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.

Olympus introduces the Stylus SH-2 digital camera

Olympus has introduced a successor model in the Stylus SH line of digital cameras, the Olympus Stylus SH-2, featuring a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote shooting and sharing with a smart device, RAW capture capability, and 5-Axis Image Stabilization that supports both still image and video capture. The camera also adds new Nightscape Modes for night scenes and portraits.

The Stylus SH-2 reflects the aesthetic of the Olympus PEN series of cameras. The SH-2’s top panel and main controls are constructed of aluminum alloy, with excellent craftsmanship that is reflected in many details of the camera, including the lens barrel, dials, and front and rear grips. The camera is available with two finishes: silver and black.

Despite its compact size, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 captures excellent image quality with a 16-megapixel sensor and 24x optical zoom lens, which adjusts from 25mm wide-angle to 600mm telephoto. This camera is also equipped with tele-macro functionality that allows you to capture detail from a distance of up to 40 cm (15.75 inches), great for shooting macro images in a variety of settings.Olympus SH-2 digital camera

Nightscape Modes allow the user to select from different sub-modes to shoot night scenes, cityscapes, and star trails. Pressing the movie button while in Nightscape Mode records video with gradation optimized for night scenes. Night + Portrait mode captures flash-illuminated portraits against a dimly-lit background. Night Scene mode uses an extended shutter speed to capture additional light from low-light scenes for bright, vivid images, without the use of a tripod. Fireworks mode expertly shoots high-contrast images from the dark sky. Live Composite and Hand-Held Starlight modes extract the brightest areas from a sequence of interval shots and combine them into one exposed image.

The Stylus SH-2 uses an image stabilization mechanism, adopted from the Olympus OM-D E-M1, as a base for the camera’s integrated 5-Axis Image Stabilization. Combined with the new Nightscape Modes, this system eliminates motion blur that tends to occur when shooting in low light, to deliver crisp, clear images. In addition, 5-Axis Image Stabilization compensates for camera movement that may occur when recording video while walking.

Sync an iOS or Android smart device by quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s 3-inch high-resolution 460,000-dot touch LCD monitor. After that, the SH-2’s Wi-Fi connectivity supports wireless image and video transfers, instant sharing, and remote shooting.

Olympus SH-2The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is equipped with Advanced Movie Modes for powerful video recording functions, including Full HD 1080p captured at up to 60 frames per second. High-Speed Movie stretches scenes in slow (120 fps) or super-slow motion (240 fps), while Time Lapse Movie compresses up to five hours of action into a 20-second time-lapse video. Photo in Movie allows users to shoot still shots – including RAW images – while recording 1080p video, great for times when you won’t have a second chance to capture the shot.

Pricing and Availability

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in the US in April at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in Black and Silver).

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/long-zoom/sh-2.html

 

Rob Roy and the Associates releases debut EP

I’d like to introduce you to Rob Roy and the Associates. The sound is familiar but it’s hard to place exactly where you’ve heard this before. I hear notes of Dylan. Maybe some Watchmen. Perhaps a little Tragically Hip. What do you hear when you listen to these tracks?

If you like folk, rock, and alternative sounds check this new Vancouver artist out. These songs are particularly catchy and were made in Vancouver at Armoury Studios throughout the months of November 2014 to January 2015.

 

 

OpenMedia throws support behind National Day of Action against Bill C-51

harperprivacyDigital rights group OpenMedia is throwing its support behind a massive National Day of Action against Bill C-51 this Saturday March 14. Sparked by concerned citizens on social media platforms Facebook, and reddit, events are being organized right across Canada, from Victoria to Halifax. OpenMedia is supporting the day of action by launching an online action platform to allow those speaking out against C-51 at http://StopC51.ca

Public opinion is rapidly turning against the bill, with a recent EKOS opinion poll revealing that only 29% of Canadians would give up personal privacy safeguards to boost spy agency powers. Over 75,000 people have already spoken out online in recent weeks calling on Prime Minister Harper to rein in the unaccountable powers and violations of our civil liberties contained in Bill C-51.

“This bill encourages reckless sharing of our sensitive private information, dangerous new powers for CSIS, and offers zero accountability or oversight,” said Steve Anderson, OpenMedia Executive Director. “Everyone knows the Conservative government is bad on privacy issues, but Bill C-51 takes it to a whole new level.”

Anderson continued: “That’s why we’re joining with Canadians from across the political spectrum to take to the streets this Saturday. It’s not something we do very often, but C-51 is so reckless and dangerous it calls for all of us to do all that we can to speak out. There will be a steep political price to pay at election time for these reckless, dangerous, and ineffective privacy intrusions.”

When OpenMedia initially came out against Bill C-51, there were few standing up to oppose the proposed legislation. Now former prime Ministers, independent Conservative MPs, the government’s own privacy commissioner, a huge range of organizations, and even media outlets, have all come out against C-51.

Citizens are concerned that Bill C-51 would greatly expand the powers of CSIS, to the point where the Globe and Mail warns it will create a “secret police force”. If the bill passes, no fewer than 17 government agencies and even foreign governments will be granted access to Canadians’ sensitive private information.

OpenMedia’s core concerns are that Bill C-51 is:
1.    Reckless: It turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.
2.    Dangerous: It opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online.
3.    Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.

Canadians can learn more about Bill C-51 at https://StopC51.ca. They can also join or create their own local event at http://action.stopc51.ca

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia is an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights

Through campaigns such as StopTheMeter.ca and StopSpying.ca, OpenMedia.ca has engaged over half-a-million Canadians, and has influenced public policy and federal law.

About OpenMedia’s privacy campaign

OpenMedia.ca led the successful StopSpying.ca campaign that forced the government to back down on its plans to introduce a costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying law (Bill C-30). Nearly 150,000 Canadians took part in the campaign. To learn more, see this infographic.

Last October, OpenMedia.ca joined with over 60 major organizations and over a dozen academic experts to form the Protect Our Privacy Coalition, which is the largest pro-privacy coalition in Canadian history. The Coalition is calling for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against intrusion by government entities.

OpenMedia.ca and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) are working together to put a stop to illegal government surveillance against law-abiding Canadians. OpenMedia.ca has launched a national campaign encouraging Canadians to support a BCCLA legal action which aims to stop illegal spying by challenging the constitutionality of the government’s warrantless collection of data on Canadians’ everyday Internet use.

Extend the functionality of your iPhone apps with Apple Watch

Yesterday, Apple announced that Apple Watch,  the newest addition to Apple’s ecosystem, will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. Apple Watch is a timepiece, communication device and a health and fitness tracker.

“Conceived, designed and developed as a singular product, Apple Watch merges hardware and software like never before,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Design. “In Apple Watch, we’ve created three beautifully curated collections with a software architecture that together enable unparalleled personalization in a wearable device.”

Apple Watch introduces technologies including the Digital Crown, a way to scroll, zoom and navigate without obstructing the display. The Retina display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to access relevant controls. The all-new Taptic Engine delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message.Apple Watch

Customizable Timepiece
An extremely precise timepiece, Apple Watch keeps time to within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard.* Apple Watch can be personalized with watch faces ranging from traditional analog such as the Chronograph face, to the information-rich Modular face, or animated butterflies and jellyfish on the Motion face. Swipe up from the watch face for Glances that show you information such as the weather forecast, your current location on a map or the music you’re listening to.

Communication Device
Apple Watch enables you to send messages, read email and answer calls to your iPhone on your wrist. The Taptic Engine alerts you with a gentle tap for notifications. With Digital Touch, Apple Watch allows you to communicate by sending a sketch, a tap or the rhythm of your own heartbeat. Interact with retailers and services around you by paying for coffee using Apple Pay, boarding a plane with a Passbook boarding pass, or raising your wrist to ask Siri for turn-by-turn directions in Maps.

Health & Fitness Companion
Apple Watch encourages you to sit less via the Activity app. It provides a simple visual snapshot of your daily activity with three rings that measure active calories burned, brisk activity and how often you’ve stood up to take a break from sitting during the day. Apple Watch provides the detailed metrics you need during dedicated workout sessions for the most popular activities, such as walking, running and cycling through the Workout app. With an accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone, Apple Watch uses the best sensors for different types of motion and provides a comprehensive picture of your all-day activity and workouts. The Activity app on iPhone collects your activity and workout data from Apple Watch so you can see your history in greater detail. Apple Watch uses this history to suggest personalized activity goals, reward fitness milestones and keep you motivated.

Apple Watch is available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and in three collections—Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Apple Watch Sport features a lightweight anodized aluminum case in silver and space gray with a Retina display protected by strengthened Ion-X glass and matching high-performance fluoroelastomer Sport Band in five colors. The Apple Watch collection features highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases with a Retina display protected by sapphire crystal. The Apple Watch collection comes with a choice of three different leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band. Apple Watch Edition features cases specially crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys developed to be twice as hard as standard gold, a Retina display protected by polished sapphire crystal and a choice of uniquely designed straps and bands with 18-karat gold clasps, buckles or pins.

Developers in the Apple ecosystem have been creating new apps designed for Apple Watch. From requesting an Uber, checking in to your American Airlines flight, booking a bike for your Equinox class to remotely controlling your Honeywell Lyric thermostat while away. These experiences extend the functionality of your favorite iPhone apps, while delivering a different way to interact. Popular apps such as Instagram, MLB.com At Bat, Nike+ Running, OpenTable, Shazam, Twitter, WeChat and more will also be available on Apple Watch. The new Apple Watch app that comes with iOS 8.2 on iPhone lets you browse, buy and download apps from the Apple Watch App Store.

Apple Watch delivers up to 18-hour battery life and comes with a unique charging solution that combines Apple’s MagSafe technology with inductive charging for a quick connection that snaps into place.

The Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) on Friday, April 10, Apple retail stores and department store shop-in-shops will begin offering customers the chance to preview their choice of Apple Watch and try it on in-store.

Pricing & Availability
Beginning April 10 in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US, Apple Watch will be available for preview, try-on by appointment at Apple’s retail stores, and available for pre-order through the Apple Online Store  (www.apple.com). On April 24, Apple Watch will be available online or by reservation in Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers in China and Japan. Customers who purchase online or in-store from Apple will be offered Personal Setup to customize and pair Apple Watch with their iPhone.

Apple Watch is available in three collections, Apple Watch Sport, priced at $349 (US) and $399 (US); Apple Watch, available from $549 (US) to $1,099 (US); and Apple Watch Edition, crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys, with prices starting at $10,000 (US).

Apple Watch requires iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.2. or later. iOS 8.2 will be available for download today.

 

Guusto makes gift giving social and easy to do

Being social has been a big thing for a while now so when I read about Guusto I wasn’t really surprised that you could send gifts this way.

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

We asked Joe Facciolo the Co-Founder of Guusto why the app is a good choice for people. “Guusto is for busy people who need to strengthen relationships…Unlike plastic gift cards, Guusto Gifts are instant, thoughtful products (like a beer, dinner or dessert) that can be redeemed at ANY partner restaurant across Canada (~1000 locations in 250 cities), using any smartphone. Physical gifts, while thoughtful, are time-consuming and difficult to choose. Gift cards, while more convenient, can often come off as impersonal and are rarely in hand when the gift recipient actually needs it.”

Giving back is also a focus for Guusto as everytime Guusto is downloaded or a gift is sent, one day of clean drinking water is donated to someone in need through the One Drop Foundation.iphone

“My co-founder, Skai Dalziel, and I had the opportunity to travel a great deal back in our twenties says Facciolo. While it was an exciting time of life, it exposed us to a great deal of human suffering. We returned to Canada with a heightened social conscience and a wish to build a purpose driven company. There are about 800 million people world-wide that do not have ready access to clean water. We were introduced to the One Drop Foundation through a colleague of ours, and our values were clearly aligned. It was at this point we made the decision to support them.”

User adoption has become more of a focus for the company now that they have seen increased interest from retailers such big brands like The Keg, Cactus Club, Milestones and small local venues coming on board as well.

“In a few short months we have seen amazing uptake, almost entirely by word of mouth. That’s great for us says Facciolo.”

So the next time you are stuck for ideas for a gift for someone, consider downloading Guusto and save yourself both the time and money in selecting a special gift for someone.

Huawei Unveils Android Smartwatch

huawei watchHuawei continues to break new ground in the wearables space by unveiling this week the Huawei Watch, powered by Android Wear™ at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. The fully circular watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and 6-Axis motion sensors. The Huawei Watch is the first smartwatch in the Huawei wearable family.

“We have responded to consumers’ requests from around the world asking for a smartwatch featuring a timeless design that is truly smart from within. Through Huawei’s continued commitment to ‘Make It Possible,’ the Huawei Watch delivers on that promise and gives the consumer a premium smartwatch that is technologically innovative,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “As the first smartwatch in our expanding line of premium wearable products, the Huawei Watch was designed and created to enhance and be part of the consumer’s everyday lives.”

Timeless Design

Designed by a team of experienced watch designers that have a rich history in creating fashionable and timeless watches, the attention-to-detail becomes clear upon first glance as the device boasts a sparkling AMOLED 1.4-inch display at 400 x 400 pixels resolution in 286 ppi at a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio, making it the most vibrant Android Wear smartwatch in the world.

Made of more than 130 components, Huawei Watch has a crown, frame and hinge built from high-quality and scratch resistant cold-forged stainless steel making it 40 percent harder. With an intuitive 2 o’clock press button, the watch offers the highest levels of control and comfort to the user. The Huawei Watch comes in three stylish colors: gold, silver and black.

Designed with personalization in mind, more than 40 unique watch faces will be available to choose from, including a full range of watch straps made from different materials, and styles. The Huawei Watch will come with a magnetic charging station for the users benefit.

Smart Within

Powered by Android Wear, receiving SMS, email, calendar, app, and phone call notifications has never been easier or more convenient. Compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher, Huawei Watch boasts a powerful Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor for optimal performance, includes 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1. For the sports enthusiast, or just those interested in tracking fitness levels, Huawei Watch features a heart rate monitor sensor, 6-Axis motion sensor, and barometer sensor that automatically detects and tracks in real-time if a user is walking, running, biking, hiking or sleeping. Specifically, users can monitor everything from the number of calories burned, to heart rate, climbing height, steps taken, and distance travelled.

Huawei Health Ecosystem

To encourage consumers to live happier and healthier lives, Huawei is dedicated to building a wearable’s health and lifestyle ecosystem that will help users set goals and track their progress. With exciting partners including Jawbone, the Huawei Health Ecosystem seeks other innovative third-party health and fitness apps that will encourage users to set themselves free.

Availability and Accessories

Huawei Watch will be available in more than 20 countries including United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates. Exact availability and pricing will be announced at a future date in local markets.

About Huawei Consumer BG

With 16 R&D centers in countries that include Germany, Sweden, the US, France, Italy, Russia, India, and China, Huawei’s products and services extend to over 170 countries, serving one third of the world’s population. In 2014, Huawei’s smartphone global shipment ranked third in the world. As one of Huawei’s three business groups, Huawei Consumer BG offers mobile phones, mobile broadband (MBB) devices and home devices. With more than 20 years of rich expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and network of partners, Huawei Consumer BG is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities, creating extraordinary experiences and realizing dreams for people everywhere.

Wearables market predicted to leap to 51 million sales in 2015

GfK’s trends data shows that 13.5 million health and fitness trackers were sold globally last year, compared to 4.1 million smartwatches. With major companies expected to enter the market this year, GfK predicts that the combined market will leap to 51.2 million sales in 2015 – three times the size of 2014 – with both segments showing equal importance in this converging market.

Last year, actual sales of health and fitness trackers (HFT) easily outstripped smartwatches. This was driorbitven, in part, by the significantly lower average sales price of HFT, making these devices more affordable than full-feature smartwatches. Another reason for the higher popularity of HFT (according to a GfK survey of 5000 smartphone owners across five countries[1]) is a majority of consumers see activity tracking as being the most important function of a wearable – including a smartwatch – now.

Dr Jan Wassmann, Global Product Manager for Wearables at GfK, comments, “Many consumers are not yet aware of the added benefits a smartwatch has to offer. We believe this will now change, driven by the marketing efforts of the industry this year. Added to this, there is a clear convergence of both segments, which started in the second half of 2014 – and we see this driving market growth. HFT manufacturers are introducing new models which incorporate smart functions, such as reading notifications and messages. And many new smartwatches now come with heart rate sensors and activity tracking capabilities and are being marketed as hybrid fitness devices.”

GfK expects the smartwatch market, in particular, to grow massively, boosted also by a growing sub-segment of independent devices with include a SIM card to connect directly to cellular networks – making these more akin to existing smart phones. GfK’s survey[1] found that over half (56 percent) of smartphone owners interviewed across five countries see this as an important capability that makes them more likely to buy a smartwatch, as it gives them the freedom to leave their smart phone at home. In addition wearable growth is likely to be driven by more fashionable designed devices (e.g. analogue smartwatches) or sensors included in jewelry, which will be more appealing to female consumers – an important segment which has remained almost untapped so far.

The biggest contribution to these global volumes is not surprisingly coming from the developed regions. In particular Western Europe will catch up with North America, which predominantly drove market growth in the past.

Although Western European markets, like many other regions, did not see the expected uptake for the first three quarters of 2014, volumes jumped in the fourth quarter – driven by strong holiday sales and new model launches by known manufacturers. In Europe’s biggest markets, Germany, Great Britain and France, actual sales[3] in Q4 accounted for 36 percent of the total volume sold in 2014. This leads to the conclusion that wearables are a popular gift during the holiday season and give an optimistic outlook for 2015.

About the surveys

GfK self-funded survey of 5000 smartphone owners in China, Germany, South Korea, UK and US. Online interviews were conducted in October 2014. The study findings are available (upon free registration) here: http://www.gfk.com/Industries/technology/Pages/Wearables.aspx

SOURCE GfK

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver

Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of exclusive, high quality audio and video products, today announces the grand opening of a new sensory showroom in Vancouver, Canada.  Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre is located on 433 Carrall Street (in Gastown District) in a shop-in-shop retail format with Vancouver-based A/V retailer Hi-Fi Center.  The new showroom will feature the complete Bang & Olufsen product portfolio of high-end, custom made audio and video equipment as well as the B&O PLAY collection of portable music systems, headphones and premium wireless speakers aimed at the digital generation.  The showroom is significant as it is the first showroom in Canada to introduce the newly redesigned retail concept store and is the second Bang & Olufsen retail showroom to occupy Vancouver (alongside Bang & Olufsen South Granville).

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver, Canada

“We are happy to heighten our retail presence in Vancouver and introduce our next generation retail concept to local residents and tourists,” states Jacob Siboni, Director of North American Sales, Bang & Olufsen. “With the opening of the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, brand enthusiasts will encounter impeccable sound, Danish design and a complete sensory experience.”

Originating from Denmark, Bang & Olufsen was founded in 1925 and offers state-of-the-art audio and video products for music lovers, tech gurus and style seekers alike. Their range of products includes televisions with razor-sharp picture quality, music systems with magical user elements and high-performance loudspeakers with a second-to-none sound experience.  Additionally, B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen will feature its new collection of portable sound systems and TV’s aimed at the digital generation.

“We are excited to incorporate the award-winning Bang & Olufsen portfolio to Hi-Fi Centre’s new store location. The new retail concept by Bang & Olufsen, is a perfect fit for our location, and underscores Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to providing extraordinary consumer experiences,” states Igor Kivritsky, owner of Hi-Fi Centre.

A Grand Opening customer event will be held on Friday, Feb 27 at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Guests will experience the new and award-winning, innovative television, BeoVision Avant – “the one that moves”. BeoVision Avant has sublime Ultra High Definition (4K) video performance and jaw-dropping acoustic authenticity  built in. The new television also amazes with magical convenience and mechanical movement – and of course the discrete but powerful sound panel that unfolds when the television is on.

To preview the revolutionary BeoVision Avant and the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, RSVP to rsvp@hificentre.com

To learn more about the new BeoVision Avant, please view its product page: http://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/picture/beovision-avant

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

Hi-Fi Centre Vancouver is a 30-year-old, family-owned business, founded by Alex Kivritsky.  It represents some of the finest manufacturers of high-performance audio, home theatre, whole-house audio, compact systems, and headphones.

 

SOURCE Bang & Olufsen

CIRA says E-commerce is going mobile

The 2015 .CA Factbook, an annual report on the state of the Canadian Internet, points to deepening mobile engagement among Canadians, a declining interest in cable subscriptions and new opportunities for Canadian e-commerce.

Key findings from the report CIRA

Canadian businesses must seize e-commerce opportunities now

  • The Canadian e-commerce sector continues to grow. According to Statistics Canada, Canadian enterprises sold more than $136 billion in goods and services over the Internet in 2013, up from $122 billion a year earlier.
  • Mobile devices are taking a more central role in e-commerce. According to .CA’s tracking research, 20 per cent of Canadians ages 18-34 have made a purchase from a mobile device.
  • Canadians who are buying online report spending more on transactions through Canadian websites than they do on international ones. Selling to Canadians through Canadian websites, therefore, may be an effective sales strategy
  • A strong web presence affects retailers looking to drive sales in-store; many Canadians report browsing online for goods they will eventually purchase in-store.

“E-commerce represents an important avenue of growth for Canadian companies,” said David Fowler, director of marketing and communications for .CA. “Our research found more than 40 per cent of small businesses do not have websites, yet all Canadians, particularly younger adults, are increasingly making purchases from mobile devices. Canadian small businesses need to get online, and they need to be ready to sell on mobile.”

Additional report findings

  • New sources of online video have turned Canada into a country of cord-cutters: 39 per cent of Canadians without a cable subscription point to the availability of online video as a factor in their decision not to subscribe. Of those with cable subscriptions, 30 per cent of survey respondents are considering canceling their cable subscriptions.
  • Canadians have embraced the mobile revolution and are deepening their engagement on mobile devices: How Canadians use mobile devices is shifting. There was a 46 per cent growth in photo and video sharing (likely due to the popularity of Instagram, snapchat, vine and similar apps.) Mobile viewing of sports content and use of maps and directions applications increased by almost 40 per cent.

Further data is available in the full 2015 .CA Factbook, available online here.

About CIRA and .CA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.