April 3, 2014 performs 1st flower delivery by drone

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — conducted the first flower delivery by drone in the United States for Valentine's Day. Further commercial testing of drones has been grounded in the United States pending a legal case, but testing has paved the way for flowers to be delivered by drone around the globe.

"We're in the business of delivering surprises and conveying emotions – not just delivering flowers," said Wesley Berry, CEO of "Technology is ever-changing, and we're having a lot of fun experimenting with alternative flower delivery methods, such as our successful flowers by drone delivery."

On March 6, a U.S. federal judge ruled to legalize the use of drones for commercial purposes, but the Federal Aviation Administration is appealing the ruling. The case is now pending before the National Transportation and Safety Board.

"The good news is that this technology is here to stay," said Berry. "I'm looking forward to using drones for flower deliveries, and positioning the company at the forefront of successfully implementing this technology. Soon we'll be delivering flowers by GPS coordinates instead of addresses." launched a consumer beta program to test alternative delivery methods and other development efforts with a select group of U.S. customers before going to market. The company currently uses traditional delivery methods to serve its customers.

In the business of shipping high quality flowers, is taking action to stay ahead. "Drones are an emerging technology that will provide an economically viable shipping option for our customers," said Berry. "We believe the use of drones will become common practice in the near future."

Watch the U.S. drone flower delivery, which took place Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in West Bloomfield, Mich., here


Wesley Berry is the CEO of, a multi-million dollar online floral delivery operation. Berry also owns Wesley Berry Flowers, a Detroit-based brick-and-mortar florist established in is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. The company has also been voted "Best Florist" more than a dozen times. delivers from their own brick and mortar flower shops with their own delivery fleet, and through FedEx and UPS from coast to coast. Deliveries are also made via a computerized sending network of affiliated shops. They provide delivery throughout most of the United States, Canada, and more than 80 countries around the world. Shoppers can conveniently make floral purchases 24 hours a day/7 days a week by phone at 888-851-2881 or online at Like onFacebook.


Mar 27, 2014

UpTo Introduces the Calendar of the Future

Layered view of upcoming events adds entirely new dimension to navigating everything that's coming up

DETROIT, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — UpTo today launched the first-ever multi-layer mobile calendar.  The multi-layer interface adds an entirely new dimension to navigating one's upcoming schedule. The new UpTo gives users a top-level view of their existing calendar and expands to reveal upcoming events based on a user's location, likes and interests – including sports schedules, TV shows, local concerts, friends events and more.

"Managing what's coming up should be effortless," said Greg Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of UpTo.  "Not just meetings and appointments, but everything – from your favorite sports teams and TV shows to your kid's school schedule.  Until today, these other calendars were scattered on paper, on websites, in apps and in emails, making it impossible to keep it all straight.  UpTo represents the most significant innovation to the calendar in the last 10 years.  We designed UpTo to give users a holistic view of everything coming up, without the clutter—the things you have to do, plus the stuff you want to do."

UpTo's front-layer includes a user's existing calendar, offering a fast and familiar view of upcoming meetings and appointments.  With a pinch or tap, UpTo expands to reveal a back layer of events from calendars a user chooses to follow. Users can select from thousands of public calendars from UpTo's growing content network—from sports teams and TV show schedules to movie and music releases, local concerts, tech events and more. These "back layer" events can be added to the user's calendar with a simple swipe.

Users can also connect privately with friends to share upcoming events to the back layer of a friend's UpTo calendar. Unlike other calendars that are limited to all-or-nothing sharing, UpTo lets you choose individual family members, friends or co-workers to share events with on an event-by-event basis.

UpTo offers automatic two-way sync with any existing Google, iCloud, Exchange, Facebook or other calendar that syncs with the user's phone.  Users syncing multiple calendars can choose which layer each calendar appears on in UpTo. 

Groups and organizations can use UpTo's online platform to publish and manage their own calendar content for others to follow, and simultaneously embed their UpTo calendar into any website to position their events for maximum engagement in front of fans and constituents.

UpTo is available for free for iPhone and coming soon to Android.  To download or learn more about UpTo, visit

About UpTo
UpTo is the modern calendar that changes the way individuals and organizations plan for, share and interact with the 'future tense'. Featuring a multi-layer mobile calendar, an online calendar publishing platform and seamless integration with Google Calendar, iCloud, Exchange and other popular calendar solutions, UpTo shifts the calendar paradigm. With thousands of public calendars that users can follow, UpTo goes beyond 9 to 5 to give users the most complete view of everything coming up that matters, in one spot. Learn more about UpTo at


Feb 25, 2014 Launches Discounts Channel 

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — launched its comprehensive Discounts Channel today, providing the nation's largest resource of military deals and information for service members, veterans and their families.

The Discounts Channel on features free access for members to a broad range of discounts and information that explains how the discounts work, including requirements for eligibility, as well as general tips for saving money.

Some of the most popular articles are on Disney Vacationsfree tax preparation for military families and discounts offered especially for military spouses.

"Military families are facing budget cuts that could mean their monthly paycheck won't go as far, so we wanted to make sure they knew about the many companies and businesses offering special deals exclusively to service members and their families," said Ward Carroll, Editor of "These discounts provided by the private sector and corporate America can literally save a military family hundreds of dollars in a calendar year."

As commissary prices will go up, military families can find similar products at discount at stores like Walgreens. Additionally, the new Discounts Channel provides timely information such as the Navy Exchange's current price match guarantee that allows families to compare costs at retailers like Target, Sears and against Navy Exchange prices to get the best deal.

The new Discounts Channel includes hundreds of specific military discounts on goods and services as well as general information on how to discover and redeem military discounts. The discounts offered are all national businesses or non-profit organizations.

 Local or regional discounts can be found through's Base Guides.

About is the nation's largest military and veteran online news and membership organization serving active duty personnel, reservists, guard members, retirees, veterans, family members, defense workers and those considering military careers. enables Americans with military affinity to access their benefits, advance their careers, enjoy military discounts, and stay connected for life. is a business unit of Monster Worldwide Inc. More information is available at

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TechVoice, TECNA and CompTIA working together. (PRNewsFoto/CompTIA)

Feb 25, 2014 

Opportunities for Women Available in Many Areas of Technology, CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community Says

Groups intends to spread message, offer career guidance to women, young women and girls

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Career opportunities for women abound in the information technology (IT) industry and employers would be wise to tap this under-utilized resource, according to leaders of the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community, a volunteer group organized byCompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the IT industry.

"If the world is an oyster, then the world of IT is one of the pearls for women," said Doriana Allyn, senior environmental health and safety manager for Brother International Corporation, and community chair.

"There are huge numbers of opportunities for women in many areas of IT," Allyn continued. "It's not just tool bag and repair, but careers in legislation, environmental issues, marketing and many other areas."

"IT is one of those fields that we really can change the way we live, work, learn and play," added Michelle Ragusa-McBain, manager, Global Ingram-Customer Partner Experience for Cisco and community vice-chair.

Just 24 percent of the U.S. IT workforce is female, a percentage that keeps dropping, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2014, the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community has set an ambitious goal of reaching out to 10,000 individuals about the opportunities available to women in the IT field. This includes women, young women, girls and prospective employers because, as Allyn noted, "hiring women is a wise choice."

The community plans to unveil a new evangelism platform later this year and is seeking volunteers to help create and implement that platform.

"Our goal is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to young women in junior high and high school," said Ragusa-McBain. "We're also interested in reaching out to female veterans seeking post-military careers and professional women in other fields who may be ready for a career change."

Other volunteers serving on the Advancing Women in IT executive committee in 2014 include:

  • Lori Berry, director, strategic technology, Collabrance
  • Jean Mork Bredeson, president, Service 800
  • Theresa Caragol, global vice president, channels and partners, Extreme Networks
  • Hilary Gadda, director, telepartner channel, TelePacific Communications
  • Cristina Greysman, director, channel programs, SunGard Availability Services
  • Mary Ellen Grom, vice president, U.S. marketing, SYNNEX Corporation
  • Robin Haggerty, vice president, client management, Field Solutions Inc.
  • Lindsay Rufa Hall, director of channel and strategic partnerships, Stratosphere Networks, LLC
  • John Mehrmann, chief executive officer,   Brainhunter
  • Stacey Powell, vice president, business development, printing and personal systems, Sytems Maintenance Services
  • Nellie C. Scott, director, services sales support and enablement, Lenovo

CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. Visit, and to learn more.


Jan 24, 2014 01:30 ET

Microsoft company logo. (PRNewsFoto/Microsoft Corp.)

Microsoft releases global survey revealing widespread belief in developing and developed nations that personal technology is transforming lives for the better

— Findings: technology strongly impacts business innovation including starting new businesses; developing countries believe strongly that personal tech spurs job opportunities and eliminates harmful economic gaps, boosts education.

DAVOS, SwitzerlandJan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new global survey of Internet users conducted by Microsoft Corp. reveals distinct regional findings and differing viewpoints between the developed and developing world. However, overwhelmingly the more than 10,000 people surveyed from 10 nations said they embrace personal technology, particularly in emerging markets, and see it as the foundation of innovation and economic empowerment.

Microsoft unveiled the results of its new survey today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in the report titled, "Views from Around the Globe: How Personal Technology is Changing Our Lives."

Mark Penn, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Advertising and Strategy, presented the poll's findings followed by a panel discussion moderated by award-winning journalist and author Maria Bartiromo. The panel included Marc R. Benioff, chairman and CEO,; Maurice Levy, chairman and CEO, Publicis Group; Bill McDermott, co-CEO, SAP; Alan Murray, president, Pew Research Center; and former U.S. Treasury Secretary and current Charles W. Elliot university professor, Harvard UniversityLawrence H. Summers.

"Whether you live in a world capital or a remote village, personal technology is seen as empowering and as a vehicle to individual economic growth," Penn said. "Despite varying rates of personal technology adoption and cultural differences, there is an overwhelming sense globally that improvements are being experienced across the board."

Among the key findings of the study are these:

— A majority of the people surveyed around the world believe that personal technology has the most positive impact on innovation in business and empowering people to start a new business.

— People surveyed in developing countries — especially BrazilRussiaIndia and China — believe that personal technology is creating job opportunities and helping bridge economic gaps.

— People in China say that personal technology has positively impacted personal freedom more than people in any other country surveyed.

— Those in developing countries — especially India — say that personal technology is improving education, health and healthcare.

— In Brazil, people say that personal technology had a strong impact on arts and culture.

— In China and India, they say their quality of life has improved due to personal technology.

Although personal technology was seen overwhelmingly as a positive force in both developed and developing countries, there were concerns that focused on personal safety and security, family bonds, and, most significantly, privacy. Interestingly, the survey found that the developing countries are more willing to trade privacy for security. Despite privacy concerns, however, nearly three-quarters of parents around the world want their children to have more, not less, access to personal technology. This is particularly true in developing countries, where parents are especially supportive of increased access to technology. Opinions are mixed in developed countries, where more parents feel there should be limits to technology access.

About the poll

The Microsoft poll was conducted between Dec. 26, 2013, and Jan. 3, 2014, and surveyed 10,009 Internet users in the United StatesFranceBrazilRussiaChinaIndiaJapanGermanyMexico and Turkey. The results were then weighted based on the size of the Internet populations in each of the 10 countries. The full survey findings and comprehensive analysis of the poll can be found at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.


Jan 16, 2014 14:05 ET

Business Traveler Readers Name AT&T the Best Provider for Mobile Phone and Data Coverage Worldwide

AT&T Ranks First Among U.S. Wireless Providers for Second Consecutive Year

DALLASJan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* announced today that it was selected as the "Best Global Phone/Data Provider" in the 2013 Best in Business Travel Awards, conducted by Business Traveler (BT)magazine.  The annual survey gives readers the chance to voice their opinions in support of companies that have made their business travel easier and more efficient. This is the second consecutive year that AT&T has claimed the top spot.**

"We are honored that Business Traveler readers recognize our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with a best-in-class mobile experience when traveling abroad," said Bill Hague, executive vice president, International Alliances & Integrations, AT&T Mobility. 

AT&T delivers the following benefits to global travelers:

Broad international voice and data coverage.  AT&T offers the broadest international voice and data coverage of any U.S. carrier, with voice roaming service in more than 225 countries and data roaming service in more than 210 countries and 3G voice and data roaming in more than 175 countries.

Access to 4G LTE Speeds. AT&T is the first and only U.S. carrier to have launched international LTE roaming. Currently, AT&T customers can enjoy 4G LTE wireless speeds when roaming on available networks in Canada, the UK, Switzerland and South Korea.  

Voice and data coverage on more than 250 major cruise ships, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney and Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Extensive portfolio of world devices.  AT&T offers an extensive selection of quad-band world devices—those that work on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, along with a great selection of 3G devices that also operate on 2100 MHz, for use in Japan and S. Korea. AT&T customers also enjoy a great selection of LTE devices, a growing number of which will operate on LTE bands outside North America.

Easy to use. AT&T's network uses GSM technology—the worldwide standard for wireless, which makes it more convenient to stay in touch with family, friends and business colleagues while abroad – all on the same device and wireless number used at home.

True smartphone multi-tasking. AT&T customers can use both voice and data at the same time on their device – both in the United States and internationally.



International packages that deliver more choice and value. AT&T offers several international discount packages for voice, data and messaging. For example, AT&T Data Global Add-On Packages let customers take advantage of discounted international data rates while traveling in over 150 countries. AT&T also offers discounted packages for cruise ship travelers as well as students and faculty studying abroad.

For more information on AT&T international roaming services as well as travel tips, .

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Business Traveler Awards History:

2013 – Best Global Phone/Data provider (AT&T)
2012 — Best Global Phone / Data provider (AT&T)
2011 – Best Mobile Phone Coverage in the World (AT&T)
2010 – Best Mobile Phone Coverage in the World (AT&T)
2009 – Best Mobile Phone Coverage in the World (AT&T)
2008 – Best Mobile Phone Coverage in the World (AT&T)
2007 – Best Wireless Service Provider in the World (AT&T)
2005 – Best Mobile Phone Service Provider in the World (Cingular)
2004 – No Category to be awarded
2003 – Best International Cellular Service (AT&T)
2002 – Best International Cell Phone Service (AT&T)

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at

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Jan 1, 2014 00:01 ET

80% of World Leaders now on Twitter

The Digital Policy Council's latest research observes continued but dramatically slower growth of world leaders utilizing Twitter in 2013.

WASHINGTONJan. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Digital Policy Council (DPC) released its fourth annual ranking of world leaders' use of the social media website  DPC's latest report indicates continued but decelerated growth in the number of heads of state on this medium. In 2013, 80% or 4 out of 5 world leaders were using Twitter.  This figure represents a growth of 8% over 2012 contrasting sharply with the upsurge of 78% between 2011 and 2012.

Top 10 World Leaders who Tweet

President Obama of the United States continues to occupy the #1 spot, gaining 16 million followers in just one year, due to the president's popularity and comfort with social media. A noticeable upturn occurred during the U.S. government shutdown in the fall of 2013 as Obama, politicians and citizens alike tweeted their frustrations about the situation.

The most dramatic debut was the rocketing ascent of Indonesian leader President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY for short) to the #2 spot. SBY joined Twitter in 2013, and quickly gained 4.2 million followers. As the leader of the most populous Islamic country, SBY shares candid and personal opinions in an effort to strengthen democracy at home and throughout the region.

Venezuela was another big mover, slumping from #2 to #13. The passing of the popular Hugo Chávez triggered the drop, although Chávez's successor, President Nicolas Maduro was immediately accepted, entering the ranking in the Top 15.

The greatest upward movement among the top 10 was that of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. He jumped from #10 last year to #7 in 2013. Sheikh Mohammed's followers increased by 1 million to 2.4 million, an indication that his openness to different cultures and public dialog resonates with UAE citizens and residents who, Sheikh Mohammed says, "continually arise to the occasion whenever approached to contribute to innovative ideas."

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina moved up one spot to #6. Fernández's preference to communicate with the public directly via social media rather than traditional press conferences is prophetic of how leaders will leverage Twitter in the future.

Who are the Holdouts?

With 80 percent saturation among world leaders on Twitter, the profile of holdouts warrants examination.

Political leaders in China, the world's most populous country, remain absent on social media. Twitter has been blocked since 2009, and while China does have its own micro-blogging platform, called Sina Weibo, it is strictly regulated by government censors.  U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron opened a Weibo account prior to his visit to China in 2013 prompting calls for President Xi Jinping to follow suit.

More surprising is the European democracies that do not utilize Twitter, with Denmark and Sweden as notable examples. In fact, no European leaders are even represented in the Top 10.  Perhaps more apparent are the leaders of politically unstable governments who simply shun social media or jumped onto Twitter only to let their accounts go dormant.

Indeed, according to DPC's analysis, 67% of the countries that utilize Twitter were politically stable, indicating that leaders confident in their political legitimacy are most apt to utilize social media.

In 2014, the DPC expects penetration on Twitter for world leaders to rekindle and reach 90 percent, with leaders ultimately realizing how to employ Twitter effectively as a means of strategic communications — an insight seized by Iran's newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani who became active on Twitter in 2013 for international relations even though the site is blocked in his own country.

For more insights and information download the full report at

About The Digital Policy Council™

The Digital Policy Council (DPC) is an international, non-partisan "think tank" whose objective is the advancement of open discourse on issues of inclusive government. The DPC is the research and policy arm of Digital Daya, a strategic consultancy that provides advisory services to corporate and government leaders regarding digital media.




































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