Brocade and EMC Deliver Open, Agile and Flexible Application Solutions to Improve Data Center Efficiency
Solutions Provide Organizations with Tangible Steps for Consolidation, Virtualization and Protection of Application Environments and a Foundation to Build Private Cloud Infrastructure
SAN JOSE, Calif. and HOPKINTON, Mass., May 3 -- Brocade® (NASDAQ:BRCD) and EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced they have expanded their strategic alliance with joint investment in technology integration, solutions development, and go-to-market strategies to help customers increase data center efficiency. As a result, the two companies have released the first set of solutions and services to help IT organizations consolidate, virtualize and protect mission-critical Microsoft® Exchange®, Microsoft® SharePoint®, and Oracle® Database 11g environments and build an open, agile and flexible foundation for the private cloud.
Brocade and EMC® have a long history of delivering tightly integrated products and solutions that help improve data center efficiency and reduce both capital and operating costs. In collaboration with joint customers, the two companies have developed an integrated, repeatable methodology based upon open support for multiple applications, servers and operating systems; greater agility through the use of Microsoft Hyper-V® and VMware® vSphere® virtualization technologies; and flexible solutions deployment options from Brocade and EMC professional services organizations. The joint methodology outlines three steps to improve data center efficiency and set a foundation for the private cloud through:
-- Consolidating networks, servers and storage to reduce hardware and
operating costs and gain control of data center sprawl
-- Virtualizing application and database server environments to increase
utilization and flexibility, and leveraging EMC and Brocade
virtualization-aware storage and management to streamline provisioning
and optimization across the virtual data center
-- Protecting applications through fabric-based encryption as well as
local and remote replication, without impacting application
performance or availability
New solutions designed for Microsoft and Oracle application environments provide customers with the ability to consolidate, virtualize and protect their application environments. The solutions combine core Brocade and EMC technologies including EMC tiered storage platform with the Brocade DCX Backbone infrastructure, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtualization solutions management software, Brocade DCX Backbone and RSA® Key Manager for fabric-based encryption, and EMC RecoverPoint®:
-- Microsoft SharePoint core infrastructure and backup, recovery
-- Microsoft Exchange core infrastructure and disaster recovery
-- Oracle Database 11g Midrange-tiered Storage over Network File Systems
-- Oracle Database 11g Enterprise-tiered Storage over Storage Area
Brocade and EMC will jointly develop additional solutions based on their leading technologies in the areas of consolidation, virtualization and protection. The joint development is executed through cooperative engineering within EMC Global Solution Centers. In addition, EMC and Brocade have invested in Microsoft Technology Centers to provide customers with the ability to preview these solutions with Brocade, EMC and Microsoft experts available to help tailor solutions to their specific IT environments.
Brocade Global Services and EMC Consulting are working closely together to deliver joint professional services to design and deploy the new solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of individual customer requirements and technologies deployed today. In addition, the companies are leveraging the strength of their tight joint support relationship, which includes a defined escalation process for faster resolution of critical support issues.
"Brocade and EMC are leveraging our long-standing, strategic partnership to deliver open and agile solutions to enable converged data centers," said John McHugh, Chief Marketing Officer at Brocade. "The BE Next initiative defines how Brocade and EMC are cooperating to supply private cloud infrastructure that protects our customers' data and enables high performance virtualization."
"Companies worldwide are working to align their data centers with business needs while managing complexity and cost, ensuring flexibility and performance, and simplifying management of application environments," said Frank Hauck, Executive Vice President at EMC Corporation. "The new solutions from EMC and Brocade will allow enterprises to cost-effectively consolidate, virtualize and protect critical information across their applications environments as well as optimize their existing investments with the goal of preparing for their journey to the private cloud."
New solutions from Brocade and EMC are currently available and will be demonstrated at EMC World in Boston, May 10-13 at the BE Next Solutions booth #409.
Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today's complex, data-intensive businesses to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit http://www.brocade.com.
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
Brocade and DCX are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. EMC, RecoverPoint and RSA are trademarks or registered trademarks of EMC Corporation and its subsidiaries. Microsoft, Exchange, Hyper-V and SharePoint are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. VMware and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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Infinity Lifestyle Brands Announces Formation of New Acquisition and Management Company
NEW YORK, May 3 -- Infinity Lifestyle Brands LLC and Bradley W. Snyder Enterprises LLC jointly announced today the formation of Infinity FS Brands LLC, a partnership between Infinity Lifestyles Brands LLC and Bradley W. Snyder Enterprises LLC.
Infinity FS Brands will begin operations as a consumer brand acquisition and management company in NYC, focused on identifying/acquiring investment opportunities in undervalued, consumer product brands, iconic retail labels, and companies offering significant growth and re-positioning potential.
By leveraging the experience and knowledge of the two Managing Partners, Ike S. Franco, Co-Chairman and Principal of the Infinity Group, and Bradley W. Snyder, formerly of Gordon Brothers Group, Infinity FS Brands is uniquely positioned to maximize opportunities in consumer brands, sourcing, marketing, retailing, and corporate restructuring, nationally and internationally.
"It is the perfect fit to establish a best-in-class Brand Investment platform," stated Franco. "We are combining Snyder's proven track record in large-scale corporate restructuring and brand repositioning, and leveraging it with Infinity Lifestyle Brand's investment management expertise, entrepreneurial strategies and creativity."
"Infinity FS Brands will seek to acquire majority or foothold equity interest in brands or intellectual property assets, leading such acquisitions independently or with joint-venture partners," said Snyder. "A key component of Infinity FS Brand's strategy will be to pair every acquisition with an ideally suited, high-performing brand management team," he added.
The Infinity Group is a leading, privately-owned business and investment holding company. The Infinity Group owns and manages an expanding portfolio of operating businesses and investment ventures in real estate, consumer products and retail-targeted brands. Infinity Lifestyle Brands, under Franco's leadership, has become a very successful buyer of under-performing, highly-recognized consumer brands. They have led or participated in high profile brand ventures including Polaroid, The Sharper Image, Starter Athletic, Bugle Boy, XOXO and the home-products brands of Pillowtex: Cannon, Royal Velvet, Fieldcrest. For more information visit http://www.infinity-group.com.
Bradley W. Snyder, former Principal and Managing Director for Gordon Brothers Group, Boston, is a nationally recognized authority and leading corporate advisor on global commercial business strategies. Under his leadership, Key acquisitions: Casual Corner/ Petite Sophisticate; Laura Secord Candy; Eaton's Department Store and subsequent sale to Sears-Canada. Key repositioning: numerous stores within eight Federated (Macy's) divisions; Key facilitations: purchase, sales, licensing of intellectual property including The Sharper Image, Linen's and Things, Bombay Co.
Infinity FS Brands LLC partnership agreement: effective May 1, 2010.
Source: Infinity Lifestyle Brands LLC
CONTACT: Bradley W. Snyder, Managing Partner, Infinity FS Brands LLC,
+1-212-695-6666 x 119, or Ike S. Franco, Managing Partner, Infinity FS Brands
dLife Announces Release of 'dLife Diabetes Companion' Comprehensive Mobile App
An all-in-one mobile solution for on-the-go diabetes management available at Apple App Store
WESTPORT, Conn., May 3 -- dLife, the only multi-media company serving the diabetes community, announced the release of dLife Diabetes Companion, the definitive on-the-go diabetes resource for Apple® iPhone(TM) and iPod(TM) touch users. Offering the only all-in-one solution for people living with diabetes and their caregivers, this app is the ultimate diabetes lifestyle partner, delivering complete mobile resources to manage diabetes any time any place.
dLife Diabetes Companion offers access to the same award-winning features of dLife.com: the largest diabetes-friendly recipe database, nutritional analysis of prepared foods or individual foods, broadcast quality videos from dLifeTV and thousands of expert questions and answers. And importantly, it gives users the ability to log and track their blood glucose levels and get a 360-degree view of their diabetes management.
"This is by far the greatest diabetes app out there," declares Gary Hall Jr., ten-time Olympic gold medal winner in swimming. "Very elegant design and extremely easy to use. It's packed with the things I need to manage 24/7, anywhere, any time. I just wish I could take it in the pool with me!"
dLife Diabetes Companion allows users to:
-- Manage - Log and track blood glucose levels with color coded results
to help identify high and low ranges over time.
-- Eat - Find over 9,000 healthy and flavorful recipes and 25,000 foods
with full nutritional analysis for a healthy diabetes diet.
-- Solve - Find expert and community answers to over 4,000 diabetes
-- Watch - View over 400 dLifeTV videos - with health experts, cooking
demos, plus Real People Real Stories.
dLife Diabetes Companion is available on the iTunes App Store for both the iPhone(TM) and iPod(TM) for just 99 cents. It is dLife's first release, and apps will be released for other mobile platforms in the future. For a download, go to http://www.dlife.com/diabetes-companion, and for more information about dLife and dLife Diabetes Companion, please visit http://www.dLife.com/iphone.
About dLife (dLife.com): ?dLife is the only multimedia network serving the diabetes community. Its award-winning media outlets include dLifeTV, the only lifestyle TV series for people with diabetes, airing every Sunday on CNBC (7:00 PM ET 4:00 PM PT); dLife.com, the leading online destination for diabetes information, inspiration, and connection, featuring more than 9,000 recipes, 400 videos, and 80,000 pages of content; and other consumer and professional programs to inform, inspire and connect people with diabetes and those who care for them every day.
Contact: Mary Anglade
anglade@dLife.com; (203) 221-3443
MAHWAH, N.J., May 3 -- Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR), a leading provider of integrated application delivery solutions for business-smart networking, today announced that it is providing a new software version to increase the performance and transaction processing capacity of its Alteon® 5-series platform to provide new levels of performance to enterprise and carrier customers.
Radware is introducing a new software that will substantially increase the performance transaction capacity of its Alteon 5412 application delivery platform. Unleashing the full power of Virtual Matrix Architecture (VMA) technology - an optimized distributed processing software architecture - combined with the OnDemand Switch® scalability and operational simplicity of the platform, increases TPS dramatically and thus, results in considerably lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
At the onset, the Alteon 5412 offered faster response times and support for high-end environments delivering up to 20Gbps of application switching throughput capacity and up to 340,000 Layer 4 transactions per second (TPS) which is 7x more processing capacity as compared to older Alteon platforms. Today, with the new software update, the Alteon 5412 increases those levels of up to 535,000 TPS in layer 4 and 300,000 TPS in layer 7. This represents a performance capacity improvement of 57% and 30% respectively.
"Such high levels of TPS, coupled with excellent latency and response time metrics, allow carriers and enterprise customers to execute their next generation data center projects - more specifically, applications with large amounts of small transactions and packets such as financial information exchange, DNS, AAA and VoIP will greatly benefit from such performance," stated Nir Ilani, Product Marketing Director, Application Delivery, Radware. "Furthermore, this is another proof point for the best TCO of Radware's On Demand Switching architecture: major performance upgrade without any need for new hardware purchases and with complete investment protection."
By integrating such ADC platforms into the network, enterprises and carriers are prepared for the next generation data center - becoming better adapted to support key drivers and initiatives such as: rapid mobile data traffic increases deriving from the rise of smart phone usage, cloud services, consolidation and virtualization. The 5412 application delivery platform is designed to support:
-- Mobile carriers - needing low latency and high TPS for steering mobile
data, , and scalability to efficiently grow to accommodate the
increased adoption of smart phones.
-- Consolidation of next generation data centers as they need flexibility
to grow capacity and lower cost per TPS.
-- Virtualization and cloud services: which require dynamic resource
allocation and on demand ADC capacity and services - without the risk
of hardware replacement or service interruption.
The Alteon 5412 OnDemand Switch delivers optimal business value by helping customers reduce capital expenditures and capacity planning risks as well as eliminate application delivery overspending by providing capacity and service scalability on demand based on a "pay-as-you-grow" model. Radware Alteon customers can reduce operational expenditures as the Alteon 5412 offers hassle-free upgrades with no downtime or need to restart the device. The product runs the same Alteon OS as previous models; thereby offering Alteon customers smooth migration to the new platform with the same proven operational simplicity and stability, without any risk or learning curve for integration into the data center environment. This combined with the lowest cost per TPS, the Alteon 5412 offers the lowest TCO.
Radware has incorporated the Alteon product family into its Business Smart Data Center solutions and strategy. The Alteon 5412 embeds Radware's on demand infrastructure approach ensuring Alteon customers can gain throughput and service scalability based on business demand.
Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR), a global leader in integrated application delivery solutions, assures the full availability, maximum performance, and complete security of business-critical applications for nearly 10,000 enterprises and carriers worldwide. With APSolute®, Radware's comprehensive and award-winning suite of application delivery and network security products, companies in every industry can drive business productivity, improve profitability, and reduce IT operating and infrastructure costs by making their networks "business smart". For more information, please visit http://www.radware.com and follow us on Twitter.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the Application Switching or Network Security industry, changes in demand for Application Switching or Network Security products, the timing and amount or cancellation of orders and other risks detailed from time to time in Radware's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Radware's Form 20-F.
Joyce Anne Shulman
+1 (201) 785-3209
Source: Radware Ltd
CONTACT: Joyce Anne Shulman of Radware Ltd, +1-201-785-3209,
AUO to Showcase Its Integrating Position in the Solar Supply Chain at Italy's SolarExpo
First Solar Module Plant in Czech Republic to Enter Mass Production in Q2
HSINCHU, Taiwan, May 3 -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) will exhibit at SolarExpo 2010 in Verona, Italy from May 5-7 to showcase products including high-efficiency EcoDuo mono-crystalline solar modules, the popular EcoDuo PM220P00 multi-crystalline solar modules, and ground-mounted systems for the Italian open fields market. The SolarExpo is one of the most noted professional PV trade shows in the world. This year it boasts an increase of 22.2% in the number of exhibitors over the previous session, surpassing SNEC in China and Intersolar in Germany to become one of the most well-known industry events.
AUO will exhibit ground-mounted systems designed specially for the Italian open fields market. Also, the Company will demonstrate its capability in providing quality "PV total solutions" with its extensive experiences in modules, power systems and PV projects during the exhibition. In addition, the 230-250W EcoDuo mono-crystalline solar modules come in black or white to match conveniently with the design of buildings. Furthermore, each of them weighs 15% lighter than the same-sized modules on the market, making installation much easier.
To deliver the products in time, reduce carbon emission caused by transportation from Asia to Europe, and implement AUO's Green Solutions, AUO established a solar module plant in Brno, Czech Republic, right in the center of the European continent. The plant will start mass production in the second quarter of this year and is expected to reach the capacity of 100MW in 2011. Leveraging the Company's strength in global deployment, AUO's solar module plant in Brno is the first automated module plant in Europe(*) among Taiwanese companies. The production line is built with highly-integrated automation system, which significantly increases product precision. The quality of the solar modules is therefore guaranteed, a safeguard choice for the European users.
Due to its profound experiences in employing high-precision TFT-LCD technologies to the mass production of solar modules, AUO has become a frequent participant in the large-scale solar power system projects in Europe. The Company has applied its experiences in TFT-LCD production and yield rate management to PV modules and vertically integrated all key technologies up and down the PV value chain, from polysilicon, solar module to PV system. Unlike many others who still engage in manual mode or low-end production, AUO is capable of offering solar modules with longer lifetime and higher efficiency. Meanwhile in its clean energy business, AUO now collaborates with M. Setek to obtain quality polysilicon and solar wafers on the upstream side to produce silicon solar modules which could achieve 25 years of power performance.
In addition to endeavors in PV materials, modules and systems, AUO has also performed brilliantly in managing solar projects. In Hungen City, Germany, the Company delivered 12,672 solar modules and set up a solar park with its partners. The 2.9MWp solar-power plant is estimated to create Euro 16.79 million worth of electricity over its 20-year operation period, cutting 1,900 tons of CO2 emission each year.
AUO is currently in partnership with two major European industry players to develop open-field solar power system projects in Italy. It is estimated that the projects of PV systems will generate as much as 6.5 MWp of electricity. The Company will continue to devote itself to the production of solar modules and integration of power systems while joining many more large-scale projects and PV investments. AUO will also closely cooperate with local dealers around the world to develop a complete wholesale network of solar modules. The distribution system is expected to be established by the end of 2010.
*Based on available market research information as of May 3, 2010.
ABOUT AU OPTRONICS
AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is a global leader of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers with a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 65 inches. AUO generated NT$359.3 billion (US$11.2 billion) in sales revenue* in 2009 and now houses a staff of more than 42,000 employees, with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in late 2008, and formally founded its Solar Photovoltaic Business Unit in October, 2009. For more information, please visit AUO.com.
* 2009 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD31.95:USD1.
Safe Harbour Notice
AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on May 27th, 2009.
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M&C Launches World's First Multi-Charger LED Desk Light
HONG KONG, May 3, 2010-- M&C launches "The Most Talented Light", the world's first all-in-one LED
desk light with integrated charging ability for most notebooks and mobile phones
as well as all iPhone and iPod products.
Who does not know the stress and inconvenience experienced because of
misplaced or forgotten power adapters for notebooks, mobile phones, iPhones
or iPods? The Most Talented Light eliminates these hassles and worries about
searching, forgetting, or worse, losing power adapters for these devices.
Being The Most Talented Light, it charges most notebooks and mobile phones in
the market and all iPhone and iPod products. The product ships with all
necessary accessories, including cables and plugs to cover the majority of
these important every-day devices.
Apart from offering clear user benefits and comfort as mentioned, The
Most Talented Light also fulfils the need for energy-saving lighting and thus
is environmentally friendly. By using a state-of-the-art 3-Watt LED module
with special diffuser to provide a pleasant light, energy consumption is cut
to a minimum.
As The Most Talented Light is a stylish LED desk light and multi-charger
at the same time, it is the ideal product for use in the home, office and
The premium-quality product comes in 8 colours and can be easily and
safely ordered at http://www.tlight.cc and will be shipped by EMS worldwide.
Founded in 1994 in Hong Kong, M&C Lighting has become a leading
manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting fixtures, design bathroom lighting
fixtures and utility lights. M&C Lighting is an UL/cUL listed and ISO9001
certified company. More information at http://www.modernandclassic.com.
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WeTransfer 'World's Sexiest File Transfer Service'
AMSTERDAM, May 3, 2010-- We're proud to introduce WeTransfer, a new, 100% free file transfer
service that allows you to send huge files (up to 2GB per transfer) over the
web. It's uncomplicated, has a pleasant design and you don't even have to
register. We had our soft launch only 4 months ago and already have a
colossal 600,000 users in more than 190 countries, while the service is still
WeTransfer is fast, basically as fast as your internet connection can
handle. Your files are automatically scanned for viruses before they're
safely stored on our servers, so there's no chance of unwanted surprises at
the other end.
Receiver becomes sender
What we hoped for has actually happened. In only four months, we measured
that every third receiver becomes a sender.
So what's all the fuss about? In a nutshell:
- It's 100% Free
- 2GB limit per transfer
- No registration
- Easy to use
- Send multiple files at once
- Innovative design
- No spam
WeTransfer has pioneered a truly innovative, visually attractive and
non-disturbing advertising model which displays stylish wallpapers for
various brands. We already have a strategic partnership with the world's
largest entrepreneurial network E-factor, and Russia's leading telco MTS . On
top of that, we've just won the "Best Newcomer" award at The Next Web Dutch
Startup Awards and WeTransfer has been selected as an Official Honoree for
the Best Visual Design - Function category in The 14th Annual Webby Awards.
Right now we're busy developing new ways to improve our service and a
desktop application is being tested.
Who are We?
WeTransfer is a team, based in San Fransisco and Amsterdam. We've been
active and trendsetting, on and around the web, for the last 15 years. We
seek to impress our customers, our co-workers and our partners. We transfer.
Cox Business Launches Free Cox WiFi Hotspots in Rhode Island
Free Hotspot will be Available at Finish Line of Cox Providence Rhode Races
WEST WARWICK, R.I., April 30 -- Cox Business announced today the launch of free Cox WiFi hotspots across Rhode Island. This includes the finish line of the Cox Providence Rhode Races on Sunday, May 2 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Cox WiFi powered by Cox Business is a network of customer-facing businesses that offer Cox Business Managed WiFi service. Customers of these businesses can login and surf the web for free at local hotspots.
"Consumers today want to stay connected wherever they go," said Mark Scott, vice president of Cox Business New England. "Cox WiFi hotspots powered by Cox Business is another way companies can add value to the experience they provide their customers."
Cox Business Managed WiFi is a turnkey solution for providing free wireless internet access to the customers of businesses in Rhode Island. The WiFi product they purchase from Cox is available free to anyone, not just Cox high speed Internet subscribers. This helps to attract new customers and improve customer loyalty.
"Some locations offer WiFi only to the customers of the internet provider that supplies the WiFi service," Scott said. "Rhode Island businesses in the Cox network are able to offer Cox WiFi hotspots to every one of their customers."
Cox Business Managed WiFi Includes:
-- Professional installation of WiFi equipment
-- Promotional signage to promote the hotspots
-- Safe, secure, and family-friendly legal authentication and SSL
-- Monthly activity reporting
-- Cross-promotion via Cox Residential products and services
-- Full support and trouble-shooting, 24/7
Cox WiFi powered by Cox Business will make its public debut at the Cox Providence Rhode Races, Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island. Spectators with WiFi capable devices will be able to access the internet for free, allowing them to check for weather and traffic updates for downtown Providence, as well as any other web-based applications.
The service also will be available at the Cox Providence Rhode Races registration and fitness expo at the Westin Hotel, Saturday, May 1. This is the location where runners pick up their race packets. On race day, the hotspot will be located at the Bank of America Skating Center in City Hall park near the finish line. That tent will also feature HDTVs displaying Cox Sports' live coverage of the race.
In addition to the Rhode Races, the network of free Cox WiFi hotspots includes locations such as the Rhode Island Convention Center, the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Stanley's Famous Hamburgers in Providence, and the Cheese Plate in Warren. For a full list of free hotspots, visit http://www.coxfreewifi.com.
The Cox Providence Rhode Races is an annual event held in downtown Providence, featuring the Cox Sports Marathon, the Shape Up RI Half Marathon, and the Harpoon 5K. For more information, visit http://www.coxrhoderaces.com.
More information about the free Cox WiFi hotspots and Cox Providence Rhode Races can be found at facebook.com/coxnewengland and twitter.com/coxnewengland.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves 6.2 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. Cox is known for pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For six years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunication; for four years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity; and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at http://www.cox.com and http://www.coxmedia.com.
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Litex Extends All Cash Tender Offer for Craftmade International
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, April 30 -- Litex Industries, Limited today announced that it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its subsidiary Litex Acquisition #1, LLC ("Litex"), for all of the outstanding shares of Craftmade International, Inc. ("Craftmade;" OTCQX: CRFT.PK).
Litex's tender offer was previously set to expire at 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on May 5, 2010. The tender offer for US $5.25 per share was made on March 2, 2010.
The tender offer will now expire at 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on Thursday, May 6, 2010, unless extended. As of 5:00 P.M., New York City time on April 29, 2010, approximately 628,010 shares of Craftmade common stock had been tendered to Litex.
Stockholders who have not yet tendered their shares are urged to tender their shares.
Litex will promptly file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission amendments to its tender offer documents regarding the extension. Stockholders should read the tender offer documents, as amended, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as they contain important information about the tender offer. Stockholders can obtain such tender offer documents and other filed documents free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov.
Litex Acquisition #1, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Litex Industries, Limited, has offered to purchase for cash all of the outstanding shares of Common Stock (including the associated Series A Preferred Stock Purchase Rights) of Craftmade International, Inc. at a purchase price of 5.25 per share. Unless extended, the tender offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 P.M., New York City time, on May 6, 2010.
The complete Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other offering documents are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Craftmade International, Inc.'s stockholders may obtain copies of all of the offering documents, including the Offer to Purchase, free of charge at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov) or by directing a request to Morrow & Co., LLC, the Information Agent for the offer, Banks and Brokers Call: (203) 658-9400. All Others Please Call Toll-Free: (800) 662-5200. Additional information about the transaction, including the offering documents, will also be available at http://www.litexfans.com.
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated is acting as dealer manager, Greenberg Traurig, LLP as legal counsel, and Morrow & Co., LLC as information agent in connection with the tender offer.
Litex, founded in 1980, is an importer of ceiling fans and lighting fixtures ranging from classical to imaginative. Litex's state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities, located in Grand Prairie, Texas, combined with its exceptional quality control standards plants Litex on the cutting edge of the industry.
This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell Craftmade International, Inc. common stock. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other related tender offer materials) filed by Litex Acquisition #1, LLC with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). These materials, as they may be amended from time to time, contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the offer, that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of these materials and other documents filed by Litex Acquisition #1, LLC with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. The Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other related tender offer materials may also be obtained for free by contacting the information agent for the tender offer, at Morrow & Co., LLC, Banks and Brokers Call: (203) 658-9400; All Others Please Call Toll-Free: (800) 662-5200.
Litex Acquisition #1, LLC is not currently engaged in a solicitation of proxies or consents from the stockholders of Craftmade International, Inc. However, in connection with Litex Acquisition #1, LLC's proposal to acquire Craftmade International, Inc., certain directors and officers of Litex Acquisition #1, LLC may participate in meetings or discussions with Craftmade International, Inc. stockholders. Litex Acquisition #1, LLC does not believe that any of these persons is a "participant" as defined in Schedule 14A promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), in the solicitation of proxies or consents, or that Schedule 14A requires the disclosure of certain information concerning any of them. If in the future Litex Acquisition #1, LLC does engage in a solicitation of proxies or consents from the stockholders of Craftmade International, Inc. in connection with its proposal to acquire Craftmade International, Inc., Litex Acquisition #1, LLC will amend the information provided above to disclose the information concerning participants in that solicitation required by Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act.
No assurance can be given that the proposed transaction described herein will be consummated by Litex Acquisition #1, LLC, or completed on the terms proposed or any particular schedule, that the proposed transaction will not incur delays in obtaining the regulatory, board or stockholder approvals required for such transaction, or that Litex Acquisition #1, LLC will realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction.
Any information regarding Craftmade International, Inc. contained herein has been taken from, or is based upon, publicly available information. Although Litex Acquisition #1, LLC does not have any information that would indicate that any information contained herein is inaccurate or incomplete, Litex Acquisition #1, LLC does not undertake any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information.
Litex Acquisition #1, LLC does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation or responsibility to update or amend any of the information above except as otherwise required by law.
Source: Litex Industries, Limited
CONTACT: Investors, Morrow & Co., Banks and Brokers Call,
+1-203-658-9400, All Others Please Call Toll-Free: +1-800-662-5200
Waveform Technology Installs Metro Ethernet Service for Macomb County
TROY, Mich., April 30 -- Waveform Technology, a leading Metro Detroit area commercial data center operator and Internet service provider, is now supplying fiber optic Internet access to Macomb County. The new connection serves both Macomb's 2,500 County Employees and MACnet, the county's own private network, by providing redundancy to the current Internet circuit.
Macomb County is among the first customers to connect to a recently constructed expansion of Waveform Technology's southeast Michigan fiber optic network.
Macomb County chose Waveform Technology for numerous reasons, but primarily because Waveform's metropolitan fiber optic network provides complete path redundancy from the county's primary Internet connection. "Owning our own network allowed us to meet the specific route stipulations that Macomb Country required," said Waveform Technology representative Noel Montales. "It provides us more flexibility than other ISPs that are just reselling local phone company assets."
Price was also an important consideration, and Waveform's independent network allows for Internet connections, and other metropolitan data services, for a fraction of the cost that other carriers charge.
Waveform Technology provisioned a 100Mbps fiber optic Metro Ethernet circuit for Macomb County. Metro Ethernet was chosen for its versatility and simplicity of design.
Macomb County continually invests in telecommunication infrastructure, both to attract businesses and to streamline county and local government activities. MACnet, Macomb County's fiber optic network, connects fifty-three separate county government buildings, as well as many school districts and city halls.
About Waveform Technology LLC:
Waveform Technology is a privately held facilities-based Internet service provider and data center operator based in Troy, Michigan. Waveform offers a wide range of data services throughout southeast Michigan and operates a 400 mile fiber network. Waveform has provided Internet connections to small and medium sized businesses, as well as many education and nonprofit organizations, since 1994. Waveform's Troy Data Center is a world class facility that provides colocation for tenants of all sizes. More information is available at http://www.michigan-colocation.com/ or by calling 248-784-7000.
Source: Waveform Technology
CONTACT: Kevin Debs, Waveform Technology , +1-248-784-7000
Hands-free laws, movement draws attention to perils of texting while driving
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 30 -- Parrot, the market leader for wireless mobile phone devices, has voiced the company's support of Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone" campaign to drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and applauds Michigan's legislature for today signing a bill banning texting while driving.
April 30 is "No Phone Zone Day" and individuals can pledge not to text or use a handheld phone while driving. To commemorate, Parrot's U.S. employees have taken the "No Phone Zone" pledge to practice responsible driving.
"Parrot believes the best way to drive is free from all unnecessary distractions and encourages drivers to pull over before responding to a text or making a phone call," said Kelly Zachos, director of marketing North America for Parrot. "If you must make a call while driving, use a hands-free device and keep both hands on the wheel."
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Regardless of the repeated warnings, drivers continue to use cell phones while driving and this trend is not changing. In fact, a study by Nationwide Mutual Insurance determined that 81 percent of cell phone owners acknowledged that they talk on phones while driving.
Parrot provides the most comprehensive suite of hands free options, from installed car stereos with a hidden iPod compartment to cordless hands-free kits that slide onto a visor.
For less than the cost of most tickets for hands-free violations, the Parrot Minikit Slim is a portable Bluetooth hands-free kit that can be used in the car, in the office and at home. Its highly intuitive interface automatically connects to a Bluetooth phone when nearby.
Other options from Parrot include the installed MKi9200, which provide hands-free calling, automatic phone book download and voice activation, as well as streaming audio from an iPod or MP3 device; and the Parrot RKi8400, a full stereo system with hidden iPhone or iPod storage and connection.
Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs 450 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales overseas.
Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006.
ESA Praises Legislation for Encouraging Growth of Computer and Video Game Industry
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today commended the Florida Legislature for passing legislation (SB 1752) that will provide economic incentives for digital interactive media productions in the state.
As part of SB 1752, interactive digital media projects will be eligible for a 20% percent tax credit for qualifying production expenses. State Representative Steve Precourt and State Senator Mike Haridopolos spearheaded legislative efforts in support of dramatically improving and expanding the state's current entertainment incentive program to encourage the expansion of interactive digital media and film production in Florida.
"We applaud Representative Precourt and Senator Haridopolos for their leadership and vision in crafting this important legislation. Florida lawmakers are helping to pave the way for exciting new innovations in the entertainment industry," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "These incentives will help keep Florida competitive in the digital media marketplace, attracting and providing 21st Century jobs in our growing industry and boosting the state's economy."
Florida is among the nation's leaders in providing computer and video game education opportunities for students. The University of Central Florida, St. Petersburg College, and the Art Institute of Tampa, among many others, are training the next generation of computer and video game employees by offering courses and degrees in digital media. This, combined with the interactive digital media incentives, is an important way to create a business climate in the state that enables students to achieve their academic and career ambitions.
The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the E3 Expo, business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit http://www.theESA.com.
Source: Entertainment Software Association
CONTACT: Dan Hewitt of Entertainment Software Association,
On National No Phone Zone Day, Iconosys Launches Lifesaving SMS Replier(TM)-Lite for Mobile Phones
Revolutionary App Solves the Safety Problem of Texting While Driving (TWD)
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., April 30 -- In support of National No Phone Zone Day, Iconosys, Inc., a leader in the development of innovative mobile and stationary telecommunications applications and technologies, announced today the release of the SMS Replier(TM)-Lite featuring the free AutoDrive(TM) component - a solution to the deadly texting-while-driving social epidemic that monitors the speed of a user's vehicle.
The SMS Replier(TM)-Lite application works by enhancing the existing and exponentially growing SMS network, by joining it with new services that are now available on the most popular Smartphone platforms such as real time traffic, mapping and GPS. Users can download the SMS Replier(TM)-Lite to their Smartphone via the Android Marketplace(TM) or by visiting the SMS Replier(TM) web site, http://www.smsreplier.mobi. Other Smartphone platforms will be available shortly and users can pre-register for the product at http://www.smsreplier.com.
Unlike its market competitors, the SMS Replier(TM) AutoDrive(TM) function is offered free-of-charge as a powerful and versatile mobile phone application that knows when the user's vehicle is moving at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour. When enabled, the SMS Replier(TM) AutoDrive(TM) will automatically send a response to inbound calls and text messages. SMS Replier(TM)-Lite is a precursor to the upcoming retail release of SMS Replier(TM), which in addition to numerous added safety features to be announced, will allow for calls and texts to be returned independently and in a personally customized fashion.
"Similar to the National No Phone Zone Day effort, our mission is to save lives by providing a much needed solution to the texting while driving epidemic," said Wayne Irving II, CEO of Iconosys and co-inventor of the SMS Replier(TM) application. "The SMS Replier(TM) is designed as an enhancement to the lifestyles of users without inconvenience and allows drivers to safely take advantage of the latest Smartphone technology while remaining focused on driving."
Texting while driving (TWD) continues to be one of the most dangerous threats on our nation's freeways, yet at any given time, over 800,000 people are engaged in this practice. Despite high-profile campaigns to discourage the practice, including Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone" pledge drive which has attracted and signed nearly 2,000,000 pledges, TWD continues to cause untold damage on our nation's (and the world's) roadways. According to the National Health Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA), distracted driving practices, including texting or reading emails while driving, accounted for approximately 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2008 alone.
The SMS Replier(TM)-Lite GPS integration triggers the automatic text message response whenever a call arrives; the default reply of "I'm Driving, I'll call or text you back as soon as I arrive at my destination" message for example. The SMS Replier(TM)-Lite is available on the Google Android(TM), which features the fastest growing Smartphone platform, and RIM's BlackBerry(TM), the established leader in corporate PEDs.
"SMS Replier(TM) eliminates the anxiety of not answering or replying to inbound texts on your mobile phone while driving, since you are reassured that the caller will be given your message of choice right away," said Irving. "In addition to the handy Texting-While-Driving integration, users can also set their mobile phones on auto-respond for a programmable period of time to accommodate other situations."
While at the movies, users don't have to worry about missing a call or text - with just one click, an auto-response can say, "I'm at the movies, I'll call/text you later." SMS Replier(TM)-Lite comes with up to 25 pre-set convenience messages that are useful in a variety of circumstances, allowing user's to automatically select easy text responses such as "in class," "in meeting," "golfing," or "busy."
About Iconosys, Inc.
Iconosys, Inc. is developing a series of technologies designed to make mobile applications better, faster, easier, and ultimately safer to use. Iconosys' flagship product, SMS Replier(TM), is a revolutionary mobile phone application designed to address the problem of communicating safely while driving. Iconosys' CEO Wayne Irving, a pioneer in next-generation telecom concepts, has led the drive to take advantage of WiFi and other technologies to build lifesaving and life-enhancing products, and to create new and better tools for wireless platforms and operating systems. For more information, including demonstration videos, on Iconosys, Inc, please visit: http://www.iconosys.com/ or http://www.smsreplier.com/.
Source: Iconosys, Inc.
CONTACT: Adam Mazur, Rubenstein Public Relations, +1-212-843-8073,
Online Poker Players Dash for $12,000 Added at Boylepoker.com in May
DUBLIN, April 30, 2010--
- Boylepoker.com Offers Online Poker Players Four Chances to Win Share of
$10,000 In Tournament and Cash Races This May
Boylepoker.com today launches its Cash Dash and Double Up Dash series
with a total of $12,000 added for online poker players this May.
The Cash Dash promotion has a total guaranteed prize pool of $7,500 and
consists of three rake races, each with a prize pool of $2,500. The top ten
finishers in each league will also earn a seat in an upcoming $2,000
freeroll. The first cash game rake race runs from May 10 to 16 with mini rake
races for players at different VIP levels. Rake Race 2 runs from May 17 to 23
and Rake Race 3 runs from May 24 to 30.
For tournament players there is the Double Up Dash starting at Midnight
on May 2 and running until midnight on Sunday May 9.
Play a Double Up tournament on Boylepoker at your chosen level (League A
- up to and including $5 buy-in; League B - buy-in of $10 or more) and win
one point. For every Double Up tournament a player wins they are awarded a
bonus point and the top 15 players are paid in each league with a total of
$2,500 to be given away. The top ten finishers in each league will also earn
a seat in the $2,000 freeroll!
Boylepoker is part of the biggest European poker network - iPoker.
Players have access to a huge range of tournaments running around the clock
with massive guaranteed prize pools and the opportunity to qualify for
prestigious live events. The company does not accept players from the U.S.
For further information contact: Brendan Murray, Poker Media Consulting,
For further information contact: Brendan Murray, Poker Media Consulting, +353863057469, email@example.com
EASEUS Partition Master New Updated Version Helps Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic
NEW YORK, April 30 -- EASEUS Software, a provider of affordable and all-in-one partition management solutions, today announces the release of EASEUS Partition Master in a new updated version - EASEUS Partition Master 5.8.1. This new version introduces the new feature Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk that helps simplify the task of dynamic disk (volume) management like converting a dynamic disk, a resizing dynamic disk, extending a dynamic system volume, etc.
-- Convert dynamic disk to basic disk directly with all data protected.
-- Simplify the work of dynamic volumes management like resizing dynamic
disk or extend dynamic system volume when it is out of space.
-- Safe and stable.
With the release of the updated version, EASEUS Partition Master makes things much easier for users -- especially for server users, who need to convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk directly or extend a dynamic system volume or resize a dynamic volume since the built-in Windows disk management utility is pretty limited in these respects. It also saves a lot of time and effort for server users to resize or extend dynamic volumes as they can directly convert a dynamic disk to basic and then resize it.
EASEUS Partition Master, the professional partition manager and system optimization software for both Windows PC and servers, delivers a comprehensive hard disk partition management solution including resize/move partition, extend system partition, split partition, merge partition, copy partition/disk, rebuild MBR, convert dynamic disk, wipe disk, etc.
Additionally, free for home users, EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition enjoys most features of the commercial version and works well under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 32-bit. Download it now here: http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
About CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.:
The company specializes in disk management, data recovery and backup software for Windows OS. Its other major products are Data Recovery Wizard, Partition Table Doctor and Todo Backup. For more information, visit http://www.easeus.com/.
Comarco Recalls Power Adapters for Laptops Due to Burn Hazard
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops
Units: About 507,000
Manufacturer: Comarco Inc. of Lake Forest, Calif.
Hazard: Faulty wiring can cause the connector tips to heat and melt the plastic encasing the connector tips, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 518 incidents of the connector tips heating, 53 of which resulted in the melting of the plastic casings. Eight consumers have reported a finger tip or hand burn. No reports of medical attention were received.
Description: This recall involves the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops. Only models with the following SKU numbers are affected by this recall: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04. The SKU number can be found on the underside of the adapter unit.
Sold at: WalMart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Amazon.com and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through March 2010 for between $89 and $109 for adapters for wall outlets only and for between $129 and $149 for adapters for both wall outlets and car/airplane use.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled adapter and contact Comarco to receive instructions on returning the unit for a free refurbished replacement.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Comarco toll-free at (877) 781-5186 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.regcen.com/comarcorecall.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.
Printing Your Own Bubble Test Answer Sheets Saves Money
Software enables the printing and scoring of tests using standard printers and scanners.
SALT LAKE CITY, April 30 -- ZIP-scan.com is releasing a remarkable software program called PrintScanScore(TM) which eliminates the requirement to purchase proprietary bubble sheets for multiple choice tests. The supplied bubble answer sheet templates can be printed or copied in-house using standard paper and a ordinary printer which can save thousands of dollars over proprietary multiple choice answer sheet costs. Once printed and filled out, the marked bubble sheets can be quickly scored using a standard scanner with an automatic document feeder (ADF).
"Schools, universities and HR departments are very frustrated at having to constantly purchase copyrighted bubble test sheets from the test grader scanner manufacturer at high prices," said Rich Hedderich, VP of ZIP-scan.com. "The cost of the answer sheets can exceed the price of the test correction OMR scanner each year."
"Frequently the HR Department and higher education institutions already own a high capacity scanner. Now all standard scanners (small consumer models through large commercial units) can be used to quickly scan TIFF images of the student's marked bubble answer sheets. The PrintScanScore(TM) software will then function as a test grader and score these images and generate the detailed summary, student, and analytical reports of the test results," said Allan Jones, VP of ZIP-scan.com. "For the PrintScanScore(TM) software there are no annual support or maintenance fees. Telephone support is provided at no charge."
ZIP-scan.com has been providing test correction solutions since 2002. Unlike its major competitors, ZIP-scan.com has always provided its customers with the blank multiple choice answer sheet templates and the ability to print their own bubble test sheets. A demo version of PrintScanScore(TM) is available from the company's website http://www.ZIP-scan.com.
VP of Marketing
Tel: 801-947-0490 or 888-947-7226 (888-ZIP-SCAN)
CONTACT: Allan Jones, VP of Marketing of ZIP-scan.com, +1-801-947-0490,
or 1-888-947-7226, info@ZIP-scan.com
Paperless Post Debuts New Collection of Online Mother's Day Cards!
NEW YORK, April 30 -- Show your Mom just how much you care this Mother's Day (coming up on May 9th) by sending her a beautiful card on Paperless Post! She'll appreciate your thoughtful gesture and the introduction to the newest way to send personalized stationery. Personal, thoughtful, chic and eco-friendly, Paperless Post's cards can be sent in minutes to anywhere in the world.
Paperless Post is a website where users design and send invitations, announcements, greetings and note cards entirely digitally. Cards are delivered in personalized envelopes directly to recipients' inboxes. Paperless Post's cards are uniquely personal, highly customizable and have the look and texture of what you would find at a high end stationery store.
The new Mother's Day collection features cards that look like those from a bespoke letterpress with designs for the most discerning tastes from classic colorful tulips and blossoming hydrangeas to modern designs and graphic prints.
In an effort to redefine the tradition of stationery, Paperless Post (http://www.paperlesspost.com) lets you send fine stationery over the Internet. Paperless Post offers a new way to communicate online that merges the traditions of classic, custom stationery with the ease, eco-consciousness and cost effectiveness of digital communication. Paperless Post believes there is no need to forego style for functionality.
This Mother's Day, don't forget to show your mother you care. Visit http://www.paperlesspost.com to see all of our great designs and start sending today. Paperless Post is free to join and you get 25 free Paperless stamps when you sign up.
Paperless Post is a new website where users can design and send custom, chic and personalized invitations, save the dates, announcements, thank you notes, and other types of stationery that look like those from a bespoke letterpress. Paperless Post's custom cards are delivered in personalized envelopes to recipients' inboxes and the senders are able to track and manage as their cards are received. With a huge variety of cards, motifs, colors and text choices, there are endless possibilities for users to completely customize and personalize their Paperless mail. Paperless Post incorporates the ease of email communication without sacrificing the beauty and elegance of well-designed stationery. Having launched in April of 2009, Paperless Post was started by siblings Alexa and James Hirschfeld.
New "Guaranteed Freshness" Benefit Helps Customers Avoid Waste, Spend Less and Save More
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., April 30 -- How fresh is the food in your fridge?
FreshDirect, New York City's premiere online grocer, has made shopping for fresh foods a superior experience over supermarket shopping by introducing new Guaranteed Freshness labels - a service now available on all freshly made meals, meat, seafood, dairy and produce items.
A new "Guaranteed Fresh" mark appears on the product pages of thousands of fresh foods across the FreshDirect website, clearly showing customers exactly how many days they'll have to enjoy their food.
Only FreshDirect offers this unique service, and it not only assures the freshness and quality of FreshDirect products, but also helps take the guesswork out of shopping, helping customers to eliminate food waste, plan their meals and save money.
The new Guaranteed Fresh benefit is simply the latest advance in a continued focus on freshness that FreshDirect has developed since its inception.
Unlike supermarkets and other online grocers that pick their products from central warehouses or store shelves, FreshDirect sources its fresh products directly from local dairies, fisheries and farms and then ships them directly to the customer. Every FreshDirect customer order is freshly prepared overnight, just hours before delivery, ensuring unbeatable quality and flavor.
Fresh Food is Guaranteed!
In addition to the new Guaranteed Fresh label, FreshDirect guarantees freshness and superior food quality in every order through several important processes:
Our food experts rate all our produce and seafood every morning, so you'll always know what's going to be great in your next-day delivery. In fact, up to 90% of FreshDirect customers use Daily Quality Ratings to discover what's best and in-season.
-- Fresh Meals from the FreshDirect Kitchen to the Customers'
FreshDirect customers savor ready-to-heat-and-serve meals and side dishes, prepared fresh daily on-premises by FreshDirect's team of top chefs. These meals are carefully prepared and packed to ensure maximum freshness.
-- Perfect Temperature Control
Both the FreshDirect facility and the company's delivery trucks maintain perfect temperature control, ensuring that a customer's food is delivered to their door just as fresh as it was when it left the farm.
-- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Since the very beginning, FreshDirect has stood firmly behind its 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If a customer is unhappy with the freshness or quality of any product in their order, FreshDirect will make it right. Freshness is not just something the company states; it's a daily mission.
"Our customers trust us to be their eyes in the fresh food and grocery shopping process. Each product can be traced back to the cutting board or produce shelf, so we're happy to be held accountable for every order," said Monica Woo, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, FreshDirect.
"Our new Guaranteed Freshness labels take the guesswork out of shopping so you can make informed decisions that help you plan your meals, avoid waste and save money. If you are dissatisfied with any item in your order, just contact us right away, and we'll make it right."
FreshDirect is one of the nation's leading online food brands and grocery providers, known for its convenient home delivery service and the manufacture of fresh, delicious food. Changing the way customers shop for groceries since 2002, the company uses a direct distribution model with in-house, overnight production that cuts out the middleman and helps FreshDirect offer farm-fresh food at prices up to 20% lower than conventional grocery stores. Every product is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, every time. Thanks to expert daily ratings, FreshDirect customers can easily shop for best of the season in produce and seafood. Only at FreshDirect, the online shopping experience is highly personalized with smart shopping features that help customers track their favorites, remember missed items, shop from previous orders and get recommendations on new foods they might like. FreshDirect has also teamed up with top New York City chefs and restaurants to bring customers quick, restaurant-quality prepared meals, unavailable anywhere else. FreshDirect has fulfilled more than ten million orders to date. Its ever-expanding service area includes most of Manhattan, locations in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, as well as parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester and Nassau County. FreshDirect ranks 62 on Internet Retailer's Top 500 guide. For more information, visit http://www.freshdirect.com.
Verizon Wireless Network Prepared for 2010 Hurricane Season
Five 'Super Switches' Cover Florida; $240 Million Invested In Past Year to Ensure Strong Service
MIAMI, April 30 -- Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation's most reliable and largest voice and 3G data network, is ready for the 2010 Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. The Florida network team recently activated its fifth "Super Switch" facility in the state.
This new communication hub, which was completed earlier this year in Broward County, joins similar "Super Switch " facilities in Tampa Bay, Jupiter, Orlando and Jacksonville that are designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and serve as the main call processing centers in their respective areas for Verizon Wireless customers.
These facilities are key parts of the company's reinforced infrastructure that maintains network reliability for customers in even the most severe storms and circumstances. In addition to hardened shells, they feature large-scale on-site power generation, various redundant operations and technologies, and other back-up systems to ensure the Verizon Wireless network remains strong, running and reliable.
The switch facilities also serve as emergency operation centers when hurricanes or other emergencies arise.
"The public continues to rely on wireless communication more each day, especially during storms and other critical circumstances here in the state," said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. "As the nation's largest wireless carrier, we take our role in this public safety issue very seriously."
The company has invested more than $240 million in its Florida network during the past year, and $2.1 billion in the state since the company was formed. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has spent about $55 billion to enhance its digital wireless network since 2000.
Other Verizon Wireless ongoing efforts to ensure a reliable network during the storm season and year-round include:
-- A comprehensive emergency response plan, including preparing emergency
command centers across Florida in the case of a storm or other crisis.
-- Verizon Wireless network technicians, who serve as the inspiration for
the famous TV Test Man commercials, travel the state in six high-tech
vehicles to measure the quality of voice and data calls on Verizon
Wireless and other carriers.
-- The company has a fleet of dozens of Cells on Wheels (COWS), Cells on
Light Trucks (COLTS), and generators on trailers (GOaTS) that can be
rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that need extra network
-- Pre-arranging fuel delivery to mobile units and generators to keep the
network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an
extended period of time.
-- Erecting new digital cell sites, of which about 80 percent have their
own on-site generators and new expanded fuel tanks to extend their
-- Installation of advanced in-building systems to boost wireless
coverage and services at hospitals, government and emergency
facilities, high-traffic public venues and other locations throughout
-- Integrating Alltel Wireless facilities into the more advanced Verizon
Wireless network, so former Alltel customers will benefit from the
nation's most reliable voice and 3G data network.
This year, Verizon Wireless plans to launch its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless services in 25 to 30 markets nationally. LTE will offer customers significantly greater network capacity than even today's most advanced 3G coverage.
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.
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InstantAction Debuts Online Video Game Distribution Service
Game creators can now embed any video game on the Web Consumers can easily trial, purchase and download premium games via any website
LAS VEGAS, April 30 -- Browser-based gaming innovator InstantAction today announced the availability of its direct-to-consumer online video game distribution service that enables game publishers to embed premium video games anywhere on the Web, including blogs, and social media sites such as Facebook. The service debuts with LucasArts' The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, available now.
Using a combination of in-browser, thin-client, and progressive downloading technologies, InstantAction makes embedding video games as easy as embedding a standard video or photo, and at equivalent speeds - in most cases, saving consumers hours of download time. As a result, game publishers can dramatically expand distribution by embedding games online, where gamers' recommendations and invitations are most effective.
"It was only a matter of time before the Internet disrupted the extremely limited distribution channels available to game creators, enabling direct-to-consumer access and more control over sales performance and profits," said Evan S. Wilson, senior research analyst of Pacific Crest Securities. "The InstantAction platform virtually obliterates the obstacles to game distribution by making it possible for anyone to embed any video game anywhere on the web, just like embedding a video. For game creators, this opens up distribution channels that haven't previously been an option - especially for console-quality games. For consumers, it creates endless possibilities for game discovery, risk-free trial, and faster downloads."
"The InstantAction platform provides a brand new way to get games from their creators to customers, thus avoiding obstacles to publishing and discovering new games that are inherent in the traditional brick and mortar model," said Louis Castle, CEO of InstantAction.
"We give game creators a secure way to offer free trials, item purchases and pay-as-you play options, with a broad range of monetization formats and platform compatibility," continued Castle. "Gamers not only get the try-before-you buy and rent-to-own benefits; they can easily embed full games into their social networks, accessing their friends' lists and adding social features to games where they may not have existed. InstantAction not only changes how games are distributed and discovered, but how they are enjoyed."
To play, purchase or embed The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on Facebook:
-- Go to the following address: apps.facebook.com/monkey-island. This
will take you to The Secret of Monkey Island application page.
-- Locate the "Add this game to your site" section, located underneath
the gameplay section of the page. The gear-icon menu provides options
for embedding the game into your page, including window size.
To learn more about embedding The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, please visit our application information page or the InstantAction Facebook Fan Page.
InstantAction is an online gaming innovator that brings AAA-quality games to the web, making them playable through a browser. The InstantAction suite of tools and services enable game creators to deploy any game, made with any technology, to any destination on the web. Based in Las Vegas and Portland, Ore., InstantAction is a business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI). For more information, visit http://www.instantaction.com.
Call of Duty(R): Black Ops(TM) Goes Hot on November 9, 2010
Fans to See Sneak Peek Tonight of the Most-Anticipated Entertainment Title of the Year
SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 30 -- DECLASSIFIED: Prepare for the follow-up to the biggest entertainment launch in history: on November 9th Call of Duty®: Black Ops(TM) will introduce fans to the elite world of Black Ops. Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) and award-winning developer Treyarch will take players behind enemy lines in an entirely new chapter in the groundbreaking and record-setting, No. 1 first-person action series of all-time.
"We can't wait for our community to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops," said Mark Lamia, Studio Head for Treyarch. "We have focused our entire studio on this game, with dedicated multiplayer, single-player and co-op teams creating the most intense, gripping and riveting experience possible for our fans on all fronts."
For more information, visit http://www.callofduty.com/blackops immediately following the game's appearance on GameTrailers TV on Spike this Friday and also, via Twitter at JD_2020.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
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EMC Expanded Research Focus Incorporates West Coast Universities and Startup Collaborations
EMC Joins Plug and Play Tech Center; Jeff Nick Keynotes at CloudPlay Conference
HOPKINTON, Mass., April 30 -- EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced it has joined Plug and Play Tech Center as a corporate partner, further advancing EMC Innovation Network collaboration with university research and startup communities around the world. The partnership is one of the focal points for EMC Research West, the company's newly organized local research network, connecting EMC's operations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and Pacific Northwest with centers of emerging technology.
"Startup companies continue to be a tremendous driver of innovation for the IT industry," said Jeff Nick, EMC Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. "Plug and Play Tech Center will give EMC's technology community access to startup activities, which will complement the organic development of new concepts at our R&D centers on the West Coast and around the world. We look forward to helping many of the companies hosted at the Plug and Play Tech Center move their ideas forward."
"Technology innovation flourishes when entrepreneurs have access to a worldwide network of business development resources," said Kayvan Baroumand, COO of Plug and Play Tech Center. "By collaborating with leading technology companies like EMC, Plug and Play can accelerate a technology startup's ability to empower its users and bring a wealth of benefits to people's digital lives and communities. We're pleased to have EMC as a sponsor of Plug and Play Tech Center. Working with the technology giant affords a heightened ability to work at the forefront of collaborative development and market evolution."
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, PlugandPlayTechCenter.com is a community of over 280 technology startup companies in the areas of Web 2.0, software (SaaS), systems, semiconductor and telecomm verticals. Since its inception in January 2006 the center has helped the startups raise in excess of $800 million in venture funding. The startup companies have created a cumulative value of 2 Billion Dollars.
"Being a corporate partner of the Plug and Play Tech Center affords EMC's scientific, technological, and business minds a unique way of discovering the industry's hottest innovations," said James Moore, Director of EMC Research West. "By collaborating with startups hosted at the center EMC is able to influence, identify, and nurture the technologies it finds most compelling. Access to intriguing companies and inspiring events make Plug and Play Tech Center a perfect focal point for our research program."
EMC's partnership announcement with Plug and Play Tech Center coincides with Jeff Nick's keynote address at the CloudPlay conference, where he described the company's technology strategy for cloud computing. Nick outlined key enabling technologies for virtual private clouds that EMC is working with the EMC Innovation Network and partner ecosystem to develop. A copy of Nick's presentation is available at both CloudPlay and Labs, part of the EMC Community Network, where research and innovation topics are openly discussed with teams across the globe.
Founded in 2007, the EMC Innovation Network is the company's global research collaboration, connecting advanced technology researchers with university and industry partners, including startup companies, from around the world. Following the motto, "expand knowledge locally - transfer it globally," the network builds fruitful collaborations between EMC's R&D operations and the technology communities in each region. By bringing together talent from inside and outside the company, EMC is expanding its knowledge in strategic areas of technology through a continual exchange of information.
The addition of the Plug and Play Tech Center partnership will increase EMC's already significant involvement in the West Coast R&D community, complementing its research initiatives in local communities in Massachusetts and North Carolina. In June of 2009, EMC added a partnership with MIT Media Lab as part of its EMC Research Cambridge program, a sister program to EMC Research West. EMC's R&D presence on the West Coast includes offices in Santa Clara, Pleasanton, and Pasadena, California, and Seattle, Washington.
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.
Source: EMC Corporation
CONTACT: Katryn McGaughey of EMC, +1-508-293-7717,
Medical City Hospital Partners With Dallas Fire-Rescue to Outfit First Mobile Units in Dallas County With Advanced EKG Technology
Partnership Makes City of Dallas Second-Largest U.S. City Equipped With the Technology; Medical City Is First and Only Receiving Hospital in Dallas County
DALLAS, April 30 -- A partnership announced today between Medical City Hospital and Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) now provides Dallas residents with the benefit of potential life-saving technology, as Medical City recently helped outfit all DFR rescue units with state-of-the-art LIFENET STEMI Management Solution cardiac alert devices.
The LIFENET device, a unique combination of web, broadband and medical technology, will drastically reduce the time it takes for a heart attack patient to receive the life-saving angioplasty procedure that gets their blood flowing again. This significant upgrade in technology could help save the lives of patients experiencing STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction), a dangerous form of heart attack that impedes or blocks blood flow to the heart.
The partnership makes Dallas the second-largest city in the United States whose primary 911 agency is outfitted with the LIFENET system. Medical City also will be the first and only hospital in Dallas County capable of receiving patients connected to the LIFENET system.
All paramedics within DFR's Emergency Medical Services system are trained to recognize these particular electrocardiogram (EKG) strips and identify markers within those strips that warrant the use of the STEMI software. In conjunction, all 45 DFR rescue units as well as two Advanced Life Support (ALS) vehicles will carry the monitors that will support the transmission of this life saving data.
How the LIFENET System Can Save Lives
-- The LIFENET system allows paramedics to use the latest broadband
technology to transmit 12-lead EKGs from the field to a web-based
system at the hospital.
-- The system then distributes the information via the Internet to care
teams at the hospital's ER, catheterization lab and the cardiologist's
-- Rapid delivery of the EKG data allows Medical City to prepare for the
patient's arrival ahead of time.
-- Medical City also will be able to make treatment decisions while the
patient is still in transport.
-- Knowing the diagnosis before the patient arrives at Medical City can
significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to care for the
patient upon arrival and improve overall patient outcomes.
-- The standard guideline for this treatment process is currently 90
minutes. With the new software, DFR hopes to eventually shorten the
process to 60 minutes or less.
"Our investment associated with providing this technology pales in comparison to the advantage that Dallas Fire-Rescue emergency personnel and Medical City physicians now have when diagnosing and treating heart attack patients," said Erol Akdamar, president and chief executive officer of Medical City. "We saw a need that we believed we could fill and we are honored to be able to support Dallas Fire-Rescue and serve our community in this way."
"The technology in itself is remarkable," said DFR's deputy chief of the EMS Response Bureau, Bobby D. Ross, "but even more remarkable is that it puts us at the cutting edge of pre-hospital cardiac care."
Because STEMI affects one or more of the arteries that carry blood to the heart, it poses a serious threat to the heart muscle. Studies show that time from the onset of STEMI to treatment at the hospital is critical for improving survival and outcomes for these patients.
With the LIFENET system, Medical City will be able make treatment decisions while the patient is still in transport ensuring that Medical City care teams will continue meeting and eventually surpass the guidelines for treatment in 90 minutes or less, as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
"When it comes to heart attacks, lost time can mean lost heart muscle," said Dr. Matthew Bush, medical director of emergency services at Medical City. "Anything we can do to accelerate how we diagnose and receive information on incoming patients helps us fight against the damage that lost time can cause in these cases."
"This technology benefits the citizens of our community and will save lives," said Eric Eichhorn, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Dallas Heart Group at Medical City. "It was the right thing to do for our community and will make a difference in outcomes as patients will be treated 20 to 30 minutes sooner."
About Medical City Dallas Hospital
Founded in 1974, Medical City is recognized for its state-of-the-art medical facilities and commitment to excellence in patient care. Located in Dallas the hospital's medical team consists of more than 1,150 physicians, many of whom are recognized as the world's best in their specialties. Medical City is home to one of the nation's premier heart transplant and surgery centers, Medical City Heart, and the world-class pediatric hospital, Medical City Children's Hospital. The 660-bed comprehensive medical center also includes a breadth of nationally and internationally acclaimed specialty programs, including cardiovascular, craniofacial, bariatric, oncology and transplant services. A testament to its quality patient care, Medical City is one of fewer than 300 medical centers nationwide that has been granted the prestigious Magnet status for nursing excellence - the American Nurses Credentialing Center's highest honor. Medical City is also the only hospital in North Texas to be re-designated through the Magnet Program. In 2006, Medical City was ranked 15th out of the 50 "Best Places to Work" in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine. More information about Medical City is available at http://www.medicalcityhospital.com/.
About Dallas Fire and Rescue
Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) exists to provide the citizens of Dallas the most effective and rapid emergency, fire, rescue, and prevention services in an ever-changing environment. Since the opening of the first fire station in 1907, the name Dallas Fire Department has been synonymous with putting out fires. Over time though, due in part to fire education as well as fire retardant building construction, fire calls have taken somewhat of a back seat to another aspect of our services. Today, with over 90% of calls being medical in nature, Dallas Fire-Rescue has now become an EMS based fire department. The mission however, still remains the same: to prevent and suppress fires, educate and rescue citizens, provide emergency medical services, promote public safety and foster community relations, with a vision to become a world class fire department that sets an exemplary standard in fire prevention, rescue, suppression, and EMS through progressive leadership and innovative practices. More information about Dallas Fire-Rescue is available at http://www.dallasfirerescue.com/.
Source: Medical City Dallas Hospital
CONTACT: Tod Meisner, +1-214-379-3703, firstname.lastname@example.org, for
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Financial Literacy Month Is Every Week at SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM!
SEATTLE, April 30 -- April is Financial Literacy month and SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM, the largest provider of online school banking programs in the United States, celebrated by launching a new service that generates income for vital education programs. While school fundraising staples such as cookie dough, chocolate bars and entertainment books raise funds, they don't provide direct student benefits all year long. Schools can now use the School Savings Program to raise vital funds by asking local businesses to sponsor the program which usually takes place before school. Local sponsors' logos appear on student deposit receipts and throughout the website. Students practice a fundamental life skill by making weekly deposits at school while schools raise funds! Volunteers that register their school on SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM by June 30th will be entered to win $100 for a fall kick-off School Savings party.
Fund raising with SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM is easy because FREE FUNDRAISING TOOLS are embedded in its website. Students do not need to sell anything. One tool lets parents support the program and their school by making a contribution when enrolling their child for weekly school banking. The second enables LOCAL BUSINESSES and financial institutions to support financial literacy AND the school by purchasing a sponsorship.
The goal of SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM is A Savings Account for Every Child. Students make deposits at school into their savings account at any bank or credit union in the United States. And families learn to save together by tracking school deposit history, maintaining a real-life savings register and monitoring savings goal progress -- all ONLINE.
Finance Professor Lewis Mandell, an expert on financial literacy at the University of Washington, strongly endorsed school-based programs that encourage savings at an early age. "My first bank account was opened for me in my elementary school in New York City. Ownership of my own account and my own money helped me establish a savings habit that has stayed with me my entire life. Every youngster should be given this opportunity."
SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM is an independent financial education program. The program has been used in more than 5000 schools since 1982. It provides a secure, innovative, affordable and convenient way for students to make savings deposits from school. It is the only school banking program approved by the US Department of Education. Visit SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM For assistance registering or regional sponsorships, contact email@example.com or call toll free 1-888-787-7728.
Gameware Announces Release of Creebies, the Most Advanced 3D Virtual Pet Game for Smartphones
CAMBRIDGE, England, April 30, 2010--
- With Photo
- Alien Life Forms Emerge on Nokia Touch and Keypad Devices!
Available now in the Nokia Ovi Store, Creebies boasts a rich 3D world
with a huge variety of cute, funny and personable characters that live,
play, learn and grow on your mobile phone. The game is full of clothing,
toys, accessories, and games that you can play alone or with your Creebi.
Creebies have minds of their own so you will want to ensure they are rested
and fed to get the best out of them.
One of the most advanced artificial life simulations ever created for a
mobile communication device, Creebies brings cutting edge technologies to
your phone, including fully morphable models providing a virtually
unlimited variety of characters and full touch compatibility.
The Creebies world is a crazy, colourful and slightly surreal environment
for the quirky pets. It features four themed islands: cheerful Happi;
desert-like Gobi; tiki-filled Creepi; and bubbly Blobbi. Each contains a
range of shops where you can buy clothing, toys, and accessories for your
Creebi as well as fun mini-games where you can earn the Spondoolies you
need to spend on your pets.
Creebies can also spawn new Creebies, which are an accurate mix of both
parents in appearance and temperament. With careful guidance, you can
encourage them to improve their skills to perform better in games or win
the heart of that special Creebi next door.
"Gameware Development brought together the core team from the CREATURES
game series to deliver what is, in mobile terms, an absolutely epic
virtual pet game for N-series devices," said Development Director Ian
Saunter. "Our game testers told us that the Snake mini-game homage alone is
worth the purchase price ! We are proud that our 3D technologies and
innovative mesh morphing have enabled such compelling gameplay and are
excited to see Creebies hit the shelves."
"This game was a real labour of love ," added Creebies Producer Lisa
de Araujo. "and so much fun to make. We know that everyone picking it up
will see that we put our hearts as well as our personalities into the title.
This may make us seem a bit insane, but we're sure players will love it as
much as we do!"
Zenith Infotech Helps IT Solution Providers Better Compete Against 'Direct' Cloud Vendors in Kansas City, Kansas
Open house event to showcase solutions, strategies for success
KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 29 -- As virtualization and cloud technologies grow in popularity with CIOs, Zenith Infotech is developing an arsenal of related tools, resources and support services that enable its partners to more effectively compete against direct-to-market vendors. SmartStyle Office allows IT solution providers to offer their own cloud solution hosted at the end-user's site, their private data center, or at Zenith Infotech's 600- person, highly secured network operations center (NOC).
To learn more about cloud computing and related business opportunities, technology solution providers are encouraged to attend a free open house May 4 from 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lenexa-OverlandPark located at 12601 West 95th Street. Zenith technicians will hold live, interactive demonstrations of the company's cloud computing, business continuity and 'managed services' infrastructure solutions. Together, these technologies enable small- and-midsized businesses (SMBs) to automate IT processes and more efficiently run their business operations.
Attendees of the event will receive free trials of Zenith Infotech's managed services offering or a 30-day trial of its business continuity solution. Snacks and drinks will also be provided.
"Every product, service and program we develop is focused on helping them more effectively - and profitably - compete against larger, more established brands with hybrid go-to-market strategies," said Barb Burk, senior director of Marketing for Zenith Infotech. "At our open house events we try to raise the visibility of emerging technologies and business trends with partners so they can see what's coming up the road and capitalize on them at the upswing of the curve. We respect the value our partners offer their customers and believe our greatest success comes from partnering, not competing, with them."
Zenith Infotech Ltd. is a leading provider of remote monitoring and management (RMM), backup and disaster recovery, and virtual help-desk solutions for managed services providers worldwide. The company's award-winning solutions enable its technology partners to scale their business without increasing their overhead.
Apollo College and Western Career College Invite Students to Vote for New Scrub Colors
New look will be part of upcoming transition to Carrington College(TM) name change
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., April 29 -- Apollo College and Western Career College announced a social media promotion encouraging students to vote for the color of new scrubs, which will be introduced when the Colleges are renamed Carrington College(TM) and Carrington College(TM) California in June. The campaign will run April 26-May 13, with the winning color announced on the Carrington College Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CarringtonCollege. For details regarding the upcoming name change, visit http://www.WhyCarrington.com.
"We have sought feedback from all constituents in our college communities in planning and implementing the name change," said George Montgomery, president of U.S. Education, the parent organization for both colleges. "When we announced the name change in March, the most frequently asked questions from our students were 'What will happen with our scrubs? What will be the color of our new scrubs?' We realized this was an important concern and we wanted to coordinate a more extensive feedback process."
The campaign includes campus posters, Twitter and Facebook updates and on-site mannequins, all directing students to visit http://www.carringtonscrubs.com to vote for one of five color options.
Apollo College is a leading provider of career-focused, outcome-based post-secondary education in health care and related fields. The school operates online and at ten campuses throughout the Western U.S. that offer practical, real-world education and hands-on experiences. The Apollo campuses are located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. For more information about Apollo College, visit http://www.apollo.edu.
About Western Career College
Western Career College is a leading provider of educational programs in California that lead to careers in fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, dental assisting, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, diagnostic medical sonography, veterinary technology, criminal justice and graphics and drafting. The nine California Western Career College locations are in Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Stockton, San Leandro, Emeryville, Antioch, San Jose, Pleasant Hill and Pomona. Western Career College is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-WASC). For more information about Western Career College, visit http://www.westerncollege.edu.
Apollo College and Western Career College are subsidiaries of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), a global provider of educational services.
Source: Apollo College; Western Career College
CONTACT: David Kaye, Director of Communications & Public Relations of
Apollo College and Western Career College, +1-916-388-2804, cell,
+1-916-832-8782, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary Christine for Apollo
College and Western Career College, +1-414-247-2108, email@example.com
Bang & Olufsen Announces New Ownership of Bang & Olufsen Portland Showroom
Introducing BeoVision 10 LCD TV to Portland market
PORTLAND, Ore., April 29 -- Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of high-end audio and video products, is proud to announce that the Bang & Olufsen Portland showroom is under new ownership. It is now owned by Brassa LLC., a Calgary-based custom installation company. The owner of Bang & Olufsen Portland, Scot Lane, also owns the very successful Bang & Olufsen Stephen Avenue showroom in Calgary, Alberta. The Lane family has been involved with Bang & Olufsen since 1973, and Scot has personally owned the Stephen Avenue location since 2004. He brings with him over 16 years of experience in the luxury goods market and custom electronic integration business.
In addition to a complete product portfolio of state-of-the-art audio and video products, multi-room music systems, custom home theater displays, telephones, mp3 players, and various accessories; the Bang & Olufsen Portland showroom will also showcase the new BeoVision 10 television. BeoVision 10 is the company's third video product to launch this fiscal year and presents a full-HD picture based on the new LED technology. It resembles a piece of artwork on the wall, but when brought to life reveals impressive image and sound performance from its modest size.
In addition to the stunning picture, the slim beauty delivers impressive sound with its custom-made bass port design. BeoVision 10 has an integrated stereo speaker placed below the screen and covered by a fabric front. It offers integrated surround sound and a peripheral unit controller, electronic curtains and an extensive connection panel allowing up to five extra speakers for a surround sound setup.
"We expect to recruit many new customers with BeoVision 10," says Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. "This product is visually stunning, versatile, and has a very attractive price point that can fit into a variety of home environments."
"I'm honored to showcase the new BeoVision 10 to the Portland market," says Lane. "This product will be perfect for our new project in revamping the Bang & Olufsen presence in Portland."
BeoVision 10 is available at all Bang & Olufsen showrooms in 40" and 46" screen sizes. MSRP will be determined on an a-la-carte basis, starting at $6248 for the 40" and $8550 for the 46". Price will vary as upgrades are added including mounting options, anti-reflective screen coating, and remote control.
Bang & Olufsen Portland also plans to introduce the new BeoVision 10 LCD in Bellevue, WA on May 5th, 2010. The store will participate with the Seattle-area Aston Martin dealer for an event launching the new Aston Martin Rapide. BeoVision 10 will be on display at the event and on-site demonstrations will be conducted. The event will be held at Bellevue Art Museum on Bellevue Way Northeast at 6:00 PM.
For more information on Bang & Olufsen Portland, the new owner, or to
RSVP to the event, please contact:
Bang & Olufsen America, Inc.
Bang & Olufsen America, Inc.
About Bang & Olufsen a/s
Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.
Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit http://www.bang-olufsen.com.
About Bang & Olufsen America, Inc.
Headquartered in the Greater Chicago Area, Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bang & Olufsen a/s of Struer Denmark. It was founded in 1970 and provides support and development for 50 retail showrooms in the continental US, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Canada, as well as eleven showrooms in South America.