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Comic-Con Teams With NBC Entertainment To Produce Redesigned Official Comic-Con App

Highlights New Features, Including Interactive Map!

SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire – In an exciting partnership, Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is proud to announce that it has teamed with NBC Entertainment on the brand new, OFFICIAL Comic-Con App.

Comic-Con International Redesigned New AppThis entirely redesigned app will enhance the user’s experience with new features such as an interactive exhibit hall map, live updated schedules where events can be added directly to your calendar, discovery tools, and the ability to share socially and post comments. And, it works regardless of having an Internet connection! The Official Comic-Con App is available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and on Google Play for Android devices.

“We have been partners of Comic-Con for many years and are excited to now launch the all new Comic-Con App together,” said Len Fogge, President, Marketing and Digital, NBC Entertainment. “The app is the perfect way to reach a very importance audience, and we hope attendees will find the new features helpful as they plan and attend Comic-Con.”

David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Comic-Con International said, “We are thrilled that NBC is sponsoring the new app and is helping us to provide a significant enhancement for our attendees.”

SmartScore NoteReader Music-reading App Now On iTunes & Google Play

ssnotereader-headerOJAI, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire – Musitek Corporation is pleased to announce that the world’s first music-reading app, SmartScore NoteReader, is now available for iOS devices from Apple’s iTunes Store and for Android devices at Google Play.

SmartScore NoteReader is a smartphone / mobile derivative of SmartScore X2: Musitek’s popular music-scanning software for Windows and Macintosh. The basic NoteReader app is free and allows users to capture multiple pages of a musical score and play the music back through their device. The In-app upgrade (NoteReader Premier – $9.99) allows music files to be sent to any e-mail address, to Dropbox and Google Drive. Processed music can be sent to the owner or to friends and colleagues as SmartScore (.enf), MIDI (.mid) or MusicXML (.xml) files. SmartScore .enf files will load into Musitek’s free SmartScore Player, appear as standard music notation and play back in high-fidelity. A Karaoke feature displays moving lyrics with familiar bouncing ball while playing back. Anyone can download and install the SmartScore Player from Musitek’s website here.

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“For twenty years SmartScore has dominated the music-scanning market on the desktop. We are very excited to be able to deliver this powerful music-recognition technology to a much larger audience. By freely distributing NoteReader to any mobile device throughout the world, we aim to make the SmartScore brand ubiquitous,” said Chris Newell, president of Musitek in Ojai, CA.

 

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Advanced Imagination™ & Captured Dimensions team up to deliver 3D Printing & Imaging to virtual & physical gamers globally

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DALLAS, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Advanced Imagination™, the creators of BoardCraft™, the next generation of 3D interactive mobile gaming, have teamed up with Captured Dimensions to provide cutting edge 3D printing technology to users of the Board Craft™ Eco-System. Gamers create their own board game utilizing Advanced Imagination’s Virtual 3D gaming Eco-System and not only have ability to play online globally with other players within the system but in addition, can 3D print the game board and associated packs for play in the real world. Advanced Imagination’s proprietary technology has successfully gapped the rift of virtual and reality board gaming through its proprietary gaming sandbox technology.

The bridging of both companies technologies is the next strategic course in delivering a cutting edge gaming experience for today’s avid gamer and enables personalization in a way that has yet to be captured in the mobile, electronic and physical gaming industry.

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About Captured Dimensions - An industry leading team of technologists and artists with an unbridled passion for the world of 3D Printing and a strong desire to digitize anything and everything. With several 3D Scanning tools in their arsenal, they can capture a huge array of subjects in high quality for use in digital media or 3D Printing. The company has digital studios in Dallas, TX and Hong Kong.

About Advanced Imagination - Advanced Imagination™ is a new, leading edge mobile gaming company founded by industry veterans who have worked with some of the most recognized gaming companies in the world.

With over 45 combined years of AAA title development, Advanced Imagination™ has a wealth of talent and passion that brings a backlog of new, ground breaking ideas to disrupt the mobile, console, tablet, and PC gaming worlds.

Advanced Imagination’s™ team is comprised of industry leaders in Engineering, Creative, Art and Development. This multi-disciplined group has worked with major players in the game industry such as EA, Atari, Sega, Microsoft Studios, Epic and Ion Storm.

Advanced Imagination’s flagship gaming Eco-system BoardCraft™ is slated for release in 2015 and has offices in Dallas, TX and Mountain View, CA.

Additional information can be found at the company’s Facebook fan page or the corporate web-site.

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SEGA Annouces Alienware Arena eSports TOURNAMENT Partnership For COMPANY OF HEROES 2!

SegaLogo_transSAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – May 23, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that they have entered a tournament partnership with eSports heavyweight Alienware Arena for Relic Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Company of Heroes™2. Alienware is set to host a three week 1v1 tournament across Europe and North America in June 2014, with more than $1,000 in total cash prizes in each region. Tournament dates are from June 7 through June 21, 2014, and it is open to all Alienware Arena members with a limit of 128 contestants. Those willing to show off their prowess on the battlefield can register and find more information here: http://cevo.com/game/coh2/.

alienwareIn celebration of this partnership SEGA will be offering a limited number of Alienware Arena members access to the standalone multiplayer of Company of Heroes 2. This amazing giveaway will grant full access to the global battlefield and all multiplayer game modes.

COH2The Western Front Armies will launch on June 24, 2014, for $19.99. Each individual army will also be available as a standalone purchase for $12.99 via digital download, providing new players with a minimal entry point into the massive Company of Heroes 2 multiplayer community.

For more information, please see www.companyofheroes.com.

Consumer Physics Launches SCiO to Demystify Our Material World!

Pocket-Sized Scanner Reads Molecular Fingerprint of Food, Pharmaceuticals, and More

SCIOMENLO PARK, Calif. and TEL-AVIV, Israel – April 29, 2014 - Consumer Physics today unveiled SCiO, a handheld sensor that scans the molecular fingerprint of physical matter and instantly provides useful information about its chemical makeup. SCiO delivers real-time results to its mobile application on the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth LE.

“Smartphones give us instant answers to questions like where to have dinner, what movie to see, and how to get from point A to point B, but when it comes to learning about what we interact with on a daily basis we’re left in the dark,” said Dror Sharon, CEO of Consumer Physics. “We designed SCiO to empower explorers everywhere with new knowledge and to encourage them to join our mission of mapping the physical world.”

Copy of DSC_0066To generate greater awareness among early adopters of consumer technology, the company is launching SCiO through a Kickstarter campaign today. Early backers can preorder the device for $149. To learn more about SCiO and to pre-order a unit today, please visit the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

SCiO In Hand - HI RESWhen the product ships to consumers this fall, SCiO will include apps to help users identify the composition of food, medication, and plants. The food app delivers macro nutrient values (calories, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), produce quality, ripeness, and spoilage analysis for various foods, including cheeses, fruits, vegetables, sauces, salad dressings, cooking oils, and more. SCiO can also identify and authenticate medication in real-time by cross-checking a pill’s molecular makeup with a database of medications. Finally, SCiO can analyze moisture levels in plants and tell users when to water them.

iRobot Announces Availability of Ava® 500

Autonomous enterprise-grade video collaboration robot unlocks new applications for telepresence

IROBOT CORP. AVA 500IROBOT CORP. LOGOBEDFORD, Mass., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that the company’s Ava 500 video collaboration robot is ready for delivery in the U.S., Canada and select European markets through select certified Cisco resellers.

iRobot Ava 500 offers a whole new level of telepresence to the enterprise. The remote user gets the “better than being there” benefits of telepresence plus a physical presence through complete freedom of movement. The easy-to-use, self-driven robot allows people to use video to see and be seen while collaborating in environments that would otherwise be difficult or impossible from afar, including hallways and manufacturing floors. With the benefits of telepresence, Ava 500 helps globally dispersed teams work more closely together without the need for costly and time-consuming travel, enabling increased collaboration between executives, managers and employees. With Ava 500, more work gets done, more collaboration takes place and more relationships can be built. A complete hardware and software solution, Ava 500 brings together iRobot’s autonomous mobile robotics platform with Cisco’s telepresence solutions. It provides enterprise-class security, reliability and scalability.

“Since announcing a joint marketing agreement and alliance with Cisco to bring Ava 500 to market in June, iRobot has completed a beta program and field trials at various sites, including Fortune 500 companies,” said Youssef Saleh, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Remote Presence business unit. “We have also made great strides by establishing a sales channel that is ready to provide training and installation services. iRobot is committed to continuing its work with Cisco and its channel partners to bring Ava 500 to customers worldwide.”

“We are pleased to see iRobot achieve this important milestone,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group. “For truly amazing things to happen, video needs to be available everywhere—on every pane of glass, in every meeting space, and in all the spaces in between. The combination of Cisco TelePresence, Cisco wireless networking and iRobot autonomous mobility will help customers collaborate in new ways. This solution demonstrates a level of innovation that we believe is going to be critical to the next wave of growth in the collaboration industry.”

Among those who participated in the Ava 500 beta program is Bayer.

“As a large company with facilities across the globe, technologies like Ava 500 offer several advantages to our business in terms of cost savings and productivity,” said Dr. Michael Graefenstedt, vice president BU Polyurethanes and Head of Commercial Business Development EMEA/LA at Bayer. “From my office in Germany, I was able to use Ava 500 to manage and collaborate with U.S. colleagues in a way that would have necessitated expensive travel otherwise. Having experienced a physical presence in the meeting and the advantage of “walking around” with colleagues at their offices, I believe this technology holds great promise for how business will be conducted on a global scale moving forward.”

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iRobot Ava 500 is ideal when freedom of movement and physical presence are needed to achieve an even more personal degree of remote collaboration. It holds potential for a wide range of applications including:

What Do You Need to Learn About 3D Printing?

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Design & Manufacturing New England Features Education on Additive Manufacturing

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire – 3D printing is not new, but the range of possibilities for this technology  has been expanding rapidly. No longer used only for prototypes or patterns in industry, 3D printing is increasingly being used to manufacture parts in a wide variety of industries. The following video shows just some of its capabilities.

UBM CANON LOGOUBM Canon will be presenting educational sessions on 3D printing and its uses at Design & Manufacturing New England at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, March 26-27, 2014. A free presentation on The 3D Printing Revolution will be offered at the Tech Theater the Expo Hall floor at the event. In addition, the advanced Learning Labs will provide a 2-hour session on this technology, in addition to sessions on Lean Manufacturing, Innovations in Robotics Technology, and other topics.

Hottest New Event in Future Tech Seeking Speaker Proposals!

Innovators in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet  to Take the Stage at the Designers of Things Conference September 23-24, 2014

UBM TECH DESIGNERS OF THINGS LOGOSAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire – Designers of Things, a new conference produced by UBM Tech and dedicated to the exciting potential of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, is now accepting technical speaking proposals for the inaugural event this fall. The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2014

Coming to San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center September 23-24, 2014, this two-day conference will bring together leading designers, developers, innovators and project funders to share ideas on building new devices and the road ahead for these technologies. The technical program will consist of two main tracks covering aspects of the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and application of IoT.

Submissions in the following subject areas will receive special consideration: 

NASA Visualization Explorer App Now Available For All iOS Devices!

“This is the NASA Visualization Explorer—the coolest way to get stories about NASA’s exploration of the Earth, sun, moon, planets and universe delivered right to your iOS device.”

Nasa_transGREENBELT, Md., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire — The popular NASA Visualization Explorer app, first launched for the iPad in July 2011, is now available for the iPhone and all Apple iOS devices.

The app, which features the data visualization work of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, Earth Observatory and others, publishes two stories per week about the full range of NASA’s astrophysics, planetary, heliophysics and Earth science missions.

A new universal version of the app is now available for download in the iTunes app store. Since its original launch and through multiple previous updates to the iPad version, NASA Visualization Explorer has recorded about 1 million unique downloads.

The app’s design has been modified to optimize it for viewing on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, as long as they are running iOS 5.1 or newer.

The app’s archive of 274 stories – covering NASA scientists’ studies of the sun, planets, Earth’s climate change and deep space – will be immediately available in the new version. The app’s editorial team will continue to publish a new story every Tuesday and Thursday.

PlayStation®4 (PS4™) Sales Surpass 6.0 Million Units Worldwide In Less Than 4 Months Since Launch!

PS4 Software Sales Reach 13.7 Million, Users Fully Embrace the World of PS4, and Demonstrate Further Enhancement of the Network Service’s Ecosystem With 100 Million Shares Captured, More than 56 Million Spectate Sessions and a Dramatic Increase of PlayStation®Plus Subscriptions

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC LOGOTOKYO, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 6.0 million units*1 globally as ofMarch 2, 2014 (JST).  This also includes the 370,000 units sold through in Japansince its launch on February 22. 

PS4 software sales also remain strong with more than 13.7 million*2 copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation®Store as ofMarch 2, 2014 (JST).   Over 30 exciting titles*3 are available from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and the industry’s best software developers and publishers, including the independent development community.  This incredible line-up reflects the strong support for PS4 among developers and publishers, and has led the platform’s accelerated momentum and expansion.   A few of the top selling titles included KILLZONE SHADOW FALL (SCE WWS), which has already sold over 2.1 million units worldwide, KNACK (SCE WWS), Call of Duty: Ghosts(Activision), FIFA14 (Electronic Arts), Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts),  andAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag (Ubisoft Entertainment).  Titles developed by the independent development community such as Contrast (Complusion Gams),Warframe (Digital Extremes) and Don’t Starve: Console Edition (Klei Entertainment), have also been highly acclaimed by gamers.  Japanese gamers are enjoying the latest installments of popular franchises, such as DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd),FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD) and Ryu-ga-gotoku Ishin!  (SEGA Corporation).