Slacker Now Offers National and Regional Live Programming and Sporting Events
BRISTOL, CT / SAN DIEGO – June 11, 2012 – Slacker, Inc. today announced the availability of six new national, regional and Spanish language ESPN stations dedicated to live streaming of ESPN shows and sporting events. Slacker subscribers can now access the live ESPN content on the web at http://www.Slacker.com and through the free Slacker Radio application on all major smartphone platforms.
The live ESPN Radio stations on Slacker include the ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio networks, which stream sporting events and hosted programs, as well as four regional stations featuring programming for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.
For the next 30 days, all six live ESPN stations will be available to all Slacker Radio listeners. After this period these stations will be available to all Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers. The previously released interactive ESPN Radio station will remain free and available to all Slacker listeners.
“Giving sports fans the freedom to enjoy their favorite team and events when they’re not in the stadium or in front of a television is very important to us,” said Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, Production Business Divisions, ESPN, Inc. “Offering live ESPN Radio programming to sports fans through Slacker gives listeners an extremely flexible option for custom listening on-the-go.”
Upcoming programming includes:
· All NBA Finals Games beginning on June 12, 2012
· U.S. Open Golf tournament beginning on June 14, 2012
· Euro 2012 soccer matches including today’s matches: France versus England and Republic of Ireland versus Croatia
· NBA draft on June 28, 2012
· MLB All Star Game on July 10, 2012
“ESPN Radio is the most well respected source in the nation for sports coverage,” said Jonathan Sasse, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Slacker. “Adding live ESPN Radio programming to the Slacker lineup enhances the wide variety of content we’re offering with customized listening for the sports fan, setting the Slacker Radio experience even further apart from anything else out there.”
In addition to live ESPN content, Slacker is also the first digital radio service to feature ESPN Radio in a personalized context, with up-to-the minute coverage of all major sporting events and top news stories on both a local and national level. The interactive ESPN Radio stations on Slacker offer access to content from multiple ESPN programs and platforms, including Mike and Mike in the Morning, SportsCenter, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and more.
The complete Slacker Radio experience includes more than 200 expert-curated music stations, customizable programming from ABC News, comedy, custom artist-hosted showcase stations and leading music festival stations along with the ability for listeners to create their own personalized radio stations from a music catalog that is more than 10 times larger than Pandora. Slacker has three complementary service tiers, from the entirely free Slacker Basic Radio and the ad-free Slacker Radio Plus to the on-demand access of Slacker Premium Radio.
Pricing and Availability
ESPN live shows and sporting events are available starting today on the web and all major smartphones. The ESPN Radio station is free for all listeners, while Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers have access to the full ESPN experience, including all ESPN Live stations. Slacker Radio Plus is available for $3.99 per month and Slacker Premium Radio for $9.99 per month at http://www.Slacker.com or billed directly to your Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA or AT&T account from within the Slacker application on Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
Orlando – Claron Technology introduces at SIIM 2012 the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ app for the Nil family of medical imaging viewers, which support anytime, anywhere web-based review of a full range of imaging modalities and related data. The Claron Nil viewers include both NilRead for diagnostic applications and NilShare for referring physician and other non-diagnostic users.
The Nil app for the BlackBerry PlayBook provides one-click, ultra-fast access to the innovative image viewer running either on Claron’s NilCloud or a medical facility’s dedicated Nil server. The new app complements Claron’s zero-footprint Nil web viewer accessible on any desktop, tablet or smartphone. The new app is now available for the PlayBook for free on BlackBerry App World™.
Innovative Nil technology provides authorized userssophisticated exam viewing and manipulation capabilities, including 2D, multi-planar reformatting (MPR), 3D and even echocardiology with full cine. It allows comprehensive image manipulation with window/level, zoom, pan, rotate and more in either single or multiple window layouts.
Nil allows medical facilities to securely distribute images and reports outside their network without maintaining a dedicated complex IT infrastructure. It is also a versatile, flexible and easy-to-use tool for image viewing on any mobile device, providing medical facilities with an ideal complement to their existing PACS solution.
Users access images from either cloud-based storage or by logging into their local Nil server. Nil web technology is compatible with all major desktop OS, and also includes dedicated apps for all the major smartphone ecosystems. Nil uses highly optimized client-server communication to remain highly responsive even over limited bandwidth and high latency connections, such as cellular 3G.
“Now BlackBerry PlayBook users have a new ultra-fast and convenient way to access images on Nil servers,” says Claudio Gatti, co-founder and co-CEO of Claron. “BlackBerry devices are widely used in the medical environment, and we anticipate that the new Nil app for the BlackBerry PlayBook will be very popular among IT managers and physicians in today’s fast-paced, HIPAA-conscious world.”
“We’re pleased that Claron is expanding support for the BlackBerry platform with their new Nil app for the PlayBook,” said Peter Ng, Sr. Director, Alliances Strategy & Business Development at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry PlayBook offers Nil customers an ultra-portable design, letting users easily carry the tablet with them. It also includes a high resolution display that offers sharp viewing, and delivers the responsive performance needed for handling medical images.”
About Claron Technology, Inc:
Claron is dedicated to the application of image processing, image sharing and image distribution in medicine. It has extensive experience in developing systems that help clinicians identify anatomy and tissues of interest, visualize and analyze them, and securely distribute them on a variety of different platforms from desktop to smartphones. Claron helps healthcare vendors, ranging from young start-ups to giant device and IT vendors such as Philips, McKesson and Medtronic, deliver more value to their clinical customers faster by incorporating its technology into their products. Claron’s technology is licensed in a range of formats, including low-level modules, platforms, sub-systems, applications and custom engineered exclusive solutions. For more details, visit www.clarontech.com.
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.
Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK propose jointly to operate and manage a single network grid in the UK that will run two competing nationwide mobile internet and voice networks. Both companies will retain complete control over their wireless spectrum, intelligent core networks and customer data. They will continue to actively compete with each other in all products and services, enabled through the ‘intelligent’ parts of their networks.
A new 50/50 joint venture company will be created through the consolidation of both Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK’s existing basic network infrastructure***, including towers and masts, which will be transferred to the joint venture or decommissioned over time. Under the proposals, both companies will have access to a single grid of 18,500 masts representing an increase in sites of more than 40% for each operator. The joint venture will also be responsible for the building of new sites needed to extend coverage into rural and remote areas.
There will be opportunities for the decommissioning of duplicate sites and, as a result, the two companies expect there will be a more than 10% overall reduction in the total number of sites, in the UK, used by the two operators.
Each operator will over time take the responsibility for design, management and maintenance of the radio equipment as well as local transmission (that connects to each operator’s intelligent backbone network) in one half of the country. Telefónica UK will manage and maintain these elements in the East (including Northern Ireland and most of Scotland) and Vodafone UK in the West (including Wales).
Just as under Cornerstone, the two companies’ existing network partnership, all shared sites will continue to carry Telefónica UK’s traffic on Telefónica’s spectrum and Vodafone UK’s traffic on Vodafone’s spectrum.
Both operators will continue to remain responsible for their own existing spectrum holdings and for fulfilling their own spectrum needs in the future. The launch of 4G services is subject to the outcome of the forthcoming Ofcom auction of new spectrum and both companies will act wholly independently in that auction.
Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK are currently engaged in discussions with Ofcom and intend to establish the joint venture and network sharing arrangement later this year, following the satisfactory conclusion of those discussions.”
Mark your calendars and be part of the biggest concert party this year as Globe Telecom, the leader in postpaid, and Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry®, mount another first by bringing international rapper and songwriter Nicki Minaj to Manila for a ‘one night-only’ concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on July 11, 2012, the only Southeast Asian leg of her Pink Friday Tour.
Get up close and live with the global music icon that is Nicki Minaj who has captivated millions of fans across the globe with her hit song ‘Super Bass’ for free
when you purchase a new BlackBerry® Curve™ 9220 or BlackBerry® Curve™ 9320 smartphone from Globe with a Globe My Super Plan, a portfolio of the most flexible and
customizable postpaid plans that allow customers to design their postpaid service plan based on their choice of consumable monthly amounts, freebies, and add-ons.
Globe subscribers availing of the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are in for the biggest treat of their lives with a free and exclusive access to a night of great music as they move and groove to their favorite Nicki Minaj hits. Subscribers getting a new BlackBerry Curve 9220 are entitled to one (1) free ticket*, while those purchasing a new BlackBerry Curve 9320 get two free (2) tickets** to the concert party of the year. Existing subscribers outside their lock-up can opt to re-contract their account subscription and get the BlackBerry Curve 9220 or the BlackBerry Curve 9320 for the free tickets, while those within lock-up can either get a new postpaid line or purchase a prepaid phone kit.
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 comes free with My Super Plan 499 plus a P99 unlimited BlackBerry Chat subscription while the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is free with My Super Plan BlackBerry Unli Surf Combo Plan 999. For as low as P598/month, Globe subscribers can get the BlackBerry Curve 9220 complete with a P499 monthly consumable amount for calls and texts, unlimited access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) and 2 freebies, in addition to the one (1) free concert ticket. On the other hand, subscribers can enjoy the BlackBerry Curve 9320 for only P999/month with unlimited surfing, P400 monthly consumable for calls and texts, and 1 freebie, in addition to the two (2) free concert tickets.
Nicki Minaj quickly became a global music phenomenon when she released her debut album ‘Pink Friday’ in November 2010. It became an instant hit, peaking at
number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) only a month after its release. She became the
first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, “Your Love” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. Her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released in April this year.
“Socially-connected customers in the Philippines will love the new stylish BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220 smartphones,” said Hastings Singh, Managing Director, South Asia at RIM. “Our customers are important to us, so together with our partner Globe, we wanted to offer new My Super Plan customers who choose a BlackBerry
Curve 9320 or 9220 an amazing ‘thank you’ in the form of free tickets to see Nicki Minaj, one of the hottest music acts out there,” he added. “Globe is very excited to partner with BlackBerry in bringing Nicki Minaj up close and personal to her Filipino fans this July. Flying an international artist for an exclusive concert in the country as the only Southeast Asian destination is something we’ve never done before. As part of our continuing efforts to further grow our postpaid business, we are making Nicki Minaj’s concert party as our biggest freebie ever, making it exclusive to subscribers getting the new BlackBerry Curve 9220 or BlackBerry Curve 9320. With these two new BlackBerry smartphones, users can join the conversation and share a great concert party experience with each other, only from Globe and BlackBerry,” said
Martha Sazon, Head of Globe Postpaid.
Get the newest BlackBerry Curve smartphones from Globe now by visiting www.globe.com.ph/blackberrycurve, going to the Globe Store nearest you, or calling
730-1010 and become boom-ified with the Pink Friday gal herself, Nicki Minaj.
Pretoria, South Africa – Pretoria, South Africa – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM), the maker of BlackBerry® smartphones and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets, and the University of Pretoria today announced the opening of the BlackBerry apps lab at the University of Pretoria, a BlackBerry Authorised Academic Centre.
The BlackBerry apps lab aims to accelerate mobile application development in South Africa, thereby creating new economic opportunities and jobs in the mobile space, and supports the larger context and objectives of the South African Department of Communications’ (DOC) eSkills Institute.
The lab will provide local developers, including University of Pretoria students and faculty, start-ups, entrepreneurs and others, with access to resources in development, marketing, sales and training to help them expand their ideas and business opportunities. RIM will work with developers to create local and regionally relevant applications for BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry PlayBook and devices running on the upcoming BlackBerry® 10 platform.
Prof. Stephanie Burton, Vice Principal, Research and Postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria said, “We are excited to be partnering with RIM to bring the BlackBerry apps lab to our campus. One of our key objectives at the University of Pretoria is to empower our students to develop industry relevant skills that will accelerate mobile application development in South Africa and help create new economic opportunities and jobs in the mobile space. Our partnership with RIM, and the collaboration with the DOC’s e-Skills Institute, will allow us to deliver on this promise.”
Rosey Sekese, Director General of the DOC, said, “The e-Skills initiative aims to address the shortage of critical skills in the ICT sector. During this financial year, several initiatives are planned. We are excited at the huge potential that this programme offers us in our quest to close the skills gap in the sector.”
The e-Skills Institute (e-SI) is a South African Government initiative that aims to harness the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across the whole of society in order to help address the major socio-economic challenges that South Africa faces in service delivery, wealth creation and global competitiveness. The institute sees itself as a catalytic collaborator in e-skilling the nation in employment readiness, effective e-governance and service delivery, business development, socio-economic development and research and development. For more information, visit http://www.doc.gov.za.
Bob Bose, Managing Director for Africa at RIM said, “RIM is committed to supporting mobile software development in Africa and future digital entrepreneurs. The growth of smartphones and the appetite for mobile apps presents a huge opportunity for developers, and we’re pleased to work with the Department of Communications and the University of Pretoria to share resources and ideas that will help and inspire innovative minds to make the most of that opportunity. South Africa is a key innovation hub and by working together, we aim to build a community that will create locally relevant apps for BlackBerry customers, new skills and job opportunities for graduates and new revenue streams for developers.”
The BlackBerry apps lab is part of RIM’s extensive developer programme that spans Africa and includes key innovation hubs such as Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt. RIM also partners with groups such as Mobile Mondays and Garage 48 across the continent, hosts BlackBerry Developer Days and the annual BlackBerry Innovation Forum in Johannesburg, where developers are encouraged to share ideas with their peers, and hear from business innovators, technology leaders and BlackBerry customers.
RIM has been working with 39 universities, colleges and schools across Africa through the BlackBerry Academic Program, which provides institutions with materials and content to teach and educate students on mobile application development.
About the University of Pretoria
UP is the leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country.
The University has seven campuses as well as a number of other sites of operation, such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Central administration is located at the Hatfield Campus.
The University of Pretoria offers more than 1800 academic programmes in two of the official languages, namely Afrikaans and English. (Some programmes and modules are offered only in English.)
In 1996, the University of Pretoria became the university with the highest research output in South Africa and we have maintained this status.
The University of Pretoria celebrated its Centenary in 2008.
The academic programmes of the University are offered in nine faculties, as well as a business school. The faculties comprise a total of 140 departments and 85 centres, institutes and bureaus. UP is at the forefront of tertiary education in the country and collaborates with world-class partners to ensure continued excellence in learning and teaching.
For more information, visit http://www.up.ac.za.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit http://www.rim.com or http://www.blackberry.com.
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