25th May 2011

Hothead Games Takes a Wander Around The Galaxy

Hothead GamesIn celebration of Towel Day (no, this is not related to the Canucks’ victory over the Sharks last night), Megadodo Publications has announced that they are working with Vancouver’s Hothead Games to bring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the standard repository for all knowledge and wisdom, to the farthest uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy. This new edition of The New Hitchhikers Guide To The GalaxyGuide will be available not only on your planet but also on all nearby systems including Alpha Centauri.

“We’re super excited to be involved with such a legendary creation as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The quirky and hilarious universe that Douglas Adams created became an instant classic for so many. All the hoopiest froods here at Hothead jumped on the chance to work on the project,” commented excitable Hothead human, Joel DeYoung.

Zarniwoop Vann HarlaHarlH, president of Megadodo, was unavailable for comment as he is far too cool to add quotes to press releases, but for up-to-the-Earth-minute communications on this exciting new addition to the Guide, Megadodo would like you to use your fleshy digits to prod your plastic board of keys and visit the New Guide’s official site.

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25th May 2011

Carrotlines App Promotes Healthier Food Shopping

carrotlinesCarrotLines, an iPhone application developed by Vancouver’s PortaLife Solutions, Inc. that helps carrotlinesCanadians make healthier choices is partnering with local food brands in the natural, health and organic segments after attending Grocery Showcase West and Canadian Health Food Association Expos, where the app received overwhelming interest. In conjunction with its one year anniversary, CarrotLines invited select local health and specialty brands – including Bremner Foods, Maggie’s Gluten Free, and Hansells Foods Canada – to join its platform.

Joining CarrotLines allows for the brands’ products to be scanned by the CarrotLines App – giving customers the ultimate tool to get informed about their products, and while more than half of consumers check food labels before buying a food product for the first time, reading food labels can be downright deceptive. CarrotLines isn’t about judging brands and products. Its goal is to help shoppers make educated decisions on food products that suit their lifestyle. Shoppers have been scanning products using the CarrotLines App for nearly one year, and the platform contains information on over 20,000 Canadian Food Products and 2000 brands. Carrotlines is available in the iTunes App Store for $2.99 USD.

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25th May 2011

Asigra Joins Intel AppUp Small Business Service

asigraToronto-based Asigra Inc., a cloud backup and recovery software provider since 1986, has joined with Intel to offer hybrid cloud backup as part of the Intel® AppUp™ Small Business Service. The new solution delivers the advantages of offsite backup with the security and performance of an onsite server for both local and remote recovery. Asigra Cloud Backup™ is one of a select group of applications pre-loaded for shipment with the new Intel solution.

A strong endorsement for cloud computing, the Intel AppUp Small Business Service is a subscription-based service for providing a locally-hosted server on a pay-as-you-go basis. The new hybrid cloud solution allows small businesses to rent the application server and software they need at very affordable rates. The Intel AppUp Small Business Service features a mix of local and cloud software with an Intel® Xeon-based server that comes pre-loaded with tools for remote management, firewall, VoIP/PBX and backup. Expanding this pre-loaded toolset is as simple as selecting from an ever-expanding list of applications, using Intel’s cloud-based service.

“We developed the Intel AppUp Small Business Service to create a foundation on which industry leaders like Asigra can add their own innovations,” said Bridget Karlin, General Manager, Intel Hybrid Cloud. “The goal is to give small business customers a better user experience. This solution offers an attractive new way to take business to the next level of IT, without buying their own server or hiring their own IT staff.” Read the rest of this entry »

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25th May 2011

Vibes IT Dance and Urban Video Remix Community Is Live

vibes ITVibes IT Dance & Urban Video Remix Community launched this month, providing a unique video service catered to Dance and Urban music lovers.  The Vibes It website contains over one hundred channels for every type of dance & urban music genre, with over 30,000 video remixes. The core focus of the company is to provide its visitors with the best video remixes, megamixes, and mashups available, and current technology has made it possible for amateur and pro Dj’s alike to easily create video mixes. The popularity of Video Mixing is growing at a rapid pace, and many night clubs, such as Rumours in Niagra Falls, remix videos all weekend long.

DJ’s have the ability to upload their entire video mixes directly to the Vibes IT website, without the worry of time limitations, like what Youtube imposes on its members. Members can create their own playlists, and can interact with other members on the site similar to Facebook or Myspace. Each member can customize their profile, share their playlists, join and create chat rooms, share their mixes instantly with all of the popular social networking sites and much more. DJ Bobby Ryan, the Vibes IT CEO promises a lot of cool modifications and new features over the next few months.

Vibes It encourages Dj’s to upload as much as possible, new or old video mixes, rewarding them for their hard work through weekly and monthly giveaways for best uploaded video mixes.  The Vibes IT unique platform has already generated much interest from Dj’s around the globe, and they hope to become the leader in Dance & Urban Video Remixes. Vibes It has a broad range of music. From Top 40 and the latest Lady GaGa, Rihanna or Britney Spears remixes to the hardcore techno or Trance, there are many channels catered for specific niche genres. Vibes IT believes that content is king, and they work night and day to find the best remixes from around the globe.

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25th May 2011

Overflow Now In WiiWare

Digital LeisureDigital Leisure has released a new title to WiiWare. Overflow is a quick-fire puzzle game that challenges you to take control of the lab and keep everything flowing smoothly. Available now, Overflow is rated E for Everyone and costs 500 WiiWare Points.

Professor Lexis just finished his greatest and most energy-efficient machine yet. However, the moment he flipped the switch for the first official test, the machine exploded and sprayed all of the professor’s new multicolored fuel everywhere. He now needs your help to collect the precious fuel and repair the damage before the worldwide energy symposium begins.

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Twist your Wii Remote™ controller to place wooden planks, funnels and particle transportation portals to guide the fluids back to the correct collection channels and repair the damage in 30 warped levels. The professor will even have you tackling the dangerous task of mixing fluids to create new fuel colors. Just be sure to contain the spill before you cause an overflow.

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25th May 2011

Hosting Controller Offers License Promotion

hosting controllerHosting Controller a developer of Hosting Automation Solutions headquartered in Richmond, announced that it has removed the cap of 1000 licenses till 31st May 2011 on a special discount promotion that offers up to a 90% percent discount on control panel software licenses after seeing an enormous surge in demand for HC8 software during the initial two weeks of promotion.

In this promotion web hosts can buy a Hosting Controller Automation Control Panel license for $99 only instead of $500 and may also purchase Click & Install Apps just for $19 instead of $199, Automated Backup & Recovery just for $19 instead of $199 and VPS Hosting Provisioning just for $19/Server (5 VPS) instead of $690.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from our customers for HC8 during first two weeks of promotion and it is very encouraging. It would seem that people have been waiting for a lucrative promotion during this bad economic time,” said Babar Zaman, Vice President of Business Development at Hosting Controller Inc. “We are passionate about our products and our customers; therefore we are not surprised at the popularity of this promotion.”

According to the company it received requests from many new customers for additional time to evaluate the software before making the purchase therefore Hosting Controller decided to remove the initial cap of 1000 licenses till 31st May 2011. HC listened and took the necessary step to ensure that customers get sufficient time without worrying about any limit. This promotion is aimed for Web hosts to build or expand on Windows and Linux servers in a cluster environment.

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25th May 2011

Ortsbo And Kiss Set World Record In Online Chat

ortsboIntertainment Media Inc. has announced that a Guinness World Record was established for the Most Nationalities In An Online Chat on May 20th when 92 countries were officially recorded as participating in KISS Live & Global hosted by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on Ortsbo. The event also marked the official launch of Ortsbo’s plug-in email translation platform for Microsoft Outlook, the world’s largest email platform.

Broadcast around the world from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, participants were able to watch a live video stream on their computers, iPhone, iPad, Android devices as well as submitting questions in 53 languages for KISS co-founders to answer. Thousands of questions were in the queue throughout the broadcast, allowing participants from over 92 countries, representing every geographic region globally to ask questions of the legendary rock stars.

“In addition to establishing a world record, Ortsbo has become a name known around the world as the leader in real time translation,” said David Lucatch, President of Ortsbo and CEO Intertainment Media. “We have already received follow up business opportunities, media requests and advertising inquiries increasing the value opportunities for Ortsbo.”

The event was covered by media around the world, including CBS, FOX, AOL and a wrap-up live broadcast interview with CNBC. Copies of all media, as it’s available, will be posted on the Intertainment and Ortsbo web sites.

During the event, Ortsbo announced the launch of its much anticipated email platform plug-in, allowing users to instantly translate and send emails in 53 languages. The first plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, known as Ortsbo for kiss kruiseOutlook, or “O4O”, is now available for registration. Ortsbo will initially make up to 10 Million copies of O4O available globally to consumers and businesses on an introductory basis from mid June through mid September 2011.

With the launch of O4O, Ortsbo Cruise Into Translation is a new promotion that gives users who register and install O4O through August 2011, the opportunity to win 1 of 5 trips on the KISS Kruise in October as well as other VIP prizes. Additional contest ballots will be available for people who refer friends that register and install O4O.

Ortsbo’s flagship product for social media continues to accelerate. When initially launched in July 2010, Ortsbo’s social media translation platform infrastructure was designed to handle the expected first 2 to 3 years of operations or 12 Million monthly users.

Ortsbo has exceeded all growth projections in its first 9 months and has maximized existing platform capabilities and consequently the Company is now accelerating its move to Microsoft’s Window Azure Cloud platform to accommodate the continued viral growth of Ortsbo.

The new Ortsbo Azure platform is expected to be active by mid June as the priority for Azure development has been the KISS Live and Global event technology. This transition will provide virtually unlimited access to Ortsbo from anywhere in the world on almost any computer, smartphone or tablet device.

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25th May 2011

Businesses Not Embracing The Full Potential of Mobility

fei canadaMany businesses have not tapped the full potential of a growing number of mobile business applications rapidly becoming available. According to Enterprise Mobility, a study conducted by the Canadian Financial Research Foundation (CFERF) and sponsored by SAP, many workers continue to mainly use their mobile devices for email and web browsing. Why? Concerns about risk management, data security, cost, logistics and technology limitation are stalling the adoption by businesses of a wide range of applications which can greatly enhance productivity, improve responsiveness to customers and reduce employee downtime.sap

The study shows that a lack of knowledge and awareness of the potential benefits of mobile business apps have hindered the development and use of customized applications. Some companies prefer to use cloud computing and/or web-based interfaces for employees instead, believing that this offers increased security and the flexibility to be compatible with any mobile device and across platforms.

“More and more, companies are allowing employees to access company data through mobile business applications housed on smartphones and tablets. While this brings benefits such as improvements in productivity and flexibility, these advances are accompanied by security risks that executives should be aware of,” said Michael Conway, Chief Executive and National President, FEI Canada.

CFERF, the research arm of FEI Canada, conducted the survey of financial executives across Canada and gathered insights from executive research forums held in both Toronto and Calgary. Mobile devices in the study referred to smartphones, such as the Blackberry and iPhone, and tablet devices. Laptop computers and net books were not included. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th May 2011

Pizza Pizza App Wins Webby

pizza pizzaPizza Pizza has made its mark on mobile shopping with the launch of its first-ever iPhone app. This pizza pizza appmonth, the Canadian-based pizza chain was honoured with a Webby Award, a prestigious international web-based award that recognizes excellence on the internet. The company’s one-of-a-kind smartphone ordering application was named the best shopping tool for a handheld device, just over a month after its launch.

The win comes in the category of mobile shopping for handheld devices. Other nominees considered for the award included big-box American retailers Target and Walgreens. Pizza Pizza and Plastic Mobile, the mobile marketing agency that developed its app, are the lone Canadian companies to receive a Webby award in this category this year.

“We’ve really made a push to enter the online world through our web ordering system and now our mobile app,” said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Pizza Pizza. “This is a big win for us. It proves that we’ve delivered when it comes to reliability and convenience, which are characteristics of ours that customers have really come to expect and value.”

The easy-to-use, interactive app was launched earlier this year, the first of its kind from a national Canadian-based pizza chain. The Pizza Pizza app is available at no charge for all iPhone(R), iPod touch(R) and iPad(TM) models that run iOS 3.0 or later.

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24th May 2011

Rand McNally Commercial Truck GPS Now Available In Canada

Rand McNally now offers its line of award-winning truck GPS devices for sale throughout Canada. The IntelliRoute®synnex TND™ line is distributed in Canada exclusively by SYNNEX Canada Limited and will first be available at Traction, Heavy Duty Parts stores, Lordco – Auto Parts and at Amazon.ca.

intelliroute“Professional drivers in Canada will now be able to access our products at home, rather than coming stateside to make purchases. The IntelliRoute® TND™ has been designed for the North American market with full translation into French and Spanish. In addition, we have features that uniquely address driver needs in Canada, such as the ability to warn of border crossings ahead,” explained Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

The IntelliRoute® TND™ line was built from the ground up for professional drivers. Beginning with award-winning truck-specific navigation from Rand McNally, the units feature a speaker and mounting device designed for truck use, an extra-long power cable, and a suite of specialized Trucker Business Tools to assist drivers in managing the business aspects of trucking. Many of the features in the IntelliRoute® TND™ 510 and 710 units were developed as a direct result of tens of thousands of comments from “Tell Rand,” a unique on-device feature that provides continuous feedback to Rand McNally from the driver community.

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