BLACK+DECKER™ Announces SMARTECH™ Robotic Vacuums

Keeping Up Just Got Easier

PR Newswire, Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2017
BLACK+DECKER announces its new line of robotic vacuums, the SMARTECH Robotic Vacuums. The new robotic vacuums connect to the BLACK+DECKER Mobile App via Bluetooth® Technology so homeowners can control the vacuum from their smartphone. Within the app, users can select a cleaning mode, program a cleaning schedule, drive the vacuum to a specific location, and customize the color of the robot’s LED top to fit the owner’s style on two of the three models. With a long runtime, a large capacity dustbin, and a wide 9″ cleaning path, homeowners can count on the SMARTECH Robotic Vacuum to get the job done.

BLACK+DECKER has been pushing the limits in the home product space since it invented the Dustbuster®, the world’s first cordless handheld vacuum in 1979. The innovation continued in 2013 when the brand launched its long-lasting Lithium Ion cordless vacuums and in 2016 with the announcement of SMARTECH vacuums with sensing features. Adding to the existing SMARTECH sensing features, the new SMARTECH Robotic Vacuums now feature AlertSense, which alerts the user when the vacuum encounters an issue. By expanding into the robotic vacuum space, BLACK+DECKER continues this legacy of advancing vacuum technology.

Users can start the SMARTECH Robotic Vacuums from within the app or by simply pressing a button on top of the unit. When the vacuum starts cleaning, it uses AutoSense technology to determine whether it’s cleaning hard surface floors or carpet and automatically adjusts its power level accordingly. As the vacuum runs, its low-profile design captures hard-to-reach debris under furniture and its two side sweepers clean along edges and in corners. The SMARTECH Robotic Vacuum also uses sensors to detect stairs and other drop-off areas. If the vacuum does encounter an issue, the AlertSense feature prompts an LED light on the top cover to flash directly on the problem area, eliminating guesswork.

The new BLACK+DECKER robotic vacuums feature a 9″ extra wide brush roll to clean more area per pass compared to the leading robotic vacuum on the market and a clear one liter-sized dustbin to hold more dirt and debris for optimized runtime and cleaning performance. In fact, the debris compresses itself into a compacted disc form to make removal quick. Furthermore, its high-performance HEPA-certified filter captures 99.9% of pet dander and dust particles (.3 microns and greater) to reduce allergens and irritants in the home.

The BLACK+DECKER Mobile App links with the SMARTECH Robotic Vacuums to provide a variety of functions including three cleaning modes – Auto, Quick, and Spot Clean. The Mobile App also connects to the vacuum for manual driving and gives the user the ability to direct the path of the robot while it cleans. Within the Mobile App, homeowners can monitor the robotic vacuum’s battery status and send the vacuum back to its dock for charging at the touch of a button. On all models, fun personalization features in the Mobile App include the ability to name the robotic vacuum. On two of the three models, users can also choose the color of the vacuum’s prismatic color-changing LED cover.

Once the vacuum needs to recharge, it automatically returns to its dock to prepare for its next job. With a large, clear dustbin, homeowners can easily see when it is full and then remove the bin with the push of a button. In two out of the three available models, the vacuum’s brush roll uses anti-tangle bristles to capture stubborn pet hair and can be snapped in and out of the unit without the need for tools.

Keeping Up Just Got Easier with the BLACK+DECKER SMARTECH Robotic Vacuum. Available in late March 2017 at retailers nationwide, the range of robotic vacuums will retail for $349 – $399 MSRP and come with a one year limited warranty. The BLACK+DECKER Mobile App is available for free download on iOS and Android® devices on the Apple®App Store and the Google® Play Store. Stay tuned in 2017 as BLACK+DECKER continues to advance the home product space.

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Since 1910, BLACK+DECKER has been setting the standard for innovation and design of power tools, outdoor yard care equipment, and home cleaning products. The inventor of the first portable electric drill with pistol grip and trigger switch, BLACK+DECKER has evolved from a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland to a global manufacturing powerhouse with a broad line of quality products used in and around the home. When home owners have work to get done, they trust that BLACK+DECKER’s products will do the job efficiently and reliably. For more information on BLACK+DECKER products, visit or follow BLACK+DECKER on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Keeping Up Just Got Easier with new @blackanddecker SMARTECH Robotic Vacuums

Marvell Showcasing its Leadership in Storing, Moving and Accessing Data at CES 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, networking, and connectivity semiconductor solutions, will showcase several of its leading products for the cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets at CES® 2017. These technology demonstrations spotlight Marvell’s ability to help customers overcome their toughest data storage and network bandwidth challenges.

Billions of connected devices and appliances, as well as cars, cities and entire industries, are increasingly moving data to the cloud. Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous cars depend on high bandwidth video and data, creating an explosion of digital traffic. Selfies, videos and streaming media — all multiplied by billions of social media users sharing files — generate more than one zettabyte of data annually to be moved and stored. Similarly in the enterprise, as data centers increase bandwidth speeds to keep up with the massive flow of data coming through the cloud, they must also balance the capital and operational expenditures associated with moving to next-generation networks.

Building on its heritage and core strengths in storage, network infrastructure and wireless connectivity, Marvell offers industry-first, differentiated solutions that help its customers move data fast, securely, reliably and efficiently – across a wide range of applications, systems and platforms.

Thomas Lagatta, Marvell’s EVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, explained, “At Marvell, we see what the future of data looks like and understand that it needs to be moved and stored not just to the cloud, but also to the edge for greater accessibility at ever increasing speed, security, and reliability. Enterprise infrastructure and cloud providers are being forced to innovate at an unprecedented rate. Our leadership in storage, network infrastructure, and wireless connectivity, combined with system-level knowledge and deep customer relationships, positions Marvell as a catalyst for the technology of tomorrow.”

Marvell offers a robust portfolio of data center and cloud solutions that support a range of Ethernet technology speeds, including Prestera® switches, Alaska® Ethernet transceivers, and ARMADA® 64-bit ARM-based modular system-on-chip (SoC) families for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 25 GbE and 40 GbE. Marvell’s recent announcement of its 25GbE end-to-end data center solution emphasizes its commitment to bring technologies optimized for high performance, cost effective, and energy-efficient computing. This newest offering from Marvell offers customers the industry’s most optimized 25GbE end-to-end data center solution, enabling data centers more computing bandwidth with improved efficiency, modularity, and open design.

“Data storage is in Marvell’s DNA and the company will continue to invest in storage, network infrastructure and wireless connectivity technologies with the goal of transforming data movement and storage across a range markets from the consumer to the cloud,” Thomas continued.

Marvell will be demonstrating its industry-leading solutions at CES 2017 in Marvell’s private suite, Level 3, Murano No. 3304, at The Venetian. CES is being held in Las Vegas, NV at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center and the Venetian Hotel on Jan. 5-8, 2017.

To schedule a meeting with the Marvell team onsite, please visit  

About Marvell
Marvell first revolutionized the digital storage industry by moving information at speeds never thought possible. Today, that same breakthrough innovation remains at the heart of the company’s storage, network infrastructure, and wireless connectivity solutions. With leading intellectual property and deep system-level knowledge, Marvell’s semiconductor solutions continue to transform the enterprise, cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. To learn more, visit:

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Verizon and Cypress Bring Secure Connectivity to Robust Internet of Things Development Platform

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW – Verizon and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. are coming together to bring robust wireless connectivity with end-to-end security to IoT developers.

The offering, which will be commercially available early in the second quarter of 2017, gives developers the ability to access Verizon’s ThingSpace software development kit via the Cypress Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED®) Studio 4 development platform. Developers using WICED can quickly integrate cloud connectivity with the Verizon ThingSpace platform — all in a single development environment.

Verizon’s ThingSpace is a web-based, global IoT platform that allows developers to create, onboard and manage devices and applications. ThingSpace robust analytics means developers can collect and visualize data during device lifecycle that can then be used to create services. The WICED platform supports ThingSpace APIs and the most popular cloud services worldwide, eliminating the need for developers to implement the protocols necessary to connect to those services and, as a result, reducing development time and costs.

“The pace of innovation and investment in the IoT space is increasing rapidly and developers are facing increasing pressure to bring connected products to market quickly,” said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president of connected solutions at Verizon. “Our ThingSpace platform and Cypress’ WICED platform are based on the common vision of giving IoT developers the tools and resources they need to connect their products. Together, this offering provides an easy-to-follow path to develop the hardware and software required to connect IoT products.”

Added Michael Hogan, vice president of the IoT Business Unit at Cypress, “ThingSpace support is a significant addition to the WICED platform as it brings together two powerful ecosystems while streamlining the cloud-based development platform. With the ever-increasing concerns around Internet security, we also are giving developers multiple layers of security from the device level to the network and beyond.”

The Cypress WICED Studio 4 development platform features an integrated and interoperable wireless software development kit. The kit includes rigorously tested Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® protocol stacks, as well as simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn complex wireless technologies. In line with the IoT trend toward dual-mode connectivity, the kit supports Cypress’ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination solution and its Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy combination solution.

More information on Verizon’s ThingSpace IoT platform is available at, and more information on Cypress’ WICED platform, ecosystem and community is available at

About Verizon Communications Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 162,000 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 113.7 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

About Cypress

Founded in 1982, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) is the leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world’s most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress’ programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with the best support and engineering resources on the planet enabling innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories in record time. To learn more, go to

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Jeppesen And LOT Polish Airlines Sign Charting And Navigation Services Agreement

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Jeppesen, a Boeing Company, recently signed a five-year service agreement with LOT Polish Airlines, the flagship carrier of Poland, to provide digital charting for LOT’s electronic flight bag (EFB) platform. LOT will incorporate Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on Windows tablets as its charting EFB solution and will continue to use Jeppesen NavData® for digital navigation, through the agreement.

“We have maintained a long-standing relationship with Jeppesen based on trusted data and the delivery of the most accurate flight information available,” said Mateusz Kołakowski, program manager, LOT Polish Airlines. “We look forward to using Windows tablets to access all of our critical flight information through Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, which reduces preparation time and increases situational awareness on the ground and in the air.” 

The use of FliteDeck Pro will eliminate operational paper content from LOT aircraft, which improves fuel consumption based on weight reduction. FliteDeck Pro features real-time, data driven flight information for all phases of flight, and is displayed per the preferences of the pilot. FliteDeck Pro also significantly reduces pilot workload through automated processes.

“LOT Polish Airlines is one of the longest continuously operating airlines in Europe and we are proud to provide them with the tools to continue their digital transformation,” said Norman Wagner, director, Jeppesen Strategic Sales & Service – Europe. “Eliminating cumbersome paper based materials through use of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro improves pilot workflow and optimizes operational efficiency by providing all essential flight information on LOT Windows tablets.”

Jeppesen NavData is developed from a comprehensive aviation database, which is composed of more than one million records. To ensure accuracy, Jeppesen flight information analysts edit and verify approximately 150,000 database transactions generated from worldwide aviation data source documents during every 28-day revision cycle.

For further detail on the industry-leading navigation, operations, training and optimization solutions provided by Jeppesen, please visit To view the global destinations served by LOT Polish Airlines, see

About LOT Polish Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines is a modern airline that connects New Europe with the world. It provides nearly 5 million passengers a year with the shortest and most comfortable travel options to almost 60 destinations worldwide via Warsaw, a competitive hub that offers fast connections. As the only carrier in the region, LOT offers direct long-haul flights to the USA, Canada, Chin, Japan and South Korea while building its leadership position in East Central Europe. It flies one of the youngest fleets in Europe and, as the only airline, operates the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most advanced aircraft, on all long-haul connections. LOT relies primarily on the passion and positive energy of its team members, including top ranking pilots in the global aviation business, often champions in many aviation sports. With 87 years of experience, LOT is also one of the oldest airlines in the world and the most internationally recognized Polish brand. This recognition is proven by the numerous awards from industry organizations, media and, above all, from passengers. More information for media available at

About Jeppesen
For more than 80 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today, this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers transformative information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Aviation business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of support and services solutions, providing customers a competitive advantage by solving real operational problems, enabling better decisions, maximizing efficiency and improving environmental performance – intelligent information solutions across the entire aviation ecosystem.


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B Hotels & Resorts Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Of B Ocean Resort, Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — National lifestyle hotel brand, B Hotels & Resorts has announced the re-launch of the all-encompassing renovation of one of South Florida’s most iconic beachside properties, B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Along with a fresh, contemporary design and desirable beachfront location, B Ocean Resort offers a unique experience allowing both travelers and staycationers to fully immerse themselves in the destination from the second they step foot through the door. The resort is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, downtown Las Olas Boulevard and along the famed coastal highway A1A.

“This stunning transformation brings the hotel to ‘like-new status,’ with new services and amenities that speak to the needs and wants of our guests who anticipate the ‘Self Expression Hospitality’ the brand is known to exude,” explains hotel General Manager, Jean Capps. “The approachability of our team allows us to bring this landmark back to life.”

Originally built in 1956 as the Yankee Clipper, named after its ship-like structure, the hotel quickly became a popular place to visit for American favorites Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and   Robert De Niro to name a few. As one of the few beachfront hotels in the city along the Atlantic Ocean, B Ocean Resort incorporated historic elements and blended them to create a more modern, sleek, and stylish feel. 

Impressive attention to detail can be seen in all 484 spacious guest rooms and suites which range in size from 300 sq. ft. to a lavish 1,700 sq. ft. many of which have a private balcony including an oceanfront presidential suite with picturesque, panoramic views. The design boasts a coastal-chic vibe, inspired by the property’s serene waterside backdrop, with hues of blue and grey, dark woods, and subtle prints reminiscent of the local endangered sea turtle. Along with B Hotels & Resorts® signature Blissful Bed®, each room has sleek custom furnishings, a 55″ HD LED interactive flat-screen television, reading nook, AVEDA bath amenities, coffee maker, in-room safe and mini fridge. As part of the multi-million dollar refurbishment, the resort is also introducing a two-story penthouse with private elevator, kitchenette, separate sitting area and a sleeping room with king-size bed, offering guests exquisite views of the ocean and bustling Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Beyond the guestrooms, B Ocean Resort features spacious lobby and meeting space as well as massive 50 foot skylight, creating that feeling of nostalgia as you step into the hotel. The interior design evokes luxury but in a relaxed and modest ambiance while incorporating natural elements of water and light with marine-themed décor, surrounding an eye-catching glass staircase and water feature.

Guests are treated to two outdoor infinity edge swimming pools, a 24-hour state-of-the-artB Active® Fitness Center, two B Indulged® Spa Suites and over 14,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space that has expanded onto the second floor. The second floor Point Room offers floor-to-ceiling windows with an attached spacious outdoor beachfront terrace and equipped with the latest technology, an ideal venue for high end corporate and social events.   B Ocean’s private beach, pool decks and first level ballroom are also perfect options for large group events, meetings or weddings.

As a full-service property, B Ocean Resort has partnered with Yes Hospitality Group and chef and TV personality, Ralph Pagano to lead the hotel’s food and beverage concepts including Naked Crab, Salty Siren, The Clipper grab-n-go, and its world-famous Wreck Bar, a favorite to locals and travelers since the 1950s. The Wreck Bar was originally designed to resemble an underwater shipwreck highlighted by its expansive aquariums and porthole-shaped views looking into the hotels’ main pool where the bar hosts the MeduSirena Mermaid Show, a live underwater aquatic performance every Friday and Saturday night.

The hotel is also furnished with the B brand’s key signature elements which include among other touches:

For more information or to book a stay at B Ocean Resort, visit: or contact the resort at 954.564.1000. Follow @BOceanResort on Instagram and Twitter and @BOceanResortFortLauderdale on Facebook.

About B Hotels & Resorts®
B Hotels & Resorts® defines and establishes the next generation of lifestyle hotels, inviting guests to revel in Self-Expression Hospitality™, have a unique experience, and express their individuality with no inhibitions. The D(destination)-N(n’vogue)-A(approachability) of each hotel defines a unique identity that welcomes today’s business and leisure travelers. Headquartered in South Florida, B Hotels & Resorts® targets savvy, sophisticated and experience-driven guests. For additional information on B Hotels & Resorts® visit or contact 954.389.1919.


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Southwest Airlines Adds New Destinations In The U.S. & Caribbean, And Brings Additional Nonstop Service To Cities From Coast To Coast

DALLAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is announcing plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional Customer Service to Cincinnati and Grand Cayman (subject to requisite governmental approvals) beginning June 4, 2017.

“Bringing Southwest to Cincinnati not only answers a call from our new community and corporate partners for key nonstop service and broad network access with more affordable fares but also now gives our more than 110 million annual Customers access to a full complement of the top 50 markets across the contiguous 48 states,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ Managing Director of Business Development. “The addition of Cincinnati is yet another example of how we are connecting communities across the nation with our unmatched schedule and network, full-sized Boeing 737s, and Customer-friendly policies that you’ll only find at Southwest.”

Southwest Comes to Cincinnati
From Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the carrier initially will offer nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) and Baltimore/Washington allowing Cincinnati travelers to utilize Southwest’s all-Boeing 737 fleet to access many of the more than 100 destinations Southwest serves across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.

Fares are available for as low as $49 one-way between Cincinnati and Baltimore and between Cincinnati and Chicago Midway!* (Purchase today through Jan. 26, 2017, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Domestic travel is valid daily June 4 through Aug. 14, 2017.  Domestic travel blacked out June 30 through July 9, 2017. Full terms and conditions are below.)

Southwest remains focused on providing the best service pattern for Ohio travelers. The airline is adding new nonstop service between Cleveland and Atlanta with low fares starting as low as $69 one-way.* (Purchase today through Jan. 26, 2017, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel is valid daily June 4 through Aug. 14, 2017. Domestic travel blacked out June 30 through July 9, 2017. Full terms and conditions are below.)  Additionally, the carrier will add a second daily flight between Cleveland and St. Louis.

The carrier announced service to airports in both AkronCanton and Dayton, Ohio, will end June 3, 2017. Employees in those cities have been offered other opportunities within Southwest.

Focus on Florida: New International Destinations
Southwest is investing heavily throughout Florida, growing its domestic and international reach to meet the demands of its Customers. Today, in cooperation with Broward County, Florida, Southwest is beginning a six-month countdown to the opening of a new international concourse, known as Concourse A, at Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by significantly increasing its international flight schedule for South Florida to a total of eight international nonstop destinations. The carrier today also filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman daily from Fort Lauderdale beginning June 4, 2017, provided the service receives requisite governmental approvals. On the same date, the carrier expects to begin operations from the new five gate international concourse, offering new daily international nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Belize, and Cancun, alongside existing service to three cities in CubaHavana, Varadero, and Santa Clara–as well as Nassau, The Bahamas.

Southwest will also add daily, intra-Florida service nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well as new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C. (Dulles), daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, twice daily service between Tampa and New York LaGuardia, and weekend nonstop service between Pensacola and Denver.

In celebration of this new service to South Florida, Southwest Customers may travel from Fort Lauderdale to:

West Coast Service
Throughout California, the carrier continues adding to its already unmatched schedule and robust network. On June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop service between Portland, Ore. and San Francisco, between San Jose and Reno, and seasonal nonstop service between Oakland and New York via Newark. The  carrier will also add new nonstop service between San Diego and Boise, and between San Diego and Salt Lake City, and seasonal nonstop service between San Diego and Newark, Spokane, and Indianapolis.

In celebration of new service in the West, Southwest Customers may travel for as low as:

Other Midwest Updates
Also on June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop flights between New York via Newark and Indianapolis, and between Nashville and Minneapolis.

The carrier is currently planning to grow its 2017 available seat miles (ASMs) approximately 3.5 percent, as compared with 2016. To take advantage of low fares and new flights, travelers may book trips now at


*For fares to/from Cincinnati; between San Diego and Boise; San Diego and Salt Lake City; San Francisco and Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Calif. and Reno; and Cleveland and Atlanta:

Purchase from today through Jan. 26, 2017, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Domestic travel is valid June 4 through Aug. 14, 2017.  Domestic travel blacked out June 30 – July 9, 2017.  Domestic travel is valid Daily. Fares are valid only on domestic, nonstop service. Displayed prices include all U.S. government taxes and fees. Points bookings do not include taxes, fees, and other government/airport charges of at least $5.60 per one-way flight. Fares are not available to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Seats and days are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away® fares. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines® combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare’s rules apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but that’s not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines®, as long as reservations are canceled at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel may require an upgrade to the Anytime fare depending on Tier status. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies only to published, scheduled service.

**For fares from Fort Lauderdale:

Purchase from today through Jan. 26, 2017, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Domestic travel is valid June 4 through Aug. 14, 2017. International travel valid June 6 through Aug. 9, 2017. Domestic travel is blacked out June 30 – July 9, 2017.  Domestic travel is valid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. International travel is valid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fares are valid only on nonstop service. Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees. If traveling to Cuba fares include Cuban Government mandatory health insurance. Points bookings do not include taxes, fees, and other government/airport charges of at least $5.60 per one-way flight. Fares are not available to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Seats and days are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away® fares. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines® combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare’s rules apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but that’s not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines®, as long as reservations are canceled at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel may require an upgrade to the Anytime fare depending on Tier status. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies only to published, scheduled service. If traveling to Cuba, every passenger must certify that they are eligible to travel to Cuba under one of 12 general license categories, a specific license or are a Cuban National.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Specific forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to the Company’s anticipated service offerings and fares and network and capacity plans, opportunities, and expectations. These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Factors include, among others, (i) the impact of economic conditions, consumer behavior, fuel prices, actions of competitors (including without limitation pricing, scheduling, and capacity decisions and consolidation and alliance activities), and other factors beyond the Company’s control, on the Company’s business decisions, plans, and strategies; (ii) the Company’s ability to timely and effectively maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (iii) the impact of governmental regulations and other governmental actions related to the Company’s operations; and (iv) other factors, as described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2015.


In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest proudly operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Subject to requisite governmental approvals, service to Grand Cayman begins June 4, 2017.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity.  That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as nearly 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency®, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free®  to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. The airline proudly unveiled a bold new look:  Heart.  A new logo, aircraft livery, interior design featuring a new seat and Flight Attendant galley, Employee-designed uniforms, and an updated airport experience all showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees who connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets.  With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2015 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at

Book Southwest Airlines’ low fares online at or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.


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Newly Certified Products on Show at CES 2017

HomeGrid Forum members demonstrate how the rate of certifications are accelerating as market demand expands

CES 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada. 5 January 2017

News highlights:

  • Major breakthroughs will be demonstrated at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas.
  • Marvell showcases Wave 2 powerline technology, which both ARRIS and CIG have recently certified to achieve the HomeGrid Forum logo on their products. Wave 2 powerline technology provides a higher performance backbone network for whole home coverage for the ultra-peak broadband experience.

Many product breakthroughs, some of which have been certified in the last 12 months as part of a greatly successful year for the technology, are on showcase today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. HomeGrid Forum and its Accredited Test House (ATH), Allion Labs, recently announced they have successfully certified 19 Gigabit-capable products to date, and the number is set to grow at an even faster rate in 2017 because of its future-proof and versatile characteristics.

Marvell’s latest 88LX5152 chip will be exhibited at the show. The chip is the first product to implement the full ITU-T specification with MIMO support and up to 80 MHz. This product delivers a two to three times faster performance than legacy powerline products, and is designed to increase the range and throughput of next-generation 802.11ac or 802.11ad Wi-Fi extenders and other consumer networking products. By mixing and matching wireless and wireline networking to fit individual consumers’ needs through Wave-2 Powerline, OTT services can be delivered at faster speeds that won’t create a bandwidth block or compromise the quality of experience for the consumer.

With 4K OTT adoption expected to rise to 189 million global users by 2021, consumers are placing ever-growing demands on network throughput. is the number one technology to fulfil the needs for an in-home ultra-broadband experience, by extending Wi-Fi coverage and performance throughout the home and creating a true hybrid network over any of the available mediums.

“At HomeGrid Forum we are thrilled that the industry is recognizing and supporting the strength and growth of as it transforms the way entertainment is delivered over the home network,” commented Donna Yasay, HomeGrid Forum President. “While is just at the beginning of its journey and rapidly gaining momentum, other technologies are inevitably falling short and will likely depart from the industry. CES 2017 is a great platform to continue to champion the capabilities and benefits of to attendees from around the world.”

Marvell will be demonstrating solutions at the Marvell Suite, Venetian Meeting Rooms, Level 3, Murano 3304.

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VR Industry Forum Formed to Boost Adoption of VR Services

28 major companies collaborate to promote the adoption and end-to-end interoperability of VR across key media and entertainment sectors

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – January 5th 2017 – At CES in Las Vegas today, 28 companies announced the Virtual Reality Industry Forum, Inc. (VRIF), a not-for-profit company with its purpose stated as, “To further the widespread availability of high-quality audiovisual VR experiences, for the benefit of consumers.” The Founding Members of VRIF are Akamai Technologies, ARRIS International plc, b<>com, Baylor University, CableLabs, Cinova Media, Dolby Laboratories, DTG, DTS, EBU, Ericsson, Fraunhofer, Harmonic, Huawei, Intel, Irdeto, Ittiam, MovieLabs, NABPILOT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Technicolor, TNO, Sky, Sony Pictures, Vantrix, Verizon, Viaccess-Orca and Orah.

The Forum has grown out of a series of informal meetings, initiated by the DTG, and held over the past 12 months, which involved over 200 people from a large group of companies. The group discussed how to advocate consensus around industry standards for the creation of an interoperable, end-to-end ecosystem presenting high-quality audio-visual VR services. These are services where users can experience audiovisual content, live or on-demand, through VR headsets but also on traditional “2D devices” such as tablets.

“We hope to ensure that the VR industry avoids the fragmentation of standards and formats that has plagued audio-visual media in the past,” said David Price, Vice President, Business Development at Ericsson. “We expect that many of those involved in the original informal discussions will join VRIF shortly.”

Chris Johns, Chief Engineer, Broadcast Strategy at Sky, said: “VRIF will seek to establish best practices to ensure a high-quality user experience, and we believe this is crucial for the market to take off. We all expect that 2017 will be the year when intense consumer interest in VR spurs a quantum leap in the user experience.”

The goals of VRIF include:

  • Advocating voluntary industry consensus around common technical standards for the end-to-end VR ecosystem, from creation to delivery and consumption
  • Advocating the creation and adoption of interoperable standards (VRIF will not develop standards itself); promoting the use of common profiles across the industry, and promoting and demonstrating interoperability
  • Developing voluntary guidelines that describe best practices, to ensure high quality VR experiences
  • Describing and promoting the use of VR services and applications

VRIF is open to all parties that support its purpose, and is complementary to other industry organizations in that it will focus on the end-to-end ecosystem for media and entertainment VR.

Membership and further information can be found at the website at

About VRIF
VRIF is composed of a broad range of participants from sectors including, but not limited to, the movie, television, mobile, broadcast and interactive gaming ecosystems, comprising content creators, content distributors, consumer electronics manufacturers, professional equipment manufacturers and technology companies. Membership in VRIF is open to all parties that support its mission. VRIF will rely on Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to develop relevant standards, and will seek to establish liaisons with such SDOs.

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Emoderation rebrands to The Social Element, launches Emotional Resonance Analysis for brands

Social media agency Emoderation – which works with some of the biggest brands in the world – has rebranded to become The Social Element, and launched a new ‘Emotional Resonance Analysis’ service, the first under the new brand.

The rebrand from Emoderation to The Social Element reflects the massive growth in providing social media strategic, creative, and engagement services for brands such as KLM, Primark, Toyota and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“I founded Emoderation in 2002, before Facebook, Twitter or YouTube existed,” says CEO and founder Tamara Littleton. “Our heritage is from those early days of working with branded communities, MMOGs and virtual worlds, and moderation and facilitation of communities was a big focus. Now, it is one element of what we do. Our world has for a number of years been firmly rooted in strategy, creative content, engagement and data and insight for brands’ social media.

“We cover everything from Facebook to Snapchat, consult our clients on the best approaches for them and give them the data and insight they need to make their social media campaigns stand out. We felt it was time our name, look and feel reflected that.”

The new Emotional Resonance Analysis service from The Social Element analyses how a brand connects emotionally with consumers and act on that information to create more meaningful connections. It uses data to analyse how people feel about a brand, examining emotions and intent such as love, passion, rage, joy, irritation or astonishment, and putting them into context. The Social Element’s team of experts provides the essential human analysis to give meaning to the data, turning it into actionable insight for the brand.

“If you understand how people truly feel about your brand that goes beyond traditional sentiment analysis, you can do something to either capitalise on it, or put it right,” says Blaise Grimes-Viort, Chief Services Officer for The Social Element. “You need to start with the data that tells you how people feel. Then you need human interpretation to extract meaningful and actionable insight. And then – most importantly – you need quick-thinking and creative people to act on that insight.”

The Social Element’s 350-strong team includes strategists and consultants, engagement specialists, content creators and designers, and data and insight analysts. The team is based all over the world, to create social media campaigns that deliver for global brands in more than 50 languages, across every continent.

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Crowd Analytics Market To Grow At A Healthy CAGR Of 24% During The Period Of 2016 To 2022

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Crowd Analytics Market, by Deployment (On Cloud, On Premise, Hybrid), by Application (Market Forecasting, Revenue Forecasting, Incident Analytics, Customer Management), by Verticals (Transportation, Healthcare, Retail, BFSI, Media & Entertainment) – Forecast 2016-2022

Synopsis of Global Crowd Analytics Market

Market Research Future published a Half Cooked Research Report on Crowd Analytics. In the year 2015, Global Crowd Analytics Market has been valued at US ~$223 million which is growing with CAGR of ~24% and is expected to reach US ~$1.4 billion by the end of forecast period.

The global market for Crowd Analytics is majorly driven by factors such as increasing need of business intelligence and growing geographical reach of organizations. Also Increasing need of analytics in the business process and need of interpreting consumer behavior for the business purposes are some of the other key drivers. Also, increasing need of intelligent video systems which are capable of interpreting data on his own and provide insightful information for the better decision making are driving the market of Crowd Analytics.

Market Segments

The Crowd Analytics Market has been segmented on the basis of Deployment, Application & Verticals.

o On the Basis of Deployment- On Cloud, On Premise & Hybrid
o On the Basis of Application- Market Forecasting, Revenue Forecasting, Incident Analytics and Customer Management
o On the Basis of Verticals- Transportation, Healthcare, Retail, BFSI, Media & Entertainment

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Key Players in Crowd Analytics Market:

The prominent players in the market of Crowd Analytics are-

o NEC Corporation (Japan)
o Crowd Dynamics (U.K.)
o Sightcorp (Netherlands)
o CrowdANALYTIX, Inc. (U.S.)
o Nokia (Finland), Spigit, Inc. (U.S.)
o Wavestore (U.K.)
o AGT International (Switzerland)
o Walkbase (Finland)

Regional Analysis:

Market Research Future analysis shows that North America is dominating the market whereas Europe and Asia-Pacific holds second and third position respectively. High standard of living allows the population of North America to spend more and it becomes an opportunities for the organizations to access the buying behavior of consumer through different sources. This analytics help the organization in making the business decision easy.

Taste the market data and market information presented through more than 30 market data tables and figures spread over 110 numbers of pages of the project report. Avail the in-depth table of content TOC & market synopsis on “Global Crowd Analytics Market Research Report -Forecast to 2022

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Brief Table of Contents for Crowd Analytics Market

1 Market Introduction
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Scope Of Study
1.3 Market Structure

2 Research Methodology

2.1 Research Type
2.2 Primary Research
2.3 Secondary Research
2.4 Forecast Model
2.4.1 Market Data Collection, Analysis & Forecast
2.4.2 Market Size Estimation
2.4.3 Market Crackdown & Data Triangulation

3 Global Crowd Analytics Market: Overview

3.1 Introduction
3.1.1 Definition
3.1.2 Market Segmentation Of Crowd Analytics Market

4 Global Crowd Analytics Market, Competitive Landscape

4.1 Key Strategies And Developments
4.2 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

5 Market Overview

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Market Drivers
5.3 Market Challenges
5.4 Market Opportunities

6 Global Crowd Analytics Market, By Deployment

7 Global Crowd Analytics Market, By Application

8 Global Crowd Analytics Market, By Verticals

9 Global Crowd Analytics Market, By Geography


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