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Tapas Media Introduces Tapastic, a New Consumer Destination for Webcomics with Seed Investment from SK Planet and 500 Startups
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
Tapas Media Inc., a San Jose, CA-based startup, announced the beta launch of Tapastic (http://tapastic.com), an online destination for discovering and enjoying ?visual stories?.
Tapastic was inspired by the Korean web phenomenon ?Webtoons?, a portal for serialized webcomics. Tapastic CEO Chang Kim, a Webtoons fanatic himself, says that Webtoons is one of the most popular Internet services in South Korea, a country that is often considered as the trailblazer for new digital media trends.
Tapastic works with leading artists and writers to create and share original stories in bite-sized, compelling graphical formats optimized for web and mobile consumption. In addition, Tapastic offers an open platform for independent artists and writers to publish and distribute their works. The company plans to introduce a revenue-sharing program for content contributors.
Tapastic currently features more than 50 serialized visual stories covering action, comedy, drama, fantasy and lifestyle genres. New ?episodes? are released on a set schedule, usually on a weekly basis.
Kim believes that webcomics and visual stories will thrive in the U.S. as well. Through Tapastic, Kim intends to develop a new market for visual stories that will support a vibrant community of artists, writers and illustrators. The company?s goal is to open up webcomics and visual stories to a broader audience beyond the traditional comic book base.
?Tapastic aims to attract users who are not your typical comic book consumer. In this way, we can usher in the kind of change to the industry that is similar to what Zynga and other casual and social games providers achieved in the gaming space, ? said Kim.
Tapastic is available on the Web at Tapastic.com and as a free Android app, available today from Google Play. The iOS app will be available soon.
Tapas Media?s seed round was led by SK Planet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of South Korea?s leading telecommunications company SK Telecom. 500 Startups, Strong Ventures, and other angel investors including Nexon?s former CTO, were also participants.
Jae-hwan Lee, senior vice president of digital content platform at SK Planet, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to create a new platform and ecosystem around visual stories with Tapas Media. Visual stories are very popular in Korea and we think that they have tremendous global appeal.?
About Tapas Media
Tapas Media specializes in bite-sized web and mobile content. Tapas Media?s first product is Tapastic, an online portal for serially updated visual stories. Based in San Jose, CA, the company was founded in March 2012 by Chang Kim and has 11 employees. Prior to Tapas Media, Kim was a product manager at Google, overseeing Blogger.com as part of the Google+ team. Kim joined Google in 2008 when TNC, a blogging company he co-founded and served as co-CEO, was acquired by Google. Prior, Kim was in charge of mobile content development and partnerships at Samsung Mobile. For more information, please visit http://tapastic.com.
About SK Planet
SK Planet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SK Telecom, Korea?s leading telecommunications provider. SK Planet owns and operates the country?s leading digital media platform services. These include T store, T map, Melon and Cyworld – Korea’s top mobile app store, mobile navigation service, online music service and social networking service, respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.skplanet.com.
Perth, Western Australia (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
Google, which has been very busy this year changing their algorithm and developing new products and features, has now turned its attention to attracting more developers and businesses by adding new features to Google Maps and Google+. Google?s intent is to make Google+ more business-friendly, and to help businesses monetise Google Maps.
Google has added two extensions to Google Maps which make it easier for businesses to add Google AdSense to their Google Maps site. The first extension consists of six new ad formats. These formats feature link units of topics that are directly relevant to the site?s content, as opposed to direct ads. The user simply clicks on a topic from a list, and Google sends them to a page of ads. This means that the space for one link can be turned into an entire page of ads.
The other extension allows users to customise the designs of their Maps Ad Units. This includes options to customise the colours of the unit?s border, background, text, links, and URL. The intent is to allow users to incorporate the Maps Ad Units into their websites in a more visually friendly environment.
The new Google+ features that are specifically for business include video meetings integrated with Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar, and private sharing within an organisation. The private sharing option allows users to mark Google+ posts as restricted, and specify exactly who is given access to the post.
The video meetings will be done on Google Hangouts, and will allow up to 10 people to conduct a video meeting from a phone, tablet, or laptop. The hangouts can be accessed directly from Google Calendar.
A new series of administrative controls has also been launched to help users ensure that only those for whom content is intended are allowed access. Google is also working on a mobile version of Google+ which will have more administrative controls and more features for enterprise users.
James Corby, Business Development Director for Oracle Digital, sees the changes as a positive for his customers: ?Any time Google adds more features to its product, it has industry-changing implications. In this case, we see the features becoming more and more popular as more businesses use Google Maps and Google+. While they are great for businesses, they also come with a caveat: if you don?t stay on top of the changes and use Google Maps and Google+ as an integral part of your web marketing campaign, your competition will, and you will be left behind.?
Corby continued, ?Luckily for our customers, we have incorporated virtually every improvement Google has made to their product into our clients? campaigns as soon as they were available. We have stressed the importance of using Google+ and Google Maps to our clients from day one. A lot of other companies are scrambling to get programs into place, but ours are already up and running extremely well.?
Corby concluded, ?Google has done a great job this year of turning itself back into what it was before people started gaming it, and it has given businesses some great tools to work with along the way. We are proud to do our part in helping businesses maximise the great features that Google has to offer.?
Oracle Digital is a web marketing company in Perth. They specialise in one-stop solutions for businesses that need an integrated Internet marketing campaign.
See their website for more details: http://www.oracledigital.com.au/ or call them at 1300 899 851.
(PRWEB) November 08, 2012
After Ian Poulter?s victory at the HSBC Championship, all natural nutrition company True Healthy Products announces an invigorating new offer for inspired golfers looking to improve their own game. This win marked the Englishman’s second World Golf Championship victory, his first being the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2010. Poulter finished at 21-under 267.
As the sporting world turns its attention to Ian Poulter?s success, True Healthy Products began a new effort to help athletes understand the positive impact that all natural energy supplements can have on an athlete and their performance in the field or on the golf course. They launched new free informational reports which can be viewed here: http://www.truehealthyproducts.com/cell-formula-reports. The company hopes that golfers and athletes, inspired by Poulters success, will look into their all natural approach to improving endurance, energy, muscle stamina, mental focus, and vascularity.
Sports enthusiasts and golfers alike can now access these free reports and obtain this invigorating offer at http://www.truehealthyproducts.com/cell-formula-reports. The reports feature information on how all natural energy supplements can naturally improve an athlete’s game, regardless of skill or experience level.
True Healthy Products is a nutrition company dedicated to offering the best customer service and latest products that range from all natural sports nutrition supplements, healthy dark chocolate, weight loss programs, revolutionary skin care and whole food vitamin supplements.
For more information visit: http://www.truehealthyproducts.com
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Hertfordshire, UK (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
Robert Jones, a Certified Sports hypnotherapist who has been practising hypnotherapy for the past 10 years, has just released a new CD titled ?Golf?s Inner Secret? that is meant to help people lower their golf handicap.
The product is now available on the Golf?s Inner Secret website, which Jones has also just launched. In addition to the CD, the information is also available for over 50 percent less as a Digital Download.
Before releasing his new product, Jones tested it on golfers ranging from a 15 handicap to a head PGA pro. The results were universally positive, with the golfers all reporting that the CD helped them to play better golf and shoot lower scores.
?I have spent many years working on this product, refining it, tweaking it, and now finally the finished product is ready,? Jones said, adding that his CD and Digital Download have not been available to the golfing world before now.
?You can now finally look forward to playing better golf and learning how to lower your handicap, but with the golf swing you already have.?
Hypnotherapy is a very potent tool that has been used by top golfers over the years, Jones said, including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and many others. In fact, Woods has spoken highly of the way hypnotherapy sessions have helped improve his golf game, and Arnold Palmer once said that 90 percent of golf is played ?from the shoulders up.? Both Palmer and Woods have said that when they concentrate primarily on their minds rather than their bodies, they achieve the most significant improvements in their golf game.
Through his work as a Certified Sports hypnotherapist, Jones has seen firsthand how hypnotherapy has helped people perform better at their sports. His techniques have been so successful that he was inspired to create his new Golf?s Inner Secret product and website in order to help other people relax and improve their game.
Jones said that anybody who purchases the CD and tries it for 90 days is welcome to return it for a full refund of the purchase price if they don’t feel that the CD has helped improve their game.
About Golf?s Inner Secret:
Golf?s Inner Secret is a website and product that was created and launched by Robert Jones, who has been a practising hypnotherapist for 10 years. Jones is also a Certified Sports hypnotherapist and uses hypnosis in Sports Psychology. Jones is registered with The UK Hypnotherapy Association and the General Hypnotherapy Register. He is a member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners and his NHS Number is 4664. For more information, please visit http://www.golfsinnersecret.com
Arcade, Food & Entertainment Complexes in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2012
The video arcade has fallen far from the golden days of the early 1990s. According to IBISWorld analyst Matthew MacFarland, ?As the home console rose in prominence, coin-operated (coin-op) games fell in kind, and the Arcade, Food and Entertainment Complexes industry is now a fraction of the size it once was.? Substitute products, including game consoles like the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation, offer convenience and long-term cost savings, and online or mobile games can be played for a small fee or for free. While trends in per capita disposable income and leisure time also influence industry performance, competition from substitutes has written the industry’s narrative for more than a decade. During the five years to 2012, revenue has grown at a low annualized rate of 1.6%, including 1.4% growth in 2012 to $ 2.3 billion.
To combat falling demand, arcades have adopted the strategies of successful family entertainment centers (FECs) like Chuck E. Cheese’s and restaurant-arcades like Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, which offer full meal service. ?FECs dominate the industry and account for more than three-quarters of overall revenue because food and beverage sales have higher margins than arcade games and are less directly influenced by the rise of home game consoles,? says MacFarland. While many smaller firms have begun to include this secondary revenue stream, the strategy has not led to substantial revenue growth for the industry as a whole.
The Arcade, Food and Entertainment Complexes industry has a high level of competition. The industry is made up of a few large companies that operate hundreds of establishments and a large number of firms with fewer than 20 employees, which cater to local markets. The top four industry players, which include CEC Entertainment, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, GameWorks Entertainment and Namco Entertainment, hold a combined market share of about two-thirds of industry revenue. Thus, IBISWorld estimates that about 7,000 firms compete for the remainder of industry revenue in 2012. Industry concentration has decreased during the past five years; in 2007, the top four companies accounted for 73.6% of industry revenue. Major companies have experienced lackluster growth during that time, with both CEC Entertainment and Dave & Buster’s growing at a slower annualized rate than the overall industry over the past five years. Neither firm has engaged in substantial acquisition activity or focused on opening large numbers of new locations. CEC Entertainment has focused on renovating and expanding its existing Chuck E. Cheese’s locations, but this policy has not led to a higher market share.
During the next five years, the industry’s woes will worsen. The Video Games industry (IBISWorld report NN003) is projected to grow at a brisk pace during this time, taking consumers’ entertainment budgets with it. Game rooms are no longer the primary market for video game consumption, and as such, developers dedicate far less time and money to creating arcade games. This lack of resources will stifle innovation, making arcades less able to draw patrons in with state-of-the-art offerings. The growing prevalence of other entertainment sources, like high-speed internet and video-on-demand services, will also compete with the Arcade, Food and Entertainment Complexes industry for consumers’ free time. In the face of such intense competition, the industry is not projected to expand substantially. The strong performance of industry-leading restaurant-arcades, though, is forecast to help revenue grow slowly during the five years to 2017.
For more information, visit IBISWorld?s Arcade, Food and Entertainment Complexes in the US industry report page.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
This industry includes businesses that primarily operate video game arcades and game-focused family entertainment centers, which typically sell food and beverages. Industry operators rent or purchase debit card- or coin-operated arcade games that customers play for a fee. Establishments that primarily focus on gambling games, billiards, miniature golf and other larger-scale or outdoor amusements are not included in this industry.
Key External Drivers
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Products & Services
Globalization & Trade
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognized as the nation?s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.
Practicing Math Skills Turns Into a Trip to the Arcade With Popular Funbrain Math Games Now Featured on myMathUniverse From Pearson
New York (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
Practicing math will now seem like a trip to the arcade for middle school students when they visit the new Funbrain? channel on myMathUniverse, a free site developed to support Pearson’s award-winning middle-grades math program, digits. The original home of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney, Funbrain is a fun and safe website with learning-based games. The games from Funbrain’s Math Arcade that are featured on myMathUniverse are specifically designed to reinforce middle-grades math skills.
Middle school sports fans can practice math with the Funbrain games, “Math Basketball” and “Math Soccer,” making hoops and kicking goals with each correct answer. With the channel’s “Inkster” game, they will need strong math skills to avoid angry crabs and snapping piranhas as they navigate the interactive environment. “Moon Rocks” is an outer- space way for middle school students to practice their math skills and memory while avoiding dangerous asteroids.
“Building strong math abilities is critical to students’ success in school, college and career,” said Mike Evans, Pearson’s senior vice president for math. “However, nobody said that learning math can’t be fun. These great arcade-style games from Funbrain offer middle school students a chance to practice and reinforce what they are learning while having fun online in a safe, secure environment.”
myMathUniverse is free to students everywhere ? whether or not they are learning with the digits program. digits is the first middle school mathematics core curriculum that leverages technology to personalize student learning and optimize class instructional time. Written entirely to the Common Core State Standards, digits integrates lesson planning, homework management, intervention and assessment, all within a user-friendly design that encourages class collaboration via interactive whiteboards. digits combines a comprehensive math curriculum, powerful best practices in teaching and easy-to-use technology so teachers can deliver personalized instruction effectively and save valuable time. digits streamlines instruction through point-of-need resources that are intuitive for teachers, and allows them to address the individual needs of every student ? in and out of class.
Other myMathUniverse channels include:
Math Doesn’t Suck: This channel from math expert and actress Danica McKellar features videos to help students with homework and confidence-building, as well as brain-strengthening math problems that can be downloaded and ? in some cases ? submitted to their teachers for extra credit.
The Rappin? Mathematician: Outrageously fun videos created by 2009 California Teacher of the Year Alex Kajitani with hip, cool rap songs about core math concepts.
Alleyoop: Cool online activities for learning math concepts and free tutoring from math experts.
Manga High: A collection of casual online math games developed using the Japanese manga style of animation that is popular with today’s kids.
digits Stuff: Fun videos and other cool stuff from the middle-grades math program.
Virtual Nerd: Students can chose their own path through math content with step-by-step tutorials and a dynamic whiteboard on this channel built just for them.
Visit myMathUniverse at http://www.myMathUniverse.com and learn more about digits at http://www.digitsmath.com.
About Funbrain (http://www.funbrain.com)
Funbrain, created for kids age preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading and literacy. Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books and comics. Teachers, librarians and parents can trust Funbrain to provide a fun and safe gaming environment that bridges learning and entertainment. Funbrain is published by Family Education Network, a part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO).
Pearson, http://www.pearsoned.com, has as its mission to work side by side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO).
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Wilton, CT (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
The fall sports season is quickly approaching its end. Games continue with play-offs and championships and banquets and parties are in their planning stages. Boosters and team parents develop plans for team gifts or keepsakes for either every member of the team or for graduating seniors. The gifts encompass things such as jerseys, plaques, and posters.
YourCover offers sports-specific personalized magazine covers that can be quickly created for a unique gift for each team member. Whether in need of a soccer gift, football gift, cheerleader gift, or track gift, YourCover has a magazine cover title to fit the bill.
Parents simply upload a photo of the entire team or each individual player to the chosen magazine cover template. The headlines are then personalized to reflect the season or player’s name, stats and special memories. The unique duplication feature makes creating a magazine cover even easier, after the first magazine cover is created, the user simply duplicates the cover, adds a new photo and changes the name and stat info, the remainder of the design remains the same saving time and effort.
Personalized magazine covers are available instantly as photo file downloads for self-printing – a great last minute gift idea for those who are under time constraints. Or YourCover can print and frame the magazine covers for shipment.
Elma, NY (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
The Made In America Store is known for being the only brick and mortar store that sells 100% American manufactured products in the United States. With multiple departments including clothing, hardware and food, the Made In America Store has over 4,000 products. To add to the list if US manufactured products, the Made In America Store has brought in Burning Asphalt Sauces to add special flavors, BBQ sauces and dips.
Looking for 100% US manufactured products from the Made In America Store? Click here to start shopping today!
Burning Asphalt Sauces currently make a presence in the Made In America Store with two different Ketchups including Jalapeno and Habanero. BBQ Sauces include Peach Bourbon, Louisiana, and Honey Smoked.
Hot Sauces from Burning Asphalt include Habanero Mustard and Jalapeno. The Made In America Store also carries Burning Asphalt?s line of Salsas ranging from Mild, Medium and Hot. Meat Rubs come in flavors of Montreal Seasoning, Cajun Sizzle, Winner?s Circle, Sweet & Smokey, Sportsman?s Game and Touch Of Heat.
Burning Asphalt also brings numerous Mustards, Sauces and Salts. No to mention their own branded Bloody Mary Mix!
Start shopping now for over 40 different styles of Sauces, Rubs and Barbecues from Burning Asphalt at MadeInAmericaStore.com!
“Burning Asphalt is about more than just the heat,” said a Burning Asphalt Representative. “We have sauces for Chili’s and much more!”
Burning Asphalt takes pride in our great tasting products and only uses the freshest of ingredients in every bottle. Each recipe is carefully developed over a several year period and test marketed to make sure we have the finest gourmet specialty foods available.
Burning Asphalt?s goal was to sauces with integrity, quality, freshness and a dedication to balancing heat and flavor. The design was simple. The result is a highly praised and satisfying gourmet product.
The Made In America Store is the only brick and mortar store that sells 100% made in the United States products from over 350 vendors. Consumers can visit http://www.MadeInAmericaStore.com or call 716-652-4872 to get more information or shop our catalog of over 3,500 items. Both Active Duty Military Personnel and U.S. Military Veterans receive a 10% discount every day. Followers of the ?Made In America? movement can keep updated with the Made In America Store through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, FourSquare and even their own blog on WordPress!
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
iOS and Android users looking to have some fun with a customizable and interactive 3D Skeleton of their very own can find all they desire with SiXiTS Talking Skeleton. This cheeky animated and interactive 3D character sports lots of fun features, and is featured in the Apple iTunes store under Halloween : Trick or Treat apps.
Talking Skeleton is designed by an all-star team of seasoned game, software, and media professionals who have held key positions at Disney?s ImageMovers Digital, Lucasfilm Animation, Industrial Light and Magic and Electronic Arts.
This Talking Skeleton update lets iOS and Android users of all ages design their own Skeleton and:
Makers of Sweet Sweat Sponsor Brian ?the Predator? Rogers as He Looks to Bounce back from a KO during the Bellator Season 6 Semi-Finals
Dayton, OH (PRWEB) October 28, 2012
California-based Sports Research Corporation, the makers of Sweet Sweat thermogenic workout enhancer, handpicks Brian ?the Predator? Rogers as an MMA middleweight fighter worthy of full sponsorship. Taking a close look at his track record proves that he is an MMA fighter to watch out for in the years to come. At the age of 28, the MMA middleweight fighter from Independence, Ohio has had a total of 13 fights, 9 of which he won and 8 by KO. The Bellator 78 Fighting Championship on the 26th of October, 2012, 8P/7C against main card Dominique Steele, a fellow Ohioan, gives him an opportunity to bounce back from losing to Andreas Spang via knockout in the Bellator season 6 semi-finals. He has said that after losing by knockout to Spang, he has only grown smarter and even more dangerous as a contender.
His ferocity in the cage as an MMA warrior is also enhanced by his use of Sweet Sweat Thermogenic Workout Enhancer to cut weight weeks before his actual fight. In fact, the Bellator 78 main card fight is not the only fight where he had utilized Sweet Sweat?s thermogenic properties to cut weight, and enjoy longer workouts with reduced risks of aches, cramps and muscle pulls. He employed the benefits of Sweet Sweat?s thermogenic effects weeks before the Bellator 61 championship fight (on March 16, 2012) where he faced up against Vitor Vianna. Rogers won via knockout in just the 1st round.
He spoke about using Sweet Sweat to help cut weight before the Bellator 61 fight and had remarked that the thermogenic product also opened up the pores and warmed the core for a faster burn. He was indeed in top fighting form for his match up with Vianna. His aggressive style and background in Karate and wrestling, coupled with a talent for playing to the crowd makes any match (whether he wins or loses) worth watching. In fact, his on-the-edge-of-the-seat fight with Vianna is still the most downloaded fight on youtube.
Sweet Sweat figures in his workout scheme once again for the Bellator 78 Fighting Championship. It will remain a constant in his workout routine despite his change in game plan. Part of getting smarter and better as a fighter according to Rogers is to get to experience a variety of training styles. And he has certainly been changing training locations and working with different experts to ensure that he has what it takes to face his latest opponent, Dominique Steele.
This main card match has all the elements of an explosive match. Both Rogers and Steele are hungry for the championship and looking to bounce back from devastating losses to opponents. Both have stoppage victories under their belts. Both are training their eyes on a win to secure a spot in the next 185-pound tournament.
With Sweet Sweat, Brian ?the Predator? Rogers not only cuts weight, he also keeps himself in fighting form against any formidable opponents.