Cricket Introduces the Most Value of Any U.S. Pre-Paid Wireless Carrier with an Upgraded "All In" Plan with 2.5 GB of High Speed Data and Unlimited Nationwide Talk and Text for Only $35 per Month After $5 Auto-Pay Credit
More High Speed LTE Data Access, Free LTE Smartphone plus a Free Month of Service
ATLANTA, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket will now offer the most value of any U.S. pre-paid wireless carrier with 2.5 GB of high speed data and unlimited nationwide talk and text for only $35 per month after $5 Auto-Pay credit ALL In (taxes and fees included), plus a nationwide network with more 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint, Boost and Virgin.
Starting today, for value seeking-customers, Cricket will also deliver a new plan with 20GB of high speed data and unlimited talk and text, a free month of service for customers making the switch to Cricket and discounted and free 4G and LTE smartphones*, all for a limited time. Additionally, Cricket will offer increased high speed LTE data access for Basic and Smart plans.
1. More Data: New and existing customers on our Basic Plan now automatically
get a free data upgrade to 2.5GB of high-speed LTE data access**. Plus
for just $45 after $5 Auto Pay credit, all in, you now get 5GB of high
speed LTE data access on our Smart Plan. And for a limited time,
customers with LTE phones can sign up for our promotional Advanced
Plan*** with 20GB of high-speed LTE data access for only $55 after $5
Auto Pay credit, all in.
2. Free and Discounted Phones: Many premium quality 4G and LTE smartphones
are on SALE. Including, the Nokia Lumia 635 - free after mail-in rebate
Cricket Visa Â® Promotion Card - a 4G LTE enabled phone with a fast and
smooth user experience. Its 4.5'' clear black display allows for ease of
viewing, even in bright sunlight. With a selection of thousands of apps
available at the Windows app store, Nokia Lumia 635 users have something
to smile about.
3. Free month of service: There's never been a better time to switch to
Cricket. Customers who make the switch, for a limited time, and sign up
for the Smart, Pro or Advanced plan will receive a free month of service
after completing two months on one of these plans****.
"We are changing the prepaid wireless industry one Cricket customer at a time- by providing quality phones, low prices and even more high speed LTE data than ever before," said Janna Ducich, marketing vice president and chief marketing officer for Cricket Wireless. "Cricket's Advanced Plan provides 15GB more high speed LTE data than T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid $60 plan, all on a network with more LTE coverage, and - with taxes and fees included - at a lower cost. It's simple math; this new offer is our best deal yet."
Cricket's Increased High-Speed LTE Data Access Details
Cricket Plan Price High-Speed Data High-Speed Data
--- --- ---
Basic Plan $40 2.5GB 1GB
(after $5 Auto Pay
Smart Plan $50 5GB 3GB
(after $5 Auto Pay
Pro Plan $60 10GB 10GB
(after $5 Auto Pay
Advanced Plan $60 20GB New!
(Limited Time Only) or
(after $5 Auto Pay
So, for customers doing the math, the solution is simple - more high-speed data access, free smartphones, one free month of service plus a nationwide 4G LTE network covering more than 300 million Americans. It's #SimpleMath. Now is the time to upgrade to Cricket.
To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit http://www.cricketwireless.com and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at twitter.com/cricketnation. For news, information about events and other press materials about Cricket, visit the new Cricket Wireless Newsroom.
January 30 - April 9, 2015 Tax Promotion Original Savings
Nokia Lumia 635 (LTE) Free $99.99 $99.99
After mail-in rebate
Nokia Lumia 530 (4G) Free $49.99 $49.99
$100 or more savings
Motorola Moto G (LTE) $24.99 $149.99 $125.00
Phones for under $100
HTC Desire(R) 510 (LTE) $79.99 $149.99 $70.00
LG Optimus L70 (4G) $79.99 $99.99 $20.00
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*Free 4G LTE Smartphone: Free phone offer ends 4/9/15. While supplies last. New activation required. Lumia 635 is $74.99 before $75 mail in rebate. Sales tax not included. Card valid at US locations where Visa accepted for 150 days after Card issuance. 2nd month of service req'd. Restrictions & other charges apply. See store for details.
**High-Speed LTE Data Access: Cricket's Basic, Smart, Pro and Advanced unlimited plans include 1GB, 3GB, 10GB and 20GB high-speed LTE data access allowances, respectively. Data use exceeding these high-speed access allowances will result in data download speeds reduced to a maximum 128Kbps for the remainder of the monthly billing cycle.
***Advanced Plan: Limited time offer; subject to change. LTE-capable device and activation of Advanced plan required to get 20 GB of high-speed data access. Not eligible for Group Save discount. All Monthly Plans: Monthly plan price includes taxes, applicable fees and unlimited domestic talk, text and data access. Monthly plan payments are not refundable or transferable, and other charges and fees may apply. In-store activation fee up to $25. Service and coverage not available everywhere. All plans and services are subject to Cricket's Terms and Conditions of Service available at http://www.cricketwireless.com/support.
****Free Month of Service: Limited time offer. Not available on-line. New customers on Smart. Pro and Advanced plans only. Number transfer req'd. Not available to AT&T customers, or Cricket CDMA customers. Free month applies to rate plan only and excludes features or other services. Active account in good standing req'd. Account credit applied approx. 5 days before 3rd month payment due date. Restrictions apply. See store for details.
Auto Pay: $5 savings provided as an account credit at the end of each billing cycle while enrolled in Auto Pay. Auto Pay credit requires Auto Pay enrollment with a new Basic, Smart or Pro plan. Terms, conditions and restriction apply.
AT&T Continues North Carolina Hiring In 2015 -- Bringing Nearly 100 New Technician Jobs To State
Company has nearly 300 total openings across North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced it is looking to fill nearly 100 new technician positions in North Carolina. The jobs are needed to meet growing demand for AT&T's Internet, voice and video networks, including the expansion of U-verseÂ® with AT&T GigaPower(SM).
In North Carolina, AT&T launched U-verse with AT&T GigaPower Dec. 8 in Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, and also plans to bring the service to Durham, Charlotte and Greensboro.** U-verse with AT&T GigaPower provides customers access to the fastest Internet available from AT&T, featuring speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.***
In addition to its technician positions, AT&T is looking to fill nearly 200 business sales and call center positions in North Carolina. In 2014, AT&T filled nearly 900 jobs in the state.
"AT&T is committed to offering industry-leading products and services, from advanced wireless to the ultra-high speed Internet of U-verse with AT&T GigaPower," said Venessa Harrison, president, AT&T North Carolina. "We are also dedicated to providing exemplary customer service through the best employees in our competitive industry. Our investments to achieve those goals here in North Carolina reflect the hard work of leaders at both the state and local levels to sustain forward-looking policies that attract business and help drive economic growth."
In addition to Internet and voice services, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower customers have access to cutting-edge TV services. This includes the ability to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams and AT&T's largest storage capacity DVR capable of storing up to 900 hours of SD or 330 hours of HD programming. Customers can watch more than 100 live channels in and out of home, watch video on-demand TV shows and schedule DVR recordings, on more than 30 smartphones and tablets through the AT&T U-verse app.
AT&T jobs are among the best in the world and full- and part-time positions include competitive wages and benefits which provide security and value to AT&T employees, retirees and their dependents. AT&T currently employs more than 6,700 people throughout North Carolina and is constantly hiring new talent. AT&T also offers numerous opportunities for professional development and education. AT&T is committed to diversity and veteran recruiting.
For more information about AT&T's coverage in North Carolina or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.
* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Initial availability limited to select areas.
*** Speed/time estimates are examples. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability speeds. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors, customer device capabilities and use of other U-verse services. For more information, go to http://www.att.com/speed101
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We're helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. Our U.S. wireless network offers customers the nation's strongest LTE signal and the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage. We're improving how our customers stay entertained and informed with AT&T U-verse(Â®) TV and High Speed Internet services. And businesses worldwide are serving their customers better with AT&T's mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.
Reliability and signal strength claims based on nationwide carriers' LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere. Global coverage claim based on offering voice and data roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offering the most wireless smartphones and tablets that work in the most countries.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
MultiVu Video: New CPSC Data Shows Old-Style "Tube" TVs Have Impact Force 10x Stronger Than Collision of Two NFL Players
A child dies every two weeks when a TV, a piece of furniture or an appliance falls on them
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NEWS:Apre-Big Game "game plan" to prevent TV/furniture tip over deaths and injuries; New research from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shares lifesaving steps to take once a new TV is brought home
More Americans will buy a new TV ahead of the Big Game than any other sporting event during the year. New research from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that the average flat panel or CRT TV can have an impact force of thousands of pounds when it falls onto a child from unanchored furniture.
CPSC has previously reported that one child dies every two weeks and one person is injured every 15 minutes when a TV or a piece of furniture falls onto them.
In an effort to highlight the dangers TV and furniture tip-overs pose to children, CPSC researchers conducted 38 drop tests simulating a tip-over of both CRT and flat screen TVs on top of furniture. New and dramatic video footage of these simulations is now available.
CPSC urges consumers to keep safety in mind when buying a new TV. Avoid tip and fall incidents in the home, ask a sales associate for help selecting anti-tip devices. A secured TV is mounted to the wall or anchored to furniture with straps, brackets, or braces to prevent the TV from sliding. And lastly, remember to keep items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.
B-ROLL INCLUDES: TVs on bureaus and bookcases tipping over, an anti-tip device being installed, wall anchoring being installed
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ROHM Introduces The Industry's First Monolithic Supercap (EDLC) Cell Balancing IC
Promotes expansion of the supercapacitor energy regeneration market for automotive and industrial applications
KYOTO, Japan and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ROHM Semiconductor has recently announced the development of a cell balancing IC that contributes to increased miniaturization, greater stability, and longer life for supercaps, or EDLCs (Electric Double Layer Capacitors), which are driving the adoption of energy regeneration applications in industrial equipment, automotive start-stop systems, and voltage sag (instantaneous voltage drop) countermeasures.
The BD14000EFV-C integrates over 20 discrete components required for supercap cell balancing on a single chip, reducing mounting area by 38% over conventional solutions while eliminating component variations, making it easy to configure compact, high reliability supercap systems.
In addition to cell balancing functionality for up to 6 cells, multiple ICs can be connected in series to enable simultaneous control of even more cells. The cell balancing voltage can be set between 2.4V and 3.1V, ensuring support for a variety of supercaps. Flag output is also built-in, along with an overcurrent detection voltage function with adjustable detection voltage setting based on the cell balancing voltage. In addition, AEC-Q100 qualification ensures worry-free use in automotive and other environments requiring high reliability.
1. All required supercap cell balancing functions integrated on a single chip reduces mounting area by 38%
Proprietary analog design technology cultivated over many years, combined with sample evaluations and specifications determined by Nippon Chemi-Con, have allowed ROHM to develop the industry's first IC that integrates supercap cell balancing functionality - which conventionally requires over 20 discrete components - on a single chip. This not only simplifies design, but reduces mounting area by 38%.
Detection is enabled for 4-6 cells, and the shunt resistor method is used to achieve simple cell balancing operation, making self-contained operation possible and reducing design load considerably. In addition, the cell balancing voltage can be adjusted (2.4V to 3.1V in 0.1V increments) to ensure compatibility with a wide range of supercap output voltages.
2. Supports higher voltage supercap applications by expanding the number of cells
The supercap market itself is trending towards higher voltages and capacitances, and the practice of connecting large-capacitance supercaps in series to generate higher voltages is increasing. In response, the BD14000EFV-C allows multiple ICs to be connected in series, making it possible to provide cell balancing functionality for high voltage supercap applications.
3. Two protection functions enable double-checking of cell conditions; automotive standard AEC-Q100 qualified
In addition to cell balancing operation, overcurrent detection and flag output functions are included that improve system reliability by detecting the degree of cell degradation. And AEC-Q100 certification ensures that the IC meets special environmental requirements (i.e. automotive noise).
-- Energy regeneration: automotive, industrial equipment, construction
machinery, and other systems that reutilize kinetic energy
-- Power supply stabilization/voltage sag countermeasures: emergency backup
-- Startup power auxiliary: automotive start-stop systems, rapid OA
-- Lead-acid battery replacement: no lead minimizes environmental impact;
provides longer life
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The EinScan-S aims to serve as the world's first high-resolution desktop 3D scanner to be offered at an affordable price level -- $799 now on Kickstarter! EinScan-S desktop 3D scanner adopts white light technology to achieve resolutions traditionally only available from industrial 3D scanners costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. SHINING 3D's target market is not only the average consumer, but also professional engineers or designers who use the machine to create 3D model of a product. With EinScan-S, everybody can be a 3D model specialist.
SHINING 3D launched the 2(nd) iteration of desktop 3D scanner -- the EinScan-S at CES 2015, which offers high quality 3D scanning technology in an easy and affordable package.
The 3rd version of EinScan-S was released at the end of January. SHINING 3D is trying to offer a smarter, more portable and perfect 3D scanner to you.
SHINING 3D is planning to deliver the first EinScan-S scanner in May 2015.
Actiontec Launches the First Receiver for IntelÂ® Pro Wireless Display -- Bringing Wireless Display to the Enterprise
ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition is built for businesses with wireless display, security, user privacy, manageability, and managed meeting capability.
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Actiontec Electronics today launched ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition, the first enterprise-grade wireless display receiver certified for Intel Pro Wireless Display (IntelÂ® Pro WiDi), a key feature available with 5(th) Generation IntelÂ® Core(TM) vPro(TM) Processors. The solution turns any conference room into a wire-free collaboration zone, enabling employees to share and display content from their laptops, smartphones, or tablets without having to figure out which adapter or cable is needed to connect their device.
"Actiontec has played a leadership role as we have worked to bring Intel Pro WiDi to market," said Tom Garrison, Vice President, General Manager, Business Client Platforms at Intel. "ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition sets the standard for our Intel Pro WiDi experience, allowing businesses to take full advantage of the wireless display capabilities built into the latest version of Intel Pro WiDi."
ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition is a small IntelÂ® Pro WiDi compliant adapter that connects to a projector, TV, or other display and lets users wirelessly share content from a compatible laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Its unmatched security, reliability, and small footprint allow quick and scalable deployments into enterprise environments; enabling businesses to add seamless wireless display capabilities to conference rooms, classrooms, hospital patient rooms and more while supporting a range of source devices.
When equipped with an optional dongle, ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition will be the first wireless display receiver to offer remote management through Actiontec's soon to be released Central Management System (CMS). Available only from Actiontec, CMS enables IT staff to remotely monitor receiver status, troubleshoot problems, apply security policies and update multiple receivers at once. This dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of deploying and managing wireless display technology in medium to large businesses.
Security & Privacy
In addition to manageability, ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition supports key security and privacy features built into Intel Pro WiDi. For example, it requires users to verify their connection to a target projector or television prior to actually displaying their content. This prevents people from inadvertently sharing sensitive information on an adjacent conference room screen.
ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition also fully supports the Intel Pro WiDi Managed Meeting feature, which includes giving meeting organizers flexibility to manage who controls the display. In "moderated meeting" mode, presenters can hand off control when needed, enhancing collaboration and moving the meeting forward without interruption.
"The modern conference room is complex. Employees bring a range of devices, all with different outputs, that need to connect to the conference room display. It's hard to anticipate which adapters and cables are needed, much less keep those cables handy," said Dean Chang, CEO of Actiontec Electronics.
"Together with 5th Generation Intel Core vPro processors and Intel Pro WiDi, ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition frees the conference room from these cable struggles. It's the only wireless display solution that completely addresses all the unique performance, collaboration, security, and manageability needs of Corporate, Small/Medium Businesses, education, healthcare, and hospitality environments," Chang added.
About ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition
-- ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition can stream content from any Intel Pro
WiDi capable product including Intel-based tablets, Ultrabooks(TM), and
2-in-1 devices with 5(th) Generation Intel Core vPro Processors. For
added versatility, the receiver is also compatible with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
-- Support for Intel Pro WiDi, including P2P connectivity to prevent
security breaches; privacy screen indicator; managed meetings; USB over
IP to support certain USB HID peripheral devices
-- Support for Intel Pro WiDi features: faster connection time (less than
six seconds); duplicate/extended screen/2(nd) screen modes; low power
-- Includes IT management via local Web Console or remotely via Actiontec's
optional Central Management System (CMS)
-- HD wireless display up to 1080p30 and 5.1 audio
-- Broad compatibility; works with millions of existing devices, including
Windows 8.1, Wi-Fi Miracast, and Intel WiDi laptops, tablets, and
Pricing and availability
ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition and Central Management System will be available through Actiontec's authorized distributors and resellers.
About Actiontec Electronics
Actiontec Electronics develops broadband-powered solutions that connect people to the Internet, applications, and content they care about. Our products -- including gigabit Ethernet fiber routers, high speed VDSL gateways, DSL modems, and home networking solutions -- are deployed by some of the largest telecom carriers in North America. We listen to our customers, delivering future-proof solutions that help them stay competitive today and tomorrow, with faster access rates, advanced performance, and exciting applications. Our innovation has been recognized throughout the industry, with numerous awards. As a minority owned company, we're committed to the world we live in by promoting diversity among our employees and partners, and actively pushing a variety of green programs designed to reduce the carbon footprint of our company, and customers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan.
3D Robotics Launches DroneEDU to Unleash the Power of Drone Tech in the Classroom
North America's Largest Consumer Drone Manufacturer Now Offers Free & Discounted Hardware, Support, Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities for All Levels of Education
BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --North America's largest consumer drone manufacturer is on a mission to take learning and scientific exploration to new heights. 3D Robotics (3DR) today launched its new DroneEDU program, offering free and discounted drone hardware, along with sponsorships, classroom support and partnerships, to assist students, teachers and schools in deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for advanced learning and exploration in STEM disciplines.
"UAV technology can have an incredible impact in scientific study, with real-world applications in solving both historical mysteries and modern global challenges," said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering at 3DR. "To realize that potential, we want to put UAVs in the hands of the next generation of innovators. This program is designed to provide access to these exciting, engaging and versatile tools for STEM education for students at all levels of education, from grade school through post-graduate study."
3DR has already sponsored several university UAV programs, including Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Both schools have signed on as DroneEDU launch partners.
"Recently 3D Robotics donated hardware to SUAVE, Stanford's UAV Club," said Trent Lukaczyk, of Stanford's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (uav.stanford.edu). "The donation included five new DIY quadcopter kits, many batteries, and much needed spare parts. We're using the equipment to grow and upgrade the SUAVE 101 Course: an intro course that mentors students with zero drone experience into an autonomous flying hero."
"Even for college seniors, the task of designing and assembling a functional system in a three-month period is challenging," said Tom Clark, Development Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Department, Cal Berkeley. "With 3DR's donation of a set of quadrotors, as well as continued support from their engineers, our students have been able to spend less time learning about quadrotor technology that is currently on the market, and instead focus on the developing their own applications or hardware that builds on that technology. We are grateful for 3DR's support!"
DroneEDU comprises four components:
-- Autonomy Unleashed--3DR will offer hundreds of autopilot sponsorships to
educational clubs, organizations, departments, competitions and teams
worldwide. Programs in elementary through post-graduate levels can
receive up to three autopilots by submitting a proposed use case.
Products will ship to qualified applicants as stock becomes available.
-- Product discounts--Available to college and university professors,
program administrators and enrolled students for the purchase a 3DR
drone or component technology for classroom or program use. To qualify,
applicants must enroll for a discount code with a valid .edu email
address from any accredited institution.
-- Degree-level partnerships and sponsorships--A select number of supported
product and beta-testing opportunities for universities offering
certifications and advanced degrees in robotics, GIS and other
-- 3DR speakers' bureau--Want 3DR's experts to demo or speak at an event?
3DR's technology experts will provide drone demonstrations, keynotes
and/or special sessions on integrating UAV technology into new
educational fields as availability allows.
DroneEDU participants, programs and initiatives will be showcased on the education section of 3DR's website at http://www.3dr.com/drones-education. DroneEDU is open to all educators and students in qualifying programs who are interested in exploring educational opportunities through UAV technology, no matter how large or small the project.
"The most exciting thing about the UAV industry is that no one knows exactly how far this technology can take us. The sky is literally the limit," Basso said. "We are keenly interested in working with educators and students in exploring the full potential of this technology to propel science and learning to new heights, opening up new fields of study and assisting in new discoveries that would have been unrealistic or unimaginable before UAV technology."
3DR is committed to helping people see their world from above. As North America's largest personal drone company, 3DR is a pioneer in making advanced, easy-to-use drone technology accessible to consumers for a wide range of everyday exploration and business applications in data analysis, mapping, surveying, 3D modeling and more for agriculture, construction, infrastructure, search and rescue and ecological study. Founded in 2009 by Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and founder of DIYDrones.com, and Jordi MuÃ±oz, an engineering prodigy from Ensenada, Mexico, 3DR is a VC-backed startup with over 200 employees in North America and more than 30,000 customers worldwide. 3DR is headquartered in Berkeley, Calif. With facilities and offices in San Diego, Austin and Tijuana, Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.3drobotics.com.
- Streamlines access to digital content for mobile users -
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.
Axis 360 app users will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. Users can browse the library or school's entire digital collection or search for a specific title. Once they discover that perfect new release or longtime favorite, they can check it out using a built-in audiobook player in addition to the existing ebook reader. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library's collection, based on the user's selection.
"The new Axis 360 app makes the logistics of discovering and downloading digital content easy," said George Coe, President and CEO of Baker & Taylor. "The streamlined app gets readers directly to the ebook or audiobook they're excited to explore. It also promises ongoing advancements in the space. As with all technology companies, Baker & Taylor continuously works to develop product upgrades and this moves us even closer to an all-in-one app that will focus on an intuitive design and simplicity in the discover, check out, read and listen process."
With its one-time login functionality the app will store a user's home library and access credentials, eliminating the need to retype usernames and passwords, and providing immediate access to the library's entire digital collection. Users can access all of their borrowed titles in a single, consolidated bookshelf called "My Stuff," and will enjoy seamless integration with all their devices - check out a title on a desktop and have access on all mobile devices fitted with the app.
Axis 360 is Baker & Taylor's revolutionary digital media service that provides libraries and schools with a state-of-the-art and visually engaging system for circulating digital books and audiobooks. Library patrons and students can download the free app now on iTunes or Google Play. To find out if your local library or school participates, please visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/axis360/find-a-library.htm.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm. For more information, please visit http://www.baker-taylor.com.
Gogo Vision Now Installed on More than 1700 Commercial Aircraft
Gogo now the World Leader of Wireless In-flight Entertainment
ITASCA, Ill., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, announced today that its wireless in-flight entertainment product - Gogo Vision - is now installed on more than 1,700 commercial aircraft across six major airlines and continues to roll out in the business aviation market. Today, more than half of the aircraft flying around the world with wireless in-flight entertainment are equipped with the Gogo Vision product.
Gogo Vision allows passengers to rent movies and television shows on their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets or smartphones. Gogo has currently licensed more than 200 movies and close to 200 television shows from most of the major Hollywood studios. Most content is in the DVD release window, but Gogo is the first provider of wireless in-flight entertainment with some content in the early release window.
"Gogo's wireless in-flight entertainment product has become a popular way for airlines to deliver content to passengers because it's lightweight, inexpensive and easier to maintain when compared to seat-back solutions," said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo's Chief Commercial Officer. "We also now have the ability to install the Gogo vision product on aircraft with or without our connectivity product."
The Gogo Vision product leverages Gogo's onboard equipment to deliver the content. The content is pre-loaded and stored on a server on the plane and delivered through wireless access points. Gogo Vision can also be offered to an airline with or without Gogo's connectivity product. Gogo also has deployed a seat selection technology that allows an airline to serve up content based on where a passenger sits on a plane.
"We know that the vast majority of passengers are carrying their own Wi-Fi enabled device on a plane, this technology leverages that trend," added ElDifrawi. "As we continue to develop the capabilities of our seat selection technologies, we expect to eventually be able to distribute entertainment customized to the preferences of each passenger on the plane, which will essentially enable our airline partners to offer a customizable experience at the seat level."
Gogo is a leading global aero-communications service provider that offers in-flight Internet, entertainment, text messaging, voice and a host of other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets. Gogo has more than 2,000 commercial aircraft equipped with its services on more than 10 major airlines. More than 6,000 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer.
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Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 14, 2014.
Any one of these factors or a combination of these factors could materially affect our financial condition or future results of operations and could influence whether any forward-looking statements contained in this press release ultimately prove to be accurate. Our forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and you should not place undue reliance on them. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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Cut the Cord: OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 Available Now
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dead batteries and broken phones are two of the biggest issues for smartphone users today. The latest from OtterBox(Â®) makes those panic moments a thing of the past, combining trusted protection with intelligent charging technology in the all-new Resurgence(TM) Power Case for Apple iPhone 6, available now.
"Too often we see people tethered to a wall because of a low battery or trying to navigate a broken smartphone screen after a hard drop," said OtterBox President and CEO Pete Lindgren. "Resurgence provides two-times the battery life and military-grade drop protection, the perfect solution to let you, not your phone, dictate when it's time to disconnect."
Resurgence boasts 2,600 milliamp hours (mAh) of battery power, providing a full additional charge for the iPhone 6. Resurgence is made up of a specially formulated polycarbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps. A two-piece snap design simplifies assembly and removal. The case is rigorously tested to meet MIL STD 810G-516.6, a third-party test that drops the case on all faces, edges and corners from four feet.(1) The new design incorporates compact advanced circuitry, resulting in a sleek profile and solid defense against drops.
The iPhone 6 battery case engages with the simple press of a button and utilizes auto-stop charging technology to conveniently shut off the case when the phone has reached full charge, saving battery for later. Status LED lights on the back of the case indicate battery charge level in 25-percent increments. An included micro-USB cable charges the phone and case simultaneously and high-speed charging technology helps fill the extra battery quickly. Resurgence also supports both wired and wireless syncing without removing the case and includes a headphone jack extender. No headphone extender is necessary when using Apple EarPods and many other third-party headphone accessories.
A premium metallic finish and soft touch coating gives this iPhone 6 power case a clean, polished look in black, glacier, cardinal and mint ice. Resurgence is compatible with OtterBox Alpha Glass(TM) Clear and Privacy fortified glass screen protectors for an even greater level of screen security.
Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 is available now on otterbox.com and from select retail locations for $99.95. For more information, visit otterbox.com.
Starting in 1998 with a line of dry boxes, OtterBox(Â®) has evolved into the No. 1-selling case for smartphones in the U.S. and a global leader in mobile device protection.(2) Its diverse lineup of protective solutions for smartphone and tablet devices is the result of precision engineering, diligent testing and continual technological advancement, giving technology users the confidence to make the most of their mobile world. OtterBox is a seven-time honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. and was named one of "America's Most Promising Companies" by Forbes Magazine. The company is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., with offices in San Diego; Boston; Cork, Ireland; and Hong Kong.
For more information, visit otterbox.com. Protecting your mobile world.
Enhanced Digital Wireless Microphone System from ClearOne Incorporates Built-In Dante(TM) Audio Over Ethernet
New Capability Enables Integrated Digital Network Audio, Reduces Complexity and Assures Interoperability
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) has introduced a new version of its Digital Wireless Microphone products, now with support for Dante(TM) technology. Dante is the industry's fastest growing media networking solution for digital audio networking. The new ClearOne microphone coupled with the Dante media interface is the most economical and versatile, easy to install, easy to use, and easy to scale wireless system in the market today.
This newly released microphone system complements other professional audio products from ClearOne, a world leader in voice and visual communication solutions. It uses radio-frequency digital wireless signal transmission technology with highly secure encryption for privacy and security. The ClearOne Dante wireless microphone interoperates with any other Dante device from any supplier, including ClearOne Dante products such as the new CONVERGEÂ® Matrix and CONNECT(TM) Dante bridge for CONVERGE.
All ClearOne wireless microphone systems boast advanced performance capabilities including:
-- Multiple RF bands - 900 MHz, 700 MHz, and 600 MHz
-- ClearOne's advanced 24-bit digital signal processing for unmatched,
-- 256-bit encryption
-- Daisy-chain capability up to 32-channels for large venues
-- Rechargeable and field-replaceable AA batteries
-- Transmitters that can be recharged from a standard USB port
-- Docking station that provides convenient recharging and storage
-- Extension antenna kits that enable wider wireless coverage
The full line of ClearOne Wireless Microphones offer 4- and 8-channel receivers and transmitters including tabletop, gooseneck, hand-held, and belt-pack lavaliers with single-ear headsets. Additionally, all are compliant with North American and International wireless microphone standards.
ClearOne partners now have full, one-stop sourcing, support, and guaranteed performance for their complete, installed professional audio systems.
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced, comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability, and scalability. More information about the company can be found at http://www.clearone.com
CONVERGE, INTERACT, and CONNECT are trademarks of ClearOne. Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Other product names may be trademarks of their respective owners, who do not necessarily endorse ClearOne or ClearOne's products.
"SYNAPSE": The World's Smallest Brain-Computer-Interface
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mind Solutions, Inc. (OTC: VOIS), announces the name of the world's smallest Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI), The "Synapse". The product is expected to be the smallest, consumer friendly BCI device to hit the market. Worn on the ear like a Bluetooth cellular device and using one single dry sensor, The Synapse receives electrical waves from the brain and translates these brainwaves into actions on the user's computer or smart phone. These commands can accomplish an unlimited number of actions or tasks through software applications currently on the market and applications to be developed in the near future.
The Company has successfully completed all testing of the device and is gearing up for the product launch. Once all components are received from our suppliers, The Company will begin manufacturing the first production run. Shareholders of the Company will be offered the first chance to pre-order the device online through the Company's website. The exact price has not been determined but The Synapse is expected to retail between $129 and $199.
It is the Company's strategic plan to commence all marketing efforts with the launch of the product. This includes videos, print media, social media and a dedicated PR firm to position the Company's BCI device for maximum exposure as the product becomes available on the market. The Company is arranging distribution channels through Joe Abrams, co-founder of MySpace parent company and active Board of Advisors for Mind Solutions, Inc. These distribution channels are expected to provide worldwide sales as the product is launched.
SF Food App Handpick Launches as the Largest Searchable Collection of Food Posts
Handpick Receives $3 Million in Series A Funding
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative food discovery app Handpick today officially launched its iOS app and website in the U.S., as well as announced its Series A funding. The new app allows food lovers access to over 10 million socially shared food posts from Instagram, hundreds of unique food blogs, and top recipe sites. Handpick's unique semantic technology also recommends ingredient pairings based on what users have on hand. Handpick's 10 million socially shared food posts include dishes from 1.6 million content creators worldwide. Download the Handpick app here.
"We started Handpick to let users input what they already have in their kitchen and find dish ideas using those ingredients," said Payman Nejati, Handpick chief executive officer. "We're curating the best dishes from Instagram and top food blogs, making it easy to discover how people around the world use your favorite ingredients."
Series A Funding
Handpick has received $3 million in Series A funding after just 9 months of inception. The round was led by ClearVue Partners. Handpick is also backed by angel investors with deep experience throughout the food supply chain including SINODIS founder Jean Pierre Chesse, Cathay Capital managing partner Mingpo Cai, and Schneider Electric CEO Jean Pascal Tricoire.
How Handpick Works
The app makes it easy to save interesting dish posts by adding them to topics which can be shared with others. By following different topics, users get notified when new dishes are added, making Handpick a reliable source for continuously refreshed food content. This means users can find dish topics titled anything from Gluten-free Desserts to 10 Best Superbowl Snacks to 7 Ways To Use Tofu.
With its new approach of curating content from Instagram, Handpick features over 10 million food posts, thus making it the world's largest searchable collection of food. The company's editorial team hand-picks the best dishes daily, allowing users to quickly and easily find great dish ideas without having to pore over thousands of results. The new app also allows users to pick and combine over 10,000 ingredients, more than any other food app available.
-- Access over 10 million dish posts from around the world
-- The option to pick ingredients from a list of over 10,000 items and see
what they combine well with
-- Become a content creator and publish topics based on favorite dishes and
-- Save interesting dishes and categorize by diet, occasions, ingredients,
cuisines and more
-- Find recipes ranging from simple meals to gourmet dishes
-- Browse a curated feed of the best dishes from Instagram and the web,
making it quick to find a dish or recipe
Handpick is an innovative food discovery app that's solving the universal problem of what to do with ingredients, by providing dish ideas using what you have on hand. Handpick's 10 million socially shared food posts include dishes from 1.6 million content creators worldwide. With offices in San Francisco, Shanghai, and Manila, Handpick is building innovative technologies in food image recognition, food data analysis and ingredient recommendations.
Download Handpick for iPhoneÂ®, iPadÂ® and iPod touchÂ® on the App Store on January 29. For more information, visit the Handpick website: http://www.handpick.com, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Apple, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Screen Reader: Acapela Group gives Further Support to NV Access with Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA
Acapela Group is proud to introduce Acapela TTS voices for NVDA, enabling blind and vision impaired people to use High Quality and High Performing voices with the NVDA screen reader, at an affordable price.
MONS, Belgium, January 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
The NVDA project (Non Visual Desktop Access) enables blind and vision impaired people
to use a computer by communicating what is on the screen using a synthetic voice or
NVDA is the only screen reader for Microsoft Windows that is totally free, yet fully
functional and portable.
"Around 285 million people in the world are blind or visually impaired. NV Access'
mission is to make sure none of these people miss out on using a computer just because
they can't afford an expensive screen reader," says Michael Curran, Executive Director
from NV Access. "With Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA, they can also gain access to high
quality & performing voices that will enhance the NVDA experience with speech fully
adapted to their use."
Since its creation in April 2006, NVDA has been downloaded more than 70,000 times, is
available in over 43 languages and used in 120 countries.
At Acapela Group we unreservedly support this great open source project. In early 2014
we announced the integration of the NVDA screen reader into infovox4 and a donation to NV
Access for each unit of infovox4 sold.
With Acapela TTS for NVDA, we offer users of the screen reader easy access to high
quality and performing voices. The Acapela TTS voices for NVDA add-on is easy to install
and easy to use. It will give users access to text-to-speech in different languages, so
making the NVDA experience much richer. And Acapela will donate 10 Euros each time a unit
of Acapela TTS voices for NVDA is sold.
"Accessibility is very important to Acapela. As a leading player in speech, fully
committed for decades to making the life of users easier, it's our responsibility to
support projects such as NVDA, which are key to information access, education and
employment for millions of visually impaired people in the world," comments Lars-Erik
Larsson, CEO of Acapela Group.
The Acapela TTS voices for NVDA product already supports several languages: English
(US), English (UK), English (Australia), English (India), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (US),
Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Italian and Greek.
Voices are available in two versions, a Basic license (59 Euros) or a Premium license
(99 euros), both are multilingual and allow up to 3 installations.
1) Download the product and some of the voices.
2) Open NVDA and install the Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA product and the voices. You will
automatically get a 15 day evaluation period. 3) Purchase a license when you feel ready.
You will receive a personal activation code. 4) Open the "Activate a new license" menu
item in NVDA -> Acapela TTS for NVDA and provide your activation code to activate your
Thank you NV Access for your tremendous work for the visually impaired community
We invent speech solutions to vocalize any written content with authentic and original
voices that express meaning and intent. Over 100 synthetic voices in 30 languages are
ready to give a voice to any content producing a natural and pleasant audio result, by
turning written input into speech. We can create the voice your company needs. Just for
you. This is Acapela bespoke expertise. Let's talk! http://www.acapela-group.com
Infortrend Introduces New Generation EonStor DS 3000T with Comprehensive SSD Solutions
-- High performance turbo mode systems with all-SSD arrays, SSD Cache, automated storage tiering, and SSD wear detection
TAIPEI, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- InfortrendÂ® (Public TPE: 2495) has announced new generation EonStor DS 3000T systems, with the T denoting turbo mode. Thanks to the Infortrend commitment to SSD solutions, EonStor DS 3000T models are designed for all-SSD storage and feature SSD Cache for boosting the performance of hot data. They also support multi-level automated storage tiering that allows better utilization of SSD speed and spin drive capacity, and SSD wear level indication for insight into SSD longevity. Combined, Infortrend features deliver better performance, greater efficiency, and longer-lasting drives.
EonStor DS 3000T systems ship with hybrid 2.5"/3.5" trays, ready for all-SSD storage. With SSD Cache, customers can use SSDs as a high speed cache pool for read-intensive applications such as online transaction processing (OLTP) to increase IOPS by 2.5 times compared to systems without the feature. To make the most of investment in SSD, automated storage tiering fully leverages SSD speeds and hard drive capacities, allocating data to the most appropriate tier based on hotness.
To protect SSDs and the data they store, EonStor DS 3000T systems offer SSD wear level indication that provides users with accurate SSD health information to better prepare for and perform data loss countermeasures such as replication, migration, and SSD replacement.
"Infortrend is ready for the move to SSD, which will gather momentum in 2015. And with new generation EonStor DS 3000T systems we offer an all-encompassing solution", commented Thomas Kao, Senior Director of Product Planning at Infortrend.
Learn more about the advantages of new generation EonStor DS 3000T systems with extensive SSD solutions here.
Infortrend (Public TPE: 2495) has been developing and manufacturing storage solutions for businesses and organizations since 1993. Innovation joins impeccable quality thanks to a passionate team of professionals and an emphasis on in-house design, testing, and manufacturing. Infortrend storage delivers performance and scalability with the latest standards, backed by user friendly data services, personal after-sales support, and unmatched value. Core product families are EonStor DS, EonNAS, and ESVA. For more Information, please visit http://www.infortrend.com.
InfortrendÂ®, EonStorÂ®, EonNASÂ®, and ESVAÂ® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infortrend Technology, Inc., other trademarks property of their respective owners.
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SOL REPUBLIC And Tiger Woods Partner To Bring Shared Passion For Music To Life
Global Audio Company and Golf Icon to Team Up on New Products in 2015
PHOENIX, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Committed to changing the world one listener at a time, music lifestyle brand SOL REPUBLIC and 11-time PGA Tour Player of the Year and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods are proud to announce a new partnership.
Launched in 2011, SOL REPUBLIC has been designing headphones and speakers from the ground up for music fans around the globe. From their indestructible TRACKS headphones to their ultra portable PUNK speaker, SOL REPUBLIC continues to bring great sound and style to the forefront. As a world-renowned athlete who spends most of his time training on and off the course, Tiger Woods uses music to focus and elevate his game. On the eve of Tiger's return to the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, SOL REPUBLIC and Tiger Woods will begin working together to bring exciting audio products to market in the coming months that reinforce the philosophy that if it sounds better, it feels better.
"Music is a huge part of my life and my training; it inspires me to work harder, stay focused and get better every day," said Woods. "It's exciting to find a brand that cares about music the way that I do, and I'm ready to work with SOL REPUBLIC on bringing that passion to life."
Tiger Woods joins a variety of influential SOL REPUBLIC partners that share a real passion for music, and spread the word on the importance of great sound, including world-renowned DJ and Producer Steve Aoki, the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps, surfing sensation Julian Wilson and many more athletes and entertainers.
"Athletes of all levels use music as a motivator to get in their zone and achieve their best," said Kevin Lee, co-founder and CEO at SOL REPUBLIC. "Tiger is a legendary athlete with a competitive drive that changed the sport of golf and truly shares our passion for music and its power to help propel people to reach their goals."
About SOL REPUBLIC
SOL REPUBLIC is a global consumer electronics company dedicated to enhancing people's lives through style, sound and technology. Comprised of music fanatics, SOL REPUBLIC develops its products from the ground up to look, sound and feel unlike anything else in the market. For more information, visit SOLREPUBLIC.com
SOURCE SOL REPUBLIC
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PlayStation(TM)Network To Encompass Games, TV, Video And Music As A Premium Entertainment Service Brand
Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International Tie Together Premium Network Services to Deliver the Ultimate Entertainment Experience
SAN MATEO, Calif. and TOKYO, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC. (SNEI) announced that PlayStation(TM)Network (PSN(SM)) will be the premium entertainment service brand which encompasses games, TV, video and music services. "Video Unlimited" and "Music Unlimited," Sony's digital video and music services currently offered on Sony Entertainment Network (SEN(TM)), will become part of PlayStation Network, and rebranded as PlayStation(TM)Video (PS Video) and PlayStation(TM)Music (PS Music) respectively.
The companies' network service offerings have been steadily expanding over the years, and monthly active users of PlayStation Network and SEN have exceeded 64.0 million as of December 2014. While PlayStation Network has been synonymous with the best in gaming, it has also evolved to become a premier, comprehensive digital entertainment brand. By tying the network services under a single brand, SCE and SNEI will aim to further expand the network business by building upon the success of delivering the best all-round digital entertainment, and also extending the ultimate gaming and network entertainment experiences to an arena including movies, TV, and music.
"We are very excited to offer our wide array of network services including games, TV, videos and music, under the PlayStation brand," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. "We look forward to bringing even more compelling experiences, and an unparalleled breadth and quality of digital entertainment services and content to our customers."
As a unified service platform, PlayStation Network will continue to deliver compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStationÂ®Store (PS Store), gaming services such as PlayStationÂ®Plus (PS Plus), PlayStation(TM)Now (PS Now), and entertainment services including PlayStation(TM)Vue (PS Vue), a service that reinvents the television experience, PS Video and PS Music.
Brief overview of individual services on PlayStation Network as follows:
-- PlayStationÂ®Store (PS Store)
Since its launch in November 2006, PS Store has allowed users to discover and download digital game and video content anytime, anywhere from various devices including PlayStation platforms such as PlayStationÂ®4 (PS4(TM)), PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3(TM)) and PlayStationÂ®Vita (PS Vita). SCE and SNEI will continue to offer PS Store as a premier destination for users to purchase exciting content that can be instantly enjoyed on their PlayStation consoles.
-- PlayStationÂ®Plus (PS Plus)
PS Plus offers members exclusive features and content, such as "Instant Game Collection," which give users access to full versions of popular titles with no time limits or extra costs, and "Online Multiplayer," which allows PS4 owners to play with and challenge other gamers over the network. As of January 2, 2015, over 10.9 million users have been taking advantage of the features and benefits of the membership service. PS Plus has been greatly enhanced since the launch of PS4, and will continue to provide a wide array of exciting content and services to PlayStation users.
-- PlayStation(TM)Video (PS Video)
The video on demand and transactional service, "Video Unlimited," will be rebranded as PS Video and will continue to offer over 200,000 movies and TV shows across PlayStation platforms, Sony devices and PCs, in 11 countries and regions. With PS Video, users will have immediate access to buy or rent, not only a deep catalog of content, but the latest releases across movies and TV shows, including exclusive content only available on PlayStation, anytime and anywhere on various compatible devices.
-- PlayStation(TM)Music (PS Music) (*1)
PS Music will represent the music listening destination. SCE and SNEI have entered into a global strategic partnership with Spotify, in order to continuously deliver a best-in-class digital music experience with PlayStation Network. Spotify on PS Music will become newly available in 41 countries and regions this spring(*2). The music streaming service "Music Unlimited" will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015.
-- PlayStation(TM)Now (PS Now)
The streaming game service PS Now, allows users in the US and Canada to instantly enjoy a wide range of PS3 games on various network-enabled devices, by leveraging cloud-based technology. Currently, the service is available on PlayStation platforms including PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and also Sony TVs and Blu-ray players, and select Samsung Smart TVs.
-- PlayStation(TM)Vue (PS Vue)
PS Vue, first announced in November 2014, is a pioneering new cloud-based TV service that reinvents the television experience. The beta preview has begun in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia for select PS4 and PS3 owners, and will launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015. PS Vue leverages the power of the cloud to combine the live, on-demand, and catch-up TV content viewers love with a powerful user interface, that delivers unprecedented personalization and simplicity.
Services names and logos on PlayStation Network supported devices will be renewed through a phased transition starting this February.
Through innovative network services and business partnerships, SCE and SNEI will deliver compelling content and experiences to users, and strive to further expand the PlayStation platform.
(*1) The availability of the PS Music service in Japan is not yet determined. Further details will be announced when ready.
(*2) Please refer to the SNEI and Spotify joint press release for more details.
About Sony Network Entertainment International LLC:
Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI), founded in April 2010, drives the vision, strategy and execution for network services across Sony Group, to offer consumers compelling, connected entertainment experiences across a variety of network enabled devices. Headquartered out of San Mateo, California SNEI's operations span globally across San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Tokyo and more. Through PlayStationÂ®Network and Sony Entertainment Network, SNEI offers a bevy of exciting services including PlayStationÂ®Store, PlayStationÂ®Plus, PlayStation(TM)Vue, Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and more. With over 64 million active viewers registered to our network and FY13 revenues exceeding 200 billion yen, SNEI is a core Sony business which continues to grow at breakneck speed as a leading provider of cutting edge digital entertainment experiences.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.:
Recognized as a global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PSPÂ® (PlayStationÂ®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, the PlayStationÂ®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system and the PlayStationÂ®4 computer entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since it launched PlayStationÂ® in 1994. PlayStationÂ®2 further enhanced the PlayStationÂ® legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP broadens the entertainment experiences into the portable arena. PS3 is a computer entertainment system that incorporates the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. PlayStationÂ®4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities. PSN(SM), that includes PlayStationÂ®Store, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to PlayStation viewers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division company, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia, develops, publishes markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in their respective markets worldwide.
"PlayStation" is a registered trademark or a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PS4" and "PS3" are trademarks of the same company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Espressif Systems Internet of Things WiFi Chips Employ Cadence Tensilica Xtensa Low-Power Processor for Control and DSP
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that Espressif Systems has utilized the Cadence(Â®) Tensilica(Â®) Xtensa(Â®) processor in its ESP8089 and ESP8266 WiFi chips that are optimized for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Xtensa processor, customized by Espressif to achieve the best power, performance and area results, is used both as a digital signal processor and control processor with a real-time operating system (RTOS) that runs Espressif's WiFi and TCP/IP stacks and other application software.
"With a rapid customization of the 32-bit ultra-low power Xtensa processor, we were able to combine the control and DSP functions into one very efficient core, conserving power and area for these very space-constrained designs," said Teo Swee Ann, CEO of Espressif Systems. "We also utilized ultra-low voltage technology, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, and an advanced power-control algorithm to achieve standby power consumption of less than 1.0mW and unrivaled 30uA RTC deep-sleep current consumption."
The advantages of the Tensilica Xtensa processor include:
-- The capability to integrate both performance-intensive digital signal
processing (DSP) and embedded control processing functions in a single
-- The patented automated Xtensa Processor Generator, which allows
designers to create differentiated features with the lowest possible
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at http://www.cadence.com.
Sony Network Entertainment International and Spotify Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Bring the Best in Music to PlayStation(TM)Network
Spotify to Launch on PlayStation(TM)Music This Spring in 41 Markets Across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and More
SAN MATEO, Calif. and STOCKHOLM, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) and Spotify today announced a global strategic partnership to deliver a best-in-class digital music experience to PlayStation Network and its 64 million active users(1). Through this partnership, SNEI will launch a new music destination in Spring 2015 called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner. Spotify on PlayStation Music will roll out in 41 markets, initially for PlayStationÂ® consoles and Xperia(TM) smartphones and tablets.
"Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony, and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. "This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network. We're thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music."
PlayStation Network and Spotify's award-winning digital music service will be deeply integrated, offering unique and exclusive benefits to users. PlayStation Network users can link their accounts with Spotify, making it easy to subscribe to Spotify's Premium service through the PlayStation Network wallet.
"We are incredibly honored to partner with Sony and PlayStation to give gamers around the world an amazing experience wherever they listen to music," said Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder, Spotify. "As a gamer and PlayStation 4 user myself, I'm super excited to be able to soundtrack my FIFA 15 Arsenal matches later this spring."
Spotify on PlayStation Music will offer more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on PlayStationÂ®4 (PS4(TM)) and PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3(TM)) systems, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets. Users will be able to create a music collection and listen to playlists (including existing playlists from current Spotify users as well as Spotify curated playlists) and enjoy the service on all of Spotify's supported devices. Additionally, PS4 owners will be able to use Spotify while playing games, enabling them to soundtrack their gaming sessions with their favorite songs playing in the background.
SNEI's current Music Unlimited service will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015. Nearly all of these countries will be among the 41 markets(2) where PlayStation Music featuring Spotify will be available at launch(3). From February 28, 2015, Music Unlimited users with active subscriptions will receive up to 30 days of free access to Music Unlimited through March 29, 2015, and will be offered an introductory Spotify Premium trial.
(1 )Number of active users includes Sony Entertainment Network accounts.
(2 )PlayStation Music featuring Spotify launch markets: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA
(3 )The PS Music service in Japan is not yet determined. Further details will be announced when ready.
About Sony Network Entertainment International LLC:
Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) founded in April 2010, drives the vision, strategy and execution for network services across Sony Group, to offer consumers compelling, connected entertainment experiences across a variety of network enabled devices. Headquartered out of San Mateo, California SNEI's operations span globally across San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Tokyo and more. Through PlayStationÂ®Network and Sony Entertainment Network, SNEI offers a bevy of exciting services including PlayStationÂ®Store, PlayStationÂ®Plus, PlayStation(TM)Vue, Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and more. With over 64 million active viewers registered to our network and FY13 revenues exceeding 200 billion yen, SNEI is a core Sony business which continues to grow at breakneck speed as a leading provider of cutting edge digital entertainment experiences.
Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world's music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever you want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.
Spotify is now available in 58 markets globally with more than 60 million active users, and over 15 million paying subscribers.
Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than $2 billion to rights holders. Spotify is now the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe, and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.
6WIND Launches Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec Software Appliances with Record Setting Industry Performance
Ready to Use in Bare Metal and Virtual Machine Environments
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 6WIND, a high-performance software company, today announced two new software appliances in its Speed Series family: Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec. Based on 6WINDGate(TM) packet processing software, which is deployed in Tier 1 networks worldwide, Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec can be installed quickly onto standard x86 servers within bare metal and virtual machine (VM) environments.
The new Speed Series Turbo Appliances are designed to benefit Service Providers, Cloud and Content Providers and Enterprises with the best price/performance ratios when transitioning from hardware to software based appliances for flexibility, efficiency and cost savings. Compared to competing software routers, 6WIND's Turbo Router can deliver up to twice the performance at 1/4 the price. Compared to hardware-based IPsec Gateways, 6WIND's Turbo IPsec can save 80% of the cost per gigabit of IPsec throughput.
Turbo Router: 200+ Gbps Throughput with 45% Capacity Available
6WIND's Speed Series Turbo Router combines dynamic routing and stateful firewall features in a high performance software appliance:
-- Data Plane: VLAN, LAG, Routing (including VRF), IPinIP, GRE, Firewall &
NAT, and more
-- Control Plane: VRRP, Routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP), and more
-- Services: DHCP, SNMP, and more
-- IPv4 and IPv6
-- Performance: Over 200 Gbps IP Forwarding throughput on a Quad IntelÂ®
XeonÂ® Processor E7-4800 v2 Series system @ 2.8 GHz leveraging only 22
cores out of 40
Turbo IPsec: 100+ Gbps Throughput with 45% Capacity Available
6WIND's Speed Series Turbo IPsec, the industry's first software-based IPsec Gateway appliance, combines IPsec, dynamic routing and stateful firewall features:
-- Data Plane: IPsec, VLAN, LAG, Routing (including VRF), IPinIP, GRE,
Firewall & NAT, and more
-- Control Plane: IKE, VRRP, Routing (RIP, OSPF, BGP), and more
-- Services: DHCP, SNMP, and more
-- IPv4 and IPv6
-- Performance: Over 100 Gbps IPsec throughput while performing both crypto
and authentication on all packets without external crypto technology on
a Quad IntelÂ® XeonÂ® Processor E7-4800 v2 Series system @ 2.8 GHz
leveraging only 22 cores
6WIND Speed Series Turbo Appliances include:
-- Linear performance scalability with the number of cores deployed
-- Full-featured data plane networking with fast path protocols
-- Highly scalable control plane
-- CLI, XML or Linux-based management (iproute2, iptables)
-- High performance input/output (I/O) leveraging DPDK (Data Plane
Development Kit) with multi-vendor NIC support
-- Virtio vNIC support to eliminate standard virtual switch bottlenecks
when combined with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator
6WIND Speed Series: Enabling NFV and Virtual Networking
Within the 6WIND Speed Series family, the new Turbo Appliances can be easily integrated with 6WIND's Virtual Accelerator for accelerated virtual switching and networking infrastructure, and third party virtual functions, in the transition to Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and virtual networking environments. For example, by combining 6WIND's Virtual Accelerator and Turbo Router, customers can achieve over 5x performance of a standard Linux router VM running on top of Open vSwitch, while saving 75% of the system's processor resources to run additional VMs.
"Our new Speed Series Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec appliances leverage our industry-proven 6WINDGate technology to provide the packet processing performance of hardware networking solutions in software," said Eric CarmÃ¨s, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. "Our Turbo Appliances deliver an impressive price/performance advantage over competing software appliances and traditional purpose-built hardware appliances."
6WIND Turbo Appliances are available for 1, 2 and 4 socket Intel x86-based servers.
6WIND's commercial software solves performance challenges for network vendors in telecom, enterprise and cloud infrastructure markets. The company's packet processing software, accelerated virtual networking infrastructure and software appliances are optimized for cost-effective hardware running Linux with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features. By solving critical data plane performance challenges on multicore architectures, 6WIND enables a cost-effective value proposition, enabling the transition to the future with network functions virtualization (NFV). 6WIND is based near Paris, France with regional offices in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. For more information, visithttp://www.6wind.com
Blackboard Refreshes Moodlerooms Interface to Improve User Experience
Newest Innovations Mark the Latest Investment in the Open Source Community
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. announced today several updates to Moodlerooms, the company's services offering for the open source learning management system (LMS) Moodle, that improve both the functionality as well as the overall user experience through a newly designed interface. Today's news marks the company's latest investment in supporting the open source community and improving how learners and instructors engage with their solutions and services.
The refreshed user experience and navigation is much simpler and intuitive and allows for learners to easily search for and consume content on their desktops and mobile devices. The forum feature has also been enhanced to allow for discussions to be easily sorted and searched. This saves learners time in viewing and responding to posts and helps instructors find the posts most relevant to their courses. The accessibility of the forum has also been improved with better access to screen readers and other tools for vision-impaired users.
"We are extremely excited about the latest improvements we have made to Moodlerooms and the improved experience it will give learners and instructors in the Moodle community," said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of product management for Blackboard. "Advances like these help us work toward our mission of improving the educational experience and helping institutions be successful in meeting their teaching and learning goals. Blackboard continues to be the only company that can truly blend the right technologies, resources and services to meet the unique goals of all of our customers, regardless of their LMS."
Blackboard has been very active in the open source community since it acquired Moodlerooms and Australia-based NetSpot in 2012 through code contribution, substantive community engagement, and more. This includes the launch of the NetSpot Customer Advisory Group, which was established in an effort to increase collaboration with learners and instructors through a forum where they can offer feedback, advice and recommendations on services and products.
For more information about Blackboard, please visit http://www.blackboard.com or follow @Blackboard on Twitter. For more information about Moodle, please visit http://www.moodle.org. For more information about Moodlerooms, please visit here.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.
Alone in the Dark: Illumination(TM) Invites Fans to Private Beta
Pre-order Unlocks Access to Exclusive Private Beta in Advance of Worldwide Release
NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AtariÂ®, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced the beta period for its latest PC title, Alone in the Dark: Illumination(TM), beginning on January 29, 2015. To pre-order Alone in the Dark: Illumination and access the private beta, visit the Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/275060.
Alone in the Dark: Illumination features several campaigns with multiple levels that take players through the blasted landscape of Lorwich, Virginia, and deep below ground to unearth the mysteries of the forsaken township. Players fight off hordes of eldritch nightmares while using the power of illumination to light up maps and create safe zones to damage foes. This latest installment of the Alone in the DarkÂ® franchise also includes a cooperative multiplayer option that allows gamers to battle The Darkness together with four distinct heroes - the Hunter, the Witch, the Priest and the Engineer, each of them leveling up their different skills.
As part of the pre-order package on Steam, the private beta launch grants fans early access to the survival-action-horror game on January 29, 2015, with a chance to explore and provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. One additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch.
"Alone in the Dark has a passionate following of players who have kept up with the series since the original 1992 release," said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. "By introducing cooperative multiplayer, this new game engages the nostalgic fan-base and introduces a new generation of PC gamers to the franchise. We have a long-term plan for Alone in the Dark and there will be much more to come."
"With the introduction of a single-player mode with the merciless Hunter, within the first environment, the menacing Coal Mine, we are laying the foundation of Alone in the Dark: Illumination," said Peter Banks, Senior Product Lead, Atari. "Subsequent updates will introduce new, compelling elements building on this first beta period. The multiplayer mode will also enhance the strategic light-based gameplay, complement the diverse character capabilities, and ensure ongoing fun."
The full releaseof Alone in the Dark: Illumination is set to debut on Steam for $29.99 in Spring 2015. Visit Steam for the latest details or http://www.AITD.com.
Alone in the Dark: Illumination is being developed by PURE FPS. Fans can keep up with the latest updates on the game on Twitter at @AITDGame or Facebook at facebook.com/aloneinthedarkgame.
Atari (http://www.atari.com) is an interactive entertainment production company. As an iconic brand that transcends generations and audiences, the company is globally recognized for its multi-platform, interactive entertainment and licensed products. Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world-renowned brands like AsteroidsÂ®, CentipedeÂ®, Missile CommandÂ®, PongÂ®, Test DriveÂ®, and RollerCoaster TycoonÂ®.
About Pure FPS
Pure F.P.S. is a new game development studio whose current projects include Alone in the Dark: Illumination(TM), Nether, and Nether: Arena. The team is composed of the founding members of Plastic Piranha but has expanded with new talent behind hit games such as Dead Island 2, Spec Ops: The line, Bioshock Infinite, Wolfenstein, Homefront, MLB 2K8, Stargate Resistance, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, Forge, and Depth.
Let The Unlimited Games Begin At Main Event Entertainment
3 hours of unlimited video game play available now through Feb. 27
DALLAS, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Main Event Entertainment, the fastest-growing bowling-anchored entertainment center in America, is offering guests three hours of unlimited video game play for just $9.95 per person through Feb. 27. Guests can visit any one of Main Event's 19 centers to take advantage of this offer.
Unlimited video game play is available all day Tuesday through Sunday, and from open to 4 p.m. on Monday.
"Providing entertainment for the young and the young at heart is our mission," said Main Event Vice President of Marketing Sherri Landry. "With more than 100 virtual and interactive games, Main Event's unlimited video game play provides our guests another great way to have fun with their friends and family."
Video games are just part of the FUN guests can expect during a visit to Main Event Entertainment. Each center offers a unique "Eat.Bowl.Play." experience with state-of-the-art bowling lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena, billiards and a challenging gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery. Each venue boasts two dining options with chef-inspired menus, a full-service bar, and private rooms for birthday parties, social gatherings and corporate events.
About Main Event Entertainment
Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment is a top destination for people ready to play! Its unique Eat.Bowl.Play. experience features state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, high ropes adventure courses, billiards and interactive and virtual video games, with dining experiences ranging from fast casual to fine dining and creative cocktails, beer and wine. Founded in 1998, the rapidly growing subsidiary of Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD) of Australia turns ordinary days into memories at nearly 20 U.S. family entertainment centers. Corporations, individuals and families consistently rank the centers "Best Place to Bowl" and "Best Party Place." For more information, visit mainevent.com.
Media Contact: Jeannine Brew or Sarah Langhorst
eFileCabinet Document Management Software Certified with Epson WorkForceÂ® Scanners
eFileCabinet and WorkForce Document Scanners Deliver Increased Efficiency and Document Management for SMBs
LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of digital imaging solutions, today announced several of its business document scanners have been certified for use with eFileCabinet, a leading document management software for small-to-medium sized businesses. The combined solution will allow SMBs to maximize workplace organization and efficiently capture, store, manage, share, and protect valuable data virtually. Epson WorkForce(Â®) document scanners deliver fast speeds, high-quality scans and integrate easily into existing infrastructures utilizing eFileCabinet.
eFileCabinet software is designed to meet the needs of SMBs in a range of compliance-heavy verticals including accounting, finance, insurance, HR, small government, medical offices and clinics, non-profits, manufacturing, and transportation. A need for reliable, high-quality and affordable hardware to work seamlessly with eFileCabinet's software led to the certification of the Epson WorkForce DS-510, WorkForce DS-760 and WorkForce DS-860 scanners.
"Our document management solution is particularly successful for small-to-medium sized businesses because it is easy to use, full featured, very secure and value-priced to enable small businesses to succeed," said Benoy Tamang, vice president, Marketing, eFileCabinet. "We chose to integrate our software with Epson because its WorkForce scanners deliver excellent performance, fast speeds, image quality, reliable paper handling and accuracy at an affordable price, providing the best value for our customers."
The WorkForce DS-760 and DS-860, Epson's fastest professional sheetfed document scanners(1), are versatile workgroup or departmental solutions designed for a wide range of markets - from healthcare and finance to insurance and legal. Delivering scan speeds up to 65 pages per minute (ppm)(2), the DS-760 and DS-860 offer robust duty cycles, scanning up to 4,500 and 6,000 sheets per day, respectively, and can hold up to 80 pages in the built-in Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). The WorkForce DS-510 is a compact scanner with scan-to-cloud capabilities with its intuitive one-touch button, fast scan speeds (up to 26 ppm/52ipm) and the ability to scan to email and PDF.
The WorkForce DS-860, DS-760 and DS-510 are equipped with a robust software package including Epson Document Capture Pro, advanced color and image adjustment capabilities, OCR software, and TWAIN and ISIS drivers for ultimate compatibility with third-party programs, such as eFileCabinet. The models can scan both sides of one sheet in just one pass for increased efficiency. They also feature ultrasonic double-feed detection technology, which senses if more than a single page has been fed in to the scanner and automatically stops the scan, enabling users to easily correct mis-feeds without restarting the entire process.
"Epson prides itself on creating document scanning solutions that are fast, as well as provide impressive image quality and versatility, and our certification with eFileCabinet reflects our commitment to enabling businesses to increase efficiency for document management," said Mark Pickard, senior product manager, Document Scanners, Epson America, Inc. "eFileCabinet is a competitively priced and robust solution ideal for SMBs operating within compliance requirements and an ideal match for our sheetfed scanner portfolio."
About eFileCabinet, Inc.
eFileCabinet, Inc. offers a suite of document management software and file-sharing products/services to help businesses and organizations work quicker, smarter, and more collaboratively. eFileCabinet provides cutting-edge paperless software products and services that enable companies to capture, store, manage, share, and protect valuable data while helping them meet regulatory compliance requirements from governing bodies such as HIPAA, GLB and SEC/FINRA. eFileCabinet's document management software, file storage, and sharing services can be hosted on a company's local network or as software-as-a-service (SaaS) via the cloud. With more than 12 years in the document management software industry, eFileCabinet is the trusted choice for over 145,000 users worldwide to store, protect, and share their valuable and confidential data.
Learn more at eFileCabinet.com or call 877-574-5505.
Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: http://www.Epson.com.
2 Based on letter-sized scans at 300 dpi in black-and-white, grayscale or color mode
Note: EPSON and WorkForce are registered trademarks, and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
Blends Stylish Slim Design With Lightning-fast Intel(R) Processor, High-performance
Graphics and In-built Power Back up for up to an Hour
ASUS today presents an advanced solution to all your computing needs - the all-in-one
PC ET2040IUK. Now enjoy a next-gen computing experience with the ultra slim computing
device that comes equipped with lightning-fast Intel(R) processor and high-performance
graphics. Enhance your productivity, entertainment, and web-surfing experience with the
19.5" HD LED-backlit widescreen display, 500GB hard drive plus 100GB cloud storage on ASUS
WebStorage for free and smart back-up power to prevent data loss.
Its Intel HD graphics architecture delivers faster graphics performance, saves more
time as it previews and creates HD videos faster and offers smoother animation and better
responsiveness while playing video games. Its innovative gesture control makes hands free
entertainment possible. Play songs, adjust player settings, zoom or rotate photos with
advanced Hand-Gesture Recognition Software (HGRS) that uses the built-in camera to
accurately interpret movements so you don't have to be within touching distance of your PC
all the time.
Mr. Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia & Country Manager, System Business Group,
ASUS India commented, "The ET2040 promises the proven reliability of ASUS desktop PCs for
a truly remarkable computing experience that guarantees peace of mind. Its space saving
design is complemented by its clever built-in backup power. With versatile functionalities
which can be used for office work, web browsing and gaming, the AiO ET2040 is multifaceted
enough to make your daily tasks easier and faster while redefining entertainment for you."
The ASUS SonicMaster Technology enables high fidelity sound optimized by industry
experts. It offers complete connectivity that is more efficient and expandable with three
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to recharge your smartphones, tablets or other USB devices up to
50% faster than with USB 2.0, and transfer data between devices up to 10 times faster.
Besides, the device offers integrated security and protection services from top
anti-virus vendors on trial, a wide range of pre-installed apps and the exclusive ASUS
Manager to optimize access to various tools and apps effortlessly.
Model Name ET2040IUK-BB015W
ID Color Black
Display 19.5" HD 1366x768 LED-backlit
Touch Screen Non-touch
On Board CPU PQC J2900 (2M Cache, up to 2.41 GHz)
Graphics Intel HD Graphic
On Board Memory 2GB on board memory
Storage 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
WLAN/BT WLAN 802.11B/G/N
Camera 1.0M Camera
Keyboard and Mouse Wired Keyboard & Mouse
OS Windows 8.1 BING 64bit
Adapter Adapter 65W
Side I/O 3 x USB 3.0
3 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI-out
1 x audio jet
1 x RJ-45 port
3-in-1 Card Reader: SD/SDHC/MMC
Dimension 489.4(W) x 307.15 (H) x 14-25.5(D) mm
Weight 3.5kg approx.
Chargeable battery Yes
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world's
best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital
era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's
digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics
cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers,
multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones.
Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely
credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC(TM). ASUS has more than
13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. The
company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.
Media Contact : Komal Tomke, firstname.lastname@example.org, +91-9818520082, ASUS India
"While we take today to celebrate this incredible milestone, we remain focused on
innovating and designing the best app's for parents, teachers and children. On behalf of
the entire team, thank you for making AppyKids an inspiring and rewarding pursuit," said
Dinesh Lalvani, Founder and CEO.
Based in Dubai, with a team of 20 multi cultural and talented people, AppyKids develop
and design edutainment content for the MENA and South Asian market. Recently two of
AppyKids apps, Zee's Alphabet and Alfie's Alphabet, made the Apple Best of 2014 list.
AppyKids is a Growl Media brand, whose vision is to educate, entertain and empower
children by creating culturally-relevant, localized, edutainment content for young
children. To date the Company has released 11 interactive apps and one Arabic cartoon
series 'The Adventures of Zee' launched on their YouTube and Facebook pages.
Final Secures One Million in Funding and Spot in Y-Combinator for Consumer Credit Card Leveraging Dynamic Card Numbers
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Final, the only credit card that enables users to generate multiple card numbers, today announced it has raised $1 million in a recent seed round. Final is backed by the confidence of investors that include Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital Partners, Y-Combinator and several financial technology-associated angel investors. Specific contributions have not been publicly disclosed.
"We have the support of some very successful and respected players in this space; people we look to for advice in navigating some of the necessary business pieces for getting the Final credit card to market," said Aaron Frank, CEO of Final. "We're entirely focused on building a product and company that can change the credit industry for the better. Tokenization and creating dynamic credit card numbers is powerful, but if we can differentiate ourselves through our culture of consumer advocacy, we'll survive even dramatic changes in payment technology."
Jonathon Triest, Founder and Managing Partner of Ludlow, sees significant value in both Final's team and concept, noting, "This is a space where things typically move slowly. These guys can execute, quickly, and I've seen that first hand. Not only does Final understand how to navigate the systems from a technology standpoint, they have shown an ability to navigate the business-side of the payments ecosystem. That, in some respects, is even more impressive."
Forward Progress and a Pilot Program
The company has announced it is currently finalizing issuing partnerships and plans to launch a limited pilot program in 2015.
Final firmly believes that building credit doesn't necessitate going into painful debt, and have designed a credit card to align with its users, their goals and how they buy. Users can limit their ability to spend based on varying personal budgets, and easily see how their credit is affected by their spending habits.
Working everywhere purchases are made; online, and offline, Final implements with digital wallets like Google Wallet and Apple Pay with zero updates to the payment infrastructure.
Chief Technology Officer of Final, Matthew Rothstein, weighed in on their progress saying, "We've seen significant traction with our beginning marketing efforts. With over 35,000 pre-launch signups, it's become clear that people want a better credit card solution. As we continue to test our product and gather consumer input, we'll learn exponentially more around long-term adoption, the more powerful control features and how to prioritize those. We're of the impression that slow-to-innovate industries can benefit greatly from an outside perspective - and that's exactly what we bring."
Final is issuing a credit card designed to give consumers total control over their merchant relationships, transparency in their spending, and peace of mind across all payment experiences. Rather than a single, static 16-digit card number, Final generates multiple card numbers the consumer can restrict, and manages them automatically. Final launched in 2014 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. To learn more, reach out directly or visit http://www.getfinal.com.
Director of Marketing
Acromag's new 6U VME 4th generation IntelÂ® Core(TM) single board computer allows users to update their systems rather than a total redesign resulting in reduced costs and saved time.
WIXOM, Mich., Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Acromag's XVME-6410 is a high performance 6U VME single board computer based on the 4(th) Generation IntelÂ® Core(TM) i7 or i5 processor and utilizes the Intel 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset for extensive I/O support. Up to 16GB of high-speed DDR3L removable memory with 1-64GB flash memory optional. Acromag Built-In Test (BIT) software provides exceptional test coverage though Power-On BIT (PBIT). The air-cooled XVME-6410 features dual PMC/XMC sites, expansion capabilities, Microsoft WindowsÂ® and Linux software support, and removable memory. ROHS compliance and extended temperature options are available. A variety of model configurations start at $6,400.
"The XVME-6400 processor boards are an excellent choice for new or tech refresh VME and I/O applications," stated Joseph Primeau, Acromag's embedded sales and marketing director. "The 2-year standard warranty and long term availability with managed life cycles ensures long-term success for your projects."
The XVME-6410 is a CPU module that uses an IntelÂ® 4(th) Generation Core(TM) i7 or i5 processor (Haswell) 6U VME64X VMEbus form factor. The module can support either one or two DDR3L ECC SODIMMs, for a total of up to 16GB. The SODIMMs are firmly attached to the module with screws and surrounded by heat sink material to provide a mechanically and thermally robust mechanism. Extended temperature models are available for operating in a -40 degrees C to +75 degrees C range. The two PMC/XMC sites can be used in any combination. An optional P0 connector allows two Gigabit Ethernet connections. Sacrifice one PMC/XMC module and add the optional XBRD-9060 I/O expander module and increase I/O on the front panel and add two SSD mSATA drives. Also optional is the XVME-9640 rear-transition module for easy access to all P2 connector's I/O signals.
Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 55 years. They are an international corporation with a world headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded I/O products including bus boards, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software. Industries served include military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.
For more information about Acromag products, call Inside Sales at (248) 295-0310 or Marketing Communications at (248) 295-0866, FAX (248) 624-9234. E-mail email@example.com or write Acromag at 30765 S. Wixom Rd, Wixom, MI 48393 USA. The web site is http://www.acromag.com.
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Introducing a slim, lightweight design, six times the memory and a bold new line-up of colors
DALLAS, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN), the most trusted brand in graphing calculator technology, today unveiled a new addition to the TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators--the TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator. The TI-84 Plus CE is now 30 percent thinner and 30 percent lighter than the TI-84 Plus, and students can express their own personal style by choosing their TI-84 Plus CE from a variety of colors, such as red, hot pink and blue.
TI created the TI-84 Plus CE in response to feedback from students using earlier models of the TI-84 Plus. "Students asked us to make their go-to graphing calculator slimmer, sleeker, more colorful, and lightweight, and we answered with the modern, streamlined design of the TI-84 Plus CE," said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology. "Once you hold the new TI-84 Plus CE in your hand, you will immediately see and feel the improvements."
The TI-84 Plus CE has six times the memory of the TI-84 Plus so students can store vivid, full-color graphs, images and data. The lightweight yet durable design also makes the graphing calculator easier to carry to and from school and activities for today's on-the-go students.
Teachers will appreciate that the key placement, navigation and menus are the same as earlier TI-84 Plus models so they can continue to use their current classroom activities. Parents will appreciate that a one-time purchase of a TI-84 Plus CE in middle school will take students through all of the math courses they need to take in high school, college and beyond- including algebra, geometry, calculus and statistics.
The TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator is permitted on high-stakes exams, including the PSAT/NMSQT*, SAT* and ACTÂ® college entrance exam as well as Advanced Placement* exams that allow or require a graphing calculator. The TI-84 Plus CE will be available for purchase later this spring. For information on availability, visit our website.
TI-84 Plus CE Specifications and Features:
-- Screen size: 320 x 240 pixels (2.8" diagonal)
-- Screen resolution: 140 DPI, 16-bit color
-- Available in multiple colors including silver, red, blue, hot pink, plum
-- Powered by a TI rechargeable battery
-- 3 MB FLASH ROM memory for data archive and apps storage
-- 154 KB of available RAM memory
-- USB unit-to-unit cable included for communication with TI-84 Plus and
TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
-- Additional technical specifications are available online at
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Multiple Technologies Falling Into Place to Enable Faster Server Networking Upgrades, According to Crehan Research
Compelling High-Speed Ethernet Options for all Diverse Segments of the Market.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --In its most recent Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast Report, Crehan Research Inc. projects that the availability of multiple new data-center Ethernet speeds will lead to a much stronger server networking upgrade cycle than seen over the past decade. The firm expects that the impending arrival of 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 50GbE and 100GbE products, in combination with existing 10GbE and 40GbE products, will result in more than two-thirds of total networking ports migrating to high-speed Ethernet within three years (see accompanying figure).
"Over the past decade or so, the data center has seen many significant changes, and it is no longer a one-size-fits-all market," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "Consequently, we are seeing solutions that are highly optimized for the needs of specific customer segments, whether it be a fully vertically integrated system for a converged enterprise network or a bare-bones disaggregated system for a massively scalable cloud service provider," he said. "As a result, the market is currently looking for more targeted Ethernet networking solutions."
The report predicts that the many various high-speed Ethernet options will coexist for some time, each benefitting from the demands of a specific market segment. For example:
-- 25GbE is expected to see a strong initial ramp from deployments by cloud
titans such as Google and Microsoft, an area of the market where 10GbE
server networking is currently prevalent.
-- 10GbE should see its third, and biggest, adoption phase as the
mainstream enterprise market upgrades its mostly 1GBASE-T server and
server access infrastructure to 10GBASE-T.
-- 40GbE is starting to ramp significantly, benefitting from a current
window of opportunity as the most attractively priced data center
Ethernet speed from a bandwidth perspective.
In both its 3Q14 Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast and its 3Q14 Data Center Switch reports, Crehan Research highlighted the dramatic uptake in 40GbE data center adoption, noting that networking bandwidth demands were so strong in some market verticals that these customers could not wait to evaluate impending 25GbE and 50GbE options.
About Crehan Research Inc.
Crehan Research Inc. produces reports with very detailed statistics and information on the data center switch and server-class adapter & LOM/controller markets. The company's reports are supported with rich insights and context to deliver increased value. For more information about Crehan Research Inc. email info@CrehanResearch.com, phone 650-273-8400, or visit http://www.CrehanResearch.com.