Online Insurance System Helps Prevent Costly Clinical Trial Delays
BOSTON, April 26 -- A new online system from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies will help life sciences companies deliver life-saving products to market faster by simplifying the process for obtaining clinical trial liability insurance documentation. The new system, Chubb WORLDcert, allows drug and medical device developers to quickly secure required insurance documentation for clinical trials around the globe.
The National Institutes of Health currently lists 87,778 trials ongoing in 172 countries. Life science companies and contract research organizations cannot secure approval from a medical institution's ethics committee to begin a clinical trial without accurate documentation that appropriate insurance has been secured. "A seemingly minor mistake, such as producing a certificate of insurance with a typographical error, insufficient insurance limits or an incorrect number of participants could set a clinical trial back for months," said Frank Goudsmit, vice president and life sciences international manager, Chubb Commercial Insurance. "Complicating the process further, key details about a trial are frequently a moving target right up to the ethics committee meeting date, and such gatherings happen infrequently at many institutions."
"For years, our members have wrestled with the challenge of securing these certificates of insurance in an accurate and timely fashion," said Jim Greenwood, BIO president and CEO. "Chubb has melded technology with its expertise in the life science industry to create an online system that will help expedite the clinical trials process and potentially get critical life-saving products to market faster."
"If a clinical trial is delayed because a certificate of insurance is not available, inaccurate or incomplete, it also shortens the timeframe during which a life sciences company enjoys patent exclusivity," added Goudsmit.
WORLDcert provides instant certificates of insurance in 149 countries. Sponsors of clinical trials in these countries generally will no longer need to wait for an insurance agent or broker to communicate trial information to an insurance company and for the insurer to complete manually intensive back-end processes. The resulting efficiency allows the innovator company to focus their efforts on delivering life saving or life extending therapies.
Chubb is the endorsed property and casualty insurance provider for members of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. The member insurers of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies form a multi-billion dollar organization providing property and casualty insurance for personal and commercial customers worldwide through 8,500 independent agents and brokers. Chubb's global network includes branches and affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
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Telefonica Selects Myriad Group to Provide Mobile Social Networking Services Across Latin America
- 5-year strategic partnership to deliver innovative social networking solutions, serving more than 80 million customers in 12 countries - Services to be marketed under Telefonica Movistar brand, providing mobile access to popular social networks
MADRID, April 26 -- Telefonica, one of the world's largest telecommunications operators, and Myriad Group, a global leader in mobile technology with software in over 2 billion phones, announced today that Myriad has been selected to provide social networking aggregation services to Telefonica's mobile subscribers across 12 countries in Latin America.
Marketed under Telefonica's Movistar brand, Myriad services will enable mobile users to simultaneously access multiple social networks, via mobile browsers, downloadable apps and other mobile technologies. The aim of the partnership is to deliver a richer social networking experience for Movistar customers, over a broad range of devices including Movistar-branded phones.
"Latin American consumers are enthusiastic users of social networks. This agreement will bring them a compelling and affordable way to access these sites from their mobile phones," said Luis Miguel Gilperez Lopez, Managing Director, Mobile Division of Telefonica Latin America. "One of the most appealing aspects of Myriad is its focus on mass-market phones rather than just high-end devices, which will enable Telefonica to reach the widest possible audience and make the most of this exciting opportunity."
According to Internet measurement specialists comScore, Inc., 2 out of 3 global Web users visited a social networking site in December 2009. In Latin America the adoption rate exceeds 80%.
Telefonica currently serves more than 80 million mobile users in 12 Latin America countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The Telefonica deployment is further testament to Myriad's successful acquisition of social media pioneer Xumii, Inc., and it follows recent commercial success with Australian mobile network operator, Optus, which involved Myriad delivering social networking services to over eight million customers.
"Coupled with our recent deal with Optus, our strategic partnership with Telefonica clearly positions Myriad as a leading provider of social networking solutions for mobile operators," said Simon Wilkinson, CEO of Myriad Group. "Our unique ability to deliver end-to-end solutions, including deep integration of social networking into mass-market phones, enables operators to deliver next-generation services for all mobile users, even in markets where many users will never afford an advanced smart phone."
Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both. The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base that amounts to 265 million accesses around the world. Telefonica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy. Telefonica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders.
Myriad Group AG is a global leader in mobile technology and has shipped over 3.2 billion software applications in more than 2 billion mobile phones. Its comprehensive portfolio includes browsers, messaging, Java, social networking, user interfaces and middleware for all types of mobile phones, from ultra-low cost handsets to advanced smartphones.
The company provides both individual components and complete solutions, which enable handset manufacturers and operators to deliver amazing experiences on mobile phones. Myriad also develops USSD-based customer self-care platforms that deliver over 10 billion messages a year to 220 million mobile users across more than 30 mobile operators worldwide.
Myriad was created from the combination of industry-leading companies, Esmertec and Purple Labs. It operates worldwide, with offices in Switzerland, France, UK, USA, Mexico, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia. Headquartered in Dubendorf-Zurich Switzerland, Myriad is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX Symbol: MYRN). For more information, visit http://www.myriadgroup.com.
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FedScoop's 'Ensuring a Safe Computing Environment: A CyberSecurity Leadership Summit' to Feature Top Executives from Government and Tech Industry April 28 at the Newseum
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- On Wednesday, April 28th FedScoop will host "Ensuring a Safe Computing Environment: A CyberSecurity Leadership Summit" at the Newseum in downtown Washington, DC.
In recent years the U.S. government has embraced a leadership role in combating the growing threat of cyber attacks, collaborating with the IT industry to pioneer a future of secure information sharing and data storage.
To promote this cooperative effort, FedScoop's half-day CyberSecurity event will bring together C-level executives from the public and private sector to discuss strategies to address growing security challenges in the enterprise. Scheduled panelists include top executives from the ARMY, Department of Interior, NIST, Microsoft, Intel and HP.
The summit is the latest in FedScoop's event series based on what U.S. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra termed the 'five pillars' of his administration. In addition to security, Kundra outlined lowering the cost of government, engaging citizens, transparency and innovation as fundamental priorities of his office.
In addition to featuring two keynote speakers, the event will include a panel discussion focused on today's most pressing cybersecurity issues.
Wednesday April 28th
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote Address
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CyberSecurity Leadership Panel
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Keynote Address
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
The Newseum: Freedom Forum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001, 6th St. NW entrance, 7th floor
FedScoop is a full-service government media and marketing company, specializing in government IT news, new media advertising and custom turn-key strategic networking events.
FedScoop.com is the Government IT community's most comprehensive, one-stop news source reaching notable influencers and voices in the community. FedScoop.com is the only independent aggregator of the most trusted and popular web sites that Government IT executives visit daily, to stay abreast of trends, best practices, business opportunities and news.
In addition to FedScoop.com, FedScoop delivers the popular "Weekly Scoop," a must-have weekly email featuring exclusive articles from key government leaders, and summarizing the week's most relevant news. The Weekly Scoop currently has over 18,000 subscribers, including most Federal CIOs, CTOs, Procurement Executives and Program Managers.
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Low Return Rate and Additional Reports of Fires Prompt Reannouncement of Coby Electronics Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player Recalls
WASHINGTON, April 26 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Rechargeable Batteries sold with Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players
Units: About 32,600; 13,000 previously recalled in October 2008 and 19,600 in October 2009
Importer: Coby Electronics Corp., of Lake Success, N.Y.
Hazard: The rechargeable batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Coby Electronics has received 22 reports of the battery overheating. Eighteen additional incidents of the battery overheating in the TF-DVD 1020 model, 17 of which resulted in property damage ranging from minor up to $9,650. No additional incidents have been reported for the TF-DVD 8501 model.
Description: The recall involves Coby DVD/CD/MP3 players with product numbers TF-DVD 1020 and TF-DVD 8501. "Coby" is printed on the front cover and the product number is on the bottom of the unit. The serial numbers on the recalled rechargeable batteries are printed on a label on the following batteries:
Product Number Serial Number Description
TF-DVD 1020 DG240043D503000001-1006 Swivel screen
TF-DVD 8501 Begin with "HY" 8 1/2 inch screen
Sold at: Discount, electronics, music, toy, office supply stores and distributors of electronic products nationwide. The TF-DVD 1020 units were sold from May 2007 through July 2008 for about $168. The TF-DVD 8501 units were sold from January 2007 through September 2009 for between $140 and $275.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the players with the recalled batteries and contact the firm to arrange for a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled batteries from the unit, consumers can continue to use it with the AC or DC power adapter.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Coby Electronics toll-free at (866) 945-2629 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.cobyusa.com.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.
STMicroelectronics Announces World-Class Development Tools for STM8 Microcontrollers
Tool-sets from IAR facilitate designing with STM8 family, enabling smooth transition to 32-bit STM32-based embedded design
GENEVA, April 26 -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a world leader in microcontrollers, has announced that IAR Systems, an international supplier of development tools, is now supporting the mainstream 8-bit STM8 microcontrollers by introducing the Embedded Workbench for STM8 (EWSTM8).
The move will ease design using the STM8 devices, increasing flexibility for developers to achieve the optimum MCU performance, features and cost for their applications. IAR's EWSTM8 tool-set joins the company's existing EWARM tools supporting the 32-bit STM32 family, allowing either of ST's major MCU families to be targeted using the same tools and tool supplier. This compatibility delivers a number of advantages that help to speed up project completion, including a familiar user interface and common naming conventions for C-language extensions.
The IAR EWSTM8 embedded workbench provides a comprehensive set of tools including a project manager, editor, build tools including C compiler and linker. The workbench also features a debugger that can be connected to ST's very low cost ST-LINK in-circuit debugger probe as well as the high-end advanced emulator, STice.
"The EWSTM8 will significantly facilitate development and increase access to the STM8 product line, which offers many choices in terms of performance, cost, and features," said Dominique Jugnon, Microcontroller Development Tools Manager, STMicroelectronics. "IAR's EWSTM8 brings the benefits of a high level of customer support through IAR's international network enabling our customers to deliver high-quality competitive solutions to market ahead of their competitors."
IAR is launching the EWSTM8 embedded workbench at ESC Silicon Valley, Embedded Systems Conference, at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, April 26-29, 2010.
About STM8 microcontrollers
ST's STM8 microcontrollers are built using proprietary 130nm process technology and combine the cost- and power-saving benefits of their advanced 8-bit CPU with innovations such as a 32-bit memory interface and 3-stage pipeline to achieve up to 20MIPS peak processing performance. The STM8 family also features a large 16Mbyte address space, enhanced index registers and stack pointer operation and advanced addressing modes supporting optimal code density and real-time performance. In addition, extra instructions are provided enabling faster arithmetic operations.
A further advantage for developers using STM8 MCUs is access to state of the art peripherals shared with the 32-bit STM32 family. This not only helps maximize the performance of developers' applications, but also enables developers to re-use code and migrate designs quickly and easily between 8-bit and 32-bit MCU architectures.
Several STM8 families are available, providing designers with a wide variety of pin- and software-compatible devices to fulfill a wide range of applications. These include three ultra-low power STM8L families offering on-chip Flash density up to 32 Kbytes and the option of an LCD controller, and two STM8S advanced high-performance families offering performance up to 24MHz and up to 128 Kbytes of Flash. The STM8L and STM8S families were introduced during 2009. The STM8A family is also available, and is qualified for automotive applications.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2009, the Company's net revenues were $8.51 billion. Further information on ST can be found at http://www.st.com.
CONTACT: Michael Markowitz of STMicroelectronics, +1-781-591-0354,
Playdom Announces Acquisition of Social Game Developer Merscom, LLC
Social gaming company acquires experienced game developer specializing in producing games with third party branded content
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 26 -- Playdom, a leading social gaming company, announced today the continuation of its roll-up of talented social gaming development teams with the acquisition of Merscom, LLC. Privately held Merscom develops online and social games for third parties with nationally recognized brands. Merscom is currently developing games for Sea World, Purina, National Geographic and NBC Universal. Merscom is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Playdom plans to leverage Mercom's expertise in working with IP owners as Playdom moves to develop partnerships with powerful global brands. Playdom also plans to use the acquisition to leverage the talented North Carolina game development community. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Merscom was founded more than 16 years ago to produce games with third party branded content. Merscom's core team has produced over 250 games in total and over 30 casual games for such brands as Lifetime Networks, Paramount and Starz Entertainment. Prior to 2009 Merscom produced games primarily using international engineering resources. In 2009 Merscom added in-house engineering staff and began building as well as producing social games. The company's first internally developed social game "The Crazies" was released in conjunction with the movie of the same name in March 2010.
Founders Kirk Owen and Lloyd Melnick and their team of over 20 producers, designers, artists and engineers will lead Playdom's efforts to partner with artists, entertainment companies and other IP holders to co-develop the next generation of social games.
"We believe that brands matter and that over time, as the social gaming industry matures, games which incorporate content from popular culture and widely respected brands will garner larger market share than those without it," says John Pleasants, Playdom's CEO. "Merscom has 16 years experience working with content owners and we intend to call on this experience as we move into this promising area of our industry."
"We are excited to join Playdom," said Kirk Owen, Merscom CEO. "Playdom understands the power of branded content and decentralized international game development where we've focused our efforts for many years." Owen continued: "Merscom's team will thrive in Playdom's culture of respect for its employees and its great benefit programs. We can't wait to get started." Owen closed by thanking Piedmont Angel Network Two LLC, Paul Sunu and J. Stephan Vanderwoude, Merscom's North Carolina based venture capital and angel partners, who helped expand Merscom's mission leading to this transaction.
Playdom is committed to bringing people everywhere together through the world's best social games. Playdom is a top game developer on Facebook and MySpace with popular titles including Social City, Sorority Life, Mobsters, Tiki Resort and Big City Life. To date, over 100 million Playdom games have been installed on leading platforms including Facebook, MySpace, iPhone and Hi5. Playdom is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with studios in San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Eugene, Ore.; Chapel Hill, NC; Buenos Aires, Argentina and in South Asia. For more information about Playdom, please visit http://www.playdom.com.
Supply Chain Star Dell Announces Shift Toward More Ocean Freight, Reports The Journal of Commerce
NEWARK, N.J., April 26 -- Computer giant Dell, which set the supply chain standard for speed with its build-to-order business model, is advancing a new strategic approach and philosophy that will shift huge numbers of shipments from air to ocean, a fundamental change that, for a leader in logistics, could set a touchstone for distribution in the technology, The Journal of Commerce reports in this week's cover story.
Dell's diversification from strictly direct-to-consumer sales to include more retailers has led to increased outsourcing and a recent announcement to begin to move from costly air to slower ocean freight. If it is successful the practice will likely become more common, as the company strives to compete with rivals such as Hewlett-Packard, which replaced Dell as the world's No. 1 computer maker and relies heavily on ocean shipping.
However, the shift in Dell's core supply chain management business model comes with risks - damage, order cancellation, product value decline during shipment - as well as higher inventory carrying costs. Dell's inventory turns -- a formula dividing the cost of goods sold by its average quarterly inventory -- are its shining star and one that stands to fade with a longer supply chain.
In today's Cover Story, The Journal of Commerce analyzes the potential impact of Dell's supply chain shift on the company, its suppliers and the shipping world.
To view daily news visit http://www.joc.com. For all media enquires, including article reprints, please contact Editorial Director Paul Page.
Since 1827, The Journal of Commerce has been the most trusted source of intelligence for international logistics executives to help them plan global supply chains and better manage day-to-day transportation of goods and commodities in the United States and internationally. To become a member of The Journal of Commerce click here. JOC members have access to our weekly print and digital magazine and Web site, as well as a 10% discount on all JOC Events and trade shows, UBM Global Trade Directories and select PIERS products. Authoritative editorial content in the form of daily news, weekly analysis and regular features ensure our members have the information and data necessary to understand the issues facing trucking, rail and maritime transportation. Members enjoy access to "By the Numbers," an exclusive weekly compilation of key industry statistics that provides detailed views of current market trends across all modes. Regular market intelligence reports -- utilizing PIERS trade data -- include Top 100 Imports and Exporters, quarterly Top 40 Container lines, Transpacific and Transatlantic Maritime Forecasts and Top Container Ports and Terminals. Market-sector supplements, including Breakbulk, Cool Cargoes, 3PL, JOC Guide to Trucking and others, ensure all modes are comprehensively covered.
About UBM Global Trade - UBM Global Trade, formerly Commonwealth Business Media, Inc., has been the leading provider of proprietary data, news, business intelligence and analytical content supporting commercial maritime, rail, trucking, warehousing and logistics industries worldwide since 1827. The company's portfolio of more than 100 online, print and interactive workflow business solutions includes The Journal of Commerce, The Journal of Commerce Events, PIERS Global Intelligence Solutions and an array of international trade and transportation databases and directories. UBM Global Trade, a subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, is headquartered in East Windsor, NJ, with offices throughout the United States and in Canada and Hong Kong. For more information, explore http://www.ubmglobaltrade.com or call 800-221-5488 (+1-609-371-7700 outside the U.S. and Canada).
About United Business Media Limited - UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring, and the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com.
Verizon's Fiber-Optic-Powered FiOS Services Available to More Than 140,000 Homes and Businesses in San Bernardino County -- at Attractive Discounts
Many Residents of San Bernardino, Victorville, Apple Valley, Ontario, Beaumont, Redlands, Banning and Hesperia Have Access to More HD Channels, Faster Internet Speeds
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 26 -- San Bernardino County residents who have considered upgrading to Verizon FiOS TV and FiOS Internet -- the most powerful video entertainment and ultra-high-speed broadband services in the area -- should take another look at FiOS. Starting this week, Verizon is introducing new discounts and other incentives for the industry's most advanced home-entertainment and communications triple-play bundles (FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and Verizon Home Phone).
"There's no comparison between Verizon's FiOS and plain old cable TV service," said Jennifer Little, marketing director for Verizon in California. "FiOS delivers more HD channels, more video-on-demand choices, and unique interactive features like Facebook and Twitter on the TV screen -- plus faster download and upload broadband speeds at a very competitive price."
Currently, Verizon FiOS services are available to more than 140,000 homes in parts of Apple Valley, Chino, Chino Hills, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Highland, Mentone, Ontario, Redlands, San Bernardino, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa and nearby unincorporated areas. (See city/Zip code listing at end of news release.)
Verizon's FiOS services are available to nearly 1.2 million households and businesses in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.
More HD with FiOS TV
FiOS TV offers more than 580 total TV channels, including 138 HD channels throughout Southern California - more HD channels than Time Warner. And because the service is delivered using a pure fiber-optic network connection directly to the home, FiOS TV's picture-and-sound quality is unmatched.
More Speed with FiOS Internet
Verizon's FiOS Internet offerings feature an unprecedented symmetrical broadband service that provides equal upstream and downstream connections of up to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) and up to 35 Mbps. The two-way-fast speeds transform the user experience for bandwidth-sensitive Web applications like social networking, telecommuting, online multi-player gaming, sharing digital photos and videos, hard drive backups and video conferencing. More speed results in better performance for all connected devices in the home and, unlike some providers, Verizon does not penalize customers for using all the data transmission capacity they order.
More Value with FiOS Bundles
Verizon's bundles of FiOS service begin with more than 40 HD channels with FiOS TV Prime HD, up to 15 Mbps downstream and up to 5 Mbps upstream FiOS Internet and FiOS voice service for $99.99 a month. With a guaranteed rate for 24 months, subscribers will save $240 over regular prices.
Customers also have the choice of a variety of other bundles, with a wide selection of premium content, as well as FiOS Internet speeds of up to 50 Mbps downstream and symmetrical speeds of up to 35 Mbps.
Customers who sign up online for any FiOS bundled packages will receive an additional discount of $5 a month for the same 24-month plan, for a total of $120 in additional savings.
As an added incentive, new FiOS TV customers can either receive a free multi-room DVR, HD DVR or access to one of several premium movie channel packages - free for six months. Total savings off regular prices for these triple-play bundles can add up to as much as $497.94 over two years.
For families interested in more Spanish-language channels, Verizon has launched the La Conexion FiOS triple-play bundled package, which includes TV, up to 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet and Verizon phone service starting at $89.99 per month with a two-year agreement. FiOS TV's La Conexion triple-play bundle provides customers with more than 175 music, sports, movie and local channels, including Telemundo, Univision and Telefutura. Additionally, the package includes the best in-language family programming, including Disney En Espanol and Discovery Familia.
All double- and triple-play bundles are available with a 24-month service agreement that guarantees rates will not change during the two years. Customers also have the option to sign up for month-to-month plans that do not require a minimum term agreement.
For complete information on FiOS bundles click here.
FiOS: More Than Just TV, Internet and Phone
FiOS TV customers also receive many added benefits that are included in their service at no additional cost. For example, subscribers to FiOS Ultimate HD and Extreme HD triple-play bundles provide free access to thousands of Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots at coffee shops, hotels, airports and other locations nationwide. FiOS TV includes a library of 18,000 video-on-demand titles (70 percent of which are free), including 2,800 of which are HD, and an advanced interactive media guide that supports unique on-screen interactive social-networking, news, shopping and entertainment widgets.
In addition to allowing families to view, record, pause and rewind programming on up to three TVs in the home at the same time, the Home Media DVR comes bundled with Media Manager software that lets users access content on their home computer from their TV and watch online videos from blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh on a big screen.
FiOS is available in all or parts of the following cities and ZIP codes: Apple Valley (92307, 92308), Chino (91708, 91710), Chino Hills (91709), Fort Irwin (92310), Hesperia (92345), Highland (92346), Mentone (92359), Ontario (91762, 91764, 91761), Redlands (92373, 92374), San Bernardino (92404, 92405, 92407), Upland (91784, 91786), Victorville (92392, 92394, 92395) and Yucaipa (92399).
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 93 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Nimbus Games Launches Bounty Quest Mystery on Facebook
Hidden object play comes to Facebook for the first time...with a major twist
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 26 -- Nimbus Games, creators of innovative viral games for worldwide social networks, today announced that Bounty Quest Mystery has launched on Facebook. Bounty Quest Mystery takes the immensely popular genre of hidden object play to a whole new level by introducing social networking features and upping the ante with weekly cash prizes.
"Millions of people enjoy hidden object puzzles as a solitary diversion," said Andy Hieke, CEO of Nimbus Games. "We think that by adding the social component--as well as cash rewards-- we will get even more people jazzed about competing and teaming up to solve the puzzles."
Each weekday players will get a new hidden object screen to solve, but the challenge doesn't end there. At the puzzle's completion, players must then solve a riddle that reveals a clue to a particular place in the United States. Each day the clue will become more specific. The first one to guess the mystery location wins the cash prize for the week.
Bounty Quest Mystery is available to play now on Facebook by pointing your browser to apps.facebook.com/bounty_quest_mystery
About Nimbus Games
Founded by an international team of industry veterans, Nimbus Games is dedicated to redefining the craft of making games for social networks by perfecting the symbiotic relationship between art and science. For more information, please visit http://www.nimbusgames.com
Source: Nimbus Games
CONTACT: Andy Hieke of Nimbus Games, +1-925-286-1137,
Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco 2010 Previews Exhibitors' Announcements
Sponsors Use Web 2.0 Expo as Choice Platform for Big News
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 -- O'Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb today preview exhibitor announcements that will be made at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, happening May 3-6 this year at Moscone West. Web 2.0 Expos are the leading annual events that bring people, ideas, products, and companies together to build stronger Web 2.0 communities, shaping the next-generation Web. Registration is now open at http://www.web2expo.com/sf.
Sarah Milstein, Web 2.0 Expo Co-Chair, said, "We're excited to see a lot of news coming out of the tech sector this year, and we're truly pleased that Expo creates an opportunity for companies to share their announcements with an avid audience."
In addition to the vast array of sponsor news, each day will bring major announcements from the event's main stage. The line-up of Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco exhibitors making announcements is growing and a lot of news will be made on site. The snapshot of announcements currently includes:
babyTEL Inc., leader in Social Voice, will be announcing the private beta launch of its Social Telephone Voice API at Web 2.0. Web Application Developers will be amazed how easy it is to integrate fun and sophisticated voice features into their web apps.
Cazoodle builds novel vertical search engines using its large scale structured data extraction technology developed at the University of Illinois. Adding to its current search engines for Apartment Rentals and Online Shopping, at Web 2.0, Cazoodle will launch its new Vacation Rental search engine for travelers around the world.
Central Desktop will unveil the new Microsoft Office Plugin, which integrates the company's online collaboration platform with Microsoft Office. The application allows multiple users to simultaneously co-author any Office document, spreadsheet or presentation, as well as open/save files directly into the cloud. Demos available in the Long Tail Pavilion (LT#11).
Clustrix Inc. will present a radically new approach to solving infrastructure scalability challenges for Internet-scale applications on Tuesday, May 4, 1:15-1:25 p.m. Discussions will continue on the show floor at booth #730.
.CO Internet will unveil details about its launch of the .CO domain name extension this summer. Now, the name of your website, business or brand is based on what you want -- not just what's left over. Come visit us in Booth #714 or http://www.cointernet.co to learn more.
Ravenflow is launching a new web-based application - RAVEN Cloud - that like magic automatically creates stunning, error-free process diagrams from plain English text. Designed for people who understand processes but just can't draw them very well, RAVEN's natural language engine does the drawing for you. Demonstrations available at Pavilion Booth 14.
Rhomobile will introduce the next generation of its cross-platform smartphone app framework, Rhodes, the leading framework for building native, enterprise-class applications for all devices.
Trademarkia.com, a leading legal web-based technology platform and trademark filer, releases an enhanced Logo Search feature of its free trademark search engine for the first time at Web 2.0 Expo. The new feature helps logo designers, marketers, and IP attorneys search for trademarked logos by multi-level graphic attributes or words.
In a first-time presentation at Web 2.0 Expo, OpenSRS will outline a proven revenue stream for Web 2.0 companies. The wholesale reseller services group of domain name registrar Tucows will present a seminar that will encourage companies offering Web-based publishing tools to rethink their approach to namespaces.
Wrike.com, the award-winning project management software, introduces a ground-breaking product for unparalleled project collaboration productivity. By combining the simplicity of e-mail with revolutionary productivity features and a fast, intuitive interface, Wrike's new product transforms the online management space. Managing projects, teams and businesses has never been easier and more efficient.
Zoosk, http://www.zoosk.com/, the world's largest social dating community, brings online dating to popular social networks and platforms--via mobile devices and the desktop--with Zoosk Messenger and its new iPhone application, now available in 20 languages. Zoosk will also announce new partnerships including Tagged and The Onion.
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Golden Age Stories Launches Interactive Pulp Fiction Book Website - Where Adventure Comes to Life
The new GoldenAgeStories.com interactive Website Pulp Fiction universe showcases 153 fiction stories in books and audiobooks by L. Ron Hubbard
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 26 -- Galaxy Press announced today it has launched its infotainment site at http://www.GoldenAgeStories.com that vividly showcases stories from 80 pulp fiction books written in the 1930s and 40s by New York Times' bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard. The fiction books and audiobooks make up the series, Stories from the Golden Age, being published in a six year publishing plan and written for readers of all ages.
The new website takes users into a literary world of mystery, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, westerns and romance books. The multi-faceted site includes free downloads of books and audiobooks, video clips and book trailers featuring the Hollywood voice actors for the audiobooks and iTunes podcasts of live story readings, actor biographies, and an extensive photo-bio of author L. Ron Hubbard.
"It's pure infotainment where someone can easily spend hours exploring, interacting with, and viewing its many parts," said John Goodwin, Galaxy Press president.
Other sections contain original, downloadable pulp cover art, current reviews of the stories, and a variety of other desktop downloads.
A detailed, historical section highlights original photos from the 1930s and 1940s of L. Ron Hubbard. "We wanted to show readers and listeners how Mr. Hubbard's many travels and adventures allowed him to get the information he needed to write accurate, believable descriptions in so many genres," added Goodwin.
Visitors to the website can also signup for a Stories from the Golden Age book club subscription to receive either the book or audiobook of each title as it is released monthly over the next 5 years.
The content featured in the goldenagestories.com site is for readers of all ages. And for those who enjoy audiobooks, Library Journal recently wrote, "These full-cast, sound effects-laden productions will engage listeners of all ages, particularly fans of old-time radio, Westerns, genre fiction, action and adventure, and full-cast performances."
Microsoft and ChangeBASE Announce New SMB Application Compatibility Tool for Windows 7 Professional
New tool geared for industry SMB partners and IT professionals to quickly assess application compatibility and automatically fix the majority of issues found.
REDMOND, Wash., April 26 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced an alliance with ChangeBASE Ltd., a market leader in application compatibility testing and remediation, to offer a new online tool, AOK for Small and Midsize Businesses (AOK4SMB), to make it easy for industry partners servicing SMB customers and IT professionals to test the compatibility status of applications and automatically remediate incompatibilities when upgrading to Windows 7 Professional. They can go to https://www.aok4smb.com/ to upload applications for testing and remediation for free until the end of July.
"The ability to ensure application compatibility when migrating to a new operating system is crucial for any organization," said Colin Gray, global sales director, ChangeBASE. "AOK4SMB enables SMB partners and IT pros to embrace the benefits of Windows 7 Professional by quickly assessing and reporting application compatibility issues and uniquely automatically fixing the majority of issues found. The fact that this tool is online and free makes the process easy."
Although Windows 7 works with the majority of software and devices available today, Microsoft offers a variety of resources to help provide a seamless experience for small and midsize businesses. As a first step, SMB customers can go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center for an extensive view of the compatibility status of their hardware and software before they upgrade to Windows 7. They also can use Windows XP Mode, a feature of Windows 7 Professional (and Enterprise and Ultimate editions and above) to run older productivity applications. In addition, IT professionals and industry partners servicing small and midsize businesses can now take advantage of AOK4SMB to quickly remediate applications so that they can run natively on Windows 7. AOK4SMB creates a report outlining the application compatibility status and resolves any issues automatically.
Working with its broad community of industry partners including ChangeBASE, Microsoft is committed to providing small- and midsize-business customers with the right set of tools and resources to take advantage of Windows 7 Professional. Microsoft gathered in-depth customer feedback to design Windows 7 Professional to meet their unique needs so small and midsize businesses can focus on their customers and growing their bottom line. The latest version of the operating system provides increased security and productivity while enabling customers to work from anywhere.
"We recognize small- and midsize-business customers have a unique and diverse set of needs and they don't have time to think about technology for technology's sake. Customers tell us they need an easy way to make sure their applications will work with Windows 7 Professional," said Sandrine Skinner, director of SMB product management for the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. "We continue to act on this feedback, and we're excited to be working with ChangeBASE to make it even easier for customers to run their applications, so they can focus on what matters most -- their business. This is one more resource available so they can easily migrate to Windows 7 Professional with no disruption to their business."
ChangeBASE AOK is the market leader in automated compatibility software enabling organizations to simplify and speed up the time it takes to test, remediate and manage the migration process between operating systems or deployment environments. The company has developed a suite of software applications which bring tangible benefits and reduced costs to organizations across the globe. For more information, please visit; http://www.changebase.com
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Nation's Leading Architectural & Engineering Firm Owners Pow-wow at The Princeton Club of New York in Quest for Global Economic Trends
NEW YORK, April 26 -- NY INSPIOR.com the leading B2B solutions provider will launch "On the Horizon: A Breakfast Seminar for Architectural and Engineering Firms" held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, at The Princeton Club of New York. This year's topic is Globalization Challenges and Opportunities.
"On the Horizon" will provide approximately 200 the of nations' leading Architectural & Engineering firm owners and partners with insights, analysis, looks at major global projects and where is global design headed. This event, produced by INSPIOR, brings together international trade, project building, architecture, engineering, design and finance experts as a resource for the latest forecasts on global economic trends. Architectural and Engineering firms frequently have relationships with site selection firms, financiers, developers and cross-pollinate ideas and attitudes that can affect US economic development.
Forbes Top 50 U.S. A&E firms that will weigh-in to "On The Horizon" are: AECOM, SOM, RTKL Associates, Inc., WSP Cantor Seinuk, Cannon Design, Thornton Tomasetti, to name a few. Speakers include: Sudhir Jambhekar, Senior Partner FXFOWLE, an architect and urban designer with nearly 40 years of experience. Sudhir is the Design Partner in the firm's International Studio. His major current projects include a 40-hectare masterplan of Dubai's Business Bay for Dubai Properties. George A. King is Chairman of Fifth Avenue Capital Partners, LLC and Vice Chairman of the publicly-listed company Global Capacity, Inc. Chris Carey, President and Founder, Chris Carey Advisors, LLC. The discussion will be moderated by Cliff W. Bollmann, a Senior Associate with Gensler Architecture, Planning and Design, a global architecture and planning firm.
Themes at the Forum include:
Ties to foreign places and ongoing cultivating of opportunities in Europe and Asia which will increase export of U.S. construction technology and materials; bringing resources to the US and further promoting the economic interests, expected to remain in high during the next decade.
International Demand: Lesser-developed nations are expected to improve markets for architectural and engineering firms, though significant political, financial, climactic, and design risks exist. Most large firms anticipate working overseas in the next 5 years. According to Civil Engineering magazine, the global construction market is valued at more than $3 trillion, with projects in development making up approximately 25%.
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Pepsi Adds Refreshing Content to Nokia's Ovi Store
Nokia's Ovi Store Offers the World's Most Popular Apps and Games on Their Summer of Football Channel
ESPOO, Finland, April 26, 2010-- Nokia (NYSE:NOK)today announced the launch of the Ovi Store football
channel featuring exclusive Pepsi content as well as entertainment, apps and
information from the world's most recognized football content providers. The
channel leverages Ovi Store's global reach to offer Nokia football fans
around the globe the easiest place to shop for the most popular and most
refreshing mobile football content.
Launching today, Nokia's Ovi Store football channel is the ultimate
football fan destination, featuring highly popular apps, games, and the
ability to quickly personalize and refresh your Nokia.
As part of Ovi's football offering, Pepsi's charity football anthem 'Oh
Africa' will be featured for sale on Ovi Music Store. The charity single
performed by six-time Grammy nominee, Akon, featuring Keri Hilson, the Soweto
Gospel choir and sixteen youths from around the world is the soundtrack to
Pepsi's 2010 football campaign. In addition, Pepsi's football athlete themes
and wallpapers will be available for free on the Pepsi home page at http://www.ovi.com
"Pepsi's unique content combined with Nokia's unparalleled global reach
offers football fans around the world the chance to get involved with this
year's great Football summer no matter where they are," said Marco Argenti,
VP and Global Head of Media, Nokia. "The Ovi Store football promotion offers
passionate football fans instant access to news, apps, games and a growing
selection of personalization content from some of the world's top teams."
Claudia Lagunas, Digital and New Media Director at PepsiCo International
commented: "Working with Nokia allows us to connect and communicate with the
worldwide mobile community. Nokia's Ovi Store offers an exciting new channel
through which to share our football content with millions of football fans
around the globe."
Also launching today is the Nokia Skill Dribbler competition giving
mobile gamers the opportunity to win a Football trip of a lifetime for two to
see 'El Clasico' in Barcelona. To win, skill dribblers have to show off their
silky football game skills, avoiding tackles and keeping control of the ball
for as long as they can to accumulate points. The highest weekly scorers will
receive a shirt signed by a one of the worlds' top footballers and Nokia N97
mini. The top scorer of the competition will be on their way to Barcelona. To
enter and play Skill Dribbler visit http://www.ovi.com.
In addition to PepsiCo's content Nokia's Ovi Store football channel will
also host a long list of further content dedicated to 2010's summer of
football. From competitions and tournament updates to personalizing your
device, football is a lot more fun when you are part of the action. Some of
the key content and features to get you involved include:
If you are supporting Brazil, England, or just great football, Great
Goals will whet your appetite for what's to come with a series of free audio
and video downloads dedicated to great goals scored by great players.
Football updates and news
No matter where you are in the world, you can't catch every game of the
tournament but you can still get live updates. 2010's summer of football news
and update applications are available from the largest football websites in
the world. Livemobile Football, ESPN Soccernet, and Goal.com are all
available as free applications to keep you up to date with breaking news from
around the world, previews and recaps of games for all major leagues in the
world and more.
Experience the latest in mobile football gaming and battle to win the cup
for your country. Games available include Gameloft's Real Football 2010 and
Real Football Manager 2010, and beat the rest in the next generation of
sports radar built for speed shooting, Speedhero Multisport, and the latest
football games from EA SPORTS.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but reminding everyone your country
beat their country with a postcard is priceless. This app takes digital
pictures and makes them into physical postcards in a matter of clicks.
Whether heading to South Africa or just down the street to your local
bar, stay in touch with your friends and family to let them know where you
are watching the game. Share your football experience with fans back home,
comment on games, post media, and find out where the nearby parties are.
Social networks like Nimbuzz and Buddycloud make sharing easy from your Nokia
Don't miss the Game because you got lost. Use new Ovi Maps with free walk
and drive navigation available on Nokia smartphones to find your way to
stadium, bar, park, or wherever you choose to watch the game. After the game,
find the best sights, restaurants, hotels and events wherever you are through
the Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides that come free with the new Ovi
Maps. To download Ovi Maps, visit http://www.store.ovi.com.
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced
technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to
what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one
another with a Nokia device - from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and
high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices
with innovative services through Ovi (http://www.ovi.com), including music,
maps, apps, email and more. Nokia's NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive
digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks
provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks
Ovi is a family of internet services for use on Nokia mobile devices that
keeps people connected to the people and things that matter. Ovi services
include Ovi Maps with walk and drive navigation and premium travel content;
Ovi Music with millions of music tracks; Ovi Mail for email and messaging;
Ovi Share for sharing content; and the Ovi Store, filled with thousands of
apps, games and media from the content industry's biggest names along with
independent developers. Content publishers are invited to distribute and
monetize their content through Ovi by visiting http://www.publish.ovi.com.
More information is available at http://www.ovi.com.
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215 countries. With more than $43 billion in 2009 revenues, PepsiCo employs
203,000 people who are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth,
called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad
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AT&T Releases 'Raising Their Voices,' a new Study Into Causes and Solutions for the Dropout Crisis
Study highlights perspectives of Baltimore student, researcher
BALTIMORE, April 26 -- With the high school dropout crisis continuing to erode our nation's educational and economic fabric, and take a toll on students from Baltimore and across Maryland, AT&T recently released, "Raising Their Voices: Engaging Students, Teachers, and Parents to Help End the High School Dropout Epidemic," the fourth in a series of ground-breaking studies by Civic Enterprises and Peter D. Hart Research that examines the alarming dropout rates through the eyes of dropouts, students, teachers and parents.
While shining a spotlight on the dropout issue, Raising Their Voices offers a number of recommendations on how to confront the problem right here in Baltimore and across Maryland and demonstrates the tremendous value of engaging students, teachers, and parents in candid, face-to-face dialogues on the topic.
Inspired by the report and building upon its own experiences of forging consensus, the National Education Association (NEA), in collaboration with AT&T, announced it is preparing to launch a series of similar dialogues in school districts across the nation to help mobilize local communities to improve graduation rates.
"Our partnership with AT&T is a perfect example of what happens when we work together to make our public schools great," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "In addition to validating and supporting our 12-point dropout prevention plan, Raising Their Voices sheds light on this important issue and demonstrates AT&T's continued commitment to improving public education."
Meanwhile, Raising Their Voices offers not only ideas and hope for the future, but it is a practical resource today for local school districts in Baltimore and across Maryland who want to increase graduation rates. The full report, available at http://civicenterprises.net/pdfs/raisingtheirvoices.pdf includes guidelines that can be used in other communities to facilitate their own action-oriented conversations.
"For all students to graduate ready for college and career, parents and teachers need to support each other and students need to do their part. Too often, though, these three groups end up talking past each other," said Robert Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and research scientist who assisted with this study. "The power of this report is that it shows that structured conversations between the three groups on what it will take to get all students to graduate can serve as a powerful lever of reform."
The numbers are staggering. Nearly one-third of all public high school students--and almost one half of minorities--fail to graduate with their class, totaling more than 1.2 million each year.
Raising Their Voices is being released just days after President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan again discussed how low graduation rates are having a profound impact on the nation, while proposing $900 million in grants to turn around the lowest performing high schools.
"The nation's dropout rate is too high. We lose 1.2 million students each year to the streets. That is economically unsustainable and morally unacceptable," said Secretary Duncan. "We need to prepare our students for success in college and careers. Our nation's economic future depends on it. We all have to come together to address this national crisis, with the private sector working with schools to find a solution."
"The Administration's support for private sector programs like AT&T Aspire that aim to prepare our students for their best futures has been a real motivator to all of us," said Randall Stephenson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AT&T. "Addressing our high school dropout crisis is one of the keys to driving long-term American competitiveness globally."
Before research began for Raising Their Voices in 2009, three earlier research reports focused on the distinct perspectives of high school dropouts (Silent Epidemic, 2006), parents (One Dream, Two Realities, 2007), and teachers (On the Front Lines of Schools, 2009). These studies made it clear that the three constituencies share different and often conflicting views of the causes and cures of dropping out.
To gather additional insight, Civic Enterprises and Peter D. Hart Research, on behalf of AT&T and the America's Promise Alliance, assembled students, teachers, and parents from local communities for candid face-to-face dialogues to explore the dropout issue from their unique points of view. Raising Their Voices summarizes those discussions, and includes recommendations, with particular emphasis on making sure students have a better understanding of how classroom activities relate to workplace and life success.
Beyond the 'Blame Game'
"Raising Their Voices is a wake-up call to the nation that teachers, students, and parents have perspectives that are critical to solving the dropout epidemic. By engaging in dialogues, these three vital groups dispel stereotypes, foster a spirit of mutual respect, and provide common solutions that will help keep more students on track to finish high school and attend college," said Civic Enterprises CEO John Bridgeland.
"The act of bringing these individuals together around one table not only shed light on the challenges each group faces, but it elevated their interest in combating the problem. As expected, the discussions varied from city to city, but the findings have broader implications that will serve anyone interested in lifting the graduation rates of their high school students," Bridgeland said.
The new study focused on four public high schools--one each in Indianapolis, Dallas, Baltimore, and Kingsport, Tenn. The groups at each school included approximately 15 participants, with an even mix of students, parents, and teachers. The schools selected offered a diversity of locations and demographics. The groups included students at-risk of dropping out and parents of at-risk students, as well as teachers of at-risk students.
Kolleen Davis, a 10th grader at Baltimore Talent Development High School, said that participating in the dialogue in her community helped change her perspective.
"I learned how other people felt. It wasn't just my opinions (that counted). Now that I had a chance to hear other people's opinions, I have changed my outlook," Davis said, noting that she now realizes the issue is more complex than she had originally believed.
Among the recommendations that emerged from Raising Their Voices were:
-- Candid dialogue among the three constituencies is necessary to move
beyond the "blame game" and to forge a collective will to ensure more
students graduate from high school. Teachers should make more explicit
connections between coursework and the real world and draw on
resources in communities to make these examples tangible.
-- Adult advocates who connect community-based supports to struggling
students should be made available so students can get the help they
need inside and outside of the classroom.
-- Students should be exposed to a rigorous curriculum aligned with
post-secondary standards and other opportunities to develop skills so
every student has the opportunity to prepare for a post-secondary
education, whether it is college, trade school, or other advanced
training. To that end, individual student plans and collaboration
among teachers should be encouraged so all students can meet high
-- Communications between teachers and parents is essential, and
technological resources should be applied to make these connections as
quickly as possible.
By taking the lead in organizing and hosting similar dialogues in a group of school districts across the nation, the NEA will continue the momentum to find solutions at the local level.
"The need for community dialogues is the most striking report finding," said Laura Sanford, President of the AT&T Foundation. "We're so pleased that the NEA has taken a leadership role in launching additional dialogues in communities around the country."
"NEA has been a leader in promoting the value of collaboration and discovering ways to tap into the potential of our schools and kids. Their invaluable experience and knowledge is precisely what this initiative needs to succeed and grow," Sanford said.
"The findings from AT&T's Raising Their Voices were enlightening. We are looking forward to using their dialogues as a model for our own, and continuing where this research left off," Van Roekel said.
Van Roekel noted that the NEA has already engaged Ohio teachers, administrators, political leaders, and other stakeholders in successful "transformational dialogues," and that they are pursuing the same initiative in North Carolina. NEA also has an extensive Public Engagement Program that brings together community stakeholders to address achievement gaps, improve student outcomes, and make classroom work relevant through service-learning opportunities for students. The program has proven effective in engaging local stakeholders in these efforts in a number of states including Arkansas, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
AT&T Aspire in Maryland
As part of AT&T's* ongoing commitment to investing in Maryland and helping students stay - and succeed - in school and on the job, the company last year announced a $286,816 AT&T Foundation grant to Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) for their continued work at the Baltimore Talent Development High School (BTDHS).
The announcement was made during the Maryland Department of Education/America's Promise Dropout Prevention summit, which included 600 educators and community leaders from throughout Maryland who assembled to discuss strategies for keeping Maryland's students in school. AT&T provided support to America's Promise to coordinate this and other state and local summits across the nation.
The grant to the Johns Hopkins' Center for Social Organization of Schools is part of the AT&T Foundation's signature initiative, AT&T Aspire, which helps address high school success and workforce readiness. Competitive grants were awarded to organizations that provide a range of support for students, including academic intervention, academic coaching and mentoring and tutoring services that are focused on improving reading and math skills, reducing truancy and building teen confidence.
Also as part of AT&T Aspire, more than 65 students from North County High School in Glen Burnie, Md., recently "shadowed" AT&T employees during their regular work day to see firsthand the educational background and skills they will need to succeed on the job. The students learned more about AT&T's operations in Hanover - from how the company's wireless networks are built and maintained to how products are marketed to how wireless products are sold in a retail environment.
*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. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2009, $155 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country. Created to enlist the private, public and nonprofit sectors to help address our Nation's toughest problems, Civic Enterprises draws on some of the best minds in the country to fashion new initiatives and strategies that achieve measurable results. We feature a talented team of policymakers, public officials, senior advisors to Presidents and Members of Congress, social scientists, and leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Our staff has extensive experience serving at the highest levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In tackling your organization's project, we will also call on the vast talents of our company's Policy Council, who are leading experts with broad experience in many public policy areas.
About Hart Research
Hart Research has been one of America's leading public opinion and market research firms for nearly four decades, including two decades as the pollster for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to its long-standing research practice in electoral politics, Hart Research conducts extensive research for 6 major corporations, major foundations (including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), public interest organizations (including the United Negro College Fund and Environmental Defense), and educational institutions (including the College Board and the University of California system). Hart Research's work in education ranges from issue- and policy-oriented projects for advocacy groups and other nonprofit organizations, to image and reputation studies for colleges and universities. In addition to conducting research on such topics as college-preparedness and the cost of inadequate preparation for college, the role of individual colleges and universities within their larger communities, union representation in higher education, and the college application and admissions process, Hart Research was chosen to conduct original research to inform three previous reports on the dropout issue: "The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives on High School Dropouts," "One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America's High Schools," and "Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention."
The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
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M&A Technology Launches Companion Touch10, an Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate
DALLAS, April 26 -- M&A Technology, a leading provider of technology products and services, will offer the Companion Touch10 as part of the Intel ® Learning Series. The Companion Touch10 is an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC with touch screen functionality to enhance learning in K-12 market. The new device comes with 10.1" touch screen which enhances 1:1 eLearning and teaching. Its ruggedized design and built-in handle offer student-friendly tablet for day-to-day usage in the classroom and at home.
With the influx of mini-laptops into the educational market, the Companion Touch10 addresses the need for an affordable tablet PC in the K-12 market. The convertible screen makes it easier for students to interact with the device and share their work in group activities. The built in webcam swivels 180 degrees to capture pictures and movies from different angles. The Companion Touch 10 comes pre-loaded with specialized educational software and classroom management software for easy implementation in schools.
As an Intel Authorized Integrator, M&A Technology will make this device available through normal distribution channels for Intel resellers throughout the US. Resellers will have the ability to customize the tablet for their specific markets.
"Intel is excited to support M&A Technology in the launch of the Companion Touch10, an Intel Learning Series solution for education. Based on Intel technologies, Companion Touch10 will help to realize the vision and benefits of 1:1 computing in education, enriching learning experience for our students in the United States," said Kapil Wadhera, acting general manager of Intel's Emerging Market Platforms Group which developed the reference design.
The standard configuration comes with 10.1" resistive touch screen, 160GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, 1.3 MP rotating camera, Bluetooth and built-in handle. The casing is made with rubberized material for easy grip and to prevent slipping on the desk. The tablet can be used in laptop mode for typing, tablet mode for writing and sketching and eReader mode for browsing digital content. A full description of the product is available at http://www.macomp.com/companiontouch10.
PASCO Enables Mobile Science Learning Environment for the Intel-powered convertible classmate PC
SPARKvue Science Learning Software Engages Students in Authentic Scientific Investigation
NEW YORK, April 26 -- PASCO® today showed students, media, analysts and guests how to enable the Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design to become a mobile discovery science learning environment within which students can launch authentic scientific investigations. PASCO demonstrated its state-of-the-art science learning software, SPARKvue(TM), at a showcase held at Central Park Zoo to mark the launch of Intel's latest convertible classmate PC design.
"SPARKvue creates a science learning environment for real-time measurement, data visualization and analysis that students can use wherever science happens, inside or outside the classroom," said Wayne Grant, Ph.D., chief education officer at PASCO. "Intel provided the perfect venue in which to demonstrate this. Students used SPARKvue running on an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design in a familiar classroom environment set up by Intel before going to the Tropical Zone of the zoo for an authentic hands-on science experience."
A science activity from PASCO gave students the opportunity to examine the climate in New York City, consider how it affected habitat, and discover how characteristics of local birds made them better suited to that habitat. Using an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC, SPARKvue data collection and visualization application and a PASPORT® Weather Sensor, students measured climate conditions in the zoo's Tropical Zone to see how the climate there affects habitat and, through it, the same characteristics in tropical birds. By exploring differences in the characteristics of birds that resulted from the climate's effects on habitat, students were able to see for themselves why climate change matters. They learned how climate affects the physical and behavioral adaptations that enable animals to survive in a particular environment. As a result, they could better understand the importance of scientifically assessing and debating important matters like global warming.
"Students love SPARKvue because they can conduct real-time science investigations in the same way that scientists do," said Grant. "Activities called SPARKlabs(TM), embedded within the SPARKvue application, promote real-time scientific investigations, student reflection and discussion with built-in annotation tools. They are engaging and use prompts for students to answer questions, make predictions and analyze their results. Teachers appreciate that SPARKlabs contain background information, materials and setup instructions, and data collection all in one place."
PASCO offers a collection of 61 free SPARKlabs for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, middle school and elementary school. Additional SPARKlab collections are available from PASCO and its content partners. For more information on pricing and ordering visit http://www.pasco.com, or call (800) 772-8700.
About PASCO scientific
PASCO scientific is a leading developer of innovative, technology-based solutions for hands-on science. PASCO's team includes former and current teachers, educational researchers and engineers. Throughout its almost 50-year history, PASCO has focused exclusively on science education--designing, developing and supporting better ways of teaching and learning science. Teachers and students in more than 100 countries throughout the world use PASCO solutions. For more information, visit http://www.pasco.com.
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McGraw-Hill and Intel Join Forces to Bring Personalized Digital Learning Experience to Elementary Classrooms
Collaboration combines McGraw-Hill's educational expertise and innovation with new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design
NEW YORK, April 26 -- McGraw-Hill Education today announces a collaboration with Intel that brings the classroom of the future one step closer to reality. The combination of McGraw-Hill's quality educational content with Intel® Learning Series technology specifically designed for the elementary school classroom creates a personalized learning experience for students. For schools, this collaboration offers the flexibility to choose from a variety of options including total digital solutions or hybrid models consisting of print and digital components.
The first McGraw-Hill Education program optimized specifically for the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is LEAD21, an all-new elementary school literacy program designed to reach a new generation of readers. LEAD21 is a comprehensive literacy and language arts program offering students and teachers full print, digital and professional development resources. Through this collaboration with Intel, LEAD21 offers integrated content and hardware solutions as well. The program provides every learner with easy access to digital tools, such as an Online Coach, ePractice activities and more, which help students manage and extend their own learning. In the coming months, McGraw-Hill also plans to introduce additional programs and software created to work specifically with the classmate PC.
"Our students need 21st century skills to succeed in school and in today's global economy. Having great new content and the latest technology in the classroom is essential to instruction and the acquisition of these skills," said William Oldsey, executive vice president of McGraw-Hill Education. "Through this collaboration, we are bringing together innovators in education and technology to create engaging solutions that enhance classroom instruction, drive student achievement and keep today's children - digital natives - from 'powering down' when entering the classroom."
The new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is based on extensive ethnographic research with students and teachers, catering to how students learn and how teaching is evolving in the classroom. The new design combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-reading capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency. The flexibility and tablet touch screen of the new convertible classmate PC works and moves the way students do.
"Rich content and innovative applications bring the unique classmate PC design to life, providing a complete solution that makes learning fun and teaching effective," said Greg Pearson, vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of World Wide Sales and Operations for Intel Corporation. "Our collaboration with McGraw-Hill leads the industry in developing an e-learning solution for elementary students. We look forward to continuing to work with McGraw-Hill to develop rich content and applications in other areas of learning."
The two companies have conducted pilots over the last year to test how students and teachers engage with technology during classroom instruction and plan to continue ethnographic research to guide their efforts.
About LEAD21 LEAD21 equips teachers with flexible digital tools that make instruction effective and easy to manage, such as the Group Manager, which coordinates the placement of students for differentiated reading and inquiry groups, and the ePractice Activity Reporting Tool and Assessment Handbook, which help monitor progress toward proficiency.
A key element of the LEAD21 program is its approach to classroom differentiation. By blending whole group and small group instruction with independent practice, LEAD21 creates a community of learners with equal access and voice.
About the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC
The new classmate PC reference design is part of the Intel® Learning Series, a complete solution for technology and education with support from over 300 vendors, including hardware vendors, operating system vendors, software vendors and enterprise solutions providers, developing applications, peripherals and services optimized for Intel-powered classmate PCs. The Intel Learning Series gives teachers resources to enhance lessons by allowing them to integrate digital and multimedia content into their existing curriculum. With the Intel Learning Series' collaboration and management software, teachers can be more responsive to the needs of their students and switch easily between individual, small group and whole-class instruction. Intel Learning Series solutions also include technical and pedagogical training for teachers. Through a secure computing environment, child-safe operating system, and web filtering and monitoring features, this enables teachers to focus on instruction.
About McGraw-Hill School Education Group
The McGraw-Hill School Education Group, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading innovator in the development of 21st century teaching and learning solutions for K-12 education markets, offering traditional and digital instructional, assessment, and reference content and tools for teachers and students. The School Education Group addresses critical areas in primary and secondary education through Learning Solutions Centers focused on improving student learning outcomes and promoting digital innovation in literacy, STEM, college and career readiness, and intervention and special needs education. All of McGraw-Hill's content for elementary schools and secondary schools is available in digital form. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.mheducation.com/.
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.
AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Coverage in East Glenville
New Cell Site Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network
SCHENECTADY, N.Y., April 26 -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new 3G cell site in East Glenville. The new site will enhance wireless coverage for area residents and businesses along the Route 50 corridor between Ballston Spa and the Schenectady County Airport to Glenridge Road (Route 146) and the surrounding area. With 3G speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
The new cell site is one part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its 3G wireless network - the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T's ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.
"Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and business customers who need to stay connected to work, family and friends is our ultimate objective," said Hal Lenox, president, AT&T New York. "Our ongoing investments in the state will help us ensure that our customers have access to the wireless services that help drive economic growth."
"We're seeing advanced smartphones driving up to 10 times the amount of usage of other devices on average," said Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager for AT&T in western/upstate New York. "Despite these unprecedented increases in wireless data traffic, AT&T's network investments and upgrades have enabled us to continue to deliver the nation's fastest 3G network."
AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation's fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T's network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.
AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers 3G data roaming in more than 115 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.
*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. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
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Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
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CONTACT: Kate MacKinnon of AT&T Inc., +1-508-271-8442,
Affordable App Shows How Different Lifestyle Factors Interact and Offers Expert Advice on Health & Fitness
NEW YORK, April 26 -- Body & Mind Connection, released last month by B Healthy U, LLC for the Apple iPhone, is now available on the new iPad for only 99 cents. The app is the first of its kind to help people live healthier lifestyles by showing how various lifestyle factors interact with one another, which among other things can help them eat better, sleep better and handle stress better. Also offered are daily diet and exercise tips from world-class experts, including Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, and Joe Decker, recognized as "The World's Fittest Man" after breaking the Guinness World Records 24-Hour Physical Fitness Challenge in 2000.
Each day, the app asks users to rate, on a scale of one to five, how they have performed on a set of eight lifestyle factors: diet, exercise, sleep, hunger, energy, mood, stress and weight. With many people, lack of sleep can wreak havoc with their appetites. With others, eating highly processed foods can create uncontrollable hunger, which may lead to weight gain. Once users become aware of these relationships through the use of color-coded graphs, they can adjust their lifestyle to better match their health and fitness goals. After using the app daily for two weeks, users receive a printable diploma, and after one month, they receive a graduate degree.
"I want to help people change their lives for the better, 60 seconds at a time," said Mitzi Perdue, Founder of B Healthy U. "That's all the time you need to spend each day rating the different factors and not only learning more about your everyday habits, but what you can do to change them."
Body & Mind's diet information comes from Dr. David Katz, a world authority in nutrition and weight management who has studied thousands of diets. The exercise tips come from Joe Decker, an ultra-endurance power athlete, fitness trainer and syndicated columnist who has helped thousands of people get into shape and lose weight. Encouragement and moral support comes directly from the program's author, Mitzi Perdue. As Founder of Healthy U of Delmarva, a community lifestyle improvement effort on Maryland's Eastern Shore, she has spoken with thousands of people and seen the joy they have felt when they've lost weight, reclaimed their energy, are able to sleep well or have had their moods improve.
Body & Mind Connection is available for only $0.99 (USD) through the App Store on the iPhone or iPad. It can also be downloaded by clicking the "Available on the App Store" buttons at http://www.bhealthyu.com. Promo codes are available upon request for qualified reviewers.
About Mitzi Perdue
Mitzi Perdue, heiress to the Sheraton Hotel chain, has authored more than 1,600 newspaper and magazine articles on food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment. She is the founder of Healthy U of Delmarva, a 9,000-member organization which encourages healthy lifestyles through awards for outstanding workplace wellness programs. Mitzi's work in the field of encouraging healthy lifestyles has earned her numerous awards, including Woman's Day Magazine's "Women Who Inspire Us" award and the Ellis Island National Medal of Honor. She is currently working on a book chronicling her life, including her upbringing in a hotel family and marriage to the late Frank Perdue, the well-known CEO of Perdue Farms.
About B Healthy U
B Healthy U, LLC is a publisher of mobile applications for the iPhone and iPad that specializes in giving users the tools they need to make important lifestyle changes. For more information, visit http://www.bhealthyu.com.
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CONTACT: Jason Solomon, R.C. Auletta and Company, +1-212-355-0400,
Rhapsody Brings Subscription Music to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Fans Can Now Download Rhapsody Playlists and Enjoy Their Favorite Music Anywhere, Even without an Internet Connection
SEATTLE, April 26 -- Rhapsody today launched a new version of its popular Rhapsody for iPhone app with an important new feature: music fans can now download their favorite Rhapsody playlists to their iPhone(TM), iPod® touch or iPad(TM) so they can listen any time - even when they're not connected to the Internet.
Rhapsody is the first U.S. service to enable people to download subscription music to the iPhone. By downloading playlists directly to their device, fans can enjoy Rhapsody anywhere: on the subway, on an airplane, even on a submarine.
"Today marks a turning point for Rhapsody and subscription music," said Jon Irwin, Rhapsody's president. "By making Rhapsody accessible anywhere people want to hear music -- and not just the places where they have an Internet connection -- we're giving music lovers a new way to discover and enjoy music on the devices they love."
Version 2.0 of Rhapsody for iPhone is now available in the U.S. for free from the Apple App Store. It is a new version of the iPhone app that Rhapsody first launched last September.
Using Rhapsody for iPhone, subscribers can stream (and now download) music from Rhapsody's catalog of over 9 million songs, listen to Internet radio stations, create new playlists on the go, or access the playlists they have already created through Rhapsody. The app also makes it easy for people to buy songs from the iTunes® Store. In the coming months, Rhapsody will add the ability to download individual songs and albums (in addition to playlists) as part of an update to the Rhapsody for iPhone app.
Using the app requires a Rhapsody subscription, either to the $10-per-month Rhapsody Premier offering Rhapsody introduced earlier this month (which provides access to Rhapsody on one mobile device) or to the $14.99 Rhapsody Premier Plus plan (which lets people access the service on up to 3 mobile devices). More info on those plans is available at http://www.rhapsody.com/-discover/plans.
In its most recent forecast on the U.S. digital music market, Forrester Research predicted that over the next four years the number of people subscribed to services like Rhapsody will double to more than five million, up from approximately 2.1 million today*. Wireless subscribers will be one of the major drivers for that growth.
Rhapsody is now the only on-demand music service available on the iPhone platform. Earlier this month, the company also launched a mobile app for the Android platform. In addition, the company is developing a mobile app for BlackBerry® smartphone users that will launch this summer.
Rhapsody is a digital music service that lets you listen to any song you want, wherever you are. For a flat monthly fee, subscribers can access Rhapsody's catalog of over 9 million songs anywhere they want to hear music, including from their PC, laptop, home stereo, TV, MP3 player and mobile device (including the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android-powered handsets). Rhapsody is based in Seattle. For more information, visit http://www.rhapsody.com.
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Lionbridge Announces General Availability of Translation Workspace(TM), the First Global-Scale SaaS-Based Translation Productivity Platform
Opens the Industry's Most Advanced and Flexible Language Management Technology to Enterprises, Translators and Agencies Worldwide; Introduces GeoWorkz.com eCommerce Platform for Real-Time Translation Applications
WALTHAM, Mass., April 26 -- After a robust and comprehensive global beta program, Lionbridge is proud to release Translation Workspace, the first, market-proven, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based translation productivity platform. Translation Workspace is now Generally Available for all translators, agencies and clients worldwide through GeoWorkz.com, Lionbridge's eCommerce platform for all real-time translation applications. Through a simple, low-cost subscription, users can now access Translation Workspace to translate, manage and sequence language assets in real-time, collaborate instantly with other translators, monitor project productivity, automate quality assurance and engage qualified resources on demand - all within their own secure, private work environment.
Managing multiple versions of expensive desktop translation memory software has been a challenge for translators, agencies and global enterprises for decades. Translation Workspace eliminates these challenges by providing a real-time, multi-tenant platform based on one instance of technology. This transforms static linguistic databases into real-time linguistic assets. Delivered via a flexible, subscription-based SaaS model, Translation Workspace is completely automated and eliminates the need for users to buy, install or maintain any software on their premises. This means translators, agencies and enterprises can dynamically align and scale their technology with their business needs while eliminating upgrade costs, version control issues and maintenance fees. Through its unique Live Assets(TM) feature, Translation Workspace allows users to quickly and economically manage, distribute and sequence translation memories and instantly engage a qualified pool of translators. They also gain on-demand visibility into the progress of every project and the delivery of every translation.
By offering this proven technology to individual translators and agencies through a flexible, subscription-based model, Lionbridge is providing on-demand access to the industry's most advanced language asset management tools without the cost and infrastructure of traditional on-premise translation systems.
"Traditional on-premise translation software has provided value for many organizations but it has reached its end of life," said Rory Cowan, Lionbridge CEO. "Organizations need a flexible solution that is designed and architected to take advantage of today's community-enabled Web platform. With our innovative SaaS-based technology and flexible subscription model, we are reducing the cost and complexity of translation productivity tools, eliminating the need for expensive, on-premise software and helping users increase the efficiency and productivity of their businesses."
Today's announcement follows Lionbridge's recent news that it has partnered with IBM to accelerate the development and commercialization of real-time translation automation for the enterprise. These announcements reflect the power of Lionbridge's proven, cloud-based translation memory platform that enables organizations to optimize language assets, reduce costs and cost-effectively address all enterprise content without having to buy and maintain on-premise software.
Translation Workspace Receives Applause from Users
Lionbridge enjoys relationships with more than 10,000 individual translators and agencies. Several of these translators and agencies were beta testers of Translation Workspace and provided valuable feedback as Lionbridge finalized the capabilities of its new platform.
"I am really impressed with the mature capabilities and features provided by the Translation Workspace," said Vasily Tomilin, an experienced Russian localization expert. "The combination of a Software as a Service model and live translation assets will be transformative for the industry. It will allow both experienced and new translation suppliers more flexibility -- to grow their business, reach new customers and be more productive -- all at a lower cost than the competition."
Flexible Subscription Model Offers "Pay as you Go" Pricing and Scalability
Translation Workspace is available today through GeoWorkz.com, Lionbridge's ecommerce platform for all real-time translation applications.
Translation Workspace requires a basic online connection and a minimal monthly subscription that starts at 10 Euro per month and scales to support both translation agencies and enterprise customers. The platform's SaaS model allows users to engage with the Translation Workspace, upload and distribute translation assets and manage translation projects across global teams in a secure, on-demand Web environment. Advanced security features protect confidentiality and protect each user's proprietary content while offering full scalability and reliability. GeoWorkz.com provides comprehensive resources for all users to succeed with the Translation Workspace. All subscribers have access to a shared directory making it easy to find service providers and other subscribers. GeoWorkz.com also provides a foundation for Lionbridge to offer additional industry-scale technology, features and work activities to the global multilingual community.
Translation Workspace is based on Logoport, Lionbridge's advanced real-time translation memory technology, which has managed more than 2 billion words since its initial deployment in early 2005 and currently processes more than 60 million words each month for 19,000 users and 700 customers.
With today's release, translators, agencies and enterprises worldwide are now able to enjoy the benefits of Translation Workspace for their own use through a low-cost, easy-to-use online platform. As we expand GeoWorkz.com to include other real-time applications such as translation automation, we will further transform how organizations manage multilingual communications with customers, employees and partners worldwide," added Cowan.
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIOX) is a provider of translation, development and testing solutions. Lionbridge combines global resources with proven program management methodologies to serve as an outsource partner throughout a client's product and content lifecycle - from development to translation, testing and maintenance. Global organizations rely on Lionbridge services to increase international market share, speed adoption of global products and content, and enhance their return on enterprise applications and IT system investments. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge maintains solution centers in 26 countries and provides services under the Lionbridge and VeriTest brands. To learn more, visit http://www.lionbridge.com/.
Lionbridge, Translation Workspace, GeoWorkz, Live Assets and Logoport are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. in the US and throughout the world.
This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements, including statements relating to market, subscriber and translator acceptance and use of the Translation Workspace (TM), the expected benefits of use, the timing of availability of the Translation Workspace, the expected features and functionality of the Translation Workspace and the expected benefits of deployment, subscription and use. Lionbridge's actual experiences and results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include but are not limited to market acceptance; ability and willingness to subscribe to the Translation Workspace; timing of availability of the Translation Workspace and particular features and functionality; successful user deployment and utilization of existing and future services; errors, interruptions or delays in our service or our Web hosting; breaches of our security measures; competition; and various financial aspects of the subscription model utilized in connection with the Translation Workspace.
For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with Lionbridge, please refer to Lionbridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2009.
Source: Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: Sara Buda, Lionbridge Technologies, +1-781-434-6190,
National Instruments Introduces PXI/CompactPCI Backplanes for Embedded Test and Control OEMs
Backplanes Ideal for Custom Instrumentation, Aerospace/Defense and Industrial Embedded Control OEMs
AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2010 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) now offers board-level backplanes from all of its industry-leading PXI/CompactPCI and PXI Express chassis for OEMs to use in applications ranging from aerospace/defense to industrial embedded control. Engineers and scientists can use the PXI/CompactPCI backplanes to create custom, rugged applications that meet their unique form factor needs or environmental specifications.
The more than 10 new 3U and 6U PXI/CompactPCI backplanes offer from 4 to 18 slots and work with PXI, PXI Express, CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express modules. Engineers can design custom installations and enclosures around the backplanes while integrating more than 1,500 existing PXI modules - from data acquisition to FPGA-based I/O modules, to high-end instruments such as signal generators and RF signal analyzers, as well as a variety of bus interface modules including serial, MIL-STD-1553, IEEE 1588, PROFIBUS and DeviceNet. They also can use the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform to design, prototype and deploy all aspects of their system, increasing productivity and reducing time to market.
"As an OEM, we've used the new NI PXI/CompactPCI board-level backplanes to create a family of custom, portable, high-performance military-grade computer platforms that give integrators the power to deliver instrumentation test systems using NI modules and controllers," said Don McCook, vice president of business development for Logic Instrument USA, Inc. "NI has a solid reputation for creating high-quality hardware, and now, OEMs can leverage that reliability in our own products."
Readers can visit http://www.ni.com/embedded and select 'board-level PXI/Compact PCI' to learn more about the NI approach to embedded design. For volume OEM pricing information, readers can call (800) 531-5066 to speak to a customer service representative or visit http://www.ni.com/visit to request a free on-site consultation from an NI field engineer.
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (http://www.pxisa.org) that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimized for test, measurement and control. Founded in 1997, the PXI specification is supported by more than 70 vendors offering more than 1,500 PXI products. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express industrial computer standards and offer additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
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Physician Services Company Announces Meaningful Use Service for Doctors
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 26 -- WorkSmart MD, a Florida based physician services company, announces the launch of Offsite Practice Support and Meaningful Use consulting services for doctors.
The company's services facilitate cost effective and easy transition from paper-based medical records to electronic. On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed HITECH Act which includes provisions to promote meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology and authorizes incentive payments for providers that demonstrate meaningful use. In 2015, providers are expected to adopt and successfully utilize EHR in compliance with the meaningful use definition to avoid financial penalties under Medicare and Medicaid.
"The Government's Stimulus program is a great way to help physician practices. The problem that we see over and over is that small practices don't have access to the training, technology or support needed to be able to demonstrate meaningful use. Our solution is something we call Offsite Practice Support. Offsite Practice Support is the combination of EHR software to automate business process, EHR Advisors to help doctors use it, and A/R experts to help doctors increase revenue opportunities," reports M. Jayson Meyer, CEO of WorkSmart MD.
For 9 years WorkSmart MD has been providing physician support services including compliance support with its HIPAA Rx Compliance Software and practice revenue optimization services. Through these services the company has been able to demonstrate consistent increases of 10% - 15% in physician cash flow. The company builds upon these services by integrating web-based electronic health records software and dedicated EHR experts to ensure meaningful use.
"Unlike software vendors our fees for electronic health records are based on performance. We have a vested interest in the success of our clients and realize that every practice is unique, no EHR solution is turn-key - Offsite Practice Support bridges the gap," notes David VanderVoort, VP of Sales & Marketing.
WorkSmart MD, Inc. is a leading provider of Offsite Practice Support services to physicians. Since 2001 the Company has helped hundreds of physicians improve the financial performance of their practice. WorkSmart MD, Inc. was founded by entrepreneur M. Jayson Meyer who has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS 48 hours, and in the Wall Street Journal.
'Shop Laughing' Debuts Online as First Home Shopping Show With Singing, Dancing and Comedy a la 'American Idol Meets QVC'
Will Take Home Shopping Where No Man or Woman Has Gone Before!
BOCA RATON, Fla., April 26 -- Watch out HSN, Madden is itching for an encore. Not coach Madden. Not the shoe guy either, but the "Spin Man" Tom Madden has created Shop Laughing, the first home shopping show with an entertainment kicker he likens to "American Idol meets QVC."
Madden's first blending of shopping and entertainment was "Shop Around The World With Elke" distributed on videotape prior to the Internet. Although garnering press kudos, only a small audience ever saw how funny was his host Elke Sommer, who starred in films with Peter Sellers.
After building his PR firm into a bustling business, Madden, a former NBC Programming VP and right hand to TV wunderkind Fred Silverman, is now up to his old shticks again as Shop Laughing's creator.
"While TV hosts ooze with enthusiasm and an almost terminal next-door neighborliness, the home shopping genre hasn't evolved much," he said. Shop Laughing features performers in between shopping segments for funny items like wallets that open by fingerprint, a Germ Bullet that mortally wounds flu bugs up your nose and a stylish stun device called Stazem that can knock an assailant flat. Meanwhile amateur singers, dancers and comedians compete for viewers' text votes.
At NBC Madden was ahead of his time recommending new genres, including something called 'reality programming,' said TransMedia President Glen Calder, a former producer for Geraldo Rivera. "Tom would pitch concepts, but get shot down."
Shop Laughing will be streamed live online. "Presenters will be fun to watch," said Impresario Madden, including gorgeous 75-year-old former top model Oleda Baker selling her skincare and Dr. Rod presenting Madden's own invention of Knife and Forklift (http://www.knifeandforklift.com), a combination of dumbbells and utensils that lets you exercise while eating. Madden said the Ellen DeGeneres show just ordered a pair after seeing them on NBC's TODAY SHOW and reading a rave review in FITNESS Magazine.
Madden also writes books like "Spin Man" praised by Dick Clark and Regis Philbin as a funny look inside the PR business.
$828 Million Deal Marks Third Partnership with Security Industry Leader Tim Whall
CHICAGO, April 26 -- GTCR, one of the country's leading private equity firms, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Protection One (NASDAQ:PONE), a national provider of electronic security alarm monitoring services, for approximately $828 million, including assumed debt. The transaction will be accomplished through a tender offer at $15.50 per share, followed by a merger to acquire all remaining outstanding shares at the same price. The company's two largest shareholders, Quadrangle Capital Partners and Monarch Alternative Capital LP, representing approximately 70% of the currently outstanding shares, have agreed to tender their shares into the tender offer.
Protection One ("P-One") is the third largest provider of electronic security monitoring services in the U.S. based on recurring monthly revenues ("RMR") as reported in SDM Magazine, and is one of only three security monitoring companies with a nationwide footprint. The Company provides a full suite of electronic security monitoring services to both the residential and commercial markets. Services offered include burglary and fire protection, access control, video surveillance, maintenance and monitoring.
GTCR's purchase of P-One marks its third collaboration with security industry expert Tim Whall, who previously partnered with GTCR on its successful investments in Cambridge Protection Industries ("Cambridge") and Honeywell Security Monitoring ("HSM"). Cambridge, operating through its SecurityLink brand, provided electronic security services to more than one million customers. Cambridge was sold to ADT for approximately $1 billion in cash in 2001. HSM was a leading provider of security services to the commercial market. HSM was sold to Stanley for $545 million in cash in 2007. Whall, previously the CEO of HSM and COO of Cambridge, will serve as P-One's CEO.
"We are delighted to work with Tim again to build on our history of successfully growing and transforming businesses together," said David Donnini, a GTCR principal. "Our successful track record working with Tim has been instrumental in our acquisition of Protection One. The search for finding the right company with Tim has been two years in the making. We are excited to invest in the alarm monitoring industry again and we believe Protection One is the best platform with which to achieve best-in-class operating metrics and profitable growth."
"I am thrilled to be partnering with GTCR for the third time," said Tim Whall. "The national footprint of Protection One positions the company well to accelerate growth in the attractive area of commercial sales. We will continue to cultivate Protection One's strong base in residential sales while leveraging the company's strengths within its developing commercial business through the use of new technology applications and an expansion of its sales force."
In connection with the transaction, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and Barclays Capital served as M&A advisors and Barnes Associates served as an industry advisor to GTCR. Latham & Watkins LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom provided legal counsel.
Protection One's financial advisor in the transaction is J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and its legal advisor is Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Lazard Freres & Co. LLC advised Protection One's board of directors and its independent transactions committee with respect to the fairness of the offer price to be paid in the transaction.
GTCR's investment in Protection One will be made from GTCR Fund IX, a private equity fund raised in 2006 with $2.75 billion of committed capital.
About Protection One
Protection One is one of the largest vertically integrated national providers of sales, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of electronic security systems to homes and businesses and has been recognized as one of "America's Most Trustworthy Companies" by Forbes.com. Network Multifamily, Protection One's wholly owned subsidiary, is the largest security provider to the multifamily housing market. Protection One also owns the nation's largest provider of wholesale monitoring services, the combined operations of CMS and Criticom International. For more information about Protection One, visit http://www.ProtectionOne.com.
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Information Services & Technology industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered the "Leaders Strategy" - finding and partnering with world-class leaders as the critical first step in identifying, acquiring and building market-leading companies through acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $8.0 billion in over 200 companies. For more information, please visit http://www.gtcr.com.
This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of Protection One's common stock has not commenced. At the time the offer is commenced, the GTCR affiliates that entered into the merger agreement will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Protection One will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, with respect to the offer. The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be made available to Protection One's stockholders for free. In addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) will be available for free on the SEC's website: http://www.sec.gov.
Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Drives Wireless Packet Core Market in 2009, According to Dell'Oro Group
Chinese Vendors Huawei and ZTE Gain Ground on Leaders Ericsson and Nokia Siemens
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 26 -- Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that it has launched coverage on the Wireless Packet Core market. This new report tracks GGSN, SGSN and PDSN equipment used in mobile networks to transmit data traffic.
"We've been watching the Wireless Packet Core market develop over the last two years, and are pleased to officially begin quarterly reporting on this market," said Tam Dell'Oro, Founder of Dell'Oro Group. "Wireless Packet Core is the third mobile infrastructure program that we've launched in the past two months and further illustrates our commitment to mobile infrastructure market research that began with our reporting on RAN and MSC segments in 2001," added Dell'Oro.
According to the report, market revenues grew almost 30 percent in 2009, with growth coming from all three market segments. GGSN and PDSN sessions led the market's shipment growth with each increasing approximately 60 percent during 2009.
"While bandwidth capacity is often cited as the most critical wireless packet core issue, signaling capacity is also vital and will become more so with the increased penetration of smartphones," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Therefore, we expect that the signaling intensive SGSN and MME markets will continue to rise along with bandwidth-intensive gateway products," Collins added.
The report indicates that Huawei and ZTE gained share in 2009. Ericsson, the market leader, maintained its share, and Nokia Siemens, in second place, lost share in 2009.
About the Report
The Dell'Oro Group Wireless Packet Core Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices and sessions shipped for Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), and Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) equipment. To purchase this report, please contact Emily Kendall, call +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email Emily@DellOro.com.
About Dell'Oro Group
As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions. For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit http://www.DellOro.com.
Source: Dell'Oro Group
CONTACT: Karen Venegas of Dell'Oro Group, +1-650-622-9400 ext. 244,
YMCAs Tap into Cell Phones for Instant Member Communication
Using RainedOut to inform members of closings, cancellations and urgent announcements
LEESBURG, Va., April 26 -- Omnilert®, LLC, maker of RainedOut, the first text message service for sports leagues and groups, today announced that YMCA organizations across America are using RainedOut to inform members and staff of closings, cancellations and other urgent announcements.
YMCA's that use the RainedOut group text messaging service include: Border View YMCA, Chester Family YMCA, CUYMCA, Greenwood Family YMCA, Henderon County Family YMCA, Peninsula Family YMCA, Summerville Family YMCA, Tri-County YMCA, YMCA of Columbia, YMCA of Harrison County, YMCA of Talbot County, and others.
Ms. Sondi Creglow is the Sports Director at Greenwood Family YMCA and said, "It is easy for anyone to register and since we do not have to approve anyone unlike our previous system, the participants can control their own account. It is easy and quick to post cancellations or changes. We use it for rain delays and cancellations, practice changes, field changes, and other updates.
"The players and parents like that it's a text message. They don't have to be by a computer to get it. Most of them have their cell phones with them, so it's a lot quicker and easier for them to receive the information.
"When we were trying to find a replacement to our previous system, everybody that used RainedOut.com said this is the best system they had seen. And now that we are using it, we recommend it to other people."
According to Nielsen, at the end of the fourth quarter there were over 232 million SMS users in the U.S. David Gill, Senior Director, Mobile Media at the Nielsen Company said, "With around 83% of mobile subscribers using SMS, texting represents the most common data activity amongst mobile phone users.
"Nielsen has seen consistent quarter over quarter growth in both the number of people participating in text messages and the average number of transactions per person. People are getting more engaged with this medium, not less. SMS is proving to be a legitimate media vehicle for advertisers to reach a desired audience and there is no question that text campaigns should be considered as part of any cross channel media buy on mobile."
Walter Pauly of YMCA of Harrison County Sports said, "Saturday April 3, 2010 was to be our opening day for YMCA of Harrison County soccer. We have 29 teams and nearly 390 kids participating. The forecast was not promising. Rain, then thunder rolled in about 20 minutes prior to the start of the matches. I made the decision to cancel about 5 minutes later. The calls tied up the YMCA phones all morning.
"There had to be a better way. I looked on the Internet and came across RainedOut.com. I registered and informed the parents of soccer to do the same. The very next Friday we made the last minute decision to cancel due to severe weather. I made the call. Within minutes the system was working. RainedOut worked like a charm."
Established in 2004 and used by 1,000s of organizations, RainedOut is the first text message service for sports leagues and groups. This free sponsor-supported service enables non-technical people to administer and send custom or predefined messages instantly to the entire league for improved communication. It is used to cancel games, give directions, recruit volunteers, and much more. As a Web-based service, messages can initiate from a net-connected PC or from the field using a net-connected cell phone. Through one simple interface, RainedOut instantly and simultaneously broadcasts messages to subscribers' mobile phones (via SMS text message) and e-mail accounts, and to the leagues' own Web pages, RainedOut Page, Facebook Page, and Twitter Account. To learn more, visit http://www.rainedout.com/.
Omnilert, LLC is the leading provider of unified mass notification systems for better business continuity, emergency management, and routine communication. The easy-to-use, self-service, Web-based system enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device or service. The award-winning company's 3,000 clients include the U.S. Army, GE, Harvard University, Boeing, American Red Cross, UNICEF, sanofi-aventis, and the National Institutes of Health. Omnilert solutions are sold under the brand names e2Campus, Amerilert, and RainedOut. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at http://www.omnilert.com/ online.
Source: Omnilert, LLC
CONTACT: Bryan Crum of Omnilert, LLC, 1-800-230-1933 x703,
LG Electronics, Tribeca Film Festival Partner to Host Festival's First Ever Premiere on Television
'Keep Surfing' to Premiere on New LG Infinia LED HDTV with THX Certification
NEW YORK, April 26 -- For the first time in the festival's history, the Tribeca Film Festival will premiere a feature film, Keep Surfing, on a television - LG Electronics' new "Infinia" LED high-definition televisions (HDTVs).
LG Infinia HDTVs are designed to deliver the ultimate in picture quality, bringing the director's screening room into your living room. As the only LED LCD HDTVs in the United States to receive THX Display Certification, LG's LE8500 and LX9500 Infinia series provide "something better" in home entertainment allowing viewers to experience the exact same colors, shadows and details as moviegoers in the theater.
Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her role as Meadow on "The Sopranos," is hosting the private premiere of filmmaker Bjorn Richie Lob's Keep Surfing tonight in the Tribeca Grand Hotel's penthouse suite. Lob's film, which chronicles river-surfing on the Eisbach in Munich, Germany, was shot in various formats including 16mm and 35mm, providing stunning shots of the landscape and river.
"Keep Surfing took 10 years to complete. I want the audience to experience not only the passion of the surfers, but the beauty of the river and environment surrounding them," said Lob.
According to Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer, Tribeca Enterprises, "More consumers are looking to bring the film festival experience home and with the evolution of LG's technology to provide theater-quality images, consumers have a greater opportunity for high quality screening experiences at home."
THX is known for its design and certification of world-class cinemas, film mastering and post-production. Its Certified Display program represents a superior benchmark to aid consumers when selecting a new HDTV. The THX Certified LED HDTVs feature THX Mode, a playback setting designed to recreate the same color levels used in the Blu-ray mastering studio, providing viewers at home with the same viewing experience as moviegoers in the theater.
"THX certification candidates undergo a rigorous design and laboratory testing process, which includes 200 THX bench tests covering more than 400 data points to ensure accurate color and exceptional image quality and signal processing performance," said Rick Dean, senior vice president, THX. "No other manufacturer's LED LCD HDTVs on the market today have been able to meet these stringent requirements."
Infinia is the flagship of LG's new LED LCD HDTV line. Leading these introductions is the Full LED Slim technology. The unique backlight structure on its Full LED Slim models (LX9500 and LE8500) allows for the Infinia line's ultra-slim depth and picture quality worthy of THX Display Certification. LG is also the first manufacturer to include the "THX Bright Room" setting which optimizes the contrast, gamma and other settings for watching movies in rooms with a lot of ambient light.
By simply selecting one of the THX modes on an Infinia model, consumers can easily turn their living room into a screening room with just the touch of a button. Together, these features provide consumers with infinite possibilities in home entertainment. The LX9500 and LE8500 Inifina series each include 55- and 47-inch class models (54.6 inches diagonal and 47.0 inches diagonal, respectively).
LG Electronics USA also is the official HDTV sponsor of the Festival and has installed more than 50 LG HDTVs and a host of Blu-ray Disc players in movie theaters, box offices and special event locations throughout lower Manhattan during the 12-day festival. These screens are showing content promoting the Festival, movie trailers and premiere schedules. For more information, please visit: http://www.LG.com.
ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances and business solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.LG.com.
ABOUT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival's mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 2.3 million attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City.
ABOUT THX LTD.
From the big screen to your screen, THX ignites your passion for exciting entertainment experiences. Founded by George Lucas and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the design and certification of world-class cinemas, premium audio systems, HDTVs, and blockbuster movies and games. Products featuring THX defy convention and define quality in their class, whether in the cinema, home or on the road. For more information, visit http://www.thx.com.
Source: LG Electronics USA, Inc.
CONTACT: John Taylor, +1-847-941-8181, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Clara
Chang, +1-201-816-2011, email@example.com, or Nicole Lowe, +1-646-797-6000,
Nicole.Lowe@lg-one.com, all of LG Electronics USA; or Graham McKenna of THX
Ltd., +1-510-332-8939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Exent Enhances Free Ride Games with New Content Channels
New Channels Add Videos, Articles and Other Interest-Specific Content to Extensive Catalog of Games; Multiple Touch Points with Engaged Consumers for Advertisers
NEW YORK, April 26 -- As broadband reaches more and more people, people are increasingly reaching for the Internet as their entertainment venue of choice. The Internet's entertainment options are innumerable and include first-run video, online gaming, social networking and more, but few sites have been able to successfully establish themselves as a one-stop, multi-entertainment destination. Exent's free games download site, Free Ride Games, promises to become the first gaming site to make that transition as it integrates games, videos, articles and other content in its new interest-specific lifestyle channels.
Traditionally, gaming sites demonstrate little differentiation beyond their catalogs of games. Their user interfaces are fairly standardized as they each offer their catalog of games by genres such as arcade, time management games, action games and puzzles. Finding games you like from the various genres can be a laborious process influenced by the site's recommendations and the ease or difficulty of the site's browsing interface.
Free Ride Games is breaking this mold with the launch of new channels tailored to different lifestyle interests. Now, visitors can simply select a lifestyle channel such as beauty & fashion games, travel games or food games to see a selection of relevant cross-genre games. Beyond ease of navigation, however, Free Ride Games has also added how-to and interest-specific videos, articles and other content within the new channels. From learning beauty secrets to uncovering secret travel destinations to downloading a new recipe for Cuban pork and plantains, Free Ride Games has begun to aggregate the multiple entertainment options necessary to become a one-stop destination site for its users.
The new Free Ride Games lifestyle channels include:
-- Beauty & Fashion Games
-- Food Games
-- Green Games
-- Home & Neighborhood Games
-- Pet Games
-- Travel Games
"We are very excited by this evolution of Free Ride Games, moving beyond a pure play gaming site to a site that provides people with a variety of entertainment and infotainment options," stated Paul Rothkopf, Director of Advertising Sales for Exent. "We have worked with our partners and gamers to rethink how people approach gaming and general entertainment and we are pleased that these new channels enable us to treat gamers like the curious, multi-faceted people they are. Free Ride Gamers aren't just gamers - they're parents, students, professionals. We look forward to continuing to enhance Free Ride Games and providing the diversity of entertainment options our users desire."
Free Ride Games enables consumers to play a huge catalog of games for as long as they want for free thanks to its advertising-supported revenue model. The launch of the new channels provides an opportunity for advertisers to target specific customer demographics with highly focused campaigns. Advertisers can now engage Free Ride Games users at multiple levels and times across the Website, channels, media and even within the games themselves thanks to Exent's proprietary GameSkin and AdMuse technologies. Advertisers can choose to "own" a channel if they desire. A major restaurant chain will be sponsoring the Food Games channel later this month.
"The new channels are a terrific opportunity for us to dive deeply into a particular demographic and to engage a customer," said Rothkopf. "It is another way for marketers focused on the female demographic to tactically reach their target audience through online gaming."
Exent is a digital entertainment media company specializing in the marketing, merchandising and broadband-based distribution of video games. Exent delivers a unique combination of superior technology for the delivery and monetization of video games, programming expertise that ensures greater consumer value and engagement and distribution expertise and relationships that seamlessly connect game publishers and consumers and optimize revenue. Exent provides managed games-on-demand services for service providers like Verizon and Qwest as well as its own free, ad-supported gaming site, Free Ride Games. For more information about Exent, please visit http://www.exent.com.
About Free Ride Games
FreeRideGames.com is the only 100% free entertainment site that provides more than 200 premium full-download PC casual games and online games as well as interest-specific videos, articles and other content within lifestyle channels such as beauty & fashion, food and travel. The site offers a wide variety of game genres such as Hidden Object, Match Three and Time Management, as well as the hottest titles such as Cake Mania, Jewel Quest, Diner Dash, the Build-a-lot series, The Treasures of Montezuma and many more.