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31st March 2009

Everyone’s An Artist with Artzooka – New Children’s Series Gets Greenlight

CCI EntertainmentToronto –  CCI Entertainment Ltd. in association with MotionWorks GmbH, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are proud to announce the launch of Artzooka! a new multinational, multiplatform children’s property that takes both art and entertainment to a whole new level. The series will be a mix of live action and animation and will be produced in various languages. The initial order includes 26 episodes in English which have been bought by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.motionworks

Artzooka! is a mix of fun, intrigue and surprise and shows kids that everyone can be an artist and that art can be made out of anything and everything. The series will present unique and innovative ways of being creative as well as provide children with a solid foundation on a range of art techniques. The property will feature cutting edge digital elements and electronic art and will include bizarre, animated characters that contribute to the shows upbeat, off-the-wall energy. All of the art projects will be easily mastered and accessible to all children while at the same time being inventive and dazzling.

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31st March 2009

IUGO Announces Two Upcoming iPhone Titles

IUGOVancouverIUGO has announced the upcoming release of two new titles which have been originally designed “from the ground up” specifically for the iPhone. Due out this spring, these two games will be available in the Apps Store for purchase and download.

Starhogs

Rig up your hogs, strap yourself in, and head out into orbit for the fiercest battles this side of Uranus. StarhogsObliterate the competition with a Cruise Missile or close in for some potshots from your Vulcan gun with this turn-based strategy experience. Not your style? Don’t worry, you’ve got more than 20 ways to kill someone. Nuke some asteroids for an extra payday, but remember, they’re the only thing protecting you from a re-entry hangover you won’t wake up from.

Take out some chumps and unlock heaps of new gear in 32 campaign levels, or ride into the online arena to face curly tails from all over the universe. But remember, in space no one can hear you squeal. Starhogs is due for release in April 2009.

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31st March 2009

Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow Improves Performance Across Product Lines

Sierra WirelessVancouverSierra Wireless today announced the expansion of the company’s patent-pending TRU-Flow™ technology to include Sierra Wireless EV-DO products. First launched in the company’s HSPA product line in 2007 to address the issue of reduced data transfer speed during simultaneous upload and download, TRU-Flow is the only technology in the world to improve web page load times during uplink congestion even with virtual private network (VPN) enabled.

Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow is designed to address the way real users work over their wireless connections. When a wireless network user attempts to upload and download over the wireless network at the same time, congestion can reduce data throughput, slowing down performance. Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow monitors IP traffic and data throughput to optimize the overall upload and download modem performance. When there is uplink congestion, TRU-Flow technology is theoretically capable of 9 times increase in download throughput. Field tests show an average 100 percent increase in the download throughput performance and an average 100 percent improvement in web page load times even with a VPN enabled and regardless of the mobile operator network.

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31st March 2009

Sony Brings World’s First Wi-Fi Digital Camera With Web Browser to Canada

Cyber-Shot Camera Lets You Share Your Memories in the Moment

sonystyle CanadaToronto – With a focus on making photo sharing easier and more convenient, Sony of Canada Ltd. today introduced the world’s first Wi-Fi® enabled digital camera that uploads photos and videos to Web sites Sony DSC G3through any public hotspot due to its built-in Web browser.

The new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 digital still camera answers one of the most pressing needs for photo enthusiasts: how to share those amazing photos and video clips of family, friends and events as soon as you shoot. The Cyber-shot camera makes it easy to upload images and video directly to popular photo and video sharing sites wherever a Wi-Fi connection is available.

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31st March 2009

Computrace Now Supported in Firmware of Getac Computers

Software allows lost/stolen computers to be quickly retrieved and sensitive information to be remotely deleted

Absolute SoftwareVancouverAbsolute® Software Corporation, the leading provider of firmware-based, patented, computer theft recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions announced today that Getac rugged notebooks and tablet PCs are now available with firmware support for Absolute’s mobile computer anti-theft and IT asset management solution Computrace®.

“Getac rugged notebooks and tablet PCs are designed for the mobile workforce in extreme environments – on an oil rig, in emergency response vehicles, or helping firefighters with rescue planning,” said Jim Rimay, president, Getac, Inc. “Having Computrace embedded in the firmware of our computers gives our customers the additional security and satisfaction of knowing they can track and manage computers as well as delete sensitive data even if the hard drive is replaced or reformatted. Absolute’s services are an ideal complement to our world-class rugged notebook computers and tablets.”

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31st March 2009

CRTC Opens Online Consultation On Internet Traffic Management Practices

Govt of CanadaOttawa/Gatineua – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today opened an online consultation to gather views on Internet traffic management practices. The consultation, which is being hosted by Nanos Research, is part of a proceeding launched in November 2008. A public hearing will also be held starting on July 6, 2009, in Gatineau, Que.

Current Internet services have made it possible for Canadians to use new applications and services, such as video streaming and peer-to-peer networking. Certain Internet service providers (ISPs) maintain that this growth in traffic can cause congestion, especially during peak times. This has led some ISPs to manage the flow of traffic on their networks or adopt new business models.

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31st March 2009

Yoga Comes to Wii!

DreamCatcher TorontoDreamCatcher Games and JoWooD Productions, leading publishers of interactive entertainment software worldwide, are pleased to announce that Yoga for Wii™ is under development and set to be released October 2009.  Fans of yoga and those interested in improving their overall fitness and well-being will be able to practice Yoga from the comfort of their own home.

Utilizing the Wii Balance Board™ and following step-by-step instructions from a variety of in game Yoga Gurus, players will be guided through a variety of popular Yoga exercises. Players will be able to monitor their progress with a dynamic tracking system and set up a schedule to follow.  The yoga guru, acting as your own personal trainer, will make suggestions to you based on your progress and computations taken from the Balance Board.  The Wii Remote™ and Balance Board will be used for many poses to determine the player’s balance and any movements or shifts in weight by the player will be detected and recorded once the pose is complete.

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30th March 2009

Larva Mortus – Review

Larva MortusTitle: Larva Mortus
Developer: Rake In Grass
Publisher: Meridian4
Released: March 19 2009
Platform: PC Windows
Genre: Action/Horror
Current Price: $9.99 through their site (also available on Steam)
Rating: Not Rated

In the end of XIX. century dark forces shade the world once again. A brave agent experienced in exorcism and combat comes to face the incoming evil and fight loathsome supernatural monsters and horrific spawns of black magic

Larva Mortus is very reminiscent of the types of games I liked to play way back in the early days of computing – usually on that little-known OS called Windows 3.1. While some in this day and age of heavy 3D graphics may find those early games unbelievably poor in quality, Rake In Grass has

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managed to develop a fun-to-play action-horror quest and combat property. They’ve included many of the elements which make for a highly addictive and re-playable game – one which I thoroughly enjoyed playing. Okay, so I’m still playing it – but that’s an homage to the developers for the great job they’ve done.

First and foremost I would like to make mention of the soundtrack. It is extremely well-written and produced, and adds much to the spookiness of the environment. It is non-repetitive and won’t grate on your nerves after the first few minutes of play. One thing that I always check at the start of game play is the Options area. I do not usually like to play games in Full Screen mode on my PC, as I usually have other things going on at the same time. I was happy to see that Rake In Grass included that all important Screen Mode choice in their options, allowing me to play in a smaller window.  For those who do not like gore in their games, it’s also possible to turn off the gore. I happen to like gore, so that control remained active.

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30th March 2009

New Sierra Wireless AirCard 2-in-1 Data Card Design Transitions Through Notebook Upgrades

Sierra WirelessVancouver – Sierra Wireless today introduced the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 402, the first product in the Sierra Wireless AirCard product line to offer 2-in-1 functionality. The AirCard 402 is a PC Card that offers the convenience of switching to the ExpressCard form factor whenever required. By offering both PC and ExpressCard form factors in a single device, Sierra Wireless spares customers the expense of purchasing a new mobile broadband device when they upgrade their notebook computers.

Designed for time-crunched mobile professionals, the AirCard 402 data card is remarkably compact and simple to use. It can be safely stored in the computer’s PC Card slot or ExpressCard slot for quick and easy internet access on-the-fly – its low profile and durable design allows users to carry the notebook with the card in place, and the AirCard 402 can be set to reconnect automatically when the computer is reopened.

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30th March 2009

Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco Selects PhoneGap for Launch Pad Competition

Panel of Judges Picks Nitobi’s PhoneGap As One of Five Chosen from Over 80 Applications

NitobiVancouverNitobi Inc. has announced that its PhoneGap project has won a coveted spot in Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s Launch Pad taking place Thursday, April 2 during the Web 2.0 Expo, in San Francisco.

Nitobi will present PhoneGap along with four other companies to a panel of industry experts including Anand Iyer of Microsoft BizSpark, Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb and Matt Marshall of Venture Beat. Nitobi CEO, Andre Charland, will showcase PhoneGap in front of a live audience at Web 2.0 Expo, the leading global gathering of developers, designers, marketers, and business professionals building the next generation Web. John Battelle, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Federated Media and Program Chair of Web 2.0 Summit, will host the live competition where each company will present for five minutes for feedback from both the judges and audience members.

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