Edgecore Networks Launches a Multi-Access Business Gateway Delivering a Converged Gateway, Security and Controller Platform to SMBs and Enterprises
Edgecore Networks' Wireless Multi-Access Business Gateway (MBG) with Dual WAN Securely Connects Wired and Wireless Clients for Secure Network Ecosystems
IRVINE, Calif., April 21 -- Edgecore Networks, a joint venture between LG-Nortel and Accton Technology, today announced that it is re-entering the wireless networking industry with the launch of its family of Edgecore Wireless Multi-Access Business Gateways (MBG) featuring combined network gateways and wireless controllers. The Edgecore Wireless MBG (G4420-22 and G4430-24) combines both a network gateway and wireless controller to provide a robust high-performance wireless network infrastructure that is secure, cost-effective and easy-to-manage. The Edgecore Wireless MBG will be demonstrated next week at Interop 2010 in Las Vegas at Edgecore's booth (#2313).
The scalable Edgecore Wireless MBG solutions, which support roaming for voice applications including wireless phones in Edgecore's upcoming portfolio of unified communications solutions, are designed to provide secure, high-performance wireless network infrastructures for companies ranging in size from small businesses to enterprises with more than 500 users. The Edgecore Wireless MBG supports from 50 to 150 wireless access points, including Edgecore's family of enterprise- and business-class 802.11n access points, to extend wireless coverage and enable seamless layer 2/3 roaming to deliver anytime-anywhere access to business-critical applications.
The Edgecore Wireless MBG solutions combine the functions of both a network gateway and wireless controller into a single solution, reducing hardware costs and enabling IT administrators to centrally manage all functions of the controller and gateway in the main office and regional remote offices through a single intuitive interface to drastically reduce deployment and maintenance efforts. The Edgecore gateway/controller employs user authentication and enforces per-user policies to provide access control for a secure enterprise network.
"Our new wireless solution rounds out our overall product solution offering," said Mike Boissiere, VP of Enterprise Data Sales at Edgecore. "Some have asked why we would want to release a new solution when there are so many wireless players already in the market. We've created a solution that was designed by and created for our partners. Unlike most competing WiFi vendors that cannot provide a full infrastructure offering, Edgecore will deliver to its partners the ability to install wired or wireless infrastructures into any environment. For example, we now deliver performance wired and wireless Ethernet solutions, VDSL2 (which includes wireless), Unified Communication, NMS and UDM Software to manage the infrastructures, and a service platform for increased partner margins. It's not just the technology, but our partners we're concerned about supporting."
"The convergence of various data and voice applications into the network infrastructure is driving the demand for a wireless infrastructure that delivers a critical combination of performance, security and reliability, while at the same time being affordable and easy-to-manage," explained Keith Alexis, general manager at Edgecore. "Our new family of gateway/controller solutions enables businesses of all sizes, from SMBs to enterprises to deploy cutting-edge data and voice solutions over a wireless infrastructure that delivers on every one of those points. By combining the functions of both a gateway and a controller into a single solution, we've enabled companies to cut hardware costs and reduce network deployment and management time significantly."
About the Edgecore Wireless Multi-Access Business Gateway
The Edgecore Wireless MBGs provide a robust set of features and functions making them ideal wireless network infrastructure solutions for SMBs and enterprises. To ensure maximum system reliability, the Wireless MBGs support WAN failover to ensure network availability, load balancing to optimize network performance, advanced roaming to ensure seamless mobility across subnets, and VoWLAN Quality of Service to deliver true voice quality over wireless.
Access control can be enforced on a per-user and per-user group basis including controls for firewalls, bandwidth limitations and scheduling. Client management can be controlled via multiple user groups and multiple service zones. Management of access points is centralized giving administrators the ability to configure, control and manage multiple types of access points.
Offering a host of security capabilities, the Wireless MBG can authenticate users based upon a built-in local/on-demand database or by accessing an external authentication database. The system supports local VPN, remote VPN and site-to-site VPN, and provides additional security through WPA, rogue AP detection, wireless intrusion detection and prevention.
LG-Nortel is a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel. Established in 2005, LG-Nortel provides leading edge telecommunications equipment and network solutions, spanning wired and wireless technologies, to service provider and enterprise customers in Korea and around the world. LG-Nortel is also actively developing next generation solutions for global markets, with over 750 skilled R&D engineers currently focused on wireless broadband technology evolution and the development of powerful new product lines. For more information on LG-Nortel, visit http://www.lg-nortel.com.
About Edgecore Networks, Inc.
Edgecore Networks, Inc., formerly SMC Networks and now a joint venture between LG-Nortel and Accton Technology, is a global manufacturer of application-driven performance networking solutions designed to meet and exceed partner requirements and maximize return on investment. Our market focuses include providing solutions for SMB & enterprise LAN networks, hospitality and other MxU environments, and Metro Ethernet technology for value conscious service providers.
Edgecore Networks features a robust portfolio of networking solutions that includes managed SMB/E switches, Metro Access solutions and a variety of business-class WiFi solutions, all tied together through an advanced network management system. Leveraging SMC Networks' 33-year legacy of channel loyalty, profitability, advanced technology, and dedicated partner support, Edgecore Networks provides its channel partners with a reseller program that is backed by a full complement of end-to-end networking solutions and is designed to maximize return-on-investment and increase profitability.
Internap Performance IP(TM) Connectivity Comes to Phoenix NAP Datacenter
PHOENIX, April 21 -- Phoenix NAP®, a next-generation datacenter and network access point, announced today that Internap Network Services Corporation, a global provider of end-to-end Internet business products and services, has established a point of presence within the Phoenix NAP facility and will be offering its Premium IP connectivity services directly to clients in this facility.
"Supplying clients with access to a number of high-quality carriers is a priority for us and the addition of Internap to our datacenter is a major step toward that goal. Their presence in Phoenix NAP further reinforces our network access point strategy, ultimately benefiting anyone looking for excellent connectivity solutions. Their network performance and reliability are excellent, and we're thrilled to have Internap's IP Service available in our facility," said Ian McClarty, president of Phoenix NAP.
Unlike typical ISPs that simply route traffic over their own network, Internap's redundant network architecture provides connections to multiple Internet backbones. The company's patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer(TM) (MIRO) technology then continuously analyzes network performance characteristics - such as available bandwidth, latency and packet loss - across all of the backbones and intelligently routes customer traffic over the best performing Internet path.
"As more businesses operate entirely online or move significant applications and data to managed hosting and cloud environments, network connectivity within datacenters plays an even more critical role," said Peter Evans, senior vice president, marketing at Internap. "By routing around network congestion, poor performing links or unavailable routes - without requiring manual intervention - our Premium IP services provide the reliable, high-performance network foundation that Phoenix NAP's customers can rely on for running their business."
Internap Performance IP services ranging from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps options will be available at the Phoenix NAP. For added convenience, Phoenix NAP clients can either work directly with Internap or with Phoenix NAP's carrier neutral sales staff to get the connectivity service they want.
About Phoenix NAP
Phoenix NAP, LLC (http://www.phoenixnap.com) is a privately held organization of operational, networking and management professionals that have worked in the datacenter and IT fields since the early 1990s. The company employs a unique approach to providing flexible datacenter solutions that are tailored to meet the differing needs of small businesses and large enterprises. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.phoenixnap.com.
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Paraben Corporation Releases v3.5 of Popular Device Seizure Product
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, April 21 -- Paraben Corporation, a provider of digital forensics solutions; has announced the release of Device Seizure v 3.5. Paraben has been synonymous with cell phone and device forensics since 2002 when it released the first commercial tool for forensic examinations of PDAs. With this new release of Device Seizure, Paraben has greatly improved its innovative and industry-leading tool.
Device Seizure v3.5 has taken a giant leap forward in the processing of digital evidence from handheld devices with the following improvements, augmentations, and additional model support:
-- Expanded Drivers Pack - added for Palm Pre, Sanyo CDMA, 64-bit vista
-- Added Drivers Pack to program installation
-- Expanded Dongle compatibility to older versions
-- Added new plug-in to support logical data acquisition from Motorola
-- Mass Storage physical data acquisition
-- XML report creating function
-- Expanded parsing and data carving capabilities
-- Seamless integration with Deployable Device Seizure
-- iPod physical data acquisition and back-up file support
-- Palm Pre logical data acquisition
-- Additional support for models manufactured by Blackberry, Kyocera, LG,
Motorola, Nokia, Sanyo, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson
Paraben customers' simplification requests have been answered with the integration of our expanded Drivers Pack into the installation process. Version 3.5 has amplified the parsing and carving capacities to make it even easier for the investigator to pinpoint data. Beyond even these innovations; with the addition of new model support in v3.5 Paraben brings their already industry leading total list of supported devices to an all time high.
As always, all of Paraben's new versions are available at no additional cost to customers' with an active upgrade subscription or for the low-cost of the subscription renewal. There is never a separate cost for additional functions - even for physical acquisitions! "We are happy to offer our customers a comprehensive tool at a fair price. We are spending more research time on physical acquisition improvement as well as data parsing to improve Device Seizure for our users," stated Amber Schroader, CEO at Paraben.
Paraben Corporation specializes in computer forensic software for enterprises and consumers. Established in 1999, Paraben became a leader in handheld forensics with the release of PDA Seizure and Cell Seizure in 2002, the first commercially available tools for cell phone forensics. Paraben then combined them to create Device Seizure in 2006; a comprehensive forensic solution for cell phones and PDAs. In addition to their specialty of forensics for mobile devices; Paraben also has several digital forensic software titles for forensic analysis of hard drives and media (P2 Commander) and specialized tools for enterprise level forensics - P2 Enterprise and P2 Shuttle. Also offered is an array of training classes, leading up to the Paraben Certified Mobile Examiner's license and forensic hardware to be paired with their software solutions.
SniperHill Becomes First Fiber Optic-Based Internet Service Provider in Iraq
First of Its Kind Internet Provides Soldiers A Better, Faster Way to Communicate Back Home
HOUSTON, April 21 -- SniperHill Internet Services, LLC became the first fiber optic Internet provider for US Armed Forces serving in Iraq, it was announced today.
High-speed fiber optic-based Internet largely did not exist in Iraq. With a war-ravaged telecommunications infrastructure that is obsolete, most users rely upon slow and outdated, personal-rigged satellite systems for Internet.
"We're thrilled to bring faster, better, unlimited commercial Internet to the deserving Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines forward deployed in Iraq," said Wallace Davis, President of SniperHill. "Bringing fiber optic services to America's finest is something we have been working on for a very long time. Nobody thought it could be done, and we couldn't be happier to be the first," he added.
FOB Warrior in Kirkuk was the first area in Iraq to have commercial fiber optic Internet, according to Heath Irlbeck, VP of Business Development. "The rest of our sites across Iraq are quickly following suit," he said. With over 35,000 subscribers per month, SniperHill is the largest Internet Service Provider in the world in an active combat zone. SniperHill began providing Internet in Iraq in 2006 and currently has operations in Northern, Central and Southern Iraq.
"It's very exciting to offer a better, faster, smarter platform for the men and women in uniform to talk to their loved ones back home with no excuses, as long as they want, whenever they want regardless of where they are stationed," said Jerry Hartless, CEO of SniperHill.
SniperHill Internet Services, LLC is the first choice for personal Internet at 17 US Bases across Iraq. Its customer list includes every branch of the US Armed Forces, DoD, DA and State Department civilians, US military and government contractors, NGOs and high-profile confidential Western clients. Learn more at http://www.sniperhill.com.
Source: SniperHill Internet Services, LLC
CONTACT: Heath Irlbeck, VP Business Development of SniperHill Internet
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Boundary Devices Announces Nitrogen Platforms Based on Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX51 Processor
CHANDLER, Ariz., April 21 -- Arizona-based Boundary Devices announces the availability of two new single board computers based on Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX51 processor: the "Nitrogen-P" hand-held design and the "Nitrogen-E" Power-over-Ethernet design.
Each of these feature a 5 megapixel camera interface, microphone, resistive touch screen controller, along with two USB ports (1 Host/1 OTG). Each will run Android, Ubuntu(TM) Linux or Windows® Embedded CE.
The Nitrogen-P is a portable design, optimized to fit behind a 4.3" touch display. It includes battery management, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a three-axis accelerometer. The smartphone form factor allows easy integration into pocket-sized packages for data collection and data acquisition applications. The Android operating system makes it attractive as a general-purpose PDA and gaming device, with support for both voice and video search.
The Nitrogen-E adds 10/100 Ethernet and a Power-over-Ethernet option for easy installation in access control, signage, industrial control, and point-of-purchase applications. The HDMI output port allows easy connection to off-the-shelf monitors and televisions. Additional expansion and connectivity is provided through I2C and serial ports along with GPIOs including two dry-contacts.
"The i.MX51 delivers a high level of performance, flexibility and multimedia capabilities which makes it a perfect fit for the Nitrogen-family of solutions," said Ken Obuszewski, director of i.MX product management, Freescale. "We are proud to be working with innovators like Boundary Devices who continue to meet their customers' evolving requirements in the embedded and consumer space."
Each board is capable of sending and receiving streaming 720P video, enabling high-def audio and video playback and recording from anywhere from small, low-power devices. The camera resolution allows it to double as a bar-code scanner, powering applications like Google Goggles and document scanning. The robust networking allows seamless data flow to and from internet servers. Custom versions of each platform will be available, and four fully enclosed versions are available or planned.
The Nitrogen-E is available now in three packages:
-- A VESA-75 compliant plastic enclosure with a 7" (800x480) touch screen
-- An in-wall anodized aluminum enclosure with a 7" (800x480) touch
-- A stainless steel enclosure for use with HDMI-compliant monitors or
The Nitrogen-P will be available with a 1800 mAH battery in PDA form-factor in early Q3.
Boundary Devices will also be showcasing these platforms at Embedded Systems Conference West, in San Jose April 26-29. Stop by Freescale Booth #1801 to view these demos and learn more details.
Boundary Devices is a complete hardware and software solutions provider specializing in network connected, fanless, low-power multimedia devices.
With decades of experience, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to get your product to market on time and on budget. Our business is based on delivery of custom hardware platforms tailored to your form factor and peripheral set. Our portfolio of standard products allows you to kick the tires before committing to a custom design. Our experience and supply-chain contacts can make sure you're building the right product at the right price.
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Real-Time Patient Data Available to Clinicians on iPhone with Thomson Reuters Clinical Xpert
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 21 -- Thomson Reuters announced today that it will support the iPhone platform for its Clinical Xpert(TM) suite of mobile clinical workflow solutions.
With Clinical Xpert, hospital-based doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals will have real-time access to clinical patient information -- including medications, radiology and laboratory results, vital signs, demographics, and transcribed reports -- via their iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices.
Beta testing of Clinical Xpert for iPhone will commence in August and it will be ready for commercial release in October. There is no charge to current Clinical Xpert customers for the iPhone upgrade.
Clinicians will be able to download the Clinical Xpert application to their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad from the Apple App Store. With the addition of the iPhone platform, Clinical Xpert will support more mobile devices than any other real-time clinical surveillance and mobile patient data solution.
Using Clinical Xpert, hospitals deploy a single system that improves clinical efficiency by providing better access to critical patient information, real-time clinical surveillance, automated pharmacy interventions, charge and billing code management, care team coordination, and medication reconciliation. It also provides a seamless backup to the core hospital information system, giving clinicians uninterrupted access to patient data during planned and unplanned downtime.
By aggregating data from multiple disparate hospital information systems, Clinical Xpert gives healthcare providers mobile access to actionable patient data throughout the continuum of care, helping them make better, more informed decisions at the point of care.
Clinical Xpert currently supports mobile devices running on BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm platforms. The solution also is accessible via Web-enabled laptops, tablet PCs, computers on wheels (COWs) and desktop computers. No other mobile healthcare vendor offers this range of platform support.
Hospitals using Clinical Xpert have reported significant improvements in clinical outcomes including a 30.8 percent reduction in mortality, a 76.5 percent reduction in "code blue" conditions outside of the intensive care unit, and a 42 percent decrease in mortality for sepsis patients.
Clinical Xpert has been the category leader for mobile data systems in the Best in KLAS Awards for eight consecutive years. For more information, visit http://www.clinicalxpert.com
Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:TRI). For more information, go to http://www.thomsonreuters.com.
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EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Launches the 51FIRE ES Portable Radio at FDIC
New Portable Radio Designed for the Firefighting Industry
IRVING, Texas, April 21 -- EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFJI) announced today that it will unveil its new 51FIRE ES portable radio at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) April 22-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"With the 51FIRE ES, we have designed and packaged a portable radio especially for the firefighting industry," said Michael Jalbert, president and chief executive officer of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. "After conducting market research, we developed a feature set that we believe meets the specific needs of firefighters with the primary focus on safe and reliable communications."
"The 51FIRE ES includes standard features such as yellow housing, immersibility and a factory mutual intrinsically safe rating to withstand the extreme and hazardous conditions experienced by firefighters. Also, we are offering an upgrade to the new AMBE+2 v 1.6 Vocoder which substantially filters out background noise even in the presence of a personal alert safety system (PASS) and an intuitive out of range (OOR) feature that alerts a firefighter when out of communications range when used with EFJohnson's IP25(TM) Conventional system," Jalbert added.
About EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. focuses on innovating, developing and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives. The Company's customers include first responders in public safety and public service, the federal government, and industrial organizations. The Company's products are marketed under the EFJohnson, 3e Technologies International, and Transcrypt International names and are Made in America. For more information, visit http://www.efjohnsontechnologies.com/.
Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed, suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements due to a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, our ability to repay our bank debt when due, continued access to bank lines of credit, the timing and receipt of orders, the level of demand for the Company's products and services, dependence on continued funding of governmental agency programs, reliance on contract manufacturers, the timely procurement of necessary manufacturing components, software feature development and the implementation of application software, successful integration of the system components, general economic and business conditions, and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2009 and in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
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Nine Technology Releases Individual PC Online Backup and Recovery Solution for Managed Service Providers
New 'Powered by Nine' ONE platform offers superior service, speed and reliability
MIDDLEBORO, Mass., April 21 -- Focused on helping managed service providers (MSPs) meet their customers' demand for online backup and recovery services, Nine Technology today released its "Powered by Nine" ONE online backup and recovery solution for individual laptop and desktop computers. Nine Technology's groundbreaking "Powered by Nine" solutions have been in development for three years and promise to deliver the most robust and trustworthy service on the market.
"Leveraging our DNA as a former service provider, we built our Powered by Nine backup and restore technology to meet the specific needs of MSPs, value added resellers and IT consultants," said Tom Gelson, founder and CEO of Nine Technology. "Our ONE solution enables service providers to quickly launch an affordable, reliable and scalable service offering to protect their customers' critical data. It is our goal to know our customers' business and help them build strong customer relationships and increase revenue."
"Powered by Nine" Solutions from Nine Technology:
Nine Technology's "Powered by Nine" backup and restore solutions enable managed service providers to deliver reliable, cost effective, high performance and secure online backup and recovery services for desktops, laptops and servers for individuals and organizations. "Powered by Nine" solutions integrate highly reliable hardware, proven algorithms and innovative patented software to create a game-changing solution set that can scale to meet today's most demanding and unique data protection requirements.
-- ONE: backup and recovery solution for desktop and laptop computers
-- PRO (coming soon): backup and recovery solution for business servers
Backup and Recovery Solutions for Service Providers
Nine Technology meets all major MSP requirements and fulfills the online backup and recovery promises that other technologies have not been able to achieve. The "Powered by Nine" benefits include:
-- A comprehensive turnkey data protection service to individual users
and organizations of all sizes
-- Block level global data deduplication and compression to minimize data
size, number of files and bandwidth impact
-- Seamless scalability to support the protection of unlimited amount of
-- Simple administration and management console specifically designed for
-- Scalable, reliable, fast and secure access by customers at all times
-- A built-in mechanism for data protection through replication
-- Low total cost of ownership without compromising on the other
-- Fully rebrandable for MSPs and their VARs/IT Consultants at no
Pricing and Availability of "Powered by Nine" ONE Software
Nine Technology's "Powered by Nine" ONE solution for backing up laptop and desktop computers is now available. By the beginning of May, the company will ship its "Powered by Nine" PRO online backup and recovery solution for servers. For pricing information, please contact us directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 1-888-551-1515.
About Nine Technology
Nine Technology delivers simple, powerful and cost-effective turnkey online backup and restore solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers and IT consultants. The "Powered by Nine" solutions enable service providers to quickly offer reliable and scalable services to protect their customers' critical data stored on desktops, laptops and servers. It is our goal to know our customers' business and help them build revenue. For more information, visit http://www.ninetechnology.com.
Microsoft Kicks Off Worldwide Launch of SQL Server 2008 R2
Latest release delivers enterprise-class scalability, powerful new managed self-service business intelligence capabilities, and greater IT productivity spanning the desktop, datacenter and cloud.
REDMOND, Wash., April 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, the industry's most complete information platform for managing, accessing and delivering information. SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available to customers in early May through Microsoft's distribution and partner channels.
To celebrate the release, Microsoft, in collaboration with the Professional Association for SQL Server, will host more than 85 live launch events worldwide. For customers and partners who cannot attend a live event, Microsoft is offering a SQL Server 2008 R2 Digital Tour online at http://www.sqlserverlaunch.com/.
More than 2,000 global ISVs have indicated their plans to build solutions based on SQL Server 2008 R2. This includes mission-critical applications for a variety of industries, including Temenos in banking, PTC in manufacturing, RedPrairie in retail and Convergys in telecommunications. This release will also be supported by the widely distributed and agile solutions from SAP, Kronos and Epicor Software Corp.
Customer reception to this release through the technology preview stages has been one of the best in the history of the product, with more than 300,000 downloads of the community technology previews.
Key enhancements in this release include the following:
-- Managed self-service business intelligence (BI) for reporting and
-- Enterprise-class scalability and greater IT efficiency
-- Platform integration spanning the datacenter to the cloud
Managed Self-Service Business Intelligence for Reporting and Analysis
"Customers continue to receive and create increasing amounts of data, as information impacts their business and social lives. Our goal is to help customers extract value and business insight from that information, whether it is stored locally on their PC, in a datacenter or in the cloud," said Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division at Microsoft. "Today's release of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is a big step forward in transforming how the IT department, the software developers, and end users interact and gain insight from data."
With the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is introducing powerful new managed self-service BI capabilities, bridging the gap between IT professionals and end users by leveraging familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. With the new BI technology named PowerPivot, end users can bring data from virtually anywhere and manipulate large datasets with ease while still enabling IT to monitor and manage user-generated BI solutions.
"SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel aligns well with our strategic plan of making it easier to empower bank staff with pervasive business intelligence," said Ken Christie, chief financial officer, Bank of New Zealand. "Eventually we'll promote the new SQL Server BI capabilities, including PowerPivot for SharePoint Server 2010, to a much wider audience. The BI capabilities of SQL Server 2008 R2 are a big step forward, and we know that many departments can benefit from the insights gained by using the PowerPivot tools."
Enterprise-Class Scalability and Greater IT Efficiency
With this release Microsoft continues to focus on critical datacenter needs, enabling businesses to create a highly available infrastructure that is more secure and easier to manage. Recent benchmarks show that SQL Server 2008 R2 has raised the bar in performance on industry-standard hardware. With the introduction of SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition, in combination with Windows Server 2008 R2, customers can now run databases on systems with up to 256 logical processors, and move to a virtualized datacenter with Hyper-V and Live Migration support. These two releases will help customers move to a private cloud infrastructure that is highly available, consolidated and virtualized and that scales on demand.
Many customers look to Microsoft to provide technology for their most mission-critical applications.
"At PREMIER Bankcard, corporate data is one of our largest assets, so our database system priorities are performance, data quality, data security and high availability," said Ron Van Zanten, directing officer of Business Intelligence at PREMIER Bankcard LLC. "We have over 100 SQL Server installations, including a data warehouse and OLTP and imaging systems, with a total of around 40 terabytes of managed data. These are mission-critical systems that require 24x7 availability and performance that is measured in milliseconds. The enhanced database mirroring in SQL Server 2008 R2 helps protect our data against corruption or in the event of a hardware failure. Additionally, SQL Server 2008 R2 application and multiserver management will be our path to improved productivity without needing to add DBAs, with easy setup and policy-based evaluation of our servers that help us deliver the optimum performance and availability we need."
Additional key enhancements in this release include two new components of Microsoft's information platform: SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services, which helps customers drive better data consistency across heterogeneous systems, and SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight, which supports high-scale complex event-stream processing.
With the upcoming availability of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse, customers will be able to scale-out their data warehouses from tens to hundreds of terabytes. SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse will be offered as an appliance in several configurations through select hardware providers.
Platform Integration Spanning the Datacenter to the Cloud
SQL Server 2008 R2 also represents a further commitment from Microsoft to the cloud. The power of SQL Server is extending to the cloud through Microsoft SQL Azure, which provides a consistent programming model, common capabilities and tools while offering new business opportunities, high availability, self-management and massive scale through distributed cloud data services. Microsoft's recent preview release of the service code-named "Dallas" enables customers to have access to rich new datasets from companies such as Pitney Bowes Inc., NASA and the Associated Press Online. With the capabilities in PowerPivot for Excel, combining private and public datasets for deeper analysis and business insight is much easier. SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers a complete approach to managing, accessing and delivering information across the organization.
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Get Satisfaction Connects Customer Support and the Social Web
New Get Satisfaction Support Tab Lets Small and Medium Businesses Use Facebook Fan Pages for Cost-effective Service and Support
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 -- As small and medium-sized businesses turn to Facebook to connect with customers, many struggle to use 'the Wall' as an efficient and effective channel for highly visible service and support requests.
Get Satisfaction directly addresses this challenge through the release of its Customer Support Tab for Facebook Fan Pages -- a powerful community platform that invites consumer participation, cultivates a strong peer-to-peer support model, and helps small and medium-sized businesses reduce their overall support costs.
Many companies create Facebook Fan Pages as a marketing initiative and often underestimate the customer's desire to utilize this channel to ask questions, solve problems and provide feedback. Since the information on "the Wall" is not searchable and can be lost quickly, customer support needs from within Facebook have largely remained unmet.
Moreover, because search engines cannot index content from within Facebook, companies receive no SEO benefits of conversation created on the Fan Page. Until now.
The Get Satisfaction Customer Support Tab transforms the Facebook fan page into a community-based customer service center where customers can help each other and companies can offer support in a one-to-many fashion. By freeing the company from the need to respond to the same questions over and over as they move on and off the Facebook wall, the Customer Support Tab dramatically reduces support costs. At the same time, you're providing Facebook fans with access to a valuable customer network full of meaningful conversation, which increases customer satisfaction and loyalty.
-- Now Facebook fans can:
-- Quickly find answers to their questions
-- Collaborate on ideas & suggestions
-- Give Praise
-- And Companies can:
-- Leverage the viral elements of Facebook to build community
-- Utilize Facebook as a scalable customer relations channel
-- Crowdsource customer service and ideation
"This is an especially exciting launch for us," said Wendy Lea, Get Satisfaction CEO. "Our customers have been looking for a way to better convert conversations across social media--especially Facebook--into real business value. Facebook is where your most social customers are sharing questions. Get Satisfaction is where you've built a community to share answers. We've put them both together in the best way. Get Satisfaction - your community on your wall."
The Get Satisfaction Support tab brings together customer support and social media to help companies listen, support and engage their most social customers. "Being a part of the user conversation online is core to what we do - textPlus is all about communities. Because Facebook is integral to that end, we're excited to benefit from this new app from Get Satisfaction," said Drew Olanoff, textPlus Director of Community.
Get Satisfaction's Web 2.0 customer service and support platform launched in 2007 and has grown exponentially. More than 35,000 company communities have been created on Get Satisfaction, and upwards of 20,000 organizations are actively engaging with 1.4 million community members. Organizations of all stripes -- from Nike to Foursquare -- engage in conversations with their customers, increasing loyalty, retention, collaboration, and customer-driven innovation, while reducing repetitive support costs. http://www.getsatisfaction.com
Source: Get Satisfaction
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Coveo Reports 55 Percent Increase in Q1 2010 License Revenue; Signs 24 Deals with New & Existing Customers
New product innovations, demonstrated customer ROI, and award recognitions drive continued success
CHICAGO and QUEBEC CITY, April 21 -- Coveo, a leading provider of enterprise search and customer information access solutions, today announced its Q1 2010 results and corporate achievements. Coveo closed the quarter with a 55 percent year-over-year increase in license revenue and signed 24 deals with new and existing customers. CY Q1 2010 also represented an increase over the best quarter in the company's history, CY Q4 2009.
In Q1 2010, Coveo welcomed new enterprise customers to its global customer community, including:
-- Trading Technologies International, Inc., which develops
high-performance trading software for derivatives professionals,
including the world's premier investment banks;
-- Netezza Corporation, a global leader in data warehouse, analytic and
-- Hewitt, a top HR consulting and outsourcing company;
-- Royal Mail Group, the UK's postal service;
-- Allina Hospitals and Clinics;
-- One of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management
firms; among others.
During the quarter, Coveo also expanded relationships with existing customers, including IMS Health, the world's leading provider of market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries; CBC Radio-Canada; SNC- Lavalin, one of the world's largest engineering and construction firms, and BBA, an international consulting engineering firm; among others.
"Our consecutive, record-breaking quarters underscore both the traction of our new Information Access Solution for Customer Service, and the value that Coveo Enterprise Search solutions are providing for our clients," said Laurent Simoneau, CEO, Coveo. "Our momentum also reflects the growing awareness of the value that our centralized, unified index brings to IT departments as they provide services to their internal customers. Organizations tell us they choose Coveo because our solutions are extremely easy to use and deploy, yet meet their demanding enterprise needs, as evidenced during the Proofs of Concept we run on all of our prospective customer's data."
Throughout the quarter, Coveo continued to work with customers to measure the benefits and ROI of their Coveo implementations. Reported customer benefits include:
-- A two-week ROI for a Fortune 100 financial services company
-- A 97 percent reduction in time taken to find expertise across a top
-- A 10 percent increase in customer self-service satisfaction for the
world's leading independent IT management company.
Coveo also released Version 6.1 of its Enterprise Search Platform in Q1 2010. This latest release features the enterprise search industry's first Outlook integrated sidebar, the innovative Coveo Floating Desktop Searchbar, expanded Enterprise 2.0 capabilities, additional connectivity, and complete desktop and email indexing. The Coveo Enterprise Search Platform 6.1 combines structured and unstructured data from any enterprise system onto Coveo's proprietary, unified index - all without moving data. This lets organizations search for information across multiple content sources, including Enterprise 2.0 systems, and see the information in a single view, helping to improve decision making and operational efficiency. Coveo continues to build out the industry's leading connectivity across virtually all enterprise systems with its native Information Indexing Connectors.
Throughout the quarter, Coveo continued to receive recognition among top technology associations, editors, and thought leaders. Coveo was recognized by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a CODiE Award finalist in the category of "Best Enterprise Search Engine." Coveo was also named a Leader in the 2010 CRM Magazine Service Award in the category of Best Contact Center Search. KM World magazine also named Coveo to its list of "Top Companies That Matter Most in Knowledge Management."
Coveo is a leader in enterprise search-powered, information access solutions. The Coveo Enterprise Search Platform and Customer Information Access solutions help organizations generate value from information and knowledge stored across the enterprise, in virtually any system, whether they reside in the cloud or on enterprise servers--all without moving data. While the Coveo Enterprise Search platform is designed for Global 2000 organizations, small and medium-sized businesses can get started at no cost with Coveo Expresso, a free, entry-level and yet robust enterprise search solution.
With Coveo's unified indexing technology, companies gain an alternative to expensive system upgrades and integrations, and are able to harvest existing IT infrastructure while providing actionable insight into information and knowledge. Coveo helps companies to Stop Moving Data(TM) by combining structured and unstructured data from virtually any enterprise system into a central index, which is then accessed securely to drive more value through multiple business processes.
Coveo's more than 700 global implementations contribute to the success of, among many others, AmerisourceBergen, CA, Deloitte, GEICO, ESPN, Haley & Aldrich, Lockheed Martin, Odyssey America, P&G, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rabobank, SNC-Lavalin, Spencer Stuart, Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers N.V., Children's Hospital of Boston, Sony Ericsson, Macquarie Bank, Patek Philippe, IMS Health, Nexen, ICBC, SSQ Financial, and the U.S. Navy. Information and video demos are available at http://www.coveo.com.
Foxling Offers Weekly Deals That Are Too Good to Pass Up
New website leverages collective consumerism to offer Chicagoans massive discounts and stimulate local businesses
CHICAGO, April 21 -- Foxling today officially launched its weekly deal website, which leverages the "collective consumerism" trend to provide massive discounts on popular activities, products and services in Chicago. Foxling's unique format of weekly rotating deals, instead of daily, offers more choices and less pressure to consumers.
"Our week-long window for deals still creates the impulse to buy, while giving people ample time to promote our deals organically through social media networks and providing longer exposure for Foxling coupons on deal aggregator websites," says Vanessa Daniele, Co-Founder and Director of Business Development, Foxling. "Given that Foxling deals save consumers 50 to 90 percent on almost anything in Chicago, coupon-clipping is now associated with a night out on the town instead of leftovers at home."
Throughout May, the company will give $5 Foxling gift certificates to subscribers who refer a friend and to the friends they refer who sign up. Foxling offers deals in several categories including:
-- Food specialty shops
-- Spas and salons
-- Gyms and yoga studios
-- Tickets and entertainment
-- Hobby and sporting good stores
Through Foxling, local businesses will also benefit due to the increase in sales, exposure to new customers and advertising to a listening audience. Further, Foxling's platform provides trackable ROI and has no up-front costs for participating. Foxling only requires a pay-per-purchase investment, which eliminates the risks normally associated with the costs of traditional advertising models. Foxling's affordability for vendors and exposure to eager consumers makes it an ideal marketing tool for launching new products and businesses.
Established in 2010, Foxling is a weekly deal website that leverages collective consumerism to offer massive discounts on popular activities, products and services in Chicago. The company prides itself on providing consumers with a secure website, excellent customer service and deals that are too good to pass up.
Foxling also serves as an affordable marketing tool, only requiring a pay-per-purchase investment, through which local businesses can promote products and services. The Chicago-based company plans to expand nationally in the future. For more information please visit http://www.Foxling.com or call us at 1-888-818-8913.
Gazelle Communications on behalf of Foxling
Corbis Images Introduces Premium Quality Web and Mobile Resolution Stock Photos for as Little as $5
To support professionals creating quality digital ad creative and publishing, Corbis Images makes its world-class photo collections easier and more affordable to use online and on mobile devices
SEATTLE, April 21 -- Corbis Images (http://www.corbisimages.com), a leading visual media provider for the creative community, today announced that it is making nearly its entire premium-quality collection available in new, simple Web and mobile resolution file sizes that can be licensed for as little as five dollars. The new affordable file sizes are designed specifically for use on web sites and in applications and mobile publications for computer tablets and mobile devices such as the Apple® iPad(TM) and iPhone®.
According to research by online ad research group Dynamic Logic, quality online creative is critical to the success of digital advertising campaigns. The research reveals that creative quality is 50% to 75% responsible for the success or failure of digital campaigns.
"There is no doubt that online ads could be far more effective and that outstanding photography and illustrations could certainly make a real difference," said Daniele Fiandaca, Founder of Creative Social and former European Chief Executive of Profero, a leading global digital ad agency. "Corbis is recognized for having an incredible collection of stock photos and illustrations, and it's fantastic that the design community is now able to license them so affordably."
Corbis Images' Web and Mobile images are priced according to pixel size, license model and price tier. For royalty free (RF) images, Corbis Images is offering one simple 400 pixel file size ranging from $5 to $20. For rights-managed images (RM), Corbis Images is offering two files sizes - 400 and 600 pixels - with prices ranging from $15 to $60. Creatives can now use Corbis Images' award-winning creative and editorial imagery collections in their smallest web and mobile uses with minimal manipulation or resizing, for an affordable price. The Web and Mobile resolution files sizes continue to offer customers indemnification and high levels of rights control.
"Creative and media professionals no longer have to settle for lower quality stock photos or illustrations when creating ad creative or publishing on the web or for mobile applications," said Rajiv Jain, CTO and SVP/GM of CorbisImages.com. "Our new web and mobile resolution file sizes of our world-renowned photos and illustrations are the perfect fit at an affordable price, and people now have the opportunity to demonstrate their best creative work online."
Quality, affordable imagery will be specifically relevant for advertising and publishing on emerging mobile devices and tablets. With the instant success of Apple's iPad(TM), there will be an increase in demand for premium quality images at a low price point, in different sizes and formats, to use in digital magazines, and advertisements.
Demand to use imagery online continues to grow rapidly along with the growth in digital advertising. According to research company Outsell Inc., U.S. advertisers will this year spend more on digital than print advertising for the first time. Spending on Web sites and other digital media will jump 9.6 percent to $119.6 billion, taking 33 percent of the overall advertising market, with print making up 30 percent of the market.
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Massive Adoption Fuels Innovations in New Versions of Cooliris Express and the Embeddable Cooliris Wall
Improvements in Cooliris Express and Cooliris Wall based on user and publisher feedback
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 21 -- News Facts
Cooliris, innovator of the fastest and most stunning way to engage with media on desktops or devices, today announced new updates and innovations for Cooliris Express and the embeddable Cooliris Wall.
With significant growth in the number of new implementations of Cooliris Walls, feedback from Cooliris users and publishers prompted an array of speed, ease-of-use, social media sharing, and reporting enhancements. By incorporating these new features, Cooliris is demonstrating its commitment to its customers, aiding in growth of the market, and lowering the entry barrier for new users.
Adoption of embeddable Cooliris Walls is reaching incredible new heights, growing from an average of 100 new Walls created per day in December 2009 to more than 500 new Walls per day this spring. In addition, more than 45,000 Walls with Cooliris Express were launched in the last four months alone.
Cooliris Walls allow customers and users to break free from the limitations of browsers in order to immerse their visitors and friends with the visual content that matters most to them.
Cooliris Express Features and Benefits
Cooliris Express is a free tool that lets users of all skill levels create compelling digital experiences that showcase their photo and video content. With Cooliris Express, users can quickly and easily embed customized Walls of rich media on any website, blog, or social network.
Cooliris Express debuts the ability to easily publish and update photo galleries for social networks and blogs from one central location, alleviating the headache of multiple galleries, usernames, and passwords. To access and update Walls across all of a user's accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Cooliris Express has enabled a single login that either leverages a Facebook or Google username. Additionally, users can create a unique login, if they prefer.
Cooliris Express introduces dynamic editing capabilities with which users can update and change the content on their Walls at any time. In the previous version users would have to create new Walls to showcase new content. Now users can add or delete photos and videos from their existing Walls, keeping their Cooliris Walls alive, fresh, and a direct reflection of their lives and interests in real-time.
In addition, Cooliris simplified the navigation and created a new user interface for editing and uploading photos in Cooliris Express, all based on user input and suggestions, to make the process more intuitive for non-technical users.
Embeddable Cooliris Wall Features and Benefits
The embeddable Cooliris Wall empowers publishers and developers to provide all site visitors with the Cooliris media experience within a web page, without requiring the Cooliris browser plugin. Cooliris embeddable Walls give publishers and website owners a better and more memorable experience for their visitors, leading to greater retention and return visits.
With the embeddable Cooliris Wall, publishers typically see a five to six time increase in engagement on their web pages. Publishers and developers wanted hard numbers to back this up, so Cooliris is now giving them new ways to measure the impact of the technology.
New comScore and Google Analytics support in Cooliris Walls gives publishers a concrete way to document and report the increased engagement for advertisers and media planners, increasing potential ad opportunities and revenue. Cooliris' agreement with comScore was vetted with their current standards, and each piece of content is counted as a page view. Now enterprises and publishers can measure the success of their Cooliris Walls and take these views into consideration when tabulating their site metrics and Cooliris' ability to increase user engagement.
New opportunities for Facebook and Twitter sharing in Cooliris Walls help publishers drive viral distribution of content for further exposure and traffic, while allowing users to easily share individual items from an embedded Wall directly with friends or followers.
Improved performance and animation have the Cooliris Wall scrolling even faster, making interactions even smoother.
"The release of updated Cooliris Express and Cooliris Wall are a direct result of our passion to continue pioneering and improving experiences for our users and publishers," said Vatsal Bhardwaj, Senior Product Manager, Cooliris. "We are always listening to partners and customers, taking their feedback of what Cooliris can do better, and using this input to drive our innovations. These latest versions of Cooliris Express and Cooliris Wall truly empower users and publishers to reap the rewards of compelling, unique, and engaging rich media browsing experiences."
Cooliris was founded in January 2006 with a simple mantra: "Think beyond the browser". We focus on creating products that make discovering and enjoying the Web more exciting, efficient, and personal. Each of us is passionate about serving our users without compromise and seeing that our products deliver the best experience possible. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Cooliris is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DAG Ventures, the Westly Group, and T-Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.cooliris.com/company/.
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Adecco Launches Industry's First Job Search & Apply iPhone Application
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 21 -- Adecco Staffing USA, part of the world's largest recruitment and workforce solutions provider, today announced the launch of its iPhone application, "Adecco Jobs," which is available for free on iTunes and is the first application of its kind to allow job seekers to both search and apply for jobs from the convenience of their iPhone.
"At Adecco we now not only continue to connect more people to more jobs than anyone else in the world, but with our new iPhone application we've made the process even easier enabling U.S. job seekers to search and apply for hundreds of jobs from anywhere, at anytime," said Ed Blust, chief marketing officer of Adecco Group North America.
Adecco's iPhone application includes a wide range of easy to use functionalities all designed to provide access to the most possible job opportunities while also providing helpful career insights as well as job search tips. Features include:
-- Job search & apply
-- Auto-suggest of jobs based on behavior-based targeting
-- Career news syndication
-- Adecco Career Center locator
-- Full integration with social media applications
"With unemployment remaining close to 10 percent, we want to do everything we can to help get Americans back to work," continued Blust. "That's why we continue to develop new and innovative ways for job seekers to find our opportunities and for us to find the very best talent available in today's marketplace."
In addition to our new iPhone application, to learn more about Adecco or to view job opportunities, please visit http://www.adeccousa.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on YouTube or Twitter.
About the Adecco Group:
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading provider of HR solutions. With over 29,000 FTE employees and more than 5,800 offices, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 500,000 colleagues with over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) with listings on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN) and on Euronext in France (ADE).
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Every day we provide our clients with the talent they need, and help solve the business challenges they face today - and will encounter tomorrow. Our clients rely on us for a wide range of workforce solutions including:
-- Contingent staffing and direct hire recruitment for large enterprise
organizations across all skill sets
-- Workforce solutions and consulting including Managed Services Programs
(MSP) & Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
-- Career transition and leadership consulting
-- Specialty staffing, project solutions and consulting services
Florida State College at Jacksonville Selects CafeScribe eBook Platform to Reduce Textbook Costs
OAK BROOK, Ill., April 21 -- A leading Florida college is using Follett Higher Education Group's (FHEG) CafeScribe® eBook platform to offer custom digital textbooks to the world at an unusually affordable price of less than $50 per eBook.
Traditional textbooks routinely cost $100 or more, adding significant cost to a student's total educational expenses. To address the problem, faculty teams at Florida State College at Jacksonville have written 20 general education textbooks from the ground up. The CafeScribe platform will make it easy for any student at any school to purchase them.
"Florida State College at Jacksonville is applying the latest research on teaching, learning and motivation in every phase of textbook and course development," said Dr. Jack Chambers, chief operating officer for Florida State College at Jacksonville's SIRIUS® course development project. "The CafeScribe platform offers students highly interactive capabilities they lack with traditional textbooks, other digital textbooks or e-readers, making it a great foundation for further improving the learning experience. Follett has been a strategic and responsive partner for distribution of our content."
SIRIUS is an initiative to develop highly affordable, highly interactive courses, including digital textbooks, as well as interactive faculty development programs for Florida State College at Jacksonville and beyond. Students do not have to purchase any additional hardware; instead they can download the free CafeScribe e-reader to their laptop, netbook, Mac or PC and then access the SIRIUS digital textbooks directly from their computer.
With the CafeScribe application, students can highlight passages, search on any word in the text, take margin notes, and share notes with professors and peers. In addition, CafeScribe has unique social networking tools tailored to support collaborative learning. These tools expand the boundaries of a student's learning environment and also help build communities of learners. Students using a common textbook title can easily network, discuss and share notes not only with students enrolled in their own course, but with those using that title at other campuses, schools, and even across the globe.
"The digital textbook market is maturing fast," said Chambers. "Now that we see what digital textbooks can do, we are asking ourselves what we would like them to do."
"FHEG and Florida State College at Jacksonville have a long history of working together and are looking forward to expanding our relationship," said Gary Shapiro, senior vice president of intellectual properties at Follett Higher Education Group. "We are pleased that Florida State College at Jacksonville has chosen our CafeScribe application as the eBook platform for SIRIUS. We believe the students will not only embrace the price of the materials but the many communication and study tools that are a part of the CafeScribe platform."
To keep costs low and learning effective, Florida State College at Jacksonville is authoring its textbooks closely to state standards. The textbooks average 250 pages rather than the 600-plus pages that are typical of traditional, bound textbooks.
Through SIRIUS, Florida State College at Jacksonville is a pioneer in flexible, affordable, creative, interactive education, whether face-to-face, blended or online. For example, it has created electronic avatars (next-generation facsimiles of human beings) to escort students through online learning environments. The SIRIUS team course development approach, teaming faculty with instructional designers and multimedia specialists, supports more faculty members in their efforts to engage students with current research and interactive technologies, prompting them to try new, more effective learning approaches.
Under a new program, Project DELTA (Disseminating Effective Learning Through Automation), funded by a $728,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education of the U. S. Office of Education, SIRIUS is working with a consortium of ten higher education institutions throughout the United States. These institutions include Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland), Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina), College of Coastal Georgia, Evergreen Valley College (California), Genesee Community College (New York), Mountain View Community College (Texas), Pellissippi Community College (Tennessee), Phoenix College (Arizona), Snead State Community College (Alabama), and Southern University at Shreveport (Louisiana). Faculty at these institutions will receive online professional development training at no cost, and will beta test the 20 courses while assisting SIRIUS with the development of an additional 20 courses over the next three years.
Chambers urges any institution interested in developing or beta testing SIRIUS courses to join the Project DELTA educational consortium (the International Academy for the Scholarship of Learning Technology) by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-632-3231. Faculty at member institutions are eligible for stipends and free admission to the consortium's annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning - the most recent edition of the conference is taking place April 19-23, 2010, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The CafeScribe eBook platform is an e-textbook and social networking platform for students and educators. The platform is the latest addition to Follett's broad portfolio of course material options for students, available online and at more than 850 college bookstores operated by Follett in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.cafescribe.com.
About Follett Higher Education Group
Follett Higher Education Group of Oak Brook, Illinois, is the leading provider of bookstore services and the foremost supplier of used books in North America. Follett services five million students and over 400,000 faculty members through more than 850 stores. Follett also services more than 1,600 independent campus stores with its wholesale services, and has the most visited ecommerce collegiate website, efollett.com, that provides services and products through a network of more than 900 campus stores.
Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. http://www.follett.com
Dot Hill and Winchester Systems Team to Deliver Ruggedized Storage Solutions for Military Field Applications and Commercial Surveillance
LONGMONT, Colo., April 21 -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:HILL), a provider of world-class storage solutions and software for OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators, today announced that Winchester Systems will leverage Dot Hill's R/Evolution(TM) architecture to deliver ruggedized, high-density, high speed storage solutions to Winchester Systems' base of U.S. military and commercial surveillance customers.
Winchester Systems (http://www.winsys.com) provides network-attached storage, direct-attached storage, tiered-storage, storage area network and enterprise data storage solutions for commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government and military applications. These solutions include high performance iSCSI, SAS, SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays; disk backup devices and other high performance commercial and military grade data storage for mid-range servers including Windows, Windows Clusters, Linux, Linux Clusters, and UNIX.
By building on Dot Hill's MIL-STD-810F/NEBS Level 3 certified/compliant Fibre Channel networked storage and SAS direct-attach compact, high-density, high speed storage solutions, Winchester Systems broadens its portfolio of ruggedized storage offerings. Along with its line of rugged servers, Winchester Systems is marketing the rugged 4Gb Fibre Channel 2722 and 2732, 8Gb Fibre Channel 3720 and 3730, and 8Gb Fibre Channel/1Gb iSCSI hybrid 3920 and 3930, and 2522 and 2532 SAS attached storage arrays to its military and commercial markets for a wide range of applications including emergency response, video and broadcast, field exploration, data acquisition and other mobile data collection efforts.
"Dot Hill and Winchester Systems both share strong reputations for delivering dependable, high performance storage for rugged environments," said Joel Leider, CEO, Winchester Systems. "The vertical drive placement of the 2722 and 2522 is highly conducive to better storage densities, and improved vibration and shock characteristics, and was one of the reasons we selected Dot Hill as our go-to-market partner for this line."
"With so many years of experience in the ruggedized market, Winchester Systems' selection of the R/Evolution platform is a strong validation of Dot Hill's technology," said Andy Mills, vice president of marketing, Dot Hill. "Customers who acquire one of our 4Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel or SAS-based solutions from Winchester Systems will benefit from the collective expertise of two major innovators in this field."
Available in a compact, 2U form factor with support for 24 2.5-inch disk drives, Dot Hill's Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel/iSCSI hybrid and SAS arrays feature intelligent, fully redundant enterprise-class controllers and a variety of drive options including SAS, SATA and SSD. Dot Hill RAID arrays are based on the highly modular, highly dynamic Dot Hill R/Evolution Architecture, which is designed to rapidly evolve and support OEM technology and enable OEMs to quickly achieve sustainable, competitive advantage in the volume storage market. The R/Evolution Architecture delivers high levels of performance, storage density, time-to-market leadership and configuration flexibility. Using modular and bladed components, the R/Evolution Architecture provides OEMs with a "configure-to-product" model supporting both product differentiation and rapid time-to-market for volume storage market solutions.
About Dot Hill
Delivering innovative technology and global support, Dot Hill empowers OEMs and resellers to bring unique storage solutions to market, quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Offering high performance and industry-leading uptime, Dot Hill's RAID technology is the foundation for best-in-class storage solutions offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection. The company's products are in use today by the world's leading service and equipment providers, common carriers, advanced technology and telecommunications companies as well as government agencies. Dot Hill solutions are certified to meet rigorous industry standards and military specifications, as well as RoHS and WEEE international environmental standards. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.
Certain statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the size and timing of orders placed by Winchester Systems; any improvement to Dot Hill's financial results due to its relationship with Winchester; and the ruggedness, benefits or performance of Dot Hill's products in any particular environment. The risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: that the relationship between Dot Hill and Winchester may be terminated at any time and does not require minimum purchases by Winchester; changing customer preferences in the open systems computing market; and unforeseen supply, technological, intellectual property or engineering issues. However, there are many other risks not listed here that may affect Dot Hill's business, as well as the forward-looking statements contained herein. To learn about such risks and uncertainties, you should read the risk factors set forth in the company's public filings with the SEC, including the Forms 8-K, 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed by Dot Hill. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made
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BIO-key(R) International & Healthcare-ID to Showcase Biometric ID Technology at 56th Annual California Blood Bank Society Meeting
Biometric Fingerprint ID Integrated into Leading Blood Donor Management Platform Provides Convenient, Accurate Donor Identification
WALL, N.J., April 21 -- BIO-key International, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: BKYI) , a leader in finger-based biometric identification solutions, today announced that BIO-key and its partner, Healthcare-ID, a leader in automated donor management solutions, will jointly participate at the 56th Annual Meeting of the California Blood Bank Society in BOOTH #123.
The CBBS Annual Meeting, being held on April 21-24, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County, is recognized as the premier State association meeting, attracting physicians, medical technologists, nurses, product managers, donor resource professionals, and administrators from all over the western United States.
BIO-key's fingerprint biometric software, the preferred identification technology selected by blood centers across the US and was recognized by SC Magazine as the 2009 Industry Innovator in Biometrics, is now integrated into Healthcare-ID's donor management software platform, Donor-ID Web(TM). At the CABB 56th annual meeting, BIO-key and Healthcare-ID will demonstrate a wide spectrum of their state-of-the-art solutions. These solutions leverage the superior accuracy and scalability of the BIO-key biometric identity software.
"BIO-key's flexible and easy to implement identification solutions are the ideal choice for every blood collection agency. With the recent launch of our fully hosted TruDonor(TM) Blood Center Identity Solution we now offer a full suite of donor ID solutions that can be quickly integrated into existing applications or run as a standalone application," said Mike DePasquale, president and CEO of BIO-key International.
He continued, "Our fingerprint biometric identity solutions reduce the risks associated with misidentifying donors while providing the donors with a more convenient way to establish their identity."
Bryan Sadorf, vice president, Healthcare-ID, Inc., noted that, "At HID we are pleased to offer BIO-key's proven level of scalability and accuracy in identification to the donor environment. We see a long-term cost and safety advantage to our customers through this partnership. BIO-key is unique in the marketplace in that it performs high-speed identification searches against hundreds of thousands or millions of donor records, not simply verifications, so the entire donor check-in process is streamlined as a result."
Of note, is that Donor-ID Web(TM) is used to collect over 7,000,000 units of blood annually at eleven blood centers across the United States: Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, TX; Memorial Blood Center in St Paul, MN; Mississippi Blood Services in Jackson, MS; Oklahoma Blood Institute in Oklahoma City, OK; Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo, TX; Blood Bank of Delmarva in Newark, DE; Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto, CA, LifeStream in San Bernardino, CA, ITxM in Illinois (LifeSource Blood Services), Pennsylvania, and West Virginia (Central Blood Bank), and The American Red Cross, nationwide. Seven customers are using SafeTrace as their data management system. Healthcare-ID also has customers using BBCS, LifeTec, and NBCS.
BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key's award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world's largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft. BIO-key's technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. (http://www.bio-key.com/)
Incorporated in January 1995, Healthcare-ID develops and markets products to meet the Blood Center's need for automating the entry of accurate information at both fixed and mobile collection sites to eliminate disposal of collected blood units based on donor eligibility and suitability and significantly reduce the cost of blood collection. Healthcare-ID, with its Donor-ID Web product offers modules including Registration, Health History Screening, CASI, iCASI, Physical Exam, Daily QC, Phlebotomy, Shipping, Survey, and Donor Reaction (as developed with the AABB Biovigilance committee) Donor-ID Web interfaces to most major blood center data management systems. (http://www.healthcare-id.com/)
BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement
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Virtual World Players Can Win Real-World Romantic DreamTrip to Venice
ZUG, Switzerland, April 21 -- Wazzamba (http://www.wazzamba.com), the first online virtual world to give away real-world travel prizes, has announced a contest for a romantic trip for two to Venice, Italy in celebration of the company's 50th prize giveaway. Wazzamba launched in January and has been awarding one trip each week to the highest scoring Free Member and three trips per week to its Premium Members. Players can log on to http://www.wazzamba.com and try for the highest score during the week of April 26th to May 2nd in order to win the Venice DreamTrip®.
This special two-person romantic getaway to Venice, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea," is a dream come true. After seeing the main sights, there is plenty of time to lose yourself in the narrow streets, to go to Burano, to join the locals on the vaporetto boats, the city's local transportation, or to listen to the music on St. Mark's Square. A gondola ride is the best way to see Venice's many canals, and you may wish to be serenaded while sailing beneath one of the many bridges. A better location for a romantic stay does not exist.
"We continue to give trips to our members at a fast pace and the feedback from them has been fantastic," says CEO Rocco Pellegrinelli. "Our members' enthusiastic reactions are the best accomplishment to our efforts to allow people to have fun and travel more."
Wazzamba is a unique online virtual world that combines exploration with skill-based casual games to provide a rich and rewarding experience allowing players to win real world travel prizes every week. The Wazzamba virtual world provides more than 30 explorable areas where players can learn about places, play games, and earn points to win DreamTrips® and GetAway Trips(TM) in the real world.
Interested players can visit http://www.wazzamba.com to create their own personal avatar and enter the world of Wazzamba. Players can join for free and qualify for Weekender Trips or can upgrade to Premium Membership to qualify for longer GetAways and DreamTrip vacations.
Wazzamba SA, Luxemburg, is the developer of the Wazzamba virtual world (http://www.wazzamba.com) which is published by Wazzamba World AG, Zug, Switzerland. The companies were formed in 2008 by Rocco Pellegrinelli, a serial entrepreneur best known for founding Brainpower, which went public on the Frankfurt stock exchange in 2000 and was sold to Bloomberg in 2006. Mr. Pellegrinelli teamed up with successful professionals from the video game, virtual world and online casual gaming industries in order to realize his vision of combining online entertainment with tangible rewards.
CONTACT: Patrick Ford of Wazzamba World AG, +1-310-351-4050,
GetResponse Introduces Industry's First Integrated Email-to-Speech Solution
Enables SMB Marketers to Cut Through Inbox Clutter with Hands-free, High-quality Listening Option for Multitasking Audiences
WILMINGTON, Del., April 21 -- GetResponse (http://www.getresponse.com), a leading email marketing platform for the SMB sector and flagship product of online solutions provider Implix (http://www.implix.com), has expanded its media-rich feature set with the industry's first integrated text-to-speech email capability. GetResponse Email-to-Speech (http://www.getresponse.com/features/email-to-speech.html) gives small business marketers an innovative new tool to improve email response rates, fight inbox fatigue, and differentiate their brands among today's increasingly mobile, multi-tasking audiences.
Market data supporting user trends:
-- Americans need 38 hours each day to complete all scheduled daily
-- 34.5 percent increase in time spent using TV/Internet simultaneously
(2008 to 2009)(2)
-- One-third of all Americans (32 percent) have used cell or smartphones
to access Internet for email, messaging or information.(3)
Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe, and Email-to-Speech beta customer, noted: "The voice of GetResponse Email-to-Speech is very natural and it's hard to believe the text of my email message was read by a computer and not a real person. I'm sure my subscribers will love 'reading' my newsletters and productivity tips and tricks by simply listening to them. It's like having an email newsletter and a podcast episode in one package! Fully automatic! I'll definitely be using this feature in all of my broadcasts."
GetResponse Email-to-Speech Feature Highlights:
-- Requires no set up, installation, or maintenance.
-- Easy to add using the GetResponse WYSIWYG editor.
-- Clear, natural-sounding voice provided by award-winning IVONA
-- Recipients just click "Play" to listen, or ignore to read.
-- Accessible on mobile phones with MP3 capability.
-- No impact on file size for hassle-free deliverability.
"GetResponse Email-to-Speech takes us one step closer to transforming email into a rich media experience, similar to listening to satellite radio or watching TV," explained Simon Grabowski, CEO of Implix and founder of GetResponse. "Today's Internet users are media-savvy multi-taskers, with almost 35 percent using the Web and watching TV, while juggling work, social networking, online shopping and, unfortunately, inbox clutter. GetResponse Email-to-Speech lets SMB marketers deliver a more personal, 'human-like' email experience, providing a real competitive edge. And, because it's hands-free and accessible on mobile devices, multi-tasking users can easily and safely respond to our customers' campaigns at home, in the car, wherever they are!"
GetResponse Email-to-Speech Availability
GetResponse Email-to-Speech is now available with a one-month free trial offer.
GetResponse is an easy-to-use email marketing platform designed to increase email marketing ROI faster than any other medium for SOHO and SMB marketers. It is the first SOHO/SMB email marketing solution to offer text-to-speech capabilities, audio and video recording, storage and delivery, Twitter integration, and an iPhone® application. The solution includes email analytics, unlimited follow-up messages, 300+ HTML templates, online surveys, and professional-level training and support. Launched in 1999, GetResponse has grown to over 130,000 active users from 172 countries, delivering 5 billion permission-based emails per year.
Sony Bolsters Audio Line with its First 3D Capable Sound Bars and a New 5.1 Channel Home Theater System
SAN DIEGO, April 21 -- Strengthening the company's breadth of innovative devices supporting the 3D home theater, Sony today introduced three new home audio solutions offering 3D capability.
The HT-CT350 and HT-CT150 3.1 channel sound bars and the HT-SF470 5.1 channel home theater system offers consumers flexible solutions to round out the Sony 3D experience and meet the demands of 3D home entertainment.
"Sony is the only company innovating in every stage of 3D from creation to playback," said Brian Siegel, vice president of Sony's home audio and video business. "Leveraging this depth of expertise and experience allows the company to deliver the best 3D devices for an unequaled entertainment experience."
Simplifying audio and video signal transfer, the new models feature 3D pass-through with HDMI(TM) repeater (three inputs/one output), and standby pass-through for audio and video devices connected via HDMI. The 400 watt total system power (100 watts x 3 channels + 100 watts subwoofer) HT-CT350 is designed to match Sony's 2010 BRAVIA® televisions and includes a bracket that attaches it directly to a number of 40 and above sets either via a wall mount or the table top stand.
The HT-CT150 offers 340 watts of total system power (85 watts x 3 channels + 85 watts sub) and features a design that matches Sony's 2010 32-inch BRAVIA HDTVs.
Both models support lossless linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) Blu-ray Disc(TM) audio via the HDMI input. They also feature BRAVIA Sync(TM) for control of compatible devices from a single remote, Sony's Digital Media Port for iPod® (iPod cradle sold separately) and two digital audio inputs (one coax and one optical).
Sony also introduced the new 5.1 channel HT-SF470 home theater system. The system is 3D capable when paired with a Blu-ray 3D(TM) player.
The 1000 watt (157W x 5 + 167W sub) model features 3D pass-through via the three HDMI inputs, HDMI repeater and audio return channel. With floor standing front and rear speakers, the model's S-Air(TM) wireless technology and wireless multi-room capabilities help trim the number of wires connecting the system with optional accessories (not included). Designed to match Sony's 2010 Blu-ray Disc players and BRAVIA HDTVs, the model features BRAVIA Sync, Digital Media Port for iPod (iPod cradle sold separately), two digital audio inputs (one coax and one optical) and digital cinema auto calibration for easy set up.
The HT-CT350 40-inch sound bar system is available this May for about $400. The HT-CT150 32-inch sound bar system, also available this May, retails for about $300. The HT-SF470 surround sound system is available this June for about $550.
All models will be available at Sony Style stores, online at http://www.sonystyle.com, at military base exchanges and at authorized retailers nationwide.
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firstname.lastname@example.org; or Tania Scheer of PainePR, +1-949-809-6782,
email@example.com, for Sony Electronics Inc.
Smartcomm LLC Forms 'Caribe Spectrum Holdings LLC' to Focus on Wireless Opportunities in the Caribbean
Caribbean-based office to open in summer 2010 and begin consulting and investment activities
PHOENIX, April 21 -- Smartcomm LLC, a wireless communications consulting and investing firm, has formed a new company independent of Smartcomm to focus on wireless and spectrum opportunities in Puerto Rico and the greater Caribbean region. Caribe Spectrum Holdings LLC will open an office in Puerto Rico this summer and begin extending the company's wireless communications expertise across the many island nations in the Caribbean.
Phoenix-based Smartcomm LLC is currently leading a group of investors building a 4G wireless network in Puerto Rico. During the process of building this network, the leaders of Smartcomm became aware of the significant wireless opportunities in the region. In addition, during their efforts in Puerto Rico, key business relationships and contacts were formed prompting the creation of Caribe Spectrum Holdings LLC.
"We are excited to launch this new company and extend and our wireless communications consulting and expertise to the Caribbean region," said Carole Downs, president and co-founder of Smartcomm LLC. "We are on schedule with the Puerto Rico 4G network and are anxious to seek other opportunities."
Angel Benitez, a Member of Caribe Spectrum Holdings LLC will manage the San Juan office. Downs said once Caribe is established, company leaders plan to begin seeking wireless spectrum investment opportunities in the Caribbean with the eventual goal of raising $70 million over the next six months for spectrum acquisition and other projects.
About Smartcomm LLC
Phoenix-based Smartcomm LLC provides consulting services and investment opportunities in the wireless communications industry to both individual and institutional investors. The company specializes in opportunities to acquire 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz band spectrum through the filing of license applications, participation in FCC public auctions or acquisitions in the secondary market. For more information, go to http://www.smartcommllc.com
CONTACT: The Lavidge Company
Marcia Scott ext. 569
Greg Sexton ext. 555
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New Defenses Against Cyber Attacks on Bank Accounts - Entrust Unveils Trio of Solutions
DALLAS, April 21 -- Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing digital identities and information, has intensified defenses against growing cyber attacks that siphon funds from small business, enterprise and individual banking transactions. The Texas based firm that provides security solutions for US passports, Homeland Security documents and similar products for 2,000 organizations in 60 nations, will this week introduce a triple threat package of highly deployable and effective capabilities for thwarting the diverse attacks that are growing exponentially in the financial world.
"We are in an arms race with sophisticated, high tech enemies who are now concentrating on smaller business bank accounts in addition to their continued efforts to steal from large corporations," Bill Conner, CEO and President of Entrust said.
The highly regarded recent Gartner Report "Where Strong Authentication Fails and What You Can Do About It" concluded that bank accounts need to be protected "using a three-prong fraud prevention approach that employs authentication, fraud detection, and out-of-band transaction verification and signing for high-risk transactions." Entrust has emerged as the first and only provider in the market to offer those three optional solutions including a new authentication for the growing use of smart phone banking.
FBI statistics identify half a billion dollars annually in online fraud with growing tens of millions of dollars in losses each year from attacks on corporate and small business banking.
TowerGroup is a trusted research and advisory service that focuses on the global financial industry. Senior research director George Tubin has said "Financial institutions that are early to market with customer-oriented solutions will be viewed favorably by an increasingly skeptical and vulnerable customer base."
"The key is to customize the defense against the anticipated attack by monitoring, detecting and thwarting suspicious activity. Unfortunately, the use of patches in antivirus software and other traditional safeguards are just not enough in the current environment and too many businesses and consumers are not aware of the dangers. Our new three option combination will provide the most flexible and consistent defenses for banking transactions of all sizes," Conner concluded.
Entrust provides identity-based security solutions that empower enterprises, consumers, citizens and Web sites in more than 4,000 organizations spanning 60 countries. Entrust's identity-based approach offers the right balance between affordability, expertise and service. For strong authentication, fraud detection, digital certificates, SSL and PKI, call 888-690-2424, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.entrust.com.
Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. In Canada, Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
WD(R) Unveils WD Photos Photo Viewer App for iPhone(R) and iPod Touch(R)
Users Can Easily View Their Entire Photo Collection Stored on Their My Book World Edition or WD ShareSpace Network Drives
LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 21 -- WD® (NYSE:WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced WD Photos photo viewer, an iPhone®/iPod Touch® app for use with its My Book® World Edition(TM)(1) and WD ShareSpace network drives, that lets users access up to 250,000 of their favorite photos from anywhere in the world. The WD Photos photo viewer app allows users to easily log in to their drive from anywhere so they can view their entire photo library.
Users' photos remain private, safe and secure in full high-resolution format, on their network drive, eliminating the need for painstaking uploads to costly online photo services and the need to choose which pictures to sync to their iPhone - with WD Photos photo viewer, they're all instantly and easily accessible. The app's powerful search tools, thumbnail previews and viewing options make it easy to find that special picture to show a friend at a coffee shop or remember a special moment.
With more than 50 million iPhones sold as of Apr. 2010 (Apple®), the iPhone has become one of the fastest growing smart phones in the market and is used every day by consumers to access and share their photos.
According to research firm Parks Associates (Mar. 2010), the number of network storage drives worldwide is projected to increase from 2.6 million units sold in 2009 to more than 18 million units by year-end 2014 as consumers realize the value of having one central place to store and share all their media. In 2009, 56 percent of households rated remote access of their network storage an important feature. Combining the centralized storage and remote access benefits of the My Book World Edition network drive with the iPhone is a natural fit with this rapidly growing consumer behavior.
Users can view up to 250,000 pictures on their iPhone or iPod touch by simply copying their pictures into the "Shared Pictures" folder on their My Book World Edition network drive. A unique application that runs directly on these WD network drives automatically creates optimized versions of users' photos ahead of time, enabling fast viewing on an iPhone or iPod touch without having to wait for the photos to load.
Available now at the Apple iTunes App Store, the WD Photos photo viewer app is free. Registration with MioNet®, WD's secure remote access service (included with My Book World Edition), is also free and required to use this app. WD Photos photo viewer also works with WD ShareSpace network storage systems.
"Home networks are becoming prevalent in many parts of the world, and WD's My Book World Edition network drives are the easiest way to create one place for all your photos that is accessible to everyone from within the home, and securely from outside the home," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "With the WD Photos photo viewer app and a WD My Book World Edition network drive, users can access all of the photos from their collection via their iPhone without syncing, without extra organizing and without paying a fee. Photos are available instantly making it easy to relive those great memories or share them with friends."
WD Photos Photo Features & Compatibility
Features of the WD Photos photo viewer app for iPhone and iPod touch devices include:
-- Access to all the photos in the "Shared Pictures" folder of users' My
Book World Edition network drives and WD ShareSpace network storage
-- Photos are automatically resized for perfect viewing on iPhone or iPod
touch, leaving originals in full resolution;
-- Smart filtering to find the photos you want -- view photos by album,
folder or all images and search by date, folder name or file name;
-- Access previously viewed photos offline;
-- E-mail a photo to a friend;
-- Assign a photo to a contact;
-- Add a photo to the Camera Roll;
-- View a slideshow; and,
-- Set slideshow duration.
WD Photos photo viewer app is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch OS 3.1 or later and works with WD's My Book World Edition network drives and WD ShareSpace network storage systems. Users must register with WD's free MioNet remote access service to use the app.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems, and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a result of several factors, including: challenges faced in new product development and manufacturing ramp, supply and demand conditions and business conditions generally; and other risks and uncertainties listed in WD's recent SEC filings, including its form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter of 2010. WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or for any other reason.
(1) My Book World Edition network drives second-generation with white light on the front
CONTACT: Press Relations, Constance A. Griffiths, +1-949-672-7891,
Constance.Griffiths@wdc.com, or Investor Relations, Bob Blair,
+1-949-672-7834, Robert.Blair@wdc.com, both of Western Digital Technologies
KVH Doubles Bandwidth for mini-VSAT Broadband Service in the North Pacific Region
Additional transponder space brings faster satellite communications to growing customer base in popular shipping region
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., April 21 -- In response to the growing popularity of its TracPhone® V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) network among commercial operators, KVH Industries, Inc., (NASDAQ:KVHI) announced today that it has doubled the network's bandwidth in the North Pacific Ocean Region. This expansion ensures that the growing number of users enjoy outstanding performance, reliable connections, and affordable airtime service via the powerful Ku-band network.
"As customer demand grows for the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband, we feel it is imperative to invest in the network to support our growing customer base," explains Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president for sales and business development. "We are bringing more and more customers onboard in the North Pacific, and most of them are maritime professionals who need to rely on satellite communications to keep their business operations running smoothly. With this additional transponder capacity, the ViaSat ArcLight® spread spectrum technology deployed in our network will provide an unsurpassed level of service throughout the region, ensuring that our customers experience the level of service that they expect and deserve."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first FCC-approved 24-inch VSAT antenna, service, and support package available for maritime communications. The network's ArcLight technology is delivered via ten satellite transponders providing service on a global basis. Each satellite is connected to one of KVH's eight secure earth stations around the globe. ViaSat's ArcLight spread spectrum technology was originally developed for military applications in which fast, reliable data connections in all weather conditions are critical. This common architecture makes global integration with a shipping company's IT infrastructure simple while also assuring automatic switching between satellites as a vessel transits between regions. The resulting seamless network offers voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) with significant cost savings compared to competing services.
Visit http://www.minivsat.com/ for additional details regarding the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband service and coverage as well as case studies of customers who have successfully solved critical maritime communications challenges thanks to the compact and affordable mini-VSAT Broadband solution.
Note to Editors: High-resolution, press-ready images are available at http://press.kvh.com/ for download and editorial use.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, KVH Europe A/S and KVH Singapore, are leading providers of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH's mission is to connect mobile customers around the globe with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their homes and offices.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH's products and technology; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH's most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
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WellPoint Systems Reshapes Enterprise Asset Management With DAXEAM, a Microsoft Dynamics AX Solution
CALGARY, Canada, April 21, 2010--
- DAXEAM Extends the Value of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Asset Intensive
WellPoint Systems Inc., (TSX-V:WPS), a leading provider of software and
related solutions that transform complex data into Business Insight, today
announced the launch of DAXEAM its Enterprise Asset Management solution.
Powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX, DAXEAM is an enterprise asset maintenance
solution that manages the complete asset life cycle. DAXEAM is fully
integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX, providing equipment and asset
maintenance to AX customers in asset intensive industries. As a native
Microsoft Dynamics AX module, DAXEAM integrates maintenance operations with
Microsoft Dynamics AX's back office ERP functions. DAXEAM will be unveiled at
the Microsoft Convergence Conference in Atlanta, Georgia - Booth 1311.
DAXEAM is designed and built from the ground up as a true 'enterprise'
maintenance solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX. DAXEAM takes advantage of the
power of Microsoft Dynamics AX providing a single, seamless environment for
users and eliminating costly and inefficient integrations. DAXEAM works with
Microsoft Dynamics AX - not against it - thereby maximizing a company's
ability to affect true enterprise-wide efficiencies. As a native Microsoft
Dynamics AX module, there is nothing extra to build, customize or maintain.
From the first day, users will be working in a single, familiar Microsoft
Dynamics AX environment.
"DAXEAM is the best example of how an integrated, Microsoft Dynamics AX
based, Enterprise Asset Management solution can deliver value to our end
customers in asset intensive industries," said Martin Wildsmith, Business
Development Director at Eclipse - a Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner of the Year
Finalist. "By making full use of core Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality
DAXEAM is far easier for our team to implement and take live than trying to
hook in a non Microsoft Dynamics AX stand alone solution. Additionally,
DAXEAM provides end-users with a world class, highly-responsive, cross-
platform user interface. This is exactly the architecture a modern business
"We are pleased with the continued improvements in the product and
marketing direction of DAXEAM," said Crispin Read, general manager, Microsoft
ERP. "DAXEAM extends the value of Microsoft Dynamics AX, providing an
innovative solution for customers in asset intensive industries."
Innovation for the End-User
DAXEAM provides the user with a single point of data entry, single source
of records for vendors, inventory, assets and more. A unified environment
between maintenance operations and the back office for security, logistics,
workflow and reporting enables true 'enterprise' asset management.
As a result, DAXEAM is able to
- Reduce operational inefficiencies
- Eliminate multiple data sources and the effort to reconcile disparate
- Optimize human and material resource utilization
- Provide real-time visibility into maintenance operations
- Increase accuracy and timeliness of maintenance forecasting and
As a native Microsoft Dynamics AX module, DAXEAM uses familiar, standard
AX navigation; therefore users are instantly comfortable in navigating and
using DAXEAM. IT staff can support and maintain DAXEAM with little added
overhead as DAXEAM is a native Microsoft Dynamics AX module; even security
profiles are common between DAXEAM and AX.
Most 'standalone' equipment maintenance solutions require costly and
inherently complex integrations. Duplicate databases are required for
important corporate data such as vendor files, purchase orders, inventory,
receiving and matching. DAXEAM eliminates these costly, inherently risky
integration points. DAXEAM shares vendors, purchasing, inventory and
receiving with Microsoft Dynamics AX. There are no multiple data entry
points, no need to 'synchronize' files and no need to create costly data
reconciliations between two systems. DAXEAM is a true 'Enterprise' asset
"The launch of DAXEAM is the culmination of months of collaboration with
Microsoft, our customers and partners and analysis of the EAM marketplace,"
said Phil Earle, DAXEAM Business Unit Director, WellPoint Systems. "Partners
and customers alike told us they wanted a fully integrated EAM solution - one
that takes full advantage of the combined force of DAXEAM's maintenance
functionality, fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX, providing a true
'enterprise' based asset maintenance solution."
WellPoint Systems delivers software solutions and services that transform
complex data into Business Insight for over 450 companies in 47 countries
worldwide. WellPoint Systems is recognized as a leader in providing
Financial, Energy Marketing and Trading solutions to the Oil and Gas industry
with its award winning BOLO, IDEAS, Energy Financial Management and Energy
Broker products. The company also serves asset intensive industries including
aerospace/aviation, process manufacturing, mining, the public sector and
fleets with its DAXEAM Asset Maintenance solutions. Founded in 1997, Calgary-
based WellPoint Systems is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under
the symbol WPS.
For further information: Phil Earle, Director DAXEAM, +1-778-588-7474,
email@example.com; Beverly Jernigan, Public Relations,
Source: WellPoint Systems Inc
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HFI Launches New Course on User-Centric Innovation & Strategy
'How to Design for the Big' courses planned in San Francisco and New York in July, 2010
NEW YORK, April 21 -- Human Factors International (HFI) announced today a new training course created to empower user experience (UX) and design professionals to contribute to their organization's strategic planning and product innovation from the perspective of user experience.
"How to Design for the Big: User Centric Innovation and Strategy," will be taught by Dr. Eric Schaffer, founder and CEO of HFI, in San Francisco, July 14-16, 2010 and in New York, July 19-21, 2010.
"Traditionally, user experience practitioners have conducted their work at the structural and detailed design levels of product development. This course allows user experience people to move up the chain, to bring a UX perspective to the higher level of product strategy and innovation," explained Dr. Schaffer.
This 3-day course is geared for usability and UX professionals, marketing managers, e-commerce managers, brand managers, web and product designers, mobile interaction designers, and anyone interested in aligning website objectives with marketing and business strategy. Course participants will learn:
-- The skills and knowledge to bring the UX perspective to strategic and
-- How to understand and take advantage of corporate and user ecosystems
-- How to bring innovation ideas to fruition
-- How to optimize design from the perspective of strategy and innovation
-- How to add the UX model to business strategy
-- How social trends impact design and interaction
"How to Design for the Big" is the second course in a four course series leading to the new Certified User Experience Analyst (CXA(TM)) certification currently under development. The first course in the series, "How to Design for Persuasion, Emotion, and Trust" (PET design), is now being taught around the world and offers advanced techniques to motivate users to explore, discover, interact, and return to an organization's website. PET design techniques can achieve metrics-based business objectives by engaging customers and influencing them to make decisions leading to conversion, whether the site/application is informational, functional, or transactional.
Human Factors International (HFI) is the world's leading strategic advisor and provider of user experience design services and training to both private and public sectors. HFI helps clients design websites and products that are persuasive, engaging, and easy to use. The HFI Framework(TM) is the only ISO-certifiable process for user-centered design, built on principles from human-computer interaction, ergonomics, psychology, computer science, and marketing. Through an integrated blend of strategy, assessment, research, design, validation, and institutionalized usability, as well as training and certification, HFI's clients routinely experience material increases in key corporate performance indicators as a result of their efforts.
HFI customers include AFLAC, BBC, Caterpillar, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Ernst & Young, FedEx, HP, Lockheed Martin, McGraw-Hill, McKesson, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health, SAP, Social Security Administration, Sony Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Verizon Wireless, and Wal-Mart. HFI corporate headquarters are located in Fairfield, Iowa, with 12 regional offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit http://www.humanfactors.com.
Source: Human Factors International
CONTACT: Diane Chojnowski of Human Factors International,
Everything Channel Acquires Leading Cloud Marketing Technology Provider
Combined offering underscores growing significance of content syndication and marketing automation through the cloud
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 21 -- Everything Channel today announced that it has acquired SharedVue Inc., a leading cloud marketing solutions provider, to better serve its customers and prospects by integrating Web content syndication and automated marketing campaigns into the "Complete Technology Channel Solution". The new integration addresses the current market need for a comprehensive solution to effectively execute and manage end-to-end marketing campaigns, and underscores the significance of content syndication and marketing automation to achieve measurable and significant results. Technology vendors and solution providers alike will greatly benefit from the union of these organizations to drive sales and increase brand awareness.
"We are excited about the new capabilities SharedVue brings us," said Robert Faletra, Everything Channel CEO. "By adding this technology to our solutions we can offer our vendor customers the ability to syndicate content across thousands of partner websites in multiple languages instantly. If a vendor changes product information on their website, SharedVue's product Syndic8 immediately populates those changes on every one of its solution provider partner websites so that all sites have the most current marketing message to the end user," Faletra noted. "In addition, we can provide incredible reporting capabilities with SharedVue's product set. This will allow us to tie syndication and marketing automation together with demand generation capabilities to accelerate sales for vendors that work with us and drive more revenue through the channel."
Reid Overcash, CEO of SharedVue said "We are thrilled to combine our products and technology with the resources of Everything Channel. We believe we have a best of breed solution here that solves a real set of problems faced by manufacturers as well as their solution provider partners. Everything Channel can help customers deploy this rapidly and in such a way that it drives sales for partners and suppliers alike."
"HP's partnership with SharedVue has enabled us to help hundreds of our partners strengthen their messaging alignment with HP through the HP Solutions Showcase. Together we have made it easier and faster for channel partners to leverage the critical HP content and transform their websites into more successful demand generation engines. " Says Katie Spence, US Partner Marketing, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, Hewlett-Packard.
A proven market leader for more than 30 years with customers spanning all industries, Everything Channel offers the tools necessary to build an effective channel strategy, recruit and enable partners, and accelerate technology sales. With this announcement, SharedVue customers will now have access to Everything Channel's global brands and market intelligence to better execute effective marketing campaigns. Current SharedVue customers who struggle to maximize the value of the tools due to lack of resources, will benefit from direct access to Everything Channel's dedicated team of field sales & marketing and demand generation experts to alleviate the drain on time and resources.
"A lot of people confuse content distribution with syndication, but most don't really understand what true content syndication is," said Faletra. "Some publishers and media companies talk about distributing content like whitepapers through their various web and email platforms and call that content syndication. That's just content distribution. Content syndication is the ability for companies to engage their channel partners to create a direct pipeline for their valuable web content to those partners' websites and, as a result, their partners' ultimate customers. And then when those marketers change or alter that content through the SharedVue administration console, it automatically changes on their partners' sites dynamically, as well. That's Content Syndication."
Overcash adds, "The value of content syndication and marketing automation to the channel is illustrated by the exponential adoption our manufacturer clients are seeing from their solution providers. Many of our clients see a 200-400% increase in solution providers using syndication and marketing automation."
In today's economy, most organizations are forced to do more with less without compromising on quality. By integrating syndication and automation solutions with innovative field sales & marketing resources for managing and accelerating technology sales, Everything Channel and SharedVue will enable manufacturers and solution providers alike to better connect with and service their end-users. Highlights of the new integration include:
-- Everything Channel's veteran Field Sales & Marketing (FSM) Team
engages with partners to enable them to fully benefit from SharedVue's
Syndic8, to seamlessly and automatically update product content
regularly to channel partner websites to ensure accuracy and
-- Everything Channel's experienced Demand Generation team can assist in
creation of marketing campaigns to populate SharedVue's Communic8, a
web-based partner console to promote products and services through the
channel while the FSM team provides ongoing tele-support for campaigns
to ensure proper execution and alleviate drain on time and resources.
-- Manufacturers and solution providers can then measure campaign success
and manage their syndication output through a SharedVue Facilit8
program, to assist with organizing and managing the solutions on an
With the addition of SharedVue products, Everything Channel customers will benefit from a cloud-based infrastructure to become better marketers of enterprise companies' products, help build greater market awareness and forge lasting and meaningful relationships.
Everything Channel, headquartered in Framingham, MA, is a technology marketing and sales solutions company. Through its "Complete Technology Channel Solution," Everything Channel offers the right business tools to accelerate technology sales. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative field sales and marketing solutions to the sellers of technology to achieve measurable and significant results.
About United Business Media Limited
UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com.
SharedVue is a marketing technology company that provides cloud marketing and lead generation tools that help companies maximize sales through channel partners and direct sales. SharedVue clients include: Cisco, HP, Salesforce.com and VMware.
Cloud marketing enables channel partners to become better marketers of enterprise companies' products by using Web content syndication and automated marketing campaigns. It combines traditional marketing techniques with the technology of software-as-a-service. SharedVue combines marketing and technology expertise to develop cutting-edge Web marketing products that enhance companies' relationships with their customers and generate leads.
Akamai Launches Sustainability Initiative To Help Customers Reduce Web Infrastructure Energy Consumption
- Initiative to focus on enhanced carbon measurement and reporting - Company introduces http://www.akamai.com/sustainability - Akamai to receive honorable mention at annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards*
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 21 -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today unveiled a new sustainability initiative dedicated to helping customers run more carbon-efficient Web infrastructure and improve their energy consumption.
Akamai's sustainability initiative includes a focus on enhancing the carbon efficiency of its global delivery network of over 61,000 servers. The initiative is designed to help Akamai improve the hardware and code efficiency within its network, and reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, all while responding to customer demand for carbon measurement and reporting. The objective of the initiative is to quantify the energy reductions that Akamai realizes in network carbon efficiency and further develop Akamai's focus on becoming more energy efficient.
"This is a unique opportunity for Akamai to revolutionize sustainability, specifically carbon management and network efficiency, across the global Internet landscape," said Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai. "For more than a decade, we have been delivering cloud computing optimization solutions that reduce the energy consumption of our customers' Web and data center infrastructure. We built a massive, shared network of distributed computing power, running on efficient hardware and code, with a higher utilization compared with traditional data center infrastructure, and made it available as a managed service. Moving forward, and in collaboration with our customers, we plan to use the information we collect to identify and implement additional best practices."
Akamai will report on the progress of its sustainability initiative at http://www.akamai.com/sustainability. In 2009, Akamai's drive to improve its network carbon efficiency resulted in an 86 million-pound CO2 reduction - a 32 percent reduction from the amount of CO2 used in 2008, which is equivalent to removing 7,400 U.S. autos from the road (source: EPA ; Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007)
Today, Akamai is helping customers estimate their own environmental carbon footprint related to Akamai services. Akamai is also designing an application on its customer-facing portal to provide customers with ongoing, monthly visibility of their carbon footprint on the Akamai platform, across 11 geographic regions around the world.
In addition to network carbon efficiency improvements, Akamai is pursuing reductions in its energy, water, and materials consumption within its business operations, including:
-- Environmentally Lower-Impact Corporate Offices: implementing
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) standards for its
main corporate office renovations, along with other recycling and
waste reduction programs.
-- Reduced Electronic Waste: reducing the amount of e-waste (generated by
items like servers, PCs, phones, keyboards, monitors, etc.) by
upgrading systems for reuse, reselling, and recycling end-of-life
equipment in partnership with several reputable vendors.
-- Lower Power Consumption Corporate Computing Resources: implementing
power management for its PC/laptop and server assets, and
incorporating Energy Star and Electronic Product Environmental
Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) guidelines and recommendations into
procurement of computing equipment.
-- Reduced Travel: upgrading videoconferencing equipment to encourage and
enhance long-distance collaboration and reduce travel needs.
-- More Measurable Carbon Management: developing processes and systems to
track, manage and report carbon emissions, including voluntary
reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project.
*For its work on building carbon-efficient IT solutions, Akamai has recently been recognized by
The Uptime Institute (uptimeinstitute.org) a leading independent think tank and research body serving the global data center industry. Receiving an 'honorable mention,' Akamai will be recognized at this year's annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards. The GEIT Awards showcase organizations that are pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their IT and data center operations, or that provide technology that can significantly reduce energy consumption. The winners will be presented at the fifth annual Uptime Institute Symposium, May 17-19 in New York, NY.
The Akamai Difference
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit http://www.akamai.com/.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, failure of our efforts to have further network carbon efficiency improvements, failure in our efforts to reduce our energy, water, and materials consumption within our business operations, or a failure of our customer portal to allow customers to view the impact of their own carbon footprint, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
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Spare Backup Launches New BlackBerry Mobile Application for Data Backup and Cloud Services
Application provides improved performance and cloud functionality
PALM DESERT, Calif., April 21 -- Spare Backup, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SPBU) , an industry-leading provider of automated, online backup applications and cloud computing services for home users and small businesses, announced today that it has launched a new version of its BlackBerry mobile application. The new application adds a new suite of functionalities called "LiveSync" that ties into a wide array of Spare's cloud-based technologies. In addition to providing an improved and simple automated backup solution for contacts, pictures, calendar entries, and documents stored on the BlackBerry, through LiveSync users will have the ability to access and modify the content on their phones through a web browser. LiveSync also enables users to log on to their user website and send and receive SMS messages directly through the browser.
The application is being made available to all of its channel partners as well as through the Spare Backup website.
For additional information, visit http://www.sparebackup.com/. For investor relations, please contact our investor relations department at 760-779-0251 Ext. 224 or email@example.com.
About Spare Backup, Inc.:
Spare Backup, Inc. specializes in helping consumers, small office/home office users and small to mid-sized businesses protect their computer data quickly, automatically and cost-effectively. The company's flagship Spare Backup product is the first totally automated online backup service that intelligently selects, secures and stores files without any user intervention, automatically backing up documents, email, music, photos and other PC files on a continuous basis or according to the schedule of the user's choice. The company is headquartered in Palm Desert, California.
Safe Harbor Statement:
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