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CenturyLink Cloud delivers Hyperscale service for web-scale workloads, big data and cloud-native apps

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Announces public cloud expansion to Sterling, Va., Silicon Valley, Paris and London
MONROE, La./PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the commercial availability of Hyperscale high-performance server instances offered through the CenturyLink Cloud platform. The new service is designed for web-scale workloads, big data and cloud-native applications.
CenturyLink Cloud includes dozens of self-service features that help enterprises run their mission-critical and business applications in the public cloud with ease. With Hyperscale, developers can now use the same platform to launch and manage advanced next-generation apps.
“New applications are crucial to delivering a competitive advantage for enterprises, and Hyperscale is the ideal service for these workloads,” said Jared Wray, CenturyLink Cloud chief technology officer, CenturyLink Technology Solutions. “CenturyLink continues to bring developers and IT together with this new capability. Developers get self-service and lightning-fast performance for popular NoSQL platforms, and IT can easily use our cloud management platform for governance and billing.”
Hyperscale combines CenturyLink Cloud’s high-performance compute with 100-percent flash storage to deliver a superior experience for web-scale architectures built on Couchbase, MongoDB and other NoSQL technologies. Users of the service will consistently see performance at or above 15,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for a diverse range of workloads. Hyperscale also is ideal for big data scenarios and serves as a complementary offering to CenturyLink’s existing Big Data Foundation Services.
Global Public Cloud Expansion Continues
CenturyLink today also announced expansion plans for the CenturyLink Cloud network of public cloud data centers, growing from nine to 13 locations in the first half of 2014. Starting in March, customers will be able to deploy virtual resources in Santa Clara, Calif., and Sterling, Va., with locations in Paris and the London metro market coming online in the second quarter of 2014. All CenturyLink Cloud services, including Hyperscale, will be available in these new locations.
This broad footprint offers more choice and flexibility for geo-targeted solutions and for boosting performance while ensuring data sovereignty. Customers can also deploy advanced IT configurations through the interoperability of public cloud, colocation, managed services and network solutions available through the CenturyLink Technology Solutions portfolio.
About CenturyLink Technology Solutions
CenturyLink Technology Solutions delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit
About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit
Source: CenturyLink, Inc.

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February 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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Seatrade announces Gala Dinner on Sugar Loaf Mountain for Seatrade Latin America.

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LONDON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Seatrade Communications have announced that the Gala Dinner for the Seatrade Latin America Cruise Convention (2-3 September 2014) will take place on the world-famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.


Each conference delegate place purchased before 31 March 2014 will receive a VIP ticket for this spectacular event, plus the option to travel by cable car to the summit (time permitting), giving guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view one of the most spectacular cities in the world at night from one of Brazil’s most famous land marks.

The conference package will give delegates access to two-full days of debate and discussion with industry leaders, entrance to the exhibition and networking lunches on both days, plus, exclusive early bird discounted rates if booked by the same date.

The two day conference, exhibition and social programme will focus on the development of the cruise industry in Latin America addressing opportunities and challenges including increasing both source and international passenger numbers, developing new itineraries and shore excursions and port development.

Editor – Nina Marston at Seatrade, tel +44-1206-545121 or email

About Seatrade Latin America Cruise Convention.
Established in 2011 the Seatrade Latin America Cruise Convention is the only event dedicated to the development of the cruise industry for Latin America. The event is owned and organised by Seatrade Communications Ltd in partnership with UBM Live Exhibitions.

About Seatrade
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at

About UBM Live
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
Source: Seatrade Med

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February 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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Advanced Energy for Life Campaign Launched to Build Awareness and Support to End “World’s Number One Human and Environmental Crisis” of Global Energy Poverty

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ST. LOUIS, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Calling global energy poverty the world’s number one human and environmental crisis, Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) today launched a comprehensive global campaign aimed at building awareness and support to eliminate energy poverty, increase access to low-cost electricity and improve emissions through advanced clean coal technologies.
The “Advanced Energy for Life” campaign will work to educate and mobilize world leaders, multi-national organizations, a wide range of institutions and stakeholders, and the general public to:
End the crisis of global energy poverty, which affects half the world’s population and leads to crippling impacts to human health, standards of living and damage to the environment;
Drive policies and support actions that increase access to reliable, low-cost power – particularly today’s advanced coal technologies – that extends lives, builds economies and improves both natural and indoor environments; and
Employ today’s advanced technologies to reduce key power plant emissions. Longer term, pursue greater development of next-generation technologies and the regulatory framework to capture, use and store carbon dioxide emissions.
“More than a decade ago, the United Nations Millennium Goals called for a rapid halving of extreme global poverty by 2015 – and a half century ago, U.S. President Johnson declared war on poverty,” said Peabody Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory H. Boyce. “Yet today, 3.5 billion people in the world lack adequate access to energy, and more than 4 million people needlessly die each year from the effects of energy poverty. We have the technologies and the global resources to end this crisis. All of us must work together toward realistic solutions.”
The need for modern energy is enormous. Half of the world’s 7 billion people lack adequate access to energy, including 1.2 billion children, based on data from the International Energy Agency and the World Bank. Household air pollution from indoor fires is estimated to be the fourth leading cause of death in the world, and results in a stunning 100 million years of life prematurely lost as measured by Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY), a metric established by the World Health Organization. Each DALY represents one year of healthy life lost to disease.
“These sobering statistics demonstrate that energy poverty is the real human and environmental crisis facing the world today,” said Boyce. “The greatest crisis we confront is not an environmental crisis predicted by computer models, but a human crisis fully within our power to solve. For too long, we have been focused on the wrong priorities.”
Also driving the need for affordable energy are longer-term demographic trends. The global population is expanding by more than 200,000 people each day. And urban areas are forecast to grow by more than 70 million annually through 2020, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
In any action plan to end global energy poverty and increase access to low-cost electricity, all energy forms are necessary. Coal is the world’s most abundant energy source and fastest-growing major fuel. And coal is expected to surpass oil as the largest energy source in coming years, according to the International Energy Agency and other analysts. So coal plays a special role in the war to end global energy poverty and increase access to low-cost electricity while using today’s advanced technologies to improve emissions. Coal is key to human health and welfare along with a clean environment.
“Coal is a fundamental environmental solution when turned into electricity and synthetic natural gas at large scale,” said Boyce. “Coal-fueled electricity and synthetic natural gas can eliminate widespread deforestation from gathering biomass as well as the devastating effects of energy poverty.” And coal is a unique fuel of the future based on its density, availability and cost benefits.
“The drive by some to reduce coal use and make energy scarce and expensive is unsustainable, hurting people and harming the environment,” said Boyce. “We need to recognize the enormous health and environmental benefits in ending energy poverty, eliminating household air pollution and increasing access to low-cost electricity. Everyone in the world deserves to live as well as those in developed nations. Let’s use more energy, more cleanly, every day.”
The strengths of coal in meeting these needs are demonstrated all around the world:
In the United States, coal is used to generate approximately 40 percent of electricity. The states that don’t use coal pay electricity rates that are more than 50 percent above states that use substantial coal for electricity generation. High energy costs create a regressive tax on Americans, with lower-income households spending a far greater portion of their family income on energy bills. Coal’s environmental profile has continued to improve: Coal used for electricity generation has increased more than 170 percent since 1970, while key power plant emissions have been reduced by nearly 90 percent per unit of electricity.

Moving forward, Peabody believes that the U.S. policy framework must recognize coal’s role in low-cost electricity, protect existing coal plants from regulatory overreach that would lead to premature retirements and skyrocketing electricity rates, and encourage development of efficient new coal plants using today’s advanced technologies while investing in research and development for next-generation technologies.
Australia leads the world in coal exports. Coal is the nation’s second-largest export and essential for jobs and economic strength, contributing nearly $43 billion each year to the economy, based on research from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Coal also is the lowest-cost fuel for electricity generation.

At a time when challenging environmental targets and taxes have caused Australian families and businesses to suffer, it is essential that the new government be supported in its call to end the failed carbon tax scheme, scale back renewable energy targets, drive down electricity costs, restore jobs and strengthen the country’s competitive advantage in the Australasian region.
In China, coal demand is rising as it increasingly is used for electricity generation and is turned into natural gas, transportation fuels and chemicals to drive the world’s fastest-growing economy. China will reduce the direct use of coal in residences and businesses while it uses far more coal in electricity plants and conversion applications. The nation also is replacing older coal plants with advanced coal units as well as using synthetic gas from coal in a range of applications. This approach, along with installation of major emissions controls on power plants and replacing older plants with advanced technologies, is similar to the approach that the United States has taken over the past half century.
“The world continues to turn to coal to solve its largest energy and economic challenges, but we need far more action to expand access to low-cost electricity to help families, power economies and pull billions out of energy poverty,” said Boyce. “We also need a new approach to rational environmental policy. We submit that the right path is through increased deployment of today’s advanced technologies such as supercritical coal generation that lead to continued emissions reductions. Longer term, research and development in next-generation technologies can lead to the ultimate goal of near-zero emissions from coal.”
Advanced coal technologies are in use today, including high-efficiency supercritical coal generation, state-of-the-art emissions control applications and coal conversion methods through gasification. A critical step in improving emissions around the world would be far greater deployment of these existing technologies.
Next generation technologies such as carbon capture, use and storage applications need far greater research and development investment, including greater private-public partnerships in research and development, as well as new and improved regulations to allow for carbon storage.
Core elements of the “Advanced Energy for Life” campaign are a digitally-based education program highlighting the widespread benefits of inexpensive energy access and the vital role coal-fueled electricity can play in solving the world’s energy issues; a research institute that will develop and distribute studies and policy-oriented intellectual capital; and direct outreach to governments, institutions and other stakeholders toward actions that increase energy access and expand the development and use of advanced technologies.
Advanced Energy for Life is a campaign to raise awareness and support to end global energy poverty, increase access to low-cost electricity and improve emissions using today’s advanced clean coal technologies. Please join in the campaign. Visit us at and Advanced Energy for Life on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Google+. Use our Twitter handle @AdvancedEnergy.
Beth Sutton, Vice President
Global Advocacy Communications
Source: Peabody Energy
Related stocks: NYSE:BTU

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February 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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SMSGlobal Launches Se@MeNow

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Seafarer’s social network, video chat and web mail solution
HONG KONG, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SMSGlobal Ltd., a provider of personal communications for the global maritime industry, today announced the launch of Se@MeNow, a maritime social networking portal where seafarers can stay in touch with their loved ones through social walls, photo sharing, video & voice chat and web mail. In addition, users can shop with world-wide delivery, play online games and follow live updates on their favorite sports events.
3,200 deep sea vessels are currently equipped with SMSGlobal’s CrewCommCenter system — having 125,000 seafarers exchanging 2,250,000 messages monthly with over 1,300,000 friends and loved ones on-shore.
Se@MeNow functions as the web mail service for all of SMSGlobal’s subscribers using the CrewCommCenter system. Seafarers can login with their CrewCommCenter ID and password to access Se@MeNow while they are on-shore leave, or located on internet connected vessels that do not have the CrewCommCenter system installed on-board. Families and loved ones can register their own accounts on the Se@MeNow website.
Se@MeNow has been designed as a virtual meeting place for seafarers and their loved ones where they can communicate through video chat, wall updates, photos, files and music sharing. The video chat feature is optimized for maritime broadband limitations and requires only 35 kbps bandwidth.
Se@MeNow also accommodates the shipping companies need to provide information to their crew while at sea and on-shore. Having one contact point, they can reach their crews through the CrewCommCenter system and the Se@MeNow portal with private e-mails, training materials and newsletters.
“Social networking has become one of the most important parts of our daily life. With Internet connectivity becoming more prevalent on-board merchant vessels, a clear trend in communication is access to social networking sites and online chat. These ways of keeping contact with home adds significant value to the on-board communication services,” said Jan Andre’ Heggem, Managing Director of SMSGlobal.
“Se@MeNow has been designed to connect seafarers at sea with their families and loved ones on shore, as well as being a connecting point with their corporate headquarters,” he added.
The launch of Se@MeNow further cements CrewCommCenter as the market leading crew communications solution that merges each sector’s divergent concerns into a single platform.
SMSGlobal’s success has been anchored on merging these divergent concerns by both the seafarer and the ship owner.
CrewCommCenter provides the seafarer convenient, affordable, private communications with their loved ones and friends, enabling them to send and receive e-mails and SMS, read ship manager announcements and news from home, converse through low data instant messaging, and browse the internet.
While the crew enjoys all these features, CrewCommCenter also strongly addresses the ship owners concerns:
Limits are set for sending and receiving messages, thus usage is controlled;
Fixed monthly charges for each module, thus cost is predictable;
Access restrictions, content control, whitelisting or blacklisting, thus security is guaranteed;
Simple, industry standard protocols and interfaces for system management and remote configurations, thus ease of maintenance and administration is guaranteed.
Finally, CrewCommCenter is a software-based solution thus no need for costly capital outlays for additional hardware.
About SMSGlobal Ltd.
SMSGlobal was founded in 2003 when the company introduced the first universal 2-way SMS text messaging and crew E-mail service for seafarers.
SMSGlobal has established offices in Hong Kong & Philippines and works hand in hand with over 800 telecom operators world-wide integrating various state-of-the-art technologies.
CrewCommCenter and Se@MeNow is offered by some of the biggest maritime industry service providers:
Inmarsat Direct Sales, H2O, J-Sat Mobile, Horizon Mobile and SeaSecure.
For more information:
Source: SMSGlobal Ltd.

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February 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Will this iPad application replace toilet paper?

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Worldwide tissue paper products conference in Miami during March 18-21 will discuss the future of toilet paper, kitchen towels and facial tissue

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Miami Beach… For decades, futurists have been talking about the “paperless office”. A common retort has been that the “paperless office” is about as likely as the “paperless toilet”. Recently, however, an ingenious inventor has come up with an iPad application that may in fact bring this about. See this clip:

Paper has a great future
Paper has a great future

All humor aside, tissue is serious business and less than 3 weeks from now the world’s tissue paper products business will be gathering at the Tissue World Conference in Miami Beach, Florida, USA to discuss the latest technology and market trends for products such as toilet paper, kitchen towels, facial tissue, table napkins and pocket handkerchiefs.

Tissue paper products make up a giant US$80 billion global business and the Tissue World conference, which has run for more than 20 years and normally attracts thousands of visitors from 80+ countries around the world, will look at the entire value chain.

A complex art and science

Tissue making is a very complex, high technology science involving what are normally considered the largest machines of any type in the world. The Tissue World event thus covers this lengthy and complex production process. The topics covered start with the raw materials such as wood fibers, energy, chemicals and water, through the production process both of jumbo rolls and then converted smaller roles, and finally delivery to the retail and commercial distribution channels.

Free Entrance to Trade Show

Anyone who is working with the tissue paper products business, anywhere in the value chain, would be most welcome to attend the event. Attendance is Free of Charge at the tradeshow, featuring over 170 world leading companies who will be displaying new technology, products and solutions.

Unique market and technical Insight

In addition, the paid-attendance high-level technical and market conferences give participants a unique depth of insight into the business. World-class experts in tissue technology, tissue markets, sustainability and environmental issues, private label/brand trends and many other key topics for this category will be part of the speakers’ agenda.

Topics covered over the four-day conference, include all the latest technical developments as well as, in a new focus this year, trends in the enormous retail and commercial tissue buying and selling channels. This specific topic will be covered in the new Tissue Retailers and Distributors Insight Forum (TRIF) for the first time ever at the Tissue World conference in Miami Beach.


Contact Person: Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +65 6592 0886
Source: Tissue World – UBM

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February 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

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Supermicro(R) Exhibits Intel(R) Atom(TM) C2000 SoC Based Embedded Server Solutions at Embedded World 2014

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– Compact 4/8 Core 14W/20W Atom Servers supporting up to 64GB ECC Memory Optimized for Embedded Applications
NURNBERG, Germany, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing is exhibiting its latest embedded server solutions at Embedded World 2014 in Nurnberg, Germany this week. Highlighted at the show will be Supermicro’s new embedded server solutions based on Intel® Atom™ (Avoton and Rangeley) System on Chip (SoC). Supermicro’s new A1 series motherboards feature 4-8 cores, 14-20W SoC, 64GB ECC memory, quad GbE LAN ports and up to 7 years long life. A1SAM/SAi motherboards are optimized for low-power server/storage, web hosting applications and the A1SRM/SRi motherboards with integrated bulk Crypto (10Gb/s) Intel® QuickAssist technology are targeted for network security appliances. These new low power full-featured motherboards extend the foundation of Supermicro’s Embedded Server Building Block Solutions and expand its growing line of products targeting transportation and communications infrastructure, retail applications, digital signage, industrial automation, digital security and surveillance, cloud and cold storage, medical imaging and network/security appliances.
“Supermicro leads the industry with the widest selection of embedded server building blocks and is dedicated to bring even more compact, energy efficient, feature rich solutions to market,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Indeed, as the embedded server market evolves, demands for more sophistication, functionality and power conservation will take central focus. Supermicro is the solution provider of choice with enterprise-class engineering, manufacturing and support expertise in this area. Our innovation, reliability and flexibility deliver time-to-market advantages to customers developing next generation embedded solutions.”
Supermicro Embedded World Exhibits Include:
Embedded Motherboards
A1 Series Intel® Atom™ based embedded serverboards (Intel “Silvermont” microarchitecture) feature 2.4GHz 64-bit, 22nm 3D Tri-gate System on Chip (SOC) process to offer high performance per watt and greater power efficiency. Ideal for SMB low-power server/storage, web hosting, networks security appliance (Rangeley w/QuickAssist)
A1SAi-2750F (Mini-ITX) – Low-Power 8-Core (20W)
A1SRi-2758F (Mini-ITX) – Embedded Communications 8-Core (20W), Intel® QuickAssist Technology, 7 year support
A1SAM-2750F (microATX) – High-Performance Turbo Boost Technology enabled 8-Core (20W)
A1SRM-2758F (microATX) – Embedded Communications 8-Core (20W) Intel® QuickAssist Technology, 7 year
X10SLV / -Q (Mini-ITX) – Triple display & 7 year support, Intel® 4th Generation Core™ i3/i5/i7
X10SLQ (microATX) – Next generation Intel Graphics Controller with HDMI/DP/VGA/DVI, 3x independent displays Remote management with Intel® vPro™ AMT 9.0
X10SLH-F (microATX), X10SAE (ATX) – High-performance Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v3 and 4th Gen Core™ i3
X10SBA (Mini-ITX) – Compact, low-power (10W) Intel® Celeron J1900 (Bay Trail D), 7 year support
X9SKV-1125 (Flex ATX) – Communication, Intel® Xeon® E3-1125C (40W) and Intel® Communication chipset 8903, 7 year support
X9SCAA, X9SBAA, X9SPV-M4-3UE / -F-3217UE (Mini-ITX) – Low power, small footprint uni-processor (UP) MBs supporting Intel Atom and Core processors
C7H61 (ATX), C7B75 (microATX), X9SCM-iiF (microATX), X9SAE-V (ATX), X9SRH-7F (ATX) – High-performance UP MBs supporting Intel Core or Xeon processor E3-1200 and E5-2600/1600 product families
High-performance dual-processor (DP) MBs supporting Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product families
X9DRW-CF31 (WIO 12.3″x13″) 8x 12Gb/s SAS3 ports via add-on-module (AOM-S3108-H8)
X9DRL-EF (ATX) Low-cost optimized for embedded server applications
X9DRD-EF / -7LNF4 (E-ATX) Optimized for free-air cooling, 6 (x8) PCI-E 3.0
X9DR7-TF+ (E-ATX) 24x DIMMs supporting up to 1.5TB ECC DDR3, dual 10Gbase-T LAN
X9DRX+-F (15.2″x13.2″) Industry’s only 11x PCI-E slot solution
Embedded Server Systems
SYS-5017K-N6 – New communication appliance featuring Intel® Pentium® B915C processor (15W, 1.5GHz. 3M, Gladden) and Intel® Communication Chipset 8903
SYS-5018A-MHN4 – 1U (4x 3.5″ hot-swap and 2x 2.5″ internal HDD/SSD bays, short-depth rackmount Networking and Security Server Appliance, (20W) 8-Core Intel® Atom™ (Rangeley), 7 year support, Intel® QuickAssist Technology
SYS-5018A-MLTN4 – 1U compact, 2x 3.5″ or 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SSDs, low-power (14W) 4-Core Intel® Atom™ (Avoton) C2550, up to 64GB 1600MHz DDR3 ECC or non ECC UDIMM, quad 1GbE LAN ports
SYS-5018A-FTN4 – 1U ultra-compact, Front I/O quad 1GbE LAN ports, 2x 3.5″ or 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SSDs, (20W) 8-Core Intel® Atom™ (Rangeley), 7 year support, Intel® QuickAssist Technology
Low Power, Compact Mini ITX System Solutions CSE-504-203B chassis and X10SLV-Q. Rear I/O, 1U compact, short depth 9.8″ rackmount. 2x 3.5″ or optional 4x 2.5″ internal SATA2 HDD/SSD bays.
Box PC built on CSE-101i chassis and X10SLV. Supports Mini-ITX (6.75″ x 6.75″), front accessible USB 2.0 and audio ports, 1x internal 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay, VESA Mount compatible, optional 60W or 80W power adapters.
Visit Supermicro at Embedded World 2014, February 25 – 27 Nurnberg, Germany, MesseZentrum Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, Booth 406. For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of Embedded Building Block Solutions visit
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About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.
Supermicro, SuperServer, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.
All other brands, names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Source: Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:SMCI

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February 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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Cruise Shipping Miami to Feature Free Travel Agent Admission and CLIA Training

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MIAMI, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In addition to complimentary educational sessions presented by Cruise Lines International Association, Cruise Shipping Miami is offering cruise sellers free access to the industry’s largest and most prominent networking opportunity, a chance to walk the show floor all three days and admission to the Welcome Reception Tuesday evening.

The world’s premier cruise industry event is scheduled March 10-13, 2014, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Travel industry veteran and CLIA trainer Cella Baker will lead the two training sessions Thursday, March 13. The sessions are aimed at increasing cruise sellers’ knowledge and productivity, and are worth 10 CLIA credits each toward certification as a CLIA accredited cruise counselor, master cruise counselor, elite cruise counselor or elite cruise counselor scholar.

“A majority of cruises still are sold by travel agents, and it is in the best interest of the cruise industry to have well-informed cruise sellers providing guidance and value to consumers,” said Daniel Read, director of UBM’s cruise event portfolio. “We believe providing these complimentary training sessions and offering a chance to spend three days at the exhibition will prove invaluable to agents.”

The first training seminar, “Cruise Events: Creative Ways to Increase Your Sales,” is scheduled 8:30–10 a.m. It offers tips on how to plan, publicize and present a successful cruise event, including venue selection, timing, supplier relationships and on-site sales tips.

During the Thursday afternoon seminar, “Selling Successfully Across Cultures,” scheduled 2–3:30 p.m., participants will explore the subtle values, behaviors and practices that can influence the decision-making process when clients of different cultures consider a cruise vacation.

To register for the complimentary Travel Agent Thursday sessions and free admission to the trade show for three days, travel agents should access the online registration form and special promotional code at:

Cruise Shipping Miami is the global flagship of UBM’s Cruise Events Portfolio, which includes the annual Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific and the biennial Seatrade Med Cruise Convention.

To register to attend Cruise Shipping Miami, visit:

For more information about Cruise Shipping Miami or to exhibit visit:


MEDIA CONTACT: Buck Banks, +1 305-461-3300 , toll-free +1 855-446-7935 ;

CONVENTION CONTACT: UBM Live, 300 American Metro Blvd., Suite 125, Hamilton NJ 08619 USA
Phone: +1 609-759-4712 ; fax: +1 609-759-4774

SOCIAL MEDIA: Additional news and information about Cruise Shipping Miami are available at Find Cruise Shipping Miami on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Since 1985 Cruise Shipping Miami has been the premier annual event of the worldwide cruise industry. From a small gathering of 150 cruise industry executives in a hotel meeting room in New York City, Cruise Shipping Miami has grown into a four-day conference and three-day exhibition drawing 11,000 attendees, more than 900 exhibiting companies from 123 countries and over 300 international journalists to become the cruise industry’s annual marketplace of ideas, products and services.

Cruise Shipping Miami is exclusively supported by Cruise Lines International Association and Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Source: Cruise Shipping Miami

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February 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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Re-designed App for iOS7

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LONDON, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — further strengthens its award-winning suite of apps with upgrade for iOS7, a world leading hotel booking website, has re-designed its award winning iPhone and iPad app for iOS7 to provide a fresh new interface which makes the mobile booking experience even quicker and easier for its customers.
The new app puts an easy-to-use map at the heart of the hotel search, enabling users to find a hotel in the right location almost instantly. It is even easier than before to find local deals for tonight for last minute bookings. The new app makes extensive use of high resolution imagery, and the booking process is now even smoother, with the app remembering customer details and securely storing payment information.
Adam Jay, VP Global Product for the brand, comments: “At we are committed to delivering the best possible customer experience throughout everything that we do. With our suite of apps, across mobile, Kindle and tablet, now represent a growing proportion of overall bookings it is critical that our apps make it easy and fun to find and book the right hotel.
Our latest update for iOS7 has created a beautiful and highly intuitive user interface, making it even easier to find the perfect hotel. It is quick for customers to access any information they might need, and there is advice and inspiration from the millions of genuine customer reviews available through the app.”
With the app, customers are given the choice to pay for their hotel at the time of booking or once they arrive at the hotel, enabling customers to manage their travel budget and preferences. Further functionality means that customers can easily access their account to check future, current and past bookings without needing to be online.
Other upgrades to the app for iOS7 include improvements to the user experience when it comes to in-app access to Welcome Rewards, the award winning customer loyalty programme. Since its launch in the US and Latin America in 2008 and the extension to all sites worldwide in 2011, Welcome Rewards, the industry leading customer loyalty programme, has attracted more than 10 million members, who have collectively redeemed over 1 million free nights. The new update to the app now makes it even easier for users to navigate their Welcome Rewards account and reap the benefits of the service.
The apps offer customers access to more than 260,000 hotels worldwide in more than 25,000 destinations, more than 20,000 last minute deals, more than 10 million user reviews and last-minute hotel rooms close to their location and is available to download for iOS7 now.
About ( is a leading online accommodation booking website with more than 260,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Through its industry-leading loyalty programme Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels, subject to Welcome Rewards terms and conditions, as set out at Taxes and fees apply to the free night.

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February 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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Fuze by Acision is World’s First Rich Communication Client with WebRTC Integration

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BARCELONA, Spain, Mobile World Congress, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Acision’s OTT app provides messaging, sharing and beyond for superior user experience and new revenue generation opportunities
Acision, a global leader in mobile services, today announces the launch of Fuze, its new all-in-one, telco-friendly rich communication client for messaging, sharing and beyond. Fuze combines all of today’s over-the-top (OTT) messaging capabilities such as chat, file sharing, video and VoIP, alongside integration with WebRTC, content channels and See-What-I-See, as well as a unique split screen user experience (UX) for media sharing and easy content drag & drop. Fuze is RCS compliant, so meets standards set by the GSMA, and includes SMS and MMS fall back, allowing users to interact with friends without Fuze or when a broadband data connection is unavailable.
As a white-label solution, Fuze by Acision is available for both iOS and Android, and can be customised and branded by operators and enterprises, whether that be for an operator’s subscriber base or a brand’s customers or employees. The application features and content can be configured a la carte and regionalised for language and iconography. The unique, multi-dimensional split-screen provides an optimised experience, allowing users to have two private chats simultaneously, or a concurrent chat and content viewing with instant sharing via a drag-and-drop option between screens – enabling true multi-tasking. In addition, a user can sign up to RSS feeds and their favourite media content channels and brands, providing monetisation opportunities through both sponsored and premium content offerings.
Fuze by Acision is complemented by Acision Fusion, which provides the backend cloud infrastructure and makes it the most comprehensive end-to-end communication solution on the market today. Acision Fusion supports features such as store and forward, fall back to SMS, message archiving and fall back to notifications. However, one of the key features of the Fuze and Fusion consolidation is integration to WebRTC, supporting contextual communications in real-time and providing massive cost savings for any business that requires peer-to-peer communication without the costly telecom infrastructure. What is also significant for the enterprise and developer community is that the Fuze SDK will also be available via the Acision Forge API platform, being launched in parallel with Fuze, meaning native app development and tailoring can be accelerated for iOS and Android operating systems.
Commenting on the launch of Fuze, Adolfo Hernandez, CEO at Acision, said: “With Fuze we’re bringing the true meaning of ‘anywhere, anytime’ communication to reality by offering the richest user experience with fully integrated WebRTC. Back-ended with Acision Fusion, Fuze is a world first for the industry, as it incorporates all the functionality of OTT clients on the market today but with the added extras that end-users, operators and enterprises are looking for.”
“In the new age of the consumer, operators have suffered from a lack of agility when compared to other OTT providers, and have been looking for the answer that will enable them to launch a superior service which meets users’ growing demands and helps them lead the rich communication charge. Fuze not only provides them with an opportunity to leverage their huge user base, but gives them the most advanced client solution, as well as a channel to communicate with customers and generate additional revenue in a very challenging industry environment,” concluded JF Sullivan, EVP Product Management and CMO, Acision.
To find out more about Fuze or see our live demo, please visit Acision at Mobile World Congress in Hall 8 at stand 8.1A41 (App planet).
About Acision
Acision connects the world by powering relevant, seamless mobile services that interoperate across all IP platforms and enrich the user experience creating value and new communication opportunities for carriers, enterprises and consumers around the world.
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Source: Acision

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February 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Announcing ULTURA(TM) – The Most Established New Name in High Recovery Membrane Technologies

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– New Brand Launches for Integrated Rochem, Sepro Membranes and APTwater Businesses
LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Three established names in the membrane business: Rochem, Sepro and APTwater re-launch today under one new consolidated brand name – ULTURA™.
At the launch, John Kaestle, CEO of ULTURA Inc., declared that this integration creates a new force in high recovery membrane technologies specializing in the most difficult to treat and valuable waters. He advised that ULTURA’s focus markets would include rare earths and mining, treatment of the complex cocktails of leachate from landfill sites, on-vessel gray/black water treatment and desalination for delicate marine ecosystems, electro-coating for the automotive industry, food and dairy and advanced process separations for life sciences.
Michael Froud, CGO of ULTURA, commented “Our combined portfolio of products and services will allow us to pursue our vision of becoming the only truly full-service membrane technology company to specialize solely on the difficult-to-treat and valuable waters segment. With 2500+ installations worldwide, an established presence in the Americas and EMEA plus our growing Asia team based out of Singapore and Shanghai, we will provide our customers with one of the largest pools of dedicated expertise in the world.”
New product development announcements in the functionalized membrane space and new service offerings such as off-balance sheet funding of design-build-own-operate-maintain (DBOOM) schemes are expected shortly as ULTURA leverages its in-house membrane research and development facility in Oceanside, CA.
ULTURA represents the ultimate in high recovery membrane technologies where waste and process waters are most challenging across the world. Where other membrane technologies struggle to deliver, ULTURA ensures consistently world-leading recovery rates with a reputation for low maintenance, extraordinary service and the flexibility to support customers in their pursuit of improved efficiencies under tighter discharge consents with improved return on investment. For more information, please visit
Media Contact: Andrew Simon, ULTURA, +1 (562) 661-4999
Source: ULTURA

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February 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

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