New Isolated DC-DC Converter Development Tools Increase Power Density of Modular and Embedded Power Supplies
National Semiconductor, Silicon Labs Offer Reference Design and Evaluation Board for Networking and Communications Applications
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas, April 6 -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) and Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ:SLAB) today announced a new quarter-brick isolated DC-DC converter evaluation board and reference design to help power supply designers get higher power density in networking, communications and high-end server applications.
Featuring National Semiconductor's LM5035C pulse-width modulation (PWM) controller and Silicon Labs' Si8420 ISOpro(TM) digital isolator, the isolated DC-DC converter evaluation board provides power supply designers with a highly efficient 100W reference design in a quarter-brick form factor. The evaluation board reduces the time required for product characterization and design adaptation to the customer's specific requirements.
"National's LM5035C half-bridge PWM controller enables industry leading power density and performance advantages for small form factor DC-DC converters by integrating the bias regulator, gate drivers and synchronous rectifier controls into a single IC," said Jim MacDonald, marketing director for National Semiconductor's Infrastructure Power business unit. "The reference design with Silicon Labs enables even further power density improvements by combining industry-leading power control and isolation technology."
The reference design demonstrates a viable 36V to 75V input half-bridge converter for power module or embedded power applications. The design survives input transients up to 100V as commonly required in communications equipment and protects the power distribution system with hiccup-mode fault protection.
"Silicon Labs' patented ISOpro digital isolation products provide significant performance advantages including lower power, industry-leading EMI performance and world-class reliability using standard CMOS process technology," said Mark Thompson, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs' Embedded Mixed Signal products. "The reference design with National Semiconductor validates our industry-leading digital isolation technology and puts our customers on the fast track to developing power modules for their embedded applications."
National Semiconductor LM5035C PWM Controller
National's LM5035C half-bridge PWM controller delivers power density and performance advantages for small form factor isolated DC-DC converter modules. The LM5035C has been optimized for use with digital isolators to provide further power density improvements.
National's LM5035C PWM controller includes integrated 2A half-bridge gate drivers and SyncFET outputs that control the secondary-side synchronous rectifier MOSFETs through the Si8420 digital isolator. Dead time between the main and synchronous rectifier on/off transitions is adjustable with a single external resistor. For more information about National's LM5035C PWM controller, visit http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM5035C.html. Watch a video of the LM5035C at http://bit.ly/LM5035C.
Silicon Labs Si8420 ISOpro Digital Isolator
Silicon Labs' ISOpro family of digital isolators employs digital RF technology to communicate data across an isolation barrier. Using the Silicon Labs Si8420 digital isolator in place of pulse transformers eliminates numerous design issues such as duty cycle limitations and non-monotonic decay of output during shutdown. In addition, use of digital isolators improves efficiency and saves board space by eliminating the need for pulse transformers.
National Semiconductor is a leader in analog power management technology. Its products include easy-to-use integrated circuits, PowerWise products that enable more energy-efficient systems, and SolarMagic products which improve the energy output of solar arrays. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary last May. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.46 billion for fiscal 2009. Additional information is available at http://www.national.com.
About Silicon Laboratories
Silicon Laboratories is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Developed by a world-class engineering team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs' diverse portfolio of highly-integrated, easy-to-use products offers customers significant advantages in performance, size and power consumption. These patented solutions serve a broad set of markets and applications including consumer, communications, computing, industrial and automotive.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Silicon Labs is a global enterprise with operations, sales and design activities worldwide. The company is committed to contributing to our customers' success by recruiting the highest quality talent to create industry-changing innovations. For more information about Silicon Labs, please visit http://www.silabs.com.
National Semiconductor and PowerWise are registered trademarks of National Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Gayle Bullock Dale Weisman
National Semiconductor Silicon Labs
(408) 721-2033 (512) 532-5871
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Scalable Sitara(TM) ARM9 MPUs from Texas Instruments deliver mix of integrated connectivity options for industrial and highly-connected designs
Four AM1x MPUs and complementary tools feature TI's unique Programmable Real-time Unit for flexible and configurable I/O control
DALLAS, April 6 -- Developers of embedded industrial, medical and consumer designs demand flexible architectures to support multiple industry-specific peripherals and interfaces. To address the evolving needs of these market spaces, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced four new Sitara(TM) ARM9 microprocessors (MPUs) and corresponding evaluation modules (EVMs) packed with a plethora of integrated connectivity options.
Unlike other ARM9 offerings, TI's AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 MPUs integrate notable interfaces such as a serial ATA (SATA), universal parallel port (uPP) and TI's unique Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU). The PRU offers flexible and configurable I/O control enabling developers to extend peripheral capabilities and add custom interfaces to their designs. The hardware and software scalability of the AM1x devices are coupled with a suite of software, demos and development tools to reduce customers' time to market. For more information, visit http://www.ti.com/am1x-prhome.
AM1x key features and benefits:
-- 375 and 450 MHz ARM9 options
-- Unique PRU enhances system flexibility and offers full user
configurability when desired
-- Extend system peripheral needs with the ability to implement and tune
standard, custom and "lite" versions of common and proprietary serial
interfaces, such as UART and CAN
-- Achieve maximum efficiency since the PRU offloads the ARM9 to improve
application processing capacity, reduce overall power consumption,
eliminate latency and improve real-time responsiveness
-- Unique peripheral mix includes SATA, uPP, USB 2.0 on-the-go (OTG) with
integrated PHY, USB 1.1 with integrated PHY, 10/100 Ethernet MAC,
MMC/SD and more for smooth implementation of data, network, device and
-- Pin-to-pin compatibility with TI's OMAP-L1x processors protect
customers' code investment with the capability to scale up to the
OMAP-L1x to integrate real-time data, video and audio processing
capabilities or for OMAP-L1x developers to scale down to the AM1x to
create cost-effective, entry-level products
-- Scale performance and power efficiency, utilize numerous peripherals
and drive down system cost across product lines while leveraging
existing hardware and software investments with TI's Sitara product
-- With TI's Sitara family, developers can confidently turn their design
concepts into leading innovations for a myriad of end-equipments,
including industrial and home automation, point-of-service, portable
data terminals and educational consoles.
Tools and software
Customers can rapidly develop and deploy their designs with the new TMDXEXP1808L experimenter kit for $445, the TMDXEVM1808L EVM for $1150 and TMDXEM1707 EVM for $845. The software development kit includes a Linux kernel 2.6.33 board support package, PRU configuration tool as well as PRU CAN, PRU UART and touch screen demos. Windows® Embedded CE and additional operating system support will be available later in the year.
The AM1x MPUs are sampling today with prices starting at USD $6.55 in quantities of 1,000 units.
Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com.
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Elemental Technologies Announces Elemental(TM) Live, the Industry's First GPU-Accelerated Live Video Streaming Solution
Elemental Live offers unmatched performance, manageability and business value for live event streaming to any device
PORTLAND, Ore., April 6 -- Elemental Technologies, the leading provider of massively parallel video processing solutions, today announced Elemental Live, a GPU-accelerated, enterprise-class video processing system that provides content distributors with video and audio encoding for live streaming. Ideal for broadcasters, online video platforms and other new media providers, Elemental Live delivers four times the performance of competitive CPU-only solutions at half the price. Elemental will unveil Elemental Live in booth SL4529 on the NAB 2010 show floor in Las Vegas April 12-15.
Elemental Live drives immediate business value by speeding delivery of video content to the consumer and improving the monetization of content for the provider. An industry-leading combination of superior video quality, flexibility and ease-of-use makes Elemental Live a powerful solution for streaming live content to virtually any target device. The system provides greater density than other transcoding solutions for live events with the ability to encode four simultaneous 1080p output streams or up to eight 720p output streams in a single appliance. By creating all the required streams for a live event in a single system, Elemental Live eliminates the complexity of multi-appliance solutions while dramatically reducing the total cost of ownership.
"Elemental Live's immediate ease of use and integration was a breath of fresh air," said Jim DeChant, Director of Technical Operations at News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting. "Our evaluation of Elemental Live demonstrates that it can provide critical density in terms of concurrent outputs per system, allowing us to deliver a high-quality adaptive solution to our viewers at a very low cost."
"Content providers are making a concerted move to live streaming using adaptive bit rate protocols. Given the number of video streams these architectures require, current enterprise encoding solutions can't keep pace in terms of raw performance, usability or total cost of ownership," said Sam Blackman, CEO and chairman of Elemental Technologies. "With its high performance and throughput, Elemental Live not only produces high quality video for live streaming, it can replace multiple CPU-only encoding systems at a fraction of the price while reducing power consumption, cooling requirements and the overall solution footprint."
Elemental Live delivers the high-quality, high-efficiency performance required for current and future live streaming applications. With unprecedented ease of integration and management, Elemental Live fits easily into any existing video content creation and delivery workflow. An intuitive web-based interface with real-time operator controls drives a seamless user experience and a REST interface allows content providers to quickly integrate Elemental Live into their workflow and execute command and control through a simple XML-based API.
"Live video is clearly driving one of the most dramatic growth segments in the technology marketplace, and content producers and CDNs as well as mobile device developers have embraced the business opportunity while the technology infrastructure plays catch-up," noted Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. "By leveraging the power of GPUs for live video encoding, Elemental Live represents a significant step forward in the quality, throughput and manageability that content providers can expect from a single system."
Key features of Elemental Live include:
-- Complete Adaptive Bit Rate Support - Create streams for any device
with full support for Flash Media Server, Microsoft Smooth Streaming
and Apple HTTP Live Streaming, all from a single system.
-- Broad Input and Flexible Output Support - Ingest multiple inputs from
IP, HD-SDI or SDI with support for multiple audio tracks; use the most
efficient codecs and containers for today's streaming media.
-- Proprietary Video Algorithms - Algorithms designed exclusively for the
GPU drive intelligent video processing and effects, saving valuable
computational cycles and improving video output quality.
-- Real-Time User Controls - Easy-to-use start and stop controls save
editing cycles and allow for instant posting of on-demand event
-- Interoperability and Redundancy - One-click integration available for
the most popular CDNs; publish to multiple endpoints simultaneously
-- Future Ready - Designed to support CableLabs® compliance for streaming
to cable set-top boxes, new standards such as HTML 5, and encoding for
Elemental will debut Elemental Live at NAB in Las Vegas April 12-15 with a four-screen demonstration that features simultaneous real-time encoding of multiple video streams targeted to mobile, tablet, web and HDTV platforms. Elemental Live will be generally available in May, 2010. Pricing is available upon request.
Elemental Technologies is the leading provider of massively parallel video processing solutions for enterprise video customers. Elemental's products use off-the-shelf, programmable graphics processing units (GPUs) for compute-intensive video processing and conversion tasks. The product line is ideal for digital media workflows that require video encoding for Internet and mobile delivery, faster-than-real-time transcoding, or support for adaptive bit rate distribution. Elemental's innovative solutions deliver unprecedented price/performance advantages to a variety of customers including broadcasters, online video platforms and content delivery networks. Founded in 2006, Elemental is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about Elemental, visit http://www.elementaltechnologies.com.
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WD(R) Launches Newest WD VelociRaptor(R) - The World's Fastest SATA Hard Drive Now Has Twice the Capacity
10,000 RPM, 2.5-inch, 600 GB, 6 Gb/s SATA Hard Drive Delivers High Performance and Capacity for Both Enthusiast and Enterprise Customers
LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 6 -- WD® (NYSE:WDC) announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor® 450 GB and 600 GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Mac® computers, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers that require a balance of high performance and capacity. As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market today, and a favorite amongst enthusiast and enterprise groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation.
The most popular hard drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics that provide 24x7 durability under high-performance demands and packs up to 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The WD VelociRaptor drive is also available in the IcePack(TM) enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis and 3.5-inch HDD form factor enterprise chassis.
"WD is a leader in the performance and reliability of enterprise SATA hard drives," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise business unit. "Demand for performance combined with an increase in capacity continues to rise and WD is the leader in this category. WD customers can rely on the new WD VelociRaptor to deliver high performance under the harshest conditions, while continuing to keep user data safe."
Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
-- Killer speed - SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 32 MB cache enhance the next
generation 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor making it up to 15% faster than
the award-winning previous generation.
-- Monstrous capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA drives are available in
capacities up to 600 GB, double the capacity of the previous
-- Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical
enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high
duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives
have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA
-- Ultra-cool operation - Consumes no more power than the previous
generation WD VelociRaptor while offering double the capacity and
-- IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a
backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a
built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool
when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.
-- Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF(TM)) - Optimizes operation and
performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive
-- NoTouch(TM) ramp load technology - The recording head never touches
the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head
and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
-- Environmentally conscious - In addition to being ROHS compliant, this
generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.
Price and Availability
WD VelociRaptor (model WD4500HLHX and WD6000HLHX - 3.5-inch version with IcePack) hard drives are available now at select distributors and resellers. WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD4500BLHX and WD6000BLHX) are under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors within this quarter. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 450 GB (model WD4500HLHX) is $299 USD and the 600 GB (model WD6000HLHX) is $329 USD. More information about WD VelociRaptor hard drives may be found on the company's Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=821.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to: expected ship dates for the new WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives. These forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a result of several factors, including: challenges faced in new product development and manufacturing ramp, supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry and business conditions generally; and other risks and uncertainties listed in WD's recent SEC filings, including its form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter of 2010. WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or for any other reason.
Western Digital, WD, WD VelociRaptor, and the WD logo are registered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries; IcePack, NoTouch and RAFF are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks herein are property of their respective owner. As used for interface, gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes and one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
HulloMail(TM) Extends Voice Messaging App to all BlackBerry Curve Smartphones
LONDON, April 6, 2010-- HulloMail(TM) (http://www.hullomail.com), voice communications
innovator, has today announced that its popular voice messaging app is now
supported on the whole range of BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) smartphones,
- BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8300 smartphone series
- BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8500 smartphone series
- BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8900 smartphone
By downloading the app from BlackBerry App World(TM),
BlackBerry(R) smartphone users can now have voicemails pushed as audio files
directly to their handset and send and receive instant 'Hullo' voice messages
with friends or family, for free, both locally or internationally.
Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO, HulloMail said: "Having
listened to consumer feedback, we are pleased to announce expanding our
support for all models of the popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones.
People can access the app for free by visiting BlackBerry App World. Check it
Silverpop Launches Next-Generation Digital Marketing Platform
Silverpop's Engage 8 powers sophisticated email marketing automation and lead management tools
ATLANTA, April 6 -- Silverpop® today announced the launch of a new digital marketing platform that combines sophisticated email marketing tools with its top-ranked marketing automation and lead management applications. Silverpop Engage is now uniquely able to provide both B2C and B2B marketers the sophisticated on-demand solutions previously unavailable in one powerful platform.
A recent Silverpop survey of more than 1,800 marketers found that B2C and B2B marketers share many of the same goals. When asked what their top challenges are in the coming year, both groups said finding more prospective customers, up-selling or cross-selling to the customer base, improving analytics to strengthen campaigns and better leveraging new marketing channels are problems they face. Silverpop's new platform provides the tools and solutions to help B2C and B2B marketers overcome these challenges and better engage with customers and prospects. The new platform moves marketers from a "list-centric" to a "behavioral-centric" marketing approach, making it easier to develop campaigns that respond to individual interests and needs.
"I have always believed that the solutions supporting B2C and B2B marketers should come together into a single, scalable platform that makes the unique tools of each marketing discipline available to all, and our clients have overwhelmingly agreed," said Bill Nussey, CEO of Silverpop. "We've found that B2B marketing tools such as CRM integration and marketing automation are equally valuable to B2C marketers. And Silverpop's unrivaled email marketing innovations such as Share-to-Social and Send Time Optimization are invaluable resources that boost engagement and conversion for B2B marketers. So I'm really excited about the launch of the next generation of our marketing platform, Engage 8, that combines the powerful tools used by B2B and B2C marketers, giving them the best of both worlds. I believe it's the most powerful digital messaging tool the industry has ever seen."
Among the many marketing technologies found in Silverpop Engage 8, key features include:
-- Sophisticated Email Marketing tools to create and automate campaigns
that drive conversions and more deeply engage both current and
-- Lead Management capabilities that help marketers gain prospect insight
at every stage of the buying cycle. B2C and B2B marketers supporting a
direct sales force will know exactly when a lead has been qualified by
marketing, accepted by sales and converted.
-- Share-to-Social technology that enables email recipients to share
messages on their favorite social sites and provides valuable insight
and reporting data on recipient sharing activity.
-- The industry's most flexible Data and List Management solution to
import, manage and leverage the myriad marketing data needed to
execute sophisticated, multi-channel campaigns.
-- Silverpop's proprietary Send Time Optimization technology that
automatically sends emails to recipients when they're most likely to
-- For B2C or B2B marketers supporting a sales force, Lead and Contact
Scoring routes prospective customers identified as ready to buy to
sales and moves those not yet ready to purchase into automated
-- Nurture campaigns monitor buyer behavior and serve up timely and
relevant content, keeping a brand top of mind and helping move buyers
toward a purchase.
-- Campaign Automation, featuring the industry's premier drag-and-drop
visual campaign builder, reduces manual processes and builds
intelligent, automated, buyer-driven campaigns that save time and free
up marketing resources.
-- Improved marketing results are achievable with Reporting and Analytics
that deliver real-time, data-driven insights to optimize performance
and prove ROI.
-- CRM and Web Analytics integration leverages point-and-click
integration between Silverpop Engage, Salesforce.com, Web analytics
providers and virtually any other application, giving marketers the
power to improve relevance and boost marketing results.
-- Surveys to gather deeper customer insight and broader customer
attributes that can help drive ROI and increase the relevance of
-- Personalized Landing Pages, Web forms and microsites that can be
integrated with marketing efforts to drive acquisition and conversion.
-- Multichannel Marketing tools that automate and coordinate delivery of
messages across any number of channels, including email, Web sites,
landing pages, RSS, mobile and social media.
-- Silverpop Inbound monitors social buzz, identifies big picture trends
and allows marketers to dig deep and interact with relevant individual
social posts and conversations, thereby better garnering the benefits
of exciting inbound channels.
The Georgia Aquarium currently uses Silverpop's email marketing platform, and plans to take advantage of the CRM integration tools available in Silverpop Engage 8. "We are very excited about this new product offering," said Kristie Cobb Hacke, vice president of development and membership for the Georgia Aquarium. "We manage a tremendous amount of data about our members, visitors and donors, so the ability to house that information within one database will help us to more effectively create and analyze campaigns."
Silverpop's B2B clients are also enthusiastic about the benefits of Engage 8. The ability to use popular tools such as Share-to-Social and Send Time Optimization will help them achieve the same kind of dramatic results B2C marketers have enjoyed. And Silverpop's highly scalable email marketing solution, industry-high deliverability and recognized thought capital on email marketing best practices help ensure that B2B messages reach their intended destinations and achieve desired results.
"Silverpop's new integrated platform gives marketers access to all the unique features of this highly scalable product offering," said Carlos Hidalgo, president of The Annuitas Group, a leading lead management process consulting firm and Silverpop strategic partner. "B2B-focused companies will be able to use some of the most innovative email marketing tools around while also taking full advantage of lead scoring and nurturing tools, and all through one engagement marketing provider."
To learn more about the Silverpop Survey of B2C and B2B marketers, click here. To learn more about Silverpop Engage, click here.
Silverpop's on-demand digital marketing platform helps marketers succeed in turning prospects into customers--and customers into fans--through the creation, automation and delivery of relevant, multichannel digital messaging. Companies rely on the Silverpop Engage platform to create and manage sophisticated email marketing campaigns that reach millions of individuals--one at a time--engaging prospective customers and enhancing lifetime customer value and brand loyalty. Silverpop's marketing automation capabilities enable B2B marketers to efficiently manage leads and drive qualified sales opportunities through scoring and by nurturing campaigns that move prospects from interest to conversion. Silverpop's industry-leading thought capital, strategic counsel, service and support helps B2C and B2B customers with the precise level of training and advice needed to quickly improve campaign results and ROI. With offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, Silverpop's marketing technologies are used by industry-leading brands around the globe. Best practices and white papers are available at silverpop.com.
Kastle Systems Launches Next-Generation Security Systems at Vornado/Charles E. Smith Properties
System features IP-based Security and Advanced Video Monitoring Services
WASHINGTON, April 6 -- Kastle Systems will roll out the industry's most progressive security systems technology at Vornado/Charles E. Smith properties in the metro Washington area in 2010, featuring the use of IP technology and the integration of remote video monitoring services.
The foundation of Kastle System's solution is the Kastle IP Platform, which unifies different systems within the building, allowing more information to be collected and correlated for quicker, thorough insight into critical events. In addition to access control, Kastle's solution incorporates advances in analytic technology which enables surveillance cameras to be utilized as proactive sensors for real-time detection and deterrence. For instance, if someone were loitering in an alleyway late at night that would not only be automatically detected but it is also now possible for Kastle to open up an audio channel to speak directly to those persons and then to send the image/video clip to the property manager. All of these systems, its information and the monitoring of events is manned and supported 24x7 by Kastle experts.
Kastle's video monitoring service is truly a break through technology for commercial real estate. Video Surveillance is a common feature in most office buildings, yet in reality it is only used as a passive tool. "This upgrade provides active monitoring tools that will enable us to anticipate issues before they impact tenant security, safety, or operations," said Patrick Tyrrell, Chief Operating Officer of Vornado/Charles E. Smith.
"Today most property owners are using disparate building systems throughout their portfolio, including video and access systems. The systems require multiple resources to administer and manage them, and many of the systems are passive tools, thus reducing security efficiency, effectiveness and awareness. Kastle's IP-platform enables the seamless integration of systems and the ability to turn passive tools, such as video, into active solutions. This, combined with our unique managed service approach, supports Vornado's commitment to innovation, quality service, and their ability to continually increase efficiencies well into the future," said Piyush Sodha, CEO, Kastle Systems International.
Kastle Systems has been leading the industry for more than 37 years with new technologies and advanced security solutions. Kastle operates and manages security systems for its clients offsite, around-the-clock. Currently, Kastle protects more than 2,000 properties with over 37,000 tenant spaces, for a total of 386 million square feet of office space nationwide and internationally. Over 2 million people use Kastle Access Control daily.
Kastle's innovative outsourced security services significantly reduce costs and improve the critically important, 24/7 performance of security systems for building owners, developers, and tenants. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Kastle Systems has offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Sydney, Australia. To learn more about Kastle's security solutions, visit http://www.kastle.com.
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Three New iPad Protective Cases Now Available From case-mate
The Highly Anticipated iPad is Here - Keep it Looking Brand New with Stylish and Durable case-mate Cases
ATLANTA, April 6 -- case-mate, a designer of innovative accessories for mobile devices, today announced the market availability of three new iPad cases at http://www.case-mate.com.
iPad users can ensure their coveted device stays protected with a case from case-mate. Offered in a variety of designs, materials and price points, current and future iPad owners are sure to find an option that matches their personal style and protection needs.
"Case-mate strives to create cutting-edge accessories and cases for today's most popular mobile devices," said Shashi Reddy, founder and CEO of case-mate. "The iPad is one of the most talked about gadgets of 2010 and we're excited to be launching a series of fashion-forward and stylistically diverse cases to safeguard it during and between use."
The selection of case-mate iPad cases include:
-- 'Walkabout' Felt Folio: This case has a side opening, leather accents
and pockets for storage. A magnetic strap keeps the iPad in place.
-- 'Traveler' Leather Commuter: This executive folio made of premium tan
leather has embedded magnetic locks for a sleek fit.
-- 'Express' Nylon Folio: Created out of a black ballistic nylon
material, this splash-resistant folio offers fuss-free protection.
All three case-mate iPad cases are available now at http://www.case-mate.com. They range in price from $20.00 to $80.00. case-mate will be launching three other iPad cases in Q2, which include the Gelli series, Tough and I Make My Case personalization tool.
Launching innovative accessories since 2006, case-mate combines design engineering with cutting-edge materials to protect, adorn and enhance mobile technology. A melting pot of entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world, case-mate believes that there is nothing more important than the freedom of self-expression ... our mantra "Freedom To Be Truly You" inspires every creative output, every day. This core principle carries through our products, packaging and partnerships and brings to life case-mate's vision in a dynamic technology marketplace. To learn more, please visit http://www.case-mate.com.
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Savvis to Debut New Sales Team Dedicated to the Software Vertical at SaaSCon 2010
Expansion of vertical sales efforts expected to contribute to both Software-as-a-Service and overall revenue growth
ST. LOUIS, April 6 -- Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today announced the formation of a new sales team dedicated to the software vertical. Software joins financial services and media as the third vertical targeted by Savvis, as it continues to focus on enhancing its sales and marketing efforts.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is included in the software vertical, and these clients are particularly interested in Savvis' leading-edge cloud platforms, which are a critical part of the company's solution for this vertical. In 2009, Savvis added more than 40 SaaS clients to its roster and reported SaaS revenue of $71 million, up 38% over the prior year.
The software market is undergoing a significant transition and, as a result, companies in this vertical are forced to continually evolve. By outsourcing their infrastructure to Savvis, software providers can remain focused on their core business, software development, and concentrate on meeting the needs of their customers.
"We all know that software companies follow a software development life cycle, however, all lifecycles are not created equal," said Bill McNee, founder and chief executive officer of Saugatuck Technology. "Savvis has created a flexible solution to meet the core needs of software firms from development through deployment."
"Creating a sales team dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients in the software vertical will help Savvis continue to drive additional value for these businesses, by leveraging our consultative sales approach, delivering specialized services and responding to unique client needs quickly and accurately," said Larry Steele, vice president - hosting business unit of Savvis. "Our clients also gain peace of mind knowing that they have a secure, scalable and global hosting platform that enables fast, economical and reliable deployment of their applications."
The dedicated software sales team will be located in various cities around the United States. These locations were specifically selected as they are home to a large concentration of software companies and will allow the team to be highly accessible to its core clients.
On April 6 and 7, Savvis will be attending SaaSCon 2010, an industry event dedicated to helping companies learn about SaaS and related cloud-based services. Members of the software sales team will be on-site to answer questions and to demonstrate how Savvis' services can help software clients reduce IT costs, while focusing on their core business. For more information on SaaSCon 2010, please visit saascon.com.
Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. More than 2,500 unique clients, including 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing. For more information, please visit savvis.net.
Source: Savvis, Inc.
CONTACT: Investors, Peggy Reilly Tharp, +1-314-628-7491,
email@example.com, or Media, Carter Cromley, +1-703-667-6110,
firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Savvis, Inc.
EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Receives $4.5 Million in Orders to Support the Department of Defense Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program
Company to provide secure wireless products for energy management systems
IRVING, Texas, April 6 -- EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFJI) today announced that its 3e Technologies International (3eTI) subsidiary has received orders valued at $4.5 million from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractors to deliver its FIPS 140-2 Validated(TM) secure wireless mesh products in support of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program. The orders call for the Company to deliver its products for deployment across many DoD locations.
"The AMI program is enabling the DoD to install advanced meters for use in monitoring energy consumption at military installations to meet key tenets of the Federal Energy Policy Act," said Michael Jalbert, president and chief executive officer of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. "Our affordable secure wireless mesh products are supporting the establishment of a robust AMI network infrastructure that provides two-way communication between the advanced meters and the energy management system. This program will lead to better utilization of DoD energy resources, and we are pleased to help them in their ongoing commitment to achieving greater energy efficiency."
About EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. focuses on innovating, developing and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives. The Company's customers include first responders in public safety and public service, the federal government, and industrial organizations. The Company's products are marketed under the EFJohnson, 3e Technologies International, and Transcrypt International names and are Made in America. For more information, visit http://www.efjohnsontechnologies.com/.
Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed, suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements due to a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, our ability to repay our bank debt when due, continued access to bank lines of credit, the timing and receipt of orders, the level of demand for the Company's products and services, dependence on continued funding of governmental agency programs, reliance on contract manufacturers, the timely procurement of necessary manufacturing components, software feature development and the implementation of application software, successful integration of the system components, general economic and business conditions, and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2009 and in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
Source: EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: investor relations, Jana Ahlfinger Bell, +1-972-819-0700,
email@example.com, or trade press, Timi Jackson, +1-972-819-2336, tjackson
@efji.com, both of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
Use of Emerging Protocol Will Enable the FiOS Network to Accommodate Long-Term Growth and Support Future Innovative Services
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 6 -- Verizon has begun testing on its all-fiber FiOS network a new Internet communications protocol that will enable the Internet to continue to expand and facilitate the future development of innovative services.
The new protocol - known as Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6 - is designed to eventually replace the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which over the next few years is expected to reach the maximum number of IP addresses it can accommodate, due to the rapid growth of the World Wide Web and IP-connected devices.
IPv6 expands the number of possible addresses from approximately 4 billion with IPv4 to roughly 340 trillion trillion trillion IPv6 addresses.
Because both IPv4 and IPv6 will be in use during the expected lengthy transition period, network-connected equipment and network operating systems must be able to handle both protocols.
"FiOS is a key service that can take advantage of IPv6," said Jean McManus, executive director - packet network technology for Verizon. "We've been working on an IPv6 transition plan for FiOS along with our other residential and enterprise services, and this work involves testing network equipment and making necessary customer premises equipment changes to ensure interoperability and proper operation of equipment. The FiOS trial is a key step toward enabling IPv6 in our core network, on edge routers and on CPE."
Verizon's month-long trial of IPv6 involves FiOS-enabled customer homes with customized CPE - provided by Verizon - that can support both IPv6 and IPv4. The dual protocol setup will also be implemented on Verizon's edge gateway routers. Verizon employs 6PE technology, which uses IPv6-provider edge routers to connect across the company's IPv4 MPLS core. The IPv6 traffic is then sent over IPv6-capable peering connections.
A key advantage of IPv6, McManus said, is that a customer's home router would no longer require network address translation (NAT), which makes it possible for a single public Internet address to be translated into many private IP addresses to accommodate multiple IP-enabled devices inside the home. IPv6 allows each device to have its own public address. This streamlining of the home environment will allow for more innovation in services to occur.
"As a result of this trial, we can begin to validate our strategy for IPv6 migration for the residential market while maintaining service continuity during the transition," she said.
Verizon has a long heritage of IPv6 expertise. The company was one of the first in the industry to begin deploying the protocol in 1998 for its very high-performance backbone network service (vBNS) for its government customers. Today, Verizon continues to support IPv6 on its networks used by enterprise and government customers and will enable and deploy additional IPv6 equipment and services on its public and private IP global networks in 2010 and 2011.
Verizon Wireless is also implementing IPv6 in its evolved packet core that will be supporting the Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com.
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Pliant Technology Co-Founder Mike Chenery to Present at Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference on April 12 in Orlando, Fla.
Chenery to Provide Best Practices Guidelines for IT Professionals to Increase System Performance and Efficiency with Enterprise Solid State Drives
MILPITAS, Calif., April 6 --
WHO: Pliant Technology President and Co-Founder, Mike Chenery
WHAT: Enterprise-caliber SSDs - or Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs) -
have the potential to dramatically increase enterprise IT and
data center system performance, as well as provide a significant
lowering of IT energy costs and space requirements. Chenery's
presentation will provide guidelines and best practices to help
IT professionals and system developers architect next-generation
systems to take full advantage of these new devices, while
simultaneously meeting new Green IT requirements and reducing IT
WHEN: Monday, April 12, 2010, 2:50 - 3:35 p.m. ET
WHERE: SNW Spring 2010 (http://www.snwusa.com/): Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
WHY: To educate server and storage system developers on architecting
future enterprise IT systems to take full advantage of the
significant performance and efficiency gains of new high-
performance SSD technologies.
Pliant Technology (http://www.plianttechnology.com) develops Enterprise
Flash Drives (EFDs), a new class of ultra-high performance,
energy-efficient solid state data storage drives that meet the
demanding performance and reliability needs of data centers and
other high performance computing environments.
CONTACT: Cyndi Babasa
Walt & Company
408.369.7200, x. 1062
Source: Pliant Technology
CONTACT: Cyndi Babasa of Walt & Company, +1-408-369-7200, ext. 1062,
MultiVu Video Feed: Yelp.com Announces Major Product Changes
Popular Local Search Site Seeks to Maximize Transparency, Minimize Confusion
NEW YORK, April 6 --
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Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/), the community-led local search site, today outlined steps it is taking to increase transparency across the site to minimize confusion around how user reviews are presented to consumers. Beginning today, anyone who wants to see which reviews have been identified by Yelp's automated review filter will be able to do so via a link to a separate page containing that content. The company has also eliminated the "Favorite Review" feature that has been a part of its advertising product for the past four years.
Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO, Yelp.com
Dr. Vail Reese, MD, Union Square Dermatology, Yelp advertiser
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Health Care Excel Selects Tagetik 3.0 Enabled by Microsoft Sharepoint
STAMFORD, Connecticut, April 6, 2010--
- Tagetik's Flexible Multi-Platform and Microsoft's Sophisticated
Technology Empower a Highly Collaborative Budgeting Environment
Tagetik, a global provider of Performance Management,
Financial Governance and Business Intelligence software solutions, announced
today Health Care Excel, Inc. has selected Tagetik 3.0 Enabled by Microsoft
SharePoint for their budgeting and planning needs.
Health Care Excel, Inc. is a private, not for profit
corporation established to promote the effective, efficient and economical
delivery of health care services and operates under contracts awarded by
Medicare and Medicaid. Health Care Excel is recognized as one of the most
experienced health care utilization management and quality improvement
organizations in the United States. HCE needed a budgeting and planning
solution that was flexible and easy to use and allowed them to handle
software upgrades and maintenance internally. After evaluating a number of
niche players, they chose Tagetik for its revenue, expense and payroll
planning capabilities along with its ability to manage the complexities of
their allocation cycles.
HCE also chose Tagetik because it allows budget managers to
enter forecasting information, enables them to set and monitor financial
targets, and is able to provide an income statement and balance sheet at any
month within a fiscal year, as selected by the user. "Tagetik 3.0 was best
able to meet our forecasting needs which included the ability to manage
'event based' and rolling forecast requirements, as well as incorporating new
business pricing and bids into the forecast," said Kim Courtad, Director of
Financial Services at Health Care Excel. "In addition, Tagetik 3.0 Enabled by
Microsoft SharePoint allowed us to leverage our prior investment in Microsoft
technologies, as keeping costs down is a primary objective across our
"This is an exciting new customer for us. Tagetik 3.0 Enabled
by Microsoft SharePoint is able to support a wide range of markets and
deliver a complete solution for customers like Health Care Excel-most
importantly with a low cost of ownership and without major investments.
Companies, therefore can count on Tagetik 3.0 Enabled by Microsoft SharePoint
to be a solution that supports all key financial processes and can maximize
the collaboration capabilities and full power of Microsoft business
intelligence," explained Mark Corsetti, Vice President and General Manager of
Tagetik North America.
"Tagetik - recognized as a Microsoft Certified Partner - has experienced
a rapid growth in the last few years, supporting the company's ongoing global
expansion strategy. Tagetik 3.0's seamless integration with Microsoft
SharePoint and Business Intelligence Platform is our answer to increasing
market demands", added Manuel Vellutini, Chief Operating Officer at Tagetik.
"Today's CFO need a highly collaborative software to communicate goals and
deadlines with teams, share information, manage complex financial processes,
and analyze data across all the enterprise. Many of our customers benefit
from powerful features to flexibly model pervasive budgeting and forecasting
processes that extend financial data visibility to underneath drivers and
numbers, thus understanding underlying business assumptions. In this way,
companies can translate strategic plans into operational activities - from
production to HR and sales departments - and align the entire organization in
executing the planned strategy."
About Health Care Excel, Inc.
Health Care Excel, Incorporated (HCEI) is a private, not-for-profit
organization that provides proven health care solutions that enhance the
quality, accuracy, and efficiency of its clients' services. Incorporated in
1974, the organization was established to provide clinically based,
objective, and independent monitoring of quality, appropriateness, and
medical necessity of health care services. The HCEI corporate headquarters
are located in Indianapolis, with locations in seven other US cities,
including Ohio. http://www.hce.org
Tagetik delivers a unified software solution to support Performance
Management and Financial Governance plus extended Business Intelligence,
Collaboration and Communication. Tagetik 3.0 creates value by simplifying
complex business processes for CFOs and CIOs: budgeting, planning and
forecasting, consolidation and reporting, financial governance, strategy
management, profitability modeling, working capital analysis and
compliance/industry requirements. Tagetik 3.0 is the solution to translate
strategy into operations, manage and control overall performance down to
business transactions, and improve decision-making across the whole
organization while achieving faster ROI and lower total cost of ownership
Tagetik operates in 13 countries leveraging a close partnership with
Microsoft. Its market experts are totally committed to the success of 400
worldwide customers, including some of the largest Fortune 1000 companies and
representing all industries, as well as to foster synergies with system
integrators, technology leaders and local consulting specialists. To learn
WISeKey Announces at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2010 in Cartagena, Colombia an Agreement to Deploy Intelligent eCards for 350,000 Citizens
GENEVA, RIO and CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 6, 2010-- WISeKey, world leader in solutions designed to secure electronic
transactions and cloud computing, reinforces with this deal its presence in
Latin America with the signing of an agreement with a group of Brazilian
companies NexCardSolutions, Etica Solucoes em TI and Brasilinvest to deploy a
project with the name *Cartao Portal*. It consists of an Intelligent eCard
simulating the functions of a traditional credit card but reinforced with
latest technologies developed by WISeKey and the Brazilian consortium. These
include a dual cryptographic microprocessor, robust encryption, strong
authentication and digital identification on the eCard, increasing the
functionality, security and confidentiality of the user.
The Cartao Portal eCard enables multiple functions such as access to
medical services and files, credit and debit functionalities, access control
functions to access movie theaters, stadiums, shows, events. It can
additionally be used to access public transportation systems.
The confidential data exchanges involved in these services including the
financial data collected by the transactional data are stored in "trusted
private clouds" at city level which are securely accessed via the Web and
Mobiles: The Trusted Private Cloud approach, which has now become a trend in
the IT industry, is something WISeKey has been working on for the last 10
years in different countries around the world, with the first e-Government
Cloud service implemented by the Geneva Government in cooperation with
WISeKey and HP in 2000 allowing citizens to vote online securely. WISeKey
provides the logical and mathematical processes and tools allowing these
types of citizen services to secure the confidentiality, integrity and
anonymity of the information stored in these private clouds.
The original idea to develop *Cartao Portal started from the needs of
Uberaba, a city in Southeast Brazil with around 350,000 citizens. This city
in the state of Minas Gerais carries many characteristics of similar councils
in Latin America -- an agro-industrial hub, low-tech enterprises, but also
fierce challenges in areas such as public sanitation and housing.
"We were looking for a dynamic solution that could integrate the multiple
services into a citizen platform" mentioned Anderson Adauto Pereira, Mayor of
Uberaba. "This new online tool provides the required dignity and social
satisfaction via a technology of the 21 century", he added.
For Marcello Hallake, International Director of CDI (Centro para a
Democratizacao da Informatica), NGO active in dozens of countries, this is
"just the type of project required for reinforcing the digital citizenship.
It converts complex technologies into an integrated simple use device. This
is the right reference for other cities in Latin America".
"With the increased global interest towards Brazil thanks to the FIFA
World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, this is a spectacular solution
for visitors to the country. The applications for the tourism sector are
enormous", said Ricardo Albin, from the Cultural Council of Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Garnero, Chairman of Brasilinvest and Forum das Americas eyes the
Cartao Portal as "yet another bright example on how to empower the notion of
e-citizenship throughout Latin America. Making life easier is the right way
to spread technology use wide in our region "
Carlos Moreira, Founder and CEO of WISekey Worldwide asserted that "this
first Cartao Portal project Integrates fully into the strategy of the company
for Latin America by deploying sophisticated technologies that facilitate
services and functionalities to the citizens whilst allowing them to maintain
the control of their identities and cloud services at local level."
Moreira mentioned that the increasing presence of WISeKey in the LATAM
region would be strongly oriented towards the establishment of technology
transactional hubs, which provide the required platform for industrial
development of technologies, local R&D and development of applications for
enterprises, governments and individuals. WISeKey already established WISeKey
Brazil with BrasilInvest and is now expanding in many other countries in the
Recognized as a *Global Growth Company* by the World Economic Forum,
WISeKey has also attracted the interest of MIT (*Massachusetts Institute of
Technology*), the world mecca for research and technological
Moreira will share his vision and plans for WISeKey towards Latin America
in an address to a selected audience of over 500 entrepreneurs and members of
the science community in New England during the traditional *MIT Latin
Conference* to be held late April in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
CEO WISekey Brazil
Source: WISeKey SA
Marcos Troyjo, CEO WISekey Brazil, Tel.: +41-22-929-57-57, E-Mail: email@example.com
Paltel Announces Cash Dividends Distribution of US$0.49per Share Amounting to US$64.98mn During its General Assembly
RAMALLAH, Palestine, April 6, 2010-- At the end of March, the Palestine Telecommunications Company,
Paltel convened its Ordinary General Assembly in Jericho, Palestine where
shareholders approved the Company's management and financial reports. It also
decided to distribute cash dividend to shareholders for the year 2009 in the
amount of US$0.49 per share amounting to US$64,977,080.
The Company's Chairman of the Board, Mr. Sabih Masri thanked
shareholders for their confidence and praised the executive management and
Company staff for their relentless efforts to preserve the Company's service
and financial leadership in a very strenuous economic and political
landscape. "We remain committed to our economic and social development roles
in Palestine while maintaining steady growth and rewarding our shareholders
with sustained profits", stated Mr. Masri in his address to the quorum. "We
will continue to improve efficiency and optimize operations focusing on our
core business and relying on outsourcing for non-core services. Our
operational indicators demonstrate more promise to enhancing our mobile
operation, increasing our fixed line subscriber base and forging ahead with
added attention to data and broadband communications. That is the future
direction of the industry, and our Group is positioned to sail confidently
into the new market horizons" added Mr. Masri.
According to 2009 financial statements, consolidated revenue
reached a total of US$444.41million, achieving a 5.36% growth compared with
2008. Paltel has achieved a 6.01% growth in its operating profits reaching
US$147.19 million compared with US$138.84million in 2008. The Company's net
profit reached US$99.21 million. The subscribers' base of the Company grew by
30% to reach 2,263,120 subscribers by the end of 2009 compared with 1,744,433
subscribers as of December 31, 2008. The number of mobile subscribers reached
1.80 million by end of 2009, whereas, fixed line subscribers reached 370,638
and ADSL subscribers reached 92,482 by the end of 2009.
The Board of Directors' recommendation to the General Assembly
to distribute a 35% of the shares par value (US$1.41) as cash dividend was
approved; committing the Company to distribution of US$64,977,080. The CEO of
Paltel Group, Mr. Ammar Aker stated, "The Company has once more responded to
demands by shareholders to distribute fair dividends. We are committed to our
shareholders, our customers and our employees where we hope to continue to
grow and improve our services focusing on core telecom services in an
increasingly competitive but promising environment."
Hollywood Unveils Armchair Revolutionary(TM) Website Allowing Individuals to Support Science and Technology Innovations Through Social Gaming Platform
New Site Offers Crowd-sourced Social Activism, including Strategic Actions and 99-cent Contributions for Funding World-changing Social Projects
LOS ANGELES, April 6 -- Armchair Revolutionary (ArmRev.Org) today launched the world's first website that combines social gaming and social activism for supporting innovative science and technology projects (http://www.armrev.org/). The site is also the first to offer the public the opportunity to help micro-finance for-profit social ventures through its integration with leading virtual economy platform Live Gamer.
One key feature is dramatically reduced transaction costs, which until now have been cost prohibitive to micro-financing. For the same cost of downloading a tune on other sites, visitors can support pioneering technology research projects.
ArmRev.Org will be the platform for funding games-for-change, serious games, and alternative reality game projects developed by the Play4Change Lab - a collaboration between The Hollywood Hill, the largest social change membership organization in the entertainment industry, and USC's Game Institute. The site will also be the platform for funding documentary film projects developed by The Hollywood Hill.
About the Projects
The site is launching with three ground-breaking projects. "Make Waves" is a video game incorporating sensors, simulation, and augmented reality for a social activism tool that aids ocean sustainability. "Hack Your Body" equips users for the fast-approaching Genomics Revolution, supporting the Personal Genome Project (led by Harvard Professor George Church), development of software for DNA analysis, and a commercial documentary film. "End of Darkness" brings users together to support three of the world's leading energy and micro-financing organizations (E+Co, Grameen Foundation, Selco India) in launching the first publicly financed international clean energy company selling and servicing low-cost solar power kits to the world's poor. The organization invites the world's innovators to submit their projects for review.
About Armchair Revolutionary
Armchair Revolutionary is a social gaming website that enables the public to support worldchanging science and technology projects. Armchair Revolutionary is a trademark of Armchair Revolutionary LLC. Armchair Revolutionary is a not-for-profit California LLC, wholly-owned by Social Change Innovators, a California 501(c)(3).
Source: Armchair Revolutionary
CONTACT: Jocelyn King of Armchair Revolutionary, +1-310-751-0406,
Savvis Signs Contract to Provide Managed Services for All Nippon Airways
Three year agreement provides scalable, secure and flexible IT infrastructure services for ANA Group's Web sites and intranet sites
TOKYO, April 6 -- Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today announced that Savvis has signed a contract to provide managed services for 70 of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. corporate Web sites.
Under the three year agreement, Savvis will provide an IT infrastructure solution supporting ANA Group's corporate Web sites and intranets spanning 90 domains. ANA will deploy Savvis' managed hosting services, as well as managed security services, which include network intrusion detection, managed firewalls and managed network services.
The services will be available on a global basis and delivered from Savvis' Tokyo data center, which was recently expanded by approximately 3,700 square feet of raised data center floor space to accommodate increased demand for cloud and hosted IT infrastructure solutions.
ANA Group selected Savvis' managed IT infrastructure services to reduce its capital expenditures and operational costs. Historically, ANA Group managed its own Web sites in-house, but it needed scalability, higher availability and enhanced security. The fast changing nature of ANA Group's companies require rapid provisioning in server capacity to support the delivery of new technologies.
"ANA is one of the world's most highly regarded travel companies, and I am delighted that they have chosen Savvis' managed hosting services," said Mark Smith, Savvis managing director for North Asia. "Japanese enterprises are increasingly turning to hosted IT infrastructure solutions that provide immediate business benefits, and we look forward to serving them from our newly expanded data center in Tokyo."
Savvis' hosting services allow for higher quality of operations and increased security and infrastructure scalability to meet enterprise-level requirements. These solutions are backed by service level agreements (SLAs) based on server availability. This is in contrast to conventional hosting in Japan, which traditionally only offers SLAs for the data center facility.
Savvis is ISO 27001 certified, which is the global standard for information security management. It has achieved this certification in Asia and Europe for three consecutive years.
Reason ANA introduced Savvis
Masahiro Tsukiji, Assistant Manager of Technology and Architecture, Information Technology Services of ANA, said: "ANA Group's corporate Web sites and intranet sites are an indispensable form of communication with stakeholders, such as our customers and the employees of our affiliated and group companies. However, as each company of the group historically planned and constructed each corporate site individually, many small and medium scale Web sites existed, which resulted in high development and maintenance costs for the entire group. There was an urgent need to enhance Web site governance, reduce costs and increase flexibility. We require 24/7 monitoring, high levels of security within the IT environment, and solid SLAs. Choosing Savvis has enabled our IT team to move away from the day-to-day operation and management of IT infrastructure and enable our IT team to focus on other core business initiatives including ANA Sky Web."
Koji Taiga, Managing Director of Japan for Savvis said: "ANA is one of the world's leading airline companies, and a large number of people visit their corporate Web sites each day. By working with Savvis, their IT team has gained efficiencies and can now focus on driving a competitive advantage. We are delighted to have them as a customer, and we look forward to supporting their growth in the future."
Globally, Savvis operates a Tier 1 application transport network and 28 data centers with more than 1.4 million square feet of raised floor space designed to support enterprise IT operations. In addition, Savvis was positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure (on Demand), 2009, which can be accessed at http://www.savvis.net/magicquadrantleader.
Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. More than 2,500 unique customers, including 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing. For more information visit http://www.savvis.com or visit http://www.savvis.jp
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PopCap Launches Plants vs. Zombies(TM) HD App for iPad(R)
DUBLIN, April 6, 2010--
- Latest Adaptation Takes App Store Mega-Hit Game to New Heights;
Highlights Multi-Touch Capability With New Features and Exclusive Mini-Game
PopCap Games, maker of some of the world's most popular video games,
today announced its Plants vs. Zombies(TM) HD app for iPad(R) is now
available on the App Store in North America. Since its introduction on the
iPhone(TM) and iPod(R) touch in February, Plants vs. Zombies has sold more
than 650,000 units. With this latest adaptation, PopCap is propelling the
Plants vs. Zombies franchise to new heights - delivering even more great
gameplay and exclusive features tuned specifically for iPad. The Plants vs.
Zombies HD app for iPad is available for US$9.99 from the App Store on iPad,
or at: http://www.itunes.com/appstore/.
"The iPad is a fantastic platform for gaming, and Plants vs. Zombies HD
allows us to show off the great new features and functionality of this
exciting device," said Andrew Stein, director of mobile business development
at PopCap. "In this adaptation, we've focused on the iPad's Multi-Touch
capabilities and opportunities for new gameplay like the Buttered Popcorn
mini-game that will excite both new and current players."
The Plants vs. Zombies HD app for iPad offers all 50 levels of
Adventure and QuickPlay modes as well as Survival mode from the
original Apple Macintosh and Windows PC game. It also includes
four all-new achievements (for a total of 17) and 18 mini-games,
including Buttered Popcorn - exclusive to the iPad - offering
frantic and fun gameplay where players attack zombies by first
"buttering" them up before firing corn-cob cannons at them.
To defeat the growing hordes of zombies, players can touch them to
place butter on their heads. With the Multi-Touch user interface,
players can select up to eleven zombies at a time, targeted for
"buttering" by the powerful cob cannons. The game's non-stop action
is presented in full 1040x768 resolution, delivering stunning
visual effects rarely seen in mobile gaming.
Originally launched on the PC and Mac in May of 2009 to universal
acclaim, Plants vs. Zombies was introduced for iPhone and iPod touch earlier
this year, where it quickly became a global phenomenon. The game reached the
#1 position on the App Store Top Grossing charts in more than 20 countries
PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform
provider of fun, easy-to-learn, captivating video games that appeal to
everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded
in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 260 people in Seattle, San
Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, and Shanghai. Its games have
been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its
flagship title, Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units across all
platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap's games are
played on the Web, social platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices
(cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone, iPad and more),
popular game consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment
systems. PopCap is the only "casual games" developer with leading market
share across all major sales channels, including social, Web portals, retail
stores, mobile phones, MP3 players, and game devices.
The PopCap logo and all other trademarks used herein that are listed at http://www.popcap.com/trademarks are owned by PopCap Games, Inc. or its
licensors and may be registered in some countries. Other company and product
names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners and are used
for the benefit of those owners.
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Secure Command Changes Name to Invincea(TM), Launches Invincea Browser Protection Product
FAIRFAX, Va., April 5 -- Secure Command, a next-generation security software company, today announced that it has changed its name to Invincea, concurrent with the release of its maiden software product, Invincea Browser Protection. Developed under funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Invincea(TM) Browser Protection shields PC users against all types of Web-borne threats by seamlessly moving desktop Web browsers into a controlled virtual environment.
"Web browsers have become the shortest route to money for cybercriminals today," says Dr. Anup Ghosh, Invincea Founder and CEO. "New strains of increasingly sophisticated malware enable cybercriminals to exploit browsers and commit identity theft, financial fraud and espionage."
Due to the staggering number of new browser-based malware variations surfacing daily, current conventional defenses cannot adequately protect individuals and enterprises. "The problem is no longer just a concern for those who protect our national security," according to Ghosh. "It impacts every organization that uses Web browsers to access content, commerce, social networks and Web applications."
Invincea Browser Protection automatically detects and terminates a threat in real time, disposes of the tainted environment, and restarts a pristine one. Unlike other solutions, Invincea does not rely on malware signatures for detection, nor does it rely on users to make correct security decisions. Instead, it automatically identifies malware attacks based on behaviors and actions inside a controlled environment. Invincea(TM) Browser Protection has the same look and feel as familiar native browsers, so users don't have to learn anything new to browse freely and safely.
Invincea's initial market focus will be on federal government agencies, defense and government contractors, and commercial enterprises. For more information, visit http://www.invincea.com.
Invincea, formerly Secure Command, was founded by Anup Ghosh, Ph.D. to build next-generation security software products. The company is currently commercializing technology built under DARPA funding to address the rapidly increasing security threat from Web-based malware. The core concepts underlying this patent-pending technology were proven effective via multiple years of advanced research with an expert team in the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University.
Announcing a Powerful End-to-End Solution to Help Publishers Get Onto the iPad
WoodWing Software and The Wonderfactory assist Time Inc. with creative and technology services for the development of its first digital magazine
NEW YORK, April 5 -- The Wonderfactory, a New York-based digital strategy and design agency focused on publishers and advertisers, and WoodWing Software, supplier of innovative cross-media publishing solutions, have collaborated on a publishing industry first: tools that enable publishers to produce beautifully designed and compelling content for the iPad in almost the same way they create content for print.
The two companies plan to help magazines, book publishers, and advertisers create and distribute interactive, user-focused experiences to the iPad and other mobile devices. The first collaboration is with TIME Magazine's launch coinciding with the April 3 launch of the iPad.
"Using newly-developed InDesign plugins, the layouts for any digital magazine can be enriched with interactive multimedia elements like video, slideshows, and dynamic content," said Erik Schut, president of WoodWing Software. "Magazine designers retain full creative control and can work on print and digital issues in parallel. The process is easily reproduced."
"WoodWing has been at the forefront of content creation technology as long as we've been doing business with them. With the introduction of the iPad, WoodWing has once more shown their commitment to customers by instantly delivering a solution that allows us to publish TIME Magazine on this new device, using our existing staff, knowledge, and systems," said Mitch Klaif, CIO of Time Inc.
"The Wonderfactory has been a valuable partner to our editorial, technology, and business teams," said Monica Ray, GM, SVP at Time Inc.
"The Wonderfactory collaborated with TIME Magazine to design a user experience that takes full advantage of the iPad's touch-screen capability," said David Link, co-founder of The Wonderfactory. "TIME's designers focused on what they do best -- creating elegant print -- while we ensured the integrity of those designs would be preserved when distributed via the iPad."
While The Wonderfactory and WoodWing are focused mostly on large to mid-size publishers, they are also aiming for low-cost solutions for thousands of smaller publishers that are eager to adopt the iPad. Support for other tablet devices is on the agenda with Flex and HTML5 implementations of the Digital Magazine Reader app.
Several hundred thousand iPads have been pre-ordered. Analysts expect Apple to sell around 5 million units in 2010. A survey executed by the analysts of comScore indicated that 34 percent of iPad buyers will use it to read newspapers and magazines. Sixty-eight percent of young consumers indicated a willingness to pay for news and magazines specially formatted for e-readers.
The U.S. Audit Bureau of Circulations already revised the definition of digital magazines. Publishers may now report items as e-reader distribution averages, mobile app purchases, etc. in order to reflect the new audience.
Interested publishers can gather all information about the innovative solution in a webinar hosted by WoodWing on April 15, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.woodwing.com/en/Webinars.
WoodWing creates the most progressive solutions available on the market for the production of print and online publications. Rapid growth worldwide and success across the full spectrum of small to large publishers demonstrate that WoodWing markets the best tools for the best price. WoodWing Software is located in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and has regional sales companies for Europe, the USA, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Customers are served through select partners. For more information, please visit http://www.woodwing.com.
About The Wonderfactory
The Wonderfactory has designed addictive web sites, mobile experiences and tablet experiences for some of the world's premier content publishers and advertisers, including TIME, Sports Illustrated, Life, The Weather Channel, NBC Universal, Martha Stewart, National Geographic, ESPN, Food Network, WebMD, the NBA, and Newsweek. For more information visit http://www.thewonderfactory.com.
Whole Foods Market(R) Helps Shoppers Choose Personal Care Products with Confidence and Good Conscience
Company's Premium Body Care(TM) Standards Continue to Hold the Bar High in the Industry and the Aisles
AUSTIN, Texas, April 5 -- As part of its "Be Good to Your Whole Body" campaign in its Whole Body(TM) departments, Whole Foods Market focuses on educating consumers on its Premium Body Care standards for the month of April.
For more than four years, Whole Foods Market's quality standards team has been committed to examining each and every personal care ingredient in products sold nationally in Whole Body. Using the latest scientific research and data, they evaluate each ingredient in four key areas - quality, environmental impact, results and safety. Currently, Premium Body Care lists more than 300 ingredients as unacceptable.
"Our goal two years ago was to provide an easier way for customers to cut through the confusion when looking for natural personal care products," said Jody Villecco, Whole Foods Market's quality standards coordinator. "In the process, Premium Body Care has pushed companies to examine the ingredients in their products and reformulate to meet our Quality Standards. As a result, we've seen an overall shift in the industry for safer, higher quality natural body care products and the availability of natural-based ingredients has expanded significantly."
In-store lectures and podcasts by Whole Body experts will help educate shoppers on Whole Foods Market's Premium Body Care standard. Topics include what to look for on labeling when selecting safer, more natural alternatives, how the Premium Body Care standard defines "natural" for personal care and how this standard challenges product suppliers to reformulate their products and the overall impact this has on the natural body care industry.
Several resources are available online http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com, including a three-part audio podcast series on Whole Story. The first podcast with Whole Foods Market's Lecia Rand, category manager, discusses the challenges of developing affordable natural body care products that meet Premium Body Care standards. A second podcast with Stacy Malkan, author of Not Just a Pretty a Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, explores the impact of Premium Body Care on the natural products industry and why these standards are so valuable. The third part of the series, with Prairie Rose Hyde from Alaffia, takes a look into how these standards have impacted suppliers and therefore the natural body care industry as a whole.
About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America's first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named "America's Healthiest Grocery Store" by Health magazine. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"(TM) captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 53,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2009, the company had sales of $8 billion and currently has more than 280 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Swets & Reprints Desk Form Pilot Partnership in the Americas for Document Delivery
RUNNEMEDE, N.J. and SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 5 -- Swets, leading global information services provider, and Reprints Desk, award winning provider of information services and content workflow solutions, announced today their pilot document delivery partnership spanning across the Americas. Reprints Desk's STM Document Delivery services will be integrated into SwetsWise, Swets' intuitive Web interface for subscription management ? benefiting customers with simplified reporting, single source invoicing, and a top-rated service.
"This collaborative venture represents an excellent foundation for growth," states Jose Luis Andrade, President of Swets, Americas. "Reprints Desk is a prominent stakeholder within the information services and document delivery community, offering a seamless channel for content to arrive in the hands of information and research professionals in record time. Document delivery supplied by Swets and Reprints Desk will provide time, cost and compliance benefits, helping address ongoing resource challenges library specialists face on a day to day basis."
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Reprints Desk was established in 2006 by Peter Derycz, CEO and President, of Reprints Desk and parent company Derycz Scientific, Inc. As the premier provider of document delivery, Reprints Desk was named number one by Outsell in its 2008 Document Delivery Best Practices and Vendor Scorecard, was included in the 100 companies that matter most according to KM World Magazine, and ranked within the top 20 percent for customer satisfaction in Dun & Bradstreet's 2009 Open Ratings Report.
This partnership will enable Swets Americas to offer Reprints Desk document delivery offerings to its customer base at large.
Swets is the world's leading subscription services company. We build on more than 108 years of experience to maximize the return on investments in time and money for clients and publishers in today's complex information marketplace. With clients in over 160 countries and more than twenty offices around the world, Swets is a true "long tail" powerhouse that provides the most comprehensive and sophisticated ecommerce platform currently available in its field.
Swets has been included in E-Content Magazine's "100 Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry" for the past five years, and is consistently featured in the top 25% of FEM Business' "Top 500 Companies in The Netherlands". We are the only subscription services company that is ISO 9001:2008 certified on a global basis--a testament to our stringent operation and client service procedures.
About Reprints Desk®
Reprints Desk, Inc. (http://www.reprintsdesk.com) is a business software and information services company that simplifies how research-intensive companies and other organizations procure, manage and share journal articles and other copyright-protected content. The company's content workflow and compliance solutions help customers effectively use peer-reviewed literature in research, regulatory submissions, and product promotions. A channel supplier for more than 100 scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishers, Reprints Desk earned the #1 ranking in the 2008 Document Delivery Vendor Scorecard by Outsell, Inc., and currently serves companies in life sciences, energy, aerospace, industrial products, food and beverages, consumer packaged goods, information technology, legal, academia and government. Reprints Desk is a Derycz Scientific company. For more information about Reprints Desk, contact Ian Palmer at +1 (707) 658-1931.
Hot Studio Partners With Zinio on Publishing App and Content Approaches for Revolutionary iPad
SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 -- Hot Studio, an innovative experience design company, played a key role in designing and delivering the featured iPad app for Zinio, a global leader in digital publishing technology and services -- and the largest online newsstand in the world.
Hot Studio brought its deep understanding of experience design to the app development team, sketching a product roadmap then rapidly designing and implementing a store, a reader, and new types of content tailored for the iPad.
The free Zinio app, which was available on the iPad's App Store on the day of the device's launch, is a substantive product offering. It enables readers, publishers and advertisers to embrace a new world of interactive, full-color, multimedia magazines on the iPad. And the app offers the unique added benefit of letting readers pay once for a magazine subscription or single issue, then publish that content across different platforms and on a myriad of devices, such as tablets, smart phones, PCs and Macs.
Richard Maggiotto, Zinio Founder, President, and CEO, says, "Hot was an amazing partner on this project. Within a very tight time frame, their people integrated seamlessly with our established team and grasped the subtleties of our business, the platform for which we were designing, as well as what publishers would need from the app. I can't imagine working with a better group of seasoned, engaged professionals."
Hot Studio continues to design and develop new content modules for the iPad with Zinio and its partners, and is working with them to design and deploy additional tools and methods that will help publishers take advantage of this and other exciting, digital platform opportunities.
About Hot Studio
Hot Studio, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, has been designing innovative, award-winning human experiences since founded in 1997. For more information visit http://www.hotstudio.com/.
Through digital products and services, Zinio works closely with publishers worldwide to reinvent reading and enables consumers to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in new ways and on many devices. Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For more information visit http://www.zinio.com/
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Envivio Delivers Stunning Live and On Demand HD Video to New Apple iPad
Encoding Innovator Provides Highest Quality Viewing Experience for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch from Single Delivery Platform
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 5 -- Envivio Inc. today announced that its 4Caster C4(2) video encoding/transcoding platform now offers comprehensive support for Apple iPad, enabling delivery of live and on demand high definition (HD) TV services over Wi-Fi and 3G networks for Apple's exciting new device. Available for both the 4Caster C4 and 4Caster C4(2), the enhancement further expands the flexibility of the industry's leading Three Screens video delivery platform, which already powers network operator and over the top TV services for the iPhone, including premium Pay TV, sports and movie content for operators in Europe, coverage of the Olympics and NHL hockey in Canada, and telecomm Mobile TV services worldwide.
New iPad owners can experience the quality of the Envivio video delivery platform for themselves by visiting the Envivio website at http://www.envivio.com and signing up for a free demonstration of HD and SD live streams. Envivio will also utilize the iPad in its Mobile TV and On Demand demonstrations during NAB 2010 (Booth SU4302), April 12-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Apple devices have been tremendously influential in driving consumer interest in Mobile TV services," said Julien Signes, President and CEO at Envivio. "The combination of Apple's brilliant displays and adaptive streaming technology with Envivio's video over IP platform and compression technology deliver the quality of experience that has driven most successful Mobile TV service launches to date. One only has to look at to the reviews posted to iTunes by users themselves to see the importance that quality has on capturing the interest of subscribers. The iPad promises to open entirely new dimensions of content consumption and Envivio is pleased to deliver the engine that will power that opportunity."
The upgrade for the 4Caster C4(2) takes full advantage of the vivid 9.7-inch LED-backlit iPad display by delivering HD video that is perfectly formatted for the iPad at up to 720p resolution. The exclusive multi-profile output of the 4Caster C4(2) offers the capability to simultaneously service iPads and iPhones, as well as PCs, smartphones and other devices, for unmatched service density. 4Caster C4(2) ingests up to eight IP, four analog or four SDI channel sources and simultaneously encodes and protects the content in multiple profiles using Envivio H264 Extreme(TM) Compression, regarded as the industry's highest quality video codec. This multi-profile encoding enables Apples' adaptive streaming functionality, ensuring the best continuous picture quality regardless of fluctuations in network bandwidth for an exceptional viewing experience.
The iPad support upgrade is available through a simple firmware upgrade to customers with an Envivio Silver or Gold support plan using 4Caster C4(2) systems in Mobile TV or Internet TV configurations. For information about extending other configurations visit http://www.envivio.com. Complete information about Envivio 4Caster C4(2) is also available at the Envivio website.
Envivio makes the world's video content universally enjoyable by all viewers, on any device, across any network, at any time. Since its founding in 2000 as an inventor of video encoding technology, Envivio has amassed dozens of patents, pioneered video-over-IP methods, and continually led with support for emerging technology. Today Envivio solutions deliver millions of content streams to hundreds of different styles of mobile phones, set top boxes, and PC platforms, on behalf of content owners, telecom operators, cable and satellite companies and mobile service providers in every market in the world. Deployment and support are backed by a global staff that is familiar with local technical, regulatory and market guidelines encountered around the world. Envivio is headquartered in South San Francisco, California and has offices in Rennes, France; New York, New York; London, England; Beijing, China; Singapore and Tokyo, Japan.
Envivio is a registered trademark of Envivio Inc. All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.
Verizon Wireless to Spend $7.8 Million in Kentucky Repainting 3G Network Map Red
Company Adds More High-Speed Capacity to Stay Ahead of Customers' Data Usage
LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 5 -- Verizon Wireless will spend $7.8 million in 2010 repainting its Kentucky map red, adding more capacity to its advanced high-speed 3G network. The enhancements will ensure that Verizon Wireless customers across the state can continue using their wireless devices to access the Internet, view high-quality videos, download music, games and ringtones, and send and receive email.
The project entails installing equipment on hundreds of cell sites across Kentucky, thereby increasing data capacity of the network by as much as 26 percent. This $7.8 million investment is part of the company's overall $29 million being spent on its Kentucky network this year, which will also include building several new cell sites, among other initiatives.
"We stay well ahead of our customers' growing needs by studying their data usage habits and test driving our network to experience firsthand the speeds and quality of our 3G network," said Greg Haller, president-Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. "Network reliability is not just a catch phrase for us. It defines who we are."
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion since it was formed - $5.5 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $307 million on improvements to its wireless network in Kentucky.
About Verizon Wireless in Kentucky
In Kentucky, Verizon Wireless has more than 150 employees and 120-plus locations including company-owned retail stores, indirect agents and national retailers.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Source: Verizon Wireless
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AT&T Swings More Than 110 Hours of 2010 Masters Tournament Coverage Exclusively Across Three-Screens
AT&T is the Only Wireless Carrier to Deliver Live and On-Demand Masters Content To Mobile Phones U-verse TV Customers Get Innovative Masters Multiview App At No Extra Charge
DALLAS, April 5 -- AT&T is bringing golf fans closer to the 2010 Masters Tournament with more ways to watch all of this year's action across the TV, the PC and AT&T mobile phones. AT&T* today announced its exclusive three-screen coverage of the 2010 Masters Tournament, available on AT&T U-verse(SM) TV, online at AT&T Fan Zone and AT&T Entertainment, and on AT&T mobile phones.
"This year's Masters is the most anticipated golf event in history, and only AT&T brings customers complete live and on-demand coverage of the Tournament to the screen of their choice," said Dan York, president, content, AT&T. "Sports fans wait all year long for the Masters, and with AT&T, they can catch all the action, excitement and updates whether they're on the couch, at work or on the go. And we're proud to bring back our popular U-verse TV Masters app that gives golf fans an unmatched way to enjoy this year's Tournament."
Through an agreement with the 2010 Masters Tournament, AT&T will provide golf fans with more than 110 hours of live footage and on-demand content from Augusta National Golf Club. AT&T will be the only wireless carrier delivering live and on-demand Masters programming to mobile phones with AT&T Mobile TV, MobiTV and AT&T Mobile Video services.
U-verse TV customers will also have an innovative way to follow the tournament with the 2010 Masters app, which lets you watch up to four different channels featuring Masters content on your screen at one time with the Masters Multiview. The Masters Multiview will include your local CBS affiliate, ESPN and live feeds of Amen Corner Live, 15th/16th Live, Masters Extra and Featured Group. The app also provides an up-to-date leader board, player scorecards, stats and bios, news updates, tournament photos, video archives and a course map of Augusta National Golf Club with flyovers. The 2010 Masters app is available to U-verse TV customers at no extra charge on channel 622 or 1622 (HD) during the tournament.
In addition to the Masters Multiview, AT&T has launched an HD version of its award-winning Multiview app. HD customers using Sports Multiview HD (channel 1601), News Multiview HD (channel 1201) or Kids Multiview HD (channel 1301) can browse programming and select any channel to go to the full-screen HD channel once they exit the app.
Live 2010 Masters content available on AT&T Mobile TV, MobiTV, AT&T Fan Zone and AT&T U-verse TV will include:
-- Masters Extra, which gives viewers live play-by-play action before
network broadcast coverage begins.
-- Par 3 Contest, which features a live feed from this popular contest on
Wednesday, April 7.
-- Amen Corner Live, which features live coverage of the 11th, 12th and
-- 15th/16th Live, which features live coverage of the 15th and 16th
-- Featured Group, a new enhancement for the 2010 Tournament featuring
coverage of selected groups beginning on the second nine Thursday,
April 8 through Sunday, April 11.
-- CBS and ESPN will be delivering complete live coverage on U-verse TV.
-- And new for 2010, CBS will deliver live Masters coverage on Saturday,
April 10 and Sunday, April 11 to mobile phones with AT&T Mobile TV and
On-demand footage and highlights available during the Tournament on AT&T U-verse TV, AT&T Fan Zone and AT&T Mobile Video will include:
-- Masters Moments, featuring a series of 24 vignettes that highlight the
action from past Tournaments, beginning April 1.
-- Multiple player interviews, offered daily beginning April 6.
-- Masters TV, including daily "Masters Today" Tournament previews and
"Masters Tonight" recaps, will be available on AT&T Fan Zone and
Mobile Video beginning April 5.
The 2010 Masters Tournament is the latest example of AT&T delivering compelling and converged content across the three screens at the center of consumers' lives: the TV, PC and mobile phone. AT&T has a unique set of integrated services and networks that make it easy for an audience of millions to enjoy and follow their favorite programming across devices. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit http://www.att.com.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
AT&T U-verse services are provided by AT&T local telephone companies. Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to http://www.uverse.att.com to see if you qualify. Multiview: Channels/content available for viewing in Multiview are based on TV package and additional programming purchased.
3G service not available in all areas. AT&T wireless subscribers will need a 3G phone and a subscription to MobiTV service to access live content over their handheld device. Tournament content available to MobiTV service subscribers will be titled, "Par 3 Challenge," "The Masters Amen Corner" and "The Masters 15th/16th Holes." For more information, log on to http://mobitv.com/.
Source: AT&T Inc.
CONTACT: Jill Rountree of AT&T Inc., +1-512-495-7186,
Kudzu Offers Consumers New Feature to Evaluate the Health of Service Businesses
ATLANTA, April 5 -- Consumers who use Kudzu to find and refer their favorite handyman, dentist, plumber and other local service professionals can now see Experian's "BizCheck Approved" badge on those companies' Kudzu.com profiles. This feature is made available through a new relationship between Kudzu and Experian's Business Information Services.
Beginning today, for businesses that are monitored and validated by Experian as a credit-active business in good financial health, a "BizCheck Approved" badge appears on those service providers' profile pages. Good financial health is qualified by Experian as a business, either large or small, with no active public records or credit and collection issues. The badge presents a non-biased indicator of business reliability.
"We are excited to be working with Experian on this new feature," said Tom Bates, vice president and general manager of Kudzu. "Consumers on Kudzu looking for the right service business to hire now have one more important piece of information to aid in their decision: the business health of that company. We feel that this collaboration will help consumers have greater confidence in doing business with a particular service provider."
"Experian's robust business database includes highly predictive information on U.S. companies of all sizes, including the industry's most extensive data on small and midsize businesses," said Adam Fingersh, vice president of Experian's Business Information Services. "The new BizCheck Approved badge will provide consumers who visit Kudzu.com valuable information that will aid them in making important selection decisions."
Kudzu.com provides consumers with trusted information about local providers for home, health and other life service needs - - and gives small businesses the tools to drive "word of mouth" online. Launched in 2005, the website features consumer reviews and profiles built by local service businesses. Kudzu is owned and operated by Cox Search Inc., a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.
About Experian's Business Information Services
Experian's Business Information Services partners with organizations to establish and strengthen customer relationships, enabling them to mitigate risk and improve profitability. The company's business database provides comprehensive, third-party-verified information on U.S. companies of all sizes, with the industry's most extensive data on the broad spectrum of small and midsize businesses. By leveraging state-of-the-art technology and superior data compilation techniques, Experian is able to provide market-leading tools that assist clients in processing new applications, managing customer relationships and collecting on delinquent accounts.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2009, was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Experian and the marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Baird & Warner Earns Multiple International Real Estate Marketing & Website Awards
CHICAGO, April 5 -- Baird & Warner recently won "Best Overall Website," "Best Property Search," and "Best Property Advertising," recognizing its marketing and technology prowess among an international field of competitors. The award-winning entries were chosen based on excellence in website design, functionality and execution -- as well as creativity, quality and overall effectiveness. The honors were presented at the Annual Conference of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), which attracted real estate brokers and managers from across the globe.
Baird & Warner's website, (http://www.bairdwarner.com), also earned the Website Quality Certification (WQC) designation. Every aspect of the Baird & Warner website was thoroughly reviewed to ensure exacting standards were met in eight key areas; ranging from design and content, to human interactivity, to search engine optimization. The WQC was introduced to recognize and encourage superior websites among LeadingRE's 600 member firms worldwide. Baird & Warner is one of only 64 applicants to earn this designation.
According to the independent marketing and technology experts who judged entries for the competition: "Bairdwarner.com is an excellent site with extremely high usability. It is simple, direct, engaging and packed with useful information that is conveyed using succinct, web-friendly writing. Site is focused on what clients need."
"A real estate company's website plays an increasingly significant role with today's consumers, who often go there first when considering buying or selling a home. It is a critical interactive medium necessary to attract and engage consumers meaningfully," said Pam O'Connor, president/CEO, LeadingRE.
"On behalf of everyone at Baird & Warner, we're truly honored to be acknowledged among such an outstanding group of fellow nominees," said Jim Schiefelbein, Baird & Warner's vice president/Chief Marketing Officer, in accepting the awards on behalf of the company. "The Internet has completely revolutionized real estate marketing in the past 15 years, and to be considered among the best at delivering our services to clients is absolutely incredible." Schiefelbein led the team that created the first real estate website in Chicagoland in 1995.
Source: Baird & Warner
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IT Innovators Share Key Insights in Business and IT Transformation at HMG Strategy's CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable
WESTPORT, Conn., April 5 -- More than 120 Boston Area CIOs and executives met at the CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable on March 18 at the Boston Marriott Newton to discuss business transformation through innovation and leadership.
The event hosted by Boston's Society for Information Management (SIM) and produced by HMG Strategy, LLC, provided a high-level, private venue for the executives to share crucial knowledge, learn from the expert speakers about business transformation strategies and opportunities, as well as, to discuss the role of the 2010 CIO with the country's top search executives and to understand its implications on the their careers. These were highly interactive sessions. Many challenging questions came from the audience.
The keynote was delivered by Rich Adduci, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Boston Scientific, a Natick, MA based medical device maker. Mr. Adduci spoke about the multiple challenges he faced four years earlier upon joining Boston Scientific. "In transforming our IS organization we've been able to shift the value we provide to the business ...moving a Utility to being a true partner with the business that is focused on bringing innovative uses of technology to the business."
In addition to the keynote by Rich Adduci, there was a CIO panel that included Jo Hoppe, CIO at PAREXEL Corp. and Bill Oates, CIO of the City of Boston. Both of these CIOs spoke convincingly about the challenges and rewards of managing transformational efforts at complex organizations.
Additional presenters included Mark Polansky, Senior Client Partner and Managing Director, IT Officers Practice, Korn/Ferry International; James Satterthwaite, Managing Partner, Boston Office and Head of East Coast Technology Practice, Egon Zehnder International; Phil Schneidermeyer, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; and Bill Wellman, President, Boston SIM.
"This was an extremely useful event for IT leaders who are seeking expert knowledge, visionary strategy and savvy career advice from successful executives at the top of their game," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy.
HMG Strategy events are sponsored by leading global, national and regional organizations including; IBM, McAfee, Polycom, Salesforce.com, Verizon business, CA, Compuware, Digital Realty Trust, FusionStorm, Red Hat, Rackspace.
HMG's strategic partners include Egon Zehnder International, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn/Ferry International, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart.
Upcoming events include:
Chicago - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - May 21, 2010
Toronto - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - June 17, 2010
New York - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - July 13, 2010
Atlanta - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - August 20, 2010
Dallas - CIO Executive Leadership Summit - Sept. 13, 2010
Memphis - Strategy Series for Executives (Summit) - Sept. 23, 2010
San Francisco - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - October 8, 2010
Fairfield/Westchester - CIO Executive Leadership Summit - Oct. 26, 2010
Los Angeles - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - Nov. 3, 2010
Phoenix - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - Nov. 17, 2010
Chicago - CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable - Dec. 3, 2010
HMG Strategy of Westport, CT, produces a series of compelling CIO leadership events aimed at bringing together world-class IT leaders with C-level executives to discuss business transformation and the evolution of the CIO from technology chief to transformational business leader. Our thought leadership network helps CIO/Senior IT executives achieve their critical strategic, operational and career objectives by interconnecting them with leading business and technology professionals.