Operating out of Boras, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, Optidev
[http://www.optidev.se ] leverages over 13 years of experience in web and mobility to
deliver a complete suite of hardware, communications and software solutions with the goal
of providing the best service, high reliability, and quick assistance to global customers
when the need for experience in mobility arises.
With an industry track record of over 15 years, award-winning SOTI MobiControl
[http://www.soti.net/Mobicontrol/Features ] is the MDM solution of choice for partners and
customers worldwide, offering complete management, support and security for corporate and
employee-liable mobile devices running on Windows, iOS or Android. MobiControl enhances
enterprise mobility and enables successful Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, allowing
organizations to quickly realize the ROI in adopting a mobile strategy.
Mr. Tobias Espmark, CEO, Optidev AB, said, "Optidev AB is very proud that we have been
chosen to be a SOTI Elite Gold Partner for Europe. It's a mutual agreement where we are
very happy that SOTI Inc. has seen this long-term relation with Optidev AB within the MDM
industry. We realise that the device management sector will grow in the coming years and
we are pleased that we have signed this exclusive agreement with SOTI Inc., the world's
leading provider of Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. SOTI's device management
will be one of our key modules for the future. To have remote access and be able to
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TrueMobile business model where everything (HW, SW, SIM-card, service, support, hosting,
communication, etc.) is included in a monthly cost."
Nassar Hussain, European Sales Director, SOTI Inc., said, "SOTI is proud to
congratulate Optidev on achieving SOTI Elite Gold Partner status for Europe. Optidev has
been at the forefront for driving innovation and change within the mobile solutions
industry. Optidev is one of the few companies around the world that truly understands the
requirements for customers who are looking to deploy a complete solution-one that will
drive efficiency, increase reliability and deliver a cost-effective system enhanced by
superior enterprise mobility management."
About SOTI Inc.
SOTI is the world's most trusted provider of Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions,
with over 10,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI
develops industry-leading solutions for enterprise mobility management, allowing
organizations to support corporate-liable and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. SOTI
MobiControl solves the unique challenges involved in managing, securing, supporting, and
tracking mobile and desktop computing devices across all platforms. For more information,
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Whirlpool Corporation Chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig Champions Next Big Opportunities to Positively Impact the Environment During Keynote Address at EE Global
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), discussed the company's environmental responsibility as the leader in the global home appliance industry during a keynote address at EE Global 2013 yesterday. The event concludes this afternoon in Washington, D.C.
Opening the plenary session on, "The Next Generation of Energy Efficiency: Driving Productivity through Investment, Modernization and Education," Fettig issued a call to action to the appliance industry, consumers and government agencies.
"Today, there are more than 860 million appliances in the U.S. This is a huge industry with a huge impact, which is why Whirlpool incorporates energy efficiency into everything we do. Every appliance we make is more energy efficient than the appliance we made a year ago, five years ago and 10 years ago," said Fettig.
Fettig emphasized that focusing on appliance replacement is our biggest opportunity in energy efficiency. As an example, a new washer today is 77 percent more efficient than one from the year 2000 and only costs $66 a year to run. Consumers who replace older models would save $117 a year. He also discussed the advantages of the company's new suite of smart appliances, which have the capability to "talk" to the electrical grid. These appliances can shift energy consumption to reduce impact during peak energy usage times.
"These approaches make sense for consumers by delivering on performance, being cost-effective and having a big impact on saving our precious natural resources," he said.
Fettig offered specific examples to illustrate how improvements in appliances are saving energy:
-- Refrigerators are bigger and have better features; yet they cost less to
buy and operate and are more energy efficient. A modern refrigerator
uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb.
-- Front-load washing machines can hold 20 percent more laundry than they
did in the year 2000, yet they are 70 percent more efficient. Also,
today's washers use 26 fewer gallons of water than 13 years ago,
equaling 8,000 gallons saved per year.
-- If newer dishwasher models with heightened standards were in every home
in the U.S., it would save 270 billion gallons of water annually. Over
the lifetime of the products, that's enough water to fill more than 40
million Olympic swimming pools.
-- All the refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and clothes washers shipped
to consumers last year will save 111 trillion kWh during their lifetime.
That's enough energy to power Washington, D.C. for 60 years.
After delivering his keynote, Fettig participated in a Q&A session with Kateri Callahan, president, Alliance to Save Energy, to further discuss how Whirlpool Corporation is leading in energy efficiency.
Fettig also discussed Whirlpool Corporation's history as a pioneer in environmental stewardship. The company helped draft the first ENERGY STAR appliance standards and was the first appliance manufacturer to announce greenhouse gas reduction targets, where it has seen a 12 percent reduction since 2003.
EE Global is hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The event is expected to draw more than 500 attendees, exhibitors, speakers and media. Whirlpool Corporation is a founding sponsor of EE Global.
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com and on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.
Farnell Element14 Launches new Wireless Measurement Device From Fluke
LONDON, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Farnell element14 announces it will stock the Fluke CNX3000 wireless multimeter which
allows the user to solve problems faster and manage results from multiple sources.
Part of the new Fluke wireless troubleshooting team, the CNX3000 gives visibility of
live measurements from multiple modules simultaneously and remotely on a single screen.
Displaying readings from up to three wireless modules, plus the meter, the optional laptop
adapter can display readings from up to 10 modules, both from up to 20 metres away.
Chris Godfrey, MRO Segment Manager at Farnell element14, said: "The CNX3000 is a
really exciting development for us as it allows the user to take multiple measurements at
the same time, wirelessly. We are constantly developing our product range in the sector to
make it easier for our customers to find all the products they need from one distributor."
Alan Thomson, Global Sales Director for Fluke, said: "We are very proud of the
CNX3000. The completely wireless function allows the capture of up to 65,000 sets of
min/max/avg readings over single to multiple logging sessions using the recording
capability. It also allows the isolation of intermittent events or recording signal
fluctuations without even being there using the log function on the modules. Safety is
increased as readings can be taken in a separate location from the point of measurement."
The product can be used for the following applications:
- Detecting power interruption - measurement procedures
- Single phase measurement procedures
- Determining current imbalance
- Measure incoming current
Fluke CNX3000 meets measurement Category 1000 V CAT III and Category IV 600 V safety
Newark element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions
for electronic system design, maintenance and repair including an extensive range of
development kits, capacitors, resistors, connectors, relays switches
[http://www.newark.com/switches-relays ], semi conductors and cables.
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Premier Farnell plc
Crytek's CryENGINE® 3 Already Primed for Xbox One Development
FRANKFURT, Germany, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
State-of-the-art technology ensures developers are ready for the future of
Videogame developer and publisher Crytek GmbH has welcomed the unveiling of Xbox One,
the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, reiterating that their
CryENGINE 3 technology is equipped to start creating software for the system now.
Crytek recently became an officially licensed provider of middleware and tools for
Xbox One, and will support the platform as well as equipping CryENGINE 3 licensees with
the advanced toolset required to achieve their own games for the system.
"We offered assurances over two years ago that CryENGINE 3 was ready for the next
generation of consoles, and time has revealed that promise to be true," said Carl Jones,
Director of Global Business Development at Crytek. "As developers begin to create new
games for Xbox One, our technology and unparalleled support will ensure CryENGINE 3 users
remain at the forefront of the industry now and well into the future."
Crytek's CryENGINE 3 is used by licensees around the world to create blockbuster hits
and popular online games, and is the first all-in-one development solution that provides
multi-award winning graphics, and all necessary game systems and tools, out of the box.
About Crytek GmbH
Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive
entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating
standout experiences for Xbox 360(TM), Playstation(R)3, PC, mobile devices and
games-as-service using their cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE(R).
The company's headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Crytek also has studios
in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea), Nottingham
(UK), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Austin (USA).
Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence
in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio
and a 2010 Red Dot Design Award. Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry(R),
Crysis(R) (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers
Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead(R) (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008
Awards), Crysis(R) 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010) and Warface
(awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012). For more information, please
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Microsoft unveils Xbox One: the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system
Blockbuster titles, Steven Spielberg-produced Halo TV series, and exclusive agreements with the NFL transform games, TV and entertainment for the 21st century living room.
REDMOND, Wash., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new vision for the future comes to life today as Microsoft Corp. unveils Xbox One, the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system created for today and the next generation. At Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., the company showcased how Xbox One puts you at the center of all your games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype.
"Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television and entertainment in a powerful, all-in-one device," said Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "Our unique, modern architecture brings simplicity to the living room and, for the first time ever, the ability to instantly switch across your games and entertainment."
Introducing Xbox One
With Xbox One, games push the boundaries of realism, and TV obeys your commands.(1 )Say "Xbox On" to launch your personalized Xbox One Home screen, discover what is popular on TV or see friends' latest gaming achievements all using the most natural interface -- your voice. The more you interact with Xbox One, the more it gets to know you and learns what you like. Some of the breakthrough Xbox One features that put you at the center of your living room entertainment include the following:
-- TV on Xbox One.(1) Navigate and watch live TV from your cable, telco or
satellite set-top box through your Xbox One. Microsoft is committed to
bringing live TV through various solutions to all the markets where Xbox
One will be available.(3)
-- Home. Turn on your entertainment system with two powerful words, "Xbox
On," and a custom-tailored Home dashboard welcomes you with your
favorite games, TV and entertainment.
-- Snap. Do two things at once on the biggest screen in your home. Use Snap
to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching your favorite movie,
talk with friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track your fantasy
team on TV as you watch the big game and more.
-- Skype for Xbox One. Specially designed for Xbox One, talk with friends
on your TV in stunning HD, or for the first time ever, hold group Skype
calls on your TV.
-- Trending.(1) Stay on top of what is hot on TV by discovering the
entertainment that is popular among your friends, and see what is
trending within the Xbox community.
-- One Guide.(1, 2) Find your favorite entertainment easily, searching by
network, name or time, all with the sound of your voice and presented in
a tailored program guide.
To create the most advanced Xbox system ever designed for games, TV and entertainment, Microsoft created a state-of-the-art gaming operating system and fused it with an equally amazing entertainment platform, so you will not have to switch inputs to watch TV or play a game. An eight-core, x86 processor and more than 5 billion transistors helps make lag and load times a thing of the past, so you can instantly jump between a game and your entertainment at lightning speed or run a host of apps right alongside your game with no loss in performance.
Introducing Xbox One titles and exclusives
Gaming on Xbox One immerses gamers in cinematic worlds that look like real life, with characters that feel more human than ever before. AAA blockbuster titles unveiled for Xbox One include the following:
-- "Forza Motorsport 5" from Turn 10 Studios is the latest edition of the
highest-rated racing franchise of the past 10 years.(3) Built from the
ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the infinite power of the
cloud, no game better delivers the sensation of being behind the wheel.
"Forza Motorsport 5" sets a new bar for racing games and will be
available exclusively for Xbox One at launch.
-- "Call of Duty: Ghosts" is the next generation of "Call of Duty" and a
stunning leap forward for the franchise. It delivers an all-new world,
an all-new cast of characters and an all-new story, built on a new,
next-generation engine. The next-generation technical innovations built
to support the incredible gameplay advancements make this the most
beautiful and immersive "Call of Duty" experience yet. Activision and
Microsoft also announced the renewal of their close partnership that
will see both the return of the "Call of Duty(®) Championship,"
presented by Xbox, as well as all-new downloadable content debuting
first and exclusively on the Xbox platform.
-- "FIFA 14," "Madden NFL 25," "NBA LIVE 14," and "EA SPORTS UFC" from EA
SPORTS will change the way consumers experience and play sports games.
Driven by the new EA SPORTS Ignite engine, these new EA SPORTS games
will deliver massive innovations in human intelligence, true player
motion and living worlds. Adding to its commitment to Xbox One, EA
SPORTS also announced the promise of exclusive content to be revealed in
the coming months.
-- "Quantum Break" from Remedy Entertainment is a revolutionary
entertainment experience from the creators of "Max Payne" and "Alan
Wake" that blurs the line between gaming and TV by integrating drama and
gameplay into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. How you play
the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game.
In addition to the amazing lineup of games coming to Xbox One, Microsoft unveiled exclusive content partnerships with some of the top names in TV, sports and entertainment.
-- "Halo" television series. Award-winning filmmaker, director and
producer, Steven Spielberg will executive-produce an original "Halo"
live-action television series with exclusive interactive Xbox One
content, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Xbox
-- National Football League (NFL).(1) A multiyear, landmark partnership
will deliver the ultimate interactive NFL television experiences for the
next-generation Xbox One and leverage Microsoft devices and services to
evolve both in-game and on the sideline. The NFL on Xbox will redefine
broadcast experiences through innovations around Skype, Xbox SmartGlass
and player-worn technology; add an all-new fantasy football solution for
the biggest screen in the house; and create a personalized NFL
destination only available on Xbox One.
Introducing a new generation of Xbox Live
Xbox One is built to amplify an all-new generation of Xbox Live that is more powerful, more personal and more intelligent. Unleashing the virtually unlimited power of the cloud makes everything more convenient and accessible, from allowing games to be installed in segments so that gameplay can start quickly to updates downloading in the background. Save and store your personalized profile, games and entertainment in the cloud to access them anytime, from any Xbox One console.(4) In addition, existing Xbox Live Gold Membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly carry over to Xbox One.(5) Xbox Live takes you deeper into the games you love with all-new features.
-- Smart Match. A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates
waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people you want
to play with while you are enjoying other activities -- reputation
fundamentally matters and helps find best matches.
-- Game DVR. A dedicated Game DVR captures and accesses your magic moments,
all saved to the cloud. Along with sharing tools, you will have the most
amazing bragging rights with Xbox Live.
-- Living Games.(6) Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you
play, and advanced artificial intelligence can learn to play like you,
so friends can play against your shadow.
-- Expanded achievements. A new and expanded achievements system captures
video of your epic moments, continues to grow a game's achievements over
time and rewards you in new ways, and your Gamerscore carries over from
-- Xbox SmartGlass.(6) Xbox SmartGlass is natively part of the Xbox One
platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render
content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at
one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.
Introducing the Xbox Onelook and feel
New Xbox One hardware is sleek and modern and complements any decor. The console is shaped in the 16:9 aspect ratio and employs a horizontal orientation optimized for its high-speed Blu-ray((TM)) disc player. It is molded in a deep and rich liquid black color and includes a distinctive beveled edge.
The completely redesigned, revolutionary 1080p Kinect is more precise, more responsive and more intuitive. Its unparalleled vision, motion and voice technology let you reach into games and entertainment like never before by dramatically expanding its field of view and fidelity. It works in nearly any lighting condition, recognizes precise motion control from a slight wrist rotation, and distinguishes your voice even in a noisy room using advanced noise isolation.
The class-leading Xbox controller is refreshed with more than 40 technical and design innovations. Updated directional pad, thumb stick and ergonomic fit immerse all gamers in ways that are uniquely Xbox, and precision and control have been dramatically increased with all new vibrating impulse triggers.(6) The Xbox One Wireless Controller is designed to work in concert with the new Kinect, allowing the two to be paired automatically to create seamless player syncing.
Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Visit the new Xbox Wire blog at http://news.xbox.com for in-depth features on the new system, including photos and videos from the unveiling event and new and rotating content from Xbox. More details about Xbox One and blockbuster games will be explored at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.
Xbox is Microsoft's premier entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. In living rooms or on the go, Xbox is home to the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world's largest libraries of movies, TV, music, and sports. Your favorite games, TV and entertainment come to life in new ways through the power of Kinect, Xbox SmartGlass, and Xbox Live, the world's premier social entertainment network. More information about Xbox can be found online at http://www.xbox.com.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Features and requirements are under development and may change prior to release. Available features and content may vary by country. Broadband Internet (ISP fees apply) and advanced TV hardware required. Games and media content sold separately. Xbox Live Gold Membership, paid subscription and other requirements apply for some Xbox Live features.
¹ Live TV with Kinect navigation, Live TV with One Guide, Trending, and NFL on Xbox available in U.S. at launch; anticipating global scale over time.
²( )Kinect voice functionality only available in supported locales and languages.
(3) At launch, Live TV will require a supported receiver device with HDMI output (sold separately).
(4) Subject to geographical content restrictions.
(5) Some Xbox Live content and features available on Xbox 360, including avatar content and some apps, are not available with Xbox Live on Xbox One.
Startup Aims to Change the Way We See Brake Lights Forever
Device Senses and Indicates Perceptible Deceleration to Following Drivers
SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectolabs, LLC. is raising funds to launch their patent pending brake light system they believe will change the brake light forever. Dubbed the Adaptive Perceptible Deceleration Indicator (APDI) by engineers at this innovative company, the product is designed to reduce the risk of rear end collisions by enhancing visibility. An onboard accelerometer and microprocessor coupled with automotive grade LEDs alleviates 3 major deficiencies of current brake light systems:
-- Today's brake lights only appear when depressing the brakes. Down
shifting and engine braking slow your vehicle considerably although
brake lights never illuminate
-- Brake lights only indicate a driver is applying brakes without any
indication of the level of urgency
-- Driving distractions are on the rise and inattentive drivers might lose
precious time by failing to notice brake lights in front of them
Vectolabs' proprietary algorithm alerts following drivers to deceleration by any means; whether engine braking, downshifting or conventional braking. In addition, two levels of flashing distinguish between normal deceleration and emergency braking.
Vololights(TM) will be the branded product utilizing this technology in a motorcycle license plate frame. "Vololights revolutionizes motorcycle safety. With the ability to signal any method of deceleration in addition to alerting drivers how fast the rider is braking, Vololights could potentially reduce rear end collisions," said Ken Whalster. Ken knows a thing or two about motorcycles; he is a rider and President of BikeBandit.com, the largest online powersports distributors cataloging 8 million parts.
This breakthrough technology is being well received by some in the media. Vololights was featured in the popular Cycle World magazine as well as Gizmag.com. Autoevolution.com even declared, "Vololights is just amazing!"
The San Diego based start-up launched on the popular Kickstarter crowdfunding platform during May for Motorcycle Awareness Month. The funding will be used for production molds to target the motorcycle and scooter markets. Phase two will include multiple plate designs and eventually the company looks to adapt the technology to fleets and automobiles. "Following the company's mission to improve the lives of customers through unique and innovative products, we think motorcycle safety is a great place to start," said Faizal Ali, the company's co-founder and also an avid motorcyclist.
For more information, follow the Kickstarter link or contact Jesse T. Szynal, 949-354-4329, email@example.com.
365 Main Successfully Completes SSAE 16 Examination of its 16 Data Centers
SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 365 Main Inc., a leading data center developer and operator, today announced that it has successfully completed its company-wide SSAE 16 examination. SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16) examinations recently become the new benchmark for reporting on controls at service organizations, replacing SAS (Statement on Auditing Standards) 70 audits in 2011.
"365 Main's management understands the ever increasing importance of corporate governance, as well as the impact of the organization's services on their clients' system of internal controls," said Greg Miller, principal, BrightLine CPAs. "The successful completion of the 2013 SSAE 16 examination is only part of 365 Main's continued commitment to its customers to maintain a high level of internal control."
BrightLine CPAs and Associates, a nationally recognized independent auditing firm, performed the examination. Its scope included examinations of 365 Main's customer service, physical and environmental security, technical support, equipment, and administration as related to each of 365 Main's 16 data centers and its San Francisco headquarters. The report may be used by 365 Main's customers and their auditors to support their own compliance and certification efforts.
"365 Main has responded to the needs of our customers' growing operations and attracted new customers by expanding to support their businesses," said James McGrath, 365 Main COO. "The completion of the SSAE 16 examination shows that we have kept tight controls as we have increased our offerings, which gives our customers every assurance that they can rely on us and frees them to focus on their own core missions."
About 365 Main Inc.
365 Main was founded by industry leaders Chris Dolan and James McGrath in 2002. They began with a single data center based in San Francisco and grew to five facilities nationwide with 39 megawatts of power under management. These data centers were developed and certified to the highest industry standards and compliance requirements. Today, 365 Main operates 16 data centers nationwide, having earned an industry reputation for high touch customer service, satisfaction and retention. With its years of experience in modern data center development and operations, 365 Main has proven its capability of managing customers with a broad range of requirements ranging from retail colocation to build to suit. 365 Main is a privately held company based in San Francisco. Its financial partners include Housatonic Partners, Crosslink Capital and Brightwood Capital. More information is available at 415-901-5700 or 365Main.com.
Atmel ARM- and AVR-based Microcontrollers Power Secret Labs' Ultra-low-power Smart Watch
The 'AGENT' Smart Watch Delivers More Power Efficiency for Users And Simplicity for Third Party Application Development with Atmel MCUs
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(® )Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced that Secret Labs' recently launched 'AGENT' smart watch is powered by Atmel's SAM4S and tinyAVR(®) microcontrollers.
The AGENT smart watch combines SAM4S and tinyAVR MCUs to deliver extended battery life for the user, consuming less than half the power of competing solutions. Extremely low power consumption is achieved through Atmel's patented picoPower(®) technology in the tinyAVR microcontroller, combined with the low-power RAM retention capabilities of the SAM4S microcontroller. The tinyAVR MCU handles maintenance tasks and events while the SAM4S ARM(®)-based MCU handles the operating system and watch apps. This combination optimizes power use and enables the larger SAM4S microcontroller to remain in sleep mode for as long as possible. Additionally, the new smart watch intelligently switches into airplane mode when remaining battery life reaches 10 percent, enabling traditional watch functionality even in low-battery conditions.
"We are excited to launch the most energy-efficient and easy-to-program smart watch," said Chris Walker, Founder, Secret Labs. "With Atmel's microcontrollers, we are delivering an extremely low-power watch with rich capabilities. And for application developers, we offer a free software development kit, making it easy to develop watch apps that enrich users' lives."
AGENT is a battery-powered smart watch with a 1.28-inch outdoor-readable display, wireless charging and Bluetooth 4.0. The watch also displays notifications from your smartphone and can integrate with third-party smartphone apps. The new smart watch features an anti-glare glass lens and accent-stitched 22mm wrist strap.
"We are seeing more consumers adopt smart watches to simplify their busy lives," said Andreas Eieland, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Atmel Corporation. "We are thrilled Secret Labs has selected Atmel MCUs to power its next-generation smart watch family. By combining our AVR- and ARM-based microcontrollers, we can deliver the right power performance for this new smart device. And we expect the SDK for third party developers will enable the creation of a new wave of apps that will radically simplify consumers' lives and add entirely new kinds of entertainment. We look forward to collaborating on future designs with Secret Labs."
The Secret Labs 'AGENT' smart watch is available via Kickstarter today. To download a high-res image of the watch, please visit the following links:
Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.
TEK RECON: E3 bound and bringing live action online gaming to life!
FOLLOWING A VERY EXCITING KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ONE OF THE MOST
ANTICIPATED NEW GAMES TO BE SAMPLED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT E3 JUNE 11-13
IN LOS ANGELES
TORONTO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - TEK RECON, one of the most anticipated new
product launches of 2013 will be available for demonstration and
sampling by fans and consumers for the first time at the Electronic
Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California June 11-13, 2013.
E3 will immediately follow a crowd funding campaign hosted on
Kickstarter that began May 9(th). The response to TEK RECON from gamers, tech enthusiasts, and blaster
fans has been exceptional as backers and players from all over the
world have reached out to provide valuable feedback, insight and
support. The campaign is currently more than 50% funded and tracking to
exceed the kickstarter goal of $50,000.
Gamers, adventure seekers and fans of technology, get off the couch and
into the game as we need your help to create a revolutionary new way to
connect and play! TEK RECON Blasters feature a first of its kind design
with real trigger action, authentic recoil and specially designed
reusable "NRG Rounds".
To optimize the battle and team experience TEK RECON developed a free
"Live Action Online Gaming" app to enhance blaster battles. Simply
connect your mobile device to the blaster to bring video game styled
play to life through mobile and GPS technology. The free TEK RECON App
will be available for iOS and Android devices, enhancing real battle
experience through an interactive heads up display, live chat, vision
modes, and more.
"Bringing TEK RECON to market is the most ambitious and exciting launch
in our company history," stated Brad Pedersen CEO of TEK RECON Inc.
"Two years ago we set out on a mission to bring video games, online
connectivity and social interactive play together through innovation
and great product design. The outcome, TEK RECON has come to life and
created a phenomenal play experience that has exceeded our
The time is now to be one of the first to experience Live Action Online
Gaming and change the way you play. For more information on this
product and the KICKSTARTER campaign please visit TekRecon.com.
SOURCE ChizComm Ltd.
CONTACT: Harold Chizick
ChizComm Ltd. on behalf of TEK RECON Inc.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tapjoy, Inc. (http://www.tapjoy.com), a leading mobile advertising and publishing platform, today released the "Redefining Virtual Currency" study, conducted by Yankee Group on behalf of Tapjoy, examining the current state of virtual rewards such as loyalty points, credit card points, airline miles, app-based virtual currencies and more. The study found that mobile consumers prefer to engage with advertisements, rather than paying money, as a means to receive virtual rewards and premium content. One out of five mobile device owners engages with advertising daily in exchange for virtual rewards and premium content, and nearly one in two does so at least monthly.
Alternative payment methods, such as advertising engagements and exchange of personal information, represent a rapidly growing segment of the virtual currency economy, which Yankee Group estimates to have been worth $47.5 billion in 2012 and projects to grow to $55.4 billion by 2017. Advertising engagements represent the fastest-growing segment of this virtual currency economy, projected to grow more than 200 percent to nearly $900 million by 2017.
"Yankee Group's report confirms that mobile is disrupting how consumers want and expect to receive virtual rewards and premium content," said Peter Dille, CMO, Tapjoy. "We expect this virtual currency model will continue to grow through mobile beyond games and into other types of content, such as music, print media and video content."
"Given sizable adoption rates and comfort levels, consumers are clearly expressing that they value virtual currencies, helping set the stage for continued growth," said Jordan McKee, analyst with Yankee Group and author of the whitepaper. "Mobile device owners have demonstrated that they're willing to interact with a brand by exchanging their time (ad-views) and personal data for free digital content. Since users choose to take part in this exchange, the engagement can be far more meaningful and powerful than pop-up, banner or television advertisements. Marketers that opt to leverage this model have the potential to realize robust engagement rates because their mobile audiences view the exchange as worthwhile."
The study also found other evidence of this growing trend, such as:
-- To Pay or Not to Pay: Roughly half of mobile users have paid for in-app
premium content (54 percent of smartphone users and 41 percent of tablet
users). However, when given the option of paying for content or
receiving the same content for free in exchange for advertising, both
smartphone users (67 percent to 39 percent) and tablet users (73 percent
to 46 percent) preferred engaging with advertising.
-- Free Digital Content is Worth Digital Engagement: Mobile device owners
want opportunities to engage with advertising to receive digital content
as much or more than physical content. Seventy-seven percent said they
would be willing to engage with ads to earn a tablet app. The next most
popular items were paperback books (75 percent), tablet in-app premium
content (73 percent) and music (73 percent) and smartphone in-app
premium content (67 percent).
-- Personal Information as the Emerging Virtual Currency: Mobile users
believe their personal information has value, and they are very willing
to share this personal information (such as their e-mail address) to
advertisers in exchange for virtual rewards and premium content. Many
mobile users are already doing so frequently, as 70 percent of
smartphone owners and 53 percent of tablet owners have willingly
provided personal information to advertisers to receive a paid download
of an app.
The study, conducted between February and May 2013, can be read in its entirety on Tapjoy.com or at http://tap.tj/l9hB1.
Tapjoy is a mobile advertising and monetization platform whose Mobile Value Exchange model allows users to select personalized advertisements with which to engage for virtual rewards or premium content. Tapjoy empowers users on more than 1 billion devices to watch videos, subscribe to services, install applications and participate in other types of advertisements in exchange for virtual rewards they can use in their favorite apps. Tapjoy's turnkey in-app advertising platform helps developers to cost-effectively acquire high-value new users and monetize their applications, while its powerful advertising marketplace lets brand advertisers reach a global mobile audience spanning more than 116,000 applications. Tapjoy is backed by top-tier investors, including J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Rho Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, InterWest Partners and D.E. Shaw Ventures. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Atlanta, Boston, Paris, Dusseldorf, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. For more information, please visit http://www.tapjoy.com.
Wi-Ex Launches zBoost TRIO, a Product Finalist in the 2013 CTIA E-Tech Awards
ATLANTA, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wi-Ex (http://www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal booster kits, announced today the launch of its zBoost TRIO, a 2G, 3G and 4G cell phone signal booster kit. Showcased May 21 -23 at CTIA 2013 in booth 2225, the zBoost TRIO extends the indoor "cell zone" by boosting voice and data signals for multiple users enhancing the performance of consumers cell phones, smartphones, wireless data card and tablets. The carrier-specific zBoost TRIO cell phone signal booster kit combines 4G LTE or 4G AWS with 2G/3G Cellular and PCS into an easy to install cell phone signal booster kit that enhances signal and reduces dropped calls and choppy voice performance while increasing data speeds by 20 times.
"There is a need for a tri-band booster because most 4G capable devices drop to 3G while placing a call and use 4G for transmitting data. The zBoost TRIO improves voice and data coverage, solving both choppy voice calls and slow download speeds with one device, making it perfect for your home or office," says Frank Smith, director of sales and channel strategy at Wi-Ex.
The zBoost TRIO Kit improves indoor cell phone signal by capturing the outside signal, bringing it indoors and then enhancing and amplifying it to extend the "cell zone" in homes and offices up to 2500 square feet. The package includes everything you need: zBoost amplifier base unit, base unit antenna, power supply, coaxial cable (RG59-mini), signal antenna and mounting hardware. The wide radio wave beam width antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers. Due to the nature of LTE, the zBoost TRIO Kit is a carrier specific cell phone signal booster kit. Like all zBoost products, the zBoost TRIO protects the carrier network using patented technology, is easy to install (comes kit-complete) and "consumer-affordable." It was designed to comply with the recent FCC's procedural and technical rules adopted for consumer signal boosters. In addition, there is no cradle or connection to your phone.
"This rapid growth of corporate America's reliance on their smartphones and tablets -- and their workplace applications -- and the increase in teleworking, has created a need for IT managers to find ways to keep their teams connected with strong signals so they don't drop calls or data. The zBoost TRIO allows us to offer consumers and the professional consumer a single cell phone signal booster kit for 2G, 3G and 4G," said Sharon Cuppett, executive vice president of marketing at Wi-Ex. "We are excited to have CTIA again recognize us as a finalist in the CTIA E-Tech Awards and look forward to a great CTIA."
The zBoost TRIO is a finalist in the Infrastructure; In-Building Network category of CTIA's annual Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards competition. The CTIA E-Tech Awards honor the industry's most innovative new wireless products and services in mobile apps, consumer electronics, enterprise & vertical markets and network. Winners will be announced at CTIA 2013(TM), taking place May 21-23, 2012 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Nearly 300 entries were judged by a panel of highly-respected industry experts, reporters and analysts. Submissions were scored on innovation, functionality, technological importance, implementation and overall "wow" factor. E-Tech winners, including Best in Show and Online Pick will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. PDT at CTIA's Exhibit Innovations Stage on the trade show floor within CTIA World, booth #5646.
About CTIA Shows
CTIA Shows bring together all industries advanced by wireless technology for intense business, learning and networking. CTIA 2013(TM) takes place May 21-23, 2013 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas and MobileCON(TM) 2013 takes place Oct. 16-18, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center in Silicon Valley. Visit http://www.ctiashows.com.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (http://www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.
Wi-Ex (http://www.wi-ex.com), a leading provider of cell phone signal booster kits and manufacturer of the popular zBoost product line, developed zBoost, the first consumer-priced signal booster that "extended cell zones" for the small office/home office cell phone market. Wi-Ex has expanded their "extending cell zone coverage" beyond consumers to corporate enterprises and large commercial applications and now includes the "DataBlast", an LTE booster. From M2M applications to large commercial complexes to the rising number of teleworkers, the zBoost line provides a business-centric solution for improving poor in-door cell phone coverage domestically and internationally. The zBoost product line works with most carriers in the US and abroad including AT&T, Sprint, Vodaphone, Verizon and T-Mobile. The award-winning zBoost home and office solutions help today's connected consumers including iPhone, iPad, Android (DROID), BlackBerry, and smartphone users with dropped calls and slow data. They were awarded a 2007 and 2010 Consumer Electronics Association Innovations Honoree by the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) and a 2011 and 2012 EXC!TE honoree and 2012 CE PRO's Top 100 Technology Providers. They also were selected as a finalist for the 2007, 2009 and 2013 CTIA Emerging Technologies (E-Tech) Award. Wi-Ex continues to develop innovative products to meet the demands of an increasingly wireless society by enhancing wireless signals.
Sound Pockets Launches Freedom Case to Store Headphones
iPhone/iPod Touch case offers innovative design to ensure tangle-free headphone cords
DENVER, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sound Pockets today announced the launch of a patent pending iPhone/iPod Touch case called the Freedom case to store headphones. The Freedom case offers an ergonomic design that is comfortable to hold while keeping headphones tangled-free and neatly stored against the back of the handset.
"Development of the Freedom case came from my desire to take along a set of headphones when I headed out each day. Unfortunately, I could never find them when I wanted them, and when I did they were always tangled in knots or damaged. Now, when in the car, traveling, or out and about, my headphones are neatly organized and ready when I need them," said Dean Stevinson, founder of Sound Pockets. "My daughters and their friends were constantly untangling cords and losing pair after pair because there was no way to store them with their phone. The Freedom case is perfect for music lovers, travelers, those who often talk on the phone hands-free or anyone looking for a tangle-free option."
The Sound Pockets Freedom case also functions as a kickstand, holding the iPhone or iPod Touch at a comfortable, hands-free viewing angle.
Sound Pockets' Freedom cases are available for the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 5 and are compatible with Apple Ear Pods, Apple In-Ear Headphones and Apple classic Earbuds. Sound Pockets' Freedom cases come in eight colors including black, white, green, blue, red, orange, purple and pink.
Sound Pockets cases are available for purchase at SoundPockets.com or at select retail locations. The Sound Pockets Freedom Case for iPhone 5 costs $39.95, and the Freedom case for iPod Touch 5 and iPhone 4/4S costs $34.95.
Aside from being the Founder of Sound Pockets, Stevinson is a partner at ThinkVillage, a Colorado based patent licensing, enforcement and litigation firm.
About Sound Pockets
Sound Pockets Freedom Series is a patent pending iPhone/iPod Touch case that includes a small compartment to hold Apple headphones to keep them untangled, safe, clean and available whenever you need them. The innovative ergonomic design is comfortable to hold and doubles as a kickstand for hands-free viewing. Based in Centennial, Colo., Sound Pockets was released in early 2013. For more information or to purchase a Sound Pockets case, visit http://www.SoundPockets.com.
HGST Launches The Highest Capacity Hard Drive For The Mainstream Mobile Market
With the Highest Storage Density of Any Hard Drive Today, HGST Delivers 1.5TB Capacity in a Standard 2.5-inch 9.5mm Form Factor, Targeting Notebooks, External Hard Drives, Gaming Consoles and All-in-one Desktop PCs
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) continues to push technology innovation by offering the highest storage density (MB/mm(3)) of any hard disk drive (HDD) today. The new Travelstar® 5K1500 is the industry's first 9.5mm, 1.5TB mobile hard drive and features the industry's highest capacity in a standard 9.5mm design. Built on HGST's proven platform for quality and reliability, the Travelstar 5K1500 delivers high shock protection, low power and solid performance to meet the growing demands for a variety of market segments, including notebooks, external hard drives, gaming consoles and all-in-one desktop PCs.
The HGST three-platter Travelstar 5K1500 offers 50 percent more capacity than currently shipping 1TB 2.5-inch 9.5mm HDDs and 200 percent more capacity than single-disk 500GB 7mm or 5mm 2.5-inch HDDs, making them ideal for capacity-hungry devices. With better PCMark® Vantage and PCMark 7 performance than currently shipping two-platter HGST 5,400RPM models, all Travelstar 5K1500 drives ship with a 32MB cache buffer and 6Gbps SATA interface.
Smaller than current 15mm or 12.5mm 2.5-inch HDDs, the Travelstar 5K1500 drive features a standard 9.5mm form factor for simple integration into many traditional system designs. This allows OEMs and system integrators to take advantage of its huge capacity, 0.5 watt low power idle and 5,400RPM performance to deliver new high-capacity, power-efficient systems for longer battery life in notebooks and other unplugged applications. With only 2.5 bels idle, the 1.5TB Travelstar 5K1500 drive is also whisper quiet. The new Travelstar 5K1500 family offers the best operating shock at 400G/2ms and non-operating shock at 1000G/1ms to protect against bumps and rough handling in mobile environments. A dual stage actuator is included for track miss registration improvements for greater data integrity and reliability. All Travelstar drives use halogen-free components to support the "green" computing initiatives that are of increasing importance to today's end users.
"Contrary to popular belief, the mobile hard drive market is not being replaced by SSDs. We continue to invest in and serve both the traditional 9.5mm and 7mm thin and light HDD mobile markets as they offer the best cost-per-GB, performance and proven product reliability for high-capacity, mainstream, Ultrabook® and A/V content creation notebook markets," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST. "HGST continues to have a strong share in the 2.5-inch market and the new Travelstar 5K1500 hard drive is the latest addition to our broad line of 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch drives, giving OEMs, ODMs and integrators an opportunity to grow and differentiate their product lines."
"The PC continues to be an important productivity platform for content creators, who represent an echelon of users that value high-capacity portable storage," said John Rydning, research vice president for hard disk drives at IDC. "HGST's new mobile 1.5TB hard disk drive in a standard form factor for notebook PCs provides the highest capacity solution available today for users seeking more storage capacity inside their notebook PC."
The new 1.5TB Travelstar 5K1500 is also available in an Enhanced Availability (EA) model, which brings together a host of features such as high capacity, durability and low power for blade servers, network routers, video surveillance and other systems needing 24x7 access to data. The Travelstar 5K1500 drive helps system designers, integrators and IT managers build and maintain their storage systems, achieving greater storage density in the same 2.5-inch footprint, while maximizing performance, and improving data integrity in "always-on" applications in lower-transaction environments.
Travelstar 5K1500 drives are expected to ship in June. The EA model, and the optional self-encrypting Travelstar 5K1500 model, which is designed to meet the Trusted Computer Group (TCG) Opal Storage Security specification, are expected to be available in 3Q 2013.
HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to expected availability dates for HDD products. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including changes in markets, demand, global economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital's recent SEC filings, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak on as of the date hereof, and HGST/WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting.
Travelstar is a registered trademark of HGST, Inc. and its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
HGST trademarks are intended and authorized for use only in countries and jurisdictions in which HGST has obtained the rights to use, market and advertise the brand. The Travelstar trademark is authorized for use in the Americas, EMEA, and the following Asia-Pacific countries and jurisdictions: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan.
D-Link Adds Pinch-to-Zoom Capability and Host of New Features to mydlink(TM) Apps for Cloud Cameras
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its leadership and innovation in the consumer IP surveillance marketplace, D-Link today announced several enhancements available now to its mydlink((TM)) portal and mydlink Cloud Camera apps, making it even easier to remotely monitor a home or small office via virtually any computer, iPhone(®) or iPad(® )running iOS 4.3 or later or Android((TM) )device running 1.6 Android or later. Offering advanced new features to its award-winning line of mydlink-enabled Cloud Cameras, D-Link now offers easier configuration on its mydlink portal and enhanced remote capabilities via the mydlink+ and free mydlink Lite app.
"We're excited to add several new features to our mydlink apps in order to make it even easier for moms, dads, home owners and small businesses to use D-Link(®) Cloud Cameras for round-the-clock surveillance," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "The new capabilities cater directly to mobile users and extend the control of Cloud Cameras while on the go. Whether you're looking to keep an eye on your property, your business after hours, the kids while you're away, or even the family dog, the new features make it easier than ever."
D-Link Cloud cameras now offer more control of what matters most via the mydlink portal and a range of mobile devices; highlights include:
-- Easy Portal Configuration: The mydlink portal now enables users to
update motion and audio detection(1 )settings, including recording
schedules and setting noise thresholds, directly on the mydlink portal
without having to go through advanced settings.
-- Remote Video Playback: Users can play back video stored on the SD card
housed in the camera (for select cameras) to multiple mobile devices, as
well as configure recording(2) schedules and override options in the
event the SD card is full.
-- Two-Way Audio: Users can now speak and hear through a mobile device to
select D-Link Cloud Cameras that support two-way audio, including the
Cloud Camera 1200 (DCS-942L) and Cloud Camera 2200 (DCS-2132L).
-- Remote Pan and Tilt: For added remote flexibility, users of the Cloud
Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L) can also pan and tilt live camera video from a
-- Device Rename: Easily rename the mydlink-enabled device from the mobile
app or portal - a useful feature if you relocated the device to a new or
temporary location and want to easily identify the device.
-- Re-order Device Listing: Simple drag and drop interface allows users
with multiple mydlink-enabled devices to show devices in the order of
Availability and Pricing
D-Link continues to offer customers the most features and value with the broadest line of cameras and features and requires no monthly fee or subscriptions. The enhancements to the mydlink portal and mydlink Lite (free) app are now available and will be available on the mydlink+ app ($0.99) in late June which also offers expanded tablet support and a multi- camera monitoring dashboard. Both apps are available at the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace. Detailed specifications and information about mydlink and D-Link's complete Cloud Camera line are available online at http://www.dlink.com
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit http://www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/dlink).
(1)Audio detection is only available for select models, including the DCS-933L, DCS-931L, and DCS-942L.
(2) Use of audio or video equipment for recording the image of a person without their knowledge and consent is prohibited in certain states or jurisdictions. The end-user assumes all liability for compliance with applicable state, local and federal laws.
The new certification was recently launched by TCO Development
[http://tcodevelopment.com ], an independent organization with over twenty years experience
of sustainability certifications for IT products. Criteria in TCO Certified Smartphones
[http://tcodevelopment.com/tco-certified/product-areas/smartphones ] are developed from a
life cycle perspective, including requirements for socially responsible manufacturing
pratices, the reduction of hazardous material content and health/safety. Compliance with
all criteria is verified by an independent, accredited third party.
"We're really pleased to see a smartphone available on the market that meets the
requirements in TCO Certified Smartphones", comments Soren Enholm, CEO of TCO Development
The goal of TCO Certified Smartphones is to place higher sustainability demands on
smartphones and make it easier for smartphone buyers to choose sustainably designed
The fact that smartphone buyers want certified, responsisbly produced devices has a
direct effect on how smartphones are manufactured. Buyers have influence in how these
products are made.
"Samsung's choosing TCO Certified Smartphones is one example of a leading brand paying
close attention to what consumers want", adds Niclas Rydell, Director, Product
Certifications at TCO Development.
TCO Development is already talking with other smartphone brands about certifying their
products. Soren Enholm comments "While we're pleased that we have a certified product,
it's vital that other responsible brands certify their smartphones and do their part to
advance mobile products towards a more sustainable future.
TCO Development advances sustainable IT is the organisation behind TCO Certified, the
third party sustainability certification for IT products. Professional IT purchasers
worldwide choose TCO Certified products as part of their sustainable IT strategy. Products
achieving TCO Certified meet a broad series of criteria to ensure that manufacturing, use
and recycling is carried out with consideration for environmental, social and economic
responsibility. TCO Certified is available for displays, notebooks, tablets, smartphones,
desktops, all-in-one PCs, projectors and headsets. TCO Development is headquartered in
Stockholm, Sweden, with regional presence in North America and Asia.
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Toshiba to Start Mass Production of Next Generation NAND Flash Memory
To Supply the World's Smallest 64-gigabit NAND Memory Chip on Second Generation 19 Nanometer (nm) Process Technology
TOKYO and IRVINE, Calif., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced that the company has developed second generation 19 nanometer process technology that it will apply to mass production of 2-bit-per-cell 64 gigabit NAND memory chips later this month.
Toshiba has used the new generation technology to develop the world's smallest(*) 2-bit -per-cell 64 gigabit NAND memory chips, with an area of only 94 square millimeters. Using a unique high speed writing method, the next generation chips can achieve a write speed of up to 25 megabytes a second - the world's fastest class(*) in 2-bit-per-cell chips.
Toshiba is also developing 3-bit-per-cell chips by using this process technology and aims to start mass production in the second quarter of this fiscal year. The company will initially introduce 3-bit, multi-level-cell products for smartphones and tablets by developing a controller compatible with eMMC, and will subsequently extend application to notebook PCs by developing a controller compliant with solid state drives (SSD).
NAND flash memory is an essential component of a diverse line-up of consumer products, including memory cards, smartphones, tablets and notebook PCs, and is increasingly deployed in enterprise products, including SSD for data centers. Looking to the future, Toshiba will continue to promote product innovation and development as a leading company in the market, able to respond to a wide variety of clients' needs.
(*)Source: Toshiba. As of the release date.
*About Toshiba Corp. and TAEC
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's fifth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, April, 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
Product density is identified based on the density of memory chip(s) within the Product, not the amount of memory capacity available for data storage by the end user. Consumer-usable capacity will be less due to overhead data areas, formatting, bad blocks, and other constraints, and may also vary based on the host device and application. Maximum read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size. For purposes of measuring read and write speed in this context, 1 megabyte or MB = 1,000,000 bytes.
eMMC(TM) is a registered trademark of the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA).
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at http://www.chips.toshiba.com, or from your TAEC representative.
All trademarks and tradenames held within are the properties of their respective holders.
zNitro Presents Innovative and High-Quality Electronic Device Protection, Including New and Unique Retract iPad® Case, at CTIA 2013
LAS VEGAS, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- zNitro (znitro.com), a Clear Protector company, announced the launch of an exclusive lineup of Nitro accessories for consumer electronics at CTIA 2013. zNitro will be displaying their impressive collection of stylish and durable accessories at Booth 7163 in the Sands Exposition and Convention Center during this Las Vegas event scheduled for May 21-23,( )2013.
The zNitro lineup includes:
-- Nitro Glass: Now with an oleophobic and hydrophobic coating, these
Hammer Tested and tempered glass next generation screen protectors
shield phones and tablets from everyday damage. The new and innovative
coating resists fingerprints and smudges while providing the same crisp,
clear screen that is visible on an unprotected device. Nitro Glass has
a hardness rating of 8H out of 10H ensuring that a device will be
protected no matter the drop or potential damage.
-- Nitro Charge: Listen to and charge devices while still enjoying the
excellent quality and value of zNitro products. Each Nitro Charge kit
comes with a USB wall and car charger, Apple® 9 pin, Apple® 30 pin,
Micro USB and 3.5 mm headphones so the consumer on the go can get the
most out of their devices.
-- Nitro Retract: Unlike any iPad® case ever seen before! With a patent
pending retractable shoulder strap, these stylish cases protect the
Apple® iPad® from damage, dust and dirt. The shoulder strap is
strong, durable and tangle resistant which gives the user the ability to
wear the case over the shoulder or across the body. This unique case
demonstrates the ability to transform into an easel position for the
easy viewing of devices. Nitro Retract is available in Onyx, Rustic,
Claret, Grenadine, Bubblegum and Slate Green.
-- Nitro Shield: The most advanced film protector available! Nitro Shield
is designed to be exceptionally smooth so that finger drag and screen
distortion are eliminated. At just 2 millimeters thick, 1/3 of the
national standard, this protector looks and feels just like glass. The
high quality of their material eliminates any possibility of the "orange
-- Nitro Carbon: The new style of scratch proofing! Nitro Carbon protects
electronics with a light reflecting texture that has the look and feel
of carbon fiber. Support a favorite team or show school spirit with the
selection of 10 different colors that zNitro provides for the consumer.
Each Nitro Carbon is custom designed and, if it is ever removed, there
will never be any sticky residue.
-- Nitro Accessories: zNitro provides the consumer with a wide array of
high-quality cases and bumpers designed for today's most popular cell
phones and tablets. They provide cases and bumpers in a large selection
of colors which makes it easy to mix and match with other exceptional
zNitro products to create a pleasing color scheme.
Each product builds upon the notable reputation of zNitro, who continues to provide value, quality and high-end products to the consumer.
Z(2), the fighting robot, is back by popular demand and will make an appearance at CTIA 2013. He provides entertainment to watchers by performing kicks and dropping elbows onto a device that is protected with zNitro products. Watchers will observe that through all of Z(2)'s extravagant MMA inspired movements the device will remain unbroken and unscratched. Due to the quality of their products, and real time testing by Z(2), zNitro is a simple choice for those who wish to protect the devices that are so essential to their lives. Consumers and industry professionals alike can marvel at Z(2) while learning more about zNitro's complete line of electronic device accessories.
zNitro is based out of Sandy, Utah. Formerly known as Clear Protector, they have remained a leader in quality and innovation as well as a source for electronic device protection since 2007. Operating out of a high tech facility with a team of professionals, zNitro provides a range of solutions for the consumer looking to protect and enhance their electronic devices.
Optimize Automated Test Systems With NI PXI Programmable Power Supplies
Save rack space and simplify system design with modules featuring the highest power density on the PXI platform
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced its newest general-purpose programmable power supplies, which offer the highest power density available in PXI and form the foundation of automated test systems. The NI PXIe-4112 and NI PXIe-4113 modules provide high power density that saves rack space while simplifying design by eliminating the need to mix multiple instrumentation form factors. When programmed with NI LabVIEW software and paired with a range of PXI hardware instrumentation, the new power supplies can help engineers create a complete, customized test solution.
"With the capability of these new programmable power supplies, PXI demonstrates yet again its unique value in building automated test and benchtop validation systems," said Charles Schroeder, NI director of test systems. "When engineers combine NI PXI hardware with LabVIEW, they simplify their programming experience and quickly gain access to the latest technology - all within a thriving ecosystem. Engineers incorporating these latest technologies into their automated test systems have technical and time-to-market advantages over those using legacy box instrument approaches."
The new programmable power supplies are ideal for a range of applications from aerospace and defense to automotive and component test. These modules feature two 60 W power supply channels in a single PXI Express slot. The NI PXIe-4112 power supply features 60 V at 1 A per channel and the NI PXIe-4113 power supply offers 10 V at 6 A per channel. The two channels can be combined to create a single 120 W channel. To easily synchronize measurements, engineers can combine the power supplies with more than 1,500 PXI modular instruments ranging from digital multimeters to RF analyzers and generators, and simply trigger the instruments across the PXI chassis backplane.
Engineers can quickly take measurements using soft front panels with an interactive user interface or build fully automated applications using the LabVIEW example programs that come with the power supplies. There are example programs to perform voltage sweeps, source DC current and source DC power. With seamless LabVIEW integration, engineers dramatically reduce development time while improving system scalability for a range of applications.
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.
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MotionsTek Announces Crowdfunding Campaign in Support of Tag*it, an Innovative Tracking Technology for Smartphones and Other Small Valuables
Unique tracking device aims to debut at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New technology from MotionsTek (http://www.motionstek.com), a Taiwan-based technology developer, might put lost and found departments out of business. Tag*it is a discrete tracking device that pairs with a user's smartphone. By gauging relative motions, the technology knows when a wallet, purse, or other personal valuable is moving too far away. MotionsTek has launched an Indiegogo campaign with the objective of earning enough funding to participate in the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Learn more at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tag-it-simple-life-pure-happiness?c=home.
Considering the cost of items like designer handbags and high-end smartphones, Tag*it represents a more than worthwhile investment. Users simply insert the small tracking device inside a wallet, purse or other valuable. The potential applications of the concept are almost limitless, and the suggested retail is less than $100.
"Tag*it is 'smart' tracking technology, which makes it unlike any other tracking tool on the market," explains Tim Chiu, marketing manager at MotionsTek. "Tag*it switches to a dormant mode when there's no immediate danger, preserving battery life. The algorithm we have developed all but eliminates embarrassing false alarms. Tag*it's inertial sensor can distinguish between ordinary motion and the motion of a wallet falling to the ground, or worse, a thief slipping it out of a pocket unnoticed."
Chiu added: "Tag*it is not merely about preventing theft or loss. It's about eliminating all of the wasted time people spend just 'looking for' things. With Tag*it, people can be more productive and carefree."
Tag*it relies on low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 technology to sync the device to a user's smartphone and comes with a micro-USB cable for charging. Under normal conditions, a single charge can last a month or more. Charging takes about two hours. Via the accompanying smartphone application, all the functions and settings can be controlled with only a few swipes.
MotionsTek hopes to raise at least $40,000 toward the goal of exhibiting at CES in Las Vegas. As the largest convention of its kind, CES provides an unmatched opportunity for new product developers to make an impression on journalists and fellow innovators. Many of today's most well-known technology products debuted at the show, including Blu-ray, HDTV, Plasma screens, 3D TV and Android devices. Tag*it hopes to join that remarkable list.
As part of the Indiegogo campaign, MotionsTek is sponsoring a Tag*it giveaway to contributors who share a story in the comments section. Contributors are encouraged to share their most harrowing experiences of losing something valuable and how Tag*it will prevent a repeat. Upon successful completion of their campaign, MotionsTek plans to send a free Tag*it to at least 50 storytellers.
MotionsTek envisions Tag*it as the prototype for an entire product family, with devices and applications tailored to specific user needs. Plans are underway for tracking tools designed for sports, health care and in-home settings, among others.
The Tag*it Indiegogo campaign will conclude on June 9, so there is still ample time for consumers to express their interest in the tracking technology with a generous contribution.
Taiwan-based MotionsTek has spent several years researching and developing various applications for sensor-based technology. Tag*it has been in development since 2010. MotionsTek is happy to work together with other product designers on projects relating to sensors and smartphones.
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Ceragon Expands FibeAir® IP-20 Product Series with the Most Compact High Power Solutions for North America
Showcases FibeAir IP-20A - an ultra-high power all-indoor solution and FibeAir IP-20C HP - a high power multi-core all-outdoor solution, both supporting 2048QAM, at CTIA Wireless
CTIA WIRELESS PRE-CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Ceragon Networks Ltd. [http://www.ceragon.com ] (NASDAQ: CRNT), the #1 wireless
backhaul specialist, today introduced the newest additions to its FibeAir IP-20 product
series. FibeAir IP-20A [http://www.ceragon.com/na/newproduct.asp?ID=113 ] and FibeAir
IP-20C HP [http://www.ceragon.com/na/newproduct.asp?ID=114 ] offer the most compact, high
power radios in the industry. Both solutions are designed to address the unique needs of
North American carriers, alternative access vendors and private network operators for
compact, high power all-indoor and all-outdoor configurations. These new solutions allow
Ceragon customers to build highly reliable, cost-efficient networks and ensure the lowest
total cost of ownership (TCO). Utilizing Ceragon's powerful in-house radio technology and
featuring 2048QAM, the new FibeAir IP-20A and FibeAir IP-20C HP solutions boost net radio
capacity by 35%. The amplified transmit power also improves microwave link availability
and extends reach, while using smaller antennas.
Ceragon will demonstrate its new compact, high power solutions at CTIA Wireless
[http://www.ctia2013.com ], May 21-23, 2013, booth #2270.
The NEBS-compliant FibeAir IP-20A features an enhanced version of Ceragon's powerful
RFU-A - a small footprint, all-indoor radio, which provides 6dB of additional Tx power.
Ideal for secure, long distance network deployments with demanding rack-space
requirements, FibeAir IP-20A offers unmatched resiliency, dramatically increases link
distance and allows the use of smaller antennas without compromising link performance. In
addition, this expandable solution offers versatile usage of rack-space enabling 1+1/ 2+0
in only 2RU; up to 4+0 in only 3RU; and fully protected 2+2 or 4+0 installations including
all networking and control functions in 4RU only. The compact, all-indoor FibeAir IP-20A
is the first in a series of North American solutions which will include a wireless
multi-technology node for multi-carrier, split-mount and E/V-band deployments.
FibeAir IP-20C HP is a high power North American version of Ceragon's multi-core
solution for all-outdoor applications. This unique solution allows for high
carrier-density installations in a small form factor in the 6-11 GHz spectrum bands.
Employing Ceragon's in-house RF and modem chip design, FibeAir IP-20C HP delivers 1.3Gbps
over 80MHz channels. In 30MHz channels the solution delivers 1Gbps using 4x4 MIMO
technology. Doubling the capacity over any channel bandwidth at half the power
consumption, it can significantly reduce network operators' TCO while ensuring high
quality, capacity and reliability in long distance installations. FibeAir IP-20C HP is in
deployment with a number of US-based service providers to carry high-speed wireless
broadband and 4G/LTE traffic.
FibeAir IP-20A and IP-20C HP are the latest implementations of Ceragon's Holistic
HetNet Hauling [http://www.ceragon.com/newsolution.asp?ID=28 ] (3H) vision. 3H combines
technologies, equipment and services to address the disruptive change in mobile network
paradigms, and their evolution towards data-driven, 4G/LTE-A HetNets (heterogeneous
"Our commitment to the North American market is demonstrated in the solutions we are
introducing today," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "Our expanded FibeAir
IP-20 product series which features the most compact, high power radios in the industry
answers the unique requirements of North American network operators for high capacity
wireless hauling that can facilitate the expansion of 4G/LTE. Our growing North American
customer base can now benefit from a versatile set of solutions for a wide variety of
deployment scenarios. The feedback we have received from initial deployments and ongoing
customer trials is extremely positive, and we look forward to presenting the platform to
additional operators throughout the year."
About Ceragon Networks Ltd.
Ceragon Networks Ltd [http://www.ceragon.com ].(NASDAQ: CRNT) is the #1 wireless
backhaul specialist. We provide innovative, flexible and cost-effective wireless backhaul
and fronthaul solutions that enable mobile operators and other wired/wireless service
providers to deliver 2G/3G, 4G/LTE and other broadband services to their subscribers.
Ceragon's high-capacity solutions use microwave technology to transfer voice and data
traffic while maximizing bandwidth efficiency to deliver more capacity over longer
distances under any deployment scenario. Based on our extensive global experience, Ceragon
delivers turnkey solutions that support service provider profitability at every stage of
the network lifecycle enabling faster time to revenue, cost-effective operation and simple
migration to all-IP networks. As the demand for data pushes the need for ever-increasing
capacity, Ceragon is committed to serve the market with unmatched technology and
innovation, ensuring effective solutions for the evolving needs of the marketplace. Our
solutions are deployed by more than 430 service providers in over 130 countries.
Ceragon Networks(R) and FibeAir(R) are trademarks of Ceragon Networks Ltd., registered
in the United States and other countries. CERAGON (R) is a trademark of Ceragon Networks
Ltd., registered in various countries. Other names mentioned in this publication are owned
by their respective holders.
This press release may contain statements concerning Ceragon's future prospects that
are "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These statements are based on current expectations and projections that involve a
number of risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that future results will be
achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates. These
are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forecasts
and estimates. Some of the factors that could significantly impact the forward-looking
statements in this press release include the risk of significant expenses in connection
with potential contingent tax liability associated with Nera's prior operations or
facilities, risks associated with unexpected changes in customer demand, risks associated
with increased working capital needs, and other risks and uncertainties, which are
discussed in greater detail in Ceragon's Annual Report on Form 20-F and Ceragon's other
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only
as of the date on which they are made and Ceragon undertakes no commitment to revise or
update any forward-looking statement in order to reflect events or circumstances after the
date any such statement is made. Ceragon's public filings are available from the
Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov or may be obtained
on Ceragon's website at http://www.ceragon.com
LG Collaborates With Pretty Lights On 'Around The Block' Music Video
LG UltraWide Monitors in Center of Creative Process For Musician's Latest Work
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics collaborated with Pretty Lights, the pioneering hip-hop artist Derek Vincent Smith, to create a unique music video for his latest track, "Around the Block."
The video(http://www.youtu.be/sUBzjL2XN9Q) stars LG's "UltraWide" IPS monitors, which complement Smith's musical vision and music-mixing process with expansive, cinematic screens and multitasking features.
"DJ Pretty Lights' new music video demonstrates the exceptional multitasking functionality of our uniquely proportioned 21:9 monitors," said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. "Well suited to the needs of recording artists, sound engineers and producers, the UltraWide has enough screen real estate to display mixing software, editing tools, multimedia files and a browser at the same time."
This is not a traditional product placement. Fishler explained how the music video brings Smith's artistic vision for "Around the Block" to life through the use of LG's UltraWide monitors. The concept of the video is the symbiosis between man and machine, or more specifically, between Smith and his LG monitors. With expansive screens and enhanced multitasking features, these monitors are an ideal match for Smith's unique, experimental approach to creating music and video.
Multitasking for Creative Musical Endeavors
The LG UltraWide monitor is an excellent tool for the digital environment, helping artists to perfect their beats and realize their creative vision. The monitor's 29-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio screen enables users to view and work on several open programs at the same time, making it easy to mix, edit and create. Conveniently, the 4-Screen Split feature divides the display into four segments, which can be arranged into a variety of useful configurations with just a few mouse clicks.
The monitor's Dual Link-Up function caters to the multi-device requirements of today's digitally savvy artists. The feature enables users to simultaneously connect two separate devices -- such as a sound mixer and a recording device -- to the monitor. A clever efficiency booster, the Dual Link-Up helps to facilitate the flow of creative production.
Around the Block will be released on the album A Color Map of the Sun. Pretty Lights' fans can pre-order it now on CD, vinyl, or in digital format from the official website, http://www.prettylightsmusic.com.
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. LG Electronics, a proud 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. http://www.lg.com .
SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of its new 4K Ultra HD TVs shipping this week, Sony Electronics today launched an integrated marketing campaign celebrating the stunning color and picture resolution of 4K.
The campaign features Garth Davis, who most recently co-directed Jane Campion's critically acclaimed miniseries Top of the Lake. After seeing Sony's amazing 4K picture quality on a Sony 4K Ultra HD TV at the Sundance Film Festival, Davis was inspired to make a 4K film to allow viewers to see deeper into his imagination. Working alongside Academy Award winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC, the commercial spot encompassing Davis' vision was shot on the Sony F65 and F55 professional 4K cameras. Native 4K footage from the shoot will be showcased at retail next month where it can be enjoyed in its finest detail on Sony 4K TVs.
"The Sony 4K Ultra HD TV really is a new way of looking at things, a new visual language. There is so much detail, it's almost like you can walk into the picture," said Davis. "One of the things unique to the TV is color. And the story we've been creating for this project is about celebrating color in lots of ways. With Sony 4K we are working at the highest end of technology and creativity."
"It is so nice to have a larger color gamut to work with in 4K," added Miranda. "You can extract more information and show what you may not have seen before on a TV. Working with Sony 4K truly opens up the possibilities."
A broadcast spot starts airing this week nationally (view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhcvCZtNW9s), accompanied by digital, print and radio ads, mobile media and experiential events as well as retail point-of-purchase and interactive displays. Sony will also spread the word about the new 4K Ultra HD TVs through social networks, email, direct mail, and free standing inserts.
"The campaign calls out the enhanced quality of anything one would watch on a Sony 4K TV with a picture that is four times clearer than full HD," said Patrick Bewley, vice president of Brand Experience & Visual Design at Sony Electronics. "It's the highest resolution, most immersive experience Sony has ever created, and in order to experience it, you must see it in person to believe it."
Consumers can see and experience the new Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs at a Sony Store or Magnolia Home Theater at Best Buy.
The focus on 4K is the first piece of a year-long campaign that showcases emerging and established collaborators who have been inspired by Sony technology to create unique and unforgettable stories and Sony brand experiences. All aspects of this campaign were developed with the support of Sony Electronics' advertising agency 180 Los Angeles.
About Sony's XBR 4K Ultra HD TV Series
Joining the 84-inch XBR-84X900 in market since November 2012, the new XBR-55X900A (55-inch class - 54.6" diag.) and XBR-65X900A (65-inch class-64.5" diag.) models include the following features:
-- Images become lifelike with a resolution of four-times that of Full HD
TV (3840 x 2160 pixels)
-- All content is viewed at the highest resolution possible with upscaling
to near 4K with Sony's proprietary 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine
-- All colors, including difficult blues, greens and reds, are delivered
naturally and accurately through Triluminos display quantum dot
-- An immersive picture draws in viewers with blacker blacks and excellent
contrast produced with dynamic edge-lit, LED backlighting
-- Amazing sound from the integrated 65 Watt, front-facing, magnetic fluid
speaker system complements the stunning picture
-- A cinematic experience is brought to life through Full HD 3D
capabilities with passive glasses
-- Entertainment choices are endless with Wi-Fi connectivity, including
access to the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services
For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/4ktv.
Syncsort's New Data Integration Solutions Provide a Smarter Approach to Hadoop ETL
Two New Hadoop Offerings and DMX Innovations Bring Benefits of Better ETL through Hadoop and Better Hadoop with Enhanced ETL
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data integration solutions, today announced the availability of its Spring '13 release, including two brand new Hadoop products and breakthrough enhancements to DMX that turn Hadoop into a more robust, feature rich and easy-to-use ETL solution.
Big Data is prompting organizations to look at Hadoop to process more data in less time and for less money, but Hadoop is not yet a complete ETL solution. Syncsort's two new offerings for Hadoop - DMX-h ETL Edition and DMX-h Sort Edition are designed to strengthen Hadoop by providing the full functionality required to deliver enterprise ETL capabilities. They provide greater ease-of-use and maximize node performance compared to non-native, code-generating ETL tools. In addition, performance and connectivity enhancements to DMX expand usage by end-users and partners.
"Analyzing Big Data is critical to our customers' ability to sustain competitiveness, but the avalanche of information is breaking traditional data integration architectures ? many of the tools are too code and resource intensive and ultimately drive costs too high," said Josh Rogers, senior vice president, data integration business, Syncsort. "With our new DMX editions, we are strengthening Hadoop by providing seamless and powerful ETL and sort capabilities and at the same time, reinvigorating the value proposition of ETL by leveraging the power of Hadoop to scale core processing of Big Data."
The new DMX-h solutions take advantage of Syncsort's recent contribution to Apache Hadoop, which provides a unique level of native integration to deliver best in class data integration capabilities and Sort acceleration for Apache Hadoop distributions.
Highlights of the DMX-h ETL include:
-- Smarter Architecture. DMX-h has the only ETL engine that runs natively
within MapReduce, maximizing node performance.
-- Smarter Development. Hadoop ETL without coding. Developers can leverage
an easy-to-use Windows GUI and deploy seamlessly into Hadoop.
-- Smarter Productivity. "Use case accelerators" - a library of pre-built
templates help developers fast-track Hadoop ETL implementations.
-- Smarter Connectivity. Extends access to and delivery of all data,
including from the mainframe.
-- Smarter Economics. Smarter architecture, development, connectivity and
productivity combine to help drive results in less time and at a
fraction of the cost of other solutions.
Recent Syncsort benchmarks show significant Hadoop performance and resource efficiency improvements when using DMX-h. More importantly, the results show very predictable and sustainable throughput even as data volumes grow. Using the TeraSort benchmark, DMX-h Sort Edition achieved a sustainable throughput of over 100 megabytes per second per node (MB/S/N) delivering upwards of 2x higher throughput per node than Hadoop's native sort at 45 MB/S/N. Similarly, DMX-h ETL Edition achieved sustainable throughput in excess of 255 MB/S/N for up to 2.5x faster performance than Pig when aggregating 2TB of Web log data. In both cases, tests were run for data volumes ranging from 500GB to 2TB of data. While alternatives such as Hadoop's native sort and Pig reach a saturation point - where throughput starts to decline - at around 500GB of data, DMX-h delivered sustainable and predictable performance from 500GB to 2TB. The implications are huge for organizations, as they can more efficiently size their Hadoop infrastructure, minimize uncertainty and achieve a more predictable cost-structure as Big Data becomes even bigger.
"Hadoop is lowering the cost structure of processing data at scale, but deploying Hadoop at the enterprise level is not free, and significant hardware and IT productivity costs can damage ROI," said Evan Quinn, Senior Principal Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "Syncsort's Spring '13 release provides unique capabilities in Hadoop to help maximize savings, delivering best-in-class ETL technology at a price point that is highly disruptive for the data integration market, and more consistent with the cost structure of open source solutions."
"In tag management, we facilitate a huge number of interactions between marketers and their vendors, and as a result, we are able to see the complex journey a consumer takes prior to making a purchase. This involves a huge amount of data processing. To be competitive, we must convert the high volume of 'path-to-purchase' data captured by our platform into actionable intelligence that drives decisions by both marketers and their vendors," said Ave Wrigely, CTO of TagMan. "What's compelling about Syncsort's latest DMX product deliveries is the unique approach to replacing older code-driven approaches with a streamlined, GUI-driven way to collect, cleanse and distribute information inside and outside of Hadoop, saving time and resources and giving us maximum flexibility in preparing Big Data for business analytics and data visualization."
"Cloudera sees ETL as one of the top use cases for Hadoop ? it is essential to our mission of maximizing the value of big data," said Amr Awadallah, Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera. "We see Syncsort's new DMX-h offerings enabling our mutual customers with critical data integration and ETL capabilities which simplify ETL deployments while efficiently processing data natively on Hadoop. The CDH 4.2 release includes Syncsort's contribution to Apache Hadoop making the sort phase pluggable, enabling DMX-h, and broadening use cases on Hadoop."
Fast Start DMX-h ETL Test Drive
Anyone looking to leverage DMX-h ETL can now download a free test drive that contains everything they require without the need to set up their own Hadoop cluster. It includes a Linux Virtual Machine with Cloudera CDH 4.2 and DMX-h ETL Edition pre-installed, along with use case accelerators and sample data.
About Syncsort's Data Integration Business
Syncsort provides data-intensive organizations across the big data continuum with a smarter way to collect and process the ever-expanding data avalanche. With thousands of deployments across all major platforms, including mainframe, Syncsort helps customers around the world to overcome the architectural limits of today's ETL and Hadoop environments, empowering their organizations to drive better business outcomes<s> </s>in less time, with fewer resources and lower TCO. For more information visit http://www.syncsort.com.
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Ventev Mobile Accessories Debuts Unique iPhone 5 Battery Cases and a Portable Power Source With Rapid Charging Capability at CTIA 2013
Manufacturer of premium mobile device accessories expands power product line with accessories for iPhone 5, iPads and battery-hungry devices
LAS VEGAS and HUNT VALLEY, Md., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventev Mobile Accessories will unveil unique iPhone 5 battery cases and a 5000 mAh Li-ion portable battery charger capable of rapid charging any tablet including iPads, as well as other mobile device accessories, at CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas, May 21-23, 2013. Together with the company's existing line, the products provide a full complement of stylish, high-performing accessories to navigate the ever-evolving wireless world.
Ventev Mobile Accessories focuses on premium mobile device accessories including universal power products with rapid- and eco-charging functionality; protective cases, smartphone pouches and tablet folios; screen protectors; styluses; and corded headsets. At CTIA 2013 the company will debut the following:
-- The Powercase line of battery cases - protective cases with built-in
portable battery chargers - provides an additional 6-8 hours of talk
time for the iPhone 5. The unique charging port design allows
uninhibited access to the device's 3.5 mm jack enabling most headsets to
fit without an adapter. The 6-hour Powercase 1500 (1500 mAh), available
in grey, and 8-hour Powercase 2000 (2000 mAh), available in black or
grey, sport a sleek, lightweight design that provides both power and
protection. The two-piece case features Ventev Mobile's signature
soft-touch finish, while the device buttons remain fully functional
through the case. The Powercase boasts an LED battery level indicator
and micro USB charging port. An on/off switch enables users to control
when the device is being recharged, and current protection prevents
-- The Powercell 5000 dual-USB portable battery charger (5000 mAh Li-ion
battery) provides 15-plus hours of additional talk time in an
extra-slim, super-lightweight design that easily fits into the pocket or
purse of those on the go. It can charge any two devices at the same time
using the consumer's own cables. The 1A port is optimal for smartphones,
while, uniquely, the 2.1A rapid port can charge iPads, tablets, and
other high-powered devices at the fastest rate possible. The Powercell
5000 can recharge from any USB port using the included cable, and it
holds its charge for over 6 months when not in use.
-- Additional new products include universal smartphone pouches (leather
and rugged) and tablet folios; shatter-proof, glass-surface screen
protectors; standard and noise-isolating earbuds; and soft-tip styluses
including an all-in-one model with built-in ballpoint pen.
"Getting through the day without technology interruptions can be quite a challenge. Our new Powercase battery cases for the iPhone 5 and the rapid-charge Powercell 5000 portable battery charger ensure devices have the power they need when they need it," said Scott Franklin, Director, Ventev Mobile Accessories Marketing. "All of our accessories, including Wallport(TM) [wall] and Dashport(TM) [car] chargers, and Chargesync(TM) colored cables, empower consumers to stay connected."
Ventev Mobile's complete online press kit with product brochure and spec sheets can be found at ventev.com. Ventev Mobile's products also will be on display at Pepcom's MobileFocus from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (the first evening of CTIA 2013) in the Mirage hotel on the Las Vegas strip.
For product availability call 800.305.9772. Dealers and resellers please contact TESSCO, Your Total Source(® )for Ventev (http://www.tessco.com/go/ventev).
About Ventev Mobile Accessories
Ventev Mobile Accessories (ventev.com) is a division of TESSCO Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TESS), Hunt Valley, Md. Ventev Mobile was created by TESSCO in 2008 to focus on innovating and manufacturing premium mobile device accessories that fulfill unmet market needs including universal power products with rapid- and eco-charging functionality; protective cases, pouches and folios for smartphones and tablets; screen protectors; styluses; and corded headsets. Ventev Mobile Accessories designs and manufactures high-performing, intelligent products for consumers navigating the ever-evolving wireless world.
TESSCO Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TESS), Hunt Valley, Md., is Your Total Source(® )for making wireless work. The convergence of wireless and the Internet is revolutionizing the way we live, work and play. New systems and applications are creating opportunities and challenges at an unprecedented rate. TESSCO is there, thinking in new ways for exceptional outcomes. TESSCO architects and delivers, with innovation, productivity and speed, the product and value chain solutions to organizations responsible for building, using and maintaining wireless broadband systems.
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CONTACT: Mary Lou DiNardo, TK\PR Public Relations, Inc., 212-909-0340, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Scott Franklin, Director, Marketing, Ventev Mobile Accessories, 410-229-1255, FranklinS@tessco.com
Xilinx Achieves PCI Express Compliance Across its All Programmable 28nm Devices
Production-ready devices with integrated blocks for PCI Express Gen2 and Gen3 enable rapid development across a diverse set of applications
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. today announced that its All Programmable 7 series FPGAs and Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs have achieved full PCI Express® compliance and are now listed on the PCI-SIG integrator's list. All of Xilinx's 28nm devices passed rigorous electrical, protocol and interoperability tests at the latest PCI-SIG event held on April 15, 2013. This marked PCI-SIG's first official PCI Express Gen3 compliance and interoperability testing since the introduction of the specification.
By leveraging 7 series FPGA and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC integrated blocks for PCI Express Gen2 and Gen3, designers can meet high system bandwidth and programmable systems integration requirements needed in a variety of markets, including communications, storage and server applications.
Virtex®-7 and Kintex®-7 families support Gen3 (8 Gbps) with links for up to x8 for high throughput data center applications, and Artix®-7 FPGA and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC integrated blocks support Gen2 (5 Gbps) with links up to x4 and x8 respectively, enabling accelerated design productivity for low cost applications such as industrial and automotive.
"Xilinx remains at the forefront of the technology with its 28nm families as the market leader in FPGA-based PCI Express solutions since the protocol's introduction," said Ketan Mehta, PCI Express product marketing manager at Xilinx. "With the industry's most robust auto-adaptive Decision Feedback Equalization (DFE) for link tuning and in-system non-destructive eye scan technology, and award-winning Vivado® Design Suite for accelerated integration and implementation our customers can achieve faster time-to-market with a PCI Express solution."
With all 7 series FPGA and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC families shipping in volume production today, designers can immediately begin evaluating PCI Express Gen2 and Gen3 solutions using targeted reference designs (TRDs), boards and kits available on http://www.xilinx.com. These kits include end-to-end connectivity and reference designs that offer DDR3, PCI Express Direct Memory Access (DMA) engines and Ethernet IP blocks. Additional soft IP cores are supported through Xilinx Alliance Program members, including Northwest Logic and PLDA.
Designers can learn more about Xilinx's PCI Express solution, including demonstration videos on DFE, in-system eye scan and high-speed connectivity, by visiting http://www.xilinx.com/pciexpress.
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration. For more information, visit http://www.xilinx.com.
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eTrak Launches New GPS+ Product Line Utilizing Patented "Hybrid Tracking System" Powered by Verizon
LAS VEGAS, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- eTrak announces the release of their GPS+ line of consumer and commercial tracking products. GPS+ is eTrak's patent pending technology that integrates the usage of WIFI, cellular triangulation and GPS to achieve the most accurate positioning possible, both indoors and out.
GPS+ delivers the most accurate location available in real time directly to a Smartphone, tablet or computer. eTrak products also contain geo-fencing capability which triggers notifications if the device goes beyond preset boundaries. Additionally, the notifications provide a map and address with the location of the device.
"Small and large businesses will benefit from tracking their assets with loss prevention and cost savings," said eTrak CEO, John Harris. "They will also be able to keep their employees safe and know if they are in danger or need assistance."
Setup and the use of eTrak products is simple. Go to eTrak.com and start tracking from any Smartphone, tablet or computer and instantly see the location of the eTrak device. The eTrak consumer device is also equipped with an Emergency Panic Button that sends help requests to pre-determined recipients in the event of an emergency.
"eTrak is the size of a domino and weighs less than an ounce," Harris said. "eTrak provides the longest battery life available, and is a low cost personal emergency-response product. And with Verizon's industry-leading coverage map, it works almost anywhere."
The eTrak product line encompasses all commercial application, as well as consumer segments including health-impaired, special needs, teens and pets. eTrak also supplies custom design and development services for virtually any need or quantity.
ABOUT the eTrak GPS+ "Hybrid Tracking System"
eTrak GPS+ is the world's first and only global location management platform that works on all computer and Smartphone operating systems utilizing Wi-Fi positioning. One-of-a-kind, patent pending technology enables users to follow the exact location of the device with pinpoint accuracy on Google Maps from any computer or Smartphone. eTrak utilizes the Verizon network in the U.S., and also works in 172 countries globally. To learn more about eTrak, visit booth 6435 at CTIA or http://www.etrak.com
Perfect World Unveils New 3D Fantasy MMORPG "Holy King" in its Pipeline
BEIJING, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) ("Perfect World" or the "Company"), a leading online game developer and operator based in China, today unveiled its new 3D fantasy MMORPG, "Holy King," in its pipeline.
Adapted from the popular online novel of the same name, "Holy King" will run on Perfect World's proprietary "Echo" game engine. The game's vivid graphics and grand scenery will present players with an immersive fantasy world. Featuring a fantasy setting and fierce battles, "Holy King" blends various refreshing gameplay features entertaining players with the ability to devour all things as they progress in the game, a wide variety of profession combinations to choose from, flexible transformation abilities, and the opportunity to experience battles in different forms including vigorous fighters when alive and soul fighters after being slain. The special combination of the mysterious fantasy world and exciting battles will deliver an unforgettable gaming experience to players.
Mr. Robert Xiao, Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World commented, "Our new 3D fantasy MMORPG, 'Holy King,' is another proprietary work that our talented staff created, from its initial design to its research and development phases, with dedication to prioritizing players' needs. We hope the game will provide players with new exciting game content and an enhanced gaming experience."
Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) is a leading online game developer and operator based in China. Perfect World primarily develops online games based on proprietary game engines and game development platforms. Perfect World's strong technology and creative game design capabilities, combined with extensive knowledge and experiences in the online game market, enable it to frequently and promptly introduce popular games designed to cater changing customer preferences and market trends. Perfect World's current portfolio of self-developed online games includes massively multiplayer online role playing games ("MMORPGs"): "Perfect World," "Legend of Martial Arts," "Perfect World II," "Zhu Xian," "Chi Bi," "Pocketpet Journey West," "Battle of the Immortals," "Fantasy Zhu Xian," "Forsaken World," "Dragon Excalibur," "Empire of the Immortals," "Return of the Condor Heroes" and "Saint Seiya Online;" an online casual game: "Hot Dance Party;" and a number of web games. While a majority of the revenues are generated in China, Perfect World operates its games in North America, Europe, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia through its own subsidiaries. Perfect World's games have also been licensed to leading game operators in a number of countries and regions in Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Russian Federation and other Russian speaking territories. Perfect World intends to continue to explore new and innovative business models and is committed to maximizing shareholder value over time.
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Sony Mobile's Xperia Tablet Z(TM) Now Available Worldwide
LONDON, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- World's slimmest*, lightest** tablet hits shelves across the globe
- Ultimate entertainment tablet comes in 4G or WiFi and a choice of black or
- Red Dot Design Award 2013 joins growing list of accolades
Sony Mobile today announced that Xperia Tablet Z - the world's slimmest, lightest
premium Android tablet - is now available to buy across the globe through Sony's retail
and operator partners as well as online channels. The multi-award winning product - which
recently picked up a Red Dot Design Award 2013 - has received the largest number of
pre-orders of any Sony tablet to date.
Xperia Tablet Z captures the very best of Sony's technology, design, connectivity and
entertainment in a premium high-performance water-resistant tablet. It's incredibly slim
and lightweight and includes Sony's stunning and now familiar OmniBalance design that
perfectly complements its smartphone sibling - the smash hit Xperia Z. Xperia Tablet Z is
available in black or white finishes and in 4G or WiFi versions.
"Xperia Tablet Z has received an incredibly positive response since it was announced
and this is demonstrated by the strong pre-orders the product has received," said Tomokazu
Tajima, Senior Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning, at Sony Mobile
Communications. "We believe we have created the ultimate tablet experience and one that is
uniquely Sony. Who else would design a tablet that can be used as a media center, a TV
remote control - as well as sync seamlessly with Xperia Z and be submerged for 30 minutes
Xperia Tablet Z is also the best connected tablet available and continues Sony's
unique one-touch function story using NFC. No other company is making it easier to enjoy
content between multiple products such as TVs, speakers and smartphones than Sony.
A number of companion accessories are also available from Sony Stores and registered
retailers including a charging cradle, an LCD Screen Protector and stylish leather
Carrying Cover that comes in black, white or red.
Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading
global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information
technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music,
pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be
the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia(TM)
smartphone and tablet portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony
technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony's world of
networked entertainment experiences. For more information: http://www.sonymobile.com
*Verified in 10 tablet class at time of announcement in February 2013
**Verfied in 10" tablet class with water resistance at time of announcement in
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.
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