Well as many of you are well aware, today is launch day for the iPad in Canada. While it’s easy to want one, the iPad is not something that I will be purchasing in the near future. I have a netbook which I really like, and while the battery life could be better, it is functional for the purposes I require of it, and really, other than the tablet-styled type pad, I don’t see many advantages for an iPad over my iTouch other than the bigger screen. Besides, I need a PS3 more than I need an iPad. Then again, it would be easier to read books on the iPad than it is on my iTouch…
BCTIA and QuickMobile are pleased to announce the “mobilization” of this year’s Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) taking place on June 8th, 2010. In collaboration with BCTIA, QuickMobile has developed an iPhone app and mobile website which provides information about the awards dinner real time on any mobile device.
The community will be able to access the awards program, list of attendees, and finalist profiles on their SmartPhone. Other major features of the mobile solutions include online ticket purchasing, past history of TIA winners presented as cover flow graphics, as well as the evening’s seating plan.
David Snell, EVP of QuickMobile stated ”we are very pleased to provide the first ever mobile solutions to enhance and extend this year’s TIAs experience. The iPhone application and mobile website benefits both the attendees and organizers by including an interactive mobile program guide with access to real-time features, which in turn provides leading edge interactive tools for all attendees and reduces printed material.”
“We are very excited about using these innovative mobile solutions to differentiate our 2010 TIAs celebration“said Pascal Spothelfer, President and CEO of BCTIA. “QuickMobile has created these mobile tools for us within an extremely short time frame and incorporated features we know will improve our attendees’ experiences at the 2010 TIAs.”
The Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada) Inc., are holding some educational events in Toronto on June 7th. Commercializing Technology through the Power of IP Licensing is an introductory course designed for those with no prior experience in licensing. According to the event’s information page, it is specifically aimed at:
* non-licensing professionals about to enter the field
* those who are considering a career in licensing
* entrepreneurs who need to understand the value of their IP
* professors of entrepreneurship
* students interested in learning the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) and how to commercialize IP through licensing
Essential Principles & Tools of Licensing is the next step in the Society’s educational programme, and it is also running in Toronto, with a given date of June 7 – 10. This course is much more in-depth and is also more costly to attend than the introductory session mentioned above. Please see the Society’s web site for all of the pertinent information. The intended audience for this educational programme are intellectual asset management professionals, including those responsible for licensing and business development, who want to increase their knowledge of licensing and raise their professional skill level.
Kerberos Productions and Paradox Interactive are happy to announce that Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection which includes the original Sword of Stars game as well as its’ expansions: Born of Blood, A Murder Crows, Argos Naval Yard as well as a brand new scenario, has been released today with a recommended retail price of $29.99
Developed by Kerberos, Sword of the Stars is an epic space 4x Strategy game set in the year 2405 that allows players to play as one of four distinct galactic races, research over 150 distinct technologies, design and build ships across three size classes and wield over 40 weapons from six different weapon groups. Players can also choose from a variety of single-player scenario campaigns along with up to eight player multiplayer.
The first expansion, Born of Blood, unveils the merciless Zuul Slavers with over 90 brand new ship sections and their unique drive system, the Tunnel Drive. It also introduces a variety of new game features including slavery, trade routes and diplomatic communications, as well as 25 additional technologies, 15 more weapons, new ship sections for the original four races as well as new scenarios, maps and galactic encounters.
A Murder of Crows introduces a sixth new race in the form of The Morrigi with their unique ‘Grav Flock’ Drive System, 27 additional technologies, 15 more weapons along with construction ships, orbital stations, spy ships, police cutters and more.
The third and final expansion, Argos Naval Yard, completes Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection with 19 more new technologies, over 75 additional ship sections to build, 10 weapons, three scenarios, as well as single player/multiplayer with co-op scenario maps.
Building on the success of their popular software utility applications, Blitware is happy to announce the latest addition to their lineup, Undeleter. As the name implies, the application helps computer users rescue documents, photos, and folders that have been deleted and were previously thought unrecoverable. Though Undeleter joins similar software applications in its category, Blitware developers have designed a unique functionality to prevent overwriting and the ensuing permanent damage that is a common risk with such software applications.
Scanning the PC and any attached storage devices such as cameras, USB drives, and external hard drives, Undeleter searches for deleted files and folders and displays them for selection and recovery options. Unlike most data recovery software applications that recover files one at a time, Undeleter utilizes a unique technology that Blitware has termed “DataStream”. Recovering all retrievable files to RAM, encrypting them so that only the host computer can read them, and temporarily storing them until the entire batch is safe and ready to be written back to disk, Blitware’s DataStream technology protects against overwriting and damage to files that is problematic with other data recovery solutions. Undeleter is compatible with the following Windows operating systems: Windows XP Home/Professional, Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit).
The latest in Blitware’s suite of utility software products, Undeleter joins Blitware’s Driver Fetch, File Helper, and the ever-popular PC Medkit as part of the company’s lineup of electronically downloadable software applications. As a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Vancouver Island Technology Association (VIATeC), Blitware is committed to providing user-friendly, effective utility software to PC users and is confident that Undeleter, their latest application, will serve their customers well and far surpass industry expectations.
Kobo has announced availability of its popular iPad application in all markets where iPad is available. Additionally, Kobo today released regional versions for Canada, UK and Australia and announced a New Zealand application is coming soon. The regionalized applications, built specifically for the iPad, feature local content, merchandising, and currency. All Kobo iPad applications come pre-loaded with five free eBooks and connect to the Kobo eBook store, which features more than two million titles including current best sellers, classics, and thousands of free titles.
Kobo is a global eReading service with customers in more than 200 countries today. The company offers free applications for a wide variety of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks and eReaders. Kobo also recently started selling the affordable eInk Kobo eReader, with a goal of making eReading more accessible for consumers. Kobo’s open approach enables consumers to read their content on any device anytime, anyplace – including downloading purchases and reading on popular third-party devices and software. Kobo believes customers should have freedom of choice, and be able to build their eBook libraries independent of any device or service.
“We’re excited for iPad owners around the world to experience Kobo on this amazing device,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “Our customers around the world can read free books and hot new bestsellers on our new iPad app, access their existing libraries and make new purchases from the Kobo store. People don’t want their content locked to one specific device, so we’ve given them the ability to read what they want, on the device that they want.”
The Kobo eReader is available at Chapter’s-Indigo Books and Music and Walmart Canada. Kobo’s iPad application was developed specifically for iPad’s large screen and takes advantage of the device’s unique features. Users can personalize the application by creating a custom bookshelf, choosing their ideal font and font size, adjusting brightness and colors, selecting unique bookmarks and more. Existing Kobo users will be able to read all the books they already own, which will be downloaded automatically when the user logs in to their Kobo account from the Kobo iPad app.
And in more iPad eReader news, Wattpad updates its app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad. As ereaders continue to flock to mobile devices to read and comment on the latest chapters of their favorite stories, Wattpad has responded with several improvements to its iPhone/iPad app. Now, users can use their iPhone/iPad to vote and share comments on stories and socialize with other readers in the Wattpad community.
“iPhone is by far the most popular device for reading ebooks from Wattpad,” explains Wattpad co-founder CEO and Co-founder Allen Lau. “As Wattpad has become the destination for readers to not only find stories but interact and post comments with other members, we wanted to provide better access to the broad social networking features available on Wattpad’s main site.”
Writers on Wattpad continue to add to their stories by posting You Tube videos, image slideshows and songs; creating unique, multi-media ebooks. The latest version of the Wattpad iPhone/iPad application allows readers to experience these integrated add-ons from their mobile devices, enhancing their reading experience.
Additional features of the Wattpad iPhone/iPad app update include new content discovery features, optimal iPad display, new touch screen controls, enhanced library management and improved offline capabilities. Readers can also save all chapters of a story to their iPhones, iPods and iPads to read offline.
There’s a new classifieds site for Canadian hobbyists. Hobby Classified features over 300 categories for all toys and hobbies, buyers and sellers can easily search and post ads absolutely free. Whether you are Artists, Collectible, Modellers, in Trains Model, Scales model, Radio Control, Die cast, Action Figures, Ships, Tanks, Slot Cars, Toys or any other related items in Hobbies, this website is designed for you hobbyists.
And finally, for employers: Velotrex Inc announced today the opening of their new product, an online employee scheduling system, called When Do I Work 4 U. Businesses like restaurants, coffee and donut shops, retail stores, grocery stores, theatres, golf courses, gas stations or any business that schedules employees can use the software to more efficiently manage their schedules, saving them time and money.
Use of the application allows employees 24×7 access to their schedules, and gives them the ability to book time off. Employers can create a schedule without fear of double booking, overbooking, or booking an employee when they aren’t available. The web site application contains the following features:
* Custom setup in 3 easy steps – Create business account and job descriptions, add employees, create the schedule
* Schedule Colour coding – Identifies a conflict of an employee scheduled, but unavailable, prevents overlapping employees for the same job, identifies the hours and days an employee has booked off
* Schedule By Job Subset – View a subset of jobs and employees when making your schedule reduces your effort when creating a schedule
* Save Money – View and compare the hours/cost from job to job and week to week with just one click!
* Save Time – Copy schedule from previous day/week to today’s schedule with just one click!
* Contact employees view phone, cell phone, email or email to text, all available from the online schedule
* No more employee phone calls to find out when they work. One click access to their schedule.
New clients can try When Do I Work 4U? Free for 30 days, with no obligation, no credit cards to give us. After 30 days, you can continue using the service for just $5.95/month, per business location with unlimited use and unlimited number of employees.