HOLIDAY 2013 GIFT GUIDE: Yvolution Revolutionary New Y Fliker(TM) Carver Performance Scooters Featuring Patented FLEX Technology

Y FLIKER CARVER SCOOTER NAMED TO THE 2013 TOYS”R”US HOLIDAY HOT TOY LIST

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT TOYS”R”US STORES NATIONWIDE AND ONLINE AT TOYSRUS.COM/YVOLUTION BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2013

In 2012, Yvolution started a scooter revolution with the introduction of its innovative Y Fliker(TM) Flow Series of self-propelling three-wheeled scooters, forever changing the way kids scoot.  New for 2013, Yvolution unveils its Y Fliker Carver Series of performance scooters with sleek design featuring patented FLEX technology.  Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control, allowing riders to turn on a dime. Toys”R”Us has already named the Y Fliker Carver scooter to its 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List, a title reserved for the toys that kids from all corners of the country are expected to be most excited about.  Y Fliker Carver scooters, which are available in two sizes, will be available exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and online at www.Toysrus.com/Yvolution beginning October 1, 2013.  Yvolution, makers of fun, high-quality, innovative and safe ride-ons, will have an extensive range of products available at Toys”R”Us this holiday season, allowing toddlers to teens to experience “Life through Motion” at every stage.

Y Fliker C3 Carver performance scooter featuring patented FLEX technology by Yvolution. Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control.  (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

Y Fliker C3 Carver performance scooter featuring patented FLEX technology by Yvolution. Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control. (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

Since 2009, Yvolution (www.Yvolution.com) has launched new products successfully in more than 40 countries worldwide. Its award-winning Y Fliker scooter was named the number-one-selling outdoor toy in the UK in 2011, and was one of the hottest and hardest to find toys when introduced in the U.S. for holiday season in 2012.  The company is also known for its three-wheeled, European-style Y Glider scooters, which feature Yvolution’s patented “Lean to Steer” technology.  In addition, the company’s global product portfolio includes ride-ons, balance bikes, go-karts, trick scooters and skateboards, offering toddlers through adults “Life through Motion” at every stage.

Y Fliker C3 Carver performance scooter featuring patented FLEX technology by Yvolution. Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control.  (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

Y Fliker C3 Carver performance scooter featuring patented FLEX technology by Yvolution. Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control. (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

Y Fliker C1 Carver performance scooter featuring patented FLEX technology by Yvolution. Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control.  (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

Y Fliker C1 Carver performance scooter featuring patented FLEX technology by Yvolution. Kids looking for a more extreme ride can carve, drift and even 360 with enhanced stability and control. (PRNewsFoto/Yvolution)

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The 5th Anuual ‘Bra for a Cause” Fundraising Event

Promises of Tomorrow, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, has announced a fall event aimed at raising awareness and financial support for people battling breast cancer. The event, called ‘Bras for a Cause’, raises money by auctioning custom designed bras which are modeled by Dallas-Ft. Worth area firefighters. The event is being supported by BioTE Medical, a nationwide leader in natural hormone replacement therapy.

"Bras for a Cause" Taps Firefighters to Raise Breast Cancer Support.  (PRNewsFoto/Promises of Tomorrow)

“Bras for a Cause” Taps Firefighters to Raise Breast Cancer Support. (PRNewsFoto/Promises of Tomorrow)

The Glass Cactus at The Gaylord Texan Resort will be the location for the 5th Annual ‘Bras for a Cause’ Fundraising Event, Tuesday October 1 from 6-10PM. The event features firefighters modeling custom ‘Bras for a Cause’. The ‘Bras for a Cause’ will be auctioned off during the evening as participants are encouraged to outbid others in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness and support.

Promises of Tomorrow and the ‘Bras for a Cause’ events were co-founded by DeDe Galindo and Emily Weathers, whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Ms. Weathers commented, “My mother and grandmother were both diagnosed with breast cancer in the same year. Having gone through that as a young girl has motivated me to help others.” Ms. Galindo added, “Even though we have lots of fun at our ‘Bras for a Cause’ events, this is very serious. We want to be there for people when they or their family are fighting breast cancer.”

Galindo and Weathers said that money raised goes to a number of areas of support. Weathers said, “One of our primary goals is to provide genetic testing for those at risk who cannot pay for it themselves.” Using financial gifts efficiently is a key operational goal. According to Galindo, “We run lean and mean. Other than one part-time paid administrative person, all of our staff are volunteers. This means that a very high percentage of every dollar donated goes to help people and families living with the challenge of breast cancer.”

Both Galindo and Weathers acknowledged the support of corporate sponsors. They include BioTE Medical, Hormonal Health, Wellness and Skin Center, Texas Breast Specialists and The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders.

Dr. Gary Donovitz, President & CEO of BioTE Medical, commented, “We are excited to be working with Promises of Tomorrow. Their focus on helping to provide screenings and other services is essential to early detection of breast cancer.” Dan DeNeui, COO of BioTE Medical, added, “At BioTE we believe deeply in the mission of ‘Bras for a Cause’. At BioTE we share a common mission of bringing support and new hope to people who are fighting breast cancer.”

For more information on Promise of Tomorrow and the ‘Bras for a Cause’ event go to http://www.brasforacause.com or call 682-231-BRAS (2727). For more information on BioTE Medical, go to http://www.biotemedical.com.

Holiday Travel 2013: “Light Up the Holidays” at The Barnsley Resort for a Festive End of Year Holiday Getaway

MORE THAN ONE MILLION LIGHTS ADORN THE ICONIC 1800S MANOR HOUSE RUINS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON

With the holidays just around the corner, Barnsley Resort (http://www.barnsleyresort.com) continues a new Southern tradition with the second-annual lighting of the historic 1800s manor house ruins and surrounding gardens, available for guests and visitors to enjoy from November 27, 2013 – January 6, 2014. More than one million lights and festive décor in the ruins and English-style village will welcome resort guests throughout the season, making it a premiere holiday getaway destination.

Holiday lights outline The Ruins at Barnsley Resort. (Jessica Rayborn Photography)

Holiday lights outline The Ruins at Barnsley Resort. (Jessica Rayborn Photography)

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 60 miles north of Atlanta, Barnsley Resort welcomes guests into a storybook romantic setting of incomparable service. Encompassing 3,300 acres, the historic grounds offer a unique getaway experience. Originally built as an opulent estate in the 19th century, the grounds have been transformed into a world-class resort, where all guests are lodged in private rooms, suites or cottages, all luxuriously appointed with a mix of old-world charm and modern convenience. Whether looking for a relaxing weekend, strategic meeting or an elegant wedding, guests will discover a retreat of privacy and perfection. Amenities include gourmet dining, immaculate gardens, historic ruins, a European-style spa, and exciting recreational choices such as world-class golf, wing-shooting and hunting at SpringBank Plantation – Georgia’s most unique hunting preserve, and horseback riding along scenic trails.

Colorful lights adorn the walls and Christmas tree inside The Ruins at Barnsley Resort. (Jessica Rayborn Photography)

Colorful lights adorn the walls and Christmas tree inside The Ruins at Barnsley Resort. (Jessica Rayborn Photography)

This family-friendly destination is sure to create lasting memories for adults and children alike with a number of special events, holiday celebrations, and seasonal activities. Festive classes and workshops are added to an already-impressive repertoire of activities during the holidays at Barnsley Resort. Along with the extravagant lighting of the gardens and ruins, Santa encounters for the kids, wreath-making classes, a “Gingerbread Workshop” (hosted by the resort’s famed Fairy Godmother), elaborate holiday dining presentations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, marshmallow toasting and making s’mores at numerous fire pits, and additional celebrations make guests’ days merry and bright. For specific dates and times of events, visit the online calendar. Continue reading

Hard Rock Goes PINK Worldwide This October

14TH ANNUAL PINKTOBER™ CAMPAIGN RAISES GLOBAL AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

From Hollywood to Hamburg, music’s hottest talent and the world-famous Hard Rock brand are going PINK in support of the 14th Annual PINKTOBER™ Campaign, providing guests with a variety of ways to show their support for the cause. Proceeds from the campaign will support research and awareness-driving efforts for breast cancer charities worldwide, including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (U.S.), The Caron Keating Foundation (U.K.), Brustkrebs Deutschland e.v. (Germany), Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (Italy), La Ligue Contre le Cancer (France)

Hard Rock International Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Hard Rock International)

Hard Rock International Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Hard Rock International)

and more.

With a total of 174 venues in 54 countries, including 138 cafes, 17 hotels and 7 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website.

Hard Rock has plenty of pink to go around this October at its 174 locations worldwide. As part of the international PINKTOBER program, Hard Rock Cafe London will host a fundraising event to benefit The Caron Keating Foundation with a live performance by The Overtones.  Guests at Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg can enjoy pink menu items served by female celebrities such as actress Eva Habermann and Susann Atwell , and enjoy a special performance by musician Maite Kelly . In addition, Hard Rock Cafe Prague will host a series of concert events as part of PINKTOBER, including performances by Tanya Gray and David Dale .

Back in the U.S., Hard Rock supports the cause with a special “Living Ribbon” event at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, where guests and survivors will gather across the Rainbow Bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada to symbolically join the fight against breast cancer.  Music icon and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant, Bret Michaels , will rock out to raise awareness for a PINKTOBER edition of Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando.  And Hard Rock Cafe Houston goes country with a live performance by country singer Joe Nichols benefiting the cause. For the full 2013 Hard Rock PINKTOBER event lineup, visit www.hardrock.com.

SHOP FOR THE CAUSE

Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER campaign helps get fans into the hottest color of the season with the 2013 PINKTOBER merchandise line, including a collector’s edition pin, T-shirt, scarf, bracelet, tote, robe, pink sheets and more! All products will be sold exclusively at Hard Rock properties worldwide, including Cafes, Hotels and Casinos and online at www.hardrock.com.  Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation (U.K. only) with 75 percent of the retail price of each pin and 15 percent of the retail price of other products sold going directly to the cause. Continue reading

Logitech Reimagines Home Control with Two New Advanced Harmony Universal Remotes

LOGITECH HARMONY HUB ADDS CLOSED-CABINET, GAME CONSOLE AND LIGHTING CONTROL TO YOUR UNIVERSAL REMOTE AND SMARTPHONE

LOGITECH HARMONY® ULTIMATE: ONE-TOUCH ENTERTAINMENT ACCESS, PLUS CLOSED-CABINET, GAME CONSOLE AND LIGHTING CONTROL.

LOGITECH HARMONY® SMART CONTROL: TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE INTO A UNIVERSAL REMOTE. THE LEADER IN UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL JUST MADE HOME ENTERTAINMENT SMARTER. AGAIN.

The Logitech Harmony® brand is no longer just about entertainment access. Logitech has announced the expansion of its award-winning universal remote control lineup with the Logitech Harmony® Ultimate and the Logitech Harmony® Smart Control. Both products feature Logitech’s Harmony Hub and Harmony Smartphone App to enable closed-cabinet control and one-touch entertainment access to game consoles from your universal remote or smartphone. The Harmony LogitechHub takes personalizing your activities a step farther into home control with the ability to program your Philips Hue lights to the desired brightness and color with a tap of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate.

We’ve elevated the universal remote to the next level, taking a personalized approach to home entertainment,” said Joerg Tewes vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group at Logitech. “Furthermore, our Harmony product line is no longer just about entertainment access – we’ve designed the Logitech Harmony Ultimate so you can also control your home’s lighting. Now you can tune the TV, start a movie and adjust your lights to set the mood, with the touch of your finger.”

The Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control are compatible with more than 225,000 home-entertainment devices and more than 5,000 brands. Both include the Harmony Hub, which uses Bluetooth® wireless technology to power on game consoles such as the Sony PS3®, Nintendo Wii® and Wii U. The Harmony Hub also, controls infrared devices inside closed entertainment cabinets and without the need to point at them. Each also comes with the Harmony Smartphone App, which anyone in the house can download to turn his or her smartphone into a personal universal remote.

Logitech Harmony Hub

Logitech Harmony Hub

Able to control up to 15 devices, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate is a fully featured remote with a 2.4-inch color touch-screen that enables no-look control over television programs, movies and music by using simple swipes and taps. The Logitech Harmony® Ultimate is the first step in reimagining home control, giving you one-touch access to turn on your TV, start your Blu-ray player and dim your Philips Hue lights to set the mood. The remote includes the Harmony Hub RF receiver, which turns RF signals from the remote into IR and Bluetooth® commands your devices can understand. With the Logitech Harmony Ultimate, you can access your devices – including IR devices and game consoles – through cabinets and walls. And, with the optional Harmony Smartphone App, anyone in the house can turn his or her smartphone into a personal universal remote. Other exclusive features include vibration feedback so you know it received your touch screen commands, tilt sensors and buttons programmable for both short and long presses, doubling the available functions. Continue reading

Audemars Piguet Unveils the Limited Edition Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph LeBron James

NBA STAR REPRESENTS RENOWNED SWISS WATCH BRAND ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE AND COLLABORATED ON EXCLUSIVE LIMITED-EDITION WATCH

On Friday, September 27th, AUDEMARS PIGUET (www.audemarspiguet.com) celebrated BRAND AMBASSADOR LEBRON JAMES On the Launch of His New Watch, the ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE CHRONOGRAPH LEBRON JAMES, with a Press Conference and Cocktail Party held at 1111 Lincoln Road In Miami Beach

EXCLUSIVE-Miami Beach, FL - 09/27/13 - Audemars Piguet presents the Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Limited Edition -PICTURED: Francois-Henry Bennahmias, LeBron James -PHOTO by: Seth Browarnik/startraksphoto.com -_DSC3545 Startraks Photo New York, NY  For licensing please call 212-414-9464 or email sales@startraksphoto.com

EXCLUSIVE-Miami Beach, FL – 09/27/13 – Audemars Piguet presents the Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Limited Edition
-PICTURED: Francois-Henry Bennahmias, LeBron James
-PHOTO by: Seth Browarnik/startraksphoto.com

Joining the celebrated four-time NBA MVP LeBron James were FRANCOIS-HENRY BENNAHMIAS, CEO of Audemars Piguet and XAVIER NOLOT, CEO of Audemars Piguet (North America) as well as Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick, Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy, NBC Today Show’s Jill Martin, the Fugees Pras Michel, Tinie Tempah,  and Flo Rida with music provided by DJ Mick. Continue reading

Bang & Olufsen Introduces New Wireless Speaker Technology at CEDIA 2013

A SECOND-TO-NONE MULTI-CHANNEL WIRELESS EXPERIENCE THAT PROVIDES ROBUST ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AND FLEXIBLE, SIMPLE OPERATION

INTRODUCING IMMACULATE WIRELESS SOUND

BANG & OLUFSEN (www.bang-olufsen.com) announces the introduction of a new wireless speaker platform, the first ever to use wireless technology that is robust enough for high-end digital sound, at the CEDIA 2013 tradeshow in Denver, Colorado. With the new wireless technology, audiophiles can now enjoy 24-bit, uncompressed music wirelessly and installers and decorators can achieve cinema-quality surround sound without the wire clutter. The new wireless technology by BANG & OLUFSEN incorporates WiSA’s (WIRELESS SPEAKER AND AUDIO ASSOCIATION) open standard to achieve the ultimate sound performance in multi-channel wireless set up. Therefore, Bang & Olufsen’s next-generation wireless speakers, to be introduced later this fall, will connect to any WiSA compliant third-party television, Blu-ray player, AV receiver or the like – simply, flexibly and brilliantly. Bang & Olufsen will announce the release of its first Immaculate Wireless Sound Speakers in late October.

Bang & Olufsen's Cube, located at company headquarters in Denmark, is one of the world's largest, privately owned electroacoustic measurement facilities.   (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen’s Cube, located at company headquarters in Denmark, is one of the world’s largest, privately owned electroacoustic measurement facilities. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Established in 2011 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA) Association ( www.wisaassociation.org) is an industry group dedicated to bringing reliable, high- performance interoperable wireless audio products to the consumer. The Association is responsible for developing specifications and performing testing and interoperability certification of WiSA-certified products, Association administrative management, and outbound marketing campaigns to promote the broad adoption of WiSA interoperability. WiSA, LLC, the agent for the WiSA Association, is a

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen - LOGO.  (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

Immaculate Wireless Sound by Bang & Olufsen – LOGO. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen)

wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc.

With the introduction of its new wireless speaker platform at CEDIA 2013, Bang & Olufsen is the first brand to incorporate the new WiSA standard into high-end speakers. The Danish company is building the innovative platform into its newest generation of speakers – slated for launch next month – as well as including it in upcoming television releases. The WiSA platform utilizes the relatively uncongested 5.2-5.8 GHz range to avoid interference from other signals, and to provide enough bandwidth to stream 24-bit, uncompressed music at native sampling rates. There are enough channels to drive anything from a pair of speakers to a full-blown 7.1 surround system – without the wires.

Bang & Olufsen has collaborated with Summit Semiconductor and the WiSA association in the development of the new standard. “Working with Bang & Olufsen’s strong audio team to perfect a high fidelity, wireless audio signal has created industry leading performance for the consumer’s enjoyment,” says Brett Moyer, President and CEO of Summit Semiconductor. “WiSA certification ensures the best available quality in high-definition wireless audio,” says WiSA president Jim Venable. “We are proud to announce that the first brand to achieve the WiSA stamp of approval is also one of the world’s most iconic champions of amazing sound. Bang & Olufsen is paving the way to a new generation of wireless speakers of uncompromising quality.” Continue reading