12th July 2011

Clickfree Introduces C6 EASY Imaging

clickfreeClickfree has announced the immediate availability of Clickfree C6 EASY Imaging, the first Total Computer Backup product that makes it easy to back up and restore everything on a PC including personal files (photos, videos, music, emails, spreadsheets, illustrations, documents, and 500+ other types), software programs and the Windows®operating system.

Designed for non-technical consumers and small business owners, Clickfree has taken the difficult process of backing up and restoring virtually everything on a computer and made it effortless.

To perform a full image backup, just plug the Clickfree C6 EASY Imaging drive in to the computer’s USB port, and Clickfree’s Patented EASY Run™ will automatically launch and back up everything on the computer. If a clickfree c6 easy imagingcomputer crashes due to a software malfunction or virus attack, EASY Fix™ will restore all the personal files, software applications and the operating system.

“Up until now, PC users have had to compromise between backing up only part of their computer with regular file based backup system, or trying to figure out how to use a complex imaging product to backup their entire computer,” said Ian Collins, founder of Clickfree. “Clickfree combines its EASY Run technology with imaging capabilities, resulting in a no-compromise solution for total computer protection that is unparalleled in its ease-of-use.”

Clickfree C6 EASY Imaging takes a different approach to an image backup than other products. Current solutions combine personal files, software programs and the Windows operating system into one. Clickfree categorizes the user’s personal files as one category, and the software programs and Windows operating system as another. This provides the ability to repair only the portion of the backup that has been lost or damaged. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th July 2011

Bell Aliant Pioneers Award Twelve SMART Boards To Provincial Schools

Bell AliantThe Bell Aliant Pioneers are marking 100 years of volunteering and community support by the TelecomPioneers and awarding twelve SMART Boards to schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Across North America the TelecomPioneers are celebrating 100 years of community volunteering and fundraising,” said Joan Neil, President of the local Pioneers Chapter. “In Newfoundland and Labrador the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been active since 1972 and to celebrate we are awarding twelve SMART Boards to schools in the province.”Smart Technologies

Over the past two months students around the province have been participating in a contest and have submitted presentations that highlight their schools’ volunteer efforts, the history on the Bell Aliant Pioneers and what a SMART Board would mean to the school. In addition to the SMART Boards the Bell Aliant Pioneers will donate $500 to each of the schools who submitted a presentation. The total value of the donation by the Pioneers is $55,000.

“This donation reflects our commitment to funding programs that support literacy and education,” said Neil. “Last year alone we recorded over 33,000 volunteer hours and donated over $73,000 across the province.  In addition, among other projects, we delivered over 1,100 books for literacy and distributed 450 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Bell Aliant employees and retirees to a variety of local community groups.”

The winning schools were notified in time for their year-end assemblies and the SMART Boards will be delivered in time for the new school year. SMART Boards are being awarded to:

  • Queen of Peace Middle School, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Green Bay South Academy, Robert’s Arm
  • E.A. Butler All Grade,  Mckay’s
  • Xavier Junior High, Deer Lake
  • Canon Richards Memorial Academy, Flower’s Cove
  • Coley’s Point  Elementary, Coley’s Point
  • Catalina Elementary, Catalina
  • Random Island Academy, Random Island
  • Ackerman Elementary, Green’s Harbour
  • Newtown Elementary, Mount Pearl
  • Morris Academy, Mount Pearl
  • Roncalli Elementary, St. John’s
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29th June 2011

Blackline Delivers Savvy Solution for Surveillance Market

blackline gpsCalgary’s Blackline GPS Corp. has begun delivery of the new Javelin™ Covert Tracker, a purpose-built GPS tracking device for professional surveillance and loss prevention markets in North America.

In a sector where software and hardware solutions often come from two separate companies, Blackline’s complete end-to-end technology – delivered by its internal multidisciplinary research & development team – is a key differentiator that enables the company to respond to specific customer requirements with highly-tailored solutions.

“Javelin was built from the ground up for investigators and police services. Unlike competing products, that are often modified consumer trackers, Javelin is a true professional grade covert tracker with features like device removal detection and track-on-motion,” says Cody Slater, CEO and Chairman for Blackline. “Police forces are accustomed to paying upwards of $2,000 for tracking products whereas Javelin’s price point is less than $700.”

“Our new platform’s modular hardware and firmware architecture enables us to efficiently bring new products to market with reduced engineering timelines.” indicates Barry Moore, Head of Research & Development. He further adds “Javelin addresses critical customer feedback, including a custom waterproof case, dual neodymium magnets with 240 pounds of mounting force, a new Ultimate Sense® 2 GPS internal antenna with improved tracking of weak satellite signals, and a large 6000 mAh battery.”

Javelin provides more than 4 times the battery capacity of the existing Entourage PS portable security product. Coupled with advanced power management features, Javelin enables users to choose between an aggressive 3-week tracking profile through to multi-month operation for long-term surveillance applications.

As of the date of this release our initial production run of Javelin has been oversold and the company is currently increasing its production capacity to accommodate demand.

Blackline will be showcasing Javelin at the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA) trade show in Tampa, Florida on July 16th – 22nd. NATIA is composed of over 3,000 law enforcement and intelligence personnel who provide the technical operations, surveillance activities, and scientific support for hundreds of federal, state, local law enforcement and related agencies across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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22nd June 2011

D-Box Theatre Experience Just Got Bigger In Texas

D-BoxD-BOX Technologies Inc. has signed its first agreement with Texas-based ShowBiz Cinemas to equip ShowBiz Cinemas 12 in Waxahachie, Texas with 25 D-BOX MFX Seats.

“Texas continues to be one of our fastest growing U.S. markets and we are delighted to name ShowBiz Cinemas as one of our newest exhibitors, further expanding our global footprint,” said President and CEO of D-BOX Technologies, Claude Mc Master.

“A provider of first-class entertainment, ShowBiz Cinemas is looking forward to offering D-BOX in its first theatre,” said Kevin Mitchell, President and CEO of ShowBiz Cinemas. “We plan to thrill audiences with the debut of the new motion technology this summer and anticipate that guests will truly enjoy this one-of-a-kind immersive movie experience.”

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21st June 2011

Kobo Goes Tropical At Caribbean Stores

koboKobo has announced that the company’s Wireless eReader has landed in the Caribbean through a new partnership with Nigel R Khan Bookseller. The innovative bookseller – with nine locations in Trinidad and Tobago – is committed to bringing the latest technology to readers. The introduction of the Kobo Wireless eReader provides the large chain with an open and enjoyable device to support local readers and the islands’ tourism trade. The partnership will enable the book chain’s customers to engage in reading on a whole new level with Kobo, as well as attract a new reading crowd with the technological advancements Kobo brings to eReading.kobo touch ereader

As the southernmost island in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago’s population of 1.3 million boasts a literacy rate of 92.8%, making it the perfect place for Kobo to reach avid readers and encourage them to start eReading with the device of their choice. Nigel R Khan Bookseller has proven their overarching commitment to reading and technology, adopting new approaches that enhance the joy of reading for their customers.

“Along with the excitement of bringing our passion for eReading to new shores, we expect to see great success with the launch of the Kobo Wireless eReader in Nigel R Khan Bookseller stores throughout Trinidad and Tobago,” said Todd Humphrey, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Kobo. “Nigel R Khan Bookseller is really leading the way by bringing the latest technology to the Caribbean and introducing eReading to their customers. We look forward to serving Trinidad and Tobago’s growing eReading community and the country’s technology-focused demographic.”

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21st June 2011

D-Box Expands Into Three More Theatres

D-BoxQuebec’s D-BOX Technologies Inc. has signed a new agreement with Cobb Theatres to expand its presence in the Southeastern U.S. and equip three new locations with its D-BOX MFX Seats.

Scheduled to debut the immersive movie experience this summer, Cobb Theatres’ Dolphin 19 at Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida is one of the best performing locations in the U.S. and will offer 36 D-BOX MFX Seats. Additional locations include Cobb’s Hollywood 16 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Lakeside 18 in Lakeland, Florida, each with 34 D-BOX MFX Seats.

“We are pleased to announce that D-BOX will soon be available at one of the top grossing theatres in the U.S.,” said President and CEO of D-BOX Technologies, Claude Mc Master. “This is a significant advancement for D-BOX, one that increases market share while presenting D-BOX on a larger scale.”

“The D-BOX experience has proved highly successful at our current theatres and we are looking forward to expanding on that, rolling out the motion technology at multiple locations,” said Chief Operating Officer of Cobb Theatres, Jeremy P. Welman.

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21st June 2011

Sonomax Signs Sculpted Eers Distro To JAM Industries

sonomaxSonomax Technologies Inc. has signed an agreement with JAM Industries Ltd., North American distributor of products to the Musical Instruments & Professional Audio channels (MI&PRO). JAM owns and operates American Music & Sound (AM&S) based in Los Angeles. AM&S will distribute sculpted eers™ in the U.S.  Erikson Audio, another division owned by JAM and headquartered in Quebec, will distribute sculpted eers™ throughout Canada. JAM reported sales of $230M in 2010 and distributes to 3,800 dealers in North America. sculpted eers

“We have been evaluating this technology for close to a year now and believe that the market is ready for this product,” said Martin Szpiro, JAM’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are watching the product launch that is currently underway, very closely.  Our goal is to learn as much as possible about the product and the consumer experiences, so that we are very prepared for the second phase of the Sonomax launch, which is planned for this fall,” added Szpiro.

“There are so many advantages to doing business with a company like JAM,” said Nick Laperle, CEO of Sonomax. “They have offices across the U.S. and Canada, and a huge dealer network.  They also cater to one of our core niche markets, the amateur and semi-professional musician, who understand that getting custom earphones or in-ear monitors, as they are known in the industry, is a 3 to 4 week process that can cost anywhere from $400 to $3,500. With sculpted eers™, musicians can walk in and out of a store with custom-molded earphones in minutes, for between $199.99 and $299.99, based on the model they choose.  How cool is that?” Laperle added.

Sonomax reminds shareholders of its Annual & General Meeting to be held tomorrow, Tuesday June 21st at 10:00am, Hotel Vogue, 1425 De La Montagne Street, Montreal, Quebec. Martin Szpiro, JAM’s CEO will be at the meeting to discuss the agreement and provide outlook for 2011-2012.


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20th June 2011

TechSol Introduces New Modular Touch Screen Product Line

techsolBC’s Technical Solutions Inc. has released a new modular touch-screen computer product line. In three simple steps, choose your LCD screen (with matching adapter board), computer module, and I/O module and you have the guts of a touch-screen terminal customized exactly to your needs.

  • pick your display (it comes with a matching display interface board supporting LCD, touch, back-light, plus some optional extras)
  • pick your computer power, from 500 to 1000 MIPS, with or without on-board Ethernet
  • pick your mix of I/O and power-supply. From POE to a super-low-cost 2-board option powered by USB, there’s a range of boards coming.

Using the latest i.MX processors from FreeScale Semi-conductor of Austin Texas, Techsol’s engineers have applied 25 years of experience designing low-power CMOS computer systems for commercial, industrial, medical, automotive, and defense applications to the long-standing challenge of “why not all 3”. All TSCM products run Techsol’s Medallion Linux, one of the oldest and most stable Linux distributions exclusively targeting ARM processors. Display options currently supported include 3.5″, 4.3″, 5″ WVGA, 7″ WVGA, 7″ Hi-Brite, and 10.4″ SVGA LVDS with more coming.

Conceived in 2007, designed starting in 2009 (there was a recession providing time :), optimized in 2010, and now rolling out in 2011, the Touch Screen Computer Module (TSCM) simplifies the creation of your next product at low-cost, with low-risk, and with fast time-to-market. Plus, Techsol still offers custom design services should you require a unique mix of interfaces or power-supplies on your I/O board or support for a new display.

Embedded Engineering is the same all over the world. Engineers face the same challenges of having too much to do, and not enough time or money to do it with. Techsol’s Medallion Classic and TSC modules address this issue and provide a solution that extends into the production stages of a product, not just the proof-of-concept stage like most SBCs.

The Medallion Single-board computer product line encompasses multiple CPUs, and different configurations with the same CPU. However, the pin-out and form-factor remain the same, even after 10 years, and the TSCM will also have a long availability for “planned NON-obsolesence”.

By designing with the Medallion system, you are effectively out-sourcing your CPU design and Linux porting with no up-front NRE fees. That lets your team concentrate on the hardware and software portions of your product that your customers see. The result is that you can create a higher-quality product in a fraction of the time and cost of designing everything yourself from scratch, with interchangeable modules extending product life-cycle times.

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20th June 2011

Pre-Order HP TouchPad Tablet At Best Buy Canada

Best Buy CanadaBest Buy Canada has announced the pre-sale of the new HP TouchPad tablet at Best Buy stores across Canada. This is HP’s first webOS tablet, available with the option of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage – user-available storage subject to change based on system software and application usage. It will be available to purchase in-store at Best Buy on July 15th, and customers who pre-order the HP TouchPad through Best Buy will receive 6X Reward Zone points.HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad is part of a growing family of webOS devices designed to keep people better connected. With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, the ability to find information on the device or the web using the Just Type feature, and unobtrusive notifications. TouchPad is a productivity powerhouse that also offers access to the cloud and entertainment, including movies, TV shows, games, photos, books, magazines and premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology.

Key Features of the HP TouchPad:

  • HP’s first webOS tablet – facilitates easy multi-tasking and organizing
  • 16GB for $519.99; 32GB for $619.99
  • Just Type feature – start an email, message or status update without launching an app – just start typing
  • HP Synergy – Sync contacts, calendars, email and photos with sources like Facebook and Google. (Within wireless coverage area only. Microsoft Exchange email, contacts, and calendars available for ActiveSync only; requires Microsoft Outlook using Exchange Server 2003 with SP2, Exchange Server 2007, or Exchange Server 2010.)
  • HP exclusive Touch to Share capability (Touch to Share capabilities require TouchPad with webOS 3.0 and Pre3 (pending availability) or Veer (requires future over the air update) with webOS 2.2 or higher. Viewing URL web page content requires data connection via Wi-Fi or cellular connection.)
  • Supports Adobe® Flash Player® and HTML 5

Other information about TouchPad use:

  • Internet access within wireless coverage area only. Wi-Fi within range of 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Fi hotspots may require fee for usage. Not all web content may be available. Email and related information required for setup and activation.
  • Third-party software available separately. Within wireless coverage area only. Requires data services at additional cost. Not all apps available on all devices.
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13th June 2011

Sculpted Eers by Sonomax Launch In Canada

sonomaxSonomax® Technologies, Inc. has announced that their award winning sculpted eers™ custom earphones will be available to Canadian retail customers this week. The highly acclaimed custom molded earphones will be premiered on Wednesday, June 15th at Boutique Tone in Montreal, at HearAtLast in Ottawa (Orleans) on Thursday, June 16th and on Friday, June 17th at HearAtLast in West Edmonton. The Ottawa (Orleans) HearAtLast is located at 3900 Innes Road and the West Edmonton HearAtLast is at 18521 Stony Plain Rd. N.W.

Sculpted eers, the revolutionary custom earphones which can also be pre-ordered at the sculpted eers website for delivery in August, are molded to the unique shape of an individual’s ear canal in just four minutes. They provide sculpted eersmaximum comfort, exceptional sound, and a secure fit even during vigorous activity. Additionally, the acoustic seal delivers a total audio immersion experience so consumers can safely enjoy the highest quality music at a fraction of the volume required by generic earphones.

“I’m thrilled to offer sculpted eers custom earphones to my customers, ” said Boutique Tone Owner and CEO Jeremy Stern. “They’re amazing. I’m always looking for the newest and coolest products on the planet and that’s exactly what sculpted eers are. I saw how people reacted to them at the NAMM Show earlier this year and now that I’ve been using them, I’m even more of a believer. My customers are going to love them.”

Nick Laperle, Sonomax Technologies’ President and CEO will attend the official product launch, which will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on June 15th at Boutique Tone, 4292 Saint-Laurent in Montreal. “Boutique Tone is Montreal’s premier specialty music store for guitar and bass players. They are perfect partners for sculpted eers custom molded earphones,” Laperle said. “I’m delighted that I’ll be on hand for the launch and am looking forward to personally introducing sculpted eers to Boutique Tone’s customers.”

Laperle will also be present for the sculpted eers launch at two HearAtLast locations. The Ottawa (Orleans) sculpted eers launch is set for Thursday, June 16th and on Friday, June 17th the West Edmonton HearAtLast store will introduce the sculpted eers product. Launch time will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at both locations. HearAtLast, a store-within-a-store at various Walmart locations throughout Canada, sells state-of-the-art hearing aids, earphones and other assistive hearing devices. Read the rest of this entry »

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