This Summer Take on Shanghai's Crime Lords in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
Street date announced for North America and Europe
COPENHAGEN, March 17 -- IO Interactive, a part of Square Enix® Europe, is pleased to confirm that Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days(TM) will release on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27 throughout Europe and other PAL territories, on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows®.
A raw and brutal crime shooter, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days follows two disturbed criminals, Lynch - an impulsive and reckless self-medicated psychopath and Kane - a tactical but disillusioned and desperate ex-mercenary, through 48 hours of hell.
"We believe the unique visuals and relentless gameplay has created an intensity never delivered in a videogame before," said Niels Jorgensen, general manager of IO Interactive. "In a genre where so many games look and feel the same, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will make people double-take. We think it's going to make quite an impression."
Introducing a new visual experience inspired by documentary filmmakers and the user-generated era. Players are pulled into the game world, with every move and shift of the camera capturing the mayhem, in an unscripted style.
Beyond the stylized look and violent story, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days delivers all-new multiplayer modes as the highly celebrated Fragile Alliance mode returns, along with new Undercover Cop, Cops & Robbers and Arcade modes, with each mode raising the stakes of greed, betrayal, and revenge.
IO Interactive is proud to share the first in-game footage of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days in a trailer titled 'Welcome to Shanghai', which gives players a peek in to the story and situations Kane and Lynch will be faced with. An extended version of the trailer can be found exclusively on the official Web site - http://www.KaneandLynch.com
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows and will be released under the EIDOS® brand portfolio. All formats will release in-stores on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27, 2010 in Europe and other PAL territories.
About IO Interactive
IO Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman® series, IO Interactive has since developed the cult classic "Freedom Fighters" and the controversial "Kane & Lynch: Dead Men". Most recently, IO Interactive released yet another innovative brand, "Mini Ninjas"®. IO Interactive has proven that dedication to original IP and unique brands are the hallmark of the company, and breaking new ground is critical to sustain the originality within our diverse team of developers. IO Interactive is a part of Eidos Interactive. Eidos is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Europe.
SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. EIDOS, KANE & LYNCH, KANE & LYNCH 2: DOG DAYS, HITMAN and MINI NINJAS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Ltd. FREEDOM FIGHTERS is a registered trademark of IO Interactive. Games for Windows, Windows, Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from the owner. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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The betacup Challenge Launches an Open Collaboration Initiative to Reduce Paper Cup Consumption
Starbucks Sponsors Online Contest to Spur Creative Problem-Solving
NEW YORK, March 17 -- On April 1 the betacup will launch an online contest to engage creative thinkers in solving the disposable cup waste problem through open collaboration. Starbucks Coffee Company is sponsoring the contest as part of its aim to serve 100 percent of its hand-crafted beverages in reusable or recyclable cups by 2015.
"Finding effective solutions to the disposable cup waste problem will be a challenge - a good solution will need to include product design, communications and incentives to change consumer behavior, and work within service and recycling infrastructures," said Shaun Abrahamson from Colaboratorie Mutopo, a group of mass collaboration specialists who co-founded the betacup. "We think this is an ideal task to present to a large global community of coffee drinkers, many of whom have likely thought about this issue and possible solutions."
The contest will take place on the betacup's partner platform jovoto.com, a leading mass collaboration community for innovators and creatives. Anyone can submit an idea on how to reduce paper cup consumption and promote adoption of environmentally-friendly alternatives. Ideas will be open to the public for discussion, and community members and jurors will be able to provide feedback, allowing collaborators to refine and update their submissions through June 15, when the contest comes to a close.
Starbucks has provided $20,000 in cash prizes to be awarded for the most innovative ideas. The participant who submits the best idea, determined by an expert panel, will receive a $10,000 cash prize. In addition, participants whose ideas are among the top five selected by the community of collaborators will each be awarded a $2,000 cash prize.
"Given the complexity of the disposable cup waste issue, we need a broad range of stakeholders to become involved in finding solutions. In addition to working with local municipal governments, materials suppliers and cup manufacturers to improve recycling infrastructures, we believe in harnessing the creativity of environmentally conscious individuals to identify new alternatives," said Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of Environmental Impact. "We're looking forward to seeing how people respond to the challenge."
The betacup has also secured Core77 as media partner. Core77 is a New York-based design network supporting the global design community through online services, resources, and inspiration. "We are thrilled to bring this opportunity to the professional designers, design students, and design enthusiasts in our community, and believe that an extraordinary number of inspired and innovative solutions will emerge," said Allan Chochinov, Editor in chief of Core77.com.
The project is further supported by Denuo, an innovations unit of Publicis Groupe. Denuo will provide communications strategy and community management expertise to the project.
The betacup was started by Toby Daniels, a social entrepreneur, together with Colaboratorie Mutopo. In early 2009 they began looking at the problem and discovered that each year, in North America alone, over 58 billion paper coffee cups are going into landfills. Through consumer research, they discovered reusable alternatives work well, but aren't widely used because they are less convenient than paper cups.
-- 58 billion paper cups are thrown away (not recycled) every year
-- According to the Environmental Defense Fund, 20 million trees are cut
down in the process of manufacturing paper cups and we could power
53,000 homes with the energy we consume through our paper cup
EMC Helps Customers Extend the Value of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Environments
EMC Expands Options to Address Data Protection Requirements for Exchange Server
HOPKINTON, Mass., March 17 -- EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announces an advanced range of choices for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments including business continuity/disaster recovery solutions, networked storage technologies, as well as consulting services. To help customers extend the value of their investment in Microsoft Exchange Server, EMC continues its deep engineering work with Microsoft Corp. by utilizing available APIs in Exchange Server 2010 to provide cost efficiencies and achieve service levels at the information infrastructure level.
With Exchange Server 2010 playing an increasingly important role in a business's ability to achieve its mission, EMC is the first to take advantage of the available Exchange Server 2010 Replication API to expand its industry-leading business continuity/disaster solutions and provide new choices for Synchronous requirements and extend its leadership in Microsoft-aligned programs. Today customers can confidently choose the right EMC solution tailored to the size of their Exchange Server environment and service level requirements including zero data loss and minimal recovery time options. These new offerings are:
-- EMC Replication Enabler for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 - A
software utility that integrates synchronous replication into the
Exchange Server 2010 high-availability architecture. It supports EMC
RecoverPoint Continuous Replication and EMC MirrorView Remote Synch
-- EMC AutoStart - Provides heterogeneous application infrastructure
monitoring and automated restart for Exchange Server 2010 and other
environments on platforms including EMC Symmetrix and EMC CLARiiON,
particularly those with geographically dispersed data centers.
AutoStart continuously gauges replication status and maintains
availability in the event of network, server, or application failures,
offering both local and remote failover.
-- EMC Replication Manager - Creates, mounts, and restores "application
consistent" point-in-time replicas of databases residing on EMC
storage arrays. Replication Manager now includes support of Exchange
2010 in standalone and native DAG environments.
"Exchange is a mission critical application for most IT shops and as such, application availability is vitally important," said Ray Lucchesi, President, Silverton Consulting. "With EMC's Replication Enabler and Microsoft Database Availability Group services, Exchange disaster recovery can be readily automated, supplying continuous email availability. Also, because an operator can control cross-site failover entirely from their Exchange Management Console DR administration is much simpler."
EMC's industry-leading networked storage systems - EMC CLARiiON, EMC Celerra and EMC Symmetrix - help customers lower total cost of ownership, reduce energy costs and data center footprint, simplify management and ensure the flexibility to meet requirements for performance and scalability. New EMC Proven Solutions expand the existing portfolio and leverage EMC's deep expertise with Microsoft Exchange Server to help customers achieve critical IT efficiencies whether they have workload requirements of 500 seats to more than 80,000 seats.
"Customers rely on Microsoft Exchange Server as a mission-critical backbone for business communications and collaboration," said Astrid McClean, senior technical product manager of Exchange Product Management at Microsoft. "EMC's new offerings provide customers with additional data protection for Exchange Server 2010 and meet service levels required by the business in high-availability scenarios."
"Customers want choice and confidence when they are making decisions on the infrastructure for their mission critical applications because of zero down time, zero data loss service level agreements," said EMC's Michael O'Neill, vice president, technology alliances, EMC Corporation. "EMC's deep engineering commitment to extending our mutual customer's investment in Microsoft Exchange and EMC information infrastructure is consistent across our entire product and services portfolio. Whether you're a large enterprise, a small business or a remote office, customers want cost effective and powerful solutions that meet their exact requirements."
EMC Consulting offers a robust portfolio of services to help customers accelerate their migration or upgrade to Exchange Server 2010 and plan for and deploy Microsoft Unified Communications. EMC's unique combination of deep services expertise in Microsoft technologies as well as information infrastructure experience helps customers extend the value of their Exchange investments.
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
EMC, CLARiiON, Celerra, Symmetrix, AutoStart, RecoverPoint, MirrorView and EMC Proven are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
Source: EMC Corporation
CONTACT: Jennifer Dreyer, EMC Corporation, +1-508-293-7238,
InfoComm International Partners With Sonic Foundry to Webcast AV Technology Today Conference and Regional Roundtable
Regional event for AV end-users gets worldwide exposure via Mediasite
MADISON, Wis., March 17 -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced the company's Mediasite platform will be used to stream multimedia presentations at the InfoComm AV Technology Today Conference this week in Washington, D.C.
This event represents an expansion of the long term partnership between InfoComm and Sonic Foundry to use webcasting to bring InfoComm's educational programs to new online audiences.
The two-day program begins with the Regional Roundtable, which provides an opportunity for InfoComm members to meet other AV professionals and learn more about industry opportunities, challenges and trends while facilitating peer networking. Sessions of the AV Technology Today Conference will be streamed and available for on-demand public viewing after the conference at http://www.sonicfoundry.com/infocomm-dc. The on-site and on-demand audiences will have access to the full conference, including the following sessions:
-- Mark Valenti, CTS, president and CEO of The Sextant Group, presenting
Space, Time and Technology: The Future of AV
-- Dr. Russ Scaduto, director of education technology at Penn State
Hershey Medical Center, presenting on the panel Streaming Media
"InfoComm thanks Sonic Foundry for its generosity towards InfoComm and the entire AV industry," said Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Membership, InfoComm International. "Thanks to Sonic Foundry's support, the information presented at this conference will benefit AV professionals around the world for years to come."
"InfoComm, with its premier educational programs and research, is truly the leading voice in the rapidly-growing AV industry," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "We are pleased to announce our partnership for this event and beyond, as we work together to contribute to continued growth of the industry by sharing the latest knowledge online."
The patented Mediasite webcasting and content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of rich media presentations that combine audio, video and accompanying graphics for live or on-demand viewing.
About InfoComm International
InfoComm, the international trade association for the professional AV industry, is the leading resource for AV conferences, exhibitions, education, certification, news and market research. InfoComm's website is http://www.infocomm.org.
About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ:SOFO)(NASDAQ:www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for 1,800 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.
Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Source: Sonic Foundry, Inc.
CONTACT: Tammy Kramer of Sonic Foundry, Inc., +1-608-237-8592,
Former Yahoo Data Executives Join Forces to Create nPario, a Startup that Helps Organizations Understand and Market Consumer Intent
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 17 -- nPario Inc., a provider of data products and services that enable companies to understand and market consumer commercial intent, opened its business operations today. Led by former Yahoo executives Bassel Ojjeh and Krishna Uppala, and former SAS executive Basel Tutunji, nPario will deliver data solutions that allow companies to increase their revenue by acting upon consumer behavior insights. This team consists of recognized digital data pioneers with a history of successful startups and multiple patents in the field of online data management and data mining.
Turning the data deluge into a business opportunity
As broadband and connected devices proliferate, the amount of data available explodes. According to Cisco, by 2013 the amount of traffic flowing over the Internet annually will reach 667 exabytes, with mobile data traffic alone doubling every year through 2014.
"The digital world gives us an unprecedented opportunity to identify and understand the commercial intent of consumers in order to deliver the right message or product," said Bassel Ojjeh, founder, president and CEO of nPario. "At nPario, we believe that organizations stand to boost revenue by more than 10% if they harness the power of consumer intent. Our goal is to provide our customers with a comprehensive set of data products that focus on the vast amount of commercial behavior data and generate immediate impact to their business and revenue."
Pioneers in Large Scale Data Technologies
nPario is led by a team of data pioneers, known in the industry for bridging the gap between data insights and business impact. The team built the technology that powered the world's largest data warehouse, implementing several theoretical data concepts to manage and mine tens of petabytes of data.
With a career dedicated to harnessing the power of data and a track record of successful start-ups, Ojjeh is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of the company. He brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial acumen and comprehensive knowledge of enterprise data strategies. Prior to nPario, he served as Senior Vice President of the Strategic Data Solutions division at Yahoo, where he was responsible for building data products that leveraged Yahoo data to drive audience engagement and advertising revenues. Ojjeh was a co-founder and COO of digiMine (now Audience Science), a pioneer in data mining and predictive analytics, and served as a Group Program Manager in the Internet Business division at Microsoft.
A recognized expert in data warehousing, and analytics, Chief Technology Officer Krishna Uppala is the innovator behind more than 15 database technology patents and drives the development of nPario's products. Before nPario, he was a Senior Director/Architect at Yahoo. A successful entrepreneur, Uppala joined Yahoo through the acquisition of Mahat Technologies, a startup he founded.
Chief Revenue Officer Basel Tutunji is responsible for sales and business development for nPario. He brings more than 18 years of experience in driving adoption of business intelligence, data strategy, e-commerce and decision support systems solutions. Before nPario, Tutunji held sales management roles driving double-digit sales growth for several multinational corporations including SAS, Intershop Communications and Oracle.
About nPario Inc.
With operations in North America and the EMEA region, nPario offers data products and services that enable organizations to understand and market consumer intent. Led by CEO and co-founder Bassel Ojjeh, nPario's management team has been on the forefront of harnessing the power of data for organizations such as Microsoft, SAS and Yahoo. For additional information visit http://www.npario.com
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Improved Wireless Network Resiliency Realized Through Active Monitoring of Network Resources
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 17 -- Xirrus®, the Wi-Fi "Power Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry, announced today its next step in RF innovation on its Wi-Fi Array platform -- Wi-Fi Service Assurance.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Service Assurance is designed to improve the resiliency and availability of wireless networks as well as simplify issue troubleshooting and resolution via active monitoring and verification of the Array and network resources.
"A primary goal of any IT manager is to prevent problems from occurring, but perhaps even more important is being able to identify, isolate, and resolve problems as quickly as possible when they do occur," said Mike Rydalch, Principal Technologist for Xirrus. "Xirrus Wi-Fi Service Assurance not only helps identify and isolate problems, but will proactively remedy the problem if possible. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array provides distributed intelligence in each Array, not centralized in a closet controller like traditional thin AP systems. This intelligence enables us to do more at the edge of the network to identify and address issues as they occur."
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Service Assurance offering is comprised of two primary components - Radio Assurance and Network Assurance.
With Radio Assurance, the Array periodically sends wireless traffic back to itself to verify that all of radios are up and functioning properly. The Array's dedicated monitor radio is used to emulate a Wi-Fi client and sends traffic to each user-servicing radio to ensure operation. If it is determined that a radio has issues, Radio Assurance notifies the network manager and will fix the problem if possible. This enables problem resolution directly at the edge of the network and minimizes potential impact on end users.
The multi-radio architecture of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array offers several advantages for self-monitoring and maintenance:
-- With a dedicated monitor radio, none of the radios servicing stations
need to be taken offline to perform testing.
-- If maintenance is needed on one of the radios or it is down, other
radios are available within the Array to maintain service continuity.
-- The monitor radio is located in the same device as the radios being
tested, ensuring full RF visibility between the radios for the test.
Other assurance solutions rely on adjacent access points or other
remote devices to emulate the clients, which may be out of range or
visible at only low signal levels for the testing.
Xirrus Network Assurance provides for the monitoring of network resources in addition to the Array. Networking issues are often difficult to isolate with many systems involved, including core switches and routers, edge switches, data center servers, network services, and the user stations themselves. Network Assurance helps identify where a problem is occurring by checking the availability of network resources such as NTP, DHCP, and DNS servers that are crucial for network operation.
If network resources are unavailable, Network Assurance will send notifications indicating the problem and identifying the service that is not available. By proactively identifying network resources that are unavailable, the network manager can be alerted of problems potentially before the end-users notice an issue. The distributed intelligence of the Array provides this monitoring at multiple points across the network, adding to the ability to isolate the problem and expedite the resolution.
"The distributed Architecture of the Array offers a significant advantage when doing network validation," explains Benny Cheung, Xirrus Software Engineer. "With each Array performing these functions, problems can be more quickly found and identified. With a standard thin AP/controller solution, the centralized controller provides the brains for this type of validation and there are only a few of these devices in the network. With the integrated controller in the Array, there are multiple tests points throughout the network to provide greater visibility to the issue."
To learn more about Xirrus' Wi-Fi Service Assurance and other product offerings visit the Xirrus website at http://www.xirrus.com.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi Power Play(TM), manufactures the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet or Fast Ethernet to the desktop. Unlike traditional access points, the Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16 or 24 802.11abgn radios along with a high-gain directional antenna system, onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer into a single energy-efficient and cost-effective device using 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering. Xirrus products are designed and manufactured in the United States. Xirrus is Wi-Fi, Verisign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 Certified. For more information, please visit http://www.xirrus.com/.
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Intelligent Decisions Opens Office in Oahu, Hawaii to Support Asia Pacific Customers
ASHBURN, Va., March 17 -- Intelligent Decisions, Inc. (ID) announces the opening of their new office in Oahu, Hawaii. This office serves as a hub for all customers in the Pacific Rim and increases ID's global capabilities and presence. Much like ID's international offices in South Korea and Dubai, this office was opened to provide customers with a higher level of onsite customer service and local capabilities.
Located within close proximity of the Honolulu International Airport, the Oahu location was chosen as ID's new office because it is strategically positioned to serve the islands' and nearby Asia Pacific customers. All of ID's innovative IT solutions will be available to Oahu and while employing local resources in support of the Oahu economy.
The first order of business that this office will be challenged with will be to roll out the new virtualization practice ID recently launched. Veteran virtualization experts Simon Mijolovic and Hawaii's own Kaipo Batoon will launch this practice based on an increase of customer demand for this cost effective, green offering.
For more information on the Hawaiian office or for an assessment of your organization and recommendations on how to reduce redundancy and improve efficiency through ID Virtualization Solutions contact Simon Mijolovic at 703.554.1600.
About Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
Headquartered in Ashburn, VA, Intelligent Decisions (ID), a premier global systems integrator, provides a broad range of innovative, IT professional services, software, hardware and manufacturing solutions to Federal, State and Local governments and Fortune 1000 customers. Ranked on the VARBusiness 500, Inc. 5000, CRN's Fast Growth 100 and Washingtonian's Best Places to Work, ID offers best-value pricing and helps clients meet their strategic goals and mission objectives.
Anametrix Acquires Cloud-Based Business Analytics Service Provider, Nordic Research Corporation
Anders Olsson joins Anametrix as Chief Technical Officer
SAN DIEGO, March 17 -- Anametrix (http://anametrix.com/) announced the completion of its acquisition of Nordic Research Corporation, an independent business analytics technology provider. This acquisition significantly extends Anametrix's ability to deliver cloud-based information visualization and predictive modeling of multiple online, offline and external databases. As part of the agreement, Nordic Research founder Anders Olsson joins Anametrix as Chief Technical Officer.
Prior to founding Nordic Research, Olsson's background includes over 15 years of extensive web-based technology experience. As System Architect at WebSideStory and Omniture, he directed product development with advanced data collection and visualization products. Olsson's veteran involvement with data exchange APIs and e-commerce analytics led to his innovative cloud-based business analytics system architecture.
As Chief Technical Officer, Anders Olsson spearheads Anametrix's product strategy and technical direction.
"Anders and I worked closely together at WebSideStory. The opportunity to build a billion dollar business analytics company with this visionary industry expert is an exciting deja vu," stated Blaise Barrelet, CEO. "Anders' deep knowledge of multi-channel data acquisition and processing combined with his proven ability to globally scale cutting-edge user interface and interaction technologies will accelerate Anametrix solutions deployment."
"I am pleased to drive the technology vision at Anametrix," said Olsson. "The opportunity to define an industry with a leader of Blaise's background, experience, and track record is game changing; together we will rapidly expand the Anametrix brand to the benefit of our existing and future customer base."
The Anametrix cloud-based business analytics platform provides organizations with real-time access to multiple data sources including customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), social media, search engine marketing (SEM), video & audio, e-commerce, and web analytics.
Financial details of the acquisition transaction were not disclosed.
Anametrix, Inc. is a privately funded next generation business analytics company whose technology is delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS). A high-performance data management infrastructure handles data integration, statistical analysis, and other compute-intensive functions to seamlessly manage online, offline, and multi-channel corporate objectives. Founded in 2009 by analytics industry expert Blaise Barrelet, Anametrix provides cloud-based solutions that allow for quick and precise decision making from the correlation of vast amounts of data. Self-directed business insights are readily accessible across organizations, from sales staff to C-level. For more information, please visit http://anametrix.com/, call (858)558-8230 x333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cloudy with High Probability of Mobility: New Website and Quarterly Launched
Insights and Ideas for Supporting a Mobility Workforce For IT Executives - By IT Executives
BLUE BELL, Pa., March 17 -- MaaS360, the Mobility-as-a-Service platform, offered by Fiberlink, has launched a magazine and website focused exclusively on the business and technology of managing a mobile workforce. MaaS360 Magazine and http://www.magazine.maas360.com will shine a light on the unique advantages and challenges of supporting and securing a mobile workforce. Designed and written for decision makers and senior management, as well as Information Technology personnel who support mobile workers, the magazine and website include detailed research and articles by experts in technology, business, and government.
As a forum for new philosophies of managing mobile workers, new tools and techniques to support them, questions and answers from industry leaders on the front lines, emerging trends in cloud computing for the enterprise, and new products for mobile workers, each issue will be a great resource for managing the mobile lifestyle that an increasing number of workers now demand.
The quarterly magazine and website are sponsored by Fiberlink Communications, Inc., the creator of the MaaS360 Mobility-as-a-Service platform.
"A global revolution is changing the nature of work and how it is defined," said Jim Sheward, publisher of MaaS360 Magazine and CEO of Fiberlink. "The implications for business and IT, in particular, are significant. With unsettling speed, the traditional LAN and the perimeter surrounding it are dissolving. New forces are converging: a new generation of mobile devices, exponential increases in storage capacity, unprecedented challenges created by wireless network speeds and user expectations. They are forcing IT leaders to rewrite the rules for architecting a secure and productive IT community. This website and magazine will be where those rules are collaboratively rewritten."
Recent articles include: a discussion of why the LAN is dead, how to make a company into a virtual organization, a description of the "mobility blind spot" (and how it can hurt your company), and an examination of the differences in managing Baby Boomers and Generation Y. The issue devoted to small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) discusses how "small and mobile is the new big" and explores the technology that makes it possible.
Fiberlink is the creator and developer of cloud-based Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions. The company's MaaS360® mobility infrastructure and subscription services have revolutionized how business users share and secure information over the Internet. Fiberlink's MaaS360 Platform ensures reliable, secure and compliant mobile working for employees, while delivering unprecedented Mobility Intelligence(TM) to senior management and IT operations. The company is a recognized leader in helping both Global 2000 companies and smaller businesses cost-effectively support expanding mobile workforces and use mobile devices to remain competitive in today's economy. Additional information about Fiberlink is available at http://www.MaaS360.com .
Microfluidics Launches LV1 to Bring Scalable High Shear Fluid Processing to Samples as Small as 1 ml
Researchers leverage leading nanotechnology processor while minimizing use of expensive materials
NEWTON, Mass., March 17 -- Responding to customer demand, Microfluidics has launched the latest product in its broad family of Microfluidizer® high shear fluid processors, the LV1 low volume benchtop. Operating with the same fixed-geometry interaction chamber technology of larger volume machines, the LV1 brings superior capabilities for uniform particle size reduction and cell disruption to samples as small as 1 ml. For the first time, industry and academic research teams are able to achieve superior nanoemulsions, nanosuspensions, nanoencapsulation and protein yield while minimizing quantities of limited and expensive materials used.
"Customers have told us that they've been waiting for a product like the LV1," said Michael C. Ferrara, Microfluidics President and CEO. "By lowering the minimum volume requirements of our gold standard Microfluidizer processors, our engineers have made smaller particles and efficient cell rupture more accessible to innovative research teams. The LV1 is an exclusive alternative for an industry continually seeking to improve product quality and consistency without exhausting their resources."
The LV1 generates incredible levels of shear, up to 12.25 million sec-1, which are orders of magnitude greater than other technologies. This increased shear enables biotechnology customers, for example, to achieve extremely high cell rupture rates for challenging applications (e.g. yeast) in a fraction of the time than can be achieved using other technologies. In addition, media and chemical-free coupling, along with effective cooling, significantly improves protein yield and makes each ml of material more valuable.
The heart of every Microfluidizer processor is the fixed-geometry interaction chamber and a constant pressure pumping system, which together ensure the most effective and uniform processing performance. Unlike other technologies, results achieved on the LV1 are scalable through lab, clinical trial and pilot/production volumes.
Producing pressures up to 2069 bar (30,000 psi) with low power consumption, the LV1 is a highly efficient processor with a small footprint and spectacularly quiet operation. Like all Microfluidizer processors, it is exceptionally easy to use and clean, and results are scalable to production volumes.
The LV1 will embark on a worldwide trade show tour beginning in the United States at the INTERPHEX conference and trade show in New York City on April 20-22, 2010. Visit http://www.microfluidicscorp.com to view full specifications or to request a product demonstration at your facility.
Microfluidics (BULLETIN BOARD: MFLU) is the exclusive producer of Microfluidizer® high shear fluid processors for uniform particle size reduction, robust cell disruption and bottom-up nanoparticle creation. Used primarily by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, cosmetic, nutraceutical/food and energy companies to research, develop and improve products with efficient processes, more than 3,000 Microfluidizer processors are installed at customer sites in 50 countries around the world. The innovative Microfluidics Technology Center, located at the company's headquarters outside Boston, Mass., is staffed by expert engineers with a wide range of nanotechnology and application experience for Proof of Concept and Process Development services.
By producing smaller particle sizes and a more narrow distribution than other technologies, with scaleup from lab to production guaranteed, Microfluidics enables companies to create tiny particles that achieve big results. To learn more, visit http://www.microfluidicscorp.com.
AT&T Challenges 1 Million Customers To Go Paperless
PLANTS TREES TO CELEBRATE THOSE WHO MAKE THE SWITCH AT&T Launches Promotion With The Arbor Day Foundation To Plant Trees On Behalf of First Million Customers Who Switch To Paperless Billing in 2010
DALLAS, March 17 -- Whether going paperless appeals to your love of nature, convenience - or both, AT&T* has a million reasons for you to make the switch. Continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability, AT&T today announced a new challenge for AT&T residential home phone, AT&T U-verse(SM) TV, broadband, and wireless customers, nationwide: With the help of the Arbor Day Foundation, AT&T will have a tree planted in honor of each customer who opts in to paperless billing - up to 1 million trees in 2010.
According to PayItGreen, if a million customers switch to paperless billing, this would help to save 400,000 pounds of paper, avoid 6 million pounds of greenhouse gases, and prevent 4 million gallons of wastewater from discharging into lakes, streams, and rivers in a year. And, according to the EPA, planting 1 million trees can absorb more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide, can provide oxygen for up to 4 million people to breathe in a day,** and can forest more than 1,400 acres of land.***
To opt in to paperless billing and activate the tree planting, AT&T customers can go to http://www.att.com/paperfree and follow the instructions.**** After enrolling, they can choose to have a tree planted where there is the greatest need -- or they can choose between regions of the U.S. that have various needs for reforestation. As examples, in California this helps provide clean drinking water, and in Michigan, it protects rare birds.
In addition to supporting the environment, managing accounts online with paperless billing provides customers secure access to current statements, payment options, and account histories related to their AT&T bills. And, thanks to AT&T's mobile broadband services, customers can access their accounts wherever they are, whenever they want.
"AT&T's commitment to planting trees is a shining example of how corporations can make a positive impact on our environment," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees planted by AT&T will help clean the air and drinking water for millions of Americans, restore habitat for wildlife and restore our nation's forests for future generations to enjoy."
Encouraging customers to opt in to paperless billing is one way AT&T is working to support the environment. AT&T accepts wireless devices for recycling in all 2,000-plus of its retail locations. Working with customers and other channels, AT&T estimates it will collect roughly 14 million wireless devices for recycling by the end of 2011, which is the equivalent of keeping more than 920 tons of primary materials and more than 13 tons of toxic waste out of landfills.*****
"At AT&T, we encourage all of our customers to make the switch to paperless billing with us this year," said Philip Bienert, vice president, ATT.COM. "Whether they care about conserving natural resources, supporting reforestation, enjoying the convenience of reducing the amount of mail they receive each month - or all of these things - we're offering them a simple way to make a difference with just a few clicks of the mouse or taps of the smartphone."
In 2009, AT&T announced plans to invest up to $565 million as part of a long-term strategy to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years. AT&T also works to enhance energy performance and reduce energy consumption and has begun to use alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than 1 million members, supporters, and valued partners. The mission of the Arbor Day Foundation is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Statistics provided by Tree Canada Foundation.
*** Statistics provided by Georgia Forestry Commission
**** Use of AT&T's paperless bill capability requires registration for AT&T's online customer care.
***** Environmental equivalents provided by ReCellular using the Electronic Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC), developed by The University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
AT&T ANNOUNCES GLOBAL FIRST AUTOMATIC ZERO DRAW CHARGER
AT&T and Superior Communications Announce Availability of the ZERO Charger
DALLAS, March 17 -- Mobile phone users probably don't know it, but a charger left plugged into a wall wastes electricity - enough to power 24,000 homes for a year, or brew three to four million cups of coffee each day. Today, AT&T* and Superior Communications invite AT&T customers to be a small part of a big difference with the AT&T ZERO Charger. Available only at AT&T stores nationwide in May, the AT&T ZERO Charger does not waste power when left plugged in, and improves charging efficiency when powering a device.
The AT&T ZERO Charger will also make life easier for customers, with a 'block and cable' design for maximum interchangeability, allowing them to use the same charger for future handsets and will, over time, cut the number of chargers produced, thus reducing future landfill waste.
"In an effort to provide environmentally friendly and simpler solutions for our customers, AT&T worked hand in hand with Superior Communications to create the first practical and user-friendly zero-draw charger for mobile phones," said Carlton Hill, vice president of Devices and Product Development for AT&T's wireless operations. "With the size of AT&T's customer base, providing solutions like these helps our customers make a big difference."
When the AT&T ZERO Charger goes on sale in May, it will cost the same as existing replacement chargers, which means that customers do not have to spend more and can even save money over time because of the interchangeability of the design.
"We were happy to accept AT&T's challenge to design and introduce the world's first automatic zero draw charger. Innovations like this help everyone take those small steps which will, in the end, lead to a better environment for all," said Solomon Chen, chief executive office and founder of Superior Communications.
The AT&T ZERO Charger works by automatically sensing when a mobile phone is not plugged up to the charger and cutting the power supply from the wall socket. The charger will be sold in packaging with 100% recycled paper. AT&T recently announced a transition to smaller and more eco-friendly packaging for the wireless device accessories sold in AT&T stores. This change will eliminate more than 60 percent of the paper and more than 30 percent of the plastic previously used for AT&T's accessory products.
The AT&T ZERO Charger has been named a finalist in the green solutions category in the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards. CTIA's fifth annual E-Tech Awards program recognizes products in 15 categories in the areas of mobile consumer electronics, luxury mobile, applications, enterprise, green solutions and network technology. The AT&T ZERO Charger will be on display in the Superior Communications booth, number 2500.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
Based in Irwindale, CA, Superior Communications is the leading manufacturer and distributor of wireless accessories in the United States, providing a single source solution for wireless carriers, national and regional retailers, dealer agents, and distributors. Superior Communications offers award-winning design, manufacturing, and distribution of wireless accessories and services. The company also provides 3PL (third party logistics) services, ODM programs, web/call center fulfillment, and field sales-training programs. For more information, please go to: http://www.superiorcommunications.com
Lockheed Martin Assists IRS and Department of Education in Simplifying Federal Student Loan Process
ROCKVILLE, Md., March 17 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) software developers are helping the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Education make life a whole lot easier for students and their families applying for Federal Student Aid.
Every year millions of prospective college students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in their pursuit of funding assistance. The form requires personal financial data that is only available through the IRS. In the past, an applicant had to apply to the IRS, obtain the information, and then submit it along with the application. This took time and additional effort.
To simplify this process, Lockheed Martin worked with the IRS to create a link on the DoEd FAFSA Web page. The developers used Web services to build, test and deploy a shared data system that makes available the data transfer of 14 key pieces of information needed by Department officials to make a determination. To ensure privacy, the process includes the requirement for complete authentication before the data can be transferred. The new process has reduced application time from days or weeks to minutes.
Rocky Thurston, Director of Financial Solutions for Lockheed Martin, said, "This project is a perfect example of how our partnership with two government agencies is helping them provide complete citizen service. The result of this initiative has been a faster, easier process for the applicant, the transfer of data that has clarity and is completely accurate, and a demonstration of the possibilities that exist through data sharing."
Lockheed Martin completed the project under the IRS Integrated Customer Communications Environment contract, in which the company provides a variety of information technology services.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.
ProtoShare 3.8 Improves Website and Web Application Prototyping
Web-based Prototyping tool now includes customizable and dynamic components for richer web application simulations and website prototypes.
PORTLAND, Ore., March 17 -- Site9, Inc., the developer of the industry's fastest growing, cloud-based prototyping tool for website and web apps, today announced the release of ProtoShare 3.8. The new release takes prototyping to the next level with rich dynamic features available for web application and website simulation. Additionally, the ability to export a fully functioning copy of a project in web-compliant HTML format has added new potential for local versioning and usability testing.
Interactive data grids, dynamic tree views, and the exclusive customizable component were highly requested features by ProtoShare users involved with web application prototyping. Data grids and tree structures are important features found in many online applications. The ability to have dynamic, working representations that add fidelity and understanding to a web prototype makes the process even move valuable in reducing rework during the development process.
"We use ProtoShare on almost every project. We figure we've cut our prototyping time in half. In addition to website prototypes, we use ProtoShare to comp and showcase interactive elements like pull-down menus, carousels, and grids so people can actually see them work," states Chris Adams, Art Director at Rolling Orange.
With the ability to export to HTML, users can now run and interact with prototypes on their own computer or servers. The feature has proven very useful for remote usability and customer testing. A local copy of projects can also be created and stored for handy reference when not online. The exported HTML, while not purposed for it, could also be used to begin development of a project.
"With ProtoShare, teams can now evolve their projects as far as needed, from simple, grey-box wireframes to high-fidelity prototypes," said Andrew Mottaz, Founder and CEO. "You can also upload and collaborate on art and design work, review and comment on live websites, and create multiple layouts for pages. In short, ProtoShare is becoming a complete pre-development process tool for the industry."
About Site9, Inc:
Founded in 1999, Site9, Inc. is the developer of ProtoShare, named by O'Reilly Media as a "Top 50 Usable RIA". Fortune 500 companies, leading interactive agencies, and web developers in over 84 countries around the world use the ProtoShare collaborative wireframe software to deliver better products while cutting time and costs.
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Cloudvox Boosts Platform with Pay-As-You-Go Pricing, Worldwide Phone Numbers & Conference Call API
Developers & Entrepreneurs Can Launch Elastic, Global, Asterisk-Compatible Phone Services For Three Cents Per Minute
SKOKIE, Ill., March 17 -- Cloudvox, which was recently acquired by Ifbyphone, today announced the first fruits of their combined platform: a flat pay-as-you-go rate of $0.03 per minute, phone numbers from around the world, and a comprehensive conference call API for all Cloudvox users.
"We're all about eliminating barriers to creating new phone applications. Now every user can access all Cloudvox capabilities, whether it's for a simple 2-line script or a sophisticated portable application," said Cloudvox co-founder Troy Davis. "Cloudvox uniquely supports standard Asterisk-compliant apps, allowing customers to change service providers or use their own infrastructure without getting locked in."
Building on the resources of Ifbyphone, developers can now write a single app that can be called by a majority of the world's industrialized population. Cloudvox customers can purchase local phone numbers around the world, dramatically increasing both the number of people who can call and the market for their apps.
Cloudvox is reaching out to entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, Australia, and more than 25 other countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. Using HTTP and JSON, PHP, Ruby (Adhearsion), Perl, Java (Asterisk-Java), and other open-source languages and frameworks, developers can write and operate open phone services for their local markets and the world.
"Worldwide access is a horizontal feature that overlays on existing apps," said Irv Shapiro, Ifbyphone CEO. "It provides service expansion and geographic benefits to key Cloudvox customers, including European entrepreneurs and US tech companies selling to their European customers."
Regardless of location, phone calls demand interactivity, and now all apps on Cloudvox can initiate and control multi-party conference calls. Developers can use conferences as a building block to create more compelling services. Via an API, apps can route callers into conferences, remove specific participants, and perform sophisticated actions like playing MP3 audio files into conferences and recording the conversations.
"We've seen strong interest from companies in social networking, business process automation, and fleet tracking. When added to Cloudvox's open standard phone call API, this simple pricing, global footprint, and API-based conferencing calling remove major obstacles to building sustainable services," Davis added.
Developers can sign up for a Cloudvox account at http://www.cloudvox.com. Businesses interested in pre-built phone applications, including IVR, Voice Broadcast, Virtual Call Center and Call Tracking Numbers, can learn more at http://www.ifbyphone.com.
Ifbyphone is a leading Cloud Telephony company providing businesses a suite of phone automation services to enhance customer communications, increase sales, and lower costs. With Ifbyphone's easy-to-use hosted services and tools, marketers, developers and business users can quickly create telephony systems to drive customer retention and acquisition. Through its Cloudvox service, developers and entrepreneurs can create their own apps in any programming language or simple HTTP. For more information, visit http://www.ifbyphone.com.
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ZigBee and Wi-Fi Alliances to Collaborate on Smart Grid Wireless Networking
Joint effort will extend the opportunity for interoperable wireless technology in the smart home
SAN RAMON, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas, March 17 -- The ZigBee® Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance® announced today an agreement to collaborate on wireless home area networks (HAN) for Smart Grid applications. The initial focus of the collaboration will be ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0, which is the next-generation energy management protocol for Smart Grid-enabled homes based on today's successful ZigBee Smart Energy Profile. The ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 is expected to operate over Wi-Fi technology as a result of the collaboration.
The two organizations will identify opportunities to use ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0, capitalizing on the unique strengths and capabilities of their respective technologies. This will expand the utility of the HAN in the management of energy consuming or producing devices, a crucial part of Smart Grid efforts now underway. ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 was selected last year by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an initial interoperable standard for HAN devices.
Joining Wi-Fi's communication technology with ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 means that utilities, vendors and energy consumers will have more choice and versatility in energy management solutions. The agreement between the two organizations will help deliver close integration of the two communication technologies in a smart home environment. This environment will include devices ranging from utility meters, thermostats, and appliances to home entertainment devices, computing systems, and automobiles.
"ZigBee has always interworked with Wi-Fi using ZigBee and Wi-Fi gateways. Now there is an opportunity for the organizations to collaborate more closely for the smart home of the future, leveraging the intelligence of ZigBee Smart Energy," said Bob Heile, ZigBee Alliance chairman. "Wi-Fi is a major global success and an important wireless networking technology for the home environment. Our collaboration will help spur further innovation in solutions for the Smart Grid."
"Working with the ZigBee Alliance members will enable more than the extension of the ZigBee Smart Energy profile to Wi-Fi," said Wi-Fi Alliance chief executive officer Edgar Figueroa. "The collaboration will help bring about the vision of a truly interconnected smart home. As a result of this agreement, representatives from each organization will be able to provide input on one another's Smart Grid activities to speed any proposed solutions."
ZigBee Smart Energy was initially developed to operate over a standard ZigBee wireless network to support the needs of Smart Metering and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 has been designed to support other network technologies within the digital home, including HomePlug and now Wi-Fi. The low-power ZigBee standard is optimized to the needs of Wireless Sensor Networks by offering robust self organizing, self-healing mesh networking, scalability to very large networks, very low cost and complexity, and superlative battery life.
Wi-Fi technology is today found in hundreds of millions of households and businesses worldwide, and consumers have demonstrated strong affinity for the technology in computing devices, home entertainment systems, and handsets. ABI Research reports that 580 million Wi-Fi devices were shipped in 2009 alone.
ZigBee Smart Energy - The Standard for Home Area Networks
ZigBee Smart Energy enables wireless communication between utility companies and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances. It improves energy efficiency by allowing consumers to choose interoperable products from different manufacturers giving them the means to manage their energy consumption more precisely using automation and near real-time information. It also helps utilities and energy providers implement new advanced metering and demand response programs to drive greater energy management and efficiency, while responding to changing government requirements. For more information and a list of ZigBee Certified products, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org/SmartEnergy.
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ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 340 members driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronic, energy, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org.
About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to the proliferation of Wi-Fi technology across devices and market segments. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, the Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide.
The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) program was launched in March 2000. It provides a widely-recognized designation of interoperability and quality, and it helps to ensure that Wi-Fi enabled products deliver the best user experience. The Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 7,000 product certifications to date, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services in new and established markets. Learn more and search for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products at http://www.wi-fi.org.
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TSA Selects ID Experts for Comprehensive Data Breach Response Services
TSA Contractor Used Social Security Numbers of TSA Employees to Create Fraudulent Accounts
BEAVERTON, Ore., March 17 -- ID Experts®, the leader in comprehensive data breach solutions that deliver the most positive outcomes, today announced that the company has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide complete data breach response services for a malicious act that has resulted in dozens of identity theft incidents. A TSA contract worker who acquired sensitive personal information including names, Social Security Numbers and dates of birth of TSA employees perpetrated the data breach. ID Experts is providing a complete set of data breach response services including fully managed identity theft restoration for all impacted TSA employees.
"This recent fraudulent activity has put a significant number of TSA employees at risk for identity theft, requiring comprehensive services including complete identity theft monitoring, protection and resolution," commented Bob Gregg, CEO of ID Experts. "We are working through every issue to provide these victims with a positive outcome so they can get on with their lives."
ID Experts is delivering an extensive package of services including a call center and website for providing useful information on the incident, identity theft protection and monitoring services, as well as fully-managed identity theft restoration, as needed.
The TSA identity theft fraud began in November of 2008 and is alleged to have continued through 2009. The perpetrators were arraigned in December of 2009 on identity theft and larceny charges. To date, more than 16 of the affected individuals have already fallen victim to identity theft and fraud.
About ID Experts
ID Experts is the leader in comprehensive data breach solutions that deliver the most positive outcomes. The company has managed hundreds of data breach incidents, protecting millions of affected individuals, for leading healthcare organizations, corporations, financial institutions, universities and government agencies. In healthcare, the company contributes to relevant legislation and rules including HITECH and is a corporate member of HIMSS. ID Experts is active with organizations that advocate for privacy for Americans including ANSI/Identity Theft Prevention, Identity Management Standards Panel and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. For more information, visit http://www.idexpertscorp.com/.
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Beyond PC Experience! eSobi Now Brings the Latest Headlines to Mobile Devices
eSobi Mobile receives Designed for Windows Mobile(TM) logo certification
TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 17 -- esobi Inc., an innovative Internet & mobile information navigator, recently announced the mobile version of eSobi, an information management tool that has been widely preloaded on Acer PCs. The new mobile application, called eSobi Mobile, inherits the pioneering integrated design of an RSS reader and podcast aggregator while featuring user interface specifically tailored for the mobile environment. When working together, eSobi Mobile and eSobi PC version compliment each other by streamlining information aggregation across devices. Users will be able to view desired web information easily anywhere, at any time with a seamless reading experience.
eSobi PC version is an integrated and timesaving application that helps users aggregate the most up-to-date and targeted Internet information without the hassle of opening multiple windows and websites. Considering more people nowadays are turning to portable devices to access information on the go, eSobi Mobile was developed to further offer the benefits of efficient information management and intuitive reading interface for Windows Mobile devices. When connected to the Internet, eSobi Mobile can work solely as an RSS reader and podcast aggregator for catching up the latest headlines, social updates, weather, entertainment, business news, and even video programs.
Though a key feature of eSobi Mobile is its ability to synchronize with eSobi PC version, giving users greater flexibility in managing news feeds, watched news topics, podcast channels, playlists, and even HTML, Word as well as PDF files on both devices. Users can easily synced news items and podcast episodes aggregated using eSobi PC version to their handsets and enjoy them at a later time when offline. This is especially convenient when wireless connection is an issue. With the combination of eSobi Mobile and eSobi PC version, users own true mobility to access Internet information wherever and whenever needed.
The patented text-only reading capability, a popular feature of eSobi PC version, is also available on eSobi Mobile. With a simple click, news articles are instantly displayed in ad-free plain text. Users are no longer required to launch a web browser and wait for page load, which can be troublesome due to the small mobile screen size and Internet speed.
"eSobi has enabled near 40 million users worldwide to conveniently access and organize the Internet content that is important to them, such as news, blogs, entertainment and more. Entering the mobile arena, we didn't just develop a mobile RSS reader like everyone else. Instead, we strived to make the mobile reading experience as smooth and friendly as it is on the PC version of eSobi," said Wen Lee, chairman of esobi Inc. "The launch of eSobi Mobile for Windows Mobile is our first step of bringing innovation, integration and efficiency from PC to mobile devices, and users should expect more mobile product launches as well as cross-platform services this year from esobi Inc."
Teledata Networks Unveils Compact BroadAccess -300E FTTX System
HERZLIYA, Israel, March 17, 2010-- Teledata Networks, a leading global provider of innovative Multiservice
Access solutions for NGN (Next Generation Networks), announced the release of
the new BroadAccess-300E system, a compact FTTX MSAG designed for the
delivery of Triple Play and Carrier Ethernet services.
Addressing the need for a compact system, the BroadAccess-300E MSAG joins
the BroadAccess family to offer the ideal solution for small to medium
service areas, requiring a capacity of 100-300 service ports. Whilst
maintaining the same leading technology as the rest of the BroadAccess range,
the compact 5U system is optimized for space-confined locations such as
apartment and business buildings. With integrated multiple functionalities of
IP-DSLAM, Ethernet switch, GPON OLT and VoIP Access Gateway in a single
shelf, BroadAccess-300E provides a complete set of voice and broadband
services over copper and fiber, including: ADSL2+,VDSL2, Ethernet, GPON and
POTS. Built in a high speed architecture the system is designed to provide a
dense GigE solution for business customers and high capacity GPON delivery
for more than 3,000 triple play customers.
"BroadAccess-300E represents a major enhancement to the BroadAccess-1000E
product line, which has been deployed with great success worldwide," said
Eran Ziv, CEO Teledata Networks. "The unique capabilities of BroadAccess-300E
combined with the strong need for a compact platform, is reflected in the
recent shipments of hundreds of systems to our customers in Asia."
About Teledata Networks
Teledata Networks is a leading global provider of innovative Multiservice
Access solutions for Next Generation Networks. The company provides unique
solutions for telecom operators and service providers in accordance with
their needs, to enhance their competitive edge.
Teledata Networks has accumulated a wide installed base, spanning
millions of lines in over 55 countries worldwide. Its 27 years of experience
have yielded outstanding technological leadership, a high level of expertise
and a strong foundation of intellectual property.
Teledata Networks is a private company, in which the major shareholders
are the Kardan group (Euronext: KARD), Elron Electronic Industries (NASDAQ:
ELRN) and Infinity Venture Capital Fund. Learn more about Teledata Networks
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eMOBUS CTO Discusses Migrating from PaaS to IaaS at SaaScon 2010
Presentation Showcases the Evolution of the Company's Mission Critical Systems
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 17 -- Mathieu Guilmineau, CTO for eMOBUS (http://www.emobus.com/) and a veteran in leading custom web-based development software teams, is responsible for spearheading the development of eMOBUS' Electronic Mobility Management platform and the integration needs of their clients. For over 15 years, Guilmineau has led the deployment of software platforms designed to support configurable business intelligence. Guilmineau has strong domain expertise in integration and process reengineering, as well as strategic planning, tactical problem solving and operations.
What: In his session, "Migrating from PaaS," Mathieu will cover eMOBUS' lessons learned in selecting a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider and the risk-reducing steps their engineering team took when migrating from QuickBase. The presentation will discuss how his team managed the evolution of the company's mission critical systems. Mathieu will also explain the initial benefits of choosing QuickBase, how the application outgrew the platform, and what worked compared to what didn't in transitioning to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider.
When: Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2010, from 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Where: SaaScon 2010 - April 6-7, 2010 - Santa Clara Convention Center - Santa Clara, California 95050
Why: SaaScon is the destination conference in 2010 to learn everything about Software as a Service (SaaS) and related cloud-based services. Mathieu's presentation is designed expressly for those engaged in purchasing, managing or developing cloud-based solutions. Mathieu's case study of eMOBUS' business and technology evolution offers direct insight into measuring benefits versus costs in choosing cloud-based development environments.
Mathieu Guilmineau, CTO for eMOBUS, will be available during SaaScon 2010 for press interviews. To schedule a briefing or a teleconference before or during the event, please call 888-366-2871 or email email@example.com.
eMOBUS reduces direct carrier billing costs by 15%-40% in 60 days. Beyond creating the initial cost savings, eMOBUS web-based ticketing system centralizes and automates the mobility management lifecycle - MACD requests, procurement, provisioning, invoices, inventory, usage and cost allocation - allowing organizations to outsource the administrative maintenance while gaining more control and visibility of their cellular infrastructure.
Creators of the Most Popular Microsoft Outlook Add-in Announce First Mobile Product; Xobni Now Available for BlackBerry Smartphones
SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 -- Xobni, a company known to date as a popular Microsoft Outlook add-in that has been downloaded almost 5 million times to help people manage their email and relationships, today announced Xobni Mobile, available first on BlackBerry® smartphones. Xobni Mobile reinvents the address book; automatically creating rich profiles for every contact you've ever communicated with, regardless of whether they've been manually added to the native address book. Xobni Mobile for BlackBerry® smartphones is now available for download at http://www.xobni.com/mobile and soon on BlackBerry App World(TM). As part of the launch, Xobni is also announcing Xobni One, a service that links information between Microsoft Outlook and mobile versions of Xobni for a more comprehensive and up-to-date address book.
"Xobni Mobile automatically builds and maintains the fastest, most complete and smartest address book you've ever used," said Jeff Bonforte, CEO of Xobni. "The launch of Xobni Mobile on the BlackBerry platform is an important milestone for the company, and we have made this even more compelling by powering it with Xobni One. This new service is the foundation for all our future products, and is the result of a significant investment from our product and engineering teams."
Xobni automatically creates rich profiles for anyone you've communicated with, and offers the most complete and up-to-date contacts ranked in order of relevance versus alphabetically. Xobni Mobile makes these contacts available to you on the BlackBerry smartphone by opening the Xobni Mobile application, or by "flicking up" on the trackball or trackpad while in the compose window of the native BlackBerry Email application. This deep product integration allows BlackBerry smartphone users immediate access to all their contacts when they need them, in ranked order without requiring users to change the way they use email on the BlackBerry.
"BlackBerry smartphone users enjoy an industry leading mobile messaging experience that enables them to seamlessly access relevant and timely information. Xobni Mobile builds on the experience with extended contact management and search functionality and maintains ease-of-use by integrating with the core BlackBerry messaging and address book applications in a rich and highly contextualized manner," said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion.
Xobni Mobile is immediately available on BlackBerry smartphones and can be purchased as an on-device product, and can also link with Microsoft Outlook via the Xobni One service.
Xobni Mobile with Xobni One enables consumers to connect Xobni for Outlook with Xobni Mobile on their BlackBerry smartphones, making contact information for every person a user has ever communicated with in Outlook immediately available on the BlackBerry. Other contact management functionality includes:
-- Email addresses for everyone with whom you communicate
-- Automatic phone number extraction
-- Access to contacts using Xobni within the email compose screen or in
-- Prioritized contacts using Xobni Rank, which lists contacts by how
often you communicate with them versus alphabetically
-- Saving of Xobni profiles in the event of hard drive crash or lost
-- Quick access to valuable information, including:
-- One-click access to Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, including
-- Recent SMS, phone calls and emails exchanged, and shared
-- Shared network of people
-- Ability to send your calendar availability to all contacts
Non-Outlook users receiving other email on their BlackBerry smartphone (Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Lotus Notes, etc.) can now take advantage of Xobni functionality on their BlackBerry smartphone by simply downloading the app without Xobni One. These users will not get the benefit of the historic contacts locked up in Outlook, but Xobni will index email on their BlackBerry smartphone at time of download and moving forward.
Xobni Mobile is currently compatible with the BlackBerry® Tour(TM) and BlackBerry® Curve(TM) 8900 smartphones, as well as the BlackBerry® Bold(TM) and BlackBerry® Storm(TM) series smartphones.
The Xobni Mobile for BlackBerry smartphone product and Xobni One service is now available. Pricing options below:
-- Xobni Mobile standalone app for BlackBerry: $9.99 one-time fee
-- Xobni Mobile with Xobni One: $6.99 one-time fee + $3.99 recurring
-- One-year of Xobni Mobile on BlackBerry with Xobni One: $39.90/year
In November of last year, the company released Xobni Enterprise, a solution specifically designed to help businesses of all sizes to easily customize and deploy Xobni throughout the organization. Xobni expects the mobile product to be fully integrated with the Enterprise offering later this year.
Xobni ("inbox" spelled backwards) is a San Francisco startup that brings together your individual exchanges with social media content to provide a complete view of all your contacts in one place. Xobni's contact management products offer lightning fast email search and organization of your inbox, as well as an innovative and comprehensive address book for the mobile device. The technology emerged from a Master's project at MIT in 2006, and has been downloaded almost 5 million times since it launched publicly in May 2008. Xobni's first mobile product was developed for the BlackBerry and launched in March 2010. Xobni is funded by Khosla Ventures, Cisco Systems, BlackBerry Partners Fund, First Round Capital and others. For more information, go to xobni.com.
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ViXS(R) Sets a New Industry Standard by Delivering the World's Most Advanced Network Multimedia Processor
XCode(R)4210, the First Fully Integrated Dual HD Transcoder HD DVR SoC for IPTV Set-top Boxes, encodes, decodes and transcodes HD video up to 1080p60/50 simultaneously
TORONTO, March 17 -- ViXS Systems Inc. announced today a new family of advanced networked multimedia SoC solutions. The XCode(R) 4210, the first device of the new family, is a highly integrated processor designed for IPTV set-top boxes. Setting a new benchmark in application and communications processing, the XCode(R)4210 has the highest application CPU performance and boasts the highest sustained networked data throughput in a single chipset. The product, whose highly integrated design eliminates the need for a media co-processor, will be showcased at IPTV World Forum, Meeting Room 18, Olympia National Hall, London, March 23 - 25 2010.
Integrating all of ViXS advanced media-processing technology into a new architecture, the ViXS(R) XCode(R)4210 offers unparalleled performance and feature rich differentiation for best-in-class multimedia user experience. The XCode(R)4210 is the only set-top box SoC able to encode, decode and transcode multiple HD streams up to 1080p60/50 simultaneously, setting a new industry standard.
"ViXS continues to lead the competition by delivering industry-leading products for each of its target markets," said Sally Daub, President & CEO ViXS Systems Inc. "With the introduction of the XCode(R)4210, ViXS has met the challenges of emerging advanced set-top box applications. This product reduces the system cost of high performance set-top boxes by eliminating the need for a media co-processor. The XCode(R)4210 will truly enable what have been niche media applications to become the mainstream capabilities for any class of consumer entertainment device."
The XCode(R)4210 can transcode up to two HD streams, taking advantage of the Smart XCode(TM) technology based on sophisticated algorithms, dynamically switching between a highly efficient smart transcode and a full decode re-encode approach. The XCode(R)4210 incorporates a dual HD 1080p30/25/24 decoder that supports picture in picture and the latest H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) decoding standard for content transition to 1080p60/50 broadcasting and an additional media processing engine for flexible decoding of multiple Internet formats. The XCode(R)4210 has the ability to transcrypt and transcode any multimedia content to any multimedia and container formats allowing seamless streaming, downloading and sideloading to a multitude of connected consumer entertainment devices, such as set-top box, PC/laptop, TV, game console, DLNA client, wireless tablet, consumer electronics, and wired or wireless portable or smart phone.
The XCode(R)4210 delivers user performance in excess of 3,200 DMIPS distributed over a main MIPS 74k applications processor and two ARC 750D offload processors, all simultaneously running their own real time operating systems. This level of performance has set a new benchmark in application and communications processing with the highest sustained networked data throughput over 400 Mbit/s in a single chipset. Moreover, the XCode(R)4210 architecture produces the best-in-class power consumption for network multimedia processor SoC integrating dual HD transcoding.
An internally architected OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics engine provides 1080p graphics rendering on multiple overlays/surfaces as well as on tiled, mosaic and 3D TV content. The 3D graphics performance on the XCode(R)4210 is currently the only solution that passes the Futuremark(TM) benchmark in the set-top box market.
To provide the best image quality to consumers, the XCode(R)4210 supports advanced video processing including high quality de-interlacing and scaling, edge adaptive sharpening, adaptive contrast enhancement, color management, noise reduction and powerful compositing engines all at 1080p60/50 HD resolution over HDMI and component outputs.
Specifically designed for 3D TV applications, the XCode(R)4210 includes full 3D TV display formatting capability, 2D/3D graphics rendering, and the latest H.264 Multi-view Codec (MVC) 3D TV decoding standard.
Square Enix and Wildstorm Studios to Create Three-Part Comic That Will Explore the Mind-Bending Story Behind the Upcoming Action-RPG NIER
Series Reveals Unexplained Back Stories of Nier, Yonah, Kaine and Grimoire Weiss; Details Fall of Humanity to The Black Scrawl
LOS ANGELES, March 17 -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North America, is partnering with DC Comics imprint Wildstorm to create a custom comic series that will explore the rich and mysterious back story of the upcoming Action-RPG NIER(TM). NIER, whose unique content, characters and hidden, twisting storyline has transfixed gamers and media alike for months, will be available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft at North American retail outlets on April 27, 2010.
"We are extremely excited to partner with the storytellers at DC Comics to further explore the complex tale of NIER; to explore its unusual characters; and, to introduce new fans to a storyline that will challenge what they know from beginning to end," said John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix, Inc. "NIER is a game that paints a sophisticated and graphic picture of the despair resulting from an apocalyptic plague and the triumph of a father's will to protect his most prized possession, his daughter. DC Comics' ability to create colorful and engaging comics will help deliver NIER's unusual story to gamers and prepare them for what lies ahead in the game. By exploring the comics, gamers will understand the basis of Nier's world before they even pick up a sword or cast a spell."
The NIER comics will be available on the game's official Web site at http://www.niergame.com/, on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and on PlayStation®Store for PlayStation3 between now and April 27. The comics will reveal tantalizing clues about key characters from the game, including the title-character Nier; his disease-stricken daughter, Yonah; a conflicted and foul-mouthed fighting companion, Kaine; and, the talking book with an attitude, Grimoire Weiss. In addition, the NIER comics will address questions that have yet to be answered, namely, what sequence of events led to the fall of humanity? How was the deadly disease, The Black Scrawl, introduced to the earth? And, where did the terrifying Shades come from and why do they torment the few remaining survivors?
There will be three NIER comics in all, each telling a unique, yet overlapping story. The comics are being created by some of DC Comics' most renowned creators and illustrators, including Emmy-winning creator and executive producer Ricardo Sanchez; Pop Mhan, whose work has appeared on everything from Spider-Man and Ghost Rider at Marvel Comics to Batgirl and The Flash at DC Comics; Eddie Nunez, who works on the soon-to-be released DC Universe MMO; and, Carlos D'Anda, who has worked on notable comic book titles such as Justice League of America, Deathblow, and Lego's Bionice, was the lead Character Designer on the bestselling Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Arkham Asylum and is the Lead concept Artist on the DC Universe MMO from Sony Online Entertainment.
The latest offering from the RPG-masters at Square Enix, NIER is an "Action-RPG" that blends traditional RPG gameplay mechanics with intense, bloody combat and powerful magic to create an action-packed single-player experience where players explore and discover a future lost to a shadowy past.
Developed by cavia Inc, NIER delivers on Square Enix's renowned pedigree for creating unique and twisting storylines coupled with deep character development - a pedigree that has kept gamers around the world enraptured for decades.
Players will jump into the title role of the unyielding Nier as he begins his desperate quest to discover a cure for his daughter, Yonah, who is stricken with the deadly Black Scrawl disease. Armed with powerful magic as well as mighty swords, Nier will battle alongside formidable allies against waves of dark enemies and giant bosses to discover the truth about the disease, his daughter...and himself.
NIER is rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. NIER will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $59.99 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America, and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises -- FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 96 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 53 million units worldwide -- under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.
Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com/.
DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. NIER is a trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from Microsoft. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook. Inc.
eCrypt Urges Users to Heed the Warning as LifeLock Settles $12 Million Lawsuit
LifeLock's recent lawsuit settlement illustrates the need for end user control over privacy of information.
BOULDER, Colo., March 17 -- Earlier this month it was announced that LifeLock, an Arizona based identity theft protection company, agreed to settle the charges that it made false claims about its identity theft protection services, for $12 million. (FTC File No.072 306)
"While LifeLock promised consumers complete protection against all types of identity theft, in truth, the protection it actually provided left enough holes that you could drive a truck through it," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in a press release. Additionally, LifeLock made claims about data security at its own company that the FTC said were also false. After collecting sensitive data on customers, LifeLock did not encrypt the data and allegedly made the information easily accessible to anyone who wanted access to it. According to the FTC, several hundred LifeLock customers were victims of identity theft, regardless of the guarantees they received.
"This is a perfect example of why people need to take control of their security. It may be convenient to have someone else take care of it, but at what cost?" commented Brad Lever, President and CEO of eCrypt Technologies. "At eCrypt we understand that no one has the same desire to protect your information from unauthorized access as you do. That is why our software puts control in your hands."
eCrypt Technologies (BULLETIN BOARD: ECRY) came to market with "eCrypt", an easy to use, true peer-to-peer email encryption software for BlackBerry smartphones that is accessible and affordable, regardless of your status. "eCrypt" enables users to effectively protect the privacy of their wireless email communications. To see how "eCrypt" works, visit eCrypt's YouTube Channel.
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Schools Across America Cut Cost and Increase Protection with Vexira AntiVirus
With pricing as low as $1.29 per license schools can save thousands of dollars by switching to the Vexira Antivirus Safe@School Educational Discount Program
MEDINA, Ohio, March 17 -- Central Command, Inc., a leading provider of antivirus, antispyware and antithreat solutions for schools, businesses and enterprises, announced today that schools across America are quickly switching to Vexira Antivirus and saving thousands of dollars and increasing Internet protection for students, faculty and staff. Educational institutions can purchase Vexira(R) Antivirus for as low as $1.29 per license. This unique program allows all educational institutions to affordably defend themselves from computer virus, spyware and malware attacks.
With school districts across America facing budget cuts it is important that they stay protected against computer virus, spyware and other Internet-based threats. The manpower and costs associated with a widespread infection clean-up within a school district can quickly exceed $30,000 per incident.
Ogilvie Public School District in Minnesota selected Vexira Antivirus because of its ease-of-use, flexibility, dependable Internet protection and low cost. "We have found that Vexira is very user-friendly software to install and use. Our students and staff are now safer online with Vexira protecting them. With the special educational pricing and improved protection, it's been a win-win since switching to Vexira," said Becky Sanborn, Technology Coordinator, Ogilvie Public School District.
The Vexira Antivirus product range provides a near perfect blend of protection and ease of use for schools. With many unique features specifically tailored for educational-based networks Vexira gives Technology Coordinators and District Administrators powerful tools to combat viruses, spyware and other Internet-based malware.
Vexira Antivirus is a scalable, multi-platform Internet threat protection solution for any size network. Educational institutions use Vexira Antivirus to protect desktops, laptops, netbooks and file servers within computer labs or across entire campuses without hindering the student's for faculty's work.
"Vexira Antivirus is built to protect high threat environments like school districts. We have tailored the protection and defenses for the specific needs of schools based on feedback from our existing educational clients. Vexira has extremely resilient and reliable protection capabilities that can be deployed silently throughout a network. With our dedicated Technical Support Specialists specifically trained in supporting large scale deployments we are uniquely positioned to protect and support schools ahead of other vendors," said Keith Peer, CEO, Central Command, Inc.
For complete details, terms and conditions about the Vexira Safe@School Educational Discount Program visit http://www.centralcommand.com/edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free +1 888-5-VEXIRA (839472)
About Central Command: Central Command, Inc., founded in 1990 is a privately held corporation that serves business, education, and healthcare organizations with Internet threat protection software, services, and information. The company services customers in over 104 countries and is headquartered in Medina, Ohio. Visit Central Command at http://www.centralcommand.com/ or call 1 888-5-VEXIRA (839472) for more information.
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Universal Music Group Launches Six-String(TM) on App Store
Revolutionary New App Enables iPhone and iPod touch Users to Play Along With Their Favorite Songs, Culled From Real Studio Masters
LOS ANGELES, March 17 -- Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, today announced the launch of Six-String(TM) on the App Store. Six-String(TM) is a new iPhone and iPod touch music app that delivers a dynamic guitar experience and includes chart-topping hits culled from real studio masters.
Six-String(TM) authentically recreates the guitar playing experience using tracks gathered from the real studio masters. So for the first time ever, players are provided with a truly engaging musical experience as they are required to pluck, strum and change chords. And since no experience is required, anyone anywhere can now play the guitar like a pro along with their favorite songs instantly!
Six-String(TM) comes with 6 chart-topping tracks, but players can easily add songs from the in-app store as they progress. The tracks included are: Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name;" Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down A Dream;" Fall Out Boy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs;" Peter Frampton's "Show Me The Way;" and Orianthi's "According To You." It also contains The Scorpions "Raised on Rock," from their new album, Sting in the Tail, being released on March 23rd, which will be the first time a Scorpions' recording has been included in any of the music game franchises.
The Six-String App also features more than 20 additional game tracks available for in-app purchase, including songs from 3 Doors Down, Angels and Airwaves, Beck, Dashboard Confessional, G.B.H., Gary Go, Hinder, Hollywood Undead, Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, No Doubt, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Robert Palmer, Sum 41, Wolfmother and many more to come! In addition, users can purchase the corresponding song, video and ringtone from iTunes through the app where available.
In Six-String(TM), there are 2 different play modes: Practice Mode or Studio Mode. Practice Mode lets the player get familiar with a song and Studio mode allow the player to compete, earn points and work up to Six-String's(TM) high-score rankings. Moreover, there will be a contest running through the first month of the game's release, whereby the person with the highest score on the Six-String(TM) Hall of Fame leaderboard via the Plus+ Network at exactly 6:00 PM PDT on April 6, 2010 will be eligible to win a Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster."
The app allows users to play each track at three different levels of difficulty. The sound can be adjusted to hear only the guitar or the guitar against the full master recording. Additionally, the game offers a free, thriving Six-String(TM) social community (via 'Plus+ Network') which adds more excitement and competition to the game, allowing users to challenge each other's prowess on any song. In addition, players may choose to post score updates via Facebook, Twitter and email.
Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog-Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.
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Tiny Embedded 2G and 3G Modules Created for Mobile Internet Devices
New EVDO and HSPA modules to be showcased at the CTIA show in Las Vegas
IRVINE, Calif., March 17 -- AnyDATA Corporation, a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices, announces the DTW series of low cost embedded CDMA and GSM/HSPA modules designed for mobile Internet devices. The tiny broadband modules measure only 21mm x 22mm x 4.5mm, which is smaller in size than a quarter and weighs only 4 grams. The wireless modules serve as the communications platform for a wide array of connected devices, including digital photo frames, mobile healthcare devices, smart grid and meter readers, automotive telematics, as well as interactive multimedia terminals.
AnyDATA is producing multiple versions of the broadband embedded wireless modules that are based upon Qualcomm's Wearable Mobile Device module designs. All modules in the AnyDATA DTW series include GPS for real-time tracking and accelerometer for motion sensing applications. Engineering samples of the AnyDATA wireless modules will be available in April for OEM customers.
The DTW series of miniature embedded modules will utilize the same 90-pin connector and USB 2.0 interface. This enables device companies to utilize different versions of the modules to cost effectively operate on various cellular networks. The AnyDATA DTW-200 module operates on CDMA 1X networks while the AnyDATA DTW-500 utilizes 3G EVDO Rev A technology. Both wireless modules support the RUIM interface and operate on CDMA 800 and 1900 MHz frequencies. The embedded modules feature A-GPS location that enables indoor tracking of the device without seeing the GPS satellites.
The AnyDATA DTW-400 module operates on UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks, while the DTW-600 version operates on quad band GSM networks as well as tri-band UMTS networks that support high speed HSPA technology.
"We are pleased to continue AnyDATA's trademark innovation by offering these tiny, embedded 2G and 3G data modules," said Dr. Soon B. Shin, CEO of AnyDATA. "We believe this small form factor will enable a new category of connected consumer devices for better healthcare, personal security, and anywhere Internet connectivity."
"Qualcomm's Wearable Mobile Device module design leverages our chipset technology to provide high performance in a very small form factor," said Jack Steenstra, vice president of engineering. "AnyDATA's new module products will open entirely new opportunities for developers seeking to create wearable wireless products."
AnyDATA will be demonstrating the new DTW series of modules along with its other products including world class smartphones, 3G USB modems, mini-PCIE modules, and personal tracking devices in its booth at the upcoming International CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas. Visit the AnyDATA CTIA booth at location 6329 for product demonstrations.
For questions or schedule a meeting at CTIA, please contact AnyDATA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AnyDATA Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices, including real-time tracking devices, modems, and smartphones. AnyDATA products have been certified by more than 56 carriers in 45 countries. The company distributes its products worldwide through wireless carriers and OEMs. AnyDATA was selected by Deloitte in 2008 as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in North America. AnyDATA is also listed on Deloitte's Orange County, California Fast 50, as one of the fastest growing companies in that technology intensive region. AnyDATA was also selected as a 2009 Fierce 15 company by Fierce Wireless for AnyDATA's creativity and innovation in the wireless market. AnyDATA provides wireless solutions for a smarter world.
The University of San Francisco to Showcase Its 100% Online Internet Marketing Certificate Program at the SES NYC 2010 Conference and Expo
Register online or visit USF's SES NYC booth #321 for a chance to win a Master Certificate in Internet Marketing course valued at up to $2,280!
TAMPA, Fla., March 17 -- The University of San Francisco (USF) will be showcasing the industry's first 100% online Master Certificate in Internet Marketing program at the upcoming Search Engine Strategies (SES) 2010 Conference and Expo.
SES New York, the industry's largest Search Engine Marketing (SEM) conference, is being held at the New York Hilton, March 22-26, 2010. This year USF's online program faculty member, Joe Laratro, will present his leading-edge Search Engine Marketing (SEM) tactics, "Bringing SEO In-House," on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
"The Search Engine Strategies Expo is a great opportunity for marketing professionals to meet the leading SEM experts and learn firsthand about USF's 100% online Internet marketing training courses," said Pete Schatschneider, University Alliance senior brand manager for USF's online certificate programs.
"Attendees to the conference are encouraged to stop by USF's SES NYC Expo booth #321 and register to win an online Internet Marketing course valued at up to $2,280," said Schatschneider. Those who cannot attend the show can still register to win a free course at http://www.usanfranonline.com/SES.*
Solidifying its reputation as the leader in online Internet marketing training, the University of San Francisco is proud to also feature its two new specialized training certificates in Advanced Web Analytics and Advanced Social Media. These eight-week online courses offer a more intensive exploration of key digital marketing disciplines, empowering marketers with enhanced skills and broader knowledge of web analytics and social media. Like all of USF's online offerings, the new web analytics and social media courses are led by practicing, real-world professionals who are among today's foremost interactive marketing experts.
Acclaimed as one of America's best universities by U.S. News & World Report, the University of San Francisco has earned a reputation for academic excellence that dates back to its founding in 1855. It is committed to becoming internationally recognized as a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective. USF's online programs are offered through its School of Business and Professional Studies, which includes the Masagung Graduate School of Management and the McLaren College of Business.
*Subject to verification of eligibility. Restrictions apply. See official rules for entry details and eligibility restrictions at the event or visit http://www.usanfranonline.com/ses. No purchase necessary.
Distributor of green foodservice supplies is the first nationwide, online source for environmentally friendly pizza box
NEW YORK, March 17 -- FoodBizSupply.com (http://www.foodbizsupply.com/) has become the first nationwide, online source for the GreenBox pizza box, environmentally friendly pizza to-go packaging available to pizzerias, restaurants, cafeterias, and foodservice companies. Designed by e.c.o., Inc. (http://www.ecoincorporated.com/), the patented GreenBox has received extensive traditional and social media coverage, including a positive review on Twitter from actor Ashton Kutcher and a YouTube video with over 800,000 viewings (http://greenbox.foodbizsupply.com/).
The GreenBox is made in America from 100% recycled post-consumer content. The box top perforates into four rectangular "plates," eliminating the need for paper plates or the energy/water usage from cleaning regular plates after the meal. The bottom folds into a leftover container that takes up 50% less space, simplifying refrigerator storage and disposal.
FoodBizSupply.com will initially offer the GreenBox in 16-inch size with 10, 12, 14-inch sizes available soon. The eco-forward pizza box comes with the signature GreenBox logo; custom printing and box customization are available. FoodBizSupply.com is making this highly anticipated pizza box available to buyers of all sizes. Customers can order from a bundle pack of 100 boxes to truckload quantities. Volume-based discounts are available.
"The GreenBox is a business builder for anyone who serves pizza," said Rosetta Mitchell, CEO of FoodBizSupply.com. "It's a 100% recycled pizza box that continues to reduce waste after the customer receives it. Its quality and function matches any traditional box. But most importantly, its 'coolness factor' creates viral marketing. Movie stars and everyday pizza lovers are talking about the GreenBox. That's a big plus for any business that sends its pizza home in this remarkable product."
FoodBizSupply.com - the online arm of Green Choice Vendors Distribution - is the largest online supplier of sustainable products and packaging for foodservice at wholesale prices. The company sells over 400 biodegradable and recyclable items such as tableware, bags, to-go containers, paper products, and green cleanup supplies from leading brands such as Solo Bare, BioPlus, Chinet, Ecotainer, EATWare, Tork, NatureFlex, Gojo and Duro. Company founder Rosetta Mitchell is a recognized expert in the manufacture and use of cost-effective, high-quality products that reduce waste, carbon footprint and demand on finite resources. To learn more, visit http://www.foodbizsupply.com/.
Spare Backup Announces New 'App' Store Compatible Across Mobile Platforms
Globally experienced applications consultant joins the team
PALM DESERT, Calif., March 17 -- Spare Backup, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SPBU) , a leading provider of automated, online backup, storage applications, and consumer cloud services for home users and small businesses, today announced the launch of a new 'App' store to complement its existing cloud content delivery offering used by major consumer electronics retailers across the globe.
Now available to individual consumers through its retail partnerships, the Spare Backup 'App' store will provide access to the latest games, e-books, content, and applications for users of most popular brands of phones, PCs and mobile devices. The 'App' store can support mobile platforms, such as Java, Windows, Android, PC, and Smartphone. With global sales of mobile apps predicted to reach 21.6 billion sold or $29.5 billion by 2013 (according to Gartner Research), Spare Backup is enabling consumers a user-friendly, "one stop shopping" experience for the purchasing, storage, and backup of their mobile content.
"Right now, the market for accessing content from anywhere is exploding. Through strategic partnerships with retailers and content suppliers, our app store offers consumers a convenient alternative destination that matches today's mobile lifestyle. All-levels of IT users can not only access games, applications, and other content, but securely store and backup this content on any mobile device or PC," said Cery Perle, CEO of Spare Backup, Inc.
To help support the growth of the 'App' store offering, Rob Stevenson will join Spare Backup in a consultative capacity in the role of 'app category captain'. Stevenson will help broker internationally important relationships with key content suppliers during a period of anticipated growth for Spare Backup. A recognized expert in social computing, Stevenson currently serves as the U.K. office director of Digital Chocolate, a leading publisher of original, high-quality social and wireless games headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. Previously, Stevenson served as head of strategic sales and licensing for Northern Europe at Ubisoft Entertainment.
Rob Stevenson commented, "I am very excited to support the team at Spare Backup. The company's compelling new service-led proposition for an App and lifestyle portal is undeniably the way forward. I welcome the opportunity to help Spare Backup partner with third party companies that are interested in what we have planned and am looking forward to continuing the growth of an already impressive offering."
Perle continued, "The addition of Rob Stevenson comes at a major time of growth for Spare Backup and his international experience and deep gaming industry expertise will be invaluable to our 'App' store success. I welcome him to the team."
Currently, there are more than 50,000 applications available through the Spare Backup 'App' store. The store is part of several consumer cloud content delivery offerings distributed through Spare Backup retail partnerships on a case by case basis, including through a partnership with Carphone Warehouse.
About Spare Backup
Spare Backup, Inc. specializes in helping consumers, small office/home office users and small to mid-sized businesses protect their computer data quickly, automatically and cost-effectively. The company's flagship Spare Backup product is the first totally automated online backup service that intelligently selects, secures and stores files without any user intervention, automatically backing up documents, email, music, photos and other PC files on a continuous basis or according to the schedule of the user's choice.
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