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HDcctv Alliance Announces Analog Devices, Cop UK, Pacific Corp, UFINE, and Win4Net Join Global Security Consortium











HDcctv Logo: Look for this logo on HDcctv Alliance products


Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) March 15, 2010

HDcctv Alliance®, the global security industry consortium established to manage and promote technical standards for HDcctv™ equipment interoperability, announced today that five new members – Analog Devices, Cop UK, Pacific Corporation, UFINE and Win4Net – have joined the Alliance. The Alliance is quickly growing its international membership with registration available at http://www.highdefcctv.org or at their Booth #42001, at ISC West, Las Vegas, March 24-26, where many HDcctv Alliance members will be demonstrating their products.

HDcctv-based systems transmit HDTV signals digitally over conventional CCTV media without packetization and without any perceivable compression latency. The HDcctv Alliance has partnered with SMPTE to reference the family of broadcast video interfaces known as HD-SDI to create a derivative standard to enable plug-and-play security systems and equipment that deliver high-resolution, high-definition (HD) surveillance video with no transmission delays, no image artifacts from transmission, with the highest possible signal integrity.

With new members joining from Japan, Korea, England, and the USA, the Alliance is expanding their already significant international presence and diverse array of security products, from component, OEM and branded equipment manufacturers to security sales, support and system installers.

New Alliance member Analog Devices, Inc (NYSE: ADI) is a multinational semiconductor company, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world, specializing in data conversion and signal conditioning technology.

“Analog Devices is constantly evaluating emerging technologies such as HDcctv to determine alignment to our signal processing product capabilities. We are excited to join the Alliance as an actively contributing member and look forward to continuing the process of positioning our existing and potential new product developments for adoption within the burgeoning HDcctv application space,” said Michael Long, Analog Devices’ security segment manager.

Cop UK, based in North England, with offices in Taiwan, China, Scandinavia and the USA, have supplied and supported more than 2,000,000 products to the security industry in the UK with installations ranging from single-owner/manager companies to large corporations with national installation bases, with an annual turnover in the UK in excess of 10,000,000 USD.

“Cop UK believes the HDcctv Alliance represents a major step forward in meeting the ever-increasing demand for higher-quality, higher-resolution CCTV for our customer base that network camera solutions cannot fulfill,” said Chris Bentley, CEO Cop UK. “Many of our customers have no networking background and consider network cameras as belonging to the ‘big installers club’: too expensive and complicated to install. HDcctv is the logical way forward for small installations that represents a large proportion of the total UK CCTV installation base and fits our customer base perfectly.”

“HDcctv ideally suits our customers’ requirements for quality and ease of installation, at an affordable price point. Our plan is to be selling Cop UK HDcctv products in the UK by the end of 2010 that will include our own brand cameras and embedded DVRs currently under development. We will also be launching a small range of ancillary items like repeaters to provide our customers with a one-stop solution for HDcctv,” Chris added.

Pacific Corporation is the first Japanese company to join the HDcctv Alliance and will demonstrate a 1080p30 auto-focus 18x-zoom camera built to meet HDcctv v1.0 specifications in their ISC West Booth #42003.

“By joining the HDcctv Alliance we gain the ability to collaborate with and share the resources of many companies that have the same goal of bringing the highest quality HD video to the main stream CCTV market,” said Isao Omata, director of sales, Pacific Corporation. “We can seamlessly work with HDcctv members and component manufacturers to ensure our products meet high performance standards and are interoperable, like our HDcctv zoom camera we will be demonstrating at ISC West which incorporates HDcctv Alliance member AltaSens’ wide dynamic range image sensor.”

Win4NET, Ltd, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, manufactures a diverse array of security products including DVR’s, HVR’s, NVR’s, network software solutions, video servers and auxiliary products that include speed dome cameras, storage boxes, housing and bracket, and system equipment. The Trium Security brand, established in 2007 as a separate business entity of Win4NET, Ltd., stands apart as an experienced, professional brand name in the North American security industry and will be exhibiting at ISC West in Booth #23097.

“Joining the HDcctv Alliance is in line with our goals to build a new business foundation based on new products that match the customer’s need, combined with extensive promotional campaigns and increased sales,” said Chris Wembridge, Win4NET Sales Manager. “HDcctv and Win4NET principles are consistent: that surveillance and physical security products should be reliable, cost effective, and readily integrated into new, or concurrently with, existing installations and procedures.”

UFINE Logics & Chips Co., Ltd., located in Gyeonggi-do, Korea, just released a single-chip image signal processor (ISP) optimized for high-resolution applications including HDcctv cameras. UFINE’s ISP chip includes HDcctv interface logic and can process 1080p30 images while implementing such functions as wide dynamic range (WDR), 3D DNR, 3A (AE, AWB, AF), OSD, motion detection, digital zooming and more. Unique functions can easily be added by firmware inside the microcontroller unit (MCU) embedded in the chip.

“We believe that joining the HDcctv Alliance provides a good opportunity for UFINE and our customers, who are CCTV camera manufacturers developing HDcctv cameras,” said Chang-Hyun, Nam, vice president, UFINE Logics & Chips Co., Ltd. “By implementing HDcctv features in the ISP, UFINE makes it easy for our customers to develop cost-effective HDcctv cameras. Together with our customer partners, we intend to contribute to HDcctv market expansion as an active member of HDcctv Alliance.”

Visit the HDcctv Alliance at ISC West, Las Vegas, Booth 42001, March 24-26 and attend the ISC West session panel entitled “High Definition Surveillance: A Clearer Picture” with Todd Rockoff, executive director, HDcctv Alliance, and moderated by Scott Goldfine, editor-in-chief, Security Sales & Integration Magazine, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 4:00 p.m., in rooms AD04/CS04.

Visit HDcctv Alliance members’ booths at ISC West to fill out a raffle card and qualify to win one of 11 prizes including an HDcctv camera grand prize, two iPads, three valuable art pieces, and five blueCaps coax terminator kits.

Todd Rockoff will also represent the HDcctv Alliance in the panel discussion “Video Surveillance 2.0: HD Standards and Challenges” with PSIA and ONVIF at SecuTech, Taipei, Taiwan, April 22, 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about HDcctv, watch videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee1Iq8mBCYg

About HDcctv Alliance

HDcctv Alliance is a non-profit, global consortium that manages global industry specifications for high-definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv). HDcctv systems transmit digital video over various media. HDcctv includes features for security applications, while it is derived from broadcast industry standards for serialized transmission of uncompressed video over coaxial cable. The Alliance promotes industry adoption of HDcctv and provides education to the security industry and end market. The Alliance compliance program facilitates the development of high-quality interoperable HDcctv devices. Devices that have passed compliance testing display the HDcctv logo and are promoted by the Alliance. Detailed information about the HDcctv Specification is available only to members on the Alliance’s Website. Further information is available by visiting the HDcctv Alliance website at http://www.highdefcctv.org

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www.analog.com

HDcctv and the HDcctv logos are trademarks of the HDcctv Alliance.

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Viz Media Announces The Canadian Broadcast Premiere Of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER On Super Channel, Presented By Manga Entertainment











Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER (Anime)


San Francisco, CA (Vocus) March 20, 2010

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the recent Canadian broadcast debut of the animated series, Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER, featured by Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment on Super Channel. MONSTER is based on the critically acclaimed manga series by Naoki Urasawa that is published in North America by VIZ Media.

New episodes of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER, rated TV-MA will air each Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Super Channel, Canada’s only national pay television network.

What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run from the police, who suspect him to be the killer, to find Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world. Conspiracies, serial murders, and secret government experiments set against the grim backdrop of the formerly communist Eastern Europe are masterfully woven together in the compelling work of suspense that is Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER.

“Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER weaves an engaging story of psychological intrigue,” says William Germain, VIZ Media’s Director of Programming Sales. “The multifaceted plot and mysterious characters that make Naoki Urasawa’s manga a smash hit are adapted seamlessly in this animated series that stays absolutely true to the original story. We look forward to Canadian fans of manga and anime as well as mystery and suspense tuning in each week to catch the suspense and excitement of MONSTER!”

“We are very pleased to add Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER to the strong anime lineup on Super Channel,” said Gene George, executive vice president of worldwide distribution for Starz Media. “We know the excitement of MONSTER will engage anime fans that are regular viewers of this anime block of programming.”

For more information on Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) please visit http://www.vizsignature.com/monster.

About Super Channel

Super Channel is Canada’s only national pay television network, consisting of two new HD channels, four new SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand. Super Channel’s vision is to expand the Canadian premium TV experience by offering a broad range of fresh, entertaining movies, series and live events. Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company. Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers PersonalTV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Mountain Cablevision, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, Delta Cable/Coast Cable, TELUS and other regional providers. http://www.superchannel.ca

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming – including theatrical films – and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the U.S. and internationally. Starz Media (http://www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

About Manga Entertainment

Manga Entertainment Ltd (http://www.manga.com), a division of Starz Media, LLC, is an entertainment company specializing in the production, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, television, Internet, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga Entertainment content is marketed and distributed for television by Starz Media, in traditional home video outlets by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and across digital platforms by Starz Digital Media through its various online video and gaming platform partners. Starz Media (http://www.starzmedia.com), a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide, is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.

Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at http://www.VIZ.com.

Contact:

Evelyn Dubocq            

VIZ Media            

Evelyn(dot)dubocq(at)viz(dot)com

(415) 644-9238

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Univision Communications Announces Extensive Cross-Platform Coverage for Exclusive Spanish-Language Broadcast of the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™












Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 24, 2010

Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, announced today its extensive cross-platform coverage for the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™ – the most important tournament in international soccer and one of the most popular sporting events in the world. Broadcasting all of the event’s 64 matches in High Definition (HD), Univision will be transformed into the U.S. World Cup destination leveraging its market-leading assets – Univision, TeleFutura, Galavisión, Univision.com, Univision Móvil, and Univision On Demand – to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for its audiences with nearly 900 hours of comprehensive coverage. The World Cup on Univision will begin airing live on Friday, June 11th at 8am Eastern/7 am Central/5am Pacific. Univision.com will also have live streaming at http://www.UnivisionFutbol.com.

All games will be broadcast live across every time zone in the country and each will have a minimum 30-minute pre-kick-off segment. The opening match, both semi finals and the final match will have a one-hour pre-game show. Crews on-location in South Africa will bring soccer fans every exciting minute, beginning with player arrivals to the stadium, presentation of the teams as they come through the tunnel onto the field, warm-ups, pre-game interviews with the coaches, in-depth analyses and match re-caps. Univision and TeleFutura Networks’ most popular programs including “Despierta América” (Wake-Up America), “El Gordo y la Flaca” (The Scoop and the Skinny), “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), “República Deportiva” (Sports Republic) and “Contacto Deportivo” (Sports Encounter) will feature special World Cup editions of their shows, highlighting the most exciting matches, exclusive and behind-the-scenes content, fan reactions, and cultural festivities around of all of the day’s events. In addition, Univision’s news teams, including “Noticiero Univision” (Univision News), “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) and “Noticiero Univision Ultima Hora” (The Eleventh Hour) will also be on location to report on South Africa, its customs and the latest World Cup news. All of Univision Television Group’s local stations across the country will also provide extensive news coverage of the World Cup in their afternoon and late night newscasts.

“The FIFA World Cup Tournament is the most important sporting event for Hispanics bar-none,” said Alina Falcón, president of news, Univision Communications Inc. “We live it, just as our fans do, and we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this world-class event to our viewers once again. By deploying all of our assets, soccer fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the tournament when and where they want.”

The network also announced that for the first time ever it will give viewers the opportunity to re-live all the excitement of the entire World Cup through its distribution partners, on the Univision On Demand platform. All games will be available to subscribers On Demand the very next morning after it airs live. Some distributors will also be offering the games On Demand in high definition.

Univision.com is an Official Internet Broadcaster of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is providing all-around coverage of the tournament at http://www.UnivisionFutbol.com. For the first time ever, fans located in the US and Puerto Rico will be able to watch all 64 matches live online for free. Additionally, all fans will have access to real time game stats and minute-by-minute commentary. Live coverage of the tournament will also include interviews with players and coaches, exclusive behind-the-scenes video of soccer stars, and Univision talent reporting directly from the streets of South Africa. World Cup coverage has already begun with the latest tournament news, an in-depth look into the history of the matches including profiles of over 70 of the best players in FIFA World Cup history, and a dedicated widget.    

Univision Móvil is a Mobile Content Provider of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and is already providing the latest news, game calendars and more on the Univision.com mobile website. For Smartphone users, the Univision Fútbol App will provide fans with extensive coverage of the tournament, including news, videos, photos, team standings and play-by-play updates. Live mobile streaming of the matches will be accessible to Verizon Wireless V CAST subscribers where available. This year’s online and mobile coverage is action-packed with extensive coverage before, during and after the tournament.

Univision’s announcer team will provide viewers with play-by-play coverage, insightful commentary, and comprehensive analysis of every one of the 64 matches taking place in various cities throughout South Africa. Univision’s lineup is a combination of the most noteworthy, seasoned sportscasters and former players from the Spanish-speaking world. The star-studded play-by-play and color analyst teams include:

Pablo Ramírez and Jesús Bracamontes:

Known as “La Torre de Jalisco,” Pablo Ramírez is the pre-eminent voice of soccer in the U.S., having previously served as announcer for the 2002 and 2006 World Cup tournaments, three Copa Américas, four Gold Cups and hundreds of Fútbol Liga Mexicana matches for Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión. Returning as color analyst for a third World Cup is “El Profe” himself, Jesús Bracamontes, a former Chivas coach and general manager of the Mexican National Team, who also serves as color analyst for Fútbol Liga Mexicana matches.

Jorge Pérez-Navarro and José Luis Chilavert:

Anchor of TeleFutura’s “Contacto Deportivo,” the only nightly, live sports magazine on Spanish-language television, Jorge Pérez-Navarro, who called the action for Univision at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, returns to the microphone with José Luis Chilavert, the celebrated Paraguayan goalkeeper of the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, who once again brings his high energy and colorful personality to the booth.

Rounding out the panel is the Emmy-award winning presenter of “República Deportiva” Fernando Fiore, one of the foremost authorities on “fútbol,” who will host all games directly from Univision’s broadcast studio at the International Broadcasting Center in

Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Univision first televised the FIFA World Cup in 1978, and the Network has televised every World Cup tournament since then. The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ tournament held in various cities across Germany and broadcast on Univision’s three networks broke audience records reaching an estimated 50 million viewers across the U.S.

View the 2010 World Cup calendar now. Soon, the complete schedule of Univision’s World Cup coverage will be available for download at http://www.UnivisionFutbol.com.

Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces telenovelas, reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for all of the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 64 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision On Demand, and Univision Interactive Media, which includes http://www.univision.com, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S., and Univision Móvil, the industry’s most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa’s pay television channels in the U.S. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

For more information, please visit http://www.univision.net

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Wirefly.com Announces its Top 10 Must-Have Cell Phones for Spring Breakers – List Appeals to Both the Mild and Wild Vacationers














Reston, VA (Vocus) March 25, 2010

Spring has sprung and all across the country, families are gassing up their minivans and college students are trading term papers for tanning lotion and heading out for a week of rest and relaxation. But, before these vacationers hit the open road, Wirefly (http://www.wirefly.com)], the Internet’s leading online retailer of cell phones and service plans, offers up its Top 10 Must-Have Cell Phones perfect for any Spring Breaker. While these devices may not be able to cure a sunburn or quell the unrelenting “Are we there yet?” inquiries, they are equipped with advanced features and capable of supporting applications that will help travelers arrive at their destinations faster, safer and, ultimately, contribute to a fabulous Spring Break. The list also includes Wirefly’s favorite Spring Break-appropriate apps that can easily be downloaded from various apps markets for free.

“Vacationers can now leave their computers, camcorders, cameras, MP3 players, and GPS navigation devices at home. They only need to pack one device – a cell phone – to do it all,” said Scott Ableman, chief marketing officer of Simplexity, parent company of Wirefly.com.

Wirefly.com’s Top 10 Must-Have Cell Phones for Spring Break 2010

1.    HTC HD2 (T-Mobile) : The newest Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone from HTC and perhaps the sexiest on the market, the HTC HD2 boasts the largest high-resolution, multi-touch screen available – perfect for watching full versions of the movies Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which come pre-loaded in the device. For a long road trip, the pre-installed Blockbuster on-demand app lets you rent and buy movies directly to the phone. If spring break involves flying the friendly skies, the device offers WiFi GoGo for free for six months, so you can stay connected when using the participating airlines’ in-flight WiFi networks.

2.    Motorola DROID (Verizon Wireless): Vacationers will appreciate its large crisp screen, perfect for movie watching and the impressive 5-megapixel camera and video recorder for capturing those great spring break memories. If you are taking a road trip with the Droid, the pre-installed Google Maps with Navigation app for free turn-by-turn voice-guided directions ensures that you will never get lost. If you have a lead foot, make sure you download Trapster, a free app from the Android Market, to avoid a costly ticket. Trapster alerts you by spoken warnings such as “live police” or “red light camera” as you approach a police speed trap, red light cameras, and speed cameras. Wirefly also recommends the US Traffic app which provides real time traffic reports for U.S. cities.

3.    Sierra Wireless Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot (Sprint): Not a cell phone, but for keeping the whole crew connected while on the road, this mobile hotspot is a must-have. The Overdrive brings internet connectivity to up to five WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously–including laptops, gaming devices, and smartphones, via Sprint’s 3G Mobile Broadband network and, where available, its super fast 4G WiMAX network.

4.    Casio G’zOne Brigade C741 (Verizon Wireless): The Casio G’zOne Brigade C741 for Verizon Wireless is a rugged sideways flip phone with an innovative military-certified design that resists water, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt, fog, and more.    This virtually indestructible device is perfect for those college coeds with a propensity to drop their phones. Oh, did we mention that it also includes a built-in flashlight to guide you back to your hotel after a late night at the club?

5.    Palm Pre Plus (Verizon Wireless): The Palm Pre Plus, with an all new Palm Web OS and user interface, has all of the smartphone features consumers have come to expect: 3-megapixel camera, GPS, versatile Bluetooth capabilities, WiFi, productivity and entertainment apps, multimedia player, and lots of storage. What makes this ideal for a family on vacation is its ability to create an instant mobile HotSpot for up to 5 WiFi-enabled devices – similar to the Overdrive functionality, so kids and parents can all surf the web using the Verizon Wireless hi-speed network while driving on the open highway.

6.    Motorola BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR (AT&T): AT&T’s first Android smartphone features a reverse flip design with both a QWERTY keyboard and a unique BackTrack pad which allows you to control the screen without obscuring the front touch screen. Vacationers will love the convenient table-top mode that props the BACKFLIP screen up to become a hands-free video/music player, digital picture frame and alarm clock. The BACKFLIP also has an advanced 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with a portraits front-facing cam so you and your friends can easily capture those fun times together without imposing on a stranger for assistance.

7.    Motorola Cliq XT (T-Mobile): A slimmer and arguably sexier version of its older brother, the Cliq XT is equipped with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR interface, which features close integration with all of your favorite social networks so you can keep your friends back home updated on all of your spring break exploits. Fire up the 5-megapixel camera/camcorder to capture every…Kodak moment, and use the built-in GPS and Google Maps with Latitude to help you retrace your steps from the night before…just in case you need reminding.

8.    BlackBerry Bold 9700 (AT&T): The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the perfect smartphone for the jet-setting Spring Breaker who opted to leave the country for a more exotic locale, yet still needs to stay close to work e-mail. And with BlackBerry’s free Navita Translator app that translates words and phrases from e-mails, the BlackBerry Browser, SMS, or typing in the software, in up to 52 languages, thus making it easier to converse like a local, no matter where you are.

9.    HTC Hero (Sprint): This Android-powered smartphone has HTC’s Sense user interface so you can easily switch up your highly personalized home screens depending on what you’re doing. If you’re sightseeing by day, use the Footprints widget on your home screen to capture the GPS location of any photos you take. By night, switch your home screen over for easy access to the free Happy Hours app to find the nearest local hotspots, and, when necessary, fire up the Have2P app to heroically lead your brothers-in-arms to the nearest public restroom. And be sure you regularly use the BoozeMeter app to test your motor skills, so you know when it’s time cut yourself off. All of these apps and more can be downloaded from the Android Market.

10.    LG Arena GT950 (AT&T): You won’t miss a moment of the action during March Madness if you have the LG Arena with you on vacation. This touch screen is one of the few AT&T devices that support AT&T’s Mobile TV service that allows subscribers to view live TV in broadcast quality. During a recent Wirefly field test, the Arena got good reception both outside and indoors, and TV looked great on the crisp display. The device also has a noteworthy 5-megapixel camera with a flash and autofocus for quality video and pictures that rivals more pricey devices.

For more information or to purchase any of the devices listed on Wirefly’s Top 10 list, visit http://www.wirefly.com.

*the smartphone applications referenced in this article are not endorsed or sold on Wirefly nor have they been field tested by our cell phone gurus, therefore, as genius as they may seem, use at your own risk.

About Wirefly

Wirefly.com is America’s trusted source for cell phones and wireless service plans. Owned and operated by Simplexity, Wirefly.com is the Internet’s #1 authorized dealer for every major cellular carrier in the U.S. Wirefly.com also offers discounts and services not available in retail wireless stores, including real-time online order status and tracking, and the guaranteed lowest price – online or anywhere else — on cell phone devices from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, LG, BlackBerry and many other cell phone handset manufacturers. Wirefly.com has been named Best of the Web by Forbes magazine and “Best in Overall Customer Experience” by Keynote Performance Systems. For more information on Wirefly.com, its wireless products and its services, visit wirefly.com.

Contact

Megan Murray

Simplexity

703.657.4102

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StrandVision Announces Summer of Digital Signage Giveaway










MENOMONIE, WI (PRWEB) May 3, 2010 –

StrandVision LLC today announced the Summer of Digital Signage Giveaway program under which it is offering a free one-year subscription to its Internet-based digital signage.

The promotion runs through August 31, 2010. Participants simply log onto the StrandVision Digital Signage console at http://www.strandvision.com/testdrive.html, fill in “SDS-SV” as the promotion code and begin building their digital signage displays. They can be up and running in just a few minutes.

The Summer of Digital Signage program is designed to introduce companies, non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies to the benefits of digital signage. It offers participants the opportunity to create their own custom digital signage content and have it delivered over the Internet directly through an existing personal computer to their display monitor or television.

For a quick overview of digital signage and how it can add to an organization’s communications mix, visit http://www.strandvision.com/signage_overview.html.

The StrandVision Summer of Digital Signage package is a full-featured digital signage system that allows participants to incorporate their own photos and graphics into their digital signage display. Several advanced features are also provided including scheduling, scrolling text, a graphics library, time and date notices, national and local newsfeeds, as well as local weather and Radar. The digital signage can also be displayed in a frame on participants’ Websites.

“We’re giving participants the full boat for free – no hidden fees, no gimmicks. We don’t even ask for a credit card,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision president and CEO. “We see the Summer of Digital Signage as an opportunity to introduce and educate everyone to the potential of digital signage. We also think that, as the economy begins to improve, we can help participants increase their business by giving them another powerful promotional tool. We’re confident that once they see the potential of StrandVision digital signage, they’ll want to make it a permanent part of their communications mix.”

StrandVision provides the digital signage service through participant-provided Internet connections, Windows PC computers and displays. The promotion runs until 5:00 PM Central on August 31, 2010. Summer of Digital Signage subscriptions are valid for one year from the signup date, providing participants meet minimum usage standards. See http://www.strandvision.com/summer_of_digital_signage.html for details.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, delivers low-cost, Web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) digital signage through a patented approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD and plasma displays, as well as computer screens and Websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content, and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for medical and dental offices (patient education), banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising), education (student, staff and visitor information), employee break rooms (events and benefits), non-profit and religious organizations (member and supporter communications), and other applications.

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net (http://www.pc-2-tv.net), a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-to-television adapter for use with digital signage and many other applications.

StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators (http://www.strandvision.com/?installers). Additional information about StrandVision is available at http://www.strandvision.com, by calling 715-235-7446.

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Shenandoah Caverns Announces John Riggins as 2010 Spokesman











Washington, DC (Vocus) May 11, 2010

“Shenandoah Caverns thrills visitors from around the world, so we thought it appropriate that the Redskins Hall of Famer and running back, John Riggins, who captured the attention and affection of fans around the globe join our team,” said Earl Hargrove.

Since leaving professional football, J. Riggins has worked as a sports commentator on television and radio, appeared in sitcoms and daytime TV as well as in national advertising campaigns and on Broadway. He currently hosts The John Riggins Show on radio station WTOP HD3.

A professional in everything he does, Riggins will appear in Shenandoah Caverns advertising including radio, TV, cable, print and the web rolling out the all new “Humdinger” campaign that begins in the Metro Washington area on May 17th. Webster’s dictionary defines a Humdinger as something that is particularly outstanding, unusual, or exceptional which is a perfect adjective for Shenandoah Caverns.

The sights at Shenandoah Caverns are breathtaking! With level walkways and elevator service (no stairs) the caverns thrill every age and ability in an underground world of wonder. Groups, families and people from all walks of life come to discover a world of natural wonders, incredible geology and extraordinary crystalline formations.

After touring the caverns, visitors can tour The Yellow Barn, American Celebration on Parade, see model trains in motion, stroll down Main Street of yesteryear, and enjoy a variety of events.

The Shenandoah Caverns family of attractions is conveniently located just two minutes from the Shenandoah Caverns Exit #269 off I-81. View the full calendar of events at http://www.shendoahcaverns.com.

Media Contact: Janice Ockershausen, Best Bark Media 1200 29th Street NW, Suite B-100 Washington, DC 20007 202-342-0002

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OxBlue Announces Construction Time-Lapse Footage in Blu-ray HD Format











OxBlue provides Blu-ray time-lapse footage


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 18, 2010

OxBlue, the industry’s leader in construction camera services, is announcing an addition to their product line. Following the recent release of their 8MP construction camera, OxBlue’s time-lapse videos are going Blu-ray. The Blu-ray format boasts a 1920×1080 resolution allowing a true HD experience. Clients will now be able to use any HDTV and Blu-ray player to watch time-lapse videos at nearly four times the resolution. Ideal for presentations and large sites, the difference is vivid and impressive.

“When we released the 8 MP camera, we were responding to a demand for a higher resolution time-lapse experience from some of our clients,” says OxBlue CEO, Chandler McCormack. “The expansion into the Blu-ray format is a natural continuation in that direction. Our cameras’ already impressive resolution capabilities allow us to produce full Blu-ray clarity from any construction camera, at any existing or future site. Clients will be eager to see and display these time-lapse images of their projects to current, as well as future partners.”

Offering as much as four times the resolution as that of a standard feed, a Blu-ray time-lapse presentation allows unprecedented access to a project’s day-to-day progress. The detailed documentation of a site’s activity has never been clearer or more available.

OxBlue maintains its commitment to simple and reliable solutions. All time-lapse video services remain available at standard resolutions. However, every OxBlue time-lapse order can now be updated to full 1080p Blu-ray. All videos are provided via a Blu-ray disc. Time-lapse presentations can be easily accessed and viewed with any Blu-ray compatible device, allowing clients to utilize HD TV’s and High Definition monitors.

Founded in 2001, OxBlue is a privately held national construction camera service provider. Focused solely on the needs of the construction industry, OxBlue is committed to providing the most intuitive and reliable hardware, services and customer interaction available. Over the past nine years, OxBlue has set the industry standard in terms of a customer service experience, offering the peace of mind clients seek at every stage of a project. For more information visit http://www.oxblue.com.

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Photodex® Announces Apple® iPad® Device Support for ProShow® Slide Shows











ProShow Device Plug-in Dialog

Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 24, 2010

Photodex has released a new iPad device output profile for its award-winning ProShow slide show software. Now any ProShow user can easily sync their slide shows to their iPad and watch them play back full screen and in HD. ProShow’s device output feature takes any slide show and formats it for the device chosen. Devices range from smart phones to media players and now include the iPad.

How it Works

The ProShow Device plug-in works directly with ProShow Gold and Producer to create device-ready versions of a user’s slide shows. No complicated formatting or conversions, a user simply selects their device and hits create. Images, videos and audio are automatically compressed in the correct format whether they’re outputting for an iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and more.

The ProShow Device plug-in is available for $ 19.95 and works seamlessly with both ProShow Gold and Producer. Supported devices include:


    Apple iPad
    Apple TV
    Apple iPhone
    Apple iPod
    LG Phones
    Motorola Phones
    Palm Phones
    Blackberry Phones
    Sony Playstation Portable
    Playstation 3

About ProShow

ProShow allows users to easily create photo and video slide shows. Users can optimize their files using built-in editing tools to crop, remove red-eye and trim audio and video clips. They can choose from a wide-array of built-in effects to animate their shows and add a finishing touch with a custom soundtrack, voiceovers and titles.

ProShow comes in two versions, ProShow Gold ($ 69.95) for consumers and ProShow Producer ($ 249.95) for professionals. Free trial versions of both products can be downloaded from http://www.photodex.com.

About Photodex Corporation

Founded in 1987, Photodex Corporation is a leading publisher of software for working with digital content. Photodex creates innovative products that enable users to create compelling slide show presentations with photos, video and audio, and to manage their digital files. Photodex’s user-friendly, affordable software offers power, speed, and simplicity for millions of computer users worldwide.

PR Contact    

Amanda Sahliyeh Eddy

Photodex Corporation

11100 Metric Blvd STE 400

Austin, TX 78758

512-674-9904

Photodex and ProShow are registered trademarks of Photodex Corporation. All other brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products and services of their respective owners. “PlayStation”, “PLAYSTATION”, “PS” Family logo, and “PSP” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. iPod, Apple TV, iPad and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Blackberry is a trademark of Research In Motion Limited. Adobe Flash is a registered trademark of Adobe. Microsoft Zune is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/ or other countries. Xbox and Xbox 360 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/ or other countries. ZEN is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd. Palm and Treo are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. Nintendo 64, N64, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, and the Wii are trademarks of Nintendo. Copyright 2006 Nintendo. TiVo and the TiVo logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc.

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Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa Announces Launch of City Club Membership Program










Victoria, BC (PRWEB) June 10, 2010

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa (http://www.parksidelifestyle.com/), Victoria’s newest $ 60 million resort hotel, has launched its highly anticipated City Club Membership program.

The program has been of interest to many downtown Victoria residents living in nearby condominiums without access to amenities such as full fitness centres and indoor pools.

In the first phase of the launch only 100 Lifetime Memberships will be available. Lifetime Members will have exclusive access to all of Parkside’s amenities as well as limited access for their guests.

Lifetime Membership includes complimentary access to the private Penthouse City Club Lounge (http://www.aviawest.com/images/accommodation-sites/parkside/images/pv-012-lg.jpg) including daily newspapers and magazines, a lounge area with flat screen TV and an attended bar area serving a selection of juices, coffee, tea, cheeses, fruit, nuts and other snacks from 10 am -to 4 pm daily.

Lifetime Members also have full access to the 25-metre indoor ozonated pool (http://www.aviawest.com/images/accommodation-sites/parkside/images/pv-007-lg.jpg) and hot tub, access to change rooms, lockers and towels, state-of-the-art fitness centre (http://www.aviawest.com/images/accommodation-sites/parkside/images/pv-008-lg.jpg) featuring brand new Star Trac strength training & cardio equipment, 29-seat HD surround-sound movie theatre with nightly movie screenings.

Exclusive Lifetime Member discounts include 50% off private functions in the Theatre and City Club Lounge (four and two times annually, respectively), 50% off Rack Rates at six Aviawest properties based on 72 hour notice (excluding July and August), 25% off Parkside Accommodations on 30 days notice, 15% off AquaTerre Spa services and products and 10% off the purchase of Aviawest Vacation Ownership Points.

A Lifetime Membership is currently available for a fee of $ 1,995 for individuals (includes First Year Dues and $ 200 Spa Credit if paid before September 1, 2010) and $ 2,495 for couples and families. Monthly dues are $ 99 per month, per person or $ 150 per month, per couple and $ 25 per month, per child (18 and under).

Those interested may purchase a Lifetime Membership by calling Parkside’s Concierge at 1.800.339.9965 or enquire at Guest Services. More information can also be obtained by emailing cityclub(at)parksidevictoria(dot)com.

Built to LEED® Platinum Certification standards, Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is an innovative West Coast retreat conveniently located in the heart of downtown Victoria.

Parkside consists of 126 fully furnished designer suites in two independent 7 and 8-storey towers joined by a 3-storey glass garden atrium. World-class amenities at Parkside include the full-service AquaTerre Spa, 25-metre indoor ozonated pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness centre, rooftop gardens and patios, private movie theatre, Penthouse City Club Lounge and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is the only urban resort hotel of its kind offering an exceptional accommodation guest experience and affordable, flexible second home ownership in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC, Canada.

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FIGHT! Media Announces Online Video Distribution Deal With AOL










Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 21, 2010

AOL is getting into the FIGHT! business.

FIGHT! Media, publisher of the most popular mixed martial arts publication in the United States, has quickly established itself as a leading innovator in online MMA video content through its popular YouTube channel (youtube.com/fightmagazine).

The Atlanta-based company’s already sizable viewership is about to expand dramatically. Today, FIGHT! Media president Donovan Craig announced the completion of a deal with internet giant AOL to distribute FIGHT!’s original video content.

Beginning this month, a selection of FIGHT!’s videos, will begin airing on MMAFighting.com, a division of FanHouse, AOL’s hugely successful online sports franchise.

FIGHT!’s YouTube channel launched last spring, and has since produced over 250 original videos, which have racked up well over 2 million views. FIGHT’s! content includes pre- and post- fight footage and interviews, lifestyle clips, and its flagship series, “FIGHT! Life,” a monthly, broadcast-quality HD documentary series featuring the best fighters and biggest personalities in MMA, including Anderson Silva, Urijah Faber, Frank Mir, the Diaz Brothers, Bas Rutten, and many others. After debuting last November, the videos are now regularly linked to by numerous MMA blogs and Web sites, including the much-read Cage Potato (cagepotato.com), which praised FIGHT! as “striking gold” with the series.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of FIGHT! Magazine, as well as its FIGHT! Life series and other videos, and I think this will be great for both organizations,” said Bryan Tucker, the managing editor of MMAFighting.com

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to expand the FIGHT! brand and increase our online footprint with the help of AOL,” said Craig. “We are extremely grateful for the rapid success of FIGHT! Magazine, and now this deal will help us show everyone how much we’ve developed as a media company. Just like it is with the magazine, our goal is to provide world class content that appeals both to longtime MMA enthusiasts as well as the casual fan. This project with AOL will raise the bar in terms of what fans expect from online video and we couldn’t be happier to have such a great partner. ”

Craig went on to credit Neal Taflinger and Matthew Ross, head of FIGHT!’s internet and video divisions, respectively. Taflinger, an experienced print journalist, has overseen a complete overhaul of FIGHT!’s website http://www.fightmagazine.com and web operations, including its YouTube channel. Ross, a filmmaker and a journalist, has produced and directed the well-reviewed series “FIGHT! Life” in addition to overseeing the company’s entire video division, which produces 20-40 original clips each month.

FIGHT!, a division of Bluff Media, was launched in 2007. Under the guidance of Craig, the company’s founding editor-in-chief FIGHT! is the now the U.S. market leader in the world of mixed martial arts publishing and has twice been voted “Best MMA Magazine” by industry by The Underground, the most popular MMA message board forum on the Internet.

In October 2008, FIGHT! expanded its operations with the creation of FIGHT! Media, a vertically-integrated multimedia outfit, and appointed Craig as president. Recent developments include an aggressive Internet strategy, a new video division, as well as a number of radio, TV, and film projects currently in development that will be announced later this year.

FanHouse is one of the top sports destinations on the Web, andMMAFighting.com, FanHouse’s MMA vertical channel, has quickly established itself as one of the premier MMA websites. MMAFighting.com is comprised of a star-studded team of Ariel Helwani, Mike Chiappetta, Ben Fowlkes, Michael David Smith and others. Its videos have already become a formidable presence in the online martial arts community thanks to their expansive video coverage of notable MMA events. Given that FIGHT! also has its own event coverage videos, FanHouse will most likely focus on broadcasting (and rebroadcasting) “FIGHT! Life” and FIGHT!’s MMA lifestyle clips as well as a large library of MMA technique and fitness videos that will be unveiled this summer on AOL FanHouse.

FIGHT! has also begun production on a new gym profile series, “FIGHT! School”, which is being produced in conjunction with AOL subsidiary StudioNow, an online-video production company that specializes in providing media outlets with production support and local crews for shoots anywhere in the U.S. The first episode of “FIGHT School” will debut on FanHouse and YouTube later this month.

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