Digiturk Pay-TV Platform Renews to 2021 its Satellite Capacity With Eutelsat
PARIS and ISTANBUL, March 18, 2010-- Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris : ETL) and Digiturk, Turkey's
leading pay-TV platform, today announced the signature of a major agreement
for the lease renewal of 12 transponders until 2021 at Eutelsat's 7 degrees
East video neighbourhood occupied by its W3A satellite. With this agreement,
Digiturk has secured long-term access to premium resources for delivering
television, radio and interactive services to satellite homes across Turkey.
The Digiturk platform was launched in 2000 at 7 degrees East and
currently comprises more than 170 television channels, of which six broadcast
in High-Definition. Channels are delivered via the high-power regional beam
on Eutelsat's W3A satellite, which provides optimal coverage over Turkey.
Launched in 2004, W3A has enabled Digiturk to build one of the largest pay-TV
operator in the region, serving over 2.5 million subscriber homes. Digiturk
also leases capacity on other Eutelsat satellites for newgathering
requirements and delivering programmes to the platform's studios in Istanbul.
In addition to developing an exceptional range of channels, Digiturk has
built its success on innovation, pioneering HDTV content in 2007 and
launching Video-on-Demand services in HD with a PVR for local storage.
Commenting on the contract renewal, Michel De Rosen, Eutelsat
Communications CEO said: "10 years on from the launch at Eutelsat's 7 degrees
East neighbourhood, Digiturk is today both one of the leading pay-TV players
in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin and a reference for quality and
innovation. We are proud to accompany this tremendous success and to see our
business relationship consolidated through this new long term lease that
supports the leadership of W3A in Turkey's dynamic digital video market."
DIGITURK is the first and only digital platform in Turkey that operates
since 2000 within Çukurova Group. As of end of August 2009, offering premium
content through 176 television, radio and interactive channels.
DIGITURK has been appealing to different tastes through movies and TV
series from major Hollywood studios and its exclusive football content. It
holds exclusive rights for the Turkcell Super League football matches until
the end of the 2013-1014 seasons with HD (High Definition) quality.
It offers multi-channel subscription packages and pay-per-view content
including general entertainment, sports, news, movies, adult, music,
documentaries and children's programming. Selected programs are available in
original language, subtitled or dubbed in Turkish. Subscribers have also free
access to a selection of interactive services, such as realtime multiplayer
games, home shopping, home banking, weather forecast and realitme stock
DIGITURK has 2.5 million subscribers with its well-established
distribution and sales network in Turkey.
DIGITURK Plus is also the premium product that has VOD(video on demand)
and PVR (personal video recorder) features for the subscriber, which is
unique in Turkey. Addionally, with DIGITURK plus, subscribers have met the HD
content for the first time. And today Digiturk has 6 HD channels ( LIG TVHD,
SPORMAXHD, DizimaxHD, MoviemaxHD, National Geographic HD and EUROSPORT HD),
which makes DIGITURK is a leader in Turkey about HD content.
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 26
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 31 December 2009, Eutelsat's satellites were
broadcasting more than 3,400 television channels and close to 1,100 radio
stations. More than 1,000 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video
neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 123 million cable and
satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's
satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications
services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets
for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight
markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates
services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local
communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa,
Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries
employ 635 employees from 27 countries.
London Prepares to Host Europe's Largest Gathering of CE & IT Manufacturers & Buyers
LONDON, March 18, 2010-- Consumer Electronics and IT manufacturers are in great anticipation for
this year's RetailVision Europe, a three day event looking to capitalise on
the growing CE and IT retail market. UBM, a leading global media and events
company, will once again bring together Europe's leading retailers,
e-tailers and distributors for one of this year's most important focused
retail buying events. RetailVision Europe will be held on the 10-12 May 2010
at the Sofitel London Heathrow, UK.
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Now in its fifteenth year, a wide and varied list of vendors will
participate alongside specially invited CE & IT buyers from the European
retail community. To date, more than 180 have registered to attend.
Over the course of the event, multiple industry insight sessions will be
led by a select group of retail experts including Dr. Rudolf Aunkofer, Global
Research Director IT, at GfK Retail & Technology and Bob Snyder, Editor in
Chief, The Distribution Channel. Dr Aunkofer will be presenting an overview
of the European retail market - "What's Selling & What's Not" referencing
GFK's recent report on "The IT Market 2010".
"As the pioneers of the 'Hosted Buyer' model, RetailVision Europe has
been instrumental in facilitating long-term and lucrative partnerships
between 1000s of technology vendors and leading European retailers, e-tailers
and distributors. Our hosted buyer programme makes it easy for top buyers to
be present at the show, maximising the sales potential for our solution
We also have an excellent track record of bringing new products to the
European market and helping vendors increase their market share. This year's
event, combining a showcase-led exhibition with industry insight sessions,
private boardroom appointments and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings, will
provide more opportunities than ever for innovative manufacturers to meet and
influence the key people who will ensure their future business growth," said
Nick Cabrera, Managing Director, RetailVision Europe.
To enquire about vendor opportunities, contact Nick Cabrera, Managing
Director, RetailVision Europe on +44(0)207955-4311 or email
To enquire about VIP attendance packages for retailers and distributors,
contact Liam McSherry, Audience Manager on +44(0)207955-4365 or email
For media/press related enquiries, contact Anna Knight, Head of
Marketing, RetailVision Europe on +44(0)207955-3788 or email
United Business Media Limited is a leading global business media company
which informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at
events, online, in print and provides them with the information they need to
do business successfully. UBM focuses on serving professional commercial
communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery
traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Its 6500 staff in more
than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these
communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work
effectively and efficiently. Visit http://www.ubm.com.
Videocall Deploy State-Of-The-Art Telepresence and Videoconferencing Service Management Environment
CAMBERLEY, England, March 18, 2010--
- Videocall's Eagle Delivers Connectivity for Users, Networks and
Platforms Brought Together in a Combined, High Quality, Seamless Environment
Videocall, a leading telepresence and video collaboration managed
services provider today announced it has successfully designed, developed and
implemented a next generation telepresence and videoconferencing service
management environment to called Eagle.
Eagle has been developed by Videocall from the ground up based on many
years of experience in providing telepresence and videoconference management
services to organisations located throughout the world.
Eagle is Videocall's telepresence and videoconferencing service
management environment to enable the delivery of real time meeting management
services by driving Videocall's globally distributed business exchange to
customers regardless of platform, device, connectivity, location or user
group. Designed to bring systems, applications and services together in a
combined, seamless, high quality environment Eagle ensures that users are
able to create meetings with any combination of system, platform and
connectivity, with the entire process automated from booking to billing.
Used within organisations Eagle acts as a unified communications enabler
to allow enterprises to bring their telepresence and videoconferencing
estates into the umbrella of their unified communication strategy.
Integration into 3rd party applications and open collaboration networks to
enable further functionality and access is available.
Embedded within Eagle is a meeting scheduling and reservation engine,
delivered to customers as a Software as a Service (SaaS) application. The
user interface has been developed to allow the user to quickly create
meetings with features to aid usability such as site availability checking
and Outlook integration built in. A multitenanted architecture ensures that
users are able to see only their own sites split into enterprise defined
categories to ensure a high quality but simple user experience.
Eagle's integrated billing engine supports multiple service delivery
models, including fixed and ad-hoc. In addition the ability to bill for
various service levels, fixed network and dial-up network tariffs is
Eagle will be delivered to Videocall's fixed service contract customers
with no additional charge. All customers will be migrated to Eagle over the
Rob Portwood, Videocall's Chief Executive Officer commented: "The
development of this application represents a significant step for Videocall.
Based on years of running telepresence and videoconference managed services
Videocall have acquired the experience required in order to design develop
and implement this new application. Eagle is designed to automate the entire
process of telepresence and videoconference meeting management from booking
to billing. This ensures that Videocall's Global Managed Service Customers
are able to receive the highest quality of service from Videocall."
Videocall is a leading telepresence and video collaboration managed
services provider for global businesses. Videocall provides bespoke solutions
including personal and immersive telepresence, high definition and
traditional videoconferencing, together with a world-class managed service
that delivers measurable business value to our customers.
Mosquito Squad Launches New Mosquito Control Website
Mosquito Squad - the mosquito exterminator - launches new MosquitoSquad.com
RICHMOND, Va., March 18 -- Mosquito Squad, the mosquito exterminator, is happy to announce that it has recently launched its new mosquito control and thought leadership website at http://www.mosquitosquad.com/.
"We are the leaders in mosquito control, and our old website wasn't illustrating that," says Larry Spada, Vice President of Branding and Marketing for Mosquito Squad. "This site is now a great place to go whether you are looking for information on insects, how to control them or the diseases they carry."
"Our local franchisees offer a suite of mosquito control options, and this site provides clear information on each of them separately in our 'Mosquito & Tick Control' section," says Spada. "Mosquito Squad's newest offering is an all-natural barrier spray and the last site didn't have a place to put information for it. Now it's clearly displayed in the mosquito control section at http://www.mosquitosquad.com/control/NaturalProducts.html.
The "Bugs & Disease" section of the website offers information on the pests that the company protects against as well as the diseases they carry. The mosquito website pages (http://www.mosquitosquad.com/bugs/Mosquitoes.html) and tick information pages provide understanding of the pests that are most often in yards. Information on the diseases that mosquitoes, ticks and other insects carry is also provided in this section of the website.
"Mosquito Squad has doubled in size in just over a year, so we looked at several different options for listing our locations," adds Spada. "Our new location map (http://www.mosquitosquad.com/OurLocations.html) uses Google technology that our users are familiar with, making it easy for them to find the nearest location." Users will also be brought to the local homepages through the "Contact Your Local Squad" page at http://www.mosquitosquad.com/ContactUs.html.
Instead of a normal "About Us" page, the face of Mosquito Squad, Dread Skeeter tells the users about the company in his own words on the new MosquitoSquad.com. Users can even download a 16-page Dread Skeeter coloring book off the new site to entertain and inform their children.
"We're thrilled with our new site," says Spada. "Everything you would need to know about Mosquito Squad, from what we do to our social media is now all in one place."
Mosquito Squad offers proven, effective mosquito control and tick control within the perimeter of your property. Part of Outdoor Living Brands' franchise company based in Richmond, VA, Mosquito Squad keeps families, residences, and special events insect-free by applying a proven and registered barrier spray around a property, killing the harmful pests within it. For more information, visit MosquitoSquad.com.
To speak with a Mosquito Squad mosquito control expert in your area, call toll-free 877 MOSQUAD or 877-667-7823. For more information about how to become a Mosquito Squad franchise, call 800-722-4668, and ask for Franchise Recruitment.
804-353-6999 ext 241
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CONTACT: Jane Walker for Mosquito Squad, +1-804-353-6999 ext 241,
iYogi Leverages Akamai to Power its Global Online Tech Support Platform
BANGALORE, India, March 18 -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, announced today that iYogi, the world's-fastest growing provider of comprehensive direct-to-consumer and small business remote tech support, is leveraging Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator solution to power iYogi's Global Delivery Platform and help improve the speed, performance and uptime of iYogi's online operations and customer interactions.
iYogi's Global Delivery Platform, iMantra is a unique model for the delivery of remote tech support for PCs, peripherals, devices and software applications, and is used to resolve thousands of customer inquiries and issues every day. For each customer, iMantra documents every problem, solution and relevant hardware and software specifications, while capturing the user's demographic information and creating a customized behavioral profile. This powerful knowledge base is used by iYogi's Global Tech Experts, who combine their technology expertise with iYogi's comprehensive set of tools to deliver unmatched support services while providing the lowest wait times and highest resolution rates in the industry.
"Our customers count on iYogi to quickly and completely resolve their tech issues in their moments of crisis or frustration, meaning the reliability and performance of our Global Delivery Platform is of critical importance," said Uday Challu, CEO and Co-founder of iYogi. "Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator solution gives us the ability to engage our customers with the delivery of our support tools and services, leading to both smoother resolutions and increased opportunities for additional customer transactions."
"iYogi is setting standards for the remote support industry, offering powerful tools that help customers keep their technology performing as needed, at all times," said Robert Hughes, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Services, and Marketing, at Akamai. "A consistent, high-performing online experience is paramount for any enterprise with a global user base. With the Akamai Dynamic Site Accelerator service, iYogi can increase the global usability of its tools while positively impacting transactions, revenue, and overall customer satisfaction."
Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator service is built on Akamai's EdgePlatform - a massive network of over 61,000 servers in 70 countries, controlled by network intelligence systems that route requests, balance load and improve performance. Akamai enables enterprises to extend their Web sites to the Akamai EdgePlatform, thus bringing content close to end users. The result for each Web site is superior performance, greatly increased scalability and higher availability. Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator service provides these benefits for all content types - HTML, images, dynamic content, secure content, personalized content, software and document downloads - while allowing the enterprise to retain control over how this content is deployed and handled on the Akamai EdgePlatform.
iYogi is a global on-demand services company that provides personalized computer support for consumers and small businesses in United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. iYogi's unique model, including proprietary technology iMantra and highly qualified technicians, is designed to eliminate computer-related stress and keep millions of digitally dependent consumers and small businesses always protected and productive. Only iYogi -- with its proven global expertise delivery model, intelligent customer insight systems, 60-second telephone response times, easy-to-use self-help tools and automated PC optimization services - offers users a simple yet comprehensive path to digital serenity. iYogi has perfected the remote technical support model to overcome the current limitations of in-store, on-site, or call center services to become the fastest growing provider of support in the industry. Major resellers and technology companies are increasingly turning to iYogi to improve customer satisfaction, reduce return rates, and deliver a compelling new-value added offering to customers. For more information on iYogi and a detailed list of technologies supported, visit: http://www.iyogi.net
THE AKAMAI DIFFERENCE
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit http://www.akamai.com.
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SEATTLE, March 18 -- HTC Corporation today outlined its disagreement with Apple's legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people's lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators.
"HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible," said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. "From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA(i) and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition(ii), our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then."
The industry has recognized HTC's contributions through a variety of awards including Fast Company's 2010 Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and MIT Technology Review's 2010 50 Most Innovative Companies. The GSMA also recently awarded the HTC Hero as the "Best Phone of 2009." Some of HTC's technology firsts include:
-- First Windows PDA (1998)
-- First Windows Phone (June 2002)
-- First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
-- First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
-- First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
-- First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)
In 2009, HTC launched its branded user experience, HTC Sense. HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience was fundamentally based on listening and observing how people live and communicate.
"HTC has always taken a partnership-oriented, collaborative approach to business. This has led to long-standing strategic partnerships with the top software, Internet and wireless technology companies in the industry as well as the top U.S., European and Asian mobile operators," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. "It is through these relationships that we have been able to deliver the world's most diverse series of smartphones to an even more diverse group of people around the world, recognizing that customers have very different needs."
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. For more information about HTC, please visit http://www.htc.com.
(i) The O2 XDA by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the world in 2002.
(ii) The T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the United States in 2002.
Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW Interactive 2010 Announces Winners
Festival inaugurates next wave of innovative technology leaders
AUSTIN, Texas, March 17 -- At the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW 2010 event, early stage technology companies demonstrated their creations for judges in front of a live audience. We'd like to thank all of the amazing sponsors that helped make this event possible: Microsoft BizSpark; Elance; Level 3 (who live streamed the event); Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati; and .BIZ domain. The event chose finalists in four different categories: Innovative Web Technology, Entertainment, Social Media Business, and Social Media Personal.
Brad King, Dean McCall, Chris Sacca, and Tim Street hosted the two day long event held Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16, at the Hilton Downtown Austin. Thirty-two semi-finalists in four categories were invited to Austin for a chance to demo their product or service to a panel of industry experts (listing of judges available here: sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator/judges). At 6pm CDT on Monday evening, 12 finalists were chosen to compete on the next day. The four winners were revealed Tuesday evening at 6pm CDT.
"We were thrilled with the quality of submissions we received for the second annual Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW," explained coordinator Chris Valentine. "We're confident that we've chosen a strong group of winners, and look forward to giving them an opportunity to succeed in front of industry influencers, potential partners and funders."
The 17th annual SXSW Interactive festival will take place March 12-16, 2010 in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology. Join us March 2010 for the panels, the parties, the 13th Annual Web Awards, the ScreenBurn at SXSW Arcade, the Film and Interactive Trade Show and Exhibition, Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver. For links to photos, videos, and coverage from last year, please visit: http://www.sxsw.com/press
32Red Mobile Brings the Mega Moolah Jackpot Slot Machine to Mobile Phones
GIBRALTAR, March 17, 2010-- 32Red - the Gibraltar based online casino (http://www.32red.com/)
announced today the launch of the Mega Moolah jackpot slot machine on its
mobile casino platform. Mega Moolah is the online industry's most generous
slot machine and its introduction means that, for the first time, mobile
casino players can win the current jackpot of over GBP2 million on their
32Red launched their mobile casino early in 2008 and established itself
as one of the early leaders in the burgeoning mobile entertainment market.
Since then the web and wap site has gone from strength to strength with
growing player numbers and improving technology. The introduction of the
world's biggest online slot machine to its suite of mobile casino games will
undoubtedly help assist in attracting entirely new custom and existing 32Red
players, making it well placed to cement its position this year.
Mega Moolah's introduction means 32Red Mobile has three jackpot slot
games (known as progressive slots) in its mobile casino and is able to offer
a range of jackpots and betting stakes. Stephen McDonald, 32Red's Mobile
Marketing Manager, explained, "The addition of Mega Moolah means it joins
Fruit Fiesta and Major Millions in our suite of progressive slots. With
jackpots ranging from guaranteed payouts of GBP30,000, GBP250,000 and now
GBP1 million, there are few experiences more thrilling than spinning these
game's reels on your mobile".
Mega Moolah is currently available on the iPhone casino, leading McDonald
to say, "All our iPhone casino games are produced to the highest standard, so
players of mobile Mega Moolah can expect nothing but the best. In fact we're
confident that online players will immediately recognise their favourite
jackpot game and enjoy the same great buzz on the go as they would in the
online casino (http://www.32red.com/)."
32Red Mobile offers 18 mobile casino games in total and has a full range
of welcome and loyalty bonuses for players. Support is managed by the same
award-winning team behind 32Red Casino and is available 24/7 and 365 days a
About 32Red Mobile:
32Red Mobile is operated by 32Red Plc, the company that operates 32Red
Online Casino - the six times winner of the Best Casino title by watchdog and
player advocate site, Casinomiester. The company is renowned for providing
industry-leading levels of support to players and offer the latest casino
games. Over 80% of 32Red's players are from the UK and 32Red is licensed and
regulated by the Government of Gibraltar. 32Red Plc is listed on the London
Stock Exchange's AIM (ticker: TTR). The Company operates 32Red Casino, 32Red
Poker and DashCasino.com as well as 32Red Mobile, all of which are based on
the Microgaming platform.
CloudSwitch Wins First Launch Pad Competition at Cloud Connect
Four Finalists Present On Stage for Real-Time Feedback from Audience
SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 -- Today UBM TechWeb announced CloudSwitch as the Cloud Connect 2010 Launch Pad People's Choice winner. The attending audience nominated CloudSwitch as the winner of the competition, following the four finalists' presentations. Cloud Connect Launch Pad provides a unique public forum for companies to present new platforms and applications to the cloud computing community. Cloud Connect is taking place through March 18th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. More information can be found at http://www.cloudconnectevent.com/.
"We're excited to be voted by the audience as the People's Choice winner here at Cloud Connect, where some of the best minds of cloud computing have come together," said Ellen Rubin, Founder and VP of Products at CloudSwitch. "We believe this is a pivotal year for enterprise adoption of the cloud and CloudSwitch is proud to be at the forefront driving companies' success in the cloud."
This year, Launch Pad participants completed a first round of submissions via Twitter. Eight companies were then selected to upload a short YouTube video for the community to vote for the top four finalists, who would have the chance to present live on the keynote stage at Cloud Connect. Today, the selected four Launch Pad finalists, Appirio, CloudSwitch, Drawn to Scale and MaxiScale, showcased their ideas to the cloud computing community and CloudSwitch was selected via live vote as the People's Choice Winner at Cloud Connect.
"I want to thank and congratulate all of this year's participating Cloud Connect Launch Pad companies," said Steve Wylie, General Manager of Cloud Connect. "We are pleased with the reception of this inaugural Launch Pad and the innovation occurring within cloud technologies. We'd like to applaud CloudSwitch for demonstrating new and unique applications that are helping to shape the cloud computing industry."
CloudSwitch enables enterprises to move their existing applications to the right cloud computing environment--securely, simply and without changes. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies, and can be moved easily between different cloud environments and back into the data center based on the requirements of the business. CloudSwitch protects enterprises from the complexity, risks and potential lock-in of cloud computing, freeing them to leverage the cloud's advantages in cost and business agility. More information available at: http://www.cloudswitch.com/.
About Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect, produced by UBM TechWeb, is the defining event of the cloud computing industry. As both a conference and an exhibition, Cloud Connect's goal is to chart the course of cloud computing's development by bringing together enterprise IT professionals, developers, infrastructure providers and cloud computing innovators. UBM TechWeb has produced cloud events that define and frame cloud computing discussions since June 2008, including Cloud Summit Executive and Enterprise Cloud Summit at Interop. Cloud Connect is a new one-of-a-kind event that encompasses the entire cloud computing ecosystem featuring Cloud Business Summit, a Launch Pad program, IT & Developer workshops and a full conference program. Cloud Connect is happening March 15-18, 2010 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, CA. For more information visit: http://www.cloudconnectevent.com.
About UBM TechWeb
UBM TechWeb, the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses - media solutions, marketing services and paid content - UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb's communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands include: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology, and Advanced Trading magazines. UBM TechWeb is a UBM company, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.
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CONTACT: Joy Tanner, PR Specialist of UBM TechWeb, +1-415-947-6319,
Massage Prep(TM) Announces New Interactive Tutorials for NCETM, NCETMB and MBLEx
Industry's Leading Study Tool to Enhance Program with Narrated Study Guides
TAMPA, Fla., March 17 -- Massage Prep, the massage industry's leading study program, announces new features to enhance its acclaimed study program for the NCETM, NCETMB and MBLEx massage exams. Effective immediately, 30 animated muscle tutorials, 25 interactive study guides, and 7 skeletal tutorials, are now available to students nationwide. These features, which include narration for auditory learners, further cement the Massage Prep guarantee of passage for the rigorous NCETM, NCETMB and MBLEx massage exams when the program is fully utilized.
Created by a team of experienced massage therapists, Massage Prep was designed in line with the rigorous standards of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM & NCETMB) and Bodywork and Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (MBLEx). Featuring a user-friendly website (http://www.MassagePrep.com), the learning management system provides thousands of application-based questions and practice exams in addition to the new animated anatomy tutorials and interactive study guides. All features of Massage Prep are available 24/7 so students can study at their own pace whenever it's most convenient for them.
"Understanding the difficulty of the MBLEx, NCETM, and NCETMB tests and the need to have a centralized source of applicable and current study materials, we added these new features to meet the needs of our students while still maintaining the accessibility, cost effectiveness, and user-ease of our system," said Massage Prep's Marie Anthony, LMT. "We are constantly seeking ways to benefit our students and make our program as outstanding and affordable as possible."
Massage Prep retail packages still start at only $49, which now includes unlimited access to the entire suite of practice tests as well as the complete library of interactive study guides. The optional muscle and skeletal programs can be added for a small standalone fee, or even bigger savings when purchased in conjunction with the classic Massage Prep simulation exams for the MBLEx, NCETM, and NCETMB massage tests.
Once the student completes all practice material, a series of timed final exams will simulate the national massage tests (NCETM, NCETMB and MBLEx). The system will automatically keep track of students' progress throughout the process.
About Massage Prep(TM)
Headquartered in Tampa, FL, Massage Prep(TM) is the leading e-learning solution for massage professionals. Designed by a team of massage industry experts, Massage Prep was developed in line with the rigorous standards of the MBLEx, NCETM, and NCETMB massage exams and contains thousands of application-based questions and practice exams as well as exciting new features like animated muscle tutorials and interactive study guides. Visit http://www.MassagePrep.com for membership and more information.
CHARGE Anywhere(R) Named as Finalist in CTIA E-Tech Awards
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT INTERNATIONAL CTIA WIRELESS 2010(R)
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 17 -- CHARGE Anywhere® for Android(TM) has been named a finalist in the Mobile Applications - Mobile Payments in the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards. CTIA's fifth annual E-Tech Awards program recognizes products in 15 categories in the areas of mobile consumer electronics, luxury mobile, applications, enterprise, green solutions and network technology. International CTIA WIRELESS 2010® will take place March 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
More than 80 prominent media and industry analysts judged the 300-plus entries submitted for the E-Tech Awards program this year. Products and services were judged on innovation, functionality, technological importance, implementation and the overall "wow" factor.
E-Tech Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Robert Mesirow, vice president and show director for CTIA and Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, on Wednesday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. on the Exhibits Innovation Stage located in the Emerging Technology Zone on the International CTIA WIRELESS exhibit floor, North Hall.
CTIA is offering companies two additional opportunities to win an award. Web visitors may vote for the Best Online Pick at http://www.ctiashow.com/awards. International CTIA WIRELESS show attendees will also have the chance to vote via text message onsite for products in the E-Tech Awards display to win Best in Show.
CHARGE Anywhere for Android enables merchants to quickly, easily and securely accept card payments at the point-of-sale or point-of-service--anytime, anywhere. The unique solution, available at Android Market and at http://www.chargeanywheredirect.com, consists of in-house developed software for Android smart phones, a Bluetooth® card reader and receipt printer and proprietary payment gateway services. CHARGE Anywhere has created a comprehensive, end-to-end platform capable of offering complete PCI security and unsurpassed mobile payment capabilities on any wireless network. Through CHARGE Anywhere's PCI DSS Level 1 payment gateway, the solution works with any major US payment processor and merchant account provider.
Using optional hardware such as a Bluetooth printer with integrated card reader, the CHARGE Anywhere solution helps merchants receive the lowest possible credit card processing rate and the best customer experience. Sales receipts can also be printed at the point-of-sale. The smartphone's touch screen interface enables electronic signature capture, eliminating the requirement for merchants to retain paper copies of signed receipts.
CHARGE Anywhere's solutions are also winners of the 2009 Best of Interop--PCI Security Solution, and the 2009 Electronic Transaction Association Technology Innovation Award.
About CHARGE Anywhere
CHARGE Anywhere® is the developer of proprietary Payment Card Industry PA-DSS certified CHARGE Anywhere® v2.0.0 Mobile Payment/POS software solution designed for use with QuickBooks®, Smartphones and POS Terminals, e-commerce, Web terminal and PCI DSS Level 1 compliant ComsGate® Payment Gateway. CHARGE Anywhere offers business partners and customers the most secure and robust selection of industry specific and customized payments solutions and services, including: IP/Wireless Payment Gateway, POS software, Encryption and Data Security Services, Closed Loop Card Management and Merchant Billing Services. For more information contact them at http://www.chargeanywheredirect.com, or (800) 404-2014.
About CTIA Shows
Celebrating 25 years as the premier global mobile marketplace, International CTIA WIRELESS 2010® brings together all industries advanced by wireless technology for three days of intense business, learning and networking in Las Vegas, March 23-25. International CTIA WIRELESS IT&E 2010 takes place in San Francisco, October 6-8. Visit http://www.ctiashow.com.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and produces the industry's leading tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C. Visit http://www.ctia.org.
Square Enix and Gas Powered Games Deliver the Next Dimension of Real-Time Strategy Games
LOS ANGELES, March 17 -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced that SUPREME COMMANDER® 2 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft is now available at North American retailers. Created by critically-acclaimed developer Gas Powered Games®, SUPREME COMMANDER 2 is the next installment in the award-winning SUPREME COMMANDER franchise, set 25 years further into the future.
Elevating real-time strategy games to the next dimension, SUPREME COMMANDER 2 brings a new level of emotional connection and accessibility to the genre. The game features numerous enhancements as well as an in-depth campaign mode, unique storyline, and riveting online multiplayer. Players will experience brutal battles on a massive scale as they assume the role of one of the three enigmatic commanders, each representing a unique faction. SUPREME COMMANDER 2 is a fully customizable experience, allowing players to create enormous armies and experimental war machines that can change the balance of power at any given moment. The rich storyline will challenge players to decide where their loyalties lie.
SUPREME COMMANDER 2 is the result of a strategic partnership, combining Square Enix's expertise in character development and storytelling with the RTS expertise and creative talent at Gas Powered Games. This launch is part of Square Enix's ongoing commitment to offer a broader variety of games across different genres to users around the globe.
About SUPREME COMMANDER 2
Set 25 years after the end of the Infinite War, SUPREME COMMANDER 2 starts with the galaxy reeling from the recent assassination of the newly elected president of the fragile Colonial Defense Coalition. The members of the Coalition - the United Earth Federation, The Illuminate and the Cybran Nation - blame each other, and the early rumbles of war can be heard throughout the galaxy.
-- Take on the role of three enigmatic commanders; former friends from
each of the unique factions -- The United Earth Federation (UEF), The
Illuminate and the Cybran Nation -- who get dragged into a conflict of
-- Explore a rich, character-driven single-player game which spans over
18 missions and delivers a new level of emotional connection to the
RTS genre, or take the battle online for an exhilarating multi-player
-- Fight action-packed battles on a massive scale, waging war with
enormous land, air and naval units in visually spectacular
environments, brought to life by all-new rendering technology and a
true evolution of RTS controls on both platforms
-- Upgrade and customize armies with new weapons and technology and
deploy them instantly on the battlefield, turning a base-level tank
into a high-powered, multi-barreled, anti-aircraft-sporting
multipurpose battle unit
-- Deploy wild experimental war machines that can change the balance of
power at any given moment. Experience a streamlined economy and
redesigned UI that put the focus squarely on combat, battlefield
tactics and high-level strategic decision making, and give improved
player feedback in Strategic Zoom view
-- Command your armies with an innovative and intuitive control scheme
specifically designed for Xbox 360. Xbox 360 RTS players will find
that the familiar controls will enable them to jump right into the
SUPREME COMMANDER 2 is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. SUPREME COMMANDER 2 for is now available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $49.99 PC-DVD and $59.99 for Xbox 360. The official website can be found at http://www.supremecommander2.com/.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises - FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 96 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 53 million units worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/.
About Gas Powered Games
Gas Powered Games (GPG) was founded in May 1998 by acclaimed game designer and industry visionary, Chris Taylor. The founding principle for GPG was to create immersive AAA games that push the boundaries of interactive entertainment. GPG is known for its popular Dungeon Siege® and Supreme Commander franchises, plus the recently released Demigod(TM). GPG is located in Redmond, Washington. For more information, visit http://www.gaspowered.com.
DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX, and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. SUPREME COMMANDER is a registered trademark of Square Enix, Inc. DEMIGOD, GAS POWERED GAMES and the GAS POWERED GAMES logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Gas Powered Games Corp. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
CONTACT: Sonia Im or Klee Kuo, both of Square Enix, Inc.,
+1-310-846-0400, email@example.com; or Jennifer Poulson, +1-310-248-6113,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Monica Bouldin, +1-310-248-6114,
email@example.com, both of Ogilvy Public Relations, for Square Enix,
Samsung Star TV Handset Ships with Telegent Analog Mobile TV
Samsung Star TV (model: S5233T) brings live, free-to-air mobile TV to Southeast Asia consumers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 17 -- Telegent Systems, the company that makes television mobile, today announced that Telegent's analog mobile TV receiver is shipping in Samsung's Star TV S5233T handset, recently launched in Southeast Asia. With this handset, Samsung adds free-to-air TV to one of its most popular touchscreen models, providing Southeast Asia consumers with mobile access to live, free TV content.
The Samsung Star TV integrates the analog mobile TV feature with rich graphical touchscreen controls. Innovations introduced by Samsung in this model include the ability to flick the screen to change channels, one-click screen capture and record, on-screen keypad channel entry and reception of incoming SMS messages with continuous TV viewing.
"Samsung has raised the bar for the mobile TV viewing experience with the Star TV's combination of high RF sensitivity and innovative TV feature implementation," said Sam Sheng, president and CEO of Telegent. "Samsung has delivered superior ease of use in a small, thin touchscreen TV design that stands out in the marketplace."
Analog mobile TV has rapidly gained the attention of consumers worldwide. Analyst firm Forward Concepts estimates that free-to-air mobile TV accounts for more than half of the world market for broadcast TV handsets shipped in 2009. Devices that support these standards enable a global market for mobile TV, with more than 88% of the world's population continuing to receive analog broadcast TV signals during 2013.
About Telegent Systems, Inc.
Telegent Systems is a fabless semiconductor company that enables the reception of live, free-to-air analog and digital broadcast television in mobile handsets and other portable consumer devices. Telegent's television-on-a-chip solutions solve the long-standing technical challenges that have precluded mobile reception of analog broadcast TV, enabling manufacturers and operators to benefit from the convergence of broadcast TV with mobile and portable devices. Telegent's products are the most widely sold broadcast television solutions for mobile handsets in the world. For more information, visit http://www.telegent.com.
CONTACT: Diana Jovin, VP Corporate Marketing of Telegent Systems, Inc.,
+1-408-990-7092, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Matt Humphries of Babel PR, (+44) 207
434 5550, email@example.com, for Telegent Systems, Inc.
Jedi Mind, Inc. Provides Video of Breakthrough Application Posted on YouTube.com
CARDIFF, Calif., March 17 -- Jedi Mind, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: JEDM) (http://www.jedimindinc.com), developers of thought-controlled software applications, announces the demonstration video of the "Jedi Mouse" application can now be viewed on You Tube at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uZWV-Nf9tk . The Company is in the process of producing a professional quality video, but wanted to share this breakthrough application with shareholders as soon as possible.
The revolutionary software application which allows the user to navigate the computer, click and double click to open programs, compose email and send with the power of their mind can now be seen demonstrated in this short in-house video clip. The application can be used by anyone, but is especially beneficial to people with disabilities that have problems with communicating.
The application called "Jedi Mouse" is available on The Company's website http://www.JediMindInc.com which will sell for $99 as a software download and requires the use of a wireless headset developed by Emotiv. The Company plans to market the product to everyday users of the computer, as well as to associations for the disabled, clinics and non-profit organizations. The Company projects sales of 10,000 downloads throughout 2010, producing an estimated $990,000 in revenue and a gross profit margin in excess of 70%.
About Jedi Mind, Inc.
Jedi Mind, Inc. develops software for thought controlled technologies, allowing the user to interact with the computer and other machines through the power of the mind. The technology involves the use of a wireless headset, developed by our strategic partner, which detects brainwaves on both the conscious and non-conscious level. This revolutionary neural processing technology makes it possible for computers to interact directly with the human brain. The Company creates medical applications and video games that are controlled by the power of your mind.
From time to time, the Company may issue news releases that contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. This material may contain statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. For those statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statement provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any amendments thereto. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, goals, assumptions, or future events or performance are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements." "Forward-looking statements" are based upon expectations, estimates and projections at the time the statements are made that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated.
Source: Jedi Mind, Inc.
CONTACT: Jedi Mind, Inc. Investor Relations, +1-760-635-2595,
Ziff Davis Enterprise Launches 'eWEEK Labs' Web Site
Industry's First Product Review Resource for IT Pros Calling for Vendor Entries
NEW YORK, March 17 -- Ziff Davis Enterprise, a leader in innovative enterprise IT media and engagement solutions, announced today the launch of "eWEEK Labs" (http://labs.eweek.com/), a collaborative, interactive and dynamic web-based resource that combines expert analyst reviews with real world experience from enterprise IT professionals.
Built on the heritage of eWEEK magazine and its Labs section, which have consistently provided expert, independent evaluation of enterprise-class products to help inform and drive buying decisions, eWEEK Labs is powered by the real-world experiences of the community. With the rate of technology change rapidly increasing, and organizations' in-house resources for evaluating new products decreasing, this kind of insight is more important than ever.
"There's a host of review sites out there for consumer products featuring opinions from enthusiasts and amateurs. This, however, is the first site designed from the ground up for IT professionals to share their experience with enterprise-class software and hardware systems in a working environment," said Steve Weitzner, CEO of Ziff Davis Enterprise. "Our platform is designed to guide the IT professional through the creation of reviews with a highly interactive and flexible reviewing process. The idea is to make reviewing fun, encouraging IT pros to share their experiences in a collegial environment. We've also made it extremely simple for vendors to upload product and technology descriptions and specs to the site with an eye toward growing the database quickly."
Marking a new era for eWEEK Labs, the site brings together analysts and IT professionals to share testing, put performance in real-world context, and evaluate product performance over time. Key features include user-generated reviews and ratings, trusted experts' reviews from eWEEK lab analysts, discussion forums to solicit peer advice, comparison tools and scorecards.
To kick off the beta site launch and populate it with content for users to review and discuss, eWEEK Labs is calling for product profile entries from technology marketers. Submission is complimentary and provides an excellent opportunity to interact with buyers as they ask questions and gain real-time insight into how IT professionals perceive their products.
"In the past, eWEEK's product submission process had always taken place behind closed doors," said Jason Brooks, Managing Editor, eWEEK Labs. "We're looking forward to hearing more from our readers about which products merit further evaluation, and about what our readers are seeing in their own tests."
Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc. is B2B technology's trusted information resource. Millions of technology buyers rely on our brands - including eWEEK, Baseline, CIO Insight, Channel Insider, WebBuyersGuide.com, TechDirect, and the Developer Shed network - for relevant, objective content to identify the right solutions for their organizations. Over 300 technology companies, from industry giants to emerging start-ups, rely on our contextual content, marketing, and audience development expertise to compress sales cycles and lower their go-to-market costs. Ziff Davis Enterprise has proven marketing solutions for branding, engagement, and face-to-face events. Products include print and online advertising, eNewsletter sponsorships, content syndication, eSeminars, virtual tradeshows, events, and custom media services. Ziff Davis Enterprise has a global database of 5.5 million users representing an unparalleled community of business and technology professionals, developers, and the channel. http://www.ziffdavisenterprise.com.
Source: Ziff Davis Enterprise
CONTACT: Stephanie McCarthy, Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc.,
Authernative Granted US and Japanese Patents for User Authentication
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 17 -- Authernative, Inc., a leading developer of innovative user authentication and identity management technologies, announced today that it recently has been granted three patents, two from the United States Patent Office and one from the Japanese Patent Office for its user authentication methods.
The newly issued patent number US 7,681,228 titled "Method of one time authentication response to a session-specific challenge indicating a random subset of a password or PIN character positions" and patent numbers US 7,644,433 and JP 4421892 titled "Authentication System and Method Based upon Random Partial Pattern Recognition" describe "what user knows" authentication methods which provide stronger security than traditional passwords.
The three patents add to Authernative's intellectual property portfolio for authentication methods based on the Random Partial Shared Secret Recognition algorithm, which include different types of knowledge-based shared secrets, such as standard passwords and PINs, enhanced passwords, and pattern-based one-time PINs.
In contrast with the standard static password recognition algorithm which requires the user to enter the entire password in one authentication session, the patented Random Partial Shared Secret Recognition algorithm requests only a random subset of the user's credentials each authentication session. As such, the user never discloses or gives away the entire PIN, password, or pattern-based shared secret during any login session. This technology significantly reduces the credential's entropy leakage and renders one-time authentication responses difficult to compromise. Moreover, the method's virtual keyboards, menus, and grids containing digital content such as letters, numbers, images or colors, enable high combinatorial capacity and an easy cognitive way to select, remember, and enter the user's credentials. The combination of these security and usability features provide stronger protection against known attacks including phishing, key logging, brute force, Trojan horse and other spyware attacks.
The patented technology is one of a number of authentication methods available in Authernative's AuthGuard(R) product. The AuthGuard(R) versatile authentication server offers a range of legacy and innovative authentication methods having scalable security, high usability, electronic deployment, low total cost of ownership, and self-service capabilities. AuthGuard(R) authentication options include enhanced password, pattern-based one-time PIN, one-time challenge one-time response, out-of-wallet questions, out-of-band, OTP, mobile soft client and mutual authentication. These authentication factors, used alone or in combination, allow for one-factor, layered, and multi-factor authentication security. All are provided through a single product suite implemented in a multi-tenant architecture, enabling secure access of different authentication groups. This allows the personalization of the level of security and the ease-of-use particular to users' needs or companies' policies aimed at complying with Government, Financial, and Healthcare security standards.
AuthGuard(R) securely authenticates users over distributed network environments for Web, VPN, Citrix, online collaboration and mobile access to mass consumer providers, enterprises, e-commerce, cloud computing, SaaS, or On-Demand services. The authentication methods can be used from any access device such as computers, mobile devices, smart cards, VoIP terminals, personal media players, Point-of-Sale, ATM, set-top box, or touch screen displays, providing a common user experience.
AuthGuard(R) includes patented front-end authentication algorithms, and on the back-end, it utilizes the patented encryption key management system combined with the mutual authentication protocol. The CrosSecure(R) Authernative(R) Cryptographic Module has been FIPS 140-2 certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA).
Authernative's granted patents add to the company's patent portfolio solidifying the company's ability to provide innovative, secure and cost-effective user authentication solutions. With identity theft, cyber crime, phishing, and data breaches escalating to an all time high, enterprises, government agencies, online service providers, and consumers can benefit from AuthGuard® authentication product to secure access to networks, extranets, portals, applications, data and mobile devices.
Authernative is a leading provider of innovative software security solutions offering identity and access management capabilities including authentication, authorization, administration, and auditing. The company's products are used to prevent unauthorized online access to confidential data, protected resources, and financial transactions. They allow organizations to lower the cost of providing, deploying, and managing user authentication for enabling e-commerce, e-government, and regulatory compliance. More information: http://www.authernative.com .
UK2 Group Announces an Industry-Changing 100 Terabytes With Every Dedicated Server
New offering provides customers with the web hosting industry's highest data storage space for the lowest cost
LONDON, March 17 -- UK2 Group, http://www.uk2group.com, a global leader of web hosting solutions, today announced a dramatic first in the world of web hosting by offering an unprecedented 100 Terabytes (TB) of bandwidth and 1GigE port as standard with every dedicated server at http://www.10TB.com.
Effective immediately, http://www.10tb.com has been re-branded to http://www.100tb.com and all existing customers have been upgraded to 100TB at no additional charge. Every server now has an unthrottled 1000Mbit port and an unprecedented 100TB of unrestricted tier-one monthly bandwidth. Pricing starts at an incredible $199 per month.
10TB.com was the first web hosting provider to offer a 10TB dedicated server solution in 2008 and continues to set the industry standard with this new offering.
"This is an industry change of biblical proportions," said Ditlev Bredahl, chief executive officer, UK2 Group, parent company to http://www.10tb.com. "No other web hosting vendor is offering this level of bandwidth in dedicated server solutions with guaranteed 100TB transfer. We are proud to provide this game-changing advantage free of charge to our existing clients," said Bredahl.
Currently, with over 300Gigabit Internet connectivity, and soon to increase to 3,000 GB of connectivity, 100TB.com and its partner Softlayer makes use of one of the biggest Internet backbones in the US and is recognized as one of the top-rated data infrastructures in the world.
"This new offering has been designed to let our clients and their customers to expand their infrastructure while never having to worry about bandwidth overages ever again," said Jeff Hunsaker, president of US Operations, UK2 Group. "There are no cut-off points and every customer is free to use 100% of their allocation," said Hunsaker.
Currently serving thousands of customers on thousands of servers, 100tb.com's success is predicated on four simple factors:
-- Give every server an un-throttled 1000Mbit port and 100TB (one hundred
thousand GB!) of unrestricted tier one bandwidth each month.
-- Offer high specification Super Micro dedicated servers.
-- House them in SoftLayer's powerful network of redundant data centers.
-- Provide exceptional 24/7/365 support and service.
UK2 Group has been a significant player in the British, European, and U.S. hosting markets since 1998, and is the founder brand of the UK2 Group. UK2 Group provides domain name registration and web hosting services to many global customers through its family of hosting brands - UK2.net, midPhase, WestHost, 10TB.com, AN Hosting, Autica, Resell.biz, US2.net, WingSix, Supreme Support, Dotable and the most recent acquisition, VI.net. The group operates its services out of several state of the art, multi million dollar data centers in the UK and US, and are committed to providing reliable, secure and great value products and services underpinned with excellent support.
Source: UK2 Group
CONTACT: Jake Neeley, +1-435-227-1220, firstname.lastname@example.org, for UK2
This Summer Take on Shanghai's Crime Lords in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
Street date announced for North America and Europe
COPENHAGEN, March 17 -- IO Interactive, a part of Square Enix® Europe, is pleased to confirm that Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days(TM) will release on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27 throughout Europe and other PAL territories, on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows®.
A raw and brutal crime shooter, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days follows two disturbed criminals, Lynch - an impulsive and reckless self-medicated psychopath and Kane - a tactical but disillusioned and desperate ex-mercenary, through 48 hours of hell.
"We believe the unique visuals and relentless gameplay has created an intensity never delivered in a videogame before," said Niels Jorgensen, general manager of IO Interactive. "In a genre where so many games look and feel the same, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will make people double-take. We think it's going to make quite an impression."
Introducing a new visual experience inspired by documentary filmmakers and the user-generated era. Players are pulled into the game world, with every move and shift of the camera capturing the mayhem, in an unscripted style.
Beyond the stylized look and violent story, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days delivers all-new multiplayer modes as the highly celebrated Fragile Alliance mode returns, along with new Undercover Cop, Cops & Robbers and Arcade modes, with each mode raising the stakes of greed, betrayal, and revenge.
IO Interactive is proud to share the first in-game footage of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days in a trailer titled 'Welcome to Shanghai', which gives players a peek in to the story and situations Kane and Lynch will be faced with. An extended version of the trailer can be found exclusively on the official Web site - http://www.KaneandLynch.com
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows and will be released under the EIDOS® brand portfolio. All formats will release in-stores on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27, 2010 in Europe and other PAL territories.
About IO Interactive
IO Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman® series, IO Interactive has since developed the cult classic "Freedom Fighters" and the controversial "Kane & Lynch: Dead Men". Most recently, IO Interactive released yet another innovative brand, "Mini Ninjas"®. IO Interactive has proven that dedication to original IP and unique brands are the hallmark of the company, and breaking new ground is critical to sustain the originality within our diverse team of developers. IO Interactive is a part of Eidos Interactive. Eidos is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Europe.
SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. EIDOS, KANE & LYNCH, KANE & LYNCH 2: DOG DAYS, HITMAN and MINI NINJAS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Ltd. FREEDOM FIGHTERS is a registered trademark of IO Interactive. Games for Windows, Windows, Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from the owner. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Source: IO Interactive
CONTACT: Sonia Im, +1-310-846-0400, email@example.com, for IO
The betacup Challenge Launches an Open Collaboration Initiative to Reduce Paper Cup Consumption
Starbucks Sponsors Online Contest to Spur Creative Problem-Solving
NEW YORK, March 17 -- On April 1 the betacup will launch an online contest to engage creative thinkers in solving the disposable cup waste problem through open collaboration. Starbucks Coffee Company is sponsoring the contest as part of its aim to serve 100 percent of its hand-crafted beverages in reusable or recyclable cups by 2015.
"Finding effective solutions to the disposable cup waste problem will be a challenge - a good solution will need to include product design, communications and incentives to change consumer behavior, and work within service and recycling infrastructures," said Shaun Abrahamson from Colaboratorie Mutopo, a group of mass collaboration specialists who co-founded the betacup. "We think this is an ideal task to present to a large global community of coffee drinkers, many of whom have likely thought about this issue and possible solutions."
The contest will take place on the betacup's partner platform jovoto.com, a leading mass collaboration community for innovators and creatives. Anyone can submit an idea on how to reduce paper cup consumption and promote adoption of environmentally-friendly alternatives. Ideas will be open to the public for discussion, and community members and jurors will be able to provide feedback, allowing collaborators to refine and update their submissions through June 15, when the contest comes to a close.
Starbucks has provided $20,000 in cash prizes to be awarded for the most innovative ideas. The participant who submits the best idea, determined by an expert panel, will receive a $10,000 cash prize. In addition, participants whose ideas are among the top five selected by the community of collaborators will each be awarded a $2,000 cash prize.
"Given the complexity of the disposable cup waste issue, we need a broad range of stakeholders to become involved in finding solutions. In addition to working with local municipal governments, materials suppliers and cup manufacturers to improve recycling infrastructures, we believe in harnessing the creativity of environmentally conscious individuals to identify new alternatives," said Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of Environmental Impact. "We're looking forward to seeing how people respond to the challenge."
The betacup has also secured Core77 as media partner. Core77 is a New York-based design network supporting the global design community through online services, resources, and inspiration. "We are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the professional designers, design students, and design enthusiasts in our community, and believe that an extraordinary number of inspired and innovative solutions will emerge," said Allan Chochinov, Editor in chief of Core77.com.
The project is further supported by Denuo, an innovations unit of Publicis Groupe. Denuo will provide communications strategy and community management expertise to the project.
The betacup was started by Toby Daniels, a social entrepreneur, together with Colaboratorie Mutopo. In early 2009 they began looking at the problem and discovered that each year, in North America alone, over 58 billion paper coffee cups are going into landfills. Through consumer research, they discovered reusable alternatives work well, but aren't widely used because they are less convenient than paper cups.
-- 58 billion paper cups are thrown away (not recycled) every year
-- According to the Environmental Defense Fund, 20 million trees are cut
down in the process of manufacturing paper cups and we could power
53,000 homes with the energy we consume through our paper cup
EMC Helps Customers Extend the Value of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Environments
EMC Expands Options to Address Data Protection Requirements for Exchange Server
HOPKINTON, Mass., March 17 -- EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announces an advanced range of choices for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments including business continuity/disaster recovery solutions, networked storage technologies, as well as consulting services. To help customers extend the value of their investment in Microsoft Exchange Server, EMC continues its deep engineering work with Microsoft Corp. by utilizing available APIs in Exchange Server 2010 to provide cost efficiencies and achieve service levels at the information infrastructure level.
With Exchange Server 2010 playing an increasingly important role in a business's ability to achieve its mission, EMC is the first to take advantage of the available Exchange Server 2010 Replication API to expand its industry-leading business continuity/disaster solutions and provide new choices for Synchronous requirements and extend its leadership in Microsoft-aligned programs. Today customers can confidently choose the right EMC solution tailored to the size of their Exchange Server environment and service level requirements including zero data loss and minimal recovery time options. These new offerings are:
-- EMC Replication Enabler for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 - A
software utility that integrates synchronous replication into the
Exchange Server 2010 high-availability architecture. It supports EMC
RecoverPoint Continuous Replication and EMC MirrorView Remote Synch
-- EMC AutoStart - Provides heterogeneous application infrastructure
monitoring and automated restart for Exchange Server 2010 and other
environments on platforms including EMC Symmetrix and EMC CLARiiON,
particularly those with geographically dispersed data centers.
AutoStart continuously gauges replication status and maintains
availability in the event of network, server, or application failures,
offering both local and remote failover.
-- EMC Replication Manager - Creates, mounts, and restores "application
consistent" point-in-time replicas of databases residing on EMC
storage arrays. Replication Manager now includes support of Exchange
2010 in standalone and native DAG environments.
"Exchange is a mission critical application for most IT shops and as such, application availability is vitally important," said Ray Lucchesi, President, Silverton Consulting. "With EMC's Replication Enabler and Microsoft Database Availability Group services, Exchange disaster recovery can be readily automated, supplying continuous email availability. Also, because an operator can control cross-site failover entirely from their Exchange Management Console DR administration is much simpler."
EMC's industry-leading networked storage systems - EMC CLARiiON, EMC Celerra and EMC Symmetrix - help customers lower total cost of ownership, reduce energy costs and data center footprint, simplify management and ensure the flexibility to meet requirements for performance and scalability. New EMC Proven Solutions expand the existing portfolio and leverage EMC's deep expertise with Microsoft Exchange Server to help customers achieve critical IT efficiencies whether they have workload requirements of 500 seats to more than 80,000 seats.
"Customers rely on Microsoft Exchange Server as a mission-critical backbone for business communications and collaboration," said Astrid McClean, senior technical product manager of Exchange Product Management at Microsoft. "EMC's new offerings provide customers with additional data protection for Exchange Server 2010 and meet service levels required by the business in high-availability scenarios."
"Customers want choice and confidence when they are making decisions on the infrastructure for their mission critical applications because of zero down time, zero data loss service level agreements," said EMC's Michael O'Neill, vice president, technology alliances, EMC Corporation. "EMC's deep engineering commitment to extending our mutual customer's investment in Microsoft Exchange and EMC information infrastructure is consistent across our entire product and services portfolio. Whether you're a large enterprise, a small business or a remote office, customers want cost effective and powerful solutions that meet their exact requirements."
EMC Consulting offers a robust portfolio of services to help customers accelerate their migration or upgrade to Exchange Server 2010 and plan for and deploy Microsoft Unified Communications. EMC's unique combination of deep services expertise in Microsoft technologies as well as information infrastructure experience helps customers extend the value of their Exchange investments.
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, CLARiiON, Celerra, Symmetrix, AutoStart, RecoverPoint, MirrorView and EMC Proven are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
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CONTACT: Jennifer Dreyer, EMC Corporation, +1-508-293-7238,
InfoComm International Partners With Sonic Foundry to Webcast AV Technology Today Conference and Regional Roundtable
Regional event for AV end-users gets worldwide exposure via Mediasite
MADISON, Wis., March 17 -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced the company's Mediasite platform will be used to stream multimedia presentations at the InfoComm AV Technology Today Conference this week in Washington, D.C.
This event represents an expansion of the long term partnership between InfoComm and Sonic Foundry to use webcasting to bring InfoComm's educational programs to new online audiences.
The two-day program begins with the Regional Roundtable, which provides an opportunity for InfoComm members to meet other AV professionals and learn more about industry opportunities, challenges and trends while facilitating peer networking. Sessions of the AV Technology Today Conference will be streamed and available for on-demand public viewing after the conference at http://www.sonicfoundry.com/infocomm-dc. The on-site and on-demand audiences will have access to the full conference, including the following sessions:
-- Mark Valenti, CTS, president and CEO of The Sextant Group, presenting
Space, Time and Technology: The Future of AV
-- Dr. Russ Scaduto, director of education technology at Penn State
Hershey Medical Center, presenting on the panel Streaming Media
"InfoComm thanks Sonic Foundry for its generosity towards InfoComm and the entire AV industry," said Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Membership, InfoComm International. "Thanks to Sonic Foundry's support, the information presented at this conference will benefit AV professionals around the world for years to come."
"InfoComm, with its premier educational programs and research, is truly the leading voice in the rapidly-growing AV industry," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "We are pleased to announce our partnership for this event and beyond, as we work together to contribute to continued growth of the industry by sharing the latest knowledge online."
The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
About InfoComm International
InfoComm, the international trade association for the professional AV industry, is the leading resource for AV conferences, exhibitions, education, certification, news and market research. InfoComm's website is http://www.infocomm.org.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ:SOFO)(NASDAQ:www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for 1,800 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.
Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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CONTACT: Tammy Kramer of Sonic Foundry, Inc., +1-608-237-8592,
Former Yahoo Data Executives Join Forces to Create nPario, a Startup that Helps Organizations Understand and Market Consumer Intent
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 17 -- nPario Inc., a provider of data products and services that enable companies to understand and market consumer commercial intent, opened its business operations today. Led by former Yahoo executives Bassel Ojjeh and Krishna Uppala, and former SAS executive Basel Tutunji, nPario will deliver data solutions that allow companies to increase their revenue by acting upon consumer behavior insights. This team consists of recognized digital data pioneers with a history of successful startups and multiple patents in the field of online data management and data mining.
Turning the data deluge into a business opportunity
As broadband and connected devices proliferate, the amount of data available explodes. According to Cisco, by 2013 the amount of traffic flowing over the Internet annually will reach 667 exabytes, with mobile data traffic alone doubling every year through 2014.
"The digital world gives us an unprecedented opportunity to identify and understand the commercial intent of consumers in order to deliver the right message or product," said Bassel Ojjeh, founder, president and CEO of nPario. "At nPario, we believe that organizations stand to boost revenue by more than 10% if they harness the power of consumer intent. Our goal is to provide our customers with a comprehensive set of data products that focus on the vast amount of commercial behavior data and generate immediate impact to their business and revenue."
Pioneers in Large Scale Data Technologies
nPario is led by a team of data pioneers, known in the industry for bridging the gap between data insights and business impact. The team built the technology that powered the world's largest data warehouse, implementing several theoretical data concepts to manage and mine tens of petabytes of data.
With a career dedicated to harnessing the power of data and a track record of successful start-ups, Ojjeh is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of the company. He brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial acumen and comprehensive knowledge of enterprise data strategies. Prior to nPario, he served as Senior Vice President of the Strategic Data Solutions division at Yahoo, where he was responsible for building data products that leveraged Yahoo data to drive audience engagement and advertising revenues. Ojjeh was a co-founder and COO of digiMine (now Audience Science), a pioneer in data mining and predictive analytics, and served as a Group Program Manager in the Internet Business division at Microsoft.
A recognized expert in data warehousing, and analytics, Chief Technology Officer Krishna Uppala is the innovator behind more than 15 database technology patents and drives the development of nPario's products. Before nPario, he was a Senior Director/Architect at Yahoo. A successful entrepreneur, Uppala joined Yahoo through the acquisition of Mahat Technologies, a startup he founded.
Chief Revenue Officer Basel Tutunji is responsible for sales and business development for nPario. He brings more than 18 years of experience in driving adoption of business intelligence, data strategy, e-commerce and decision support systems solutions. Before nPario, Tutunji held sales management roles driving double-digit sales growth for several multinational corporations including SAS, Intershop Communications and Oracle.
About nPario Inc.
With operations in North America and the EMEA region, nPario offers data products and services that enable organizations to understand and market consumer intent. Led by CEO and co-founder Bassel Ojjeh, nPario's management team has been on the forefront of harnessing the power of data for organizations such as Microsoft, SAS and Yahoo. For additional information visit http://www.npario.com
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Improved Wireless Network Resiliency Realized Through Active Monitoring of Network Resources
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 17 -- Xirrus®, the Wi-Fi "Power Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry, announced today its next step in RF innovation on its Wi-Fi Array platform -- Wi-Fi Service Assurance.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Service Assurance is designed to improve the resiliency and availability of wireless networks as well as simplify issue troubleshooting and resolution via active monitoring and verification of the Array and network resources.
"A primary goal of any IT manager is to prevent problems from occurring, but perhaps even more important is being able to identify, isolate, and resolve problems as quickly as possible when they do occur," said Mike Rydalch, Principal Technologist for Xirrus. "Xirrus Wi-Fi Service Assurance not only helps identify and isolate problems, but will proactively remedy the problem if possible. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array provides distributed intelligence in each Array, not centralized in a closet controller like traditional thin AP systems. This intelligence enables us to do more at the edge of the network to identify and address issues as they occur."
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Service Assurance offering is comprised of two primary components - Radio Assurance and Network Assurance.
With Radio Assurance, the Array periodically sends wireless traffic back to itself to verify that all of radios are up and functioning properly. The Array's dedicated monitor radio is used to emulate a Wi-Fi client and sends traffic to each user-servicing radio to ensure operation. If it is determined that a radio has issues, Radio Assurance notifies the network manager and will fix the problem if possible. This enables problem resolution directly at the edge of the network and minimizes potential impact on end users.
The multi-radio architecture of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array offers several advantages for self-monitoring and maintenance:
-- With a dedicated monitor radio, none of the radios servicing stations
need to be taken offline to perform testing.
-- If maintenance is needed on one of the radios or it is down, other
radios are available within the Array to maintain service continuity.
-- The monitor radio is located in the same device as the radios being
tested, ensuring full RF visibility between the radios for the test.
Other assurance solutions rely on adjacent access points or other
remote devices to emulate the clients, which may be out of range or
visible at only low signal levels for the testing.
Xirrus Network Assurance provides for the monitoring of network resources in addition to the Array. Networking issues are often difficult to isolate with many systems involved, including core switches and routers, edge switches, data center servers, network services, and the user stations themselves. Network Assurance helps identify where a problem is occurring by checking the availability of network resources such as NTP, DHCP, and DNS servers that are crucial for network operation.
If network resources are unavailable, Network Assurance will send notifications indicating the problem and identifying the service that is not available. By proactively identifying network resources that are unavailable, the network manager can be alerted of problems potentially before the end-users notice an issue. The distributed intelligence of the Array provides this monitoring at multiple points across the network, adding to the ability to isolate the problem and expedite the resolution.
"The distributed Architecture of the Array offers a significant advantage when doing network validation," explains Benny Cheung, Xirrus Software Engineer. "With each Array performing these functions, problems can be more quickly found and identified. With a standard thin AP/controller solution, the centralized controller provides the brains for this type of validation and there are only a few of these devices in the network. With the integrated controller in the Array, there are multiple tests points throughout the network to provide greater visibility to the issue."
To learn more about Xirrus' Wi-Fi Service Assurance and other product offerings visit the Xirrus website at http://www.xirrus.com.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi Power Play(TM), manufactures the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet or Fast Ethernet to the desktop. Unlike traditional access points, the Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16 or 24 802.11abgn radios along with a high-gain directional antenna system, onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer into a single energy-efficient and cost-effective device using 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering. Xirrus products are designed and manufactured in the United States. Xirrus is Wi-Fi, Verisign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 Certified. For more information, please visit http://www.xirrus.com/.
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Intelligent Decisions Opens Office in Oahu, Hawaii to Support Asia Pacific Customers
ASHBURN, Va., March 17 -- Intelligent Decisions, Inc. (ID) announces the opening of their new office in Oahu, Hawaii. This office serves as a hub for all customers in the Pacific Rim and increases ID's global capabilities and presence. Much like ID's international offices in South Korea and Dubai, this office was opened to provide customers with a higher level of onsite customer service and local capabilities.
Located within close proximity of the Honolulu International Airport, the Oahu location was chosen as ID's new office because it is strategically positioned to serve the islands' and nearby Asia Pacific customers. All of ID's innovative IT solutions will be available to Oahu and while employing local resources in support of the Oahu economy.
The first order of business that this office will be challenged with will be to roll out the new virtualization practice ID recently launched. Veteran virtualization experts Simon Mijolovic and Hawaii's own Kaipo Batoon will launch this practice based on an increase of customer demand for this cost effective, green offering.
For more information on the Hawaiian office or for an assessment of your organization and recommendations on how to reduce redundancy and improve efficiency through ID Virtualization Solutions contact Simon Mijolovic at 703.554.1600.
About Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
Headquartered in Ashburn, VA, Intelligent Decisions (ID), a premier global systems integrator, provides a broad range of innovative, IT professional services, software, hardware and manufacturing solutions to Federal, State and Local governments and Fortune 1000 customers. Ranked on the VARBusiness 500, Inc. 5000, CRN's Fast Growth 100 and Washingtonian's Best Places to Work, ID offers best-value pricing and helps clients meet their strategic goals and mission objectives.
Anametrix Acquires Cloud-Based Business Analytics Service Provider, Nordic Research Corporation
Anders Olsson joins Anametrix as Chief Technical Officer
SAN DIEGO, March 17 -- Anametrix (http://anametrix.com/) announced the completion of its acquisition of Nordic Research Corporation, an independent business analytics technology provider. This acquisition significantly extends Anametrix's ability to deliver cloud-based information visualization and predictive modeling of multiple online, offline and external databases. As part of the agreement, Nordic Research founder Anders Olsson joins Anametrix as Chief Technical Officer.
Prior to founding Nordic Research, Olsson's background includes over 15 years of extensive web-based technology experience. As System Architect at WebSideStory and Omniture, he directed product development with advanced data collection and visualization products. Olsson's veteran involvement with data exchange APIs and e-commerce analytics led to his innovative cloud-based business analytics system architecture.
As Chief Technical Officer, Anders Olsson spearheads Anametrix's product strategy and technical direction.
"Anders and I worked closely together at WebSideStory. The opportunity to build a billion dollar business analytics company with this visionary industry expert is an exciting deja vu," stated Blaise Barrelet, CEO. "Anders' deep knowledge of multi-channel data acquisition and processing combined with his proven ability to globally scale cutting-edge user interface and interaction technologies will accelerate Anametrix solutions deployment."
"I am pleased to drive the technology vision at Anametrix," said Olsson. "The opportunity to define an industry with a leader of Blaise's background, experience, and track record is game changing; together we will rapidly expand the Anametrix brand to the benefit of our existing and future customer base."
The Anametrix cloud-based business analytics platform provides organizations with real-time access to multiple data sources including customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), social media, search engine marketing (SEM), video & audio, e-commerce, and web analytics.
Financial details of the acquisition transaction were not disclosed.
Anametrix, Inc. is a privately funded next generation business analytics company whose technology is delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS). A high-performance data management infrastructure handles data integration, statistical analysis, and other compute-intensive functions to seamlessly manage online, offline, and multi-channel corporate objectives. Founded in 2009 by analytics industry expert Blaise Barrelet, Anametrix provides cloud-based solutions that allow for quick and precise decision making from the correlation of vast amounts of data. Self-directed business insights are readily accessible across organizations, from sales staff to C-level. For more information, please visit http://anametrix.com/, call (858)558-8230 x333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cloudy with High Probability of Mobility: New Website and Quarterly Launched
Insights and Ideas for Supporting a Mobility Workforce For IT Executives - By IT Executives
BLUE BELL, Pa., March 17 -- MaaS360, the Mobility-as-a-Service platform, offered by Fiberlink, has launched a magazine and website focused exclusively on the business and technology of managing a mobile workforce. MaaS360 Magazine and http://www.magazine.maas360.com will shine a light on the unique advantages and challenges of supporting and securing a mobile workforce. Designed and written for decision makers and senior management, as well as Information Technology personnel who support mobile workers, the magazine and website include detailed research and articles by experts in technology, business, and government.
As a forum for new philosophies of managing mobile workers, new tools and techniques to support them, questions and answers from industry leaders on the front lines, emerging trends in cloud computing for the enterprise, and new products for mobile workers, each issue will be a great resource for managing the mobile lifestyle that an increasing number of workers now demand.
The quarterly magazine and website are sponsored by Fiberlink Communications, Inc., the creator of the MaaS360 Mobility-as-a-Service platform.
"A global revolution is changing the nature of work and how it is defined," said Jim Sheward, publisher of MaaS360 Magazine and CEO of Fiberlink. "The implications for business and IT, in particular, are significant. With unsettling speed, the traditional LAN and the perimeter surrounding it are dissolving. New forces are converging: a new generation of mobile devices, exponential increases in storage capacity, unprecedented challenges created by wireless network speeds and user expectations. They are forcing IT leaders to rewrite the rules for architecting a secure and productive IT community. This website and magazine will be where those rules are collaboratively rewritten."
Recent articles include: a discussion of why the LAN is dead, how to make a company into a virtual organization, a description of the "mobility blind spot" (and how it can hurt your company), and an examination of the differences in managing Baby Boomers and Generation Y. The issue devoted to small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) discusses how "small and mobile is the new big" and explores the technology that makes it possible.
Fiberlink is the creator and developer of cloud-based Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions. The company's MaaS360® mobility infrastructure and subscription services have revolutionized how business users share and secure information over the Internet. Fiberlink's MaaS360 Platform ensures reliable, secure and compliant mobile working for employees, while delivering unprecedented Mobility Intelligence(TM) to senior management and IT operations. The company is a recognized leader in helping both Global 2000 companies and smaller businesses cost-effectively support expanding mobile workforces and use mobile devices to remain competitive in today's economy. Additional information about Fiberlink is available at http://www.MaaS360.com .
Microfluidics Launches LV1 to Bring Scalable High Shear Fluid Processing to Samples as Small as 1 ml
Researchers leverage leading nanotechnology processor while minimizing use of expensive materials
NEWTON, Mass., March 17 -- Responding to customer demand, Microfluidics has launched the latest product in its broad family of Microfluidizer® high shear fluid processors, the LV1 low volume benchtop. Operating with the same fixed-geometry interaction chamber technology of larger volume machines, the LV1 brings superior capabilities for uniform particle size reduction and cell disruption to samples as small as 1 ml. For the first time, industry and academic research teams are able to achieve superior nanoemulsions, nanosuspensions, nanoencapsulation and protein yield while minimizing quantities of limited and expensive materials used.
"Customers have told us that they've been waiting for a product like the LV1," said Michael C. Ferrara, Microfluidics President and CEO. "By lowering the minimum volume requirements of our gold standard Microfluidizer processors, our engineers have made smaller particles and efficient cell rupture more accessible to innovative research teams. The LV1 is an exclusive alternative for an industry continually seeking to improve product quality and consistency without exhausting their resources."
The LV1 generates incredible levels of shear, up to 12.25 million sec-1, which are orders of magnitude greater than other technologies. This increased shear enables biotechnology customers, for example, to achieve extremely high cell rupture rates for challenging applications (e.g. yeast) in a fraction of the time than can be achieved using other technologies. In addition, media and chemical-free coupling, along with effective cooling, significantly improves protein yield and makes each ml of material more valuable.
The heart of every Microfluidizer processor is the fixed-geometry interaction chamber and a constant pressure pumping system, which together ensure the most effective and uniform processing performance. Unlike other technologies, results achieved on the LV1 are scalable through lab, clinical trial and pilot/production volumes.
Producing pressures up to 2069 bar (30,000 psi) with low power consumption, the LV1 is a highly efficient processor with a small footprint and spectacularly quiet operation. Like all Microfluidizer processors, it is exceptionally easy to use and clean, and results are scalable to production volumes.
The LV1 will embark on a worldwide trade show tour beginning in the United States at the INTERPHEX conference and trade show in New York City on April 20-22, 2010. Visit http://www.microfluidicscorp.com to view full specifications or to request a product demonstration at your facility.
Microfluidics (BULLETIN BOARD: MFLU) is the exclusive producer of Microfluidizer® high shear fluid processors for uniform particle size reduction, robust cell disruption and bottom-up nanoparticle creation. Used primarily by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, cosmetic, nutraceutical/food and energy companies to research, develop and improve products with efficient processes, more than 3,000 Microfluidizer processors are installed at customer sites in 50 countries around the world. The innovative Microfluidics Technology Center, located at the company's headquarters outside Boston, Mass., is staffed by expert engineers with a wide range of nanotechnology and application experience for Proof of Concept and Process Development services.
By producing smaller particle sizes and a more narrow distribution than other technologies, with scaleup from lab to production guaranteed, Microfluidics enables companies to create tiny particles that achieve big results. To learn more, visit http://www.microfluidicscorp.com.
AT&T Challenges 1 Million Customers To Go Paperless
PLANTS TREES TO CELEBRATE THOSE WHO MAKE THE SWITCH AT&T Launches Promotion With The Arbor Day Foundation To Plant Trees On Behalf of First Million Customers Who Switch To Paperless Billing in 2010
DALLAS, March 17 -- Whether going paperless appeals to your love of nature, convenience - or both, AT&T* has a million reasons for you to make the switch. Continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability, AT&T today announced a new challenge for AT&T residential home phone, AT&T U-verse(SM) TV, broadband, and wireless customers, nationwide: With the help of the Arbor Day Foundation, AT&T will have a tree planted in honor of each customer who opts in to paperless billing - up to 1 million trees in 2010.
According to PayItGreen, if a million customers switch to paperless billing, this would help to save 400,000 pounds of paper, avoid 6 million pounds of greenhouse gases, and prevent 4 million gallons of wastewater from discharging into lakes, streams, and rivers in a year. And, according to the EPA, planting 1 million trees can absorb more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide, can provide oxygen for up to 4 million people to breathe in a day,** and can forest more than 1,400 acres of land.***
To opt in to paperless billing and activate the tree planting, AT&T customers can go to http://www.att.com/paperfree and follow the instructions.**** After enrolling, they can choose to have a tree planted where there is the greatest need -- or they can choose between regions of the U.S. that have various needs for reforestation. As examples, in California this helps provide clean drinking water, and in Michigan, it protects rare birds.
In addition to supporting the environment, managing accounts online with paperless billing provides customers secure access to current statements, payment options, and account histories related to their AT&T bills. And, thanks to AT&T's mobile broadband services, customers can access their accounts wherever they are, whenever they want.
"AT&T's commitment to planting trees is a shining example of how corporations can make a positive impact on our environment," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees planted by AT&T will help clean the air and drinking water for millions of Americans, restore habitat for wildlife and restore our nation's forests for future generations to enjoy."
Encouraging customers to opt in to paperless billing is one way AT&T is working to support the environment. AT&T accepts wireless devices for recycling in all 2,000-plus of its retail locations. Working with customers and other channels, AT&T estimates it will collect roughly 14 million wireless devices for recycling by the end of 2011, which is the equivalent of keeping more than 920 tons of primary materials and more than 13 tons of toxic waste out of landfills.*****
"At AT&T, we encourage all of our customers to make the switch to paperless billing with us this year," said Philip Bienert, vice president, ATT.COM. "Whether they care about conserving natural resources, supporting reforestation, enjoying the convenience of reducing the amount of mail they receive each month - or all of these things - we're offering them a simple way to make a difference with just a few clicks of the mouse or taps of the smartphone."
In 2009, AT&T announced plans to invest up to $565 million as part of a long-term strategy to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years. AT&T also works to enhance energy performance and reduce energy consumption and has begun to use alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than 1 million members, supporters, and valued partners. The mission of the Arbor Day Foundation is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Statistics provided by Tree Canada Foundation.
*** Statistics provided by Georgia Forestry Commission
**** Use of AT&T's paperless bill capability requires registration for AT&T's online customer care.
***** Environmental equivalents provided by ReCellular using the Electronic Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC), developed by The University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
AT&T ANNOUNCES GLOBAL FIRST AUTOMATIC ZERO DRAW CHARGER
AT&T and Superior Communications Announce Availability of the ZERO Charger
DALLAS, March 17 -- Mobile phone users probably don't know it, but a charger left plugged into a wall wastes electricity - enough to power 24,000 homes for a year, or brew three to four million cups of coffee each day. Today, AT&T* and Superior Communications invite AT&T customers to be a small part of a big difference with the AT&T ZERO Charger. Available only at AT&T stores nationwide in May, the AT&T ZERO Charger does not waste power when left plugged in, and improves charging efficiency when powering a device.
The AT&T ZERO Charger will also make life easier for customers, with a 'block and cable' design for maximum interchangeability, allowing them to use the same charger for future handsets and will, over time, cut the number of chargers produced, thus reducing future landfill waste.
"In an effort to provide environmentally friendly and simpler solutions for our customers, AT&T worked hand in hand with Superior Communications to create the first practical and user-friendly zero-draw charger for mobile phones," said Carlton Hill, vice president of Devices and Product Development for AT&T's wireless operations. "With the size of AT&T's customer base, providing solutions like these helps our customers make a big difference."
When the AT&T ZERO Charger goes on sale in May, it will cost the same as existing replacement chargers, which means that customers do not have to spend more and can even save money over time because of the interchangeability of the design.
"We were happy to accept AT&T's challenge to design and introduce the world's first automatic zero draw charger. Innovations like this help everyone take those small steps which will, in the end, lead to a better environment for all," said Solomon Chen, chief executive office and founder of Superior Communications.
The AT&T ZERO Charger works by automatically sensing when a mobile phone is not plugged up to the charger and cutting the power supply from the wall socket. The charger will be sold in packaging with 100% recycled paper. AT&T recently announced a transition to smaller and more eco-friendly packaging for the wireless device accessories sold in AT&T stores. This change will eliminate more than 60 percent of the paper and more than 30 percent of the plastic previously used for AT&T's accessory products.
The AT&T ZERO Charger has been named a finalist in the green solutions category in the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards. CTIA's fifth annual E-Tech Awards program recognizes products in 15 categories in the areas of mobile consumer electronics, luxury mobile, applications, enterprise, green solutions and network technology. The AT&T ZERO Charger will be on display in the Superior Communications booth, number 2500.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
Based in Irwindale, CA, Superior Communications is the leading manufacturer and distributor of wireless accessories in the United States, providing a single source solution for wireless carriers, national and regional retailers, dealer agents, and distributors. Superior Communications offers award-winning design, manufacturing, and distribution of wireless accessories and services. The company also provides 3PL (third party logistics) services, ODM programs, web/call center fulfillment, and field sales-training programs. For more information, please go to: http://www.superiorcommunications.com
Lockheed Martin Assists IRS and Department of Education in Simplifying Federal Student Loan Process
ROCKVILLE, Md., March 17 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) software developers are helping the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Education make life a whole lot easier for students and their families applying for Federal Student Aid.
Every year millions of prospective college students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in their pursuit of funding assistance. The form requires personal financial data that is only available through the IRS. In the past, an applicant had to apply to the IRS, obtain the information, and then submit it along with the application. This took time and additional effort.
To simplify this process, Lockheed Martin worked with the IRS to create a link on the DoEd FAFSA Web page. The developers used Web services to build, test and deploy a shared data system that makes available the data transfer of 14 key pieces of information needed by Department officials to make a determination. To ensure privacy, the process includes the requirement for complete authentication before the data can be transferred. The new process has reduced application time from days or weeks to minutes.
Rocky Thurston, Director of Financial Solutions for Lockheed Martin, said, "This project is a perfect example of how our partnership with two government agencies is helping them provide complete citizen service. The result of this initiative has been a faster, easier process for the applicant, the transfer of data that has clarity and is completely accurate, and a demonstration of the possibilities that exist through data sharing."
Lockheed Martin completed the project under the IRS Integrated Customer Communications Environment contract, in which the company provides a variety of information technology services.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.