Pepsi Adds Refreshing Content to Nokia's Ovi Store
Nokia's Ovi Store Offers the World's Most Popular Apps and Games on Their Summer of Football Channel
ESPOO, Finland, April 26, 2010-- Nokia (NYSE:NOK)today announced the launch of the Ovi Store football
channel featuring exclusive Pepsi content as well as entertainment, apps and
information from the world's most recognized football content providers. The
channel leverages Ovi Store's global reach to offer Nokia football fans
around the globe the easiest place to shop for the most popular and most
refreshing mobile football content.
Launching today, Nokia's Ovi Store football channel is the ultimate
football fan destination, featuring highly popular apps, games, and the
ability to quickly personalize and refresh your Nokia.
As part of Ovi's football offering, Pepsi's charity football anthem 'Oh
Africa' will be featured for sale on Ovi Music Store. The charity single
performed by six-time Grammy nominee, Akon, featuring Keri Hilson, the Soweto
Gospel choir and sixteen youths from around the world is the soundtrack to
Pepsi's 2010 football campaign. In addition, Pepsi's football athlete themes
and wallpapers will be available for free on the Pepsi home page at http://www.ovi.com
"Pepsi's unique content combined with Nokia's unparalleled global reach
offers football fans around the world the chance to get involved with this
year's great Football summer no matter where they are," said Marco Argenti,
VP and Global Head of Media, Nokia. "The Ovi Store football promotion offers
passionate football fans instant access to news, apps, games and a growing
selection of personalization content from some of the world's top teams."
Claudia Lagunas, Digital and New Media Director at PepsiCo International
commented: "Working with Nokia allows us to connect and communicate with the
worldwide mobile community. Nokia's Ovi Store offers an exciting new channel
through which to share our football content with millions of football fans
around the globe."
Also launching today is the Nokia Skill Dribbler competition giving
mobile gamers the opportunity to win a Football trip of a lifetime for two to
see 'El Clasico' in Barcelona. To win, skill dribblers have to show off their
silky football game skills, avoiding tackles and keeping control of the ball
for as long as they can to accumulate points. The highest weekly scorers will
receive a shirt signed by a one of the worlds' top footballers and Nokia N97
mini. The top scorer of the competition will be on their way to Barcelona. To
enter and play Skill Dribbler visit http://www.ovi.com.
In addition to PepsiCo's content Nokia's Ovi Store football channel will
also host a long list of further content dedicated to 2010's summer of
football. From competitions and tournament updates to personalizing your
device, football is a lot more fun when you are part of the action. Some of
the key content and features to get you involved include:
If you are supporting Brazil, England, or just great football, Great
Goals will whet your appetite for what's to come with a series of free audio
and video downloads dedicated to great goals scored by great players.
Football updates and news
No matter where you are in the world, you can't catch every game of the
tournament but you can still get live updates. 2010's summer of football news
and update applications are available from the largest football websites in
the world. Livemobile Football, ESPN Soccernet, and Goal.com are all
available as free applications to keep you up to date with breaking news from
around the world, previews and recaps of games for all major leagues in the
world and more.
Experience the latest in mobile football gaming and battle to win the cup
for your country. Games available include Gameloft's Real Football 2010 and
Real Football Manager 2010, and beat the rest in the next generation of
sports radar built for speed shooting, Speedhero Multisport, and the latest
football games from EA SPORTS.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but reminding everyone your country
beat their country with a postcard is priceless. This app takes digital
pictures and makes them into physical postcards in a matter of clicks.
Whether heading to South Africa or just down the street to your local
bar, stay in touch with your friends and family to let them know where you
are watching the game. Share your football experience with fans back home,
comment on games, post media, and find out where the nearby parties are.
Social networks like Nimbuzz and Buddycloud make sharing easy from your Nokia
Don't miss the Game because you got lost. Use new Ovi Maps with free walk
and drive navigation available on Nokia smartphones to find your way to
stadium, bar, park, or wherever you choose to watch the game. After the game,
find the best sights, restaurants, hotels and events wherever you are through
the Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides that come free with the new Ovi
Maps. To download Ovi Maps, visit http://www.store.ovi.com.
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced
technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to
what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one
another with a Nokia device - from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and
high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices
with innovative services through Ovi (http://www.ovi.com), including music,
maps, apps, email and more. Nokia's NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive
digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks
provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks
Ovi is a family of internet services for use on Nokia mobile devices that
keeps people connected to the people and things that matter. Ovi services
include Ovi Maps with walk and drive navigation and premium travel content;
Ovi Music with millions of music tracks; Ovi Mail for email and messaging;
Ovi Share for sharing content; and the Ovi Store, filled with thousands of
apps, games and media from the content industry's biggest names along with
independent developers. Content publishers are invited to distribute and
monetize their content through Ovi by visiting http://www.publish.ovi.com.
More information is available at http://www.ovi.com.
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nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in over
215 countries. With more than $43 billion in 2009 revenues, PepsiCo employs
203,000 people who are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth,
called Performance with Purpose. By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad
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AT&T Releases 'Raising Their Voices,' a new Study Into Causes and Solutions for the Dropout Crisis
Study highlights perspectives of Baltimore student, researcher
BALTIMORE, April 26 -- With the high school dropout crisis continuing to erode our nation's educational and economic fabric, and take a toll on students from Baltimore and across Maryland, AT&T recently released, "Raising Their Voices: Engaging Students, Teachers, and Parents to Help End the High School Dropout Epidemic," the fourth in a series of ground-breaking studies by Civic Enterprises and Peter D. Hart Research that examines the alarming dropout rates through the eyes of dropouts, students, teachers and parents.
While shining a spotlight on the dropout issue, Raising Their Voices offers a number of recommendations on how to confront the problem right here in Baltimore and across Maryland and demonstrates the tremendous value of engaging students, teachers, and parents in candid, face-to-face dialogues on the topic.
Inspired by the report and building upon its own experiences of forging consensus, the National Education Association (NEA), in collaboration with AT&T, announced it is preparing to launch a series of similar dialogues in school districts across the nation to help mobilize local communities to improve graduation rates.
"Our partnership with AT&T is a perfect example of what happens when we work together to make our public schools great," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "In addition to validating and supporting our 12-point dropout prevention plan, Raising Their Voices sheds light on this important issue and demonstrates AT&T's continued commitment to improving public education."
Meanwhile, Raising Their Voices offers not only ideas and hope for the future, but it is a practical resource today for local school districts in Baltimore and across Maryland who want to increase graduation rates. The full report, available at http://civicenterprises.net/pdfs/raisingtheirvoices.pdf includes guidelines that can be used in other communities to facilitate their own action-oriented conversations.
"For all students to graduate ready for college and career, parents and teachers need to support each other and students need to do their part. Too often, though, these three groups end up talking past each other," said Robert Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and research scientist who assisted with this study. "The power of this report is that it shows that structured conversations between the three groups on what it will take to get all students to graduate can serve as a powerful lever of reform."
The numbers are staggering. Nearly one-third of all public high school students--and almost one half of minorities--fail to graduate with their class, totaling more than 1.2 million each year.
Raising Their Voices is being released just days after President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan again discussed how low graduation rates are having a profound impact on the nation, while proposing $900 million in grants to turn around the lowest performing high schools.
"The nation's dropout rate is too high. We lose 1.2 million students each year to the streets. That is economically unsustainable and morally unacceptable," said Secretary Duncan. "We need to prepare our students for success in college and careers. Our nation's economic future depends on it. We all have to come together to address this national crisis, with the private sector working with schools to find a solution."
"The Administration's support for private sector programs like AT&T Aspire that aim to prepare our students for their best futures has been a real motivator to all of us," said Randall Stephenson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AT&T. "Addressing our high school dropout crisis is one of the keys to driving long-term American competitiveness globally."
Before research began for Raising Their Voices in 2009, three earlier research reports focused on the distinct perspectives of high school dropouts (Silent Epidemic, 2006), parents (One Dream, Two Realities, 2007), and teachers (On the Front Lines of Schools, 2009). These studies made it clear that the three constituencies share different and often conflicting views of the causes and cures of dropping out.
To gather additional insight, Civic Enterprises and Peter D. Hart Research, on behalf of AT&T and the America's Promise Alliance, assembled students, teachers, and parents from local communities for candid face-to-face dialogues to explore the dropout issue from their unique points of view. Raising Their Voices summarizes those discussions, and includes recommendations, with particular emphasis on making sure students have a better understanding of how classroom activities relate to workplace and life success.
Beyond the 'Blame Game'
"Raising Their Voices is a wake-up call to the nation that teachers, students, and parents have perspectives that are critical to solving the dropout epidemic. By engaging in dialogues, these three vital groups dispel stereotypes, foster a spirit of mutual respect, and provide common solutions that will help keep more students on track to finish high school and attend college," said Civic Enterprises CEO John Bridgeland.
"The act of bringing these individuals together around one table not only shed light on the challenges each group faces, but it elevated their interest in combating the problem. As expected, the discussions varied from city to city, but the findings have broader implications that will serve anyone interested in lifting the graduation rates of their high school students," Bridgeland said.
The new study focused on four public high schools--one each in Indianapolis, Dallas, Baltimore, and Kingsport, Tenn. The groups at each school included approximately 15 participants, with an even mix of students, parents, and teachers. The schools selected offered a diversity of locations and demographics. The groups included students at-risk of dropping out and parents of at-risk students, as well as teachers of at-risk students.
Kolleen Davis, a 10th grader at Baltimore Talent Development High School, said that participating in the dialogue in her community helped change her perspective.
"I learned how other people felt. It wasn't just my opinions (that counted). Now that I had a chance to hear other people's opinions, I have changed my outlook," Davis said, noting that she now realizes the issue is more complex than she had originally believed.
Among the recommendations that emerged from Raising Their Voices were:
-- Candid dialogue among the three constituencies is necessary to move
beyond the "blame game" and to forge a collective will to ensure more
students graduate from high school. Teachers should make more explicit
connections between coursework and the real world and draw on
resources in communities to make these examples tangible.
-- Adult advocates who connect community-based supports to struggling
students should be made available so students can get the help they
need inside and outside of the classroom.
-- Students should be exposed to a rigorous curriculum aligned with
post-secondary standards and other opportunities to develop skills so
every student has the opportunity to prepare for a post-secondary
education, whether it is college, trade school, or other advanced
training. To that end, individual student plans and collaboration
among teachers should be encouraged so all students can meet high
-- Communications between teachers and parents is essential, and
technological resources should be applied to make these connections as
quickly as possible.
By taking the lead in organizing and hosting similar dialogues in a group of school districts across the nation, the NEA will continue the momentum to find solutions at the local level.
"The need for community dialogues is the most striking report finding," said Laura Sanford, President of the AT&T Foundation. "We're so pleased that the NEA has taken a leadership role in launching additional dialogues in communities around the country."
"NEA has been a leader in promoting the value of collaboration and discovering ways to tap into the potential of our schools and kids. Their invaluable experience and knowledge is precisely what this initiative needs to succeed and grow," Sanford said.
"The findings from AT&T's Raising Their Voices were enlightening. We are looking forward to using their dialogues as a model for our own, and continuing where this research left off," Van Roekel said.
Van Roekel noted that the NEA has already engaged Ohio teachers, administrators, political leaders, and other stakeholders in successful "transformational dialogues," and that they are pursuing the same initiative in North Carolina. NEA also has an extensive Public Engagement Program that brings together community stakeholders to address achievement gaps, improve student outcomes, and make classroom work relevant through service-learning opportunities for students. The program has proven effective in engaging local stakeholders in these efforts in a number of states including Arkansas, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
AT&T Aspire in Maryland
As part of AT&T's* ongoing commitment to investing in Maryland and helping students stay - and succeed - in school and on the job, the company last year announced a $286,816 AT&T Foundation grant to Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) for their continued work at the Baltimore Talent Development High School (BTDHS).
The announcement was made during the Maryland Department of Education/America's Promise Dropout Prevention summit, which included 600 educators and community leaders from throughout Maryland who assembled to discuss strategies for keeping Maryland's students in school. AT&T provided support to America's Promise to coordinate this and other state and local summits across the nation.
The grant to the Johns Hopkins' Center for Social Organization of Schools is part of the AT&T Foundation's signature initiative, AT&T Aspire, which helps address high school success and workforce readiness. Competitive grants were awarded to organizations that provide a range of support for students, including academic intervention, academic coaching and mentoring and tutoring services that are focused on improving reading and math skills, reducing truancy and building teen confidence.
Also as part of AT&T Aspire, more than 65 students from North County High School in Glen Burnie, Md., recently "shadowed" AT&T employees during their regular work day to see firsthand the educational background and skills they will need to succeed on the job. The students learned more about AT&T's operations in Hanover - from how the company's wireless networks are built and maintained to how products are marketed to how wireless products are sold in a retail environment.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2009, $155 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country. Created to enlist the private, public and nonprofit sectors to help address our Nation's toughest problems, Civic Enterprises draws on some of the best minds in the country to fashion new initiatives and strategies that achieve measurable results. We feature a talented team of policymakers, public officials, senior advisors to Presidents and Members of Congress, social scientists, and leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Our staff has extensive experience serving at the highest levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In tackling your organization's project, we will also call on the vast talents of our company's Policy Council, who are leading experts with broad experience in many public policy areas.
About Hart Research
Hart Research has been one of America's leading public opinion and market research firms for nearly four decades, including two decades as the pollster for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to its long-standing research practice in electoral politics, Hart Research conducts extensive research for 6 major corporations, major foundations (including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), public interest organizations (including the United Negro College Fund and Environmental Defense), and educational institutions (including the College Board and the University of California system). Hart Research's work in education ranges from issue- and policy-oriented projects for advocacy groups and other nonprofit organizations, to image and reputation studies for colleges and universities. In addition to conducting research on such topics as college-preparedness and the cost of inadequate preparation for college, the role of individual colleges and universities within their larger communities, union representation in higher education, and the college application and admissions process, Hart Research was chosen to conduct original research to inform three previous reports on the dropout issue: "The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives on High School Dropouts," "One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America's High Schools," and "Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention."
The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
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M&A Technology Launches Companion Touch10, an Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate
DALLAS, April 26 -- M&A Technology, a leading provider of technology products and services, will offer the Companion Touch10 as part of the Intel ® Learning Series. The Companion Touch10 is an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC with touch screen functionality to enhance learning in K-12 market. The new device comes with 10.1" touch screen which enhances 1:1 eLearning and teaching. Its ruggedized design and built-in handle offer student-friendly tablet for day-to-day usage in the classroom and at home.
With the influx of mini-laptops into the educational market, the Companion Touch10 addresses the need for an affordable tablet PC in the K-12 market. The convertible screen makes it easier for students to interact with the device and share their work in group activities. The built in webcam swivels 180 degrees to capture pictures and movies from different angles. The Companion Touch 10 comes pre-loaded with specialized educational software and classroom management software for easy implementation in schools.
As an Intel Authorized Integrator, M&A Technology will make this device available through normal distribution channels for Intel resellers throughout the US. Resellers will have the ability to customize the tablet for their specific markets.
"Intel is excited to support M&A Technology in the launch of the Companion Touch10, an Intel Learning Series solution for education. Based on Intel technologies, Companion Touch10 will help to realize the vision and benefits of 1:1 computing in education, enriching learning experience for our students in the United States," said Kapil Wadhera, acting general manager of Intel's Emerging Market Platforms Group which developed the reference design.
The standard configuration comes with 10.1" resistive touch screen, 160GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, 1.3 MP rotating camera, Bluetooth and built-in handle. The casing is made with rubberized material for easy grip and to prevent slipping on the desk. The tablet can be used in laptop mode for typing, tablet mode for writing and sketching and eReader mode for browsing digital content. A full description of the product is available at http://www.macomp.com/companiontouch10.
PASCO Enables Mobile Science Learning Environment for the Intel-powered convertible classmate PC
SPARKvue Science Learning Software Engages Students in Authentic Scientific Investigation
NEW YORK, April 26 -- PASCO® today showed students, media, analysts and guests how to enable the Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design to become a mobile discovery science learning environment within which students can launch authentic scientific investigations. PASCO demonstrated its state-of-the-art science learning software, SPARKvue(TM), at a showcase held at Central Park Zoo to mark the launch of Intel's latest convertible classmate PC design.
"SPARKvue creates a science learning environment for real-time measurement, data visualization and analysis that students can use wherever science happens, inside or outside the classroom," said Wayne Grant, Ph.D., chief education officer at PASCO. "Intel provided the perfect venue in which to demonstrate this. Students used SPARKvue running on an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design in a familiar classroom environment set up by Intel before going to the Tropical Zone of the zoo for an authentic hands-on science experience."
A science activity from PASCO gave students the opportunity to examine the climate in New York City, consider how it affected habitat, and discover how characteristics of local birds made them better suited to that habitat. Using an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC, SPARKvue data collection and visualization application and a PASPORT® Weather Sensor, students measured climate conditions in the zoo's Tropical Zone to see how the climate there affects habitat and, through it, the same characteristics in tropical birds. By exploring differences in the characteristics of birds that resulted from the climate's effects on habitat, students were able to see for themselves why climate change matters. They learned how climate affects the physical and behavioral adaptations that enable animals to survive in a particular environment. As a result, they could better understand the importance of scientifically assessing and debating important matters like global warming.
"Students love SPARKvue because they can conduct real-time science investigations in the same way that scientists do," said Grant. "Activities called SPARKlabs(TM), embedded within the SPARKvue application, promote real-time scientific investigations, student reflection and discussion with built-in annotation tools. They are engaging and use prompts for students to answer questions, make predictions and analyze their results. Teachers appreciate that SPARKlabs contain background information, materials and setup instructions, and data collection all in one place."
PASCO offers a collection of 61 free SPARKlabs for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, middle school and elementary school. Additional SPARKlab collections are available from PASCO and its content partners. For more information on pricing and ordering visit http://www.pasco.com, or call (800) 772-8700.
About PASCO scientific
PASCO scientific is a leading developer of innovative, technology-based solutions for hands-on science. PASCO's team includes former and current teachers, educational researchers and engineers. Throughout its almost 50-year history, PASCO has focused exclusively on science education--designing, developing and supporting better ways of teaching and learning science. Teachers and students in more than 100 countries throughout the world use PASCO solutions. For more information, visit http://www.pasco.com.
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McGraw-Hill and Intel Join Forces to Bring Personalized Digital Learning Experience to Elementary Classrooms
Collaboration combines McGraw-Hill's educational expertise and innovation with new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC design
NEW YORK, April 26 -- McGraw-Hill Education today announces a collaboration with Intel that brings the classroom of the future one step closer to reality. The combination of McGraw-Hill's quality educational content with Intel® Learning Series technology specifically designed for the elementary school classroom creates a personalized learning experience for students. For schools, this collaboration offers the flexibility to choose from a variety of options including total digital solutions or hybrid models consisting of print and digital components.
The first McGraw-Hill Education program optimized specifically for the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is LEAD21, an all-new elementary school literacy program designed to reach a new generation of readers. LEAD21 is a comprehensive literacy and language arts program offering students and teachers full print, digital and professional development resources. Through this collaboration with Intel, LEAD21 offers integrated content and hardware solutions as well. The program provides every learner with easy access to digital tools, such as an Online Coach, ePractice activities and more, which help students manage and extend their own learning. In the coming months, McGraw-Hill also plans to introduce additional programs and software created to work specifically with the classmate PC.
"Our students need 21st century skills to succeed in school and in today's global economy. Having great new content and the latest technology in the classroom is essential to instruction and the acquisition of these skills," said William Oldsey, executive vice president of McGraw-Hill Education. "Through this collaboration, we are bringing together innovators in education and technology to create engaging solutions that enhance classroom instruction, drive student achievement and keep today's children - digital natives - from 'powering down' when entering the classroom."
The new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is based on extensive ethnographic research with students and teachers, catering to how students learn and how teaching is evolving in the classroom. The new design combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-reading capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency. The flexibility and tablet touch screen of the new convertible classmate PC works and moves the way students do.
"Rich content and innovative applications bring the unique classmate PC design to life, providing a complete solution that makes learning fun and teaching effective," said Greg Pearson, vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of World Wide Sales and Operations for Intel Corporation. "Our collaboration with McGraw-Hill leads the industry in developing an e-learning solution for elementary students. We look forward to continuing to work with McGraw-Hill to develop rich content and applications in other areas of learning."
The two companies have conducted pilots over the last year to test how students and teachers engage with technology during classroom instruction and plan to continue ethnographic research to guide their efforts.
About LEAD21 LEAD21 equips teachers with flexible digital tools that make instruction effective and easy to manage, such as the Group Manager, which coordinates the placement of students for differentiated reading and inquiry groups, and the ePractice Activity Reporting Tool and Assessment Handbook, which help monitor progress toward proficiency.
A key element of the LEAD21 program is its approach to classroom differentiation. By blending whole group and small group instruction with independent practice, LEAD21 creates a community of learners with equal access and voice.
About the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC
The new classmate PC reference design is part of the Intel® Learning Series, a complete solution for technology and education with support from over 300 vendors, including hardware vendors, operating system vendors, software vendors and enterprise solutions providers, developing applications, peripherals and services optimized for Intel-powered classmate PCs. The Intel Learning Series gives teachers resources to enhance lessons by allowing them to integrate digital and multimedia content into their existing curriculum. With the Intel Learning Series' collaboration and management software, teachers can be more responsive to the needs of their students and switch easily between individual, small group and whole-class instruction. Intel Learning Series solutions also include technical and pedagogical training for teachers. Through a secure computing environment, child-safe operating system, and web filtering and monitoring features, this enables teachers to focus on instruction.
About McGraw-Hill School Education Group
The McGraw-Hill School Education Group, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading innovator in the development of 21st century teaching and learning solutions for K-12 education markets, offering traditional and digital instructional, assessment, and reference content and tools for teachers and students. The School Education Group addresses critical areas in primary and secondary education through Learning Solutions Centers focused on improving student learning outcomes and promoting digital innovation in literacy, STEM, college and career readiness, and intervention and special needs education. All of McGraw-Hill's content for elementary schools and secondary schools is available in digital form. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.mheducation.com/.
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.
AT&T Expands Mobile Broadband Coverage in East Glenville
New Cell Site Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network
SCHENECTADY, N.Y., April 26 -- As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new 3G cell site in East Glenville. The new site will enhance wireless coverage for area residents and businesses along the Route 50 corridor between Ballston Spa and the Schenectady County Airport to Glenridge Road (Route 146) and the surrounding area. With 3G speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.
The new cell site is one part of AT&T's ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its 3G wireless network - the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. It is also part of AT&T's ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them.
"Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and business customers who need to stay connected to work, family and friends is our ultimate objective," said Hal Lenox, president, AT&T New York. "Our ongoing investments in the state will help us ensure that our customers have access to the wireless services that help drive economic growth."
"We're seeing advanced smartphones driving up to 10 times the amount of usage of other devices on average," said Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager for AT&T in western/upstate New York. "Despite these unprecedented increases in wireless data traffic, AT&T's network investments and upgrades have enabled us to continue to deliver the nation's fastest 3G network."
AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation's fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T's network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with an enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future. Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.
AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers 3G data roaming in more than 115 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
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Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Kate MacKinnon of AT&T Inc., +1-508-271-8442,
Affordable App Shows How Different Lifestyle Factors Interact and Offers Expert Advice on Health & Fitness
NEW YORK, April 26 -- Body & Mind Connection, released last month by B Healthy U, LLC for the Apple iPhone, is now available on the new iPad for only 99 cents. The app is the first of its kind to help people live healthier lifestyles by showing how various lifestyle factors interact with one another, which among other things can help them eat better, sleep better and handle stress better. Also offered are daily diet and exercise tips from world-class experts, including Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, and Joe Decker, recognized as "The World's Fittest Man" after breaking the Guinness World Records 24-Hour Physical Fitness Challenge in 2000.
Each day, the app asks users to rate, on a scale of one to five, how they have performed on a set of eight lifestyle factors: diet, exercise, sleep, hunger, energy, mood, stress and weight. With many people, lack of sleep can wreak havoc with their appetites. With others, eating highly processed foods can create uncontrollable hunger, which may lead to weight gain. Once users become aware of these relationships through the use of color-coded graphs, they can adjust their lifestyle to better match their health and fitness goals. After using the app daily for two weeks, users receive a printable diploma, and after one month, they receive a graduate degree.
"I want to help people change their lives for the better, 60 seconds at a time," said Mitzi Perdue, Founder of B Healthy U. "That's all the time you need to spend each day rating the different factors and not only learning more about your everyday habits, but what you can do to change them."
Body & Mind's diet information comes from Dr. David Katz, a world authority in nutrition and weight management who has studied thousands of diets. The exercise tips come from Joe Decker, an ultra-endurance power athlete, fitness trainer and syndicated columnist who has helped thousands of people get into shape and lose weight. Encouragement and moral support comes directly from the program's author, Mitzi Perdue. As Founder of Healthy U of Delmarva, a community lifestyle improvement effort on Maryland's Eastern Shore, she has spoken with thousands of people and seen the joy they have felt when they've lost weight, reclaimed their energy, are able to sleep well or have had their moods improve.
Body & Mind Connection is available for only $0.99 (USD) through the App Store on the iPhone or iPad. It can also be downloaded by clicking the "Available on the App Store" buttons at http://www.bhealthyu.com. Promo codes are available upon request for qualified reviewers.
About Mitzi Perdue
Mitzi Perdue, heiress to the Sheraton Hotel chain, has authored more than 1,600 newspaper and magazine articles on food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment. She is the founder of Healthy U of Delmarva, a 9,000-member organization which encourages healthy lifestyles through awards for outstanding workplace wellness programs. Mitzi's work in the field of encouraging healthy lifestyles has earned her numerous awards, including Woman's Day Magazine's "Women Who Inspire Us" award and the Ellis Island National Medal of Honor. She is currently working on a book chronicling her life, including her upbringing in a hotel family and marriage to the late Frank Perdue, the well-known CEO of Perdue Farms.
About B Healthy U
B Healthy U, LLC is a publisher of mobile applications for the iPhone and iPad that specializes in giving users the tools they need to make important lifestyle changes. For more information, visit http://www.bhealthyu.com.
Source: B Healthy U, LLC
CONTACT: Jason Solomon, R.C. Auletta and Company, +1-212-355-0400,
Rhapsody Brings Subscription Music to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Fans Can Now Download Rhapsody Playlists and Enjoy Their Favorite Music Anywhere, Even without an Internet Connection
SEATTLE, April 26 -- Rhapsody today launched a new version of its popular Rhapsody for iPhone app with an important new feature: music fans can now download their favorite Rhapsody playlists to their iPhone(TM), iPod® touch or iPad(TM) so they can listen any time - even when they're not connected to the Internet.
Rhapsody is the first U.S. service to enable people to download subscription music to the iPhone. By downloading playlists directly to their device, fans can enjoy Rhapsody anywhere: on the subway, on an airplane, even on a submarine.
"Today marks a turning point for Rhapsody and subscription music," said Jon Irwin, Rhapsody's president. "By making Rhapsody accessible anywhere people want to hear music -- and not just the places where they have an Internet connection -- we're giving music lovers a new way to discover and enjoy music on the devices they love."
Version 2.0 of Rhapsody for iPhone is now available in the U.S. for free from the Apple App Store. It is a new version of the iPhone app that Rhapsody first launched last September.
Using Rhapsody for iPhone, subscribers can stream (and now download) music from Rhapsody's catalog of over 9 million songs, listen to Internet radio stations, create new playlists on the go, or access the playlists they have already created through Rhapsody. The app also makes it easy for people to buy songs from the iTunes® Store. In the coming months, Rhapsody will add the ability to download individual songs and albums (in addition to playlists) as part of an update to the Rhapsody for iPhone app.
Using the app requires a Rhapsody subscription, either to the $10-per-month Rhapsody Premier offering Rhapsody introduced earlier this month (which provides access to Rhapsody on one mobile device) or to the $14.99 Rhapsody Premier Plus plan (which lets people access the service on up to 3 mobile devices). More info on those plans is available at http://www.rhapsody.com/-discover/plans.
In its most recent forecast on the U.S. digital music market, Forrester Research predicted that over the next four years the number of people subscribed to services like Rhapsody will double to more than five million, up from approximately 2.1 million today*. Wireless subscribers will be one of the major drivers for that growth.
Rhapsody is now the only on-demand music service available on the iPhone platform. Earlier this month, the company also launched a mobile app for the Android platform. In addition, the company is developing a mobile app for BlackBerry® smartphone users that will launch this summer.
Rhapsody is a digital music service that lets you listen to any song you want, wherever you are. For a flat monthly fee, subscribers can access Rhapsody's catalog of over 9 million songs anywhere they want to hear music, including from their PC, laptop, home stereo, TV, MP3 player and mobile device (including the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android-powered handsets). Rhapsody is based in Seattle. For more information, visit http://www.rhapsody.com.
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Lionbridge Announces General Availability of Translation Workspace(TM), the First Global-Scale SaaS-Based Translation Productivity Platform
Opens the Industry's Most Advanced and Flexible Language Management Technology to Enterprises, Translators and Agencies Worldwide; Introduces GeoWorkz.com eCommerce Platform for Real-Time Translation Applications
WALTHAM, Mass., April 26 -- After a robust and comprehensive global beta program, Lionbridge is proud to release Translation Workspace, the first, market-proven, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based translation productivity platform. Translation Workspace is now Generally Available for all translators, agencies and clients worldwide through GeoWorkz.com, Lionbridge's eCommerce platform for all real-time translation applications. Through a simple, low-cost subscription, users can now access Translation Workspace to translate, manage and sequence language assets in real-time, collaborate instantly with other translators, monitor project productivity, automate quality assurance and engage qualified resources on demand - all within their own secure, private work environment.
Managing multiple versions of expensive desktop translation memory software has been a challenge for translators, agencies and global enterprises for decades. Translation Workspace eliminates these challenges by providing a real-time, multi-tenant platform based on one instance of technology. This transforms static linguistic databases into real-time linguistic assets. Delivered via a flexible, subscription-based SaaS model, Translation Workspace is completely automated and eliminates the need for users to buy, install or maintain any software on their premises. This means translators, agencies and enterprises can dynamically align and scale their technology with their business needs while eliminating upgrade costs, version control issues and maintenance fees. Through its unique Live Assets(TM) feature, Translation Workspace allows users to quickly and economically manage, distribute and sequence translation memories and instantly engage a qualified pool of translators. They also gain on-demand visibility into the progress of every project and the delivery of every translation.
By offering this proven technology to individual translators and agencies through a flexible, subscription-based model, Lionbridge is providing on-demand access to the industry's most advanced language asset management tools without the cost and infrastructure of traditional on-premise translation systems.
"Traditional on-premise translation software has provided value for many organizations but it has reached its end of life," said Rory Cowan, Lionbridge CEO. "Organizations need a flexible solution that is designed and architected to take advantage of today's community-enabled Web platform. With our innovative SaaS-based technology and flexible subscription model, we are reducing the cost and complexity of translation productivity tools, eliminating the need for expensive, on-premise software and helping users increase the efficiency and productivity of their businesses."
Today's announcement follows Lionbridge's recent news that it has partnered with IBM to accelerate the development and commercialization of real-time translation automation for the enterprise. These announcements reflect the power of Lionbridge's proven, cloud-based translation memory platform that enables organizations to optimize language assets, reduce costs and cost-effectively address all enterprise content without having to buy and maintain on-premise software.
Translation Workspace Receives Applause from Users
Lionbridge enjoys relationships with more than 10,000 individual translators and agencies. Several of these translators and agencies were beta testers of Translation Workspace and provided valuable feedback as Lionbridge finalized the capabilities of its new platform.
"I am really impressed with the mature capabilities and features provided by the Translation Workspace," said Vasily Tomilin, an experienced Russian localization expert. "The combination of a Software as a Service model and live translation assets will be transformative for the industry. It will allow both experienced and new translation suppliers more flexibility -- to grow their business, reach new customers and be more productive -- all at a lower cost than the competition."
Flexible Subscription Model Offers "Pay as you Go" Pricing and Scalability
Translation Workspace is available today through GeoWorkz.com, Lionbridge's ecommerce platform for all real-time translation applications.
Translation Workspace requires a basic online connection and a minimal monthly subscription that starts at 10 Euro per month and scales to support both translation agencies and enterprise customers. The platform's SaaS model allows users to engage with the Translation Workspace, upload and distribute translation assets and manage translation projects across global teams in a secure, on-demand Web environment. Advanced security features protect confidentiality and protect each user's proprietary content while offering full scalability and reliability. GeoWorkz.com provides comprehensive resources for all users to succeed with the Translation Workspace. All subscribers have access to a shared directory making it easy to find service providers and other subscribers. GeoWorkz.com also provides a foundation for Lionbridge to offer additional industry-scale technology, features and work activities to the global multilingual community.
Translation Workspace is based on Logoport, Lionbridge's advanced real-time translation memory technology, which has managed more than 2 billion words since its initial deployment in early 2005 and currently processes more than 60 million words each month for 19,000 users and 700 customers.
With today's release, translators, agencies and enterprises worldwide are now able to enjoy the benefits of Translation Workspace for their own use through a low-cost, easy-to-use online platform. As we expand GeoWorkz.com to include other real-time applications such as translation automation, we will further transform how organizations manage multilingual communications with customers, employees and partners worldwide," added Cowan.
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIOX) is a provider of translation, development and testing solutions. Lionbridge combines global resources with proven program management methodologies to serve as an outsource partner throughout a client's product and content lifecycle - from development to translation, testing and maintenance. Global organizations rely on Lionbridge services to increase international market share, speed adoption of global products and content, and enhance their return on enterprise applications and IT system investments. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge maintains solution centers in 26 countries and provides services under the Lionbridge and VeriTest brands. To learn more, visit http://www.lionbridge.com/.
Lionbridge, Translation Workspace, GeoWorkz, Live Assets and Logoport are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. in the US and throughout the world.
This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements, including statements relating to market, subscriber and translator acceptance and use of the Translation Workspace (TM), the expected benefits of use, the timing of availability of the Translation Workspace, the expected features and functionality of the Translation Workspace and the expected benefits of deployment, subscription and use. Lionbridge's actual experiences and results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include but are not limited to market acceptance; ability and willingness to subscribe to the Translation Workspace; timing of availability of the Translation Workspace and particular features and functionality; successful user deployment and utilization of existing and future services; errors, interruptions or delays in our service or our Web hosting; breaches of our security measures; competition; and various financial aspects of the subscription model utilized in connection with the Translation Workspace.
For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with Lionbridge, please refer to Lionbridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2009.
Source: Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: Sara Buda, Lionbridge Technologies, +1-781-434-6190,
National Instruments Introduces PXI/CompactPCI Backplanes for Embedded Test and Control OEMs
Backplanes Ideal for Custom Instrumentation, Aerospace/Defense and Industrial Embedded Control OEMs
AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2010 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) now offers board-level backplanes from all of its industry-leading PXI/CompactPCI and PXI Express chassis for OEMs to use in applications ranging from aerospace/defense to industrial embedded control. Engineers and scientists can use the PXI/CompactPCI backplanes to create custom, rugged applications that meet their unique form factor needs or environmental specifications.
The more than 10 new 3U and 6U PXI/CompactPCI backplanes offer from 4 to 18 slots and work with PXI, PXI Express, CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express modules. Engineers can design custom installations and enclosures around the backplanes while integrating more than 1,500 existing PXI modules - from data acquisition to FPGA-based I/O modules, to high-end instruments such as signal generators and RF signal analyzers, as well as a variety of bus interface modules including serial, MIL-STD-1553, IEEE 1588, PROFIBUS and DeviceNet. They also can use the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform to design, prototype and deploy all aspects of their system, increasing productivity and reducing time to market.
"As an OEM, we've used the new NI PXI/CompactPCI board-level backplanes to create a family of custom, portable, high-performance military-grade computer platforms that give integrators the power to deliver instrumentation test systems using NI modules and controllers," said Don McCook, vice president of business development for Logic Instrument USA, Inc. "NI has a solid reputation for creating high-quality hardware, and now, OEMs can leverage that reliability in our own products."
Readers can visit http://www.ni.com/embedded and select 'board-level PXI/Compact PCI' to learn more about the NI approach to embedded design. For volume OEM pricing information, readers can call (800) 531-5066 to speak to a customer service representative or visit http://www.ni.com/visit to request a free on-site consultation from an NI field engineer.
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (http://www.pxisa.org) that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimized for test, measurement and control. Founded in 1997, the PXI specification is supported by more than 70 vendors offering more than 1,500 PXI products. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express industrial computer standards and offer additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.
LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
Physician Services Company Announces Meaningful Use Service for Doctors
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 26 -- WorkSmart MD, a Florida based physician services company, announces the launch of Offsite Practice Support and Meaningful Use consulting services for doctors.
The company's services facilitate cost effective and easy transition from paper-based medical records to electronic. On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed HITECH Act which includes provisions to promote meaningful use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology and authorizes incentive payments for providers that demonstrate meaningful use. In 2015, providers are expected to adopt and successfully utilize EHR in compliance with the meaningful use definition to avoid financial penalties under Medicare and Medicaid.
"The Government's Stimulus program is a great way to help physician practices. The problem that we see over and over is that small practices don't have access to the training, technology or support needed to be able to demonstrate meaningful use. Our solution is something we call Offsite Practice Support. Offsite Practice Support is the combination of EHR software to automate business process, EHR Advisors to help doctors use it, and A/R experts to help doctors increase revenue opportunities," reports M. Jayson Meyer, CEO of WorkSmart MD.
For 9 years WorkSmart MD has been providing physician support services including compliance support with its HIPAA Rx Compliance Software and practice revenue optimization services. Through these services the company has been able to demonstrate consistent increases of 10% - 15% in physician cash flow. The company builds upon these services by integrating web-based electronic health records software and dedicated EHR experts to ensure meaningful use.
"Unlike software vendors our fees for electronic health records are based on performance. We have a vested interest in the success of our clients and realize that every practice is unique, no EHR solution is turn-key - Offsite Practice Support bridges the gap," notes David VanderVoort, VP of Sales & Marketing.
WorkSmart MD, Inc. is a leading provider of Offsite Practice Support services to physicians. Since 2001 the Company has helped hundreds of physicians improve the financial performance of their practice. WorkSmart MD, Inc. was founded by entrepreneur M. Jayson Meyer who has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS 48 hours, and in the Wall Street Journal.
'Shop Laughing' Debuts Online as First Home Shopping Show With Singing, Dancing and Comedy a la 'American Idol Meets QVC'
Will Take Home Shopping Where No Man or Woman Has Gone Before!
BOCA RATON, Fla., April 26 -- Watch out HSN, Madden is itching for an encore. Not coach Madden. Not the shoe guy either, but the "Spin Man" Tom Madden has created Shop Laughing, the first home shopping show with an entertainment kicker he likens to "American Idol meets QVC."
Madden's first blending of shopping and entertainment was "Shop Around The World With Elke" distributed on videotape prior to the Internet. Although garnering press kudos, only a small audience ever saw how funny was his host Elke Sommer, who starred in films with Peter Sellers.
After building his PR firm into a bustling business, Madden, a former NBC Programming VP and right hand to TV wunderkind Fred Silverman, is now up to his old shticks again as Shop Laughing's creator.
"While TV hosts ooze with enthusiasm and an almost terminal next-door neighborliness, the home shopping genre hasn't evolved much," he said. Shop Laughing features performers in between shopping segments for funny items like wallets that open by fingerprint, a Germ Bullet that mortally wounds flu bugs up your nose and a stylish stun device called Stazem that can knock an assailant flat. Meanwhile amateur singers, dancers and comedians compete for viewers' text votes.
At NBC Madden was ahead of his time recommending new genres, including something called 'reality programming,' said TransMedia President Glen Calder, a former producer for Geraldo Rivera. "Tom would pitch concepts, but get shot down."
Shop Laughing will be streamed live online. "Presenters will be fun to watch," said Impresario Madden, including gorgeous 75-year-old former top model Oleda Baker selling her skincare and Dr. Rod presenting Madden's own invention of Knife and Forklift (http://www.knifeandforklift.com), a combination of dumbbells and utensils that lets you exercise while eating. Madden said the Ellen DeGeneres show just ordered a pair after seeing them on NBC's TODAY SHOW and reading a rave review in FITNESS Magazine.
Madden also writes books like "Spin Man" praised by Dick Clark and Regis Philbin as a funny look inside the PR business.
$828 Million Deal Marks Third Partnership with Security Industry Leader Tim Whall
CHICAGO, April 26 -- GTCR, one of the country's leading private equity firms, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Protection One (NASDAQ:PONE), a national provider of electronic security alarm monitoring services, for approximately $828 million, including assumed debt. The transaction will be accomplished through a tender offer at $15.50 per share, followed by a merger to acquire all remaining outstanding shares at the same price. The company's two largest shareholders, Quadrangle Capital Partners and Monarch Alternative Capital LP, representing approximately 70% of the currently outstanding shares, have agreed to tender their shares into the tender offer.
Protection One ("P-One") is the third largest provider of electronic security monitoring services in the U.S. based on recurring monthly revenues ("RMR") as reported in SDM Magazine, and is one of only three security monitoring companies with a nationwide footprint. The Company provides a full suite of electronic security monitoring services to both the residential and commercial markets. Services offered include burglary and fire protection, access control, video surveillance, maintenance and monitoring.
GTCR's purchase of P-One marks its third collaboration with security industry expert Tim Whall, who previously partnered with GTCR on its successful investments in Cambridge Protection Industries ("Cambridge") and Honeywell Security Monitoring ("HSM"). Cambridge, operating through its SecurityLink brand, provided electronic security services to more than one million customers. Cambridge was sold to ADT for approximately $1 billion in cash in 2001. HSM was a leading provider of security services to the commercial market. HSM was sold to Stanley for $545 million in cash in 2007. Whall, previously the CEO of HSM and COO of Cambridge, will serve as P-One's CEO.
"We are delighted to work with Tim again to build on our history of successfully growing and transforming businesses together," said David Donnini, a GTCR principal. "Our successful track record working with Tim has been instrumental in our acquisition of Protection One. The search for finding the right company with Tim has been two years in the making. We are excited to invest in the alarm monitoring industry again and we believe Protection One is the best platform with which to achieve best-in-class operating metrics and profitable growth."
"I am thrilled to be partnering with GTCR for the third time," said Tim Whall. "The national footprint of Protection One positions the company well to accelerate growth in the attractive area of commercial sales. We will continue to cultivate Protection One's strong base in residential sales while leveraging the company's strengths within its developing commercial business through the use of new technology applications and an expansion of its sales force."
In connection with the transaction, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and Barclays Capital served as M&A advisors and Barnes Associates served as an industry advisor to GTCR. Latham & Watkins LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom provided legal counsel.
Protection One's financial advisor in the transaction is J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and its legal advisor is Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Lazard Freres & Co. LLC advised Protection One's board of directors and its independent transactions committee with respect to the fairness of the offer price to be paid in the transaction.
GTCR's investment in Protection One will be made from GTCR Fund IX, a private equity fund raised in 2006 with $2.75 billion of committed capital.
About Protection One
Protection One is one of the largest vertically integrated national providers of sales, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of electronic security systems to homes and businesses and has been recognized as one of "America's Most Trustworthy Companies" by Forbes.com. Network Multifamily, Protection One's wholly owned subsidiary, is the largest security provider to the multifamily housing market. Protection One also owns the nation's largest provider of wholesale monitoring services, the combined operations of CMS and Criticom International. For more information about Protection One, visit http://www.ProtectionOne.com.
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Information Services & Technology industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered the "Leaders Strategy" - finding and partnering with world-class leaders as the critical first step in identifying, acquiring and building market-leading companies through acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $8.0 billion in over 200 companies. For more information, please visit http://www.gtcr.com.
This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of Protection One's common stock has not commenced. At the time the offer is commenced, the GTCR affiliates that entered into the merger agreement will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Protection One will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, with respect to the offer. The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be made available to Protection One's stockholders for free. In addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) will be available for free on the SEC's website: http://www.sec.gov.
Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Drives Wireless Packet Core Market in 2009, According to Dell'Oro Group
Chinese Vendors Huawei and ZTE Gain Ground on Leaders Ericsson and Nokia Siemens
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 26 -- Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that it has launched coverage on the Wireless Packet Core market. This new report tracks GGSN, SGSN and PDSN equipment used in mobile networks to transmit data traffic.
"We've been watching the Wireless Packet Core market develop over the last two years, and are pleased to officially begin quarterly reporting on this market," said Tam Dell'Oro, Founder of Dell'Oro Group. "Wireless Packet Core is the third mobile infrastructure program that we've launched in the past two months and further illustrates our commitment to mobile infrastructure market research that began with our reporting on RAN and MSC segments in 2001," added Dell'Oro.
According to the report, market revenues grew almost 30 percent in 2009, with growth coming from all three market segments. GGSN and PDSN sessions led the market's shipment growth with each increasing approximately 60 percent during 2009.
"While bandwidth capacity is often cited as the most critical wireless packet core issue, signaling capacity is also vital and will become more so with the increased penetration of smartphones," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Therefore, we expect that the signaling intensive SGSN and MME markets will continue to rise along with bandwidth-intensive gateway products," Collins added.
The report indicates that Huawei and ZTE gained share in 2009. Ericsson, the market leader, maintained its share, and Nokia Siemens, in second place, lost share in 2009.
About the Report
The Dell'Oro Group Wireless Packet Core Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices and sessions shipped for Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), and Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) equipment. To purchase this report, please contact Emily Kendall, call +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email Emily@DellOro.com.
About Dell'Oro Group
As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions. For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit http://www.DellOro.com.
Source: Dell'Oro Group
CONTACT: Karen Venegas of Dell'Oro Group, +1-650-622-9400 ext. 244,
YMCAs Tap into Cell Phones for Instant Member Communication
Using RainedOut to inform members of closings, cancellations and urgent announcements
LEESBURG, Va., April 26 -- Omnilert®, LLC, maker of RainedOut, the first text message service for sports leagues and groups, today announced that YMCA organizations across America are using RainedOut to inform members and staff of closings, cancellations and other urgent announcements.
YMCA's that use the RainedOut group text messaging service include: Border View YMCA, Chester Family YMCA, CUYMCA, Greenwood Family YMCA, Henderon County Family YMCA, Peninsula Family YMCA, Summerville Family YMCA, Tri-County YMCA, YMCA of Columbia, YMCA of Harrison County, YMCA of Talbot County, and others.
Ms. Sondi Creglow is the Sports Director at Greenwood Family YMCA and said, "It is easy for anyone to register and since we do not have to approve anyone unlike our previous system, the participants can control their own account. It is easy and quick to post cancellations or changes. We use it for rain delays and cancellations, practice changes, field changes, and other updates.
"The players and parents like that it's a text message. They don't have to be by a computer to get it. Most of them have their cell phones with them, so it's a lot quicker and easier for them to receive the information.
"When we were trying to find a replacement to our previous system, everybody that used RainedOut.com said this is the best system they had seen. And now that we are using it, we recommend it to other people."
According to Nielsen, at the end of the fourth quarter there were over 232 million SMS users in the U.S. David Gill, Senior Director, Mobile Media at the Nielsen Company said, "With around 83% of mobile subscribers using SMS, texting represents the most common data activity amongst mobile phone users.
"Nielsen has seen consistent quarter over quarter growth in both the number of people participating in text messages and the average number of transactions per person. People are getting more engaged with this medium, not less. SMS is proving to be a legitimate media vehicle for advertisers to reach a desired audience and there is no question that text campaigns should be considered as part of any cross channel media buy on mobile."
Walter Pauly of YMCA of Harrison County Sports said, "Saturday April 3, 2010 was to be our opening day for YMCA of Harrison County soccer. We have 29 teams and nearly 390 kids participating. The forecast was not promising. Rain, then thunder rolled in about 20 minutes prior to the start of the matches. I made the decision to cancel about 5 minutes later. The calls tied up the YMCA phones all morning.
"There had to be a better way. I looked on the Internet and came across RainedOut.com. I registered and informed the parents of soccer to do the same. The very next Friday we made the last minute decision to cancel due to severe weather. I made the call. Within minutes the system was working. RainedOut worked like a charm."
Established in 2004 and used by 1,000s of organizations, RainedOut is the first text message service for sports leagues and groups. This free sponsor-supported service enables non-technical people to administer and send custom or predefined messages instantly to the entire league for improved communication. It is used to cancel games, give directions, recruit volunteers, and much more. As a Web-based service, messages can initiate from a net-connected PC or from the field using a net-connected cell phone. Through one simple interface, RainedOut instantly and simultaneously broadcasts messages to subscribers' mobile phones (via SMS text message) and e-mail accounts, and to the leagues' own Web pages, RainedOut Page, Facebook Page, and Twitter Account. To learn more, visit http://www.rainedout.com/.
Omnilert, LLC is the leading provider of unified mass notification systems for better business continuity, emergency management, and routine communication. The easy-to-use, self-service, Web-based system enables a single person to communicate timely information to thousands of people anywhere, anytime, on any device or service. The award-winning company's 3,000 clients include the U.S. Army, GE, Harvard University, Boeing, American Red Cross, UNICEF, sanofi-aventis, and the National Institutes of Health. Omnilert solutions are sold under the brand names e2Campus, Amerilert, and RainedOut. The privately held company is headquartered in Leesburg, Va., and at http://www.omnilert.com/ online.
Source: Omnilert, LLC
CONTACT: Bryan Crum of Omnilert, LLC, 1-800-230-1933 x703,
LG Electronics, Tribeca Film Festival Partner to Host Festival's First Ever Premiere on Television
'Keep Surfing' to Premiere on New LG Infinia LED HDTV with THX Certification
NEW YORK, April 26 -- For the first time in the festival's history, the Tribeca Film Festival will premiere a feature film, Keep Surfing, on a television - LG Electronics' new "Infinia" LED high-definition televisions (HDTVs).
LG Infinia HDTVs are designed to deliver the ultimate in picture quality, bringing the director's screening room into your living room. As the only LED LCD HDTVs in the United States to receive THX Display Certification, LG's LE8500 and LX9500 Infinia series provide "something better" in home entertainment allowing viewers to experience the exact same colors, shadows and details as moviegoers in the theater.
Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her role as Meadow on "The Sopranos," is hosting the private premiere of filmmaker Bjorn Richie Lob's Keep Surfing tonight in the Tribeca Grand Hotel's penthouse suite. Lob's film, which chronicles river-surfing on the Eisbach in Munich, Germany, was shot in various formats including 16mm and 35mm, providing stunning shots of the landscape and river.
"Keep Surfing took 10 years to complete. I want the audience to experience not only the passion of the surfers, but the beauty of the river and environment surrounding them," said Lob.
According to Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer, Tribeca Enterprises, "More consumers are looking to bring the film festival experience home and with the evolution of LG's technology to provide theater-quality images, consumers have a greater opportunity for high quality screening experiences at home."
THX is known for its design and certification of world-class cinemas, film mastering and post-production. Its Certified Display program represents a superior benchmark to aid consumers when selecting a new HDTV. The THX Certified LED HDTVs feature THX Mode, a playback setting designed to recreate the same color levels used in the Blu-ray mastering studio, providing viewers at home with the same viewing experience as moviegoers in the theater.
"THX certification candidates undergo a rigorous design and laboratory testing process, which includes 200 THX bench tests covering more than 400 data points to ensure accurate color and exceptional image quality and signal processing performance," said Rick Dean, senior vice president, THX. "No other manufacturer's LED LCD HDTVs on the market today have been able to meet these stringent requirements."
Infinia is the flagship of LG's new LED LCD HDTV line. Leading these introductions is the Full LED Slim technology. The unique backlight structure on its Full LED Slim models (LX9500 and LE8500) allows for the Infinia line's ultra-slim depth and picture quality worthy of THX Display Certification. LG is also the first manufacturer to include the "THX Bright Room" setting which optimizes the contrast, gamma and other settings for watching movies in rooms with a lot of ambient light.
By simply selecting one of the THX modes on an Infinia model, consumers can easily turn their living room into a screening room with just the touch of a button. Together, these features provide consumers with infinite possibilities in home entertainment. The LX9500 and LE8500 Inifina series each include 55- and 47-inch class models (54.6 inches diagonal and 47.0 inches diagonal, respectively).
LG Electronics USA also is the official HDTV sponsor of the Festival and has installed more than 50 LG HDTVs and a host of Blu-ray Disc players in movie theaters, box offices and special event locations throughout lower Manhattan during the 12-day festival. These screens are showing content promoting the Festival, movie trailers and premiere schedules. For more information, please visit: http://www.LG.com.
ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances and business solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit http://www.LG.com.
ABOUT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival's mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
The Tribeca Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 2.3 million attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City.
ABOUT THX LTD.
From the big screen to your screen, THX ignites your passion for exciting entertainment experiences. Founded by George Lucas and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the design and certification of world-class cinemas, premium audio systems, HDTVs, and blockbuster movies and games. Products featuring THX defy convention and define quality in their class, whether in the cinema, home or on the road. For more information, visit http://www.thx.com.
Source: LG Electronics USA, Inc.
CONTACT: John Taylor, +1-847-941-8181, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Clara
Chang, +1-201-816-2011, email@example.com, or Nicole Lowe, +1-646-797-6000,
Nicole.Lowe@lg-one.com, all of LG Electronics USA; or Graham McKenna of THX
Ltd., +1-510-332-8939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Exent Enhances Free Ride Games with New Content Channels
New Channels Add Videos, Articles and Other Interest-Specific Content to Extensive Catalog of Games; Multiple Touch Points with Engaged Consumers for Advertisers
NEW YORK, April 26 -- As broadband reaches more and more people, people are increasingly reaching for the Internet as their entertainment venue of choice. The Internet's entertainment options are innumerable and include first-run video, online gaming, social networking and more, but few sites have been able to successfully establish themselves as a one-stop, multi-entertainment destination. Exent's free games download site, Free Ride Games, promises to become the first gaming site to make that transition as it integrates games, videos, articles and other content in its new interest-specific lifestyle channels.
Traditionally, gaming sites demonstrate little differentiation beyond their catalogs of games. Their user interfaces are fairly standardized as they each offer their catalog of games by genres such as arcade, time management games, action games and puzzles. Finding games you like from the various genres can be a laborious process influenced by the site's recommendations and the ease or difficulty of the site's browsing interface.
Free Ride Games is breaking this mold with the launch of new channels tailored to different lifestyle interests. Now, visitors can simply select a lifestyle channel such as beauty & fashion games, travel games or food games to see a selection of relevant cross-genre games. Beyond ease of navigation, however, Free Ride Games has also added how-to and interest-specific videos, articles and other content within the new channels. From learning beauty secrets to uncovering secret travel destinations to downloading a new recipe for Cuban pork and plantains, Free Ride Games has begun to aggregate the multiple entertainment options necessary to become a one-stop destination site for its users.
The new Free Ride Games lifestyle channels include:
-- Beauty & Fashion Games
-- Food Games
-- Green Games
-- Home & Neighborhood Games
-- Pet Games
-- Travel Games
"We are very excited by this evolution of Free Ride Games, moving beyond a pure play gaming site to a site that provides people with a variety of entertainment and infotainment options," stated Paul Rothkopf, Director of Advertising Sales for Exent. "We have worked with our partners and gamers to rethink how people approach gaming and general entertainment and we are pleased that these new channels enable us to treat gamers like the curious, multi-faceted people they are. Free Ride Gamers aren't just gamers - they're parents, students, professionals. We look forward to continuing to enhance Free Ride Games and providing the diversity of entertainment options our users desire."
Free Ride Games enables consumers to play a huge catalog of games for as long as they want for free thanks to its advertising-supported revenue model. The launch of the new channels provides an opportunity for advertisers to target specific customer demographics with highly focused campaigns. Advertisers can now engage Free Ride Games users at multiple levels and times across the Website, channels, media and even within the games themselves thanks to Exent's proprietary GameSkin and AdMuse technologies. Advertisers can choose to "own" a channel if they desire. A major restaurant chain will be sponsoring the Food Games channel later this month.
"The new channels are a terrific opportunity for us to dive deeply into a particular demographic and to engage a customer," said Rothkopf. "It is another way for marketers focused on the female demographic to tactically reach their target audience through online gaming."
Exent is a digital entertainment media company specializing in the marketing, merchandising and broadband-based distribution of video games. Exent delivers a unique combination of superior technology for the delivery and monetization of video games, programming expertise that ensures greater consumer value and engagement and distribution expertise and relationships that seamlessly connect game publishers and consumers and optimize revenue. Exent provides managed games-on-demand services for service providers like Verizon and Qwest as well as its own free, ad-supported gaming site, Free Ride Games. For more information about Exent, please visit http://www.exent.com.
About Free Ride Games
FreeRideGames.com is the only 100% free entertainment site that provides more than 200 premium full-download PC casual games and online games as well as interest-specific videos, articles and other content within lifestyle channels such as beauty & fashion, food and travel. The site offers a wide variety of game genres such as Hidden Object, Match Three and Time Management, as well as the hottest titles such as Cake Mania, Jewel Quest, Diner Dash, the Build-a-lot series, The Treasures of Montezuma and many more.
Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network Just Got Better in Georgia
Verizon Wireless Invested More than $42 Million in the Company's Statewide Wireless Network in the First Quarter of 2010
ALPHARETTA, Ga., April 26 -- In its ongoing effort to provide the best wireless service, Verizon Wireless announced today that it invested more than $42 million in the first three months of 2010 to enhance its network in Georgia. Verizon Wireless, which employs over 4,000 people in the state, added capacity to its network in over 75 Georgia cities and towns. The company's continued investments ensure that Georgia's customers have not only the coverage needed to stay connected wherever they go in the state but the capacity for their growing data needs.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion nationally since it was formed - $5.5 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2003, the company has invested over $1 billion in Georgia.
"We strive to never have network capacity issues. Network reliability is the number one reason customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless and the fact that we've won numerous industry awards and third party accolades supports that fact. We are committed to investing our resources to ensure our customers have the best wireless experience," said Jeff Mango, president, Georgia/Alabama Region for Verizon Wireless.
The Verizon Wireless network was upgraded and enhanced during the early part of 2010 in the metro Atlanta areas of downtown, Vinings and Buckhead and around the following Georgia towns:
Brunswick Milledgeville Bethlehem Camilla Barnesville
Warner Robins Empire Cochran Forsyth Nashville
Smyrna Austell Tifton Ochlocknee Sparta
Berlin Bainbridge Meigs Newnan Commerce
Hogansville Franklin Lagrange Brinson Stockbridge
Donalsonville Hiram Acworth Sharpsburg Cisco
Madras College Park Enigma Brooklyn Woodstock
Cairo Whigham Homerville Pine Mountain Columbus
Dunwoody Carrollton Tallapoosa Kennesaw Hapeville
Athens Douglasville Dallas Marietta Plains
Aragon Lincolnton Lake Oconee Monticello Greensboro
Sharon Rome Taliaferro Siloam Dawsonville
Evans Covington Ellenwood Social Circle Farmington
Cumming Decatur Eatonton Meigs Oxford
Cleveland Rockmart Abbeville Reidville Valdosta
New Cell Towers and Continued Integration
In the first three months of this year, the company completed the integration of the Verizon Wireless and legacy Alltel networks in the Augusta area. With this work complete, Verizon Wireless and former Alltel customers now have greater capacity and an expanded area of coverage. The integrated network, which increased by more than 30 cell sites for both Verizon Wireless and Alltel legacy networks, delivers 100% 3G wireless broadband coverage to 99% of the greater Augusta area's population.
In addition, a new cell tower was added to expand coverage for the residential, retail and recreational areas of Jekyll Island, including the Convention Center, the Jekyll Island Resort Hotel and golf course. New cell towers were also added in the cities of Acworth, Woodstock and Buford and south of Tifton along I-75 to enhance and expand coverage.
"A superior and reliable wireless network is no longer measured by new cell towers alone . . . if a company is focused on putting up hundreds of new towers, they are years behind Verizon Wireless," said Mango. "While we will continue to expand and add coverage to ensure our customers can stay connected, our investment is also focused on adding power and capacity to our existing statewide 3G network. Customers know that the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on and we work everyday to make sure they can connect wherever and whenever they need, no matter what device they are using."
Trusted Wireless Connectivity
Currently, 99 percent of the state's population is covered by Verizon Wireless' 3G network, providing customers with the ability to browse the Web faster for quick page-loading times, quick downloads for music and 3D games, streaming video, e-mails with attachments, video conferencing with contacts, rapidly sharing files and quick access to VZ Navigator - a location-based service offering maps, audible driving directions, traffic updates, gas station locations and pricing.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Source: Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Caran Smith, +1-678-339-4891, Caran.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
State Business Registrations Provide Unique Insight into Hard to Find Private Business Information
BETHESDA, Md., April 26 -- WealthEngine, the leading provider of sophisticated wealth identification and prospect research tools and analytics, today announced it has significantly expanded its database with the addition of more than 63 million state business registrations. This represents the largest available collection of information on public and private companies as well as the individuals who own and operate them.
The state business registrations database covers all 50 states and is updated daily. Filings come directly from Government filing offices via automated feeds and include any status changes and amendments to the business registration to ensure data timeliness and accuracy.
"The majority of America's hidden wealth lies in the hands of private business owners," said Tony Glowacki, WealthEngine's chief executive officer. "The addition of such a comprehensive collection of public and private business information gives our clients a unique ability to identify sources of wealth that were previously difficult to access."
Through WealthEngine's FindWealth Online tool, as well as through its unique Loop Analysis screening solution, the business and home addresses of a prospect can be linked together, ensuring a strong quality of match.
Also accessible is the shareholder equity information of these public and private business owners and officers, providing unique insight into their complete financial profile.
Over 18 years, WealthEngine has built a strong reputation as the leading provider of wealth identification and prospect research solutions that have helped its clients collectively raise billions in funds. WealthEngine clients are able to search across more than 30 databases to identify their best prospects.
"We are accelerating a number of aspects of our product development over the next 18 months," added Glowacki. "Our market is evolving and we see a greater need to innovate. Ultimately, organizations large and small will need more targeted data sets, better analytics and the ability to embed meaningful data into established business processes. We intend to be at the forefront of this innovation."
WealthEngine will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 5 at 1:00pm eastern to demonstrate the many uses of this new business registration data within its FindWealth tools. To register for the webinar, click here.
WealthEngine is a leading provider of sophisticated wealth identification and prospect research and analytics to financial services firms, hospitals, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. More than 2000 clients use WealthEngine's products for comprehensive prospect research on individuals, companies and foundations. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, WealthEngine offers products in both the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.wealthengine.com.
LiveCity Launches Innovative System for Building Websites as an iPhone Application
The New Product Offers Everyone a Chance to own a Unique Application on Smart Cell Phones Swiftly, Without Bureaucracy, and What's Most Important, it's Free!
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26, 2010-- LiveCity, a leading website building company which develops software and
provides solutions to businesses in the Internet domain, has developed a
unique system that enables every business owner to build his website as an
application for advanced cellular phones, including Touch and iPhone sites.
LiveCity is launching a unique product that will be provided to its
customers free of charge. It will enable existing site owners to convert
their Internet sites with the simple press of a button, and will allow those
who do not have a website to build a new site with an advanced system that is
easy to use.
Today the cellular phone industry is undergoing an essential change with
the introduction of advanced systems, smart phones such as the iPhone and
similar products that are taking over the market, with their numbers among
consumers increasing every day. Keeping in step with this dynamic trend,
LiveCity's ground-breaking solution comes in the right place and at the right
All you have to do is take a look at http://www.SiteOnPhone.com.
From there you can build a website that within minutes will be accessible for
browsing on smart cell phones.
As part of its service, LiveCity proposes that owners of existing
websites convert their sites to iPhone applications with the press of a
button, and in this fashion save much time and money by building
The system does not exclude those who do not have an internet site and
enables them, with an easy-to-use interface, to build a website that will
turn into a cell phone application within minutes and incorporate exceptional
design and user friendliness. All you have to do is enter the required text
and pictures and the system does all the rest.
Nir Alloush, CEO of the LiveCity Company: "Surfing the Internet with
smart cellular phones has become a matter of routine. With the profusion of
browsers and the various technologies, the site is not always suited to all
of them, and the user suffers from slowness, complications and discomfort.
"The system that we developed will enable all, from a business owner to
an ordinary citizen, to build for himself a website application which any
owner of a smart instrument can download to his cell phone and have quick
access to a site that is suited to his device and, what's most important,
convenient and easy to browse for information."
Around the world today there are millions of smart cellular devices, a
number that is expected to increase in the near future. At the same time,
LiveCity has begun marketing its new product in the United States, Europe and
in fact all over the world.
Nir Alloush, CEO of LiveCity: "We believe that our product will achieve
great success in the world, as it suits the technological world of the times
like a hand fits a glove. Until today, a business owner seeking an iPhone
application for his customers had to pay tens of thousands of shekels,
receive the proper permits and run into bureaucracy, whereas our new product
removes all these obstacles and gives everyone the opportunity to build a
website and send the application to a customer by SMS directly to his cell
phone, by mail link or through the existing site. Think about it: every
restaurant will be able to build for itself an application in a matter of
minutes and send it out to all its customers for download to their cell
phones. The customer can check out all the details and the menu, get
recommendations, prices, a chance to make contact and of course a map route
to the restaurant interfacing with the GPS built into the cell phone."
LiveCity is a leading company in the country's website building domain.
Under the management of Nir Alloush, the company numbers 36 workers. Six
years ago LiveCity developed an advanced content management system which
enables every business owner in the country to set up a website independently
and at low cost with advanced tools. This system is given to every customer
for a 30-day trial without obligation to check if it suits his needs. In
addition the company supplies professional web design services by a design
studio, promotion and advertising services with various search engines for
companies around the world. The company has over 7,000 active websites
running on its systems, and it provides service and support around the clock.
To make contact:
For more details:
Ronen Hillel Communications and Public Relations
To make contact: Nir Alloush, CEO, +972-503249324, Nir@LiveCity.co.il, press@SiteOnPhone.com; For more details: Ronen Hillel, Ronen Hillel Communications and Public Relations, +972-52-2508109, email@example.com
LeCroy Introduces High Sample Rate, High Resolution Arbitrary Waveform Generators for Analog and Digital Waveform Generation
High Performance AWG provides 125 MHz, 1 GS/s, 2 Mpts per Channel and 16 bit Resolution
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., April 26 -- LeCroy® Corporation today announced the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator. The software interface that controls the hardware is designed to simplify waveform creation with an intuitive navigation tree which allows easy access to all channels along with special views for controlling basic function generator outputs as well as pulse width modulation (PWM) capabilities. The ability to have 2 and 4 channel units in a single, compact form factor not only saves bench space but also provides a low price per channel. Additionally the 4 channel ArbStudio models have an expansion port that allows up to 8 units to be connected, providing up to 32 synchronous analog waveforms.
Four ArbStudio models are available including 2 and 4 channel versions with analog waveform capabilities plus 2 and 4 channel versions which offer a combination of analog waveform and digital pattern generation capabilities. All models have a bandwidth of 125 MHz, maximum sample rate of 1 GS/s, long memory of 2 Mpts/ch and high 16 bit resolution. These specifications result in a higher performance arbitrary waveform generator that competitive models at this price point cannot match.
Powerful, Intuitive Software Interface
The ArbStudio software runs on an external PC freeing the user from the small displays and readouts found on a typical AWG. A simple function generator window is available for basic waveform creation while a unique, streamlined control panel dedicated for PWM signals is also available. The main software mode provides a start page that provides tutorials on creating a wide range of both simple and complex waveforms, as well as shortcuts to recent projects and an intuitive navigation tree to get started quickly. Once waveform creation has begun, graphical displays show the waveforms that have been created or sequenced and the views can be customized to only show the windows that are of most interest to the user.
Arbitrary, DDS or Both
Arbitrary waveform generators are typically available with one of two technologies, either True Arbitrary or Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS). Each of these modes comes with advantages and disadvantages that force the user to think about what they need from an AWG. ArbStudio however does not have this limitation; it provides both modes and allows the user to choose which mode is needed for their waveforms. Furthermore, ArbStudio channels can be set to any mode independently of each other for the ultimate in flexibility.
Engineers and technicians who would like to know more can contact LeCroy at 1-800-5LeCroy (1-800-553-2769) or visit http://www.lecroy.com
LeCroy Corporation is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing, and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, serial data analyzers, and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer and semiconductor, data storage device, automotive and industrial, and military and aerospace markets. LeCroy's 45-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis"--capturing, viewing, and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today's information and communications technologies. LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Company information is available at http://www.lecroy.com/.
Experian to Answer Consumer Questions About Credit Reporting and Scoring at CreditCards.com
Live, interactive town-hall meeting will provide consumers with unique access to credit experts
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 26 -- Experian®, the global information services company, and CreditCards.com today announced that they will co-host a live, interactive, online town-hall discussion of credit reporting and scoring. The event will feature Rod Griffin, Experian's director of public education, and Daniel P. Ray, editor in chief for CreditCards.com.
Consumers are invited to participate by submitting questions, responding to real-time polls and viewing the live streaming video.
"Experian has a long history of making consumer education a top priority," said Griffin. "Hosting a town hall with CreditCards.com gives us a terrific opportunity to directly reach their extensive reader base and answer some of their most pressing questions."
"Educating consumers is a common goal for CreditCards.com and Experian. For consumers, understanding the role of credit reporting companies and how to read your credit report is fundamental," said Elisabeth DeMarse, president and CEO of CreditCards.com. "We're thrilled to bring Experian's expertise to a wider audience of knowledge-hungry consumers."
CreditCards.com is the leading online credit card marketplace connecting consumers with multiple credit card issuers. CreditCards.com, (http://www.creditcards.com/), enables consumers to search for, compare and apply for credit cards and offers credit card advice, news, statistics and tools. In 2009, more than 12 million consumers used CreditCards.com to make smart choices about credit cards. CreditCards.com was recently named a "Best Site for Managing Your Credit" by MSN Money.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2009, was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Experian and the marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
NETGEAR Launches First Sub-$500 Gigabit Firewall for Businesses
SRX5308 ProSafe SSL VPN Firewall Forwards WAN Packets at Gigabit Line Rate; Offers Flexible Multi-WAN Configuration Options
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26 -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the ProSafe® Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall (SRX5308), the first business firewall to provide in excess of 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance for under $500, which translates to only $0.50 per Mbps. As the speed of WAN connections rise, and users turn to virtualization and cloud computing services, businesses need line-rate security devices that meet corporate governance requirements but also fall within budgetary requirements. The flagship of the NETGEAR ProSafe VPN Firewall family, the SRX5308 delivers on these requirements.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall for Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises that provides ultra-high-performance, multidimensional business-class security, the SRX5308 delivers up to 1 Gbps of firewall throughput -- faster than all competing solutions from enterprise vendors in its price class. With four Gigabit WAN ports that provide session-based load balancing, it gives customers a secure, "no compromises" network that can support sophisticated multimedia and the higher throughput applications they need to grow their businesses.
"Finally! An affordable professional firewall with multi-WAN failover, IPsec and SSL VPN," says Larry Strauch, IT manager for Floor Craft LLC, a leading floor-covering company based in Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1942. "The SRX5308 firewall comes with an intuitive administration interface, which we've come to expect from NETGEAR ProSafe products. With a line rate of up to 1Gigabit per second, the SRX5308 is easily able to handle the throughput of our large data pipe --50 Mbps. This router impressed the entire IT department by doing so much, and doing it faster than other solutions we previously tested. The NETGEAR ProSafe SRX5308 has found a permanent home on our rack."
Perfect for the most demanding business networks, the ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall (SRX5308) features a hardware-accelerated data flow architecture that enables 1 Gbps LAN-to-WAN of stateful firewall throughput. Further, the SRX5308 affords remote users the ability to build VPN tunnels to the corporate office to access centralized data using the IP Security (IPsec) standard or software clientless Secure Socket Layers (SSL).
The SRX5308 firewall supports up to 125 IPsec VPN tunnels and 50 SSL VPN tunnels simultaneously, for enhanced protection from network security threats. IPsec VPN tunnels deliver secure site-to-site tunnels connecting multiple offices together, as well as legacy, client-based remote access. SSL VPN tunnels enable clientless, individual remote access to corporate data, anytime and anywhere -- without needing to install a software client. In addition, the SSL VPNs support industry-strength encryption algorithms and features such as automatic cache cleanup after session termination to ensure protection and privacy of sensitive data.
Moreover, as web and email threats are a growing concern for businesses, the new SRX5308 complements NETGEAR's award-winning family of ProSecure® STM Content Security appliances(http://prosecure.netgear.com/) to combine comprehensive network-level security and application-level malware screening, anti-spam, and URL/content filtering for businesses employing web and email applications.
"In years past, it was easy to assume that smaller businesses didn't have the bandwidth or security requirements of larger organizations," said Jon Crotty, research analyst for security products and services at IDC, the global provider of market intelligence. "We know now that neither of those situations is the case - SMBs are using more and more advanced applications that require significant bandwidth and require enterprise-class security to protect that network."
The sophisticated SRX5308 VPN router is a high-performance, SNMP-manageable network solution furnishing multidimensional security, such as denial-of-service (DoS) attack protection, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) to curb hacker threats, URL keyword filtering, SYSLOG support, configurable hardware DMZ port, e-mail reporting, logging and real-time alerts. Quality-of-Service (QoS), WAN traffic metering, and bandwidth profiling give network managers granular bandwidth management capabilities, while VLAN support enables separation of guest traffic from critical production servers. Four Gigabit LAN ports enable maximum internal data transfer speeds, while the four Gigabit WAN ports provide two modes of session-based load balancing as well as failover protection to ensure maximum throughput and reliable connectivity to the Internet.
As with all NETGEAR ProSafe products, the SRX5308 contains several ease-of-use features to simplify implementation: an Auto Detect function connects to a user's ISP promptly; the web-based ProSafe Control Center graphical user interface (GUI) offers simple configuration screens; an Install Assistant to reduce setup time; and an IPsec VPN wizard automates IPsec VPN configuration and creates secure connections to multiple sites.
"As businesses increasingly rely on Internet bandwidth-intensive applications such as cloud computing, Web 2.0 and social media, and outsourced applications, they require a high-performance network that doesn't leave them exposed or vulnerable," said Jason Leung, NETGEAR senior product line manager for SMB Security. "With four Gigabit WAN ports, session-based load balancing and a multitude of configuration options, our SRX5308 ProSafe Firewall is able to achieve ultra-fast performance between networks.
He added, "The combination of the SRX5308 with our industry-leading ProSecure STM Content Security appliances is a great enabler for businesses looking to virtualize their IT infrastructure or deploy cloud services for their organizations. The two appliances work hand-in-hand to mitigate modern network-level and application-level security concerns that preclude these initiatives."
The NETGEAR ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall (SRX5308) is compatible with Windows®, UNIX®, Macintosh®, and Linux® OS and comes with full 24/7 technical support. All NETGEAR ProSafe products, including the SRX5308, are backed by a lifetime warranty and optional ProSupport Maintenance Packages. The SRX5308 is available now from leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at an estimated U.S. street price starting at $499. Photos and other product information can be found at http://www.netgear.com/Products/VPNandSSL/SSLVPNConcentrators/SRX5308.aspx.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQ:NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 26,000 retail locations around the globe, and via approximately 39,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.netgear.com/ or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/netgear.
Note: Actual data throughput will vary from maximum signal rates stipulated. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate.
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Nimbus Unveils Sustainable Storage, Introduces S-class Intelligent Flash Storage Systems for the Enterprise
Delivers breakthrough performance, efficiency, and data protection for virtualization, databases, and compute-intensive environments
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 -- Nimbus Data Systems Inc. today unveiled Sustainable Storage, a new vision and architecture for enterprise network storage that fundamentally reshapes IT infrastructure with next-generation performance, efficiency, and automated management. With the new Nimbus S-class storage systems, organizations can meet the challenges of rapidly accelerating IO demands and spiraling datacenter costs that traditional disk-based arrays cannot.
Featuring up to 504 redundant NAND flash blades and Nimbus' comprehensive HALO storage operating system, the S-class offers 95% lower energy costs, 24x greater IO performance, and on-demand scalability to 100 TB of solid state storage in a modular and resilient package. The Nimbus S-class offers industry-standard 10 GbE and GbE connectivity, unified iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS support, and proven data protection software. With solutions starting under $25,000, the Nimbus S-class is an affordable, drop-in alternative to traditional disk-based arrays that propels application performance, simplifies IT operations, and drives down datacenter costs for years to come.
"Nimbus challenges our certainty that we fully know what is reasonable and possible in the storage business - even when what is proposed matches well known business needs. The company's approach runs counter to the accepted approach of the storage business over decades, by addressing underlying causes rather than merely ameliorating symptoms," said Mark Peters, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Storage Group. "Everyone - Nimbus included - knows that real world results will be the clincher, but immediate product availability means we are close to getting those, and if the S-class results are even close to its promises then this product is going to garner a great deal of favorable and amazed attention."
95% Reduction in Energy and Datacenter Operating Costs
Nimbus S-class systems consume 95% less power than traditional disk-based arrays, delivering an unprecedented 6,000 IOps per watt and up to 675,000 IOps per floor tile. Just one S-class shelf, consuming a mere 80 W and 2U of rackspace, delivers uncached IO performance comparable to 2,080 15K rpm drives that would require 8 full datacenter racks and 37,000 W of power, enabling organizations to aggressively reclaim rackspace and reign in energy costs. With available integrated inline deduplication and compression, S-class systems further reduce the storage footprint of virtual machines by up to 10:1, achieving capacity density up to 25 TB per U of rackspace, an 8x improvement over typical 15K rpm drive arrays.
24x Greater Storage Performance without Tuning, Tiering, or Caching
The S-class delivers up to 1.35M uncached IOps and 41 Gbps of throughput performance, providing ample storage horsepower for enterprise-wide virtualization, VDI deployments, databases and OLTP, and other IO-intensive HPC and rich media applications. Instead of relying on tiering, caching, or short-stroking techniques that increase operational complexity, cost, and power consumption without substantially improving performance, the S-class replaces the root of the storage performance problem - the hard drive - with flash blades. Each hot-swappable flash blade is connected to a 6G SAS internal architecture, providing scalable performance up to 24x greater than 15K rpm drive arrays. With 8 processor cores and TCP/IP offload technology, the S-class delivers superior performance without complex spindle allocation rules and tuning.
Developed over 5 years and in production at 200 sites today, Nimbus' HALO storage operating system, built into the S-class, provides comprehensive storage provisioning and data protection features with simplified management at no additional cost. HALO's 64-bit architecture and dynamic storage pooling enable IT administrators to add storage on-demand and automatically manage it as a single pool of capacity. Unified block and file support with iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS protocols enables superior consolidation of SAN and NAS storage with a single device, enhancing utilization and reducing hardware and management complexity. Thin provisioning and inline deduplication maximize the utilization and efficiency of the storage capacity, while HALO's unique snapshot technology offers unlimited rollback points while maintaining optimal performance and minimizing capacity usage. Always-on continuous local and remote replication and a dedicated Ethernet WAN port provide secure enterprise-class high availability and bandwidth-efficient disaster recovery in-the-box without costly third-party equipment.
Superior Resiliency, Uptime and Serviceability
S-class systems are engineered from the ground up for high availability. S-class flash blades use enterprise-grade NAND with 28% over-provisioning, write amplification, and robust wear-leveling technology to ensure exceptional durability in primary storage workloads. Each flash blade is further enhanced by RAID technology across the blades, protecting data even in the event of two simultaneous failures while also providing live spares that automatically rebuild blades in a fraction of the time of traditional hard drive rebuilds. Redundant network controllers, dual processors, mirrored system memory, redundant power supplies and fans, and dual operating system images ensure maximum availability. The auto-negotiating quad network ports enable users to migrate from Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to 10 GbE without any downtime. S-class systems are backed by an available 5-year warranty.
"Sustainable Storage is about optimizing the three pillars of enterprise IT: power, performance, and people," said Thomas Isakovich, CEO of Nimbus. "By engineering the S-class platform from the NAND silicon on up, powered by our own feature-rich HALO storage operating system, Nimbus is strategically positioned to best optimize storage efficiency and IO performance with closely coupled hardware and software. Sustainable Storage is an essential element of a broader industry trend towards greener and more agile IT infrastructures, and Nimbus is pleased to help lead this charge with the S-class."
Availability and Price
The Nimbus S-class is available now from Nimbus' worldwide network of integration and distribution partners. A 2.5 TB model with a full HALO storage operating system license is $24,995; a 5 TB model is $39,995. The S-class scales modularly up to 21 enclosures for up to 100 TB total. Each system comes with a standard 1 year warranty (upgradable to 3 or 5 years) and optional 24x7x365 4-hour onsite service. Additional information about Nimbus' S-class systems is available online at http://www.nimbusdata.com/.
About Nimbus Data Systems Inc.
Nimbus Data Systems Inc. develops Sustainable Storage systems and software that transform storage efficiency, IO performance, and IT operations in the enterprise and datacenter. Nimbus storage software and hardware innovations provide the optimal foundation for enterprise-wide virtualization, databases, and compute-intensive environments. For more information, visit http://www.nimbusdata.com. Follow Nimbus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/nimbusdata
Sony Teams Up with Taylor Swift to Promote Latest Cyber-shot Digital Cameras
Start of a year-long campaign highlighting Sony innovations
SAN DIEGO, April 26 -- Sony Electronics has teamed up with four-time GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift to promote its latest Cyber-shot® digital cameras in an integrated marketing campaign that puts the spotlight on the company's latest innovations.
The ads with Swift zero in on the sleek and powerful Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 digital still camera and its intelligent iSweep Panorama feature that captures ultra-wide panoramic shots in one easy "press and sweep" motion; a technology innovation currently only available by Sony.
Primetime advertising spots featuring Swift discovering that she can capture the breadth of her audience with the new TX7 camera will start airing today on NBC, FOX and CW, accompanied by digital and print ads carried out through June. Sony will also spread the word about the new digital camera commercial through social networks.
"My fans are on the cutting edge, and I'm very interested in the newest and best technologies out there," said Swift. "I'm super excited to be working with Sony and using the TX7 camera. The iSweep panorama mode is amazing."
"This campaign with Swift and the TX7 camera is the start of a year-long campaign designed to demonstrate the quality, innovation, style and design that only Sony-branded products stand for," said Stuart Redsun, Sony Electronics' senior vice president, corporate marketing. "Sony is the only electronics company that creates entertainment and the only entertainment company that makes electronics. The 'wow' factor in our newest ad is clearly illustrated when Taylor puts the TX7 in action."
The campaign kicks off with Swift visiting the Sony Innovation Center where all of Sony's electronics and entertainment assets unite, and will continue with different guests stopping by to check out other Sony innovations. All aspects of this year-long advertising campaign with interactive content and Sony's latest innovations will be highlighted at http://www.sony.com/innovations.
This is the first campaign to incorporate the Sony group-wide "make.believe" (make dot believe) brand message which symbolizes creativity and innovation and unifies both entertainment and electronics. It was developed with support of Sony Electronics' advertising agency 180 Los Angeles.
About the Cyber-shot DSC-TX7
In addition to the iSweep Panorama mode, the compact and stylish TX7 takes stunning low-light images, can shoot 10 images in one second, and is the world's smallest camera capable of full high-definition AVCHD video recording and playback. The camera has a 3.5-inch (diag.) high resolution touch LCD screen and is available in silver, dark blue and red for about $400 online at Sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (http://www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.
To create additional excitement, a limited number of TX7 cameras have been engraved with Taylor Swift's signature and will be on sale at SonyStyle.com.
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ReadyTalk Launches New Web Conferencing Service with Focus on Event ROI and Meeting Productivity
New features make meetings and webinars easy to plan, manage and promote
DENVER, April 26 -- ReadyTalk, a leader in integrated audio and web conferencing services, today announced the launch and general availability of Web Meeting 6, a significant upgrade to its web conferencing service that improves event ROI and meeting productivity with quick-to-start meetings; a new interface; enhanced features to increase audience engagement; and sophisticated marketing tools.
Meetings, sales demos, training sessions and webinars are easy to schedule and conduct with new tools designed for planning, meeting and sharing. New features include:
-- Flash or Java participant entry (no participant downloads required)
-- Robust polling and reporting capabilities
-- Social media enhancements for promoting and sharing recorded webinar
-- Chairperson interface upgrades
-- Audio participant name identification
Ease of Use & Access for Everyone
Web Meeting 6 features a simplified interface that makes it easy and intuitive to share slides, applications or the computer desktop. Users will also find that managing participants and co-presenters continues to be a streamlined process.
Building on a reputation for industry-best platform and browser support, Web Meeting 6 utilizes a Flash participant application that does not require a download and connects participants to a conference in less than 10 seconds. ReadyTalk also supports participants joining a conference with Java, making it the only conferencing provider to offer two participant applications. This ensures that everyone can join a conference on virtually every computer platform.
"The introduction of Flash is huge; it makes entry into the conference fast and the speed that images, applications and slides are rendered continues to impress me," said Michael Roseman, SVP at Astadia, Inc. "The new user interface is intuitive and makes the audience and presenter experience even better than before. Web Meeting 6 raises the bar on ease of use and web conferencing experiences."
Sophisticated Marketing Tools
Web Meeting 6 makes it easy to promote webinars on social media sites with integrated tools for sharing to Facebook and Twitter. Conference organizers can quickly share invitation details and a link to a customizable registration page. Following a webinar, recorded content can be shared via Twitter, podcasted or embedded directly into Facebook and blogs with just a few clicks.
"The ability to reach a wider audience is essential to any organization hosting webinars; Web Meeting 6 makes interacting with social media channels a seamless process," said Alli Libb, online event program manager, American Marketing Association. "Now, we can quickly embed recorded webinars directly to our community pages to share with our fans or embed them in our site as a resource for AMA members."
In addition to integration with social media sites, Web Meeting 6 includes campaign management and detailed reporting. This allows conference and webinar organizers to identify how participants are hearing about an event and maximize ROI.
A Complete Package to Plan, Meet and Share
With Web Meeting 6, customers get access to a full-featured conferencing tool set at one affordable price.
"Web Meeting 6 makes it easy for organizations to hold successful conferences from start to finish. By providing tools to support the planning, meeting and sharing activities of running a web conference, ReadyTalk customers have a single service to use for everyday collaboration meetings or for complex lead generation Webinars," said Scott King, vice president of sales and marketing, ReadyTalk. "ReadyTalk is the only service provider to give customers a single package with all the tools for collaboration, training, webinars and demos; there's no need to upgrade or purchase other products. This means customers always have the right tools in their toolbox when they need them."
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Denver, Colo., ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that empower customers to successfully conduct audio and web conferences of all sizes - from ad hoc meetings to large webinars. ReadyTalk combines ease of use with sophisticated marketing tools to increase audience engagement, event ROI and meeting productivity. Unlike other services, ReadyTalk gives customers a full suite of tools for training, collaboration, webinars and more. You'll always have access to the right features when you need them, no need to upgrade to another product. Please call toll free 800.843.9166 or visit http://www.readytalk.com for more information.
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FBN ITPro Wireless to Provide Free Nationwide Wireless Service
Free Government Assisted Wireless Service
MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 26 -- FBN ITPro Wireless a division of FBN ITPro World Business Network, today announced that it will provide FREE Government Assisted Wireless Service to individuals receiving government assistance such as - Food Stamps, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), National School Free Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance recipients. FBN ITPro Wireless will also provide Free Cellular Phones and Wireless Service to all Senior Citizens and individuals participating in Vocational Rehabilitation.
National Semiconductor Introduces Industry's First LED Driver With Dynamic Headroom Control for High-Power Applications
PowerWise Controller Maximizes System Efficiency, Simplifies Design and Reduces System Cost
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 26 -- GlobalPress Electronic Summit -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today announced the industry's first LED driver with dynamic headroom control and multiple outputs for high-power applications that accurately and efficiently drives up to four strings of LEDs. The LM3464, a member of National's PowerWise® energy-efficient product family, maximizes system efficiency and reduces system complexity and cost in LED-intensive applications such as industrial, street and automotive lighting.
Unlike traditional high-brightness LED drivers that drive current to each string independently, the LM3464 LED driver includes four channels to drive up to 20 LEDs per channel, reducing system complexity and cost.
The LM3464's dynamic headroom control feature dynamically adjusts the LED supply voltage through the power supply feedback to the lowest level required to provide optimal system efficiency.
Technical Features of National's LM3464 LED Driver
The LM3464 is a high-voltage current controller with four individual current regulator channels. It works in conjunction with external N-channel MOSFETs and sense resistors to accurately drive current to each LED string. The LM3464 features a wide input voltage range up to 80V to drive multiple LEDs per string, making the LM3464 ideal for LED-intensive applications.
A thermal foldback feature protects the LEDs from unsafe temperatures that can significantly degrade the light output or lifetime of the LEDs. During an over-temperature condition, the thermal foldback reduces the current through the LEDs until the LED junction temperature of the LEDs returns back to a safe operating temperature. This user-programmable feature allows for a more robust and reliable thermal design, helping to ensure the lifetime and light output of the LEDs over time and through temperature variances due to environmental conditions of the fixture.
The dynamic headroom control feature monitors the forward voltages of the LED strings and dynamically adjusts the LED supply voltage through the power supply feedback to the lowest level required. By directly controlling the output of the offline regulator, the LM3464 can eliminate the second stage switching regulator commonly required for offline LED power supplies.
The LM3464 features both pulse-width modulation (PWM) and analog dimming interfaces to allow the user to select between various dimming types for different applications. Protection features include VIN under-voltage lock-out, LED open/short circuit and over-temperature fault signaling to the system controller.
National's LM3464 is priced at $4.50 in 1,000-unit quantities. Samples are available now with production quantities available in June, 2010. More information about National's lighting products is available at http://www.national.com/analog/led.
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in analog power management technology. Its products include easy-to-use integrated circuits, PowerWise products that enable more energy-efficient systems, and SolarMagic products which improve the energy output of solar arrays. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary last May. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.46 billion for fiscal 2009. Additional information is available at http://www.national.com.
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FIRST AND ONLY BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING SYSTEM THAT CONNECTS WITH NINTENDO DS(TM) or DS Lite Transforms Kids' Diabetes Experience by Linking Play with Purpose
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 26 -- Bayer Diabetes Care today announced the introduction of the DIDGET(TM) blood glucose monitoring system in the United States. The DIDGET meter is unique because it is the only blood glucose meter that connects directly to Nintendo DS(TM) and DS Lite gaming systems to help kids manage a lifelong disease by rewarding them for building consistent testing habits and meeting personalized blood glucose target ranges. Bayer's DIDGET meter is now available for purchase in the U.S. through CVS.com, Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com.
Bayer's DIDGET meter links play with purpose for children with diabetes by tapping into kids' existing passion for handheld gaming. The DIDGET meter positively reinforces consistent blood glucose testing habits by awarding points that kids can use to unlock new game levels and customize their gaming experience.
"As the first meter truly designed with kids in mind, the DIDGET meter can transform a child's blood sugar testing experience from something they have to do into something they want to do," said Dr. Larry Deeb, pediatric endocrinologist and medical director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida and a paid consultant for Bayer. "Regular blood sugar testing is critical for diabetes management and one of the biggest challenges facing parents of kids with diabetes is motivating their kids to develop good testing habits. Bayer's DIDGET meter adds an element of fun and rewards to the routine of testing and, by doing so, helps ease that parent/child tension that testing often creates," he added.
Bayer's DIDGET meter is intended for use by kids ages 4-14 and grows with the child's ability to manage their diabetes, offering two testing levels, Basic and Advanced. It comes with Knock 'Em Downs(TM): World's Fair that includes a full length adventure game and mini game arcade. The DIDGET meter will connect to Bayer's DIDGET(TM) World (http://www.bayerdidget.com), a password-protected Web community that is coming soon, where kids can spend points that they earn from consistent monitoring practices and create their own page.
The DIDGET meter is based on Bayer's trusted CONTOUR® system and uses the same technology and CONTOUR test strips, providing the same easy accuracy, No Coding(TM) technology, no interference with maltose, galactose and oxygen and automatic correction for hematocrit and many common interfering substances (e.g., acetaminophen, ascorbic acid). CONTOUR test strips also feature under fill detection and automatic control solution marking as well as a 5-second test time and small (0.6 mL) sample size.
Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, who is a paid spokesperson and an actual user of Bayer's CONTOUR USB meter said, "I know first hand how important it is for kids to test their blood sugar regularly. Using Bayer's DIDGET meter is a cool and fun way for kids to do that. The DIDGET meter uses the same test strips as the CONTOUR meter, the strips I rely on every day."
Bayer's DIDGET meter recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the blood glucose meter is now available for a suggested retail value of $74.99 through leading online pharmacies. Nintendo DS and DS Lite gaming systems are sold separately and are not required or needed to use the DIDGET meter. Bayer's DIDGET World Web Community is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Firefox 3.0, 3.5, 3.6. For more information, visit http://www.bayerdidget.com.
Building on more than 40 years of experience since Bayer pioneered the first portable blood glucose meter, the company recently introduced CONTOUR USB, the first blood glucose monitor in the U.S. that connects directly to a PC or MAC - providing users with instant access to information and trends about their blood sugar levels. Bayer innovated the measurement of A1C (glycated hemoglobin) and was the first to offer a suite of blood glucose monitors with No Coding(TM) technology and no interference from maltose and galactose.
An estimated 186,300(1) young people under the age of 20 in the U.S. have diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In persons with type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin, and therefore people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to manage their life long disease. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in adults, although increasingly, children are being diagnosed with this disease(2).Type 2 is associated with obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity(3). In people with type 2 diabetes, the body doesn't make enough insulin, or it doesn't use the insulin it does make very well. There are many therapies available, including insulin, for people with type 2 diabetes. All people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes must carefully balance food, medications and activity level to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible in order to avoid long term complications of diabetes.
Bayer Diabetes Care
Bayer Diabetes Care is a worldwide leader in diabetes care, supporting customers in 100 countries and, for more than 40 years, has led the way in diabetes care product innovation. Today, Bayer Diabetes Care offers an unparalleled choice in diabetes management systems and comprehensive support including education, tools and resources designed to simplify life with diabetes. Bayer Diabetes Care is a business of the Bayer HealthCare LLC, Medical Care Division and has its global headquarters located in Tarrytown, New York. http://www.simplewins.com.
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DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) Help Drive Fiber All The Way
Next Generation Coating Technology Optimizes Fiber in MDU Deployments
ELGIN, Ill., April 26 -- The industry's newest generation of coating technology for optical fiber, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM), is formulated to optimize fiber optic deployment in today's Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) environments, says UV-curable coatings leader DSM. Introduced by DSM in 2009, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) enable higher fiber count in compact cable, increased stress tolerance, and improved signal attenuation performance in tight bend applications.
Among the most significant challenges addressed by DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) in delivering fiber-all-the-way in the MDU environment are: deploying fiber optic cable in very tight locations without increasing signal attenuation, ensuring that the fiber will perform over the life of the network and avoiding costly re-builds, and having enough capacity in the plant to support increasingly bandwidth-hungry services.
"DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) are engineered for low microbend sensitivity which produces several key performance benefits in optical fiber, including the enabling of higher fiber capacity in compact cable designs," said Steve Schmid, DSM R&D Manager Fiber Optic Coatings. "The use of these newest-generation coatings can result in increasing a compact cable's fiber count capacity by more than 30%."
New higher-density, high-performance fiber optic cables, made possible by DSM's advanced coating formulation, allow broadband service providers to lower capital and operational expenses related to fiber optic deployment because the cable is easier to install and has lower overall maintenance. The added capacity in the cable allows service providers to deliver highly-profitable premium services and create a more positive customer experience.
"The broadband industry is being tasked to deliver network capacity into increasingly complex and exotic environments, and in MDUs we're dealing with much tighter real estate," said Rob Crowell, Vice President Fiber Optics Materials DSM Desotech. "We attacked this challenge in the same way we've been addressing them for the fiber industry over the past four decades--with experience, investment in R&D and an ongoing dialogue with fiber manufacturers and other industry leaders. The result is a technology innovation that is making fiber-all-the-way a cost-effective and profitable option for service providers."
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About DSM Desotech
DSM Desotech is the world's leading developer of UV-curable optical fiber coatings, a critical component of high-speed optical fiber networks. With more than 40 years experience in fiber coatings development, the company holds more than 120 U.S. patents in UV-curable technology, with other patents in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australia and Canada. DSM Desotech operates globally, with research and manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Europe, China and Japan. It is headquartered in Elgin, Ill., USA. DSM Desotech is a business unit of DSM Resins, based in the Netherlands, and is part of the global DSM family - a world leader in life sciences and material sciences. More information can be found at: http://www.supercoatings.com.
About DeSolite Supercoatings(TM)
DSM's newest generation of fiber coatings, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM), has been engineered to significantly improve microbending sensitivity at the fastest processing speeds, ensuring the best economy of high speed production and superior attenuation performance. In standard basket-weave testing, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) display 90% less sensitivity to microbend attenuation--a performance advantage critical for today's new FTTx designs, especially at the longer wavelengths of 1625nm. In addition to improved microbending sensitivity, DeSolite Supercoatings(TM) demonstrate high reliability in temperature extremes, ensuring a robust solution especially in low temperature environments. Other enhanced performance properties include reduced volatility, faster cure speed and advanced mechanical properties.
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