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

Air Canada Digital Strategy Leaps Ahead with Apple Watch App

apple watchAir Canada announced last week that it has developed an app for the recently unveiled Apple Watch that will make it even more convenient for customers on-the-go to get important travel information and start tasks such as checking-in.

“Air Canada is excited to offer customers the convenience of our new Air Canada app for Apple Watch. The app will allow customers to easily check their flight status and boarding times. They will also be able to save precious time with notifications that prompt them to check-in and board. The app further advances Air Canada’s mobile strategy of innovating with the latest technology to offer customers a lot of options for managing their travel using their preferred personal device,” said Craig Landry, Vice President of Marketing at Air Canada.

With our Glance feature, the Air Canada app for Apple Watch readily provides customers with personal and relevant information about flights departing within a 24-hour window. Essential information can be displayed on the user’s Apple Watch and is often updated during the day of travel, including Actionable Notifications for check-in and boarding. The app also includes a hand-off feature to enable customers to begin more complex tasks, such as checking-in, that can then be completed either on an iPhone or Mac computer.

The Air Canada app for Apple Watch will be available in the Apple Watch App Store on April 24th. The Air Canada app for iPhone is available today from the App Store.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 190 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 Canadian cities, 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com.

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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.

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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.

Plentyoffish Media Inc. charged with alleged CASL violation

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced this week that Plentyoffish Media Inc. has paid $48,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians, the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer launched an investigation. Plentyoffish Media had allegedly sent commercial emails to registered users of the Plenty of Fish online dating service with an unsubscribe mechanism that was not clearly and prominently set out, and which could not be readily performed, as required by the legislation. The emails sent by Plentyoffish Media notified users of services available through their registration to the dating site. The alleged violation occurred between July 1, 2014 and October 8, 2014.

Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Plentyoffish Media updated its unsubscribe mechanism to comply with the legislation.

As part of the undertaking, Plentyoffish Media will develop and implement a compliance program to ensure that its activities are compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The compliance program will include training and education for staff and corporate policies and procedures.

The CRTC is assessing all complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under its mandate and a number of investigations are currently underway. The CRTC is working with its partners, both within Canada and internationally, to protect Canadians from online threats and contribute to a more secure online environment.

The CRTC can discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations, which may lead to an undertaking that includes an amount to be paid and other corrective measures.  As part of its powers, the CRTC can also issue warning letters, preservation demands, notices to produce, restraining orders and notices of violation.

Canadians are encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre. The information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam law.

CRTC encourages innovative use of digital media

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of innovation by dismissing a complaint which stated that Rogers Media was granting undue preference to its subscribers by providing them with exclusive content through its online service GamePlus.

To encourage creative ways of presenting content and the creation of compelling content for digital media, including Internet and mobile video services, the CRTC allows companies to offer exclusive content to their subscribers, as long as it is not created mainly for traditional television.

The CRTC considers that the programming available on GamePlus is essentially produced for distribution on digital media. As such, it can be offered exclusively and does not constitute an undue preference in favour of Rogers subscribers. In the CRTC’s view, Rogers is in compliance with the established rules.Rogers GamePlus

GameCentre Live is a service operated by Rogers to which all Canadians can subscribe to to access National Hockey League games online. GamePlus is a complementary service to GameCentre Live, available online only, and offered exclusively to Rogers subscribers. GamePlus provides access to bonus content, such as replays not available on the traditional television broadcast, exclusive analysis and interviews, and different camera angles.

The CRTC recently issued several decisions related to the Let’s Talk TV conversation, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. The new regulatory framework taking shape is focused on the future, and fosters the creation of content for digital media platforms.

Sony Xperia Z4: a powerful new Android tablet

Sony Mobile Communications  has announced the Xperia Z4 a powerful Android tablet. Xperia Z4 Tablet features a bright 10.1 inch 2K display, front stereo speakers an 8MP main camera and a 5.1MP wide-angle front camera. You can also connect the Z4 Tablet to a PS4 via Wi-Fi and use the Dualshock Wireless Controller. The Z4 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor, 32GB internal memory and up to 17 hours of video playback on one battery charge.Z4 tablet sony xperia

Xperia Z4 Tablet Side EmbedEscape the office and take your business on the move with the lightweight BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard featuring a dedicated slot for Xperia Z4 Tablet and docking detection, sleek ergonomics with 0-130 degree tilt for adjustable comfort, efficient text input and laptop style touchpad. Additionally Xperia Z4 Tablet also features printer and projector outputs to complete the ultimate laptop-style experience. Use with the slim and light SCR32 perfect fit cover with two variable angles for comfortable typing or viewing on your tablet. Work from anywhere with the advanced Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, which can be synced using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and use your favourite business apps from the Android community.

Xperia Z4 Tablet features proven device security mechanisms to keep your confidential data secure, with adherence to acclaimed and effective Internet, VPN and Wi-Fi security protocols. To complete your road warrior set up, the BSP60 smart speaker with one-touch connectivity is the ideal portable companion for making conference calls, getting information and receiving phone notifications, all with the use of voice commands, helping you multi-task with ease.

Expertly designed with true Sony craftsmanship and attention to detail, Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world’s slimmest and lightest 10” tablet1. At just 6.1mm slim and weighing less than 393g (389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE), Xperia Z4 Tablet is incredibly light and portable, making it easy to carry comfortably with you all day and slip into your bag with ease. Crafted with premium stainless steel metal corners and mineral glass, Xperia Z4 Tablet looks as good as it performs.

Xperia Z4 Tablet’s IP68 waterproof and dust-tight4 rating ensures reassuring durability making it ideal for everyday use in all conditions – whether caught out in the rain between meetings or lounging by the pool. As a further design refinement, the USB connector is capless – making it both quick and convenient to connect and charge your device.

Xperia Z4 Tablet will launch globally, in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi variants, from June 2015.

Motorola Moto E features 4G LTE

The new Moto E will be available with 4G LTE speed1, a 4.5-inch qHD display, front-facing camera, the latest Android software (Lollipop).

Quad-core processor
The new Moto E features a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics.

All-day battery
With a 2390 mAh battery, the new Moto E is designed to last a full day.

Two cameras
The Moto E comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a second camera in front. With two twists of the wrist, you can launch the camera with Motorola’s Quick Capture feature. Want to take a selfie? Just twist your wrist again to switch to the front-facing camera.

Android OS, Lollipop
The Moto E runs Android Lollipop.

 

The new Moto E will be available for about $150 next month at Koodo, TELUS and Videotron. It will also be available at chatr wireless, MTS and WIND this spring.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will arrive in Canada on April 10

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will arrive in Canada on April 10
Apart from wearables, another much-awaited device that is said to “revolutionize” the mobile arena this year is the new smartphone from Samsung – the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Although previous rumors said that it will almost similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S5, there are more to expect from these devices, especially the Edge.

The announcement happened at the Mobile World Congress on March 1, 2015 (Sunday). The Korean electronics company said that both of their new flagship smartphones are compatible with Samsung Pay, their propriety mobile payment service.

Both handsets offer significant fresh features and functionalities that are new to the lineup of the Galaxy devices. It offers slimmer and lighter weight through its full metal and glass makings and designs, with more front and rear camera functions, and enhanced hardware specifications.

Specification sheet of Galaxy S6
According to the specification page online, here are the full features of the new Galaxy S6 smartphone:
Screen size: 5.1-inch
Weight: 138 grams
Colors: Sapphire Black, Pearl White, Platinum Gold
RAM: 32, 64, or 128 GB
OS: Android Lollipop
Connectivity: Mobile data (4G), Bluetooth, Stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3.5 millimeter Audio Jack
Front cam: 5-megapixel
Back cam: 16-megapixel
Camera specification: HDR, F1.9, High resolution zoom, Virtual shot, slow and fast motion, Selective Focus, Tracking AF, Automatic real-time HDR, and Pro mode.

Notable features:
– Fast battery charging of 10 minutes, which can run for four hours
– Smart Manager allows users to get more out of their battery life
– Made from premium metal casing, with a tough body wrapped in sturdy glass.
– Camera launches quickly so you will never miss a shot and a fast racking auto focus to avoid blurry photos

Specification sheet of Galaxy S6 Edge
Based on the list of features presented by O2, here are what you need to expect from this gamechanging handset.
Screen size: 5.1-inch
Weight: 132 grams
Colors: Sapphire Black, Pearl White, Platinum Gold
RAM: 64 or 128 GB
OS: Android Lollipop
Connectivity: Mobile data (4G), Bluetooth, Stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3.5 millimeter Audio Jack
Front cam: 5-megapixel
Back cam: 16-megapixel
Camera specifications: HDR, F1.9, High resolution zoom, Virtual shot, slow and fast motion, Selective Focus, Tracking AF, Automatic real-time HDR, and Pro mode.

Notable features:
– Made out of premium metal design with a toughened curved display, which is similar to the Galaxy Note Edge screen we featured previously.
– Option to color code important contacts to avoid missing any text or call from them
– Clear pictures are taken via the rear and front camera lens’ wider aperture of F1.9 even in low light condition
– Manage your applications and battery usage to improve your battery life, processing power, memory capacity, and device security.

Given the improved internal memory, Samsung tried the same technique by their top competitor, Apple, in avoiding the MicroSD slot and focus more on the RAM with its 32, 64, and 128 GB options.

Surprisingly, the company also took out some of its notable smartphone features such as the waterproof capability and the option to remove the battery. However, they stepped up to the competition by adding the wireless charging support for WPC and PMA to allow users to maximize Qi-enabled chargers.

Samsung modified their fingerprint scanner on the two handsets to enable the users to utilize the Samsung Pay. It is said to compete with the Apple Pay with its NFC and MST (magnetic secure transmission) chips to make it compatible with the NFC payment terminals and magnetic swipe readers on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available across several countries, including Canada, on April 10 with its three color variants.

Some mobile service providers are now offering pre-order options on their websites for the said devices as early as February.