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GPShopper leverages Akamai Aqua Web Experience solutions

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cambridge, Mass. – GPShopper, a mobile solutions company whose offerings include mobile apps and websites for national retailers, has purchased Akamai Aqua Web Experience solutions to accelerate and optimize the delivery of its mobile technology. Built on the Akamai Intelligent Platform, a globally distributed cloud platform, Aqua Web Experience solutions are designed to provide end-users with optimal Web and mobile application experiences.

“The mobile revolution has radically transformed how retailers and brands engage customers,” said Mike Afergan, senior VP and general manager, Web Experience Business Unit, Akamai. “Having the ability to engage mobile users with a fast, high-quality Web experience has become a valuable business opportunity and customers’ expectation. The Akamai Aqua Web Experience Solutions are designed to help companies like GPShopper offer optimized solutions for their retail customers.”

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Posiflex releases new mini-PC controller

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hayward, Calif. — Posiflex’s new TX4200E is a small industrial PC multipurpose controller that runs virtually any software to drive digital signage, kitchen control configurations, PC replacement, surveillance systems, point-of-purchase displays, POS and service, and wired or wireless vending or kiosk applications.

Powered by a Dual-core Intel Atom D2550 CPU 1.86 GHz with 4GB of DDR RAM for fast-task processing, the TX4200E also has a VESA bracket enabling it to be mounted behind a monitor or HDTV, hidden from view. This allows any VESA-compliant display or TV into a full-featured PC or digital signage unit. The TX4200E’s aluminum housing is fanless and ventless for quiet, cool operation.

TheTX4200E can be used as a PC replacement and is built on commercial-class embedded operating systems and CPUs. Its small footprint with Wi-Fi capability allows the TX4200E to be used for anywhere integration. The controller also offerss a variety of I/O port configurations, low power consumption, HDMI, and flexible options such as powered 24V USB, Wi-Fi and 64GB SSD.

“The TX4200E is a small-form-factor PC that delivers a powerful combination of both video and data, and it offers optional Wi-Fi expandability for anywhere computing,” said Doyle Ledford, VP of sales at Posiflex. “The TX4200E, along with six USB ports, a cash register port, four com ports and an optional powered 24V USB, provides wide ranging expandability and scale.”

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Barnes & Noble offering new Nook

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Nook Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., is releasing the new Nook GlowLight e-reader.

At 6.2 ounces, it is the lightest Nook device ever, and new lighting technology light is evenly distributed, turns on instantly and adjusts with a touch. The built-in anti-glare screen on the re-engineered display offers what Barnes & Noble says is paper-like readability, even in bright sunlight.

The shopping experience features a new “Now on Nook” section on the home screen, giving readers instant access to a curated list of content suggestions from Barnes & Noble booksellers. The new shop also delivers an array of exclusive personalized lists “Picked Just For You,” which combine the expert knowledge of Barnes & Noble booksellers with rich book data. Customers can sample any Nook book for free and download new content instantly with Nook’s built-in Wi-Fi. All Nook content is stored in the Nook Cloud.

“Barnes & Noble was the first company to recognize and answer E Ink customers’ number one request with a breakthrough integrated light for reading in the dark and today, with the new Nook GlowLight, we’ve taken the reading experience to a new level,” said Mahesh Veerina, COO of Nook Media. “We developed an all new lightweight design that’s extremely comfortable to hold in one hand for people who love to read anytime, anywhere. Lighter and brighter, with crisp, sharp text, no full page flashing and no ads, our redesigned reading experience is more immersive than ever making the device a must-have item for long-form readers. We welcome customers to their local Barnes & Noble store where they can try the new Nook GlowLight and see it shine.”

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