AT&T Interactive Introduces Next-Gen Local Search Experience: YP.COM
New Focus on YP.COM Offers More Ways for Consumers to Discover and Connect with Local Businesses
GLENDALE, Calif., April 6 -- AT&T Interactive today introduced YP.COM, the new YELLOWPAGES.COM, as its evolved flagship web property and brand. Powered by its proprietary local search technology, YP.COM draws from AT&T's history and success in local search to provide innovative solutions that connect consumers with businesses.
"Our new direction with YP.COM reflects our investment in developing local search technology that helps create stronger engagement between consumers and the businesses they are seeking to discover, find, and connect with," said David Krantz, president and CEO of AT&T Interactive. "With the help of our users and 5,000+ local market sales experts, we have a tremendous opportunity to keep helping our advertisers grow their business, while delivering a search experience that brings together richer content and transactional capabilities."
From the start of the search experience, YP.COM promotes discovery through predictive text search technology that automatically suggests potential search terms as a user enters a business name or category. Search results, supported by YP.COM's database of over 21M business listings(i), allow users to filter results by neighborhood, Video Profiles and business coupons. Giving users more reasons to explore, YP.COM leads to more consumer engagement, which means advertisers have a better opportunity to connect with engaged consumers who are ready to make a decision about where to dine, catch a movie or stay while away from home. While in beta testing, advertisers averaged a 28 percent increase in calls and clicks per search(ii) as a result of placement on YP.COM.
Beyond Business Search
YP.COM users have easy access to expanded lifestyle content. From everyday needs to special occasions, users can explore and take action.
-- For the Traveler: Business and leisure travelers alike can check hotel
rates, room availability and book a room with the YP.COM hotel finder.
-- For Local Events: YP.COM event search results give users what they
need to find thousands of live events - including ticket prices and
the ability to purchase tickets on the spot.
-- For the Car Buyer: Users can search new and used cars by location,
make and model on YP.COM. If interested in a specific car, users can
even have the seller call them directly.
-- For the Foodies: Users can find a restaurant and book a reservation
all from YP.COM. Find a restaurant by name, category, browsing user
reviews or even watching Video Profiles.
-- For Movie Night: YP.COM users can bypass the long lines at the ticket
booth by browsing movie times at nearby locations and buying tickets
for select theatres.
More Reason to Share
Access to millions of user reviews on YP.COM gives users the opportunity to not only read recommendations from others - but also share their own opinions. With other social features in the works, users can also share what they discover on YP.COM by emailing it to a friend or sending it to a mobile device from a business' more info page. To actually get to a business, enhanced mapping functionality on YP.COM gives users a good picture of where a business is and directions on how to get there. From browsing reviews to getting directions and sharing information, YP.COM provides a 360 overview of a business, helping users navigate their local surroundings, on a single page.
A heritage of local search leadership
With its initial technological roots dating back nearly 15 years, scaled nationally as the YellowPages.Com, LLC joint venture in 2005, AT&T Interactive continues to build upon its success delivering local information to millions of consumers via its foundational YELLOWPAGES.COM web property. During this time, advertisers nationwide have taken advantage of efficient ways to digitally promote their business through differentiated advertising products such as sponsored listings, Pay Per Call® and Video Profiles - allowing them to effectively reach and engage potential customers. With the move to YP.COM, AT&T Interactive's focus on innovation to meet the needs of both consumers and advertisers will remain a consistent driving force. This commitment applies across the company's multi-platform presence spanning online, mobile and U-verse(SM) TV.
In 2009, AT&T Interactive contributed nearly $1B in internet revenues - reflecting nearly 18 percent year-over-year growth - to the AT&T Advertising Solutions business.(iii)
Meet YP.COM, through this video.
About AT&T Interactive
AT&T Interactive, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc., is an industry leader in creating local search products and services that encourage consumers to discover local and engage with businesses across the devices and interactive platforms they use most - including online, mobile, and TV. AT&T Interactive's publisher network offers extended distribution to up to 54 million monthly unique visitors.*
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.
(i) AT&T Interactive internal data
AT&T Interactive internal data; Average percent increase in clicks
and calls per search across advertisers on YP.COM vs.
YELLOWPAGES.COM during the same time period; Feb. 27 -March 27,
(ii) 2010; Results for specific advertisers will vary.
AT&T Annual Report 2009; Advertising Solutions Internet revenues
(iii) rose nearly 18% to contribute $884 million.
Source: AT&T Inc.
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FreeDentistMatch.com Will Be Launching in May 2010
IRVINE, Calif., April 6 -- The direct response advertising specialists, Business Intelligence Group, will be launching FreeDentistMatch.com, in May 2010.
Specializing in the dental service industry, FreeDentistMatch.com provides a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote and grow dental practices. The cooperative marketing program includes screened new patient referrals, an on-line practice presence, as well as business management courses offered through strategic partnerships. FreeDentistMatch.com will launch their multi platform media campaign inclusive of television, radio, outdoor and online advertisements to deliver new patients to member dentists while promoting the importance of dentistry. The company's mission is to help patients find the right dentist for their specific needs, increase revenues for dental practices and to foster positive relationships between dentists and their patients.
Patients that are matched to a member are provided with a robust profile of the dentist that fits their needs along with detailed information about their practices, their qualifications, insurances and forms of payment they accept; the procedures and treatments they offer as well as an introduction to their staff. FreeDentistMatch.com members are also entitled to participate in FDM University, which offers practice management, accounting, referral conversion and team building tools through strategic partnership alliances. Monthly webinars provide a valuable means of training for the member dentist as well as for their staff. The curriculum will include front office training, patient continuity programs, practice promotion, patient education and leadership and team building topics.
FreeDentistMatch.com is a comprehensive practice marketing program that not only supplies members with screened new patient referrals; they also guarantee performance and include practice development solutions. For qualified dentists, memberships are currently available in select areas of Southern California. For more information, call (877) 804-8484 or email info@FreeDentistMatch.com.
Targus(R) Debuts Its Collection of Carrying Cases for the New Apple(R) iPad(TM)
New Targus Cases, Designed for iPad, Combine Style with Sophistication While Offering Superior Protection
ANAHEIM, Calif., April 6 -- Targus® Inc., maker of the world's top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, announced today it will debut its new cases specifically designed for the Apple iPad. Available in a wide variety of styles, Targus has expanded its most popular product lines including Hughes(TM), Crave(TM) and A7(TM) to include iPad cases.
"We are excited to offer new accessories for the highly anticipated iPad," said Edelmo Garcia, global product manager of soft goods at Targus. "Our strategy includes a diverse offering of styles and form factors, which incorporate a wide range of materials and features. Whether you are a chic urbanite or business sophisticate, there's a case to fit your needs, style and personality."
Hughes Leather Portfolio Slipcase for iPad - TES007US/TES00701US
The Hughes Leather Portfolio Slipcase is constructed of durable, oil-tanned premium leather with a soft twill inner lining that protects against scratches and dust. It offers a secure magnetic closure and is available in black (TES007US) and brown (TES00701US) with an MSRP of $59.99.
Crave Slipcase for iPad - TSS177US/TSS17701US
Inspired by outdoor apparel, the Crave Slipcase is made of durable weather-resistant material which has been abrasion tested for durability and features a stain-guard coating to protect its surface. Available in black (TSS177US) and silver (TSS17701US), the Crave Slipcase includes stow-away top handles and an accessory pocket for other items. The Crave Slipcase for iPad will be available for an MSRP of $34.99.
A7 Neoprene Sleeve for iPad - TSS178US/TSS17801US/TSS17802US/TSS17805US
With multiple color options, including black (TSS178US), blue (TSS17801US), brown (TSS17802US) and plum (TSS17805US), the A7 Neoprene Sleeves suit a variety of personal styles. Featuring the Tri-Cell Cushion System(TM), which integrates layers of foam, neoprene and air-ventilating mesh fabric to protect against bumps, the A7 Sleeves will be available for an MSRP of $24.99.
The iPad cases will be available for purchase beginning in April. These and other Targus accessories are available at Targus.com as well as through leading retailers, VARs, e-tailers, and direct marketers.
Targus created the mobile accessory category with its invention of the laptop case over 25 years ago. The company continues to advance the mobile accessories category with innovative and relevant solutions for today's mobile lifestyle. Targus products enhance productivity, connectivity, and security, liberating users to work in any and all environments with the utmost convenience and comfort. Founded in 1983, Targus' headquarters are located in Anaheim, Calif., with offices worldwide and distribution agreements in more than 100 countries. For more information on Targus visit targus.com.
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Targus and the Targus logo are registered trademarks of Targus Group International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Source: Targus Inc.
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Where: RFID Journal Live, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando,
Fla., Press Conference Room (S322)
Dial-in: 888-389-5979 / Passcode: 4883565 (Callers will be asked their
name and company)
Who: For media and market analysts covering supply chain and asset
management/security solutions in the Defense, Government,
Aerospace and Commercial markets, including Healthcare and IT.
Why: A game-changing development integrating passive and active
Radio Frequency Identification solutions. The result is the
most comprehensive platform to track and manage everything from
items and assets to containers and transport vehicles.
The CEOs of the premier RFID companies in their fields, who have implemented more than 500 passive and active RFID projects in over 50 countries, will talk about how their new relationship provides the market with broader and easier-to-implement tracking solutions for instant and lasting ROI.
"This is a giant step toward reaching our vision of being able to track everything wirelessly within a few years," said David Stephens, Savi CEO. "While performance has increased dramatically and costs have dropped precipitously, the industry still needs a complete passive and active solution," said ODIN CEO Patrick J. Sweeney II.
For more information, contact Mark Nelson, Savi Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 650.316.4872.
Roundtable Concepts has Launched the 'Officially Licensed Collegiate' LCD & LED HDTVs
LAKE MARY, Fla., April 6 -- Roundtable Concepts has launched RTC View, the Officially Licensed Collegiate LCD & LED HDTVs, now available @ http://www.rtcview.com. Currently HDTVs are available with the Florida State Seminoles, Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes and University of Central Florida Knights. Your favorite teams logo is embellished on the bottom two corners of the frame and is offered in 22", 32", 42" and 55" LCD HDTV screen sizes as well as 40" and 46" LED HDTVs. Now here's the cool part, not only does the team logo appear on the casing but when you power on the TV, the school logo appears on the screen for approximately 8 seconds. In addition to this launch RTC View is running a limited time promotion at http://www.rtcview.com for a limited time only, BUY ONE LCD/LED HDTV AND GET A SECOND FREE!
New Home Store Venture Finds a Strong Technology Partner in UTC RETAIL
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 6 -- UTC RETAIL(TM), a leading provider of integrated retail management solutions today announced that Linens and More, LLC, based in Brookfield, OH, has chosen UTC RETAIL's Merchant Enterprise Business Edition for their point-of-sale and merchandising solutions. These robust business applications will be deployed on UTC RETAIL's 2845 Series POS workstations. The software and hardware platform will be installed in the chain of new large format home stores beginning in July of 2010.
Plans are underway by Linens and More to open six stores in rapid succession in 2010 followed by another nine over the next 12 months.
William A. Novicki, VP of Finance/CFO of Linens and More, LLC, said: "Our retail executive team selected the UTC RETAIL Merchant solution for our enterprise based on the robust functionality of UTC RETAIL's Merchant solution and the solid reputation UTC RETAIL holds as a technology partner."
"We are very excited to be part of this new venture by Linens and More, LLC and we look forward to supporting the company as it expands over the next few years," said Victoria Rose, Vice President of Sales with UTC RETAIL.
About UTC RETAIL(TM)
UTC RETAIL is a leader in providing seamlessly integrated retail management solutions including software, hardware and professional services to the small to mid-size specialty retail market. Our retail software solutions include Cross-Channel Merchandising, Store Automation, Planning, Loyalty and Retail Management enabling specialty retailers to increase sales, lower costs and build competitive advantage. In addition to best in class software solutions, UTC RETAIL provides a complete set of branded hardware solutions and comprehensive professional service offerings, providing retailers a single point of contact and accountability for all of their retail management solutions. We're UTC RETAIL. We're retail solution experts. It's all we do and we do it better than anyone else. For more information on UTC RETAIL, visit http://www.utcretail.com
Comcast and One Economy Partner in Comcast Digital Connectors Program
Innovative Program Teaches Morgantown Youth Digital Literacy and Leadership Skills
MORGANTOWN, W.Va., April 6 -- Comcast and One Economy today highlighted a major technology learning and service initiative that teaches young people about broadband technologies and how to put that knowledge to work to serve the Morgantown community. The program, Comcast Digital Connectors, is taking place during after-school hours at the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club in Morgantown as well as in other locations across the United States.
In the Comcast Digital Connectors program, 25 high school students who attend Monongalia County Schools and come from diverse and low-income backgrounds gather at the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club four times a week after school throughout the year to learn digital literacy skills. The young people will then volunteer their time at community-based organizations, senior centers, churches and even in their own homes to help improve digital literacy. Additionally, they are being mentored by local Comcast employees, who are helping develop leadership skills among the young people and lending expertise.
Among those celebrating the Comcast Digital Connectors program today in Morgantown were West Virginia delegates Barbara Evans Fleischauer and Robert D. Beach, Morgantown mayor William Byrne and deputy mayor Don Spencer.
"This is a really exciting and extremely important initiative for Comcast and the Comcast Foundation. Developing digital literacy skills in young people is essential to their future," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. "Along with digital education, young people from diverse communities will experience a unique opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of others by cultivating leadership skills, impacting their neighborhoods through community service and preparing for their bright futures in the workforce."
One Economy founded the Digital Connectors' program and curriculum in 2003. Today there are youth engaged in Digital Connectors programs throughout the United States as well as similar digital literacy initiatives in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria.
As the nation's largest residential Internet service provider, Comcast is contributing to One Economy's mission to maximize the potential of technology in cities and towns across the country. Comcast's commitment to the Digital Connectors initiative will also help One Economy increase the number of youth who will benefit from the program. To date, nearly 3,000 young people have contributed more than 56,000 hours of community service through the Digital Connectors initiative. The One Economy-Comcast partnership aims to double the number of participants in the program and the hours of service they contribute to their communities.
"The Comcast Digital Connectors program is a great opportunity for young people in Morgantown," said Jim Samaha, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Keystone Region. "It will teach them the technology skills needed to advance in education and in the workforce, and instill the importance of passing on that knowledge to their neighbors, friends and family in order to improve their lives and community."
The curriculum for Comcast Digital Connectors covers several broad areas to help the program's participants learn real world applications for broadband technology. Modules include leadership principles, real world learning opportunities, digital technology skills development, community service, financial literacy and civic journalism. The students will learn how to network computer labs, connect wireless access points and create video documentaries. Additionally, they will be given instruction in entrepreneurship, healthy living, career and character development. The program also will include creative media projects intended to inspire the Digital Connectors to put broadband and Internet technology to their greatest use in their communities.
"Comcast has been an invaluable partner to One Economy and our mission to empower underserved communities through the use of technology," said Karla Ballard, Vice President of Social Innovation, One Economy Corporation. "This partnership will help us further tap into the great potential of young people and ensure that our youth have the resources and tools they need to develop, grow and lead in a digital economy."
Said Dennis Poluga, Director of the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club, "Comcast is all about quality, and the Mountaineer Club is all about excellence - a great combination for a powerful and sustainable partnership. Comcast is always looking for ways to make an impact in the communities they serve, and with the help of the Comcast Digital Connectors Program, teens at the Mountaineer Club will improve their information technology skills and reach out to help others in the Morgantown area. It is a win-win for everyone."
In addition to Morgantown, the Comcast Digital Connectors program will be launched in 21 locations across the nation by the end of 2010. Locations include Washington, D.C. (launched in July); Houston, Texas (launched in October); Springfield, Massachusetts (launched in November), Miami, Florida; Hanford, California; Dearborn, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tallahassee, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Tacoma, Washington; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and others to be determined.
Comcast powers dreams in the communities it serves by providing access to innovative technology, volunteering time, giving financial support and partnering with organizations to make communities stronger. The company focuses its community investment initiatives on building tomorrow's leaders, promoting community service and expanding digital literacy. Since 2001, Comcast has provided $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind support to national and local non-profit organizations in 39 states and Washington D.C. The company has made a $1.2 million commitment to sponsor the Digital Connectors program for three years, beginning in 2009.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)(NASDAQ:CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (http://www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation's focus areas are expanding digital literacy, building tomorrow's leaders and promoting community service. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $77 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at http://www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.
About One Economy and the Digital Connectors
One Economy is a global nonprofit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people. More than 17 million people have used One Economy's online tools and resources, including the Public Internet Channel (http://www.pic.tv), to build better lives. One Economy has launched on-the-ground programs in 42 U.S. states, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The Digital Connectors program is One Economy's flagship initiative that delivers 21st century technology training to young people from low-income backgrounds, who then share what they learn within their own communities. To date, more than 3,000 Digital Connectors have delivered more than 56,000 hours of technology focused community service. Learn more at http://www.one-economy.com.
Source: Comcast Corporation
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Verizon's Fiber-Optic-Powered FiOS Services Available to More Than 13,000 Homes and Businesses in South Bay Area - at Attractive Discounts
Beach Cities, Lawndale, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Have Access to More HD Channels, Faster Internet Speeds
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 6 -- South Bay residents who have considered upgrading to Verizon FiOS TV and FiOS Internet - the most powerful video entertainment and ultra-high-speed broadband services in the area - should take another look at FiOS. For a limited time, attractive discounts and other incentives are available when ordering the industry's most advanced home-entertainment and communications triple-play bundles (FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and Verizon Home Phone).
"There's no comparison between Verizon's FiOS and plain old cable TV service," said Jennifer Little, marketing director for Verizon in California. "FiOS delivers more HD channels, more video-on-demand choices, and unique interactive features like Facebook and Twitter on the TV screen -- plus faster download and upload broadband speeds at a very competitive price."
Currently, Verizon FiOS services are available to more than 13,000 homes in parts of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and nearby unincorporated areas. (See city/Zip code listing at end of news release.)
Verizon's FiOS services are available to nearly 1.2 million households and businesses in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.
More HD with FiOS TV
FiOS TV offers more than 580 total TV channels, including more than 130 HD channels throughout Southern California - more HD channels than Time Warner. And because the service is delivered using a pure fiber-optic network connection directly to the home, FiOS TV's picture- and-sound quality is unmatched.
More Speed with FiOS Internet
Verizon's FiOS Internet offerings feature an unprecedented symmetrical broadband service that provides equal upstream and downstream connections of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) and 35 Mbps. The two-way-fast speeds transform the user experience for bandwidth-sensitive Web applications like social networking, telecommuting, online multi-player gaming, sharing digital photos and videos, hard drive backups and video conferencing. More speed results in better performance for all connected devices in the home and, unlike some providers, Verizon does not penalize customers for using all the data transmission capacity they order.
More Value with FiOS Bundles
Verizon FiOS double- and triple-play bundles now are available with a 24-month service agreement that guarantees the customer's monthly rate will not change for two years. New customers who sign up for a qualifying triple-play bundle by April 17 can choose from a variety of promotional incentives, including $20 off the regular monthly rate - a savings of $480 over the life of the 24-month service agreement. FiOS bundles are also available in month-to-month plans without a minimum term agreement.
The FiOS Ultimate HD triple-play offers more than 430 channels with more than 100 HD channels, premium content, symmetrical 35/35 Mbps FiOS Internet service, and a home phone line with unlimited nationwide calling for $119.99 per month (after discounts) for 24 months. The FiOS Extreme HD triple-play offers more than 360 channels with more than 70 HD channels, symmetrical 25/25 Mbps FiOS Internet service, and a home phone line with unlimited nationwide calling for $104.99 per month (after discounts) for 24 months. The FiOS Prime HD triple-play offers more than 260 channels with more than 50 HD channels, 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet service, and a home phone line with unlimited nationwide calling for $89.99 per month (after discounts) for 24 months.
FiOS: More Than Just TV, Internet and Phone
The Ultimate HD and Extreme HD triple-play bundles include access to thousands of Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots at coffee shops, hotels, airports and other locations nationwide at no extra cost. FiOS TV users also have access to about 18,000 video-on-demand titles (70 percent of which are free), including 2,800 of which are HD, and an advanced interactive media guide that supports unique on-screen interactive social-networking, news, shopping and entertainment widgets.
More Savings, More Multimedia Capabilities
New customers who sign up for a qualifying bundle by April 17 receive a free Verizon Home Media DVR, plus a free standard- or high-definition set-top box for six months (up to a $179 value). With Home Media DVR, up to three TVs with set top boxes throughout the home can simultaneously view different recorded programs with pause, fast forward and rewind controls. Customers with a DVR have access to Media Manager software that allows them to enjoy photos, videos and music from their home computer on their TV. DVR customers can also access online videos from blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh.
FiOS is available in all or parts of the following cities and ZIP codes: Hermosa Beach (90254), Lawndale (90260), Manhattan Beach (90266), Rancho Pales Verdes (90275, 90274), Redondo Beach (90277, 90278) and Torrance (90503, 90504, 90505).
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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XBRL US Labs Introduces Online Consistency Checks to Improve XBRL Data Quality
Checks will provide a key step in the XBRL creation process
NEW YORK, April 6 -- XBRL US, a non-profit advancing open standards for XML business reporting in the U.S., today announced the launch of XBRL Consistency Suite, a set of online XBRL tools that help public companies identify inconsistencies in XBRL documents related to the use of the XBRL US GAAP Taxonomy. In the over 1,400 XBRL financial statements that have been submitted to date, thousands of errors have been identified, including incorrect use of signs, missing XBRL-tagged elements, and tags that should not have been reported, among others.
The XBRL Consistency Suite (http://csuite.xbrl.us/) performs over 6,000 tests against a company's XBRL document and produces a report that shows taxonomy-specific errors that have been made. Companies, or their service providers, should run the tool on their XBRL-formatted financials before they submit them to regulators and investors as a final step in the XBRL creation process. It also includes access to a database of XBRL documents submitted to the SEC, updated regularly.
Subscribers can perform basic analytics on the database to see what concepts are being used by their peers and what extensions are being created by searching on the full set of filings, or searching by industry or company. Pre-created extensions reflect new accounting standards and industry changes. XBRL Consistency Suite was developed by XBRL US Labs, the research and development arm of XBRL US.
"Creating XBRL-formatted financial statements requires a good understanding of how the XBRL US GAAP Taxonomy is structured. Consistency Checks lets us test our assumptions and make corrections to errors that can be easily avoided, before we submit the XBRL document to the SEC," said Matt Birney, Manager, IFRS Policy and Implementation, United Technologies Corporation, "And the company analytics give us real insights into industry best practices about how our peers tag their financials."
"Public companies have a lot of decisions to make when using the XBRL US GAAP Taxonomy," said Campbell Pryde, Chief Standards Officer, XBRL US, "They should not be penalized for mistakes that can be easily corrected. The XBRL Consistency Suite gives companies the tools they need to correct inaccuracies. Our goal is to help companies and industries establish a common core set of best practices so that investors and regulators get the information they need."
XBRL US also conducts in-person training and online webinars geared to help companies increase the efficiencies in XBRL preparation and submission, including detailed footnote tagging. To learn more, visit http://xbrl.us/webinars for webinars and http://xbrl.us/training for training sessions.
About XBRL US
XBRL US is the non-profit consortium for XML business reporting standards in the United States and is a jurisdiction of XBRL International. It represents the business information supply chain, including accounting firms, software companies, financial databases, printers and government agencies. Its mission is to support the implementation of XML business reporting standards through the development of taxonomies for use by US public and private sectors, with a goal of interoperability between sectors, and by promoting XBRL adoption through the collaboration of the business reporting supply chain. XBRL US has developed taxonomies for U.S. GAAP and mutual fund reporting under contract with the Securities and Exchange Commission. XBRL US Labs, the research and development arm of XBRL US, leverages the XBRL US platform, methodologies and people to address the quality of taxonomies and the harmonization of XBRL with other XML standards with the goal of enabling faster XBRL adoption.
BETHESDA, Md., April 6 -- Hanger Orthopedic Group (NYSE:HGR) announced the launch of http://www.EmpoweringAmputees.org, an online social networking community created specifically for amputees and others affected by limb loss. Designed to serve as the online extension of Hanger's nationwide peer-to-peer support network called the Amputee Empowerment Partners (AEP), EmpoweringAmputees.org is a free resource for individuals around the world to connect and discuss topics related to the life of amputees.
"As the industry leader in orthotics and prosthetics patient care, it is Hanger's responsibility to provide our profession and the amputee community with the most advanced resources available," Hanger President and CEO Tom Kirk said. "We recognize that the way people communicate is rapidly evolving. EmpoweringAmputees.org addresses this evolution and provides a secure environment for valuable discussion among those affected by limb loss. We anticipate EmpoweringAmputees.org will become the primary social networking site for amputees."
Built on the established Ning (http://www.ning.com) platform, the EmpoweringAmputees.org community is intended to provide a safe place for amputees, family members, caregivers, and medical professionals to share personal stories, educational information, community events, photographs and videos, and to ask questions and start discussions with others affected by limb loss or congenital limb deficiency.
"Every time a connection is made between people who really understand what the other is going through, we become stronger, wiser, more aware and more empowered," AEP National Coordinator Carrie Davis said. "As someone born with a limb deficiency, it's my opinion that our hands and feet are just bonuses; if they're lost to an injury, disease, or if they were never there at all, we can rise to the challenge and reinvent ourselves according to who we are - not what we're missing. EmpoweringAmputees.org provides a place where people can glean inspiration and knowledge from people who really get it."
About Hanger - Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's premier provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care services. Hanger is the market leader in the United States, owning and operating 677 patient care centers in 45 states and the District of Columbia, with over 3,700 employees including 1,127 practitioners as of December 31, 2009. Hanger is organized into four units. The two key operating units are patient care, which consists of nationwide orthotic and prosthetic practice centers, and distribution, which consists of distribution centers managing the supply chain of orthotic and prosthetic componentry to Hanger and third party patient care centers. The third is Linkia, which is the first and only provider network management company for the orthotics and prosthetics industry. The fourth unit, Innovative Neurotronics, introduces emerging neuromuscular technologies developed through independent research in a collaborative effort with industry suppliers worldwide. For more information on Innovative Neurotronics, Inc. or the WalkAide(R), visit http://www.ininc.us. For more information on Hanger, visit http://www.hanger.com.
Contact: Jennifer Bittner, 904-249-4210
Source: Hanger Orthopedic Group
CONTACT: Jennifer Bittner, Hanger Orthopedic Group, +1-904-249-4210,
Digi International Partners with Timesys to Provide Embedded Linux Solutions for Products Designed with Digi's ConnectCore(TM) Wi-i.MX51 System-on-Module
Timesys introduces embedded Linux solutions addressing Freescale(TM) i.MX51 markets with rich user interface and wireless network connectivity technologies while leveraging Digi's years of wireless experience
PITTSBURGH, April 6 -- Timesys Corporation (http://www.timesys.com/), provider of the LinuxLink commercial software development framework and unparalleled technical support for building custom embedded Linux®-based products, announced the company has been selected by Digi International (NASDAQ:DGII) as the preferred commercial Linux solutions provider for Digi's new ConnectCore(TM) Wi-i.MX51 wireless System-on-Module (SOM).
The new design from Digi is based on the powerful Freescale(TM) i.MX51 processor which offers a high-performance ARM® Cortex-A8® core. The combination of the powerful SoC processor and Digi included peripherals, including pre-certified 802.11abgn WiFi support, makes the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 a very attractive Linux solution for markets such as medical, consumer electronics and networking, where LinuxLink has already been adopted.
"The Cortex-A8 has been rapidly gaining popularity in various embedded designs where Linux is the operating system of choice," said Maciej Halasz, Director of Product Management at Timesys. "We are very pleased to team up with Digi International to provide our joint customers with the ability to create high-quality Linux solutions using the latest Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 JumpStart Kit." Customers selecting Digi's SOM and creating their custom hardware designs can leverage the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 LinuxLink subscription to quickly adapt Linux and design/develop their product specific middleware and value-add applications. LinuxLink for the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 is already being used by a number of early customers developing commercial products, including Triteq.
LinuxLink customers can start with the recent Linux kernel which supports many of the device drivers present on the Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 reference design, including Ethernet, LCD, Touchscreen, VGA, USB and more. The complete list of drivers, Linux packages/middleware and other utilities can be found by visiting the Timesys Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 Development Center, located at https://linuxlink.timesys.com/dev_center/wi-imx51.
"With a LinuxLink subscription, our customers can quickly develop products, benefiting from the latest open source code and access to a knowledgeable and responsive support team," said Steve Ericson, Vice President of Product Management at Digi International. "We have partnered with Timesys to provide our customers with access to such open source frameworks as rich user interfaces, media playback, networking utilities and more. LinuxLink provides rich Linux component selection for all markets that we target, including medical, consumer electronics and smart networking devices."
When compared to rolling your own Linux, LinuxLink offers many benefits, with the first and foremost being support, as well as the use of award-winning online and desktop-hosted build tools (called Factory), access to hundreds of packages and verified middleware, and access to various utilities that support Linux system and application development.
Timesys Factory automated build tools enable highly customized Linux designs on custom hardware by allowing developers to integrate third-party packages, custom applications and proprietary software.
Application developers benefit from LinuxLink development tools which include the Eclipse-based TimeStorm IDE and commonly used debugging tools -- including the integration of a number of JTAG debuggers commonly used. The application development tools are integrated with the Factory assembled development environment. This integration makes it easy to use new APIs and ensures that development and runtime environments are in sync. When needed, LinuxLink customers have immediate access to a vast suite of documentation and tutorials as well as support from Timesys' expert engineers.
In addition to the LinuxLink subscription, Timesys also offers professional services to customers requiring access to highly experienced Linux system developers to work on specific projects in partnership with their in-house engineers.
For a limited time, developers can obtain free trial access to LinuxLink, to quickly configure, build and evaluate embedded Linux on the Digi ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 reference kit by registering at https://linuxlink.timesys.com/register/factory. Developers should enter promotion code PRDIGI51 when completing the form.
Timesys is the provider of LinuxLink, a high-productivity software development framework for embedded Linux applications. The LinuxLink framework includes the Linux kernel, cross-toolchain, application development IDE, an award-winning build system called Factory, a vast library of middleware packages, software stacks and libraries, documentation and expert technical support. LinuxLink enables development teams to consistently build and maintain a custom, open source embedded Linux platform through regularly updated Linux sources, proven middleware packages, and a scriptable GNU-based build environment. LinuxLink reduces the time, resources, risk and cost associated with building a product based on open source Linux. For more information, visit http://www.timesys.com/.
About Digi International
Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing reliable products and solutions to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the Web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi's Web site at http://www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.
Timesys is a registered trademark of Timesys Corporation.
ARM is a registered trademark and ARM Cortex is a trademark of ARM Limited.
Digi is a registered trademark and ConnectCore is a trademark of Digi International.
Eclipse is a trademark of Eclipse Foundation, Inc.
Freescale is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries.
All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
ProComSol Adds Support for HART 7 and WirelessHART Devices
LAKEWOOD, Ohio, April 6 -- ProComSol, Ltd today announced the release of the Rev 4.0 revision to their popular DevCom2000 Smart Device Communicator Software for HART. This revision adds support for HART 7 and WirelessHART devices. WirelessHART provides users with a simple, reliable and secure method to add new measurement values to control systems without the need to run additional wire.
DevCom2000 software runs on a PC and provides full DD access to HART instrumentation for configuration and monitoring. "Now users can use DevCom2000 for configuration of both wired and wireless devices. This enables an advanced, cost-effective and reliable HART communication interface for existing field devices as well as new wireless field devices," says Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, Ltd.
ProComSol, Ltd was founded in 2005 and has become the leading provider of technically advanced, cost-effective communication solutions to the HART marketplace. The president, Jeffrey Dobos, has over ten years experience developing products with HART technology. The company also designs and manufactures both USB and Bluetooth HART modems.
ProComSol, Ltd Contact:
Michael B. Fersky, Marketing Manager
13000 Athens Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
Source: ProComSol, Ltd
CONTACT: Michael B. Fersky, Marketing Manager, +1-216-221-1550, or Fax:
TidalTV Partners with LiveRail to Merge Real-time Online Video Ad Targeting with Real-time Bidding
TidalTV brings new online media buying efficiency to advertisers and publishers
NEW YORK, April 6 -- TidalTV, a leading video advertising, optimization and yield management solutions provider, today announced it is the first online video marketplace to partner with LiveRail's real-time inventory bidding tool, to further enhance its services. This first-of-its-kind partnership unites the power of real-time ad targeting and optimization from TidalTV with the real-time purchasing of online video inventory from LiveRail to provide greater efficiency within the online video media buying process for both advertisers and publishers.
"Merging TidalTV's real-time optimal ad decisioning platform with products like LiveRail's bidding tool will expand access to high-quality video inventory for advertisers and increase the monetization rate of publisher's online video assets," said Scott Ferber, Founder and CEO of TidalTV. "We're excited to enhance our solution offerings for advertisers and publishers by bringing real-time bidding to the online video industry."
With the integration of LiveRail's real-time inventory bidding tool, TidalTV will continue to serve the right ad to the right target person using its data-driven one-to-one targeting, while also serving it at the right price based on marketplace demand. For advertisers, this enables TidalTV to better capitalize on media availability to deliver more target audience impressions. At the same time, publishers will maximize value for their online video inventory with the ability to deliver targeted impressions in real time.
"TidalTV is a leader in ad targeting and monetization within the online video space, and we are thrilled to be launching LiveRail's real-time bidding technology with such a respected and innovative team of experts," said Mark Trefgarne, CEO of LiveRail.
TidalTV is a video advertising, optimization, and yield management solutions provider. Its AdOSTM technology leverages the power of data and mathematics to guarantee delivery of a brand's message against a target demographic, and enables content creators and publishers to completely monetize audiences across demographic segments. Currently, TidalTV has deployed its technology for online video and is working to expand its reach to all video delivery platforms. Chairman & CEO, Scott Ferber pioneered pay-for-performance Internet marketing through superior analytics with Advertising.com, an online advertising network he co-founded in 1998. With TidalTV, Ferber is applying complex optimization mathematics to the management and delivery of video advertising campaigns, and enabling superior advertiser returns, campaign efficiency and publisher yield. For more information, visit: http://www.tidaltv.com
LiveRail provides technology solutions that help video publishers, content owners and advertisers address the unique challenges of online video advertising. LiveRail delivers the most advanced video monetization platform for digital media, enabling its customers to efficiently and effectively manage advertising at scale across complex distribution and syndication networks.
LiveRail was founded in 2007, and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information about LiveRail's suite of technology services, please visit: http://www.liverail.com
Reynolds Adds New Capability for Dealerships to Market Vehicle Inventory on Facebook
"MyShowroom" Application on Facebook is One More Way Reynolds Web Solutions is Helping Dealers "Be First" in the Minds of Consumers
DAYTON, Ohio, April 6 -- The Reynolds and Reynolds Company today announced the availability of "MyShowroom" - a new, additional mobile marketing feature from Reynolds Web Solutions that enables dealerships to easily display their new and used vehicle inventories on Facebook. Mobile marketing solutions from Reynolds Web Solutions already extend the marketing reach of a dealership's online vehicle inventory by making their Web site accessible from any mobile device. Now, the "MyShowroom" application on Facebook further extends the visibility of a dealer's inventory by automatically displaying those cars on the dealership's Facebook fan page for consumers to browse.
"The marketing adage of 'be where your customers are' has never been more important to dealerships," said Trey Hiers, vice president, Corporate Marketing, at Reynolds. "As the economy begins to show signs of recovery, dealers increasingly are looking for ways to create as many touch points as possible to market their products and services and attract consumers to their dealerships. With more than 100 million people in the U.S. actively using Facebook, 'MyShowroom' provides another easy and cost-effective way for dealerships to extend the reach of their advertising and position themselves first in the minds of consumers."
The "MyShowroom" feature is part of Reynolds Web Solutions' Mobile Pro for WebMakerX® 2.0 solution that enables dealers to:
-- Enhance their marketing campaigns by incorporating short code
marketing that invites consumers to send text messages to the
dealership to receive more information about a specific product or
-- Offer consumers using a "smartphone" with a mobile-friendly rendering
of the dealership's Web site on their phone.
-- Make it possible for consumers to receive on their mobile phones
specific vehicle information directly from inventory listings on the
dealership's Web site.
Reynolds and Reynolds is the automotive industry's leading provider of automobile dealership software, services, and forms to help dealerships improve business results. The company is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with major operations in Houston and College Station, Texas, and Celina, Ohio. (http://www.reyrey.com)
Source: Reynolds and Reynolds
CONTACT: Thomas Schwartz of The Reynolds and Reynolds Company,
+1-937-485-8109 (office), +1-937-269-9569 (mobile),
U.S. National Security Agency and Leading Russian Search Engine Yandex to Support 2010 TopCoder Open
GLASTONBURY, Conn., April 6 -- TopCoder®, Inc., the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development platforms, today announced the National Security Agency (NSA) as patron and Yandex as sponsor of the 2010 TopCoder Open, the world's foremost competitive computer programming and creative design tournament. During the next four months of online competition, thousands of skilled competitors from around the globe will be reduced to 100 top performers across multiple tracks who will then travel from around the world as onsite finalists to the 2010 TopCoder Open and compete for a share of $150,000 in prizes. The live event takes place October 11th -14th at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas. Programmers and digital creatives will compete in six tracks - Algorithm, Design, Development, Studio, Marathon and Mod Dash - not only for cash prizes but also a chance to demonstrate their programming talents and skills to the world. Full details including schedules and rules are available at http://www.topcoder.com/tco10
"We are very excited with the continued growth TopCoder is experiencing in both the government and international business sectors in terms of programming competition sponsorship. The United States and Russian Federation consistently produce top talent," said Rob Hughes, president and COO of TopCoder, Inc. "NSA is our most valued longstanding patron and Yandex is one of the new breed of companies that recognize the high value of interfacing directly with the TopCoder community that exists in their own backyard."
NSA is the longest ongoing patron of TopCoder competitions having previously supported TopCoder Open events from 2006-2009 and the 2005 and 2006 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge events. For more information about the National Security Agency, please visit http://www.NSA.gov.
Yandex is Russia's largest internet company, whose websites attract a workday audience of more than 15 million users from Russia, Ukraine and other countries searching almost a hundred million queries a day.
TopCoder offers a comprehensive array of outcome-based software competitions 24 x 7 in which real world business solutions are built on time and on budget. For creative work, TopCoder Studio provides a competitive arena for creative skills such as graphic arts and digital design.
About TopCoder, Inc.
TopCoder is the world's largest competitive software development community with more than 240,000 developers representing over 200 countries. TopCoder hosts the largest and most comprehensive developer ratings and performance metrics available. The TopCoder community builds software for a wide-ranging client base through a competitive, rigorous, standards based methodology. For more information about sponsoring TopCoder events and utilizing TopCoder's software services and platforms, visit http://www.topcoder.com.
TopCoder is a registered trademark of TopCoder, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
First Orion Announces Upgrades to PrivacyStar for BlackBerry Smartphones
Powerful Privacy App Adds New Call Blocking Features
CONWAY, Ark., April 6 -- First Orion today announced upgrades to its popular PrivacyStar(TM) BlackBerry app. The new version improves overall performance speed, call lookup accuracy and expands call blocking features.
PrivacyStar now allows users to block entire area codes and groups of numbers used by bill collectors and telemarketers (800, 866 or 888), including those that spoof their numbers with prefixes such as 000. The updates also improve the user experience by making the application faster.
"We expect that with improved performance and expanded call blocking options, PrivacyStar will continue to resonate positively with BlackBerry users," said Jeff Stalnaker, CEO of First Orion. "We've had 100,000 users look up almost a million numbers and file over 20,000 complaints with the appropriate authorities, and this update will help our users take further control of their phones."
PrivacyStar remains the first and only mobile app that captures detailed information about possible telemarketing violations including date, time, number and identity and makes it easy for users to supply this information to law enforcement authorities for investigation.
PrivacyStar provides comprehensive call blocking functionality. BlackBerry users can block individual numbers, entire area codes or enter any combination of digits for a truly personalized service. Using PrivacyStar's new group blocking feature, users can block telemarketers who transmit a string of random numbers or spoof their number. All blocked numbers are viewable on a web portal that is synchronized with the user's smartphone.
PrivacyStar allows users to easily identify unknown callers, even those calling from 1-800 numbers. BlackBerry users can see who is calling them by accessing the Caller Lookup feature to identify the caller then choose to block that call or add it to their address book.
PrivacyStar Features and Benefits
-- Simple to Use - After receiving an unwanted call, select the number
from the call log to add to the Privacy List and that call will be
blocked in the future
-- Report Potential Telemarketing Violations - Upon the user's request,
PrivacyStar captures detailed information about possible violations
including date, time, number and identity. PrivacyStar allows users to
easily provide this information to law enforcement authorities so they
may take action
-- Caller Lookup - After receiving a call from a number that is not
recognized PrivacyStar Caller Lookup allows a user to identify unknown
callers by name and take appropriate action, such as adding to the
contacts list or Privacy List
-- Web Portal - Utilize the fully integrated personal web portal to
manage blocked callers (including unblocking), provide additional
details on violations and manage the PrivacyStar account
PrivacyStar allows users to lookup callers not in their address book, block unwanted callers and report Do Not Call List violators to authorities. PrivacyStar is available for $2.99 (USD) per month or for discounted semi-annual and annual periods after a free 7-day trial period. BlackBerry users in the United States and Canada can download PrivacyStar at http://www.PrivacyStar.com, BlackBerry® App World or by texting "myprivacy" to 74700.
About First Orion
First Orion delivers the only network-based privacy and preference service to wireline, wireless, VoIP users and smartphones. First Orion has patented numerous privacy and preference solutions and is based in Conway, Arkansas. The company provides consumers the best in phone privacy solutions.
First Orion and PrivacyStar are registered trademarks of First Orion, Corp. All registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.
Source: First Orion
CONTACT: Roseann Hernandez of FortyThree, Inc., +1-831-332-9744,
PrivacyStar@43pr.com, for First Orion
Parkmobile USA, Inc. Unveils Its iPhone Mobile Application Today
With the launch of Parkmobile's application customers are now able to conduct their parking transactions via mobile application.
ATLANTA, April 6 -- Parkmobile, USA, Inc., the world's leading global provider of seamlessly integrated end-to-end parking solutions, unveils its iPhone application (app) today. iPhone and iPod Touch users can now start and stop their parking transaction via mobile application. The Parkmobile app is available free of charge on the iPhone App Store or it can be downloaded at http://www.parkmobile.com/us.
"Parkmobile is very excited to launch our iPhone application created by Sharewire," said Albert Bogaard, CEO of Parkmobile USA, Inc. "With this technology, customers no longer have to search for change or estimate the time needed at their destination. The pay by phone service is an example of another technology that can make our lives easier and more efficient."
To use the service, customers can register by downloading the application at http://www.parkmobile.com/us. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone.
The Parkmobile app also enables users to change and add additional license plates to their account. Downloading our mobile application is free, quick and easy to use. Starting a parking transaction takes less than 10 seconds.
"Using the Parkmobile application to pay for parking will save customers time and money. This makes it a very relevant and exciting project to work on," said Ivo Wentholt, CEO of Sharewire. "In the coming weeks Parkmobile will be launching additional functionalities on the iPhone app as well as mobile applications for Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile users."
Parkmobile is a leading global provider of seamlessly integrated end-to-end solutions for digital parking. The firm's product offerings include cashless mobile payments for on and off street parking, digital parking permits, and real time enforcement.
Sharewire is a leading developer of mobile applications on all major platforms. Founded in 2003, Sharewire provides its clients with all the technological and conceptual tools to build a relationship with mobile users worldwide.
Local Media Execs to Examine New Platforms and Revenue Opportunities at BIA/Kelsey's Digital Strategies for Broadcasting 2010, May 17-19
Conference features 40-plus speakers, including keynoters from Fisher Communications, Wachovia Capital Markets, Triton Media Group, Emmis Communications, RAB and TVB
CHANTILLY, Va., April 6 -- In its recently released 2010 U.S. Local Media Annual Forecast (2009-2014), BIA/Kelsey (http://www.bia.com and http://www.kelseygroup.com) forecast local advertising revenues for television and radio to grow at a 2.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2014, compared with a 17.8 percent CAGR for digital media during the same period. The continuing shift toward digital media serves as the backdrop for BIA/Kelsey's upcoming Digital Strategies for Broadcasting 2010 (http://www.kelseygroup.com/DSB2010) conference, which takes place May 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from Manhattan. This event brings together senior broadcast executives and top digital media experts to examine new platforms and revenue opportunities in local television and radio.
"The rules may have changed in the local broadcast business, as audiences and advertisers have shifted dramatically toward greater use of digital, social and mobile media platforms," said Rick Ducey, chief strategy officer and program director, Digital Strategies for Broadcasting, BIA/Kelsey. "But the game remains the same -- consumers continue to access local media, online and offline, for buying decisions and other local information. At Digital Strategies for Broadcasting, we'll examine how broadcast media are successfully evolving and developing multiplatform revenue strategies and partnerships across traditional media boundaries."
Digital Strategies for Broadcasting is BIA/Kelsey's annual conference focused on the latest developments and trends for enhancing the traditional media business. The program will feature more than 40 influential executives from across the local broadcast, digital media and advertising space, including six keynote presentations by Colleen Brown, president and CEO, Fisher Communications; Jeff Haley, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB); Steve Lanzano, president, Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB); Marci Ryvicker, vice president, equity research, Wachovia Capital Markets; Neal Schore, president and CEO, Triton Media Group; and Jeff Smulyan, CEO, Emmis Communications.
The first day of the conference will offer an intensive drill down on cross-platform approaches for local TV and radio, featuring insights from event partners RAB and TVB. Days 2 and 3 will include sessions covering a range of topics, from social media and mobile apps to HD, 3D and retransmission, in sessions such as:
-- New Platforms, New Revenues: Making It Happen
-- Broadcasting, Internet and Mobile -- What's Working?
-- Consumer and Social Trends Impacting the Media Business
-- Growing and Selling Audiences Cross Platform
-- Making Cross-Platform Deals and Partnerships
-- New Ad Revenues for New Times: Move TV Content Online and Monetize It
Conference sponsors and partners include Association of Directory Publishers (ADP), Great Outdoor Network (GON), International Classified Media Association (ICMA), Localeze, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NetNewsCheck, Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) and Yellow Pages Association (YPA). For more information, visit http://www.kelseygroup.com/DSB2010.
BIA/Kelsey advises companies in the local media space through consulting and valuation services, research, Continuous Advisory Services and conferences. Since 1983 BIA/Kelsey has been a resource to the media, mobile advertising, telecommunications, Yellow Pages and electronic directory markets, as well as to government agencies, law firms and investment companies looking to understand trends and revenue drivers. BIA/Kelsey's annual conferences draw executives from across industries seeking expert guidance on how companies are finding innovative ways to grow. Additional information is available at http://www.bia.com and http://www.kelseygroup.com. The company's blogs are located at http://blog.bia.com/bia/ and http://blog.kelseygroup.com/, and it can be found on Twitter through http://twitter.com/BIAKelsey.
CONTACT: Eileen Pacheco for BIA/Kelsey, +1-781-556-1026,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or MacKenzie Lovings of BIA/Kelsey, +1-703-818-2425,
Doe Run Shortens Downtime With iSolve Virtual Knowledge Manager
Softlib's iSolve Helps Doe Run Deliver the Right Solution at First Contact to Agents and Technology Users
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 6, 2010-- Softlib Software, a leading provider of Virtual Knowledge Management
software for Web Self-Help, technical support centers and helpdesk teams,
today announced that Doe Run, Inc., the largest integrated lead producer in
the Western Hemisphere, has deployed SoftLib's iSolve software for its IT
organization. iSolve now helps Doe Run IT staff locate the right solutions
for technical incidents quickly and easily, thus improving time to resolution
and reducing downtime substantially.
Doe Run's IT organization was looking to improve end user satisfaction
and to reduce the time of experts supporting incidents. The solution of
choice had to fit into their Information Technology Infrastructure Library's
(ITIL) initiative and had to help the experts locate solutions in a variety
of information sources - internal and external. iSolve intelligent search and
Federated Knowledge Management capabilities helped Doe Run IT leverage home
grown knowledge automatically while seamlessly integrating with existing
systems such as their Service Desk system. This allows Doe Run's IT
organization provide immediate service to knowledge workers while reducing
escalations and saving experts time.
Doe Run selected iSolve due to its following unique capabilities:
- Leverage all internal information sources without moving them around
(emails, CRM, service desk, portals...)
- Built in vendor information and relevant Web news groups and forums
- Intelligent natural language search with unique 'solution grouping'
- Seamless integration with existing information sources and applications
- Deployment in less then a week
"In the tight economy of today it was imperative to invest in technology
that will free up our team and provide immediate ROI. With iSolve we see the
potential to achieve this by making knowledge that used to be hidden or hard
to retrieve more accessible to the entire IT organization. This positively
affects time to fix, increases user satisfaction and motivates us share more
and better knowledge. iSolve was implemented in days and complemented our
ITIL strategy", said Sharon Gietl, CIO, Doe Run.
"Softlib is honored that iSolve was selected by one of the Computerworld
Premier 100 IT Leaders and a leading organization such as Doe Run. The market
is anxious for solutions to boost expert productivity that have low cost of
ownership and can be deployed quickly and easily. " said Boaz Grinvald,
President of Softlib Software. "We are proud that Doe Run shares our vision."
Softlib is a leading provider of Solution Identification software,
enabling our customers to reduce costs substantially while improving service
to end users and customers. We bring innovative solutions to the marketplace
that revolutionizes the way technical support is delivered. Softlib products
are used on thousands of computers worldwide. Among our customers are
financial institutions, telecom companies, technology vendors and government
agencies. SoftLib has offices in the USA, Belgium and Israel.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural
resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western
Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal
production, Doe Run operates one of the world's largest, single-site lead
recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its
subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power,
protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington
and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com
Full Circle Wireless Inc. Supports EPA's National Cell Phone Recycling Week by Offering Businesses Across the U.S. Five Easy Tips for Helping Our Planet
IRVINE, Calif., April 6 -- Full Circle Wireless Inc. (http://www.fullcirclewireless.com), the leading U.S. recycler and reseller of previously owned wireless devices and accessories, is lending its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) second annual National Cell Phone Recycling Week, which kicked off Monday, April 5th, by offering commercial businesses and private/public organizations across the U.S. five easy tips to help protect our planet through the incorporation of more conscientious electronic recycling practices. Full Circle has been leading the charge, since its inception in 2003, to generate greater awareness among Americans about the danger of toxic "e-waste" that can be created by something as small as a discarded personal cell phone - a form of electronic product waste which, on a national level, is making a significant negative impact on our country's growing landfill problem.
The company, which Inc. magazine named last year as the 16th fastest growing environmental services firm in the nation, buys back unwanted, used cellular inventory from businesses, community organizations, schools, and government facilities throughout America and then manages the responsible recycling or reselling of the equipment through third-party partners - a small step that company CEO Shelton Basham says can help to preserve the environment for generations to come. "It's all about building awareness," explained Basham. "Full Circle Wireless applauds the EPA for its efforts to direct the attention of the American public - not just to the importance of proper e-recycling in general - but to the urgency of cellular phone recycling in particular. This is a major problem in this country because of the sheer volume of cell phones in circulation. Each and everyday, Americans throw nearly 350,000 wireless units and accessories into the trash - on a national level, that waste generation is astounding."
To combat this problem, Full Circle Wireless is waging a public education campaign, building on the outreach of public entities such as the EPA, to alert businesses to proper recycling alternatives. In recognition of National Cell Phone Recycling Week, the company is offering businesses five ways to begin to make a difference in curtailing cell phone waste. This call to action is the essence of what Full Circle refers to as "The Complete Green Cellular Solution"--an easy way for companies to recycle wireless products while actually saving money.
In particular, Full Circle is asking businesses across American to change their attitude and approach to cellular product disposal in the following ways:
1. First, don't discard previously used wireless inventory into the
nation's waste system.
2. Second, rethink the process and learn about ways that the equipment can
be responsibly recycled. Visit http://www.fullcirclewireless.com,
www.epa.gov, and other industry sources to understand how businesses
and community organizations can participate in programs that make good
business, as well as environmental, sense.
3. Third, say "yes" to cash back for properly dispensing used wireless
inventory. Full Circle will pay businesses across America for their
used cellular products, including standard cell phones, BlackBerrys and
aircards - that's money siphoned back into the participating business
to directly impact their fiscal bottom line. And, Full Circle will
pick up and/or ship the inventory free of charge, making the invitation
to e-recycle a win-win solution for companies and for the planet.
4. Fourth, when setting aside wireless products, the IT department of
participating companies can contribute to the process by removing a
cell phone's SIM card, and erasing the memory. (Full Circle will
conduct their own data cleansing process in accord with privacy
policies before sending phones to third-parties for proper recycling or
resale, but companies can aid in and streamline the process on a
national level by assisting with this easy step.)
5. Fifth, recognize that the actions of every wireless consumer and
business in the U.S. can make a substantial difference. Responsible
e-recycling begins at the individual level - and because of the volume
of cell phones discarded each day, Americans acting in unison can
change the future of our landfill problem. The efforts of Full Circle
Wireless alone over the past seven years have resulted in the
elimination of more than 50 metric tons of e-waste!
"According to the EPA, there are more than 100 million cell phones in the U.S. that are no longer in use," added Basham. "If we can help to alert even 1 percent of American businesses to change their behavior, we'll be making a dent in this devastating environmental issue. We are urging companies in every vertical industry that utilize wireless products to consider making 'The Complete Green Cellular Solution' a part of their own credo and commitment to doing right by our planet."
Full Circle Wireless Inc., headquartered in Irvine, Calif., purchases previously owned cellular phone equipment, BlackBerrys, iPhones and aircards from businesses for resale or responsible recycling. Offering innovative solutions to help companies get cash back for their used and discarded equipment while helping to reduce e-waste in America's landfills, Full Circle Wireless truly is "The Complete Green Cellular Solution."
Contact: Jamie Douglas
The Brand Company
Source: Full Circle Wireless Inc.
CONTACT: Jamie Douglas, The Brand Company, +1-310-902-7625,
Jamie@BrandCompanyPR.com, for Full Circle Wireless Inc.
Ground-breaking Mobile Content Management System for Local Media
NEW YORK, April 6 -- WorldNow, the leading online technology, content and revenue-solutions company for local media, today introduced WorldNow Mobile CMS, a mobile content management system that allows publishers to build and fully control their own mobile sites.
WorldNow Mobile CMS breaks the inflexible, cookie-cutter mobile site template norm by allowing our publishing partners to optimize mobile content specifically for consumers in their local markets in real time.
Incorporated in the publishing system, WorldNow Mobile CMS offers interactive features that are important in today's local media landscape. This includes the ability to generate customizable interactive forms to build consumer databases, collect and utilize user generated content (UGC), push breaking news and information immediately out to mobile consumers when and where they need it the most and build and create unlimited advertiser sites. These tools allow for greater consumer engagement and strong opportunities to monetize the mobile audience.
"The Mobile CMS is the first pillar in a mobile strategy aimed at providing superior tools for our publishing partners," said Doug Campbell, WorldNow's senior vice president of Mobile. "As mobile continues to increase in importance to consumers and advertisers, our focus is to help our partners maximize revenue."
The WorldNow Mobile CMS utilizes a database of over 4,000 mobile devices to optimize the way a site is delivered to each device. Smartphone users experience a beautifully rendered site including high quality video while older devices that only render text get just the basics. The system is designed to give each mobile consumer the best experience allowed by his or her device.
The technology behind the Mobile CMS is flexible and allows easy integration with any content management system as well as third party applications for ad serving and analytics. It comes to market integrated with Webtrends and DoubleClick but almost any application can be used.
According to Nielsen, the US Mobile Web has increased to 69.6M users in January 2010. As the Mobile Web evolves both technically and through increasing consumer adoption, the need for local media groups to begin to take greater control of their mobile offerings is a necessity. WorldNow Mobile CMS allows publishers to seize the future today.
Pricing and Availability
WorldNow Mobile CMS is available now and pricing information can be obtained by contacting Doug Campbell at email@example.com.
WorldNow, a New York-based leader in online technology, content and revenue solutions, is the only company to provide a comprehensive technology platform and strategic advertising services that enable media companies to expand to the digital realm with innovative Web and mobile publishing tools, advanced video delivery technology and industry-driving advertising leadership. WorldNow's proven Web, video and mobile technology and advertising leadership equips its media partners with the tools to make the transition to the digital marketplace, expand their footprint in the online ecosystem and realize real-world profitability from their investment. Current WorldNow customers include CBS Radio, Cox, Dispatch, Fisher, Gray, Griffin, Journal, Landmark, Media General, Quincy, Raycom Media, Schurz, Titan, Waterman and Young. For more information please visit http://www.WorldNow.com.
Citysearch Introduces cityseries, Its New iPad App
New App Allows You to Swipe, Tap and Zoom Your Way through Citysearch's Top Lists, Great Picks, and Every Local Adventure You Can Imagine in a Digital Magazine Format
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 6 -- Citysearch LLC, a leading online local guide and operating business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI), today announced its new application for the iPad, cityseries, is now available in the Apple App store.
cityseries allows users to find the best restaurants, bars, shopping, spas and more in top metros, based on the acclaimed advice of Citysearch editors and expert users across the United States. The new app features Citysearch's top lists, great picks complete with business profile information, and local deals in a new innovative digital magazine format that allows users to review recommendations and discover new businesses.
"Knowing the iPad will change the way users consume content, we set out to build a different app with a brand new layout that inspires users to discover more about their city," said Kara Nortman, senior vice president, publishing at Citysearch. "With cityseries, we focused on highlighting our content in a new digital magazine format allowing users to interact with the best of Citysearch on a new platform."
New Digital Magazine Format makes it Easy to Discover New Local Hotspot
To give users the best experience, Citysearch leveraged bleeding edge design functionality specific to the iPad including popovers that bring up special offers for users when the iPad is in horizontal mode along with page-flip transitions to bring the magazine experience to life. cityseries users can also swipe, tap and zoom their way through Citysearch content, making it a fun and interactive experience.
cityseries will be available at launch in these major metros: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Washington D.C. and Seattle.
Citysearch LLC is a leading online local media company, meeting the changing needs of consumers, publishers and local advertisers. Citysearch LLC enables consumers to stay connected with access to neighborhood restaurants, bars, shopping, beauty and professional services information nationwide through its premium local brands, which include Citysearch.com, Urbanspoon and Insider Pages. The largest local content network, CityGrid, connects consumers and merchants across the Web, by distributing local content to publishers. Citysearch LLC is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ:IACI). For more information, visit http://www.citysearch.com
Streakwave Wireless Expands Extricom Partnership to Central and South America
SAN JOSE, April 6 -- Streakwave Wireless, Inc., a global value-added master distributor of wireless broadband products and solutions and Extricom, Inc., a premier manufacturer of fourth-generation enterprise wireless LAN systems, announced that they are broadening their distribution partnership to Central and South America. Under the terms of the agreement, Streakwave, which is currently Extricom's Master Distributor in North America, will function in the same role in the CALA region.
"With the recent announcement of Meru Networks entering the public market, it confirms that enterprise WLAN systems are a widely growing market globally. Streakwave has solidified its position accordingly with the latest technologies including Extricom WLAN systems, which offers fourth generation WLAN patented hardware innovations surpassing third generation cellular based technologies," noted Joshua Farlow, Vice President of Sales for Streakwave.
"Our business-class fourth generation wireless technology changes the landscape for WLAN, enabling the seamless mobility, multi-layer flexibility, and ease of use that all enterprises are looking for in a comprehensive Wi-Fi solution. We are pleased to have Streakwave as a master distributor in the CALA region. They understand the market and have the channel experience to advance the solutions needed by integrators today," noted Honore LaBourdette, VP Sales, Americas, for Extricom.
About Streakwave Wireless, Inc.: Streakwave Wireless, Inc. is a global value-added master distributor with stocked facilities in San Jose, CA, Salt Lake City, UT and Cincinnati, OH. Most domestic orders are delivered in two-days or less with rapid shipment for international orders. Streakwave proudly offers complete lines of wireless solutions from top-tier manufacturers including equipment in both the licensed and license-free (available for public use) spectrum. Solutions include: point-to-point backhauls, point-to-multipoint systems and equipment for a wide array of wireless and wired network applications. Streakwave serves most business sectors and solutions by providing products for integration in: hospitality, retail, government, healthcare, education, enterprise, small and medium business, financial, communications and security markets. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.streakwave.com/.
About Extricom, Inc.: Extricom means enterprise wireless infrastructure that works. Extricom's award-winning Channel Blanket Architecture delivers better RF coverage across the board while minimizing networking and wireless complexity. Voice, data and video applications are supported by a robust Wireless LAN infrastructure that ensures predictable service and seamless mobility in any environment. Contact: email@example.com or visit http://www.extricom.com.
Contact: Richard Bernhardt
Senior Director, Marketing
Streakwave Wireless, Inc.
This release was issued through The Xpress Press News Service, merging e-mail and satellite distribution technologies to reach business analysts and media outlets worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.xpresspress.com/
i2 Unveils Powerful New Tools for Predicting Criminal and Terrorist Activity
Enterprise capability offers customized web interface for every level of user and increased functionality at all phases of investigation and analysis New capabilities part of ongoing actualization of i2's Intelligence-Led Operations Platform
WASHINGTON, April 6 -- Robert Griffin, CEO of i2, the leading provider of intelligence and investigation software, today unveiled a powerful new set of tools designed to revolutionize the way law enforcement, military and government organizations fight criminal and terrorist activity amid evolving and more sophisticated threats. This is the continuing actualization of i2's Intelligence-Led Operations Platform (IOP), an integrated set of powerful analysis, visualization and management applications built to identify hidden connections and patterns from disparate data sources. Griffin made the announcement at i2's 2010 user conference at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C. The new capabilities will be released in the fourth quarter of 2010.
"Criminals and terrorists are constantly adapting and finding new ways to subvert the safeguards that protect our society," said Griffin. "That means we need to constantly stay one step ahead by finding ways to take action before a critical event occurs. It's not just about connecting the dots -- it's about connecting the right dots and understanding what they mean. And when confronted with an ever-increasing amount of data from all angles, our task is to help our customers make sense of the information blizzard. What we are announcing today is the most powerful step we've taken toward realizing true intelligence-led operations."
"As someone who's run the two largest police departments in the United States and works with law enforcement agencies from across the globe, I know that intelligence management must be at the core of everything we do," said William J. Bratton, Chairman of Altegrity Risk International and former Los Angeles Chief of Police and New York City Police Commissioner. "What i2's advanced technology means for these organizations couldn't be more crucial: stronger analysis, better information, and quicker decision-making to unearth the connections and take action to prevent crime and terrorism."
In equipping its software with enterprise capability, i2 has combined the DNA of its existing product portfolio -- including COPLINK, Analyst's Notebook and iBase -- to bring together investigative, analytical, operational and command level staff under one highly secure, open and scalable platform for the first time. i2's users -- from the beat cop to the senior commander to the intelligence analyst to the soldier on the front lines -- can now more easily and more effectively utilize technology to prevent crime and terrorism.
As such, all personnel within a given organization will have access to an environment that allows for seamless interaction with information in real time; enables teams to better configure intelligence data to support all phases on an investigation; and connects them to a wider community by searching across third party, public and proprietary data stores. Key characteristics of the IOP include the following:
-- Full enterprise-class capability including web front-end, field
level-security and high scalability
-- Easy to use web interface that is personalized based on profile and
-- Deployment flexibility that supports both tethered and untethered
-- Leverages existing i2 portfolio and skills, as well as IT
infrastructure to protect past investments and accelerate operational
-- Enhanced visualization to support multi-dimensional analysis
-- Improved search, spider, seek and alerting capabilities for open
source data exploitation
i2's products now have an even greater reach and deployability beyond its existing customer base of 4,500 organizations and 350,000 users throughout the globe. Individual users within an organization, but at different levels with varying responsibility, will now have personalized interfaces based on profiles and preferences that ensure optimum access to the right data and the work of their colleagues. i2's applications are designed with this challenge in mind -- to help analysts make connections across vast quantities of data from disparate sources such as CCTV, forensics, biometrics, social networking sites, open and internal sources.
i2 Inc. is the leading provider of intelligence and investigation solutions for defense, national security, law enforcement and commercial security. Over 4,500 organizations in 149 countries rely on the i2 Intelligence-led Operations Platform to proactively deter, prevent, predict and disrupt the world's most sophisticated criminal and terrorist threats. i2 started the intelligence revolution in 1990 and continues to lead the industry in innovation with products like Analyst's Notebook® and COPLINK®. These solutions enable public safety officers, analysts, managers, detectives and investigators to uncover hidden connections faster, deliver timely and actionable results and communicate complex situations more clearly than ever. For more information, please visit http://www.i2group.com.
Global Crossing Launches Next-Generation Satellite Network in Brazil Powered by iDirect Platform
High-speed network extends reach of terrestrial connectivity for Internet Service Providers and enterprises in South America
HERNDON, Va., April 6 -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, has launched a next-generation satellite network based on iDirect's platform to support Brazilian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and enterprises. Global Crossing has purchased an iDirect Series 15000 universal satellite hub along with an initial order of 600 X3 satellite remotes, with plans to expand its service to as many as 2,000 sites. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
Global Crossing is extending the reach of its fiber-based terrestrial network to help ISPs reach new subscribers located among South America's extreme terrain. Global Crossing selected iDirect's Evolution platform to replace its incumbent satellite network and upgrade to DVB-S2 capabilities to meet South America's high bandwidth demands and rapidly growing enterprise market. The company needed to ensure higher Quality of Service and chose iDirect after a thorough evaluation phase testing DVB-S2 systems that lasted several months.
The iDirect platform also improves integration of customers in more than 400 cities in 45 countries that have terrestrial links to the Global Crossing Network. Global Crossing will benefit from several of the platform's key features, such as minimal round-trip time which provides customers with improved performance. In addition, Global Crossing can leverage the platform to reduce jitter, the time variation or latency of a signal, which is critical for conserving satellite resources and providing high-quality voice and video services.
"The next-generation infrastructure provided by iDirect will allow us to offer superior connectivity to meet growing customer demands. This means greater availability, more traffic capacity, minimized delays and enhanced jitter control - all essential to supporting our converged services strategy."
~ Pablo YANEZ
Switch Data Product Vice President, Latin America, Global Crossing
"Global Crossing is enabling significant social and economic progress in Brazil by extending the reach of terrestrial networks and successfully providing connectivity to the 'unreachable' segment of Brazil's population. We are proud to play a key role in Global Crossing's service, ensuring higher quality and greater flexibility in providing next-generation satellite connectivity."
~ Rob KILROY
Vice President Americas, iDirect
Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) is a leading global IP and Ethernet solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice, and collaboration services. Global Crossing delivers an industry leading customer experience to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries. Global Crossing serves Latin American businesses through its operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States (Florida) and the Caribbean region. In addition to its IP-based, fiber-optic network, Global Crossing's regional infrastructure includes 15 metropolitan networks and 15 world-class data centers located in the main business centers of Latin America. Please visit http://www.globalcrossing.com for more information about Global Crossing.
iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company's satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. The iDirect Intelligent Platform(TM) integrates advanced technology into iDirect's portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 50 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association's Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit http://www.idirect.net.
VT Systems is a diversified company providing solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems products and services include aircraft inspection, maintenance and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com.
Charity Dynamics Opens Up About Open API Technology
Session at 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference to Discuss Evolving API Landscape, Showcase Nonprofits' Innovative Use of Open Technology to More Effectively Advance and Fulfill Their Missions
AUSTIN, Texas, April 6 -- Since the advent of open API technology a few years ago, Charity Dynamics has worked with nonprofits of all sizes and with varying missions to develop innovative online campaigns that deliver extraordinary results. The company will be sharing its broad expertise on API technology while highlighting real world success stories of open APIs in action at NTEN's upcoming 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference.
Charity Dynamics is a provider of comprehensive online solutions for nonprofit organizations, offering services, software and support to best meet their objectives and maximize results. The company's Boundless Fundraising social networking application, which leverages open APIs to integrate with two of the market's leading eCRM platforms, has enabled nonprofits to raise more than $15 million directly through the application since the beginning of 2009.
In a session titled "Open APIs - What's Happened, Who's Used It, and What's on the Horizon," Charity Dynamics' Kathy Kempff, director of technology and services, will lead a panel discussion exploring how nonprofits can utilize API technology to strengthen results and achieve greater mission fulfillment. Representatives from organizations that Charity Dynamics has worked closely with also will be presenting on how they've successfully embraced open technology, including:
-- American Cancer Society, which uses the Boundless Fundraising social
networking application to drive stronger fundraising results for the
organization's signature event, Relay for Life.
-- Arthritis Foundation, which recently launched a new email fundraising
badge that event participants can include in their email signatures.
The badge tracks and displays an individual's fundraising progress,
and directs recipients of any email correspondence to their personal
fundraising pages for donations.
-- National Trust for Historic Preservation, which utilized open
technology for the organization's innovative This Place Matters
campaign. APIs enabled the Trust to seamlessly incorporate constituent
data from the campaign into its eCRM system while dynamically
presenting user-generated content on the organization's website.
"Open APIs continue to evolve and are providing nonprofits with a growing number of possibilities for developing highly engaging fundraising and marketing campaigns that integrate their online and offline tools," said Kathy Kempff, Charity Dynamics. "Charity Dynamics' deep expertise with APIs has enabled us to uncover new growth opportunities for nonprofits, while also helping organizations better understand how to appropriately measure the effectiveness and success of their open technology investments."
Charity Dynamics' session on open APIs happens on Saturday, April 10th at 1:30 p.m. during the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference.
In addition to Kempff, two other Charity Dynamics executives also are presenting during NTC. Donna Wilkins, president of Charity Dynamics, is participating in a session focusing on the growth of micro-financing fundraising strategies. "Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit? Donations 2.0" happens Saturday, April 10th at 10:30 a.m. during the conference. Jonathan Drennan, senior consultant, is speaking on a panel, "Innovation in Social Media," on Friday, April 9th at 1:30 p.m.
About Charity Dynamics
Charity Dynamics provides comprehensive online solutions for nonprofit organizations. From strategy to implementation and beyond, Charity Dynamics partners with clients of all sizes to deliver the services, software, and support they need to meet their objectives. Organizations using the company's innovative social networking application, Boundless Fundraising, have raised more than $15 million directly through the application since the beginning of 2009. Charity Dynamics' clients include The ALS Association, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, please visit http://www.charitydynamics.com.
Source: Charity Dynamics
CONTACT: Thomas Aitchison of Charity Dynamics, +1-512-826-6161,
ATEN Bolsters Console Extender Line with Launch of New Units Enabling Access to Computers or KVMs Hundreds of Feet Away
New Console Extenders Ideal for Manufacturers, Retailers, SOHOs/SMBs and More
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., April 6 -- ATEN today announced five new Console Extenders. The new units join an expanded console extender lineup that offers a multitude of uses for manufacturing-centric organizations, construction sites, warehouse/distribution, brick and mortar retail locations, small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and small offices/home offices (SOHOs). ATEN's new space-saving console extenders, which utilize CAT5 cabling, empower users to control a server or KVM switch from a convenient remote location - away from secure and loud server rooms. A console is also known as a keyboard, monitor and mouse - the interface between an end-user and the computer or KVM switch.
"In the realm of connectivity products, one of the most overlooked, yet valuable, tools in the arsenal of the network administrator is the console extender," explained Sampson Yang, CEO, ATEN. "Our R&D teams researched an array of vertical markets and realized that our expanded line of console extenders could fill a centralized management void that would offer an array of commercial and consumer uses."
Available now, ATEN offers a full line of console extenders ranging in price from $200 to $700 and includes:
-- USB Console Extender (CE700A): is a USB-based console extender capable
of extending access to a computer or USB KVM from a remote console
from up to 500 feet with a CAT5 cable. A resolution of 1920 x 1200 can
be achieved at a distance of 100 feet.
-- USB Console Extender (CE750): allows access to a computer or USB KVM
from a remote console from up to 650 feet away with a CAT5 cable at
video resolutions up to 1600 x 1200. This extender is unique in that
it not only supports audio, but both units incorporate a RS-232 port
for serial devices such as barcode scanners and touch screens.
-- USB Console Extender (CE770): is a USB-based console extender which
allows access to a computer from a remote USB console for up to 1,000
feet through a CAT5 cable. The unit features audio support, automatic
signal compensation, an RS-232 serial port and De-Skew functionality
that eliminates video artifacts and color bleeding often caused by
long cable runs. A video resolution up to 1920 x 1200 can be achieved
at distances under 500 feet.
-- USB Console Extender (CE800B): allows access to a computer or USB KVM
from a remote console from up to 820 feet away with a CAT5 cable. This
extender is unique in that it not only supports audio, but both units
also support external USB mass storage-compliant devices (Flash
drives, USB floppy drives and USB-based CD-ROM drives). The CE800B
also supports high video resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200.
-- Digital USB Console Extender (CE790): is an IP-based console extender
with automatic cable detection (Auto-MDIX) and RS-232 serial
functionality that allows access to a computer via a remote USB
console (USB keyboard, monitor and USB mouse) anywhere on the Intranet
- no distance limitations. The CE790 also features audio support,
superior video resolution up to 1920 x 1080, and ATEN's De-Skew
technology to eliminate video artifacts.
The following are sample scenarios depicting the use of ATEN's console extenders product line:
-- Factory/Manufacturing and Environment/Construction Sites: Ideal tool
for harsh environments where it is important to separate the mouse,
monitor and keyboard from the computer. This separation is essential
in manufacturing where the computer can be harmed by dirt, dust, oil
-- Security/Surveillance Systems: For security and monitoring purposes,
users can install a camera and microphone in one area while placing
the console in a convenient location for easy access and monitoring.
-- Healthcare/Hospitals: Medical records can be reviewed from one server
via two separate rooms without the need to deploy a network.
-- Brick and Mortar Retailers: With brick and mortar retailers trying to
replicate the interactivity of the online buying experience, these
units are perfect for kiosks such as store information, bridal
-- Office Locations: For IT managers whose offices are located outside of
the data center for security, noise or climate reasons, these products
offer simple cost effective central and remote management tools to
serve as console duplicators. A receptionist can access a computer
located in a back office - away from the reception area.
-- Home or Small Offices: For workers in the home or small office
environment with one PC located in one part of the house and there is
a need to access recipes in the kitchen or have to surf the Net for
car parts in the garage, then these products are ideal.
ATEN's full line of console extenders are also beneficial the broadcast field and houses of worship. "Unlike our competitors, we are leveraging console extenders as a viable technology that can thrive within a diverse mix of usage scenarios from the data center to the server room to the home office," added Yang.
ATEN is an innovator of high-quality KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and remote connectivity products to centrally manage servers, network devices and IT infrastructure. The company's local and remote server room and data center remote management solutions are widely used in SMB and enterprise-level environments. With nearly 30 years of industry expertise and profitable growth, ATEN's product portfolio leverages a broad range of patents. Its leading-edge ASIC technology and VSE patents offer network administrators the most comprehensive features and functionality to manage growing multi-platform IT environments. The ASIC chip is one of the company's key differentiators, as it represents the innovation that drives the product line's capabilities, and ensures reliability and quality. ATEN has facilities in the United States, Taiwan, Belgium, Canada, Japan and China. The company's U.S. sales, marketing and warehouse operations are based in Foothill Ranch, California. For more information, contact ATEN at (888) 999-ATEN or 949-428-1111, or via the Web at http://www.aten-usa.com.
China VoIP & Digital Telecom Inc. Subsidiary Signs a Virtualization Contract with Shandong Leveagin Healthcare Chain Co., Ltd.
JINAN, China, April 6 -- China VoIP & Digital Telecom Inc.'s (BULLETIN BOARD: CVDT) wholly-owned subsidiary Jinan Yinquan Technology ("Yinquan"), today announced that it has signed a virtualization contract with Shandong Leveagin Healthcare Chain Co., Ltd. (the "Customer") to launch its integrated datacenter virtualization solution.
The Customer accepted Yinquan's sophisticated integrated virtualization solution to improve their servers' utilization rates, as well as to enhance datacenter security. Yinquan's virtualization solution will also reduce purchasing and administrative expenses and will provide the Customer with higher energy-savings and lower overall emissions thereby providing it with a more environmentally friendly computing solution.
Mr. Kunwu Li, President and CEO of China VoIP & Digital Telecom, was very pleased with the new contract. He said, "It's another milestone of our continued success in the virtualization industry. The contract clearly shows our ability to implement our integrated virtualization solutions for the healthcare industry. We are confident in our continuing success in this industry in the near future."
About China VoIP & Digital Telecom Inc.
China VoIP & Digital Telecom Inc. offers virtualization technology application in the People's Republic of China through its wholly owned subsidiary Jinan Yinquan Technology Co., Ltd and Beijing PowerUnique Technologies, Co., Ltd. Through the two subsidiaries, China VoIP & Digital Telecom is well positioned to take full advantage of the tremendous economic growth currently being experienced in China. The Company is currently marketing its integral virtualization solutions and services in China and at this time is in the testing stages of other Information Technology products. More information can be found at http://www.chinavoip-telecom.com/ .
About Virtualization Technology
Virtualization is a proven software technology that is rapidly transforming the IT landscape and fundamentally changing the way people compute.
Today's powerful x86 computer hardware was originally designed to run only a single operating system and a single application, but virtualization breaks that boundary, making it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same computer at the same time, increasing the utilization and flexibility of hardware.
Virtualization is a technology that can benefit anyone who uses a computer, from IT professionals and Mac enthusiasts to commercial businesses and government organizations. Join the millions of people around the world who use virtualization to save time, money and energy while achieving more with the computer hardware they already own.
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NotiFind by SunGard Helps Hospitals Communicate with the Right People at the Right Time with Critical Information during a Disaster
WAYNE, Pa., April 6 -- NotiFind for Hospitals was introduced by SunGard Availability Services to enable hospital management and administrators to locate, inform and coordinate responses with doctors, nurses, support staff and public safety officials in addressing disasters, and other facility and security incidents. NotiFind provides a comprehensive, automated approach that helps link hospital operations and IT staff through communications to boost operational resiliency and recover more quickly from business and IT disruptions.
SunGard's NotiFind for Hospitals, powered by the Varolii Corporation, is specifically designed to provide hospitals with pre-configured emergency notifications, based on business continuity planning and healthcare industry best practices. The notification content helps hospitals stay compliant with regulatory guidelines such as the Joint Commission and Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). The solution also helps hospitals manage the unpredictable nature of rotating and remotely located personnel, helping hospitals quickly assemble available staff.
"NotiFind streamlines and automates hospital and IT communications processes by helping enable seamless communications throughout an entire hospital network - no matter how remotely located," said Tracey Forbes, vice president, software product development at SunGard Availability Services. "It helps improve personnel management with automated staff availability assessments that help reduce the time and effort needed to organize teams during unexpected spikes in hospital activity."
NotiFind can be used as a standalone notification solution or as a complement to SunGard's LDRPS for Hospitals business continuity planning software - avoiding the need to maintain two separate data sources. When integrated, LDRPS data updates are automatically transferred to NotiFind, keeping critical contact data up to date, helping to ensure that business continuity planning and notifications are working in unison.
NotiFind can target cross-channel message delivery to many devices including cellular phones (voice and SMS), landline phones, Blackberry and other smart mobile devices, e-mail, fax, TTY/TDD devices, satellite phones and pagers. Hospitals can configure rules to define the sequence of message delivery, and save alerts and message content to streamline notification processes.
According to a recently released Gartner Emergency and Mass Notification Services MarketScope report, SunGard NotiFind services received a "positive rating," the highest rank a vendor was awarded in this first of its kind marketing survey. Gartner positioned the emergency/mass notification sector as growing fast with 2009 revenue estimated at $570 million, a 29 percent increase over the previous year.
About SunGard Availability Services
SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software to more than 10,000 customers in North America and Europe. With five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard assists IT organizations across virtually all industry and government sectors to prepare for and recover from emergencies by helping them minimize their computer downtime and optimize their uptime. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit http://www.availability.sungard.com or call 1-800-468-7483.
SunGard is one of the world's leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 20,000 employees and serves 25,000 customers in 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and IT services company.
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TI delivers highest linearity, smallest dual, 16-bit, 800-MSPS interpolating DAC
DAC improves spectral performance, saves space and cost in wireless communications, software defined radio and test and measurement equipment
DALLAS, April 6 -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced a 16-bit, 800-MSPS interpolating digital-to-analog converter (DAC), which provides 75 dBc third-order intermodulation distortion (IMD3) at 200 MHz. Offered in a 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package, the DAC3283 is also the smallest DAC in its class, saving valuable board space in wireless communications, software defined radio (SDR), test and measurement, and power amplifier linearization applications. Incorporating a single byte wide differential interface, the DAC3283 reduces data input pins by 50 percent, allowing designers to choose a lower-cost FPGA or ASIC to precede the DAC. For more information and to order samples, visit http://www.ti.com/dac3283-pr.
Key features and benefits of the DAC3283
-- Single-carrier WCDMA adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) of 81 dBc
for 153 MHz IF offers improved spectral performance while simplifying
-- Selectable 2x/4x interpolator filters allow for lower reduced data
input rates, while taking advantage of up to 800-MSPS DAC rates.
-- I/Q phase and offset correction provides better performance when
driving quadrature modulators (TRF370417) in demanding 3G, 4G and
multi-carrier systems with transmit frequencies from 50 MHz to 6 GHz.
-- Multi-DAC synchronization support reduces design complexity for
diversity and smart antenna radios.
Tools, availability and packaging
The DAC3283 is available now in a 48-pin, 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package. Pricing is $26.95 in 1,000-unit quantities. The footprint-compatible DAC3282, a 625-MSPS DAC optimized for baseband and low-IF transmitters with 2x interpolation and sinc-correction filter, is available and priced at $24.95. TI also offers the DAC3282 and DAC3283 evaluation modules (EVMs), complete with a transceiver chain that includes a high-performance clock generator (CDCE62005) and the TRF370417 quadrature modulator. The DAC EVMs are fully compatible with TI's TSW3100 pattern generator module to provide rapid evaluation.
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