SPIE Counts Advances in Sustainable Photonics on List of Solutions to Celebrate on Earth Day


Bellingham, WA, US and Cardiff, UK (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

Events around the world will celebrate Earth Day on Monday 22 April, drawing attention to global challenges such as adapting to climate change, generating renewable energy, and attaining sustainability in everything from local food sources to investment choices. Photonics technologies, powerful drivers behind advances in every facet of life, are demonstrating their green nature as well, noted event organizers at SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Sustainable photonics are at work in the form of photovoltaics for generating energy from sunlight, solid-state lighting (SSL) for cheaper, more efficient, longer lasting light sources, sensors to detect ocean temperatures and monitor the effect on fish populations, and numerous other applications.

An annual conference on sustainable photonics held at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco highlights papers in which research in the field enables development of new technology that can improve standards of living and save money and resources. To emphasize the importance of this research, this year SPIE recognized four papers with Green Photonics Awards.

Photonics innovations enable improved sustainable products and services worldwide. The winners of this years Green Photonics Awards are exemplary in this regard, said Stephen Eglash, Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Affiliates Program at Stanford University, and founder and chair of the green photonics symposium. Each of the winning papers provides new information to help solve existing problems using photonics.

Published award papers are available for free download in the SPIE Digital Library through 31 July.

Next-generation lighting

SSL utilizing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is the new industry standard for energy efficiency, and the rapid development of LEDs has flooded the lighting market, Eglash said. LEDs are efficient and long-lived sources for general lighting, but commercially available products exhibit variable quality.

Carsten Dam-Hansen and Technical Univ. of Denmark colleagues Anders Thorseth, Dennis Corell, and Peter Poulsen tested a large number of LED lamps to evaluate quality and lifetime, as reported in their paper “Light quality and efficiency of consumer grade solid state lighting products.”

It is the project groups hope that we internationally can work together on test and characterization so the data can be shared all over the world to benefit the individual nation importing or producing the products, Thorseth said.

Cheaper solar power

High-efficiency solar cells are needed to decrease the cost of solar energy, Eglash said. Solar cells that use thin absorber layers cost less and require less of the Earths materials. But inefficiencies of conventional light trapping techniques limit the ability to reduce the thickness of thin-film solar cells.

In one of two papers recognized in this area, “The photovoltaic potential of femtosecond-laser textured amorphous silicon, authors Meng-Ju Sher, Benjamin Franta, Kenneth Hammond, Lysander Christakis, and Eric Mazur of Harvard University told how they used femtosecond laser texturing to reduce reflection and enhance light absorption, enabling high efficiency from thin absorbers.

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Logicalis US Appoints Nathan Fong as New CFO


New York, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2013

Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (http://www.us.logicalis.com), today announced the appointment of Nathan Fong to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the United States. Fong will work in the companys New York City headquarters.

Nathan has an extensive background in finance coupled with an impressive roster of leadership positions in a variety of industries spanning both large and small organizations. These experiences have given him a unique business perspective and expansive view of the market as a whole, says Vince DeLuca, CEO of Logicalis US. I am pleased to welcome Nathan to the Logicalis US executive team.

In his new role at Logicalis, Fong will be responsible for bridging strategy and operational day-to-day processes providing executive direction and oversight of the companys US finance, accounting, tax and strategic planning functions. He will also be tasked with overseeing Logicalis banking and auditing relationships as well as spearheading Logicalis growth initiatives throughout the US.

Logicalis is an exceptional organization with an enviable portfolio of solutions and services, Fong says. It is an honor to have been chosen to help drive the companys future success in the US, and I look forward to becoming an integral part of the Logicalis team.

A certified public accountant, Fongs previous experience includes more than 20 years of executive finance positions in a variety of industries spanning mobile Internet to digital media, publishing and entertainment. Most recently, Fong served as both CFO and COO for Motricity, a provider of mobile Internet services. Prior to Motricity, Fong held the dual roles of CFO and interim CEO for Atrinsic Inc., a direct-to-consumer Internet search-marketing company. He also served as both CFO and executive vice president for The Orchard Enterprise Inc., a digital media services company; CFO of Rodale International, a global publisher of health and wellness books and magazines; CFO and senior vice president of media and entertainment company Discovery Networks International; and divisional vice president of global finance for entertainment and media giant Twentieth Century Fox.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.

Logicalis employs nearly 3,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $ 1.4 billion from operations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $ 5 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.us.logicalis.com.







j2Global Continues Rapid Expansion to Meet Growing Competition Within Tech Industry


Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

A recent announcement by the U.S. Navy, introducing their move to the cloud network, has caused a lot of buzz within the business IT market. A recent report by Ventana Research, shows that 40% of respondents claimed that cloud-based services contributed to the greatest reduction in operating costs. A case study published by Amazon’s new cloud services stated that Thomson Reuters was able to reduce operating expenses by 40%-50%. While this move to the cloud may have positive affects on companies attempting to reduce their operating expenses, many tech companies are anxious to invest in the technology industry. “Smartphones have taken over from feature-phones, tablet adoption is impacting PC spending, and the Cloud is affecting the traditional software, services and infrastructure markets. IT spending is still growing organically, but not at the same pace as prior to the financial crisis says Stephen Minton, Vice President of International Data Corporations Global Technology and Industry Research Organization.

Despite the unstable global economy and cannibalization within the tech industry, this volatility has not seemed to shake j2 Global, parent company of eFax; eVoice; Onebox; Campaigner; and many other Cloud services. With 17 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth and already commanding over 30% of the worlds digital faxing systems, recent acquisitions have positioned j2 Global to be the world leader in the virtual communications market and digital tech media. FindAFax.com, the online faxing service comparison site, takes a deeper look and what it means to the future of business IT in this cloud driven market.

In addition to the cannibal-like nature of the market, adoption rates of businesses using cloud-based services have been relatively slow. j2 Global and companies with similar offerings, must rely heavily on inorganic growth for expansion. The difference between j2 Global and their competitors is j2s aggressive growth and acquisition strategy in product offerings and global markets. Over the last month, j2 procured one of eFaxs largest competitors, MetroFax and expanded their internet fax services to Hungary, Finland and Norway. According to a Zacks JCOM analyst report, eFax will now support 19 different languages across 49 countries. While many of j2s competitors may be hesitant to expand their market share in European countries, j2 catapulted their leadership status in 2012 by procuring six European cloud-based service companies. Their aggressive acquisition strategy has given them a record breaking 2012 year and strong position to expand their market even more in 2013. Currently, j2 holds 39.8% of the internet faxing market share, with the closest competitor at only 4.4% market share.

Not only did j2Global secure their leadership position within the virtual communications industry, j2 Global made another aggressive acquisition in the form of digital tech media. This past November j2 bought Ziff Davis, the leading publisher of top tech trade magazines like PCMag.com, Geek.com and Toolbox.com. Three months later, they doubled their digital media business by acquiring IGN Inc. Originally thought to be a marketing strategy aimed at reaching their young tech friendly customers; the new publishing division has made j2 Global one of the largest digital publishers in the lifestyle and entertainment space.

So whats next for j2Global?

Given their presence in virtual communication, we can only assume that they will continue to expand in other cloud based services like online back-up and email services. According to Reece Freeman of FindAFax.com, Were not exactly sure what else in the industry is out there to be acquired, but rest assured, j2 Global will find it and gobble it up.

About FindAFax.com

FAF offers reviews online fax plans that can be compared side-by-side and recommend based on the visitors unique faxing needs. FindAFax.com also offers unique pricing and free faxing trials for users that sign up through the FindAFax.com website.







Anyplace Control 6.0 Enables Audio in Remote Access Sessions


Kiev, UA (PRWEB) April 08, 2013

Anyplace Control, award-winning remote desktop software, has updated to the version 6.0. The new release features major enhancements and announces a load of new functions including transmission of audio playback from a remote computer and VoIP remote chat.

Apparently, remote desktop control software is a huge helper in network administration. Maintaining a server remotely or providing assistance to network clients through the installed remote control module can save hundreds of hours at minimum, while in many cases remote management is the only option.

Anyplace Control delivers enterprise-class reliability remote access control both for home desktop+notebook configurations and huge corporate networks with thousands of clients. The program displays an exact copy of a remote desktop on the local screen and allows to administer it remotely just like it was right here. After connecting to a PC via LAN, WAN or Internet connection, the program gives a user the ability to launch applications, transfer files, create snapshots, as well as to restart or turn off the remote computer.

The new major version of Anyplace Control 6.0 enables getting audio from a remote computer. This opens a wide scope of possibilities, for instance, playing a clip from a remote PC is performed now both with video and sound in comparison to the older version that was limited to video only. Also, the VoIP chat, an excellent alternative to Skype, makes communication between the administrator and users of the network much easier.

All in all, Anyplace Control is intuitively easy to install and use. The program requires no special router or firewall settings and provides friendly ways to establish remote desktop access even if it stays behind a router, proxy or firewall.

Pricing and availability

Anyplace Control supports Windows XP, 2003/2008, Vista, 7 and 8, both 32 and 64 bit. Prices range from $ 24.95 for the basic plan which is the best for home network to $ 1099 for corporate business subscription.

About

Anyplace Control Software was founded in 2002 and since the very beginning put special attention to balancing functional reliability and ease of use in its products. Focusing on network and remote administration solutions, the company was able to quickly take its place among market leaders. The company’s development operations are managed from Ukraine, while its marketing, sales and PR departments are controlled from within the United States.

Links

Product page: http://www.anyplace-control.com/features.shtml

Download link: http://www.anyplace-control.com/download.shtml







Open Spiritual Channels & Experience Soul Healing Evening With the Founder of Soul Mind Body Medicine Master Zhi Gang Sha April 5-7, 2013 in Honolulu, Hi


Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) April 06, 2013

New York Times bestselling author and founder of Soul Mind Body medicine, Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, is leading a soul healing movement around the world helping individuals to find a path to harmony with the universe, achieve balance in their lives, cleanse their karma, be of service to others, and live a life that fulfills their souls purpose. Being a direct channel from the Source, Dr. Sha focuses on Soul Power, and delivers soul wisdom and enlightenment by lifting the soul to a higher spiritual level in heaven. Starting with a complimentary Soul Healing Evening with Divine Healing Hands Blessings on Friday, April 5 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Hawaii time (7:00-10:00pm PAC) in person and via global webcast, Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha will then offer a profound and the life-transforming workshop, Open Spiritual Channels: Highly Develop Your Soul Language Channel and Direct Soul Communication Channel, in person and via webcast on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at 7:00am to 4:00pm Hawaii time (10:00am-7:00pm PAC) for only $ 100. In this rare opportunity, Dr. & Master Sha will share powerful techniques to open spiritual channels so that people can advance on their physical and spiritual journeys. Plus, all registered attendees have the opportunity to invite three additional friends to experience the workshop for themselves. All in-person events are held at the Master Shas Soul Power Center located at 885 Queen Street, 2nd Floor in Honolulu. To attend in Honolulu or via global webcast, visit: http://www.DrSha.com.

Millions of people are searching for wisdom to transform their health, find true love, advance their spiritual journey, and find financial balance — all while seeking lifes purpose. During the Soul Healing Evening with Dr. and Master Sha, participants will experience the power of Divine Healing Hands blessings that will help individuals find a path to harmony with the universe while achieving balance in their lives. Dr. and Master Sha will demonstrate how Divine Healing Hands blessings bring the frequency of Divine love and light to clear blockages in any aspect of life.

The Soul Healing Evening with Divine Healing Hands Blessings is the perfect precursor to a powerful weekend with the Open Spiritual Channels workshop where registered attendees will learn and experience:


The power and significance of the four key spiritual channels: Soul Language, Direct Soul Communication, Third Eye and Direct Knowing
How to open Soul Language and how to translate Soul Language
How to apply Soul Language and Soul Language Translation for healing, rejuvenation and transformation of any aspect of life
Powerful and sacred techniques to open Direct Soul Communication Channel
Profound wisdom to help you open the Third Eye and understand the spiritual images
Divine Downloads and blessings to open and purify spiritual channels

To Register for the Soul Healing Evening with Divine Healing Hands on April 5 (available in person in Honolulu and via global webcast) plus the April 6 and 7 Open Spiritual Channels workshop with Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, or to locate one of Master Shas Worldwide Representatives in 22 cities, please go to http://www.DrSha.com or call Master Shas Soul Power Center in Honolulu: 808.988.8090.

Dr. Sha says that modern medicine focuses on matter inside the cells. Traditional Chinese medicine and many other healing modalities focus on the energy between cells. Soul Healing focuses on the soul. Everything has a soul. Every person, pet, organ, cell has a soul. Soul blockages are the root cause of most challenges in life. Soul blockages are karma. Karma is the record of a persons service in past lives. Karma is divided into good karma and negative karma. When one is kind, loving, compassionate, selfless and generous in thoughts, words, actions and deeds, one accumulates good karma or virtue. When one makes mistakes, such as killing, cheating, and harming others, one accumulates negative karma. Mind blockages are negative mindsets, attitudes and beliefs. Body blockages are energy and matter blockages. If a person is sick, the soul is sick. A soul is a golden light being. Soul is spirit. Soul is message. Soul is the essence of life. Dr. and Master Sha says, Everything has a soul. If you heal the soul first, then healing of the mind and body will follow.

Why Does Master Sha offer Soul Healing Blessings for Everyone?

In his teens, Master Sha made a commitment to help relieve the pain and suffering caused by disease and physical ailments in his native China. Throughout his 40 years of clinical and field work, his deep compassion for humanity has driven him to continually seek new and more powerful practices and techniques to relief suffering. Since his childhood, Master Sha has always served those around him, whether it was tutoring students after school or establishing a free clinic in the Philippines. As a soul healer and Divine Channel, he has offered free soul healing to those who join his daily Soul Healing teleconferences or webcasts for more than seven years and offers many other fee-based programs on a daily basis.

Why Do Individuals Need Soul Healing in 2013?

Master Sha teaches a universal Tao principle that reincarnation happens to everything. Not only do human beings reincarnate, but Mother Earth does too. Mother Earths reincarnation goes through a cycle of eras, each lasting fifteen thousand years. Since 2003, the earth has entered into the Soul Light Era which is the era in which soul over matter will be prominent.

Master Sha says that the beginning of this era has been marked by floods, blizzards, droughts, famine, disease, political, religious and ethnic wars, economic challenges, vanishing plant and animal species and other upheavals as part of this transition. Dr. Sha says, In response, millions of people are suffering from depression, anxiety, fear, anger and worry. They also suffer from pain, chronic conditions and life-threatening illnesses.

Master Sha says that Mother Earth is going through a very special transition marked by intense purification. Humanity is enduring suffering because of negative Karma created over thousands of years of wars, killing, greed, stealing, cheating, taking advantage of others and other atrocities of humanity. Also, by damaging Mother Earth by clearing out forests, wrenching natural resources from the land and water, testing nuclear weapons, pollution and causing the extinction of her animal inhabitants, we have created very bad karma, Dr. Sha says. Karma is cause and effect. Weve caused harm to ourselves, our families, our communities and Mother Earth. When you produce so much negative energies we throw off the natural balance of nature. We have to reconnect our energies with nature and bring our lives back into balance with the Mother Earth.

Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is the soul leader, a world-renowned master healer, and a divine servant. He is the founder of Soul Mind Body medicine. He was trained as a conventional medical doctor in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Canada and China. The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment and the Love Peace Harmony Movement, Master Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qigong, feng shui, and the I Ching. Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. In the West, he is involved in breakthrough research on the effects of spirit on the human system. Dr. Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts.

Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha has more than 80,000 followers on Facebook and over 200,000 students worldwide. There are more than 1,000 Soul Healing miracle videos posted on

AddPeople – 5 tips to help SMEs generate leads using social media


(PRWEB UK) 4 April 2013

Business owners need to dedicate time and effort into their social media strategy if they wish to extract value as inactive profiles will not capture an audience.

Social media is a great resource for communicating with clients and can be utilised as a customer service arm for the business if used effectively, but SMEs also have the opportunity to make a ROI from their social media effort. Here AddPeople, the digital marketing specialist, list 5 tips that can help SMEs generate leads and hopefully increase revenue.

Focus on the right platform

According to Hubspots inbound marketing report of 2012, B2B companies say they have acquired the most new customers via LinkedIn while 72% of B2C businesses are getting the most value from Facebook. SMEs need to do their research and determine what platform is going to deliver the most value in order to avoid wasting valuable resources.

Interact and connect

By 2014, social networking will replace email as the primary vehicle for interpersonal communications for 20% of business users according to Gartner, Inc. Business owners need to make sure that they dont fall behind competition and use social media to interact with their customers and prospects. To give the best impression, SMEs must ensure they respond to enquiries and answer questions in a timely manner. Business owners should always be genuine with their approach as social profiles with personality tend to encourage positive reactions.

Create sharable content

Generating creative and unique content will help SMEs grow their following whilst establishing themselves as industry leaders. Often webinar, articles and tips work well but business owners should trial and test different approaches in order to discover what works for their audience. SMEs should not be afraid to post third party content as this will complement their own effort and ensure their profiles are always active.

Employ landing pages

Landing pages are an effective way of capturing leads through social media, offering valuable content such as e-book or white paper is a fair exchange for contact information and will help improve conversions. Business owners should be cautious not to publish large amounts of promotional material as this may diminish the creditability of the brand.

Nurture your leads

Social media can add value to a brand and is a great way to nurture leads that are not ready to make a buying decision just yet. Regular communication and interaction will build rapport with followers and help SMEs make their business stand out from competitors.

AddPeople have been working on the digital marketing strategies for SMEs for over 10 years and have recently been awarded One to Watch status by Sunday Times Best Companies 2013. For more information on the services AddPeople provide, visit their website at http://www.addpeople.co.uk or follow them on twitter http://www.twitter.co.uk/add_people for the latest digital marketing news.







Greenberg Traurig Maher Advising InterContinental Hotels Group PLC on

London (PRWEB) April 02, 2013

2 April 2013 International law firm Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP advised InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) on the sale of InterContinental London Park Lane to Constellation Hotel (Opco) UK S.A., a private investment vehicle owned by Constellation Hotels Holding Limited.

IHG has agreed to sell its interest in the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel for