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22nd August 2011

CRTC Reaffirms Commitment To Official-Language Minority Communities

CRTCThe Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has published two reports in which it reiterates its commitment to official-language minority communities (OLMC). The reports highlight recent CRTC decisions, which will lead to improved access to broadcasting and telecommunications services, and increased OLMC representation within the broadcasting system.

Over the past three years, the CRTC has taken steps to encourage OLMCs to participate in its public processes. “OLMCs have increased their participation in processes that affect their development. They have shared their viewpoints and priorities,” said CRTC Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “As a result, the Commission can systematically take OLMC interests into account in its analyses and deliberations.”

For example, the CRTC required Shaw Communications to provide satellite receivers and antennas, including installation and free programming to qualifying households across Canada, including those in OLMCs. This requirement will ensure affected viewers continue to receive the signals of their local and regional stations through Shaw Direct after the transition to digital television. In addition, as a result of the review of CRTC’s satellite distribution policy, OLMCs will enjoy additional regional stations, including CBLFT Toronto and CBKFT Regina, as well as increased coverage of these stations.

The CRTC will continue to keep OLMCs appraised of issues that affect them and seek their participation in relevant public processes through its website and dedicated working groups.

Annual report on results – Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (2010-2011)

Results-Based Action Plan – Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (2011-2014)

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22nd August 2011

KidZoomer Offers Mom and Teacher Approved Deals

kidzoomerProviding customized deals for parents and caregivers, KidZoomer offers exclusive deals on camps, after-school activities, learning resources and educational products. New to the market this year, KidZoomer is one of the leaders in a growing trend to offer promotions geared towards a specific audience.

Toronto teacher Samara Schnurbach and mom of three Melissa Grossman work together to run all aspects of KidZoomer – from securing vendors and promotions, to managing the website, to ensuring each subscriber is entirely satisfied with their purchase. As a teacher, Samara understands the many resources busy parents need when children are in school, and that the expenses add up quickly.

“I realized there was a gap in the market for providing promotions that were specifically targeting parents with young children,” says Samara. “KidZoomer is the solution – we aim to bring quality, relevant promotions to families so they can try trusted products and services at a discounted price.”

“Right now KidZoomer is focused on the Greater Toronto Area, although some of our deals are web-based and available nationally. In the future we hope to expand our website with deals unique to cities across Canada,” explains Melissa. “We always ensure that before offering any promotion, we would purchase it for our own families – quality is our first priority.”

This back-to-school season, KidZoomer will be offering a variety of deals, including:

  • Reading programs to help children transition from summer to school
  • Themed birthday parties that make throwing a celebration simple
  • First Aid classes for caregivers
  • Art Programs for children looking to explore their creative side
  • Play camps for young children who may not be in school full-time

Unlike other deal websites, KidZoomer does not spam users with daily emails; promotions from KidZoomer come two to three times a week, and all promotions are customized from vendors with exclusive offers that cater to families with young children. Many subscribers are repeat customers, checking back regularly for new deals that fit the needs of their families.

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22nd August 2011

Augment Yourself in Real Life With Official Deus Ex: Human Revolution Clothing Line

Eidos MontrealPioneering online fashion retailer musterbrand LLC has unveiled its latest range of high-end gaming fashion – the adam jensen coatDeus Ex: Human RevolutionTM collection. Set to launch on the same day as the long-awaited Deus Ex: Human Revolution game,  the officially licensed clothing line allows gamers to ‘become’ Adam Jensen, the iconic, trenchcoat-wearing hero of Square Enix’s forthcoming blockbuster videogame. Fans can gear up in Adam’s signature outfit, or purchase clothing and accessories from other in-game characters, as well as other items inspired by the game.

Available in North America and Europe at the Deus Ex store, the Deus Ex: Human Revolution range of clothing has been designed in partnership with game developer Eidos-Montreal, ensuring the closest real-world version of the virtual items as possible.

The standout item in the Deus Ex: Human Revolution is Adam Jensen’s coat—a futuristic interpretation of a trench coat. This slick trench, adorned with signature vented holes, and structured sleeves, is inspired by Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s cyber-renaissance art direction. Just remember that you’re not actually augmented before leaving on your adventures.

dxhr bell tower security“Standard logoed T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats are the norm,” said Knut Jochen Bergel, CEO, musterbrand. “musterbrand’s clothing lines are designed by top stylists, woven from the highest quality material, and cut so sharply they should come with a warning. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is already drawing praise for its unique design and playability – we’re aiming to replicate the game’s popularity with our clothing line too.”

“musterbrand has done an amazing job at not only bringing the clothing in Deus Ex: Human Revolution to life, but producing cool, wearable clothing inspired by the game,” says Jonathan Jacque-Belletete. “It’s of utmost importance to me to always retain the integrity and signature look and style of the game in everything we produce. I think Deus Ex: Human Revolution fans will be stoked at musterbrand’s offerings!”

Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be releasing in North American stores tomorrow, August 23rd for the PlayStation®3, Xbox 360®, Windows® PC, Steam® and OnLive®.

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22nd August 2011

Watch The SouthPaw Technology SIGGRAPH 2011 Tactic Demo On Video

Southpaw TechnologySouthPaw Technology, developers of digital asset software Tactic, have released the TACTIC 3.6 demo video from their SIGGRAPH 2011 presentation. If you weren’t able to stop by their booth at the conference, or are looking for a solution to manage your studio’s digital assets, check out this in-depth look at what Tactic has to offer.

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TACTIC is a Web-based Production Asset Management system that combines digital asset management with detailed project management to simplify, secure and speed the complex process of creating digital content. Not only does TACTIC manage assets in a secure database, it moves them through their entire life cycle with workflow automation tools, and automatically tracks their progress in real-time so that a project’s status is never in doubt.  Add to that an open API and a completely configurable Web-based interface, and TACTIC becomes the central pipeline through which all assets flow.

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22nd August 2011

ITOptimizer Version 2.0 Available Now From Consulting Portal

Consulting PortalIT service management firm Consulting-Portal has announced the launch of ITOptimizer Version 2.0, a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution designed to help organizations achieve efficiencies by improving their Information Technology and Business processes.

“ITOptimizer 2.0 represents a major enhancement to the product and we are excited to provide this capability to our clients,” says David Mainville CEO and Co-founder of Consulting-Portal.

ITOptimizer Version 2.0 is the 5th release of our Business Process Management (BPM) software and is used by many Fortune 500 companies, along with numerous small to medium businesses, across North America and abroad.

“IT Optimizer is a great tool which has helped Telx assess, design and simplify our end-to-end revenue process. We are looking forward to the capabilities of version 2.0,” says Eric Shepcaro, CEO of TELX, provider of interconnection, colocation and business exchange services in strategic, high demand North American markets.

The software provides the following capabilities:

Process Assessment: Configure and administer questionnaires designed to measure the maturity of your ITSM and Business processes with provisioned templates based on the COBIT and ITIL standards or you can build your own. Data is securely gathered over the Internet and stored centrally for reporting.

Process Design: Define and document your ITSM and Business Processes using an easy to use interface and a library of ready to use templates based on the ITIL standard. Easily capture all the elements of the process in a central repository then automatically create process documentation.

Process Governance: Define specific control objectives for your processes then measure compliance through the assignment of tasks and the collection of evidence. We supply ready to use COBIT and ITIL templates or you can build your own governance model to support SOX, ISO20000 and more.

Process Education: All subscribers to ITOptimizer have access to free instructor-led classes on ITIL V3 Foundations, Process Assessment, Process Design and Process Governance.

As a SaaS application there is nothing to install in your environment. Advanced security protocols ensure your data is safe. Setup is easy and we help you be productive within hours. We also have a comprehensive suite of consulting services to compliment your in-house capabilities.

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22nd August 2011

Espial TV Browser Powers Smart TV Experience Across the Globe

espial TVOttawa’s Espial® has announced that the Espial TV Browser is now powering a wide range of consumer devices including Smart TVs, set-top boxes and digital media players. The Espial TV Browser is now commercially shipping in more than 25 languages across the world. To support this global reach, the Espial TV Browser has been optimized to support more than two dozen languages as well as the most popular search, news, video, photo, social and sports sites in dozens of countries.

“We’re pleased to bring the full web experience to Smart TV consumers across the globe” stated Dilshan De Silva, Director Browser Products, Espial.  “The Espial TV Browser, based on WebKit, provides connected TVs with a complete web and video experience including Flash 10.1 and HTML5 support.”

About Espial TV Browser:

  • The Espial TV Browser is now powering Smart TVs, Digital Media Adapters, Set-top boxes and other consumer electronic devices across the world.
  • The Espial TV Browser provides access to popular Search, News, Video, Photo, Social Networking and Sport Sites. The most popular websites are preset into the browser including Yahoo, Google, YouTube, Daily Motion, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, and more.
  • The Espial TV Browser is based on WebKit, supports 25+ languages and is optimized to industry leading chipsets. It supports languages such as Hebrew, Arabic, European, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and many more.
  • The Espial TV Browser, based on WebKit, delivers a PC-like web browsing experience, applications, widgets, video, HTML5 and Adobe Flash 10.1.

Next month, visitors to IBC 2011 in Amsterdam can see the Espial TV Browser demonstrated at the Espial TV booth (A18) in Hall 5.

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