Nissan And Sony PlayStation® Announce Biggest Ever GT Academy Program For 2013
Online competition phase to be run on exclusive Gran Turismo®6 demo
Become the next 'NISMO Athlete' to race for Nissan
FRANKLIN, Tenn., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Americas and Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC revealed that the groundbreaking GT Academy televised competition will return for a third season in North America. GT Academy 2013 will be the biggest yet, with more competitors than ever before anticipated. The preliminary online qualifying element of the competition will run from July 2 to July 30 on a demo of the just announced and all-new Gran Turismo(®)6 (GT6(TM)) game exclusively on PlayStation(®)3. Pre-registration will be available June 11- July 2.
Since its inception in Europe in 2008, GT Academy's acclaimed virtual-to-reality competition has attracted over two million entries, with gamers and motor sport fans battling it out on Gran Turismo for the chance to become real Nissan racing drivers. For the past two years in North America, more than 450,000 online gamers have competed. Six former winners of the competition, which now runs globally in Europe, the USA, Germany, Russia, and the Middle East and South Africa, are now NISMO Athletes competing in top-level racing for Nissan.
Nissan's Director of Global Motorsport, Darren Cox, revealed the plans for GT Academy 2013 today. Speaking at the famous Silverstone Circuit, during an event at which the latest version of the famous Gran Turismo game was announced, he said: "Every year of GT Academy has provided excitement and firsts, and 2013 will be no exception. The selection process and Driver Development Program are now so robust that we are turning out some genuinely fast racing drivers. At its core GT Academy remains a highly-accessible route into professional motor racing for people who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Unearthing genuine driving talent from the world of gaming is a real example of digital age performance and the innovation for which Nissan is famous. We are predicting that more people than ever will enter the competition this year on the stunning new GT6 demo."
Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital, explained: "GT Academy is a fitting platform for the Gran Turismo community to preview GT6 for the first time, as we aim to bring the worlds of virtual and reality closer than ever. We are very proud of this partnership with Nissan, and we have aimed to make a very appealing and accessible competition featuring a range of their cars. The challenges, even at this early stage of the competition, are designed to improve people's race craft before they even make it to driving real cars. We have also incorporated the Silverstone circuit for the first time in Gran Turismo. This should ensure that competitors will arrive at Race Camp better prepared than ever."
With the online qualification rounds offering a sneak preview of Gran Turismo 6, and the NISMO athletes blazing a trail in motorsports around the world - including Spaniard Lucas Ordonez (2008 winner) and England's Jann Mardenborough (2011 winner) racing at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours for Nissan - this season sets the stage for the most talent-stacked competition ever. North America's 2012 champion Steve Doherty is competing in a Nissan GT-R in the Blancpain Endurance Series abroad. With that foundation of racing success, the entry levels for this year's video and on-track driving skills competition are expected to reach an all time high.
The format of GT Academy North America has the 32 fastest PlayStation gamers from across the continent compete in the National Finals at a location to be announced soon. Once 16 finalists advance, the action will then make the transition from the virtual world to real Nissan sports cars in the intense televised final at Silverstone Circuit, now the established home of the GT Academy Race Camp.
The winners of each of the GT Academy competitions will then be put through an incredibly intensive and thorough Driver Development Program, rated among the best in the world, in order to qualify for the ultimate competition prize - a full season racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO in a top-level championship.
About the Gran Turismo® Franchise
Gran Turismo® celebrates its 15(th) anniversary in 2013, having first appeared internationally in 1998. The multi-award-winning franchise has been the most successful ever for PlayStation®, and in 2013 it also surpassed worldwide sales of 70 million units. Various iterations of Gran Turismo havebeen created for PlayStation® , PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 and PSP (PlayStation® Portable), and have always been regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulators ever created due to true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of Gran Turismo, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide the most realistic driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products. Gran Turismo®5, the latest iteration of the game, was released in November, 2010 and has sold 10 million units worldwide.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at http://www.NissanUSA.com and http://www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation® family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation®2, PSP and PS3(TM) systems for the North American market. Based in San Mateo, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations.
Google TV Devices with Vivante GPU Cores Ready for Android Jelly Bean Update
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Google I/O -- This week during the Google I/O developers conference, Vivante Corporation, providers of the world's smallest, fastest and coolest mobile GPU cores, announced product readiness for the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 operating system update. Today's Google TV(TM) products featuring the Vivante GC1000 IP cores ready for the update include the Sony Google TV NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, the VIZIO Goggle TV Co-Star(TM), the NETGEAR NeoTV(TM) PRIME, the Asus CUBE, the Hisense Google TV, and the Lenovo Smart TV (sold in China).
Built from the ground up for mobile and deployed in many of today's Android Jelly Bean smartphones, the Vivante GC1000 IP cores are integrated into the Marvell® ARMADA® 1500 SOC provided on the Google TV platform. The Vivante graphics cores perform complex computational processing for the latest 3D graphics and dynamic composition application programming interfaces (APIs) used to create eye popping user interfaces, realistic 3D games, GPU accelerated web applications, and live social media content. Android Jelly Bean performance is optimized with triple buffering and GPU compute as well as composition enhancements for fast, smooth and responsive user interface interactions.
"From games to productivity apps, music to movies, Android is rapidly becoming the OS of choice for the convergence of mobile and Smart TV technologies," said Wei-Jin Dai, Vivante President and CEO. "Vivante GC1000 cores are optimized for low-power Android devices and provide the performance required for butter smooth graphics performance of even the most complex apps and games."
The rapidly-growing Google TV ecosystem including hardware manufacturers, software providers and developers are charging towards providing Interactive, on-demand and web-based media content that is best experienced when accelerated by a GPU. By combining low power, high performance graphics processing with industry initiatives like HTML 5, GPU media processing, natural user interfaces (NUI), and interactive web apps, the consumer experience is becoming more dynamic, responsive and engaging.
Smaller - Faster - Cooler: Vivante Corporation, a leader in multi-core GPU, OpenCL(TM), CPC Composition Engine and Vector Graphics IP solutions, provides the highest performance and lowest power characteristics across a range of Khronos(TM) Group API conformant standards based on the ScalarMorphic(TM) architecture. Vivante GPUs are integrated into customer silicon solutions in mass market products including smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, consumer electronics and embedded devices, running thousands of graphics applications across multiple operating systems and software platforms. Vivante is a privately held company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with additional R&D centers in Shanghai and Chengdu. For more information, visit http://www.vivantecorp.com.
Vivante and the Vivante logo are trademarks of Vivante. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.
Audio Precision Adds Rub & Buzz And Leak Detection For Comprehensive Electro-Acoustic Test
AP extends capability of the acoustic response suite test with Rub & Buzz and Air Leak detection tests for loudspeakers, creating a one-analyzer test solution.
BEAVERTON, Ore., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, today announced the availability of new Rub & Buzz and Air Leak detection acoustic tests for electro-acoustic devices using the APx series of audio analyzers.
The new Rub & Buzz and Air Leak detection tests are in addition to existing acoustic tests such as energy-time curve (for gating reflections in non-anechoic environments), frequency response, distortion of individual harmonics, impulse response, and impedance, and are compatible with all APx models.
APx Acoustics Tests enable makers of audio products to use a single analyzer platform through the entire product life cycle, from electronics and acoustic design through incoming driver QC and final assembly.
APx Rub & Buzz
APx Rub & Buzz is a fast, effective test for common loudspeaker defects such as misaligned voice coils or particles trapped in the magnetic gap. A chirp stimulus is used to drive the speaker under test over its full frequency range, while the analysis captures high crest-factor defects that common audio tests cannot detect.
APx Modulated Noise for Air Leaks
APx Modulated Noise Air Leak detection is designed to help manufacturers ensure the integrity of loudspeaker enclosures in production. As customer expectations demand ever-higher sound pressure levels and extended low-frequency response from small packages, air leak detection on the assembly line becomes more important. APx Modulated Noise can rapidly detect leaks by modeling the defect as amplitude modulated noise emanating from the enclosure.
"One analyzer for acoustics and electronics saves time and money, but it has to be the right analyzer, with hardware that can meet the demands of electronics test, features that meet the needs of R&D and production applications, and a UI that people can actually use," says Tom Williams, VP of Sales and Marketing. "With Rub & Buzz and Air Leak detection added to our existing acoustic and electronic test capability, APx is that platform."
Price and availability
The Rub & Buzz and Modulated Noise Air Leak Detection option is immediately available as SW-SPK, with a list price of USD 750 in the U.S. SW-SPK is required to enable these tests on all APx analyzers.
About Audio Precision
Audio Precision is the recognized standard in audio test. Since 1984, AP has offered high performance audio analyzer instruments and applications to help engineers worldwide design and manufacture all types of consumer, professional and industrial audio products. For more information, visit http://www.ap.com/
ST. INGBERT, Germany, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The Metaregistry(TM) RRPproxy(TM), a division of the Key-Systems GmbH, will present
its registrar and reseller solutions for new top level domains (TLDs) at this year's
WHD.india in Mumbai from May 27-28. Jochen Kieler, Chief Business Development Officer of
Key-Systems, holds a speech on RRPproxy on May 28, starting at 14:40 pm in Ballroom B.
By using the Metaregistry RRPproxy, the technical and financial investments for the
implementation and offering of numerous new TLDs are minimized. RRPproxy enables the
unified management of domain portfolios with over 300 existing country-code and generic
TLDs, as well as pre-orders under over 700 new extensions such as . through one portal.
"RRPproxy will offer all new gTLDs with open registration concept in all launch phases
for domain registration. The portal provides a comfortable, complete package for handling
new gTLDs," states Alexander Siffrin, CEO of the Key-Systems GmbH.
WHD.india visitors have the chance to win coupons for RRPproxy's services at the
company's booth. In addition, an iPod nano is raffled on every trade show day. Trade show
participants are welcome to visit our team at the booth or to arrange an appointment by
e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance.
Key-Systems, a Gold Partner of WHD.india, currently manages more than three million
domains for more than 70,000 retail/corporate customers and 1,800 resellers worldwide. The
company is the second largest registrar for generic domains such as .COM in Europe and one
of the 15 largest worldwide, in relation to the number of managed gTLD domain names
(source: webhosting.info). Key-Systems is a member of the KeyDrive S.A. holding.
Motivity Labs Launches New Cloud-based Mobile Testing Services
HYDERABAD, India, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Enables Enterprises, App Developers to Certify Mobile Apps Without the Cost of Setting
up a Test Lab
Motivity Labs, a leading mobile application development and certification company and
the exclusive Microsoft mobile certification lab worldwide, today launched mTaaS, a new
cloud-based mobile testing service within the company's mCloud. Designed for enterprises
of all sizes as well as for software developers, the new service allows the testing and
certification of applications on mobile devices from any major carrier, without the cost
of setting up a test lab.
With mTaaS's component testing approach, companies can now test and certify mobile
applications in a consistent way (including testing email and device performance) at an
affordable cost. Customers can focus on their core product development and rely on mTaaS
for both initial and ongoing testing needs.
"With the shipment of mobile devices now exceeding those of PCs, mobile devices have
become an integral part of the enterprise and ensuring the security of accessing network
resources is now a major concern for IT departments," said Prabhakar Reddy, President and
CEO of Motivity Labs. "As the number of mobile devices proliferates and new versions and
models are being released at shorter and shorter intervals, ensuring that mobile apps work
on the latest devices has become a challenge. Our mTaaS offering provides an affordable
way for companies to test their apps on all the latest devices, without the expense of
setting up their own test lab."
With mTaaS, enterprises such as OEMs, ISVs and carriers have the capability to take
any third party app and put it through comprehensive testing (including functional,
regression and rendering on variety of devices) in a cloud-based, simulated environment.
Motivity's expertise, cloud testing environment and access to a variety of devices makes
the service appealing to a range of enterprises.
"As we manage multiple platforms and OEMs, we are constantly looking to optimize the
usability of key features for our customers. We depend on Motivity Labs to provide an
independent comparison of key features across all our vendors. Motivity Labs evaluates
each vendor and creates a "best practice" document that highlights the best-in-class
implementations by feature. Motivity's EAS, MDM and Security expertise has enabled our
company to drive a higher level of customer satisfaction and vendor compliance. Motivity
Labs help to make our products better for our customers," said Todd Thayer, wireless
For companies who take their apps to platforms and then create APIs for use by others,
mTaaS allows them to ensure quality of their product apps by testing and certifying on all
the latest mobile devices. Motivity Labs automate the entire process, with test cases put
through automated tools on different platforms as required and supplemented by physical
testing by its expert testing team and backed by 24/7 service and support.
mTaaS builds on Motivity Labs work with Microsoft in device information security and
email synchronization, with whom it has been partnering since its founding in 2009
including the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Logo Program (EAS) to identify smartphones and
tablets that are enterprise-ready. Its work with Microsoft has included authoring the
certification guidelines for the EAS Logo Program along with Microsoft, as well as testing
configurations that can include any number of devices in multiple locations of Exchange
servers and on multiple carrier networks.
About Motivity Labs:
Motivity Labs is a software development and certification company with offices in the
US and in India. It was founded by a team of successful entrepreneurs with broad
experience in the mobile, wireless, enterprise and consulting sectors. Motivity Labs is a
portfolio company of Naya Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in
mobile and SaaS startups in the US and India. As a software development partner with Naya
Ventures, the Motivity Labs team is constantly exposed to the latest in the mobile and
Motivity Labs collaborates with customers to define technology strategy as well as
provides application development, testing and certification services. Our team members
have worked with global enterprises, wireless device manufacturers & operators and
RadioShack Expands Partnership with Maker Media, Reveals Dozens of New Do-It-Yourself Products
DIY Expansion Includes New Cobranded Products with Maker Media
FORT WORTH, Texas, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for Maker Faire Bay Area, RadioShack announced a major partnership expansion with Maker Media, the creators of MAKE Magazine, Makezine.com, and Maker Faire, to better serve the DIY community. Maker Mediaand RadioShack will be teaming up to collaborate on an expansive DIY product lineup, exclusively carried at RadioShack and Maker Shed, including kits, robotics and tools.
"DIY is part of RadioShack's DNA," said Dawn Callahan, vice president of merchandising, responsible for the DIY product category at RadioShack. "We're grateful to be part of a wonderfully loyal community of makers, and we listened when they told us how we can help bring their ideas to life. We're excited to deliver on that feedback with an expanded assortment, including cobranded products with the smart folks at Maker Media, as well as other products on makers' wish lists."
"Adding to the popular Make line of kits, like 'Getting Started with Arduino' the new cobranded product lineup from Maker Media and RadioShack combine Maker Media's strength in cultivating and growing the maker movement with RadioShack's strong retail footprint and DIY heritage," said Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media. "Our new cobranded products are designed to give makers a path to making while they continue to develop their skills and push the limits of their creativity."
The new cobranded product lineup will be available in-store and online exclusively at RadioShack later this year. In addition, MAKE Magazine will join the MAKE book lineup and will be available in stores this fall. RadioShack has an exciting lineup of additional DIY products that are available now, and with more to come throughout the summer and fall.
Discovering RadioShack's DIY Resources
RadioShack regularly surveys DIY customers to refine its product offering. As a result, the company added Arduino microcontrollers as well as hundreds of new parts and tools to its stores and website in 2012. Similarly, the newly announced products deliver on things makers told the company they desired most from their neighborhood DIY resource, including RadioShack-branded:
-- ColdHeat Soldering Tool, available now
-- Expanded assortment of Light-Emitting Diodes (LED's), available now
-- New collection of Youth Hobby Kits focused on building your own RC and
robotics, available now
-- Electroluminescent (EL) Wire, Tape and Flex Strip LED's, available in
-- U Mold moldable plastic, available in August in two sizes
-- New line of Mini PC Microcontrollers that have video and Wi-Fi
capabilities, available in the summer
In addition, RadioShack will be re-launching XMODS, which are DIY remote control car or truck kits that customers can build, tune, and race, which will be available this fall.
For more about RadioShack's DIY products and to find projects, visit RadioShackDIY.com and makezine.com/weekend projects. Be sure to also check out the company's YouTube channel to find related videos, including the "DIY Update" and "How to Choose a Soldering Iron."
Attending Maker Faire Bay Area, May 18-19, 2013? Stop by the RadioShack tent to learn how to solder, have your picture taken with life-size DIY props, recharge your phone, or shop our on-site store.
About RadioShack Corporation
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. RadioShack(® )offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs more than 34,000 knowledgeable and helpful sales experts globally. RadioShack's retail network includes more than 4600 company-operated stores in the United States and Mexico, 1500 wireless phone centers in the United States, and more than 1000 dealer and other outlets worldwide. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, please visit http://www.radioshackcorporation.com; to purchase items online, please visit http://www.radioshack.com. RadioShack(®) is a registered trademark licensed by RadioShack Corporation.
About MAKER MEDIA
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.
Analysts and Investors Contact: Bruce Bishop, +1-817-415-3400, Bruce.Bishop@RadioShack.com, or News Media Contact: Media Relations, +1-817-415-3300, Media.Relations@RadioShack.com
Maker Media Press Contact: Vickie Welch, +1-415-806-0999, email@example.com
K-TOR® Announces Pocket Socket 2 Hand Crank Generator
COLCHESTER, Vt., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- K-TOR, LLC, designer and manufacturer of portable power generators, announced today the release of their second-generation Pocket Socket hand crank generator, the Pocket Socket 2. This affordable human powered generator features a standard outlet interface, which provides backup energy and emergency power to a wide range of electronic devices.
A more than 120% increase in blackouts annually in the US in recent decades has left more and more Americans looking for a backup power supply when the grid goes down. The patented technology inside the Pocket Socket 2 and all K-TOR portable generators enable the efficient conversion of human energy into a 120 Volt power source.
Communication equipment and medical equipment are some of the most important items to keep running during emergency and off-grid situations. The Pocket Socket 2 can charge smartphones, tablets, GPS equipment, handheld radios, digital cameras, medical equipment and much more. From the jungles of the Amazon to the street of New York City the Pocket Socket 2 supplies critical power to electronic devices when they need it most.
"The Pocket Socket has been a successful product for K-TOR," comments K-TOR founder Ken Torino, "We have customers all over the world using our hand crank generator in a wide range of environments and it's been fascinating to witness the places our products have been and the purposes they've served."
The Pocket Socket 2 retails for $64.95 online and is available online at http://www.k-tor.com. The new unit incorporates the learning from long term testing and customer feedback since the launch of the original K-TOR Pocket Socket. New packaging, labels, materials, and molded grips are just a few of the updates that have been made to the second generation Pocket Socket.
A yellow color scheme for the label and rubber band match the primary use of this product in emergency situations. Also visible to the customer, the plastic surface has been patterned to make it easier to grip. Other, less visible, updates include a newer stronger polycarbonate plastic, a stronger power train and improved electronics.
K-TOR believes no one should have to be without access to electricity. As a result they have developed a patented technology that efficiently converts human bio-mechanical energy into a 120 volt electrical power source. Their hand crank generators are the first products in a line of human energy generators. Highly anticipated is K-TOR's pedal power generator, which will be released later this year.
Troy Apps Bets It All on Native Apps for Mobile Business, Rejects HTML5
With moves by Facebook, LinkedIn and others to embrace native apps for mobile, Troy Apps CEO provides five reasons going native will continue to dominate
SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Troy Apps Software, a premier developer of native iPad® catalog and training apps, sees the move to native apps by big players such as LinkedIn, Facebook and others as the beginning of a landslide movement away from the use of web-based HTML5 for successful mobile business strategies.
"Many companies view their mobile strategies as their highest priority in 2013," says Michael Trautt, CEO of Troy Apps Software. "There is a sense of urgency with the companies we meet with to get their teams equipped with native iPad apps. And for good reason - native apps shorten sales cycles, provide better training, save resources and they are so popular and easy to use that employees quickly adopt them, ensuring ROI for enterprise just in terms of increased productivity alone."
Troy Apps strongly recommends native apps and Apple® iOS for clients moving to mobile and seeking control, instant loading, superior user experience and security. In fact, the company believes that native apps using iOS will dominate the enterprise mobile market. With no reliance on Internet or cloud solutions, native apps are reliable and fast. This, combined with excellent user experience provided by iOS, are the reasons many big players have opted for native apps instead of HTML5 to ensure success for their mobile strategies.
Troy Apps' CEO, Michael Trautt, outlines five reasons native iPad apps will dominate mobile business strategies:
1. Run Locally on Mobile Device - No Internet Connection Required: Native
apps using iOS require no network or Internet connectivity. Work anytime
anywhere: trade shows, airplanes, at the beach or in the subway. Native
apps are truly mobile giving users the freedom to get the job done.
2. Superior Performance and Integration with Device Hardware: With a native
app there is no waiting to load. Graphics and photos are displayed
instantly. Smoother scrolling, more fluid motion, and highly efficient
functionality enhance the user experience and significantly increase
3. On-the-spot Order Taking, Embedded Demos and Rich, Digital Product
Catalogs: Outside sales reps or staff at tradeshows can access
graphically rich product catalogs that offer the beautiful motion iOS
allows. Orders can be filled out on the device immediately, with no worry
about connectivity or bandwidth because the forms, demonstrations and
media are embedded on the device. This is the promise of a completely
mobile tool for doing business. With no reliance on the cloud and
connectivity, sales reps and executives have greater control over
meetings, orders, presentations, demos - and never have to wait on
4. iPads Are First Choice Among Fortune 500 and With Employees: The iPad
dominates the B2B market with 92 percent of Fortune 500 using the iPad.
Why? iOS is the leading mobile platform in the U.S. and provides a high
level of security you can not get with other tablets. iPad users also get
a boost in productivity by having access to very simple-to-use tools.
iPad users are generally more engaged with their mobile devices. iPad
continues to be the most popular tablet with consumers due to its ease of
use and "cool factor", and this helps enterprise and employees easily
transition to using the iPad for business.
5. Perfect for Learning Exercises, Training and Manuals: For corporate
training and e-learning, native apps using iOS are preferable due to
their ability to be customized, remain secure and offer a smoother
user-friendly platform. iPad users are accustomed to accessing
information on-demand, and native apps provide this instant access along
with a superior user experience. Native mobile training apps can be used
anywhere to study, use tutuorials, take quizzes and tests - offline and
securely. The ability to replace expensive printed materials with digital
content that is always current and up-to-date, will be a game-changer for
About Troy Apps Software
Troy Apps Software develops premier native iPad catalog apps with a combined fluency in mobile, enterprise IT and network connectivity. For more than 20 years our team has worked with companies to evolve their print materials. Our native iPad apps turn printed catalogs, training materials, brochures, and presentations into rich, interactive mobile applications that increase sales, shorten sales cycles and significantly reduce printing and marketing costs. Troy Apps develops in Apple iOS and integrates rich images, videos, navigation, search, zoom and more. With Troy Apps and Apple hardware, catalogs, training materials and presentations evolve into advanced, interactive sales tools. http://www.troyapps.com. VIDEO. 760.930.9200
Apple® and iPad® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Razer Launches Atrox Arcade Stick With Support From Fighting Game Community
Beta Testing Concludes, Customizability and Build Quality Set Razer Arcade Stick Apart
CARLSBAD, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Razer(TM), the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox 360®, the final product following an extensive beta testing program.
Tested by some of the world's best pro-gamers and Fighting Game Community members all over the world, the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is constructed with modders and tournament gamers in mind. Featuring premium quality Sanwa(TM) components, the 10 highly responsive buttons and a precision eight-way joystick allow gamers to strike instantly and surely, game after game, while maintaining peak performance and reliability.
An extremely moddable controller, the inside of the arcade stick platform opens up at the touch of a button, making the Razer Atrox a breeze to customize for all tastes and play styles. Users can swap in their own personal designs for a unique look, while also getting access to the internal compartments and honeycomb structure for easy screw mounting.
The easily accessible internal compartment of the Razer Atrox reveals dedicated slots to store an included alternate bat top joystick, the detachable cable, and a screwdriver for modding, giving gamers plenty of room for storage as they travel around dominating FGC events.
"Following a huge beta testing program, we're confident that we've built an arcade stick enthusiasts will love," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "We know that the Fighting Game Community is huge on modding their arcade sticks, and that is why we made the Razer Atrox extremely mod friendly. We are excited to see what extreme mods the Razer Atrox will be the base for."
About the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox 360®
Arcade gaming has come a long way since its glory days- an era woven into the fabric of gaming history as one that paved the way for innovation, and also one that brought us bittersweet nostalgia. Hours spent at the arcade honed the gamer in you; for every coin you inserted, every combo you executed, every hit you took, and every ultra you unleashed in return - you became a better player. And this is the approach we took when designing the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick.
Years upon years of collective gaming experience from pro-gamers and you, the Razer community, have culminated in the ultimate Arcade Stick for the Xbox 360. Engineered and refined to perfection through countless prototypes and an extensive beta testing phase, the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is crafted to allow advanced modification - With internals and storage easily accessible at the touch of a button, the joystick, all 10 buttons and the top panel are fully interchangeable for full customizability. And that's just the beginning.
Featuring genuine Sanwa hardware and an ergonomically authentic arcade layout, the Razer Atrox represents the pinnacle of precision and reliability and is the definitive Arcade Stick for tournament-grade gaming.
Forged from the fires of an arcade gaming legacy, the Razer Atrox is, in the most primeval sense, Bred to Fight.
U.S. $199.99 / EU EUR199.99
Razerzone.com - Pre Order on 21(st) May 2013
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Worldwide - June 2013
-- 10 tournament-grade Sanwa buttons
-- Authentic Sanwa joystick with ball top and additional bat top
-- Interchangeable top plate allows for custom artwork finishes
-- Fully accessible internals and storage compartments for easy modding
-- Honeycomb structure on the inside for easy screw mounting
-- Storage room for alternative bat top joystick and more
-- 13 ft / 4 m detachable USB cable
-- Screwdriver included for modding
-- 2.5 mm audio jack for headset use on Xbox LIVE
For more information about the Razer Atrox, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/atrox.
Razer(TM) is the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems. Founded in 1998, with its headquarters in Carlsbad, California, the company has offices in nine cities around the globe. Used by the most demanding professional gamers who compete in global tournaments, Razer provides gamers with the unfair advantage of cutting-edge technology and award-winning design. We live by our motto: For Gamers. By Gamers.(TM) All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Bang & Olufsen Launches New all-inclusive, Surround Sound Speaker System
Combining compact aesthetics and outstanding acoustic innovation to deliver high-end surround performance in one simple package
STRUER, Denmark and DEERFIELD, Ill., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang & Olufsen, the global provider of high-end custom made audio and video products, today announces the launch of a cutting-edge, surround sound speaker system that presents an entirely new category of speakers to the Bang & Olufsen product portfolio. The BeoLab 14 surround speaker system will revolutionize the marketplace as it is a conveniently packaged, all-inclusive solution that delivers compact aesthetics, exceptional sound quality and a high-end surround sound performance. BeoLab 14 is available in a 4.1 or a 5.1 digital surround sound set up, with up to six individual active speakers, each with its own amplifier, resulting in an unprecedented level of sound quality despite the speakers' compact shape. BeoLab 14 can also be used with all other television brands, so it is non- exclusive to just Bang & Olufsen televisions.
"With its competitive price point, convenient set up, multiple placement options, hallmark design, and robust sound performance, we believe BeoLab 14 will resonate with many music lovers and style seekers who may not yet own a pair of world renowned Bang & Olufsen speakers," states Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. "With the introduction of BeoLab 14, it's never been easier for customers to enjoy home cinema without compromising one's interior decor."
BeoLab 14 builds on Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers' on-going achievements in packing stunning performance into surprisingly small volumes. The satellite speakers are diminutive circles of anodized aluminum with exchangeable fabric covers in a selection of colors, (white, black, silver, dark grey, red and petroleum blue) and integrate easily into even the most stringent interior design schemes. The sculptural subwoofer contains separate amplifiers for all speakers in the system, and delivers bone-bouncing bass from a beguilingly slender footprint. BeoLab 14 comes in a full array of placement options that includes wall and ceiling mounts as well as floor and shelf stands, BeoLab 14 is ready to fit in visually as it stands out acoustically.
BeoLab 14 was designed for consumers who want to add quality surround sound to their home viewing experiences, but still have demanding expectations about their interior design. "The launch of an all-in-one surround speaker system is an important new step for Bang & Olufsen," states Bang & Olufsen CEO, Tue Mantoni. "It builds on our core approach that sound matters in everything that we do. Now we bring genuine Bang & Olufsen sound to anyone who wants the advantages of surround without having to hide away the subwoofer."
BeoLab 14 connects seamlessly to all Bang & Olufsen televisions, but is also just one plug away from lifting any other TV or AV receiver into a new level of sound performance. "Providing easy integration for people who do not own a Bang & Olufsen TV, but still want to achieve a high-quality Bang & Olufsen sound experience, has been a particular focus for the team," adds Mantoni.
Tuned with expert listening panel
The compact new speakers have been put through the same demanding development process as all other Bang & Olufsen products. "BeoLab 14 is the result of a lot of work with our Listening Panel," says Jens Rahbek, Senior Sound Engineer in the R&D department. "Even with the very best components, sound is a subjective experience. We tune our speakers in a process that includes hours of listening - by different people, in different room environments, at different stages of development - in order to achieve sound that is as close as possible to what the original artist intended."
Up to 6 active speakers - each with separate amplifiers
BeoLab 14's strong sonic performance is due to its sculptural subwoofer, with 280 watts of dedicated power for its 8" downward-facing driver, the active sub delivers ample bass tones at the lowest frequencies - (down to 26 hz). The stylish sub also contains connections for five active satellite speakers (along with five individual 140 watt amplifiers with separate equalizers for each of them), a very capable Digital Signal Processor, Adaptive Bass Linearization (for cultivated bass, no matter what the peaks), room adaptation switch, line sense, Power Link connections for Bang & Olufsen components, and an A/V multi-connector for other components.
Bang & Olufsen separates the satellite speakers' active 2.5" treble and midrange drivers from their dedicated amplifiers, which results a rich, large sound experience that can fill an entire room, while occupying minimum physical space. Just under 16 cm in diameter, the satellite speakers are just as impressive to decorate with as they are to listen to. The closed cabinet construction is built around a milled aluminum frame - just like the systems Bang & Olufsen creates for Audi, BMW and Aston Martin - to eliminate resonance with style and precision.
BeoLab 14 is available in two versions: one with subwoofer and four satellite speakers (for Bang & Olufsen TVs, whose on-board speakers function as the center speaker in a surround setup), the other with subwoofer and five satellite speakers for all other brands.
The new BeoLab 14 surround sound speaker system is available at Bang & Olufsen stores worldwide in June 2013. MSRP is $3995 USD (for 4.1 solution) and $4395 USD for the (5.1 solution).
Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.
Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move.
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DreamWorks Animation Makes Mobile History With the Turbo Racing League App and the $1,000,000 Shell-Out
GLENDALE, Calif, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) redefines a snail's pace and makes mobile history with the action-packed Turbo Racing League App and the $1,000,000 Shell-Out Contest Presented By Verizon. The game, which is inspired by DreamWorks Animation's upcoming summer film Turbo about a snail who gains super-speed, will feature the first contest of its kind to shell-out one million dollars in total cash prizes.
The Turbo Racing League App from DreamWorks Animation and PikPok® features the thrill of racing in the palm of your hands and is available on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android handsets and tablets, and Windows Phone 8. Players can rocket to the finish line like shell on wheels as they drift around corners, perform crazy stunts, collect tomatoes and grind rails to earn performance upgrades and improve their race times. The game is available on all mobile carriers, however, fans who play the game on a Verizon device will have access to exclusive content from the film as well as unique game customization options and insider tips and tricks on game play.
"Turbo Racing League perfectly captures the high-octane excitement of the film, and players of all skill levels will love the detail and depth that went into creating this addictive racing game," said DreamWorks Animation Head of Global Interactive Chris Hewish. "The basic game play is easy enough for everyone to enjoy, but the added complexities of the advanced maneuvers and the $1,000,000 Shell-Out will have racers vying for a lot more than bragging rights!"
To compete for real cash prizes in the $1,000,000 Shell-Out Presented By Verizon, eligible* players must achieve Daily Goals or obtain sufficient tomatoes throughout the game to unlock access into the weekly Contest. Once in the race, players can show off their driving skills on specific Contest race tracks during an eight week qualifying period of weekly Preliminary Races starting on May 16, 2013 and continuing until July 7, 2013. Each week, the ten fastest racers will win cash prizes up to $25,000.
Each of the eight weekly first place finishers will earn an invitation to the Grand Finale Race Event in Los Angeles to compete against each other for the chance to earn the title of Turbo Racing League Champion and the Grand Prize of $250,000! The final race will be held in Los Angeles on July 17, 2013, in conjunction with the theatrical premiere of Turbo.
The Turbo Racing League App features:
-- Nine Unique Race Tracks to Test Your Skills
-- Special Race Events: Time Trials, Limited Fuel, Slalom and Rival Races
-- Thousands of Performance and Design Combinations: Shell Upgrades, New
Paint Jobs and Neon Glows
-- Leaderboards highlighting how you rank against your friends and all the
-- Ability to record your greatest race moments, watch on instant replay
and share with your friends
-- Optional Facebook and Twitter posting to show off your pimped-out Shell
and best scores
*Turbo Racing League $1,000,000 Shell-Out Contest begins on May 16, 2013 and ends on July 17, 2013. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Airtime, message & data rates may apply for app download & use. US Adults only. VOID in AZ, IA, LA, ND and VT. Age restrictions and other eligibility requirements apply. For complete Contest eligibility requirements, rules, terms and conditions, please visit: http://www.turbomovie.com/shelloutrules.html. Sponsors: DreamWorks Animation LLC, 1000 Flower Street, Glendale, CA 91201 and Prodigy Design Limited/Pik Pok- Level 7, Willbank House, 57 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand.
Racing into theaters from Twentieth Century Fox on July 17, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big - and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world's fastest race. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 26 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.
PikPok is a leading publisher of great games across mobile, tablet and desktop. With a portfolio of original, licensed, and third party developed properties, PikPok delivers games that appeal to all consumers with pick-up-and-play gameplay, high-quality art, and immersive audio design which provide rich game experiences. PikPok has released multiple critically and commercially successful games including the popular Flick Kick® series, BAFTA nominated Super Monsters Ate My Condo(TM), Slam Dunk King(TM), Into the Dead(TM) and more. Steal a moment, and play a game from PikPok. For more information on PikPok, please visit http://www.pikpok.com and http://www.facebook.com/pikpokgames.
Mortenson, Hunt and Saunders Collaborate Using Textura on Denver International Airport's South Terminal Redevelopment Program
Three Industry Leading Contractors Form Tri-Venture and Rely on Textura Construction Payment Management to Increase Efficiency.
CHICAGO, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Textura Corporation, the leading provider of collaboration solutions for the construction industry, announced that a tri-venture formed by three leading General Contractors, Mortenson Construction, Hunt Construction Group and Saunders Construction, Inc., increased collaboration using Textura's solutions while working on Denver International Airport's South Terminal Redevelopment Program (STRP).
"The three contractors were awarded different parts of the contract but decided it would be more efficient to work together," said Stuart Williams, South Terminal Redevelopment Program Manager, Denver International Airport. "They needed a solution that would allow them to increase visibility, make the approval process more efficient and speed up the payment process. All the parties involved use a variety of different solutions for different purposes, and they selected Textura to allow them to collectively increase collaboration."
Textura-CPM connects all the project stakeholders online, reducing paperwork associated with a construction project and automating inefficient manual processes. By centralizing the information in a single database, project collaborators have access to more accurate information in real-time, an essential feature of success for a project as large and complex as the South Terminal Redevelopment Program.
The $544 million South Terminal Redevelopment Program is comprised of three independent, yet physically integrated, projects. The STRP includes the design and construction of a 519-room Westin hotel and conference center, a public transit center that includes a Regional Transportation District commuter rail station and a public plaza that will serve as a venue for entertainment, art, relaxation and restaurants.
"Textura is extremely proud to be a part of this monumental project," said Patrick Allin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Textura Corporation. "It's a testament to the power of our solutions that the Denver International Airport and three of the nation's top contractors selected Textura to help them increase efficiency and collaboration for this major undertaking."
About DIA South Terminal Redevelopment Program
Denver International Airport's $544 million South Terminal Redevelopment Program marks the continuation of the original vision of the airport. The Program will create an on-site hotel and a public transit center that will accommodate a rail line connecting DIA with downtown's Denver Union Station. Visit http://www.flydenver.com/southterminalredevelopmentprogram for more information.
Textura is the leading provider of collaboration and productivity tools for the construction industry. Our solutions serve all construction industry professionals across the project lifecycle - from takeoff, estimating, design and pre-qualification to bid management, submittals, LEED(¨) management and payment - on a single, integrated platform.
Textura's collaboration platform and online product suite represent the first time the industry has all the tools needed to manage their business in an integrated fashion to save time and money and reduce exposure to risks. With award winning technology, world-class customer support and consistent growth, Textura is leading the construction industry's technology transformation. http://www.texturacorp.com
King Builds on the Success of Candy Crush Saga Unleashing its Top 10 Facebook Game, Pet Rescue Saga, on Mobile this Summer
King announces it now has more than 70 million daily players across all platforms and three top 10 Facebook games
SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- King, the world's leading cross-platform, bite-sized games company, today announces that it is releasing its popular, top 10 Facebook game, Pet Rescue Saga, on mobile early this summer. The game, which is the third largest overall game on Facebook with more than 6 million daily players (DAU), will be available on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and on Google Play for Android devices. Pet Rescue Saga becomes King's third Saga game to be released on mobile and will further position the company as a leader in mobile games alongside their hit mobile title, Candy Crush Saga, which is one of the most popular titles across Android and iOS in many major markets seeing over 500 million gameplays a day on mobile alone.
The company also announced that has more than 70 million daily players across all platforms. The company currently has three top 10 Facebook games with Candy Crush Saga (15.5M DAU), Pet Rescue Saga (6M DAU) and Farm Heroes Saga (4.8M DAU). King's games have taken the number one application and game slot on Facebook and top grossing app positions on iOS and Android, clocking over 21 billion gameplays per month across mobile, social and online.
"We are completely humbled to have three of our games among the top 10 on Facebook and seeing that our games are attracting over 70 million daily players and 21 billion gameplays a month across all platforms," said Riccardo Zacconi, CEO and co-founder of King. "Pet Rescue Saga's fun puzzle challenges have proven to be extremely popular since its release in October. The game quickly became one of the most prevalent games on Facebook and is one we are confident will translate well to mobile."
Pet Rescue Saga will launch on mobile with over 72 levels, providing a seamless gameplay experience across mobile and Facebook. Players will be able to play the game anywhere, anytime - ensuring their leaderboards, scores and progress are fully synchronized regardless of device.
Pet Rescue Saga features more than 10 cute, animated pets in dire need of help from all kinds of mayhem across a fantastic Saga land that includes both fairytale and urban landscapes. Boosters allow gamers to clear columns or individual blocks in various ways to make their way through each episode, which includes 5-10 different types of puzzle levels. Players must remove the required number of blocks or save enough pets to move on to the next level. To play Pet Rescue Saga now on Facebook in preparation for the launch on mobile, please visit http://Apps.facebook.com/petrescuesaga.
King is the world leader in cross-platform, bite-sized games, with more than 21 billion gameplays per month globally. King offers 150 exclusive games in 14 languages through mobile, Facebook and the website http://www.king.com. The company has offices in London, Stockholm, Barcelona, Bucharest, Hamburg, Malta, Malmo and San Francisco. For more information, visit http://about.king.com.
Nexon and Crytek Sign Deal to Operate Warface in Japan
TOKYO and FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Crytek and Nexon continue expanding the Warface
brand across Asia
Crytek is set to further expand the Asian audience for their free-to-play FPS,
Warface, announcing today that they will be partnering with leading online publisher NEXON
Co. Ltd to bring the game to PC players in Japan.
"Expanding Warface to Japan is a very important step for us," said Cevat Yerli, CEO &
President of Crytek. "Since it's a global IP, this move perfectly underlines our strategy
in sharing the game's unique action with gamers around the world. Nexon is a very trusted
partner; they have shown us tremendous results in South Korea, where Warface just entered
Open Beta after receiving highly positive feedback from gamers during Closed Beta, and we
are sure that they will play a key role in ensuring Warface's success in Japan as well."
The news that Warface will be coming to Japan is yet another achievement for both
Crytek and the game's publishers after hitting ten million users in Russia and successful
Closed Beta phases in Europe and South Korea.
SADA Systems is now a provider of "Customer Success Services (CSS) for Google Apps, approved by Google."
LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SADA Systems announces it is now a provider of "Customer Success Services (CSS) for Google Apps, approved by Google."
In order for SADA Systems to deliver CSS, SADA must meet essential criteria as a Google Apps Premier Reseller, specified by Google, for delivering a consistently high standard of support and advisory services for Google Apps. SADA can now offer Google Enterprise's high-caliber services offering, which includes enhanced technical support, proactive communication, advice and consultancy for Google Apps.
SADA's approach merges long-time experience in technical support and ongoing account management with Google Apps deployment expertise. A few of SADA's CSS services includes the provisioning of 24x7x365 Helpdesk support, proactive change management strategies, regular service reviews and 3 tiers of escalation assistance. A dedicated Account Manager from SADA will oversee the delivery of each of these elements to ensure the customer has the best possible Google Apps experience.
"SADA is proud to be a Google Apps Premier Reseller eligible to provide this service to our current and future enterprise clients," said Tony Safoian, President and CEO of SADA Systems. "Our participation in the CSS for Google Apps program is part of our commitment to being optimally aligned with Google to ensure our clients' success and satisfaction with Google Apps."
About SADA Systems
Founded in 2000, SADA Systems, Inc. is a privately-held global leader in providing cloud computing and strategic IT solutions to organizations worldwide. SADA is a Google Apps Premier Enterprise Reseller and Microsoft Partner holding Gold Competency with proven expertise in enterprise consulting, cloud platform migration, custom application development and change management services.
Listed on INC 5000 America's Fastest Growing Private Companies 5 years straight and ranked Top 20 in Los Angeles Business Journal Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies, SADA prides itself on continuous innovation, strong partnerships and exceptional service.
For more information, visit http://www.SADASystems.com.
Axcelis Receives Significant Order For High Performance Upgrade From Leading Chip Manufacturer
BEVERLY, Mass., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACLS), a leading supplier of enabling ion implantation solutions for the semiconductor industry, announced today that it has received a multiple system upgrade order from a leading semiconductor manufacturer based in Asia for Axcelis' new GSD Series High Performance End Station upgrade, designed to significantly enhance system productivity and process performance. The order is valued over $1.4 million. The foundry deployed the upgrade to increase manufacturing capacity in order to meet customer demand, and immediately realize lower operating costs.
"For over 35 years, Axcelis has been committed to providing long term value to our customers," said Robert Mahoney, vice president, global service solutions and quality for Axcelis. "Our award winning Global Support Solutions program is designed to optimize implanter productivity and process capabilities, to maximize the return on their capital investment. A key component of this program is our Performance Upgrades program, which allow for the continuous improvement of our customers' installed base. The new High Performance End Station upgrade is doing just that, with customers in high volume production reporting significantly improved productivity, higher reliability, measurably reduced particulate levels and enhanced yield."
High Performance End Station Upgrade
The GSD Series High Performance End Station upgrade is one of over 1,000 Axcelis upgrades designed to increase productivity, improve yield, reduce cost of ownership and extend system lifecycle. The High Performance End Station upgrade includes innovative new in-vacuum wafer handling hardware that reduces wafer transfer time for increased productivity, and improves wafer handling precision and repeatability which greatly influence yield. New features also streamline set-up and alignment for ease of maintenance. This upgrade is available for the GSD platform high current and high energy systems, as well as many SEN implanters. For more information this upgrade, and many others, please visit the company's Knowledge Center or contact an Axcelis account representative.
Axcelis (Nasdaq: ACLS), headquartered in Beverly, Mass., has been providing innovative, high-productivity solutions for the semiconductor industry for over 35 years. Axcelis is dedicated to developing enabling process applications through the design, manufacture and complete life cycle support of ion implantation systems, one of the most critical and enabling steps in the IC manufacturing process. The Company's Internet address is: http://www.axcelis.com.
New Approach to Website Security: High-Tech Bridge launches ImmuniWeb® Beta
GENEVA, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
High-Tech Bridge SA, a leading Swiss information security company recognized as one of
the market leaders and best service providers in the ethical hacking industry by Frost &
Sullivan in 2012, is pleased to introduce ImmuniWeb(R) Beta [http://portal.htbridge.com ].
ImmuniWeb(R) [https://www.htbridge.com/immuniweb ] is a next-generation web
application security assessment solution with Software-as-a-Service delivery model. It is
a unique hybrid of cutting-edge web security scanner and accurate manual web application
Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of High-Tech Bridge, says: "Today many SMBs are unfairly
prevented from securing their websites due to budget, internal technical skills or
administrative restrictions. We are glad to launch our innovative SaaS ImmuniWeb(R) that
enables SMBs to secure their websites in simple, efficient and cost-affordable manner.
Starting today the service will run in Beta mode during some time in order to get feedback
from our customers and probably add some additional features and options they will
Marsel Nizamutdinov, Chief Security Research Officer, adds: "I am very glad that after
several years of our hard work we can finally announce the launch of ImmuniWeb(R). This
will enable anyone to benefit from our skills, experience and research
[https://www.htbridge.com/pages/research ] in the domain of web application security.
Moreover, other similar products that make information security simple, efficient and fair
are currently being developed. Our Corporate Management invests a lot into Research and
Development and will continue to do so in the future to assure permanent growth and
Frederic Bourla, Chief Security Specialist, comments: "According to the recent ISTR
2013 study from Symantec, SMEs are now clearly a prime target for hackers. In 2012
businesses with fewer than 250 employees were targeted by nearly one third of worldwide
cyber-attacks, which is approximately twice as much as the previous year. And from our own
experience those figures are probably slightly lower than the reality in Switzerland, so
we are now pleased to offer SMEs the opportunity to address this trend."
ImmuniWeb(R) Beta is currently available to the holders of Invite Codes distributed by
High-Tech Bridge. It is also possible to leave a request for Invite Code on ImmuniWeb(R)
The World's First 4K Smart TV with Google TV Software
HONG KONG, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited ("TCL Multimedia" or "the Group", HKSE stock code: 01070) is pleased to announce that the Group's new 4K Ultra High Definition TV will be available for customers with the latest Google TV software. MoVo UD, TCL's 4K Smart TV with Google TV, was demoed at the 2013 Google I/O conference.
MoVo UD is 4K by 2K ultra high definition TV and will be available for customers later this year. MoVo UD will be powered by the new version of Google TV with the latest Android 4.2.2 that was unveiled at the 2013 Google I/O. The device will have applications and features including Google Voice Search, Chrome, Google Play and YouTube.
Mr. Zhao Zhongyao, Chief Executive Officer of TCL Multimedia, said, "The core value of TCL brand is to introduce innovation and creativity into life, bringing the ultimate pleasure to consumers. Looking ahead, TCL will continue to enhance its core competence by capitalizing its cutting edge product technologies and innovations."
About TCL Multimedia
Headquartered in China, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (HKSE stock code: 01070) is one of the leading players in the global TV industry. TCL Multimedia is engaged in the R&D, manufacturing and distribution of consumer electronic products comprising television and audio visual products. Its ultimate holding company is TCL Corporation. According to the latest DisplaySearch report, the Group's global LCD TV market share increased from 4.8% in 2011 to 5.8% in 2012, and thereby lifted its ranking to No.4. The Group has ranked No.1 in the PRC LCD TV market with a market share of 18.0%.
Gameloft Announces its First Three Games with Google Play Game Services
Modern Combat 4 Update Live Today on the Google Play Store - Dungeon Hunter 4 and Asphalt 7 Updates Coming Soon
PARIS, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Gameloft(R), a leading global publisher of digital and social games, today announced
that three of its popular games will be made compatible with the newly announced Google
Play game services from Google. Google Play game services will enhance the Android gaming
ecosystem, bringing global leaderboards, achievements, and advanced social features.
Gameloft's popular FPS, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is the first Gameloft title to receive
these new features, and is available today on the Google Play store. Dungeon Hunter 4 and
Asphalt 7: Heat will also be updated with Game Services in the coming weeks.
"Working closely with Google, we have leveraged these new tools to enhance the game
experience for our millions of Android players," says Baudouin Corman, Vice President of
Publishing for the Americas. "The new Google Play game services give players more options
to connect with their friends and share their gaming experiences. We're thrilled to be
part of the launch."
Google I/O attendees can get a first glimpse of the new versions of Modern Combat 4:
Zero Hour and Asphalt 7: Heat on the show floor. The two titles, with Google Play game
services integration, will be showcased at a Gameloft kiosk during the event.
A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established
itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for
all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets, set-top boxes and
connected TVs. Gameloft operates its own established franchises such as Asphalt(R), Real
Football(R), Modern Combat and Order & Chaos(R), and also partners with major rights
holders including Marvel(R), Hasbro(R), FOX(R), Mattel(R) and Ferrari(R). Gameloft is
present on all continents, distributes its games in over 100 countries and employs over
Gameloft is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (NYSE Euronext: GFT.PA, Bloomberg: GFT FP,
Reuters: GLFT.PA). Gameloft's sponsored Level 1 ADR (ticker: GLOFY) is traded OTC in the
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LG Electronics to Update Google TV with Latest Android Jelly Bean OS
With Support for the Android NDK, LG Smart TV with Google TV Will Provide Access to Larger, More Diverse Selection of Apps and Games
SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics today announced that its Google TVs will be updated with the latest version of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS). LG is showcasing Google TVs with the new operating system at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week.
Available in the third quarter, the update will enable customers to enjoy more applications, including games that provide a greater level of interactivity and advanced graphics.
In addition to boosting overall performance, the latest Jelly Bean update supports the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), so LG Google TV owners can have the widest, most diverse selection of apps to choose from. Smartphone apps designed using the NDK will run on LG Google TV with little to no modifications. With NDK compatibility, users can now play more games on the bigger LG Google TV screen. This level of compatibility makes it easier for developers to enter the burgeoning Smart TV app market.
"LG Google TVs with the latest Jelly Bean operating system and NDK support will deliver an enhanced user experience and access to more great apps," said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of the LG Home Entertainment Company. "In addition to enabling users to enjoy advanced Android apps, the latest OS will also provide developers with new opportunities in the Smart TV arena."
Users will also benefit from LG's exceptional remote control options, which will make it easier to interact with the vast amount of content available on LG Google TV. In addition to the intuitive functionality of its Magic Remote Qwerty, LG will introduce a free remote control app that can turn any Android smartphone or tablet into a two-handed, touch-sensitive game controller. LG's new controller app is the ideal control solution for the large number of interactive games set to arrive on the upgraded Google TV platform as it provides a level of control necessary to play more complex games such as football and racing simulations.
The latest update will also include LG's patented "3D Game Changer," bringing a dimension to interactive games never seen before. The LG 3D Game Changer feature produces a fully immersive effect by displaying 2D games in enhanced 3D mode, for an effect previously available only in movies filmed with 3D equipment.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be available as an over-the-air download for existing LG Google TVs in the United States starting in the third quarter.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances and business solutions, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
Chef Domenico Fabiano Announced as Featured Chef for the Dine Boston Visiting Chef Program at the AIRMALL® at BOS
- Chef and Owner of Arturo's Ristorante Cooks Up Authentic Italian Cuisine at the Airport; Kick-Off Event to be Held at Dine Boston in Terminal E Landside on May 22, 2013 -
BOSTON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting this May, travelers at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) can savor authentic Italian cuisine from Chef Domenico Fabiano, chef and owner of Arturo's Ristorante. AIRMALL® USA, developer of the leading airport concessions model in North America and operator of the AIRMALL at BOS, is pleased to announce that Fabiano is the latest chef to join the Dine Boston Visiting Chef Program, which showcases New England chefs' specialties for a three-month period at the airport restaurant.
The media is invited to attend a complimentary lunch and welcome event at Dine Boston that will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Dine Boston is conveniently located pre-security in the AIRMALL® in Terminal E, which means airport visitors and airline passengers alike can enjoy Chef Fabiano's Italian fare.
"Arturo Ristorante has been serving old world Italian food with a modern flair for more than 30 years, and Chef Fabiano is known for treating guests at his restaurant like family," said Michael Caro, vice president for AIRMALL USA. "The AIRMALL at BOS and Dine Boston are very pleased that travelers can enjoy classic Italian favorites from Chef Fabiano as part of the Dine Boston Visiting Chef Program."
Located in Westborough, Arturo's Ristorante serves fresh and authentic Italian cuisine. This neighborhood trattoria is a spacious Italian restaurant featuring an open kitchen, a busy bar with cool lighting, and comfortable seating. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant's extensive menu has everything from sandwiches, pizzas and house made soups to fresh seafood pasta dishes and top quality steaks.
Fabiano learned to cook from his native Italian parents and has continued their tradition of making everything from scratch and using only the freshest ingredients available. Chef enjoys spending time every day with his guests in the dining room at Arturo, and he appreciates the personal connections he makes with his guests. Giving back to the community is important to Fabiano and Arturo's. The annual "Arturo's Fusion Sunday" charity event raises money to support the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance and has helped raise more than $60,000 in three years. Chef also supports the Pink Revolution, benefiting breast cancer research and patient care at Umass Memorial Worcester.
At Dine Boston, Chef Fabiano's menu will consist of a first course that includes an insalata caprese with house made fresh mozzarella, vine ripe tomatoes, balsamic glaze, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper; or a salad trio featuring three salads over a bed of mixed field greens, and includes beet and mandarin orange; hot and sweet corn and zucchini; and tomato, feta, cucumber and mint salad. Entree selections include wild mushroom ravioli made with fresh pasta ravioli stuffed with wild mushrooms and cheeses, tossed with asparagus and roasted peppers in a portabella cream sauce; or pizza arugula with a thin layer of fresh garlic and mozzarella cheese, topped with a fresh salad of arugula, diced tomatoes, kalamata olives, shaved red onion and asiago tossed with house made balsamic vinaigrette. Dessert is Tiramisu made from a family recipe of espresso-soaked lady fingers layered with mascarpone cream dusted with cocoa powder.
The Dine Boston Visiting Chef Program, founded by Dine Boston, enables renowned New England chefs to "moonlight" at the restaurant and create a special menu for visitors. Past chefs featured in the Dine Boston Visiting Chef Program include Camilo Diaz and Sari Abul-Jubein from Casablanca; Chris Douglass from ICARUS; Erwin Ramos from Ole Mexican Grill; BJ Salazar of Sel de la Terre; Marisa Iocco from Spiga; Jose Duarte of Taranta; Rachel Klein of Aura; Richard Garcia of 606 Congress, Alexandre Alvarenga of Chama Grill and Andy Husbands of Tremont 647.
PLEASE NOTE: Complimentary lunch will be served to the media on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Dine Boston, which is located in Terminal E (pre-security). Parking is free in the Terminal E Limo Lot. Interviews with AIRMALL USA, Chef Fabiano and Dine Boston are available. Media attending the event who park in the designated parking lot in an unmarked car must post a sign in their windshield identifying their vehicle as a media vehicle. Please RSVP to confirm attendance and interviews by contacting Jennifer O'Rourke at 412-642-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About AIRMALL® USA, Inc.
AIRMALL® USA, Inc. is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Pittsburgh International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport (terminals B and E), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The leading airport concessions model in North America, AIRMALL USA continues to post among the highest per-passenger spends on the continent and consistently receives accolades for innovation and customer service. AIRMALL USA is owned by Prospect Capital Corporation, a leading New York investment company founded in 1988. For more information on AIRMALL USA, visit http://www.airmallusa.com.
MaaS360 Delivers First Enterprise Mobility Management Accessible through Google Glass
Enables interactive visualization, monitoring and control across mobile devices, apps and documents
PHILADELPHIA, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fiberlink(®), the leader in cloud-based enterprise mobility management (EMM), today announced that its MaaS360 platform supports the ability to monitor a mobile IT environment and perform actions directly through Google Glass.
MaaS360 through Google Glass now delivers unprecedented ways to interact with real-time data about mobile devices, and ensures devices and apps are in compliance with corporate security policies. With Google Glass, MaaS360 information is displayed through a revolutionary new interface, with the ability to take real-time device actions such as lock, locate and wipe simply through voice commands or hand gestures. IT can even send messages to users instantly without booting up a laptop or touching their tablet or smartphone.
Through Google Glass, MaaS360 services can be enabled simply by entering customer account and authentication information. This provides IT administrators with instant access to manage the most complex mobile environments while being mobile themselves.
Using MaaS360 through Google Glass:
-- Traveling employees notify their IT department that they lost their
smartphone used for work. Without delay, the IT administrator
immediately asks Google Glass to locate the lost device, and a map
instantly appears on the virtual screen displaying its location at the
-- When a corporate tablet containing sensitive financial information is
stolen, the IT administrator takes quick action through Google Glass to
resolve the potential data leak problem by securely removing the
data--all done while the administrator is walking down the street.
-- An IT administrator checks the MaaS360 Alert Center through Google Glass
and discovers that a new device on the network is out of compliance with
security policies. Instead of waiting for the user to call asking why
they no longer have access to corporate resources, the IT administrator
uses voice commands to instantly send a message with instructions on how
to remediate the issue.
"Google Glass is a great example of how IT can adopt innovative technology to enhance the management and enablement of the mobile workplace," said Frank Schloendorn, director of Android ecosystem at Fiberlink. "The ability to literally see your mobile environment right before your eyes and know that users, devices, applications and corporate documents are safe is a wonderful feeling. The freedom to take action on the go and help someone at any time, all by looking through Google Glass, is an amazing experience. It's just plain cool."
MaaS360 by Fiberlink simplifies mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and secure document sharing in the BYOD era. Trusted by businesses large and small, universities and government agencies worldwide, MaaS360 enables mobile policies that boost productivity, protect employee privacy, and secure sensitive data across smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Built on a highly scalable, cloud platform, MaaS360's on-demand mobility management can be deployed in minutes and seamlessly integrates with existing infrastructure, extending enterprise systems to a mobile environment. Backed by 20 years of experience and the most responsive customer service in the industry, MaaS360 helps organizations transform business operations and reduce the costs of supporting the expanding mobile workforce. To learn more and get started, visit http://www.maas360.com
Winnebago Industries Offers Rand McNally Navigation in 2014 Model Motorhomes
Award-winning navigation available via XiteSolutions North America's all new 10.4" Dual Monitor Infotainment System
FOREST CITY, Iowa, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, has selected Rand McNally as its exclusive provider of mapping and routing services for its 2014 motorhomes. Rand McNally's award-winning RV GPS navigation will be featured as part of the new X1 family of infotainment systems from XiteSolutions North America, available in Winnebago, Itasca and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes. Winnebago Industries has chosen the new X1S 6" and the industry first, X1DM 10.4" Infotainment Systems. With a 10.4" display the X1 DM offers the largest integrated, in-dash OEM solution in the RV market today.
"Our Winnebago Industries motorhome owners expect the best from us. We've partnered with the navigation industry's best - Rand McNally - to provide navigation and routing information specific to RV travel, providing RV-specific stops along the way and enhancing the trip experience," said Russ Garfin, Product Manager, Winnebago Industries.
Rand McNally's RV software includes:
-- Specialized routing and turn-by-turn spoken directions in the U.S. and
Canada for 11 different classes of RV
-- Navigation based on legal and physical restrictions, such as height,
width, weight limits and propane restrictions, and the ability to favor
right- or left-hand turns depending on motorhome class
-- Warnings for speed limit changes, sharp curves, dirt roads, and other
-- Millions of points of interest including those specialized for RVs: RV
Campgrounds with detailed amenities, RV dealers and maintenance
facilities, dump stations, rest stops, travel centers, pet-friendly
locations, and more
-- RV Checklists/Maintenance Logs/Trails
-- Rand McNally featured road trips, including Best of the Road®, Regional
Trips, Scenic Tours and Weekend Getaways
-- 2D/3D Maps with Junction View
-- Multi-stop route optimization
-- User-configurable warnings to assist in creating detours, choosing to
permanently avoid road segments, and receiving warnings for upcoming
hazards such as bridges and construction
"Being selected as the exclusive GPS provider by industry leaders such as Winnebago Industries and XiteSolutions North America recognizes the routing expertise and superior user experience that Rand McNally has developed," said Dave Muscatel, CEO, Rand McNally. "The features of the X1 Family products, including our navigation, will add value to Winnebago Industries' premier motorhomes, helping make the driving experience even more enjoyable."
The new infotainment system provided by XiteSolutions North America, XSG2-X1DM, is an industry first, providing a 10.4-inch in dash monitor with a secondary monitor for more viewing options. It features all of today's popular entertainment features plus, outside temperature and compass display, on-screen camera management and more. XiteSolutions North America X1 family of Infotainment Systems and Rand McNally's OEM software program are distributed exclusively through RiverPark, Inc. based in Elkhart, Indiana.
"We believe that our new X1 family of infotainment coupled with the power of Rand McNally's industry best navigation experience will provide the ultimate in-dash tools for today's RVers," said Craig Smith, President of XiteSolutions North America. "Winnebago Industries' choice to offer Rand McNally's RV software as its exclusive navigation along with our new X1 products shows their commitment to bringing their customers a dynamic new motorhome driving experience and value."
About Winnebago Industries, Inc. - "The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes(®)", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company and its subsidiary build quality motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses under the Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach, SunnyBrook and Metro brand names. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award's inception in 1996.
About Rand McNally - Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content. Products and services include: Road travel review site bestoftheroad.com; America's #1 Road Atlas; RVND(TM) GPS for RVers; IntelliRoute® truck routing software and navigation devices; TPC 7600 and TND(TM) 760 mobile fleet management solutions for the transportation industry; and leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom. randmcnally.com
IntelliRoute and Rand McNally are registered trademarks and TND and RVND are trademarks of RM Acquisition, LLC d/b/a Rand McNally.
About XiteSolutions North America, Inc. - XiteSolutions North America develops integrated in-vehicle entertainment and information systems for the automotive, recreational vehicle and commercial markets. http://www.xsna.ca.
New mophie juice pack plus Delivers Twice the Power to iPhone 5
Battery adds 120 percent extra "juice" in an ultra thin case
SANTA ANA, Calif., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, mophie announced the availability of the juice pack plus for iPhone 5, its third battery case engineered for the newest generation of iPhone. Joining the already-available juice pack helium and juice pack air, the mophie juice pack plus packs the most on-demand power for the iPhone 5, with enough juice to more than double the battery life of the device on one charge. The case also delivers edge to edge protection for the iPhone 5, cushioning the device from the wear, tear, drops and slips of everyday use.
"We've been pushing our engineering and design process to release a family of battery solutions for the iPhone 5 with solid protection and sleek design," said Ross Howe, vice president, marketing at mophie. "We know mophie fans use their iPhone for every aspect of their life, from business and entertainment to travel and social media and mophie offers solutions for every level of demand that users put on their device."
The mophie juice pack plus is made for the user who puts their iPhone 5 through the paces morning to night, maxing out features, apps, video, email and web browsing while on-the-go. The case features a 2100mAh battery, translating to an added 120 percent of extra battery life and offers the most power of mophie's battery case solutions for the iPhone 5 to date. For protection, the juice pack plus' dual-injected sleeve is engineered with a shockproof band and anti scratch guides to help buffer the impact of falls.
Available now for $119.95 at mophie.com, the juice pack plus for iPhone 5 comes in three colors, monochromatic soft touch black, glossy white and metallic red in collaboration with Product (RED).
-- Longest Battery Life to Date--Featuring a 2100mAh battery, the juice
pack plus provides an added 120 percent of extra battery to do more with
their iPhone 5
-- Up to 10 additional hours talk time on 3G
-- Up to 12 additional hours internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 on 3G
-- Up to 50 hours additional audio playback
-- Up to 12 hours video playback
-- Lightning Pass Through--Simple lightning pass-through enables users to
charge the iPhone 5 and juice pack together with the included micro USB
-- Listening Made Easy--With the movement of the headphone jack to the
bottom of the device, we've included an earphone adaptor to keep on your
earphones at all times for convenient listening, anytime, anywhere
-- On Demand Charging--The flip of a switch allows for users to toggle
between charging and standby, allowing the user to benefit from the
battery when needed
-- LED Battery Indicator--A discreet LED light panel tells you exactly how
much "juice" is available in the case at the push of a button, and
blinks for 30-seconds when lightening cable is connected
-- Fast Charge--Charging output has been upgraded from .5A to 1A which
delivers a faster charge to your iPhone 5
For additional information regarding the new juice pack plus and the full juice pack for iPhone 5 selection, please visit http://www.mophie.com.
mophie is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of accessories that let consumers do more with their portable devices. From the action sports enthusiast to the business professional, student and outdoorsman, mophie products fit into the lives of those who rely on smartphones and tablets to stay connected. mophie products are available in more than 100 countries, and can be purchased in Apple stores worldwide, AT&T, Best Buy, Verizon, Sprint, and on http://www.mophie.com. Follow mophie on Twitter, Facebook or on Instagram.
Chris Brown Launches New Social Media-Driven Entertainment App Exclusively on the App Store
LONDON and LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Expanding his already teeming social media activity, Chris Brown today unveils The
Chris Brown Channel App exclusively on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The
Chris Brown Channel is a new kind of entertainment app, integrating social media with a
continual stream of fresh content, connecting with fans in a more immediate, more
intimate, more interactive way.
"I am so excited to get closer to my fans - to bring them into my world, hearing from
me directly, in my own words wherever I am, whenever they want," said Chris Brown.
"Through my channel app they can be part of my music, my art and my life, day in and day
The Chris Brown Channel encompasses all facets of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter
, artist, actor and model: from music to art, style to philanthropy. With the capacity to
broadcast live, Chris controls the content, both planned and spontaneous, sharing his
experiences on the fly and offering viewers a true inside glimpse - whether in the studio,
in live video chats with friends, or on the road.
Supported by a dedicated creative and content team, the channel also features photos,
posts and news. Fans will be able to interact with Chris, take part in polls (potentially
even choosing which song he sings first for a show).
The Chris Brown Channel will integrate Chris's existing social media activity - his
posts on Facebook (30 million Likes) and tweets via Twitter (12.5 million Followers).
The Chris Brown Channel App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad
and iPod touch or at http://www.AppStore.com. Additional content is available via
The Chris Brown Channel is facilitated by Entrago, a UK and L.A.-based media company
that develops and manages entertainment channels with innovation and dynamic programming
that provides greater engagement between consumers, celebrities and brands.
The Chris Brown Channel
CONTACT: For more information please contact: email@example.com / +44-(0)20-7380-8000
Kazunori Yamauchi announces new game at Gran Turismo 15th anniversary event; 70 million franchise figure was also revealed
SILVERSTONE, England, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced Gran Turismo®6 (GT6(TM)), the latest version of PlayStation®'s best-selling franchise, will be released in Holiday, 2013. The news was revealed today by legendary Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi at an event held to celebrate 15 years of the 70-million-selling series.
GT6 for PlayStation®3 will bring new levels of authenticity to 'the Real Driving Simulator' as well as introducing stunning new tracks and cars and a revised user interface. A new compact game engine will improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content. Meanwhile, the game is also set for expanded connectivity with other devices such as smart phones and tablets and increased social and community functions.
All of the cars and tracks from Gran Turismo®5, which has sold over 10 million copies since launching in 2010, will be retained in GT6. But notable new additions to the already impressive line-up of historic cars, road cars and the latest race cars, brings the total car list to 1,200 at launch, with new cars set to be continually added online. Several thousand aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for almost all cars, and players can personalize their own custom cars in game to the greatest ever level possible.
The UK's famous Silverstone Circuit will be just one of seven new locations in Gran Turismo 6, taking the total to 33, with 71 different layouts available, 19 of them brand new. There will also be regular additions of new tracks set to be made available online. The improved course maker function will provide gorgeous scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers including the magnificent backdrop of Andalucia.
The theme of Gran Turismo's innovative collaborations with partner companies will increase with the inception of GT6. A number of exciting new projects that blur the line between the virtual and real will be announced in the run up to the game's launch. Not least of these is GT Academy, a collaboration with Nissan to unearth real racing driver talent that first ran in 2008. It was announced during the event that the competition returns for its biggest ever year in 2013, with the entry mechanic set to take place on an exclusive GT6 demo in July.
Other notable partnerships in the development of GT6 have been with tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber and suspension company KW Automotive. Both companies are active in the commercial car industry and in racing, and they have acted as technical development partners for the game's new physics engine, for its tire and suspension kinematic modeling, creating an even more realistic experience for GT fans.
"It is amazing to think that it is 15 years since we first released Gran Turismo," explained Kazunori Yamauchi, during the announcement at Silverstone Circuit. "Things have changed a lot since then and now Gran Turismo 6 is a further evolution of my dream. We're pleased to deliver GT6 to PlayStation 3 as we have a very loyal community on that platform. However, we have refactored the game to make it very flexible and expandable, with a view to making many future developments. I am very pleased with everything about the new game and the new additions, but the launch will be only the beginning for GT6. The game will continue to develop throughout its life. I already have many ideas for things I want to achieve in the next 15 years of Gran Turismo!"
The celebration of 15 years of Gran Turismo event at Silverstone included a demo of GT6 featuring the famous circuit. Guests were able to play the game in the familiar circular Gran Turismo race pods before having a chance to take to the real track in cars provided by Audi, Ford, Jaguar, KTM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota.
Further news about Gran Turismo 6 will be revealed at the forthcoming E3 and Gamescom events and on http://www.gran-turismo.com. #GT6iscoming
Cars featured on the GT6 Silverstone demo (* denotes new to Gran Turismo):
Acura NSX '91, *Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale '11, *Alpine A110 1600S '68, *Audi Sport quattro S1 Rally Car '86, Ferrari 458 Italia '09, *Ferrari Dino 246 GT '71, Ford GT '06, *KTM X-BOW R '12, Lamborghini Countach LP400 '74, *Light Car Company Rocket '07, McLaren MP4-12C '10, *Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 '11, Nissan 370Z (Z34) (GT Academy Version) '08, Nissan 370Z Tuned Car (GT Academy , Version) '08, Nissan GT-R Black edition (GT Academy Version) '12, *Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 N24 Schulze Motorsport, Nissan Leaf G (GT Academy Version), *Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance '12, Toyota 86 GT '12
Summary of new Gran Turismo 6 features announced by Kazunori Yamauchi:
New Game Engine
-- Compact, nimble operation
-- Flexible expandability
-- A new rendering engine that pushes the limits of the PS3
New Physics Engine
-- New suspension and kinematics model
-- New tyre model
-- New aerodynamics model
-- Technical partnership with Yokohama Rubber and KW Automotive
1,200 Cars, abundant custom parts, and on-going DLC
-- From historic cars to the latest racing cars, the game contains a total
of 1200 cars.
-- Multiple aerodynamic parts and custom wheels will be available for
almost all cars.
-- Players can create their own personalised custom car in the game.
-- Cars will be continually added online
33 locations, 71 layouts
-- 33 Locations and 71 layouts will be provided from day 1 (7 more
locations and 19 more layouts than GT5)
-- More new tracks will continue to be provided online
New Course Maker
-- Massive scenery spanning several tens of square kilometers
-- A new course generation algorithm
-- Players can form their own communities
-- Various community levels from local and domestic to global
-- Players themselves can create and manage their own online events
New User Interface
-- Balancing directional key operation and touch operation
-- Quick response
-- Shortening of loading times
Multi Device Compatibility
-- Smart Phone
At the same time as the PS3 version of GT6 the "Real Driving Simulator" launches, a mobile version and web application version of GT6, will be created to enjoy Gran Turismo's massive community space.
Real/Virtual "Edge Effect" Activity
A variety of "Edge Effects", the chemical reactions between the real world and the virtual world for which the Gran Turismo series is famous, are also planned for GT6. Exciting collaborations between various automotive manufacturers and collaborations with brands crossing different industries will be revealed gradually across the next six months.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develop and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating 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 within a real world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.
PlayStation, PS3, and Gran Turismo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. GT6 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
New Software Simplifies Data Logging With NI CompactDAQ Hardware for Structural Test and Monitoring Applications
-- With Chameleon, a new software product built by PVI Systems and powered by NI LabVIEW system design software, engineers can get data acquisition and logging systems up and running in minutes to acquire and log static and dynamic signals from microphone arrays, accelerometers, bridge sensors, thermocouples and other sensors without any programming.
-- Available on the LabVIEW Tools Network, Chameleon software is designed to work with a variety of NI CompactDAQ chassis, including the new stand-alone system. This system features a built-in dual-core Intel processor and onboard storage to deliver high-performance processing and logging in a single, portable chassis.
-- For fully customized data acquisition and logging systems, users can combine NI CompactDAQ systems with LabVIEW to achieve the highest level of flexibility.
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced Chameleon for NI CompactDAQ, a software package developed by NI Gold Alliance Partner PVI Systems and available on the LabVIEW Tools Network, to create turnkey systems for NI data acquisition hardware that are simple and intuitive to set up and operate. These scalable systems can span to a large number of channels, yet still be managed within a configuration-based environment without programming.
The combination of Chameleon and the NI CompactDAQ platform is ideal for a variety of structural test and monitoring applications, including pressure and strain measurements for jet engine testing, transportation shock load measurements, strain acquisition for vehicle-to-structure impact testing and vibration measurements for marine structures and aircraft. Chameleon has a strong track record of success with military accounts, such as Northrop Grumman Corporation and Raytheon BBN Technologies.
"Using Chameleon turnkey software based on LabVIEW and DAQ software, we can measure more than 32 channels of pressure data from our sensors with expansion capabilities while maintaining time-synchronized data from transient shot events on the firing range," said Jeff Mazurek, director of sales engineering at Raytheon BBN.
-- Support for voltage, IEPE, temperature, bridge and current sensors
-- Data visualization with multiple traces and graphs, using pre-recorded
or live data
-- Data stored locally to technical data management streaming files for
simple integration with LabVIEW or NI DIAdem
-- Calculated virtual channels with alarms on virtual or real channels
-- On-the-fly update of virtual channel equations and data-logging rate
-- Customization and integration with LabVIEW for additional flexibility
Since 1976, National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
DIAdem, LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, NI CompactDAQ and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
A National Instruments Alliance Partner is a business entity independent from National Instruments and has no agency, partnership or joint-venture relationship with National Instruments.
CheckMEND and GameStop Partner to Strengthen Electronic Trade-in Program
LONDON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
CheckMEND the world's leading due diligence service for used consumer electronics today announced it has secured an agreement with GameStop to deploy its software in all GameStop's US stores to identify devices that are not eligible for trade.
Developed by UK-based Recipero, CheckMEND is a unique, cutting edge system that allows retailers and recyclers to proactively identify unacceptable devices and stop them from entering the supply chain.
Using data that is aggregated from over 20,000 data sources (including the FBI) CheckMEND provides access to its service to both enterprise and consumers. GameStop is the first major retailer in the US to integrate its application at point of sale. With a data warehouse containing over 150 billion records of information that is relevant to any buyer of used consumer electronics, CheckMEND is fast becoming the "go-to" data provider for this type of information.
Consumers are becoming more aware of the value that exists in their old electronics. That precipitates a need for reliable data and methods to ensure that retailers are protecting consumers. GameStop is leading the way for other retailers to follow suit.
"We are delighted that GameStop has stepped up to the forefront of consumer protection," said Adrian Portlock Founder of CheckMEND. "Our product allows GameStop to protect their customers, their associates in store and their reputable brand by deterring unwanted activity. GameStop has set the bar for other responsible retailers."
"GameStop will continue to invest in technology solutions that offer our customers the best and safest choice to buy, sell or trade video games, consoles and electronics," said Joe Gorman Vice President of Mobile at GameStop. "Working with CheckMEND, we have further enhanced our process, and we are already reaping the benefits of the service in our stores and our state of the art refurbishment center."
CheckMEND is provided by Recipero, a privately owned U.K. company, which has specialized since 2001 in the collection of data relating to the history of used consumer electronics (http://www.checkmend.com). It has grown into the biggest online provider of this type of information, and is currently focused on expanding its operations in the USA. Visit: http://www.recipero.com
About GameStop Corp.
GameStop (NYSE: GME) is the world's largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop's retail network and family of brands include 6,602 company-operated stores in 15 countries worldwide and online at: http://www.GameStop.com
CONTACT: Neil Stewart, +(44)01453-853530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Infrascale Launches On-Premise Online Backup Solution for Managed Service Providers
Developer of white-label online backup application announces private cloud hosting option for its IT channel partners.
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Infrascale(TM), developer of SOS Online Backup(TM), is expanding its list of cloud backup and recovery services for IT channel partners by offering its award-winning data protection app in a private cloud hosting model. This meets the growing demand from MSPs and their customers to own the hardware on which their data is stored and on which the online backup application is run.
Private Cloud Backup Improves Data Security for Downstream Clients
While many firms have found infrastructure cost savings by hosting their online backups in a public cloud, an equal number have become wary of the public cloud. Numerous data breach incidents and spontaneous shutdowns of major data centers in recent years have contributed to this concern. In 2011, IDC reported that 53% of IT managers felt that private cloud hosting was more secure than public cloud hosting.
Infrascale's SOS Online Backup Powers Data Protection on Five Continents
SOS Online Backup has created its application with the ability to be run in different data centers in a variety of locations. It currently hosts data in data centers on five continents. It was a logical transition for SOS to enable its partners to host their white-label cloud backup solution in the data center of their choice.
"In 2012, we saw an increase in customers wanting to take advantage of our software, but to have the control over the cloud," said Ken Shaw, CEO of Infrascale. "We've put over 100 man-years into development of our Dashboard and our online backup application. Our partners now have the ability to take the power of that secure online backup application, re-brand for their firm, and host it in the data center of their - or their customers' - choice. Our objective has always been to integrate with our partners' businesses. Offering private cloud deployment of our application is yet another way to do just that."
Managed Service Providers Can Host Their Online Backup without Compromising on Features
SOS Online Backup's private cloud deployment offers all of the same features currently offered by its hosted service. Partners will be able to white-label the solution, monitor account activity and storage in the Dashboard, and even deploy software and backup policies remotely.
About Infrascale and SOS Online Backup
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Headquartered in El Segundo, California, with offices in Kiev, Ukraine and Chennai, India and data centers on five continents, Infrascale operates a massively scalable, security focused, global platform and end-to-end technology stack, from device to cloud. Infrascale technology powers FileLocker and SOS Online Backup for VARs and MSPs. Visit http://www.infrascale.com.
Gaming Partners International Corporation To Introduce New Products at the Upcoming G2E Asia Trade Show in Macau
Product demonstrations will be available at Stand #1105
LAS VEGAS, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaming Partners International Corporation (NASDAQ: GPIC), a leading provider of casino currency and table game products worldwide, announced today that it will introduce several new products at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia exhibition being held May 22 and 23 at the Venetian Macao Convention Center. Product demonstrations will be available at Stand #1105.
With a long standing tradition of providing casinos worldwide with a full range of currency and table game products, the Company will debut a number of new currency products and RFID table game solutions designed to help casino operators expand their currency options and maximize their table productivity:
-- B&G Premium Plaques. Incorporating cutting-edge technology that enables
the plaque to include decor designs not available elsewhere, GPI's new
B&G Premium plaques take customization to new heights. With unique
designs incorporated directly into the plaque materials, each plaque is
more visually distinctive, making it easier to distinguish from other
sets while enhancing its overall appeal and security.
-- B&G J3 Jeton. Featuring multiple edge spot designs and expanded decal
options, the J3 hybrid jeton extends the design options available in the
Company's other jeton and chip products. By allowing easier
identification when in racks or stacks, the J3 also offers a much
broader range of security features than those available in traditional
-- RFID Tray Inventory Module (TIM). An optional feature of GPI's Chip
Inventory System (CIS) that can be used with any of the Company's RFID
chip trays, TIM provides operators with real-time table currency
inventory and security monitoring while delivering critical time saving
benefits. By automating tasks like table openings and closings and
providing on-going inventory accounting that reduces the need for manual
rack counts, TIM helps maximize a table's productivity while providing
management with ongoing, accurate information about each table's
currency balance and activity.
-- RFID Plaque Box. The first of its kind, GPI's Plaque Box is an
innovative RFID table solution that provides secure protection of the
casino's highest value currency items, while enabling real-time counting
and movement details. With the ability to store and track dozens of
variable size RFID plaques during game play, the Plaque Box can be
installed next to a regular chip tray or installed with GPI's RFID Dual
Chip Tray for maximum table currency accounting and efficiency.
-- RFID Dual Chip Tray. By providing real-time information of all chip
movement and inventory activities, the Dual Chip Tray reduces game
downtime caused by manual rack counts and can be integrated with a
casino's management system via CIS to provide real-time information on
table activity, chip inventory balances and more.
"Because the Asia gaming market continues to expand and require unique product innovations, we have heightened our focus on developing new currency products and RFID options that address the specific needs of the region's casinos. As a result, the new products we're introducing at G2E Asia reflect our ongoing collaborations with our customers," commented Gregory Gronau, GPI's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"As the industry's largest market for plaques, our customers consistently request new distinctive options, and our B&G Premium Plaques provide them with an unprecedented level of customization than previously available. We also have high expectations for our J3 jetons that are a truly innovative currency style and offer our customers more design and security options than elsewhere available."
Gronau continued: "And, reflecting our continued focus on RFID product development that improves casino performance and efficiency, we are proud to introduce the RFID Plaque Box, an enhancement to our RFID Dual Chip Tray that can also be used as a stand-alone unit. Working together, these time-saving products help operators maximize their table revenue by eliminating unnecessary game delays and providing more currency security at busy tables. We look forward to receiving the market's feedback next week and feel that these new products speak strongly to our commitment to improving the performance of our customers."
About Gaming Partners International Corporation (GPIC)
GPIC manufactures and supplies casino table game equipment to licensed casinos worldwide. Under the brand names of Paulson®, Bourgogne et Grasset® and Bud Jones®, GPI provides casino currency such as chips, plaques and jetons; gaming furniture and table accessories; table layouts; playing cards; dice; and roulette wheels. GPIC pioneered the use of security features such as radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology in casino chips and provides RFID solutions including RFID readers, software and displays. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, GPIC also has manufacturing facilities, warehouses and/or sales offices in Beaune, France; San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico; Atlantic City, New Jersey, Gulfport, Mississippi and Macau S.A.R., China. For additional information, please visit http://www.gpigaming.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains "forward-looking statements" based on current expectations that are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, such as statements relating to future share repurchases; new products; anticipated future sales or the timing thereof; fulfillment of product orders; the long-term growth and prospects of our business or any jurisdiction in which we operate; and the long term potential of the RFID casino currency solutions market and our ability to capitalize on any such growth opportunities. Actual results or achievements may be materially different from those expressed or implied. Our plans and objectives are based on assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions, the timing of and ability to consummate acquisitions, and future business decisions and other risks and uncertainties identified in Part I-Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2012, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond our control and are subject to change. Therefore, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will prove to be accurate.
For Further Information Contact:
Gregory S. Gronau, President and Chief Executive Officer