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Don't "Drop the Ball" on These New Year's Resolutions!

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2011 — With 2012 rapidly approaching, many Americans will be making New Year’s Resolutions to improve upon themselves in the coming year. A new study from local market consumer research firm Scarborough reveals some of the likely New Year’sResolution topics for the over 235 million American adults age 18+. There are six major categories for New Year’s Resolutions as determined by Scarborough: Voting, Financial, Technology, Fitness, Education and Eco-friendliness.

2012 is not only a new year – it is an election year. Since 19% of American adults assert that they never vote in presidential elections, 2012 is a prime year for Voting Resolutions to be made. Generationally speaking, Gen Y* and Gen X* represent the biggest opportunities for a change in voting behavior as 34% and 21% respectively say they never vote in presidential elections. For comparison, 72% of all American adults say they always vote in presidential elections.

Financial Resolutions are also popular. Only 22% of American adults say they live in a household that has a 401K plan and 20% have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Additionally, 67% have a savings account and 86% have a checking account. There is ample opportunity for the 14% of American adults who have none of these financial services for their household to set a Financial Resolution. 57% of the Silent Generation* say they have a savings account for their household while Baby Boomers* ranked highest for having a checking account (84%) or an IRA (23%).

How about becoming more technologically savvy as a resolution? 13% of American adults live in a household that plans to purchase an eReader, HDTV or smartphone in the next 12 months. A Technology Resolution, with a focus on commitment to learning new platforms, would bring the two older generations up-to-speed with their younger counterparts. Baby Boomers are 13% less likely than all American adults to plan to purchase an eReader, HDTV or smartphone in the next 12 months and the Silent Generation is 61% less likely to do the same.

Fitness is an area that is revisited annually by resolution-makers. Despite this enthusiasm for fitness, only 20% of American adults belong to a gym. In the past 12 months, 77% of adults said they were not runners or joggers and 91% did not do yoga or Pilates.

When it comes to education, 6% of American adults plan on returning to school in the next 12 months and 26% hold a college degree or higher. Gen Y was the generation most interested in returning to school in the next 12 months (17%). Additionally, Gen X had the highest percentage with a college degree or higher (34%).

Another area in which American adults may want to challenge themselves in 2012 is in eco-friendly activities. 34% of American adults do not recycle glass, plastic or paper on a regular basis and 83% do not buy organic food.

Adults across the U.S. may consider embracing these resolutions, but there are many local markets that already have a head start:

  • Voting (Minneapolis and Detroit – 80% of adults always vote in presidential elections)
  • Financial (Seattle, WA and Green Bay, WI – 93% of adults have a savings, checking or 401K in the household)
  • Technology (San Diego – 17% of adults live in a household that plans to purchase an eReader, HDTV, or smartphone)
  • Fitness (San Francisco – 27% of adults belong to a health club)
  • Education (El Paso, TX – 12% of adults have plans to return to school in the next year)
  • Eco-friendliness (Green Bay, WI – 97% of adults engage in at least one eco-friendly activity on a regular basis)

*Scarborough defines the different American generations as Generation Y (age 18-29), Generation X (30-44), Baby Boomers (45-64) and the Silent Generation (65+).

LightSquared Interference Confirmed Again

In a statement released yesterday, the governmental group which reviewed LightSquared’s test results, the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), found that “Preliminary analysis of the test findings found no significant interference with cellular phones. However, the testing did show that LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of other tested general purpose GPS receivers. Separate analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration also found interference with a flight safety system designed to warn pilots of approaching terrain.”

The final analysis will be completed over the next several weeks, and PNT will issue a report to the FCC.

Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (HR1540 Sec. 911) passed through the House of Representatives last night, contains language restricting the FCC from granting final approval to LightSquared for its broadband system until the GPS issue is resolved. Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, proposed the language in the Act. It reads in part;

“(1) CONTINUATION OF CONDITIONS UNTIL INTERFERENCE ADDRESSED.—The Federal Communications Commission shall not lift the conditions imposed on commercial terrestrial operations in the Order and Authorization adopted on January 26, 2011 (DA 11–133), or otherwise permit such operations, until the Commission has resolved concerns of widespread harmful interference by such commercial terrestrial operations to covered GPS devices.”

In a statement issued by LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja he said, “We are pleased that the statement issued by the National Space-Based PNT Executive Committee, chaired by the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation, validates LightSquared’s compatibility with the nation’s 300 million cellular phones. While we are eager to continue to work with the FAA on addressing the one remaining issue regarding terrain avoidance systems, we profoundly disagree with the conclusions drawn with respect to general navigation devices.”

He also said, “The testing further confirmed that the interference issues are not caused by LightSquared’s spectrum, but by GPS devices looking into spectrum that is licensed to LightSquared. We have taken extraordinary measures–and at extraordinary expense–to solve a problem that is not of our making. We continue to believe that LightSquared and GPS can co-exist.”

Given the fact that GPS existed long before LightSquared was issued the spectrum, and there are millions of existing receivers, it seems unlikely that the FCC, Congress and the Defense Department will take the same stance.

There will be another round of testing in January.


 

UmeNow.com –Mom-in-Chief Declares War on Facebook

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 — The anti-Facebook mom and founder of UmeNow.com, Evelyn Castillo-Bach, is in New York City to promote her bold campaign “Facebook is Trash, National Privacy Celebration.” This week she exposes Facebook as a data collector that exploits user information to get rich.

UmeNow.com is the first and only ad-free social communication service in the world that is totally focused on privacy. First-time entrepreneur Castillo-Bach takes dead aim at Facebook, intent on killing it like a “deadly fungus that is trying to take over the world.”

  • The super-private social network UmeNow.com is led by a native of New York City who grew up in Astoria, Queens and some of the roughest neighborhoods in the South Bronx.

“As a native New Yorker, I learned early to never give up and never give in. I will not stop until I defeat Facebook,” says Castillo-Bach, described as a mom at war with Facebook.

  • She is receiving wide support from people around the world — Latin America, India, Europe, and of course her own USA.

“We are hearing from mothers and people from all walks of life who want to communicate with true privacy protection,” reported Castillo-Bach, speaking from New York City.

“This is war! We know it and Facebook knows it. It’s a war between good and evil. A war for true privacy protection against those who believe that your personal information should be converted into dollars in their pockets.

  • Mark Zuckerberg is worth billions of dollars because he has information about you. He knows what you like, what you think, who your friends are.
  • He’s a global ad salesman in a t-shirt and hoody. He and his company get paid when they sell ads — not when they protect people’s privacy.
  • Facebook has its masters — advertisers, companies that make games, and the 50,000+ apps that collect your information. Most people don’t know that Facebook makes millions through those games that get access to your information.

You and your personal information,” says Castillo-Bach, “are like disposable cards they use to trade for cash.”

Castillo-Bach dismisses Facebook’s claims that it cares about user privacy: “People are not the fools Facebook thinks they are. The public wants an alternative to Facebook’s privacy violations, gimmicks and intrusion into their lives.

“UmeNow.com is the alternative and ultimate solution. We are strictly supported by our member’s subscription. Our loyalty is to you, not big business outsiders.”

Facts About UmeNow.com

  • No ads
  • No tracking and no data mining
  • No selling of personal information
  • All third-party apps banned
  • Anonymous posting allowed
  • No Face Recognition or other intrusive technologies
  • Protection from privacy violations by “free” sites

"Hello, My Name Is…" Gaming Site for Kids Launches

TopCoder, DARPA Launch NoNameSite.com CS-STEM Gaming Site for Kids

TOPCODER, INC. NONAMESITE.COM LOGO / NoNameSite.com - "Hello, My Name Is..." logo. (PRNewsFoto/TopCoder, Inc.)GLASTONBURY, Conn., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TopCoder®, Inc., today announced the launch of NoNameSite.com, an innovative game site and community for inspiring computer science, science, technology, engineering and math skill development in middle school and high school students. NoNameSite.com was developed and is maintained by TopCoder with the support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and will empower kids to exercise and develop their minds through games and challenges in a competitive but safe online environment. The platform will seek to become a top destination for the grade 6-12 demographic by providing an ever changing range of dynamic and fun activities that have the potential to develop innovative thinking and become building blocks for increasingly complex CS-STEM-centric challenges. Measurement and value analysis programs will be matched with incentives to maintain long term player engagement. Participation is free.

 

Currently funded as a DARPA program, the NoNameSite.com platform is expected to be a fully self-sustaining commercial entity by late 2012. This will be achieved in part by corporate sponsorships and other advertising revenue streams.

“The United States has always been a thought leader in developing new ways to address pressing problems in the economy and the environment that impact society in this country as well as globally. Solutions to many of these problems will come from individuals who have successfully mastered critical STEM-related skills,” said Jack Hughes, chairman and founder of TopCoder, Inc. “This community-centric educational experience will create new competitions and opportunities that will encourage young students to develop their critical thinking abilities through the concept of ‘gamification’, and help build better solutions for our world.”

Examples of ready to play NoNameSite.com games include:

Brando the Egghunter:
Brando is an egg collector who is climbing on a cliff face. He can’t see the moves he needs to make soplayers send Brando text directions by typing specific commands to get him to turn the desired direction a certain number of degrees. Link here

Into the Claw:
Inspired by the classic arcade game which uses a mechanical crane and dropping claw to retrieve prizes. Into the Claw is a numbers and operators challenge that requires ‘capturing’ specific values while working towards set goals under precise constraints Link here

Alice in BooleanLand:
How hard can “true” and “false” be?  Alice and the Cat will show you!  Players correct jumbled truths and plumb the secrets of a 0 and 1 world by playing this Boolean game. Link here

Entrust CEO and Congressman Burgess Outline Cyber Defense Needs

Without clear protection and guidelines, small- to mid-sized enterprises need to defend assets against online attacks, cybersecurity expert says

ENTRUST LOGO / Entrust logo. (PRNewsFoto/Entrust, Inc.)DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing online identities and information, today participated in a cybersecurity forum in Highland Village, Texas. Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner joined U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess (TX-26), M.D., as well as University of North Texas senior technology director Charlotte Russell, and Gold’s Gym Senior Vice President and CIO Bill Wade, to discuss how small- to mid-sized businesses can protect themselves against cyber attacks.

“Unfortunately, today’s small- and mid-sized businesses do not have the same protection as large corporations and individuals, so it is extremely important that smaller enterprises make cybersecurity a priority,” said Conner. “In this economy, security may fall by the wayside, but the cost to deploy it is dwarfed by the cost of what’s at stake. Businesses do not know where an attack will come from, so it is crucial that they have cyber defense measures in place, as they could be struck with a large financial loss or take a credibility hit with their customers.”

>> Read Now: Transcript of Bill Conner’s Speech from the Cyber Security Forum

The forum was hosted by the Flower Mound, Texas, and Lewisville, Texas, chambers of commerce, and the Highland Village Business Association. The event’s speakers and panel discussion focused on what measures small- to mid-sized businesses need to have in place to protect against cybersecurity attacks.

“Having a defense against cyber attacks is critical for organizations of all sizes,” said Conner. “Cyber criminals will search for any hole in a company’s security measures and take advantage of it, utilizing such channels as online banking. This is cyber warfare and it takes everyone — government, major organizations, small businesses and individuals — working together to win.”

Entrust enables organizations and government agencies to easily and effectively manage security across a range of users and applications. The company offers a range of authentication and credentialing capabilities that cover physical, logical and mobile access.

A trusted provider of identity-based security solutions, Entrust empowers enterprises, governments, financial institutions, citizens and websites in more than 4,000 organizations spanning 60 countries. Entrust’s customer-centric focus is the foundation to delivering organizations an unmatched level of security, trust and value. For strong authentication, credentialing, physical and logical access, mobile security, digital certificates, SSL and PKI, call 888-690-2424, email [email protected] or visitwww.entrust.com. Let’s talk.

Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. InCanada, Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Entrust, Inc.

CONTACT: Lindsey Jones of Entrust, Inc., Media Relations, +1-972-728-0374, [email protected]

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