31st August 2011

Learning Tree International to Present Five Sessions at Showcase Ontario 2011

Learning TreeLearning Tree International, Inc. will be presenting five informative sessions at Showcase Ontario 2011, providing key insights on the best in public and private sector business training practices and solutions. Showcase Ontario takes place this September 7th through 9th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and will offer participants access to career-focused education sessions, world-class speakers and a dynamic exhibition.

Defining Clear Project Goals with Larry Barnard
Wednesday, September 7, 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Description:This interactive session will help create clear goals for projects, and explain how to use these goals to ensure successful projects and achieve smooth project closure.

Managing Emotional Intelligence with Larry Barnard
Two Sessions: Wednesday September 7, 1:00pm – 4:00pm & Thursday September 8, 9:00am – 12:00p.m.
Description: This session will help participants learn to combine strong interpersonal skills with technical skills, and to apply Emotional Intelligence to motivate and engage teams, foster cooperative working relationships and improve overall effectiveness.

Planning for Project Success with Larry Barnard
Thursday, September 8, 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Description: This intensive mini-course will discuss strategies for planning for project success, as well as common project pitfalls to avoid.

Cloud Computing Overview: Evaluating the Opportunities with Boles Sykora
Friday, September 9, 10:00a.m. – 1:30p.m.
Description: This half-day event features live demonstrations of current cloud computing products such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Azure, Google & Amazon EC2 to help you evaluate the options, benefits and decisions involved with incorporating cloud computing.

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31st August 2011

Montreal Game Summit Expands Programme

MIGSThe Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS), presented by the Canada Media Fund, unveiled programming for the 8th annual event, which takes place this November 1st and 2nd at the Hilton Canada Media FundMontreal Bonaventure. Once again, MIGS is bringing together industry experts to create a educational event of unparalleled quality with presentations in six key areas of the business.

“One of the key objectives of MIGS is to expand the knowledge of developers so they will go back to work with their heads full of new and innovative ideas,” says Marie Claude Bernard, Director of MIGS. “With this year’s collection of inspiring speakers and our series of amazing events, the eighth edition of the MIGS is sure to be a great success.”

Participants will have the opportunity to hear the following experts:

* Arts & VFX:

  • Alex Alvarez – Founder, President and CEO of Gnomon School of Visual Effects
  • Hiroshi Matsuyama – CEO of CyberConnect2
  • Raphael Lacoste – Art Director at Ubisoft

* Audio *NEW this year:

  • Amaury LaBurthe – CEO and Assistant Professor at AudioGaming
  • Jean-François Guay – Audio Expert and Programmer at Ubisoft
  • Mona Mur – Composer
  • Paul Weir – Audio Director, Composer and Audio Designer at Eidos

* Business:

  • Jesse Divnich – Vice-President at EEDAR
  • Marc Jackson – Managing Director at  Seahorn Capital Group
  • Raphael van Lierop – Founder and Creative Director of HELM|Studio

* Design:

  • Alex Epstein – Screenwriter
  • Craig Morrison – Creative Director and Executive Producer at Funcom
  • Nels Anderson – Lead Designer at Klei Entertainment

* Production:

  • Andrée-Anne Boisvert – Associate Producer at Playdom
  • Patrick Hsieh – Producer at Playdom
  • Keith Fuller – Production Consultant for Fuller Game Production, LLC
  • Scylla Costa – Development Director at Bioware

* Technology:

  • Jeff Timanus – Software Developer for Google Canada
  • Mike Ruangutai – Technical Director for  GameSpy Technology
  • Renaud Bédard – Programmer at Polytron Corporation
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31st August 2011

Payfirma Now Available for Blackberry

PayfirmaJust one month after Payfirma’s iPhone Virtual Point of Sale App was released in Canada, the Company is now proud to announce the release of its Blackberry Mobile Payment App for Canadian merchants to accept credit card on their Blackberry devices instantly.

“Payfirma’s mission is to bring efficient payment technologies to all Canadian businesses, large and small,” noted Michael Gokturk, CEO and founder of Payfirma, “now consumers and merchants can accept payment for goods and services on their Blackberries anywhere with a cellular or WIFI signal – thereby increasing their sales Payfirma for BlackBerryefficiencies and improving the overall checkout experience.”

Payfirma’s payment apps let any business or consumer accept all major credit cards securely on Blackberry & iPhone. Users can swipe or manually input a credit card, authorize the transaction within 5 seconds and email a receipt of the transaction directly from the app to the customers. All transaction data is encrypted and fully secure through Payfirma’s PCI compliant facilities.

Merchants and developers can also integrate directly to Payfirma’s mobile settlement and authorization gateway, which enable any mobile application to add a hosted, secure mobile checkout solution.

“The next release of our mobile apps will enable users to link their settled funds from the phone directly to an NFC (near-field communication) chip within the phone itself,” continues Gokturk, “enabling the smartphone to be used as an e-wallet and using it to pay for goods and services wherever NFC devices are enabled.”

The app is offered for free and users must have a valid Canadian merchant account to process live transactions. Opening a merchant account with Payfirma is easy, and can be opened directly within the app itself, or on the Company’s website.

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31st August 2011

Free Software Makes Interactive Floors or Walls Accessible to All

po-motionFor the first time ever anyone with a computer, web camera and projector can create an interactive environment. Po-motion allows advertisers, teachers & event planners a cheap, simple way to engage their audience. Transform a blank floor or wall into an interactive scene that changes when people walk past or over it.

“We created Po-motion with the desire to make interactive projections affordable and easy to set up for everyone” said PO-MO Inc. Artistic Director Meghan Athavale. “It’s been really encouraging to see how our users have embraced the software. Most of the new features we add to the software are ideas submitted through our feedback form.”

Once users have downloaded the free software from the Po-motion site, they can use one of the eight scenes that come bundled with the software to bring their floor or wall to life. Additional content can be purchased online, with themes ranging from seasonal holidays to special events like weddings.

“We’re always adding new scenes” said Curtis Wachs, programmer and co-creator of Po-motion. “Our users often request custom content and we do our best to deliver it. Some ideas are a one time use while others are made available to the whole community.”

In September 2011, Po-motion will be launching the first of a series of online tools to allow users to customize and build their own interactive floor and wall scenes.

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31st August 2011

Devolutions Enhances Remote Desktop Manager App

devolutionsQuebec enterprise software developer Devolutions has announced that the next release of its widely acclaimed Remote Desktop Manager application will offer users an enhanced level of value, convenience and productivity thanks to a new development partnership with TheGreenBow, a leading enterprise security software firm.remote desktop

The development partnership allows for the integration of TheGreenBow’s VPN Client software directly into Devolutions’ Remote Desktop Manager. As a result, IT managers and remote workers will be able to create a VPN tunnel and rapidly open a secure remote connection with Remote Desktop Manager – and all with a single click.

“This development partnership fits perfectly with the vision of our two companies,” commented Devolutions’ CEO David Hervieux and TheGreenBow’s CEO Roger Simon in a joint communication. “We both focus on providing our users with the best of security and usability for remote sessions in elegantly efficient ways, so they can be more productive and improve performance. We look forward to continuing to work together and expand on this initial success.”

Currently, TheGreenBow is available as an add-on to Remote Desktop Manager, but the next version of Remote Desktop Manager will support the TheGreenBow VPN software out of the box. Full release details will be launched soon.

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31st August 2011

Telefilm Canadian Talent To Watch TIFF Panel Announced

Telefilm CanadaTelefilm Canada will be holding the first of a three part panel discussion luncheon on September 9th in the Filmmakers’ Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. A Toronto International Film Festival partner event, the Question and Answer session will be hosted by Telefilm Canada Executive Director Carolle Brabant and moderated by Tom McSorley, Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute, with opening remarks by Atom Egoyan, director of Chloe and The Sweet Hereafter.

The future of Canadian cinema is here and it is now. This panel discussion brings together filmmakers who’ve just made that elusive first feature. Whether it’s making the transition from shorts to features, the exciting opportunities of making films with digital media, or the aesthetic possibilities afforded creators by new technologies, these young directors will discuss how they got here and where they intend to go.

Directors who will be participating in the panel are as follows:

  • Simon Davidson, The Odds, Canada First!
  • Guy Édoin, Wetlands (Marécages), Canada First!
  • Anne Émond, Nuit #1, Canada First!
  • Ivan Grbovic, Romeo Eleven (Roméo Onze), Canada First!
  • Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas, Amy George, Canada First!
  • Nathan Morlando, Edwin Boyd, Special Presentations

There will also be panels held on September 12th and 14th, but details have not yet been released.

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31st August 2011

Shaw Media Remembers 9 11 with Exclusive Lineup of Commemorative Programming

Shaw CableAs the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th 2001 draws closer, Shaw Media will present a comprehensive overview of the tragedies and triumphs of 9/11 and the on-going war on terrorism, in a robust lineup of programming dedicated to commemorating the day that changed the world.

During the week leading up to the anniversary, Global National will be airing several timely features focused on the people and places most affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Stories will air nightly at 5:30pm ET/PT (6:30pm AT) on Global National, and will all lead into Global News’ in-depth coverage special: 9/11: 10 Years Later live from New York City. Airing commercial free from 8:30-10am ET, Global News’ expert team of correspondents will cover all angles and bring viewers an up-close look at remembrance ceremonies as they occur. 9/11: 10 Years Later will be spearheaded by Global National Anchor and Executive Editor Dawna Friesen alongside Washington Bureau Chief Eric Sorensen from Global News’ coverage centre in New York. Ottawa Bureau Chief Jacques Bourbeau will capture the Canadian perspective from New York during the ceremony, while Washington Correspondent Paul Johnson will capture the events occurring outside the Pentagon. Global National Atlantic Correspondent Ross Lord will also be on hand to report on ceremonies taking place in Gander, Newfoundland. Live streaming coverage will also be carried online at GlobalNews.ca.

On Sunday, September 11 (8pm-10pm ET/PT), Global Television will break from regular programming to mark the 10th anniversary with 9/11: 10 Years Later. Two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro returns as host of this unprecedented and exclusive insider’s account of the World Trade Center attack. 9/11: 10 Years Later contains the only known footage of the first plane striking the World Trade Center, the only footage from inside Ground Zero during the attacks, footage from events marking the 10th anniversary, and new interviews with many of the firefighters who were featured in the original program. Viewers will also hear from New York City officials as they discuss some of the health issues that have plagued first responders who worked at Ground Zero.

“Global News is committed to providing Canadians with the most comprehensive coverage possible of the 9/11 10th anniversary ceremonies,” said Troy Reeb, Vice President, News for Shaw Media. “The live, in-depth coverage being provided by our expert news team is wide-reaching and will provide an introspective look at how Canadians from across the country were affected by the events of that fateful day.”

Leading up to, and on the anniversary, Shaw Media’s Factual Channels will take an unflinching and emotional look at 9/11 – why it happened, how it has transformed the world, and the heroic successes and short-comings of the war on terror. On Sunday, September 11, History Television will participate in a worldwide initiative across all of A+E Networks’ History brands, by airing the world premiere of 9/11: 10 Years On (8:30am-8:46am ET) and 102 Minutes That Changed America (8:46am-10:30am ET), uncut, commercial free and in time with the tragic events of September 11, 2001. National Geographic Channel will also pay tribute with a week-long lineup of series and programs, including a brand-new, exclusive interview with former president George W. Bush, premiering Thursday, September 8 at 10pm ET.

“Through our extensive programming lineup across multiple channels, Shaw Media will provide viewers with an unparalleled breadth of content that is dedicated to honouring the lives lost, and details the incomparable stories of survival and tragedy that resulted from September 11, 2001,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content for Shaw Media.

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

Global News
In addition to Global News’ day-of coverage, Global National will also carry several poignant and introspective features leading up to the September 11 anniversary. Beginning Monday, September 5, the newscast will air stories compiled by Dawna Friesen, Eric Sorensen and Jacques Bourbeau on a range of different topics all related to the 9/11 tragedy. These include an interview compiled by Dawna Friesen with William Rodriguez, one of the last people to escape the World Trade Center, and a piece on Garnet “Ace” Bailey, the Canadian former NHL player and Los Angeles Kings scout, who was aboard one of the hijacked planes. Global National’s feature pieces will air nightly at 5:30pm ET/PT (6:30pm AT) in the week leading up to the 9/11 ceremonies.

GlobalNews.ca
As part of Global News’ extensive coverage of the 9/11 anniversary, GlobalNews.ca will carry live, commercial-free coverage of the remembrance ceremony. Additionally, online reporter Rebecca Lindell will be in New York to provide up-to-the-minute reports and exclusive photo content live via the Global News Twitter handle: @globaltvnews. GlobalNews.ca will also carry several revealing online-exclusive pieces, including an infographic examining how the world has changed since 9/11.

History Television
9/11: 10 Years On (Broadcast Premiere)
Sunday September 11 from 8:30am-8:46am ET (Uncut and Commercial Free)
This film tells the story of the rebuilding of Ground Zero, through the lens of five heroic people personally connected to and completely changed by the events of 9/11. Broadcast in time to the events of September 11, 2001.

102 Minutes That Changed America (Network Premiere)
Sunday September 11 from 8:46am-10:30am ET (Uncut and Commercial Free)
A minute-by-minute first-person video and audio account of the events of September 11, 2001 featuring original footage from more than 100 individual sources meticulously woven together in chronological order. Broadcast in time to the events of September 11, 2001.

9/11: The Days After (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday September 11 at 10:30 ET/PT
9/11: The Days After builds upon the format established by 102 Minutes That Changed America to examine the legacy of 9/11 — constructing an evocative, engaging and immersive narrative using exclusively archival audiovisual material assembled without contextualizing narration or interviews.

The Last Hour of Flight 11 (Encore Presentation)
Sunday September 11 at 12:30 ET/PT
The Last Hour of Flight 11 chronicles the story and dramatically recounts the final sixty minutes of American Airlines Flight 11 – an hour, and a flight, that changes the world forever. Using a real-time split-screen format, the viewer experiences these 60 critical minutes as they happen to the key participants.

National Geographic Channel
Inside 9/11: The War Continues (Canadian Premiere)
Wednesday, September 7 at 10pm ET (Encore presentations Sunday, September 11 at 2pm and 9pm ET)
Inside 9/11: The War Continues follows the evolution of al-Qaeda in the last ten years, as well as the emergence of key players from other terrorists groups, the numerous terror plots thwarted by officials and the deadly terror attacks that have occurred around the globe since 9/11. Featuring raw footage and exclusive interviews with top-ranking officials, this program connects the dots in an intricate web of government surveillance, military might, espionage, terrorist vengeance and ruthless attacks on civilians in a relentless war.

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview (Canadian Premiere)
Thursday, September 8 at 10pm ET (Encore presentations Sunday, September 11 at 3pm and 10pm ET)
This documentary reveals exclusive, first-person insight into the man at the epicenter of U.S government’s decisions in the face of the deadliest terrorist attack launched on American soil.  Taped over the course of a two-day interview, President George W. Bush opens up with candid details and personal experiences on the grueling hours and pressure-packed days following the attacks. George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview also opens a new window into his personal account, with never-before-released archival footage and exclusive materials directly from the George W. Bush Presidential Library ** Footage available upon request.

Liquid Bomb Plot (Canadian Premiere)
Friday, September 9 at 9pm-11pm ET (Encore presentation Sunday, September 11 at 4pm ET)
In August of 2006, a London-based al-Qaeda cell plotted to launch a terrorist attack that would have been nearly as deadly as 9/11.The plot involved disguising liquid explosives as soft drinks and smuggling them on board seven planes – two of which were destined for Canada – and detonating them simultaneously over the Atlantic. Liquid Bomb Plot reveals the tensions and triumphs of MI5, the CIA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Pakistani officials and other counter-intelligence special operatives.

9/11 and The American Dream (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday, September 11 at 10am-12pm ET (Encore presentations Sunday, September 11 at 7pm and 11pm ET)
Through candid, heart-breaking stories of 9/11 survivors and family members from all over the world who lost loved ones that day, 9/11 and The American Dream reveals that, despite the magnitude of this tragedy, belief in the American dream still persists.

Witness DC 9/11 (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday, September 11 at 12pm-1pm ET
Witness DC 9/11 reconstructs the attack on the nation’s capital moment by moment entirely through home video; fire, rescue and police footage, news coverage, and city cameras that all captured a raw view of the devastating aftermath, and documented the chaotic evacuation of congressional leaders and other officials from the Capitol and White House.

CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind (Canadian Premiere)
Sunday, September 11 at 1pm-2pm ET
Next to bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist associated with 9/11 was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM.  He managed to elude the CIA for a decade, and even on the run, he carried out attacks on U.S. and Western interests in Bali, Yemen and Africa.  Follow the dramatic story of the CIA’s quest to find and capture this once-shadowy figure, piecing together fragments of intelligence from around the world.

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31st August 2011

MLearnPad Android Tablet Gets US FCC Approval

amarocks groupMississauga company AMArocks has announced that their Ultimate Go-Anywhere Anytime Classroom Tablet, the MLearnPad- 8″Android 2.2 Tablet has received official US FCC Approval. The tablet’s compact design encompasses a vibrant 8” color LCD touch screen, with a 4GB of internal storage, and up to 32GB of expandable storage via micro SD, a powerful Freescale ARM Cortex – A8 processor, and 512 MB of RAM.

MLearnPad comes with Android 2.2, which means it has support for Adobe Flash Player, giving the course participants unbridled access to the learning content. The multi-tasking MLearnPad also comes with eReader, e-mail, Skype, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, Office Suite, 3D games support, Built-in Monophonic Recording and many more. mlearnpad Tablet

The introduction of the MLearnPad which was integrated and tested with more than 300 Business Skills and Enterprise Soft Skills courses represents a hugely innovative step forward in the evolution of the online training industry. MLearnPad is available now through business education partners at a discounted price with a single course enrollment or free when course participants enroll for Certificate courses.

It has quite literally made it possible to take an entire curriculum, classroom, support staff, library and access it anywhere, anytime, in a totally user friendly format that is no bigger than an ordinary text book, and is available absolutely free of charge when course participant enroll for Professional or Pro-Diploma certificate course or at discounted price when they buy a single course(s).

In today’s fast paced environment, much of business learner’s time is lost sitting on commuter trains and buses, waiting in line, sitting in waiting rooms and “killing” time between meetings and in coffee shops. The MLearnPad makes it possible for business learners to invest all this down time in their future. In fact, anywhere business learners have access to WIFI can now be their own office, private classroom, library or study hall.

MLearnPad will keep business learners connected and engaged whether they are at home, at office, in flight, or at the neighborhood coffee shop. Surf the web, download apps, check email, stream videos and music, or share online status with friends and family anywhere there’s an available Wi-Fi connection.

Imagine being able to participate in LIVEeCLASS while riding the train to the office, review lessons while waiting at doctor’s office, write an assignment in the coffee shop, between meetings access webinar tutorials, while enjoying lunch at the food court review essays with course facilitator. If business learners have access to WIFI, they literally have access to an entire world of training opportunities and support services through this revolutionary tool.

 

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30th August 2011

IGLOO Positioned in the Magic Quadrant in Leading Analyst Reports

igloo communitiesIGLOO Software announced today that the company has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche quadrant of the Social Software in the Workplace and Externally Facing Social Software reports. IGLOO was one of 22 and 18 vendors respectively to appear in the reports.

The Gartner reports help to advise business executives and IT leaders who are seeking information and direction on investments in social technologies. The Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace consists of products that support internal information sharing, project coordination and collaboration. The Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software consists of products that support external teaming and networking where most participants reside outside the organization.

“We consider our positioning in the Magic Quadrant confirmation of our strategy to focus exclusively on a 100% cloud solution to enable modern business collaboration,” said Dan Latendre, CEO of IGLOO Software. “This unique approach provides a highly flexible and agile solution that can only be achieved with a pure SaaS (Software as a Service) model.”

You can download a complimentary copy of the Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, courtesy of IGLOO – registration required.

Author credits:

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace by Nikos Drakos et al., August 25, 2011.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software by Jeffrey Mann, et al., August 25, 2011.

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30th August 2011

Cows vs Aliens Now On Android

xmg studioAndroid smartphone owners are finally able to play the addictive “Cows vs. Aliens” game by XMG Studio, now available for a limited time as a free download on the Google Android Market. The aim of “Cows vs. Aliens” is to save herds of cows from invading aliens by pushing the cows safely into the barn and keeping the aliens out. It sounds simple but when waves of nasty aliens are descending on your innocent cows you will need all eleven fingers on the screen.cows vs aliens

Launched for iOS in February 2011, “Cows vs. Aliens” has enjoyed huge success on the Apple App Store, with many players instantly falling for this easy to pick up but hard to put down game. “Cows vs. Aliens” introduces a new way of interacting with your game, using a pushing gesture to move the cows and aliens around the screen. Unlike other games, which rely on line drawing or touch and drag gestures, the pushing mechanic is a much more organic and lifelike interaction.

Like it’s iOS counterpart, “Cows vs. Aliens” for Android appeals to both to casual and serious gamers by keeping the mechanism simple and intuitive, but making it more and more challenging, when moving up the levels. The Android version also allows you to compete with other players and unlock special achievements and awards using OpenFeint’s leaderboard and achievements.

“This game launch includes another significant development for XMG,” says Ray Sharma, founder and CEO of XMG Studio Inc. “We are responding to popular request for our hit games to be available on Android. We have modified our Kanban Agile game development process to be able to more efficiently address this important community. Its important for the tens of millions of XMG users to know this is just the beginning of our Android efforts. To that end we wish Android touch screen users all the best and we hope you enjoy our free game promotion as our way of getting things started!”

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