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

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.

 

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.

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

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.

First look at the Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft has introduced a new Surface, the Surface 3. Like Surface Pro 3, it’s a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner and lighter. Surface 3 is optimized to run full Windows and Office and features long battery life. A 4G LTE-ready version will be made available.


“Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “We’ve taken everything we learned making Surface Pro 3 and poured that innovation into this newest Surface.”

Productivity and portability

Powered by the new quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, Surface 3 is quick and responsive but designed to maximize efficiency with up to 10 hours of video-playback battery life. A range of storage and memory configurations gives people choice in power and capacity. The 10.8-inch ClearType HD multi-touch display featuring 3:2 aspect ratio, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound, and the durable magnesium design are just a few of the benefits of Surface 3 that customers will recognize from Surface Pro 3.


Free upgrade to Windows 10

The Surface 3 and Surface 3 (4G LTE) ship with full Windows 8.1 and can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free when available. They also come with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, plus OneDrive cloud storage. Full device specs are available here.

Surface accessories

The Surface 3 can be paired with new accessories: Surface 3 Type Cover is offered in a variety of colors and features an improved trackpad and responsive keyset, alongside four Surface Pen colors — silver, black, blue and red. The Surface 3 Docking Station lets people connect to an external monitor and all their desktop devices, and Surface 3’s full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader and Micro USB charging port make it compatible with the Surface Pro line of adapters. Surface accessories specifics can be found here.

Pre-order and availability

Surface 3 and new accessories will be available for pre-order starting March 31 through microsoftstore.com, Microsoft stores8 and select partner retailers in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Commercial customers should contact their authorized reseller for pre-order information.


Starting May 5 through those same retailers and resellers, customers can begin purchasing Surface 3, Surface 3 Type Cover, Surface Pen, Surface 3 Docking Station and Surface 3 Screen Protector, with availability in all 26 markets by May 7.  More to come regarding additional Surface 3 (4G LTE) availability and markets in the coming months.

Additional information on Surface can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/surface.

Roku unveils upgraded Roku 3 and Roku 2 Streaming Players

Roku Inc. has unveiled two new ways for consumers in Canada to find and Rokudiscover streaming entertainment on their Roku® players. The first feature, ‘Roku Search’ enables consumers to search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and view pricing and availability details across top streaming channels. The second feature ‘Roku Feed’ allows consumers to follow entertainment and get automatic updates on pricing and availability. The feature is launching with a focus on ‘Movies Coming Soon’ taking the guessing out of when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs. The company also introduced a Roku 3 streaming player with voice search and a new faster-than-ever-before Roku 2 streaming player. The new features, updated mobile apps and new players will be available to customers in Canada beginning April 13.

“With the biggest lineup of streaming channels available, and comprehensive and easy ways to find and discover movies and TV episodes; Roku players make it simple for consumers to stream the entertainment they want to watch on their terms,” said Roku Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood. “Now with a fast and fun way to search by voice, we’ve made the already popular Roku 3 even better.”

With a focus on giving consumers choice and control over their streaming entertainment, Roku Search gives people the ability to find what they want to watch and the power to decide how to watch it. Roku Search is a convenient and unbiased way for consumers to view filmographies and discover availability and pricing options they otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Consumers can search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and receive all available results listed by price from top streaming channels. Roku is debuting search with Netflix, Crackle and Popcornflix while more streaming channels are expected to be added in the coming weeks. Additionally consumers can search by streaming channel name within the Roku Channel Store making it fast and easy to find channels from the more than 1,400 options available today.

The Roku Feed lets consumer know when favorite entertainment becomes available to stream — and at what price. Roku is debuting the feature with a focus on Movies Coming Soon, which can be found under the ‘My Feed’ tab on the TV’s home screen. Consumers simply “Follow” popular in-theater movies they are interested in and Roku will deliver automatic updates in the future as relevant streaming information about the movie becomes available. Consumers will receive updates in the Roku Feed when a movie is first released to streaming, becomes available from more streaming channels or changes price

Roku upgraded two of its popular streaming players – the Roku 3 and the Roku 2 – adding to the most complete line up of streaming players that also includes the Roku Streaming Stick and the Roku 1.

The new Roku 3 now includes a voice search capability adding a fun, fast way for people to search for what they want to watch. Like its predecessor, the Roku 3 is the company‘s top-of-the-line streaming player. It’s fast and fully loaded with features. The included enhanced remote control features a button to activate voice search, a headphone jack to enable private listening and motion control for to play casual games. The new Roku 3 will be available starting April 13 from retailers for a MSRP of CAD109.99.

The new Roku 2 was upgraded to match the speed and the performance of the new Roku 3. It is the perfect streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote. The new Roku 2 offers an extraordinary streaming experience and a snappy performance for a MSRP of CAD79.99. It will be available from retailers starting April 13.

In addition to using the included remote control, Roku offers a free mobile app to enable consumers to control their streaming player with their mobile device. An updated version of the Roku Mobile App for both iOS and Android devices will be available April 13 and will include support for the new search and discovery features announced today.

Roku will begin roll out of the software update that delivers the new features to all Roku players beginning April 13. Under separate announcements today, Roku also shared details on similar new products and features for customers in the U.S., U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. More information can be found at www.roku.com/about/pressroom.

About Roku, Inc.

Roku is the creator of a popular streaming platform for delivering entertainment to the TV. Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick® are made by Roku and sold through major retailers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Roku licenses a reference design and operating system to TV manufacturers to create co-branded Roku TV models. Under the Roku Powered program, Roku licenses its streaming platform to Pay TV providers around the world who want to use the Internet to deliver entertainment services through streaming players. Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. Roku is privately held and headquartered in Saratoga, Calif., U.S.

Avigilon showcases first 7K Camera at ISC West 2015

Avigilon Corporation a leading global provider of end-to-end security solutions,  avigilonannounced it will showcase the security industry’s first single-sensor 7K (30 megapixel) security camera at the ISC West 2015 tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Delivering stunning image detail, the 7K HD Pro camera simultaneously provides most scene coverage while minimizing bandwidth and storage consumption, redefining the industry standard for high-resolution imaging. Avigilon also announced the release of the 6K (24 MP) HD Pro camera.

A powerful addition to Avigilon’s best-in-class, end-to-end surveillance solution, the 7K HD Pro camera, when coupled with the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software featuring Avigilon’s patented High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™ technology, provides the final combination of clear image detail, effective processing power and efficient bandwidth and storage management. A security industry first, Avigilon’s 7K camera offers horizontal resolution exceeding 7,000 pixels and more than 30 million total pixels.

“High definition imaging is core to Avigilon, and we are constantly innovating to create new industry standards. Avigilon is the leader in high-definition imaging solutions since the introduction of our first 11 MP camera in 2006,” said Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, chief technology officer, Avigilon. “The launch of our 7K HD Pro camera combined with our leading Avigilon Control Center software expands our innovation in the security industry, creating a scalable and valuable solution that provides the highest quality images possible.”

H4 Platform and HDSM™ 2.0 Technology

The 7K (30 MP) and 6K (24 MP) devices join Avigilon’s family of 4K (8 MP) and 5K (16 MP) HD Pro cameras. The premium image quality of the HD Pro family of cameras is made possible by Avigilon’s H4 platform and efficient H.264 compression with the latest edition of Avigilon’s patented HDSM technology, HDSM 2.0. The cameras are also supported by Avigilon’s LightCatcher™ technology, which provides a superior level of low-light performance. The combination of these technologies enables increased resolution, greater processing power, outstanding image quality and efficient bandwidth and storage management.

Availability

The 7K (30 MP) and 6K (24 MP) HD Pro cameras will be demonstrated at booth 22043 at the ISC West 2015 tradeshow from April 15-17 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. For more information on product availability, please contact a local sales representative at avigilon.com/sales-locator.

About Avigilon

Avigilon Corporation is defining the future of protection through creative end-to-end security solutions. Avigilon’s industry-leading HD network video management software, megapixel cameras, access control and video analytics products are reinventing the security market. Information about Avigilon can be found at www.avigilon.com.

SOURCE Avigilon Corporation

Teach your kids to code

This May, No Starch Press will release the next in its line of bestselling programming books for young people, Teach Your Kids to Code (336 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593276140). Unlike prior bestsellers like Python for Kids (more than 40,000 copies sold), Lauren Ipsum(recipient of a starred Kirkus review), and Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (more than 35,000 copies sold),Teach Your Kids to Code is designed to help parents and educators teach their kids, students, and even themselves basic Python programming and problem-solving.

Download a Sample Chapter

Teach your kids to code

Filled with visual and colorful game-oriented examples sure to hold a young programmer’s attention, the step-by-step explanations in Teach Your Kids to Code will have kids learning computational thinking in no time. They’ll explore geometry using Python’s Turtle graphics module, learn basic syntax, then build fun, playable games, like War, Yahtzee, and Pong. Simple, plain English explanations of programming concepts demystify ideas like loops, lists, functions, and variables and will have kids on the fast track to making their own cool games and applications.

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “Rather than serve as a tool for kids to learn from on their own, Teach Your Kids to Code is designed as a resource to help parents and teachers teach kids to program—together. Think of it as a kind of ‘let’s play catch or kick a soccer ball,’ but the ball is code and the fun comes in learning to program, as a team.”

Teach Your Kids to Code is sure to be the perfect companion to an introductory programming class, after school meet-up, programming club, or any similar event designed to meet the needs of kids who want to learn to program. It will be available in bookstores everywhere this May.