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791 Technologies Limited and FantaZ announce Social Marketing eCommerce collaboration

791 Technologies Limited and FantaZ announce Social Marketing eCommerce collaboration

791 Technologies Limited and FantaZ announce Social Marketing eCommerce collaboration

791 Technologies

Victoria, BC (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

791 Technologies Limited is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with Las Vegas-based FantaZ to create the new FantaZ platform, partnering on delivering an innovative experience to FantaZ’ existing and growing community of international members. This initial $ 3 million collaboration agreement will lay the groundwork to a formal launch in 2015 and continue to expand with new offerings throughout 2015 and 2016.

“FantaZ’ initial market test was a huge success, registering 40,000 members to participate in over 750,000 events. Through that early prototype we discovered we needed to develop an entirely new approach to technologies that can meet the rapidly evolving business opportunities in our online marketplace,” notes FantaZ’ CEO, Brett Kelly, “We recognized we faced the same problems and risks of most other internet-based businesses: we needed to build a more stable platform that scales quickly and provides our members with a safe and secure place to participate. It put us on a quest to find the technologies FantaZ needs for our systems to handle experiences and events reaching thousands of new participants daily, and that search led us to the team at 791 Technologies with more than 3 decades of practical experience delivering large scalable, secure global transaction, data management, internet, and e-commerce solutions for leading manufacturers, governments, banks and telecoms.”

“When we first met FantaZ, they had narrowed their database search down to PostgreSQL,” recalls Geoff Davidson, the former PostgreSQL, Inc. CEO and now 791 Technologies CEO. “The only enterprise database we use for deploying our large scale builds. FantaZ is a perfect collaboration partner for us at this point in our own business, from their choice of database and need for a secure, stable and safe cloud-based platform, to their objective of offering their events to everyone to use anywhere, on anything ’from mobile to movie screen™'. That is precisely what our technology and team does best, and what we are all still passionate about continuing to improve and advance. This is another opportunity for us to use Open Source solutions for launching what we see as the new online industry FantaZ is creating in their social-marketing e-commerce marketplace.”

FantaZ is a social-marketing e-commerce web platform that empowers participants, teams, sponsors, celebrities and others to organize their social networks and experience events.

791 Technologies Limited, headquartered in Victoria, BC, creates secure enterprise content management systems, and leading-edge online applications, supported by enhanced encryption products, website and database conversion utilities, enhanced search modules, and quality management of information tools for business and consumer use.

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Bringing Classic PC Games to Mobile Devices

Bringing Classic PC Games to Mobile Devices

Bringing Classic PC Games to Mobile Devices

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2014

Software startup Eltechs has launched the “ExaGear RPG,” an emulator that allows classic PC versions of RPG games to be played on Android devices. Aimed at gamers who love classic PC games ExaGear RPG gives them the flexibility to play PC games on the go directly on their mobile devices.

ExaGear RPG is based on the ExaGear Mobile virtualization engine developed by Eltechs with customization of classic keyboard controls of RPG games for touchscreens. This engine allows users to run PC games on mobile devices without modifications. The games will run directly on mobile devices and won't require internet access. ExaGear-based solutions are already being used in a range of Android applications and users have ranked them highly in digital app stores (

“After the successful launch of ExaGear Strategies we got a huge number of user requests to support RPG games as well. Now to the joy of RPG fans we are pleased to launch ExaGear RPG. Fallout 1,2 and Might and Magic VI, VII, VIII are the first in a series of great games supported by ExaGear RPG for Android. In the near future we plan to offer support for a lot of other cool games such as Arcanum and Diablo,” said Vadim Gimpelson, CEO of Eltechs.

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Cheap Frozen on Ice Tickets Philadelphia, PA: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Frozen on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly During the Christmas Holidays

Cheap Frozen on Ice Tickets Philadelphia, PA: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Frozen on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly During the Christmas Holidays

Cheap Frozen on Ice Tickets Philadelphia, PA: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Frozen on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly During the Christmas Holidays

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 29, 2014

Ticket Down is a reliable source for cheap Frozen on Ice tickets in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. The 2013 animated film from Disney, Frozen, has turned into one of the biggest hits in the world. The movie has spawned dozens of new and different products for parents to get their kids and beginning later this year, fans of the movie will have the chance to see it on ice in the latest installment of Disney on Ice.

Fans in Philadelphia will have the chance to see this show beginning on Christmas Day through January 4, 2015. In between, the talented actors and performers will perform 26 different shows ranging in start times from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The show will be hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse for each performance and will also feature guest appearances from other Disney classics including The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Toy Story. These characters will join Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and all the other popular Frozen characters.

The Broadway show will feature 39 skaters that will travel from city to city for each show. This production has been hugely successful since its first stop in Orlando during September, 2014. The soundtrack to the Frozen movie has sold in record numbers in the United States, earning multi platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. Those looking to attend the show live will hear all their favorite hits from the soundtrack including “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “For the First Time in Forever.”

The Wells Fargo Center originally opened in 1996 and is the home of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The facility has seen numerous memorable concerts and events held here and Frozen on Ice will be another of the best in its history.


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Head-Up Display Market (by Components, Application and Geography) to Reach $8.3 Billion by 2020 ? New Report by MarketsandMarkets

Head-Up Display Market (by Components, Application and Geography) to Reach $8.3 Billion by 2020 ? New Report by MarketsandMarkets

Head-Up Display Market (by Components, Application and Geography) to Reach $ 8.3 Billion by 2020 â€" New Report by MarketsandMarkets


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The report “Head-Up Display Market by Components (Video Generator, Projector, Combiner & Others), Applications (Military & Civil Aviation and Automotive) & by Geography (North America, Europe, APAC & ROW) - Forecast & Analysis to 2013 - 2020", defines and segments the head-up display market into various segments with an in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues.

The Nippon Seiki Co Ltd (Japan) is a market leader in the HUD market, producing instrument clusters of automobiles, display products, sensors, and many other products. The company uses an LED-backlit color thin-film transistor LCD to form the image, which displays image of the desired pixel resolution. The company is a leading supplier of HUDs for most of the renowned automotive brands like General Motors, BMW, Chrysler, and others.

The majority of the defense, aviation, and automotive suppliers has entered into the head-up displays manufacturing business, and are contributing extensively to the R&D activities related to the head-up displays. Due to the potential perspective growth of the HUD market, all the major industry players are putting in efforts for adding new features to the HUDs and to make them more technologically upgraded in terms of information display. The prices of HUDs are projected to reduce with its (HUD’s) commercialization in both, the automotive and aviation sector.

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The Global Head-Up Display market is driven by continuous technology and performance improvements; attracting customers, manufacturers, and their suppliers across the world. Range of HUD solutions are projected to provide protection, convenience, and comfort- all of which are the key reasons that are drawing the various private manufacturers, government, and the end users towards the HUD systems. The road accidents and mishaps have driven the need for HUD systems, which can assist the drivers in terms of ensuring their safety. However, majority of the users are interested in features such as car speed information, engine status, navigational assistance, lane assistance, and warning messages. Better information and entertainment amenities are of prime importance in HUDs.

The steady rise in the HUD technology is seen because of the improved focus on active safety systems and the growth of high end luxury and sports car segment. The growth has also been witnessed in the Pico projector market. The 4th generation laser technologies are being used in the HUDs, which display images with better resolutions and the desired level of brightness. The HUD systems are offering reliability, low power consumption, small space adjustment, and low cost to manufacture. The companies are coming with some advanced features in HUDs; like Mobile ‘app’ support, by which the user can access the information and navigational assistance through mobile phone with a ‘Bluetooth’ or any other wireless technology access. The manufacturers are in the process of effectively implementing the HUD technology in other areas like health care, defense, sports, gaming, and others. This is expected to bring a wave of further developments in the HUD technology.

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FreeGamePick Confirms New Games Drop for National Game and Puzzle Week

FreeGamePick Confirms New Games Drop for National Game and Puzzle Week

FreeGamePick Confirms New Games Drop for National Game and Puzzle Week

National Puzzle Week FreeGamePick

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

November is set to be a thrilling month for gamers as Freegamepick confirms exciting new releases just in time for National Game and Puzzle Week. National Game and Puzzle Week is an annual American event, celebrated Sunday through Saturday of Thanksgiving week. Originally created to increase the appreciation of games and to revive the tradition of family game night, FreeGamePick has carefully selected a collection of amazing downloadable games to entertain game fans of all ages for this event. Once families rediscover how much fun a good game night can be, it often becomes an anticipated weekly ritual. Whether you prefer full version pc games , online card, action, time management or puzzle games, FreeGamePick has something for everyone this festive season.

One of the new arrivals is the hotly anticipated puzzle game, Annabel. Annabel represents a revolutionary jump forward in casual games, it is the first of the full version pc games with 3D characters in a 3D world. Set in Ancient Egypt, Princess Annabel has been captured and held prisoner. Players must help Annabel escape, explore the pyramids and sail down the Nile in her quest to restore order to Egypt.

New to the puzzle genre is the match 3 favorite, 4 Elements. An enchanting fairy will be the guide in this perilous journey as players encounter elementals, dragons, knights, and various magic creatures. Using a mix of classic addictive game play ideas but taking them to a new level with innovative twists, explosive bonuses, spectacular visual effects, and fascinating storyline in amazing animation, this game is a load of fun for those who love to download puzzle games.

A number of other games have also been made available in the PC Downloadable category. These games are perfect for those traveling during the holidays but reluctant to give up their game playing if Internet is not easily available. There are several additions to the ever popular hidden object genre with two titles making the cut so far this month; Girl in the City-the Extended Edition, and Aladin.

In Girl in the City-the Extended Edition, players discover New York City and help Laura achieve her dreams! With her freshly earned journalism degree, Laura leaves her small-town home to take a bite out of the Big Apple! She dreams of becoming a freelance journalist with a major New York women's magazine, but the road is long and fraught with pitfalls. A fun, lighthearted hidden object game filled with mini-puzzles, this one is sure to delight women of all ages!

Aladin and the Enchanted Lamp: Extended Edition, features a young orphan, living in the Orient. His only wealth lies in his small home and an old ring, that formerly belonged to his father. In order to impress the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladin places himself in grave danger and now needs help to survive. The fabulous tale of Aladin completely revised for the 21st century!

Also PC downloadable, FreeGamePick offers the popular Jewel Quest series. This puzzler sends players off to seek hidden treasures and priceless artifacts. This thrilling series has dozens of locations to keep gamers entertained as they flex their problem solving skills.

Eric Powers, from said, “We are proud to be participating in National Game and Puzzle Week. With winter closing in and the holidays coming up, there is no better time to play computer games with friends and loved ones. Luckily we have a great selection of new titles to choose from this November!”.

No registration is necessary to play any of the To find out more and to play, visit

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Moscow 57 Releases "Stormy Weather," CD to Address Climate Change

Moscow 57 Releases "Stormy Weather," CD to Address Climate Change

Moscow 57 Releases "Stormy Weather," CD to Address Climate Change

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 29, 2014

Moscow 57, the New York-based hospitality and entertainment company, released a listening card for its virtual CD, “Stormy Weather” at the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) 3rd Annual Washington, DC Summit, November 12 â€" 14, 2014. Moscow 57 is a member of ASBC.

Stormy Weather opens with Cleve Douglass singing “Come Rain or Come Shine” and features Ellen Kaye, owner of Moscow 57 singing the title tune, as well as Annie Lennox’s “Cold”; “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head”; “The Hounds of Winter,” by Sting; Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”; the original “The World is Your Oyster,” by Kaye and Ethan Fein; and Sam Cooke’s “Good Times,” sung by Kaye and Douglass. The M57 Band accompanies both vocalists and features musical director Ethan Fein on guitar, Benjamin Franklin Brown on bass and Kory Grossman on drums. Also included are a reading of William Wordsworth by Helene Gresser and a series of interviews with members of the ASBC.

The songs and interviews in Stormy Weather were edited from Episode 7 of M57 Straight from Delancey, a weekly radio show heard on WVOX 1460 AM, New Rochelle, NY and on the Moscow 57 Website It was timed to coordinate with the recent UN Summit on Climate Change in NYC. The radio show and the “virtual EP CD” is produced by Ellen Kaye, Seth Goldman and Ethan Fein.

The theme of the show, coordinated by the American Sustainable Business Council, is “Stormy Weather â€" The Business of Addressing Climate Change.” Among the guests on the show who are heard on the CD are ASBC members Michael Green, program director for the Climate Action Liaison Coalition and Miriam Novalle of T Salon, who brought tea cocktails for the audience to enjoy during the show. Also appearing is actor/comedian Marilyn Sokol. The listening card was handed out to participants of the summit, both ASBC members and the policy makers they met with.

“Most policy-makers agree that economic inequality is a failure of the market, but they disagree on what to do about it,” said ASBC’s Vice President of Policy Richard Eidlin. “Our solutions are a mix of traditional policy interventions such as increasing the minimum wage and improving access to credit, as well as innovative, market-based ideas and business models that provide greater opportunities for worker ownership. We need to move quickly to a more robust economy that provides a better balance of gains across the economy and in a way that is sustainable.”

As economic inequality remains a key national policy concern, ASBC believes that economic inequality slows the economy and presents a barrier to a fully productive workforce. The business advocacy organization promotes such solutions as increasing the minimum wage, employee ownership, access to credit for small businesses, and assistance for micro-enterprises.

About Ellen Kaye
Ellen Kaye performs nightly with Ethan Fein and the Moscow 57 Band at their new restaurant, Moscow 57 on Delancey, a Russian Central Asian restaurant with nightly live music. Ellen has performed at Carnegie Hall (with the New York Pops), Town Hall, noted jazz club The Iridium, and the Metropolitan Room. Kaye’s recordings are “Ice Wine - Songs for Christmas and dark winter nights,” “3AM…the dogs, the milkman & me,” “2AM,” and a single by Dar Williams “When I Was a Boy.”

Ellen owns Moscow 57 on Delancey with partners Seth Goldman and Ethan Fein. Their company Moscow 57 is comprised of the restaurant, a catering division, a small music label, theater and film productions, and its own M57 On-Air Urban Salon podcasts. The company creates M57 Urban Salons, evenings of music, food and digital visual art displays, from Harlem to New Orleans. Soon, the restaurant will have a Sunday night radio show.

About Cleve Douglass
Improvisational jazz vocalist Cleve Douglass began his vocal training in classical (operatic) vocal technique, then studied and worked in musical theater, which eventually led him to his passion: jazz and scat improvisations. His multi-cultural recordings embrace the styles of Bossa Nova, swing, Afro-Cuban, electronic, and standards from The Great American Songbook. After extensively touring and performing in Japan, Cleve brings an air of sophistication and retro-nouveau sensibility to a number of bands in New York City, appearing on dates at the Blue Note and NBC's "The Today Show."

About Helene Gresser
Helene is a comedian, actress, and writer. Sometimes she writes funny songs. She may also serve you a drink tonight, and possibly some food. She co-created the webisode series “Hey Rude” and has been featured on the Tyra Banks show discussing rude behavior, even though she was so heavily made-up she could barely open her falsie-laden eyelids. Currently she is working on her one-woman, autobiographical comedy show, tentatively titled “SHEEZUS! (Comin’ To Get Ya!)” in which she reads from her very DRAMATIC childhood journals and occasionally breaks out into songs from Jesus Christ Superstar. Helene is also opening her delightfully cozy thrift store, Artistic Thrift, in her Ridgewood, Queens neighborhood, and hopes you come by to listen to ole-timey vinyl records and peruse her vast collection of tchotchkes, thingamajigs, and doo-dads. Originally from Shorewood, Wisconsin, she credits below-zero temperatures and consumption of vast quantities of sausage, cheese, and beer for her family’s bizarre sense of humor. Her brother John is far funnier, but he lives in Milwaukee, so he cannot steal her limelight now, thank Sheezus.

About Ethan Fein
Ethan is our Moscow 57 music maven and Ellen’s accompanist and musical director. He has played guitar in concerts with Kristen Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, and Carole King, to name a few. Ethan also played in the Broadway shows “42nd Street,” “West Side Story,” “The Full Monty,” and “Cats” for its entire run. Ethan co-produced Ellen’s latest CDs “Ice Wine â€" songs for Christmas and dark winter nights” and the single “When I Was A Boy” with Seth Goldman and Ellen. He has just finished co-writing a new musical with Robby Merkin.

About ASBC
The American Sustainable Business Council and the ASBC Action Fund represent a membership network of more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council informs policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. The Action Fund advocates for legislative change.

About CABA
The Climate Action Business Association is a coalition of local businesses taking action on climate change. The coalition provides participating businesses with the resources and tools needed work within the business on climate change and sustainability efforts, and within the coalition on broader policy initiatives. The coalition members set policy priorities, and create opportunities for business owners to leverage voice in policy. CABA welcomes all independent businesses looking to be effective policy advocates and offer resources to this collective effort.

About Michael Green
Michael is the program director at CABA. Since 2012, he has also served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy. As an activist, Michael has played strategic roles in several of the largest national, as well as international campaigns dedicated to fighting climate change. In his role at CABA, Michael ensures that all Climate Action Liaisons are recruited, trained, organized and coordinated to represent CABA businesses in the fight for a safe climate.

About T Salon
T Salon's mission is to create a ground swell of conscious tea drinkers and inspire the heartbeat of millions through the spirit of an everyday cup of tea. To walk and talk with our eyes open, keep an open heart and mind, and educate our customers in the ancient world and the art of tea.

More than that, they are dedicated to expanding the virtues of responsible business practices by maintaining a social and environmental awareness. They do this by providing non-GMO, fair trade options while using recyclable material for distribution. However, T Salon also takes it one step further by supporting the American Sustainable Business Council, which gives them an active voice in shaping policies that will create a better world. From a passion for aroma, to a passion for wellness, to a passion for the environment, they reach towards enlightenment for ourselves and others through tea.

T Salon has served and donated teas throughout the years to breast cancer awareness, ovarian cancer foundations, and heart health foundations. They support events in the public interest from Donna Karan's Urban Zen and the Clinton Global Initiative to encounters with the Dali Lama.

About Miriam Novalle
Miriam Novalle is the founder and CEO of T Salon established in 1992. By using her extraordinary skills as a perfumer or "Nose," she has since been dubbed by New York Times as the "Tea Guru" for her harmonious blends.

When Miriam opened her first T Salon there were only a handful of establishments in New York City that offered the tradition of tea. She has since engaged T Salon products in "pop-up companies" for MAC cosmetics and New York City’s High Line, where her teas can be found within already established businesses.

As the tea business grew, Miriam again expanded T Salon by focusing on distributing tea as a wholesale tea merchant with a focus on eco-friendly business practices. Her passion for tea combined with her passion for the environment has revolutionized the tea industry to create a sustainable industry with a conscience.

Miriam believes in more than building a thriving business; she believes in a business that gives back to the consumers and the community. T Salon has healthy environmental options that educate her customers about the history, art and production of tea, but she also firmly believes in the healing power of tea.

About Marilyn Sokol
Marilyn Sokol is an actress, comedienne and singer of many moods, sharing her talents in virtually every performing arts medium - from the Broadway stage to Hollywood films, and from primetime TV and an Emmy Award to Off Broadway and an Obie Award.
In 1966 Marilyn made her professional debut as The Belly Dancer in the 1st National Company of MAN OF LA MANCHA, with Jose Ferrer and later Richard Kiley. She then joined the revolutionary theatre group, THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE, touring nationally, culminating in her NYC Off Broadway debut. She performed at The Bitter End and The Improv with the comedy improvisation group The Ace Trucking Company, which led to several TV appearances with them, including THE TONIGHT SHOW and THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW. Marilyn received the 1972 OBIE AWARD for her portrayal of Lucy Lockit in The Chelsea Theatre's production of THE BEGGAR'S OPERA. Her Broadway debut followed in The New Phoenix Repertory's productions of Eugene's O'Neill's THE GREAT GOD BROWN and Moliere's DON JUAN. She made her nightclub debut in 1973, at RENO SWEENEY'S, followed by appearances across the nation, leading to a 3-month long engagement at THE BALLROOM. Her film career began with a scene with Woody Allen i n THE FRONT. Marilyn was also featured in the film of the Broadway hit THE PRODUCERS, among a number of other films.

Television audiences recall her on ABC's LOLA FALANA SPECIALS, opposite Dick Van Dyke on NBC's VAN DYKE AND COMPANY, on BARNEY MILLER and on Norman Lear's hilarious ALL THAT GLITTERS. Marilyn was invited on all the talk shows, becoming one of Johnny Carson's most popular guests on THE TONIGHT SHOW. She was also a favorite on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, being held over for an unprecedented 45-minute segment during her first appearance. Marilyn was seen in SEX AND THE CITY, as sex therapist, Velma Rudin.

She received a1992 EMMY AWARD for her performance in a series of comedy programs, entitled SNEAK PEEK, for ABC-TV in Washington D.C. Marilyn is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.

Moscow 57, the hospitality and entertainment company, was launched several years ago by partners Ellen Kaye, Seth Goldman and Ethan Fein. For the past two years, the company has been hosting its M57 Urban Salons, evenings of music, food and digital visual art displays, in Harlem; Washington Heights; Chelsea; the Upper East Side; the East Village; Governors Island; New Milford, Connecticut; and New Orleans. Moscow 57 has made New Orleans a home away from home, with regular forays into that city's world-renowned culture of Southern hospitality, regional cuisine, and world-class entertainment.

After performing at and co-producing events with New York's Corcho Wine Room, as well as celebrating Latin American culture in New Orleans, this cosmopolitan attitude is being brought to Moscow 57's permanent home on New York City's Lower East Side every night.

Moscow 57 Entertaining, created in partnership with Ethan Fein, is developing projects for film, television and theater. Its music company produces podcasts, live performances, recordings and videos. Moscow 57's first CD releases have already garnered national radio airplay, and the company's videos can be seen on the Moscow57Entertaining YouTube channel.

M57 Straight From Delancey, broadcasts every Sunday night at 7:00pm from the restaurant. The show can be heard on WVOX 1460 AM (and streamed on the radio station's website, and as a podcast on Moscow 57's website. M57 Straight from Delancey is hosted by Moscow 57 owners Ellen Kaye and Seth Goldman along with Music Director/Producer Ethan Fein. The show, which features live music performances, interviews with artists and community cultural icons, began airing on August 17th and has a ten-week commitment from the station. The M57 Band is led by arranger/producer Ethan Fein on guitar and banjo and features Benjamin Franklin Brown on Bass.

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WinXDVD Software Pans out 8K Video Conversion and Gives away HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinXDVD Software Pans out 8K Video Conversion and Gives away HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinXDVD Software Pans out 8K Video Conversion and Gives away HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

(PRWEB) November 25, 2014

With 2014 WinXDVD Thanksgiving sales in full swing, the giveaway of 8K-supported WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe v5.2.2 begins and will last until Dec.4. This giveaway sponsored by WinXDVD Software is also coupled with a 75% off WinX Black Friday Gift Pack starring well-received DVD ripper, DVD copy program, HD Video Converter Deluxe and DVD player software as a gift.

Also launched for Cyber Monday, the giveaway is available to all people to get the video converter without a penny and any condition at:

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is one of the most popular video converters in the market. Moreover, it is capable of downloading and converting 4K and 8K UHD videos, which makes it superior to other converters. It is adept in converting H.265/HEVC 4K or 8K videos to H.264, MPEG, etc. videos for portable devices. Thanks to cutting-edge technologies, it excels in converting any SD, HD, Ultra HD movies and videos for playback on PC, Mac, Apple, Android, Microsoft and more gadgets and players.

There’s no end to the tweaking users can do with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, the Thanksgiving freebie. It spans from video converting to online video downloading, photo slideshow creating and video editing. What’s more, it also provides a useful solution to YouTube not playing problem. 83x faster converting speed is realized attributing to its support for multi-core CPU, improved configuring for i5 i7 CPU and optimized AMD 3DNow! and Intel SSE3 SSE2 MMX Instructions. It works well with a wide range of input and output formats including MP4, MOV, AVI ,WMV, H.265, H.264, MKV, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MOD and other standard definition or high definition videos. Coming with 410+ preloaded profiles, it enables users to convert videos to Apple iPhone/iPad, Android Samsung/HTC, Microsoft WP8/Surface, Sony PSP/Xperia and other devices supported formats with ease.

“Thanksgiving Day is around the corner. It is a definitely good idea to share the giveaway of this 8K-supported video converter with your spouse, friends and relatives. What a special Thanksgiving gift!” said Angie, Market Manager of WinXDVD Software.

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The giveaway of the latest edition of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is being carried out by WinXDVD Software in 2014 Thanksgiving deals valid before December 4, 2014. No extra requirement. Everyone can get a ZIP file by just taping “Free Download” button.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Granby Ranch Announces Opening Day, Special Events for 2014-15 Ski Season

Granby Ranch Announces Opening Day, Special Events for 2014-15 Ski Season

Granby Ranch Announces Opening Day, Special Events for 2014-15 Ski Season

Family skiing at Granby Ranch, Colorado

GRANBY, Colo. (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Ski Granby Ranch, located 90 miles west of Denver and 20 miles west of Winter Park, announced that Dec. 11 will be opening day for the 2014-15 ski season â€" a season that holds a lot of events and excitement.

To kick off the start of the skiing and riding season, Granby Ranch is hosting a “Carve Away Hunger” event in conjunction with the Mountain Family Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping those in need. On Dec. 11, 12 and 14, snow enthusiasts can bring food items for the “Food Totes Program” and receive a discount lift ticket ($ 45/adult and $ 29/junior). Those who bring a full bag of non-perishable food on Dec. 13 receive a free lift ticket.

“We know that we’re fortunate to live and play where we do,” says Wenda Huseman, V.P of Marketing and Sales at Granby Ranch. “This is our way of giving back not only to the community, but also to those people who love to ski and ride here at Ski Granby Ranch. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Granby Ranch will begin offering the only night skiing in Grand County. Starting December 26 through December 30 for the holiday season and then continuing January 2 through March 28, night skiing will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Plus extra night skiing on January 18 and February 15. Night skiing tickets are $ 14 per night and are complimentary for season pass holders.

Ski Granby Ranch is full of special events for the family this winter, starting with the holiday season and continuing through spring. Here are just a few of the events taking place during the 2014-15 ski season:

    Winter Wonderland: December 24â€" January 4. Hit the slopes with Santa on Dec. 24, then on Christmas Day ski down for a special holiday brunch in the Granby Ranch Grill. From Dec. 26 -29, Families can experience pure winter magic on a wagon ride and warm up with s’mores around the fire pit from 4:00 p.m. â€" 4:30 p.m. daily. Ring in 2015 with the Granby Ranch New Year’s Eve Party, Torchlight Parade and fireworks display on December 31. The festivities begin with a glow-stick walking parade that’s open to all followed by a special torchlight procession. The New Year will be greeted a fireworks display and party.

    Fireside Acoustics: Saturdays, January 3 â€" February 28. Enjoy après specials along with live music by the fire at Granby Ranch Grill from 2 p.m. â€" 5 p.m.

    S’mores Nights: Friday nights from January 9-March 6. Receive one free s’mores kit with each paid night ski lift ticket.

    #granbyglow: Saturday nights from January 10-March 7. Receive glow sticks with each paid night ski lift ticket and Instagram and tweet your favorite pictures for a chance to win free lift tickets.

    Family Movie Nights: January 10, January 24, February 7 and 21, March 7 and 21. Pull up a chair or bring a blanket to the children’s center at 6:30 p.m. and snuggle up while enjoying a free movie and popcorn. Parents can enjoy dinner at the Grill or grab a pizza for the whole family.

    Insane Winter Blast: February 14. This family friendly festival includes music, a photo booth and activities for the entire family followed by night skiing.

    Rock the Ranch: March and April. New this year, celebrate spring with live music on the patio, outdoor BBQs, Night Skiing Scavenger Hunts, the Beach Bash & Pond Skim and the Easter celebration.

Learn more about Granby Ranch and plan a visit at or take advantage of a lodging package by calling 888.850.4615.
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Located just 90 minutes from Denver and just 15 minutes from Winter Park and the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby Ranch is not a typical mountain getaway. It’s a peaceful mountain retreat that allows people to be closer to the mountains. At Granby Ranch it’s all about Colorado’s great outdoors. After connecting with nature, guests and residents connect with one another by gathering at the Grill and the fire pit for drinks or s’mores. Granby Ranch delivers Colorado skiing for less than other mountain resorts and strongly appeals to families and empty nesters who can stay in a privately owned slope-side condo, townhome, cabin or luxury home rental on their Colorado mountain getaway. Year-round activities range from fishing and golfing to biking and skiing.


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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, B.C.S., Provides Personal Concierge, Rolls Out Pre-Check In Process

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, B.C.S., Provides Personal Concierge, Rolls Out Pre-Check In Process

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, B.C.S., Provides Personal Concierge, Rolls Out Pre-Check In Process

Villa del Palmar at the islands of Loreto implements personal concierge and pre-check in programs to make vacations hassle-free for guests.

Islands of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico (PRWEB) November 25, 2014

On the heels of a successful personal concierge program in which guests can book all activities and services for their vacation prior to their arrival, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is launching a pre-check in process that allows travelers to be whisked up to their room as soon as they step foot inside the resort.

“We feel that vacation time is too important to one’s health, family and overall wellbeing to be spent waiting in line,” said Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group. “These programs are meant to help guests make their vacation even more enjoyable at the paradise that is Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.”

The pre-arrival personal concierge program is meant to go above and beyond a typical resort concierge by doing all the legwork of vacation planning for guests. As soon as guests make a reservation at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, they are assigned their own personal concierge.

The personal concierge calls guests to congratulate them on their upcoming vacation, learns their likes and dislikes, and assists in planning activities, such as spa services at the 39,000-square-foot Sabila Spa, dining reservations at the resort’s three restaurants, transportation to and from the airport, water activities such as SCUBA diving, sport fishing, island hopping tours, sunset boat rides, kayaking, and more, all based on guests’ preferences.

This service allows guests to get their questions answered, receive recommendations, and plan the perfect trip in advance, which has also boosted guest satisfaction.

Building upon the success of the personal concierge, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is planning to launch a pre-check in system early next year that will allow travelers to check in from the comfort of their own homes prior to their vacation.

As part of the process, once guests make a reservation, they receive a confirmation with a checklist of items necessary to check in, as they would when they reach the front desk. The resort will input this information into their system and provide a pre-check in code prior to their arrival.

Once guests arrive at the resort, a bellboy will have their keys (which are actually wristbands with waterproof smart chip technology) ready and waiting, so that travelers bypass the lobby and head directly to their suites.

“Our hope is that they will be relaxing by the pool, with a margarita in hand, within minutes of arriving,” said Owen Perry.

Travelers can take a short nonstop flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines to the Islands of Loreto, or from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, with a new nonstop service beginning on February 14, 2015.

For resort reservations or additional information, please contact the resort at reservaciones(dot)vdpl(at)vgloreto(dot)com or call 800.790.4187 to learn about special air and hotel packages. To learn more about Villa del Palmar, visit

About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a luxury destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, three restaurants offering gourmet dining, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches, a private beachfront Danzante Bungalow villa for glamping and a mild and warm climate year-round. The upcoming 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay golf course will offer a challenging, yet friendly course that works with the natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding environment.

Guests can enjoy PADI-certified SCUBA diving lessons and snorkeling tours in the protected indigo waters that explorer Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the “Aquarium of the World.” Outdoor adventurers can also experience tours of the nearby Coronado, Danzante and Del Carmen Islands atop an inflatable APEX boat, as well as swimming, world-class fishing aboard the “Mad Dash” tournament boat, paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking. With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loret o, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers. Travelers can take a short flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines to the Islands of Loreto. With a new service beginning on February 14, 2015, travelers can also fly to the Islands of Loreto from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, Canada’s most-preferred airline.

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It?s the Most Magical Holiday in Westchester

It?s the Most Magical Holiday in Westchester

It’s the Most Magical Holiday in Westchester

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 25, 2014

The holiday season is magical in Westchester County. Through the end of December visitors can enjoy themed events like Santa visits and holiday lightings, a night at the theater and delicious dining at top-notch restaurants. Various hotels with packages for romantic, exciting and adventurous experiences offer convenience, comfort and charm while guests are entertained with all the county has to offer to make the season one to remember.

“There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit to enjoy all that Westchester has to offer this winter with family and friends,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Holiday themed events, including the launch of ‘Winter Wonderland’ at Kensico Dam Plaza, great shopping, excellent dining options and hotel packages are some of the many activities to enjoy this season.”

Upcoming activities and events are highlighted below:

Shopping Season is Here
Holiday shopping is easy and fun in Westchester County with so many different places to explore and find that special gift for your loved ones. Purchase gifts from Neiman Marcus Westchester’s Love to Give Collection Shop and give back to the community with 10 percent of the sales generated from each item to benefit ArtsWestchester, the county’s oldest and most-influential organization dedicated to artists and cultural organizations. Purchases at the Love to Give Collection Shop can be made at Neiman Marcus Westchester, located at The Westchester, 2 Maple Avenue in White Plains, through December 24. For more information about ArtsWestchester, call (914) 428-4220 or visit

Westchester’s Ridge Hill shopping center is home to the new DreamPlace, The North Pole Adventure through Wednesday, December 24. The completely reimagined “Mall Santa” experience developed by the creative minds at DreamWorks Animation is an attraction that takes families on a virtual journey to the North Pole with the cast of characters from DreamWorks’ Shrek movies and culminates in a private, personalized meeting with the man of the season, Santa Claus. Westchester’s Ridge Hill is located at One Ridge Hill Boulevard in Yonkers. For more information, call (914) 207-2900 or visit

At the Cross County Shopping Center, families can enjoy entertainment throughout the season and take advantage of free parking. For example, take photos with Saint Nicholas himself through December 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. In December, Santa’s hours will be extended. Cross County Shopping Center will also host Pet Photos with Santa on Monday, December 1; Monday, December 8; and Monday, December 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lastly, Cross County Shopping Center is partnering with the Chabad of Yonkers to host a festive menorah lighting on December 18 at 6:00 p.m. The event will include a live musical concert with cultural dancing, treats and activities for children. Cross County Shopping Center is located at 8000 Mall Walk in Yonkers. For more information, visit

The first-ever Westchester’s Winter Wonderland will transform the iconic Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla into a festive wonderland starting on Saturday, November 29 for everyone to celebrate this holiday season. There will be more than 2.5 million glittering LED lights choreographed to holiday music; a fabulous outdoor recreational ice skating rink (skating and skate rentals are an additional cost); boutique holiday vendors where visitors can browse for that perfect gift or treat; photos with Santa Claus; winter hay rides; the Wonderland Express ride; and a heated indoor food court offering a variety of dining options, wine and beer. For more information call (914) 231-4548 or visit

A Sleigh Ride Together with You
Holiday time is a splendid occasion to visit the Rosen House at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts for Holiday Tea Musicales. On select days December 3-18, visit the landmark where the afternoon starts with a docent-led tour of the Rosen House, beautifully decorated for the season. It will be reminiscent of holidays past, when the Rosens were in residence at their beloved country home. The tour is followed by a joyful 45-minute concert of holiday music in the majestic Music Room. A special Afternoon Tea consisting of finger sandwiches, scones, scrumptious holiday treats (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the children), and a variety of teas, will be served in the wonderfully decked out Summer Dining Room to end a festive afternoon. Tickets are $ 51 for adults and $ 41 for children. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is located at 149 Girdle Ridge Road in Katonah. For more information, visit or call (914) 232-5035.

Starting on Friday, November 28, Lyndhurst will exhibit A Very Duchess Holiday, a celebration of the couture of Anna Gould, the Duchess of Talleyrand, who was the last owner of the mansion. Lyndhurst will exhibit Anna’s couture against the backdrop of the mansion beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Additional pieces from the 10,000 piece collection include 19th century children’s toys, a family sleigh, holiday dinner services and a display of quilts and textiles. Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, Lyndhurst is one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. The exhibition is seen on regular tours of the mansion, which are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 28 through December 28th.

Also at Lyndhurst, Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol is an entertaining theatrical event for families to enjoy. An impersonator will recreate Charles Dickens’ own readings of the classic tale that brings the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive. Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol in 1843 and performed public readings while touring throughout England beginning in 1857 and in the U.S. from 1867-1868. The performance is given throughout the rooms of the main floor of Lyndhurst mansion. The readings will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 28 with additional performances on Monday, December 23 and Friday, December 26.

Lyndhurst is located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown. Tours and tickets can be purchased at the visitor’s center or in advance on the Lyndhurst web site For more information, call (914) 631-4481.

Historic Hudson Valley presents readings of the Christmas Carol. Nestle into the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale his adaptation of this classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary admission to A Holiday Open House at Philipsburg Manor, just across the street, where visitors can browse through the museum shop and discover creative gifts for everyone on their list. The event will take place December 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. Old Dutch Church is located at 42 North Broadway in Tarrytown. Parking is available at Philipsburg Manor located at Rte. 9 in Sleepy Hollow. Tickets are $ 24 for adults and $ 20 for children under 18 years old. For more information, visit or call (914) 631-1123.

Dinner and a Show
The classic ballet The Nutcracker, presented by the Westchester Ballet Company, will take place at the Westchester County Center December 19-21. Tickets are $ 17.50 to $ 27.50. The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. For more information, visit or call (914) 995-4050.

This holiday season, be sure to take a breather from all the hustle and bustle and join Westchester Broadway Theatre for their very special holiday show “It Happened One Christmas Eve.” A heart-warming musical about an infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep one Christmas Eve and the magic she brings to the lives of those who find her. This show is filled with favorite Christmas carols and popular seasonal songs and is sure to please the entire family. A gala celebration is also in store on the eve of the New Year. A culinary feast, an astounding musical called “South Pacific,” dancing into the night and at the stroke of midnight, raise a glass of bubbly to the new year, full of new dreams and unexplored possibilities. Westchester Broadway Theatre is located at 1 Broadway Plaza in Elmsford. For more information, visit or call (914) 592-2222.

The holiday season is a great time to take the family or a friend to a wonderful musical production. Start the holidays off right with the STAX of Soul experience at 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar in Peekskill. STAX performs the sweet soul music of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, Booker T & the MGs, to name a few. All the musicians are top notch veterans, featuring powerhouse singer Julius Dilligard, Jr. who was lead vocalist with "Crown Heights Affair" and has appeared at the Apollo with such acts as The Commodores, Stylistics and more. The performance will take place on Saturday, December 13 at 9:30 p.m. Table seating is guaranteed for dinner patrons only. Diners keep their tables for the duration of the show. Admission is $ 12 or $ 6 with dinner entrée. The 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar is located at 12 North Division Street in Peekskill. For more information, visit or call (914) 737-6624.

Stay and Play
Enjoy the Discover With You package at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. Starting at $ 439 per night, enjoy deluxe accommodations, daily Hudson Valley breakfast for two, seasonal welcome amenity and admissions to the Westchester Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam Plaza. For more information, visit or call (914) 946-5500.

Get two trips in one for the holidays with Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers’ Park, Stay & Go Package, which includes overnight guest room accommodations, two round trip rail tickets per stay to and from New York City, free shuttle service to and from Metro North Station, as well as free breakfast buffet. The hotel provides free parking and WiFi. Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers is located at 160 Corporate Boulevard in Yonkers. For more information, visit or call (914) 377-1144.

The Doral Arrowwood Hotel in Rye Brook is offering a Stay Longer & Save Package. Guests can stay any weekend night for just $ 199 at the Bed & Breakfast rate and get 25 percent off their second night. Guests can unwind and relax by the heated indoor/outdoor pool, sharpen their golf skills at the driving range or out on the course or partake in a variety of weekend activities that include live music, movies in the Doral Theater and more. The Doral Arrowwood Hotel is located at 975 Anderson Hill Road in Rye Brook. For more information, visit or call (844) 211-0512.

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John Blanche 'The Battle of the Five Armies' original Hobbit artwork goes to auction

John Blanche 'The Battle of the Five Armies' original Hobbit artwork goes to auction

John Blanche 'The Battle of the Five Armies' original Hobbit artwork goes to auction

The Original artwork “Battle of Five Armies” & “Downfall of Númenor” ready for auction by John Blanche

London (PRWEB UK) 26 November 2014

Few books have captured the heart and imagination on the scale of the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, with their fandom unrivaled by few, fueled in recent years by Peter Jackson’s epic movie adaptations of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

Couple this with one of the fantasy art world’s leading and most respected illustrators, John Blanche (Warhammer, Fighting Fantasy) and one of the world’s largest and oldest auction houses, Sotheby’s, it creates the unique and unmissable proposition of owning a much anticipated piece of art that is sought after by millions of fans worldwide.

Importantly the illustration is believed to be the first ever depiction of the central battle in Tolkien’s tale. The five armies are made up of the dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield, the men from Lake Town, the elves of Mirkwood, the dwarves from the Iron Hill, and the Orcs from the Misty Mountains. John Blanche’s ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ depicts the pivotal moment in the battle of Tolkien’s story, where the Eagles of the North enter the fight.

At 300 x 438mm, this impressively detailed fine ink, gouache and watercolour drawing captures the scene perfectly and was first published in 1979 in A Tolkien Bestiary, and later in John Blanche and Ian Millers own volume, Ratspike in 1989.

With the third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit due to be released in cinemas across the globe in December 2014, the timely sale of this illustration is sure to cast all Hobbit fans eyes firmly onto London’s Sotheby’s auction house.

The December 9th auction will also include a second illustration from John Blanche. Titled ‘Downfall of Númenor’, this 355 by 565mm fine ink, watercolour and gouache drawing is signed, dated, mounted and framed.

The illustration is a reflection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s reference in the fourth part of The Silmarillion and in A Tolkien Bestiary, which includes Blanche’s illustration as a double page spread, David Day notes that “Sauron falsely counselled the proud Númenóreans and corrupted them, and so the Númenóreans made war on the Valar in the Undying Lands. And, for this act, Ilúvatar caused the fair land of Númenor to burst asunder”.

The two pieces are being auctioned off separately but this dynamic duo makes a stunning pair.
With the first two installments of ‘The Hobbit’ ( ‘An Unexpected Journey’ / ‘The Desolation of Smaug’) reaching a combined box office total of well over $ 500,000,000, the third and final installment is much anticipated by fans and will be given the sub-title of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’, a title chosen over Tolkien’s original title ‘There and Back Again’.

This listing is being auctioned under category English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations.

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Cubic Announces Partnership with Unreal Government Network to Create Next Generation Live, Virtual, Constructive, Gaming Training Solutions

Cubic Announces Partnership with Unreal Government Network to Create Next Generation Live, Virtual, Constructive, Gaming Training Solutions

Cubic Announces Partnership with Unreal Government Network to Create Next Generation Live, Virtual, Constructive, Gaming Training Solutions

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

Cubic Advanced Learning Solutions (CALS), a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), announced today a partnership with Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Epic Games, Inc. as a new member in the Unreal Government Network (UGN). Cubic has licensed Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 and 4 from ARA to produce state-of-the-art training simulations using the latest gaming technology to create a more realistic training environment.    

Created by Epic Games, Unreal Engine 4 pushes the limits of virtual training development with leading-edge tools, features and complete C++ source code for developers. The Unreal game engines are widely used today, as they provide designers and artists unprecedented power to construct realistic and feature-rich visuals to create highly realistic and engaging training solutions.

The licensing brings to CALS expertise in game development and proven technology that will enable CALS to extend its portfolio of tools for immersive training simulation. Capitalizing on unprecedented efficiency and performance, CALS will use new game development tools that push the limits of real-time visualization for warfighters to train more effectively. CALS plans to use new exploration tools that allow visualization and contextualization of designs using the same fluid control and immediate feedback that exist today in modern console and PC games. Equipping the creative minds at CALS with cutting-edge tools and features will bring even more visually high-quality training experiences to life.

“The addition of the Unreal gaming license will build upon CALS’ momentum in bringing new innovations to our clients worldwide, and leverages our leadership in Live, Virtual, Constructive and Gaming training domain,” said Bill Rebarick, general manager of CALS. “The Unreal Government Network gives us access to a professional-grade ecosystem of resources that includes full Unreal Engine source code access and technical support that ultimately enables us to provide a new level of fidelity and production efficiency for our customers.”

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic Defense Applications is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, see the company's Web site at

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Navvia to Sponsor PinkNORTH IT Service Management (ITSM) Conference

Navvia to Sponsor PinkNORTH IT Service Management (ITSM) Conference

Navvia to Sponsor PinkNORTH IT Service Management (ITSM) Conference

David Mainville, CEO and Co-Founder

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Navvia, a leading ITSM software and services company, will be sponsoring and speaking at PinkNORTH from December 8 - 9, 2014 in Toronto, ON.

Navvia will be on the exhibitor floor at PInkNORTH, demonstrating their ITSM software, and David Mainville, a global ITSM champion, will be sharing his industry insight with conference attendees in a panel discussion, Scary Movie â€" Part 6?, led by Pink Elephant president, David Ratcliffe.

Mainville is no stranger to sharing his expertise with the ITSM community and travels extensively to share the knowledge he has acquired from over thirty years of experience in IT.

“We are excited to be sponsoring PinkNORTH, and I am thrilled to not only speak as a panelist but to be introducing Chester Elton, the bestselling author and motivational speaker,” Mainville said, “I’m looking forward to being on a panel with other ITSM leaders as we discuss disruptive technology, how IT helps to manage it, determine best practices, and how to be prepared.”

About Navvia

Navvia has been helping the Fortune 1000 take the complexity out of IT service management for more than 15 years. Navvia offers innovative software that is changing the ITSM industry providing tools, templates, mentorship and training designed to lower implementation costs, while offering a full range of ITSM consulting services for when a little help is needed.

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Acer XB280HK Display With NVIDIA

Acer XB280HK Display With NVIDIA

Acer XB280HK Display With NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Earns Popular Science 2014 Best of What’s New Award

SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

Acer is delighted to announce that its new XB280HK gaming display featuring NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology(1) has been honored with a Popular Science 2014 Best of What’s New Award in the hardware category. This unique display was selected as a breakthrough product among thousands of others in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year, which are being highlighted in Popular Science’s December issue.

“For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us â€" those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “Winners of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New Award tend to change what the future will look like. This year’s 100 honorees are no different: They are revolutionary in their respective fields.”

“We’re thrilled that our new gaming display designed to give gamers a competitive edge and a more dynamic gaming experience is being recognized for its cutting-edge performance with this very prestigious award,” said Ronald Lau, Acer America business manager.

Breathtaking Visuals
The Acer XB280HK delivers significant performance advantages that infuse gaming with super smooth, realistic and responsive visuals, elevating game play to a new level of excitement. This cutting-edge display boasts a 28-inch 4K2K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) display with a @60Hz refresh rate and a quick 1ms response time that further enhances in-game performance. NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology ensures every frame rendered by the GPU is perfectly portrayed by synchronizing the monitor’s refresh rates to the GPU in a GeForce® GTX-powered PC. This breakthrough technology eliminates screen tearing and minimizes display stutter and input lag to deliver a smooth, fast and dynamic gaming experience on the hottest PC gaming titles. Scenes appear instantly, objects are visually sharp, and gameplay is more responsive to provide faster reaction times, giving gamers an advantage.

Excellent Ergonomics and Connectivity
The Acer XB280HK monitor helps extend game time by making gaming as comfortable as possible with three Acer innovations. Acer flicker-less technology reduces eye strain via a stable power supply that eliminates screen flicker. Its low dimming technology provides users the ability to adjust brightness down to 15 percent in low-light environments and the Acer ComfyView non-glare screen reduces reflection for clearer viewing, a significant benefit for gamers.

A flexible, multi-function ErgoStand extends a wide range of options for maximum comfort and viewing perspectives. The displays come with DisplayPort as well as high-speed USB 3.0 ports (1 up, 4 down) that are located on the side and down of screen for easily connecting a mouse, keyboard, gaming headset, joystick and other peripherals. One of the USB ports is equipped for battery charging.

Pricing and Availability
The Acer XB280HK is available at leading online retailers in the United States and Canada with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of US$ 799.99 and $ 849.99 CAD.

About Best of What’s New
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Create the Ultimate Virtual Reality 360 Video at Depths of 1000 Meters With the 360Abyss

Create the Ultimate Virtual Reality 360 Video at Depths of 1000 Meters With the 360Abyss

Create the Ultimate Virtual Reality 360 Video at Depths of 1000 Meters With the 360Abyss

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Olean, New York (PRWEB) November 25, 2014

360Heros Inc., an industry leader in 360 video technology, has announced the release of its newest product, the 360Abyss which is a virtual reality underwater 360 video camera system that allows users to film 360-degree panoramic video at depths as low as 1,000 meters using GoPro cameras. With video resolutions up to 7.5K (7,500 x 3,750 pixels) and the ability to select negative or positive buoyancy, the 360Abyss is the world’s smallest and most versatile 360 underwater video gear, using the Oculus Rift and other compatible VR gear, you can view amazing virtual tours captured at depths of 1,000 meters and create content that is 3x HD quality.

“Our goal in developing the 360Abyss was to put power in the hands of divers and cinematographers. We wanted to push the limits in terms of what was possible in filming 360 video underwater”, stated Michael Kintner, 360Heros CEO and 360Abyss inventor.

The 360Abyss utilizes 6 GoPro cameras configured in a patent pending array that facilitates the capture of a full 360x180 degree field of view. Each GoPro camera is enclosed in its own individual compartment to prevent leaks and is fitted with a high-resolution exterior photography dome. These domes are made from a combination of polycarbonate and acrylic materials that restore each camera’s field of view underwater and produce up to 7K video resolution.

Each camera compartment is sealed with fitted doors that are either anodized or poly carbonate. The poly carbonate doors give the unit positive buoyancy while the anodized (aluminum) doors give it negative buoyancy. These fitted doors can be interchanged to suit divers needs and dictate buoyancy for the entire unit. Additionally, each dome assembly has the ability to utilize interchangeable 55 mm filters for aquariums, blue water or green water environments.

Applications for the 360Abyss include military use, research, tourism, waterway documentation and wildlife cinematography. In all of these scenarios the subject is displayed in an interactive, fully spherical 360 by 180 degree HD video (3x HD) or 360 photo (12K) capturing every angle All Around Youâ„¢.


Uses GoPro Hero3, Hero3 Plus and Hero4 Cameras Obtain neutral buoyancy with poly carbonate door corner weight add-ons. Individualized camera compartments ensure each camera is safe 360 Video Resolutions as high as 7,500 x 3,750 pixels with Hero4 Black 2.7 4:3 Mode 360 Video Resolutions as high as 6,000 x 3,000 pixels with Hero3, Hero3+, Hero4, 1440 4:3 Mode 360 Video Resolutions as high as 5,000 x 2,500 pixels with Hero3, Hero3+, Hero4, 960 4:3 Mode Size with Domes: 22 cm x 22 cm x 22 cm Poly Carbonate Domes Qty 8 â€" 3/8” Corner Mounts for Diver Qty 6 â€" 3/8” 45 Degree Lens Mounts for Subs/UAV/Rovers Qty 6 â€" Interchangeable 55mm filters inside each dome great for aquariums, blue water and green water (CY, GR, SWCY Filters)

Individuals interested in learning more about the 360Abyss can visit or

360Heros Inc., is an industry leader in 360 degree panoramic video/photo technology. Our products and services provide professional producers, videographers and hobbyists alike solutions to create interactive, 360x180 degree video/photos.

Michael Kintner, CEO and Founder
360Heros Inc.
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