Gamevice Launches Minecraft Bundle — Bringing Console Control to Mobile

LOS ANGELES, CA —(Marketwired – February 15, 2018) – Gamevice, the makers of industry–leading mobile controllers, announced today that a special Gamevice Minecraft Bundle for iPhone is now available for $89.95 on Amazon.com and select retail stores in North America. The Gamevice Minecraft Bundle includes a special edition carrying case and a code to download Minecraft on iOS. Gamevice enhances the Minecraft mobile gaming experience, bringing console control to your mobile device. The Gamevice controller creates seamless cross platform gameplay between iOS, PC and consoles, as it enhances the experience on your iPhone.

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“Minecraft is one of the greatest games of all time and playing Minecraft with Gamevice puts mobile players on equal ground with PC and console players,” said Phillip Hyun, CEO, Gamevice. “Gamevice offers low latency and precision control, delivering a console quality experience to more than one thousand different games including Mojang's masterpiece.”

The Gamevice Minecraft Bundle is available for iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, and iPhone 6/6 Plus and is now available for $89.95 on Amazon.com and select retail stores in North America.

Gamevice gives players latency–free control over their mobile experience, along with console precision, highly responsive buttons and joysticks in a comfortable and ergonomic design. Gamevice is an all–in–one entertainment hub that works as a controller for more than 1,000 mobile games, DJI's Spark drone, and Sphero's SPRK+ and Star Wars Droids, and is now available at Gamevice.com or select retailers.

ABOUT GAMEVICE

Transforming the Apple iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPad Pros, into a full–fledged portable gaming platform with real, console quality controls. Gamevice is a lightning connected attachable controller offering the lowest latency possible of any controller on the market. This MFi certified (Made for iOS devices) dual analog stick controller easily snaps onto the Apple iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pros, to deliver true, fully functional hardware gaming controls. The controller also works with Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8 and Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge devices.

More than just a controller, Gamevice is an entertainment hub that transcends the boundaries of play, bringing video games, drones and toy control to one device. Mobile gamers and gadget gurus no longer have to deal with the limitations of a touchscreen as Gamevice delivers controls on par with consoles or high–end remotes. From modern console classics like Capcom's Street Fighter IV to Mojang's omni–platform Minecraft, there are more than 1,000 Gamevice compatible games. Weighing in at less than a pound, Gamevice was engineered specifically to enhance gaming for mobile devices.

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Join the Closers Now — Online Beat 'em Up RPG Closers Launches Today on PC

SEATTLE, WA—(Marketwired – February 06, 2018) – En Masse Entertainment announced today that Closers, the fast–paced online RPG with high–octane action and anime–stylings, is now available on Steam and on the En Masse digital store. Closers' story follows a group of high school students endowed with unique psychic powers tasked with stopping an alien invasion. As part of an elite defense force protecting Neo–Seoul, the game masterfully combines the frenetic action of old school arcade 2D beat 'em ups with the engaging combo mechanics of fighting games, and the vivid art style and drama of an episodic anime.

“Already wildly popular in Korea, we're excited to introduce the unique world of Closers to gamers in the West,” said Stefan Ramirez, Senior Product Manager at En Masse. “The game's characters, universe, style, and gameplay are like no other game in the MMO space, and we hope players will enjoy the one–of–a–kind experience Closers has to offer. And like with any great MMO, we have a robust schedule of content ready to bring to fans in the months following launch, so this is just the beginning of what's in store!”

Starting today, players will also get access to the Closers Launch Update which introduces the Dimensional Ops Center, an area where players can earn the most powerful gear in the game and challenge Closers' first Raid Boss: Tiamat! There's even more great content planned for the near future including new characters and playable teams, all with their own unique associated gear, costumes, quests, and storylines.

Great content updates don't stop at launch — later this February, the new character — Nata — will be joining the Closers growing roster of selectable characters. Nata's greatest joy in life is challenging himself against the strongest fighters he can find. He was drafted to the Wolfdogs (a special rogue Closers group whose power rivals the Black Lambs) against his will, and now his sole focus is becoming as powerful as he can so he can escape the Wolfdogs and live life on his terms. Constant major updates will be coming adding more characters, features, and special events to Closers every month!

Closers is a multiplayer online action RPG (MOARPG) beat 'em up with an emphasis on over–the–top brawler combat, boisterous storytelling, and characters with deep and profound backstories. Evil aliens have begun opening interdimensional gates to invade the world and players take the role of one of the “Closers,” a group of psychic teenagers chosen by the world government to take on the alien menace and close these dangerous dimensional portals.

Published by En Masse Entertainment, Closers is available on Steam and on the En Masse digital store. For more information on Closers, please visit the official site closers.enmasse.com and follow the progress of the game on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

ABOUT EN MASSE ENTERTAINMENT

Based in Seattle, Washington, En Masse Entertainment embodies the evolution of modern game publishing. The company's mission is to publish great games and provide great service. Beginning with its inaugural title, TERA, and continuing with Alliance of Valiant Arms, Kritika Online and soon Closers, En Masse Entertainment has built a track record of excellence and innovation. The team at En Masse includes experts in online technology, live service, branding, community, and player support, allowing them to thrive as a publisher in the digital era. For more information, visit enmasse.com.

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DX Institute launches new advisory service for businesses navigating complexities of digital transformation

TORONTO, ON—(Marketwired – February 06, 2018) – Over the next decade, digital transformation (DX) will touch each layer of every organization. It will create trillions of dollars' worth of value. Sure. But what if it's hundreds of millions? Or just millions. And maybe the outcome is years away from being realized. Maybe it depends on the industry you work in. And possibly where you're located. And maybe it's less financial and more operational.

There is no shortage of predictions and forecasts on the impact of digital transformation, but the only ones that matter are the ones that will impact you and your business.

Today the DX Institute has launched a new insights and advisory service geared toward helping companies directly understand what matters to them and what key DX developments are poised to change their future. The service provides executives with custom research and insights on how they should think about competition, hiring, training and major industry technology developments.

“Whether it's large enterprise, or a growing small business, every company faces the impact of digital transformation,” says David Potter, Managing Partner of the DX Institute. “Executives are recognizing the need to understand how technology and innovation are changing the nature of work, competition and the attraction, retention and engagement of talent. This new service is meant to cut through the noise and hype to help leaders focus and respond to developments that will directly impact their business.”

The DX Institute is teaming up with digital transformation publication, DX Journal, to deliver the service via a team of researchers, business strategists, analysts and journalists.

The partnership combines research and market analysis with journalistic interviews of executives to help companies understand DX's impact on their business and their readiness for change. The service will identify which new technologies and innovations will upend their industry, open up opportunity, and provide context around how competition will change as a result.

“There's no escaping that every area of a business is going to have to manage the change that digital transformation brings,” said Potter. “Digital transformation should not be left for the IT department alone to figure out.”

Dubbed “Here's the thing about…“, this DX Institute service will provide companies with an easy–to–understand presentation and report breaking down trends for multiple departments and for every skill set with documented takeaways and action items.
The company will address DX across multiple industries and for teams in finance, HR, marketing, sales and IT.

For more information visit the DX Institute.

About DX Institute: The DX Institute is Canada's voice for digital transformation. Through education, research and thought leadership the DX Institute helps Canadian organizations successfully navigate the complexities of digital transformation and thrive in a rapidly changing global economy. For more information visit www.dxinstitute.com

About DX Journal: A product of Digital Journal Inc., the DX Journal is Canadian–built publication dedicated to covering innovation and digital transformation for the world. Leveraging a network of subject matter experts across multiple industries, the DX Journal is the first international publication to launch with a dedicated focus on digital transformation. For more information visit www.dxjournal.co

Silver Air Adds Boeing Business Jet to Charter Fleet

SANTA BARBARA, CA—(Marketwired – January 31, 2018) – Silver Air is adding a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) to its charter fleet, creating the nation's only unrestricted private charter service on a world–class BBJ. Starting spring 2018, the new Silver Air BBJ based in Southern California will begin serving global executive and entertainment markets.

“This is an extremely unique opportunity for our charter clients to enjoy the ultimate private jet experience,” said Jason Middleton, Silver Air's CEO. “Silver Air's BBJ features the absolute highest level of service, luxury and comfort available in private aviation. There simply isn't another charter operator in the country that has a BBJ of this caliber available on an unrestricted basis. It's a game changer for Silver Air and our clients.”

Silver Air has been disrupting private jet management for years through its transparent, owner–advocate approach, and the company is now disrupting the jet charter market by becoming the exclusive operator of this world–class Boeing Business Jet with unrestricted charter availability. The company expects executive management teams, big international music tours, and other VVIP individuals that require the ultimate in private travel to charter the BBJ.

Silver Air's Boeing Business Jet (http://www.silverair.com/fleet–16–bbj.php) has a beautifully appointed 16–passenger VVIP cabin configuration that is more easily compared to a premium hotel suite than a business jet. For overnight flights, a 10–passenger sleeping arrangement is available, complete with a master bedroom suite and private bathroom with shower.

“The BBJ buys you time — gives back days wasted on less efficient travel logistics and hotel rooms,” Middleton said. “Silver Air's BBJ can take an executive team to Europe or Asia nonstop. The clients can sleep, dine, relax, shower, and prepare on the plane — then walk off rested and fully prepared for a meeting. No other charter aircraft provides that level of service and accommodation.”

Featuring the highest level of luxury and comfort, the Boeing Business Jet is capable of flying more than 6,000 uninterrupted miles and is equipped with the amenities one would expect on an aircraft of this caliber including: global Wi–Fi, a VIP private office, lounge area, a full service galley with private chef services, and a high–end assortment of DEAN & DELUCA snacks and a selection of world class wines.

The Boeing Business Jet will be managed under Silver Air's PURE Jet Management program.

“Silver Air is leading the transformation in private jet management towards a more transparent way of doing business and treating jet owners as partners instead of profit centers,” said Chuck Stumpf, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of President of Business Development at Silver Air. “Adding the Boeing Business Jet to our expanding fleet illustrates that this model is scalable, sustainable, and expanding. Jet owners need partners who advocate for their best interest, and Silver Air is the best in the business through PURE Jet Management.”

Silver Air's PURE Management has resulted in the managed growth of the company's fleet and charter base through an owner–advocate approach and creating quality management plans at the best value.

Silver Air manages privately owned aircraft from Southern California to the Bay Area and Dallas. In addition to the newly signed Boeing Business Jet, Silver Air's fleet features light to large–cabin jets including: Gulfstream GIV–SP, GIV, Dassault Falcon 2000, G200, Challenger 300, Phenom 100, Citation CJ3, Citation CJ2, and Citation X models. Silver Air is one of the largest Citation X carriers in the U.S.

Silver Air's charter operations have earned the ARGUS Platinum and IS–BAO ratings for their demonstration of the industry's highest safety practices. The company is also a member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.

Silver Air recently launched a new website at SilverAir.com.

For more information on Silver Air's fleet, or to request a quote, visit http://www.silverair.com/fleet.php.

Follow Silver Air at www.facebook.com/FlySilverAir, www.twitter.com/FlySilverAir and https://www.instagram.com/flysilverair/.

About Silver Air
Silver Air is a pure private jet management service provider that delivers a transparent, owner–advocate approach to management creating valuable partnerships with private jet owners. Founded in 2008, the company is based in Southern California with corporate offices in Santa Barbara. Silver Air manages a comprehensive fleet of luxury aircraft from light to long–range heavy jets and a global network operating around the clock, 24–hours–a–day. Silver Air is ARGUS Platinum and IS–BAO rated and is a member of the National Business Aviation Association.

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Seattle Scanning Company Announces Upcoming Move

SEATTLE, WA—(Marketwired – January 25, 2018) – Seattle scanning company Micro Com Systems was incorporated in 2000 to assist companies and government agencies digitally capture and store office records. Now, chief operator Joe Bryant has announced an exciting development–their office will be relocating in the near future. For more, go to: http://www.microcomseattle.com/contact/

To kick off the process, Joe recently visited Micro Com's Canadian–based office. Their Canadian counterparts recently completed their own move in 2017. Part of the reason for this was to provide patrons and employees with better amenities and parking. It also allowed them to consolidate a three–floor operation into a single floor, a move which dramatically improved tracking and efficiency.

Like the Seattle office, the Vancouver office specializes in producing 16mm microfilm from digital images for archival scanning. They can also digitize newspapers and books, using the sleek Atiz Bookdrive Pro, which features a special cradle that prevents the spines of delicate books from deteriorating. After learning more about the process and challenges of relocating delicate, yet heavy, equipment, Joe returned to Seattle ready to embrace a new challenge.

More details about the forthcoming move will be announced shortly, so be sure to check the blog for updates and news. Like their Canadian cousins, the team at Micro Com Systems Seattle anticipates the move will improve operations and efficiency. Prepare to be wowed.

About the Company

Since 1975, Micro Com Systems has been providing local businesses with Document Management Solutions. Their list of products and services includes: Document Imaging & Management, Archival & Book Scanning, Medical Imaging, OCR, Large Format Scanning, Microfilm Scanning, Aperture Card Scanning, Enterprise Report Management (ERM), High Speed Printing, Capture Software, and Capture Equipment.

For more information, please visit http://www.microcomseattle.com/ or call (206) 248–3191.

BoIA Devotes $100k to Assist School Districts with Digital Accessibility

PROVIDENCE, RI—(Marketwired – January 23, 2018) – Educational institutions at all levels are facing escalating scrutiny by the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR). In recent years, OCR has increased the number of complaint letters it has been sending to school districts and academic institutions across the country regarding gaps in online accessibility.

School districts should take the increased number of complaints as a sign that the OCR is increasingly committed to enforcing the requirements of website accessibility for educational institutions, as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For schools and districts, it seems to no longer be a question of “if,” it's more a question of “when” the institution will be investigated.
One of the largest challenges is knowing where to start and coming up with an affordable and effective plan that incorporates all digital information and training for the appropriate personnel.

To help schools deal with these additional regulations, and to improve the overall accessibility to educational markets for impaired individuals, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) is providing in–kind donations of $100,000 in detailed electronic scans of their website (more comprehensive than the free scans offered on the website) and consultation to interpret results and help formulate a remediation strategy to qualified educational institutions.

“Making the web more inclusive for everyone begins by keeping accessibility in mind,” said Mark Shapiro, President of BoIA. “Organizations are increasingly being pressured to comply with ADA regulations. Achieving and maintaining compliance isn't just an altruistic endeavor, it's the law.” Shapiro continued, “We're optimistic that by donating free automated assessments and consulting to help educational institutions that they will be able to get in front of the OCR and make their websites more accessible to those in the community living with disabilities.”

This offer is open to all school district in the United States. Visit the link below to request assistance for your school district: https://www.boia.org/free–website–accessibility–assessment–for–schools–and–school–districts

About the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA): Mobile and web accessibility compliance is a legal requirement, but trying to understand the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and how they relate to ADA, ACAA, OCR, AODA, Section 508 and other compliance requirements can be confusing. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) has been helping eliminate the accessibility digital divide since 2001. The organization's reports, tools, and services have assisted businesses in improving, maintaining, and proving the accessibility of their websites. With services that include self–help tools, audits, training, and remediation and implementation support, BoIA has the experience and expertise to ensure that accessibility efforts are worthwhile and successful. For more information, visit www.BoIA.org.

Champagne Taittinger's Artistic Director Vitalie Taittinger and Actress Betty Gilpin Celebrate the Opening of the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Red Carpet on January 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – January 22, 2018) – As the official Champagne sponsor for The Screen Actors Guild Awards for eighteen years, Champagne Taittinger, one of the last family–owned and operated grand marque Champagne houses, continued its long–time partnership on Sunday, January 21st 2018 with the 24th Annual SAG Awards. The star–studded award show took place at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where Vitalie Taittinger, Global Ambassador and Artistic Director of Champagne Taittinger, officiated the opening of the red carpet with a toast of Champagne Taittinger's acclaimed Brut La Française NV, along with actress Betty Gilpin; nominated this year for her work on Netflix's GLOW.

“Every year I am reminded of the importance of the work that SAG–AFTRA is doing. My family and I are honored to do a small part to help support their cause in an impactful way,” said Vitalie Taittinger. “I am thankful to each of the Screen Actor's Guild members who stopped to sign our bottle and help to spread awareness of the Emergency Assistance program and raise funds for the cause.”

Continuing a commitment to the SAG–AFTRA Foundation, the Champagne House hosted an initiative, live on the red carpet, which will raise additional funds for the Foundation's critical Emergency Assistance program — that supports actors and their families in times of urgent need. As part of this commitment, Champagne Taittinger and the SAG–AFTRA Foundation asked every nominee for the 24th Annual SAG Awards to autograph Methuselah bottles of Champagne Taittinger as they passed the entrance of the Showroom to enter the awards. For every signature, Champagne Taittinger donated funds to the Foundation's Emergency Assistance program. The unique celebrity–signed bottle will be made available as an item in the online SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, with those proceeds also benefiting the Foundation's Emergency Assistance program.

About Champagne Taittinger
Champagne Taittinger is one of the last remaining major marque Champagne Houses, both owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. Champagne Taittinger is the second largest vineyard or domaine owner in the region giving them ultimate control of quality from vine to bottle. The Champagnes are Chardonnay dominant, which gives them their signature elegance, delicacy and finesse. Champagne Taittinger is widely distributed around the world in 140 countries. To learn more about Champagne Taittinger visit: http://www.taittinger.com/.

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Eventbrite Welcomes Brian Irving and Omer Cohen to Executive Team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—(Marketwired – January 18, 2018) – Eventbrite, the world's leading ticketing and event technology platform, today announced it has added two prominent new hires to its executive team. Omer Cohen has joined as Chief People Officer and Brian Irving has been appointed as the company's Chief Brand Officer.

“Building a global brand that people love and a global community that amplifies our values is paramount to our mission of bringing the world together through live experiences,” said Julia Hartz, co–founder and CEO of Eventbrite. “Coming off a banner year of growth and momentum, we have a massive opportunity as we look ahead to 2018, but the destination is only a part of our end goal. How we get there — as both an organization and a brand — is critically important and I can't think of two better leaders than Brian and Omer to help us achieve success in this journey.”

Brian Irving, Chief Brand Officer

As Eventbrite's Chief Brand Officer, Irving will be leading a cross–functional effort to codify the company's global brand strategy, storytelling, and positioning in the market. A tech industry veteran, he joins Eventbrite with two decades of experience building and marketing iconic global brands including Apple, Google, and Airbnb. He also previously served as co–CMO and VP of global digital marketing for Levi Strauss & Co.

“What attracted me to Eventbrite is the power of the platform which brings millions of people together for live experiences every year. The stories of these transformative moments are so inspirational and relatable. We all remember that feeling we got when we went to our first concert or were surrounded by people that share our same passions,” said Brian Irving, Chief Brand Officer. “What Julia and the team have created over the past decade is astounding and the opportunity to inspire businesses and entrepreneurs alike is massive. I'm excited to further enhance the company's brand equity as we move into the next ten years of building a lasting company that people both know and love.”

Omer Cohen, Chief People Officer

As Chief People Officer, Cohen is responsible for the growth, development and evolution of Eventbrite's global team of “Britelings,” and award–winning company culture. He brings over 25 years of both operational leadership and organizational development experience to the company along with a proven track record of leading teams through periods of extraordinary growth. Prior to Eventbrite, he held leadership roles at the high–tech firms Lytro and DigitalThink, and also served as President of the Great Place to Work Inc., the HR consulting firm best known for selecting Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For in America.

“Working at Eventbrite is the ultimate live experience,” said Omer Cohen, Chief People Officer of Eventbrite. “We have an incredibly unique culture and I'm thrilled to help identify and amplify our collective strengths to build a high–performing organization and make Eventbrite the career destination for talented individuals in all of our global markets.”

About Eventbrite

Eventbrite is the world's leading ticketing and event technology platform. The company, which has processed $10 billion in gross ticket sales since inception, powered millions of events in 180 countries in 2017. The Eventbrite platform enabled event creators to bring a variety of live experiences to life for more than 50 million fans in 2017 — with cost effective, impactful tools, technology, and services. Eventbrite has acquired seven companies, including music ticketing powerhouses, Ticketfly and Ticketscript, to further solidify a fierce commitment to the independent live music industry. Customers include Tribeca Film Festival, Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, Pitchfork Music Festival, and Wanderlust, in addition to top venues and promoters that include Bowery Ballroom, the Brooklyn Bowl, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and The Troubadour. Eventbrite was founded in 2006 by Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz, and Renaud Visage. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com.

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Local Governments Continually Ignore Web Accessibility Guidelines According to the Bureau of Internet Accessibility

PROVIDENCE, RI—(Marketwired – January 17, 2018) – The following is a statement by the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) and based on their finding from conducting automated audits of Local Government websites. BoIA found a significant number of Local Government websites to be completely inaccessible, despite national efforts to enforce web site accessibility. In accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), local governments are required to take steps to ensure that disabled citizens of the region have sufficient access to online services such as online ticket and bill paying, email communication, and applying for employment. However, local government services continue to be one of the main industries that neglect website accessibility, despite the frequent use of local government sites by disabled individuals.

Local governments have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that their constituents with disabilities are included in the online services that are offered to the region. Web Developers should consider the different forms of disabilities that can inhibit an individual from properly reading, accessing or hearing online information. The lack of accessibility provisions is a direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Local governments who continue to neglect web accessibility guidelines could face legal action from the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

For more information on web accessibility requirements for local governments, visit https://www.boia.org/blog/web–accessibility–and–local–governments–what–you–need–to–know

About the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA): Mobile and Web accessibility compliance is a requirement, but trying to understand the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and how they relate to ADA, ACAA, OCR, AODA, Section 508 and other compliance requirements, can be confusing. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) has been helping eliminate the accessibility digital divide since 2001. The organization's reports, tools, and services have assisted businesses in improving, maintaining, and proving the accessibility of their websites. With services that include self–help tools, audits, training, remediation and implementation support, BoIA has the experience and expertise to ensure that accessibility efforts are worthwhile and successful. For more information, visit www.BoIA.org.