Apple and Accenture to transform how businesses engage with customers through innovative solutions for iOS

Accenture to Create Dedicated iOS Practice Within Select Accenture Digital Studios; Apple to Co-Locate Experts with These Teams

Cupertino, California and New York, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple and Accenture are partnering to help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through innovative business solutions for iOS. The partnership will take full advantage of the power, simplicity and security of iOS, the leading enterprise mobility platform, and Accenture’s capabilities as a leader in industry and digital transformation to help companies unlock new revenue streams, increase productivity, improve customer experience and reduce costs.

Accenture will create a dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios in select locations around the world. Experts from Apple will be co-located with this team. Working together, the two companies will launch a new set of tools and services that help enterprise clients transform how they engage with customers using iPhone and iPad. The experts will include visual and experience designers, programmers, data architects and scientists, and hardware and software designers.

“Starting 10 years ago with iPhone, and then with iPad, Apple has been transforming how work gets done, yet we believe that businesses have only just begun to scratch the surface of what they can do with our products,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Both Apple and Accenture are leaders in building incredible user experiences and together we can continue to truly modernize how businesses work through amazing solutions that take advantage of the incredible capabilities of Apple’s technologies.”

Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO, said, “Based on our experience in developing mobile apps, we believe that iOS is the superior mobile platform for businesses and are excited to be partnering with Apple. By combining Accenture’s vast digital capabilities and industry expertise with Apple’s market leadership in creating products that delight customers, we are in a perfect position to help our clients transform the way they work.”

The new iOS tools and services will take full advantage of the latest Apple technologies and tap into Accenture’s leading digital and analytics capabilities.

  • New ecosystem services to help clients address the full range of iOS integration requirements to connect to back-end systems, leveraging Accenture’s systems integration expertise and the unique iOS advantages built by Apple with key partners like SAP and Cisco.
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) services featuring new tools, templates and predesigned code to help clients take greater advantage of the data from IoT platforms in their iOS apps, putting more power into the hands of workers.
  • Migration services to help clients to quickly and easily transfer their existing legacy applications and data to modern iOS apps.

For more information regarding the Apple and Accenture partnership, please visit accenture.com/apple or apple.com/business/partners.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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Apple
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Accenture
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Source: Apple Inc.

ABBYY Mobile announces 90% off on Productivity and language Apps

abby-black-fridayMilpitas, CA, 2016-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Black Friday is a long-awaited day for everyone who doesn’t want to pass up a good deal. This year ABBYY Mobile has prepared some great Black Friday discounts for its productivity and language apps.

Productivity apps:

Business Card Reader Plus for iOS – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $39.99
Business Card Reader Pro for Android – 70% off: $3.99 instead of $14.99

Convert paper business cards to digital with a single tap, manage, export and use them effectively on your smartphone or Apple Watch. Featured by the New Your Times, CNN and The Telegraph.

FineScanner Pro for iOS and Android – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $39.99

Make high-quality electronic copies in PDF or JPEG and convert printed text on them in 193 languages to MS Word, Excel and more. Best mobile scanner according to LifeHacker, editor’s choice at PCMag, featured on Discovery.
TextGrabber + Translator for iOS – 80% off: $0.99 instead of $4.99
TextGrabber + Translator for Android – 90% off: $0.99 instead of $9.99

Capture printed text in 60+ languages and translate it into 100+ languages. Digitize and recognize text from books, magazines, ads, and timetables on the go. Featured by Business Insider and LifeHacker.

Bundle:

Black Friday Bundle: TextGrabber + FineScanner Pro – 90% off: $3.99 instead of $41.99

Language apps:

Larousse Spanish Basic for iOS – 50% off: $0.99 instead of $1.99 (Americas only)
Larousse Spanish Advanced for iOS – 60% off: $1.99 instead of $4.99 (Americas only)
Spanish Advanced set of Larousse dictionaries – 50% off: $2.99 instead of $5.99 (Americas only)

Special offer for español learners. Explore useful content bundled with smart word look-up functionality – phrases, idioms, synonyms, antonyms and over 75,000 definitions.
Lingvo Mac – 50% off: $19.99 instead of $39.99

Licensed offline dictionaries for 7 languages with translations and examples of words and phrases (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian).

All the information is available on the website: https://www.abbyy.com/en-us/blackfriday-mobile/

Contact-Details: Catherine Matantseva
Catherine_Mat@abbyy.com

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards now available free on both iOS and Android devices

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Order up! Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards is now available globally on iOS and Android.

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards is the only collectible card game featuring five hit Twentieth Century Fox animated comedies: American Dad!,Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Futurama, and King of the Hill. For the first time ever, players get to assemble their favorite characters and experience iconic show moments in the ultimate deck-building game of domination. Cross-dress with Roger, pimp sweet lady propane in the heart of Texas, stop for a Butterface Burger with the Belchers, and pound a Pawtucket Patriot Ale (or two) without having to leave the comfort of your local New New York suicide booth!

Animation Throwdown is loaded with a hilarious mashup of screwball families, witty dialogue, and absurd card combinations. Get in on the family fracas as the Belchers, Hills, Griffins, Smiths, and Planet Express crew duke it out; have Tina unleash her charm bomb (and erotic friend fiction) when she throws down with Bobby Hill; get in on some “alien-on-alien” action as Roger takes on Kif; or end up on the ropes when Leela steps into the ring with Peter.

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards will launch with a multiverse of morally-questionable content and game features that fans will love, including more than 460 battle cards with over 300 hilarious combos, as well as new content, campaigns, and PvP experiences more varied than Quagmire’s collection of “art.”

The highly anticipated free-to-play game has been launched by Fox Digital Entertainment and Kongregate, a leading publisher of mobile and web games and a wholly-owned subsidiary of GameStop Corporation. Kongregate co-developed the title with Chicago-based Synapse Games (developer of Tyrant Unleashed, Global Assault, and Spellstone) and San Francisco-based Chinzilla Games (developer of Little Alchemist).

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards is free and now available on both iOS and Android devices. The game will be coming soon to other platforms, including kongregate.com.

About Fox Digital Entertainment
Fox Digital Entertainment (FDE) produces award-winning mobile games and apps based on 20th Century Fox’s globally-recognized film and television properties. FDE’s products delight millions of players every day with games including ANGRY BIRDS™ RIO, THE SIMPSONS™ TAPPED OUT, FAMILY GUY: THE QUEST FOR STUFF, FUTURAMA: GAME OF DRONES, SUGAR SMASH: THE BOOK OF LIFE and many more.

About Kongregate
Kongregate is a leading mobile game publisher and web gaming portal. Kongregate’s mobile publishing focuses on free to play mid- and hard-core titles. Working closely with mobile game developers Kongregate provides consulting, analytics, marketing, launch support, and game features such as cross promotion, guilds, and chat. Kongregate’s mobile games have been downloaded tens of millions of times and have hundreds of millions of gameplays. Kongregate’s web portal features over 100,000 free games played by tens of millions of gamers per month. Kongregate is a wholly-owned subsidiary ofGameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME) and is based in San Francisco. The company was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim and Emily Greer.

About American Dad!
AMERICAN DAD! follows staunch GOP supporter and CIA agent STAN SMITH (Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family inLangley Falls, Virginia. Stan’s blissfully unaware wife, FRANCINE (Wendy Schaal), has an unfaltering loyalty that allows her to turn a blind eye toward Stan’s unabashed arrogance. Meanwhile, Stan constantly butts heads with his 18-year-old, left-wing activist daughter HAYLEY (Rachael MacFarlane), who knows just how to push her father’s buttons, whether it’s by helping the homeless, demanding women’s rights or advocating gun control. Hayley’s 14-year-old brother is the geeky yet cocky STEVE (Scott Grimes), a kid who spends his time playing video games and obsessing about the opposite sex. The Smith cabinet is rounded out by two rather unconventional members. There’s the sassy and sarcastic space alien ROGER (Seth MacFarlane), who lives in the attic, loves to play dress-up and ran for U.S. President in 2012; and KLAUS (Dee Bradley Baker), an attention-starved goldfish with the brain of a German man who always throws in his two cents regardless of whether anyone is listening. This screwball family full of radically different personalities is just trying to figure out how to love and trust one another in a bi-partisan world. And with a guy like Stan in charge of national security, it’s guaranteed to be one wacky ride. AMERICAN DAD! is a 20th Century Fox Television production. The series was co-created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, and is executive produced by MacFarlane, Matt Weitzman and Brian Boyle. Kara Vallow serves as producer. AMERICAN DAD! is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

About Bob’s Burgers
BOB’S BURGERS follows BOB (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but the rest of the clan falls short on service. Despite the greasy counters and lousy location, the Belchers are determined to make every “Grand Re-Re-Re-opening” a success. Bob’s wife LINDA (John Roberts) stands by her man and often does so by bursting into song. Their eldest daughter, 13-year-old TINA (Dan Mintz), has a slight obsession with boys and zombies. Middle child GENE (Eugene Mirman) is an aspiring musician with a thirst for life. LOUISE (Kristen Schaal) is the bunny ears-wearing youngest daughter with an off-kilter sense of humor that makes her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen — and with the public. A 20th Century Fox Television production, BOB’S BURGERS was created by Loren Bouchard (“Home Movies”). Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (“King of the Hill”) serve as executive producers and writers, with animation produced by Bento Box Entertainment. BOB’S BURGERS is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

About Family Guy
FAMILY GUY follows the adventures of an endearingly ignorant dad, PETER GRIFFIN (Seth MacFarlane), and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders in Quahog, RI. LOIS (Alex Borstein) is Peter’s wife, a stay-at-home mom with no patience for her family’s antics. Then there are their kids: 18-year-old MEG (Mila Kunis) is an outcast at school and the Griffin family punching bag; 13-year-old CHRIS (Seth Green) is a socially awkward teen who doesn’t have a clue about the opposite sex; and one-year-old STEWIE (MacFarlane) is a diabolically clever baby. Rounding out the Griffin household is BRIAN (MacFarlane), the family dog and a ladies man. FAMILY GUY is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer. Rich Appel and Steve Callaghan serve as executive producers/co-showrunners, while Danny Smith and Kara Vallow are executive producers. FAMILY GUY is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

About Futurama
FUTURAMA focuses on the life of PHILIP J. FRY (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life at Planet Express, an intergalactic delivery company. There, he meets a cast of characters, including love interest LEELA (Katey Sagal), a sexy cyclops with anger management issues, best friend BENDER (John DiMaggio), a beer-powered kleptomaniac robot, PROFESSOR FARNSWORTH (Billy West), a brilliant yet forgetful scientist and intrepid inventor, HERMES (Phil LaMarr), the company’s detail-oriented bureaucrat, AMY (Lauren Tom), an intern who is as cute as she is klutzy, and ZOIDBERG (Billy West), a lobster-like, self-proclaimed expert on humans. Throughout their adventures, the team encounters MOM (Tress MacNeille), the foul-mouthed owner of MomCorp, ZAPP BRANNIGAN (Billy West), the vain, self-absorbed captain of the starship Nimbus, and many others. Just as it is today, life in the future is a complex mix of the wonderful and horrible, where things are still laughable no matter how wild and crazy they get. Fry’s introduction to life in New New York includes a visit to The Head Museum, where the heads of humanity’s most renowned and influential people live on. Against a backdrop of pesky aliens, exasperating robots, and malfunctioning gadgets, Fry finds that people still struggle with the same daily anxieties of life and love. FUTURAMA, the Emmy Award-winning series created by Matt Groening, is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with The Curiosity Company, with animation produced by Rough Draft Studios, Inc. Groening,David X. Cohen, and Ken Keeler serve as executive producers. FUTURAMA is distributed by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

About King of the Hill
KING OF THE HILL depicts the life and times of HANK HILL (Mike Judge), his family and their neighbors in the fictional suburb of Arlen, Texas. A hard-working, loyal family man and proud Texan, Hank is assistant manager of Strickland Propane. He’s a blue-collar man of all trades who sees himself as the voice of common sense and reason in a world of incompetent sales clerks, meddling bureaucrats and do-good liberals. Hank’s better half is his wife, PEGGY (Kathy Najimy). Peggy sees herself as a woman of many talents: realtor, substitute Spanish teacher, fast-pitch softball hurler, local Boggle champion and notary public. Hank and Peggy’s pride and joy is their 13-year-old son, BOBBY (Pamela Adlon). The family is completed by Hank’s 18-year-old niece, LUANNE (Brittany Murphy). Hank can often be found around a barbeque with his beer guzzling neighborhood buddies, DALE (Johnny Hardwick), BILL (Stephen Root) and BOOMHAUER (Mike Judge). Dale’s an exterminator who never met a conspiracy he didn’t like, Bill’s a lonely-hearted Army barber with low self-esteem, and Boomhauer is a cool, rockabilly, muscle-car-driving ladies’ man who speaks unintelligible English. Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are co-creators/executive producers and John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Jim Dauterive, Garland Testa, Howard Klein and Michael Rotenberg are executive producers for KING OF THE HILL, which is a Twentieth Century Fox Television production in association with Deedle-Dee Productions, Judgemental Films and 3 Arts Entertainment. KING OF THE HILL is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.

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Contact:
Joey Mooring
GameStop – Public Relations
817-722-7450
joeymooring@gamestop.com

Source: GameStop Corporation

Sports medicine: Sway ConcussionTest iOS app available for purchase on swaymedical.com

sway-medical-turns-iphone-into-mobile-medical-device-for-objective-concussion-measurement

TULSA, OK, 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sway Medical LLC (Sway) would like to announce its official availability in all European Union Countries. Sway was issued its CE Mark after being marketed in the United States and Canada for two years. This is significant because European sports organizations ranging from youth through pro level now have an affordable and convenient sideline assessment tool supporting concussion related medical decision making. Medical professionals and trained coaches can obtain a concussion assessment via an Apple mobile device (iPhone or iPad) and the Sway Balance™ System web-portal. Acute objective measurements are obtained by performing a 1.5 minute balance and reaction time test protocol. Licensed athletic trainers, physical therapists and athletic therapists are able to join physicians in acutely managing the underserved market of youth sports, ages six and older.

Concussion injuries are very common in sports, often going un-reported or ignored until the obvious symptoms have incapacitated the athlete or draws the attention of a parent or coach. Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is a serious medical condition with published mortality rates of up to 50%. SIS occurs when an athlete returns to play while still recovering from an initial concussion injury. During this time, the brain is highly susceptible to additional injury and complications. The Sway Balance™ System is able to accurately assess and track the acute and chronic outcome related to an athlete’s balance, motion reaction time and concussion symptoms. The Sway Balance™ System provides a graphical representation comparing suspicious injury event tests against a pre-injury “normative” or baseline score. The comparison of event tests against an established baseline is a common measurement for traumatic brain injury diagnosis and recovery tracking.

The Sway Balance™ System is available for purchase by licensed medical professionals involved in school, occupational or sports medicine through www.swaymedical.com. Additional protocols are available to assess an individual’s “Fall Risk” or “Functional Status”.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Starbucks announces nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices

Available In More Than 7,400 Stores and Customers Using the Starbucks® App on iOS or Android Devices; International Expansion Coming in October

SEATTLE, 2015-9-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) today announced the nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices, a new feature of the popular Starbucks® mobile app that allows customers to place and pay for their order in advance of their visit and pick it up at a participating Starbucks® location.  Following successful launches in select U.S. cities, mobile ordering is emerging as the fastest and easiest way for Starbucks customers to order ahead, then pay and pick up their purchases – providing on-the-go customers a simple and quick alternative to get their favorite food or beverage item. Starbucks plans to introduce this feature in select company owned stores in the UK and Canada in October.

“Bringing Mobile Order and Pay to our customers is about meeting their needs of convenience and customization at any time of the day” said Adam Brotman, Starbucks chief digital officer. “The fact that it also represents the fastest technology application rollout we have ever done is indicative of the strength of our digital ecosystem, how well it has been received by both our customers and store partners and the impact we think it can have on the future of retail.”

Following the initial test of Mobile Order & Pay in Portland, Oregon in December 2014 and subsequent launch across the Pacific Northwest in March 2015, Starbucks expanded the program to 3,400 additional stores across 17 states in the U.S. earlier this summer. Today’s announcement marks the completion of the national rollout with the feature now available on both iOS and Android devices to use at Starbucks more than 7,400 company-owned stores across the country.

The Mobile Order & Pay feature allows customers to choose a store from a map view, browse, select and customize beverage and food items, view the estimated timeframe the order will be ready, and pre-pay for the order – all within the Starbucks® Mobile App.  Menu options highlight products available in specific geographic regions and stores, and orders are freshly prepared and ready for pick-up in the bar area.

Mobile Order & Pay is integrated into Starbucks world-class Mobile App and My Starbucks Rewards® loyalty program, providing a simple way for customers to sign up and earn coveted Stars.  It’s available for customers using a Starbucks® app for iPhone® or Starbucks® app for Android™.

Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

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About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com and the Starbucks Newsroom at www.news.starbucks.com.

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Starbucks announces nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices

Starbucks announces nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices

Apple fixes iPhone security bug

Apple has managed to fix a bug in its passcode lock that had previously allowed users access to contacts, emails and photographs on iPads and iPhones. Hackers also found a way to make calls using FaceTime. By following a specific series of steps including making emergency calls, a person was able to get around the passcode facility.

The company has released a new update to iOS which includes a number of different improvements for iPhones, iPods and iPads. As well as the passcode lock fix other improvements and updates were included in the release. Users in Japan will experience sharper 3D images and improved speech synthesis.

The bug was introduced with the iOS 6.1 update and has been present since it was released at the end of January. The two month wait for a resolution has prompted some experts to question why Apple was not able to solve such a fundamental problem much sooner.

This update will be the last for several months before the release of the next version and the much anticipated iPhone 5S later in the year. iOS 7 is currently in the early stages of development and as the release of the new iPhone approaches, speculation as to the various new features of the operating system is sure to intensify.

Speaking on behalf of online smartphone and tablet case retailer The Snugg, Les Yates commented ,“This latest bug fix is great news for our consumers and will put a lot of user’s minds at rest, particularly because of the ease with which someone was able to bypass the passlock on the phone. Although it would have been preferable for many to have seen the update come sooner, the fact that Apple recognised the problem and solved it without letting the situation get out of hand is commendable.

“Bugs are an inevitable feature when creating any computer system and hopefully the discovery of this bug will help Apple to prevent similar problems occurring on their devices in the future. This will be very important with the release of a new iPhone later in the year; any problems associated with their new product could prove to be very damaging for their brand image.”

The Snugg create a wide range of quality covers and accessories for a variety of smartphones including the latest iPhone and iPads. Be sure to check out their slick iPad 3 cases at Amazon.com.

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