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02.28.2014 - University of Warwick Implements IT Service Management Best Practices and Optimises ServiceNow with TeamAssist from TeamUltra

View RealWire related news. The University will also benefit from its IT department underpinning its adoption of ITIL best practices with a world-leading IT Service Management platformBerkshire, ENGLAND, 28th February 2014: TeamUltra (, the UK's leading ServiceNow partner, today announced that University of Warwick, one of the UK's leading universities, has implemented IT Service Management best practices and optimised its use of ServiceNow using TeamAssist from TeamUltra.Warwick's IT Services department implemented ServiceNow in 2010 and uses it to deliver... Source: RealWire
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02.28.2014 - Logitech CFO Vincent Pilette to Present at Raymond James & Associates’ 35th Annual Institutional Investors Conference

View Logitech-Press related news. Dateline City: NEWARK, Calif. & LAUSANNE, Switzerland NEWARK, Calif. & LAUSANNE, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Logitech International (SIX: LOGN)(Nasdaq: LOGI) today announced that Vincent Pilette, Logitech chief financial officer, will present at the Raymond James & Associates’ 35th Annual Institutional Investors Conference on Tues. March 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes in Orlando, Florida. A live webcast and replay will be available on the Logitech corporate Web site at About Logitech Language: English Contact: Logitech InternationalJoe GreenhalghVice President, Investor Relations – USA510-713-4430orNancy MorrisonVice President, Corporate Communications – USA510-713-4948orLaura ScorzaSr. Public Relations Manager – Europe+41-(0) 21-863-5336 Ticker Slug: Ticker: LOGN Exchange: SWX Ticker: LOGI Exchange: NASDAQ read more
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02.27.2014 - Kirill Tatarinov to open Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014

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REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 27, 2014 Convergence 2014, Microsoft Corp.’s (Nasdaq “MSFT”) premier event for its business community, kicks off in Atlanta next week with an opening keynote by Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions Division.

Tatarinov’s keynote will highlight how businesses can deliver amazing experiences to their customers through business solutions. A broad range of customers will be featured in his keynote presentation, including Delta Air Lines, Lotus F1 Team, New Belgium Brewing Co., City Harvest Inc., Weight Watchers International Inc. and Chobani Inc. The keynote will also include new product demonstrations and discussions of how businesses can be successful in today’s fast-paced business environment where people are more connected and better informed than ever.

What: Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 keynote

Who: Kirill Tatarinov , executive vice president , Microsoft Business Solutions Division

When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9–10:30 a.m. EST

Where: Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) , Atlanta

Live Webcast

Information: The live webcast of the keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. EST. Viewers may access the webcast at


Information: A transcript will be available within 24 hours on the Convergence 2014 virtual pressroom.

Live broadcasts of general sessions of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions will also be available for viewing. A complete list of sessions and schedules is available at

More about Microsoft Dynamics customers Lotus F1 Team and Weight Watchers as prime examples of growing successful businesses that are transforming their organizations and benefiting from Microsoft’s business solutions can be found in a feature story titled “Customers win with continued Microsoft Dynamics collaboration.

More information and news from Convergence 2014 is available at Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSFTDynamics and @MSFTConvergence using #CONV14.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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02.27.2014 - Los Angeles Unified School District selects Office 365 for faculty and staff

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REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 27, 2014 — The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the U.S., has selected Microsoft Office 365 as its faculty and staff email solution through implementation provided by SADA Systems, a Microsoft National Systems Integrator with Gold Competency. LAUSD chose Office 365 over competitors’ offerings due to the reliability, flexibility and security features of the service, as well as the opportunity to reduce the amount of time the district’s IT team spends on maintaining its infrastructure.

“With Office 365, we are supported by an integrated communication and collaboration platform that helps us work more efficiently and deliver better outcomes for teachers, administrators and students,” said Ron Chandler, chief information officer, LAUSD. “It also aligns with our vision for the district to move away from relying solely on our datacenter; the cloud enables us to free up resources and devote them to other mission-critical activities.”

Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to educational institutions, helping save time and money while helping increase faculty productivity through a rich set of privacy, security and protection capabilities. It also allows users to collaborate, interact and share documents online, communicate easily via videoconferencing and instant messaging, and access email from many types of devices in virtually any location.

“Microsoft’s unique focus on data security and privacy was key to our decision to partner with them on this deployment,” said Hovig Safoian, chief technology officer, SADA Systems. “We believe cloud technology can transform education, empowering faculty and students to achieve more. LAUSD is incredibly important to us because they are leading technical modernization within school districts by moving to the cloud.”

In addition to providing the trusted and familiar experience of Office, the district also realized Office 365 would offer added benefits should a disaster ever strike Los Angeles, which is prone to earthquakes, fires and other natural calamities. Through the new technology, the district could connect remotely with teachers and staff to keep them apprised of breaking news and other districtwide communications, all while ensuring robust security and privacy for potentially confidential and sensitive information.

“An innovative and forward-thinking district is one that supports the modernization of its schools for the benefit of its faculty, staff and ultimately its students,” said Margo Day, vice president of U.S. Education, Microsoft. “There is no doubt that the Los Angeles Unified School District is leading the way in advancing educational processes through cloud technology.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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02.27.2014 - Industry-Leading Applications Awarded Certifications to AMD FirePro R5000 GPU Cloud Solution

View AMD related news. Today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that the AMD FirePro™ R5000 remote graphics card has been fully tested and certified by Autodesk®, Bentley®, Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM software, empowering  secure and remote professional graphics application performance in the cloud. The AMD FirePro™ R5000 is a single-card remote graphics solution certifi...
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02.25.2014 - Android Awesomeness Comes to Retail with a New Dual-OS BlueStacks Solution Optimized for AMD

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pic_c_25.jpgAMD’s collaboration with BlueStacks to enable a virtualized “Android on Windows” solution on OEM platforms optimized for AMD has received a tremendous amount of interest since its announcement at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. OEMs are excited by the benefits of our approach:


  • Enables PCs to run both Windows and Android applications at the same time
  • Share files between Windows and Android
  • Eliminates the needs for OEMs to run separate driver test and support processes for the two OS’s

Today at Mobile World Congress (MWC) we announced that the optimized-for-AMD BlueStacks dual-OS experience will soon be available directly to consumers through select retailers. Expected to begin in Q2, end users will be able to transform their supported AMD-based PCs into versatile devices that run Android and Windows applications side by side just by installing this new software solution.
But wait you say…Users can download the award winning free BlueStacks App Player today to get the ability to run both Android and Windows apps on a PC.  So what’s the difference?
BlueStacks actually offers three products: BlueStacks GamePop for TV, BlueStacks App Player for PC, and the new, BlueStacks dual-OS solution for select AMD-based PCs. Let’s take a closer look.
1.  BlueStacks GamePop for TV brings mobile gaming to your TV. This subscription-based product and gaming service includes the GamePop console, a controller, and 500 top games from mobile that are constantly updated and refreshed with new titles.  It essentially brings mobile gaming to your TV. See for more info. Apu Kumar, SVP and GM for GamePop will also be at MWC for press, channel, and OEM briefings and can be reached at via email ( or twitter (@apu_kumar).
2.  BlueStacks App Player for PC is a free download from It has the same user interface as GamePop and allows users to play some Android apps on their PC or Mac.  See for more info.player.jpg
3.  But it’s the third item--the new, premium Android on Windows dual-OS product—that has everyone at MWC talking. This solution is not just a player; it is a  “dual OS solution” and it is available only for select AMD-based PCs.  It leads the pack when it comes to incorporating performance optimizations and supporting the latest Android releases, versions of Windows, and newest app titles. For example, the new release will be available for Windows 8.1 (the free player mentioned above is Windows 8.0 only); will be based on a newer Android OS release (“Jellybean” versus “Ice Cream Sandwich”); and will include the latest optimizations to leverage AMD compute power . premium.jpg
The premium product gives the full native Android User Interface experience. Not only can you run the latest apps, but through the familiar Android UI you can customize your settings, background, preferences, and alerts. Virtually everything you do on your Android device can now be done on your PC. You also get full support for the peripherals that are typically leveraged in mobile apps. That means you can take advantage of camera, GPS, accelerometer, and other components in your PC device, just as you would their equivalents in an Android phone or tablet.  Simply stated, this new offering brings the full Android mobile UI and app experience to your PC.

 With this solution, Android and Windows are running side by side. You can jump between your Word doc and Angry Birds without breaking stride. Best of all, the Android interface can see right into the Windows file system. Peer into your Windows picture folders and add them to Instagram through the Android interface in just one step.So where does AMD fit into this?
Here are some highlights of AMD-specific optimizations of the new BlueStacks premium dual-OS solution, Optimized for AMD:

  • Many low-level microarchitecture-specific performance optimizations designed to leverage AMD APUs. Included in this are zero-copy optimizations for shared memory, floating point unit code tuning, optimizations for faster context switching, state caching, and more. These optimizations are not only designed to increase performance, but also to save power.

  • AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™) technology support. The premium product has a multi-OS runtime at its heart, with innovative BlueStacks virtualization technology that leverages AMD’s specific hardware extensions designed to perform repetitive tasks normally performed by the CPU and therefore improve resource use and virtual machine (VM) performance.  This boils down to enabling minimal overhead for a great user performance experience, even on small, low power APUs.

  • Media playback. The premium product leverages AMD’s Unified Video Decode (UVD) silicon, a fixed-function logic block that again, is designed to improve resource use and improve performance when playing back  videos.

Indeed, all these optimizations are designed to streamline the overall user experience for more responsive operation. There is so much exciting potential in this solution, we will look forward to sharing more as it comes to market!
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 Clarice Simmons is a Senior Marketing Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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02.25.2014 - Community Healthcare Network provides reliable, quality care with Office 365 despite extreme weather

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REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 2 5 , 2014 Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a group of nonprofit community health centers providing medical, dental and social services in neighborhoods throughout New York, has selected Microsoft Office 365 and email in the cloud to keep its business and healthcare teams running smoothly and to help enable seamless communication in crisis situations.

“Prior to selecting Office 365, in emergency situations, our health teams were more at risk of losing communication with each other and not being able to help those most in need,” said Catherine Abate, CHN’s president and CEO. “With Office 365, if a weather emergency hits, we’re able to use the power of the cloud to help maintain email and server connectivity, keep our operations moving forward, and stay in contact with our staff members and other organizations so we can focus on helping patients.”

When Hurricane Sandy hit, CHN lost its on-premises email communications, which wreaked havoc on an organization that relies heavily on email to coordinate with health teams and manage healthcare operations. Once the storm was over and email was restored, CHN decided to look at moving the entire organization to the cloud permanently to help avoid similar adverse situations in the future. Office 365 not only provided virtually anytime, anywhere access to an increasingly mobile workforce, it also helped ensure HIPAA compliance and a commitment to maintaining the highest security and privacy standards. In addition, Office 365 has helped improve the efficiencies of CHN’s electronic medical records (EMRs).

“Even since the beginning of 2014, we’ve experienced some significant winter weather here in New York, but despite the weather, we’ve been able to keep everything up and running thanks to the cloud,” said Jason Pomaski, CHN’s assistant vice president of Technology. “Office 365 has really transformed how our organization is able to provide care and respond to emergencies by keeping us connected in a highly secure, user-friendly way.”

CHN provides confidential care to men, women and children, regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay. The nonprofit has a mobile workforce that serves four boroughs with 11 health centers, along with a mobile medical van, and it helps more than 75,000 people per year. CHN is also called upon by state and local governments as a responder to natural disasters and potential health emergencies, which makes reliable communications imperative.

Microsoft and CHN made the announcement as part of the annual HIMSS Conference, the nation’s largest health IT event of the year. From empowering easier collaboration among healthcare teams to securing virtually anytime, anywhere access to vital health information, Microsoft Office 365 capabilities are better equipping healthcare organizations to deliver care for patients.

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom. For more information on Microsoft’s presence at HIMSS 2014, visit the Microsoft in Health newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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02.25.2014 - AMD and BlueStacks to Bring New Dual-OS Android Solution to Retail

View AMD related news. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at Mobile World Congress announced the retail availability of a new BlueStacks dual-OS Android solution, optimized for AMD APUs, with expected consumer availability in the second half of 2014. The AMD and BlueStacks joint solution brings the complete Google Android™ OS experience to select Microsoft® Windo...
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02.25.2014 - IGEL UK Channel Partners Recognized for Record Thin and Zero Client Business Growth

View RealWire related news. IGEL's 100% channel strategy drives growth for partner networkReading, UK February 25th, 2014 - IGEL channel partners have been recognized with awards from the thin and zero client manufacturer for their outstanding business performance in 2013. Ultima Business Solutions was awarded IGEL Business Partner of the Year 2013 for its record 234% year-on-year growth.Regional awards went to EACS in the Midlands. Intercept in London, Cetus in the North and West and Deverills in the South.... Source: RealWire
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02.25.2014 - IGEL fastest growing thin and zero client leader in UK & Ireland in 2013, reports analyst IDC

View RealWire related news. IGEL reports 58% and 150% year-on-year growth in UK & Ireland respectivelyReading, UK February 25th, 2014 - IGEL Technology has been recognized as the fastest growing of the top 5 thin client manufacturers in the UK & Ireland in 2013, according to the latest report from analyst group International Data Corporation (IDC). With year-on-year growth of 58% in the UK and 150% in Ireland, the German dedicated thin client hardware and software vendor was the... Source: RealWire
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02.25.2014 - AMD Brings Immersive Graphics to Embedded Applications with the New AMD Embedded Radeon™ E8860 GPU

View AMD related news. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Embedded Radeon™E8860 GPU (codenamed “Adelaar”), the industry’s first discrete graphics card based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture designed specifically to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. With more than doub...
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02.24.2014 - PostgreSQL participating in Google Summer of Code 2014

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The PostgreSQL project has again been selected to take part in Summer of Code for 2014. Google will be funding several students to work with mentors from our project in order to hack PostgreSQL code for the summer.

Applications for students open March 10th. Our Summer Of Code page has all the information you need about applying this year.

If you are connected with a university, please make sure that students know about this opportunity. If you are a student, please apply!

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02.24.2014 - Lafuma and ViewRanger Partner in France on App for Outdoor Adventures

View RealWire related news. Ultimate app for French outdoor enthusiasts; Used and trusted by search and rescue teamsCambridge, UK; Anneyron, France - 24th February 2014 - French outdoor sports brand Lafuma, specialized in trail running, trekking and hiking equipment, and ViewRanger, the leading app for outdoor enthusiasts, have confirmed a deal that sees the two companies co-operating to deliver the ultimate mapping and navigation app for outdoor enthusiasts in France.The deal sees the highly popular ViewRanger app co-branded with... Source: RealWire
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02.24.2014 - Mimecast certifies first 100 UK partners for cloud migration

View RealWire related news. Technical certification supports partners with cloud migration projectsLondon, UK - 24th February 2014 - Today, Mimecast, the leading supplier of cloud-based email archiving, security and continuity for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, announced that over 100 of its UK channel partners have been recognised as 'Mimecast Certified Technical Specialists' after completing training in managing Mimecast cloud migration projects. Mimecast's certification programme means customers wanting to migrate to the cloud know they can entrust the management... Source: RealWire
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02.23.2014 - DockPort: Plugging into the Future with AMD Innovation

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Heading into Mobile World Congress (Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain), we’re excited about highlighting AMD innovation on the world’s foremost tech mobility stage.  As part of our preparation for MWC, we put together a featured list of our YouTube videos, and included our new DockPort video to this list. In an overwhelming show of support for this technology, this video received over 30,000 views in its first week on YouTube and garnered several media stories underscoring the tremendous potential of this concept.

 DockPort is an AMD idea which utilizes DisplayPort with a DockPort extension to enable video, data and power over one connector. This technology was recently adopted by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) to be added as an official extension to the existing DisplayPort standard.  It has also been implemented by Texas Instruments in their DockPort controller.

 DockPort is an integral part of our 2014 CES Innovation Award-winning “Discovery Project,” which showcases our new low-power APU codenamed “Mullins” in a high-performance table, gaming cradle and dock. The “Discovery Project” is a proof-of-concept design demonstrating AMD’s capability to bring rich media experiences to small form factor devices. Streaming and sharing rich media being central to “Discovery Project” means that connectivity to the outside world is critical. DockPort allows easy connection to multiple external devices while optimizing portability.

 DockPort is just one example of AMD’s philosophy of innovation and open standards. AMD’s founding of the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation (HSA Foundation) underscores our commitment to providing developers with powerful programming tools. AMD’s open ecosystem approach to security enables users to be secure, while benefitting from ongoing innovation in the security community. Learn more about all the ways AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow at

 AMD is committed to pioneering the technologies that will enable people to push the limits of what’s possible. If you are in Barcelona, come by and see what the “Discovery Project” and DockPort can do at AMD’s booth at Mobile World Congress, Hall 5, Stand 5J41.

 Steve Belt is Corporate Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Solutions Enablement at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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02.23.2014 - Microsoft adds nine new Windows Phone hardware partners

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BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 23, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. on Sunday announced nine new hardware partners for Windows Phone and direct access to tools that will broaden the portfolio of devices for consumers and introduce new price points to accelerate growth in key markets. In addition to existing partners — Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei — Microsoft has announced it is now working with Foxconn, Gionee, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE to develop on the Windows Phone platform.

With this latest news, Microsoft is now working with seven of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in the world in addition to leading brands in China, India and Taiwan, representing more than 56 percent of the addressable market globally (IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, 2013). Customers can expect to see an even broader array of devices, from iconic to lower-cost options, coming to market.

“We are pleased to add these new partners to our expanding Windows Phone ecosystem. They will be key contributors to continued growth across price points and geographies for Windows Phone,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM Division at Microsoft.

Windows Phone is the fastest-growing smartphone operating system, according to IDC, and posted the largest increase for 2013 (90.9 percent), more than doubling the growth of the overall market during the year.

Microsoft also unveiled expanded hardware support that provides more flexibility so Windows Phone partners can build devices to meet the unique needs of their region or customer segments. Microsoft is adding support for Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 and 400 processors by Qualcomm Technologies Inc. with options that support various major cellular technologies, including LTE (TDD/FDD), HSPA+, EVDO and TD-SCMA. Windows Phone will also support soft keys and dual SIM, critical requirements particularly in Asian markets. These changes allow for manufacturing partners to easily leverage existing design investments to diversify their portfolio to include Windows Phone devices, including larger screen phablets.

On Sunday, Microsoft launched the Windows Hardware Partner Portal, which is designed to speed up device commercialization while minimizing development costs. Speed and economies are especially important for manufacturers needing to compete and win in the dynamic high-volume smartphone segment. The Windows Hardware Partner Portal is now open to all smartphone device manufacturers to learn about and begin the process to develop on the Windows Phone platform. Windows Phone device manufacturers will also be able to leverage the great services Microsoft has to offer in that market, which could include Office Mobile, Skype, Xbox and Bing; a growing app catalog; and features like Live Tiles and People Hub, which make Windows Phone so uniquely personal.

To further help enable smartphone device manufacturers to quickly and easily broaden their portfolio to include Windows Phone devices, Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies are collaborating to give OEMs and ODMs that are working with the various Qualcomm Reference Designs for Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors direct access to Microsoft tools, content and adaptation kits to build devices on the Windows Phone platform. With Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies, through its Qualcomm Reference Design program, delivering the building blocks to help design and build Windows Phones, Microsoft hardware partners will be able to focus on differentiating their offering based on apps and services. Device manufacturers will now be able to choose from hundreds of ways to customize their Windows Phone devices while keeping the consistently high-quality experience that the Windows Phone platform provides.

“We are making it easier, faster and more affordable for partners to develop a Windows Phone,” Parker said.

The well-established Qualcomm Reference Design program offers Qualcomm Technologies’ leading technical innovation, differentiated hardware and software, easy customization options that save engineering costs, access to an ecosystem of hardware providers, and testing and acceptance readiness for regional and leading operator requirements.

The expanded Windows Phone ecosystem will also provide mobile operators and retail partners with additional opportunities to offer white-label Windows Phone devices under their own brands. Mobile operators will also have more options to build custom apps and services for their Windows Phone devices that increase customer satisfaction, retention rates and revenue streams.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

The information contained in this press release relates to a pre-release software product that may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the software product when first commercially released. The press release is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the press release or the information contained in it.

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02.23.2014 - Symantec Rolls Out New Solutions to Keep Mobile Devices More Secure

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02.22.2014 - Microsoft mobility solutions transform electronic medical record pains into productivity and patient care gains

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ORLANDO , Fla. Feb. 24 , 201 4 — The ability for clinicians to seamlessly collaborate and have mobile, instant and fully functional access to everything from electronic medical records (EMRs) to EKGs is critical in today’s changing world of healthcare. Monday, at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. showcased how a wide range of health organizations, including prominent partners like Epic and AirStrip, have improved care team collaboration and productivity, expanded mobility, and enhanced patient care through new Windows 8.1 devices and apps and Windows Embedded solutions. With the Windows 8.1 platform of clinical-grade devices, apps and services, including Microsoft Surface, mobile care teams can easily communicate with each other via a variety of methods, gain access to full-function EMRs from anywhere at any time, and use FDA-cleared clinician apps to deliver mobile-based care and guidance.

“The healthcare industry is in a major period of transformation. Finding mobile solutions that can improve clinician productivity, empower patients to improve their health, and address the need to complement existing EMR systems is critical,” said Michael Robinson, vice president, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. “The solutions and developments being announced today underscore how Microsoft technology can be used across various health settings to help clinicians practice patient-centered, team-based medicine and deliver higher-quality care to more people.”

Microsoft’s partners and customers unveiled an array of new enterprise solutions, apps and platforms to better integrate EMRs, improve productivity and engage patients in new ways by using a single mobile device or platform that runs all the programs and apps they need while on the move.

EMRs a pps and p latforms

  • Epic’s Hyperspace 2014 app is now compatible for mobile Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks on Internet Explorer 10 for EpicCare 2014 IU1 (Interim Update). This new compatibility allows clinicians to run Hyperspace directly on a Windows 8 tablet so they can use the full-functionality version of the application to support physicians in inpatient and outpatient settings to manage clinical and revenue cycle workflows.

  • At HIMSS, Allscripts will be demonstrating its Allscripts Wand for TouchWorks EHR, powered by Windows 8.1, which is currently in use at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta. Allscripts Wand uses all of the navigation, voice and camera capabilities of the Windows 8.1 tablet to place orders, complete clinical documentation, take clinical photos and update all aspects of the patient’s chart. Because of the app’s ability to run simultaneously on a desktop and a mobile device, clinicians are able to experience the best of all worlds on Windows 8.1 mobile solutions.

  • UPMC and Caradigm announced the development of a mobile Windows 8.1 tablet-based platform using Surface Pro 2 devices that enables physicians to maintain patient and clinical workflow context while switching between different clinical apps at the point of care.

Patient e ngagement c linician p roductivity a pps and s olutions

  • AirStrip’s AirStrip ONE Cardiology app is a Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 mobile device cardiac care solution that recently became the first FDA-cleared clinician app for the Windows 8 platform. It allows doctors to evaluate EKGs quickly to determine if a patient suffered a heart attack and needs surgery. For the first time, the Windows 8.1 version of AirStrip ONE Cardiology makes an AirStrip app accessible on any form factor, including desktops, laptops, and wall-mounted or mobile workstations, not just mobile devices. Now, clinicians can access AirStrip ONE Cardiology for Windows from workstations in hospitals and outpatient clinics as well as from tablets and phones while outside the hospital.

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. The hospital has purchased more than 250 Surface Pro devices and has standardized its executive team on Surface. Microsoft Surface Pro enables Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide clinicians with a modern user interface while also allowing adherence to HIPAA and other strict security regulations in healthcare. Microsoft leveraged the Microsoft Application Acceleration Program (MAAP) and partnered with a business partner, VitalHub, on the development of a modern touch application. The VitalHub application, combined with Microsoft Surface Pro, allows Seattle Children’s staff to view and have basic levels of simple order entry through a touch-enabled interface — improving the experience of both physician and patient.

  • Aegis Living has equipped staff across its 30 senior living communities with Surface tablets to provide the highest level of resident care and the most productive medication administration to their residents. By using Surface devices, Aegis staff have eliminated paper-based medication records and manual prescription auditing, with an expected savings of more than 11,000 hours each year previously spent auditing prescription records. In addition, staff have easier access to residents’ medical records and prescriptions through a Web-based app, have increased resident safety by eliminating manual data entry, and have more secure, mobile access to resident data whether they are at a resident’s bedside or moving from one resident’s room to another.

  • Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) is the nation’s oldest community-based accrediting body, with more than 5,000 providers and 10,000 sites currently accredited and 85 field auditors continuously working to hold agencies accountable for patient care. CHAP is now using Surface Pro devices to support its new CHAP LinQ accreditation software and provide an important tool for site visitors to observe, interview and document information seamlessly. Unique Surface Pro features, such as the kickstand and digitized pen, work in conjunction with the CHAP LinQ software to enable CHAP’s field auditors to capture more accurate and systematic documentation and ultimately provide the highest quality of home- and community-based care.

  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has implemented a Windows 8-based application on Surface devices dedicated to helping its visiting nurses provide better home-health patient care experiences for new mothers associated with the Navy-Marine Corps. The application — developed by Microsoft Consulting Services — enables visiting nurses and other mobile caregivers to meet with new mothers and their babies to assess the care they are receiving and serve as their resource and emotional support system. NMCRS’s 55 visiting nurses scattered around the globe are each provided with a Surface tablet so they can use the application to access patient EMRs in near-real time, facilitate faster communication with other clinicians and physicians, and easily answer health-related questions during visits.

  • Billings Clinic, a 285-bed hospital in Billings, Mont., is the first hospital to partner with Omnicell Inc. to implement remote cabinet functionality. By integrating Omnicell’s automated dispensing cabinets with Windows Embedded technology and a leading EMR system, Billings Clinic can streamline medication administration processes and ensure that pharmacists deliver the right medications to patients more safely and efficiently.

Find out more about these and other Microsoft solutions by visiting the Microsoft in Health Blog and the Microsoft in Health Newsroom.

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02.21.2014 - It’s a Mobile World, Made Possible by the APU

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Written by: Kevin Lensing, the Director of AMD Mobility Solutions.

 Barcelona is one of the most amazing places on the planet and I can’t tell you how lucky I am to join all the technology leaders converging on this great city. The sights, sounds and flavors - you can’t forget those amazing flavors - provide the perfect backdrop for Mobile World Congress. This show is aptly named as it brings together a massive global assembly dedicated to enriching the technology experience for mobile users. Joining the distinguished list of things only found in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress never seems to disappoint.

 For AMD, this year, we aim to embrace the art of what’s possible with a variety of exciting designs and experiences. Never before has the massive compute power of x86 CPU performance and industry elite graphics been so efficient, nor has it ever been more capable of reshaping the mobile PC experience. With AMD innovation, if you can imagine it, you can bring it to life.

 Mobile users continue to demand more, and now they manage to demand less, too…more performance, less power…more battery life, less compromise…more innovative designs, less bulk…and of course, more capabilities, less money. In response to these demands, we invest in designing and developing high performing and efficient mobile processors that can take your experience to new heights, but keep the price grounded.

 In pursuit of this challenge, 2014 marks the introduction of the most advanced AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs); these new processors will reestablish performance expectations while increasing mobility with enhanced power efficiency. Due the first half of this year, the new low-power platforms, codenamed “Mullins” and “Beema,” pack massive AMD Radeon™ graphics performance and multi-core computing into impressive new client devices such as tablets, 2-in-1s and small form factor notebooks. The new performance platform, codenamed “Kaveri,” will deliver up to 12 compute cores (4 CPU cores, 8 GPU cores)* and touts cutting edge HSA features for unparalleled speed and performance for premium ultrathin notebooks.

 AMD’s mobile portfolio is as strong as ever and you can expect to see these new APUs in a variety of elegant form factors from leading manufacturers starting this summer.  I and the rest of the AMD team look forward to providing a preview of these exciting new processors and, more importantly, the experiences they can deliver with our key software partners.So if you’re like me, one of the lucky ones, and you happen to be in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, come to Hall 5, booth #5J41. The AMD team and I would be delighted to show you what’s possible with the innovation inspiring tomorrow’s mobile solutions. Hope to see you soon!

 Kevin Lensing is the Director, AMD Mobility Solutions at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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02.20.2014 - AMD Announces Pricing of Private Offering of $600 Million of Senior Notes

View AMD related news. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has agreed to sell $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.75% Senior Notes due 2019 in a private offering. AMD intends to close the transaction on or around February 26, 2014. AMD estimates that the net proceeds from the issuance and sale of the senior notes will be app...
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