Tiertime Announces Launch of UP BOX Desktop 3D Printer

Beijing Tiertime Technology Co. Ltd. (Tiertime) announced today the global launch of its new desktop 3D printer, UP BOX. Targeting professional and educational users, UP BOX represents the third, ground-breaking model in the award-winning, UP Series of desktop 3D printers.

The UP BOX builds on the rock-solid performance of the UP Plus 2 and the industry leading, price/performance value of the UP mini, by adding the feature that many users have been waiting for, Larger Build Volume, 255x205x205mm, or 10x8x8inch (WxHxD) while increasing the print resolution to a super-fine 0.1mm and accelerating printing speed up to 30% faster than the UP Plus 2.

3d printerIn addition to finer print resolution and printing efficiency, UP BOX boasts three innovative “New” features:

  • Fully automated platform leveling with automatic calibration with no human intervention required, providing a seamless 3D printing experience
  • Enclosure with Air Filtration System that keeps your environment green by minimizing operational noise and containing any fumes that may result from the printing process
  • Light-Pulse functional LED, mood-lighting that gives your UP BOX heartbeat by displaying on-going print-status

“New” UP features are fully integrated with proven UP standards like UP Software with Smart Support, Fully-Heated Build Platform for consistent, warp-free ABS printing and UP’s industry-leading 1-Year Limited Warranty and Service.

“Our goal is to be the most reliable provider of 3D technologies and solutions to our customers around the world,” said Tiertime’s General Manager, Mr. Guo Ge, “The UP BOX is proof that we meet the needs of professional users and demonstrate Tiertime’s continuing leadership in 3D technology.”

Smart Support is Tiertime’s proprietary, auto-support-structure generation algorithm that automatically produces easily, removable support-structure during printing process. This ensures droop-free output by allowing difficult and complex designs to be printed with ease. In addition, the UP software features a user-friendly interface and comprehensive printing functions which new users and fans of the UP series will find easy to operate.

UP BOX is priced at $1899 in US market as referenced pricing globally, and will be available for purchase worldwide November 2014, through Tiertime’s global distribution partners and major retailers such as Amazon.com.

About Tiertime

Beijing Tiertime Technology Co., Ltd. (Tiertime) is an industry leader in 3D technologies and is proud to be Asia’s biggest 3D printing solution provider in the global 3D printing market. Tiertime designs and manufactures the industrial scale, rapid-prototyping series, Inspire, and the award-winning UP Family of Desktop 3D Printers. Tiertime is headquartered in Beijing, China, and has U.S. divisions in California & New York.


SOURCE Tiertime

VIZIO HDTVs and Audio Collection now available in Canada

VIZIO, the #1 Smart TV and Sound Bar company in the U.S., announced last week the viziotwoCanadian availability of its award-winning portfolio of HDTV and audio products at Best Buy and Future Shop locations throughout Canada as well as online at bestbuy.ca and futureshop.ca.  Consumers can now visit retail locations across Canada to experience VIZIO’s best-in-class technologies for themselves.  Whether in the market for a new HDTV for the living room, or interested in a sound bar to upgrade their home theater, Canadian consumers will appreciate VIZIO’s attainable, beautifully simple products backed by North America-based customer support.

Canadian consumers can now find VIZIO’s popular E- and M-Series Full-Array LED Smart TVs and a range of award-winning audio solutions, including VIZIO’s 2.1 and 5.1 Sound Bars Systems and 2.1 Sound Stand, at retail locations nationwide. Whether looking to buy at retail or browsing before shopping online, Canadian consumers now have access to an informative in-store experience at Best Buy Canada and Future Shop retail locations.

The inviting, interactive VIZIO-branded displays in-store feature both VIZIO E- and M-Series Smart TVs as well as various audio offerings, allow consumers to see, listen and learn about VIZIO’s award-winning technologies before purchasing.

“VIZIO is excited to bring our brand promise of quality, innovation, value and support to Canadian consumers,” said Lily Knowles, Vice President of Product Marketing. “From an outstanding in-store experience, to a newly designed Canadian VIZIO website and national television advertising campaign, VIZIO is committed to Canadian consumers.  Its our mission to engage new VIZIO fans and make sure they get properly acquainted with VIZIO and learn about our technologies so they can make an informed decision.”

Once consumers have a chance to visualize what VIZIO product(s) will work best in their homes, they can go in-store with help from the “Find A Retailer” feature on VIZIO.ca for the full, hands-on experience.  Depending on the site a consumer visits, a VIZIO brand wall may occupy anywhere from an 8- to 12-foot-wide wall in all 135 Future Shop stores nationwide and up to 32-foot-wide section in all 72 Best Buy Canada destinations.  In addition to one-on-one interaction with VIZIO Smart TVs and audio products, consumers also have access to trained Blue Shirts at Best Buy and sales associates at Future Shop to walk them through the benefits of each VIZIO product.

“With Best Buy and Future Shop positioned as Canada’s top two retailers of consumer electronics and lifestyle goods, we’re excited to bring VIZIO’s award-winning product line to Canada,” said Jason Abrams, Director of Televisions, Best Buy Canada and Future Shop. “We are very proud to offer VIZIO’s HDTVs and audio solutions to our customers through leading store networks as well as online and mobile capabilities.”

All VIZIO Smart TVs offered in Canada feature the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus® platform, bringing apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Yahoo! News, Flickr, Crackle and more, right into the living room, bedroom or den. An app dock overlays the bottom of the screen giving consumers quick, at-a-glance access to seven of their favorite apps, without interrupting on-screen content.  With the selected app in center focus of the display, users can easily view the previous three and next three apps in the carousel for faster navigation.

VIZIO audio solutions serve as the perfect complement for today’s slim HDTVs and bring superior surround sound and new convenience features to any room in the house. From the VIZIO 54″ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar System with Wireless Subwoofer designed for consumers with HDTVs 55″ and larger, to the VIZIO 2.1 Sound Stand which offers room-filling audio in a compact form factor, VIZIO brings a variety of options to consumers looking to upgrade their audio experience or create a personal home theater. VIZIO’s 2.1 Sound Stand was recognized by Digital Trends with a 2014 Best of CES Awards nomination in the home audio category, while Sound & Vision chose VIZIO’s 42″ 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer as a 2013 Top Pick of the Year.

VIZIO sound bars include an intuitive and easy-to-use remote which features a built-in LCD screen, allowing users to easily adjust input, turn on Bluetooth pairing, enable/disable audio technologies, or select other audio settings. The entire VIZIO audio line-up comes equipped with convenient Bluetooth technologies for streaming music, even when the TV is off, and includes all necessary cables for a quick, hassle-free set-up right out of the box.


VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. VIZIO skyrocketed to the #1 shipper of LCD television in North America in Q2 20071, within five years from their first shipment, and has been in the top 3 ever since2. VIZIO is now also America’s #1 Smart TV company5 and large size LCD TV company3. VIZIO is also the #1 Sound Bar Brand in the U.S4. For over a decade, VIZIO has remained committed to what it does best — focus on the consumer to deliver visionary products at a great value. The brand is consistently recognized for excellence in customer service, and was awarded 19 Stevie Awards, including the Grand Stevie Award in the 8th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. VIZIO offers a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics that now include PCs and mobility products.

5 Apple announcements including the all new Apple Watch

As I sit here listening to my free copy “Songs of Innocence” by U2 I’m pondering all the press releases from Apple this past week. Apple gave us a lot to think about this week as they announced the Apple Watch device. Are you excited about these announcements or do you think that Samsung already stole their thunder?

I’ve seen the videos for the latest product announcements and definitely think the Apple Watch looks like a sexy cool device but the announcement seemed a little late considering Apple seemed to be first to market with the iPhone and all the hoopla surrounding that release. Yet here we are and here is how Apple is positioning this latest product entry,

“Apple Watch introduces a revolutionary design and iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device. Apple Watch features the Digital Crown, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button and a convenient way to access Siri. The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access controls within apps. Apple Watch introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel. Apple custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a single chip. Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone.”

apple watchThe Digital Crown feature certainly makes sense to me and does seem like a great idea and the product itself does seem tempting considering it would pair with my iPhone via Bluetooth technology. However the $300+ price tag does seem daunting considering all the money I’ve been putting out upgrading all my devices. Will I spend the money? I guess we’ll see.

The next product announcement is the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus which are touted as the biggest advancements in iPhone history. We’ve got 2 new sizes which are both larger than their predecessor the 5S and a more powerful processor in the A8 chip. The design overall is sexier and for the gadget obsessed will be a must have for the upcoming fall season. Here’s something from the voice of Apple’s PR team,

“For the first time iPhone is available in two new sizes: iPhone 6 features a stunning 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38 percent more viewing area than iPhone 5s, while iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels than iPhone 5s. The Retina HD displays offer advanced technologies including higher contrast for deeper blacks and dual-domain pixels for more accurate colours at wider viewing angles.
With second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the all-new A8 chip offers faster performance and is more energy efficient, delivering higher sustained performance with great battery life. With Metal, a new graphics technology in iOS 8, developers can take performance of the A8 chip even further to bring console-class 3D games to iPhone. The A8 chip also includes a new, powerful Apple-designed image signal processor that enables advanced camera and video features.”

For those interested in viewing media and video files on their mobile devices the 5.5 inch 6 Plus will be a must have. Now onto Apple Pay which is another groundbreaking announcement that allows consumers to simply tap their iPhone at retail point of sale debit machines to pay for merchandise using NFC antenna design technology. While this technology may not be readily available in Canada it is sure to follow shortly as retails ramp up to allow easier purchasing.

“Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, issued by the most popular banks including Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo, representing 83 percent of credit card purchase volume in the US.* In addition to the 258 Apple retail stores in the US, some of the nation’s leading retailers that will support Apple Pay include Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store and Walt Disney World Resort, Duane Reade, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Sephora, Staples, Subway, Walgreens and Whole Foods Market. Apple Watch will also work at the over 220,000 merchant locations across the US that have contactless payment enabled. Apple Pay is also able to make purchases through apps in the App Store.”

Yet another release of iOS the operating system powering Apple mobile devices will be available soon as well. Here we’re looking at a more intuitive user experience along with a new Messages app that has been completely reworked and features the ability to send a video of what you’re seeing at the moment. According to Apple,

“… iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, will be available starting Wednesday, September 17 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere. With more than 4,000 new APIs, iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit.”

And finally for those of you seeking more information about the free U2 album; if you are already an iTunes Store customer this is simply a free gift courtesy of Apple, Universal Music Group and U2. In fact the album just appeared in iTunes for me. I didn’t have to do a thing! By the way, the new album is great. You should check it out. For more details about the U2 giveaway check this out.




New meditation app promises a more focused mind

I hate to start a review off on a negative note but unfortunately I was unable to review this app because I have an iPhone 4s. Fortunately my contract is finally coming to an end this October just in time for the new iPhone 6. That being said I’ve downloaded the app to my old iPhone and will be transferring to my new one when it arrives.

I must say I really was looking forward to some music to get me focused and so with that in mind went on the hunt for some alpha wave infused sounds to get me in the mood for some computer programming. I quickly found that YouTube was an excellent source and have listed a few links here for those with incompatible devices.

YellowBrickCinema – Alpha Waves for Focus

MeditationRelaxClub – Music for Concentration


zen180 appZen180 www.zen180.com launched today the free Zen180 App to get focused, creative, and help with the everyday stresses of living.  Available immediately through the iTunes store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zen180/id902226237?ls=1&mt=8, the Zen180 app provides background audio that you can listen to while meditating, reading, studying, doing homework, or trying to relax.  The Zen180 app features 5 cognitive enhancing audio programs:  FOCUSED, CREATIVE, AWAKENED, RELAXED and ROMANTIC Mind.  The main FOCUSED audio track is free, with the other 4 tracks priced at $.99 each or $1.99 for all 4.  With Zen180, you can dramatically increase your mental and learning abilities, creativity, happiness, focus and concentration.  The app accomplishes this with its exclusive 3D binaural beats to mimic the desired state of mind to help you meditate on a deeper level with brain enhancement audio technology to augment the 5 natural brain wave patterns: Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta and Gamma.

Experience the Benefits of Deep Meditation in Minutes

The Zen180 audio app allows you to experience all the benefits of deep meditation in a matter of minutes.  Just select the track for the specific state of mind you are trying to achieve (focused, creative, awakened, relaxed or romantic) and the time period (from 5 minutes to 30 minutes), put on your headphones and tap “start session” (Zen180 recommends you always use stereo headphones, since the app will not work properly with regular speakers).  The idea is to listen to the audio track with headphones while you are trying to focus on a task or simply to meditate.  You will notice how much better you can focus on your work or meditation while using the app.

Helps with Writer’s Block

Zen180’s CREATIVE Mind track can help creative people, such as writers and musicians, overcome the dreaded “writer’s block” or other creativity hang-ups and free the mind for new ideas and directions.  The AWAKENED Mind track helps students, frequent travelers, workaholics, and party animals pep up after a red-eye flight or late night out so they are ready to work the next day.  The ROMANTIC Mind track will bring you closer to loved ones and the RELAXED Mind track helps you completely relax and let go of problems when over-stressed.  “Scientists study meditation and doctors recommend it to help reduce stress.  Millions of Americans practice it every day. Why?  Because meditation works.  Zen180 unleashes your mind’s potential,” said Noah Rasheta, President, Zen180.

Zen180 App Features:

  • 5 cognitive enhancing audio programs:
    • FOCUSED Mind:  for reading, studying or writing.
    • CREATIVE Mind:  for brainstorming, creating new music, art, or writing.
    • AWAKENED Mind:  for a boost of energy or to wake up.
    • RELAXED Mind:  to calm down and relax.
    • ROMANTIC Mind:  to soften your heart and re-connect with your spouse or loved ones.
  • Audio programs includes:  5, 15, and 30 minute track choices.
  • Features exclusive 3D binaural beats to mimic the desired state of mind, which help you meditate on a deeper level.
  • Brain enhancement audio technology augments the 5 natural brain wave patterns:  Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta and Gamma.

Availability & Pricing

The Zen180 app with FOCUSED Mind audio program is free through the iTunes store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zen180/id902226237?ls=1&mt=8.  You can unlock the other 4 Zen180 audio programs:  CREATIVE Mind, AWAKENED Mind, RELAXED Mind, and ROMANTIC Mind with an in-app purchase of $0.99/each or all 4 for $1.99.  For more information, see www.zen180.com or contact support@zen180.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zen180.


Cloud Money the first Canadian digital cash platform from nTrust

Cloud MoneyThis week Vancouver based nTrust launched one of the first true digital cash platforms in Canada, Cloud Money™, bringing Canadians one step closer to eliminating the use of physical cash.

Consumers can download the free nTrust app from iTunes or Google Play and create a free nTrust Cloud. nTrust members with a nTrust Cloud will also be able to mange their funds completely online, as well as transfer money for free to friends or family members with an nTrust Cloud.

“Cloud Money differs from an e-wallet or mobile payment platform by enabling consumers to pay merchants for goods and services directly and instantly with just a few taps on their phone, eliminating the need for payment processing terminals,” explains Rod Hsu, CXO.

A true digital cash platform provides consumers and merchants with a secure and seamless cashless payment alternative. And the demand for this is clearly there; Canadians have adapted to cashless payments with 90% of transactions made with a credit card or digital alternative. According to the Mastercard Advisors report, Canada is “nearly cashless” with the population using cashless methods for low value payments over physical cash. “We can clearly see a demand for credit card alternatives and while there are digital methods of payment available, Cloud Money will be one of the first true digital cash platform that benefits both the consumer and merchant,” says Hsu.

Popular Vancouver food truck DougieDog, who’s success has led to features on Dragon’s Den and Eat Street, has experienced the evolution of cashless payments first hand and has partnered with nTrust to offer customers the next iteration in digital payment methods.

Beyond elevating the consumer experience, nTrust’s digital cash solution also has a huge impact on a merchant’s profit margin. Low value transactions made by credit cards are costly for business like DougieDog because with nTrust, who offer a flat rate of 1% per transaction, business are able to save between 50 – 70% on transaction fees.

After piloting the platform at the Sunset Beach Social food truck festival, DougieDog noticed the immediate benefits that this platform provided for his customers. “Keeping my customers in mind is at the heart of DougieDog and nTrust enables me to take that to the next level,” explains Dougie Luv, owner of DougieDog.

“Customers appreciated our team knowing their name or remembering details about their earlier purchases,” he continues. “It also helped us lower wait times as customers simply swipe to pay on their smartphone removing the need for physical contact at the till point.”

Understanding the value of targeted and relevant marketing, Dougie also found that being able to collect valuable transactional data on each customer, helps him differentiate from competitors. He indicated that this enables him to better serve customers in the future and build better experiences.

nTrust plans to expand the merchant program throughout the year and recently signed on the AMS Student Society of UBC, who will begin accepting Cloud Money™ later this fall.

The partnership has big benefits, according to Uli Laue, Director of Operations at the AMS Student Society of UBC, who explains, “As a student society we owe it to our members to seek out ways to improve their lives on campus; offering them an alternative to carrying cash is just one way we are doing that. In general students are early adopters of new technology, which is why we feel students will be excited for the opportunity to try the nTrust Cloud Money solution.”

About nTrust

nTrust is a Vancouver-based technology company that developed the global platform Cloud Money™, a regulated and trusted digital cash system that allows members to spend, send and use their money as simply as sending a text. Once a member’s Cloud is loaded, funds can be instantly exchanged to six currencies, used to pay bills or merchants, loaded to an nTrust Cloud Money™ Prepaid MasterCard® or conveniently sent to other members around the world. With 25% of all Cloud Money merchant transaction fees donated to local partner charities, Cloud Money also supports the local community. nTrust’s proprietary technology uses the highest encryption standards and has Level One PCI-DSS rating and regulation by FINTRAC, Canada’s financial intelligence unit.

Moto products showcase new smartphones and wearables from Motorola

moto360Last year Motorola relaunched with the intention of giving its customers greater control over their mobile experience. This week the new Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360 timepiece launched to fulfill that promise. This dynamic new portfolio of products gives you unprecedented power to choose how your mobile technology fits into your life, with new customization options, better value and new ways to connect.

Choose the colour or materials that grace the back of your phone. Choose to design your own software experience starting from pure Android. Choose to get the information you want most, by a glance on your phone or on your wrist without ever using your hands. And choose not to pay premium prices for premium experiences.

The new Moto X

The new Moto X is designed with a sense of style and balance, featuring a curved metal frame, vivid 5.2″ Full HD display, and authentic materials such as FSC® certified bamboo that feels great in your hand. It gives you fast performance with the latest, unadulterated version of Android along with the quickest updates. Enhanced voice control lets you select a custom prompt, and use your voice to do just about anything. Plus, it also learns your preferences and adapts to you, making everyday interactions easier. Moto X is coming to Canada in black and bamboo this fall at TELUS. Learn more about the new Moto X.

The new Moto G

Moto G now comes with a brilliant 5″ HD display plus stereo sound to fully enjoy your videos and photos. With its all-day battery, quad-core speed and the latest Android OS, Moto G keeps up with everything you do. All this plus Motorola Shells to express your style. It is coming to Canada in October at retail in partnership with Ingram Micro Canada. Learn more about the new Moto G.

Moto 360

Moto 360 is a modern timepiece powered by Android Wear™. Comfortable, familiar, and crafted with the finest materials, Moto 360 keeps you up to date without taking you away from the moment. Glance at your wrist to see updates or just speak to get the info you need. Because it’s time a watch told you more than just the time. Moto 360 is coming to Canada this fall at first launch partners Telus, Best Buy and Future Shop for $279 MSRP. Learn more about Moto 360.


shomi streaming service available to Canadians this fall

shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, ups the ante in entertainment with the latest, rogerslogomost exclusive shows and selections personalized for you. Available initially on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set-top boxes, shomi will launch in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. shomi will be available starting the first week of November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month.

shomi was created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers. It features earlier seasons of the most popular shows on TV today, iconic series from the past, cult-classic and fan-favourite films, as well as a library of family-friendly kids programming. With exclusive past-season streaming rights to titles – such as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story – along with first-window premieres, it’s more bang, less blah. shomi combines a team of programming experts with algorithmic technology to help you pick what you actually want to watch – whether it’s finding hidden gems, rediscovering old favourites, or remembering why you fell in love with a title in the first place.

“We’ve taken the time to talk with Canadians to find out what they want and to create an unbelievable user experience,” said Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media. “They told us loud and clear – they want all the past seasons of the most popular, current TV shows and they want it to be easy. shomi takes the guesswork out of finding what to watch, acting like a new-age video clerk serving up all the best content based on personal viewing habits.”

“We keenly understand the media landscape is rapidly changing and that viewers are looking for greater flexibility when it comes to what they watch and how they watch it,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “shomi is our first step into the new world of content streaming and we’re so pleased to be able to bring this made in Canada service to the market.”

shomi the numbers (and this is just at launch, with much more exciting content to come!):

  • 14,000 episodes and titles
  • 11,000 hours of TV shows
  • 1,200 movies
  • 340 TV series
  • 30% of content is Canadian, including TV shows and classic films

Enhanced features include trailers and factoids for movie titles to help customers make their selections, while a visually appealing interface delivers a theatrical experience. With up to six profiles per account, shomi offers a great solution for the connected home, as customers can watch on two devices and their set top boxes – all at the same time.

Additional details about the product, programming, and distribution will be announced in the coming weeks.

shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. shomi will run as a standalone entity with its own management structure.

About shomi

shomi is the only subscription video-on-demand service created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers, and makes getting video content nearly as enjoyable as watching it. Curated by people who love popcorn and magic, shomi is a video entertainment concierge that offers recommendations from real people because no computer will ever “get” movies and TV like a human does. Now shomi something good to watch. shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications.

iWitness Personal Safety App works with Seattle University

personal safetyThousands of people are the victim of assault each day in the United States.  Now, there’s a personal safety app for iPhone and Android devices aimed at preventing attacks. It’s called iWitness and it gives people a way to protect themselves using their smartphones.

Seattle University is the first college campus to encourage students to use this service.

“My goal is to ensure the safety of the Seattle University community not only when they are on the SU campus, but in their daily lives,” said Tim Marron, Executive Director of Public Safety and Transportation for Seattle University. “iWitness is an additional tool that we are presenting to our community. While using the application can potentially serve as a preventive measure, we believe the very act of installing the application will serve as a catalyst for heightening a student’s awareness.”

Here’s how it works. You simply download the iWitness app to your smartphone. You touch ‘record’ and ‘arm’ your phone if you’re walking alone, in an uncertain situation, or just feel uncomfortable. The app records a video clip – and automatically uploads it to a cloud server. The video does not stay on your phone. There’s nothing anyone can do to get the video off your phone, because it’s not there.

iWitness also calls 911 automatically, can sound an alarm, and  informs the student’s friends and family that they feel endangered.

A few daily crime statistics:
-1 in 6 women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape
-Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
-5,000 people are treated for assault in an ER each day

“Our mission is clear. We put safety in the hands of every person,” said iWitness founder David Remer. “We want to make sure that students have access to tools that will help them stay safe. iWitness helps parents provide their kids an added layer of protection as they head off to college, whether it be just down the road or across the country.”

About iWitness
iWitness is a personal safety tool that was developed to help prevent crime. Once you download the application on your smartphone, you have an “eyewitness” whenever you need one. The service is available for download on iOS and Android mobile platforms. iWitness is headquartered in Seattle.

CONTACT:  Melissa Milburn, Milburn Communications, melissa@milburncommunications.com, 206.972.9096

SOURCE iWitness


Survey of Canadian CIOs Unveils Technology Trends Influencing the Evolution of the Workplace

A recent IDC survey commissioned by Samsung Electronics Canada found that technology trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which show the growing use of personal tablets and smartphones in the workplace, is driving change for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and businesses across Canada. Of the CIOs surveyed, 58 per cent said the number of mobile workers at their company has increased and that 68 per cent of these workers use tablets in addition to mobile byodphones.

BYOD is quickly becoming the new norm for companies across Canada with 52.5 per cent of CIOs open to employees bringing their own devices to work. When asked why CIOs have a bring their own device policy, 50.8 per cent responded saying it was to appeal to young workers which will make up 75 per cent of the workforce by 2028.  While security remains a core part, CIOs are being driven by workplace trends to help future-proof their organization.

“Part of the CIO’s role is to expect trends in technology and understand how they influence corporate policy while maintaining security and aligning with the strategic vision of the company,” said Warren Shiau, Director, Buyer Behaviour Research Practice, IDC Canada. “The CIO role is shifting from a concentrated focus on managing and protecting centralized back office IT resources to driving employee productivity and empowerment.”

The survey also reflects a shift in attitude by CIOs who have traditionally acted independently to make IT regulations. The survey reveals that fifty-five per cent of CIOs are actually adjusting their IT policies based on employee feedback and beginning to recognize the value of these insights in helping to create a more empowered workforce.

When asked about their biggest IT priorities for 2014, CIOs responded by saying that improving staff productivity (60 per cent) and IT security (70 per cent) were at the top of that list. Specifically, 96 per cent of respondents that support BYOD said that security is important which is why CIOs are turning to Samsung KNOX, a secure mobile enterprise security platform for Android, to create a protected IT environment.

“At Samsung, we are deeply committed to ‘people-inspired innovation’ and we listen to our customers – both consumers and enterprises – and innovate to discuss their issues,” said Paul Brannen, Senior Vice-President, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “As the first commercially available, secure Android platform for mobile enterprise, Samsung KNOX gives CIOs peace of mind by allowing their employees to easily and securely switch between work and play on their devices with the press of a button.”

While security remains a top priority for CIOs, metrics and measurement are areas that have potential for growth with 43 per cent of respondents saying that measuring mobile security effectiveness is not an exact science and hard metrics aren’t being used. Fifty-two per cent of CIOs surveyed don’t now measure security effectiveness although 52 per cent say they will soon which speaks to the direction the ever-evolving role of the CIO may go next.

KNOX is now supported by a range of Samsung mobility products including the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy NotePRO 12.2. To learn more about Samsung KNOX secure Mobile Enterprise platform, visit www.samsungknox.com

About Samsung Electronics Canada
Samsung Electronics Canada is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for young minded consumers everywhere through innovation, stylish design and premium experiences. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Samsung is transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. As a result, Samsung has become a true leader in the technology industry. In 2013, Samsung was ranked #8 in the Interbrand 100 Best Global Brands while the Canadian arm was named as one of Strategy Magazine’s 2013 Brands of the Year and Marketing Magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Marketers of the Year in Canada. Globally, Samsung employs 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion.

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

Follow Samsung Canada at facebook.com/SamsungCanada or on Twitter @SamsungCanada.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC Canada is part of a network of over 1,000 analysts providing global, regional, and local expertise on technology, industry opportunities and trends with more analysts dedicated to understanding the Canadian market than any other global research firm.

About the Survey

The telephone survey of 120 major Canadian organizations was completed during February 2014 by IDC Canada and represents a cross-section of the Canadian private and public sectors from Business Services, Financial Services, Retail, Communications and Media, Transportation and Warehousing and Utilities, to Government, Healthcare, and Education.  The survey was designed to show an illustration of major Canadian organizations’ attitudes and behaviour within the mobility area.  Survey respondents were composed of CIO or CIO equal IT-decision makers.

School of Public Policy Report on Wireless Competition slams Federal Government Moves for Fourth Mobile Wireless Carrier

Last year featured a high-stakes battle between two protagonists over the issue of a fourth wireless carrier in Canada. iphoneOn one side was the federal government, seeking to ease a fourth mobile carrier through spectrum policy and any other means at its disposal.  On the other side, Bell, Rogers, and Telus.  The issue?  Who should govern the allocation of resources in the provision of wireless services in Canada?  Should prices, quality, availability, and other terms of service — be determined by the market, or should the government intervene? The answer to these questions should depend on the extent of competition.  A report released last year by economists Jeffrey Church and Andrew Wilkins at The School of Public Policy argued that the three wireless providers were, in fact, competitive, had not raised prices above the long-run costs of providing services and had not exercised harmful market power.  Needless to say, the federal government disagreed.

The government fired back with research of their own, commissioned by the Competition Bureau, that made counter arguments in the defense of the need for a fourth carrier and the exercise of market power by the wireless carriers.  Today, Church and Wilkins released a follow-up paper on this issue.  The paper re-affirms the authors’ previous findings that the market has, in fact, worked when it comes to mobile wireless competition in Canada and the government should not be using government policy to try to force a fourth carrier in Canada.

Today’s report challenges many of the findings of the report commissioned by the Competition Bureau and its submissions on competition in wireless markets to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.  It argues “that the expert evidence ready for the Competition Bureau is simply insufficient to call for regulation and subsidization of wireless competition. The expert evidence findings on market power are small, as well as not robust, and it does not address whether entry is efficient. Instead it provides only an estimate of the competitive benefits of a fourth national entrant — not its costs — and it does not assess the financial viability of a fourth national competitor. The inaccuracies of the methodology  used cast much doubt on its use to accurately forecast the effect of a fourth national entrant,” said Jeffrey Church today.

“Given the absence of compelling evidence demonstrating the real exercise of inefficient market power, the evidence that having more than three carriers raises concerns regarding financial viability without ongoing subsidization, and the evidence that an additional carrier would be inefficient, one wonders how long the federal government and its agencies will continue the policy of attempting to “enhance competition” in wireless markets? What will be the final cost to Canadians of the federal government’s commitment to the proposition that competition is measured by the number of competitors?” asked Church.