Phoenix Technologies Ltd is an American company that designs, develops and supports core system software for personal computers and other computing devices. The company's products — commonly referred to as BIOS or firmware — support and enable the compatibility, connectivity, security and management of the various components and technologies used in such devices. Phoenix Technologies and IBM developed the El Torito standard.Phoenix was incorporated in Massachusetts in September 1979, and its headquarters are in Campbell, California. Wikipedia.
News Article | November 18, 2016
Last month NovaStor, a leader in PC backup solution and data protection, announced that they will be providing even more value to their customers for the remainder of 2016. A free one-year license of Iolo Technologies' PC-accelerating software System Mechanic will accompany each purchase of NovaBACKUP PC 18. The total protection and performance bundle combines the security and backup services of NovaBACKUP PC with the optimization capabilities of System Mechanic. For the week of Black Friday NovaStor adds additional savings to the price of NovaBACKUP PC. Making it easy for new and existing customers to combine their savings for and take advantage of the total protection and performance bundle at an awesome price. The System Mechanic license is included absolutely free, providing a savings of 50%. However, during the week of Black Friday the additional discounts create a combined savings total over 70%. These 70% off savings won’t last long! Even after these deals expire, customers will still get this bundle at a great price. Available until December 31, 2016, this bundle makes it easy for users to enhance the performance of their PC while protecting critical data at no additional cost. Eliminating the risk while providing a great deal, System Mechanic ensures your PC is running at the highest speed available while also eliminating those frustrating errors, crashes and freezes. "System Mechanic® is an award-winning performance optimization suite that incorporates multiple patented and patent-pending innovations designed to fix, speed up and maintain computers so they run like new. Currently the top selling product of its kind in the US, Canada, UK, France, and the Benelux region according to NPD and similar sources, System Mechanic® has been used by more than 40 million consumers worldwide since 1998 to keep an estimated 75 million computers operating at peak performance," said JJ Schoch, Vice President of Corporate Marketing. NovaBACKUP PC 18 bundles include everything you need to protect your PC, laptop and workstation. Available as a single license, as well as packs of 3 and 5, users benefit from included NovaCare, US-based phone and email support, as well as free upgrades. Tested and proven to be 4x faster than the nearest competitor, NovaBACKUP PC guards your data with military-grade, 256-bit AES encryption while offering comprehensive backup options. NovaBACKUP PC makes it easy to manage local and cloud backups, all from one interface. When paired with System Mechanics users will see a noticeable difference in the performance of their PC workstation. About iolo technologies iolo technologies, LLC develops patented technology and award-winning software that repairs, optimizes, and protects computers and digital devices, enabling users to enjoy their full computing potential by keeping devices running fast and reliably. With a global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages, tens of millions of people have used iolo’s products for their PC optimization, security, and data recovery needs since 1998. Today, iolo is widely recognized by both consumers and industry experts as a worldwide leader in the system utility software market. The Company’s product line, distinguished by its flagship performance optimization suite System Mechanic®, is sold through more than 23,000 retail storefronts around the world and its software can also be purchased from leading major e-tailers, as well as a multitude of domestic and international distributors and resellers. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, iolo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. About NovaStor NovaStor® (http://www.novastor.com) is an international provider of powerful, affordable, all-inclusive data-protection solutions for physical and virtual environments. NovaStor provides backup & restore solutions to small and medium business (SMB) as well as heterogeneous environments to protect data on both sides of the cloud. NovaStor’s SMB solution NovaBACKUP® is rated #1 for businesses requiring local and remote protection of Windows Servers, VMware, Hyper-V and NAS environments with advanced monitoring capability, detailed reporting, and administration from a centralized monitoring console. NovaStor’s network backup solution NovaBACKUP DataCenter brings F500 references, scalability, reliability and speed to heterogeneous environments; a single pane of glass designed to reduce administrative effort and lower TCO. NovaStor’ Setup Assistance is an industry first where experts relieve clients from the complexity of installation and support. NovaStor is management-owned with over 1,000 partners, and millions of seats distributed. With global headquarters located in Zug, Switzerland and offices in Germany (Hamburg) and the USA (Agoura Hills), NovaStor is also represented in numerous other countries through partnerships.
News Article | November 17, 2016
Tern Plc (AIM:TERN), the AIM-quoted company specialising in cloud and Internet of Things ("IoT"), announces an operational update and board changes. The objective of this update is to provide a summary of the Company's progress to date, its new organisational structure and its business strategy. Tern was founded a little over three years ago with a view to building an AIM-listed Software investment company capable of transforming and accelerating the performance of the companies in which it invests. The Company currently has two core investments, Device Authority Ltd and flexiOPS Ltd. The Company's flagship investment is a 56.9% stake in the voting share capital of Device Authority . This stake comprises a 60.7% holding in A ordinary shares and a 50.6% holding in A preference shares. Device Authority provides end-to-end security for IoT-enabled devices. To date, Tern has invested £4.3 million in the business including £2 million in the last fundraising round in which Alsop Louie Partners and other qualified investors also participated. Based on its last fundraising round, and using a conversion rate of $1 : £1.25, the enterprise value of Device Authority is calculated at £18.4 million. Alsop Louie Partners is the US technology venture capital firm known for being one of the original investors in Twitch, the game-streaming site sold to Amazon for $970 million in 2014. Device Authority was named by CIO Review as one of 'The 50 Most Promising IoT Providers' in 2015 and has since been awarded 'Cool Vendor' status by Gartner and named the 'UK's Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company' by techUK's Cyber Connect programme and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The Company's other core investment is a 100% stake in flexiOPS flexiOPS has an experienced project management and development team that works across a portfolio of projects including Horizon 2020, the European Commission's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, whose purpose is securing Europe's global competitiveness. The Board believes there is an opportunity to leverage the resources and expertise within flexiOPS to accelerate the go-to-market strategy of Tern's other portfolio companies. The Company also owns minority interests in two software companies, Push Technologies and Seal Software. To date, Tern has realised one investment which was announced on 3 November 2016. Concerto, a multi cloud management software business, was sold to Ingram Micro Inc. for a total consideration of $500,000, payable $425,000 on completion with $75,000 at the end of 12 months. Tern acquired Concerto alongside Flexiant Research (now flexiOPS) in June 2016 for a combined total of £75,000 in cash. In September 2016, Al Sisto was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tern. In this role, Al will lead Tern and oversee the execution of its strategy. As Chief Operating Officer at RSA , Al was responsible for transforming the computer and network security company into an aggressive, sales-orientated software company. As Chairman, President and CEO of Phoenix Technologies, Al oversaw the turnaround of the company and helped cement it as a global player in the BIOS software space. Founder Angus Forrest is standing down as Chairman and will become the Company's Operations Director. Angus will focus on structuring new investments and the Company's governance obligations. The Company has begun a search for a Non-Executive Chairman with significant Software sector experience to strengthen the team further. In the meantime, Al Sisto will now become acting Chairman of the Board. Bruce Leith, a founding Director, has become the Company's Business Development Director. Bruce will focus on identifying, developing and cultivating companies that meet Tern's investment criteria. Sarah Payne will continue in her role as Tern's Financial Director and Secretary. She will also work closely with our investee companies to help them plan and manage their own budgets. Alan Howarth, a Non-Executive Director, will continue to act in his current role. The Company's investing strategy continues to be that of identifying and acquiring underexploited technology assets where it can add value through management's commercial and technical experience, expertise and contacts. Tern looks to add value to its holdings and ultimately deliver strong returns to shareholders by: Tern will also seek out investment opportunities to roll up into and grow its flagship investment, Device Authority. New investments will be made using returns from disposals, strategic placements or a combination of both. There are billions of devices connected to the internet today and, according to EY, that number is set to rise to 50 billion by 2020. These devices cannot be managed and secured in these numbers with today's conventional networking methods and, as a result, there is a major opportunity for Device Authority and the wider cyber security industry. A December 2015 report by Gartner predicts that by 2018, more than 50% of IoT device manufactures will be unable to address basic authentication threats, and that by 2020, more than 25% of recorded attacks on enterprises will involve IoT. It also predicts that during 2020, 50% of IoT security spend will be on provisioning, discovery, authentication and data protection; areas in which Device Authority has first mover advantage. The Board believes that increasing commercial awareness of the risks related to IoT devices and systems, increasing costs of system failures, the potential for loss of human life and the resulting greater regulation and legislation will drive demand for data security systems. "Tern has a very clear focus and is committed to adding value to its investments and thereby generating value for its shareholders." About Device Authority: Device Authority provides simple, innovative solutions to address the challenges of securing the Internet of Things (IoT). We help our customers simplify the process of establishing a robust, end-to-end security architecture within the IoT and deliver efficiencies at scale through security automation. The Device Authority IoT security platform is purpose-built to address these challenges through automated device provisioning, credential management, secure updates and policy-driven data encryption. Tern Plc acquires and invests in privately owned companies with IP, established products and customer bases. Its investment strategy is focused on taking an active role in its investee companies in order to improve the business model, accelerate growth, expand the business globally, and identify exit opportunities.
News Article | December 15, 2016
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phoenix Audio Technologies announced today that CCS Presentation Systems, Inc. has become a certified national partner. CCS now offers Phoenix Audio’s product lines as part of its Unified Communications (UC) portfolio. Phoenix Audio’s Spider family of products and Condor Beamforming Microphone Array address a unique business need in today’s market, providing CCS with a distinct service advantage. “We pride ourselves on designing easy-to-install, easy-to-use, high quality audio products that are adaptable for various conferencing environments,” says Jonathan Boaz, Phoenix Audio VP of Sales and Marketing. “The partnership with CSS allows us to extend our reach and provide their large pool of clients with the right audio endpoints to fit their evolving needs.” The collaboration between CCS and Phoenix Audio offers additional convenient options that support the needs of various industries, including corporate, education, and health care. With the Spider conference phone, customers will enjoy quality audio and connectivity that addresses both videoconferencing and audio conference meetings. Additionally, the Condor — a sleek 48-inch wide multi-microphone — will help declutter a conference room and can easily connect to any video conferencing system, use any external sound bar or monitor’s internal speakers. With 25 years of experience, CCS’ professional staff will help plan and install all types of audio visual communications systems built to meet a variety of needs. “CCS is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Audio to offer our customers user-friendly audio solutions and an opportunity to change the dynamics of a conference room,” said John Godbout, CEO of CCS Presentation Systems. “Whether customers are looking to declutter a conference table or need simple video conferencing system audio solutions, CCS’ experienced staff is pleased to design an audio video system tailored to our client’s needs.” For more information about CCS’ integration services, visit www.ccsprojects.com. To learn more about Phoenix Audio’s versatile products and solutions, visit www.phnxaudio.com. Based in Southern California, Phoenix Audio Technologies is a leading innovator of audio communication solutions, striving to provide audio and video conferencing with simple-to-install, easy-to-use, high quality audio. The company designs and manufactures products that address the fast pace changes in communication trends, conferencing environments, and connectivity technologies. Phoenix Audio’s proprietary audio algorithms aim to improve the communication experience and enable people to speak freely and naturally with as little compromise in quality as possible. For more information, visit www.phnxaudio.com. Since 1991, CCS has served customers in the corporate, government and educational sectors. CCS provides full-service integration, installation, training and maintenance of audio and video equipment, including large format LCD displays, digital projectors, interactive flat panels, room control systems, audio systems, high definition videoconferencing systems and more. The company has expanded from a two-person operation to one of the largest A/V integrators in the U.S. with more than 300 employees, sales offices in 14 states and annual revenue in excess of $115 million. Systems Contractor News magazine recently ranked CCS as one of the Top 5 system integrators in the country. For more information about CCS, visit www.ccsprojects.com.
Phoenix Technologies | Date: 2015-03-06
A method of processing PCR plastic is disclosed, the method including a step of providing a bulk quantity of flakes of PCR plastic having a particle size of about 10 mm or larger separating ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the bulk of flakes of PCR plastic, comminuting the flake to a particle size less than 10 mm, such as about 4 mm, and thermally treating the flake to reduce a moisture content therein. The process may further including mixing the thermally treated flake with virgin plastic pellet and processing the mixture directly in an injection molding device.
Phoenix Technologies | Date: 2015-10-25
Provided is a method and device for removing chemically dissolvable support material from objects created by a three-dimensional printing process. In one exemplary embodiment a tank for holding a cleaning solution has a cleaning section and a fluid handling section, and a full level below a top rim thereof. A generally box-shaped parts basket configured to be removeably installed within the cleaning section of the tank has four fluid impermeable walls, a bottom panel perforated throughout with an array of holes, and an openable top cover, wherein the openable top cover is below the full level of the tank and the bottom panel of the parts basket is supported above a floor of the tank when the parts basket is installed. A fluid pump disposed in a fluid handling section of the main tank is configured to inject a fluid stream into the parts basket at a downward angle with respect to horizontal, and at a lateral angle with respect to a line passing through a center of the parts basket, with sufficient velocity and flow rate to induce a fluid current that circulates around an interior of the parts basket as it continuously descends and exits the parts basket through the perforated bottom panel.
Phoenix Technologies | Date: 2015-04-23
The system comprises a main network situated downstream from a check valve that supplies the sensors, for example, in the form of sprinklers. This main network is subdivided into secondary networks, each secondary network being isolated from the main network by a valve that enables water to be prevented from entering the portions of the network in which it is not needed. The valve is capable not only of compensating for losses in pressure in the network but also for opening itself completely when a fire is detected.
News Article | February 17, 2017
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phoenix Audio Technologies announced today that it is now offering its Smart Spider USB speakerphone in white (MT503-W). The Smart Spider offers a unique feature set that cannot be matched by any other speakerphone on the market. Specifically, its ceiling mounting capability is ideal for dynamic conference rooms with moving tables and rooms with limited desktop space. This solution is more cost effective than buying expensive DSPs and installing mics and speakers throughout the room. Additionally, the new color complements the sleek and clean look of modern offices, as well as satisfy spaces in the telemedicine industry where white devices are required. “For many of our clients, the ability to be ceiling mounted and aesthetics of the white Smart Spider make it the perfect audio solution for their respective collaboration spaces,” says Jonathan Boaz, Phoenix Audio VP of Sales. “After many requests, we are very happy to offer our Smart Spiders in white, and announce that they are now available for shipping.” More On Ceiling Mounting The Smart Spider The Smart Spider (MT503, MT503-W) can be ceiling mounted for added versatility in any room. To install the device, Ceiling Mount Brackets (MT334) and Power Hub (MT340) are required. The brackets will be affixed to the desired ceiling tile and Smart Spider to securely mount the unit. The Power Hub allows the Smart Spider to be up to 100 feet away from the computer and supports power daisy chaining for more than one ceiling mounted device. Watch this video for a demo and step-by-step guide on how to ceiling mount the Smart Spider. Based in Southern California, Phoenix Audio Technologies is a leading innovator of audio communication solutions, striving to provide audio and video conferencing with simple-to-install, easy-to-use, high quality audio. The company designs and manufactures products that address the fast pace changes in communication trends, conferencing environments, and connectivity technologies. Phoenix Audio’s proprietary audio algorithms aim to improve the communication experience and enable people to speak freely and naturally with as little compromise in quality as possible. For more information, visit www.phnxaudio.com.
News Article | August 25, 2014
Receive press releases from FarStone Technology Inc.: By Email FarStone VirtualXP Free, a XP and Windows 2003 system converter, is now free for any non-commercial uses. VirtualXP will convert a Windows XP machine to a Virtual HD image (VHD) that can be loaded and run on Windows operating systems, such as Windows 8, 7, 2008, and 2012. Irvine, CA, August 25, 2014 --( Microsoft is phasing out Windows XP and Windows 2003 support, meaning soon there will be no more future updates and maintenance for these systems. “In order to help users keeping their Windows XP systems and all its applications for future environments, FarStone presents VirtualXP, a XP and Windows 2003 converter,” Peter Lin stated. “VirtualXP will convert a Windows XP machine to a Virtual HD image (VHD) that can be loaded and run on Windows operating systems, such as Windows 8, 7, 2008, and 2012.” Key Features: 1. Convert Windows XP to virtual machine 2. Free for non-commercial use 3. Allows you to continue running XP and its applications on Windows 8 4. VirtualXP can convert Windows XP and 2003 systems Pricing and availability: FarStone VirtualXP is free for non-commercial use. Non-commercial users can get free license(s) from FarStone VirtualXP product page (http://www.farstone.com/software/VirtualXP.php). Standard pricing applies for business and other commercial licenses. About FarStone Technology, Inc. Founded in 1993, FarStone Technology develops PC backup, data recovery, hard disk imaging, and virtual CD/DVD software. FarStone is an ISO 9001 certified software publisher holding multiple technology patents. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, the company licenses its PC and server backup software to corporations, small businesses, educational institutions and consumers worldwide. FarStone global technology partners include Intel, AOL, Asus, Phoenix Technologies, Trend Micro, and MSI. Irvine, CA, August 25, 2014 --( PR.com )-- FarStone Technology, known for their refined Total Backup and Recovery® software, has released VirtualXP solution for Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server. “VirtualXP will ensure that any XP/2003 system and their applications can continue to be used, preserved, and backup on a new Windows system, such as Windows 8,” said Peter Lin, product manager of FarStone.Microsoft is phasing out Windows XP and Windows 2003 support, meaning soon there will be no more future updates and maintenance for these systems. “In order to help users keeping their Windows XP systems and all its applications for future environments, FarStone presents VirtualXP, a XP and Windows 2003 converter,” Peter Lin stated. “VirtualXP will convert a Windows XP machine to a Virtual HD image (VHD) that can be loaded and run on Windows operating systems, such as Windows 8, 7, 2008, and 2012.”Key Features:1. Convert Windows XP to virtual machine2. Free for non-commercial use3. Allows you to continue running XP and its applications on Windows 84. VirtualXP can convert Windows XP and 2003 systemsPricing and availability:FarStone VirtualXP is free for non-commercial use. Non-commercial users can get free license(s) from FarStone VirtualXP product page (http://www.farstone.com/software/VirtualXP.php). Standard pricing applies for business and other commercial licenses.About FarStone Technology, Inc.Founded in 1993, FarStone Technology develops PC backup, data recovery, hard disk imaging, and virtual CD/DVD software. FarStone is an ISO 9001 certified software publisher holding multiple technology patents. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, the company licenses its PC and server backup software to corporations, small businesses, educational institutions and consumers worldwide. FarStone global technology partners include Intel, AOL, Asus, Phoenix Technologies, Trend Micro, and MSI. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from FarStone Technology Inc.
News Article | February 1, 2012
When Dale Fuller was trying to resuscitate Apple’s PowerBook division in the late 1990s, he didn’t see eye-to-eye with Steve Jobs. Fuller saw all those PC makers selling Windows laptops to big businesses, and as he struggled to inject new life into Apple’s moribund PowerBook division, he wanted to do the same. But Jobs said no. According to Fuller, Jobs saw business IT departments as a barrier. In those days, CIOs believed in “JEDI,” or Just Enough Desktop Infrastructure — meaning they only wanted to invest in the minimum amount of computing an employee needed to do his job, and nothing more. An IT department, Jobs argued, is about control — and not about empowering the user. Jobs’ central belief was that computers should be about the user, and that’s why he wouldn’t let Fuller sell PowerBooks to businesses. “I don’t think Steve ever cared about money,” Fuller says. “He just wanted to do this stuff the right way.” Fifteen years after he left Apple, Dale Fuller still thinks Macs are good for business. His new company, MokaFive, carries the tagline: “Finally, Apple for the Enterprise.” But the world has changed, and his efforts to push Apple machines onto businesses are no longer at odds with the Jobsian vision — or least, not entirely. MokaFive offers a way of running a company’s official Windows environment on a Mac. The idea is that employees can do whatever they like on the Mac’s native operating system, but then toggle over to a window running, well, Windows, where they can use official corporate copies of Outlook, Office, Photoshop and other business software. The company seeks to ride a larger wave across the business world. Increasingly, employees are bringing their own machines into the workplace, including not only iPads, iPhones and Android devices, but also Mac laptops. Terry Cosgrove, an analyst with research outfit Gartner, estimates that Macs now account for almost 10 percent of the computers used in today’s businesses — and that the majority of those are owned by the employee. Apple is what these employees use at home, and they want to use it at work too. They’re breaking the control that IT departments once wielded. MokaFive’s aim is to offer software that lets businesses manage these rogue machines — offering a kind of compromise between employees and their Windows-centric IT departments. After leaving Apple in 1997, Fuller served as CEO of onetime software giant Borland and later took the reigns at anti-virus outfit McAfee, before holding board seats at various other big tech names, including AVG and Phoenix Technologies. Then, in 2008, he stumbled onto a desktop virtualization project at Stanford University. Professor Monica Lam and her research team had built software that allowed users to run a separate operating system — such as Windows — atop Mac OS X. The idea was not a new one. The Seattle-based Parallels has offered this sort of virtualization software for the Mac for years, and similar tools are available on other platforms from the likes of VMware and Citrix. But Fuller’s aim was to take the Stanford technology and turn it into a tool that could bring Macs to big business, offering the sort of security and management tools that IT departments require. The result was MokaFive. MokaFive runs Windows in what it calls a secure container on Mac OS X and backs up work onto a company’s servers. IT managers can create a common Windows image that they can then push down to an employee’s Mac over the network. They can also update the image over the network, but that virtualized Windows desktop still works when the machine is offline. Managers can also prevent employees from moving data out of their virtualized Windows desktop, and when data is moved over the network, it’s encrypted. But Gartner’s Cosgrove questions whether the tool is suited for those that are handling extremely sensitive data, such as healthcare outfits and government agencies. “[Client-side virtualization tools] tend to be [used] in areas with low security,” he tells Wired. MokaFive — which first began offering its software in 2009 — has already signed up some large customers, including Electronic Arts, which inked a 8,000-seat deal, and a “large petroleum company based in England,” which plumped for 33,000 seats. And MokaFive is not alone. In July, Parallels introduced a business version of its Mac virtualization tool: Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition. And Steve Perlman’s new-age gaming outfit, OnLive, is offering a web service that streams Windows desktops onto iPads. Apple still doesn’t sell machines to businesses — at least not officially — but Macs are business machines nonetheless. Even the man himself was willing to at least acknowledge the trend. When bootstrapping MokaFive, Fuller felt the need to ask Jobs’ blessing. This was partly out of respect for his old boss and partly an exercise in self-preservation. Fuller asked a friend — a senior manager at Apple — to run the idea by Jobs, and Jobs responded. “I’m not going to put money into it,” he said. “But I’m not going to stop it.” At that tells you everything you need to know about Apple’s view of the business market. At least for now.
News Article | May 28, 2015
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/j5l3c5/global_recycle) has announced the addition of the "Global Recycle Market for Plastic Bottle Industry 2015-2019" report to their offering. Global Recycle Market for Plastic Bottle Industry to Grow at a CAGR of 3.9% Over the Period 2014-2019 The global demand for plastic and related products is growing at a significant rate, driven by the various benefits of plastic materials over iron, steel, aluminum, and other metals. Plastic finds its use in various industries such as automotive, healthcare, defense, oil and gas, energy, and others. This is one of the major reasons for plastic recycling being in the spotlight in recent years. In addition, recycling plastic materials including plastic bottles is important from the environmental point of view. With the proper and efficient recycling of plastic, various environmental threats such as global warming, ozone layer depletion, and pollution can be solved to a great extent. This will help boost the market in the near future. According to the report, rapidly growing populations and economic expansion have led to increased demand for energy, basic industrial commodities, and consumer goods. The growing requirement of plastic bottles from automotive, healthcare, oil and gas, construction, food and beverage, household products, and other sectors has increased the demand for plastic bottles and boosted their production. The growing scarcity of natural reserves and rising costs of raw materials are creating newer prospects for recycling of plastic bottles. The lack of awareness regarding the value and significance of recycled plastic such as HDPE, PET, and PP is a major market challenge.