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FutureDial and Sun Corporation acquire Cellebrite

FutureDial Incorporated, the leader of mobile device management solutions to wireless carriers around the world, announced that the company and one of its major shareholders – Sun Corporation in Japan – have completed the acquisition of all of the assets of Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization, Ltd, an Israel-based provider of mobile content transfer solutions previously held by private investors. Financial details of the Cellebrite buyout deal were not disclosed.

According to George Huang, FutureDial Chairman and CEO, the acquisition is a concrete step toward executing the company vision of providing a host of industry-leading mobile content management solutions. “We see FutureDial and Cellebrite solutions as complementary offerings that, when integrated, provide more comprehensive value to wireless carriers and retail stores than either of us alone. We are excited to join forces with the Cellebrite team to create better solutions to meet the market needs.”

Mr. Shu Gan, VP of Marketing and Product Management at FutureDial, said that “We have identified Cellebrite as a valuable complement to our product line in the rapidly growing wireless industry. Working together we expect to achieve greater market success that brings even higher return to our development efforts.”

“We are impressed by the accomplishment of Cellebrite in the past few years in penetrating the wireless carriers with its Point-Of-Sales products,” added Mr. Randy Osborne, FutureDial’s V.P. of Worldwide Sales. “The partnership will provide both companies with new resources and synergy that further accelerate market adoption and product expansion.”

FutureDial and Sun Corporation acquire CellebriteEstablished in 1999, Cellebrite offered contact synchronization and content transfer tools for mobile phones, for use by wireless carrier sales support staff in retail stores. Its UME-24 and UME-36-Pro series are widely adopted by many carrier stores due to their simplicity and ease of operation.

For FutureDial, the Cellebrite acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic moves this year, at a time that the company is enjoying increasing success among major global wireless carriers and wireless retailers with the new release of its web based client-server Retail Management Solution (TM) (RMS 3.0). FutureDial RMS enables store staff to provide mobile phone content transfer and backup services, while providing centralized management, reporting, and billing capabilities for carriers to manage the operations and generate additional service revenues. An initiative is already underway to leverage the synergies between FutureDial and Cellebrite technologies to create a joint offer that provides added value to the customers of both companies.

About Futuredial: Founded in 1999, FutureDial is a privately held software company focused on developing mobile device content management solutions that increase both revenue and customer satisfaction for the world’s leading wireless carriers. With its mission of “One Solution, All Devices,” FutureDial enables wireless carriers around the world to simplify and enhance operations in retail stores, service centers and warehouses. On the Web: www.futuredial.com

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Internet Emerges as Study Aid, not Detractor, for College Students

As millions of college freshman head to campus, a new study reveals that students are stocking their book bag, or rather their computer bag, with online study tools to stay ahead in class. The survey of 896 currently enrolled college students underwritten by Houghton Mifflin Company found that more than half (59 percent) of college students surveyed said they use online study tools to keep up with course work and prepare for exams.

Online quizzing is the most popular online study aid, with 78 percent of students saying they use this tool. Almost as popular are online course outlines that accompany textbooks, with two-thirds of students reporting that they download these study-aids. Rounding out students’ online ‘book bag’ are video tutorials (29 percent), online tutoring (24 percent) and online study groups (16 percent).

Internet Emerges as Study Aid, not Detractor, for College Students “Online study tools are a new resource that today’s wired students can take advantage of that past generations didn’t have access to,” said Katie Rose, who heads research and marketing for Houghton Mifflin College Division. “We’re finding that students are increasingly using online study tools in tandem with their textbooks.”

Old School, New School: eBooks are another digital study tool gaining in popularity, with more than one-third of students saying they would buy an eBook version of a textbook. Whether in paper or digital form, students place a high value on their textbooks. More than two-thirds said they believe having the assigned texts helps them get better grades, and for 75 percent, price is not a primary purchase barrier.

Professor Jeffery Vail, assistant professor of humanities at Boston University, offers this advice to incoming college freshman: “First-semester students can do some relatively simple things to get ahead in the study game, such as taking ‘freestyle’ notes during class and then editing them into outline form later. Honing in on key points and weeding out less important information early on makes studying easier down the road.”

“In my 15 years of teaching, I’ve found that good study habits are inevitably linked to better academic performance. This is as true for freshman as it is for returning students,” he said.

Houghton Mifflin, a leading educational publisher, reports that student usage of textbooks sold with companion online learning tools has increased 100 percent from 2004-2006. Using companion online tools is easy. Students receive a free online access code with their new textbook.

Internet Emerges as Study Aid, not Detractor, for College Students From “Animal House” to Honor Roll: Parents of college students can breathe a sigh of relief. The study reveals that today’s students have surprisingly good study habits. Still, some succumb to age-old distractions.

  • Do students really welcome every distraction? In fact, the majority (65 percent) of students said they use discipline, focus and a lock on their door for privacy during exam week. Not surprisingly, distractions of choice for students are (1) music/other entertainment (44 percent), (2) the computer (43 percent) and (3) caffeine, sugar/food (36 percent).

  • Are students really last-minute crammers? There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that 55 percent of students report studying throughout the semester … but this means that 44 percent are not. Still, only 18 percent called themselves ‘crammers,’ and only 6 percent said they don’t study at all.

  • Are students really late night learners? The majority (49 percent) of students actually said mid-day is their favorite study time, followed by 35 percent who prefer to study in the late night/dawn hours. “To no one’s surprise, only 12 percent of college students said they prefer to study in the early morning, which just goes to show that students really are not morning people,” said Rose.

Survey Methodology: The results of this survey, underwritten by the Houghton Mifflin College Division through third-party Packaged Facts syndicated research author and youth/family market research expert Marta Loeb, are based on a representative national telephone and Internet survey of 896 students currently enrolled in college. The survey was conducted July 12-16, 2007. The margin of error is + or – 5 percent.

About Houghton Mifflin: Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with more than $1.4 billion in sales. The Company publishes a comprehensive set of educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. In 2006, Houghton Mifflin merged with Riverdeep, bringing together one of the most respected print publishers with the leader in interactive courseware. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. To learn more about Houghton Mifflin, visit www.hmco.com.

About Houghton Mifflin College Division: The Houghton Mifflin College Division publishes textbooks, study guides, online tools and other study-support materials primarily for introductory-level college courses, for students at four-year, community and career colleges and universities.

Online Video revolutionizing how Companies Recruit

New Yorkers braved yesterday’s heat to take advantage of the opportunity to record free online video resumes, when the world’s first career TV-website, CareerTV.com, launched big in Times Square.

“It felt a bit weird doing it. But, being in the advertising industry, I believe online video resumes can really help me when applying for a job,” said Nina Ribbenklint, who completed her resume in just a few takes, despite many curious onlookers.

Online Video revolutionizing how Companies Recruit Best-selling author and career/workplace expert, Stephen Viscusi, states that we can expect to see more of online video resumes in the future. The technology is inexpensive and easy to use, and the online video resume has several advantages over traditional written resumes. “I call them ‘resumes on steroids’,” says Stephen Viscusi. “Employers receive such a large number of applications that one needs to grab the attention of the potential employer quickly, and that is exactly what online video resumes do.”

Another plus according to Viscusi, is that the applicant’s persona comes through in an online video resume. “In recruiting, personality and chemistry are very important. If candidates presents well in an online video resume, the employer will be more likely to offer an interview even if they, for example, lack the preferred work experience. A written resume rarely provides that opportunity,” says Viscusi, who estimates that an online video resume will score an applicant 20 percent more job interviews.

Just as job hunters are starting to post video profiles on the internet, prominent companies are now making use of the web’s latest format to promote themselves to potential applicants. “The recruiting world is always evolving and videos help candidates understand our company culture and what separates us from the competition, so they can tell if we would be a good fit for them,” says Larry Nash, Recruiting Director of Branding & Communications, Ernst & Young.

Ernst & Young, Google, JP Morgan, Walt Disney, L’Oreal, FBI, Apple, and BMW are just a few of the many top organizations that are using video clips to offer an inside perspective on their businesses via CareerTV.com.

According to Dr. John Sullivan, Professor of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University, online videos are an effective tool for companies wanting to market themselves towards professionals, “Videos have that ‘wow’ factor that regular ads don’t have, and unlike print ads, online viewer-ship can be tracked.”

Lars-Henrik Molin is the CEO and founder of CareerTV.com. “Online videos enable candidates and employers to interact in an effective way that wasn’t possible before, and more and more people will discover the many benefits. Online video is the future in recruiting.”

About CareerTV: CareerTV.com is the first and only global interactive TV and video website designed to help college students and young professionals develop long- lasting, successful careers within the world’s top companies. In 2008, the company is planning to launch a CareerTV Cable Station. CareerTV.com is a sister company to Universum – the global employer branding leader. Universum’s independent research is cited by CNN, Fortune, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and many others.

Minekey secures $3 Million from NEA IndoUS Ventures

Minekey, a provider of online content discovery and recommendation services, today announced it has completed a $3 million Series A Round of venture capital financing led by NEA IndoUS Ventures.

“Content discovery and personalization is the new frontier of online media,” said Vinod Dham, founding partner of NEA IndoUS Ventures and acknowledged father of the Pentium microprocessor. “Minekey’s innovative technology was built in collaboration with a team of top tier scientists and engineers at IIT, the leading technology institute in India. So far, we’re delighted by the very positive customer response.”

Minekey secures $3 Million from NEA IndoUS Ventures

┬áMinekey’s content discovery service provides highly personalized article recommendations based on what someone is looking at or has read in the past. “Most companies in this space achieve results for their clients through collaborative filtering, which looks at aggregated data and wisdom of crowds rather than specific interests,” said Carla Thompson, a leading analyst at Guidewire Group. “Minekey’s robust discovery service integrates behavioral targeting, contextual matching, personalization affinity and the collective wisdom of the experts, to ensure that users get content specifically relevant to their needs.”

The company was created, said Minekey CEO Delip Andra, to solve the number one challenge facing the average internet user: information overload. “People are overwhelmed by the volume of news stories and work-related information that they have to manage everyday online, much of which is not immediately relevant to their interests or needs,” said Andra. “Minekey’s Recommendations Widget helps users discover personally relevant information they would not have found on their own.”

Minekey enables both small blogs and large media companies to deliver personalized content. “Online publishers can improve their user experience and increase page views by deploying Minekey’s content recommendations service,” said MyWire Founder and CEO Louis Borders, an early beta customer of Minekey. “It was easy to implement and increased our click-through rate measurably.”

Publishers also have the opportunity to syndicate content via the widgets deployed on Minekey’s fast-growing blog network to dramatically increase traffic and revenue.

About Minekey: Minekey enables content discovery on blogs and websites. Minekey’s Recommendations Widget delivers personalized content to users, based on what they are currently reading or have read before. The service enables publishers and bloggers to surface the most relevant content for each online user, which results in an improved user experience, greater stickiness, increased page views and higher revenue. Founded by Delip Andra in 2005, Minekey was incubated at IIT Kharagpur, India’s leading technology institute. Minekey, headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, is funded by NEA IndoUS ventures. For more information, visit: www.minekey.com.

About NEA-IndoUS Ventures: NEA-IndoUS Ventures is a venture capital firm based out of the US and India. Co-founded by Vinod K. Dham and Vani Kola, the firm invests in businesses that leverage accelerated, long-term growth prospects and capital efficiencies. For additional information, visit www.neaiuv.com.

Facebook enables Search and Share for Documents

Starting today, Facebook users will be able to publish, upload and share documents with their Facebook friends – right from Facebook – with ThinkFree Docs, an application created by ThinkFree, developer of the first online office productivity suite.

ThinkFree Docs on Facebook is the first service that provides an easy way to view office documents in your Facebook network with true Microsoft Office compatibility.

Facebook enables Search and Share for Documents“We looked at what was out there and decided we could make it easier and more intuitive,” said TJ Kang, CEO of ThinkFree. “With ThinkFree Docs, we have integrated user-generated document publishing and sharing with the social networking capabilities of Facebook. There’s no need to go to a separate site, and you can easily share your documents with your friends – without losing the formatting you painstakingly put in.”

Imagine being on Facebook and collaborating on your class project without ever leaving the site. Or sharing a recipe or a script for one of your groups – without ever leaving the site. That is what ThinkFree Docs makes possible – all without losing formatting.

Users already share original documents on ThinkFree Docs. Professors post homework, and students post collaborative assignments and papers. Cooks post recipes, and gardeners share planting schedules. Authors post stories and poems, while lawyers and others post prototypical documents like wills. Business and marketing people share presentations — all in the free, ThinkFree Online format, which provides the best roundtrip compatibility to Office documents anywhere.

That is what ThinkFree can bring to Facebook’s 30 million registered users. For more information and to add the application to your Facebook profile, see the ThinkFree company blog at http://blog.thinkfree.com.

“ThinkFree Docs is already becoming a mini-universe of interesting content for its users,” said ZDNet Blogger and ThinkFree advisor Marc Orchant. “It makes perfect sense to harness that for Facebook users, who can share with as many or as few friends as they like — without ever leaving the Facebook site.”

With ThinkFree Docs on Facebook, you can:

  • Search for friends’ Docs
  • Upload original Docs from your computer to ‘My Docs’, or create your own Docs in ThinkFree Docs
  • Publish your own Doc right from Facebook
  • Share your Docs with your friends
  • Link directly from Facebook to the larger sharing capabilities of ThinkFree Docs

ThinkFree is already offering to its users ThinkFree Online, a free service where users can edit their presentations, spreadsheets and word processing documents – which can make life even easier for Facebook users.

“This generation is one of the first to ‘cut the cord’ and not use a landline telephone,” noted Kang. “We hope to make it easy for them to not need a conventional desktop office productivity suite, either. We want ThinkFree to be where people need it to be.”

For more information, visit www.thinkfree.com

Kaufman named America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneur

Ben Kaufman, founder of mophie, has been named the “Coolest Young Entrepreneur” by Inc. Magazine in their annual feature “30 under 30”; a list of the country’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Kaufman was given top honors for his ingenious approach to business and product development. Ben started mophie in 2005 at the age of 18 with the goal of making a “funky product development company based on good people and great ideas”.

Kaufman named America's Coolest Young EntrepreneurAs the company and its product line have grown Ben has sought to open up the development process to more and more people because he has realized that “everyone has an idea”. Today mophie is developing Illuminator, a web based community that will connect people with ideas to people that can develop those ideas into real products. The Illuminator concept was first tested at MacWorld 2007, where thousands of attendees were invited to submit their ideas for new iPod products and mophie developed the best ideas as voted upon by the community. The great success of that first Illuminator test encouraged Ben to continue to grow his open sourced community based product development process and to branch out from the iPod market.

“It is so cool to have been selected by Inc. Magazine,” said Kaufman, “As the Illuminator project takes shape, this acknowledgment further validates the fact that everyone in the world has an idea and is waiting for the perfect way to get that idea out of their heads and into the world.” mophie is now working to bring this process online and apply it to virtually any decision making activity.

For more information, visit http://www.mophie.com

New Technology Means Safer Buildings

A new technology from Applied Science International, developed to analyze the behavior of structures exposed to terrorist explosions and unplanned or natural disasters, was announced today by the Homeland Defense Journal. It is expected that this breakthrough will revolutionize how buildings are designed, remodeled and secured especially in the wake of the latest terrorist attacks in London and elsewhere.

Imagine a truck loaded with the equivalent of 4,000 pounds of explosives parking at the curb near the center of a 9-story building. Within 5 seconds of detonation the building is in ruins, having totally collapsed. The explosion takes out a supporting column causing the failure of a main girder and the progressive collapse of the building above. At the end of the day there are 168 confirmed dead and 853 people injured.

New Technology Means Safer BuildingsUntil now, structural engineers have been limited to an approach called the “Finite Element Method”, or FEM, to design buildings. The weakness of FEM- based models is that they bend but do not break; they deform but do not separate. It is not an accurate picture of what happens in reality. Finally, after 12 years of research and development, a new method termed the “Applied Element Method”, or AEM, has been completed, redefining how progressive collapse, seismic wave effect, high wind, glass and blast are viewed and analyzed by engineers.

“The building referred to was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Using ASI modeling, we now know that if the steel reinforcing bars in the main concrete girder had been doubled, the structure would have better withstood the blast and many more people would have survived,” said Edward di Girolamo, ASI’s Chief Executive Officer.

Knowing potential vulnerabilities of a design allows the making of more informed decisions on structural design and architectural layouts, determining building envelopes and perimeters, opting for alternate material selections, and even developing better security and safety procedures are among the many advantages di Girolamo pointed out.

AEM technology creates a near virtual reality movie depicting the structure’s behavior. By coupling this with ASI’s Extreme Loading for Structures(R) (ELS) software, a new era in securing buildings through a more thorough and viable vulnerability assessment process has been opened. “Vulnerability simulations come to life and are easily understood by engineer and non-engineer alike. Visualizing the assessment sets ASI’s method apart and gives owners and decision makers a clearer perspective on what they need to know to protect their people, their property and their future,” continued di Girolamo.

“For the first time, building owners, designers, architects, engineers, insurance underwriters, and security experts can see what will happen before an event takes place, whether it’s a bomb within a building’s perimeter, an earthquake underneath it, or a hurricane assaulting it from the side. “It is the world’s only real-time progressive collapse analysis software, and it can be used on any structure at any phase — from pre-construction design of structures such as towers, sports arenas and bridges to buildings scheduled for remodeling or demolition — there is no limit to its application.”

For more information about ASI’s new ELS and AES software and vulnerability assessment model visit http://www.homelanddefensejournal.com where a Special Report about ASI and its ground-breaking technology can be downloaded and a video of their technology can be viewed.