2nd December 2009

Canada New Media Awards and New Releases

Canadian New Media AwardsToronto – Congratulations to all of the Canada New Media Award winners who were announced last night at the nextMEDIA gala at Toronto’s Design Exhange:

Big Blue BubbleLondon ONBig Blue Bubble Inc. announced today that the first Fighting Fantasy game book, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, will be available on iPhone this Christmas.Fighting Fantasy iPhone

Following the successful Nintendo DS launch of the game of the same name, Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain for iPhone and iPod Touch takes a different approach bringing Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s legendary game book to your favorite handheld device.

Fighting Fantasy fans will love the classic story and original illustrations with a technological twist. No more dice, pencils, or bookmarks. All the special features are built in!


• Tap the on screen buttons to flip pages (No papercuts!)
• Shake to roll the dice using the accelerometer
• Inventory items selectable via touch-screen
• Game-save feature allows you to retrace your steps
• Beautifully painted illustrations

Karta MobileVancouverKarta Mobile Inc. today announced the public availability of Viira 2.0, the updated and enhanced version of its popular BlackBerry® application that brings the principles of David Allen’s Getting Things Done® (GTD®) productivity system into the hands of busy professionals, executives and entrepreneurs worldwide.

The new version of the already full-featured Viira adds several industry firsts, including the ability to viiracreate tasks based on incoming email messages, effortlessly prioritize tasks, and designate next actions. Viira is also the only BlackBerry GTD app to fully incorporate appointments and events in its underlying organizational system.

“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” is a popular work-life productivity book by David Allen that shows readers how to effectively organize tasks, information and communications in an intuitive way. Since its debut in 2001, the GTD methodology has been enthusiastically embraced by millions of knowledge workers around the world.

While a multitude of web-based tools for implementing GTD have been made available over the last years, the engineering challenge of building effective and intuitive BlackBerry applications has left the principles of Getting Things Done under-represented on BlackBerry smartphones.

Viira has stepped in to fill the void. With Viira 2.0, BlackBerry owners can now conquer their inboxes by creating to-dos from the incoming email messages and immediately filing them in their appropriate place. Handling large volumes of incoming email has been a known pain point for people implementing Getting Things Done with BlackBerry devices – until now.

“Now with seamless BlackBerry email and calendar integration, Viira makes it even easier to capture 100 percent of your commitments and to keep track of all the different levels of focus in your life: from next actions to life goals. Everything is in one place…at your fingertips and off your mind,” said Chris Balavessov, CEO of Karta Mobile and chief Viira architect.

Viira remains completely BlackBerry based. It does not require an active Internet connection to work properly and can continue to function just as well in areas with limited or no wireless coverage, such as tall buildings, basements, airports and metro areas with overly-congested wireless networks such as San Francisco.

Viira 2.0 fully supports all modern BlackBerry devices, including the new BlackBerry Bold 9700, the BlackBerry Storm, the BlackBerry Storm 2, the BlackBerry Tour 9500, as well as the BlackBerry Pearl and Pearl Flip models and offers a 21 day free trial.

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