Friday, 25 November 2011

Don Johnston to Distribute EasyConverter Software with Read:OutLoud 6 eBook Reader through Partnership with Dolphin Computer Access (UK)

Volo, IL (PRWEB) June 29, 2011

Don Johnston Incorporated, a U.S. developer of assistive technologies for students with special needs announced today it will distribute EasyConverter by Dolphin Computer Access. EasyConverter enables educators to make required curriculum and instruction materials accessible for students with disabilities.

"Getting accessible instructional materials (AIM) into the hands of more students is one of our foremost goals," said Kevin Johnston, Director of Development for Don Johnston, Incorporated. "Today, schools are plagued with materials that are not digital or are in proprietary formats and cannot easily be read with assistive technologies. Educators who choose the EasyConverter with Read:OutLoud 6 will make inaccessible materials a part of the past and can look to a future that provides students with disabilities more opportunities to study grade level curriculum."

U.S. K-12 schools are required to provide timely access to print materials in accessible formats for students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans) who are blind, visually impaired, have a physical disability such as cerebral palsy or a reading disability, such as dyslexia. This provision is a requirement of the 2004 IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) law.

EasyConverter will quickly convert eBook files and printed text to DAISY 3, MP3, Braille and large print by using step-by-step wizards to simplify the conversion process. A new optical character recognition (OCR) engine improves the accuracy of scanning PDF and paper-based documents. With EasyConverter, educators can create accessible versions of paper or digital files, including these electronic and proprietary formats:

Outplacements Positive Impact on Employee Engagement to Be Highlighted in Aberdeen Group Webinar

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) October 26, 2011

Employee engagement is an area of growing interest as revenue-growth expectations continue to outpace planned increases in headcount. HR managers and executives can learn how employees are more committed to their jobs at companies that offer outplacement services in a free Aberdeen Group webinar, Using Outplacement to Enhance Engagement. The RiseSmart-sponsored event is set for Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. PDT/ 12 p.m. EDT.

Outplacement is more than just the right thing to do, it is a smart investment. The Aberdeen Group findings to be discussed in this webinar confirm this very powerfully, said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart.

The webinar will include results from recent Aberdeen research on companies offering outplacement, including:

Local Hems Online Boutiques Offering Free Shipping for the Holidays

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) November 22, 2011

Local Hem, the online boutique shopping platform, is giving online shoppers yet another reason to support small businesses this holiday season: free shipping. Local Hems online boutiques offer something for every taste and budget from designers like Elizabeth and James, EMU Australia, Freebird by Steven, 80%20, Prairie Underground, Plenty By Tracy Reese, Three Dots and more.

Launched in September 2011, Local Hem aggregates the online storefronts of a carefully selected collection of brick-and-mortar womens boutiques. Each boutique chosen to join Local Hem offers exceptional customer service, and a high quality, hard-to-find selection of merchandise. Founder and CEO, Colleen King, noted, By carefully selecting which boutiques we present on Local Hem, we are able to demonstrate to shoppers worldwide that it can be just as convenient and pleasurable to support small boutiques as it to shop chain retailers. Our boutique owners put tremendous care into offering above-and-beyond service and Local Hem shoppers pick up on that in each step of the buying process.

In the spirit of the holiday season, every Local Hem online boutique is offering a free shipping deal, with many of the boutiques offering complimentary gift-wrap as well. Local Hems newest arrivals include faux fur vests and coats by Rachel Zoe, lace shrugs and cashmere sweaters by Velvet by Graham and Spencer, Splendid knit dresses and tops, Three Dots party dresses and Lisa B. wool tights. Local Hem is celebrating their first holiday season with a sweepstakes for a $ 100 Local Hem gift card, which can be used at any of their online boutiques. The contest will run through November 30, 2011; details can be found on the Local Hem Facebook Fan Page.


Local Hem is an online boutique shopping platform allowing visitors from anywhere in the world to shop a selection of the best independent, local boutiques online. Visitors to the site can discover and shop boutiques by location, category, designer or specific trends. Each online boutique is handpicked for Local Hem based on its commitment to offering unique, high-quality merchandise and customer service, resulting in a carefully curated selection of the best local boutiques.

For more on Local Hem, visit their Facebook Fan Page or follow them on Twitter @localhem.


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Beloved Childrens Book Series "Little Vampie Out Now on the App Store

Munich / Offenbach am Main / Santa Barbara (PRWEB) October 19, 2011

Halloween is getting close and with it come the usual paraphernalia of the season. This years largest Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, brought some extra vampire gadgets for kids who love books and especially digital books. One of Germanys largest publishers, the Deutsche Taschenbuch Verlag, presents its beloved childrens book series Little Vampie as interactive app for the Apple iPad. The story about a tiny little vampire and his best friend, Mrs. Lizzie, is the first of four episodes to be released on the App Store and comes ready with a lot of fun animations to be discovered and more extras. The subsequent three volumes are to be published by the end of the year.

A huge success in the German-speaking world, this digital transport has the power to recruit readers from other parts of the world. The first volume is available in German and English, and comes ready with English to German vocabulary support perfect for those young ones who are trying to improve their second language skills. Designed and produced by zuuka, the worlds larges publisher of childrens storybook apps, the goal of the project is clear: an educationally valuable app that is perfectly fit for the emerging, bilingual reader an app that is fun and offers variety no matter how often it is being perused.

A readers voice accompanies the text and jumps in whenever a break is needed: The pages will turn as the voice guides through the story about Little Vampie and its fabulous adventures. To check on your own reading improvement, there is a record-your-own-voice function that can be played back to add even more fun to browsing through the text! The funny bar on top of the text keeps track of how much text has already been read, and thanks to the option of up to ten individual bookmarks one can never get lost within the app. Last but not least the awesome puzzle and coloring area will convince even the toughest critic: Once the jigsaw puzzle is solved, the users are led to the ingenious paint book with brushes and colors to select and paint their own interpretation of Little Vampie, save and share it with family and friends.

Available on the App Store from October 12th and for just USD 4,99 as a Halloween special until October 31st. From November 1st the app is USD 5,99.

About zuuka

zuuka is the worlds largest publisher of mobile childrens entertainment apps with offices in Offenbach, Germany and Santa Barbara, US. zuuka utilizes the largely successful iStoryTime name as its flagship label and joint brand. With more than 130 Apps available in 80 countries from clients such as DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, The Jim Henson Company, Thienemann, Carlsen, arsEdition, Harper Collins and Random House, zuuka provides content owners a distribution channel for delivering childrens content on a global scale. zuuka is available on Apples iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as well as a wide range of Android devices through the Google and Amazon Android marketplaces and soon will be available on Android tablets.


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Announcing the MoPub Marketplace, Real-Time Bidding For Mobile Advertising

San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) October 27, 2011

MoPub, the mobile advertising startup founded by former AdMob and Google employees, is today announcing the launch of MoPub Marketplace. Marketplace is the first self-service, real-time bidding platform for mobile advertising, aimed at giving publishers access to new sources of revenue through a competitive auction, while enabling them to retain complete control and transparency.

Essentially a virtual trading floor for mobile ads, MoPub Marketplace connects app publishers with ad buyers in a real-time market. Advertisers, ad agencies, and demand-side platforms are able to target audiences with greater precision as compared to traditional ad networks. The result is a more efficient market, greater ad revenues for application publishers, and happier end users.

The launch of Marketplace makes MoPub the first and only one-stop shop mobile ad server that enables publishers to monetize through direct-sold ads, cross-promotional campaigns, ad networks, and real-time bidding all in a single product. Moreover, its optimization algorithms are designed explicitly to maximize revenue for publishers across both iOS and Android devices without sacrificing the user experience. Starting today, Marketplace is open to all types of publishers, from major media publishers of mobile apps to emerging social games and long-tail developers.

Until today, publishers have had to operate their mobile ads through a black box: blindly trusting ad networks, without knowing which ads are effective and with no control over the type of ads consumers receive. This matters considerably to the top tier publishers we are working with who are concerned with brand protection as well as ad performance, said Jim Payne, CEO and co-founder of MoPub.

MoPub's open-source and flexible SDK means the over 650 publishers on MoPubs ad-serving platform will have access to complete visibility on how much revenue theyre earning per impression. MoPub Marketplace uniquely offers publishers:

Blekko Search Gets More Social

Redwood Shores, Calif. (PRWEB) April 21, 2011

Blekko, the new search engine that uses human curation to eliminate spam from search results, announced today that it has made search even more social with the integration of Facebook Comments to its search results pages.

Blekkos integration of Facebook Comments is revolutionizing the way people search by merging trusted search results with the growing trend of sharing breaking news, opinions, insight and updates through social comments continuously and in real-time. With this integration, people who login to blekko with Facebook can use Facebook Comments to communicate directly with their friends when searching for information.

Now when searching on blekko, the results page will combine the best quality results from the Web with the top related comments that the individuals friends and social network have posted. Additionally, people who use blekko can choose to add the slashtag /facebook to any search query and see all results from their entire Facebook news stream.

The Web is increasingly a social experience and search has got to get more social too, said, Rich Skrenta, CEO of blekko. Integrating Facebook Comments brings the social graph and social commentary right to the results page. Because what your friend says about information is as important as any experts advice could ever be.

Earlier this year, blekko announced it leveraged Facebook Likes as a way to help create a more trusted and social search experience. People who login to blekko with Facebook can see whether or not their Facebook friends Like particular search results or can choose to search only sites that are Liked by friends.

Blekko launched in November promising to create a new kind of search experience that would enlist human editors in its effort to eliminate spam and personalize search. Since then, the company has taken dramatic steps to clean up the swampy Web and change the search experience.

About Blekko

Blekko was founded in 2007 to pursue innovation in search. The company has raised $ 24 million since its founding in 2007 from US Venture Partners and CMEA Capital, as well as leading angel investors including Ron Conway, Mike Maples, Jeff Clavier, and Marc Andreessen. Blekko has 25 employees, including former Google and Yahoo! Search engineers.


Micoley & Company Takes Well Established Girl Scout Camp to the Auction Block

Green Bay, WI (PRWEB) October 05, 2011

Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity! The former Girl Scout Camp Ishnala will hit the auction block this December during a multi-state auction event hosted by Micoley & Company. Located just 55 miles north of Green Bay, WI, at N5878 County Road P in Crivitz, WI. This wildlife sanctuary contains almost 250 acres of wooded land including trails, a large pond, mature timber, a troop house, new residential home and a large storage barn. With an ideal location on Memory Lake, this camp offers endless summer and winter activities. In summer Ishnala is the ideal location for hiking, canoeing and boating and winter offers the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

The spacious troop house offers a curved glass view of a large deck and pond with a floor to ceiling fireplace, two bunk areas, master bedroom, cafeteria, and activity area. The two other structures include a new 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home with attached garage and a large storage barn. All structures have access to well maintained trails that whine throughout the 250 acre property. Minimum bid (sellers reserve) for this unique property has been set at only $ 440,000, a generous price slash from its $ 800,000 list price.

The auction event will be held on December 10, 2011 where several other properties will be auctioned off. With all Micoley & Company auctions, interested bidders are encourage to submit offers prior to auction, as most properties sell before their scheduled auction date. Contact a listing agent today at 888-662-1020 or visit

Micoley & Company will also be hosting a bank ordered liquidation sale on November 12, 2011. This multi-state auction event includes commercial land and buildings, hunting and recreational land & cabins, residential lots, subdivisions and homes, waterfront property, office/retail space and even a boat. All auctions will take place on November 12, 2011 at TBD locations. Check your area for auction times and locations.

There are currently 60+ properties scheduled to hit the auction block in November. This bank ordered liquidation sale will feature some of the best deals on real estate in your area. All bank owned properties are great investment opportunities with minimum bids set well below their list prices. The auction event contains a wide array of properties from the Northwoods of Wisconsin to Michigans Upper Peninsula, all the way down to Kansas. If youre in the market for your dream home, hunting cabin or commercial space to expand your growing business, we have what youre looking for.

Interested in bidding? All prospective bidders are encouraged to call to ensure your times for private tours. Just this month a residential home sold within 24 hours of being placed on the market with an accepted off well above the minimum bid.

Wisconsin based Micoley & Company Auctions has grown exponentially in the last few years, branching out into 30 states. Micoley has experienced growth in this economy due to their unique approach to real estate and marketing process with a 30+ year track record of successful operations. They offer a complete portfolio of services for their rapidly expanding client base. Visit for a full list of auction properties or to learn more about their very unique approach to real estate. You can also call 888-662-1020.

SOURCE: Micoley & Company