Costa Allegra: Row erupts over towing stricken vessel

People on the deck of the Costa Allegra

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A row has erupted between the Seychelles government and the owners of the Costa Allegra, as the stricken cruise liner is being towed to land.

A Seychelles minister said the French fishing boat towing the vessel had refused to give way to faster tug boats because of financial interests.

A Costa spokesman said the liner was not using the tugs because the fishing boat “guaranteed the smoothest voyage”.

The ship lost power on Monday, running adrift with more than 1,000 passengers.

The Allegra was now expected to reach the port of Victoria in the Seychelles on Thursday, the Italian owners of the vessel said.

Planes lined up

Seychelles Home Affairs Minister Joel Morgan told the Associated Press news agency that the cruise liner would have reached land on Wednesday if the fishing vessel had let faster tugs boats take over.

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Gilbert Faure, from the Seychelles Aviation Authority, said it would do its best to help passengers

“The Seychelles authorities are not happy about this situation and we would have wished to get the ship into port as soon as possible in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the passengers,” Mr Morgan said.

He suggested that the financial objectives of the French fishing boat were put ahead of the interest of the passengers, who were left without electricity, air conditioning and toilet facilities.

The owners of the fishing boat are reportedly being paid for assisting the Allegra.

However, Davide Barbano of Costa Crociere, the company that owns the Allegra, countered Mr Morgan’s claims, saying that “it was decided to continue with that (the fishing vessel) because it guaranteed the smoothest voyage for those on board”.

Meanwhile, planes are being lined up in the Seychelles to fly home passengers from the vessel as soon as possible.


Accommodation is also being arranged, but with hotels already busy, most are expected to fly straight to Italy.

Local residents are also being asked to make their homes available.

The ship was left adrift after a fire in the generator room.

It is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32.

‘Sincerely sorry’

As the Costa Allegra has no air conditioning or cooking facilities, a helicopter is continuing to fly in fresh food.

Most of the passengers are staying on deck where there is a cooling breeze in the hot weather.

Italian coastguard official Captain Cosimo Nicastro

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Captain Cosimo Nicastro from the Italian coastguard, says the ship has slowed because of strong currents

The company said in a statement on Tuesday that it was working with the local authorities “to ensure the best possible assistance to all our guests and make their discomfort as short as possible and to reach their next destination.

“The company is sincerely sorry for the inconvenience: absolute priority is to make it as short as possible.”

Of the 636 passengers and 413 crew on board, 135 are Italians and 127 French, along with nearly 100 Austrians, 90 Swiss and 31 Britons.

Earlier the company had planned to tow the ship to a much smaller island closer to its current position.

This was abandoned because the facilities there were inadequate to cope with such a large ship.

The company says it is liaising with passengers’ families via their emergency contact numbers. Contact has been made with the relatives of all the crew.

Families in the UK can call the company’s emergency line on 020 7940 3300.

Distress signal

The ship is at the southern end of the seas that are vulnerable to attacks by Somali pirates.

But a government spokesman told the BBC that attacks in the area had decreased in the past year as security improved.

The ship sailed with nine armed guards on board, and more are stationed on the French fishing vessel. Pirates in the area have never seized a cruise ship.

A government plane is also patrolling overhead.

The ship sent out a distress signal when the fire broke out, and all passengers and crew not involved in fighting the fire assembled at the muster stations.

Most electric lights on board the ship are off as the batteries are being used to keep essential machinery going.

The company says the Allegra received its regularly scheduled maintenance in dry dock in October 2011.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio on 13 January.

The Concordia captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated. He denies any wrongdoing

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Monkees’ singer Davy Jones, 66, went from child star to TV rock star

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Actor and musician Davy Jones died Wednesday of a heart attack in Florida. Best known as a teen idol from the band and TV show The Monkees in the 1960′s, Jones also appeared on various British and American TV shows throughout the years.

Call him a Daydream Believer.

He started as a jockey, turned to acting then singing, got lucky landing a role on a wacky American TV show and finally stole the hearts of almost every teenaged girl in North America.

His name was Davy Jones — one quarter of the 1960s pop band The Monkees — and he died of a massive heart attack in Indiantown, Fla. where he lived.

Reports say Jones complained he was not feeling well, had trouble breathing and was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

Authorities say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Born Dec. 30, 1945 in Manchester, it didn’t take Jones long to take to the stage and, at age 11, appeared on the iconic and still running soap opera Coronation Street as the grandson of Ena Sharples.

He so impressed agents they sought him out where he was working — as an apprentice jockey — and took him to London, where he portrayed Dickens’ mischievous Artful Dodger in the West End production of Oliver!

At 16 he found himself the toast of New York where he brought the same character to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award.

He never really left the stage and starred in such productions as The Boyfriend, The Point and Godspell over the years and was singing solo gigs right up to his death.

But it will The Monkees — the band and the television series with the same name — he’ll be remembered for.

Auditions for the show were held in 1965 and despite a huge turnout, Jones’ English accent and long hair won the day.

Beatlemania was still white hot and scores of overseas acts were taking North America by storm in what is still referred to as The British Invasion.

It was a natural choice: Paul McCartney is the “cute one” in The Beatles so Davy Jones would be the “cute one” in The Monkees.

Teamed up with three other successful candidates — Mike Nesmith (he of the wool hat), Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz — the show had the band members living together in a bizarre abode equipped with spiral staircase, a mounted Moose head and an eclectic collection of furniture.

They drove around in the Monkee mobile as well as unicycles all the time emanating a distinct West Coast vibe.

And although it was the 1960s, sex and drugs really weren’t part of this show — just the rock ’n’ roll (pop, really). Every show had an “adventure” storyline with crazy guest characters and — of course — music.

The band’s first No. 1 single — of three — “Last Train to Clarksville” captured listeners along with other hits such as “I’m a Believer,” and Jones’ signature ballad “I Wanna be Free.”

They played with the four original members just once in Toronto on April 2, 1967, headlining at Maple Leaf Gardens. It used to be your favourite band was either the Rolling Stones or The Beatles but, for a very short period, there was a third choice — The Monkees.

That was before the rumours — eventually revealed to be true — the group didn’t actually play their instruments on their hits.

As a packaged TV concept, producers used the four actors as singers but it was the likes of Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, Ry Cooder and, according to some sources even Neil Young who played the instruments with words and music supplied by the likes of Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

Jones pretty well stuck to the tambourine and maracas, but the other three were gradually allowed to start playing their own instruments — but it was too late. The Beatles were the Fab Four and the Monkees were disparagingly labelled the Pre-fab Four.

All of a sudden it became very uncool to be a Monkees’ fan. After two seasons, the series fizzled out and was cancelled in the summer of 1968.

Nostalgia tours and low-profile independent albums beckoned for Jones and most of the other Monkees. But entertainment history has been kind to the group and is now considered a compelling facet of the decade, with their “embedded” songs on the show seen as a precursor to MTV’s videos.

On Nesmith’s Facebook page he writes: “While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality.”

Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters from previous marriages.


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Roger Federer celebrates after beating Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at the ATP Dubai Open
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Soccer: INTERIM England coach Stuart Pearce was moments away from a serviceable draw in his first game in charge of the national side, but Dutchman Arjen Robben had other ideas, scoring in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win.

Robben tormented the Poms earlier in the match, slotting the opening goal in the 57th minute before teammate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar adding another two minutes later.

But England weren’t done with yet, with Gary Cahill reducing the deficit to a goal in the 85th minute, and they thought they’d done enough to share the spoils in the 90th minute when Ashley Young added another.

Robben again found a way through, though, and stole the win after being set up by Mark van Bommel.


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Tennis: THE quarter-finals of the Dubai Open did nothing to dent the dominance of the world’s top few players, with Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic all cruising through.

Federer was impressive in demolishing world No.15 Feliciano Lopez 7-5 6-3, despite enduring a 20-point tenth game in the first set.

Djokovic also got another match under his belt in his return tournament after a month off, prevailing in a tight 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 affair to move a step closer to a final showdown against the Fed.

But first he’ll have to get through Murray, who had an easy time of it against Marco Chiudinelli, dropping just seven games on his way through.


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Soccer: HARRY Kewell might have battled to make an impact on the scoresheet in the A-League this season, but he had no trouble adding another goal to his international tally in the Socceroos’ come-from-behind win over Saudi Arabia last night.

Trailing 2-1 with less than 20 minutes remaining, Kewell, Alex Brosque and Brett Emerton slammed home three goals in three minutes to fire their country to a 4-2 win and end their opposition’s 2014 World Cup qualification hopes.

The Saudis went ahead in the 19th minute courtesy of Salem Aldawsari, but Brosque answered just before half-time, only to see his side concede a soft goal moments later.

Kewell scored from some Archie Thompson and Brosque brilliance in the 73rd minute to square the game again, then Brosque was left unmarked just 6m out less than two minutes later and took full advantage of a sublime Brett Emerton cross.

Emerton’s goal to seal the result in the 76th minute was lucky, but a goal nonetheless, ensuring Australia’s passage through to the final round of World Cup qualifying.


Michael Jordan House


Basketball: ANYONE who salivated over Michael Jordan’s rookie collector card as a kid might suffer a head explosion at the thought they could own his house, which the basketball legend has just put up for sale.

As long as you have a cool $27 million on hand.

The NBA great has chucked his Chicago home on the market, and with 17,000 square metres of space, three storeys, nine bedrooms, an indoor to outdoor pool, tennis court, putting green, and three-bedroom guesthouse, it’s expected to smash local property sales records.

Oh yeah, it’s got a full-sized indoor basketball complex, too.



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Tennis: CASEY Dellacqua is the first Aussie woman to crash out of the Malaysian Open, losing in straight sets to Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh.

Dellacqua was no match for the world No.123 qualifier, losing 6-1 7-5 despite being ranked higher and having the advantage of a good night’s sleep, with Hsieh still suffering jetlag after arriving from Dubai.

“I didn’t have much sleep the last two days and in fact took advantage of the three-hour rain delay to get some much needed rest,” Hsieh said.

The Aussie contingent will be cut to two when play gets back under way after further rain breaks, with Jelena Dokic and Olivia Rogowska set to face off after drawing each other in their second matches.



Bernie Ecclestone tells the Baillieu Government to pay up or lose the Grand Prix

Formula One: THE long list of reasons F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone seemingly wants out of Melbourne continues to grow.

The GP head honcho said the event would be ripped out of Australia quicker than Sebastian Vettel can get down the straight at Albert Park, unless taxpayers continued tipping $55 million a year into the race.

Ecclestone said the Melbourne GP was the least viable of all the races around the world, and that if the F1 circus left Victoria, it “would probably be walking away from Australia”.

But he said he would consider lowering his fee to bring the event Down Under if it became a night race.


Cycling: THE Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared Alexandr Kolobnev of doping at the 2011 Tour de France and rejected the International Cycling Union’s request to ban the Russian rider for two years. The court ruled that Kolobnev’s positive test for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide after the fifth stage was “justified by medical reasons totally unrelated to sport performance”.

Soccer: THE A-League may have only nine teams next season, in the wake of the sensational expulsion of Clive Palmer’s Gold Coast United. Though Football Federation Australia will now desperately expedite plans for a West Sydney team to replace Gold Coast, it might not award the licence for entry to the league until 2013-2014.


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Director Michael Dowse Talks About The Hockey Film Goon

Director Michael Dowse Talks About The Hockey Film Goon

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Michael Dowse on the set of Goon
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Seann William Scott stars in the new hockey film Goon, which open across the country this weekend. Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, Scott plays Doug Glatt, a bouncer who overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. It’s a violent, but passionate, hockey film in the tradition of Slap Shot.

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Active Web Group, Inc. Offers Top 5 Reasons for Using WordPress Websites for …

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By offering them low-cost, open-source WordPress websites, we give their online businesses the tools they need to have a fighting chance against industry leaders

Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), the leading Internet Marketing Services firm headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced its plan for assisting small businesses to compete with industry giants. Their answer is the scaleable WordPress websites.

“In this economy small business needs to utilize every advantage possible,” notes Pat Norton, Vice President and Director of Business Development, Active Web Group, Inc. “These sites must be SEO friendly, content must be easily updated, the site’s functionality can be extended with plug-ins and much more,” Norton states. “By offering them low-cost, open-source WordPress websites, we give their online businesses the tools they need to have a fighting chance against industry leaders,” he concludes.

There are many advantages to these sites. By design they are SEO friendly to begin with. This feature assists online business owners to develop an online presence quickly. No longer will they have to hire a webmaster to make changes. The content management system enables owners to update their site content without knowledge of HTML coding. The site can also be upgraded in stages selecting from thousands of existing plug-ins. So today’s informational site can easily become an online store by adding a shopping cart plug-in. Blogs and social media plug-ins are also popular upgrade choices. Online support 24/7 and easy installs allow owners to avoid hiring a programmer and to use a less costly designer to make upgrades instead.

Active Web Group is an industry leader known for its cutting-edge web designs and redesigns. A full-service agency, Active Web Group also has extensive experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Programming (all proficiencies including php, asp and, Email Marketing, Website Content Development, Graphic Design, E-Commerce, Magento Ecommerce, WordPress Ecommerce, Mobile sites, custom solutions and Pay-Per-Click Marketing. To learn more:



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The calm before the storm

Westborough – Yesteday the afternoon sun was shining on Route 30, giving little indication that it is still February. But just 24 hours later, snow has started falling in the area, with forecasters predicting 3-6″ before the storm is over. 

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PapayaMobile releases Social Splash toolkit, ports HTML5/Flash games to Android

PapayaMobile Surpasses 50 Million Users and Releases Social Splash for Facebook and Google+ Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 29, 2012 - PapayaMobile (, the leading social gaming network on Android iOS, has blown past 50 million users as the company continues its aggressive growth strategy. In the last nine months since Papaya ceased publishing its own games, PapayaMobile has seen over 260% growth due to tremendous demand from third-party mobile developers looking to integrate social features and virtual currency found in their SDK and Game Engine. Today, the company continues to put developers first with the launch of their latest development tool called “Social Splash.”

This product will allow any Facebook or Google+ developer to port their Flash or HTML5 game into a fully functioning Android app without having to learn a new coding language. Essentially, Social Splash is a wrapper for HTML5 and Flash games which uses the Android Flash plugin and the latest web kit engine to render the game. The compilation is done entirely in the cloud and developers will not need to install anything on their machine and/or know anything about Android to use it. For games using Adobe Air, Papaya is also developing a native extension to help connect all the social features.

Games converted using Social Splash will be able to incorporate all of Papaya’s social features via a simple JavaScrpt API including newsfeeds, notifications, leaderboards, achievements, friend lists, avatars, check in, private messaging, and more. Additionally, developers can add monetization channels to their games using Papaya’s virtual currency and billing system to start generating revenue the moment it launches on the Android Market.

“This tool is for every developer that has felt abandoned by Flash and crowded out by Zynga,” said Si Shen, CEO and Co-Founder of PapayaMobile. “We believe in helping HTML5 and Flash developers make the transition to mobile a seamless experience. Not only does this new tool decrease development time, but it also allows developers to launch their entire games catalog onto mobile without having to learn a new coding language.”

Check out Running Panda or Cage Match, both created using Social Splash, to see what this technology can bring to developers. Social Splash is available for download today for free at

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Mobify launches tablet optimization tool for websites

Tablets are finding their way into more homes, and they’re proving to be quite the ecommerce tool, helping boost sales for many retailers better than desktop and smartphones in some cases. But many big sites aren’t optimized for tablets; instead, relying on native tablet apps or just the regular desktop site.

Mobify, a Vancouver, Canada-based startup, is betting that companies are prepared to optimize their websites for tablet use in much the same way many have modified their sites to be consumed on smartphones. The company, which already helps optimize 20,000 websites for mobile phone usage, is releasing a tablet-optimization product that makes it easy for a site to convert to a more tablet-friendly design. Mobify joins other HTML5 publishing solutions like OnSwipe and Pressly that are helping websites optimize for tablets.

The Mobify tablet product simplifies the layout, reduces load times, optimizes text and introduces a gesture-based UI. Sites are also encouraged to use more pictures and can take advantage of image carousels and other widgets. The product is easy to implement with some HTML5 and JavaScript, said Mobify CEO Igor Faletski.

Faletski told me almost all sites haven’t made the leap to optimize for tablets because it’s hard work converting big properties. And many publishers don’t feel their desktop site experience is broken on tablets, so there’s no need to optimize. But he said sites are going to need to ramp up their efforts to appeal to tablet users, and it won’t cut it to just offer the same desktop site. Already, 10 to 15 percent of traffic on many Mobify sites are coming from iPads alone, said Faletski. And a recent Pew study found that the number of adults who own a tablet has increased to 19 percent in the U.S.

“A desktop website can work for now, and the buttons don’t break, but in a year or two, it’s going to be so competitive that if your site isn’t amazing, customer will shop at Amazon,” he said.

This may be a bigger issue for ecommerce sites, which are seeing more sales come from tablet users. As we’ve written before, the tablet is increasingly becoming the perfect shopping device. Adobe last month reported that tablet users spend more than 50 percent more for each transaction at an online retailer site than smartphone users and 20 percent more than traditional computer users. Adobe also found that tablet users were three times more likely to buy something than smartphone users and nearly as likely to convert to a purchase as traditional computer users.

I’ve heard from some publishers that optimizing for tablets is still not a priority, especially when many are still working on pushing out or perfecting an iPad app. But I think that solutions like Mobify, Pressly or OnSwipe will make sense over time because the same native apps are changing the expectations of consumers, who’ll increasingly want more of a tablet app experience wherever they go on the web. As for publishers, they can take advantage of web traffic and SEO better than they can through native apps. Some publishers may eventually look at just redesigning their site to be more tablet-like as a default, but many may consider an optimization tool first to help transition their sites to a more tablet-friendly world.

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Kony and VASCO Form Alliance to Offer a Higher Level of Security for Mobile …

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
Solutions, the leading mobile application platform provider, today
announced it has formed an alliance with VASCO Data Security
International, Inc.

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to integrate VASCO’s DIGIPASS
SDKstrong user authentication into Kony’s mobile application development
platform. The joint Kony-VASCO solution has already been deployed by
leading global financial institutions.

Kony is the industry’s leading mobile application platform provider,
with more than 60 of the Fortune 500 among its customers.

VASCO is a world leader in strong authentication and e-signature
solutions, specializing in online accounts, identities and transactions.

“We take mobile security very seriously. VASCO’s technology allows us to
offer a cost-effective and user-friendly solution to secure all mobile
channels,” said David Eads, VP General Manager of Kony’s Financial
Services Division. “With our joint offering, customers have continuous
protection against online security threats, as well as the broadest,
deepest, most future-proof mobile application platform on the market.”

“We are glad to announce this alliance between VASCO and Kony. Both
parties acknowledge the growing importance of mobile devices and their
capabilities,” says Jan Valcke, President and COO at VASCO Data
Security. “We are enhancing both our portfolios with innovative and
leading solutions. Together with Kony, we are building a secure mobile

Kony’s flagship product is its KonyOne mobile enterprise application
platform, which supports both business to consumer (B2C) and business to
employee (B2E) applications; Kony’s “Write Once, Run Everywhere”
technology enables developers to deploy applications across more than
9,000 mobile smartphones/tablets/kiosks and operating systems from a
single codebase. Changes and upgrades can then be handled rapidly,
without the need for rebuilding or republishing the mobile apps.

All Kony applications can be delivered in native and mobile web (HTML5
and non-HTML5) and Kony is the only vendor to offer Service Level
Agreements (SLAs) for support of new operating systems, form factors,
and devices, thereby enabling enterprises to stay ahead of the mobile
technology curve.


VASCO is a world leader in strong authentication and e-signature
solutions, specializing in online accounts, identities and transactions.
As a global software company, VASCO serves a customer base of
approximately 10,000 companies in over 100 countries, including more
than 1,700 international financial institutions. In addition to the
financial sector, VASCO’s technologies secure sensitive information and
transactions for the enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government

About Kony Solutions

Kony is the industry’s leading mobile application platform provider,
with more than 60 of the Fortune 500 among its customers.

Kony enables companies to provide innovative mobile solutions on every
mobile device. Leveraging the KonyOne Platform, an application is
defined just once, and deployed across more than 9,000 devices, 7
operating systems and multiple channels, including native, HTML5 and
mobile web, hybrid, mixed-mode, social media, SMS/MMS, kiosks, desktop
and tablet applications. KonyOne provides a universal framework that
ensures the best user experience by optimizing all native capabilities
for each device operating system and browser. Given the market’s rapid
rate of device and platform upgrades, Kony future proofs applications
against OS and browser updates, providing SLAs guaranteeing timely
support of the newest operating systems and devices. Leading global
brands have built B2C and B2E applications with KonyOne, including
Hotwire, Huntington Bank, Hyatt, Toyota and Capital One.

In 2011 Kony was positioned as a “Visionary” in the Gartner Magic
Quadrant for Mobile Consumer Application Platforms (MCAP) report. Kony
has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor, a ‘Most Innovative Company of the
Year’ by the American Business Awards and was chosen as one of Fast
Company’s 100 innovative Apple-affiliated achievers.

For more information, please visit .
Connect with Kony on Twitter,
and LinkedIn.

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Brightcove adds push messaging, analytics to App Cloud

BARCELONA, Spain–Cloud services provider Brightcove unveiled the latest edition of its App Cloud content platform here at Mobile World Congress 2012. The upgrade adds new services for cross-platform push messaging and content-level analytics designed to help media companies and marketers more effectively engage their installed base, track campaigns and identify impactful content.

Launched in beta in May 2011 and released to the general public in late November, Brightcove App Cloud marries an open HTML5-based web development model with cloud services. Developers can leverage HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and the App Cloud SDK, which touts pre-built views and JavaScript APIs for accessing native device capabilities like camera, alerts, accelerometer and location. App Cloud also features multi-app templates simplifying branded app creation for non-technical business users, visual app creation tools for creating, testing and previewing new apps based on custom templates and cross-platform compilation tools to streamline deployment across multiple app stores.

With the addition of push messaging, App Cloud users may now access a single dashboard to schedule and send targeted campaigns to their installed base of app users across Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices. Messages can be addressed to all app users, consumers in a designated geographic region, users who have not opened the app in a specific time frame or a combination of these criteria. App Cloud analytics tout real-time feedback on the number of push messages delivered, the number opened and user interactions with the content–producers and marketers can determine how many users watched a particular video, viewed a specific image or read a specific article or blog entry.

“Apps have a lifecycle. They’re a not a destination, but a journey,” Brightcove chief marketing officer Jeff Whatcott told FierceMobileContent. “A lot of content providers are realizing what they have isn’t sustainable. We built a platform that supports sustainability.”

Because Brightcove rolled out its IPO earlier this month and remains in a quiet period, Whatcott could not disclose the number of applications built via App Cloud, but said users span from cable television networks like AMC to government agencies like the U.S. Department of State, with financial services providers, religious organizations and enterprises also creating and deploying apps. “Every organization with web content is a target market for App Cloud,” Whatcott said.

App Cloud is available in both a free edition and an enterprise edition that starts at $15,000. Free edition users may develop and test an unlimited number of apps, while its enterprise counterpart enables teams of developers and business users to collaboratively develop, deploy and operate live apps. Brightcove adds that the expanded analytics capabilities are available now, with the push messaging service coming in March.

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AIMG Designs Blog Site for Emerging Young Adults Pro Bono – Brittany Davis’s Inspirational Blog for Emerging Adults

The Living Course is meant to be an inspirational, real-world source for readers to leverage, written by people who are dealing with similar life challenges, large and small.

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Given the challenges and disappointments young adults are experiencing today, Brittany Davis, a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut, decided to take charge of her own destiny and help others along the way. Brittany put her degree in Media Studies, with a minor in English, to work on a blog site for young adults called ‘The Living Course.’ To help the young graduate along, global marketing firm AIMG provided web design services for the blog pro bono.

“When Brittany came to us with this opportunity,” said Joe DeMicco, CEO Founder of AIMG, “I was really impressed by her inspiration, particularly in the face of all the negativity young people have to contend with. I like Brittany’s approach because it’s not meant to tell people how to live their lives but is about sharing new perspectives. The Living Course is meant to be an inspirational, real-world source for readers to leverage, written by people who are dealing with similar life challenges, large and small. I decided to get behind it 100% and look forward to watching it grow.”

“My studies at Quinnipiac taught me that media has the potential to truly affect the world we live in,” said Brittany Davis, the blog’s founder, “but that it is seldom used to make a positive change. I am a firm believer that life can be beautiful and that sometimes you just need help to see it. So I created ‘The Living Course’ as a place for young people to get inspired and to inspire others. Here they can share stories, songs, art, photos, ideas, troubles, or whatever they like to help them cope with the challenges they face every day as they try to build their lives and make their dreams come true.

“I am very grateful to the designers at AIMG for donating their valuable skills and time to help me. I hope that by sharing my struggles and my optimism I encourage others to share too. And that together we can inspire each other to make a positive change not only in our lives but in the world we live.”

For more information about Brittany Davis and ‘The Living Course’ blog visit

To learn more about global marketing and business development firm AIMG, visit or call 1-704-321-1234.

About AIMG | Accurate Imaging

AIMG | Accurate Imaging is a full service marketing, web development and search engine optimization (seo) agency, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, that serves clients in the United States, Canada and Europe. The company offers website design, search engine optimization, custom application development, consulting for business development and marketing services. AIMG’s divisions include Enterprise Business Solutions, Small Business Marketing, Strategic Local Marketing, Industrial Sector Marketing, Medical Marketing, and the NOA Marketing Division specializing in the needs of non-profits, organizations and associations. Visit or call (704) 321-1234.

About Joe DeMicco

[Joe DeMicco has been an online and marketing consultant for almost 20 years. He started his flagship company AIMG | Accurate Imaging in 1994. He has worked as a consultant and created solutions for companies like BMW, Discovery Communications, Publicis, Thomas Register (ThomasNet), Net2Phone, Robotic Industries Association, Automated Imaging Association, Hose-McCann Communications, E-Z-EM (now Bracco Imaging), and Excite Media Group. In 2007 he established Industrial Web Solutions, which specializes in online and offline solutions for industrial manufacturers. His blog offers business development tips.



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Atlanta Web Design Agency Introduces an Innovative Approach to Web Development

February 29, 2012; 10:11 AM

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 29, 2012 – The web design agency launched a series of website design templates for the HubSpot CMS back in December 2011. This month the agency is launching additional designs and packaged services for Search Engine Optimization and Conversion to complement different facets of today’s web design projects.

“Web design projects are no longer only about aesthetics; a web design project [today] needs to consider how will the website support a company’s marketing strategy; it has become a key platform for buyers to interact with companies and learn about products services,” said Eduardo Esparza, President of Market 8. “Marketers today must look at a different set of requirements on their web design projects: website design itself and looks are a prerequisite, but their focus must shift to content quality, usability, conversion, mobile accessibility, social sharing preparedness, and ability to integrate with other marketing and sales platforms such as email marketing and CRM systems,” Esparza said.

The key characteristics of the templates made by the web design agency are:

  • Appealing Design: The templates are made to be visually appealing – Market 8 customizes all the graphics for every client so that the websites reflect the client’s brand.
  • Better Usability: Through a light coaching process, the agency enables clients to organize their content so that buyers can intuitively find the content they are looking for.
  • Better Conversion: The templates designed by Market 8 integrate design features for improved conversion, these include the positioning and suggested design of call to action graphics, and landing page designs.
  • Mobile Accessibility: HubSpot-hosted websites can be enabled to be accessible from mobile devices, displaying a different layout. The web design templates by Market 8, are designed to take advantage of this feature.
  • Social Sharing Ready: The templates are prepared with social sharing widgets, making it easy for clients to share content from any page in the website with friends and coworkers.

“We will continue to do a significant amount of web design for the HubSpot CMS because we think that HubSpot is the best tool out there for b2b companies to take control, execute and measure all aspects of their inbound marketing; and the tool is ready to support a wide range of companies from those with only a handful of employees, to large enterprises.”

To learn more about the website design templates by market 8, and their rapid process-based implementation go to HubSpot website templates by Market 8.

About Market 8
Market 8 is an inbound marketing and branding agency that helps clients increase revenue and return on marketing investments by focusing on strategies that are fundamental, effective and measurable. A fully integrated agency, Market 8 specializes in marketing strategy, website development, interactive design, content creation, video marketing, and marketing analytics including specific prospect and lead tracking.

Read Market 8′s Inbound Marketing and Branding Blog

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Web Design and Styling Basics

Web Design and Styling Basics

When planning one thing, a designer ought to 1st bear the fundamentals of planning. Whether or not he’s planning a print style or web style, he should recognize the dos and do not’s. The subsequent things can assist you recognize the fundamentals of internet planning further as some techniques that are specific to taking off with the simplest internet layout.

1. Produce a style that looks friendly.

There are literally plenty of internet styles that scare folks away and not attract them. If you wish folks to come to your web site, create it soothing and lightweight. Keep your website as friendly as doable.

2. Produce a good homepage

When planning your web site, you must keep in mind to conceptualize a homepage that might attract your viewers. Bear in mind that the primary page that your client see may be the last. Thus learn to form a page which will attract your visitor’s attention and then draw them deeper into your website.

3. Keep in mind the principles in planning internet sites

Remember to use your style principles like balance, contrast, emphasis, unity and sequence. This can function your guide and can assist you conceptualize an honest internet style.

4. Suppose little in terms of graphics

A slow page is very terribly irritating. Whether or not you wish it or not, one reason for slowing the pages is giant graphics. To avoid such downside consider using pictures with a size of 10-12 kb.

5. Use graphics that match the content

Just because you have got a beautiful image of you and your boyfriend doesn’t mean that you just ought to embrace it on your web site. Use pictures that are applicable which connect together with your site’s content.

6. Don’t use blinking pictures

There are studies proving that blinking pictures really annoy folks. If you wish to use them, though, use them scrimpy. You wouldn’t need your website viewers to go away your page simply because of an annoying blinking image.

7. Stick with customary layouts

Try to use a layout or design that’s straightforward as doable. The 3-column layout would possibly sound corny and boring however it helps keep your readers stay where they’re and keep reading your site’s subject matter. Keep in mind that readers and website viewers stick to things that are straightforward and straightforward to grasp.

8. Use customary fonts and limit the amount of various fonts

Use customary fonts like Arial, Geneva, Helvetica, and Verdana. They could appear too acquainted however they give the impression of being higher on most browsers. Now, you don’t have to worry if your fonts can work or not.

9. Don’t be greedy

Though ads assist you create cash by posting them on your website, keep in mind that individuals visit your website attributable to their perceived content and not attributable to the ads that you just place in it. For all you recognize, these ads might drive your viewers away, if they’re too several, and will presumably cause you to lose cash.

10. Bear in mind your readers

Understand that, unless you’re writing or composing a website for yourself, your site’s content ought to embrace topics that your viewers would possibly need to scan.

Microsoft shows off Metro apps: Kindle, WordPress, and more

We’re starting to see the first demos of working Metro apps for Windows 8. Amazon has created a Metro version of its Kindle app — no surprise, really, given that the company has been supporting as many platforms as possible, PC included. Microsoft also showed a dedicated app lets you share content directly with a charm. A Cookbook app got some attention as well, and Cut the Rope was shown to demonstrate how easy it was to turn HTML5 content into full apps.

On a tour of the new Windows Store, we briefly saw a Metro version of Flixter as well as an icon for the Telegraph, USA Today, Slacker, and Daily Motion. Microsoft also held an app contest and showed a bunch of icons, including at least one (likely 3rd party?) Facebook icon. Winners included Elements, PuzzleTouch, Air Soccer, Pew Pew, FlipStats, SigFig, and Cookbook.

Bottom line: Microsoft knows that app support for Metro is one of the most important metrics for Windows 8′s success, and the company believes it is on track to deliver.

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Romney’s Double Victory Sets Up Next Big Test in Super Tuesday’s 11 Races

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Mitt Romney at Surburban Collection Showcase after winning both the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Feb. 28, 2012 in Novi, Michigan.

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Dowd Says Mitt Romney Nomination `Not Firm'

Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) — Matthew Dowd, Bloomberg political analyst and former chief campaign strategist for George W. Bush, talks about the results of the Michigan and Arizona primaries and the outlook for the Republican presidential nomination.
Dowd speaks with Erik Schatzker, Stephanie Ruhle and Peter Cook on Bloomberg Television’s “InsideTrack.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Mitt Romney, his wife Ann and son Tagg at a primary night gathering at the Suburban Collections Showplace, on Feb. 28, 2012 in Novi, Michigan.

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at the Royal Oak Theater in on Feb. 27, 2012 in Michigan.

Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at the Royal Oak Theater in on Feb. 27, 2012 in Michigan. Photographer: Gerald Herbert/AP

Mitt Romney’s double-barreled
victory in the Arizona and Michigan primaries yesterday gave him
a burst of momentum in the Republican presidential race as the
contest shifts to Southern states and Ohio (STOOH1), where his appeal
among evangelical and working class voters will be tested anew.

Two months into the voting and nine months into Romney’s
second presidential run, the results confirmed his status as
fragile front-runner, toiling to win over Republican voters as
he heads into potentially pivotal Super Tuesday races March 6.

Those 11 races — which yield a total haul of more than 400
delegates — are shaping up as a last stand for Rick Santorum,
the latest Romney rival to threaten the Massachusetts ex-
governor — as well as a chance for Romney to either solidify,
or continue to grasp for, a hold on the nomination.

Either way, even Romney allies say there are no guarantees
and the process will probably drag on for several weeks.

Super Tuesday “will probably be definitive to establish
that Romney’s in a commanding position, but it won’t be over for
a while,” said Charlie Black, who is advising the Romney
campaign. “They’re prepared to go state to state in all the
Super Tuesday states and beyond, and just grind it out.”

Slim Margin

Romney, 64, has had to do more grinding than his campaign
anticipated, most recently in his native Michigan (USUSMICH), where a late
surge by Santorum, 53, a former Pennsylvania senator, threatened
to yield an embarrassing Romney defeat. Instead, he won by 3
points — a slim margin for the son of a former governor and
Detroit automobile executive — with most precincts reporting.
His task was easier in Arizona, where he won by 20 points.

Campaigning today in Ohio, Romney credited those victories
to his business background and focus on the economy, and called
Santorum “an economic lightweight.”

During a town-hall meeting in suburban Columbus, Romney
took questions from the audience, including from a woman who
said she was a law student worried about her financial future
because she doesn’t have access to subsidized student loans.

“I wish I could tell you that there’s a place to find
really cheap money or free money that we can pay for everyone’s
education,” Romney told her. “That’s just not going to

Call for Sacrifice

Romney made it clear at the end of his remarks that he would
ask Americans to give up programs the nation can’t afford.

“A leader is someone who’s able to turn to the American
people and ask them to sacrifice,” he said.

Earlier in the day, he focused on manufacturing jobs and

“I want to bring jobs back here,” he said at a steel
fence post warehouse in Toledo. “I’m going to insist that China
plays by the same rules everybody else in the world plays by,
and if they do we’ll win jobs back.”

Romney, a former chief executive officer and co-founder of
the private equity firm Bain Capital LLC, has said he would
label China a currency manipulator, arguing that the country
keeps the value of the yuan artificially low to encourage
Chinese exports.

Joking with workers as he toured the American Posts LLC
plant, Romney said, “I got to press the button. That will be my
heavy lift in terms of manufacturing today.”

Joe the Plumber

Watching Romney speak was Samuel Wurzelbacher, who gained
fame during the 2008 presidential election as “Joe the
Plumber” and is running for Congress in Ohio this year.

“They like to pretend they’re blue-collar when they up
there,” he told reporters, pointing to the stage where Romney
had spoken.

“I go hunting and fishing and like outdoorsmen, so that’s
the kind of people I know and can connect with,” said
Wurzelbacher, a Republican who hasn’t endorsed anyone. “To me,
hanging out in a roomful of bankers wouldn’t work for me.”

The latest polls show Romney trailing his rivals in states
that award the most delegates next week, including Ohio, where
he’s running behind Santorum, and Georgia, where former U.S.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich leads, followed by Santorum. Among
the group Santorum has targeted are working class voters,
defined by pollsters as those without college degrees.

Santorum at Pulpit

Santorum is also focusing his strategy on the large
populations of socially conservative voters in Ohio, Oklahoma
and Tennessee.

Campaigning today in Powell, Tennessee, he appeared at the
pulpit of Temple Baptist Church, flanked by gilded lettering on
both sides, a Bible verse and the phrase, “A vision for the
world, a home for your family.”

“We had a much better night in Michigan than maybe was
first reported,” he told the gathering of a few hundred people
after the choir sang. “This was really a great race to go into,
innocent, belly of the beast: the home town of my chief rival in
the Republican primary.”

Months into a contest that has seen Romney challenged by a
rotating cast of candidates who have risen and fallen, he still
needs to persuade Republican voters that he’s striving for their
support, said pollster Ed Goeas.

“The test for Romney has always been not to convince them
that he is the most conservative, the test has always been to
convince them that he’s not just taking them for granted, and
he’s fighting for it,” said Goeas, of the Alexandria-based
Tarrance Group who conducts the bipartisan Battleground Poll.
“They haven’t been sending the message that he’s fighting for
the nomination.”

Prolonged Primary

Through all the ups and downs, Goeas said, voters have
maintained a view that Romney is the most electable candidate,
with more than half saying they see him as the likely nominee.

Still, the prospect of a prolonged primary concerns many
strategists, who argue that the tone of the race is damaging the
party’s candidates, alienating independent voters and
undercutting Republican hopes of defeating President Barack Obama.

Obama’s prospects have brightened since November, according
to the Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll
released Feb. 27. He was ahead of both of the leading
Republicans, winning support from 53 percent in a hypothetical
matchup with Romney, who drew 43 percent, and 53 percent in a
head-to-head contest with Santorum, who got 42 percent.

‘Warning Sign’

“We need to look at this as a warning sign that we need to
get this over with, and get back to focusing on us versus
Obama,” Goeas said.

Before that can happen, Santorum is angling for a chance to
compete directly against Romney in March, pushing to consolidate
the support of anti-abortion activists and other Romney-
resistant Republican voters and pull off upset victories that
could frustrate the front-runner yet again.

“What March needs to be is where we get a one-on-one shot
with Mitt Romney,” said John Brabender, Santorum’s chief
strategist. To accomplish that the campaign must “have
conservatives and Tea Party supporters who don’t want to vote
for Romney say, ‘Look, we’ve got to pick somebody. Rick
Santorum’s the one emerging. We’ve got to get behind him.’ ”

While Super Tuesday successes may not allow Romney to
clinch the nomination, they could reveal his competitors’
weaknesses, thus building his momentum, said Steve Duprey, who
advised Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, during
his presidential bid and now serves as a Republican National
Committeeman from New Hampshire.

‘Non-Romney Constituency’

“Senator Santorum has somewhat solidified the non-Romney
constituency, and these contests are going to test that,”
Duprey said. “We’re going to see a trend — either Romney will
have to slog through ‘til May but he’ll be the nominee, or if
Santorum wins some important states, this could be a wide-open

The Republican Party’s decision to rewrite its rules to
allow for more gradual awarding of delegates, drawing out the
nominating process, “in hindsight may not have been a great
idea,” putting the eventual nominee at a fundraising and image
disadvantage relative to Obama, Duprey added.

“Romney’s had a tougher go, and I think that also reflects
the reality that we have a Republican base that is of many
different voices.”

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Julie Hirschfeld Davis in Washington at   or;
Lisa Lerer in Washington at

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Designed to Make Blogging Easier: Managing WordPress

DC022812 A Designed to Make Blogging Easier: Managing WordPress

Looking to make the act of juggling multiple WordPress sites less of a circus? Creative minds are often working on many projects at once. Whether it’s your main source of income or one of your many pet projects, each of these endeavors is likely to have its own WordPress blog. If this sounds familiar, we don’t have to tell you what a drag it is to keep various sites organized and up to date. That’s why we were so excited when we heard about ManageWP, a dashboard designed to unify your sites.

With ManageWP, you no longer need to log into each of your WordPress sites individually.  The program allows you to access all of your WordPress accounts from one central location. From there you can monitor and install plugins and themes across all of your sites. ManageWP will also back up your WordPress installations and manage WordPress tags, categories, images, comments.  Another feature we like is the clone tool.  With it you can instantly copy and migrate any of your existing WordPress sites from one domain to another.

Best of all, ManageWP is simple to use. Created by Vladimir Prelovac, author of the WordPress Plugin Development – Beginner’s Guide, the system was designed to mimic the WordPress dashboard in order to limit the learning curve. Awesome news for those of us that want to spend less time on minutiae and more time on the creative process. Want to see how it works? You can check out the video below for a quick demo.

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Clue Design Celebrates 15 Years in Business

As businesses are now realising that the web is the main channel for generating leads and sales, there is a greater need for users to be able to update their website content on a regular basis to keep up with the ever changing global market.

Perth, Australia (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Clue Design has reached a milestone this year, celebrating 15 years in the web design Perth industry. From its small beginnings in 1997 as a one-man operation to a substantial organisation providing services to organisations both Australia wide and internationally; Clue Design has seen significant growth in terms of staff and turnover each year and now boasts an impressive client list.

Clue Design has developed web based applications for some of Australia’s biggest companies including Iluka Resources, Howard Park Wines and Madfish Wines. Clue Design’s work for the Health Insurance Fund of Australia website was recently announced as winner for the best e-commerce website in the Western Region of the Australian Web Awards.

The demand for e-commerce, mobile application development and Perth web design has significantly increased as businesses have grown to understand that the traditional means of researching, shopping and buying are moving online.

Clue Design has built up an extensive product offering over the last 15 years including developing its bespoke Mintox Adaptive e-Business software and running hundreds of web marketing campaigns for services such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and email marketing. All services are tailored to complement business online and contribute to building success.

As businesses are now realising that the web is the main channel for generating leads and sales, there is a greater need for users to be able to update their website content on a regular basis to keep up with the ever changing global market. With a long-term vision of simplifying the process of developing and deploying web solutions, Clue Design’s proprietary developed software, Mintox gives their client a significant edge when it comes to building their online web presence.

Mintox – Adaptive e-Business software has been designed to effectively build and manage both simple and complex websites. Mintox gives complete control over website management and is simple enough for novices, yet has the complexity to adapt to any e-business solution.

Mintox offers 7 solutions including website creation deployment, easy to use CMS (content management system), lead generation sales tracking, customer relationship manager, document management and sharing, community collaboration and shopping e-commerce.

Continual development and maintenance to keep up with current web trends and new technology and a substantial client base have been key factors in seeing Clue Design as one of the frontrunners in web design Perth and SEO Perth.


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Article source: Signs, Re-Signs Web Design Clients, a Web design CUSO in Barre, Vt., said it has signed two new credit union clients and begun redesigns and platform upgrades for three returning clients.

The new clients are the $564 million Honda FCU in Torrance, Calif., and LGE Community CU in Marietta, Ga., the company said.

Honda FCU is getting a new site build and mobile site, said, while LGE Community CU is getting a site redesign and build with behavior-based marketing tools, a mobile site, online form builder and “refer-a-friend” tool and administrative workflow tools.

Website renovations, meanwhile, will be done for the $1.1 billion Greylock FCU in Pittsfield, Mass., the $864 million Advantis CU in Milwaukie, Ore., and the $870 million Andrews FCU in Suitland, Md.

 “As we know, online technologies advance almost daily it seems, so it’s vital to keep your credit union’s website on par with the latest Web-related solutions,” said L9 President Spencer Pryce.

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