with attachments, video conferencing with contacts, rapidly sharing files and quick access to VZ Navigator - a location-based service offering maps, audible driving directions, traffic updates, gas station locations and pricing.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Source: Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Caran Smith, +1-678-339-4891, Caran.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
State Business Registrations Provide Unique Insight into Hard to Find Private Business Information
BETHESDA, Md., April 26 -- WealthEngine, the leading provider of sophisticated wealth identification and prospect research tools and analytics, today announced it has significantly expanded its database with the addition of more than 63 million state business registrations. This represents the largest available collection of information on public and private companies as well as the individuals who own and operate them.
The state business registrations database covers all 50 states and is updated daily. Filings come directly from Government filing offices via automated feeds and include any status changes and amendments to the business registration to ensure data timeliness and accuracy.
"The majority of America's hidden wealth lies in the hands of private business owners," said Tony Glowacki, WealthEngine's chief executive officer. "The addition of such a comprehensive collection of public and private business information gives our clients a unique ability to identify sources of wealth that were previously difficult to access."
Through WealthEngine's FindWealth Online tool, as well as through its unique Loop Analysis screening solution, the business and home addresses of a prospect can be linked together, ensuring a strong quality of match.
Also accessible is the shareholder equity information of these public and private business owners and officers, providing unique insight into their complete financial profile.
Over 18 years, WealthEngine has built a strong reputation as the leading provider of wealth identification and prospect research solutions that have helped its clients collectively raise billions in funds. WealthEngine clients are able to search across more than 30 databases to identify their best prospects.
"We are accelerating a number of aspects of our product development over the next 18 months," added Glowacki. "Our market is evolving and we see a greater need to innovate. Ultimately, organizations large and small will need more targeted data sets, better analytics and the ability to embed meaningful data into established business processes. We intend to be at the forefront of this innovation."
WealthEngine will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 5 at 1:00pm eastern to demonstrate the many uses of this new business registration data within its FindWealth tools. To register for the webinar, click here.
WealthEngine is a leading provider of sophisticated wealth identification and prospect research and analytics to financial services firms, hospitals, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. More than 2000 clients use WealthEngine's products for comprehensive prospect research on individuals, companies and foundations. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, WealthEngine offers products in both the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.wealthengine.com.
LiveCity Launches Innovative System for Building Websites as an iPhone Application
The New Product Offers Everyone a Chance to own a Unique Application on Smart Cell Phones Swiftly, Without Bureaucracy, and What's Most Important, it's Free!
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26, 2010-- LiveCity, a leading website building company which develops software and
provides solutions to businesses in the Internet domain, has developed a
unique system that enables every business owner to build his website as an
application for advanced cellular phones, including Touch and iPhone sites.
LiveCity is launching a unique product that will be provided to its
customers free of charge. It will enable existing site owners to convert
their Internet sites with the simple press of a button, and will allow those
who do not have a website to build a new site with an advanced system that is
easy to use.
Today the cellular phone industry is undergoing an essential change with
the introduction of advanced systems, smart phones such as the iPhone and
similar products that are taking over the market, with their numbers among
consumers increasing every day. Keeping in step with this dynamic trend,
LiveCity's ground-breaking solution comes in the right place and at the right
All you have to do is take a look at http://www.SiteOnPhone.com.
From there you can build a website that within minutes will be accessible for
browsing on smart cell phones.
As part of its service, LiveCity proposes that owners of existing
websites convert their sites to iPhone applications with the press of a
button, and in this fashion save much time and money by building
The system does not exclude those who do not have an internet site and
enables them, with an easy-to-use interface, to build a website that will
turn into a cell phone application within minutes and incorporate exceptional
design and user friendliness. All you have to do is enter the required text
and pictures and the system does all the rest.
Nir Alloush, CEO of the LiveCity Company: "Surfing the Internet with
smart cellular phones has become a matter of routine. With the profusion of
browsers and the various technologies, the site is not always suited to all
of them, and the user suffers from slowness, complications and discomfort.
"The system that we developed will enable all, from a business owner to
an ordinary citizen, to build for himself a website application which any
owner of a smart instrument can download to his cell phone and have quick
access to a site that is suited to his device and, what's most important,
convenient and easy to browse for information."
Around the world today there are millions of smart cellular devices, a
number that is expected to increase in the near future. At the same time,
LiveCity has begun marketing its new product in the United States, Europe and
in fact all over the world.
Nir Alloush, CEO of LiveCity: "We believe that our product will achieve
great success in the world, as it suits the technological world of the times
like a hand fits a glove. Until today, a business owner seeking an iPhone
application for his customers had to pay tens of thousands of shekels,
receive the proper permits and run into bureaucracy, whereas our new product
removes all these obstacles and gives everyone the opportunity to build a
website and send the application to a customer by SMS directly to his cell
phone, by mail link or through the existing site. Think about it: every
restaurant will be able to build for itself an application in a matter of
minutes and send it out to all its customers for download to their cell
phones. The customer can check out all the details and the menu, get
recommendations, prices, a chance to make contact and of course a map route
to the restaurant interfacing with the GPS built into the cell phone."
LiveCity is a leading company in the country's website building domain.
Under the management of Nir Alloush, the company numbers 36 workers. Six
years ago LiveCity developed an advanced content management system which
enables every business owner in the country to set up a website independently
and at low cost with advanced tools. This system is given to every customer
for a 30-day trial without obligation to check if it suits his needs. In
addition the company supplies professional web design services by a design
studio, promotion and advertising services with various search engines for
companies around the world. The company has over 7,000 active websites
running on its systems, and it provides service and support around the clock.
To make contact:
For more details:
Ronen Hillel Communications and Public Relations
To make contact: Nir Alloush, CEO, +972-503249324, Nir@LiveCity.co.il, press@SiteOnPhone.com; For more details: Ronen Hillel, Ronen Hillel Communications and Public Relations, +972-52-2508109, email@example.com
LeCroy Introduces High Sample Rate, High Resolution Arbitrary Waveform Generators for Analog and Digital Waveform Generation
High Performance AWG provides 125 MHz, 1 GS/s, 2 Mpts per Channel and 16 bit Resolution
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., April 26 -- LeCroy® Corporation today announced the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator. The software interface that controls the hardware is designed to simplify waveform creation with an intuitive navigation tree which allows easy access to all channels along with special views for controlling basic function generator outputs as well as pulse width modulation (PWM) capabilities. The ability to have 2 and 4 channel units in a single, compact form factor not only saves bench space but also provides a low price per channel. Additionally the 4 channel ArbStudio models have an expansion port that allows up to 8 units to be connected, providing up to 32 synchronous analog waveforms.
Four ArbStudio models are available including 2 and 4 channel versions with analog waveform capabilities plus 2 and 4 channel versions which offer a combination of analog waveform and digital pattern generation capabilities. All models have a bandwidth of 125 MHz, maximum sample rate of 1 GS/s, long memory of 2 Mpts/ch and high 16 bit resolution. These specifications result in a higher performance arbitrary waveform generator that competitive models at this price point cannot match.
Powerful, Intuitive Software Interface
The ArbStudio software runs on an external PC freeing the user from the small displays and readouts found on a typical AWG. A simple function generator window is available for basic waveform creation while a unique, streamlined control panel dedicated for PWM signals is also available. The main software mode provides a start page that provides tutorials on creating a wide range of both simple and complex waveforms, as well as shortcuts to recent projects and an intuitive navigation tree to get started quickly. Once waveform creation has begun, graphical displays show the waveforms that have been created or sequenced and the views can be customized to only show the windows that are of most interest to the user.
Arbitrary, DDS or Both
Arbitrary waveform generators are typically available with one of two technologies, either True Arbitrary or Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS). Each of these modes comes with advantages and disadvantages that force the user to think about what they need from an AWG. ArbStudio however does not have this limitation; it provides both modes and allows the user to choose which mode is needed for their waveforms. Furthermore, ArbStudio channels can be set to any mode independently of each other for the ultimate in flexibility.
Engineers and technicians who would like to know more can contact LeCroy at 1-800-5LeCroy (1-800-553-2769) or visit http://www.lecroy.com
LeCroy Corporation is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing, and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, serial data analyzers, and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer and semiconductor, data storage device, automotive and industrial, and military and aerospace markets. LeCroy's 45-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis"--capturing, viewing, and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today's information and communications technologies. LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Company information is available at http://www.lecroy.com/.
Experian to Answer Consumer Questions About Credit Reporting and Scoring at CreditCards.com
Live, interactive town-hall meeting will provide consumers with unique access to credit experts
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 26 -- Experian®, the global information services company, and CreditCards.com today announced that they will co-host a live, interactive, online town-hall discussion of credit reporting and scoring. The event will feature Rod Griffin, Experian's director of public education, and Daniel P. Ray, editor in chief for CreditCards.com.
Consumers are invited to participate by submitting questions, responding to real-time polls and viewing the live streaming video.
"Experian has a long history of making consumer education a top priority," said Griffin. "Hosting a town hall with CreditCards.com gives us a terrific opportunity to directly reach their extensive reader base and answer some of their most pressing questions."
"Educating consumers is a common goal for CreditCards.com and Experian. For consumers, understanding the role of credit reporting companies and how to read your credit report is fundamental," said Elisabeth DeMarse, president and CEO of CreditCards.com. "We're thrilled to bring Experian's expertise to a wider audience of knowledge-hungry consumers."
CreditCards.com is the leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers. CreditCards.com, (http://www.creditcards.com/), enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card advice, news, statistics and tools. In 2009, more than 12 million consumers used CreditCards.com to make smart choices about credit cards. CreditCards.com was recently named a "Best Site for Managing Your Credit" by MSN Money.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2009, was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Experian and the marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
NETGEAR Launches First Sub-$500 Gigabit Firewall for Businesses
SRX5308 ProSafe SSL VPN Firewall Forwards WAN Packets at Gigabit Line Rate; Offers Flexible Multi-WAN Configuration Options
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26 -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the ProSafe® Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall (SRX5308), the first business firewall to provide in excess of 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance for under $500, which translates to only $0.50 per Mbps. As the speed of WAN connections rise, and users turn to virtualization and cloud computing services, businesses need line-rate security devices that meet corporate governance requirements but also fall within budgetary requirements. The flagship of the NETGEAR ProSafe VPN Firewall family, the SRX5308 delivers on these requirements.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall for Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises that provides ultra-high-performance, multidimensional business-class security, the SRX5308 delivers up to 1 Gbps of firewall throughput -- faster than all competing solutions from enterprise vendors in its price class. With four Gigabit WAN ports that provide session-based load balancing, it gives customers a secure, "no compromises" network that can support sophisticated multimedia and the higher throughput applications they need to grow their businesses.
"Finally! An affordable professional firewall with multi-WAN failover, IPsec and SSL VPN," says Larry Strauch, IT manager for Floor Craft LLC, a leading floor-covering company based in Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1942. "The SRX5308 firewall comes with an intuitive administration interface, which we've come to expect from NETGEAR ProSafe products. With a line rate of up to 1Gigabit per second, the SRX5308 is easily able to handle the throughput of our large data pipe --50 Mbps. This router impressed the entire IT department by doing so much, and doing it faster than other solutions we previously tested. The NETGEAR ProSafe SRX5308 has found a permanent home on our rack."
Perfect for the most demanding business networks, the ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall (SRX5308) features a hardware-accelerated data flow architecture that enables 1 Gbps LAN-to-WAN of stateful firewall throughput. Further, the SRX5308 affords remote users the ability to build VPN tunnels to the corporate office to access centralized data using the IP Security (IPsec) standard or software clientless Secure Socket Layers (SSL).
The SRX5308 firewall supports up to 125 IPsec VPN tunnels and 50 SSL VPN tunnels simultaneously, for enhanced protection from network security threats. IPsec VPN tunnels deliver secure site-to-site tunnels connecting multiple offices together, as well as legacy, client-based remote access. SSL VPN tunnels enable clientless, individual remote access to corporate data, anytime and anywhere -- without needing to install a software client. In addition, the SSL VPNs support industry-strength encryption algorithms and features such as automatic cache cleanup after session termination to ensure protection and privacy of sensitive data.
Moreover, as web and email threats are a growing concern for businesses, the new SRX5308 complements NETGEAR's award-winning family of ProSecure® STM Content Security appliances(http://prosecure.netgear.com/) to combine comprehensive network-level security and application-level malware screening, anti-spam, and URL/content filtering for businesses employing web and email applications.
"In years past, it was easy to assume that smaller businesses didn't have the bandwidth or security requirements of larger organizations," said Jon Crotty, research analyst for security products and services at IDC, the global provider of market intelligence. "We know now that neither of those situations is the case - SMBs are using more and more advanced applications that require significant bandwidth and require enterprise-class security to protect that network."
The sophisticated SRX5308 VPN router is a high-performance, SNMP-manageable network solution furnishing multidimensional security, such as denial-of-service (DoS) attack protection, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) to curb hacker threats, URL keyword filtering, SYSLOG support, configurable hardware DMZ port, e-mail reporting, logging and real-time alerts. Quality-of-Service (QoS), WAN traffic metering, and bandwidth profiling give network managers granular bandwidth management capabilities, while VLAN support enables separation of guest traffic from critical production servers. Four Gigabit LAN ports enable maximum internal data transfer speeds, while the four Gigabit WAN ports provide two modes of session-based load balancing as well as failover protection to ensure maximum throughput and reliable connectivity to the Internet.
As with all NETGEAR ProSafe products, the SRX5308 contains several ease-of-use features to simplify implementation: an Auto Detect function connects to a user's ISP promptly; the web-based ProSafe Control Center graphical user interface (GUI) offers simple configuration screens; an Install Assistant to reduce setup time; and an IPsec VPN wizard automates IPsec VPN configuration and creates secure connections to multiple sites.
"As businesses increasingly rely on Internet bandwidth-intensive applications such as cloud computing, Web 2.0 and social media, and outsourced applications, they require a high-performance network that doesn't leave them exposed or vulnerable," said Jason Leung, NETGEAR senior product line manager for SMB Security. "With four Gigabit WAN ports, session-based load balancing and a multitude of configuration options, our SRX5308 ProSafe Firewall is able to achieve ultra-fast performance between networks.
He added, "The combination of the SRX5308 with our industry-leading ProSecure STM Content Security appliances is a great enabler for businesses looking to virtualize their IT infrastructure or deploy cloud services for their organizations. The two appliances work hand-in-hand to mitigate modern network-level and application-level security concerns that preclude these initiatives."
The NETGEAR ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall (SRX5308) is compatible with Windows®, UNIX®, Macintosh®, and Linux® OS and comes with full 24/7 technical support. All NETGEAR ProSafe products, including the SRX5308, are backed by a lifetime warranty and optional ProSupport Maintenance Packages. The SRX5308 is available now from leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at an estimated U.S. street price starting at $499. Photos and other product information can be found at http://www.netgear.com/Products/VPNandSSL/SSLVPNConcentrators/SRX5308.aspx.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 26,000 retail locations around the globe, and via approximately 39,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.netgear.com/ or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/netgear.
Note: Actual data throughput will vary from maximum signal rates stipulated. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate.
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Nimbus Unveils Sustainable Storage, Introduces S-class Intelligent Flash Storage Systems for the Enterprise
Delivers breakthrough performance, efficiency, and data protection for virtualization, databases, and compute-intensive environments
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 -- Nimbus Data Systems Inc. today unveiled Sustainable Storage, a new vision and architecture for enterprise network storage that fundamentally reshapes IT infrastructure with next-generation performance, efficiency, and automated management. With the new Nimbus S-class storage systems, organizations can meet the challenges of rapidly accelerating IO demands and spiraling datacenter costs that traditional disk-based arrays cannot.
Featuring up to 504 redundant NAND flash blades and Nimbus' comprehensive HALO storage operating system, the S-class offers 95% lower energy costs, 24x greater IO performance, and on-demand scalability to 100 TB of solid state storage in a modular and resilient package. The Nimbus S-class offers industry-standard 10 GbE and GbE connectivity, unified iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS support, and proven data protection software. With solutions starting under $25,000, the Nimbus S-class is an affordable, drop-in alternative to traditional disk-based arrays that propels application performance, simplifies IT operations, and drives down datacenter costs for years to come.
"Nimbus challenges our certainty that we fully know what is reasonable and possible in the storage business - even when what is proposed matches well known business needs. The company's approach runs counter to the accepted approach of the storage business over decades, by addressing underlying causes rather than merely ameliorating symptoms," said Mark Peters, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Storage Group. "Everyone - Nimbus included - knows that real world results will be the clincher, but immediate product availability means we are close to getting those, and if the S-class results are even close to its promises then this product is going to garner a great deal of favorable and amazed attention."
95% Reduction in Energy and Datacenter Operating Costs
Nimbus S-class systems consume 95% less power than traditional disk-based arrays, delivering an unprecedented 6,000 IOps per watt and up to 675,000 IOps per floor tile. Just one S-class shelf, consuming a mere 80 W and 2U of rackspace, delivers uncached IO performance comparable to 2,080 15K rpm drives that would require 8 full datacenter racks and 37,000 W of power, enabling organizations to aggressively reclaim rackspace and reign in energy costs. With available integrated inline deduplication and compression, S-class systems further reduce the storage footprint of virtual machines by up to 10:1, achieving capacity density up to 25 TB per U of rackspace, an 8x improvement over typical 15K rpm drive arrays.
24x Greater Storage Performance without Tuning, Tiering, or Caching
The S-class delivers up to 1.35M uncached IOps and 41 Gbps of throughput performance, providing ample storage horsepower for enterprise-wide virtualization, VDI deployments, databases and OLTP, and other IO-intensive HPC and rich media applications. Instead of relying on tiering, caching, or short-stroking techniques that increase operational complexity, cost, and power consumption without substantially improving performance, the S-class replaces the root of the storage performance problem - the hard drive - with flash blades. Each hot-swappable flash blade is connected to a 6G SAS internal architecture, providing scalable performance up to 24x greater than 15K rpm drive arrays. With 8 processor cores and TCP/IP offload technology, the S-class delivers superior performance without complex spindle allocation rules and tuning.
Developed over 5 years and in production at 200 sites today, Nimbus' HALO storage operating system, built into the S-class, provides comprehensive storage provisioning and data protection features with simplified management at no additional cost. HALO's 64-bit architecture and dynamic storage pooling enable IT administrators to add storage on-demand and automatically manage it as a single pool of capacity. Unified block and file support with iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS protocols enables superior consolidation of SAN and NAS storage with a single device, enhancing utilization and reducing hardware and management complexity. Thin provisioning and inline deduplication maximize the utilization and efficiency of the storage capacity, while HALO's unique snapshot technology offers unlimited rollback points while maintaining optimal performance and minimizing capacity usage. Always-on continuous local and remote replication and a dedicated Ethernet WAN port provide secure enterprise-class high availability and bandwidth-efficient disaster recovery in-the-box without costly third-party equipment.
Superior Resiliency, Uptime and Serviceability
S-class systems are engineered from the ground up for high availability. S-class flash blades use enterprise-grade NAND with 28% over-provisioning, write amplification, and robust wear-leveling technology to ensure exceptional durability in primary storage workloads. Each flash blade is further enhanced by RAID technology across the blades, protecting data even in the event of two simultaneous failures while also providing live spares that automatically rebuild blades in a fraction of the time of traditional hard drive rebuilds. Redundant network controllers, dual processors, mirrored system memory, redundant power supplies and fans, and dual operating system images ensure maximum availability. The auto-negotiating quad network ports enable users to migrate from Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to 10 GbE without any downtime. S-class systems are backed by an available 5-year warranty.
"Sustainable Storage is about optimizing the three pillars of enterprise IT: power, performance, and people," said Thomas Isakovich, CEO of Nimbus. "By engineering the S-class platform from the NAND silicon on up, powered by our own feature-rich HALO storage operating system, Nimbus is strategically positioned to best optimize storage efficiency and IO performance with closely coupled hardware and software. Sustainable Storage is an essential element of a broader industry trend towards greener and more agile IT infrastructures, and Nimbus is pleased to help lead this charge with the S-class."
Availability and Price
The Nimbus S-class is available now from Nimbus' worldwide network of integration and distribution partners. A 2.5 TB model with a full HALO storage operating system license is $24,995; a 5 TB model is $39,995. The S-class scales modularly up to 21 enclosures for up to 100 TB total. Each system comes with a standard 1 year warranty (upgradable to 3 or 5 years) and optional 24x7x365 4-hour onsite service. Additional information about Nimbus' S-class systems is available online at http://www.nimbusdata.com/.
About Nimbus Data Systems Inc.
Nimbus Data Systems Inc. develops Sustainable Storage systems and software that transform storage efficiency, IO performance, and IT operations in the enterprise and datacenter. Nimbus storage software and hardware innovations provide the optimal foundation for enterprise-wide virtualization, databases, and compute-intensive environments. For more information, visit http://www.nimbusdata.com. Follow Nimbus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/nimbusdata
Sony Teams Up with Taylor Swift to Promote Latest Cyber-shot Digital Cameras
Start of a year-long campaign highlighting Sony innovations
SAN DIEGO, April 26 -- Sony Electronics has teamed up with four-time GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift to promote its latest Cyber-shot® digital cameras in an integrated marketing campaign that puts the spotlight on the company's latest innovations.
The ads with Swift zero in on the sleek and powerful Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 digital still camera and its intelligent iSweep Panorama feature that captures ultra-wide panoramic shots in one easy "press and sweep" motion; a technology innovation currently only available by Sony.
Primetime advertising spots featuring Swift discovering that she can capture the breadth of her audience with the new TX7 camera will start airing today on NBC, FOX and CW, accompanied by digital and print ads carried out through June. Sony will also spread the word about the new digital camera commercial through social networks.
"My fans are on the cutting edge, and I'm very interested in the newest and best technologies out there," said Swift. "I'm super excited to be working with Sony and using the TX7 camera. The iSweep panorama mode is amazing."
"This campaign with Swift and the TX7 camera is the start of a year-long campaign designed to demonstrate the quality, innovation, style and design that only Sony-branded products stand for," said Stuart Redsun, Sony Electronics' senior vice president, corporate marketing. "Sony is the only electronics company that creates entertainment and the only entertainment company that makes electronics. The 'wow' factor in our newest ad is clearly illustrated when Taylor puts the TX7 in action."
The campaign kicks off with Swift visiting the Sony Innovation Center where all of Sony's electronics and entertainment assets unite, and will continue with different guests stopping by to check out other Sony innovations. All aspects of this year-long advertising campaign with interactive content and Sony's latest innovations will be highlighted at http://www.sony.com/innovations.
This is the first campaign to incorporate the Sony group-wide "make.believe" (make dot believe) brand message which symbolizes creativity and innovation and unifies both entertainment and electronics. It was developed with support of Sony Electronics' advertising agency 180 Los Angeles.
About the Cyber-shot DSC-TX7
In addition to the iSweep Panorama mode, the compact and stylish TX7 takes stunning low-light images, can shoot 10 images in one second, and is the world's smallest camera capable of full high-definition AVCHD video recording and playback. The camera has a 3.5-inch (diag.) high resolution touch LCD screen and is available in silver, dark blue and red for about $400 online at Sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (http://www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.
To create additional excitement, a limited number of TX7 cameras have been engraved with Taylor Swift's signature and will be on sale at SonyStyle.com.
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ReadyTalk Launches New Web Conferencing Service with Focus on Event ROI and Meeting Productivity
New features make meetings and webinars easy to plan, manage and promote
DENVER, April 26 -- ReadyTalk, a leader in integrated audio and web conferencing services, today announced the launch and general availability of Web Meeting 6, a significant upgrade to its web conferencing service that improves event ROI and meeting productivity with quick-to-start meetings; a new interface; enhanced features to increase audience engagement; and sophisticated marketing tools.
Meetings, sales demos, training sessions and webinars are easy to schedule and conduct with new tools designed for planning, meeting and sharing. New features include:
-- Flash or Java participant entry (no participant downloads required)
-- Robust polling and reporting capabilities
-- Social media enhancements for promoting and sharing recorded webinar
-- Chairperson interface upgrades
-- Audio participant name identification
Ease of Use & Access for Everyone
Web Meeting 6 features a simplified interface that makes it easy and intuitive to share slides, applications or the computer desktop. Users will also find that managing participants and co-presenters continues to be a streamlined process.
Building on a reputation for industry-best platform and browser support, Web Meeting 6 utilizes a Flash participant application that does not require a download and connects participants to a conference in less than 10 seconds. ReadyTalk also supports participants joining a conference with Java, making it the only conferencing provider to offer two participant applications. This ensures that everyone can join a conference on virtually every computer platform.
"The introduction of Flash is huge; it makes entry into the conference fast and the speed that images, applications and slides are rendered continues to impress me," said Michael Roseman, SVP at Astadia, Inc. "The new user interface is intuitive and makes the audience and presenter experience even better than before. Web Meeting 6 raises the bar on ease of use and web conferencing experiences."
Sophisticated Marketing Tools
Web Meeting 6 makes it easy to promote webinars on social media sites with integrated tools for sharing to Facebook and Twitter. Conference organizers can quickly share invitation details and a link to a customizable registration page. Following a webinar, recorded content can be shared via Twitter, podcasted or embedded directly into Facebook and blogs with just a few clicks.
"The ability to reach a wider audience is essential to any organization hosting webinars; Web Meeting 6 makes interacting with social media channels a seamless process," said Alli Libb, online event program manager, American Marketing Association. "Now, we can quickly embed recorded webinars directly to our community pages to share with our fans or embed them in our site as a resource for AMA members."
In addition to integration with social media sites, Web Meeting 6 includes campaign management and detailed reporting. This allows conference and webinar organizers to identify how participants are hearing about an event and maximize ROI.
A Complete Package to Plan, Meet and Share
With Web Meeting 6, customers get access to a full-featured conferencing tool set at one affordable price.
"Web Meeting 6 makes it easy for organizations to hold successful conferences from start to finish. By providing tools to support the planning, meeting and sharing activities of running a web conference, ReadyTalk customers have a single service to use for everyday collaboration meetings or for complex lead generation Webinars," said Scott King, vice president of sales and marketing, ReadyTalk. "ReadyTalk is the only service provider to give customers a single package with all the tools for collaboration, training, webinars and demos; there's no need to upgrade or purchase other products. This means customers always have the right tools in their toolbox when they need them."
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Denver, Colo., ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that empower customers to successfully conduct audio and web conferences of all sizes - from ad hoc meetings to large webinars. ReadyTalk combines ease of use with sophisticated marketing tools to increase audience engagement, event ROI and meeting productivity. Unlike other services, ReadyTalk gives customers a full suite of tools for training, collaboration, webinars and more. You'll always have access to the right features when you need them, no need to upgrade to another product. Please call toll free 800.843.9166 or visit http://www.readytalk.com for more information.
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FBN ITPro Wireless to Provide Free Nationwide Wireless Service
Free Government Assisted Wireless Service
MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 26 -- FBN ITPro Wireless a division of FBN ITPro World Business Network, today announced that it will provide FREE Government Assisted Wireless Service to individuals receiving government assistance such as - Food Stamps, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), National School Free Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance recipients. FBN ITPro Wireless will also provide Free Cellular Phones and Wireless Service to all Senior Citizens and individuals participating in Vocational Rehabilitation.
National Semiconductor Introduces Industry's First LED Driver With Dynamic Headroom Control for High-Power Applications
PowerWise Controller Maximizes System Efficiency, Simplifies Design and Reduces System Cost
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 26 -- GlobalPress Electronic Summit -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today announced the industry's first LED driver with dynamic headroom control and multiple outputs for high-power applications that accurately and efficiently drives up to four strings of LEDs. The LM3464, a member of National's PowerWise® energy-efficient product family, maximizes system efficiency and reduces system complexity and cost in LED-intensive applications such as industrial, street and automotive lighting.
Unlike traditional high-brightness LED drivers that drive current to each string independently, the LM3464 LED driver includes four channels to drive up to 20 LEDs per channel, reducing system complexity and cost.
The LM3464's dynamic headroom control feature dynamically adjusts the LED supply voltage through the power supply feedback to the lowest level required to provide optimal system efficiency.
Technical Features of National's LM3464 LED Driver
The LM3464 is a high-voltage current controller with four individual current regulator channels. It works in conjunction with external N-channel MOSFETs and sense resistors to accurately drive current to each LED string. The LM3464 features a wide input voltage range up to 80V to drive multiple LEDs per string, making the LM3464 ideal for LED-intensive applications.
A thermal foldback feature protects the LEDs from unsafe temperatures that can significantly degrade the light output or lifetime of the LEDs. During an over-temperature condition, the thermal foldback reduces the current through the LEDs until the LED junction temperature of the LEDs returns back to a safe operating temperature. This user-programmable feature allows for a more robust and reliable thermal design, helping to ensure the lifetime and light output of the LEDs over time and through temperature variances due to environmental conditions of the fixture.
The dynamic headroom control feature monitors the forward voltages of the LED strings and dynamically adjusts the LED supply voltage through the power supply feedback to the lowest level required. By directly controlling the output of the offline regulator, the LM3464 can eliminate the second stage switching regulator commonly required for offline LED power supplies.
The LM3464 features both pulse-width modulation (PWM) and analog dimming interfaces to allow the user to select between various dimming types for different applications. Protection features include VIN under-voltage lock-out, LED open/short circuit and over-temperature fault signaling to the system controller.
National's LM3464 is priced at $4.50 in 1,000-unit quantities. Samples are available now with production quantities available in June, 2010. More information about National's lighting products is available at http://www.national.com/analog/led.
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in analog power management technology. Its products include easy-to-use integrated circuits, PowerWise products that enable more energy-efficient systems, and SolarMagic products which improve the energy output of solar arrays. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary last May. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.46 billion for fiscal 2009. Additional information is available at http://www.national.com.
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FIRST AND ONLY BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING SYSTEM THAT CONNECTS WITH NINTENDO DS(TM) or DS Lite Transforms Kids' Diabetes Experience by Linking Play with Purpose
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 26 -- Bayer Diabetes Care today announced the introduction of the DIDGET(TM) blood glucose monitoring system in the United States. The DIDGET meter is unique because it is the only blood glucose meter that connects directly to Nintendo DS(TM) and DS Lite gaming systems to help kids manage a lifelong disease by rewarding them for building consistent testing habits and meeting personalized blood glucose target ranges. Bayer's DIDGET meter is now available for purchase in the U.S. through CVS.com, Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com.
Bayer's DIDGET meter links play with purpose for children with diabetes by tapping into kids' existing passion for handheld gaming. The DIDGET meter positively reinforces consistent blood glucose testing habits by awarding points that kids can use to unlock new game levels and customize their gaming experience.
"As the first meter truly designed with kids in mind, the DIDGET meter can transform a child's blood sugar testing experience from something they have to do into something they want to do," said Dr. Larry Deeb, pediatric endocrinologist and medical director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida and a paid consultant for Bayer. "Regular blood sugar testing is critical for diabetes management and one of the biggest challenges facing parents of kids with diabetes is motivating their kids to develop good testing habits. Bayer's DIDGET meter adds an element of fun and rewards to the routine of testing and, by doing so, helps ease that parent/child tension that testing often creates," he added.
Bayer's DIDGET meter is intended for use by kids ages 4-14 and grows with the child's ability to manage their diabetes, offering two testing levels, Basic and Advanced. It comes with Knock 'Em Downs(TM): World's Fair that includes a full length adventure game and mini game arcade. The DIDGET meter will connect to Bayer's DIDGET(TM) World (http://www.bayerdidget.com), a password-protected Web community that is coming soon, where kids can spend points that they earn from consistent monitoring practices and create their own page.
The DIDGET meter is based on Bayer's trusted CONTOUR® system and uses the same technology and CONTOUR test strips, providing the same easy accuracy, No Coding(TM) technology, no interference with maltose, galactose and oxygen and automatic correction for hematocrit and many common interfering substances (e.g., acetaminophen, ascorbic acid). CONTOUR test strips also feature under fill detection and automatic control solution marking as well as a 5-second test time and small (0.6 mL) sample size.
Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, who is a paid spokesperson and an actual user of Bayer's CONTOUR USB meter said, "I know first hand how important it is for kids to test their blood sugar regularly. Using Bayer's DIDGET meter is a cool and fun way for kids to do that. The DIDGET meter uses the same test strips as the CONTOUR meter, the strips I rely on every day."
Bayer's DIDGET meter recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the blood glucose meter is now available for a suggested retail value of $74.99 through leading online pharmacies. Nintendo DS and DS Lite gaming systems are sold separately and are not required or needed to use the DIDGET meter. Bayer's DIDGET World Web Community is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Firefox 3.0, 3.5, 3.6. For more information, visit http://www.bayerdidget.com.
Building on more than 40 years of experience since Bayer pioneered the first portable blood glucose meter, the company recently introduced CONTOUR USB, the first blood glucose monitor in the U.S. that connects directly to a PC or MAC - providing users with instant access to information and trends about their blood sugar levels. Bayer innovated the measurement of A1C (glycated hemoglobin) and was the first to offer a suite of blood glucose monitors with No Coding(TM) technology and no interference from maltose and galactose.
An estimated 186,300(1) young people under the age of 20 in the U.S. have diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In persons with type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin, and therefore people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to manage their life long disease. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in adults, although increasingly, children are being diagnosed with this disease(2).Type 2 is associated with obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity(3). In people with type 2 diabetes, the body doesn't make enough insulin, or it doesn't use the insulin it does make very well. There are many therapies available, including insulin, for people with type 2 diabetes. All people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes must carefully balance food, medications and activity level to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible in order to avoid long term complications of diabetes.
Bayer Diabetes Care
Bayer Diabetes Care is a worldwide leader in diabetes care, supporting customers in 100 countries and, for more than 40 years, has led the way in diabetes care product innovation. Today, Bayer Diabetes Care offers an unparalleled choice in diabetes management systems and comprehensive support including education, tools and resources designed to simplify life with diabetes. Bayer Diabetes Care is a business of the Bayer HealthCare LLC, Medical Care Division and has its global headquarters located in Tarrytown, New York. http://www.simplewins.com.
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DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) Help Drive Fiber All The Way
Next Generation Coating Technology Optimizes Fiber in MDU Deployments
ELGIN, Ill., April 26 -- The industry's newest generation of coating technology for optical fiber, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM), is formulated to optimize fiber optic deployment in today's Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) environments, says UV-curable coatings leader DSM. Introduced by DSM in 2009, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) enable higher fiber count in compact cable, increased stress tolerance, and improved signal attenuation performance in tight bend applications.
Among the most significant challenges addressed by DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) in delivering fiber-all-the-way in the MDU environment are: deploying fiber optic cable in very tight locations without increasing signal attenuation, ensuring that the fiber will perform over the life of the network and avoiding costly re-builds, and having enough capacity in the plant to support increasingly bandwidth-hungry services.
"DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) are engineered for low microbend sensitivity which produces several key performance benefits in optical fiber, including the enabling of higher fiber capacity in compact cable designs," said Steve Schmid, DSM R&D Manager Fiber Optic Coatings. "The use of these newest-generation coatings can result in increasing a compact cable's fiber count capacity by more than 30%."
New higher-density, high-performance fiber optic cables, made possible by DSM's advanced coating formulation, allow broadband service providers to lower capital and operational expenses related to fiber optic deployment because the cable is easier to install and has lower overall maintenance. The added capacity in the cable allows service providers to deliver highly-profitable premium services and create a more positive customer experience.
"The broadband industry is being tasked to deliver network capacity into increasingly complex and exotic environments, and in MDUs we're dealing with much tighter real estate," said Rob Crowell, Vice President Fiber Optics Materials DSM Desotech. "We attacked this challenge in the same way we've been addressing them for the fiber industry over the past four decades--with experience, investment in R&D and an ongoing dialogue with fiber manufacturers and other industry leaders. The result is a technology innovation that is making fiber-all-the-way a cost-effective and profitable option for service providers."
DSM - the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company
Royal DSM N.V. creates solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance. Its end markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrical and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM manages its business with a focus on the triple bottom line of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity, which it pursues simultaneously and in parallel. DSM has annual net sales of about euro 8 billion and employs some 22,700 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information: http://www.dsm.com
About DSM Desotech
DSM Desotech is the world's leading developer of UV-curable optical fiber coatings, a critical component of high-speed optical fiber networks. With more than 40 years experience in fiber coatings development, the company holds more than 120 U.S. patents in UV-curable technology, with other patents in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australia and Canada. DSM Desotech operates globally, with research and manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Europe, China and Japan. It is headquartered in Elgin, Ill., USA. DSM Desotech is a business unit of DSM Resins, based in the Netherlands, and is part of the global DSM family - a world leader in life sciences and material sciences. More information can be found at: http://www.supercoatings.com.
About DeSolite Supercoatings(TM)
DSM's newest generation of fiber coatings, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM), has been engineered to significantly improve microbending sensitivity at the fastest processing speeds, ensuring the best economy of high speed production and superior attenuation performance. In standard basket-weave testing, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) display 90% less sensitivity to microbend attenuation--a performance advantage critical for today's new FTTx designs, especially at the longer wavelengths of 1625nm. In addition to improved microbending sensitivity, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) demonstrate high reliability in temperature extremes, ensuring a robust solution especially in low temperature environments. Other enhanced performance properties include reduced volatility, faster cure speed and advanced mechanical properties.
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LSI Announces Development System for Enterprise Video Applications
Proven StarPro silicon and software to enable intelligent media-aware networks
MILPITAS, Calif., April 26 -- LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today announced the availability of a media processing development system based on the LSI(TM) SP2704 StarPro® media processor, which extends the LSI asymmetrical multicore architecture to enterprise video applications using the company's proven family of networking silicon and software. The new development system allows OEMs to build media-aware networks that enable intelligent media and graphics processing in the data center and enterprise network.
Enterprise networking equipment manufacturers are routinely faced with having to integrate proprietary components from multiple sources due to a lack of media-efficient solutions. To address these challenges, LSI has created a system specifically designed for the development of enterprise video applications. The new offering enables OEMs to develop scalable video processing systems more rapidly and more cost effectively.
"The continuing proliferation of new enterprise video services requires higher-performing and more efficient media processors with highly integrated software," said Will Strauss, principal analyst, Forward Concepts. "LSI StarPro processors with video processing software can enable OEMs to develop comprehensive and advanced video network infrastructure."
The media processing development system includes a portfolio of solutions for enterprise network and data center market segments. Containing a complete family of voice and video codecs and frameworks, this highly versatile, reprogrammable platform enables support for new video codecs such as the networking-centric SVC-HD codec. The system also provides a path to future video algorithms for applications such as video analytics, speech-to-text and text-to-speech. The new development system allows OEMs to quickly migrate from the SP2600 family to the SP2700 family while protecting existing investments.
"OEMs are faced with an avalanche of new video services, rapidly evolving standards and increasing bandwidth demands," said Jon Devlin, DSP product line director, Networking Components Division, LSI. "Our media development system for enterprise networks delivers a proven, programmable and scalable hardware solution that future-proofs network investments and enables the delivery of cost-effective any-to-any services."
Development systems are currently being sampled to lead customers. LSI has meeting suites at both Interop, Las Vegas, and Multicore Expo, San Jose, April 27-29. For more information on the SP2700 family of media processors visit http://go.lsi.com/starpro.
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LSI Tarari Content Processor Family Enhanced with High-Performance, Low-Latency Solution
New T2500 device optimized to meet requirements for 20 Gb/s security processing and 100 Gb/s application recognition
MILPITAS, Calif., April 26 -- LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today announced the LSI(TM) Tarari® T2500 content processor, which has been designed to meet the content processing requirements of ultra high-speed, ultra low-latency networking applications. The Tarari T2500 offloads critical security processing and application recognition from the host processor, delivering improved network performance and increased security.
Silicon-based content processors enable security applications to detect intrusions, viruses and other malware at very high speeds with minimal impact on the host processor. In addition, Tarari content processors can be programmed to recognize the data flowing through the network so that specific data types, such as video, can be identified and prioritized over other traffic. As a result, network users can be assured that the data they are downloading is safe, and video users will be able to enjoy a better, uninterrupted viewing experience.
"As the amount of data in the network continues to increase, enterprises and service providers are struggling to scan traffic for security threats and perform application recognition without impacting network performance," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "The LSI Tarari T2500 content processor helps solve the problems faced by network-equipment OEMs by delivering industry-leading performance without compromising features."
The LSI Tarari T2500 dedicates multiple on-chip resources to significantly reduce latencies and increase single-flow throughput up to 5 Gb/s for improved performance, allowing OEMs to deliver up to 20 Gb/s of security processing or 100 Gb/s of application recognition. It is pin-compatible with existing LSI Tarari T2000 content processors, now includes support for DDR3 memories, and features the PCI Express® Gen 2 interface, doubling bus bandwidth. All LSI Tarari T1000, T2000 and T2500 content processors, including the DPI engine embedded in the LSI Axxia(TM) Communication Processor, use a common API and rule syntax, which maximizes code reuse across multiple platforms and applications.
"Securing networks and identifying time-critical traffic, such as video streaming, are both key elements in next-generation enterprise and service provider networks," said Tareq Bustami, director of multicore communication processors, Networking Components Division, LSI. "The innovative architecture deployed in the T2500 content processor provides unprecedented performance and extremely low latency while supporting the most content inspection rules in the industry."
Tarari T2500 content processors will be available in sample quantities in the third quarter of 2010. For additional information, please visit http://www.lsi.com/tarari.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 26 -- As a worldwide pioneer in energy efficient silicon solutions, Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) applauds Silicon Valley representative and one of the leading members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Rep. Michael Honda's (CA-15) efforts to green the consumer electronics (CE) industry with the "Smart Electronics Act," H.R. 5070. Introduced last week, the proposed legislation addresses greenhouse gas impacts and high energy costs created by the proliferation of CE devices throughout the world.
Many of Marvell's technologies help increase the efficiency of today's common CE products. The Company is a vocal proponent of power factor correction (PFC) technology, an almost-forgotten 30-year old innovation that reduces more than 50 percent of the energy that is wasted in the transmission of electricity. Estimates show the volume of CE products consumed throughout the world will more than double to as many as five billion units in the next decade, but Marvell's PFC technology is designed to help reduce the world's carbon footprint at an exponential level through more efficient design.
Sehat Sutardja, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marvell Semiconductors, Inc. states, "Every year, people around the world consume energy from billions of new electronic products--from smartphones, to tablet computers to televisions. All our efforts to make energy consumption more efficient through 'smart grids' and 'smart meters' are wasted if we still have dumb products. The Smart Electronics Act is landmark legislation that will ensure that those new products are more energy efficient and earth-friendly, reducing our resource demands and carbon footprint for generations to come."
Marvell is also committed to educating consumers about energy efficient technologies and behaviors. As founder of the Smart-Electronics Initiative, Marvell will work with fellow CE industry leaders, policy-makers, and other energy efficiency stakeholders to spearhead further studies on issues affecting the industry, helping develop public policies like the "Smart Electronics Act" that reduce energy consumption.
"We're moving beyond the limits of the Internet age to bring consumers something new: the always-on lifestyle with rich live digital content--voice, data, video, photos, music and news--where ever they want it, whenever they want it and in the format they want it in. And as more Internet connected devices such as smartphones, eReaders, tablets, netbooks, and IPTVs, keep us connected for longer hours during the day, buyers need to make smarter decisions about the efficiency of the technology they use," said Weili Dai, Marvell's Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit. "Marvell is a world leader in high performance, ultra low-power semiconductors for greener, feature-packed CE devices. We know that there are many chip-level solutions that can reduce energy waste--from power factor correction technology to digital controllers for light-emitting diodes (LEDs); the Smart Electronics Act will make readily available the type of information consumers need to make responsible choices for the good of our earth."
Jared Ficker with Smart-Electronics Initiative (http://www.smart-electronics.org) recognizes the leadership of both Marvell and Congressman Honda's bill introduction, stating, "We have an insatiable appetite for consumer electronics, and addressing the energy efficiency of these devices through innovation is key. It will take the collaboration of the consumer electronics industry with policy-makers to solve this growing demand for power. We applaud Marvell for driving this national effort."
As more CE products are invented and consumed, the combined efforts of Marvell, Rep. Honda and the Smart-Electronics Initiative are even more important to preserve the long term environmental health of our planet.
Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the terms "company" and "Marvell" refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com/.
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Toshiba Launches 32-Bit Microcontroller for Analog Circuit Control in Industrial and Appliance Applications
TMPM380 Microcontroller Features 40 MHz Cortex(TM)-M3 Processor Core to Enable Increased Functionality and More Precise Operation
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced availability of a new 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), the TMPM380. The TMPM380 MCU was specifically designed for the digital control of high-current circuits commonly found in industrial or appliance applications. Powered by a 40 MHz ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 processor core, Toshiba's TMPM380 provides higher performance than the 8- and 16-bit MCUs typically used in industrial or appliance applications, yet at price points similar to the lower-performing alternatives. The new TMPM380 delivers improved operating characteristics, including better energy efficiency and more precise control.
The higher performance provided by the TMPM380 MCU also can enable the addition of new features to an application. For example, speech synthesis could be added to an appliance's user interface so the appliance could provide voice confirmation of user commands and settings. The TMPM380 MCU offers a 5V operation, which delivers better immunity to system noise than a comparable 3V MCU and easier interfacing with other 5V components.
"With the TMPM380 MCU, we are bringing a higher level of digital processing to industrial and appliance applications at a lower price point," said Andrew Burt, vice president of the Imaging and Communications Marketing Group in the ASSP Business unit at TAEC. "By implementing the TMPM380 MCU in their designs, engineers will be able to develop cookers, pumps, compressors, motors or any system controlled by inverters or discrete power devices with better operating characteristics or additional features without increasing system cost."
Toshiba's TMPM380 MCU uses a specialized pulse-width modulation (PWM) circuit, which can generate three-phase control for motor circuits or a 16-bit programmable pulse generator (PPG) control for circuits employing power semiconductors such as IGBTs (insulated gate bipolar transistors) or FETs (field-effect transistors). The MCU has an on-board 12-bit analog/digital converter that can synchronize with the PWM unit to read back system state at critical times. The device also has several safety and fault tolerance features, including software support of the IED 60730B safety standard and oscillator frequency and low voltage detectors. An added benefit of the TMPM380 is that it uses zero-wait state FLASH and SRAM that assures latency time does not vary in unpredictable ways. As a result, designers can develop applications that require deterministic timing. This ability is key in applications requiring analog processing, where precise control loop timing is critical. In addition, the MCU's Cortex-M3 core offers fast interrupt response, especially important in applications where real-time operating systems need to quickly adapt to varying inputs, such as with appliances.
Pricing and Availability
Engineering samples of the TMPM380 MCU are available now. Mass production is scheduled to begin in Q3 2010. The TMPM380 family pricing starts with the TMPM382FSFG (64K Flash / 8K SRAM) at $1.90 per unit in 10,000 unit quantities.
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, distributions and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, discrete devices, displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, digital multimedia and imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, Preliminary 2009 WW Semiconductor Revenue Ranking, January 2010). For additional company and product information, please visit http://www.toshiba.com/taec/.
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at chips.toshiba.com or from your TAEC representative.
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Coreworx 6.5.1 Introduces Project Controls to Mitigate the Cost and Schedule Risk Common in Today's Complex Mega Capital Projects
HOUSTON, April 26 -- Coreworx Inc., a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, Inc., (NASDAQ:ACFN), is pleased to announce the release of Coreworx 6.5.1 and the Project Controls module.
With Coreworx Project Controls front line managers can monitor and control the execution of project deliverables. As increasing project complexity comes up against the need for faster project execution and growing interfaces, standardized project controls are essential to achieving project success. Coreworx applies best practices in monitoring work progress and calculating earned value along with the real-time integration of plan, actual and forecast data. Managers are equipped to make high impact decisions with complete confidence. With pre-configured reports and web parts to control scope, scheduling and quality, customers can rapidly stand up new projects.
Coreworx 6.5.1 delivers significant new functionality for Owner/Operators, EPCs and Contractors. Customers can expect to see increased flexibility in managing related documents - a key requirement for project engineers to rapidly execute impact analysis when project changes are required. Document processing capabilities have been enhanced to streamline document control with contracting parties. Updates to electronic forms support, increased flexibility in how transmittals are handled and workflow support for out of office rules are also featured. Search performance has been augmented to support higher document volumes across indices and the core security model now considers a contracting party register, capturing the roles that organizations and their employees play within projects.
This latest release provides an extensible backbone for a suite of new product applications. Coreworx 6.5.1 lays the groundwork for the upcoming Interface Management Solution as well as providing functionality for the Coreworx Nuclear Industry Solution and Contract Management.
"Coreworx 6.5.1 broadens our product portfolio to continually help the front line managers, at our customers, respond in real time to the daily challenges of managing the performance of the huge capital project they are responsible for." said Ray Simonson, CEO of Coreworx. "With Project Controls managers can apply the latest best practices in monitoring and controlling engineering, procurement and construction project deliverables across their portfolio of mega projects."
Coreworx 6.5.1 and the Project Controls module are available this week.
Coreworx Inc. provides integrated project execution and information control solutions for mega capital projects in the oil & gas, power and mining sectors. The Coreworx solution is a proven web-based enterprise software system that enables engineering and construction contractors and owner/operators to automate best practices, mitigate business risks and improve performance throughout the entire project lifecycle. Coreworx services a portfolio of projects valued at over $500 billion across more than 50 countries, on more than 400 capital projects with nearly 70,000 users. Coreworx has offices in Houston, Baton Rouge, Calgary, Victoria and Waterloo. For more information, visit http://www.coreworxinc.com. Coreworx Inc. is an Acorn Energy company.
About Acorn Energy:
Acorn Energy, Inc. is a publicly-traded holding company with equity interests in CoaLogix, Coreworx, DSIT, GridSense and US Sensor Systems, Inc. These companies leverage advanced technologies to transform and upgrade the energy infrastructure around the world. Acorn companies are focused on three problems in the energy sector: improving the efficiency of the energy grid, reducing the risk for owners of large energy assets, and reducing the environmental impact of the energy sector. Acorn's strategy is to take primarily controlling positions in companies led by great entrepreneurs. For more information visit http://www.acornenergy.com/.
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Pearson and Xirrus Announce Partnership to Deliver Wireless Learning to Schools
Xirrus' Wi-Fi Arrays Will Run Waterford Early Learning and SuccessMaker Programs Worldwide
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and CHANDLER, Ariz., April 26 -- The Wi-Fi company Xirrus® and the education services business Pearson today announced a partnership to provide Wireless delivery of the Waterford Early Learning and SuccessMaker digital education programs to elementary and middle schools globally.
Pearson's CEO of Digital Learning Bob Roliardi said, "Our agreement with Xirrus brings together industry leading products to create unprecedented education solutions for millions of students across the globe. Xirrus' Wi-Fi Arrays architecture makes it possible to cut the wire - removing much of the network infrastructure complexities and costs associated with bringing the latest innovations in instructional technology into today's 21st century classrooms."
Xirrus' Founder and CEO, Dirk Gates said, "More and more schools are unplugging from computer labs and bringing the technology closer to the students, and Wi-Fi is the ideal medium to make that happen." He continued, "Today, we are matching up our capabilities to deliver the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry with the world leader in digital education. This is definitely a milestone for all of us who are vested in creating and employing the latest technologies to advance the education and future of our young people."
Roliardi noted that the Waterford Early Learning digital program provides personalized reading, science and math instruction to students in kindergarten through second grade and that the SuccessMaker instructional software offers adaptive, personalized paths for mastery of reading and math for grades K-8. He said that through extensive testing, Pearson found Xirrus' Wi-Fi Arrays the best solution for providing schools the necessary performance and quality of service to successfully run these digital programs wirelessly.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi Power Play(TM), manufactures the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet or Fast Ethernet to the desktop. Unlike traditional access points, the Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16 or 24 802.11abgn radios along with a high-gain directional antenna system, onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer into a single energy-efficient and cost-effective device using 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering. Xirrus products are designed and manufactured in the United States. Xirrus is Wi-Fi Alliance Verisign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 Certified. For more information, please visit http://www.xirrus.com/.
About Pearson Digital
Pearson Digital is a leader in digital and online learning through its Waterford Early Learning programs that now have more than 1 million Pre-Kindergarten through second grade students logging on; its SuccessMaker program for Kindergarten through grade 8 with more than two million users globally; and the Novanet program providing comprehensive personalized online curriculum for middle school through adult learners to help meet the need for credit recovery, drop-out prevention and response to intervention needs serving over 3 million students in the past 10 years. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com/digital
Health Care Law Requires Secure E-Mails and Attachments
Free New Software Offers Protection for Medical Professionals
PHILADELPHIA, April 26 -- A new law that took effect in February calls for substantial new penalties on doctors for something they are doing every day - sending e-mails that include patient information, without encrypting the e-mail.
So, the doctor who answers a patient's e-mail asking for medical advice, and does it without encryption, is breaking the law, and is potentially subject to penalties and fines that can go as high as $1.5 million in a single year!
Many medical professionals remain unaware of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. According to this law, answering a patient's request for a test result, by unsecured e-mail, is a violation. Updating a patient's status, through an unsecured e-mail, is a violation. Sending an unsecured e-mail containing critical health-related information - even during an emergency medical situation - is a violation.
One doctor has developed a free solution to the new law's requirements: JumbleMe, a free software that encrypts e-mails and other electronically transferred information. JumbleMe complies with the new law and protects electronic information from fines that could prove disastrous for medical operations. The encryption protects e-mails and attachments whether they are sent through the Internet or via smartphones.
JumbleMe provides a number of features to ensure the confidentiality of e-mails. It allows medical professionals to encrypt e-mail via a password. Only the intended recipient can read the message. JumbleMe offers numerous enhanced features, including one that limits the number of times an e-mail can be read and another that sets an expiration date - when the e-mail disappears, forever. JumbleMe meets all HIPAA and HITECH Act requirements so that e-mails - and the medical professionals who send them - are protected.
JumbleMe was created by a doctor - Greg Hill, M.D. - for other doctors and medical professionals. Dr. Hill, a Philadelphia family practitioner, knows well the implications of the new regulations on his medical communications - and yours.
"As a doctor, I am just giving back to my peers," Dr. Hill said of offering the software, free, to medical practitioners. "This law impacts everyone in the medical field and finding a solution that helps us all seemed the right thing to do."
JumbleMe's standard software is free. To see a demonstration and to sign up for this free service, go to JumbleMe.com.
Mu Dynamics Introduces Mu Test Suite for IPv6 to Significantly Accelerate and Ensure Successful IPv6 Migration
Initial Customers Include Tier-1 Global Service Providers, Government Agencies
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 26 -- Mu Dynamics, Inc. (http://www.mudynamics.com), the leader in testing next-generation network services, today announced the availability of a significant addition to its award-winning product portfolio with the introduction of the Mu Test Suite for IPv6. Designed for network equipment manufacturers, government agencies and wired and wireless service providers that need to ensure they can effectively support IPv6 (the next-generation of the Internet Protocol), the Mu Test Suite for IPv6 enables customers to significantly reduce their time to test, and accelerate their IPv6 migration efforts.
Mu accomplishes this by taking a unique adaptive approach to testing NGN services, thus giving these organizations the ability to meet the looming deadlines for IPv6 migration in significantly less time than with traditional tools. Initial customers include Tier-1 global service providers, government agencies, leading network equipment manufacturers and others. Government agencies, in particular, have a set deadline of July 1, 2010, by which time all networking infrastructure procurements must be in compliance with the requirements of the USGv6 Test Program, which mandates conformance, interoperability and network protection testing.
"As an accredited laboratory in delivering IPv6 testing for the USGv6 Test Program, and leveraging our extensive experience in managing the IPv6 Ready Logo program, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab is using Mu's Test Suite to deliver automated testing for network protection devices," said Erica Johnson, director of the UNH InterOperability Lab. "With an impending deadline of July 1 that requires all government agencies to acquire networking equipment that is USGv6 certified, the Mu Test Suite helps us automate tests that otherwise would have needed to be performed manually, saving us precious time."
Since IPv6 introduces a completely new way of addressing end points in a network, IPv6 migration has ramifications from the network layer all the way up to the application layer. Applications using protocols that embed IP addresses such as HTTP and SIP must be thoroughly tested since they will be affected with IPv6. Networking infrastructure such as security gateways and application-aware systems must also be tested for security and resilience to ensure attacks over IPv6 are prevented. Internally developed test cases and static tests tools are limiting due to extensive time and labor requirements - something that most organizations do not have.
The Mu Solution
The Mu Test Suite for IPv6 makes it easy for organizations to create automated test cases:
-- The Mu solution takes traffic from a unique IPv4 environment, and then
auto-generates a comprehensive IPv6 test suite consisting of
custom-tailored tests based on these packet captures
-- Mu's realistic, stateful recreation of IPv4 and IPv6 flows enables it
to accurately emulate different components in both native and
"dual-stack" (transitional) environments
-- Automated regression testing minimizes manual setup of third-party
client devices and versions. With its multi-host simulation ability,
the Mu Test Suite can act as client, client and server, or even
multiple clients and servers testing intermediate devices
-- Mu's adaptive approach and its data-driven testing helps to rapidly
generate thousands of test cases for the complex interactions unique
to each specific system configuration
-- Mu automatically generates thousands of malformed fuzz tests. This
greatly increases test coverage, helping testers and developers find
and fix bugs earlier
-- Mu offers pcapr, a crowd-sourced packet capture repository - now the
largest in the world with more than 59 million packets and over 400
protocols - which includes various tools and utilities such as an IPv4
to IPv6 packet converter
A Tier-1 global service provider is today using the Mu Test Suite for IPv6 to help migrate its internal network to IPv6. Its transition team will be performing feature and resilience tests on over 200 service elements of the network over the coming months in order to find and fix high-severity issues.
"If Y2K was technology's ticking time bomb, then IPv6 is a slow, deadly gas leak," said Simon Berman, Mu vice president of products. "Service providers, government agencies and businesses everywhere are running out of time and IP addresses. If they do not support IPv6 in time, they risk being faced with critical applications that simply do not work, as well as a host of security loopholes, literally freezing their businesses in its tracks."
Mu Dynamics and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab are offering a complimentary webinar entitled "Innovative Testing Solutions to Ease Your IPv6 Migration" on May 12, at 10 a.m. (PST). To register, please click here.
Mu Dynamics' adaptive approach to testing Next-Generation Network (NGN) services enables customers to dramatically reduce the time to test and deliver higher quality IP services. Mu's unique approach uses service traffic from a customer's environment as the basis for the testing solution, enabling the rapid generation of test cases that accurately and thoroughly test customer's services as a single system - both at the application and infrastructure level. Since its inception, Mu's focus has been to drive the complexity out of NGN services testing for its customers.
Founded in 2005, Mu today has over 100 deployments including within the top five global service providers, the top five networking technology companies, and numerous government agencies. The Mu Test Suite has received many industry awards for product innovation and is quickly becoming the test solution of choice at leading IP services labs worldwide.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, more information on Mu's products, solutions, and customers are online at http://www.mudynamics.com/.
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CONTACT: Jay Nichols of Sterling Communications, Inc., +1-415-992-3210,
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