Salesforce.com Launches Salesforce Chatter Developer Preview, Unleashing the Opportunity for Force.com Developers to Build Enterprise Social Apps
Chatter developer preview triggers paradigm shift for enterprise developers to innovate with the social capabilities made popular by consumer services like Facebook, Google, and Twitter With Chatter, developers will be able to instantly add social features like profiles, status updates, and real-time feeds to any Force.com app Chatter's breakthrough, real-time social capabilities extend Force.com's "five times faster" advantage over .NET and other software platforms
SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, today launched the developer preview for Salesforce Chatter (http://developer.force.com/chatter), providing a select group of developers with access to the new social capabilities of the Force.com platform. In addition, the company will unveil Chatter DevZone - a Chatter-powered community where developers can share ideas, collaborate on building new social enterprise apps, and be the first to see the latest social apps developed by their peers, all while experiencing the productivity benefits Chatter offers.
In the past, building social enterprise apps was unthinkable for developers. The cost and complexity of writing hundreds of thousands of lines of code, feeds, profiles, notification logic, and layers of permissions and security stood as impenetrable barriers to innovation with social capabilities. But with Chatter, every Force.com app a developer builds has social capabilities that can be enabled with just a few clicks. For the first time ever, developers can leverage the real-time breakthroughs by consumer services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google and apply them to create compelling enterprise apps all at five times faster and for half the cost of building on traditional software platforms.
Comments on the News
-- "Developers have been asking, 'Why can't we build enterprise apps that
are more like Facebook?'" said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO,
salesforce.com. "With Chatter, they can. Developers can now add social
capabilities like user profiles, status updates and real-time feeds to
any Force.com app with just a few clicks."
-- "Since deploying Chatter internally, salesforce.com has witnessed
firsthand that real-time collaboration shatters traditional barriers
to success," said Parker Harris, executive vice president of
technology, salesforce.com. "We're launching the Chatter developer
preview for our developer community so members can see what's possible
with the collective creativity and imagination."
-- "Companies are eager to innovate and create business apps that harness
the power of today's real-time social features," said Denis Pombriant,
founder and principal analyst, Beagle Research. "With the capabilities
of the Chatter application and Force.com platform, companies, for the
first time, can quickly and easily create social apps for the
Salesforce Chatter Developer Preview -- The Conversation Starts Here
Since the launch of the Chatter private beta, the more than 230,000 Force.com developers have clamored for the opportunity to start building apps on the industry's first enterprise cloud computing platform with real-time social capabilities. In the developer preview, 5,000 select developers will receive a Chatter-enabled development environment to begin building social apps on the platform. Combining social capabilities like feeds and profiles along with salesforce.com's secure, trusted sharing model of the Force.com platform make building enterprise social apps five times faster and half the cost of traditional software platforms.
Salesforce.com is also unveiling the Chatter DevZone, a community Chatter deployment in which all preview developers can collaborate to innovate. In the Chatter DevZone, developers can share inspiration, use apps built by peers, and collaborate with each other to discover what's possible with Chatter. Developers can not only build breakthrough apps of their own, but also leverage other custom apps that no one else has access to yet. They can be the first developer pioneers of Chatter and inspire the ecosystem to accelerate the marketplace for Chatter apps.
Once Chatter is generally available later this year, the nearly 150,000 custom apps built on Force.com can instantly become social. Chatter will include a rich set of pre-built components that developers can use to build apps that leverage the real-time social capabilities including:
-- Profiles: Developers can add profiles to any app on Force.com to
promote collaboration across the organization with a consistent
experience and real-time data.
-- Status Updates: With Chatter, developers will be able to add status
updates to any custom app so users in other apps, or even the apps
themselves, will be able to provide updates. With this capability,
it's easy for employees to monitor real-time activity across multiple
business processes like recruiting, materials or any app.
-- Chatter Feeds: The social capability of Force.com makes it easy to
monitor critical business systems or discussions with real-time feeds.
Any custom app built on Force.com can leverage Chatter Feeds that
employees can use to make important business decisions and proactively
-- Groups: Custom apps built natively on Force.com will be able to add
the group functionality from the Chatter app. Business users will be
able to self-organize into groups and share updates, files and feeds
directly within those apps.
-- Application Updates: For the first time, developers can innovate with
apps that automatically alert employees of changes to the status of a
case, order, or project. This feature enables any object built using
the Force.com platform to send updates to Chatter Feeds and profiles.
-- Content Sharing: Developers can innovate and include the ability to
share content, like documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly
within their custom app.
-- Security and Sharing Model: Leveraging the same sophisticated security
and sharing model they use to build any app on Force.com, developers
can build apps that share information based on the permissions and
groups that companies choose to configure.
-- Social Networks: Developers can easily pull Facebook information using
Force.com for Facebook developer toolkit into their custom apps or
create new apps that run on salesforce.com's secure, trusted and
global infrastructure. Similarly, companies and developers will be
able to filter the most relevant Twitter feeds into their custom
Force.com apps. The integration helps custom apps remain relevant with
the real-time content from Twitter.
-- Google Developer Toolkit: Google Docs are naturally social because
they run in the cloud. The Force.com platform is tightly integrated
with the Google Data APIs, empowering custom apps with the ability to
do things like push data into a Google Spreadsheet or query a Google
-- Chatter APIs: The social capabilities of Force.com is enhanced with a
bundle of powerful APIs for feeds, profile, updates, and other
components so developers can create new social enterprise business
apps with these APIs to pull data from any app, including those
on-premise, to make their apps more social, sticky, and relevant.
Pricing and Availability
-- Salesforce Chatter is currently scheduled to be generally available in
calendar year 2010. Customers who purchase salesforce.com technologies
should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are
-- Salesforce Chatter will be included in all paid editions of Salesforce
CRM and Force.com.
-- Salesforce.com Developer Edition is available free of charge.
Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's portfolio of Salesforce CRM applications, available at http://www.salesforce.com/products/, has revolutionized the ways that companies collaborate and communicate with their customers across sales, marketing and service. The company's Force.com platform (http://www.salesforce.com/platform/) helps customers, partners and developers to quickly build powerful business applications to run every part of the enterprise in the cloud. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, Salesforce CRM and Force.com offer the fastest path to customer success with cloud computing.
As of January 31, 2010, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 72,500 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM." For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.
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2010 Game Developers Conference Brings Together All-Time Record of 18,250 Video Game Industry Professionals
GDC 2011 RETURNS FEB 28TH-MARCH 4TH
SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 -- UBM TechWeb Game Network's 2010 Game Developers Conference® (GDC), the world's largest industry-only event dedicated to the advancement of interactive entertainment, has announced an all-time record of 18,250 game industry professionals attending San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center for the March 9th-13th event. Surpassing last year's total of 17,000 attendees, the event brought together experienced game developers, publishers, deal makers, industry aspirants and working press for more than 400 lectures, panels, summits, tutorials and roundtable discussions.
Offering a full five days of content, the event also hosted a extensive Exposition floor, featuring the biggest firms in the games space alongside the Career Pavilion and associated Game Career Seminar, the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival, the 10th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, Game Connection America, and more opportunities for networking, discussing business, sharing knowledge, and meeting with equally-devoted fellow developers.
Following the success of the show, organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced that GDC 2011 will return to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco from Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 4, 2011, with a call for lecture submissions to open this summer. More information on that upcoming show and the other GDC events on the calendar - including GDC Canada, GDC Online, GDC Europe and GDC Austin - will be available at the GDC news page - http://www.gdconf.com/news.
Some of the highlights of this year's GDC in San Francisco include a keynote from the renowned creator of the genre-defining Civilization series, Sid Meier, entitled "The Psychology of Game Design (Everything You Know Is Wrong)." Using examples from his illustrious career, the legendary developer discussed how player motivation is tied to gamer psychology and expectations, and described how developers can strike a delicate balance between fun and difficult gameplay.
GDC 2010 also played host to the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival and the 10th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. Pocketwatch Games' stylish co-op caper, Monaco, proved to be the big winner at the 2010 IGF, bringing in the coveted $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, as well as the award for Excellence in Design. At the Game Developers Choice Awards, which immediately followed the IGF, Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2 scored the record for most awards won at the prestigious event, taking home the prizes for Game of the Year, Best Writing, Best Visual Art, Best Technology and Best Audio. During the awards ceremony, an announcement via video was delivered from White House CTO Aneesh Chopra addressing GDC attendees. The video message announced the Apps for Healthy Kids contest, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, encouraging developers to create tools and games meant to engender healthier eating and exercise habits among kids, and educate parents on their children's' diets. The challenge offers $40,000 in cash prizes.
The show also offered intensive tutorials and a full lineup of summits focusing on emerging trends in the game industry. They included the AI Summit, the GDC Mobile/Handheld Summit, GamesBeat@GDC, the IGDA Education Summit, the Independent Games Summit, the Game Localization Summit, the Serious Games Summit, and a pair of extremely successful inaugural summits, the iPhone Games Summit and the Social & Online Games Summit, all of which took place on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the week, March 9-10.
"Even through hailstorms and turbulent business times, the passion, experience and sheer dedication of the gaming community really showed through this week, to make for an incredible conference," said event director Meggan Scavio. "I'm proud to see the games industry reinvigorated by the new platforms, inspiring ideas and fresh business models showcased at GDC 2010, and I hope attendees take the lessons that they learned from the event to create tomorrow's amazing titles."
For viewing of GDC-related material after the event, the UBM Techweb Game Network's GDC Vault will offer free access to material starting in approximately two weeks time, including speaker slides, as well as synchronized video and presentations for select sponsor lectures. In addition, some of the top lectures from GDC 2010 will be gradually posted online for free, including synchronized video, audio and slides. Finally, All Access Conference pass holders can additionally access hundreds of videos, audio recordings and slides from this GDC and past Game Developer Conferences. For more information on GDC Vault visit http://gdcvault.com/.
About the UBM TechWeb Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the UBM TechWeb Game Network - formerly known as the Think Services Game Group - offers market-defining content, and drives community through its award winning lineup of print, online, event and research products and services. These include the Game Developers Conference®, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com and network of sites, the Game Advertising Online ad network, the Game Developers Conference® Online, the Game Developers Conference(TM) Europe, the Game Developers Conference(TM) China, the Game Developers Conference(TM) Canada, Game Developer Magazine, Game Developer Research, the Game Career Seminars and GameCareerGuide.com, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards.
About UBM TechWeb, a division of United Business Media
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FREDERICKSBURG, Va., March 15 -- Announcing the launch of ArticleMe.com, a content marketplace for publications seeking topic-specific articles, as well as for authors promoting their unique work.
Created by Levi Thornton, founder of the popular social networking site Doggyspace.com, as well as Wordze.com and Onewed.com, ArticleMe.com offers a secure environment in which buyers can purchase content while being assured of its uniqueness and legal availability. Content posted and purchased on this site is ideal for blogs, Web sites, publication and other media.
ArticleMe.com offers the following benefits to content buyers:
-- Plagiarism check -- Content submitted is automatically checked to
ensure its uniqueness or previous uses. This ensures against the
threat of copyright infringement.
-- Review prior to purchase -- Buyers may preview between 20 and 40
percent of the article to ensure quality and writing style.
-- Content request -- Buyers with specific needs may request such content
in the format of their choice.
"ArticleMe.com is a safe and economical option for content seekers who desire to distribute high-quality content without the overhead of having talented writers on staff," said Levi Thornton, founder.
Content providers benefit as well knowing that their information will be both safely distributed, as well as safe from being copied off the site. Biographical listings give content seekers more information on the expertise of available authors.
Authors may choose to list their content for sale under three licensing agreement options, from availability to sell content to multiple users to release of full rights allowing the purchaser to claim authorship and distribute at will. The ArticleMe.com system automatically manages licensing of content.
ArticleMe.com will offer recommended pricing to authors; however, authors may opt to manage their own pricing.
"The opportunity for authors to expand their reach in a single, expansive community is a major benefit to our contributors. Plus, ArticleMe.com's fees are considerably lower than other like services in the industry, resulting in greater success for the author," Thornton said.
There is no cost to authors to list articles, and payment for the content sold is done upon sale.
CONTACT: Jennifer Gerlock of Bring It To Fruition for ArticleMe.com,
Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO) Develops Child Location System (CLS) As Part of Its Innovative Suite of Products; A-PASS 6.0(R)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., March 15 -- Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO), the industry leader in security identification software has launched A-PASS 6.0®, the next generation of shipboard technology to meet the growing security needs of the cruise line industry.
SISCO's innovative A-PASS 6.0® includes a variety of handheld mobile applications which include electronic mustering, tendering, immigration, baggage tracking, hotel check-in, age checking for liquor sales and now, is in development of a Child Location System (CLS).
The CLS System is wireless, based on Wi-Fi RTLS Technology and is as effective as locating children on land as well as aboard ships. The system has been in development for two years and will allow parents, cruise lines and school the knowledge and comfort to know that their children are safe and can be located within moments.
Currently in research and development, the system will be available for purchase later in 2010. SISCO is currently demonstrating this important software at Cruise Shipping Miami 2010 from March 16th through the 18th at the Miami Beach Convention Center in booth #1723.
CONTACT: DAVID SELTZER
Source: Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO)
Business Summit Draws Nationally-Recognized Industry Experts
WEST CHESTER, Pa., March 15 -- Nationally-recognized social media experts are among the first wave of speakers announced for the upcoming SocialMediaPlus one-day business summit in Philadelphia. The event, planned for May 25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants from the mid-Atlantic region.
Rohit Bhargava, best selling author and senior vice president for digital strategy at Ogilvy, one of the world's top marketing agencies, will deliver the keynote address. Nationally-recognized social media experts Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Shel Holtz of Holtz Communications and Technology, and Beth Harte of Serengeti Communications and author of the industry blog The Harte of Marketing, are among the leading presenters. Other recognized speakers include:
-- Garth Moulton, founder of Jigsaw, an online directory of business
contact and company information
-- Valeria Maltoni, founder and author of Conversation Agent, a marketing
blog consistently ranked among the top 150 in the industry
-- Shashi Bellamkonda, head of social media strategies for Network
-- Richard Pesce, senior manager, social media communications for
-- Bill Lublin, chief executive officer of Social Media Marketing
Institute, an association dedicated to the continued development of
-- Whitney Hoffman, chief executive officer for Hoffman Digital Media,
and organizer of PodCAMP Philly
-- Sue Marks, chief executive officer for Pinstripe Talent, a leading
human resources and recruitment management company
-- Gloria Bell, founder of Red Stapler Consulting and Co-chair of the
Social Media Club Philadelphia chapter.
Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, along with a complete schedule of seminars and other events.
The one-day SocialMediaPlus summit features four education tracks - Executive, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, and IT - and 28 seminars where business owners, executives, vice presidents, directors and managers will learn proven strategies and tactics for utilizing social media and the technology that drives it. The curriculum was planned by a group of leading social media professionals and is endorsed by the Social Media Club of Philadelphia. Planned session topics include:
-- Social media 101
-- Exploring the current landscape of social media
-- Web 2.0 sales tools and techniques
-- How small business is using social media
-- Social recruiting
-- Social media in healthcare
-- Cloud and mobile computing
-- Legal pitfalls of social media
-- Social media is more than Facebook & Twitter
-- Earn more with social media
Along with the education tracks, the event will include an exposition featuring local, regional and national organizations aligned with the social media industry. Expo space and event sponsorships are available. Please visit http://www.socialmediaplus.com for registration details and updated information.
CONTACT: Robert Etheridge, Show Director, SocialMediaPlus,
+1-610-431-2001 x216, firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 QuEST Forum Americas Best Practices Conference Call for Papers
DALLAS, March 15 -- QuEST Forum is pleased to announce the "Call for Papers" for the 2010 QuEST Forum Americas Best Practices Conference, 21 - 22 September 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the 2010 Americas Best Practices Conference is "Partnering for Quality in a Decade of Convergence". Conference attendees will take away tools, techniques, comparative studies and methodologies to help their organizations achieve and sustain business excellence.
QuEST Forum is looking for speakers to share the best practices and methodologies that have made their organizations successful. Abstracts are not required to focus on the use of TL 9000. Abstract themes, submission guidelines and an online abstract submission tool are available at http://www.questforum.org. The deadline for abstract submission is 26 April 2010.
Formed in 1998, QuEST Forum is a unique collaboration of communications service providers and suppliers across the world dedicated to improving operational performance and supply chain quality and performance. QuEST Forum unifies the global communications community through the implementation of TL 9000, a telecom-specific quality management system that is built on ISO 9001 and the eight quality principles.
Source: QuEST Forum
CONTACT: Don Irvine, Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing of QuEST
Forum, +1-972-423-0671, email@example.com
LAKE WORTH, Fla., March 15 -- Recently, Graphic Security Systems Corporation (GSSC) and Foster + Freeman (F+F) signed a License Agreement, which authorizes combined usage of F+F's software along with GSSC's SI Digital Decoding technology and IP, becoming an official licensee of GSSC. The software will be used to digitally authenticate VIP, VIPhoto and IPI in all major passports and ID documents worldwide.
Foster + Freeman, the leading maker of high resolution multi-spectral imaging devices, will offer GSSC's SI Digital Decoding software in its systems such as the "VSC 6000," a comprehensive digital imaging platform, which facilitates document examiners with an extensive range of utilities for detecting irregularities on altered and counterfeit documents. The VSC 6000 is equipped with a high-resolution color camera and zoom lens, in addition to a range of viewing filters and multiple illumination sources - from white light to UV and IR, of various wavelengths. Instrument functions are selected and controlled through a simple graphical user interface.
"We are always striving to collaborate with the key players in the security and authentication market, to offer our customers innovative solutions for their needs," explains Scott Perkins, GSSC Chief Operating Officer. "By implementing GSSC's SI Digital Decoding software, in combination with Foster + Freeman imaging devices, document examiners will be able to authenticate VIPhoto and other common security features in one step,". VIPhoto, which is part of the Scrambled Indicia technology portfolio, developed by Graphic Security Systems Corporation, allows invisible personalized data to be integrated or hidden into a facial photo or background in variable form, making identity documents extremely resistant to tampering or alteration. It is currently in use on multiple ID cards, driver's licenses and passports, worldwide.
About Graphic Security Systems Corporation
Since 1981, GSSC has provided its patented security technology to government-authorized security printing firms and major corporations. Its security products have been featured on countless currencies, passports, postage stamps, stock certificates, photo IDs and other security documents worldwide. Trademarks and Registered Trademarks: Scrambled Indicia, Hidden Indicia, VIPhoto, Doc-U-Lok and iDetector
U.S. Patents and Patents Pending: 7,466,876 - 7,512,249 - 11/868,060
Established in 1978, Foster + Freeman has become one of the foremost forensic science equipment suppliers in the world, exporting market leading, and in many cases unique products to more than 140 countries.
F+F products are designed to assist in finding evidence at scenes of crime and in performing detailed forensic investigations in the laboratory. F+F customers include all major police and forensic science laboratories as well as government agencies, commercial and private organizations such as homeland security, immigration authorities, security printers, lottery companies, insurance companies, university departments and national libraries.
NEW YORK, March 15 -- Standard & Poor's, the leader in financial market intelligence, today announced the launch of a new free application for iPhone and iPod Touch users designed to facilitate mobile access to the firm's perspectives on global credit market developments. The app, called S&P CreditMatters, can be downloaded from Apple's App Store on iTunes and on http://www.standardandpoors.com/mobile at no cost.
S&P CreditMatters for iPhone and iPod Touch provides access to select daily credit market headlines as well as select commentaries and analyses from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. The app permits users to enjoy podcasts and video interviews with S&P economists and ratings analysts and register for upcoming S&P events. In addition, the app allows users to save and share content as well as leaf through a collection of hundreds of interesting facts and figures about financial markets, including many about Standard & Poor's and its 150 year history.
"Today's global investors are on the move as never before; they need timely access to insight, information and analysis when making important financial decisions," says Bruce Schachne, Head of Ratings Market Development, Standard & Poor's in New York. "Our CreditMatters app represents an innovative step in our expanded efforts to provide ratings transparency to investors globally."
Much of the app's content draws from Standard & Poor's RatingsDirect® on the Global Credit Portal, a web-based platform designed to provide real-time access to integrated credit research, market information, and risk analytics at Standard & Poor's.
Additional features are in the pipeline to be added to the app over the next few months. The development of a mobile web application to extend S&P's mobile presence to devices other than iPhone, including Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Android, is underway.
About Standard & Poor's
Standard & Poor's, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for 150 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com.
Source: Standard & Poor's
CONTACT: Michael Privitera, +1-212-438-6679,
Vpype Introduces Live, Interactive Video Broadcaster for Facebook Pages
Application enables users to shoot, send, share and store interactive video with friends and fans
LONDON, March 15 -- Vpype, a social video company, has today launched the Vpype Live Broadcaster for Facebook at the Social Media World Forum. Vpype Live Broadcaster enables all 400+ million Facebook members to create and share live, interactive video content through an easy-to-use broadcast application.
Vpype Live Broadcaster is a unique platform that allows Facebook members to create scheduled or unscheduled interactive live shows, send video notes, store completed broadcasts and share videos. What's more, the application's interactive platform allows participants to chat with the broadcaster in real-time and produces a visual transcript, while displaying their Facebook picture and name.
Those with Facebook fan pages can utilize Vpype Live Broadcaster to offer more dynamic and personal experiences, improving and revitalizing fan interaction. This is the next step in social video on Facebook and a move away from the static process of posting comments on pre-recorded video.
"Social video is currently on a steep upward curve, and with this launch we are making live, interactive visual communication affordable and accessible to anyone," said Shoieb Yunus, CEO, Vpype. "By enabling Facebook users to broadcast live video content to an ever growing community - and by facilitating audience participation and video archiving - businesses, bloggers, marketers and individuals everywhere can move beyond the static 'shoot and comment' approach and adopt a more dynamic method of fan interaction."
Designed specifically as a Facebook application, Vpype Live Broadcaster requires no software downloads or specialist equipment - enabling users to begin real-time video broadcasting with just a webcam and microphone. Features of the application include:
-- Live chat facility alongside each video for audience participation
-- Easy to view chat history and embeddable video player
-- Built in viral marketing tools to promote broadcasts through Facebook
-- The creation of a dedicated 'video' tab to store recordings on user
profiles and fan pages
-- Secure platform with ongoing monitoring for potential internet abuse
"Vpype has opened up the social web to live social video, helping to cultivate the emerging live broadcast marketplace and improve the quality of online interactions," continued Yunus. "The Vpype Live Broadcaster application demonstrates the future of online interactions, with live social video set to become the most powerful source of social media communication."
The Vpype Live Broadcaster has already attracted an international array of early adopters including businesses, bloggers, brands and public personalities. Vpype is committed to innovating in social video, and will continue to refine Live Broadcaster to meet the needs of its diverse user base. To start using the application, visit: http://apps.facebook.com/vpypebroadcaster
Vpype is also hosting a meetup in London to coincide with the Social Media World Forum at Olympia, where key speakers will discuss the evolution of social video and the Vpype Broadcaster will be demoed. Austin Vernon, Production Director at London-based digital advertising and marketing agency Bright Giant (http://www.brightgiant.com/), will also be sharing his thoughts on the application and the benefits of interactive video technology for marketers and his particular industry. For further details, and to register your interest, visit: http://www.meetup.com/London-Social-Video/
Vpype is a social video company committed to helping people tell their story to the world. Based in Milpitas, California, the company was founded in 2009 by entrepreneurs with expertise in video technology, consumer and enterprise software as well as broadcasting and entertainment.
China Education Alliance Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 Financial Results
-- Annual Revenue up 48.8% Year-over-Year
-- Annual Earnings up 51.9% Year-over-Year; 2009 EPS $0.59
HARBIN, China, March 15 -- China Education Alliance, Inc. (NYSE:CEU) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2009. The Company will host a conference call Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss these results.
Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2009
-- Total revenue increased 13.5% year-over-year to $10.41 million,
compared to revenue of $9.18 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal
-- Net income increased 24.0% year-over-year to $4.57 million, compared to
net income of $3.68 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.
-- EPS was $0.15 per fully diluted share, compared to EPS of $0.14 per
fully diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.
-- Operating income totalled $4.61 million, compared to an operating
income of $3.87 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
-- Gross profit rose 22.7% to $8.78 million or 84.3% of sales, compared to
77.9% of sales, or $7.15 million, in the fourth quarter of 2008.
"We are very pleased to report another solid, profitable quarter as demand for our high-quality educational services and our vocational training programs in China continues to see strong growth," said Xiqun Yu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Education Alliance. "Both the exam-oriented educational and vocational services sectors in China continue to experience rapid growth as students and job seekers strive to improve their skills in an increasingly competitive labor market. We believe our strong results, nearly 49 percent growth in annual revenue and 52 percent in annual earnings, show that our strategy of developing both our marketing efforts and service offerings for our online educational programs as well as our vocational training programs has positioned us for a strong 2010."
Financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009
China Education Alliance reported total revenue of $10.41 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, an increase of 13.5% compared to $9.18 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. The Company's online education business generated 59.3% of its total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to 70.3% for the same prior-year period. Its training center business generated 35.4% of total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to 21.2% for the same prior-year period; its advertising business division generated the remaining 5.3% of total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to 8.5% for the same prior-year period.
Online education revenue was $6.17 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, keeping at the same level as the fourth quarter of 2008, $6.45 million. Training center revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 was $3.69 million, up 89.7% from $1.94 million in the fourth quarter last year. The increase was due to new programs and courses added at all sites of the Company's training centers in Northeast China.
Advertising revenue was approximately $0.55 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, a decrease of 29.2% from $0.78 million in the fourth quarter last year. Advertising comprises only about 5% of total revenue.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $4.57 million, representing an increase of 24% over fourth quarter 2008 net income of $3.68 million. The increase was largely the result of strong development in the Company's and training center division. Diluted earnings per share was $0.15, compared with $0.14 in the same period last year.
Operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 increased to $4.61 million, from $3.87 million in the same period a year ago. Operating margin was 44.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.
Overall cost of sales decreased 19.3% to $1.63 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to $2.02 million for the same period in fiscal 2008. Gross profit increased to $8.78 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase of 22.7% from $7.15 million for the same quarter in fiscal 2008. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was 84.3%, as compared to 77.9% for the same quarter a year ago. The online education gross margin increased to 81.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 from 78.8% for the same period in fiscal 2008. The training center gross margin increased to 87.3% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 from 69.1% for the same period last year. Advertising gross margin was 93.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, little change from 93.7% in the fourth quarter of last year.
Selling expenses decreased 13.8% to approximately $2.16 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to $2.50 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, due to decreased expenses in marketing and advertising. General and administrative ("G&A") expenses were approximately $1.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase from $0.57 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, primarily due to an increase in some non-cash expenses (stock-based compensation) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to the prior year. As a percentage of revenue, G&A expenses at 17.5% increased in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 from 6.22% in the same period of last year.
Financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $36.97 million, representing an increase of 48.8% from $24.85 million for the same year-end period of 2008. Online education revenue was $22.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2009, representing an increase of 33.1% from $16.7 million for the same year-end period of 2008. Training center revenue for the year ended December 31, 2009, was $12.1 million, representing an increase of 117.9% from $5.6 million in the same year-end period last year. The increase was largely the result of strong development in the Company's online education and onsite training center divisions. Advertising revenue was approximately $2.6 million for the year ended December 30, 2009, representing an increase of 1.5% from $2.59 million for the same prior year-end period.
Net income for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $15.21 million, representing an increase of 51.9% over full-year 2008 net income of $10.01 million. Diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $0.59, compared with $0.41 in the same year-end period of 2008.
As of December 31, 2009, China Education Alliance had approximately $65.04 million in cash and cash equivalents, $66.74 million in working capital, and no long-term debt. Shareholders' equity at December 31, 2009 was approximately $75.34 million, an increase from approximately $33.71 million at December 31, 2008. The Company generated net cash from operating activities of $18.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2009, up 90.2% from $9.8 million in the year-end period of 2008.
China Education Alliance believes the education industry in China will remain a fast-growth sector. The Company has experienced rapid growth by providing online and onsite, supplemental educational training services to students ages 6 to 18 and vocational training services to adults ages 18 and up.
On February 4, 2010, the Company announced the first of several planned acquisitions for 2010, the acquisition of the Beijing Shifan Culture Communication Co., Ltd. and, as a consequence, the establishment of a new entity, Beijing New Shifan Education & Technology. Beijing Shifan's publication, the "Senior High School Students Mathematic, Physics, and Chemistry" magazine, which is endorsed by the China's Ministry of Education, and its popular nationwide academic contest for middle school and high school students, is expected to accelerate the marketing efforts of the Company and provide a platform to access markets nationwide.
For students ages 6 to 18, the Company provides downloadable course material and test papers online and classroom instructions onsite. All the online course material and test papers and onsite classroom instructions are provided by famed instructors in the People's Republic of China, with the purpose of helping the students pass the two most important exams during their academic life: the high school and college entrance exams.
For adults ages 18 and up, the Company provides various vocational training including IT and other professional training programs.
China Education Alliance has two primary business lines:
1. Exam-Oriented Primary and Secondary School Supplemental Education: The
Company provides online educational resources for primary and secondary
students to download through the Internet, and offers onsite training
by highly regarded instructors. Currently, the Company has expanded its
business network from Heilongjiang province to Jilin, Liaoning and
Inner Mongolia provinces. While the Company plans to penetrate into new
areas, it will continue to explore and increase online market share in
these four provinces. The Company's online educational resources are
provided through its website, http://www.edu-chn.com/ . This website is
a comprehensive education network platform that utilizes
video-on-demand technology and houses a large database that includes
more than 350,000 exams and test papers, as well as courseware for
college, secondary and elementary schools.
2. Vocational Training: The Company operates various vocational training
programs through online services and onsite training at its main center
in Beijing, as well as through its strategic partnerships with
professional organizations such as the National Association of Vocation
Education Society of China (NAVEC). The Company will focus on its
Heilongjiang-based, self-run vocational education market, which
includes IT training and other professional training programs.
"We will continue to focus on expanding our online educational product offerings and vocational training services into more provinces of the rapidly developing Northeast region of China. We remain committed to our expansion goals in 2010, and will continue to pursue acquisitions and strategic partnerships that improve our outreach efforts and expand our brand. We remain very confident that our marketing and expansion efforts, combined with the strong demand in China's education and vocational training sectors will support continued growth in 2010," said Mr. Xiqun Yu.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight time) to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
To participate in the call, please dial (888) 549-7704, or (480) 629-9857 for international calls, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Interested parties may also listen via a live Internet webcast, which can be found at the Company's website at http://www.chinaeducationalliance.com/ .
A replay of the call will be available for two weeks from 2:00 p.m. EDT on March 17, 2010, until 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2010. The number for the replay is 303-590-3030. The passcode for the replay is 4265652. In addition, a recording of the call will be available via the company's website at http://www.chinaeducationalliance.com/ for one year.
About China Education Alliance, Inc.
China Education Alliance, Inc. (http://www.chinaeducationalliance.com/ ) is a fast-growing, leading, China-based company offering high-quality education resources and services to students ages 6 to 18 and adults (university students and professionals) ages 18 and over. For students ages 6 to 18, China Education Alliance offers supplemental, online exam-oriented training materials and onsite, exam-oriented training and tutoring services. The company provides online, downloadable famous-teacher resources and onsite, personalized instruction. All resources and tutoring services are provided by famous teachers within mainland China. The purpose of online exam-orientated resources and onsite tutoring is to help Chinese students (ages 6 to 18) pass the two most important and highly competitive exams in their educational career: the senior high school entrance and college entrance exams. For graduates and professionals age 18 and over, China Education Alliance provides vocational training including IT and several professional training programs.
Safe Harbor Statement
Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this press release, constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, without limitation, statements regarding our ability to prepare the company for growth, the Company's planned expansion in 2010 and predictions and guidance relating to the Company's future financial performance. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs and are not a guarantee of future performance but they involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, which may include, but are not limited to, such factors as unanticipated changes in product demand especially in the education industry, pricing and demand trends for the Company's products, changes to government regulations, risk associated with operation of the Company's new facilities, risk associated with large scale implementation of the company's business plan, the ability to attract new customers, ability to increase its product's applications, cost of raw materials, downturns in the Chinese economy, the adoption by consumers of its new game business, the unproven advertising model that is dependent on attracting a large game user base, and other information detailed from time to time in the Company's filings and future filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of them and the Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.
China Education Alliance, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
Cash and cash equivalents $65,035,332 $23,418,098
Advances to related parties -- 142,006
Accounts receivable 1,274,727 469,607
Prepaid expenses 2,692,310 3,437,506
Total current assets 69,002,369 27,467,217
Property and equipment, net 6,589,982 5,761,269
Intangibles and capitalized software,
net 737,761 1,239,072
Advance on acquisition 932,000 932,000
Long-term investment 341,686 342,357
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $1,255,991 $800,692
Deferred revenues 1,008,884 1,227,806
Total current liabilities 2,264,875 2,028,498
Preferred stock ($0.001 par value,
20,000,000 shares authorized,
4,502,142 and 7,597,645 issued and
outstanding, respectively, aggregate
liquidation preference of $1,665,793
and $2,811,129, respectively) 1,867,644 3,010,144
Common stock ($0.001 par value,
150,000,000 shares authorized,
30,040,954 and 21,892,631 issued and
outstanding, respectively) 30,041 21,893
Additional paid-in capital 38,231,623 10,751,732
Statutory reserve 3,016,143 1,990,238
Accumulated other comprehensive
income 2,886,087 2,696,443
Retained earnings 30,044,687 15,863,820
Stockholders' equity - China
Education Alliance, Inc. and
Subsidiaries 76,076,225 34,334,270
Noncontrolling interests in
subsidiaries (737,302) (620,853)
Total stockholders' equity 75,338,923 33,713,417
China Education Alliance, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Year Ended December 31,
Online education revenues $22,238,325 $16,706,917
Training center revenues 12,097,375 5,552,969
Advertising revenues 2,631,783 2,591,131
Total revenue 36,967,483 24,851,017
Cost of Goods Sold
Online education costs 4,584,519 2,859,593
Training center costs 2,569,538 1,922,841
Advertising costs 210,882 182,505
Total cost of goods sold 7,364,939 4,964,939
Online education gross profit 17,653,806 13,847,324
Training center gross profit 9,527,837 3,630,128
Advertising gross profit 2,420,901 2,408,626
Total gross profit 29,602,544 19,886,078
Selling expenses 9,352,392 7,467,118
Administrative 3,146,094 1,506,411
Depreciation and amortization 952,193 894,112
Total operating expenses 13,450,679 9,867,641
Other Income (Expense)
Other income 130,056 536,876
Interest income 130,675 127,751
Investment loss (671) (95,331)
Total other income 260,060 569,296
Net Income Before Provision for
Income Tax 16,411,925 10,587,733
Provision for Income Taxes 1,295,224 669,197
Net Income 15,116,701 9,918,536
Less: net loss attributable to the
noncontrolling interests (90,071) (90,963)
Net Income - attributable to China
Education Alliance, Inc. and
Subsidiaries $15,206,772 $10,009,499
Basic Earnings Per Share $0.63 $0.46
Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.59 $0.41
Basic Weighted Average Shares
Outstanding 24,081,002 21,549,381
Diluted Weighted Average Shares
Outstanding 25,622,606 24,662,830
The Components of Other Comprehensive
Net income $15,206,772 $10,009,499
Foreign currency translation
adjustment 189,644 1,444,539
Comprehensive Income $15,396,416 $11,454,038
China Education Alliance, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Year Ended December 31,
Cash flows from operating activities
Net Income $15,206,772 $10,009,499
Adjustments to reconcile net income
to net cash provided by
Depreciation and amortization 1,586,417 1,598,624
Warrants issued for services -- 103,420
Stock based compensation 487,455 5,326
Common stock issued for services 1,043,464 --
Loss on equity investment 671 95,331
Loss attributable to the
noncontrolling interests (90,071) (90,963)
Net change in assets and liabilities
Account receivables (805,120) (469,607)
Prepaid expenses and other 745,196 (1,824,727)
Advances to related parties 142,006 (33,470)
Accounts payable and accrued
liabilities 455,299 377,583
Deferred revenue (218,922) (17,701)
Net cash provided by operating
activities 18,553,167 9,753,315
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (1,840,377) (996,434)
Purchases of intangible assets (73,442) (792,147)
Long-term investment -- (437,688)
Net cash used in investing activities (1,913,819) (2,226,269)
Cash flows from financing activities
Warrants exercised 6,429,725 2,667,559
Proceeds from issuance of common
stock per underwriting agreement 18,384,895 --
Net cash provided by financing
activities 24,814,620 2,667,559
Effect of exchange rate 163,266 1,444,539
Net increase in cash 41,617,234 11,639,144
Cash and cash equivalents at
beginning of year 23,418,098 11,778,954
Cash and cash equivalents at end of
year $65,035,332 $23,418,098
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow
Taxes paid $1,199,414 $669,197
Non-cash investing and financing
Conversion of preferred stock to
common $1,142,500 $667,800
This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunction with the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For more information, please contact:
At the Company:
Zack Pan, CFO
China Education Alliance, Inc.
RedChip Companies, Inc.
Tel: +1-800-733-2447, Ext. 107
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Fabasoft is Announced as 'Industry Leading' Gold Collaborator of CloudSlam'10(TM) Conference; March 23 - March 25, 2010
Company CEO - Andreas Dangl to present Cross-Company Scrum in the Cloud at CloudSlam'10(TM)
TORONTO, March 15 -- CloudSlam'10(TM), the world's premier virtual conference; taking place via virtually March 23rd - 25th 2010, is pleased to confirm that Fabasoft has been selected as an "Industry Leading" Gold Collaborator for the CloudSlam'10(TM) initiative.
Commenting on the announcement today, CloudSlam'10(TM) Chairman - Khazret Sapenov said, "We are delighted to have Fabasoft join our elite network of partners for the CloudSlam'10(TM) initiative. Fabasoft provides a platform for trusted cloud collaboration where members benefit immediately from reliable and secure content management, audit-proof archiving and agile cross-company project management. I am certain that our audience will gain great insight from this presentation."
Fabasoft (http://www.fabasoft.com) is a leading European software vendor for enterprise content management (ECM), compliance, electronic government and MoReq2-certified information governance, and a provider of cloud services for trusted collaboration between enterprises, partners and customers (http://www.fabasoft.com/cloud).
Andreas Dangl, Managing Director at Fabasoft, will be presenting a Keynote Session at CloudSlam'10(TM) this year by virtue of:
"Keynote Expert session presentation" being presented on March 23rd @ 5.00pm EDT,
Title: Cross-Company Scrum in the Cloud
In this presentation Andreas Dangl shows how an agile enterprise not only runs internal development processes using Scrum but also its collaboration with customers and contractors based on cross-company Scrum teams and an agile collaboration platform in the cloud. He will highlight challenges and scenarios of large, real-world Scrum projects.
If you would like to find out more about the CloudSlam'10(TM) initiative, including details on other sessions please visit http://www.CloudSlam10.com .
CloudSlam'10(TM) - Produced by Cloudcor Inc(TM), is the premier Cloud Computing event. As an affordable and cost effective way for industry leaders to exchange ideas and experiences, CloudSlam'10(TM) opens new horizons of cloud computing and serves as a springboard to success. CloudSlam'10(TM) will take place March 23-25 2010 -Online.
For more information, contact Khazret Sapenov - 510-984-2312, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://cloudslam10.com/
Qualcomm and GreenRoad to Provide Industry's First Complete Mobile Resource Management and Driver Safety Solution
- Reduces Costs While Improving Productivity, Safety and Fuel Economy -
SAN DIEGO and REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., March 15 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leading provider of business-to-business wireless enterprise applications and services, and GreenRoad, a leader in driver safety and efficiency, today announced they have signed an agreement to offer the first integrated solution that addresses mobile resource management (MRM), safety and driving behavior. The solution, intended for local service fleets, is a combination of Qualcomm's Service Fleet Manager and the GreenRoad 360(TM) service, enabling fleets to better manage their assets, gain greater fuel efficiency and improve safety.
The combined offering allows fleets to install a single in-vehicle hardware platform, use one data plan, and access best-of-breed fleet management and driving behavior improvement applications. The integrated service offers fleets a unique opportunity to realize the benefits that come from a combined mobile resource management and technology-based driving behavior service, which requires less administration and can reduce cost by as much as 20 percent. The combined service is available initially for commercial vehicle fleets in North America and the United Kingdom.
"Qualcomm and GreenRoad are recognized leaders in their respective fields," notes Clem Driscoll of C.J. Driscoll and Associates, a leading analyst in mobile resource management for fleets. "Their partnership will, for the first time, enable fleet operators to obtain a combined MRM and Driving Behavior Management solution from a single source. There is clear synergy in the integration of these solutions, which should result in significant improvements in fleet productivity as well as reductions in operating costs and losses due to accidents."
"Mobile resource management and driver safety are vital issues to every local service fleet," said Norman Ellis, vice president of sales, services and marketing at Qualcomm Enterprise Services. "GreenRoad's unique driving behavior service offers a different dimension to our mobile resource management offering, enabling our customers to obtain more value from each of the two services. We are proud to work with GreenRoad and offer the first combined mobile resource management and driving behavior service."
Qualcomm's Service Fleet Manager mobile resource management system uses GPS technology to give fleets visibility into their assets and provide an immediate snapshot of critical vehicle information through a Web-based interface. It can help reduce overtime costs, boost revenue, cut fuel costs and improve customer satisfaction with enhanced scheduling and routing.
GreenRoad 360 provides the industry's first driving behavior improvement service with real-time, in-vehicle feedback and comprehensive visibility into those maneuvers that most affect safe driving, fuel efficiency and emissions. GreenRoad 360 combines live, individually tailored driver coaching with Web-based applications that continuously rate driving skills. The in-vehicle feedback is delivered through a non-distracting LED display that enables drivers to identify and self-correct risky and inefficient driving maneuvers in the moment. Fleet management and risk and safety professionals gain insight into driving behavior and have the tools they need to help drivers achieve measurable safety and fuel-efficiency goals while reducing operating costs.
"We are proud to work with Qualcomm Enterprise Services, which has a long history as an innovator and industry leader in MRM," said Dan Steere, CEO of GreenRoad. "Qualcomm's Service Fleet Manager is the perfect complement to the GreenRoad service."
GreenRoad is the leading innovator in driver safety and efficiency through real-time in-vehicle feedback and comprehensive visibility into those maneuvers which most impact safe driving, fuel efficiency and emissions. The GreenRoad 360(TM) service combines real-time driver coaching with Web-based applications that continuously rate driving skills for all types of vehicles, including trucks, busses, vans and cars. Fleet management and risk and safety professionals gain new insight into driving behavior and have the tools they need to help drivers achieve measurable safety and fuel-efficiency goals. The company is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with sales offices throughout the U.S. and UK and an R&D Center in Israel. Investors include Benchmark Capital, Virgin Green Fund, Amadeus, Balderton Capital, DAG Ventures and Generation Investment Management LLP. For more information, visit http://www.greenroad.com/.
Since 1988, Qualcomm Enterprise Services has provided integrated wireless systems and services to transportation and logistics companies around the world. With more than 1.3 million mobile units shipped to businesses in 39 countries on four continents, Qualcomm Enterprise Services delivers the business insight these companies need in order to operate at peak performance and provide superior customer service. Backed by a global, 24x7, world-class technology infrastructure, customer care and professional services, Qualcomm Enterprise Services is positioned to meet and exceed the increasingly complex and business-critical needs of its more than 2,500 clients.
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2009 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit Qualcomm around the Web:
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Acapela-box.com: Self Service Vocalization - Easy as A B C
Use Speech Synthesis to Create Your Voice Messages at Acapela-Box.Com, a New Service From the Acapela Group
MONS, Belgium, March 15, 2010-- Acapela Group - the leading Voice expert, owner of its technology,
offering bespoke solutions adopted by millions of users throughout the world
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'Acapela-box is the next step towards Acapela's aim of creating a vocal
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Acapela Group, the leading European voice expert, invents text to speech
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Microsoft Outlines New Opportunities at MIX10 for Developers to Create Compelling Experiences
Unveils end-to-end development platform with free tools for Windows Phone 7 Series and advances with Silverlight that will bring new applications, games and experiences to life.
LAS VEGAS, March 15 -- Today at MIX10, Microsoft Corp. showcased advancements in its platform technologies that enable the developer and designer community to deliver compelling user experiences across a broad set of devices. Building on the excitement of the recently announced Windows® Phone 7 Series, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program Management, detailed the opportunity for developers to use proven technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight and the XNA Framework to build new mobile applications and 3-D Games.
"As the browser, server, Web and devices evolve, a focus on delivering consistently great user experiences has become paramount," Guthrie said. "By extending our familiar platform technologies and tools to phones, Microsoft is delivering the premier application development experience across a variety of devices and form factors."
End-to-End Application Development Platform for Windows Phone 7 Series
During the keynote, Microsoft provided the first deep dive into Windows Phone 7 Series application development. By combining Silverlight features for rich application development and the XNA Framework for games, Windows Phone 7 Series empowers millions of developers and designers to build visually stunning and immersive applications and games -- one of the industry's most profitable mobile application categories -- while taking advantage of device-specific capabilities. Specifically, developers will be able to take advantage of the following features:
-- Accelerometer, an intuitive control that responds to motion
-- A Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point
of reference to acquire location information
-- Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone,
regardless of whether or not an application is running
-- Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM)
-- Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming for the industry's
highest quality content viewing experience
-- Camera and microphone support
"Windows Phone 7 Series brings together a rich application environment, powerful hardware, a fresh approach to software and a smart new design," Belfiore said. "It was designed to generate incredible opportunities for developers and designers to quickly and easily deliver compelling applications and games. With the best developer tools, an established ecosystem and marketplace, and a path for developers to use their Silverlight and XNA Framework skill sets, we are delivering an application platform that is simple, powerful and inspiring."
Free Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series Developers and Designers
To further support an end-to-end development experience, Microsoft announced the availability of comprehensive tools support for Windows Phone 7 Series. The easy-to-install package includes previews of the following:
-- Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
-- Windows Phone 7 Series add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC
-- XNA Game Studio 4.0
-- Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing
-- Expression Blend for Windows Phone Community Technology Preview
(available as a separate download)
A Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series Applications
Microsoft also showed how developers and designers will be able to bring applications and games to market with a new Windows Phone Marketplace. The Marketplace features a panoramic design and active merchandising to increase the discoverability of games and applications, and supports one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications. The Marketplace will also enable customers to try applications before buying them and allow developers to cross-promote their applications through deep linking.
Several leading companies will be creating exciting applications and games for Windows Phone 7 Series. They include The Associated Press, Archetype International Inc., AWS Convergence Technologies - WeatherBug, Citrix Systems Inc., Clarity Consulting Inc., Cypress Consulting, EA Mobile, Fandango Inc., Foursquare Labs Inc., frog design inc., Glu Mobile Inc., Graphic.ly, Hudson Entertainment Inc., IdentityMine Inc., IMDb.com Inc., Larva Labs, Match.com LLC, Matchbox Mobile Ltd., Microsoft Game Studios, Namco Networks America Inc., Oberon Media Inc., Pageonce Inc., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., PopCap Games Inc., Seesmic, Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Sling Media, SPB Software Inc., stimulant, TeleCommunications Systems Inc., Touchality LLC and Vertigo Software Inc.
Continued Innovation With Silverlight and Expression Blend
Microsoft announced a release candidate (RC) for Silverlight 4, available for download today, which builds on the beta version released at the Professional Developers Conference in November 2009. The Silverlight 4 RC provides powerful media and enterprise application and media capabilities, out-of-browser flexibility and world-class tools support via Visual Studio and Expression Blend with Sketchflow to enable robust application development and rich interactive experiences.
In addition, Microsoft unveiled the Expression Blend 4 Beta, a design and development workflow tool. New features such as Path Layout enable developers and designers to build and animate innovative user interface design via a groundbreaking visual layout mechanism, without the need to write code. Expression Blend 4 Beta also adds support for Silverlight 4, .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010.
Silverlight Customer Adoption
Silverlight adoption has continued at a rapid pace with installations approaching 60 percent of all Internet devices worldwide -- an increase of nearly 15 percentage points in just four months. Customers such as Major League Soccer, BBC, eBay Inc., Netflix Inc., NBCOlympics.com and CT Corp., a Wolters Kluwer business, demonstrated how they are taking advantage of the power of Silverlight to deliver compelling consumer and enterprise experiences.
"Microsoft Silverlight technology will be the backbone of the video platform on our newly launched MLSsoccer.com," said Chris Schlosser, director of digital strategy for Major League Soccer. "Our work with Microsoft allows us to launch cutting-edge digital and mobile experiences for our loyal fans. As part of our increased focus on digital media, we view a rich video experience as absolutely critical to accomplishing our goal of 'super serving' MLS supporters."
iDirect To Feature Live Demo of SatManage at Satellite 2010
Network management solution named one of three finalists for World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the Year award
HERNDON, Va., March 15 -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that it will showcase a live demonstration of its SatManage network management solution during the Satellite 2010 Conference and Exhibition, March 16-18, at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The industry acclaimed solution has been named a finalist for this year's World Teleport Association (WTA) Teleport Technology of the Year award, which will be decided at the WTA's 15th annual Awards for Excellence Luncheon on Tuesday, March 16. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
SatManage is a sophisticated Web-based management system designed to meet the demanding requirements of large-scale, complex networks. The solution integrates and automates nearly every element of a Network Operations Center to improve network performance. SatManage has been embraced by many of the world's leading teleport operators and service providers to help them lower operational costs, increase customer satisfaction and capture a larger market opportunity.
The live demo, hosted at the iDirect Booth #1311, will enable service providers to test core SatManage features using VSAT traffic collected over many months of real-world operation. They can explore the solution's rich set of features, including:
-- Monitoring tools that provide total visibility to every aspect of a
-- Capabilities that enable service providers to predict and resolve
network issues in real time
-- Network performance analytics that can be leveraged to optimize
-- A Web-based portal through which service providers can extend network
performance data and management tools to customers
iDirect acquired SatManage earlier this year to add powerful automation, monitoring and service optimization capabilities to its Intelligent Platform(TM). SatManage serves as an extension to iDirect's current network management system, iVantage(TM).
iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company's satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. The iDirect Intelligent Platform(TM) integrates advanced technology into iDirect's portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 50 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association's Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit http://www.idirect.net.
VT Systems is a diversified company providing solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems products and services include aircraft inspection, maintenance and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com .
General Dynamics Itronix Launches New GDAssure(TM) Program that Certifies Customer Computer Systems Prior to Installation
- Program offers unprecedented level of assurance that new rugged computer systems will work successfully when deployed across the customer's enterprise -
SUNRISE, Fla., March 15 -- General Dynamics Itronix introduces the new GDAssure(TM) Solution Validation and Installation Certification Program that evaluates and certifies that a customer's rugged computer, software and peripherals operate as they are intended in a simulated day-to-day operating environment. The GDAssure program reduces the time and costs associated with a computer system that, once installed, fails to operate correctly.
The program assembles a team of engineers, system architects and others who test and evaluate various aspects of a system's configuration and performance. An analysis might include the evaluation of wireless accessories including printers, bar code scanners, GPS modules, operating software and mounting hardware for vehicle installations. Testing can also incorporate vibration, shock, drop, extreme operating temperatures and other tests based on a system's configuration and operating environment. The final analysis documents the components that worked as intended and those that need to be re-evaluated.
"This program is useful to a wide range of government, public safety, utilities, transportation and other organizations that expect their computer-based systems to successfully and efficiently operate across the enterprise, with minimal impact on their day-to-day operations," said Frank Romeo, solutions & services marketing manager for General Dynamics Itronix.
The GDAssure Solution Validation and Installation Certification Program is available as part of a sales contract and takes from 60 to 90 days to complete.
GDAssure Solution Validation and Installation Certification Program is part of the General Dynamics Itronix GDAssure Service portfolio that offers a variety of lifecycle, professional and managed services, including:
-- Standard three-year warranties;
-- Enhanced warranty programs;
-- No Fault Max full warranty coverage;
-- Advanced Exchange (swap-out repair);
-- Battery Maintenance;
-- Gold Disk Load;
-- Asset Tracking & Management;
-- Customer Service Account Management;
-- Product Disposal services; and
-- Customized Packaged Solutions.
General Dynamics Itronix is a leading developer of wireless, rugged computing solutions for mobile workers, offering a full range of field computing systems, including full-sized laptops, ultra-mobile notebook PCs and tablet PCs. The company is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). Additional information is available at http://www.gd-itronix.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at http://www.generaldynamics.com.
Itronix is a registered trademark or trademarks of General Dynamics Itronix.
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CONTACT: Denise Nelson for General Dynamics Itronix, +1-925-837 6277, or
Fax: +1-925-837-6324, email@example.com
Gameloft Scores Best iPhone Game Publisher of the Year and Wins Awards for Best Action/Adventure Game for iPhone and Mobile
These Three Achievements Were Awarded at the Pocket Gamer Awards, Announced During the Game Developers Conference
PARIS, March 15, 2010-- Gameloft(R), a leading publisher and developer of downloadable
video games, scored multiple awards: Best Publisher for iPhone, Best
Action/Arcade Game (iPhone) for N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, and
Best Action/Arcade Game (Mobile) for Zombie Infection at the Pocket Gamer
With the ongoing development and the growth of the iPhone,
mobile and smartphone video game industry, Pocket Gamer, considered one of
the largest websites for mobile games, inaugurated its first edition of the
Pocket Gamer Awards on Wednesday, March 10th. The finalists were selected
from among the best mobile games released throughout 2009.
"We're honored to receive this distinction from Pocket Gamer.
Our success can be attributed to our development teams' constant concern for
quality on both rich and traditional mobile gaming platforms, and to our
desire to offer games that are both spectacular and popular," said Julien
Fournials, senior vice-president of Production at Gameloft, "Our goal is to
continue to enhance the gaming experience for our consumers by pushing the
envelope in terms of graphics, gameplay, and overall experience in all our
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of
downloadable video games. For 10 years, Gameloft has been established as one
of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile
phones, smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch. Gameloft games are also available
to players on WiiWare(R), DSiWare, Microsoft(R) Xbox LIVE(R) Arcade and
Partnership agreements with leading licenses such as UNO(R),
Ferrari(R), Shrek(R), CSI(TM), Spider-Man(R) and Brothers in Arms(R) allow
Gameloft to form strong relationships with international brands. In addition
to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates titles such as Real Football,
Asphalt and Brain Challenge(R).
Gameloft is present on all the continents with its own
production studios, employing over 3,500 developers, and distributes its
games in over 100 countries. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN:
FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)
Africa.com Launches Weekly Music Contest 'Africa.com TOP 20'
Former Goldman Sachs Exec Teresa Clarke Appeals to Global On-Line Music Audience
NEW YORK, March 15 -- The newly re-launched on-line portal to information about all 53 countries on the African continent, Africa.com, is appealing to a global music audience with its new weekly music contest, Africa.com TOP 20. Africa.com's listeners vote for their favorite songs and send in new ones. The results are posted every Monday at 12am EDT.
Said Africa.com Chairman and CEO, Teresa Clarke, "Our goal is to give a taste of home to African ex-pats as well as to give North and South Americans, Europeans and Asians the chance to hear Africa's heart beat just a little louder."
Each week, on-line disc jockey Chaka Ngwenya, born in Zimbabwe, provides the commentary as he counts down the top 20 songs selected by Africa.com's audience. In a weekly blog, music journalist Prudence Chauke, born in South Africa, explains the background and musical influences of the artist whom listeners selected as number one.
In its premiere, Africa.com TOP 20 showcased greats like Salif Keita from Mali and Lucky Dube, a reggae musician from South Africa. Although Yolela by Baaba Maal and Luciano was in the number one spot, on-line listeners had different tastes. Their new number one is Thandiswa Mazwai with "Nizalwa Ngobani (Do You Know Where You Come From?)".
As Prudence Chauke explained, the listeners' choice is from Thandiswa Maswai's 2005 debut album "ZABALAZA" and it layers a string of questions in an attempt to remind the faces of Africa where they come from. The mid-tempo tune is infused by Thandiswa's soulful Xhosa (known as the "click" language) trademark singing, occasionally accompanied by a hint of English. After shooting to fame as part of one of Southern Africa's most legendary groups, Bongo Maffin, Thandiswa has proven to be an important and enduring performer in the South African music scene.
About Africa.com :
Africa.com is a newly launched on-line portal for news, maps, videos, travel, investment and cultural information about all 53 countries on the African continent. Africa.com 's Chairman and CEO, Teresa Clarke, was formerly a managing director with the global investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs.
ClearCube Technology Delivers Unprecedented Performance, Energy Efficiency and Security With the R3040S Blade Workstation for Traders, CAD Engineers and Command and Control Centers
AUSTIN, Texas, March 15 -- ClearCube Technology, the leader in centralized computing, today announced the launch of the R3040S blade workstation. Powered by Intel's latest Xeon processors based on the Nehalem architecture, the R3040S delivers industry leading performance in a highly dense form factor by fitting up to 48 cores in 3U of rack space in the data center. The R3040S can be configured with a wide range of multi-monitor video options, including support for high performance OpenGL graphics cards, all supporting 1920x1200 resolution. In addition, the R3040S can be outfitted with up to 48GB of DDR3 RAM and up to 4 hard drives.
"The ClearCube R3040S is a great, high performance, trader workstation. It handles our trading and analytics apps with ease and delivers the quad monitor performance required on a high performance trading floor," said Randy New, Vice President at Abel Noser Corporation. "Having the R3040S trader workstation in the data center solves a lot of our challenges by providing greater reliability, data security, centralized management, with instant failover, and a better work environment for the traders."
ClearCube employs advanced thermal designs and cooling methods to deliver the latest, high-performance Intel Xeon processors in a blade form factor with a fraction of the energy consumption required by competing rack workstations. ClearCube Technology architecture is optimized for the data center, eliminates the PC from the cube and provides end-users with full workstation performance without the heat generation, fan noise or clutter at the desktop.
"We're fortunate to work with some of the most demanding customers in the world. Because our workstations power trading floors and government command centers that require the highest security, performance, availability and energy efficiency, we're constantly pushing the engineering envelope and the R3040S is a perfect example of our commitment to centralized computing innovation," said Randy Printz, CEO of ClearCube Technology. "Our quad monitor R3040S with PCoIP® is providing our financial services customers like Abel Noser with a significant competitive advantage."
"We're excited to collaborate with ClearCube on these industry leading solutions utilizing our PCoIP® remote computing protocol," said Dan Cordingley, President and CEO of Teradici Corporation. "Trading floors and command and control centers are a perfect application for ClearCube's R3040S blade workstation and PCoIP® technology because of the high resolution and performance capabilities of the protocol."
With the flexibility of ClearCube PCoIP® zero clients, the R3040S delivers high performance computing over fiber or copper networks. To learn how the ClearCube R3040S can be configured to meet your requirements, contact your authorized ClearCube reseller, visit http://www.clearcube.com/blade-workstations-blade-pc.html or call 1-866-652-3500.
About ClearCube Technology
ClearCube Technology, Inc. is the pioneer and market leader in centralized and virtual computing hardware and management software. By deploying ClearCube blade solutions and clients, customers have dramatically reduced their support costs while improving the security and availability of their computing infrastructure. U.S. Government Agencies, Mexican Government Agencies, Canadian Government Agencies, the world's largest financial services companies, the world's most advanced health care organizations and educational institutions all rely on ClearCube Blade PCs and Virtual Desktop Solutions for secure, reliable and energy efficient computing. For more information on the R3040S Blade Workstation, visit: http://www.clearcube.com/
Contact: Jeff Fugitt
Cell Phone: 512.653.8295
Source: ClearCube Technology
CONTACT: Jeff Fugitt of ClearCube Technology, +1-512-652-3238, Cell,
Over 40 of the Industry's Top Vendors Make Announcements at VoiceCon Orlando 2010
New Products and Services Unveiled at Leading Enterprise Communications Event
SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 -- VoiceCon® Orlando, produced by UBM TechWeb, today provides a snapshot of the more than 40 product and service announcements to be made at the upcoming VoiceCon Orlando 2010. VoiceCon provides a unique platform for solution providers to showcase the latest news and technology innovations in enterprise communications -- IP Telephony, Converged Networks and Unified Communications. VoiceCon Orlando 2010 will be held March 22-25 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information visit: http://www.voicecon.com/orlando/.
"We are pleased that over 40 leading industry providers have selected VoiceCon Orlando to unveil their latest products and services," said Fred Knight, VoiceCon General Manager and Co-chair. "The sheer number demonstrates that innovation is alive and well in enterprise communications. VoiceCon presents the key enterprise decision-makers with information and understanding of new products and services so they can leverage their enterprise communications platform for maximum advantage."
The list of VoiceCon Orlando 2010 exhibitors making announcements currently includes the following:
911 Enable introduces the industry's first E911 solution for Microsoft Communications Server "14." Working with Microsoft, 911 Enable adapted the Emergency Routing Service (ERS), an E911 SIP trunking service, to offer Next Generation emergency call routing capabilities.
911 ETC will introduce SoftLoc, which requires soft phone users to provision their current location for emergency services. SoftLoc runs as a Windows system-tray application, quietly waiting for the user to launch a configured soft phone application. Upon launch, SoftLoc appears above all other applications with the location provision reminder.
ActionPacked! Networks will introduce a special edition of its LiveAction management software that combines fully interactive Cisco QoS monitoring with end-to-end visualizations of network traffic flows. This edition, tailored specifically for VoIP, UC, and videoconferencing, will be offered free of charge to all VoiceCon attendees at booth 308.
Alcatel-Lucent introduces an enterprise smartphone (ESP), a new device that combines a smartphone with an addictive, innovative touch screen design and kiosk in an open platform. The ESP is reliable, intuitive, intelligent, and desktop integrated. It supports basic telephony, personalized applications, enhanced communication services, UC2, video, and in-house wireless devices.
Asentria announces SitePath, a software administrative portal that simplifies the creation of a VPN tunnel to a Teleboss located remotely behind your customer's firewall. Eliminate the cost of dial-up and the headaches of setting up VPNs across the public internet when monitoring voice equipment on your customer's networks.
Avistar (Booth #1031), a leader in unified visual communications solutions, introduces packaged editions of its industry leading Avistar C3(TM) solutions, delivering unrivaled price/performance to distributors, partners and clients. Available in Standalone, Pro and Business Editions, these packages deliver state-of-the-art videoconferencing features to the value centric end-user.
Axede presents new releases of its CEBP product suite which includes: Interaxion, a business events and communications management tool and Xynthesis, a communications business intelligence tool. Axede improves its customer's business indicators integrating communications into their business processes (CEBP) and is a proud developer partner of Alcatel, Avaya, Cisco and Polycom.
Calabrio announces the first contact center suite in a Web 2.0 framework. Initial Calabrio One applications within the framework include live voice and screen monitoring, call recording, quality management, and performance management dashboards and reports. Calabrio also announces Calabrio Speech Analytics, featuring a quick-start approach for tapping into business benefits.
Continuant will be introducing the new MyContinuant Customer Portal. MyContinuant empowers customers with dashboard visibility, real-time alerts, and online tools and resources to better manage their communications systems. Customers can place and manage service tickets, track progress, and engage engineers through an easy to use web portal.
CXtec®, a global provider of certified pre-owned and new data networking and voice equipment, launches LIFECYCLExpress(TM), one of the industry's most expansive IT asset recovery programs. LIFECYCLExpress includes IT asset disposal and technology remarketing.
Cyara Solutions Corp. is pleased to announce Cyara Cruncher Lite, a low cost cloud based automated testing solution with thousands of concurrent lines available on-demand for telecom infrastructure, IVRs and Contact Centers. Slash testing costs & time, reduce deployment risk and provide exemplary customer experience. Come see us at booth 304.
Dimension Data, a $4.0 billion global IT solution and services provider, unveils Adoption Management Program (AMP), a turnkey solution that accelerates end-user adoption of unified communications, TelePresence and IP telephony. AMP enables accelerated adoption of new technology, adoption rate measurement, increased ROI and realizing technology's full potential.
EasyRun announces EPICAcceV6, the first solution that bundles voice infrastructure, advanced management, and a multimedia PBX Agnostic contact center in a single purpose built appliance. EPICAcce can be deployed as a standalone PBX, standalone contact center or as a combined solution. It can be installed into any existing voice network.
eOn Communications will debut its new eConn IP Messenger Unified Communications desktop software, UC LINK Version 8.0, which offers added integration to multiple operating systems and business solutions such as Google Apps, Skype, Windows Live Messenger and Salesforce.com. With UC LINK enterprises can now deploy unified communications into any environment.
Epygi introduces the QuadroM8L, for offices from 32 to 98 users starting below $2,500. Standard features include auto attendant, unified voicemail and fax, free software upgrades and other powerful features. Purchasable options include ACD for call centers, call recording, supervisor barge-in and whisper, silent agent monitoring, and integrated conference.
GN Netcom announces new software for Jabra PRO and GO series called Value Pack and Service Pack. Value Pack defines new features and Service Pack defines improved functionality including auto-link, support for reject and redial call with Microsoft OC, headset introduction with small animation, improved user experience, and headset/base stability improvements.
GTRI, a leading provider of technology consulting services, will be launching its new suite of fully customizable UC applications known as GlobalACE. The suite allows clients to communicate instantly, document voice calls, and eliminate the use of multiple devices by enhancing functionality. GTRI will be providing demonstrations at Booth 1418.
Integrated Research will launch PROGNOSIS Network Diagnostics, fully-integrated with its award-winning PROGNOSIS VoIP performance management. It auto-discovers, classifies and maintains a network map of devices and connections allowing you to correlate network performance with call and voice quality, identify trends, and have visibility and control of the complete VoIP ecosystem.
IQ Services (http://www.iq-services.com) will showcase its IP Telephony User Experience testing services, which help ensure contact center and enterprise telephony solutions can handle real-world traffic conditions. Today's technologies are real game changers - SIP pipes, virtualization, cloud services and more. IQ Services helps you play by the new rules.
iscoord launches the new carrier-class, lightweight, modular and platform independent UC client is-phone Portable at VoiceCon in Orlando, booth #736. is-phone Portable's high customization level and its added value features supporting UC, OS, chat, as well as PBX independency, matches the needs of the market for scalable, competitive UC solutions.
Matrix Telecom (Booth 1419) is pleased to announce availability of the Eternity line in North America! It supports all popular interfaces including: POTS, ISDN, T1/E1, GSM, CDMA, 3G and VoIP. ETERNITY offers Universal Connectivity with virtually all networks combining industry leading manufacturing and a full feature set at a value price.
MicroAutomation will launch MicroPilot a "smart" IVR product which can make all communications run more efficiently by integrating with business intelligence to allow insight into the caller preferences and potential up-sell opportunities. The intelligent MicroPilot solution enables the IVR to be a revenue generator - increasing efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Motorola announces TEAM Radio Link Solution and TEAM Radio Link Solution Express to enhance its award-winning Total Enterprise Access and Mobility (TEAM) portfolio. Building on expertise in reliable push-to-talk technologies, Motorola's easy-to-deploy, reliable solutions provide voice interoperability between business-critical two-way radios and voice-enabled Motorola mobile computers and TEAM Voice-over-WLAN smartphones.
NEC is demonstrating integrated, software-based UC and voice applications that help you simplify business and work smarter. NEC is also showing new solutions for video collaboration, contact centers and mobility, as well as packaged vertical applications. More at booth 609.
Nectar Corp. will announce its new Virtual Session Border Controller (vSBC) solution; a fully functional, hosted Session Border Controller with a simple and intuitive web management portal. With the new offering, organization's can easily manage formerly complex functions while accelerating their ability to reap the benefits of a converged WAN.
Nortel CVAS (booth 631) will introduce its Hosted IP Communications for Large Enterprise solution that equips enterprises with cost-effective carrier-hosted IP communications - including unified communications, VoIP, IM, call center and audio/video conferencing. This will give businesses the productivity benefits of IP without purchasing, installing and managing any CPE infrastructure.
Psytechnics (booth #522) will unveil Experience Manager 5 with Service Desk, delivering trusted, independent end-user quality of experience (QoE) visibility for real-time unified communications and collaboration, specifically voice and video, in a simplified, actionable form to IT and operations teams.
RedSky introduces RedBox(TM), an all-in-one E911 compliance appliance that helps small- and medium-sized businesses meet all state regulations and protect employees. With RedBox(TM), organizations with a single PBX or call server and up to 1,000 phones can now be E911 compliant in as little as 48 hours!
Resource Software International Ltd. (RSI) will unveil multi-platform and multi-vendor call accounting, hotel billing, call center reporting, E911 notification, mobile tracking, internet usage and a new line of presence console solutions at Booth 536. RSI will showcase Shadow CMS Enterprise, Revolution Web Call Accounting and Visual Rapport Desktop Console.
Sagem-Interstar (Sagemcom) will launch XMediusFAX AXP 6.5, the only IP fax server supporting the latest Cisco Application eXtension Platform (AXP) and new Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) G2. XMediusFAX AXP FoIP addresses mission-critical IP fax applications to seamlessly enhance the borderless branch IT, UC and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) ecosystems.
Sencommunications®, Inc., will showcase Plantronics Calisto 540, a USB desk phone that also manages PC communications, optimized for Microsoft® Office Communicator 2007 at Booth 310. Sencommunications®, Inc. is a certified women's business enterprise and a Premium Plantronics® Distributor with experience in headsets, phones and telecomm products and services.
ShoreTel is pleased to announce the availability of ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations - a brilliantly simple unified communication and collaboration solution that combines the powerful features of IBM Lotus Foundations and ShoreTel IP telephony. Untangle complexity with this affordable and easy-to-manage appliance built for enterprise-class reliability and performance.
Smoothstone IP Communications (Booth 433) enhances its SIP trunking offering with the introduction of Disaster Recovery and Survivability (DRS) services for Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Avaya Aura -- a first-to-market, cloud-based service that provides automated in-bound call re-routing in the event of circuit or on-premise equipment failures. http://www.smoothstone.com
Sprint will be showcasing enhancements to its Mobile Integration solution which extends desktop phone features to Sprint mobile phones. Sprint Mobile Integration increases productivity and call management capabilities for customers by integrating mobility into IP PBX and unified communications investments, and providing mobile presence to UC presence application servers.
At VoiceCon, TANDBERG will share the company's vision for unified communications and reveal several innovative and ground breaking new video conferencing and telepresence solutions that usher in a new era of HD quality video access for everyone. Attendees should stop by the booth for hands-on demos.
Tone Software announces ReliaTel-Streamline 2.6 VoIP Management Solution with the Operational Knowledge Base that dynamically provides voice engineers with specific resolution assistance for an active fault, performance, or VoIP quality issue, including the manufacturer's recommended actions, installation-specific procedures, and relevant documentation that speeds resolution and drives down VoIP support costs.
Unimax will announce a new version of its 2nd Nature software adding compatibility for Avaya's Communication Manager. Unimax customers realize significant cost savings by using 2nd Nature to administer and manage their Avaya/Nortel, AVST, Cisco, and other PBX/voice mail systems with one centralized, easy-to-use software interface. Visit Unimax at http://www.unimax.com.
VOSS Solutions, leading provider of a centralized, fully automated unified communications (UC) service delivery and management platform, is pleased to announce that at VoiceCon Orlando it will be unveiling a new solution to manage complex UC environments, including auto-discovery, for large enterprise customers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a meeting.
V2 will announce Universal Connection Server SBS-8100 which simplifies Enterprises UC multi-machine system to a ONE BOX system for SMB users. A UC platform based on an innovative and Video-QoS efficient architecture enriches quad-play convergent applications.
WIN Communications Corporation, one of the oldest companies in the CPE business is introducing a cloud integrated PBX solution for small to midsized businesses. Powered by Star 2 Star this product can only be described as revolutionary. Stop at booth 1412 for more information and a demonstration.
Zeacom (BOOTH# 528) will make four announcements from VoiceCon: three will detail its penetration and specific customer successes in various vertical markets, and another that reports 2009 fiscal and corporate growth. Zeacom, which recently unveiled its OCS Gateway, provides UC software to more than 2,800 SMEs globally. http://www.Zeacom.com
Now in its 20th year, VoiceCon® is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise IP Telephony, Converged Networks and Unified Communications in North America. VoiceCon® brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. In 2009, VoiceCon Orlando was named one of Tradeshow Week's Fastest 50, a distinguished award recognizing the fastest-growing tradeshows. 2009 is the third time since 2005 that VoiceCon has received this prestigious award. VoiceCon also launched an editorial website, No Jitter, (http://www.nojitter.com/), providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter -- VoiceCon eNews (http://www.voicecon.com/enews) -- the VoiceCon Webinar Series and Virtual Events. For more information, visit http://www.voicecon.com/.
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Honeywell Announces New Thermal Management Materials for Portable Computing Devices
Builds On Technology Leadership in Thermal Management
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., March 15 -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Electronic Materials announced today a new printable thermal management material designed to help manage the tremendous heat produced by increasingly powerful semiconductors in portable computing devices such as laptops and netbooks.
Honeywell is a recognized leader in developing thermal management solutions that transfer and dissipate heat, and the new material, Honeywell PCM45M-SP, builds on Electronic Materials' existing line of thermal management materials. As semiconductors become more powerful and smaller, more heat is being generated in the confined spaces where semiconductors are packaged for end-use applications. This tremendous heat can damage the semiconductor or degrade its performance, and it can damage the device as well.
"Mobile computing devices such as laptops and netbooks are placing increased demands on thermal management materials to enable high performance and ensure a long lifespan," said Tim Chen, packaging leader for Honeywell Electronic Materials. "To meet that challenge, we have combined our industry leading phase-change chemistry with an innovative formulation specifically designed for these types of mobile devices."
In typical mobile computing applications, chip temperature rises steeply at start-up and remains high during operations. PCM45M-SP is designed to meet these specific thermal management requirements, delivering reliable power cycling performance where other thermal materials would typically fail.
PCM45M-SP can withstand more than 1,000 hours at 150 degrees C without degradation and more than 1,000 temperature cycles. The application is not limited to heat sink design, and the material may be applied to a component, heat sink or thermal spreader in any shape built into the printing screen. Additionally, the enhanced stability of this new material minimizes or eliminates the need for pre-mixing, conserving time and resources.
The PCM45M-SP phase change thermal interface consists of a sophisticated thermally conductive material with optimum filler size distribution to achieve maximum packing density compared with conventional phase change materials. PCM45M-SP changes phase at 45 degrees C to ensure maximum surface conformance.
Honeywell Electronic Materials, part of Honeywell Specialty Materials, supplies microelectronic polymers, electronic chemicals, and other advanced materials along with an extensive set of product offerings under its metals business segment, including physical vapor deposition (PVD) targets and coil sets, precious metal thermocouples, and materials used during back-end packaging processes for thermal management and electrical interconnect.
Honeywell Specialty Materials is a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.
Honeywell International (http://www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit http://www.honeywellnow.com.
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Small and Medium-Sized Business Options Are Focus of Verizon Global Wholesale Offers
Voice-Over-IP and Powerful Internet Access Packages Bolster Business Success In Rough Economic Times
NEW YORK, March 15 -- At a time when small and medium-sized businesses look for every technological advantage to help them continue as the fundamental economic growth engine in the U.S., Verizon is providing support with three new voice-over-IP and Internet packages available through the Verizon Global Wholesale division.
The offers are designed to respond to the rapid growth of voice-over-IP (VoIP) in the small and medium business realm and the resulting demand for powerful high-speed Internet connections. In addition, the offers support Verizon Global Wholesale customers' marketing efforts to small and medium sized businesses.
"By creating new VoIP and Internet packages that include both services and hardware, we're giving our wholesale customers new ways to support their small- and medium-sized business customers in a time when every nickel and every efficiency counts toward success," said Quintin Lew, senior vice president of marketing for Verizon Global Wholesale. "Our goal continues to be to arm our wholesale customers with the tools that help them to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed."
The first new package combines Verizon's SIP (session initiation protocol) Gateway Service with associated router hardware. SIP Gateway Service transports VoIP traffic between packet-based IP networks and the traditional telephone network, allowing Verizon Global Wholesale's customers to give small and medium-sized businesses a quick and easy way to get into the VoIP world.
In addition to providing access to Verizon's expansive IP local network and its telephone number inventory, wholesale customers can offer small and medium-sized businesses a new NEC UNIVERGE SV8100 IP PBX and its associated installation and maintenance bundle at a discount, simplifying the setup and lowering the cost of entry into the IP market. This enables small and medium-sized businesses to work with a single vendor, receive one bill, and gain access to a feature-rich VoIP solution that delivers cost reductions and the promise of increased productivity.
Both the SIP connection and the NEC UNIVERGE SV8100 PBX are priced at a discount with this new simple, feature-rich package. The service and hardware discounts expire on June 30.
Internet Dedicated T1 Package
The second new package, Internet Dedicated T1, also combines discounted service and hardware. It provides a high-capacity connection for 30 or more users and is designed for transmitting high-volume e-mail traffic, transferring large files, or hosting Web sites from virtually anywhere.
The package, based on T1 technology, combines 24 channels of broadband signal into a 1.544 megabit per second (Mbps) service, with customer equipment available to enable the service. Quality of service (QoS) assurance is offered as an option, at an additional cost. QoS is important for businesses that consolidate voice, video and key business applications onto a converged IP network.
The equipment offered in this package is either a Samsung Ubigate iBG 1000 for data-only applications or a model 1003 for data and voice services combined. The discounts on service and equipment expire on March 31, 2011.
For small and medium-sized businesses with a larger appetite for Internet access, a third new promotional offer features Internet access with an Ethernet connection at either 5 Mbps or 10 Mbps. This Internet Dedicated Ethernet service is discounted and bundled with a Samsung iBG1000 router, the cost of which is credited back over the initial year of service.
Targeted at businesses that intend to consolidate voice, video and key business applications onto a converged IP network, this offer delivers a single-vendor solution that end-user customers can leverage to fit their business model. The Ethernet service discount and the monthly credit offer for the cost of the router are scheduled to expire on March 31, 2011.
"Small businesses need their carriers to go beyond a one-size-fits-all solution," Lew said. "These Internet offers cover the key speeds and features that growing small and medium-sized enterprises require to solve modern connection issues and engage the world in new and aggressive ways."
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 more than 91 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 approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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VINDICO(TM) Group's Partnership with DoubleVerify Makes Online Video Advertising 'Twice as Nice' by Ensuring Ad Accountability
NEW YORK, March 15 -- VINDICO(TM) Group, the innovative ad platform providing top advertisers with state-of-the-art video ad serving, tracking and analytics, today announced its partnership with DoubleVerify, the leader in online advertising verification. This partnership will enable VINDICO(TM) Group to offer their customers the opportunity to choose in-stream video verification using DoubleVerify's technology.
"Advertisers using VINDICO(TM) and opting in to use DoubleVerify can be 100 percent sure that their online videos are running as promised," said Matt Timothy, President of VINDICO(TM) Group. "Online video has a reputation of being the 'Wild West' of advertising, but VINDICO(TM) Group is changing the game. Our service ensures that video content is safe and standardized. We can now assure our agency clients that all of their video ads run 'above the fold' on quality websites - and are executed to the highest standard."
VINDICO(TM) Group is pioneering industry standardization, which is the No. 1 concern of major advertisers. VINDICO(TM) is also the first ad platform to track and measure all online video executions and formats. With DoubleVerify's technology, VINDICO(TM) will now be able to give real-time reports to advertisers using its service, validating VINDICO(TM) Group as the leading online platform in quality video advertising.
"We are excited to work with VINDICO(TM) Group to offer the industry's first in-stream video verification solution. This ground-breaking partnership will provide a simple way for VINDICO(TM) customers to opt into in-stream ad verification for online video campaigns," said Oren Netzer, CEO of DoubleVerify.
"This partnership is making the web safe for our brands and for the industry," explained Julian Zilberbrand, Vice President, Group Director, of Technology and Ad Operations, MediaVest USA. "Major advertisers are not willing to accept uncertain or poor results for their online ad spend. VINDICO(TM) Group and DoubleVerify are leveling the playing field by setting the standard of measurement that will allow the industry to grow exponentially over the next several years."
Designed with the buy-side in mind, VINDICO(TM) Group services leading agencies and holding companies like Starcom MediaVest Group, Universal McCann, Barkley and Moxie among others. VINDICO(TM) Group was instrumental in the recent VivaKi/Starcom Pool research, measuring consumer reaction to more than 30 web-video ad formats. Additionally, VINDICO(TM) Group recently announced that it is officially a separate division of its parent company, BBE. BBE is the digital media authority helping advertisers, content producers and content distributors navigate the constantly shifting terrain in the online video space.
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As the first ad-serving and tracking platform dedicated exclusively to video, VINDICO(TM) Group allows advertisers to buy, serve, track and measure all of their online video ad activity. Since 2006, VINDICO(TM) has been the gold standard in online video platforms, providing standardized reporting and analytics for the online video industry. The power of online video isn't just the audiences it reaches and how it reaches them. Its strength also derives from its ability to track an ad campaign and precisely measure its effectiveness. For more information, please visit http://vindicogroup.com/.
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Gibson Dunn Adds Outsourcing Partner Stephen Nordahl in New York
NEW YORK, March 15 -- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Stephen Nordahl has joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. Nordahl, who joins the firm from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, will continue his complex outsourcing and technology-based transactions practice and lead Gibson Dunn's effort to expand its outsourcing practice in New York.
"With many large companies looking to outsourcing as a cost-saving measure and for other strategic purposes, outsourcing represents a growth opportunity for the firm," said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. "Steve is one of the leading outsourcing lawyers in the country, and his addition strengthens our outsourcing capabilities while extending our geographic reach and coverage of our outsourcing practice to the East Coast."
Nordahl's addition is a key step in the firm's continued development of its Outsourcing Transactions Practice Group and follows the 2008-09 arrivals of partners Dan Mummery, based in Palo Alto, and Bill Peters, based in Los Angeles.
"We are delighted that Steve is joining the firm," said Mummery, co-chair of the Outsourcing Transactions Practice Group. "There are only a few outsourcing lawyers in the marketplace with the depth of experience and reputation that Steve has. His addition will enhance the firm's overall profile and capability in the areas of complex, global information technology outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions, in particular."
"Bringing Steve on board dovetails nicely with the firm's goal to grow our New York office in key areas," said Steven Shoemate, co-partner in charge of the New York office. "Steve's skill and experience with intellectual property licensing and related transactional matters will be a welcome resource to our New York transactional practice."
"I am excited to be joining Gibson Dunn and to work again with Bill and Dan," said Nordahl. "Gibson Dunn's global platform and collaborative culture will enable us to continue to build a market-leading outsourcing practice and provide our clients with world-class support."
About Stephen Nordahl
Nordahl's practice focuses on information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
He represents clients on a wide range of legal and business issues relating to complex outsourcing and technology transactions, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting large-scale BPO and ITO transactions and assisting clients with complex licensing and software and systems implementations, technology-based strategic alliances and joint ventures. His ITO experience includes the outsourcing of every IT function, including infrastructure, applications development and maintenance, end-user computing, help desk and network operations. His BPO experience includes the outsourcing of human resources, finance and accounting, print processes, procurement, asset management, claims processing and logistics functions.
He received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1994, where he was Notes Editor for the Urban Law Journal and Member/Editor of the Moot Court Board. He also has degrees from The London School of Economics and Lehigh University.
About Gibson Dunn's Outsourcing Transactions Practice Group
Gibson Dunn has a global outsourcing transactions practice group dedicated to working with clients on the full range of strategic sourcing transactions. In particular, the lawyers have substantial experience structuring and negotiating domestic and international information technology and business process sourcing arrangements, including offshoring, shared services, outsourcing renegotiations and restructurings and outsourcing-based strategic alliances and joint ventures, in transactions ranging in size from $5 million to $35 billion.
About the Firm
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm. Consistently ranking among the world's top law firms in industry surveys and major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today's global marketplace with more than 1,000 lawyers and 16 offices, including Brussels, Century City, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, Singapore, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit http://www.gibsondunn.com.
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CONTACT: Ken Doran, Managing Partner, +1-213-229-7537, Dan Mummery,
Co-Chair, Outsourcing Transactions Group, +1-650-849-5318, Bill Peters,
Co-Chair, Outsourcing Transactions Group, +1-213-229-7515, Steve Shoemate,
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Vivisimo Wins Customer Choice Award at Life Sciences Technology Insight Summit
Award Recognizes Vivisimo's Innovation in Information Optimization
PITTSBURGH, March 15 -- Vivisimo, a leader in information optimization, today announced it was the recipient of a Customer Choice Award at the recent 2010 Life Sciences Technology Insight Summit in Boston, MA.
A winner in the "most innovative solution" category, Vivisimo was recognized for helping its customers unlock and optimize the true business value of all their data, regardless of application or source to drive knowledge management, real-time decisions and actionable insight.
Presented at the 2010 Life Sciences Technology Insight Summit, a two-day, invitation-only educational and networking program with structured attendee/sponsor interaction, the Customer Choice Awards were voted on by a pre-qualified, hosted audience taking part in case study sessions, MeetingZone sessions and one-on-one meetings. The nominations for these awards are made by the participating technology buyers and end users, primarily director-level and above in management positions at top pharmaceutical and clinical trials organizations.
"We are pleased to see such a broad-range of companies included in the awards this year. The technology executives in attendance had a day-and-a-half to meet companies and ask questions about products and services and really did a thorough evaluation. The Customer Choice Awards are a very popular program at Life Sciences Technology Insight Summit, and we congratulate all of the winners and nominees," said Bill Sell, VP & General Manager of the Summit.
"The value of information optimization was on full display at the recent 2010 Life Sciences Technology Insight Summit," said John Kealey, CEO of Vivisimo. "We are honored to receive this award and believe it is indicative of the growing reliance on information optimization tools and platforms like Velocity to solve real business problems and make the most of information assets."
About Vivisimo, Inc.
Vivisimo provides enterprises with information optimization solutions that help maximize the business value of information. Unlike traditional information management products, Vivisimo's innovative solutions help end-users find and take advantage of all appropriate and available information, regardless of source, location or type. Vivisimo's innovative technology, including social search tools that enable collaboration throughout the enterprise, is delivered with a focus on end-user satisfaction and application control through easy-to-use interfaces, flexible security management and a modern architecture that enables quick deployment. Vivisimo products are available as standalone information optimization applications or as OEM versions embedded within partner applications and solutions. Vivisimo serves its clients from headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA, and through partners around the world. Visit Vivisimo.com for more information.
Contact: Leo Tignini
Xirrus Selected Again as Official Wireless Provider of Interop Las Vegas and New York
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array Architecture to Deliver Powerful Wi-Fi Connectivity for Thousands of Users Across Densely Populated Conference Centers
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 15 -- Xirrus®, the Wi-Fi "Power Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry announced today that they have been selected to be the official wireless provider for the Interop® Las Vegas (April 25-29, 2010) and New York (October 18-22, 2010). Xirrus was chosen by Interop's network team to deliver high performance 802.11n coverage for attendees and exhibitors throughout the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. This is the fifth time Xirrus has been chosen as the InteropNet wireless provider due to the power and simplicity of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array platform.
"Interop is the premier event series where IT professionals come to see and learn about the most important solutions the industry has to offer," said Lenny Heymann, General Manager of Interop. "As part of this series, InteropNet brings together selected technology companies to build and demonstrate a cutting-edge network so attendees can experience these technologies first-hand. Xirrus will help us deliver a powerful wireless network throughout the convention center using minimal devices, cables, and switch ports."
"We are honored to be selected once again by Interop's network and management team as the Wireless Provider for their events," said Dirk Gates, Founder and CEO of Xirrus. "The proliferation of Wi-Fi devices into the enterprise has caused IT professionals to focus less on coverage-based Wi-Fi and more on performance - the amount of bandwidth delivered and number of users supported in densely populated areas has become critically important. Like Switched Ethernet, our Wi-Fi Array architecture distributes the power and intelligence to the edge of the network, delivering better performance and security for users regardless of device or application."
Xirrus will showcase its powerful 802.11n multi-radio Wi-Fi Arrays throughout the events and at booth #1139. Come see the Power of Wi-Fi.
Interop drives the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Part of TechWeb's family of global brands, Interop is the leading business technology event series. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique Interop Net program, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. For more information about these events visit http://www.interop.com.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi Power Play(TM), manufactures the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet or Fast Ethernet to the desktop. Unlike traditional access points, the Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16 or 24 802.11abgn radios along with a high-gain directional antenna system, onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer into a single energy-efficient and cost-effective device using 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering. Xirrus products are designed and manufactured in the United States. Xirrus is Wi-Fi Alliance, Verisign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 Certified. For more information, please visit http://www.xirrus.com/.
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The partnership enables Chyron to integrate and co-market virtual set technology across its existing graphics platforms. The resulting solutions will allow Chyron to offer a broader based line of products offering increased ROI to clients.
"We have been watching this technology very carefully and believe that now the time is right to integrate graphics and virtual sets and introduce a comprehensive, integrated, workflow package to the market," said Kevin Prince Chyron's Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. "As our industry transitions from SD to HD budgets are being squeezed, our goal at Chyron is to offer clients systems with at least a 5:1 financial benefit. Combined with the NeuroTV trackless technology, these products fit our core goals and provide our clients with alternative technology while fitting with standard workflows."
NeuroTV's virtual set technology is an emerging solution that generates real time 3D sets, animations, interactive characters and now graphics. While virtual set technology is still in its infancy in the United States, both companies believe that the current industry atmosphere and new technology makes adoption increasingly attractive.
"Continued economic pressures make our new technology increasingly viable for a wide variety of broadcast and video operations. The partnership with Chyron allows us to provide a fully-integrated, next-generation platform for graphics and virtual sets .and represents a new standard of quality, cost efficiency and flexibility," said Guy Vanden Bemden, CEO and founder of NeuroTV.
NeuroTV will be demonstrated at NAB on the Chyron booth SL1420.
As the pioneer of Graphics as a Service for all digital video media Chyron continues to define and dominate the world of digital and broadcast graphics with Web, Mobile, HD, 3D, and newsroom integration solutions. Winner of numerous awards, including two Emmys, Chyron has proven itself as the undisputed leader in the industry with sophisticated graphics offerings that include Chyron's AXIS Graphics online content creation software, HD/SD switchable on-air graphics systems, clip servers, channel branding and telestration systems, graphics asset management and XMP integration solutions, the award-winning WAPSTR mobile phone newsgathering application as well as digital signage. For more information about Chyron products and services, please visit the company websites at http://www.chyron.com, http://www.chytv.com and http://www.axisgraphics.tv (NASDAQ:CHYR).
Founded in May 2000 by Guy Vanden Bemden, NeuroTV has since totally reinvented media production in virtual sets, tailoring the most advanced real-time 3D technologies into a cost-effective, innovative and flexible TV production solution. NeuroTV R&D lab stays at the forefront of digital media and interactivity innovations thanks to its numerous industrial and academic partnerships in the fields of image analysis, tracking and MOCAP systems, stereoscopic 3D, realistic rendering, real-time 3D reconstruction.
For more information about NeuroTV products and services, please visit the company websites at http://www.neurotv.com.
Majesco Entertainment Announces 'Attack of the Movies 3-D' Will Release for Xbox 360
3-D Shooter Brings The Thrill of Action Movies to The Next-Gen Platform
EDISON, N.J., March 15 -- Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ:COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced Attack of the Movies 3-D for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Also being released for Wii(TM), Attack of the Movies 3-D allows thrill seekers the opportunity to play through some of the greatest action movie scenes of all time - in 3-D! The game, which will release for both platforms this May, comes packaged with four pairs of 3-D glasses to support four-player multiplayer action.
In Attack of the Movies 3-D, players become an integral part of movie scenes they can typically only watch. They are transported to six fantastic movie-themed worlds where they will battle large alien space cruisers, shoot underwater monsters, join the resistance against the machines and more. Each scene features genre-based weapons to engage enemies, including zombie-slaying shotguns, automatic laser cannons and more. In addition, branching paths, changing enemy attack patterns, unique areas and environmental challenges ensure that players never experience the same fight twice.
Developed by Panic Button Games Inc., Attack of the Movies 3-D is expected to release this May. For additional information about Majesco's exciting line of products, please visit http://www.majescoentertainment.com.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Majesco Entertainment Company is a provider of video games for the mass market. Building on more than 20 years of operating history, the company is focused on developing and publishing a wide range of casual and family oriented video games on Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and other leading systems. Product highlights include Cooking Mama(TM), TETRIS® Party Deluxe, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum. The company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: COOL. Majesco is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has an international office in Bristol, UK. More information about Majesco can be found online at http://www.majescoentertainment.com. @Majesco is on twitter or at http://www.twitter.com/majesco.
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Hosted CMS Platform to Quickly Build Dynamic Websites Debuted by Webvanta
Lets Web Designers Create Sophisticated Websites in Record Time, For Less Money & Without Back-End Programming Skills
AUSTIN, Texas and SEBASTOPOL, Calif., March 15 -- Webvanta, the powerful Software as a Service CMS that enables web designers to easily and quickly build hosted dynamic websites, today announced the preview of a new release of the Webvanta platform that gives designers even more control and flexibility to design and manage sophisticated, database-driven websites for their clients without needing a programmer. Webvanta 2.0 will provide more power and flexibility than other hosted CMS solutions, which typically do not support custom databases, and is a more reliable, easier-to-use alternative to open-source offerings such as Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal. Webvanta is the first hosted CMS that enables professional designers to switch to a SaaS solution for high-end business sites.
"As the web has evolved, building sophisticated, content-rich sites demands an ever-broadening range of technical skills. Most web CMS designers are no longer able to build such sites on their own, but must call on programmers to deal with CMS setup and database features. They've flocked to WordPress as a simple solution, but they're hamstrung by its constraints," said Michael Slater, Webvanta CEO and co-founder. "Webvanta is the first solution that gives them back the power to build leading-edge web sites autonomously, while lowering costs and making it easier to realize their creative visions. We bring the SaaS model to business web sites, which have been stuck in an increasingly strained self-hosted paradigm."
The Webvanta Solution
Launched just last Fall, after a year of hands on beta testing, Webvanta is a SaaS (software-as-a-service)-based solution designed to alleviate a designer's ongoing frustrations while enabling them to deliver better business results for themselves and their clients. Designers build pages using their favorite tools, then easily integrate their HTML, CSS, and JS code into the Webvanta system to construct the site. This brings additional layers of capability, such as a full blog system, commenting, photo galleries, calendars, RSS feeds, a membership system, as well as fully customizable database-driven content.
Webvanta's streamlined administrative interface, in-place editing, and form-based content creation make it easy for clients to make updates on their own, enabling site owners to keep their sites fresh while keeping their costs down and preserving the integrity of their sites' design.
Webvanta's hosted CMS eliminates all the hassles of software updates, security risks, backups and systems administration, so designers can focus on design while being assured of reliability.
According to designer Charlie Magee, "Webvanta is the perfect fit for my business. I get the control of using my own CSS and HTML combined with the power of Webvanta's door into the world of database-backed websites. It's a win-win for me and for my clients."
Webvanta 2.0 is now in private beta, with general availability in late March. See the preview page at http://www.webvanta.com/v2. Pricing starts at as little as $15 monthly for use of the CMS and database system, site hosting, monitoring, and top-notch support.
Founded in 2007 by two former Adobe executives, CEO Michael Slater and CTO Christopher Haupt, Webvanta is at the forefront of the SaaS/web design revolution for business websites. Created for web designers by web programmers, Webvanta's mission is to provide a radically different type of CMS that marries a powerful back-end system with an easy-to-use hosted service, optimized for the needs of the design community. Every day Webvanta designers are expanding their business, sharing information, and building the next phase of the Web. See how web CMS design is joining the SaaS revolution at: Webvanta.com.
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CONTACT: Media, Leigh Anne Varney for Webvanta, +1-415-387-7250,
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Advisor Software Launches goalgami Personal Finance Tool
New Online Tool Helps People Manage Financial Goals and Make Smarter Decisions
LAFAYETTE, Calif., March 15 -- Advisor Software, Inc., a leading provider of advice solutions for the advisor market, today announced the launch of goalgami(SM), an online personal finance tool that helps people take control of their finances in a new way.
"goalgami is the first, goal-oriented personal finance tool designed to empower individuals," said Advisor Software's CEO Andrew Rudd. "By giving people a full view of their household Balance Sheet, goalgami helps them set measurable financial goals and understand how to make trade-offs in order to form a sustainable financial plan."
Available now at http://www.goalgami.com, goalgami is a free, interactive Web-based software solution that enables individuals and families to quickly assess their financial health. Investors can prioritize their goals along a timeline and use goalgami to stay on track to meet them. goalgami is unique because it uses a household Balance Sheet approach to helping people manage their finances, empowering them to make smarter decisions and better prioritize their spending and savings. The household Balance Sheet gathers an individual's income, assets, debts and goals and leverages a sophisticated analytic engine for present value analysis.
Powered by Advisor Software's patented ASI Wealth Manager® solution for financial advisors, goalgami offers individual investors the ability to:
-- Easily identify and organize their financial resources and goals;
-- Quickly generate a personal household Balance Sheet;
-- Measure their financial resources vs. their goals over a life span;
-- Calculate to what extent their resources can fund their goals;
-- Explore how different life scenarios will affect their Balance Sheet;
-- Create their own financial plan and send it directly to their
-- Get instant feedback that informs their financial decisions and
goalgami goes beyond other programs to answer a fundamental question for investors: Can you really achieve your lifelong goals? And if not, what steps can you take right now to get yourself back on track? The key goalgami features that help users do this include:
-- Progress Report. Users receive instant feedback on whether or not they
can afford their life's goals and expenses.
-- Affordability Meter. Gives an indication of whether an investor can
achieve the expenses and goals, including retirement, that they enter
as part of their financial plan.
-- The Balance Sheet. Provides a simple, customizable snap-shot of an
investor's Resources (income and assets) versus their Claims (debts,
bills and expenses).
"Advisor Software is committed to developing innovative solutions that help investors achieve concrete financial goals," Mr. Rudd continued. "With goalgami, we're bringing our new goal-based advice approach to individuals at an important time, as many households reassess their financial needs and resources."
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About Advisor Software, Inc.
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