28th February 2009

YTV And Hasbro Partner For Camp Nerf

YTV TorontoCorus Television is partnering with Hasbro Canada to give kids the chance to be the first to test new NERF products. Going live on March 2, YTV.com will connect viewers to CampNERF.ca, which showcases the latest in NERF gear and contests. Online games can be found on the website’s Elite Gaming Area as well as its four Camp NerfTraining Zones. Other areas of Camp NERF include the Contest Bunker, the Mess Hall for the latest news and camp communications and the Outfitter Tent for all retail information. To top it all off, kids will also be able to play and interact with NERF this summer with YTV’s annual WOW cross-country tour.

Camp NERF is an online destination where kids are introduced to the world of NERF through various Camp Counsellors, all of whom hold different areas of expertise. Participants can also collect and earn NERF badges when they complete a game or finish their online training as part of their experience at CampNERF.ca.

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28th February 2009

Activision And Nelvana Announce Upcoming Video Games Based On Toy Of The Year Winner Bakugan

NelvanaTorontoActivision Publishing, Inc. has announced an agreement with Corus Entertainment Inc.’s Nelvana Enterprises to develop and distribute video games based on the breakout hit toy and wildly popular action animated television series Bakugan. The first Bakugan game will be released for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, ActivisionXbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems in the fall of 2009.

Bakugan“Bakugan’s success in 2008 speaks for itself and we’re confident it will be even bigger in 2009,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “It is our goal to expand this proven property in a way that both fans and gamers will love.”

“Ever since Bakugan exploded in popularity, players have been clamoring for a video game version,” said Doug Murphy, President, Nelvana and GM, Corus Kids. “We share our fans’ excitement in doing battle in an interactive Bakugan world!”

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28th February 2009

Bell First To Bring Twitter’s Full SMS Service To Canada

Bell CanadaMississaugaBell and Twitter have announced that Bell Mobility will be the first wireless carrier to offer Canadians full SMS (Short Messaging Service, or mobile text messaging) support for interacting with Twitter.

Twitter is a communication network that enables users to send and receive text based posts of up to 140 characters (known as “tweets”). Updates are displayed on a users profile page at Twitter.com and delivered in real time to those who’ve signed up for them. Twitter updates can also be received through integration with other social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin (using Twhirl software) or via SMS, RSS or Twittermobile.

“Being the first wireless carrier to offer Canadians Twitter’s fully interactive SMS service underlines our commitment to delivering popular and relevant content to our clients, including the latest social networking applications,” said Andrew Wright, Director of Business Development at Bell Mobility. “Twitter is extremely successful, with millions of people regularly using the service to stay in touch with, family, friends and colleagues every day.”

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28th February 2009

ParetoLogic Wins Business Examiner’s Technology Company of the Year Award

Pareto LogicVictoria – In the turmoil created by economic worries, business awards provide a reassuring note of continuity and success that buoys the entire community. Celebrating the efforts and success of Vancouver Island businesses, the Business Examiner (BE) Awards highlight the best and brightest in the community. Winning the Technology Company of the Year award, ParetoLogic was pleased to have its efforts recognized and honoured to be in such distinguished company. Proceeding into 2009 with the same vigor and confidence that has become the hallmark of ParetoLogic, the Island’s top Tech company has big plans to produce more software titles that will put British Columbia on the technology map.

“Winning the BE Award for Technology Company of the Year is a great way for us to start 2009,” comments Elton Pereira, ParetoLogic Co-Founder and CEO. One might think that adding another award to the company’s already impressive lineup would take a backseat to concerns generated by the ever-present economic bad news, but Pereira would argue that vehemently. “ParetoLogic has done and continues to do, extremely well, despite the recession that we seem to be experiencing. It’s important for people to remember that the good news is out there – Tech companies on the Island continue to thrive,” states Pereira.

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28th February 2009

ResQ Announces Strategic Partnerships with RIM and Microsoft

resqToronto – On the heels of Trackberry™, Chad Hughes, President and CEO of ResQ, today announced two critical strategic partnerships enabling managers to efficiently track valuable mobile assets in the field, including critical personnel. ResQ, Canada’s leader of GPS-enabled tracking solutions, has partnered with Waterloo-based Research In Motion (RIM) to develop and promote solutions for the Blackberry®, as well as with Microsoft to provide financing to clients.

“We are now a proud member of RIM’s innovative Blackberry Alliance Program as a System Integrator,” states Hughes. “This deal offers my team access to a unique suite of resources that support our on-going efforts to create and sell tracking applications globally. Our deal with Microsoft allows us to immediately provide attractive financing options to an expanding number of enterprises with large fleets of vehicles or equipment in the field.”
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28th February 2009

Indigo Books And Music Launches New Digital Reading Destination

Chapters IndigoTorontoIndigo Books & Music, Inc. today announced the launch of Shortcovers, a new digital destination that enables people to discover and experience their next great read, on the mobile devices they already own. This new service provides consumers with an easy way to access and read their favorite content on the go.

eBook sales grew nearly 70 percent in 2008, with growth accelerating over 100 percent in the fourth quarter. Shortcovers is an integrated online and mobile service that gives anyone with anshortcovers iPhone™, Blackberry (Storm™, Bold™ and Curve™), or Google Android™ device, instant access to the newest books, hottest authors, and most popular magazines and blogs – as well as new content formats and user-inspired writings such as subway novels.

“We are at a tipping point in the publishing world. People are reading differently–they are reading on screens, in more frequent, shorter sessions–and are accustomed to digital sampling services,” said Michael Serbinis, CIO & EVP of Indigo Books & Music. “Consumer behavior combined with the wide availability and popularity of high quality mobile devices inspired us to create Shortcovers, a destination where consumers can sample for free, purchase what they want, and read their favorite content on the go.”

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27th February 2009

Corel Painter 11 Unveiled

CorelOttawa - Corel Corporation has introduced Corel® Painter™ 11, the newest edition of the world’s leading painting and illustration software. With more than 40 new and enhanced features, Painter 11 provides the most inventive drawing and painting tools available, making it the ultimate art studio for those ready to expand their definition of creativity.

Since its inception, Corel Painter has set the standard for painting and illustration software. WithPainter 11 Painter 11, artists can now expand their digital toolset with the most advanced painting and natural media tools available. New pressure-sensitive brushes allow hand and brush to fluidly work as one, producing brushstrokes that are unrivaled in texture and precision. Enhanced drawing tools and customizable media allow users to create distinct art every time.

“The cornerstone of Painter’s success has always been our loyal user community. During the development cycle for Painter 11, we listened closely and carefully to what these talented artists were saying about our product – the features they loved and the new features they needed as they worked with Painter on a day-to-day basis,” said Rob MacDonald, Product Manager for Corel Painter. “With Painter 11, we’ve successfully addressed many of the key areas our users highlighted while also delivering some exciting new features that will further expand artists’ creative options.”

Changing What’s Possible in Art
In developing the newest version of Corel Painter, the Corel team focused on four key areas:

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27th February 2009

The Adventure Company to Publish Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper for Windows

The Adventure CompanyTorontoThe Adventure Company, a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software in North America, has announced it will publish the Adventure Game Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper for Windows® in North America. The game is developed by Frogwares, the creators of the award-winning adventure game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened and is scheduled to release in April 2009.

“We are extremely pleased to continue publishing one of the best franchises out there in Sherlock Holmes vs Jack The Ripperadventure gaming,” said Byron Gaum, Global Product Marketing Manager at The Adventure Company. “Frogwares and Focus Home Interactive have brought us some of the finest adventure titles in recent years. We think this pairing of the world’s greatest sleuth and the infamous killer will be another standout release in the adventure gaming genre.”

Sherlock Holmes, one of the world’s best known detectives is matched up with the most dangerous serial killer in England’s history, Jack the Ripper. The Year is 1888, London has been overtaken by a series of gruesome murders and police are left baffled, with no leads. The murders continue and Sherlock Holmes steps up to the case, setting out on a terrifying adventure to seek out the identity of Jack the Ripper.

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27th February 2009

Video Games Live Announces More Canadian Dates

Video Games LiveVideo Games Live has announced more Canadian performance dates for 2009.  Video Games Live is a great journey down gaming’s nostalgia lane, it’s a fun and entertaining way to introduce our children to the world of symphonic music. Village Gamer highly recommends the production as worthy family entertainment.

New Dates:

A second performance date has been added for Kitchener, ON:

Kitchener, ON – March 13 and 14 2009 – Centre In The Square with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Winnipeg, MB – July 6 and 8 2009 – Centennial Concert Hall

Video Games Live has promised forthcoming tour dates for:

Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

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25th February 2009

Oscar Night Event Featured Livecast And Celebrity Correspondents Armed With Palm Treo Pro Smartphones

livecastVancouver/Beverly Hills – Live video streaming from mobile device pioneer, LiveCast®, and Palm, Inc. teamed to add support for Sunday’s live webcast of “A Night to Make a Difference” Oscar viewing and after-party organized by Leeza Gibbons and Oliva Newton John to promote advocacy, philanthropy and volunteerism and their respective non-profit organizations, the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, and Olivia’s Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.

A night focused on giving back, Mr. Chow’s became a “living set” providing the backdrop of the live webcast. Philanthropists, volunteers and stars like Laila Ali, Jessica Biel, Paris Hilton, John Paul Dejoria, Hilary Duff, David Foster, Tony Hawk, Mario Lopez, Holly Robinson, Rodney Peete, Jane Seymour and many others came to help support this special event. Celebrity correspondents toting Palm Treo Pro with LiveCast provided the personal point of view with live video streaming from their Palm Treo Pro smartphones.

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