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Stanford Student Entrepreneur Raised $800K on Kickstarter

Palo Alto, CA, April 02, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Stanford student Jerming Gu, founder of CANDY HOUSE Inc., raised more than $800,000 dollars after his product launch on Kickstarter. Sesame – the world’s first instant smart lock – reached its funding goal in nine hours when first introduced. Currently, nearly 5,000 supporters have backed the project.

Sesame allows users to lock and unlock their doors using the Sesame app on their smartphones. It is the only smart lock that syncs the movement of the lock with the phone, providing exact control of the angle to which the lock turns.

Gu is a mechanical engineering master candidate from Stanford University. Originally from Taiwan, Gu is someone who usually thinks outside the box. Disruptor, troublemaker, entrepreneur, as he calls himself.

“There has got to be smarter ways to live our life,” Gu said.

Gu said he got the idea for smart lock due to his experience living in Asia where technology is relatively less developed.

With five-patented design, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing existing lock or removing anything. Current model is optimized for US/Canada/northern Europe Markets.

CANDY HOUSE also offers optional access point, which connects Sesame to the Internet when plugged into any nearby outlet. It lets users control Sesame wherever they are.

With Internet connection capability, users can allow guests in remotely. They can also control who has access and when. To ensure safety, the Sesame app also sends out a notification whenever the door opens or closes.

About CANDY HOUSE
Founded and developed by Stanford University students, CANDY HOUSE, Inc. is a candy store that sells dreams, putting the joy and surprise of innovative technology in the hands of consumers, just like candy. It is also a design house, developing and manufacturing products that inspire a minimal lifestyle. It launched its first product – Sesame, the world’s first instant smart lock – in February 2015. For more information about CANDY HOUSE, Inc., visit the site online or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact CANDY HOUSE
media@candyhouse.co
(650) 644-5681

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Sesame – smart lock that changes the world

Palo Alto, CA, March 27, 2015 — /EPR SOFTWARE NEWS/ — Sesame, the world’s first instant smart lock, raised more than seven times of its funding goal on Kickstarter. Launched on Kickstarter on Feb. 25, 2015, Sesame has raised more than $760,000 from backers all over the world.

The smart lock, which allows users to control their door with a smartphone app, attracted thousands.

Connected to users’ phone via Bluetooth, Sesame allows users full control of the lock, even to the exact angle a lock turns. With the optional Wi-Fi Access Point that connects Sesame to the Internet, users don’t even have to be physically near Sesame. The remote control feature allows people to send access to their friends and keep track of whether the door’s locked wherever they are.

With five-patented design, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing existing lock or removing anything. Current model is optimized for US/Canada/Singapore/Norway/Sweden Markets.

With market of Internet of Things (IoT) expanding rapidly, backers are turning more and more attention to smart gadgets that make their life easier. Founded by two students from Stanford University, CANDY HOUSE Inc. designs and manufactures products that inspire a minimal yet joyful lifestyle.

“People will carry less and less things when leave the house, that’s the trend,” said Jerming Gu, founder of Candy House.

Wallet, keys, and cell phone. People used to bring three things when they leave home. Now walltet is gradually replaced by keys. The Starbucks app pays your green tea frappuccino, you Venmo money to a friend for getting late-night pizza, you hop on a Uber without worrying about cab fare or tip.

“With Sesame, the next thing to disappear are the keys,” said Gu.

Contact-Details: CANDY HOUSE Inc.
media@candyhouse.co

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A USB Based Device Enables Novices And Professionals To Create Multimedia Photo And Video Slide Shows Directly From Their Memory Card

Honestech, Inc. is announcing FOTOBOX™ which will support Windows™ 7.0, enables novice or professional users to create rich multimedia slideshows featuring Photographs, Video, background music and Narration. FOTOBOX features a USB device solution which supports the creation of multimedia slideshows f r o m photos, videos, music, and narration.

FOTOBOX features a USB 2.0 interface, with an integrated memory card reader, and imbedded PC software within FLASH memory which automatically runs on a PC without software installation. Picture taken by Digital Cameras with a memory cards can be easily loaded to create slideshows by inserting memory card into the card reader slot.

With an easy to use photo editing tool, you can remove red eye f r o m photos, crop images, and add effects. Users also have access to themed templates, transitions, and motion and title effects, to customize their slideshows which can be directly uploaded to Facebook or YouTube, or saved to CD, DVD, or your computer.

FOTOBOX’s unique design supports Netbooks by using FLASH memory with software embedded within the USB device that appears to the PC as an installed CD-ROM device and software. This is a great plus for most Netbooks that do not support CD or DVD-ROM drives.

Priced at $79.99, with availability in October of 2009, FOTOBOX offers both an Easy Mode and an Advanced Mode, and supports High-Definition MPEG Video with resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 and Standard TV resolution.

Retail versions of Honest Technology’s products are available at leading retailers and/or their web sites including; Fry’s Electronics, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Target, Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot, Amazon.com, JC Penney, most major e-tailors, and are available f r o m the company’s web site at www.Honestech.com.

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Rack-Soft Announced Today The General Availability Of 4PSA VoipNow 2.0.2, A Unified Communications Software System That Delivers Voice, Video, Presence, Instant Messaging And Faxing Services

Internet Telephony providers and web hosting providers use 4PSA VoipNow to offer feature rich communication services to SMB market.

4PSA VoipNow 2.0.2 introduces various improvements and new features like number portability, Amazon EC2 support, SIP server multi-network, SIP server behind NAT, server generated presence, as well as important performance optimizations. VoipNow can handle a higher number of concurrent calls and more calls per second with fewer resources spent.

“The VoipNow 2.0.2 number portability support is built around an API that allows the system to connect to any national number portability database. Charging the call based on the destination network gains importance as competition in telecom has increased and more customers migrate between providers.”, said Bogdan Carstoiu, Rack-Soft’s CEO.

The new presence capabilities involve the server in keeping track of extensions’ status. VoipNow knows at any time what happens with extensions and is able to publish this information for interested parties. Extensions can also update their own status.

“When deploying VoIP services, the existing infrastructure has a special role in the solution provisioning. VoipNow provides SIP server behind NAT support to reduce costs for on premises installations. Cloud deployments are also important, that’s why VoipNow 2.0.2 fully supports Amazon EC2.”, added Mr. Carstoiu.

4PSA VoipNow can be installed on standalone Linux x86 servers or on virtualized environments based on VMware or Virtuozzo. The product is also available in a free version, limited to ten phone extensions. Prices for the commercial version start from 299USD.

About Rack-Soft
Rack-Soft develops innovative software for servers and Data Centers based on the 4Grid framework. The proprietary 4Grid technology offers the foundation for the next generation, cloud ready service delivery platforms that allow providers to deploy redundant, scalable and easy to manage SaaS infrastructures.

4PSA VoipNow is a complete Unified Communications solution that integrates voice, video, fax, and messaging with hosting services. 4PSA DNS Manager is a DNS control panel that consolidates DNS records in hosting infrastructures, delivering high availability, load balancing and automation. Rack-Soft provides a wide range of solutions for Parallels Plesk that protect servers against threats (viruses, spam, hacking), implement backup and disaster recovery, and simplify SaaS deployments.

Rack-Soft business philosophy is based on an ISO 9001 quality management system certified by TÜV CERT. For more information, please visit www.4psa.com.

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The Photobook Company Is A New Website Launched By Leading London Digital Agency Cyber-Duck

The website allows users across the UK to create personalised albums which they design themselves.

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By downloading the exclusive state-of-the-art photobook design software from The Photobook Company website completely free of charge, users can design their own album or choose from various pre-designate page templates which they can customise. The software enables users to upload their high-quality digital photographs from their computer into the album.

The software has an impressive array of tools to make it easier than ever for users to design their own wedding albums, by editing the background colours, images or captions with stunning scrapbook effects. Additionally, users can change the transparency of photographs (for faded backgrounds or blending photographs), resize photographs, layer images and easily alter the colours of the photographs (by adding classic sepia or black & white effects). The software is easy to use, meaning anybody can design their own photobook album in minutes.

There are tutorials and videos on The Photobook Company’s website to guide users through the process from basic editing such as simply resizing a photo to more advanced editing processes such as adding effects to photographs.

The user is given the choice between having a landscape or portrait option with the photobook and two different cover options; leather embossed or photographic picture. The leather embossed cover option looks timeless and classy, and the photographic cover makes the custom album look contemporary and luxurious.

Once the user is happy with their album or photobook they can then order it online via The Photobook Company’s website. The Photobook Company then handmake and professionally print the photobook album based on the custom design. The albums are printed on matt photographic paper which covers the entire double page spread (known as flush mounted) for a better quality and also enabling customers to have full panoramic images from edge to edge of the album.

All books / albums produced by the Photobook Company are handmade by their skilled and experienced bookbinders. The quality of the books and printing is manually checked and approved before they are sent out to ensure that customers receive a superior quality album that they will cherish forever. This includes colour correction and sharpening our customers images individually so that the image quality is optimised throughout the photobook. Many of The Photobook Company’s competitors simply do not show this level of dedication to quality.

The website also makes it incredibly easy to order duplicate albums for relatives, friends and family including smaller versions of the main photobook album, as well as offering the opportunity to order ‘thank you’ cards based on the photobook design for guests.

To find out more about The Photobook Company and to test the unique photobook designing software for free please visit http://www.thephotobookcompany.co.uk. Also on the website watch preview videos to learn more about the many exciting features available in the photobook software.

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ObjectsOnClouds.org – An Open Source Project Initiative

The ObjectsOnClouds Open Source Project Initiative (ObjectsOnClouds Project) is a worldwide collaborative effort to develop a set of technologies interworking together as a cloud computing platform. The ObjectsOnClouds Cloud Applications Computing Platform (ObjectsOnClouds Platform) consists of a Java-based server component (The Ionosphere Server), IDEs for building cloud applications (Aurora), platform-native desktop cloud application clients (Gravity), as well as AJAX/web-based cloud applications.

Highlights of some of the select features the ObjectsOnClouds Platform are – real-time multi-user collaborative multi-language content editing, version control with instant push notifications upon content changes, fine-grained permission control for secure access to contents, and much more.

The ObjectsOnClouds Platform is also a complete cloud applications development environment. It features many innovative ideas including a free-form “natural” database which abstracts the complexity of traditional relationship databases. This allows even non-technical people to easily create the next generation of cloud applications very quickly and easily.

The Ionosphere Server – Java-based server component
The Ionoshephere Server is a Java EE/GlassFish-based server component that is central to the ObjectsOnClouds Platform. The RESTful-based Web Services API is built-in for fully connected cloud computing with both the platform-native desktop clients and AJAX/web clients. A Web Server API is also included to serve validated HTML pages for deploying dynamic websites that are fully optimized for search engines.

Aurora for Mac and Windows – IDEs for building cloud applications Aurora is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for building cloud applications. As a native application for Mac and Windows, Aurora is designed to take advantage of the platform’s speed and efficiency.

Gravity for Mac, Windows and iPhone – the platform-native clients for cloud applications
Gravity is a technology which allows developers to create platform-native applications – for Mac, Windows and iPhone – all without programming! Cloud developers use Aurora to specify the application elements – menus, windows, content display areas, etc. – and Gravity connects to the cloud to load, assemble and launch the live cloud application as a native platform application. This gives users more choices for cloud computing and even has the potential to make AJAX/web technologies irrelevant.

AJAX/web-based cloud applications IDEs and clients
Advanced AJAX/web programming tools and libraries, web browser-based cloud applications can take advantage of the innovative features that the ObjectsOnClouds Platform has to offer.

Anyone – worldwide – can Join and Participate in this Exciting Project!
The ObjectsOnClouds Project is looking for both professionals and students who have the skills and dedication to open source software development to become involved in creating the next cloud applications platform. Developer membership is free and volunteers can gain worldwide recognition in the forefront of the cloud computing revolution. If you possess skills in project management or have development expertise in Java EE, AJAX, GWT, Mac (including iPhone; using Objective-C and the Cocoa framework) or Windows (using C# and .NET framework), we invite you to become part of this exciting project!

About the ObjectsOnClouds Project
The ObjectsOnClouds Project is an open source initiative to create a set of technologies interworking together as a cloud computing platform. The computing industry is in an exciting revolution moving f r o m desktop-based computing where data are stored on the local computer’s hard drive, to cloud computing where all data and contents are stored on cloud servers. The ObjectsOnClouds Project aims to accelerate this revolution by delivering a complete cloud applications development and computing platform. For more information, please visit the ObjectOnClouds.org website.

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Xara Xtreme, The World’s Fastest Designer Program, Upgrades To Version 5

Whether it’s creating high quality illustrations, designing your brochures or designing your website the versatility of Xara Xtreme or Xara Xtreme Pro 5 is the solution.

Already appreciated by many as the fastest graphics illustration program with pioneering graphics technologies, it now has many more features to assist website creation and photo handling,

Favored by many professional designers for its slick workflow, new in this version 5 release are:

• New website design features aimed at designers who want to focus on design, not coding, Xara Xtreme is a supreme rapid website prototyping tool producing fully cross-browser, cross platform, standards compatible (X)HTML.
• Fast photo editing tools enhanced to include Content Aware Photo Scaling which allows images to be stretched without distorting key points of interest in the photo. Combined with the new photo masking tool you can additionally protect any part of your photo.
• The ability to anchor graphics (vector, or photo) to text so they flow with the text.
• Automatic font embedding, enables Xara documents to be distributed, viewed and printed WYSIWYG with any fonts.
• A new multi-language real-time check as you type spell checker.
• A new Object Gallery enabling easier page / layers / object identification, re-ordering and selection. e.g. you can now just drag the page thumbnail for page re-ordering.
• Improved file import / export including EPS, PDF import and export, camera RAW
• Improved Flash creation
• A new range of professionally designed templates, ready for easy customization, including business media, flyers, brochures and now a wide range of website templates.

…and more than 100 other improvements.

Xara Xtreme is a great all-round graphics and document production tool, able to create vector illustrations, web graphics, flyers and now high-quality websites with ease. This one tool can produce all your documents. Instead of using separate, often expensive, difficult-to-learn software packages, with Xara Xtreme you can re-use the same creatives for brochures, (it includes excellent PDF export) and websites.

Create once and use for multiple creative media – DTP style documents, brochures, PDF files and websites.

Xara Xtreme works with Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7 and retails for only $89 and Xtreme Pro is only $249.

For further details see www.xara.com

For a full list of the new features see www.xara.com/products/xtreme/upgrade/

You can see some examples of work created by our customers at www.xara.com/gallery

Demonstration movies showing Xara Xtreme Pro in operation (WMV format) are available f r o m: www.xara.com/xtreme/movies

Performance – Xara Xtreme remains the highest performance graphics application, towering above other market leading vector products. see www.xara.com/products/xtreme/performance.asp

About Xara
Xara has been developing computer software since 1981, the early Microcomputer era. It has focused mostly on publishing related software products, starting f r o m Wordwise, a hugely popular Word Processor in the ’80s, to desktop publishing software (Impression) and graphics products in the ’90s for the Acorn RISC computer. Xara’s first Windows product, Xara Studio, was quickly snapped up and marketed by Corel in the late ’90s as CorelXara. The rights were acquired back f r o m Corel and it has since evolved into Xara X and the most recent Xara Xtreme. Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques used by the industry today. It was the first to introduce vector anti-aliasing, the first with vector transparency and graduated transparency and the first with vector feathering. Many of its User Interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. The graphics engine that is at the core of Xara Xtreme still remains the world’s most powerful. In January, 2007, Xara Ltd was acquired by Magix AG f r o m Berlin, Germany. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.

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WindowsNetworking.com Announced 3CX Phone System For Windows Is The Winner In The IP PBX Server Category Of The Readers’ Choice Awards

Leading Windows Networking resource site, WindowsNetworking.com, announced today that 3CX Phone System for Windows was selected the winner in the IP PBX Server category of the WindowsNetworking.com Readers’ Choice Awards.

“Our Readers’ Choice Awards give visitors to our site the opportunity to vote for the products they view as the very best in their respective category,” said Sean Buttigieg, WindowsNetworking.com manager. “WindowsNetworking.com users are specialists in their field who encounter various solutions for Enterprise Networking at the workplace. The award serves as a mark of excellence, providing the ultimate recognition f r o m peers within the industry.”

WindowsNetworking.com conducts monthly polls to discover which product is preferred by network administrators in a particular category of third party solutions for Enterprise Networking. The awards draw a huge response per category and are based entirely on the visitors’ votes. WindowsNetworking.com visitors can submit their votes for the current Readers’ Award poll in the site’s left-hand bar.

About 3CX

3CX is an international developer of telecommunications software, headquartered in Europe with offices in the UK, USA, Germany, Cyprus, Malta, Australia and Hong Kong. It is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and is backed by an experienced management and development team. Its product, 3CX Phone System for Windows, has earned Windows Server 2003 Certification and has received numerous awards, including The Windowsnetworking.com Gold Award, the Communications Solutions 2007 Award, the Windows IT Pro magazine 2008 Editor’s Best Award and a Best Buy Award by Computer Shopper Magazine, all in recognition to the company’s commitment to innovation and quality.

For more information visit www.3cx.com and 3CX VoIP Blog.

About WindowsNetworking.com

WindowsNetworking.com  is a Microsoft Windows Networking resource site. It is a leading Enterprise Networking site, attracting over 650,000 Network administrators and specialists a month. The site provides the latest Windows Networking services, articles and tutorials by leading Windows Networking experts, message boards, software listings and product reviews.

WindowsNetworking.com forms part of a group of sites run by TechGenix Ltd., including: windowsecurity.com, a Windows security resource site; msexchange.org, a Microsoft Exchange Server resource site; msterminalservices.org, a Server Based Computing resource site and isaserver.org, a Microsoft ISA Server resource site

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XMLBlueprint XML Editor 7.0 Is A Powerful XML Editor For The Windows Platform

XMLBlueprint XML Editor is a value-priced and powerful XML editor for the Windows platform. The occasional user will enjoy its speed and ease-of-use. Power users will appreciate its high-quality XML support, such as context-sensitive XML completion and validation of schemas and XML documents against any schema. All major schema types are supported (DTD, Relax NG, Schematron, XML Schema).

Users can easily create, edit and run an XSLT Stylesheet and preview the transformation result.

Users can configure XMLBlueprint XML Editor to work with any 3rd party XML validator or XSLT processor. Users can add and run additional tools to further enhance XMLBlueprint’s functionality.

Using the XPath Evaluator, users can visually analyze, test, and debug XPath expressions. A real-time outline displaying the elements in the XML document provides quick access to the various parts of the document.

Users can collaboratively edit and manage files on remote Web servers via FTP, HTTP, HTTPS (secure HTTP) and WebDAV. The built-in directory tree helps the user to quickly locate and open files. MacOS, UNIX and Windows file formats are automatically recognized.

XMLBlueprint XML Editor fully supports the Unicode UTF-8 and UTF-16 standards on all Windows versions, including Windows ’98. This allows the user to edit files for the Asian/Pacific and Eastern European regions.

Availability and Pricing
XMLBlueprint XML Editor runs under Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows ’98, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 (including 64-bits edititions), costs US $85, and may be purchased securely online at: www.xmlblueprint.com/buy.htm.

The price includes free e-mail technical support and free updates until the next major release. A 10 days free trial version may be downloaded from:www.xmlblueprint.com/download.htm.

About Monkfish XML Software
Monkfish XML Software is based in Soest, the Netherlands. For more information about XMLBlueprint, contact us by sending e-mail to support@xmlblueprint.com or visit our website at www.xmlblueprint.com.

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4PSA VoipNow 2 Helps Service Providers Deliver Hosted Unified Communications

Rack-Soft announced today the general availability of 4PSA VoipNow 2, a Unified Communications software system that integrates a powerful IP PBX, supporting voice, video, presence, and faxing with instant messaging capabilities. The new VoipNow 2 targets Internet Telephony service providers and web hosting providers that want to increase their revenues by offering value added unified communications services to their customers.

The new version comes with more than 100 new features and benefits from the 4Grid based architecture that boosts scalability by allowing service distribution across multiple servers.

“We released VoipNow 2 GA three years after the first release of the VoipNow solution. It is the result of a long development effort that has already been awarded by the great feedback received from our beta testers during the past two months. With the new VoipNow 2 features, service providers can deliver Unified Communications services on a mature platform, designed for the hosting market. VoipNow 2 offers unmatched functionality, manageability and scalability at an affordable price.”, said Bogdan Carstoiu, Rack-Soft’s CEO.

Besides the redesigned architecture, VoipNow 2 also adds full T.38 support, email to fax, conference management and scheduling, one interface management for multiple VoipNow servers, developer plug-ins support, LiveMonitor, FollowMe, setup wizards, and many other new features.

4PSA VoipNow 2 is a Unified Communications platform that enables Service Providers to offer highly sophisticated Unified Communications services to businesses and individuals. 4PSA VoipNow can be deployed on standalone Linux x86 servers or on virtualized environments based on VMware or Virtuozzo. The product is also available in a free version, limited to ten phone extensions. Prices for the commercial version start from 299USD.

About Rack-Soft
Rack-Soft develops innovative software for servers and Data Centers based on the 4Grid framework. The proprietary 4Grid technology offers the foundation for the next generation, cloud ready service delivery platforms that allow providers to deploy redundant, scalable and easy to manage SaaS infrastructures.

4PSA VoipNow is a complete Unified Communications solution that integrates voice, video, fax, and messaging with hosting services. 4PSA DNS Manager is a DNS control panel that consolidates DNS records in hosting infrastructures, delivering high availability, load balancing and automation. Rack-Soft provides a wide range of solutions for Parallels Plesk that protect servers against threats (viruses, spam, hacking), implement backup and disaster recovery, and simplify SaaS deployments.

Rack-Soft business philosophy is based on an ISO 9001 quality management system certified by TUV CERT. For more information, please visit www.4psa.com. If you have comments, suggestions or questions, please send an email to press AT 4psa.com. All products and company names herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Zamzom.com Offers New Free Parental Control Software

Zamzom.com, is proud to announce its new free parental control software. The software is easy to use and allows parents the ability to block questionable websites and monitor their kids’ time online. The software also helps keep kids safe from cyberbullies.

“Kids today have created an interactive world apart from adult knowledge and supervision. Because bullies tend to harass their victims away from the adults, the Internet is the perfect tool for reaching their victims. Zamzom is an ideal way to protect your children from becoming these bullies’ next victims,” says Per Hansen of Zamzom.com.

Zamzom control is an all-in-one solution. The program gives parents the opportunity to:

– Take a screen-shot of the desktop at specific time intervals
– Alert parents by email when the computer starts up
– Inform parents which programs have been used with specific dates and times
– Inform parents which websites have been visited with specific dates and times
– Block websites or ip addresses

Zamzom Control has a very user-friendly interface and does not require any specific computer knowledge. It is visible in the system tray and is password protected. Zamzom recommends that parents explain to their children and other computer users why they have installed the software and let them know how it works. For more information, please visit http://www.zamzom.com.

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Celerant Technology – 10 Years in Business!

Celerant Technology, a Staten Island based retail software provider, is beginning its 10th year in business. Since the company’s inception in 1999, Celerant Technology has continued to grow to become a leader in the retail software industry.

“For the past decade, Celerant has grown both as software provider and as a company,” said Celerant Technology President and CEO, Ian Goldman. “We have successfully expanded our client base exponentially, which has in turn enabled us to expand our talented staff of developers and programmers, quality assurance testers, trainers, implementation managers, and support technicians. We are proud that we have become such a well recognized company in the industry and will continue to provide advanced technology and expert service, while maintaining the same level of customer-centricity that we’ve had for the past 10 years.”

The Celerant product, Command Retail, manages all areas of a retail business, from the point of sale on the front end, to inventory management, warehouse, distribution, allocation and advanced reporting on the back end. Celerant works with a variety of vertical markets and industries that sell hard and soft goods such as sporting goods, apparel, footwear, specialty/gifts, convenience, hardware, furniture, and also offers specific functionality for the firearms industry. “The Celerant system is written in Java and performs in real time, allowing it to run at multiple locations simultaneously, and offers an e-commerce functionality that is completely integrated, enabling all channels to communicate with the same, real-time database.” Celerant was ranked as the #1 Mid Sized Retail Software vendor and the #4 Overall Top Retail Software by the 2008 RIS Leaderboard.

“When Ian and I established Celerant in 1999, we had no idea what lied ahead for us in the future, but we knew that we were onto something,” said John Heiser, Celerant Technology CFO. “In these tough financial times, it is difficult not knowing which way the retail market or the economy will go, but we know that we have built our company on a strong foundation that has allowed us to be very successful over the past 10 years. From our beginnings as a small company in Staten Island, we knew that we would make our mark on the software industry and are certain that we will continue to stay on top for many years to come.”

Since starting out as a small Staten Island software provider in 1999, Celerant has created a niche for itself in the retail software market, offering a complete application for retailers. In addition to its main office in Staten Island, Celerant now also has satellite office in Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Celerant has over 450 clients with locations across the United States, Canada, and in parts of Europe and the Middle East.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant Command Retail is an advanced real-time management system, which manages all areas of multichannel retail including POS, inventory, warehouse, distribution center, allocation, E-Commerce, mail order, kiosk, datamining, and back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For more information regarding Celerant Technology, go to www.celerant.com. For information on the Command Retail product, visit www.commandretail.com.

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Intelligent web plug-in tracks customer intent in real-time and optimizes delivery of product offers from affiliate networks

EchoCurrent Software, Inc. today announced the availability of the Affiliate Product Optimizer™, a software service to enable web publishers to better optimize product and ad targeting f r o m affiliate networks. This product is free of charge and initially available for new or existing users of the Commission Junction® affiliate network.

Web publishers are increasingly relying on affiliate networks to source products and offers in support of their topic-based web sites, blogs, or online stores. Unlike Google AdSense®, which will automatically match ads to the content of each web page, sites which rely on affiliate networks have lacked the ability to do automated matching of customer interests to products, or have been forced to build custom solutions.

With the introduction of the Affiliate Product Optimizer™, publishers gain the ability to understand their visitors’ interests in real-time and display optimal, personalized product offers f r o m affiliate networks. By truly listening to website visitors’ words and actions, publishers can increase their revenues by showing their customers the most relevant products at just the right time.

The Affiliate Product Optimizer™ goes much further than standard search or page ads by building a unique profile of each web site visitor as they interact with the web site, a“Customer Echo”. The Echo is continually refined over the life of the user session. Rather than using static page content to match offers, the Customer Echo is used to select the most appropriate offers f r o m the affiliate network, specific to each visitor. This provides each visitor with a unique and optimized experience based on their personal browsing interests and exhibited site behaviors.

Initially released with support for the Commission Junction® network, and using the Commission Junction® Web Services, the Affiliate Product Optimizer™ easily plugs into a publisher’s website by adding a pre-generated piece of javascript to the page. In addition, plugins are available for  WordPress and the Joomla content management system, allowing this new capability to be easily added to these popular platforms without touching any code.

The Affiliate Product Optimizer is being initially released free of charge and operates in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Website publishers sign up at echocurrent.com, add the plugin to their web sites, and the EchoCurrentservers handle the rest. EchoCurrent provides tools and reports that make the publishers’ lives easy, tracking, for example, trends in the Customer Echoes, products of highest interest, and what web content is driving the most product click-throughs. With this valuable information, publishers optimize their site content to generate more revenue.

“Coming f r o m a background in business intelligence technology at the enterprise level, it was clear to me there was a big opportunity to make affiliate sites smarter” says Mike Ruggieri, founder and president of EchoCurrent Software, Inc. “By combining our Customer Intent Engine with the Commission Junction Web Services, we were able to build a powerful affiliate optimization widget that can drive higher revenues for site publishers while simultaneously improving the customer experience for all visitors.”

About EchoCurrent Software, Inc.
Founded in 2008, EchoCurrent Software is dedicated to delivering technology that makes web sites smarter. EchoCurrent has developed a proprietary Customer Intent Engine that can track user behavior in real-time, identifying patterns, capturing data, or reacting to events as they occur. The company has released its first product, the Affiliate Product Optimizer, which utilizes their Customer Intent Engine with affiliate network services to enable web publishers to make more effective use of their affiliate product catalogs and create higher value customer experiences. For more information, visit http://www.echocurrent.com.

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SportzPak Acquired by Celerant

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, recently completed the acquisition of SportzPak, a specialty management system. SportzPak provides services for team sports retailers, which will add to Celerant’s growing list of vertical markets.

“The acquisition of SportzPak furthers our efforts to apply our technology towards the individual needs of different vertical markets,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “By working with SportzPak, we develop expertise in the team/retail business, and our software will grow to reflect this expertise. As a result of this transition, the Sportzpak clients will benefit from the latest technology, while maintaining the high level of industry specific functionality they need to further their business. Obviously we are all very excited about the progress this new venture brings to everyone concerned.”

The SportzPak product, developed by Miami Valley Solutions, Inc. (MVS), has over 20 years of specialized experience in the sporting goods/team industry and is used by over 210 team dealers. The software itself was designed to meet the needs of the retail and or team dealer by providing control over margins and inventory, aiding in order fulfillment and establishing improved customer service.

“This opportunity to merge cutting edge technology and industry expertise should yield a win-win combination for the Sporting Goods Dealer,” said Greg Helman, MVS SportzPak President and Developer. “The sporting goods dealer will now have the opportunity for a high tech team/retail service including integrated e-commerce.”

Celerant Technology provides a completely integrated, advanced retail solution that reaches across a variety of retail markets. The combined experience and ingenuity ofCelerant and SportzPak will provide a more sophisticated solution to all of their clients, while maintaining excellent customer service and technical superiority. The acquisition ofSportzpak will allow Celerant to continue to grow and the company looks forward to pursuing additional acquisition opportunities of this nature.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant’s Command Retail is an advanced real-time retail management system, which manages all areas of retail including POS, Inventory Management, Warehouse, Distribution Center, Allocation, Multi-Channel/E-Commerce/Kiosk, Data Mining, and Back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For additional information regarding Celerant Technology go to www.celerant.com. For more information about the Command Retail Product, please visit www.commandretail.com.

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TLA Technologies Offers Hosted CRM for Small Businesses’ Current Economic Needs

TLA Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, announced the availability of award-winning Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 4.0 as a hosted solution for their small business customers (less than 25 computer users). The hosted solution gives small businesses an alternative to incurring the costs and technology overhead of hardware, installation, and software maintenance. TLA Technologies now provides hosted Dynamics CRM as Software as a Service (SaaS) over the Internet to clients through a low cost of entry and a monthly service fee. Small businesses can have CRM technology that was previously just available to large organizations, and at a reasonable price.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers are experiencing a bigger demand because they offer lower costs compared to traditional in-house software vendors.

TLA Technologies is reaching out to customers in this current economic climate to ensure that businesses have the best solutions for Customer Relationship Management in their organizations. This new offering creates a win-win situation for their customers, and their customers’ clients, enabling companies to boost their business, streamline their customer service management operations, and help grow their companies at a conservative cost.

“We think it’s important in today’s business climate to offer Software as a Service, using Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM product”, says Deborah Lassa, Vice President. “It means we are able to offer our clients business value every day, with an innovative approach backed by the Microsoft name.” Lassa and TLA President Eric Harrison know that current economic conditions are creating challenges for companies in getting financing for large investments, such as software and hardware. They have been helping their customers since 2002 use technology to achieve Return on Investment (ROI) effectively and efficiently.

With SaaS Microsoft Dynamics CRM, TLA Technologies is responsible for managing the servers, the software, and the backups for their customers. The hosted CRM solution frees customers from purchasing, and maintaining hardware and software. Another financial benefit they offer their customers is the ability to manage costs more efficiently by adding users to Dynamics CRM on an as-needed basis. Lassa and Harrison use Dynamics CRM themselves, saying the software is easy to use and works seamlessly with Microsoft Office products. They use their Dynamics CRM in-house expertise to support client requests.

Microsoft’s CRM software excels at providing small businesses sales, marketing, and customer service information to deliver more agility and profitability. It is the tool of choice for improved customer service, insightful marketing communication, and streamlined sales processes. Companies can customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, by choosing just the functionality they need.

The Gartner Group, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, “forecast CRM spending this year (2007) will exceed $7.4 billion, a 14% increase from 2006, and predicted CRM software spending will grow to more than $11.4 billion by 2011, as reported in BtoB Magazine in their October 8, 2007 online issue.

About TLA Technologies
TLA Technologies, a Microsoft Business Solutions Specialist, has earned its competency, recognized by Microsoft, in Dynamics CRM. TLA is a premier provider of software development, implementation, integration and strategic Information Technology solutions for their clients. Since 2006, TLA Technologies has been helping clients in the Florida area boost their business, and streamline their operations. Before 2006, Lassa and Harrison owned HSI Technologies, offering custom software and IT support services.

More information on TLA Technologies and their services can be found at www.tlatechnologies.com. To learn more about how you can use hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 in your company, please contact Deborah Lassa at 813-217-4327, Extension 101, or dlassa@tlatechnologies.com.

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Building the next generation of the web data graph where relevant information will be less searched for, but more organically found in context

LinkedWords (LW) is an innovative contextual platform built upon millions of English words and phrases organized into contextual categories, paths, pages and URLs using basic semantics whose mission is to maximize contextual linking among web sites across the Web.

By using strategic linked words to connect millions of web documents and content areas to each other on contextual, meaningful and relevant principles, LW is helping web sites become more visible and be found in context on Web while linked in sites are efficiently sharing targeted communities, users, visitors and reach to potential clients all for free.

LW’s ultimate mission is to build the next generation of the web data graph where relevant information will be less searched for, but more organically found in context while both web sites and common users will then be still relying on, but be less dependent upon today’s search engines.

The Problem it tackles

With the rapid increase of the number of web sites (over 100M*) and so does the cost of indexing and classifying them there will be more and more web information (possibly billions of pages) that will simply be left in the darkness (the invisible web) where neither algorithmic robots nor people will find it.

Having more relevant sites on Web linking to your site is known to be effective for staying visible in tomorrow’s web, but just like with today’s mass search engines already struggling to keep it up with the ever growing amount of information on Web the situation with small to mid level sites seems even worse when trying to have third party sites link back to them, let alone in context. Even for sites that think they are successful in obtaining links from third party places the natural limitations are still in place and unless they are top brands or already popular on web their chances of having more than 100 sites linking back to them are very slim and it would take them years to achieve that.

The Solution

Today’s social networking sites are effectively optimizing your contacts and connections with relevant people in your life, helping you reach to and stay connected with more family members, friends, colleagues and experts from within your professional life, altogether and in a larger scale (you can establish endless number of connections) instead of you doing it on your own. Contextually linked in people are efficiently sharing targeted information, ideas, knowledge, opportunities and reach to potential clients all for free.

LinkedWords does the same for your web site’s information – maximizing the contextual linking for it with relevant sites helping you reach to and stay permanently connected with more content areas with the same context, altogether and in a much larger scale (you can establish endless number of contextual links**) than what you would potentially be able to do on your own. All this results in your website becoming more visible for smart robots and be found in context by humans on web. Contextually linked in sites are efficiently sharing targeted communities, users, visitors and reach to potential clients all for free.

* Data 2005 -> news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4325918.stm
* Data 2006 -> edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/11/01/100millionwebsites

** Depends on the number of content areas your site has (e.g. a site with 2000 pages can possibly create up to 6000 contextually linked words that can potentially connect that site to 600,000 [6000 linked words result in 6000 contextual listings at LinkedWords and each page with contextual listings at LW can contain 100 relevant listings on average from other sites] relevant content areas across the web while site with 1M pages can possibly have at least 3M contextual links in LW that can potentially connect to virtually endless number of relevant content areas across the web)

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Scio (sciodev.com) makes a key hire to meeting the growing demand for SaaS product development solutions

Scio Consulting, a leading provider of SaaS Product Development for small and medium sized ISVs today announced a key addition to their executive management team.

Jeremy Beck joins Scio as Vice President of Business Development responsible for expanding its customer base and building long-term relationships with SMB clients. Jeremy brings more than 10 years of international business experience in providing technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Scio CEO, Luis Aburto, said Monday it hired a former MassMutual and Kanbay (now CapGemini) executive, Jeremy Beck as VP of Business Development to be responsible for growing sales in the North America region. Mr. Beck, 35, will begin working at the Morelia Mexico-based nearshore development center immediately.

“Jeremy brings a wealth of experience building and leading international sales organizations in the software development industry,” Aburto said in a statement announcing the hiring. “He possesses the strategic insight, experience and strong customer focus that are required to lead sales at Scio.”

“Scio is adequately poised to serve the North American ISV market as the market transitions from desktop and client server based applications to multi-tenant, scalable SaaS applications” states Mr. Beck. Mr. Beck also notes that “combining our SaaS technical knowledge with the speed of Agile development methodologies and the cost benefits of nearshore development puts Scio in the driver’s seat for a growing industry.”

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QA and testing services aimed to help software companies get maximum return in IT outsourcing projects

Max Garkavtsev, Founder of the software testing company BugHuntress QA Lab, will represent new QA and testing services which are aimed to help software companies get maximum return in IT outsourcing projects.

Max Garkavtsev, Founder of BugHuntress QA Lab, a leading Ukrainian software testing company, has arrived in the USA for a two-month business trip with his main goal to present new testing services for technology and software companies.

Special focus is made on integrated QA/QC services for companies which outsource software development. “The economic slowdown compels to optimize outlay. Outsourcing deals aren’t an exception: you must be sure that every your outsourced dollar works at 100% and you get the quality you paid for,” says Max Garkavtsev.

The situation becomes more acute due to a global character of economic uncertainties. Their reflection on the largest outsourcing locations, coupled with rising IT wages and high staff attrition, hurt the quality of outsourcing delivery in the first place. Max Garkavtsev: “To minimize these outsourcing risks we propose efficient QA ‘tools’ for vendors control and management.”

The core of new BugHuntress services is independent software testing and QA assessment of subcontractors’ work. Independent testing is not only a way “not to put all outsourcing eggs in one basket”. The studies show that due to mitigation of outsourced software development and go-to-market risks the costs of independent software testing can be repaid a hundredfold. In combination with BugHuntress automated testing on the base of Selenium, TestComplete, Mercury LoadRunner and other industry standard tools it is ever more profitable and ensures high defect coverage and testing effectiveness.

To make BugHuntress testing services closer and more convenient for local customers Max Garkavtsev considers the opportunities to establish a new BugHuntress office in California. Along with the New-York office it will help to represent BugHuntress QA Lab on both US coasts.

Max Garkavtsev is planning to hold a number of meetings with interested companies and take part in IT conferences in California. He can be reached at +1(646)498-6441, or through his LinkedIn profile www.LinkedIn.com/in/Garkavtsev.

About BugHuntress QA Lab
Independent software testing company BugHuntress QA Lab helps technology and software companies to succeed with their software in the market. BugHuntress QA Lab offers software testing services, dedicated testing teams, as well as IV&V and independent quality assessment. The core expertise is automated and manual testing of software for mobile devices, security, embedded, as well as Web 2.0 and business applications. Founded in 2001, BugHuntress QA Lab is a time-proved QA/QC partner of a number of the leading companies from the USA and the EU.

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