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    NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) announced that has agreed to acquire 100% of The About Group from The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) for $300 million in cash.

    "The acquisition is completely in line with IAC's M&A strategy of acquiring, at disciplined valuations, companies that are complementary and synergistic with both our existing businesses and our areas of expertise," said Greg Blatt, CEO of IAC. "We are extremely excited to bring these two businesses together;'s content will differentiate and greatly increase the authority of's offerings, while Ask's expertise in search technology and user experience will improve the discoverability of existing content on The complementary nature of these two businesses will provide significant synergies going forward, and thus we expect that will generate more profit as a part of and IAC than it has been able to over the last few years."

    With nearly 1,000 topic sites and more than three million unique articles, is one of the most comprehensive content and reference libraries on the Internet, offering expert, quality content across 90,000 topics that helps users find solutions to a wide range of daily needs. Globally, nearly 100 million unique users visit on a monthly basis., with more than 100 million users globally of its own, is one of the leading search and Q&A platforms on the internet.

    "This is a rare merger with true bilateral synergies," said Joey Levin, CEO of IAC Search & Applications. "On the one hand, the search and content business has generated exceptional revenue and profit growth by marketing and distributing a quality consumer search and Q&A experience, and About provides Ask with a tremendous amount of quality content to further enhance that experience and the credibility of the Ask brand.  On the other hand, has created, and today continues to grow, a library of content which consumers love across a vast array of categories, and we can now market and distribute that content and the About brand through Ask and significantly increase traffic and profitability at About."

    Upon closing, The About Group will join IAC's Search and Applications reporting segment, joining,, Mindspark, nRelate, and Pronto. Darline Jean, About's CEO, will report to Doug Leeds, CEO.  This segment has recorded double digit growth for the last two years, consistently outperforming expectations and driving the company's total revenue and profits.  The deal was signed on Sunday, August 26, 2012.

    About IAC             
    IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) is a leading media and Internet company comprised of more than 150 brands and products, including,, CollegeHumor, and CityGrid Media.  Focused in the areas of Search, Match, Local and Media, IAC's family of websites is one of the largest in the world, with nearly a billion monthly visits across more than 30 countries. The company is headquartered in New York City with offices in various locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.  To view a full list of the companies of IAC, please visit our website at

    Contact Information:
    IAC Corporate Communications                                    
    Justine Sacco /
    (212) 314-7326                                   

    IAC Investor Relations
    Nick Stoumpas /
    (212) 314 - 7495



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    Source: Techna Center, LLC

    Randallstown, MD, August 26, 2012 --( With a continued weak economy and tight budgets, many small business owners consider for ways to save on costs. The reward of savings is that it can increase profit margins. So it makes sense to save.

    To help small business owners learn about the potential savings on web services, Techna Center, LLC launches a free online calculator on its website at The calculator is simple to use and computes the savings based on the user’s competitor cost data and selection of the identical services desired from Techna Center, LLC.

    As far as the calculator is concerned, competitor costs represent current or quoted costs of operating a business website. Examples of competitor costs include website redesign, website maintenance, web hosting, email marketing, and so on. Web companies often employ two main pricing schemes: in one a range of web services are sold to small business owners as a web package, in the other, each web service is sold individually. The calculator supports entry of both of these cost options.

    The second part of the calculator provides a number of options to the calculator user to indicate desired services from Techna Center, LLC. Based on these criteria, the calculator computes the Techna Center, LLC costs and compares it with the competitor costs. Furthermore, the calculator presents a user-friendly page with the estimated savings.

    Based on the competitor cost shown in table 1 and the costs of the identical services offered by Techna Center, LLC in table 2, the calculator reveals the estimated savings is 42% or $651.92 during the first year and $431.12 in the second year.

    "These savings don't surprise us as we strive to save our clients money every day - it's that simple," noted Raj Singh, General Manager. Singh continued, "Although we have published our prices online for our common services, it is not obvious enough to figure out the savings we can deliver to our customers. The calculator provides an excellent opportunity for us to help our current and future clients make informed decisions for web services."

    About Techna Center, LLC
    Techna Center, LLC is an independent and privately held company based in Randallstown, MD, offering a full suite of web and software development and support services. Techna Center, LLC specializes in the development and training (through of web design, web programming, apps, content management systems, email campaigns, software, creative services, search engine marketing, and social media networking.

    Contact Information:
    Techna Center, LLC
    Raj Singh
    Contact via Email

    Click here to read the full story: Techna Center, LLC Launches Online Calculator to Estimate Savings for Current Website Owners

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    PRAGUE, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    MEMMENTO, the online cemetery was launched today. MEMMENTO is new and original social platform, which allows people to create an online memorial dedicated to a deceased person. The online memorial on MEMMENTO is a place where memories are kept forever, a place to which family and friends can return to remember their loved ones.

    Introducing MEMMENTO

    MEMMENTO allows you to create an online memorial and share it with your family and friends. Online memorial is a place where the bereaved can gather to honour the deceased and to remember their lives.

    Thomas Zempliner, founder of MEMMENTO, describes the reasons for creating the online cemetery: "People today in their busy lives rarely find the time to visit the cemetery because they spend more and more time by their computers, but the human need for remembering the departed loved ones remains. MEMMENTO allows you to light a candle or put flowers onto a memorial, you can read the messages others left or you can create your own. It allows you to browse photos and spend a while in remembrance. You simply do all the things you would do while visiting a cemetery or browsing a family album at your home with one difference, on MEMMENTO you can do all these things online. Whenever you want, wherever you are..."

    No One Should Be Forgotten

    Today's technology allows the preservation of a memory for eternity. MEMMENTO offers a possibility to record the lives of your loved ones in a way that they will never be forgotten. MEMMENTO offers creation of an online memorial for free and guarantees that the memorial will stay accessible forever.

    Memmento Introduces Official Memorials Of Famous People

    Since the launch of MEMMENTO's beta version people were creating memorials and paying their respect to famous people such as Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees or the "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer on a mass scale. This led the creators of MEMMENTO to the idea of official memorials of famous people. The official memorial on MEMMENTO is the first service of its kind online and it is free for everyone.

    How The Memorial On Memmento Works

    MEMMENTO sees the memorial as an unlimited white space, onto which the bereaved can place their memories at will. Thomas Hruby, creative director of MEMMENTO says: "Our goal was to offer absolute freedom to our users so that each memorial they create would be unique in its own way. I think we have accomplished just that."

    PR contact:
    Jan Mikulka
    PR manager
    tel.: +420-734-872-049


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    THAME, England, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    A couple of recent surveys have suggested quite a shift in the way modern professionals organise their working lives. It has been argued on the evidence procured by Four Points by Sheraton that business travellers have recently begun to favour tablet computers over laptops when it comes to getting work done on the move.

    The tablet is certainly a very portable option for business travellers and the findings of the Four Points by Sheraton study indicates that a staggering 67% of UK travellers prefer tablets to laptops when it comes to business trips. The same survey suggests that 73% are of the opinion that this kind of technology makes business travel easier

    Another survey, this one carried out by BCC, suggests that 70% of employers have noticed an improvement in morale and employee relations after putting flexible working conditions in place - something which is likely to increase given the positive experiences many London-based companies had with remote working experiments during the games fortnight this summer.

    All this suggests that a change is on the horizon where business communication is concerned, although many companies have been employing online solutions for some time. The team at MeetingZone has experienced a steady increase in the number of inquiries it receives from businesses looking to refine their communications systems in order to accommodate more flexible working arrangements.

    Web conferencing and conference calling is on the rise and online systems are being used to support the shift in how the business world approaches communication in light of the wider environmental, economic and technological changes affecting it. This combination of changes is largely behind the surge in popularity communications services available from and other companies committed to facilitating a more modern way of working.

    The positive aspects of flexible working arrangements and remote working have been known for a long time and it appears that the more employers and employees are afforded a taste of this alternative technological approach the more confidently they commit to it in time.

    SOURCE MeetingZone Ltd

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    LONDON, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    IT consultancy boosts revenues by 15%, with growth in the UK, US and Canadian investment banking markets, as well as in nearshore development centres in Poland and Spain.

    Rule Financial, an independent provider of business consultancy, IT consultancy and IT services to the global investment banking community, today announces its growth in revenues of 15 per cent year-on-year and the recruitment of more banking domain specialists and technical experts. In doing so it has grown its presence within nine of the top ten global investment banks.

    Despite many economists doubting banks' IT spend this year (e.g. Celent predicted growth of just 2.8% in 2012), Rule Financial is continuing to expand globally. Rule Financial has found that regulatory pressure is a key driver for projects that it is winning in capital markets; with the Dodd-Frank regulation in the US and EMIR in Europe requiring banks to completely overhaul OTC derivatives clearing systems.

    H1 2012 has also witnessed an increase in the nearshoring of client IT development and support services to Poland, with Rule Financial's presence in Łódź increasing in headcount to 178 and planned to rise to 200 by the end of the year. Łódź boasts a highly skilled, multi-lingual workforce, fresh from the many local technical universities; further evidenced by the likes of Citi and BNY Mellon who have also recently opened centres in the country.

    Rule Financial differentiates itself on its domain expertise and has bolstered this capability in the London headquarters with a number of key hires joining the OTC clearing and collateral management team. These include James Tomkinson and Jonathan Philp, specialists in OTC clearing and collateral management. Marina Potok also joined the team from UBS in August, as a specialist in OTC, structured and securitised products. Rule Financial has also launched a new application managed services (AMS) practice, spearheaded by Pauline Parker, who supports global clients' vendor and proprietary systems. In addition, the North American arm of Rule Financial continues to grow, and has recently been enhanced by the appointment of John Free from Sapient, as CTO for North America.

    Chris Potts, CEO, Rule Financial, said: "The wave of regulation which was triggered by the 2008 financial collapse is now being felt by the world's financial institutions, which is in turn driving IT strategies. Dodd-Frank, EMIR and Basel III are just a few of the regulations for which firms are turning to Rule Financial for guidance and consultancy. Our domain experts have incredible knowledge of the practical implications of these regulations, which is reflected in the increase in consultancy we are undertaking and the increase in our revenues. Our early move to open a development centre in Poland is not only supporting, but is also helping to drive our growth. We fully intend to use our success in the first part of the year as the platform from which we continue to drive for the recruitment of quality staff and continued financial success."


    About Rule Financial

    Rule Financial is a leading independent provider of business and IT services, employing over 450 people in the UK, the USA, Spain and Poland. Our specialists work alongside their counterparts at the world's leading investment banks, hedge funds and financial institutions, helping to lower costs, improve productivity and extract the maximum value from IT investments.

    We cover all aspects of advisory, execution and support services. Our domain specialisms include: Securities Finance, Prime Services, Risk Management, Trading, Legal & Compliance and Operations. Our delivery specialisms include: advisory and execution services in system development, user-centric design, software development, integration, testing, on-going support and IT outsourcing.

    We offer our clients end-to-end solutions that solve their complex business and IT issues. Our specialists have a deep understanding of the increasing regulatory pressures faced by financial institutions and a number of our recent engagements have included strategic consultancy around OTC derivatives regulation and the implications of central clearing on integrated systems and collateral management.

    For more information about Rule Financial please contact:

    Stuart Cooper
    tel: +44-(0)20-7608-4695



    SOURCE Rule Financial

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    FREIBURG, Germany, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    "Spreadsheet-driven corporate controlling and liquidity planning" eventually led to the collapse of a major drugstore chain, reported German news weekly Der Spiegel,  based on the corporation's insolvency report. Thankfully, there is no need for corporations to be chained to such old-fashioned tools. Rather, controlling, planning, analysis, and reporting can be brought up to speed with easy-to-understand software, as the latest version of the popular Jedox Suite proves.

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    Jedox Suite is a new software solution for business intelligence (BI) and performance management, uniting all relevant functions in a comprehensive platform that can be customized to fit individual client requirements. The kicker is that its user interface is already intuitively familiar to Excel® spreadsheet users. This functionality enables business users to autonomously model reports, analysis, and planning-true to the slogan of "self-service BI," which is increasingly in demand.

    Controlling is a classic application arena for Jedox 4, since sales, revenue, results planning, and other departments require continuous cost and efficiency analysis. For instance, users can use the Jedox 4 Suite for valid project controlling-ensuring that project goals, deadlines, and budgets remain on track. Other uses for Jedox 4 are production controlling, as well as complex cost and production simulation. "Just take new orders or customized client requests that need to be addressed quickly. Jedox 4 delivers the facts we need to plan production precisely and safely. Now we can adapt production planning in rolling cycles," explained Dr. Hartmut Trier, managing director and owner of Scherer & Trier, a well-known supplier for the automotive industry-and Jedox customer.

    In its newly released Version 4, the Jedox solution features a re-tooled user interface. What's more, Jedox 4-more powerful than ever before and now with improved encoding technology--is even easier to integrate with the existing corporate IT landscape. Featuring improved relational reporting Excel "drill-through" functionality to access detailed data, Jedox 4 also features increased performance and optimized storage capability for large and extremely large data models. Said Kristian Raue, Chairman of the Board of Jedox AG, "This functionality lets us adapt to increasing data size, even in mid-size companies."

    Satisfied pilot users of Jedox Suite Version 4 include Airbus Operations GmbH, Berliner Vivantes-Kliniken, and Universitätsmedizin Göttingen.

    For more information on our software, please visit us at

    Headquartered in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany, Jedox is a leading provider of self-service BI and performance management solutions. In addition to providing software and support, Jedox also offers implementation and maintenance of its solutions. Its recently founded Jedox Academy offers product training and instruction.

    Contact Jedox AG: Dr. Joachim Eicher and Rafael Kurz, Ph: +49-761-15147-0

    SOURCE Jedox AG

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    DONGGUAN, China, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dongguan Tianyu Semiconductor Technology Co., Ltd. (Tianyu), the first SiC epitaxial wafer company in China, has started to expand its SiC epitaxial wafer business globally after the completion of three contracts prior to this in August 2012.

    "The prospects of the SiC are bright," said Li Xiguang, GM of Tianyu. "SiC substrate is getting better, larger and cheaper; more attention is paid on this market. SiC device will show more competitiveness in the global market." SiC device will be netting a billion dollars in a decade according to a market analyst of Yole Developpement.

    SiC epitaxial wafers are used in producing Schottky diodes, MOSFETs, JFETs, and BJTs over a wide voltage range and customized wafers for thyristors, GTOs and IGBTs over a wider voltage range for medium to very high voltage power conversion system applications. These devices are used for energy efficient power electronic devices for numerous applications, such as air-conditioning, solar and wind turbine inverters, hybrid and electric vehicles, high speed trains, smart grids and high-voltage DC power transmission. SiC-based semiconductor devices can reduce energy losses and system size, leading to overall reduced system costs and enhanced reliability.

    About Tianyu:

    Dongguan Tianyu Semiconductor Technology Co., Ltd. (Tianyu), which was founded on Jan. 7th, 2009, and located in Songshan Lake National High-tech Industrial Development Zone of Dongguan City in Guangdong province, is the first high-tech company specializing in research, production and marketing the third generation semiconductor silicon carbide (SiC) epi-wafers in China.

    Tianyu facilities cover 20000 square meters in plant areas, and 10000 square meters in workshop. Two world-class SiC CVD reactors and auxiliary inspection equipments such as AFM from Bruker, Mercury Probe Tester from Semilab, KLA-Tensor and thickness test system were introduced in the production of the SiC epi-wafer in Tianyu.

    Tianyu has a top-ranking technical team, Chinese Academy of Sciences, six major researchers and 30 engineers working on the SiC epitaxial technology growth. The epitaxial wafer size includes 4", 3", and 2". Production capacity is 10000 pcs/month, which can be increased if needed, and product specifications reach the advanced level in international standards.

    For more information about Tianyu and its products, please visit


    Vincent Zhang


    SOURCE Tianyu Semiconductor Technology Co., Ltd

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    VIENNA, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VIDA Diagnostics, a leading developer of quantitative imaging analysis software for the diagnosis and treatment planning of major pulmonary disease, announced today the release and commercial availability of Apollo® 1.2, here at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) meeting in Vienna, Austria.  Apollo 1.2 showcases improved workflow and dataflow functionality streamlining VIDA's software as a service model, new interactive procedure planning features for lung volume reduction therapies and endobronchial biopsies, and the industry's first automatic lobar fissure integrity scoring application to evaluate collateral ventilation in emphysema patients.

    "Apollo 1.2 represents a significant step in the development of VIDA's software as a service offering that provides patient selection, procedure planning and response evaluation for endobronchial emphysema treatment procedures," said Susan A. Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of VIDA. "The addition of fissure integrity measurements to evaluate collateral ventilation through quantitative imaging software, underscores VIDA's leadership in procedure planning and clinical trials support for emphysema interventions."

    "Appropriate patient selection for lung volume reduction therapies for patients with emphysema is an essential part of our patient management strategy," said Dr. Arschang Valipour, M.D., Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Otto-Wagner Hospital in Vienna.  "We are integrating quantitative CT-based biomarkers using VIDA Apollo® into our clinical routine including measures of disease severity, heterogeneity, and fissure integrity analysis to incorporate more objective measures for patient selection and planning for emphysema device therapies."

    About VIDA Diagnostics
    VIDA Diagnostics is a leader in quantitative pulmonary analysis software for the early detection, evaluation and aiding of treatment of pulmonary disease including COPD, emphysema, lung cancer, and asthma.  Apollo, VIDA's quantitative pulmonary imaging software platform, provides lung anatomic and functional measurements such as lung and lobe volumes, parenchymal density and airway diameters that are used to determine appropriateness, planning and patient response for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.  Apollo is FDA-approved and CE certified for clinical use in the U.S and European Economic Area. VIDA's analysis methodology and ISO 13485:2003/CMDCAS certified core lab services have been validated in multiple academic, pulmonary device, and pharmaceutical clinical trials. For more information on VIDA Diagnostics, visit

    About Emphysema and COPD
    The global incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which includes emphysema, is increasing and is predicted to be the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. In the U.S., where nearly 5 million people are diagnosed with emphysema, it is estimated that one person dies every 4 minutes from COPD. Debilitating and costly, approximately $50 billion was spent addressing the direct and indirect costs associated with COPD in the U.S. in 2010.

    SOURCE VIDA Diagnostics

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    CROWTHORNE, England, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    Following the "Draw Something" phenomenon that hit the app stores just a few months ago, now comes an app that singing fans will love - "Sing Me Something"! It's karaoke with a twist and a great way of interacting with friends and people across the globe.

    The exciting new Sing me something app is refreshing, fun and a great way of socialising with fellow musical enthusiasts.

    Unlike any other app out there, it is purely based around your love of singing and getting to guess the songs, which means it can appeal to everyone from 8 to 80!

    At only $1.99 (£1.49), this app is an absolute bargain when it comes to keeping you entertained and relieving boredom. An addictive and family friendly app, it is a great test of both your singing skills and musical recognition.

    Sing Me Something's founders, Thomas De Vos and Askin Akhan, have created a fun game which has a great concept where regular people can become their pop icons.

    A player is given a selection of three songs (complete with melody and lyrics to help the player achieve the best recording possible) then picks a tune, sings and records it for another user to listen to. The other player then has to guess what the song is!

    Players can either play randomly and compete with people from anywhere in the world, or they can invite Facebook friends to join them on Sing me something and have a great time socialising with friends, family and colleagues whilst having fun.

    Ideal for regular travellers or commuters too, the Sing Me Something app is great to play wherever you are. The next step up from Draw Something, this app promises to be even more entertaining, inventive, energetic and above all, sociable than any other.

    This new app from the application development company IT Enterprise Ltd is set to be one of the most addictive apps available, and with many features including points and rewards, Facebook integration, monthly competitions for singing and much more, it is sure to be a smash hit.

    Sing Me Something is available on iPhone app store and at the Android app market, and allows users to save their songs, access play stats and even rank other people's singing talents, making it a great all-rounder.

    A simple yet colourful layout combined with a great concept for entertainment, this new app is sure to be the next big thing.

    This is truly the next step in social gaming, so warm up those vocal chords and you will soon see that the Sing Me Something app is the 'key' to great tuneful entertainment!


    Ashley Khan, +44-(0)7887-710933 (Primary), +44-(0)7779-907717 (secondary)

    SOURCE IT Enterprise Ltd

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    HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Vislink (VLK:LSE) announced that it will be showing its Advent Mantis MSAT Portable Data Terminal at the upcoming IBC2012 Broadcast technology show in Amsterdam.  The latest development of the company's MSAT product is designed to address the emerging Ka-Band satellite newsgathering requirements of broadcasters around the world. 

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    Mantis MSAT is already shipping to customers in X-Band guise and is proving to be one of the most popular products in the Advent 2012 portfolio. The MSAT is a 12.5Kg go-anywhere satellite terminal that can be set-up and providing data and video transmission in as little as five minutes from unzipping its ballistic nylon carry-case. It supports the aforementioned X-Band, Ku and now Ka-Band configurations. Bands can be swapped in the field in under a minute.

    Stephen Rudd, CEO Vislink International Ltd said, "Mantis MSAT is an exciting departure for Vislink's Advent Satellite product portfolio. Never before have we had the combination of speed, flexibility and lightweight construction bundled into a single product.  The combination is clearly the right one because our customers have made it the fastest-selling satellite terminal product in our 30-year history."

    Recent launches of high-throughput Ka-Band satellites are set to add another dimension to satellite news-gathering.  A solitary reporter with the smaller, lighter Advent MSAT terminal  can engage the unit's on-board GPS sat finder, align and lock-on to a receiving satellite, acquire a network, set up a camera and prepare for a live shot in minutes.  It uses readily available battery or mains power and supports all popular transmission modem options.

    "One of the major benefits in using Ka-Band is the cost of use. Recent studies have shown that the use of Ka-band is up to 30 percent less expensive than BGAN transmission, which means that an MSAT system could pay for itself in one year," explains Ali Zarkesh, business development director for satellite communications at Vislink. "The expanding availability of Ka segment space is what is making this possible. Eutelsat, Yahsat, Avanti, ViaSat and other satellite communications companies have recently launched satellites specifically for Ka-Band use so the Ka-Band footprint is expanding rapidly. Europe, North America, the Middle East and Russia are already covered and initiatives are under way in Australia and Latin America. "

    For more information on Mantis MSAT or any other Vislink product, visit Vislink at IBC 2012 Amsterdam, IBC Stand 1.A61 or visit




    SOURCE Vislink

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    VELDHOVEN, Netherlands, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai in the Netherlands is the first auto manufacturer to introduce a five year NAVTEQ MapCare™ map update programme - an easy, cost-effective map update package.  Throughout this period new car buyers with line fit navigation systems will have the most recent map version installed for free by their Hyundai dealer when bringing the vehicle in for its annual service.  For the lifetime of the vehicle's 5 year warranty (even if the car is sold on to a second owner), the update programme simplifies the process for the driver of keeping maps up-to-date.  Administration and logistics attached to the map updates are being handled by Nokia Location & Commerce.

    Consumer Research* has underlined that more and more people want the latest road information on their navigation systems at all times, which in turn impacts customer satisfaction and loyalty.  The vast majority also feel that the navigation experience has a significant impact on overall satisfaction with a vehicle.

    This programme will save drivers money when compared to buying separate map update products on a yearly basis, which ensures the most cost effective way to keep a Hyundai navigation system updated. The annual updates, featuring extensive NAVTEQ® Map coverage of Western and Eastern Europe plus Russia and Turkey, will be installed and activated via USB stick in Hyundai dealerships.  The Netherlands programme is a pilot with a view to rolling out to Hyundai operations across Europe.

    *Fourth Annual Gen Y Automotive Survey, Deloitte, January 2012



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    LONDON, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Premier League transfers and their social media effects

    Spending in football always sparks great debate, both between fans of the beautiful game, and those who can't quite understand what all the fuss is about. With the Premier League 2012 summer transfer window having closed on Friday, infographic design agency infogr8 have created a revealing visualization , in collaboration with sports fan engagement company WePlay showing some of the summer's biggest transfers involving English teams, the spending of the English clubs, and the effect all of this has had on the Twittersphere.

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    With more than £475m spent during this transfer window, some clubs have spent big on revamping their squad and acquiring the best footballing talent from around the globe. The two biggest transfers saw Belgian Eden Hazard and Brazilian Oscar make their way to West London to join Champions League holders Chelsea, who forked out more than £55m for the pair. Both Manchester clubs - City and United - also made big-money acquisitions, City spending £37m on bolstering their squad on transfer deadline day alone.

    These transfers have also had an interesting effect on the world of Twitter and social media, revealed with the insight of Kred , a social media analysis site which uses data and influence measurement to identify influential people in different interest communities.

    With a plethora of the world's biggest and best names in football now avid 'Tweeters', the infographic shows what effect their transfers have on their number of followers. Perhaps the most striking example of this is in the case of Mousa Dembele, who moved across London from Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur for the fee of £15m. Though the Belgian international may not have anything like as many followers as the likes of Robin Van Persie or Eden Hazard, his number of followers went up by nearly 350% in the 24 hours after his transfer.

    The infographic also gives us the opportunity to really put the figures into perspective, and see how much was spent and received by each team during the transfer window. Unsurprisingly, five of last season's top six finishers were at the top of the spending table; Chelsea the biggest spenders with just shy of £80m invested in new players, while only six of the 20 Premier League teams ended up making money from their transfers, Spurs bringing in the most with £57.5m made through sales (though only £1.5m profit) as some of their star players headed for foreign shores.

    Though the spending in this transfer window may not have reached the dizzying heights of four years ago, a total approaching £500m shows that clubs will still do anything to procure the prodigiously talented players.

    (N.B. Figures of transfers and totals vary depending on sources and medias. This can be due to add-on fees, extra payments and conflicting figures released by different clubs.)

    We Play is a new London based Fan Engagement Agency, helping sports brands and entities build engaged, retained and loyal fan bases using social media.

    SOURCE WePlay

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    GRENOBLE, France, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    Allegro DVT is proud to introduce the world first HEVC hardware decoder IP at IBC 2012.

    HEVC (aka "High Efficiency Video Coding") is the next generation video standard, currently being developed by the JCT-VC team. JCT-VC is a joint team between MPEG and VCEG. The finalized HEVC standard will bring 50% bitrate savings compared to equivalent H.264/AVC encodings. HEVC should be ready for ratification by ISO and ITU (as ISO/IEC 23008-2 MPEG-H Part2 and ITU-T Rec.H.265) by the end of January 2013. HEVC decoders will then be quickly adopted in many devices such as: camcorders/DSC, digital TVs, PCs, set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets …

    The new HEVC decoder IP leverages Allegro DVT long and successful history of hardware video IPs development. Thanks to this HEVC decoder IP, Allegro DVT customers will be able to tape-out HEVC capable SoC as soon as the standard is finalized.

    At IBC 2012, Allegro DVT will demonstrate an FPGA based, real-time, high definition HEVC decoder, on its booth: 1.A46.

    Any company that has interest on the HEVC topic is invited to contact us at , and book a private demonstration on our stand 1.A46.

    Read more on Allegro DVT products for IC vendors ( )

    Allegro DVT is a leading provider of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC|SVC|MVC and HEVC solutions, including industry standard compliance test suites, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC encoder, codec and decoder hardware (RTL) IPs; and multiscreen encoders and transcoders. Allegro DVT products have been chosen by more than 100 major IC providers, OEMs and broadcasters.
    For more information, visit Allegro DVT's Website(  ) or contact

    SOURCE Allegro DVT

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    LONDON, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent research on the bit error rate testers (BERT) market, Frost & Sullivan presents Luceo Technologies GmbH with the 2012 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Price Performance Value Leadership. A key market participant, Luceo Technologies has differentiated itself by offering highly competitive, modular products that are available at a very low price when compared to its competitors.

    "At this time of difficult economic conditions, especially in Europe, it is extremely important for test vendors to offer testers that are affordable, yet provide the adequate features and functionalities customers are looking for, without sacrificing quality," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Sujan Sami. "The cost-effectiveness of their products will be critical for companies to remain competitive in the BERT marketplace."

    With a starting price of just $30,000, Luceo Technologies' X-BERT and PARALLEX® products are at least 30 percent less expensive than the competition's offering. This is the key reason for the growth of the company over the past 2 years – over 6 percent – which is higher than the market average.

    Luceo Technologies is focused mainly on the production environment and is well positioned to address growing technologies such as SONET/SDH, bolstering market growth. Its products offer testing capabilities for 40 gigabit and 100 gigabit Ethernet technologies, thereby enabling customers to test at higher data rates.

    The X-BERT has both electrical and optical interfaces giving customers the option to perform parallel tests to increase capacity during production. This helps save time and speed up production. Due to its lower cost, even institutes with limited budgets have purchased these products, saving money for research and development.

    With the PARALLEX® product, the customer has the option to increase the bandwidth by adding channels. This product finds extensive use in applications such as active optical cable (AOC), QSFP, PCI Express Gen 3 with 8 channels of 8GBit/s, or 40GbE/100GbE that requires simultaneous testing of several channels with individual controls. The test system can add 12 channels allowing customers to save money by customizing their product to the number of channels they require and upgrade when required.

    "Being modular, the products provide the opportunity to add/append the number of channels," explained Sami.

    Luceo Technologies also strives to provide superior support to customers. It partners with well-known distributors to sell globally and provide adequate support to solve customers' problems quickly. Customers need not wait for their servicing, and the end users have easy access to engineers. This provides Luceo Technologies' clients with a significant advantage. In addition, the company offers training during the installation phase and operational phase over the web to enable clients to access information from their office.

    Overall, there is a huge demand for Luceo Technologies' products due to the unmatched price performance value. Despite being a relatively small company in terms of size, Luceo Technologies' products offer impressive quality and performance on par with that of the tier 1 companies in the BERT market. The company has been able to add new clients to its customer base mainly through the high level of recommendations it gets from existing clients, which in turn helps the company to increase its brand recognition in the market.

    "Understanding the fact that the demand for bit error rate testers is growing in Asia Pacific, the company extended its distribution channels in China, Korea and other countries with a new sales team," noted Sami.

    Based on its analysis of the global BERT market, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Global Price Performance Value Leadership Award to Luceo Technologies. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed a product that suit the needs of clients. The award lauds the price competitiveness, features, and ease of use of the product as well as the service effectiveness of the recipient company.

    Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

    About Luceo Technologies GmbH

    Luceo Technologies was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Started by a group of engineers, the company has gained admirable recognition in the test and measurement equipment market for optical component and transceiver characterization. The company offers affordable, yet fully-featured, bit error rate testers. The products are highly flexible and customizable due to the modular approach, in line with customers' needs.

    About Frost & Sullivan

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    Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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    LONDON, September 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

    AmBase Corp was the big mover and the big volume leader in Fridays action.  Ambase Corp was higher by 41% on $10 million in volume.  Pristine Solutions was flat in trading Friday on just over $3 million in trading volume.  Over the last trading week Pristine Solutions is up by around 30% on heavier than normal volume.  

    We will report on how Pristine Solutions opened up in the markets.  Liquidmetal Technologies was lower by 6% on around $1.3 million in trading.  Stevia First is a stock we have not seen on the volume charts for a while.  Stevia First was higher by a whopping 75% on almost $1 million traded.

    Finally away from the OTC markets and the pink sheet plays we are looking at the volume on CEMEX S.A.B. Cemex Friday was off by 2% and traded 12 million shares in the mid $7.50 per share mark.  Apple Inc is also a stock we like to keep an eye on, especially the volume.  Apple Inc traded over 12 million shares at around $665 per share….now that's what we call volume.  Apple Inc traded flat in Friday's trading session.

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    NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) will be celebrating its 5th anniversary on September 5.  The OTW is a nonprofit run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures. It does this primarily through five projects:

    • Fanlore is a wiki within which fans can document their understandings of and experiences in fandom. This encyclopedic resource is an archive of fandom history and terminology for fans; it also gives context for outside media, academics, and people new to fandom in a format wherein fans are in control of their own representation. Fanlore's 20,720 articles have undergone 386,428 edits.
    • Legal Advocacy. The OTW believes that fanworks are creative and transformative, core fair uses, and will therefore be proactive in protecting and defending fanworks from commercial exploitation and legal challenge. This help is not limited to those fans or projects directly connected with OTW.  Our legal team has submitted amicus briefs in the cases of Ryan Hart vs. Electronic Arts, Inc. and Salinger v. Colting, and won a DMCA exemption for noncommercial remix makers from the Copyright Office in 2009.  They have submitted a petition in 2012 for renewal of this exemption and are awaiting a decision from the Copyright Office.
    • The Archive of Our Own (AO3) is an open-source digital archive for fanfiction and other fanworks that hosts 431,000 works from 65,000 fan creators.
    • Open Doors offers shelter to at-risk fannish content by archiving and preserving fanworks and artifacts of fan culture through hosting at the AO3 or through our partnership with the University of Iowa Special Collections department.
    • Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is a peer-reviewed academic journal that promotes scholarship on fanworks and fan practices.  It published its 10th issue in June, 2012, a special issue on fan activism guest edited by noted media scholar Henry Jenkins. TWC is a Gold Open Access publication indexed in all major academic databases, open access directories, and services such as Google Scholar.

    Board member Francesca Coppa said "The OTW demonstrates the talent, skills, and passion of fandom worldwide.  We are staffed by 490 fans internationally representing a variety of fan experiences, and we hope to engage and support more fans over the next five years."

    For more information contact

    CONTACT: Francesca Coppa, 1-917-287-8598

    SOURCE Organization for Transformative Works

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  • 09/03/12--11:22: Smart TEFL
  • Source: TEFL Scotland

    London, United Kingdom, September 03, 2012 --( Recent figures show that there has been an immense increase in smartphone usage across all key markets year on year, particularly in the UK. Every second person in Britain owns a smartphone, with usage being more prevalant amongst younger generations, and almost every tablet user using their device to access the internet.[1]

    TEFL England are the first TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) provider to offer courses that can be completed entirely from your tablet, smartphone or other web-enabled device. There are no fees or extra charges, all that is needed is a device with internet capabilities. The company has named this service "Smart TEFL." A representative from TEFL England stated:
    “We are very excited that we can now offer this service. We wanted to evolve our offering to those enrolled on our courses. Mobile TEFL allows for students to have access to their TEFL course anywhere and anytime, without the restriction of having to find a computer or laptop.”

    Education and online learning is evolving. Teaching English as a foreign language is a viable employment, work experience and travel option for English speakers. Anyone can do it, as long as they speak English.

    Joshua Goldblatt of Baker Street International, when speaking of the demand in Spain, stated that:

    “Despite the economic downturn, or perhaps because of it, many Spaniards are looking to travel or work abroad and so realise the urgency of learning English.”

    The demand for English speakers to move abroad and work or volunteer in schools, academies, universities and businesses in countries worldwide is extremely high – many see the English language as key in their international development. This presents a huge opportunity for those looking to travel, earn money and gain valuable work experience, and for those who are thinking of career breaks, gap years or an entire career change, TEFL is perfect, and Smart TEFL will allow for efficient completion of your course, meaning you could be working in your dream location much sooner than you think.

    [1] April 2012. Think Insights with Google. Key Market Report: Trends in digital device and internet usage. TNS Enumeration Study 2012.

    Contact Information:
    TEFL England
    Alana MacPherson
    Contact via Email
    For release on the 3rd September 2012.

    Click here to read the full story: Smart TEFL

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    Source: Cameron Park Computer Services

    Sacramento, CA, September 03, 2012 --( Cameron Park Computer Services President Mark Anthony Germanos announced the engagement between Cameron Park Computer Services and Lakewood Villa. Lakewood Villa is a premier Sacramento Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) providing assisted living for seniors. Vixcent Villaluna purchased Lakewood Villa and made it a top-notch facility. With facility upgrades, a high staff/resident ratio and caregivers who sincerely enjoy working with the elderly, LakeWood Villa is one of the premier assisted living facilities in Sacramento.

    “With their target market using the Internet and smart phones more, Lakewood Villa decided they needed to use these vehicles to reach folks who are trying to decide on an assisted living facility to house mom. Lakewood Villa was looking at online marketing to capture more business. They found Cameron Park Computer and contracted for the Sacramento SEO Silver package,” said Germanos. Sacramento SEO Silver involves generating a 6,000 word manifesto explaining what a company does, how it is different from its competitors and why a customer should do business with them. This content is then used in blogs, articles and other marketing materials. Sacramento SEO Silver takes time to develop, but generates long-standing results and is unaffected by Google’s Penguin update. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, involves using Internet tools to help your ideal customers find you.

    Creating an online presence that gets you on page 1 is not an easy task. It takes work and patience. Good things usually do take time. Lakewood Villa can be reached at (916) 682-2867. Cameron Park Computer Services can be reached at (530) 677-8864 and

    Mark Anthony Germanos uses Internet tools to help your ideal customers find you, your products and your services. Mark uses SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, to help his clients attract more business. Mark’s Sacramento SEO Gold package includes creating a 6,000 word document with abundant content for your online presence. Sacramento SEO Gold will not produce instant gratification, but Sacramento SEO Gold works and creates long-term benefits. Google Sacramento business revival or Sacramento cloud computing to see Mark’s SEO strategies in action. Mark is available at 530-677-8864 and at

    Contact Information:
    Cameron Park Computer Services
    Mark Gemanos
    Contact via Email

    Click here to read the full story: Sacramento SEO Company Announces Engagement with Lakewood Villa, a Premier Sacramento Assisted Living Facility

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    BRECKSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Runners, cyclists, and other active individuals often carry identification in case of emergency. Should a car hit them, or should they suffer from a health condition, they need to be identified even if they are unable to communicate with emergency responders. Carrying a wallet with identification can interfere with athletic training, prompting many athletes to risk an emergency situation without identification. Crosstrain ID has created a line of convenient, unobtrusive identification products that support the safety of athletes while allowing them to properly train. Adding to its identification product catalog, Crosstrain ID has recently launched its highly anticipated silicone Wristband ID.

    Crosstrain ID's silicone emergency identification line was created to offer the same level of comfort as a sports watch. Merging convenience and safety, these products can be adjusted for a custom fit and come in red, blue, yellow, green, and black. The stainless steel clasp and ID tag are easily maintained and can withstand the elements, allowing athletes to train in a variety of conditions without worrying about their identification.

    "The purpose of wearing an identification wristband when training is to enhance safety without compromising the intensity of your workout," commented Crosstrain ID owner, David Thomas. "With the new line of silicone products, our customers can run, cycle, hike, kayak, and even compete in triathlons without worrying if their identification is intact. These wristbands are extremely durable, withstanding all the sweat and grime that naturally accompanies a successful workout."

    Since founding the company in 2010, Thomas has created a brand that provides high quality products at the most competitive price. He believes that proper identification should be available to all athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and even children. For this reason, he has created several lines of products that sell at competitive rates, allowing individuals to make safety a priority without spending a fortune.

    Each Crosstrain ID wristband can display up to five lines of text with 21 characters per line. Generally, individuals have their names, addresses, and phone numbers inscribed. Additionally, many individuals also include their blood type in case of a medical emergency. Likewise, allergies, medications, and medical conditions can be added. Crosstrain ID encourages individuals with extra space on their identification tags to include an inspirational phrase, such as "Never Stop!"

    Crosstrain ID wristbands have quickly become important safety tools for many athletes. Individuals see the purchase of a Crosstrain ID product as an investment in their future and in their health. Each wristband carries a 30 day, money back guarantee. Furthermore, the identification tag of each wristband is guaranteed for one year.

    While identification wristbands are often the most popular, Crosstrain ID has a variety of other products developed to meet the needs of customers. The company's online storefront carries identification that attaches to watches, shoes, helmets, and cycle saddles, in addition to traditional and new silicone wrist identification products.

    Crosstrain ID looks forward to continuing to create products that answer the needs of its active customers. The launch of the new line of silicone identification wristbands has shown that proper identification does not have to interfere with intense athletic training.


    Crosstrain ID designs, manufactures and sells emergency identification systems for active individuals and outdoor enthusiasts. The Crosstrain ID line is made up of the Cycle Saddle ID, Silicone Wrist ID, nylon Wrist ID, Helmet ID, and Shoe ID products. Each ID contains up to five lines of emergency information and carries a one year replacement guaranteed. Crosstrain ID is primarily concerned with the safety of its customers, so it has developed high quality, reflective identification products that carry personalized information.

    Crosstrain ID can be found online at The company is also on Facebook (

    Media Contact: David Thomas Crosstrain ID, 4406680452,

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    RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dexterity, LLC introduces the MorphCase, which easily transforms the iPod Touch to a Wi-Fi mobile phone without the need of a headset or Bluetooth device.

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    The MorphCase makes the iPod Touch a budget-friendly mobile phone alternative for anyone looking to save money and not have a monthly cell phone bill.  This "smartcase" is compatible with the second, third and fourth generations of the iPod Touch ™ and works using the audio jack input with any voice over IP (VoIP) app; so, with the MorphCase there is no need for external wiring or a headset. Rather, it has a built-in speaker at the top with a microphone at the bottom, just like a traditional phone.

    The "smartphone" is actually more "smart" and less phone…but we all need the ability to make a call sometimes. Today's economy has forced many people to take a closer look at their spending habits and paying for multiple cell phones, data plans, usage fees and monthly cellular bills can be a large portion of the monthly expenses. So the desire to lower communication costs, while still keeping in touch, makes the MorphCase appealing to a large percentage of the population. With current advancements in Wi-Fi technology, it is only going to become more available and abundant in the future. We have always had use of our home, work, and school Wi-Fi networks but now there are millions of free Wi-Fi Hotspots worldwide; so utilizing a VoIP App is now a viable option.,

    Color choices for the MorphCase will be Black Fury, White Lightening and Limited Edition Chromax. The MorphCase will retail for $49.99, but customers can pre-order for $35.00 on Indiegogo starting September 4, 2012. To find out more, visit

    To see the MorphCase in action watch this video:

    The MorphCase can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at

    About Dexterity

    Dexterity is a small North Carolina startup company with big ideas for the future. Adrienne Harrington founded Dexterity in 2010 to focus on design and innovation; not only pursuing advances in the Wi-Fi industry, but also looking toward other ideas to simplify everyday life, embrace green technology, and help people save money. Dexterity's unique way of solving the need to keep in touch inexpensively, has resulted in the MorphCase, a product that can be used easily and effectively by all.

    The MorphCase has been a full-time endeavor for Adrienne over the past three years and she is dedicated to seeing it all the way through production, fulfillment and beyond. Looking toward the future, Dexterity already has plans to add custom skins, additional features, as well as compatible accessories for protection and functionality.

    Media Contact:  Adrienne Harrington
    Phone: (919) 524-7732

    SOURCE Dexterity, LLC

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