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May 24th, 2013, Las Vegas, NV: MMGuardian™ Wins Prestigious CTIA Show Emerging Technology Award for Best Mobile Productivity and Public Safety Application of 2013

24 May

Pervasive Group Inc. is excited to announce that MMGuardian Parental Control the CTIA 2013 Emerging Technology Award for best Mobile application in Productivity, Utility, and Public Safety.

Out of several hundred applicants, fifteen semi-finalists, and five finalists, including new products from large multinationals like Dell, Motorola, and NQ Mobile, MMGuardian was selected as the winner by CTIA Wireless’ judges; a panel of one hundred carefully selected wireless industry experts.  MMGuardian is an android smartphone application that enables parents to comprehensively manage their child’s smartphone use, preventing teens from engaging in dangerous mobile activities including texting while driving, cyber-bullying, dangerous app use, distraction in school, and sexting.

“We are very pleased to win this prestigious award and to have been recognized by CTIA and respected industry experts for our technology leadership in the exciting and rapidly growing mobile parental control space.  We will continue to rapidly innovate and build the best possible product, which parents deserve to have to protect their children from the tremendous risks associated with un-controlled use of smartphones and tablets,” said Pervasive Group CEO James Zhou.

MMGuardian contains built-in technology and intellectual property critical to building leadership in the growing mobile control space.  In particular, MMGuardian’s product contains built-in intellectual property claims surrounding incoming calls, silent mode, auto-replies, app accessibility, pre-defined call lists, information exchange between phones, and warning alerts, is significantly more battery efficient than competitor offerings – capable of running in the background for up to two days without depleting the child’s phone battery – and contains an uninstallation and tampering prevention engine built in to prevent children from altering the product post-installation.

This intellectual property and technology leadership has placed Pervasive Group and MMGuardian Parental Control at the forefront of the rapidly growing mobile parenting market.  By 2016, according to Pew Research, 95% of teens aged 12 and above in the United States and Europe will use smartphones, representing an international market of over 200 million parents and an annual opportunity exceeding $5 billion.

The Emerging Technology award is the culmination in a series of exciting recognition for MMGuardian Parental Control.  In January, MMGuardian launched commercially and was recognized at International CES as a Showstoppers Launch.it Finalist.  Between October and November, MMGuardian has also won awards from Ultra-Light Startups New York City, the New Jersey Entrepreneurship Network, and the New Jersey Venture Conference.

“We will continue to build on our intellectual property leadership in this space, providing parents a comprehensive parental control solution and earning leadership in this multi-billion dollar market,” Zhou said.

For more information on Pervasive Group and MMGuardian, contact paul.grossinger@mmguardian.com.

 

MMGuardian: Shutting Down Mobile Bullying

23 Mar

MMGuardian’s Tactics for Parents

By Paul Grossinger 

If any phrase defines mobile tech, it’s “24/7 Connectivity.” But, 24/7 is also responsible for serious new problems arising from tech, especially bullying.

While I’m quite sure that, all the way back in 5,000 B.C., kids bullied one another with rocks and sticks, I’m equally certain that mobile technology has completed changes bullying’s dynamics from anything we’ve seen in the past – for the worse. Simply put, kids get no rest.

And parents are beginning to ask the toughest question: how can I shut down the cyber-bullying that is hurting my child? Luckily, while difficult, there are solutions.

First, communicate. Only 25% of children nationally tell a parent they are being bullied. If you make yourself a safe resource for your child and show them that you care about their problems, will not blame them, and will commit to being part of the solution, you can earn a spot in that coveted 25%.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

Second, reinforce communication. For that, MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian enables parents to set up alerts on their children’s phones, so, if their child receives bullying messages, they instantly become aware of it.

For example, if a parent wants to know if their child receives messages containing potentially bullying words like “gay,” the parent can set that word up for an alert using MMGuardian’s system. If that word appears in their child’s texts, the parent is notified and can take action.

Out there, mobile bullying is only getting worse. But in your own family, you can make a positive difference. And MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian: SXSW Confronts Dangerous Parenting

11 Mar

SXSW Confronts Dangerous Parenting: MMGuardian Presents at HATCH Competition

By Paul Grossinger

Over 27 years, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas has become synonymous with geeks and tech; mysterious new gadgets, Star Wars helmets, and 70’s style after-parties.

But it’s time for a new subject to make an appearance: safe parenting and the dangers of mobile smartphone use.

MMGuardian has been invited to present at the HATCH competition for exciting young startups on Sunday March 10th, giving safe parenting tech a vibrant, energetic platform to showcase how tech can help parents solve real problems affecting their lives 24/7.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

Take Snapchat, the rising app phenomenon that is taking the teen world by storm and will certainly make an appearance at SXSW. While cool and exciting technology, Snapchat is often misused by children and teens – with disastrous consequences. MMGuardian will show parents how to block it; instantly making parents aware of a solution to one of their worst rising concerns.

Most of all, it’s exciting to see safe parenting become a genuine technology issue, with the tech community – not just concerned parents – interested in hearing about exciting new solutions.

So, if you are at SXSW, check out MMGuardian’s exciting presentation at HATCH. SXSW is rising to the occasion with regard to safe parenting – and it’s time to become part of the solution.

NBC: How to shield your kids from ‘NSFW’ apps

10 Feb

todayBy Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily

If online posts are tagged #NSFW — not safe for work — they’re probably not appropriate for your kids. Over the weekend, Twitter’s popular new video-making app Vine became stocked with porn.

Twitter has apologized for the pornographic clip that was included Monday as an editor’s pick on the app’s homepage stream and has removed the X-rated clip. But a whole lot of porn appears under a slew of hashtags, including #NSFW, #sex, #porn and other, um, more specific tags.

Chances are the videos will make the round of school lunchrooms before Twitter can clean up the service. But at Twitter and its video service Vine  that means adding a warning to say a post may contain possibly sensitive material. Twitter does not prohibit pornography as long as it’s not used as a profile photo, a header image, a background image or violates U.S. law such as photos that involve children.

“Parents just don’t have the opportunity to react. These things can happen in the blink of an eye,” Joel Holl, CEO of MMGuardian, a mobile monitoring app for parents, told TechNewsDaily.

Read More:http://digitallife.today.com/_news/2013/01/28/16742619-how-to-shield-your-kids-from-nsfw-apps?lite

Mobile app industry growing in North Jersey

10 Feb

Paul Grossinger, vice president of strategy of Clifton-based Pervasive Group Inc., which also completed TechLaunch, plans to convert his company’s child-monitoring Android app for parents — MMGuardian — to a subscription model around $2.99 a month.

“Building awareness is definitely something we’re working on,” Grossinger said.

Grossinger said the company made connections with investors and advisers in New Jersey that may not have been possible in more saturated markets, like New York.

“There’s a lot of potential for companies to get together and get off the ground quickly,” he said.

Landau, who grew up in Teaneck, is optimistic about the app industry’s future as people increasingly rely on mobile devices.

“I think the mobile market is here to stay,” he said. “What form going forward is anyone’s guess.”

Read More: http://www.northjersey.com/news/185777912_Mobile_app_industry_growing_in_North_Jersey_in_app_start-ups.html?c=y&page=5

BrickCity Tech Meetup: MMGuardian

9 Feb

Video of BrickCity Tech Interview with MMGuardian

WBGO Journal Episode: 2012-11-30. The New Tech Capital

5 Feb