The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-10T05:30:10Z Enhance your sense of wellbeing with this solar-powered Buddha - he looks great by day and spectacular by night! 2019-09-10T05:30:10Z enhance-your-sense-of-wellbeing-with-this-solar-powered-buddha-he-looks-great-by-day-and-spectacular-by-night Dear xx We could all use a little peace and serenity in our busy lives. So let our Solar Buddha Statue be your inspiration. Ideal as either a decor piece indoors or for creating a sense of tranquility in the garden. If you place him outdoors during the day, the solar panel will charge the rechargeable Ni-MH battery so that, by night, the 5 LEDs around the Buddha illuminate automatically. The perfect reminder to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. Once installed, all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy the ambience. High-res images available to download here Automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Up to 8 hours of light each night when fully charged. Rechargeable, replaceable Ni-MH batteries 2x AA 1.2v 600mAh No wiring, simply install and enjoy. No operating costs. For more information visit: https://smartlivinghg.com.au/product/solar-buddha-statue/ ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 HIDDEN ROOKWOOD SCULPTURES 2019-06-17T00:10:42Z artists-announced-for-2019-hidden-rookwood-sculptures Australian craft cider industry launches world-first trust mark 2018-10-05T02:09:07Z australian-craft-cider-industry-launches-world-first-trust-mark Link to images here BREVILLE GROUP ANNOUNCES MARTIN NICHOLAS AS NEW GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER 2018-08-06T23:24:09Z breville-group-announces-martin-nicholas-as-new-group-chief-financial-officer-2 Sydney, Australia (6 August, 2018) – Breville Group (ASX: “BRG”), a global leader in premium and innovative kitchen appliances, announced today that it has appointed Martin Nicholas as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective 10 September, 2018. Martin Nicholas joins Breville as an experienced executive with a market proven ability to deliver exceptional results in partnership with boards and CEO’s, driving growth and efficiency in a variety of both international and local retail and consumer facing businesses. Martin was most recently CEO and CFO of ASX 200 listed, Greencross Limited (GXL) where he helped to double both revenue and EBITDA. Prior to Greencross Limited, Martin was CFO at Sterling Early Education and Study Group in Sydney. His global experience includes serving as the Group Financial Director and CFO Asia Pacific for Rentokil Initial in Singapore and London, and a 20 year career with Unilever in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney, where he held roles encompassing all aspects of financial management, M&A, IT, operational and manufacturing control. Commenting on the appointment, Breville Group CEO, Jim Clayton said: “The appointment of Martin Nicholas adds considerable strength to the leadership team at Breville. He is an exceptionally talented operator, who brings a wealth of ASX and M&A experience. We have been a leader in our category for 86 years, and Martin joins us at a time of exciting growth. Martin will be a key member of the team driving the business forward to capitalise on the many opportunities that lie ahead.” Martin Nicholas said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Jim Clayton and the Breville team to further drive Breville’s leading position. I fully share Jim’s vision for the future, and I am excited by the Group’s enormous potential for global growth.” Michelle Waters, who has been acting as interim CFO since September 2017, returns to her previous role as General Manager, Finance. On behalf of the Breville team and the Board, Jim Clayton said, “I would like to thank Michelle for the outstanding performance she delivered in the Interim CFO role over the last 11 months.” This announcement follows a number of steps Breville has taken in recent years to continue to strengthen its industry leadership, reach new consumers, and drive international growth. ENDS About Breville Group Over the past 80+ years Breville has grown to become an iconic global brand, delivering kitchen products to over 70 countries around the globe. The company goes to market as the Sage brand in Europe, and as the Breville brand in the rest of the world. Breville has enhanced people’s lives through the delivery of brilliant innovation and thoughtful design based on deep consumer insights, empowering people to do things more impressively or easily than they’d thought possible in their own home and ultimately allowing them to Master Every Moment. www.brevillegroup.com.au Rookwood addresses critical burial shortage for Jewish and Muslim Communities 2018-05-03T00:54:07Z rookwood-addresses-critical-burial-shortage-for-jewish-and-muslim-communities Tuesday 1 May, 2018: Rabbi Yehoram Ulman consecrated a newly allocated section at Rookwood Cemetery on Tuesday, which will ensure the Jewish community can continue burying loved ones at Rookwood for the next eight to ten years. This follows the 2013 allocation by the former Department of Primary Industries, of 6,700 burial spaces at Rookwood to the Jewish and Muslim faiths. While this was a good short-term solution, the Muslim community has used half of their allocated space and are again facing a critical shortage. Through extensive community engagement Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (RGCRT) was instrumental in negotiating with the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Lebanese Muslim Association to develop a solution that meets the needs of these faiths. As a result of this initiative, the Jewish community transferred their portion of the previously allocated space to the Muslim community, whilst a new portion of land was granted to the Jewish community. For religious and cultural reasons, within both the Jewish and Muslim communities, burial is the only option and there are very specific requirements they must adhere to. For the first time in Rookwood’s history, these two communities have had the opportunity to work together to create two distinct interment grounds that reflect their end-of-life values. The new land allocation includes 1,792 allotments, consisting of monumental (54.3%) and lawn (45.7%) burial spaces. George Simpson, CEO of RGCRT confirmed, “We are delighted to have been included in this collaboration with two of our prominent community groups. At current usage rates, these new arrangements will provide both the Jewish and Muslim communities with eight to ten years of burial space for their families. ”A number of our communities are facing a chronic shortage of available burial space. RGCRT is committed to ensuring all of our communities have access to suitable land at Rookwood for as long as possible. While RGCRT is seeking to find a new property to help address the shortage, we have been able to work with the Muslim and Jewish communities to assess their needs and reallocate space to suit their requirements.” During his presentation at the event, Vic Alhadeff, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO commented, “The allocation of Lot 27 will extend the life of Jewish burial at Rookwood by approximately four years. This means Jewish burial will cease at Rookwood within a decade. “And long before then, there will be no more Jewish burials at the other cemeteries in Metropolitan Sydney as the availability of land for Jewish burials is fast running out. “Lot 27 and the reallocation of half of Lot 10 provide the NSW Government with an important - but temporary - breathing space in which to find, acquire and allocate sufficient land to establish a major multi-faith cemetery - in effect, a second Rookwood. “We have been in active consultation with both the previous and the current NSW governments to try to achieve this vital goal - one which will benefit all faith communities of New South Wales, but in particular those such as the Jewish and Muslim communities which require permanent burial capabilities,” continued Mr Alhadeff. “The measure of a society is ultimately how it treats its most vulnerable. There is surely no sector that is ultimately more exposed, more vulnerable, more reliant on others to advocate for them than those who have passed on. “It is to achieve this vital imperative - to accord those who have passed on the respect and honour and dignity that they and their loved ones deserve - that we respectfully call on the state government to do everything within its power to address this pressing issue with the urgency it justifies, with the urgency it warrants, with the urgency it demands,” stated Mr Alhadeff. The consecration was attended by the Honourable Paul Toole, Minister for Lands, Forestry and Racing, and dignitaries from the Jewish and Muslim communities, and Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust. Media enquiries: images and release can be downloaded here Roberta Marcroft and Kim Viney, Write Away Communication + Events Ph: 02 9978 1400, roberta@writeaway.com.au, kim_viney@writeaway.com.au Ricoh partners with Microsoft to grow its cloud and IT services offering 2016-04-07T22:00:00Z ricoh-partners-with-microsoft-to-grow-its-cloud-and-it-services-offering Sydney, Australia, April 8 – Ricoh has introduced a suite of Microsoft technologies to its offering, including Microsoft Azure, as it continues to shore up capabilities as a major IT services provider. The company recently joined the Microsoft Partner Network and has achieved Gold Competency as a Midmarket Solution Provider, placing it within the top tier of Microsoft’s partners. This achievement comes as Ricoh strengthens its cloud, mobility, digital transformation and collaboration offerings to deliver more versatile and integrated solutions to its growing IT services customer base. “Ricoh Australia is three years into building a strong local IT services offering, and partnering with leading vendors is a critical component of our strategy to expand beyond managed print services. Working with Microsoft demonstrates our ability and commitment to delivering best-in-class technology and services that meets the evolving IT needs of businesses today, and creates true value for our customers,” said Matt Dixon, General Manager - IT Services at Ricoh Australia. “As a reseller of Microsoft technologies, including Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, Ricoh can provide customers with advanced productivity and cloud solutions. Coupled with Ricoh Finance, which offers flexible payment options, customers can access this technology without any immediate capital expenditure,” said Dixon. Microsoft Azure is the latest addition to Ricoh’s expanding Integrated Cloud practice offering, enabling the company to deliver value hybrid cloud offerings. These include cloud migration project services; legacy workload engineering; management of complex hybrid cloud models; performance monitoring, management and support for cloud apps and infrastructure; and managing consumption and commercial applications to support public cloud platforms. “Ricoh is serious about supporting customers’ transition to the cloud. Our strong global commitment to IT services and a team of more than 1,500 service delivery professionals worldwide is backed by more than 20 years of IT services expertise in Australia. We also offer a complete cloud advisory and readiness assessment to guide customers through the transition, ensuring the right solution is chosen to maximise value for their business. “The Microsoft products resonate strongly with our customers and we look forward to extending our scope of work with them, providing them with market-leading technology and capability that facilitates more efficient, connected and convenient workplaces,” said Dixon. Ricoh customer DFP Recruitment has praised the company for its Microsoft capabilities. “Ricoh has been our partner of choice for more than three years to assist with Microsoft licensing. The team has continued to demonstrate a deep understanding of the sometimes complicated requirements, delivering efficiently every time. Ricoh offers very competitive pricing which, over the course of switching providers, has saved DFP thousands of dollars,” said Ben Albani from DFP Recruitment. The Microsoft partnership is the latest in a series of strategic vendor agreements with leading players, including Cisco, Veeam, Citrix, HP and Kaseya. -Ends- Media contact: For further information, please contact: Kim Viney or Jessica Fell, Write Away Communication + Events kim_viney@writeaway.com.au, 02 9978 1410 | jessica_fell@writeaway.com.au, 02 9978 1413 About Ricoh Ricoh is a global technology company that has been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Under its corporate tagline – imagine. change. – Ricoh continues to empower companies and individuals with services and technologies that inspire innovation, enhance sustainability and boost business growth. These include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, digital cameras, and industrial systems. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in over 190 countries. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD). For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com.au ### © 2016 RICOH COMPANY, LTD. All rights reserved. All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies. New Buffalo full HD media player streams more file formats than ever 2010-08-12T01:40:06Z buffalo-s-new-full-hd-media-player-streams-more-file-formats-than-ever Buffalo has launched the LinkTheater™ (LT-V100), a digital media player that enables seamless streaming of digital movies, music and photos over home networks and multimedia storage devices to full high definition televisions.As one of the most flexible media players on the market, the LinkTheater™ offers networking via Ethernet connection, digital audio output, two USB ports, HDMI and composite video outputs, and has the ability to natively play an enormous array of the latest audio/video formats. Compatible with cameras, video cameras, iPod devices, desktop computers, laptops, USB flash drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, DLNA-certified media servers and other multimedia storage devices, the LinkTheater™ can adapt video content up to a 1080p resolution, making it the ideal partner for full HD televisions.Adding to its versatility, the LinkTheater™ supports the widest variety of video files including MPEG-1/2/4, Xvid, WMV9, RealVideo and FLV and various audio and image files like jpeg, bmp, png, gif, tiff, WMA, Mp3, WAV, FLAC and more. Ensuring the ultimate home theatre experience isn’t compromised by poor sound quality, the LinkTheater™ is also DTS and Dolby Digital ready, enabling it to seamlessly integrate with stereo components to recreate audio files the way they were originally intended.Despite its sophistication, the LinkTheater™ is as simple to operate as a traditional household VCR. On connection to the media player, external devices are ready to go. Its responsive and easy to use interface enables effortless navigation through the digital library. Also included is a remote control for easy access to all media content, regardless of its original location. Buffalo’s range of storage, networking and multimedia products is distributed in Australia by Uniden. According to Uniden’s Senior National Marketing Executive, Brad Hales, the LinkTheater™ is the perfect solution for the serious media enthusiast seeking the ultimate home theatre experience. “From cameras to laptops, iPods to USB flash drives, consumers store a huge variety of rich multimedia content across a wide range of digital devices. File formats are even more varied and not all are suitable for immediate high definition viewing.“As one of the most flexible media players on the market, Buffalo’s new LinkTheater™ is sure to impress multimedia enthusiasts. By bringing all this content together in the one place and optimising it for HD televisions and integrated hi-fi equipment, the LinkTheater™ is the missing piece in the home entertainment system,” he said.Pricing and AvailabilityLinkTheater™ LT-V100 Full HD Media PlayerRRP: $149.95Available: NowBuffalo products are available in Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Retravision, WOW Sight & Sound, Myer and David Jones stores nationally. Buffalo products are distributed in Australia by Uniden. For enquiries phone 1300 366 895 or visit www.buffalotech.comMedia note: View the image gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/writeaway/sets/72157624574293525/detail/ Media enquiries: For further information and review requests please contact Write Away Communication + Events www.writeaway.com.au About BuffaloBuffalo Technology is a leading global provider of award-winning networking, storage, multimedia and memory solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. The company is the number one brand in storage in Japan enjoying a 55 per cent market share. Uniden has a strategic alliance with Buffalo in Australia and New Zealand, and is the company’s exclusive representative in this region. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visitwww.buffalotech.com About Uniden Uniden Australia Pty Limited is part of the Uniden Corporation of Japan which operates globally in America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Since its establishment in 1966, Uniden has grown to be a global leader in wireless communications. These include extensive range of telecommunication products such as cordless phones, UHF transceivers and other radio wave products. In Australia, the company has been the market leader in cordless phones since 2003. Uniden Australia also distributes a range of digital products including GPS car navigation systems, Bluetooth car kits, wireless power and digital wireless surveillance systems. For more information visit www.uniden.com.au Spending on technical consumer goods in Australia drops to a two year low 2010-08-11T01:35:16Z spending-in-australia-drops-to-a-two-year-low Sydney, August 11th, 2010 – Despite two consecutive months of interest rate holds, spending in quarter 2, 2010, declined by 5.2%; the second decline recorded since the launch of the GfK TEMAX Australia report, in Q3 2008. A fall in consumer confidence, the absence of government stimuli and an uninspiring federal budget all contributed to this quarter’s decline in technical consumer goods spending. Domestic appliances took the worst hit this quarter, but consumer electronics and IT also failed to deliver growth. Telecoms, however, enjoyed modest growth, thanks to the continuing popularity of smartphones.Smartphones remain strongThanks to the buoyant smartphones category, the telecommunications sector was the only area to show growth compared to the same quarter last year. While the value of traditional mobile phones fell 52% from Q2 2009, sales of smartphones more than compensated for the loss, with an increase of 92%. The revenue generated by smartphones in this quarter was almost three times greater than that of standard mobile phones. Decline for the IT sectorFor the first time in at least five years, the IT sector failed to achieve value growth, experiencing a decline of 1% in quarter 2, 2010, compared to the same period last year. Quarter 2 of 2009 was, of course, characterised by significant value growth, thanks in part to the government’s stimulus packages to Australian consumers; the effect of which could not have been replicated in 2010. This year’s decline in value, however, has been exacerbated by strong price erosion in the dominant notebook PC market, which experienced its first-ever value decline (-3%) in the history of the category. Despite the performance of the IT sector as a whole, certain categories performed strongly in both units and value. With an average price decline of 25%, and the introduction of new technologies, the demand for storage devices continued to increase. This category grew by 23% in value and 62% in units. World Cup offers extra stimulusConsumer electronics posted a year on year value decline of 8.3% this quarter; despite a relatively strong performance from the large flat panel TV market. Audio systems, camcorders, car navigation, MP3s and set-top boxes all experienced double-digit decline. Replicating the trends of the IT sector, consumer electronics suffered from the combination of a lack of government stimulus, and continuing average price declines. Due largely to the additional demand created by the World Cup, the value of the flat panel TV market remained steady, although the unit growth of 40% illustrates the extent of the price erosion that took place during this period. The World Cup sparked another round of high-value give-aways by major manufacturers. Some of these were linked to a purchase of a 3D TV, although the availability of 3D was some what limited in the run-up to the World Cup.Too hot for heating productsSmall domestic appliances experienced the largest decline of all the technical consumer goods; at 8.9%. As Australia moved into its winter months, a mild start to quarter 2, 2010, led to a value decline in electric heaters and blankets, of 16% and 20% respectively. The popularity of cooking shows, however, contributed to an increase of 8.3% in value sales for the food preparation category, one of the only significant categories within this sector to have experienced growth. All major domestic appliance categories experienced decline. While some discounting has taken place in these markets, the decline is more a reflection of the economic mood, rather than competitive retailer activity. Dryers experienced a sharp decrease of 22%; partly a result of a drier than normal June across almost all of Australia, making it the continent’s fourth-driest June on record.Quarter 3 unlikely to deliver growthWith interest rates back at a more ‘normal’ level, and a federal election due to dominate the third quarter, the negative sales trends of quarters 1 and 2 of 2010 are likely to continue into quarter 3. The continued introduction of new technologies, however, may help keep the decline to a minimum.endsThe survey GfK TEMAX is an index developed by GfK Retail and Technology to track the technical consumer goods markets. The findings are based on surveys carried out on a regular basis by the retail panel of GfK Retail and Technology. The retail panel comprises data from over 340,000 retail outlets worldwide. Since February 2009, GfK Retail and Technology has also been compiling the GfK TEMAX index at international level, in more than 30 countries. It is the first index that includes all of the markets for technical consumer goods in different countries. All reports and press releases are available at www.gfktemax.com.If information from this press release or www.gfktemax.com is cited, GfK TEMAX should be explicitly indicated as the source. The GfK Group The GfK Group offers the fundamental knowledge that industry, retailers, services companies and the media need to make market decisions. It delivers a comprehensive range of information and consultancy services in the three business sectors Custom Research, Retail and Technology and Media. The No. 4 market research organization worldwide operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 10,000 staff. In 2009, the GfK Group’s sales amounted to EUR 1.16 billion. For further information, visit our website: www.gfk.com. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/gfk_group. The art of tea making meets technology with Breville 2010-08-05T00:29:27Z the-art-of-tea-making-meets-technology-with-breville As the most consumed beverage in the world after water, tea forms a daily ritual that requires careful preparation for maximum enjoyment. The new Automatic Tea Maker & Kettle (BTM800) from Breville knows exactly the right temperature and brewing time required to extract the full aroma and flavour from the most popular tea varieties. Pouring freshly boiled water onto more delicate tea leaves, such as green, oolong and white varieties, may scald the leaves and result in a bitter, astringent taste. Similarly, brewing the tea for too long or too short can result in an unpleasant or tasteless cup. The Breville Automatic Tea Maker & Kettle simplifies the process with its five preset brew temperatures according to tea type; green, black, white, herbal and oolong. Its LCD screen guides you through selections, including a choice of three preset brew times to control tea strength. There are also custom options for passionate tea drinkers who like to experiment.Once selections are made, the tea maker automatically lowers the tea basket when the water reaches the ideal brewing temperature. After the preset infusion time, the basket automatically lifts and the tea is ready to pour.Offering flexibility, the Automatic Tea Maker & Kettle allows you to pre-select a start time – perfect for that freshly brewed pot ready for breakfast. It also provides an option to keep your pot of tea warm at the selected temperature for up to 60 minutes and can function as a variable temperature kettle as well. The Breville Automatic Tea Maker & Kettle is available from department stores and electrical retailers nationally. RRP: $299.95 Breville enquiries: 1300 139 798 or visit www.breville.com.auMEDIA ENQUIRIES: Write Away Communication + Events Phone: (02) 9978 1400 Timber helps keep the warmth inside 2010-08-02T02:38:47Z timber-helps-keep-the-warmth-inside One of the most efficient of these is timber, which can provide an excellent barrier against heat escaping when combined with additional insulation under the floor. It also offers an insulation layer over a cold concrete slab, helping to keep the warmth inside.Not only does timber contribute to insulation, its warm hues contribute to a snug winter ambience. Light creams, pale yellows, soft pinks and honey brown tones infuse a natural aesthetic for a cosy home environment.Boral Timber offers a variety of species to perfectly complement a home’s dcor. Boral Timber’s solid flooring range can be installed onto bearers, joists or concrete and its engineered flooring range can be ’floated’ or glued over a variety of level, solid and dry subfloors, including concrete slabs, plywood or particle board, tiles or old timber floors.Appealing to the environmentally-conscious homeowner, timber is also a natural and fully renewable resource. Boral Timber products are sourced from sustainably managed and legal sources, with the company achieving Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) Chain of Custody certification for its hardwood flooring. AFS is the only forest certification that meets Australian Standard AS 4708-2007 and is dedicated to supporting good forestry practices with sustainable management.Enquiries: Call 1800 818 317 or visit www.boraltimberflooring.com.auMedia - for further information please contact:Kristine Snell, Write Away Communication + EventsPh: 02 9978 1400, Email: kristine@writeaway.com.au or juliet@writeaway.com.au The future of fast file transfers and storage arrives with USB 3.0 2010-07-29T04:54:36Z the-future-of-fast-file-transfers-and-storage-arrives-with-usb-3-0 The days of having to wait patiently for large file transfers and routine computer back-ups are numbered with global leader Buffalo introducing its ultra fast USB 3.0 hard drive range into the Australian market. Offering maximum transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabytes per second - an impressive 10 times faster than the current most common USB 2.0- these next generation desktop and portable hard drives make swift data back-up and fast file sharing a reality.USB 3.0 technology is ideal for creative professionals, computer power users and digital content creators who particularly appreciate quick transfer and storage of high-resolution graphics, digital audio/video, large multimedia files and photos. Suitable for desktop use, the new DriveStationTM HD-HXU3 combines USB 3.0 performance and the latest hard disc technology to give users the ability to quickly back-up and store important data and other digital assets. File transfer rates can be enhanced by up to 165 per cent compared to the current standard of hard drives. Ideal for video editing and management of bandwidth intensive programs such as CAD, the DriveStationTM HD-HXU3 can record thousands of large music, video and data files at lightening fast speed. For added versatility, it is compatible with PC and Mac making file sharing with virtually any computer possible and is available in 1.0 terabyte, 1.5 terabyte and 2.0 terabyte capacities. Included with each DriveStationTM HD-HXU3 is award-winning Memeo Instant Backup software. The intuitive system finds any new or updated file instantly and automatically copies it to the drive, eradicating the need for scheduled or routine backups. For those with more of an on-the-go lifestyle, the sleek MinistationTM Lite USB 3.0 - available in 500 gigabyte and 640 gigabyte capacities - is designed for mobility. The compact and lightweight unit makes storage and back-up of large amounts of high resolution images and multimedia files fast and easy. Offering file transfer rates up to 135 per cent faster than standard USB 2.0 formats, the MinistationTM Lite has a preformatted hard drive for immediate use with Windows and Mac – just plug and play.With no need for an external power supply and an eco minded power management tool to regulate power usage and conserve battery consumption, it is the perfect companion for laptops and netbooks. Included with the MinistationTM Lite USB 3.0 is Buffalo Tools, a suite of PC performance tools including TurboPC which can boost transfer performance by an additional 35 per cent and SecureLock which provides enhanced security through password protection and software data encryption.Both the MinistationTM Lite and DriveStationTM HD-HXU3 are backward compatible with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks as well as forthcoming USB 3.0 models. To upgrade existing computers to take full advantage of USB 3.0 technology, Buffalo also offers an Interface ExpressCard to upgrade existing laptop PCs to USB 3.0 as well as the USB 3.0 Interface Board for PCI Express for desktops. DriveStationTM HD-HXU3 USB 3.01.0TB - RRP $1991.5TB - RRP $2792TB - RRP $379MiniStationTM Lite USB 3.0 500GB - RRP $199 640GB - RRP $229Buffalo products are available in Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Retravision, WOW Sight & Sound, Myer and David Jones stores nationally.Buffalo products are distributed in Australia by Uniden. For enquiries phone 1300 366 895 or visit www.buffalotech.comAbout BuffaloBuffalo is a leading global provider of award-winning networking, storage, multimedia and memory solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. The company is the number one brand in storage in Japan enjoying a 55 per cent market share. Uniden has a strategic alliance with Buffalo in Australia and New Zealand, and is the company’s exclusive representative in this region. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit www.buffalotech.com MEDIA NOTES: Buffalo is represented in Australia by Write Away Communication + Events www.writeaway.com.au View the Buffalo image gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/writeaway/sets/72157624605992208/ Uniden answers the call of a mobile generation 2010-07-25T22:20:33Z uniden-answers-the-call-of-a-mobile-generation Uniden has launched Australia’s firstfixed linephone system with integrated Bluetooth technology. The Uniden XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Phone meets the needs of a mobile generation with its unique design enabling calls to and from paired mobile phones to be taken through the system’s cordless handsets.This new release means handset selection is no longer dictated by whether the call is transmitted through a mobile network or landline. Householders now have the freedom to choose which phone to use based on convenience and personal preference. For example, where an incoming call to a mobile phone might otherwise be missed, by pairing this phone to the XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Phone, the call could be picked up on any cordless handset located throughout the home.For people who wish to minimise their use of mobile phones, the new XDECT Bluetooth phone presents them with a viable alternative for staying connected while at home. For others, it could mean they are able to take advantage of competitive mobile-to-mobile call rates, while still enjoying the comfort of talking on the ergonomically designed home phone. Another important benefit of the XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Phone is its ability to eliminate mobile phone dead spots throughout the home. Utilising in-built repeater stations in the base of each cordless handset as well as a diversity and high gain antenna system, the XDECT R system offers unprecedented talking range and coverage. Once a mobile phone is paired with the Uniden system, incoming mobile calls can achieve the same performance as those connected to the landline*.The XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Cordless Phone can be connected to up to two mobile phones at a time, making it ideal for busy professionals, the active family or a small business. Other key features include an Integrated Digital Answering Machine, advanced bright backlit blue LCD and Caller ID display and Remote Access as well as a Do Not Disturb function to provide greater control over incoming calls.“We understand that the mobile phone is an integral part of today’s modern lifestyles, with many Australian households and businesses listing a mobile as their primary contact number. It isn’t realistic to expect that when people come home, they check these devices in at the door,” said Uniden National Marketing Manager, Mark Willis.“Consumers demand innovation and greater intuitiveness when it comes to technology, and home phones are no exception to this. It is because of our constant drive to create devices that integrate with our contemporary lifestyles that Uniden has been the number one selling cordless phone in Australia for the last eight years. Our launch of Australia’s first Dual Mode Bluetooth Cordless Phone reflects this commitment.”The Uniden XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Cordless Phone will be available in leading department stores and electrical retailers from August 2010.Uniden XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Cordless Phone XDECT R035BT+1 $229.95 XDECT R003BT $129.95 (additional handset)For sales and customer enquiries: phone Uniden 1300 366 895 or visit www.uniden.com.au * Mobile phone must be located in a coverage area while paired with the XDECT R Dual Mode Bluetooth Phone.MEDIA NOTE: Download an image at http://www.flickr.com/photos/writeaway/4813679539/ Lacework inspires new platinum china collection 2010-07-19T04:34:38Z lacework-inspires-new-platinum-china-collection Just as sumptuous clothing and the finest cloth have been adorned with lacework for centuries, this opulent bone china collection will make a precious family heirloom for the modern bride.White Lace is inspired by Villeroy & Boch’s classic Anmut style, injecting it with further elegance and modernity. Highly versatile, the cool silvery shimmer of White Lace can be effectively mixed and matched with crisp white or coloured tableware to create different moods and individual table settings. A White Lace Mosaic plate infuses further luxury and rich coloured napery makes an ideal accent.The collection consists of bread, salad and dinner plates plus platters, bowls, serving dishes, teapot, creamer, sugar pot and cups. Villeroy & Boch’s long-stemmedArden Laneglassware perfectly complements the range and new sleek, stainless steel Arpeggio cutlery completes the look.Villeroy & Boch’s White Lace range is available from selected department stores and The House of Villeroy & Boch, Chatswood (NSW) and Glenside (SA). It can also be purchased online from Villeroy & Boch’s e-Shop: http://eshop.villeroy-boch.com/au/. RRP from $32.95.Consumer enquiries: 1800 252 770 or visit www.villeroy-boch.comMedia enquiries:Juliet Fisher or Kristine Snell at Write Away Communication + Events,Ph: 02 9978 1400 or email: juliet@writeaway.com.au; kristine@writeaway.com.au Goals kicked for TV sales during World Cup 2010-07-15T05:40:06Z goals-kicked-for-tv-sales-during-world-cup As sleeping patterns return to normal, football forecasting octopuses retire and office tipping prizes are awarded, the impact of the World Cup on big screen television sales has emerged in preliminary data compiled by GfK. The sports-mad period coincided with significant 75 per cent year-on-year growth in the 40 inch plus TV category, with unit sales totalling over 140,000 from the first week of May up to Australia’s kick off on June 14. Of particular interest was the battle between plasma and LCD. Unit sales for LCD just squeezed over the line, accounting for 52 per cent of sales over the period. It was surprising to see that nearly a quarter of big screen TV purchasers chose not to embrace full high definition models, despite the number of games telecast in the format. According to GfK Australia’s Neville Ray, consumers and retailers alike benefited from World Cup fever. “Consumers in the market for big screen TVs were spoilt for choice and reaped the benefits of heavy promotional activity with, for example, game consoles, home theatre systems and Blu-ray player package deals on offer. “For retailers, consumer demand was welcome in the current climate with competitive pricing key to driving sales. For example, the average price of televisions 40 inches and above in May 2009 was approximately $2,100, whereas in May 2010 it was $1,400 - a wallet-saving $700 difference,” said Mr Ray.The latest and greatest technology to hit the $3 billion television market is 3D, with free-to-air broadcasting network SBS airing 15 matches in this new technology.“3D is the technology on everybody’s lips and while it is a long way from making its mark in this category, it’s certainly got the interest of some early adopters. It will be interesting to keep an eye on the take-up it benefits from between now and other upcoming major sporting events,” said Mr Ray.-ends-The GfK Group The GfK Group offers the fundamental knowledge that industry, retailers, services companies and the media need to make market decisions. It delivers a comprehensive range of information and consultancy services in the three business sectors of Custom Research, Retail and Technology and Media. The no. 4 market research organization worldwide operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 10,000 staff. In 2009, the GfK Group’s sales amounted to EUR 1.16 billion. For further information, visit our website: www.gfk.com. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/gfk_group. Kambrook toasters ensure even browning every time 2010-07-12T01:04:11Z kambrook-toasters-ensure-even-browning-every-time Kambrook’s new two and four slice Profile models offer a solution for every preference and provide a five-stage browning control to ensure evenly toasted bread. The toasters also feature re-heat, defrost and cancel settings as well as a self-centring function and extra wide toasting slots.For added practicality, a high lift lever allows toast to be removed without fingers touching the toaster and a removable crumb tray is included for easy cleaning.A stylish addition to the kitchen benchtop and great value for money, Kambrook’s Profile toasters are also highly durable, having completed more than 500 hours of continuous testing.Kambrook KT250 Profile 2-Slice Toaster – RRP $49.95Kambrook KT450 Profile 4-Slice Toaster – RRP $69.95Enquiries: 1300 139 798 / www.kambrook.com.au Media enquiries:Juliet Fisher or Kristine Snell, Write Away Communication + EventsPh: 02 9978 1400 / Email: juliet@writeaway.com.au; kristine@writeaway.com.au