Kroll Ontrack improves Apple mobile device data recovery success by 60 per cent

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

Technology breakthrough is a game changer for consumers with a data loss from the latest Apple mobile devices

EPSOM - 2 September 2014 - Consumers, who use Apple's newest mobile devices, including iPhones® and iPads®, can now recover data such as lost photos and videos that go missing during malfunctions that impact their operating systems.

Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery and ediscovery products and services, today announced its engineers have developed a unique capability to recover data from the latest Apple mobile devices, which exhibit a logical failure leaving the device stuck in "Recovery" mode or "Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU)" mode. These failures can effectively trap encrypted data on the devices. However, Kroll Ontrack has devised a way to temporarily bypass the logical corruption to access the data using the consumer's login information.

This new method increases the chances of recovering encrypted data on the newest iPhones and iPads by up to 60 per cent.

"Logical failures, such as OS upgrade malfunctions and corrupt software, can leave iPhone or iPad users with a device that is functional, but data that isn't accessible," said Phil Bridge, Managing Director, Kroll Ontrack. "Add to that Apple's latest generations of mobile devices with encrypted user data and data recovery success was slim because direct access to the encrypted data was not an option."

Building on its long history of delivering the most robust Mac recovery toolset in the industry, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers specifically developed the unique ability to repair the operating system to then access the data for all Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone 5S® and iPad Air®, which are hardware encrypted. This method, combined with an already extensive ability to recover from non-hardware encrypted Apple devices, significantly increases the chances of recovering photos, videos, contacts, SMS, notes, calendar and other critical mobile device content. With a diagnostic report that shows the quality of recoverable files on the Apple device, individuals benefit from knowing exactly what data will be returned to them prior to committing to the cost of the recovery. Once the recovery is complete, Kroll Ontrack provides both the raw files as well as a backup file that the individual can use to perform a full restore from iTunes to their Apple mobile device. This also provides a point in time recovery file for future use.

"Customers were coming to us for help recovering their encrypted data from their newer Apple devices because there are no commercially available solutions. We researched the issues and developed our own solution, as we often do," added Bridge. "Our solution does not defeat or bypass the device's encryption, but rather temporarily bypasses the logical corruption without "jail breaking" the device to access the data using the device and customer's user access credentials."

For more information about Kroll Ontrack's proven recovery capabilities and a full range of data recovery tools for both logical and physical failures, visit www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyse, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.co.uk, follow @KrollOntrack on Twitter or subscribe to the Kroll Ontrack Data Blog.

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Source: RealWire

CTIA Super Mobility Week: Openwave Mobility to Discuss Developments in Cloud-Based Services and NFV

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

John Giere and Indranil Chatterjee to speak on September 9th and 10th at America's largest mobile event. Openwave Mobility will also speak on a White House led initiative for cyberspace identities

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & CTIA SUPER MOBILITY WEEK, Las Vegas -September 2, 2014 - Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, today announced that its CEO, John Giere, will speak at the 2014 CTIA's Super Mobility Week on 9th September on experiences from delivering virtual cloud-based services. The company's VP of Product Management, Marketing, and Strategy, Indranil Chatterjee, will discuss the interrelation and differences between SDN and NFV at the event. Indranil will also be speaking on a panel on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a White House initiative to improve the privacy, security, and convenience for cyberspace identities.

John Giere will discuss new ways to monetize cloud services through video consumption plans, differentiated customer care, and NFV. Research has found that nearly all consumers and companies are moving part, if not all, of their personal and business data to cloud-based infrastructures. McKinsey & Company claims that 80 percent of large companies (companies that have up to 1,000 employees) in North America are either looking at using cloud services or already have. John will highlight the key experiences and learning points from deploying network applications in the cloud including video optimization and content filtering.

Presentation:
Delivering Virtual Cloud-Based Services
Speaker: John Giere, CEO of Openwave Mobility
Time: 4:30 PM on Tuesday, September 9th
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center, Intelligent Networks Stage - Room 2505

Indranil will discuss how SDN is rapidly replacing hardcore infrastructure of the past. This discussion will be moderated by Michael Thelander, CEO and Founder of Signals Research Group, and will include panelists from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Mavenir Systems, and T-Mobile USA. Indranil will offer Openwave Mobility's perspective and his thoughts on how to monetize NFV. This will be based on Openwave Mobility's Integra virtualization platform.

Presentation:
Network Function Virtualization Today & Tomorrow
Panelist: Indranil Chatterjee, VP of Product Management, Marketing & Strategy, Openwave Mobility
Time: 12:30 PM on Wednesday, September 10th
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center, Intelligent Networks Stage

Indranil will take part in a second panel on the topic on the White House initiative NSTIC.

NSTIC is working collaboratively with advocacy groups, the private sector, public sector agencies and other organizations, and has sponsored a number of pilots to confront barriers to the Identity Ecosystem and provide the marketplace with "NSTIC-aligned" solutions to improve privacy, security and convenience in online transactions. Along with speakers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Open Identity Exchange, Indranil will focus on mobility and how smartphones and mobile devices participate in the overall ecosystem.

Presentation:
National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
Panelist: Indranil Chatterjee, VP of Product Management, Marketing & Strategy, Openwave Mobility
Time: 12:15 PM on Tuesday, September 9th
Location: Sands Expo - MobileCON Show Floor, Stage 1

Event details:
CTIA Super Mobility Week 2014
September 9th - 11th, 2014
Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Intelligent Networks Stage - Room 2505

Visit www.owmobility.com or contact sales@owmobility.com for more information.

About Openwave Mobility
Openwave Mobility enables operators to manage and monetize mobile data using the industry's most scalable, Layer7 SDN/NFV platform. The company operates within the policy control and charging (PCC) space and delivers Policy Engagement with solutions that include Video Optimization to eliminate data congestion, and Mobile Data Charging and Analytics to increase ARPU through personalized data plans. These solutions are supplemented by Subscriber Data Management, providing a single consolidated store for policy and subscriber data, and Mobile Analytics, providing subscriber segmentation and Business Intelligence.

Openwave Mobility delivers over 40 billion transactions daily and over half a billion subscribers worldwide use data services powered by its solutions. The company's global customer base consists of over 40 of the largest communication service providers including AT&T, Du, KDDI, Rogers, Sprint, Telus, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Telstra, Virgin Mobile & Vodafone. Openwave Mobility is owned by Marlin Equity Partners, a leading investment firm with over a billion dollars of capital under management that has publicly committed to building the company through expanded investment in R&D. The company has built a robust portfolio of Intellectual Property, which is growing month by month.

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Openwave Mobility and the Openwave Mobility logo are trademarks of Openwave Mobility Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

For further information, contact:
Johnny Truong
Sonus PR for Openwave Mobility
Johnny.Truong@sonuspr.com
Tel: +1-415-830-4530

For APAC and EMEA Inquiries
Chevaan Seresinhe
Sonus PR for Openwave Mobility
Chevaan.Seresinhe@sonuspr.com
Tel: +44 20 7300 7216

Source: RealWire

1st Touch Adds New Mobile Modules For Supporting People and Arrears

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com) the UK's leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing and local authority sectors has added 'supporting people' and 'arrears' modules to its award winning range of mobile workforce solutions.

The Supporting People module fully automates the processes involved, providing support officers with all the tenant information and functionality they need in the field. This includes pre-defined forms for possible areas of risk. Whilst they are still with the tenant, the mobile system also enables support officers to refer tenants for an Initial Needs and Risk Assessment, initiate a programme of regular visits or to draw up a support plan.

The administration time saved over manual methods boosts efficiency and means that more time can be spent with those customers who need it most. Supporting People data gathered by 1st touch can be then automatically updated to a social housing provider's back office systems. A full range of up to the minute management information can also be produced to facilitate on-going review and quality checks.

The Arrears module fully automates the arrears management function delivering a powerful tool to both senior management and field based operatives. By using the Arrears module, social housing providers can help customers with outstanding payments, therein providing help and support at times of need.

When used in the field, the mobile system can display, collect and update a wide range of data including: recent history, transactions, charges, special arrangements and details of completed or outstanding arrears.

This enables operatives to add new arrears actions or activities such as generating supporting letters. They can also use the system to calculate tenant budgets, to request a rent statement or to make a card payment.

Commenting on the launch of the new modules Robert Dent CEO of 1st Touch said, "We have listened closely to what our customers need and these two modules came top of the list. Both enable social housing organisations to enhance the services they provide and we are confident that demand will be high.

"1st Touch is widely acclaimed by social housing organisations for the breadth of solutions available, so the addition of these two new modules is a sign of our on-going commitment to providing the sector with a comprehensive range of mobile tools. We have a number of other key developments in the pipeline and look forward to announcing these as the year progresses."

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Note to Editors: About 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com)
Southampton based 1st Touch, a subsidiary of Aareon AG (www.aareon.com), has enabled dozens of field workforce-based organisations to embrace new mobile technologies and so achieve significant savings, greater productivity and more cost-effective use of resources. 1st Touch Mobile delivers clear and unique benefits: These include the system's acclaimed 'Smart Airtime' feature where 'airtime' is minimised and the system is always available with or without 'airtime'. The system's flexibility through simple customer control over forms creation and amendment is also widely acclaimed. There is Integration to multiple back office and other enterprise software applications, so that data is entered only once.

With its widely acclaimed mobile technology, 1st Touch has a clear focus on the Social Housing and Local Government markets. Many social housing providers and local authorities, at large, now benefit from the fast and tangible, best of breed benefits that 1st Touch mobile technology delivers to the enterprise.

To date, over 50% of the social housing market, which has deployed mobile technology, has chosen to implement 1st Touch. In local government, 1st Touch has already been adopted for a wide range of mobile workforce uses. Ready to use applications for local authority organisations include: Public Buildings, Highways/Street Services, Environmental/Waste Management, Revenues and Benefits, together with Planning Control and Trading Standards.

1st Touch software is available on a wide variety of platforms including: Windows Mobile, Apple and Android.

For further information on 1st Touch please contact:
Cherry Rance
1st Touch
02380 111206
Cherry.rance@1sttouch.com
www.1sttouch.com

or

Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR & Marketing Group
07758 372527
leigh.richards@therightimage.co.uk

Source: RealWire

Embarcadero Launches RAD Studio XE7

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

Delivers New Technologies for Extending Existing Windows Applications to Mobile Devices, Gadgets and Wearables

Maidenhead, UK - September 2, 2014 - Embarcadero Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for application and database development, today launched Embarcadero® RAD Studio XE7, the complete solution to build connected apps for Windows, Android, iOS, Mac OS X, gadgets, and wearables. The new XE7 version of RAD Studio enables Delphi/Object Pascal and C++ developers to extend existing Windows applications and build new, modern apps that connect desktop and mobile devices with gadgets, cloud services, and enterprise data and APIs.

RAD Studio XE7 enables developers to extend Windows applications using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth App Tethering, and create shared user interface code across multiple device form factors. With RAD Studio XE7, developers can also access data and services from within the enterprise, while the new Parallel Programming Library significantly boosts multi-threaded performance on multi-core systems, and much more.

New RAD Studio XE7 Features for Building Connected Apps:

  • FireUI Multi-Device Designer and UI Components: RAD Studio XE7 offers a revolutionary way to build a shared user interface that is optimised for specific devices and form factors. Developers can now get connected apps to market faster by developing for multiple platforms and device form factors simultaneously, with one shared master form and fine-tuned device specific views of that master form. A new behaviour service API allows the framework to optimise for the capabilities and device form factor of the native platform to deliver the best user experience for that device.

  • Connected Apps with Bluetooth: Bluetooth connections are now available for App Tethering. Developers can extend their existing Windows applications to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled devices, including Bluetooth LE for connecting to lower power devices. Hundreds of gadgets and wearables are immediately available to connect with existing Windows and mobile apps.

  • Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS): Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS) is a new turnkey solution for today's interconnected, distributed apps, offering an easy to deploy middleware server that hosts loadable custom API and data access modules. EMS is based on open and standard technologies, including REST HTTP calls and JSON data formats, and provides major SQL database drivers along with a built-in encrypted, embedded, and server-side SQL data store. With its user management and authentication, plus user and API analytics, Enterprise Mobility Services is ideal for enabling secure access from mobile and desktop apps to enterprise databases. EMS is a middleware solution that is stateless, restful, scalable, and secure.

  • Parallel Computing Library: Developers can significantly boost multi-threaded app performance on multi-core systems. The new Parallel Programming library exponentially increases the performance of existing C++ and Object Pascal code by parallelising threads that can take full advantage of multi-core CPUs.

Other RAD Studio XE7 enhancements include: Object Pascal Language enhancements; RTL enhancements; database and FireDAC enhancements; new PAServer manager; and FireMonkey enhancements.

Availability
RAD Studio XE7, Delphi XE7 and C++Builder XE7 are available immediately from Embarcadero and from Embarcadero partners. Visit the Embarcadero online store at https://store.embarcadero.com/ for pricing.

To download a free trial, visit http://www.embarcadero.com/products/rad-studio/downloads.

Supporting Quotes

  • "One of the biggest challenges for Windows developers today is extending their existing applications beyond the desktop to participate in this new world of mobile devices and connected gadgets and wearables. RAD Studio XE7 takes aim at these challenges with key technologies for multi-device development, enterprise mobility and device connectivity. This is a great opportunity for those developers to create new user experiences for their customers and users." - Al Hilwa, Program Director, Software Development Research, IDC
  • "In today's increasingly connected world, developers are challenged to extend the user experience of existing Windows applications to new devices and form factors, and transform existing applications into modern solutions that their customers and users will love to use. RAD Studio XE7 is a game changing opportunity for developers to be able to easily and quickly revitalise, performance enhance, and extend existing Windows applications with connected mobile devices, gadgets, sensors, and both cloud-based and on-premises services for customers in various vertical markets. For example, Delphi and C++ developers can easily add table-side order-taking or cloud-based "your table is ready" push notifications for food services customers. Product and price barcode lookups can be easily added to apps for retail customers and staff, or connected bio-health sensors can be added to healthcare office applications and biosciences research applications." - Michael Swindell, Senior Vice President of Products at Embarcadero

About Embarcadero Technologies
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of award-winning tools for application developers and database professionals so they can design systems right, build them faster and run them better, regardless of their platform or programming language. Ninety of the Fortune 100 and an active community of more than three million users worldwide rely on Embarcadero products to increase productivity, reduce costs, simplify change management and compliance, and accelerate innovation. Founded in 1993, Embarcadero is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices located around the world. To learn more, please visit www.embarcadero.com.

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Paratus Communications
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Martina Prinz
Embarcadero Senior EMEA Marketing Manager
+496103979131
martina.prinz@embarcadero.com

Source: RealWire

PAUL UK choose Olive Communications for new mobile telecoms service

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

29th August 2014: Paul UK, the French Family Bakery and Patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage their mobile telecoms estate following a competitive three-way tender process. Paul UK is a growing high street brand with over 30 London stores, including Covent Garden, Kings Road and Canary Wharf. The new mobile contract, delivered over the Vodafone network, covers connectivity and devices for head office staff, delivery drivers and operations teams.

Paul UK will be able to monitor their mobile spend in real time, and set policies for individual users, via Olive's OBM online tool. The tool provides dashboard-style management information and the ability to create detailed reporting as required.

Susanne Sauerland, Finance Director, Paul UK, said: "Olive's detail-oriented and committed approach stood out over the other service providers we evaluated in the tender process. They took the time to fully understand our specific needs and requirements, and then devised a commercially attractive contract which will help us operate as effectively as possible."

Sauerland continues: "As a relatively small, but growing organisation, responsiveness to our needs and quality of account management is really important to us. This is why we choose to work with a managed service provider rather than with one of the big networks directly. Olive has demonstrated that they have what it takes to offer us the best possible customer service, and we are looking forward to working with them as we grow our business."

Martin Flick, CEO, Olive Communications, said: "The telecoms market is fast moving with many deployment models and options, making it difficult for buyers to navigate with assurance. We seek to understand our customer's objectives, and then map the most appropriate and cost-effective solution from our broad portfolio of products and services, to suit. That's what's we've done with Paul UK, and we're delighted to be supporting them as a trusted partner."

About Olive
Olive provides innovative and integrated communications solutions for UK businesses, across the four cornerstones of IT infrastructure: voice, data, mobility, and applications. We work with our customers to build and implement the right solution for their unique requirements, making use of existing infrastructure where possible.

Source: RealWire

LTE Asia Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Singapore, 29 August 2014 - The organisers of LTE Asia have today announced the shortlist for the first LTE Asia Awards 2014. The 9th Annual LTE Asia event serves as the setting for the awards, which will reward key achievements and advances across the LTE ecosystem in Asia. This year's awards have received a high number of entries with eight categories up for grabs!

Taking place at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore, this luxurious setting will provide a backdrop to the awards ceremony which will bring together the experts responsible for driving LTE forwards in the region over the past year. Considered a mark of industry excellence, the awards are judged by a panel of senior analysts who have a vast amount of knowledge about the Asian LTE market.

This year's judging panel will include Ajay Sunder, Senior Director - Telecom, Frost & Sullivan, Dimitris Mavrakis, Principal Analyst, Ovum, Guang Yang, Senior Analyst - Wireless Operator Strategies, Strategy Analytics and Alan Quayle, Owner, Alan Quayle Business & Service Development.

The awards will be presented during a cocktails reception on the evening of 24 September, the final day of the event itself. The reception is open to all attendees of the LTE Asia conference.

The awards ensure industry recognition for those shortlisted. Congratulations go to this year's shortlisted companies, seen below:

Best Test/Measurement LTE Product

  • Anite, Network Testing Division -Nemo CEM Observer
  • Gemalto- NxRay
  • JDSU- JDSU CellAdvisor™ Base Station Analyzer
  • PCTEL- PCTEL's RAN Mobile Testing Suite.
  • Polystar- Solver (for VoLTE - SRVCC testing)

Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network (Operators Only)

  • Optus- LTE 700 MHz commercial launch
  • Singtel- Commercial LTE
  • SK Telecom- World's First Commercial 225Mbps LTE-Advanced and Pre-5G trials

Best LTE Core Network Product

  • Alcatel-Lucent- 7750 Service Router Mobile Gateway
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. - ASR5000 Series
  • Dialogic, Inc. - Dialogic® BorderNet™ Diameter Services Helix
  • Huawei Technology- Huawei SingleEPC MSE Solution
  • Mavenir Systems- Mavenir's Converged Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Session Border Controller

Best Traffic Management Product

  • Ascom Network Testing- TEMSTM Capacity Manager
  • Gigamon- GigaVUE-HC2 Multi-Purpose Visibility Fabric Node
  • Polystar- Network and Customer Insight Solutions

Best LTE Roaming Product

  • Mavenir Systems- Interconnect Session Border Controller I-SBC)
  • Polystar- Network and Customer Insight Solutions
  • SAP Mobile Services, a division of SAP- SAP IPX 365
  • Telstra Corporation- Telstra Internet Package Exchange

Best VoLTE Innovation

  • HKT Limited- Voice over LTE Service
  • LG Uplus.- LG Uplus.
  • Mavenir Systems- Mavenir's Multi-Device, Multi-Access network Service Ubiquity Solution
  • Samsung Electronics- Smart VoLTE with InteractiV
  • Singtel- VoLTE

Innovation in HetNet Development

  • Cisco Systems,Inc- Small Cell Design and Technology Innovation
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.- Huawei LampSite Solution
  • Samsung Electronics- Samsung Advanced HetNet

NFV Innovation of the Year

  • Cisco Systems, Inc- Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core - Orchestrated
  • Mavenir Systems- Virtualized RCS based on NFV

ENDS

About LTE Asia
LTE Asia provides an opportunity to meet and network with leaders in the Asian LTE community and is recognised by the entire industry as the place to learn from and meet key decision-makers and thought-leaders. This leading 4G event attracts 1000+ high level attendees from across the APAC region, bringing together the ecosystem to discuss a wide range of issues including monetising LTE, hetnets, network optimisation, LTE evolution, 5G.

About Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms and Media (http://www.informatandm.com/) organises 125 global annual events, attended by more than 70,000 executives worldwide. With a focus on quality content, Informa Telecoms and Media deliver a key audience of decision-makers from the mobile, fixed, alternative, wholesale, MVNO, broadband and satellite operator communities. Informa Telecoms and Media is also the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets. Driven by constant first-hand contact with the industry, its 90 analysts and researchers produce a range of intelligence services including news and analytical products, in depth market reports and datasets focussed on technology, strategy and content.

For media information please contact Dana Hare at dana.hare@proactive-pr.com or Holly Leonardi at holly.leonardi@proactive-pr.com or Matthew Dunkling at matthew.dunkling@proactive-pr.com or call on +44 1636 812152.

Source: RealWire

Tech Trailblazers Awards Announce "Firestarter" Bursary for Non-VC Funded Early Stage Startups

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

New deadline of September 19th to reflect new categories of IoT and FinTech

London, UK - August 28th 2014 - The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed startups, the Firestarter program. This has been created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for the new lean startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. This new program will attract more earlier stage startups within the accelerator and incubator communities as well as those self-funding or with angel, seed and crowdfunding as their primary source of investment.

The recent Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index surveyed the funding environment for nearly 200 enterprise tech startups. 35% of those surveyed indicated that raising funds took considerably longer than anticipated and 31% said that it was considerably harder than expected. The bursary aims to ease that pressure in the early stages for a startup. It ensures that these tech firestarters get a shot at recognition with all eligible entrants 2 years or younger who are pre-VC funding can receive a bursary for the $295 entry fee to their chosen Tech Trailblazers category as well as a chance to also win the new cross category early stage "Firestarter" award.

The other startup awards include the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, FinTech, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All startups up to and including "series C" VC backed funding who are younger than 6 years old have until September 19th as the final extended deadline to complete their entries.

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer and founder of the awards, explained "We had some amazing winners over the last two years, who have gone on to very successful exits, major funding rounds and commercial success and we are delighted that we have been part of their exciting journey. But a comment from one of last year's contestants has echoed in my ears. "How can an early stage startup compete with someone with major VC backing?" Yes they can and we have seen early stage startups like SaaSID, Ventisys and Iceotope crowned as Tech Trailblazers in their field. However, it feels that the time is right to give more of the newest kids on the tech startup block more help and greater opportunity for hard earned reward and recognition. That's what the Firestarter bursary program is all about."

All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups - a further chance to win an award, and be crowned Trailblazer for their geographical region as well as the new Firestarter Award if eligible.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO's from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year's panel, and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year's Tech Trailblazers.

Notes to editors:
Media briefings and more information on awards and the Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index is available upon request.

Media Contacts

For Tech Trailblazers
Rosalind Carr
Omarketing
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rose@omarketing.com
@Rose_at_O

About the Tech Trailblazers Awards
www.techtrailblazers.com @techtrailblaze

Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their business with access to exclusive coaching, mentoring and development and prizes. The awards include the following categories:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • Emerging Markets Trailblazers
  • FinTech Trailblazers
  • IoT Trailblazers
  • Mobile Trailblazers
  • Networking Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Sustainable IT Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

In addition to the above categories, all entrants are automatically entered into the Regional Trailblazers Cup competition free of charge. The Regional Cups will be announced at the end of November and the individual Cups are:

  • African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup
  • Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup
  • European Trailblazers Cup
  • Latin American Trailblazers Cup
  • North American Trailblazers Cup

Early stage startups (2 years and younger without VC funding) will be able to apply for a chosen tech category free of charge via the new bursary and will also be automatically for the new Firestarter award as well as their Regional Cup.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including AfriLabs, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, beSUCCESS, bnetTV, BigDataStartups, China AXLR8R, the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, The Data Chain, ExecEvent, GFT, Gigaom, GoMoNews, The Green Grid, GSMA, The Icehouse, Innovation Warehouse, Internet of Things Events, IP EXPO Europe, Launchpad Europe, L'Informaticien, Lissted, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, Mynewsdesk, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, Prezi, RealWire, Seed Forum, Silicon Cape Initiative, Skolkovo, StarTau, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley, Wazoku, Ventureburn and VMware.

Source: RealWire

Telstra extends Whispir Conversation Platform to global businesses to create and automate targeted communication

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

28 AUGUST 2014 - Telstra today announced the launch of the Whispir Conversation Platform, a cloud-based enterprise service that allows organisations to quickly reach and communicate with customers, employees and the community via SMS, voice, web, email, mobile data and social media networks.

Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing said Telstra currently offered the Whispir Conversation Platform to many of its enterprise and government customers in Australia and would be using this experience to deliver the service to new international customers.

"In less than two years, Whispir's customer base has quadrupled to more than 1.6 million users and with today's expansion, we see significant growth opportunities for this service, particularly when delivered over Telstra's global network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence.

"From a major bank using the platform to communicate with staff about IT incidents, critical events and business continuity to a rail operator sharing targeted information about their train network with a local community, or a HR department coordinating the flow of information to job seekers in their network, Whispir can be used across complex operational environments within any industry and organisation, big or small.

"This is just one of many cloud-based applications now integrated into our global network and available on-demand, enabling customers to respond quickly to changing business priorities and better anticipate challenges ahead," Nathan said.

Jeromy Wells, Chief Executive Officer at Whispir, said the scalable, intuitive and easy-to-use nature of the service, combined with Telstra's global reach, would further accelerate Whispir's international growth, particularly across key vertical markets such as banking and finance, media, transportation and emergency services.

"Organisations need to ensure that critical communications to customers, employees or the community is timely, consistent and delivered as efficiently as possible. Using the Whispir Conversation Platform, customers can send and receive content and information over any channel at scale, and make it personalised and actionable, including more than 50 language options and geographic targeting.

"In partnership with Telstra, we're looking forward to continuing our global expansion and working with their international customers to transform and enrich the way they communicate with key stakeholders," Jeromy said.

The Whispir Conversation Platform will be available in global locations from the end of August via a range of packages and pricing.

Media contact:
Proactive PR

Martyn Gettings
T: +44 1636 812 152
E: telstra@proactive-pr.com

Whispir
Jeremy Matthews
T: +61 417 149 658
E: jmatthews@whispir.com

About Telstra
Telstra is the leading telecommunications and information services company in Australia. We provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the US and offer access to more than 2,000 PoPs in 230 countries and territories across the globe. Our extended reach means that we can offer customers smarter technology solutions to support sustainable business growth.

About Whispir
Whispir is a leader in the provision of a secure SaaS platform that threads together the daily flow of communications across many channels into rich and useful conversations. Whispir's conversation platform matches and connects the right people to the right information. Rich content creation, contextual automation and cross-channel interaction, from one secure platform.

Source: RealWire

Opera’s Skyfire unit adds streaming audio optimization to Rocket Optimizer

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

New technology enables mobile operators to quickly deliver high-quality audio streaming to subscribers without buffering or stalling

Oslo, Norway and Mountain View, Calif. - August 28th 2014 - Opera Software's Skyfire unit has added streaming audio optimization as a new feature to Rocket Optimizer, its NFV-ready video and data optimization platform for mobile operators, the company announced today.

A recent study by research firm Strategy Analytics into consumers' mobile music habits in the United States, China, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom [1] found that 77 percent of mobile users listen to music on their phones - with 70 percent claiming to do so at least once per week or more. Seventy-two per cent also said that they use their mobile phones to listen to music at least once a week when the service is bundled into their operator data plan.

The addition of optimized audio streaming to Rocket Optimizer also comes as increasing numbers of mobile operators partner with digital music streaming services as a way to differentiate themselves in the market, improve customer loyalty and reduce churn. It is for this reason that an increasing number of operators don't count music streaming against their customers' data plans.

Rocket Optimizer manages streaming audio traffic in the same way that it optimizes mobile video traffic. It uses its built-in Experience Assurance functionality to automatically detect when the end-user's live audio stream is about to stall, buffer or drop off entirely due to a poor connection - in real-time, before the problem starts. Rocket Optimizer then instantly adapts the audio stream to fit the available capacity in the network, in order to ensure the end user receives a smooth, uninterrupted, high-quality streaming audio experience.

Rocket Optimizer's streaming audio optimization works with most of the world's most popular streaming music services, as well as with "long tail" streaming content hosted on myriad web sites. It supports both MP3 and MP4 stream formats, and - unlike competing optimization solutions - can also convert streams to the more efficient AAC+ codec, which is able to deliver high audio quality over a low bitrate connection to any compatible device.

"With devices getting smarter and networks getting faster, streamed music - like video - is rapidly growing in popularity among consumers, and operators need to prepare their networks to deliver the superior quality of experience that consumers expect," says Nitin Bhandari, Skyfire CEO and Opera SVP of Operator Products. "While audio is generally streamed at a lower bitrate than video, users often stream audio for hours at a time - consuming significant network bandwidth. Furthermore, quality assurance is hugely important, as users are extremely sensitive to stalling in audio streams. Rocket Optimizer's audio optimization saves bandwidth where it is needed, while improving the overall consumer experience."

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About Opera Software ASA
Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them, no matter what device, network or location. In turn, we help advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses. Opera also delivers products and services to more than 120 mobile operators around the world, enabling them to provide a faster, more economical and better network experience to their subscribers.

Opera Software ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. 'Opera', 'Opera Software', 'Opera Mini' and the 'O' logo are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

[1] "Listening to the Listeners: Mobile Music Survey Results", May 2014 (Author: Nitesh Patel)

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EPiServer positioned for growth as UK demand for ecommerce and digital solutions increases

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, EPiServer continues to build momentum with digital leaders in the UK

London UK, 27 August 2014: EPiServer, a global software provider of innovative ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, today released a series of figures showcasing the organisation's continued expansion over the last 12 months. With multiple new hires, fresh partnerships and strong brand customers, EPiServer attributes its recent growth to an increase in demand for combined content and commerce solutions amongst UK businesses. In addition, the recent launch of EPiServer Find, an innovative search solution that helps businesses bridge the data gap from acquisition, retention to conversions for digital marketing and ecommerce sites, has contributed to further growth.

Over the last eight years, EPiServer has seen a 29% compound annual growth rate, with the UK market proving to be a key contributor to this expansion. Throughout the first half of 2014, EPiServer saw a 105% increase in UK licence sales compared to the previous year. This in turn helped to generate a 72% rise in total revenue.

This increase was largely driven by the company's rapidly growing customer base, which this year expanded to include such names as The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Experian and Morrisons. The ecommerce and digital solution provider also extended its relationship with WPP agency POSSIBLE and tightened its technology partnerships with Silverpop (an IBM company) and Microsoft. These relationships are part of EPiServer's long term strategy to bring together the entire digital ecosystem across WCM, e-commerce, marketing automation, CRM and ERP to enable brands to create truly connected customer experience for their customers.

In addition to this external growth, EPiServer has also expanded its internal team, recently hiring Trevor Salmon as Sales Director to spearhead the continued growth. With a longstanding background in digital marketing and sales, Salmon boasts previous experience from Day Software and Adobe Digital Marketing.

Commenting on the company's recent growth, EPiServer's UK Managing Director Johan Jardevall said: "Over the last 20 years EPiServer has gone from strength to strength as a business and as a product and services provider. Since becoming the first .NET based platform to integrate content and commerce in 2010, we've seen great success as a result of the strong - and growing - demand for intuitive, integrated digital marketing and ecommerce solutions. The UK has proven to be an increasingly vital market for us, showing a strong appreciation of the combined solution's ability to improve customer experience and multi-channel marketing."

EPiServer has made giant leaps forward in the past few years, securing over 70 dedicated partnerships with fully integrated global agencies and specialist system integrators. The company now works with partners that are specialists in e-commerce and digital marketing to ensure clients receive maximum impact as a result of its solutions. EPiServer's platform is now at the centre of over 20,000 websites including high-profile clients such as House of Parliament, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Moonpig, Kenwood, and Gatwick Airport.

About EPiServer
EPiServer connects ecommerce and digital marketing to help business create unique customer experiences, which generates business results. EPiServer's platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimization, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.

Sitting at the center of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide. Built on .NET, and supported by a pioneering partner network of over 750 partners in over 30 countries, EPiServer's platform gives customers the ability to deliver the right content to the right person in the right format at a time that suits them. This approach means customers can maximize their investment in digital marketing and increase ROI. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, UAE and the United Kingdom. EPiServer is controlled by the IK2007 Fund. IK Investment Partners is a European private equity firm with Nordic roots, managing €5.7 billion in fund commitments.

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