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Childs Play an innovative games app for kids hits iTunes App Store this week

(PRWEB) November 27, 2012

All parents know that busy restaurants, waiting rooms and traffic jams arent the place to be with bored or impatient young children. Parents nowadays are turning to their phones to provide distraction in such situations, but find there is a problem: as most of the games on the App Store aren't aimed at the under sixes, younger children often get frustrated due to the unachievable demands they make in terms of dexterity and timing. Child's Play has been developed to solve this problem.

This app has been designed especially for younger children, so the games need no explanation to pick up and play. Just by tapping the screen, children can join in confidently with the simple and colorful games, whether they be popping bubbles, making frogs jump from lily pads, or launching beautiful fireworks above a storybook village at night. Child's Play boasts eye-catching graphics and animations, chosen specifically to appeal to this age range.

Childs Play was designed by two primary school teachers, who have nearly thirty years of experience between them. They wrote the app as a diversion for their own kids, and decided to produce a version for general release when it proved popular with family and friends.

Childs Play is now available in the iTunes App Store for iOS devices (including a full screen version for iPhone 5). The app is free to download and comes with three free games. An upgrade is available for $ 1.99 to unlock all fourteen games.

Find out more by visiting Child's Play on the App Store.


Java Software Scare and How it Affects Elearning

Los Angeles, CA & Toronto, ON (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

The recent scare with Java software has big implications for some elearning providers, especially those who rely on Java software to run. In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp.s Java software to minimize the risk for hackers to access vulnerabilities and gain control of computers. Vubiz Elearning does not rely on Java to run its courses and is unaffected by this serious security threat.

Java is both a language and a platform to run websites and programs and is used by many computer users, both on the PC and Mac. The problem is that there is a hole or vulnerability in Java 7 which requires a patch. This vulnerability leaves millions of computers open to malware attacks and can lure online traffic to virus-infected websites. Hackers try to exploit this vulnerability to install malicious software which enables them to commit crimes such as identity theft and attacking websites.

We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem, the Department of Homeland Securitys Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in a posting on its website this month.

This and previous Java vulnerabilities have been widely targeted by attackers, and new Java vulnerabilities are likely to be discovered, the agency said. To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities, disable Java in Web browsers.

It is rare for the government to advise computer users to completely disable software due to a security issue, especially with widely used programs such as Java.

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Marble Media LLC’s Offers New Trend Predictions for Mobile Living and Social Technology to Shape Food Culture in 2013

FORT LEE, New Jersey, (PRWEB) January 14, 2013 today shared a new series of trends and predictions for 2013 from the MSLGroup North America Culinary and Nutrition Center claiming that social media is acting as a food trend accelerator. A series of predictions for 2013 state that social media ushers new foods and food trends to the masses in an accelerated manner, providing a better chance for food-related items to earn recognition early on.

With American lifestyles more mobile than ever before, many people are taking their food along with them according to industry insiders from the Food & Beverage Specialty Team of MSLGROUP North America. Food experts involved in the organizations annual list of top 10 food predictions say that most favorite foods will be transformed into portioned sizes, making them handy for the mobile lives of North America.

MSLGroup experts say that North Americas specialized food PR and marketing division is tasked with following industry research, and advising Americas food industry from grower to table. The group is also an industry leader in tracking social medias influence on American food and beverage purchases.

Steve Bryant, director, Food & Beverage, MSLGROUP North America, says that Americans will be seeing more single serving food and drink items, including single serve coffee pods, high protein snacks, one-liter boxed wines and other individually packaged food items that are more portable and designed with snacking in mind. They also will appeal to consumers with an eco-friendly consciousness.

According to the groups recently published study called Clicks and Cravings, social media has a dramatic impact on the nations culinary landscape, allowing food manufacturers, chefs, restaurants and others to get their new food industry discoveries out to the public in record time, and at record volume.

Some of MSLGROUPs Top 10 predictions for food trends in 2013 are:

1._Healthy alternatives. Chefs and food developers are coming up with new alternatives to salt, fats, and zero-calorie sweeteners for packaged foods that taste good.

2. Protein-to-Go. Snacks are eclipsing full meals for busy Americans who often eat on the run. Newly developed protein-fortified bars, snacks, beverages and high-protein products specifically formulated for men and women are going to explode on the culinary scene in 2013.

3. Strong, strong coffee. Coffee is a valuable source of antioxidants and the morning buzz that so many people depend on. Coffee has been found to offer a host of benefits, a uniform demographic appeal, and a more than 100 percent increase in growth in the industrys single serve coffee division.

4. Trends in preserved foods. Americans are becoming more aware of the astronomical amount of foods wasted each year, primarily because it spoils before its eaten. Items like pickled, cured, fermented and brined foods are appearing in restaurants and higher-end grocery stores. Consumers can look for Peruvian ceviche, Korean kimchi, and brined Moroccan lemons, and stop obsessing over the need for everything they eat to be fresh. A resurgence in frozen foods is expected to follow suit.



T.E.N. Announces Call for Nominations for Information Security Executive

Atlanta, Ga (PRWEB) January 14, 2013

Tech Exec Networks (T.E.N.), a technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, announced today that nominations will be accepted now through March 8, 2013 for the ISE

7Mar/130 Announces The Advantages to Online Tax Filing

Tampa, Fl (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

Once again the time has come to complete tax returns, for those who are still filing manually, it is high time to make the switch to e-filing. This is now what the I.R.S officially wants everyone to do, by offering fewer and fewer incentives in sticking to paper (from now on they arent even sending tax forms and tax info in the mail), and offering more and more benefits for doing it online. Personal paperwork can still be ordered or head to a local tax office, but if the I.R.S had their way, every single tax payer would be doing the return online, and although a good chunk of the population are sticking to paper, the 100 million that have switched to e-filing will happily share just how much better it is. provides resources for filing taxes online and is happy to provide useful information on the advantages of filling taxes online.

For those who are undecided, put the best foot forward and make the switch, because there are many advantages to filing online. Lets go over the main advantages.

Last minute tax filer?

A crucial benefit for those who like to leave it to the last minute (or those who like to forget) is that e-filing helps from getting into trouble even if the time is really close to the submission deadline. The traditional route takes into account the time it takes to mail the documents which takes more time. Having said this, e-filing should not make you complacent. Once the return has been received by the state department, they will send an electronic confirmation so you can be sure of when the return was received.

Dont trust others to do it accurately

When paper returns are filed, the information has to be keyed into the system by a human I.R.S employee? Because of this there is chance the information will be typed in incorrectly studies reveal that paper returns have on average a 20% error rate. In contrast, there is no need to do this when a file is completed online the error rate for electronic filing is only 5%. This makes accuracy a big advantage, as long as everything is filed correctly.

Strapped for cash? Get the refund quicker

Sending a paper tax file to the state tax department can take up to eight weeks to receive the tax refund, but with e-filing the refund will get back much quicker. It usually takes around three weeks for e-filing, and its possible to speed up the process by opting for wired transfer into a bank account. This is a great benefit, especially if the money is needed fast.

It could be free (and really easy)

Commercial online software is available to complete the tax return, or a company with the Free File Alliance (a group of tax return software companies endorsed by the I.R.S). For Adjusted Gross Income of less than $ 57,000, there are plenty of free software choices for federal returns, and furthermore, the process is often automated in this case all that is required is to answer the questions and everything will be automatically completed.

It reduces the processing costs

It always costs more money to do things manually than not to, and it costs a few dollars to manually process each paper tax return. In contrast, it only costs a few dimes to process each electronic return. Now this might not sound like much, but it soon adds up when considering the millions of returns filed each year, and although this saving does not reach users directly, the state saves money and can thus put it to better use elsewhere. There were 1,200 full-time and almost 700 seasonal workers at the I.R.S in 2001, but now there are many fewer employees.

Ensure the safety of private information

Electronic submission is perfectly safe and secure. The websites always use the latest security measures such as SSL for the encryption of data. To help prevent fraudulent activity, there is the option to electronically sign them. This signature is actually a unique five-digit number which you can choose, and which the I.R.S will associate with a return. Another two security measures require you to enter the adjusted gross income from a previous years return, and date of birth.

Help the environment

This is an obvious point, but you might forget that when users file online, they dont have to use paper. Agencies have responsible practices for the paper they receive, but it still costs energy to pulp the paper and make new recycled paper out of it. Help save trees and reduce the carbon footprint by doing it online.

Despite all of these advantages, some Americans across the country would still rather take care of their tax return manually, sitting at their desks with their calculators. This might be simply due to the force of habit, or there may be some sense of distrust or trepidation (especially for older generations who do not rely on computers for much) in doing it all on a computer, but no matter who still files manually, and though paper returns are still fairly common, it is a better choice to do it online.

There are plenty of online services to help calculate a return, which is especially useful for people with difficult returns who usually rely on an accountant. With the e-filing process users can quickly and easily file a return without having to leave home, be confident that it is accurate, can file it later than those using paper filing, reduce the burden on the state, and help cut down on paper waste. Once users try e-filing its doubtful they will ever go back to the old way of doing things. Everyone should try efiling this year and check out additional advice at

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Eric Westacott Foundation Raises Over $30,000 to Help Young Quadriplegic Boy

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 11, 2009

The Eric Westacott Foundation (EWF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the study and cure of spinal cord injuries (SCI), announced today that it has raised over $ 30,000 to provide physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey. The funds were raised by the Foundation, with the help of Patrick Rummerfield, the first fully functional quadriplegic in history, during the recently-held EWF Golf Classic Tournament.

A Huntsville, Ohio resident, Alex Malarkey was involved in a car accident in 2004, while riding home from church with his father. Alex sustained serious neck injuries as the result of the car accident, which left him paralyzed from the neck down; Alex has been confined to a wheelchair and ventilator since the accident.

Patrick Rummerfield, who has known Alex since shortly after his accident, also asked the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help, by making available to Alex a state of the art RT300 Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES) bike and tilt-table donated by Lorraine Valentini and Chris Reyling. The RT300 FES bike is designed to send electrical impulses to electrodes placed on the patient's muscles, causing the muscles to contract and - essentially - perform a workout. The use of RT300 FES bikes provides people with spinal cord injuries many benefits, including prevention of muscle loss, muscle strengthening, improved circulation, and cardiovascular exercise.

The proceeds of the EWF Golf Classic Tournament will allow Alex Malarkey and his parents to spend two separate two-week stays at the newly-opened International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility dedicated to targeted spinal cord therapy, part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Eric Westacott Foundation will also cover the cost to transport the FES bicycle and tilt-table to the Malarkey's home in Ohio.

"It gives all of us an enormous sense of pride and purpose to know that our efforts are going to forever change the life of an intelligent young individual like Alex", said Eric Westacott, President of the Eric Westacott Foundation. "Alex has never had the opportunity to participate in a therapy program, and this is a prospect that will certainly make a difference for him and his family."

As a spinal cord injured person himself, Mr. Westacott knows the challenges faced by SCIs, and the need for a consistent, focused rehabilitation regimen.

"Alex is brave young man, who deserves a shot at improving his condition", said Patrick Rummerfield. "The Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury is certainly the most advanced center in the world for this type of rehabilitation program. This is where miracles happen every day, and we wanted Alex to have the best shot possible at healing."

The Golf Tournament, which this year boasted the participation of over 100 participants and players from all over the Country, along with a special visit from the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, is in its 16th year.

Alex made history in January 2009, at the age of 10, by becoming the youngest patient to undergo a surgical procedure that replaced the breathing unit he once was forced to use (weighing over 200 lbs) with a much smaller and lighter one. This surgery has allowed adult quadriplegics to sail solo and skydive.

"We could have never done it without the help of the Eric Westacott Foundation", said Alex's mother, Beth Malarkey. "Between the use of the bike and the ability to come to Baltimore to work with the men and women of the International Center for Spinal Cord, we feel blessed. It's like Christmas in August!"

The Eric Westacott Foundation, which is run on a completely volunteer basis, has raised almost $ 300,000.00 for spinal cord research since its creation, in 2002.

About Patrick Rummerfield

Patrick Rummerfield is the first fully functional SCI quadriplegic in the history of medicine. Following a 1974 car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, Patrick entered an uncharted and grueling regimen of physical therapy and physical and psychological support. With sheer determination and an iron will, Patrick regained function to his limbs, and went on to race marathons all over the world, including the Ironman Triathlon, the Gobi Desert march, and the Antarctica marathon, and to establish the FIA World Land Speed record on an electric car, along with 34 World Firsts. Today Patrick works with the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute and has co-founded Adventures on Wheels, a nonprofit organization developed to bring the world of adventure to those affected by spinal cord injury. Patrick's primary focus is to bring awareness to the importance of activity based restorative therapies and paralysis research. Patrick is an accomplished motivational speaker and is in the process of writing a book about his incredible life story. For additional information, visit Patrick Rummerfield's website.

About Eric Westacott

In October of 1993, while playing in an intramural college softball game, Eric attempted to stretch a triple into a homerun. His headfirst slide resulted in a broken neck, rendering Eric a complete quadriplegic. He spent the next 23 days at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, undergoing spinal fusion surgery and acute recovery and completed a rigorous 4


The Milford – A NY Hotel Prepares for Visitors to Top 3 New York Events New York Gift Fair, New York Fashion Week and New York Toy Fair

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

New York Visitors have numerous New York hotels to choose from while attending the many New York events in January and February 2013, and one of the most popular New York hotels is The Milford - A Times Square Hotel - formerly The Milford Plaza Hotel.

The Milford is located in the heart of Times Square and has an impressive offer with rates as low as $ 99.00 details include:

Times Square's newest guest rooms, complimentary Continental Breakfasts for 2 Persons per room, per day from only $ 99.00 - $ 119.00. Stay dates between January 21 - February 28, 2013 - View Details or Book Now

Upcoming New York events in January and February 2013:

Limited Of New York Gift Fair:

When: January 26 - 30, 2013

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center | W 34th Street | New York, NY 10001 | 212-216-2000

The New York Gift Fair draws more than 35,000 attendees from across the country, as well as many international Visitors to New York, to a trade-only New York event that hosts more than 2,800 exhibitors. Held twice yearly by GLM Shows, the New York Gift Fair showcases the very best lines and brands in Gift, Home, and Lifestyle categories.

Unlike any other Gift Fair, New York Gift Fair is organized into targeted divisions, some of which are bigger than most other gift fairs in their entirety. Each of these targeted divisions is complete with most everything youd expect or imagine in the niche, and exhibits are carefully selected to offer the widest variety and best quality of gift, home, and lifestyle items.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:

When: February 7th to the 14th

February is all about love, and in New York City, an extreme love for fashion comes to the forefront at Fashion Week. The dates have been set for New York Fashion Week 2013, and the Winter Fashion Event in New York City is sure to highlight the style and glamour that is typical of New York City.

In early February Manhattan hotels, Streets in New York City, New York restaurants, and more will be crowded with models, A-list celebrities, media moguls, designers, buyers, sellers, and everyone else in the fashion industry when New York Winter Fashion Week 2013 comes to town.

For one energetic week in New York City, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Winter will dominate Manhattan. This Fashion Season is punctuated with enthusiasm for reaching overseas consumers particularly the Chinese and Japanese, who are proving to be big buyers of fashion, and are increasingly interested in U.S. labels. Its looking like this New York Fashion Week 2013 will be one of the busiest and upbeat in years.

New York Toy Fair:

When: February 10 - 13, 2013

Mark your calendars for the New York Toy Fair 2013, which takes place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Starting on February 10th. American International Toy Fair


SDG Systems Partners with Bluebird Soft on Pidion Rugged, Mobile Computers

Zelienople, PA (PRWEB) August 11, 2009

SDG Systems, LLC (SDG) announced today that they have signed as a distributor with Bluebird Soft, Inc. "SDG Systems is enthusiastic about our new relationship with Bluebird Soft," said Todd Blumer, President of SDG Systems. "Bluebird has a reputation of providing cutting-edge and full-featured rugged mobile hardware platforms at compelling price points. The solutions are unique in the market place from a combination of functionality and pricing."

SDG Systems is now selling and supporting the Bluebird Pidion mobile products, with a focus on the BIP-6000, BIP-1300, and BM-150R PDA and data collection devices. SDG Systems also announced plans to port Linux to the Pidion products. The Linux implementation for the BIP-6000 is currently in progress with a projected completion during the 3rd Quarter, 2009.

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TROY Offers Free Shipping: TROY Printers and Toner Cartridges Delivered with No Shipping Charges this Holiday Season; Secure Check Printing for QuickBooks Included

Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) November 27, 2012

TROY Group, Inc., a Worldwide leader in Secure On-Demand Printing Solutions, announces free shipping to businesses in the continental United States that purchase TROY printers and toner cartridges. TROY created this free shipping offer so customers can save on printers and stock up on supplies, making the costs of check writing and reducing fraud liability more affordable.

The TROY line of printers and toners offers a variety of options for any business that requires a secure printing environment. TROY MICR printers and TROY security printers are available for small to medium sized businesses and large, multi-location enterprise printing applications. The free shipping offer includes TROYs newest offering, a printer package that includes TROY Check Print for QuickBooks.

Whatever application presents the need for TROY solutions, all TROY products address the continual increase in counterfeiting activity. Many fraudsters have access to the necessary printers and graphics capabilities to produce documents that appear to be legitimate as well as checks that appear to be negotiable. TROY MICR printers, MICR Secure printers, security printers, MICR Toner and security toner offer industry-proven methods to counteract those who target a companys checks and other sensitive documents.

TROY MICR Printers are modified to print the special character set displayed at the bottom of a check, called MICR Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR). Using MICR toner, MICR printers produce negotiable checks on demand with electronic readability and fraud-deterrent security. Combined with TROY secure software, TROY MICR Printers can significantly reduce the cost of check printing for businesses of any size by eliminating the need for preprinted checks. TROYs MICR Toner Secure offers an added element of fraud-deterrent, producing a red stain when chemical alteration of the printed document is attempted.

For printing applications that do not involve checks, TROY security printers with locking trays protect critical preprinted stock used for documents related to vital records, shipping, insurance, titles, prescriptions and other applications that require security for specialized stock. Most MICR printers can be purchased with locking paper trays as well, providing a completely secure check printing environment.

TROYs latest solution, a package that includes TROY Check Print for QuickBooks, the popular TROY MICR 1606 printer model with compatible MICR toner cartridge and check paper, is eligible for the free shipping promotion.

Larry Landtiser, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TROY Group, Inc., said TROY extends the free shipping offer as a way of helping organizations defray the cost of purchasing equipment that combats document fraud. Were pleased to offer free shipping to our customers this holiday season to help alleviate the costs associated with reducing risk, he said. Small companies to large enterprises are all susceptible to fraudsters who seek to access their information. Its TROYs way of making business security more affordable.

TROY sells its products via direct sales, online sales and through resellers. The free shipping offer applies to all channels of TROY customers and is good from November 26 through December 31, 2012 in the continental US. As an HP Solutions Business Partner, TROY is the only company authorized by HP to enhance HP LaserJet printers and consumables for use in secure printing workflows. Only TROY MICR and Security printers and HP compatible MICR Toner Secure and security toner cartridges are certified by HP for quality and reliability.

About Troy Group

TROY Group, Inc. (TROY) is a worldwide leader of secure on-demand printing solutions. TROY solutions manage, secure and simplify end-to-end enterprise printing environments. TROY offers application software, security printing hardware and specialized consumables for securely printing checks, money orders, transcripts, prescriptions and other important documents. TROY solutions are used by small and medium size businesses as well as large enterprises and governmental organizations to manage fraud, operational risk and comply with government regulations related to protecting information privacy. As a Gold Solutions Partner to HP, TROY is the only company in the world authorized by HP to enhance HP printers and consumables for use in secure printing workflows. Only TROY MICR and Security printers and TROY MICR Toner cartridges are tested onsite and certified by HP for quality and reliability. Unlike toner remanufacturing processes that produce rebuilt products, the TROY method modifies existing HP products to HP standards in its ISO-certified facility. TROY and HP offer new low-melt toners and security toners that help reduce energy costs using a reduced fusing temperature. We sell and service our products to major corporations, banks, key government accounts and distributors worldwide. Visit TROY at

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Gold Star Chili Renews Status as “Official Chili of the Cincinnati Bengals”

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) August 12, 2009

Gold Star Chili, The Flavor of Cincinnati, has renewed its partnership agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals and will continue to be the "Official Chili of the Cincinnati Bengals" for the next five years. As part of this agreement, Gold Star's signature Cincinnati-style chili products will be served in eight concession stands throughout Paul Brown Stadium at every Bengals home game and other functions hosted at the stadium.

"Football, from CYO leagues to high school to college to the Bengals, is one of the defining characteristics of living in Greater Cincinnati," says Gold Star Chili Director of Marketing, Charlie Howard. "Eating Cincinnati-style chili is another signature characteristic of the city and its neighborhoods. Both generate an extreme amount of passion and loyalty. Gold Star Chili is excited and proud to bring these two long-standing traditions together with our partnership with the Cincinnati Bengals."

In addition to promoting the city's passion for it's hometown dish, Cincinnati-style chili, Gold Star hopes to utilize its Bengals partnership to showcase some of the company's, and its franchisees', on-going charitable efforts with in-stadium promotions for programs such as the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank and Serving Our Troops.

To celebrate its Bengals partnership and to bring the football and chili fans of Chilitown USA truly great food value, Gold Star Chili will kick off the football season with $ 5 Bengals Combos at all Gold Star locations, along with the chance to enter to win tickets for the November 29th Cincinnati Bengals - Cleveland Browns game at Paul Brown Stadium. The promotion begins August 24th, just in time for the Bengals first home pre-season versus The St. Louis Rams, August 27th.


Greater Cincinnati is Chilitown USA and Gold Star Chili is The Flavor of Cincinnati. It strives to be the restaurant that best understands and promotes the passionate, personal and emotional connection that the people of Cincinnati have with their very own hometown dish, Cincinnati-style chili. Gold Star now has nearly 100 restaurants located throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and operates concessions at Paul Brown Stadium, The Bank of Kentucky Center, Children's Hospital, and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. To join the Gold Star Chili eClub or for more information, please visit

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