8Oct/120

Halloween is Now Less Scary for Parents of Children with Allergies!

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AllerMates® Allergy & Health Alert Wristbands,

Dog Tags, Stickers and Other Products Available for

Trick-or-Treaters

Available in Walgreens

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Parents of kids with allergies and asthma can take comfort in knowing their children can be a little safer this Halloween thanks to AllerMates® products:bright, easy-to-see wristbands, dog tags and stickers to help make the people around them – at school, around the neighborhood, at others’ homes – aware of their ailment.

A child reaching for that peanut candy while trick-or-treating just might be reminded or remind their caregiver of his or her peanut allergy with the P. Nutty wristband, one of 15 fun, original characters that represent the most common allergies: peanut, nut, gluten/wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, penicillin, insect sting, latex, pollen, fish, soy, sesame and cat, and also asthma.

THE STORY

Iris Shamus, a mother of a child with multiple food allergies was frustrated by the lack of allergy-related kid-friendly products, so she took action and created AllerMates, a new line of bright, fun, whimsical character-driven wristbands, dog tags, stickers and lunch boxes that young children would happily embrace. AllerMates has recently added medical alert products to their lineup with the recent release of their “Puffer” asthma wristband.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of “Puffer” will be donated to asthma research.

MORE DETAILS

AllerMates products are hypo-allergenic, nickel and latex free and have passed rigorous safety standards and testing.  The wristbands are adjustable and fit most children. AllerMates is the proud recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award for best in family-friendly media, products and services.

THE WEBSITE

The AllerMates website (www.AllerMates.com) offers both parents and children easy to read and understand tips, facts and general information about allergies as well as lots of fun games and activities based on the line of AllerMates characters. The website also has a fully functional social community allowing its members free and easy interaction and sharing of the latest blogs, news, videos and information within the allergy community.

COMPANY INFORMATION

AllerMates is a registered DBA of Awearables, LLC, a Montvale, New Jersey Company.  The company is privately held and counts Benjamin Shamus (age 8), VP of Incentivizing the CEO, among its employees. For information about AllerMates products call 866.245.1370 or email info@allermates.com.

MSRP: Wristbands - $6.99 each

Dog Tags - $6.99 each

Dog Tag Necklace - $3.99

Lunch Bag - $19.98

Stickers (24) - $5.99

Age Target: Children, All Ages

Availability:  AllerMates products are available seasonally for Halloween at Walgreens and can be purchased at www.AllerMates.com, Amazon and independent retailers throughout the U.S.

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8Oct/120

Barnes & Noble Announces Twelve Days from Teresa Hill’s The McRaes Series As the Latest Spotlight Pick

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NOOK Bookstore Will Offer Twelve Days for Only 99 Cents for a Limited Time

New York, New York – October 8, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Twelve Days from Teresa Hill’s The McRaes series will be featured as the latest pick for “Barnes & Noble Spotlight” (www.bn.com/spotlight), a NOOK Book program that features great writers at irresistible prices. Twice a month, Barnes & Noble Spotlight picks an author of a popular or breakout series from various genres and offers one of their titles at a special price, helping NOOK® readers discover new authors and dive into an exciting series for a wallet-friendly price. From October 6 through October 19, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Bookstore will offer Twelve Days from the bestselling The McRaes series for only 99 cents.

Twelve days before Christmas, Rachel McRae opens her front door and a social worker puts a baby in her arms—one who comes with a four-year-old boy and an eleven-year-old girl—siblings abandoned and in need of a temporary home.  Rachel and her husband, Sam, have long dreamed of a house filled with children, but that dream that has led them to repeated heartbreak. Now, as their marriage hangs in the balance, Rachel and Sam reluctantly take the children in, but just until after Christmas. They will do their best not to fall in love with them, and not to get their hopes up that this time a miracle will happen.

Teresa Hill is the USA Today bestselling author of The McRae series.  Critically acclaimed for her contemporary romance novels, Teresa has been nominated three times for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA Award.

Spotlight features titles from different genres including popular romance, young adult and fiction. Customers who “like” NOOK on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nook) and follow NOOK on Twitter (www.twitter.com/nookbn) will be among the first to hear about the Spotlight picks.

NOOK Books that are featured in Barnes & Noble Spotlight, along with the more than 3 million other NOOK Books, magazines and newspapers available, can be purchased and read on the award-winning NOOK line of devices. All NOOK Books can also be read through a range of free NOOK reading apps available for iPad, iPhone®, Android, Mac® and PC, and can be downloaded at www.bn.com/freenookapps.

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17Sep/120

Bright Horizons – FREE Webinar ‘Discipline For Young Children’

We are happy to announce our next parent webinar:

Discipline for Young Children
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT

Figuring out how to discipline your child is one of the most daunting tasks of parenthood. Is time out the only choice? Do sticker charts really work? What do I do if my child has a tantrum at the grocery store?

Join Linda Mason, Bright Horizons co-founder and author of The Working Mother's Guide to Life as she answers questions on appropriate discipline techniques for children under the age of 5. We have been collecting your parenting questions and dilemmas and will provide you with strategies and clear steps to take when your child needs a bit of redirection.

To Register for FREE Sign Up HERE

 Presenter Bio: Linda  Mason co-founded Bright Horizons in 1986 with her husband, Roger Brown. She and Roger also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization that provides child care and related services for homeless children and their mothers throughout New England. Linda was honored by Working Mother magazine as one of the "25 Most Influential Mothers in America" and is the author of The Working Mother's Guide to Life: Strategies, Secrets and Solutions. She and her husband have three children, all of whom are graduates of Bright Horizons early education and preschool centers.

 

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17Sep/120

Two New Olympus PEN® Cameras PUT MORE POWER IN YOUR HANDS WITH THE WORLD’S FASTEST TOUCH aF SHUTTER

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Compact Portable Bodies Deliver Amazing Image Quality with OM-D E-M5™ Sensor, In-Camera Creativity Expands with New Art Filters

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 17, 2012 – Today, Olympus announces two new PEN compact system cameras, the latest in its award-winning line of Micro Four Thirds® products, designed to help both advanced and emerging photographers take their creative power to a whole new level. The Olympus PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 deliver amazing image quality by packing superior image technology, blazing fast processing speed and total creative control in classic bodies that combine the portability and ease of use of a point-and-shoot without the complexity of a DSLR.

In addition to advanced shared technologies outlined below, each new model offers unique features of its own:

  • Olympus PEN E-PL5: This powerful performer boasts significant improvements in functionality and ease of use. It features an all-metal body in silver, black or white and is portable enough to travel across the world without sacrificing DSLR image quality and the control that experienced photographers expect. Inherited from its predecessor, the E-PL5 has a swiveling monitor with a greatly expanded swivel range of approximately 170° up and about 65° down, making it easier to shoot pictures from low or high angles, and offers the ability to flip the monitor up for self-portrait shooting.
  • Olympus PEN E-PM2: The ultra-compact, simple and stylish, smallest and lightest Olympus PEN is designed for people who want to try an interchangeable lens camera for the first time. Available in silver, black, white and red, the E-PM2 offers an intuitive vertical touch navigation menu displayed by pressing the MENU button to provide a fast and easy way to switch modes with fewer steps.

Superior Image Quality and Low Light Performance

Both new Olympus PEN cameras share the same 16.1-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor and new TruePic VI image processing engine as the award-winning, flagship Micro Four Thirds system camera, Olympus OM-D E-M5. Armed with this technology, the new PENs are outstanding low-light performers with a maximum ISO of 25,600 and a dynamic range that has also been increased, enabling finer expression of gradations between dark and bright areas with a wider range of intensity. An AF Illuminator and accessory FL-LM1 flash, included with both cameras, adds to their low-light performance. Photos and HD videos will be crisp and clear thanks to three modes of in-body image stabilization and the award-winning Olympus Dust Reduction System.

Blazing Speed

Tapping in on the chosen subject within the frame of the cameras’ LCD monitor instantly focuses the subject and automatically triggers the shutter for instantaneous in-focus image capture thanks to the Touch AF Shutter function. The combination of the speedy response of the touchscreen panel and the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system, the same technology that made the Olympus OM-D the world's fastest autofocusing camera, gives users the power to capture precisely the image they want at precisely the moment they want it. With instantaneous focusing, the camera won't shake the moment the shutter is released, assuring maximum clarity and stability, even when shooting moving subjects. Maximum frame rates have also increased more than 2X with a maximum frame rate of 8 fps in Single AF mode.

Ease of Use

Both new models have a 3-inch, 460,000-dot high-definition LCD screen and an Anti-Finger Print coating to reduce smudges. The display offers a wide 176-degree angle of view and is bright enough to compose images even in harsh midday light. Capturing the shot you want is easy with the E-PL5 swivel LCD that rotates up 170 degrees for simple self-portrait shooting. The intuitive and practical touchscreen makes navigating the camera’s menus and graphical user interface effortless. Going through a day’s photos is as easy as scrolling through the images and enlarging photos with the tap of a finger. Change the feel of each camera to suit your preferences with a detachable grip included with the Olympus E-PL5, and the Olympus E-PM2 grip is built-in. A convenient button on top of the E-PM2 calls up the Live Guide function instantly from any shooting mode for intuitive assistance whenever needed. My Sets on the E-PL5 Mode Dial allow further customization to suit the user’s shooting preferences.

Creative Control

The Olympus E-PL5 and the Olympus E-PM2 bring a new level of freedom to the creative shooting experience. A new Water Color effect joins 11 available in-camera Art Filters (Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Key Line and Dramatic Tone) and adds to other brilliant, easy-to-use functions, including Variations and the new Monochrome effect. In-camera RAW data editing selects various settings for RAW data editing and previews the images before applying changes. The customizable Self Timer programs the shutter release to go off at select intervals to ensure the perfect shot. A small single AF target can be selected for pinpoint focusing beyond the existing 35-point area selection. Users can get creative while shooting in 1080i Full HD Movie with fade effect, so you can transition from art filter to art filter without stopping the movie. While shooting a movie with the E-PL5, the Movie Teleconverter function magnifies up to 4x without image deterioration.

Sharing in a Flash

Using the OLYMPUS Image Share application, which is compatible with both iPhone® and Android® smartphones and the Toshiba FlashAir® SDHC memory card, it's easier than ever to upload pictures to your favorite social network. Both PENs can set up the FlashAir using the built-in smartphone connection capability for an effortless Wi-Fi connection between PEN and your smartphone. The OLYMPUS Image Share application makes it easy to upload images to a smartphone by selecting them from thumbnails, apply Art Filters on the smartphone and share. Images can also be enjoyed by friends and family by issuing a one-time password to connect several smartphones simultaneously to the cameras.

Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both.

Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15mm f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin – just 9mm thick – that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass lens elements in three groups, it can be used as a wide-angle lens equivalent with a single focal length of 30mm (35mm camera equivalent). In addition to daily use as a “pan-focus” lens featuring a wide angle, fixed f8 aperture and shallow depth of field, it is compatible with manual focusing using a lever and capable of close-up shooting as close as 30 cm. A lens-protection barrier is provided so the lens can be mounted permanently on the camera and even put in a pocket together with the camera.

Coordinated Accessories to Enhance and Protect Your Camera

New Olympus PEN accessories provide sturdy protection for users to enjoy convenience, comfort and style wherever they go. The CS-38B is a genuine leather body jacket designed exclusively for the PEN that protects the camera body without detracting from its design. The body jacket's genuine leather and rugged construction combines casual with contemporary styling and is available in four colors.

The accessory MCG-3PR Camera Grip for the E-PL5 is available in three patterns – Dot, Hounds tooth Check, and Stripe – and makes it easy to accessorize with style. A matching LC-37PR Lens Cap, compatible with both new cameras, is available in the same three patterns and allows the E-PL5 user to have a color-coordinated combination.

The CBG-8 is a versatile camera bag that can be hung across the shoulder, carried by hand or used as a bag-in-bag. It has a detachable inner pocket, which is partitioned to enable storage of other items in addition to the camera and lenses, such as a smartphone, while the outer pocket is large enough to accommodate a tablet PC or A4-size file folders.

U.S. Pricing, Availability and Product Configurations

The Olympus PEN E-PL5 and the Olympus PEN E-PM2 will be available in October and ship with the Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, AV cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual and Warranty card. The PEN E-PL5 will also ship with the MCG-4 (Removable Grip).

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
Olympus PEN E-PL5 Body Only Estimated Street Price: $649.99

Olympus PEN E-PL5 Body with MSC M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens
Estimated Street Price: $699.99

Olympus PEN E-PL5 (Available in silver, black and white). A complete list of specifications can be found at the Olympus website: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1628&page=specs

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Body Only Estimated Street Price: $549.99

Olympus PEN E-PM2 Body with MSC M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Prime Zoom Lens
Estimated Street Price: $599.99

Olympus PEN E-PM2 (Available in silver, black, white and red). A complete list of specifications can be found at the Olympus website: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1629&page=specs

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12Sep/120

Apple Introduces iPhone 5

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Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Ever Features All-New Aluminum Design, Stunning 4-Inch Retina Display, A6 Chip & Ultrafast Wireless

SAN FRANCISCO—September 12, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook® organization; and even more Siri® features and languages.

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.

The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.***

The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display—all while delivering even better battery life. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, almost everything you do on iPhone 5 is blazing fast for launching apps, loading web pages and downloading email attachments.

The 8 megapixel iSight® camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. The new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime® HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls incredibly clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows you to share photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.

iPhone 5 features the new Lightning™ connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.****

iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods™ featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover™ view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings;***** Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.****** iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
*** Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
**** Sold separately.
***** Not all features are supported in all countries.
****** Availability varies by carrier.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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10Sep/120

Barnes & Noble Announces Simply Irresistible from Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor Series As the Latest Spotlight Pick

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NOOK Bookstore Will Offer Simply Irresistible for Only 99 Cents for a Limited Time

New York, New York – September 10, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Simply Irresistible from Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series will be featured as the latest pick for “Barnes & Noble Spotlight” (www.bn.com/spotlight), a NOOK Book program that features great writers at irresistible prices. Twice a month, Barnes & Noble Spotlight picks an author of a popular or breakout series from various genres and offers one of their titles at a special price, helping NOOK® readers discover new authors and dive into an exciting series for a wallet-friendly price. From September 8 through September 21, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Bookstore will offer Simply Irresistible from the bestselling Lucky Harbor series for only 99 cents.

When Maddie Moore finds herself newly single and jobless, she decides she needs a change of scenery.  In search of happiness, hope and love, Maddie uproots her life to the quaint coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington - home of the dilapidated inn she inherited from her deceased mother.  However, starting fresh doesn’t come easy as Maddie struggles to overcome her past and build a future. With the help of a tall, dark and handsome contractor, Maddie begins to feel at home in Lucky Harbor.

Jill Shalvis is The New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor series.  Each novel in the ongoing series focuses on a new romantic couple, providing a unique look at the quirky characters that live in the charming town.  The seventh installment of the series, It Had to Be You, is set to be released in May of 2013. In addition to the Lucky Harbor series, Shalvis has written the critically acclaimed Animal Magnetism and Wilder Adventures series, as well as many other contemporary romance novels.

Spotlight features titles from different genres including popular romance, young adult, fiction and cookbooks. Customers who “like” NOOK on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nook) and follow NOOK on Twitter (www.twitter.com/nookbn) will be among the first to hear about the Spotlight picks.

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30Aug/120

Back Kindle Fire—The #1 Best-Selling Product on Amazon Since Launch—Now Sold Out

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In just 9 months, Kindle Fire captures 22% of U.S. tablet sales

10 of the top 10 best-selling items on Amazon since Kindle Fire launched are Kindle devices and content

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2012-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire—combining 15 years of innovation into a single, fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon.com, earning over 10,000 5-star customer reviews, and is the #1 best-selling product across the millions of items available on Amazon since its introduction 48 weeks ago. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle Fire is sold out, and that in just nine months, Kindle Fire has captured 22% of tablet sales in the U.S.

“We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.”

Kindle Fire offers customers a vast selection of digital content—over 22 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, books, magazines and more—in one seamless, end-to-end experience, making it easy for customers to browse, discover and purchase. Since Kindle Fire launched last September, all of the top 10 products on Amazon—across all products—are digital products.

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28Aug/120

Protect Your Pets The Betty White Way – HomeAgain Microchip & Pet Recovery Service

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I just adore Betty White, and I think what's she's doing is fantastic. We have several pets of our own, and none of them are microchipped. We've had several cats go missing over the last few years, and I can't help but wonder if any of them would have been returned if they had a microchip.

HomeAgain can help with this!

  • Thanks to the HomeAgain Microchip and the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service, more than 1,000,000 lost pets have been returned to their families.
  • HomeAgain helps recover approximately 10,000 lost pets each month (120,000 per year).
  • The HomeAgain microchip has a unique ID number and is injected between the shoulder blades of your pet. This can be done by a veterinarian if your pet is not already microchipped.
  • Once your pet is microchipped, the next step is to enroll your pet's microchip ID along with your contact information in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database.
  • HomeAgain will instantly send lost pet alerts to volunteer PetRescuers in the area your pet was lost. These PetRescuers include veterinary clinics, animal shelters and more than 850,000 individual volunteers who have signed up to receive email alerts about pets lost in their neighborhoods.
  • PetRescuers can also download a free iPhone or Android app to have alerts sent directly to their cell phones.
  • HomeAgain offers around-the-clock on-call support by trained counselors to guide and assist you until your pet is recovered.
  • HomeAgain will enable you to easily create a lost pet poster with your pet's picture which you can distribute in the area your pet was lost.
  • If your lost dog or cat is found more than 500 miles away from home, HomeAgain will cover up to $500 to have the found pet flown home.
  • Keeping your contact information up-to-date in the database is critical to give your lost pet the best chance of returning home.
  • Extensive testing and long-term use have shown the HomeAgain microchip is a safe and permanent method of identification for pets.
  • The price to implant a microchip can vary from one veterinarian to another, but typically costs around $45. This is a one-time fee.
  • Lifetime microchip registration in the national HomeAgain Pet Recovery Database and the first year of membership are typically included in the price charged by the veterinarian for implanting the microchip, or as part of the adoption fee for pets chipped by shelters. The HomeAgain membership is renewable annually for $17.99.

Visit HomeAgain for more information!

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28Aug/120

Adobe Releases New Set of Features Exclusively to Creative Cloud Members

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New Features for Illustrator Available Today; New Dreamweaver Features and Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition to Follow

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a new set of Adobe® Illustrator® features exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud™ members. These new features come ahead of the September release of new Adobe Dreamweaver® features and the addition of the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition to Adobe Creative Cloud.

“When we launched Creative Cloud, we said that one of biggest benefits was early access to Adobe innovation”

Delivering on the promise that Creative Cloud members will get early VIP access to new product features, today's release improves productivity for designers and production artists needing fast and error-free production cycles when handing off files to colleagues, clients and service bureaus.

“When we launched Creative Cloud, we said that one of biggest benefits was early access to Adobe innovation,” said Jeff Veen, vice president of product management for Adobe Creative Cloud. “As soon as our engineering teams can finalize new features, like the ones we’re seeing for Illustrator today, we will release special Creative Cloud editions of our desktop software, only available to Adobe Creative Cloud members.”

New features in this Adobe Illustrator release include:

  • Package Files – a long-requested feature that allows designers to automatically collect all the files used in an Illustrator project, including linked graphics and fonts, into a single folder helping make handoffs and sharing of projects more efficient and error-free.
  • Unembed Images – a new capability that enables production artists to quickly unembed images that have been embedded into an Illustrator file by other designers or customers, eliminating much wasted time in day-to-day production work.
  • Links Panel Enhancements – a new feature enhancement that allows users to access and track information on any artwork placed in an Illustrator file much quicker. What used to require multiple clicks to ensure all placed graphics meet necessary requirements for output is now surfaced up front.

Coming in September will also be the addition of the Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition for publishing brochures, portfolios and highly visual books as apps for Apple iPad, as well as the exclusive delivery to Creative Cloud members of new features for Adobe Dreamweaver. Adobe plans to release even more new innovation into Creative Cloud in the coming months.

Creative Cloud is a radical rethinking of the entire creative process and an industry-defining shift in creative expression and inspiration, where members can explore, create, publish and share their work across devices, the desktop and the Web.

Available today to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages, pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. Customers who own an individual license of any Creative Suite® edition or single product, version CS3 or later, are currently eligible for an annual membership price of just US$29.99 per month for their first year. Education pricing is also available. To learn more, visit www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud.

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27Aug/120

Barnes & Noble Announces A Quick Bite from Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Vampire Series As the Latest Spotlight Pick

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NOOK Bookstore Will Offer A Quick Bite for Only 99 Cents for a Limited Time

New York, New York – August 27, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that A Quick Bite from Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Vampire series, will be featured as the latest pick for “Barnes & Noble Spotlight” (www.bn.com/spotlight), a NOOK Book program that features great writers at irresistible prices. Twice a month, Barnes & Noble Spotlight picks an author of a popular or breakout series from various genres and offers one of their titles at a special price, helping NOOK® readers discover new authors and dive into an exciting series for a wallet-friendly price. From August 25 through September 7, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Bookstore will offer A Quick Bite for only 99 cents.

A Quick Bite is the story of Lissianna Argeneau and her centuries-long search for Mr. Right. But there’s another major issue at play here - Lissianna has a tendency to faint at the sign of blood, an especially big problem for a vampire. Lissianna’s mother is determined to cure her daughter of her irrational fear of blood, so she kidnaps a psychologist named Gregory Hewitt and presents him to Lissianna in the hopes that he can cure her. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with this Vampire Vixen, or will he become just another meal for her and her family?

A Quick Bite is a prequel to the previous three books in the Argeneau Vampire series, which follows vampires and their lovers through the obstacles they have to overcome to be together. Each book in the series features a different hero and heroine. Lynsay Sands is a New York Times bestselling author of several popular series, including The Rogue Hunter series and The Devil of the Highlands series. Presently, she is working on the latest book in the Argeneau Vampire series, titled Immortal Ever After.

Spotlight features titles from different genres including popular romance, young adult and fiction. Customers who “like” NOOK on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nook) and follow NOOK on Twitter (www.twitter.com/nookbn) will be among the first to hear about the Spotlight picks.

NOOK Books that are featured in Barnes & Noble Spotlight, along with the more than 2.5 million other NOOK Books, magazines and newspapers available, can be purchased and read on the award-winning NOOK line of devices, which includes the recently introduced and critically-acclaimed NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.  All NOOK Books can also be read through a range of free NOOK reading apps, available for iPad, iPhone®, Android, Mac® and PC, and can be downloaded at www.bn.com/freenookapps.

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