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The J. M. Smucker Company to Merge P&G's Folgers Business into the Company in an All-Stock Transaction
ORRVILLE and CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 4, 2008 -- The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to merge the Folgers coffee business ("Folgers") into The J. M. Smucker Company in an all-stock reverse Morris Trust transaction valued at approximately $3.3 billion, including the assumption of an estimated $350 million of Folgers debt. As part of the transaction, Smucker will issue a one-time special dividend of $5 per share to Smucker shareholders as of the record date, prior to the merger, a clear indication of the strength of the combined businesses. Following this one-time special dividend, P&G shareholders will receive approximately 53.5 percent of Smucker in a tax-free stock-for-stock merger.

Folgers is the leading producer of retail packaged coffee products in the United States with a 150 year history. Folgers' broad portfolio of products are sold primarily under its flagship Folgers(R) brand. This brand joins a widely recognized portfolio of brands that include Smucker's(R), Jif(R), Crisco(R), Pillsbury(R), Eagle Brand(R), Hungry Jack(R), Robin Hood(R) and Bick's(R). The proposed transaction creates a powerful portfolio of brands and an even stronger Smucker Company with annual sales approaching $5 billion, and greater scale that will benefit all of its businesses. With the addition of Folgers, the total size of the categories in which Smucker participates increases to approximately $15 billion as compared to $1 billion in 2002. The addition of Folgers, a billion dollar brand, is consistent with Smucker's strategy to own and market number one food brands in North America.

The merger provides investors with a compelling financial story and further strengthens Smucker's ability to deliver enhanced shareholder value over time. Smucker believes that the addition of the Folgers business will benefit Smucker and its shareholders in several important ways, as detailed below:

    -- Assuming Folgers was owned for all of Smucker's fiscal year 2009:

        -- Net sales are expected to increase to approximately $4.7 billion.
        -- It is estimated that the transaction would be accretive by
           approximately 9 percent to fiscal year 2009 earnings per share,
           excluding merger and integration costs, and after giving effect to
           the impact of the special dividend to Smucker shareholders, as
           discussed in Transaction Details below.
        -- Smucker expects to realize synergies in excess of $80 million.
        -- The profit contribution from Folgers and fully realized synergies
           of over $80 million are expected to result in estimated earnings
           before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA")
           of $820 million.  This represents an increase in the EBITDA margin
           of nearly 300 basis points.

    -- Results for fiscal year 2009 will depend on the actual closing date.
       Assuming the transaction closes early in the fourth quarter of calendar
       2008:

        -- Fiscal 2009 net sales are estimated to approximate $4 billion.
        -- Fiscal 2009 earnings per share, before one-time costs associated
           with the transaction, are estimated to range from $3.45 to $3.50.
        -- Fiscal 2010 earnings per share, before one-time costs associated
           with the transaction, are estimated to range from $3.62 to $3.72.


    -- Longer term, sales for Smucker are expected to increase 6 percent per
       year with acquisitions continuing to play a strategic role.  The
       ability to leverage the sales growth results in an expected earnings
       per share growth rate of 8 percent or greater.

    -- Smucker will continue to maintain a strong balance sheet with a
       conservative leverage profile and substantial incremental free cash
       flow, after capital expenditures ("FCF").  Smucker is expected to
       generate pro forma FCF of approximately $400 million, which is 12
       percent accretive on a per share basis.  The enhanced cash flow will
       allow Smucker to continue its historic strong dividend practice,
       typically in the range of 40 percent of earnings, to pursue accretive
       market-leading brand acquisitions, and to fund future share
       repurchases.


Executive Comments

"Folgers is a perfect strategic fit within our portfolio of leading and iconic North American food brands," said Tim Smucker, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Smucker. "Folgers will become our tenth number one brand in North America and will further enhance the high quality, great tasting, diverse product offerings that consumers expect from Smucker. We are proud to welcome the talented Folgers employees to the Smucker Company where brands and people are about more than making and marketing products. We believe the many common values shared by our organizations represent a great foundation for a smooth integration."

"Coffee is the perfect complement to breakfast or dessert -- two areas we know a lot about," said Richard Smucker, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Smucker. "Like Smucker's, Jif, Crisco, and Pillsbury, the Folgers brand has exceptional equity with consumers. The addition of Folgers will also enhance our ability to reach out to consumers at retail through complementary, multi-brand merchandising activities. We are excited about the addition of Folgers and the many dimensions this transaction brings in our quest to meet and exceed consumer expectations."

"Since adding Jif and Crisco in 2002, we have continued to expand our portfolio by completing ten brand acquisitions," added Tim Smucker. "We have developed a core competency of integrating our acquisitions in a timely fashion and growing the brands. As an example, Jif has experienced an annualized sales growth of 7 percent, increased its share of market by 7 share points, and introduced a variety of new products."

"Strategically, P&G has exited certain categories in order to focus on our core businesses and enhance the growth profile of the portfolio," said A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble. "The structure and terms of this transaction deliver on the goals we stated for the separation of the coffee business from P&G. This transaction maximizes the after-tax value of the coffee business for P&G shareholders and minimizes earnings per share dilution."

"Smucker has proven to be an excellent steward of Jif and Crisco since taking ownership of the brands from P&G in 2002 and I am confident that Folgers will continue to thrive as part of The J. M. Smucker Company," added Lafley. "Smucker's core beliefs, values, and principles are very much the same as those of P&G. We cannot think of a better long-term home for P&G's former coffee employees and brands than Smucker."

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, P&G will distribute Folgers to P&G shareholders in a tax-free transaction, with a simultaneous merger with Smucker. P&G expects the Folgers separation to occur via a split-off and plans to finalize the transaction structure in the early fall of 2008. In the merger, current P&G shareholders will receive approximately 53.5 percent of Smucker shares and current Smucker shareholders will own approximately 46.5 percent of the combined company upon closing. Upon closing, Smucker will have approximately 118 million shares outstanding. As part of the transaction, Smucker will be assuming an estimated $350 million of Folgers debt. The transaction is expected to be tax-free to both companies and P&G shareholders. In addition, Smucker shareholders as of the record date, prior to the merger, will receive a special dividend of $5 per share. The record date for the special dividend will be determined by Smucker at a future date.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2008, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory and Smucker shareholder approvals. Smucker expects to incur approximately $100 million in one-time costs related to the transaction over the next 12 to 24 months.

Following completion of the transaction, the expanded Smucker Company will add over 1,250 employees including sales, marketing, coffee procurement, product development, supply chain and administrative functions in Cincinnati and manufacturing plants in New Orleans, Louisiana; Kansas City, Missouri; and Sherman, Texas, along with a key distribution center in New Orleans.

Smucker was advised by Banc of America Securities LLC; William Blair & Company, L.L.C.; Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. P&G was advised by Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., The Blackstone Group L.P., Jones Day and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Conference Call

P&G and Smucker will jointly host a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the Folgers transaction. The webcast, as well as a replay in downloadable MP3 format, can be accessed from the companies' websites at www.smuckers.com and www.pg.com . An audio replay will be available following the call and can be accessed by dialing 800-289-0579 or 719-457-2550, confirmation code 4697060 and will be available until Monday, June 9, 2008.

About The J. M. Smucker Company

The J. M. Smucker Company is the leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's(R), Jif(R), Crisco(R), Pillsbury(R), Eagle Brand(R), R.W. Knudsen Family(R), Hungry Jack(R), White Lily(R), and Martha White(R) in the United States, along with Robin Hood(R), Five Roses(R), Carnation(R), Europe's Best(R) and Bick's(R) in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. Since 1998, the Company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's annual listing of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States, ranking number one in 2004. For more information about the Company, visit www.smuckers.com .

The J. M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks, except Pillsbury is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, used under license and Carnation is a trademark of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A., used under license.

The J. M. Smucker Company Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These include statements regarding estimates of future earnings and cash flows and expectations as to the closing of the transaction. Other uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions within the U.S., strength of commodity markets from which raw materials are procured and the related impact on costs, the ability to obtain regulatory and shareholders' approval without unexpected delays or conditions, integration of the merged businesses in a timely and cost effective manner, retention of supplier and customer relationships and key employees, the ability to achieve synergies and cost savings in the amounts and within the time frames currently anticipated, and other factors affecting share prices and capital markets generally. Other risks and uncertainties that may materially affect the Company are detailed from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 10-Q, 10-K, and 8-K.

About The Procter and Gamble Company

Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers(R), Tide(R), Ariel(R), Always(R), Whisper(R), Pantene(R), Mach3(R), Bounty(R), Dawn(R), Gain(R), Pringles(R), Folgers(R), Charmin(R), Downy(R), Lenor(R), Iams(R), Crest(R), Oral-B(R), Actonel(R), Duracell(R), Olay(R), Head & Shoulders(R), Wella(R), Gillette(R), and Braun(R). The P&G community consists of 138,000 employees working in over 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

The Procter & Gamble Company Forward Looking Information

All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this release, are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on financial data, market assumptions and business plans available only as of the time the statements are made, which may become out of date or incomplete. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other factors. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and investors must recognize that events could differ significantly from our expectations. In addition to the risks and uncertainties noted in this release, there are certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made. These include: (1) the ability to achieve business plans, including with respect to lower income consumers and growing existing sales and volume profitably despite high levels of competitive activity, especially with respect to the product categories and geographical markets (including developing markets) in which the Company has chosen to focus; (2) the ability to successfully execute, manage and integrate key acquisitions and mergers, including (i) the Domination and Profit Transfer Agreement with Wella, and (ii) the Company's merger with The Gillette Company, and to achieve the cost and growth synergies in accordance with the stated goals of these transactions; (3) the ability to manage and maintain key customer relationships; (4) the ability to maintain key manufacturing and supply sources (including sole supplier and plant manufacturing sources); (5) the ability to successfully manage regulatory, tax and legal matters (including product liability, patent, and intellectual property matters as well as those related to the integration of Gillette and its subsidiaries), and to resolve pending matters within current estimates; (6) the ability to successfully implement, achieve and sustain cost improvement plans in manufacturing and overhead areas, including the Company's outsourcing projects; (7) the ability to successfully manage currency (including currency issues in volatile countries), debt, interest rate and commodity cost exposures; (8) the ability to manage continued global political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in the Company's significant geographical markets, as well as any political and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions due to terrorist activities; (9) the ability to successfully manage competitive factors, including prices, promotional incentives and trade terms for products; (10) the ability to obtain patents and respond to technological advances attained by competitors and patents granted to competitors; (11) the ability to successfully manage increases in the prices of raw materials used to make the Company's products; (12) the ability to stay close to consumers in an era of increased media fragmentation; (13) the ability to stay on the leading edge of innovation and maintain a positive reputation on our brands; and (14) the ability to successfully separate the company's coffee business. For additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected herein, please refer to our most recent 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

Additional Information

In connection with the proposed transaction between Smucker and P&G, Smucker will file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Such a registration statement will include a proxy statement of Smucker that also constitutes a prospectus of Smucker, and will be sent to the shareholders of Smucker. Shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents when they become available, because they will contain important information about Smucker, Folgers and the proposed transaction. The proxy statement/prospectus and other documents relating to the proposed transaction (when they are available) can be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov . The documents (when they are available) can also be obtained free of charge from Smucker upon written request to The J. M. Smucker Company, Shareholder Relations, Strawberry Lane, Orrville, Ohio 44667 or by calling (330) 684-3838, or from P&G upon written request to The Procter and Gamble Company, Shareholder Services Department, P.O. Box 5572, Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-5572 or by calling (800) 742-6253.

This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any security holder of Smucker. However, P&G, Smucker and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of The J. M. Smucker Company may be found in its 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 26, 2007, and its definitive proxy statement relating to its 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on July 9, 2007. Information about the directors and executive officers of The Procter & Gamble Company may be found in its 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on August 28, 2007, and its definitive proxy statement relating to its 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on August 28, 2007.

SOURCE The J. M. Smucker Company; The Procter & Gamble Company

http://www.smuckers.com

 

 

Digital Anarchy Releases ToonIt! 1.1 for Faster Processing of Video Footage Into a Cartoon Look

New Update Takes Advantage of Multi-Processor Machines for Notable Speed Increase During Render

San Francisco, CA — June 3, 2008 — Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of visual effects software for Adobe, Avid, and Apple products, today announced the version 1.1 update for ToonIt! Film/Video and ToonIt! Avid. Version 1.1 speeds up the rendering of ToonIt! by taking advantage of multi-processors. This allows users to quickly render cartoon-like images from film and video footage. The filters use advanced algorithms from Toonamation to create flat shades of color with full control over details like outlines, shading styles and halftone effects.

The ToonIt! 1.1 update adds a few new features, bug fixes, and speeds up rendering time by taking advantage of multi-processor machines. ToonIt! 1.1 renders 70-90% faster than version 1.0.2 and over 300% faster when using After Effects CS3 and a quad-core machine. Standard Definition footage takes about 1 sec/frame using After Effects CS3 and a quad-core.
 
Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy, said, “ToonIt! has been incredibly well received, but many users have complained about the speed. So we spent some time optimizing it and retooling it for multi-processor machines. This has given ToonIt! a tremendous speed boost. When used with the great multi-processor support in After Effects CS3, the speed increase is pretty amazing. We’re very excited about this update.”

With these four plugins, artists can customize the ‘toon’ effect for almost any image with styles like Flat Cartoon, Graphic Novel, Line Art, and Pen & Ink. One of the main features of ToonIt! is its ability to create a smooth animation over time with very little jitter and minimal temporal artifacts. While other cartooning software frequently produces an undesirable ‘vibrating’ image when played back at full speed, ToonIt! filters reduce these graphic issues and produce very consistent, pleasing results from one frame to the next.

Pricing and Availability

ToonIt! Film/Video is priced at USD $299. ToonIt! Avid is priced at USD $295. Both products are on sale for USD $259 through June 15, 2008. Version 1.1 will ship with all new orders. The 1.1 update is free to existing users, who should visit the company’s website for update instructions at: http://digitalanarchy.com/toonVID/request.php

ToonIt! Film/Video works in After Effects 5.5 and higher (including AE CS3), Final Cut Pro 4.5 and higher, Motion 2.1 and higher, and Premiere Pro 2.0 and higher. ToonIt! Avid works in Avid host applications that support the AVX1 and AVX2 standards. Both products run under Macintosh 10.3.9 and higher (including 10.5) and runs natively on Intel Macs. The products run under Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, Vista 32-bit  and Vista 64-bit systems. Demo filters and samples are available at www.digitalanarchy.com.

About Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company operating out of San Francisco, Calif., that creates high-quality creative software for broadcast designers, 2D animators and professional photographers. These tools solve a wide range of design issues, from creating text effects and background design elements, to masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with a wide range of products from companies like Adobe, Apple and Autodesk. For more information, please see the company’s website at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-586-8434.

Digital Anarchy is a registered trademark of Digital Anarchy Inc. All other brand names, product names, service marks, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
 

 

 

OtterBox, Colorado Company to Support Neighboring Tornado Victims

 

Fort Collins, COLO— Less than ten miles from the headquarters of Otter Products, LLC., tornadoes instantaneously turned lives upside down. Homes, vehicles, and belongings were lost, hundreds were injured and one man even lost his life. To help a nearby family or families rebuild after the devastation, OtterBox announces they will donate 10% of online proceeds from sales in June 2008.

Talking to people around town and at the office after the storm, it was evident the close connections to those afflicted by the tornadoes.

“We are looking for a family or families through the Red Cross, churches and other organizations to offer our assistance to,” said Curt Richardson, CEO of Otter Products, LLC. “The OtterBox team is a family and we want to pull together to offer what resources we can to help those who have lost so much.”

Whether making a monetary donation or going to assist in these areas, OtterBox employees are ready for the challenge.

“So many people along the Colorado Front Range fell victim to these destructive tornadoes and OtterBox wants to do everything we can to help,” said Richardson. “As part of these communities we feel especially inclined to offer our support.”

Visit www.otterbox.com to “Donate Now” to the American Red Cross to help tornado victims or purchase online during the month of June and 10% of your purchase will go to help a family or families in need.
 

 

Dress The Drink™ Announces Product Launch

Company introduces luxury garnishes for beverages

Las Vegas, NV (May, 2008 )- Dress The Drink™ announced today the launch of their new drink kit. This drink kit is unlike anything available to the consumer for enhancing beverages with flavor and beauty. Cindy McClure, President of Dress The Drink™ states “This product was developed from an epiphany at 3am and once we began, there was no question of its success. Timing is everything and that is proven with the current hype and promotion for Sex And The City. Dress The Drink has been placed on the fast track as the VIP sponsor for Manolos & Martinis on May 18th, as well as the after party on May 30th.

Joining Cindy on this walk outside the box is Scott, VP of Marketing and Kevin, VP Product Development. Each of them brings their expertise in the food and beverage industry to the table, rounding out a highly skilled and talented team. “It is not just about my company and its success, but it is also our vital business relationships that truly catapult our product”, says Cindy.

From our clear acrylic and stainless case to the jars and spoons, it is clear to see this is makeup for your drink. Dress the Drink ™ kit includes: edible silver flakes, crushed red hots, rock candy pebbles, crushed toffee, toasted coconut flakes and 2 outrageous flavors of rimming sugar. We topped it all off with individual serving spoons, reusable drawstring bags and serving suggestions with product brochure in the lid. We offer you sophisticated enhancements to the overall look and appeal of your next intimate or casual gathering. Take the next step and Dress Your Drink with Dress The Drink™. Priced at 59.99, this combination of ingredients will enhance 150 drinks.

Never before has it been so easy to Dress The Drink™

To learn more about Dress The Drink ™, visit: www.dressthedrink.com

 

 

 

FUEL PRICES, ECONOMIC CONCERNS CHANGE HOW AMERICANS

DRIVE AND MAINTAIN THEIR CARS

 

3M Car Care's "Elbow Grease Economics: A Study of American Driving Trends"

Shows that Car Owners Are Driving Less and Tackling More Repair Projects

ST. PAUL, MN (May 14, 2008)--With fuel prices still on the rise, American car owners are rolling up their sleeves to save money on their driving and car maintenance expenses. 

 

While Americans have abdicated much of their car maintenance and even cleaning to automotive service providers over the past two decades, a new study from 3M Car Care finds that the current economic environment is causing a dramatic shift in how Americans care for their cars.

 

In the "Elbow Grease Economics", a study of more than 5,000 American consumers, 3M Car Care found that a surprising number of car owners are taking their car maintenance into their own hands -- and on their own driveways.

 

And with the election on the horizon, survey respondents voted on which presidential candidates were most likely to wash or work on their own car -- Barack Obama won with 46 percent of the vote, while John McCain followed at 44 percent and Hillary Clinton trailed at just 10 percent.

 

3M Car Care has introduced an entire line of consumer car care products, all based on its high-performance professional products, to make it easier for consumers to take care of routine maintenance and car appearance projects.  It also offers easy to use kits for tune-ups, headlight restoration and other tasks with all of the products needed for the job in one package.  There also are a number of new products that make the projects easier, such as 3M Performance Finish which lasts for up to 50 washes with no white residue, 3M Scratch Remover to restore vehicle finish and 3M Fuel System Cleaner to improve mileage.

 

Key findings of 3M Car Care's "Elbow Grease Economics" include:

 

·        Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans are washing their own car to save money -- or having someone in their household do it -- and 33 percent are doing the detailing themselves.  Even female baby boomers are getting into the car wash spirit -- some 69 percent say they would now do the task at home to pinch pennies

 

·        Homes with pre-teen and teenage children are taking advantage of the built-in labor pool, with some 69 percent of 45-54 year old women indicating they or someone in their household wash their own cars

·        Families making between $50,000 and $75,000 ranked highest (68 percent) in tackling their car washing at home to save money

 

Other tasks car owners are tackling include repairing or replacing windshield wipers or headlights (57 percent), using fuel additives to improve fuel efficiency (17 percent), using at-home tune-up kits instead of paying for tune-ups (16 percent) and making repairs to their car's exterior (11 percent).

 

·        Americans also say they are driving less to deal with today's higher fuel prices, with 68 percent spending less time on the road.  Women lead the pack on preserving fuel, with 71 percent cutting their car time vs. 65 percent of men.  Carpooling also appears trendy, with Gen Y and Gen X car owners -- some 30 percent of adults 18-34 and 36 percent of women 18-34 -- sharing rides to shave expenses.

 

·        Households making less than $35,000 per year were very focused on cutting their fuel costs -- with 76 percent driving less and 56 percent keeping their cars well-tuned to improve fuel mileage.

 

·        Car owners are paying more attention to getting more from their car, with 51 percent keeping their cars well-tuned to improve fuel efficiency and nearly 10 percent using fuel additives.  Nearly 20 percent of car owners ages 18-34 are looking for a new car that gets better fuel mileage.

 

·        As it relates to new car sales, more than three-fourths of car owners (77 percent) plan to hang on to their current vehicles -- with 31 percent planning to drive their cars until the wheels fall off and 46 percent set to keep their car as long as it runs well and looks good.  Only 4 percent of car owners say they are going to buy another car regardless of the economy while 11 percent are prepared to buy another car as soon as they can afford it.

 

·        Car owners are nostalgic when it comes to washing their cars.  Some 42 percent ranked it as their favorite summertime chore from a list of six tasks when they were growing up, and some 36 percent of those respondents still put washing cars at the top of their list for warm weather tasks today.

 

This 3M Car Care "Elbow Grease Economics" survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus on behalf of 3M Car Care between March 20-24, 2008 among 2,543 U.S. adults (aged 18 years and older). No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.

 

About Harris Interactive

 Harris Interactive is a global leader in custom market research. With a long and rich history in multimodal research that is powered by our science and technology, we assist clients in achieving business results. Harris Interactive serves clients globally through our North American, European and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

 

About 3M - A Global, Diversified Technology Company

 A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms - often in combination - to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries.

 

 

 

Shuttle Partners with Autodesk as Authorized Developer
City of Industry , CA , May 2, 2008

Shuttle Inc. – leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories today announced its partnership with Autodesk, the world leader in 2D and 3D design software.

As an Autodesk Authorized Developer, Shuttle offers solutions specially engineered to meet the ever-increasing visual computing demands of architects, engineers, video editors, and other professionals with its premium workstation line.

Shuttle’s XPC Prima series workstations – P2 3500w and P2 3800w – are now optimized for the Autodesk family of products, including AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Map 3D, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya.

 

For details on Shuttle’s workstations, please visit:

P2 3500w: http://us.shuttle.com/P2_3500W_1.aspx
P2 3800w: http://us.shuttle.com/P2_3800W_1.aspx

 

 

White Castle Celebrates 'Daylight Cravings Time' - 2 Free Slyders for Each Customer Who Visits Any White Castle Restaurant Between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., Sunday March 9, 2008!

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 5 -- All White Castle restaurants will offer 2 free hamburgers to each customer visiting in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday March 9, 2008, between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. standard time, just prior to the time change.
Harkening back to late night visits that many cravers remember with fondness, this limited time, one hour promotion is a salute to loyal White Castle customers. The company is encouraging cravers everywhere to make it a special occasion, gather friends and family and enjoy the free burgers before returning home to turn the clocks forward.
 

"We're open 24 hours," said Jamie Richardson, White Castle Director of Marketing. "On March 9, we refuse to lose an hour so we're offering two free burgers to cravers who come in for this late night celebration. When it comes to being proactive, Cravers are ahead of the pack -- so what better way to acknowledge this than with some free tasty burgage on us."
 

The offer applies to customers visiting a White Castle restaurant between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2008 only, limit 2 free hamburgers per person. The promotion will be supported with in-store posters and reader board messages.
 

White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. The company owns and operates over 400 units in 11 states and is considered to be the first fast food hamburger chain. For more information go to www.whitecastle.com.
 

 

Source: White Castle System, Inc.


 

Web site: http://www.whitecastle.com/
 

 

 

 

Internet Merchants Association Ecommerce Expo March 2-5 Features Dozen Expert Speakers, Wall Street Panel & 75 Roundtables

The Second Annual  Internet Merchant’s Association is set for March 2-5 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort. The agenda will feature more than a dozen expert speakers, a prestigous panel of Wall Street analysts, plus more than 75 roundtable discussions.

 “We’re delighted to announce an extensive agenda that will focus in on such timely topics as ecommerce, search engine optimization, web statistics, market intelligence, cross channel selling and even video presentations,” says Steve Grossberg, IMA President in previewing the agenda for the Second Annual IMA Ecommerce Expo. For more information on the speakers and the topics and last minute reservations go to www.imamerchant.org

 

Dozen VIP Speakers @ IMA Ecommerce Expo:

VIP Speakers for the IMA Ecommerce Expo include top executives from such firms as A Genius Marketing, Amazon, Channel Business Advisor, Endicia, Google, Infopia, Microsoft Office, Orange Soda, QL2, Sage Rock/Engine Ready, Talk Market and Vendio. 

Wall Street Panel & Roundtables Add Breadth to IMA Programming

Grossberg announced that there will also be a special Wall Street panel at the IMA Ecommerce Expo on Monday March 3 at 3 pm. The Wall Street analysts set to speak include: Robert Peck, Bear Stearns, Jim Friedland, Cowen and Co. LLC and Derek Brown, Cantor Fitzgerald.

In addition the more than 300 attendees a the IMA Ecommerce Expo can select from a strong list of more than 75 roundtable discussions to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday between 12 noon and 2 p.m. in Tradewinds Rooms D & E.

The Internet Merchants Assn (www.imamerchant.org) is a nonprofit 501.C6 organization.

 

IMA’s Platinum Members include: Amazon,  ASD/AMD Trade Shows


 ChannelAdvisoreBay, EndiciaInfopiaOrange SodaPayPal QL2Talk Market and


 Vendio ,

IMA Gold Members are  aGenius Marketing.  Alliance Inspection Management


 AuctionChexAuctivabuySAFEdawdle,, Engine Ready Inc, Frooition, Google. JDT  

 

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DCIA COMMENT ON PETITION FOR RULEMAKING
TO ESTABLISH RULES GOVERNING NETWORK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
BY BROADBAND NETWORK OPERATORS
 
WC Docket No. 07-52
 

   
 

February 13, 2008
 
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554 
 
Dear Commissioners:
 
The Distributed Computing Industry Association (www.DCIA.info) is a non-profit trade organization focused on commercial development of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and related distributed computing technologies.
 
More than 100 companies are currently Members of the DCIA, representing P2P and social networking software developers and distributors, content rights holders, Internet service providers (ISPs) and service-and-support companies. DCIA Membership is organized accordingly into three Groups: Operations, Content, and Platform.
 
The DCIA conducts working groups and special projects, such as the Consumer Disclosures Working Group (CDWG), P2P Digital Watermark Working Group (PDWG), P2P PATROL, P2P Revenue Engine (P2PRE), and the P4P Working Group (P4PWG). The P4PWG, which was established in July 2007, is relevant to this proceeding and will be described below. The DCIA also publishes the weekly online newsletter DCINFO.
 
       Background – DCIA Interest in this Matter
 
DCIA Member companies are engaged in developing and deploying competitive commercial services that use P2P and related technologies, including downloadable file sharing, live P2P streaming, swarming, caching, torrenting, content acceleration, peer-to-peer television (P2PTV), and hybrid P2P content delivery network (CDN) offerings, among others. DCIA Member companies are also engaged in creating, aggregating, and delivering content, representing music, video, games, and software categories. And finally, DCIA Member companies are engaged in providing and supporting Internet access services, including the most rapidly expanding and highest value area within the telecommunications sector, broadband or high-speed offerings.
 
In June 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the D5 Conference that, “Within five years, all media will be delivered across the Internet.”
 
DCIA Member companies and other competitive distributed computing applications and services represent the technologically most advanced and fastest growing segment for such delivery of digital content over the Internet.
 
In November 2007, Vuze, Inc., which became a DCIA Member company and participant in the P4PWG in January 2008, independently filed a Petition for Rulemaking requesting that the Commission initiate proceedings to clarify what constitutes “‘reasonable network management,’ by broadband network operators and to establish that such network management does not permit network operators to block, degrade, or unreasonably discriminate against lawful Internet applications, content, or technologies,” as used in the Commission’s Internet Policy Statement.
 
Vuze was motivated to file its petition as a result of actions allegedly taken by Comcast Corporation, the largest US cable multiple system operator (MSO) and a leading broadband ISP, which were reported upon by the Associated Press earlier in 2007. Comcast became an observer of the P4PWG in February 2008.
 
According to Vuze, "When a user is sending packets to others and not downloading them, Comcast shuts down the connection between that user and other non-Comcast users by interfering with communications at the transport layer. Comcast does this by hacking into its own network and using a clandestine 'man-in-the-middle' tactic whereby each party is sent a communication reset (RST) message, which falsely tells the other party to shut down the connection. A particularly troubling aspect of these tactics is that, through a third party, Comcast is engaging in deep packet inspection (DPI) and then inserting false RST messages into transmissions between two network users."
 
With the understanding that this matter shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules pursuant to sections 1.405 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.405, 1.419, the DCIA respectfully files the following comments regarding that petition.
 
It should be noted that the views expressed in this document reflect those of the DCIA as a whole. Individual DCIA Member companies' views may differ.
 
       The DCIA Supports the FCC's Internet Policy Statement
 
The DCIA strongly supports the FCC policy statement: consumers should be entitled to lawfully access the content of their choice, to run applications and use services of their choice, and to benefit from competition among network providers, applications and services providers, and content providers.
 
These principles emphasize the importance of an open Internet as a vehicle for empowering consumers, putting users at the forefront of deliberations as to whether broadband networks are operating appropriately, without discriminating against institutional users of network resources; and whether such applications and services, as well as content providers themselves are operating appropriately, without abusing these network resources.
 
Reports from the experiences of our Member companies across the spectrum of such activities support the premise that it is timely for the Commission to explore in greater depth its Internet Policy Statement, as it is currently doing in the context of this proceeding that covers a wide range of “broadband industry practices.”
 
The DCIA gladly offers the trade association's resources to support fact-finding activities, such as public hearings and related undertakings, to ensure that the FCC gathers sufficient relevant data to be able to act in the best interests of all constituents on this issue. We also request the Commission's support and encouragement of collaborative intra-industry private sector efforts as exemplified, although not exclusively represented, by the P4PWG.
 
While open P2P software is unfortunately often associated with unauthorized file-sharing of copyrighted material, today it is increasingly used by a growing number of licensed content distributors. Major content library and catalog copyright holders have begun to embrace the utility of P2P technology for distributing large audio and video and software files efficiently, rapidly, and securely.
 
P2P applications, working independently or in concert with other content delivery solutions, enable rights holders – ranging from major motion picture studios and music labels to independent professional producers of a wide variety audio and video works to consumer publishers of user-generated content (UGC) – to distribute their material to a global audience in a simple and cost-effective fashion.
 
Business models associated with commercial P2P applications further enable rights holders to monetize their content through methods ranging from paid-download to subscription to advertising-supported. Content owners of virtually all sizes can offer their works to viewers for free, at no charge with advertising support, packaged in a variety of ways for one-time-only or recurring subscriptions, or a la carte as stand-alone items for consumption at whatever prices they choose.
 
P2P technologies can bring greater scalability to what has previously been, by Internet standards, a relatively inefficient market for the distribution and monetization of entertainment and information content.
 
With an ever-expanding variety of content and flexible options for monetizing its distribution, P2P-based offerings have the potential to help deliver on one of the most attractive promises of the Internet, in which users can access virtually any content available as well as produce and distribute their own content to the world.
 
       Network Management Issues from the DCIA's Unique Perspective
 
The steady growth in digital distribution of rich media by a rapidly expanding field of competitors, particularly those using various forms of distributed computing technologies, however, is also creating new challenges and higher stakes.
 
The FCC, therefore, has an important role to play in ensuring that the Internet continues to develop to its fullest potential as an open, competitive environment for innovative services that will benefit consumers.
 
Peak usage of current generation high-bandwidth-using P2P and hybrid-P2P applications and services challenges carriers by driving the need for significant capital investments. In some cases, P2P applications can degrade the network performance of other consumer applications, which increases the carrier’s customer care costs.
 
The increasing use of such applications and services to transmit high-value rich media content, supported by paid-download, subscription, and advertising-supported business models, raises the stakes for all involved in these new distribution systems. Projections range from the tens to the hundreds of billions of dollars of commerce annually for US-based companies operating in this space during the next five years.
 
The combination of these factors, and their potential impact on other important uses of the Internet for communications, research, and other vital business and personal purposes, which include advancing First Amendment values as well as serving as an engine for economic activity, further warrants the Commission’s attention to these important issues.
 
       DCIA's Collaborative Approach –  The P4P Working Group (P4PWG)
 
The P4P Working Group (P4PWG) was established in July 2007 at the recommendation of DCIA Member companies Verizon Communications and Pando Networks, industry leading firms representing ISPs and P2P software distributors respectively, after separately reviewing advanced research taking place at leading American academic institutions, led by Yale University.
 
The intention of establishing the P4PWG was to formulate an approach to P2P network traffic management as a joint optimization problem. The objective of certain participating ISPs, for example, was to minimize network resource utilization by P2P services. The objective of certain participating P2P software firms, conversely, was to maximize throughput. The joint objective of both ISPs and P2P software developers was to protect and improve their customers' experience.
 
P4P was defined as a set of business practices and integrated network topology awareness models designed to optimize ISP network resources and enable P2P-based content payload acceleration.
 
The mission of the P4PWG was codified as, "To work jointly and cooperatively with leading ISPs, P2P software distributors, and technology researchers to ascertain appropriate and voluntary best practices for the use of 'P4P' mechanisms to accelerate distribution of content and optimize utilization of ISP network resources in order to provide the best possible performance to end-user customers."
                                                                
Objectives of the P4PWG include providing ISPs with the ability to optimize utilization of network resources while enhancing service levels for P2P traffic; providing P2P software distributors with the ability to accelerate content delivery while enhancing efficient usage of ISP bandwidth; providing researchers developing P4P mechanisms with the support to advance and the ability to publish their work; determining, validating, and encouraging the adoption of methods for ISPs and P2P software distributors to work together to enable and support consumer service improvements as P2P adoption and resultant traffic evolves while protecting the intellectual property (IP) of participating entities; and establishing appropriate and voluntary best practices for the deployment of P4P mechanisms to meet the above identified objectives in a way that can be sustained by all of the necessary participants.
 
Participants in the P4PWG include ISPs, P2P software distributors, technology researchers, DCIA Member companies, and information technology (IT) firms involved in digital media platforms.
 
Participants share the view that the Internet is the media delivery platform of the future; new technologies are needed to scale the Internet for higher quality and greater capacity media delivery; and P2P networks represent a disruptive and attractive market opportunity.
 
From 2000 through 2006, P2P was often considered a rogue technology, more associated with copyright infringement than with highly efficient, secure commercial distribution of digital content. Typical activity in this space tended to be relegated to the operation of standalone open P2P networks by their respective software developers and distributors.
 
2007 marked a turning point for the emerging P2P industry, with P2P beginning to become part of the content delivery infrastructure in large scale deployments, and content owners increasingly indicating a preference for integrated P2P and content delivery network (CDN) solutions. Major content and CDN players started to select P2P technology partners to enhance their service offerings.
 
Meanwhile, Internet traffic between the years of 2000 and 2007 saw P2P grow from virtually non-existent to representing fifty-to-sixty-five percent (50-65%) of downstream traffic and seventy-to-eighty percent (70-80%) of upstream traffic.
 
       How the P4PWG is Addressing the Problem
 
Steadily increasing consumer adoption of P2P services, along with the practice of random peering, has caused traffic to spread across points of presence (POPs) and domains requiring greater than necessary network resource usage (e.g., using bandwidth of more links) resulting in higher than needed network operational costs, and at times degraded performance of other applications.
 
ISPs have addressed the growing predominance of P2P traffic not only by upgrading their network infrastructures and deploying P2P caching devices and content acceleration solutions, which are constructive performance-enhancing approaches to this trend in consumer adoption; but also in some cases by terminating P2P user connectivity, rate-limiting P2P traffic, and similar practices that have led some parties to raise concerns about the propriety of those techniques.
 
P2P companies with sufficient resources have retaliated by using random ports, encrypting their traffic, and implementing similar work-arounds to protect their quality of service (QoS).
 
A fundamental problem has been that traditional ISP feedback/controls for application traffic, such as routing and rate-control through congestion-feedback mechanisms (e.g., packet drops) are ineffective for P2P.
 
Due to the highly dynamic, scattered traffic pattern caused by dynamic, unguided peer selection characteristics of many P2P networks, a more advanced mechanism is needed for ISPs to communicate with P2P applications about their network structures and policies.
 
At its highest level, the P4PWG represents the opportunity for partnerships among ISPs and P2P networks to address this. There are currently eighteen active participating companies in the P4PWG representing ISPs, P2P software distributors, researchers, and service-and-support companies. In addition, there are now eighteen observers, representing vendors, MSOs, content providers, and other interested parties.
 
The P4PWG seeks to create a framework to enable better ISP and P2P coordination. Guided P2P connections will yield benefits to all affected parties, including an improvement of throughput to P2P users, enablement of ISPs to manage link utilization, reduction of the number of links transited by content, and a transitioning of traffic from undesirable (expensive/limited capacity) links to more desirable (inexpensive/available capacity) links.
 
Benefits to commercial interests will include an industry-wide solution based on open standards and best practices that will be characterized by cooperative win-win attributes.
 
P4P can provide the way to solve a pending bandwidth crisis before it becomes a serious threat and provide a means to collaboratively and cooperatively address future capacity concerns. There is the potential to have carrier-grade P2P with P4P, which in turn can open opportunities for innovative new services, once it has been established that the fastest path from point A to point B on a network is via P4P-enhanced P2P.
 
Benefits to consumers will include faster downloads, higher QoS, and potential assurances of not being subject to service interruptions or degradation.
 
In short, P4P can enable content delivery that is more efficient for both the consumer and the network operator compared to alternative architectures.
 
       What the P4PWG has Accomplished to Date
 
With traditional client-server content delivery networks (CDNs), each recipient's networked device requires an individual session with the server housing a given content file as its originating source for all distribution. More users result in worse performance and higher costs.
 
Decentralized P2P alleviates this, but is blind to different network resource impacts at the Internet transit, regional router, and edge network levels.
 
Network-aware P2P, enhanced with P4P, has the potential to reduce the network transport costs at each level of the network, while also optimizing the traffic flow so that users receive better performance. If P4P achieves these benefits, it can bring about a “win-win” situation for carriers, consumers, software companies, and content providers.
 
The framework for P4P as it is being developed by the P4PWG is intended to support performance improvements for both ISPs and P2P companies.
 
Scalability is emphasized along with flexibility to support a large number of P2P users, many P2P architectures (including tracker-based and trackerless systems), and multiple networks in dynamic settings. Consumer privacy is protected as a fundamental condition of P4P. P4P will be formalized as an open standard that can be utilized by any P2P firm and any ISP.
 
The following data is exchanged in P4P: Participating P2P companies implement pTracker software enhancements that communicate with ISP-controlled iTrackers. ISPs provide network maps to their iTrackers; the iTrackers provide a “weight matrix” to P2P applications (without revealing proprietary ISP topology information). Information flow occurs with the peer querying the pTracker, the pTracker asking the iTracker for guidance, the iTracker returning high-level peering recommendations, and the pTracker selecting and returning a set of active peers, according to these suggestions. iTrackers can be run by trusted third parties, P2P networks, or ISPs.
 
The aim of P4P is a reduction in data delivery average “hop count,” which will equate to lower costs to ISPs. P4P will also yield a dramatic improvement in data delivery speed, which will result in faster downloads for users and improved QoS for P2P services.
 
The P4PWG is free to join, open and inclusive. It operates with a public website to communicate information industry-wide, a participant-only wiki to facilitate collaborative project management work, monthly meetings / conference calls, and e-mail list participation. After several sets of simulation studies conducted over the past six months that demonstrated very significant potential, a field test is now underway after which, based on continued positive results, an industry-wide communications and education campaign will commence.
 
       Larger Issues Regarding Network Management Practices
 
Currently, however, outside of the work of the P4PWG, there exists a situation where some (but not all) US and international ISPs reportedly engage in bandwidth-shaping and related traffic-interrupting techniques resulting in degradation of service levels for certain applications and services providers, including P2Ps, which may impair their commercial viability or drive them to engage in retaliatory counter-measures to work around such practices.
 
On the one hand, this raises the question of whether broadband network operators should be permitted to restrict or block traffic carried on their networks. On the other hand, this also raises the question of what responsibilities application and service providers should have in terms of the amount of bandwidth and other network resources their innovative offerings consume, and the impact that such consumption has for an ISP’s aggregate customer base, particularly in the distribution of increasingly large files, which is the case with high-definition (HD) full-length motion pictures and television program series, certain videogames, large music collections, and other rich media properties.
 
The core question underlying both of these issues is what constitutes “reasonable network management?”
 
       DCIA Concerns and Recommendations to the Commission
 
The DCIA is concerned about allegations that the distribution of rich media content by independent third parties can be unfairly impeded by some network operators who would prefer to restrict their Internet subscribers to content in which the network operator has a financial interest. The alleged degradation and blocking of content delivered by certain distribution technologies also calls into question whether consumers are effectively able to access the content of their choice, run applications and use services of their choice, and benefit fully from competition among network providers, applications and services providers, and content rights holders – in a manner consistent with the Commission’s broadband principles.  Indeed, some parties have argued that by degrading the high-quality content or slowing the speed of delivery, or in other ways reducing the QoS by which such competitors differentiate themselves in the marketplace, network operators could unfairly create a competitive edge.
 
The DCIA believes that, as a general matter, ISPs need the ability to reasonably manage their networks, but such network management practices should take into account the actual impact that Internet traffic has on the network and should be utilized equitably on Internet traffic, while recognizing that different applications can impact the network differently.  Likewise, application, content, and service provider practices should be based on their actual requirements for use of bandwidth and other network resources and they should not consume bandwidth and other network resources inequitably.
 
The DCIA also believes that ISPs should explain to their customers, in plain English, how the ISP’s network management practices may materially impact the customers’ Internet experience.  At the same time, however, ISPs should not be required to disclose network management practices that are competitively sensitive or proprietary, nor should they be required to disclose information that would undermine their ability to keep their networks and customers secure.
 
The DCIA further believes that the best way to accomplish these goals is for all of the relevant stakeholders to work collaboratively toward mutually beneficial solutions.  To that end, we recommend that the Commission encourage network operators, Internet companies, content rights holders, consumer groups, and other interested parties to discuss a variety of reasonable network management practices using private sector forums such as the P4PWG as well as public platforms.
 
With respect to the current petitions pending before the Commission, the DCIA encourages the Commission to ensure that its examination of any broadband ISP operator’s network management practices is properly grounded on a clear and well-established factual record, while avoiding speculative rulings that unnecessarily limit the flexibility required by ISPs and P2Ps to develop innovative solutions in the rapidly evolving and expanding marketplace for digital distribution of rich media content.
 
The purpose of such an examination should be to ensure that the Commission’s four broadband principles are being followed by providers of networks, services, applications, and content and that those principles are fostering continued innovation and advancement of consumer-benefiting services in a free and competitive marketplace.
 
Network management practices should be implemented equitably for the collective benefit of all Internet users.
 
Network management practices should not be used as a pretext for unlawfully discriminating against particular types of applications, content, or services that ISPs may view as potential sources of competition.  By the same token, applications and services that require significant bandwidth and other network resources to deliver their large rich-media content payloads should bear some meaningful responsibility for consuming disproportionate amounts of network resources to the potential detriment of an ISP’s collective customer base, and ISPs’ network management practices should be permitted to take into account and manage their networks to address any such impact.
 
In light of the rapid growth in this area, the scope of its impact on important consumer services and the commercial value of the offerings thereby represented, and the potential impact of this area of activity on other vital Internet services, the Commission should seek to provide consumers, ISPs, and applications, services, and content providers with clarity regarding what to expect with respect to broadband network management practices.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
Martin C. Lafferty
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)

 

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New Water Purification Product from Reliance Products and Procter & Gamble now Available in Retail Stores
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new water purification technology by Reliance Products L.P., one of Canada's largest providers of outdoor hydration and sanitation products, and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is now available in retail stores throughout the United States. The product, PUR(TM) Purifier of Water (http://www.purpurifierofwater.com), is a powdered water clarifier and disinfectant designed for outdoor recreation and emergency preparedness use. PUR Purifier of Water provides clean drinking water at a very low cost per liter, and can be purchased in complete water treatment kits, or as additional replacement treatment packs.

"We're pleased to join forces with Procter & Gamble in order to extend the many benefits of PUR Purifier of Water technology," said Reliance Products CEO Charles Schiele. "This partnership allows us to commercialize a disruptive technology in the field of water purification, which will now be available for emergency preparedness and outdoor recreational needs."

"The US launch is exciting because people will now be able to see and understand the way PUR Purifier of Water turns dirty water into clear and purified water," said Greg Allgood, Ph.D., Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water program at P&G. "The US effort will help fund our philanthropic efforts by providing two liters of water in the developing world for every package purchased in the US."

P&G will also help support the Children's Safe Drinking Water program by launching an initiative called GIVE PUR WATER. This will include TV advertising, interactive elements, a public relations campaign and print coupons to about 58 million households. The coupon booklet called P&G brandSAVER will be in a majority of U.S. newspapers on March 2 and April 6, and includes a $2.50 coupon towards purchase of the PUR Clean Drinking Water Kit. People will also be able to donate directly to the cause via the website http://www.givepurwater.org .

Using some of the same ingredients used in municipal water systems, PUR Purifier of Water is engineered to be a mini-water treatment plant in a packet. The product removes dirt, cysts, and pollutants, and kills bacteria and viruses in contaminated water. By removing the dirt and sediment through a flocculation process, PUR Purifier of Water gives a visible signal that water is clean and ready to drink. PUR Purifier of Water will be the only powdered water treatment product sold in the United States that eliminates sediment, cysts, viruses, bacteria and pollutants. PUR Purifier of Water is simple to use, provides a fresh taste similar to most household tap water, and is ready to drink after 30 minutes at a minimal cost per gallon treated.

Working together, P&G and Reliance Products will contribute to the Children's Safe Drinking Water program with every PUR product purchased. Any profits to P&G from sales of the packets in the United States will be used to support efforts to provide the PUR packets in the developing world. P&G established the Children's Safe Drinking Water program in 2003. Since its start-up, the program has provided over 900 million liters of clean drinking water to people in developing nations with PUR Purifier of Water. The product has been proven to purify and cleanse water in some of the harshest conditions imaginable including during the Southeast Asia tsunami, the Pakistan and Indonesian earthquakes, and floods in India, Bangladesh, Haiti, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

About Reliance Products L.P.

Reliance Products L.P. is one of the largest rigid and collapsible container companies in the world, servicing the chemical and food markets since the 1960's. Reliance currently is the largest supplier of environmentally friendly, reusable, water containers for the consumer market. With distribution through the largest stores, mass merchants and specialty outdoor retailers, Reliance products are available in most communities in North America. Reliance enjoys global distribution and has been a supplier to international relief organizations for years. Additional information about Reliance Products is available at http://www.relianceproducts.com .

About Procter & Gamble

Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands. The P&G community consists of over 138,000 employees working in more than 80 countries worldwide. P&G is committed to improving life for children in need, ages 0-13, through its global corporate cause, Live, Learn and Thrive, and its Children's Safe Drinking Water program. http://www.csdw.org .

SOURCE The Procter & Gamble Company
 

 

 

MoneyTV, Week of 1/4

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 04, 2008) -

MoneyTV is the nationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews by hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman with company CEOs, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

Featured companies on this week's program include:

Gold Reef International, Inc. (CNQ: GRIN) CFO and Co-Founder Lou Kost Jr. spoke of the gold exploration company he founded with Poker Hall of Fame member Crandall Addington. The company is making available commercially, an exploration data management system, Metal Miners Plus, which the company says provides superior field data management.

Semotus Solutions, Inc. (AMEX: DLK) CEO Anthony Lapine gave an update on the company's AMEX listing.

The Green Baron Report Editor-in-Chief Matt Chipman provided outlook into what the stock markets may do in 2008.

OptionPros CEO Nuri March spoke of the company's real estate option contracts and discussed the real estate market outlook for 2008.

Cord Blood America, Inc. (OTCBB: CBAI) CEO Matthew Schissler spoke of recent funding and plans to continue acquisition activity.

RBC Dain Rauscher Senior VP Irwin Shapiro discussed the bond market outlook for 2008.

Viewers of MoneyTV can receive free information in the mail about featured companies by calling the toll-free phone number on their TV screen. The weekly television program debuted in 1996 and is broadcast nationally in the USA to 70 million U.S. homes on Saturdays at 11:00 AM ET, Sundays at 8:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM ET, 9:30 AM ET, 3:30 PM ET and Mondays at 6:30 PM ET.

MoneyTV is broadcast to 45 million TV homes in Western Europe, Wednesdays at 5:00 PM

MoneyTV is also broadcast on UPN-TV in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Sundays at 8:00 AM.

MoneyTV is also available in Thailand on the Broad TV Network.

A complete menu of TV listings is available at the MoneyTV web site, http://www.moneytv.net

MoneyTV Executive Producer and Anchor Don Baillargeon is also the host of MoneyRap Radio, heard weekly on the Business Talk Radio Network. For more information, visit http://www.moneyrap.com

MoneyTV television program, Copyright MMVIII, all rights reserved. MoneyTV does not provide an analysis of companies' financial positions and is not soliciting to purchase or sell securities of the companies, nor are we offering a recommendation of featured companies or their stocks. Information discussed herein has been provided by the companies and should be verified independently with the companies and a securities analyst. MoneyTV provides companies a 3 to 4 month corporate profile with multiple appearances for a cash fee of $11,500.00 to $17,250.00, does not accept company stock as payment for services, does not hold any positions, options or warrants in featured companies. The information herein is not an endorsement by the hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman, the producers, publisher or parent company of MoneyTV.

 

 

 

ISIS Introduces BNC Version of RGBHV Super Switch

 INNOVATION 16x16 Switchers Now with BNC Connectors

Grass Valley, CA - The ISIS Group, Inc. announced the introduction of a new 16x16 RGBHV routing switcher in the INNOVATION line.  The new model offers the same wide bandwidth, supporting all formats from VGA (640x480) through QSXGA (2560x2048), the same flexibility and rugged construction as the popular INNOVATION multimedia switchers. 

"Customers tell us that they select the INNOVATION line for its rugged construction, bandwidth, and competitive pricing - and they want those same features for fixed installations, where footprint isn't a significant concern.  The new model, with BNC connectors, is easy to install where long cable runs make the HD15 connectors on our other models less desirable," says Steven Block, ISIS CEO.  "Our distributors lobbied hard for this version, and we've seen an early, positive response from customers."

The new switcher, designed specifically for multimedia applications, uses the latest crosspoint technology to extend bandwidth and slew-rate performance, allowing it to work with the most demanding resolutions.  It is rugged enough to meet the requirements of military applications, and flexible enough for stadium and theater installations and video wall displays.  It features hot-swappable, front-loading modules, a redundant power supply option, and a choice of local, remote, or GUI controls to ensure professional performance in any venue.  Like all ISIS products, this switcher carries a full seven-year warranty. 

About The ISIS Group, Inc:

 ISIS Group manufactures high-performance video, audio, and signal management and processing solutions for the television, post-production, and multimedia industries worldwide.  In 2004, ISIS acquired Graham-Patten Systems, a Grass Valley company with an established reputation as the world's leading developer of high performance digital audio products for the professional video industry.  Both companies are known for technical innovation, product reliability, and outstanding customer support.  Information about ISIS Group is available at http://www.isis-group.com and Graham-Patten is at http://www.gpsys.com

 

 

Setting Up a Toshiba HD DVD with HD Capable TV
Written by Joyce Chow
How long does it take to set up an HD DVD player? The Toshiba HD DVD player sat in the box with The Bourne Supremacy HD DVD sitting next to it. The television, a Toshiba that is high definition capable.
 
Opening the box, I had an assortment of cables, ready to go. Scanning the manual for the Toshiba HD-A2, the most recommended is using an HDMI connection. HDMI, high-definition multimedia interface, connects both digital audio and video.
 
The HDMI cable was connected between the HD DVD player and the tv. The tv input source was changed to HDMI and I went through the various options.
Why was there no picture? And then I looked at the HD DVD player. There was no light. The HD DVD player was plugged in, the tv turned off and then on again. Still there was no picture. The light on the HD DVD player was cobalt blue, signaling that it was on. Bourne Supremacy was playing and I could see the time clicking off, still there was no picture.
 
Looking through the manual, I noticed that you need to sync the remote with the tv. Looking at the number of choices, I wondered how many codes I would have to enter. There are 28 possible codes if you have a Toshiba tv. After I had entered several codes I didn‘t hear any confirming beeps, then noticed further up on the page that the Toshiba code was already set.
 
Glancing through the manual, I reviewed the troubleshooting pointers. The HDMI input had been selected on the tv. The HDMI output was the only output from the tv going towards the HD DVD player. Then I realized, the cable for the HDMI input on the back of the HD DVD player was not connected. It had loosened when I turned the player around after connecting the cable. Once connected, the tv was turned off, the hd dvd player unplugged, after waiting about a minute, each were powered on again.
 
Still there was no picture. What else was there to do? I began looking at the manual again and looked to see the time passing on the HD DVD player. Suddenly, there was a picture on the screen. I had been waiting for the boot up, the time necessary to load the large amount of information on the HD disc.
It had been just over half an hour since I started and already I was seeing the HD DVD player work with my tv. Excited, I looked down and once again saw the insert about obtaining firmware updates.
 
Firmware updates can be obtained over the internet through the Ethernet port on the back of the HD DVD player or by contacting Toshiba Customer Solutions. Sounds easy enough, but the router is down the hall in another room and it’s not exactly set up for wireless. I can connect multiple Ethernet cables for the initial firmware update, but changing it to being always on would cause reconfiguring how the cable internet and wireless is set up. Ideally, the HD DVD player is always connected to the internet. The purpose, besides firmware updates is for access to special HD DVD sites, for example linking to future movie trailers or enhanced content.
 
Happy to have the HD DVD connected, for now, I would just leave it and enjoy the Bourne Supremacy movie. Next on the list, a firmware update, setting the clock and connecting the audio. Well, it was just over half an hour to set up the picture.
 
Editor’s Note: Based upon numerous presentations of high definition players, I know what to expect in picture quality based upon the high definition player and the monitor. There is a noticeable improved quality with matched components, for example a Toshiba tv with a Toshiba HD DVD player.

 

 

Written by William Herman Jr.

Hooking up a HD-DVD player

Thanks to Black Friday, more than 750,000 HD DVD players are in U.S. households, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group announced Nov. 27. The group cites retailer reporters for the data, which includes Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-ons.

As a result of a sale I am now the proud owner of a HD player.

As many that drop by here know I can fly a jet, sail a boat and have several Doctorates and can make computers do everything but dance a Irish Jig, so hooking up a device that my 11 year old can do in a matter of minutes should be a simple task. (As all males know you would never ask your 11 year old to hook up your set because they think you know very little to being with and this would just re-enforce this knowledge with them)

I, like so many Americans have multiple televisions in my home, 6 , and as of this moment none of which are high def. I have three DVD players and two VHS players, all of which are currently hooked into television sets.

Since anyone my age, I am a boomer, can easily figure all you should have to do is to un-plug an old unit and plug in a new one this is what I set out to do. (Mistake 1)

I chose the 27 inch Sharp I have in front of my bed to add the HD unit too. (Mistake 2)

I opened the box and took out all the parts then went to the back of my cable box. With the cables in my hand I saw to my horror that the cables that I had in the box did not fit the cable box. On top of that my television has front hook-ups not rear. (Mistake 3)

My television was hooked directly by a co-lax cable directly to the cable box so no need to ever use the front hook-ups. I never thought of simply asking the sales person if it was compatible with anything that I own before I got the HD player.

When you buy a HD unit you should always ask what cables are included with the box, (they can use composite video cables, S-Video an HDMI cables,) ask if they are compatible with the set your planning to hook them up with and what you will need to hook your set up with if none of the above are supplied are work with your set. (Mistake 4) I did none of this and the batteries supplied with the unit didn’t work an I had no spares.

I hooked the cable I was supplied with to the front of my set, it had only a mono-hook-up on the front leaving one plug in dangling in front of my set. A major eye sore a front plug in set

Next I turned on the set or more to the truth tried to turn it on because my control did not work because of dead batteries. I went to a 99cent store and picked up some triple A batteries and turned the set on. (Mistake 5)

My set would not work with channel 3 or 4 for the hook up and I went back to the set and tried to figure out what I had done wrong. Turns out with this model I had to use the input channel to get a picture.

Once I had figured this part out I did the set up for the unit which was not much fun considering to make the control unit work with my television set I had put each code in individually till I found one that worked. Took three tries of running all the codes to come up with one that would turn my set on and off.

Now I was ready for the great moment of truth, would it play a HD-DVD? I pushed play and on the screen up came the menu for “Serenity”.

The picture looked great on my set but since it was not a HD-TV I have no point of reference as to what the picture should look like to begin with.

After killing most of a day to do what my little one could have done without even looking at the manual I had that proud moment that men have when they have won a major battle against technology.

Then I tried to turn the HD player off. It turns the unit off but it then goes into a very red stand-by mode. Just what I wanted, a red light shinning at me all night long.

I did manage to get this feature of the HD-Unit corrected. I un-plugged it till I needed to use it again.

Also found out that in the process of hooking the Hd player up I locked channel 3 out of my set so I could not watch my cable programs without unlocking 3 again.

The moral is if you have children let them hook up your consumer electronic units for you. When you do buy a unit tell the sales people what your going to hook it up to, ask what cables are in the box with the unit and what you need to make it work.

Hopefully Santa will have a large HD-TV in my sock for Christmas so I can see what “Serenity” looks and sounds like properly.

 

 

ALPINE ELECTRONICS UPS THE ANTE FOR IN-CAR CONNECTIVITY AND GREAT SOUND BY SHIPPING NEW 2008 HEAD UNITS

 Consumers are becoming increasingly savvy about what they want for the in-car environment. Not only do they want access to their digital sources while on the road, they also demand a quality listening experience from these sources. Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of automotive mobile media solutions, today announced it is shipping four new 2008 in-dash head units that make it simple for consumers to get the most out of their driving experience. With easy connectivity to the latest digital media and entertainment sources such as iPod®, satellite radio, HD Radio™ and Bluetooth®, the new 2008 head units offer innovative solutions for every consumer.

With the iPod becoming synonymous with today’s digital lifestyle, all four of these new head units offer easy iPod connection through Alpine’s KCE-422i Full Speed Connection™ for iPod cable. The KCE-422i comes packaged with the two new Ai-NET head units (CDA-9884 and CDA-9886). All four head units feature Percentage Search, which takes the iPod’s music library and divides it evenly into six groups that are accessible through the six preset buttons on the head unit. This unique feature lets users jump to a section of their music library instead of individually scrolling through each file.

“The shift to a digital-based world is here, and Alpine is keeping in tune with consumers’ needs,” said Stephen Witt, vice president, Marketing, Alpine Electronics. “The new CD head units combine the best in digital connectivity with the ability to achieve a great listening experience in the vehicle.
 
CDA-9886
The CDA-9886 is a robust CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA head unit with simplified, faster iPod connectivity and file navigation via the included KCE-422i iPod cable and Percentage Search function. Built on Alpine’s proprietary Ai-NET BUS platform, the head unit can connect to various digital media sources and formats, including HD Radio™, XM® or SIRIUS® satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity for hands free calling, USB mass storage devices and CD changers, for a truly integrated in-car digital experience. (Separate adapters and/or subscriptions required.)

The CDA-9886’s three pairs of 4V pre-amp outputs make it easy to build a fully amplified system, and provide the lowest noise floor for the discriminating audio enthusiast. The unit also features a built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at the CEA 2006 Power Rating), a high-pass crossover, blue illumination and backlit buttons. Using Alpine’s own BioLite® display, the CDA-9886 can display icons of each source that is connected to the unit, along with two lines of text and a choice of viewing options. It comes with a remote control and is also steering wheel remote ready.

CDA-9884
In addition to intuitive iPod command via the included KCE-422i iPod cable and Percentage Search, the CDA-9884 CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA receiver is built on Alpine’s Ai-NET BUS platform, enabling full control of digital media sources and formats directly from the head unit, such as HD Radio, XM or SIRIUS satellite radio, HD Radio and Bluetooth. (Separate adapters and/or subscriptions required.)

The CDA-9884 features a 12 segment dot matrix LCD display, three pairs of pre-outs (2V), built-in 18W x 4 RMS amplifier (at the CEA 2006 Power Rating), a high-pass crossover and blue or red selectable illumination for the buttons. It is remote control ready and steering wheel remote ready.

CDE-9874
The CDE-9874 CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA head unit makes it easy to connect to external sources through its front panel auxiliary input. It is ideal for those looking for a CD head unit that also offers quick, easy iPod connection and Bluetooth capabilities (separate adapters required). iPod users will appreciate the advanced human-to-machine interface (HMI) that uses the rotary encoder and built-in Percentage Search function, making it simple to find iPod content quickly. With the KCE-300BT Bluetooth adapter, consumers can enjoy hands-free cell phone use, as well as streaming music from a Bluetooth device enabled with A2DP or AVRCP protocol. The receiver features two pairs of pre-outs (2V) with selectable subwoofer control, built-in 16W x 4 RMS amplifier (at the CEA 2006 Power Rating), a high-pass crossover and clean blue and red fixed illumination.

CDE-9872
The new CDE-9872 CD-R/-RW/MP3 receiver offers Full Speed iPod connection and Percentage Search for quick, easy iPod file navigation (separate KCE-422i cable required). The head unit also features one pair of pre-outs (2V) with selectable subwoofer control, built-in 16W x 4 RMS amplifier (at the CEA 2006 Power Rating), a high-pass crossover and blue and green fixed illumination.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Alpine head units are available at authorized Alpine dealers.
 
CDA-9886 CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA receiver
Availability – Now; Suggested retail index – $350   

CDA-9884 CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA receiver
Availability – Now; Suggested retail index – $230   

CDE-9874 CD-R/-RW/MP3/AAC/WMA receiver
Availability – Now; Suggested retail index – $180

CDE-9872 CD-R/-RW/MP3 receiver
Availability – Now; Suggested retail index – $150

KCE-422i Full Speed Connection for iPod cable
Availability – Now; Suggested retail index – $30

KCE-300BT Bluetooth Interface Module
Availability – Now; Suggested retail index – $220  

 

 

Ikegami GF CAM (GF Series)

 

 
Inter BEE 2007
 
Click here to see downloadable versions Ikegami GF Cam GF Series Camcorder (Photo: Business Wire)

CHIBA CITY, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ikegami GF Series is a new line of tape-free solutions that are based on Toshiba's flash memory technology and Ikegami's camera technology. The series supports a wide range of video production tasks from shooting to editing to delivery, in a seamless manner.

Ikegami is demonstrating the GF CAM camcorder at Inter BEE 2007, an international broadcasting equipment exhibition, in Makuhari.

The GF CAM uses a new standard flash memory pack called GF PAK, and supports Serial ATA and USB2.0 interfaces to enable high-speed data transfers.

Compared to the conventional ENG camera for electronic news gathering, the GF CAM is designed in such a way that its gravity point is set low and its shoulder pad has a greater contact area, allowing the cameraman to shoot stably.

The GF CAM uses a 2/3-inch CCD, which is the industry's most advanced, and also uses our state-of-the-art digital signal processor for video processing. So, we're very confident that the GF CAM can produce high-quality video. We also newly developed a codec system for the camcorder, which can support various types of formats flexibly.

The GF CAM also features Packless Recording. Since the camera has buffer memory large enough to store 30 seconds of video, if a new GF PAK is replaced within 30 seconds, it's possible to continue shooting for a long period of time.

Inter BEE TV : http://www.inter-bee.com/en/tv/

 

Advanced Elastography Features Available on HI VISION™ 900 Premium Ultrasound System

 
RSNA 2007
CHICAGO---Hitachi Medical Systems America anticipates a surge of excitement within the ultrasound community, when more than ten live sessions and written posters evaluating the emerging technique of ultrasound elastography are presented at this year’s Scientific Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Elastography is rooted in the practice of palpation, one of the oldest concepts in medicine. When an abnormal mass is discovered in a patient, an important aspect of the initial clinical examination is physically palpating the mass to assess its stiffness. Hitachi’s Elastography takes this concept one step further by using ultrasound to perform sophisticated and sensitive measurements of relative stiffness and creating detailed images depicting this information.

Hitachi’s Real-time Tissue Elastography (E-mode) is capable of depicting a wide range of tissue stiffness using a conventional color map, either side by side with the B-mode image or superimposed onto it. Its 2nd generation features include a Strain Ratio Measurement allowing clinicians to compare two regions of interest and quantify the relative relationship between their elasticity in the form of a strain ratio.

Hitachi will demonstrate their E-mode capabilities in conjunction with the HI VISION 900 Premium Ultrasound System, Hitachi’s newest ultrasound offering. The HI VISION 900 also offers a wide array of features designed to streamline work flow, including programmable protocols, live volumetric (4D) acquisition with available MPR reconstruction, and four interfaces for operator control.

The HI VISION 900’s unique E-mode capabilities complement its advanced B-mode imaging techniques that deliver extraordinary penetration, image clarity, and tissue detail through HdTHI dual band harmonics, advanced speckle reduction, and Coded B-mode imaging.

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT)(TOKYO:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products, and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

 

Hitachi Enhances Echelon 1.5T MRI Scanner with the TIGRE Pulse Sequence for Dynamic Studies

 
RSNA 2007
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hitachi Medical Systems America has begun offering a new pulse sequence, called TIGRE™, for its short-bore late-generation 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging scanner. TIGRE makes it possible for Echelon to obtain dynamic abdominal and bilateral breast studies with higher temporal and spatial resolution.

“When we designed Echelon, we incorporated patient friendly features,” according to Shawn Etheridge, Director, MR Marketing. “For one thing, the magnet allows nearly all studies, including those of the brain, to be done with the patient entering the magnet feet first. This scanner essentially provides a high performance short-bore magnet without some of the drawbacks typically associated with that design.”

Another feature that enhances the patient experience according to Hitachi is HOAST™ (Higher-Order Active Shim Technology). HOAST assures uniform RF fat saturation even in a large FOV, and drives excellent saturation in those cases where many other scanners require uncomfortable patient positioning. Echelon also includes the all plane/all coil RADAR™ patient motion compensating technique, minimizing the need for patient restraint.

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) (TSE:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products, and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Commercializes OASIS, the Highest Field Strength Open MRI

 
RSNA 2007
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hitachi Medical Systems America commercialized OASIS, its new patient-centered open architecture MRI scanner, at the Scientific Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. This system, with its superconducting 1.2T vertical field magnet, was cleared for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September of this year.

“OASIS has the highest field-strength whole body vertical field magnet available,” points out Shawn Etheridge, Director, MR Marketing, at Hitachi Medical Systems. “Couple that strength with the sensitive Zenith™ receiver coils and 1.5T imaging electronics, and you net high-field clinical performance.”

According to Etheridge, the OASIS Zenith RF coils are the culmination of 20 years of vertical field MRI experience, incorporating highly sensitive volume solenoid coil detection and driving up to eight RF channels for large FOV uniformity. The OASIS standard special features include Higher-Order Active Shim Technology (HOASTTM), ensuring high magnetic field uniformity during scanning to achieve excellent fat saturation over large FOVs. OASIS also includes RAPIDTM parallel imaging, TRAQTM time-resolved MRA, Hitachi’s all coil/all plane RADARTM patient motion compensating technology and a 33mT/m – 100T/m/sec gradient system.

Hitachi has long been known for a patient-centered equipment philosophy, and according to the company, OASIS continues this tradition. OASIS is equipped with such patient–centered features as a 270º viewing angle and a 82cm wide patient table.

According to Hitachi, OASIS will change the market perception of open MRI, delivering high-field diagnostic confidence, plus patient comfort and a differentiation opportunity for MRI providers.

OASIS: The Patient Magnet

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) (TOKYO:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products, and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

 

Girls Crown Barbie® Toys as This Holiday Season’s ``Most Requested''

Additionally, Mattel Tops Hottest Holiday Gift Lists for Girls and Boys with Classic Favorites and Hi-Tech Gadgets

 

 
Click here to see downloadable versions One of the hottest toys in the entire toy industry and one of the most exciting tech gadgets introduced for girls this holiday is Barbie Girls(TM). (Photo: Business Wire)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.----As the holiday season’s busiest shopping weekend kicks off today, gift-givers will be heading into the Barbie® aisle to find the season’s “most requested toy” for girls. For the fifth year in a row, Barbie® toys were named the No. 1 requested holiday gift by girls, per the National Retail Federation, shining this year with the hugely innovative, tech-y Barbie Girls™ device and a new line of princess-themed dolls and playsets based on the popular new DVD “Barbie™ as The Island Princess.” Additionally, several other Mattel Brands’ toys have been named by toy, parenting, technology and retail experts as the season’s must-haves. Among this year’s big names on both industry hot lists and kids’ wish lists are: Hot Wheels® cars and tracksets, CARS toys, Polly Pocket™ dolls and playsets, Hannah Montana Mattel® DVD Board Game, U.B. Funkeys™ and High School Musical dolls and games.

“This holiday season Mattel toys are topping must-have holiday lists everywhere. Our holiday toy line-up delivers what today’s kids want, combining popular themes and the hottest properties with new technology and fun play experiences,” said Neil Friedman, president, Mattel Brands.

What Girls Want

This year’s top choice among girls – Barbie® brand – has something for every girl – from techy gadgets to pretty princesses. One of the hottest toys in the entire toy industry and one of the most exciting tech gadgets introduced for girls this holiday is Barbie Girls™. The multi-functional Barbie Girl™ device functions as a portable music/MP3 player, next generation fashion doll and a “key” to unlock exclusive play features and trillions of character and room combinations on the popular BarbieGirls.com website. Barbie Girls™ was recently named one of Toy Wishes Magazines “Hot Dozen” toys, named on the eToys 2007 Hot Holiday Toy List and has received The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Another Barbie® favorite is “Barbie™ as The Island Princess,” offering little princesses a magical assortment of toys that have received recognition from industry insiders, such as the iParenting Media Award, listing in The Toy Insider Gift Guide and About.com’s Top 10 Toys of 2007. The popular “Barbie™ as The Island Princess” made-for-DVD movie also continues to top the Nielsen Entertainment VideoScan Top Kid Video Charts.

Mattel Brands also offers toys and games based on the hottest entertainment properties for girls – “Hannah Montana” and “High School Musical.” The Hannah Montana Mattel® DVD Board game is based on the hottest tween TV show and highest rated series in Disney Channel history and features popular scenes and chart-topping songs featured in the show, as well as girls’ favorite characters – including Miley (aka Hannah.) And, fans of the smash hit Disney Channel Original Movie “High School Musical” are loving High School Musical dolls, designed in the likenesses of the hugely popular characters. The dolls are dancing their way off store shelves, in many cases selling out entirely.

What’s Big for Boys

From Hot Wheels® and Tyco® R/C to CARS and DC Super Friends™, Mattel’s toys for boys have been given the nod from parenting associations, such as the Hot Wheels® Dragon Fire™ track set which received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and the Matchbox® Mega Rig® Wrecking Rig™ Vehicle honored as the Preferred Choice Award “Toy of the Year Finalist” and Today’s Parent Top Toys for 2007.

And, Radica’s hi-tech U.B. Funkeys™, which combines vinyl toy collecting with the world of gaming, is a big favorite among boys, making the eToys 2007 Hot Holiday Toys List and many others, such as KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007.

Family Favorites

Mattel’s Games and Radica® are delivering must-haves for game enthusiasts and tech fanatics. Family favorites such as the Disney Pictionary® DVD Game and the High School Musical 2 Mattel® DVD Game each secured “All-Star” honors from Toy Wishes Magazine holiday issue. And, Radica’s 20Q™ Junior scored high on industry lists, including the Creative Child Magazine Game of the Year Award.

Mattel Girls’ Brands Take Top Holiday Honors

     

Barbie®

(Dolls, Toys, Role Play & Playsets)

 

About.com (Best Dolls of 2007, Top 10 Toys of 2007 and Top Toys of 2007 – Girls)

AllAboardToys.com (Best Toys for 2007)

Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award (Toy of the Year Finalist)

eToys 2007 Hot Holiday Toys List (3 and Up)

Indy’s Child Gift Guide

iParenting Media Award (2007 Greatest Products Winner)

KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007

National Retail Federation 2007 Holiday Intentions and Actions Survey

PC Magazine “10 Hottest Kid-Friendly Gadgets”

RedBook Magazine’s “Hot 20”

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide

TopToysGuide.com Top 10 Toys for Girls

Toy Wishes All-Star & Hot Dozen

Toys “R”Us 2007 Hot Toy List (8-11 years)

UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List

Web Marketing Association’s 2007 WebAwards Best Toy & Hobby Website

     

“High School Musical”

and “High School Musical 2” Dolls

 

  About.com (Best Dolls of 2007 and Top Toys of 2007 – Girls)

AllAboardToys.com (Best Toys for 2007)

eToys 2007 Hot Holiday Toys List (6-10 years)

Toy Wishes All-Star

     
Polly Pocket™

(Dolls, Vehicles & Playsets)

  Indy’s Child Gift Guide

iParenting Media Award (2007 Greatest Products Winner)

Seal of Excellence Award (Creative Play for Girls category)

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Girls Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

     
Little Mommy™

Real Loving Baby™ Doll

  Georgia Family Best Toys 2007

iParenting Media Award (2007 Greatest Products Winner)

Wal-Mart Top 12 Toys of Christmas List

     
Pixel Chix™

(Interactive Games & Accessories)

  About.com Top Toys of 2007 – Girls

KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007

Toy Wishes All-Star

UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Hip 'n' Kool Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

Mattel Boys Toys Attract Industry Accolades

     
Hot Wheels®

(Vehicles, Tracks & Playsets)

  Georgia Family Best Toys 2007

KB Toys Hot Holiday Toy List

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Toy Wishes All-Star

     
Matchbox®

(Vehicles & Playsets)

  Canadian Toy Testing Council Best Bet Award 2008

Georgia Family Best Toys 2007

iParenting Media Award (2007 Greatest Products Winner)

Preferred Choice Award (Creative Adventures for Kids category, Toy of the Year Finalist)

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide

Today's Parent Top Toys for 2007

Toy Wishes All-Star

     
Tyco® R/C   FamilyFun Magazine Finalist

Georgia Family Best Toys 2007

KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007

Seal of Excellence Award (Outdoor R/C Toys category)

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Toy Wishes All-Star

     
CARS

(Vehicles & Playsets)

  AllAboardToys.com - Best Toys for 2007

KB Toys Hot Holiday Toy List

Toy Wishes All-Star

UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Boys Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

     
DC Super Friends™

(Action Figures & Vehicles)

  Indy’s Child Gift Guide

iParenting Media Award – 2007 Greatest Products Winner

Parents Magazine Best Toys of the Year List

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Mattel Games Make Must-Have Gifts

     
Flippin’ Frogs™ Game   The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide

Parents Magazine Best Toys of the Year List

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

     
Disney Pictionary® DVD Game   iParenting Media Award – 2007 Greatest Products Winner

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

     
Hannah Montana Mattel® DVD Game   Toy Wishes All-Star

AllAboardToys.com - Best Toys for 2007

KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007

     
High School Musical 2 Mattel® DVD Game   Toy Wishes All-Star

KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007

     
Scene It?® DVD Games   The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide (for Harry Potter™ 2nd Edition DVD Game)

Toy Wishes All-Star (for Disney 2nd Edition DVD Game)

     
Ratatouille Kitchen Quake™ Game   UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Games Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

Radica Tops Hi-Tech Holiday Wish Lists

     
U.B.Funkeys™   eToys 2007 Hot Holiday Toys List (8 and Up)

UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Hip 'n' Kool Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide

PC Magazine “10 Hottest Kid-Friendly Gadgets”

iParenting Media Award – 2007 Greatest Products Winner

KOL Hot Holiday Toys 2007

     
Girl Tech Video Journal™   UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Hip 'n' Kool Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide

iParenting Media Award – 2007 Greatest Products Winner

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Parents' Choice Award

     
Brain Games™   Indy’s Child Gift Guide
     
20Q™   UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Games Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

Creative Child Magazine Game of the Year Award (Travel Games category) for 20Q Junior

     
Say What?™   UK Toy Retailers Association 'Dream Toys' List (Dream Dozen and Games Top 12 Toys for Christmas)

About Mattel

Mattel, Inc., (NYSE:MAT)(www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. Mattel is recognized as one of the 100 Most Trustworthy U.S. Companies by Forbes Magazine and is ranked among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by CRO Magazine. Committed to ethical manufacturing practices, Mattel marks a 10-year milestone in 2007 for its ever-evolving Global Manufacturing Principles and focus on sustainable business practices. With global headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands -- today and tomorrow.

Mattel, Inc. © 2007 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

© Disney

© 2007 Mattel, Inc. and/or Origin Product Ltd. The POLLY POCKET trademark is owned by Origin Products Ltd. Other trademarks and trade dress are owned by Mattel, Inc. or Origin Products Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

DC SUPER FRIENDS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

 

 

Toshiba is Exhibiting the GF Station

 

 
Inter BEE 2007
CHIBA CITY, Japan---Toshiba is exhibiting the GF Station, a GF Series product that has both recorder and video server capabilities, at Inter BEE 2007, an international broadcasting equipment exhibition, at Makuhari Messe. The company collaborated with Ikegami to develop the tape-free GF Series, which supports video production tasks ranging from shooting to editing to transmission.

The GF Station supports various high-definition and standard-definition formats, and also includes ample format conversion features for up-converting, down-converting and cross-converting. The user can operate jog and shuttle dials just as if using them with a conventional VCR system. The GF Station also features a 3.5-inch LCD monitor to help the user easily make various adjustments.

"This is not just a VCR replacement. It has built-in flash memory. With this product, we have in mind a workflow innovation for broadcasting stations. The concept of the product is that it is a VCR-like unit that will be connected to a network in the future." (Toshiba Corporation, Social Infrastructure Systems Company, Broadcasting System Technology group, Director Haruyoshi Suzuki)

The GF Station is equipped with a flash memory board that incorporates the VIDEOS flash memory video server technology, which is highly regarded as a video transmission server. The board has 128 gigabytes of memory to support recording or playing high-definition video for about 4 hours. Toshiba expects the GF Station to be used for many situations, including use at studios and in-vehicle use, as a location-independent general-use video server.

Inter BEE TV : http://www.inter-bee.com/en/tv/

 

 

Retailers Off to a Bumpy Start Online on Black Friday, Reports Keynote

bulletTechnical Quality at 30 Leading Web Sites Measured by Keynote Indicies
bulletOne-Third of Retail Sites Measured Struggle with Pressures of High Holiday Traffic
bulletIndustry-Wide Online Slow-Downs Impact Search and Check-Out Processes
bulletKeynote to Monitor Retail Sites Throughout Holiday Season
SAN MATEO, Calif.--Keynote Competitive Research, the industry analysis group of Keynote (Nasdaq:KEYN), today provided an update on the technical performance (responsiveness and reliability) of leading retail Web sites over the course of Black Friday, one of the busiest online (and offline) shopping days of the year, and the results were mixed for online retailers. Media interested in receiving Keynote reports over the holiday season on online retail Web site performance should email Dan Berkowitz at dberkowitz@keynote.com or Dan Cahill at dcahill@roaringcommunications.com.

“Our monitoring of retail site performance has shown a definite slow-down in site performance over the course of Black Friday for many leading sites,” said Shawn White, director of external operations for Keynote. “Almost a third of the thirty leading retail sites we monitor for our holiday shopping index experienced significant slow-downs that impacted the product search and check-out processes – and presumably will impact online sales.”

Online shopping will represent about $30 billion in sales this holiday season, according to eMarketer, and about 30% of all holiday shopping will be done online this year, up strongly over last year, according to the National Retail Federation and its Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey.

“Consumers are increasingly turning to the Web for their holiday shopping, and thus the success of a retailer’s holiday season is increasingly tied to their site’s performance,” said White.

Keynote reported that one-third of the thirty (30) sites it monitors for its holiday retail index showed significant slow-downs as a result of the increased Black Friday traffic. Keynote’s reporting is based on The Keynote Retail Performance Indicies, transaction performance indices comprised of leading online shopping sites across three retail categories: apparel, electronics and books & music. The Keynote Retail Transaction Performance Indicies measure and benchmark the performance for a standard online shopping transaction for 30 leading retail sites, including the product search, shopping cart, and check out process performances on those sites. The data used in Keynote’s indices is collected in real time on an hourly basis from 10 major cities across the U.S., providing an up-to-the-minute barometer of online consumer experience during the holiday shopping season.

“All sites are experiencing some slow-down, which is natural given the increased number of online shoppers today. The average site’s slow-down is almost imperceptible to the consumer with high-speed access. However, those sites that experience significant slow-down usually will have problems with their product search, product information and check-out processes. We saw close to a dozen sites with such problems today.”

Keynote experts note that 5% to 10% slow-downs in traffic on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are common, and likely will not impact the consumer’s online experience or check-out and sales. The worst performing sites on Black Friday were showing up to a 400% slow down, which Keynote experts caution will lead to consumers abandoning a product search or check-out. Keynote said its monitoring showed that well-known brands such as Buy.com and Lowes experienced significant slow downs that impacted their product search and check-out processes.

Keynote recorded slow-downs and some retail site problems beginning at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on Friday and expected to continue through 10:00 PM Eastern, peak Internet usage times when consumers from coast to coast are accessing retail Web sites. Monday (November 26th), known as Cyber Monday, is also expected to be a busy online shopping period as many consumers go back to work or routines and shop from the convenience of their home or office.

In a positive note, Keynote reported that none of the leading sites it monitors appeared to go completely dark on Friday, whereas several leading sites experienced periods with complete outages last holiday season.

“Online traffic and online shopping continue to grow, continue to grow as part of consumer habit,” said White. “And retailers are responding by planning in advance for the online holiday shopping season, building site capacity and testing load and performance months and months before the season. That’s paid off for most retailers, but a surprising number still have a ways to go,” said White.

Keynote’s retail index data is collected using Transaction Perspective® 8.0, Keynote’s market–leading Web site performance measurement and monitoring service. Further information on the Keynote Retail Performance Indices is available online at: http://www.keynote.com/keynote_competitive_research/performance_indice s/retail/retail_index.html (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)

Retail Web Sites Included in the Keynote Retail Performance Indices

Apparel sites on Keynote’s indices include: Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF); Banana Republic (NYSE: GPS), Eddie Bauer (Nasdaq: EBHI); Foot Locker (NYSE: FL); Gap (NYSE: GPS); JC Penney (NYSE: JCP); JCrew; Macy’s (Federated Department Stores, NYSE: FD); Neiman Marcus; Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN); Saks Fifth Avenue (NYSE: SKS); Sears (Nasdaq: SHLD); and Zappos.

Books and music sites on Keynote’s indices include: AbeBooks.com; Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN); Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS); Borders (NYSE: BGP); Buy.com; Overstock.com (Nasdaq: OSTK); Target (NYSE: TGT); Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT).

Retail electronics sites on Keynote’s indices include: Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN); Best Buy (NYSE: BBY); Buy.com; CDW (Nasdaq: CDWC); Circuit City (NYSE: CC); Dell (Nasdaq: DELL); Office Depot (NYSE: ODP); OfficeMax (NYSE: OMX); Overstock.com (Nasdaq: OSTK); Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS); Toys R Us (NYSE: XKE); Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT).

About Keynote

Keynote Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN) is the global leader in on-demand test & measurement solutions for continuously improving the online experience. As an independent and trusted third-party, Keynote provides IT and marketing executives with an unbiased view into their Internet services from around the world. For over a decade, Keynote has been providing measurement data and testing capabilities that allow companies to understand and improve their customers’ online and mobile experience. Keynote has four test and measurement businesses: Web performance, mobile quality, streaming & VoIP, and customer experience/UX. In addition, Keynote’s industry analysis group called Keynote Competitive Research publishes proprietary studies measuring customer experience and service levels across a wide range of industries.

Known as The Mobile and Internet Performance Authority™, Keynote has a market-leading infrastructure of 2,400 measurement computers and mobile devices in over 240 locations around the world. Keynote also maintains one of the most representative panels of online users consisting of 160,000 consumers. Keynote’s on-demand, hassle-free infrastructure allows businesses to access services they need, when they need them to pinpoint and fix mobile quality and Internet problems before they impact customers.

Keynote helps over 2,700 corporate customers become “the best of the best” by helping them improve online business performance and mobile communications quality. Keynote’s customers represent top Internet and mobile companies including American Express, BP, Caterpillar, Dell, Disney, eBay, ESPN Mobile, E*TRADE, Expedia, FedEx, Microsoft, SonyEricsson, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone.

Keynote Systems, Inc. is headquartered in San Mateo, California and can be reached at www.keynote.com or by phone in the U.S. at (650) 403-2400.

Keynote, The Internet Performance Authority and Perspective are registered trademarks and The Mobile and Internet Performance Authority and True Experience are trademarks of Keynote Systems, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2007 Keynote Systems, Inc.

 

 

 

Black Friday Shopping Tradition Changed Online
Written by Joyce Chow
 
Each year the day after Thanksgiving, I’ve risen early to join my family in the holiday tradition of Black Friday shopping. Bundled up and waiting outside, we’ve watched the sun rise waiting for stores to open. Shopping in groups, we’ve made it nearly a science, pursuing the great deals we just had to have.
 
Welcome to the year 2007. With Black Friday ads online and the ability to purchase online without having to endure waiting for hours upon hours in the cold to enter too crowded retail stores with limited quantities, I can happily slumber. The retailers that did, found me happily shopping in the warmth of my home.
 
Upon consideration, would I miss out on those door buster specials only available in the store? Am I going through withdrawal? Resolving, I will not appear at any retail store before 9 am. Should I also mention that a late Thanksgiving Eve tour of retailers, made the possibility of some Black Friday only purchases a reality?
 
Previously, Black Friday signaled the beginning of shopping for the holiday season for many families. This year, retailers got us in the mood earlier with holiday decorations beside Halloween decorations.
 
This year there are 5 weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there’s an extra weekend for shopping and sales. If Thanksgiving weekend sales meets expectations, you can expect fewer sales. Better sales if it doesn’t. Based on what’s been seen thus far, I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the one-gunmanship of retailers this holiday season.

 

 

 

                                   

 

 

Choosing HD DVD or Blu-Ray
 
Written by Joyce Chow
 
Waiting out the high definition format battleground may be closer than you think. While the tide tips some days towards HD DVD and other days to Blu-Ray, high def is closer than you think.
 
High definition options in HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats are approaching consumer mass market affordability, with an abundance of choices. In a nutshell, it can be divided into two sides - Toshiba and the HD DVD format and Sony counting on its future with Blu-Ray.
 
Similar to VHS and Beta, the two formats are incompatible with each other so if you want to play both, you’re either buying a combination player or you have two different players. Think of it as Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Wii. The good news in all of this is that either of the players should play standard dvds and may upconvert to a high definition picture.
 
Some movie studios are distributing DVDs in both formats or a combination HD/Blu-Ray disc as well as standard dvd formats, some are choosing one or the other. If you’re selecting a high definition player based on which studios they are aligned with, similar to selecting a PS3 or Xbox based on game titles, you’ll want to check current information for the Blu-Ray organization (www.blu-raydisc.com) or HD organization (www.thelookandsoundofperfect.com).
 
Choosing Blu-Ray
Pioneer has an internal blu-ray disc/dvd/cd combo drive for pcs for $299. You can watch movies in Blu-Ray while still having the ability to read and write to most DVD and CD formats.
 
Sony’s Playstation 3, aka PS3, has been considered the Trojan horse in Blu-Ray circles. Unfortunately, the Blu-Ray chip shortage hampered the shipments of PS3s and the $500 price tag discouraged some consumers.
 
Earlier in 2007, Blu-Ray players were $999, fortunately they’re available around beginning at $499 from Sony and Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, promotions have Sony Full HD 1080p Blu-ray disc players for $399.99
 
Sony laptops and computers with Blu-Ray players begin at $1599
 
Selecting HD DVD
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 HD DVD player at $179 is by far the most affordable possibility but requires a Microsoft Xbox console, which is several hundred if you don’t already have one. Surprisingly, this option has been barely mentioned as a footnote in dvd circles.
 
Toshiba’s HD-A2 has been promoted at $298(after an in-store rebate), breaking the $300 barrier. Black Friday prices are being offered as low as $199.99 with 7 free HD DVD movies.
 
Toshiba also leads the HD DVD camp with it’s laptops featuring the HD DVD players available at $1399.
 
Still debating between HD DVD and Blu-Ray
Instead of choosing HD or Blu-Ray, LG instead chose to offer both, in one player. At $999, you have both, so whether the Hollywood blockbuster you choose is in HD DVD or Blu-Ray you’ll be able to watch either.
 
If you’re still not ready to take the plunge, a standard dvd upconverter will bring greater definition to your dvd collection. A standard dvd upconverter will play standard dvds and is available for under $100.
 

 

 

 

Navigation Tops Lists for Holiday 2007
Written by Joyce Chow
The buzz for the holidays is navigation. Journalist after journalist at SEMA 2007 in Las Vegas, was searching for the latest in navigation. It wasn’t difficult to track down as it seems company after company was offering a version.
 
More than half of the companies present during Autofocus, produced by Pepcom Inc., were showcasing their portable navigation systems. Unlike the in-dash navigation systems that are installed, a portable navigation system allows portability amongst vehicles or even on foot. The invitation only media and analyst event the eve before the SEMA show floor opening, showcased the latest in high-tech products for the automotive market.
 
Although a main point of navigation system is to help you safely navigate, besides the basic versions with preloaded maps, each company has premium versions that helps you with better size and graphics - 2 or 3 D, Bluetooth, cameras, multimedia players, inputs for audio and video, and real time traffic possibilities.
 
The roundup of companies and features in the various versions displayed at Autofocus follow:
 
HP
iPaq 310 Series Travel Companion is a reminder of HP’s iPaq PDA or pocket pc in navigation
Features: high resolution 3D, 4.3” touch screen display for easy map navigation, turn by turn directions, guide to help you find Outlook contacts, tailor travel experience by downloading HP online planning services, SD memory card, USB connector, Bluetooth capability for hands-free conversations, digital entertainment with a music and video player and photo viewer
Suggested retail price is $449.99
 
Jensen
Audiovox’s NVXM1000 “Rock-n-Road” portable navigation system features XM satellite radio
Features: 4” color touch screen, turn by turn directions in 12 languages, 11 million points of interest, optional rear-view camera for safely backing up, XM mini tuner ready to bring the XM system into your car or home
Suggested retail price is $799.99
 
Magellan
Maestro 4250 and 3250 boast the thinnest industrial design at 17.8 mm and the fastest growing GPS brand in North America.
Features: 4.3“ (4250) or 3.5” screen(3250), built in AAA TourBook® integrated real-time traffic, exclusive voice command and control for commands such as “go home” or “nearest coffee”, Bluetooth hands-free calling, 6 million points of interest, Trip planning for multi-destination routing, Night View to optimize display viewing based on time of day, SiRF Star III GPS chips for the fastest GPS position acquisition in the industry
Suggested retail price is $499 for Maestro 4250 and $399 for Maestro 3250. Maestro price range of $269 to $499.
 
MIO
DigiWalker™ C230, 320 and C720t can imbed camera pics into navigation
Features: 3.5” TFT touch screen with standard voice guidance in 3 languages for over 1 million points of interest for the basic C230, 4.3” TFT touch screen with split-screen interface a SD card for digital audio files nd 1.7 million points of interest available only at RadioShack for the C320. The top of the line C720t has a 4.3” TFT touch screen, integrated two-mega pixel camera allowing users to embed GPS coordinates into images for navigation, business card recognition software inputs data by taking a picture of a business card, Traffic Messaging Channel (3 month paid subscription), text-to-speech driving insructions, split-screen interface, 12 million points of interest, digital video, audio and photo files with the SD card, and Bluetooth® capabilities.
Suggested Retail price is $ for the C230, $299.95 for the C320 and $599.95 for the C720t
 
Motorola
MOTONAV with the Motorola T805 and T815 add satellite navigation to your compatible Bluetooth enabled phone.
Features: maps on screen, turn by turn spoken and visual directions, may fit within your pocket to be used while walking or in the car, accessories included for mounting and charging in the car, night lighting mode (T815), 12 month MOTONAV national subscription included (T805).
Suggested retail price is approximately $150.
 
Nokia
You can have the entire internet in your pocket with navigation in the N810 Internet Tablet. Seen on the SEMA floor installed in a Scion both for the driver as well as installed in headrests for passenger viewing of digital entertainment.
Features: 4.13” WVGA display (800x480 pixels), wi-fi connectivity with internet calls, integrated VGA web camera, digital media player for listening to audio and video and viewing pictures, SD cards and compatible with miniSD and microSD, integrated QWERTY keyboard, upgradeable to Wayfinder’s voice-guided navigation for turn-by-turn directions,
Suggested Retail Price is $479 (estimated)
 
Panasonic
Introduced their first portable navigation system, the Strata at a press conference just before their Autofocus showing.
Features: slim size with 5” touch color panel), turn by turn directions in 3 languages, Voice Command function ability to navigate to preprogrammed destinations by voice, digital photo viewer, Bluetooth capability for hands-free cell conversations, Lane Assist helps avoid last-minute lane changes, 1.8 million points of interest in 51 categories, SD memory card
Suggested retail price is $499.95.
 
Sanyo
Easy Street NVM-4050 and NVM-4070 offers Traffic Message Channel
Features: 4 inch 16:9 widescreen LCD, 1.8 million points of interest, Traffic Message Channel (4070) reports real-time information on traffic with icons graphically displaying incidents on the navigation map (90 day trial included), text to speech navigation with turn by turn voice directions, Bluetooth hands free calling, built in FM transmitter, digital music and video players, SD memory card
Suggested retail price is $499.99 (4070-black) and $399.99 (4050 - dark charcoal gray)
 
Still confused about navigation? Consider how you would be using the navigation system, what is needed, and what may already be fulfilled through other electronic products you may own such as a cell phone or iPod and what integration you may want to include. Features that matter most include ease of use, quality and speed of route calculations for choices in route preferences such as faster time or shorter distance or quickness in recalculating after missed turns.
 
Minimally, having a navigation system that announces the street name instead of simply “turn left” may keep you safe with your eyes on the road. If you reside or visit an area where you’ll want to be aware of traffic conditions, having traffic or the capability to add it may upgrade you from a basic version. Traffic may be included or may be possible through a monthly or annual subscription.
While many of the systems are in the $400-$500 range, the range in navigation is broader and can be found as low as $150 on sale or upwards to $900. In the end, it’s likely a combination of price, function and availability that will direct you to your best navigation system.

 

 

By Notaspringchick

Costco Auto Buying Program
Costco has an auto buying program offering members fleet pricing for new cars. I’d read comments about it online, some extremely favorable and others saying that you could do better. At least, a starting point. While some may enjoy the car buying process, many don’t, leading to the creation of no haggle philosophy’s of General Motors’ Saturn and Car Max.
 
Utilizing Auto Trader, Consumer Reports and Edmunds as guides, my husband diligently searched for an sport utility vehicle for me to drive. My brother commented that our car shopping was all over the board. Even though I’d determined that a sport utility vehicle was ideal, we were not limited to one category nor manufacturer. If you were a car manufacturer, and had an SUV that was 4 or 6 cylinders, you were considered. It was not easy replacing a Mercedes-Benz coupe I’d grown attached to with over 200,000 miles.
 
My requirements were quite simple, something safe for Monte Bubbles to arrive at dog shows in while carrying all her gear. His requirements were different, considering miles per gallon with the ever increasing gas prices, financing considering dual self-employment, the amount of miles driven per year, causing the 10,000 miles per year leases to be thrown out the window, and last but not least, unadmittedly something that would look good next to his BMW convertible.
 
Costco members contact a toll free number to obtain a referral for a dealership. You’ll need your Costco membership number and the name of a vehicle you want prior to contacting them. If you’re not certain and are looking at more than one car from a manufacturer’s line you can let them know too. They’ll explain how the program works, receive your contact information and give you contact information for the dealership. The fleet manager will contact you within 24 hours, although you can contact them sooner. This first step takes about 5-10 minutes.
 
Next, you’ll meet with the fleet manager. They’ll review what car you’re looking for and then get right down to the numbers. When you meet with the fleet manager, they will often pull out a price sheet which tells them what pre-arranged Costco membership prices are over dealer invoice, typically $500 over dealer invoice. They’ll share dealer invoice and what your price will be. The price can vary from car to car or manufacturer to manufacturer. If you ask, they’ll print it out for you.
 
After that, the typical steps you would go through in buying a car is similar.
If you’re considering buying a new car, following are some pros and cons at utilizing the Costco Auto Buying Program:
 
PROS
-They give you a great starting point for pricing.
-They maintain a database showing who they’ve referred you to..
-The second request you make for a manufacturer only takes a few minutes as they’ve already explained how the program works
- There may be additional offers that the fleet manager is able to offer you better than the typical $500 over dealer invoice.
- No pressure sales by the fleet managers.
- Once you start conversations with a fleet manager, you do not need to obtain an additional referral for a different vehicle from the same manufacturer.

 

CONS

-They give you one recommendation at a time so if you’re looking to compare pricing from several you have to call back.

-Typically, you have go in and meet with the Costco fleet manager initially to obtain pricing.

-The dealership may not be the closest dealership to you. (for the multiple manufacturers I’ve contacted them about, none were the closest dealership. All however were within 7-30 miles from where I live)

-You may be able to obtain better pricing through negotiating than the through the program.

 

Costco’s auto buying program has pros and cons, but in the end, it does exactly as intended, it saves you time and money.

 

Gifts Cards A Phenom in The Hispanic Market

According to Comdata Stored Value Solutions fifth annual gift card survey of US consumers, Hispanics received gift cards with the highest average value, $71, compared to $41 for Caucasians and $60 for African-Americans. In addition, 26% of Hispanics surveyed report giving gift cards to children as a budgeting tool or in lieu of an allowance.

Other survey highlights related to Hispanics:

bullet40% of Hispanics report buying cards for themselves vs. 30% of Caucasians and 24% of African-Americans
bullet31% of Hispanics report purchasing gift cards at gift card malls, which provide a variety of card options at one location, compared with 26% of Caucasians and 33% of African-Americans
bulletHispanics add their own money to increase their purchasing power. 69% of those surveyed say they spend more than the amount of the card, compared with 52% of Caucasians and 44% of African-Americans
bullet38% of Hispanics buy cards via the internet, 31% at gift card malls and 6% at charity fundraisers and other events

And, considering gift cards among the entire population for the 2007 holiday season, the study includes these highlights:

bulletThe average gift card purchaser expects to spend $203 on gift cards for the 2007 holiday season, up from $186 in 2006
bullet38% of those surveyed who have never purchased a gift card are very or somewhat likely to purchase gifts cards this holiday season, representing an 81% increase in new card users
bullet53% of card users often or always spend more than the amount originally loaded onto their cards, and are most likely to redeem their cards over two visits, increasing store traffic
bullet85% purchase gift cards because they want the recipient to be able to select their own gift, while 57% don't know what to buy
bulletDepartment stores are the most popular place to purchase a card, followed by clothing and book stores, then restaurants

The children's gift card market was measured last year, and showed that:

bulletOne-third of all gift cards purchased last year were purchased for children or teens
bullet4% of cards purchased were for children under the age of five
bulletOf those who have purchased gift cards for children, 35% were the child's parents, followed by 30% who are aunts or uncles

 

 

Google Announces $10 Million Android Developer Challenge

Challenge to Inspire Innovation and Improve Mobile Experience

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.  – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG)
today announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide
$10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android™,
the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.  The Challenge is
designed to support the developer community and spark innovation on
the Android platform by awarding cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to
$275,000 to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of
judges.

"We've built some interesting applications for Android but the best
applications are not here yet and that's because they're going to be
written by developers," said Sergey Brin, Co-founder and President,
Technology, Google.  "We'd like to reward these developers and
recognize them as much as possible."

"We believe that the Android platform offers developers a unique
opportunity to create truly innovative mobile software," said Andy
Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms. "We're challenging
developers to stretch their imaginations and skills to leverage the
full capabilities of this new platform and to create something
amazing."

Android was announced on November 5 by the Open Handset AllianceTM, a
group of more than 30 technology and mobile industry leaders committed
to fostering innovation on mobile phones and offering a better
consumer experience. The Alliance will provide developers with a new
level of openness that enables them to work more collaboratively.
Today, the Alliance released an early look at the Android software
developer kit (SDK) that includes the documentation, sample projects,
development tools, emulator, and libraries that developers will need
to build an Android application.  Today's Android SDK announcement can
be found on the Alliance blog: http://android-developers.blogspot.com.

The $10 million total in the Android Developer Challenge will be
distributed equally between the Android Developer Challenge I and II.
Submissions for Challenge I will be accepted from January 2 through
March 3, 2008, and the 50 most promising entries will be recognized by
end of March with each receiving $25,000 awards to fund further
development. These 50 entries will then be eligible for even greater
recognition by applying by May 1, 2008 for ten awards worth $275,000
each and another ten worth $100,000 each. Recognition for the top apps
among those entries will be announced by end of May 2008.  Challenge
II will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become
available in the second half of 2008.

A panel of technology and mobile experts selected from the Open
Handset Alliance member organizations and the industry in general will
judge all qualifying entries. Awards will be given to the developers
whose applications leverage all that the Android platform has to offer
in order to provide consumers with the most compelling experiences.
Developers retain all intellectual property and other rights to their
applications.  Interested developers should:
1.    Download the SDK at http://code.google.com/android/download.html
2.    Build a great app.
3.    Submit an application between January 2 and March 3, 2008.

Additional information about the Android Developer Challenge can be
found at http://code.google.com/android/adc.html

About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by
Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a
top Web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted
advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable
results, while enhancing the overall Web experience for users. Google
is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the
Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com

 

 

Natural Products Expo East Attracts Record Attendance and Booth Sales

Show Poised for Move to Boston in 2008 to Accommodate Continued Growth

 

NEW YORK (October 2, 2007) — Natural Products Expo East (www.expoeast.com), the largest natural and organic products trade show and conference on the east coast, posted 7 percent growth in overall attendance this year with more than 25,000 attendees and 1,790 exhibits. With the natural and organic products industry growing at 9.7 percent annually and topping more than $56 billion in consumer sales, according to The Natural Foods Merchandiser’s™ 2007 Market Overview, Natural Products Expo East benefited from national trends toward healthier lifestyle choices, from grocery store to pharmacy to home. The show, held September 26-29 in Baltimore , Md. , is co-located with the Healthy Foods Conference and produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, Inc.   

 

“The record-breaking success of this show reflects the escalating economic clout of natural, organic and healthy products,” said Fred Linder, president of New Hope Natural Media. “Natural Products Expo East once again provided the largest and most diverse opportunity on the east coast for entrepreneurs, retailers and manufacturers in this growing industry.”

 

The 23rd annual gathering was an active launching pad for new products, providing a glimpse of the healthy trends of tomorrow. The show’s New Products Pavilion played host to product introductions and events, including the 5th Annual New Products Showcase Awards. Winners of the 2007 New Products Showcase Awards were: BeeCeuticals Organics Bee-Yond Body Rub(Personal Care/Health & Beauty); FoodShouldTasteGood MultiGrain Tortilla Chips and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils Organic Hempmilk (Food – tie); Nelsons Rescue Remedy Pastilles (Supplement/Herbs); Sweetriot 100% Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs (Green/Environmentally-friendly); Wise-Acre, Inc. Frost Teas (Innovation); and  Zhena Gypsy Tea (Packaging).

 

In addition to the active trade show floor, Natural Products Expo East 2007 featured numerous educational and networking opportunities, highlighted by keynote speaker Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author.   

 

“Natural Products Expo East ensures the continued success of my business,” said Zedrick Clark, president of Nature’s Food Market. “Whether I’m looking for a specific product or shopping a new category, this show allows me to make the best use of my time—there is no comparison for negotiating deals face to face.”

 

After 23 years in the mid-Atlantic region, Natural Products Expo East will relocate to Boston in 2008.  Scheduled for October 15-18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center , the move accommodates the industry’s growth. The Boston location will provide increased proximity to the retail buying audience of the Northeast.

 

“With the growth of the show and the industry, we’re pleased to provide our clients with an exciting new venue in a progressive region that is important to the natural products industry,” said Erica Hulsman, show manager.

 

New Hope Natural Media (www.newhope.com), a division of the Penton Media, Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services.  Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S. , serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company’s market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City , the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its coinvestors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.

 

 

 


 
  News from The ISIS Group and Graham-Patten Systems  
 September 27, 2007 We take your success personally 

In This Issue
bullet Simple Rules
bullet Product Spotlight: Audio Engineers Find a "Digital Ear"
bullet Meet the Producers: Steve Block, ISIS Group CEO
bullet Sneak Preview: Look for the INNOVATION GUI on our website - coming soon



Links to More Information

 

bullet Report: Your Digital Ear
 
bullet GUI and Control Panels for INNOVATION routers
 
bullet Graham-Patten distributors
 
bullet ISIS distributors - USA
 
bullet ISIS distributors - outside USA
 


 

Simple Rules
 

"Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time." - Arnold Glasgow. (Who IS Arnold Glasgow? After hours of web searches, I can't find out. If you have a bio for him, please send it to me!)

This quote captures the essence of our CEO's approach to business - and life! Read this month's interview wiith Steve Block. Graham-Patten supplies what's right to improve embedded audio monitoring - download the report about our de-embedders. The right way to evaluate a product is to use it - see the sneak preview about a new way to try out the INNOVATION GUI. And September is the right time to start thinking about next year's requirements. I've just begun planning for NAB2008, and I'll keep you informed as we prepare new products for the show.

Here's wishing you every success this month!

Product Spotlight: Audio Engineers Find a "Digital Ear"
 

Graham-Patten now offers five models of SoundPals de-embedders - all handy ways to monitor and troubleshoot embedded audio streams. Each compact unit provides 8 channels (or 4 AES pairs) of audio plus headphone connectors. Choose from models that de-embed from SD or HD, or ones that auto-sense SD or HD inputs. De-embed to analog or AES outputs.

Download your complimentary copy of Your Digital Ear: Troubleshoot, Monitor and Meter Embedded Audio with SoundPals Audio De-embedders - and discover how SoundPals de-embedders make your job easier.

Meet the Producers: Steve Block, ISIS Group CEO
 

This is the second in our series of interviews with ISIS people. You can also see past interviews.

Meet our "Chief Everything Officer" - Steve Block, one of the founders of The ISIS Group, Inc. Steve says "I've worked in several different industries, and I find this one the best by far. The people are . just generally decent human beings."

Read more about Steve's claim that he's "unbeatable in fantasy baseball."

Sneak Preview: Look for the INNOVATION GUI on our website - coming soon
 

If you are using any of the INNOVATION routers (Analog, SDI, RGBHV, or auto-sensing SD/HD SDI versions), you'll want the link coming in our October newsletter - it will let you download the INNOVATION GUI with a license for a fifteen-day trial.


 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please send comments, suggestions and subscription requests to info@isis-group.com

Tess Pender, Director of Marketing

 

 

http://www.papajohns.com

Papa John’s Offers a Taste of Tuscany in Any Neighborhood

New Tuscan specialty pizzas – Six Cheese and Roma Meats – available for a limited time only -- for just $11.99

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

-Craving a Tuscan getaway, but the boss won’t give you a week off work? Now, thanks to Papa John’s, anyone can get a taste of Tuscany for much less than the cost of round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations!

Beginning Monday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 22, Papa John’s customers can get their choice of a large Tuscan pizza – brand-new from Papa John’s – for just $11.99.

That’s the easy part. Now you just have to decide which Tuscan pizza to order!

The Papa John’s Six Cheese Tuscan pizza is served on a thin crust and loaded with a blend of six cheeses and Italian herb seasoning, while the Roma Meats Tuscan pizza is topped with spicy Italian sausage, Italian salami, Roma tomatoes, three cheeses, and Italian herb seasonings.

Since both are delicious, Papa John’s suggests saving yourself a headache and simply ordering one of each!

As with all Papa John’s pizzas and sides, the new Tuscan pizzas are available to order online at www.papajohns.com. Want to order your favorite meal with just two clicks of the mouse? Simply save your order with Papa John’s new online “Favorites Wizard” option so that the next time you log on to www.papajohns.com, you can quickly request “the usual,” without need to remember what exactly “the usual” is.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third largest pizza company. For eight years running, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the highly regarded American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com.

 

Dell to Partner with GOME on Retail Sales in China

Dell Direct Experience Now Available to Millions of Customers at China’s No. 1 Consumer Electronics Retailer
BEIJING--

Dell’s (NASDAQ:DELL) direct advantage and industry-leading technology will reach millions of in-store computer buyers across China thanks to a new partnership to sell the company’s latest products through GOME, China’s largest consumer electronics retailer.

Today’s announcement adds to Dell’s momentum with leading retailers in countries around the world. Dell will begin rolling out its systems in about 50 major metropolitan GOME stores during October and significantly expand its presence into the first half of next year. Additionally, Dell employees will be available in GOME stores to help customers with purchases and their overall experience.

“Starting in October, consumers can buy Dell products at GOME stores that will help satisfy customers’ diversified needs. Our partnership with Dell will strengthen our commitment in providing a superior customer experience, and is an important action to deepen our customer relationships,” Chen Xiao, president of GOME. “I am confident that we made the right decision to partner with a top-name brand to sustain our growth in China.”

Chen adds that Dell’s selection of GOME as its first retail partner in China shows that the large-scale consumer electronics retailer is becoming an increasingly important venue for customers purchasing IT products. The high-value products GOME offers are attracting more and more customers, especially from the younger generation. GOME’s extensive sales network, online store, reliable supply channel, shopping environment, professional sales staff, and good services are highly recognized.

“Chinese consumers are increasingly sophisticated in how they buy and use technology, so it is only natural that a global brand like Dell partner with GOME to provide a preferred shopping experience,” said Michael Tatelman, vice president of marketing and sales for Dell’s global consumer business. “For Dell, this is a great opportunity to extend connections with Chinese customers we may not have reached in the past. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with GOME.”

Dell products available at GOME will include the award-winning notebooks and desktops such as the 13.3 inch XPS™ M1330, the XPS 720 performance desktop, Inspiron™ 1420 notebook, Dimension™ 9200 desktop and Inspiron 530 desktop.

The partnership with GOME is Dell’s latest retail distribution agreement aimed at reaching more customers worldwide. The company recently announced relationships with Bic Camera Inc. in Japan, Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. and Wal-Mart in the U.S.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely enabled by its direct business model, Dell is a leading global systems and services company and No. 34 on the Fortune 500. For more information, visit www.dell.com, or to communicate directly with Dell via a variety of online channels, go to www.dell.com/conversations. To get Dell news direct, visit www.dell.com/RSS.

 

 

 

 Gemstar -TV Guide International, Inc.

TV Guide Launches Major National Consumer Advertising Campaign

Campaign Assures Passionate TV Fans, “We’ll Get You Through the Week,” Via TV Guide Magazine, TV Guide Online and TV Guide Network

Campaign Features 13 Innovative TV Commercials Tied to This Fall’s Most Popular Programs

 

LOS ANGELES----Gemstar -TV Guide International, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMST), a leading media, entertainment and technology company, announced today the launch of an innovative national consumer advertising campaign tied to the official kickoff of television’s new fall season. The multimillion-dollar campaign, which launches today and runs through November sweeps, positions TV Guide as the brand that helps viewers “get through the week” between episodes of their favorite television shows. It is unique in two important ways: the creative is show-specific, with each ad tied to one of 13 popular fall shows; and the media strategy is innovative in that the ads will air only during these specific shows, running in the last half of the episode, in order to let fans know at just the right time that TV Guide will get them through the week until the next episode airs.

The overall campaign idea is driven by TV Guide’s insight that TV fans are not so much passionate about television as they are about their favorite television show(s). TV Guide knows that these fans will go to great lengths to stay connected to that show once the episode is over. This campaign speaks directly to them, assuring the millions of passionate viewers that TV Guide will help get them through until the next episode, with anytime, anywhere access to relevant, unique and entertaining content about their favorite show(s) via TV Guide Magazine, TVGuide.com and TV Guide Network.

“With the continued enhancement of all our products, including the new TV Guide Magazine, the redesigned TVGuide.com Web site and hours of new original programming on TV Guide Network, we felt this was the perfect time to launch a high-profile, integrated campaign,” said Alan Cohen, chief marketing officer at Gemstar-TV Guide. “This effort is an important step in the continued revitalization of the TV Guide brand and in driving further awareness and usage of our products and services across the multiple platforms in which we operate.”

He continued, “Because of the unique way in which we have designed this campaign and orchestrated its media placement, we will reach exactly the TV fans we wish to influence. We know that TV enthusiasts have a strong desire to fill the seven-day ‘withdrawal period’ between episodes of their favorite shows. They crave fresh and entertaining information, the backstories and the side stories related to their favorite shows and stars, and they want it on their terms. We offer unequaled access to breaking news, inside scoop and celebrity interviews -- all available across our multiple consumer touch points. And with a weekly reach of 73 million consumers across its various platforms, TV Guide is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of these loyal fans.”

Tailored to each show’s title and premise, each ad utilizes a “countdown” element to highlight the length of time between episodes, and that, for true fans of the show, a week is a very long time to wait until the next episode. The ads then go on to assure the viewer that by tuning in to one of TV Guide’s platforms, they will be provided with a “fix” that will help them get through the week. The “fix” refers to TV Guide’s fresh and exclusive information on the shows, stars, characters and story lines as well as multimedia content including exclusive video, along with blogs and user communities where fans can go to interact about these shows. Each of the ads is punctuated with a cross-platform animated mnemonic, reinforcing TV Guide’s print, online and network offerings.

The campaign creatively plays to how consumers are using television today, and to two distinct advantages held by TV Guide: the long-standing relationships the company shares with the networks (all of which were involved in the process of developing brand-appropriate messaging for each program), and the unparalleled level of access that TV Guide’s reporters and editors have to news and information about the television shows.

“Everyone talks about the show to come, but until now no one has acknowledged the time between the shows for its fans,” said Peter Krivkovich, CEO of Cramer-Krasselt, the Chicago-based advertising agency that designed the campaign. “TV Guide is about keeping the fans connected with their favorite programs between episodes, and that’s the insight we mined to develop this campaign.”

The TV spots will appear weekly on the following shows (in alphabetical order): America’s Next Top Model, Brothers & Sisters, CSI, Dancing With the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, House, Prison Break, Survivor: China, The Office and Ugly Betty.

In addition to the TV spots, the campaign extends online, with banner and interactive units that support the viewer’s emotional connection to a show and their anticipation of the next episode. The media plan is a mix of high-reach entertainment sites, as well as show-specific pages within the broadcast and cable network sites that will reach viewers who are looking for a deeper connection to their favorite shows.

TV Guide is also taking the message “to the streets” beginning September 28 with a free “Daily Fix” themed program, in which TV Guide will give consumers in select coffee shops in L.A., N.Y. and Chicago free cups of coffee to “get them through the day,” while letting them know that the TV Guide brand will help “get them through the week.” The program also provides all patrons with the current issue of TV Guide.

TVGuide.com

TVguide.com will provide an abundance of exclusive multimedia content that is continually updated throughout the week, with enhanced show pages featuring:

bulletExtensive video clips
bulletBreaking news and related feature stories on the shows and their stars
bulletExtensive community features that allow fans to share their passion with other fans
bulletLive blogging during the show, after and next morning
bulletShow-specific countdown clock that lets fans know the exact time until the next episode airs

TV Guide Magazine

In addition to our extensive, ongoing coverage of the top shows, including breaking news and behind-the-scenes coverage, TV Guide Magazine will have a weekly section dedicated to the top shows that will feature engaging photos and content. The section will also direct fans to exclusive video and multimedia content about the shows on TVGuide.com and TV Guide Network.

TV Guide Network

TV Guide Network will provide extensive coverage of the 13 shows, including:

bulletSpecial 30-minute and hour-long programs. The exciting content includes exclusive “Where Are They Now” specials, behind-the-scenes scoop on the shows, and exclusive interviews and set visits.
bullet“Daily Fix” content will also be integrated into current segments on our weekly shows including our popular series inFANity.

About Gemstar-TV Guide

Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GMST) is a leading global media, entertainment and technology company that develops, licenses, markets and distributes products and services that maximize the video guidance and entertainment experience for consumers. The Company’s businesses include: television, publishing and new-media properties; interactive program guide services and products; and intellectual property licensing. Additional information about the Company can be found at www.gemstartvguide.com.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including risks and uncertainties related to the timely availability and market acceptance of products and services incorporating the Company's technologies and content; our investments in new and existing businesses; the impact of competitive products and services; and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Note to Editors: Gemstar, TV Guide, TVGuide.com and TV Guide Network are trademarks or registered trademarks of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. The names of other companies, products and services used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners

 

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The New York Times Runs Its First-Ever Spadia Ads

NBC Uses Innovative Opportunity To Promote Its Fall Season

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York Times announced today that NBC has purchased four spadia advertisements in today’s newspaper. NBC bought the advertisements to promote its returning hit show “Heroes” and new shows “Chuck,” “Bionic Woman” and “Journeyman.”

The spadia, a page wrapped around the spine of a section of the paper that appears as a partial page, ran in the Metro, Business Day, SportsMonday and TheArts sections of today’s New York Times distributed in the New York metropolitan area. Further supporting NBC’s fall launch was a full page ad in the Main news section for the launch of “Life.”

The campaign also includes front strip and full-page back cover national ad buys for all sections except Main news and is the first time all four front/backs have been purchased in one day by the same advertiser. NBC’s ad buy constitutes an unusually large campaign for a single day, involving all sections of the paper, and represents more than 2,000 column inches.

“We are extremely excited that NBC chose to showcase its fall season in The New York Times by using these innovative advertising units,” said Denise Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer, The New York Times Media Group. “A campaign such as this comes about as a result of understanding our customers and offering them unique solutions to meet their needs.”

“We are always looking for innovative new ways to get our messages across,” said John Miller, chief marketing officer, NBC Universal Television Group. “The New York Times is a great strategic ally in creating their first ever spadia unit for our Monday premieres. These will be heroic units for a heroic line-up.”

Added Tim Farish, vice president of media for NBC, “We feel The New York Times did what they do best – take an idea and make it just a little bigger and a little bolder.”

Over the last year The New York Times has introduced several new premium advertising positions, including its front page business ad program and positions like checkerboards, book ends, checkerboard spreads and fireplaces.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading media company with 2006 revenues of $3.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 30 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

ANNOUNCING MAX TOY COMPANY
NEW TO STRANGECO DISTRIBUTION! size

STRANGEco is proud to announce that it is now the exclusive distributor of Max Toy Company, the brainchild of obsessive toy collector, magazine founder and artist Mark Nagata. Max Toy Company creates high quality vinyl figures in the tradition of classic Japanese character toys, with exclusive designs by Nagata, Bwana Spoons and others, as well as premier licenses from the golden age of Japanese kaiju.

 

 

Ask anyone who knows Mark Nagata to describe him and the two things that will come up are toys and art.

After attending the Academy of Art College in San Francisco during the late 80's and picking up a New York artist's rep, Mark embarked on a 10-year plus journey as a freelance commercial illustrator. Churning out hundreds of assignments over the years, coupled with deadlines from hell took a toll, both mentally and physically. "I had to reassess what was important in my life and refocus my abilities towards a new goal. " said Nagata.

"I'd been collecting Japanese toys all along, and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them." So it's no surprise that Mark ended up creating and co- publishing Super7 Magazine. After successfully building the Super7 brand for nearly 4 years, it was time to move on. "I wasn't able to paint as much as I wanted, and I realized that the part of Super7 I enjoyed the most was creating toys and artwork, " reflects Nagata.

Thus was born Mark's new venture called Max Toy Company, named after his son, Max. With a nod to the Golden Age of Japanese toys, Max Toy Co. will continue the tradition of offering classic Japanese character toys by all the best toy companies. Max Toy Co. produces its own exclusive toys, both licensed and original.

In addition, Mark writes about Japanese Toys and is the toy editor for the bi monthly magazine called Otaku USA, available at all major bookstores. Now Mark has teamed up with StrangeCo to help wholesale and distribute its product to a much wider audience.

"StrangeCo is the leader in distributing Art Toys and really curate their offerings with care while expanding the brands identity. I think Japanese inspired toys is a growing aspect of the Art Toy market and I'd like to expand Max Toy Company products to these collectors. I'm looking forward to have Max Toy Company as a part of their select group of offerings."

Max Toy Co is a synthesis of toys and art ... both of Mark Nagata's life long passions.

 

For more information visit:

 

www.STRANGEco.com

CLICK HERE to visit the Max Toys Catalogue Page



 

ABOUT STRANGEco
Based in San Francisco, CA but catering to the world at large, STRANGEco is a dynamic force behind the growing phenomenon of the designer art toy movement.

After developing the successful online designer toy retailer, Kid Robot in 2002, co-founders Gregory Blum and Jim Crawford left in order channel their creative efforts in a different direction. Their hard work resulted shortly afterward with STRANGEco.

Working closely with artists they admire, the STRANGEco staff helps to develop character designs often only seen in two dimensions. The end results are beautiful original art pieces in three-glorious dimensions which fans can actually afford and collect. Notable artists STRANGEco has worked with include Mars-1, Jim Woodring, Friend With You, tokidoki, Nathan Jurevicius and many others.

 

 

 

 

Bombardier Q400 Aircraft Fleet Returning to Service

 

- Approximately 70 per cent of Q400 worldwide fleet in service

- More than 35 out of estimated 85 grounded Q400 aircraft back in service; number of aircraft returned to service continues to rise

- After meeting the requirements of Transport Canada's Airworthiness Directive (AD) related to the recent Bombardier Q400 aircraft landing gear issue, operators worldwide have been returning their aircraft to service. Approximately 70 per cent of the Q400 turboprop fleet is in service (or approximately 116 aircraft out of total fleet of 165 aircraft). Of the estimated 85 Q400 aircraft requiring detailed inspections, more than 35 aircraft are already back in service.

"Several airlines have reported that their Q400 aircraft have returned to normal service. This is excellent news. We expect that more aircraft will also return to service in the coming days. We remain committed to our customers and are providing them with the necessary technical assistance to resolve the issue," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.

On September 13, Bombardier provided Q400 aircraft operators with detailed inspection procedures developed by Goodrich, the landing gear manufacturer, and approved by Bombardier. These inspection procedures address Transport Canada's airworthiness directive related to the aircraft's recent main landing gear issue.

Bombardier - with the support of Goodrich - continues to focus its efforts on assisting its customers to return to normal flight schedules as quickly as possible.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier and Q400 are trademark(s) of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

 

 

 

Actresses, Singers, Musicians and Athletes Come Together to Demonstrate the Wonders of Skin

New Vaseline® “Skin is Amazing” Campaign Invites People to Express Their Own “Skin Vision”

 

Click here to see downloadable versions "I have very freckly, sensitive Irish skin and I don't go in for a whole bunch of surgical procedures to make myself look younger or prettier, so taking care of my skin is a huge part of what I do for a living." --Minnie Driver, Actor (Photo: Business Wire)
Click here to see downloadable versions "Skin is a part of you and you have to be proud of what you have. I feel comfortable in my own skin." --Hilary Duff, Actress/Singer (Photo: Business Wire)

--Skin is amazing. Each day it performs many functions such as regulating our temperature or protecting us from the elements. It speaks volumes about us. It can reveal our heritage or communicate our emotions to the world. Now, celebrities including Minnie Driver, Hilary Duff, Kim Raver, Dave Navarro and Laila Ali are featured in a breakthrough Vaseline campaign which reveals up close and personal photographs and stories of their skin. Their images are appearing in the October issues of national magazines.

The famous people whose glowing skin stars in the Vaseline campaign lead lives that test their skin every day. Each photo displays a skin “attribute” meaningful to the celebrity. For example, Minnie Driver’s freckled skin reveals her Irish heritage, Dave Navarro’s tattoos transform his skin into a canvas to reveal a story of his life and Kim Raver’s pregnant belly demonstrates the wonder of how skin grows and grows with us.

The Vaseline “Skin is Amazing” campaign also invites people to think about their own relationship with their skin. Vaseline is asking Americans, “Do you see skin the way we do?” As a coat of armor, a touch point with the world, or maybe a map of your experiences? Consumers can log on to www.vaseline.com and enter the “Skin Vision” contest by submitting their own skin portrait – a photo of their skin in action that expresses everything their skin does for them and unique skin story. The winner will receive a trip for two to New York City for a photo session with a professional photographer and their skin portrait will appear in the next Vaseline ad in a national magazine. The contest begins September 15, 2007 and ends December 31, 2007. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. See www.vaseline.com/skinvisions for official rules.

Each person that enters will support the Vaseline donation to the Coalition of Skin Diseases which helps address the needs of the millions of people whose lives are affected by skin disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kodak Brings High-Quality, Everyday Low-Cost Printing to Wal-Mart Customers

 

Consumers Continue to Recognize and Validate Kodak’s Revolutionary Low-Cost Ink Value Proposition
-Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced that it has extended the consumer reach of its breakthrough home inkjet printer line while reinforcing the product’s unique value proposition by making it available at Wal-Mart, America’s leading retailer. The KODAK EASYSHARE 5100 All-in-One (AiO) Printer (U.S. MSRP $129.99), is now available for purchase at 2,600 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

With replacement ink cartridges priced at just $14.99 MSRP for color and $9.99 MSRP for black, the KODAK EASYSHARE AiO Printer delivers crisp documents and brilliant photos, offers print, scan and copy features, and saves consumers up to 50 percent* on everything printed in the home.

“This new offering is an extension of Kodak’s longstanding commitment to making technology easy, affordable and widely accessible to consumers,” said Phil Faraci, President of Kodak’s Consumer Digital Group. “Momentum is clearly building as our unique AiO is now widely available at Wal-Mart Superstores, along with Best Buy and Office Depot in the U.S., Dixon’s, Media Markt, PC World and Currys in Europe and JB HiFi and select Kodak Express stores in Australia.”

Kodak’s revolutionary inkjet business model continues to be embraced by consumers. In fact, a recent study** conducted by Ipsos, a leading global survey-based market research company, stated that consumers rank cheaper ink cartridges and higher-quality photos as the #1 and #2 most desired features and functionalities of an inkjet printer.

“Almost 70 percent of home printer users cite lower-cost ink as a top priority,” said Faraci. “Kodak designed our entire system with this in mind, and we remain focused on addressing this significant need.”

To help reinforce its commitment to making ink affordable, Kodak is offering Wal-Mart shoppers a limited-time offer: three additional high-yield, 5-ink color cartridges (a $45 value) at no additional cost when they purchase the KODAK EASYSHARE 5100 AiO Printer (U.S. MSRP $129.99), while supplies last. Kodak’s low-cost ink cartridges offer low cost-per-page, as recently confirmed by independent testing lab, QualityLogic, and Kodak’s cost-of-printing analysis. For more information on the savings, testing and analysis, visit: www.kodak.com/go/inkdata.

For reader information, please contact Annabelle Freeman at annabelle.freeman@kodak.com or 770-522-2120.

* Savings based on home printing of documents and photos using average ink cost of comparable consumer inkjet printers. Actual results may vary. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/inkdata.

** Ipsos study: Data were collected through an internet-based sampling and data collection methodology using the Ipsos US Internet panel and accurately reflects the online population (18 years and older). A total of 1,183 respondents completed the online questionnaire between April 3 and April 8, 2007. For more information, visit http://www.ipsosinsight.com/pressrelease.aspx?id=3609

About Eastman Kodak Company

Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator. With sales of $10.7 billion in 2006, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak Solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on Kodak’s technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.

More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

Editor’s Note: Kodak corporate news releases are now offered via RSS feeds. Many RSS aggregators or readers, including my.Yahoo.com, NewsGator, and Google Reader, can be used to view these feeds. To subscribe, visit www.kodak.com/go/RSS and look for the RSS symbol. In addition, Kodak podcasts are viewable at www.kodak.com/go/podcasts. Podcasts may be downloaded for viewing on iTunes, Quicktime, or other PC-based media players. Users may also subscribe to Kodak podcasts via the iTunes store by typing “Kodak Close Up” in the search field at the top of the iTunes Store window.

 

GE Money and Provident Bank Partner to Provide Credit Cards to Retail and Business Customers

Provident Bank Rewards Platinum MasterCard® and Business MasterCard Offered in Maryland, Virginia & Pennsylvania

-GE Money, the consumer lending unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), and Provident Bank (NASDAQ: PBKS), Maryland’s largest independent commercial bank, today announced they will offer a Provident Bank Rewards Platinum MasterCard® and ProductivitySM Card for Business MasterCard to its customers in Maryland, Virginia and Southern York County, PA.

“For more than 120 years, Provident Bank has been serving our communities and providing financial solutions and resources,” said Stephen Heine, Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking for Provident Bank. “We’re excited to partner with GE Money and MasterCard to provide Provident Bank customers convenient purchasing power and rewards advantages.”

The Provident Bank Rewards Platinum MasterCard credit card, issued by GE Money Bank and featuring Provident Bank’s brand, will be made available to Provident Bank’s retail customers through its 149 branches, Website and direct mail. Cardholders will earn Net Rewards points in the amount of one point for every dollar spent. Points may be redeemed for merchandise, travel, cash and gift cards, including the Provident Bank Gift Card.

“The Provident Bank Rewards Platinum MasterCard is a great way to deliver greater flexibility and attractive rewards – an important value proposition for cardholders,” said Scott Young, senior vice president for GE Money’s personal finance business. “Our expertise in providing partnership credit programs that deliver high value and service complement’s Provident Bank’s superior reputation as a commercial bank that offers innovative financial solutions.”

The Productivity Card for Business offers convenience and control for commercial customers. With spending profiles that dictate employee usage, online real-time transaction monitoring tools, and sophisticated exception reporting, the card supports the expense management goals of business users. The card also offers a rewards program and discounts with specific merchants.

“The GE Money business card has proven to be a successful product for dozens of regional banks throughout the country,” said Jeffery Dye, senior vice president for GE Money’s commercial card business. “We deliver the program support and technology while banks such as Provident control the branding and marketing to their customers.”

About Provident Bank

Provident Bankshares Corporation is the holding company for Provident Bank (NASDAQ: PBKS), largest independent commercial bank headquartered in Maryland. With $6.3 billion in assets, Provident serves individuals and businesses in the key urban areas of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond through a network of 149 offices in Maryland, Virginia, and southern York County, PA. Provident Bank also offers related financial services through wholly owned subsidiaries. Securities brokerage, investment management and related insurance services are available through Provident Investment Company and leases through Court Square Leasing and Provident Lease Corp. For more information, visit www.provbank.com.

About GE Money

With $190 billion in assets, GE Money, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), is a leading provider of credit services to consumers, retailers and auto dealers in 55 countries around the world. GE Money, based in Stamford, Conn., offers a range of financial products, including private label credit cards, personal loans, bank cards, auto loans and leases, mortgages, corporate travel and purchasing cards, debt consolidation and home equity loans and credit insurance. More information can be found online at www.gemoney.com.

GE (NYSE:GE) is Imagination at Work -- a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and advanced materials, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.

©2007 General Electric Company, All rights reserved.

Strawberry Shortcake Brand Tops $2 Billion in Worldwide Retail Sales

Click here to see downloadable versions DIC Entertainment and American Greetings Corporation celebrate the success of evergreen girls' property Strawberry Shortcake. Photo Credit: Strawberry Shortcake is a registered trademark of Those Characters From Cleveland, Inc. Strawberry Shortcake character designs (c) 2004 Those Characters From Cleveland, Inc. Used under license. All rights reserved.

-The hit evergreen girls’ brand, Strawberry Shortcake, has reached a new milestone with more than $2 billion achieved in worldwide retail sales (cumulative 2003-2007) and continues to evolve as a multi-dimensional entertainment franchise. The announcement was made today by Josef Mandelbaum, President and CEO, American Greetings Properties, creator and owner of the brand, and Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO, DIC Entertainment, the exclusive worldwide licensing agent for Strawberry Shortcake.

With more than 300 licensees worldwide and available at every major U.S. retailer, the Strawberry Shortcake brand celebrates another banner year in 2007 with fresh themes and the introduction of new product lines, multiple DVD releases, a theatrical feature, books and music, as well as an upcoming broadcast network debut, major 4th quarter QSR promotion and continued online growth. DIC and American Greetings Properties will continue to work with partners to build the Strawberry Shortcake franchise with new brand themes (dance, western, music, fairytale and Hollywood glamour), content, categories and distribution channels in development through 2010.

“We are thrilled with the phenomenal success of Strawberry Shortcake over the past four years which has exceeded our expectations and secured its position as one of the top girls’ brands of all time,” says Heyward. “American Greetings has created a timeless brand and we salute them and our network of partners and agents who have contributed to this tremendous achievement.” He adds, “We look forward to the continued growth and success of the brand as we all work to deliver fresh and innovative ideas that will keep our retailer partners excited and fans coming back for more.”

"DIC and all of our licensees, such as Playmates Toys, Penguin Putnam, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, have done a tremendous job in keeping Strawberry Shortcake fresh, relevant and top of mind with today's girls,” says Josef Mandelbaum, President and CEO, American Greetings Properties. “The $2 billion benchmark is a testament to the hard work our organizations have put into building this brand to the evergreen status it is today, ensuring that Strawberry Shortcake is truly 'growing better all the time.'"

In 2006, Playmates was named the new Master Toy Licensee for Strawberry Shortcake and re-launched an all-new line of Strawberry Shortcake toys. In 2007 and 2008, Playmates will continue to rollout new merchandise that ties in with the tentpole themes, as well as support the brand with national advertising campaigns. Penguin Putnam has 11 new books in release this year, and to date has sold more than 11 million books from the Strawberry Shortcake publishing program, which has published 70 titles (since 2003).

The entertainment platform for Strawberry Shortcake features new DVD titles, theatrical matinees, and for the first time, major broadcast television exposure. With more than 10 million units of Strawberry Shortcake shipped to date, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released two new DVD titles, “Sweet Dreams Movie” and “Berry Blossom Festival,” along with an upcoming October release of “Let’s Dance,” to coincide with the fall 2007 “dance” tentpole theme. In spring 2007, Fox released a theatrical feature, “Berry Blossom Festival” on screens across the U.S., which marked the second theatrical release for the brand. “The Sweet Dreams Movie,” released in fall 2006, achieved the best performance ever for a children’s matinee-only release. Eight new DVD titles are planned for 2008 – 2009. Koch Records, which has sold nearly 500,000 Strawberry Shortcake CDs, released “World of Friends” CD in May and is gearing up for the September release of the “Let’s Dance” CD.

In September 2007, Strawberry Shortcake will make its major broadcast network debut on a new branded Saturday morning children’s programming block with 26 half-hour episodes. Strawberry Shortcake also airs on the syndicated programming block, DIC Kid’s Network. The Strawberry Shortcake website, www.strawberryshortcake.com, averages 200,000 unique visitors per month while growing 40% month over month.

The Strawberry Shortcake program continues to receive industry recognition, garnering three LIMA nominations this year for “Best Overall License of the Year,” “Best Character Brand License of the Year” and “Best Character Brand for Hard Lines.”

International Appeal

In the international arena, the Strawberry Shortcake merchandise program and broadcast exposure continues to build and to expand into new territories. In Europe, France has become the #1 market in Europe for Strawberry Shortcake where it continues to perform at retail and is the leading Saturday morning animated series on M6. Strawberry Shortcake is also performing impressively at retail in Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. On the licensing front, Proctor & Gamble has signed a multi-territory agreement (the U.K., Greece, Finland, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa) to distribute Strawberry Shortcake branded merchandise as part of their “feel and learn” line of product. Additionally, the Strawberry Shortcake Baby program is set to debut in France.

In Latin America, Strawberry Shortcake is available in all major territories, including Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and more, and Strawberry Shortcake Baby will debut this year in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Additionally, Turner’s Pan Latin American Boomerang Channel will premiere Strawberry Shortcake this year.

Strawberry Shortcake is available in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea and will launch in 2008 in Japan.

First introduced in 1980 by American Greetings, Strawberry Shortcake became one of the biggest licensing programs of its time, generating more than $1 billion in retail sales between 1980 and 1985. American Greetings and DIC reintroduced the brand in 2003, immediately achieving tremendous results, with over $2 billion in retail sales since relaunch.

About American Greetings Properties

American Greetings intellectual property and outbound licensing division, American Greetings Properties, was established to develop multi-platform entertainment, licensing, merchandising and promotional campaigns for its classic properties, as well as develop a new series of character brands. The impetus for setting up the division was inspired by the success of two properties, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, which have each made $2 billion in retail sales, $4 billion collectively. For more information, visit www.agpbrands.com.

About American Greetings Corporation

American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of social expression products. Along with greeting cards, its product lines include gift wrap, party goods, stationery, calendars, ornaments and electronic greetings. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual net sales of approximately $1.7 billion. For more information on the Company, visit http://corporate.americangreetings.com.

About DIC Entertainment

DIC Entertainment, a fully-integrated global brand management company, is dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. The Company serves as the worldwide licensor or agent for brands such as McDonald’s, Strawberry Shortcake, Madeline, Mommy & Me, and Eloise. DIC has distinguished itself by building one of the largest libraries of animation worldwide with approximately 3,000 half-hours of programming, including Inspector Gadget™, Strawberry Shortcake™, Horseland™, Sabrina™, Madeline™, Liberty’s Kids™, Sonic The Hedgehog™ and Care Bears™. This year, DIC will launch a new educational and informational Saturday morning children’s programming block, “Kewlopolis on CBS.” As a pre-eminent supplier of kid’s programming worldwide, DIC has developed strategic partnerships with key broadcast partners throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. In 2006, DIC acquired Copyright Promotions, a Pan-European licensing agency that represents the licensing rights of a broad portfolio of world-renowned companies including DreamWorks Animation, MGM, Marvel, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom and The Football Association. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California with offices in New York, Paris and

 

 

Carfax Advises Used Car Buyers About Shopping Smart

Scam Artists on the Prowl for Used Car “Suckers”; Carfax Experts on Hand at Delta 500 to Assist Consumers

-Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the used car buying season and Carfax vehicle history experts will be available to lend Utah shoppers a helping hand. Millions of great used cars are on sale this weekend from reputable dealers nationwide looking to clear inventory. However, crooked sellers are mobilizing to take advantage of consumers searching for a great Labor Day deal.

Vehicles with hidden problems, such as flood damage, are on the rise and may be for sale in your area, mainly from private sellers.

“Over the last five years, we’ve seen a significant increase in flooded cars for sale all over the U.S.,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Furthermore, 30 Katrina cars were recently bought by unsuspecting consumers in Canada and a new influx of waterlogged wrecks will enter the market from the Midwest storms. Used car buyers need to be especially attentive to the vehicle’s history and results of a mechanical inspection.”

Carfax offers the following tips to help Labor Day shoppers buy smart:

bulletBuy from licensed, reputable dealers
bulletBe wary of cars sold curbside or in parking lots at “too good to be true” prices
bulletTake the car for a thorough test drive and inspect it inside and out for things like excessive wear or poor repairs
bulletAsk your dealer for a free Carfax Vehicle History Report or run one yourself at www.carfax.com and make sure the car qualifies for the Carfax Buyback Guarantee
bulletJust as importantly, have the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic prior to purchase

Carfax experts will be on hand at three locations for the Delta 500, Utah’s largest used car sale, to answer customer questions and offer shopping advice. For four days, used car buyers will have unprecedented access to Carfax experts at the Delta Center, Southtowne Expo Center and Valley Fair Mall.

“Shop with your head, not your heart,” continued Gamache. “Carfax One Owner cars and manufacturer Certified Pre-Owned cars offer great value and are often better maintained. Using resources like Carfax Xpert available in every Carfax Vehicle History Report and having your mechanic inspect the car and its safety systems, you’re sure to find a great deal on a safe, reliable used car this weekend.”

About Carfax

Millions of consumers rely on the most trusted provider of vehicle history information, Carfax, each year. Using the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents, Carfax instantly generates a detailed Vehicle History Report on any used car or light truck. Carfax Vehicle History Reports™ provide information that can impact a consumer's decision about a used car or truck. Carfax is a wholly-owned subsidiary of R.L. Polk & Co. For more information, visit www.carfax.com.

 

Visa Helps Office Depot Customers Speed Through Checkout Lines

 

State-of-the-Art Visa payWave Reader Makes Electronic Payments up to 25-percent Faster for Customers

--Visa announced today that Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, will accept Visa payWave payments, an innovative contactless payment option, in Office Depot’s 1,100-plus retail store locations nationwide. With a strong consumer and small business customer base, Office Depot is the ideal setting for the first contactless payment deployments in the office supply industry. Office Depot will continue to accept traditional magnetic-stripe payment cards as well.

“Office Depot is committed to providing our customers with best-in-class service in everything we do,” said George Bryan, Vice President of Financial Services for Office Depot. “Our retail stores offer both a convenient and enjoyable shopping experience and Visa payWave is a great addition to our portfolio of services.”

Visa payWave technology enables customers to make a purchase by simply holding their Visa payWave card near a secure reader at checkout instead of swiping it. Consumers no longer need to fumble for cash or hand their card to a cashier for purchases. Most purchases under $25 will not require the customer to sign the receipt, further speeding up the transaction.

“Visa cardholders consistently say they prefer merchant locations that offer a variety of payment options, while maintaining speed and convenience,” said Brian Triplett, senior vice president, emerging product development, Visa USA. “Thanks to our partnership with merchants like Office Depot, we are able to give consumers the experience they demand.”

About Visa payWave

Visa payWave has been growing in popularity. To date, there are 7.3 million cards issued worldwide and more than 31,000 merchant locations in the United States accept Visa payWave. It is particularly useful in places where speed is important to customers and where cash has been the traditional means of payment. Visa payWave cardholders enjoy all the same security protections the industry has come to expect from Visa, including zero liability for fraudulent charges and Visa’s sophisticated anti-fraud technology. Cardholders making purchases at Office Depot with Visa payWave enjoy additional layers of security because the card never leaves the customer’s hand, can only be read close proximity and uses data that is unique to each contactless transaction.

About Visa

Visa USA is a leading payments brand and the nation's largest payments system, enabling banks to provide their consumer and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs. Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders – financial institutions, cardholders and merchants. As of March 31, 2007, in the United States, more than 521 million Visa-branded cards have been issued by more than 13,000 financial institution customers. Visa products generated $1.8 trillion in total volume in the United States during the four quarters ended March 31, 2007. Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the globe. For more information, visit www.visa.com

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company.

Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., Office Depot has annual sales of over $15.4 billion, and employs approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently, the Company sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries.

Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel -- from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. As of June 30, 2007, Office Depot had 1,186 retail stores in North America and another 369 stores, either company-owned, licensed or franchised, in other parts of the world. Office Depot serves a wide range of customers through a dedicated sales force, telephone account managers, direct mail offerings, and multiple web sites. With $4.7 billion in online sales during the last twelve months, the Company is also one of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index

 

Redback Wireless Corp. Enters Mobile Multimedia Messaging Service Advertising & Marketing Industry

 

Company to Establish MMS Software in Growing North American Mobile Market

 

 - Redback Wireless Corp. (Redback), a provider of mobile advertising solutions, is pleased to announce it has entered the global Mobile Advertising & Marketing Marketplace and that it will be launching its proprietary Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) software in the coming months.

The company is developing a beta version of its platform, and will be branding www.redbackwirelesscorp.com as its showcase site. The company has created new conduits in the mobile marketplace for existing branding and marketing to leverage the intrinsic strengths of mobile advertising.

MMS is a standard for telephony messaging systems that allow sending messages that include multimedia objects (images, audio, video, rich text) and not just text messages as in Short Message Service (SMS). MMS is the evolution of Short Message Service (SMS) (SMS is a text-only messaging technology for mobile networks). With MMS, a mobile device is no longer confined to text-only messages. It can send and receive multimedia messages such as graphics, video and audio clips, and so on.

Ed Nijjer, President of Redback, commented, "Our strong management and expertise in mobile technologies, and our collective backgrounds in the Internet Advertising Industry will give us the competitive leverage needed to enter this burgeoning sector. We are excited to be part of an industry that has been estimated to be growing at an extremely fast pace."

Mr. Nijjer continued, "ABI Research forecasted that the total market for mobile marketing and advertising will reach $3 billion by the end of 2007. The research estimates that the mobile marketing and advertising total market, including search and video advertising, will reach $19 billion by 2011."

About

Redback Wireless Inc. is an IP message communications company focusing on the delivery of interactive messages and target advertising to end users anywhere and anytime. Its range of advanced mobile based IP applications and services are delivered and enabled by using the data capacity of advanced mobile data networks that are just emerging. Redback Wireless Inc. is a Utah registered company

 

 

MoneyTV, Week of 8/24

MoneyTV is the nationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews by hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman with company CEOs, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

Featured companies on this week's program include:

Seamless Wi-Fi, Inc. (OTCBB: SLWF) Executive VP Rich Schineller announced the company is making their S-SIB Seamless Secure Internet Browser available for a free download and trial for a limited time.

XsunX, Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX) CEO Tom Djokovich updated information about the company's plans to manufacture their own solar modules.

eTelCharge.com, Inc. (OTCBB: ETLC) Chairman & CEO Rob Howe announced the company is scheduled to launch the latest version of their product next month.

The Green Baron.com Editor-in-Chief Matt Chipman analyzed the effect recent market volatility may have on small cap stocks.

Manhattan West Mortgage CEO Roger Schlesinger talked about the sub-prime mortgage woes, the tightening credit markets and things that can be done to finance real estate.

The Jenex Corporation (TSX-V: JEN) CFO Don Felice announced the company has gained approval to market their cold sore preventative treatment in Europe.

Viewers of MoneyTV can receive free information in the mail about featured companies by calling the toll-free phone number on their TV screen. The weekly television program debuted in 1996 and is broadcast nationally in the USA to 70 million U.S. homes on Saturdays at 11:00 AM ET, Sundays at 8:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM ET, 9:30 AM ET, 3:30 PM ET and Mondays at 6:30 PM ET.

MoneyTV is broadcast to 45 million TV homes in Western Europe, Wednesdays at 5:00 PM.

MoneyTV is also broadcast on UPN-TV in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Sundays at 8:00 AM.

MoneyTV is also available in Thailand on the Broad TV Network.

A complete menu of TV listings is available at the MoneyTV web site, http://www.moneytv.net.

MoneyTV television program, Copyright MMVII, all rights reserved. MoneyTV does not provide an analysis of companies' financial positions and is not soliciting to purchase or sell securities of the companies, nor are we offering a recommendation of featured companies or their stocks. Information discussed herein has been provided by the companies and should be verified independently with the companies and a securities analyst. MoneyTV provides companies a 3- to 4-month corporate profile with multiple appearances for a cash fee of $11,500.00 to $17,250.00, does not accept company stock as payment for services, does not hold any positions, options or warrants in featured companies. The information herein is not an endorsement by the hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman, the producers, publisher or parent company of MoneyTV.


 

 

Shell Stations Improve Visa Prepaid Cardholder Experience at the Pump

Implementation of Visa Partial Authorization at Service Stations Gives Customers Greater Convenience, Security and Choice in Payments

-Visa USA today announced that Shell stations are adopting Visa partial authorization, which allows drivers to more easily purchase gas at the pump using a Visa prepaid card. Shell is in the process of expanding this service at stations across the U.S.

Visa was first to develop this innovative solution, which can prevent declined transactions when the balance on a Visa prepaid card is less than the typical cost of a full tank of gas. The adoption of this solution by thousands of Shell stations nationwide will help to make Visa prepaid cards even easier for consumers to use at the pump.

The adoption of this technology at Shell will help improve customer convenience, a key factor in the Gasoline Retailing business. Visa partial authorization gives customers more choice in how they pay for gasoline at the pump.

According to Visa research, partial authorization can help average approval rates increase by up to 25 percent at automated fuel dispenser (AFD) merchants who use Visa’s solution. With this solution in place, gas stations can help ensure Visa prepaid cardholders have a positive and more convenient payment experience at the pump, instead of having to pay inside. It also helps AFD merchants avoid the potential loss of valuable sales.

“Visa is focused on building the prepaid category infrastructure to help ensure convenient acceptance and to give consumers greater flexibility to use Visa prepaid cards in more places,” said Todd Brockman, senior vice president, prepaid products, Visa USA. “With a major oil brand like Shell using Visa partial authorization, consumers can now more easily pay for gas at the pump with a Visa prepaid card. Expanding this functionality also allows financial institutions and merchants to better serve their customers.”

How Partial Authorization at the Pump Works

A consumer can use a wide range of Visa prepaid cards – including, but not limited to, Visa Gift and Incentive cards, Visa TravelMoney, Visa Buxx, Visa Payroll, and Visa General Purpose cards – to pay for gas at participating stations.

The cardholder inserts the Visa prepaid card at the automatic fuel dispenser to begin pumping gas. The Visa authorization service checks with the card issuer for funds available for the gas purchase.

If the card only has enough funds to pay for a portion of a total gas purchase, the transaction will no longer be declined, prompting the cardholder to “see attendant.” Instead, the pump can now be instructed to shut off when the funds on the Visa prepaid card reach zero.

Visa prepaid cards can be used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted, and are protected from fraudulent or unauthorized transactions by Visa’s Zero Liability policy in the event the card is lost or stolen.1

About Visa USA

Visa USA is a leading payments brand and the nation's largest payments system, enabling banks to provide their consumer and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs. Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders – financial institutions, cardholders and merchants. As of March 31, 2007, in the United States, more than 521 million Visa-branded cards have been issued by more than 13,000 financial institution customers. Visa products generated $1.8 trillion in total volume in the United States during the four quarters ended March 31, 2007. Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the globe. For more information, visit www.visa.com

About Shell

Shell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, and has a network of approximately 6,000 branded gasoline stations in the Western United States. Shell Oil Company is a 50 percent owner of Motiva Enterprises LLC, along with Saudi Refining, Inc. Motiva Enterprises LLC refines and markets branded products through approximately 7,700 Shell-branded stations in the Eastern and Southern United States. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group (NYSE:RDS.A) and (NYSE:RDS.B). For more information, please visit www.shell.com.

1 U.S. issued cards only. Visa’s Zero Liability policy does not apply to commercial credit card or ATM transactions, or PIN transactions not processed by Visa. Issuers should encourage cardholders to notify their financial institution immediately of any fraudulent use. Any specific restrictions, limitations, and other details should be set forth clearly in the cardholder agreement.

 

 

 

Women's Mind-Set Defines Shopping Habits

According to a new online survey of over 3,000 women, ages 18-49, by AMP Agency, how a woman approaches shopping does not change as she grows older, shifts from life stage to life stage, moves from region to region, has children, or moves income brackets. A woman's approach to shopping is very much part of who she is: "it is part of her DNA."

The report states that there are distinct approaches to shopping, and identified and segmented women across four distinct mind-sets or "Shopping Genes" :

The Content Responsibles (Practical, Loyal, Efficient)

The Natural Hybrids (Confident, Balanced, Classic)

The Social Catalysts (Social, Smart, Trendy)

The Cultural Artists (Creative, Impulsive, Adventurous)

With a 418 Billion dollar annual sales opportunity, figuring out how women shop can help marketers determine how to connect with them in distinct and effective ways, opines the report.

The groups were based on the respondents' self-reported views of themselves and their place in the world according to respondents' answers to a series of "influencer" type questions. This is how an estimated 67,560,586 women in the United States between the ages 18-49 slice up in population and overall discretionary and nondiscretionary spending.

Social Catalysts: 24 Million / Spending $153 Billion

Natural Hybrids: 23 Million / Spending $133 Billion

Content Responsibles: 13.5 Million / Spending $70 Billion

Cultural Artists: 7.5 Million / Spending $62 Billion

Total: 67,560,586 Million / Spending $ 417,747,533,559 Billion

And, on an individual annual spending basis, says the report:

Cultural Artist will spend an average of $7,672 annually

Natural Hybrid $5,383 Annually

Social Catalyst $6,035 Annually

Content Responsible $4,778 Annually

While the trendsetting Cultural Artists rank at the bottom for overall spend, they are spending more on an individual basis. And when it comes to key influencer categories including Fashion, Beauty, Health and Wellness, and Food categories, the Cultural Artists spending reigns.

This 11% of consumers falls at the highest end of the influence spectrum as the super influencers. Almost half stated they frequently go shopping just to see what's new in the stores. They are always shopping and almost all of them (97%) are willing to try new and different things and generally, want to be the first to try new things on the market , with a significant 85% reporting so. Surprisingly, they do rely strongly on information from friends, particularly across fashion, technology and health and beauty.

The Natural Hybrid (34%), is a cross between a social and trend-following butterfly and a grounded domestic diva. They look for classic products, things that aren't too trendy and are long lasting. Though 80% like to try new products, only half say they are likely to be the first of their friends to try new things, while the other half would rather their friends try first and report.

The Social Catalyst (35%) group falls near the top of the influencer spectrum and can be one of the strongest brand advocates. They are the planners, organizers, take pride in their friendship status and tend consider themselves the experts amongst their group. Almost 80% of this group think a night on the town is money well spent, but they are likely to seek out bargains to keep up with the latest trends. Only a third, however, is willing to spend money on products that may appear to be a fad.

The Content Responsible (20%) group is neither a trendsetter nor trend spreader, and not much of a spender, but they can be lifelong and increasingly loyal customers. 80% agreed that social status was not an important part of their life. These Practical, Responsible, Loyal consumers crave a hassle free shopping experience. Shopping to them is not seen as fun past time, but rather an errand or chore.

Anastasia Toomey, VP Insights, AMP Agency, concluded, "...In the end, understanding these mind-sets can help brands improve upon existing relationship and start new ones with female shoppers."

For more information on AMP, and details of the report including marital status, number of children, ethnicity, working moms versus stay-at-home moms, household income, profession, area of residence and age, please visit here.

 

 

Agencies and Prospects May See Things Differently

Last week, our ResearchBrief quoted a study that suggested a disconnect between tech-sellers and tech-buyers in terms of information desired and the seller's presentation material and technique. Now, a newly released Business Intelligence Study from Pearlfinders finds sharp contrasts between what marketing agencies say and what marketing decision-makers are saying. Agree or not, the Study deserves some study.

A summary of the conclusions about prospecting noted in the report reveals these dichotomies:

In the main, clients don't feel that size matters... but in the main agencies do.

83% of clients don't feel geographical location is an issue... most agencies think it is

85% of clients don't feel agencies prepare enough... many agencies don't invest much in this area

75% of clients are buying solutions to their business problems... most agencies think the client is looking for advertising, or PR, or design

Clients want agencies to be far more proactive... most agencies like to sit in the bunker.

A major trend, and one which will undoubtedly impact on all marketing communications agencies, says the report, is the increase in demand from clients for better customer insights.... "proximity to the mind of the customer is critical."

The Intelligent New Business Survey seeks to understand how marketing communications agencies should best engage with prospective clients for the purpose of winning new business. Major categories of the study include: (1) what prompts them to search for a new agency, (2) the most effective ways for agencies to engage with them, and (3) the reasons they choose one agency over another.

In summarizing the responses that would cause an organization to look for a new agency, the study finds that:

48% of respondents said a drop in creative quality would definitely precipitate a review

51% of respondents might look for a new agency

87% said a breakdown in chemistry would, or might, prompt a review

93% of decision-makers said that if they noticed a lack of strategic thinking that this would cause a review

Compulsory or annual reviews seem to provide no statistical advantage one way or the other for this as a search trigger:

47% said it might prompt a search for a new agency, but

48% said it would have no effect on arrangements. It simply depends on the organization.

Nor do changes changes in ownership or the structure of an agency

41% thought it would prompt a review, yet

40% thought that it would not.

13% of respondents said they would never be prompted (the highest score in this category) to look for new agency support if there were a change to the incumbent's ownership or structure.

But 73% of decision-makers say that in order to stay abreast of ‘new thinking or emerging marketing channel / disciplines' that they would, or might be, prompted to look for new agency support. 15% would always be prompted to look for new agency support if there were new disciplines emerging, whatever the circumstances.

When asked about the most effective way for agencies to engage with the prospect:

92% said that they might respond if the agency had produced some research or insights into their category

85% said they would respond positively if the agency wanted to inform them about a recent case study in their category

75% said they might or would definitely ‘follow up' where an agency wanted to pitch a solution relating to one of their current business challenges

23% said they would be unlikely to respond to leveraging awards for marketing purposes, and 55% said they would never respond to this type of approach.

When queried about how prepared agencies were before they made approaches and how important this was to the respondents, the study found that:

61% thought the majority of agencies that approach them have not done any prior research on their company

85% thought the preparation was ‘only very rudimentary'. In fact, the majority strongly agreed with the statement that ‘agencies rarely posses enough knowledge of my company to make their unsolicited approaches worthwhile'

75% said they wouldn't respond to an approach if there were a lack of understanding about their particular business challenges.

67% would not, or would be unlikely, to follow up on an agency approach if the agency got their contact details wrong (name, job title, address etc.), while 16% didn't think this mattered

17% felt they wouldn't respond if the approach were from an agency outside of their state

In responding to why choose one agency over another, 58% of the respondents rated quality of customer insights as significant in the decision and all the respondents considered it the most important factor within the next two highest rankings. 75% thought level of client service in terms of speed and responding to ongoing needs, as ‘fairly significant'.

Cost control was rated very highly. Less important in the choice were the agency's size, geographic location, and its client list. A clear case for ROI, a flair for innovation and creative thinking scored highly.

The polling group rated choice criteria by order:

Quality customer insights

Chemistry

Creative work

Service level / response to needs ongoing

Cost control

Innovative / strategic thinking

Case for ROI

Client list

Strict adherence to brief

Seniority of account team

Location

Size

Bill Colbourne, CEO of Pearlfinders, said "Overall, the lesson learned from this survey is that clients want agencies to do their homework before pitching for their business." And the summary of the client's needs came from a respondent saying, "I'm looking for creativity, flexibility and value for my marketing dollars."

 

eTech Automates Eight Ohio PBS Affiliates

with NVERZION

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 21, 2007) – NVERZION, a leading provider of digital broadcasting and television station automation solutions, today announced that the eTech Ohio Commission, a national leader in educational technology access and integration serving Ohio's public television stations, public radio stations and radio reading services, has added a customized suite of NVERZION content distribution and automation solutions. These solutions will support the implementation of edge media servers at each of Ohio’s eight PBS affiliates including: WBGU, WCET, WGTE, WNEO, WOSU, WOUB, WPTD and WVIZ.

Beyond backup automation, NVERZION’s unique content distribution architecture provides an effective method of managing and distributing content between eTech Ohio and each affiliate, and between the affiliates themselves. By efficiently facilitating the transfer of large A/V files through their fiber optic network, eTech Ohio is implementing innovative solutions to meet the needs of their affiliates. At eTech Ohio’s network operations center, two NVERZION NTime solutions manage all time-based router events and Omneon Video Servers delivers A/V output to the eight affiliates.

“In response to our affiliates’ need for additional program feeds we have been working to implement asynchronous content delivery methods which take advantage of our robust statewide fiber optic network,” said Jillian Froment, Executive Director for eTech Ohio . “As we work to implement edge media servers, we have been working with NVERZION, and other vendors, to ensure that our automation, traffic and media storage systems are able to effectively interoperate to meet the needs of our affiliates.”

Each affiliate has also been provided with an Omneon Media Deck server and NVERZION backup automation software. NVERZION’s NGest product is used to manage the majority of the quality control and trimming of the A/V files and XPlorer is used to provide the station with the ability to manually move data through the storage system for greater control and flexibility. Distribution is managed by NVERZION’s XPansion software. Additionally, the ProTrack traffic system, which is currently in use by the affiliates, has been customized to integrate with NVERZION to allow it to act as the Master system for all content requests.

The solution gives the affiliates the ability to independently and efficiently archive and access files of their choice at the central repository, while assisting eTech Ohio in the management and monitoring of all traffic, content control decisions and content dissemination for greater efficiency and economy.

About eTech
The eTech Ohio Commission is a national leader in advancing learning through technology. Established by the state, eTech Ohio manages a telecommunications network that supports the distribution of educational content and online learning. An innovative resource, eTech Ohio can rapidly react to implement initiatives and technical solutions to support learning.

For more information on eTech Ohio, its programs and affiliates, please visit www.etech.ohio.gov

or contact Dan Fitzpatrick, Public Affairs Officer, at 614-485-6008

About NVERZION
NVERZION provides the tools that make digital broadcasting and television station automation a proven success. NVERZION offers the latest advancements in broadcasting by controlling the equipment that acquires, and distributes broadcast grade content through its progressive software solutions. This software combined with powerful broadcast equipment and engineering experience creates a network of efficient and reliable data control. Every NVERZION product is designed to take the guesswork out of system implementation by being intuitive and simple to use. And NVERZION backs everything they sell with worldwide training, service and support.

For more details on NVERZION products, please visit www.nverzion.com,

 

Blue Cow Relaxation Drink Will Be Distributed by Southern California's Premiere Beverage Distributor Joining the Ranks of Such Beverages as Vitamin Water, Snapple, Gatorade, Arizona Beverages, Nestle Waters and Campbell's Beverages

Haralambos Beverages Signs as Exclusive Distributor of Blue Cow Relaxation Drink in Southern California

Today, Mr. Anthony Haralambos, President of Haralambos Beverages, and George S. Smart, Chairman/Founder of Blue Cow, jointly announced they had reached an agreement where Haralambos Beverages would become the exclusive distributor of Blue Cow in all Southern California markets. Haralambos Beverage was the driving force behind the success of Glaceau's Vitamin Waters, and other key beverage products.

Blue Cow, the original and always best anti-stress relaxation drink in the United States, is beginning to launch its products starting in Southern California where it is currently in select Ralphs, Albertsons, 7-Elevens, AM/PM's and other fine stores.

About Haralambos Beverage

Haralambos Beverage Company began in1920 in a simple grocery store on Brooklyn Avenue in Los Angeles, operated by a young Greek immigrant named Thomas Haralambos. Through sweat and determination he survived the great depression and upon the repeal of prohibition in 1933 opened one of the area's first liquor distributorships, pioneering many of the most successful liquor brands of its time.

Today Tony Haralambos, representing the third generation of the family, is the President of the Company and Haralambos Beverages is one of the most innovative and successful family-owned and operated businesses on the West Coast. They now distribute select non-alcoholic beverages. The brands they handle read like the "Who's Who" of non-alcoholic beverages and in addition to Vitamin Water include Snapple, Gatorade, Arizona Ice Tea, Fuze and Nestle Waters; Blue Cow will now be added to this list.

About Blue Cow

Blue Cow (www.BlueCowDrink.com) is the "first and best anti-stress relaxation drink" on the market.

Blue Cow has zero calories, zero caffeine, zero carbs, and zero sodium and works quickly and safely to reduce stress without drowsiness; this product is safe for everyone, from the very young to the very old.

 

 

 

 

Top Video and Movie Sites, Viewers and Advertisers

A deeper look at most popular video and movie sites, exploring viewer demographics as well as advertisers and types of ads.

Top 10 Videos/Movies Destinations Week ending July 22, 2007 US, Home and Work
Brand or Channel Unique Audience (000) Active Reach (%)
YouTube

22,071

16.22

IMDb - Internet Movie Database

8,703

6.4

Netflix

6,068

4.46

Yahoo! Video

5,614

4.13

Moviefone

5,025

3.69

Google Video

4,940

3.63

Yahoo! Movies

4,418

3.25

BLOCKBUSTER

3,979

2.92

MSN Movies

3,500

2.57

MSN Video

3,264

2.4

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings NetView

 

Demographic Data for Videos/Movies Category Month of June 2007 US, Home and Work
Category Target Unique Audience (000) Audience Composition (%)
Total

88,252

100

Male

44,648

50.59

Female

43,604

49.41

Age

2 - 11

4,401

4.99

12 - 17

10,073

11.41

18 - 24

6,056

6.86

25 - 34

12,820

14.53

35 - 49

28,309

32.08

45+

36,064

40.86

55+

17,127

19.41

65+

6,545

7.42

HH Income

$ 0 - 24999

4,925

5.58

$ 25000 - 49999

18,112

20.52

$ 50000 - 74999

23,090

26.16

$ 75000 - 99999

17,539

19.87

$ 100000 - 149999

14,577

16.52

$ 150000+

8,085

9.16

No Response

1,924

2.18

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings NetView

Data on the Entertainment Movies Segment Week ending July 22, 2007 US, Home and Work

Top 20 Advertisers
Company Impressions (000) Share of all Impressions
General Electric Company

97,089

30.0%

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp

57,794

17.8%

Time Warner Inc.

44,840

13.8%

Viacom Inc

36,770

11.4%

The News Corporation Limited

26,611

8.2%

The Walt Disney Corporation

23,071

7.1%

Sony Corporation

16,901

5.2%

Metro-Goldwin-Mayer Inc.

12,599

3.9%

Classic Media, Inc.

1,948

0.6%

The Weinstein Company Inc.

1,158

0.4%

Cablevision Systems Corporation

1,025

0.3%

The Samuel Goldwyn Company

818

0.3%

Magnolia Pictures

800

0.2%

PictureHouse

536

0.2%

IndieVest, Inc.

384

0.1%

Yari Film Group

339

0.1%

Epiphany Films LLC

329

0.1%

Bombardier

290

0.1%

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

183

0.1%

Rogue Pictures

104

0.0%

Total

323,817

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance

 

Top Ad Sizes
Dimensions Impressions (000) Share of all Impressions
Non-Standard Dimension

84,437

26.1%

Leaderboard

(728x90)

76,706

23.7%

Wide Skyscraper

(160x600)

54,013

16.7%

Medium Rectangle

(300x250)

48,707

15.0%

Half Banner

(234x60)

26,076

8.1%

Large Rectangle

(336x280)

12,857

4.0%

Vertical Rectangle

(240x400)

10,066

3.1%

Skyscraper

(120x600)

5,796

1.8%

Micro Bar

(88x31)

1,721

0.5%

Button #1

(120x90)

1,323

0.4%

Button #2

(120x60)

749

0.2%

Vertical Banner

(120x240)

552

0.2%

Full Banner

(468x60)

404

0.1%

Rectangle

(180x150)

298

0.1%

Square

(250x250)

113

0.0%

Total

323,818

100.0%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance

 

Ad Delivery Types
Impressions (000) Share of all Impressions
In-Page

295,101

91.1%

Expanding

18,885

5.8%

Over-Page

7,323

2.3%

Pop-Under

1,410

0.4%

Transitional

1,041

0.3%

Pop-Up

59

0.0%

Total

323,819

100.0%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance

Note: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance reporting data reflects advertising activity served on pages accessible via the World Wide Web and not within AOL's proprietary service.

 

Tech Marketers And Tech Buyers Not Reading The Same Script

The third in a study series of tech marketers and buyers, recently released by KnowledgeStorm, follows content and registration with the lead follow-up process, including the comparisons of buyer experience with seller perceptions.

For instance, in the mismatch between vendor follow-ups reported and those received, 26% of marketers say they "always" use sales calls and 42% always use courtesy calls for initial follow-up. But, 26% of buyers say they "never" receive a sales call and 23% say they never receive a courtesy call for initial follow-up.

In defense of the seller, technology buyers say that they provide valid phone numbers just 38% of the time. With the lower percentage of registrations containing valid phone numbers, many calls may be attempted, but are never received.

In the previous two "Connecting Through Content" studies, B2B marketers and business and technology buyers weighed in on the most desirable and influential types of content, where they post or look for content, how they use the content in various phases of the buying cycle and what types of content prospects are most likely to register for. This final study in the series examines what happens once that registration has been submitted-the critical point of the program's success or failure.

Despite some disconnects between marketers and buyers, the study found that there are opportunities for marketers including:

Ensuring that follow-up on registrations is not just timely, but delivered in ways most appealing to prospects

Greater involvement with sales to ensure early stage leads don't become missed revenue opportunities

Posting content more broadly to achieve maximum visibility with buyers at all stages of the buying cycle

Of the marketers surveyed:

40% hold the title of CMO, VP or Director of Marketing

37% are Marketing or Product Managers

The technology buyers' demographic profiles include the facts that:

52% are business professionals

48% are IT professionals

46% are involved with their company's technology at a strategic level

30% authorize IT purchases or have a major influence on purchases

Though the study offers insights and suggestions for performance, the bottom line is that when marketers first receive a registration, nearly half enter new registration information immediately into CRM systems for tracking, and 73% say that their companies follow-up within two days. However, the majority of buyers say that they receive follow-up just half the time or less. Technology buyers are not seeing the activity that marketers report conducting.

Summary of Key Findings:

95% of marketers use their own Websites as their primary or secondary source for generating registrations or leads, but 84% of technology buyers consider IT directories their primary or secondary source of content that requires registration.

Seventy-two percent of marketers state that the quality of registrations from their own sites is "very good" or "excellent", while only 30% rated other sources as high. However, 53% of technology buyers say they provide equally valid registration information regardless of site. Notably, 47% of buyers are less likely to provide valid information on sites in which they lack confidence, and the lowest ranking among these are vendor sites and online IT publications.

Sixty-five percent of technology buyers say they receive follow-up from vendors half of the time or less when they submit registration information. Of those buyers who do receive follow-up, 54% of them receive it within two days, while 73% of marketers report that their company follows up on registrations within one to two days.

The discrepancy is largest with sales calls, where 79% of marketers say that they "always" or "sometimes" make sales calls, yet technology buyers state that they receive such calls "always" or "sometimes" just 37% of the time.

Finally, the report concludes that marketers must ensure that timely and appropriate follow-up occurs. 73% of technology buyers say that the timeliness of a vendor's follow-up at least moderately affects their perception. However, only 38% of marketers follow-up with prospects within one business day. Another 35% follow-up within two business days.

In addition, 53% of buyers always prefer to receive a courtesy email and 53% said they never prefer to receive a sales call as initial follow-up. The study found that buyers tend to give a valid email address more often than any other piece of registration information.

And there's more, lots more... to access the report and learn more about KnowledgeStorm and MarketingSherpa, a partner in the study, please visit here.

 

 

Canon U.S.A. Adds Remarkable Speed to Two New Stylish and Easy-to-Use Scanners

Canon U.S.A, Inc. today announced two new color image scanners to the industry’s best-selling line-up, the CanoScan 8800F and CanoScan LiDE90. In the emerging world of digital imaging, consumers desire easy-to-use products like these new Canon scanners that offer exceptional image quality in a compact and stylish design, making archiving old shoeboxes of photos an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

In addition to the stunning image quality that has become synonymous with Canon scanners, speed takes on a whole new meaning with the Company's latest products. The Canon CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner is the first Canon scanner to come equipped with a high-luminance white LED lamp (instead of a traditional fluorescent lamp). The white LED technology virtually eliminates warm-up time1 and allows for scanning to begin instantaneously from sleep mode, and be completed three times faster than in previous models. By improving data reading methods, the scan speed at 300dpi (the most common resolution used for reflective scans) is only approximately seven seconds for an 8.5” x 11” color scan.2

The inclusion of seven “EZ Buttons” on the CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner and four on the CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner enables consumers to quickly copy, scan, e-mail or create a PDF file with just one push of a button. Perfect for the crowded desktop, the new CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner is the smallest ever in the popular LiDE scanner series.

“In the emerging scrapbooking and graphic design fields, the demand for feature-rich, high-quality scanners is very prevalent. With the introduction of these two scanners, Canon U.S.A. looks forward to maintaining its leading position within this market by providing consumers with products that exceed their expectations,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Consumers want to be able to preserve their memories and these new products allow for that to happen in a quick, easy and affordable fashion.”

CANON CANOSCAN 8800F COLOR IMAGE SCANNER

The CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner provides consumers with a solution for all photo archiving needs with the ability to scan up to twelve 35mm slides and negatives at a time along with standard documents and images. The maximum optical resolution for the CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner is 4800 x 9600 dots-per-inch (dpi).3 Equipped with Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) Level 3 technology, which aids in automatic dust, scratch, fading and graininess reduction, consumers can be comfortable knowing memories can be preserved the way they were meant to be. With its height designed 17 percent smaller than its predecessor, the Canon CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner provides consumers with further desktop space to work on additional projects. The estimated selling price for the CanoScan 8800F Color Image Scanner is $199.99.4

CANON CANOSCAN LiDE90 COLOR IMAGE SCANNER

Using a Contact Image Sensor (CIS), and new drive system designs, the Canon CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner is considered to be one of the world’s thinnest scanners, and the smallest ever in the Canon LiDE scanner series. A stand is included, enabling the scanner to be positioned vertically so even less desktop space is required. This successor model to the popular CanoScan LiDE70 Color Image Scanner can reproduce images and documents with stunning quality thanks to a maximum optical resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi.3 Only one USB 2.0 high-speed cable is necessary for connecting to a computer and providing the necessary power thus eliminating an extra wire from behind a desk. Additional features such as the Quick and Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (QARE) Level 3 technology for quick, automatic removal of dust and scratches from scanned images and an Advanced Z-Lid for scanning bulkier items, makes the task of scanning old photos for a students’ class project more enjoyable. The estimated selling price of the CanoScan LiDE90 Color Image Scanner is $79.99.4

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 The time required for the light source to reach sufficient operating temperature.

2 Scan speed indicates the time measured between pressing the scan button of the scanner driver and the on-screen status display turns off. Scan speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, scan mode settings and document size.

3 Optical resolution is a measure of maximum hardware sampling, based on ISO 14473 standard.

4 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

+ IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2007.

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ELPH Elegance Reigns Supreme: Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two New Digital ELPH Cameras That Are the Epitome of Substance with Style, Backed by a Plethora of Powerful Features

Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras – the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and the status-setting 8.0-megapixel resolution PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH. Both cameras still have the alluring charm and color that keep them ahead of the aesthetic curve, but now they are also loaded with advanced features and functions, making them perfect for the trend-setting techie. For the consumer attending a sunny backyard soiree, a relaxing respite getaway or an electrifying night on the town, these two Digital ELPH cameras continue to hold court as the perfect combination of beauty and brains. Canon’s PowerShot Digital ELPH cameras verify the adage that you can never be too (feature) rich or too stylishly thin.

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH cameras build on Canon’s original, iconic box and circle design while maintaining their own identity. The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is sophisticated, sensual and strikingly elegant, while the PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is sleek, sassy and serves as a fashion statement. Both Digital ELPHs are lightweight and compact, allowing them to fit unobtrusively into a small purse or shirt-pocket, and be whipped out easily to capture a memorable moment.

“Don’t be fooled by their stunning good looks,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH cameras are filled with top-performing features that deliver extraordinary results.”

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH Camera is designed for the sophisticated point-and-shoot user looking for top-level functionality in a compact, elegant package. This camera continues the ELPH tradition with its full-body titanium good looks, featuring sinuous curves and advanced design, while standing on its own with optimal performance. The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH camera is equipped with upgraded features such as 12.1-megapixel resolution, 3.7x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer (OIS) for steady shooting and a next-generation version of Canon’s Genuine Face Detection technology. This pure titanium powerhouse has a DIGIC III image processor, red-eye correction, an optical viewfinder and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating for easy viewing at any angle. All of this packs a powerful punch, but takes it easy on the pocketbook at an estimated selling price of $449.99*.

The PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH Camera is ideal for style-conscious photo enthusiasts with impeccable taste who want their substance to keep pace with their style. The PowerShot SD870 IS Digital ELPH camera is built on a foundation consisting of one-part Canon technology – 8.0-megapixel resolution, 3.8x wide-angle optical zoom with optical image stabilization and a DIGIC III processor with Advanced Face Detection Technology– and one-part fashion accessory – with its smooth curves, sleek mode dial and the option of a black or silver lens ring that’s sure to complement any taste or style. This sassy shooter’s wide-angle zoom lens makes it a snap to capture large group shots at a favorite hang-out, the wide expanse of a sandy beach on a vacation or the throngs of people at a red-carpet event. The extra-large three-inch PureColor LCD screen with scratch-resistant and anti-reflection coating also makes it easy to view and review these great shots. All this great photo-creating fun is available for an estimated selling price of $399.99*.

New Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Lines’ Shared Technological Advancements

DIGIC III

The "brain" of these new PowerShot cameras is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

ADVANCED FACE DETECTION

With Canon’s new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect up to nine forward-looking human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon’s Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image. Working in concert with Face Detection, the “Red-Eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. Canon’s new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture-taking moments, helping users ensure in-focus smiles, and assist in the elimination of over-exposed faces.

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION

The extended zoom range of the camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology developed for Canon’s renowned high-end professional EOS SLR cameras.

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low-light conditions without a flash.

PRINTING MADE EASY

All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon’s compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4” x 6” print begins to emerge; it’s that simple. Canon’s compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

HIGH-CAPACITY MEMORY CARD CAPABILITY

As an added convenience, Canon PowerShot digital cameras also accommodate MultiMedia MMC and MMC+ memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards. This way, consumers do not have to carry around multiple memory cards in order to be able to continue to save those special moments during extended vacations or high-photo-taking adventures. Canon PowerShot owners can travel in sleek style.

The PowerShot SD950 IS Digital ELPH and SD870 IS Digital ELPH Cameras are scheduled to be available in stores in September. Both new cameras kits provide everything a photographer needs to start enjoying these wonderful products as soon as they are purchased, including a rechargeable battery pack, battery charger, 32MB MMC memory card, and software as well as USB interface cable, AV interface cables and wrist strap.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

*Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.


The Wait is Over: Canon U.S.A.’s Highly Anticipated EOS 40D Digital SLR Delivers High-Resolution Image Quality, High-Speed Shooting and High–End Functionality

Fastest in Class 6.5 FPS Shooting Speed, New Autofocus Sensor and Newly Enhanced 10.1 Megapixel CMOS Imaging Sensor Combine to Boost the EOS 40D’s Appeal While Maintaining its Accessible Mid-Market Pricing

Following months of intense anticipation by Digital SLR enthusiasts worldwide, the EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to begin sailing into stores in early September. Building on the success of Canon’s perennially popular “prosumer” EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range Digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR’s “prosumer” appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity and resolution of the images it creates.

From the camera’s newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.

Indeed, at 6.5 fps, no Digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class and price category has so high a continuous shooting capability1, making it ideal for shooting – and actually capturing – speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots as well as a wide variety of action and sports scenes. The speed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canon’s balanced combination of its latest processor, DIGIC IIII, DDR SDRAM high-speed memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two separate motors for shutter and mirror operation.

“This newest member of Canon’s Digital SLR family takes mid-range Digital SLRs to exciting new heights with enhanced resolution and image quality, faster shooting and processing speeds and better overall functionality than ever before,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera incorporates many Canon innovations and advancements that differentiate our products from the competition, while respecting and reinforcing our long-standing traditions of providing superior value and innovative imaging technology.”

Display’s the Thing

The most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital SLR is the camera’s larger three-inch LCD screen (compared with the EOS 30D’s 2.5-inch monitor). Still, size is only the beginning of the difference between these two cameras’ displays. In order to increase viewing ease in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, Canon raised the brightness level of the EOS 40D camera’s 230,000-pixel LCD screen, broadened the color gamut and narrowed the viewing angle from 170 degrees to a still wide 140-degree perspective in all directions. An added advantage of the larger-sized display is the ability to use a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen. The camera’s menu is organized in the same tabbed format as the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR.

Canon extends its “ease-of-reading” policy to the EOS 40D SLR’s viewfinder as well. The upgraded viewfinder increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.

Enhanced Durability

Recognizing the often rigorous shooting conditions encountered by professional and advanced amateur photographers, Canon design engineers made the EOS 40D SLR’s magnesium alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its predecessors with upgraded dust and weather resistant construction, particularly around the camera’s connection ports, battery compartment and single-slot compact flash memory card door. Should the user inadvertently open the compact flash card door while the camera is writing to the card, a warning will pop up on the LCD screen and an open door “alarm” will sound, but the image(s) will continue writing to the memory card without interruption. The EOS 40D SLR also retains many of the outstanding features of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast 0.15-second initial start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up to 100,000 cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec and 1/250 maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.

Improved Image Quality

Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLR’s 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200. The EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera’s 1.6x focal length conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) and is compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company’s expanding selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon Digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors.

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the camera’s 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLR’s 12-bit conversion capability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.

DIGIC III

DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canon’s proprietary image processing engine. DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is also responsible for the EOS 40D SLR’s high-speed performance, faster signal processing and even its efficient energy consumption.

sRAW

In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more manageable “sRAW” recording format. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.

Improved Autofocus and Exposure Control

While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon has made significant improvements to its speed, precision and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problems in the process. The EOS 40D camera’s completely redesigned nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to f/5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point offers enhanced precision for both vertical and horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than the EOS 30D model.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor. Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering and Spot metering, covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at center, respectively. The camera’s E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS 30D SLR model. However, as a result of consumer input, Canon has added three Custom exposure modes. As an added convenience, particularly for wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the Canon Speedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.

The Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments. Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or shaky shooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISO speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the top LCD data panel.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeable focusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen. Users can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining image composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that makes it easier to grasp the “sweet spot” of manual focusing when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster.

Enhanced Live View

Previously the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one of Canon’s top-tier professional cameras), the Live View function now gives EOS 40D camera users an expanded and exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of shooting options. By permitting the framing and capturing of subjects using the camera’s LCD screen instead of the viewfinder, the shooter gains a 100 percent field view to more easily achieve the desired composition. A new Custom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus during Live View by pressing the camera’s AF-ON button. At that point, the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out in the normal way. Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes Live View functions. Also, in the Live View shooting mode the user can magnify the image by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused. Live View is at its best during tripod shooting – particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. A new electronic 1st-curtain shutter function in Live View mode reduces release time lag and operational noise even further to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is now becoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The camera’s Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. Users also have the option of engaging the “clean now” function at will or bypassing it altogether. Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR’s manual sensor cleaning function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that has stuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesive at the base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing with a compatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Improved Software

Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon’s Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters can actually design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color and tone curves. The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing, viewing, printing and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Accessories

New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken, compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to better resist water and dust. The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D and 40D models.

Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A*/** permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body.

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Developed in response to consumer demand for a high-quality yet affordable optically image stabilized lens, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens adds a phenomenally flexible lens to the EOS 40D SLR shooter’s imaging arsenal. While it features the wide-angle to mid-range zoom flexibility of its non-IS predecessor, this new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens offers the significant advantage of a true lens-shift image stabilization system that yields up to a full four stops of image-shake correction.

The higher performance provided by Canon’s lens shift IS system (compared with the in-camera sensor shift type offered in some competitive SLRs) includes the ability to optimize the lens performance for specific shooting situations such as low-light, long-zoom or movement while shooting (or virtually any combination of the three). What’s more, the shooter can see the image stabilization effect in the viewfinder. As the image already appears steady, more accurate framing and composition is possible, the AF point can be placed more precisely, and the photographer can concentrate on the optimal shot more comfortably.

Compact and lightweight, the optional EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens is manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS 40D SLR and any other EOS SLR that takes EF-S lenses including the EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, EOS Digital Rebel XTi, EOS Digital Rebel XT and the original EOS Digital Rebel camera. An ideal complement to the EOS 40D SLR, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be in stores in October at an estimated selling price of $199.99.i

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is scheduled for early September delivery and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of $1,299.00i. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of $1,499.00i.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

FCC Disclaimer

*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

FDA Disclaimer

**A Product Report required by 21 C.F.R. §1002.10 has not been submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration for this product. This product is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until the required report has been submitted.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

iPricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

†IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2007

1 As of August 20, 2007

 

 

Canon U.S.A.’s New Powershot G9 Camera Combines Creative Control with Compact Convenience

New G-Series Camera Gives Serious Photo Enthusiasts the Power of a Professional Digital SLR in a Point-and-Shoot Package

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced today that its acclaimed G-series has a new top-of-the line model – the PowerShot G9 digital camera. The PowerShot G9 digital camera offers serious shooters and value-minded professionals a feature-packed camera with many of the advanced photographic capabilities of a high-end Digital SLR camera, in a lightweight, compact package at an affordable price.

The PowerShot G9 digital camera features the same matte black, retro-hip design that G-series fans have come to appreciate, with a simplified control layout that is versatile yet easy to understand. This camera is loaded with Canon’s latest and most advanced technologies, while raising the bar with the addition of RAW Mode, usually reserved for larger and more expensive SLR cameras. Advanced photographers also have the option of using RAW+JPEG simultaneous capture functionality, giving photographers the best of both worlds – JPEGs for immediate use and RAW images for faithful image reproduction, and extensive, non-destructive image editing capability.

The PowerShot G9 digital camera features class-leading 12.1-megapixel resolution for stunning, deeply detailed images that allow enlargements up to poster size with cropping. A 6x optical zoom lens brings the photographer right into the action, and by incorporating Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), excellent-quality images are assured in situations prone to camera shake and image blurring. So, whether you are shooting outdoors at dusk or inside without a flash, camera shake is detected and effectively canceled. Photographers will find it quick and easy to review and compare photos for printing with Canon’s Image Inspection Tool. And, because Image Inspection is now linked with Advanced Face Detection technology, they can save considerable time while reviewing, because the main subject is automatically detected and enlarged, eliminating the need to zoom and scroll manually, while at the same time making it simple to determine if facial expressions are pleasing before moving on to the next photo.

“The PowerShot G9 digital camera brings our highest levels of performance and usability to the G-series,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “By combining RAW Mode with our other key technologies in this camera, we’re providing a high-performing and affordable option to advanced photo enthusiasts who want the creative power of a Digital SLR in a smaller body form.”

The PowerShot G9 digital camera comes equipped with 23 shooting modes, allowing for a myriad of different photo preferences and conditions including Automatic, Manual, Shutter-speed-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and two Custom modes as well as special scene modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Indoor, Beach and Snow, offering users Digital SLR-like capability in a compact digital camera. The PowerShot G9 also features Canon’s powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, delivering superior image quality, ultra-responsive performance, extended battery life and advanced Face Detection technology, so users can be confident that the face they want, is the face that they capture. And, with a new large, three-inch PureColor LCD II screen and easy-to-access ISO and manual mode dials, customized shooting, reviewing and menu adjustments are especially convenient. The PowerShot G9 digital camera is also compatible with optional high-quality Canon wide-angle, telephoto and macro supplementary lenses, as well as EOS Speedlite flashes and a waterproof case rated to a depth of 40 meters/130 feet, giving photographers more robust photographic capabilities that are in line with professional and expensive SLRs.

True to Canon’s industry leadership position, the PowerShot G9 digital camera gives consumers interested in the ease of a compact camera many of the technological advancements that are the result of Canon’s 70-year heritage as an imaging innovator, differentiating it from competitive products.

New Canon PowerShot Product Lines’ Standard Advanced Technologies

DIGIC III

The "brain" of this new PowerShot camera is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long-lag competitors in the dust. The DIGIC III chip design improves image quality and offers more efficient power consumption, resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

ADVANCED FACE DETECTION

With Canon’s new Genuine Face Detection technology, the camera can detect, lock-on and track up to nine forward-looking human faces in a scene. The Face Detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object (based on Canon’s Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure and flash to ensure the best possible results. Using Canon’s Face Detection, photographers can keep up to nine faces in focus at any one time no matter where they are within the image. The PowerShot G9 camera also introduces an exclusive new function called Face Select and Track. With this feature, when multiple faces are detected, photographers can select any individual face they want the camera to specifically track and be a primary focus. This feature is ideal for many shooting situations such as birthday parties or graduation ceremonies, where many people are present, but the photographer is primarily interested in just one of them. Working in concert with Face Detection, the G9’s “Red-Eye Correction” feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected automatically or manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. All in all, Canon’s new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture-taking moments, helping users ensure in-focus smiles, and assisting in the elimination of over-exposed faces.

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION (OIS)

The extended zoom range of the PowerShot G9 camera makes optical image stabilization (OIS) essential. Canon's lens shift OIS provides an effective antidote to camera shake, particularly at longer zoom lengths or during long exposures when even the slightest hand-held shake is magnified to picture-blurring proportions. Superior to electronic image stabilization systems that simply use software to mask movement, OIS actually shifts the lens proportionately to compensate for unwanted motion, making it easier to snap great images. The OIS found in Canon PowerShot digital cameras is based on technology developed for Canon’s renowned high-end professional SLR cameras.

The steady effectiveness is further enhanced when paired with the new "Auto ISO Shift" feature which, at the touch of a button, can automatically increase the ISO speed setting as required to maintain fast shutter speeds when shooting in low light conditions without a flash.

PRINTING MADE EASY

All Canon PowerShot digital cameras work seamlessly with Canon’s compact photo printers to deliver stunning high-quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer, press the Print/Share button, and moments later a brilliant, borderless 4” x 6” print begins to emerge; it’s that simple. Canon’s compact photo printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

HIGH-CAPACITY MEMORY CARD CAPABILITY

As an added convenience, Canon PowerShot digital cameras also accommodate MultiMedia MMC memory cards, as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high-capacity SDHC memory cards. This way, consumers do not have to carry around multiple memory cards in order to be able to continue to save those special moments during extended vacations or high-photo-taking adventures. Canon PowerShot owners can travel in sleek style.

Powerful Software

The PowerShot G9 is bundled with the latest versions of Canon’s powerful digital imaging software, including ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0 for easy downloading, viewing and printing. RAW Image Task software is also supplied to facilitate high-quality processing of the PowerShot G9’s new RAW images.

In stores in October, the PowerShot G9 camera kit includes a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and battery charger, a 32MB MMC plus memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a neck strap, and Canon’s software suite at an estimated selling price of $499.99*.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

*Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

†IFI Patent Intelligence, January 2007.


Canon U.S.A. Adds Two New Stylish, High-Quality Photo Printers to Its Renowned Line-Up

For the at-home or small office user who wants to combine high-quality and fast photo printing with excellent text printing, the PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer and PIXMA iP3500 Photo Printer, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., are two great choices. The PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer boasts high-resolution, fast photo printing speeds and five individual ink tanks to deliver professional performance. The PIXMA iP3500 Photo Printer offers four individual ink tanks and a 4-inch x 6-inch photo lab quality borderless print in less than approximately 50 seconds,1 all at a value price point.

“These new printers deliver high-quality photo printing with exceptional text printing. Canon’s award-winning photo printer line now provides users with several choices over multiple performance and price ranges to satisfy a large variety of needs,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Together with our strong line of photo and business All-in-One printers, Canon offers the printing consumer more choices than ever.”

Building on Canon’s current line of highly touted photo printers, these two models offer two levels of quality and speed with elegant styling and exceptional printing features.

CANON PIXMA iP4500 PHOTO PRINTER

Designed for high-quality and fast photo and text printing, the PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer features a maximum of 9600 x 2400 color dpi resolution2 and five Smart LED equipped individual ink tanks in the trailblazing Canon FINE print head. All these features together allow the printer to deliver print speeds of approximately 31 pages per minute (ppm) for black, 24 ppm for color and 21 seconds for a 4” x 6” inch photo lab quality borderless photo.1 Built-in automatic duplexing allows any user to print double-sided documents or photos without having to manually turn the paper. Imagine the ability to seamlessly turn a hefty 20-page report into a convenient and environmentally-friendly 10-page version. The PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer has a stylish design with sleek curves and silver and black accents that enhances the look of any home or small office. The Canon PIXMA iP4500 Photo Printer will be available for an estimated selling price of $129.99.3

PIXMA iP3500 PHOTO PRINTER

For consumers who require an even more wallet-friendly product, the Canon PIXMA iP3500 Photo Printer offers exceptional features at a value price. Elegant piano black with silver accents adds style to function. It boasts a maximum of 4800 x 1200 color dpi resolution4 and Smart LED equipped individual ink tanks in a Canon-exclusive FINE print head. Printing speeds are exceptional at up to 25 ppm in black and 17 ppm in color with approximately 47-second 4” x 6” photo lab quality, borderless photo printing1. The iP3500 Photo Printer is even equipped with dual paper paths for greater convenience, eliminating the time consumed switching paper types. The Canon PIXMA iP3500 Photo Printer will be available for an estimated selling price of $99.99.3

Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE)

These new Canon Photo Printer products can produce stunning output thanks to FINE technology. Launched globally by Canon in 1999, the Canon FINE advanced print head technology is one of the keys to the impressive speed and high photo quality in PIXMA photo printers. FINE technology uses a high-performance multi-nozzle print engine that ejects consistent and microscopic ink droplets. The results are high-resolution photos with great detail and clarity in less time.

ChromaLife100 System

The FINE print head employed by the PIXMA iP4500 and iP3500 Photo Printers, together with select genuine Canon photo papers and select genuine Canon inks, comprise the Canon ChromaLife100 system for long-lasting photo prints. When using the FINE print head, select genuine Canon photo papers, and select genuine Canon dye inks, prints can resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. The 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film-based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with ChromaLife100 have up to a ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air. ChromaLife100 prints, when created using Canon Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, have up to a 30-year light fastness when displayed under glass.5

Creative Park/Easy-PhotoPrint EX

More than ever consumers are diving into digital scrapbooking, photo albums, calendars and crafting projects. Canon's Creative Park Web site at www.canon.com/c-park offers 3-D paper craft projects, scrapbooking templates, novel greeting cards, educational materials, and the opportunity to learn more about digital photography. Easy-PhotoPrint EX photo printing software is included with both printers and makes printing multiple size prints on a variety of Canon papers a snap with an automatic optimization by Auto Image Fix. With the newly updated Easy-LayoutPrint application, consumers can even produce beautiful photo calendars, albums, and stickers, with little to no hassle. Other features such as cropping, increasing saturation and correcting red eye are also included to allow the user to make corrections to images without having to use additional software.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billionSpecifications are subject to change without notice.

†IFI Patent Intelligence, January 11, 2007

1 Photo print speeds are based on the default mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. PPM speeds are based on the highest speed printer driver mode using black and white and color text patterns. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.

2 Resolution may vary based on printer driver settings. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.

3 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

4 Resolution may vary based on printer driver settings. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.

5 Based on accelerated testing by Canon under controlled temperature, humidity, and gas conditions. For the 100 year figure, Canon simulated storage in an album with plastic sleeves. For the 30 year lightfastness figure, Canon simulated display of a photo in a glass frame in an indoor location without direct sunlight or other high intensity light. The 10 year gas fastness figure is based on a testing ratio of gases typical to an indoor air composition (O3: NOx:SOx=3:19:1) with 100 times concentration in order to accelerate color fading. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions and environmental factors. See www.consumer.usa.canon.com/ChromaLife100 for additional details.

† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2007



 

Monday, August 13, 2007

Miami Mobile Shoppers Top Coupon Users

Findings from a recent Cellfire study about mobile coupon redemption during the six month period ending June 30 say that Miami-Fort Lauderdale tops the list of markets with the highest per capita usage of mobile coupons, with Northern California and Texas taking the majority of the remaining top spots.

68 percent of coupons redeemed were from mobile shoppers between the ages of 18-34, followed by shoppers aged 35-44 with 18 percent. Food and entertainment topped the list of categories for which coupons were most frequently redeemed.

Brent Dusing, CEO of Cellfire, said "Young adults find great value in saving on the activities that fuel their lifestyles by redeeming offers using their mobile phone."

Top 10 Markets for Mobile Coupon Usage per Capita
Rank Market
1 Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
2 Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, CA
3 Chico/Redding, CA
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
5 Waco/Temple-Bryan, TX
6 El Paso (Las Cruces), TX (NM)
7 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, CA
8 Jonesboro, AR
9 West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce, FL
10 Atlanta, GA
Source: Cellfire, August 2007

Analysis indicated the majority of discounts were redeemed on Saturday, Tuesday and Sunday in that order. Somewhat surprising is that Tuesday is typically one of the slowest days for retail, and yet one of the highest for mobile coupon usage, says the report

 

 

Knott’s Berry Farm to Host First Ever World Championship Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Eating Contest

Knott’s Teams with Drum Corp International and Major League Eaters for a Sticky Competition

Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park will be the site of the first ever world championship peanut butter and jelly sandwich eating championship on Wednesday, August 8 at 1:00 pm. The “PB&J Fest” was created to celebrate the start of the 2007 Drum Corps International Summer Music Games World Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The competition, which is sanctioned by Major League Eating, will include 16 professional and amateur competitors. In preparation for the contest Knott’s Berry Farm will make 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry jelly.

As part of the days festivities one of the competing drum corps, The Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, will be performing throughout the park.

Drum Corp International is a recognized world leader in producing and sanctioning competitive marching music and related stadium events for the world’s most elite marching music ensembles. Over a typical season, top Drum Corps International units will feed their combined 5,000 performers and staff and make thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using 42,500 loaves of bread, 20,000 lbs. of peanut butter, and 25,000 lbs. of jelly – all washed down with 17,500 gallons of milk.

The competition will be held in Knott’s Calico Square and is included with park admission. To purchase tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm, visit knotts.com.

 

 

Apple iPhones Will Be Sold for 99¢ Only to the First Nine Customers at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the First 99¢ Only Stores® on Thursday, August 9th, 2007

99¢ Only Stores® invites all to join in celebrating our 25th anniversary! On Thursday, August 9th, 2007, make sure to be one of the first nine in line. That lucky group of shoppers will be able to purchase one innovative Apple 4GB iPhone for just 99¢ only! The next 99 customers can purchase a scooter for 99¢ only at the ribbon-cutting 25th anniversary celebration of our first store located in Westchester, CA.

Join 99¢ Only Stores® founder and chairman, Dave Gold and his wife, Sherry Gold, along with our very first customer and employees who have been with the company since 1982.

Invitees include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Tyra Banks.

The store is 10,000 square feet and located at 6854 La Tijera Boulevard - one block west of La Cienega Boulevard.

The following 99 customers can buy a large glass vase - a $29.99 value - for 99¢ only! The next 999 customers can buy an official Year 2000 Millennium 36-pin collector’s edition set for 99¢ only! These amazing deals don’t stop here.

The next day on Friday, August 10th, the first 99 customers can buy a Day Runner 8.5” x 11” professional organizer - a $29.99 value - for 99¢ only! On Saturday, August 11th, the first 99 customers can buy a Brilliant Beginnings parent kit that includes toddler guidebooks plus two music CD’s - a $24.99 value - for 99¢ only! On Sunday, August 12th, the first 99 customers can buy a Friends® four-pack VHS movie set - a $19.99 value - for 99¢ only!

On Monday, August 13th, the first 99 customers can buy a twelve-piece cup and saucer set - a $14.99 value - for 99¢ only! On Tuesday, August 14th, the first 99 customers can buy an insulated Igloo Lunch Mate lunch bag - a $9.99 value - for 99¢ only! On Wednesday, August 15th, the first 99 customers can buy a pair of Innovage automatic/cordless powered scissors - a $19.99 value - for 99¢ only!

99¢ Only Stores® is the nation's oldest existing one-price retailer. 99¢ Only Stores® is celebrating 25 years of selling Everything, Everyday for 99¢ only in its 254 clean, attractively merchandised stores located in California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. The company’s New York Stock Exchange symbol is NDN.

 

 

JCPenney Announces Grand Opening of 14 New Stores

Store Expansion Represents Critical Element of Company’s Growth Strategy

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) today opened 14 new stores nationwide, which is part of its plan to open 250 new stores from 2007 through 2011 in order to address the strong demand it sees for style and quality at smart prices. All stores are fully stocked with JCPenney’s trend-right merchandise, including an outstanding Back-to-School Assortment.

“We are delighted to be able to bring all that JCPenney has to offer, including an inspiring assortment of brands and services, to customers around the country as they prepare for the Back-to-School season and all of the important moments in their lives,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, JCPenney chairman and chief executive officer. “Our location strategy offers us the flexibility to open stores where the opportunities best suit us, whether in a mall or off-mall. This flexible approach gives us a distinct competitive advantage and the greatest opportunity to attract new customers and address the strong demand we see for JCPenney’s offering in both large and mid-size markets.”

Stores celebrating grand openings today are in Alabaster, Ala.; Phoenix; Montrose, Colo.; Nampa, Idaho; North Aurora and Montgomery, Ill.; Colerain, Ohio; Midwest City and Moore, Okla.; Burlington, N.C.; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Hampton, Va.; and San Antonio and Cypress, Texas. (Addresses, directions and store hours for these and all JCPenney locations can be found at jcp.com.)

Store Base Enhancement

JCPenney expects to open 250 new or relocated stores from 2007 through 2011. In addition, the Company will remodel approximately 300 stores over the same time frame (including 65 in 2007), supporting an easy, enjoyable shopping experience that is consistent with new stores.

Eighty to 90 percent of all new JCPenney stores opening through 2011, including 11 of the 14 opening today, will be off-mall stores, although the Company continues to pursue mall-based opportunities in attractive locations. The off-mall format, covering approximately 100,000 square feet on a single level, features wider aisles, new lighting designs, convenient price-check scanners and front linear checkout centers. The new store layout helps shoppers easily locate major brands such as The Original Arizona Jean Company, Chris Madden for JCPenney Home Collection, nicole by Nicole Miller, Worthington, Stafford, Bisou-Bisou, Nike and more.

Store Highlights and Services

Seven of the 14 new stores will feature a Sephora inside. The approximately 1,500-square-foot Sephora inside JCPenney locations offer the best of Sephora, including some of the most desired brands in makeup, skincare, fragrance, and accessory products such as Bare Escentuals® and Philosophy®. They are staffed by a team of beauty consultants thoroughly trained in the Science of Sephora. JCPenney now has 39 stores with Sephora inside and expects to have 47 such locations by the end of 2007.

For added convenience, the majority of new JCPenney stores offer an assortment of services under one roof, including all-occasion portrait studios; expert in-home custom decorating services; and full-service salons offering an array of professional salon and spa services, as well as products from leading beauty brands. In addition, customers are able to place orders or pick up catalog and Internet purchases at each store’s catalog desk.

JCPenney Afterschool Fund Grants

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created by the J. C. Penney Company, Inc. to provide children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs, is contributing grants to local YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs of America in each of the new markets where JCPenney is opening. The grants will allow three local children in each market to participate in afterschool programs during the school year that will keep them safe and foster their academic, physical and social development. Each child receiving a grant will also receive a JCPenney gift card for school apparel.

About JCPenney

JCPenney is one of America's leading retailers, operating 1,048 department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as one of the largest apparel and home furnishing sites on the Internet, jcp.com, and the nation's largest general merchandise catalog business. Through these integrated channels, JCPenney offers a wide array of national, private and exclusive brands which reflect the Company's commitment to providing customers with style and quality at a smart price. Traded as "JCP" on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company posted revenue of $19.9 billion in 2006 and is executing its strategic plan to be the growth leader in the retail industry. Key to this strategy is JCPenney's "Every Day Matters" brand positioning, intended to generate deeper, more emotionally driven relationships with customers by fully engaging the Company's 155,000 Associates to offer encouragement, provide ideas and inspire customers every time they shop with JCPenney.

 

Target to Open Forty-Two New Stores

 

Upscale discounter celebrates grand openings on July 29

--On Sunday, July 29, Target will celebrate the grand opening of forty-two Target stores. Target stores will open in the following cities:

Naples North, FL

Fitchburg, WI

Philadelphia, PA

LaPlata, MD

Tustin, CA

Tempe, AZ

Mechanicsburg, PA

Boynton Beach, FL

Colorado Springs, CO

Cleveland West, OH

St. Paul, MN

Livonia, MI

Rowlett, TX

Stone Oak, TX

Richland Twp./Quakertown, PA

Port St. Lucie, FL

Ansonia, CT

Morgan Hill, CA

Washington, MO

South Brunswick, NJ

Apple Valley, CA

Richland Twp./Gibsonia, PA

Matteson, IL

Fairview Park, OH

Easton, MA

Titusville, FL

Sterling West, VA

Bossier City, LA

Prattville, AL

Alabaster, AL

Lexington, SC

Temple, TX

Pace, FL

Cicero, NY

Front Royal, VA

Brunswick, GA

Lincoln, NE

Westminster, CA

Glendale, CA

Bristol, VA

Moreno Valley, CA

Signal Hill, CA

In addition to offering the latest in trend-right merchandise, Target also brings a 45-year tradition of community involvement. Target demonstrates its commitment to its guests, team members and the communities it serves by donating more than $3 million each week to area nonprofit organizations, becoming involved in local volunteerism efforts through Target Volunteers, and orchestrating other special projects that help meet area social service, arts and education needs.

About Target

As of Sunday, July 29, Minneapolis-based Target will serve guests at 1,537 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives back more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

 

 

Envivio Introduces World’s First Multichannel IP Video
Encoder Supporting AVS for IPTV Deployments in China

4Caster C4 with AVS Option to be Demonstrated at IBC2007

– Further increasing its commitment to support IPTV service providers in China, Envivio Inc. today introduced the world’s first multichannel IP video encoder supporting AVS (Audio Video Coding Standard). In 2006, AVS was approved as the Chinese national standard. Available today, the telco-grade, quad-channel 4Caster™ C4 will be demonstrated encoding in AVS at IBC2007 in the Envivio stand #4.260.

“Supporting the build-out of the digital television infrastructure market in China remains a key focus for Envivio,” said Julien Signès, President and CEO of Envivio Inc. “With the AVS enhancement to the 4Caster C4, we can now provide an all-IP infrastructure solution offering the latest in video technology for Chinese IPTV service providers.”

This is the second Envivio encoder to support AVS. The Envivio® 4Caster B3, introduced in March of 2007 at the Beijing International Convention Center, was the world’s first telco-grade encoder to support AVS for both broadcast and IPTV deployments. Attendees to the formal product introduction included members from the Chinese Ministry of Information and Industry, State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) and the Audio Video Coding Standard (AVS) Workgroup of China.

According to the Academy of Broadcasting Science and SARFT, China has the largest radio and television audience in the world and is witnessing a booming digital transformation. The TV ownership rate for families is at 98% and the number of TV audiences currently reaches 1.167 billion. Service providers are expected to support all-around digital broadcast services by 2010. Based on current development trends, it’s estimated that the transition from analog to digital broadcasting will create a market of several trillion US dollars.

The 4Caster C4 encoder is part of the Envivio Convergence Generation™ headend which powers an all-IP infrastructure. C4 supports IPTV standard definition video resolutions and CIF (Common Intermediate Format) Internet TV resolutions, simultaneously. The C4 can also simultaneously encode in AVC / H.264 as well as in the AVS, QuickTime and Windows Media formats. The design of the C4 allows service providers to protect their investment by providing a solution that can be easily configured to support a variety of formats within one unit. Operators may begin offering services in one format, such as AVS, and evolve to add other formats and services as needed.

Based on the latest quad-core Intel® processors, the flexible architecture adopted by Envivio for the 4Caster C4 allows a service provider to receive firmware upgrades from Envivio to quickly react to market demands for new features. New features and functions can be added easily to each encoder without the need to replace units deployed in the field.

Powering its vision of a converged world, Envivio continuously strives to introduce advanced compression products for traditional and emerging media by offering solutions to service providers which reduce their operational costs while offering subscribers compelling video services anytime and anywhere.

About AVS

The Audio Video Coding Standard (AVS) Workgroup of China, www.avs.org.cn/en, of which Envivio is a member, applied the standard to high-resolution digital broadcasts, high-density laser-digital storage media, wireless broadband multimedia communication, and Internet broadband streaming media.

About Envivio Inc.
Envivio Inc. is the leading technology provider of MPEG-4-based IP video convergence solutions for telcos, enterprises, and broadcasters. Supporting a wide range of network protocols, resolutions, bit rates and devices, Envivio is the only company to offer IP video convergence solutions from mobile to HD. In 2007, Envivio won the Frost and Sullivan’s Product Innovation award for the 4Caster M2 mobile TV encoder as well as the Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award in the world digital media infrastructure market. Envivio solutions deliver industry leading AVC/H.264 compressed video quality at the lowest bit rate for mobile TV, Internet TV, broadcast contribution and interactive IPTV. Service providers worldwide use Envivio solutions to reduce their operational costs while offering subscribers compelling video services anytime and anywhere. Visit www.envivio.com for more information.

Envivio is a registered trademark of Envivio Inc. All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

 

 

Phone Surveys Skewed by Cell-Only Homeowners

According to government statistics released last month, reports a recent PEWresearch study, 12.8% of U.S. households cannot now be reached by the typical telephone survey because they have only a cell phone and no landline telephone. Twenty years ago the survey research profession worried mostly about the roughly 7% of U.S. households that could not be interviewed because they had no telephone.

If people who can only be reached by cell phone were just like those with landlines, their absence from surveys would not create a problem for polling. But cell-only adults are very different.

The National Health Interview Survey found them to be much younger, more likely to be African American or Hispanic, less likely to be married, and less likely to be a homeowner than adults with landline telephones. These demographic characteristics are correlated with a wide range of social and political behaviors.

In early 2003, just 3.2% of households were cell-only. By the fall of 2004, pollsters and journalists were openly worrying about the potential bias that cell-only households might create for political surveys. The National Election Pool's exit poll found that 7.1% of those who voted on Election Day had only a cell phone, and these cell-only voters were somewhat more Democratic and liberal than those who said they had a landline telephone.

Given the speed with which the number of cell-only households has increased, there is growing concern within the polling business about how long the landline telephone survey will remain a viable data collection tool, at least by itself. At the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, a government researcher told the audience that the size of the cell-only group could approach 25% by the end of 2008 if the current rate of increase is sustained.

The Pew Research Center conducted four studies that included samples of cell phone numbers as well as landline numbers. The surveys covered a very wide range of topics, including use of technology, media consumption, political and social attitudes, and electoral engagement. Comparing the cell-only respondents with those reached on landlines allowed an assessment of the degree to which our traditional surveys are biased by the absence of the cell-only respondents.

Comparisons Between Landline Samples and Cell-Only Samples
Number of survey questions compared

46

Average (mean) difference between landline and cell-only samples across all 46 questions

7.8%

Range of differences (absolute value)

0% - 29%

Maximum change in final survey estimate when cell-only sample is blended in

2%

Average (mean) change in final survey estimate when cell-only sample is blended in

0.7%

Source: PEW Research Center, June 2007

The good news, says the report, is that none of the measures would change by more than 2 percentage points when the cell-only respondents were blended into the landline sample and weighted according to U.S. Census parameters on basic demographic characteristics.

However, while the cell-only problem is currently not biasing polls based on the entire population, it may very well be damaging estimates for certain subgroups in which the use of only a cell phone is more common. According to the most recent government estimate, more than 25% of those under age 30 use only a cell phone. An analysis of young people ages 18-25 in one of the Pew polls found that the exclusion of the cell-only respondents resulted in significantly lower estimates of this age group's approval of alcohol consumption and marijuana use.

Perhaps, opines the report, excluding the cell-only respondents also yields lower estimates of technological sophistication. For example, the overall estimate for the proportion of 18-25 year olds using social networking sites is 57% when the cell-only sample is blended with the landline sample, while the estimate based only on the landline sample is 50%.

Including a cell-only sample with a traditional landline-based poll is feasible, but cell-only surveys are considerably more difficult and expensive to conduct than landline surveys.

Federal law prohibits the use of automated dialing devices when calling cell phones, so each number in the cell phone sample must be dialed manually.

It also is common practice to provide respondents with a small monetary incentive to offset the cost of the airtime used during the interview.

The screening necessary to reach cell-only respondents among all of those reached on a cell phone greatly increases the effort needed to complete a given number of interviews.

Pew estimates that interviewing a cell-only respondent costs approximately four to five times as much as a landline respondent.

Pollsters recognize that some type of accommodation for the cell-only population will have to be made eventually.

More Lookers Than Doers For User Generated Content

A recent article by eMarketer found that, even taking into account the power and ease of use of user-generated content tools like digital cameras and affordable audio/video production software, there are more content consumers than creators.

The report shows that In the US, the number of users of user-generated content will hit 101 million by 2011, up from the 2006 estimate of 69 million, while the "generators" lag at 91 million.

U.S. Users of User-Generated Content
Year Users (millions)
2006

69.1

2007

75.2

2008

81.4

2009

88.0

2010

94.9

2011

101.4

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

Globally, the estimated number of user-generated content users will hit 254 million by 2011, up from 128 million in 2006.

Worldwide Users of User-Generated Content
Year Users (millions)
2006

128.0

2007

147.5

2008

169.7

2009

195.7

2010

225.8

2011

253.6

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

Not surprisingly, says the report, the number of people who create content is expected to increase significantly as the user-generated content movement gathers steam, rising to 95 million in the US by 2011, up from 70 million in 2007.

US User-Generated Content Creators
Year Content Creators (millions)
2006

63.7

2007

69.6

2008

75.6

2009

82.7

2010

88.7

2011

95.1

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

And, globally, the number of user-generated content creators will reach 238 million in 2011, up from 137 million in 2007, according to eMarketer.

Worldwide User-Generated Content Creators
Year Content Creators (millions)
2006

117.9

2007

136.5

2008

157.5

2009

182.3

2010

211.1

2011

237.7

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

More Lookers Than Doers For User Generated Content

A recent article by eMarketer found that, even taking into account the power and ease of use of user-generated content tools like digital cameras and affordable audio/video production software, there are more content consumers than creators.

The report shows that In the US, the number of users of user-generated content will hit 101 million by 2011, up from the 2006 estimate of 69 million, while the "generators" lag at 91 million.

U.S. Users of User-Generated Content
Year Users (millions)
2006

69.1

2007

75.2

2008

81.4

2009

88.0

2010

94.9

2011

101.4

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

Globally, the estimated number of user-generated content users will hit 254 million by 2011, up from 128 million in 2006.

Worldwide Users of User-Generated Content
Year Users (millions)
2006

128.0

2007

147.5

2008

169.7

2009

195.7

2010

225.8

2011

253.6

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

Not surprisingly, says the report, the number of people who create content is expected to increase significantly as the user-generated content movement gathers steam, rising to 95 million in the US by 2011, up from 70 million in 2007.

US User-Generated Content Creators
Year Content Creators (millions)
2006

63.7

2007

69.6

2008

75.6

2009

82.7

2010

88.7

2011

95.1

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

And, globally, the number of user-generated content creators will reach 238 million in 2011, up from 137 million in 2007, according to eMarketer.

Worldwide User-Generated Content Creators
Year Content Creators (millions)
2006

117.9

2007

136.5

2008

157.5

2009

182.3

2010

211.1

2011

237.7

Source: eMarketer, June 2007

Includes video, audio, photo sharing, blogs, wikis, podcasts and online bulletin boards.

Four Out of Five Newspaper Website Readers Also Read the Printed Edition

A new study recently released by the Newspaper National Network LP, conducted by Scarborough Research, found that 81% of newspaper website users also read the printed newspaper in the last 7 days. Crossover users (those who used both print and online newspapers in the past 7 days) have deep affinity with both their printed newspaper and their newspaper website, and 83% say "I love both my printed newspaper and visiting my newspapers website." Crossover users visit their newspaper website to:

Access breaking news (96%),

Find articles seen previously (85%)

Find things to do/places to go (72%)

Jason E. Klein, President and CEO of Newspaper National Network, said "The study shows that the core newspaper reader now accesses his or her local newspaper across multiple formats, print and web, and is deeply engaged with both... 83% of crossover users say their newspaper site will be among their primary destinations 5 years from now."

The study found that newspaper website-only users are 55% female, while crossover users are only 48% female. The main reasons newspaper website-only users cited for using newspaper websites include:

Accessing local news (84%)

Entertainment information (74%)

Food or restaurant information (58%)

Newspaper website-only users are web-savvy group as 52% write or read blogs and 46% have joined a web community.

The two segments differ in the time of day they are using newspapers:

Crossover users are more likely to read their printed newspaper in the morning (63% read the printed newspaper before 10am) and access their newspaper website in the afternoon or evening (46%).

Newspaper website only users are more likely to access the website in the morning (49% of website-only users access the website before 10am vs. 34% of crossover users).

Contrary to some perceptions, the web has not hurt overall newspaper consumption, as 87% of crossover users report that their time spent with newspaper media has increased or remained the same versus only 12% who say time spent has decreased.

Other key Study findings:

The last time you read or looked into any printed copy of the (Newspaper Name):

Read last 7 days: 81%

Read 8-30 days ago: 9%

Read longer than 30 days ago: 7%

Never Read: 3%

Combined Time Spent With Print And Web-Based Newspaper Media Since You Began Using A Newspaper Website

52% remained the same

35% increased

12% decreased

1% Don't Know

 

 

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Cobalis Corporation (OTCBB: CLSC) President Chas Radovich answered questions about recent preliminary Phase III top line results and the effect the news has had on the company share price.

Coates International, Ltd. (OTCBB: COTE) Chairman & CEO George Coates talked about proposals the company has made in China.

HealthSonix, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: HSXI) CEO Michael Ivezic announced a new product, ZingiberRX, a joint and muscle pain relief cream and updated information about recent activity.

Manhattan West Mortgage CEO Roger Schlesinger debunked erroneous media reports that mortgage rates were rising.

Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP) CEO Richard Altomare reacted to a motion filed by the SEC.

RBC Dain Rauscher Senior VP Irwin Shapiro spoke of the recent bond yield rates.

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Consumers Spend More on Electronics if Studied First on Web

According to new research from Yahoo! and ChannelForce, consumers who search online for televisions and digital cameras spend ten percent more when making their purchase in-store than those who did not use a search engine. The survey also found that a vast majority research products online prior to making in-store purchases, and that online research is helping consumers make key purchasing decisions before they enter a store.

Key findings include:

Seventy five percent who researched their purchases before visiting a retail location used the Internet as their primary source of information. The leading online resources were retail Web sites (73 percent), manufacturer websites (68 percent) and search engines (49 percent).

Those who search spend an average of $31 more on digital cameras and $46 more on digital camera packages; and an average of $139 more on TVs and $190 on TV packages.

More than 80 percent of consumers who research before making a purchase end up buying a brand from their original consideration set. The remaining 20 percent said the in-store sales person was highly influential in their decision.

About 75 percent of people did not know the model they wanted when they walked into a retail store.

David Rubinstein, senior director, Yahoo! Search Marketing, says "This study confirms and quantifies that a more informed consumer is a more valuable consumer... "

Kurt Higgins, president, ChannelForce, noted "... the brand experience begins well before the shopper walks into the store, and this study confirms how critical the in-store experience is to the consumer's decision..."

 

 

Organic chocolate sales are booming as more U.S. consumers seeking untreated natural ingredients are choosing the sweet treat to satisfy their cravings, and mainstream companies are entering what was once considered a high-end market.

Chocolate is the largest growing snack segment in the U.S. organic market, according to an industry study, with organic sales tallying a 49 percent increase in sales in 2006.

Organic chocolate sales totaled a still small $70.8 million fraction of the market in the year, according to a Euromonitor report cited by the Dagoba Organic Chocolate company, compared with total U.S. chocolate sales in 2006 of about $6 billion.

The average American consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate per year, said Cathy Strange, global chocolate buyer for Whole Foods Market Inc., which sells organic brands like Dagoba, Green & Black's, Lake Champlain, Chocolove and Newman's Own.

Jay Jacobowitz, president of Retail Insights, a consulting service for natural products retailers, said the trajectory for organic chocolate will likely track that of the organic food market, which is on a double-digit growth spurt.

Organic chocolate is made from cocoa grown without pesticides and herbicides. Producers use certified organic sugar, essential oils, fruits, and nuts in accordance with USDA organic regulations.

In the chocolate market, as in other food areas, education about issues like sustainability and fair trade, as well as product quality, has evolved.

"We have a growing interest in where our food comes from, its pedigree," Jacobowitz said.

Big-name companies are responding to the trend. In May 2005, Cadbury Schweppes Plc acquired the Green & Black's brand, and Hershey Co. bought Dagoba in October 2006, both for undisclosed amounts.

Russell Stover, known for selling boxes of chocolate in drugstores, has even entered the game, with its new organic Belgian milk and 60 percent solid dark organic chocolate going on sale at Target Corp. stores in June.

INDULGENCE

But while organics are often associated with health, chocolate is seen as an indulgence. Organic chocolate, like most other organic foods, generally costs at least $1 more per 1.75-ounce bar (49.6 grams) than its nonorganic counterparts. A nonorganic bar that size can cost less than $1.

Jacobowitz, however, believes chocolate is a product people are willing to pay more for because they perceive it as "a treat, an affordable luxury."

Elaine Lipson, organic program director at New Hope Natural Media and author of "The Organic Foods Sourcebook," agrees that price differential is not always a barrier.

"You're already treating yourself, so you might as well treat yourself even more," Lipson said.

According to Jacobowitz, baby boomers, now mostly in their 40s and 50s, comprise the core group of organic chocolate consumers, followed by 25-to-34-year-olds.

"Natural food consumers are demanding it," said Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut Chocolat, a Chicago-based boutique chocolatier. "Amongst certain groups, this is a no-brainer."

Markoff's Chicago production facility was recently certified as organic. She hopes for 80 percent of her product line to be organic by the end of 2008.

"Most people forget that chocolate comes from an agricultural product," said Melissa Schweisguth, spokeswoman for Dagoba.

Lipson believes organic chocolate has become viable not only for small, artisanal producers but for mass marketers as well.

With its new organic line, Russell Stover is moving into a higher-end market. Its organic line costs about 30 percent more than its traditional offerings.

"We're seeing that the consumers most passionate about organic indulgence are also those who are most interested in a premium product," said Mark Sesler, a Russell Stover spokesman.

How's Russell Stover's organic line selling?

"It's meeting its need. It's not our best-selling product, but it's certainly holding its own, justifying its position on the shelves," Sesler said.

Russell Stover hopes to show that organic choices can be found in places besides Whole Foods.

"It's not just the natural stores that can sell a good amount of organic chocolate," Sesler said.

 

 

NEWERTECH ANNOUNCES NEW MINISTACK V3

‘QUAD INTERFACE’ 1.0TB STORAGE SOLUTION

Features Integrated Powered Hub with Four Interfaces - FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, & eSATA - for Plug n’ Play Use with Any Computer

June 28, 2007, Woodstock, IL, -- Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) http://www.newertech.com, a leading developer of PC, Macintosh® and iPod® performance upgrades and accessories, today announced the newest addition to its award-winning storage solution line, the miniStack® v3 ‘Quad Interface’ powered hub storage solution with up to 1.0TB of storage capacity, for Plug n’ Play ease of use with any Mac or PC with an available FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, or eSATA port.

‘Quad Interface’ Benefits

With an ergonomically unique rear and side port configuration of one eSATA, two FireWire 800, one FireWire 400, and three USB 2.0 ports, miniStack v3 lets users connect multiple desktop digital accessories like scanners, printers, memory card readers, digital cameras, and iPods simultaneously and clutter-free. Its port flexibility and compact design also makes miniStack v3 an ideal portable external hard drive storage solution to move among multiple systems for future system compatibility.

Fast & Vast For The Modern Digital Lifestyle

miniStack v3 is ideal for data intensive uses like audio/video editing, digital photography, MP3 libraries and high-speed back up because it utilizes the latest generation Oxford 924 bridge chipset, the fastest drive mechanisms available, and an eSATA port to deliver the fastest single drive data transfer rates possible…up to 150 Megabytes per second. And with vast storage capacities up to 1.0TB, users can store up to 1 million JPEG photos or 350,000 MP3 songs on miniStack v3 depending upon file settings/preferences.

Award-Winning Origins

A passive radiator heat sink, intelligent thermal monitoring, Whisper Quiet Operation engineering, and stackable design are just a few of the features miniStack v3 shares with the NewerTech miniStack v2, winner of Macworld Magazine “Top Product,” MacAddict Magazine “Editor’s Choice,” and 123macmini.com “Accessory of the Year” honors.

Maximum Features In A Mini Footprint

• Up to 1.0TB (1,000GB) of bootable disk capacity

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• Oxford OXUF924DSb bridge chipset with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for optimum drive performance.

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• One eSATA port (rear)

• Two FireWire 800 (1394b) 9 pin ports (rear)

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• Three USB 2.0/1.1 ‘A’ ports (2 rear, 1 side)

• External AutoSwitching 100~240v 50/60Hz 3 amp UL listed power adapter

• Auto-Power on/off automatically with computer

• Intelligent thermal monitoring for minimal fan power consumption and Whisper Quiet operation

• 36" FireWire 800 connecting cable, 12" FireWire 800-400 interconnecting cable and 36" USB 2.0/1.1 connecting cable

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About Newer Technology, Inc.

Since 1984, Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has been recognized as the leading developer of performance upgrades for PowerBooks®, desktop Macintosh computers, Intel Macs, iMacs®, iPods and MacOS compatibles. NewerTech is headquartered in Woodstock, Illinois. Dealer inquiries are welcome by calling 815-308-7001 or by emailing sales@newertech.com.

 

 

Kino Flo and Element Labs announce strategic partnership
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-June 22, 2007-Kino Flo®, the premier manufacturer of lighting for film and television, today announced a strategic partnership with Element Labs®, a global leader in LED technology. The partnership is designed to bring intelligent LED lighting into the professional lighting industry.

Element Labs' Kelvin Technology Series LED-based lighting system will be available for rent through Kino Flo in September 2007.

"By combining Element Labs' advancement in LED technology with Kino Flo's industry experience we look forward to developing tools that will further advance the art of filmmaking," says Kino Flo president and founder, Frieder Hochheim.

The Kelvin Technology Series represents a major advancement in the application of LEDs to create intelligent, controllable lighting. It provides variable color temperature and maintains a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 between 3200 K and 6500 K. It also offers Digital Gelling™, the ability to dial in a desired theatrical gel, and the option to save, recall, and clone a series of lighting parameters. Initial product offerings from Element Labs include the Kelvin TILE™, the compact Kelvin BRICK™, and the Kelvin PAINTBOX™ remote control unit.

"Element Labs is honored to be partnering with the leader in film and television lighting," says Nils Thorjussen, CEO and president of Element Labs. "Cinematographers and gaffers look to Kino Flo for state-of-the-art technology and Element Labs is proud to contribute its cutting-edge LED innovation to their product offering."
 

 
 

ABOUT KINO FLO
Kino Flo, based in Burbank, California, designs and manufactures professional fluorescent lighting systems for motion picture and television production. Kino Flo has earned a Technical Achievement Award from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as other awards. In 2007, Kino Flo celebrates its 20th anniversary as an innovator of specialty lighting for film, video and photo capture. For more information, visit
www.kinoflo.com.

ABOUT ELEMENT LABS
Element Labs is an award-winning, global leader in innovative LED technology for entertainment, architectural, and signage applications. Based in Austin, Texas with offices in London and Germany, Element Labs' cutting-edge products embody the evolutionary convergence of LED and video, opening eyes to a new world of visual effects. See more at
www.elementlabs.com.
 

 

Nuance to Acquire Tegic Communications

Subsidiary of Time Warner and AOL to Expand Nuance's Mobile Offerings,
Enable New Mobile User Interface Converging Voice, Predictive Text and Touch Input

 

BURLINGTON, Mass., and NEW YORK, June 21, 2007 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) today announced that Nuance and Time Warner's AOL LLC subsidiary have signed a definitive agreement whereby Nuance will acquire Tegic Communications Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL LLC and a developer of embedded software for mobile devices.

 

The transaction expands Nuance's presence in the mobile industry and allows it to further accelerate the delivery of solutions that unlock the power of mobile devices and networks.  Tegic brings industry-leading T9 predictive text input software, which has shipped on more than 2.5 billion devices, and next-generation integrated text and touch input solutions to Nuance's portfolio of voice-enabled applications for device control, mobile search, email and text messaging.  In addition, the companies share a common focus and strategy for serving the needs of their shared customers and partners within the mobile industry, including Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola.

 

Combining Tegic's T9 predictive text and multimodal input solutions with Nuance's advanced speech technologies for mobile devices, the acquisition sets the stage for a new mobile user interface that combines voice, text and touch to dramatically improve the user experience for consumers and mobile professionals.  Building on a partnership between Nuance and Tegic established in 2005, Nuance intends to deliver an all-in-one interface that integrates Nuance and Tegic solutions to support predictive text, speech and touch input. This multimodal interface will provide easier access for users of mobile devices and will be available to all manufacturers across their product lines.  

 

“The enhanced capabilities of mobile devices and networks have fueled significant innovation in features and services, but their potential has been tempered by the traditional interface on most mobile devices,” said Paul Ricci, chairman and CEO, at Nuance. “Tegic shares our vision of delivering an integrated, superior and flexible user experience for today's wireless subscribers. Together, we are poised to redefine the way people interact with their mobile devices, delivering a more convenient, simple way for consumers to control features and access information on their phones, and search and navigate the mobile Web.”

 

In its fiscal year 2008, Nuance expects Tegic to contribute between $65 million and $68 million in non-GAAP revenue; $45 million and $48 million in GAAP revenue; a GAAP loss between $0.12 and $0.13 per share; and non-GAAP earnings between $0.04 and $0.05 per diluted share. The combination is expected to generate approximately $8 million to $10 million in cost synergies in fiscal year 2008.  Under the terms of the agreement, total consideration is approximately $265 million in cash.  The transaction is expected to close in Nuance's fiscal fourth quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

 

Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons said: “AOL's sale of Tegic marks yet another step in our overall strategy of focusing on our core assets to drive profitable growth for our shareholders. As AOL continues to make impressive progress, it's more important than ever that AOL's resources are fully aligned behind growing its worldwide advertising businesses.”

 

AOL Chairman and CEO Randy Falco said: “We believe that Nuance is a good match for Tegic, its employees and its business partners, and we value our relationships with both companies.  This sale also lets us focus our mobile business on building strong consumer-based, ad-supported mobile experiences.”

 

With the addition of Tegic, Nuance will significantly expand its presence on mobile devices.  Through extensive contractual relationships with the world's most prolific handset vendors, Tegic's flagship T9 predictive text product is embedded on more phones than any other single mobile software.  Tegic's established distribution channels and mobile device footprint offer continued growth for its products and will help Nuance significantly expand its presence on mobile devices, most notably by enhancing options for broadly distributing its speech solutions. By combining speech, handwriting and predictive text into a single, unified interface platform, joint customers, including mobile device vendors, application developers and wireless carriers, can benefit from reduced cost, risk and time to market as they expand efforts to create market-differentiating multimodal features and applications.

 

The addition of Tegic brings resources and capabilities that are expected to expand Nuance's market presence and leadership in the rapidly expanding mobile industry:

·         Focus on Mobile Opportunities – The companies share core competencies in mobile infrastructure, work closely with a common OEM customer base and maintain similar relationships with leading carriers. Since both companies are focused on the mobile user experience, they have compatible expertise and experience in the areas of human factors and linguistics. Supporting more than 60 languages and 15 different character scripts, Tegic shares Nuance's commitment to broad language coverage based on custom dictionaries and grammars.

·         Strong Industry Relationships – Shipped on more than 2.5 billion mobile devices worldwide, including approximately two-thirds of mobile devices shipped last year, Tegic maintains longstanding relationships with the largest companies in the industry, including Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola. This established customer base can be leveraged to generate new opportunities for Nuance's existing mobile product portfolio. In addition, Tegic's established distribution channel to all major Chinese handset manufacturers offers tremendous growth opportunities for the product lines of each organization in this fertile market.

·         Technological Leadership – Tegic embedded software solutions have set the bar for text input on mobile devices, making mobile experiences faster, easier and more compelling.  In addition to its core T9 product, it has expanded its portfolio to support multimodal interfaces, broad languages and additional databases.  More than 50 software engineers continue to advance Tegic's solutions and bring to Nuance more than 70 patents and 140 patents pending worldwide. This strong patent portfolio will serve as a competitive advantage as mobile devices become increasingly complex and multimodal user interface software evolves to directly address mobile search and content accessibility inherent with greater data consumption on mobile devices.

·         Talented, Experienced Team – Nuance benefits from the addition of Tegic's strong management, customer support, and engineering teams, with their proven competencies in creating, selling and supporting mobile embedded software.  Tegic's expertise in the science of predictive linguistics and skills in the architectures of wireless devices will complement Nuance's expanding teams serving the mobile industry.    

 

On this transaction, UBS Investment Bank and Citigroup are acting as financial advisors to Nuance and Time Warner, respectively.

                                                                                                  

Investor Conference Call Information

In conjunction with this announcement Nuance will broadcast a conference call over the Internet today at 5:00 p.m. ET. Those who wish to listen to the live broadcast should visit the Investor Relations section of the Nuance Web site (www.nuance.com) at least 15 minutes prior to the event and follow the instructions provided to ensure that the necessary audio applications are downloaded and installed. The conference call can be heard live by dialing (800) 230-1085 or (612) 332-0345 five minutes prior to the call and reference conference code 877994. A replay of the call will be available within 24 hours of the announcement. To access the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 or (320) 365-3844 and refer to access code 877994.

 

About Tegic Communications Inc.

Tegic is a leading provider of enabling software for mobile data services, including market-leading T9 software. A wholly owned subsidiary of AOL LLC, Tegic was founded in 1995 to develop and market communication technologies for the telecommunications and computing industries. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.) and has offices in London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, New Delhi, Singapore and São Paulo. Tegic is on the Web at http://www.tegic.com.

 

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

 

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Nuance and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.

SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this document regarding Nuance's proposed acquisition of Tegic, the product portfolio of the combined company and the mobile industry for those products, the companies' strategies for serving the needs of their customers, the anticipated development and success of new interfaces for mobile devices, enhanced capabilities of mobile devices and networks and increasing demand for these services, future financial and operating results, expectations that the acquisition will be accretive to Nuance's results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company, and any other statements about Nuance management's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements.  There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate Tegic's operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the failure to retain customers; and the other factors described in Nuance's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2007. Nuance disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

NUANCE'S DISCUSSION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Nuance management utilizes a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of Nuance's business, for making operating decisions and for forecasting and planning for future periods. Nuance management considers the use of non-GAAP revenue helpful in understanding the performance of its business, as it excludes the purchase accounting impact on acquired deferred revenue. Nuance management also considers the use of non-GAAP earnings per share helpful in assessing the organic performance of the continuing operation of Nuance's business from a cash perspective. By organic performance Nuance means performance as if the company had not incurred certain costs and expenses associated with acquisitions. By continuing operations Nuance mean the ongoing results of its business excluding certain unplanned costs. While Nuance management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as a tool to enhance their understanding of certain aspects of Nuance's financial performance, Nuance management does not consider these measures to be a substitute for, or superior to, the information provided by GAAP revenue and earnings per share. When evaluating the prospects of a transaction, one factor Nuance management considers is the impact on, accretion or dilution of, our GAAP and non-GAAP revenue and earnings per share. Consistent with this approach, Nuance believes that disclosing non-GAAP revenue and accretion / dilution of non-GAAP earnings per share to the readers of its financial statements provides such readers with useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for revenue determined in accordance with GAAP and accretion / dilution of GAAP earnings per share, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. In assessing the impact of our potential acquisition of Tegic, Nuance's management has either included or excluded items in three general categories, each of which are described below.

Acquisition Related Revenues and Expenses. Nuance included revenue related to its acquisition of Tegic that Nuance would otherwise recognize but for the purchase accounting treatment of this transaction to allow for more accurate comparisons to the financial results of Nuance's historical operations, forward looking guidance and the financial results of its peer companies. Nuance also excluded certain expense items resulting from the acquisition to allow more accurate comparisons of Nuance's financial results to its historical operations, forward looking guidance and the financial results of our peer companies. These items include the following: (i) acquisition-related transition and integration costs; and (ii) amortization of intangible assets associated with the acquisition. In recent years, Nuance has completed a number of acquisitions, which result in non-continuing operating expenses which would not otherwise have been incurred. For example, Nuance has incurred transition and integration costs such as retention bonuses for employees of acquired companies. In addition, actions taken by an acquired company, prior to an acquisition, could result in expenses being incurred by us, such as expenses incurred as a result of the restatement of the financial results of SpeechWorks International, Inc. Nuance management believes that providing non-GAAP information for certain revenue and expenses related to material acquisitions allows the users of Nuance's financial statements to review both the GAAP revenue and expenses in the period, as well as the non-GAAP revenue and expenses, thus providing for enhanced understanding of Nuance's historic and future financial results and facilitating comparisons to less acquisitive peer companies. Additionally, had Nuance internally developed the products acquired, the amortization of intangible assets would have been expensed historically, and Nuance believes the assessment of its operations excluding these costs is relevant to the assessment of internal operations and comparisons to industry performance.

Non-Cash Expenses. Nuance provides non-GAAP information relative to the following non-cash expenses: (i) stock-based compensation; (ii) certain accrued interest; and (iii) certain accrued income taxes. Because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types, Nuance management believes that the exclusion of stock-based compensation allows for more accurate comparisons of its operating results to the operating results of its peer companies. Further, Nuance management believes that excluding stock-based compensation expense allows for a more accurate comparison of Nuance's financial results to previous periods during which Nuance's equity compensation programs relied more heavily on equity-based awards that were not required to be reflected on its income statement. Nuance believes that excluding non-cash interest expense and non-cash income taxes provides its senior management as well as other users of its financial statements, with a valuable perspective on the cash based performance and health of the business, including Nuance's current near-term projected liquidity.

Other Expenses. Nuance excludes certain other expenses that are the result of other, unplanned events to measure Nuance's operating performance as well as Nuance's current and future liquidity both with and without these expenses. Included in these expenses are items such as non-acquisition-related restructuring charges. These events are unplanned and arose outside of the ordinary course of Nuance's continuing operations. Nuance assesses its operating performance with these amounts included, but also excluding these amounts; the amounts relate to costs which are unplanned, and therefore by providing this information Nuance believes its management and the users of its financial statements are better able to understand the financial results of what Nuance considers to be its organic continuing operations.

Nuance believes that providing the non-GAAP information to investors, in addition to the GAAP presentation, allows investors to view Nuance's financial results in the way management views the operating results. Nuance further believes that providing this information allows investors to not only better understand Nuance's financial performance but more importantly, to evaluate the efficacy of the methodology and information used by management to evaluate and measure such performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures described above, and used in this press release, should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, a measure of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Further, investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In particular, many of the adjustments to Nuance's GAAP financial measures reflect the inclusion or exclusion of items that are recurring and will be reflected in Nuance's financial results for the foreseeable future. In addition, other companies, including other companies in Nuance's industry, may calculate non-GAAP net income (loss) differently than Nuance does, limiting it's usefulness as a comparative tool. Nuance management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts included and excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures. In addition, as noted above, Nuance's management evaluates the non-GAAP financial measures together with the most directly comparable GAAP financial information.

Nuance Communications, Inc.
Reconciliation of Supplemental Financial Information
(in thousands, except per share amounts) Unaudited
Estimated Per Share Impact of Tegic Communications, Inc

 

 

  Twelve Months Ended
  September 30, 2008
  Low   High
Total GAAP revenue    $ 45,000    $ 48,000
Purchase accounting adjustment - revenue    $ 20,000    $ 20,000
Total Non-GAAP revenue    $ 65,000    $ 68,000
       
       
Accretion of GAAP net income (loss), per share                        (0.13)                (0.12)
Impact of revenue lost in purchase accounting, per share                         0.10                 0.10
Amortization of other intangible assets, per share                         0.05                 0.05
Stock based compensation, per share                         0.01                 0.01
Non-cash interest expense, per share                         0.01                 0.01
Accretion of non-GAAP net income (loss), per share                         0.04                 0.05
       
       
Shares used in computing Accretion/Dilution on non-GAAP net income (loss), per share:
       
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
       
Fully Diluted                    208,500           208,500

 

 

 

Cold Stone Creamery Adds New Licensing Partnership to Business Mix

-- Global Icons, the premier licensing and brand merchandising agency specializing in the development and extension of corporate brands and trademarks, has been named the exclusive licensing agent for Cold Stone Creamery, well-known for making people happy by serving the highest quality, most creative ice cream experience.

As the fastest-growing concept in the super-premium ice cream category, Cold Stone Creamery has become recognized for changing the way people think about ice cream. Opening the first store in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery continues to lead the industry and was ranked No. 14 in the January 2007 "Franchise 500" issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

"We know ice cream aficionados are passionate about our brand, and this partnership will enable the ice cream lovers of the world the opportunity to enjoy Cold Stone Creamery in a variety of ways throughout their daily lives," stated Kevin Myers, vice president of sales & marketing of Cold Stone Creamery.

Global Icons will develop and manage the Cold Stone Creamery licensing program by mixing the core brand ingredients of high quality, innovation and personalization to create the Cold Stone Creamery signature experience through licensed merchandise.

The Cold Stone Creamery-branded merchandise line will capture the "love it" brand essence and bring the unique brand experience into consumers' homes through multiple product categories including housewares, tabletop & kitchen electrics, health & beauty products, gift items, kid's role-play activities & toys and food & beverage.

"Cold Stone Creamery conjures up wonderful thoughts of delicious flavors, endless varieties, unbelievable quality and happy memories made just for the customer, the perfect mix of brand attributes that will be layered into the Cold Stone Creamery-branded merchandise," said Jeff Lotman, CEO of Global Icons. "We are thrilled to bring the Cold Stone Creamery experience to a whole new level with branded products. We share Cold Stone Creamery's vision and enthusiasm to bring the ultimate ice cream experience into all homes."

Global Icons - www.globalicons.com

Global Icons is the premier licensing and brand merchandising agency specializing in the development and extension of corporate brands and trademarks. On behalf of its ever-expanding roster of clients, the company's goal is to increase brand awareness and revenue through the establishment of new products, distribution channels and revenue streams. Select clients include Airstream, Breathe Right, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Chevron, Chuck E Cheese's, Cold Stone Creamery, Cutex, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Gulf, Hershey's, Hollywood, Humvee, Igloo, Tonino Lamborghini, Make-A-Wish, Miso Pretty, Spic and Span, Texaco, and UPS, among others.

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cold Stone Creamery is part of the Kahala•Cold Stone holding company, a leading brand-building franchisor with a portfolio of 13 diversified restaurant and service brands. Cold Stone Creamery alone operates nearly 1,400 locations in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit the company's Web site at www.coldstonecreamery.com.

C-nario Establishes New Platform For Highest Impact Digital Signage Campaigns

Businesses can now launch no-limit, targeted digital signage initiatives at an eight-fold space and cost savings without compromising on quality

Visit C-nario at InfoComm 2007, Booth #14011

(June 11, 2007, Israel ) – C-nario, a global leader in digital signage solutions, will showcase its new digital signage network tools at Digital Signage Pavilion at the upcoming InfoComm 2007, introducing the powerful C-nario Signage Server, the versatile Messenger™ 3.1 software suite and revenue-generating Advertiser™ 4 platform.

“Digital Signage must now evolve from an industry that has relied on traditional broadcast and information technologies into one that requires its own set of advanced, highly-creative content creation capabilities, smart network management tools and robust playback engines to deliver highest impact presentations,” said Rami Bahar, VP, Marketing and Sales at C-nario. “Our new solutions enable deployment at an 8-fold efficiency, increase the flexibility in displaying creative digital environments and offer revenue-generating targeted platforms at affordable costs, without compromising content quality.”

The new C-nario Signage Server powers up to eight different High Definition content layouts from a single PC, offering affordability for the best-of-breed video quality. C-nario’s signage solutions suite has evolved into the C-nario Messenger™ 3.1, offering complete flexibility in multi-screen digital signage campaigns at any size, number and type of display arrangement. Finally, the C-nario Advertiser™ 4 will offer advertisers the highest standard of revenue-generating signage platforms, via its targeted, easy-to-manage content scheduler and other high-end tools.

C-nario was recently selected by advertising giant JCDecaux, as its digital signage partner in Microsoft’s largest digital branding campaign at JFK International Airport in New York . To date, C-nario, a digital signage leader, has gained worldwide recognition having deployed in 26 countries with top-tier partners and customers, including Clear Channel, BBC, CNN, Philips, Bank Hapoalim and others.

C-nario will be presenting at InfoComm 2007, Booth #14011, at the Digital Signage Pavilion.

About C-nario

C-nario is a world-class provider of end-to-end software-based digital dynamic messaging and signage solutions across all industries, including advertising, corporate, public, media and entertainment sectors. C-nario’s cutting edge technology enables unparalleled playback and management capabilities of complex better-than-broadcast quality video displays in an extensive range of high traffic environments. To date, the company has deployed in 26 countries through its global partners and international value-added resellers. C-nario is part of the Carmel Ventures portfolio and a member of the Disk-In Group, established in 1990.The company has offices in the United States , Europe and Israel .

www.C-nario.com

 

AdaptiveBlue, the smart browsing company, was selected as a Supernova 2007 Connected Innovator.

Connected Innovators are showcased at the Supernova 2007 Conference and recognized for creating exciting emerging technologies.

The Supernova Connected Innovators program, co-hosted by TechCrunch, recognizes compelling emerging technologies likely to make an impact on the connected future. From a record number of applicants this year, Supernova organizer Kevin Werbach and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington selected only twelve companies to highlight.

AdaptiveBlue recently announced its new version of the popular BlueOrganizer extension for Firefox. BlueOrganizer Denim features the breakthrough BlueMenu and SmartLinks technologies that help users experience a smarter, more contextual and more personalized Web.

BlueOrganizer automatically recognizes things like books, wines, travel destinations and offers contextual shortcuts between favorite sites. BlueOrganizer can instantly send books to an Amazon Wishlist, find wines with similar taste on Wine.com, or lookup maps on Google -- all from one simple, personalized menu. This version eliminates the need for right-clicking and introduces a time-saving BlueMenu option, which is accessible directly from the Firefox toolbar.

BlueOrganizer Denim also debuts SmartLinks, which offer BlueOrganizer users the ability to publish their favorites as structured content on their web sites, blogs and social networks. In addition to the regular link, each SmartLink contains a set of contextual shortcuts to related information. And since SmartLinks work in any browser with or without the BlueOrganizer, SmartLink publishers bring the power of context, semantics and relevance to anyone who visits their site.

"The 12 innovators were selected from an impressive number of exciting ventures; it's an promising reflection of the current state of innovation in our industry," stated Kevin Werbach, Supernova founder and assistant professor at Wharton. "Bringing this group together with industry influencers will only help drive the development and impact of technology's next big thing. This is what Supernova is all about."

The Connected Innovators showcase will take place on June 21 at the Westin St. Francis during the conference general sessions.

Supernova unites business, government, and technology thought leaders to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world. More information on Supernova and the full list of Supernova 2007 Connected Innovators can be found at www.supernova2007.com.

Links:

SmartLinks Demo Page - http://www.adaptiveblue.com/smartlinks.html

Firefox 2.0 Showcase - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/recommended

About AdaptiveBlue

AdaptiveBlue, www.adaptiveblue.com, is the smart browsing company founded by Alex Iskold in early 2006. The vision of AdaptiveBlue is to invent new browser technologies that leverage semantics and attention to power better online experience. Their keystone product, BlueOrganizer, has over 650,000 downloads and is a recommended Firefox add-on. AdaptiveBlue has recently raised series A from Union Square Ventures

 

 

 

Extreme Motorsports of California, Inc. (ETMO) SqueezeTrigger Price is $0.0037. Approximately 279.9 Million Shares Shorted Since September 2006 According to BUYINS.NET Research Report

- Extreme Motorsports of California, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ETMO) announced today that BUYINS.NET, www.buyins.net, is initiating coverage of Extreme Motorsports of California after releasing the latest short sale data to June 2007. From September 2006 to June 2007 approximately 3.6 billion total aggregate shares of ETMO have traded for a total dollar value of nearly $13.3 million. The total aggregate number of shares shorted in this time period is approximately 279.9 million shares. The ETMO SqueezeTrigger price of $0.0037 is the volume weighted average short price of all short selling in ETMO. The first of several short squeezes is expected to begin when shares of ETMO close above $.0008, where approximately 62 million shares have been shorted. To access SqueezeTrigger Prices ahead of potential short squeezes beginning, visit http://www.buyins.net.

Month Total Vol. Short Vol. Avg. Price Short $ Value

------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

September '06 871,728 67,123 $0.4300 $28,863

October 384,492 29,606 $0.1800 $5,329

November 2,586,923 199,193 $0.1200 $23,903

December 9,070,365 698,418 $0.0535 $37,365

January '07 28,699,086 2,209,830 $0.0102 $22,540

February 356,084,960 27,418,542 $0.0143 $392,085

March 771,139,328 59,377,728 $0.0046 $273,138

April 602,870,912 46,421,060 $0.0020 $92,842

May 1,056,046,208 81,315,558 $0.0012 $97,579

June 807,376,512 62,167,991 $0.0008 $49,734

Total: 3,635,130,514 279,905,050 $0.0037 $1,023,379

 

* short volume is approximated using a proprietary algorithm.

** average short price is calculated using a volume weighted average

short price.

*** short volume is the total short trade volume and does not account

for covers.

About Extreme Motorsports of California, Inc.

Extreme Motorsports of California, Inc. operating under the trade name "Xtreme Motorsports," is a manufacturer of custom and production-line sandrails, desert and dual sport racecars. Founded in 1983, Extreme's sandcars have been sold to customers in England, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, South America and the US. For more information, visit the corporate web site www.xmssandcars.com.

About BUYINS.NET

www.buyins.net is a service designed to help bonafide shareholders of publicly traded US companies fight naked short selling. Naked short selling is the illegal act of short selling a stock when no affirmative determination has been made to locate shares of the stock to hypothecate in connection with the short sale. Buyins.net has built a proprietary database that uses Threshold list feeds from NASDAQ, AMEX and NYSE to generate detailed and useful information to combat the naked short selling problem. For the first time, actual trade by trade data is available to the public that shows the attempted size, actual size, price and average value of short sales in stocks that have been shorted and naked shorted. This information is valuable in determining the precise point at which short sellers go out-of-the-money and start losing on their short and naked short trades.

BUYINS.NET has built a massive database that collects, analyzes and publishes a proprietary SqueezeTrigger for each stock that has been shorted. The SqueezeTrigger database of nearly 1,400,000,000 short sale transactions goes back to January 1, 2005 and calculates the exact price at which the Total Short Interest is short in each stock. This data was never before available prior to January 1, 2005 because the Self Regulatory Organizations (primary exchanges) guarded it aggressively. After the SEC passed Regulation SHO, exchanges were forced to allow data processors like BUYINS.NET to access the data.

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TriCaster to Stream Largest Multimedia Broadcast Press Event in Disneyland's History

Breakthrough Production Device to Play Crucial Role in Promotion for
Popular Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Attraction

Anaheim, Calif. (June 11, 2007) NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, announced that its TriCasterPRO portable video production device has been chosen by Knockout Digital Media to stream Disneyland’s media coverage of its two-day press event to commemorate the return of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction on June 10 and 11. Seventy members of the media from around the world will participate in this event.
Four TriCaster PRO models will be used to stream live programming over the Internet for the first time ever from the Disneyland property. Exclusive Web coverage of the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony will also be streamed. Knockout Digital Media, which has been selected as the exclusive multimedia production company for this press event, will oversee four live interactive sets at which video content will be produced for worldwide press.
" Knockout Digital Media and NewTek make such a great team to take our events to the next level,” said Jay A. Hatcher, Disneyland’s Promotional Support Broadcast Manager. “We are excited to bring the benefits of the TriCasters to the table to take what has traditionally been a static one camera webcast to a dynamic switched three-camera show. We will ‘wow’ our media partners while working within a modest budget.”
“ Knockout Digital Media¹s cutting edge approach to live event multimedia coverage has impressed all of our clients from ESPN to Walt Disney World thanks to TriCaster. Now we will present another impressive showcase for the device’s live multimedia content streaming capabilities at Disneyland,” said Gil Chavez, President, Knockout Digital Media. “NewTek has been incredible in maintaining its clear vision of the future of internet television and trailblazing past the competition with the reliable, portable, and powerful TriCaster.”

The TriCaster PRO (SRP $6,999) is an economical and portable live production suite which provides a comprehensive toolset designed to appeal to any organization – including existing broadcasters, educators, churches and individuals – who would like to reach local and worldwide audiences with professional-quality, three-camera video via the Internet.

Pricing and Availability
TriCasterPRO is available at the suggested retail price of $6,995 US. For more information, please visit http://www.newtek.com or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, international callers dial +1-210-370-8000. To locate an Authorized NewTek Reseller, please visit http://www.newtek.com/dealers .

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production, presentation and visual effects tools including TriCaster™, VT[4]™, SpeedEDIT™, 3D Arsenal™ and LightWave 3D®.

 

Disaboom Sponsors 3,861 Mile "Ride for Rehab"

-- Disaboom, Inc. (OTCBB: DSBO), which is developing the first online community for people living with or directly affected by disabilities or functional limitations, today announced its participation as the platinum corporate sponsor of "Ride for Rehab," kicking off in San Francisco tomorrow morning.

Dr. Joel Press, President of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and Medical Director of the Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Centers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), will embark on a demanding physical adventure across the country to raise awareness about physiatry and funding for rehabilitation research. He will be accompanied in California by Dr. Jerome Schofferman, a pain management specialist from Daly City, and members of the Thrive Team from Vallejo Medical Center/Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

An avid cyclist, Dr. Press will complete his Ride for Rehab, a 3,861 mile cross-country bike ride from San Francisco to Boston, in ten weeks. Dr. Press will cycle across the U.S. participating in local events, fundraisers and visiting rehabilitation centers to speak on a variety of topics. As he turns 50 in the coming year and joins the more than 76 million aging baby boomers, Dr. Press hopes to get more people talking about the critical role physiatry and rehabilitation play in restoring function and improving quality of life for patients.

"We are proud to support the efforts of Dr. Press in raising awareness of physiatry, or rehabilitation medicine, which is also a key area of focus for the disaboom community," said J.W. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Disaboom. "We commend him for his dedication to this important cause and wish him the best of luck on his journey."

The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is committed to developing programs that enhance the quality of life for rehabilitation patients. All Ride for Rehab proceeds will go directly to the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (affiliated with the AAPM&R) and RIC. During Dr. Press's 10-week Ride for Rehab, interested parties can log onto www.aapmr.org to learn more about the issue or www.ric.org to find out where he is along his cycling route. Donations can be directed to rehabilitation research by logging on to www.foundationforpmr.org.

About Disaboom

Disaboom, Inc. was founded to develop the first interactive online community dedicated to constantly improving the way people with disabilities or functional limitations live their lives. It will also serve as a comprehensive online resource not only for people living with such conditions, but also their immediate families and friends, caregivers, recreation and rehabilitation providers, and employers. There are more than 44 million American adults living with disabilities or functional limitations today in the United States alone. Founded and designed by doctors and fellow disaboomers to meet this untapped market's specific needs, disaboom.com will bring together content and tools ranging from specialized health information to social networking to daily living resources, in a single interactive site. The site is scheduled to launch in September 2007.

About The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation strives to enhance health and function through education and research in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Each year, the Foundation administers awards to recognize excellence in rehabilitation research and grants to fund new research projects. The Foundation is committed to developing programs that advance traditional values and stimulate innovation. For more information, visit www.foundationforpmr.org.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is dedicated to helping people with all levels and types of physical disabilities live a fulfilling life. U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" every year since 1991. RIC operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehabCenters and outpatient centers located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. It also maintains strategic alliances with other healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and north central Indiana. For more information, visit the RIC website at www.ric.org.

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MoneyTV, Week of 6/8

 

- MoneyTV is the nationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews by hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman with company CEOs, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

Featured companies on this week's program include:

Itronics, Inc. (OTCBB: ITRO) Dr. John Whitney spoke of the company's photochemical recycling, which creates pure silver bars and a line of "green" fertilizer products. He announced a profitable Q1, the first time since the company had introduced their fertilizer line.

Plasticon International Inc. CEO James Turek announced the company had won a significant court decision.

XsunX, Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX) CEO Tom Djokovich showed a diagram of the system they are marketing to manufacture solar modules and announced the company would build their own system to manufacture modules themselves.

Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP) CEO Richard Altomare reported on the success of "the first of three planned auctions" of Jackson Family memorabilia.

Manhattan West Mortgage CEO Roger Schlesinger expressed economic concern over the coming months and advised in favor of having cash reserves.

Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc. (OTCBB: PDPR) CFO Kenneth Bean announced the hiring of an insurance reimbursement specialist.

RBC Dain Rauscher Senior VP Irwin Shapiro discussed economic pressures he feels are appearing on the horizon.

Viewers of MoneyTV can receive free information in the mail about featured companies by calling the toll-free phone number on their TV screen. The weekly television program debuted in 1996 and is broadcast nationally in the USA to 70 million U.S. homes on Saturdays at 11:00 AM ET, Sundays at 8:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM ET, 9:30 AM ET, 3:30 PM ET and Mondays at 6:30 PM ET.

MoneyTV is broadcast to 45 million TV homes in Western Europe, Wednesdays at 5:00 PM.

MoneyTV is also broadcast on UPN-TV in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Sundays at 8:00 AM.

MoneyTV is also available in Thailand on the Broad TV Network.

A complete menu of TV listings is available at the MoneyTV web site, http://www.moneytv.net.

MoneyTV television program, Copyright MMVII, all rights reserved. MoneyTV does not provide an analysis of companies' financial positions and is not soliciting to purchase or sell securities of the companies, nor are we offering a recommendation of featured companies or their stocks. Information discussed herein has been provided by the companies and should be verified independently with the companies and a securities analyst. MoneyTV provides companies a 3- to 4-month corporate profile with multiple appearances for a cash fee of $11,500.00 to $17,250.00, does not accept company stock as payment for services, does not hold any positions, options or warrants in featured companies. The information herein is not an endorsement by the hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman, the producers, publisher or parent company of MoneyTV.

 

 

MoneyTV, Week of 6/1

-- MoneyTV is the nationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews by hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman with company CEOs, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

Featured companies on this week's program include:

1st Global Financial Corporation (PINKSHEETS: FGBF) spokesperson James Farinella announced new credit card transaction processing clients which could generate $24 million in annual transactions.

Semotus Solutions, Inc. (AMEX: DLK) CEO Anthony Lapine provided an update of recent company activity.

XsunX, Inc. (OTCBB: XSNX) CEO Tom Djokovich announced the company has received another Letter-of-Intent as a result of their sales efforts.

Modern Technology Corporation (PINKSHEETS: MODC) Chairman Anthony Welch described the company's cancer detection technology and announced key appointments within the company.

Manhattan West Mortgage CEO Roger Schlesinger spoke of the truth behind those 1% and 2% mortgage payments advertised heavily over the radio.

Viewers of MoneyTV can receive free information in the mail about featured companies by calling the toll-free phone number on their TV screen. The weekly television program debuted in 1996 and is broadcast nationally in the USA to 70 million U.S. homes on Saturdays at 11:00 AM ET, Sundays at 8:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM ET, 9:30 AM ET, 3:30 PM ET and Mondays at 6:30 PM ET.

MoneyTV is broadcast to 45 million TV homes in Western Europe, Wednesdays at 5:00 PM.

MoneyTV is also broadcast on UPN-TV in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Sundays at 8:00 AM.

MoneyTV is also available in Thailand on the Broad TV Network.

A complete menu of TV listings is available at the MoneyTV web site, http://www.moneytv.net.

MoneyTV television program, Copyright MMVII, all rights reserved. MoneyTV does not provide an analysis of companies' financial positions and is not soliciting to purchase or sell securities of the companies, nor are we offering a recommendation of featured companies or their stocks. Information discussed herein has been provided by the companies and should be verified independently with the companies and a securities analyst. MoneyTV provides companies a 3- to 4-month corporate profile with multiple appearances for a cash fee of $11,500.00 to $17,250.00, does not accept company stock as payment for services, does not hold any positions, options or warrants in featured companies. The information herein is not an endorsement by the hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman, the producers, publisher or parent company of MoneyTV.

 

Casamania sponsor of Art and Culture

 

1 June 2007

Just one month after the Milan Salone del Mobile 2007, where thirteen new products and three editions of stuffed furniture debuted, another positive experience was concluded in Berlin with I.DoT stop at the Designmai Festival.

Now Casamania is continuing with its calendar of international events in the most prestigious settings for Art and Culture all around the world, beginning with their participation in the 52° International Exhibition of Art of the Venice Bienniale, where some Casamania products will be exhibited for the entire duration of the manifestation, from June 10 until November 21, 2007, in the dining and relaxation area of the Gardens and the Arsenale. Products that narrate the state of corporate art, balanced between strategically formal innovation and the value of Made in Italy, consolidating a youthful and contemporary offering with evident traces of territorial connotations.

It is precisely these qualities that made Casamania a welcome collaborator of the Biennale, in perfect synch with the intentions of this celebration of international resound, always dedicated to presenting expressions of Italian culture on a worldwide level, that President Davide Croff himself defines as "an outstanding centrality for artistic research, a pole of attraction, and a creative laboratory of international contemporaneity."

But just around the proverbial corner, in another celebrated city of art and culture like Florence , there is about to be another significant collaboration in the splendid setting of the newly remodelled Library of the Oblate. In fact, Casamania will be present with pieces selected from their latest production in the scenario of the new and spectacular Florentine space, known in the city as the old convent, just steps from the Piazza del Duomo in Via Oriuolo, inaugurated on Friday, May 25th, 2007.

These are definitely highly evocative settings that underline Casamania's aspirations to the world of art and culture, whether in temporary or permanent exhibitions, organized in some of the most beautiful architectural attractions both in Italy and abroad. We would also like to announce an imminent collaboration with another pair of well-known events, like the International Cinema Festival of Berlin and the Casa del Pane in Milan , a locale situated in the elegant setting of the Porta Venezia quarter, where Casamania will furnish the large roof garden of the structure.

Here emerges a distinctive trace of the corporate mission aimed at a sort of cultural and artistic joint venture that, on the other hand, emphasizes the level of appreciation of important institutional partners, implicitly confirming the overall quality of our production. This is a production that brings life and liveability to the landscapes of contemporary furniture everywhere, whether private or public, in the workplace or in the dehors of major international cultural events.

 

 

 

 

 

35 to 54's Index Above Average as Podcast Audience

According to a comScore study, sponsored Ad Infuse, males represented a significantly larger share (63 percent) of the iTunes podcasting audience than did females (37 percent). In addition, 18-24 year olds represented a substantial share of the audience (29 percent) and were more than twice as likely as the average Internet user to download podcasts. People between the ages of 35-54 represented about half of the podcasting audience and were also more likely than average to download podcasts.

Nick Tabbal, comScore senior vice president of media and entertainment solutions, said "...while the conventional wisdom says that only young, tech-savvy consumers are downloading and listening to podcasts, there is also a sizable market among 35-54 year olds, indicating that the audience is broader than previously thought."

Demographic Profile for iTunes Podcasting Audience (October 2006)
Demographic Total Internet Total Podcast Audience Total Podcast Audience Index
Gender
Male

51%

63%

125

Female

49%

37%

74

Age
18-24

14%

29%

203

25-34

20%

14%

68

35-44

24%

27%

113

45-54

22%

23%

103

55-64

13%

5%

41

65+

6%

2%

29

Source: comScore, Inc., May 2007

Total Podcast Audience Index = 100 x (total podcast audience/total Internet); Index of 100 represents parity

comScore also examined the household income and education levels of the iTunes podcasting audience, revealing that consumption of podcasts increased with both income and education. In particular, those individuals in households making at least $100,000 annually were 28 percent more likely than average to download podcasts, while college graduates were 25 percent more likely.

Demographic Profile for Podcasting Audience (October 2006)
Demographic Total Internet Total Podcast Audience Total Podcast Audience Index
Household Income
Less than $25,000

9%

7%

78

$25,000-$50,000

21%

16%

77

$50,000-$75,000

29%

27%

95

$75,000-$100,000

17%

19%

109

$100,000+

24%

31%

128

Education Level
High School

28%

25%

89

Some College/Assoc Degree

34%

28%

82

College/Graduate Degree

37%

47%

125

Source: comScore, Inc., May 2007

Mr. Tabbal goes on to say "It's not surprising that podcasts today appeal to the more educated and higher-income consumer segments, since many of the top podcasts are in the educational and business genres... it's probably just a matter of time before significant advertising dollars begin to flow toward this medium."

 

 

IEC's Broadband World Forum Asia 2007 Presents Olympics of Global Innovation

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) Goes for the Gold and Celebrates Global Innovation by Bringing Pioneers from around the World to Beijing Next Week

CHICAGO – May 30, 2007 – As Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympics, the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) brings its own Olympics of global innovation to the China World Hotel at the China World Trade Center with China Netcom as the official host sponsor. Nearly 300 industry experts from around the world, including leaders from Ministry of Information Industry (MII) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), will speak in more than 60 sessions at the Broadband World Forum Asia next week.

The Broadband World Forum Asia will focus on the latest broadband technological advances, including global innovations and mobile technologies as they relate to the 2008 Olympics.

"Recognizing Beijing as the host of the 2008 Olympics, it's fitting that the Broadband World Forum Asia shares some of the broadband and mobile technologies that will be implemented at the Games next year," commented IEC President John Janowiak. "Attendees will learn of exciting, new user experiences, which China Netcom experts will preview both on the exhibition floor and in our educational conference programming."

The Broadband World Forum Asia will show carriers, content providers, and equipment providers how to provide these new services and applications to users and how to meet the challenges and requirements set by the Olympics.

The special Broadband Olympics Track will feature sessions such as the following:

Plenary Panel
2008 Broadband Olympics and Global Innovation and Mobile Technologies

 

NOISE INDUSTRIES PARTNERS ROLL OUT FXPACKS FOR APPLE FINAL CUT STUDIO 2 New designer FxPacks from Noise Industries partners Core Melt, Idustrial Revolution, and SUGARfx, extend the visual effects capabilities of Apple Final Cut Studio 2 Boston MA – May 30, 2007 – Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, today announced Noise Industries partners Core Melt, Idustrial Revolution, and SUGARfx have launched “FxFactory Expansion FxPacks” for the new Apple Final Cut Studio 2.0 release. FxPacks are developed by Noise Industries and its partners using the Noise Industries FxFactory Pro plug-in manager. The FxFactory Pro plug-in manager provides non-developers such as visual effects artists a user-friendly graphical user interface to create additional effects for the Apple Final Cut Studio package. Core Melt - FxFactory Expansion FxPack “ImageFlow FX”; Core Melt is a Noise Industries partner and FxPack plug-in developer delivering real-time visual effects plug-in libraries for Apple Final Cut Studio. Developed using the Noise Industries FxFactory Pro plug-in manager, the new Core Melt ImageFlow FxPack is a collection of plug-ins for creating slideshows and animating backgrounds. Ideal for creating documentary photo montages, motion graphics menus or DVD menus, the ImageFlow FX toolset includes catchy effects and transitions; Dissolve Over, Flashcard, Multifader, Multigrow, Panels Transitions, Polaroids, Random Move Over, Stills Grid, Zoom in and Stop, and Zoom Up. Idustrial Revolution Updates FxFactory Expansion FxPack “Volumetrix”; Noise Industries partner Idustrial Revolution has released an update of the popular FxPack Volumetrix (version 1.03). The new release of Volumetrix adds two volumetric light spill transitions; zoom and glow. These in demand features allow users to apply a wipe on a clip or element such as text producing a volumetric effect. Users can select from the luminance and alpha to drive the wipe. The new Volumetrix update also adds support for presets, allowing users to save, recall, and transport their favorite effects. SUGARfx - FxFactory Expansion FxPack “Video Wall”; SUGARfx is an early adopter of the FxFactory Pro development tool and long-time Noise Industries partner. Their new Video Wall package provides Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion users the ability to easily and quickly construct a video wall effect in 3D space. SUGARfx offers two versions of the Video Wall package; standard and Pro. With Video Wall standard, users can create interesting video wall setups quickly. The Video Wall Pro version provides additional controls for creating more complex effects. Parameters include zoom, twist, and turn for creating eye-catching animations. Pricing and Availability for FxFactory Expansion FxPacks Core Melt ImageFlow FX and SUGARfx Video Wall FxPacks are available today for $99.00 MSRP and $59.00 MSRP respectively. Idustrial Revolution Volumetrix 1.03 is available for $49.00 MSRP. Idustrial Revolution Volumetrix 1.03 is a free update for existing Volumetrix customers. Apple Final Cut Studio 2.0 users can test drive FxFactory Expansion FxPacks by downloading the 15-day trial version from www.noiseindustries.com For more information about Noise Industries or for product imagery, please contact Niclas Bahn at njb@noiseindustries.com. About Noise Industries, LLC Established in 2004, Boston Massachusetts based Noise Industries is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple and Avid. For more information about Noise Industries, please visit: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ZazilMediaGroup/e8a9c524b4/26970097f2/4afc96a960.

 

 

DXG ANNOUNCES THE SLEEK “SEXY WITHOUT THE ATTITUDE”

7 MEGAPIXEL DIGITAL CAMERA

Compact Design, 3X Optical Zoom, Large 2.5” High Res LCD, &

User-Friendly Features

City of Industry, CA, May 30, 2007 - DXG USA (www.dxgusa.com), one of the fastest growing digital camera manufacturers, announced today their new DXG-711 next-generation, slim and sexy 7 Megapixel digital camera, with all the features consumers crave at an affordable price. The DXG-711 starts with a sleek silver body and adds a 7 Megapixel CCD sensor, large 2.5” high resolution LTPS LCD, 3X optical zoom, and an instant out-of-the-box experience, so consumers can quickly start taking photos without spending hours studying the manual.

Sexy without the Attitude

At less than an inch think, the DXG-711 camera will capture everyone’s attention and can still be conveniently tucked in your pocket – perfect for road trips, vacations and everyday occasions. The DXG-711 is equipped with a digital voice recording function so users can record to-do lists and capture thoughts on-the-fly with audio files saved directly into MP3 format. The camera comes with a built-in flash, 32MB onboard memory and supports Direct Printing for easy printing without the need of a computer.

The DXG-711 is perfect for users who want to migrate to more features, better technology and a device that is multi-functional, convenient and affordable, like parents who are looking for a replacement unit for their “old” 35mm cameras, and college students.

Capture Life

The DXG-711 is a true 7 Megapixel Digital Camera that can also capture vivid stills to up to 10MP, in addition to recording high-quality 640 x 480 video at 30 frames per second. When connected to your PC via the USB cable, the DXG-711 also functions as an additional hard drive and can store documents and other files with the built-in SD card slot.

Select your Scene

The DXG-711 offers 15 different scene modes that users can choose from. These scene modes allow users to capture an image in various environments and light situations without having to worry about the clarity and quality of the pictures. Modes include Sports, Fireworks, Best Shot, Blur Reduction, Face Chaser, Monochrome, Sepia, Vivid and Night View.

DXG-711 Features:

7 Megapixel digital camera

Records video at 640 x 480, 30 fps with sound

Digital Voice Recorder

Portable Storage Device

3X Optical, 4X Digital Zoom

2.5” LTPS screen

Built-in flash with a variety of modes

Pre-Set Scene and Macro Modes for optimal automatic exposure settings

ISO 400 Sensor Sensitivity

The DXG-711 is available immediately with a suggested retail price of $149.99 through major retailers and at www.dxgusa.com.

About DXG USA

DXG USA “The Digital Camera Company” is one of the fastest growing digital camera manufacturers in the United States, selling attractively-designed digital cameras for the youth and mainstream markets. Compact, fashionable and affordably priced, DXG digital cameras are setting trends for quality and utility. DXG USA is a fully-owned subsidiary of DXG Technology Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers (OEM/ODM) of digital cameras and camcorders. With over 20 years of experience manufacturing digital technology products under other brand names, DXG now designs and manufactures cameras under its own name. DXG Technology has won numerous design and innovation awards and employs over 4,000 people worldwide.

For more information on DXG USA, please visit www.dxgusa.com.

 

Market News First, Live on Location With SUN Sports and Entertainment

CEO to Discuss Recent News on Company

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 30, 2007 -- SUN Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SSPE) is pleased to announce Market News First will be on location at the corporate office's of SUN to conduct a live interview with CEO, CJ Comu, who will discuss today's breaking news.

The interview is scheduled for Wednesday May 30th 2007, at 3:30 PM EST and will be broadcast LIVE from Market News First's website at www.mn1.com. This is an exciting opportunity for SUN CEO to reach out to the shareholders and all interested parties to discuss some of the developments at SUN. Be sure to tune in and watch Mr. Comu talk about the company.

About SUN:

SUN is a Professional Sports & Entertainment Marketing Company. SUN Production Group is a Certified Texas Combat Sports Promoter and produces World Class Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. The properties of SUN (www.sunorganization.com), Art of War (www.artofwarlive.com) and International Fighters Association (www.ifapro.com) are pending trademarks.

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DBL DISTRIBUTING AND VONAGE PARTNER TO
DELIVER VOIP SERVICES AND TURNKEY MARKETING
SOLUTIONS TO INDEPENDENT RETAILERS


Distribution Agreement Delivers Simplified VoIP Marketing Programs, Activation Bonus
Incentives and VoIP-Ready Products to Independent Retailers Nationwide

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 30 -- DBL Distributing, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing wholesale distributors of consumer electronics and related accessories in the United States, today announced a new distribution partnership with Vonage to deliver a full suite of innovative Vonage™-enabled devices. The agreement helps level the playing field among independent consumer electronics dealers as DBL delivers product opportunities typically associated with national “big box” retailers.

As per the agreement, DBL will immediately begin marketing various Vonage-enabled Internet telephony products and accessories which allow users to connect and make calls through a high-speed Internet connection. Additionally, DBL will provide an innovative “dealer quick-start marketing kit” that combines everything a retailer needs to start marketing Vonage-enabled products. The kit includes visual merchandising signage, training materials and point-of-sale displays. DBL customers who participate in the program earn an activation commission for each Vonage device sold resulting in a Vonage account activation. In order to participate, dealers must become a Vonage/DBL authorized dealer.

Vonage, a leading provider of broadband telephone services, was recently introduced to DBL’s base of 32,000 consumer electronics dealers and custom installation consultants through DBL’s May sale flyer and will be featured in DBL’s Summer/Fall 2007 catalog which was mailed to America’s top consumer electronic dealers this week.

“Vonage is a great service, offering a compelling combination of features and industry-leading price points” says Henry Chiarelli, chief merchandising officer of DBL Distributing, Inc. “As a leading distributor of consumer electronics among independent retailers, we’re always looking for services that add profit potential and increase foot traffic to a dealer’s business. We believe Vonage and VoIP-related products are two major components of consumer demand now and long-term.”

Through DBL, retailers of any type are able to market and sell Vonage services along with the following Vonage-enabled products:

V-Tech IP 8100-1 Internet Telephone System. 5.8GHz digital spread-spectrum technology offers the best available performance with increased sound quality, enhanced range and heightened security.

V-Tech IP 811 Handset. Designed as an expansion handset for the V-Tech IP 8100-1 phone system, the V-Tech IP 811 handset provides a “hands free” speakerphone, call transfer capability and intercom features.

D-Link VTA Internet Phone Adapter. Simply connect this adapter to an existing router and a touch-tone phone, which can be set up in minutes. The D-Link phone adapter is equipped with two telephone jacks allowing two separate Vonage phone lines; users can allocate one line to a voice line and one to a fax line.

D-Link VWR Internet Phone Adapter with Wireless Router. Connects up to 2 Vonage lines through high-speed Cable or DSL Internet connection and includes a wireless router. The router allows connection up to four PCs directly while using an Internet connection for computers and phone at the same time.

V-Phone. A portable USB 250MB flash drive for portability and convenience in making and receiving calls on virtually any PC or laptop with a high-speed internet connection. No software installation needed – just plug it in and start making calls.

“We are excited to partner with DBL Distributing,” said James Flynn, Senior Vice President of Sales for Vonage. “They are an innovative distributor widely known for their ability to provide independent retailers with access to the latest in technology and services. We view DBL as a powerful distribution point for Vonage products and services.”

About DBL Distributing, Inc.:
DBL Distributing, Inc. is one of the nation’s top wholesale distributors of consumer electronics accessories and related products, with more than 32,000 retail customers nationwide. Headquartered in a custom-built 144,000 square foot facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, DBL carries more than 17,000 products from nearly 400 quality manufacturers. DBL offers same day shipping for orders placed by 5:00pm MST, a best price for 1 or 100 piece policy and has a “no minimum” order policy. DBL’s business strategy proves that customers come first. For more information on Vonage products and services including Vonage-enabled hardware and accessories please visit www.dbldistributing.com/ or contact them at 800.733.6766.

About Vonage:
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of broadband telephone services with 2.4 million subscriber lines. Our award-winning technology enables anyone to make and receive phone calls with a touch tone telephone almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. We offer feature-rich and cost-effective communication services that offer users an experience similar to traditional telephone services.

Our Residential Premium Unlimited and Small Business Unlimited calling plans offer consumers unlimited local and long distance calling, and popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail -- for one low, flat monthly rate. For more information about Vonage's products and services, please visit www.vonage.com.

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp.

Consumer Confidence Running Out Of Gas

According to the BIGresearch May Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey, consumer expectations are for gas price increases up to $3.32 a gallon by Father's Day.

Gary Drenik, President & CEO of BIGresearch, says "The expectation of ever-increasing gas prices has seeped into consumer attitudes toward the economy, as consumer confidence declined to 44.6% in May, versus April's 46.5%... consumers continue to look for ways to stretch their paychecks by deferring purchases."

The consumer market may be running out of gas, says the report. 33.3% of consumers say they are worse off financially than they were a year ago. In addition, pricing sensitivity for apparel purchases increased in May, with 18% saying they only buy on sale, up from April's 16.8%.

Influence of Higher Gas Prices (% of respondents)
All North-east Mid-west South West
Buying more store brand/generic products

22.2%

17.5%

25.7%

24.0%

20.3%

Doing more comparative shopping online

16.8%

16.0%

17.6%

16.8%

16.6%

Doing more comparative shopping with ad circulars/newspapers

23.3%

21.4%

25.5%

24.2%

20.9%(

Shopping closer to home

37.9%

33.8%

38.5%

40.7%

36.9%

Shopping for sales more often

30.7%

28.7%

33.6%

31.3%

28.6%

Shopping more online

13.3%

13.8%

12.3%

14.5%

12.4%

Taking fewer shopping trips

40.2%

34.2%

43.0%

43.0%

38.3%

Using coupons more

23.5%

22.4%

24.8%

24.8%

21.2%

Source: BigResearch, May 2007

Consumers in the Midwest are more pessimistic in their responses to gas price impacts and financial well being, as more Midwesterners said the following:

Gas prices would impact Memorial Day spending (47.1%)

They will be driving less (42.7%)

They will be taking fewer shopping trips (43%)

They are deferring purchases of clothing (27.2%) and dining out (32.7%)

They are decreasing overall spending (29.7%)

They believe the price of gas will reach $3.36 / gallon by Father's Day

They feel worse off financially than a year ago (37.4%)

Additionally, the BIGresearch Insights for Marketing Executives includes some economic, financial and consumption updates with regard to consumer attitudes.

Worry about political and national security issues is down a point from April (17.5%) to 16.6%. Stay tuned next month to see how the resignation of Tony Blair - the U.S.'s closest ally over the war on terror - affects consumer psyche.

Practicality in purchasing declines in May. This month, 36.7% indicate they've become more practical or realistic in purchases in the last 6 months, down from 39.1% in April and 40.9% last year.

Drivers are supplementing spending at the pump with dollars earmarked for savings and not cutting back so much on other purchases. Debt repayment and savings rates continue to tumble. This month, fewer than a third (32.2%) are focused on paying down debt, down from last month (34.0%) and May '06 (37.1%).

Grads may be receiving laptops, digital cameras, and perhaps even a wide screen TV. Expect parents to make their Electronics purchases at Best Buy, where almost a third (29.1%) of consumers shop most often, gaining from 25.6% last year. Second is Wal-Mart with 15.0% (declining from 18.4% in '06), followed by Circuit City (7.8%), Sears (2.6%), and Target (2.2%).

Lowe's is drilling into Home Depot's current lead with a +15.5 rating compared to the big Orange's -2.7 customer deficit:

Six month purchase intentions are down for all categories this month: autos, computer, furniture, home appliances, housing, jewelry, major home improvements, stereo equipment, TV, DVD/VCR, digital cameras, and vacation travel.

For additional information by Census Regions and other BIGresearch samples, click on Complimentary Top Line Findings here.

 

Gefen Demos Cutting-Edge Extenders Using Wireless Technologies for Cable-Free Installations InfoComm Booth 6237 – Three wireless solutions from Gefen showcase the company’s skill at uniting today’s leading technologies with its own strength in sender/receiver extension systems. Component and HDMI displays as well as USB peripherals call all be extended with no connector cables using various technologies best suited to the format. The Component Audio Extender uses small sender and receiver units to deliver high definition video in resolutions from 480i to 720p up to 60 feet in distance. It supports two channels of RCA stereo audio to accompany the video for a true HDTV experience using the IEEE 802.11a/g/e protocol. The Wireless for HDMI Extender uses ultra wideband technology to deliver high definition resolutions up to 1080i to any HDMI display or projector located 60 feet from the source. Sender and receiver are HDCP-compliant and operate with a high-speed transmission rate so there is no delay or signal loss. The Wireless USB Extender supports the connection of hi-speed USB 2.0 devices up to 100 feet from the computer. It works with Apple (OSX) and PC (Windows, Linux, Unix) systems using Icron Technologies’ ExtremeUSB based on 802.11g technologies. The receiver is a four-port USB 2.0 hub that can support additional devices by adding additional hubs. It boasts a high transfer rate of video, audio and data streams wirelessly. Demos of all three wireless solutions will be provided throughout Infocomm at Booth 6237. # # # About Gefen: Gefen leads the industry in audio/video solutions for both professionals and consumers with an eye for superior quality and reliable performance. In the HD digital domain, Gefen delivers advanced technologies with multi-platform extension, switching, distribution and conversion capabilities. Gefen equipment is valued all over the world in professional AV/IT and consumer electronics/home theater environments. Their add-on hardware maximizes system functionality by enabling AV systems to operate beyond their original capabilities. A selection of high quality cabling is also available. Visit www.gefen.com for detailed product information.

 

THE NIELSEN COMPANY REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2007 RESULTS

May 30, 2007, NEW YORK and HAARLEM , the Netherlands – The Nielsen Company bv, a leading global information and media company, today announced its financial results for the first quarter 2007.

Reported revenues for the first quarter Successor period (January 1, 2007 to March 31, 2007) were $1,072 million, an increase of 5% in constant currency* over the reported revenues for first quarter Predecessor period (January 1, 2006 to March 31, 2006) of $1,003 million.

Reported operating income for the first quarter Successor period 2007 of $56 million compared to pro forma** operating income of $62 million in the first quarter 2006. The first quarter 2007 results were negatively impacted by $19 million in restructuring costs and $8 million of costs associated with recruiting and other acquisition related compensation.

Covenant earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and other adjustments permitted under our senior credit facility (“Covenant EBITDA”) was $1,121 million for the twelve month period ended March 31, 2007. Covenant EBITDA is a non – GAAP measure. Refer to page 4 for a reconciliation of loss from continuing operations for the twelve months ended March 31, 2007, (combined operations from April 1, 2006 to May 23, 2006 for the Predecessor period and May 24, 2006 to March 31, 2007 for the Successor period) to Covenant EBITDA.

Finances

As of March 31, 2007, total debt was $7.75 billion, and cash balances were $617 million. Capital expenditures were $49 million in first quarter of 2007 compared with $33 million in first quarter of 2006.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Nielsen Company will hold an earnings conference call, hosted by The Nielsen Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David L. Calhoun and Chief Financial Officer Brian J. West at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Wednesday, May 30, 2007. The call will be audio-webcast live at www.Nielsen.com, and an archive will be available on the website after the call. In addition, the company has posted its financial report at www.Nielsen.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by words such as ‘expect’, ‘should’, ‘could’, ‘shall’ and similar expressions. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results and events could differ materially from what presently is expected. Factors leading thereto may include without limitations general economic conditions, conditions in the markets Nielsen is engaged in, behavior of customers, suppliers and competitors, technological developments, as well as legal and regulatory rules affecting Nielsen’s business. This list of factors is not intended to be exhaustive. We assume no obligation to update any written or oral forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf as a result of new information, future events or other factors.

About The Nielsen Company

Nielsen is a global information and media company with leading market positions and recognized brands in marketing information (ACNielsen), media information (Nielsen Media Research), business publications (Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter) and trade shows. The privately held company is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in New York , USA , and Haarlem , the Netherlands . For more information, visit www.Nielsen.com.

*Constant currency growth rates eliminate the impact of year-over-year foreign currency fluctuations.

**Pro forma represents the results for the Predecessor period, from January 1, 2006 through March 31, 2006, preceding the acquisition of The Nielsen Company which occurred on May 23, 2006. The 2006 pro forma results are adjusted to reflect the pro forma effect of the acquisition and related financing as if it had occurred on January 1, 2006. Management believes this is the most meaningful way to comment on the results of its operations. The pro forma financial information is not necessarily indicative of the results of operations had the acquisition occurred on January 1, 2006 or the results of operations that may be obtained in the future.

NOTE: Additional detail regarding results (tables, etc.), can be found in the PDF download version of this release on www.Nielsen.com

 

 

America Gets Invited to First Annual World Pizza Cup
June 12 -13, 2007

Naples, Italy June 12 & 13, 2007 The World Pizza Champions, America's # 1 Pizza Team, will be competing and representing the US at the 2nd annual Trofeo Citta Di Napoli Campionato Internazionale Per Pizzaioli/ 1st Annual World Pizza Cup - www.worldpizzacup.com

Members Tony Gemignani - CA, Bruno Di Fabio - NY, William Manzo Jr. - RI, Tony Palombino - KY, & Glenn Cybulski - CA, will represent the United States.

Competitors from Japan, Ireland, Italy, Canada, France, the United States and several other countries will be in attendance. The World Pizza Champions were personally invited by organizers and officials in Naples to be the first and only team to represent the United States at the World Pizza Cup.

There are many regional and national pizza competitions held across the country and world. Out of all these competitions a few stand out as true World Class Competitions where winners can feel confident in calling themselves "World Champions"...
 

bullet The World Pizza Games - International Pizza Expo Las Vegas, NV
bullet The World Pizza Championship - Salsomaggiore, Italy
bullet The World Pizza Cup - Naples, Italy

 

With some confusion in the industry - The World Pizza Cup is not held in May, it is held in June and is sponsored by Molino San Felice, one of the oldest and respected flour company's in Naples. Several Verace Pizza Napoletana Restaurants use Molino San Felice all over the world.

With the association Margherita Regina the World Pizza Cup should make history right in the heart of where pizza originated. Naples!!

For more info contact Nancy Puglisi eliopizza@optonline.net or visit www.worldpizzacup.com

 



 

About the World Pizza Champions

Professionals of the Pizza Industry

The World Pizza Champions are made up of members Michael Shepherd of Michael Angelo's Pizza in Kenton & Rushsylvania, Ohio; Tony Gemignani & Ken Bryant of Pyzano's Pizzeria in Castro Valley, CA; Joe Carlucci of Famous Joe's in Danbury,CT; Siler Chapman of Si's Pizzeria in Fort Mills, SC and Sean Brauser of Romeo's Pizza in Medina, OH.

Each member has earned the highest awards in several different categories in the pizza industry. They are considered by many pizza operators worldwide as professionals and pioneers.

Team members have appeared on the Today Show, Tony Danza Show, The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, ESPN, the Food Network, Good Morning America, BBC Radio, and numerous industry magazine covers.

They have come together to form an affiliation to promote their restaurants and their skills. Individually each of them have performed on shows across the nation, but now they plan to tour the world as a team. The World Pizza Champions perform and/or compete at numerous festivals, fairs, sporting events, and food shows all year long.

America's #1 Pizza Team, The World Pizza Champions, will be in a town or on a TV near you.

The World Pizza Champions Sponsors

 

We would like to thank our Team Sponsors

 


 

Tony Gemignani would like to thank his individual sponsors 

Michael Shepherd would like to thank his individual sponsors 

Sean Brauser would like to thank his individual sponsor

 

 

The Broadcast Media Internet Audience

An in-depth look at the Internet audience for broadcast media during the last week in April, 2007, including destinations, demographics, advertisers, ad sizes and delivery methodology. 

                                  

Top 10 Broadcast Media Destinations (Week ending April 29, 2007 US, Home and Work)
Brand or Channel Unique Audience (000) Active Reach (%)
NBC Universal

5,324

3.89

MSN TV

5,138

3.75

AOL Television

4,587

3.35

Time Warner Cable

4,150

3.03

Clear Channel Online Network

3,321

2.43

BBC

3,123

2.28

FOX Broadcasting

3,080

2.25

Yahoo! TV

2,871

2.1

ABC.COM

2,734

2

DirecTV

1,803

1.32

Source:  Nielsen//NetRatings NetView

                                                                                                             

Demographic Data for Broadcast Media Category (Month of March 2007 US, Home and Work)
Category Target Unique Audience (000) Unique Audience Composition (%)
Total  

68,762

100

Male  

32,800

47.7

Female  

 35,962

52.3

Age  2 - 11

 2,032

2.96

   12 - 17

 5,099

7.41

   18 - 24

 8,592

12.5

   25 - 34

 3,493

5.08

   35 - 49

 10,507

15.28

   45+

 30,894

44.93

   55+

 14,603

21.24

   65+

 5,098

7.41

HH Income  $ 0 - 24999

 4,012

5.83

   $ 25000 - 49999

 14,509

21.1

   $ 50000 - 74999

 17,756

25.82

   $ 75000 - 99999

 13,056

18.99

   $ 100000 - 149999

 11,358

16.52

   $ 150000+

 6,693

9.73

   No Response

 1,377

2

Source:  Nielsen//NetRatings NetView

Data on the Entertainment Industry, Television Segment
Week ending April 29, 2007 US, Home and Work                     

Top 20 Advertisers
Company Impressions (000) Share of all Impressions
General Electric Company

408,118

71.4%

iN DEMAND

36,031

6.3%

Viacom Inc

28,641

5.0%

The Walt Disney Corporation

22,949

4.0%

Public Broadcasting Service

13,880

2.4%

Jones International, Ltd

13,459

2.4%

Discovery Communications, Inc.

10,003

1.8%

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

7,106

1.2%

FUSE Networks LLC

3,492

0.6%

Current TV, LLC

3,238

0.6%

CSS Sports

3,181

0.6%

The News Corporation Limited

2,852

0.5%

College Sports Television

2,500

0.4%

Cablevision Systems Corporation

2,147

0.4%

Sundance Channel

2,145

0.4%

The Webby Awards

1,828

0.3%

Time Warner Inc.

1,463

0.3%

Speed Channel Network Inc

1,017

0.2%

E.W. Scripps Company

773

0.1%

Liberty Media Group

677

0.1%

Total

571,585

100.0%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance

 

Top Ad Sizes
  Dimensions Impressions (000) Share of all Impressions
Medium Rectangle

(300x250)

402,244

70.4%

Leaderboard

(728x90)

79,021

13.8%

Non-Standard Dimension

 

28,389

5.0%

Half Banner

 (234x60)

25,224

4.4%

Wide Skyscraper

 (160x600)

24,804

4.3%

Button #1

(120x90)

3,752

0.7%

Full Banner

 (468x60)

2,795

0.5%

Rectangle

(180x150)

1,906

0.3%

Button #2

(120x60)

1,877

0.3%

Skyscraper

(120x600)

940

0.2%

Vertical Banner

(120x240)

435

0.1%

Square Button

(125x125)

73

0.0%

Micro Bar

(88x31)

45

0.0%

Large Rectangle

 (336x280)

40

0.0%

Square

 (250x250)

31

0.0%

Vertical Rectangle

(240x400)

10

0.0%

Total

 

571,586

100.0%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance

 

Ad Delivery Types
Ad Delivery Impressions (000) Share of all Impressions
In-Page

542,918

95.0%

Over-Page

16,502

2.9%

Expanding

11,962

2.1%

Transitional

109

0.0%

Pop-Under

87

0.0%

Pop-Up

9

0.0%

Total

571,587

100.0%

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance

Note: Nielsen//NetRatings AdRelevance reporting data reflects advertising activity served on pages accessible via the World Wide Web and not within AOL's proprietary service.

 

 

70% of TV Sets in Cable Households Do Not Have a Set-Top Box

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, Inc.  finds that 23% of all TV sets in consumers' homes do not receive cable or Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) programming.  This represents over 70 million TV sets in US households that only receive over-the-air broadcast television.

Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc., said "Just 36% of all TV sets in the U.S. are currently connected to a cable or DBS set-top converter box. With the digital transition now less than two years away, much work clearly still needs to be done to prevent millions of TV sets from going dark in February 2009."

Half of all broadcast-only TV sets are in 15% of primary households nationwide that do not subscribe to cable, DBS, or any other type of multi-channel video service. The other half are in households that subscribe to cable or DBS.   Nine percent of TV sets in cable households are broadcast-only, and 19% of TV sets in DBS households are broadcast-only.

Other related key findings include:

bullet70% of all TV sets in cable households are not connected to a set-top box
bullet42% of households that subscribe to cable TV do not have any cable set-top boxes
bulletThe mean number of TV sets in digital cable households is 3.1, compared to 2.7 in analog cable households; 2.9 in DBS households (where cable is available); and 2.1 in households that do not subscribe to a TV service

These findings are based on LRG's fifth annual study of this topic, a telephone survey of 1,600 randomly selected households from throughout the United States.

 

 

Sony expects vid game losses to continue

Sony will lose about 50 billion yen ($413 million) in its video games business this fiscal year, and recovery won't come until the arrival of more games to play on the PlayStation 3 machine, a company executive said Thursday.

"The main point is that the PS3 will still be producing operating losses," Senior Vice President Takao Yuhara told a small group of reporters at Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news).'s Tokyo headquarters.

On Wednesday, Sony reported that losses for the January-March quarter widened from the same period a year ago to 67.6 billion yen (563 million) in red ink, largely on launch costs for the PS3, or PlayStation 3, which went on sale in November in Japan and the U.S., and in March in Europe.

But Sony, which makes Vaio personal computers and Walkman portable music players, forecast a record profit for the fiscal year through March 2008 at 320 billion yen ($2.7 billion).

Booming sales of flat-panel TVs and digital cameras that have been lifting sales are expected to continue and boost Sony's earnings in coming months, Yuhara said.

Although PS3 losses are expected to shrink with cost cuts this fiscal year, the key lies in having Sony and outside game-makers produce attractive games to play, which fully exploit the machine's expensive technology, he said.

"What's most important is software," Yuhara said. "In every region, our software lineup will be strengthened."

Sony's revival efforts, led by Welsh-born American Howard Stringer, Sony's first foreign CEO, may finally be starting to pay off. After taking the helm in 2005, Stringer got Sony to drop unprofitable businesses, sell off assets, reduce jobs and shutter plants. But losses from PS3 remain Sony's biggest headache.

Intense competition with Nintendo Co.'s hit Wii, with its unique wand controller, also has hurt PS3.

Sony shipped 5.5 million PS3 machines in the fiscal year through March 31, fewer than the 6 million the company had targeted. Nintendo shipped 5.84 million Wii machines worldwide during the same period.

Earlier this year, Yuhara had said Sony plans to break even in fiscal 2007 in the gaming business. On Thursday, he said he hoped Sony's game operations will turn a profit by fiscal 2008.

Sony shares, which have gained about a third over the past year, rose 2.6 percent to 6,630 yen ($55).

 

Affluent Regional Magazine Readership in 87 Markets

According to a new report by The Media Audit, Texas Monthly, which is read by more than two million adults across the state of Texas, reaches 38.7% of all adults in San Antonio who earn $75,000 or more in household income, making it the number one publication in reaching affluent households among The Media Audit's 87 measured markets.

And Austin came in second! The surveys, through March 2007, found that  Texas Monthly in Austin ranked second in reaching affluent households (38.2% of affluent households read one or more of the past four issues).  Affluent households are defined as those adults who earn $75,000 or more in household income. Next are:

bulletTexas Monthly in Houston (33.5%)
bulletTucson Lifestyle (31.7%)
bulletBoston Magazine (31.6%)

The conversion rate used by The Media Audit (the percent of total readers who are likely to read every issue) points to the loyalty or frequency of exposure of a media's audience. Among the affluent reading the Texas Monthly in San Antonio and the Tucson Lifestyle, more than three quarters of the total readers also read the past issue, suggesting that these publication's affluent readers are very likely to be exposed to every issue, concludes the report.

Bob Jordan, President of Houston-based International Demographics, Inc., comments, "The degree of audience loyalty for these City and Regional Magazines is significant when you compare them to other media such as radio or television..."

Rounding out the top ten publications reaching affluent households one or more times in the previous four issues are:

bulletPittsburgh Magazine (30.6% of affluent adults)
bulletD Magazine in Dallas-Ft. Worth (30.4%)
bulletSacramento Magazine (29.5%)
bulletGulfshore Life in Ft. Myers-Naples (28.6%)
bulletMilwaukee Magazine (28.3%)

 

 

Terra Nostra Scores Again! Chocolate After Award Winning Chocolate: Terra Nostra Eats Up 20 Stars at the International Taste & Quality Institute Superior Taste Awards 2007 in Brussels

Vancouver, BC – Terra Nostra™ Organic Chocolate is proud to announce that it sweeps up ten awards out of its twelve bars submitted for its delectable and deliciously indulgent organic chocolates at the International Taste & Quality Institute Superior Taste Awards 2007.

Last year’s success at the iTQi 2006 Awards included 3 Stars for Terra Nostra’s 73% Intense Dark, 2 Stars for the 60% Double Dark Truffle and Satin Milk Truffle, and 1 Star for the Robust Dark Raisin & Pecans. This year 10 out of the 12 bars submitted for the 2007 Awards consistently received 2 Stars Each reflecting a Superior global sensory analysis score.

“We warmly congratulate you for this remarkable achievement. Your company and your team should be particularly proud to market products that are so highly prized for their superior taste,” commented Louis Frère and Christian De Bau, Managing Partners of the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi).

KFM President Karlo Flores adds, "It is with great pride that we accept, on behalf of the many grower families, processors and the many other partners that take pride in providing us with the top quality ingredients and technology for us to create our chocolate magic. Being recognized with 10 Superior Taste Awards from such distinguished and well-trained palates comprising iTQi, re-enforces the deep and continued commitment of Terra Nostra Organic and our new Bon Bona All Natural Indulgence premium brand to provide the Best Tasting experience we can."

2007 Award Winning Chocolates include:

Terra Nostra Organic

1) Dark Caramel Bar

2) Pomegranate Dark Truffle Bar

3) Milk Caramel Bar

4) Non-Dairy Rice Milk & Almonds

5) Non-Dairy Rice Milk & Dark Truffle

6) Robust Dark & Roasted Almond Bar

7) Toffee and Dark Chocolate Bar

8) Toffee and Milk Chocolate Bar

9) Dark Ganache Truffles

Bon-Bona All Natural Indulgence

10) Bon Bona Single Origin Choco

Superbly reputable, the iTQi actively partners with the 10 most prestigious European culinary organizations: Maîtres Cuisiniers of France and Belgium , Academy of Culinary Arts, Federación de Asociaciones de CocinerosAcadémie Culinaire of France , Academy of Culinary Arts, Associaciones de Cocineros de España, Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe, Federazione dei Cuochi Italiana, Academia Española de Gastronomía, Verband der Köche Deutschlands and Euro-Toques.

Going back to the source - Ohhh how we are proud to honor & speak the language of chocolate!

 

Tiffany To Open Boutique at Selfridges NEW YORK,

NY (May 8, 2007) -- Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) today announced plans to open an approximately 1,500 square-foot boutique at Selfridges, one of London's premier department stores located at 400 Oxford Street, in September 2007. Situated in The Wonder Room, the store's new showcase that will display the world's top luxury brands, the TIFFANY & CO. boutique will be designed with a private sales salon and feature signature details of the jeweler's famous New York flagship store, including ebonized Makore and mahogany woods and brushed stainless steel showcases. "Oxford Street has long been one of the city's major shopping destinations," said Melvyn Kirtley, president of Tiffany & Co. U.K. "With the big names in luxury retailing concentrated in the elegant new Wonder Room at Selfridges, Londoners and tourists alike have even more reason to visit Selfridges. When they do, they will find the TIFFANY & CO. shopping experience awaiting them, with the quality, craftsmanship and service for which we are known worldwide." The boutique, the jeweler's fifth London location, will offer an array of TIFFANY & CO. collections, including the world's finest diamonds in dazzling engagement rings and jewels in platinum and eighteen-karat gold settings; rare and lustrous pearls; the signature designs of Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger and Frank Gehry; watches; accessories and gifts. Tiffany & Co. operates jewelry and specialty retail stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Its principal subsidiary is Tiffany and Company. The Company operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores and boutiques in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. Other operations include consolidated results from ventures operated under trademarks or trade names other than TIFFANY & CO. For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110. TIFFANY & CO. and TIFFANY are trademarks of Tiffany and Company.

 

TIFFANY TO OPEN STORE IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND NEW YORK,

NY (May 8, 2007) -- Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) today announced plans for the November 2007 opening of an approximately 5,100-square-foot store in Providence Place, an upscale retail center in Providence, Rhode Island. Owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE:GGP), the center is located within the Capital Center District of downtown Providence and is the prime destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. "Tiffany is already at home in Rhode Island with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility we opened in Cumberland in 2001," said Beth O. Canavan, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co. "Now with a store in Providence, we can offer many Tiffany designs to our growing customer base in the New England area. Providence Place is an ideal location that puts us at the intersection of this sophisticated market with a long tradition and appreciation for fine jewelry. We look forward to becoming a familiar presence in this historic capital city." The new store will offer an array of renowned TIFFANY & CO. collections, such as the jeweler's celebrated diamonds, including engagement rings and jewels of ultimate glamour; the signature designs of Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger, and the artful twists and curves of Frank Gehry; watches; accessories; china and crystal gifts. "We are excited to welcome the first Tiffany & Co. in Rhode Island," said Craig Gorris, Senior General Manager at Providence Place. "Adding a retailer of this caliber will enhance the shopping experience at Providence Place. The addition of Tiffany & Co. is exciting not only to us, but to the Providence market as a whole, as it signifies the present and future growth it is experiencing." Tiffany & Co. operates jewelry and specialty retail stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Its principal subsidiary is Tiffany and Company. The Company operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores and boutiques in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. Other operations include consolidated results from ventures operated under trademarks or trade names other than TIFFANY & CO. For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110. Providence Place is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). General Growth currently has an ownership interest in or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership in planned community developments and commercial office buildings. The portfolio in totals approximately 200 million square feet of retail space and includes more then 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information, please visit the Company Web site at http://www.generalgrowth.com. TIFFANY & CO. and TIFFANY are trademarks of Tiffany and Company.

 

 

 

Deep Blue Marine, Inc. Talks Treasure Hunting Live on MN1.com

 Wilf Blum, CEO of Deep Blue Marine, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: DPBM), will be featured live on Market News First (www.mn1.com) for an exclusive interview with the MN1 news team. The interview is scheduled for May 2, 2007, at 11:45 AM CDT.

About The Company:

Deep Blue Marine, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: DPBM) is engaged in deep-water exploration and recovery of important treasures and artifacts worldwide. In the coming season the company will dive on known and permitted wrecks as well as establish exact locations of other known wrecks. All work will be video recorded.

Deep Blue Marine Strengthens Technology and Brings Together World Premiere Researchers: DPBM has recently brought together some of the world's premiere researchers, the most advanced, cutting-edge technology and equipment, and extensively experienced and expert crew and managers.

Join Wilf Blum to learn more about the goals of the company, as well as its position in the stock market.

About MN1.com

Market News First is an online, market news provider that brings investors current news on the market. Market News First is the only online, live IPTV web site that brings real market news to investors and features live interaction with companies from the Bulletin Board to NYSE.

Through daily, live interviews, we bring you up to date on all the established companies and inform the investors of the newest opportunities within the market. Market News First offers one-on-one interviews with the presidents and CFOs of companies to deliver answers to the questions that investors may ask and provides them insight into the companies' present condition and future plans.

 

 

Nielsen to Acquire Remaining Interest in BuzzMetrics;

 

Will Merge Internet/Online Operations to Create ‘Fully Integrated Suite of Services’

 

April 30, 2007 - New York and Haarlem, the Netherlands - The Nielsen Company, a leading global information and media company, and BuzzMetrics, the global leader in tracking and analysis of online consumer-generated media, today announced that Nielsen and the other stockholders of BuzzMetrics have agreed in principle to a transaction under which Nielsen, which already owns approximately 58 percent of BuzzMetrics, would acquire the remaining BuzzMetrics shares it does not currently own. 

 

Financial terms were not disclosed.  The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of May 2007.  Nielsen has been involved with BuzzMetrics since January 2005, and took a majority position in February 2006.

 

Earlier this year, Nielsen announced it had entered into a merger agreement with NetRatings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRT) under which Nielsen, which already owns approximately 60 percent of NetRatings, would acquire the NetRatings shares it does not currently own.  That transaction, subject to NetRatings stockholder approval, is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of this year.

 

Upon completion of the BuzzMetrics and NetRatings transactions, Nielsen’s premiere Internet information services -- which are marketed as Nielsen//NetRatings and Nielsen BuzzMetrics -- will be consolidated into a single service unit.  The new service will be led by Itzhak Fisher, Executive Chairman of BuzzMetrics.  As Executive Chairman of the new service, Mr. Fisher will continue to report to David Calhoun, Chairman and CEO of The Nielsen Company.

 

“NetRatings and BuzzMetrics are recognized as the two leading providers of insight about consumer behavior online,” said David Calhoun, Chairman and CEO of The Nielsen Company. 

 

“By acquiring 100 percent of these world-class brands, Nielsen can provide our clients with unrivaled understanding of consumer behavior in this space, “added Calhoun.  “More broadly, we can provide our clients with even more insightful information when Internet/Online consumer usage is combined with what products and services consumers buy (ACNielsen), what consumers watch on television (Nielsen Media Research), and what books, films, audio and video usages consumers interact with across multiple platforms.  Providing a fully integrated suite of services will enable Nielsen to provide clients with unprecedented insights they need to grow their businesses.”

 

About The Nielsen Company

 

The Nielsen Company is a global information and media company with leading market positions and recognized brands in marketing information (ACNielsen), media information (Nielsen Media Research), business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek), trade shows and  the newspaper sector (Scarborough Research).  The privately held company has more than 42,000 employees and is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in Haarlem , the Netherlands , and New York , USA . For more information, please visit www.nielsen.com.

 

About NetRatings

 

NetRatings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRT) delivers leading Internet media and market research solutions, marketed globally under the Nielsen//NetRatings brand. With high quality, technology-driven products and services, Nielsen//NetRatings is the global standard for Internet audience measurement and premier source for online advertising intelligence, enabling clients to make informed business decisions regarding their Internet and digital strategies. The Nielsen//NetRatings portfolio includes panel-based and site-centric Internet audience measurement services, online advertising intelligence, user lifestyle and demographic data, e-commerce and transaction metrics, and custom data, research and analysis. For more information, please visit www.nielsen-netratings.com.

 

About Nielsen BuzzMetrics

 

The Nielsen BuzzMetrics service, marketed by BuzzMetrics, Inc., is the global standard in measuring consumer-generated media and word of mouth. Nielsen BuzzMetrics helps more than 100 leading global companies interpret and leverage the buzz surrounding clients such as Canon, Comcast, Ford, General Motors, HBO, Kraft, Microsoft, Nokia, P&G, Sony, Target and Toyota , as well as the top 15 pharmaceutical concerns. Other clients include the world ' s largest marketing-services firms, and innovative new-marketing agencies. The company has also collaborated with distinguished research organizations such as the Pew Internet and American Life Project. BuzzMetrics, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Nielsen Company, owner of such renowned research names as ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research. For more information, visit www.nielsenbuzzmetrics.com.

 

Forward-looking Statements

 

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” which represent the current expectations and beliefs of management of Nielsen concerning the proposed acquisition of BuzzMetrics and other future events and their potential effects on Nielsen and BuzzMetrics. The statements, analyses, and other information contained herein relating to the proposed acquisition, as well as other statements including words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “may,” and other similar expressions, are “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Those factors include, without limitation: (1) whether a definitive stock purchase agreement is signed by Nielsen and the other stockholders of BuzzMetrics; (2) the satisfaction of the other conditions specified in the purchase agreement; (3) the ability to successfully combine the businesses of Nielsen and BuzzMetrics and BuzzMetrics and Nielsen NetRatings; (4) operating costs and business disruption following the acquisition, including adverse effects on relationships with employees; (5) changes in the stock market and interest rate environment that affect revenues; (6) diversion of management time on acquisition related issues; (7) control and retention of key employees upon announcement of the proposed acquisition and following closing; (8) general economic conditions

such as inflation; and (9) general political and social conditions such as war, political unrest and terrorism.

 

Almost Half of Recent Movers Choose Non-Traditional Phone Service

According to Telephia's Total Communications Survey for Q4 2006, 49 percent of households who have moved recently have chosen non-traditional residential phone options. Twenty-five percent have opted for wireless only, while thirteen percent have chosen a cable phone option. 

Residential Phone Service Market Share (Q4 2006)
Phone Service Provider Moved Within Last Year Did Not Move Within Last Year
Telecom Carrier

51%

73%

Mobile Carrier Only

25%

9%

Cable MSO

13%

10%

VoIP Provider 

6%

4%

Other

5%

4%

Source: Telephia Total Communications Survey, April 2007

Recent-mover households tend to be young and to have a lower overall household income than households that have not moved recently, says the report. But, they do spend a higher proportion of their income on communications and entertainment services.

 Christianne Pang, product director, Telephia, said "Movers tend to consider all available connectivity options... they... represent an opportunity for providers to land long-term customers who probably won't make a switch until the next move."

 For more information you may visit Telephia here.

 

MoneyTV is the nationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews by hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman with company CEOs, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

Featured companies on this week's program include:

Capital Markets Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CMKT) Chairman Jack Bouroudjian spoke of the company's opportunities with the mandated and unprecedented changes occurring in the European financial markets.

Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: PDPR) CFO Kenneth Bean announced the company is steps closer to filing for a listing on the OTC-BB.

RFID, Ltd. President Nicholas Chavez spoke of the company entering the Identity Theft prevention market, by marketing anti-theft devices for laptop computers.

Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP) CEO Richard Altomare spoke of the company's success with their sports marketing and announced a closed door meeting with their potential Saudi Arabian partners.

Sunrise Energy Resources, Inc. (OTCBB: SEYR) CFO Roman Livson discussed the many reasons the company is exploring for and producing oil and gas in Ukraine.

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MoneyTV television program, Copyright MMVII, all rights reserved. MoneyTV does not provide an analysis of companies' financial positions and is not soliciting to purchase or sell securities of the companies, nor are we offering a recommendation of featured companies or their stocks. Information discussed herein has been provided by the companies and should be verified independently with the companies and a securities analyst. MoneyTV provides companies a 3- to 4-month corporate profile with multiple appearances for a cash fee of $11,500.00 to $17,250.00, does not accept company stock as payment for services, does not hold any positions, options or warrants in featured companies. The information herein is not an endorsement by the producers, publisher or parent company of MoneyTV.

 

LECTROSONICS KEEPS ALLEN AT THE FOREFRONT
OF HIS CRAFT
Multiple generations of wireless technology used on location and in education

Rio Rancho, NM – April 2007… Whether on location for yet another TV or film project, or plying his craft to future generations of film students at Full Sail, independent production sound mixer Thomas E. Allen Sr. C.A.S. is one very busy audio professional. Having started in this business more than 30 years back, Allen’s experience has taken him from equipment repair to post production and on to location sound, which has been his passion since 1985. Throughout a seemingly countless string of projects, Allen has consistently relied on one company to provide the wireless technology he credits with much of his success—Lectrosonics.

During the 30-plus years he’s been working on location, Allen has been involved in episodic television shows such as Murder, She Wrote and Columbo, along with numerous film projects, including the recently completed Sydney White; also known as Sydney White and the Seven Dorks. A Morgan Creek feature scheduled for release in late 2007 or early 2008, Sydney is a modern retelling of Snow White set against students in their freshman year of college in the fraternity/sorority Greek system. Starring Amanda Bynes and John Schneider as part of a sizable cast, Allen found himself interfacing multiple generations of Lectrosonics wireless technology to accommodate the demands of production.

Allen’s wireless arsenal includes four channels of Lectrosonics UM400 transmitters and UCR411A receivers plus another four channels of earlier generation M185 transmitters and 185 VHF receivers. For his work on Sydney, Allen reports placing every piece into service. “Because we had as many as ten actors speaking on the set,” notes Allen, “this equipment saved me a tremendous amount of time. There were simply too many people to attempt miking everything with a fish pole (boom setup). Even though I was using my early generation 185 series gear side by side with my 400 series equipment, I was able to seamlessly blend all the Lectrosonics units into the mix with my wired mics. I was running ten audio channels simultaneously and not once did I encounter any RF issues. Without my Lectrosonics equipment, this would have been an impossible task.”

While his 185 series gear may be showing its age, not once has Allen considered retiring the equipment. “These have been exceptionally dependable units and I still use them quite frequently,” Allen said enthusiastically. “They’ve seen a lot of service—and some of it quite out of the ordinary. I remember one project where I actually worked with wardrobe to conceal a 185 transmitter in an actress’ hair because there was no other way to hide the transmitter. Believe me… these units have seen it all!”

For Allen and others like him who spend their time “in the trenches”, reliability is of critical concern, and on this note, Lectrosonics gets high marks. “Their products run forever,” notes Allen. “I’ve had virtually no problems with any Lectrosonics equipment—either my own or the school’s. For Sydney, which came up at the last minute, I knew I needed a lot of channels, so I sent my 185s in for checkups, since I hadn’t used them in a while. I wanted them looked over as a precautionary measure because you never know what you’ll encounter on location. The company serviced my equipment and turned them around super fast. I was really appreciative of their customer support—so much so, that I called the company back just to thank them.”

At Full Sail, which is recognized nationally as one of the leading schools for TV/film/music production, computer animation, and other production disciplines, Allen teaches using the school’s three channels of Lectrosonics SM series transmitters and Venue receiver equipment. “This is a wonderful system,” says Allen, “and I plan on adding a similar setup to my own equipment arsenal in the near future. It’s amazing how compact the Venue system is—even with a full six channels.”

Allen has grown particularly fond of the Lectrosonics VR Field Receiver System. “I’ve been very impressed with the VR Field version of the Venue system,” continued Allen, “as the battery operation makes this a self contained unit that doesn’t depend upon 110 volts AC for operation. When this is linked with the SM transmitters, the system is unbelievable in terms of its compactness, its ability to conceal transmitters, its sound quality, and the ability to mix it with other mics and make it all sound like one. This will be my next major Lectrosonics purchase—no doubt about it!”

Before rushing off for yet another hectic day, Allen summed up his Lectrosonics experience. “With its durability and unsurpassed sound quality, I don’t believe there’s another system on the market that comes even close to Lectrosonics in terms of features and performance,” said Allen. “I’ve always maintained that if I’m going to make a major capital investment in equipment, Lectrosonics represents a wise, secure way to go that will pay me back one hundred fold.”

About Lectrosonics

Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theater technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. For additional information on the SM Series transmitters, Venue receivers, UM400 transmitters, UCR411A receivers, and all Lectrosonics products, visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.

Tassili Airlines of Algeria Orders Four Bombardier Q200 Airliners

-- Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Tassili Airlines of Algiers, Algeria has placed a firm order for four 35-seat Bombardier Q200 turboprop aircraft.

The value of the contract based on the list price for the Q200 aircraft is approximately $74 million US.

This order for Q200 aircraft follows the announcement on July 31, 2006 of Tassili Airlines' order for four 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Tassili will be the first operator of Q400 and Q200 aircraft in Algeria.

Tassili Airlines, a subsidiary of the Sonatrach State Energy Group, will initially transport workers to several oil fields in Algeria. It plans to add domestic and international scheduled airline service within the next few years.

"The Q200 and the Q400 airliners will perform different roles," said Capt. Rachid Nouar, Managing Director, Tassili Airlines. "The Q400 airliners will fly between Algiers and the oilfields in southern Algeria, while the Q200 aircraft will shuttle workers on shorter flights between the southern oilfields. We chose the Q200 turboprop because of its family commonality with the Q400 airliner. The Common Crew Qualification between the two aircraft will give us great operational flexibility."

"We are gratified that Tassili Airlines has shown confidence in Bombardier regional aircraft by placing this order so soon after ordering the Q400 airliner," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "The Q400 and Q200 aircraft will complement each other very well in the Tassili operation."

As of January 31, 2007, Bombardier had delivered 778 Q-Series aircraft to customers around the world.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, Q200 and Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Chief Becomes AIA Cornerstone Partner!

Offering more effective communication with architects

Chief® Manufacturing Inc., the industry leader in mounting solutions, is excited to announce a Cornerstone Partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). With the new partnership, Chief will be better able to educate and serve the mounting needs of architects, consultants and designers.

AIA represents the professional interests of American architects, and is “the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society.” By being a part of the AIA Cornerstone Partner program, Chief will be more effectively able to communicate with architects nationwide.

Chief’s offers a variety of resources for architects and designers, including a newly designed Design Center website. The site is focused on helping architects, consultants and interior designers to integrate technology into projects, while respecting the integrity of the structure and overall design.

With the website, architects and designers can get up-to-date information, specifications and drawings on the largest line of mounting solutions worldwide for flat panels and projectors. Find state-of-the-art solutions and easily download related documents in minutes. The site features a “product specs” tab with downloads for CAD drawings and

-more-

Technical Manuals, CSI specs coming soon! The “FAQ” section makes it easy to

choose the right custom or universal mount for your application. Users can also register on the site to receive the latest news and product updates from Chief. Access the site at www.designcenter.chiefmfg.com.

About Chief

Chief Manufacturing, a division of CSAV – Chief/Sanus Audio Visual, has more than 29 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts and accessories for flat panel displays and projectors.

Chief continues to design innovative mounting solutions that complement the technology they support. With multiple product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering not only quality products, but knowledgeable, helpful customer service.

U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com.

 

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Featured companies on this week's program include:

Capital Markets Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CMKT) Chairman Jack Bouroudjian spoke of the company's opportunities with the mandated and unprecedented changes occurring in the European financial markets.

Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: PDPR) CFO Kenneth Bean announced the company is steps closer to filing for a listing on the OTC-BB.

RFID, Ltd. President Nicholas Chavez spoke of the company entering the Identity Theft prevention market, by marketing anti-theft devices for laptop computers.

Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP) CEO Richard Altomare spoke of the company's success with their sports marketing and announced a closed door meeting with their potential Saudi Arabian partners.

Sunrise Energy Resources, Inc. (OTCBB: SEYR) CFO Roman Livson discussed the many reasons the company is exploring for and producing oil and gas in Ukraine.

Viewers of MoneyTV can receive free information in the mail about featured companies by calling the toll-free phone number on their TV screen. The weekly television program debuted in 1996 and is broadcast nationally in the USA to 70 million U.S. homes on Saturdays at 11:00 AM ET, Sundays at 8:30 AM PT, 8:30 AM ET, 9:30 AM ET, 3:30 PM ET and Mondays at 6:30 PM ET.

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MoneyTV television program, Copyright MMVII, all rights reserved. MoneyTV does not provide an analysis of companies' financial positions and is not soliciting to purchase or sell securities of the companies, nor are we offering a recommendation of featured companies or their stocks. Information discussed herein has been provided by the companies and should be verified independently with the companies and a securities analyst. MoneyTV provides companies a 3- to 4-month corporate profile with multiple appearances for a cash fee of $11,500.00 to $17,250.00, does not accept company stock as payment for services, does not hold any positions, options or warrants in featured companies. The information herein is not an endorsement by the producers, publisher or parent company of MoneyTV.

 

LECTROSONICS KEEPS ALLEN AT THE FOREFRONT
OF HIS CRAFT
Multiple generations of wireless technology used on location and in education

Rio Rancho, NM – April 2007… Whether on location for yet another TV or film project, or plying his craft to future generations of film students at Full Sail, independent production sound mixer Thomas E. Allen Sr. C.A.S. is one very busy audio professional. Having started in this business more than 30 years back, Allen’s experience has taken him from equipment repair to post production and on to location sound, which has been his passion since 1985. Throughout a seemingly countless string of projects, Allen has consistently relied on one company to provide the wireless technology he credits with much of his success—Lectrosonics.

During the 30-plus years he’s been working on location, Allen has been involved in episodic television shows such as Murder, She Wrote and Columbo, along with numerous film projects, including the recently completed Sydney White; also known as Sydney White and the Seven Dorks. A Morgan Creek feature scheduled for release in late 2007 or early 2008, Sydney is a modern retelling of Snow White set against students in their freshman year of college in the fraternity/sorority Greek system. Starring Amanda Bynes and John Schneider as part of a sizable cast, Allen found himself interfacing multiple generations of Lectrosonics wireless technology to accommodate the demands of production.

Allen’s wireless arsenal includes four channels of Lectrosonics UM400 transmitters and UCR411A receivers plus another four channels of earlier generation M185 transmitters and 185 VHF receivers. For his work on Sydney, Allen reports placing every piece into service. “Because we had as many as ten actors speaking on the set,” notes Allen, “this equipment saved me a tremendous amount of time. There were simply too many people to attempt miking everything with a fish pole (boom setup). Even though I was using my early generation 185 series gear side by side with my 400 series equipment, I was able to seamlessly blend all the Lectrosonics units into the mix with my wired mics. I was running ten audio channels simultaneously and not once did I encounter any RF issues. Without my Lectrosonics equipment, this would have been an impossible task.”

While his 185 series gear may be showing its age, not once has Allen considered retiring the equipment. “These have been exceptionally dependable units and I still use them quite frequently,” Allen said enthusiastically. “They’ve seen a lot of service—and some of it quite out of the ordinary. I remember one project where I actually worked with wardrobe to conceal a 185 transmitter in an actress’ hair because there was no other way to hide the transmitter. Believe me… these units have seen it all!”

For Allen and others like him who spend their time “in the trenches”, reliability is of critical concern, and on this note, Lectrosonics gets high marks. “Their products run forever,” notes Allen. “I’ve had virtually no problems with any Lectrosonics equipment—either my own or the school’s. For Sydney, which came up at the last minute, I knew I needed a lot of channels, so I sent my 185s in for checkups, since I hadn’t used them in a while. I wanted them looked over as a precautionary measure because you never know what you’ll encounter on location. The company serviced my equipment and turned them around super fast. I was really appreciative of their customer support—so much so, that I called the company back just to thank them.”

At Full Sail, which is recognized nationally as one of the leading schools for TV/film/music production, computer animation, and other production disciplines, Allen teaches using the school’s three channels of Lectrosonics SM series transmitters and Venue receiver equipment. “This is a wonderful system,” says Allen, “and I plan on adding a similar setup to my own equipment arsenal in the near future. It’s amazing how compact the Venue system is—even with a full six channels.”

Allen has grown particularly fond of the Lectrosonics VR Field Receiver System. “I’ve been very impressed with the VR Field version of the Venue system,” continued Allen, “as the battery operation makes this a self contained unit that doesn’t depend upon 110 volts AC for operation. When this is linked with the SM transmitters, the system is unbelievable in terms of its compactness, its ability to conceal transmitters, its sound quality, and the ability to mix it with other mics and make it all sound like one. This will be my next major Lectrosonics purchase—no doubt about it!”

Before rushing off for yet another hectic day, Allen summed up his Lectrosonics experience. “With its durability and unsurpassed sound quality, I don’t believe there’s another system on the market that comes even close to Lectrosonics in terms of features and performance,” said Allen. “I’ve always maintained that if I’m going to make a major capital investment in equipment, Lectrosonics represents a wise, secure way to go that will pay me back one hundred fold.”

About Lectrosonics

Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theater technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. For additional information on the SM Series transmitters, Venue receivers, UM400 transmitters, UCR411A receivers, and all Lectrosonics products, visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.

Tassili Airlines of Algeria Orders Four Bombardier Q200 Airliners

-- Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Tassili Airlines of Algiers, Algeria has placed a firm order for four 35-seat Bombardier Q200 turboprop aircraft.

The value of the contract based on the list price for the Q200 aircraft is approximately $74 million US.

This order for Q200 aircraft follows the announcement on July 31, 2006 of Tassili Airlines' order for four 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Tassili will be the first operator of Q400 and Q200 aircraft in Algeria.

Tassili Airlines, a subsidiary of the Sonatrach State Energy Group, will initially transport workers to several oil fields in Algeria. It plans to add domestic and international scheduled airline service within the next few years.

"The Q200 and the Q400 airliners will perform different roles," said Capt. Rachid Nouar, Managing Director, Tassili Airlines. "The Q400 airliners will fly between Algiers and the oilfields in southern Algeria, while the Q200 aircraft will shuttle workers on shorter flights between the southern oilfields. We chose the Q200 turboprop because of its family commonality with the Q400 airliner. The Common Crew Qualification between the two aircraft will give us great operational flexibility."

"We are gratified that Tassili Airlines has shown confidence in Bombardier regional aircraft by placing this order so soon after ordering the Q400 airliner," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "The Q400 and Q200 aircraft will complement each other very well in the Tassili operation."

As of January 31, 2007, Bombardier had delivered 778 Q-Series aircraft to customers around the world.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier, Q200 and Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Chief Becomes AIA Cornerstone Partner!

Offering more effective communication with architects

Chief® Manufacturing Inc., the industry leader in mounting solutions, is excited to announce a Cornerstone Partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). With the new partnership, Chief will be better able to educate and serve the mounting needs of architects, consultants and designers.

AIA represents the professional interests of American architects, and is “the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society.” By being a part of the AIA Cornerstone Partner program, Chief will be more effectively able to communicate with architects nationwide.

Chief’s offers a variety of resources for architects and designers, including a newly designed Design Center website. The site is focused on helping architects, consultants and interior designers to integrate technology into projects, while respecting the integrity of the structure and overall design.

With the website, architects and designers can get up-to-date information, specifications and drawings on the largest line of mounting solutions worldwide for flat panels and projectors. Find state-of-the-art solutions and easily download related documents in minutes. The site features a “product specs” tab with downloads for CAD drawings and

-more-

Technical Manuals, CSI specs coming soon! The “FAQ” section makes it easy to

choose the right custom or universal mount for your application. Users can also register on the site to receive the latest news and product updates from Chief. Access the site at www.designcenter.chiefmfg.com.

About Chief

Chief Manufacturing, a division of CSAV – Chief/Sanus Audio Visual, has more than 29 years of proven product and service excellence. Committed to responding to industry needs in the Pro AV, Residential and Office markets, Chief offers a complete line of mounts, lifts and accessories for flat panel displays and projectors.

Chief continues to design innovative mounting solutions that complement the technology they support. With multiple product awards and patented designs, Chief provides unique mount features, and is recognized for delivering not only quality products, but knowledgeable, helpful customer service.

U.S. and Europe sales offices support a global network spanning the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and beyond. Chief distribution centers are located in Minnesota and the Netherlands. www.chiefmfg.com.

 

 

AM/FM Radio Continues to Dominate Digital Audio Platforms

AM/FM Radio Continues to Dominate Digital Audio Platforms

According to the latest study by Arbitron and Edison Media Research, AM/FM radio continues to have a big impact on people's lives.  Nearly one in five consumers say radio impacts their lives, ranking second only to mobile phones (35 percent) as the audio platform/device that has the biggest impact on the lives of its users.

Other Key findings from The Infinite Dial 2007 study: Radio's Digital Platforms...

bulletAmong all persons 12 and older who participated in the study, the average time spent listening to AM/FM radio per day was 2 hours, 37 minutes.
bulletThose who use radio's newer digital platforms (online radio, satellite radio or audio podcast) listen to AM/FM 2 hours, 45 minutes a day.
bulletEleven percent of the U.S. population (29 million) age 12 and older have listened to Internet radio in the past week. 16 percent of persons age 18-34 and 14 percent of persons 18-49 have done so.
bulletThirty percent of Americans age 12 and older own a portable MP3 player, from 22 percent in 2006 and 14 percent in 2005. 54 percent of those age 12-17 own a digital audio player.
bulletSeventy percent of Americans age 12 and older do not own an iPod/portable MP3 player, and 15 percent report the device has had no impact on radio listening.  Nine percent say they are listening less to over-the-air radio due to time spent with their iPod/portable MP3 player. 
bulletIn January 2007, 26 percent said they had heard or read about HD Radio recently, compared to 14 percent in January 2006,  but only 6 percent said they were "very" interested in HD Radio
bulletAwareness of podcasting has jumped from 22 percent in 2006 to 37 percent in 2007.

Bill Rose, senior vice president, Marketing, Arbitron Inc., said "Broadcasters should promote the vitality of over-the-air radio. On a weekly basis, AM/FM radio is used by the overwhelming majority of Americans, and it continues to have a big impact on the lives of consumers."

 

COGNIZANT CITED AS A LEADER BY INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FIRM IN NORTH AMERICAN APPLICATIONS OUTSOURCING REPORT, Q1 2007

Recognized as Top Offshore Provider for North American Applications Outsourcing

Teaneck, New Jersey—March 26, 2007—Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a leading provider of IT and business process outsourcing services, today announced that it was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in The Forrester Wave: North American Applications Outsourcing Q1 2007. In this evaluation, Cognizant was recognized as a leader in the report and cited as the top offshore provider for North American applications outsourcing.

"Among leading Indian offshore firms, Cognizant received the highest overall grade for cultural fit while remaining price-competitive," states the report by Forrester Research. "Cognizant performed well in our analysis because of a variety of strengths. One that stood out in particular was its cultural affinity with US clients. `What makes them so good is their ability to understand the U.S. culture,' said one customer reference, who rated Cognizant as its top applications outsourcing (AO) provider. Cognizant also exhibited strong price competitiveness: a one-two punch that helps to explain its rapid growth."

The rankings represent Forrester's selection of the top performers from each of the major categories that make up the North American Applications Outsourcing Providers – multinational corporations (MNC's) and offshore players. Top companies in each sector were chosen based on current offerings (technical, engagement and functional approach; client references; and complementary capabilities), strategy (solution and corporate) and market presence (based on customer base, financial performance and engagement profile).

"We are honored to be recognized by Forrester for our applications outsourcing strategy, cultural fit and global delivery capabilities," said Francisco D'Souza, President and CEO, Cognizant. "What distinguishes Cognizant in the applications outsourcing market is our utmost focus on client satisfaction and our commitment to delivering higher returns on their IT outsourcing investment. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented employees around the world, and to our deep and long experience in Applications Outsourcing, which has resulted in the maturity and completeness of our offerings."

For complete details on Cognizant's ranking or to receive a copy of the report, please go to http://www.cognizant.com/go/AOWave

About Cognizant's Applications Outsourcing Approach
Cognizant takes a holistic approach to managing outsourcing engagements via its unique relationship management model. Cognizant tracks a client engagement at various levels to ensure that all aspects – project delivery, infrastructure, quality processes, resource management and financial issues – are addressed.

About Cognizant
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of IT and business process outsourcing services. Focused on delivering strategic information technology solutions that address the complex business needs of its clients, Cognizant uses its own on-site/offshore outsourcing model to provide applications management, development, integration, and reengineering; infrastructure management; business process outsourcing; and numerous related services, such as enterprise consulting, technology architecture, program management, and change management.

Cognizant has over 40,000 employees who are committed to partnerships that sustain long-term, proven value for customers by delivering high-quality, cost-effective solutions through its development centers in India and on-site client teams. Cognizant maintains P-CMM, SW-CMM and CMMI Maturity Level 5 assessments from an independent third-party assessor and ranked among the top information technology companies in Business Week's Hot Growth Companies. Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100 Index and the S&P 500 Index. Find additional information about Cognizant at http://www.cognizant.com.

This press release includes statements which may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the accuracy of which are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic conditions and the factors discussed in our most recent Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cognizant undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

 

Kraft Recommends Rejection of Mini-Tender Offer by TRC Capital Corporation

--Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT) has been notified of an unsolicited "mini-tender offer" by TRC Capital Corporation of Toronto (TRC) for TRC to purchase in cash up to three million shares, or less than 0.2% percent of the outstanding Kraft common stock, at a price of $31.00 per share. TRC's offer price of $31.00 per share represents a 6.3% discount to the April 20, 2007 closing price of $33.09 per share on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Kraft does not endorse TRC's unsolicited mini-tender offer and recommends that stockholders not tender their shares in response to this mini-tender offer. Kraft is not in any way associated with TRC, this mini-tender offer or the offer documentation.

Mini-tender offers, such as this one by TRC, do not give investors the same level of protection afforded by larger tender offers. For example, in making this offer, TRC is not required to file disclosure and other offer documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or adhere to additional procedures mandated by U.S. securities laws.

Kraft urges investors to:

Obtain current market quotes for their shares of common stock,

Consult with their financial advisors, and

Exercise caution with respect to TRC's offer.

The SEC has issued "Investor Tips" on mini-tender offers, which note that often in making the offers at below-market prices, "bidders are hoping that they will catch investors off guard if the investors do not compare the offer price to the current market price." The SEC's advisory is available at www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/minitend.htm.

Kraft encourages stockbrokers and dealers as well as other market participants to review the SEC's and the NYSE's recommendations on the dissemination of mini-tender offers. These recommendations are available at www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/minitenders/sia072401.htm and in the Information Memo Number 01-27, issued by the NYSE on Sept. 28, 2001, which can be found under the "NYSE Regulation -- Information Memos" tab at www.nyse.com.

About Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT) is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with annual revenues of more than $34 billion. For over 100 years, Kraft has offered consumers delicious and wholesome foods that fit the way they live. Kraft markets a broad portfolio of iconic brands in 155 countries, including seven brands with revenue of more than $1 billion, such as Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; Philadelphia cream cheese; Post cereals; Nabisco cookies and crackers; Jacobs coffees and Milka chocolates. Kraft became a fully independent company on March 30, 2007, and is listed in the Standard & Poor's 100 and 500 indexes. The company also is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Ethibel Sustainability Index. For more information, visit the company's website at www.kraft.com.

 

 

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April 2007

 
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04.21.2007: Tickets are now available for GET SPRUNG, our Spring Break bout!

Spring is upon us and the OC Roller Girls are ready to let loose! You will want to join them for an inhibitions-free spring break fling pitting the Psycho Ex-Girlfriends against the Back Bay Bombshells.

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The spring 2007 jewelry collection is now available. We will be adding all of these amazing new pieces to our web store over the next few days.
Come check it out.
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Thanks for taking a few minutes from your busy schedule to catch up with Femme Metale "Sterling Silver Jewelry That Rocks."

Viva la fashion, Leslie

 

 

 

ARRIS Opens Testing & Interoperability Lab in Buenos Aires



Suwanee, GA – April 19, 2007: ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS) today announced that it has opened a testing and interoperability lab in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With several key voice over cable deployments planned for the Argentine market in the coming months, the lab will serve as the center of ARRIS VoIP service and quality assurance in the region to further support ARRIS customers as they launch their triple play packages. The lab will be staffed by ARRIS field support engineers and system integration specialists and will house a complete line of ARRIS CMTS and CPE equipment as well as the ARRIS Universal CPE Test Station (UCTS), third party call servers, gateways and appropriate testing and interoperability equipment necessary to ensure effective field service and support for Argentine cable operators.

"We have established this lab to provide local support and service to our MSO customers in Argentina," said Claudio Cerioli, ARRIS Senior Vice President of International Sales. "Delivering primary line voice service is a difficult proposition and one that ARRIS understands very well. It requires the highest standards of reliability and scalability, so it was in our customers' best interests to have trained engineers and dedicated testing facilities in the region to deliver them the world-class service they have come to expect from ARRIS."

As deregulation of voice service in Central and South America occurs market to market, ARRIS is at the forefront of numerous planned cable operator voice rollouts and currently powers several VoIP deployments in the region. These include a long-standing relationship with VTR of Chile and the recently-announced launch of VoIP by Mexican MSO Cablemas. Both companies use the ARRIS C4® CMTS and Touchstone® E-MTAs in their digital voice service. Additionally, ARRIS E-MTAs are currently deployed in numerous Central American markets and the Caribbean.

About ARRIS
ARRIS provides broadband local access networks with innovative video, high-speed data and telephony systems for the delivery of voice, video and data to the home and business. ARRIS complete solutions enhance the reliability and value of converged services from the network to the subscriber. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has design, engineering, distribution, service and sales office locations throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com. For more information about ARRIS C4 CMTS visit http://www.arrisi.com/c4.

Fitness, Diet Aids and Spas Boost Drug Ad Spending

According to figures recently released by the Publishers Information Bureau, total magazine rate-card-reported ad revenue for the first quarter rose 6.9% compared with the same period last year, closing at $5.3 billion. Ad pages were up 1% for the quarter. Total PIB revenue for the month of March 2007 increased 8.8% compared to last year, closing at $2,282,204,898. Ad pages totaled 22,388.48, up 2% from March 2006.

Ten of the 12 ad categories tracked by PIB posted ad revenue gains, including drugs & remedies, retail, and food and food products. Ad categories that posted revenue declines included home furnishings and supplies, and financial, insurance and real estate.

Considering business books in the first quarter:

Ad revenue for BusinessWeek was up 2.2%, while ad pages fell 3%

Forbes' ad revenue was up 2.2%, while ad pages were down 8.9%

Ad revenue for Fortune fell 5.4%, and ad pages declined 13%

The Economist's ad revenue rose 29%, while ad pages were up 14%

From January through March of 2007, half of the major advertising categories posted both PIB revenue and page gains, including Drugs & Remedies; Food & Food Products; Direct Response; Retail; Media & Advertising; and Public Transportation, Hotels & Resorts. Three categories posted double-digit dollar increases: Drugs & Remedies (20.4%); Retail (19.5%); and Food & Food Products (11.7%).

Ad Revenue and Pages for 1st Quarter, 2007 (% change from 2006 as of April 9, 2007)
Class 2007 Dollars %Chg 2007 Pages %Chg
Drugs & Remedies

596,179,028

20.4

4,445.39

13.7

Apparel & Accessories

464,891,813

7.9

5,577.08

-1.2

Toiletries & Cosmetics

457,605,721

6.5

3,412.56

-1.1

Food & Food Products

449,565,962

11.7

3,002.08

7.3

Direct Response Companies

449,050,993

7.1

4,560.95

3.6

Automotive

425,206,468

0.4

3,882.52

-3.7

Retail

382,474,668

19.5

4,035.22

9.2

Media & Advertising

353,811,062

8.8

2,992.62

2.5

Home Furnishings & Supplies

262,823,003

-14.0

2,483.12

-15.5

Public Transportation, Hotels & Resorts

260,774,715

6.0

3,307.57

2.5

Financial, Insurance & Real Estate

256,162,052

-10.2

2,784.57

-10.8

Technology

233,533,543

0.7

2,335.78

-6.8

Source: Publishers Information Bureau (PIB), April2007

Ellen Oppenheim, Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer, Magazine Publishers of America. said "While medicines and proprietary remedies account for most of the spending in Drugs in Q1, it's interesting to note that fitness and diet aids, and spas, boasted the biggest boost in spending within that category. Advertising for health-oriented food products, as well as ads for condiments, seasonings, ingredients and beverages aided the page growth in Food. In addition, a range of companies targeting both high-end and mass market shoppers contributed to overall Retail category gains."

"Finance and Home experienced the most softness during the first quarter. And Automotive, while down in pages, experienced some positive shifts within the category, with dealerships overall and some manufacturers and suppliers spending more," remarked Ms. Oppenheim.

Six of 12 major advertising categories posted PIB revenue and page increases in March 2007. Double-digit dollar growth was recorded by five categories: Apparel & Accessories (11.9%); Retail (21.1%); Drugs & Remedies (28.7%); Food & Food Products (30.8%); and Public Transportation, Hotels & Resorts (10.2%). On the pages side, double-digit gains were seen in Retail (10.4%); Drugs & Remedies (18.6%); and Food & Food Products (19.7%).

Ad Revenue and Pages for March, 2007 (% change from 2006 as of April 9, 2007)
Class 2007 Dollars %Chg 2007 Pages %Chg
Apparel & Accessories

254,132,705

.9

2,725.44

0.2

Retail

240,322,967

21.1

2,412.63

10.4

Drugs & Remedies

223,412,917

28.7

1,682.81

18.4

Toiletries & Cosmetics

205,401,202

3.6

1,559.45

-2.3

Food & Food Products

188,552,464

30.8

1,267.44

19.7

Direct Response Companies

171,987,500

7.5

1,761.76

2.1

Automotive

153,292,173

-11.0

1,472.56

-13.8

Public Transportation, Hotels & Resorts

129,726,134

10.2

1,586.85

7.5

Media & Advertising

124,388,857

4.2

1,071.29

-4.8

Home Furnishings & Supplies

114,048,097

-14.1

1,097.22

-15.1

Financial, Insurance & Real Estate

100,952,222

-8.9

1,094.07

-8.6

Technology

85,866,108

-6.1

880.10

-6.6

Source: Publishers Information Bureau (PIB), April2007

 

 

 

MRC's Announces New MRX4000 Plus High Performance

ENG Central Receiver

"NAB Pick Hit" Award winner becomes the MRX4000 Plus with much more to offer!

NAB Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada - April 16, 2007, Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) today announced the introduction of the MRX4000 Plus, a new high performance ENG Central Receiver based on the original award winning MRX4000 demodulator - decoder platform.

The MRX4000 Plus retains all of the capabilities that the MRX4000 offers, with the addition of all new, highly linear RF and IF system that provides high dynamic range and improved MER performance in a compact, easy to install rack mounted shelf. Other new features include:

· Four IF bandpass filter selections as standard equipment

· High and low IF outputs for spectrum monitoring

· Standard RS-232 serial remote control or optional 10/100 baseT control interface

· NTSC or PAL options

· AGC and Link Quality data outputs

Tony Finizio, the president of MRC had this to say: "The MRX4000 Plus, is the natural evolution of a highly successful product, and one that makes good sense for our customers "

The original MRX4000 integrated demodulator-decoder was developed by MRC to support narrow channel analog and digital operation in the 2 GHz Broadcast Auxiliary Services (BAS) band. The company will continue to offer its CodeRunner 4 central receiver, but with an extended warranty incentive, and packaged with the original MRX4000 decoder-demodulator as a BAS companion.

Moving to this new platform gives MRC the ability to support SD and HD decoding in addition to alternate modulation formats in future releases.

The MRX4000 Plus and all of MRC's advanced platforms can be seen in booth C2907 and OE300 at the Las Vegas Convention Center .

 

MRC's MTX5000 ENG Edge Access Transmission System Enables Wireless Newsroom Network Extension and Full Remote Control Capability

New IP over ENG platform supports live feeds in SD or HD and video file transfer via the newsroom LAN

NAB Convention, Las Vegas , Nevada - April 16, 2007,Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) today announced a new and highly advance microwave mobile, the MTX5000 ENG Edge Access Transmission system. The MTX5000 offers all of the normal features of a typical ENG mobile transmitter, but adds a unique set of additional features never before offered in one integrated package, including:

· Integrated SD/HD encoding at 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 profiles

· A multi-mode modulator that supports DVB-T - COFDM, DVB-S & S2, Single Carrier, LMS-T, FM, and VSB

· IP encapsulation and return data support

· ASI multiplex and remux

· Remote control

· AC3 transport

· Newsroom LAN access

· Support for future DRL

"The MTX5000 is not only a D-ENG transmitter, it's a whole new set of tools for news directors and engineers alike" said Tony Finizio, president of MRC. "This new Edge Access platform extends the newsroom network into the field by supporting IP data in both directions for file transfer and remote control and other tasks.

The unique and industry leading feature set that MTX5000 offers will support the simultaneous transmission of live, encoded SD or HD via several transmission formats, and streaming of existing video files via IP to the studio. Local control is via user friendly touch screen and key pad, which are duplicated in the remote control interface that may be accessed via 10/100 networking.

MRC will continue to offer the CodeRunner 2 for applications that do not require the highly advance features that the MTX5000 offers. In addition, the company will double the warranty for new CodeRunner 2 purchases to four full years.

"The MTX5000 represents a giant leap forward in combining electronic news gathering and newsroom networks" said Michael Payne, Chief Technology Officer of Vislink. "News directors now have the tools for virtual docking with ENG vehicles at the network edge and controlling the on-board systems from the studio. The payoff is in improved workflow efficiency more cost effective use of news assets."

 

MRC's New Central Receive Diversity System Raises the Bar for Features and Expandability

Fully integrated SD/HD, maximal ratio combining, and cellular diversity capability lead a long list of features in the new DS4000

NAB Convention, Las Vegas , Nevada - April 16, 2007, Microwave Radio Communications, today announced the DRS4000, a new and expandable central receive diversity system that supports single or multi-site architectures for SD/HD ENG and OB applications. The DRS4000 diversity system is based on advanced maximal ratio combining (MaxRC), a sophisticated technology that employs multiple receiving antennas to help combat multi-path fading. MaxRC adds the signals from each antenna and automatically balances the gain, which also provides greater operating range in the process.

The DRS4000 also includes the capability of combining multiple MaxRC sites to form a cellular diversity network that can support a metro or regional architecture. In addition to supporting DVB-T COFDM, the DRS4000 also includes an LMS-T demodulator. Developed by MRC's sister company Link Research, LMS-T combines DVB-T like OFDM techniques with powerful LDPC error correction codes to achieve a 30% improvement in throughput and a corresponding increase in robustness. Initially developed for Link's wireless camera systems, LMS-T will now be offered in all MRC ENG/OB transmitters that are HD capable.

"We are very excited about the addition of the DRS4000 to our portfolio" said Tony Finizio, president of MRC, "Central and cellular diversity is an idea whose time has come, and this system has what it takes to make it a practical and effective reality."

System parameters can be easily and quickly set locally with a user friendly keypad and display screen, or remotely using the DRS4000's network manager software. The front panel includes two display screens, one that provides real time metrics for every channel, and a second screen that displays decoded video with spectrum monitor overlay. The integrated SD/HD decoder supports both 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 profiles.

"The DRS4000 is a perfect example of sister companies combining their talents and technologies to achieve world class results." said Mike Payne, Chief Technology Officer of Vislink. "As we move forward, our customers can expect to see more developments that take advantage of the natural synergy that exists within our corporation."

 

Vislink Announces Appointment of

Michael Payne to Group Chief Technology Officer

NAB Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada - April 16, 2007- Microwave Radio Communications (MRC) and parent company, UK based Vislink PLC, announces the appointment of Michael C. Payne to the position of Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) reporting to the CEO. Payne, with over 20 years of experience in the microwave communications industry, formerly held the position of VP, Marketing and Business Development for Microwave Radio Communications (MRC), a Vislink company. He spent the majority of his career at MRC located in Billerica , MA where prior to his last role, he held various positions including Director of R/D and VP of Operations.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike to Group CTO," said Ian Scott-Gall, Vislink CEO, "Vislink's strategy is for organic growth by capitalizing on new product and technology developments and initiatives from our three industry leading companies, Link, MRC and Advent. Mike will lead these initiatives from a Group perspective as well as play a key role in the Group's strategic planning, utilizing his many years of experience in R/D and his cumulative industry and market knowledge."

Mike has been with MRC since 1987 when he joined as an Electrical Engineer becoming in turn R&D Director. After his 13-year career in R&D he then moved into operations as Director/VP until his most recent assignment as VP of Marketing and Business Development at MRC. Mike received his BSEE from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an MBA from Suffolk University both located in Boston , MA .

 

UTA ONLINE CHANNELS LAUNCH ON VEOH TODAY

Channels to provide promising digital artists platform for potential agency representation; Showcase existing UTA Online clients LOS ANGELES, CA (April 18, 2007) - Veoh Networks (www.veoh.com), the leading innovator in Internet television, today announced the official launch of two channels dedicated to UTA Online, the new broadband division of leading Beverly Hills-based talent & literary agency, United Talent Agency. Of the two channels, the Submissions channel (www.veoh.com/channels/UTAOnlineSubmissions) will allow amateur producers to submit their videos directly to UTA Online, where agents will evaluate their work for potential representation. The Submissions channel can be accessed through Veoh’s home portal, or through UTAO’s new website (www.utaonline.net) In addition to the Submissions channel, UTA Online is launching a Client Showcase channel (http://www.veoh.com/channels/UTAOnlineshowcase) to highlight the work of many existing UTAO clients. Some of the innovative content being featured on the Client Showcase channel includes award-winning videos from Ask a Ninja; Davidjr’s interviews with celebrities such as John Leguizamo and Wilmer Valderrama; and hilarious clips from independent, up-and-coming producers such as Handsome Donkey, Dutch West, Rednecks.tv, and Invisible Engine. Both channels will feature videos presented in full-screen, DVD-quality utilizing Veoh’s unique peer-to-peer technology. And the UTAO videos will be downloadable using the Veoh Player for viewing on any screen, online or off. UTAOnline, launched in October of 2006, is the first dedicated online division to be launched by a major Hollywood agency, and it represents the first time a major agency has opened its doors to unsolicited submissions. “As an agency, UTA Online wants to embrace the open access nature of today’s digital media landscape. We are looking for new original creative voices, and we want undiscovered talent to have an easy mechanism for finding us,” said Brent Weinstein, head of UTA Online. “The UTAO Submissions channel provides a safe, structured and legally sound environment for new filmmakers to submit videos for representation consideration.” “The UTA Online Submissions channel will be Hollywood’s newest gateway to talent discovery, and it supports Veoh’s mission of providing the most innovative platform for independent content creators online today and in the future,” said Dmitry Shapiro, CEO of Veoh Networks, Inc. “Similarly, UTA Online’s Client Showcase gives viewers the opportunity to be introduced to exciting new artists in the early stages of their careers.” Veoh’s publishing tools allows budding video producers to easily upload, manage, and distribute videos with one-step uploading, giving them more time to spend on creating content. In addition to uploading their videos to the UTAO Submissions channel, publishers can easily reach the widest audience on the web since Veoh will automatically publish their videos to other sites they choose: YouTube, Google Video, MySpace, Facebook, even the publishers’ own blog, and RSS feed syndicators. The Player, Veoh’s virtual digital video recorder, allows users to watch the best of the UTAO content at their leisure either on- or offline, or on an assortment of portable viewing devices such as an iPod. Viewers can also easily connect their Veoh Player to their television, allowing them to watch this programming with the same quality and comfort as a broadcast television show. About Veoh Networks Veoh Networks is a new, innovative Internet television broadcasting system that delivers broadcast-quality entertainment and informational content via the Internet, using unique distribution technologies to allow for unlimited capacity for both long- and short-form programming. Veoh allows content producers from major entertainment studios and television networks to independent video producers and enthusiasts to deliver high-quality, full-screen video directly to consumers without financial, geographical or capacity restrictions found in traditional broadcasting systems. This democratization of video distribution fundamentally changes the dynamics of television, creating unprecedented choice for consumers and a compelling marketplace for content providers and advertisers. Headquartered in San Diego, California with additional offices in Los Angeles, Veoh Networks is privately held company that is backed by leading technology and media investors, including Spark Capital, Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company, Time Warner Inc. and Shelter Capital Partners. About UTA Online UTAOnline is the new broadband division of United Talent Agency, and is the first of its kind to be launched by a major Hollywood agency. UTA is one of the entertainment industry's premier talent and literary agencies, representing many of world's most widely-known figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment, including motion pictures, television, digital media, publishing, music, mobile and live entertainment. Collectively, UTA agents represent a significant cross-section of today's most acclaimed and inspiring artists and entertainers, including nominees and winners of Academy, Emmy, Grammy, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards. The agency is also globally recognized in the areas of corporate consulting, branding & licensing, endorsements and the representation of production talent.

 

Heat Up Your Lunch Break -- in Just 60 Seconds

Bid Farewell to Brown Bag Boredom With New OSCAR MAYER Deli Creations Hot Sandwich Melts

MADISON, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- Between meetings, errands and a seemingly endless to-do list, it can seem impossible for many Americans to enjoy a hot lunch. In fact, a recent survey(1) revealed that 70 percent of Americans work straight through lunch or only spend a mere 5-10 minutes wolfing down a quick bite. Of those who sneak time to eat, nearly two-thirds nibble on a cold lunch and say their meal is bland, boring or completely and utterly forgettable. Now, the deprived and bored can say adieu to the lunchtime blues and make the most of lunch -- in a mere 60 seconds -- with new OSCAR MAYER Deli Creations Hot Sandwich Melts.

Each OSCAR MAYER Deli Creations Hot Sandwich Melt is a build-your-own sandwich complete with OSCAR MAYER Shaved meats, premium KRAFT cheeses, specialty sauces and an innovative sub roll that heats in the microwave for fresh baked taste in 60 seconds. Simply unwrap the quality sandwich ingredients, place them on the specially designed microwaveable tray, arrange the sandwich the way you want it and heat in the microwave for 60 seconds.

The Cold, Hard Truth About Lunch

The mid-day meal seems pretty grim as nearly 40 percent of Americans lunch hunched over a keyboard. And, more than three-fourths of Americans think a hot lunch is impossible due to lack of time, cost and inconvenience. But, it doesn't mean they don't crave one. Nearly half of those surveyed think enjoying a nice lunch break includes a delicious hot meal.

"As we looked at the state of the lunch hour, we found that many Americans were looking for convenient ways to free themselves of brown bag boredom and enjoy a hot lunch," says Chris Carlisle, Senior Brand Manager. "So, we set out to create an innovative new product to satisfy America's love for deli meats in a more convenient way. By using a proprietary bread recipe, OSCAR MAYER Deli Creations Hot Sandwich Melts allow you to enjoy a delicious, hot sandwich in about a minute."

Heat Up Your Lunch

Available in five delicious, sandwich shop-inspired varieties -- Oven Roasted Ham & Cheddar, Honey Ham & Swiss, Turkey Monterey, Turkey & Cheddar Dijon and Steakhouse Cheddar -- OSCAR MAYER Deli Creations Hot Sandwich Melts are a great choice for anyone who has a busy schedule and is looking for a hot, convenient lunch option.

Available nationwide beginning April 2007, OSCAR MAYER Deli Creations Hot Sandwich Melts can be found in your grocer's refrigerated meat case section and have a suggested retail price of $2.99. For more information, please visit www.makethemostoflunch.com.

About Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with annual revenues of more than $34 billion. For over 100 years, Kraft has offered consumers delicious and wholesome foods that fit the way they live. Kraft markets a broad portfolio of iconic brands in 155 countries, including seven brands with revenue of more than $1 billion, such as Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; Philadelphia cream cheese; Post cereals; Nabisco cookies and crackers; Jacobs coffees and Milka chocolates. Kraft became a fully independent company on March 30, 2007, and is listed in the Standard and Poor's 100 and 500 indexes. The company also is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Ethibel Sustainability Index. For more information, visit the company's website at www.kraft.com.

(1) Impulse Research Corporation, a full-service market research firm, conducted online surveys with 1,030 people (age 18 and up) nationwide. Results were collected from a random sample of 1,030 men and women, 18 and over, representing a cross-section of the United States. All participants are members of the CyberPulse™ Advisory Panel. All results are representative of the American population. All online surveys were conducted in March 2007. Impulse Research is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif.

 

DAVE Networks Launches Next Generation of Its S.O.C.I.A.L. Platform Powering Video Social Communities With Dozens of New Features Including Enhanced Copyright Protection

Award-Winning White Label Video Social Community Platform Adds Many New Features Including Improved Copyright Protection, Blogging and Messaging Tools, Content Syndication and Advertising

April 18, 2007 -- NAB -- DAVE Networks, a leading digital media technology platform provider, today announced the Version 2.0 of its S.O.C.I.A.L.™ (Social Online Community & IPTV Application Library) platform adding dozens of new features to its award-winning technology platform including enhanced copyright protection and screening systems as well as improved blogging and messaging tools, expanded content syndication, better targeted video advertising and new tracking and measurement tools. DAVE's S.O.C.I.A.L. platform allows any company to easily and quickly build video social communities around their brand and content, leveraging DAVE Network's extensive API application library of video social community tools designed to grow a social group base and generate user participation or awareness for any brand or affinity group. S.O.C.I.A.L. is part of DAVE Networks' expanding universe of enterprise applications geared at digital media available on its B2B site, www.davenw.com.

DAVE Networks will be at NAB on April 16-18, in booth C360 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, demonstrating its next generation S.O.C.I.A.L. platform for next generation, branded video social communities.

The latest version of the S.O.C.I.A.L. Platform adds enhanced copyright protection and screening systems to allow content owners and media companies to add user-generated content functionality while protecting copyright owners' rights. These systems include multiple screens and filters for reviewing and removing copyright infringing, offensive and/or obscene content that may be uploaded by users. As the popularity of sites such as YouTube continue to grow, copyright infringement continues to be a growing problem as many of the most popular videos on user-generated sites are professional, copyrighted content. The S.O.C.I.A.L. Platform provides a comprehensive content upload review and management workflow giving content owners a wide range of tools to protect against copyright infringement.

"Since its launch, DAVE's S.O.C.I.A.L. Platform has changed the way content owners distribute, syndicate and promote content by leveraging viral marketing and social interaction," says Rex Wong, CEO of DAVE Networks. "The latest version of our S.O.C.I.A.L. Platform enables companies to leverage the Web 2.0 and user-generated content revolution made popular by MySpace and YouTube to empower and interact with their users while protecting the rights of content owners."

DAVE Networks enables brands to utilize S.O.C.I.A.L. as a turnkey, white label technology platform to create quick time-to-market, interactive video social community portals that function as a public hub where customers, fans, and users can develop dynamic personalized profiles, upload and share content, blog/video blog, comment on message boards, and much more. Users can discover, acquire, consume, upload, and share media from their own website and/or those of their friends. Each social site can be custom tailored to fit the needs of the community fan base for each brand or organization looking to generate buzz and broaden its marketing scope. Leading content owners and brands such as MGM, CBS, Oxygen Networks, Endemol, Xyience and many more are already leveraging the S.O.C.I.A.L. platform to empower their fan bases to interact with their brands.

About DAVE Networks

DAVE Networks, Inc. is the first provider of an integrated video distribution and social community platform designed to ignite brands. Founded in 2003, DAVE Networks has developed a robust set of technologies and applications that empower brands to build digital ecosystems while embracing online social communities. The S.O.C.I.A.L. Platform enables brands and content owners to easily leverage the new Web 2.0 user generated content revolution, viral content distribution and word-of-mouth marketing to empower their user bases. For more information, please visit www.davenw.com.

 

 

COGNIZANT COMPLETES mySAP™ ERP APPLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION AND
STANDARDIZATION FOR SERENA SOFTWARE

Project Concluded in Record Time,
Yielding High ROI and Business Benefits
 


Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a leading provider of global IT and business process outsourcing services, today announced it has completed a large scale consolidation and standardization of the SAP® application portfolio for Serena Software, Inc.

Based on mySAP ERP, the scope of this project included finance, materials management, sales & distribution, IS-Software and human resources on a global scale, encompassing the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. This project was concluded in a record seven-month window, on-time, on-budget and with no business disruption.

"Cognizant's professional, solutions-oriented approach convinced us to select them over several other global services companies," said Robert Pender, CFO at Serena Software. "Their support and understanding of our business issues have allowed us to maximize our ROI through dramatic improvement to functionality, adoption of best practices in standard processes and improvement in data quality."

"We are pleased that Serena Software has selected Cognizant for this unique initiative after weighing its cost-value-benefit versus alternative options," said Francisco D'Souza, President and CEO, Cognizant. "Our deep consulting capabilities, long-standing relationships with technology and product customers, and our investments in SAP applications across multiple domains have helped us take ownership for this strategic business initiative and recommend a solution that best suits Serena's business interests."

Cognizant presented a compelling solution for rationalizing business processes, harmonizing data, and consolidating applications. Taking this route allowed Serena to simplify their business processes, cleanse their master data and eliminate years of customizations. Cognizant conducted a pro-active analysis that revealed additional business benefits to Serena, resulting in faster revenue growth and enhanced productivity. The standardization of SAP applications was a more economical and faster approach than doing multiple projects to bring the current system up to a comparable level.

About Cognizant's SAP Practice
Cognizant's SAP Practice provides Global 2000 companies a full range of SAP services, leveraging its industry-specific expertise, technical depth and global talent pool. Cognizant's SAP Practice aims to minimize clients' total cost of ownership of SAP application environments, including development and support, and maximize their applications' business-level value. Leveraging a unique global development model, Cognizant's SAP Practice delivers functional and technical expertise augmented by best practices for implementation, maintenance, upgrade and enhancement services for end-to-end solutions.

About Serena Software, Inc.
Serena Software, the Change Governance™ leader, provides software and services to more than 15,000 organizations around the world—including 96 of the Fortune 100 and 90 of the Global 100. Recognized by IDC as the largest software provider focused exclusively on change, Serena offers a new approach to change—Change Governance—that enables businesses to efficiently, consistently, and successfully control change across the enterprise. Serena helps companies capitalize on change to achieve transformative business results. Serena, a portfolio company of Silver Lake Partners, has more than 800 employees worldwide and is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.serena.com.

About Cognizant
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of global IT and business process outsourcing services. Focused on delivering strategic information technology solutions that address the complex business needs of its clients, Cognizant uses its own on-site/offshore outsourcing model to provide applications management, development, integration, and reengineering; infrastructure management; business process outsourcing; and numerous related services, such as enterprise consulting, technology architecture, program management, and change management.

Cognizant has over 43,000 employees who are committed to partnerships that sustain long-term, proven value for customers by delivering high-quality, cost-effective solutions through its development centers in India and on-site client teams. Cognizant maintains P-CMM, SW-CMM and CMMI Maturity Level 5 assessments from an independent third-party assessor and ranked among the top information technology companies in Business Week's Hot Growth Companies. Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100 Index and the S&P 500 Index. Find additional information about Cognizant at www.cognizant.com.

This press release includes statements which may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and whose accuracy are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic conditions and the factors discussed in our most recent Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cognizant undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
 

 

 

More That a Fourth of Retirees Have Incomes Over $50,000

A recent report from The Media Audit show that the number of retirees in the 87 metropolitan markets surveyed regularly, with household incomes of $50,000 or more, increased from 23.2 percent to 27.6 percent from 2003 thru 2006.

The survey covers only adults at least 18 years of age, the 142 million adult population in the 87 metro markets surveyed.

Retiree households with annual incomes of $75,000 or more increased from 11.2 to 13.8 percent, according to Bob Jordan, president of International Demographics, and those with annual incomes of $100,000 or more increased from 5.8 to 6.9 percent.

 "By every financial measurement we take," says Jordan, "retirees improved from 2003 to 2006."  Retirees with liquid assets of $100,000 or more increased from 27.8 to 29.9 percent and those with liquid assets of $250,000 or more increased from 13.1 to 14.5.

Additional "retiree" demographics include data such as:

bulletThose retirees that made at least one purchase on the Internet increased from 19.7 percent in 2003 to 28.8 percent in 2006. 
bulletThose making five or more purchases increased from 10.2 percent to 15.8 percent.
bulletIn 2003, 31.4 percent were 75 or older
bulletin 2006, 33.8 percent had reached 75 years of age
bulletIn 2003, 56.9 percent were married
bulletin 2006 it was 57.8 percent

 Considered on a market by market basis, says Jordan, "... in Ocala, Florida, 36.1 percent of the adults are retired compared to just 12.0 percent of those in Austin, Texas... the five metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of retirees are all in Florida." 

 

 

Nestle to buy Gerber for $5.5 billion

The famous Gerber Baby will change parents, with Nestle SA announcing Thursday that it will buy Gerber Products Co. for $5.5 billion, giving the world's biggest food and drink company the largest share of the global baby food market.

The acquisition from pharmaceutical maker Novartis SA helps further Nestle's recent focus on health and nutrition, following its purchases of the U.S. weight control company Jenny Craig and Novartis Medical Nutrition.

Nestle, which owns brands such as Nescafe, Perrier and Dreyer's, is also the world's largest manufacturer of infant nutritional products — largely through its leading positions in developing countries such as Brazil and China — but had no presence in baby food in the United States.

The cherubic face of the happy Gerber infant dominates the U.S. baby-food market, with the company holding a 79 percent share, according to Morgan Stanley.

"The acquisition of Gerber is the perfect complementary fit," said Nestle Chairman and CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. "It not only gives Nestle the leadership position in baby food, but it also constitutes a decisive step to establish Nestle Nutrition as the undisputed global leader in the nutrition field."

Adding Gerber will help the company's nutrition business generate annual sales of close to $8.2 billion. The company said it expects Gerber to generate sales of around $1.95 billion this year and a 10 percent sales growth in the long run.

"Our long-term growth objectives really are ambitious, but we set them for ourselves and are confident we will achieve them," said Richard Laube, who heads Nestle's nutrition unit.

Analysts said that although the price appeared high at first sight, it was in line with similar deals.

"Added to Nestle's existing baby food business in the U.S. and its overall North American business, this makes Nestle a very clear leader in infant nutrition in the U.S., where, unlike Western Europe, having babies remains in vogue," said Rob Mann, a Collins Stewart food analyst in London.

Shares in Nestle fell 1.3 percent to close at 483.25 Swiss francs ($396.56) in Zurich, while Novartis shares were flat at 67.10 francs ($55.06).

Nestle has coveted Gerber for more than a decade, first trying to acquire it in 1994, but losing out to Sandoz AG, which later merged with Ciba-Geigy to form Novartis. Since then, Novartis has taken steps to broaden Gerber's business beyond jarred foods.

In 2000, Gerber began selling a line of powders, oils and other toiletries for children, and in 2002 it launched microwavable meals for older toddlers. It also has a life-insurance unit. But the baby-food business has never been a good fit for a parent company that mainly sells medications.

Novartis, based in Basel, has shed several noncore businesses in recent years. In December, it sold its medical-nutrition division to Nestle for $2.5 billion. Novartis is focusing on three main areas: inventing new prescription medicines, vaccines, and selling low-cost generic drugs and over-the-counter medicines.

"This transaction is also the right move for Gerber, as it will become a priority business in a leading global nutrition company," Novartis Chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella said in a statement.

The purchase is expected to be completed during the second half of this year, subject to approval by regulatory authorities, the companies said.

Leda Lhotska of the International Baby Food Action Network said she was concerned that Nestle's acquisition of Gerber would leave the market dominated by a company pushing hard to sell its products to every mother — in competition with breast-feeding, which the World Health Organization considers vital for infant health.

"Both Nestle and Gerber ... are using marketing strategies that lead to discouragement of breast-feeding

 

Redback(TM) Firings on Target

 

A Metal Storm Limited (NASDAQ: MTSX) (ASX: MST).

Metal Storm and Electro Optics Systems (ASX: EOS) announced today the successful field firing of the Redback™ weapon system. The firings, held over two days at a major field firing range, are a key step in the lead up to explosive firings planned to be held in Singapore by June 07 and follows the recent indoor integrated system test firings.

The firings tested some of the key features of the Redback™ weapon system including the rapid engagement of multiple targets, and the firing of multiple shots at different targets.

Metal Storm's CEO, Dr Lee Finniear, said, "The latest field firings were designed to confirm the integration of the component sub-systems of Redback™ including ballistic testing and target acquisition. We are now very much on track with our efforts in the run up to explosive live firings in Singapore."

"In my view these have been the most comprehensive tests of the Redback™ system to date, demonstrating among other things the speed at which we can launch multiple 40mm projectiles, a characteristic which will be an important differentiator for missions that require incoming projectile intercept," said Dr Finniear.

EOS' CEO, Dr Ben Greene, said, "this is a major milestone towards the fielding of the Redback™ weapon system. These firings confirm our schedule is running on time and points to the capabilities that Redback™ has been designed to deliver."

Redback™ is a joint project developed by EOS, Metal Storm and Singapore Technologies Kinetic's (STK).

Video of the Redback™ field firings has been placed on Metal Storm's website www.metalstorm.com

Notes:

Metal Storm's Australian Stock Exchange trading code: MST

Metal Storm's NASDAQ Small Cap ticker symbol: MTSX

About Metal Storm

Metal Storm Limited is a multi-national defence technology company engaged in the development of electronically initiated ballistics systems using its unique "stacked projectile" technology. The company is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and incorporated in Australia, with an office in Arlington, Virginia.

Metal Storm is working with government agencies and departments, as well as industry, to develop a variety of systems utilising the Metal Storm non-mechanical, electronically fired stacked ammunition system.

Metal Storm's weapon technology uses computer-controlled electronic ignition and a system of stacked projectiles, to achieve a completely non-mechanical gun that is very lightweight and compact, providing a very high firepower to weight ratio. The Metal Storm weapons system utilizes multiple barrels mounted together on one platform which allows varying munitions types to be deployed in a single, low cost, lightweight weapon system. Firing the weapons by electronic ignition requires no moving parts, allowing reliable long term unattended weapon operation.

About Electro Optic Systems Limited

EOS is a public company, specialising in the design, development and production of sophisticated laser technologies, including supporting software and electronic sub-systems. EOS' advanced technologies are applied to a variety of sighting and surveillance applications in the aerospace and defence markets.

The combat-proven EOS sensor and fire control systems are currently deployed in the US Army CROWS (Common Remotely Operated Weapons System) program which has been successfully fielded since 2003, and is used in operations in Iraq. The EOS integrated surveillance and fire control technology employs state-of-the-art multi-spectral sensors and fire control software for direct-fire ballistic weapons.

About ST Kinetics

ST Kinetics is the land systems arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering. It provides integrated systems, specialty vehicles and their related services for defence, government and commercial applications. This includes design and development, systems integration, production, operations & support and life cycle management. Through its subsidiary, Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd, ST Kinetics also designs and manufactures a comprehensive suite of 40 mm munition solutions, conventional and smart munitions, advanced protective materials as well as guided system components. It also provides consultancy, design and engineering services for homeland security solutions.

Safe Harbour

Certain statements made herein that use the words "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from those which may be expressed or implied by such statements, including, among others, risks or uncertainties associated with the development of the company's technology, the ability of the company to meet its financial requirements, the ability of the company to protect its proprietary technology, potential limitations on the company's technology, the market for the company's products, government regulation in Australia and the US, changes in tax and other laws, changes in competition and the loss of key personnel. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties associated with the company's business, reference is made to the company's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Form 20-F.

 

 

PRO STAGE PRODUCTIONS TAKES DELIVERY  
OF D.A.S. AUDIO SYSTEM

 D.A.S. Audio USA is pleased to announce that Pro Stage Productions recently took delivery of a new SR system consisting of several products from the company’s Aero catalog. Pro Stage Productions, based in Duarte, CA (a suburb of Los Angeles) is a full service production company—providing staging, sound, lighting, and video production, with the bulk of their activities focused on live events such as concerts and corporate industrials. The firm’s clients include BET (Black Entertainment Television), Fox Sports Net West, the Los Angeles Kings, and Staples Center arena.

The sale to Pro Stage Productions includes four Aero 218A high performance powered subwoofers, four CA-215A monoamplified arrayable subwoofers, twelve CA-28A self- powered, bi-amplified, two-way compact line array modules, and a DSP-26 loudspeaker management processor. Adrian Morales, President of Pro Stage Productions, reports their purchase was based on a number of factors, including considerable experience with the products, “Prior to this purchase, we were renting D.A.S. Audio equipment for roughly a year, so we’ve had considerable experience with the equipment. During this period, we were very impressed with the system’s performance.”

An equally important factor in their purchase decision stems from the requests of their clients. “Many of our customers are now requesting line array systems,” continued Morales, “and we also found that more and more of these clients are specifying D.A.S. equipment on their riders, so this made our purchase decision considerably easier. Many of our clients are from Latin America—where D.A.S. Audio is already a well known, very established brand. By being able to support these clients with the equipment they prefer, it opens the door to considerably more opportunity for us. In the relatively short time that we’ve had our new system, our D.A.S. equipment has already been good for business.”

Morales reports that his experience with a self-powered SR system has dramatically changed his thinking and his approach to touring sound systems. “Until the purchase of our D.A.S. system, I was never an advocate for self-powered systems,” said Morales. “Now, however, the D.A.S. gear has completely changed my view. The fact that we no longer have to haul power amplifiers around is a big deal. In fact, on the last show we did, if we would have had to haul around a bunch of amps, we wouldn’t have gotten all the gear into the truck we were using.”

“Secondly, we no longer have to match the right amps with our loudspeakers,” says Morales, “the D.A.S. equipment takes care of this for us. We also use less cable, and the time it takes to erect and break the system down is reduced considerably. Like any business these days, time is an important factor. If you’re moving in on a tight schedule, a self-powered system is a huge timesaver.”

In addition to the various loudspeakers Pro Stage Productions purchased, Morales is equally enthusiastic about their new loudspeaker management processor, which uses digital signal processing in order to accomplish the functions of an analog crossover, equalizer, limiter, and delay unit. “The system is ideal for both mains and monitors,” noted Morales. “The beauty of the DSP-26 lies in the fact that it’s designed specifically for our D.A.S. loudspeaker equipment—and it’s easy to use.”

The quality of D.A.S. Audio’s customer and technical support are two additional factors that influenced Morales’ decision to go with his Aero system. “While we certainly don’t anticipate any problems, it’s important to know that the D.A.S. stands firmly behind their products,” said Morales. “In this area, the company has been great. When we first purchased our equipment, D.A.S. Audio took the initiative to send a representative to our first show with the gear—just to make certain that everything went according to plan, and to help us in any way they could. That meant a lot to us.”

As he prepared for yet another upcoming engagement, Morales summarized his D.A.S. Audio experience, “We made the decision to go with D.A.S. because we firmly believe the company is gaining considerable recognition in terms of the equipment riders that accompany numerous performing acts, the quality of their products, and the opportunity it represents for us. We have every intention to grow our business, and I expect D.A.S. Audio will be an important part of this process.”

For additional information on Pro Stage Productions, visit the company online at www.prostagela.com.

About D.A.S. Audio

Headquartered in Valencia, Spain, D.A.S. Audio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. For better than thirty years, D.A.S. Audio products have been found on tour with the world’s greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information about the company, visit them online at www.dasaudio.com

 

MoneyTV, Week of 4/6

 

- MoneyTV is the nationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv.net), featuring informative interviews by hosts Donald Baillargeon and Skip Lindeman with company CEOs, providing insights into their operations and outlooks for their futures.

Free information packages from the featured companies can be requested by sending an email to info@moneytv.net.

The television program can also be viewed online immediately at www.moneytv.net.

Featured companies on this week's program include:

EnXnet, Inc. (OTCBB: EXNT) and 1st Global Financial Corporation (PINKSHEETS: FGBF) spokesperson James Farinella announced that the manufacturing mold for EnXnet's flagship product is now ready. He also announced that 1st Global had processed $2.5 million in credit card transactions in February.

RBC Dain Rauscher Sr. VP Irwin Shapiro reiterated that the current inverted curve on bond yields is of concern to him.

Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP) CEO Richard Altomare reported from Las Vegas about the Jackson Family Memorabilia auction being held at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino later this Spring.

Manhattan West Mortgage CEO Roger Schlesinger pontificated about the changing real estate market.

The Green Baron.com Editor-in-Chief Matt Chipman spoke about recent economic developments and their potential effect on the small and micro-cap markets.

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Integrity has begun site preparation for the 39,000 sq ft state of the art facility 30 minutes south of Nashville, TN.  The company expects to be moved in and open for business in the 3rd quarter of 07.  The facility will be GMP certified by NSF.   

 

Integrity has become one of the first nutritional ingredient suppliers certified in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program by the U.S. Customs and Border Pro­tection (CBP). C-TPAT, a voluntary partnership overseen by the Department of Homeland Secu­rity, is the first worldwide supply chain security initiative designed to reduce the threat of ter­rorism while facilitating secure, legitimate commerce for employers, suppliers and clients in­volved in the global supply chain industry.

 

Research

 

Integrity has appointed Dr. Bolin Qin MD, PhD as Director of Research.  Dr. Qin will work in the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition facility through the Creative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) underway to further the body of evidence on Cinnulin PF.

 

Two studies demonstrating the effects of Cinnulin PF have recently been  published (manuscripts are attached).   The titles are as follows:

 

Effects of a Water-Soluble Cinnamon Extract on Body Composition and Features of the Metabolic Syndrome in Pre-Diabetic Men and Women.  J of ISSN 3(2): 45-53, 2006

 

The Effect of Cinnamon Extract on Insulin Resistance parameters in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Pilot Study.  Fertil Steril 2007 Feb 9

 

 

IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality Announce Strategic Alliance
With Moog Music Inc®
Sound, software and hardware developers join forces for new
sample-based
products focused on legendary vintage analog synthesizers
 
March 2007, Modena, Italy ­ IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality are proud
to
announce a strategic alliance with Moog Music Inc® to bring out
sample-based
products focused on Moog synthesizer sounds. In an effort to present
the
flavors of Moog synthesizer history as playable sounds, Sonic Reality
has
sampled the entire range of vintage Moog synthesizers and together with
IK
Multimedia, they have created "SampleMoog" the first comprehensive
collection of Moog samples available as a plug-in powered by
SampleTank.

"While there are already some Moog-themed plug-ins out there, we wanted
to
capture the wider sonic flavors that come from the entire range of Moog
synthesizers put out over the years including vintage Polymoogs,
Memorymoogs
and Taurus Pedals as well as the latest Minimoog Voyager and other
synths
that have never been modeled," says Dave Kerzner CEO of Sonic Reality.
"We're honored to be doing this in cooperation with Moog Music Inc. and
the
Moog Foundation to pay homage to the legendary Bob Moog and present
these
timeless sounds in software for anyone to use in their music."

The goal of these sample-based Moog-themed products is to broaden the
awareness of the wonderful sounds of Moog synthesizer history and the
accomplishments of Bob Moog as well as bringing musicians an affordable
source of some of the boldest, phat, punchy, liquid and cutting synth
sounds
you can find anywhere. From the deepest rumbling sound of Taurus bass
pedals
to creamy synth leads of a variety of rare Minimoogs® to the silky
ethereal
sound of a Polymoog string pad, SampleMoog is one diverse synth
plug-in to
use in any style of music from electronic music to rock, hip hop, R&B,
pop,
progressive, avant garde experimental and more.

Bob Moog's daughter, Michelle, director of the Bob Moog Memorial
Foundation
for Electronic Music had this to say about the project: "Dad was
committed
to creating tools that allowed musicians to customize their
instrument's
sounds and therefore give their creativity a musical voice; this
product is
an extension of that in the digital world. The Bob Moog Foundation is
honored to be part of this tribute to the sounds and legacy of Bob Moog
and
is deeply grateful to Sonic Reality and IK Multimedia for their
support."


For more information on SampleMoog, please visit:
http://www.ikmultimedia.com


 


About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a music software company directly
operating in four countries, founded in 1996 for the purpose of
developing
software designed to enable people to listen, play and produce music
using
revolutionary new digital instruments, which are powerful and easy to
use.
AmpliTube®, T-Racks®, GrooveMaker®, SampleTank®, Sonik Synth, Miroslav
Philharmonik, Classik Studio Reverb, SVX, Total Studio Bundle,
Total
Effects Bundle, Total Workstation Bundle and StealthPlug, and
StompIO
are trademarks or registered trademarks property of IK Multimedia
Production
srl. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners,
which are
in no way associated or affiliated with IK Multimedia. Use of these
names
does not imply any cooperation or endorsement.
 

 

Announcing SampleTank 2.5
New and enhanced features for the ultimate sample workstation plug-in
 
March 2007, Modena, Italy ­ IK Multimedia is proud to announce
SampleTank
2.5, a powerful upgrade for the industry standard sample workstation
plug-in, SampleTank 2. It includes many new features such as an
enhanced
built-in effects system with auxiliary and master effects, the addition
of a
high-quality studio reverb, the ability to read all ³Powered by
SampleTank²
instruments and more.

New effects section with AUX and MASTER effects. IK Multimedia has
added 5
AUX and 5 Master insert effects to the existing 5 insert effects, now
called
PART effects. This way each of the SampleTank 2.5 loadable sounds can
be
processed with a staggering total of 15 separate effects! In addition,
the
new AUX and MASTER effects allow for greater CPU efficiency when
loading
multiple parts since they are applied to all sounds loaded in the
module.

High-quality Classik Studio Reverb added. The addition of a
high-quality
reverb derived from Classik Studio Reverb, IK Multimedia¹s
award-winning
suite of studio-quality reverb models, extends the included effects to
33
selectable effects in SampleTank 2.5.

Can read Philharmonik, Sonik Synth and new "Powered by SampleTank"
Sonik
Instruments. SampleTank 2.5 allows the immediate usage of the sounds in
Miroslav Philharmonik, Sonik Synth and the new "Powered by SampleTank"
Sonik
Instruments with the same exact sonic results in one convenient
interface.
SampleTank 2.5 provides access to one of the largest and most diverse
ranges
of sample sounds available.

Free for all SampleTank L and XL users. The new SampleTank 2.5 upgrade
will
be FREE for all SampleTank 2 L and XL users and can be downloaded from
their
IK Personal User Area immediately upon release.

SampleTank 2.5  ŒŒWhat¹s New¹¹ Features:
·      5 AUX insert effects
·      5 Master insert effects
·      33 selectable effects, including a high-quality reverb derived
from
CSR
·      Free for all registered SampleTank 2 L and XL users

 
Minimum System Requirements:

Power PC based Macintosh®: 866 MHz G4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS
X
10.4 or later.

Intel based Macintosh®: 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512 MB of
RAM,
Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later.

Windows®: Pentium 1GHz / Athlon XP 1.33 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, Windows XP.

Price & Availability
SampleTank 2.5 is a free downloadable upgrade for all registered users
of
SampleTank L and XL and is expected to be available in May 2007.


For more information on this exciting release from IK, please visit:
http://www.sampletank.com




 

About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a music software company directly
operating in four countries, founded in 1996 for the purpose of
developing
software designed to enable people to listen, play and produce music
using
revolutionary new digital instruments, which are powerful and easy to
use.
AmpliTube®, T-Racks®, GrooveMaker®, SampleTank®, Sonik Synth, Miroslav
Philharmonik, Classik Studio Reverb, SVX, Total Studio Bundle,
Total
Effects Bundle, Total Workstation Bundle, StealthPlug, and StompIO
are
trademarks or registered trademarks property of IK Multimedia
Production
srl. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
 
 

 

Announcing Sonik Instruments
SampleMoog, SampleTron, and Studiophonik virtual instrument plug-ins
 
March 2007, Modena, Italy ­ IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality are proud
to
announce their latest collaborative effort, Sonik Instruments, a series
of
virtual instrument plug-ins dedicated to focused collections of rare
and
top-of-the-line instruments and sounds. The first announced of this
series
are SampleMoog, SampleTron, and Studiophonik.

Each of these Sonik Instruments offers a full synth-sampler engine
powered
by SampleTank with an inspiring customized graphic interface and a full
range of built-in multi effects. 16 multi-timbral parts, 4 insert
effects
and 4 send effects per part, selectable among more than 30 high-quality
effects (with algorithms derived from IK¹s award winning T-RackS and
AmpliTube), fast loading and low-CPU demands, VST/AU/RTAS and
stand-alone
availability are only some of the high-end features that each of these
Sonik
Instruments is able to offer. Moreover, all Sonik Instrument sounds can
also
be loaded within SampleTank 2.5, making it possible to expand your
workstation to unbelievable proportions.


SampleMoog is the most complete collection of Moog sounds ever released
in
one product, done in cooperation with Moog Music Inc®. This virtual
instrument takes you back in time to the days of analog and honors one
of
the founding fathers of synthesis, Bob Moog. SampleMoog includes 22
rare,
collectible Moog synths, accurately sampled and programmed with the
addition
of built-in effects. This sample-based product offers a wide range of
basses, leads, pads, and effects from monstrous Moog Modulars® to rare
Minimoogs® to Taurus Bass Pedals, Polymoogs, Memorymoogs and more ­
virtually the entire range of Moog synthesizers in a single product. An
homage to the incredible history of vintage, keyboard instruments from
the
first Moog Theremin to the latest Minimoog Voyager, this plug-in is a
must-have for any fan of the ³Moog Sound.²


SampleTron offers the most diverse collection of ³Tron² sounds ever
released
in one product. It has samples of 18 rare, vintage keyboard instruments
such
as Mellotrons, Optigans, Chamberlins and other related ³Tron² family
instruments. These ³Trons² were ingenious keyboards made in the 60¹s
that
were the predecessors of today¹s samplers, with the capability of
reproducing many natural sounds that were recorded on tapes or disks
and
activated by keys. Brought to you from the personal archives of Dave
Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality, this unique virtual instrument includes
rare
sounds Dave has sampled with artists such as Crowded House, Smashing
Pumpkins, Tom Waits and more. SampleTron gives you more creative
control
over the sound than any other software vintage keyboard instrument.
Combi
instruments allow you to build extremely complex sound layering for
powerful
lo-fi orchestral soundscapes. SampleTron not only has traditional
classic
and progressive rock sounds such as the ³Strawberry Fields Forever²
flute
and sounds used by the Moody Blues, Yes, and Genesis, but also includes
unusual quirky sounds that today¹s alternative, rock, hip-hop and film
composers are in search of.


Studiophonik is a virtual instrument plug-in dedicated to reproducing
the
diverse sounds and instrumentation of full guitar, bass and drum bands
recorded in high-end studios and includes a diverse collection of
incredibly
realistic instruments. It¹s like having three plug-ins in one, putting
a
complete studio with the ultimate selection of top-of-the-line and
collectible vintage guitars, basses and drums right at your fingertips.
Studiophonik combines high-quality studio drum, bass and guitar
instruments
with powerful built-in modeled studio effects of the SampleTank engine
to
bring you a unique ³virtual band² instrument like no other.
Studiophonik
also gives you deeper control of pickups, microphones, performance
nuances
and mixing for the ultimate studio instrument expression. With more
control
over the sound, you can adjust ambient mics on drums, change pickups on
guitars and basses in real-time and process them internally with
vintage
modeled compressors, EQ, limiters, guitar amps, phasers, flangers,
delays,
reverbs and more. Studiophonik includes over 30 high-quality
instruments
with a wide range of brands offering one of the most authentic and
diverse
collections of guitar, bass and drums.


Sounds:

SampleMoog includes:

Modular Moog® System 15
MoogSource
Modular Moog® System 55 (921)
Modular Moog® System 3C (901)
Musonic Minimoog® (DK)
RA Moog Minimoog® (SS)
Minimoog® Model D
Polymoog
Taurus I Pedals
Taurus II Pedals
Prodigy
Rogue
Realistic MG-1
Opus 3
Liberation
MicroMoog
MultiMoog
Satellite
Sonic 6
Memorymoog
Theremin
Minimoog® Voyager®
Little Phatty®


SampleTron includes:
Mellotron® M400
Mellotron® MK5
Mellotron® MKII
Mellotron® Powerhouse
(8 Track Rhythm Machine)
Novatron
Vako Orchestron®
Optigan
Talentmaker
Chamberlin Music Master 600
Chamberlin Music Master 400
Chamberlin Model 200
Chamberlin M1
Chamberlin M4
Chamberlin Rhythmate
360 Systems® ³Digital Tron²
Roland® VP-330 (Choir)
Stylophone®
Birotron


Studiophonik includes:
€ Drums
Ayotte® Kit
60¹s Ludwig Pearl® ³Ringo-style Kit²
Vintage Ludwig® ³Bonham-style Kit²
Vintage Gretsch® ³Soul Kit²
Sonor® Design Kit
Premier® ³Collins-style Kit²
Pearl® ³Rock Kit²
DW® Pacifica Kit
Vintage Ludwig® ³Jazz Kit²
Gretsch® ³Blues Kit²
Tama® Star Classic Kit
Gretsch® Duo Jet
40¹s Leedy Kit

€ Bass
Fender® Jazz Bass
1962 Fender® P-Bass
70¹s Rickenbacker® 4001 Bass
Sadowsky® 5 String
Sting Ray® 5 String
Modulus® 6 String
Chapman Stick
Lakeland 5 String Fretless
Fender® Tele Bass
Hofner® ³Beatle Bass²

€ Guitars
1950¹sFender® Telecaster/Broadcaster
1957 Gibson® Les Paul®
1960¹s Dan Electro Convertible
1962 Fender® Stratocaster®
Vintage Gibson® 335 Hollow Body
Vintage Gibson® SG Double Neck
Guild® ³Brian May² Guitar
Rickenbacker® 12 String
Vintage Martin® 6 String Acoustic
Larrivée® 6 String Acoustic
Taylor® 12 String Acoustic


Price & Availability
Sonik Instruments will be available during the second quarter of 2007.
More
detailed information about the pricing of Sonik Instruments will be
online
soon.

For more information on this exciting release from IK, please visit:
http://www.iksounds.com


Ariana Diaz
Public Relations Manager
Ariana.diaz@ikmultimedia.com
IK Multimedia. Musicians First.


###
About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a music software company directly
operating in four countries, founded in 1996 for the purpose of
developing
software designed to enable people to listen, play and produce music
using
revolutionary new digital instruments, which are powerful and easy to
use.
AmpliTube®, T-Racks®, GrooveMaker®, SampleTank®, Sonik Synth, Miroslav
Philharmonik, Classik Studio Reverb, SVX, Total Studio Bundle,
Total
Effects Bundle, Total Workstation Bundle and StealthPlug, and
StompIO
are trademarks or registered trademarks property of IK Multimedia
Production
srl. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners,
which are
in no way associated or affiliated with IK Multimedia. Use of these
names
does not imply any cooperation or endorsement.

 

Accountability and Performance Top Priorities For Marketers in 2007

The 2007 Marketing Outlook survey, by the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, to capture insights and opinions about how marketers are focusing their efforts in 2007, finds that marketers look at measurement, improved efficiencies and customer knowledge as top challenges. In addition, they plan on making further changes to upgrade organizational effectiveness, strengthen customer engagement and achieve even greater measurability.

Past studies by the CMO Council have demonstrated that chief marketers face intense pressure from bottom-line focused CEOs and demanding corporate boards to improve the relevance, accountability and performance of their organizations. This pressure is gauged by the notoriously short tenure (less than two years) of the average CMO. The era of brand-centric marketing is giving way to a new breed of CMO who is more focused on measurable performance and business results, concludes the report.

The report says that the results of the Marketing Outlook survey shows that old habits die hard. Many of the top-line Marketing Outlook findings bear this out:

Marketers number one accomplishment in 2006 was the restructuring and realignment of marketing better support sales and drive demand generation. And, chief marketers are still consumed with brand image, focusing on those activities, as shown by the next two accomplishments: brand image and visual identity overhaul.

The majority of marketers feel that their top goal in 2007 is to quantify and measure the value of marketing programs and investments, followed closely by a desire to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the marketing organization.

60 percent of top marketers are taking a long, hard look at their organizational resources, and plan to add new skill sets and capabilities internally, and nearly half plan to review and evaluate all current marketing resources.

35 percent of marketers replaced their PR agencies in 2006, and 21 percent of marketers tossed their Web design and development agencies. More than half of respondents plan to make further agency changes this year.

Nearly 65 percent of respondents forecasted increased 2007 marketing budgets-with close to 20 percent expecting an increase of 16 percent or greater-versus 15.1 percent who expected a budget decrease. About 20 percent expected no change.

More marketers are investing in public relations services, programs and agencies for brand awareness Tapped as the top area of spend for 2007, marketers are using PRto shape customer pre-disposition and generate critical brand awareness. With the fervor for measures and metrics, the core of branding and brand identity has not been lost. But, it has taken back seat to accountability to both the C-suite and the c