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    Source: GRR Systems

    St. John's, Canada, August 31, 2013 --( DBGallery has a single minded focus: the organization and access of digital media across the enterprise. It does not attempt to be the swiss-army knife of imaging software. It provides a multi-user system to easily add, organize, and extract a company's digital media assets. This is offered as intranet and SaaS solutions.

    DBGallery's 6.0 continues to opens itself up a wider audience via support for numerous non-English languages in it's meta-data. The latest release also adds export to Google Earth (KML files), GeoTagging and maps improvements, a new License Manager, improved audio and video playback, as well as single sign-on for customers using Active Directory domains.

    Pricing has remained the same since the release of 5.0. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for existing customers. Pricing options range from a one-time $199 USD per-user license to $3.25 per-user subscriptions. Full details are available on the product's pricing page.

    About GRR Systems, Inc.
    GRR Systems has been providing digital photography tools since January 2000. Those tools have evolved into it's current flagship product, DBGallery. It has customers in twenty countries across a variety of industries; primarily engineering, education and the sciences.

    Contact Information:
    GRR Ststems
    Glenn Rogers
    709 727 4753
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    Source: Bayshore Solutions

    Tampa, FL, August 31, 2013 --( Bayshore Solutions, an award winning web design, development and digital marketing agency, is pleased to announce the launch of two Carnival Corporation & PLC destination websites for Mahogany Bay on Roatan Island and Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos. Mahogany Bay and Grand Turk are premier cruise ship ports of call offering a variety of shore excursions and attractions for visitors to enjoy.

    Bayshore Solutions created stand-alone websites for Mahogany Bay and Grand Turk designed to reflect each of the ports’ unique personalities, while delivering an enjoyable user experience, helping driving more on-line traffic and providing vacationers with helpful information and activity options at each destination.

    The Grand Turk Cruise Center, which opened in 2006, has a two-berth cruise terminal and can accommodate 7,000 passengers daily. The cruise center is located in the capital of Turks and Caicos Islands and is 30 miles south of the Bahamas and features 45,000 square feet of retail space, swimming pool, and welcome center.

    The $62 million Mahogany Bay Cruise Center opened in 2009 and includes a two-berth cruise terminal that can accommodate up to 8,000 passengers daily, and private beach connected to the port area by the Caribbean’s only “Magical Flying Beach Chair” that takes riders from the cruise terminal to beautiful Mahogany Beach.

    Bayshore Solutions designed the websites for Mahogany Bay and Grand Turk to be inviting and interactive by applying subtle background layouts and enticing videos along with appealing imagery and vivid hues reminiscent of their Caribbean locales. To support consistency in the brand feel of Carnival Corporation & plc, the layouts and functionality of the websites are similar, yet each site presents a unique design to reflect the location and individuality of the port. A live weather module, monthly cruise ship schedules, slideshow functionality, and live streaming web cam videos of port events are featured on each website. Bayshore Solutions integrated a user-friendly content management system, WebModulesCMS, that allows site administrators to easily add and edit information.

    “We receive continuous praise from visitors on the design and functionality of the websites for the Mahogany Bay and Grand Turk cruise centers,” said Raquel Mota, Port Services Manager for Carnival Corporation & plc. “These websites provide a terrific first impression into our destinations for our passengers which in turn gets them excited about visiting these destinations.”

    “Bayshore Solutions is proud to present Carnival with these attractive and functional web destinations,” said Kevin Hourigan, President and CEO of Bayshore Solutions. “The websites for Mahogany Bay and Grand Turk provide a pleasant visitor experience that drives interest and traffic to the port amenities and further grow the business.”

    About Bayshore Solutions
    Website Design Company, Bayshore Solutions offers award-winning capabilities in custom web design, digital marketing, e-commerce, search engine optimization and Internet application development. Founded in 1996, the website design company has delivered custom web applications to over 1,900 clients in 54 countries. Bayshore Solutions integrates technology and web marketing services to ensure measurable results for clients. For more information about website design and Internet marketing services visit

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    Bayshore Solutions
    Doug Pace
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    Source: Chetu Inc

    Miramar, FL, August 31, 2013 --( Chetu Inc has been selected for the 2013 Best of Hialeah Award in the Computer Programming Services category by the Hialeah Award Program.

    Each year, the Hialeah Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Hialeah area a great place to live, work and play.

    Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Hialeah Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Hialeah Award Program and data provided by third parties.

    About Hialeah Award Program
    The Hialeah Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Hialeah area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

    The Hialeah Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

    Source: Hialeah Award Program

    Hialeah Award Program

    About Chetu, Inc.
    Chetu is a 13-year old provider that delivers World-Class IT Solutions serving entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 clients. With a growing team of over 700 skilled engineers spread across eight global locations, it is able to provide a unique delivery model in a setting that fits customer's budget, yet does not compromise on local interaction or real time collaboration. Beyond providing IT resources, Chetu also excels in providing industry specific and niche technology solutions. Be it Healthcare, Retail, Finance, Telecom, Gaming, Hospitality, Travel, E-Learning, Supply chain or others. Its services include software development, process and systems design, package implementation, business intelligence and reporting, systems integration, as well as testing, maintenance and support. Chetu's expertise spans across the entire IT spectrum.

    For further information please visit

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    Chetu Inc
    Ashley Swanberg
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    Source: Zycus Inc

    Princeton, NJ, August 31, 2013 --( Zycus, a world leader in Procurement Technology Solutions, announced today that Australian telecom giant Telstra has implemented its Spend Analysis solution. The implementation includes the solution’s advanced iMine feature set, which automates the process of searching enterprise spend data for savings opportunity and other business performance improvement opportunities. iMine can be configured to identify and promote specific enterprise strategies such as supply-base rationalization, contract compliance, demand aggregation, payment term rationalization, purchase price variance and so forth, without any effort whatsoever from the users.

    While the implementation represents Telstra’s first move from primarily a manual to now an automated spend classification and analysis process, the company is taking an aggressive approach. It is pursuing both:

    · Large-scale analytics coverage – looking at all addressable spend categories and transaction workflows originating in some seven source systems and representing $14-16 billion in annual spending; and
    · High-frequency (monthly) refresh of spend-data classification.

    “While many companies choose to begin more slowly with spend analytics – looking at just a portion of spend transactions and/or refreshing their data quarterly,” says Aatish Dedhia, CEO, Zycus Inc. “Telstra is proceeding directly to best-in-class in terms of creating advanced visibility into total enterprise spend. What is more, Telstra is already demonstrating above-average success in empowering and encouraging its procurement teams to utilize spend-analytics and automated mining of actionable improvement opportunities.”

    “Our greatest challenge,” Telstra’s Director of Procurement Operations Simon Rabl says, “was to find a fast and accurate way of classifying a very large number of spend-transactions across a wide variety of source systems and workflows with high frequency. Zycus clearly demonstrated the best ability to meet that challenge and was also quite willing to meet our aggressive implementation timelines.”

    “Telstra is well known and highly respected for its dedication to procurement-led business performance improvement,” observes Aatish Dedhia. “We expect to see many more companies following Telstra’s lead in terms of upping the ante for speed, scale and accuracy in spend classification and opportunity identification over the next several years.”

    About Zycus

    At Zycus we are 100% dedicated to positioning procurement at the heart of business performance. With our spirit of innovation and a passion to help procurement create even greater business advantages, we have evolved our portfolio to a full suite of Procurement Solutions - Spend Analysis, eSourcing, Contract Management, Supplier Management, Financial Savings Management and Procure to Pay.

    We believe our deep, detailed procurement expertise and a sharp focus on being responsive to our customers has reflected in us being positioned as a ‘Leader’ in the ‘2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant’ for Strategic Sourcing Application Suites. With more than 200 solution deployments among Global 1000 clients, we search the world continually for procurement practices proven to drive competitive business performance.

    To learn more about the Zycus, address e-mail to or visit

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    Zycus Inc
    Priyanka Potdukhe
    +1 866 563 9219
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    DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - August 31, 2013) -  More than 25 Federal agencies use the services of ACE Data Group for their hard drive data recovery, RAID data recovery, SSD data recovery, and computer forensics requirements. Some of those agencies include the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, FAA, FDA, FEMA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense.  Each of these agencies understands the outstanding work that ACE Data Group does in handling their most difficult and challenging data recoveries. The General Services Administration (GSA) would seem to agree. The GSA awarded an "Exceptional" rating to ACE Data Group on their recent Administrative Report Card. This rating puts the company in the top tier of contractors and shows the high degree of success the company has had in administering and complying with GSA regulations. 

    The rating on the GSA Administrative Report Card is based on the overall requirements and performance of the contractor. It includes not only contract compliance, but record accuracy, lowest pricing options, and timely delivery. 

    "This confirms ACE Data Group's ability to work effectively with all government agencies and is an important part of our company's continued growth," stated ACE Data Group CEO, Charles Walker.  "The rating is a testament to our entire staff's outstanding talent and skills. We have the best hard drive data recovery and RAID data recovery engineers in the industry. Our corporate goal is to always exceed customer expectations whether it is the Federal Government, a Fortune 500 company, or an individual."

    Understand that GSA schedule pricing not only benefits Federal agencies, but many state and local agencies and other companies. To see if you are eligible, check the guidelines at or call us at 877-304-7189.

    Here are just some of the many benefits of working with ACE Data Group: 

    • Recovery on all types of media such as HDD, SSD, RAID, SAN, NAS, flash, and tape
    • Expert database, file system, and virtual machine recoveries
    • 24/7 emergency data recovery services 
    • Industry standards of security and confidentiality
    • Comprehensive data verification process and quality control
    • Work completed in State-of-the-Art facilities
    • Free professional diagnostic evaluation for single hard drives
    • Free consultation with one of our recovery experts
    • Free post recovery support 
    • Over 30 years of experience

    About ACE Data Group
    ACE Data Group is one of the top providers of computer forensic and data recovery services to customers all over the world. Since 1981 ACE Data Group works with any type of media including HDD, SSD, RAID, SAN, NAS, flash drives, and tapes. They also offer a wide range of computer forensic services including E-Discovery and Expert testimony. Their Headquarters are in Dallas, TX, with additional labs in Houston, TX. For additional information visit website at: or call at 877-304-7189.

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    Source: Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc.

    Norwood, MA, September 01, 2013 --( As part of the new distribution agreement between Arrow Electronics and Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., ATS is offering a half-day of free, no-obligation use of its unique Thermal Characterization Laboratory to Arrow’s customers. The Thermal Characterization Lab, located at ATS headquarters in Norwood, MA, allows engineers to perform thermal testing on heat sinks, fans and fan trays, PCBs, blades, enclosures, or complete systems. Experienced engineers, board and system designers can perform the tests themselves, or consult with an ATS thermal engineer at no cost during their 4 hours of laboratory time.

    ATS’ Thermal Characterization Lab features a full range of research-quality instruments, including open and closed loop wind tunnels, for ambient and elevated temperature testing, all with PC-driven controls and automated data collection. The lab is also outfitted with a full array of the company’s sensor systems and thermocouples, which can be used to characterize electronic products under variable airflow and temperature conditions.

    In addition, the lab also features a JEDEC approved component thermal testing facility for conducting multitude of device level testing per JEDEC standards. The facility also provides a complete liquid crystal and IR thermography systems for non-invasive temperature mapping to 0.1oC with one micron-level spatial resolution; and a liquid cooling facility for complete testing and characterization of cold-plates, cooling effect and proof of concept testing.

    “Most of today’s electronics have thermal situations that can turn into big problems if left alone. The easiest, lowest cost way to manage this is to conduct an accurate thermal characterization of the problem at hand,” said Kaveh Azar, Ph.D., president and CEO of Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. “If you have the right facility and associated know-how, you can often complete your test in a half-day, then you can readily assess what is the best thermal solution for your application. For engineers short on time and resources, we believe this free use of ATS’ Thermal Characterization Lab could be very helpful.”

    To contact ATS for more information on this opportunity, please call 781-769-2800, email or visit All testing and results reporting are completely confidential. Consultation prior to use of the lab is not charged or considered part of the free time offer. ATS engineers will also advise lab patrons how to optimize their free testing period prior to arriving.

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    Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc.
    Andrea Koss
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  • 09/01/13--08:12: Crestron DMPS Goes Wireless
  • Source: Crestron Electronics, Inc.

    Rockleigh, NJ, September 01, 2013 --( How do you make the industry-leading digital presentation system even better? Just add wireless.

    Crestron has brought together two of its most popular products to create the ultimate presentation solution. Now available, DMPS/AirMedia offers simple, reliable wired and wireless HD presentation all-in-one. DMPS/AirMedia delivers advanced automation capabilities and provide actionable usage data over the network. Four different options are available, based on system or room requirements.

    Start with DMPS, the world's most advanced all-in-one HD presentation solution
    The industry-leading DMPS Series delivers bit-for-bit, no latency HD video switching and display, including HDCP-protected content. DMPS makes it easy to seamlessly connect your MacBook® or PC laptops, making presentations from almost any device fast and easy. It integrates an amplifier, audio DSP, mic mixer, multimedia matrix switcher and control system in a single 3-space rackmount system.

    Add new AirMedia, the groundbreaking device for wireless HD presentation and collaboration
    With AirMedia anyone can walk into a meeting space and wirelessly present PowerPoint®, Excel®, Word, and PDF documents, as well as photos and screen shots, from their personal iOS® or Android™ mobile device on the room display. Up to 32 users can connect at the same time in the same room. Using Quad View, up to four presenters' content can be displayed simultaneously. The AirMedia console easily connects via wired LAN, so it leverages existing IT security policies. Even better, no software installation is required, making it ideal for small to mid-sized organizations and guest presenters.
    DMPS/AirMedia highlights

    - True 1080p/60 HDCP protected content

    - Wireless collaboration and presentation of documents and photos from mobile devices

    - Network managed and controlled - leverages existing IT security policies

    - Choose from four different options based on system or room requirements

    For a limited time, Crestron dealers can also take advantage of special DMPS/AirMedia promotional pricing.

    Further details are available at

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    Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Joyce Essig
    Contact via Email
    15 Volvo Drive
    Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-2507

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    Source: iFunia Software

    Chang Sha, China, September 01, 2013 --( iFunia Studio, a leading developer of multimedia processing tools, today launched a new version of one of its most popular products, iFunia Video Converter for Mac. This new version 4 comes a refreshed UI, offers expanded video editing functionality and the video encoding technology has been optimized to deliver greater productivity and efficiency.

    iFunia Video Converter is an all-in-one solution that enables users to convert SD and HD video files into the appropriate format for use on personal computers or popular mobile devices with a few clicks. The new interface of version 4 has been expanded for quickly import videos from Movies, iTunes and Camera, along with bigger video player window. Elsewhere, the interface has been tightened up and polished. Furthermore, the latest version 4 now offers on-the-fly 2D-to-3D video conversion, users could watch 2D or 3D video in various configurations, and even set 3D video playback parameter (3D depth) manually or choose the pre-defined settings.

    New functionality in Video Converter for Mac 4 includes:
    * Support for the 2D to 3D video conversion.
    * Enhanced video editor to feature video rotating and external subtitle importing.
    * Built-in bigger player capability to preview video.
    * Improved support of popular HD video format.

    Additionally, the new software lets users:
    * Make the output formats or settings for all imported videos with a single click using the new “Apply to All” function.
    * Edit all the video directly without back to the main interface.

    “We are at the threshold of a true revolution in home entertainment as 3D video technology is becoming ubiquitous. We are delighted to offer our customers an effective yet affordable 2D to 3D video option as well as to expand the functionality of the software as much as possible following user requests. We hope users will enjoy the addition of this cutting-edge technology to iFunia Video Converter,” said Amy LU, Product Manager at iFunia.

    Pricing and Availability
    Video Converter for Mac v4.0.0 is available now through the iFunia website. The retail price of iFunia Video Converter for Mac is $35 USD). To get more information and obtain a free trial version, please visit:

    About iFunia Studio
    iFunia Studio was founded by and for people who are passionate about Apple. With a focus on the Mac platform, iFunia Studio develops the easy software solutions exclusively for the video and digital photo community. The products include iFunia DVDCreator for Mac(create DVD from all popular video clips), iFunia YouTube Converter for Mac (download and convert YouTube video in a few clicks) as well as the iFunia Photo Slideshow for Mac and more. The company is dedicated in creating more affordable and easy multimedia software to make Mac life fun. For more information, visit

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    iFunia Software
    Chalie Smith
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    Source: Cogent

    Chennai, India, September 01, 2013 --( A well-coordinated reception / security area is the ideal way to manage your visitors efficiently and give them the attention they deserve - and the best news is that you don't have to invest in highly skilled man power to achieve the same.

    The Visitor Register facility in TouchPoint is designed to facilitate the organization in doing away with the manual process of filling out visitor passes. The passes are instead printed on to a self adhesive sticker, the bonus advantage is the printing of the photograph of the visitor which is captured through a webcam and printed onto the sticker pass.

    TouchPoint does not limit itself with just the Visitor Management Module but has various other facilities that make life simpler for the office administration team. The modules include Appointment Management module, Employee Management module, Contractor Management module, Material Management module, Vehicle Management module, Key Management module, Call Management module and a Miscellaneous Management module. This also adhered to ISO 27001 operating guidelines, especially with respect to their Material Management.

    Touchpoint is a visitor management system and visitor management software that along with visitor management also takes care of visitor passes, visitor badges, gate pass management, gate pass management software, gate pass management system, asset management system, fixed asset management, front office software, front office system, gate pass software, gate pass system, material Movement, material register, security asset management, security badges, visitor management system software, visitor management systems, visitor registration, visitor tracking, visitor tracking software, visitor tracking system, visitors management, visitors management software.

    The Visitor Management modules in TouchPoint assist in capturing all- relevant information about the visitor, which is automatically captured in a database, and a professional quality visitor badge, is printed. This Visitor Management solution does away with the repetitive encoding of regular visitors as the details are automatically stored in the database. And if the visitor is found visiting again, the information is easily located.

    Furthermore, the new website allows users to share products and pages that interest them with others across Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Visit the website at

    About Cogent
    With Computers and Software becoming an indispensable tool in any organization today, a lot of companies are working towards providing software products that can better use the power of the computer. Unfortunately, in spite of the best of hardware and computing power, machines and their capabilities are grossly under-utilized.

    It was in response to this need that Cogent was started in the year 1995 to develop innovative software products and services that will deliver as promised while also catering to needs that have not been met. Our mission was to identify these needs and address them. Visit for more details.

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    Shanmuga Sundaram
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    LONDON, ENGLAND, September 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- 3CX, developer of the award-winning Windows VoIP PBX 3CX Phone System and mobile device management solution 3CX Mobile Device Manager, today announces the launch of the On Premise edition of 3CX Mobile Device Manager for Windows Server - an easy to deploy and inexpensive on premise mobile device management solution that allows businesses to retain full control of their mobile devices and location tracking data in a private cloud or on premise without the administration complexity.

    "The demand for an easy to deploy and affordable on premise mobile device management solution is clear, yet has seemed to be surprisingly lacking in the market till now. The 3CX Mobile Device Manager On Premise edition provides businesses with an inexpensive and easy to manage solution", said Nick Galea, 3CX CEO. "3CX Mobile Device Manager allows businesses to fully retain control of their data without the complexity and headache that other mobile device management solutions pose."

    Easy to Deploy and Manage

    3CX Mobile Device Manager allows companies to leverage their Windows Server knowledge and infrastructure and thus deploy a mobile device management solution without the additional administration overhead.

    Other mobile device management solutions are either optimised for hosted and thus difficult to install, require Linux knowledge or are prohibitively expensive.

    Finally, an Affordable On Premise Mobile Device Management Solution

    Many MDM vendors only offer cloud solutions, which drastically hinders businesses looking to retain control of their mobile data. On premise MDM solutions can be very expensive to purchase and difficult to deploy and manage. 3CX Mobile Device Manager differentiates itself from the competition as its On Premise edition is affordable and easier to deploy and manage, unlike some other cumbersome MDM solutions. Businesses are reducing their expenses and are therefore reluctant to pay the enterprise-level pricing and support the competition demands.

    Meet Your Legal, Reporting and Internal Policy Requirements

    Companies that need to retain full control of their data for internal policy reasons or are legally obliged to provide reports to HIPAA or SEC have faced a very limited choice of mobile device management solutions. Businesses who face these requirements have been forced to shelve their mobile device management plan or reluctantly move to a difficult to manage and expensive MDM solution. The 3CX Mobile Device Management On Premise edition addresses this market.

    Private Cloud, On Premise or Hosted: Your Choice

    Experience all the features of the On Premise edition of 3CX Mobile Device Manager for free for up to five devices. Downloading this edition is easy and only takes a few minutes. Read the step by step guide on how to get started, the installation and configuration manual and user manual.

    Check out the Hosted edition of 3CX Mobile Device Manager by signing up for a FREE 5 device account! The 3CX MDM pricing can be seen here. Visit the 3CX Mobile Device Manager website at and find us on Facebook.

    3CX is the developer of 3CX Phone System and 3CX Mobile Device Manager. 3CX Phone System is an open standard unified communications platform for Windows that works with standard SIP phones and replaces any proprietary PBX. 3CX Phone System is more manageable than standard PBX systems and delivers substantial cost savings while increasing productivity. Some of the world's leading companies and organizations use the 3CX Phone System, including Boeing, the Caterham F1 Team, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Harley Davidson, and MIT. 3CX was named a CRN Emerging Vendor in 2011 and 2012 and has been awarded CRN's 5-Star Partner Program rating in 2013. 3CX has also been awarded Windows Server Certification and won the Gold Award, the Windows IT Pro 2008 Editor's Best Award and a Best Buy Award from Computer Shopper.

    3CX Mobile Device Manager is an inexpensive hosted and on premise mobile device management solution that allows businesses to easily manage, secure, monitor, find and track their iOS and Android smartphones and tablets from an easy to use dashboard. 3CX has offices in Australia, Cyprus, Germany, Hong Kong, Malta, South Africa, the UK and the U.S. Visit us at:, and on Facebook at: &

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    Source: NovaStor

    Agoura Hills, CA, September 01, 2013 --( NovaStor Corporation, a global leader in fast, scalable, and effective data-protecton backup/restore solutions, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with IT Channel Group (ITCG) of Mississauga, Ontario. Under this agreement, ITCG will help drive NovaStor's SMB channel expansion in the Canadian market, delivering integrated sales and marketing solutions to value added resellers (VARs), system integrators, retailers and direct marketers.

    "This new partnership with IT Channel Group expands our market reach, increasing Canadian channel awareness and the visibility of NovaStor's class-leading data protection software," said Mike Andrews, Managing Director of NovaStor. "This strategic partnership will allow us to meet growing channel demands, a reflection of NovaStor's continued commitment to Canadian reseller and end user channels."

    With a seasoned team of professionals, the IT Channel Group has a proven track record of channel development for manufacturers of Storage, Security and Data Center Infrastructure.

    "ITCG is excited to take the NovaStor product line to resellers across Canada," said Jerry Diakow, President of ITCG. "The outstanding functionality and capability of NovaStor's products, combined with ITCG's relationships and knowledge of the Canadian reseller channel, forms the foundation for dynamic growth opportunities".

    About IT Channel Group
    IT Channel Group is based in Mississauga, Ontario and has been building Canadian channels for U.S., European and Australian technology vendors since 2002. Operating in the storage, security and infrastructure markets, ITCG has delivered top solutions to Canadian resellers to enhance product and solution offerings for their end user customers. For more information, please visit

    About NovaStor
    NovaStor is a leading international provider of software solutions for data protection, data recovery and the long-term, legally-compliant storage of data. Clients include home, mobile, and SMB users, service providers as well as international corporations. NovaStor's cost-effective solutions are platform- and hardware-independent to ensure maximum use of the customer's existing environment. NovaStor is headquartered in Switzerland (Zug), has offices in the USA (CA, Agoura Hills) and (Hamburg) Germany and is represented in numerous countries through partnerships. For more information, please visit

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    29209 Canwood Street,
    Agoura Hills, CA. 91301
    Tel.: +1 (805) 579 6700
    Fax: +1 (805) 579 6710 }

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    DUBLIN, CA--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) -  Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, announced today it has signed a partnership with CyberM Information Technology Limited (CyberM), to resell Epicor retail technology solutions and provide in-country implementation and support services within the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Under the terms of the agreement, CyberM will provide sales, services and support to assist local retailers and meet the globalization requirements of multinational retailers looking to expand into APAC.

    CyberM has already demonstrated its proven expertise as an Epicor partner in the Asia Pacific market. The company is certified to resell and provide services and support for the next-generation Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform. Founded in the early 1990s, the company has served over 300 retailers in Asia including Amway, Kodak, SaSa and other listed Hong Kong companies, with implementation and support services covering countries in various time zones and local languages including: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, and the UAE.

    The newly announced partnership is the latest development in a multi-year strategic plan to grow Epicor retail technology market share and expand its global footprint in APAC, Latin America and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Asia is now the world's biggest retail market, with regional retail sales rising to $3.8 trillion in 2011, or 41% of the global share, from $3.2 trillion in 2006, or 31%, according to Canadean, a market research firm. In China, sales of clothing and apparel are projected to exceed 800 billion yuan, or about $130 billion, by 2015, nearly doubling from 460 billion yuan in 2011, according to Boston Consulting Group. The firm estimates that China will account for 30% of the global fashion market's growth in the next five years.

    To service the exploding growth in the Asia Pacific retail market, Epicor has been readying its end-to-end retail technology suite for deployment in the region. In addition to double-byte character set support in the product suite, the company created a new international business team dedicated to deployment of Epicor Retail solutions in new geographies, and hired in-region retail channel managers to assist in facilitating partner relationships; the first of which will focus on furthering the CyberM relationship and forging additional key relationships with Asian Pacific retailers.

    "Our partnership with Epicor aligns with our strategy to deliver best-of-breed solutions to our retail customers in Asia," said CyberM Chairman and Managing Director Duncan Lau. "We leverage proven approaches and methodologies, along with extensive experience in the retail technology space to provide cost effective consulting and implementation services to ensure successful deployments and value added partnerships with our retail clients."

    "We are pleased to welcome CyberM to our partner network," said Ian Rawlins, vice president of marketing and business development, retail software for Epicor. "The partnership capitalizes on the unique strengths of each entity; Epicor brings the power of its award-winning retail offerings to one of the most established and well respected retail technology solutions providers in the Asia Pacific region; CyberM complements this by bringing the benefits of its strong local presence and long-term relationships with retailers in Asia to Epicor."

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    About Epicor Retail
    Epicor provides advanced solutions for retailers seeking to streamline processes, integrate channels, leverage intelligence and inspire customers, to maximize profitability. The Epicor Retail end-to-end suite is designed to meet the evolving merchandise and service expectations of today's connected, cross-channel shoppers, and the business requirements of the most demanding soft goods, hard goods and specialty retail environments in a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, discount, general merchandise, automotive aftermarket, lumber and building materials, nursery, and pharmacy. Thousands of leading companies -- from Aeropostale, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance and Build-A-Bear Workshop, to General Nutrition Centers, True Value Company and Under Armour -- trust Epicor to help them remain current, competitive, and consistently strong.

    About Epicor Software Corporation
    Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit

    Follow Epicor on Twitter @Epicor, @EpicorUK, @EpicorEMEA, @EpicorANZ, @EpicorLAC, @Epicor_Retail, @Epicor_DIST, @EpicorPrcsMFG and Facebook.

    Epicor and the Epicor logo are trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

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    SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) -  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a double win at the International Public Relations Association's 2013 Golden World Awards. AMD was named winner in two categories for its PR campaign conceived for the launch of the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 graphics card.

    "These wins at the 2013 Golden World Awards underscore the AMD commitment to excellence in all aspects of business, from our technology products to our marketing and communications," said John Taylor, corporate vice president, Global Communications, AMD. "Just as AMD pioneers new possibilities in the realm of technology, we constantly innovate in the marketing and communications realm to more effectively and efficiently communicate with key stakeholders and the millions of people who use AMD products."

    AMD Radeon HD 7990 graphics cards were launched in April 2013. As the world's fastest graphics card1, this product represents AMD's pinnacle of achievement in providing top-of-the-industry graphics technology for gaming enthusiasts. Specific communications programs bringing this leadership and the attending benefits for enthusiasts to life were conceived and executed in the first half of 2013.

    Recently, AMD also was shortlisted for four Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards and three PR News Platinum PR Awards for multiple marketing and PR campaigns. Earlier this year, AMD was recognized for innovative PR, social media and marketing at PR Daily's Digital PR and Social Media Awards.

    The International Public Relations Association, based in London, UK, bestows awards upon companies and agencies across the globe for excellence in public relations. In its 21st year, the Golden World Awards recognizes the best public relations activities and campaigns across 30 categories. 

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    AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit

    AMD, the AMD Arrow logo and Radeon are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

    1 In tests by AMD as of 28 February, 2013, the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 showed higher average performance than the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 690 in the 3DMark® Fire Strike Extreme (FS6407 vs. FS5316) and Crysis 3 (1080p & 1600p at all quality presets). System configuration: Intel® Core™ i7-3960X (3.30 GHz), MSI X79A-GD65, 16GB DDR3-1600 and Windows 8 x64. AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 evaluated with AMD Catalyst™ 13.2 Beta 6. NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 690 evaluated with NVIDIA® ForceWare™ 310.90 WHQL. GRDT-32

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    SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) - With a global economy, brand owners have to contend with a fast growing geographical market that may be difficult to manage and monitor. As a brand becomes increasingly popular, it may find itself becoming the target for counterfeits and sabotage. Out of the factories, manufacturers find themselves having to secure and protect consumers' interest by ensuring any products carrying their brands and trademarks are genuine and not tampered with in any manner. Be it automotive spare parts, pharmaceutical drugs, software, food and beverages or consumer electronics, brands today are fighting against increasing threats that undermine consumers' confidence in their products.

    Brady's explains that despite a myriad of brand authentication technologies available in the market, in general they can be grouped into five major types:

    1. Overt Security
    2. Covert Security
    3. Track and Trace technology
    4. Water indicating technology
    5. Tamper indicating technology

    Overt Security
    Overt security solutions allow a brand to be authenticated without the need for a special tool, and such measures include security hologram labels, color-shifting inks/films and micro printing which are difficult to replicate for counterfeiters using traditional printing methods. Others include encrypted serialization and barcodes that can be easily authenticated and traced using a smartphone, Internet or scanner.

    Covert Security
    If you would prefer to keep your brand's counterfeit and piracy protection features confidential, covert security technologies provide brand security with private authentication. They include security labels with covertly hidden images or serial numbers that can only be authenticated through the use of UV light, microscopic magnifications or polarized light, or hidden barcodes are only readable with specially equipped scanners. For the highest level of protection, you can even opt for forensic security solutions where a forensic element is added to a label's ink, coating, or adhesive, detectable only by forensic laboratory that knows the brand's exact chemical makeup and presence.

    Track and Trace technology
    Brand protection extends beyond prevention of counterfeiting. With today's track and trace technology, you can monitor and track the sales and distribution of your products with unique unit level security codes and labels to gain a better understanding of your sales performance. The serialized codes also allow you to run promotions and marketing activities (such as a reward program) and connect directly to your customer base via the code verification process. An experienced track and trace solution vendor can even implement real-time analytics to help you locate and identify counterfeiting and gray market activity using easy to access business portal interfaces with heat map dash boards, alerts and business reports that offer real-time details.

    Water-Indicating Technology
    For manufacturers of consumer electronics such as communications handsets and handheld games, evidence of water intrusion is critical when it comes to honoring warranty claims. It is in your brand's interest to integrate security labels that provide irreversible evidence of water contact to protect against fraudulent claims.

    Tamper indicating technology
    Consumers' confidence will be increased tremendously when they are assured that the products they are purchasing have not been tampered with. Tamper evident labels and tapes are used as security seals to provide visible evidence of label switching, reuse or illegal entry into packaging, unauthorized service, product dilution, or alteration. Protect your brand with security labels that show clear evidence of tampering and protect against fraudulent remarking. Some labels are designed to provide a visible and irreversible pattern on label when removal is attempted, while others break into pieces to show signs of product tampering or attempted removal of the security seal. You can even prevent attempts to use solvents or heat to remove labels with the right tamper evident labels.

    Protect your brand today
    Looking around us, we can find brand protection in various aspects of our lives. From the currency and credit cards in our wallets, to the hologram seals on our software boxes right down to the tamper indicating seals on foodstuff, all these protection schemes serve to protect and boost consumer confidence.

    Brand protection is an important investment for your brand. A reliable vendor should have excellent track record and a multi-layered and customized solution to protect your brand against diversion, tampering, counterfeiting and piracy. Brady does not just offer standard solutions, but has the capability to work with the client to create custom-engineered labels and seals that are unique to their brand for maximum protection -- a reliable partner that they can trust their brand protection needs with.

    For more information about Brady Corporation, please visit

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    SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - September 3, 2013) - SoCoCare, the leading all-in-one provider of social media engagement for customer care and sales solutions, announced today that CallTower, the leading provider of cloud-based, enterprise-class unified communications solutions, has deployed SoCoCare as their company-wide social engagement solution for all of their customer facing departments.

    CallTower identified their need to blend sales, marketing, and management functions into the same social engagement platform. SoCoCare's built-in automatic post tagging, dispositioning, and routing make it easy for CallTower to share the use of the system between departments. With SoCoCare's Natural Language Processing engine, posts can be automatically dispositioned for review or response, routed to a queue for service and support or routed to sales and business development.

    "We are thrilled to see the SoCoCare solution be utilized across multiple departments to fulfill various social engagement needs," said Lance Fried, CEO of SoCoCare. "This deployment shows the versatility behind SoCoCare's technology."

    As a way of identifying future customers, SoCoCare helped CallTower develop multi-level social data mining queries for social conversations. The SoCoCare platform combines the ability to do core "big data" acquisition and curation with the ability to properly characterize each social post for further review by CallTower business development staff. Additionally, in order to keep tabs on competitors and better understand marketplace trends, SoCoCare has given CallTower the ability to run competitive mention reports on demand that allow management to easily identify conversation topics and trends that are the most relevant regarding competitors.

    "The SoCoCare system is truly an all-in-one solution for social engagement across all of our customer-facing departments. This includes business development, sales and marketing," says Clay Shubin, CallTower's Vice President, Sales & Alliances. "The ability for the platform to automatically identify spam, sentiment and business issues will not only save us a lot of time reading social posts, but also enable quicker response to customers and prospects alike."

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    About SoCoCare
    SoCoCare is part of the Hyfiniti portfolio of cloud-based customer care offerings including InAppCare (Mobile Customer Care) and Hold-Free Networks (Callback and Queue Management). SoCoCare products are developed to deliver a more dignified customer service experience over social channels as both a stand-alone solution or as an integrated solution with partners such as Service Cloud, Telligent Community & Enterprise and inContact Cloud Contact Center solutions. The company was founded by a group of contact center and cloud-offering professionals who understand today's socially connected, smartphone savvy, and generally demanding customer. Learn more at

    About CallTower
    CallTower, Inc. is the leading provider of hosted enterprise-class unified communications solutions for growing organizations nationwide. Typical hosted clients range from as little as 10 to as many as 20,000 users. CallTower enhances its clients' strategic and business operational capabilities by integrating business phone service, mobile applications, e-mail hosting, unified messaging, instant messaging, audio, Web and video conferencing, collaboration tools, contact center, cloud services and global networks into one reliable platform. For more information go to

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    DUBLIN, CA and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) - Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organisations, announced Waterco (ASX: WAT), a leading Australian-based manufacturer and distributor, has selected the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to improve processes across global operations and to support growth in multiple regions.

    Waterco manufactures and distributes a diverse range of products for the international swimming pool, spa and water treatment markets. The company delivers water treatment pumps and filtration systems, solar pool heating, chemicals and swimming pool and spa accessories to over 40 countries worldwide. Waterco has its head office in Sydney, Australia with international offices, manufacturing plants and warehouses located in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Canada, France, the US and UK.

    "The international presence of Epicor played an important role in the selection process, as we needed to ensure that the system could work with local laws and taxes," said Bryan Goh, group marketing director, Waterco. "It was also very important that we had localised support if we needed any help with these issues -- wherever Waterco had an office, Epicor also had an office in the same location."

    Epicor demonstrated the ability to handle Waterco's business requirements -- from manufacturing in Malaysia, to distribution and sales in Sydney. Waterco required an ERP system which could provide visibility over inventory and stock levels across multiple sites. In addition, the company will use Epicor to run sales, accounts receivable, accounts payable, light manufacturing, purchasing, distribution and finance. Business information systems and IT consultancy Biscit Pty Ltd, a member of the Epicor Inspired Partner Network, is assisting Waterco with its ERP implementation in Australia and New Zealand, while the Malaysian implementation was managed directly by the Epicor professional services team.

    "The system is being rolled out globally, and has already been implemented in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, and will be implemented in China, Canada, the US and UK," said Bryan Goh. "We looked at all the ERP systems available on the market and went through a long process of workshops and evaluations of our company's needs. We chose Epicor for its ability to better support a manufacturer with a vertical structure like our own -- because of its strengths in this area, we believed Epicor was the best fit for Waterco."

    Epicor ERP first phase "go live" on time and on budget
    "We have successfully completed the project on time," said Shane Goh, Waterco's manager for special projects IT. "The entire process was very well planned by the Biscit team. The implementation was broken down into several stages of which the main stages were installation of hardware, analysis and design of the system, data migration, system implementation, user training, pilot system and execution for go live."

    Shane Goh continued, "We could see Epicor's strength in manufacturing and especially liked the resource planning and 'what-if' scenarios Epicor could provide for our manufacturing team. For sales, we could see the benefit in the dashboards and business intelligence and also appreciated how we could use Epicor as a platform to build a future information portal for our customers."

    With the first phase of the project complete, Waterco has built a base for further growth and continued improvement of internal processes. "We now have the ability to begin building reports and dashboards to extract meaningful information that will allow our guys to make business decisions," said Bryan Goh. "Epicor will improve the overall efficiency of the company. For example, we will be able to better manage our inventory to ensure that we have sufficient stock to meet our customer's requirements, without being overstocked with the wrong mix of goods. Likewise, we will be better equipped to provide our customers with more information on back orders and the status of their current orders."

    Bryan Goh concluded, "Epicor ERP will improve overall customer experience with sales force automation and customer relationship management capabilities that will provide our external and internal sales team with all the required information to better serve our customers."

    "We congratulate Waterco and the Biscit team on a successful implementation, delivered on time and on budget," said Craig Charlton, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific for Epicor. "Our strength across multiple verticals and geographies, and combined knowledge across manufacturing and distribution were key factors in the selection of Epicor ERP; we look forward to a continuing partnership with Waterco to support business efficiency and growth across its multisite, multinational operations."

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    About Epicor Software Corporation
    Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Dublin, California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit

    Follow Epicor on Twitter @Epicor, @EpicorUK, @EpicorEMEA, @EpicorANZ, @EpicorLAC, @Epicor_Retail, @Epicor_DIST and Facebook.

    Epicor and the Epicor logo are trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwired - Sept. 2, 2013) - The evolution of video gaming has given rise to vast and nuanced virtual economies, many of which share an affinity with real world equivalents and offer a landscape on which to implement complex economic models. Titles such as Eve Online accommodate over 500,000 players - who each rack up an average of 22 hours game time a week and shed $200 a year on subscription fees - which goes some way to explain how virtual worlds can often mirror real world scenarios.

    The New Economy journalist Aaran Fronda considers the importance of in-game economies in better understanding the world in which we all play a part. "Virtual economies can allow the player to view national economies and the financial institutions within them for what they really are, which is socially constructed objects that exist largely in the mind."

    Eve Online developer, Eino Joas claims, "Good economic design is about making rules that are understandable, solid and provide the right incentives, and game developers have the advantage of being able to use trial and error to figure out the things that work."

    The New Economy article also delves into the emergence of virtual consumption and the ways in which it could perhaps offset material consumerism in the near future. Fronda considers whether our national economies are in fact "complex socioeconomic games developed by our governments," and if so, whether game developers could offer an insight into the complex machinations of 21st century economics.

    As the digital age paves the way for increasingly complex virtual communities such as Eve Online, we must utilise these opportunities - whether real or virtual - in departing from the failed economic models of yesteryear.

    Head over to The New Economy now and read the article in full.

    World News Media is a leading publisher of quality financial and business magazines, enjoying a global distribution network that includes subscriber lists of the most prominent and senior decision-makers around the world, as well as comprehensive airport, hotel and conference site distribution. 

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    SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) - WANdisco (LSE: WAND), a provider of high-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data and distributed software development, formally welcomes Paul Harrison, formerly of The Sage Group, as its new Chief Financial Officer based in the San Ramon, California office. Mr. Harrison replaces Nick Parker, who announced his intention to step down from his role as CFO in May. Having joined WANdisco in November 2011, Parker met the principal objective of securing the Company's highly successful Admission to AIM in June 2012, along with successfully meeting other financial goals.

    "We look forward to having Paul Harrison become part of our day-to-day activities," said David Richards, WANdisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Paul brings to WANdisco significant technology expertise and leadership experience and we anticipate great things with him on board."

    "This is an exciting time for WANdisco and I am looking forward to contributing to what I anticipate will be its exceptional growth," said Harrison. "The company's patented technology is a significant differentiator and I'm proud to join such an enthusiastic, experienced and talented team."

    Prior to WANdisco, Harrison spent over 16 years with The Sage Group plc ("Sage"), a FTSE 100 company and leading global provider of business management software. Harrison joined Sage in 1997 from Price Waterhouse and became CFO in 2000. During that time, Sage grew its revenues from £152m to £1,340m, its profit before taxation from £38m to £356m, its employee base from 1,900 to 13,500 and its country presence from 4 to 25. It also supplemented organic growth with the conclusion of over 100 acquisitions. Harrison is also a non-executive director of Hays plc, one of the world's largest specialist recruiters. He joined Hays in 2007, becoming its Senior Independent Director in 2011, and he also chairs its Remuneration Committee. A chartered accountant, Harrison's earlier career was spent in professional practice with PwC, where he was a Senior Manager.

    About WANdisco
    WANdisco (LSE: WAND) is a provider of enterprise-ready, non-stop software solutions that enable globally distributed organizations to meet today's data challenges of secure storage, scalability and availability. WANdisco's products are differentiated by the company's patented, active-active data replication technology, serving crucial high availability (HA) requirements, including Hadoop Big Data and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Fortune Global 1000 companies, including AT&T, Motorola, Intel and Halliburton, rely on WANdisco for performance, reliability, security and availability. For additional information, please visit

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    BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) - Starting right now, all software in the Ableton webshop is 25% off. This special limited-time offer is for all current Live users who want to upgrade their software or expand their studio with Packs -- a selection of sounds, instruments and effects for Ableton Live. In addition, those who would like to get started with Live can take advantage of a steep discount on Ableton's creative music-making software.

    The offer starts immediately and is available only until September 5th, 2013 at and includes:

    • Ableton Live 9 Suite, Standard and Intro
    • All upgrades to Ableton Live 9 Suite or Live 9 Standard
    • Max for Live
    • All Packs for Ableton Live

    More details:

    About Ableton
    Ableton makes Live -- a unique music creation and performance software -- and Push, a hardware instrument for playing and composing with Live. Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Since then, the company has received outstanding press, numerous awards and attracted a worldwide community of dedicated musicians, composers and DJs. The company headquarters are in Berlin, with an additional office in Los Angeles. Ableton is run by its original founders and currently has about 150 employees.

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    ESPOO, FINLAND--(Marketwired - September 2, 2013) -

    Nokia Corporation Stock Exchange Release September 3, 2013 at 06.00 (CET +1)

    REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland - Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, license Nokia's patents, and license and use Nokia's mapping services.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia's patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

    Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia's Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.

    "It's a bold step into the future - a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft's share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. "In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution."

    "We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia's incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family. Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we anticipate a smooth transition and great execution," Ballmer said. "With ongoing share growth and the synergies across marketing, branding and advertising, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to our adjusted earnings per share starting in FY15, and we see significant long-term revenue and profit opportunities for our shareholders."

    "For Nokia, this is an important moment of reinvention and from a position of financial strength, we can build our next chapter," said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today's announcement, Nokia Interim CEO. "After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders. Additionally, the deal offers future opportunities for many Nokia employees as part of a company with the strategy, financial resources and determination to succeed in the mobile space."

    "Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft's software engineering with the best of Nokia's product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing," said Stephen Elop, who following today's announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. "With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products."

    Nokia has outlined its expected focus upon the closing of the transaction in a separate press release published today.


    Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia's Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services-related production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions. At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. The operations that are planned to be transferred to Microsoft generated an estimated EUR 14.9 billion, or almost 50 percent of Nokia's net sales for the full year 2012.

    Microsoft is acquiring Nokia's Smart Devices business unit, including the Lumia brand and products. Lumia handsets have won numerous awards and have grown in sales in each of the last three quarters, with sales reaching 7.4 million units in the second quarter of 2013.

    As part of the transaction, Nokia is assigning to Microsoft its long-term patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, as well as other licensing agreements.

    Microsoft is also acquiring Nokia's Mobile Phones business unit, which serves hundreds of millions of customers worldwide, and had sales of 53.7 million units in the second quarter of 2013. Microsoft will acquire the Asha brand and will license the Nokia brand for use with current Nokia mobile phone products. Nokia will continue to own and manage the Nokia brand. This element provides Microsoft with the opportunity to extend its service offerings to a far wider group around the world while allowing Nokia's mobile phones to serve as an on-ramp to Windows Phone.

    Nokia will retain its patent portfolio and will grant Microsoft a 10-year non-exclusive license to its patents at the time of the closing. Microsoft will grant Nokia reciprocal rights to use Microsoft patents in its HERE services. In addition, Nokia will grant Microsoft an option to extend this mutual patent agreement in perpetuity.

    In addition, Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE platform, and will separately pay Nokia for a four-year license.

    Microsoft will also immediately make available to Nokia EUR 1.5 billion of financing in the form of three EUR 500 million tranches of convertible notes that Microsoft would fund from overseas resources. If Nokia decides to draw down on this financing option, Nokia would pay back these notes to Microsoft from the proceeds of the deal upon closing. The financing is not conditional on the transaction closing.

    Microsoft also announced that it has selected Finland as the home for a new data center that will serve Microsoft consumers in Europe. The company said it would invest more than a quarter-billion dollars in capital and operation of the new data center over the next few years, with the potential for further expansion over time.


    Nokia expects that Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber would transfer to Microsoft at the anticipated closing of the transaction. Nokia has outlined these changes in more detail in a separate release issued today.


    Nokia plans to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on November 19, 2013. The notice of the meeting and more information on the transaction and its background are planned to be published later this month.


    Nokia will host a press conference today, Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. EEST in Dipoli, Espoo (Otakaari 24). Registration will start at 10 a.m., and the doors will open at 10.40 a.m. Due to space constraints, only media who show valid press credentials at the registration will be admitted. Media are encouraged to watch a live webcast of the press conference via:

    INVESTOR CALLS Microsoft will hold a conference call for investors, financial analysts and news media Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 3:45 p.m. EEST/8:45 a.m. EDT. Interested parties should call toll-free at (888) 459-9165, or for international calls dial +1-773-799-3324. You may also access the call online at

    Nokia executives will hold an investor call at 3 p.m. EEST today, Tuesday, Sept. 3. A webcast of the conference call will be available at Media representatives can view the webcast or listen in at +1 706 634 5012, conference ID 45390451.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: NOKIA It should be noted that Nokia and its business are exposed to various risks and uncertainties and certain statements herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, those regarding: A) the planned sale by Nokia of substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, including Smart Devices and Mobile Phones (referred to below as "Sale of the D&S Business") pursuant to a purchase agreement between Nokia and Microsoft (referred to below as "Agreement"); B) the closing of the Sale of the D&S Business; C) obtaining the shareholder approval for the Sale of the D&S Business; D) receiving timely, or at all, necessary regulatory approvals for the Sale of the D&S Business; E) expectations, plans or benefits related to or caused by the Sale of the D&S Business; F) expectations, plans or benefits related to Nokia's strategies, including plans for Nokia with respect to its continuing business areas that will not be divested in connection with the Sale of the D&S Business; E) expectations, plans or benefits related to changes in leadership and operational structure; F) expectations and targets regarding our operational priorities, financial performance or position, results of operations and use of proceeds from the Sale of the D&S Business; and G) statements preceded by "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "foresee," "sees," "target," "estimate," "designed," "aim", "plans," "intends," "focus," "will" or similar expressions. These statements are based on management's best assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Because they involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from the results that we currently expect. Factors, including risks and uncertainties that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to: 1) the inability to close the Sale of the D&S Business in a timely manner, or at all, for instance due to the inability or delays in obtaining the shareholder approval or necessary regulatory approvals for the Sale of the D&S Business, or the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Agreement; 2) the potential adverse effect on the sales of our mobile devices, business relationships, operating results and business generally resulting from the announcement of the Sale of the D&S Business or from the terms that we have agreed for the Sale of the D&S Business; 3) any negative effect caused by us entering into the Sale of the D&S Business, as we may forego other competitive alternatives for strategies or partnerships that would benefit our Devices & Services business and if the Sale of the D&S Business is not closed, we may have limited options to continue the Devices & Services business or enter into another transaction on terms favorable to us, or at all; 4) our ability to effectively and smoothly implement planned changes to our leadership and operational structure or maintain an efficient interim governance structure and preserve or hire key personnel; 5) any negative effect from the implementation of the Sale of the D&S Business, which will require significant time, attention and resources of our senior management and others within the company potentially diverting their attention from other aspects of our business; 6) disruption and dissatisfaction among employees caused by the plans and implementation of the Sale of the D&S Business reducing focus and productivity in areas of our business; 7) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to or triggered by the Sale of the D&S Business; 8) any impairments or charges to carrying values of assets or liabilities related to or triggered by the Sale of the D&S Business; 9) potential adverse effect on our business, properties or operations caused by us implementing the Sale of the D&S Business; 10) the initiation or outcome of any legal proceedings, regulatory proceedings or enforcement matters that may be instituted against us relating to the Sale of the D&S Business; and, as well as the risk factors specified on pages 12-47 of Nokia's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012 under Item 3D. "Risk Factors." and risks outlined in our most recent interim report. Other unknown or unpredictable factors or underlying assumptions subsequently proving to be incorrect could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Nokia does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Microsoft This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are any predictions, projections or other statements about future events based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, that the expected financial and other benefits from the Nokia transaction may not be realized, including because of: our inability to close the transaction, or Nokia's inability to repay the financing should it take down the financing and the transaction doesn't close; the response to the acquisition by the customers, employees, and strategic and business partners of Nokia's Devices & Services business; the extent to which we achieve anticipated operating efficiencies and cost savings, and anticipated smart device and mobile phone market share targets; the overall growth rates for the smart device and mobile phone markets; ongoing downward pressure on prices for mobile devices; unanticipated restructuring expenses; any restrictions or limitations imposed by regulatory authorities; the impact of Microsoft management and organizational changes resulting from acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business; the ability to retain key Nokia personnel; our effectiveness in integrating the Nokia Devices & Services business with Microsoft's businesses; the response of existing Microsoft smart devices original equipment manufacturers; risks related to the Nokia Devices & Services international operations; and our ability to realize our broader strategic and operating objectives. Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements because of these and other risk and uncertainties of our business, which are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including our Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

    For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft's business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of Microsoft's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft's Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft's Investor Relations website at

    All information in this release is as of September 2, 2013. Microsoft undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company's expectations.

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