John Legend to Perform at Governors Ball on Oscar® Sunday

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John Legend, nine-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter, will take the stage on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball.

“John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists,” said Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball.  “We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.”

Legend’s critically acclaimed 2004 debut album, “Get Lifted,” garnered eight Grammy nominations and earned him a win for best R&B album.  That year he also won best new artist of the year and best male R&B vocal performance for the hit single “Ordinary People.”  His fourth solo album, “Love in the Future,” is nominated for best R&B album at the upcoming Grammy Awards.  Legend’s songs have been included in the soundtracks of such films as “Waiting for Superman,” “Think Like a Man” and “Django Unchained.

In 2007 Legend launched an education-focused organization, the Show Me Campaign, which works to break the cycle of poverty in both the U.S. and Africa.  He also serves on the boards of several other organizations, including Stand for Children, Teach For America, the Harlem Village Academies and PopTech.

Legend will perform for the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries.  The Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Mamas & Papas® Introduces The Armadillo, A Compact Stroller That Parents Can Fold with One Hand

Nearly half of the dollars spent by Americans on their strollers are on models that are not meeting modern families’ needs, according to a Mamas & Papas® survey conducted by Kelton in August 2013. The survey found that 1 in 2 (49 percent) parents with children under the age of five are not extremely satisfied with their current strollers. Additionally, more than two in three parents (68 percent) feel that it is better to have multiple strollers than to have a single stroller for all of their activities. In fact, 1782719_MP2more than 21 percent have purchased three or more strollers for just one child.

Recognizing that there is room for improvement within the industry and remaining committed to delivering innovative products, Mamas & Papas, Great Britain’s favorite baby brand and one of the world’s leading nursery retailers, is introducing its new armadillo stroller this month at Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide and online atBabiesrus.com.

The Armadillo meets the needs that parents expressed in the survey, including ease of open and fold. Fifty eight percent of parents believe that their current stroller is not as easy to open and fold as it could be, while ease of open and fold is their top desired feature aside from price (48 percent). The survey also found that difficulty with opening and folding has even led parents into undesirable situations with their current strollers. For example, 13 percent of parents have had to ask a stranger to help them fold their strollers.

The armadillo quickly and easily opens, and folds in seconds with just one hand. The stroller’s compact and freestanding fold allows parents to store it in tight spaces, including small trunks. Its innovative inward fold also protects the fabric, while its large, comfortable seat for baby lies flat for use from birth and is well padded for long naps. The stroller also features an extra-large hood for maximum weather protection and a large shopping basket for storing essentials.

The survey supports our belief that parents are buying multiple strollers to meet all of their needs,” said Amanda Scacchetti, product design director and daughter of Mamas & Papas’ founders. “As a parent, I wanted a compact stroller that felt like a big one without sacrificing any comfort for my growing baby. The armadillo is the answer to what many parents are looking for thanks to its lightweight frame that opens and folds with one hand plus a big seat design that allows baby to stretch even as they grow.”

The armadillo adapts to everyday urban life thanks to its lightweight and compact frame that allows for easy navigability. Its lockable front swivel wheels provide extra stability while on the move across every urban terrain and all round suspension ensures a bump-free ride for baby.

The armadillo is now available in Black Licorice in Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com in Lemon Drop, Black Licorice, Blue Fizz, Coral Pink and Stripe with matching liner.

Mamas & Papas, Britain’s favorite nursery brand, was established in 1981 by Luisa and David Scacchetti, young parents seeking baby products that were modern and practical for everyday use. More than thirty years later, the family business that they created is now run by their daughters, Amanda and Olivia, who, as parents themselves, ensure that each product is designed with parents and children in mind. Based in Yorkshire, England, the company employs 1,700 people around the world and heavily invests in research and product development to create the most unique, useful and high quality products possible. Mamas & Papas’ award-winning products are beloved by parents around the globe, including the United States, where the company recently brought its products to market. Most recently, the brand’s Baby Snug was recognized as a top baby product by Parent Tested, Parent Approved, a trusted U.S. children’s award program.

Known for creating products that add simplicity to parents’ daily routines, Mamas & Papas tests every product with real families before they hit the market. The armadillo was given to families in early 2013 and their feedback was incorporated into the final model. For the latest product news and more, visit mamasandpapas.com and visit the brand on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Mamas & Papas 2013 Stroller Survey was conducted by Kelton between August 19 and August 27, 2013, among 544 parents of children under the age of 5 who own at least one stroller, using an email invitation and an online survey.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results.

In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.2 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.

LG Stays Ahead Of The Curve At International CES®, Announcing U.S. Launch Plans For LG G Flex

LG Stays Ahead Of The Curve At International CES®, Announcing U.S. Launch Plans For LG G Flex

First Curved, Flexible Smartphone Delivers More Immersive, Ergonomic Experience for Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile Users

LG G Flex is the World's First Curved Flexible Smartphone Coming to the US Soon.  (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA)

LG G Flex is the World’s First Curved Flexible Smartphone Coming to the US Soon. (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA)

LG G Flex, the world’s first curved, flexible smartphone*, will be available in the United States during the first quarter from Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, LG Electronics announced today at the 2014 International CES(®)(booth #8204).

Combining unparalleled consumer benefits with the best of LG’s technological advancements, the LG G Flex represents the shape of innovation, a harbinger of the future of smartphones and is poised to reinvigorate excitement in the category during 2014,” said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company.

LG G Flex is the World's First Curved Flexible Smartphone Coming to the US Soon.  (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA)

LG G Flex is the World’s First Curved Flexible Smartphone Coming to the US Soon. (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA)

Purposefully designed to provide a cinematic viewing experience and ergonomic comfort, the innovative new LG G Flex incorporates many of LG’s futuristic technologies while still being a practical option for today’s discerning consumers.  A six-inch curved Plastic OLED HD display designed by sister company LG Display and a curved battery developed by LG Chem work in tandem to give LG G Flex its world’s first ergonomic curved, flexing form factor and the ability to overcome limitations of traditional flat smartphones. The LG G Flex offers an outstanding voice and sound experience because the distinctively curved, flexible design follows the contour of the face.

LG G Flex is the World's First Curved Flexible Smartphone Coming to the US Soon.  (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA)

LG G Flex is the World’s First Curved Flexible Smartphone Coming to the US Soon. (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics USA)

“We are excited to collaborate on the G Flex with LG, a leading innovator that is shaping mobile innovation with the first curved, flexible smartphone,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and co-president, QCT. “At the heart of the new LG G Flex, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor helps to enable advanced features and capabilities for the best user experiences, in one of today’s smartest devices.”

Complementing the immersive viewing qualities of the LG G Flex, QuickTheater(TM) offers quick access to photos, videos and YouTube videos directly from the lock screen with a simple dragging gesture. New is Dual Window, which divides the screen into two separate applications so users can drag and drop information, such as articles and links between windows.

The LG G Flex also incorporates the intuitive rear-key design first launched with the award-winning LG G2, and adds new user experience features.  Urgent Call Alert changes the color of the rear-key LED based on the number of calls missed, and a face detection indicator changes the color of the LED when the camera is in focus for more accurate selfies. The LG G Flex also includes LG’s exclusive Knock feature so users can quickly activate or turn off the display with two simple taps on the screen.

The LG G Flex was first released last November in South Korea and then Hong Kong and Singapore in December. Pricing and availability for U.S. carriers will be announced at a later date.

Key Features Include:
—  Processor: 2.26 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon(TM) 800 processor with
quad-core Krait CPU
—  Display: 6-inch, HD (1280×720), Curved P-OLED (Real RGB)
—  Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC ROM
—  Camera: 13MP Rear-facing, 2.1 MP Front-facing
—  Battery: 3,500 mAh (Embedded)
—  Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
—  Size: 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9- 8.7mm
—  Weight: 177g

*The flexibility of this product is limited. This phone may be bent flat up to 180 degrees for a limited period of time only. Do not bend inward or twist.

BMW Slides into 2014 Winter Olympic Year with Announcement of U.S. Olympic Marketing Campaign, Bobsled Documentary

BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), announced its U.S. Olympic marketing campaign for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games which includes a series of Olympic-themed advertisements, consumer and retail activations, social and digital media executions, and a national drive campaign to benefit Team USA. In addition, a documentary on BMW’s complete redesign of the U.S. two-man bobsled entitled “Driving on Ice” which aired this Sunday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. CST on NBC.

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To say the bobsled has been a passion project for BMW is an understatement, and seeing this true collaborative effort captured in a documentary is remarkable

Driving on Ice” chronicles BMW’s collaboration with the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF) to deliver a fleet of six new two-man bobsleds, applying the automaker’s world-class design and engineering expertise to help Team USA chase its first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1936. The documentary stars Team USA bobsledders Steve Holcomb (2010 Olympic gold medalist, four-man bobsled) and Elana Meyers (2010 Olympic bronze medalist), coaches Brian Shimer (2002 Olympic bronze medalist, four-man bobsled) and Todd Hays (2002 Olympic silver medalist, four-man bobsled), as well as BMW Group Designworks USA’s Michael Scully, the lead designer of the bobsled project. Together, they tell the behind-the-scenes story of a three year journey to ensure the caliber of Team USA’s two-man sleds match the talent of its athletes.

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To say the bobsled has been a passion project for BMW is an understatement, and seeing this true collaborative effort captured in a documentary is remarkable,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America. “After years of hard work, it’s very rewarding to be able to share the journey with the fans of Team USA.

“Road to Sochi”

Complementing “Driving on Ice” will be a series of upcoming U.S. Olympic-themed television advertisements that illustrate the ways in which BMW unlocks the goals and dreams of consumers and athletes alike – on land and on ice. BMW’s first commercial, “Road to Sochi,” leverages biopic footage similar to that of “Driving on Ice” to bring to life the passion, tireless commitment and determination embodied by Team USA athletes and shared by BMW. Featuring Holcomb, Meyers, fellow Team USA bobsledders Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Aja Evans along with Scully, “Road to Sochi” depicts Olympic journeys that traverse the weight room, the ice track and the design studio in the pursuit of excellence. “Road to Sochi” will first air on Jan. 5 on NBC, during the telecast of “Driving on Ice.”

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The second advertisement, entitled “The Games,” which will begin airing in select markets nationwide today, will promote BMW’s Drive for Team USA national fundraising campaign, which will be reprised for a third time. “The Games” draws a connection between an athlete’s commitment to the sport they love and BMW’s role in supporting them on their journey. In it, a snowboarder rises early to claim his seat on the first chairlift of the day; a skier finds perfect powder before ski season officially begins; and Team USA bobsledders train in their new BMW two-man bobsled. The common thread throughout is the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Beginning now through Feb. 28, 2014, consumers are invited to visit their local BMW retailer for an opportunity to support the athletes of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams by test driving any BMW model, including the all-new X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, which is made in the USA. For every participant who test drives a vehicle at the event, BMW will make a donation to Team USA, for a maximum donation of $200,000.

The Drive for Team USA campaign is a powerful connection point for us with both prospective and current BMW owners,” said Hardy. “Americans are passionate about the athletes of Team USA and are excited to do something tangible to contribute to their journey. For BMW to enable that transaction is a wonderful contribution to our business.”

In addition to national television commercials, BMW’s marketing campaign in support of its Team USA sponsorship includes digital and social media executions. These extensions leverage the U.S. Olympic platform to generate audience excitement and engagement around the Sochi Games and with the BMW brand.

Beginning Jan. 17 and continuing throughout Games, BMW will promote its U.S. Olympic activation with digital advertisements appearing at http://www.NBCOlympics.com. BMW’s substantial presence at the website includes its presentation of “Golden Moments,” which highlight athlete achievements from Olympic Games past and present, as well as a series of vignettes focused to technology and the Olympic Games.

In early January, BMW will launch its first U.S. Olympic-themed social activation, entitled “Born to Slide,” inviting fans to embrace their love of speed by sharing photos or videos of the various ways they “slide” – whether it be on a sled, skateboard or other vehicle of preference. From Jan. 15 – Feb. 1, 2014, fans can enter by submitting their images on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BMWborntoslide for a chance to win a trip to Park City for the ultimate sliding experience, in a real four-man bobsled.

BMW will interact with U.S. fans throughout the Olympic Winter Games on its Twitter (www.twitter.com/BMWUSA), Instagram (http://instagram.com/bmwusa), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/BMWUSA) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BMWUSA) channels with stories and information on BMW Performance Team athletes and the BMW two-man bobsled. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation using the #BMWBobsled and #BMWTeamUSA hashtags. Vignettes from “Driving on Ice” will be available to fans at BMW’s YouTube channel beginning Jan. 3. Continue reading

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort to Open in One of Asia’s Premier Resort Destinations

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is located in one of Southeast Asia's premier resort locations and is the first Hyatt-branded property in Phuket (Photo: Business Wire)

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is located in one of Southeast Asia’s premier resort locations and is the first Hyatt-branded property in Phuket (Photo: Business Wire)

The Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the official opening of Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, located in one of Southeast Asia’s premier resort locations. Developed by Kamala Bay Ventures – which through its affiliates also owns Park Hyatt Siem Reap and Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is the first Hyatt-branded property in Phuket and the second Hyatt resort in Thailand, following Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is a unique and extraordinary hideaway offering tranquillity and seclusion in a stunning, natural setting – an ideal base for business meetings, families and leisure travelers

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is strategically located in one of Southeast Asia’s top holiday and tourist spots, which will establish Hyatt’s brand presence in this highly sought after resort market,” said Larry Tchou, Group President of Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “Our Hyatt Regency properties aim to create a distinct experience for guests by catering to their individual needs and allowing them to connect and recharge, all while incorporating the localness of their destination. Screen_Shot_2014-01-02_at_10.54.23_AMWe are thrilled that Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is opening its doors to share the very best of Hyatt’s authentic hospitality to travelers from around the world.

Situated on the exclusive west coast – 10 minutes from both the beachside restaurants of Surin and the nightlife of Patong, yet only 40 minutes from the international airport, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is nestled on a verdant, terraced hillside overlooking the beach of Kamala Cove. From almost every vantage point of the secluded property, including most of its 199 rooms that each have a private balcony, guests can enjoy unobstructed, cascading views of the Andaman Sea and its spectacular sunsets.

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort is a unique and extraordinary hideaway offering tranquillity and seclusion in a stunning, natural setting – an ideal base for business meetings, families and leisure travelers,” said General Manager Keith Massey.

Amenities and Services

The Sunset Grill, on the terraced hillside, is the resort’s signature restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor dining, focusing on daily sourced local sustainable products, market-fresh vegetables, seafood, seasonal selections, and prime meats served from its show kitchen. Meanwhile, overlooking the pool, The Pool House offers all-day dining of authentic Thai and Italian cuisine where Executive Chef Alessandro Martinelli brings 15 years of culinary experience to create authentic Italian cuisine with meticulously selected sustainable local products. In addition, The Pool Bar is where guests can enjoy the sunset and cocktails accompanied by chill-out tracks from the resident DJ.

After indulging, guests may wish to work off any extra calories in the fitness center, equipped with the very latest strength and cardiovascular machines where they can access the Internet, watch TV or listen to their own MP3 player while exercising. Alternatively, guests may prefer to swim a few laps in the expansive infinity pool overlooking the beach. The 235 square foot pool, flanked by loungers and open salas, is longer than an Olympic-sized pool and is one of the largest on the island.

Guests can also enjoy always the resort’s complimentary buggy service and head to Nahm Spa at the top of the property, which houses eight private spa suites. Taking “mother ocean” and its ebb and flow as key inspiration, the spa offers a combination of authentic Thai and specialist international treatments incorporating indigenous ingredients wherever possible.

While parents are occupied, children can enjoy the facilities of Camp Hyatt, equipped with a full range of games, toys and electronic entertainment, or take part in a variety of activities, such as shell collecting, sand play and visiting a local worm farm.

When the occasion calls, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort offers more than 4,300 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities, including a pillar-free ballroom splashed with natural daylight; a spacious pre-function area; three multi-functional rooms; and a boardroom. Meeting clients can also utilize the poolside area to create unique pre- or post-function gatherings. The resort’s dedicated events team is on hand to make any type of meeting, social event or wedding a successful and memorable occasion.

A wide variety of room types are available at Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, including Ocean View Terrace Rooms, which feature a private 700 square-foot terrace. The larger-than-average rooms, ranging from 473–1,130 square feet, feature a 40-inch LED television and high-speed wireless Internet access, as well as spacious bathrooms separated by floor-to-ceiling glass where guests can bathe while looking out over the Andaman Sea.

For guests requiring a more exclusive experience, Regency Club rooms have access to a host of exclusive facilities and services, including personalized check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, drinks throughout the day and evening cocktails, one-hour free use of a meeting room, and access to the Regency Club infinity pool overlooking the entire bay.

For more information about Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, or to make a reservation, please click here.

Polaroid Announces Three New Hi-Definition Mountable Sports Action Cameras at CES 2014

Wi-Fi Enabled XS100i Now Shipping; Two Additional POV Cameras Debut

Polaroid expands their existing line of hi-definition sports action cameras at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10 in Las Vegas, NV. With performance-friendly features including high-definition resolution, Wi-Fi, auto rotation, waterproof technology, and ultra wide angle lenses, the new cameras are tailor-made for all athletes and action enthusiasts. The point-of-view cameras also come with mounting equipment, allowing photos and footage to be taken practically anywhere and from any angle.

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Polaroid XS100i

“Polaroid is all about capturing fun, in the moment images and video from the user’s unique point of view and that is what this fast growing sports action camera category does the best,” says Polaroid President and CEO Scott W. Hardy. “Adding Wi-Fi connectivity to our popular XS100 model will now allow users to share their unique videos and images instantly, which is the heart of what Polaroid is all about. With these cameras, whether it may be biking, skiing, snowboarding or surfing, we want to provide users the ability to capture and share their finest moments and moves with the best possible coverage, at vantage points like no other.

The Polaroid XS100i camera builds upon the success of the XS100 model but adds Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps so consumers can adjust settings remotely, watch video in real-time and share videos instantly with friends, family or social media. The XS100i has a distortion-free ultra wide lens offering 170° of coverage and records video in 1080p, 720p, and 960p, and can capture still images in 3MP, 5MP and 16MP. It has a G-Sensor (Auto Rotation) assuring the greatest shot possible, regardless of the camera’s position. In addition, the Polaroid XS100i camera is shockproof and waterproof up to 30’ or 10m and offers 32MB of internal memory and up to 32GB on a micro SD card. The XS100i is now shipping and available at retailers for $179.99.

The Polaroid C³ model camera is a uniquely innovative camera with a square design, professional 5MP CMOS Sensor and a wide angle lens that provides 120° of coverage. It can capture video in hi-definition 1280 x720 and 640×480, and still images at 1.3MP, 3.0MP and 5.0 MP. The newPolaroid HD sports video camera is waterproof up to 2M, features a microphone and LED light and offers 2MB in internal memory and supports up to 32GB with micro SD card.

The Polaroid XS1000i model camera is a professional HD sports video camera with a unique patent-pending quick-change mounting system, a professional 16MP Aptina CMOS Sensor and ultra wide angle lens offering 170° of coverage. In addition, this camera will feature anti-shake technology and a gyro sensor to help keep the shot still even when the user isn’t. Action footage can be captured in 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps), 960p at 30fps and 720 at 60 fps. In addition, users can simultaneously capture video and still images with single, burst, continuous and time lapse mode. Lastly, this new Polaroid sports action camera is waterproof to 10m, and protected against drops and bumps with high impact and shock proof technology.

Offered by C&A Licensing, LLC, an authorized Polaroid licensee, the new Polaroid hi-definition sports action cameras are perfect to take on-the-go, mount and document life’s greatest, action-filled adventures. The Polaroid C3 and XS1000i camera models will be available in the summer of 2014. For more information on all the Polaroid products that will be launched at the 2014 CES show, visit: http://www.polaroid.com/ces-2014.

Toshiba to Showcase World’s First Ultra HD 4K Laptops at 2014 International CES

New Tecra W50 and Satellite P50t to Feature Ultra HD 4K Resolution Displays, Taking Laptop Visuals to a Whole New Level

Toshiba Also Introduces the First Chromebook with 13-Inch Screen

CES 2014, LVCC Central Hall Booth #10926 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., is showcasing the world’s first laptops featuring Ultra HD 4K displays during CES 2014. The Tecra W50 mobile workstation is ideal for engineers and 3D designers and the Satellite® P50t for professional photographers, graphic designers and 4K movie enthusiasts. Both laptops will be available for purchase in mid-2014.

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Toshiba Tecra W50

As a leader in Ultra HD, we are leveraging our 4K TV expertise to deliver a display capable of four times the resolution of Full HD to provide smoother images with astounding details

As a leader in Ultra HD, we are leveraging our 4K TV expertise to deliver a display capable of four times the resolution of Full HD to provide smoother images with astounding details,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and engineering, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have applied years of experience and engineering resources to bring Ultra HD 4K technology into our premium laptops for consumers and businesses so they can usher in the next generation of content creation and consumption.”

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Toshiba Satellite P50t

The 15.6-inch diagonal displays1 of the Tecra W50 and Satellite P50t deliver native 3840 x 2160 resolution at 282 PPI. To further enhance the viewing experience, the displays are also color calibrated with accurate color gamut and feature wide viewing angles.

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A portable powerhouse built for the most intensive visual and engineering tasks, the Tecra W50 mobile workstation features a 15.6-inch diagonal Ultra HD 4K display, plus unsurpassed durability and one of the thinnest, lightest designs in its class at less than six pounds. The Tecra W50 features high-precision performance for today’s most demanding tasks – including SolidWorks® and AutoCAD® – with a full-voltage 4th generation Intel® Core™ processing technology2.

The Toshiba Tecra W50 mobile workstation, with the Kepler-based NVIDIA® Quadro® K2100M GPU and 2GB of dedicated video memory, delivers uncompromised performance and rich visual experiences for graphics-heavy applications that creative professionals demand,” said Shawn Worsell, product line manager for the Quadro Professional Solutions Business at NVIDIA. “With the addition of an integrated 4K display, this is an ideal machine for designers, engineers and digital content professionals looking to be productive, and stylish, anywhere.Continue reading

Triple Digit Sales Increases in Final Three Months Ensure Most Successful Year Ever for Maserati North America

Maserati North America closed an unbridled year of success in 2013, driven by dynamic new entries into top segments, closing December 2013 with a 210% increase over the same month last year. Each of the last six months of 2013 brought year over year growth, with the final three months all delivering significant triple digit percent gains.

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For the year, Maserati hit an all time sales benchmark of 4981 units, resulting in an unprecedented 72% increase in sales over 2012.

Maserati closes a banner year in North America at a historic juncture. With fresh product offerings in the Ghibli and Quattroporte, and the introduction of vital new features such as All-Wheel-Drive, the brand is ideally suited for sustained expansion,” commented Peter Grady, President and CEO of Maserati North America, Inc.

Starting at $65,600, the new Ghibli provides a more accessible entry point for Maserati. All-Wheel-Drive and a Ferrari built twin-turbo V6 have not only opened the mid-size segment to a pedigreed Italian offering in the Ghibli S Q4, but have also yielded a full-size Quattroporte starting at just over $100k that features this same dynamic driveline. This one-two punch, along with the extraordinary sustained success of the two-door GranTurismo line, has landed the Trident in the strongest position of its lifetime as it celebrates its centennial at events around the world.

Maserati produces a full line of two and four door models legendary for their spacious handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance and everyday usability. The Maserati range includes the all-new full-size Quattroporte and the mid-size Ghibli sport sedan, which earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS)*. The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8 while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with All-Wheel-Drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6 and an adaptive 8 speed automatic transmission. The two-door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles that combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a six speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at authorized retailers acrossNorth America. Information on Maserati can be found at www.maserati.us, 1-800- My-Maserati. *Built after Nov 2013

Forbes is the First Magazine to Launch Its Own Social Network with “Stream,” a Revolutionary and Exclusive New Product from MAZ

In Partnership with MAZ, Forbes Brings “Stream” to Its iOS App To Allow Readers to Save, Share and Discover Visual Content from Forbes Magazine and Forbes.com

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Forbes Magazine is redefining the digital magazine experience with the launch today of “Stream” within its iOS app. “Stream” allows Forbes readers to save and share visual content with other readers and discover content from Forbes magazine and Forbes.com within the app. The innovative and exclusive technology, which was developed by MAZ, a NY-based technology startup, enables readers to participate in a Forbes-only “mini social network” comprised of only Forbes readers contributing only Forbes content. “Stream” is part of the new Forbes magazine app for iOS, which also features redesigned issues, starting with Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 issue, that are optimized specifically for tablet and mobile devices.

As part of our efforts to continue to innovate in digital publishing, we are focused on meeting the needs of our readers and providing them with the content they want, when they need it, in the manner that they want it in

Forbes readers now have the unique ability to reach out with their fingers and cut out anything they see on the screen. They can then share and save content to the public-facing Forbes “Stream” or to their own personal stream. “Stream” also allows readers to share to other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Evernote as well as via email and iMessages. Recipients see the visual “clip” from Forbes, which serves as a link back to the source of that content.

“Stream” is just as much about discovering as it is about sharing. When a reader streams Forbes content, it is automatically added Forbes_Logo_registeredto the Forbes “Stream.” Other readers can then see that clip while browsing the Forbes “Stream,” where they can share it themselves or visit the source content. The visual clip serves as a link back to the original “Stream.” Using “Stream,” Forbes readers can discover what others are streaming, creating a community of like-minded readers who are constantly contributing new content to “Stream.”

Forbes Media LLC, publisher of Forbes magazine and forbes.com, is an authoritative source of news and information on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. Through November 2013, Forbes.com, a leading business website, reached 27 million unique visitors, according to comScore worldwideForbes magazine, Forbes Asia and Forbes Europe attract a global audience of more than 5 million readers. The Forbes magazine iPad app merges the power of print storytelling with social sharing and the Web. The Company also publishes ForbesLife magazine, and has 31 licensed local editions around the world.

As part of our efforts to continue to innovate in digital publishing, we are focused on meeting the needs of our readers and providing them with the content they want, when they need it, in the manner that they want it in,” said Lewis D’Vorkin, Chief Product Officer of Forbes Media. “Consumers today are increasingly more interested in visual content as we see from the dramatic growth in visual social sharing platforms. The new Forbes app will allow our readers to share, save and discover content in a manner that they prefer.”

Across the online world, we’re in the midst of a massive shift from text-based media to visual-based media,” said Paul Canetti, Founder & CEO of MAZ. “Stream applies that same line of thinking to sharing content. No more copying and pasting text URLs… instead, just reach out and touch!”

MAZ (mazdigital.com) is a mobile publishing platform that allows publishers to create and distribute rich digital content for tablets and smartphones. Founded by former Apple and Adobe employees, MAZ gives media providers easy-to-use tools to make their content come to life by adding interactive features, such as video, audio, HTML5 and ecommerce, as well as powerful analytics. Apps created with MAZ also include Stream, a revolutionary new product that turns any app into a localized social network. Users can “cut out” anything that they see on the screen to save or share into Stream, as well as discover what others are streaming.

Procter & Gamble Debuts “Pick Them Back Up,” Sequel to Award-Winning “Best Job” Ad Campaign

 At The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, P&G brands including Tide®, Pampers® and Gillette® to give moms of Olympians a home base with the P&G Family Home

Marking one month until the start of the Olympic Winter Games, Procter & Gamble, a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the company behind everyday brands like Duracell®, Vicks® and Bounty®, today unveiled the short online film and new commercial, “Pick Them Back Up.” The new film follows the company’s Emmy Award-winning “Best Job film (which debuted prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games and garnered more than 21 million views) and celebrates how moms are there along the journey to pick their kids back up and encourage them to try again. One major part of that journey will be watching their kids compete in Sochi. For those moms that traveled all that way to support their athletes, P&G has announced they will be on the ground for them with the P&G Family Home, where P&G brands will support and serve all moms and families of Olympians in Sochi.

Image from Pick Them Back Up. Athlete and Mom Embrace: A scene from the latest installment in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign. "Pick Them Back Up" is a short film that shows an athlete's journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way. (Photo: Business Wire)

Image from Pick Them Back Up. Athlete and Mom Embrace: A scene from the latest installment in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign. “Pick Them Back Up” is a short film that shows an athlete’s journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way. (Photo: Business Wire)

The latest installment in the Thank You Mom campaign, “Pick Them Back Up.” depicts the stories of four moms of athletes from around the world and shows their journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way.   The Film:

  • Celebrates how moms are there to pick their kids back up and encourage them to try again
  • Depicts the stories of four moms of athletes from around the world
  • Shows their journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way

P&G Presents “Pick Them Back Up”

I could see myself – and my mom – in the new P&G piece,” said Lindsey Vonn, US Olympic Gold Medalist, Alpine Skiing. “As a child, and even with my recent injuries, my mom has always been there encouraging me to get back up when I fell. Her personal stories of resilience and her constant support make me want to pick myself up and keep going.”

A scene from the latest installment in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign. "Pick Them Back Up" is a short film that shows an athlete's journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way. (Photo: Business Wire)

A scene from the latest installment in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign. “Pick Them Back Up” is a short film that shows an athlete’s journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mom’s contributions to their kids’ lives are full of incredible sacrifices,” said Jodi Allen, P&G VP of North American Marketing and Brand Operations. “We’re so moved by these moms and the way they help their children overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. As athletes are named to Team USA, we celebrate the person that helped get each athlete there and who picked them up each time they fell – mom!”

A scene from the latest installment in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign. "Pick Them Back Up" is a short film that shows an athlete's journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way. (Photo: Business Wire)

A scene from the latest installment in the P&G Thank You Mom campaign. “Pick Them Back Up” is a short film that shows an athlete’s journey to achieve their dreams and the important role moms play along the way. (Photo: Business Wire)

Pick Them Back Up” will appear in short form as television commercials in more than 20 countries across the world. The spot will be available online on P&G’s YouTube channel on January 6th and will also be aired on U.S. television, with a notable debut during the Golden Globes on January 12th. The film also features music created by the same world-renowned composer from Print“Best Job,” Ludovico Einaudi. Known for his emotive and effortlessly lyrical music, Einaudi’s new composition evokes the love, passion and commitment that moms have for their children.

When I saw the commercial for the first time, it immediately brought back memories of Evan’s figure skating journey,” said Tanya Lysacek, mother of U.S. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek. “This film really captures what we’ve gone through with Evan. I always say that skating is a sport of failure and you have to fall many, many times before you can really make an element perfect. But that’s true for all children – they need to fall again and again in life, and our job as moms is to pick them back up, dust them off, and send them off to try again!

P&G Provides “Home Away from Home” for Moms in Sochi with P&G Family Home

Moms of U.S. Olympians spend their lives standing behind their children as they work to achieve their dreams, so as part of P&G’s commitment to moms while they watch their athletes compete, brands such as Pantene®, Covergirl®, Bounty® and Gillette® have come together to create the P&G Family Home for Sochi 2014. The P&G Family Home is a gift that will support and serve all moms and families of Olympians around the world. It is a “home away from home” where families can spend time together in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Continue reading

Heineken® Launches “Dance More, Drink Slow” Global Responsibility Campaign

Partnership with World-Famous DJ Armin van Buuren Makes Responsibility Aspirational

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 Today, Heineken®officially announces the launch of ‘Dance More, Drink Slow,’ a partnership with world-famous Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren to make moderate consumption aspirational. The movement, socialized as #DMDS, is the natural progression of Heineken’s belief that one should always be ready to maximize what the night brings. The movement is brought to life through “The Experiment,” a film debuting today, featuring van Buuren and under the direction of Philip Andelman – who has worked with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay-Z, John Mayer and Lenny Kravitz.
“The Experiment” showcases a social experiment with ordinary “club goers” and focuses on two separate nights out in the same Miami club. The only difference is the DJ. “The Experiment” (found here: YouTube) demonstrates that when people take the focus off drinking, they will actually dance more and have a better night. It looks at the natural energy that can be created on a night when in control, and features another element of the “Dance More, Drink Slow” movement, a new track from van Buuren – “Save My Night.”

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Armin van Buuren, currently holding the #2 position in the DJ Mag Top 100, has been named number one in the prestigious popularity poll a historic five times, as the first DJ in the history of the DJ Magazine. One of the biggest successes in his 15 years of dj’ing and producing, is the popular A State of Trance radio show, listened to by more than 20 million people in over 60 countries each week. His A State of Trance and Armin Only world tours attract people from all across the globe, and Armin looks back upon the release of 5 critically acclaimed artist album, of which ‘Intense’ is his latest. For more info, check outwww.arminvanbuuren.comwww.armadamusic.com orwww.astateoftrance.com

When I play a DJ set to thousands of music lovers, I want them to enjoy the moment, to remember it after the night has finished. This means consuming alcohol in moderation, so that the moment is not lost,” said van Buuren. “The reason I have partnered with Heineken on ‘Dance More, Drink Slow’ is because we have a fantastic opportunity, and responsibility, to connect better with our audience and affect behavioral change. Drinking responsibly is an important issue and being able to use music, specifically the “Save My Night” track, to innovatively deliver that message directly to fans on the dance floor is unique.”

Dutch record label Armada Music was founded in 2003 by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis. Throughout the years, the record company has brought countless of quality releases within a wide spectrum of electronic dance music, working with names such as W&W, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate, Paul Oakenfold and of course Armin van Buuren himself. In 2013, Armada Music celebrated its 10 year anniversary, enjoying a 5 year win of the International Dance Music Award for ‘Best Global Record Label’. With more than 25 sublabels residing under Armada and the record label serving its very own worldwide Armada Night events, the Amsterdam-based company has built a solid reputation in the global dance scene.

The campaign is bolstered by a refreshed “Sunrise” TV spot, a campaign that first aired in 2011, bringing to life the powerful idea that there are no limits, when you know your limits. It highlights that by enjoying Heineken in moderation, the Heineken drinker has the opportunity to engage with friends, meet new people and have a longer, more memorable night. “Dance More, Drink Slow” now takes this message to a new level.

As an industry leader, Heineken wants to contribute to the positive role of beer in society, by making moderation aspirational for consumers. We believe that we can be more effective in making positive behavior aspirational by utilizing our creativity and tackling the issue of abuse in an engaging and relevant way,” said Alexis Nasard, global chief marketing officer and president of Western Europe at Heineken.

Added Gianluca Di Tondo, senior director Global Heineken Brand at Heineken, “For us, ‘Dance More, Drink Slow’ is an opportunity to create a moderation movement – a fresh look at how we approach the single most difficult issue that affects our industry today. Collaborating with Armin Van Buuren – another iconic Dutch brand – to create “Save My Night” sends a clear message to consumers that they can enjoy themselves, while also remaining in control.”

Launching in more than 20 countries globally, “Dance More, Drink Slow” builds on this long standing commitment to the “Enjoy Heineken Responsibly” message, which has been seen across the world since 2004 through Heineken’s sponsorship platforms such as UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup and hundreds of music events including the Ultra and Coachella music festivals. The messaging also appears on hundreds-of-millions of bottles and cans annually.

For more information on Heineken, please follow us on Twitter,@Heineken_US or visit the Heineken Facebook page,www.facebook.com/Heineken. View the “The Experiment” and the “Sunrise” television spot on YouTube. The “Save My Night” is available today on Spotify and iTunes. Join the conversation using #DMDS.

 

New Sponsorship to Quit Program Helps Smokers Break the Habit in 2014

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens Encourage Smokers to Use Social Media to Share Their Reasons for Quitting Smoking

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare and Walgreens have teamed up to launch Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking program through Walgreens that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit. Each January, people pledge to make healthy lifestyle choices in the New Year, and for many it means making a commitment to quit smoking. While many smokers choose to quit with the goal of becoming healthier, a lesser-known outcome of quitting smoking is that it can also make people happier.1 One study shows that seventy percent of ex-smokers say they are happier after quitting than when they smoked.1
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To help encourage a healthier lifestyle, Sponsorship to Quit is asking America to take to social media and share their top reason for quitting smoking in 2014, using the hashtag #STQuit. Walgreens and GSK will reveal the top 10 responses in February. The No. 1 “quitspiration” will inspire a $10,000 donation to a related Walgreens and GSK-selected charity.
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After completing an online consultation, a smoker can access tools that help track successes and slip ups, earn badges, celebrate milestones and access expert information and tips 24/7. Smokers receive a tailored quit plan that offers help in selecting the right nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and a form and strength that best matches their needs, like nicotine gum, lozenges or patches. Smokers can sign-up to receive a free quit kit upon registration, a quit journal and an official quitter card, a physical reminder of smokers’ commitment to quit.
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“People are frequently reminded of the benefits related to quitting smoking, but adopting healthier habits can be challenging. Highlighting the positive and happy moments that can result from quitting could be that extra motivation needed to pursue a smoke-free lifestyle,” said Robert Tompkins, group vice president and general merchandising manager for health and wellness at Walgreens. “We hope #STQuit inspires people to make a difference in their lives, and Sponsorship to Quit encourages results with a tailored plan that provides support and motivation throughout the quit journey.”

For more information about Sponsorship to Quit and to download a free quit kit visit www.sponsorshiptoquit.com.

1 West, Robert. “Does stopping smoking make any difference to happiness?” University College London. Dec. 2006