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Thursday, February 28, 2013

SAP and Samsung Expand Partnership to Make Android Devices Enterprise-Secure for Millions of Mobile Users

SAP News Release:


SAP and Samsung Expand Partnership to Make Android Devices Enterprise-Secure for Millions of Mobile Users

SAP NEWSBYTE - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced expanded Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE) Certification for the industry-leading1 SAP Afaria mobile device management solution. SAFE certified devices are guaranteed to have met Samsung's security criteria and feature enhancements suitable for business use. When SAFE devices are managed by SAP Afaria, businesses will be able to effectively manage and secure large numbers of disparate users, bringing their own devices into the workplace from the most widely deployed enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution in the industry. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress 2013, being held in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, where SAP is located at Hall 7, 7C70.
According to Gartner, Samsung commands over 42.5 percent of the Android market globally, making them the clear leader.2 The enterprise-specific features of the SAFE program strengthen SAP's ability to deepen enterprise integration and support for the mobile devices most widely used by consumers and businesses. SAFE devices provide enhanced IT security protection through various policy groups such as Application Policy, Exchange Active Sync IT Policy, Encryption Policy, Native Email Policy, Various Restriction Policies (WiFi, USB, SD card, Bluetooth, camera, microphone, clipboard, etc), Location Policy, and more.
SAP Runs Samsung
SAP currently has over 4,000 Samsung devices deployed internally around the world. The benefits of managing Samsung devices through SAP Afaria include unified management of multiple device models, streamlined installation of email accounts and enhanced security policies, including application white/blacks and SD card enablement/encryption.
As the largest SAFE-certified partner, SAP and Samsung continue to work together to address the management and security concerns commonly faced by enterprises using Samsung Android devices. Having co-developed SAFE APIs, SAP supports more SAFE features than any other vendor and has the largest SAFE Samsung Android deployments globally. The next step in the companies' planned collaboration is in Samsung KNOX, an end-to-end secure solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer. The KNOX retains full compatibility with Android and the Google ecosystem, while engineering fundamental security and management enhancements, including its unique application container technology which enables enterprises to support both BYOD and Corporate-Liable models without compromising corporate security or employee privacy. Samsung KNOX will build on the foundation of the SAFE Certification and provide users enhanced security at all levels of the Android platform.
For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.
[1] IDC, "Worldwide Mobile Enterprise Management Software 2012 – 2016 Forecast and Analysis and 2011 Vendor Shares" report, Stacy Crook, September 2012
[2] Gartner, "Market Share Analysis: Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 4Q12 and 2012," February 2013

SpareOne Plus phone could save your life - YouTube

A single AA battery powers this simple cell phone, made just for emergencies.


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SpareOne Plus phone could save your life - YouTube

HTC One Zoe mode and camera software in video walkthrough - YouTube

We take you on a tour of the myriad features hiding inside the HTC One's camera app.

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HTC One Zoe mode and camera software in video walkthrough - YouTube

Virtually indestructable sapphire smartphone screen - YouTube

Sapphire isn't just for jewels. You can also use it to make extremely strong phone displays.

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Virtually indestructable sapphire smartphone screen - YouTube

AVT-PR Avnet Recognized for the Fifth Consecutive Year as No. 1...

AVT-PR Avnet Recognized for the Fifth Consecutive Year as No. 1...

Ubuntu Touch is a touch of class - YouTube

Ubuntu Touch brings a touch of class that other Android rivals can't match.

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Ubuntu Touch is a touch of class - YouTube

The 404 - Ep. 1216: Where we 3D print our way out of the friendzone - YouTube

The Oxford dictionary gets a contemporary update with a new entry for an old concept: "Friendzone." We'll show you how to ascend the madness and introduce you to something called the "Dongiverse" that may help.

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The 404 - Ep. 1216: Where we 3D print our way out of the friendzone - YouTube

Smarter Marketing: Data gives us a better relationship - YouTube


Published on Feb 28, 2013
Watch Gustavo Pimenta, VP I.T. & Business Services and Ken Valledy, Director, Consumer Connections, from AB inBev Europe discuss the many ways data can help redefine a company's relationship with their consumers. It starts with a strong partnership between information technologists and marketers and it ends with happier, more loyal customers. The interview was a part of IBM's CMO+CIO Leadership Exchange, held in Paris in October 2012.

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Smarter Marketing: Data gives us a better relationship - YouTube

Smarter Marketing: Delivering a delightful customer experience - YouTube


Published on Feb 28, 2013
Listen to Diego Sgorbati, Chief Marketing Officer at Ducati, discusses the power of harnessing data to improve customer relationships. By personalizing each communication, marketers are creating delightful, surprising and compelling consumer experiences. The interview was a part of IBM's CMO+CIO Leadership Exchange, held in Paris in October 2012.

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Smarter Marketing: Delivering a delightful customer experience - YouTube

Smarter Marketing: It is a company journey - YouTube


Published on Feb 28, 2013
Hear Carlos Vel├ízquez, Senior Managing Director in Marketing at Roca, discusses the new ways companies are using data, social media, and technology to radically reform their approach to customer relationship management—and it starts by defining the core values of your company. The interview was a part of IBM's CMO+CIO Leadership Exchange, held in Paris in October 2012.

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Smarter Marketing: It is a company journey - YouTube

Smarter Marketing: Leveraging your customers - YouTube


Published on Feb 28, 2013
As part of IBM's CMO+CIO Leadership Exchange, held in Paris in October 2012, Jean Marc Lagoutte, Group CIO at Danone, discusses the changing landscape of the consumer relationship, from capturing customer information to utilizing it into product design.

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Smarter Marketing: Leveraging your customers - YouTube

The Cyber Threat Planning for the Way Ahead

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Daily Update, Feb. 28th – Surface Rollout Continues, Yammer Adds Translation Capabilities, Bing Maps Takes You to the Top of the World & More - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Daily Update, Feb. 28th – Surface Rollout Continues, Yammer Adds Translation Capabilities, Bing Maps Takes You to the Top of the World & More - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Synopsys to Present at the 2013 Wedbush Transformational Technologies Management Access Conference

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Synopsys to Present at the 2013 Wedbush Transformational Technologies Management Access Conference

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced that John Chilton, senior vice president of Marketing and Corporate Development, will speak at the 2013 Wedbush Transformational Technologies Management Access Conference, in New York, on Mar. 6, 2013.

This event will be broadcast live on the Internet via the Synopsys corporate website
athttp://www.synopsys.com/Company/InvestorRelations on Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:20 p.m. ET (10:20 a.m. PT).  The webcast replay of the presentation will be available at the Synopsys corporate website approximately one hour following the conclusion of the live event, and remain available for 90 days.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design, verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create billions of chips and systems. Learn more at http://www.synopsys.com.

Investor Contact: 
Roberta Reid
Synopsys, Inc.
(650) 584-1901

SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.

Enterprise Cloud Forum Recap: Prepare For DevOps Success - The Official Rackspace Blog

Enterprise Cloud Forum Recap: Prepare For DevOps Success - The Official Rackspace Blog

ACLEDA Bank Earns Celent Model Bank Status for its Fiserv-Powered Mobile Banking Initiative (NASDAQ:FISV)

ACLEDA Bank Earns Celent Model Bank Status for its Fiserv-Powered Mobile Banking Initiative (NASDAQ:FISV)

Texas Instruments to webcast its 1Q13 mid-quarter financial update


News Room

Texas Instruments to webcast its 1Q13 mid-quarter financial update

Feb 28, 2013
DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) will webcast its 1Q13 mid-quarter financial update, Thursday, March 7, beginning at 4 p.m. Central time.  Ron Slaymaker, vice president and head of Investor Relations, will provide the update and answer questions from the investor audience.  

You may access the webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.ti.com/ir.  An archived copy of the webcast will be available shortly after the call concludes.

About Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors.  By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology.  TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.  Learn more at www.ti.com.
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SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated

Micron Announces Tokyo District Court Approval of Elpida Reorganization Plan

Micron News Release:


Micron Announces Tokyo District Court Approval of Elpida Reorganization Plan

BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) ("Micron") today announced the Tokyo District Court's issuance of an order approving Elpida Memory Inc.'s plan of reorganization. Elpida's plan of reorganization calls for Micron to sponsor Elpida's reorganization under which Elpida will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron. The Tokyo District Court's approval follows an Elpida creditor vote, concluded on Feb. 26, in which the creditors voted to approve the reorganization plan.

"We are very pleased with the Tokyo District Court's approval of Elpida's plan of reorganization. This is an important milestone that brings us a significant step closer to Micron and Elpida becoming the world's second largest memory company with the strongest product portfolio in the industry," said Micron CEO Mark Durcan.

The closing of the transaction remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions—including finalization of the Tokyo District Court's approval order under Japanese bankruptcy rules that could occur as early as four weeks from today presuming no appeal is filed, and recognition of Elpida's reorganization plan by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (or the completion or implementation of alternative actions providing a substantially similar effect). Elpida and Micron continue to target completion of the transaction in the first half of calendar 2013. Elpida's proposed reorganization plan was submitted to the Tokyo District Court on Aug. 21, 2012, and the Tokyo District Court approved the submission of Elpida's proposed reorganization plan to creditors on Oct. 31, 2012.

About Micron

Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit www.micron.com.
The Micron Technology, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6950

Tackling Cloud Economics And Shadow IT - The Official Rackspace Blog

Tackling Cloud Economics And Shadow IT - The Official Rackspace Blog

Rackspace Startup Program Global Startup Event Guide: March 2013 - The Official Rackspace Blog

Rackspace Startup Program Global Startup Event Guide: March 2013 - The Official Rackspace Blog

Top 5 Reasons Startups Love The Open Cloud - The Official Rackspace Blog

Top 5 Reasons Startups Love The Open Cloud - The Official Rackspace Blog

Tips To Steer Your Startup To SXSW Success - The Official Rackspace Blog

Tips To Steer Your Startup To SXSW Success - The Official Rackspace Blog

Help Us Build Something Great: The Open Cloud Community - The Official Rackspace Blog

Help Us Build Something Great: The Open Cloud Community - The Official Rackspace Blog

Dell’s “Annie” Flies on to TED’s List as One of Ten Best Global Advertisements of the Year | Dell

Dell’s “Annie” Flies on to TED’s List as One of Ten Best Global Advertisements of the Year | Dell

Slides from the RSA conference: where the world talks security - We Live Security

Slides from the RSA conference: where the world talks security - We Live Security

More Than Words: Bing TEDActive Virtual Collage Tool Is A Natural Next Step In Communication - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

More Than Words: Bing TEDActive Virtual Collage Tool Is A Natural Next Step In Communication - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Scripps Networks Interactive’s Popular Lifestyle Shows from HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel Coming to Prime Instant Video and Amazon Instant Video Prime Instant Video is now home to previous seasons of popular shows like Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Cupcake Wars, House Hunters, Iron Chef America, Chopped, and Throwdown With Bobby Flay

Amazon.com News Release:


Scripps Networks Interactive’s Popular Lifestyle Shows from HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel Coming to Prime Instant Video and Amazon Instant Video
Prime Instant Video is now home to previous seasons of popular shows like Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Cupcake Wars, House Hunters, Iron Chef America, Chopped, and Throwdown With Bobby Flay

This is the first online-only subscription distribution deal for Scripps Networks Interactive

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2013-- (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI) that will make Prime Instant Video a subscription home to hundreds of episodes from past seasons of hit TV shows from the Scripps family of brands: HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.

Starting today, Prime members will be able to instantly view hundreds of episodes of original programming, including Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day; Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations; Cupcake Wars; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; House Hunters and House Hunters International; Iron Chef America; Man v. Food; Selling New York and Selling LA; Throwdown With Bobby Flay; Chopped; Ghost Adventures; and Yard Crashers, among other popular shows across the networks. Many of the popular lifestyle programs from Scripps will also be available for purchase and download from Amazon Instant Video.

“The Scripps family of networks – including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel – airs some of the highest-quality and most popular unscripted lifestyle programming on TV today,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “We are excited to be the exclusive online-only subscription home for Scripps content and know our customers are going to love getting these great shows as part of Prime.”

This is the first online-only subscription distribution deal for Scripps Networks Interactive.

“One of the guiding principles at Scripps Networks Interactive is to make our valued lifestyle content accessible to consumers wherever and whenever they want,” said Henry Ahn, Executive Vice President of Content Distribution and Marketing for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Licensing content from our extensive library to Amazon provides our millions of avid fans with yet another opportunity to engage with our entertaining and informative content. And the Amazon platform is a great complement to our branded products such as books, cookware, furniture and accessories, lighting and more.”

Last week, Amazon and CBS announced an extension of their non-exclusive licensing agreement, including the subscription debuts of The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, as well as a deal that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription home for the anticipated series Under the Dome this summer. Just recently, Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video will soon become the exclusive online subscription home for PBS hit Downton Abbey. The Prime Instant Video library now features more than 38,000 movies and TV episodes including fan-favorite shows such as Downton Abbey, Fringe, and The West Wing and blockbuster movies including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Rango and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, for Amazon Prime members to stream, commercial free at no additional cost on Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices. To sign up for Amazon Prime, visit www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo.

About Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to a huge catalog of videos. Customers can choose from more than 150,000 titles to purchase or rent and content ranges from new release movies to classic favorites, major television shows, entire seasons, or even day after air TV. Prime Instant Video is Amazon’s video subscription offer—it includes more than 38,000 movies and TV episodes selected from the full assortment available at Amazon Instant Video. This subscription offer allows US Prime customers to stream as many titles from Prime Instant Video as they like, at no additional cost.

About Prime

Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items including books, home and garden products, electronics, video games, clothing, and much more. Amazon Prime members also get access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes and access to hundreds of thousands of books to borrow for free, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates from a Kindle device. Customers who receive free Prime shipping benefits through our Amazon Student or Amazon Mom programs can upgrade to an annual paid membership to receive Amazon Prime’s digital benefits.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long battery life, and a thin and light design. The new latest generation Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved fonts and faster page turns. Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom high-definition display, exclusive Dolby audio with dual stereo speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with dual-band support, dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads, enough storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and graphics engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and comes with a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The all-new Kindle Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster performance, twice the memory, and longer battery life.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, www.amazon.it, www.amazon.es and www.amazon.com.br. As used herein, “Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.

Citrix Drives Innovation with Investment in Mobile Security Startup Armor5

SAP News Release:


Feb
282013

Citrix Drives Innovation with Investment in Mobile Security Startup Armor5

Citrix Startup Accelerator Taps Entrepreneurial Innovation in Mobility and Cloud Technologies

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— Citrix Startup Accelerator, a corporate initiative investing in early stage startups, today announced its investment in Armor5, Inc., a newly launched company focused on enterprise mobility. The investment builds on the Citrix vision of providing solutions that allow enterprises to embrace employee mobility. Complementary to Citrix cloud and mobile solutions, including the recently-announced Citrix XenMobile™ MDM, the Armor5 technology addresses the growing need for data security and compliance in the mobile enterprise.
Armor5 was selected to join the Citrix Startup Accelerator portfolio because of its unique  approach to enterprise mobility and security. More employees than ever before are demanding access to the apps and data that will make them productive when they are outside the office – and they want this access from any mobile device, including their own personal ones. Founded by security, mobility and cloud computing experts from Adobe, Motorola and Yahoo, Armor5 safeguards intranet data and cloud applications by ensuring content from these systems never actually touches an end-user’s mobile device.  A free, public beta version of the Armor5 service launched this week, with self-service sign-up.
As mobile workstyles and cloud services redefine the technology landscape, Citrix believes many of the best ideas will come from early-stage startups with the flexibility to approach enterprise challenges in entirely new ways. The Citrix Startup Accelerator program is part of Citrix Labs, an applied research group that enables Citrix to stay ahead of and adapt to new technology trends.  Focused on entrepreneur-led innovation, the program provides seed investments, office space, and mentorship to select startups from around the world. Companies selected for the program benefit from the global Citrix presence, its entrepreneur-friendly environment, large customer base and seasoned go-to-market strategies. The Citrix Startup Accelerator is designed to foster open innovation with up-and-coming startups while helping them come to market successfully.

Supporting Quotes

Martin Duursma, VP of Citrix Labs and CTO Office Chair, Citrix
“The Citrix Startup Accelerator enables Citrix to foster open innovation with cutting edge cloud and mobile technologies that will continue to impact the way we work. As we move toward a more mobile enterprise, the Armor5 technology provides a fresh approach to addressing employee demand for BYOD and the security challenges it brings.”
Suresh Balasubramanian, CEO, Armor5, Inc.
“The Citrix Startup Accelerator provides a valuable opportunity that will help us bring our technology to market. It is more than just an investment – we are gaining access to corporate resources, mentorship and strategic assistance that will enable us evolve mobility capabilities in the enterprise.”

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud computing company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office—simply and securely. Citrix cloud computing solutions help IT and service providers build both private and public clouds—leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective services for mobile workstyles.  With market leading solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration, and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the kind of speed and agility necessary to succeed in an increasingly mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

For Citrix Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the impact of the global economy and uncertainty in the IT spending environment, revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products and services, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company's key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.
The development, release and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion and is subject to change without notice or consultation. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions or incorporated into any contract.
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SAP and German Ice Hockey League to Redefine the Fan Experience With Powerful Analytics Technology

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SAP and German Ice Hockey League to Redefine the Fan Experience With Powerful Analytics Technology

SAP NEWSBYTE - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a technology partnership with the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) to significantly improve the league's data analysis capabilities and enhance the fan experience. Under the agreement, analytics tools from SAP will support data processing for the DEL homepage, www.del.org. In addition, hockey fans can look forward to the ability to access and analyze current and historical hockey data on site.

"In hockey, the insights that statistical data can provide, really spice up the game," said Gernot Tripcke, managing director of DEL. "We are pleased to provide such a high-quality service to our fans, thanks to our new partner."

Using powerful analytics tools from SAP, fans will be able to interactively track hockey statistics, such as opponent, penalty or player scoring analysis in real time. Access to these tools will begin with the 2013/2014 season. SAP will be featured as favored technology partner on the DEL.org website, brining thousands of hockey fans in contact with SAP technology for the first time.

"We are putting the most interesting data about the league, teams and players directly into the hands of hockey fans," said Gerhard Oswald, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG. "We are thrilled to partner with the German Ice Hockey Association to help make game day even more engaging and exciting for everyone."

The technology is already being showcased at the SAP Arena for Adler Mannheim games. SAP has long-standing sponsoring partnerships with the SAP Arena and the Adler Mannheim ice hockey team. SAP is already providing millions of fans with new ways to connect to their favorite sports through sponsorships of the National Football Association (NFL) and the National Basketball Association(NBA).

For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Is the Pebble Smart Watch A Good Buy? - Walt Mossberg Weighs In - YouTube

The Pebble Smart Watch helps you check your phone notifications and control your music without pulling out your iPhone or Android but there are a few kinks to work out, Walt Mossberg discusses on digits.

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Is the Pebble Smart Watch A Good Buy? - Walt Mossberg Weighs In - YouTube

Always On - Action camera shootout: GoPro Hero3 vs. Swann Bolt HD vs. iOn Air Pro 2 - YouTube

The Always On crew straps on the GoPro Hero3, Swann Bolt HD, and iOn Air Pro 2, and tests out the cameras' durability and performance on the snowy slopes of Mt. Shasta. Find out which one Molly Wood crowns the winner.

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Always On - Action camera shootout: GoPro Hero3 vs. Swann Bolt HD vs. iOn Air Pro 2 - YouTube

CNET Update - Take a Leap in May with motion control - YouTube

A new way to navigate your computer hits stores in May, Samsung's Wallet mimics Apple's Passbook, and Sony needs a name for its balls.

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CNET Update - Take a Leap in May with motion control - YouTube

DryWired phones can take a dunking - YouTube

Startup DryWired says its special nano treatment makes phones become almost completely waterproof.


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DryWired phones can take a dunking - YouTube

Epson's PowerLite 3020 projector a decent buy - YouTube


The Epson's PowerLite 3020 projector offers a number of cool
features but is less of a value compared to competitors.


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Epson's PowerLite 3020 projector a decent buy - YouTube

Firefox's new mobile OS in action on the Geeksphone Peak - YouTube

The Geeksphone Peak is a higher-end phone running a new operating system from Firefox


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Firefox's new mobile OS in action on the Geeksphone Peak - YouTube

Super-cheap Geeksphone Keon runs Firefox OS - YouTube

We go hands-on with the Geeksphone Keon; a dirt-cheap smart phone running Firefox OS.


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Super-cheap Geeksphone Keon runs Firefox OS - YouTube

Eyeprints eye-scanning security tech exposed in video - YouTube

You're so vein! We go eyes-on with Eyeverify's scanning security software.

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Eyeprints eye-scanning security tech exposed in video - YouTube

Hovering' touchscreen tech senses you from distance - YouTube

The cool new system lets you control a smart phone or tablet without ever actually making contact. So long, fingerprints!

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Hovering' touchscreen tech senses you from distance - YouTube

LG's 4K smart phone upscaling revealed in video - YouTube

We examine LG's 4K upscaling tech, which turns an HD smart phone feed into ultra high-definition on your TV.

Video (1:56).

LG's 4K smart phone upscaling revealed in video - YouTube

FRONDE JOINS NETSUITE SOLUTION PROVIDER PROGRAM

NetSuite News Release:


FRONDE JOINS NETSUITE SOLUTION PROVIDER PROGRAM

Leading IT Services Company to Offer NetSuite's Cloud-Based Business Management Suite in New Zealand to Strengthen Cloud Integration Services Leadership
Sydney, Australia —28 February, 2013—NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced that Fronde, a leading New Zealand IT services company, has joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Program to strengthen its leadership in cloud integration services. Fronde will deliver NetSuite's full suite of cloud-based business management software solutions to businesses and government in New Zealand initially, with the intent to expand to its Australian customer base in the future. These services can enable Fronde's customers to run their core business processes, such as ERP, CRM, financials, eCommerce, professional services automation and more, while reducing IT hardware demands and providing anywhere, anytime access for remote users. For more information about the NetSuite Solution Provider Program for Australia and New Zealand, visit www.netsuite.com/anzpartners.
Established in 1992, Fronde is a New Zealand-owned technology company, with 300 employees across Wellington, Auckland and Sydney. As a cloud integrator, Fronde specialises in business transformation by providing complete CRM, infrastructure, mail & collaboration and ERP solutions to its customers in New Zealand and Australia. The IT services company is in a unique position as a long-standing NetSuite customer, utilising NetSuite to operate its financials and core business operations, as well as NetSuite OpenAir for professional services automation. It has been building towards offering NetSuite to its client base, as the market demand for cloud services rapidly increases.
NetSuite delivers the business benefits that Fronde's clients are looking for: advanced functionality, reduced operational IT costs and risks, rapid deployment, speed, and the agility to launch new business operations and subsidiaries quickly, with a faster time to market than on-premise software solutions.
"As our clients contemplate painful and costly ERP upgrades, knowing they will need another in three years' time, we are excited to offer them NetSuite cloud-based business management solutions as a means to alleviate these challenges," said Ian Clarke, CEO for Fronde. "We are delighted to bring NetSuite's leading solutions to our clients in the New Zealand market, which allow executives to focus on their business, not on their technology."
"With the market for cloud business management solutions continuing to grow within New Zealand, we are constantly looking for new partners that offer extensive industry and vertical expertise," said Vince Randall, NetSuite's regional sales director for APAC. "Fronde's experience as both a NetSuite customer and a provider of ERP services, places it in a unique position to offer local businesses first-hand insights into how NetSuite can help them find new levels of efficiency and growth in New Zealand, as well as globally."
About NetSuite Solution Provider Program
Launched in 2002, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program is the industry's first cloud channel partner program and unites hundreds of channel partners and their cloud opportunities with industry-leading margins and incentives to grow their businesses. Designed to help solution providers transform their business model to fully capitalise on the revenue growth opportunity of the NetSuite cloud, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program delivers unprecedented services that begin during recruitment and range from business planning, sales, marketing and PS enablement, to training and education. For more information about the program, visit www.netsuite.com/anzpartners.
About Fronde 
Fronde is a New Zealand-owned technology company, with 300 staff across Wellington, Auckland and Sydney. As a cloud integrator, Fronde specialises in business transformation by providing complete customer relationship management, infrastructure, mail & collaboration, and enterprise resource planning solutions. In operation since 1992, Fronde has growing revenue of 40+ million. Fronde has established partnerships with other leading cloud vendors such as Google, Amazon Web Services and others to deliver a wide range of integrated cloud solutions. For more information about Fronde, please visit www.fronde.com.
For more information about NetSuite please visit www.netsuite.com.
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SCANSOURCE, INC. EXECUTIVES RECOGNIZED AS CRN CHANNEL CHIEFS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

ScanSource News Release:


SCANSOURCE, INC. EXECUTIVES RECOGNIZED AS CRN CHANNEL CHIEFS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Contact:  Melissa Andrews, ScanSource, Inc. 
864.286.4425
melissa.andrews@scansource.com


GREENVILLE, SC - February 27, 2013 -
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), the leading international value-added distributor of specialty technology products, is pleased to announce that executives from each of its four North American sales units have been named 2013 CRN Channel Chiefs.  CRN is a market leader in channel news, delivering intelligence and forward-thinking business strategies to the North American IT channel.
According to CRN, Channel Chiefs are the who's who of channel management – heading up the programs that solution providers depend on to run their business.  ScanSource, Inc. executives named to the list are: John Gaillard, vice president of sales, Catalyst Telecom; David Hertwig, vice president of sales, ScanSource POS and Barcode; Mark Morgan, vice president of sales, ScanSource Communications; and Tony Sorrentino, president, ScanSource Security. 
CRN recognized ScanSource, Inc.’s executives for their record of business innovation and dedication to the partner community.
“Our sales unit executives are committed to the success and growth of the channel. We value their leadership and resolute support of our reseller and vendor partners,” said Scott Benbenek, president of worldwide operations, ScanSource, Inc.  “We appreciate CRN’s recognition of our team members.” 
“The 2013 Channel Chiefs list recognizes executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace,” said Kelley Damore, senior vice president, editorial director, CRN.   “Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors and distributors or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year’s Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community.”
About ScanSource, Inc.
ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is the leading international distributor of specialty technology products, operating from dedicated business units in North America, Latin America and Europe. ScanSource POS & Barcode delivers AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) and POS (point-of-sale) solutions; Catalyst Telecom and ScanSource Communications provide voice, video, data and converged communications equipment; ScanSource Security offers physical security solutions; and ScanSource Services Group delivers value-added support programs and services. Founded in 1992, the company ranks #760 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, call the toll-free sales telephone number at 800.944.2432 or visit www.scansourceinc.com.

Members of VMware Partner Community Awarded at VMware Partner Exchange 2013


Members of VMware Partner Community Awarded at VMware Partner Exchange 2013

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2013— Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2013, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, recognized its partner community for their demonstrated excellence in 2012. This year's VMware Partner Network global awards were announced during the VMware Partner Exchange Awards Banquet.
"Global partners of all sizes come to VMware Partner Exchange to network and further their knowledge of VMware solutions as customers are realizing the benefits of the software-defined datacenter," said Colleen Kapase, senior director, Partner Readiness, VMware. "We are proud to acknowledge the achievements made in 2012 by VMware partners, and look forward to our mutual success in 2013."
Partner award recipients from around the world were acknowledged by VMware in 19 categories for their excellence in performance and distinctive achievements during 2012:
  • Application ISV Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: SAP AG
    Regional Winners: Infosys Technologies (APJ)
  • Business Continuity Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Varrow
    Regional Winners: Varrow (Americas), Computacenter (EMEA), Veeras Infotek Pvt Limited (APJ)
  • Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Ahead, LLC
    Regional Winners: Ahead LLC (Americas), Colt Technology Services (EMEA), Shanghai Ingeek Information Technology Co, Ltd (APJ)
  • Consulting and Integration Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Xerox
    Regional Winners: Xerox (Americas), T-Systems (EMEA), Accenture (APJ)
  • Desktop Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Insight
    Regional Winners: Insight (Americas), Phoenix Software Ltd. (EMEA), GoodMorning Information Technology Co., Ltd. (APJ)
  • Distributor of the Year
    Global Winner: Ingram Micro
    Regional Winners: Officer Distribuidora (Americas), Tech Data GmbH & Co. OHG (AZLAN) (EMEA), Ingram Micro Australia (APJ)
  • Emerging Market Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Aptronics
    Regional Winners: Soluciones Informaticas Integrales (Americas), Aptronics (EMEA), PT Mitra Integrasi Informatika (APJ)
  • Infrastructure Virtualization Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Bechtle
    Regional Winners: CDW (Americas), Bechtle (EMEA), FUJITSU FSAS INC. (APJ)
  • Management Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: International Integrated Solutions, Ltd.
    Regional Winners: International Integrated Solutions, Ltd. (Americas), Comdivision (EMEA), CTC/ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corp. (APJ)
  • Public Sector Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: ePlus Technology Inc.
    Regional Winners: ePlus Technology Inc. (Americas), Trustmarque (EMEA), ILGEUN Infra Inc. (APJ)
  • Renewals Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: ATEA
    Regional Winners:SHI International Corp. (Americas), ATEA (EMEA), Dell (APJ)
  • SMB Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Whizz-Work Pte. Ltd.
    Regional Winners: SHI International Corp. (Americas), Assyrus Srl (EMEA), Whizz-Work Pte. Ltd. (APJ)
  • Solution Provider of the Year
    Global Winner: Presidio Networked Solutions
    Regional Winners: Presidio Networked Solutions (Americas), Kelway (EMEA), NetOne Systems (APJ)
  • Technology Innovator Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Liquidware Labs
    Regional Winner: Fujian Centerm Information CO., Ltd. (APJ)
  • Training (VATC) Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: ECS Technology (China) Limited
    Regional Winners: Global Knowledge (Americas), QA Ltd. (EMEA), ECS Technology (China) Limited (APJ)
  • vFabric® Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: Canopy
    Regional Winners: Logicalis, Inc. (Americas), Canopy (EMEA), XML Asia Ltd. (APJ)
  • Virtualization of Business Critical Applications (VBCA) Competency Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: GreenPages
    Regional Winners: GreenPages (Americas), AddOn Systemhaus GmbH (EMEA)
  • VMware Service Provider Partner of the Year
    Global Winner: OVH
    Regional Winners: Savvis (Americas), OVH (EMEA), Datacom (APJ)
  • Most Valuable Partner Executive of the Year
    Global Winner: Joe Koenig, Worldwide Technology, Inc
    Regional Winners: Joe Koenig, Worldwide Technology, Inc (Americas), Sam Routledge, Softcat Ltd. (EMEA), Wang Hong Li, Inspur (APJ)
About VMware Partner Exchange 2013
VMware Partner Exchange 2013 is the leading global event for virtualization and cloud partners, bringing thousands of members from the VMware partner ecosystem together to discuss the future of the industry. With more than 200 sessions, including boot camps, breakouts, and workshops, as well as an extensive exhibitor pavilion, partners gain valuable insight on how to leverage new technologies to deliver the software-defined datacenter to customers. To learn more about VMware Partner Exchange, visit www.vmwarepartnerexchange.com
About VMware
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 480,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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SAP to Join Forces With Intel on Breakthrough “Big Data” Solutions to Improve Competitiveness and Agility of Businesses

SAP News Release:


SAP to Join Forces With Intel on Breakthrough “Big Data” Solutions to Improve Competitiveness and Agility of Businesses

SAP HANA® Platform Will Support the New Intel Distribution of Apache Hadoop to Power Real-Time Insights from Massive Data Sets
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Building on a long relationship of joint collaboration, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a technical and business partnership with Intel that will help organizations in data-intensive industries become more competitive and agile by leveraging insights across business operations from all their data assets at the pace of business. The two companies plan to build and bring to market a breakthrough "big data" solution for enterprise customers centered on the SAP HANA® platform and Intel® Distribution for Apache™ Hadoop® software. The combination will integrate innovations and software technologies from SAP, Intel and the open source community to store and analyze in real-time large volumes of structured and unstructured data from across the enterprise. This announcement was made from the Strata Conference, being held February 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif.
"Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is inherently batch oriented, as are most Hadoop tools. This imposes fundamental limitations on the speed and frequency with which data can be loaded into or retrieved from HDFS via Hadoop tools," said Philip Russom, research director for Data Management, The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). "Hadoop workers deal with Hadoop's inherent data latency in a variety of ways. For data that needs on-demand, real-time access, they manage the data in a database management system, whenever possible."
SAP plans to leverage the in-memory technology innovations in SAP HANA as well as Intel's innovations in security, connectivity and management tools for Apache Hadoop to bring a unique solution to market. The planned major technology components of the solution include integral parts of the SAP® Real-time Data Platform, along with Intel Hadoop software.
"SAP is reinventing the information processing landscape with SAP HANA – from business analytics and data warehousing, to enterprise applications and SAP Business Suite, and next to 'big data' with Intel Hadoop," said Franz Faerber, head of Data Management, SAP. "Together, SAP and Intel have a strong vision to bring significant innovations, enterprise IT maturity and go-to market efficiencies that will enable organizations to easily adopt an enterprise-class big data solution."
"The extension of our partnership with SAP will create a well-engineered solution leveraging combined in-memory and processor optimizations," said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of the Datacenter Software Division, Intel Corp. "Furthermore, the big data solution from SAP and Intel will provide the necessary enterprise-ready integration, optimization and configuration – right out of the box – that eliminates adoption barriers arising from complexities and expenses involved in making big data solutions enterprise-ready."
A recent survey by TDWI indicates that 62 percent of enterprises indicate inadequate staffing or skills for big data analytics as a major barrier to adoption of technologies like Hadoop¹. The combined solution will enable enterprises to continue to use the tools and expertise they already have in-house. Furthermore, customers across many industries, including retail, financial services and telecommunications, can expect significant benefits from integrating Hadoop into operational systems.
The partnership with Intel intends to extend the SAP ecosystem of existing partnerships and previously announced innovations around big data. While certain intellectual property assets created specifically for the big data solution would remain proprietary to SAP, some key innovations are planned to be contributed back to the Hadoop open source community and the SAP ecosystem of big data partners.
Upcoming phases of the big data solution from SAP and Intel are planned to enable integrated query processing, optimized data loading, and unified administration.
¹TDWI BP Report: "Integrating Hadoop into Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing", Philip Russom, February 2013
For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 197,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of SuccessFactors) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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