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16Feb/130

Disc Makers Breaks CD & DVD Manufacturing Records: The CDs Not Dead Yet


PENNSAUKEN, NJ (PRWEB) November 08, 2012

Disc Makers, the nations leading independent CD and DVD manufacturer, has reported some interesting news in this era of digital downloads and music streaming. The company announced today that in October it broke two of its all-time disc replication records, proving thatas much as everphysical media is a crucial part of any musicians product offerings and the CD is not yet dead. In October 2012, Disc Makers replicated 4,380,296 CDs, an increase of over 600,000 units from October, 2011. This figure outpaces Disc Makers prior all-time monthly CD & DVD replication record of 4,013,000 CDs, which had held since 2008.

The music industry has always sustained two simultaneous formats, says Disc Makers CEO Tony van Veen. Whether it was vinyl and cassettes, or cassettes and CDs, or now CDs and downloads/streams, these numbers show the continued demand for multiple formats simultaneously. As the primary product offering at live shows, as an additional driver of online sales, and as a requirement for any serious product release PR campaign, having CDs is a vital part of every musicians marketing mix.

The new record-breaking disc replication numbers not only indicate that independent artists may be feeling the positive effects of economic recovery, but also that the music industry has settled into a more comfortable balance between the demand for physical media and growing digital music technologies. A few years ago, during the height of the economic crisis, many music business pundits were hyping digital-only releases, says van Veen. But now that much of the dust has settled, independent artists know theyre leaving money on the table if they dont make their music available in both physical and digital form.

In addition to breaking its previous CD manufacturing record, Disc Makers also set a new all-time record for DVD production at 1,113,508 units, suggesting similar trends for businesses which create video media as part of their marketing or product offerings. Were really thrilled by these CD & DVD replication numbers, says van Veen, and expect to see strong demand continue for the foreseeable future.

About Disc Makers

In business since 1946, Disc Makers is the nations leading independent CD & DVD manufacturer, offering a wide variety of products and services, including state-of-the-art automated printers and duplication systems as well as complete CD & DVD duplication, CD & DVD replication and custom disc packaging for independent musicians, filmmakers, and businesses. The companys state-of-the-art facilities are outfitted with the latest graphic, printing, and CD & DVD replication equipment and products, as well as in-house studios for mastering and post production, DVD and CD-ROM multimedia authoring, and award-winning graphic design. Disc Makers manufactures and distributes a large selection of disc duplication and printing systems, as well as a full line of recordable media and disc packaging supplies. The company also offers a variety of additional services including download cards, posters, and music distribution. Disc Makers main office and plant is located near Philadelphia in Pennsauken, NJ, and the company has regional offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Nashville, Boston, Houston, and Puerto Rico.

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19Nov/120

Pit Bulls VanValkenburgh Breaks Land Speed Record at Bonneville


Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

Charlie VanValkenburgh, owner and president of Pit Bull Products, Inc., has won the 1000cc Production land speed record at Bonneville. Pit Bull, a motorcycle stand and accessory manufacture, started preparing almost two years ago. They purchased a BMW S100RR from BMW of Atlanta specifically for the purpose of competing in and winning this event. The bike was customized by Michael Godin and Kevin Hunt of KWS Motorsports, along with other companies which contributed by producing prototype motor parts for the bike.

Charlie VanValkenburgh has been traveling to Bonneville as often as possible since 2010. Hes watched the progress of the bike for two years as the team improved its speed and performance. Last year, Barry McMahan began working on the bike in his Huntsville area shop as well as going along to the Salt Flats with Charlie V to provide support on site. By October 2011, the team felt that the bike was prepared for a record breaking performance. The event was rained out that month and the Pit Bull team waited until August of this year to return to the Salt Flats to break the record.

Charlie made back to back runs at 199.326 and 197.166, respectively, beating the old record of 197.116 and setting a new record of a stunning 198.246 mph! VanValkenburgh is thrilled with this record-setting achievement and acknowledged the hard work of the team, saying, "It took a lot of work to get a record at Bonneville and it was definitely a team effort. The qualifying run and back up run were the 82nd and 83rd trips down the salt with the same bike.

VanValkenbergh extended his thanks and deep appreciation for the work and support of Barry McMahan for building a bike which could break the record with a stock pipe and air box, his fianc

28Oct/120

Mobile Game LetterSchool Breaks into Top 10 on iTunes iPad Education Chart in Several Countries


Amsterdam, the Netherlands (letterschool.com) (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

This week, the educational app LetterSchool snagged a position in the top 10 on the American and Canadian iTunes iPad Education charts. In the Netherlands, the Dutch version has held a steady position in the top five since the softwares launch in March. LetterSchool has also reached the top 10 in Belgium and Egypt, and the app is steadily approaching this magical boundary in other countries. Strikingly, the writing app for children is also regularly keeping Angry Birds company in the overall top 100 Paid Apps in several countries. (LetterSchool chart summaries: http://appslists.net/app/141340/LetterSchool; Dutch version: http://appslists.net/app/164429/LetterSchool-NL.)

LetterSchools enviable position among the App Stores top 10 is reason to celebrate for Boreaal Publishers, the Dutch company behind the app. Reaching the top in several countries is an impressive achievement for this tiny newcomer to the apps market, particularly since the App Store is overcrowded with alphabet and tracing apps. Despite the plentiful competition, LetterSchools creators felt they had something valuable to add, and in doing so hoped to raise the bar for this type of app. It seems theyve succeeded: the continuous highly positive response from parents and teachers underscores LetterSchools important role as an innovator in handwriting instruction.

LetterSchool lets kids have fun while they practice the complex skills of handwriting. The methods educational value is strongly appreciated by parents, teachers and therapists. The handwriting app have has already been introduced into many homes, schools and therapy practices all over the world. LetterSchools wide variety of games captures the attention and keeps players practicing their letters and numbers, over and over again. That probably explains the apps success, despite the fact that handwriting isnt exactly a trendy subject. By spending $ 2.99 on LetterSchool, schools not only save money on expensive handwriting methods and software, but also on precious teaching time. A list of the apps awards and experts reviews is available at LetterSchool.com.

LetterSchool competes with advanced mobile games, boasting high-quality graphics, effects and animations at a level rarely seen in apps for young children. In order to make LetterSchool a rock-solid piece of software, the makers didnt just rely on their own experience in education, software development and computer graphicslittle experts tested the app thoroughly. LetterSchool is a universal application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Install the free lite version of LetterSchool which will allow you to reach the gold level and test-drive the free-form writing game more quickly. Reporters can also request a promotional code for the full version. Feel free to ask for our media kit containing high-resolution artwork on the contact page of our website.

LINKS

LetterSchool website:

http://letterschool.com/

LetterSchool video:

http://youtu.be/4sDZqBMqG-4

iTunes, LetterSchool:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterschool/id435476174?mt=8

iTunes, LetterSchool Lite:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterschool-lite/id481067676?mt=8

Overview of awards and reviews:

http://letterschool.com/reviews.html







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4Jul/110

SmartDraw 2008 Breaks All Records –Helps Users Create Business Graphics Faster than Ever Before; Users Across the Globe Applaud New Features for Flowcharts, Org Charts, Floor Plans, and More

SmartDraw 2008 Breaks All Records --Helps Users Create Business Graphics Faster than Ever Before; Users Across the Globe Applaud New Features for Flowcharts, Org Charts, Floor Plans, and More










San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 6, 2007

SmartDraw.com today announced that sales for SmartDraw have broken all previous sales records, both for new copies and for upgrades to existing SmartDraw owners. "Sales in September 2007 were up by more than 100% from a year ago," said Paul Stannard, CEO SmartDraw.com. "Sales of site licenses are our fastest growing segment. IT directors and users everywhere are recognizing the leap forward in usability and value that SmartDraw 2008 represents, and are choosing SmartDraw instead of Visio."

SmartDraw 2008, launched in September, is the first program that automates the task of creating business graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, floor plans and more. The new version is packed with exciting, helpful features that continue to draw admiration from both first-time users and long-time fans.

"Not only has SmartDraw saved us thousands in graphic design fees, but it has totally transformed our company," said Jeff Gordon, CEO of Amplio Consulting. "It's the best investment we've ever made."

Popular new features include LiveMaps, which captures live map data from the internet, allowing users to incorporate roads, regions, zip codes, and satellite images into their drawings; as well as Image Charts, which use images and pictures instead of standard bars, lines and circles…just like USA Today.

Users also love the new Express Charting feature, which allows users to create real charts and graphs of every kind, without having to make a spreadsheet first. Users simply pick a chart and type the data directly into the bars, or drag the bars to represent the right values.

"SmartDraw delivers communications, clarity, and the ease of looking good fast," said Dave Bartek, IBM. "I recommend it all the time…I am an evangelist for it!"

More than two million people have downloaded and used SmartDraw to create graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, family trees, floor plans, forms, timelines and more. Unlike other graphics programs that provide you with a blank screen and expect you to draw, such as Visio, with SmartDraw you start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration that you need. You enter your information and SmartDraw does the rest: building the graphic automatically using built-in rules and professional design themes to guarantee polished, presentation-quality results in just a few minutes. It draws for you!

"I've been a Visio user for years, but given the time and support constraints on my team, I needed software that was easier to learn," said Darren Tidwell, Network Administrator. "I wanted a tool that would help me solve my problems without wasting time or money. SmartDraw does this."

Readers can check out a complete list of new features and download a free trial of SmartDraw from the company's website (http://www.smartdraw.com), and may also purchase online. Individual licenses start at $ 297. The company also provides variety of options for multiple-seat licenses, including an annual subscription agreement for company-wide usage starting at $ 2995.

About SmartDraw.com

SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that makes it possible for ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than two million people install and use SmartDraw and the company counts more than half of the members of the Fortune 500 as loyal customers.

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. In addition to SmartDraw 2008 for general business and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. For more information on the company or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit http://www.smartdraw.com.

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20Jun/110

ElcomSoft Breaks Wi-Fi Encryption Faster with GPU Acceleration

ElcomSoft Breaks Wi-Fi Encryption Faster with GPU Acceleration











Moscow, Russia (PRWEB) October 9, 2008

ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. accelerates the recovery of WPA and WPA2 encryption used in the Wi-Fi protocol by employing the new-generation NVIDIA video cards. ElcomSoft patent-pending GPU acceleration technology implemented in Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery allows using laptop, desktop or server computers equipped with supported NVIDIA video cards to break Wi-Fi encryption up to 100 times faster than by using CPU only.

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery supports both WPA and the newer WPA2 encryption used in the majority of Wi-Fi networks, allowing breaking Wi-Fi protection quickly and efficiently with most laptop and desktop computers. The support of NVIDIA graphic accelerators increases the recovery speed by an average of 10 to 15 times when Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery is used on a moderate laptop with NVIDIA GeForce 8800M or 9800M series GPU, or up to 100 times when running on a desktop with two or more NVIDIA GTX 280 boards installed. Governments, forensic and corporate users will benefit from vastly increased speed of breaking Wi-Fi protection provided by Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery.

Breaking Wi-Fi Protection with Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery

With growing numbers of Wi-Fi networks used by businesses and individuals all over the world, security becomes utterly important. There are currently two methods of protecting Wi-Fi networks, WEP and WPA/WPA2. Unlike enterprise, RADIUS protected networks, consumer-grade WPA and WPA2 protection methods rely on passwords and encryption to protect traffic transferred between users and network access points. However, WEP, the older protection method, is no longer considered secure even for home users, as sometimes it can be broken in less than two minutes due to security flaws discovered in the algorithm.

The newer WPA/WPA2 encryption is inherently more secure than WEP. The only way to break WPA and WPA2 encryption is to use a brute force attack, which involves trying all possible passwords in the hope to discover the only correct one. With billions of possible combinations, it can take years to break into a WPA/WPA2 protected network. However, WPA/WPA2 protected networks are not immune against distributed attacks performed with GPU-accelerated algorithms.

With the latest version of Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery, it is now possible to crack WPA and WPA2 protection on Wi-Fi networks up to 100 times quicker with the use of massively parallel computational power of the newest NVIDIA chips. Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery only needs a few packets intercepted in order to perform the attack. The new product of ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. makes it possible to quickly perform security audit of corporate Wi-Fi networks, allowing to test network security against threats such as inappropriate WLAN security policy.

Using NVIDIA Cards to Break Wi-Fi Protection Faster

Today's video cards such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX280 can process hundreds of billions fixed-point calculations per second. Add as much as 1 GB of onboard video memory and up to 240 processing units, multiply it by two by using a couple of NVIDIA cards, and enter the whole new world of super-parallel computational power for just a few hundred dollars.

Until recently, all the power of highly parallel, super-scalar processors in 3D graphic accelerators could only be used for gaming. ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. has invented a way to utilize the massively parallel computational power of NVIDIA gaming cards for increasing the speed of password recovery. Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery, its flagship password recovery tool, is able to fully utilize recent NVIDIA chips used in laptop, desktop and server computers, increasing the speed of Wi-Fi password recovery up to 100 times compared to conventional CPUs.

About Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery:

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery is a high-end password recovery solution for forensic and government agencies, data and password recovery services, and corporate users. Featuring patent-pending acceleration technologies and providing massively parallel operation and linear scalability with no overhead, Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery offers demanding users the fastest password recovery by a huge margin.

Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery can retrieve a variety of system passwords such as NTLM and Windows startup passwords, crack MD5 hashes, unlock password-protected documents created by Microsoft Office 97-2007, PDF files created by Adobe Acrobat, and breaks both WPA and WPA2 encryption of protected Wi-Fi networks. With numerous unique technologies, wide range of supported password recovery options and patent-pending GPU acceleration, Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery remains the most technologically advanced password recovery tool currently available.

About ElcomSoft Co. Ltd.:

Founded in 1990, ElcomSoft Co.Ltd. develops state-of-the-art computer forensics tools, provides computer forensics training and computer evidence consulting services. Since 1997, ElcomSoft has been providing products and services to businesses, law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies. ElcomSoft products are used by most of the Fortune 500 corporations, multiple branches of the military all over the world, foreign governments, and all major accounting firms. ElcomSoft and its officers are members of the Russian Cryptology Association. ElcomSoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner, an Intel Software Partner, and Member of NVIDIA's CUDA Developer Relations Program.

For more information and to download an evaluation version of Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery, visit ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. at wpa.elcomsoft.com

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12Jun/110

SMC Breaks Barriers to Make Gigabit to the Desktop a Practical Reality

SMC Breaks Barriers to Make Gigabit to the Desktop a Practical Reality










(PRWEB) June 28, 2003

IRVINE, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2003 – SMC Networks (http://www.smc.com) today announced a new line of products that underscore the company’s commitment to taking ‘Gigabit to the Desktop’. Two new EZ Switch™ 10/100/1000 Gigabit switches, one five-port and one eight-port version (SMC8505T and SMC8508T), and a 32-bit Gigabit Ethernet PCI network card, the EZ Card™ 1000 (SMC9452TX) lead SMC’s new line of products that bring affordable Gigabit connections all the way to the desktop in any business environment—from SOHO to the enterprise. The five and eight port EZ Switch 10/100/1000 will be available in July, and carry MSRPs of $ 134.99 and $ 194.99 respectively. The EZ Card 1000, also available in July, has an MSRP of $ 29.99.

Anchoring the Gigabit to the Desktop family of products, the new SMC EZ Switch 10/100/1000 five and eight port switches (SMC8505T and SMC8508T) bring the blazing speed of Gigabit copper to the desktop with five or eight auto-MDIX ports backed by an 8K MAC address table to ensure support for even the largest of networks. The only switch of its kind with FCC Class B and jumbo frame support, these new switches are suitable not just for the Enterprise, but even for SOHO environments where power applications demand increased speed and bandwidth.

On the desktop itself, the new EZ Card™ 1000 copper Gigabit Ethernet adapter (SMC9452TX) completes the connection for Gigabit Ethernet performance all the way. A high-performance, cost-effective 32-bit PCI network adapter, the EZ Card 1000 provides an excellent solution for applications that require high-speed, highly-reliable network connectivity. Offering connectivity at 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1000Mbps, the EZ Card 1000 (SMC9452TX) supports full duplex to maximize the network’s potential speed while accommodating the existing infrastructure. Fully-complaint with IEEE standards, the SMC9452TX is the perfect solution for delivering high throughput with minimal strain on the CPU. Advanced feature like TCP and UDP Checksum, Flow Control, Jumbo Frame support, and 802.3p ensure data integrity, even under heavy loading. Those features, combined with a management toolset that includes the Virtual Cable Tester (VCT) for advanced cable diagnostics, Wake-On-LAN, SNMP and RMON, make the EZ Card™ 1000 an ideal choice for bringing Gigabit connectivity to today’s high-performance workstations.

“Once relegated to the backbone, these new EZ Switch and EZ Card Gigabit products put the advantages of Gigabit performance and bandwidth within reach for literally any power user,” said Sean Keohane, SMC Networks’ CEO. “We’re excited to be breaking down the barriers to bring Gigabit to the desktop.”

For more information about SMC Networks or its products, visit http://www.smc.com, or call 800-SMC-4You (800-762-4968).


















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28May/110

Phonezoo Breaks Through 10 Million User Milestone

Phonezoo Breaks Through 10 Million User Milestone











Phonezoo Logo


Sunnyvale, CA (Vocus) August 5, 2009

Phonezoo.com, http://www.phonezoo.com, the leading online & mobile entertainment site in the US, today announced that it has crossed an important milestone of 10 million registered users. An important differentiator for Phonezoo is the fact that 96% of this user base is in the US & actively using every feature of the site. User engagement continues to be strong with an average visit time of 16 minutes, 28 pageviews per visit leading to over 130 million pageviews for July 2009.

Phonezoo has provided some of the biggest user-generated content hits in off-portal mobile downloads with ringtones like "Your Momma's Calling Back" (825,000 downloads), "I got a txt msg" (399,000 downloads), "I got a friend" (299,000 downloads) and 50,000 other such interesting content. Recent content channel additions include photos, Who's Hot (ratings) and games.

"We are very pleased with the continued success and popularity of Phonezoo.com. Completing 10 million registered users is an important milestone for any direct-to-consumer website" commented Ram Ramkumar, CEO & Co-Founder of Phonezoo. "The continued success of Phonezoo reflects our belief in providing users with content & experience that they enjoy and want to share with others. Our growth has been entirely viral and continues to provide us with a base for an effective & profitable business model. Phonezoo is well positioned to become a significant channel for delivery of personalized online and mobile content".

About Phonezoo

Phonezoo.com is the leading US site for personalized online and mobile entertainment. By bridging the web and the mobile, Phonezoo has enabled effortless content creation, discovery, download and mobile personalization experience. It has revolutionized the mobile content marketplace by applying the ideas of user-created content and the power of the community.

Since its launch, Phonezoo has become a leading mobile social media and entertainment site in North America with more than ten million users. Every day, hundreds of thousands of contents are created, discovered, and downloaded by members of the Phonezoo community. Growing virally every day, Phonezoo has successfully built a profitable, off-portal content model for online and mobile entertainment.

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21May/110

Graphics Systems Corporation Breaks Ground in Green Bay

Graphics Systems Corporation Breaks Ground in Green Bay










(PRWEB) August 11, 2000

Graphics Systems Corporation, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, WI is pleased to announce its expansion to the greater Green Bay area. Graphics Systems Corporation is the Midwest’s leading provider of CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM solutions for business and industry with 10 years in business, and over 125 years of combined engineering experience. Major product offerings through Graphics Systems Corporation include SolidWorks, Workgroup Technology (PDM), SmarTeam (PDM), PDM Works, Cosmos, MSC Nastran, MoldWorks, Teksoft CAM, Stratasys 3D printers and more.

Although the new office is already functioning, the grand opening and open house of the Graphics Systems Corporation Green Bay office is scheduled for August 25, 2000. The first solutions update classes are scheduled for Tuesday, August 8th and August 15th.

This new facility will expand Graphics Systems Corporation’s services to provide for its rapidly growing Northern Wisconsin customer base. By providing product sales, training and technical applications support, Graphics Systems Corporation offers a solid local solution to dramatically increase your company’s productivity, time to market, and product quality needs.

According to David Kasinskas, President of Graphics Systems Corporation,

“Being in Green Bay and the Fox Valley is key to our customers. We also look at it as our gateway to the North serving Stevens Point and Wausau. Companies are in need of a greater depth of local technical expertise to solve the needs of the enterprise and Graphics Systems Corporation is committed to deliver.”

Please note the address, phone number and primary contact for the Green Bay office:

3019 Holmgren Way

Suite 200

Green Bay, WI 54304

Phone: 920-338-1800

Contact: Amy Nelson

For more information on Graphics Systems Corporation, please contact Sue Comp at

800-454-CADD ext. 100.


















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16Apr/110

Rebates and Employee Pricing Determine IntelliChoice.com’s Best Deals for September : GM beats Toyota in certain classes with extended Employee Pricing Program; Dodge breaks Chevrolet’s Reign in the Large Pick Up classes

Rebates and Employee Pricing Determine IntelliChoice.com's Best Deals for September : GM beats Toyota in certain classes with extended Employee Pricing Program; Dodge breaks Chevrolet's Reign in the Large Pick Up classes












CAMPBELL, Calif. (PRWEB) September 10, 2008

"The big news this month is that GM has taken honors in two new segments on September's Best Deals list. This is a bit of a mixed blessing, as GM's September winners are largely SUVs and trucks that are benefiting from large car rebates and the extension of last month's Employee Discount Car Pricing promotion. But we have to give credit where credit is due," said James Bell, publisher and editor of IntelliChoice.com. "Please note that HUMMER made our list twice. Some may be shocked by this news because of a perception of high maintenance, repair and, especially, fuel costs. This perception may tie back to the original H1 model. However, the HUMMER H3 and H2 are based on standard GM platforms and do not suffer the same issues. The H3 held its spot for Intermediate SUV from August, but the H2 knocked out the Lexus GX in the Luxury SUV category thanks to its $ 6,000 rebate, one of this month's highest."

Bell also noted that IntelliChoice.com's list of Best Deals for September shows that regular contenders will need to up their game if they want to stay on the Best Deals list. "Models within many vehicle segments are close in value, which shows why incentives are such a factor. The Chevy Silverado has dominated the Full-Size pickup truck segments for months on the back of $ 1,000 and $ 2,000 rebates. Lincoln offered a $ 6,500 rebate on the Mark LT 4WD. It's also worth noting that in the small and midsize car segments, auto makers will need to significantly increase their incentives if they want to displace Toyota and Honda. Another case in point is the Lincoln Town Car. The Town Car was neck in neck with the Saab 9-5 Wagon, but Lincoln is offering a staggering rebate of $ 8,750."

IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals of the Month" identify new cars, trucks, and SUVs with the best ownership cost value in 33 respective classes. Selections are based on current car prices, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer new car rebate. In addition, IntelliChoice.com uses the latest information from numerous automotive resources to evaluate what it costs to buy, own and operate each new car model-year trim line over a five-year basis.

The following "Best Deals" for September 2008 are ranked by vehicle type and size:

Class

  Brand

  Model

Subcompact Car MINI Cooper Hatchback

Compact Car over $ 17,000 Honda Civic Hybrid

Compact Car under $ 17,000 Toyota Corolla

Midsize Car over $ 21,000 Toyota Prius

Midsize Car under $ 21,000 Toyota Prius

Convertible MINI Cooper Convertible

Luxury Convertible Audi A4 Convertible

Near Luxury Car Lexus ES

Luxury Car Lincoln Town Car

Large Car Hyundai Sonata

Base Sports Car Volkswagen R32

Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Sport Sedan/Wagon over $ 38,000 Lexus GS

Sport Sedan Wagon under $ 38,000 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP

Compact SUV/Crossover Saturn VUE Hybrid

Midsize Crossover Toyota Highlander

Luxury Crossover Lexus RX 400h

Small Wagon Scion xB

Midsize/Large Wagon Subaru Outback Wagon

Intermediate SUV Hummer H3

Full-Size SUV Toyota Sequoia

Luxury SUV Hummer H2

Compact Pickup Truck 2WD Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2WD

Compact Pickup 4WD Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD

Full-Size Pickup 2WD 1/2 Ton Toyota Tundra Regular Cab 2WD

Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab 2WD

Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 2WD

Full-Size Pickup 4WD 1/2 Ton Lincoln Mark LT 4WD

Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton Dodge Ram 2500 Regular Cab 4WD

Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4WD

Minivan Toyota Sienna

Full-Size Van Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Van

Cargo Van Chevrolet

Uplander Cargo Van

IntelliChoice.com Helps Consumers Do Their Homework

IntelliChoice.com updates vehicle data several times a month in order to capture the many expiring auto rebates and ongoing incentive programs offered by manufacturers—giving consumers the most up-to-date analysis.

IntelliChoice.com's "Best Deals" designation enables consumers to identify how car rebates affect a vehicle's value throughout ownership and not just at the time of purchase. Ownership costs can vary significantly among different trim lines of the same model. Additionally, IntelliChoice.com continuously updates fuel costs based on the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Vehicles designated as "IntelliChoice.com Best Deals of the Month" are typically cars and trucks that have good to great ownership cost values before any manufacturer rebate. A rebate can often turn a good ownership cost value into a great value, and a great value into an "IntelliChoice.com Best Deal of the Month."

Please visit http://www.intellichoice.com for more information or to check the auto rebate section of any vehicle report for the most up-to-date incentives.

About IntelliChoice.com

IntelliChoice.com, part of SOURCE INTERLINK MEDIA, is the market leader in automotive ownership cost and value analysis. Founded in 1986, IntelliChoice.com is committed to empowering consumers to make better purchase decisions by providing independent and essential automotive information and tools. Through the IntelliChoice.com web site (http://www.intellichoice.com), consumers get the help they need to research, compare, configure and price vehicles. The site also connects buyers to the buying alternatives of their choice, including vehicle manufacturers and an online car buying guide. SOURCE INTERLINK MEDIA is a division of Source Interlink Companies, Inc., (NASDAQ: SORC), a media and marketing services company. Source Interlink (http://www.sourceinterlink.com) is one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences and a leading distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, music CDs, magazines, video games, books and related items.





















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22Feb/110

Low-Power Embedded Linux Computer with POE Breaks Price Barrier



a pair of GWX2 embedded Linux computers showing end-panel connections to Ethernet with POE, USB, etc


Delta, British Columbia, Canada (Vocus) September 29, 2010

Techsol is offering another standard, off-the-shelf embedded computer with POE as an option, targeting industrial controls and SCADA. This SA2410 Medallion CPU Module compatible single-board-Computer (SBC) features:

Ultra-Low-Power, fanless operation: consuming less than 2 watts at full speed
ARM-9 processor running Techsol's proven Medallion Linux OS for performance and reliability
10/100-BaseT Ethernet interface with status LEDs to ease installation
1 x RS-232 serial interface on DE-9 connector for SW debugging or modem
2 x RS-485 or RS-232 serial interfaces on DE-9 connectors (jumper selectable configuration)
4 USB Host ports (USB-A connectors) offer easy integration of peripherals
plus a USB Device (Gadget) port (USB-B connector)
2 x ultra-efficient SMPS reduce power consumption and heat
Input range of 10 - 30 VDC or 7 - 24 VAC or POE expands your power options
low-power Real-Time Clock with Battery Backup (RTC)
Memory Card Connector for microSD cards, enabling low-cost storage expansion
Power and Error LEDs, plus 4x user-programmable LEDs
And, like all Medallion devices, it ships with Linux 2.6 plus drivers pre-installed.
all packaged into a rugged, aluminum enclosure barely 5.7" x 5.5" x 1.5"

It also fits an off-the-shelf plastic enclosure, or the SBC can be procured alone to embed in your product.

"This little computer solves many customer problems," said Brian Empey, P.Eng., CEO of Techsol. Customers said, "When we work with someone from industrial controls, they want RS-485, but customers in building controls want RS-232. We'd like one computer that does both." Solution: install drivers for both RS-232 and RS-485, and simple jumpers on each serial port. Set the jumpers once and forget it. Its configured for good.

Customers say, "Once we pay for a computer, we don't want to have to pay again to unlock SW features." Medallion Linux offers access to myriad open-source SW packages, from Apache to HSQL to Perl and Python. Techsol does not charge royalties on any SW.

Customers ask "We're running an Ethernet cable, so why should we run power too?" Solution: POE. Or, to go wireless, plug in a supported USB WiFi dongle, and wire the power in. But wiring both power and Ethernet is not required, although units without POE sell for less.

"The cost-savings from using POE (Power Over Ethernet) are substantial, particularly in industrial environments and metal buildings," said Brian Empey, P.Eng., CEO of Techsol, "Compared to having your electrical contractor run power and communications lines to the location of each unit, with POE you just run a single CAT 5 cable and you're done. And since it’s 'low-voltage' per the NEC, you usually don't need a certified electrician. Your IT person can normally take care of this for you. This has the potential to save hundreds of dollars per unit installed."

The sustainable design details extend beyond recyclable materials. When the Gateway Express replaces a PC-compatible computer, it usually pays for itself in energy savings, in as little as 2 years.

Techsol customers have deployed these computers in field trials for a year now in applications ranging from monitoring power-generation plants to robot controls.

Pricing for units with POE and rugged all-metal enclosure:

Quantity / Unit Price (standard 200 MHz speed) in USD

10 - $ 249

100 - $ 219

1,000 - $ 189

10,000 - $ 175 or better, contact us for a quote

Every unit is tested running Linux before it ships. Single units of the Gateway Express 2 are available as development kits with full SW development tools and support. Call for pricing.

Application Software Development kits are available from stock. Production volumes are typically 6 to 8 weeks.

"Embedded Engineering is the same all over the world. Engineers face the same challenges of having too much to do, and not enough time or money to do it with." Techsol's Medallion CPU modules address this issue. "We provide a solution that extends into the production stages of a product, not just the proof-of-concept stage like most SBCs."

Techsol's Medallion system is unique in the embedded computer world. Over time, the Medallion Single-board computer product line will encompass many CPUs. However, the pin-out and form-factor will remain the same. There will be one Medallion module that best matches your application.

"By designing with the Medallion system, you are out-sourcing your CPU design and Linux porting with no NRE fees. That lets your team concentrate on the hardware and software portions of your product that your customers see. The result is that you can create a higher-quality product in a fraction of the time (and cost) of designing everything yourself. Plus, the interchangeable modules extend product life-cycle times."

For more details please visit our Web site at www.medallionsystem.com, call 888 TECHSOL (888 832 4765) or 604 946 8324, or e-mail sales(at)techsol(dot)ca.

Techsol is headquartered in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, where the mighty Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean.

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