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Jo Jingles celebrates 10 years of raising money for the BBC's Children In Need with its "Be a Song & Dance Hero" theme in 2014

Having previously helped to raise over £650,000 for the appeal, this year preschool children will sing & dance to raise money

24 October 2014 – In support of BBC Children In Need 2014, Jo Jingles, nationwide music, movement and singing classes for pre-schoolers has announced it will be encouraging preschool children attending its classes across the country to sing and dance to raise money alongside the theme: ‘Be a Song & Dance Hero’.  The franchise has helped to raise more than £650,000 for BBC Children In Need over the last 10 years and this year it will be running sponsored ‘Sing-Alongs’ at its classes across the UK.  Everybody is invited to join in, throw some shapes and voice their dulcet tones!

Sponsored ‘Sing-Alongs’ will take place during the week commencing 10 November in the build up to the main appeal on Friday, 14 November 2014.

Caroline Crabbe, General Manager at Jo Jingles said “It’s great to continue to be part of such a worthwhile appeal.  Every year hundreds of preschool children who attend our classes with their parents, have joined in the fun and have made a big difference to BBC Children In Need through their willingness to take part and of course their ongoing generosity.  We want this year to be bigger and better than ever!”

To find out what is happening in your area, please visit www.jojingles.com for more details or call 01494 778989.

About Jo Jingles (www.jojingles.com
Jo Jingles provides music, singing and movement experience classes for babies and pre-school children from three months to five years of age.  With nationwide sessions in more than 700 centres across the UK and Ireland and with over 90 franchisees, Jo Jingles offers well-established, structured classes that are fun, interactive and educational for little ones.

Launched in 1991, Jo Jingles continues to promote learning through music across many of the UK’s nurseries, Sure Start Children’s Centres, playgroups and mother & toddler groups. Jo Jingles Birthday parties and celebrations are also available to book and a range of musical-themed merchandise including toys, CDs and musical instruments can be purchased online at www.jojingles.com.  

HSBC uses its first PowerVote Mobile Event App for an internal conference

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Recently, HSBC called on PowerVote services to add engagement during an internal conference of 250 participants. Despite having to manage a large group, Yan Bechet, International Manager, Head of Business Management, Global Trade and Receivable Finance at HSBC, wanted to actively engage every individual participant.
After the event, he realised the added benefits allowed by the App:

Bohemia Interactive Simulations Developing High-Fidelity, Game-Based Image Generator

I/ITSEC 2014 to Provide Customers First Look at New Product
Orlando, Fla.Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is excited to announce VBS IG, which leverages gaming technology to create a new class of image generator, ready for the simulation industry. BISim will showcase VBS IG for the first time at I/ITSEC 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
The U.S. Army enlisted BISim’s expertise in upgrading its legacy image generator to a high-fidelity, game-based image generation solution for its Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) system.
The U.S. Army trains crews for a host of armored vehicles and mechanized units on the Close Combat Tactical Trainer, a computer-driven, manned module simulator. These simulators replicate vehicle interiors in close combat units, such as the M1 Abrams Tank, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, the Humvee and others.
Following two years of development and testing, VBS IG will be ready as an image generator for CCTT training and will be available as a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product in early 2015.
“By leveraging triple-A game quality effects, VBS IG has the potential to enable new applications for the simulation industry,” said Pete Morrison, BISim’s Co-CEO. “VBS IG is more than a desktop simulation solution. It also can function as a cost-effective IG solution for traditional part task and full mission simulators.”
Using the CIGI standard, VBS IG will be suitable for ground, rotary, fixed-wing, and maritime simulations. BISim has optimized the VBS3 engine, originally based off a commercially successful game engine, to ensure higher frame rates when rendering scenes with long view distances and large numbers of moving entities. VBS IG also supports massive terrains, weather, sensor simulation, and shared content with VBS3.
VBS IG is a capable and cost-effective solution for the defense industry’s training and simulation needs. The VBS IG will be launched at I/ITSEC in Orlando 1 - 4 December, 2014. For more information go to www.bisimulations.com
Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation training solutions for military and civilian organizations. BISim develops high-fidelity, cost-effective technologies for tactical military training. We apply game-based technology to a range of breakthrough, military-specific training and simulation software products. For more information, visit our website at www.bisimulations.com.

Castello launches UK's first cheese concept store

Venue: 132 Commercial Street, E1 6NQ
Dates: Until Friday 24th October
Opening Times: 12pm until 9pm. Closed on Mondays
Fresh from New York, The Hague and Copenhagen, speciality cheese brand Castello's first UK concept store was launched by foodie 'gastronaut', Stefan Gates on Commercial Street, Shoreditch. With over 30 different varieties of cheese available to taste and buy, the store promises an immersive 360° cheese experience like no other.
"This store is a veritable cheese emporium," says Stefan. "And it's not just selling cheese - it's also providing brilliant advice and inspiration no matter what your cheese ocassion - whether as part of a meal, or as a meal in itself."
The store is retailing all your favourite Castello cheeses, cheese accessories, wine, beer, cider as well as Castello cheeses not yet seen in the UK such as Castello Höhlenkäse Classic which is matured in limestone caves 35 metres underground.
Unika, a series of premium artisanal cheeses created in collaboration with some of Denmark's most celebrated chefs, inspired by Nordic culture and found on the cheese menu of the world's best restaurants including Noma, are also available to try and buy.
A fresh deli counter means your desired amount of cheese will be expertly cut and wrapped for you to enjoy at home with friends and there is even a station to build your own hamper with delectable chutneys and delicious drinks pairings, ideal for a cheese lover's Christmas treat.
A perfect pairings bar will serve innovative combinations for cheese, drinks and nibbles - putting to bed the myth that red wine is always the right match for cheese. The bar is open on Thursday and Friday.
As Matt explains, "When you pair cheese with the right drink it can elevate the taste to another level. Contrary to popular belief, red wines just don't work with many cheeses and there is no reason why beers, ciders and spirits can't be successfully paired. The secret of matching cheese with a drink is balance."
Search for CastelloUK on Facebook and Twitter. Get involved in the action on #castelloart.
To discover more about Castello and view the range, head to www.castellocheese.co.uk
For further information, samples and product photography please contact:
Greta Knowles or Milly Bellotti
02074679255 / 02072576050
Greta.Knowles@havasww.com or Milly.Bellotti@havasww.com
Notes to Editors:
The UK Castello range includes Creamy Blue, Creamy White, Traditional Danish Blue, Extra Creamy Danish Blue, Pineapple Halo, Mini Selection.
About the range:
Pineapple Halo - Indulge in alluring chunks of pineapple, chopped papaya and almonds with this lusciously soft cheese.
Creamy Blue - A unique cheese that was created to give the softness of a Brie with the sharper flavour of a blue cheese; a beautiful combination resulting in a smooth yet flavoursome cheese.
Creamy White - With a wonderfully creamy texture and rich buttery taste, this cheese is ripened in a way so, unlike a traditional Brie, it has a consistently soft centre.
Tickler Cheddar - This extra mature Cheddar, made in the heart of Devon, has a crumbly texture and delicious, tangy taste.

Air-Control brings instant updates to apps

LONDON, 5th September 2014: Air-Control, the innovative tool for updating apps, has launched on Kickstarter to drive support for the further BETA development of the product. Air-Control allows app developers or app owners to instantly update their apps without submitting changes to an app store.

Through Air-Control’s mirror screen technology, live updates can be made to the app without submitting to an app store. Currently, the average iOS app store review time is 6 days[1], which can lead to unnecessary delays in the process of making aesthetic or content tweaks.

Paul Tough of Air-Control comments “Everyone knows that in order to keep app users happy you need to keep the app current and relevant. This means that brands need to update their apps to meet and anticipate customer demand.  This can eat up a lot of time, effort and resource. Air-Control changes this so that your content and user interface adjustments can be done quickly and independently of your functional app updates.”

Air-Control accelerates the app development phase as it simplifies prototyping, testing and sign off. Brand owners use the tool to instantly review changes to colour, user interface and text before submitting the final version.

App owners can use the Air-Control content management tool anytime in the future to modify and publish changes to the app provided the relevant line of code is incorporated into the app before being submitted to the app store.

Mobile technology developers, Red Ant, can see the huge advantages that Air Control could bring to the developer community. Dan Hartveld, Technical Director at Red Ant says "This could save our clients significant time and money so I'm looking forward to trying it out.”

There is a two-step process to set Air-Control up. First the developer installs the Air-Control library by adding one line of code into the app.  They then resubmit their updated app to the app store as normal. If the developer or app owner then wants to make a change, all they need to do is log into Air-Control and startup the app on their personal device. The simple and intuitive web interface is designed to empower non-technical people to control, edit and publish app updates.

To enable live editing of an app, users authenticate their devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) with Air-Control. After logging into Air-Control.com the authenticated device’s screen is mirrored in the web interface. This mirrored device screen is editable and enables users to make changes and apply them to the authenticated device. They can choose to submit these changes to all their users, applying the new changes immediately to all their users’ devices.

The people behind the development of this technology are a proven team of technology specialists. Some of Air-Control’s co-founders founded and built up a successful ecommerce platform integration provider from startup to £14m revenues, boasting some of the biggest names in retail.

Air-Control is launching a campaign on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, to raise £20,000 for further development, research and testing.

Paul Tough continues “We will be working closely with app developers to make sure that this tool meets their needs and Kickstarter provides a channel for reaching the app developer community. We have created something that will benefit app developers and their clients.”


About Air-Control:
Make Apps Better is the company behind Air-Control. Founded by a group of technology professionals with a proven track record in developing digital transformation and many years of experience in the internet and mobile worlds. Make Apps Better realised that updating apps needed to become a simpler process. Air-Control is the solution, delivering the power to instantly update the look and content of your app through a web interface without resubmitting your changes through the App Store.

Based in the UK, Make Apps Better comprises a proven team of experienced and innovative technologists, founding and building a successful ecommerce platform integration provider from a start-up to £14m in revenues, boasting some of the biggest names in retail.

See Air-Control on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1137217089/air-control

[1] Appreviewtimes.com. Figures as of 27th August 2014.