MicroStrategy Announces Beta Release of iPhone Apps Development Platform
Allows Rapid Development of Mobile Business Applications
MCLEAN, Va., April 8 -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced that it will offer a mobile application platform for developing and deploying iPhone Apps.
MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone offers a new way to develop and deploy iPhone Apps that is faster, easier, and more maintainable than using traditional Integrated Development Environments. MicroStrategy Mobile for iPhone offers the following benefits:
-- Reduces the time to develop new iPhone Apps -- MicroStrategy's mobile
app platform includes the infrastructure needed to support each new
iPhone App, so application developers only need to focus on creating
the user experience and not on the back-end infrastructure.
-- Easy for non-developers to create professional iPhone Apps --
MicroStrategy's iPhone applications do not require any coding. Using
MicroStrategy's mobile app platform, iPhone Apps are assembled in a
point-and-click fashion. App creators can choose from an array of
finely-designed, iPhone-optimized displays and controls.
-- Easy for companies to rapidly deploy iPhone App updates --
MicroStrategy's mobile app platform uses an on-demand form of
application deployment called "in-stream" deployment. As soon as new
or updated applications are ready, they are instantly available to
iPhone users directly from MicroStrategy's mobile app platform.
"Utilizing platforms that can easily assemble applications on mobile computing environments like Apple iPhone is the wave of the future," said Mark Smith, CEO and EVP Research, Ventana Research. "MicroStrategy's release of its new platform and capabilities will not only help to deliver world-class BI to Apple iPhone, but also make the assembly and publishing of a broader set of information-class applications much simpler to accomplish."
Mobile BI applications represent a new breed of business applications that are simple-to-use, highly focused, and available whenever and wherever business is conducted. Business people no longer need to delay decision-making due to a lack of information or delay executing a transaction simply because they are away from their desks. Mobile applications delivered through smartphones such as the iPhone have the potential to revolutionize business processes across every industry.
For example, mobile BI applications can:
-- Provide executives with real-time performance information 24 hours a
-- Enable claims adjusters to complete claims immediately on site
-- Empower sales associates to offer discounts and cross-sell
recommendations at the moment of the sale
-- Provide regional managers the ability to manage their stores,
restaurants, bank branches, and other retail outlets
-- Deliver management information and guidance to franchise owners
-- Give plant managers up-to-the-minute data on plant operations
-- Allow inventory managers to reorder stock while managing the warehouse
-- Provide health care professionals with immediate access to patient
"MicroStrategy's new mobile app platform will allow us to develop the vast majority of our iPhone Apps without coding," said Terry Adams, Senior Director at Herbalife. "MicroStrategy's platform approach to mobile application development will allow us to develop a series of business apps for the iPhone quickly and with less effort than building them from scratch using the Apple SDK."
"MicroStrategy's many years of experience in providing scalable, enterprise-class platform technology enables us to deliver a mobile application platform that is both industrial-strength and highly flexible," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy COO. "Our new mobile app platform gives companies the flexibility to create a broad array of intuitive business applications that seamlessly access back-end databases and systems, and delivers the same high performance and ease of management and administration that is expected from MicroStrategy."
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its ease-of-use, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. MicroStrategy offers free reporting software that can be downloaded from its website, http://www.microstrategy.com/freereportingsoftware. More information about MicroStrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR) is available at http://www.microstrategy.com.
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HBN Interactive Acquires Leading Online Foreclosure Help Site IAmFacingForeclosure.com
Latest Acquisition Extends Consumer Reach of Company's Real Estate Vertical
MARIETTA, Ga., April 8 -- HBN Interactive today announced the acquisition of IAmFacingForeclosure.com, a leading foreclosure help website.
IAmFacingForeclosure.com has grown by 200% during the last two months and is projected to have well over 500,000 UVs (unique visitors) in 2010. This growth is driven by the site's collection of foreclosure help experts and foreclosure assistance companies.
"This is a hot area," said Duane LeGate, CEO of HBN Interactive. "Foreclosures continue to plague the real estate market and there are no clear cut solutions for homeowners. Our mission at IAmFacingForeclosure.com is to is to walk the homeowner through the minefield of options and provide them with the service(s) and advice that best suits their personal situation."
IAmFacingForeclosure.com is a perfect compliment to HBN Interactive's portfolio of real estate related companies, some of which include: HouseBuyerNetwork.com which focuses on short sales on behalf of the homeowner, SellMyHouseFast.com which introduces homeowners to quick sale solutions, and ~4,000 other real estate web properties with related resources. Since its establishment in 2004, HBN's real estate vertical has expanded from a single website to include over 4,000 principal websites which consist of millions of monthly page views.
"We are very focused on helping homeowners face the challenges in today's extreme real estate market. By leveraging HBN Interactive's suite of services, homeowners can: sell their house in a quick and efficient manner, short sale their house with HBN's experts, buy discounted property, and perform various other real estate related transactions," added LeGate. "We believe the market will continue to struggle for years, and we plan to continue to bring innovative solutions to the market that will benefit homeowners that need immediate assistance."
About HBN Interactive
Founded in 2004, HBN Interactive is a unique and leading Internet Real Estate Media Company. HBN Interactive has assisted close to one million homeowners needing specialized assistance. HBN Interactive has built a network of the best professional service providers in the real estate arena that can assist both home sellers and home buyers.
New Ships in the Old World: Celebrity Cruises' Solstice Class Ships to Summer in Europe
Summer 2011 Europe and Alaska itineraries to open for sale, offering loyalty program members opportunity to be first to experience newest ship
MIAMI, April 8 -- For those who have swooned over Celebrity Cruises' stylish new Solstice-class ships since their introduction in 2008, the year 2011 will be the summer of love. Inspired by its new brand platform, "Designed for you," Celebrity Cruises has created a destination line-up for the summer of 2011 that will place all four of its Solstice-class ships - including Celebrity Silhouette, which will set sail next year - in Europe at the same time, for the first time.
The move marks the return of the widely lauded Celebrity Solstice - the class's flagship vessel - to Europe. Celebrity's 2011 Europe season also will include a series of new seven-night Mediterranean voyages on Celebrity Constellation, which will undergo a series of refreshments inspired by the Solstice-class vessels, later this month. Celebrity's 2011 summer voyages and cruisetours will open for sale beginning tomorrow and continuing through the coming weeks. Celebrity's Captain's Club members can be the first to book voyages on Celebrity Silhouette in Europe and, in a Solstice-class first, in the Caribbean out of Bayonne, New Jersey, in the winter of 2011-12. Celebrity opened its summer Bermuda voyages - 7-night roundtrip sailings from Bayonne, New Jersey, on Celebrity Summit - on March 10.
"We believe our summer destination line-up perfectly complements our commitment to designing cruise vacations around our guests' interests - a commitment that is central to our brand platform, 'Designed for you,'" said Dan Hanrahan, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "Our guests told us what they wanted in ship design, cuisine, accommodations and innovations, and we designed our Solstice-class ships around those desires. Our guests said that they want to experience that same style on our other ships, and we committed to invest $200 million to "Solsticize," or refit, our Millennium-class ships to reflect some of the Solstice-class venues and design attributes. Now, we have designed a dynamic new cruise calendar valued by discerning cruisers and reflective of the same level of service and sophistication we offer onboard."
When Celebrity Silhouette sets sail for the first time in July 2011, she will offer a unique maiden voyage from Hamburg to Rome and a special nine-night Mediterranean voyage. Then, she will offer a series of 12- and 13-night Holy Land sailings roundtrip out of Rome. Celebrity Equinox also will sail from Rome, offering 10- and 11-night roundtrip Mediterranean cruises.
Celebrity Solstice, offering summer Caribbean voyages out of Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 2010, will return to Europe next summer with a series of 12 night round-trip itineraries out of Barcelona, and Celebrity Eclipse - launching next month in Southampton, England - will offer a similar line-up from that same port in 2011. The 2011 Europe cruises on Celebrity Solstice, and Celebrity Equinox will open for sale to the general public beginning tomorrow; Celebrity Eclipse is already open for booking.
In another Solstice-class first, Celebrity Silhouette will sail from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey, offering cruisers throughout the Northeast easy driving access to a vacation on the newest ship in the line's award-winning fleet. After Celebrity Silhouette makes her debut in Europe, she will homeport in Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey during the winter of 2011-12, with a series of 12-night Caribbean voyages. Members of Celebrity's loyalty program, Captain's Club, will have exclusive first-booking rights to Celebrity Silhouette's 2011-12 summer and winter itineraries, beginning tomorrow, through April 19. Additional details for Captain's Club members can be found at http://www.celebritycruises.com/bookingevent. Beginning April 20, the bookings of Celebrity Silhouette will be open to the public.
With a number of guests and travel agents expressing strong interest in having a variety of lengths of Mediterranean sailings, and to showcase its soon-to-be "Solsticized" Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity designed a series of back-to-back seven-night cruises roundtrip out of Athens. Guests can take these separately or as a 14-night cruise. Three sets of the cruises will sail in September and October, and with only one or two sea days per cruise, the itineraries offer guests the opportunity to fully experience the culture-rich "Holy Land" and Greek isles. The summer 2011 season also will mark the first time that Celebrity will have six ships in Europe, with Celebrity Mercury sailing in the region as well. In total, Celebrity will visit 70 total ports in 23 countries in Europe, including six new ports: Leknes (Lofoten) and Longyearbyen, Norway; Bari and La Spezia, Italy; Bodrum, Turkey; and Kotor, Montenegro. Celebrity Constellation's and Celebrity Mercury's 2011 Europe voyages will open in the coming weeks.
Cruisers who wish to make the most of their time in Europe can choose from a variety of cruisetours, land tours offered pre-cruise that are combined with the cruise itself for a longer, more in-depth experience of a destination. In Europe in 2011, Celebrity will offer a new four-night Greece package on Celebrity Constellation out of Athens. The package features Athens, Delphi (with an overnight in Itea) and Olympia. Additionally, Celebrity will offer a variety of escorted cruisetour packages with colorful, immersive experiences in various cities:
-- A four-night Madrid and Barcelona package
-- A five-night Venice, Florence and Rome package
-- A four-night Paris and London package
-- A three-night Paris and Amsterdam package
Celebrity has designed a variety of shore excursions to round out the cruise experience by contrasting the new-world style and design of Celebrity's ships with the old-world culture of Europe. Can't-miss examples include:
-- In Ephesus, Turkey, the famous ruins of Ephesus, the largest
collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean, including the
iconic Library of Celsus.
-- In Israel, during itineraries offering overnight stays, two-day
overland tours of some of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land,
including Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Wailing Wall, and the Church of the
-- In Cairo, Egypt, trips to the awe-inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx.
Itineraries with two days in Egypt offer overland tour options to
explore further into this fascinating country.
-- In Naples, Italy, a trip to explore either the ruins of Pompeii, a
venue that every world explorer should visit at least once in their
lifetime, or a trip to the intriguing Isle of Capri, the world's most
romantic European spot - or both.
-- In Florence, Italy, tours of Michelangelo's "David," Ghiberti's
"Bronze Doors" and numerous architectural wonders including the Ponte
Vecchio, Duomo and Pisa's Leaning Tower and Field of Miracles.
-- In Berlin, Germany, a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag,
which served as Germany's Parliament building until the early 1930s,
and Potsdam Square, where the Berlin Wall used to stand.
When Celebrity Cruises' 2011-12 Alaska season opens for sale on Tuesday, April 13, cruisers will find more opportunities to enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the privacy of their stateroom verandas. For the first time, Celebrity Century, which was redesigned to offer an additional 314 verandas in 2006, will sail in Alaska, alongside seasonal favorites Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Infinity. Replacing Celebrity Mercury in the region will be Celebrity Century, which has 73% more veranda and Concierge Class staterooms. To complement the increase in available verandas, Celebrity has designed a dynamic line-up of itineraries, cruisetours and shore excursions to offer something for every discerning cruiser seeking a premium Alaska vacation experience, including two wine-themed cruises along the Pacific Coast and a new 18-night cruisetour package.
Discerning cruisers seeking the opportunity to experience British Columbia and Alaska in style can choose from a total of 17 repeating seven-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruises on Celebrity Century. In addition to the expanded number of veranda staterooms, the 1,814-guest vessel's 2006 "makeover" also included the unveiling of Murano, Celebrity's popular European-style specialty restaurant, and the first "ice" Martini Bar at sea. Visiting Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, and cruising by the awe-inspiring Hubbard Glacier, the cruises sail roundtrip out of Vancouver from May to September. Preceding the season will be an eight-night coastal cruise along the Pacific Coast, sailing from San Diego to Vancouver on May 14.
Celebrity Infinity will continue to offer seven-night Tracy Arm Fjord cruises roundtrip out of Seattle, Washington, from May to September of 2011. The itinerary also will include calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, Alaska, as well as a cruise through the Alaska Inside Passage. Bookending Celebrity Infinity's seven-night pattern will be two 10-night Ultimate Alaska voyages roundtrip out of Seattle on May 10 and September 16.
Building on the popularity of past years, Celebrity Millennium will present seven-night alternating northbound and southbound cruises between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska, from May to early September. These cruises will visit Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway, and will cruise by Hubbard Glacier. Celebrity Millennium's 2011 Alaska season will start with a 10-night West Coast wine cruise from San Diego, California, to Vancouver on May 3, featuring an overnight call in San Francisco, followed by a roundtrip seven-night Hubbard Glacier cruise roundtrip out of Vancouver. At the end of its northbound/southbound season, Celebrity Millennium will offer another wine cruise, sailing for 10 nights from Vancouver to San Diego with another overnight call in San Francisco, as well as calls to Monterey and Catalina Island, California.
Celebrity has designed 21 Alaska cruisetours to offer cruisers a variety of land tour experiences like no other into the interior of Alaska. New in 2011 is a vacation-of-a-lifetime experience, "The Ultimate Cruisetour - Canadian Rockies & Alaska," an 18-night package being offered to guests sailing on Celebrity Millennium. The experience features a six-night pre-cruise Canadian Rockies tour, a seven-night northbound Alaska cruise, and a five-night post-cruise Alaska land tour. Highlights of the Canadian Rockies portion include rail travel through the Rockies, accommodations at Victoria's acclaimed Fairmont Empress, and a two-night stay in Denali.
All cruisetours include hotel accommodations, in-tour transportation and baggage transfers, and some meals. In Alaska, Celebrity's local tour directors travel with the guests as they enjoy the luxury of Celebrity's glass-domed Wilderness Express railcars and deluxe motorcoaches.
While sailing on any of Celebrity's Alaska cruises, a wide range of shore excursions have been designed to offer discerning cruisers enriching experiences of Alaska's scenery, culture and history, from train tours to cycling, from culinary extravaganzas to whale-watching. Examples include "Pilot's Choice Glacier Exploration" in Juneau, where guests have an opportunity to take in the beauty of a breathtaking glacier from the viewpoint of a helicopter, and "Wild Alaska: Culinary Extravaganza" in Icy Strait Point, where guests can savor wild Alaskan salmon or locally caught Dungeness crab. Ketchikan's "Saxman Native Village and Lumberjack Show" offers guests a way to experience demonstrations of totem-pole carving and a fun-filled competition by lumberjacks, two hallmarks of Alaskan culture.
Celebrity Cruises is designed for discerning cruisers, with modern, sophisticated environments, impeccable service, enriching and inspiring onboard programs, and world-class cuisine. The ultimate in premium cruising, Celebrity sails in Alaska, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, Europe, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity also offers immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Canada, Europe and South America. Celebrity's mega-series of honors include being named the top mega-ship line in Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards (November 2009). Celebrity's fleet currently consists of nine ships. Its $3.7-billion investment in building five stylish Solstice Class ships between 2008-2012 represents the largest newbuild commitment for a single brand in industry history. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111 or visit http://www.celebritycruises.com.
Source: Celebrity Cruises
CONTACT: Elizabeth Jakeway, +1-305-539-6127,
email@example.com; or Tavia Robb, +1-305-539-6721,
Kakuro CS App From Dogfish Software is Now Available for iPad
SEATTLE, April 8 -- Dogfish Software announced the official release of their latest game, Kakuro CS for the iPad. Kakuro originates from Japan and is a math-based puzzle that offers similar logic challenges to Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Kakuro CS offers hours of enjoyable, challenging fun.
With this latest release, Dogfish Software makes its mark by having an application in the initial iPad store. According to Dogfish Software CEO Dan Zimmerman, "We believe that the iPad platform is going to revolutionize mobile computing. We were excited to launch Kakuro CS -- our first application designed exclusively for the iPad -- to take advantage of iPad features that create a great gaming experience. With its increased screen size, intuitive user interface and challenging puzzles, our latest application is the first of many Dogfish apps for this new and exciting device." The new Kakuro CS puzzle for iPad complements previous Dogfish Software creations CrossSums and CrossSums Lite for the iPhone.
Regarding the future of iPad development, Mr. Zimmerman continued, "Many of our prospective clients are looking to us to help them enter the mobile arena. Our discussions have centered on developing iPhone and Android applications, but we see a natural progression to the iPad. As it becomes a standard for publications, multimedia and gaming, users' minds will open up to greater possibilities. As developers, we could not be more excited about the opportunity to have this new platform to work on."
Dogfish Software is a Seattle-based technology company. Founded in 2010 by a small group of local technology professionals, Dogfish provides design, development and maintenance services to small and mid-sized companies. Using a comprehensive array of services for desktop, web and mobile applications, the company produces solid, innovative solutions to put its clients ahead of the competition.
For more information about Dogfish Software, go to http://www.dogfishsoftware.com or follow the company's latest news on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Source: Dogfish Software
CONTACT: Dan Zimmerman, President and CEO of Dogfish Software,
Includes Multitasking, Folders, iBooks, Unified Inbox & More
CUPERTINO, Calif., April 8 -- Apple® today previewed its iPhone® OS 4 software and released a beta version of the software to iPhone Developer Program members. The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch® users this summer. New features include Multitasking for third party apps; Folders to better organize and access apps; improved Mail with a unified inbox, fast inbox switching and threaded messages; enhanced Enterprise support with even better data protection, mobile device management, wireless app distribution and more; Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform; and iBooks, the delightful new ebook reader and online bookstore recently debuted on the iPad(TM).
"iPhone OS 4 is the fourth major release of the world's most advanced mobile operating system," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're delivering over 100 new features, including multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, deeper Enterprise support, and an iPhone version of our iBooks reader and online iBookstore."
iPhone OS 4's new multitasking offers users a new way to quickly move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to easily add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices.
Folders help users better organize and quickly access their apps. Simply drag one app icon onto another, and a new folder is automatically created. The folder is automatically given a name based on the App Store category of that app, such as "Games," which the user can easily rename. Using folders, users can now organize and access over 2,000 apps on their iPhone. Users can also create and manage iPhone folders on their Mac® or PC using iTunes® 9.2.
iPhone OS 4 delivers the best mail experience on a mobile phone with its new Unified Inbox, allowing users to see messages from all their email accounts displayed together in a single inbox. With just a few taps, users can quickly switch between inboxes to see messages from any single account. In addition, users can now thread their messages by conversation, making it easier to stay on top of email discussions, as well as open email attachments with compatible apps from the App Store.
iAd, Apple's new mobile advertising platform, combines the emotion of TV ads with the interactivity of web ads. Today, when users click on mobile ads they are almost always taken out of their app to a web browser, which loads the advertiser's webpage. Users must then navigate back to their app, and it is often difficult or impossible to return to exactly where they left. iAd solves this problem by displaying full-screen video and interactive ad content without ever leaving the app, and letting users return to their app anytime they choose. iPhone OS 4 lets developers easily embed iAd opportunities within their apps, and the ads are dynamically and wirelessly delivered to the device. Apple will sell and serve the ads, and developers will receive an industry-standard 60 percent of iAd revenue.
The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes a developer preview of Game Center, which contains a set of APIs that allows developers to create apps with the ability to invite friends to play a game, start a multiplayer game through matchmaking and track achievements and compare high scores on a leader board. Apps created with GameKit APIs will work with Game Center, Apple's new social gaming network available to iPhone and iPod touch users later this year.
New enterprise features in iPhone OS 4 include improvements in security, scalability and compatibility. The new Mobile Device Management service can be integrated with third party servers to wirelessly configure, query and even wipe or lock managed iPhones, and iPhone OS 4 enables enterprises to securely host and wirelessly distribute their own in-house developed apps to employees. The new Data Protection feature uses a user's passcode as an encryption key to protect mail messages and attachments stored on the iPhone. iPhone OS 4 now provides the option to set a longer, more complex passcode, making iPhone and its data even more secure. iPhone OS 4 allows IT managers to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts, is compatible with Exchange Server 2010 and includes support for forthcoming SSL VPN applications from Juniper Networks and Cisco.
Today, more than four billion apps have been downloaded from the revolutionary App Store and more than 185,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries. Over 85 million iPhone and iPod touch users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.
The iPhone OS 4 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iPhone Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iPhone OS 4 will be available as a software update to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer.* A version of iPhone OS 4 will be coming to iPad this Fall.
*Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS or third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB).
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
Offerpal Media Rolls Out New Direct Payment Options Worldwide, Hires Industry Veteran Alex Brutin
Partnerships with Zeus Research, paysafecard, MyCard, Rixty, BillMyParents, ClickandBuy and others help boost developer monetization in nearly 200 countries
FREMONT, Calif., April 8 -- Offerpal Media (http://www.offerpalmedia.com/), the leader in virtual currency payment alternatives, announced today that it recently integrated several new direct payment options into its platform in order to help social developers and online game publishers accept payments from users who do not have or are unwilling to use credit cards. The new payment options include pre-paid debit cards, phone cards, e-payment systems, parent-approved payments and more, from such partners as Zeus Research and STi Prepaid, paysafecard, MyCard, Rixty, BillMyParents, ClickandBuy and others--covering nearly 200 countries in all.
The company also announced it recently hired payment industry veteran Alex Brutin as its Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Brutin is responsible for forging new relationships with other direct payment providers and monetization partners as well as new strategic initiatives. Having previously worked as the Head of Channel Partnerships at Google Checkout and in Merchant Services Business Development at PayPal, Mr. Brutin most recently was the VP of Business Development at FreeCause, a free, fully-customizable toolbar that helps organizations reach and engage their supporters in fundamentally new ways. He has his MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
"Our vision is to help developers monetize larger portions of their user bases, whether through alternative payment options like offers, videos and surveys, or cash payment methods such as credit cards and all their substitutes," said George Garrick, Chairman and CEO of Offerpal Media. "There's a lot of innovation in the online payment space at the moment, with all sorts of new payment products that enable developers to monetize distinct sets of users based on geography, demographics and behavior types. We're proud to bring on board someone like Alex to help us identify the most appropriate partners to work with and build up profitable relationships."
The following direct payment options have been added to Offerpal's alternative payment platform in recent months:
-- STi Prepaid phone cards: Using Zeus Research's patent-pending
conversion system, gamers can purchase virtual currency by typing in
pin numbers found on the back of pre-paid phone cards from STi
Prepaid, a long-established name recognized throughout the U.S. STi
sells in excess of 200 million cards each year through more than
225,000 national retail outlets.
-- paysafecard: The leading online payment method in Europe, paysafecard
allows users to purchase prepaid vouchers and authorize payments
online by simply entering a 16-digit PIN code. Paysafecard is
available at 280,000 outlets in more than 24 European countries.
-- MyCard: MyCard offers several types of stored value cards such as
scratch cards, thermosensitive paper and more, available in retail
outlets, convenient stores and websites all throughout Asia.
Furthermore, it also provides diverse micropayment methods for
purchase online. MyCard was founded in 1983 and is based in Taiwan.
-- Rixty: Rixty is an alternative payment platform that makes it easy for
youth and adults without credit cards to convert their cash into
online credits at more than 10,000 Coinstar kiosks and 10,000
convenience stores via the Rixty prepaid card. Rixty recently
announced it had expanded its system to safely enable kids under the
age of 13 to purchase online.
-- BillMyParents: BillMyParents is a youth payment system that lets teens
and tweens shop online without a credit card and gives parents the
ability to easily track and control their teen's spending - while
ensuring that credit card numbers and personal information are kept
safe and secure. BillMyParents is a product of Socialwise, Inc.
-- ClickandBuy: ClickandBuy is a leading Internet payment service
provider that enables users to conduct one-click transactions in 120
currencies throughout the world and offers 50 national and
international modes of payment. Founded in 1999, ClickandBuy is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Offerpal already works with many other direct payment providers, from PayPal and Visa/MasterCard to Zong, Boku, DaoPay, Amazon Payments, Paymo, Ultimate Game Card, PayByCash, Social Gold and more. The company recently passed its Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance validation, meaning that it meets the fraud prevention and data security standards established by the PCI and can now process credit card transactions more efficiently. The company expects to roll out several more payment options in coming months.
About Offerpal Media
Offerpal Media is the leader in virtual currency monetization for online games, virtual worlds and social networks. The company's turnkey payment platform gives consumers the opportunity to earn virtual currency for free by taking part in targeted advertising offers, shopping at big-brand retailers, completing online surveys, watching videos or otherwise engaging with brands. Since its launch in 2007, Offerpal has issued more than 1 trillion virtual points to over 200 million consumers across 2,000 publishers. The company is headquartered in Fremont, California. Investors include Interwest Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners, and D. E. Shaw Ventures. For more information, visit http://www.offerpalmedia.com.
Source: Offerpal Media
CONTACT: Matt McAllister of Offerpal Media, +1-510-403-7319,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jennifer Parson of Atomic PR,
+1-415-593-1400, email@example.com, for Offerpal Media
Calling All Latin Food Lovers! Carnation(R) Evaporated Milk Delivers Recipes to Your Mobile Phone
SOLON, Ohio, April 8 -- Lovers of Latin cuisine just got a little meal preparation help from Nestle Carnation® Evaporated Milk. The maker of "The Cooking Milk(TM)" today introduced a new mobile website and custom iPhone application targeted directly at Hispanic consumers.
The mobile website and application draw sweet and savory recipes from the brand's MiCocinaLatina.com website, delivering valuable product and brand engagement right to consumers' mobile phones.
Both the mobile website and the iPhone app present content in Spanish and English languages. The mobile website offers full search capabilities of more than 300 recipes for web-enabled phones. The iPhone app provides similar capabilities, with a richer user experience. The iPhone app also offers a clever little twist on standard recipe search: with a shake of the iPhone, the user can generate a "random" recipe, adding a little fun to the experience. The "Shake" of the iPhone app is a visual and tactile extension of the actual Carnation Evaporated Milk can, which you also shake before using its contents in your cooking. For more information, visit http://www.micocinalatina.com/phone.
According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in 2009 more than 47 percent of Hispanics had used a handheld device to go online, compared to 28 percent of whites. Carnation brand managers implemented the mobile program to respond to this trend and to put recipes in consumers' hands, where they could more likely use them at the point of purchase.
Aircell Announces 2010 Inflight Internet Seminar Series
Nationwide Tour Aims to Help Business Aircraft Operators Understand the Industry's New Generation of Inflight Internet Systems
ORLANDO, Fla., April 8 -- AEA International Convention & Trade Show -- Aircell, the world's leading provider of airborne communications, today announced the launch of a new educational series entitled, "Getting Your Business Aircraft Online: The Seminar." Stopping in multiple cities across the United States throughout 2010, the tour will give business aircraft operators a complete understanding of the latest generation of inflight connectivity.
"There has been a wholesale shift in inflight Internet capabilities for business aviation in the past year -- it's an entirely new landscape," said Aircell Senior Vice President and General Manager John Wade. "As part of the natural learning curve with these new capabilities, a great deal of confusion has arisen as various providers attempt to hype the virtues of a single network or an equipment package. What's been missing is the chance for operators to get a balanced, straightforward overview of all three high-speed data networks for aviation -- Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, Ku-band Satellite and Aircell High Speed Internet. This is exactly what Aircell's 2010 Inflight Internet Seminar Series will provide.
"Even with all the advances, there is still not a single airborne network that represents everything to everyone," Wade continued. "In sharp contrast to mobile networks on the ground which are often quite similar, airborne network capabilities can vary drastically. This makes it critical for operators to have a clear understanding of what's available."
Aircell developed seminar content from intelligence gathered from thousands of customer interactions since 2006. Attendees will get answers to the most commonly-asked questions, including:
-- Can I use my own laptop, Smartphone or PDA?
-- Are the connection speeds similar to those available on the ground?
-- What can I expect for performance from each network?
-- Are the systems difficult to use -- do you log on like a hotel or
-- What's involved with the aircraft installation -- will the equipment
fit on my aircraft?
-- How do I determine which systems will best meet my own flight
-- Is all this as expensive as it used to be?
Wade continued, "People will walk away with a solid base of knowledge -- capable of sorting out their own flight department's needs and ready to have an intelligent conversation with their installation facility. They'll be smart shoppers. Because inflight Internet systems typically involve a variety of company personnel, seminar content was specifically created for a wide range of perspectives. It's as appropriate for executives as it is for flight department managers, maintenance directors and aircraft managers," he concluded.
The current seminar schedule is listed below, with more dates and venues expected to be added throughout 2010.
Date & Time Venue City Remarks
May 25th Bali Hai Golf Club Las Vegas, NV --
June 9th Meridian Jet Center Teterboro, NJ --
11:30A Teterboro Airport (KTEB)
July 13th Frontiers of Flight Museum Addison, TX In Conjunction
11:30A Dallas Love Field (KDAL) with the Love
July 13th Clay Lacy Aviation Van Nuys, CA --
11:30A Van Nuys Airport (KVNY)
Sept 9th DB Aviation Chicago, IL During the
2:30P Waukegan Airport (KUGN) National
Advanced registration is required and there is no charge to attend. Attendees can get event schedules and register online at http://www.aircell.com/seminar. More information is available by contacting Aircell's Libby Smith at +1.303.301.3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aircell is the world's leading provider of airborne communications and a single-source, turnkey provider of equipment, service, and technical support. With a global sales and support presence, its products are offered by virtually every fixed- and rotor-wing airframe manufacturer in business aviation, and are installed aboard the world's four largest fractional ownership fleets. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary new mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell® Network and its inflight portal, known as Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. The Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business Aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay In Touch, In Flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit http://www.aircell.com.
Aircell, Aircell Axxess, Gogo and In Touch, In Flight are registered trademarks of Aircell Business Aviation Services LLC or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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The Alliance for Digital Equality Hosts 2010 Digital Empowerment Summit at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark
Summit highlights the impact that universal broadband access will have on access to education, jobs and wealth creation opportunities for un-served and underserved communities of color
NEWARK, N.J., April 8 -- The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) has announced that the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will host their 2010 Digital Empowerment Summit themed, "Broadband: Closing the Economic Divide" on Friday, April 23, 2010. Following the release of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) National Broadband Plan, ADE will convene a mix of policymakers, thought leaders and the media in New Jersey to discuss the impact that universal broadband access will have on access to education, jobs and wealth creation opportunities, particularly for the millions of un-served and underserved Americans who have the most to gain from this great technology. The summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.
Several powerful voices will be heard during New Jersey's first broadband summit including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial and Senator Rodney Ellis, who will be delivering remarks. CNN Contributor, Mario Armstrong, and Actor, Author and Activist, Hill Harper, will moderate the summit's panel discussions to include: "Jobs & Wealth," "The Wireless Broadband Revolution," and "The State of Broadband in Minority Communities."
"Throughout our history there are numerous examples in which communities of color have been the last to enjoy the full economic benefit of transformative periods, such as those now offered courtesy of the digital revolution," said Julius H. Hollis, Chairman and Founder of ADE. "Broadband is the bridge that provides a unique opportunity for people of color to achieve economic equality, and as we now work to implement the FCC's National Broadband Plan - designed to deliver access to every American - it is vital that we focus on the millions of un-served and underserved Americans to ensure that these Americans adopt this great tool once they have access."
Opening remarks will be given by Mayor Booker. Confirmed panelists include: Manny Diaz (Former Mayor of Miami), David Jefferson (President and CEO, JNET Communications), Willie E. Woods Jr. (Managing Director, ICV Capital Partners), Heather McKay (Director, Innovative Training and Workforce Development Programs, Rutgers), Fateen Ziyad (City of Newark Fire Department Deputy Chief), George Cigale (Founder and CEO, Tutor.com), Eduardo Tinaco (CEO and Founder, Athena Wireless Communications), Ash Shehata (Director, Healthcare Practice, Cisco), Lillian Rodriguez Lopez (President, Hispanic Federation), Dr. Jan Gant, Ph.D. (Visiting Resident Fellow, Media and Technology Institute, Joint Center for Political Studies), Gregory S. Fehribach, J.D. (Attorney, The Fehribach Group), Lorraine A. Cortes-Vasquez (New York Secretary of State), and Dr. Randal Pinkett (President and CEO of BCT Partners).
Members of the community are encouraged to submit questions to the Newark Digital Empowerment Summit Panelists. Questions will be asked during the live webcast on the day of the event. Send questions to email@example.com.
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About The Alliance for Digital Equality: The Alliance for Digital Equality, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a non-profit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.
General Dynamics Introduces New Tadpole(R) TOPAZ Rugged Notebook; High-end Computing and Graphics Display at a COTS Price
The Tadpole TOPAZ is ruggedized for superior performance in the most demanding command, control, communication and computing environments
CUPERTINO, Calif., April 8 -- The new rugged Tadpole® TOPAZ notebook computer by General Dynamics is now available for military power-users, first responders and federal agents who require workstation-class applications with mobile-server performance. Built from commercial-off-the-shelf technology, the lightweight, compact-sized Tadpole TOPAZ also supports network connectivity at multiple security levels and interoperability with computers and radios currently fielded by the U.S. military.
"The military rugged Tadpole TOPAZ delivers the performance and reliability needed for users in highly specialized environments. For instance, warfighters responsible for battlespace air traffic control need the computing horse-power to support airspace management programs with a workstation display that supports 3D imagery and mapping without scrolling around to see the entire picture," said David Miles, marketing manager for Tadpole products.
The rugged Tadpole TOPAZ has passed rigorous military-standard tests including exposure to high and low temperatures, shock and vibration extremes and water resistance. For users, three segregated Ethernet ports enable Tadpole TOPAZ operators to gain access to multiple networks operating at different levels of information security.
Tadpole TOPAZ highlights:
-- Intel® Core(TM)2 Duo® Mobile Processor (T9400) and up to 8 GB DDR3
-- 15.1-inch DynaVue® daylight viewable display with optional touch
-- Compatible with Windows®, Linux(TM) and Solaris(TM) applications
-- Three segregated Gigabit Ethernet ports
-- Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) V1.2
-- Passes military-standard tests MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD-461E
-- Type I, II, and III PCCARD/PCMCIA expansion slots
-- Size and weight: 2.4 inches high x 15 inches wide x 12.4 inches deep;
11 lbs with battery
Tadpole is a part of General Dynamics Itronix, a leading developer of wireless, rugged computing solutions for mobile workers, offering a full range of field computing systems including laptops, ultra mobile notebook PCs and tablet PCs. General Dynamics Itronix is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). Additional information is available at http://www.tadpole.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at http://www.gd.com.
Tadpole is a registered trademark of General Dynamics Itronix Corporation.
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CONTACT: Fran Jacques of General Dynamics C4 Systems, +1-480-441-2885,
or Cell: +1-480-586-1886, Fran.Jacques@gdc4s.com
DROID Does Competition: Apps To Help Verizon Wireless Customers Show Their Inner Champions
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 8 -- As college basketball and hockey championships come to an end and baseball season starts up, Verizon Wireless has DROID by Motorola customers covered when the competitive spirit strikes. With applications from Android Market(TM) running on the largest and most reliable 3G network in the United States, customers have a champion's advantage when they challenge themselves and their opponents.
This week's highlighted apps get customers in the game, give them a competitive edge, and help them share the thrill of victory.
-- Skype mobile(TM) - A victory is much sweeter when shared with friends
and family. Whether boasting a new record or swapping stories of
great games, customers can reach loved ones around the globe using
Skype mobile. The free app lets customers remain always connected to
instantly flaunt achievements.
-- Buddy Runner - Buddy Runner is the ultimate personal trainer.
Customers can use this free app to track workouts and record routes,
distances, times and pace. Automatic postings to Facebook® and
Twitter allow customers to share personal bests with friends and
family, and audio feedback of workout progress makes it easy to
-- Nintaii - Nintaii is a Japanese term for "patience, perseverance, or
endurance." The 100-level game increases these strengths through
brain-twisting puzzles. For $2.99, customers can train their minds
with award-winning fun.
-- What the Doodle!? - For $1.50, this draw-guess game pits customer
against customer in a real-time doodle duel. Fast-draw action and
social gaming features make this app challenging, fun and a way to
make new friends or rivals.
-- WoW Droid Armory - Some competitors want to conquer the world. WoW
Droid Armory is a free app that gives customers a strong advantage in
World of Warcraft play. Customers can search the database for
characters and add character widgets to their home screens to keep a
vigilant eye over their champions.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
First Things First: iVdopia Introduces High-Definition Video Ads and Talk2Me Social Ads to the iPad
The mobile ad network and platform features video ads with up to eight times better monetization than traditional mobile advertising
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8 -- With the iPad debut of iVdopia, the groundbreaking mobile advertising platform and network, the first high-definition video ads arrive today on the widely coveted device. Also making its iPad premiere is iVdopia's Talk2Me, the only social video ads available on the iPad.
"Since iVdopia's arrival in March 2009, the company has led the field with innovations that help developers better monetize their applications - as much as six to eight times better than traditional mobile advertising," said iVdopia co-founder Srikanth Kakani. "We were the first company with video advertising for iPhone applications, with pre-app videos that allowed for Hulu-like monetization. And for the first time, iVdopia brings high-definition advertisements to the iPad. These new capabilities are available to iVdopia's Premium platform partners, who can sell advertising through their own sales departments."
iVdopia's proprietary caching and encoding technology translate into a powerful viewing experience - and the highest quality video advertising - with even more striking, rich media than what's available on smartphones. The high-definition ads on iPad are among the many ways iVdopia is leading the ad network pack as it takes advantage of the device's versatility and larger screen.
iVdopia's Talk2Me social ads will optimize the iPad's strengths as the high-definition video ads allow users to better interact with the bigger screen. The recent smartphone campaign for the Universal action film "Repo Men" allowed users to share the ads via Facebook or Twitter, buy tickets or search for nearby movie theaters, resulting in a click-through rate that was 400 percent above average.
"Video advertising is making campaigns scalable across TV, mobile and online," said Chhavi Upadhyay, COO and co-founder of iVdopia. "And high-def on the iPad takes all the sights and sounds to a whole new level. What has succeeded on smartphones, such as monetization of video ads or Talk2Me social ads, will really shine on the larger, more versatile iPad."
iVdopia is the advanced mobile advertising platform and network, pioneering rich media and video advertising on smartphones, including Pre-App video and social networking options on smart mobile devices. iVdopia's brand-centric mobile advertising network and platform is used by top developers and brands such as Coca-Cola, Warner Brothers and Miller Lite to deliver premium advertising campaigns.
iVdopia continued its revolutionary streak with Talk2Me, a completely extensible way of customizing ad interaction according to brand. Talk2Me ads are the first to allow mobile advertisers to tailor interactive actions in video and banner ads that include the customized social features to best fit their branding needs.
The holding company Vdopia Inc. is the fastest growing, venture-funded advertising technology company focused exclusively on premium audiences in the world. The privately held, venture-backed company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has offices in San Jose, CA, New York, NY, Gurgaon and Mumbai, India.
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Tel: +1 415 282 4795
CONTACT: Mark de la Vina of Consort Partners, +1-415-282-4795,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for iVdopia
Weather Gets Personal with Weather Central Interactive, Online, and Mobile Tools for Broadcasters
Enhanced Forecast, Radar and Alerting Solutions Create One-to-One Relationship with Viewers
MADISON, Wis., April 8 -- Weather Central LLC, provider of the world's most viewed on air weather systems for broadcasters, today unveiled tools that enable broadcasters to create interactive, one-to-one connections with their viewing audience. From high-resolution personalized weather forecasts, reporting and radar that zoom down to street-level, to severe weather text message, email alerts and mobile delivery of weather information, the new tools from Weather Central increase the broadcaster's value to their viewers and ensure that station branding is consistently and continuously delivered.
"Weather reporting is one of the most valuable means of building and retaining a viewing audience," said Weather Central's vice president of media Terry Casey, "But the TV screen is only one of a growing set of ways in which people look for information. These new online, interactive and mobile tools are designed to deliver the same caliber of presentation that goes on air with 3D:LIVE within the more personal realms of a broadcaster's web site and other communications."
Personal MicroCast 3.0 makes it easy to provide viewers anywhere in the world with hyper-local, street-level weather and traffic alerts via web pages and mobile web pages that merge on-air branding, graphics and personalities into a highly personalized news service for their locations. Geo-located advertising and station branding can be integrated to increase viewer awareness and create promotional opportunity. The easy to use interface allows any designated station employee to update content throughout the day to provide viewers with an ever-changing variety of compelling content, while emailed updates provide a personal connection to on air weather personalities. Integration with LIVE:Wire enables registered users to also receive severe weather alerts and Personal MicroCast email updates.
LIVE:Wire Personal Alerts 2.0 automatically delivers instant alerts of breaking weather news to viewers via SMS text message or email that are tailored to their specific location. Hosted by Weather Central, the service allows broadcasters to send unlimited text messages for a flat rate.
Interactive Radar for ESP:Online 4.0 provides website visitors with a fascinating, branded interactive information tool that will help ensure they spend extended time on a broadcaster's site. Using Microsoft Bing mapping technology, the system lets users pan, scroll and zoom the radar map down to street level while Weather Central High Definition Smoothview(TM) technology keeps the radar imagery in focus. An available Severe Weather Package complements a broadcaster's on air presentation allowing users to track and interact with storm cells, warnings, lightning strikes and more. Additional packages lend further interactivity include a forecast package and hurricane tracker. Pinpoint Publishing and Sponsor Layer tools lets the broadcaster add custom content including branding and advertising, as well as plot items and events of local interest.
The complete lineup of new online and interactive tools from Weather Central will be available in May 2010. For additional information about the complete range of solutions from Weather Central, visit http://www.wxc.com, call +1 (608) 274-5789, or email email@example.com.
About Weather Central, LLC
Weather Central, LLC, founded in 1974 by broadcasters and meteorologists based in Madison, Wisconsin, is the leading provider of professional on-air, online, print, mobile and enterprise weather solutions and forecasting in North America and to major customers worldwide. Utilizing the Company's dynamic weather graphics, precise forecast models and data, and patented technology, more than 1000 partners and hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide benefit from Weather Central's attention to weather presentation, detail and insight.
RxEOB Releases MyDrugBenefit Version 3.0, Allowing Health Plans To Partner with Consumers To Reduce Drug Spending and Improve Outcomes
New platform builds on a decade of experience in pharmacy data analytics and consumer engagement
RICHMOND, Va., April 8 -- After nearly two years of intense development, RxEOB is pleased to announce the general availability release of MyDrugBenefit(TM) Version 3.0. With MyDrugBenefit, health plan members have a secure, branded, online dashboard to:
-- Access consumer-friendly, actionable pharmacy histories,
-- Compare benefit-specific out-of-pocket costs of all available options,
-- Receive targeted cost-saving and care enhancing messages,
-- Appropriately prepare for a physician visit,
-- Take general and condition-specific health risk assessments, and
-- Find in-network pharmacies, integrated with Google Maps®.
"As health plans seek to create high-value pharmacy programs and use prescription data to advance their clinical agenda, they must integrate a detailed understanding of Rx data, clinical pharmacology, benefit design, health plan operations, and consumer behavior," commented Robert Oscar, CEO of RxEOB. "With Version 3.0, our health plan clients now have new tools to promote benefit-driven, formulary-compliant, evidence-based use of medications. At the same time, with MyDrugBenefit, the high-volume pharmacy data is re-tasked to improve the patient-provider relationship, track care overtime, improve compliance, and--most importantly--reduce costs for the plan and the member. The latter is now so critical in this economic climate," added Mr. Oscar.
In addition to expanded end-user functionality, such as the Physician Visit Prep Kit, My Medicine Chest, and automated clinical alerts, Version 3.0 includes several health-plan oriented back-end capabilities. Specifically, in Version 3.0, health plans can use published web-services to display the cost-saving, care-improving data elements of MyDrugBenefit directly in their existing online environments. Version 3.0 also offers much tighter disease management workflow integration, as well as more detailed clinical and operational reporting.
Version 3.0 builds on the existing MyDrugBenefit solution, which today manages over 19M lives and 17,000 different benefit designs for numerous health plans nationwide. MyDrugBenefit is scalable to support the unique needs of health plans of all sizes, from more than 10 million members down to less than 10 thousand lives. In creating Version 3.0, RxEOB collaborated with pharmaco-economic and behavioral change researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, as well as working closely with existing clients.
For more information, contact Kevin Agatstein (804.648.0989 Ext. 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit the company's web site http://www.rxeob.com.
Working closely with payers nationwide, including Blues plans, regional payers, and national carriers, RxEOB allows health plans to maximize the value of their pharmacy programs--reducing costs while improving population health. RxEOB's pharmacy analytics, workflow automation and multi-modal communications technologies work in concert to drive appropriate consumption of pharmaceutical regimens, promote lower-cost options, and streamline medical management. On a single information platform, health plans and PBMs can interact with consumers and providers online, employ highly personalized letters and IVRs interactions, as well as utilize a multitude of mobile devices. Proprietary pharmacy ETL solutions, clinical algorithms, and reporting suites support the deployment of effective programmatic campaigns, while allowing health plans to immediately demonstrate better outcomes and ROI.
Microsoft End-to-End Platform Powers Next-Generation Silverlight and IIS Media Experiences Across Multiple Screens
Announces plans to deliver Silverlight experiences to the living room via support on Broadcom- and Intel-powered set-top boxes and connected TVs; provides first look at IIS Media Services 4.
REDMOND, Wash., April 8 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced that at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, it will showcase new products and initiatives that make it easier for content owners and broadcasters to reach consumers across multiple screens with the highest quality Microsoft Silverlight media experiences, using a single runtime platform, server infrastructure and free programming frameworks. The company announced it is working with system-on-chip (SOC) partners Intel Corporation and Broadcom Corp. to deliver support for reference designs that will provide the complete Silverlight platform to set-top boxes, connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and other consumer devices. Microsoft also unveiled details about Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 4 and announced the upcoming release of Silverlight Media Framework 2.0.
At NAB, Microsoft will demonstrate how Silverlight for SOCs will enable consumer electronics manufacturers to deliver native Silverlight support in future products. This means that content owners can deliver high-definition programming to the living room with all the benefits of Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming, such as adaptive bitrate streaming over standard Internet connections, DVR-like capabilities, and support for Microsoft PlayReady digital rights management, on Broadcom BCM7420- and Intel CE4100-based devices for the connected home. A single Silverlight platform means that developers and content owners can develop one experience that can be consumed across a multitude of devices.
"Our vision is to bring Silverlight to every screen, and as we continue to expand the capabilities and resources for Silverlight and IIS Media Services, it's exciting to see the amazing ways our customers use these technologies to deliver outstanding media experiences for their end users," said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Platform at Microsoft. "We've brought together great tools and a great platform to provide content owners and broadcasters a great business opportunity."
Cost-Effectively Deliver, Monetize and Protect Media
Microsoft also unveiled plans for the next version of IIS Media Services, an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform built on Microsoft Windows Server that enables customers to cost-effectively deliver, monitor and monetize live and on-demand media content across enterprise, consumer and broadcast scenarios. New features in IIS Media Services 4 include the following:
-- Multiplatform delivery with content protection offers content
providers and broadcasters the ability to encode once and deliver
protected live and on-demand encoded content across multiple screens,
to Silverlight- as well as non-Silverlight-capable devices.
-- Smooth multicast support allows enterprises, telcos and cable
companies to efficiently deliver adaptive media streams to multiple
recipients over their internal networks with the benefits of IIS
Smooth Streaming. The use of multicast technology dramatically reduces
the demands on private networks for delivering such content.
-- Integrated encoding support enables third-party encoding products and
Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 to be integrated into IIS Media
Services 4, which allows customers to benefit from an integrated
encoding and delivery platform.
In addition, Microsoft will deliver the IIS Smooth Streaming Client 1.0, which provides advanced playback functionality; and the IIS Smooth Streaming Format Software Development Kit 1.0 and IIS Smooth Streaming Porting Kit 1.0, which enable third parties to add Smooth Streaming support to their products.
In conjunction with Inlet Technologies, Level 3 Communications, THX Ltd. and TVN, Microsoft will also feature one of the first demonstrations of live high-definition content in 3-D using IIS Smooth Streaming and Silverlight at NAB. More information will be available at the Microsoft booth, SL220.
Create Compelling Media Experiences Fast; Full Integration With Analytics Providers
At NAB, Microsoft will also showcase how Silverlight Media Framework 2.0 can simplify and speed the creation of rich media experiences with Silverlight. Based on the Silverlight player used for the 2010 Winter Olympics by NBCOlympics.com, Canada's CTV and Norway's NRK, the Silverlight Media Framework will enable content providers to rapidly create compelling media experiences with almost no coding. Released under a Microsoft open source license, the Silverlight Media Framework can be used and extended by third-party developers without royalties or fees.
Microsoft also announced partner support for Silverlight Analytics Framework, a framework for integrating business intelligence analytics into Silverlight applications. A growing list of partners includes AT Internet; comScore Inc.; Conviva; Eqatec Analytics; GlanceGuide Inc.; Google Analytics; Location3 Media Inc.; Nedstat; The Nielsen Company; Omniture, an Adobe company; PreEmptive Solutions LLC; Quantcast Corp.; Telerik; Unica Corp.; and Webtrends Inc.
In addition, online video platform providers Kaltura Inc. and Ooyala Inc. announced plans to include full Silverlight and IIS Media Services support in their products using the Silverlight Media Framework. This will provide their customers with the ability to easily create Silverlight-based experiences to meet the demands of end users.
Silverlight and IIS Media Services Continue Strong Market Momentum
As highlighted at MIX10 last month, Silverlight adoption has continued at a rapid pace and is now approaching 60 percent installation on all Internet devices worldwide. Microsoft has also seen continued industry adoption and commitment to Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming from customers in a variety of industries. Media customers that used Silverlight and IIS Media Services to deliver online broadcasts of the 2010 Winter Olympics include CTV, Czech Television, Eurosport, France Televisions, NBC, NOS, NRK, RAI, SBS and TVP. Other new customers include telcos such as Portugal Telecom and Swisscom; digital marketing partnerships such as Red Bull for its Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space challenge; and customers with new Silverlight applications on mobile devices including OWL.tv/Billboardlive.com, multichannel retailer HSN and Major League Soccer.
"Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium made a significant bet on Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming for our broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and we are thrilled with the results," said Alon Marcovici, vice president of Digital Media and Research for Canada's Olympics Broadcast Media Consortium. "We delivered millions of hours of live and on-demand video, with online viewers watching an average of 54 minutes of video daily during the Games. With extraordinarily high-quality video and a superior player experience, our viewers enjoyed an outstanding online experience that kept them more engaged and helped us deliver results for our advertisers."
Product Information and Availability
Silverlight for SOCs beta is planned to be available for hardware and device manufacturers to evaluate by the end of 2010.
More information about the Silverlight Media Framework 2.0 can be found at http://smf.codeplex.com/; it will be available by the end of the second quarter of 2010. More information about the Silverlight Analytics Framework can be found at http://msaf.codeplex.com/. The Silverlight Analytics Framework will be available when Silverlight 4 is released.
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Breakthrough Mobile Technology to Upload and Converge a Multiple set of Applications and Settings in Just Minutes, With a Single Stroke
ISTANBUL, April 8, 2010-- Turkcell (NYSE:TKC, ISE:TCELL), the leading communications and technology
company in Turkey, announced a first ever comprehensive multiple mobile
client installation service , that will be available through telephone
back-up devices offered at Turkcell Communication Centers, also known as
TIMs. Telephone back up devices are also being used to transfer data between
mobile phones and also to backup/restore subscriber phonebook to/from
With this exceptionally user-friendly new feature, multitude of Turkcell
mobile applications that are compatible with the mobile telephone will be
installed in one fell swoop. Consequently, calendars, pictures, videos, SMS
messages and more will be transferred to the new phone instantly only with a
The kinds of applications that can be uploaded include Turkcell Pratik,
Turkcell Travel, Turkcell Compass, Turkcell Video Seeker, Turkcell Super
League, Turkcell Mobile TV , IBB Cep Trafik (Mobile Traffic Application) and
Turkcell Phonebackup application.
Okan Alper, Head of Turkcell's Internet and Community Division, noted
that "Once again, Turkcell has proven its leadership in technology as the
first mobile operator in the world to offer a service that provides highest
level of flexibility and comfort for its users. We continue our focus on
providing the best customer experience through innovative thinking and
services parallel to our vision to ease and enrich the daily lives of our
Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey
with 35.4 million postpaid and prepaid customers and a market share of
approximately 56% as of December 31, 2009 (Source: ICTA). Turkcell provides
high quality data and voice services to approximately 70% of the Turkish
population with its 3G and EDGE technology supported network. Turkcell
reported TRY 8.9 billion ($ 5.8 billion) net revenue for the year ended
December 31, 2009 and its total assets reached TRY 14.0 billion ($ 9.3
billion) as of December 31, 2009. Turkcell is the only Turkish operator to
have implemented HSDPA+ and has become one of the first operators in the
world to reach the speed of 42.2 Mbps on its 3G network, as of March 5th
2010. Turkcell is a leading regional player and has interests in
international mobile operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Moldova, Northern Cyprus and Ukraine which, together with its Turkish
operations, had approximately 62.7 million subscribers as of December 31,
2009. Turkcell has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000 and is
the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey and is among the top 15% companies
listed on NYSE by its size. 51.00% of Turkcell's share capital is held by
Turkcell Holding, 0.05% by Cukurova Group, 13.07% by Sonera Holding, 2.32% by
M.V. Group and 0.08% by others while the remaining 33.48% is free float. Read
more at http://www.turkcell.com.tr/en
For further information please contact Turkcell
Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations
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Sono Bello announces dedicated communication channels for Spanish speaking patients
SEATTLE, April 8 -- Sono Bello, the laser-assisted body contouring specialist, is making its services accessible to patients who speak Spanish. A new toll-free number (1-877-881-SONO) is staffed by Spanish speaking customer service specialists further complementing a Spanish version of the website and a new collection of brochures and forms written in Spanish. Sono Bello is also producing Spanish language commercials for use on Latino radio stations, as well as getting testimonials from prominent members of the media community.
Using the latest micro laser technology, Sono Bello's board certified physicians remove unwanted body fat permanently, enhancing and reshaping almost any area of a person's body. Sono Bello's physicians and medical professionals are second to none and have all undergone extensive training in the area of micro laser-assisted body contouring.
With locations in six states and more in the planning stages, Sono Bello makes laser-assisted body contouring accessible to people throughout North America. For more information on Sono Bello's body contouring techniques, visit http://www.sonobello.com.
CA Ushers in New Level of Agility with CA Agile Vision for Application Development from the Cloud
Proven and Robust Agile Planning App Built and Delivered Fast on Salesforce.com's Force.com Platform Helps Accelerate the Market Shift to Cloud 2
NEW YORK, April 8 -- Salesforce.com Cloudforce 2 Tour -- CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA) today announced the general availability of CA Agile Vision(TM) Team Edition, the first native Force.com agile development planning tool, designed to enable companies to unlock the competitive advantage of application development management entirely in the cloud.
With CA Agile Vision, CA joins Salesforce.com® in helping companies to realize tremendous success with cloud computing. Announced at Dreamforce 2009, CA Agile Vision was built leveraging salesforce.com's Force.com platform and is based on proven technology successfully used by salesforce.com for its industry-leading Sales and Service Cloud apps. The new offering is being demonstrated today with an integration to salesforce.com's Chatter for integrated social collaboration, a unique value extension of the product that is scheduled for general availability later this year.
"For those seeking to leverage an agile software development process, coordinating effective project and portfolio planning and prioritization in conjunction with a compelling SaaS solution can enable users to quickly adopt technology as they strive to deliver robust software releases in less time," said Melinda Ballou, program director for IDC's Application Life-Cycle Management research. "With this new CA offering, organizations have the opportunity to increase collaboration across the enterprise and improve the product development process."
With CA Agile Vision Team Edition, companies can bolster agile planning and collaboration to realize faster, more efficient releases. As a service delivered in the cloud, it frees teams to concentrate on faster, more efficient application development rather than costly and time-consuming software installation and maintenance. Priced at $15 per user per month, teams can purchase the product online with a credit card and plan their first sprints in 15 minutes.
"With CA Agile Vision Team Edition, development teams across the country or around the world have access to a cost-effective offering they can use right away to help deliver better products to market faster," said Brian Bell, senior vice president and general manager of the Project and Portfolio Management business unit at CA. "The Team Edition service is just the beginning. We also plan to deliver comprehensive enterprise agile management from the cloud when we bring together CA Agile Vision with our leading solution for project and portfolio management (PPM), CA Clarity PPM On Demand."
"Salesforce.com and CA share a similar vision for customer success with the Cloud 2," said Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer, salesforce.com. "As the first native agile planning app available on Force.com, CA Agile Vision provides customers with a solution to help them innovate in app development faster and better than ever before by incorporating the social features of Force.com."
CA Agile Vision is the newest solution in CA's comprehensive portfolio of on-demand applications, including CA Clarity PPM On Demand, CA Service Desk on Demand, and CA RMDM On Demand. To further improve agile product development in the enterprise, CA is planning to release an enterprise edition of CA Agile Vision that will be integrated with CA Clarity PPM, the leading project and portfolio management system used by more than 1,200 enterprises worldwide to manage strategic programs and innovative new products.
CA Agile Vision: Enterprise Tested, Community Approved
Agile development is based on collaborative teams using iterative and incremental development to rapidly deliver high-quality applications that meet evolving requirements and goals. In keeping with agile practices, CA created CA Agile Vision iteratively and collaboratively with the agile community, allowing agile developers and evangelists to submit, vote on and discuss feature ideas, many of which were incorporated into the solution.
Interested agile enthusiasts can access up-to-date information and join the community and at ca.com/agile.
Pricing, Availability and 30-Day Free Trial
CA Agile Vision Team Edition is available now on salesforce.com's AppExchange and at ca.com/agile for $15 per user per month. CA is also offering a free 30-day trial of CA Agile Vision Team Edition for up to five users.
About the Force.com Platform and AppExchange
Force.com is the only proven enterprise platform for building and running business applications in the cloud. The Force.com platform powers the Salesforce CRM (http://www.salesforce.com/) applications with more than 800 ISV partner applications like those from FinancialForce.com and Fujitsu, and nearly 150,000 custom applications used by salesforce.com's 72,500 customers such as Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE and Sprint Nextel. Force.com now enables developers to make any enterprise app social by leveraging the social collaboration components including profiles, status updates, and real-time feeds available with Chatter.
Applications built on the Force.com platform can be easily distributed to the entire cloud computing community through the salesforce.com AppExchange 2 marketplace http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/, now featuring the ChatterExchange.
CA (NASDAQ:CA), the world's leading independent IT management software company, helps customers optimize IT for better business results. CA's Enterprise IT Management solutions for mainframe and distributed computing enable Lean IT--empowering organizations to more effectively govern, manage and secure their IT operations. For more information, visit http://www.ca.com.
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COMEDY CENTRAL(R) Renews Hit Series 'Tosh.0' for a Third Season
The Second Season Of "Tosh.0" Continues With 16 New Episodes Beginning On Wednesday, June 2 At 10:30 P.M. ET/PT With Charlie Siskel Tapped As Executive Producer
NEW YORK, April 8 -- Daniel Tosh takes his acerbically twisted comedy and his love-hate relationship with the Web to the next level as COMEDY CENTRAL orders a third season of the weekly hit series "Tosh.0," it was announced today by Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production COMEDY CENTRAL. The third season of "Tosh.0" will consist of at least 29 episodes and premiere on Wednesday, January 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"Tosh.0" is currently in its second season which consists of 25 episodes (nine aired from January 13 through March 10, 2010) with new episodes returning on Wednesday, June 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT helmed by newly appointed executive producer Charlie Siskel. The second season of "Tosh.0" is averaging 1.8 million total viewers and is the most watched show in its timeslot among Men 18-24 and Men 18-34. Since the first season, ratings have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the following demos: Persons 18-49: +83%; Men 18-34 +85%; Men 18-24 +84%.
The multi-platform hit has also resonated among viewers on the Web - following him on Twitter, becoming a fan of the show on Facebook and flocking to the "Tosh.0" blog, which has grown into one of COMEDY CENTRAL's most-visited properties with an average of 660K Unique Visitors per month (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst). Even when the show is on hiatus, fans of "Tosh.0" continue to seek out the blog's original content, including the current "Casual Bracket 2010," a challenge to nominate Tosh's next signature wardrobe choice when the show returns this summer to which Tosh will almost certainly pay no heed.
"I haven't seen the show yet, but I understand Daniel is very funny," said Alterman. "I would like to publicly thank him for making me look smart."
"I am beyond thrilled about Season Three of 'Tosh.0,'" said Tosh. "COMEDY CENTRAL has been like a father to me; they pretend to support my comedy and I am pretty sure they have slept with my mom."
"Tosh.0" premiered on June 4, 2009 and features the razor sharp humor and biting commentary from comedian Daniel Tosh and delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious in this weekly, topical series. The series also features viral clips of the week and original videos created by and starring well-known actors and comedians. Each episode features the segment "Web Redemption," which gives subjects of infamous viral videos (i.e. Phillies Fan and Make It Snow Girl) a second chance to redeem themselves from the embarrassment with which they've become synonymous.
Recently, Tosh inked a multi-level deal with COMEDY CENTRAL to shoot an original one-hour stand-up special which will air in 4Q to be subsequently released with extended material on DVD and CD. He will also embark on a national stand-up tour which will kick-off in the fall. Tosh has a long history with COMEDY CENTRAL having hosted the network's "Live at Gotham" stand-up series and performed on "Premium Blend" and "Friday Night Stand-Up." Tosh has also been featured on the all-comedy channel in a half-hour stand-up special "COMEDY CENTRAL Presents..." (2002) and on his first hour-long stand-up special, "Completely Serious" (2007). His premiere CD, "True Stories I Made Up," was released in 2005 through COMEDY CENTRAL Records.
Charlie Siskel is an Emmy®-nominated executive producer, writer and director. His most recent credits include COMEDY CENTRAL's "Important Things with Demetri Martin," Showtime's "La La Land" and the documentary "Religulous" with Bill Maher and Larry Charles. Previous credits include COMEDY CENTRAL's "Crossballs," Bravo's "The Awful Truth with Michael Moore" and Moore's documentary "Bowling for Columbine." Siskel is a former lawyer.
"Tosh.0" is executive produced by Tosh and Siskel. Gary Mann is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 98 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.'s (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:and)(NYSE:VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press Web site at http://www.comedycentral.com/press.
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.
TexasTicketFix.com First-of-Its Kind Online Legal Service
SAN ANTONIO, April 8 -- Brylak Law, led by veteran attorney Wally Brylak, is launching what is believed to be the first online legal service of its kind in the nation designed to take the hassle out of traffic tickets.
TexasTicketFix.com is a service for anyone who receives a traffic citation from the San Antonio Police Department.
"The City of San Antonio issues approximately 4,000 violations weekly. Our online service is so easy to use that we anticipate it will actually increase the percentage of people who pay their tickets," says attorney Wally Brylak.
For the cost of the ticket, plus $45, TexasTicketFix.com takes the hassle out of a traffic ticket. Here's how it works:
-- Log-on to http://www.TexasTicketFix.com and follow the prompts, enter the
ticket number on the secure Internet site or call (210) 733-5533 to
handle it over the phone.
-- A Brylak Law attorney will represent you in court and negotiate
deferred disposition or dismissal of the ticket.
-- Your driving record stays clean, so there's no increase to your
-- All clients receive a copy of court documents confirming their case's
"You won't have to take time off work. You won't wait in line for hours at the courthouse. You won't spend eight hours in a defensive driving class; and, you won't worry about putting it off until it's too late and a warrant is issued for your arrest," adds Brylak.
It's easy, fast and convenient. If the court will not allow a deferred disposition because of your driving record, you have the option of having your money refunded, so there's no risk.
Brylak said TexasTicketFix.com will expand to serve drivers in other Texas cities in the near future.
Brylak was raised in a working-class town and has spent the majority of his legal career as a personal injury attorney. He has filed more than 1,000 lawsuits and dispensed thousands more cases out of court, handling victims of auto accidents, work-related injuries, insurance disputes, wrongful death and more.
Brylak said TexasTicketFix.com is an extension of that philosophy. He came up with the idea because he recognized a need to make the process more convenient for those who cannot afford to take time away from work to deal with the headache of a traffic ticket or attend defensive driving.
Professional Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler Teams Up With BillMyParents(R) Online Teen Payment Solutions
SAN DIEGO, April 8 -- BillMyParents®, the online teen payment system of Socialwise, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SCLW) , is proud to announce that professional skateboarder and 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male Athlete Ryan Sheckler has signed a deal with the Company to promote its online BillMyParents® payment solution. Sheckler will be part of a major marketing initiative the Company plans to launch in late spring which will include a multitude of top action sports athletes and retailers.
The star of MTV's hit reality show "Life of Ryan," Ryan Sheckler is the skateboarding child prodigy who exploded onto the professional scene in 2003, turning pro at the tender age of 13. That year alone saw him astound the world with gold medals in street at the X Games and the Gravity Games. He also took first place overall in the Vans Triple Crown street competition. A native of San Clemente, CA, Ryan has also created The Sheckler Foundation to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities in need, as well as injured action sports athletes. The first athlete to ever win the Dew Action Sports Tour championship 3 years in a row, Ryan continues to be an innovative and powerhouse skateboarder and international celebrity, with 1.5 million followers on Twitter alone.
"I love what BillMyParents is doing for teens and tweens," says Sheckler. "Teens need their independence, and using the BillMyParents payment systems means they can pick exactly what they want - it's very easy, and is also secure for parents. I have a close relationship with my mom, and I believe it's important for kids and their parents to talk about building good habits."
"I am excited to have Ryan endorsing and promoting the BillMyParents brand as he is a truly talented rising star," commented Jim Collas, President and CEO of BillMyParents®. "Just last week, Ryan won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for Best Male Athlete, beating out LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Shawn White."
BillMyParents® offers cutting-edge payment solutions for teens and their parents. Through the unique Supervised Shopping(TM) program, teens shopping online on partner retail sites click on the BillMyParents® payment button that appears next to items they're viewing to indicate their selections. The simple and data-safe automated system immediately notifies parents via email or text, who can decide whether or not to approve purchases. Parents can also opt to load teen accounts with pre-set spending amounts in advance.
BillMyParents® provides payment solutions targeted to young people between the ages of 8 and 21. Our solutions facilitate communication between parents and young people and help teach financial responsibility. For more information: http://www.billmyparents.com
Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, including, without limitation, anything relating or referring to future financial results and planned business activities. Such statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, those in Company reports filed with the SEC. The Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove correct. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those statements.
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paddypowerpoker.com Announces US$40,000 April Bonanza Over $40,000 to be Won in Exclusive Promotions
DUBLIN, April 8, 2010-- paddypowerpoker.com today announces a feast of new promotions to run
during April. The promotions include cash giveaways, the return of the poker
room's biggest online poker festival and new live event qualification
options. There is over US$30,000 in cash prizes to be won in
paddypowerpoker.com-exclusive promotions, as well as VIP packages to Las
Vegas and the Irish Winter Festival.
"We've got so much going on in April that it's hard to keep up with it
all", said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for paddypowerpoker.com.
"We've got our traditional giveaway promotions alongside new live event
qualification and of course the ECOOP VI is making a welcome return - it is
going to be busy month for poker enthusiasts!"
The following promotions are currently live on paddypowerpoker.com:
- Rakes'n'Ladders (April 5th - May 2nd): a US$20,000 Points Race
- Double Up STT promotion (April 9th - May 2nd): $14,000 to be won
by Double Up Sit'n'Go players
- European Championship of Online Poker VI (May 14th - June 6th):
over US$5,000,000 guaranteed in one of poker's biggest online
festivals, with feeders running daily
- WSOP Blast Off: a variety of World Series of Poker* qualification
routes are available, with feeders starting from less than a dollar
- WSOP Warrior: a MTT super league with 10 WSOP packages up for
- Irish Winter Festival qualification: the first Super Satellite is
scheduled for April 11th, with two packages guaranteed
*World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrah's License
Company, LLC ("Harrah's"). Harrah's does not sponsor or endorse, and is not
associated or affiliated with, paddypowerpoker.com or its products, services,
promotions or tournaments.
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Weather Central Ushers in the Future of Weathercasting with 3D:LIVE Fusion
Combines Powerful New Hardware Platform, Weather Science Advances, Render-less Animation and Multi-Screen Delivery
MADISON, Wis., April 8 -- Weather Central LLC today introduced 3D:LIVE Fusion - the next generation of the world's most viewed on air broadcast weather platform. 3D:LIVE Fusion leverages four decades of innovation, a powerful new hardware platform, and extensive new story-telling tools to enable broadcasters to effortlessly deliver their most sophisticated weathercasts ever across every screen, including TV, PC and mobile devices.
3D:LIVE Fusion makes its world debut at NAB 2010, April 12-15, on Stand SU912.
"3D:LIVE Fusion is a dramatic step forward in the evolution of weathercasting," said Bill Baker, president at Weather Central. "With today's highly mobile viewership, broadcasters need to not only be first to air--they need to reach subscribers with the complete story no matter where they are. 3D:LIVE Fusion meets that challenge, making it easy to quickly deliver in-depth, visually stunning weather forecasts and alerts that take full advantage of the capabilities of every display platform."
Built on the latest 64-bit Windows 7 operating system, 3D:LIVE Fusion takes advantage of enhancements in hardware performance to enable the instant creation of stunning visuals. New QuickMap(TM) render-less technology perfectly complements the world's most advanced real-time weather data services, enabling broadcasters to display stunning map animations merged with text and 3D objects to deliver current conditions and forecast visualizations.
3D:LIVE Fusion uses the highest resolution forecast data available today, Weather Central's 1KM Super MicroCast®, to deliver hyperlocal, pinpoint accurate weather information. Information is updated in real-time as it is combined with map animations, on-the-fly 3D MetroVisions(TM) local buildings plotted on Bing maps, and satellite- and radar-caliber forecast clouds for a thoroughly immersive experience.
While enhancing the speed and visual impact of weather presentations, 3D:LIVE Fusion SimulCAST(TM) tools further streamline the entire process of bringing weather to the audience. A new MOS interface connects 3D:LIVE Fusion to ENPS and Avid iNews newsroom computer systems, making it easy to integrate weather within the overall news production workflow. The addition of Weather Central's Content Manager supports efficient "hub-and-spoke" configurations for broadcast groups, enabling many production resources to be consolidated at a central location for distribution and localization at affiliate stations. 3D:LIVE Fusion works seamlessly with ESP:LIVE storm tracking to add a complete severe weather package.
A new Integrated Content Engine for 3D:LIVE Fusion enhances branding and saves time for weathercasters, giving them tools for distributing news information and alerts to their mobile sites and apps, web pages, digital sub-channels and any other screen connecting broadcasters with their viewers. New social networking tools mean that a single click on the 3D:LIVE Fusion desktop automatically posts updated information to the station's Facebook and Twitter pages.
For information about 3D:LIVE Fusion and the complete range of solutions from Weather Central, visit http://www.wxc.com, call +1 (608) 274-5789, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Weather Central, LLC
Weather Central, LLC, founded in 1974 by broadcasters and meteorologists based in Madison, Wisconsin, is the leading provider of professional on-air, online, print, mobile and enterprise weather solutions and forecasting in North America and to major customers worldwide. Utilizing the Company's dynamic weather graphics, precise forecast models and data, and patented technology, more than 1000 partners and hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide benefit from Weather Central's attention to weather presentation, detail and insight.
Motorola Introduces New ASI to Gigabit Ethernet Bridge for Legacy Video Services
Ultra-low power device will enable simple migration of ASI video technologies to IP core
HORSHAM, Pa., April 8 -- The Home business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced today the launch of the AGB240 ASI to Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) Bridge, a solution that will enable service providers to cost-effectively migrate legacy ASI video equipment to Internet Protocol (IP) networks in headend environments.
"With the rising consumer demand for high-bandwidth video content, many service providers are reaping the benefits of an all-IP infrastructure, gaining more flexibility and reliability in their networks. As a result, operators are migrating their legacy ASI video interfaces to GigE IP transport networks to simplify their headend architectures," said Bob Wilson, vice president, Networked Video Solutions Group, Motorola, Inc. "As always, though, cost plays a big factor in determining the speed and scale of their transition to IP. With up to 24 ports of ASI input, the AGB240 is the lowest cost, most energy efficient solution in the industry for migrating to an all-IP headend."
The new Motorola AGB240 delivers highly reliable bridging of traffic from ASI video service outputs in legacy equipment to a common GigE IP backbone or transport network using the most simplified and cost-effective method available. At only 20 watts per rack unit, the AGB240 also provides significant "green" savings to service providers by using up to 90 percent less power than alternative solutions.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE:MOT) revenues reached 22 billion dollars in 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com.
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Microsoft and Clarity Systems Sign Strategic Alliance to Deliver Budgeting, Planning & Consolidations Solutions to Customers World-Wide
TORONTO, April 8, 2010--
- Strategic Alliance Between the two Firms Provides Customers With a
Clear Roadmap for Budgeting, Planning & Consolidation Solutions that are
Ideally Tuned for the Microsoft Platform
Clarity Systems, a leader in corporate performance management (CPM),
today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft (Nasdaq: "MSFT") to
provide customers with budgeting, planning & consolidations solutions that
are ideally tuned for the Microsoft technology platform. Additionally, both
firms are dedicating sales and marketing resources to promote Clarity's
applications to the Office of Finance, across the globe.
"As a customer of both Microsoft and Clarity, we've been impressed by the
complementary nature and easy integration of Clarity's applications with
Microsoft's technology platform." said Howard Abrams, Vice President,
Finance, American List Counsel. "With Microsoft's endorsement of Clarity as a
leading provider of budgeting, planning and consolidations solutions, we look
forward to ever closer integration of their respective products."
Customers to Benefit Most from Microsoft-Clarity Systems Alliance
"This alliance is greater than the sum of its parts and will deliver
significant value to our shared customer bases," said Dewey Forrester, Senior
Director, Microsoft Corporation. "Clarity provides visionary solutions to the
Office of Finance. These focused solutions together with Microsoft's proven
technology platform offer our joint customers the ability to deploy
industry-leading CPM solutions that are ideally tuned for the Microsoft
"This is a significant milestone in the evolution of Clarity's
relationship with Microsoft," said Mark Nashman, President, Clarity Systems.
"With this strategic alliance, both Clarity and Microsoft are committing
significant resources to deliver our joint offering to the market. As such,
Clarity, together with Microsoft's active support, will help even more
customers reap the benefits of improved process efficiencies, enhanced
controls and reduced risk within the Office of Finance."
This alliance follows Clarity's selection as the winner in the
ISV/Software Solution of the Year category at the latest Microsoft Partner
Network IMPACT Awards. "We are proud to have earned this significant award
from Microsoft," added Nashman.
Joint sales, marketing and product training activities, across all
geographies worldwide, have started and customers interested in learning more
about how they can garner the benefits of the Microsoft-Clarity alliance are
urged to contact either organization.
About Clarity Systems
Clarity Systems delivers software solutions to the Office of Finance. Our
software helps large and mid-market organizations around the world improve
their budgeting, planning, consolidations and management reporting processes,
and also automates their external reporting processes to support the
production of regulatory and statutory reports. Our unified applications help
CFOs reduce risk while simultaneously improving operational efficiency. For
more information, please visit our website at http://www.claritysystems.com
or call us at 1-877-410-5070.
For further information: on Clarity, please contact: Dave Paolini,
Communications Manager, Clarity Systems Limited, +1-647-242-1184,
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Lancaster County Residents Benefit From Verizon Wireless' 3G Network Expansion
New Cell Site Added to Keep Residents Connected to Text, Email, Music and Mobile Web -- Company Continues to Invest in Unmatched 3G Coverage in Region -- Improves coverage and capacity along Route 222 from Old Conowingo to Goat Hill Road -- Provides access to high-speed wireless broadband service -- More than $1.3 billion invested in Philadelphia Tri-State Region since 2000
LANCASTER, Pa., April 8 -- Wireless calling, text messaging and surfing the Mobile Web on the Verizon Wireless high-speed 3G network will be easier and faster for residents and visitors in Lancaster County, thanks to the activation of a new cell site.
The new site increases coverage and capacity along Route 222 from Old Conowingo to Goat Hill Road. This cell site is the second recently activated to enhance network coverage in the area. In February coverage and capacity was also enhanced at the intersection of Route 222 and Goat Hill Road.
With the improved network coverage, customers can use their wireless devices to send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; view high-quality videos; and access VZ Navigator's turn-by-turn directions, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls. The Verizon Wireless network also is built for reliability during emergencies, such as power outages and extreme weather conditions, with redundancy capabilities in place to maintain service for customers when they need it the most.
These network enhancements are part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services. Verizon Wireless invested more than $163 million to enhance services and coverage across central, northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware during 2009. The network investment is part of more than $1.3 billion invested in the region and more than $55 billion invested across the nation since the company was formed in 2000.
Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable 3G network coverage area in the United States. It's 3G data network provides its customers in more locations than any other wireless carrier the ability to browse the web faster with quicker page loading times, quickly download and play music, watch streaming video, send e-mails with attachments, download and play 3D games, video conference with contacts and rapidly share files. View a map of Verizon Wireless' 3G coverage, compared with competitors' 3G coverage at http://vzwmap.verizonwireless.com/dotcom/coveragelocator/images/maps/3Gcompari son.pdf.
"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region." Our 3G high-speed Mobile Broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and field tests are underway that will enable us to become the first wireless company to offer commercial LTE (Long Term Evolution)-based 4G service in the U.S., starting in 2010."
Demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the fourth quarter of 2009 when the company reported a total of 91 million customers. The company also recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for "Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Mid-Atlantic."
Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and test women drive more than 90 specially-equipped vehicles nearly one million miles each year on the country's most frequently traveled roadways to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
*Verizon Wireless received the highest numerical score among wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study(SM)--Vol. 1 Study based on 23,373 total responses measuring 4 providers in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DE, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) and measures opinions of wireless users about the call quality of their service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in July-December 2009. Your experience may vary. Visit jdpower.com
Majesco Entertainment, Devolver Digital and Croteam Announce 'Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter' For Xbox Live Arcade
Reinvented in Glorious High Definition, the Classic Non-Stop Action Continues This Spring with Updated Graphics, Intense New Multiplayer Modes, and All-New Levels, Enemies and Bosses
EDISON, N.J., April 8 -- If the First Encounter was memorable, then the Second will blow your mind. Majesco Entertainment, an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced that Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by Croteam, the creators of the Serious Sam franchise, and produced in partnership with Devolver Digital, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter continues the glorious high-definition chaos with a slick new graphic presentation, intense multiplayer action, and an onslaught of all-new levels, enemies and bosses. This expertly re-vamped iteration of the original cranks the Serious Engine 3 to maximum carnage to deliver the trademark over-the-top-action that is synonymous with the golden age of first-person shooters.
Traveling through the crumbling Mayan ruins of South America, towering ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia and the savage realm of medieval Europe, Second Encounter players will fend off never-ending waves of Lord Mental's Army. These warriors include old friends like the Beheaded Kamikaze, Syrian Werebull and Kleer Skeleton, along with five new types of baddies and three new bosses for Sam to "play with." Luckily, our hero has a HUGE arsenal of 14 'bring-the-pain' weapons at his disposal, including three new toys: the Sniper Rifle, Flamethrower and Chainsaw.
For those fans who don't want to go at it alone, the game's co-op mode lets up to four players ratchet up the mayhem across 12 maps that include a brand spanking new Deathmatch mode along with Cooperative, Capture the Flag and Survival. Featuring BIG guns, TONS of enemies, loads of achievements and more than 100 delightful secrets to discover, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter will remind players why they got into playing games in the first place: to blow stuff up.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Majesco Entertainment Company is a provider of video games for the mass market. Building on more than 20 years of operating history, the company is focused on developing and publishing a wide range of casual and family oriented video games on Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and other leading systems. Product highlights include Cooking Mama(TM), TETRIS® Party Deluxe, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum. The company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: COOL. Majesco is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has an international office in Bristol, UK. More information about Majesco can be found online at http://www.majescoentertainment.com. @Majesco is on twitter or at http://www.twitter.com/majesco.
About CroteamCroteam are the creative force behind the massively successful Serious Sam series, which is recognized across the globe for its all-action and entertaining game design and its powerful Serious Engine technology. Founded in Zagreb, Croatia in 1993, Croteam has grown to become one of the most successful and respected developers in Eastern Europe.
About Devolver DigitalDevolver Digital is a small, laser-focused production and publishing company based in Austin, Texas, (also with one very lonely desperado in London) from an unnamed group of industry veterans/outlaw refugees. The company aims to take large wads of fun created by great game developers worldwide, and help create large wads of cash from it by getting it into the hands of rich, entertainment-starved gamers around the world, wherever they happen to be hanging out, and for whatever currency is handy.
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Combination of Companies Gives Employers First Ever Real-Time Linkage Between In-House Personnel Skills Mapping and Ready Supply of Qualified Candidates
BROOKLINE, Mass., April 8 -- Zapoint®, the leading provider of employee career management and organizational planning solutions, today announced it has acquired Jobster® from Recruiting.com, Inc. Together, Zapoint and Jobster will provide employers and professionals alike with the industry's most advanced career management tools, connecting both the supply and demand for skills more effectively than ever before.
Founded in 2006, Zapoint is the developer of SkillsMapper, its flagship enterprise solution that gives employers better visibility into existing skills and competencies within their workforce. SkillsMapper helps employers identify potential skill gaps in the organization, enabling managers to build targeted workforce learning and guide more effective hiring. By combining Zapoint's talent management capabilities with Jobster's unparalleled technical tools, employers will be able to dynamically link their demand for specific skills with the available supply of skills found on Jobster.
Jobster.com, started in 2004, is an innovator in job board and social technology integration. The site, which offers talent profiling capabilities complementary to Zapoint's SkillsMapper, serves as a repository of individual skills and experience that is easily searchable by both employers and recruiters.
"Zapoint and Jobster share a common vision of combing the latest Web platforms with advanced career management technologies to stimulate the talent management marketplace," said Chris Twyman, CEO of Zapoint. "Most job boards focus on the demand side of the equation. By placing the power of SkillsMapper within the Jobster framework, we intend to shift the balance for perhaps the first time ever to the supply side, thereby benefiting employers, recruiters and candidates alike."
"The user interaction between Zapoint's SkillsMapper and Jobster's skill analytics technology should be revolutionary and a real step forward for the human resource field," stated Jeff Seely, CEO of Recruiting.com. "We think the combination will provide a better solution for customers, making it easier to connect the market supply of skills with employer demand."
For professionals, the combination of Jobster and Zapoint will offer the ability to generate a standard talent profile coupled with interactive career planning and networking tools. The mix will allow individuals to take charge of their own career paths; network with other professionals of similar career interests and skills; receive instant feedback on job qualification; and move from one job to the next while maintaining a common profile.
Employers and recruiters will find a new level of efficiency in their workforce development and talent acquisition processes. Together, Zapoint's SkillsMapper and Jobster will provide a way to benchmark and compare talent from within the company with talent from the Jobster network. The solution will help guide more effective hiring decisions and ensure that the company is hiring the most qualified candidate.
"We look forward to the combination of Zapoint and Jobster creating a highly interactive repository of relevant information regarding professionals, industries, competencies and experiences. Best of all, this repository will be accessible on demand to everyone involved," stated Twyman.
While both sites are planned to retain their separate identities, Jobster will offer new career management tools that are "Powered by Zapoint".
Moving forward, Jobster will operate as division of Zapoint; users can expect to see development of new features on both sites by June, 2010.
Founded in 2006, Zapoint develops career planning and learning technology that lets companies build more effective partnerships between HR and their employees. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Zapoint helps organizations engage, retain and develop their workforces to sustain their competitive advantage. Across the world, employees use Zapoint to manage their career from both inside and outside their company. For more information visit http://www.zapoint.com.
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2U, 3U, 4U/Tower Servers with Industry-leading 94%+ Power Efficiency
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 8 -- Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), a global leader in application-optimized server solutions, announced that its new line of 94%+ Platinum Level power efficiency server solutions are in volume production. These solutions feature Supermicro's 920-watt power supply, which has achieved Platinum certification, the highest certification possible, from the 80PLUS® organization. These new SuperServers and SuperChassis also employ Supermicro's advanced cooling subsystems to deliver maximum performance-per-watt.
"While more and more high-efficiency servers today use Silver or Gold level power supplies, Supermicro continues to raise the computing efficiency standard to Platinum level, which saves customers more money and contributes to a greener earth," said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. "Addressing the primary challenges facing datacenters today, these servers also help IT managers reduce data center cooling costs, improve the cost-effectiveness of server deployments, and reduce the typical TCO up to $300 per system during its lifetime."
Available in 2U, 3U and 4U convertible tower form factors, Supermicro's Platinum Level SuperServers are packed with the industry's most advanced feature sets. While the 94%+ Platinum-level power supplies with PMBus come standard on these new systems, Supermicro also provides the ultimate in storage and networking flexibility with its Universal I/O (UIO) interface on the 2U SuperServers 6026T-URF4+ and 2026T-URF4+. UIO empowers customers to choose from an extensive selection of Supermicro I/O cards including 6Gbps SAS, 10GbE, FibreChannel and QDR/DDR InfiniBand subsystems. These 2U servers feature redundant power, four GbE ports, and 18 DIMMs for up to 192GB of ECC registered DDR3 memory. While the 6026T-URF4+ supports eight 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA hard drives, the 2026T-URF4+ supports sixteen 2.5" hot-swap drives.
In addition to the 2U models, Supermicro offers the 3U SuperServer 6036T-6RF and 4U/tower SuperServer 7046T-6F. Like their 2U counterparts, these servers also support up to 192GB of memory and onboard IPMI 2.0 management with remote media and KVM-over-LAN. Moreover, these servers both feature onboard 6Gbps SAS controllers to support up to eight 3.5" hot-swap SAS2 hard drives, offering enhanced I/O performance and reliability.
Supermicro's new server solutions support the entire range of new six-core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600/3600 Series, including the highest performance 130-watt SKUs. When loaded with the latest Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600/3600 Series (codenamed Westmere), these servers boost performance 60% compared to the previous generation of Nehalem solutions. Consistent with the company's commitment to green computing, these solutions support low-voltage 1.35V DDR3 memory modules as well as standard 1.5V modules.
Today's launch also includes ten new SuperChassis powered by Supermicro's 920-watt power supply. Eight of these are 2U chassis. Four of the 2U models support up to four UIO and standard full-height, full-length add-on cards plus three low-profile ones, and the other four models support up to seven low-profile add-on cards. The SC219 and SC216 series support 2.5" hot-swap hard drives, and the SC829 series support up to eight 3.5" hot-swap drives. The new SC835TQ-R920B chassis supports up to seven full-height, full-length add-on cards and features 100% cooling redundancy. Even if a key fan fails, the system will continue operating without any decrease in performance. The SC745TQ-920B combines the same features as the SC835 into a tool-less design that can support high-performance GPUs.
Supermicro, the leader in server technology innovation and green computing, provides customers around the world with application-optimized server, workstation, blade, storage and GPU systems. Based on its advanced Server Building Block Solutions, Supermicro offers the most optimized selection for IT, datacenter and HPC deployments. The company's system architecture innovations include the Twin server, double-sided storage and SuperBlade® product families. Offering the most comprehensive product lines in the industry, Supermicro provides businesses of all sizes with energy-efficient, earth-friendly solutions that deliver unmatched performance and value. Founded in 1993, Supermicro is headquartered in Silicon Valley with worldwide operations and manufacturing centers in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.supermicro.com.
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AT&T to Divest Wayport Holdings A/S to Hospitality Services Plus SA
AT&T will retain former Wayport assets in the U.S.
DALLAS, April 8 -- AT&T* announced today that it has agreed to divest Wayport Holdings A/S, the European subsidiary of Wayport, Inc., to Hospitality Services Plus SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swisscom. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.
AT&T will continue to own and operate the former Wayport assets in the United States. Since the acquisition of Wayport in December 2008, AT&T has integrated Wayport into its Wi-Fi network. AT&T has the largest Wi-Fi network in the U.S., with more than 20,000 hot spots and offers its customers access to more than 125,000 hot spots around the world.
Terms of the transaction were not announced.
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