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Handprint Cuts the Cost of Traveling to the US with Smart New Roaming Alternative

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Peace of Mind for US Bound Travelers with an Innovative New Smartphone Rental Service

MIAMI, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Handprint announced today the launch of the TravelSmart Phone & GPS, an innovative new smartphone rental product featuring unlimited talk, text, and 4G data at a flat rate of $6.99 per day. With TravelSmart, Handprint aims to offer US bound international travelers a simple, cost effective, and convenient alternative to the expense of roaming and the complexity of existing roaming alternatives.


A recent survey of international travelers to the US showed that over 80% either turned off their phones or risked hefty roaming charges. “For too long travelers have had to choose between their phone and their phone bill. That’s why we’ve created this unbeatable offer,” said Andre do Valle, President of Handprint. “Travelers to the US get a great easy to use phone delivered to their hotel for free, to use as long as they like at a flat daily price that is a fraction of other connectivity options. I challenge anyone to find a more cost-effective and convenient alternative.”

US bound international travelers can book their TravelSmart rental phones through before they go. The phone will be delivered free of charge to their US hotel or private destination and will be waiting for them when they arrive. With a minimum commitment of only two days and a money back satisfaction guarantee, Handprint hopes to help travelers to feel comfortable and in control of their phone bill as they travel the United States.

“You already save time and money by booking your hotel and rental car before you travel, now you can book your phone too,” do Valle added. “What we offer is peace of mind — the guarantee that you can stay connected, consult a map, make calls, and post your vacation pics on Facebook without worrying about a huge bill waiting for you at home. We really believe this will make your trip better, and if for any reason you aren’t completely satisfied we will refund your money, no questions asked.”

TravelSmart phones are available for immediate booking through

About Handprint Corporation

Handprint Corporation is a travel technology company based out of Miami, serving international travelers coming to the United States. Handprint also works with business customers in the hospitality industry, including hotels, car rental companies, and travel agents, providing custom smartphone software, hardware, and mobile fleet management solutions. For additional information visit

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Source: Handprint Corporation

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December 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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Thomson Reuters Collaborates with Masaryk University Czech Republic to Quantify Global Research Impact

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Initiative provides Masaryk University with advanced methods to enhance research strategies

BRNO, Czech Republic, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a commitment between Masaryk University and Thomson Reuters to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of the university’s scientific research. The trusted indicators of Thomson Reuters InCites™, the company’s flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, will enable the institution to measure research output and impact, monitor trends and benchmark its performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels.

The strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and Masaryk University supports the university’s plans to develop new research strategies, retain talent and identify new opportunities for collaboration through InCites indicators. InCites’ objective benchmarks and metrics also enable the University to establish more informed investment decisions and standardize reporting processes, which help ensure it is allocating funding to the people and projects that yield the highest returns.

Built on content from Thomson Reuters Web of Science(SM), theindustry’s premier collection of citation information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, InCites provides analytics on authors, journals and fields, as well as connections to the proprietary university research management and profiling systems for full workflow integration.

“Our collaboration with Thomson Reuters is helping us put Masaryk University on the scientific map with a comprehensive overview of how our research programs compare to those of our peers and, even more importantly, how they fare globally,” said Professor Petr Dvorak, vice-rector for research, Masaryk University. “This strategic alliance is critical to advancing our research strategies, finding opportunities for collaboration and benchmarking performance.”

InCites is a customized, web-based evaluation tool that enables universities, funding bodies and policy makers to analyze their research productivity and compare their output against that of their peers. The solution provides normalized metrics for repeatable analysis of outcomes, cross-regional impacts, discipline comparisons and standardized, accurate reviews for promotion and tenure processes. InCites also can serve as a support solution in ongoing quality assurance activities.

“Masaryk University, like many institutions worldwide, recognizes the growing need to measure performance by demonstrating and promoting the impact of its research,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Thomson Reuters Scholarly and Scientific Research. “We are very pleased to work with this esteemed organization to help establish its presence on top of the latest global research trends, while improving the global impact and performance of its efforts.”

Learn more about Thomson Reuters Research Analytics.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minn., Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to

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December 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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Yahoo Partners with Celltick to Create a Start Screen for its Users

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— Partnership to extend reach of Yahoo content for other Start partners as well as LiveScreen users

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Celltick, a global leader in mobile initiated commerce, today announced its partnership with Yahoo to deliver greater value and a more engaging mobile experience to consumers via the start screen. The two companies have partnered to launch a Yahoo-branded Start for Android users.

Start is a next-generation Android interface, providing intelligent and dynamic functionality so users can get the most from their mobile phones. With Start, users get quick access to the most relevant features and information. The Start recommendation engine learns from user behavior and adapts the start screen to what users use most on their device. With Celltick LiveScreen, users are able to benefit from content, news, and promotions, irrespective of data plan or device.

Yahoo will be the default search provider for Start in Asia Pacific and India. Users will also have access to Yahoo products like Weather, Flickr, Yahoo news and other Yahoo media properties on their Start screens.

“We are excited to partner with Celltick to provide a personalized mobile experience for our users through a Yahoo version of Start,” said Frank Chen, VP of Business Development APAC for Yahoo. “We are jointly working on increasing user engagement with Yahoo media assets on Android devices. Through the partnership we will be able to expand our reach to Celltick’s 140 million LiveScreen feature phone users who are probably experiencing the Internet for the first time from their mobile devices. We are committed to keeping people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world, and this partnership will help us to deliver on that promise.”

Celltick’s start screen technology benefits the entire mobile industry ecosystem, bringing value to media companies as well as handset manufacturers and mobile operators. As part of the relationship, Celltick will also promote Yahoo content and search as part of the Start default configuration to its operator and handset manufacturer relationships.

“For us, it was about developing an intelligent, engaging interface for users on the start screen,” said Ronen Daniel, CEO of Celltick. “Across the board, the growing Celltick ecosystem enables higher user engagement by using themes, plug-ins, personalization features and ongoing updates based on intelligent analysis of user behavior, feedback and ongoing trends in the mobile arena. It’s not just about content, it’s about context. We are thrilled to partner with Yahoo, and plan to continue to work with partners like Yahoo in order to create new monetization opportunities while giving users the best in content, services and promotions.”

With this partnership, Celltick continues to expand its reach beyond the core market community to close the loop between mobile marketing and the final transaction resulting from marketing promotions. In 2012, Celltick powered billions of mobile-initiated commerce transactions for virtual and physical goods serving more than 140 million active consumers across 25 countries.

About Yahoo
Yahoo is focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company’s blog (

About Celltick
Celltick is a global leader in mobile initiated commerce. Celltick’s Start is a next generation personalized intelligent interface for Android devices. Celltick is unique in creating and managing mass market mobile marketing solutions for mobile operators, large media companies, device manufacturers and large brands. Celltick enables its partners to engage and monetize their users on the mobile. The company drives billions of transactions annually across more than 140 million active consumers across its different mobile platforms in over 25 countries. A rapidly growing company, Celltick has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. For more information, visit
Source: Celltick

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December 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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Signavio expands into Asia-Pacific – Opening the doors to a new office in Singapore

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BERLIN, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Signavio, a leading provider of BPM software, today announced the company is expanding into Asia – accelerating sales activities and underlining direct customer contact by opening a new office in Singapore.

Dr. Gero Decker (Co-CEO, Signavio): “After opening our U.S. subsidiary in Silicon Valley last year, expanding into Asia is the next logical step for Signavio’s development since our customer base continues to grow at a remarkable rate there. With our new office in Singapore, we can provide higher quality customer service to our customers throughout the region.”

Managing the new enterprise is Daniel Furtwaengler, a business process management expert and former Singapore resident. The Singapore office will be the point of contact for all customers in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) – including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and India.

Our customers trust Signavio to help them achieve optimal business process performance. The Signavio Process Editor is a fully web-based platform to document and analyze their business processes. “Our customers appreciate the professional, yet easy to use Process Editor, and Signavio’s strong customer focus. We are glad to establish dedicated and direct support for our clients in Asia,” says Dr. Decker.

About Signavio:

Signavio is the leading collaborative BPM software solution provider – helping organizations achieve operational excellence. Headquartered in Berlin, with offices in the Silicon Valley and Singapore, Signavio’s Process Editor provides web-based modeling, analysis, and optimization for business processes according to industry standard BPMN 2.0. More than 450 companies worldwide use Signavio to document, share and improve their processes.
Source: Signavio

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December 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

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18th Asian Television Awards — Winners Announced

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The awards will be televised regionally on Star World (Dec 11), Channel [V] (Dec 23 and Jan 1, 2014), and on a local broadcast on Singapore’s MediaCorp Channel 5 (Dec 15).
SINGAPORE, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On December 5, 450 industry members, including channel heads, on-air personalities, and production personnel gathered at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, to celebrate the best in Asian television. The Asian Television Awards (ATA) is Asia’s most significant and celebrated event, recognising excellence in programming, production and performance. This year, the stars were in full force with a string of celebrity appearances including Jack Neo, Siti Nurhaliza, Marian Rivera, and Kris Aquino. The event saw a series of “firsts”, including an inaugural award for “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television” presented to the CEO of STAR China Media — Ming, TIAN.
From left: Aileen Tan, Jeffrey Xu Mingjie, and Enlai, CHUA (representing MediaCorp Pte Ltd) with their acting trophies at the Asian Television Awards 2013.
From left: Aileen Tan, Jeffrey Xu Mingjie, and Enlai, CHUA (representing MediaCorp Pte Ltd) with their acting trophies at the Asian Television Awards 2013.
This year’s ATA attracted 1,248 entries from 14 countries across Asia-Pacific. In all, 189 channels from 98 broadcasters, as well as 65 independent production companies, competed in 38 award categories under the three groups of Programming, Performance, and Technical & Creative. In addition, the event also saw 45 media companies submitting entries for the first time.
A total of 43 trophies were given out at the awards ceremony, including a final “top four” ATA awards for “Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year, “Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year”, “Terrestrial Channel of the Year”, and “Cable & Satellite Network of the Year” — plus an inaugural “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television” trophy.
Among this year’s biggest winners, FIC Asia and MediaCorp bagged two major awards for “Cable & Satellite Network of the Year” and “Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year” respectively. Other noteworthy mentions include Taiwan’s Kang- Ren WU who received “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for Emerging Light; Taiwan’s Jade Chou who won “Best Actress in A Leading Role for Falling; NHK who won “Best Documentary Programme (one-off/ special)” for Legends of the Deep: The Giant Squid; and Chocolate Liberation Front, who won both “Best Children’s Programme” and “Best 3D Animated Programme” for preschool series The Adventures of Figaro Pho.
TV Asia Plus congratulates all the winners and nominees at this year’s event.
Telecast details as follow:
Star World
Dec 11 (Wed), 1130pm HK/SGT
Channel [V]
Dec 23 (Mon), 1030pm HK/SGT
Jan 1 (Wed), 830pm HK/SGT
MediaCorp Channel 5
Dec 15 (Sun), 1130pm SGT
For the complete list of winners and “Highly Commended” (runners up), click here:
For a list of celebrity appearances, see below:
Siti Nurhaliza, Yvonne Lim,
Jack Neo, Pierre Png,
Kris Aquino, Zoe Tay,
Marian Rivera, Chua En Lai,
Mike Enriquez, Michelle Chong,
Vicky Morales, Rayson Tan,
Ferdinand Recio “Doc Ferdz”, Jeffrey Xu,
Maria Judea “MAKI” Pulido, Ian Fang,
Oli Pettigrew, Kate Pang,
Sean Richard Dulake, Aileen Tan,
Simon Yin, Richard Lenton,
Chris Wu, Dom Lau,
Pei Jia Huang, Stephen Engle,
Wang Jian Fu, Nutthawat Plengsiriwat
Ann Kok,
Rebecca Lim,
Contact Person:
Laura Low
Phone Number: +65-6521-9754
Source: Asian Television Awards

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December 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

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The Vespa Primavera Legend is Back

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MILAN /PRNewswire/ — At the Paris Salon de la Moto, open from 3 to 8 December, the new Vespa Primavera made its French debut.
Unveiled a month ago at the world press at the Milan 2013 EICMA show, the Vespa Primavera is now being marketed all over Europe and – following a presentation in Hanoi – in Vietnam and Asian countries as well.
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The first Vespa Primavera emerged in 1968. This was the year that witnessed a new awareness amongst the younger generation that suddenly wanted to yell for freedom.
Nimble, innovative lines, sparkling performance, easy and fun to ride – 45 years ago Vespa Primavera was a breath of fresh air. Small and quick, it was to become one of the longest running and most beloved models in the history of Vespa, equally popular with guys and girls.
Youthful, technologically ground-breaking and agile, with an eye to the protection of the environment, the new Vespa Primavera is the protagonist of its time, inheriting all the joy of life that go hand in hand with the story of a model that is a cult in the Vespa family tree.
With a radically new design, a new body in steel, new sizes, still agile but even more stable and comfortable, Vespa Primavera is reborn – powered by the ultra modern and ecological 50cc, 125cc 3 valve and 150cc 3 valve engines – appropriating some of the stylistic and technical solutions of Vespa 946, the most prestigious and technologically advanced model ever conceived.
The new Primavera is back at one of the brightest moments in Vespa history, the year that also marked the debut of the Vespa 946,which was introduced to the American market with the launch that took place in Manhattan on 25 October after already having been introduced in Europe and Asia.
The record of new products offered is matched by sales records: from January to October 2013 the Vespa brand earmarked the exceptional number of more than 158,000 units sold worldwide, 20,600 vehicles more than the 137,000 sold in the first ten months of 2012.
This is further confirmation of the extraordinary progress the Vespa brand has made in the last ten years: from 2004, when overall sales reached 58,000 units, numbers rose to 100,000 in 2006, and 165,000 Vespas manufactured in 2012, a record which is about to be broken in 2013.
In less than ten years, from January 2004 to October of this year, a total of 1,207,827 Vespas have been sold worldwide.
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Source: Piaggio Group

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December 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

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