Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting launch True Native Hybrid Cloud

Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting, peer1_bannerthe global web infrastructure and cloud-hosting provider, today announced the launch of its fully automated True Native Hybrid Cloud™ solution. Businesses can instantly build, provision and scale physical and cloud services through a single, web-based portal on a utility billing basis.

Offered through the fully automated, self-service On Demand Cloud Platform™, True Native Hybrid Cloud™ provides customers with the ability to instantly provision a mix of virtual and bare-metal cloud servers.  Customers can scale up, add additional capacity and decommission services at any time, paying only for what is used, allowing for true business agility and flexibility during peak demand periods.

The Peer 1 On Demand Cloud Platform™ offers an intuitive web-based user interface where customers and partners can purchase and manage multiple interrelated services and hybrid solutions. Reducing the cost and complexity associated with self-service platforms, The On Demand Cloud Platform™ provides a responsive, high-performing environment for infrastructure deployment.

Example use cases include start-ups, SMBs, developers and marketing environments, where low cost exposure, scalability and flexible capacity are essential. It is also a good fit for businesses that have high performance demands. The combination of bare metal and virtual cloud servers provides rapid scalability to meet demand spikes. The On Demand Cloud Platform™ supports business agility by giving customers full control over their hybrid hosting requirements.

Toby Owen, Vice President, Product Management, Cogeco Data Services and Peer 1 Hosting said: “The hybrid cloud market is accelerating considerably and True Native Hybrid Cloud™ has been designed specifically to address the market need for ‘true’ hybrid, providing businesses with the ability to instantly provision and easily control bare metal and virtual cloud services via a single web interface. It puts the power back in the hands of the customer, giving them exactly what is required to adapt quickly to changing business requirements.”

Owen continues: “Self-service platforms have long been associated with being too technical, and the On Demand Cloud Platform™ is simple, clear and intuitive, enabling customers to build their solutions by selecting each service according to their exact specifications. Paying only for what is used is everything businesses need to create a responsive, secure, high-performance environment.

BlackBerry Leap Now Available In Canada

Leap LeftBlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, recently launched the BlackBerry® Leap, an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design for 4G LTE networks in Canada. The BlackBerry Leap is designed for consumers and enterprise users who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level.

The new BlackBerry Leap will be available from Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Sasktel, TELUS, WIND Mobile,  ShopBlackBerry, and select Tbooth wireless and WIRELESSWAVE locations. A variety of accessories including cases, carrying solutions, chargers, and audio peripherals, are also available through the carrier partners or ShopBlackBerry. BlackBerry has also introduced three new Accessory Value Bundles that include an unlocked BlackBerry Leap with accessories for extra savings. The BlackBerry Leap Efficiency Bundle, BlackBerry Leap Travel Bundle and BlackBerry Leap Power Bundle are available later today on ShopBlackBerry.

“With the introduction of the BlackBerry Leap to the BlackBerry 10 portfolio we continue to give products and services that meet the needs of consumers and enterprise customers in Canada,” said Jaime Leverton, Vice President, Carriers for BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when being productive.”

BlackBerry Leap features the latest BlackBerry® 10.3.1 operating system, a brilliant edge-to-edge five-inch HD display and more than a full day’s battery power, keeping users hyper connected, productive and always in control.

Device highlights include:

  • Security to Maintain Privacy – You can feel safe in the knowledge that BlackBerry Leap was designed with the highest standards of security in mind to protect your privacy. It is equipped with support for encryption, plus built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and restore. All to give you control and help secure your data against the next embarrassing and potentially costly cyberattack.
  • Battery That Powers Through a Full Day – With up to 25 hours of heavy use,[2] the BlackBerry Leap will power through even your most demanding day. The impressive 2800 mAh battery and optimization of power consumption in BlackBerry 10 gives users more than a full day of productive usage.
  • Best-in-Class BlackBerry Keyboard – Type faster and more accurately on a touchscreen keyboard that learns how you write. With superior error correction, multi-language support, customized adaption and flow, BlackBerry’s touchscreen keyboard helps to cut the mistakes and missteps that can hold you back.
  • BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.1 –BlackBerry Leap comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, offering a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that users’ most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen. Additional features include:
    • BlackBerry® Blend – BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ or text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows® 7+ and Android™ tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or Wi-Fi connections.
    • BlackBerry® Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It’s the only smartphone assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with more context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
    • Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge choice of apps for work and play:
      • BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World offers essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration including Box, Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go.
      • Amazon Appstore – Discover and download popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping.

For more information about the BlackBerry Leap, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/leap

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com

Win a gift from Guusto

In March we told you about Guusto, an app that allows you to send gifts to family and friends. Now you’ll get a chance to win a gift and gift it to someone that you know.

How does Guusto work?

Guusto is an app that’s easy to download for iOS and Android and works like this. You choose the gift and its value and then send it via email or text message. You don’t need the app to receive the gift but simply open the link and choose any partner venue to redeem it.

Now here is your chance to win a gift from Guusto and send it to a friend of your choice. Just see the details of our contest below and find out how to enter and you could send a friend a gift. Note this contest is open to Vancouver and B.C. Residents only.

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Samsung’s GALAXY Tab A is the Ultimate Family Solution

Samsung Electronics Canada, one of the leading suppliers of mobile technology Galaxy Tab Ain Canada introduced the GALAXY Tab A, the go-to tablet for your family’s digital needs, delivering a feature-packed experience that’s great for viewing content and getting things done on-the-go. Designed to meet the changing demands of the today’s family, the GALAXY Tab A keeps everyone connected to what matters most to them, while including the leading edge features they’ve come to expect from a powerful Samsung tablet.

“The technology needs of Canadian families are changing,” said Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “The GALAXY Tab A enables families to share one device while experiencing a high level of personalization and a better viewing experience, all in a portable form factor, at the right price. I truly believe that this is the ultimate family solution.”

Whether you’re creating, consuming or connecting, the GALAXY Tab A has what you need, all packed into a lighter and thinner form factor running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software. Perfectly portable, the GALAXY Tab A is designed to simplify Canadians’ lives. Whether it’s safely letting children experience the digital world in Kids Mode, or having the ability to read night-time stories with Reading Mode, this tablet is ideal for the family.

Galaxy Tab A Family-Friendly Features:

  • The ultimate family solution: Affordable and accessible, the GALAXY Tab A can accommodate every family member. With the Multi-User feature, families can create up to six profiles on a single device so that everyone can enjoy the GALAXY Tab A with their own personalized experience. Thanks to Kids Mode, kids can more safely access kid-friendly content, while giving parents the peace of mind of knowing their own files are better protected.
  • Better viewing experience: With the Tab A’s awesome 4:3 screen ratio, content fills the screen and appears larger. This means reading your favourite Next Issue* publications, viewing videos, browsing, emailing and social networking has never looked better. Additionally, Reading Mode adjusts the screen colour and brightness to reduce eye fatigue, making it easy to read on your device in any light.
  • Productivity at home or on-the-go: The GALAXY Tab A offers access to Microsoft Office for Android (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the Multi-Window view allows for outstanding multitasking. If you’re on the go, Ultra Power Saving Mode extends the battery life by shutting down background apps. Additionally, the 9.7-inch Tab A comes with an S-Pen designed to make it easier to take notes, be creative and to select pictures, images, objects and text.

Product Availability:

The GALAXY Tab A will be available from major retailers and at Samsung Experience Stores starting April 20th in either 8-inch or 9.7-inch (9.7 inch comes with S Pen) in White and Titanium.  For more information check out: http://www.samsung.com/ca/galaxytaba.

Samsung GALAXY Tab A Product Specifications:

TabA 8.0 (White / Titanium)

TabA 9.7 with S-Pen (White / Titanium)

Display

Size

8.0″ TFT

9.7″ TFT

Resolution

1024 x 768 (XGA)

1024 x 768 (XGA)

S Pen Support

No

Yes

Processor

1.2GHz Quad-Core

1.2GHz Quad-Core

OS

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Connectivity

USB Version

USB 2.0

USB 2.0

Location Technology

GPS,Glonass,Beidou

GPS,Glonass,Beidou

Earjack

3.5mm Stereo

3.5mm Stereo

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40

802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40

Wi-Fi Direct

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth v4.1

Bluetooth v4.1

PC Sync.

Kies

Kies

Memory

Internal Memory

1.5 GB RAM, 16GB ROM

2.0 GB RAM, 16GB ROM

External Memory Support

MicroSD (Up to 128GB)

MicroSD (Up to 128GB)

Camera

Video Recording Resolution

HD (1280 x 720)@30fps

HD (1280 x 720)@30fps

Main Camera – Resolution

CMOS 5.0 MP

CMOS 5.0 MP

Front Camera – Resolution

CMOS 2.0 MP

CMOS 2.0 MP

Main Camera – Auto Focus

Yes

Yes

Sensors

Accelerometer,Hall Sensor,RGB Sensor

Accelerometer,Hall Sensor,RGB Sensor

Physical specification

Dimension (HxWxD, mm)

208.4 x 137.9 x 7.5

242.5 x 166.8 x 7.5

Weight (g)

314

450

Battery

Internet Usage Time(Wi-Fi) (Hours)

Up to 13

Up to 15

Video Playback Time (Hours)

Up to 12

Up to 14

Standard Battery Capacity (mAh)

4200

6000

Audio Playback Time (Hours)

Up to 114

Up to 178

Audio and Video

Video Playing Format

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,
MKV,WEBM

MP4,M4V,3GP,3G2,WMV,ASF,AVI,FLV,
MKV,WEBM

Video Playing Resolution

FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps

FHD (1920 x 1080)@30fps

Audio Playing Format

MP3,M4A,3GA,AAC,OGG,OGA,WAV,
WMA,AMR,AWB,FLAC,MID,MIDI,XMF,
MXMF,IMY,RTTTL,RTX,OTA

MP3,M4A,3GA,AAC,OGG,OGA,WAV,
WMA,AMR,AWB,FLAC,MID,MIDI,XMF,
MXMF,IMY,RTTTL,RTX,OTA

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung globally is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiative. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion.

To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

Only one week until digital strategy conference

Digital Strategy Conference Vancouver – May 12-14 is just around the corner. Join us for three exciting days of case studies, best practices and candid discussion. Is your organization ready with the insight, capabilities and resources necessary to meet its customers’ needs?Digital Strategy Conference brings it all together: content, social, data, channels, people & technology.

Become better prepared, better informed and ready to meet your customers’ needs. See the full line-up of over 40 speakers and the agenda overview for session details.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Leading the charge: Sport Chek commits to a multi-year initiative to digitize.
  • Going digital and transforming from service provider to solution partner: Verify enables data-centric strategy.
  • Adobe warns and encourages quality over quantity as audiences say no to “content pushers”.
  • Measure what’s critical: Success, failure, disaster, Cisco measures tasks.
  • Not a mission impossible: CP overhauls their lead-generation site in 90 days (and live to tell us the tale).
  • Leapfrog competitors: Mediative shows us how to align local and social audiences.
  • And Score! Canucks deliver more value with content creation and curation.

Why attend the Digital Strategy Conference?

This is your opportunity to take three days and really focus on how-to improve the way your organization approaches, integrates and manages its digital initiatives. Attend and get:

    • Context and perspective on the digital landscape and what it means to be strategic in light of so much opportunity.
    • Best practices and examples of how others are succeeding with digital.
    • Access to over 40 experts who want to share their ability with you.
    • Insights and updates from leading media and technology vendors.
    • Better connected and better informed.

Who Should Attend?

Senior directors and managers from across the organization responsible for planning, managing or integrating digital initiatives, along with the digital team.

Successful digital initiatives are due to the effort of high functioning teams, therefore, we urge a team approach to your conference education.

Participate, Learn and Share:

Join us for three exciting days of insights, case studies and discussions.

 

Recon’s Jet hits the road

jetOn April 16 local tech company Recon Instruments announced that its Jet was shipping. As someone who has followed this company for a while, I was happy to hear that the Jet is now available.

The wearable tech field has become a hot one over the last few years with company’s such as Apple, Samsung, Google all jumping on board. Apple’s Apple Watch has garnered the most attention of late.

Recon Instruments has been involved in the wearable tech field for a while with the Snow and Engage products and Jet allows them to take that next step and offer something truly unique with this Heads up Display (HUD) technology.

Available in Canada for 879$, Jet interests me as a tech reviewer and blogger and as an avid cyclist. Having met with CEO Dan Eisenhart last summer at GROW in Whistler, I had a chance to use the Jet and was impressed by what it has to offer.

Jet features a dual-core CPU, high-contrast display and point-of- view camera. It connects seamlessly to leading smartphones and wearable sensors, with a screen that sits just below the user’s right eye.

Jet is lightweight, provides outstanding comfort, and is resistant to both water and dust. Jet’s design is modular, as well; exchangeable lenses make it ideal in any lighting condition, while the battery can be easily swapped on the go for all-day performance.

Recon Jet’s comprehensive suite of on-board sensors, including GPS, delivers a full portfolio of performance metrics like speed, pace, distance, duration, vertical elevation gain, and more, while extra data points can be added by connecting wireless third-party devices (via ANT+TM). This allows users to use heart-rate and cadence metrics in real time.

During an activity, Jet allows the user to stay connected effortlessly to friends and family, displaying caller ID and text messages from a paired smartphone. Jet’s built-in point-of-view camera is instantly accessible to shoot short-form HD video and still images.

About Recon Instruments

Founded in 2008, Recon Instruments is a world leader in smart eyewear and smart goggle technology for sports and high-intensity environments. Recon’s award-winning multi-patent and patent-pending technology integrates high-contrast displays with state-of-the-art computing platforms and sensor suites. Recon’s smart eyewear and smart goggles run an Android-based operating system with an open SDK to allow developers to create apps for an endless variety of sports and activities. With worldwide distribution and partnerships with leading technology and optics companies, Recon continues to define and evolve the smart eyewear category. For more information, visit www.reconinstruments.com.

LG G4 The Most Ambitous Smartphone Yet

Beginning this June, Canadians can get their hands on the eagerly anticipated LG LG G4G4, LG’s latest smartphone and the successor to the award-winning LG G3. Globally announced today, the LG G4 will be available this summer through Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Videotron and WIND Mobile.

With the G4, LG focused on delivering comfortable elegance, a great visual experience and a human-centric user experience. The LG G4 camera features a rare-in-smartphones F1.8 aperture lens which allows 80 per cent more light to hit the image sensor than in the LG G3. The creative camera module is paired with the new IPS Quantum Display that is better in every way than the innovative Quad HD display introduced to the world in the LG G3. The LG G4 embodies human sensibility that is clearly visible in its Slim Arc exterior design and graphical user interface.

“We are living up to our promise of Innovation for a Better Life with a fashionable, premium smartphone that is more focused on delivering a balanced user experience that can compete with the best of the best,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We wanted to give consumers a truly human-centric device that joined the analog sensibilities with technologies that delivered real world performance. From the design to the camera to the display to the UX, this is the most ambitious phone we’ve ever created.”

Comfortable & Elegant Design

LG paid special attention to the materials used in its newest flagship. The LG G4 is available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather. The vegetable tanning process employed is an age-old tradition that requires skilled craftsmen to produce and dye the leather. The colours of the leather on the G4 are rich with warm tones that look authentic and change over time. Most importantly, vegetable tanned leather is environmentally friendly and can be recycled easily, since no harsh chemicals are used. Other material options for the G4 rear cover include an artisan-forged Metallic Gray.

The fashionable elegance of the LG G4 is a refreshing change from the uniformly flat, full metal designs that have been become standard across the industry. The LG G4’s design is defined by the Slim Arc, which runs along its entire body, highlighted by a display with a subtle curvature. More than just a design accent, Slim Arc offers 20 per cent better durability than a flat smartphone in face-down drops and gives the smartphone a more comfortable and secure feel in the hand.

The exterior design is also reflected in the smartphone’s user interface, which includes simple, naturally intuitive graphics. In the LG G4, the icon colours are more vibrant with icons that have rounded corners, consistent with the Slim Arc design. What’s more, the Smart Notice widget automatically changes its background and text colour based on the home screen image selected by the user.

Great Visual Experience

LG designed the 16MP camera in the LG G4 to capture beautiful images, even under less than ideal lighting conditions. The camera module features a wide F1.8 aperture lens that allows 80 per cent more light to reach the sensor. LG improved low-light performance even further with OIS 2.0, which doubles the performance of the improved OIS+ by expanding the range of image stabilization from one degree to two degrees on the X- and Y-axis and adding a third axis for the first time.

New for G4, Manual Mode allows experienced photographers the ability to exercise more artistic expression by letting them directly control the focus, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and white balance for every shot. Advanced photographers can also save their photos in RAW format, as well as JPEG, for more precise editing with no loss of details.

The advanced camera in the LG G4 is complemented by Color Spectrum Sensor (CSS), the first feature of its kind to find its way into a smartphone. CSS improves colour accuracy by precisely reading the RGB values of the ambient light in a scene, as well as the infrared light reflected from objects. CSS uses this information to adjust the camera’s white balance and flash colour to create images that are as close to what one would see with the naked eye. With Color Spectrum Sensor, no longer will reds appear as bright orange or whites as dull yellow.

For selfies good enough to frame, LG included an industry-leading 8MP front-facing camera for sharp, detailed portraits and group shots. Gesture Interval Shot improves on the original Gesture Shot feature by taking four shots spaced two seconds apart, increasing the chance of getting that perfect shot under the most difficult conditions. Triggering the shutter is as simple as opening and closing one’s hand twice in front of the camera.

Taking a quantum leap in display technology, the LG G4 is the first smartphone to use LG Display’s new 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Display, which offers 20 per cent greater colour reproduction, 25 per cent improvement in brightness and 50 per cent greater contrast. It is the first Quad HD display to use Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) technology, which combines the LCD and touch sensor into a single layer to give better colour reproduction and touch sensitivity. This new display is calibrated for DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) standards for colour expression, championed by top Hollywood studios.

Power and Performance

With G4, the higher quality display doesn’t come at the cost of battery life. The LG G4 is equipped with a high-capacity 3,000mAh removable battery, a rare feature in today’s high-end smartphones. Combined with the benefits offered by the snappy yet energy-thrifty Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, the LG G4 has no trouble getting through a full day of normal use.

“LG and Qualcomm Technologies collaborated from the first stage of the Snapdragon 808 introduction to expertly tune the technologies and make several of the LG G4’s unique features possible,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated. “The resulting G4 smartphone is an ideal example of how the best optimized technologies come together to meet consumers’ needs.”

Human-Centric UX

The LG G4 is the first phone to use the new human-centric UX 4.0 that promises to be simpler and more intuitive to better understand and respond to the needs of each user. The improved UX eliminates unnecessary steps while providing more configuration options for advanced users.

  • Quick Shot allows customers to take pictures without opening the camera app by double tapping the phone’s Rear Key while the display is off. LG G4 also has an incredibly fast camera startup time of just six-tenths of a second.
  • The new Gallery makes it extremely fast to scroll through thousands of pictures and view them on a timeline. The Memories feature automatically organizes photos and videos into event albums based on the time and place they were taken, without having to upload to the cloud.
  • Event Pocket allows users to create one, unified calendar by dragging and dropping appointments and activities from multiple calendars and social media sites. After the first setup, there’s no need to log into multiple calendars.
  • The improved Smart Notice provides more personalized notifications for weather, travel and more by analyzing habits, such as how a user commutes to work. This allows Smart Notice to issue personalized messages such as, “Make sure to take an umbrella on your way to the subway.”
  • Quick Help allows users to search for instant answers to any questions about operating the LG G4, right in the Smart Notice widget. Quick Help can guide users through the LG G4’s settings and even schedule a call with customer service.

LG has sought out partnerships to enhance the overall user experience of the G4. Google Office comes pre-installed on the LG G4 for easy collaboration on-the-go and G4 owners will receive an extra 100GB of Google Drive storage free for two years. With MirrorLink and LG G4, owners of Volkswagen vehicles will be able to view a car-friendly version of the G4 interface on the in-dash display for full integration with contacts, navigation and music on the smartphone.

Key Specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 808 Processor
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB eMMC ROM, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM / microSD slot
  • Camera: Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture / OIS 2.0 / Front 8MP with F2.0 Aperture
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Size: 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8 mm
  • Weight: 155g
  • Network: 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 42 Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.1LE / NFC / USB 2.0
  • Colours: (Ceramic) Metallic Gray /
    (Genuine Leather) Black
  • Other: Manual Mode / Gesture Interval Shot / Quick Shot

* Specifications may vary depending on the market.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is an innovator and trend leader in the global mobile communications industry. LG is driving the evolution of mobile forward with its highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery and camera optics and strategic partnerships with noted industry leaders. LG’s consumer-centric products — including the flagship premium G Series models — incorporate unique, ergonomic designs and intuitive UX features that enhance the user experience. The company remains committed to leading consumers into the era of convergence, maximizing inter-device connectivity between smartphones, tablets and a range of home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.

About LG Electronics Canada

The LG brand was established in 1995. The company is a global leader in electronics, information and communications products, with more than 117 operations around the world, and annual worldwide revenues of more than US $49 billion. LG Canada is comprised of five business units – Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Commercial Air Conditioning. The company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and home appliances. For more information please visit www.LG.com.

Has the price of GoDaddy website hosting increased?

I had a shock this morning when I checked Gmail. I got an email from GoDaddy – a billing statement for $95.88. I thought there must be some mistake since I don’t recall owning any products in that price range. I checked the GoDaddy website and added up the monthly quotes and low and behold $95.88 is the new price for economy website hosting.

Compared to last year’s invoice which came to $66.02 this is an increase of 45%.

Is it worth it? I suppose we’ll see. Are there cheaper alternatives? Probably. Perhaps an upcoming project for Vancouver Gadgets will be moving the hosting to another provider.

2014 GoDaddy billing statement
2014 GoDaddy Billing Statement

 

go daddy website hosting price increase
2015 GoDaddy Billing Statement

 

My take on the increase is due to the recent IPO by GoDaddy. There is obviously a push to please investors. According to a recent report from Fortune, the company hasn’t been performing well financially:

“The company says it has about 13 million customers and a market-leading 59 million registered domains. In February, GoDaddy reported roughly $1.4 billion in revenue for 2014, which represented almost a 23% gain from the previous year. However, the company continues to lose money, with $143 million in losses last year after ending 2013 nearly $200 million in the hole.”

I think we can expect a few more price increases over the next five years until investors are completely satisfied. How about you? Have you been shocked by GoDaddy or your current web host lately?

Jay

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The Weather Network launches new version of iPhone app

The Weather Network has proudly launched an updated version of its popular  screen568x568weatherwarningiPhone application for weather fans.  The sleek new design, made specifically for iOS 8, features new push notifications for weather warnings and public safety alerts to make it easier for users to use their favourite weather content and keep up to date on important news in their region.

With over 4.5 million downloads, The Weather Network app for iPhone provides Canadians with the weather news they depend on. As part of the new app, users now have access to even more detailed information, capturing up-to-the-minute weather and news headlines.

“The Weather Network team is dedicated to bringing users the most robust mobile experience possible and with the re-design of our iPhone app, we’ve delivered on this with no exception,” said Ken Headrick, SVP, Content, Product & Corporate Marketing, Pelmorex Media Inc.  “Our revamped interface provides real-time access to even more content, bringing the information users need, immediately on their smartphones.”

The updated app includes brand new features such as: Precip Stop Start, which forecasts the start and stop times of precipitation within a 10-minute period; push notifications of weather warnings; public safety alerts and a brand new iOS 8 widget. In addition, The Weather Network’s iPhone app has undergone significant design and performance enhancements, including:

  • Detailed weather forecasts including current, short-term, hourly and 14-day periods
  • Animated icons and weather-triggered backgrounds
  • Severe weather and storm alerts to let know when a storm is imminent. Users will see a red banner on the affected cities and regions and can click-thru for more information
  • Satellite and radar maps including past, present and future views
  • Follow-me functionality, automatically detecting the forecast within 1km
  • At-a-glance weather data with  iOS8 widget
  • More news and video than ever before

The Weather Network App for iPhone devices is available for free at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/the-weather-network/id473299958?mt=8

About Pelmorex Media Inc.

Celebrating 25 years, Pelmorex Media Inc. is the parent company of The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, and Eltiempo.es. Pelmorex operates in Canada, the US, Spain and the UK. The Weather Network and its French counterpart MétéoMédia are Canada’s most popular weather and information services on TV, web and smartphone apps. Eltiempo is Spain’s leading multi-platform weather information provider. Pelmorex also operates Canada’s National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAADS) which aggregates and distributes emergency alerts issued by authorized government agencies.  Pelmorex has been named Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for nine consecutive years.