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20th May 2009

CATA Supports Local Television and Calls for Virtual Mobilization on Second Life

CATAOttawa – The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has joined the call of Ottawa TV station CTV, to support local TV across Canada by calling for a review of its regulatory funding regime.

“If we cut local community roots, we lose something invaluable as a nation. Media coverage is hugely important in establishing a reputation and product awareness.” said John Reid, CATA President, adding, “If the local TV companies falter, we will be facing another blow against creating Canada’s Innovation Nation — which is already weak because of the economic climate. We want to see local television continue to strengthen our communities. This system has to be fixed.”

As part of Canada wide mobilization, CATA is calling on High Tech companies to join the CTV petition, and to also gather for a “virtual protest meeting” in Second Life, a virtual 3D world where people can socialize, gather, chat and explore.
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20th May 2009

Need For Speed: Nitro Fact Sheet

EAMontreal – Developed specifically for the Nintendo DS and Wii by EA Montreal, Need for Speed NITRO delivers the fun and exhilaration of high-speed racing, combining the franchise’s trademark attitude and car culture with deep and thrilling gameplay. With the NDS, battle through the mayhem of aggressive cops, take corners at 150 mph, and own the competition on extreme tracks. Boasting a wholly unique look and feel, Need for Speed NITRO thrusts NFS Nitrogamers into an exciting flurry of over-the-top fun, where each race track features big air jumps, smackable objects, shortcuts and more!

In Need for Speed NITRO, players will be battling it out right to the finish line. In the heat of adrenaline-pumping competition, gamers must take risks on the road to build up Nitro boost and use it at the right moment to leave their rivals in the dust. They must also be ready to escape relentless cops with a propensity for road blocks. Players who activate their Heroic Driving moves at the perfect time can pull off over the top evasive tricks, outsmarting determined law enforcement in the process.
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20th May 2009

Braid Now Available For Mac

Hothead GamesVancouver – Mac gamers rejoice! You too can now manipulate the flow of time and rescue the Princess. Hothead Games proudly announced today the release of the Mac version of Jonathan Blow’s Braid on the Greenhouse indie digital distribution platform. Available for worldwide Braiddownload at only $14.95, today’s launch of Braid represents the one of the first in a unique collaboration between Hothead and other top-notch independent developers to bring their award-winning titles to new gaming platforms.

Explore the human condition and manipulate time in the lush, painterly world of Braid, a puzzle-platformer that takes you from a house in the city on a journey through a series of worlds to solve puzzles and rescue the princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, including the ability to rewind, create parallel realities and utilize time dilation. There is no filler in this game; every puzzle shows you something new and interesting about the game world.
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20th May 2009

Ubisoft Vancouver Announces Its First Title

UbisoftVancouver - Today Ubisoft® announced a new addition to its sports portfolio, Academy of Champions™, an arcade soccer game featuring legendary sports icons Pelé and U.S. soccer champion Mia Hamm. Developed for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the game will deliver an engaging, interactive experience for kids and their families. Academy of Champions is scheduled to be released in 2009.

Academy of Champions

Academy of Champions

“We made our mark in the sports genre last year with the global success of Shaun White Snowboarding,” stated Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Now, with Academy of Champions, Ubisoft offers another sports game with a fresh approach that has something unique to offer young gamers and sports fans.”

Created by an experienced team of sports game developers at Ubisoft Vancouver, Academy of Champions engages players in a rich, story-driven adventure around the world’s most popular sport. The journey begins with enrollment at an extraordinary Academy where your coach is the legendary Pelé and U.S. soccer champion Mia Hamm is your team member and mentor.
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20th May 2009

Rogers Wireless Brings The Android Market To Canada

Rogers WirelessToronto – The Android Market, an open distribution channel for mobile applications (apps), is coming to Canada exclusively through Rogers Wireless with the launch of the HTC Dream™ and HTC Magic™ in June. Canadians will have a new store for all their wireless device apps shopping needs.

As of May 15, there were already more than 3200 apps available in Android Market, and that number is Android Marketgrowing rapidly. The HTC Dream and HTC Magic smartphones, the first cellphones in Canada powered by the Android platform and featuring access to Android Market, will soon be available from Rogers Wireless and will be the first chance Canadians have to get Android Market at their fingertips.

“Innovation is part of our DNA at Rogers Wireless,” said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “Exclusively available through Rogers Wireless in Canada, the leading-edge Android-powered HTC Dream and HTC Magic will allow consumers to fully personalize their handsets with an expansive choice of apps in Android Market, when they launch in June.”
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20th May 2009

Kangaroo Media Announces Launch of Its Next Generation Fan Experience Enhancing Technology

KangarooMontrealKangaroo Media, a recognized leader in sports fan enhancement solutions and technologies today announced the upcoming launch of its next generation of fan experience enhancing technology & platform. The launch includes an all new Fan Experience Control Center technology suite and a Generation III wireless hand-held device.

The Fan Experience Control Center hardware and software suite will expand the ability to intelligently enhance and tailor the fan experience including future capabilities to connect to an array of WEB-based fan community applications and add-ons. The newly minted Gen III handheld will feature a sleeker form factor with a prominent HD type LCD screen and new Wi-Fi capabilities to broaden connectivity beyond the in-stadium venue.
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20th May 2009

Mount Sinai Selects WinMagic’s SecureDoc Full-Disk Encryption to Protect Hospital Data

WinMagicTorontoWinMagic, the innovative leader in disk encryption, today announced that Mount Sinai Hospital, an internationally recognized health care centre affiliated with the University of Toronto, has selected WinMagic’s SecureDoc full-disk encryption software to protect hospital data. SecureDoc is being installed on more than 200 laptops being utilized by physicians, administrative staff, support staff, clinical staff, IT support staff and researchers.

Having researched available full-disk encryption solutions, Mount Sinai selected SecureDoc based on numerous pre-determined criteria. Mount Sinai’s thorough evaluation process included testing for Windows compatibility, user experience during initial encryption, ongoing performance and user experience following initial encryption, performance and compatibility across a wide variety of laptop models, ability to unencrypt data, data recovery capabilities, ability to support security policy control, client management and monitoring capabilities, auditing and reporting capabilities and preboot authentication functionality.
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20th May 2009

Vantrix Welcomes John Major to Board of Directors

VantrixMontrealVantrix, the leading provider of content adaptation and optimization solutions for converged wireless, broadband and cable networks, today announced the appointment of John Major as an Independent Director to the Vantrix Board of Directors. The strategic addition to the Board caps a strong first quarter for Vantrix, highlighted by four new customer wins and the Frost & Sullivan 2009 Mobile Content Optimization Solution of the Year Award.

John Major

John Major

In his role as Independent Director, to which he brings a wealth of experience, Mr. Major will support Vantrix by providing expertise and strategic advice regarding potential growth strategies. He has been serving as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Broadcom since May 2008, having joined the company as an Independent Director in 2003. He also serves as Director of three other public companies, including Lennox International, Littelfuse, Inc., and ORBCOMM, Inc.
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20th May 2009

QuickPlay Media To Power Virgin Mobile India’s First Unlimited Music Download Service

QuickPlay MediaTorontoQuickPlay Media, the premier provider of solutions that manage the business of mobile video, today announced that the company is powering Virgin Mobile India’s first unlimited full-track music download service, at no charge to subscribers. Christened “Vmusic,” the service offers a range of Western and Indian content from leading artists across brands & music labels, such as Sony BMG and Hungama.

“As India’s leading youth-focused mobile service, Virgin Mobile India has consistently set itself apart by providing an attractive range of phones to the world’s fastest growing mobile market,” said Wayne Purboo, president and CEO, QuickPlay Media. “Now, through this collaboration with QuickPlay, VMI will transform their customers’ mobile experience by providing them with access to music from some of the world’s most popular artists. By working with QuickPlay, VMI also ensures seamless expansion of its multimedia services to meet evolving customer preferences.”
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