Although the two-day forum has ended, the conversation continues. Get involved as Canada’s digital nation plans move forward – read the Wrap-up Session summary notes and reply with your thoughts on the paper. The Canada 3.0 Interactions team is also venturing out here to the west coast. They will be stopping in Calgary on May 26th for a panel presentation at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market on Barclay Parade S.W., where a panel will discuss how connectivity relates to collaboration and competitiveness. Panel members include Peter Singendonk, Alberta Director for Systems Engineering, Cisco Systems Canada, Claudia Moore of Charodix, and Patrick Lor, President of Fotolia North America. A tentative date of May 28th has been set for Vancouver, but further details have yet to be announced.
Check out the latest Mass Effect 2 showcase video featuring an interview with ME2 Executive Producer Casey Hudson and the upcoming DLC expansion Overlord.
According to threat data collected by the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure, cybercrime is thriving in Canada: Per million people, the country is just behind the U.S. in the number of customers targeted by malware. In addition, Canada ranks fourth in the amount of malicious files and URLs originating from the country – right behind Japan.
Trend Micro’s first Canada Threat Awareness Week, May 17-21, will raise awareness on what these data-points mean to citizens and how cybercrime is impacting Canadian businesses and consumers. Trend Micro CTO, Raimund Genes will start his tour in Quebec, where he will be speaking this evening at the Montego Resto Club in Quebec City. He will then visit Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, delving into the Canada threat landscape and sharing his investigative findings that compare how Canada sits in relation to international trends and independent security metrics.
A special bonus session that includes VMware will outline how virtualization is dramatically changing IT organizations, from small business to very large enterprise. This session will highlight the factors driving the need for virtualization security and will provide guidance on approaches that can be taken to secure today’s virtualized and cloud environments in the future.
“Trend Micro Canada is excited to introduce its first Threat Awareness Week, kicking it off with a multi-province tour to educate and raise awareness on how cybercrime is affecting our citizens,” said Ian Gordon. “Internet safety is more than just technology products – that’s only half the story. Education and awareness are key and our goal is to help the citizens of Canada get smart about online safety.”
Ubisoft has announced new DLC for Splinter Cell Conviction. The Deniable Ops “Insurgency Pack” will deliver brand-new missions for Archer and Kestrel on four additional maps for Deniable Ops modes. Achievements hunters will be glad to know that 250 new points can be unlocked in this DLC. The Insurgency Pack will be available for download on May 27th, for both the Windows® PC and the Xbox 360® versions, for 800 points or $9.99USD.
Don’t forget that Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will hit store shelves tomorrow. Here’s a look at their launch trailer:
IUGO’s explosive hit, Implode XL, now has a custom level editor for the iPhone. Now all iDevice owners may create, share, play and rate levels built by their peers. Users will soon have thousands of levels to choose from offering virtual limitless gameplay and new content to one of the iPhone’s most addictive physics puzzlers. Implode XL is available for the iPod, iPhone and iPad on the App Store now for $2.99USD.
iStockPhoto has released a new (and free) plug-in that puts more than six million photos and illustrations at the fingertips of Microsoft Office users. The iStock Ribbon plug-in allows users to access iStockphoto images from within PowerPoint and Word, where they can select, preview, purchase and insert images directly into their documents.
“iStockphoto has been a valued image provider on the Microsoft Office web site for several years,” said Sharon Meramore, the downloadable content manager for the Office website. “We’re excited that iStock now exposes its whole collection through the user interface of Word and PowerPoint, making it easier and faster for our customers to create more compelling documents.”
The plug-in will add an iStockphoto tab to both PowerPoint and Word. From there, users can take advantage of iStockphoto’s powerful search engine to browse photos and illustrations. Those new to iStock can set up an account and buy credits to purchase images. Current customers can log into their accounts and access all the standard functionality of the iStock website. They can also make purchases using their existing credits all without leaving PowerPoint or Word.
The iStockphoto Office plug-in download page features a short video by Garr Reynolds, a popular blogger and author of the best-selling book, “Presentation Zen.” The video shows how easy it is to select and add an iStock image into a PowerPoint presentation.
“One of the most effective ways to turn a mediocre presentation into a remarkable presentation is through the use of well-chosen, high-quality imagery,” said Reynolds. “The availability of this plug-in is great for presenters and even better for their intended audiences.”