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.

Impressive Autofocus Camera Sony Ultra-Compact α5100

Sony Electronics has today introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.

The speedy new autofocus camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1.  It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor.  This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.

Sony 5100 autofocus cameraUnique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.

“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony.  “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price.  It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”

Fast Hybrid AF system

Borrowing from the award-winning α6000, the compelling Fast Hybrid AF system on the new α5100 autofocus camera features focal plane phase-detection AF points with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area (179 focal points) that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF.  This potent combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, whether shooting still images or full HD videos.

Sony 5100 autofocus cameraAdditionally, the α5100 camera has an extremely responsive touch screen which works with the AF system to enable Touch Focus, allowing shooters to focus by simply touching the intended subject on any area of the LCD screen – even if it’s at the far edges.

The new α5100 model also comes equipped with Eye AF and Lock-on AF functions that debuted in the α7/ α7R, a Flexible Spot AF area function, and AF-A mode (automatic switching between AF-C and AF-S) that is also offered in the α6000.

HD Video Performance

The versatile α5100 supports full HD video shooting  in AVCHD as well as the  XAVC S2 codec, which records video at a high data rate of 50 Mbps with advanced compression for impressive video quality.  XAVC S paired with the advanced focusing system of the α5100 makes for a compelling HD video shooting solution that only a select number of cameras in market today – mirrorless or DSLR – can offer.

Additionally, with the power of the BIONZ X processor, the camera is able to read, process and output data from all of the sensor’s pixels during video recording, ensuring that it produces the highest quality video possible by eliminating aliasing, moire and false color artifacts.

The new camera also features dual video recording, allowing it to simultaneously record two files – one in Full HD (AVCHD or XAVC S) and the other in lower resolution MP4 format – to a single installed SD card2.  This gives videographers a high-quality file for viewing on large screens or working on in post-processing, as well as a smaller, lower data-rate version that is ideal for uploading and sharing.

Design, Controls, Wi-Fi® and New Accessories

The compact new mirrorless camera features a high resolution 921k dot WhiteMagic™ LCD screen that can tilt a full 180 degrees upright, ideal for self-portraits.  On top of the camera body, there’s a zoom lever for convenient one-handed camera operation and a handy pop-up flash for tough lighting conditions.

The α5100 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing.  A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, giving users a live image preview through their compatible smartphone or tablet, and allowing them to use the smart device to release the camera’s shutter.

For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.

The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities.  Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with several others to be released this spring.  Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca .

New accessories that are compatible with the α5100 camera include the style-matching LCS-EBD body case – available in three color variations – as well as the compact, easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony α5100 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in September 2014 in black and white in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $700, or as body-only for about $550.

The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony α Lenses Assortment

The α5100 camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, and uses the same Sony E-mount as the acclaimed α6000, α7, α7R and α7S models, as well as all the previous α ‘NEX’ cameras.  All Sony ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras.

Outlined below, the E-mount family now includes 20 different models with several premium models from ZEISS® and Sony’s G Series Lenses:



  • E 16mm F2.8
  • E 20mm F2.8
  • E 35mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 50mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 30mm F3.5 Macro
  • E 24mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • E 10-18mm F4 OSS
  • E PZ 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-55mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS LE
  • E PZ 18-200mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 55-210mm F4.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
  • E 16-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 28-70mm F3.5 – 5.6 OSS
  • FE 35mm F2.8 ZEISS
  • FE 55mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • FE 24-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS

Please follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.

Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140206/LA60150LOGO

SOURCE Sony Electronics

CONTACT: Matt Parnell, Sony Electronics Inc., (858) 942-7975, matt.parnell@am.sony.com


Lightspeed Design Announces New 3D Projector

Lightspeed Design Inc., a worldwide leader in stereoscopic technology, today announced a new addition to its line of patented DepthQ Projectors that deliver amazing 3D, the DepthQ HDs3D2.

In 2005, Lightspeed Design invented the world’s first portable 3D single-chip projector: the DepthQ 3D Projector. It was the culmination of years of 3D knowledge and experience a projector designed by 3D professionals for 3D professionals.

“In 2011 and 2013 we received our first two US patents for this unique 3D technology. DepthQ is the only single-chip 3D projector on the market that is currently authorized to use our patented 3D system and method.”

New to the HDs3D2 is HDMI 1.4 connectivity, full HD resolution 1080P 2D and 3D (for 24 or 30 image-pairs/sec input), plus superior contrast, synchronization and crosstalk  to deliver the highest-quality, most satisfying and hassle-free 3D experience possible right out of the box.

3d projector

Product Features

Professional: Outstanding 10,000:1 Contrast and Synchronization

Digital: Digital HDMI 1.4 or analog VGA input

Bright: 2500 ANSI Lumens

Quality: Flicker-free, 120Hz 720P 3D and 120 & 144Hz 1080P 3D;Supports HDMI, Blu-ray, 3D broadcasting, video games and NVIDIA 3DTV PC connectivity; Uses Texas Instruments DLP® Dark Chip 3 technology; Incorporates 3D Triple Flash at 144Hz for 24fps input; Includes a 3D 6-pin DIN sync port

Portable: Small & only 7 pounds, fits in the overhead bin and takes less than 5 minutes to set up

Versatile -Work live in 3D-enabled applications; quality control 3D film or video game development; bring 3D movies and games into your home



Now shipping. Lightspeed Design is the exclusive worldwide distributor of the DepthQ HDs3D2 Projector. To purchase or for more information please use our Contact Form: (http://www.depthq.com/projectorcontact.html) or call +1 (206) 784-1385.


The Company

DepthQ/ Lightspeed Design, Inc. has been a worldwide leader in stereoscopic 3D for twenty-one years, developing landmark hardware and software technologies such as the DepthQ Polarization Modulator for 3D digital cinema (over 1500 screens),  the DepthQ stereoscopic projector, and the DepthQ family of 3D media software.

DepthQ is a respected stereoscopic technology brand trusted by the most discerning clientele, and assisting in a wide range of disciplines – from 3D digital cinema…to screening rooms…to pharmaceutical visualization…to surgical support systems…to 3D film production.

Lightspeed is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, USA. For more information, visit us at lightspeeddesign.com or contact the company directly at 425-637-2818.


SOURCE Lightspeed Design, Inc.


GROW Conference brings innovation in technology and entrepreneurship to Whistler

GROWIt’s well-known by now that BC is a tech hot bed and with its proximity to the West Coast of the US, things are only going to get better for Vancouverites and those involved in the tech scene elsewhere in the province.

Thus it’s no surprise that GROW, the conference that helps entrepreneurs build the next billion dollar company, started yesterday in Whistler and goes until Friday the 22nd.

Now in its fifth year GROW has shifted from Vancouver with the goal of making Whistler the most connected resort community in the world.

Yahoo, Misfit Wearables, Under Armour, Google Glass as well as Vancouver company’s such as Mojio and Recon Instruments will all be in attendance showcasing products and meeting with like-minded tech entrepreneurs.

Wearable tech and the Internet of Things are also forefront at GROW and should make for an interesting couple of days. With the Internet of Things, the goal is to make your home, your car, your appliances and possessions, and all the shops, restaurants, workplaces and schools you frequent digitally connected and more importantly digitally connected to you.

We’ll be meeting with some of Vancouver’s up and coming tech company’s and startups. Stay tuned for live coverage on our blog from the conference and on our Twitter Feed.

Dell Precision Tower and Rack Workstations help the company step up its game in 2014

Last week Dell announced new mainstream and performance tower and rack workstations, the Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910, designed to discuss the critical requirements of customers in compute-intensive fields such as engineering, manufacturing, and media and entertainment.

Updated with Intel’s latest Xeon processors, DDR4memory, next-generation graphics technology from NVIDIA and AMD, and doubling the amount of memory from the previous generation, these powerful, scalable systems are optimized and independent software vendor (ISV) certified to run the most demanding applications. In addition, Dell is releasing a new version of the Dell Precision Optimizer, which automatically configures workstation settings to maximize application performance.dell server computers

“From powering the designs of a leading surfboard maker to enabling the complex visual effects created by Academy Award-winning studio Framestore, Dell Precision customers depend on powerful workstations to help create beautifully complex projects,” said Andy Rhodes, global executive director for Dell Precision workstations. “Every key part of our new workstations has been updated, resulting in outstanding performance gains to help our customers design without limitations.”

New Tower and Rack Workstations Deliver Ultimate Performance and Scalability

The updated Dell Precision tower workstation portfolio includes the single socket Tower 5810 and high-power dual processor Tower 7810, which both offer innovative design features within a compact footprint, and the highly expandable Tower 7910 that delivers ultimate workstation performance and scalability. The innovative chassis design on the systems includes quick release hard drives, a tool-less, externally accessible power supply, and a lockable front bezel for added security and delivers improved acoustics performance.

Dell is also announcing updates to its leading edge rack workstation, with the introduction of the new Dell Precision Rack 7910, which offers all the capabilities of the Tower 7910 in a 2U rack form factor, with complete qualification and support for workstation virtualization with Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX hypervisors. It is also the first Dell Precision workstation to include an Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), which increases security by enabling complete remote datacentre manageability in a “lights out” environment.

Delivering outstanding performance gains over previous generation systems, the new tower and rack workstations feature next-generation Intel Xeon processors and are available with the latest AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro professional-grade graphics technology. The new workstations also offer improved I/O performance and data availability with up to 1TB[3] of DDR4 RDIMM memory, enabling users to manage complex data sets rapidly and with ease. Availability of Thunderbolt 2 technology on the new towers increases productivity and workflow innovation, supporting data transfer speeds of up to 20Gb/s and allowing for simultaneous 4k video file transfer.

Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0

The new systems feature the latest version of Dell’s performance enhancing software tool, the Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 (DPO), which will be available for download starting September 4, and will be factory-installed on Dell’s new line of tower workstations beginning in mid-October., DPO v2.0 provides automatic dynamic performance tuning of the workstation system settings according to the application, an exclusive feature of Dell Precision workstations, and enables consolidated system utilization tracking, reporting, and system updates. As measured by industry standard benchmark tests, Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 increases application performance by up to 121 per cent[4].

With Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0, users will have access to an updated graphical user interface for improved usability, enhanced systems management capabilities, and expanded language support. The update also adds new performance profiles for Autodesk 3ds Max and Inventor, increasing total available profiles to 13, including Adobe Creative Cloud (PhotoShop, Premier Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder), Autodesk (AutoCAD, Maya), Dassault Systèmes (CATIA, Solidworks), PTC Creo, and Siemens NX.

Enabling enhanced productivity, the systems also feature Dell’s Intel Cache Acceleration Software for Workstations (Intel CAS-W), a caching solution that improves storage speeds for better overall performance.

Dell’s Most Secure, Manageable and Reliable Workstations

Available with Dell Data Protection malware, authentication and encryption endpoint security solutions and backed by a Dell limited hardware warranty[5] and optional 24×7 direct access to enterprise-level support with Dell ProSupport, the new systems offer best-in-class security, manageability and reliability. Dell’s exclusive, patented Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) proactively prevents catastrophic memory failures and extends memory life, while Dell-unique Intel vPro extensions allow remote BIOS management and hard drive wipe, even when systems are offline. The Dell Client Command Suite provides free automation tools that help automate and streamline system deployment, monitoring and updating in complex IT environments.

Dell works closely with independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Adobe, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks to make sure that the Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910 workstations are tested and certified in advance of launch, allowing customers to use new technology faster than ever and easing their transition onto a new hardware platform.

Another innovative feature available on the new systems is the Dell Quick Resource Locator (QRL), which provides immediate access to extensive system information and detailed “how to” videos accessible via smartphone and a model-specific QR code, helping customers to be more efficient and effective in managing their hardware.

Extending Dell’s partnership with Teradici, the two companies today introduced new software that gives mobile workers instant access to a rich remote computing experience regardless of location. The new Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software offers an ultra-secure solution that makes remote access possible in a matter of minutes. The new easy-to-deploy software client is compatible with the Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910 and Rack 7910 as well as earlier Dell Precision workstation systems.

Dell OEM Solutions is also offering an XL version of the new Precision tower and rack workstations, with a stable platform and three year component stability, specially designed to enable OEM customers to better manage their solution life-cycles.

The new Dell Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910 and Rack 7910 workstations will be available in Canada starting on September 9, 2014.

About Dell

Dell Inc. is an American privately owned multinational computer technology company based in Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells, repairs and supports computers and related products and services. The company is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide.[3]

Dell sells personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, computer peripherals, HDTVs, cameras, printers, MP3 players and electronics built by other manufacturers. The company is well-known for its innovations in supply chain management and electronic commerce, particularly its direct-sales model and its “build-to-order” or “configure to order” approach to manufacturing—delivering individual PCs configured to customer specifications.

Hitting the road with Geek Squad

With the Internet of Things and smart technology everything is becoming hyper connected these days. Cars aren’t any different. Yesterday I took a ride in a Geek Squad car with Geek Squad Agent Dameyn Parr and Elliott Chun, Communications Manager for Future Shop. We rode around in Volkswagen Beetle that had gadgets and gear from Future Shop installed in it. I was very impressed.GScar

My favourite piece of tech was the front and rear smart camera’s from THINKWARE. I’ve listed product specifications below. Both the ability to record in HD and capture video while you are on the move is awesome. Car accidents will always happen but the ability to record them as they happen should clear up who might be at fault.

Infinity audio products provide the crystal clear sound in the Beetle. You can stream music from your phone right to the stereo. It also has a little microphone installed when you connect your phone via Bluetooth and run it via speakerphone so you can be heard clearly. With all this tech installed, Dameyn Parr hopes the Beetle will be one of the stars of the Great Canadian VG Show happening this weekend. Check out the event website here. http://www.gcvws.com/

“This car has all the tech you will ever need. We want people to realize that car audio installs have evolved to the point where it’s a real art to integrate systems into a car while minimizing the potential harm we may cause the interior says Parr.”

Geek Squad customers should also expect both a professional installation and a total commitment to quality and service. “We’re focused on security, sound and the visual appeal of what we are doing. Gone are the days of pricey installs and cheap equipment says Parr.”

Geek Squad itself has been in operation since 1994 and in Canada for the last 10 years. Future Shop assumed control of it with a soft launch on August 1, 2014.

The Gear

Model Number / FS SKU Number
X300 (TW-X300), $299.99 : 10297758
REARVIEW CAMERA F550 (TWA-F550R) $99.99: 10298925

Front and Rear
THINKWARE Dash Cams have high video recording quality across the range, being capable to record at 720p High Definition for the H100 model, to 1080 Full HD for the X300 and F550 models. The F550 also comes standard with a Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor with Advanced Video Clearing Technology, automatically adjusting the level of exposure, contrast and image noise to improve video quality in bad weather or at night.

Upon starting the ignition, it automatically starts recording video, ensuring that all crucial details would be accurately captured during an incident. Equipped with an auto-looping function, the Dash Cam allows unused footage to be overwritten automatically if the memory card is full. The camera automatically stores the surrounding 20 seconds of the event into a flash drive, allowing the driver to review the footage at a later time.

The THINKWARE X300 and F550 Dash Cams also have an optional 720p HD rear view camera with motion-detection capability built-in to capture the view from the back of the vehicle to offer an all-encompassing, around-the-clock protection.

THINKWARE Dash Cam is a specialized on-board surveillance camera that monitors and records driving incidents. Mounted to the windshield, the camera turns on automatically upon starting ignition, and actively record video footages in an auto-looping mechanism. It has real-time impact detection, where upon sensing impact, the camera stores the incident footage in a secure place for reviewing purposes.

The footage can then be used as a form of supplementary evidence for insurance purposes, while protecting the driver against insurance frauds and hit-and-runs.

All THINKWARE Dash Cams use a Super Capacitor designed to withstand harsh conditions inside a car’s interior, enabling support of the parking surveillance mode while eliminating the risks of heat related battery failures. Even if the power is disconnected in the event of an accident, the Super Capacitor allows the videos to be safely stored. With this technology, THINKWARE Dash Cams offer a steady and dependable performance throughout a class-leading range of storage and operating temperatures.

Dual Save – a proprietary technology by THINKWARE – is specially designed to save recorded footages in both the Micro SD card and the built-in internal memory in incident recording, safeguarding against the loss of data in the aftermath of a severe collision. In the event that the memory card is damaged, the Dual Save Technology guarantees a backup copy of the video in the internal memory.

Infinity KAPPAFIVE – Future Shop # 10298945

  • 75 Watts x 4 and 300 Watts x 1
  • Variable high- and low-pass filters (32-320 Hz, 12dB per octave)
  • Bass Boost 0-12dB
  • Class D Amplifier Design
  • Differential balanced speaker and pre-amp level inputs

Infinity’s new Kappa amplifiers deliver world-class reliable power delivery in an all new compact footprint. So, not only do Infinity’s new Kappa amps sound great, but they take less space than any amplifier we have ever engineered and are smaller and easier to install than the amps available from the majority of our competitors. This has been accomplished using a high-power class-D amplifier circuit design which provides high output power, high overall efficiency and efficient transfer of heat from the transistors’ metal cases to the heat sink for the greatest in space-saving amplifier design.


  • Infinity 120.9W – FS# 10167623
  • $329.99
  • 350W RMS Power Handling, 1400W Peak
  • 2 or 4 Ohms

Looking for a more moving audio experience? Take Infinity car audio for a ride. Innovative materials and break through engineering have always put Infinity products out in front of the competition. So expect extreme output from Kappa subs, but be ready for accuracy and detail that may simply blow you away. Infinity’s revolutionary new Kappa Series subwoofers deliver true low-distortion high-performance with one incredible feature, Infinity’s Selectable Smart Impedance (SSI) design.

Front Speakers

  • Ref-6500CX – FS# 10206108
  • $249.99
  • Plus One™ woofer cones
  • Edge-driven tweeters
  • True 4-ohm architecture
  • UniPivot™ tweeters
  • Adjustable tweeter levels
  • Vented motor assemblies

Rear Speakers

  • KAPPA 62.11i – FS# 10298936
  • $219.99
  • Injected Carbon Glass Matrix (iCGM) frames
  • Vented motor assembly
  • Plus One woofer-cone technology
  • Edge-driven, soft-dome fabric tweeter
  • 2-ohm nominal impedance
  • Ultrahigh-frequency response (up to 25kHz)
  • Ultrahigh sensitivity (95dB@2.83v/1m)
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20 resources for new computer programmers

Seeing as I’m getting back into programming in a big way I thought I would share my finds with anybody looking to step out into the world of coding computers. In this article I’ll break it down into three main categories: General Resources, Apple Development and Microsoft Development. If you’re a new computer programmer take a look at this list. I think it’ll help you get started.

General Resources

ideone.com – This site is a real gem. Bookmark this one if you can. I’ve found huge value in using this and would like to point out the link “recent codes” in the top right hand corner. You can filter by the programming language you’re using and voila you have some recent examples submitted by other users that you can fork and use for your own learning purposes. Just click on the hashtag links to drill into the examples.

reddit – This is one the best sharing resources for new programmers I’ve found. The main links I’d recommend here include the programming FAQ, the programming subreddit and the learn programming subreddit. I can’t say enough good things about this site including today’s find which includes a massive free iOS development course which I’ll mention later in the post.

Safari Books Online – If you can get access to this site do it now! Safari has tons of programming books and over 34,000 eBooks in total. Here’s a secret for those who don’t want to pay. Your public library may already subscribe to the academic license which means you could access this amazing resource at no cost. Ask your librarian or browse your local public library website.

Lynda.com - Here’s a site that has some professional videos and some of the absolute best trainers in the world. Again here you can pay a fee or perhaps see if your library subscribes to an academic license. If you are into iOS development you will find that Simon Allardice make learning that platform a breeze.

Stack Overflow – An awesome Q&A community of professional and enthusiast programmers. Click the “Tags” link to start and filter by the programming language of your choice.

TIOBE index – Still trying to figure out where you should be focusing your learning hours? This index lists the popularity of programming languages. In August 2014 the most popular is C.


Apple Development Resources

Resources for Apple Developers – Depending on what you’d like to develop for the Apple platform this is your starting point. Take your pick: iOS development or OS X development.

iOS Developer Library – This one’s pretty self explanatory. There’s a lot of content here and should keep you busy for a while.

Start Developing iOS Apps Today – A must read for anyone developing an iOS app. This is probably the best place to start. You can also download a PDF of this from here.

Download sample code – Having a problem getting started or want to see how all the pieces fit together?

WWDC videos – Some videos from the Worldwide Developer Conference.

bitfountain - The iOS7 development course is free and the iOS8 course is $499.

Ray Wenderlich – Another great tutorial site with tons of great content.


Microsoft Development Resources

Visual Studio Express – Don’t want to pay the hefty fee for Visual Studio? I would suggest you start here as the Express version probably has most of the functionality you need as a beginning programmer. Or if you are a student you may qualify via DreamSpark.

Microsoft Developer Network [MSDN] – This is your first stop on the way to a Microsoft development career. Choose your poison.

Visual Studio Documentation - If you are on a coding path you will probably spend a lot of time here.

.NET Framework Class Library –  … and here ….

VBA Developer Documentation – If you’re developing custom solutions for the Office Suite of products you’ll find a ton of content here.

Microsoft TechNet – This is primarily a resource for IT professionals but if you’re developing for the Microsoft platform you’ll find a ton of great information here.


Well that’s all I’ve got for now and should you keep you busy for a while. If you know of any other resources please let me know!

Thanks, Jay



Back to School heats up with great tech and gadgets

Did you hear the collective groan after the BC Long Weekend when students of all ages realized there was just one month before going back to school. Teacher’s are still on strike in BC so the school year may not start on time but when it does you need to make sure that your kids have all the latest and greatest.

Wearable Tech

Let’s hit this category right off the bat. It’s all the rage these days and it shouldn’t change by September. Smartwatches are a safe bet for back to school despite the price tag. Best Buy has some great options including galaxygear2the following:

Priced at $329.99, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 is the one to get. With the Galaxy Gear you can take calls and photos, track workouts, and get notifications for everything from emails to social networking events, even when your phone is elsewhere. The company plans to dominate the wearable market with stiff competition from Google and Apple so let the games begin.

Pebble Smartwatch is a lower priced option at $149.99. With the Pebble smartwatch, you don’t need to fumble around for your phone to see who’s calling or texting. We like this one because it pairs with your compatible Apple or Android device, so you can view notifications, control your tunes and much more, right from your wrist. With a waterproof design and easy-to-read e-paper display, Pebble can keep up with a busy, active lifestyle.

We have a number of favourites that we have reviewed over the last few months that would also make for great back to school items.

Venue 8 Pro

The Dell Venue 8 Pro gives the 8inch tablet space serious respectability. Having used an iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, We loved the detachable keyboard that comes with it as well as its screen and compact size. It would fit perfectly in a backpack and sit comfortably on a desk in a lecture hall.

Jabra Headphones

Jabra’s Wireless headphones are probably one of my all time favourite products to use. Configurable via bluetooth and easily useable with your iPhone or Android phone, these headphones won’t get caught on your clothes or tangled in your backpack because they don’t have long cords. Charge time is a concern so keep a charger close by.


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