Helzberg Diamonds Goes Platinum: Platinum Bridal Collection To Debut In Select Stores Nationwide

Following a successful test launch, Helzberg Diamonds, in conjunction with Platinum Guild International (PGI USA, www.preciousplatinum.com) is preparing for the official launch of its new platinum collection of engagement rings and wedding bands in select stores nationwide in October. The Platinum Guild International is dedicated to promoting platinum and its pure, rare and eternal qualities to the consumer and the jewelry trade and has offices in the US, China, Japan, India and London, providing information, assistance and education on all aspects of platinum jewelry. Platinum is naturally white and, unlike other white metals, will never change color or fade so it is the perfect choice for jewelry that symbolizes a lasting relationship. (See more facts about platinum, platinum jewelry designs, retailer locations and much more on www.preciousplatinum.com.)

Helzberg Diamonds Goes Platinum: Platinum Bridal Collection To Debut In Select Stores Nationwide.  (PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International)

Helzberg Diamonds Goes Platinum: Platinum Bridal Collection To Debut In Select Stores Nationwide. (PRNewsFoto/Platinum Guild International)

Helzberg Diamonds®, a retail and online jewelry store focused on customer service, was founded in 1915 and has more than 230 stores nationwide, featuring a wide selection of fine jewelry, including diamond engagement rings and wedding rings, precious gems and watches. In support of the collection, PGI USA is providing platinum training in all stores and also offering online training. The platinum styles will be featured in Helzberg’s advertising as well as in-store brochures and counter signs.

Helzberg is dedicated to unparalleled quality and service so platinum bridal jewelry is a natural fit for their stores,” says PGI USA president Huw Daniel.  “Helzberg Associates shine in their enthusiasm and expertise, and we are thrilled with how the platinum collection has been received thus far.”

Celebrate a love that lasts forever with the enduring beauty and strength of platinum. It is a feeling you never want to end. Filled with hope and promise. Strong enough to stand the test of time. Mark your enduring love with the beauty and strength of platinum. Never changing, never fading, it is the ultimate symbol of your lifelong commitment to one another.”

Helzberg CEO Beryl Raff says, “At Helzberg, we strive to make the experience of purchasing an engagement ring and wedding band a truly special one.  We believe that by offering a couple platinum rings and bands, we are offering a quality that symbolizes their lifelong journey. Helzberg believes in platinum.”

For the locations nearest you, call 1-800-HELZBERG (800-435-9237) or visit www.Helzberg.com.

For more information about Platinum Guild International (PGI), please visit  www.preciousplatinum.com

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The Metropolitan at The 9 To Bring A New Cosmopolitan Residential Lifestyle To Downtown Cleveland


A distinctive, new complex, called The 9, being constructed at the intersection of E. 9th and Euclid in downtown Cleveland will soon become an urban luxury destination that will redefine the way locals and travelers live, stay, work and play in the city. At its peak, the $250 million project will employ 1,000 construction workers. The hotel, residences and restaurants are all scheduled to open simultaneously in the fall of 2014.

When it opens in late 2014, the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda will be transformed into a modern-meets-historic luxury hotel called The Metropolitan at The 9, high-end urban residences, the Adega restaurant (featuring modern Mediterranean cuisine and downtown’s largest outdoor dining area), a theater (The Alex Theater) that features live entertainment and film screenings, 12,000 feet of meeting and event space, a Heinen’s grocery store and marketplace, plus  a host of other amenities.

Among those amenities will be Azure Sky, downtown’s largest rooftop bar and sun deck, an indoor dog park, plus a spa and fitness club. Residents will also be able to rent a bike or charge the batteries on their Tesla, visit The 9’s speakeasy or have a pastrami sandwich at the New York-style deli.

Rendering of The 9, new cosmopolitan complex being constructed in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The space will occupy the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda. (PRNewsFoto/GEIS Companies)

Rendering of The 9, new cosmopolitan complex being constructed in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The space will occupy the former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda. (PRNewsFoto/GEIS Companies)

Residents of The 9 can choose from 105 spacious luxury apartments, including one of 16 custom-designed Sky Suites with massive windows that provide panoramic views of downtown Cleveland. All residences will have access to The Metropolitan Hotel’s guest services, including housekeeping, 24-hour room service and valet parking.

Cleveland-based GEIS Companies has teamed up with Sandvick Architects of Cleveland (a consultant on the project that specializes in adapting historic structures) to bring new life to what has long an overlooked area of the city. The team plans to preserve and interlace iconic architectural features with modern technology and design concepts.

The 9 will be like no other hotel or residence in the city – or the country for that matter,” said Greg Geis, CEO of GEIS Companies. “From the old bank vaults that we are turning into private dining areas and the magnificent Tiffany glass dome of the rotunda building, to the bellmen and intuitive technology that will recognize and anticipate our visitors’ needs, The 9 will be a marquee destination that rivals anything in the country – but also celebrates what’s great about Cleveland and its rich history.” Continue reading

Free PhotoPlus Expo Mobile App Puts Planning, Registration, Seminar and Event Scheduling in the Palm of Your Hand

iOS/Android/BlackBerry App Offers Smart Bookmarks for “Must-See” Exhibitors, Show Floor Maps, Listings of Seminars, Events and More

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo has announced a new app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices is now available for this year’s event, scheduled October 23-26, 2013, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The new app provides tremendous support to attendees to register for the show and search, plan, and bookmark “favorite” seminars, exhibitors and events directly through their handheld device from anywhere in the world.


Having very detailed descriptions of PhotoPlus Expo activities at their fingertips, attendees can easily organize all their favorite seminars, exhibitors, products and events to better prioritize their time on and off the show floor while staying up-to-date on all that is happening during the show. The app allows users to find information easily and stay informed while on the go, helping to make the most of their experience. Users can view information on exhibitors, educational seminars, keynotes and special evening events, registration, show floor and convention center maps, shuttle bus info, and other planning tools.

The PhotoPlus Expo mobile app is an effective and efficient way for attendees to manage, maintain, and modify their time and schedule while attending PhotoPlus Expo,” explains Lauren Wendle, VP and Publisher, The Photo Group.” “There is a lot to see and do at PhotoPlus Expo and the ability to prioritize specific activities or modify as needed is an enormous benefit to attendees who want to experience everything important to them at the show.”

Features of the PhotoPlus Expo mobile app include:

  • Complete      list of seminars by title, date, speaker, and track
  • Full      list of over 250 exhibitors by name, booth number and product category
  • Keynote      Presentations by date, title and speaker
  • Satisfaction      rating system for seminars and speakers
  • Show      floor map with dynamic booth locators
  • “SmartRoute”      with point-to-point directions to exhibitors bookmarked as “favorites”
  • Easy      bookmarking of exhibitors, seminars and products
  • Links      to up to date show information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

The 2013 PhotoPlus Expo mobile app is now available for download at the iTunes Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices or BlackBerry World for Blackberry devices.

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus Expo (http://www.photoplusexpo.com) showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and video and attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers photography, video and digital imaging seminars taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.

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Ming Tsai’s “Simply Ming” Collection Launches on HSN

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai has debuted his collection of “Simply Ming” cutting edge kitchen tools and accessories on HSN, www.HSN.com and HSN mobile. The high-quality line combines functional innovation with Ming Tsai’s extensive culinary background to create uniquely engineered products that are perfect for the demands of today’s home cooks. Throughout his career, Ming Tsai has proven that he not only loves to cook, but has a true passion for showing others how easy it is to cook.  The “Simply Ming” Collection is a natural extension of this commitment.

The “Simply Ming” Collection can be used by experienced chefs and novices alike.  Materials like hard-anodized aluminum and high-end ceramics help deliver overall performance and durability.

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

Ming Tsai Simply Ming Bamboo Cutting Board with Magnetic Knife

Ming Tsai Simply Ming Bamboo Cutting Board with Magnetic Knife

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

Simply Ming HSN Premiere 4-piece Aero Knife Gourmet Set

The line will offer a variety of culinary products and cookbooks and include exclusive configurations of: the 4-piece AeroKnife™ Set; Edge of Glory Knife Sharpener; the Bamboo Cutting Board with Built in Magnetic Knife Technology; a Nuwave Cooking Station Induction Burner; and a Nuwave Elite 9″ Frypan.  Additionally, the collection will include two cookbooks, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals and Simply Ming in Your Kitchen, featuring many of his East-West favorites. Continue reading

Fujitsu Unveils New ScanSnap Scanner Designed for Simple, One-Button Scanning of Bound and Over-Sized Documents Such as Books, Magazines and Newspapers


Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, today introduced the newest addition to its award-winning ScanSnap product lineup, the ScanSnap SV600, featuring a new versatile technique to quickly and easily digitize bound, fragile and large documents such as magazines, books, newspapers, drawings, photos, paintings, business cards and much more. While still maintaining the ScanSnap legacy of providing easy-to-use one-button scanning and advanced imaging technology, the SV600 utilizes its compact scanning design to turn hard-to-scan objects into PDF or JPEG files which can then be easily stored, shared and accessed.

The ScanSnap SV600 is equipped with new “Versatile Imaging Technology” (VI Technology) allowing the scanner to minimize the unevenness in image quality and generate a smooth, uniform digital image that looks natural to the reader’s eye. This is important when scanning thick, bound and uneven documents such as books, magazines and artwork. Its single camera scan functionality also gives users the ability to scan valuable and delicate documents without ever touching the surface.

The new ScanSnap SV600 scanning a magazine.  (PRNewsFoto/Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.)

The new ScanSnap SV600 scanning a magazine. (PRNewsFoto/Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.)

The ScanSnap SV600 also includes “Book Image Correction” and “Page Turning Detection” functionality. The Book Image Correction compensates for the curvature in open books or magazines and automatically corrects the distortion in the scanned image, and then you can confirm and fine-tune the images on the preview dialog after scanning. Its Page Turning Detection automatically identifies when a page is turned for continuous, hassle-free one-button scanning. Check out this video tutorial of the ScanSnap SV600 for a glimpse into its versatile scanning features.

The ScanSnap SV600 adds an entirely new document imaging feature set to the ScanSnap scanner line providing customers with Fujitsu Logoa compact, yet feature-rich scanner capable of digitizing documents such as books, magazines and artwork,” said Scott Francis, senior vice president of marketing, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “It’s the perfect solution for anyone looking for a simple, efficient, and affordable way to preserve those hard-to-scan documents and access them anywhere, anytime.”

Additional Details of the new ScanSnap SV600

The ScanSnap SV600 allows users to quickly transform their paperwork into editable documents at the push of a button. It can scan large documents up to 1.18 inches high and 11″ x 17″ in length in less than 3 seconds (600dpi, color) and is capable of scanning multiple documents at the same time, such as business cards or photos, which can then be automatically cropped into individual digitized documents. Continue reading

Polk Partners with Pop-Rock Band Walk Off the Earth to Launch Nationwide Talent Competition


Today, Polk (www.polkaudio.com) announced the launch of its “Listen to the Music” campaign, which pays tribute to The Doobie Brothers’ classic rock hit of the same name, reimagines the song across genres, and celebrates Polk’s 40 years in building world-class audio. The multi-platform “Listen to the Music” campaign includes a collaboration with Canadian pop-rock band and YouTube viral video sensation Walk Off the Earth, social media contest, and mobile recording studio that will travel across the nation through spring 2014.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth

At the heart of the “Listen to the Music” campaign is a call to musicians of all genres to reinterpret The Doobie Brothers’ hit song “Listen to the Music” and submit a video of their cover as part of a nationwide artist competition. The “Listen to the Music” video contest is now open for nationwide submissions; additionally, bands can record and submit their cover of The Doobie Brothers’ track from a Polk mobile recording studio, which begins its nationwide tour in New York City. The Polk team gutted a classic artist tour bus and outfitted the vehicle with recording and video equipment, providing a mobile studio for bands around the U.S. that want to get involved with the campaign. On the bus, musicians can record audio and video of their cover and submit their track to the contest page. Additionally, bands and musicians can check the www.polkbus.com website for a list of local tour stops.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth

Beginning Oct. 12, the bus will travel to State College, Pa., for the Penn State vs. Michigan football game. It will then travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Florida vs. Georgia game on Nov. 3; to Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 16 for the Arizona State vs. Oregon State game; to Los Angeles on Nov. 23 for the UCLA vs. Arizona State University game; to San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 30 for the Stanford vs. Notre Dame game; and finally to San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 30 for The Holiday Bowl. The bus

Polk logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Polk)

Polk logo. (PRNewsFoto/Polk)

will round out the tour next year with stops at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January; the Super Bowl and The Daytona 500 in February; and Mardi Gras in New Orleans and SXSW in Austin, Texas, in March.

To kick off the platform and inspire contest participants, Polk tapped Walk Off the Earth—which garnered more than 155 million YouTube views with its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and recently released R.E.V.O., a full-length album of original songs on Columbia Records featuring the hit single “Red Hands” and follow-up single “Gang of Rhythm“—to record a fresh interpretation of “Listen to the Music.” (Video available at: http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/PRNA/ENR/FX-MM92266-20131007-02.mp4)

Walk Off the Earth band members will also serve as contest judges, helping to narrow all entries on the Polk Facebook contest to 10 finalists, with a public vote determining the final winner. The artist or band selected will get the chance to open for Walk Off the Earth and nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, John Legend, at a concert in January 2014, as well as win a suite of Polk listening products. Continue reading

The MAK GAMES 2013: A benefit for the MAK Center for Art & Architecture L.A.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Sheats/Goldstein Residence

2-6 PM (Games start promptly at 3PM)



An exclusive and exciting event, the MAK GAMES 2013 is a cocktail party and invitational tennis tournament to benefit the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles, California. This fantastic fall fundraiser is held in the spectacular architectural setting of the Sheats/Goldstein Residence, designed by renowned architect John Lautner in 1963. Guided tours of the house will be conducted throughout the event.

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture occupies a unique position in the Los Angeles cultural landscape. It produces critically acclaimed exhibitions exploring contemporary and modern art and architecture, and presents publications, new art commissions, symposia, lecture series, performances, concerts, public art projects, architecture tours, and more. A satellite of the Museum for Applied Art and Contemporary Art in Vienna (MAK), the MAK Center conserves and maintains three significant works of modern architecture by R. M. Schindler in Los Angeles. The MAK Center is headquartered at the Schindler House on Kings Road (RMS, 1922), and runs an international artist and architect in residency program at the Mackey Apartments (RMS, 1939). www.makcenter.org

John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein Residence (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels)

John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein Residence (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels)

Over an afternoon of drinks, BBQ, and a sunset awards ceremony, guests will cheer on cultural luminaries such as writer/director Stephen Gaghan, artist Charles Gaines, social entrepreneur Ben Goldhirsh, Hammer Museum director of exhibitions and publications Brooke Hodge, architecture historian/archivist/curator Nicholas Olsberg, design and fine art auctioneer Viveca Paulin, LACMA chief curator Franklin Sirmans, and others as they compete for the MAK Cup at the newly completed Goldstein Court.  Broadcaster/former professional tennis player Justin Gimelstob will guide the MAK GAMES as emcee. Continue reading